Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Residents of a Blank Planet Get All the Fun

A message from Porcupine Tree...

The Residents of a Blank Planet membership live CDs are now starting to be sent out, and very nice they are too! "Ilosaarirock" is the complete 75 minute performance from the Ilosaarirock festival in Finland in 2007, considered by the band to be one of the best concerts from the Fear of a Blank Planet tour. The recording of the concert has been remixed from the multi-tracks made by national Finnish radio to the usual high standard associated with PT live releases. Although it contains a few familiar favorites, most of the concert consists of tracks from the then recent album, and this is the first time that live versions of the Fear of a Blank Planet songs have been officially released.

Please note that due to a fault with the mastering on the first manufacturing run, a corrected replacement CD is also included inside the packages. Once you have removed the shrink wrap from the digipack, please take out the CD inside and replace with the additional disc included in the paper wallet.

March 2009 Transmission 10.1
1. Intro (2.02)
2. Fear Of A Blank Planet (7.32)
3. Lightbulb Sun (6.04)
4. Open Car (5.59)
5. Anesthetize (17.23)
6. Blackest Eyes (5.18)
7. Way Out of Here (7.43)
8. Sleep Together (8.52)
9. Trains (5.59)
10. Halo (7.20)

Dulli Was For Real

Twilight Singers have posted Greg Dulli's cover of the Doug Sahm song "You Was For Real," from the recently released 'Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm'.

It also features the talents of Amy Farris (Vocals/Violin), Greg Leisz (Pedal Steel), Scott Ford (Bass) and Cully Symington (Drums).

Below is a review of Dulli's contribution by noted LA based writer, Chris Morris. Enjoy.

The most forceful turns come courtesy of musicians who excel at off-road driving. Alejandro Escovedo gives "Too Little Too Late" an overwhelming reading and a sterling original arrangement that frames the song with his trademark rockin' string section. Greg Dulli, of the Twilight Singers and late of the Afghan Whigs, similarly invests "You Was For Real" with rolling thunder, ably abetted by Greg Leisz's steel guitar and Amy Farris' fiddle and vocals.

Radiant Tour Wavering

Dates have been released for Isis' impending North American headlining run, they are as follows:

May 15th San Diego, CA - Casbah
May 16th Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
May 17th Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
May 19th Austin, TX - Emo's
May 20th Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
May 21st Houston, TX - Meridian - Red Room
May 22nd Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
May 23rd Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree
May 25th Orlando, FL - The Social
May 26th Gainesville, FL - Common Grounds
May 27th Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbit's
May 28th Atlanta, GA - The Earl
May 29th Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
May 30th Washington, DC - Black Cat
May 31st Baltimore, MD - Sonar
June 02nd New York, NY - The Filmore at Irving Plaza
June 03rd Philadelphia, PA - TLA
June 04th Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
June 05th Boston, MA - Paradise
June 06th Montreal, QC - The National
June 07th Toronto, ON - Phoenix Theatre
June 09th Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
June 10th Cincinnati, OH - 20th Century Theatre
June 11th Detroit, MI - Small's
June 12th Chicago, IL - The Bottom Lounge
June 15th Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
June 16th Salt Lake City, UT - Club Sound
June 18th Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
June 19th Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
June 20th Seattle, WA - Neumo's
June 22nd San Jose, CA - The Blank Club
June 23rd San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
June 24th Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theatre

The band will be touring in support of their new album "Wavering Radiant" which will see an April 21st release on vinyl and a May 05th release on CD.

Mind the Stream

Big Business have set a May 12th release date through Hydra Head for their new album "Mind The Drift". For now, a stream of the effort, complete with commentary from the band, can be found over at www.mindthedrift.com. In other news, the band have booked the following run with Tweak Bird:

April 22nd Dallas, TX - The Max
April 23rd Austin, TX - Red Seven
April 24th Houston, TX - Warehouse Live-Studio
April 25th Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
April 26th Mobile, AL - Alabama Music Box
April 29th Gainesville, FL - Common Grounds
April 30th Delray Beach, FL - City Limits
May 01st Orlando, FL - The Social
May 02nd Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
May 03rd Atlanta, GA - The Drunken Unicorn
May 05th Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
May 06th Baltimore, MD - The Ottobar
May 07th Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
May 08th Westchester, PA - The Note
May 09th Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
May 10th New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
May 12th Boston, MA - Middle East Downstairs
May 13th Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
May 14th Columbus, OH - The Basement
May 15th Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
May 16th Detroit, MI - Small's
May 17th Chicago, IL - The Bottom Lounge
May 18th Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
May 20th Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
May 21st Salt Lake City, UT - Bar Deluxe
May 22nd Boise, ID - Neurolux
May 23rd Portland, OR - Dante's
May 24th Seattle, WA - Neumo's Crystal Ball Reading Room
May 25th Olympia, WA - The Big Room
May 27th San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
May 28th Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar
June 01st Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
June 02nd San Diego, CA - Casbah

Monday, March 30, 2009

Escape from the Sun

Operahouse have posted the cover for their debut full length Escape From the Sun. The album is due out April 6th.

Wavering Video

New studio footage of Isis in the studio working on their new album "Wavering Radiant" has been made available online HERE. The album itself is scheduled for a May 05th release date via Ipecac. It will be preceded by a 2xLP vinyl release via Ipecac on April 21st.

Make Way for the 'Tones

The Deftones have confirmed some UK festival shows for the summer, so far the band are slated for an August 28th appearance at this years Reading Festival and an August 30th stop at the Leeds Festival.

Grunge Will Never Die...But...

Fifteen years after Kurt Cobain's suicide on April 5th, 1994, comes the authoritative story of grunge. Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History Of Seattle Rock Music (released April 1st, 2009, via ECW Press) by Greg Prato is the definitive story of the Pacific Northwest music scene of the late '80s and early '90s. Never before has a book attempted to examine the scene as a whole.

PEARL JAM bassist Jeff Ament says, "Finally, a book about the early years of our little scene in Seattle. I can't wait to hear all the different perspectives from the people that were actually there, not the so-called experts, who didn't show up until the '90s."

Prato will sign copies of his new book at The Book Revue in Huntington, NY on Wednesday, April 8th at 7 PM (313 New York Ave), and also at Easy Street Records & Cafe in West Seattle on Saturday, April 25th at 6 PM (4559 California Ave SW). These events are free and open to public (for more information, visit www.bookrevue.com and www.easystreetonline.com).

Taking the form of an oral history, Prato's tome contains over 130 original interviews conducted for the book over a three-year period. No outside interviews are included and most of the interviews are published here for the first time.

Some of the original interviews include:

Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam singer
Jeff Ament, Pearl Jam/MOTHER LOVE BONE bassist
Kim Thayil, SOUNDGARDEN guitarist
Susan Silver, Soundgarden/ALICE IN CHAINS' manager, ex-wife of Chris Cornell
Duff McKagan, GUNS N' ROSES bassist
Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney, Alice In Chains guitarist and drummer
Nancy Layne McCallum, mother of late Alice In Chains singer Layne Staley
Mark Arm, MUDHONEY singer
Chad Channing, NIRVANA drummer
Jack Endino, producer Nirvana/Soundgarden/Mudhoney
Charles Peterson, photographer
Bruce Pavitt & Jonathan Poneman, founders Sub Pop Records

Grunge Is Dead begins with a retrospective of the '60s and '70s that explains the rise of the Seattle music scene. Additionally, a large number of previously unpublished photographs appear in color and black and white throughout the book. The result is the complete first-hand history of grunge. Grunge Is Dead will allow rock fans to discover a unique chapter in music history, through the experiences of the people who were actually there.

