A couple weeks ago Switchfoot came out with news for the band regarding their future.
After several years of trying to make things work over at Columbia, Switchfoot has officially severed ties with Sony to pursue making music independently.
Switchfoot said, “We are thankful for the incredible success that our partnership has produced over the years, yet within this ever changing business there can arise differences in vision and goals. These differences have now come to a point where we feel like parting ways would be best for us, and best for Sony.”
There will be more information as things come along but meanwhile I can tell you about some other great projects in the works for the band.
1. Four Jon Foreman solo ep’s
(tentatively titled fall, winter, spring, and summer)
2. The Real Sean Jon
This is a collaboration project between Jon Foreman and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek. It has been noted on there blog that they have recorded an album together.
3. A New Switchfoot album in 2008
The first 13 tracks were cut earlier this month!
Big news for the guys of Switchfoot but I’m sure it will be another great new step for them.
Thrice has been a very well known band for its genre of alternative/hardcore music. Their maturity and growth as a band has been apparent to all, and they’re doing it again.
Thrice has been well known for almost six years. There first album in 2001 known as Identity Crisis began the bands career, but I think it really took off with their third release of The Artist in the Ambulance. After this they were signed on to Island Records, and after two fantastic albums, have decided to part ways because of differences in direction.
The band decided Vagrant Records, of Dashboard Confessional and Saves the Day, was the new home for Thrice for the upcoming albums, and when I say albums I mean it. Thrice will come out with a 4 disc set all within a 6-7 month period. The set will be a combination title called The Alchemy Index which is made up of albums with the separate titles of Fire, Water, Earth, and Air. The first two albums of Fire and Water will be released October 16, 2007. This is a huge release for the band hopefully a great new beginning with the new label.
Here’s some new music just in time for the weekend. Tracks from New Young Pony Club, Aesop Rock, Paul Van Dyk, The Section Quartet, and Oh No have been added to the evade radio for your listening pleasure. Enjoy.
New Young Pony Club -
Available in the US August 28th.
None Shall Pass
Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass
Available August 28th.
Aesop Rock brings the love yet again from New York with None Shall Pass. He definitely is an acquired taste, but the title track will peak your interest. Aesop Rock dropped an mix for the iTunes Nike Original Run that is also worth a listen
Aesop Rock on Myspace
White Lies featuring Jessica Sutta
Paul Van Dyk - In Between
Released August 14th.
Dance music is still alive and well on Paul Van Dyk’s latetest release. Van Dyk brings a strong set of tracks with his signature epic beats, chilling vocals, and collaborations with artists outside the electronica circuit.
Paul Van Dyke on Myspace
Buy In Between on Amazon.com
The Section Quartet - Fuzzbox
Released August 21st.
The Section Quartet are not your typical cover band. As a classical 4 piece string quartet they cover songs by The Postal Service, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Led Zeppelin just to name a few.
The Section Quartet on MySpace
Buy Fuzzbox on Amazon.com
Oh No - Dr. Oh No’s Oxperiment
Released August 21st.
The latest from the Stones Throw camp Dr. Oh No’s Oxperiment brings you an audio tour of Turkish, Lebanese, Greek & Italian psyche funk: chopped, flipped & ripped. 28 instrumental tracks - all straight bangers.
Oh No on Stones Throw Records
The latest from Talib Kweli drops today. Its been a minute since The Beautiful Struggle LP, but from what I’ve heard Eardrum sounds like it was well worth the wait. Check it out and pick up a copy.
Quality girl artist’s seem hard to find these days. Bands with their tattooed boys are flooding the market daily, but we found a few girls that you just might want to take a listen to. Trust us, they’re worth your time.
Boys will most likely be the “majority share holder” when it comes to the music industry. This is simply because most boys can’t find time to put their guitar down and leave their bedroom or the garage. Then they figure out a way to get their friends to do the same. Sooner or later they combine their powers and start calling themselves a band, making flyers, and holding shows in your local coldasac. But nevertheless, every now and then we find a few girls that peak the interest of our ears. Here’s three you may or may not know already, but are definitely worth a listen:
1. Rosie Thomas - An obvious favorite of Evade The Noise, Rosie Thomas is an under appreciated artist in our times. Her thoughtful and simple song writing makes her stand out in this sea of “boy music.” With friends like Sufjan, Damien Jurado, Denison Whitmore, and David Bazan, you just can’t go wrong with Rosie. She’s a true Seattle girl in style and in her overal writing, and we’re pretty sure after 4 albums that she wants to keep it that way. Take Rosie with you when you drive, when you’re studying, or when you’re just in need of some clean crisp girl vocals.
