Saturday, March 23, 2024

Around the Tubes: March 23, 2024


I have gotten a plethora of cool press releases have been flooding my inbox recently that you may find interesting. This post includes blurbs on Chucky, Pearl Jam. Gary Clark Jr., Nikka Costa, The Veronicas,  Back To Black, Ariana Grande, Ginger Winn, and Dinosaur.

Season 3 Part 2 of Chucky premieres April 10 at 10pm on USA & SYFY: "CHUCKY" OFFICIAL TRAILER LINK HERE

Kicking into high gear, Pearl Jam unveil a hard-charging brand new record entitled “Running” available today via Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records. Listen HERE. It heralds the arrival of the band’s anxiously awaited twelfth studio album, Dark Matteron April 19, 2024. Pre-order HERE.  The band will also continue their support of independent retailers by offering various, limited edition galactic color variants of Dark Matter exclusively at select indie retail stores with 8 different colorways in the US and 2 additional for international. More info HERE.

- The Soho Sessions, an exclusive music-driven community known for curating exceptional live experiences in NYC, returns for a very special performance with Gary Clark Jr., celebrating the Austin-based guitar hero’s new album, JPEG RAW (Warner Records), out Friday, March 22, 2024. The Soho Sessions will air in a special free broadcast on premier streaming platform Veeps at 5 p.m. ET. During the broadcast, viewers will have an opportunity to make donations to Music Will, the largest nonprofit music program in the U.S. public school system.  Gary Clark Jr.’s upcoming album JPEG RAW – the fourth studio release from the four-time Grammy winner – is a powerful and expansive artistic statement that marks a grand step in his musical evolution. While retaining the deep and true resonance of his blues foundations and guitar virtuosity with subtlety yet conviction, he reaches well beyond this time. 

- Tthe LA-based soul and funk singer Nikka Costa releases her second single “Keep It High” after returning from a six-year hiatus with “Dirty Disco” + music video last month. These two records set the tone for her disco and soul fused, progressive album Dirty Disco coming out on June 7th, which is recorded with and produced by Justin Stanley (Prince, Jamie Lidell, Beck etc). Along with the talents of versatile musicians such as Brandon Coleman (Kamasi Washington, Thundercat, Donald Glover, Flying Lotus), Greg Phillinganes (Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder) and Kaveh Rastegar (John Legend, Beck), Nikka Costa brings you in her Dirty Disco immersive world.

- Iconic hitmaking sisters The Veronicas return with Gothic Summer, their first international album release in 10 years. After a much needed disconnect, Lisa and Jessica Origliasso soon found themselves in the throes of an unexpected 6th album. Gothic Summer was born. Listen HERE. “Gothic Summer is about alternative realities, its more subconsciously motivated and metaphorical than our previous records,” said the duo on their latest release. “It’s a dark comedy, a lot like life – we laugh, so we don’t cry.”

Sam Taylor-Johnson’s film BACK TO BLACKbased on the life of Amy Winehouse, will be released in theatres across the US on May 17th. The soundtrack, “Back To Black: Songs from the Original Motion Picture” will be available in the US on April 12th via UMR / Island Records / Republic Records.  The standard twelve song set features three original recordings from Amy’s highly influential debut, “Frank”,  three songs from Amy’s multi award-winning masterpiece “Back To Black” and includes a new track, ‘Song for Amy’, sung by Nick Cave. The film's score was composed and recorded by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.  Pre-Order ‘Back to Black: Songs from the Original Motion Picture':

GRAMMY® Award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist, and international superstar, Ariana Grande debuts at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “we can’t be friends (wait for your love)”, marking Grande’s ninth #1 on the chart and making her the first artist with multiple #1 hits in 2024 following “yes, and?”.   Grande’s critically acclaimed new album eternal sunshine debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, her sixth #1 album.  The simultaneous #1 debuts on the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 charts, mark the first of Ariana’s career and first among all artists in 2024.

South Carolina-born, South Africa-based singer-songwriter Ginger Winn shares dreamy, swirling track and video "Super 8out now. To celebrate the release, the artist will host two single release parties–one in Woodstock, NY at Early Terrible and one in Florence, Italy at La Menagere on March 23. Free tickets with RSVP are available, with complimentary food and drinks, for Woodstock, NY here and Florence, Italy here.  Inspired by the complexities of being a young woman and the hard fought realities of making one’s own ever-winding dreams come true, Winn's ethereal yet booming vocals invite listeners into the hazy dream-like reality of her anxious yet ambitious mind on "Super 8." It unfolds with an acoustic guitar and is carried by Winn's delicate vocals mixed with swelling horns as the artist chronicles the intricacies of falling in love with recollections that feel familiar yet distant–as if to watch flashbacks play back on Super 8 film. The track is a tribute to the fleeting dreams of one's twenties, as Winn shares, "This song is about dreaming of love, falling into it, and celebrating it, a story of the little moments we all share. Where your imagination shows you what it’s like to fall in love with a stranger, walk down a road in Italy you’ve never been, or finally making it to New York City—These dreams feel so out of reach for so many of us, but at the same time, they are what drives all of us." 

Dinosaur follows Nina (Ashley Storrie), an autistic woman in her 30s, who adores her life living with her sister and best friend Evie. However, when Evie rushes into an engagement after only six weeks and makes Nina her maid of honour, Nina is floored. Forced to reconcile with her sister’s impulsive decision, Nina grapples with what this new challenge means.  All episodes exclusively premiere Friday, April 5

Sunday, March 17, 2024

57 Channels and Only This Is On: March 17, 2024


The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Lived:  I appreciate Rick said what needed to be said, that is really an unfortunate haircut.   But I feel like I missed a lot of backstory between Rick and Jadis.


Shōgun:  So who did Blackthorn hook up with?  I thought is Mariko at first but it was just too dark to tell.  And is this going to be the very first Chekov’s earthquake?


Survivor:  Medical eliminations are always the worst episode.  It is just an anticlimactic ending.  I wish they would still go to Tribal.  Poor Venus, her only ally is gone and his Idol goes with him.  Of course it will not matter if her Tribe never goes to Tribal as it seems like a possibility.  If there is no swap, that one tribe way show up with just one member left.


Halo:  Wait, Paranasosky has been the big bad this whole time?  I was under the impression that the new British guy was moving the chess pieces around.  I really missed she was the one running everything.   


Resident Alien:   That may have been the grossest hour n cable television ever.  I really did not need to see two aliens go at it.


Ghosts:  So they are just going to ignore Flower for a while?