In the years since Peter Bjorn and John singer/guitarist Peter Morén’s debut solo album The Last Tycoon (2008), the Swedish popsmith has put out two full-lengths in his native language. Now, Morén has reinterpreted some songs from those LPs for English-speaking listeners and bundled them as Broken Swenglish, Vol. 1, the first EP in a planned series of digital releases. Due December 9 via INGRID, the upcoming short-player features four tracks, including “Going Places,” an agoraphobic ballad that, in its original form, was titled “Erik M. Nilsson,” in honor of the Swedish filmmaker. (Continue reading)
Twenty years deep and Wu-Tang Clan’s influence on hip-hop is as potent as ever.
Method Man just blazed a his guest verse on A$AP Mob’s “Trillmatic” and here we have Raekwon—lyrics still sharp as steel—dropping in on The Dividends new track, “Fool’s Gold.”
The Dividends, comprised of singer Sarah Jaffe and producer S1 (Kanye, Jay Z, Beyoncé), formed following a studio session with The Cannabinoids and decided to drop their Far From Away EP, scheduled to drop in 2014.
“Sarah Jaffe is amazing,” says Symbolyc One. “I truly believe we have something really special when we’re working together. The first three songs we ever collaborated on were picked by major artists—including Eminem’s ‘Bad Guy’—so it was only right that we proceed and present our ideas through what we know now as The Dividends.”
Jaffe adds: “‘Fools Gold’ was so much fun to write. My voice next to Raekwon’s still trips me out. I’m a massive fan of his so it was an honor to share a song with him.”
Happy Fangs is a duo comprising vocalist Rebecca Gone Bad (also of My First Earthquake) and guitarist Michael Cobra (also of King Loses Crown). The pair deliver punky pop jams that bring to mind the New Wave glitz of vintage Blondie and the glam guitar rock of Suzi Quatro — with a dash of punk ‘tude thrown in for good measure. (Continue reading)
MisterWives are married: not legally, but musically. The band, comprised of Mandy Lee, Etienne Bowler, Will Hehir, Marc Campbell, Dr. Blum, and Murph Dawg, has formed a bond over the past year that they’re ready to share with the world. The New York-based band will release its debut EP Reflections early next month, which features rock, dance, and pop-driven tracks that capture Lee’s strong vocals. For a band that just got together a year ago, MisterWives have had quite the journey so far. The band was picked up by PhotoFinish Records earlier this year and completed a tour with Canadian indie-rockers Half Moon Run. (Continue reading)
Peter Morén (yes, the “Peter” you might recognize from Peter, Bjorn & John) already has three solo albums in his repertoire: The Last Tycoon in 2008 and two Swedish-language recordings, I spåren av tåren in 2010 and Pyramiden in 2012. (Continue reading)
The members of the appealingly musical, annoyingly punctuated Swedish indie-pop powerhouse Peter Bjorn and John have been known to engage in any number of individual pursuits between group projects, and just as when they’re configured as a band, Peter Morén is the one most likely to be out front in the spotlight. (continue reading…)
Broken Swenglish, Vol. 1 is out 12/9 via INGRID, the label founded by Peter Bjorn and John, Miike Snow, Lykke Li, and other most excellent Swedes. There’s also a seventh PB&J album on the way, the follow-up to 2011′sGimme Some.
Although Mandy Lee, the lead singer of MisterWives, studied songwriting and opera at a New York City performing arts high school, her method for penning “Twisted Tongue” was pure rock’n'roll; as she puts it, there was “a lot of whiskey and maybe 50 crumpled up pieces of paper thrown in the trash with lyrics that never made it into the song.”
Whatever works, right? Especially considering the end result, a “Forget You”-meets-”Rehab” pop gem with just a hint of New York edge. The trio, who first started making music almost exactly a year ago, have quickly found their stride, pairing Lee’s sultry vocals and sharp-as-a-tack lyrics (listen closely to “Twisted Tongue” to hear what we mean) with the musical powerings of Will Hehir and Etienne Bowler. They’ve got their debut EP, Reflections, slated for release in early January, and “Twisted Tongue” is a good hint of what’s to come. (continue reading…)
For three decades, between the release of their self-titled 1968 debut album and Beck’s 1998 Mutations—whose name is a tribute to the São Paolo legends—there wasn’t much talk about Os Mutantes. That started to change after Mutations dropped and the record’s best song, “Tropicália,” a lush homage to the Brazilian psych-pop sound that Mutantes helped forge, started to get serious burn on college radio and mixtapes. The next year, David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label released a Mutantes compilation, and in 2008, the band hit paydirt when their classic track “A Minha Menina” was featured on a McDonald’s commercial for the 2008 Olympics. By then, ostensible leader Sérgio Dias Baptista had already reformed the band, and recent albums, including this year’s Fool Metal Jack, show that they can still conjure up magic, even without most of their founding members.
Os Mutantes frontman, Sergio Dias, sings of America’s financial crisis in latest CD ‘Fool Metal Jack’
It’s a lament that could have easily been penned by Bruce Springsteen or some other socially-conscious American singer-songwriter, putting into words and music the plight of those most damaged by the financial crisis of 2008. “I lost my home. My dream is gone. I’m on the road, nowhere to go.” But the song, a scathing indictment of the housing crisis that left thousands of Americans on the streets, comes from a most unlikely source. Almost 50 years after he helped found Os Mutantes, one of the cornerstones of the Tropicália movement in Brazil, Sergio Dias has turned his attention to the United States. (continue reading)
Os Mutantes (Friday) This Brazilian psychedelic-rock collective creates clever, ebullient parties that nod to British-invasion rock, samba, heavy metal and more with infectious tropicalia dance pulse. The band — which originated in the late 1960s, and has been reformed since 2006 — offers a worldly musical seminar unlike any other. Its newest album, “Fool Metal Jack,” was released this spring. With Capsula. At 7:30 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village.