This is the trailer / opening sequence to the new Beatles Rock Band video game. It is simply stunning and if you are a Beatles freak like myself, it is a jaw dropper!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Queens of the Stone Age front man Josh Homme has told GQ why he chose to produce Arctic Monkey's latest disc Humbug. Homme says "I was sucked in at first by the lyrics. Alex sounded like a rare poet playing music – he has a special gift for the gab." Homme then went on to say that this record may alienate some Monkey's fans because "This is the record where they get weird, grow up and trip out." Humbug is out at the end of next month.
The first band signed to Kings of Leon new label imprint, The Feature's have released their record Some Kind of Salvation in the US. In other Kings of Leon news, the band's latest effort Only by the Night has officially gone platinum in their own country, this is the first record of the Kings that has done that in the US.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
What I remembered from the first Green Day concert I saw those seven years ago was the band's ability to connect to their audience by inviting fans to come on stage and sing a few bars, to strum a few chords. They did it again last night but in a much bigger fashion, nervous fan after anxious fan would be invited up to do the same, yet the highlight of this was a teenage girl named Stephanie who arrived on stage to play the 13 1/2 minute "Jesus of Suberbia" on guitar. In an age when video games are substituting for garage bands, it was refreshing to see a teenager grabbing an axe and knowing what to play. One of the single most memorable experiences I ever witnessed, I was so proud of this young girl for playing the song note by note and I had no idea who she was. Yet, that is what the band does, a band of outsiders who are now one of the biggest bands in the world make each audience member and fan feel welcome into their arms.
Opening for Green Day were England's Kaiser Chiefs, a band that cracked it big a few years ago with the single "I Predict a Riot," were the perfect opener for the California Kings they were supporting. Playing only for 30 minutes I wished they were on longer, a band that has so many songs that are easily recognizable it is a shock they are not as big here in the US as they are in their native land. The Kaiser Chiefs were terrific only adding to an already magnificent bill.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Another Lollapalooza headliner maybe in jeopardy of pulling out of this years festival as well, Jane's Addiction has been forced to cancel the Australian leg of their reunion tour due to drummer Steven Perkins getting an infection in his elbow. The Australian leg of the tour was supposed to kick of this past week starting on July 25. Lollapalooza creator and Jane's front man Perry Farrell stated “I know how excited we were to come play in Australia, and how long the fans there have waited for this. I want everyone Down Under to know that we will come back as soon as we can." Keep it hear for more info on what will happen to the band at the Chicago festival.
Since reforming this summer for a series of festival headlining gigs and a few solo ventures, Blur have no plans at the moment to do anything else with their reunion after the summer. Blur bassist Alex James told UK's The Guardian newspaper "That was what we said we'd do and we did it and it was great. It hasn't been mentioned the idea of doing anything else but hey, it was great." Prior to this the band said they were tooling around new material and hoped to come to the US. Time will tell now what they choose to do, all I can wish for is that they do make it across the pond!
Editors front man Tom Smith has lashed out at critics on the band's website saying he is bored of people asking why his band is "dark." Smith wrote "I am so fucking bored of people asking us why we're so 'dark' [...] or worse questioning our integrity for being this way. This is how we do it, it excites us to express ourselves like this, to be honest we don't even understand what the alternative is and the alternatives we can imagine are too boring for us to even consider." Smith then went on to explain how the Editors material must be this way by stating "dark is interesting, dark is exciting, dark can be funny, there’s real life in the dark, real life IS dark, when an album feels like this the fragments of hope and love that do occasionally shine through shine through ten times brighter than they would normally do so." The band's latest effort In This Light and on This Evening is slated to come out this September, meanwhile the record itself has been influenced by the dark and dreariness of London and sci-fi films such as Blade Runner. This is one of the most anticipated releases for me this year, whatever sound or how light, dark, heavy it maybe, The Editors never disappoint!