TOOL and My Bloody Valentine...Together At Last!

Tool, Coldplay, and the Beastie Boys will headline the second annual All Points West Music & Arts Festival, to be held July 31- Aug. 2 at Liberty State Park in New Jersey, just across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan.

Other bands and musicians confirmed for the multi-stage festival include Echo & The Bunnymen, My Bloody Valentine, Vampire Weekend, MGMT, MSTRKRFT, Gogol Bordello, The Black Keys, Fleet Foxes, Neko Case, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Arctic Monkeys. The full lineup was first revealed on local music blog Brooklyn Vegan.

Tickets go on sale April 3. Single day tickets are $89, while three-day passes start at $199. Organizers are offering several lay-away options as well. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Friends of Liberty State Park, which is working to make environmentally friendly improvements to the venue.

All Points West is produced by Goldenvoice, producers of California's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, in tandem with AEG Live. The producers have promised to improve the festival layout and transportation options from the first year, including adding additional ferry service at a reduced price from Manhattan, free rides on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail trains for festival ticket holders, and larger concession areas with shorter lines at the concert. Full festival details are available at www.apwfestival.com.

The full three day 2009 All Points West lineup is:

Friday, July 31: Beastie Boys, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend, The National, Fleet Foxes, MSTRKRFT, Q-Tip, The Pharcyde, Organized Konfusion, The Knux, Ra Ra Riot, Seasick Steve, Telepathe, Shearwater, Heartless Bastards, Flying Lotus, College Humor Live, Arj Barker, Eugene Mirman and Bo Burnham.

Saturday, August 1: Tool, My Bloody Valentine, Gogol Bordello, Arctic Monkeys, Neko Case, The Ting Tings, Yelle, Crystal Castles, St. Vincent, Tokyo Police Club, The Cool Kids, Kool Keith, Cage the Elephant, Chairlift, White Rabbits, Electric Touch, The Postelles, Black Gold, College Humor Live, Tim & Eric, Judah Friedlander and Jim Jeffries.

Sunday, August 2: Coldplay, Echo & The Bunnymen, MGMT, The Black Keys, Elbow, Silversun Pickups, Mogwai, We Are Scientists, Ghostland Observatory, The Gaslight Anthem, Etienne De Crecy, Lykke Li, Akron/Family, Steel Train, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, College Humor Live, Janeane Garofalo, Michael Showalter and Todd Barry.

Wolfmother Come Back Round

Wolfmother is back from the dead with a new lineup and a new album coming out soon. Head to the link HERE to download a new song called "Back Round" for free.

[musicradar.com] When Australian retro rockers Wolfmother effectively split last summer, mainman Andrew Stockdale (the one with the afro) vowed to hire new hands and continue under the hairy moniker. He has…

The previous threesome is now a foursome: Stockdale himself, Aidan Nemeth, Ian Peres and Resin Dogs' drummer Dave Atkins, and they're giving away brand new track Back Round as a free download.

We've heard it, and (perhaps inconceivably) it's even more psychedelic than before. Back Round's guitar and vocal still borrow heavily from Jack White, but you'll have a hard time not head-banging while listening.

Wolfmother request that, "in lieu of payment for the rollicking new Wolfmother track, please show your appreciation and compassion by donating to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009."

O'Death are A'wesome

O'Death - Broken Hymns, Limbs, & Skin, released 2008 (Kemado)

[allmusic.com] Broken Hymns, Limbs and Skin isn't as sloppy or uncontained as O'Death's national debut, Head Home, which isn't a bad thing. The playing is tighter and more polished, but they haven't lost any of their manic energy, and in fact this outing is, if anything, even more energetic than Head Home. "Legs to Sin" is as frenetic as anything they've ever done, with Bob Pycior's fiddling driving the band into a frenzy. Greg Jamie's vocals are still almost incomprehensible, and just listening to the track leaves you panting for breath. "A Light That Does Not Dim" shows off the band's punkier side, a supersonic stomper with all the instruments going full-bore, driven again by Pycior's fiddling. "Ratscars" sounds like a sea shanty composed on a Jet Ski; it brings to mind the Pogues jamming with Wall of Voodoo. "Lean-To" is a frenzied babe-I-gotta-leave-you tune, an out-of-control folk-rock number with Jamie delivering a vocal from the edge of a nervous breakdown. But most of Broken Hymns, Limbs and Skin is taken at a slower pace, allowing the bandmembers to show off the range of their musical skills. "Mountain Shifts" is a fractured waltz sung by the survivor of an avalanche, with funereal passages interspersed with wild Gypsy fiddling and a boozy shouted chorus. "Home" starts slow and quiet, then grows louder and more intense, full of frightening images of impending death as the singer looks for a resting place where birds won't peck out his dead eyes. "Crawl Through Snow" is the portrait of a man freezing to death — it alternates between a sparse ghostly banjo and fiddle verse and a shuddering, noisy, Gypsy-flavored frenzy. Jamie's shrieking vocals are full of despair and anger. As the album title implies, the band flirts throughout with death, darkness, and perdition, while churning out an unholy noise that might truly wake the dead.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Cryptomnesia and Octahedron

The Mars Volta will release their forthcoming album, Octahedron, in June via Universal Republic.

meanwhile... El Grupo Nuevo De Omar Rodriguez-Lopez have posted a second trailer for their upcoming May 5th album, "Cryptomnesia".

Friday, March 27, 2009

Old Man Carver's

The track listing has been revealed for CKY's new album "Carver City", which will see a May 19th release date through Roadrunner. Here's how it runs:

01 - "Hellions On Parade"
02 - "...And She Never Returned"
03 - "Rats In The Infirmary"
04 - "Imaginary Threats"
05 - "The Boardwalk Body"
06 - "Plagued By Images"
07 - "Karmaworks"
08 - "Woe Is Me"
09 - "A#1 Roller Rager"
10 - "Old Carver's Bones"
11 - "The Era Of An End"

A special edition of the release is also expected to be released with the following bonus tracks included:

"Fisherman's Wharf, Part One"
"Fisherman's Wharf, Part Two"
"Doubled Up On Trauma"
"Stripped Your Speech"

A single for the track "A#1 Roller Rager" will be digitally released overseas on May 04th.

Wavering Tour Dates

Isis' upcoming headlining run continues to take shape, dates revealed thus far include:

May 15th San Diego, CA - Casbah
May 19th Austin, TX - Emo's
May 20th Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
May 21st Houston, TX - Meridian
May 22nd Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
May 25th Orlando, FL - The Social
May 26th Atlanta, GA - The Earl
May 30th Washington, DC - Black Cat
May 31st Baltimore, MD - Sonar
June 09th Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
June 12th Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge

A full schedule is expected to be announced shortly. The band will be touring in support of their new album "Wavering Radiant", which will arrive in stores on May 05th via Ipecac.

It Aint Over Til Its Over

Lenny Kravitz' debut record Let Love Rule will be reissued in a two-disc 20th anniversary edition, available April 21. The expanded version will include rare demos, b-sides and a previously unreleased live concert recorded in Boston in March of 1990 for WBCN.


[Pitchfork.com] Tentacle-armed Hella drummer Zach Hill is an absolute technical beast and a serious stage presence, so it probably shouldn't surprise anyone to learn that he is a very capable guy. But five albums in one year? Plus touring? Plus more Hella action around the corner? That is ridiculous. Indie rock drummers, you are officially put on notice. Zach Hill is on his grind, and he's probably willing to replace you if the rest of your band decides they don't like you.

We already reported that Hill had teamed up with Prefuse main man Guillermo Scott Herren to form the duo Diamond Watch Wrists, whose pretty-good-so-far debut Ice Capped at Both Ends is due via Warp on May 5. We also reported that Hill is beating up drums for the Mars Volta's Omar Rodriguez-Lopez in el Grupo Nuevo de Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, whose first album, Cryptomnesia, will also come out May 5 on Rodriguez-Lopez's new label Rodriguez-Lopez Productions. That's two albums in one day! Ice Capped at Both Ends and Cryptomnesia are Zach Hill's Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II.

But those two albums make up less than half of Hill's planned 2009 output. Next up: Bygones, Hill's new duo with Nick Reinhart, guitarist for hyperactive Californian math-rockers Tera Melos. Sargent House will release By-, the first Bygones album, on June 23. (I guess the second album will be called Gones.)

Here's the cover, featuring Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors. It is making me want lunch:

Later this summer, Porter plans to release Aggressively Humble, the debut from Hill's new trio CHLL PLL. The other members of the group: Zac Nelson of Prints and Hexlove, and Zachariah Dellorto Blackwell of Danava. Clearly, this band should've been called the Zack Attack, but I guess that was taken.

Finally, Hill will somehow find time later this year to record Face Tat, his second solo album. Scott Herren will produce and co-write, and Hill expects to have it out by the end of the year, because he is a crazy man.

Hella, now back down to a duo after adding more members on recent albums, will also release an album sometime early in 2010. I don't know why they don't just go ahead and drop that one this year as well.

Also on Hill's itinerary: A solo set at the Breeders-curated All Tomorrows Parties weekend in May, a Diamond Watch Wrists U.S. tour in July, and a Bygones tour in late summer and early fall. Hill will probably also drum for Marnie Stern on her forthcoming European dates. Yikes. At this rate, Hill's probably going to need to clone himself like Michael Keaton in Multiplicity pretty soon.

Bygones and CHLL PLL tracklists:

Bygones' By:

01 Cold Reading
02 Click on That (Smash the Plastic Death)
03 Not What It Is But What It's Not
04 Nu Cringe
05 Fool Evolved
06 Spray You With Yr Own Trip
07 Expelled
08 Up the Shakes
09 Ex-People
10 Error

CHLL PLL's Aggressively Humble:

01 Dick Moves
02 Pass Out
03 The Basement of Madison Square Garden
04 She Owns
05 Now, Then and When
06 Tales From the Crypt
07 Hello Woman Hello Man
08 Hold This Hand of Rowdy Light
10 Aggressively Humble

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Mile High with Tool

The time for uncontrable excitement is here, TOOL dates have began appearing! Tool has been announced as the Saturday night headliner at the Mile High Music Festival this summer in Denver. This looks to be one of many summer tour dates by Tool, who have not played a live show since late 2007. That's right, it's been 470 days since the last glorious Tool concert, but they have graced us with an out of cycle tour!! Check the Tour page for all the info. Here we go again ...

Into The Free MP3

Click HERE (right click; save as to download!!!) to listen/download a new Into The Presence song, "Lovers" off their upcoming self titled debut record, coming April 28th on Razor & Tie.

This track is a great preview of the fantastic debut album from Tim Alexander (Primus), Luis Carlos Maldonado and special guests Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle) and Ana Lenchantin. A full album review is on the way, but until then enjoy this FREE download, and be sure to check out their Myspace page.

Imagine There's No Dredg

The tentative track listing has been revealed for dredg's upcoming new album "The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion", here's how it runs:

01 - "Pariah"
02 - "Drunk Slide"
03 - "Ireland"
04 - "Stamp Of Origin: Pessimistic"
05 - "Lightswitch"
06 - "Gathering Pebbles"
07 - "Information"
08 - "Stamp Of Origin: Ocean Meets Bay"
09 - "Saviour"
10 - "R U O K ?"
11 - "I Don't Know"
12 - "Mourning This Morning"
13 - "Stamp Of Origin: Take A Look Around"
14 - "Long Days and Vague Clues"
15 - "Cartoon Showroom"
16 - "Quotes"
17 - "Down To The Cellar"
18 - "Stamp Of Origin: Horizon"

The effort is scheduled for a June 09th release date through the bands own Ohlone Recordings. According to the press release for the record, it is inspired in part by Salman Rushdie's essay "Imagine There's No Heaven: A Letter to the 6 Billionth Citizen" and sees the band 'capture the madness of the modern world, particularly its battles over religion and science, within a musical missive to the future.' As previously reported, an mp3 of a new track from it by the name of "Saviour" can be found online HERE. (Right click, save as)

Help Wanted and Blind Dogs

Satellite Tragedy have posted yet another great new demo on their myspace page. Be sure to check out the brand new "Help Wanted/Apply Within" HERE!! The song comes from the long list of extraordinary demo tracks for their upcoming sophomore album. If you haven't picked up their debut "New Beautiful" yet, don't hesitate to purchase it, you wont be dissapointed!

Ridd Sorenson, Satellite Tragedy's vocalist/guitar/synth player is also showcasing some of his other influences with his new project Blind Dog Sky. You can check out their mixture of blues, country, folk and pop influenced indie rock HERE!!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Comanding Attention!

Filter mag have posted their review of Jane's Addiction's SXSW set...

South By Southwest is usually all about being discovered; in many ways I saw a discovery of my own, in the form of Jane’s Addiction. Playboy and C3 gave the lucky audience a show for the ages as well as some eye candy with past and present Playboy Playmates strutting and mingling with the crowd. With the Sixth street area of downtown Austin saturated with capacity venues hosting some of music’s elite or soon to be elite, the scene for me shifted to an old abandoned supermarket where the most exclusive party of SXSW was being held.

With an opening set by up-and-comer Kenan Bell, the special invite-only audience began to settle in. Then came Bassnectar whose bass-thumping dj set sparked the energy from the crowd. who was waiting in anticipation of the not-so-secret headliner. The party itself had no revealed the headliner, but the buzz all week was that it was Jane’s Addiction that was going to perform.

After nearly a seventeen-year absence, Jane’s Addiction took to the stage as if it were circa 1990 Los Angeles all over again. Lead singer Perry Farrell commanded the stage as he strutted and danced, while Dave Navarro nailed all his familiar solos. Reunited bassist Eric Avery gave us that his signature bass line while Stephen Perkins blasted through his usual drum sound. Only a few in the business past and present have the persona to command the stage like Farrell (Jagger, Morrison, Bono to name a few). Sitting within hands reach of the stage it was an experience I will never forget. Jane’s Addiction will be touring with Nine Inch Nails as part of the NIN/JA tour this Summer.

3 Days
Ain’t No Right
Ocean Size

Grunge for the Addicts

ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell will appear in a supergroup alongside JANE'S ADDICTION frontman Perry Farrell, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's Tom Morello, MC5's Wayne Kramer, Don Was, and Billy Bragg to perform at the Road Recovery benefit concert at Nokia Theater in New York City on May 1. The event is in honor of Wayne Kramer and benefits Road Recovery, an organization dedicated to helping young people battle addiction.

For more information, visit www.roadrecovery.org.

