• New Alice Cooper album due out at the end of the month (lead single posted here)

    6 Jul 2008, 09:59 by Silvertide81

    blabbermouth:

    ALICE COOPER: New Song Posted Online - June 24, 2008 A brand new ALICE COOPER track, Vengeance Is Mine, is available for streaming on his MySpace page. The song comes off the rock legend's forthcoming album, "Along Came A Spider", due on July 29 via SPV Records.

    "A dark and menacing album for dark and menacing times" is perhaps the most fitting description for Alice's 25th studio album overall, as a chilling conceptual thread runs through the songs, which are told through the voice of a serial killer named Spider — one that Alice describes as "an arachnophobic psychopath" (in the song "Catch Me If You Can"). Alice, the master storyteller, weaves a web of danger, intrigue and death that rivals his best work.

    Co-produced by Danny Saber, Greg Hampton and Alice himself, "Along Came A Spider" manages to marry both vintage and modern-day Alice. As theatrical as ever, the album is a sonic combination of familiar Alice musical elements from albums as diverse as "Billion Dollar Babies" and "Brutal Planet", with the storytelling of "Welcome To My Nightmare", capturing the historic dark side of Alice in peak form, an instantly recognizable presence that will be welcomed by his fans. Joining Alice on the album are members of his touring band — longtime Alice drummer Eric Singer, bassist Chuck Garric, and guitarists Keri Kelli and Jason Hook, with additional contributions from others, including Saber, Hampton, and renowned backing vocalist Bernard Fowler. Slash also lends some guitar style to "Vengeance Is Mine".

    Saber and Hampton co-wrote several of the album's songs with Alice, while others were collaborations with Alice's band members. Danny Saber, best known for his role as member and producer of BLACK GRAPE, has also worked with many other artists, including THE ROLLING STONES, OZZY OSBOURNE, and DAVID BOWIE, while Greg Hampton's been working on a new album project teaming up Buckethead and Bootsy Collins.

    Who else but Alice Cooper, with "Along Came A Spider", would create a "love story" about a serial killer named Spider? His trademark is wrapping his victims in silk, and his victims are specifically chosen to feed his hunger to kill. But, upon meeting his (possibly) last victim, he falls in love with her and cannot kill to complete his plan. That could be his demise.

    Though it is often said about artists with as rich a history as Alice that their newest albums capture the essence of their greatest work, it may honestly be proposed that "Along Came A Spider" does exactly that. It's got hard rock with hooks, an Alice trademark ("Vengeance is Mine", "I Know Where You Live"), classic balladry, another Alice trademark ("Killed by Love", "Salvation"), and always with an overtone of evil, yet another Alice tradmark. Throughout the album, Alice BECOMES Spider, telling the story of a cold-blooded killer to life vocally, as if this were the soundtrack to an as-yet unmade horror film.

    "Along Came A Spider" track listing:

    01. Prologue/I Know Where You Live
    02. Vengeance Is Mine
    03. Wake The Dead
    04. Catch Me If You Can
    05. (In Touch With) Your Feminine Side
    06. Wrapped In Silk
    07. Killed By Love
    08. I'm Hungry
    09. The One That Got Away
    10. Salvation
    11. I Am The Spider/Epilogue

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    Here is the Alice Cooper Official 'Along Came A Spider' Album Trailer 1:

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=bb2yhHmZPjQ

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    And here is the lead single on youtube:

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=7yRKAYhmeyk
  • The State of Music, Radio & The Music Biz

    4 Feb 2008, 10:56 by llehcin

    I recently watched a documentary called Before The Music Dies on IFC. It was eye-opening yet the film solidified what I have been saying for years now. Today's popular music sucks! It has infested radio thanks to the Clear Channel(who owns about 1500 stations across the country) which started off a group of used car salesmen who decided there was money to be made in radio by selling advertising by the minute. Somebody defaulted on a loan for a car so their radio station was repossessed. Can you believe this? This is what started the big brother-esque, advertisement infested, conveyor belt of music we call radio. They could care less about the music getting played One of the men-on-the-street made a very key point. He said its not the fact that you like the song they're playing over and over again on the radio that determines what gets played. Its the fact that you don't like it enough to turn the station. This is how radio loses advertisement which equal dollars. You keep that song playing, it tells them that's what we like and we want more of it. Ridiculous!

    Erykah Badu had a lot to say in this documentary regarding the types of artists who make it today in the business. You have to be young, if you're a woman you have to tongue kiss a woman in public, get a butt implant, breast implants, a long weave, and you must wear stillettos. She also said you have to be naked in public and "get yo ho on".

    Dave Matthews was very open about the state of the biz. He said when his group first started out, they didn't care about making money so they ignored the record companies trying to woo them into a deal. It is all about the music for him. He didn't mind telling folks where to go with their promises of fame and money.

    Branford Marsalis was asked how does he feel about his music students. He said in a word they're full of sh*$! They all think he should tell them how good they are and they don't want to work at their craft. He also had a lot to say regarding past artists who wouldn't make it today because of how they look: Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, and Bruce Springsteen. This is so true. Can you imagine a world without Dinah Washington? She was no beauty queen nor was she young and skinny.

    What I loved was the fact that my sentiments regarding sharing music was legitimized. The only way a new artist who's not making mainstream music will get any type of following is by music sharing. The best thing they can do for their careers is give away 1 or 2 tracks so the listener can get a feel for their sound. 30 seconds is not cutting it anymore. Like Dave Matthews said, if his band had come out after the mp3 sharing revolution they would have never made it. If you know anything about his band, you have to listen to the entire song to appreciate their music. But, I digress...

    There is so much more to this documentary, I can't possibly cover it all here. Please check your local listings for it. It will give you a full understanding of what's going on with today's music.
  • New Joe Satriani release coming up

    1 Feb 2008, 19:50 by Silvertide81

    Over the course of his illustrious career, JOE SATRIANI has achieved legendary success with his 12 solo albums and 3 platinum DVD's selling more than 10 million units worldwide.

    On April 1, 2008, SATRIANI is set to continue his brand of electric education for the masses with the release of his 13th solo album entitled Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock (Sony/BMG).

    Following the albums release, SATRIANI will embark on a worldwide tour, kicking off April 30th in Lisbon, Portugal before hitting the European market, Australia, South America and finally returning to the U.S. in the fall of '08.

    Professor Satchafunkilus was produced through the creative envisioning of SATRIANI and John Cuniberti; guiding the musical talents of longtime drummer/percussionist Jeff Campitelli and reknowned bassist Matt Bissonette. A special addition to the album's artist list is Joe's own son, ZZ Satriani, playing the tenor sax.

    Track Listing for Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock:
    1.Musterion
    2.Overdriver
    3.I Just Wanna Rock
    4.Professor Satchafunkilus
    5.Revelation
    6.Come On Baby
    7.Out of the Sunrise
    8.Diddle-y-a-doo-dat
    9.Asik Vaysel
    10.Andalusia
  • Van Hunt and Record label split. No label for new album

    20 Jan 2008, 12:52 by Silvertide81

    Van Hunt and EMI split, new album without a label
    Writer: Jeremy Goldmeier
    News, Published online on 04 Dec 2007
    Last Friday, Paste received a notice from Blue Note Records stating that the label would not be releasing Van Hunt's upcoming third album, Popular. After inquiring further, we received the following statement from a publicist at Capitol Records, which, like Blue Note, is owned by EMI Music:

    "Van Hunt and EMI/Blue Note Records have mutually agreed to part ways.

    Van Hunt would like to sincerely thank EMI for their support over the years. With everyone's commitment and dedication from both Capitol Records and Blue Note Records, Hunt has enjoyed incredible critical acclaim as well as multiple Grammy nominations and a Grammy win. Plans are currently being made for the release of Van Hunt's third CD, 'Popular;' the label to be announced."

    Popular was formerly slated to appear in stores on Jan. 15 via Blue Note. Hunt's previous two albums, Van Hunt and On the Jungle Floor, had arrived on Capitol Records. In an interview published in the current issue of Paste, Hunt had this to say on his relationship with the music industry:

    “I have a temper I could learn to sit on a little better. It has certainly surfaced in dealing with the business of music. Every day, somebody in the business wants me to change something about who I am so they can have an easier time dealing with me. There are evidently lots of people who would like to see Van Hunt become a little more like everybody else. That’s not going to happen.”

