“I am obsessed with the concept of a scientific theory of an underlying base level of consciousness. A ‘unified field’ out of which all things are created. From super strings to quarks to atoms to humans to galaxies… a conceptual place where we are all connected.”
It is with these words that Chris Corner (ex-Sneaker Pimps) describes the upcoming IAMX album The Unified Field, which will be released Mar. 22nd. The album is a diverse collection of new tracks, from the fantastic opener “I Come With Knives” to the Middle Eastern-influenced “Land Of Broken Promises”.
Corner further explains about the recording of the album by saying, “I begged an old friend and collaborator producer Jim Abbiss (Adele, Arctic Monkeys) to come on board from the beginning. What made this special and unique among IAMX records was a huge focus on performance and expanding the more organic side of my music. Jim is amazing at bringing out the best of performers and he pushed me into playing instruments I have never touched before. Vibraphone, glockenspiel, celesta, harpsichord. That was refreshing. I remembered why I love to play so much. This added a complexity to the sound of the record I couldn’t have achieved alone.”
IAMX will embark on a short US tour this Spring. Tour dates are below as well as the album artwork for The Unified Field. READ MORE
Mashup master DJ Earworm has released his yearly “United States Of Pop” song, which takes the 25 biggest hits of 2012 as determined by the Billboard 100 and pus them all together in one song. You can listen to the song below and also download it for free.
Personally, I like the 2009 mashup the best. For those of you who have listened to the past several years, what’s your favorite? READ MORE
Tomorrow sees the release of House Of Gold And Bones: Part 1 (stream the album here), the latest album from hard rock/metal band Stone Sour. In anticipation of this release, Bloody-Disgusting is excited to bring you an exclusive interview with singer Corey Taylor. In it, we discuss Corey’s history with music, his views on the music scene today, Slipknot and Stone Sour fans, and much more! Check it all out below!
It’s nearing that time again when the music industry collectively pat each other on the backs and present awards to artists who already have shelves devoted to little statues that they earned based on record sales and not any sort of artistic merit. Yup, I’m talking about the AMAs (American Music Awards). But, before we get our panties in a bunch, let’s actually look at what the AMAs were created for. You see, according to a press release, Dick Clark created the AMAs in 1973 as a means of paying “…tribute to popular musicians from various genres of music and to put audiences in touch with the latest phenomena in American music. Since its founding, the AMAs have honored and showcased the talents of some of the biggest names in the music industry.”
So, I’m left scratching my head. Why even create such an event? What is the purpose? I mean, aside from the collective back patting and sycophantic groveling that I mentioned above, is there a point to these shows? Well, obviously ratings. People are gonna tune in to see over-the-top performances (where their favorite artist will no doubt be lip syncing) so they can gush about them to their friends via Facebook and Twitter (who talks on a phone anymore, right?). It’s also a status symbol: “My favorite artist won an award, meaning that he/she/they HAVE to be respected and lauded!”
Whatever. As per my thoughts on ANY award ceremony, I don’t think they do a damn thing. The only people that tune in are those that have a vested interest. No one that is seeking avenues to find new music will even consider watching. What’s the point? They’ve already heard it all before.
If you want to see the list of AMA nominations, check it out below. It’ll be a really recognizable and familiar list. READ MORE
Update: You can listen to a sample of the song below.
It has been confirmed that smash success artist Adele will be doing the theme song for the upcoming James Bond film Skyfall, the 23rd film in the Bond series. The artist tweeted a picture of the cover to the song and later tweeted that the song will be released Oct. 5th “0:07hr BST”. Adele recorded the song last month at Abbey Road Studios.
Adele states, “I was a little hesitant at first to be involved with the theme song for ‘Skyfall.’ There’s a lot of instant spotlight and pressure when it comes to a Bond song. But I fell in love with the script and Paul had some great ideas for the track and it ended up being a bit of a no brainer to do it in the end. It was also a lot of fun writing to a brief, something I’ve never done which made it exciting. When we recorded the strings, it was one of the proudest moments of my life. I’ll be back combing my hair when I’m 60 telling people I was a Bond girl back in the day I’m sure!”
So, here’s my story: I actually haven’t listened to or heard an Adele song in a while now. Know what? I’m perfectly happy as a result. And I could do very well to never hear her again. Also, this bond movie looks like there might be some rather emotional moments. If Adele’s song makes me want to kill myself before the credits are even over, I’m going to be super pissed. I’m a HUGE Bond fan (I’ve been watching these movies since I was a wee young’un). So Adele, you better crack a damn smile and enjoy this song or I’m going to be upset. READ MORE
“To me, this award means a lot because it shows that the human element of making music is what’s most important. Singing into a microphone and learning to play and instrument and learning to do your craft, that’s the most important thing for people to do. It’s not about being perfect, it’s not about sounding absolutely correct, it’s not about what goes on in a computer. It’s about what goes on in here (points to heart) and it’s about what goes on in here (points to head).” – Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters
Shortly after Dave Grohl gave the above acceptance speech at the 2012 Grammy Awards, he and his band, Foo Fighters, played alongside David Guetta, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, and Deadmau5. Three of those four are very guilty of blatant autotune use while Deadmau5 is an electronic artist whose musical work completely relies upon his knowledge of computers and computerized music. Therefore, he gets a pass. But still, there is this lingering stench of hypocrisy.
Disclaimer: I did not watch the Grammy Awards nor did I follow the goings on with any sense of scrutiny. These observations are purely personal in nature and might seem a tad disjointed.
Ah, the Grammy Awards. A celebration of the previous year in music. An opportunity for some of the most popular and well-respected musicians to come together and recognize the works of each other. It’s a time to see what true musicians have accomplished and enjoy the anticipation of what the next year will bring. It is also a time to aim the spotlight on up and coming artists who show great promise, ones that will add to the splendor that is music.
Oh wait, that’s what it should be. Instead, what we have is a big circle jerk where known musicians fawn over each other and the public gets to see more of what they’ve been seeing for the past year. Wonderful.
As you can tell, I have some serious issues with the Grammy Awards. So, I’m going to rant about them for a little bit! Warning: strong opinions lie below.
About a week ago, I posted an article showing Linkin Park members Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington covering Adele‘s Rolling In The Deep. Trouble was that video was of very shoddy quality. So, to make it up to all of you, here’s a pro-shot video of them performing the cover at the iTunes Festival in London. Enjoy!
Last week, at the LPU Summit in Hamburg, Germany, Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park sat down for some fans and did an acoustic cover of Adele‘s Rolling In The Deep. Surprisingly, it’s not that bad! You can check it out after the jump and enjoy the original below.