Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Monday, February 7, 2011

Another Break-Up: Gorillaz?

February is supposed to be the month of friendship and love. But, judging by the number of bands calling it quits (The White Stripes, etc.), that's not the case this year.

Unfortunately for Gorillaz fans, the heavy rumors that the band is breaking up have turned out to be true. People reports that the Damon Albarn’s cartoon band Gorillaz has cut the chord.

It looks like Albarn and his Gorillaz bandmate Jamie Hewlett, both 42, has a few fights and just couldn’t patch things up. Hewlett was frustrated with how much time Albarn was spending on other projects (um, Blur?) and "less than impressed with Jamie’s party lifestyle."

Gorillaz first got together in 1998 and hit it big with the single, "Clint Eastwood." They went onto release three studio albums and selling units in the millions.

At the moment, Albarn is working with Blur.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Happy Grunge Day: Pearl Jam To Reissue 'Vs.' And 'Vitalogy'

Eddie Vedder and the guys are keeping fans busy this year. After all, it's the 20th anniversary of Pearl Jam, so lots of celebrating is in order.

First, there was the live album, "Live on Ten Legs," which dropped on Jan. 18. Then, the announcement that Pearl Jam is toying with the idea of putting on their own music festival somewhere in middle America this summer. And now, the band is re-releasing its legendary 1993 and 1994 albums, "Vs." and "Vitalogy," in four expanded editions on March 29. Preorders are available via Pearl Jam's official website.

All editions will feature the original albums remastered, plus some b-sides and bonus tracks. Both will be available in vinyl ($19.98-$24.98) or CD ($9.98).

Each album will also be released in new commemorative, vinyl editions on April 12, in commemoration of Record Store Day 2011 (April 16).

Sad Sounds: The White Stripes Split

According to Jack White's Third Man Records website, the The Detroit rock duo The White Stripes has announced that its officially breaking up. As expected, fans are posting a bevy of feedback on the band's official Facebook page.

Here's the full statement:

The White Stripes would like to announce that today, February 2nd, 2011, their band has officially ended and will make no further new recordings or perform live.

The reason is not due to artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue, nor any health issues as both Meg and Jack are feeling fine and in good health.

It is for a myriad of reasons, but mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way.

Meg and Jack want to thank every one of their fans and admirers for the incredible support they have given through the 13 plus years of The White Stripes' intense and incredible career.

Third Man Record will continue to put out unreleased live and studio recordings from The White Stripes in their Vault subscription record club, as well as through regular channels.

Both Meg and Jack hope this decision isn't met with sorrow by their fans but that it is seen as a positive move done out of respect for the art and music that the band has created. It is also done with the utmost respect to those fans who've shared in those creations, with their feelings considered greatly.

With that in mind the band have this to say:

"The White Stripes do not belong to Meg and Jack anymore. The White Stripes belong to you now and you can do with it whatever you want. The beauty of art and music is that it can last forever if people want it to. Thank you for sharing this experience. Your involvement will never be lost on us and we are truly grateful."

Meg and Jack White
The White Stripes

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Album Tease: Foo Fighters Announce April 12 Release For New Album

The Foo Fighters have finally announced a release date for their forthcoming 7th studio album, and the LP, which is still untitled, will be out April 12. Judging by last weekend's Santa Barbara performance, we're probably looking at an 11-song tracklist.

In the meantime, Dave Grohl and the guys have released another album teaser: a 39-second snipped of "Miss the Misery." Hear it via or by clicking the Soundcloud player, below.

Teaser 2 by Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters tentative tracklist:

1. Bridge Burning
2. Rope
3. Dear Rosemary
4. White Limo
5. Arlandria
6. These Days
7. Back & Forth
8. Matter of Time
9. Miss the Misery
10. I Shoulda Know
11. Walk
(Photo by Thomas Rabsch.)

Monday, January 31, 2011

Album Of The Week: RED's 'Until We Have Faces' No. 1 On iTunes Rock Chart

Red makes fierce hard rock, with a silver lining

The guys of hard rock band RED drop their new album, “Until We Have Faces,” Tuesday, Feb. 1, and the buzz is heavy. In fact, the album just hit No. 1 on the iTunes Rock Chart, for all genres of rock.

The follow-up to their Grammy-nominated “End of Silence” and “Innocence & Instinct” albums, the new album, produced by Rob Graves, pulls no punches and shows a much heavier, more mature Red.

RED first got together in Nashville in the mid-2000s. After taking a few years to write and record a demo, the band generated enough fans and online hype to get label interest and inked to Sony.

At the heart of RED’s music is a deep, guttural faith. Band members are Christians, but it’s hard to tell from the heavy, fierce tracks, packed with lurching riffs and angst-fueled vocals.

Themes are universal: fear, anger, loneliness.

"Until We Have Faces" touches on "finding your identity." Still, the guys keep it ambiguous.

“Keeping certain things ambiguous is always a priority for us,” guitarist Jasen Rauch said, chatting with Audio Ink Radio. “Not that we want to mask what we are talking about, but we want the songs to allow room for growth in the listener.

“People come up to us and say our song ‘Pieces’ got them out of depression or stopped them from killing themselves. But then, someone else will say they wanted that song played at their wedding. Those are two very different perspectives.”

In the end, camp RED --- which includes Rauch, Michael Barnes (vocals) and brothers Randy (bass, piano) and Anthony (guitar) Armstrong --- is all about staying connected with the fans.

“Being close to our fans is something we always wanted,” Rauch said.

Here's a teaser for the new album, via Youtube:

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Video: Foo Fighters Debut New Songs

Finally! No more 28-second teasers from Dave Grohl and the guys. The Foo Fighters played a surprise show at the 300-capacity Velvet Jones nightclub in Santa Barbara last night (announced last-minute on Twitter) and played their entire forthcoming album- all 11 tracks.

Check out the video and set list from the Foo Fighters' show, below.


(New tracks)

Bridge Burning
Dear Rosemary
White Limo
These Days
Back & Forth
Matter of Time
Miss the Misery
I Shoulda Know

(The rest of the set)

All My Life
Times Like These
My Hero
Learn to Fly
Up in Arms
Big Me
Enough Space
Hey JP
I’ll Stick Around
This is a Call