CORNELL & CARR – WHATCHAWANNA

Cornell & Carr celebrate the release of their new single WHATCHAWANNA their third release for 2021.

“Ironically, this song is all about freedom and throwing caution to the wind.Something nobody has been able to do for quite a while now ” Mike laughs.

But where exactly did the the inspiration come from for “Whatchawanna”?

“We wrote the song way before lockdown was a thing. The song was more reflective of the journey Mike & I were on at the time. We were deep in thought about ” Cornell & Carr ” and the direction we were headed as a duo” Matt says.”We decided the best thing for us to do ,was to be ourselves no matter what and let the music do the talking for us” Mike adds.

“Whatchawanna” comes hot on the heels of the boys previous release “Beertalk”and continues to shape Cornell & Carr as “the feel good” act of 2021.

The song was recorded with well known producer Matt Fell and displays all the wonderful bits and pieces he brings to a song. Especially a country song !

It’s a vast new landscape for artists moving forward with live performance coming to a screaming halt , and the uncertainty of it’s future. Being the main source of income , for independent artists especially , Cornell & Carr are relying on the strength and appeal of the song , as well as a strong fan base for a successful release…just like the old days!

Diane Arkenstone – The Healing Heart

For well over 20 years, new age musician Diane Arkenstone has gained worldwide acclaim with her extensive repertoire of distinctive instrumental recordings. Since first composing music to help herself get through her many health struggles, Arkenstone has developed a body of work that traverses Celtic and Native American and world musical traditions alike.

Her new album, The Healing Heart, channels a wealth of unique life experiences, including everything from the joys and heartbreaks of love to a lifetime of hardship and survival due to various medical ailments related to the complete AV blockage in her heart.

Arkenstone has never let genre restrain her musical exploration, and her music continues to resonate with audiences everywhere from at home to in the yoga studio.

Chalcedony – Shark Eyes

Vancouver, BC based DIY indie label Aura Aurora Records releases debut single “Shark Eyes” by Chalcedony this Friday, September 24th.

The 90s may have happened 30+ years ago, but Chalcedony and Aura Aurora Records’ founder Cate Horsley – along with her cohort & bass player Gillian Callander – are unleashing a musical cauldron of smoke & shimmer which harkens to their muses while leaning towards the future.

Recorded with producer and lead guitarist Felix Fung at Little Red Sounds in Vancouver, BC, “Shark Eyes” is the lead single off of Chalcedony’s forthcoming EP “Do You Really Wanna Know What the Fuck Goes On Inside My Head” which is set for a Spring 2022 release.

WHOOOSH’s Katy Krassner (Simon Le Bon’s podcast co-host) said “Wow wow!!!!” after hearing very early mixes of the EP. Check out the in-depth bio she penned below.

The music video for Shark Eyes drops Friday September 24th and has what Cate describes as a “trippy Forest Witch aesthetic” – just in time for spooky season. The video was produced, filmed and directed by visual artist Chris Rekrutiak of West Coast art collective Black Parachutes – who also created the single art from a still. “I wanted to capture the band at night lit by spotlights which created noisy textures and moody shadows. I used tangible filters on the lights and lens to create natural effects…fragmented light and refracted flairs, which are influenced by the lyrical content and are layered with floral fabric. The video is grunge magic, you have spotted the coven and are left spellbound having witnessed the supernatural.” shared Rekrutiak.

Georgia Straight and NOW Magazine’s Mike Usinger had this to say upon seeing an early cut of the video “magickal!”. Sounds like Black Parachutes nailed it on the head.

For those who love a good Easter Egg, the video was filmed on location at Klee Wyck Park, which has a storied history. The location was selected not only for its variety of natural backdrops, but for its palpable spirit. Having been a much-loved community site that was gifted by Dr. Ethlyn Trapp, to be utilized for the arts. Klee Wyck, also happened to be the nickname given to renowned Canadian artist Emily Carr, by the First Nations people of Ucluelet. Klee Wyck means the “Laughing One”.

The video will be released on Aura Aurora Records YouTube channel.

Chalcedony is currently busy rehearsing the EP tracks along with 3 new songs and a secret special cover tribute to support the upcoming EP release. The live incarnation of the band features Cate (vocals/baritone), Gillian (bass/vocals), Felix (lead guitar) along with drummer Phil Filion and back up singer Rachel Layne who also performed on the recordings. Stay tuned for dates.

Chalcedony is set to record three more songs this winter and will be shooting the music video for follow up single “Permanent Marker” very soon.

Elton John & Dua Lipa – Cold Heart (PS1 Remix)

A late contender to the song of the summer discourse, “Cold Heart” is almost a mad libs of pop music: What happens when you take one of the greatest hitmakers of all time (and several of his songs), pop’s current It Girl and a much-loved Australian dance music trio? You get a roller rink-ready jam that feels as if it’s been around for decades. PNAU provides the four-on-the-floor backing track to a remix that seamlessly splits vocal duties between modern disco queen Dua Lipa and Elton John; she sings the refrain of “Rocket Man” while the latter lends vocal samples from “Sacrifice,” “Kiss the Bride” and “Where’s The Shoorah?” It’s a song of flips that feels warm and familiar, as if your best friends were standing at the door to the dance club, pulling back a curtain and welcoming you inside.

