Review: Bastille – Doom Days

Bastille - Doom Days

The list of accolades that Bastille have accrued over just three studio albums is what most bands can only dream of when they start their career. With over 9 million records sold to date, several number one singles, and many major music awards added to their impressive resume, Bastille should be able to kick back and celebrate a bit. Coming off of a successful sophomore effort in Wild World, that was packed with content surrounding the changing world around us, political ramifications, and dense metaphors about how the world as we knew it was spiraling out of control, it only made sense for their follow-up to be called Doom Days.

The hype surrounding this particular release was at an all-time high due to the success of their Top 40 crossover smash with collaborator Marshmello in “Happier.” Everything was lining up perfectly for Bastille to deliver their landmark album in their discography since they appeared to have so much going in their favor. Doom Days chronicles their rise to fame, as well as what the band described in a recent interview as a loose concept album regarding “the importance of escapism, hope and the preciousness of close friendships.”

Chorus TV: Punchline

Punchline’s most recent tour found them supporting their longtime friends and influencers, Less Than Jake. The Pittsburgh, PA quartet performed a half hour of catchy tunes, from early fan favorite “Heart Transplants” to material from their latest album, Lion, along with a cover of Operation Ivy’s “Sound System” for the ska loyalists.

Enjoy their full set live from College Street Music Hall in New Haven, CT on April 16, 2019.

Billboard to Launch Weekly Top Songwriters and Top Producers Charts

Billboard has announced a new weekly chart that will rank songwriters and producers.

The charts are based on total points accrued by a songwriter or producer for each attributed song that appears on the respective charts. As done with Billboard’s yearly recaps, multiple writers or producers split points for each song equally. The dividing of points will lead to occasional ties for some rankings.

The Get Up Kids Cancel Upcoming Tour Dates

The Get Up Kids have had to cancel some of their upcoming tour dates.

Hi Everyone, We’re writing to inform you that unfortunately The Get Up Kids have to cancel their upcoming tour dates in August and September. You can find a statement from the band below. “Hello friends. We’ve got some bad news. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, we’re going to have to cancel the September leg of our US tour except for Codfish Hollow and Riot Fest. We hope (knock on wood) to be able to make it back to your town before the end of the year. Refunds will be available wherever you bought your ticket. We’re sorry for the inconvenience and are grateful for your understanding. Stay tuned for new tour dates as soon as they are confirmed.” We will be issuing full refunds for your purchases, nothing needs to be done on your behalf. Please allow 5-7 business days for the funds to return to your account. We apologize about the inconvenience.

Lyrics Site Accuses Google of Lifting Its Content

The Wall Street Journal:

Genius Media Group Inc. depends on Google’s search engine to send music lovers to its website stocked with hard-to-decipher lyrics to hip-hop songs and other pop hits.

Now Genius says its traffic is dropping because, for the past several years, Google has been publishing lyrics on its own platform, with some of them lifted directly from the music site. […]

Starting around 2016, Genius said, the company made a subtle change to some of the songs on its website, alternating the lyrics’ apostrophes between straight and curly single-quote marks in exactly the same sequence for every song.

When the two types of apostrophes were converted to the dots and dashes used in Morse code, they spelled out the words “Red Handed.”