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:
01. 999,999 02. 1,000,000 03. Letting You 04. Discipline 05. Echoplex 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