Listen to “Liberty Street”, unreleased Bob Dylan song performed by Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith

Pictured: Elvis Costello, Jim James,T Bone Burnett, Jay Bellerose, Rhiannon Giddens, Marcus Mumford, Taylor Goldsmith. Photo Credit: Sam Jones/Showtime © 2014 Showtime Networks Inc

Pictured: Elvis Costello, Jim James,T Bone Burnett, Jay Bellerose, Rhiannon Giddens, Marcus Mumford, Taylor Goldsmith.
Photo Credit: Sam Jones/Showtime
© 2014 Showtime Networks Inc

 

As previously reported, an all-star contingency of folk rockers recently convened to create music for two dozen newly discovered lyrics written by Bob Dylan. Entitled Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, the 15-track collection is the culmination of two-plus weeks of studio time by My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Mumford and Sons’ Marcus Mumford, Elvis Costello, Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith, Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Rhiannon Giddens, and super producer T-Bone Burnett. The lyrics in question date back to 1967, taken from the same period that spurred the recording of Dylan’s iconic Basement Tapes.

In anticipation of the album’s release, the collective has already shared several album tracks: the Jim James-fronted “Nothing To It”, the Elvis Costello-led “Married To My Hack”, the Marcus Mumford-helmed “When I get My Hands On You”, and “Spanish Mary”. Today, Goldsmiths takes over as frontman on “Liberty Street”.

Despite the sheer star power of the project, this song is perhaps the most quaint and minimalist of the entire project, with Goldsmith crooning over some gentle piano and the faint whispers of a back-up chorus. Still, that light touch perfectly fits the song’s overall scope, with undertones of religious exploration and a message of personal growth/freedom. Watch its accompanying lyric video below, a slightly abstract animated piece.

 

The New Basement Tapes – Liberty Street (Lyric Video

 

 

Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes will arrive November 11th via Electromagnetic Recordings / Harvest Records. The album is being accompanied by a Showtime documentary set to debut on November 21st.  According to a press release, director Sam Jones’ Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued presents an “exclusive and intimate look at the making of Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes set against the important and historical cultural backdrop of Bob Dylan’s original Basement Tapes.”

Meanwhile, Dylan himself will release the entire collection of The Basement Tapes on November 4th. The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 spans a whopping 138 songs, including 30 never known to have existed. Stream it in full here.

Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes Tracklist:
01. Down On The Bottom
02. Married To My Hack
03. Kansas City
04. Spanish Mary
05. Liberty Street
06. Nothing To It
07. Golden Tom – Silver Judas *
08. When I Get My Hands On You
09. Duncan and Jimmy
10. Florida Key
11. Hidee Hidee Ho #11
12. Lost On The River #12
13. Stranger
14. Card Shark
15. Quick Like A Flash *
16. Hidee Hidee Ho #16 *
17. Diamond Ring *
18. The Whistle Is Blowing *
19. Six Months In Kansas City (Liberty Street)
20. Lost On The River #20

* = Deluxe edition only

Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda calls CHVRCHES “Disney commercial music,” CHVRCHES respond

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Back in April, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda caused a minor huff when he made comments to Noisey about the homogeneous nature of the modern music landscape. “There’s so much music out there,” he said. “There’s so much stuff that sounds like HAIM or CHVRCHES or Vampire Weekend that I’m full. The thing I’m hungry for is not that. I turn on the rock station in L.A. and it sounds like Disney commercial music.”

Not to be taken lightly, CHVRCHES have responded to Shinoda’s claims in kind. During an interview with joiz at France’s OpenAir St. Gallen festival, multi-instrumentalist Iain Cook said Shinoda’s remarks were “a pointless dig,” adding, “What does he have to gain from saying that?” For her part, singer Lauren Mayberry called “bullshit” on Shinoda’s claims, explaining that it’s no “coincidence that he’s got a record to sell and he mentions several bands everyone is writing about.”  Update: According to CHVRCHESFans, the translation is wrong and Cook actually said “pointless dig,” not “pointless dick.”

Not quite yet done drawing blood, Mayberry also explained that she doesn’t “like being called a corporate sellout by the man who wrote the theme music for the MTV VMAs.” At which point she pretended to drop the mic.

Still, don’t expect CHVRCHES to get drawn into some rap-rock/synthpop feud (unless Shinoda makes his own response). Rather, Mayberry said that Shinoda’s opinion is “not one I would worry about hugely,” adding, “It’s not my kind of music. They’ve been on the radio for how long, and I just don’t listen to that radio station. That’s a smarter move then saying something for a tagline.”

In a similar display of “wisdom beyond their experience,” multi-instrumentalist Martin Doherty said the trio just tries to ignore any outside comments, be it good or bad. “We’ve developed this near super-human ability to block out whatever people are saying about us,” he said. “From the very first day we were in the public domain, we’ve known it’s as important to not listen to the praise as much as it’s not important to listen to the negative comments. Ultimatley, both have the same affect. We’ve been remarkably focused from day one.”

Even though they released the always perfect Hybrid Theory, this isn’t the first instance Linkin Park have been a bunch of fuddy-duddies as of late. In March, the band reportedly got cops to confiscate the weed belonging to Sublime With Rome while that band was on stage. Linkin Park later denied the rumors, but it’s hard to definitively shake the tag of a “narc.”

Watch the full interview below. The discussion about Shinoda begins around the 9:00 mark:

Listen: The Black Keys’ new song “Bullet In The Brain”

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On Tuesday, The Black Keys stopped by BBC’s Maida Vale studios for a live session in support of their new album, Turn Blue, due out May 13th via Nonesuch Records. In addition to performances of “Fever” and “Turn Blue”, the duo debuted the live version of a third track.

“Bullet In The Brain” reflects the more reserved side of The Black Keys, a slow-burning blues-funk hybrid featuring the prominent use of gentle piano and scintillating organ. Sure, there’s several brief flirtations with soaring psych-rock, but the track inevitably settles right back down to Earth, resulting in a kind of emotional ebb and flow that only adds to an already intense ride.

Check out the video below:

 

Lykke Li’s new song “Gunshot”

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Lykke Li

 

 

Lykke Li has unveiled “Gunshot”, the second single from her upcoming third studio album, I Never Learn, due out May 5th via LL/Atlantic Records. Similar to last month’s “No Rest For The Wicked”, Li pairs emotionally-gripping lyrics with surprisingly bombastic musical accompaniment. However, as opposed to simply focusing her sorrow inward, keeping it buried within her own soul, she’s now striving for personal catharsis, unearthing layers of anguish and deep-seated regret over a somewhat danceable medley of arena-rock guitars and dusty blues piano. Listen to the song here.

For more sounds, check out the teaser track “Love Me Like I’m Not Made of Stone” and “Du är den ende”, written specifically for Swedish crime thriller Tommy.

 

 

I Never Learn Tracklist:
01. I Never Learn
02. No Rest for the Wicked
03. Just Like a Dream
04. Silverline
05. Gunshot
06. Love Me Like I’m Not Made of Stone
07. Never Gonna Love Again
08. Heart of Steel
09. Sleeping Alone

 

Listen: Fucked Up’s new 18-minute single “Year of the Dragon”

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Fucked Up – Year of the Dragon

Fucked Up is a hardcore punk band from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.The band won the 2009 Polaris Music Prize for the album The Chemistry of Common Life.

Members: Mr. Damian, Sandy Miranda, Mike Haliechuk, Ben Cook, Josh Zucker, Jonah Falco

Even as Fucked Up have shifted gears toward their upcoming fourth album, Glass Boys, the Toronto punks still have other releases in the work. As noted, they’ll continue their long-running Zodiac singles series this spring with “Year of the Dragon”. Already they’ve shared one of its two accompanying B-sides, a cover of Cardboard Brains’ “I Wanna Be A Yank”, and today they unveil the 18-minute juggernaut itself.

Though live versions have been floating around the web for several months, not even the finest audio or footage could adequately capture this beast. The length of your average sitcom, the track is a veritable aural journey, snaking its way from blistering hardcore to fuzzy psychedelic rock to sweltering arena rock before ending on a chaotic and disharmonious high-point. Even if you’re used to more bite-sized nuggets of hardcore, the intensity and ferocity alone should be enough to sustain you for the duration.

Clear your morning calendar and listen in below (via Noisey):

“Year of the Dragon” will be available beginning April 22nd via Tankcrimes. The 12-inch is pressed on white vinyl and includes a bonus 7-inch flexi disc featuring a six-minute edit of “Year of the Dragon”. Pre-orders are ongoing.

Glass Boys is due out June 3rd via Matador Records. If you haven’t already, check out lead single “Paper the House”.

Year of the Dragon Tracklist:
01. Year of the Dragon
02. I Wanna Be a Yank (Cardboard Brains cover)
03. Disorder (The Ugly cover)