mercredi, mars 29, 2006

Evanescence news

The Return Of Evanescence

Evanescence (photo by Ros O'Gorman)

by Eve Jenkin @ Undercover

March 29 2006

It seems like hard rock act Evanescence have been taking their sweet time with a follow up to 2003’s 6x platinum “Fallen,” but the band is assuring their fans new material is on its way, it’s just taken a little longer than expected.

The future of Evanescence was left up in the air in late 2003 when the band’s founding member, guitarist and songwriter abruptly left the outfit citing of course “creative differences.” But new guitarist Terry Balsamo was soon recruited by front woman Amy Lee and the pair have been writing music for the yet-to-be-titled sophomore album ever since. “We'll be done mixing next week!” Lee said according to “I can hardly believe it, we've been working on this album for so long. The stuff sounds so good. ... Wow, what a trip this has been.” Lee has previously claimed she would not compromise her art for anything or rush the creative process in any way – hence the slow progression of the new album. The singer/songwriter even penned a track for the “Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” which was knocked back for being too dark for the kid’s flick.

Lee continues: “It's going to be hard to hold this music in all summer. I really want to thank you guys again for being so patient - I know it's gonna be worth it.” The new album is rumoured to hit shelves in August, but an official statement is yet to be released.

Franz Ferdinand news

Franz Ferdinand Give Song To Fans

Franz Ferdinand (photo by Ros O'Gorman)

by Eve Jenkin @ Undercover

March 29

Scottish New Wave revivalists Franz Ferdinand have decided to give their fans a very special treat – free copies of their new single “Swallow Smile”.

The band revealed to The Independent that the song, which they recorded during their time in Australia last year, will be awarded to members of the Franz Ferdinand fan club as thanks for all their support. However, the release will be strictly limited to these fan club members, as the band’s next official single is not “Swallow Smile,” but the double A-side “The Fallen/L Wells” released on April 3rd. “Who wants to release one single and have one video, when you can release a double A-side and make three videos?!” exclaim Franz Ferdinand on their official website. But if you’re a little confused as to the three videos part, just listen to the rest of what the band has to say. “You've seen the video for The Fallen, and now it's the turn of the other half of our brand-new single to hit the airwaves. The video for L.Wells is available exclusively on MTV all this week!” They continue, “We're not done yet... a video for b-side Jeremy Fraser is almost finished!”

Wow. So it looks like we can expect a concentrated burst of everything Franz Ferdinand dominating airwaves very soon. Perhaps as a result of this saturation, the band’s latest album “You Could Have It So Much Better” has exceeded the success of its predecessor, reaching #1 on The UK charts and #8 in The States.

Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie Releases Educated Horses

Rob Zombie

by Paul Cashmere @ Undercover

March 29 2006

Rob Zombie’s third solo album ‘Educated Horses’ was released this week.

Zombie has been quiet of late while he concentrated on his film career and the new album is his return to rock. His most recent movie project was the horror flick ‘The Devil’s Rejects’.

His solo albums to date have matched the successes of his former band White Zombie. His solo debut ‘Hellbilly Deluxe’ and the second album ‘The Sinister Urge’ are both platinum albums.

White Zombie’s two albums sold more than 5 million units.

Zombie used his directing skills to create a video for the first single ‘Foxy Foxy’ which he shot in Los Angeles.

‘Educated Horses’ features special guest Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle) and Tommy Lee (Motley Crue).

Zombie is now on tour until May 5. This band includes John 5 (Marilyn Manson), Tommy Clufetos (Alice Cooper) and his longtime bass player Blasko.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium Details

Red Hot Chili Peppers

(photo by Ros O'Gorman)

by Paul Cashmere @ Undercover

March 28 2006

Red Hot Chili Peppers have released further details of their upcoming album ‘Stadium Acardium’.

The 28 track 2CD set will be released on May 9th. The Chili Peppers recorded a grand total of 38 songs for the album. It was once again produced by Rick Rubin. In fact, Rubin and the Chilis recorded the album in the same house that they created the 1991 classic ‘BloodSugarSexMajik’.

