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Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio is back with a new side project, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band.  Aside from releasing the track, "Mercy," with TV on the Radio over the summer Adebimpe has kept out of the public eye.  TV on the Radio haven't released an album since their 2011 release, Nine Types of Lights.

Back in spring Adebimpe promised that he had an EP on the way with a side project.  Adebimpe's new band, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, have released the details and a single from their new EP.  The first single, "The Blast, the Boom," has been released.  The self-titled debut EP will be released October 1 via ZNA Records.  The band will also perform every Sunday at Brooklyn's Union Pool the same month.  You can hear the new track below.

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TV on the Radio are currently working on material for their next LP, but for the time being they have released a new single.  The new track, "Mercy," was released on guitarist Dave Sitek's label, Federal Prism.  The single was released via Instagram on the Huffington Post account.  This is the first song TV on the Radio has released since the tragic loss of bassist Gerard Smith to lung cancer.  TV on the Radio have also been including "Mercy" in their live sets.

The new track, "Mercy," has a heavier feel than TV on the Radio's last record Nine Types of Light.  The track features Dave Sitek's lush and multilayered sonics as it builds up to a climactic finish.  Although no time table has been set for the next TV on the Radio record, if  "Mercy" is anything indication of what's to come then the new album is going to outstanding.  TV on the Radio frontman, Kyp Malone commented the group getting back together to write, "[I] could't be more excited to be getting back into it, all together. The new songs 'Mercy' and 'Million Miles' came to fruition with such ease that it felt like an invitation to get back to this good work." You can listen to the new TV on the Radio single "Mercy" below.

 

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Gerard Smith, bassist for Brooklyn rock band TV on The Radio, passed away yesterday (4/20/2011) at the age of 34 due to complications from Lung Cancer. The band released a statement: “We are very sad to announce the death of our beloved friend and band mate, Gerard Smith, following a courageous fight against lung cancer. Gerard passed away the morning of April 20th, 2011. We will miss him terribly.”

This shocking and sad news comes only about a month after it was announced that Smith had been diagnosed. TVOTR seemed positive about his recovery. The band noted at the time that Smith's had seen "dramatic results" and with his “legendarily willful disposition … it might just be cancer that has the problem.”

TV on The Radio just released their latest album, Nine Types of Light on 4/12.
Below is the video for "Will Do":

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh's finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Scott Mervis of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Scott:

Kurt Vile, "Runner's Up" - If the Rolling Stones made a lo-fi album, and let's hope they do, it might sound something like this. This hazy, psych-rock song comes from the Philly singer-guitarist's fourth album, "Smoke Ring for My Halo," his most focused record yet. "I was definitely going for a more cohesive record," he told me last month. "I always go for that. I guess my mind jumps around a little."

TV on the Radio, “Caffeinated Consciousness” - The trailblazing Brooklyn art-funk-noise band has moved on from its early apocalyptic phase and settled into a warmer, mellower groove on the new album, “Nine Types of Light.” It becomes a great showcase for the bottomless soul of front men Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone, both former Pittsburghers. This is one of the more fiery tracks, flashing some rap-rock bombast.

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