Bands are more than their frontperson. Though hard to believe it, the same is true for Foo Fighters. Drummer Taylor Hawkins is stepping out from behind the drum set to release a solo album and we know it’s going to rock. If that doesn’t have you grinning, read on about the inclusion of a David Bowie emoji in the new iPhone update, A Tribe Called Quest’s crazy guest appearance list on their forthcoming record, Pixies’ crazy stop-motion video, and Japandroids’ first single since 2012.
It’s time for a new drummer to shine. Just like Dave Grohl did, Taylor Hawkins is stepping out from behind his drum equipment to take a more prominent spot. The Foo Fighters drummer will release a record as a solo act called KOTA on November 11. The mini-LP will see him sing lead and play nearly every instrument on the album. If that doesn’t sound cool enough for you, just look at the press release; it describes the album’s sound as “Queen on a skateboard.” Lead single “Range Rover Bitch” proves that statement to be true. Hawkins knows his stuff, and soon he will have the mini-LP to prove it. [Consequence of Sound]
There’s plenty of talk about the new iPhones and Apple‘s decision to remove the headphone jack. What people aren’t talking about (but seriously need to) are the updates in emojis. Specifically, the addition of a David Bowie emoji. You read that correctly. The iconic musician appears in the “people” section of emojis sporting that famous thunderbolt for both its guy and lady version. Pretty rad if you ask us.
We recently found out the phenomenal news that A Tribe Called Quest reunited to record a new album just before Phife Dawg‘s death. Q-Tip posted a note to Facebook saying an album would be out on November 11, and now we know a little bit more about it. Turns out the album, called We Got It From Here, Thank You for Your Service, sees Andre 3000, Jack White, Kendrick Lamar, Elton John, and Busta Rhymes as guests. All four original members appear, including Phife Dawg. It’s sure to be a treat because, really, have they ever released something that’s not? [Pitchfork]
The Pixies returned with a new album called Head Carrier, an album of decent songs by an otherwise top-notch band, earlier in 2016. One of the LP’s songs, “Classic Masher,” now comes with a music video. The clip is entertaining and dark, seeing director Paz Lenchantin (also known as, you know, the band’s bassist) turning things to stop-motion for three woman singing the song in a car as an evil pianist beats his instrument mercilessly. It’s creepy and joyful, the perfect words for the song itself. What else did you expect? [Rolling Stone]
It’s been three years since Japandroids last played a show until they took the stage this past October. It’s been four years since their last LP, the excellent 2012 album Celebration Rock, but that changes with Near to the Wild Heart of Life. The Canadian duo’s next record will drop on January 27 of 2017. With that official release date comes the first proper single (excluding live footage), and it’s a total Tom Petty-style romper. The title-track is quick and upbeat, a perfect summer anthem for a summer that, unfortunately, just ended. Give it a listen above and then listen to it again, and again, and again, until things start to feel warm again. [Consequence of Sound]
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