It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere

New York locals Five O’Clock Heroes are preparing for a February release of their full-length album Different Times.

Part of that means giving you a new song to listen to before the album comes out. You can hear the song City of Lights right here. It’s a piece of pop-rock that is lighthearted and catchy. Seriously, try to stay mad while this song is blasting. I don’t think it’s possible.

If that ray of musical sunshine has you wanting more, you can check out Five O’Clock Heroes live this Friday. The band will be playing a show at the Mercury Lounge November 5th. Look for them there and keep an eye on the calendar so you can snag their new CD when it hits stores February 15th.

Hear Sufjan Stevens’ Age of Adz

Sufjan Steven

It’s been almost five years since Sufjan Stevens released his state-themed album Illinois.

Fortunately (or not) Stevens has abandoned his effort to release an album featuring all fifty states (I’m sorry, but a North Dakota album?) and has instead decided that he really likes playing with electric effects. Of all kinds.

On display in Age of Adz are everything from drum machines to electro-funk samples, and Stevens seems to master them all. You can hear it right now on NPR’s First Listen (link at the end of this post).

Despite all the technical aspects of the album, Stevens has decided to deliver it in a low-tech way, but yes he will be offering it on Amazon.

Stevens’ label, Asthmatic Kitty, said in a statement that while they appreciate getting good music into people’s hands “we also feel like the work that our artists produce is worth more than a cost of a latte.”

They do make a good point, lattes really should be cheaper than $5.00 anyway.