|Only Fools Still Buy Music?|
He tells Noisecreep: "I think people from the States don't look at this as valid. They're like, 'Oh really? So and so from this band thinks he can put out his own record and we'll come see him play? Ain't gonna happen'.... They don't really give music a chance - but we're going to try our best."
McKagan, who has a Harvard business education, has decided to stick to a business model which doesn't include a major label. He says: "There's not a lot of pressure like you get from a major. Major labels are becoming a thing of the past. "Nobody sells records like Guns n'Roses did in the 80s or 90s. It's not the business any more. People get their music for free off the internet. Anybody who spends too much money on a record these days... that's fool's money spent."- more on this story
|Bright Eyes, My Morning Jacket Members Team With M. Ward in Monsters of Folk|
The self-titled effort was recorded in Malibu, CA and Omaha, NE, and produced by Mike Mogis. Although these critically acclaimed artists have shared the stage before, this album marks their first recorded output as a band. The record will be released in North America on Shangri-La Music, and internationally on Rough Trade (UK/Europe), Spunk Records (Australia/New Zealand) and P-Vine Records (Japan).
Monsters of Folk began as folklore of sorts, when James, Oberst, Ward and Mogis did their first run of shows together in 2004.- more on this story
|Weezer, The Eagles and More Go a.p.e.|
|Ace Enders Addresses Early November Reunion Rumor|
So I have an idea. I'm going to be combining the old with the new from now on. Serg and I will be on tour this summer playing a couple old TEN songs, I Can Make a Mess songs, and new AMDP songs full band with Jason and Will from A Million Different People.
It'll be a little different, but I started The Early November with an acoustic guitar, recording songs by myself in my parents' basement when I was 18. It's almost ten years later and I'm still doing everything the same as I've always done it, just with different people, and not in my parents' basement.- more on this story
|Alice Cooper Has Horror Collection Scare|
When Alice arrived at his London hotel from the airport, he realized that his carry-on bag containing a laptop and a significant stash of obscure horror films on DVD was missing. He had brought them over on the theory that, outside of Moscow and St. Petersburg, English language TV programming and movie theater options would be limited. He dispatched a crew member back to the airport but the British Airport Authority said they had no report of the missing bag having been turned in.
Alice put out a call for the return of the computer and the DVDs -- the films were more important to him as he pretty much uses the computer just as a playback deck. The story ended happily a day later when the British Airways press office caught wind of the lost bag from a notice Posted by the UK Press Association. An all-points bulletin was issued for Terminal 5 where Alice's flight from Phoenix had landed and the bag was discovered in a holding area; as it had no ID tags on it, staffers had no idea what to do with it. It matched the description in the press release and Alice was re-united successfully with the bag and his precious horror flicks.- more on this story
|California '66 Revue tour|
|Driving While Pete Doherty Bust- Gene Simmons Slams Santana- Purple Pain for Prince- Reznor Ditches Social Networks- Faith No More Webcast- and more|
KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons had harsh words for Carlos Santana during a Thursday morning (June 11) interview on FOX5 News: Live In Las Vegas. When asked about plans for an upcoming KISS album, Simmons talked of plans for a new tour and, out of nowhere, took a swipe at Hard Rock headliner Santana. "It's time for us to go out and show the little boys how the big boys do it," the 59-year-old said. "I'm sick and tired of these bands like Carlos Santana looking at his shoes and thinking that's a rock concert." more
Trent Reznor is taking a break from social networking. As one of the more prolific users of Twitter, blogs and other social networking constructs, Reznor, in his latest post laments the degradation of the experience by spammers and trollersmore
Eagles, Weezer, Aguilera To Launch 24-Hour Online Radio Shows Clear Channel Radio and Front Line Management are creating artist personal experience (a.p.e.) radio, a stand-alone company that will allow musicians to produce their own online radio shows, Billboard can exclusively reveal.details
Police in Tennessee seized 500 peanut butter cups laced with hallucinogenic mushrooms that were intended to be sold at this weekend's Bonnaroo Festival.more
Faith No More have agreed to broadcast their Download set live from Donington on Downloadfestival.co.uk. That means that the band's first gig since reforming after an 11-year hiatus will be shown across the world via the Webcast more
Oasis will re-issue their entire catalog on vinyl later this year through the band's own Big Brother Recordings.more
The Slits are gearing up to release their first new full-length album in more than 25 years.more
Prince is reportedly walking around with bejeweled cane because he is in need of double hip replacement surgery but refuses to undergo the procedure for religious reasons more. In other Prince news, Spin magazine is going crazy with its July issue, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Prince's "Purple Rain" with a comprehensive oral history of the film and album and a free downloadable tribute that features nine bands doing song-for-song covers of the record's classic tracks.more
