Morning Music Notes – Music That Makes You Want To Burn Down Your House
New Albums This Year: Hot Chip and The Mars Volta (sadly, not together)
Of the 15,000 or so songs that I have in iTunes, The Mars Volta came on as I started to write this. What are the odds of that? (nerd alert: 30 Mars Volta songs divided by 15,000). I think Steve Jobs is spying on me from beyond the grave (or The Mars Volta are hacking my computer – that would explain why my desktop wallpaper keeps changing to The Mars Volta after I change it back to He-Man).
Bizarre experimental-rock band, The Mars Volta, have confirmed that they will release a new album this year (via NME). Posting on his YouTube account, lead singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala said “New Volta almost done. Vocals done. Just trying to rebutcher it and finish guitar. In studio until this week then on to Mexico to add more quantum entanglement to it. The sonogram of the little beast is looking very good.”
The band also contributed a song to the baseball video game MLB 12 The Show. The song has a relatively normal name for a band that has song titles such as Inertiatic Esp, Take The Veil Cerpin Taxt, Meccamputechture, Tetragrammaton, and so on. The song is called Zed and the Two Naughts, which sounds like it belongs on a baseball video game soundtrack, sort of.
Meanwhile, Hot Chip guitarist Al Doyle went on Twitter to let me (well, and everyone else) know that they just have one more song to record before they are done their follow up to excellent previous album, One Life Stand. No word on tracklisting, release date, or any useful information.
Spotify Experiences Heavy Growth Thanks to
Online music streaming service Spotify, who recently joined Facebook in bed, now has 5.4 million daily users and 12.3 million monthly active users (via Tech Crunch). Before the joyious union, Spotify had about 50% lower daily active users, and only 3.4 million monthly active users. However, Spotify only lets you stream 10 hours per month after the first 6-month trial, so will people start actually PAYING for music streaming now? Facebook got Spotify the traffic, so let’s see if it gets it the all-important dollars, too.
Women Burns Down House, Blames Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails, Naturally
Not helping the cause of people ridiculously blaming lyrics and music for their poor actions, a 29 year old has said that she was “inspired” by the music of Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails to burn down her parents’ house (via NME).
“The court papers report that Paz was angry at her parents “for trying to kill her on Christmas Day, that they had planned to sodomise her and chop her up with the help of a neighbour”.
“When asked how she knew her parents wanted to kill her, Paz replied that she had become aware “through the music of Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails”.
I’ve always wanted to find hidden messages in music – it looks like I’ve been focusing on the wrong bands. Listening to the Jingle Cats just makes me want to eat cat food and have a nap in the sun.
Listen! The Twilight Sad – Another Bed
Scottish rockers, The Twilight Sad (which sounds like how tween girls feel after watching those shitty vampire movies), are back with a new album called No One Can Ever Know. You can listen to a new song AND try and decipher that thick, Scottish accent that accompanies all songs from The Twilight Sad. Give it a listen below.
The Twilight Sad – Another Bed