Saturday, February 17, 2018
Taking to Twitter, Maynard James Keenan gave an encouraging update on the long-awaited new Tool album Friday. “Started getting music files from the boys w the word FINAL in the title a few months ago after 11 years of begging,” he wrote. “Words & Melodies 100% DONE on all but 1. Someday we’ll track them. Long way from the finish line, but at least we’re closer.” The band's last album, 10,000 Days, came out in 2006.
Handsome Boy Modeling School, the DJ duo consisting of Dan the Automator and Prince Paul, have reunited after 14 years. The duo performed at a Fashion Week event for Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City this week and Prince Paul spoke to HipHopDX about the reunion and teased a new album from the duo. “It was a very handsome experience,” Prince Paul said of the performance. “The thing about when we had time apart, we now get to talk about our exotic travels, and random helicopters and planes we both bought, and you know, like secret beauty tips. So, nothing has really changed. It becomes a very handsome experience. It’s like we never left. So far, the album is already recorded in our heads. Now, it’s just a matter of physically recording it. We’re trying to determine where we’re going to do it. We’re kind of thinking of going far away to record it, maybe fly to Europe. It has to be a handsome experience. You can’t get more handsome than that. If all goes well — I can’t put a date on it — but if you’ve been waiting the last 13, 14 years, within a 12-month span shouldn’t be too much of a wait. It’s just a matter of the ambience. There is not a time and space for greatness.” The duo's last album was 2003's brilliant, White People.
Noel Gallagher, who is currently on the road supporting his latest album, Who Built The Moon?, spoke to NME this week and said he is already at work on his follow-up record. "I don’t have a guitar in my house for the first time since I was 13, so I’ve been writing songs on the bass. It’s unbelievable. It takes all the emotion out of it and you get more of a groove but I’m loving it so that’s what I’m doing at the moment," he said. "So everything I’m writing at the minute sounds like The Police, The Cure or if The Police and The Cure were in a band together.”
Janelle Monae has announced her new album, her first in five years, called Dirty Computer. She didn't give a release date but issued a trailer, take a look: