MUSIC NEWS - Rock drumming demi-gods Carmine & Vinny Appice have both had extraordinary careers behind the drum kit, beginning with Carmine’s tenure in such legendary classic rock bands as Vanilla Fudge and Cactus as well as supporting stints with Rod Stewart and Ozzy Osbourne.
Meanwhile, younger brother Vinny made his name as a metal drummer for monster acts such as Dio, Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell. Recently, these two virtuosos have been wowing audiences with their own rock show called “Drum Wars,” featuring not just the hits of their associated bands but also a thrilling series of solos that pit them against each other like the Gene Krupa/Buddy Rich drum battles of years ago. Fortunately for us mere mortals, this unique concert experience was recorded in June of this year at the Iridium in New York City and is now available on CD courtesy of Deadline Music and Rocker Records.
Along with Carmine and Vinny, the Drum Wars Live CD features Jim Crean, Ethan Brosh and James Caputo!
For those unsure of their ability to withstand the aural assault that the Appice brothers bring, a free downloadable track from the album has been made available on the Rocker Records website. Listen, below, from MNN
Music News- David Bowie returns with a brand new tune, “Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)”. This marks Bowie’s first new material since last year’s albumThe Next Day. The new song was recorded by the (still) Thin White Duke for his forthcoming career-spanning compilation, Nothing Has Changed, working with producer and longtime collaborator Tony Visconti.
Running over seven minutes in length, “Sue” was recorded in New York City this past summer with the Maria Schneider Orchestra. The Independent noted, it’s one of the first times in Bowie’s career that he’s dabbled in the jazz genre.
The song premiered recently on BBC Radio 6. Listen to it below via MNN-
Nothing Has Changed is releasing on November 18th and will feature new and unreleased music alongside a collection of other material from his fifty year career. “Sue” and its accompanying B-side, another new song entitled “Tis A Pity She’s A Whore”, will also be available digitally on the same day and as a limited-edition 10-inch on Record Store Day’s Black Friday, November 28th.
MUSICNEWS- PHOX's much anticipated self-titled debut album is out now via Partisan Records. The album premiered last week on NPR's First Listen, who praised the band for their charisma and "impeccable arrangements," while noting the debut record "has a way of seeping under the skin."
Produced by Brian Joseph at April Base Studio in Eau Claire, WI and mixed by Michael Brauer at Electric Lady Studios, the album is from the school of simple folk-pop songs swimming amidst a chaotic eddy of rock, psychedelia, and soul. Give a listen to their "1936 and Slow Motion", below.
The Madison via Baraboo, WI sextet are embarking on a massive USA headlining concert tour kicking off today. The run will make stops in various major markets, as well as festivals including Newport Folk Fest and Shaky Knees. For the band's full tour itinerary, please see below.
MUSICNEWS- Classic rockers Foreigner, Styx and ex- Eagles guitarist Don Felder have released a stream of a new version of the Eagles classic "Hotel California" tune (listen below from MNN), which will be part of their forthcoming compilation album The Soundtrack Of Summer.
The album is set for a May 6th release and takes its name from the upcoming summer tour featuring all three performers. The 16 track compilation will be sold at exclusively at the USA's largest retailer.
In addition to a new version of "Hotel California," the limited edition vinyl disc and iTunes versions of the album will also include a new version of the Foreigner hit "I Want To Know What Love Is."
MUSICNEWS- To promote the release of their fourth album Helios (out now on Epic Records), TheFray will embark on a spring/summer nationwide USA tour through July. Barcelona and Oh Honey will support the band on select tour dates including a special hometown performance at Red Rocks Amphitheater. See below for full tour itinerary.
The latest tune off the new record “Break Your Plans” is streaming now (listen below). Of the track, Isaac Slade (vocals, piano) noted, “We wanted to capture the moment right before a couple parts ways, where everything is pointing to the split, and one of them suddenly gets this fire—almost out of nowhere. Maybe it’s the feeling of the other just starting to leave, maybe it's a moment-in-time but suddenly there's fight left, and they go for it.”
MUSICNEWS- For the first time, both weekends of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will be broadcast live. The complete lineup of artist performances will be announced in the coming weeks.
Jason Bentley, KCRW Music Director and host of the internationally-acclaimed show "Morning Becomes Eclectic," will host Coachella's 2014 broadcast on both YouTube and AXS TV. He will conduct artist interviews and co-produce exclusive editorial segments each weekend.
MUSIC NEWS - British musical icon Bryan Ferry is about to embark on his first North American Tour in three years. The west coast run kicks off on April 5th in Vancouver and stops in Seattle, Portland, Las Vegas, San Diego, Los Angeles among other cities! Ferry will make his Coachella debut on Friday 11th & 18th April on the Mojave Stage.
Mr Ferry also appears on Norwegian house producer Todd Terje’s debut album, reworking Robert Palmer’s 80’s classic “Johnny and Mary”. Listen below from MNN.
The former Roxy Music frontman recently commented on working with Todd Terje; “When we were finishing my ‘Olympia’ album in 2010 we started to get some of the tracks remixed by contemporary producers. Terje did a fabulous version of ‘Alphaville’, a song I had written with Dave Stewart. After that we asked him to try remixing ‘Love Is the Drug’ and more recently ‘Don’t Stop The Dance’, both of which worked very well. I eventually met Terje in Oslo when I was on tour with my band, and we got on famously.
MUSIC NEWS - Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst today revealed the cover art; The Creation of the Bulls by his friend Ian Felice, for his new solo record Upside Down Mountain, which is out on May 19 on the Nonesuch Records label. Stream his new track, “Governor’s Ball”, below.
Upside Down Mountain features many other friends of Oberst’s, including producer Jonathan Wilson, engineer Andy LeMaster, bassist Macey Taylor, multi-instrumentalist Blake Mills, and the Swedish sibling folk-rock vocal duo First Aid Kit.
MUSICNEWS- ToriAmos has offered up a first taste of a brand new album titled UnrepentantGeraldines. As Stereogum pointed out, this will be the '90s baroque-pop piano powerhouse's first "real" album since Abnormally Attracted to Sin (2009). Accurate as her interim output has comprised of classical originals, covers and remakes of her own work. The first taste of her new set is "Trouble'sLament" and it's a good one. "Trouble needs a home, girls / Trouble needs a home / She fell out with Sata / Now she needs a home," the mysteriously song starts. Folk-like guitar and drums are joined by roiling keys, and if pay close attention, a vocal hats off to Kate Bush. Give a listen, below-
MUSICNEWS- Pretenders founder and leader, Chrissie Hynde will release Stockholm, the first ever album under her own name, June 10 on Caroline Records in the USA. “It’s the first album with my name on it,” Chrissie said recently. “But it’s not a solo album. In fact, making this album was more of a collaboration than any Pretenders album ever was.”
Recorded at Ingrid Studios in Stockholm with co-writer/guitarist Bjorn Yttling of Peter, Bjorn and John at the helm, the album features contributions from Neil Young, John McEnroe and Joakim Ahlund of the Caesars. The eleven tracks of fresh and irreverent rock n roll are in Chrissie’s unmistakable voice and style, Stockholm will be heralded by first single “DarkSunglasses,” which will go out instantly to all pre-orders on April 1. “Dark Sunglasses” is a perfect embodiment of the attitude and aim Chrissie employed in the creation of Stockholm: “I wanted to make a power pop album you could dance to; Abba meets John Lennon.” Give a listen to Dark Sunglasses, here from MNN.
