New Release: Bobby Womack – ‘The Bravest Man In The Universe’

 

Bobby Womack today releases his first album in a good little minute, The Bravest Man In The Universe. One may choose to call the Damon Albarn and Richard Russell produced album “an electronic secular gospel album,” but we just call it awesome.

Listeners can look forward to songwriting collaborations with Harold Payne and vocal appearances by Lana Del Rey and Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara. Some true next level business here.

Below, check out the retro outerspace inspired video for “Whatever Happened To The Times,” which dropped today!

Also, please note that our annual SummerStage concert in NYC with Bobby has been postponed due to a recent and successful surgery. Stay tuned for more details on the new date.

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Bobby Womack and Willis Earl Beal At SummerStage – [POSTPONED]

Giant Step’s annual SummerStage NYC concert with Bobby Womack has been postponed due to a recent and successful surgery. Stay tuned for more details on the new date where Bobby will be joined by Willis Earl Beal!

Over the years, we have presented Femi Kuti, Jamie Lidell, Janelle Monaé, Gilles Peterson, and more. Last year, Q-Tip, Little Dragon and Chester French rocked our SummerStage event. We look forward to dancing with you again this year!

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NYC: Bobby Womack and Willis Earl Beal to Headline SummerStage 2012 Show – June 7

 

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Yessir. Bobby Womack and Willis Earl Beal will be headlining our SummerStage show this year! Lock June 7 in your calendars, folks!

Above, watch the mini-documentary on Bobby’s process with recording The Bravest Man in the Universe, his first album of original material since 1994. Sit down with Bobby in the studio and hear what’s really good from the man himself. Look out for the album to drop just about a week after the show on June 12!

The once homeless Chicago native Willis Earl Beal taught himself how to make music during an overnight motel job in New Mexico. His debut album, Acousmatic Sorcery, is a result of this period of bare-essentials creativity, which consisted of “a cassette-based karaoke machine and a $20 microphone.” We are so excited to help introduce him to New York City! Definitely do take a looksee at his new video for “Monotony” after the jump.

Event Details
SummerStage & Giant Step Present:
Bobby Womack and Willis Earl Beal Live

June 7, 2012
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
FREE

Central Park
New York, NY

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Watch the video for “Monotony” by Willis Earl Beal after the jump

Bobby Womack To Release ‘The Bravest Man in the Universe’ + MP3 Stream & Tracklist

 

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Bobby Womack has some news. On June 12th, folks in the US can look out for an album of original material co-produced by Damon Albarn and Richard Russell. Called The Bravest Man in the Universe, the work will feature Bobby Womack’s original material for the first time since 1994.

Take a listen to the first leak from the album, “Please Forgive My Heart.” Also, find the tracklisting below, which includes a feature from non other than Lana Del Rey on “Dayglo Reflection.”

Tracklisting
01 The Bravest Man in the Universe
02 Please Forgive My Heart
03 Deep River
04 Dayglo Reflection [ft. Lana Del Rey]
05 Sweet Baby Mine
06 Stupid
07 If There Wasn’t Something There
08 Love Is Gonna Lift You Up
09 Nothin’ Can Save Ya
10 Jubilee

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Early Listening from NPR: The Gorillaz and Broken Bells

brokenbellsThe Exclusive First Listen feature on NPR has a very funky selection of full album streams available today, including The Gorillaz‘s new album Plastic Beach and the Broken Bells self-titled debut. Broken Bells is collaboration between Danger Mouse and James Mercer of The Shins. NPR calls their debut album “a smart pop record full of melody and invention.”

Listen to Broken Bells in its entirety on NPR here

Pre-order on iTunes – Album to be released March 9th

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Plastic Beach
is packed with big names ranging from Snoop Dogg and Mos Def to Bobby Womack and Lou Reed, to our Swedish little favorite, Little Dragon. NPR calls Plastic Beach “a genre-bending collection of glitchy club beats and hip-hop grooves, augmented by brass, glitzy synthesizers and Asian- and Arabic-tinged orchestral harmonies.”

Listen to Plastic Beach in its entirety on NPR here

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Bonus: check out the amazingly badass new Gorillaz video, “Stylo” on youtube:

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