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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Conflicting Reports Cloud AC/DC’s Future


There’s either very sad news or very good news for AC/DC and their fans as two conflicting reports have surfaced online.

First, Australian radio station 3AW entertainment reporter Peter Ford stated that the band was close to announcing their retirement and that “the tour will not happen and we will never see AC/DC perform again or record again.” Ford also tweeted that there was “some sad detail behind” behind their decision. The rumor could have some credence given the fact that frontman Brian Johnson had stated in a previous interview that recording of their new album had been delayed due to one of the band members being seriously ill. The new rumor also suggests that guitarist Malcolm Young has “returned to Australia to live with his family and for his own personal reasons he may not want to continue with the band.”

But the above rumor later took a back seat as a conflicting report stated that the band was not retiring and had in fact booked studio time for their new album. According to The Australian, the group has booked a six-week stint set to begin May 1 in Vancouver to lay down music for their next album, which would be their first since 2008′s ‘Black Ice.’ Johnson had stated earlier this year that he was confident that a new album would get done and that it would coincide with a tour.

So while the booking of studio time suggests that a new album may be in the works, it’s also possible that the time was booked before circumstances changed. Stay tuned for more updates as these conflicting rumors sort themselves out.

The Black Keys Share New Song “Turn Blue”

The Black Keys’ new album Turn Blue, the Danger Mouse-produced follow-up to 2011′s El Camino, is out May 13. Following their single “Fever”, check out another new song from the album, “Turn Blue”.

Monday, April 14, 2014

listen to Sigur Ros’ song from last night’s ‘Game of Thrones’

We knew Sigur Ros were going to be in Season 4 of Game of Thrones and their appearance happened on last night’s (4/13) episode, “The Lion and the Rose,” where they were — I’m treading lightly around spoilers — part of a very eventful wedding celebration. They sang their version of Lanister anthem “The Rains of Castamere” which was sung by The National during a closing-credits sequence back in Season 1. It was a great episode in what should be a very juicy season. The band were only in the episode for a minute or so, but you can stream the full version of the song below…

Beck Plays Coachella: Full Set Video

Beck took the stage at Coachella last night for an hour-long, discography-spanning set packed with more than a few suprises, including an alternate version of “Gamma Ray” and a cover of Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love.” Check out the full set below; “I Feel Love” kicks in around the 16:28 mark.

Queens of the Stone Age Run Through Hits at Coachella: Full Set Video

Saturday night, Queens of the Stone Age performed at Coachella. In addition to running through a series of their Like Clockwork singles, they shared some of their previous hits, including “A Song for the Dead”, “Feel Good Hit of the Summer”, and “No One Knows”. Watch their full set below.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Watch the entire Outkast Coachella reunion performance

OutKast, after a nearly decade-long hiatus, reunited at Coachella last night to play the first of their 40 scheduled festival performances. And, as the screaming fans can attest, the set was pretty momentous. Andre 3000 and Big Boi together ran down hits from their 20-year-long careers, including B.O.B. and Rosa Parks, as well as several from their solo stints. Artists Janelle Monae and Future also graced the stage to move the crowd.

This marked the first time OutKast appeared together since the release of 2006′s Idlewild. Watch the entire hour-and-a-half set below if you happened to miss the live appearance. The band will play at Coachella one more time before heading off for more festivals throughout the summer, including Governor’s Ball in New York City and the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Nirvana Played a Surprise 16-Song Set Last Night in Brooklyn

Following their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performance and induction last night, the remaining members of Nirvana took the stage again at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus. The show was invite only and if you were one of the 230 people inside, I am very jealous of you…

The part of Kurt Cobain was played by an all-star cast including Joan Jett, St. Vincent’s Annie Clark, Dinosaur Jr’s J. Mascis, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, and Deer Tick’s John McCauley. I’m assuming Courtney Love was nowhere to be found during this show.