The two CDs will be divided into two parts, one called ‘Jupiter’ and the other one called ‘Mars’. "We set out to write 13 songs," Anthony Kiedis said in a statement. "But as has been the case every time we've tried to do that, we ended up with 30-some-odd songs. The difference this time was we ended up liking all of those songs and finishing all of those songs, and it actually became a very difficult process to even whittle it down to 28."

The first single will be ‘Dani California’ from the Jupiter set. The video was directed by Tony Kaye (American History X).

The tracklisting is:

"Stadium Arcadium's" "Jupiter" CD track listing comprises: "Dani California," "Snow (Hey Oh)," "Charlie," "Stadium Arcadium," "Hump de Bump," "She's Only 18," "Slow Cheetah," "Torture Me," "Strip My Mind," "Especially in Michigan," "Warlocks," "C'mon Girl," "Wet Sand" and "Hey."

"Stadium Arcadium's" "Mars" CD track listing comprises: "Desecration Smile," "Tell Me Baby," "Hard to Concentrate," "21st Century," "She Looks to Me," "Readymade," "If," "Make You Feel Better," "Animal Bar," "So Much I," "Storm in a Teacup," "We Believe," "Turn It Again" and "Death of a Martian."

P O D in Chicago

P.O.D. To Play Wrestlemania


by Paul Cashmere @ Undercover

March 28 2006

P.O.D. will perform before 15,000 wrestling fans this Sunday in Chicago.

The band will be at Rosemont’s Allstate Arena this weekend for Wrestlemania 22.

The audience will be made up of people from 16 countries and 43 states across the USA. The live broadcast will be seen in 90 countries.

P.O.D. will debut the new song ‘Booyaka 619’, a cover if the Rey Mysterio tracks that they recorded for the Wreckless Intent movie.

mardi, mars 28, 2006

Nikki Sudden...

Nikki Sudden Dead at 49

Scott Plagenhoef and David Nadelle report:

Nikki Sudden, former co-leader of the Swell Maps and the Jacobites and an accomplished solo artist, has died at the age of 49. The inspirational rock veteran, born Nicholas Godfrey, passed away Sunday in New York, where he had performed a free show billed as the "Farewell New York Bash".

Sudden and his brother, Kevin Paul Godfrey (aka Epic Soundtracks), formed the first iteration of the band that eventually became known as Swell Maps in their early teens in 1972, but the group didn't issue its first single, the self-recorded, self-released "Read About Seymour", until 1978.

The record sold briskly, leading the band to perform a session for John Peel. The day after it was broadcast, Rough Trade shop owner Geoff Travis stopped Sudden in the street and offered to purchase the remainder of the singles. Along with Scritti Politti and Desperate Bicycles, the Swell Maps became the embodiment of punk's DIY aesthetic, and "Read About Seymour" was one of the most successful attempts to demystify and democratize the process of creating music, turning a lack of professionalism from a hindrance into a go-for-broke virtue.

Loving the manic energy of T. Rex and the sonic experimentalism of Can in equal measures, Swell Maps forged a chaotic, charming blend of pop and noise. They released two albums on Travis' Rough Trade label, A Trip to Marineville (1979) and Jane From Occupied Europe (1980), as well as a handful of singles before disbanding.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Sudden released a series of diverse but often spotty records as a solo artist and with his band the Jacobites. He worked mostly with fellow Jacobite Dave Kusworth and his brother, Epic Soundtracks, until the latter's 1997 death, and collaborated with members of R.E.M., Sonic Youth, and Wilco.

Much of Sudden's work throughout this period has a languid feel, showing off a woozy, bluesy Stones and Faces influence. His solo material reveals the depths of his love for Johnny Thunders, Keith Richards, and Ronnie Wood but still carries the loose, freewheeling feel of his Swell Maps work. A frequent rock scribe whose writing appeared in Mojo among other publications, Sudden had nearly completed a biography of Wood at the time of his death.

