Thursday, April 30, 2009

Music Pick

Grand Theft Auto (GTA) by: Nicolay & Kay

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Seattle Does It Better

The annual Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle, WA just announced their lineup. On July 24 and 25, these bands will perform at the hottest block party that only Seattleites know how to throw:


More artists will join the roster soon. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 1 at 10 a.m. (Pacific).

Partial proceeds from The Block Party will benefit Home Alive and The Vera Project.

Of course, the one year I'm not there Sonic Youth plays. FML. Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend at the 2008 Capitol Hill Block Party

Video Premiere: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Brand new video for The Pains of Being Pure at Heart's "Young Adult Friction"

FREE Download: Madina Lake

Download an acoustic version of Madina Lake's "Never Take Us Alive" off their second album Attics To Eden (set for release May 5 through Roadrunner Records) here:

FREE Download: Bat For Lashes

Download the live version of "Glass" by Bat For Lashes here:

Jonathan Davis Comes Undone About Upcoming Album

Korn frontman Jonathan Davis talks about the band's upcoming record, which he says will be a concept album:

"It's gonna be a concept record. I have these five symbols that I've come up with that I think are the downfall of man. And each symbol is going to have a couple songs about it and go through in order, and then a couple songs about how they are all tied together. That's just my general brainstorm right now. I'll get more into it when I hear the songs and start writing the lyrics."

The five symbols are as follows:

"First one is drugs, the pharmacy side — a person who is not medicated or medicating themselves some way to deal with life. Second (is) religion, organized religion. I don't mean spirituality but religion in general, where people are controlled and believe their god is better than another god. Third one is the power symbol — most all humans are power hungry. Fourth is the money sign. People will do anything for money. Money — just the concept of it is stupid, and it's a pretty fucked-up thing. The fifth one is time. It's our biggest enemy of all. Everyone is always battling time; people don't have time to do this, people don't have time to do that. They spend millions of dollars to buy Botox trying to buy time. I think it's a killer of all of us."

Ray Luzier, once a touring member for Korn has become a permanent member and is currently participating in writing and recording the band's ninth studio album.

Travis Barker Gives Us A Tease

RT @trvsbrkr A snippet of the mix-tape.

Monday, April 27, 2009

YYY's Make Heads Roll Across America This Summer

Tour Dates For The Yeah Yeah Yeah's :

05/23 -Quincy, WA - Sasquatch Festival
05/26 -Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
05/27 -Detroit, MI - Clutch Cargos
05/28 -Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
05/30 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave.
05/31 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Club
06/02 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
06/03 - Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont
06/06 - Mountain View, CA - Live 105 BFD
06/12 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
07/31 - Jersey City, NJ - All Points West
Think they'll need some maps?

Video Premiere: Nickelback

"If Today Was Your Last Day" the brand new video from Nickelback, off their 2008 release Dark Horse.

Sonic Youth Announce US Tour Dates

Sonic Youth - 2009 Tour Dates

June 28th - Chicago, IL - Vic Theater
June 29th - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
July 2nd - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
July 3rd - New York, NY - United Palace Theatre
July 6th - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
July 8th - Richmond, VA - The National
July 10th - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theater
July 11th - Nashville, TN - War Memorial
July 12th - Birmingham, AL - Sloss Furnaces
July 13th - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
July 15th - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
July 16th - Tulsa, OK - Cain's
July 18th - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater
July 20th - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
July 21st - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave
July 23rd - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
July 25th - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party
July 28th - Portland, OR - Roseland Ballroom
July 30th - Salt Lake City, UT - Twilight Music Fest
July 31st - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
August 2nd - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater

Presale begins Friday May 1, general tickets are on sale Sat May 2.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

You Got Some Blood On Your Nikes...

Check these babies out! 3 Inches of Blood, the ruthless metal band from Canada (with a bassist from Bremerton, Washington REPRESENT!) have teamed up with Nike 6.0 to create a gnarly pair of Oncores. I present to you, the Nike Blood Oncore High! These things are the TRUTH. They are available for purchase May 1.

The band worked directly with Nike in creating the shoe, picking materials that they felt represented the band best. describes the materials chosen in true metal fashion (haha, get it?):

"The upper, constructed with premium distressed battle-worn leather is mixed with sanguine accents and the muted greens of rot and pestilence. Metallic side panels simulate armor and warrior-shields, while the blood-red outsole and tongue are an ode to the band's name."

Buy me these and I will be yours forever. I'm a size 10 in US Women's sizing and I think a 9 or 9.5 in US Men's.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Dave Mustaine Talks About New LP

Dave Mustaine of Megadeth (as if you didn't know) took to the band's MySpace to issue an update on their upcoming album that THEY predict will be released in September through Roadrunner Records. This record will be their 12th studio album, but their first with guitarist Chris Broderick who replaced Glen Drover at the end of 2007.

