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Circuital Is Finally Here

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No not the full album (did I get your hopes up?), but instead the lead single of the same name. This morning My Morning Jacket released the first track off of their upcoming album via email as part of their once a week free download series that previously featured tracks from their five night run at Terminal 5 earlier this year. If you didn’t sign up for those weekly emails already you can grab the track for free on Stereogum. Although the band has been playing “Circuital” at almost all of their recent live shows, it still feels damn good to have the recorded track sitting in my iTunes library. With “Circuital” coming in at an epic 7 minutes and 16 seconds, it seems like MMJ will hold true to their promise to deliver an album that captures their live sound. Now we just continue to play the waiting game until May 31st while we listen to “Circuital” on repeat.

Newport Folk Festival Lineup Announcement Wrap Up

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Last night we had a blast at the Newport Folk Festival 2011 lineup announcement party at the Middlesex Lounge in Cambridge. The free Magic Hat and Bacardi was flowing and 2011 festival artist Brown Bird provided the entertainment that led up to the big announcement. There was even a special performance by last year’s winners of Magic Hat’s Big Opener competition, David Wax Museum, which resulted in a singalong with the whole crowd. In an homage to Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” video, the lineup was announced with help from members of the crowd who held up placards with the names of this year’s artists. Although we didn’t nail all of our predictions, it is great to see that some M&T favorites like Delta Spirit, Middle Brother and The Head & the Heart made the cut. There were also some pleasant surprises such as Mavis Staples and PS 22 Chorus and the festival homepage says that the Third Man Records Rolling Record Store will also be making an appearance (with Jack White in tow?). It will be an interesting festival to say the least and while we wait for July 30th to roll around take a look at the lineup announcement video (featuring music from The Head & the Heart) and a collaboration between two of this year’s artists, PS 22 Chorus and Freelance Whales.

Several Acts Confirmed For Newport Folk Fest 2011

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With the official lineup announcement just a day away for George Wein’s Newport Folk Festival 2011, several artists couldn’t contain their excitement and let the beans spill via their twitter accounts. This years fest will prove to be another solid one, with artists including:

-The Decemberists

-Delta Spirit

-Elvis Costello

-Gogol Bordello (acoustic set)

-Freelance Whales

-Wanda Jackson

-Trampled by Turtles

-Amos Lee

-Justin Townes Earle

-Gilian Welch

-The Civil Wars

-The Felice Brothers

-What Cheer? Brigade

-River City Extension

-Carolina Chocolate Drops

-David Wax Museum

-The Cave Singers

-Brown Bird

-The Secret Sisters

-John Paul White

-Dar Williams

-Ellis Paul

My Morning Jacket Announces Summer Tour

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On Tuesday My Morning Jacket announced dates for their upcoming tour in support of their new album Circuital. Obviously everyone here at M&T was awaiting this announcement like Christmas day, but we ended up being very disappointed by Jim James and the rest of the boys. The tour makes stops at six different summer festivals, including Bonnaroo and Mountain Jam, but besides the latter of those festivals there are no dates in the Northeast. Luckily there are reports that they will be adding more shows soon, but it is difficult to tell when it would make sense for them to stop in New England, it seems like after they return from the Latitude Festival in the UK is the most logical time period. We will be sure to keep you updated on those possible dates and you can head to the MMJ shows page to see where they are already planning to go.

Record Store Day 2011

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Record Store Day 2011 is fast approaching and there are a few things you should know before the big day arrives. Check out my FAQ’s if you want to be the coolest kid on the block.

What is Record Store Day? Well, it’s a very special day that only comes once a year, kinda like Christmas, only for hipsters. It was founded in 2007 by a record store employee and the goal is to celebrate audio goodness in one of its most primitive (but still quality) states. Tons of bands honor RSD by releasing rare, unique, and limited vinyl pressings to independent record stores across the nation.

When is it? This year, RSD will be taking place on Saturday, April 16th at a store near you.

Why Should I Care? If you care about music that is good, then RSD should pique your interest for multiple reasons. Something is lost along the way when your favorite album is digitalized. By stepping away from your laptop, picking up a physical rounded disc, and dropping the needle, you become that much closer to the sound the artist intended for you to hear. Plus, most of the records released on RSD come in fancy colors or with pictures on them! (ironic exclamation point)

What should I buy? There are over 300 releases by various artists coming out on RSD (the most in its short history), so you have some options. Some are rare and might not even be coming to a store in your region, but if your local store cares enough, there will be a good variety. The releases I would buy if I wasn’t a poor post-grad would include, but not be limited to:

-Built to Spill- Ripple 7″ (Picture Disc, includes two live releases)

-Fleet Foxes- Helplessness Blues 12″ b/w Grown Ocean

-Foo Fighters- Medium Rare LP (All cover songs including Cream and The Zombies)

-Pink Floyd- London 66/67 12″

-The Dodos- So Cold 7″

-Deerhunter- Memory Boy 7″ white (only 800 releases)

-My Morning Jacket- Evil Urges, It Still Moves, and Z (picture discs, only 400 releases each)

-Yeasayer- End Blood 7″ (only 900 releases)

-…And More!

Check out a full listing of all the releases coming on on RSD 2011 and don’t forget…the fun begins at midnight, so beat out all those lazy hipsters by being the first in line.



George Wein’s Newport Folk Festival 2011 Predictions

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As the festival season begins to creep up on us it is always fun to make some predictions for who will be performing at your favorite summer get-together. Last year we made our first trip to the revered Newport Folk Festival, home to Dylan’s first electric performance and a rare acoustic performance by the Pixies 30 years later. Highlights from last year’s festival included Jim James jamming out with anyone who would take him on stage and a killer set by Dawes on Saturday. This year we have high hopes for the lineup as for the first time ever the festival will be having a lineup announcement party, which will take place at the Middlesex Lounge in Cambridge on Tuesday March 29th from 7-9pm. With the announcement coming in a little over a week we figured that it was time for us to make some predictions, although having most of the artists listed below making their way onto the bill may just be wishful thinking. But hey the great Jeff Tweedy once said, “What would we be without wishful thinking?” Let us know what you think of our predictions and if you have any more to add to the list. We will see you at the Fort in July!

Mumford & Sons– This one is a pretty obvious choice to rock the Fort. The boys from London fit the “folk” tag to a T and they are hitting the festival circuit hard this summer with appearances already scheduled for Bonnaroo and the traveling Railroad Revival Tour.

Fleet Foxes– They played in ’09 and now they have a new album coming out so why not? They snubbed us for Bonnaroo so we will just keep making predictions for other festivals until Robin Pecknold starts listening to us.

Middle Brother/Deer Tick/ Dawes– Festival producer Jay Sweet has been tweeting Middle Brother lyrics so we are hoping that is a good indicator of them appearing at the festival. Of course they have been touring with Deer Tick and Dawes so it only makes sense for them to be on the lineup as well (or that may just be a bit of that wishful thinking).

Robbie Robertson– This one might be a stretch, or it might not. If Dawes comes back for a repeat performance it will make it all the more likely because as Rolling Stone reports Robertson has just hired Dawes as his backing band for TV performances and possible festival gigs. With the Levon Helm band performing at the festival last year, I think it would be appropriate for a different Band member to perform this year.

Alex Ebert– This one is a little less of a stretch because we know that Ebert along the rest of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros are big favorites of the festival. We told you about Newport’s tweet praising Ebert’s solo work a few weeks back on NMM and we would love to see him perform some of his solo stuff at the festival.

Brown Bird– I am guessing that these guys are pretty much a lock. They are performing at the lineup release party so it would be pretty silly to have them there but not perform at the festival.

The Head and the Heart– When we saw them open for Dr. Dog a few weeks back, we knew they would be perfect for Newport and with Jay Sweet recently shouting them out on his Twitter we can only hope that he is trying to bring them to the Fort.

