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Simone Felice StrangersITUNESJB HIFIINFO
Strangers was recorded in the Catskills with co-producer/friend David Baron, along with guest artists The Felice Brothers, Leah Siegel, and Wesley Schultz & Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers. It is a body of work that truly captures Simone's rare gift as a poet, song-crafter and unique visionary.
David Bowie Rebel Rebel (40th Anniversary Limited Edition) - 7" Picture DiscINFO
Rebel Rebel is the next release in the continuing run of David Bowie limited edition 40th anniversary 7” picture discs.
The record will be the seventh in the series, due to be issued by Parlophone on March 14th, with the usual regional variations.
Originally released on February 15th 1974, Rebel Rebel was a first taste from the upcoming Diamond DogsLP, though it was considered a bit of a curveball compared to much of the music on that album.
It was the first release since the dissolution of The Spiders From Mars, though stylistically it may have been more at home on Aladdin Sane, with its up-tempo, Stones feel and with an unmistakable and instantly recognisable riff played by Bowie. A riff that he was more than grateful to have conjured up, later saying of it: “It's a fabulous riff! Just fabulous! When I stumbled onto it, it was 'Oh, thank you!'”.
The track reached #5 on the UK singles chart and even managed a placing in the US Billboard Hot 100, no doubt helped by the US version of the single released in the US, Canada and Mexico in May of the same year.
The A-side of the 40th anniversary edition features the original single mix of Rebel Rebel, which hasn't been available on 7" since the early 80's and sadly remains unavailable on CD to this day.
The AA-side has the aforementioned US Version, which is a remixed edit of the song with overdubs and extra backing vocals, more akin to the version Bowie would play on the North American Diamond Dogs Tour that year.
The photographs on the disc were taken of Bowie while in Amsterdam promoting the single and recording the Rebel Rebel video for the Dutch Top Pop television show in February 1974.
Sunnyboys Sunnyboys (Expanded Edition)JB HIFIINFO
The Sunnyboys' classic debut album, remastered and expanded to a 2CD set, with 25 BONUS TRACKS!
Includes all relevant b-sides, plus an unreleased 17-song demo session, recorded prior to the actual album and including a number of songs that were not re-recorded for the album, that is so incredible fans will be pinching themselves! That’s 37 tracks in total!
Originally released in 1981, 'The Sunnyboys' includes the hit singles 'HAPPY MAN' and 'ALONE WITH YOU', and perennial fan faves including 'Tunnel of Love' and 'Let You Go'. It is an all-time Australian Classic and is routinely featured in lists that reflect that. It’s clocked up over 100,000 sales since it was first released and has never been out of print... Yet, until now, it’s never been remastered. Fans will not believe how great this album now sounds!
This deluxe reissue includes a 16-page booklet featuring liner notes and recollections from band members as well as a bunch of rarely seen pix from back in the day.
Morgan Evans Morgan EvansITUNESJB HIFIINFO
After blazing a trail with two hit EPs, Novocastrian singer/songwriter Morgan Evans is set to launch his much-anticipated debut self-titled album through Warner Music Australia on Friday 14 March.
The album was recorded in Nashville with an all-star cast of players and produced by ex-pat Aussie producer/musician Jedd Hughes (Keith Urban, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss). Evans had a hand in writing nearly every track on the album – some on his own, some with local artists and many with A-list Nashville songwriters.
“I’ve been working toward this album since I started my first band at the age of thirteen. I wrote a lot of songs over the last year and through the process we’ve come up with an album that talks about who I am and how I live my life, keeping that childhood heart beating through the ups and downs of life. This album is me, and that’s why I called it ‘Morgan Evans’.”
The album tells the story of perseverance through life’s toughest blows by holding on to childhood innocence. From the thrill of infatuation in I Wanna Go, the deep devotion of Love You Home and the seductive Make You Feel Like A Woman to the romantic turmoil and betrayal in lead single One Eye For An Eye and opening track Like A Tornado, the glories and heartbreaks of love are laid soulfully bare.
The album also explores the complexities of a toxic romance (Another Goodbye Kiss) and a dream of a better world (All In This Together) as Morgan showcases his highest and lowest ebbs, including Childhood Heart - Morgan’s manifesto on life.
The final tracks are the high-octane rocker Best I Never Had and his take on the Guy Clark classic The Cape, another story of the childhood spirit, with our own country and roots star Kasey Chambers providing vocals on the song.