Stop Bullshitting Cornell

Rock Daily spotted some reports about a near Soundgarden reunion last night in Seattle at one of Tom Morello’s Justice Tour stops. RS Reader Chris Senn writes in with an eyewitness account of what went down at the Crocodile Cafe after the MC5’s Wayne Kramer, Morello’s Nightwatchmen, Steve Earle and Morello’s new Street Sweeper had taken their turns onstage:

“Of course, with Tom Morello and Wayne Kramer in the building it’s a given the audience is in for some kind of incarnation of ‘Kick Out the Jams.’ For lead vocals they brought out Mark Arm, lead singer of Mudhoney while Morello and Kramer faced off in a guitar duel front and center stage. Shortly after this an additional guitarist showed up quietly, playing at the side of the stage. Although it’s been over a decade since Soundgarden broke up and his signature beard is now gray, there’s no mistaking Kim Thayil!

When Thayil was playing I could see Matt Cameron peeking around the backstage curtain. That’s when it was obvious something was up because Cameron wasn’t announced on the bill. After the song they were playing at the time ended, whatever it was, Tom Morello had the announcement those at the Croc had been waiting for.

‘I haven’t been this fucking excited about something in a long time,’ Morello exclaimed, almost bubbling over with joy, ‘It’s like I won some type of contest or something.’ Then came the introduction: Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd, Matt Cameron and Tad Doyle as Tadgarden!!

The Soundgarden bandmates, playing for the first time together since the band broke up in 1997, didn’t take long to hit a groove. Tad Doyle, a veteran of the Seattle scene with a voice as rough as he looks and the size of about two Matt Camerons, screamed at the top of his lungs while bounding around the stage with reckless abandon. Their way too short three song set rocked nonetheless. They tore through ‘Nothing to Say,’ and Morello joined them on ‘Spoonman.’ Kim Thayil displayed his signature guitar licks as if no time had passed. They finished with an energetic version of ‘Hunted Down.’ Then they were gone.”

Cage the US

Cage The Elephant have announced dates for the US tour!! Most dates are on sale now, stay tuned for more dates soon:

Apr 13 2009 Berbati’s Pan/Portland, Oregon
Apr 15 2009 Cafe Du Nord/San Francisco, California
Apr 17 2009 Coachella @ Empire Polo Field/Indio, California
Apr 18 2009 House of Blues/San Diego, California
Apr 19 2009 Modified Arts/Phoenix, Arizona
Apr 19 2009 Marquis/Denver, Colorado
Apr 24 2009 Subterranean/Chicago, Illinois
Apr 25 2009 Cambridge Room @ House of Blues/Cleveland, Ohio
Apr 28 2009 The Note/West Chester, Pennsylvania
Apr 29 2009 9:30 Club/Washington DC
Apr 30 2009 Jerky’s/Providence, Rhode Island
May 2 2009 Bamboozle/East Rutherford, New Jersey

Hendrix - Live from His Living Room

A quarter-inch tape of Jimi Hendrix acoustic demos is to be auction in April.

The 14 songs - of Jimi and a single acoustic guitar - are demos that Hendrix made in 1968 in advance of recording his third album, Electric Ladyland. A few tracks include an unknown second musician playing harmonica.

One of the tracks is a demo of the Bob Dylan song "Tears Of Rage", which did not feature on Electric Ladyland. Instead, Hendrix covered Dylan's "All Along The Watchtower".

"This tape shows his very sensitive, creative side," says Ted Owen, the CEO of rock memorabilia site Fame Bureau, which will auction the tapes. "The wild man of rock is not there at all."

Hendrix himself gave the tape to his neighbor, Carl Niekirk, as a thank you for lending him some milk and sugar. Niekirk then gave the tape to his sister, who sold it for a nominal fee 10 years ago to Mark Sutherland and Paul Jackson, who run east London's Cafe Music Studios, reports The Independent.

After years of wrangling with Experience Hendrix, the company running the guitarist's estate, the tape is finally available to sell. Fame Bureau estimates it will fetch between £50,000 and £100,000.

The news comes days after Experience Hendrix's Janie Hendrix revealed they have "10 years" of unreleased Hendrix material in their vaults.

Get it Together Fellas!

Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell fears the group's "awkward" reunion could be short lived if the bandmates can't bury past differences and get on with making music.

Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro, drummer Stephen Perkins and bassist Eric Avery came together to receive a lifetime achievement award at the inaugural NME Awards USA last year, and performed at the event. That led to reunion talks, low-key shows and eventually plans to tour with Nine Inch Nails this summer.

But the singer insists the reunion is far from harmonious.

After performing with his band in a former supermarket at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas last week, Farrell told Rolling Stone magazine, "It's (reunion) very awkward. I have seen Eric maybe two times in 18 years very briefly, one time we almost got into a fistfight.

"We're all getting to know each other now to see if we've all changed for the better, if we can like each other and find common ground and ways to do things that will be successful together."

Chickenfoot Gets Release Date

CHICKENFOOT - the band which features former VAN HALEN singer Sammy Hagar, guitarist JOE SATRIANI, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer Chad Smith - have announced the global release of their debut album Chickenfoot. The album will be released by earMUSIC in Germany on June 5th and in the UK on Monday June 8th. The album will be released by Best Buy in the US on Sunday, June 7th.

Chickenfoot tracklisting: 'Avenida Revolution', 'Soap On A Rope', 'Sexy Little Thing', 'Oh Yeah', 'Runnin' Out', 'Get It Up', 'Down the Drain', 'My Kinda Girl', 'Learning to Fall', 'Turnin' Left', 'Future In The Past'.

The tracks 'Soap On A Rope' and 'Down the Drain' are streaming at www.myspace.com/thechickenfoot.

Check out a new band biography HERE

Farm Monsters Kick Ass!

Dinosaur Jr has released the incredible cover art for their upcoming album "Farm" due out June 23rd.

Freese Unleashed

Josh Freese has released his new solo album "Since 1979". You can buy a copy of the album, stream the entire thing for FREE, download a FREE copy of the single, and order so much more...HERE!! Here's what he had to say about it...

"So, I'm happy to report that my 2nd record (SINCE 1972) is finally about to come out. I've been waiting for this day for a while now. It's a great feeling to have stopped procrastinating, made the time to finish it, realized I was just going to put it out myself and (with the help of some great friends) got it done and now finally releasing it!

It's liberating and scary doing something like this on your own, especially when you're not sure how big your audience is and who is going to care. It's also liberating and scary realizing that possibly very few may care or buy the damn thing! I'm just relieved that I completed it, took the measures to get it out and now it can be available for anyone that may want to hear it. All I can hope for is someone to buy the $7 digital download or $15 CD/DVD and I make back some of the $$ I spent making it over the past few years.

I'm not expecting to sell any of those ridiculously priced packages but I sure did get a lot of good press and attention to the fact that I'm putting out a record because of it! Mission accomplished. We'll see what happens.

AND if someone does pay to take my station wagon or have me join their band or go to PF Changs with 'em...... well then, we'll do it! It's a prank that isn't a prank. Make sense? Like... it's for real but I'll be surprised if anyone buys any of the real expensive ones, ya know? I'll keep ya posted on which ones sell and you better believe that I'll film all that stuff and end up editing together something to release on the internet.

Any-hoo, to those who purchase a copy of SINCE 1972 "thank you and I hope you like it."

Thank You Gentlemen!

It is with great great happiness that I announce...TOOL are touring this summer!! While it doesn't fit into the usual touring cycle/schedule, there is literally nothing I'd rather do this summer. Here's what their official website had to say...

"I'm sure many of you have heard of an upcoming summer tour. Although I can't announce any specific dates yet (as the bulk of the dates haven't been confirmed), once they are finalized and official, we'll be sure to announce them on the site. So... be on the lookout for these dates to be posted soon, and get ready for live Tool this summer."

