Shakey Graves Announces New EP Look Alive To Be Released May 4th
Release to coincide with the final episode of the ongoing ‘Hello Gorgeous’ web series
Alejandro Rose-Garcia, Shakey Graves frontman and bandleader, in association with Onion Creek Productions, debuted Hello Gorgeous on Monday, April 6th as a three-part bi-weekly documentary/music video project, inspired by the name of his new studio. Each chapter in the series takes a behind the scenes look at the history of Shakey Graves, the making-of Hello Gorgeous, life on the road, as well as a performance of a brand-new track.
Episode 1, ‘Look Alive,’ can be viewed here.
Episode 2, ‘The Recipe,’ is premiering today with two new songs: the title-track as well as ‘Not Everything Grows,’ can be viewed below.
The studio versions of the songs featured on Look Alive were all recorded at Hello Gorgeous and produced by Rose-Garcia. The title track ‘Look Alive’ was co-written by Finneas O’Connell (Billie Eilish) and Rayland Baxter and co-produced by Shakey Graves drummer and longtime collaborator Chris “Boo” Boosahda.
Look Alive EP
1. Look Alive
2. The Recipe
3. Not Everything Grows
4. Under the Hood
Of making the series, Rose-Garcia explains, “I made ‘Hello Gorgeous’ without goal—not to create a TV show, not to make music videos, simply to document and create something that meshed all the worlds of my creative life into one. It was an experiment of sorts, trying to peel back that personal veil of secrecy. How many bad takes happen before a good song emerges? If an idea enters a room, can you see it in real time? I was weary of spending hours and months working behind closed doors only to emerge with a handful of carefully crafted songs to then sit on and promote until you can’t stand hearing them, all before anyone in the public had heard a single note. I wanted to create a unified project, a song that was the video, a video that was the story, the story that was the point.”
The songs and subsequent videos were being constructed furiously with no deadline in mind but coincidentally, as soon as production wrapped, the pandemic hit and the shelter at home order began. “I felt stunned, fearful, tingly. Things were changing and all at once I realized that I had been spending all of my creative efforts working on a thing that was suddenly not only viable, but one of the only methods of expression allowed in this current crisis,” Rose-Garcia reflects. “In more ways than I realized, I was ready for a reset. I’m always urging myself to view things differently, everything from global politics to household politics. Right now, the unsustainable aspects of life have never been clearer and I know the world can’t live on song alone. I’m racking my brain to find ways to help where I am, pledging myself to work at the food bank in this time, and trying my best to raise funds for different industries and individuals in need. I feel genuinely honored that there are people in the world who are soothed in any way by me playing a ditty or talking to them through a computer screen and that something that I’ve created from thin air can actually help potentially feed someone, and more than ever it feels like maybe that was always the point. I feel terrified and optimistic at the same time and its not like COVID-19 is the one glaring issue with life as we know it, but in a way it is a crucial reminder that things can and will always change at the drop of a hat, for worse and for better. We are now all trying to wake up each day in the same four walls with a new view of the world. I can share a little bit of my isolation with you, and I hope for the same in return. And with that in mind I welcome whatever terrifying awesome thing comes next. Hello Gorgeous!”
David Byrne Shares New Christmas Song Fat Man’s Comin’ on Bandcamp
I always wanted to write a holiday song, David Byrne writes in a statement about The Fat Man’s Comin’, which he just released for Bandcamp. I wouldn’t call it a Christmas song, as the visitation of Santa (formerly known as St. Nicholas, who mainly did punishing) seems to have evolved to be a more secular consumer moment than a religious or spiritual affair.
Byrne co-produced the song with Jherek Bischoff, who did the song’s sweeping orchestral arrangements. It’s a bit of a “lost” track that Byrne says dates from when they worked on his album with St. Vincent. It’s definitely not your average holiday song — there are no sleigh bells or other standard season sounds. Instead, it’s an “old school creepy” neo-classical ode to “The funky man with the fur trimmed collar.” You can listen to the song and watch the video, featuring Byrne’s drawings, below. Proceeds from downloads benefits Byrne’s Reasons To Be Cheerful nonprofit online news magazine. Until the end of this year, The Fat Man’s Comin’ can be purchased for an amount of your choosing, with a $1 minimum price.
Here’s Byrne’s statement on the track:
I believe the foundation of this music might have been written at the same time as the collaboration I did with St. Vincent a few years ago, but somehow a literal view of the Santa phenomena was what came out. It wasn’t right for Annie and me – the story of a fat man in rather odd attire who breaks into people’s homes and leaves mysterious packages.
I’d worked with Jherek before and enlisted him to arrange and record the “orchestra,” which I wanted to sound sort of old-school creepy. The old song “Teddy Bears Picnic” may have been a reference.
Back then, I thought I’d use the song as a means to raise money for a good cause, but to draw attention to this thing I thought it might need a visual, so I storyboarded a video for the song which eventually ended up getting shelved.
But maybe helping celebrate another year of Reasons To Be Cheerful might be a good reason to resurrect this song, and let the storyboards allow folks to imagine what the video might have been.
Enjoy and thanks for listening/watching
Blink-182 Reuniting Classic Lineup With Tom DeLonge For 2023 World Tour and New Single
Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker are back together for the first time in nearly a decade.
Tom DeLonge, Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus are reuniting as Blink-182 for the first time since 2015 for a new international tour. They announced a new tour in a funny video on Tuesday, filled with double entendres, in which fans expressed their desire to see the group come together.
Most exciting for fans, though, is word that a new single, EDGING, is coming on Friday (Oct. 14), commemorating the trio’s first time in the studio in 10 years.
DeLonge and Hoppus founded Blink-182 in 1992, and Barker joined as drummer in 1998. The band went on hiatus and explored side projects in 2005, with DeLonge focusing on his band Angels & Airwaves. They regrouped for a reunion tour and new music in 2009, but DeLonge left the band in 2015. Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba joined as a replacement, while DeLonge pursued his own music and studied UFOs, even executive producing History Channel’s “Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation.”
+With Support from Wallows
March 11 – Tijuana, MX – Imperial GNP (Festival)
March 14 – Lima, Peru – Estadio San Marcos+
March 17-19 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – Lollapalooza Argentina (Festival)
March 17-19 – Santiago, Chile – Lollapalooza Chile (Festival)
March 21-22 – Asuncion, Paraguay – Venue TBA
March 23-26 – Bogotá, Colombia – Estereo Picnic (Festival)
March 24-26 – São Paulo, Brazil – Lollapalooza Brasil (Festival)
March 28 – Mexico City, MX – Palacio de los Deportes+
April 1-2 – Monterrey, MX – Venue TBA
*With Support from Turnstile
May 4 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center*
May 6 – Chicago, IL – United Center*
May 9 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena*
May 11 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena*
May 12 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre*
May 16 – Cleveland, OH – Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse*
May 17 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena*
May 19 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden*
May 20 – Belmont Park, NY – UBS Arena*
May 21 – Boston, MA – TD Garden*
May 23 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena*
May 24 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center*
May 26 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Arena*
May 27 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium*
Jun 14 – Phoenix, AZ – Footprint Center*
Jun 16 – Los Angeles, CA – Banc of California Stadium*
Jun 20 – San Diego, CA – Pechanga Arena*
Jun 22 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center*
Jun 23 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center*
Jun 25 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena*
Jun 27 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena*
Jun 39 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place*
Jun 30 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome*
Jul 3 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena*
Jul 5 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center*
Jul 7 – Austin, TX – Moody Center*
Jul 8 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center*
Jul 10 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena*
Jul 11 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – FLA Live Arena*
Jul 13 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena*
Jul 14 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center*
Jul 16 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena*
The Lemonheads to Celebrate It’s a Shame About Ray – 30th Anniversary on Fall Tour
Boston alt-rock stalwarts the Lemonheads will celebrate the 30th anniversary with a North American tour this fall
The Lemonheads’ It’s a Shame About Ray turned 30 earlier this year, and they’ll be continuing to celebrate by playing it in full on tour this fall. Opening for them at select stops on the tour are Juliana Hatfield, who played bass and sang backing on the album, Bass Drum of Death, and On Being an Angel. Their 11/18 show in Toronto is with Montreal punk vets The Nils and ’90s alt-rock survivors Rusty. See dates are listed below.
Bandleader Evan Dando took the album out on the road, performing it in full at a series of European shows. They also opened for Jawbreaker at a Los Angeles show in April and were set to open for more dates, but were dropped from the tour in such a way that Dando ended up calling Jawbreaker “pussies.”
The Lemonheads also recently released an expanded 30th anniversary edition of It’s A Shame About Ray, featuring a second disc with their cover of Mrs Robinson, acoustic versions, radio sessions and more.
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11.18 Toronto, ON Phoenix Theatre
11.19 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
11.20 Bloomington, IL The Castle Theater
11.21 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
11.23 Billings, MT Pub Station
11.25 Seattle, WA Showbox
11.26 Portland, OR Revolution Hall
11.28 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
11.29 Sacramento, CA Harlow’s
12.1 San Diego, CA House Of Blues
12.2 Santa Ana, CA Observatory
12.3 Las Vegas, NV House Of Blues
12.4 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
12.5 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre
12.7 Kansas City, MO Madrid Theatre
12.9 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
12.10 Chicago, IL Metro
12.11 Detroit, MI Saint Andrew’s Hall
12.12 Washington, D.C. 9.30 Club
12.14 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
12.15 New York, NY Le Poisson Rouge
12.16 New Jersey, NJ White Eagle Hall
12.17 Boston, MA Paradise *
11.18 w/ Rusty, The Nils
11.25 – 12.9 w/ Bass Drum Of Death
11.25 – 12.17 w/ On Being An Angel
12.9 – 12.17 w/ Juliana Hatfield
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