The name Bombino is likely news to the majority of Westerners, but now that The Black Keys' frontman Dan Auerbach has taken up his cause, we can only hope that his cryptic moniker will soon become a household name among discerning rock fans. Hailing from the Tuareg region of Saharan Africa, the nomadic guitar virtuoso was discovered by the Ohio guitar player turned mega rock star via a short online clip of his music. What Auerbach saw immediately compelled him to invite the musician to a session at his Nashville studio where the Key's leader produced Bombino's breakthrough recording, "Nomad," (adding subtle Nashville touches like pedal steel guitar to Bombino's shredding African riffs) released this week internationally. Read More
Having sold off the majority of his original guitar collection to benefit his own Crossroads rehab program in recent years, rocker/art collector/style connoisseur Eric Clapton has now teamed up with Fender, Gibson, and Martin Guitars to create the vintage "Crossroads Collection." The series is comprised of reissues of some of his favorite historial axes, including his 1957 refinished Les Paul Goldtop, "Lucy," and his maple neck '50s Strat, "Brownie," with profits from all sales going to his foundation. Watch him play all three: Read More
Easily the most influential chameleon in rock history, David Bowie's storied career has seen him inhabit more personas than an accomplished schizophrenic, and at age 66, release a new album last month that debuted at #1 on iTunes and on UK record charts. The foremost arbiter of rock style and fashion at every generational and cultural pivot point, Bowie's avant-garde futurism and absolute abhorrence of stasis has seen him generate a massive archive of personal artifacts, that, despite years of massive chemical intake and general debauchery, he had the presence of mind to preserve in an institutional grade archive (complete with its own full-time dedicated archivist) for posterity. It is from this incredible collection that London's Victoria & Albert Museum assembled its current blockbuster visual retrospective of Bowie's life & times, titled, appropriately enough, "David Bowie Is..." Read More
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs just released the official video for their ripping new single "Sacrilege," directed by Hal Needham, aka: Megaforce, and starring English actress Lily Cole. The track will be featured on the band's upcoming fourth album, Mosquito, releasing on off their upcoming new studio album Mosquito, dropping on April 15th on Interscope Records. Read More
Supertouch favorite MIA just dropped her new 8-minute "Matangi Mixtape" created for fashion house Kenzo as the soundtrack to her upcoming collaboration with the design house. "Matangi" is also the name of M.I.A.’s next album which is tentatively dropping April 15th, so this is likely a good taste of what's to come. Head to MatangiMixtape.com for the stream Read More
One of numerous variants of his forthcoming album, "Wolf," due out on April 1st, Tyler The Creator commissioned Supertouch buddy Mark Ryden to paint this woodland portrait of the Odd Future ringleader astride his BMX bike, surrounded by the artist's usual coterie of cuddly creatures. Strange & unexpected indeed. The full album is currently streaming in advance of the release, listen below:
In one of the most unpredictable charity collabs ever, Depeche Mode has teamed up with luxury watchmaker Hublot to create an incredibly badass timepiece to raise funds for global relief NGO Charity : Water. Read More
Little mention's been made in the mainstrem media about the fact that OBAMA hosted a substantial night of music at the White House last week to commemorate the the Civil Rights Movement, that included BOB DYLAN performing "The Times They Are-a Changin" for a house full of bitterly warring politicians...
MGMT goes psychedelic surfing with Ausgang...
Our old friend, psychedelic artist ANTHONY AUSGANG has been keeping a pretty low profile in recent years, so it was music to our ears when electro rockers MGMT released the cover art for the upcoming album, "Congratulations" featuring the ever trippy imagery of AA. The LP drops March 13th, it's just too bad you won't be getting a nice 12" cover with this art on it to stare at...
"MICHEL GONDRY'S newest music video for Mia Doi Todd's 'Open Your Heart'. After several years conceptualizing a video involving dozens of dancers wearing bright multi-colored outfits, Michel found a perfect fit with Mia's tune. The music was produced and arranged by long-time friend and collaborator, Jon Brion and the video features the Riverside Community College Marching Band."