lundi, avril 16, 2007

Yet more Rock News 04 2007

U2, TN on the Radio, Massive Attack, Tim Armstrong of Rancid, Patti Smith,
Ash, Art Brut, Tegan and Sara, Brody Dalle, Hot Hot Heat,
Emily Hanes of Metric, and the Happy Mondays.

U2 get to work on new album. The Edge confirms details.

U2 have announced that they have begun work on their new album.

Guitarist The Edge says that the band are working with producer Rick Rubin on the follow up to 2004's 'How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb'.

The Edge told Rolling Stone: "We're working on new songs and getting lost in the music. I don't think we're going to try and think too much about what we're going to do with it yet, we're just going to do a lot of writing and just see what gives.

"We're giving ourselves the luxury of just working on the songs. There's some amazing things coming through."

TV On The Radio team up with Massive Attack. The Bristol collective get special help for new album.

TV On The Radio's David Sitek has been named as the producer of the new Massive Attack album.

The album will be the band's first new material since 2003's '100th Window'.

Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja was equally apprehensive about approaching the band, so got rapper Mos Def to break the ice...

The band have also worked with Dot Allison, Horace Andy and Mike Patton on the album, reports Spinner.

A release date is yet to be confirmed.

Rancid frontman to release solo album. Tim Armstrong plans new record for May.

Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong is set to release his debut solo album 'A Poet's Life'.

The album was originally set to be only available as a free download, but will now get a full release on May 21.

It feature 11 songs, plus a DVD which will contain a video for each song on the album.

The tracklisting for the album is:

'Hold On'
'Wake Up'
'Oh No'
'Into Action'
'Among The Dead'
'Take This City'
'The Dark'
'Girl, I Only Want What's Best For You'
'Inner City Violence'
'Burning Angel'
'Cold Blooded'

Rancid are currently working on a new album, the follow up to 2003's 'Indestructible', reports Punk News.

Patti Smith confirms covers album details. 'Twelve' to be followed by full UK tour.

Patti Smith has confirmed full details of her new covers album 'Twelve'.

The LP, out on April 16, is the follow up to 2004's 'Trampin'' and sees Smith and her band rework tracks from the past 40 years including Stevie Wonder's 'Pastime Paradise', Tears For Fears' 'Everybody Wants To Rule the World' and Neil Young's 'Helpless' as well as others by Bob Dylan, Nirvana, Paul Simon and Jimi Hendrix.

The album also features an assortment of guest artists including Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, Television guitarist Tom Verlaine and The Black Crowes' Rich Robinson.

Smith's son Jackson and daughter Jesse contribute guitar and vocal respectively.

The full tracklisting is:

'Are You Experienced?'
'Everybody Wants To Rule The World'
'Gimme Shelter'
'Within You Without You'
'White Rabbit'
'Changing Of The Guards'
'The Boy In The Bubble'
'Soul Kitchen'
'Smells Like Teen Spirit'
'Midnight Rider'
'Pastime Paradise'

Ash name their new album. New album out in July.

Ash have named their album calling 'Twilight Of The Innocents', which is due for release on July 2.

Frontman Tim Wheeler has produced the album, which is the band's fifth.

It will be proceeded by the single 'You Can't Have It All' on April 16.

Art Brut complete second album. They announce tour dates too.

Art Brut have finished their second full-length album, the band announced today (March 28).

'It's A Bit Complicated' is due out in the US on June 25, and June 11 in the UK.

'Nag Nag Nag' will be the album's lead single in the US, though a release in the UK is yet to be confirmed.

The follow-up to 2005's 'Bang Bang Rock & Roll' will also include the tracks 'Pump Up The Volume', 'Direct Hit', 'Post Soothing Out' and 'Late Sunday'

Tegan and Sara reveal new album details. 'The Con' is set for a July release.

Tegan and Sara have revealed details of their fifth album 'The Con' which is scheduled to be released in July.

Recorded in Portland, Oregon the follow up to 2004's 'So Jealous' was co-produced by Christopher Walla (Death Cab For Cutie, The Decemberists) at his Alberta Court studio.

Famously covered by the White Stripes on 'Walking With A Ghost', the sibling duo collaborated with Death Cab's Jason McGerr on drums and bass players AFI's Hunter Burgan and The Rentals' Matt Sharp.

The track listing is:

'I Was Married'
'Relief Next To Me'
'The Con'
'Knife Going In'
'Are You Ten Years Ago'
'Back In Your Head'
'Hop A Plane'
'Soil, Soil'
'Burn Your Life Down'
'Like O, Like H'
'Dark Come Soon'
'Call It Off'

They plan to play a series of intimate performances in July and August, and will embark on a national theatre tour in October. Watch this space for show announcements.

'The Con' will be released July 24

Brody Dalle announces new band. The Distillers frontwoman has a new project on the go.

Details of Distillers frontwoman Brody Dalle's new band has emerged.

Spinnerette will consist of Dalle, The Distillers member Tony Bevilacqua, and Alain Johannes, who has worked with the likes of PJ Harvey and Eagles Of Death Metal.

Speaking about the reasons for recording her new songs with a new band, and not The Distillers, Dalle told NME.COM: "The songs seemed out of context and inappropriate for The Distillers. I felt ambivalent about sharing them with anyone."

Dalle explained the difference in the sound of her new band.

She stated: "Spinnerette get a clean slate. She gets to start over and be the new kid in town, only she ain't no kid. She's quirky and sexy and she fucks around."

However, Dalle was quick to point out that The Distillers had not broken up, but still exist "just not as you know it". They have not made an album since's 2003's 'Coral Fang'.

Spinnerette are set to record their debut album in Los Angeles. No release date has yet been announced.

Hot Hot Heat unveil new album tracklisting. Steve Bays reveals all about 'Happiness Ltd'.

Hot Hot Heat have revealed details of their fifth album, which is set for an early summer release.

Speaking to NME.COM frontman Steve Bays revealed they had recorded and mastered an entire album by mid-2006, but decided to go back in and work on some newer material.

"We pretty much finished the record in June and then started writing all this new stuff and it was just a mess," he reveals. "We were extending how long we were going to be working on the record for, so we ended up going back and remixing stuff."

But Bays has no regrets about taking the extra time to complete the album.

He told NME.COM: "I'm so glad we did because it was definitely worth it. When I listen to the original mastered version of the CD that we had eight months ago it's nowhere near as good."

And the singer insisted the album has a different feel to their previous records.

He added: "The songs ended up having a lot more depth than anything we had written before, the stuff I was singing about, the sounds that we were getting. We ended up pushing it in a direction that's still really high energy, but it's more of a nighttime feel."

The tracklisting is:

'Happiness Ltd.'
'Let Me In'
'5 Times Out of 100'
'Harmonicas & Tambourines'
'Outta Heart'
'My Best Fiend'
'Give Up?'
'Good Way To Die'
'So So Cold'
'Waiting For Nothing'

Metric singer releases solo album. Emily Haines has a new band too.

Metric frontwoman Emily Haines releases her solo debut 'Knives Don't Have Your Back' with her band The Soft Skeleton on June 4.

The record will be preceded by the track 'Doctor Blind', which will be released as a digital download on May 21.

The album features contributions from Metric's Jimmy Shaw, Sparklehorse's Scott Minor, Broken Social Scene's Justin Peroff and Stars' Evan Cranley.

Happy Mondays to release new record. Shaun Ryder tells NME.COM about 'Fresh' new album.

Happy Mondays have announced details of their first album in 15 years.

The band, fresh from their new signing to Sanctuary Records, have been recording brand new material under the production guidance of Howie B and Sonny Levine - Quincy Jones' grandson.

The results of the sessions will be a new single which will be released in June, followed by the new album.

Speaking about the record exclusively to NME.COM, frontman Shaun Ryder explained: "I'm not the world's best salesman, me... I'm not a salesman at all. I think it's a really great album."

Asked if the band are still sounding as fresh as when they released 'Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches', their classic from 1990, Ryder added: "Of course it does. Fresher."

He was also quick to highlight the work of producer Levine, saying, "Sonny's great. A brilliant dude. A brilliant person."