Paul Kelly – Every Step Of The Way

Paul Kelly today announces the release of a new song, “Every Step Of The Way”.

Paul wrote the deeply emotive song a year ago after seeing champion AFL footballer Eddie Betts bare his soul on national TV, talking about the racism he’s experienced on and off the field over the years.

“Eddie Betts has brought joy to me and so many others with the amazing feats he’s performed on the field for 17 years. But he’s shown even more class and courage off the field in talking about the deep hurt of everyday racism. Eddie keeps educating.” says Paul Kelly.

Released with the support of Eddie Betts, the song highlights the ongoing issue of deeply rooted everyday racism that we continue to struggle with in Australia.

Says Eddie Betts of the song: “I was so honoured when Paul reached out to me with a song that he had written from his heart. He has always empowered us mob with his music and his authentic and heartfelt collaborations have always been enjoyed by myself and all my family for many years. I feel proud to have this song written for me by someone so respected here in Australia and someone who has always stood in solidarity with us mob – this song means a lot to me”

Eli Greeneyes – She Don’t Care

Eli Greeneyes is exactly the kind of artist we need in 2021 – eccentric, exciting, guitar-driven pop reminiscent of classics Oasis and Something For Kate but also modern pop rulers Yungblud and even Billie Eilish – and today, he has announced his electric new single and video She Don’t Care. The WA-based musician has also collaborated with Perth hip hop royalty DRAPHT on two singles on his new album Shadows and Shinings (also released today) and Eli Greeneyes will be joining DRAPHT on the road for his extensive 13 WA-date album tour in September, October and November this year.

She Don’t Care features so much of what we already know we love about Eli Greeneyes, but with plenty of innovation to spark a thrill upon every new listen. It’s guitar-driven, powerful pop, with a carefully written topline, empassioned lyrics, and an absolutely killer mix. It’s like a track from the early 2000s, written for a 2021 audience. Speaking on the inspiration behind She Don’t Care, Eli Greeneyes says, “She Don’t Care is about someone from my past who came along at a time when I was having a lot of mental health issues. Their intentions were extremely different to mine and I was listening to them too much instead of trusting my own intentions and instincts! I lost myself. When I wrote it I thought it was their fault, but now I realise that I also played a part in letting it take that direction. I had to write this song to gain back my true ‘not taking shit’ self.”

The video for She Don’t Care is overflowing with attitude, and it’s the perfect visual representation of the frustration and angst behind the song itself. Eli Greeneyes sings directly to the camera, walking towards us while a woman points and yells right up in his face. The confrontation is real, but the resolve

that Greeneyes has developed through the catharsis of this song is real too. Speaking simply, he refects on the idea behind the video clip, and the team who made it happen, “The concept was created by my friends James Mooney, Ben Matei and I. We wanted it to be predominantly a performance based video with an underlying simple narrative of self destruction and attracting the wrong people in your life… Everyone involved with the clip is creative in their own light with something to say and achieve. They are all my best friends who I want to take on this journey.”

Produced alongside Mark McEwan (Karnivool, Drapht), She Don’t Care is a brilliant example of an artist who is totally in control of the process, and completely enamoured by the idea of creating new songs and new sounds. Not only is Eli Greeneyes producing killer tracks for himself, but he’s also collaborating with other artists, including DRAPHT, and sharing his high production skills with his wider community. Speaking of community, Eli Greeneyes is pumped to get back on the stage and perform for his fans, as he reflects, “My shows are an opportunity to meet and understand my fans with what they connect with the most about my music. What am I saying that makes them feel heard and understood? That all comes down to singing the lyrics for me. Expressing them in that up close and personal way so the story hits straight to the heart.”

Metallica – The Metallica Blacklist

FEATURING 53 ARTISTS INCLUDING AUSSIE BAND THE CHATS

100% OF THE METALLICA BLACKLIST SALES TO BENEFIT 52 CHARITIES

Metallica marks the 30th anniversary of its self-titled fifth album (aka The Black Album) with two landmark releases. The Black Album remastered and The Metallica Blacklist

Much more than a mere tribute album, The Metallica Blacklist celebrates the enduring influence of this musical milestone with one of the most ambitious projects ever conceived by the Metallica team: An unprecedented 50+ artists spanning an unbelievably vast range of genres, generations, cultures, continents and more, each contributing a unique interpretation of their favourite Black Album cut.

The Metallica Blacklist offers up new dimensions of the record whose gravitational pull first drew the mainstream to Metallica-and provides new insights into the universal and timeless appeal that kept it there: the boundary-smashing influence these 12 songs have had on fans and musicians of all stripes. The Metallica Blacklist ‘s 53 tracks find singer songwriters, country artists, electronic and hip hop artists sharing their love of these songs alongside punk rockers, indie darlings, icons of rock, metal, world music and many, many more… and for 50+ good causes: Profits will be divided evenly between charities of the artist’s choice and Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation.

The Metallica Blacklist is a fitting and limitless homage, one that features bands who’ve shared stages with Metallica alongside artists who are younger than the original album. It’s a truly staggering, at times mystifying assemblage of musicians, dozens of whom have little to nothing in common other than the shared passion for the music that’s united them for this album: 1 Album. 12 Songs. 53 Artists. Unlimited Possibilities.

Lorde – TE AO MĀRAMA’

GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum artist Lorde today releases her Te Reo Māori EP ‘Te Ao Mārama’.

“I have some VERY EXCITING NEWS. News I’ve been waiting a really long time to share with you. It is my great pleasure to present TE AO MĀRAMA, a 5-song companion piece to SOLAR POWER, sung entirely in te reo Māori, the indigenous language of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Many things revealed themselves slowly to me while I was making this album, but the main realisation by far was that much of my value system around caring for and listening to the natural world comes from traditional Māori principles. There’s a word for it in te reo: kaitiakitanga, meaning ‘guardianship or caregiving for the sky, sea and land’. I’m not Māori, but all New Zealanders grow up with elements of this worldview. Te ao Māori and tikanga Māori are a big part of why people who aren’t from here intuit our country to be kind of ‘magical’, I think. I know I’m someone who represents New Zealand globally in a way, and in making an album about where I’m from, it was important to me to be able to say: this makes us who we are down here. It’s also just a crazy beautiful language- I loved singing in it. Even if you don’t understand te reo, I think you’ll get a kick out of how elegant my words sound in it. Hana’s translations for Te Ara Tika / The Path and Hine-i-te-Awatea / Oceanic Feeling in particular take my g-d breath away.

I told the full story of the project to Leonie Hayden, editor at The Spinoff Ātea, which I highly recommend you check out here.

Huge thanks go to Hemi and Hana for their exquisite translations and general wisdom/mana/lols, to Madeline and her aunties Sandra and Marian for their expert guidance, to my favourite Kiwi musicians Bic Runga and Marlon Williams who grace these songs, to Huia Hamon for graciously allowing me to colourise one of her papa Rei’s iconic works for the cover, and of course to Dame Hinewehi Mohi and the greatest of all time, Sir Tīmoti Kāretu for overseeing this. Absolute royalty in the credits!!!

All proceeds from TE AO MĀRAMA will go to two amazing NZ-based charities- Forest and Birdand Te Hua Kawariki Charitable Trust.

Eddie Vedder – Long Way

EDDIE VEDDER UNVEILSNEW SOLO SINGLE “LONG WAY,” FIRST SINGLE FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM EARTHLING

Today, Eddie Vedder releases a brand-new solo single entitled “Long Way” via Seattle Surf/Republic Records.

The song is the first song off Vedder’s forthcoming solo album Earthling.

In creating the song, Vedder worked with producer Andrew Watt in their first collaboration together. Vedder’s iconic vocals shine through as Watt’s production drives home the emotions of the track.

ABBA – I Still Have Faith In You / Don’t Shut Me Down

It’s been a while since we made music together. Almost 40 years, actually. We took a break in the spring of 1982 and now we’ve decided it’s time to end it. They say it’s foolhardy to wait more than 40 years between albums, so we’ve recorded a follow-up to “The Visitors”. To tell the truth, the main inspiration to record again comes from our involvement in creating the strangest and most spectacular concert you could ever dream of. We’re going to be able to sit back in an audience and watch our digital selves perform our songs on a stage in a custom-built arena in London next spring. Weird and wonderful!

To all of you who patiently have followed us in some way or another these past decades:

Thank you for waiting – it’s time for a new journey to begin.

“We simply call it “Voyage” and we’re truly sailing in uncharted waters. With the help of our younger selves, we travel into the future. It’s not easy to explain but then it hasn’t been done before.”

“It’s hard to say what’s been the most joyful thing for me (Benny) with this project. If it’s the involvement in creating the concert together with everyone or being back in the studio together again after 40 years. I think hearing Frida and Agnetha singing again is hard to beat. When you come to the arena you will have the four of us together with an absolutely glorious 10-piece band. And even if not in the flesh, we will be right there, thanks to the work of the creative team and ILM.”

“Those first sessions back in 2018 were such fun and when Benny called and asked if I’d (Anni-Frid) consider singing some more I jumped at it! And what songs!! My respect and love go out to these exceptionally talented, truly genius songwriters! Such joy it was to work with the group again. I am so happy with what we have made, and I dearly hope our fans feel the same.”

“When we got back together in the studio I (Agnetha) had no idea what to expect…But Benny’s recording studio is such a friendly and safe environment, and before I knew it I was really enjoying myself! I can hardly believe that finally, the moment has come to share this with the world!”

“They’re such amazing singers those two, I (Björn) was completely floored by the way they delivered those songs. They’re true musicians; totally unimpressed by pop star glamour but still having a great time being creative in a recording studio. The “Voyage” project has injected new life into us in more ways than one.”

“So, again, thanks for waiting! We hope to see you in the “ABBA Arena” and yes – see – because we have infused a good deal of our souls into those avatars. It’s not an exaggeration to say that we’re back.”