David Myhr has revealed the first song from his long-awaited new album! Watch & listen now to lead track “Jealous Sun”, co-written with label-mate Bleu. Recorded in Nashville with Brad Jones, the album, titled Lucky Day, will be released in May. You can preorder it on LP, CD or digital HERE.
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They Might Be Giants today released a new video from their latest album I Like Fun. “The Greatest” video features non-other than Nick Offerman, familiar to many from his varied roles in Parks & Recreation, Fargo, Gilmore Girls and more. Watch, like and share on YouTube HERE.
Over on the other side of the pond, new album I Like Fun debuted at #3 in the Independent Albums, #8 in Alternative Albums, #14 in Tastemakers and #22 Top Album Sales! Over a year in the making, songwriters and band founders John Linnell and John Flansburgh draw on themes of dread, death, and disappointment and set them to their driving, hyper-melodic music. The results will leave even the most heavy-hearted among us with a renewed sense of wonder. Fresh and sonically adventurous, the band’s command of the studio and the song is in rare form from beginning to end.
The album’s release coincides with a world tour that kicks off with a fifty-city trek across the US, then on to Europe in September:
20 Sep – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club, UK
21 Sep – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club, UK (SOLD OUT)
22 Sep – Cambridge Junction, UK
23 Sep – Bristol, The Marble Factory, UK
25 Sep – Munich, Ampere, DE
26 Sep – Antwerp, De Roma, BE
27 Sep – Amsterdam, Paradiso Amsterdam, NL
28 Sep – Berlin, Columbia Theater Berlin, DE
29 Sep – Hamburg, Knust Hamburg, DE
1 Oct – Koln, Luxor Köln, DE
3 Oct – London, Barbican Centre, UK
4 Oct – Manchester, Manchester Academy 2, UK
5 Oct – Edinburgh, The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, UK
6 Oct – Dublin, Button Factory, IE
They Might Be Giants performed “I Left My Body” and “Music Jail, Pt. 1 & 2” at Rolling Stone’s studios.
Vinyl is expected to arrive late November. US stores (including Amazon) will have non-import CD & vinyl available once stock crosses the Atlantic, in a few weeks. Limited edition blue vinyl available only from indie record stores.
The song “raises questions and gets at the riddle of what justice really means,” Eric Earley said. “I wrote it some time ago but kept it from being released until this record, Wild and Reckless. It felt like the right time for it to see the light of day, a song that deals with sexual assault and gun violence”
Blitzen Trapper find friendship in some strange places in the music video for their new song “Wild and Reckless,” which stars a man in a gas mask gallivanting around with a fake skeleton.
Earlier this year, the Portland, Oregon-based Blitzen Trapper accomplished a unique feat for a rock band who has been releasing albums and touring for the better part of two decades: a staged musical titled Wild & Reckless that ran for 28 performances at Portland Center Stage. Today, the band is announcing a new album of the same title that was born from the stage production and as a companion to their 2008 breakthrough album Furr.
Yesterday, Entertainment Weekly premiered “Rebel,” the first single to be released from the forthcoming album.
“‘Rebel’ is a song about a guy who for the love of a girl follows in his father’s footsteps only to find it to be a scam,” explains principal and frontman Eric Earley. “After several tries at the American dream he ends up selling cocaine to blue bloods in the Hollywood hills. Something of a lost Raymond Carver story with shambling near-country soundtrack.”
The album Wild & Reckless was born from the stage production that the band spent the better part of a year producing. The half musical, half rock-opera dealt with heroin abuse, desperation, true love and western power structures. The story evoked a bygone era of Portland with this sci-fi love story, featuring a rock-and-roll score that paired unreleased songs with favorites from the band’s catalog.
Following the success of the production, the band took 7 original songs from the production and developed the theme further into the 12 songs that comprise the new album Wild & Reckless.
Frontman Eric Earley also sees the record as a companion and extention of their 2008 album Furr. “Wild and Reckless is something like a cross-eyed stepchild to Furr, in that it chronicles the darker dystopian stories of rural and suburban west coast death-drive via a riffing psychedelic landscape. Ten years after Furr with all its talk of murder and the end of the western world, it seems there’s more to tell.”
Blitzen Trapper is Eric Earley (songwriter/singer), Erik Menteer (guitar, keyboard), Brian Adrian Koch (drums, vocals), Michael Van Pelt (bass) and Marty Marquis (keyboard, vocals). Wild & Reckless was produced by Eric Earley and Michael Van Pelt and was recorded by Gregg Williams at The Trench, in Portland, Oregon. It was mixed by James Brown (Foo Fighters, Kings Of Leon, Blitzen Trapper’s All Across This Land) at The Union.
Wild and Reckless is available for pre-order now and will be released in Europe on British indie label Lojinx. Pre-order now on heavyweight vinyl LP, CD & digital.
Wild & Reckless tracklist:
2) Wild & Reckless
3) Forever Pt. 1
5) No Man’s Land
6) Stolen Hearts
7) Dance With Me
8) Love Live On
9) When I’m Dying
10) Baby Won’t You Turn Me On
11) Forever Pt. 2
12) Wind Don’t Always Blow
Video by Hans Montelius, Nikita Rönning Ledström, and Erik Sandström.
Butch Walker smiles and shreds his way through a live version of “Stay Gold,” the title track from his newest solo release, during a new performance on the AT&T Audience Network in the US. The televised concert focuses on songs from Stay Gold, with rock & roll guitars and sing-along choruses that find Walker putting a positive spin on the listlessness that filled his childhood days in a small, dead-end Southern hometown.
From 90s power pop hit maker Marvelous 3 to producer and songwriter for mega stars like Fall Out Boy, Taylor Swift, and Weezer, Butch Walker has worn many hats in his two-plus decades in the music Industry. But in his own music, you’ll find that he has a lot more in common with the artists that he grew up listening to. In this instalment of Song Stories, Walker talks about his process, how a producer’s role has changed, and how he drew inspiration from mid-80s era Petty, Mellencamp, and the Boss when making his new record, Stay Gold.