"I have sang seven songs and with the instrumental track equally eight, there are only three more songs to sing and the vocals are done for the domestic release. I will need to add one more song for the Japanese release. I also need to have a B-song, and I am trying to salvage a song that we opted against for this record. This was a song that Shawn [Drover, drums] wrote and I just didn't like it. I opted to not do it; and then I started to get another idea, like I told them, and to let me see what I come up with."

The following titles are being considered for tracks on the forthcoming album:
Bite the Hand That Feeds
El Pistolero Solitaire (working title)
How the Story Ends (working title)
Nothing Left to Lose But My Mind
The Hardest Part of Letting Go
This Day We Fight

Friday, April 24, 2009

Slash Offers Working Titles

Updates on Slash's solo album:

"We are six tracks into it and it sounds really great — great playing and super killer tones, not to mention stellar vocals so far. I'm still not at liberty to publicly divulge any singers' names, but trust me, they're amazing. I know a lot of you out there know who at least some of them are. "

Ozzy Osbounre confirmed this past week that he is in fact on Slash's solo album. Slash continued,

"I will however, give you working titles for a couple songs: 'We're All Gonna Die' is one, 'These Last Words' is another. There is one song called 'Crucify The Dead' and another called 'Beautiful, Dangerous'. We have about eight songs left to record and I'm really excited about every one."

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Dillinger Escape Plan: Tour This Fall?

Word on the street is that the Dillinger Escape Plan has tour dates booked with Shrinebuilder this fall. But that's just something I heard through the grapevine...

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Video Premiere: Cute Is What We Aim For

Cute is what they aim for, and they nailed it. The New York pop-punk trio Cute Is What We Aim For released the video for their single "Doctor" off of their 2008 album Rotation. It's a pretty catchy song, a little less emo and a littlre more pop than their usual stuff. The video reminds me of Ephel Duath's Through my dog's eyes for obvious reasons, so go ahead and watch; even if you don't like the song, the puppy is adorable.


Hail To The Freaks

I've always been a fan of anything freaky. Check out the new video for King Khan and the Shrines single "Land of the Freak "

Monday, April 20, 2009

The Pixies Set to Release New Album?

THIS JUST IN: There is a rumour flying about that The Pixies will release a new album called "Minotaur" in June. The album art shown above was found on the Artist In Residence website. The alt-rock veterans confirmed in March a performance at the UK's Isle of Wight Festival on June 14 along with Neil Young, The Prodigy, Basement Jaxx, Pendulum, Razorlight, and The Ting Tings. The Pixies will be the opener for Neil Young.

FREE Download: Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth released a free mp3 download of "Sacred Trickster" here:

The single is off of their new album The Eternal, due for release on June 9.

Track list for The Eternal:
01. Sacred Trickster
02. Anti-Orgasm
03. Leaky Lifeboat (For Gregory Corso)
04. Antenna
05. What We Know
06. Calming The Snake
07. Poison Arrow
08. Malibu Gas Station
09. Thunderclap For Bobby Pyn
10. No Way
11. Walkin' Blue
12. Massage The History

Jane's Addiction Chip Away At Each Other

Apparently, there's trouble in Jane's Addiction paradise, and not even the almighty Trent Reznor can solve it.

"I'm not going to tell you it's been all smooches and hugs. But it shouldn't be because that would be a bore," Perry Farrell told Reuters Sunday at Coachella.

"I just talked to Eric [Avery] man-to-man. We're different people, that's okay. He serves a different purpose, he's got a different frequency he operates on."

However, Perry reassures that despite the bickering, Jane's Addiction will continue touring and recording, "I'm overjoyed that we're working together. I don't care that we butt heads as long as when we hit the stage we blast on people."

"If my band didn't have issues, if they didn't throw tantrums, I would think I was with a bunch of suckers. As long as they can handle it, I can handle it. After all we're just delivering music that people love, so how bad can it be? "

I don't know man, you guys have broken up twice already...

The original article can be viewed here:

Green Day Announce Tour Dates

Green Day announced tour dates to support their upcomg album 21st Century Breakdown, due out May 15. This will be the first tour for the Bay Area punk band in three years. Venues have not yet been announced, but the band plans to play indoor shows. Any thoughts on who their support will be?

07/03 - Seattle, WA
07/04 - Vancouver, BC
07/06 - Edmonton, AB
07/07 - Saskatoon, SAS
07/09 - Winnipeg, MAN
07/10 - Fargo, ND
07/11 - Minneapolis, MN
07/13 - Chicago, IL
07/14 - Detroit, MI
07/16 - Hamilton, ONT
07/17 - Ottawa, ONT
07/18 - Montreal, QUE
07/20 - Boon, MA
07/21 - Philadelphia, PA
07/22 - Pittsburgh, PA
07/24 - Hartfo, CT
07/25 - Albany, NT
07/27 - New York, NY
07/29 - Washington, DC
07/31 - Nashville, TN
08/01 - Atlanta, GA
08/03 - Tampa, FL
08/04 - Miami, FL
08/05 - Orlando, FL
08/07 - New Orleans, LA
08/08 - Houston, TX
08/09 - San Antonio, TX
08/11 - . Louis, MO
08/12 - Kansas City, MO
08/13 - Omaha, NE
08/15 - Denver, CO
08/16 - Salt Lake City, UT
08/18 - San Jose, CA
08/20 - San Diego, CA
08/21 - Las Vegas, NV
08/22 - Phoenix, AX
08/24 - Sacramento, CA
08/25 - Los Angeles, CA

