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Bleachers (aka Jack Antonoff) has a new album titled Gone Now dropping June 2nd, and this Friday (5/26), he's inviting fans to his bedroom trailer to have a listen! That's right, at 3pm on Friday Jack's gonna park a big honkin' trailer with the interior all decked out to look like his childhood bedroom (see pix after the jump) outside of Easy Street! The bedroom trailer will be open from 3-6pm and Jack will also be onsite to sign posters from 3:30 to 5:30pm! Also, the first 15 customers who pre-order the new release, Gone Now, on CD or LP at the event will receive a free limited 12" single of "Don't Take The Money" on street date.
Why is Jack doing this? We'll let him explain...
"every lyric and note i have ever written has come from the room i grew up in. i lived in this room until i was 27. kinda fucked up but i never felt the need to leave. i felt so independent on tour that when i came home to new jersey i just wanted to be in the room i existed my entire life in. learned to love music in there was i was 10 – wrote my first songs in there when i was 12 – started recording and having band practice in there at 13 – had all my relationships there – started touring and would come home to this room – wrote all the steel train songs in there – started bleachers in this room while fun was getting bigger and i was still living there – strange desire came from this room …. and now … this new album. gone now is about moving on and how we can’t take it all with us. when i thought about where this album was coming from and what it’s kissing goodbye i thought of this room. i wished i could play the album for people who care about bleachers in this space that it is coming from and leaving. so i removed my room. every inch of it. every wall, the rug, my bed, every poster and sticker ….. this is literally exactly how i left it (doc to come on how we actually did this ..). it’s a bit literal but the only way i was going to fully move on and live what i’m trying to live on gone now was to remove this room and freeze it. it speaks to how badly i want to enter the next phase of my life and how impossible it is for me to let go of what’s gone. cause with what’s gone are people … this room has seen it all as far as my life goes.
some information: i will be taking the room on tour with me so people around the country can hear the album in it before shows. it will be at the may and june dates. i haven’t decided what will happen after that yet. come in – touch whatever you want – hear gone now in its birthplace and in the center of its inspiration."
As you may have heard, Justin Townes Earle is coming to Easy Street May 30 to perform a brief solo acoustic set at 6:30pm before rushing off to play his big show at the Neptune that same evening. Wanna get the full JTE experience? We're giving away three pairs of tickets to the 5/30 Neptune show with special guests the Sadies & Sammy Brue! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Kids In The Street" (the title of his latest album) and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 5/26. Good luck!
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Labeled as coldwave, darkwave, synthpop, and drawing comparisons to Joy Division, Soft Cell, and OMD, Brooklyn duo Black Marble made their mark with their debut album A Different Arrangement, which was released by Hardly Art way back in 2012. Now, half the duo has departed, leaving Chris Stewart running the show on the sophomore follow-up, It's Immaterial. Black Marble is coming to Neumos on May 24th. Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Woods" and please include first & last name with entry. This is a 21+ show. We'll draw a winner on 5/23! Good luck!
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VARIOUS ARTISTS/O.S.T. - Singles - Sony Legacy
The newly expanded Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features the album's original 13 tracks, newly mastered, with a bonus CD of rarities and unreleased tracks. The new bonus CD features previously unreleased recordings by Mudhoney, Paul Westerberg, Mike McCready and Chris Cornell in addition to rarities such as Cornell's 1992 EP Poncier (debuting an early rendition of "Spoonman") and tracks from the film not included on the original soundtrack album. This expanded edition includes, for the first time on CD, "Touch Me I'm Dick," the signature track from Singles performed by Citizen Dick (a fictional band created for the film featuring frontman Matt Dillon backed by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament). Also included are revelatory liner notes--and a track-by-track description of the album's musical contents--written especially for this collection by Cameron Crowe, the screenwriter and director of Singles. The film's soundtrack is produced by Danny Bramson and Cameron Crowe.
WAVVES - You're Welcome - Ghost Ramp
"While there’s a sense of pastiche to its varied plundering of genres and eras, Wavves impressively makes these disparate sounds and eras its own. You’re Welcome isn’t a mere homage to the history of popular music; the band has assimilated these influences into its own sonic approach. As a result, even Wavves’ familiar inspirations feel invigorated. The title track sounds like Weezer being played half-speed and underwater, but it eventually takes on a ghostly tint courtesy of rickety organ. Opening track 'Daisy,' meanwhile, is loopy, beach-blanket bingo rock ’n’ roll with stinging guitar riffs, and 'Stupid In Love' possesses a thrashing surf-rock beat. Six albums in, [singer/songwriter Nathan] Williams still doesn’t have life figured out, but he’s still fired up to try." - The A.V. Club
FAITH EVANS & THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G. - The King & I - Rhino
The King & I is a duets album that will take listeners through a unique journey of Faith and Biggie's relationship. The album features unreleased Biggie vocals and is packed with original productions by DJ Premier, Just Blaze, Stevie J, Salaam Remi, Chucky Thompson, Puff Daddy and more. The album also features guest artist Lil Cease, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, Styles P, Sheek Louch (founders of The L.O.X. hip hop group), 112, and a first time collaboration with legendary hip hop artist Lil Kim. The narrative of The King & I is compelling, compassionate, and offers a very personal glimpse into the love life of two of the biggest hip hop & R&B artists of all time.
THE MOUNTAIN GOATS - Goth - Merge
From Peter Hughes of the Mountain Goats: "The theme this time around is goth, a subject closer to my heart perhaps than that of any Mountain Goats album previous. And while John writes the songs, as he always has, it feels more than ever like he’s speaking for all of us in the band, erstwhile goths (raises hand) or otherwise, for these are songs that approach an identity most often associated with youth from a perspective that is inescapably adult. Anyone old enough to have had the experience of finding oneself at sea in a cultural landscape that’s suddenly indecipherable will empathize with Pat Travers showing up to a Bauhaus show looking to jam, for example. But underneath the outward humor, there is evident throughout a real tenderness toward, and solidarity with, our former fellow travelers—the friends whose bands never made it out of Fender’s Ballroom, the Gene Loves Jezebels of the world—the ones whose gothic paths were overtaken by the realities of life, or of its opposite. It’s something we talk about a lot, how fortunate and grateful we are to share this work, a career that’s become something more rewarding and fulfilling than I think any of us could have imagined. We all know how easily it could’ve gone the other way, and indeed for a long time did."
MATISYAHU - Undercurrent - Fallen Sparks Rec.
Singer-songwriter Matisyahu has been on a journey inward for more than a decade. The journey has been private and public. The journey has at times been explicitly external, even while being driven by internal change. Now, nearly thirteen years after the release of his first studio record, Matisyahu and his band have done something unmatched in his past repertoire; they have crafted that journey into a musically thematic eight-song-movement.
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We woke up to the news that yet another enormous talent has left us far too soon. We'll miss Chris Cornell's incredible talent and voice, and those who knew him personally will remember how sweet and humble he was. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends. The band upstairs keeps getting better and better.