lundi, avril 09, 2007

Rock News 04 2007

Marilyn Manson, Sinead O'Connor, Bjork, They Might Be Giants, R.E.M., The Cure, Atreyu, and Super Furry Animals.

Marilyn Manson: Manson explains the turmoil that's plagued him for much of the past year - and ultimately led him to restart his musical career with a new album, 'Eat Me, Drink Me,' due in June 2007. The songs, he says, "are clearly written to seduce somebody". He then describes his year in hell that started with his wife filing for divorce. "Halfway through last year I was in such a black hole of depression," he says. "I couldn't make anything, I couldn't do anything. I lost hope." At the time, Manson's mother was diagnosed with a mental illness and, he says, "I got trapped in one of the classic rock & roll cliches of having people that work for me rob me behind my back." The theme of the album is depicted in the six-minute epic If I Was Your Vampire, which Manson wrote on Christmas. "That song is the new Bela Lugosi's Dead," says Manson. "It's the all-time gothic anthem." Other songs to appear on the new album include: Just a Car Crash Away, Putting Holes in Happiness (first single), Rebels Without Applause, The Red Carpet Grave, and You, Me and the Devil Makes 3.

Sinead O'Connor reveals new album details. 'Theology' is due out in June. Singer has revealed the details of her forthcoming album.

The double-disc 'Theology' is due out June 26 in the US, and features original songs as well as several covers.

The album includes eight original songs written by O'Connor, as well as covers including Curtis Mayfield's 'We People Who Are Darker Than Blue', Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's 'I Don't Know How To Love' from the musical 'Jesus Christ Superstar', and the reggae spiritual 'Rivers of Babylon' with new lyrics penned by O'Connor.

"'Theology' is an attempt to create a place of peace in a time of war," said O'Connor.

"It is my own personal response to what has taken place and is affecting everyone around the world since and including September 11, 2001. I simply wanted to make a beautiful thing which inspires me," she added.

The album was recorded in two separate sessions in Dublin and London. The first disc features the 'Dublin Sessions' - a minimalist acoustic affair produced by Irish musician Steve Cooney, known for his work with The Chieftains.

The second disc features the 'London Sessions', produced by Ron Tom and featuring a full band including drums, bass, guitar, piano, harp, violins, celli, French horn, flute, backing vocals and percussion. Reggae bass legend Robbie Shakespeare makes an appearance.

The 'Theology' tracklisting is:

Disc 1 - Dublin Sessions

'Something Beautiful'
'We People Who Are Darker Than Blue'
'Out Of The Depths'
'Dark I Am Yet Lovely'
'If You Had A Vineyard'
'Watcher Of Men'
'The Glory Of Jah'
'Whomsoever Dwells'
'Rivers Of Babylon'
'Hosanna Filio David'

Disc 2 - London Sessions

'Something Beautiful'
'We People Who Are Darker Than Blue'
'Out Of The Depths'
'Dark I Am Yet Lovely'
'I Don't Know How To Love Him'
'If You Had A Vineyard'
'The Glory Of Jah'
'Watcher Of Men'
'Whomsoever Dwells'
'Rivers Of Babylon'

--By our Los Angeles staff.

Bjork reveals new album tracklisting. First single 'Earth Intruders' due out this month.

Bjork has revealed the first single off her forthcoming album 'Volta', as well as the album artwork and tracklisting.

'Earth Intruders' is set to be released as a digital download on April 9.

The artwork for 'Volta' features bright colours and unusual caricatures of the Icelandic chanteuse, which can be viewed at

"All I wanted to do for this album was just to have fun and do something that was full-bodied and really up," Bjork told Pitchfork.

"It was a magical atmosphere in the photo shoot. It was kind of fun, because it wasn't about me, it was about this sort of spirit of - like a woman who is kind of...into rave, no I'm just kidding. Like, a sort of celebration of that ancient, but at the same time kind of neon."

Bjork wrote and produced her sixth studio album, which is due out May 7, as previously reported.

The tracklisting is:

'Earth Intruders'
'Dull Flame of Desire'
'I See Who You Are'
'Vertebrae by Vertebrae'
'Declare Independence'
'My Juvenile'

--By our Los Angeles staff

They Might Be Giants reveal new album details. 'The Else' was produced by the Dust Brothers.

They Might Be Giants have revealed the details of their forthcoming album.

'The Else' features 13 tracks, and is due out July 13.

The veteran rock duo tapped the Dust Brothers to handle production duties on their first rock album since 2004's 'The Spine'.

"We came up with a couple of ways of working," frontman John Flansburgh told Billboard.

"We got loops from them early in the process, a huge collection of their delightful drum loops. That's how we started a bunch of the tracks.

"Then they came to New York and helped us reassess stuff we'd written and demoed on our own. There's a third of the songs which they were not involved with, but we wanted to be of a piece with the rest of the record," he said.

Tracks on the album include 'The Cap'n', 'Whithered Hope', 'Upside Down Frown' and 'Take Out The Trash'.

REM discuss 'uptempo' new album. They will preview songs in Dublin.

REM have been discussing their eagerly-awaited new album.

The band are set to record the LP with Bloc Party producer Jacknife Lee, and it is expected to be released before the end of the year.

Speaking about the project bassist Mike Mills told Billboard: "The way we normally work is (guitarist) Peter (Buck) and I are overproductive. We tend to write a lot of music. Michael (Stipe) requires a little more time to focus on it. Musically, I'd say we're pretty far along. Lyrically, we're probably just beginning."

Mills said on the follow up to 2004's 'Around The Sun' the band would be "aiming for a more live feel and maybe a little more uptempo".

He continued: "The trouble with making records is that you can plan all you want. But what we find is that the records tend to take on a life of their own, so it could go in any direction."

The Cure team up with Ashlee Simpson. Robert Smith works with pop star.

The Cure frontman Robert Smith has teamed up with singer Ashlee Simpson for a collaboration on her new album.

The as-yet-untitled album is the follow up to 2005's 'I Am Me'.

Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz denied any involvement in putting the unusual pair together, even though both of them are his personal friends.

He said: "I doubt I had anything to do with it, 'cause they were friends since she was performing in 'Chicago'. But I definitely only have good things to say about Ash - I think the collaboration could be great."

Simpson is also known to be working with Keane's Tim Rice-Oxley, Chad Hugo from The Neptunes and John Legend, reports EW

Atreyu recording fourth album. Summer release expected.

Atreyu are currently busy in studios in Los Angeles working on their fourth, as yet unnamed, studio album.

The album is being produced by John Feldmann, who has formerly been the man behind records for Mest and Good Charlotte among others, and is scheduled for a late summer release, according to

Frontman Alex Varkatzas said of the new project: "We're really excited to be working with John Feldmann.

"I don't want to give anything away, but we're tossing around all kinds of ideas and are leaving ourselves open to endless possibilities. We are going to challenge ourselves."

Tracks from the new album are expected to be previewed on the Korn-led Family Values Tour 2007 in America.

Super Furry Animals reveal new album title. The follow-up to 'Love Kraft' is out in August.

Super Furry Animals have titled their forthcoming album 'Hey Venus!'.

The record, the follow-up to 2005's 'Love Kraft', will be released at the end of August.

Frontman Gruff Rhys told NME.COM earlier this year to expect a "speaker-blowing" LP, though no further details have been made available at the moment.