Well, look at that! We finally have news on Kings of Leon! It’s big news, too in the fact that they are releasing a new album this September! The announcement came when bassist, Jared Followill, spoke with NME. Jared said the band’s sixth studio, and follow-up to 2010’s Come Around Sundown, is finished and currently being sequenced. He described the material as a cross between their 2003 debut Youth and Young Manhood and 2007′s Because of the Times, noting, “I thought we were going to make a really mature album but I’m amazed how youthful it sounds.”
In related news, and prior to the album being released, Kings of Leon will be playing a number of festivals across the globe ~ see the dates below.
If you have ever wanted to play with a famous musician, or you’re in an up-and-coming band and you think to yourself, “wouldn’t it be cool to play with the actual musicians that wrote this song?” Click the video below to see Queens of the Stone Age front man Josh Homme perform the song “No One Knows” with some aspiring musicians at the School of Rock in Los Angeles.
As you are ready know, Josh has a new album coming out in June with some more significant, lead musicians playing with him on it.
If you would like to see a new documentary about the Nine Inch Nails final show, well your wish has come true! A group of band fans called ATiny Little Dot, have spent the last three years going through fan shot footage from the show and making a documentary about it. This show took place in Los Angeles, CA on September 10, 2009, as part of the band’s goodbye tour. The concert featured 37 songs and ran for 3 1/2 hours.
According to A Tiny Little Dot, “…the film is pulled from over 75 hours of footage taken from “27 unique fan shots and HD footage sources.” Over 3,500 hours was spent on per-production treatment, a team of nine editors and seven peer reviewers. Then they spent over 680 hours editing each song, and audio from five sources was dubbed in over the course of 65 hours in a professional studio to create the final stereo and 5.1 audio masters.
Here is a full summary of the documentary from A Tiny Little Dot:
The culmination of this work is a video production of a NIN concert unlike anything ever before – an evocative and unapologetic document of Nine Inch Nails. As an intimate concert performed before only a handful of fans, what the performance lacks in huge stage production value, it makes up for in vitriol, raw energy and cramped quarters… with sentiment, emotion and intimacy. But what really shines a light on the brilliance of the performance is the manner in which it was captured. The fan-shot footage of AAISAD conveys a raw, visceral and kinetic energy that no professional camera could have ever hoped to achieve. And in the context of a performance like this, one so intimate, one so meaningful to their fans, nothing else would be fitting. And it’s that which sets AAISAD apart as something uniquely memorable, and something that no NIN fan will want to be without.
The sheer expanse of this momentous project and the delay associated with its release (a delay and lack of communication for which A Tiny Little Dot humbly apologizes to the patient and loyal fans) is underscored by the amazing math underlying it:
- A 3/12 hour, 37 song, set list
- 27 unique fan shot HD footage sources, totaling over 75 hours of footage, resulting in…
- Over 1.5 Terabytes of raw footage, provided in 27 different file types, resolutions, frame rates, and codecs
- Over 3,500 hours of pre-production treatment of the original footage including noise filtering, upscaling, de-interlacing in After-Effects, color correction, and most importantly conversion of all files to a common frame rate, codec, file type and resolution
- Over 50 trips back and forth to production facilities using a 1.5 TB “delivery” drive to transfer treated footage to our RAID array.
- Resulting in a total of 8.5+ TB of DNxHD treated and rendered files
- 680+ hours spent editing and peer reviewing each song by a team of 9 editors, and 7 peer reviewers (from a tiny little dot’s more than 20 person team)
- Through the editing process, the 8.5+ TB of DNxHD was whittled down to a 303 GB DNxHD master edit
- 5 sources of audio
- Over 65 hours of audio treatment in a professional sound studio, to create final stereo and 5.1 audio masters
- 42+ hours of post-production motion graphics work, and other (yet to be disclosed) work
If you’re itching to go see Thom Yorke and Atoms for Peace this year, and you live in the US, I’ve got great news for you! The band has released some tour dates in the months of September and October where they will hit cities like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. Then, in November, the band will head to Japan to take part and some festivals. The tour dates can be seen below.
This tour is in support of the band’s debut, full-length album, AMOK; which is in stores right now.
