There are so many great tracks coming through at the moment. Give these a go to make your Friday run faster. As usual it’s a masterfully put together blend of big name pop and indie brilliance, also available as a Spotify playlist. See below.
Dan Auerbach: King of a One Horse Town
Nine-time GRAMMY Award winner and one half of legendary band The Black Keys, Dan Auerbach has some new music on the horizon. I for one am obsessed with his new sound, which my husband dismissed as a little too country for him (not that I asked). I welcome the difference. It’s like taking a little holiday, really. King Of A One Horse Town is taken from Auerbach’s second solo album Waiting On A Song, which is out 2 June 2 (available to pre-order now). The long player features some Nashvilles’s most respected players including John Prine, Duane Eddy, Pat McLaughlin and Bobby Wood & Gene Chrisman of the Memphis Boys.
Kasabian: Are You Looking for Action?
Watch Kasasbian‘s incredible music video for the album track Are You Looking For Action? It’s like weekend viagra. It comes on with such force you can’t help but sit up and take notice. The band’s sixth studio album For Crying Out Loud comes out later this year. It’s got me wondering, for the Australian release, will it be renamed For Fuck’s Sake?
Bleachers: Don’t Take The Money
Dustin Tebbutt x Lisa Mitchell: Innerbloom
SELECT MUSIC, WME & FRANKIE MAGAZINE PRESENTS
with special guest Alex The Astronaut
- SAT 10 JUNE |THE FACTORY THEATRE, SYDNEY
**LIMITED TICKETS REMAIN**
- SUN 11 JUNE | CAMBRIDGE HOTEL, NEWCASTLE
(Queens Birthday Long Weekend)* Early Show Doors 5pm
- THUR 15 JUNE | THE TRIFFID, BRISBANE
- FRI 16 JUNE | GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL, BYRON BAY
- SAT 17 JUNE | SOLBAR, MAROOCHYDORE
- FRI 23 JUN | NEWPORT HOTEL, FREMANTLE
- SAT 24 JUN | BADLANDS, PERTH
- THU 29 JUN | CORNER HOTEL, MELBOURNE
**NEW SHOW ADDED – LIMITED TICKETS REMAIN**
- FRI 30 JUN | CORNER HOTEL, MELBOURNE
- SAT 01 JULY | THE GOV, ADELAIDE
Benjamin Booker: Believe
Benjamin Booker‘s new track Believe will be the soaring centrepiece on his upcoming album Witness, which is out Friday 2 June. Don’t be fooled by the soul sound heard in this track. Booker rocks hard (the riffs of Right On You can be heard here). On Witness Booker blends garage punk with eccentric soul, and rhythm and blues. He is one to watch, and certainly listen to. LOUD.
The Drums: Heart Basel
This song is summertime-primed, pop perfection. The Drums’ forthcoming album Abysmal Thoughts is already being lauded as a return to form, and Heart Basel is quintessential The Drums. It’s the second single off of the band’s fourth full-length, and though it sounds sunny, the intent behind the song is slight heartbreak. Frontman Jonny Pierce went through the most significant breakup of his life during the making of Abysmal Thoughts and he’s turned it in to a work of art.
Dua Lipa: Lost In Your Light
Dua Lipa’s debut self-titled album is out 2 June and is available to pre-order now.
MØ: Nights With You
MØ wrote Nights With You in L.A., with Benny Blanco, Ryan Tedder, Cashmere Cat and SOPHIE. The track is about her best friend who she has known since kindergarten, and is another cut from her upcoming sophomore album. The lush video was shot in Bulgaria.
Waterslides is the new song from Pixx – the alter ego of Hannah Rodgers – it’s lifted from the forthcoming debut LP, The Age Of Anxiety out Friday 2 June (like most tunes in this post. Pre order here).
The accompanying video fuses a lo-fi aesthetic with the ultra-modern; the synthetic and the natural. Filmed in the futuristic cityscape of Bilbao, directors Alice Clingan and Louis Milner explained that the premise behind the visual was inspired by a dream Hannah had of a waterpark in the middle of an ocean surrounded by emotionless, suited figures.
Little Dragon: Celebrate
Grammy-nominated, Gothenburg-based outfit Little Dragon‘s fifth studio album Season High is available now. Celebrate carries on the Swedish quartet’s tradition of marrying smouldering electronics and laid-back R&B melodies.
Slow Dancer: It Goes On
Melbourne’s Slow Dancer writes warm, near-whispered indie-rock love letters to the 60s and 70s rhythm and blues records his parents would play on family car rides down Australia’s winding west coast. They are heavy on nostalgia and even heavier on imagination. His new album In A Mood comes out on 9 June.
Slow Dancer explains the subtle yet striking music video for ‘It Goes On’, “I wrote the treatment for the ‘It Goes On video’ with my ex lover of 14 years. We wanted to explore what the things we choose say say about us. I have a theory about writing love songs; they are a curse; they inadvertently herald the end of the very relationship they here intended to praise. In this instance, I was painfully correct.”
‘In A Mood’ Australian Tour
- July 6 – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne
- July 7 – The Milk Factory, Brisbane
- July 14 – Oxford Arts Gallery Bar, Sydney
‘In A Mood’ US Tour
- June 6 – Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn NY
- June 7 – Mercury Lounge, New York NY
- June 8 – The Lizard Lounge, Cambridge MA
- June 10 – Zaphod Beeblebrox, Ottawa ON
- June 12 – The Drake, Toronto ON
- June 15 – Hideout, Chicago IL
- June 16 – Space, Chicago IL
- June 17 – Icehouse, Minneapolis MN
- June 20 – Barboza, Seattle WA
- June 21 – Doug Fir (Patio), Portland OR
- June 23 – Cafe du Nord, San Francisco, CA
- June 24 – Cafe du Nord, San Francisco, CA
- June 27 – Hotel Cafe, Los Angeles CA
- June 28 – Resident, Los Angeles, CA
This Wild Life: Heart Shaped Box
Long Beach, California indie alt duo This Wild Life have covered Nirvana’s Heart-Shaped Box and we love it. On deciding to re-record the classic, singer / guitarist Kevin Jordan said, “Growing up in the 90’s I think every kid loved Nirvana, but as I grew older I started to appreciate the songwriting and artistry more. While digging back into these old records this song really jumped out at me due to the beautiful but simultaneously haunting melody in the verses. I thought it would be a fun and challenging project to approach this song 24 years later with a dark and cathartic arrangement without the huge drums and guitars. Anthony (del Grosso) and I produced the track ourselves after our last US Tour and we hope it comes across as an ode to a songwriter who left this place far too soon.”
In Loving Memory
This is for Jim, a darling man who lost his life last week. Thank you for being so kind to me. Thank you for being one of the funniest souls I’d ever met. Here is Dan Black‘s scandalous cover of Notorious B.I.G.‘s Hypnotize posted in your honour. Go forth with love, our dear friend.
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