Another Billy Joe Armstrong / Norah Jones Song Released

Warner Bros. Records

Warner Bros. Records

 

Man, I have been kind of critical of Green Day recently because it's felt like they've released a disc or movie every third day and I've felt some Green Day fatigue but I'm excited to hear this full disc. I love Norah Jones because...really? Have you heard her sing? I've liked her solo stuff, I dig the Little Willies and I really dig the sound of this. These songs come from a disc called 'Foreverly' , a track-for-track tribute to the 1958 Everly Brothers album Songs Our Daddy Taught Us. I know you're too young for the Everly Brothers. So am I. Yes I am. How dare you. I would like to hear more artists do things like this. Maybe turn it into an ongoing series with proceeds going to charity. Or to me. The record is out on November 25th.

 

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New Music Tuesday (Posted On A Wednesday) 11-13-13

 

 

 

I didn't post last week for this feature so I'm combining two weeks in one. This time of year gets pretty sparse for NEW releases anyway but we will have some awesome greatest hits, live and expanded editions of albums you already have. YES! No. Don't buy those. Have I gone down that road with you already? How much of a dummy am I that I would buy your greatest hits record in this day and age of digital single downloads? I may be a dummy but I'm not that kind of dummy. The ONLY reason to buy a greatest hits record is to give yourself a crash course on a band you don't know much about. In that case, they can be a good starting point. As for 'expanded' editions that contain some 'bonus' live DVD or other not really a bonus, nonsense.....NO. I will not buy a copy of the same disc I ALREADY bought just because it features a live show you recorded and slapped on a DVD. I get that a guy's gotta pay the bills and I don't even really blame the labels or bands for putting these things out but I do blame you if you buy them. I blame you even more if you steal them but that's a topic for another post.

Also, because I get e-mails on a fairly regular basis, featuring 4 letter laced tirades about how I do a show on a rock station and I should only post about rock records, I (much like mostly everyone) dig all types of music so I won't JUST post about rock and metal. It's not like you HAVE to listen to these albums. These are just things I like, that you may want to enjoy. If I COULD force you to do whatever I typed here, believe you me, it would be WAY more dastardly and financially beneficial to me.

Let's pause for a minute to think about how AWESOME that would be....

Okay. On to this weeks (and last weeks) music. I'm assuming you know Eminem put a (cool) new record out and Lady Gaga didn't so I'll skip those:

Ipecac Records

Ipecac Records

The Melvins 'Tres Cabrones'

The Melvins are a brand new band that I think you should like. OR they are celebrating their 30th anniversary. It's the second thing. This new record features the band's (mostly) original lineup if that matters to you. Maybe it should matter to me but what really matters to me is how much I love it. I mean, there is a song called 'Tie My Pecker To A Tree' (something you probably should never do) man. The album title translates roughly to "Three....Cabrones" and it's a damn enjoyable cabrone to listen to. It is also worth noting that Ipecac Records is owned by Mike Patton of Faith No More, Tomahawk, Fantomas, Mr.Bungle, Peeping Tom...just to name nine. Tracks to start with include 'Doctor Mule', 'Dogs And Cattle Prods' and 'City Dump'.

 

 

Omnivore Recordings/ Universal

Omnivore Recordings/ Universal

Buck Owens "Buck 'Em: The Music Of Buck Owens (1955-1967)

So, someone posted some stuff about how crappy greatest hits records are. That guy is a MORON because this one is fantastic. Maybe it's because I grew up listening to Buck Owens or maybe it's just because this stuff is timeless but, man, I can't find a dud on this entire two disc set. There are something like 578 songs on it so, that's saying something. You may not dig current country music (even though there is some cool stuff out there) but if you dig classic country, rockabilly-ish stuff and you don't know Buck Owens, this is definitely something to check out. This is obviously not for you if it isn't but if it is, it REALLY is. A book of the same name just came out which I plan on reading too. The guy was a pioneer and if you don't think so......wait for it.....wait....you can Buck off. Or buck yourself. Motherbucker. Tracks to start with include 'Down On The Corner Of Love', 'Foolin' Around', 'Truck Drivin' Man' and every other song here.

This video is essentially a commercial but it gives you a good idea of what it is and I couldn't find anything else that wouldn't lead to me being sued...Bucking lawyers anyway. Did I kill the wordplay already?

 

E One Music

E One Music

Dagoba "Post Mortem Nihil Est"

This band is clearly influence by Buck Owens. They hail from France which means they feel like they're better than you are and they drink wine and eat cheese most of the day. If you can get past that, you'll find a pretty cool record. If heavy with some melody is your glass of chardonnay, then check out 'I Reptile' , 'The Day After The Apocalypse' and the album opener 'When Winter..'.

 

So there it is. This isn't the greatest week ever for releases but there are some strong options for you. I'm going to end today's post (and maybe all of these new music posts) with a classic album that I think you should add to your collection if you haven't. I'm calling it the:

Get The Hell Off My Lawn Classic Of The Week

Burning Heart Records

Burning Heart Records / Epitaph Records

Refused "The Shape Of Punk To Come"

This is one of those, if it came out today it would still rule kind of albums. This record is HUGELY influential on a lot of band you probably love. There are jazzy moments, reggae tinges, blues samples, killer drum and guitar gallops topped by fantastic screamy vocals. They broke up soon after this came out way back in 1998 and reformed for one show in 2012. The singer went on to form (International) Noise Conspiracy whom you may know as well. His current band AC4 has been signed to Deathwish Records. You really need to hear the whole record but here is the first song I ever hear from them:


As always, I'd love to know what you're listening to. E-mail me, ma man.

 

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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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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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Streaming Seether (Audio)

Seether has/have posted a song called "Blister" online at Loudwire.com. The track  was recorded as a B-side during the sessions for the Karma And Effect album way back in 2005. The song will be included on the forthcoming greatest hits/ cash grab double disc,  Seether 2002 - 2013 which you can (but shouldn't) buy on 10/29. I like Seether but I can't condone greatest hit packages - especially in this digital age. Why buy music you already have? You bought it once. You've done your part. This (double) disc is not condoned!

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Chili Peppers Record Store Day- Black Friday Release Info Revealed (Video)

The Red Hot Chili Peppers will release a limited edition double-disc vinyl package called I'm Beside You on November 29th as part of Record Store Day's Black Friday "Back To Black" exclusives. The 17-song set will consist of all the bonus cuts recorded during the sessions for 2011's fantastic  I'm With You record. The tunes can currently be streamed at the Chili Peppers' YouTube channel.

The guys are also taking part in a charity auction called "In Their Shoes." Details on how you can buy shoes customized by Flea and Anthony Keidis' mustache can be found here.

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