Meshell Ndegeocello Announces New Album, “Comet, Come To Me”, Out June 2014

Exclusive Interview + Live Performance, Including Premieres of Two Songs from New Album, Up Now and More To Come On The Boombox Next Week (here)

The world needs more musicians like her: Creatively restless and ambitious.”
-NPR Music

“a singer-songwriter of searching candor and an electric bassist of mesmerizing skill” 
– New York Times

stunningly beautiful” – Los Angeles Times

“Quiet yet mighty music” – The Washington Post

Look for Comet, Come To Me to start with bass lines and finish in space. Groove driven, infectiously melodic, and lyrically meditative, this album continues the path of music’s funkiest seeker.

Comet, Come To Me was a little labor but a lot of love,” says Meshell. “It was made with my favorite collaborators, and it felt good to channel the sounds in my mind after having Nina in residence for a while.”

Meshell’s 11th studio album features special guests Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) and Doyle Bramhall, along with long-time collaborators Christopher Bruce (guitar) and Jebin Bruni (keys), and Earl Harvin on drums.

Meshell and her band recently spent an afternoon in the studio with The Boombox,where they recorded a live performance of several tracks, and where Meshell spoke about her writing and recording process, as well as her influences (Nick Drake, Prince) and the randomness of music. Check out the interview, along with some in-studio performance clips from the new album here; new segments will be posted throughout the week.

Nir Felder Debut Album Streaming w/ The NY Times, Out 1/21

Debut Album Golden Age Out 1/21 via OKeh,
Now Streaming w/ The New York Times!

“Ernest / Protector” Revealed w/ PopMatters

Performing LIVE In NYC!

3/10: New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge, 10pm

“…blends jazz and the rock, hip-hop, and pop music on the record…” – Relix 

“…a record well worth the anticipation.” – Paste Magazine

“…just the right amount of virtuosity pitted against genuinely engaging writing…”
– PopMatters

Photo credit: Phil Knott

For guitarist Nir Felder, the song’s the thing. His debut album Golden Age, out January 21st via OKeh, is now streaming in full with The New York TimesGolden Age puts Nir’s skills as a composer and songwriter at the forefront of his creative design, supported by virtuosic technique. Nir has performed with the likes of Meshell Ndegeocello, Terri Lyne CarringtonEsperanza SpaldingJosé JamesJack DeJohnette and the New York City Opera, as well as being dubbed “the next big jazz guitarist” by NPR.

Nir previously unveiled atmospheric Golden Age album cuts “Lights” & “Sketch 2,” and today reveals “Ernest / Protector,” a captivating track that further showcases Nir & his band’s undeniable talents. “Ernest / Protector” premiered with PopMatters, and is available  HERE.

Though not a concept album, the title Golden Age provides a unifying sentiment- one of ambiguity & duality. As Nir explains, “it’s more of a question than a statement. We’ve seen a lot of change in recent years- in the music industry, in music technology, in our world, our country, and our city, New York.” The album deals with “nostalgia for the 1980s and early ‘90s, when times were rough and unsafe but art and culture were flourishing. Was that a ‘golden age’? Is this one? Has there really ever been one?The question is always, according to whom? So, there is a lack of clarity about whether things are going great or they’re really bad, and the music reflects that.”

Nir recruited pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman & drummer Nate Smith to help bring his unique musical vision to life. To augment the band’s instrumental take on those questions, he studied dozens of legendary speeches by politicians, civil rights leaders & cultural heroes, and mixed spoken-word samples from Barbara JordanJesse Jackson,Hilary ClintonMalcolm XRichard Nixon & others into the new tracks. The results aresweeping, cinematic impressions of history brought into the present moment.

Stay tuned for more news from Nir Felder coming soon!

Meshell Ndegeocello Reveals “Suzanne” Video

a singer-songwriter of searching candor and an electric bassist of mesmerizing skill.
-New York Times

“A fitting tribute to an icon that was unappreciated in her time by
an artist who is always ahead of hers.” – NPR

stunningly beautiful” -Los Angeles Times

One of the great voices of contemporary soul Meshell Ndegeocello has been a pioneer for women in music. She was the first woman to be featured on the cover of Bass Player magazine and remains one of few who write the music and lead the band. Yesterday, she premiered her new video “Suzanne” off the critically acclaimed album Pour une Âme Souveraine: A Dedication to Nina Simone (“for a sovereign soul”) with USA Today. You can watch the video via YouTube.

“Suzanne” was originally written by the great Leonard Cohen and covered by Nina Simone on her 1967 studio album, To Love Somebody. Simone’s cover motivated Meshell to record her own version of the song to include in her homage to Simone. The lyrics to the song – the reference of Suzanne’s “place by the river” – inspired her to start a collaboration with her fans. People submitted photos of their own “such” places in the world, creating the visual backdrop of the world’s ever-changing landscape for the video.

For the album she was joined by musicians Chris Bruce (guitar), Jebin Bruni (keys) and Deantoni Parks (drums). The singer-songwriter, rapper, bassist, and vocalist reworked some of the tracks made famous by the iconic musician. Guests on the album includeSinead O’Connor, Lizz Wright, Valerie June, Tracy Wannomae, Toshi Reagon andCody ChesnuTT.

Pour une Âme Souveraine: A Dedication to Nina Simone, having been released late last year, is in Grammy contention for this year.

Tour Dates: 

9/28 – Boston, MA @ Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, Multi Act Festival
10/5 – Simi Valley, CA @ RAJ 13  – The Festival of Rhythm & Joy

John Cale Kicks Off West Coast Tour With Cass McCombs This Week

John Cale kicks off his West Coast tour with Cass McCombs tomorrow in support of his new album, Shifty Adventures In Nookie Wood (out now on Double Six Records). This week marks the first time in over half a decade that Cale has played some of these western cities. With McCombs in tow, the two are sure to offer a pan-generational demonstration of tireless and timeless songwriting. As a teaser of this iconic pairing, both artists are sharing new tracks today. “Hatred” by John Cale was previously only available as a bonus 7″ that came with the deluxe edition of Shifty Adventures In Nookie Wood. “Empty Promises” by Cass McCombs, premiered by Pitchfork today, is the b-side of the Bradley Manning 7″ released earlier this year. You can stream both below.

John Cale Tour Dates:
Tue. Dec. 4 – Portland OR @ Mission Theater w/ Cass McCombs
Thu. Dec. 6 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox w/ Cass McCombs
Sun. Dec. 9 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom w/ Cass McCombs
Tue. Dec. 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey w/ Cass McCombs
Wed. Jan. 16 – Brooklyn, NY @ BAM [Life Along The Borderline: A Tribute to Nico]
Fri. Jan. 18 – Brooklyn, NY @ BAM [When Past & Future Collide: Paris 1919]
Sat. Jan. 19 – Brooklyn, NY @ BAM [When Past & Future Collide: Paris 1919]

In January, as part of the three-night Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, John Cale will perform two very special productions. On January 16, he celebrates the legacy of Velvet Underground vocalist Nico – entitled Life Along The Borderline – performing with special guests Nick Franglen (Lemon Jelly, Blacksand), Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), Joan as Police Woman, Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age, Gutter Twins), Magnetic Fields, Meshell Ndegeocello, Peaches, Sharon Van Etten and previously unannounced, Yeasayer. On January 18 and 19, Cale will perform his 1973 landmark album, Paris 1919, in its entirety with his band and the 20-piece Wordless Music Orchestra, followed by music from Cale’s repertoire, including Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood.