Animal Collective: “Today’s Supernatural” (via YouTube)

Photos by @atibaphoto

Since their 2009 breakthrough album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Animal Collective have done exceptionally well staying busy without worrying about a proper follow-up. There have been solo albums (Dave “Avey Tare” Portner’s Down There, Noah “Panda Bear” Lennox’s Tomboy), an experimental DVD, a live box set, and a fine EP. They’ve played a lot of shows. Things have shifted in their personal lives. Portner has moved away from the East Coast for the first time, and now lives in Los Angeles. Lennox has two children with his wife in Portugal. Brian “Geologist” Wietz is married and has a child. And Josh “Deakin” Dibb is back in the fold, writing songs and performing with the group, after taking a hiatus from the band after 2007’s Strawberry Jam.

Amid all this change, Animal Collective found the time to create a new album. They got together to write in their hometown of Baltimore for three months in early 2011. They hadn’t lived there together in years. It was stressful. And once they had the songs they wanted, they recorded them in El Paso, Texas, again with the assistance of Merriweather producer Ben Allen. They called the record Centipede Hz. (Stream the album in full here.)


Published on Jul 29, 2012 by DominoRecords

‘Today’s Supernatural’ is the first single from Animal Collective’s new album Centipede Hz, out September 3rd / 4th on Domino. Stream the album in full on Animal Collective Radio –

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Brooklyn Gets Ready for the Rolling Stones Concert in November!

Rolling Stones to get their Ya-Yas out — at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center
‘Greatest Band’ will play new home of the Brooklyn Nets in November

Mick Jagger (l) and Keith Richards will perform at the Barclays Center this fall, a huge coup for the new Brooklyn arena.

August 30, 2012
New York Daily News

Brooklyn will get major satisfaction from the Rolling Stones this November, as the world’s greatest rock and roll band plays the new Barclays Center.

According to Billboard Magazine, Sir Mick, Keith Richards and their graying comrades will play two shows at the hot arena, along with two other dates in London.

The quartet of shows will be the only performances to mark the Stones’ 50th anniversary this year.

According to Billboard’s source, the band will be paid $25 million for the four shows, to be promoted by Virgin founder Richard Branson and Australian producer Paul Dainty.

Rumors have swirled for more than a year that The Stones would do something to mark their golden anniversary. But both various band members have said they didn’t have time to get it together for 2012.

But Richards had given hints to Rolling Stone Magazine and the BBC, that a few live shows might mark the event before 2013.

“We’re playing around with the idea and had a couple of rehearsals,” the guitarist said. “I think it’s definitely happening. But when? I can’t say.”

Precise dates for the Barclays and 02 Arena shows haven’t been reported.

The Stones shows come on the heels of announcements of a glittery opening season for the Barclays Center, now rising at the corner of Flatbush and Atlantic Aves. The arena will open with eight concerts by Jay-Z, a tiny shareholder in the Brooklyn Nets, who will also play at the new building.

Barbra Streisand, Neil Young, Justin Bieber, the Who, America’s Olympic gymnasts, Andrea Bocelli, Ringling Bros. and the Daily News-sponsored Golden Gloves are also scheduled this fall.

New York Daily News

The Top 5 Ways To Get Noticed in Today’s Music Industry

From Music Clout: Finding Opportunities for Your Music

Bands & Musicians: The Top 5 Ways To Get Noticed in Today’s Music Industry

1) Write and record stellar music

This one goes without saying, but if your songs aren’t (at a minimum) catchy, provocative, unique, and meticulously recorded, then you need to invest as much time and effort as it takes to get them that way. The days of getting picked up by record labels on the basis of extremely low-budget demo recordings are pretty much over. So you basically need suck it up and spend some cash. Speaking of which….

2) Manage your finances effectively
It’s pretty much common knowledge that record labels no longer have huge stacks of money to invest in “artist development.” This means that you absolutely must manage your music career like you are running a business, watching your cash flow very carefully and keeping yourself in the black. Artists who fail to demonstrate responsibility and discipline in financial matters will simply get passed over by the labels. Period. Bottom line—you need to resist the urge to live the rock star lifestyle until you’ve got the bank to support it.

3) Play lots of gigs
The benefits of playing out on a regular basis are numerous. First of all, it helps to improve your musicianship through practice & repetition, forcing you to perform well under pressure. Secondly, it helps you to establish and refine your brand, personality, songwriting, and unique sound. Thirdly, it will help improve your charisma and social skills because you’ll be constantly fielding comments and questions from fans. And lastly but certainly not leastly, it will put money in your pocket, which of course helps with #2 above.

4) Develop and streamline your social media presence
In today’s all-digital music industry, this is an absolute must. You need to have a solid social media marketing plan in order to reach the maximum number of people and get as many ears on your music as possible. So how do you do you go about developing such a plan? I’m so glad you asked. 🙂 Here are a few tips:

Create consistent and professional-looking branding. Unless you’re super-handy with Photoshop and/or Illustrator, bite the bullet and hire a graphic designer.
Design an eye-catching (but tasteful) Twitter background, YouTube Channel, and Facebook page using your custom branding.

Upload your music to sites like ReverbNation, SoundCloud, and the BandPage app on Facebook, and promote it onall of your other social media channels

Create (and stick to) a regular posting/tweeting schedule to remain “top of mind” with your fans. Keep them informed of your upcoming shows, share pics & videos, and occasionally share off-topic
items that you think they’ll enjoy.

Set weekly goals for increasing your following, and constantly engage with fans. Never let a question or comment go unacknowledged.
Remember that achieving success with social media is a journey, not a destination.

And finally, we arrive at the most important tool in your arsenal when it comes to getting noticed in today’s music industry….

5) Get some truly amazing promotional photos
Time and time again, the first thing that potential fans (or talent scouts, venue managers, or even A&R reps) will see typically see when they come across your stuff for the very first time are your photos. Make a great impression, and chances are good that the person in question will bother to click your link, rummage through your press kit, or actually listen to your music.
Right or wrong, we all “judge a book by its cover” from time to time, so it’s no surprise that people will instantly make certain assumptions about you based solely on the quality and impact of your promotional photos. It doesn’t matter if you spent eleventy billion dollars on your album— if nobody’s listening to it because your pictures suck, then for all intents and purposes, you do too.

You might literally only have 2 seconds to catch someone’s eye, and bear in mind that in today’s caffeine-fueled world of 140-charatcer status updates, there will always be countless other things competing for that same sliver of attention. So the bottom line is that, when given a chance, you better make it count. As the great lyricist Eminem said, “you only get one shot, do NOT miss your chance to glow.”

By Music Photographer Russ Robinson.
Russ Robinson is a commercial band & music photographer based in Tampa, FL specializing in high-end artist promos, cd/album covers, composites, and custom-designed digital artwork. Visit him online at or follow him on Twitter: @TampaBandPhotos

Flashback: Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones Perform ‘Like a Rolling Stone’

They played together during a 1998 South American tour

Dylan has been friends with the Stones for decades, and he’s performed numerous times with Keith Richards and Ron Wood (most notably at Live Aid). But this was the only time he actually performed with the full band. At the 1988 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony he performed “Like a Rolling Stone” and “Satisfaction” with Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, John Fogerty, the Beach Boys, Little Richard, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Les Paul, Neil Young, Elton John, Ben E. King, Jeff Beck and about 20 other people, but that doesn’t quite count, either. It was pretty cool, though just a tad sloppy. As it turns out, 15 guitar players don’t actually improve a song.

Rolling Stone

I wanna jump up and down with Mick & scream and shout… How does it feel / How does it feel / To be on your own / With no direction home / Like a complete unknown / Like a rolling stone ?

Rock ‘n Roll is not dead!!!!

Win A Guitar With Searching For Sugar Man

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New documentary celebrates cult music hero and ’70s street poet

By MOJO Magazine

“Wonderful, as heartwarming a tale as you’ll see all year”. That’s how we described new documentary Searching For Sugar Man – the remarkable story of cult ’70s singer-songwriter Rodriguez. Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul headed to South Africa to investigate the mysterious journey of a man whose songs were once so fervently adopted by those struggling against the Apartheid regime.

To celebrate the release of the film (out in the UK on July 26) we have a copy of the soundtrack, a poster signed by Rodriguez and a Farida guitar – the latter courtesy of the good people at Dawsons music.

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Bob Dylan: The Perfect Storm

Illustration by Juan Osborne (

Dylan sets sail on his finest album of this century.

