Stream Paul Simon's New Album "So Beautiful Or So What"

It would be nice if I could have listened to this before posting but that would mean that anyone who learns about NPR's stream of Paul Simon's new album "So Beautiful or So What" by reading this post will (theoretically) find out a half hour later than necessary. Sure I may have stayed at a Holiday Inn a few times in my life, but even aided by the hotel chain's magical healing powers I can't in good conscience keep anyone from new Paul Simon music. The legendary songwriter's first album since "Surprise" in 2006 hits shelves April 12th, so enjoy the stream while you can. That's what she said.

If you like a little visual with your Paul Simon audio be sure to tune to his appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. 

Listen To One Of Middle Brother's Many Great SXSW Sets

It really goes without saying that NPR does the lord's work and by lord I of course mean Lord Susselberry of Edinterd, but that is neither here nor in Edinterd. One of the latest gems being offered up from their music utopia is a set from South By Southwest by none other than SHA favorites Middle Brother. Unfortunately there's no professional video of the set but that doesn't stop it from being memorable as you do get to hear a band member (sounds like John McCauley?) profess to their mom about the first time they tried acid. Considering how it all turned out I'm sure she is still pretty proud. Good times. Lesson to learn from this set? Shouting can be really expressive and sound pretty too.

Setlist

  • "Blue Eyes"
  • "Blood And Guts"
  • "Me Me Me"
  • "Someday"
  • "Thanks for Nothing"
  • "Middle Brother"

Eddie Vedder Details Ukulele Songs & Concert Film Water On The Road

Well this is a whole lot of awesome to start off a Monday morning. Even though most of the recent talk involving Pearl Jam has focused on the band's twentieth anniversary and subsequent celebration, that hasn't kept frontman Eddie Vedder from being busy. Rumors started to build earlier this month about a full official solo album from the man believed to be titled Uke Songs. As is common with most rumors the details were way off as the album is actually set to be called Ukulele Songs and will be released on May 31st, which not so coincidentally will also see the release of a Trixie Film produced concert film titled Water On The Road which was directed by Brendan Canty of Fugazi and Christoph Green based on Vedder's 2008 solo tour, more specifically the August 16 and 17 stops at Washington, D.C.'s Warner Theatre.

The always awesome Antiquiet recently discovered the fine official video for "You're True" above which it would seem may have been taken directly from the impending DVD, although I can't say that for certain as I was unable to stay at a Holiday Inn last night. This of course was on the heels of the first official single from the new album called "Longing To Belong" which you can listen to here. The single's cover art is below as well as the tracklistings for both projects. Rock.

P.S. The only thing that could make this any more exciting is if Dream A Little Dream featured an unbelievably gifted guest. Gangsta.

Ukulele Songs Album Tracklisting:

1. Can't Keep
2. Sleeping by Myself
3. Without You
4. More Than You Know
5. Goodbye
6. Broken Heart
7. Satellite
8. Longing to Belong
9. Hey Fahkah
10. You're True
11. Light Today
12. Sleepless Nights (featuring Glen Hansard)
13. Once in Awhile
14. Waving Palms
15. Tonight You Belong to Me (featuring Cat Power)
16. Dream a Little Dream

Dave Matthews Band Announce Atlantic City Festival Details

Well that makes one. After announcing that their hiatus would actually feature four multi-day mini festivals, the Dave Matthews Band have come out with the details for the first of their Caravan events. Scheduled to take place June 24-26 at Bader Field in Atlantic City, the three day event will feature headlining sets by DMB each night as well as special performances by Carter Beauford and Stefan Lessard, not to mention an acoustic Dave and Tim set. But that's not all you see, this isn't just a DMB show.

Joining in on the fun are some reasonably big names mixed in with some fun ones. To keep up the SHA mystique we will refrain from labeling the acts as such but here they go: The Flaming Lips, Ray Lamontagne, David Gray, Amos Lee, Dr. Dog, Thievery Corporation, Bassnectar, Delta Spirit, Lotus, Damian Marley and much more (complete lineup listed below). Tickets for the event will be available to Warehouse members starting March 14th while the public on sale will take place March 25th. For more details and to purchase tickets head on over to the official DMB Caravan site.

It's worth noting to anyone attending this festival that even though Delta Spirit is listed in small font, you absolutely positively should not miss their set. Just saying.

Festival Updates: Outside Lands Dates, Nateva Lineup

We've been a little behind the ball the last few weeks as we've had some backend issues that would make one of Charlie Sheen's goddesses uncomfortable. That being said the world is still rocking it's way along without worrying about the poor little website that is being left behind. Good thing I've been sticking to the Cheetah blood instead of Tiger because now I can run really fast and catch up. Or just make a post with multiple stories. Yeah, let's do that, I hate running.

