Primal Scream have gone back to basics their eighth studio album.Recalling the -influenced sounds of their mid-90s efforts, singer Bobby Gillespie and his band have turned their back on the sonic experimentations of recent albums, and instead rely on a gonzo live sound approach.
“I think we’re one of the best live bands in the world and I wanted to capture that,” Gillespie told NME.COM of the shift in styles. “The last two albums we’ve been loops and drum machines, for this record we wrote euphoric rock n roll songs and I wanted to capture that euphoria and I think we did it. It was a great time making it, fucking great!”
The raw approach has triggered speculation the band have fallen out with My Bloody Valentine mainman and recent collaborator Kevin Shields – and even Primal Scream themselves are currently unsure of the situation.“What people need to understand is that Kevin only played with us live,” explained Gillespie. “He mixed a lot of songs but he never played guitar on the albums, people think he was playing on records but he was playing live. Is Shields still involved? I don’t know, he didn’t play at the last gig in Glasgow three weeks ago. He never made that gig because he was working on a Sophia Coppola movie, so I don’t really know.”Tracks set to appear on the album include 'Nitty Gritty’, ‘Boogie Disease’ and forthcoming single 'Country Girl' (due out May 22).
With the album mixed by Oasis producer Dave Sardy in Los Angeles – bringing the album in at a cool 20 days – guests include Alison Mosshart from The Kills who sings backing vocals, Echo And The Bunnymen guitarist Will Sergeant and Nick Cave collaborator Warren Ellis who “plays fiddle” on ‘Hell’s Coming Down’.Currently the untitled album is due out on June 5, with Primal Scream due to play several festivals this summer. Source: nme.com
Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd will team up for a run of co-headlining dates in August, beginning Aug. 8 in Oklahoma City. The shed tour, under the "Rock and Rebels" banner, will feature an opening act still to be announced.
Additionally, Skynyrd has been added to the bill of Kid Rock's May 15 Rock and Roll Revival show at Madison Square Garden in New York, joining Rev Run and Peter Wolf. That show will mark the first time Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Skynyrd, fresh off another co-headlining tour with Hank Williams Jr., has ever played the Garden.
Meanwhile, Rock's Revival runs through Western Canada in July with Rev Run and opening acts Matt Mays and El Torpedo. That tour added July 19, 20 and 22 at DTE Music Center in Clarkston, Mich., with July 19 and 20 sold out and only lawn tickets remaining for the July 22 date. Rev Run and Uncle Kracker are on the Detroit market shows, billed as Rock's "All Summer Long" party.
The Rock and Roll Revival Tour will resume on the West Coast in September with guests still to be announced.
Here are Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Rock and Rebels" tour dates: Aug. 8: Oklahoma City (Zoo Amphitheater)
Aug. 9: Houston (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)
Aug. 14: Cincinnati (Riverbend Music Center)
Aug. 16: Indianapolis (Verizon Wireless Music Center)
Aug. 22: Camden, N.J. (Susquehanna Bank Center)
Aug. 23: Mansfield, Mass. (Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts)
Aug. 25: Toronto (Molson Amphitheatre)
Aug. 30: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center)
Aug. 31: Hartford, Conn. (New England Dodge Music Center) Source:billboard.com
NINE INCH NAILS has made its new ten-song, 44-minute minute album entitled "The Slip" available for free download at www.nin.com (free signup required). The new set includes the songs "Echoplex" and "Discipline" which were both posted online during the last couple of weeks ahead of the new album release.
The music is available in a variety of formats, including high-quality MP3, FLAC or M4A lossless at CD quality and even higher-than-CD quality 24/96 WAVE (licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial ShareAlike license). All downloads include a PDF with artwork and credits.For those of you interested in physical products, the band plans to make a version of this release available on CD and vinyl in July.
"The Slip" track listing:
03. Letting You
06. Head Down
07. Lights In The Sky
08. Corona Radiata
09. The Four Of Us Are Dying
10. Demon Seed
All songs were performed by Trent Reznor, Josh Freese, Robin Finck and Allesandro Cortini.NINE INCH NAILS mainman Trent Reznor released the instrumental "Ghosts I-IV" album online on March 2. The two-hour collection of 36 untitled instrumental tracks was made available in various high-quality DRM-free formats at different price levels. According to a press statement, a total of 781,917 copies of the project were transacted at NIN.com in the first week of release, including paid and free downloads, plus pre-orders for physical editions of the set. The total gross earned was reported as $1,619,420.
The expensive "ultra-deluxe" limited edition of "Ghosts I - IV" sold out almost instantly despite a steep $300 price tag. A digital version is available for five dollars, along with a $75 limited edition "deluxe" package. Source:roadrunnerrecords.com
Capitol/EMI announces the June 3 U.S. release of Radiohead: The Best Of. The band's first ever career retrospective, to be made available both physically and digitally, Radiohead: The Best Of brings together the singles, key album tracks and live favorites spanning the band's entire Parlophone Records and Capitol Records career.Radiohead has sold in excess of 25 million records worldwide, has achieved platinum status in 17 countries and multi-platinum in nine, and has won two Grammy Awards. The band has also become one of the most iconic and critically acclaimed groups ever, with their seminal albums OK Computer and The Bends hailed as masterpieces and being consistently voted in Top 5 All Time Albums polls.
Radiohead: The Best Of will be available in the following formats and configurations:
- a 1CD collection featuring 17 tracks
- a Special Edition 2CD, adding 13 tracks
- a 4-piece vinyl set with 29 tracks
- a 30-track digital download
- a DVD featuring all the classic promo videos
A separate announcement with additional DVD details will follow.
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She's a kohl-eyed siren from the vicinity of the geographical elbow formed by Merseyside and north Wales. She's spent a few years getting to the point where her retro-fresh 'pop noir' got noticed. Now experienced hands are helping shape her staggering but perhaps inchoate talents. Tomorrow, surely, belongs to her.But that's enough about Candie Payne. Say hello to Duffy, the 23-year-old singer born Aimee-Ann Duffy who is, as countless pundits have declared, the Sound of 2008, the New Amy Winehouse, or simply the Welsh Adele.
Timing is everything in pop. Last spring, Liverpudlian Payne released I Wish I Could Have Loved You More. It bristled with great tunes and Payne's cool, smoky voice, the whole thing swaddled in Dusty in Memphis-meets-Merseybeat atmos. Blimey, it even featured Mark Ronson's production. But all those (eight) months ago, La Winehouse hadn't yet gone up in a puff of crack smoke, so we didn't need a new one. Plus, spring isn't January, so no one was writing new year/new musical broom features. Payne's album did OK but little more.
But Duffy, mining the same rich seam of musical history, is rocket-powered already. And propitious alignment of the media stars aside, it's not hard to hear why: Rockferry is a fantastic album of burning blue soul. In particular, 'Mercy' is a big, booming, finger-wagging sashay worthy of the Supremes. 'Syrup and Honey', with its monochrome echoes of 'I Can't Help Falling in Love With You', is a ballad you can imagine Elvis singing. 'Hanging on Too Long' is a melodramatic belter easily the equal of anything on Back to Black
The magical aura is reinforced by bafflement: how did this shy and fluttery woman-girl, from a remote, Welsh-speaking part of the country, arrive so fully formed, channelling the sounds of far-off Memphis and decades-gone Detroit? Well, it's not quite been a natural-born breeze: Duffy has been working on Rockferry for almost four years. She's co-written with producer Bernard Butler (Sixties-obsessed ex-Suede guitarist), Jimmy Hogarth (a KT Tunstall collaborator), Eg White (Ivor Novello-winning scribe for Will Young) and Steve Booker (who's written for everyone from Natalie Imbruglia to Marti Pellow; Lindsay Lohan to the Bratz dolls). And before she arrived at this retro-chic sound, Duffy was a contestant on the Welsh incarnation of X Factor, resulting in her releasing an album and an EP. On the latter (released under the name Aimee Duffy and available from iTunes), she's a mix between Evanescence and Clannad. She had a yellow-blonde feather-cut then, not a peroxide-white beehive. Her official biog - and most of her interviews - don't mention this step along the way.Brilliantly, though, on Rockferry you can't hear the joins. The closing track, 'Distant Dreamer', is an epic, orchestral stab of longing. A young Welsh woman channelling the Walker Brothers? Now that's clever.
Download: 'Hanging On Too Long'; 'Warwick Avenue'; 'Distant Dreamer' This report is provided by guardian.co.uk
Amy Winehouse is set to continue her rehabilitation by releasing a Live DVD this autumn.Aptly entitled ‘I Told You I Was Trouble’ the release features footage from a pefromance by Winehouse at London’s Shepherd Bush Empire.
It will also include a 50 minute documentary about the chanteuses rollercoaster like career. The DVD will be released in the UK on November 5.
The track listing is:
Back To Black
Wake Up Alone
Tears Dry On Their Own
He Can Only Hold Her
Fuck Me Pumps
Some Unholy War
Love Is A Losing Game
Hey Little Rich Girl
I'm No Good
Me and Mr Jones
Outro Source: gigwise.com