My March pick for Rising Artist, UK electro songstress La Roux made her American TV debut this past week on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Check her out performing "Bulletproof" off her stellar debut that will be making its way Stateside in September!
- Jane's Addiction - "Summertime Rolls"
- Rise Against - "Hero of War"
- Phoenix - "1901"
- A Camp - "The Crowning"
- Grizzly Bear - "Dory"
- The Sounds - "Dorchester Hotel"
- The Fall - "Oh! Brother!"
- Pulp - "Bar Italia"
- Last Shadow Puppets - "My Mistakes Were Made For You"
- Jay -Z - "DOA"
- Little Boots - "Stuck on Repeat"
- As Tall As Lions - "Circles"
- Blur - "Coffee and TV"
- Mars Volta - "Teflon"
- Happy Mondays - "Hallelujah"
- Michael Jackson - "They Don't Care About Us"
- Chris Cornell - "Billie Jean"
- Arcade Fire - "Surf City Eastern Bloc"
- Oasis - "These Swollen Hands"
- Dead Weather - "Hang You From the Heavens"
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Just a week ago I reported that Chris Cornell and the rest of the members of Soundgarden may get back for a reunion. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil shed some more light, sort of, to the idea by saying "People would have to want to. I think more importantly, tending to the merchandising catalog is something that would be satisfying for the band members and for the fans. I never say never ... but I'm not losing too much sleep over it, either." To read Thayil's full interview about the band, a new B-Sides box set that is on its way and the reunion click HERE
Conor Oberst also spoke to Rolling Stone recently about how he is looking to drop his Bright Eyes alter ego. Oberst tells the magazine, "It does feel like it needs to stop at some point. I'd like to clean it up, lock the door, say goodbye." Rumor has it that he is working on his final Bright Eyes record and will continue on after as just plain old Conor Oberst.
Monday, July 20, 2009
"I just need to take a little time to get this in check, and then we'll release the record and play some shows. It's a pain in the neck (sorry had to say it) because I was really looking forward to playing these shows, but the doctors have made it clear that this is not the kind of thing that can be put aside to deal with later."’ - Adam Yauch
“Our thoughts, love and prayers are with Adam Yauch, his family and the Beastie Boys. The most important thing is to allow Adam to focus on staying healthy. We wish him all the best and a speedy recovery.” - EMI
My heart and thoughts are with MCA, Mike D, AdRock, Mix Master Mike and Yauch's family at this time. Get well soon and come back swinging bigger and better than before!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
45 years after a little band from Liverpool you may have herd of call The Beatles played The Ed Sullivan Show, Sir Paul McCartney stopped New York traffic this past Wednesday for a free concert in preparation for his big weekend in Queens at Citi Field. Playing on the Letterman marquee, take a look at what Paul gave New York and recreated Beatlemania!
While Casablancas readies his work, here is a breakdown of what some of the other members of his legendary New York band have done / been up to.
Albert Hammond Jr. (guitar) - Two solo albums and produced rising New York band The Postelles.
Nikolai Fraiture (bass) - One solo record with the band Nickel Eye.
Fabrizio Moretti (drums) - Playing with the band Little Joy
One of my favorite albums of the year has been Brooklyn based band Grizzly Bear's latest Veckatimest, one to definitely check out if you have not. The band hit up Letterman this week to perform the song "Ready, Able" and were backed by a small chamber orchestra. Take a look!
1. “Gonna See My Friend”
2. “Got Some”
3. “The Fixer”
4. “Johnny Guitar”
5. “Just Breathe”
6. “Amongst The Waves”
7. “Unthought Known”
9. “Speed Of Sound”
10. “Force Of Nature”
11. “The End”
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
My Brightest Diamond video for "Inside a Boy" (Above)/ MBD Live at Vinyl in 2007 (Below)
Special thanks again to Shara for this interview!!