First things first we have the exemplary news that Outside Lands will return to three days as opposed to last year's mess of a two day festival. This will of course once again return to Golden Gate Park, although there is no word yet on if they will keep the other horrible adjustment from last year with the rearranged stages. The good times are set to go down August 12th-14th and amazingly the only rumor I have heard includes Misters Anastasio, McConnell, Fishman and Gordon. Again, rumor.

As for things that aren't rumor how about the second annual Nateva Festival's initial lineup? It's really meh and no longer takes place over the 4th of July but hey, whatever floats your boat. Headlining this year's festivities will be Thievery Corporation, STS9, The Gregg Allman Band as well as a solo set from Bob Weir. Joining in on the fun in Oxford, Maine will be Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Keller Williams, John Butler Trio, The McLovins and The New Deal. This year's party will occur from August 4-7 and tickets are on sale now over at the official website.

Listen To The New Wild Beasts Single "Albatross"

One of our favorite discoveries over the last few years would be Wild Beasts and their marvelous 2009 release Two Dancers. Now the British rockers are back with their follow-up Smother, set for a May 10th release, and featuring the first single "Albatross" which premiered on BBC Radio 1 last night. Thanks to the awesome that is One Thirty BPM we now have the single streaming below, a simmering psychedelic soup topped off with Hayden Thorpe and his haunting vocals that picks up right where Two Dancers left off. That is most definitely a good thing.

Currently the band only has tour dates scheduled in Europe to support the album with the promise of US dates to be announced soon. We'll let you know when we do, for now just enjoy the sneak peak.

Australian Rockers Tame Impala Announce North American Tour

One of our favorite albums of last year was the debut album Innerspeaker from Australian rockers Tame Impala. Of course we offered up some evidence for our case with their fantastic appearance on Morning Becomes Eclectic, but now you can see for yourself as the Perth natives have announced a small North American tour on the heels of their Coachella appearance. If I promise you will hear some heavy late Beatles influences in there does that help get you more excited?

Tickets for the newly announced shows, with support from UK band Yuck will go on sale this weekend. If you've been slow in your planning it's worth noting that the hipster party in the desert is already sold out.   [via the audio perv]

US SPRING 2011 TOUR DATES

  • Friday April 15th || Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival || Indio, CA
  • Monday April 18th || The Fillmore || San Francisco, CA
  • Wednesday April 20th || Wonder Ballroom || Portland, OR
  • Thursday April 21st || Commodore Ballroom || Vancouver, BC
  • Friday April 22nd || Neumo’s || Seattle, WA
  • Monday April 25th || Webster Hall || New York, NY
  • Wednesday April 27th || First Unitarian Church || Philadelphia, PA
  • Thursday April 28th || Paradise Rock Club || Boston, MA
  • Saturday April 30th || Cafe Campus || Montreal, QC
  • Sunday May 1st || Phoenix Concert Theatre || Toronto, ONT
  • Tuesday May 3rd || Lincoln Hall || Chicago, IL
  • Friday May 6th || Black Cat || Washington, DC

Music Video Of The Day: Bright Eyes - Shell Games

Here is the first official video from Bright Eyes upcoming release The People's Key, which NPR is hyping like nobody's business. The album hit stores yesterday and since the band is currently on tour in Europe it makes sense that The Guardian premiered the "Shell Games" video early today. There's nothing too fancy about the video unless you happen to think the cross-fade effect is incredibly fancy, in which case this just might be your favorite video in the history of the universe. Aside from that there is a bunch of poorly synced playing that offers comfort in the fact that Bright Eyes wouldn't have made a very good Milli Vanilli. Oh, and the song is great, but you already knew that.

Soundgarden Has A Really Great Goal For 2011, A New Record

Well then, the awesome is on serious overload this week. Looks like Radiohead has some company in the new album announcement world, as the rock institution known as Soundgarden added a ridiculously awesome new post to their official site a little over an hour ago explaining their current ambitions.

Our goal for 2011 - Let's Make A Record

Over the past few months, we've been busy jamming, writing and hanging out together - exploring the creative aspect of being Soundgarden. It feels great. We have some cool new songs that we are going to record very soon. Thank you for all of the support!

Loudest of Love,

Ben, Chris , Kim and Matt

Well clearly this is one of those cases where it's good to have goals. Let's just make sure this thing is heavy on the rock okay? Just kidding, this is Soundgarden we are talking about, the rocking need not be questioned.

Also "Loudest of love".   [via antiquiet by way of @fernandodante]

The New Poster Is Yet Another Ominous Sign For The Arthur Remake

Uh-oh. Here is the new poster for the Arthur remake to be directed by Modern Family's Jason Winer starring Russell Brand as the titular alcoholic. The bad news is it looks like a poster for a generic but undoubtedly terrible Fox sitcom, the good news is I just came up with a new name for my solo project: Titular Alcoholic. The logo will just be a giant pair of boobs holding a bottle of Jack Daniels, which coincidentally is also the only image I remember from the time I spent with your mom. Boy were we drunk.

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