The notable bands on your television this week include: Jimmy Eat World (Kimmel; 10/25), Conor Oberst (Kimmel; 10/25), Phil Collins (Fallon; 10/25), Mitski (Colbert; 10/25), Norah Jones (Corden; 10/24), and Lady Gaga (Corden; 10/25).
Iridescent’s debut double album, Dreams in Black and White, will be released next Monday on Halloween. The record is separated between the “White” album — a melodic, softer, and lyrically introverted album, and the “Black” album — a heavier, syncopated, and lyrically extroverted collection. The idea is a musical ode to yin and yang. The album was three years in the making and is for fans of Circa Survive, Radiohead, NIN, Depeche Mode and 30 Seconds to Mars. A good track to get an idea for the band’s sound is “This Moment,” which is up on Bandcamp right now.
The album carries a moonlight ambiance and that’s one of the reasons the band picked Halloween as their release date.
Hazel Cills, writing at MTV:
While male producers and musicians like Philip Glass and Steve Reich have been written about and documented extensively, the work of female producers and early electronic musicians like Wendy Carlos, Laurie Spiegel, Delia Derbyshire, and more have essentially been ignored and undervalued by music historians. To combat the stereotype that production is solely a man’s job, The Blow created an online archive, womanproducer.com, to collect photos and clips of female producers in history. Recently, the archive has expanded into a live event series at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust, featuring performances and talks by artists like Zola Jesus, Neko Case, and more.
A street in the band’s home neighborhood of Forest Hill, Queens, at the intersection of 67th Avenue and 110th Street, has been officially renamed Ramones Way. The sign stands in front of Forest Hills School, the alma mater of Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee, and Tommy Ramone, and was unveiled by councilwoman Karen Koslowitz this morning.
Kanye talked about his love for Ocean’s music, saying, “The album I listen to the most this year is Frank Ocean’s album.” He went on, “I’ll tell you this right now: If his album’s not nominated in no categories, I’m not showin’ up to the Grammys.”
Frank Ocean’s albums were not submitted for consideration.
The New York Times is buying two of my favorite websites, The Wirecutter and The Sweethome, for a reported $30 million dollars.
The Wirecutter provides recommendations for electronics and other gadgets that are both obsessively researched and simply presented. The Wirecutter also owns The Sweethome, which takes the same approach for home appliances and other gear.
Both sites make their money via affiliate links, which generate revenue when consumers click on them and make purchases via e-commerce sites like Amazon.
My sincere thanks to Icaria for sponsoring the website this week. Icaria are a progressive rock band based out of Atlanta, GA and they’ve just released a new lyric video for their song “Callous Warrior.” The band formed in February of 2015 and recorded their debut full-length with Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me, He is Legend) and finished it this year. They’re currently shopping the record to labels and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.