Slayer Continues Their Reign

Slayer is in the studio recording their 10th studio album, which is currently unnamed. The record is the second for Slayer since the original line up reunited in 2001. Rick Rubin is on board as the executive producer, who was also present for Reign in Blood in 1986. A few working titles for tracks include:

"Build Up"
"7 String"
"Drop B"
"Psychopathy Red"

Kerry King, the main songwriter for the group revealed what inspires his lyrics to Rolling Stone, "All I need is a day in public and I'm tired of people." Think rush-hour traffic, slow people clogging the sidewalk, loud mouths on their cellphone, etc.

"Psychopathy Red" leaked last fall and can be heard here:

Slayer are only five weeks into the recording process, but plan to have an 11-song album released in July. After the release, the legendary thrash metal band will slay audiences on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival.

I can haz gud day?

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Dillinger Escape Plan Announces New Album

Greg Puciato of the Dillinger Escape Plan posted a new blog on the band's MySpace announcing that an announcement detailing the new album will be released soon. He did mention however, that recording shall commence on July 20.

Puciato announced through his own MySpace blog the following:
"The big news though is that the new DEP is taking on the appearance of pure ferocity, and we still have 'til July 20th before we go into the studio to record. I imagine Dillinger as being like Gozer at the end of Ghostbusters. We kinda don't know what our album is gonna be like going into the writing process, and then our writing progresses, and its kinda like that part when she says “choose your destructor” and then it manifested itself as the marshmallow man.....except we are manifesting as a giant tsunami of asskicking."

Puciato also announced that he started writing a couple of books after inspiration from Eugene Robinson, vocalist for the San Francisco noise rock band Oxbow. The content of the books have not been revealed. The DEP singer also shared that yesterday he recorded backup vocals for an unnamed Every Time I Die song.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Video Premiere: Slipknot

Check out Slipknot's video for "Sulfur," released today:

Have A Very Metal Day

With the current trend of mainstream musicians like Rihanna and Kanye West coming out with fragrances, why shouldn't metal or prefix-core bands come out with their own products too? It is well worth your time to click the link and watch the 1 minute and 34 second long video (especially if you're a My Children My Bride or metal fan in general) showing us why this SHOULD happen:

And this one too while you're at it (it's only 43 seconds long)

I love this Mitchell Davis kid.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

A Glimpse of The High End of Low

Marilyn Manson revealed the official tracklisting for "The High End Of Low" today. This will be his seventh studio album and is due for release May 26. The album artwork is show above, and the track list is below.

01. Devour
02. Pretty As A Swastika
03. Leave A Scar
04. Four Rusted Horses
05. Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon
06. Blank And White
07. Running To The Edge Of The World
08. I Want To Kill You Like They Do In The Movies
09. WOW
10. Wight Spider
11. Unkillable Monster
12. We're From America
13. I Have To Look Up Just To See Hell
14. Into The Fire
15. 15

Slash Nails... Something

"We've nailed 4 killer tracks with 4 amazing vocals so far & nailing another one Tues, so things are going extremely well. Everybody who has contributed vocals so far have been flawless & the rhythm section, Josh & Chris are priceless. Eric Valentine is a genius producer, not to mention, his team is great. All in all this last couple of weeks have been a hell a lot of fun & we're just getting started. its definitely going to be a kick ass record, if I do say so myself"
-Slash, commenting on the progress of his upcoming solo record via MySpace blog.

I just got all hot and bothered. Did you?

Video Premiere: Bring Me The Horizon

They may think diamonds aren't forever, but these boys shine pretty bright. Bring Me The Horizon's video for "Diamonds Aren't Forever"

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

FREE Download: CKY

FREE Download: CKY offers "Hellions On Parade" off of their fourth album "Carver City" due for release May 19

First Listen: Taking Back Sunday "New Again"

Taking Back Sunday returns with New Again, their fourth studio album after three years. The album will be released on June 2 through Warner Bros.

