“Sentimentalist” is the second single released from Sondre Lerche’s forthcoming album on Mona Records called Please. have a listen to it at your earliest convenience. You’ll also be happy to know that he’ll be on tour in support of it:
September 23… New York, NY (Bowery Ballroom)
September 25… Philadelphia, PA (Underground Arts)
September 26… Washington, DC (U Street Music Hall)
September 27… Cambridge, MA (The Sinclair)
September 30… Cleveland, OH (House of Blues) $
October 1… Columbus, OH (Newport Music Hall) $
October 3… Las Vegas, NV (Backstage Bar)
October 4… Phoenix, AZ (Musical Instrument Museum)
October 5… San Diego, CA (5th Avenue Side Stage)
October 8… Los Angeles, CA (Troubadour)
October 9… San Francisco, CA (The Independent)
October 11… Portland, OR (Doug Fir)
October 12… Seattle, WA (Nectar Lounge)
October 15… Denver, CO (Bluebird Theater)
October 16… Lincoln, NE (Vega)
October 17… St. Paul, MN (Turf Club)
October 18… Chicago, IL (Lincoln Hall)
October 19… Detroit, MI (Magic Stick)
October 20… Pittsburgh, PA (Altar Bar)
October 27… Paris, France (Divan Du Monde)
October 29… London, England (Oslo)
October 30… Leeds, England (Brudenell Social Club Games Room)
November 2… Brussels, Belgium (Witloof Bar – Botanique)
November 3… Berlin, Germany (Kantine am Berghain)
November 4… Koln, Germany (MTC)
November 5… Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Paradiso)
November 6… Hamberg, Germany (Prinzenbar)
November 12… Copenhagen, Denmark (Vega – Ideal Bar)
$ = w/ St. Vincent
Please will be out on September 23rd.
Gooey is the name of an EP from Glass Animals due out on the 8th of April through Harvest Records. The EP is just a smidgen of what will be on their forthcoming album, but Gooey is the EP and you may listen to its title track right now.
Glass Animals are performing tonight in Berlin, and in fact may be on stage right now or are about to go on stage. It’s part of their European tour with St. Vincent and when it’s over, Glass Animals will take a few weeks off before heading to the U.S. for SXSW.
February 15… Amsterdam, Holland (Paradiso) *
February 17… Brussels, Belgium (Ancienne Belgique) *
February 18… Paris, France (La Cigale) *
February 20… London, England (Shepherds Bush Empire) *
February 21… Manchester, England (Manchester Cathedral) *
March 10-17… Austin, Texas (SWSW)
* w/ St. Vincent
When music festival line-ups are announced, even in early February, it makes enduring cold temperatures worth it. The annual Sasquatch Music Festival in The George at George (Washington, as in state) will be happening during the weekend of May 25-28, tickets go on sale next week Saturday, February 11th at 10am. Some of the artists scheduled to play there include The Roots, Shabazz Palaces, Grynch, The Physics, Beck, Bon Iver, Tune-Yards, Mogwai, Childish Gambino, St. Vincent, The Walkmen, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Mark Lanegan Band, Shabazz Palaces, Araabmuzik, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Howlin Rain, The Physics, and many more. The big headliner will be Jack Black, who recently announced the forthcoming release of his solo album.
For the complete line-up, along with ticket information, head over to SasquatchFestival.com.
Kid Cudi is not a bad rapper, but I have yet to have a grasp on his music like others have. However, I found Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager (Universal Motown) to be an improvement over Man on the Moon: The End of Day.
Kid Cudi sings a lot, or at least what he calls singing. It’s very dry and droll, and maybe that’s meant to sound like he’s emotional and melancholy. At his best, he comes off like a sharp dancehall reggae artists. He stands out because there aren’t many who are making music like him, at least not in hip-hop. It’s hard to tell at times if artists who create this music are trying to cash in on being pop, or they think this is what pop audiences would like to hear out of hip-hop. If you view him as a pop artist, this album is probably just under the latest projects from N*E*R*D. If you want to view Kid Cudi as someone who wants to make left-of-center hip-hop, he’s okay at it but what’s missing is the demented and freaky factors. Maybe mentioning suicide is odd in terms of hip-hop, and Kanye West has already milked it this year. I don’t know if the perception is “if white people can talk about suicide on their music and no one throws an issue, maybe they can lure them with our references.” If so, it’s corny, so stop.
I think half of these songs have the replay factor, I’d want to hear them again and if I heard them somewhere, I wouldn’t want to run out of the room. In this case, his many collaborators outshine him: Cee-Lo, Mary J. Blige, St. Vincent, and the aforementioned Kanye West. They are popular people to work with, but when you forget that it’s a Cudi album, that’s when it may have been too much.
I like what I like, but what I don’t like could be reconstructed into something very interesting. For me, Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager is half interesting, and I’m sure he’ll continue to make solid halves before he reveals a concrete hole.