New Music Monday

New Album Releases:

Sleep Well Beast, The National

Sleep Well Beast - The National

Sleep Well Beast is The National’s seventh studio album.  The album features their lead single “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness,”  which played all over alternative rock radio throughout the summer.  The Cincinnati based band has two #1 alternative rock albums on the Billboard 200, High Violet (2007) and Trouble Will Find Me (2013).

Freedom Child, The Script

The Script - Freedom Child

The Script’s returned with their fifth album, Freedom Child, released on the first of September.  The Irish pop rock band’s album is just as catchy as their past albums.  Their lead single, “Rain,” has all the elements of a good pop song.  Freedom Child is the band’s fourth U.K. #1 album.

New Single Releases:

“The Line,” Foo Fighters

Dave Grohl - Lollapalooza Berlin 2017

“The Line” is the third single off of the Foo Fighters upcoming album, Concrete and Gold.  The Foo Fighters have not released a new album since 2014, Sonic Highways.  “The Line” has the classic Foo Fighters texture.  The Foo Fighters have 10 #1 alternative songs on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Too Good at Goodbyes,” Sam Smith

Sam Smith Lollapalooza 2015-4

Sam Smith’s long awaited return has finally come.  The pop singer’s soulful voice has been missed.  Smith’s single “Too Good at Goodbyes,” is just as vulnerable and powerful as the music from his debut album, In The Lonely Hour.

Other Album Releases This Month

American Dream, LCD Soundsystem;  Hitchhiker, Neil Young; All The Light Above it Too, Jack Johnson; Southern Blood, Gregg Allman; Slowheart, Kip Moore; Life Changes, Thomas Rhett.

This week in 1997, Mariah Carey had the #1 song with “Honey.”

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Who You Need To Know: Jack Antonoff

Who is Jack Antonoff?

Jack Antonoff has most likely produced or written (or both) one of your favorite songs in the last 5 years.  He works with a variety of artists, including Taylor Swift, Lorde, and Sia.  He started his career off in an indie rock band called Steel Train, in 2002.  Steel Train’s last album, Steel Train, was released in 2010.

In 2009, Antonoff  joined Nate Ruess and Andrew Dost to form the iconic alternative rock band fun.  The bands second (and final) album released in 2012, Some Nights, had multiple chart toppers, including the #1 “We Are Young,” which lasted on the Billboard Hot 100 for 43 weeks.

Fun.

In February 2014, Antonoff announced his newest project (and best yet), Bleachers.  Bleachers released Strange Desire in August 2014.  The lead single, “I Wanna Get Better,” peaked on the Billboard Alternative chart at #1, and the album itself peaked at #11 on the Billboard 200.

Antonoff reworked his first album, Strange Desire, and turned it into Terrible Thrills, Vol 2.  On this album, he recreated his music from Strange Desire, and had popular artists put a twist on it.  Each song is sung by a different artist.  Sia sing’s on “Like a River Runs,” giving it a completely different feel than it had on Strange Desire.

While still working with Bleachers, Antonoff works with a number of popular artists.  He and Lorde collaborated on her #1 sophomore album, Melodrama. He also produced three songs on Taylor Swift’s pop breakout album, 1989, as well as her newest single, “Look What You Made Me Do.”

Jack Antonoff, Taylor Swift, Lorde

Most of Bleacher’s music revolves around the death of Antonoff’s younger sister, Sarah, who lost her life to brain cancer at age 13.  He openly speaks and writes about her and how the loss affected his life.  In “Like a River Runs,” track #8 on Strange Desire, he sings “when I fall asleep I can see your face, what I lost in you I will not replace, and I could run away, I could let them down, but I will remember your light.”

Antonoff is now on his Gone Now Era tour to promote his sophomore album, Gone Now.  Gone Now‘s lead single, Don’t Take The Money, was Bleacher’s return to music.  The song dominated alternative radio and was a fan favorite at music festivals across the globe this summer.

Gone Now is an album unlike any other I have heard in alternative music.  It is an album that should not be listened to on shuffle.  Antonoff uses lyrics and melodies heard on earlier songs and translates them into the later songs.  The album is incredibly cohesive in so many ways.  “Goodmorning” and “Goodbye” mirror each other, but are still completely different.

Bleachers at the MTV VMA Artist to Watch Concert

Bleachers at the MTV VMA Artist to Watch Concert

 

What can’t Jack Anotonoff do?  Virtually nothing.

 

You can purchase or stream Strange Desire, and Gone Now, and purchase tickets to the Gone Now Era Tour here.