My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James has announced a new solo album titled Uniform Distortion due out June 29. He also shared its first single, “Just a Fool,” alongside a smoky, black & white video directed by Ellis Bahl that focuses on James and his guitar. James released the covers album Tribute To 2 last year and dropped his last original solo album, Eternally Even, in 2016. Uniform Distortion is out June 9 via ATO. [ Under the Radar ]
San Francisco black metal band Deafheaven have returned with their first single in three years, “Honeycomb.” The expansive 12-minute track comes with a video of the band in the studio interspersed with shots of their hometown. The track comes from an unannounced album, which according to a Japanese iTunes listing, will be titled Ordinary Corrupt Human Love and is due out July 13th through ANTI- Records. It follows 2015’s New Bermuda. [ Consequence of Sound ]
According to a publishing agent at Esther Newberg, a Prince memoir will be released this year. Shortly before his death in 2016, the legendary performer had been working on his autobiography. He had only submitted 50 handwritten pages before his passing, but the book is still going to be released. Prince worked with author Dan Piepenbring on the memoir, which “may include reproductions of Prince’s longhand pages.” [ Pitchfork ]
Arizona singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews has unveiled a video for “Took You Up” off of last month’s May Your Kindness Remain. Directed by Giraffe Studios, the video mirrors the lyrics of the song, of which Andrews says: ”'Took You Up' is a song about a low-class American couple [told through] the narrator of the song who sees all the trends in their life, but knows that their relationship is far more important than taking up an offer. It’s far more important than the materialism that precedes us sometimes. It’s about experiencing love through poverty." May Your Kindness Remain is out now via Fat Possum/Mama Bird. Catch Andrews at the Tractor Tavern on Saturday, May 12. [ Stereogum ]
KEXP chats with the singer about the origins of her music and to find out what might be next on the creative horizon.
Besides being the director of the Berklee Music Perception and Cognition Laboratory, and an associate professor at Berklee, Susan Rogers is also the person who worked most closely with the late Prince during quite possibly his most important period artistically. From 1983 to 1988, it was Susan who …