SETLIST:

Smells Like Teen Spirit (with Joan Jett)
Breed (with Joan Jett)
In Bloom (with Joan Jett)
Territorial Pissings (with Joan Jett)
Drain You (with J. Mascis)
Penny Royal Tea (with J. Mascis)
School (with J. Mascis)
Lithium (with Annie Clark)
About A Girl (with Annie Clark)
Heart Shaped Box (with Annie Clark)
Serve the Servantsm (with John Mccaluey)
Scentless Apprentice (with John Mccaluey)
Tourette’s (with John Mccaluey)
Aneurysm (with Kim Gordon)
Negative Creep (with Kim Gordon)
Moist Vagina (with Kim Gordon)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Off!- Wasted Years (Album Review)

If you are in any way interested in punk music, you’re sure to have caught the Black Flag/FLAG debacle that hardcore godhead Greg Ginn instigated last year. He basically sued his former bandmates in FLAG (and, for some reason, Henry Rollins, who has nothing to do with either incarnation) to gain complete control of the brand ‘Black Flag’.

Ginn is notorious amongst the bands he’s released on his seminal label SST. The lawsuit he filed is now closed, with the judge ruling that, amongst other things, Ginn has no right to stop the his ex-bandmates playing Black Flag songs and he certainly has no right to sue Rollins, who never left the band anyway. Ginn’s brother, Raymond Pettibon, drew the original, iconic Black Flag artwork, and he stood to gain nothing from the lawsuit.

Off!, like FLAG, is another punk supergroup that ‘true’ fans are willing to succeed with all their hearts. Cult phenomenon Keith Morris leads both, having built his reputation in Black Flag and the equally estimable Circle Jerks. Morris is joined by Burning Brides frontman Dimitri Coats on guitar, Red Kross’ powerhouse bassist Steven Shane McDonald and Rocket From The Crypt/Hot Snakes/Earthless drummer Mario Rubalcaba. Between all of the members of Off!, they’ve recorded some of the best punk, hardcore, post-hardcore and power-pop records of the past 35 years. Punk pedigree: Done.

Off!’s two previous album releases have gone down a storm in the punk community and elsewhere – their compilation First Four EPs (featuring artwork by, you guessed it, Raymond Pettibon) was a refreshing blast of biting hardcore that crammed 16 songs into 18 minutes. Their self-titled debut album went one better – it was recorded in two days and featured 16 tunes in a 15-minute blastathon. Not one single track was wasted.

Wasted Years features another 16 blasters to add to your ‘essential punk’ playlist. For those of us that don’t own iPods or any music-playing device other than ‘ye olde stereo’, tapes are still available for your punk compilations – don’t fret.

Opener Void You Out clatters around your brain with chopping, spiralling riffs and Morris’ signature bark, which hasn’t changed in 30 years. Next cut Red White & Black goes into complete hyperdrive – the rhythm seems to be constantly speeding away from Morris, before slowing into a heavy sludgy grind for mere seconds, then the blistering pace returns. Legion Of Evil alternates between Black Sabbath doom and buzzsaw punk with equal ferocity. No Easy Escape follows the same pattern – bilious sludge followed by cranked-up riffage.

Over Our Heads is one of the most ‘classic punk’ cuts here – it rolls in on a righteous McDonald bass groove and slashes and rips for about a minute of Dead Kennedys style ferocity. Hypnotized is one of the ‘slower’ numbers – but its disillusioned, anti-authoritarian message has more time to set in when paired with a relatively languorous grind.

It Didn’t Matter To Me follows, and Morris is barking about loss-leaders and scratching at the walls like he’s just figured the world out. We all know he figured it out a long time ago. Dig the way he sings (!) “Never-ending”, it’s one of the best tonal moments on the record. There’s no time to gather your thoughts before Exorcized bangs in with a distinctly Motor City flavour – think the MC5 mainlining speed and you’re near the mark. Best-title award goes to Death Trip On The Party Train, a track which features stinging chords and some highlight-reel lyrics: “Close the curtains/Erase the night/Like it never existed”.

Defiance abounds in I Won’t Be A Casualty, and All I Can Grab follows that up with crushing classic hardcore. Time’s Not On Your Side gives the listeners’ ears a tiny respite by mixing up the furious thrashing with almost-jazzy guitar manoeuvres. “Fuck with me, I’ll fuck with you!” go Morris’ lyrics, and boy do you believe him. Any track that features the lyrics “syphilitic bastards” and “contaminated offspring” is surely a winner, but placed as they are in the bruising Meet Your God, they have extra resonance. And the 67 second shred of Mr Useless is a blast – “It’s time to go, Mr Useless!” The closing one-two of You Must Be Damned and the title track Wasted Years is a sublime way to close the record. You Must Be Damned is a chiming, shifting cut underpinned by rad spiralling riffs. Wasted Years is a blistering cut that hammers Morris’ point home against an off-kilter rhythm and serrated riffs.

