Archive for October, 2008

Hank III – Damn Right, Rebel Proud

October 31st, 2008

Right Back Into Hell

Following his most stunning album to date (2006’s double-disc Straight to Hell) Hank Williams III delivers another raucous tribute to the outlaw tradition, Damn Right, Rebel Proud. Minus excellent experiments like those found on the second disc of Straight to Hell, Damn Right, Rebel Proud is otherwise loaded with concise tunes that astonishingly feel familiar well beyond their years, like timeless classics on a favorite jukebox. Read more…

By Raymond Flotat Posted in Reviews

The Beatles: The Video Game

October 30th, 2008

Harmonix, the name responsible for the launch of the massively successful Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises have struck an exclusive deal with the folks at Apple Corps Ltd. regarding the development of an interactive music game solely based on the music of The Beatles. The game has no title or release date, but here’s what’s known so far:

–The game will not be apart of the Rock Band franchise.

–The game will take players on a journey through the career and music of the legendary Liverpool quartet combining new types of interactive gameplay with imagery of the band.

–The music will come from the master recordings of the band’s UK releases without remastering and Giles Martin will serve as the music producer. Surviving members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr as well as Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison will also be involved in the game’s creative vision.

–A 4th quarter 2009 release is the initial plan.

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By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Mastodon Will Crack the Skye

October 30th, 2008

Atlanta face-melters Mastodon have emerged from the studio with details of their 4th album, Crack the Skye. Recorded in their hometown with super producer Brendan O’Brien (Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC, Rage Against the Machine), this effort will be comprised of 7 tracks and 50 minutes of music. Everything on this outing will center around a four-part epic titled “The Czar,” a song exploring the album’s Czarist Russia theme.

Crack the Skye is set for release in early 2009. Shortly after it hits the shelves the band will hit the road. Tour dates can be found here.

Here’s the tracklisting for Crack the Skye

The Czar
(I) Usurper
(II) Escape
(III) Martyr
(IV) Spiral
Ghost of Karelia
Crack The Skye
The Last Baron Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

The Hives Sued for Plagiarism

October 29th, 2008

The Hives are being sued for allegedly plagiarizing another songwriter’s riff on the track, “Tick Tick Boom.”

Songwriter Jason Shapiro told L.A. Weekly that he enlisted the help of a musicologist to compare his track, “Why You?” with The Hives’ number.

“He [the musicologist] said the part in question – the main riff and vocal melody – was very similar and its uniqueness led him to believe it wasn’t just a coincidence” says Shapiro.

Developing. Read more…

By Tim Kelly Posted in News

M83 Announce Vinyl Releases/Tour Dates

October 29th, 2008

Mute Records will release the M83 catalog in its entirety on vinyl on November 25.

M83 also announces an upcoming November/December tour – sharing some stages with Kings of Leon.

Dates are as follows:
11/11 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
11/12 Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
11/13 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
11/14 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
11/15 Philadelphia, PA @ Starlite Ballroom
11/16 Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street Nightclub
11/18 Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
11/19 Montreal, QC @ Studio Juste Pour Rire
11/20 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
11/21 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
11/22 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
11/25 Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
11/26 Vancouver, BC @ Richards On Richards
11/27 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
11/28 San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
11/29 Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater
12/1 Brighton, UK @ Brighton Centre with Kings of Leon
12/2 Nottingham, UK @ Trent FM Arena with Kings of Leon
12/4 Newcastle, UK @ Metro Arena with Kings of Leon
12/5 Sheffield, UK @ Sheffield Arena with Kings of Leon
12/7 Glasgow, UK @ SECC with Kings of Leon
12/8 Liverpool, UK @ Echo Arena with Kings of Leon
12/10 Birmingham, UK @ NIA with Kings of Leon
12/11 London @ The O2 Arena with Kings of Leon
12/14 Bournemouth, UK @ BIC
12/16 Manchester, UK @ Evenings News Arena with Kings of Leon
12/17 Cardiff, UK @ International Arena with Kings of Leon
12/19 Dublin, IRELAND @ O2 with Kings of Leon
12/20 Belfast @ Odyssey Arena with Kings of Leon
12/22 London, UK @ Wembley with Kings of Leon Read more…

By Tim Kelly Posted in News

Gnarls Barkley – The Odd Couple

October 23rd, 2008

Couple Counseling

Felix and Oscar have nothing on Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse, as the latter showcase their true eccentricities as Gnarls Barkley on their sophomore album The Odd Couple. Coming off an accomplished debut, the duo questionably resist the urge to focus on anything positively pertaining to success. Instead, the lyrics reveal a story of heartbreak despite production that is populated with the handclaps and cymbals reminiscent of Motown’s merry groups.

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By Brad Ludwick Posted in Reviews

Gnarls Barkley to Drop EP

October 22nd, 2008

Gnarls Barkley announce the release of a new 6 song EP that features four versions of the song “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul” from the band’s record The Odd Couple.

Other songs featured on the EP are a new number titled “Mystery Man” and a live version of “Neighbors.”

The EP will hit stores on November 11. Read more…

By Tim Kelly Posted in News

Chinese Democracy Looks More Likely to See the Light of Day

October 22nd, 2008

17 years after the simultaneous release of Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II, following several confirmations and push-backs, Guns N’ Roses looks as close as it ever has to actually releasing the oft-fabled Chinese Democracy. The band and Best Buy have officially announced that the album will be available November 23 on CD, digital download and vinyl (w/ free digital download option).

For those itching for taste, “Chinese Democracy,” the album’s title track and first official single hit the airwaves today, “Shackler’s Revenge” is a playable song on Rock Band 2 and “If the World” can be heard during the closing credits of the Ridley Scott-directed Body of Lies.
br> Chinese Democracy can now be pre-ordered here. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Nas – Untitled

October 19th, 2008

Hip Hop is Dead?

Partially leaving his campaign against the state of hip hop in Hip Hop Is Dead, Nas bears the weight of a messenger yet again with his controversial untitled ninth album. The album subtly combines elements of political consciousness, pop cultural commentary, and the personal struggle and hardships of the African-American experience. Read more…

By Terence Calacsan Posted in Reviews

Jamaican Legend Alton Ellis Dead at 70

October 17th, 2008

Easily one of the truly golden voices of Bluebeat, Ska, Rocksteady and Roots Reggae, Alton Ellis has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 70.

Rising out of the extremely fertile musical landscape that was Coxone Dodd’s Studio One sound imprint, Ellis, backed by the harmonies of The Flames, recorded several songs that became Jamaican music standards like “Cry Tough,” “Girl I’ve Got A Date,” “All My Tears (Come Rolling)” and “Ready Rocksteady.”

Alto Ellis is survived by his sister and 15 Children. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News