Reverb Week in Playlist: Jenny Lewis, Edward Sharpe, Tennis and moreBy Erin Browne | June 6th, 2014 | 2 comments
With everything that happens in the music world on a weekly basis, you couldn’t possibly be expected to keep up with it all. But don’t worry, with the Reverb Week in Playlist we’ll keep our ears to the ground for the important music news and releases of the week and compile it into the most digestible form we know: a playlist.
Even though no pop stars attacked their brother-in-laws (that we know of) this week, there was some big news in the music world. We heard plenty of killer tracks and new albums, shows canceled (sorry Atlanta, looks like you still don’t get a Morrissey gig) and lead singers fired. Here are a few things we want to make sure you didn’t miss.
Jenny Lewis is Singing Solo Again
Jenny Lewis is a woman of many hats. Some know her from Rilo Kiley (RIP), some from Jenny and Johnny (meh) and some know her as a solo artist, or for one of her other millions of other collaborations (Postal Service, Elvis Costello, Rostam Batamnglij, Obama probably.) This week she dropped the lead single from her forthcoming solo album “The Voyager” which is due to be released on July 29. “The Voyager” is a follow up to 2008’s “Acid Tongue.” The single is called “Just One of the Guys” and has received some lovin’ from Beck. For those of you lucky enough to be heading to Governors Ball in New York this weekend, good luck picking between seeing Jenny Lewis and Julian Casablancas + The Voidz.
Glastonbury Attendees Really Don’t Want Metallica to Play the Festival
Metallica is set to headline Glastonbury music festival in England this month, but in a strange turn of events it seems the festival attendees really don’t want them to. Glastonbury is known for being eco-concious and its attendees are similar in demographic to the people Morrissey would like to see at his shows. So really it is no surprise that there is a petition to ban Metallica from the festival due to frontman James Hetfield’s involvement in “The Hunt.” Hetfield will be narrating the series which is about a trip to Kodiak, Alaska to hunt brown bear. Hunting is not really in the same vein with the festivals ideals. Plus, the whole NRA thing doesn’t sit well with Brits in general.
Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros “fire” Jade Castrinos. Zeros Less Magnetic than We all Thought
Perhaps Golden Globe nominee Alex Ebert now feels that since he is a Golden Globe nominee he has to make some changes. Whatever the reasoning behind it, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have “fired” singer Jade Castrinos. She released a pretty vague statement on her Instagram saying that she was “voted off” of the tour a week before it kicked off. Jade’s vocals are such a big part of the Edward Sharpe sound, it is hard to imagine the band without her. Hopefully they won’t forego the female vocals entirely. Does anyone know if the blonde band member that used to be on the show Greek can sing? They should probably also drop “Home” from the setlist. That could be awkward.
Tennis Announce New Album, it’s Still Not a Indie-Rock Concept Album About Wimbledon
Denver based band Tennis recently announced that they will be releasing a new album “Ritual in Repeat.” Dropping September 9, this is the band’s third album and the second produced by Justin Bieber’s arch nemesis and Black Key’s member Patrick Carney. The band recently moved back to Denver after a brief stint in Nashville, and thank goodness they brought some new tunes back with them. The first single off the album “Never Work For Free” is the typical sunshine-pop sound Tennis is known for, but also sounds a bit like if Haim had a love child with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. The single title does hit a little close to home though, since isn’t “working for free” is how most bands and writers get their start…
Parquet Courts Release Sophomore Album, Time for Someone to Start the Tribute Band “Parkay Quartz”
On Tuesday, Brooklyn punk(ish?) band Parquet Courts released “Sunbathing Animal” their follow up to 2013’s “Light Up Gold.” For their sophomore release, they are a little less Pavement-esque, a little less stoned and starving and a lot tighter sounding overall. While “Light Up Gold” was a strong album, they seemed to have found their footing a bit more on “Sunbathing Animal.” The album is fast-paced, to the point and a great kick off for the second half of 2014’s releases.
Erin Browne is a New York-based writer and a new contributor to Reverb. Follow her on Twitter.