New Music First: Pixies & Beck Release First Tracks in Years

We’ve got some new music for you on Slacker and right now from some indie/alternative favorites. It seems some artists are dusting off the studio pipes and getting back down to business. Pixies-472x472

First, we have the Pixies. Just two weeks after announcing that Kim Deal had left the band, Pixies have released “Bagboy”, their first new song in 9 years.

They’ve also announced that Kim Shattuck of the Muffs will replace Deal for their upcoming world tour. The band says they will be playing “the most wide-ranging concert set-lists of Pixies music in the band’s career.” You can hear “Bagboy” now on Slacker’s New Indie First!

Beck-472x472Beck is also back at it with his first new music since 2008’s “Modern Guilt.”

His new track “Defriended” was released as a single; he plans to release two albums this year, one acoustic and one more in line with Beck’s electro/avant-pop style. You can hear Beck’s new music–including “Defriended”– and more of tomorrow’s biggest songs today on Slacker’s New Alternative First here.

More new music coming your way on Slacker. Stay tuned!

New Artist to Watch: Introducing RaVaughn

RaVaughn-472x472Accomplished studio vocalist and current Ne-Yo protégé RaVaughn is preparing her debut album that will be released soon.

RaVaughn brings a unique twist to R&B mixing in pop and rock elements of her own. She got her break as a background vocalist on the hit TV show Glee and has recorded demos and background vocals for multiple artists including Celine Dion, Natasha Bedingfield and Jennifer Hudson.

On her debut album, she told S2S: “…it’s definitely about trying to get back to that classic R&B. Back when the words really meant something other than ‘turning up’ or ‘being in the club.”

RaVaughn is most definitely an artist to keep an eye on. You can hear her new tracks “Better Be Good” (featuring Wale) and “Best Friend” now on Slacker’s New R&B First here.

They are back! New Music from Franz Ferdinand

Franz_Ferdinand_Launch__Photo_credit_Andy_Knowles_01-472x472Scotland’s Franz Ferdinand is back with their first new album since 2009.  “Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action” has been in the works since 2010, and is finally slated for release. The LP, which is the follow-up to their 2009 effort ‘Tonight’, will be released on August 26 and was recorded in frontman Alex Kapranos’ Scottish studio and guitarist Nick McCarthy’s Studios in London.

The album is set to have  number of collaborations but no names have been mentioned. However it has been reported that one such collaboration is Roxanne Clifford of Veronica Falls as a guest vocalist.

You can hear their new tracks “Right Action” and “Love Illumination” now on Slacker’s New Alternative First!

Check out the trailer and tracklisting for “Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action” below.

 

 

Tracklist 

‘Right Action’
‘Evil Eye’
‘Love Illumination’
‘Stand On The Horizon’
‘Fresh Strawberries’
‘Bullet’
‘Treason! Animals’
‘The Universe Expanded’
‘Brief Encounters’
‘Goodbye Lovers & Friends’

Jerry Bergonzi: By Any Other Name – New On Slacker Modern Jazz

Jerry+Bergonzi+JerryBergonziThere are only a handful of musicians who can simultaneously navigate through the obstacle course of chord changes on John Coltrane’s Giant Steps with finesse while totally reworking the song’s melodic content, essentially making it a fresh, new composition. That is exactly what saxophone master Jerry Bergonzi has done with PG 2013 (Giant Steps) and several other standards on his new album, appropriately titled By Any Other Name.

Bergonzi, who recorded nine albums with Dave Brubeck from ’73 – ’81, is widely appreciated as both a fluid improviser with a muscular tone and a top educator. On this offering, Jerry and his forward-looking quartet use the chord changes of Bye Bye Blackbird, Joy Spring, and Star Eyes as lift off points for their own spontaneous compositions.

There is nothing simple about the music Bergonzi and his colleagues pursue. Phil Grenadier’s trumpet solos match Bergonzi’s tenor work for intensity and complexity and the quartet breathes as one.

Check out Jerry Bergonzi on Slacker Modern Jazz as he lays down stunning original work based on his knowledge of what’s come before!

 

New Music First: Kaskade, M.I.A and Cady Groves

We’ve got some upbeat new releases that are sure to help welcome in the summer. Take a look at these fresh new tracks:

Cady-Groves-472x472In 2011, Cady Groves released a single called “This Little Girl”, which featured the lyric “This little girl is capable of murder, if you hurt her.” Clearly, she’s not your average 23-year-old pop starlet. Now she is back with a new single from the “Smurfs 2” soundtrack, and the Slacker curators think this will be her first big hit. You can listen to “Forget You” on Slacker’s New Pop First.

M.I.A. has released “Bring The Noize,” the follow-up to her 2012 Grammy-nominated single “Bad Girls.”  Both tracks will be featured on the upcoming “Matangi” album, which itself is the subject of some very public drama between M.I.A. and her label. This track is much more aggressive and chaotic than “Bad Girls” and we love it. You can hear it now on Slacker’s Electronic Hits.

Screen Shot 2013-06-26 at 12.20.49 AMTaking a step back from several EDM trends, fan and industry favorite Kaskade has done something he has never done before on his new single “Atmosphere” –  Kaskade himself provides the vocals. Something that he does quite well. The single boasts all of Kaskade’s trademark qualities like delicate piano work, a memorable vocal track, and a swift uplifting progressive house drop. His new album of the same name will drop this September. In the meantime you can listen to “Atmosphere” on Slacker’s New Dance First. 

 

 

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