I still can't help but think of Mumford the Magician from Sesame Street everytime I hear a Mumford and Sons tune. Which means everytime I hear Little Lion Man, I can imagine someone yelling "ALA PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICHES" in the background of some seedy english pub. My world is awesome.
But it looks like Mumford and Sons are taking a little time off. The British folk-rockers made the last tour stop behind their Grammy-winning album "Babel" this past Friday in Kansas, and now keyboardist Ben Lovett tells "Rolling Stone" there are no Mumford & Sons activities scheduled "for the foreseeable future." Lovett says they have no idea how long the break might be, adding that he and his bandmates are just excited to be "free of schedules." The past year has been a dramatic one for the Mumfords. It began with their Grammy win for Album of the Year back in February, and reached a scary point after bassist Ted Dwane had emergency brain surgery that left him on the sidelines for a few weeks. Dwane made a full recovery, but he says the band could definitely use a "little rest."
Don't worry, I'm sure Phillip Phillips and The Lumineers will keep the folksy types happy in the meantime.
Arctic Monkeys got a little help from an old friend during a recent tour stop in Los Angeles. Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme! NICE! Josh joined Arctic Monkeys during the song "Knee Socks," which closed out the band's set at the Wiltern last week. This is kick ass because Homme also plays on the studio version of the track, which is on the new album "AM." (He plays on the song "One for the Road" as well)
Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner recently returned the favor by singing on the latest Queens of the Stone Age album, "...Like Clockwork."
I'm a big fan of Pearl Jam. I'm in the Ten Club, I have my import of "Ten" with Dirty Frank on it, and I was in line at Greywhale in Taylorsville for the Midnight release of "VS." back in 1993.
So my hopes are high with the new album. Even though I thought pretty much everything after Vitalogy was kinda "meh". I've heard three tracks of the new album, and I've dug 'em.
Today we have a few new details about "Lightning Bolt." Eddie and pals recently unveiled the track list for their tenth studio effort, which is due out next month. Fans are already familiar with some of the songs, including "Lightning Bolt's" lead single, "Mind Your Manners." Which we play here on X96. Pearl Jam also showed off the title track and the album closer, "Future Days," during their concert at Chicago's Wrigley Field earlier this summer. Another song, "Sleeping By Myself," showed up on frontman Eddie Vedder's 2011 solo album, "Ukulele Songs."
The "Lightning Bolt" song titles first started coming out on the band's official Twitter account along with illustrations by Don Pendleton. Bassist Jeff Ament posted a note on PearlJam.com calling the visual artist one of his favorites, adding that it's nice to go outside the circle now and then to "work/play" with other artists.
Pearl Jam's "Lightning Bolt" track list:
1. "Getaway" 2. "Mind Your Manners" 3. "My Father's Son" 4. "Sirens" 5. "Lightning Bolt" 6. "Infallible" 7. "Pendulum" 8. "Swallowed Whole" 9. "Let the Records Play" 10. "Sleeping By Myself" 11. "Yellow Moon" 12. "Future Days"