Watch Shabazz Palaces’ “Shine a Light” official video from Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star
METZ to release their ferocious third album, Strange Peace, on Sub Pop September 22, 2017
On September, 22nd METZ will release Strange Peace,an emphatic but artful hammer swing to the status quo and their highly-anticipated third full-length album. Alex Edkins (guitar, vocals), Hayden Menzies (drums), and Chris Slorach (bass) recorded at Electrical Audio in Chicago, live off the floor to tape with Steve Albini. The result is a distinct artistic maturation into new and alarming territory, frantically pushing past where the band has gone before, while capturing the notorious intensity of their live show. The trio continued to assemble the album (including home recordings, additional instrumentation) back at home in Toronto, adding the finishing touches with longtime collaborator, engineer and mixer, Graham Walsh.
“The songs on Strange Peace are about uncertainty,” Edkins explains. “They’re about recognizing that we’re not always in control of our own fate, and about admitting our mistakes and fears. They’re about finding some semblance of peace within the chaos.”
Shabazz Palaces share “When Cats Claw,” a new offering from Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star
Iron & Wine will release Beast Epic, his first new material in over four years. It is available worldwide starting August 25th. The new long player features eleven new compositions that share a certain kinship with his earlier material. Continue reading
This Friday, May 12th, Sub Pop will release The Bob’s Burgers Music Album: a massive collection of 107 songs from the first 107 episodes of 20th Century Fox Television’s Emmy-award winning hit comedy. The album features music performed by the main cast members – Bob (H. Jon Benjamin) and Linda (John Roberts) and their children Tina (Dan Mintz), Gene (Eugene Mirman) and Louise (Kristen Schaal) – singing original songs that build on the show’s unique sense of humor. Continue reading
Shabazz Palaces to release Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star worldwide through Sub Pop on July 14th
Photo credit: Victoria Kovios
Shabazz Palaces will release the Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star, their spectral third album, worldwide on July 14th through Sub Pop. The album, featuring highlights “Shine A Light” (ft. Thaddillac), “Since Caya,” and “Moon Whip Quaz” (ft. Darrius), was produced by Knife Knights (aka Ishmael Butler and Erik Blood) and recorded and mixed by Blood at Protect and Exalt Labs: A Black Space in Seattle. Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star is the follow-up and first batch of new material since the group’s critically acclaimed Lese Majesty, which was released in 2014.
You can now watch a lyric video for “Shine A Light” directed by Cristina T. Bercovitz and Jonathan Snipes of Clipping [watch here].
Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star serves as both an introduction and tells the tale of Quazarz, a sentient being from somewhere else, an observer sent here to Amurderca to chronicle and explore as a musical emissary. What he finds in our world is a cutthroat place, a landscape where someone like him could never quite feel comfortable amidst all the brutality and alternative facts and death masquerading as connectivity.
The Palaceer of Shabazz Palaces says of his extraterrestrial persona: “I, Quazarz, Born On A Gangster Star, son only of Barbara Dream Caster and Reginald The Dark Hoper – he who rides on light – dreamer of the seventh dream and kissed eternal by Awet the Sun Scented – who far from home I found my same self differents in those constellies that be Dai at my weap-side immediate and all us Water Guild affiliates who revelries in the futures passed recordings and ceremonies flexing resplendent in the Paradise Sportif armor – raising these musics a joy/cry that way into these aquadescent diamondized ethers of the Migosphere here on Drake world. Welcome To Quazarz.”
Pre-order your copy of the album HERE or at your local record store!
Listen to The Afghan Whigs “Arabian Heights,”
from the forthcoming new album In Spades
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Late last night, Father John Misty delivered a stellar performance of “Ballad of the Dying Man” from Pure Comedy on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Continue reading