Music News- Alt-rockers Garbage today announced a short USA tour to commemorate their recently announced 20th anniversary edition of their legendary second album Version 2.0. The tour, which leads off on September 29th in Seattle, WA and wraps on October 27th in Brooklyn, NY, will see them perform the classic album in full, as well as a number of B-sides from the reissue. Tickets for the tour will be on sale at 10:00AM local time on April 27th and be available HERE . The full USA tour itinerary is listed below.
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Garbage announced the 20th anniversary edition of Version 2.0 last month. Due for release on Stunvolume/PIAS on June 22, the package will feature the whole original album, as well as ten B-sides from the era. Pre-order the digital album HERE and visit Garbage.com for updates on standard and deluxe Vinyl formats. The reissue's first offering, the typically visceral "Lick The Pavement", is available now HERE .
" Version 2:0 is in my opinion the quintessential garbage record ," shared Garbage singer Shirley Manson. " We are all very grateful to the millions of people who took it to their hearts at the time it was released and to those who continue to love on it still ".
Initially released in May 1998, Version 2.0 spawned fan-favorites such as "Push It", "I Think I'm Paranoid" and "Special". Shortly after its release, the Recording Industry Association of America honored the album with a platinum certification for exceeding 1 million units sold. Version 2.0 went on to sell over 4 million copies worldwide. The album was nominated for a total of four Grammy Awards, including Album Of The Year and Best Rock Album . The album's third single " Special " was further nominated the following year for Best Rock Song and for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group . The video for "Push It" was nominated for eight MTV Video Music Awards.
Says Eleanor about the song, "I tried to make a pop song about a complicated subject: Everything. People seem to really like the line: 'I mean two houses please'."
Rebound takes significant inspiration from Eleanor's time spent in Greece. Half-Greek herself, Eleanor frequently traveled to Greece to see family, but decided in 2016 to really immerse herself in the culture. She said: "I spent most of 2016 on the road, and I needed to keep that momentum going. I had always wanted to spend more time in Greece; take Greek lessons and get to know Athens better while hopefully writing some music. After November 8, 2016 I set that loose plan into motion. While friends back home were suddenly becoming politically activated for the first time, it was exciting to be living in a city where protest marches occur on a weekly, or sometimes daily basis. I assembled a band of Greek musicians, played a few shows, learned a few more Greek words, but didn't get much writing done. It turned out to be more of a reconnaissance mission.
After a month in Athens I asked my friend, the Greek musician Σtella, "What's one thing I have to do before I leave?" After some long and careful consideration she smiled and said, "you have to go to Rebound. It's a time warp; kind of an 80s goth disco where everyone does the chicken dance; you'll love it... but it's only open on Saturdays after 3:00 AM." Rebound proved to be a revelation in terms of finding the sound and energy for my fourth album. The club was very dark and despite the no smoking signs, like everywhere in Athens, it was very smoky. The "chicken dance" Stella mentioned was a solitary one. I copied the slouchy strut, moving back and forth in line, swinging my arms in time to the music that at first sounded like Joy Division or maybe The Cure, but never revealed itself-- one could only assume it to be knock-off by an unknown Baltic band. It was alienating and exhilarating."
Music News- The Record Company announced that they will release 'All Of This Life,' the anticipated follow-up to their 2016 GRAMMY-nominated debut, on June 22, 2018 via Concord Records. One listen to the band's exhilarating new music and it's clear just how much the trio has grown as a result of their meteoric rise. The gritty guitar, fuzzed-out bass, and driving drums are still front and center, but the songs are bolder and more ambitious this time around, deeper and more reflective, brimming with adventurous vitality while remaining firmly tethered to the roots of American rock and roll that have always grounded and nourished the group.
"After that first album, everything just got amplified," says singer/guitarist Chris Vos. "Our lives got crazier and bigger and more complicated in the best possible ways, and our sound and our songwriting just naturally grew alongside that. We're the same people we always were, but The Record Company isn't just three guys in a living room anymore."
While the band - Vos, bassist Alex Stiff, and drummer Marc Cazorla - still worked up most of the album's ten new, original songs at home, they headed to nearby Boulevard Recording in Hollywood on a quest to break new ground. With Stiff in the producer's chair and an eclectic array of analog gear in the studio, which has hosted everyone from Pink Floyd to Fleetwood Mac to The War on Drugs, The Record Company pushed the limits of their production and arrangements into uncharted territory, while still capturing all the irresistible power and spontaneity of their live shows. Mixed by Mark Needham, the resulting songs reflect our troubled times, looking inward rather than out, musing on personal empowerment, self-improvement, and the supremacy of love.
"This record to me is about making yourself better," Vos explains. "It's about owning your spot in the world. If you're not on the right path, the only person who can take that next step to fix it is you."
Music News- With Record Store Day fast approaching, you won’t find this special compilation LP by one of the UK’s most iconic bands in any store on April 21st. Except one. “Humble Pie On 79th Street” will only be available from Pie & Vinyl.
Obvious? Or are we bucking the trend of Record Store Day in the manner that Andrew Loog Oldham, legendary founder of Immediate Records and Rolling Stones manager might have done? Or does this oneoff LP celebrate the spirit of RSD more than any other release?
Inspired by the beautiful pied-piperess Katherine who led us all to Pie & Vinyl and discoveries that linked her vibrant, musical town of Portsmouth & Southsea, an amazing record store and the timeless sounds of Humble Pie to dramatic events in Southsea over 40 years ago that culminated in a truly local effort to press the LP in Portsmouth and have it on sale in Southsea
for Saturday April 21.
Says Immediate Records reissue producer Rob Caiger: “Wouldn’t it be great if by doing all of this, a new fan on Record Store Day discovers Humble Pie - in Pie & Vinyl - and feels the same excitement hearing ‘Natural Born Bugie’ as I did in my own local record shop Downtown Records many years ago. There’s no better place to hear new sounds (however old…) then in a record shop - and that’s just one reason why we should celebrate Record Store Day.”
Music News- The Tallest Man On Earth today released the newest song from his five part series, When The Bird Sees The Solid Ground. The new original studio recording, "Somewhere In The Mountains, Somewhere In New York", is released via Rivers / Birds Records through AWAL / Kobalt Recordings, and accompanied by a video episode directed by Kristian Matsson. NPR proclaimed, "f or all his stated love of imperfections, Matsson's actual performance is a thing of refined and impeccable beauty: A dreamily melancholy wonder, 'Somewhere in the Mountains, Somewhere in New York' works equally well played or as a more finely crafted studio recording.
Music News- Four-time Grammy Award winner Jason Isbell and his longtime band the 400 Unit have announced new Summer 2018 tour dates bringing them to the West Coast in August and September. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Aimee Mann has been tapped as support for most of the dates. See full itinerary below.
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit recently took home two Grammy awards for Best Americana Album for their celebrated album The Nashville Sound and Best American Roots Song for the gorgeous “If We Were Vampires”. The album has received tremendous support from the press, garnering high praise that includes NPR Music, Associated Press, Rolling Stone and Noisey as well as extensive coverage from Men’s Journal, GQ, Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weeklyand more. Isbell was recently featured in The New York Times Magazine and is on the current cover of Fretboard Journal. The independent album, released on Isbell’s own Southeastern Records, has gone on to sell over 150,000 copies.
Jason Isbell has established a reputation for being one of his generation’s finest songwriters. Together with his mighty band the 400 Unit, which features Derry deBorja (keyboards), Chad Gamble (drums), Jimbo Hart (bass), Sadler Vaden (guitar) and Amanda Shires (fiddle), they have become one of the strongest live acts on the road today. The band continues to pack houses all over the U.S. and abroad, including 6 sold-out nights at the historic Ryman Auditorium last fall. In the last year, national television performances have included The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Austin City Limits, with featured segments on CBS This Morning, PBS Newshour, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and more. Recently the group performed an NPR Tiny Desk Concert (View HERE).
Music News- With a continent-hoping series of almost forty tour dates already booked to kick off next month; from an extensive string of shows with Ray LaMontagne to Sasquatch Festival and a just-announced European tour, Neko Case continues to widen the scale of her bold, highly anticipated return to the stage. Today, she revealed a series of headlining North American performances for September 2018 (below in bold), including New York's Beacon Theatre and over a dozen more stops following the release of her forthcoming LP, 'Hell-On' (out June 1st on ANTI-). Thao (of the Get Down Stay Down) will support each night - full dates below.
Self-produced by Case, 'Hell-On' reaffirms why Rolling Stone has called her "one of America's best and most ambitious songwriters." The album's twelve songs are reliably profound and fearless, charming and unflinching.
Last week, Case released the album's second single, "Bad Luck," which Rolling Stone hailed as "an indie rock gem...injected with a twinge of sorrow, but also a playful existential shrug." Listen and share.
Music News- As he preps his Broadway stage debut in Rocktopia Robin Zander has now confirmed that CHEAP TRICK is working on a new album for a tentative release later this year.
CHEAP TRICK has released almost 20 studio records, including three in the past two years: "Bang Zoom Crazy Hello" back in 2016, and "We're All Alright" and "Christmas Christmas" in 2017.
In a recent interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, Zander said even more music is on the way from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band.
"We're working on another record right now as we speak," the singer said. "In fact, we just did a John Lennon cover song. I'm thinking we should put it out now, because it's a great version of 'Gimme Some Truth'."
Oh whether the new record will arrive this year, Zander said: "Oh, it will be this year. We've already got a couple of songs that are mixed and ready to go. I'll tell you one thing that we're working on, that we've finished already, because it might not be on the record. It might be, but it might not be. I'd like to get [the cover of 'Gimme Some Truth'] out as soon as possible, even if we don't have the record ready, I'd like to put that out somewhere."
CHEAP TRICK's current lineup includes three of its original members. Drummer Bun E. Carlos ceased touring with the band in 2010.
The Illinois rockers were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2016.