Wednesday, January 12, 2011
*[theprp.com] The planned reissue of Queens Of The Stone Age's self-titled outing which was set to see a release today, January 11th, has been postponed. A newly made tweet on Ipecac‘s official Twitter reads as follows:
“The QOTSA self-titled re-issue has been canceled on our end. Look for an announcement from Rekords Rekords/QOTSA next week”
*A message from Wintersleep... "Happy new year folks! We are busy working on a bunch of new songs... heading into the studio next week... but we are taking the time to hop down to NYC to perform an old favorite of ours on Mr. David Letterman's late show. Tune in this Friday, January 14th on CBS!
In a few weeks, it's over to Europe for UK shows with The Hold Steady (starting Feb. 4th in Southampton) and headline dates in mainland Europe. All shows and ticket information can be found on the tour calendar."
*[rollingstone.com] Can a nostalgia trip also be future shock? Cage the Elephant think so. The Kentucky band's 2009 debut staked out a middle ground between crusty classic sounds — punk, garage, blues — and the digitized sheen of the 21st century, earning the group a rock-radio hit in "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked." Thank You Happy Birthday begins in the same territory: Over the atmospheric fuzz and wobbly funk of "Always Something," singer Matthew Shultz is full of wide-eyed paranoia. "Around the corner/There's always something waiting for ya," he sings in a shriek that owes something to Liam Gallagher and something to a power mower.
Cage the Elephant keep up the high-strung racket for most of Thank You Happy Birthday, zipping through broadsides like "Sell Yourself" and "Indy Kidz," which rails against television and bohemian trendies. Cage the Elephant treat their guitars like percussion instruments, filling the songs with all kinds of clanging, crashing and thudding, and augmenting the clamor with buzzing keyboards. They have a secret weapon, too: pop melody. "Shake Me Down" is all dreamy Beatlesque psychedelia, and in "Rubber Ball," Cage quiet down for a hushed lullaby. Shultz coos, "All I got is nothing but a little bit of love." He's got another thing, actually: one of rock's best young bands.
In other Cage The Elephant news...
*[consequenceofsound.net] January 11th, 2011 will prove an important day in the history of Cage The Elephant. Yesterday, the Kentucky quintet not only celebrated the release of their sophomore album Thank You, Happy Birthday (which hit number one on iTunes), but they also made their second appearance on Letterman. Hell, they even got to play two songs. Below, watch Cage the Elephant tackle their single “Shake Me Down”, and the online bonus performance of “Around My Head” HERE. Both offerings were loud and guitar heavy with moments of synth-provided clarity — basically what we’ve come to expect from the group.
*Royal Bangs have posted the cover art for their brand new album Flux Outside, which can be viewed below. The record will be released on March 29th, 2011...
Posted by Dan Goldin at 10:43 PM