The album is set for release on Friday 14 March, in the midst of an exciting period for Morgan. He will perform in Brisbane and Melbourne shows with US hitmaker Gretchen Wilson with a main stage set at the massive CMC Rocks the Hunter festival at the Hope Estate. A series of album launch party shows are scheduled the following week.
Morgan’s first single, One Eye For An Eye, is released Monday 3 February.
Kylie Minogue Kiss Me OnceITUNESJB HIFIINFO
Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning global superstar Kylie Minogue will release a brand new album, entitled Kiss Me Once, on Warner Bros. Records / Parlophone on March 18th. This is the Australian pop icon's first studio album since 2010's Aphrodite, and her first since signing to Roc Nation Management.
Rod Stewart Live 1976-1998: Tonight's The NightsJB HIFIINFO
Rod Stewart is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time and throughout his unprecedented five-decade-long career, the singer-songwriter has also earned the distinction of being one of the most beloved live performers in the world.
Warner Bros. Records shines a spotlight on Stewart’s phenomenal legacy on stage with a four-disc collection that spans more than 20 years with 58 unreleased live recordings that include his biggest hits along with some incredible covers.
Arranged chronologically, the opening disc is comprised of performances recorded in a variety of venues across England in 1976. Many of the songs are from Stewart’s then-current album, the double-platinum A Night on the Town, including the smash, Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright), which was a #1 hit in the U.S. for eight weeks. Other memorable performances include You Wear It Well, Maggie May and (I Know) I’m Losing You from the #1 Australian album, Every Picture Tells a Story.
The second disc includes two songs recorded in 1976 – Sailing and Stay With Me, a song Stewart originally recorded with the Faces – but the majority of the music comes from a 1979 concert at the Forum in Los Angeles. Performances include (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right from the triple-platinum Foot Loose and Fancy Free, and the title track from Stewart’s #1 Australian album, Blondes Have More Fun. Also featured are several songs from Foolish Behavior recorded in 1980 at Wembley Stadium, as well as Stewart’s raucous duet with Tina Turner on Hot Legs, from a 1981 show in LA.
The third disc spans 1984-89 and features a selection of strong performances from two concerts. One was recorded in 1984 in San Diego and includes Some Guys Have All The Luck and You’re In My Heart (Final Acclaim). The second concert was recorded in 1989 at the Meadowlands, on the tail end of his tour in support of Stewart’s US double platinum album Out Of Order. Those songs include Forever Young, Infatuation, Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? and I Ain’t Superstitious, a song he originally recorded in 1968 with the Jeff Beck Group.
The final disc includes recordings made between 1991-98, beginning with a 1991 show at Wembley Stadium where Stewart mixed Downtown Train and Baby Jane with classics like Mandolin Wind. Stewart was riding a massive wave of success from the Unplugged…and Seated album in 1993 when he performed at the Greek Theatre in LA. Several songs taken from that show touch on Stewart’s early years, like Handbags And Gladrags from his solo debut An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down (1969), Cut Across Shorty from Gasoline Alley (1970) and (Find A) Reason To Believe from Every Picture Tells A Story (1971).
The final disc closes with covers of Oasis’ Cigarettes And Alcohol and Primal Scream’s Rocks recorded in London in 1998. Those are just two of the many covers featured on LIVE 1976-1998, each a showcase for Stewart’s unparalleled skill at interpreting other artists’ music. Among the highlights are: Bruce Springsteen’s Hungry Heart, the Beatles’ Get Back, Jimi Hendrix’s Angel, Van Morrison’s Have I Told You Lately, B.B. King’s Rock Me Baby, the blues standard Baby Please Don’t Go and several songs by Sam Cooke, who had an enormous influence on Stewart.
Memphis May Fire UnconditionalITUNESINFO
Memphis May Fire has spent the past 3 years turning heads and they are now one of the big dogs in the metalcore world. To say the band has been moving at full throttle would be putting it lightly. After being the standout band in 2012, they were asked to return in 2013 to headline the Mainstage on Vans Warped Tour.
Unconditional is about struggles, faith, paving out your own future, and coming to terms with the responsibilities life throws your way. The band has written a record that is sure to connect with their fanbase in a big way, while attracting a large number of new listeners in the same fashion as their previous release, Challenger.
