What an announcement, and specifically on 1/11/11 around 11:11am to boot. It's like the mega madness mondo radness of wishes coming true! In their words: The Kills are very excited to announce that their 4th album Blood Pressures will be released around the world (excluding the U.S.A.) on April 4th, and in the U.S.A. on April 5th. To let you know a little about the new record, we've included the track listing for you... which is a lot like looking at a list of words. Enjoy.
We recorded Blood Pressures at Key Club in the state of Michigan, with Bill Skibbe and Jessica Ruffins. Jamie HInce produced the record and Bill Skibbe co-produced. Whilst in Michigan, Alison went through 52 blank cassette tapes in her 4-track recorder. Jamie bought 3 guitars and a mellotron. The studio dogs ate 360 pounds of dog food. We drank all the red wine, watched VHS tapes on Vietnam, got blown down thte street by hurricane force winds, watched lightning storms, rode bicycles / crashed bicycles. We started a game of rummy and never finished it. We tried to BBQ and realized we weren't that way inclined.Soup was better. Soup is better. And so it went, the record was completed... but not in Michigan! We finished the last few songs in London with our Michigan friends and Alison found a dog to borrow to have the studio to make things more "normal". Does this sound confusing? Good. We'll be in touch.
I had a serious internal struggle in deciding whether or not to post the new video for The Good The Bad's single, 030. I had tweeted about it earlier in the week after it had first been revealed, and while I still can't, in good conscience, find the nerve to post the clip within these pages, you will find the link to watch it below. Call me cowardly, but maybe after you find yourself squirming in your chair whilst viewing, you'll understand my need to keep it kinda PG 'round these parts.
Backing up a bit... The Good The Bad are a trio of Danish rockers, bent on bringing a new breed of surf and flamenco rock to a fresh school of thought. Their all-instrumental tracks pair a lead and baritone guitar with a staunch drummer, and while they rely on the music rather than any vocals, it's definitely solid ground that TGTB are standing on. Think Dale & His Del-Tones' Miserlou, meets all of Link Wray's catalog, with a touch of The Kills' arrangements backing 'em up. In other words, oh hell yes!
Their long-awaited debut album, From 001 to 017, comes out on October 25, and features the bonus track, 030, which immediately turned my ear up and on to their intensely cinematic and characterizing tones. The video, directed by Jeppe Kolstrup, well that's also of the initiative of "turning one out"...
...and here's why. Reminder: this is extremely NSFW. You've been warned.
...I'm a centenarian. Nay. I'm a Beastophile, through and through. Celebrate with these hits of the rad.
Read a cool interview with Two Door Cinema Club. link
Watch someone paint Allison Mosshart of The Kills and The Dead Weather. link
Florrie's got a new jam/drum video. She's going southern rock and oh so rad this time. link
What are the 25 things you "must" do at Glastonbury? Check it out here.
Devlin's mixtape for DazedDigital is ace. Listen at this link.
The Levi's brand continues in its tradition of bringing great jeans and great music together with today's launch of Levi's Pioneer Sessions, a new campaign that champions musical artists who embody the pioneering spirit of the Levi's brand. An original series of musical recordings by a diverse roster of talented musicians, the slate features remakes of hits from past decades inspired by renowned artists.
Beginning today through the first of July, the series features the release of two singles each week. First up is Nas' take on Slick Rick's Hey Young World, while The Swell Season's rendition of the 70s disco hit, Young Hearts Run Free by Candi Staton will be let loose on Thursday May 27. Details regarding the remaining artists, Passion Pit and The Kills, and their song choices will complete the current roster of releases and be announced in the weeks to come.
Nas - "Hey Young World" by Slick Rick
The Swell Season - "Young Hearts Run Free" by Candi Staton
She & Him - "Fools Rush In" by Rick Nelson
The Dirty Projectors - "I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine" by Bob Dylan
Colbie Caillat - "Maria" by Blondie
The Shins - "Goodbye Girl" by Squeeze
Raphael Saadiq - "It's A Shame" by The Spinners
Bomba Estereo - "Pump Up the Jam" by Technotronic
Jason Mraz - "Spirit in the Sky" by Norman Greenbaum
John Legend and the Roots - "Our Generation" by Ernie Hines
Passion Pit - TBD by TBA
The Kills - TBD by TBA
Last night was a late one, but totally for a good cause...but more on that later.
For now...we're rounding up the be[a]st of the be[a]st.
HURTS, Everything Everything and Darwin Deez kicked off their NME Radar Tour in Glasgow last night. link
HURTS also debuted a theatrical trailer for their single, Better Than Love. link
Jokers of the Scene remixed O. Children's Ruins and it is banging. Free below.
The Kills' Alison Mosshart revealed that the duo's new album is "three-quarters finished". Super yay! link
Savoir Adore's Bodies gets a funky disco treatment from French Horn Rebellion. MP3 is yours for free.