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Jul 11, 2017

Last year, Mutual Benefit's sophomore album Skip A Sinking Stone was released to well-deserved acclaim.  Now, in collaboration with the Sounds Delicious vinyl-only subscription series, Jordan Lee & the merry musicians of Mutual Benefit serve up a full cover album of Vashti Bunyan's semi-obscure folk classic: "Just Another Diamond Day".


Turntable Kitchen aims to pair musicians (and music) with different culinary treats and artistic cocktails, but even without the extra features, Mutual Benefit's new album is worth the reasonable price-tag on music alone.


Fans of the band will immediately recognize complex and dense arrangements, strung together by Lee's intimate warble.  Bunyan's lyrics suit the mystical vibes of Mutual Benefit's original songwriting, but album opener and (nearly) title track "Diamond Day" sound right at home in the cannon of album openers "Strong River" & "Madrugada."  Where Just Another Diamond Day stands apart from previous Mutual Benefit records is in a sense of constraint not previously present in the band's work. The pastoral lushness comes in the form of small movements, as opposed to wide open words: "just another blade of grass," the opening song fixates on the smallness of the world, but then again, hails it as "just another diamond day."


Bunyan's songs, through Mutual Benefit, seem to suggest finding this beauty in the smallness of things is well worth the bend over to take a closer look and a longer glance. "Jog Along Bess" gives Lee a chance to channel some of the weird computer music origins of his earliest work, and "Where I Like to Stand" sounds like a spiritual successor to "Advanced Falconry."  






What is the most impressive about Just Another Diamond Day is how well it fits in place as Mutual Benefit's third album.  Subscriptions are still available on Turntable Kitchen's website through July.


 


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Mutual Benefit - Diamond Day

Mutual Benefit - Diamond Day

Jami Selikow

Author:
Jami Selikow

Published:
Jul 20, 2017

Vampire Weekend, the much-loved band from New York, have been leaving fans guessing as to when their next album will arrive. So when we sniff even the tiniest scent of album-news on the winds, it gets pretty exciting. With that being said, Vampire Weekend may just be in studio...right now. But first:


Vampire Weekend New Album


On March 24th of this year, lead vocalist and guitarist Ezra Koenig posted a picture of a desktop folder labeled Mitsubishi Macchiato. In the caption, he explains how often he is asked about Vampire Weekend's new album. He also detailed their activities per year, and lastly, he informed fans about two songs they were working on and the possible title of the new album – Mitsubishi Macchiato.


https://www.instagram.com/p/BSCFgzgjvIO/


Vampire Weekend In Studio


Today (July 20th) Ezra posted an Instagram story suggesting the band is in studio, giving fans a 24-hour window in which to hear the news. Thanks to Indie Shuffle, that window has been extended: 


Ezra Koenig's Instagram Story


What Does This Mean For An Album Release Date? 


Fans thought the band were in studio quite some time ago, lending hope to a 2017 release. While chances of this happening do exist, being in studio now makes a Spring 2018 release more likely. Although, we can't ignore the fact that Vampire Weekend could be in studio now for mixing and mastering rather than recording. A Reddit user has said that 'On his (Ezra's) Apple Music radio show from this past Sunday he mentioned that he let his co-host listen to 9 tracks from the new album, so they seem to be fairly far along.'


What To Expect On The New Album


Since the band's last album, Rostam Batmanglij (a former member) has left the band. While Ezra is the singer-songwriter who ensures Vampire Weekend creates hugely catchy tracks, Rostam was the producer-arranger that elevated each song. So with all this in mind, Vampire Weekend's new album will probably sound vastly different than what we've come to know and love.


Only time will tell, so while you wait, listen to some of their former tracks below. 


Image Source: Thomas Rx

Vampire Weekend - A-Punk

Vampire Weekend - A-Punk

Vampire Weekend - Giving Up The Gun

Vampire Weekend - Giving Up The Gun

Vampire Weekend - Ya Hey

Vampire Weekend - Ya Hey

Jami Selikow

Author:
Jami Selikow

Published:
Jul 19, 2017

Chance, the Rapper has been gaining much attention for his heroic attempts to save SoundCloud. With the spotlight on him, people are becoming curious about his personal life. Questions such as 'Why does Chance wear a 3 hat?' or 'Is Chance, the Rapper married?' are being asked. Below, we'll answer those questions concerning whether Chance is married or not, as well as cover the goings-on between him and the music streaming platform, SoundCloud. 


Is Chance, the Rapper Married?


The American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist is, in fact, not married. He does, however, have a child with his girlfriend, Kirsten Corley. When accepting the Grammy for best new artist this year, he mentioned both Kristen and his daughter, Kensli, in his speech. So even though the two have been back and forth, to and from court, regarding custody matters, it appears that the two are solid. Perhaps it's the foundation of a family unit that enables Chance, the Rapper to raise his voice and confront matters that he believes in...as seen in his latest attempt to save SoundCloud. 


Chance, the Rapper SoundCloud


SoundCloud has been around for 9 years, providing the perfect platform for independent musicians to be discovered. Unfortunately, the tech company now only has enough money to last a few more months. With massive layoffs taking place in offices across the globe, it's not looking promising.


Chance, the Rapper, however believes that SoundCloud is 'here to stay.' He has announced that he has been talking to SoundCloud CEO, Alexander Ljung, and that he's working on a 'SoundCloud thing.'


https://twitter.com/chancetherapper/status/885921220759355397


Chance, the Rapper Ft. Young Thug


'The SoundCloud' thing that Chance was working on, was a track featuring Young Thug, that was solely released on SoundCloud. It's called "Big B's" and you can listen to it below. To date, it has received over 2 million plays. Will this save SoundCloud? It's unlikely, but only time will tell. 


Chance, the Rapper Without a Hat 


We broke down why Chance, the Rapper always wears a 3 hat here. So to end off, here's a picture of Chance without a hat. 


https://www.instagram.com/p/BVz6GvEjAY9/?taken-by=chancetherapper&hl=en


Image Source: Julio Enriquez

Chance the Rapper - Big B's (Ft. Young Thug)

Chance the Rapper - Big B's (Ft. Young Thug)

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