4-1-1 Music News Minute(s) with Todd Michaels – Week of January 21st

English four-piece Foals have announced two new albums out later this year. Titled Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Parts 1 and 2, the albums follow their 2015 LP What Went Down, as well as a performance at Glastonbury in 2016. Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost—Part 1 is out March 8, with a second installment to arrive this fall. The first release will be followed by an extended world tour, bringing the band through North America and Europe with numerous festival dates this summer.

Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend took to Instagram to announce official details about the band’s highly anticipated album which has the initials “FOTB” on the post. The announcement also revealed that the album will contain 18 songs and run for 59 minutes. Koenig writes that at one point he thought about doing two 23-track albums but that those plans fizzled because “23&me started doing Spotify playlists and I don’t know…felt we’d been scooped.⁣” According to the announcement, there will be “three 2-song drops every month until the record is out,” and that new music will begin to premiere next week. That would put the album on a timeline to be released sometime in March or April, but a representative for the band said that there is no release date yet.

Several major labels have denied song licensing rights to a forthcoming anti-abortion film, representatives for the project complained to The Hollywood Reporter. Songs denied to the movie include The Fray’s “How to Save a Life,” Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” and One Direction’s “Story of My Life.” Disney, Universal Music, and Sony/ATV all rejected the film’s licensing requests. The movie, Unplanned, tells the story of a woman who worked at a Planned Parenthood clinic and later asserted her right to choose to stop supporting abortion.

After a video of congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dancing to Phoenix’s “Lisztomania” in college surfaced on the Internet last week, the 2009 song had a 192 percent increase in on-demand streams in the U.S. It jumped from 1.07 million streams to 3.13 million in the week. In terms of sales, it rose from a negligible figure to 1,000 downloads in the week (up 320 percent). Additionally, YouTube reported that the track entered the US Top Songs chart for the first time at #54.

Thousands gathered today outside City Hall in Los Angeles for a rally capping one week of over 30,000 public school teachers striking for smaller class sizes, more support staff, higher wages, and against charter expansion. The strike follows months of failed negotiations with the Los Angeles Unified School District and has seen picket lines and marches on campuses across the city.  In a show of solidarity with the union, several musicians attended the downtown rally, including Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, who performed labor anthems and original music with a high school band to the crowd of red-shirted educators and allies. Morello told those in attendance that he’s been a member of the Los Angeles Local 47 musicians union for 29 years and remembers his mother, a high school teacher in Illinois, striking when he was a child.

Legendary riot grrrl innovators Bikini Kill announced they’re playing a handful of shows in Los Angeles and New York City this spring. The classic lineup of singer Kathleen Hanna, drummer Tobi Vail, and bassist Kathi Wilcox are hitting the road.  Last year, the feminist punk pioneers played their first show in 20 years with The Raincoats in New York where they played just one song. The band made their catalog available on streaming services last September and reissued their 1998 collection The Singles in October.

April 25: Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium

May 31: Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel

June 1: New York, NY @ Terminal 5

Stephen Malkmus has been teasing Groove Denied for some time. In an interview with The Washington Post last May, the one-time Pavement frontman revealed that the title for Groove DeniedMalkmus’ so-called “electronic album”—is also the record’s origin story. In place of that electronic record, Malkmus and his band The Jicks put out Sparkle Hard last year. Now, in a new interview with The Chicago Tribune, Malkmus has revealed that the once-rejected Groove Denied will be coming out in March.

Jonny Pierce’s indie-pop band The Drums have announced a new album, Brutalism, arriving April 5 from Anti. Brutalism follows up 2017’s delightful Abysmal Thoughts, and it’s the first Drums album to feature a live drummer.

The 2019 BRIT Awards take place this February and the organization has announced its list of nominees. This year, Aphex Twin, the 1975, Arctic Monkeys, Gorillaz, Florence and the Machine, and Lily Allen have received nominations for BRIT Awards, which celebrate Britain’s biggest musicians.

It looks like we’ll be getting a blink-182 and the Chainsmokers collaboration in the near future after Mark Hoppus took to Twitter to confirm that both bands had written a song together. Photos recently surfaced on Matt Skiba’s Instagram of him and Mark Hoppus in the studio together, sending fans into a frenzy that a potential new blink album may soon be on the horizon.

Record Store Day returns this year on April 13, and the Raconteurs are celebrating with a unique offering on the smaller side of things. The band will release a series of limited-edition 3″ records designed for use on specialized miniature record players. The release will include the band’s Broken Boy Soldiers single “Store Bought Bones,” as well as a few other songs on separate 3″ records.

In addition to their already announced Spring tour, Death Cab For Cutie have added even more headlining U.S. dates. The summer leg of their headlining tour will kick off June 7 in Pittsburgh. Additionally, the band have announced they will receive support from Jenny Lewis and Lala Lala. Mitski and Car Seat Headrest will also provide support on one-off dates at Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the Hollywood bowl, respectively. The tour will is in support of the band’s ninth studio album, Thank You for Today. You can pick up your copy of the band’s latest album here.

Dave Matthews Band have announced a string of new live dates for summer 2019. The band will be touring internationally until April 30, when they’ll return to the U.S. for the first of their new shows, in Pensacola, Florida. DMB’s tour will wrap on September 22 in Asbury Park, New Jersey at the Sea.Hear.Now Festival. Presale begins on January 24 on the band’s fan site, with tickets opening up to the public on February 22. Every ticket purchased can be redeemed for an unreleased live recording from DMB’s 2018 tour.

Amid the government shutdown, many celebrities have taken things into their own hands to help the federally-funded employees who are not getting paid. Jimmy Kimmel, Nile Rodgers and KISS are just a few of the celebrities who are offering free concerts, services and jobs during the crisis. For starters, KISS are giving back to TSA employees. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have announced that TSA workers will be able to get a hot meal at Rock & Brews Restaurants in the airports in which they work for free. According to Billboard, more than 800,000 federal employees are not getting paid. The shutdown has lasted for over a month and has become the longest in US history.

Courtney Love and legendary Washington-state punk band Bikini Kill have been in a feud since the early 1990s, with the most notorious incident involving lead singer Kathleen Hanna filing a police report after Love allegedly punched her in the face backstage on the Lollapalooza ’95 tour. Now, with Bikini Kill slated to reunite this spring, Love is expressing her disdain for the group all over again. This week, she commented on a Bustmagazine Instagram post about the band’s new shows, telling the publication their expressed excitement about the band’s return was displaced: “Speak for yourself. Biggest hoax in history of rock and roll.”

Back in December, Jenny Lewis announced a new album, On the Line, set to arrive in the spring. This week, she’s revealed the album’s details, release date, and first single, “Red Bull & Hennessy,” On the Line includes 11 songs and arrives March 22 from Warner Brothers.

Green Day are cleaning out their closets. The veteran punk trio will be offering up more than 100 pieces of gear from the past 25 years, nearly 50 of Billie Joe Armstrong’s guitars, as well as five of Tre Cool’s drum sets in the Official Green Day Reverb Shop, which launches on Feb. 7. A number of Cool’s kits will be in the mix, as well as more than 20 pieces of bassist Mike Dirnt’s gear, including a dozen amps he used from 1997-2003. Click here to see images of all the pieces.

Fans of the Pixies will be mildly interested to learn that the resurrected 2010s version of the band has a new album coming in September. The as-yet-untitled album was recorded in December, and features the same Kim Deal-less lineup as the previous quasi-reunion Pixies album, 2016’s Head Carrier.


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