Atoms For Peace 2013 Tour Dates:
07/06 – Paris, FR @ Zenith
07/09 – Antwerp, BE @ Lotto Arena
07/10 – Munich, DE @ Zenith
07/12 – Trencín, SL @ Bazant Pohoda Festival
07/13 – Novi Sad, SR @ EXIT Festival
07/16 – Rome, IT @ Rock in Roma
07/17 – Milan, IT @ City Sound Festival
07/20 – Malta, PL @ Malta Festival
07/21 – Munich, DE @ Melt! Festival
07/24 – London, UK @ Roundhouse
07/25 – London, UK @ Roundhouse
07/26 – London, UK @ Roundhouse
09/24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Liacouras Center
09/27 – New York City, NY @ Barclays Center
09/30 – Fairfax, VA @ Patriot Center
10/02 – Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavilion
10/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
10/17 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
11/18 – Osaka, JP @ Osaka Zepp Namba
11/19 – Osaka, JP @ Osaka Zepp Namba
11/21 – Tokyo, JP @ Tokyo Shinkiba Studio Coast
11/22 – Tokyo, JP @ Tokyo Shinkiba Studio Coast
11.23 – Tokyo, JP @ Tokyo Shinkiba Studio Coast
Iggy Pop And The Stooges are back this year with their 15th studio album entitled Ready to Die, and we have our first taste of what the album is going to sound like in the form of the track “Burn.” Check it out below.
Ready to Die will arrive in stores on April 30th. The band will be touring in support of the album and you can check out the dates also below.
Iggy and the Stooges 2013 Tour Dates:
03/13 – Austin, TX – South by Southwest
03/25 – Adelaide, AU @ Thebarton Theatre
03/27 – Melbourne, AU @ Festival Hall
03/30 – Byron Bay, AU @ Byron Bay Bluesfest
04/02 – Sydney, AU @ Hordern Pavilion
06/01 – Houston, TX @ Free Press Summerfest
06/08 – Long Beach, CA – Ink-N-Iron Festival
06/24 – Zagreb, HR @ INmusic Festival
06/26 – Goteborg, SE @ Stora Scenen pa Liseberg
06/28 – Borlänge, SE @ Peace And Love Festival
06/30 – Marmande, FR @ Garorock Festival
07/04 – Rome, IT @ Rock in Roma
07/09 – Argelès-Sur-Mer, FR @ Parc de Valmy
07/11 – Milan, IT @ City Sound
If you head over to NPR.org right now you will get your first taste of the Flaming Lips, The Terror, in the form of the opening track “Look…The Sun Is Rising.”
In related news, the band has just added more dates to their touring schedule with The Black Keys and appearances at Beale Street Music Festival and the Forecastle Festival. They also will be appearing on the late show with David Letterman on April 3rd.
But…before all that…they will be performing at this year’s installment of SXSW; which happens next week. The film title, A Year in the Life of Wayne’s Phone, will be making its premiere at the Alamo Ritz Theater on Wednesday, March 13th.
The Terror will be available in the UK on April 1st and the US on April 2nd.
The Terror Tracklist:
01. Look…The Sun Is Rising
02. Be Free, A Way
03. Try To Explain
04. You Lust
05. The Terror
06. You Are Alone
07. Butterfly, How Long It Takes To Die
08. Turning Violent
09. Always There…In Our Hearts
The Flaming Lips 2013 Tour Dates:
03/14 – Austin, TX @ The Belmont (South by Southwest)
03/15 – Austin, TX @ Auditorium Shores (South by Southwest)
03/29 – Sau Paulo, BR @ Lollapalooza Brazil
04/28 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center *
04/30 – Pittsburgh, PA @ CONSOL Energy Center *
05/02 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood *
05/03 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena *
05/04 – Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29 ^
05/05 – Memphis, TN@ Beale Street Music Festival
05/10 – Napa, CA @ Bottle Rock Festival
05/20 – London, UK @ Roundhouse
05/21 – London, UK @ Roundhouse
05/24 – Paris, FR @ Villette Sonique Festival
06/14 – Hultsfred, SWE @ Hultsfred Festival
06/15 – Arhus, DEN @ Northside Festival
07/11 – Raleigh, NC @ Time Warner Cable Pavilion *
07/12 – Greenville, SC @ Charter Ampitheatre *
07/13-14 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
09/06 – Isle of Wight, UK @ Bestival
If you head to the NPR website you can stream the soundtrack to the documentary, Sound City Studios, entitled “Sound City Reels.” The soundtrack features members of the music community that recorded material at the legendary studio…musicians like Trent Reznor Josh Homme, Paul McCartney, Kris Novaselic, Pat smear, Alain Johannes, Corey Taylor, Stevie Nicks, Dave Grohl Foo Fighter’s bandmates Taylor Hawkins and Nate Mendel, Rage Against the Machine’s rhythm section, and Rick Springfield.
Sound City – Real to Reel Tracklist:
01. Dave Grohl, Peter Hayes, and Robert Levon Been – “Heaven and All”
02. Brad Wilk, Chris Goss, Dave Grohl, and Tim Commerford – “Time Slowing Down”
03. Dave Grohl, Rami Jaffee, Stevie Nicks, and Taylor Hawkins – “You Can’t Fix This”
04. Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Rick Springfield, and Taylor Hawkins – “The Man That Never Was”
04. Alain Johannes, Dave Grohl, Lee Ving, Pat Smear, and Taylor Hawkins – “Your Wife Is Calling”
06. Corey Taylor, Dave Grohl, Rick Nielsen, and Scott Reeder – “From Can to Can’t”
07. Alain Johannes, Chris Goss, Dave Grohl, and Joshua Homme – “Centipede”
08. Alain Johannes, Chris Goss, Dave Grohl, and Joshua Homme – “A Trick With No Sleeve”
09. Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear – “Cut Me Some Slack”
10. Dave Grohl, Jessy Greene, Jim Keltner, and Rami Jaffee – “Once Upon a Time… The End”
11. Dave Grohl, Joshua Homme, and Trent Reznor – “Mantra”
This is one of the best things I’ve heard and a very, very long time! Trent Reznor is reforming Nine Inch Nails with a completely new lineup and plans to hit the road on a massive US tour this summer.
The lineup will include Reznor, Eric Avery (Jane’s Addiction), Adrian Belew (King Crimson), and Josh Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv), along with NIN collaborators Alessandro Cortini and Ilan Rubin. The new lineup will has shows planned for this summer and fall; more dates will be announced worldwide through 2014.
Reznor explains why he is bringing NIN back after a four-year hiatus. You can read his comments below:
“I was working with Adrian Belew on some musical ideas; which led to some discussion on performing, which led to some beard-scratching; which (many steps later) led to the decision to re-think the idea of what Nine Inch Nails could be, and the idea of playing a show. Calls were made to some friends, lots of new ideas were discussed, and a show was booked – which led to another; which somehow led to a lot of shows.”
Before Reznor can focus on NIN, he still has to put out the debut album from How to Destroy Angels, Welcome Oblivion, arriving March 5th, along with a brief tour in support of it.
Metallica has revealed the lineup for their second annual Orion Music and More Festival; which will take place June 8th and 9th at Belle Island in Detroit.
Along with Metallica some of the acts you will see include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deftones, Death Grips, Japandroids, FIDLAR, FLAG, The Orwells, Rise Against, Dropkick Murphys, Tomahawk, Foals, Silversun Pickups, Gogol Bordello, The Joy Formidable, and The Dillinger Escape Plan.
There will also be an electronic portion during the festival that will be headlined by Bassnectar and featuring Dillon Francis, 12th Planet, Dirtyphonics, Datsik, and Adventure Club; amongst many others.
Metallica will only headline one of the nights of the festival this year. The other headline slot will go to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Still up in the air is whether or not Metallica will perform an album in its entirety as they did last year with Ride the Lightning and the Black Album.
“It’s the 30th anniversary of Kill ‘Em All, so that would be an option, and it’s also the 25th anniversary of …And Justice For All– but if you’re in a band for three decades, you can find an anniversary for anything,” Lars told Rolling Stone. “We haven’t made a decision, but if I was a betting man, I’d guess that us getting stuck playing an album in its entirety isn’t going to happen.” Lars also said not to expect any new material from the band’s upcoming releases.
General admission tickets and VIP tickets for the Orion Festival go on sale Friday, March 1st; click here for more information.
I want to set the beginning of your week up for you…Monday the new single from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs entitled, “Sacrilege,” will be premiering on the Zane Lowe Show on BBC. After the teaser video and hype behind Mosquito, we will finally be able to hear a full song. The single’s artwork is above and the teaser video is below.
