Singer/songwriter Mark Lanegan (The Screaming Trees, Soulsavers, Queens Of The Stone Age) will be teaming up with multi-instrumentalist Duke Garwood to release Black Pudding, which will come out Apr. 16th via Ipecac Records. The album was recorded at Pink Duck Studios in Burbank, Calif. by Justin Smith (Tegan and Sara, The Hives) and mixed by his Queens of the Stone Age associate Alain Johannes.
Lanegan states, “Duke Garwood is one of my all time favorite artists. Working with him has been one of the best experiences of my recording life.”
Head on below for the full track list. READ MORE
The Warner Sound has teamed up with Funny Or Die to present a brand new YouTube only talk show run by Gorburger, a creature that looks part Where The Wild Things Are, part Troll Doll, and part GWAR. Starring T.J. Miller (Cloverfield), the show will feature many Warner Sounds artists, including Mars Volta, Tegan and Sara, 3OH!3, and more. It’s scheduled to appear every Monday starting Sept. 24th on The Warner Sound’s official YouTube page.
Featuring heads being torn off, incredibly awkward sexual innuendo, and more, this looks like a series that I’ll be enjoying on a regular basis (thanks scheduled upload times!). Check out a trailer for this monstrosity below. READ MORE
James Iha, who has played in such bands as Smashing Pumpkins and A Perfect Circle, is set to release his second solo album Look To The Sky on Sept. 18th. It has been 14 years since his last solo album Let It Come Down, which he released while he was still in Smashing Pumpkins.
Iha explains why it took so long for this album to come out, saying, “I wanted this record to be more eclectic and reflect all of my tastes which is why it took so long. It was important to me for the record to be multi-dimensional and complex. Being a part of the Smashing Pumpkins, and working with so many other bands and artists since my last album gave me a fresh perspective on what music could be.”
Confirmed guest appearances include Yeah Yeah Yeahs‘ Karen O and Nick Zinner, Tegan And Sara‘s Sara Quin, Fountains Of Wayne‘s Adam Schlesinger, Antony & the Johnsons and legendary Television guitarist Tom Verlaine.
You can hear the first single “To Who Knows Where” below. It’s a soft, sweet song that is quite enjoyable in its pureness and innocence. READ MORE
So, Rammstein is back after four years with their newest effort, “Liebe ist für alle da”. These guys have consistently put out solid records and the metal community seems to have quite the fondness in their hearts for these German industrial rockers. But just two months ago, they released a video for their first single, “Pussy”, and the metal community recoiled in horror. “This is Rammstein? But this sucks!”. As a result, fans began to fear the worst. The only thing left to do was wait and see what the rest of the album was like.
On October 20th, “Liebe ist für alle da” was released in the United States. At least with this reviewer, all doubts flew out the window. Now, I’m not saying that this album is flawless, by any stretch of the imagination, but these guys still know how to rock. The album opens up with “Rammlied”, a driving heavy rock song where singer Til Lindemann strongly shouts out “RAMM-STEIN!”, letting us know that they are most definitely back with a vengence. There is no doubt, by the end of this song, that this album is coming on strong.
The rest of the album sounds just as large and pristine. The production on this album is spot on. The drums sound crisp and solid, offering a very solid thump. The bass rolls in a very satisfying way that doesn’t muddy up the low-end spectrum. The guitars sound huge and thick, yet are clearly defined and have a great sustain. The keys and other “ambient” effects come through clearly. Lastly, the vocals are crisp, clear and wonderfully mixed in. Til does several vocal harmonies that are perfectly synced up and arranged to make sure that there are no “off-notes”. READ MORE