Marquis of Vaudeville: The Album

The music of Marquis of Vaudeville is NOW available for purchase through iTunes as well as Amazon.

There are quite a few songs that will NOT be available for very long, and will not be on our debut effort so get them now before they’re gone..

Please do pass this info along and introduce someone new to the music of Marquis of Vaudeville.

~Draw spirals and stars upon the little box marked June 20th of your 2009 calendars Dear Friends for the unveiling spectacle & soiree of Marquis of Vaudeville will be the only thing you’ll want to witness~

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Puppets Sewn to the Road

Meat Puppets have announced details of a US tour to support the release of their brand new album

The dates will kick off in Los Angeles on May 12 and will wrap up June 20 at The Parish in Austin, TX.

‘Sewn Together’ was recorded at The Saltmine in Phoenix, AZ and will be released on May 12 on Megaforce Records.

The dates are:

Los Angeles, CA The Mint (May 12)
Louisville, KY Waterfront Park (27)
St Louis, MO Blueberry Hill (28)
Madison, WI High Noon (29)
Chicago, IL Schubas (30, 31)
Radio Radio - Indianapolis, IN (June 2)
Columbus, OH The Summit (3)
Detroit, MI Magic Stick (4)
Pittsburgh, PA Mr Smalls (5)
Cleveland, OH Grog Shop (6)
Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place (7)
Burlington, VT Higher Ground (9)
Boston, MA Paradise (June 10)
New York, NY Mercury Lounge (11, 12)
Washington, DC Rock n Roll Hotel (13)
Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle (14)
Atlanta, GA The Earl (16)
Nashville, TN Exit/In (17)
Dallas, TX Cambridge Room (19)
Austin, TX The Parish (20)

Maynard Sure is Funny

Erin Broadley of LA Weekly reports: "Maynard James Keenan is a man of many pursuits: musician, vintner, and as it turns out, cop. The latter I discovered the hard way when Sheriff Keenan arrested me for trespassing after I tracked him down for an interview about PUSCIFER's upcoming performances at Club Nokia, April 4 and 5. Luckily he took time to answer a few questions before locking me up. (Yes, I managed to post bail, thanks to Randall Roberts.) When asked about whether or not PUSCIFER's cabaret show breaks the mold of a typical rock concert, Keenan replied, "It doesn't, really. We lied about all that. However, GG Allin possibly will materialize long enough to re-kill himself for our entertainment."

Watch the exclusive video below for more question-and-answer insight into PUSCIFER's Club Nokia performances.

Love and Deftones

Sacramento's DEFTONES will be the featured guests on this Wednesday's (March 25) edition of the nationally syndicated "Loveline" radio show with hosts Stryker and Dr. Drew Pinsky.

For more information, visit LovelineShow.com.

DEFTONES will be joined by bassist Sergio Vega (ex-QUICKSAND) for the band's April 5 appearance at the Bamboozle Left festival at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, California.

DEFTONES bassist Chi Cheng remains in a coma following a November car accident. He was gravely injured in a November 3 car crash in northern California and has not regained consciousness since.

The band said in an early February 2009 statement: "With the announcement of our appearance on Bamboozle, we felt like its time to address some things. First, Chi. Our fallen comrade has not made significant progress as of late, but continues to fight on from his accident. Doctors are working feverishly to return our brother to us, and we continue to hold out hope and faith that Chi returns to the life he has waiting for him and can join us on stage once again.

"For everyone that knows Chi, knows that he never wanted down time. Chi always wanted to keep working and never slow down, which is why we feel confident in returning to the stage at Bamboozle in April. Chi would want it, and we want to make sure we're keeping his legacy alive.

"Back in 1999, Chi had to leave the band for a brief moment and our close friend Sergio Vega filled in to keep the train moving. 10 years later, Sergio is going to step in once again while Chi is down. Sergio is family to us, and had received Chi's blessing before, so without a doubt we know that if Chi could tell us now, he would give us his blessing again.

"In the meantime, we continue work on our record, and as for Bamboozle, we felt like we needed to poke our heads up for a quick breath before we buckle down and get this record finished... So we'll see you all in Irvine."

Cheng is 38 years old and is a poet as well as a musician. He released a CD of his poetry called "The Bamboo Parachute" in 2000.

Cheng has been a member of DEFTONES since its formation in 1988. The band released its debut disc, "Adrenaline", in 1995 and scored a platinum record with 2000's "White Pony".

Let This Be True!!!

Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune reports that TOOL and THE KILLERS are expected to fill out the headlining slots for the fifth annual Lollapalooza festival, set to take place August 7-9 at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois. Also scheduled to appear are the BEASTIE BOYS, DEPECHE MODE and JANE'S ADDICTION, plus KINGS OF LEON.

Brad Angle of Guitar World magazine recently conducted an interview with TOOL guitarist Adam Jones. When asked how the songwriting process for the band's new album was coming along, Jones replied, "It's been coming along... great! [laughs] No, we've been on hiatus. I'm writing and [bassist] Justin [Chancellor]'s been writing, but [frontman] Maynard [James Keenan] has been working on his wine. We've all just been taking some time away from each other, which has been nice. I've also been working on producing some comics."

TOOL has been on break from touring and writing since early 2008, following nearly two years of supporting their most recent studio album, 2006's "10,000 Days", which marked its first set of new material since 2001's "Lateralus".

In December, Maynard James Keenan revealed that he had been working with A PERFECT CIRCLE guitarist Billy Howerdel on new material for a possible new release. When asked about releasing the material or touring, he stated, "I doubt if we'll do any touring or, you know, do a full album," he said. "We might do some one-off shows here and there if the timing's right and it seems like a good vibe and a smart thing to do. But most likely we'll just kind of concentrate on, you know, one or two songs at a time, rather than investing all the time and money and effort into making those plastic discs that no one cares about anymore."

Get on the Farm

If you are somehow not convinced that Dinosaur Jr. have still got it after 2007's better-than-anyone-expected comeback LP, Beyond, I implore you to watch this in-studio take on the new song "I Don't Wanna Go There" recently recorded for Pitchfork TV. Everything's there-- the Mascis solo, the Barlow mud-fuzz bass, Murph's uncannily perfect crash cymbal work. The song, along with 11 others, will make up the trio's new record, entitled Farm and due out June 23 on new label Jagjaguwar.

It will feature long songs, big guitar, and a few quiet moments, according to the press release. It's another Dinosaur Jr. record. But since nobody else can do what they do, there's nothing wrong with "another Dinosaur Jr. record."

The album was produced by Mascis at his Bisquiteen studio-- watch our behind-the-scenes look at the band making Farm HERE. They head out on a U.S. tour April 1. Bring your earplugs.


01 Pieces
02 I Want You to Know
03 Ocean in the Way
04 Plans
05 Your Weather
06 Over It
07 Friends
08 Said The People
09 There's No Here
10 See You
11 I Don't Wanna Go There
12 Imagination Blind

Monday, March 23, 2009

(Damn) You Need To Get This

(Damn) This Desert Air are giving their excellent debut EP away for FREE DOWNLOAD via their myspace page, located HERE!!

"For those of you that reside in the Digital Age---We've decided to create a FREE Download of our 2007 EP, if you visit us on our Myspace website. Might as well get it direct from us, with full artwork included, so we know you're getting untampered with files.

Visit our MySpace page "About (Damn) This Desert Air" section...you can't miss it.
Click the "FREE FREE" image
• Go to the link, type in the "capatcha" scrambled text, top right on the page and the file should be on your computer shortly after.