The themes, as you’d expect, are largely to do with government mind-control, negative propaganda getting everybody to hate each other, disillusionment… Morris sounds as though he’s as angry with corporations and capitalism as he’s ever been. Off! are the premier, numero uno punk band in the world, and nobody else comes close.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sweet Apple – “Wish You Could Stay (A Little Longer)” (Feat. Mark Lanegan) Video + Stream The Golden Age Of Glitter

J Mascis’ band Sweet Apple is kind of a supergroup with two members of Cobra Verde, one from Witch, and on the recent single “Wish You Could Stay,” with Mark Lanegan. The band-directed video for the song, which appears on the band’s new album The Golden Age Of Glitter, follows each member throwing a paper airplane which eventually makes its way to the next member. Watch it below.

The Golden Age of Glitter is out now on Tee Pee Records.

Will Joan Jett Perform With Nirvana Members at Rock Hall Induction?

There has been much mystery shrouding what Nirvana would do in terms of a performance at their Rock Hall induction, but Nirvana’s Facebook page may have offered a significant clue.

A new photo has gone up featuring a full instrumental set up with one of the instruments looking an awful lot like Joan Jett‘s guitar. With Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic currently in New York to be inducted and Foo Fighters and Nirvana cohort Pat Smear never too far away, it’s safe to infer that the trio could be joined by Jett at the Rock Hall. In fact, Alternative Nation points out that all three of the other instruments pictured were used by Grohl, Novoselic and Smear during their time in Nirvana.

Furthermore, Grohl and his band have a history of rocking with Jett in the past, appearing with the singer on ‘The Late Show With David Letterman.’

The Nirvana Facebook posting of the instruments can be seen below:

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

QUEENS OF THE STONE RELEASE DRINKINGEST, DRUGGIEST, DEATHIEST MINI-MOVIE TO DATE (NSFW)

Having returned from a triumphant co-headlining Australia/New Zealand jaunt with NIN, Queens Of The Stone Age have wasted no time in teaming with director Hiro Murai (Childish Gambino, St. Vincent) for the just unveiled cinematic mini-epic for “Smooth Sailing,” the latest single from the hailed, hailed and more hailed international #1 album …Like Clockwork (Matador).

The definitely NSFW “Smooth Sailing” follows QOTSA’s Joshua Homme and cohorts on a delirious adventure that blossoms from garden variety drunken shenanigans to possibly the most nightmarishly accurate live action interpretation of a QOTSA song to date. Seriously, “Smooth Sailing” lends a new meaning to 3-D musical cinema-that is, it turns the 3 D’s into Drinking, Drugs and Death.

Thee Oh Sees Share Psychedelic “Drop” Video

So much for that indefinite hiatus—California psych fixtures Thee Oh Sees are releasing a new full-length, Drop, on April 19 (Record Store Day) via frontman John Dwyer’s label Castle Face. Following a video for “The Lens”, they’ve shared another clip—a web of retro, black-and-white psychedelia for the title track, made by artist Arthur Carvalho

Monday, April 7, 2014

Jack White to Record, Press and Release ‘Lazaretto’ (the ‘World’s Fastest Record’) on Record Store Day


Of course. Of course Jack White had something up his sleeve for Record Store Day. Of course his unveiling of the “High Ball Stepper” video and Lazaretto album details was only the beginning. Of course he’s planning the “World’s Fastest Released Record, studio-to-store, in the history of mankind.”

As mentioned on Tuesday, White plans to release his follow-up to 2012′s Blunderbuss, Lazaretto, on June 10. (If you’re wondering what “Lazaretto” is, it’s a “house for the occupancy of the diseased poor or a ship or building set apart for quarantine.”) But here’s some brand-new action, which White’s Third Man Records revealed today: On the morning of April 19 (that’s Record Store Day, of course), White will play the Blue Room at his Third Man Records storefront here in Nashville. He’ll record direct to acetate “what will serve as the limited-edition version of his next single, a live rendition of the title track from his upcoming LP Lazaretto.” The masters will then be taken to the neighboring facility United Record Pressing, where they’ll be turned into 45s. Then, pictures taken at the show will be used for the 7-inch’s art. And, says TMR, “As long as there are fans in line waiting to buy the single, United will continue to press and deliver them to Third Man to sell. Even if it takes all day.” Of course.

