The Tallest Man On Earth – Sagres (2015)

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By the time Dark Bird Is Home lands, nearly three years will have flown by since the last release of The Tallest Man on Earth. In that time, while Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson spread his wings across the world to captivate large audiences with his one-person show, he was also laying down new songs wherever he could in various locations — sometimes studios, sometimes barns.

Our first glimpse of Dark Bird Is Home is “Sagres,” named for the remote cliff-side village in southern Portugal, a place of escape for the song’s heartbroken narrator. Despite its potential loneliness, “Sagres” finds Mattson with perhaps his largest production to date. Lush orchestration holds the airy melody aloft, as violin, mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar, castanet punctuated percussion and haunting backing vocals join in the soul-searching quest.

Dark Bird Is Home is due out May 12 on Dead Oceans. [Source]

Elliott Smith – Everything Means Nothing To Me (2000)

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Someone found the future as a statue in a fountain
At attention, looking backward in a pool of water
Wishes with a blue songbird on his shoulder
Who keeps singing over everything
Everything means nothing to me
Everything means nothing to me
Everything means nothing to me
I picked up the song and found my picture in the paper
The reflection in the water showed an iron man still trying to salute
People from a time when he was everything he’s supposed to be
Everything means nothing to me
Everything means nothing to me
Everything means nothing to me
Everything means nothing to me

[Dedicated to Kako]

Cheatahs – Sunne EP (2015)

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Cheatahs return with Sunne EP, the first release since their self-titled debut album in early 2014.
As with all their previous material, the London based four-piece recorded the EP themselves, doing so mostly in their houses, and their friends Part Chimp’s Camberwell studio when their flatmates/neighbours got annoyed. Ever since their early releases, Cheatahs have been evolving and developing their craft, and ‘Sunne’ is the most clearly defined and ambitious set to date, exploring new territory via sketchy back alleys and sunlit, swampy meadows.




Scott Weiland And The Wildabouts – Modzilla (2015)

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Scott Weiland, “one of rock’s most dynamic front men” (Spin Mag), and his band the Wildabouts, will release their first album ever on March 27th, 2015 on earMUSIC.
Titled “Blaster”, the album was produced by Rick Parker (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club), and recorded throughout 2014 at Lavish Studios in Burbank and at The Sandbox in Beachwood Canyon. “Blaster” features twelve tracks, all but one were written by ex-Stone Temple Pilots singer Weiland.

The two time Grammy winning, multi-platinum selling songwriter/vocalist Weiland proclaims:
“I wanted to make a rock record. It all just came together. It’s got a distinctive sound, but it also can entice those Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver fans who have stuck by me. What we’ve come up with is really heavy, slinky, and sexy. There’s a lot of fuzz. The best way to describe it is ‘Furry’.”

“Furry” seems completely apropos given the natural, almost primal connection between the singer and his bandmates guitarist Jeremy Brown, bassist Tommy Black, and drummer Danny Thompson fostered by years of jamming and touring together.

Take “White Lightning” for example, it sparks up “Blaster” Merging a revved up riff with Weiland’s immortal croon, it instantly captivates. Maintaining that energy, “Beach Pop” wields a summery swing. A psychedelic guitar snap gives way to an enchanting vocal melody courtesy of Weiland. Then, there’s “Way She Moves” which is inspired by Weiland’s wife. It slides between a spiraling riff from Brown to more signature crooning that’s as seductive as it is soaring.
The group also got the chance to nod to their idols further with two undeniable covers—David Bowie’s “Jean Genie” and T.Rex’ “20th Century Boy.” Both allow the musicians to flex their chops as Weiland’s voice reaches impressive heights.

Take all this into consideration and you realize why the title “Blaster” fits so well.
Weiland declares, “We chose a boombox for the cover because the image and sound are retro, but modern and, always, LOUD.”

Simply put, It’s Scott Weiland reborn.

ABOUT SCOTT WEILAND

The multi-platinum singer, songwriter, and author has cumulatively sold over 44 million records worldwide with Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver. He’s garnered two Grammy Awards in the category of “Best Hard Rock Performance”—in 2005 for “Slither” and in 1994 for “Plush”. Stone Temple Pilots’ “Purple” debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 a feat also accomplished by Velvet Revolver’s “Contraband”. Weiland’s voice has driven some of the most recognizable hits in rock ‘n’ roll history including “Sex Type Thing”, “Wicked Garden”, “Creep”, “Interstate Love Song”, “Vasoline”, “The Big Empty”, “Sour Girl”, “Down”, and more. He released his memoir “Not Dead & Not For Sale“ in 2011 to critical applause. Still, his most powerful music is yet to come with the release of 2015’s album.