According to music intelligence platform company The Echo Nest, the people of Colorado listen to New Zealand alternative band The Naked and Famous more than any other U.S. state. By studying the behavior of music fans across hundreds of platforms and millions of songs, director of development platform Paul Lamere determined which artist each state prefers above all others. The results range from fairly obvious (hometown heroes like Bruce Springsteen for New Jersey, Phish for Vermont) to fairly random (Delaware loves Rush, Rhode Island claims Nirvana). Check out the full map from the Echo Chamber, which also includes the ability to contrast the tastes of two particular states or regions.
Producer and former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy made news twice this week. He will issue the audio from the 2011 farewell LCD Soundsystem at Madison Square Garden as a five LP vinyl box set entitled "The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live at Madison Square Garden" on April 19, this year's Record Store Day. Additionally, Murphy released his signature coffee blend, "House of Good," through craft coffee company Blue Bottle. It reportedly contains elements of "dried cherry, cocoa, and meyer lemon" and is available now for purchase.
New releases: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Walkmen’s Hamilton, The Horrors, Panda Bear
Indie pop group The Pains of Being Pure at Heart return with their third album "Days of Abandon" on April 22, and their tour in support of the album will include a stop at Denver's Larimer Lounge on May 13. Following The Walkmen's "indefinite hiatus," frontman Hamilton Leithauser will release his solo debut "Black Hours," featuring members of The Shins, Vampire Weekend and Fleet Foxes, on May 5. British garage-goth band The Horrors announced new album "Luminous," the follow-up to 2011's "Skying," for release on May 5. Animal Collective member Panda Bear is prepping his latest solo effort for release sometime this year.