Mike Shinoda from Linkin Park has been keeping himself busy the last few months by going solo and preparing a new album for release. ‘Post Traumatic’ will feature 16 new songs and is planned for a June 15 release date. Shinoda played his first solo shows since the death of Bennington on May 12 at the KROQ Weenie Roast in Los Angeles and May 13 at the Identity LA festival, also in L.A. Shinoda mashed up some Linkin Park songs along with his solo material, singing some of Chester Bennington’s parts from songs like “Bleed It Out”. He played “In The End” on piano and let the fans sing most of Chester’s vocal parts, though at times he came in and sang his parts.
In preparation for the album, he has released several songs and videos, including Place to Start, Watching As I Fall, Over Again, Nothing Makes Sense Anymore, and most-recently, About You ft blackbear. Running From My Shadow reminds me a lot of the early Linkin Park days, where there was a lot of screaming and shouting and hard-core rapping. The way they change the beat at 2:51 and 2:59 almost sounds like a quick Chester Bennington scream. This song has me even more excited for Mike’s release.
Speaking of the late Chester Bennington, Shinoda has explained that music has helped him through the process of losing the lead singer and best friend. “Life was difficult; music was easy. The music made things easier.” While I’m sure it has been a difficult process, it’s nice to see Mike doing better and doing what feels right. We are definitely looking forward to the new album and continued success for Mike, Brad, Joe, Dave, and Rob.
Logan Magness is an Americana singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Americana is a genre consisting of a mixture of country, folk, blues, and light rock. Born near Memphis, Tennessee, his debut album “Memphis on My Mind” is a tribute to moving back home after spending his last 5 years in San Francisco. His debut album tells his story of falling in and out of love with San Francisco and its people and the hold that Memphis always had on his heart. There’s a great 2-minute Behind The Scenes of the recording process and what the album means to him.
I first met Logan when I was still living in San Francisco. He is a longtime friend of my wife and I was lucky enough to get to know Logan as a friend before I knew him as a music artist. I went to a couple of his live shows in SF, when he was still toying with some of the songs that are now on this album. I remember a great energy in the crowd. His songs told a heartfelt story – often serious – but that didn’t stop him from cracking jokes and lightening the mood between songs. My wife and I were honored to have him play at our wedding last year. Logan has since moved out to Memphis to pursue his music career full time.
Some of my favorites off the album include Melt Like Wax, Thin Red Line, and Lorna. Maybe it’s just me relating Americana to some of the folk/alternative music from back home in east coast Canada, but I find he’s got a bit of a similar sound to Tim Chaisson’s earlier stuff like All Over Again. While “Thin Red Line,” which has a vocal duet with Mary Gauthier has a kind of Sufjan Stevens To Be Alone WIth You feel.
The album broke into the top 100 on the AMA music charts. On the Logan Magness Facebook page, he notes the album is “self-funded, self-produced, and self-released.” So if you like his sound please get the album off iTunes or his website loganmagness.com.
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Martin Garrix and David Guetta team up for a great track titled So Far Away. The song is the sixth original song of 2017 by Garrix and features vocals from English songwriter Jamie Scott, and Romy Dya, a Dutch female vocalist. Interestingly, Ellie Goulding was intended to feature on the track as the female vocal. Her vocals were replaced because her label and management were holding back the release of the track. Garrix debuted the song during his set on the Belgian EDM festival Tomorrowland, which did not please Goulding’s management and label. They decided to replace Goulding’s vocals so the song could be released.
Check out the music video below and let us know what you think
Wow, we saw the teasers for Eminem’s new song and that it would be dropping today, but had no clue it was going to feature Beyonce. Eminem announced that his first new album in four years is going to drop next week (!!) and that it will in fact be titled Revival. He then gave us the first look at the album with the track called Walk on Water. It is a basic and simple song, but that just makes the introspective lyrics and message that more poignant.
In an interview, Eminem talks about how he has heard all of the criticisms against him and used them as fuel for creating this new song.
“When you start out in your career, you have a blank canvas, so you can paint anywhere that you want because the sh*t ain’t been painted on yet,” Eminem said, discussing his mindset when writing the song. “And then your second album comes out and you paint a little more, and you paint a little more and by the time you get to your seventh and eight album you’ve already painted all over that. There’s nowhere else to paint. So it’s like, where do you go? And people are always expecting something different from you.”
Beyonce was recruited for the track through Rick Rubin. Rick heard the song and decided he wanted to play it for Jay-Z and Queen B: “The reason I waned to play it for him is because I’m sure these same feelings cross his mind,” Rubin said, detailing a meeting where he played them the song. “These same feelings cross any successful artist’s mind.” After hearing the record, Beyonce agreed to sing the chorus, and the rest is history.
This song definitely has us excited for Eminem’s new album. What do you guys think of it?
It’s been awhile since we heard from etiher CyHi The Prynce or Kanye West but both come out of hiding on the same song. It sounds like a new anthem to address the haters. Look for CyHi’s new album No Dope On Sundays to drop later this year.
DJ-producer Steve Angello, formerly of EDM group Swedish House Mafia, has dropped a banger song with Pusha T titled Freedom. The song is politically charged with Pusha T emphasizing that “America’s ours” throughout the track. The artist will be releasing his new album, Almost Human, later this year.
Pegboard Nerds is a Danish-Norwegian electronic music group who recently released their fifth EP titled Nerds By Nature. “Speed Of Light” was the debut track off their album – check out the original version here.
The track received a sped-up revival titled “Speed Of Light (Pt. 2)”. The follow-up track materializes as the original’s hip-hop oriented cousin, with a mellow guitar melody that complements vocals laid by the track’s featured artists: Taylor Bennett, who is Chance The Rapper’s younger brother, and hip-hop artist, Skylr. Check it out below and let us know what you think.
After a seven-year hiatus, N.E.R.D just released their first single titled “Lemon”. The group which consists of Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, and Shae Haley has been off the scene since their fourth album, Nothing, in 2010. The banger features Rihanna who is rapping on the track – which is a new but awesome sound for her. Their upcoming album doesn’t have a release date yet, but its rumored title is No One Ever Really dies and will have features with stars like Kendrick Lamar, André 3000, M.I.A., Gucci Mane, Future, Wale, and Ed Sheeran.
David Guetta is back and has recruited some big names for a new banger. Afrojack, Charli XCX and French Montana hop on the track. We think this one will be a huge hit, so check it out before it blows up.
If you’re in Seattle this Friday, Nov 3, come see New Felts perform live @ Skylark (facebook event page for more info). We try to feature up-and-coming indie artists when we can and their new track Ritual Man in particular has got that professional sound that deserves radio airtime in our opinion. I previously saw them perform at The Rendezvous back in August. Click that Like button on New Felts on Facebook to hear about upcoming shows and follow New Felts on SoundCloud for future tracks.