Unconditional is the album fans and critics have been waiting for. Forget what you’ve come to expect from MEMPHIS MAY FIRE… and get ready for one of 2014’s biggest metal-core releases.
My Chemical Romance May Death Never Stop You (The Greatest Hits 2001 - 2013) (Deluxe CD/DVD)ITUNESINFO
A message from the band can be found below.
The album officially drops on March 21st via Warner Bros. On March 25, we will be releasing a greatest hits album entitled “May Death Never Stop You.” The title is fitting, because as sad as it was to say goodbye to the band, we look at this collection as a celebration of our best songs, and hope the memory of them continues to bring joy to you all as they have for us.
The album also includes some previously unreleased material, including the infamous “Attic Demos,” and one of the last songs we worked on in the studio together. On January 21, we will be opening pre-orders for the album right here on our site. We hope you take the journey with us into MCR’s past, and enjoy the small taste of what might have been.
Ray, Gerard, Frank, Mike
Black Lips Underneath The RainbowITUNESJB HIFIINFO
Atlanta’s favourite sons Black Lips have announced the impending release of their first full length in three years, Underneath the Rainbow Friday 21st March on longtime label Vice Records.
Recorded at a variety of locations over the course of 2013, the twelve songs boast a stable of studio collaborators whose pedigree speaks to how much the band has grown and sonically matured over the course of their 15 year long career. After calls to incarcerated studio legend Phil Spector to produce went unanswered the band convened at Dunham Studios in New York to record initial tracks with Dap Kings music director Tommy Brenneck (Cee Lo, Charles Bradley). The group then decamped to Nashville to record several songs with Patrick Carney of The Black Keys producing, finally rounding out the album with a couple of songs co-produced with lifetime Lips recording collaborator, Ed Rawls. The resultant collection was mixed by Grammy winner Jimmy Douglass (Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg, Björk) and features artwork shot by legendary photographer Mick Rock (David Bowie, Queen, Lou Reed).
Since the release of 2011’s Arabia Mountain, which landed Black Lips on the cover of SPIN among many other distinctions, the band have been a live fixture worldwide, including festival appearances at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Primavera, All Tomorrows Parties, Austin City Limits, as well as positioning themselves as international music diplomats via tours in Thailand, Turkey, Australia, and a highly ambitious, ground-breaking tour of the Middle East (which was the subject of an NPR All Things Considered piece as well as a feature length documentary Kids Like You & Me). Additionally the band is currently collaborating with French brand APRIL77 on a line of denim jackets set to launch in the US Spring of 2014, and have interesting plans involving fragrances in the works. The tour schedule for the new album will be characteristically extensive, with a New Year’s Eve show this month in Atlanta and an imminent headlining tour in March following their appearance at SXSW. Full dates to be announced soon.
Christina Perri Head or HeartITUNESINFO
During the summer of 2010, Christina Perri — a 23-year-old café waitress who'd been moonlighting as an unsigned songwriter — went from obscurity to the upper reaches of the Billboard charts in two short weeks. The Philadelphia native had moved to Los Angeles several years prior, hoping to spin her musical abilities into a record deal. Her brother, Nick Perri, had found platinum-certified success as the guitarist of Shinedown, but Christina’s own efforts weren’t met with such luck. She married, divorced, and took up a job at the Melrose Café in Beverly Hills, with music taking a backseat role as she struggled to pay the bills. While recording an EP, though, she managed to contact a choreographer from the TV show So You Think You Can Dance. Weeks later, one of Perri’s piano ballads, “Jar of Hearts,” was used in an episode of the show, and public demand for the single convinced her to release "Jar of Hearts" independently. Over 100,000 people downloaded the song during its first two weeks, helping it crack the Billboard Top 40, and Perri inked a record contract with Atlantic before the summer was up. The following February, "Jar of Hearts" climbed to platinum status as Perri put the finishing touches on her debut album, lovestrong., and prepared for a spring tour with James Blunt. 2012 saw the release of Perri's first-ever holiday album, Very Merry Perri Christmas.
Ronnie James Dio This Is Your LifeJB HIFIINFO
Celebrating the life and legacy of Ronnie James Dio This Is Your Life pays tribute to the late singer with covers of his greatest songs from Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and Dio and features newly recorded tracks from Anthrax, Halestorm, Rob Halford, Metallica, Mot rhead, Scorpions, Corey Taylor, and Tenacious D, among others to benefit the Ronnie James Dio stand up and shout cancer fund. Ronnie James Dio is one of the most beloved figures in rock history. His gifts, both as a singer and songwriter, are instantly recognizable. To celebrate one of rock's most powerful voices, an all-star group of his friends and fans recorded 13 of their favorite tracks for a tribute album . Produced by his longtime manager and wife Wendy Dio, fittingly, Ronnie James Dio provides the finale (and the album's title) with his moving performance of "This Is Your Life." The song serves as a poignant reminder that we will never hear a voice like Dio's again.
Nickel Creek A Dotted LineITUNESINFO
he Grammy Award–winning, multi-platinum selling trio Nickel Creek—Chris Thile (mandolin/vocals), Sara Watkins (fiddle/vocals), and Sean Watkins (guitar/vocals)—officially reunites for the first time since its 2007 self-described “indefinite hiatus” with a new album, A Dotted Line, on April 1, 2014, with vinyl to follow on April 29. The band then tours the US in support of the Eric Valentine–produced album this spring and summer, with shows in New York, Boston, Washington, Chicago, Nashville, and Los Angeles, as well as at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Newport Folk Festival. For all newly added dates, presales begin Wednesday, February 19, at 10 AM local time. A second album track, “Love of Mine,” is streaming below. (“Destination” began streaming here earlier this month.) A Dotted Line is available to pre-order on iTunes and on CD and vinyl in theNonesuch Store now with an instant download of “Destination” and “Love of Mine.”
Fitz & The Tantrums More Than Just A DreamJB HIFIINFO
Brimming with imagination, energy, and genre-smashing scope, Fitz & The Tantrums defied the odds to become an indisputable phenomenon, a chart-topping, show-stopping modern pop combo unlike any other. Now, with their spectacular Elektra Records debut, More Than Just A Dream, the Los Angeles-based sextet have ramped up the timeless songcraft and soul sonic force that made them a worldwide sensation to fashion a kaleidoscopic milestone that delivers on the promise of their 2010 breakthrough, Pickin’ Up The Pieces. Songs like the impossibly catchy first single, “Out Of My League” are positively brazen with verve and vivacity, demonstrating all the drama and passion of the band’s famed live shows. From the charged back-and-forth between co-lead vocalists Fitz and Noelle Scaggs to the incontrovertible power of The Tantrums in full flight, More Than Just A Dream is the sound of a great band taking it right to the edge.
“The only rule in making this record was that there were no rules,” says Fitz. “Nobody was allowed to say, ‘We can’t do that.’ We didn’t limit ourselves.”
Emmylou Harris Wrecking BallITUNESJB HIFIINFO
Emmylou Harris’s groundbreaking album Wrecking Ball will be reissued April 8 on Nonesuch Records. Produced by Daniel Lanois (U2, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Willie Nelson), Wrecking Ball won the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album and was highly praised by critics worldwide. The new three-disc set features the remastered original album, a bonus CD of previously unreleased material, and a DVD of the documentary Building the Wrecking Ball, which includes interviews and studio footage of Harris and Lanois as well as special guests Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Neil Young, Steve Earle, Brian Blade, and others. The album is available to pre-order in the Nonesuch Store with an exclusive print autographed by Harris.
OFF! Wasted YearsINFO
Along with his role in the Black Flag reunion project FLAG, Keith Morris also fronts supergroup OFF!, featuring Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), Mario Rubalcaba (Hot Snakes/Rocket From the Crypt/Earthless), and Steven McDonald (Redd Kross).
Following their 2012 self-titled release, the next OFF! record, Wasted Years, will be out April 11th through Vice. The album cover, above, features art by legendary Black Flag/Sonic Youth cover artist Raymond Pettibon.
The 16 tracks on Wasted Years were tracked live to tape at OFF's practice space, recorded as they were written.
The Bee Gees The Warner bros. Years 1987 - 1991INFO
The Warner Bros. Years 1987-1991 includes all three studio albums recorded during this period (E.S.P., One and High Civilization) as well as bonus tracks including demos, remixes, and edits.
The final two CDs offer One For All, a 1989 concert recording available in its entirety for the first time. This 22-track live set has been newly mixed by Barry Gibb and John Merchant.
