mercredi, mars 28, 2007

Rock News 03 2007 some more

Beastie Boys, Joanne Newson, White Stripes, David Yow of Jesus Lizard,
Social Registry, The Rakes, Dolores O'Riordan, Yeah Yeah Yeahs,
and Panic! At The Disco.

Beasties' Yauch Talks New Album, Bad Brains

It's been three years since the Beastie Boys released To the 5 Boroughs, which is still only half the time between the release of Boroughs and its immediate predecessor, Hello Nasty. The trio is, however, already hard at work on their next album, as Adam Yauch (aka MCA) revealed to Pitchfork in a recent interview.

Yauch says the Beasties are "focusing on playing instruments [and] not really working with drum machines and samples" on the record, which they are in the process of mixing. The album is currently untitled, but they hope to release it this spring.

If that happens, the group will have an album to promote on their upcoming summer festival tour, the first date of which is at the Sasquatch! Festival alongside their friends and old touring buddies Bad Brains. Yauch says there are no plans for the two groups to play together at the festival but adds that Bad Brains bassist Darryl Jenifer "will probably steal a couple of beers from my dressing room."

Yauch spent a lot of time with Jenifer and the rest of Bad Brains' original lineup recently when he produced their forthcoming album, Build a Nation. Yauch calls Nation "more raw sounding than some of the other stuff that they did. It has a pretty full sound, but it's more like the way they sounded live back in the day seeing them at CBGB's, the amps and the PA at full tilt."

Nation also takes a different approach to the band's reggae influences: "With I Against I and after that, they started bringing the reggae influence into the rock style, and this record goes back to the [self-titled] ROIR cassette style where the dub is very separate from the hardcore tracks. There are tracks that are more straight-up hardcore and then tracks that are straight-up dub."

Considering how fast Bad Brains used to play, it would be understandable if they had mellowed in their old age. But Yauch says, "If anything, they play more accurately than ever. They're pretty incredible musicians. It was pretty amazing hearing those guys play together and lay it down. The way that they move together, the drums and bass and guitar, is almost like one complex instrument. I guess they've just been playing together so long that there's a certain flow to the way the band plays that's pretty unique. They have a lot of jazz influences in the way they go through changes. Like, the chord changes that they choose and the rhythms that they do are pretty amazing."

Build a Nation comes out this spring on Megaforce Records.

Posted by Dave Maher

Joanna Newsom Unveils EP Details. Yes, it's still called Joanna Newsom and the Ys Street Band, unfortunately

The title of Joanna Newsom's new EP isn't Every Word in the Title of These Songs Starts With "C", though it would be about as good as the actual title, Joanna Newsom and the Ys Street Band.

Plus, it's true, since the EP leads off with new song "Colleen" before segueing into new versions of "Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie" and "Cosmia".

Drag City will release the full-band EP on April 24 in the U.S., and Newsom has two weeks of European tour dates next month as well. She has also shown a great deal of consideration to British fans by scheduling a September appearance in London six and a half months in advance.

Posted by Dave Maher

White Stripes Announce Icky New Album Gross!

They're baaaaack! The White Stripes announced on their website late last night that their sixth album, which bears the excellently bizarre title of Icky Thump, will be released "as soon as corporately possible."

It was recorded at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, Tennessee, and includes the songs "Catch Hell Blues", "Little Cream Soda", "Rag and Bone", "You Don't Know What Love Is (Just Do As You're Told)", "I'm Slowly Turning Into You", and "Icky Thump".

As previously reported, the new album will be delivered via the Stripes' new home, Warner Bros. They will support it with appearances at Bonnaroo as well as Germany's Rock am Ring and Rock im Park festivals in June.

In typical White Stripes fashion, the album details were revealed via a silly, semi-cryptic message.

Posted by Amy Phillips

Jesus Lizard/Scratch Acid's David Yow Joins L.A.'s Qui

Whether you've been basking in David Yow's sweat since the 1980s or just caught Scratch Acid reunion fever this past fall, have we got news for you. The ex-Scratch Acid, ex-Jesus Lizard maniac has joined L.A.-based noise rockers Qui. Now a trio with Yow on vocals, Qui have a full-length on the way in 2007.

The as-yet-untitled album features Yow hootin' and hollerin' and follows up 2003's Baby Kisses (Heart of a Champion Records), which Qui guitarist/vocalist Matt Cronk and drummer/vocalist Paul Christensen recorded and released as a duo. Qui also serve up a new 7" via Infrasonic Sound Recordings in the coming weeks.

The newly Yow-endowed Qui hit the roads of the American South and West this March, including appearances at SXSW. Mad praise to reader Philip Crabtree for the tip!

In other news, this guy wishes he were the David Yow.

Posted by Matthew Solarski

Actress Jena Malone Records Social Registry 7" Gang Gang Dance, Growing also contribute to Social Registry singles series

"Actor/actress-turned-musician" there any scarier phrase in the English language? (Yes, and it's "reality-TV-star-turned-musician.") From Keanu "Dogstar" Reeves and Russell "30 Odd Foot of Grunts" Crowe to Jennifer Love "BareNaked" Hewitt and Gina "I toured with Girls Against Boys" Gershon, history is littered with embarrassing accidents involving beautiful people and guitars.

So what makes Jena Malone different? Well, she's not a huge movie star yet, for one thing-- you might remember her from Donnie Darko, Saved, Pride and Prejudice, or, um, Stepmom. And she doesn't have a team of assistants, stylists, marketers, and managers controlling her every move. It's just her, "recording and producing all of my own music with the help of whatever musician is around at the time," as she told Pitchfork in a recent email exchange.

So far, Malone has recorded two demos, Bloodstains for Sailors and A-NEWT; EMOTIONAL NUTRITION. A pair of tracks from each demo can be heard on Malone's MySpace page. They're pretty out-there-- bedroom electronics, spaced-out keyboards, and Malone's spare vocals, falling somewhere in between Scout Niblett and Karen O.

It makes sense that Malone has hooked up with the experimental NYC label the Social Registry, home to such acts as Gang Gang Dance and Blood on the Wall. Malone will release two Bloodstains for Sailors tracks, "Tested Dry" and "Greeneyed Monster", on a Social Registry 7" sometime later this year. The former features Harper Simon on guitar, while the latter features Louis Schwadron on keyboards.

The 7" will be a part of an upcoming singles series run by the label, which will launch this summer. Each month, Social Registry will put out 500 copies of a single, each hand-numbered and in silk-screened jackets. Along with Malone, the series will include singles by Gang Gang Dance, Total Life (Kevin Doria from Growing), Brian DeGraw of Gang Gang Dance, IUD (featuring Lizzie Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance), Sian Alice Group, Douglas Armour, and TK Webb.

Posted by Amy Phillips

The Rakes Release Ten New Messages, One New Remix EP. Tour UK and Europe from March to May.

The Rakes will release their second album, Ten New Messages, in England via V2 on March 19. First single "We Danced Together" will precede it with a March 12 release. Though they are still deciding on a permanent U.S. label since V2's American arm called it quits, Dim Mak has shown quite a bit of interest, going so far as to release the Rakes' Remixes EP on February 20 in the U.S.

The Rakes will tour the UK and Europe for a couple of months beginning on March 19, the day of Messages' release...

Posted by Dave Maher

Cranberries singer to play first solo show. Dolores O' Riordan announces London date

Former Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan is to play her first ever solo date.

O'Riordan is set to release her solo album 'Are You Listening?' on May 7 proceeded by single 'Ordinary Day' on April 30.

She is set to play London's KOKO on June 15.

"I haven't played London since 2003. This show is exceptionally thrilling for me - not only because it's my first ever solo UK show, but because it's also the first time British audiences will hear my new material live," O'Riordan explained.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs at work on new project. It's 'savoury' says frontwoman Karen O.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are hard at work on a new project, according to frontwoman Karen O.

A posting by O on the band's website yesterday (March 7) revealed that the trio have reconvened to work on the project in New York City throughout the rest of this month.

O also revealed that her current favourite albums are 'Nine Times That Same Song' by Love Is All, and 'Cryptograms' by Deerhunter.

She wrote: "We are about to be reunited in NYC for the rest of March, working on a savory project that we hope all of you will dig into eventually, second helpings advised- you'll hear more from us very very soon in regards to this.

"Just wanted to tip y'all off on my favorite new records, 'Nine Time That Same Song' by Love Is All, I know it's said often but I can't remember the last time I've listened to a Record over again and then over again and then again again. Check them out if you're a curious person with 'needs'.

"The other is 'Cryptograms' by Deerhunter, mine ears have heard the glory of Bradford COX, not too badlookin' these guys either. In fact they are good lookin, yeah, go look'em up!"

Panic! At The Disco 'hibernate' for new album. The Las Vegas band get cabin fever for sessions

Panic! At The Disco have gone into self-imposed hibernation for their new album.

The band are currently in a cabin in Neveda working on the follow up to 2006's 'A Fever You Can't Sweat Out'.

Guitarist Ryan Ross said: "Guess you could say I've been hibernating for the past few months. I'll be meeting up with everyone at the cabin in a few days to begin working on songs again.

"This record is going to be something very special to me, and I hope it is to all of you as well. I've got a few handfuls of lyrics and a pinch of music started so far, should be interesting to see what happens...we're all very excited to be doing this again, plus it's been a while since I've had some good (American campfire snack) s'mores."

He also said that the song he was working on was "a love story".

They band have yet to decide on a producer for the new album, reports MTV News.