On Monday, Fiona Apple revealed the artwork and tracklisting from her upcoming fourth album, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, due out June 19, 2012. It's been seven years since her last album, Extraordinary Machine (Epic/Clean Slate), and I'm anxious to hear the new music. I've waited seven years, what's a few more months?
She has been playing a few shows, including South by Southwest last month, but alas no West Coast dates have been announced yet. As of now, her only listed show date is June 24 in New York at the Governors Ball Music Festival.
UPDATE 4/9: Fiona has added tour dates for June and July! She's coming to LA July 29, playing The Hollywood Palladium. Tickets go on sale 4/27 at 10am. Woo hoo!
Watch her perform two songs from the new album during recent shows:
And finally I leave you with two brand new videos: one for Truth Universal's "Paper Chase" - video directed by Mark Lester and music produced by DJ Def D. s weekend. Above is the new Mark Lester directed video for "Paper Chase" by Truth Universal who is one of the countless hip-hop acts performing this weekend at the ever-expanding South by Southwest music and film festival. (click SXSW. for details on Truth Universal's shows). Better known as SXSW this big annual event is going on this week/weekend down in Austin Texas. And while many complain that the festival, which started out as a grassroots more alternative type affair all about the art, has just gotten too big and too corporate in recent years. Of course this week's story about a phone company exploiting local homeless folks in using them as WiFi hot spots didn't help SxSW's image. But regardless SxSW still manages to attract underground artists (of all genres) in droves to the city of Austin every March.
Some of the (way too many to mention here) hip-hop themed events happening at this weekend's SXSW long list of happenings include tonight Raekwon along with such guests as JD Era, Kofi Black, Young Cliff, Dustin Cavazos, Dre Marley, Grey Matter, JLD 8, and 8Earcub are doing what's been billed as "The SXSW Kickoff Party" at the Prophet Bar - formerly known as the Gypsy Tea Room. Meanwhile fellow Wu Tang warrior GZA will headline tomorrow night (Saturday March 17th) along with an impressive showcase that includes M.O.P., Jet Life, Flatbush Zombies and many more at the Haven night club at 409 Colorado Street. More info here.
Billing themselves as the "UK's only disabled punk band" the five-member unique British rock group Heavy Load, who formed a dozen years ago -- several of whose members have learning disabilities -- and who reportedly have become cult heroes on the disability arts scene in the UK, are the subjects of a new film that will be premiering next week at the film festival part of the upcoming annual SXSW (South By South West) music and film festival in Austin, Texas.
The film is scheduled to be broadcast on television sometime this summer, according to the band's bass player Paul RIchards, who said that Heavy Load (not to be confused with the 80's Swedish heavy metal band of the same name) are hoping to come over to the States this summer to do some dates to promote the film and connect with some disabled punk artists in the states. If you reading this know of any disabled punk or hard rock groups in the US please enter their names/contacts in the comments below, which Paul will be checking periodically. He will also be accompanying the filmmaker to SXSW next week.
Meantime, to hear some of Heavy Load's music, including the autobiographical song "We're In A Film," check out their MySpace and for more info on the documentary film about them (trailer below) click here.
For more details on the SXSW festival, which runs from March 7 to 16th, click here.