September 17, 2013
Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley’s latest solo album, “Anomaly”, will be made available as a 2-LP vinyl set featuring two new limited-edition colors on October 1 via Brookvale Records. Only 750 units of each color are being manufactured. Pressed at the prestigious Gotta Groove Records, “Anomaly” in opaque blue or green/black swirl is available now for pre-order: $27.99 each or $50.00 for both colors. Last year, Brookvale’s limited-edition “Anomaly” 2-LP in silver marble sold out very quickly, and the label expects these new colors to do the same. Frehley told Billboard.com in a 2009 interview that he intended “Anomaly” to “kind of pick up where I left off with my first solo album” — 1978’s “Ace Frehley”. [...]
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July 23, 2013
By Jennifer Odell / Pop Spy
2 Chainz’s tummy is a temple, and as you may have guessed from peeking at his healthy food photo-packed Instagram and Twitter, he treats it as such. Now, the Atlanta-born rapper wants to teach his fans to be equally health-conscious when it comes what they eat. That’s why “Based on a True Story II: Me Time,” 2 Chainz’s forthcoming album, will include a cookbook.
“So with this cookbook I’m going to have probably about 14-15 meals, how many ever songs it is,” he told Power 105 listeners last week during a chat with DJ Self. The pair also discussed where, nationally, one might find the Benihana garlic butter that gets multiple shout-outs in 2Chainz’s hit, “Crack.” (Hint: Head for the ATL.) [...]
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July 18, 2013
By Gary Graff / Rolling Stone
Courtney Love is coming back — with a new album, a book, a solo tour and even an appearance in a Fall Out Boy video.
Love, who’s jettisoned the Hole name for her latest concerts, tells Billboard that she has “eight recorded songs right now” for an album, tentatively titled “Died Blonde,” that she hopes to release in early 2014. Prior to that Love plans to release a double A-sided single featuring the songs “California” and “Wedding Day” to coincide with the publication of an as-yet-untitled memoir in time for the December holidays. [...]
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July 8, 2013
By Alex Young / Consequence Of Sound
Mudhoney will follow the lead of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and head to the top one of the country’s tallest buildings. As Examiner reports and the band’s Twitter account confirms, the Seattle grunge rockers will kick off the 25th anniversary celebration of their record label, Sub Pop, by performing atop the Space Needle on July 11th. For context, the building stands 605 feet off the ground. [...]
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March 7, 2013
By Ken Tucker / NPR
The cover of David Bowie’s new album The Next Day is actually the cover of Bowie’s 1977 album Heroes, with a white square placed over the singer’s face. It’s a brilliantly simple yet shrewd piece of appropriated art, a gesture announcing that Bowie will not try to break with his past, but instead will transmute it, refract it and, if he’s lucky, deepen it. Because depth is something David Bowie has usually, often wisely, resisted. In taking on, over the decades, different costumes and guises — Ziggy Stardust, the Thin White Duke — and in gliding across the surface of genres such as glam rock, hard rock and disco, Bowie has proven a surprisingly durable artist. He’s someone whose best songs allow him to make emotional, even moving music without becoming maudlin or melodramatic or, heaven forbid, sentimental.
The song “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” proceeds from the title pun to suggest that stars — celebrities — haunt the lives of us ordinary folk, and that they’re as jealous of our lives as some of us are of theirs. The video for the song, co-starring Bowie and Tilda Swinton, finds them playing a happily aging couple who shop for groceries and chuckle unironically at TV sitcoms, even as their mundane activities are observed by young, glamorous people literally dying for such contentment. The music of “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” is all guitar- and drum-driven urgency, with Bowie yelling with deliberate hoarseness over the instruments, his voice a metaphor for the exhausted dread contained in the lyric. [...]
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February 25, 2013
From The Daily Swarm
Squirrel Thing Recordings, the label behind the mysterious lost recordings of Connie Converse, is proud to announce the release of Molly Drake—a self-titled collection of never-before-heard songs recorded in the 1950’s at the Drake family home, and lovingly restored by Nick Drake’s engineer John Wood. According to Joe Boyd, legendary producer of Five Leaves Left and Bryter Later, “this is the missing link in the Nick Drake story.” [...]
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January 16, 2013
By Colin Daniels / Digital Spy
“Within the band we’ve been calling it 10 Reasons To Exist – but I will tell you we might have at least six of them (album names),” Bono told The Sun.
He added: “U2 have been back and they’re really in fine fettle.They’re mad for it at the moment and they really want to make a new record. [...]
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January 10, 2013
By Stephen Carlick / exlaim.ca
Grandiose psych-rockers the Flaming Lips are never far from the headlines, and now, they’re back again, with exciting news: the band will reissue their confounding 1997 four-disc classic, Zaireeka, for Record Store Day this April.
On Twitter yesterday morning (January 9), the band posted a photo of the record (seen above), along with “Workin on expanded VINYL package of Zaireeka!!! For re-release on Record Store Day!!!” [...]
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October 30, 2012
By Gary Graft / Billboard
As if a new album (“Viva Duets”), book (“Life Is a Gift: The Zen of Bennett”) and a movie also titled “The Zen of Bennett” aren’t enough, Tony Bennett already has his next project in motion — a jazz album with Lady Gaga.
Bennett, who recorded “The Lady is a Tramp” for his 2011 “Duets II” album, tells Billboard that Gaga’s father, Joseph Germanotta, called him on his daughter’s behalf while she was on tour in Australia.
“He said she told him that ‘I want to do a jazz album with Tony Bennett, a jazz album,’ ” Bennett recalls. “So that will be the next album after (‘Viva Duets’).” The two will be working with arranger/orchestrator Marion Evans, though Bennett says that the song list is “secret.”
Studio plans are still being determined. “It’s going to really reaffirm that she’s one of the best jazz singers that anyone’s ever heard,” Bennett adds. The set will also let the ageless Bennett immerse himself once again in his very favorite musical genre. [...]
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September 4, 2012
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By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Manuel Vasquez defends the unusual product he’s selling. But not everyone’s buying it.
Vasquez is the 26-year-old co-owner of a boutique who produces records in his spare time. His latest release features music written and performed by convicted mass murderer Charles Manson.
“I’ve gotten some hate mail from it. There are people not appreciating the release of music by him,” he said. “People say they don’t understand why I’d want to associate myself with this or why I would be interested in releasing it.”
Even his parents tried to talk him out of pressing and selling the 40-minute vinyl album. [...]
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