New Music Tuesday Posted On A Wednesday – Rock & Metal KAOS Edition [10-30-13]

Man. Yet ANOTHER strong release week. It's an especially/ecspecially strong week if you're a fan of metal. I am. I'm WAY metal. Metal-er than a lot of people you know who you may have thought were pretty damn metal. My lists are never meant to be all inclusive lists of every single thing released in a week so, climb off. You get so uptight sometimes. A lot of the time. Almost always. Try some yoga. Maybe while you listen to this stuff.

There is SO much heavy stuff out this week that I'm doing a full post just on metal. I'll post a non metal/rock list tomorrow because there is some really cool stuff that won't require you give your soul to Satan to enjoy.

I'll assume you know Seether released their greatest hits package(just in time for the holidays) and Linkin Park released the remix record (...holidays) so I won't highlight those other than that.


Nuclear Blast Records

Nuclear Blast Records

Sepultura "The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart"

As you may have heard, Sepultura have been forced to cancel their North American Tour due to visa issues. Drag. On the bright side, the man and his visa regulations can't stop the release of their new record. Derrick Green has been the new singer in the band...since 1998. He's not the new singer anymore ma man. He's proven his baddassery and they've put out some killer stuff with him. Check out, 'Trauma Of War', 'Impending Doom' and the first single, 'The Age Of The Atheist'.

 

 

Razor And Tie

Razor And Tie

Protest The Hero "Volition"

I kind of envy you if you've never heard Protest The Hero. They are SO good and you get to discover it without already knowing how good they are. Did I ruin it for you? If you like your music heavy, with tight, incredibly complex guitars WITH melodies that get stuck in your head, you, ma man are in luck. The fans (you?) funded this record via, Indiegogo. I think that whole idea is pretty great. I've really turned the corner on it. A band you love keeps making music as a DIRECT result of your financial love. Check out 'Drumhead Trial', 'Skies' and 'Clarity' (video below). You can stream the entire record at Loudwire.com here.

 

Prosthetic Records

Prosthetic Records

 Skeletonwitch "Serpents Unleashed"

If you're in the mood for old school vibed, demon vocal-ed, black metal-y, thrash you can't go wrong with Skeletonwitch. They haven't put out a bad record and they have a pretty righteous name. These guys were all born in a fjord somewhere in Scandinavia* which should give you an idea of their sound. Check 'This Evil Embrace', 'Born Of The Light That Does Not Shine' and the title track.

 

 

Inside Out Music

Inside Out Music

Devin Townsend 'The Retinal Circus'

Devin Townsend is unlike anyone else. In a really great way. I first heard him sing on the Steve Vai record "Sex And Religion" and was blown away by his voice. Devin went on to form Strapping Young Lad (check them out...do it). THIS record is a live concert with his Devin Townsend Project band so it's not as heavy as Strapping Young Lad but it's just so damn good - melodic, powerful and huge. He's a unique talent and you owe it to you to listen to his stuff.

(Explicit Language)

 


 

Other metal releases to check this week:

Giant Squid  'Monster In The Creek' (Reissue)

LOVE these guys. This is an early release from them...

Doyle Airence 'Monolith'

atmospheric, post hardcore with some great melody

Toxic Holocaust 'Chemistry Of Consciousness'

old school thrashtasticness

 Zodiac 'A Hiding Place'

Stoner-y bluesy heavy rock. COOL.

Warbringer 'IV:Empires Collapse'

Even MORE thrashnificence.

Winds Of Plague 'Resistance'

Southern California deathcore. Catch them with Bleeding Through, Oceano, Gideon, Sworn In at Summit Music Hall on 11/1.

Kill Devil Hill 'Revolution Rise'

Rex from Pantera and Down along with Vinny Appice. They have a southern Alice In Chains vibe...


Man, I could keep going and I may do a second post. GREAT week. I want to know what you're digging.

Please comment and let me know or hit me with an e-mail.

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Pearl Jam Keeps Getting Cooler (Video)

Man, I feel such a renewed respect for Pearl Jam as of late. Do you go through those phases? I feel like Pearl Jam and I are running through a field of wildflowers in slow motion whilst the golden rays of the sun shine upon us. Is that too much?

The point is, I really dig Lightning Bolt, I admire the longevity, the consistent relevance (relevevity?) and the steadfast do- it-the-way-they-want-to-do-it-regardless-of-trends-and-sales attitude they've employed from the get go. I have vivid memories of seeing the video for "Alive" at 2 in the morning because it wasn't in day time rotation yet on MTV (This is where I should say 'when MTV actually played MUSIC videos'. They used to. If it garnered ratings like the crap they show now, they still would- I blame you for watching it still. How dare you).

I was born in the 70's, raised in the 80's and for some time lamented the fact that there would be no everlasting bands from my generation other than Metallica- not that Metallica wouldn't have been enough. They would have, but my parents got the Beatles, The Stones and Led Zeppelin. For a time it appeared as though I got...Poison. I like Poison. Poison is/are a good time. Poison isn't/aren't all time (my apologies to Brett and his Hairdana).

Pearl Jam is/are an all time band. They are one of the great rock and roll bands and they will live on forever on the t-shirts of kids and the record players of their parents. This video is an example of why- respect those who came before you by playing surprisingly kick ass versions of their songs live, exposing people who (as hard as it is for me to admit) may not have heard the song before said kick ass performance.

I'll write another post about my affinity for Van Halen. I was alive when VH began but I was young and didn't really appreciate them until I hit my teens. Eddie Van Halen changed the way the guitar was perceived. No one since has had that kind of impact. I hope someone will again though.