Shadows Fall will be holding an exclusive performance at J&R Music World in New York City, NY on June 19. The band will also be available post-set for a Meet-And-Greet. This is a free event, and it starts at 6PM, so be sure to get there early! J&R Music World - 23 Park Row 1st Floor, NY, NY
Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister and Phil Campbell of Motorhead joined Twisted Sister on stage at the Sweden Rock festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden on June 4, 2009 to perform a cover version of the Rolling Stones classic "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)".watch the video
The Misfits have announced a run of shows set to kick off on August 7 in Milwaukee, WI.more
Fear Before, Oceana, Memphis May Fire, and Of Machines will be touring together this summer.more
Death Angel is preparing to embark on their summer tour, which starts on June 14 where they headline the 32nd Annual Haight Street Fair. They'll also be part of the European 'Summer Madness' Tour with Kataklysm and Keep of Kalessin more
Slayer has been confirmed to headline both the Wacken Rocks South and Wacken Rocks Seaside festivals.more
Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green is to play his first UK show in over four years at this year's Cornbury Festival, it has just been announced.more
Rihanna has been served with a subpoena to testify against former boyfriend Chris Brown after he allegedly assaulted hermore
The Casualties have set a release date for what will be their eighth album, We Are All We Have. The record is due out August 25, 2009 and the band's drummer Mark Eggers commented on the sound here
Kiss of Death Records has announced plans to release a split 7" featuring Bomb the Music Industry! and Laura Stevenson and The Cans. Each side will feature one original and one cover of the other band on the split, and the 7" is due out sometime in July. You can click Read More for the track listing.more
Nathen Maxwell of Flogging Molly has announced his first solo album. The record is titled White Rabbit and is due out August 18, 2009.more
Find out why Mojo Magazine can't be taken seriously right here- more News Quicks
|Singled Out: Mile Marker Zero|
Dave first brought the opening riff into rehearsal and we immediately started jamming on it to try out different feels and permutations. Rather than write the whole song at once, Dave likes to write a lot of little bits and then expand on them with the whole band. He gets an idea in his head of where he might want the song to go, but leaves it open to everyone's input.
We were going for a Tool vibe in the first verse so I wrote a real minimalist keyboard part and Doug layed down some Danny Carey-esque tribal drums. The vocals floated nicely over everything as we built up to the frantic transition to the chorus. We also wanted to throw the listener for a loop by slipping in a small key change in the chorus.
We always treat our verses differently, and we were able to use the frantic transition riff as the main section of the second verse where John and I play intertwining guitar/key duet. In rehearsal, Dave first tried the long high note before the bridge, in a funny, Bruce Dickinson epic kind of way. We tend to come up with ridiculous working titles for our songs, and we called this one "Pumpin Iron Dave" combining Dave's Iron Maiden moment with his love for lifting weights.
After playing around with different rhythms and feels, we wanted to really slam through a heavy bridge section and propel the song into its second half. We had a really cool sequence at the end where we layered the first verse keyboard part over several key changes and we couldn't find a good ending. We tried a bunch of things, but nothing seemed to work. About a week before we headed into the studio, we still didn't have an ending. By chance, we were hanging out in Dave's bedroom, when we tried the chord progression from the first verse on a really huge string sound. It sounded amazing, and we knew we finally had an ending.
The lyrics deal with a lot of the uncertainties going on in the world right now, and fit perfectly with the roller coaster ride of emotions within the song. It has a real apocalyptic sound, which is what inspired the title "The Reaping Tide".
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album
|The Beatles Rare And Unseen|
|Unholy Slob Tour|
|Behemoth Part Time Slaughter|
This year's lineup consists of: Necrophagist, Suffocation, Ensiferum, Darkest Hour, Winds Of Plague, Dying Fetus, Born Of Osiris, Origin, Beneath The Massacre, After The Burial, Decrepit Birth & Blackguard.
The tour kicks off this Friday June 5th in Baltimore, MD. Behemoth Will be special guests at these dates: 07/05 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room - 07/06 Calgary, AB The Whiskey - 07/07 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory- http://www.summerslaughter.com
|And You Thought Only Rappers Use Silly Names|
On Thursday June 25th, the thunder will roar as diva Linda Rodney aka Chocolate Thunder brings her blues, jazz and r&b/beach music to the masses with her new CD release "Ear Candy". Featuring 12 new songs produced by Franklin Wilkie (The Marshall Tucker Band), Chocolate Thunder delivers her music with delectable soulful flavor to everyone's delight.
