Archive for November, 2009

Damon Albarn Confirms Third Gorillaz Album

November 30th, 2009

The primary brain behind the Gorillaz, Damon Albarn, has confirmed there will be a third album coming soon.  In a interview with the Guardian, Albarn also revealed that Plastic Beach will feature guest performances by Lou Reed, Snoop Dogg, Bobbt Womack, Barry Gibb, Mos Def, and the Horrors. Read more…

By Gretchen Meier Posted in News

Fans Can Own NIN Gear

November 30th, 2009

Announced via their website, fans can now own Nine Inch Nail’s tour equipment by purchasing it on Ebay.  As they no longer need the hundreds of guitars, keyboards, amplifiers, drums, staging, anvil cases, cables, rack/outboard gear, guitar effects, and pefal board, they are selling it online. Read more…

By Gretchen Meier Posted in News

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Beat The Devil’s Tattoo

November 30th, 2009

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will be dropping their fifth studio album, Beat The Devil’s Tattoo on March 9, 2010, but this time, they are doing hings a little different this time.  Not only with the LP be released on their own, new label Abstract Dragon (in collaboration with Vagrant Records), but features their new drummer, Leah Shapiro, and a return to Philly to write the record with finishing studio touches completed in Los Angeles. Read more…

By Gretchen Meier Posted in News

The Rakes – Klang

November 30th, 2009

The Rakes - Klang

Last Call For London

Possessing that distinctly English sound, Klang, The Rakes’ final album before their recent demise, shuffles out the seemingly usual twangy guitar on 10 upbeat pop tracks. Much like Bloc Party and Franz Ferdinand, The Rakes take on three-minute post-punk shines like a pretty penny tossed in a sea of overspent dimes. Klang indulges in its own unabashed aggression. Read more…

By Terence Calacsan Posted in Reviews

The Slew – 100%

November 26th, 2009


Spinning ’70s Rock into Turntable Gold

In 1996, DJ Shadow dumped a bucket of freezing cold water over the shoulders of hip hop with a record of turntablism for the ages. Entroducing… changed the game. We may have been slapped in the face by the Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique, Afrika Bambaataa, Kraftwerk or even De La Soul, but pure sampling and scratching had never sounded this funky. Chinese-Canadian Eric San is the scratch-master behind Kid Koala and half of the brains behind his brand new project The Slew. What Shadow did, San took to a similarly scratched and pasted place in 2000 with Kid Koala’s brilliant Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Seven years later, he and Dylan Frombach (aka Dynomite D) were asked to soundtrack a documentary about the Seattle psychedelic blues rock band by the same name. They were so inspired by their recording sessions with the legendary Mario Caldato Jr. that they are taking The Slew and running with it on 100%. Read more…

By Bill Chenevert Posted in Reviews , ,

U2 Headline Glastonbury for Festival’s 40th Anniversary

November 25th, 2009

Although U2 has been rumored to headline the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts since the 1980s, it has been confirmed they will be performing at the 2010 event.   They to perform on Friday, June 25th, though the festival runs from Wednesday, June 23-Sunday, June 27th, 2010.  U2’s performance may be announced, but the rest of the line-up has not been confirmed.

By Gretchen Meier Posted in News

South By Southwest Bands Announced

November 25th, 2009

With the caveat that this list is “absolutely subject to change,” SXSW has announced over 200 bands that are set to appear for the 2010 event in Austin, TX.  Read more…

By Gretchen Meier Posted in News

Massive Attack Set to Release Fifth Studio Album

November 25th, 2009

Massive Attack are set to release their highly anticipated fifth studio album, Heligoland, on February 9 next year on EMI’s Virgin Records. The trip-hop duo gave fans a preview of the new material last month with their first release of new material in three years, a four song EP entitled Splitting The Atom. Read more…

By Ashley Campbell Posted in News, Top Story , , , , , , ,

The Black Heart Procession – Six

November 25th, 2009


The Black Heart Regression

The Black Heart Procession’s first album in three years returns to their trend of numeric album titles. The fan anticipated Six also hails the return of their distinctive gloom-and-doom downtempo style. Dark and a little eerie, Six emerges just in time for Halloween and the advent of Autumn.

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By Ryan Stabile Posted in Reviews

Off With Their Heads: An Interview with A Place to Bury Strangers’ Oliver Ackermann

November 24th, 2009

A Place to Bury Strangers - 26You’ve got to hand one thing to A Place to Bury Strangers—they don’t believe in subtlety. Already the self-proclaimed “loudest band in New York,” the group went into their sophomore album Exploding Head intending to make the “craziest, most f*cked-up recording ever,” in the words of frontman Oliver Ackermann. Indeed, as their new album’s title suggests, the band who once wanted to fix the gash in your head are ready to tear open a new one, and have been doing just that during their ear-shattering recent tour. That didn’t stop Ackermann from taking a time out to let MXDWN pick his brain on what went into making said heads explode, their current musical tastes, and exactly how they manage to get through the tour without destroying every piece of equipment they have. Read more…

By Robert Huff Posted in Features