So many good news...
19 July 2021-
We usually focus on a specific piece of music-related news in this section, but it seems like there are just too many in this post-covid boom to select the one... so here's 5!
Jerry Garcia digital art NFTs
The genius behind seminal counter-cultural band the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia, was a man of many talents. These included, it turns out, digital art: in the first half of the 1990’s, Garcia created digital artworks on his Macintosh, at a time when very few even owned, let alone knew how to use computers. This was the result of a choice the artist had made in the 1980’s to focus on visual arts on top of his musical career, as if fronting one of the most influential bands of his era wasn’t enough. Today, some of these artworks are up for sale as NFTs, once again espousing the pioneering technologies of the day…
New War on Drugs LP
Without any connection with the previous topic whatsoever, cult indie band The War on Drugs are back with a new album! 4 years after the very well received A Deeper Understanding, the band is (finally) back with fifth album I Don’t Live Here Anymore. Hours after releasing a teaser video featuring original music, they came out with the goods today: not only is the new LP set for release in October, but Adam Granduciel’s crew also announced an ambitious international tour for 2022. Clearly, they won’t be living anywhere for a while…
Bob Dylan back on stage
Nobel prize winning legend Bob Dylan is back on stage at the tender age of 80. The legendary artist, who famously started a never-ending tour decades ago, had to stop for the better part of 18 months — like everyone else. But he jumped back out yesterday, in typically exotic fashion: the singer streamed a show shot in black-and-white with audience members played by paid actors and costume changes that clearly showed this was not a live affair. We expected nothing less from the man who once wrote a non-chronological autobiography… Godspeed, Mr. Dylan!
The Killers to kill again
One more piece of good news in this deluge of musical freshness: The Killers are (also) back with a new album, set for release next month! This comes on the heels of last year’s Imploding the Mirage, a highly satisfactory artistic offering in our very humble opinion. Pressure Machine, the band’s 7th studio album, is co-produced by Shawn Everett, who worked with a host of leading bands and artists (including the aforementioned War on Drugs, as it were) and Jonathan Rado, i.e. one half of the amazing experimental rock outfit Foxygen. We couldn’t be more excited!
Faces, the illustrious successor to Small Faces, was a band comprised of Rod Stewart, who went on to become a fairly huge solo star, Kenney Jones, who also worked with The Who, and Ronnie Wood who plays guitars in a little known band called the Rolling Stones. Wood recently broke the news that he had been working on new music with his former comrades — that and another side project with Sir Mick Jagger. Whatever these new tracks turn out to become, only one thing is for sure: we positively have to listen to them…