    As Capitol's statement mentions, no new label or release date is set for Popular. Blue Note's official website for the album is still online, however. We'll have more on this story as it develops.
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    Looks like the biz is up to their old tricks. I hope they keep losing money.
  • I hate Joss Stone

    18 Jan 2008, 14:12 by Silvertide81

    I can't stand Joss Stone. She is just a trashy girl anyway. She seems like somebody that heard a few records as a kid and decided that she is a "soul" singer. What has this girl experienced in her life that gives her the right to be a soul singer? Has she even paid dues or did she just fuck for tracks?

    Not to mention she has a hollow voice anyway. Why people buy this girl as a "legit" singer is hard to believe. Oh and sorry, being better than Britney Spears and Beyonce is not good enough.

    Soul singers are at the best when the work is coming from wise and experienced people. I don't think Joss Stone fits the bill.
  • VH turns down Rolling Stone Mag

    1 Dec 2007, 19:24 by Silvertide81

    Today, from MelodicRock.com:

    VAN HALEN SAY NO TO ROLLING STONE!:
    While Van Halen ramp things up for a busy 2008, fans will be interested to learn that the band are still reluctant to do any interviews and just turned down Rolling Stone magazine for a full feature cover story!
  • Rock band suggestion:Alter Bridge

    27 Nov 2007, 21:39 by Silvertide81

    Alter Bridge is a mix of modern and classic rock that formed in 2004 after band leader Mark Tremonti left the now disbanded Creed. Looking for a change in music, Mark has not only flexed his muscle as guitar player, but he has brought on board one of the best vocalist Myles Kennedy. Alter Bridge has Bridged (No pun intended} the gap between classic and modern.

    I feel they do a much better job than the more popular Velvet Revolver, who hasn't seemed to blend together aswell as this exciting young band. Some people are going to knock them because three of the four members used to be Creed, but you should atleast listen before you knock the band.

    Here are a couple of video's from Youtube:

    Brand New Start (Live):

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=uMCMTGuCLJM

    Music video for Rise Today:

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=KRUpbkzEdrY
  • Calling Van Halen fans... What are your favorite Van Halen songs?

    24 Nov 2007, 17:06 by Silvertide81

    Van Halen has been my favorite rock band since my brother introduced me to them at 7 years old all the way back in the mid-late 80's. The first song I ever remember hearing was Ice Cream Man and Jump. While not putting out alot of serious music, I still consider them one of the best bands ever.

    Here are my top 20 favorite Van Halen songs:

    1.Mean Street
    2.Ain't Talkin Bout Love
    3.Humans Being
    4.The Full Bug
    5.Panama
    6.Top Jimmy
    7.Dirty Movies
    8.Atomic Punk
    9.Hot for Teacher
    10.Poundcake
    11.You Really Got Me
    12.I'm The One
    13.Ice Cream Man
    14.Unchained
    15.Right Now
    16.Black and Blue
    17.When It's Love (Yeah, shoot me)
    18.Hear About It Later
    19.Feelin
    20.So This is Love?

    Those are my top 20. What are yours?
  • Prince: The Artist Who Formerly Liked the Internet

    23 Nov 2007, 02:47 by Silvertide81

    Pop music star Prince was long considered an Internet innovator and a friend to the culture of free file sharing.

    He was among the first major recording artists to sell music online. This summer, Prince distributed more than 2 million free copies of his album Planet Earth as part of a newspaper promotion in the United Kingdom. Last year, he was honored with a Webby Lifetime Achievement Award for his "visionary use of the Internet to distribute music."

    Prince was a pioneer in his efforts to give away music in order to promote concerts and merchandise. Long after he gave online distribution a shot, bands like Radiohead have, as recently as last month, made headlines with a similar plan.