The Warner Bros. Years 1987-1991 is released on 15 April 2014 (currently only available for US pre-order).
Bobby Fox The Fantastic Mr FoxITUNESINFO
Permit me to introduce him, the name is Mr Fox.
Some say that the meek shall inherit the earth, but when style is indistinguishable from skill - that man shall inherit it's music. Judge for yourself dear listener and when you're convinced, slam that gavel hard to the rhythm of The Fox. So let’s get up to get down, stop the flirting, put down your weak soy mocha, its time for a full strength, double shot espresso martini.
Paolo Nutini Caustic loveINFO
Paolo Nutini returns with a career defining new album that showcases his maverick talent and incredible vocal prowess with a maturity way beyond his 27 years.
Almost five years after the release of his classic Sunny Side Up album, Paolo Nutini steps back in the ring with Caustic Love an album that aims straight for the heart with a heady mix of stripped down soul and cast-iron funk as exemplified by first single Scream (Funk My Life Up).
Released April 18 on Atlantic Records, Caustic Love features highly original songs written by Paolo and largely produced by Paolo and Dani Castelar. The album was recorded in Valencia, London, Glasgow and the USA. Watch the album trailer here.
With Paolo Nutini you never know what to expect and this sparkling new album is no exception. He exploded onto the scene in 2006 with his pop flavoured These Streets selling 1.5 million copies in the UK. Three years later he moved on again, with the acclaimed Sunny Side Up. Brit Award nominated and an Ivor Novello winner, he was the biggest selling UK male artist of 2009 and 2010.
Now he’s back with a groove laden, dark & stormy musical celebration that looks set to finally establish Paolo Nutini as one of the finest songwriters and performers to emerge from the UK in recent years. Lightning strikes.
Damon Alburn Everyday RobotsITUNESINFO
Damon Albarn stopped by BBC Radio 6 to chat with Steve Lamacq. You can listen to the half-hour interview here.
Lamacq describes Everyday Robots as a very tender, reflective record. The album is a personal narrative that has a brutal honesty at its core. Albarn confirmed the intimate nature of the record. ‘The role of the songwriter is to speak from the heart but, also, enable people to feel that, as well.’ This is Albarn’s most autobiographical record to date. ‘What I tried to do with this record,’ he explained, ‘it had to have happened and it had to have a geographical place in time. Every line happened.’ One song in particular, ‘Hollow Ponds,’ is a very condensed autobiography of Albarn’s life. ‘The lyrics were the hardest part,’ Albarn noted. ‘It took me a long time because I wanted it to be about my life, in a way, and I went right back to 1976.’ Plus, Albarn treats us to an amusing story about ‘Mr Tembo,’ his elephant friend. If you’re looking for an insightful interview on his solo album, look no further than Rolling Stone, who have the whole elephant story down in print.
If you are hoping for another taste of the new record, check out Albarn performing his new song, ‘Lonely Press Play’ at YouTube’s pop-up venue at the Sundance Film Festival this past weekend. The invitation-only performance included acoustic versions of five new songs and one track each by Gorillaz and Blur. His acoustic set included accompaniment by a four-piece string section and keyboards.
Rodrigo Y Gabriela 9 Dead AliveITUNESJB HIFIINFO
9 Dead Alive sees Rodrigo y Gabriela playing face to face, guitar versus guitar, bursting with melodic energy and rhythmic invention. Recorded at their Pacific Coast hideaway in late summer, the album captures the warmth and spontaneity of two great musicians locked in together; perfectly distilled into nine new songs teeming with desire, elegance and gusto.
Each of the songs on the album is a personal celebration of individuals who have passed on, but through their deeds and words still resonate in the 21st century. Going as far back as Eleanor of Acquitaine (1122 - 1204) all the way through history to include Viktor Frankl (1905 - 1997), this diverse and fascinating list will strike a chord with anyone familiar with the duo's passion for human rights, literature, history and philosophy.
Natalie Merchant Natalie MerchantINFO
Nonesuch Records announced today that Natalie's sixth studio album will be available May 6th, 2014. This self-titled and self-produced collection of songs is her first offering of completely original material in 13 years. It follows her double album anthology of 19th and 20th century poetry adapted to music Leave Your Sleep (2010) and The House Carpenter's Daughter (2003), an independently released selection of folk music. For this recording project, Natalie has returned to her core band of musicians augmented by strings, brass and woodwinds to create sparse to lush arrangements. The album represents over a decade of songwriting that she describes as, "taking the measure of lives lived by surveying the damage: love gained and lost, regret, denial, surrender, greed, destructiveness, defeat, and occasional triumph.”