Born and living in Greenville, South Carolina, Linda traveled the paths in her music career through the "College of Hard Knocks". "That is why I sing the blues," she affirms. At a very young age, Linda was immersed in the music her parents, grandparents, other relatives, and friends listened to, ranging from Patti LaBelle and Shirley Cesar to Muddy Waters and the Grand Dame of rockin' soul Aretha Franklin. The church mentored the young Linda while she polished her vocal prowess singing with the children's choir, and wowed church parishioners with her powerful and mature vocal capabilities.- more on this story
|Memphis May Fire Is Coming|
Barely a year ago Memphis May Fire undertook the daunting task of finding a new singer and regaining that southern rock soul that had driven their aggressive brand of rock-n-roll. The wait is over, and they mean it when they say they're here to stay.
Like minded in their music and their message and armed with their powerful new singer Matt Mullins, the boys finished their expectation-shattering new full length record "Sleepwalking", and picked up some help in the rhythm section along the way with new bassist Cory Elder. The team of Mullins and guitarist Kellen McGregor proved to be worth the wait, for "Sleepwalking" not only turns heads with every song, but presents an honest message of hope and truth, something often lost in the sea of bands today. Singer Matt Mullins describes "Sleepwalking" as "... a new breed of rock-n-roll. We wanted to have an honest lyrical message but also tell people that there is still hope in this crazy world, and that there is more than just the here and now. Our fans will notice that music wise, its much more aggressive guitar work and noticeably more melodic, but still retains that southern swagger. We are very proud of this record and we are sure both old and new fans will love it."
|The Low Anthem Summer Tour|
The band's celebrated independent release now has an updated track sequence and packaging for its Nonesuch release, and has been remastered by Gateway's Bob Ludwig.
With three performances in three days at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival this week and a headlining gig at New York City's Bowery Ballroom on Monday, June 15 (Tickets are $13/$15 dos), The Low Anthem have set the stage for an impressive Summer 2009.- more on this story
|Adrina Thorpe Going Soph|
As the songs on Halflight And Shadows were collected over the course of a few years writing, concepts of light & dark; day & night; shadows & starlight; midnight & sunlight emerged, weaving in and out of the lyrics. It gradually became evident that this was a thematic album, and the songs are ordered to progress from dark to light. The album deals with the quintessential struggles of life in a world where there is no light without dark, no joy without pain. Songs like "Coming Home," "Kiss the Day" and "Heal" deal with learning to appreciate what you have and focusing on the lovely even in the darkest and most painful of times, whereas songs like "Everything Changes," "Domino" and "Walk" deal with directly rejecting the lies that hold people captive in the fight for freedom. They're ordered progressively with a hidden "character" who journeys from the darkest brokenness to becoming transformed and swept away by beauty.
"Emptiness inspires me," explains Thorpe. "Silence beckons me, thrills me, fills me with ideas. I love to write. It's a passion I've had since I was very little. Melodies are all little miracles, and the perfect arrangements are like discovering heaven. I hope I can contribute beauty to the silence in the air. It's such an ache...to create something truly beautiful...you have no idea how many little melodies have flitted from my mind onto the same tape player I've had since I was hardly ten years old. Even though I've had the opportunity to work with several top notch producers, that beat up little tape recorder always ends up being more convenient at the moment of inspiration."- more on this story
|Haley Dreis Sets Release|
|Sally Shapiro's Guilty Pleasures in August|
The album is described by Sally and producer Johan Agebjörn as "a bit more poppy and varied" than the debut, taking influences from genres like trance, cosmic disco, acid, ambient and jazz while still having 80's disco as its base, and definitely keeping the romantic feel of Disco Romance. "It will hopefully make you fall in love with the person sitting next to you on the bus," says Sally.
Sally will first be releasing her single, "Miracle," on Paper Bag Records in North America on June 16th. "Miracle" is written and produced by Johan Agebjörn and Roger Gunnarsson, and includes a remix by up-and-coming Bulgarian producer Bogdan Irkük. My Guilty Pleasure features a variety of contributors, including Gunnarsson, Swedish italo-disco duo Cloetta Paris, and German nu-disco producer Tensnake, who remixed Sally's "I'll Be By Your Side" into a European club hit.- more on this story
|. Nightwish - Made in Hong Kong (And in Various Other Places)|
|. Orthodox - Amanecer en Puerta Oscura|
|Wait There is More!|