Bob Dylan

“They battened down the hatches/But the hatches wouldn’t hold,” Bob Dylan sings in the title song of his 35th studio album. Tempest is an epic-ballad account of the sinking of the Titanic, rendered by Dylan in a plaintive growl and ballroom-waltz time and mined with blatant fiction. There was no tempest that night; the Titanic hit the iceberg in clear calm weather. We have no evidence to suggest, as Dylan does, that the doomed passengers turned on each other in homicidal panic. And Leonardo DiCaprio, who appears two minutes into the song’s quarter-hour, was only on the Titanic in James Cameron’s movie.

But the truth of that lyric blows hard, cruel and constant across Tempest, a 10-song storm of trial, envy, obsession, violent retribution and fatal human error, set on scorched terrain and unforgiving seas. Raw memories and bad dreams are daily bread. Judgment comes to all; and there is no appeal. By the time Dylan set sails in Tempest, the penultimate track, he has promised just deserts in Narrow Road (“If I can’t work up to you/You’ll surely have to work down to me someday”) and Pay in Blood (“I pay in blood/But not my own”). In Tin Angel, a love triangle ends in two murders and a suicide, like the folk-noir carol Matty Groves with dialogue by James M. Cain.

Soon After Midnight starts like something the high-school Dylan would have played with his Hibbing combo the Golden Chords – a ladies’ choice laced with the sweet cries of Donnie Herron’s pedal-steel guitar. But then Dylan borrows from Howlin’ Wolf (“I’ve been down on the killin’ floors”) and issues his own pregnant warning: “I’m in no great hurry/I’m not afraid of the fury/I’ve faced stronger walls than yours.” If this is love, it will come dearly.

Tempest is Dylan’s fourth album in the late-blooming streak that began with 2001’s “Love and Theft” (not counting the spiked eggnog of 2009’s Christmas In The Heart). He now makes records the same way he tours – like he’s issuing bulletins from one never-ending session of jump blues, clattering boogie and dead-man-walking shuffles, cut in steady circular arrangements with his railroad-groove road band. After four decades of first-take impatience and hit-and-miss confederates, the studio Dylan has turned into AC/DC comfortable and certain in his formula.

Like his last three albums, Tempest is also a feast of one-liners, Dylan working his turf like a stand-up comic in hanging-judge robes. “I ain’t dead yet/My bell still rings,” he boasts in Early Roman Kings, a hard-charging spin on Muddy Waters’ Mannish Boy, while that third wheel in the Tin Angel triangle is, “a gutless ape with a worthless mind.” It is songwriting as whirlwind, Dylan stitching his rogues and aphorisms together the same way he edited his films Eat The Document and Renaldo And Clara. “Anything goes,” Dylan recently admitted, describing the album to Mikal Gilmore in Rolling Stone. “You just gotta believe it will make sense.”

And it does, for the most elementary and compelling reason: performance. Tempest is Dylan’s best musical album of this century, a vibrant maximising of strict rules and the savaged leather state of that voice. He mostly sticks to his small range, in whispered, menacing close-up, and his band – with guitarist Charlie Sexton back in the line-up – kicks and swings with the same articulate focus. Duquesne Whistle opens with a Jimmie Rodgers flair and rolls like a country-Nuggets express; Pay In Blood comes with a gait and kick that evokes the mid-’70s Rolling Stones (specifically Hand Of Fate).

Tempest seems to end like another album altogether. Compared to his thoroughbred finishes on 2006’s Modern Times (Ain’t Talkin’) and ’09’s Together Through Life (It’s All Good), Dylan’s Lennon homage Roll On John is an odd way out, the heart-string mandolin, soft funeral organ and a mash-up of fuzzy history, historical references, Beatle lyrics and William Blake. But there is a strong wind of missing too, the frank mourning of a competitive twin. At 71, Dylan is a most remarkable survivor: still standing, working and confounding. But for the last few minutes here, he sound his age: weathered, weary and alone in his tempest.
David Fricke

‘Duquesne Whistle’ is the new single from upcoming album ‘Tempest’

Your chance to watch the video to Bob Dylan’s new single Duquesne Whistle, directed by Nash Edgerton. Duquesne Whistle is one of 10 songs that make up Dylan’s forthcoming album Tempest

Click HERE to watch Dylan’s Duquesne Whistle video

The Guardian