It’s not every day you see popular artists tackling new tracks in a foreign tongue—but that’s exactly what Franz Ferdinand have done with their new track, “Erdbeer Mund.” Sung in German, the song comes as a B-side to the band’s new single, “Fresh Strawberries,” itself taken from their latest album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. No matter the language, the track is pretty catchy and worth a spin. You can check it out and download for free below, and catch the band on tour all through August. Continue reading ‘Franz Ferdinand Streams “Erdbeer Mund”’
The newest video from Franz Ferdinand is “Bullet,” from their recent Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action LP. Shot in black and white, the video sees the Scottish quartet miming a performance on a soundstage. It’s really well done, with some cool camera trickery, and wins by focusing on the charismatic band members.
How does everyone in the world not like Franz Ferdinand? Backlash to success? Jealousy? Too soon for WWI buffs? We suppose we can understand. No, we can’t understand. The music is consistently smart, fun, catchy, and rocking. What more do you want? Don’t answer that, we don’t want to know what you want, weirdo. But, to cop a phrase, you could have it so much better with Franz Ferdinand.
The band went on Conan last night and performed their new single “Right Action” from the forthcoming LP Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, out August 27th. Watch the performance here and check out the official video below.
Attention, those trying to define the music of Get Back Loretta: Cease and desist. Give it up. Save yourself the trouble. The San Diego band defies categorization at every turn, deftly weaving elements of ‘60s garage rock, ‘70s soul and ‘90s Britpop into their songs. Your incredible journey begins with “Break Down”—a garage rock-soul revival with big, beautiful harmonies. Think Franz Ferdinand, if they were rubbed in the dirt a little. “Grown So Cold” is a jaunty, gypsy-inspired dance in the pale moonlight, while “Gotta Believe” is driving, adrenaline-fueled piano rock. And, though its name might lead you to believe it to be anesthetic, “Ketamine” swaggers with bluesy, almost theatrical, panache, while singer Steven Bradford delivers the punch with his killer croon. That’s the thing with this band—no song sounds like the next, but all of them are total knock-outs.
In 2001, The Strokes released their landmark debut album, Is This It. Upon its release, the album was immediately successful and had a huge impact on popular music at the time. Coming after the grunge heyday of the ’90s, their simple no frills sound paved the way for other indie rock bands like The White Stripes, Franz Ferdinand and Arctic Monkeys to achieve mainstream success. Their immediate success, both critically and commercially, proved that vintage rock sounds could still be successful in today’s music scene. Without The Strokes, many of the rock bands we know and love today may not have even got off the ground. Here at OurStage we have many great up-and-coming rock bands, but one band in particular, The Black Rabbits, have a sound that is quite similar to that of The Strokes.
OurStage's The Black Rabbits
Like The Strokes, The Black Rabbits have a sound that takes its influence from classic rock, but also has a modern touch which makes them unique. If you listen to their song “Hypno Switch,” you can hear some immediate similarity to The Strokes’ song “Trying Your Luck.” Both songs are recorded at about the same tempo and are based around slightly distorted guitar chords. Like The Strokes’ singer Julian Casablancas, The Black Rabbits’ singer Jetson Black possesses a deep croon that is rough around the edges, but is still melodic and in tune. However, while “Trying Your Luck” has a relatively dark tone, “Hypno Switch” is a more upbeat affair with a really catchy wordless chorus. “Hurry, Hurry” is another track that is similar to the sound of The Strokes. With the guitar, bass and drums playing in almost rhythmic unison, the focus of the song is on Black’s vocals. The song is more somber than “Hypno Switch,” but Black’s deep voice still fit this style perfectly. “For Way Too Long Now” is another song in this vein, where simple guitar chords allow a catchy vocal melody to shine through. The chorus also finds Black using the kind of distorted growl in his vocals that Julian Casablancas has made famous.
Jenna Bryson isn’t your typical rising talent. You won’t find a long-winded backstory or moment of musical revelation in her bio—just Jenna, her songs and her humble personality. It’s these traits and more that helped the LA songwriter rise the ranks of the June “Artist Access” Premium Member Competition on OurStage, eventually landing her a mentoring session with one of the music industries most sought after resources—IMO president/ founder and former Sony Music and Columbia Records chief, Don Ienner.
In the nearly forty years of working in the music industry, Ienner has helped further the careers of legends like Springsteen, Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Billy Joel, Pink Floyd and has guided the passage of talents like John Mayer, Dixie Chicks, Alice in Chains, Jeff Buckley, Beyoncé, Matisyahu, Franz Ferdinand, Nas, Lauren Hill, Cypress Hill and many, many more.
Bryson and Ienner recently sat down for a chat in NYC and, well, we’ll let her tell you all about it herself. Check out Jenna’s video below—featuring a performance of her winnings song “Happy” and a personal recount of her mentoring session with Don Ienner. Want a mentoring session with industry powerhouse Rob Stevenson? Sign up for OurStage Premium Membership and enter the August “Artist Access” Competition now!
When it comes to the music business, Don Ienner is a name synonymous with success. His priceless advice and guidance has furthered the careers of legends like Billy Joel and Pink Floyd and guided the passage of modern stars such as The Dixie Chicks, Franz Ferdinand, Nas and Lauren Hill.
In this month’s “Artist Access”Premium Member Competition, OurStage is giving Premium Members the chance to win a mentoring session with Ienner—only you can help them get there. Judge in the “Artist Access” Competition by June 30, 2011 and help make a big difference in one artist’s career. For some top tracks from the competition, listen to the playlist below.
Record Store Day began in 2007 to both celebrate and breathe a little life into the independently-owned record stores still in existence. The event takes place the third Saturday of April every year. Artists from all over the world release limited edition material to drum up sales. This year’s participating acts included Foo Fighters, Flaming Lips, Guided By Voices, Franz Ferdinand, Rolling Stones, Radiohead and Decemberists. According to Nielsen SoundScan, independent stores album sales rose 39% last week due to the event. Last year’s Record Store Day resulted in a boost of only 3%. Great news for indie record stores and their tatted and bespectacled clerks in Yo La Tengo t-shirts who get to keep the dream alive a little longer.
Much of this week’s music coverage consisted of round-ups of the many artists taking the stage at the Coachella Music Festival. We’ll distill it down to the finer points for you. Cee Lo got pissed when he was forced off the stage after running over the allotted time, making his performance of his hit, “F— You,” entirely a propos. Kanye West did right by his fans and delivered a galvanizing, 140-minute set that covered all his hits. Arcade Fire delighted Rihanna and thousands more with their performance, which ended with glowing bouncy balls being dropped over the audience while the band sang their hit, “Wake Up.” Check out the video clip below.
TV On The Radio mourn loss of Gerard Smith
TV On The Radio bassist Gerard Smith passed away this week after battling lung cancer. The band canceled five shows and released a statement on their Web site that read, “We are very sad to announce the death of our beloved friend and bandmate, Gerard Smith, following a courageous fight against lung cancer. Gerard passed away the morning of April 20th, 2011. We will miss him terribly.” R.I.P.
Lil Wayne, Lady Gaga release album covers
We’re just curious as to which one is your favorite: Lady Gaga as half woman, half bike, or Lil Wayne as half kindergartener, half gangsta.
Beyoncé releases “Girls (Who Run The World)”
Beyoncé released her new single, “Girls (Who Run The World),” this week and for some the jury’s still out. The track is an ambitious, sprawling jam that samples Major Lazer’s “Pon De Floor.” We’re not sure if the word “hook” applies here, but give it a listen down below and decide for yourselves. Oh, and if you want to see two guys seriously displeased with the latest offering from Sasha Fierce, click here. A word to the wise—when you’re recording a show for YouTube, don’t leave to take a phone call from your sister in the middle of it.
The Game detained in Canada
The Game was en route to Nova Scotia from LA for a show at the Halifax Forum when he was detained by customs agents in Canada. The rapper will either be deported or jailed for violating Canada’s immigration entry laws. (Apparently jerks aren’t allowed to enter Canada. Folks!)