Of course.

Tickets for this whole day —ULTRA TICKETS — are extremely limited and will be available exclusively through The Third Man Records Vault to Platinum Members. Ultra Ticket holders will get to watch Jack White live recording his World’s Fastest Record, Whirlwind Heat’s afternoon performance, and will receive copies of both The World’s Fastest Record 7” and the Whirlwind Heat Record Store Day LP release—all without having to wait in line! Vault Platinum members who are ticket holders need only show up, see Jack White play, hang out for a bit and eat, watch Whirlwind Heat (last show EVER??) and then, as they leave, pick up their bag with both RSD releases. No lines. No stress.
For those who can’t score tickets, The World’s Fastest Record will be made available for sale from the front of Third Man Records as soon as copies are pressed. Anybody who shows up that day during business hours wanting to purchase a copy will get one. Third Man promises to deliver until all customers are satisfied (one per customer, obviously!). The World’s Fastest Record will only be available at Third Man Records on Record Store Day. One time only!

Ultra Tickets for Record Store Day will be available via The Vault Pre-Sale ticket store at 3pm CT today, Thursday, April 3rd. NOT A VAULT MEMBER? SIGN UP HERE.

10am – Jack White recording World’s Fastest Record (limited edition “Lazaretto” 7”) and live show

2pm – Whirlwind Heat Live

4pm – Collect your RSD exclusives on your way out of the venue and enjoy your evening!

St. Paul & the Broken Bones: Half the City (Album Review)

With a charismatic, dynamic, and theatrical lead singer who seems to channel the intensity of James Brown on-stage, a loose and punchy two-man horn section, and a garage band back line that holds everything down, Birmingham, Alabama’s St. Paul & the Broken Bones at their best capture a retro-soul sound that echoes nothing so much as the classic Stax and Muscle Shoals sides from the late ’60s and early ’70s. Lead vocalist Paul Janeway’s gospel-inflected soul singing is impassioned to say the least, and he wrings every ounce of sweat and soul out of the tracks included on this, the band’s debut full-length album. From the opener, “I’m Torn Up,” the stage is set for track after track of slow-burning and heart-wrenching soul ballads, a form that is obviously Janeway’s specialty. He croons, and roars, and gasps, and groans, and slides through these songs like the second coming of Al Green, somehow smooth and rough and raw all at the same time, pure emotion tempered with a dose of gospel spark, and there’s no denying this is his show. The band’s churchy, street-corner horn band sound is punchy enough to give Janeway all the heat and steam he needs, but also in-check enough not to crowd him, and songs like “Call Me,” “Broken Bones & Pocket Change,” the stomping “Sugar Dyed,” and the charming little soul waltz “It’s Midnight,” which closes things out, really do sound like they come from another era when secular gospel was just becoming known as soul. It’s a refreshing sound, even though it does nothing new. If there’s a flaw to this fine debut album, it’s that most of the songs are slow-moving, wrenching ballads, powerful if taken one by one, and Janeway wrings everything out of them, but they tend to fall into the same emotional groove. A couple more “who cares, let’s dance”-type upbeat songs might have made this a smoother and more varied listen, but that’s really a quibble, since voices like Janeway’s only come around once in a great while. This debut album is pretty good, and this band shows a lot of heart. With a singer like Janeway, there’s no reason to think that things won’t just get bigger and better for this band.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Band Of Skulls: Himalayan (Album Review)


The third album from Southampton trio Band of Skulls reflects their trajectory over the last five years – from small venues to mid-sized ones – and their ambition to knock on even bigger doors. They’ve crafted a sound that is virtually a catch-all of recent guitar band successes: a bit Kings of Leon here, a bit Arctic Monkeys/Queens of the Stone Age there, and a lot of the Black Keys everywhere. However, guitarist Russell Marsden and bassist Emma Richardson’s combined vocals at times provide an androgynous, T Rexy twist, and the 12 tracks make occasional visits to everything from classic rock workouts to yearning powerballadry. If some of their hooks feel instantly familiar, it’s because they are: it’s not too difficult to spot direct steals, with everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Moby getting plundered. Originality is not their strong suit, then, but they are adept at weaving a killer riff into a big tune, and Asleep at the Wheel and Hoochie Coochie are the kind of postmodern glam stomps that should fill indie dancefloors like the Black Keys do.