Saturday, September 05, 2020

Around the Tubes: September 5, 2020

I have gotten a plethora of cool press releases have been flooding my inbox recently that you may find interesting. This post will include blurbs on Beastie Boys, S#!%HOUSE, Driving While Black, Kingdom of Silence, The CircusIn My Blood it Runs, Plants and Animals, Glass Animals, April / 月音, Gracie Abrams, LOVA, ABBA, and Selena Gomez.

On October 23, 2020, UMe will release Beastie Boys Music, a 20-song collection covering the GRAMMY® Award winning and multi-platinum selling Beastie Boys’ recording career. The collection is a companion piece to the critically acclaimed documentary Beastie Boys Story, currently nominated for 5 Emmys®, and the group’s best seller Beastie Boys Book, which ascended to #1 on The New York Times Best Sellers List—topping both the Nonfiction Print Hardcover and Nonfiction Combined Print & E-Book Best Sellers charts.  Beastie Boys Music will be available digitally, on CD and as a 180gram 2LP vinyl set and can be pre-ordered here.  Beastie Boys Music features 20 Beastie Boys classics spanning the band’s 30+ year career including “Fight For Your Right,” “Brass Monkey,” “Paul Revere” and “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” from their Diamond-certified 1986 No. 1 debut Licensed To Ill, “Shake Your Rump” and “Hey Ladies” from their 1989 reinvention Paul’s Boutique and “So What’Cha Want” and “Pass The Mic” from 1992’s multi-platinum Check Your Head, which hit Top Ten on the Billboard 200 chart.  Also included are “Sure Shot” and “Sabotage” from 1994’s Ill Communication, which saw the band return to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, “Body Movin’” and the universal smash hit “Intergalactic” from their GRAMMY®-winning 1998 No. 1 album Hello Nasty, “Ch-Check It Out” from 2004’s To The 5 Boroughs, which marked the band’s third consecutive Billboard No. 1 debut, as well as “Make Some Noise” and “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win” from 2011’s critically acclaimed Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, which reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200.

Lonely college freshman Alex (Cooper Raiff) has closed himself off from his classmates, who all appear to have this whole "college thing" figured out. Home is 1500 miles away and all he can think about is transferring to a school closer to his family. Everything changes one night when Alex takes a leap and attends a party at his campus' notorious "Shithouse," where he forges a strong connection with his RA, Maggie (Dylan Gelula). When she ignores him the next day and seems to have forgotten about their amazing night, Alex feels desperate for things to go back to how they were before. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize (Narrative Film) at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival.  S#!%HOUSE In Theaters + On Demand October 16th.

- PBS announced today  DRIVING WHILE BLACK: RACE, SPACE AND MOBILITY IN AMERICA – a ground-breaking, two-hour documentary film by acclaimed historian Dr. Gretchen Sorin and Emmy–winning director Ric Burns – will air on PBS on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings).  Chronicling the riveting history and personal experiences – at once liberating and challenging, harrowing and inspiring, deeply revealing and profoundly transforming  –  of African Americans on the road from the advent of the automobile through the seismic changes of the 1960s and beyond – DRIVING WHILE BLACK explores the deep background of a recent phrase rooted in realities that have been an indelible part of the African American experience for hundreds of years – told in large part through the stories of the men, women and children who lived through it.

SHOWTIME announced today it will premiere the Showtime Documentary Film KINGDOM OF SILENCE, exploring the complicated dynamic between the United States and Saudi Arabia as a backdrop to the 2018 murder of Washington Post journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggion Friday, October 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The film is directed by Oscar nominated and Emmy winning filmmaker Rick Rowley (16 SHOTSDirty Wars) and will premiere on the second anniversary of Khashoggi’s death. Oscar and Emmy® award winning director Alex Gibney (ENEMIES: THE PRESIDENT, JUSTICE & THE FBI) is executive producing the film in collaboration with Emmy and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright (The Looming Tower).

THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE CRAZIEST POLITICAL CAMPAIGN ON EARTH continues its fifth season this Sunday as the presidential candidates visit Kenosha, Wisconsin in the aftermath of protests and violence over the police shooting of Jacob Blake.  Hosts John Heilemann, Alex Wagner and Mark McKinnon, along with guest contributor Jennifer Palmieri, are on the ground to explore how the demand for racial justice and the tension between police and protesters is impacting the presidential race in this key battleground state.  For a preview, go to:

- Set in Australia’s Northern Territory, In My Blood it Runs follows Dujuan, a young Aborginal boy with a spiritual connection to, and vast knowledge of, his cultural ancestry. At home in Alice Springs, Dujuan is surrounded by his loving family, which includes his mother, his two brothers, and his maternal grandmother Nana Carol, with whom he has a special bond.  Directed by award-winning Australian filmmaker Maya Newell, In My Blood it Runs has its national broadcast debut on the PBS documentary series POV and on September 21, 2020 at 8 pm (check local listings). POV is American television’s longest-running independent documentary series, now in its 33rd season.