Enjoy this addition to your portable Mp3 players while we finish up our next batch of songs...& we'll be back out on the stage shortly.

Thank You.
~ (Damn) This Desert Air ~

Old Man Young

Earlier this year, we got a not-so-subtle taste of Neil Young's upcoming album Fork In The Road. The video of the title track had Young singing while waving around an apple with earphones stuck in it.

Young has now released not one but two additional videos from the new record, and they're a study in contrasts both visually and musically.

Cough Up The Bucks
The first, called Cough Up The Bucks, is a comical look at a corporate raider in the last throes. Young, dressed in power suit and riding in the back of a ridiculously long stretch limo, reads the Wall Street Journal while singing/talking into his Blackberry and checking stock reports on his laptop.

"Where did all the money go/ where did all the cash flow/ cough up the bucks, cough up the bucks," Young demands over a throbbing, distorted guitar-driven beat.

Neil Young - Cough Up The Bucks

Light A Candle
On a different note entirely, the acoustic ballad Light A Candle is as beautiful and elegiac as anything Neil Young has ever done before. The video features Young's wife, Pegi, holding a candle in the window of the RV behind him as he sings, "Instead of cursing the darkness/ light a candle for where we're going/ there's something ahead worth looking for."

Neil Young - Light A Candle

If these songs are indications of the depth and range of Fork In The Road (due 7 April), we can't wait to hear the finished set.

Clutch Your Enthusiasm

The upcoming reissue of Clutch's "Slow Hole To China: Rare And Re-Released" will now land in stores on April 28th via the bands own Weathermaker Music label. The new version of the outing will sport 3 additional tracks ("King Of Arizona", "Hale Bopp Blues" and "Ship Of Gold (West Virginia)") not found on the original release. Here's how the track listing looks:

01 - "King Of Arizona"
02 - "Slow Hole To China"
03 - "Nickel Dime"
04 - "Sea Of Destruction"
05 - "Oregon"
06 - "Easy Breeze"
07 - "Hale Bopp Blues"
08 - "Four Lords"
09 - "Rising Son"
10 - "Guild of Mute Assassins"
11 - "Willie Nelson"
12 - "Equinox" (John Coltrane cover)
13 - "Hoodoo Operator"
14 - "Day Of The Jackalope"
15 - "Ship Of Gold (West Virginia)"

As previously reported, Clutch will enter the studio on March 20th to begin recording their new album with producer J. Robbins (Clutch, Shiner) for a June 30th release date through Weathermarker Music. Meanwhile, in addition to their recently announced May North American tour with Wino and Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster, the band also plan to spend June in Europe taking part in both the festival circuit and a headlining tour. A schedule for the latter trek has yet to be announced.

Jane's Don't Stop

Video footage of the original lineup of JANE'S ADDICTION performing the song "Stop!" during the its "surprise" set last Thursday night (March 19) at C3 and Playboy's "Rock the Rabbit" show at the old Safeway in Austin, Texas as part of this year's SXSW (South by Southwest) can be viewed below.

Guitarist Dave Navarro wrote on his web site, "It was the first time we have had the opportunity to spread out a bit on a larger stage and we played to about 1,000 people, our fullest house yet. We started the set with 'Three Days' and took it from there."

He added, "I have to say that I am very lucky and honored to be playing with such a great and diverse group of players. Everyone was on form the other night. [Eric] Avery [bass] stomping around keeping the solid rolling bottom, Perk [drummer Stephen Perkins] unyielding as always, and Perry [Farrell, vocals], the ultimate showman, captivating as ever."

JANE'S ADDICTION released two new studio tracks online this past Friday (March 20) via Ninja2009.com, the tour site for the forthcoming co-headlining tour with NINE INCH NAILS. The two studio cuts available for free download are "Chip Away" and "Whores", both songs that fans will recognize from 1987's self-titled live release (released on the independent XXX label).

Commented Navarro: "The thinking [behind releasing the new recordings was] that we wanted to give our longtime listeners something to celebrate the tour and 'Whores' has always been one of the tracks that defined JANE'S early on. The XXX version, while full of attitude and captures the time it was done, lacked some of that complete sonic 'turn it up in the car while driving fast' quality... even though we did!"

He continued, "We recorded the songs with Trent [Reznor of NINE INCH NAILS] as he seemed a perfect fit for us. We are, after all, going on tour together. He did an amazing job working with us, which isn't always easy! He brought an updated take on the songs while insisting on staying true to the JANE'S raw sound of the time. Now, for the first time, these multi-tracks are available for download so you can do mixes and tweak the songs anyway you want."

Dont Miss This!

All The Saints have posted their video for "Sheffield" from their debut album "Fire on Corridor X"...

All the Saints "Sheffield"

The Crackers Return

Cracker's brand new album "Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey" will be arriving on May 5th! Their record label has a pretty good preview on their website, with samples of each song on the album!! Follow the link: http://www.429records.com/sites/429records/429details/d_cracker.asp

Backstage with Hendrix

Guardian.co.uk is reporting:

Candid, "reality TV"-style footage of JIMI HENDRIX at home, backstage and "hanging out" will soon be released, according to the late musician's sister.

The footage dates from 1969, when a camera crew followed Hendrix for a month, catching him both on and off stage. The Hendrix estate will release the footage in a DVD later this year, as part of a new deal with Universal Music Publishing Group.

Universal is taking over from Sony/ATV Music Publishing, who have represented Hendrix outside of the USA since 1998. Experience Hendrix, a company run by the late guitarist's sister, Janie Hendrix, continues to represent his music within the US.

Experience Hendrix have "10 more years of Hendrix music" in their archives, according to Janie. "Currently I am in the studio transferring tapes of Band of Gypsys performances that have never been released before," she said, referring to Hendrix's final band. The company plans to release at least two albums this year, and a Jimi Hendrix Experience concert DVD of the band's Royal Albert Hall gig in February 1969.

Hendrix's albums remain popular, with about 1.2 million albums selling each year.

Things Are Getting Heavy

Isis' new track "20 Minutes / 40 Years" has been posted online HERE. The bands new album "Wavering Radiant" will arrive in stores on May 05th via Ipecac. In addition, the band will kick off a U.S. trek on May 15th in San Diego, CA through to June 25th with as-yet unannounced openers. A full schedule will be announced next week, while the following dates have slipped out for now:

May 15th San Diego, CA - Casbah
May 20th Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
May 21st Houston, TX - Meridian
May 26th Atlanta, GA - The Earl
May 31st Baltimore, MD - Sonar

Here's a note from the band regarding there happenings...

"The days seem to be flying by as we approach the release of our 5th studio album "Wavering Radiant." We've all been doing our thing, trying to get in some personal time before we all get into vans, or planes, and start our world tour. The first leg of touring will be here in the USA, we'll have the dates up in the next week or so. We can say that the tour will start May 14th in San Diego, and end somewhere around June 25th in Los Angeles. So that leaves plenty of time in between to cover most of the US and Canada. It's been a while since we've done a proper US tour so we're really excited!

We've posted a song "20 Minutes / 40 Years" from "Wavering Radiant" on the Myspace music player. We feel this song is a good representation of the record. Our friend Matt Santoro is working on a video for this song which will be completed around the time of the records release. This is also the song we showcased on the ATP tour we did back in December. We hope you enjoy it. There's lots of "ear candy" in this one, so be sure to listen on some headphones - or, better yet, wait until the vinyl is released for full sonic enjoyment. (Some news about the European vinyl release on Conspiracy Records can found at http://conspiracyrecords.blogspot.com)

Speaking of showcase, we will be heading to Japan next month to play a Daymare records celebration. We'll be sharing the stage with some great bands like SUNN 0))), BORIS, ENVY, and GROWING. It will be great to get back over to Japan and see Tadashi, Nambu San, Jumbo, and the rest of the crew as well as playing some of our new record live.