Chromeo White WomanITUNESINFO
Electrofunk duo Chromeo shared their forthcoming album 'White Women', the follow up to 2010's 'Business Casual', via a missed connections ad on Craigslist. According to the ad, the new album is set to drop May 12. Check out the cover above. White Women will feature contributions from Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, Toro Y Moi, Solange, LCD Soundsystem's Pat Mahoney, and Fool's Gold duo Oliver. So far, the duo has shared "Come Alive", featuring Toro Y Moi, "Sexy Socialite", featuring Pat Mahoney, and "Over Your Shoulder".
Black Stone Cherry Magic MountainsINFO
Kentucky rockers Black Stone Cherry will release their fourth album, "Magic Mountain", on May 6 (one day earlier internationally) via Roadrunner Records. The CD's lead single, "Mary Jane", is set to hit radio waves in mid-February to coincide with the band's sold-out series of intimate "fan-curated" U.K. shows.
Commenting on the making of the Joe Barresi-produced "Magic Mountain", Black Stone Cherry said: "Not since before our first album have we felt the freedom and confidence that we felt while writing and recording this album.
"After touring the world behind three previous albums that we are extremely proud of, we feel this album best captures the live energy, honesty and vibe that encompasses our true musicianship."
Renowned as electrifying live, BLACK STONE CHERRY will hit the road hard in support of "Magic Mountain", kicking off the album cycle in the U.K. with a series of intimate — and already sold out — live performances dubbed "The Southern Hospitality Tour". Set for late February/early March, the dates will see Black Sonte Cherry creating each evening's set list from a list of fan requests, guaranteeing every night's performance will be completely unique. The boys will also break the lengthy set to answer fans questions during an audience question-and-answer session, marking the shows out as a really special evening.
Black Stone Cherry's previous albums, 2008's "Folklore And Superstition" and 2011's "Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea", both topped the U.K. Rock Albums chart on their release and have since racked up silver sales certification status from the BPI (British Phonographic Industry).
DOWN Down IV - Part II (EP)INFO
Metal legends Down will release their new EP Down IV – Part Two on May 13, 2014 via Down Records/ADA-Music. Tracked at Nodferatu’s Lair – iconic vocalist Philip H. Anselmo‘s home studio – and produced by Michael Thompson, Anselmo and Down, the new EP is the eagerly anticipated sequel to Down IV – Part One. The new offering from Down is packed with the quintet’s signature gargantuan riffs, swamp blues leads, crashing drums and hypnotic howls, upholding a certain tradition that countless fans celebrate, expanding their own musical mythos as they leave its pillars intact and untouched.
Little Dragon Mabuma RubberbandITUNESINFO
An enticing blend of indie pop hooks and crisp electronic beats in the style first perfected by Saint Etienne's Foxbase Alpha, Little Dragon are a showcase for Swedish-Japanese singer Yukimi Nagano, a mainstay of the European downtempo and lounge scenes. Based in Gothenburg, Sweden, Nagano first broke through in 2000 and 2001 as the singer on several singles by Swell Session, the project fronted by Swedish DJ and producer Andreas Saag. She later sang lead on the club hits "Summer Sun" and "Bright Nights" for the Swedish electronica duo Koop, as well as Hird's house singles "Keep You Kimi" and "I Love You My Hope," along with several contributions to the acid jazz collective Stateless' 2003 album Art of No State and the stylistically similar Sleepwalker's 2006 album, The Voyage. Little Dragon, by way of contrast, are Nagano's own band, featuring keyboardist Hakan Wirenstrand, bassist Fredrik Kallgren Wallin, and drummer Erik Bodin. Bodin is also the percussionist for Swedish alt-folkie José González; in fact, Nagano sings harmony vocals on González's second album, In Our Nature.