Montreal’s Plants and Animals released a brand new single and video for “Le Queens” from their forthcoming album The Jungle out October 23 via Secret City Records. A French song featuring Adèle Trottier-Rivard on vocals, the song was inspired by an evening spent in Queens, NY. The new song and video premiered this morning via Consequence of Sound, alongside an Origins feature about the track. The band is also announcing brand new tour dates, in what we all hope will be a post COVID-19 world. Find a list of upcoming tour dates below, with additional dates to be added shortly. The Jungle is now available for pre-order. Watch the video for “Le Queens” via YouTube:

- Frontman Dave Bayley of Glass Animals performs a stripped-back version of the band’s hit single “Heat Waves” from their critically acclaimed new album Dreamland for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s #PlayAtHome series. The stunning, live performance was shot socially-distanced at London’s Kew Gardens—watch it HERE!  Dreamland is Glass Animals’ most successful album of their career—it debuted at #7 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart in the United States, becoming the band’s highest charting album to date in the US. The album also hit #1 on the Rock Album Chart, #2 on the Alternative Album Chart, #2 on the Tastemakers Chart, #3 on the Top Album Sales Chart and #1 on Neilson’s Music Digital Album Chart. Not to mention, Dreamland also debuted at #2 on the UK Album Chart. The album has garnered over 160 million combined global streams since its release last month, and “Heat Waves” continues to grow across streaming platforms, peaking within the top 10 on Spotify’s US Viral Chart. The band’s latest single off the album, “Tangerine,” charted at #32 at Alternative Radio this week and peaked at #44 on Spotify’s Top 200 Chart.

With her new album April / 月音 due for release on October 9th via Bella Union, and having previously shared the tracks "Dandelions / Liminal" and "Mary", today Emmy The Great shares another standout track, “A Window / O’Keeffe”. Listen to it HERE.  Of the track Emmy says: “A Window/ O'Keeffe was written about my last summer living in Brooklyn. I’d just traveled to China for the first time and had a moment in a temple, and the entire summer I would only wear ‘lucky’ colors - royal yellow, dusty orange, or the red that scares away ghosts. It was a summer of bright sun and dizzying freedom, the kind that only happens when your life is about to change. The city was a film set of burst fire hydrants and music playing constantly from open windows. On the grass outside my apartment, people documented their lives on their phones, and I walked through their videos on my way to meet friends. The world was shifting, and maybe we didn't always like where it was going, but it was summer now, and we were together. When I finished the song in Hong Kong that October, the colors of an O'Keeffe exhibit I'd been to see at the Brooklyn museum had seeped into my memories of that time. In many ways, this song is about color, though it's also about the friendship between women, something I leaned on as I moved into the next phase of my life.”

Vevo announces the release of Gracie Abrams DSCVR at Home performance of “Friend.” Vevo DSCVR focuses on the development of emerging artists, through performance content and careful curation. Vevo has a long history of helping emerging artists break through to new and wider audiences. Past alumni of Vevo’s DSCVR series include Billie Eilish, AB6IX and Alfie Templeman. Vevo is committed to working with artists at an early stage of their career to create unique content that brings their music to life visually and provides exposure to new audiences through the platform. Song writing can represent different things for different artists. It can be about catharsis, it can mean letting go, or it can be an escape. For 20-year-old, LA-born Gracie Abrams, it means everything. It's also been an evolution. At first song writing was purely a way of letting her emotions out, with songs built around teenage journal entries, and often recorded solo, in her bedroom, and released via demos on Instagram (now sitting on 313k followers) or Soundcloud. More recently, having found a group of collaborators she trusts, it's become about really honing the songs until they're simultaneously as specific and as universal as possible.  “Friend” is now streaming on all platforms. Keep up with exclusive content from artists all over the world on

Swedish pop singer and songwriter LOVA wonders what you would do if you only had “One Day Left” on her new single out now via Universal Music AB/Republic Records. Listen HERE.  Breaking boundaries yet again, she candidly opens up with unfiltered lyrics and unpredictable production. Warbling keys echo underneath ponderings such as “But what if we knew that by tomorrow we would die? We would probably have the confidence to kiss the guy we like. The synths swell into a danceable bridge before the chantable hook, “If you got one day left, would you waste it on insecurities and jealousy that takes up your time?” It transmits a powerful reminder to carpe diem in our current world situation.

This October, Polar Music/UMe celebrates Super Trouper, the album that soundtracked the Christmas season and far beyond 40 years ago. The first of only two albums that ABBA made in the 80s, Super Trouper was their sixth consecutive No.1 in Sweden, a chart-topper around Europe and a US Top 20 album. Powered by classic singles, including the title track, “The Winner Takes It All” and “Lay All Your Love On Me," Super Trouper became the best-selling album in the UK in 1980. Taking its name from a large follow spotlight used on stage, the Super Trouper album seems a bright, shining statement, but in 2020, we now realize on how many levels ABBA worked. Of course, there is the beautiful shining pop, forever remembered in the smash-hit musical and film Mamma Mia! and the full dancefloors that ABBA constantly inspires. But there is also the masked sadness – virtually every fan old and new is aware that the story of ABBA is entwined with two star-crossed unions and breakups, those of Björn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Fältskog, and Anni-Frid (Frida) Lyngstad and Benny Andersson. Finally, the musicianship, production and arrangement, which makes Super Trouper sound as fresh and sparkling four decades later as when it was first heard in 1980.

Selena Gomez just released her first-ever Rare Beauty makeup collection and the girl did NOT come to play. She gave us one of the most inclusive beauty launches we've seen and I, for one, am utterly speechless. This isn't some 20, 30, or even 40-shade drop – we're talking 48 freakin' shades for both foundation and concealer.  As announced earlier this week, the line includes every single beauty staple you need for your getting-ready routine, like liquid lipstick, tinted lip balm, cream blush, foundation, concealer, highlighter, liquid liner, and brow gel – all with massive shade ranges of their own. As a surprise, the Rare Beauty drop also included some applicators and skincare products we weren't expecting, like brushes, a makeup sponge, an oil-blotter kit, setting/primer spray, and a liquid primer (which comes with added sparkle, btw). And as a reminder, everything in the collection is 100% vegan and cruelty-free.  Along with its release on the Rare Beauty website, the entire drop is also shoppable at Sephora – so you can stock up on those rewards points