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Listen to Owen Pallett’s surprise new album, ‘Island’



Owen Pallett has shared a surprise new album – listen to ‘Island’ below.

The new record, out via Domino, is the Canadian multi-instrumentalist and some-time Arcade Fire member’s first new release in six years.

The almost entirely acoustic release is comprised of 13 songs, and features contributions from the London Contemporary Orchestra, recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.

Listen to ‘Island’ in its entirety below.

As well as sharing the full album, Pallett has shared a new video for track ‘A Bloody Morning’, which was composed entirely during the coronavirus pandemic.

In it, a number of dancers, from children to the elderly, are filmed through their windows while still obeying quarantine rules. It’s directed by Vincent René-Lortie and choreographed by Brittney Canda.

“Honestly, at first I wasn’t sold on the concept,” Pallett says of the new visual.  “I worried that the video would end up pornographing the quarantine, and I declined.”

After being convinced by the director to proceed with the vision, Pallett said he “was floored” by the final product, adding: “I couldn’t believe how cathartic it was to see the video, how perfectly it fit the song, and how meaningful and necessary it was for me to see it when I did.”

See the artwork and tracklisting for ‘Island’ below.

Owen Pallett

1. —> (i)
2. Transformer
3. Paragon Of Order
4. —> (ii)
5.The Sound of The Engines
6. Perseverance Of The Saints
7. Polar Vortex
8. —> (iii)
9. A Bloody Morning
10. Fire-Mare
11. Lewis Gets Fucked Into Space
12. —> (iv)
13. In Darkness
14. Paragon Of Order (version)
15. Fire-Mare (version)

Reviewing Pallett’s last full release, 2014 album ‘In Conflict’, NME wrote: “Owen Pallett has become a pivotal figure in the 21st Century arthouse baroque scene. He’s worked with Beirut, Arcade Fire, The Last Shadow Puppets and Grizzly Bear and he has pioneered the use of live loops in the last decade, building entire orchestras out of a solitary violin.

“His fourth solo album mingles gothic strings and sci-fi gloops and glitches to create a record that sounds destined to soundtrack the 2025 coronation of King James Blake.”

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6LACK speaks out over George Floyd death in powerful Twitter post





6LACK has spoken over the high-profile deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery in the US in a lengthy Twitter post.

The rapper, was due to drop a new song tonight but pulled it at the last minute, following Floyd’s death earlier this week.

Taking to Twitter, 6LACK wrote: “With the amount of pain, anger I feel in my heart, releasing a new song at this very moment doesn’t feel like a great priority.

“Nothing ever prepares you for how to feel when you’re constantly faced with the last dying breaths of black people, my people on your television or phone screens every single day. To be black in America is to be aware that I’m valued less by some of the people in this country.

“So I’m writing this letter because my heart and skin colour won’t ever allow me to be in the public eye and not make it very clear on where I stand in times of injustice. Always and forever before music, the respect of my people comes first.”

He added: “I was planning to release a song tonight and video tomorrow, but it wouldn’t be right doing so without using my platform to bring awareness to larger social topics at hand. George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and the many other names to be silenced, due to the abuse of power and racism, have not died in vain.

“I can’t listen to anyone telling the people in pain, how to cope. We are fed up and RIGHTFULLY SO. We’ve marched, kneeled and petitioned. We’re sick of the hashtags. I know a great amount of us feel helpless and confused about what to do, but all we can do is lend help to others in need right now. Show up for each other.”

Floyd, 46, died in Minneapolis late on Monday (May 25) following an altercation with police officers. Floyd, who was African American, was killed when a white police officer appeared to kneel on his neck as he lay on the ground during an arrest.

Taylor, an emergency medical technician, was killed when officers entered her Louisville home early on March 13 as part of a drugs investigation and the death of Arbery in Georgia was brought to light earlier this month when a video was released showing him being shot after a father and son, pursued Arbery after spotting him running in their neighbourhood.