Little Dragon debuted in 2006 with the "Test" single, on the Scandinavian Off the Wall label. The following year, Little Dragon signed with the larger British indie Peacefrog Records (Nouvelle Vague, etc.) for their self-titled debut album, released in 2007. Its opening song, the hushed ballad "Twice," was featured during the 2008/2009 season of Grey's Anatomy. Later in 2009, the group released Machine Dreams, which showed new wave inspiration through bigger hooks. After Little Dragon collaborated on recordings by Gorillaz (Plastic Beach), TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek (Maximum Balloon), and SBTRKT (SBTRKT), they released a third album, Ritual Union, in 2011.
Coldplay Ghost StoriesITUNESJB HIFIINFO
After surfacing in 2000 with the breakthrough single "Yellow," Coldplay quickly became one of the biggest bands of the new millennium, honing a mix of introspective Brit-pop and anthemic rock that landed the British quartet a near-permanent residence on record charts worldwide. The group's emergence was perfectly timed; Radiohead had just released the overly cerebral Kid A, while Oasis had ditched two founding members and embraced psychedelic experimentation on Standing on the Shoulder of Giants. U.K. audiences were hungry for a fresh-faced rock band with big aspirations and an even bigger sound, and Coldplay were more than happy to take the reins. Parachutes went multi-platinum in several countries and earned the band its first Grammy, but Coldplay continued to grow into the 2000s, topping their debut album's success with higher record sales and an increased public profile.
Chris Martin (vocals/piano), Jon Buckland (guitar), Will Champion (drums), and Guy Berryman (bass) were all born into musical households. Martin, the eldest of five, began playing the piano as a young child and later took solace in the work of Tom Waits. Buckland, on the other hand, grew up with the heavy guitar sounds of Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. Scotland native Berryman preferred funk to indie rock, thereby leaving him to play bass, while multi-instrumentalist Champion didn't plan to be a drummer until he joined Coldplay's lineup. The bandmates came together in 1996 while attending the University College of London, and the Safety EP was issued shortly after their first gig at a Manchester festival for unsigned bands. The release only saw 500 pressings, as did the subsequent Brothers & Sisters EP. Nevertheless, it was enough to win the band a U.K. deal with Parlophone Records in April 1999, and the five-track Blue Room EP arrived that fall. With nods from the media, Coldplay were hailed as the next Travis, thanks to their simple acoustics and charming personas.
Parlophone ushered Coldplay into Parr St. Studios in Liverpool, where they recorded the bulk of their debut album. Parachutes was released in July 2000 and became a swift hit on the strength of four U.K. singles, several of which enjoyed popularity in America as well. With "Yellow" climbing the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, Parachutes was released in the U.S. in November, where its sales soon rivaled — and eventually surpassed — those in the U.K.
Riding on the strength of their universally popular debut, Coldplay headed back into the studio in fall 2001 to work on a sophomore album. They emerged with A Rush of Blood to the Head, releasing the album worldwide in August 2002 and embarking on a global concert tour soon after. "The Scientist" enjoyed regular radio rotation, while both "Clocks" and "In My Place" won Grammy awards. The CD/DVD package Live 2003 was issued to highlight the group's popular tour, and Martin specifically earned a higher notch on the celebrity scale by marrying actress Gwyneth Paltrow in December 2003. Paltrow gave birth to the couple's first daughter, Apple Blythe Alison Martin, the following April.
Fatherhood didn't stop Martin from working, as Coldplay began recording material for a third album within weeks. Previously recorded material with longtime producer Ken Nelson was scrapped early on, while Danton Supple (Morrissey, the Cure) joined Coldplay to complete the recording of X&Y. "Speed of Sound" marked Coldplay's first single from their long-awaited third effort in spring 2005; the album followed in June, topping charts around the world and selling more than eight million copies during its first year.
Such success put Coldplay on the same commercial level as U2, and Coldplay retreated to the studio in late 2006 to work with famed producer Brian Eno (who had teamed up with U2 several times in the past). Recording sessions with Eno were completed within one year, followed by several months of mixing and growing anticipation from the band's audience. Viva la Vida — also known by its extended name, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends — ultimately arrived in June 2008. Worldwide sales for the album had approached six million by November, when Coldplay released several new recordings (including a collaboration with hip-hop mogul Jay-Z) as part of the Prospekt's March EP. Preceded by first single "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall," Coldplay's fifth studio album, 2011's Mylo Xyloto, was produced by Markus Dravs, Daniel Green, and Rik Simpson (the official press release adds "with enoxification and additional composition by Brian Eno"). Live 2012, the band's second concert film/recording, followed in 2012.