Track Listing:
01. New Again
02. Sink Into Me
03. Lonely, Lonely
04. Summer Man
05. Swing
06. Where My Mouth Is
07. Cut Me Up Jenny
08. Catholic Knees
09. Capital M-E
10. Carpathia
11. Everything Must Go
12. Didn’t See That Coming (Bonus Track)

New Again is an interesting album. The first half of the record presents a whole new sound for the band that channels Brand New's Deja Entendu and a little Jimmy Eat World pop-punk. The second half sounds like normal Taking Back Sunday, but less whiny. Tracks like "Sink Into Me" sounds like every mainstream power-pop/rock single from the early 2000's that makes me nostalgic for middle school. Not that that's entirely a bad thing, I love the people clapping to the beat in the background that makes everything cheery and fresh. "Cut Me Up Jenny" is the track for TBS fans that don't want them to change. It's as if they wrote it 5 years ago and then forgot all about it until now. Overall, it's not a bad listen. It's a nice throwback, but nothing new and ground breaking

FREE Download: Cancer Bats

FREE Cancer Bats mp3: "Agenda Suicide" (The Faint cover)

NME describes the single as "A cover of The Faint’s ‘Agenda Suicide’, and it might just pummel your head clean off."

They're not fucking around, I couldn't have said it better myself. The track makes you want to start a riot and knock some heads. I fell in love with the Cancer Bats when I caught them on the Rockstar Taste of Chaos tour earlier this year, and they melted my face off even when I had retreated from the press pit and into the back of the venue. I had never heard of them before, but their set blew me away. Immediately after the set, I got to interview the band and they are the coolest motherfuckers on the planet. That night, I spent my last $5 on their CD Hail Destroyer. NME sums it up best:

"It was their second album, ‘Hail Destroyer’ that kicked them into public view, and rightfully so – it was a shit-kicking anger-blast of a record,"

Shit-kicking is right, and you can check it out yourself in their video for the title track of the album (boys, you should probably put a cup on or something before you watch this):


Dear Mr. Reznor,

Thank you for all the free music provided by the new NIN app. How did you know it's what I always wanted?


Maria Burks

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Nine Inch Nails in Your iPhone, Not Eyelids.

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails confirmed about an hour ago (9 p.m. EST) via Twitter that the Nine Inch Nails application for the iPhone and iTouch has been approved by Apple.

RT @trent_reznor Guess what? The iPhone app has been approved! Look for it to appear in the app store late tonight / early tomorrow. I'll alert you.

Three hours prior to that tweet he vented his frustrations in 140 characters or less on the social feed:

RT @trent_reznor I keep checking my email to see IFAPPLEWILLEVERAPPROVETHEFUCKINGIPHONEAPP... but nothing. Just more Viagra offers


RT @trent_reznor Thanks for letting me share that. Feel better now.


RT @trent_reznor Fuckit. I just bought a LOT of Viagra.

The application, created by Reznor that took a year and a half to complete, is free and will include music from the band, photos, videos, message boards, and a GPS-enabled feature called Nearby that allows fans to communicate with other nearby fans.

Interview: Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach

On March 17, Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach took the time to share his thoughts with me on their new album Metamorphosis, Britney Spears, and the possibility of going acoustic. I just got around to posting it now, sorry about that.

Will Papa Roach ever let Dave Buckner back in the band?
That’s a weird question, he just left the band! You know what I’m saying? I don’t know. Who knows? Right now, we’re happy, we’re a stoked band. Having Tony in the band has totally reinvigorated the life of the band I think, ultimately. We’re better onstage than we’ve ever been. He really matches the energy and the fucking power of me and Jerry and Tobin on the front deck. He’s got that animal inside that just really connects with us onstage and so, I mean, we keep it like that for a while. I’m still friends with Dave though, so you never know.

Can you tell us why he left?

You’d have to talk to him about that. It’s out of respect of him. We just kinda said, “You know what, if people want to know, they’re gonna have to ask him,” and he’s keeping his mouth shut.

Oh, alright.

The mystery will continue! Our fans want to know though, dude!

After Infest, you ditched the nu metal rap/rock sound in exchange for rock vocals. What inspired that change?
It was already kinda in the works when we put out Infest. ¸I mean, there was rock tracks on that record they just weren’t singles. For instance, “Never Enough,” “Binge,” “Tight Rope,” you know songs where I was singing. And even on demos or releases prior to Infest I mixed it up a lot. It’s just kinda like after we wrote “Last Resort,” the rap metal classic that it is, where do you go after writing a classic? It’s like ok, we could keep doing that and then I’m like, I want to prove myself as a valid rock n roll singer, because I proved myself as an MC, and as a fucking, I could scream my head off, you know, and it was just the new territory. And over the past few records Lovehatetragedy, Getting Away With Murder, The Paramour Sessions-- just really finding my voice as a rock singer. And I would say on Metamorphosis I fuckin hit the mark. This is the pinnacle of my singing so far. And it’s cool because live, I can pull it off live right now. It’s not like I’m singing shit on the record and then you come see Papa Roach live and I’m hack all night, you know. I’m singing my ass off. And it just comes from just wanting to prove myself-- and prove myself to people, and prove myself to myself. It’s exciting. It’s so much more versatile, and so many more things you can do when you’re singing, and I can still get the message across. It’s just where I prefer, it’s where I feel right. We found our voice as a rock band on this record.