    But Prince, one of America's most successful recording artists for three decades, seems to have had a dramatic change of heart. Within the next few days, he is expected to cap an aggressive two-month legal campaign to protect his copyright by suing The Pirate Bay, a popular BitTorrent tracking site best known for helping people find unauthorized copies of music and movies. As reported Friday by CNET News.com, Prince plans to sue The Pirate Bay in three countries for encouraging copyright violations--the United States, France, and Sweden, where the Pirate Bay is based.

    In a matter of months, Prince has achieved the unenviable distinction of being the musician with the most combative stance against file-sharing networks since Lars Ulrich, drummer for heavy-metal band Metallica, waved a list of 335,000 Napster screen names outside that company's Silicon Valley office in 2000.

    But determining exactly why Prince decided to get tough with Internet piracy isn't easy. A representative for the musician said he wasn't available to discuss his views. In fact, he very rarely gives interviews. But the people helping his case say Prince has to take a stand, as unpopular as it may be.

    "Prince is obliged to come up with the plan because no one else has done anything about this blatant piracy," said John Giacobbi, president of Web Sheriff, the antipiracy firm Prince hired to coordinate his copyright fights. "These guys are operating a huge piracy operation, but Prince means business. The Pirate Bay has had the ballpark to themselves for far too long."

    Frustrated artists, cranky fans
    File sharers who are now cursing Prince should remember that for nearly 10 years he has tried to solve a problem that has stumped the beleaguered record industry: how can you make money from digital music?

    Prince was the first major artist to distribute an album exclusively online, though he later decided to release the record on disc. He continued releasing music over the Web after leaving his record label, Warner Bros., in the mid-1990s. It was only last summer, after giving away millions of albums for free, that a spokesman told The New York Times that "Prince's only aim is to get music direct to those that want to hear it."

    Some believe Prince was disappointed by his online experiments. Whatever revenue he generated from Web sales doesn't appear to have been enough to prevent him from going to the record labels for help distributing his music on CD. Sony was due to release Planet Earth in the United Kingdom this year but backed out when Prince inked a deal with Britain's Sunday Mail to include a copy of the album with every newspaper circulated on July 15. The promotion also angered the country's music retailers.

    Online distribution arrangements developed by other musicians have yielded mixed results as well. Last month, the British band Radiohead told fans to download its album In Rainbows and pay whatever they wanted. ComScore, an Internet tracking service, reported last week that it estimated only 38 percent of those who downloaded paid anything at all. Radiohead's representatives responded on Friday by saying ComScore's data was "wholly inaccurate." Accurate or not, it wasn't the first--and not likely the last--novel music distribution idea that has disappointed.

    Perhaps Prince decided the time for experimentation was over. In September, he announced he was planning to sue YouTube, The Pirate Bay, and eBay for allegedly encouraging people to violate copyright. Since then he has sent cease-and-desist orders to YouTube and unauthorized fan sites. Each order requested removal of copyright content he claimed to own.

    Other moves by the longtime musician have drawn hostile responses from fans. Critics ripped Prince after his handlers sent a take-down notice to a Pennsylvania woman who had posted a video clip of her baby dancing to a few seconds of the Prince rocker "Let's Go Crazy." The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit focusing on civil liberties issues on the Internet, filed a suit on behalf of the woman, alleging that Prince had violated the woman's free speech because her use of his song was protected under fair-use provisions of copyright law.

    Rick Carnes, president of the Songwriters Guild of America, said Prince should expect to take some public-relations hits. After all, a headline about him suing the mother alongside a photo of a baby boy bopping to a snippet of Prince's music just isn't going to play well. But Carnes argues this is another example of how file sharers persecute the victim. If Prince is mistakenly chasing mothers and their home movies, Carnes points out, it's likely an unfortunate mistake brought about by his attempts to protect his music from more lethal threats.

    A great deal of Prince's material is indeed being exchanged online. A check of The Pirate Bay on Monday turned up links to unauthorized versions of Prince's 1984 hit film Purple Rain, several concert performances, and multiple albums. Prince has to stick to his guns no matter what is written about him, declares Carnes.

    "Of course there is a risk to Prince," Carnes said. "Prince is going to be completely destroyed on the Internet by the system that they got in place to dismantle artists who speak up for their rights. Do a Google search on Lars Ulrich. Look at all of the millions of negative things they wrote about him. It's all right. We're used to it."