Earlier this decade, Secretly Canadian initiated an extensive Nikki Sudden reissue campaign, releasing not only expanded versions of the two Swell Maps LPs, but upwards of a half-dozen of his post-SW works. In each case, the records were remastered and included extensive liner notes. In addition, Secretly Canadian released Sudden's underrated 2004 LP Treasure Island, which features appearances by Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan and former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor.

Sudden began recording in his bedroom and forged a career out of it through will and enthusiasm at a time when well-honed craft and access to a studio were considered the only routes to making music. Throughout his life, Sudden continued to forge his own destiny, carrying himself as a rock star despite his lack of mainstream success. He was proof that, in a post-punk music environment, fame and the ability to connect with listeners are relative, and that even if his heroes-- Marc Bolan, Keith Richards-- were mostly household names, large-scale success and fortune weren't necessary to inspire devotion and wonderment.

"I dress and act like a star because I am one-- even if only in the eyes of a few," Sudden told Buffalo alt-weekly Art Voice. Unlike many of his punk contemporaries, Sudden continued to inspire such devotion throughout his career. According to reports, he fittingly spent the final hours of his life playing a free, ramshackle, loose show, covering T. Rex and the Velvet Underground, climbing a stage to live his rock star dreams and channeling his heroes, and asking nothing from his audience in return.

According to, Sudden recently finished a new solo album, The Truth Doesn't Matter. The Jacobites will play a previously scheduled show in London on Wednesday, March 29, as a memorial for Sudden.

On May 8, Overground Records will release Wastrels and Whippersnappers, a 23-song collection of early Swell Maps recordings. Compiled by Swell Maps bassist Jowe Head, the disc features all previously unreleased material, including home demos of their second single, "Dresden Style", as well as "Harmony in Your Bathroom", "Vertical Slum", "Full Moon in My Pocket", and "Blam" from A Trip to Marineville.


01 Intro/Sweet and Sour part 2
02 Dresden Style
03 Pet's Corner
04 Shubunkin
05 Sahara
06 Full Moon-Blam-Full Moon
07 Instronaut
08 Televisions
09 Wireless
10 Harmony in Your Bathroom
11 Camoflage Attack
12 Gramofonica
13 Harvist
14 Johnny Seven
15 Sweet and Sour (Parts 2, 3 & 4)
16 Sheep Police/Septipede
17 Improv Number One
18 Platinum Blind
19 God Save the Queen
20 Ratbag and Goblin ("Batman" Theme)
21 Vertical Slumber
22 Below Number One
23 Organism

* Pitchfork Review: Swell Maps: A Trip to Marineville/Jane From Occupied Europe
* Pitchfork Review: Swell Maps: International Rescue
* Nikki Sudden:
* Overground:
* Secretly Canadian:

lundi, mars 27, 2006

Doherty again

Pete Doherty’s Chaotic Court Appearance

Pete Doherty

by Eve Jenkin @ Undercover

It seems that drug-addled rocker Pete Doherty can’t do anything right, and he’s not doing anything to prove otherwise with his recent court appearance described as “total chaos” by a reporter that he kicked in the arm - not long after pleading guilty to seven drug charges.

Arriving more than an hour late for his trial at London’s Thames Magistrate Court on March 23, Doherty proceeded to plead guilty to seven charges of possessing drugs including crack cocaine, heroin, and marijuana. He is currently serving 12 months community service, must undertake regular drug tests – an order imposed from his last court appearance – and will now have the results of his next review determine his final sentence.

