As listeners, we typically assume that a debut album is an artist’s mission statement. Simply put, an artist’s first album is supposed to establish what that person or band sounds like. It’s supposed to lay the foundations for the rest of their career and give listeners some idea of what to expect later on down the road. But what happens when a debut album proves to be an anomaly? When the first record establishes a sonic identity that the artist doesn’t want to chase on future releases?
For more than a decade now, Cary Brothers has been asking precisely that question.
Brothers burst onto the scene in 2004, with a December release called All the Rage. It wasn’t until the next year, though, that he got his big break, thanks in large part to the Garden State soundtrack. Brothers’ beloved contribution, the song “Blue Eyes,” had already been a Hotel Café favorite when Zach Braff scooped it up for his quirky coming-of-age dramedy. Garden State took the song and immortalized it for listeners and movie fans who were of a certain age at the time. While the song gave Brothers the kind of boost that just about any songwriter would kill for, though, it also meant that he got the musical version of typecast. “Blue Eyes” was a singer-songwriter song, and Brothers’ full-length debut, 2007’s Who You Are, was a singer-songwriter album. You could hardly blame early Cary Brothers fans for making the assumption that he was an acoustic singer-songwriter, period.
Retirement Party’s new song “Passion Fruit Tea” can be streamed below via Stereogum.
Live Nation will be offering “$20 all in tickets” for a variety of shows. They’re calling it “National Concert Week” and you can find out more information here.
My Bloody Valentine have announced some new tour dates.
Radiohead performed an acoustic rendition of “True Love Waits” during their show in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Some fan shot footage has made its way online.
The Mad Caddies will release their new cover album, Punk Rocksteady, on June 15th. The album features reggae, ska, and dancehall covers of 12 songs, hand-picked by Fat Mike, who produced the record. Today they’ve shared their cover of Green Day’s “She” and pre-orders are now up. The full track listing can be found below.
The trailer for Venom has been released.
A Perfect Circle have added some new tour dates to their world tour.
Parkway Drive have released a video for “Prey.”
The Bombpops have shared a video for “Dear Beer.”
Lord Huron, the indie rock group from Los Angeles, have had quite a few years to grow into their trademark sound of atmospheric landscapes and wandering journeys. Vide Noir, the third studio album and their first on a major label, was produced by Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, The Flaming Lips) and with Fridmann’s help, front-man Ben Schneider has crafted his early career masterpiece. Schneider recently credited this album to a new habit of taking nighttime drives around LA and the “search for meaning amidst the cold indifference of the universe,” according to his recent social media posts.
Straight from the album opener, “Lost in Time and Space,” we are immediately transported to a dark yet clear night landscape with subtle sounds of buzzing lights, background whispers, a harp, and eventually the folk strumming of Schneider’s acoustic guitar cuts through the soft noise. In the track, Schneider admits, “I don’t know who I am, I don’t know where I am,” and the listener is immediately pulled in to go on this journey with the band.
Cary Brothers’ new album can be streamed below via Popmatters.
The notable artists on your television this week include: A Perfect Circle (Kimmel; 4/23), Bleachers (Kimmel; 4/24), Middle Kids (Kimmel; 4/25), Run the Jewels (Colbert; 4/25), Pentatonix (Corden; 4/23), Snow Patrol (Corden; 4/24), and Andrew W.K. (Conan; 4/24).
Jason Aldean has the number one album in the country this week:
Rearview Town, released on April 13 via Macon/Broken Bow Records, launches with 183,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending April 19, according to Nielsen Music, of which 162,000 were in traditional album sales. The set starts with the biggest week in terms of overall units and album sales for any country title this year.
I haven’t listened to it yet, but quite a few people have sent in this podcast from NPR titled “The Callout” and said it’s good:
A lot of communities today are taking a hard stand against sexual harassment and assault. Using social media shaming, ostracism, professional excommunication, whatever punishment is painful enough to shift the moral code by brute force. Through one incident in the Richmond, Va. hardcore music scene, we chronicle a social media callout and ask what pain can accomplish.
Girl Talk teamed up with Erick the Architect to for the new song “Trouble in Paradise.”
Noah Kulwin, writing at NY Mag:
First, I’ll say there were very few decisions made. I think that the biggest problem that Reddit had and continues to have, and that all of the platforms, Facebook and Twitter, and Discord now continue to have is that they’re not making decisions, is that there is absolutely no active thought going into their problems — problems that are going to exist in coming months or years — and what they can do to combat them.