Hozier: Irelands (relatively) new talent

Hozier is a 24 year old irish man who has become a phenomenon over the last year or so with his beautiful soul, blues, indie rock sound.

Coming from a musical background (his dad’s a musician), Hozier began a degree in music at Trinity College in Dublin, but dropped out in the middle of his first year in order to record demos for Universal Music. While studying, he became involved with the Trinity Orchestra and was a member of Anúna (irish choral group) from 2009 through to 2012.

In 2013, Hozier released his first EP Take Me to Church – to which this young boy became VERY well known very quickly. The video already has over 9 and a half million views, and when you listen to his title track, you’ll understand exactly why.

From Eden was his second EP and was released in March this year. Hozier just recently announced his solo debut record and it’s supposedly coming out next month!

Have a look and listen to this cover H did of Do I Wanna Know by the Arctic Monkeys just a few days ago when he was on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge.

Fergie has a Glamorous surprise for us

Black Eyed Peas singer – and hot stuff Josh Duhamel’s wife, Fergie is supposedly bringing out a new album after 8 years!

There’s a lot of chit chatter on whether or not it’s a new album, a sequel to The Dutchess and so on, but the album (that we don’t know exists or not) is supposed to come out in 2015 with a new single dropping before the end of the year.

will.i.am is the one handling the production for Fergie’s second studio album, and if her songs are anything like Big Girls Don’t Cry and Glamorous, I’m sure her album’s going to be stupendous!

I’m a big fan of Fergie’s solo work, have a listen to my two fave songs of The Dutchess below.

Fergie ft. Ludacris – Glamourous

Fergie – Big Girls Don’t Cry

Remembering Cannonball Adderley

Legendary jazz saxophonist, Cannonball Adderley was born on this date in 1928.

Cannonball is remembered for his 1966 single Mercy Mercy Mercy, a smash hit on the pop charts, for working with trumpeter Miles David, Ray Charles amongst many other brilliant artists.

Even though Adderley may not be with us in spirit anymore, I’d like to dedicate this post to him and his earthy grooves of soul jazz!

Mercy Mercy Mercy

Primus cover Tool’s Ænema at their gig last Saturday

Primus performed at Chicago’s Concord Music Hall on Saturday night as a part of their tour.

As Tim Alexander (drummer of the band since it started back in 84′) is recovering from heart surgery, Tool’s Danny Carey has been filling his space – due to that, the Primus guys plus Danny came up with something very special for their fans on Saturday; a cover of Tool’s Ænema!

Tim will be back with Primus this October for their Willy the Wonka themed tour.

Have a look at the video here, and see how the crowd respond to the cover Primus do!

Concord Music Hall Setlist:
Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers
Here Come the Bastards
Last Salmon Man
Southbound Pachyderm
Over the Falls
Jilly’s On Smack (Drum solo)
Ænema (Tool cover)
To Defy the Laws of Tradition
American Life
Jerry Was a Race Car Driver
My Name is Mud
Harold of the Rocks
Too Many Puppies

See what SBTRKT, A$AP Ferg & Warpaint come up with when they get together in a recording studio

Aaron Jerome, better known as SBTRKT just brought out a new song Voices In My Head. The song features A$AP Ferg and Warpaint and will appear on his forthcoming Wonder Where We Land LP.

Goes to say, I’m a humungous SBTRKT fan…. I’ve had the opportunity to see Aaron and Sampha perform twice, and would see them a million times more, their sound is magical.

Ezra from Vampire Weekend, Sampha, and Raury are featured on SBTRKT’s latest LP which will be out later this year.

Aaron shared the following note referring to his song Voices In My Head on his Soundcloud, have a read below and have a listen to Jerome’s latest piece of art.

“heres another song from my upcoming album.
this track was started in London (with an idea i recorded on an upright piano) – took this to Los Angeles (set up at Fleas the Boat studio in Silver Lake) collaborating further with Stella (drums) & Emily (vocals) from Warpaint – took this back to london to work more arrangement ideas to it and finally a couple months later took that to New York (downtown) and collaborated with Ferg (out to our friend Callender for connecting us)
this is one of my fave tracks and seemed to be a fitting ending to the record too.
this started with me having a seed idea but seeing it grow way beyond that with these multi layers of collaboration and places. shout to ferg, stella and emily for their input!”

Behind the scenes jamming session: Paul McCartney, Johnny Depp and a group of blues guitarists

New is Macca’s sixteenth studio album and it came out in October 2013. It took 5 months to record over a year and a half time period and included four top producers: Mark Ronson, Ethan Johns, Paul Epworth and Giles Martin.

Watch an exclusive 29 minute behind-the-scenes jamming session filmed at the ‘Early Days’ video shoot. The official video was launched earlier this summer and the end of it sees Paul playing with a group of blues guitarists, including Johnny Depp. This exclusive footage captures an impromptu jamming session that broke out between Paul and the musicians on the day of the shoot.