Following the trial chaos ensued, with dozens of media swarming the former Libertines front man leaving him with no other option than to “fight” his way through the swarm. BBC Radio One reporter Trudi Barber explained on Radio One “It was total chaos here outside the court both when he arrived and when he left…Afterwards he leapt over the railings outside the court…All of a sudden he lashed out, kicking me in the arm that was holding the microphone.”

samedi, mars 25, 2006

Smoking Section

From Sean Lennon to Gn'R

Sean Lennon Photo

Not conventional

Photo by Barry Brecheisen

At long last, Sean Lennon is putting the final touches on the follow-up to his stellar 1998 debut, Into the Sun. "I'm just finishing the cover design," he tells the Smoking Section of the upcoming Friendly Fire. "Then it's up to the label [Capitol] as to when it comes out." In the meantime, Lennon has two more projects in the works. The first is a movie adaptation of a Japanese best seller, Coin Locker Babies. Lennon co-wrote the script and appears with Val Kilmer, Vincent Gallo and Asia Argento. Project two: a series of shorts Lennon shot to accompany the tunes on his album. "They're not conventional music videos, in that they look like a movie," he says, "and have a narrative thread throughout." Lennon is not sure in what form they will be released, but he's stoked about the results. "The notable cameos are from Money Mark, Bijou Phillips, Jordana Brewster, Lindsay Lohan, Harper Simon, Carrie Fisher and Devon Aoki," Lennon says, adding that one animated short is being produced by Jim Henson's daughter, Heather. "We had a lot of fun making them, and they're gonna be fun to watch."

* * * *

Are ya hungry? Let the Smoking Section recommend the lobster spring roll. "It's not like one you get where you need a magnifying glass and some tweezers to find the lobster in it," says Audioslave singer Chris Cornell, who, along with pal Pink, just celebrated the opening of Black Calavados, his first restaurant, in his new hometown of Paris. Back in the day, before Soundgarden struck it big, Cornell made ends meet working in Seattle restaurants -- like the delicious Ray's Boathouse -- or hustling seafood around town. "I started as a dishwasher," he says. "Then a saute cook, then a broiler cook, then a lead cook. I had enough money to have a guitar and amp and pay rent, and I loved it." And what's up with Audioslave? "We finished a record a week and a half ago," he tells us. "It's done, done" -- in just six weeks at an L.A. studio working with producer Brendan O'Brien. Audioslave have moved in a soul/R&B direction on cuts like "Moth" and "Revelations" (the latter is the likely first single and the album's title track). "My favorite singers are not in rock bands," says Cornell. "They're Otis Redding, Aretha and Mavis Staples. Our first two records were sorta polarized, with heavy rock jams and softer melodic songs living together. This record is not polarized -- we've found our identity."

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The rumor floating around at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony? Guns n' Roses will tour this summer with Slash and Duff McKagan back in the band. We're not saying who's spreading this around, but if you happened to be getting hammered at 3 a.m. in Room 39A of the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York with Kid Rock and Lars Ulrich, you may have overheard the same gossip. Sources indicate it's not true, but only Axl Rose can say for sure, and he's not talking.

AUSTIN SCAGGS @ Rolling Stone

Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol Keep Their Eyes Open

Alt-pop auteur Gary Lightbody gets really low, really high on new album

snow patrol Photo

Not into blood, just metaphors

Snow Patrol, the emotive indie U.K. outfit fronted by the lanky, tender-voxed Gary Lightbody, return with their fourth album, Eyes Open, May 1st.

The follow-up to 2004's Final Straw -- boosted by the Coldplay-esque single "Run" -- was crafted with longtime producer Garrett Lee over the course of a year in the band's country of Scotland, and in a renowned little house at a dramatic location on the Irish coast.

"We were staying in this place called 'The Roundhouse,'" drummer Johnny Quinn says of the band's six-week stay last summer. "It was just this round house perched on a cliff in one of most westerly points. Kate Bush used to go there to write songs. The front living room we converted into a little rehearsal/recording studio with a panoramic view across the Atlantic."

The time spent in near-isolation allowed new bassist Paul Wilson, who replaced Mark McClelland last year, a chance to settle in without distractions. "It was really important that we got away from everything else and got reacquainted with each other," says guitarist Nathan Connolly.

After writing a host of cuts including "Chasing Cars" and "Beginning to Get to Me," the band returned to Scotland, where Lightbody wrote some of his deepest and darkest lyrics to date. "I purposely went off on my own and kind of went mental, really," the singer admits. "I was unhappy in many ways, and very broken after two-and-a-half years of touring. All my relationships were fucked-up. I wanted to repair myself, so I basically cut myself up and put myself back together again and [that led to] some really dark moments on this record."

More ominous lyrics are at work on tracks like "Headlights on Dark Roads," which Lightbody says was like an outpouring. "The rawest kind of lyrics -- 'I'll pull the thorns from our ripped bodies and let the blood fall in my mouth,'" he says. "It's terrifying imagery, but I was really angry." The singer pauses, then adds, "Obviously, I'm not a vampire. It's a metaphor."

On the opposite end of the spectrum is a cut like "Chasing Cars," which the band demoed live at California's Coachella festival last spring. "It's the purest love song that I've ever written. There's no knife-in-the-back twist," says Lightbody. "When I read these lyrics back, I was like, 'Oh, that's weird.' All the other love songs I've written have a dark edge."

Despite his talk of heavy themes, Lightbody hopes Eyes Open is a complete emotional journey. "At the end of the record, there is a kind of happy ending," he says. "I didn't want to leave people feeling kind of angry. I think the record -- stealing a line from U2 -- there is a kind of arc in it, a dramatic arc. It twists and turns. I think you need to show the darkness to show how amazing the light is."

JOLIE LASH @ Rolling Stone

Vines news

The Vines Rock Again on "Vision"

Craig Nicholls says Asperger's hasn't thrown his music

the vines Photo

Don't call it a comeback

Vines singer Craig Nicholls is back after being diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome in November 2004."I was working out how to deal with everything that had happened to me and to the Vines," says Nicholls. "And I'm sure that influenced the songs. I had a lot of stuff in my head."

2004 was a wild year for the band: Nicholls' erratic behavior led to an assault charge, bassist Patrick Matthews departed and everyone had to come to grips with the singer's health condition.

Ultimately, the Vines regrouped as a trio -- Nicholls, drummer Hamish Rosser and guitarist Ryan Griffith -- and spent a year working on Vision Valley, due April 4th, throughout their hometown of Sydney, with their usual producer, Wayne Connolly.

"We used quite a few studios because we kind of split the recording up into sections rather than doing it in one big hit," Nicholls says. "That way it's a lot more creative and enjoyable -- well, for us anyway." One of the string of spots the Vines worked in was Niki Nali, which Nicholls loved "because you can walk outside and look at the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House."

Despite his struggle with Asperger's, Nicholls says his songwriting process "hasn't really changed at all." And, he adds, once back in the studio, "Everyone was really excited to be making another album."

The result is thirteen cuts that splice together the garage-y punk of early Vines on tracks like "Anysound" and "Fuk Hey" with sunny, Beatlesque pop ditties like "Candy Daze." Nicholls even throws in a twangy country ballad, "Take Me Back," while the title track sounds a lot like Oasis' "Wonderwall." And "Don't Listen to the Radio," the last song the band recorded, touches on the personal need the singer had to cut himself off from outside influence. "I was just feeling like I really couldn't be exposed to the stuff that gets forced onto you," he says.

As for the future, the Vines have no plans to tour behind Vision Valley. "We're just going to be in Sydney and write some more songs," says Nicholls, "and hopefully we'll get to make another album."

LAUREN GITLIN @ Rolling Stone

jeudi, mars 23, 2006

PJ Harvey DVD

Enigmatic performer finally gives window into her stage act

pj harvey Photo


Photo by Barry Brecheisen

Known for her raucous and theatrical live shows, the ever-elusive PJ Harvey will finally release her first-ever live DVD, PJ Harvey on Tour -- Please Leave Quietly, on May 2nd.

The collection, directed by Harvey's longtime video director Maria Mochnacz, features footage from the notoriously guarded rocker's U.S. and European tours in support of 2004's Uh Huh Her. In addition, Please Leave Quietly offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the construction of the live shows -- from stage sets to sound checks -- as well as the previously unreleased tracks "Evol" and "Uh Huh Her."

"I like saying 'Uh Huh Her,' because you get my Dorset accent coming out," Harvey told Rolling Stone with a laugh, shortly before kicking off her 2004 jaunt. "There's a song called 'Uh Huh Her' that I play live but I chose never to record. The chorus is: 'Don't marry uh huh her/Don't marry her her her.'"

Harvey also offers up a twenty-eight-minute interview in which she discusses the musician's trinity of writing, recording and performing -- a rare treat for a typically tight-lipped artist.

"I'm not -- by any stretch of the imagination -- a sought-after celebrity," she told Rolling Stone. "But still, even the amount of attention that I receive I would much rather not have."


Posted Mar 23, 2006 2:20

Audioslave news

Audioslave Reveal Their Soul Side

Chris Cornell dips into R&B, family life on "Revelations"

Audioslave: Chris Cornell Photo

Family man

For Audioslave's third album, due in June, singer Chris Cornell wanted to explore a vocal style he feels closest to but has never touched on before: R&B. "I love rock music, but my favorite singers are not in rock bands," Cornell confesses. "They're Stevie Wonder, Mavis Staples, the Chamber Brothers." So on Audioslave's latest effort, appropriately dubbed Revelations, Cornell decided to follow the soul sound.

He really pushed his boundaries on the "groove-oriented" song "Broken City." "It reminds me of The World Is a Ghetto[-era] War," Cornell says. "My vocal cadence is different, my approach to the vocal is different. And with this band, we have the ability to go into more of a soul/R&B direction and have it be authentic. It's exciting."

But never mind the Chamber Brothers -- Cornell's new role as a family man has had just as great an influence on his songwriting and his life. "As I'm getting older and I have children and my life is definitely settling down more, I'm really about family," he says while getting ready to play a West Hollywood benefit for the Stuart House, a group that helps sexually abused children and their families. "When I'm not in the studio making records with Audioslave, I'm at home with my wife and my kids," he continues. "So there are a lot of songs where I mention them -- where maybe the subject is about something else, but they're in there. My family is my chief concern."

Though still only just over a year old, Cornell's daughter has already made her opinion of Audioslave's music known. "My baby girl Toni listens to [last year]'s Out of Exile religiously, every day, dances to it in the kitchen. And if you take out that CD and put in something else, she'll whine and say no," Cornell says with a laugh. "We finished the new record just now, and the very first time I put it on she was like, 'This is not the record I know.' Everybody's a critic."

STEVE BALTIN @ Rolling Stone

Posted Mar 22, 2006 4:32 PM

mercredi, mars 22, 2006

Jewel news

Jewel Trips Through "Wonderland"

Singer-songwriter tells the pop story of her life in most diverse album yet

Jewel Photo

"Drink me"

Photo by Jason Squires

For the follow-up to 2003's 0304, Jewel first ducked into the studio with a group of Nashville pros to self-produce a new, folky, Pieces of You-style album. But she didn't like the results, so she rerecorded the entire thing with Green Day producer Rob Cavallo, who gave her introspective songs a slick sheen.

In a matter of weeks, the pair reworked every cut live, overdubbing only percussion, for what would become Goodbye Alice in Wonderland, her new album out May 2nd.

"It tells the story of my life from Alaska to being homeless to that little bottle that said 'Drink me,' which was my career," she says.

The record finds the singer-songwriter exploring a number of musical styles -- from the country tinge of "Stephenville, TX" and upbeat pop of "Satellite," to the folksy opening one-two punch, "Again and Again" and "Long Slow Slide." "I'm a Gemini," Jewel says to explain her range. "I have a lot of moods."

To give her moods a flow, she programmed Alice's thirteen songs -- all recorded live -- as if the album were a concert. "I start in a certain place," she says, "bring it up into sort of a rock set, and then I come back down."

Though a downloader herself, Jewel says she still wants people to listen to Alice as a whole entity. "I'm old-fashioned about records," she confesses. "I want people to hear the whole record in the order I put it in."

Thinking of taking her new material on the road, Jewel adds, "If I can, I'd love to play the record from top to bottom."


Posted Mar 21, 2006 4:10 PM