Archive for May, 2012
Amongst the most legendary singer-songwriters of all time stands Neil Young, the Canadian folk rocker best known for his prolificness and numerous hit singles, such as “Heart Of Gold,” “Old Man” and “Rockin’ In The Free World.” Despite his renowned work as a member of Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in the 1960s, arguably the most pivotal contributor to Young’s long, illustrious career has been his on-and-off band, Crazy Horse. Although the members of the band have changed throughout the years, Crazy Horse has created over 20 albums with Young since 1969. On June 5, the two forces will be joining yet again to release their first LP together since 2003. With this album, Americana, Neil Young & Crazy Horse decided to take the liberty of putting their spin on some of the most classic American folk songs of all time. With covers of such distinguished ballads as “Oh Susanna” and “This Land Is Your Land,” the set may strike you with a sense of familiarity. With less than a week left until the album hits stores by way of Reprise Records, Young and company has decided to let fans stream it in its entirety on Soundcloud. Hit that link to check it out, head over to Young’s site to watch the 40-minute film accompaniment to the album, and read below for a press release statement regarding the importance of the songs on Americana. Also, be on the lookout for Young’s concert film, Neil Young Journeys, which has a release date of June 29.
“What ties these songs together is the fact that while they may represent an America that may no longer exist, the emotions and scenarios behind these songs still resonate with what’s going on in the country today with equal, if not greater impact nearly 200 years later. The lyrics reflect the same concerns and are still remarkably meaningful to a society going through economic and cultural upheaval, especially during an election year. They are just as poignant and powerful today as the day they were written.”
Check out some rainy pics from the video shoot for Lupe Fiasco’s new single ‘Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)’ in Chicago.
-John McAuliffe (@John_Mac310)
Wrapping up his 47-city long “Jet Life” tour, Curren$ y has decided to let fans who couldn’t make it out to see him perform check him out via a live stream. With his major label debut The Stoned Immaculate set to hit stores next Tuesday, Spitta is looking to end this tour on a high note (no pun intended). The stream is being made available by Curren$ y’s label The Warner Sound and is set to start promptly at 9:30pm EST. Pre-orders on his upcoming album are available now via iTunes. So with that said, let your monitors enter full-screen mode and enjoy the show.
Rozay calls on his hottest emcee, Meek Mill, for a new offering from the group’s forthcoming compilation album. Flex just premiered the track, which is titled “Black Magic,” accounting for yet another leak from the anticipated Self Made 2 project. Enjoy the stream below as we inch closer to the June 26 drop date.
Earlier today we reported a possible collaboration between Lil Wayne and Big Sean, which led us to wonder about the current “beef” that is going on between the two camps and whether this song was recorded before or after disses were exchanged. To that we can only speculate,with all that being said the artwork for the track has surfaced and this will be the first single off Wayne’s upcoming I Am Not A Human Being II album. The single for Wayne’s 10th studio album will debut sometime tomorrow.
-John McAuliffe (@John_Mac310)
Props – Rap-Up
Curren$ y is wrapping up his 47-city “Jet Life” tour with a performance at New York’s Webster Hall tonight at 9:30pm EST and Spitta is allowing fans from everywhere to tune in via livestream. Stream the show above and check out Curren$ y’s new “Jet Life” single featuring Big K.R.I.T and Wiz Khalifa.
When producer Durkin isn’t on the boards producing tracks for Black EL, he takes time out to drop gems like these. Remixing A$ AP Rocky’s “Get Lit,” Durkin gives the original slowed down track and up beat feel which he’s dubbed as an all new genre of music called ‘electrill.’ The standout track off Rocky’s LiveLoveA$ AP mixtape gets a reworking fit for club and is available for you download through the player below. Check it out and let us know what you think.