Papa Roach’s sound has evolved a lot through the years. Do you think you remained true to yourselves the whole time?
Oh yeah, most definitely. I’d say ever before Infest came out, the people that had followed our band since 1993 started out like as a funk/punk/experimental/noise rock band. And then we evolved and got into metal-- and then we got into punk rock, and then we got into fucking bands like Far, and Deftones. We got into hip-hop. We’ve always been a band that’s evolved even before what people know us as-- and our music is a direct reflection of our lives. That’s why our records always sound different, because our lives are always changing. I have a very open mind to the world, and in turn that is always changing my perspective and my life experience too. Traveling and meeting people, and having ultimate highs in my life and ultimate lows in my life-- it’s really evolved who I am as a person and my perspective and it comes through in the music.

What obstacles did you have to overcome in the past ten years, and how did it affect the music?
Fuck, I mean, when we put out Infest I was a fucking angry… I hated myself and I hated the world. That’s where I was when I was in my early teens and my 20’s. Really in my 20’s because I started to educate myself about the world and I was like, “This fucking place is insane.” I took that out on the road and I took that lifestyle out on the road and I really fucking got heavy into drinking and drugs and fucking went insane for a couple years on the road and then came back: Lovehatetragedy. [I] wrote a really dark record. That was when I really got deep into the fucking drinking and drugging and then I hit rock bottom in that whole part of my life with the band. I was a cutter for a while, and it really just got to a point. I was suicidal, and then I wanted to fucking die, and then I realized that I didn’t want to die. It was just like this whole-- I was just in a fucking cloud, so I had to get sober. And that was one of the biggest things in my life I ever had to fucking do is to really face life as life comes at me because that’s the whole thing for me--I wanna numb myself because I’m the kind of person that carries the weight of the world on their back. And if somebody is going through shit around me, I carry that with me. It’s been a big learning process for me and the music has really been the blessing in disguise for me to be able to express myself and ultimately, to express myself is to actually make me feel like a human-- a real human being. Because at first I felt like an alien in this weird world, and now I feel like a human because I make this music that people talk to me about and they say, “Man that song-- I fucking relate, I’m there. I’m there, I’m going through that shit right now.” And it makes me go, “Alright, everything that I’ve been through, I’m supposed to go through it. This is who I am. It’s like my, no pun intended, my lifeline to the world, the music. I’ve learned so much and been through so much shit.

Speaking of lifelines, did you ever have anyone during that dark period reach out to you?
Oh yeah, everybody around me. I just wasn’t trying to hear it, because I was just fucking lost in the whole madness. My wife, my friends, my family, the band, everybody. But then I’m the kind of person that I have to learn from my own mistakes, that’s just the way I am. You can tell me “don’t do this” a million times over and I’m gonna do it and I’m gonna have to figure out how to fall flat on my face and get back up again. That’s how I learn. It is what it is, but thank God I figured it out cause I wouldn’t be here, I’d be dead or in jail. It feels good to be where I’m at with my head above ground and still making music that kicks ass and still feel like I’m part of the world, still feel connected with people. It’s a fucking blessing.

Where do you find inspiration and the energy to keep making hit after hit after ten years?
For us, it’s just-- I keep whipping that dead horse but it’s just a reflection. I put my life and the people’s lives around me in the music and that’s what I think people really connect with about Papa Roach, is the honesty that we put in our songs. We’re the band that wears our heart on our sleeve at all times. I think that our fans appreciate that about us. Because when I listen to music I’m like, “I want to be inspired, I want to feel. I want it to connect with a certain thing that’s going on in my life.” That’s why I love Social Distortion, their record White Light, White Heat, White Trash. I picked up that record at a certain point in my life and it just was the soundtrack to everything that was happening to me. And so Mike Ness is one of my favorite lyricists. I really look up to him and he really inspires me to do what I do. And for us, part of it is luck, you know what I’m saying? Like fuck, we got some skills and we write good songs but then throw a little luck in there too and a lot of fucking hard work… and also too I think what’s given us the opportunity to have hits is us just being out on the road all the time, fucking kicking ass on stage every night and like, putting on a fucking bad ass show. Because there are so many bands out there that I’ve seen come and go in the past ten years where their stage show is fucking whack. You know what I’m saying? When you love a band, you love their record and you go see them live and you’re like, “Oh my God, what the fuck is this train wreck?” We never want to be that to our fans. Plus that’s the thing about our band too; the best thing about us is our live show. Like our record is cool, that’s kick ass, a lot of people dig ‘em, and you can go watch it on YouTube or download the fucking music video and do that-- but you don’t really get the ultimate true essence of what Papa Roach is unless you’re in the crowd with us. That’s it. That’s how we turn people out, truly.

Do you hope to accomplish anything through the music; do you have a goal for it other than to serve as entertainment?

