Best Coast to be featured in new Fleetwood Mac Tribute Album; playing Union Transfer in July

Direct Current has announced that there will be a tribute album to Fleetwood Mac to be released on August 14th. The album was produced by Randall Poster, a music supervisor and producer who did the Buddy Holly tribute album last year.

Direct Current said:

Another difference with the tribute album is that each of the contributing artists had complete independent control over the style and vision for their songs. The result is a collection of often radically reworked versions of well-known (and some more obscure) Fleetwood Mac songs.

Entrance Band – Green Manalishi
Crystal Ark – Tusk
Best Coast – Rhiannon
New Pornographes – Think About Me
MGMT – Future Games
Marianne Faithful – Angel
Anthony Hegarty – Landslide
Ranaldo and Mascis – Albatross
Trixie Whitley – Before the Beginning
Washed Out – Straight Back
Super Wolf – Storms
The Kills – Dreams
Gardens and Villa – Gypsy
Billy Gibbons – Oh Well
Lykke Li – Silver Springs

Best Coast,  who cover “Rhiannon,” is no stranger to Fleetwood Mac covers. They previously did a cover of “Storms” which you can listen to below. Best Coast is playing at Union Transfer on July 16th. Go here for tickets and more information about the show.


Consequence Of Sound names The Roots its “Band Of The Year”

The RootsWhile we were sitting around lamenting Philadelphia’s music scene getting dissed by Pitchfork, the folks over at Consequence Of Sound were generous enough to throw (what we think are) some well-deserved kudos this city’s way.

In 2010 alone, The Roots released two albums, their ninth LP, How I Got Over, and their collaboration with John Legend entitled Wake Up! With the first, the band made a modern hip-hop classic. Other massive hip-hop titles received far more attention in ‘10…But How I Got Over is a succinct, yet complicated series of movements collected together to tell a unique story about rising and falling in the struggle that is daily life. Sonically, no other LP has so brilliantly blended influences ranging from rap to soul to blues to funk to jazz and beyond. Lyrically, no other hip-hop album had as much innovative wordplay, sheer catchiness and quotability, and, most importantly, insight and depth. The record plays as important and groundbreaking without being unapproachable. Every note, every cameo, every arm of the band itself strikes perfectly. And they did it again a few short months later with Legend on Wake Up! While seemingly less important, although just as good, the record was a history lesson, a blast from the past of the glorious days of old for black culture and politics. While it’s less of that grand, defining effort, it’s a necessary celebration of their influences and a great way for the band to continue to prove themselves artistically and to do something that keeps them working, thinking, and creating.

That is some serious praise. And it’s just the beginning! You can read the whole thing here.