Monday, July 13, 2009
It seems a Soundgarden reunion may happen, well sort of. Former Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell spoke to The Washington Post recently about getting back with his old band mates. Cornell told The Post “You never know.” The famed singer and solo artist seems to be very open to the idea after his former band mates did an impromptu reunion sans Cornell last March in Seattle. Cornell then explained to Rolling Stone “I never wanted to be one of those people who tries to predict the future. I don’t want to know what I will be doing two years, five years from now. I want to be open to anything, but nothing has changed in terms of our attitude toward it. It takes somebody to really stand up and say, ‘We should do this, we have to go do this, let’s go do this,’ and so far, no one has raised their hand to do that. Still, it’s not impossible.”
Also speaking to Rolling Stone recently was Incubus front man Brandon Boyd. Boyd gives a great article about the band prepping for a small summer tour and putting together the band's new "Best Of" set Monuments and Melodies. Take a look at the article HERE.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Just a couple weeks ago Bjork released Voltanic, a CD / DVD set of her magnificent 2007 tour in support of Volta. Take a look at the clip above at one of Bjork's first big solo performances at the annual and greatest music festival Glastonbury back from 1994! Here she is performing the lead single off her first solo record, Debut "Human Behavior."
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
New York City rockers The Bravery have come out of hiding. Last week the band gave an update via their website about the new record, "Our long silence has been due to the fact that we’ve been living in an abandoned church in the woods of upstate NY, recording our 3rd album. It’s almost finished; we can’t yet tell you exactly when it will be coming out—when it’s done it’s done. But it won’t be long. The album is being co-produced by Sam and John ‘Rodeo’ Hill; John’s previous work includes the Santogold album and a wide variety of artists including the Maccabees, Amazing Baby, and Shakira." In the meantime the band will hit the road with Green Day to test drive new tracks and get out of hibernation for a bit later on this summer. This will be the band's first album of new material since 2007's The Sun and the Moon.
French band Air have announced the track listing to their new record, Love 2. The album, which is due this fall, is the band's first since 2007's Pocket Symphony. Take a look at the track listing below...
‘Do The Joy’
‘So Light Is Her Footfall’
‘Be A Bee’
‘Missing The Light Of The Day’
‘Sing Sang Sung’
‘Eat My Beat’
‘You Can Tell It To Everybody’
Monday, July 6, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
'United States Of Eurasia (+Collateral Damage)'
'I Belong To You (+Mon Coeur S'Ouvre A Ta Voix)'
'Exogenesis: Symphony Part I (Overture)'
'Exogenesis: Symphony Part II (Cross Pollination)'
'Exogenesis Part III (Redemption)'
Thursday, July 2, 2009
CNN has gotten the exclusive footage of The King of Pop's final rehearsal before his untimely death last week. The clip of Michael Jackson, his band and back up dancer's rehearsing one of my favorite Jackon songs "They Don't Care About Us," and what seems to be a segway into "Jam." The clip was shot at LA's Staples Center on June 23, two days before his passing.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
They also hit deep into their catalogue with songs from their debut, Lafcadio and the self titled. The Lions also touched on crowd favorites such as "Stab City," and "Ghost of Yorke," what was noticeably absent from the bands set list was their breakthrough single "Love, Love, Love (Love, Love)" and the show stopping "Break Blossom." Yet, with so many fantastic songs, they may have been forgotten but not missed. Having seen As Tall As Lions four times now, the true highlight of any Lions show is their performance. The band is a group of perfectionists, Nigro's voice is just pitch perfect, guitarist Sean Fitzgerald has a style that would rival The Edge, yet the most fun is watching bassist Julio Tavarez and drummer Cliff Sarcona play off each other and keeping the rhythm so tight and engaging. Watching Taverez play his bass is like watching feeding time at the zoo, he is an animal on his axe and bringing his Latin fury to the instrument and moving on stage like Michael Jackson, he is a show all in his own.
A great night and a great preview of what is to come with You Can't Take It With You in August, and if the record sounds anything like some of it did last night, As Tall As Lions may have made one of the best albums of the year.