Monday news is slow… but Hurricane Sandy is pretty fast! Breaking news today mostly revolves around the fact that Manhattan and New Jersey are underwater, and therefore shows have to be canceled. John Legend, Ghostface Killah, and the xx have all canceled their shows, along with Obama and Romney. Luckily in the PNW, the only band that canceled shows recently is Green Day, and that had nothing to do with a storm. [Rolling Stone]
Okay okay, in far more relevant music news, Seattle local rap act Don’t Talk to the Cops released “HOOLIGANISM” this Saturday. As any track about being a subversive should, it starts with the voices of kids shouting – and goes on to rap about political unrest and philosophy. The track was released to celebrate Ronnie Voice’s birthday. [The Stranger]
Andy Stott‘s highly anticipated new dub techno album Luxury Problems is streaming today before it’s release on November 6th to Modern Love. Featuring layered and atmospheric vocals by Alison Skidmore, the record moves deeper into the dark realm that Stott has come to occupy in electronic fans minds’, but is also more accessible due to the vocals – the album isn’t only for EDM-heads.
El Perro Del Mar released a new track today – “Hold Off The Dawn” – full of her skittering glassy pop vocals and disco-dream backing. Catch that track here.
So Wednesday is Halloween and therefore it’s time for Starbucks’ Hear Music and Concord Music Group are releasing Holidays Rule – a Christmas compilation. I might be sitting in the sun right now but it seems a bit premature. Then again – the album features everyone from Rufus Wainright and Sharon Van Etten, to Calexico, The Shins, The Head & The Heart and Andrew Bird. You can listen to the first track and catch the tracklist here.