For us, this is my service as a human being. I’m living the goal. I mean, I have dreams and aspirations. I would love to fucking headline arenas across the world, that would be a goal for me. But when I have expectations I’m always let down so I try not to have expectations anymore. I’m just like, “Alright, today I’m just gonna wake up and I’m fucking here in Jersey, this show is sold out, it’s gonna be fucking outta control. I’m sharing the stage with one of my favorite bands, Buckcherry, they’re like my best friends. Like, fuck. I’m living.” So, I take it day by day.

Why was this album named Metamorphosis?
I keep trying to name our records “Days of War, Nights of Love,” I think for the last three records. The band was like, “It’s too long of a title,” and I was like, “Alright.” We were trying to come up with something different. We wanted to name it “Change or Die” for a moment. And then we were like, we liked the sentiment, the idea of change and evolution, and “Metamorphosis” just seemed to fit. It has the bug connotation to it, you know, cockroach, and for us that’s kick ass and it represents the evolution and change and that’s exactly what this band has always been about. And we feel like this is-- to this point in our career, this is the ultimate evolution for this band and this is the best version of this band, the best record from this and our best attempt at creating a whole piece of art. This record isn’t about singles, it s about the fucking album. The singles are ways to get people’s attention, but we want people to put this thing on and press play from beginning to end and just take you on a ride.

The single “Hollywood Whore,” those are some pretty scathing lyrics.

Yeah, harsh. Is it about someone?
It’s an amalgamation of all the Hollywood whores over the last 40 years from Marilyn Monroe, to Anna Nicole Smith, to the current ones like Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. It’s this worship and idolization of this false culture to me. To me, it just seems hollow and materialistic. It breeds sickness in our society I think because a lot of these females look at these girls and they’re like, “Oh my God, she’s so skinny and so beautiful” and then they’re sitting in their bathroom throwing up. Chicks get bulimia so they can fucking be skinny like the fucking… to me it’s just a repulsive cycle that just continues. It’s like beauty industry terrorism. It’s just whack, it’s fucking retarded. I hate it.

It’s kind of different from the other songs you’ve written.

Why did you decide to write about this “Terrorism”?
It was just like, “Fuck.” For the last ten years that we’ve been a band, since we became big, it was boy bands and there were all these bands that didn’t write their music and the pop icon girls. Over the last ten years you start to see through it and see how false it is and then you see them crumble and fall apart. It’s obnoxious to me, and for us, yes it is a “scathing” song but that was the whole goal behind this record: let’s not filter ourselves, let’s not censor ourselves. I want to really say how the fuck I feel about certain things in this world. If it makes me look like an asshole, well guess what, maybe I’m an asshole.

It’s kind of like a big “Fuck you,” I mean you’re still standing, they’re not.
Yeah, it is what it is. Granted, fuck, Britney Spears, that girl she’s out there entertaining people, selling out arenas, people love her.

Yeah, what a comeback, did you see that? She was a train wreck and now she’s back to what she used to be.
I think that’s an American thing. Americans love tragedy, and they love redemption.

That was one hell of a train wreck to get out of, but she really pulled that off. Good for her.
Yeah, good for her.

So do you think you’ll ever do an acoustic album or take a different direction like that?
You know, I haven’t really thought about it quite yet. I think we’re on that day to day thing right now. I’m really trying to live my life in the moment, but who knows what the future holds. We’ve proved ourselves to be able to do so many different things that fuck it, maybe we can do acoustic. We do it at radio stations quite a bit, so that’s something that we’ve pushed ourselves to do. We never used to do that; we were like, “Acoustic? Fuck that!” And now we have acoustic guitars in the dressing room and we rehearsed stuff, so never say never.

FREE Download: In This Moment

In This Moment is offering a FREE download of their single "Forever" off their new album The Dream (Century Media) here:

I'm A Sucker For Anything Acoustic

When I was probably 13, Andrew Dreis serenaded me with the song at camp. We were in the basement of the library, wasting time on the bean bags with the classical acoustic guitar that was always down there. Andrew's rendition slowed the song way down and sang almost in a whisper. Seven years later I'm still a sucker for guys with a guitar. When this song came on my iPod on shuffle this morning, I couldn't help but smile. You never forget these things.

First Listen: Death Cab For Cutie's "The Open Door EP"

Washington indie gods Death Cab For Cutie released "The Open Door EP" today on Atlantic Records. The LP was available digitally March 31, but the physical release of the tracks that didn't make it onto the Narrow Stairs album was made available today.

Track List:
01. Little Bribes
02. A Diamond and a Tether
03. My Mirror Speaks
04. I Was Once A Loyal Lover
05. Talking Bird (Demo)

There is no collective sound for all five tracks, since technically they were canned from the album for not matching the sound or feel of Narrow Stairs, which is why I'm setting this up as a track by track analysis:

"Little Bribes"
Sounds a little country, which makes it obvious why it didn't make the cut for Narrow Stairs. Jaunty and cute, complete with a rally cry ("a c'mon!") Gibbard sings, “Every slot machine is a robot amputee waving hello!” Oh Ben, you see beauty and tragedy in the oddest assortment of objects.