There's an interview HERE with Aaron Turner on MTV's Headbangers Blog talking about "Wavering Radiant" and his label, Hydra Head Records.

There is now an official ISIS YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/ClearingTheEye) which we will be updating from time to time.

There's also a new (and useful) unofficial ISIS message board called "Swarm Relocation." Check it out.

The gears are starting to turn again and there will be more exciting news and update / surprises coming to this site as well as our new official site that is being constructed as we speak. Thanks for all the kind and enthusiastic emails from all of you concerning our upcoming release and tour plans. We're excited to start the next cycle and see some old faces and places.

Chin Chin!"


Saturday, March 21, 2009

Perro & The Duke

An update from the world of Sucioperro...

Hey folks,

some news & updates for y'all.

We have added a whole bunch of songs to our MySpace player, including one from our new album 'Pain Agency'. Please stop by and check it out! Thank you for all the messages and comments recently, we are trying to reply to everyone - it's much appreciated.

Our next single, 'Don't Change (What You Can't Understand)', will be released in April as a download only, and is also accompanied by two free songs.
'Pain Agency' will follow shortly after, and some of you have been asking about the tracklisting - suffice to say, we will be revealing more shortly! Our April/May album tour has also had another addition:

16 MAY Lincoln Library Bar

We're still confirming shows for the tour, so if we're not yet playing near you, keep checking the website and MySpace for more info - we will have extra dates up soon.

We're also playing another couple of festivals come the summer:

4 JULY Electric Bay Festival, Lunan Bay (near Montrose)
5 JULY Perth Music Festival, The Ice Factory, Perth

As with the tour, we are busy booking more summer shows, so keep your ears to the ground and your eyes on our page - we'll have more soon!

Judging from the response, a whole lot of you really enjoyed the recent Marmaduke Duke shows - if you've not had quite enough of them yet, they are featured in this weeks' issues of both Kerrang! (including what could be the first ever Marmaduke Duke poster!) and the NME. Those of you in London, Loud And Quiet magazine's current issue also features their first ever split cover with The Dragon and The Atmosphere.

The Observer Music Monthly have also posted an online interview with the guys, which you can watch HERE.

The Duke's new single 'Rubber Lover' is Edith Bowman's single of the week next week on Radio 1, and should set you up nicely for the album 'Duke Pandemonium', which is out on May 4th.

More soon...

Sucioperro x

Rising Phoenix

A reminder about Crippled Black Phoenix's upcoming tour...

"OK, don't forget, CBP will be touring the U.S. & Canada along with Ascent Of Everest. Post this everywhere and send it to your so-called friends.

2 Apr - Beat Kitchen, Chicago IL
3 Apr - Magic Stick, Detroit MI
4 Apr - Ravari Room, Columbus OH
5 Apr - Thirty First Street Pub, Pittsburgh PA
7 Apr - Great Scott, Boston MA
8 Apr - Soundlab, Buffalo NY
9 Apr - Sneaky Dee’s, Toronto ON
10 Apr - Casbah Lounge, Hamilton, ON
11 Apr - Katacombes, Montreal QC
12 Apr - Mercury Lounge, New York
13 Apr - TBC, New Jersey
14 Apr - Kung Foo Corner, Philadelphia CA
15 Apr - Talking Head, Baltimore MD
16 Apr - Soapbox Laundro-Lounge, Wilmington NC
17 Apr - Music Farm, Charleston SC
18 Apr - 529, Atlanta, GA
19 Apr - TBC, Nashville, TN

P.S... If there's any tattoo artists out there who would be free around any of these dates, let me know through our profile."


The New Regime Tap Dances

The New Regime have released their live video for "Tap Dancing in a Minefield" off their debut release "Coup"...

Tap Dancing In A Minefield (LIVE) - The New Regime

The Sound of Chickenfoot

[musicradar.com] Chickenfoot - the much-talked-about band featuring Joe Satriani, Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith - are streaming two songs from their upcoming debut album.

Available on both the official Chickenfoot website and the band's MySpace page, the songs are called Soap On A Rope and Down The Drain.

MusicRadar podcast coming soon

MusicRadar was treated to a special advance preview of the album recently and will give you a full review in the coming weeks. In addition, keep checking back with us for an exclusive podcast interview with Chickenfoot - a no-holds-barred, riotous affair, we assure you.

In the meantime, crank up the tunes and let us know what you think.

**I just listened, and while I'm by no means a Sammy Hagar fan, it's not half bad. The musicianship is definetly great. Funky rhythm section and Satriani is tearing it up on guitar as can be expected.

Claypool's Musical Scrotum

Over the course of music history, artists have described their work in many different ways.

Jim Morrison once said, "If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it's to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel." Frank Zappa famously referred to each of his guitar solos as 'air sculptures.' Miles Davis was quoted as saying, "I'll play it first and tell you what it is later."

And in 2006, the eccentric lead singer and bassist of Primus, Les Claypool, described the song "Lust Stings" as the scrotum of his first solo album "Of Whales and Woe."

"I think it depends on how you look at the scrotum -- if it's a positive or vile attribute," Claypool says, down the line from a tour stop in Minneapolis. "For 'Lust Stings' it meant that was the song with the most testosterone on 'Of Whales and Woe.'"

With the recent release of his second solo album, "Of Fungi and Foe," it seems the search for the scrotum has begun all over again.

"Which song contains the most testosterone on 'Of Fungi and Foe?' Claypool said. "It would probably be 'Bite Out of Life' because there was a lot of it flying around the room when that song was being created. Granted, it was mixed with alcohol, but as we all know alcohol and testosterone are a lethal combination."

The booze-fuelled recording session in question came when lead singer of the Gypsy punk-rock band Gogol Bordello, Eugene Hutz, stopped by Claypool's home studio.

"He came to stay at my house and we had a pretty wild evening of song and vodka," Claypool said. "The next day we thought, 'Gosh, wouldn't it be fun to go in the studio.' At first it was quite painful because we were both hung over, but then 'hair of the dog' prevailed and we started recording a bunch of nonsense.

"'Bite Out of Life' was one of the nuggets from that recording session."

The majority of "Of Fungi and Foe" came from scores Claypool composed for the Nintendo Wii video game "Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars" and the independent horror flick "Pig Hunt."

No stranger to soundtracks -- having supplied the theme songs for both "South Park" and "Robot Chicken" -- Claypool decided to expand the tracks into a whole album.

"It's a little moodier than my previous stuff," he said. "The foundation for the album is a little more dark and creepy than some of the stuff I've done recently."

In support of the new album, Claypool has set out on the road for the Oddity Faire, a mini-tour with a variety of other musicians, as well as circus and sideshow performers. The only Canadian stop is Tues., Mar. 24 at the Guvernment in Toronto.

"It's kind of like a slice of Burning Man and a slice of Barnum & Bailey all travelling around," Claypool said. "So it's a freak show for the freaks, by the freaks.

"Being that I keep getting dubbed the oddball of my industry, I wanted to put together a collection of like-minded folks who have a similar approach to their music and performance into one evening. If I could have seen The Residents, Captain Beefheart, Devo, Tom Waits and Public Image Ltd. all in one evening back in the day, I would have been very excited."

