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New Jersey‘s celebrated indie-pop act BLEACHERS – the moniker of singer/songwriter/producer Jack Antonoff – scored bullseye last
year with 3rd LP Take The Sadness Out Of Saturday Night.
A couple of days ago he performed with his steamy
E Street sounding Band two songs of the album
on the Saturday Night Live show.
– HOW DARE YOU WANT MORE –
– CHINATOWN –
(Recorded with… Bruce Springsteen as
a guest, but not present on the show)
1 August 2021
Artist: BLEACHERS (New York City)
Who: Songwriter and record producer
Jack Antonoff, also active in several bands
Active since 2000 / 3 studio albums as Bleachers
New album: TAKE THE SADNESS OUT OF SATURDAY NIGHT
Released: 30 July 2021
Stream/order info: here
Bleachers: “This album is about wanting to
hold joy, and not understanding why you can’t.”
Read full NME interview here.
NME says: “With a little help from Lana Del Rey and Bruce Springsteen,
Jack Antonoff has crafted an album full of desperation and longing to break
free … Bleachers’ third album is the strongest effort so far – the most cohesive,
with the most poignant lyricism and musical moments. Antonoff has often
described his songwriting as a way to figure things out, and that line feels like
a Eureka moment. We need that tension to make the highs remarkable and the
good stuff important. Plus: without it, we couldn’t get records as good as this
taking us on that journey.” Full review here. Score: 4/5.
Turn Up The Volume: Bona fide singer/songwriter with different vibes
for different moods. From sad to sprightly. From melodrama (with The Boss)
to heartfelt romanticism (with Lana Del Rey). From the liveliness of Vampire
Weekend to numbers 91 & 45. Great songsmiths make great records.
Singles/clips: Chinatown / Stop Making This Hurt / 45
– CHINATOWN –
– STOP MAKING THIS HURT –
– 45 –
5 new firecrackers to boost your favorite 48 hours…
‘Psalm 23’ by COLD CAVE (L.A./New York)
This darksome Krautrock groove gets under your skin from the get-go and moves like a
nasty serpent. From the nightmare rockers’ new EP Fate In Seven Lessons out 11 June.
‘Under The Waves’ by FUZZY LIGHTS (Cambridge, UK)
The song deals with the devastation of coral reefs, ocean resources, and our natural world. It’s a multi-waves-layered cruise, with featherlight romantic vocals à la The Sundays‘ lovely vox Harriet Wheeler, violin flashes, gusty drums and a charged guitar finale. This is a band that cares about nature and their music. From the band’s new 4th album Buriels.
‘The Garden’ by 3 LITTLE WOLVES (Birmingham)
Sounds like a little symphonic psych-rock trip starting with a rambling drum riff
that comes and goes and ghostly vocals floating all over it. Sonic spiritually, that
grows on you after a couple of plays.
‘Born 2 Boogie’ by SUNSHINE & THE BLUE MOON
Some are born to be wild, some are born 2 boogie as did the late great Marc Bolan
(T. Rex) back in the 70s and these Canadians know how to move and groove too. Glorious organ, glorious flow, glorious swagger, glorious vocals. From their upcoming album, out 25th June.
Turn it up right here…
‘How Dare You Want More’ by BLEACHERS (NYC)
Jack Antonoff and his band premiered this new track on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show.
A tremendously uptight tune with a shake & swing sax climax. From upcoming album
Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night.
See/hear you next week, music junkies…
2 January 2021
New Jersey’s indie popsters BLEACHERS do what so many artists did the past 12 months. Coming up with a cover of one or more of their favorite songs. Bleachers picked epic 1985 stonker THE WHOLE OF THE MOON by MIKE SCOTT and his WATERBOYS.
Here we go, folks…
18 November 2020
New Jersey-based artist Jack Antonoff, better known by his artist
name BLEACHERS released his latest album Gone Now 3 years ago.
As one of the most wanted producers of his generation, he’s busy 24/7 in studios recording with a variety of singer-songwriters. But he must have found an empty
hour in his agenda recently, as he just came up with a new song.
CHINATOWN is a melodramatic power ballad, growing slowly but surely in fervor and passion along its fullhearted way. And when Bruce Springsteen kicks in you know why he’s there. Simply because Chinatown is a Springsteen-esque ear-catcher.
Antonoff: “It’s the honor of a lifetime to be joined by him. He is the artist who showed me that the sound of the place I am from has value and that there is a spirit here that needs to be taken all over the world.”
21 May 2019
Last November, NYC’s indie rockers Bleachers announced via their mastermind Jack Antonoff the release of a 4-part vinyl club record of reinterpretations of 4 songs of their 2017 album Gone Now. The project entitled Terrible Thrills Vol. 3 featured the artists Mitski, Julien Baker, Ani difranco and Muna as well as demos and new versions of songs by the band. Now the reworked tracks will be shared digitally too.
Here’s the wonderful Memphis singer/songwriter JULIEN BAKER‘s take on EVERYBODY LOST SOMEBODY‘. One of the highlights of that Bleachers‘ album, and she’s truly amazing. Baker turned it into a passionate humdinger with a stirring vocal performance. Enjoy the splendor here…
JULIEN BAKER: Facebook / BLEACHERS: Facebook