Our Lord, our savior of rock and roll, Jack White, has just been named the Ambassador for the 2013 Record Store Day. I think that this is one of the best decisions they could have made. Let’s face it…when you think of vinyl records in 2013 you think Jack White, right? Mr. White will follow in the footsteps of such Ambassadors as, Ozzy Osbourne and Iggy Pop, who held the Ambassador title in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
The announcement was made by Third Man Records in a rather lengthy press release; which you can read below. Along with that, a video was released; which you can click on right here, has Jack White touring the United Record Pressing Company…definitely check that out!
Record Store Day happens on April 20, 2013.
“Years ago someone told me that 1,200 high school kids were given a survey. A question was posed to them: Have you ever been to a stand-alone record shop? The number of kids that answered “yes” was… zero.
Zero? How could that be possible? Then I got realistic and thought to myself, “Can you blame them?” How can record shops (or any shop for that matter) compete with Netflix, TiVo, video games that take months to complete, cable, texting, the Internet, etc., etc? Getting out of your chair at home to experience something in the real world has started to become a rare occurrence, and to a lot of people, an unnecessary one. Why go to a bookstore and get a real book? You can just download it. Why talk to other human beings, discuss different authors, writing styles and influences? Just click your mouse. Well here’s what they’ll someday learn if they have a soul; there’s no romance in a mouse click. There’s no beauty in sitting for hours playing video games (anyone proud of that stop reading now and post your opinion in the nearest forum). The screen of an iPhone is convenient, but it’s no comparison to a 70mm showing of a film in a gorgeous theater. The Internet is two-dimensional…helpful and entertaining, but no replacement for face-to-face interaction with a human being. But we all know all of that, right? Well, do we? Maybe we know all that, but so what?
Let’s wake each other up.
The world hasn’t stopped moving. Out there, people are still talking to each other face-to-face, exchanging ideas and turning each other on. Art houses are showing films, people are drinking coffee and telling tall tales, women and men are confusing each other and record stores are selling discs full of soul that you haven’t felt yet. So why do we choose to hide in our caves and settle for replication? We know better. We should at least. We need to re-educate ourselves about human interaction and the difference between downloading a track on a computer and talking to other people in person and getting turned onto music that you can hold in your hands and share with others. The size, shape, smell, texture and sound of a vinyl record; how do you explain to that teenager who doesn’t know that it’s a more beautiful musical experience than a mouse click? You get up off your ass, you grab them by the arm and you take them there. You put the record in their hands. You make them drop the needle on the platter. Then they’ll know.
Let’s wake each other up.
As Record Store Day Ambassador of 2013 I’m proud to help in any way I can to invigorate whoever will listen with the idea that there is beauty and romance in the act of visiting a record shop and getting turned on to something new that could change the way they look at the world, other people, art, and ultimately, themselves.
The Postal Service had just expanded their tour cycle. As we all know, the band is playing the Coachella Music Festival, Primavera Sound 2013, and a sold out show at the Berkeley Center. Now, the band has announced additional dates. The tour; which will crisscross the country, kicks off in May and will run through July. You can see all the dates below.
The Postal Service 2013 Tour Dates:
04/09 – Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Theatre *
04/10 – Davis, CA @ Mondavi Center *
04/12 – San Luis Obispo CA @ Madonna Expo Center *
04/13 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music and Arts Festival
04/12 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Madonna Expo Center
04/18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre #
04/19 – Las Vegas, NV @ Chelsea Ballroom at the Cosmopolitan #
04/20 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music and Arts Festival
05/18 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 2
05/19 – London, UK @ Brixton Academy
05/20 – London, UK @ Brixton Academy
05/21 – Paris, FR @ Trianon
05/23 – Barcelona, SP @ Primavera Sound
05/27 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival
05/28 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
05/29 – Magna, UT @ Saltair
05/30 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Ampitheater
06/03 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theater
06/05 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
06/06 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theater
06/07 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Ampitheater
06/08 – Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
06/10 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
06/11 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
06/12 – Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavilion
06/14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
06/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
06/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center for the Perofmring Arts
06/18 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
07/16 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
07/17 – Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena
07/26 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theater