Release Date for Major Lazer’s ‘Music is the Weapon’ May Finally be Revealed

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It has been over two years since Major Lazer released their latest album “Peace is the Mission.” Since it’s initial release, Major Lazer fans have been eager to get a grasp on a new album with some new music. Fortunately, it seems that a new album will soon be on its way. According to Genius.com,

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Roger Waters, Peter Gabriel, Kathleen Hanna, & More Support Lorde For Cancelling Israel Show

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Last month, Lorde cancelled a planned 2018 show in Israel after receiving “an overwhelming number of messages & letters” from fans urging her to boycott the country. “i pride myself on being an informed young citizen, and i had done a lot of reading and sought a lot of opinions before deciding to book … More »

Rabbi Calls Lorde A “Bigot” For Cancelling Israel Show In Full-Page Washington Post Ad

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Lorde has moved from Melodrama to just plain drama this holiday season due to controversy over a concert she was scheduled to perform in Tel Aviv this summer. Last week, she announced she was canceling the show after facing protests from the pro-Palestine Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, who had unsuccessfully lobbied RadioheadMore »

Israel Ambassador Requests Meeting With Lorde After Show Cancelation

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Just days after New Zealand pop star Lorde announced the cancelation of her Tel Aviv concert, the Ambassador of Israel to New Zealand has requested a meeting with the “Green Light” singer. In an open letter on Facebook, Dr. Itzhak Gerberg says, “It is regrettable that you have cancelled your concert in Tel Aviv … More »

Roseanne Barr Is Really Mad At Lorde For Cancelling A Show In Israel

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On Sunday, Lorde canceled a planned 2018 show in Tel Aviv, issuing a statement admitting that she “didn’t make the right call” when she scheduled a show in Israel. Lorde wrote, “i’ve received an overwhelming number of messages & letters and have had a lot of discussions with people holding many views, and i … More »

Lorde Cancels Israel Concert Date Amid Protests

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Lorde has canceled a scheduled tour date in Israel amid organized protests calling for artists to boycott playing shows in the country. The singer wrote in a Sunday statement, as reported by the Jerusalem Post’s Amy Spiro, “i’ve received an overwhelming number of messages & letters and have had a lot of discussions … More »

Every Zing Now: 19 Memorable Music Tweets From 2017

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The world went through a lot this year — Trump, an investigation into Russian election interference, Nazis, an Arcade Fire album rollout. Twitter also went through a lot this year — Trump, an investigation into Russian election interference, a controversy about verifying Nazis, and, perhaps most shockingly, a new 280 character … More »

Top 30 Albums of 2017

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Gathering our favorite albums of the year is always such a challenge. 2017 was a year where our society may have taken a few steps backwards – exclusionary politics threatened personal freedoms and made some of us feel unwelcome within our own homes. It was 2017’s music – a combination of bright newcomers and longtime favorites – that kept us going forward. Moses Sumney made his eclectic debut with Aromanticism, a genre-defying collection of strummed guitars, twisting synth lines and buzzing harmonies. St. Vincent reworked her labyrinthine tendencies into chrome-clad future pop and Julien Baker exposed the darkest shadows of her psyche to give us all appreciation for every beam of light. Meanwhile, Kendrick Lamar and Bjork invited us into their unique and awe-inspiring worlds. 

And though this pursuit was a challenge, looking back on this year’s music has been quite therapeutic for us. The Wild Honey Pie has come together to list the albums that allowed us to escape to places where each one of us felt welcome and understood. There’s no theme to this year’s list, but our top albums do have one thing in common: in their own special way, each of these artists broke down boundaries to remind us that we are all more similar than we might think.

We’d like to invite you into some of these places, where we hope you’ll feel welcome, too. These are our favorite albums of 2017.

