2013 marks my sixth year as a resident of Massachusetts. Over the years, I’ve been perpetually awed by how many inspired artists live, make, and play here, and equally awed by the fact that so many of them inevitably go unheard by anyone outside of this state. In addition, I feel like I constantly have friends from New York and other parts of the country/world asking, "hey .
The first salvo from the M.I.A.camp has finally emerged: after a blimp
over Coachella proclaimed the imminent arrival of her
as-yet-untitled album (due out on June 29th), we now have a released track which
may or may not show up on said album. If you were expecting a dance-tastic
mish-mash of world music styles and hiccup-y rap hooks, then you are.
The thing about THE NATIONAL is that each of their albums has been the kind of thing that's taken me a few listens to get a real handle on and more listens still to really start to love. I mean that as a compliment: Alligator was one of the best albums of the last decade. But this particular tendency makes it difficult to form snap opinions of their new songs in isolation (especially when they debut via NBC's streaming video player and its inherent poor audio quality).
Thom Yorke, who unveiled a new song just last week for that Marc Mulcahy tribute, also debuted a new song just yesterday during a solo set at the Latitude Fest in the UK (during which he reportedly also played songs from Eraser and In Rainbows), which he prefaced by suggesting it might be a good time for people to "go for a piss."
Video documentation of new music from a pair of beloved Oregonian carpetbaggers has surfaced. First, the Shins, now with a revamped lineup - and let's leave that one alone for the time being - do a song called "Double Bubble" in California.
And then Stephen Malkmus and his merry band of Jicks do a punchy new song called "Senator" in his adopted town: