Wednesday, March 9, 2011
*[theprp.com] TMZ.com are reporting that former Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr was found dead in a Salt Lake City, Utah home today, March 08th. Starr, who was 44 years old, left the band in 1993 and has had a well documented history with drug addiction.
*[theprp.com] Soundgarden have released a new digital live EP featuring some highlights from their forthcoming “Live On I-5” effort. The EP is currently available for purchase through iTunes. The full-length “Live On I-5” release, which captures a west coast tour the band did back in 1996, will make its way to store shelves on March 22nd. In the meantime, the band have been writing new material for their next album as of late.
*[theprp.com] Junius have been announced as the latest signing to Prosthetic Records. The group are set to begin work on their new full-length outing for the label this spring and had the following to offer on their new deal:
“We’ve been excited about working with Prosthetic since meeting most of the guys in LA on tour last year. We’re grateful that we seem to have good luck in finding people who are equally passionate, motivated and most importantly, believe in what we’re doing enough to commit their time and effort to allow us to continue doing what we love to do. We’re definitely looking forward to some very exciting and interesting years ahead!”
*[SPIN.com] Obits have been around the block, usually in an Econoline van, and they know what they like, tight-jeans rock be damned. There's certainly nothing fashion-forward on their second album, and thank goodness. These indie lifers -- led by ex-Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes frontdude Rick Froberg and Edsel's Sohrab Habibion -- rededicate themselves to the sound of Froberg's gritty yell, backed by a no-bullshit rhythm section, and interlocking, almost clean guitars. The songs are powerfully wiry and declamatory ("You Gotta Lose," "I Want Results"). Pivotal question: "Are you reborn?" Answer: Oh yes.
*[theprp.com] CKY have premiered the acoustic version of their track “Don’t Hold Your Breath” online over at Altpress.com. The song will see an official release on the bands upcoming “B-Sides & Rarities” release, which has been earmarked to arrive in stores on March 22nd through Mighty Loud Entertainment.
*[thebrownnoise.posterous.com] Did you ever have that friend who told you that he would probably listen to the Pixies if they rocked a little harder, or the Smashing Pumpkins if Billy's voice wasn't so nasally and grating? The one friend who you knew could like good music if someone just showed him the right bands? That one friend's gonna love Apteka, and judging by the sounds off their EP, you will too. This scrappy Chicago rock band takes the DIY-values of Pavement, the wide-eyed excitability of Dinosaur Jr. and the frantic, flourished drumming of Keith Moon, tosses it all into a blended, and slathers it with a thick coating of shoegazer fuzz that would make My Bloody Valentine proud. Opener "The Sheet" is a sonic maelstrom of energy blasting through your speakers, all teetering guitar and an ambiance that makes it sound as if it was recorded during the middle of a huge blizzard. When that huge chorus breaks through, it's world-shattering, a defining moment for a band that is up there with the Smith Westerns when it comes to leaders of the Chicago rock scene. Sure, they're not as "cool" as Rise Against, but that hardly matters when you make music that is 10 times as good. When Apteka gets signed, they're gonna be hailed by fans the world over with adjectives such as "inspirational", "heavy", and "life-affirming". These labels had better step up to the plate.
The Sheet by apteka
Posted by Dan Goldin at 12:25 AM