I could have saved you and me some time by just posting the video and saying how kick ass it is to see Pearl Jam play Van Halen's "Eruption/Ain't Talkin' Bout Love" but, man, I got into radio because of music. I didn't get into radio necessarily to tell you wacky stories about Chipmunk crime and Science oddities (although I will TOTALLY keep doing that- someone has to). MUSIC is the reason you listen, MUSIC is the reason I wrote this. MUSIC. The caps make it more dramatic. WAY MORE.

I feel like if we were in the same room, we'd embrace, lock hands and engage in some sort of sing along.

Hey. Check out Pearl Jam's kick ass version of  Van Halen's "Ain't Talkin' Bout Love." Man.

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Man Drinks Urine To Stay Young (Audio)

 

Mark Ambrose / Daily Mail

Mark Ambrose / Daily Mail

Rather than type about this, I decided to talk about this. Typing is for suckers and it's really hard to convey the disgusting nature of this story via the printed/typed word. Please listen in disgusted horror:

 

 

 

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Bits & Snatches Podcast: Recycled Radio (#37)

Here's what you can expect to hear in this thrilling edtion of the Bits & Snatches Podcast:

Musical Tastes Over Time

Airline Coffee WILL Kill You. Maybe.

900 Foot Long Sea Creature

FAA Will End Their Angry Birds Witch Hunt

Naked Haunted Houses

Space Garbage Trucks

Curing Bad Luck

Bigfoot Festivals

Fencing (with swords)

Real Life Gremlins

Naked Slushy Machine Taunts Crazy Lady

Drone Delivery

Those exciting topics and more will dazzle your senses. Thanks for taking the time to listen. I hope you don’t look back on it with regret.

 

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Billie Joe Armstrong & Nora Jones Duet (Audio)

Warner Bros. Records

Warner Bros. Records

 

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has teamed up with  Norah Jones to record  a track-for-track tribute to the 1958 Everly Brothers album Songs Our Daddy Taught Us.

According to Rolling Stone, the album, 'Foreverly' will be released on November 25th and features Armstrong and Jones reinterpreting traditional songs like "Down In The Willow Garden," "Barbara Allen" and "Kentucky" that the Everly Brothers first covered on the original album 55 years ago.
Armstrong said in a statement that the project came together after he discovered the original Songs Our Daddy Taught Us album a couple of years ago. He explained:

"I thought of Norah because she can sing anything, from rock to jazz to blues, and I knew her harmonies would be amazing."

The album was recorded in nine days at a Manhattan studio called the Magic Shop, which is also what I have named my home office. It just sounds cooler to say, I'm headed to the Magic Shop.

This is where people post about how NOT punk rock this is, but how long ago did Green Day stop being punk rock? A LONG time ago. Plus, isn't being punk rock doing things that you want to do regardless of what other people think? Not that I would know. I am not punk rock either. Anyway, I think this sounds righteous. What's not to like about Norah Jones? She could sing the instructions to an Ikea desk and it would sound fantastic. You'd still get mad and throw stuff across the room because those instructions make no damn sense but at least your out of control temper would have a lovely soundtrack. On a side note, you really need to get that crap in check.

 

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New Music Tuesday (posted on a Wednesday)

As you well know, music is released on Tuesdays (for the most part) but I typically post about New Music Tuesday on Wednesday so I can have some time to check out the week's new releases and maybe unearth something cool from a band I didn't know before.

Last week was a GREAT week for new music. This week is light and every week will likely be light on NEW releases for the remainder of the year as the labels trot out the cash grabbing greatest hit albums. You shouldn't but those unless you don't have any music from that band and you want an audio crash course. Otherwise, they are a HUGE waste of money. Why pay for something you ALREADY paid for? How many times have you been paid for something you did 10 years ago? Once. Right. If you want the 'bonus' songs that were previously unreleased, buy them separately. Man. And , by the way, if a band recorded a song that was SO fantastic in 1995 they would sure as hell have released it in 1995. That's not to say some of these previously unreleased songs aren't cool. Some are. Some aren't and were never released for a reason.

Okay. On to this week's highlights:

 

Motorhead "Aftershock"

Motorhead "Aftershock"

 


 

There just aren't very many bands in the 'sound like' category. By that I mean, bands sound like them. Countless bands sound like Motorhead. Motorhead sounds like....Motorhead. Standout tracks include "Lost Woman Blues", "Heartbreaker" , "Paralyzed" and "Death Machine." It's Motorhead. Man.

 

Okay so that's really the only thing I really dig that came out this week so far. That may change after I spend more time with a few other records. Here are a couple other from this week that you may want check out:

AFI "Burials"

AFI "Burials"

AFI "Burials"

People go nuts for these guys and it's their first record since 1957 or..something. It's been awhile and the ladies (and dudes) love Davey Havok (his real name).

 

 

Katy Perry 'Prism'

Katy Perry 'Prism'

Katy Perry "Prism"

Hey, don't judge. That 'Roar' song is catchy and it's my song of choice at aerobics class as of late.

 

 

 

Emphatic "Another Life"

Emphatic "Another Life"

Emphatic "Another Life"

This is their second record and if you liked their last one you'll probably dig this too. They never really grabbed me but I mean, I like that Katy Perry song so, don't take my word for it.

 

 

There it is. Yes. LIGHT week. Check out some of last week's fantastic releases by Monster Magnet, Pearl Jam, The Head & The Heart, Cults, Death Angel, Red Fang , Willie Nelson, The Avett Brothers and Pelican to fill out this week's lightness.

Next week, look for a new Sepultura record!

 

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