Playlist

30. (Sandy) Alex G – Rocket

29. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy

28. Jessie Ware – Glasshouse

27. Priests – Nothing Feels Natural

26. Jay Som – Everybody Works

25. Ryan Adams – Prisoner

24. Perfume Genius – No Shape

23. Slowdive – Slowdive

22. King Krule – The OOZ

21. Sylvan Esso – What Now

20. LCD Soundsystem – American Dream

19. Julie Byrne – Not Even Happiness

18. Vagabon – Infinite Worlds

17. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory

16. Henry Jamison – The Wilds

 

15. Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up

14. HAIM – Something To Tell You

13. alt-J – Relaxer

12. SZA – Ctrl

11. Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex


10. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me


Phil Elverum of Mount Eerie recently lost his wife, fellow musician and comic-book artist Geneviève Castrée, to a heartbreaking battle with cancer. This concept album is dedicated to her, and does not shy away from painful details of their story. A Crow Looked at Me is not just about the way sickness and death infiltrate life, but it is an exploration of what it means to carry on. Elverum says, “there is an echo of Geneviève that still rings, a reminder of the love and infinity beneath all of this obliteration.” This album so beautifully captures that echo.

9. Overcoats – YOUNG

Young is a folk-pop testament to friendship, built from the tightly wound voices of Hana and JJ, and fortified in their dancy and electronic production. This album is about what happens when an unhealthy relationship slowly eats away at who you are. Hana and JJ show us that in friendship and harmony, we can find ourselves again and help to build each other back up. Watching these two grow has been an honor for us, whether they were performing in front of a campfire at our very own Welcome Campers or embracing each other on stage in front of a sold-out audience at Bowery Ballroom.

8. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. is a statement piece — an effort that not only showcases the rapper’s immense talent for spitting rhymes that tackle complex social issues, but one that also sets aside Lamar from his contemporaries as a brave voice never lacking honesty in its approach. DAMN. is as bombastic as lead single “HUMBLE.”, as tightly coiled and cutting in meaning as standout track “DNA.” and as expansive as its collaborations with Rihanna, Zacari and U2 might suggest. DAMN. is a much-needed, explosive force, as conspicuous and unabashed as the caps lock and requisite punctuation of its title.   

7. Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights

This album by Julien Baker is a special one. Baker so candidly shares stories of addiction and what it means to be truly consumed in darkness. However, as she brings us into this place, she infuses it with beauty and grace, delivering so many chilling moments of release. She does not sugar-coat the repeated moments of pain and disappointment, but she does find hope within them, belting out her words so powerfully as if they themselves contain the source of the light (and maybe they do). This album has meant so much to us and I’m sure it has to so many others as well. 

6. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION

Prefaced by the gently ridged heartbreak and teetering chords of “New York,” St. Vincent’s fifth studio album served as a concentrated break into pop music. Masseduction is a rollercoaster filled with twists and turns that allow Annie Clark to extend her repertoire — slipping into the role of abandoned lover, disco queen, enabler – all without sacrificing her love for rougher edges. Behind the iron-clad pop hooks lies an album full of complex emotional and social machinery, where Clark can convincingly rouse adrenaline-driven love, or evaporate the shadow of a lover between the swelling of a string orchestra and her own breath.  

5. Lorde – Melodrama

If any moment captures the tender heartbreak behind Melodrama best, it’s the exact midpoint of the album, where, in the midst of the outro to the first part of “Hard Feelings/Loveless,” the song kicks back into one last verse. “Three years loved you every single day, it made me weak…Now I’ll fake it every single day ‘till I don’t need fantasy, ‘til I feel you leave,” Lorde sings, as memories of the rush of first love well up involuntarily. Melodrama is about accepting these pieces as they come back to you, even when doing so is so difficult. The album serves as a beautifully constructed, often pained reminder that even after momentous loss, you are still whole.

4. Bjork – Utopia

It’s no surprise that Bjork made this list, as her innovation has essentially changed music forever. But what does “utopia” sound like for Bjork? This is an album of love songs, a romantic journal containing flutes, choirs and birds that elevate us beyond the reality that we know. She sings of paradise after healing, giving and receiving love unabashedly. She feels lighter here, which is reflected in the airy instrumentals. Bjork sings, “loss of love, we all have suffered / how we make up for it defines who we, who we are” a realization that seems to be the centerpiece of Utopia.

3. Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger In The Alps

Phoebe Bridgers is one of our favorite new artists of the year. Every song on this album feels like a late-night conversation with a trusted friend. Bridgers drops us directly into her world, tackling feelings of unexplainable sadness, friendship and death. Bridgers has a true gift for finding the right words and remaining brutally honest, transforming the mundane into the alluring, making a “stack of mail and a tall can” sound so profound. This album contains echoes of intimacy and morbidity, reminiscent of her emo/folk predecessors Elliot Smith and tourmate/collaborator Conor Oberst. Ultimately, this is an album that we have found so soothing, so inescapably truthful and so reflective of the times. 

