Video | Massive Attack, “Splitting The Atom”

In 1991, a group from Bristol played a major role in making music one of my passions.  The group was Massive Attack and the album was Blue Lines.  Fast forward to now, and Massive Attack continue to push music forward. Massive Attack is about to drop their 5th studio album in almost 20 years on February 9th. Heligo Land is the name of the album.  The album will feature guests vocals from Tunde Adebimpe from TV On The Radio, Martina-Topley Bird (Tricky), Horace Andy, Damon Albarn (Gorillaz, Blur) and Mazzy Star’s frontwoman Hope Sandoval. This is the second video from the album. The first video was very NSFW (I  let you search for it, but I warned you).


Album of the Day: “War Child presents … Heroes”


Sometimes an album comes across our desk that needs to be shared in its entirety.

War Child presents … Heroes is modestly described as “the greatest covers album of all time.”  We don’t disagree.  TV On The Radio covering Bowie.  Beck covering Dylan.  Lily Allen covering The Clash.  Estelle covering Stevie Wonder.  See the complete track listing below.

The album is a benefit for War Child International, a network of organizations working across the world to help children affected by war.  What makes the album unusual is that the songs and the bands doing the covers (The Hold Steady, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Franz Ferdinand, Duffy, etc.) were chosen by the original artists.

Here’s the track list.  Click the “info” link for the story behind the song.  And listen all day to 88Nine as we play tracks from the album.  Let us know what you think!

  1. Beck    (Bob Dylan: Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat) :: info ::
  2. Scissor Sisters    (Roxy Music: Do The Strand) :: info ::
  3. Lily Allen    (The Clash: Straight To Hell) :: info ::
  4. Duffy    (Paul McCartney: Live And Let Die) :: info ::
  5. Elbow    (U2: Running To Stand Still) :: info ::
  6. TV On The Radio    (David Bowie: Heroes) :: info ::
  7. Hot Chip    (Joy Division: Transmission) :: info ::
  8. The Kooks    (The Kinks: Victoria) :: info ::
  9. Estelle    (Stevie Wonder: Superstition) :: info ::
  10. Rufus Wainwright    (Brian Wilson: Wonderful/ Song For Children) :: info ::
  11. Peaches    (Iggy Pop: Search And Destroy) :: info ::
  12. The Hold Steady    (Bruce Springsteen: Atlantic City) :: info ::
  13. The Like    (Elvis Costello: You Belong To Me) :: info ::
  14. Yeah Yeah Yeahs    (The Ramones: Sheena Is A Punk Rocker) :: info ::
  15. Franz Ferdinand    (Blondie: Call Me) :: info ::

Are You Feeling This: TV On The Radio, Oddisee ft. Nikki Jean and Groove Armada


Lots of songs never make it to the radio that are getting lots of attention online.  Live tracks, sanctioned and unsanctioned remixes, mash-ups, overlooked gems by unsigned artists.  Every week on “Are You Feeling This,” we invite you to hear what the buzz is all about.  You tell us what you think.  Vote in the Are You Feeling This poll, leave a comment, send us an e-mail.

Last Week’s winner was Animal Collective, “My Girls”

This week on ”Are You Feeling This”: New Music from TV On The Radio, Nikki Jean, and Groove Armada. Take a listen below and let us know what you think by voting in the “Are You Feeling This” listener poll.

TV On The Radio – “Heroes (David Bowie Cover)” from the forthcoming compilation War Child: Heroes
Oddisee feat. Nikki Jean – “Tell The Truth”

New Music Wednesday: Coldplay, Raphael Saadiq, Death Cab For Cutie, TV On The Radio

For this week’s New Music Wednesday, we got two new songs. We have songs from Raphael Saadiq, Death Cab For Cutie and TV On The Radio.

Listen to the tracks below and then let us know what you think by voting for your favorite tune. We’ll announce the winner next week.

Raphael Saadiq – 100 Yard Dash

Coldplay – Lost

TV On The Radio – Crying

Death Cab For Cutie – Cath

Video: TV On The Radio

Check out this new video released by the cats in TV On The Radio from their new album Dear Science, due for release September 28th….  Now I’m a big fan of this band and the video, is weird, but good. Check it!

Are You Feeling This: Ratatat, Tricky, TV On The Radio

Last week’s winner of Are You Feeling This was James Morrison’s “Nothing Ever Hurt Like You”. You can check it out here. Check out this week’s “Are You Feeling This”.  We have three new songs we want you to check out and let us know what you think.  Also vote for your favorite one in our “Are You Feeling This” poll below.  In case you missed the songs, you can listen to them below.  This week we have songs from New York based electronic duo Ratatat, UK Trip Hop legend Tricky, and the return of  TV on the Radio.

Ratatat – “Falcon Jab” from the album LP3

Tricky – “Puppy Toy” from the album Knowle West Boy

TV On The Radio – “Crying” from the album Dear Science due out 9/23/08

By the way, don’t forget that Ratatat is coming to Turner Hall on September 22nd.  Download their Hip Hop  remixes over here.  Also TV On The Radio is performing in Chicago on October 22nd.

Black Music Month: Mixtape #2-Black Rock

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This week’s mixtape is all about Black Rock. What is Black Rock?  It is more than a sound, it is an attitude, it is the foundation of modern black music.  Check what the blog Bold As Love defines it as:

I’ll start by saying that it’s more than simply rock played by black people, though that’s part of it.  Referencing Living Colour gets people in the zone, but doesn’t necessarily tell the whole story.

As it was used when I was involved with the Black Rock Coalition (BRC)—and I’m sure is still used by the organization—it was a term that encompasses the total spectrum of Black music—rock, soul, jazz, blues, funk, hip-hop, world, etc.  But the slightly more complicated truth is that there’s no one sound that defines Black rock.

Better, I think, is to understand the term as a concept, one that’s in opposition to the narrow view that the music industry (itself a microcosm of American society) promotes of what it means to be African American: Namely, that you’re supposed to know the boundaries and stay within them.  More to the point: Black music = hip-hop and R&B.  From that perspective, Black rock is a term I’ll continue to employ not only in this dialogue that attempts to re-connect African Americans to music they created, but also as a means of mounting an ongoing and worthwhile effort to overcome ridiculous limitations imposed from within and without.  In my estimation, the former must come first.  The music industry has no incentive to change in this regard, particularly since it’s getting little to no mass indication that there is economic justification to do so.

So Black rock is, at first, an invitation for African Americans to —here’s a nod to The Matrix—take the red pill.  It’s an invitation to break the frame of things we take for granted—what we listen to out of course, avenues through which we can express ourselves, even notions of what it means to be authentically black.

Black rock is an invitation for us to be brave.

Click here to listen to the Mixtape via Muxtape.

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