MUSIC NEWS- Austin's rock trio Ume's sophomore album Monuments is streaming now in full thanks to Fender ! Monuments will be released on March 4th on Dangerbird Records and is the follow up to their heralded 2011 debut album Phantoms. The new album was recorded in Seattle, WA and produced by Grammy Award winning producer Adam Kasper (Queens of the Stone Age, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, and Cat Power).
MUSIC NEWS - Beck has pretty retreated from the public eye over the last six years since his release of his last full-length album, Modern Guilt in 2008. He has released a full set of new songs as sheet music, recorded a number of cover tunes with his friends, and embarked on the occasional tour, but fans have been waiting for a true new album for a long time. The wait is now over; his Morning Phase is streaming now on NPR prior to its release on February 25th.
Morning Phase has been described as a "sequel" to Beck's 2002 classic Sea Change; an album that reminds listeners of his more traditional mashed-up, upbeat sound for lush, acoustic-driven soundscapes, a deliberate, sometimes ponderous tempo, and introspective, often bleak lyrics. There's no doubt that Morning Phase owes a significant debt to the sonic palette of Sea Change, but it's much more a true spiritual sequel than a derivative follow-up. Alternatingly intimate and spacious, traditional and slighty strange, and there's always a new sound following the ever-present strum of Beck's acoustic guitar.
"Get inside the new songs," writes NPR's Tom Moon, "and a more nuanced perspective emerges. There are surprisingly approachable settings here, songs that start with humble acoustic guitar and grow into vast and dazzling canyons of sound." And despite the sonic similarity to Sea Change, there's enough new ear candy here to keep listeners enthralled — take "Wave," a song built on a string arrangement orchestrated by Beck's father David Richard Campbell. "Here, you'll find no conventional strumming, no weepy pedal-steel guitar, no drums at all," describes Moon. "Just low strings droning in support of a disconsolate, almost detached vocal." If you're in the mood to try out a darker, stranger, and arguably more experimental version of Beck, put your headphones on, tune the world out, and listen to the entirety of Morning Phase over at NP.
MUSIC NEWS- In April, Bonnie Raitt will join an all-star cast of musicians, including Don Henley and Bruce Springsteen, to pay homage to Jackson Browne on a new full-length tribute album.
And, just under two months before the album's official release, check out Raitt's cover of "Everywhere I Go," which features frequent Browne collaborator David Lindley. In the same vein as the original version of the tune, "EverywhereI Go" has a definite laid-back, reggae vibe with a two-pronged, easy goin vocal tradeoff from Ms Raitt and Mr Lindley. Add in the tiny flourishes, airy keyboards and sun-drenched guitar floating throughout, you have a smooth easygoing song.
MUSIX NEWS- Multi-platinum band BOSTON is celebrating the holiday season with the release of a rocking twist on a Christmas classic titled “God Rest Ye Metal Gentlemen.” This festive song, produced by BOSTON mastermind Tom Scholz, is streaming now and features Kimberley Dahme on bass and lead vocal, Gary Pihl and Scholz on vocals and guitars, along with Tom Hambridge on drums.
For a limited time, you can listen to a stream of the track at http://bit.ly/1fjnerL. Scholz said about the song, "This was my chance to BOSTON-ize one of my favorite Christmas carols. I had so much fun with this one, I think I'll have to try a few more."
MUSIC NEWS- Back on October 15th, Chris Cornell began his second North American “Songbook” acoustic tour in San Diego, CA at a sold-out performance that was lauded by the San Diego Union Tribune as “a two-and-a-half-hour master class in solo performance”. The tour will continue throughout the month of November, and due to overwhelming demand, four additional December dates have been added (see details below).
The “Songbook” tour is a series of intimate shows highlighting songs that Chris has written throughout his illustrious career, including a few surprise covers. This will also be the first time USA fans will hear a handful of acoustic arrangements of songs from 2012's critically-acclaimed King Animal, Soundgarden’s first new studio album in over 16 years. American/Sri Lankan folk artist, Bhi Bhiman, has joined Cornell on the tour as the opener.