AgesandAges– Another M&T fave and like Mumford, they fit the bill perfectly for a folk festival.

Paul Simon– This one is strictly wishful thinking, but hey a man can dream.

New Track From Explosions in the Sky

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About two weeks ago Explosions in the Sky released a track off of their forthcoming album Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, which is due to be released late next month. The song “Trembling Hands” takes a different approach when compared to previous EITS records, with the appearance of vocals as well as the uncharacteristically short length of the track which comes in at a modest 3:31. Despite the new take on songwriting, the track still retains the mystical guitars and fast-paced drumming that is typical of EITS’s sound. I was hoping for EITS to make the Bonnaroo lineup and now that they have, I think it would only be appropriate to schedule them for a late night set. With their energetic live performances this could turn out to be one of the most epic late night sets of the last five years, so Roo producers better be on top of their scheduling game. Check out the new track below and grab a free download from Stereogum here.

AgesandAges Debuts Album Just in Time for Spring

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A band with a lot of members is risky.  It can pay off hugely (e.g. Arcade Fire), or it can kind of flop (e.g. The Polyphonic Spree, my high school pep band).  For AgesandAges, there is no dead weight, or unruly freshman playing the cowbell, to throw this seven-piece group off their game.  AgesandAges’ debut album Alright, You Restless was released less than a month ago, and so far their music is tight, effortless, and just straight-up happy.  Alright, You Restless should be a definite addition to that springtime playlist that we know you’re making, right between CSNY and Simon & Garfunkel.  If seamless tracks like “No Nostalgia” or “Under A Cloud Shaped Like a Tomb” aren’t indication enough of AgesandAges’ talent, consider that their album was produced in eight days, almost entirely live, with only one microphone.  Clearly, AgesandAges is a well-oiled machine.  And rumor has it that they are just as good live as they are in the studio, which they’ll be setting out to prove at next week’s SXSW Festival.  Those who aren’t making the trip to Austin can catch them on their national tour.  They’ll be in Boston on May 1st at Brighton Music Hall.


A Modern Day Festival Express?

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This upcoming April, Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetics Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show are putting on what is possibly one of the most creative and exciting shows in recent memory, the Railroad Revival Tour. This tour will center around a 1,500 foot long train composed of 15 vintage train cars and 2 locomotives. Making stops at locations as Oakland CA, Chandler AZ, Austin TX and New Orleans LA. The train is surely to become something of folk legend (that’s a pun) and the creative energies between these three bands will surely provide some incredible works and collaborations. Equipped with a recording studio in the train, I frankly will be disappointed if a new album is not dropped at the end of this tour.

Now, as someone who loves to hark back to the days of my father, I think it is completely just to compare this tour to another infamous train tour, Festival Express. If you haven’t heard of Festival Express then put your learning caps on and get ready to have your mind blown. In 1970, the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band (a personal favorite of M&T) and Delaney & Bonnie toured Canada in a chartered train. The groups pretty much boozed, jammed and rocked their way into music history.

Moral of the story, check out the link below and be a part of music history.

Railroad Revival Tour


And Now We Play The Waiting Game…MMJ Finish Work On New Album

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My Morning Jacket have just announced today that they have finished work on their forthcoming album, branded with the title Circuital. Now that I can finally stop asking the forces that be for any news on the MMJ front, Jim James and the boys are also leaving fans with something to count the minutes by releasing free downloadable tracks from each one of their five Terminal 5 shows for the next 5 weeks and a special bonus song on the 6th week. Check that out here.

I have a feeling this album is going to be one of the most satisfying fresh breaths of air released in quite some time. Now that MMJ have gathered a legitimate following, Circuital promises to be accessible and most likely contribute to my prediction of the “in your face” Rock Revival. So stay tuned for upcoming news and tracks, and maybe buy a ticket to one of their many live festival shows coming up, where they are sure to tease you with some freshies.