"A Diamond and a Tether"
This track sounds like Death Cab circa Transatlanticism. It's the tried and true Death Cab equation for a hit: the traditional lyrics of the feelings of a man feeling inadequate in a relationship paired with an upward lilting acoustic guitar and keys. Hey, I'm not complaining, it works!

"My Mirror Speaks"
Another upbeat instrumental track that disguises self-pitying lyrics, but I adore it nonetheless, especially because of the clapping beat in the background.

"I Was Once A Loyal Lover"
This is the new anthem for twenty-somethings realizing "Fuck, I'm an adult now." Burning bridges and I told you so's-- we've all been through it, but Gibbard turns it into a clap-your-hands-and-say-yeah indie rock groove.

Things That Make Me Swoon

It's 12:02 a.m. on April 14th, do you know what that means? It's a record release day! GO OUT AND BUY YOUR COPY OF THE SILVERSUN PICKUP'S NEW ALBUM, "SWOON"!!!

Other albums of interest released today:
Death Cab for Cutie: The Open Door EP (Atlantic)
Ida Maria: Fortress Round My Heart (Mercury/Fontana)

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Silversun Pickups Album Leak

Stream the entire new album "Swoon" from the Silversun Pickups before it comes out here:

Track List:

01. There's No Secrets This Year
02. The Royal We
03. Growing Old Is Getting Old
04. It’s Nice To Know You Work Alone
05. Panic Switch
06. Draining
07. Sort Of
08. Substitution
09. Catch And Release
10. Surrounded (or Spiraling)

"There's No Secrets This Year"
"I’ll tell you a secret, let’s make this perfectly clear: there are no secrets this year"
(except that this is the album of the year)

“The Royal We”
This has got to be the best break-up song ever. Spiteful and dark lyrics infused with fuzzy, dramatic guitars weep over a lost lover. It's creepy, it's chilling "Do you feel safe again? Look over your shoulder. Very carefully, look over your shoulder...". These scathing lyrics could make any cowardly ex shrivel up in shame and regret.

When Brian Aubert stretches out the word, it’s forlorn, melancholy, and perfect.

"Catch And Release"
Is that a violin? Awesome.

The Golden Gods of Metal

Most Awesomely Good Drummer: Vinnie Paul (Hellyeah/Pantera)
Best Underground Metal Band: Isis
Metal Industry Award: The Rainbow Bar & Grill
Best Album: Metallica
Honorary Headbanger: Kat Von D
Golden God: Dave Mustaine (Megadeth)
Best Riff: Slipknot
Most Viral Video: Protest the Hero
Most Metal Athlete: Shaun White
Best Live Band: Slipknot
Best New Talent: Suicide Silence
Lifetime Achievement: Ozzy Osbourne
Best International Band: Dethklok
Reader’s Choice Award: The Acacia Stain
Most Mind-Blowing Guitarist: Jeff Hanneman & Kerry King (Slayer)
Hottest Chick In Metal: Marta Peterson (Bleeding Through)

If you missed the show last night, The Golden Gods Awards Show will be broadcast on MTV2 on May 2.

Thoughts on the winners?

Eddie Vedder Snubs Seattle

Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam will go on his second solo tour this summer on the following dates:

June 8 - Albany, NY @ Palace Theatre
June 11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre
June 12 - Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre
June 14 - Baltimore, MD @ Lyric Opera House
June 15 - Baltimore, MD @ Lyric Opera House
June 18 - Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
June 20 - Memphis, TN @ Orpheum
June 23 - Atlanta, GA @ Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
June 29 - Maui, HI @ Arts & Cultural Center, Castle Theatre
July 1 - Honolulu, HI @ Hawaii Theatre
July 2 - Honolulu, HI @ Hawaii Theatre

What's wrong with this list? SEATTLE ISN'T ON THERE. Don't forget your roots Mr. Vedder.

Preview Green Day's "Know Your Enemy"

Preview about a minute of the song "Know Your Enemy" off of Green Day's new album 21st Century Breakdown on their website The album is due for release until May 15 on Reprise Records.

It pretty much sounds like the days of Nimrod, which means it's great!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Blink-182 and Weezer To Tour

A close source to Blink-182 and Weezer shared that the two bands plan to tour together this summer.

FREE Download: Lacuna Coil

Download Lacuna Coil's "Spellbound" for FREE here:

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Let's All Boycott Brandon Flowers

Brandon Flowers of the Killers actually said this out loud to a reporter:
"I don't mean it in a bad way but I think Kurt Cobain and grunge took the fun out of rock and roll," he said. However, according to the Daily Star Flowers said that he thinks his band is now making American music "a lot more playful and brighter."

Hey man, life isn't all sunshine and unicorns. Sorry we all aren't named something as rosy as "Flowers," k?

PS- Cobain wore eyeliner better than you.

Killswitch: Engaged For Mayhem

Killswitch Engaged has been added to the Rockstar Mayhem Festival. I totally called that one in January.