2. A Fine Frenzy - A friend tipped us off a few weeks ago about “A Fine Frenzy” and it was much appreciated. Los Angeles based and only 21 years old, Alison Sudol (her birth name) is someone you should be looking out for in the very near future. At the time of this writing she is the “Free Single of the Week” on iTunes and you should definitely click away and get yourself some free, musical goodness. Sometimes it’s just piano and other times she has a full band backing her up, but either way, both are just fantastic. You can also hear her at Virb. Enjoy.
3. Regina Spektor - This Russian-born singer/songwriter is almost confusing at your first listen. Sometimes her words run together and even her accent can get in the way, but that’s just the vibe she’s putting out. She mainly rocks the piano, but obviously other instruments maintain their spot on her most recent album titled “Begin to Hope.” Lyrically interesting and even weird at times, Regina is a must-have if you’re looking for a girl with attitude and no consideration for the usual harmony and melody.
Runner Up: Bethany Dillon - This girl has done well for herself in the Christian music industry and pretty much all across the board. Her songs have appeared in many movies and soundtracks such as Dreamer, Amazing Grace, Narnia, and Bridge to Terabithia. Her first album was released when she was only 16, and now at 19 her career has truly taken off. Side note: she just got engaged to Shane Bernard of “Shane and Shane”… crazy.
Be sure and give these girls a few moments of your time, and if you’re as stoked as we are, buy their music. That should hold off the boys for awhile.
The Juliana Theory’s Brett Detar and Sense Field’s Chris Evenson have teamed up to form a new band, from the ashes of great bands, called Belasana. During the reign of these two bands they formed together to create a song, “Bittersweet Eve” for a Christmas album in 2004 called Maybe This Christmas Tree. But now the word is the two are getting into the studio to create a new batch of songs, which is something worth waiting for. It has been a little too long to hear back from The Juliana Theory’s front man and we are excited for this big news.
From some of our favorites:
Thousand Foot Krutch - The Flame in All of Us. 09.18.07
Shawn McDonald - Roots. 09.25.07
Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace. 09.25.07
Falling Up - Captiva. 10.02.07
Dashboard Confessional - The Shade of Poison. 10.02.07
and last but definetly not least…
Jimmy Eat World - Chase the Light. 10.16.07
It has been a great year for music this year but talk about going out with a BANG!
Mae keeps their same fun, poppy sound for the third time around. Don’t judge this album by it’s cover… cause I sure did. It’s obvious the album art could use a little work. It’s sad that when bands like Mae get signed to a major label they just throw out good design and just focus on nailing the drum tracks. But all that aside this album should be added to shelf (or hard drive). Mae has been a favorite of mine since their first album “Destination: Beautiful” on Tooth and Nail Records. They entered the music scene out of nowhere and took my ears by surprise. Unique vocals, catchy, and just about every track was a hit single. Then of course came there larger release “The Everglow” complete with a special website where you could search around for treasures and play games. Both albums showed Mae’s maturity and that they could hold their own in this crazy business.
Now enter “Singularity”, the third album in their six year run. I’m always hesitant when a band signs a major record deal. In the history of bands it usually means a change in production, sound, and attitude as the band thinks they are more than they really are. But the truth is, Mae’s sound hasn’t changed from what it was in the beginning. Sure is has matured, rearranged, and been produced differently, but the core of who they are is still true on this new album. This might also be a downside to the new ablum. If you’re looking for something different in their sound you probably won’t find it here. All you will find is thirteen new tracks that continue their last few albums, which I find nice. I believe you need bands like Mae who continue to reproduce themselves and still hold your attention. A band like Blink 182 comes to mind. They continued to reproduce their poppy punk sound and people kept buying their albums. Mae is no different: familiar sounds that we love, with a splash of something new that holds my interest.
A noteable track is “Just Let Go” which happens to be one my current favorites. For some reason I can’t get away from singing “are you…. are you falling for me? This time we’ll find what we both need.” Be sure to give this album a listen. Next you’ll find yourself driving to it and maybe even taking joyrides just to enjoy it, which is the Mae we know and love. I give this album a thumbs up and would recommend it to my friends… of course without the weird and annoying front cover.
So you’ve got an iPod filled with some sweet tunes that you have streaming through your car stereo via an FM transmitter. But instead of enjoying your latest 50 Cent download and driving safely you have to constantly mess around with the dial to prevent the local mariachi station from cutting in. Fortunately for you Belkin has created an online database to help you find your city’s finest vacant FM stations: just enter your ZIP code at belkin.com/mybestfm to get a list of available frequencies.
The band that brought you “Flagpole Sitta” on their first record brings you their 3rd full length release, but this time, it’s completely free. Be sure and download the album from their website by clicking here. Then come back and drop us a comment and tell us what you thought. Oh, and don’t forget to read their reasons why while you’re there. Enjoy!
Thanks to Kurt for the heads up on this one.