Floyd’s death has sparked outrage with high profile actors including Janelle Monáe, Ice Cube and John Boyega hitting out over the incident.

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Lou Reed and Meatloaf guitarist Bob Kulick has died




Bob Kulick

Bob Kulick, a guitarist for Lou Reed and Meatloaf, and session musician for Diana Ross, has died, aged 70.

The musician was confirmed to have passed away today (May 29) by his brother, KISS’ Bruce Kulick. A cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

His elder sibling shared the news in a Facebook post, writing: “I am heartbroken to have to share the news of the passing of my brother Bob Kulick. His love of music, and his talent as a musician and producer should always be celebrated. I know he is at peace now, with my parents, playing his guitar as loud as possible. Please respect the Kulick Family’s privacy during this very sad time.”

I am heartbroken to have to share the news of the passing of my brother Bob Kulick. His love of music, and his talent as…

Posted by Bruce Kulick on Friday, May 29, 2020


Kulick worked with Lou Reed in 1975 on the album ‘Coney Island Baby’, playing lead guitar. He also worked with Meatloaf, playing in his touring band Neverland Express and playing on his 1984 record ‘Bad Attitude’.

He was also a session musician who worked with the likes of Diana Ross, Michael Bolton and W.A.S.P., while he also produced ‘Whiplash’, Motörhead’s Grammy-winning Metallica cover.

Kulick once auditioned to be in KISS before his brother joined the band, but was passed over for Ace Frehley. However, he appeared uncredited on the albums ‘Alive II’, ‘Unmasked’, Killers’ and ‘Creatures Of The Night’. He also played guitar on WWE wrestler Triple H’s entrance music ‘The Game’ and wrote the song ‘Sweet Victory’ for the SpongeBob SquarePants episode ‘Band Geeks’.

Tributes have begun to be paid online to Kulick since news of his death broke. LA band BulletBoys wrote: “Oh Man..This Is Awful! R.I.P. #bobkulick Ty for all the love u always gave me & us!!! We all will miss you my brother! Thoughts & Prayers to the Kulick Family. We all loved Bob so much!”

Jeff Scott Soto added: “Ugh, another peer, colleague & someone I considered friend has passed. I worked with Bob Kulick on many recordings through the years, most notably the many tribute albums he produced. My condolences to his brother Bruce and extended Kulick family.”

See those and more tributes below.

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El-P shares soundtrack for Tom Hardy movie ‘Capone’




El-P, Run The Jewels

El-P has shared his score for the recent Tom Hardy-starring movie Capone – scroll down the page to listen to it now.

The soundtrack is the producer’s first full-length movie score since the 2004 film Bomb The System.

The Capone soundtrack features 13 songs, spans the course of an hour, and was released via Milan Records today (May 29). In a press release, El-P said: “I grew up on film scores and they’ve always been a huge influence on me and I’ve been hoping to get the time and chance to do another, so I was thrilled to do Capone.

“Huge thanks to Josh Trank and Tom Hardy for bringing me in and of course to Wilder Zoby who was my right-hand man through the whole score. I loved helping create and getting lost in this twisted little trip into Al’s mind. Much of the music on this score is directly from the movie and some of it is stuff that was created for the film but didn’t survive the final cut. I’m excited to present it to the world in this form.”


Capone marks the second time El-P has worked with director Josh Trank, following his work on the end credits score for Fantastic 4.

The film, which was released earlier this month, sees Hardy playing the notorious gangster in the last year of his life as he struggles with dementia. In a two-star review, NME said: “[I]t’s commendable that Trank has tried to tell a less familiar story here, when it would be easier to explore the blood and gore of Capone’s earlier life […] But his quasi-biopic is a messy, half-baked epilogue which veers from the peculiar to the downright laughable.”

Meanwhile, El-P’s Run The Jewels announced details of their fourth album ‘RTJ4’ earlier this month. The record will arrive on June 5 via Jewel Runners/BMG, their first release on a major label.

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