UMG Acquires Hendrix Catalog

Universal Music Publishing Group has become the exclusive administrator of the JIMI HENDRIX Hendrix catalog throughout the world outside the United States.

The five-year agreement covers all commercial opportunities, including synchronization licensing for motion pictures, TV, advertising and other media.

Universal Music Publishing replaces Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which had administered the Hendrix catalog outside the United States since 1998. The U.S. publishing rights will continue to be handled by Experience Hendrix, the Seattle company formed in 1995 by the guitarist's late father, James "Al" Hendrix, and now headed by Jimi Hendrix's sister Janie Hendrix, who is president/CEO.

"Janie has done an amazing job of keeping the music and Hendrix's legacy alive," said Universal Music Publishing chairman/CEO David Renzer. "They have a great reissue program in place and they are doing a great job of protecting his legacy."

"Overall, it was a wonderful deal they offered us," Hendrix said. "Everything has to come through me for approval." She added that she will ensure that any new opportunities "uphold the standard of the music."

The Hendrix catalog - which includes such songs as 'Purple Haze', 'Crosstown Traffic' and 'Voodoo Child' - remains a perennial strong seller. In the United States, the catalog sells about a half-million copies annually, putting worldwide sales at 1.2 million, Billboard estimates. Song downloads of the artist's music grew from 800,000 in the United States in 2007 to 915,000 last year, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

"Artists gravitate to his songs," Renzer said. "He has been covered by everyone from ERIC CLAPTON to JOHN MAYER."

Meanwhile, the artist's recording catalog appears poised to continue expanding, with Hendrix noting that Experience Hendrix has "10 more years of Hendrix music" in the vaults.

Read more HERE.

Nirvana Gets Vinyl Treatment

The bulk of Nirvana's catalog is set for a high-fidelity do-over this year as the Original Recordings Group (ORG) prepares to release "Nevermind," "In Utero," and "MTV Unplugged" on 180-gram, audiophile quality vinyl for the first time ever. All three records will be released in 2009, with "Nevermind" coming first, says Monti Olson, a senior VP of Universal Music Publishing Group/Interscope Records and founder of ORG, who will announce the deal at South By Southwest tomorrow (March 21).

"Bernie Grubman remastered the recordings specifically for us," Olson said. "To our knowledge this is the first time "Unplugged" has ever come out on vinyl. They might have done a limited promotional thing but I dobut it."

Olson, who started ORG in 2006 with his own money as a "groovy little vinyl imprint," had to pitch Universal to give him the rights to the storied Nirvana catalog. "We spoke to Mike Davis at UME who we do a lot of business with and he thought it was a great idea," he said. "Ultimately [Nirvana's management] Michael Meisel and John Silva approved it. We had worked with them on Beck's "Odelay Deluxe" project and they thought we were the right company to do something this special."

"Bleach," Nirvana's first album, is currently being manufactured for vinyl release by Sub Pop.

ORG has the North American rights to the vinyl releases, and sell them through a variety of one-stops and online retailers. The vinyl business, according to Olson, is growing. "We have some new accounts that are experimenting with vinyl, like Best Buy. I don't know how strong their initiative is, but they've alotted a little bit of floor space for vinyl.

"But the bulk of the vinyl in the retail space goes through independent stores - the Amoebas and the Waterloos of the world that have always been in the vinyl business. But what's happening is more and more people are coming in with a curiosity about buying record albums."

ORG originally began with old jazz and classical reissues, but last year launched a "Classic Alternative" division with the Beck and a TV on the Radio release. "We're going to be releasing a lot of classic alternative music from the 80s and 90s on 180 gram vinyl. Stuff that's more obscure and more popular. We're in negotiation with quite a few of those artists," he said.

"They're the best sounding records on the market," Olson says with the excitement of a true plastic fanatic. "We spend $15 per LP on manufacturing. That's an enormous expense, but it shows in the final product, it shows by our sales, it shows by our growing customer base."

Friday, March 20, 2009

Trent Does Something Awesome...Anyone Shocked?

A new six track EP featuring previously unreleased music from Nine Inch Nails, Jane's Addiction and Street Sweeper has been made available online for free HERE (sign-up required.) The outing has been released in conjunction with the trio's upcoming tour together.

Jane's Addiction is releasing two new studio tracks online today (March 20) via Ninja2009.com, the tour site for the forthcoming co-headlining tour with Nine Inch Nails. The two studio cuts available for free download are "Chip Away" and "Whores," both songs that fans will recognize from 1987's self-titled live release.

"Just to get some creative juice flowing- we went into the studio for about two weeks," Perry Farrell tells Billboard.com. "We had the idea to re-record two tunes, just because they'd never been done officially in the studio. And we had some fun writing some new things. A handful that are close to finished, but not quite done. But there's no rush to put anything out at this point."

Trent Reznor and Alan Moulder were acting as producers for the new cuts. But can fans expect a new record? "I don't think so," Farrell says. "For me, the idea is to introduce one or two songs into this touring cycle along with the ones everybody loves and knows."

The spark that ignited the reformation of the original four members of Jane's Addiction started in 2008 at the NME Awards. "We had a good time together and the music sounded good," drummer Stephen Perkins says.

Not only is the band gearing up for a hefty summer tour, the rarities box set "A Cabinet of Curiosities" is due April 21 via Rhino. The set includes three CDs and a DVD, featuring "Soul Kiss," a documentary on the group and Farrell's movie "The Gift. "I supplied a lot of music to Warner Bros," Perkins says. "A lot of the stuff has never been heard before."

"It's a really nice, fetishy object," Farrell adds. Perkins has also taken some bootleg material and remastered it. "There's some rough sounding stuff, sonically," guitarist Dave Navarro adds. "But it's worth a listen. I have old versions of Zeppelin recordings at home that I don't necessarily throw into rotation all the time, but I like it."

Jane's Addiction gave SXSW attendees as taste of their reformation in the wee hours of Friday morning, ripping through a 55-minute set that drew entirely from the first phase of its career – appropriate since orginal bassist Eric Avery has returned to the fold after a 17-year break.

Playing at a capacity-plus private party sponsored by Playboy and C3 Presents (with Playmates strolling around sporting ears and cottontails), the quartet served up a 10-song sampling, despite problems with one of the sound board cables that briefly threatened to derail the show. Once it was fixed, however, Jane's started with an epic rendition of "Three Days," with frontman Perry Farrell dancing like a dervish while Mohawked drummer Stephen Perkins pounded out the rhythm and Dave Navarro, shirtless and fedoraed, laced solos into the dynamic arrangement. Farrell peeled his jacket and scarf off during "Ain't No Right," ending the song with his arms raised in a triumphant V, then led into "Whores" by telling the crowd it was "lovely to see all you whores out there. How was your day?"

The set drew entirely from 1988's "Nothing's Shocking" and 1990's 1990's "Ritual de lo Habitual," mixing "hit" fare such as "Been Caught Stealing" (for which Farrell donned a pair of shades), "Mountain Song" and "Ocean Size" (but no "Jane Says") with deeper but still well-received songs such as "Standing in the Shower Thinking," the reggae-flavored "Ted, Just Admit It…" and the leaden final encore "Stop."

Visual evidence suggested that any of Jane's well-chronicled rancor has been allayed again; the group members were interactive and clearly enjoying themselves, and Farrell – who's slated to perform a SXSW club show on Saturday night -- finished the night with an arm slung around Navarro's shoulders.