The band has an album due out in June, but it remains untitled. Killswitch will be joining Marilyn Manson, Slayer, and Bullet For My Valentine as headliners for the tour, kicking off in July.

The lineup is as follows:

Main Stage:
Marilyn Manson
Bullet For My Valentine
Killswitch Engage

Hot Topic Stage:
Cannibal Corpse
The Black Dahlia Murder
Job For A Cowboy

J├Ągermeister Stage:
All That Remains
God Forbid


The Seattle indie-pop band made up of lone wolf Michael Benjamin Lerner released "Telekinesis!" today on Merge Records. The album can be streamed in its entirety here:

If you only listen to one song on the album, make sure it's "I Saw Lightning." A raw, acoustic track that bares Lerner's vulnerabilities for all to see could turn even the most stoic among us into a lovesick puppy.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Video Premiere: Silversun Pickups


They look like evil clones of the Postal Service. Loves it.

RIP Kurt Cobain

I've been a huge fan of Nirvana for a long time. When I was 15, I took a road trip to see his childhood homes in Aberdeen and Montesano, Washington. In Aberdeen, I was greeted by the sign, "Welcome to Aberdeen" with "Come As You Are" spray painted underneath. Nirvana has been my favorite band since I was able to distinguish good music from teen pop. I believe I discovered Nirvana on the anniversary of Kurt's death when the media released a bunch of stories in commemoration. I remember reading a quote of his in an article on MSN, which, unfortunately, I cannot find now. It was about men being terrible role models, and he provided a convincing argument for it. I knew I had to check this guy out, so I went on Napster (don't hunt me down Lars Ulrich!) and downloaded a bunch of songs. I was hooked. Since then I have bought every single Nirvana CD there is to buy, read and own most of the books about Cobain, and have stalked this dead man as much as you possibly can stalk a dead guy. On the anniversary of his death (which was yesterday, I'm so sorry I'm late), I want to share my favorite song of all time, which happens to be by Nirvana:

Lounge Act (on Nevermind)

Truth - covered in security
I can't let you smother me
I'd like to but it couldn't work
Trading off, taking turns
Don't regret a thing

And I've got this friend, you see
Who makes me feel and
I wanted more than I could steal
I'll arrest myself, I'll wear a shield
I'll go outta my way to prove
I still smell her on you

Don't - tell me what I wanna hear
Afraid of never knowing fear
Experience anything you need
I'll keep fighting jealousy
'til it's fucking gone

And I've got this friend, you see
Who makes me feel and
I wanted more than I could steal
I'll arrest myself, I'll wear a shield
I'll go outta my way to prove
I still smell her on you

Truth - covered in security
I can't let you smother me
Like to but it couldn't work
Trading off, taking turns
Don't regret a thing

And I've got this friend, you see
Who makes me feel
I wanted more than I could steal
I'll arrest myself, I'll wear a shield
I'll go outta my way to make you a deal
We've made a pact to learn from who
And ever we want without new rules
We'll share what's lost and what we grew
They'll go out of their way
To prove they still
Smell her on you
They still,
Smell her on you
Smell her on you

I wish I could describe what this song means to me. It's pretty much the story of my life, plus... the bass is THE TRUTH here.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

E Town Returns... Again

New Jersey rap-metal band E Town Concrete announced two tour dates in Europe on their MySpace today:

May 1st Belgium Brussels @ VK
May 2nd Germany Essen @ FWH Festival

The band broke up in 2006 but recently played two reunion shows in February at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ.

FREE Download: Lacuna Coil

Lacuna Coil is offering a FREE download of "Not Enough" off their upcoming album Shallow Life, available April 21 on Century Media Records here:

They will be playing the Izod Center in New Jersey on April 22 with Killswitch Engage.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Nickelback Gets Pwned

Looking for LOLZ?

Nickelback left the stage at Portugal's Ilha do Ermal festival on August 19 after only two songs because the audience threw rocks and bottles at them, one hitting lead singer Chad Kroeger in the face. The Ilha do Ermal festival is a showcase of death metal bands, which Nickelback hardly is. Gluttons for punishment, I say.

Wolfmother Comes Back Round

Australian retro metal band Wolfmother have released a new single "Back Round" that announces their return after a line-up change and is a teaser for the upcoming album.

Available as a free download on their official website, "Back Round" contains guitars heavy on the fuzz and vocals that channel a Robert Plant and Ozzy Osbourne hybrid. Simple riffs and licks invite the musings of, "Wow, this would be SICK on Guitar Hero," which is actually exactly what it may have been made for. The band's MySpace blog that described their triumphant return and the progress of the new album mentioned, "After mixing a track Andrew had recorded at home for the upcoming Guitar Hero game, [Alan] Moulder was enlisted to produce the whole record, which is due for release in the last quarter of 2009."

Aidan Nemeth, Ian Pere, and Dave Atkins replaced former members Chris Ross and Myles Heskett in February 2009, making Andres Stockdale the only original member.

The track can be downloaded for free on their official website