2. Moses Sumney – Aromanticism

This debut LP from Moses Sumney stretches wide across space and time. Sumney transcends genre in Aromanticism, weaving together ambient synths, acoustic guitars and soulful melodies. The songs on this album take on many different forms – some just a few sentences spoken above a horn section and some with no lyrics at all, just winding melodies cradled in Sumney’s silky voice. Contrary to many of the albums on this list, this one is not about love but rather the lack thereof. Sumney writes in pure poetry about the relationship to the body and its role in romance and identity. He turns the body to liquid and wings to plastic, disassembling it until it becomes clear that we cannot be defined by our bodies, nor can we be defined by our relationships or our past. Aromanticism may be showing us that we are not meant to be defined at all, but rather, we are just meant to be.

1. Big Thief – Capacity

We chose Capacity as our number 1 album of the year because it is the one we’ve had on repeat since it came out, and it has personally meant the most to us this year. Big Thief continues to amaze us, whether it is the tactful and imagistic storytelling of Adrianne Lenker or the pure magic they create on stage, this band is truly hypnotizing, and Capacity is an excellent portrait of their strengths. I remember the first time I heard the lyrics “there are no enemies / we’re make-believing everything” from the title track. Capacity is a storybook containing several of these wisdom-filled moments. This record is imaginative, emotional and timeless, and we hold it very close to our hearts here at The Wild Honey Pie.

Lorde not content with utter domination of 2017; plots world tour dates, Melodrama vinyl for 2018

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Guess the fuck what, everyone?

Someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who TOTALLY KNOWS Lorde…

TOTALLY asked me to tell YOU ALL that the white-hot New Zealand superstar has:

A) announced plans to release a vinyl version of 2017’s year-end list-dominating album Melodrama and the Infinite Sadness,

and 2) unveiled the 2018 North American leg of her “More Well-Traveled Than Jesus” tour next March and April.

#SoExcited!!! (Don’t tell my mom, though. She thinks the name “Lorde” is blasphemous.)

Anyways, here’s the deets, per my industry connections:

• the vinyl will be out April 6 and is available for pre-order right here.

• the stateside tour will feature support from Run the Jewels and can haz more infos right here.

#WOW!!!

Personally, I’m just feeling, like, so privileged to be in-the-know right now.

Speaking of which, did you know that she’s totally Bob Dylan’s niece?!?!

Just kidding. No she isn’t.

Sounds plausible though, doesn’t it? I mean, I could see her being Jakob Dylan’s little cousin for sure. She’s obviously just as talented as he is!

No, seriously! Just WATCH:

Lorde Over North America:

03.01.18 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Bradley Center*^
03.02.18 – St. Louis, MO – Chaifetz Arena*^
03.03.18 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center*^
03.05.18 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center*
03.08.18 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena*
03.10.18 – Portland, OR – Moda Center at the Rose Garden*
03.12.18 – Sacramento, CA – Golden1 Center*
03.13.18 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena*
03.14.18 – Los Angeles, CA – STAPLES Center*^
03.16.18 – Glendale, CA – Gila River Arena*^
03.18.18 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center*^
03.19.18 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center*^
03.21.18 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center*
03.23.18 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center*
03.24.18 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Arena*
03.25.18 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena*
03.27.18 – Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena*^
03.28.18 – Detroit, MI – Little Ceasars Arena*^
03.29.18 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre*^
03.31.18 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center*^
04.02.18 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center*^
04.03.18 – Boston, MA – TD Garden*^
04.04.18 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center*^
04.06.18 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center*
04.07.18 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena*
04.08.18 – Washington D.C. – The Anthem*^
04.11.18 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena*
04.12.18 – Miami, FL – AmericanAirlines Arena*
04.14.18 – Duluth, GA – Infinite Energy Center*
04.15.18 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena*^

* Run The Jewels
^ cities I’ve been to before

Lorde Announces Melodrama Vinyl

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Our Lorde and savior is finally blessing us with a vinyl release of Melodrama, the very best album of 2017. The standard and the deluxe edition, which comes with a hand-drawn sleeve and six photo inserts, will both be out 4/8; you can pre-order them here. A collector’s edition will follow later … More »