Category Archives: New Release

Bjork Video Strange? Indeed.

Bjork released a video today for a remixed version of one of her songs before the actual single has been released.  The original version of “The Dull Flame of Desire” can be found on Bjork’s latest release Volta.  The song takes a huge twist in this version making for a very interesting listen.  Leave it up to one of the most unique artists to continue her originality.

The remixed version of the song “The Dull Flame of Desire” features Björk with dual vocals from Antony Hegarty from Antony & The Johnsons.  The song is full of lyrics that are actually translated lines taken from a poem written by Fyodor Tyutchev.

If you have a moment check out the video.

WARNING:  It is strange as hell and I kind of got freaked out towards the end….

So?  Did it scare you at all or make you wish you never experimented with LSD?

I’ll be honest.  The video sucked.  The song is amazing.  The concept of how the video was created though was interesting.  Bjork held a contest on her website for new directors giving them the chance to work with her.  Bjork chose 3 winners were chosen to collaborate together.  The result is one wierd a** video.

I could not help but think the middle part of that video looked familiar….where did I see that before???

Oh yeah:


Scream Video

haha…..  yeah.  I went there.

Alice In Chains To Record New Material

Alice In Chains (AIC) will be releasing new material for the first time in 13 years.  Can you say AWESOME?

For those of you who are scratching your heads right now wondering did I just say AIC is releasing new material, I need to let you know that the band never broke up.

Alice In Chains
Alice In Chains (w/ Layne Staley)

Formed in 1997 by Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell the band became quite popular with two albums becoming #1’s on Billboard 200.  The band was a great commerical success and even though started off more metal soon mellowed to a rock that everyone seemed to enjoy.  After 1995 the band stopped recording material.

The band never called it quits though, they just paused while lead singer Layne Staley fought the bad battle with his publicly known chemical addiction and dealt with heartbreak.

In 1996 Staley lost his fiancee from bacterial endocarditis and chose to stay alone and cope his loss with drugs.  In 1998 Staley recorded two songs with the rest of the band but really never did anything else onward.  His addiction took over his like and he even willingly admitted in in many interviews.

Months before his death, Staley admitted in an interview, “I know I’m near death, I did crack and heroin for years. I never wanted to end my life this way” In 2002 the worst, but expected, happened as Staley was found dead in his condominium from an apparent drug overdose.

With Layne Staley’s passing in 2002 I really never thought AIC would put out another release.    I figured the band would go their separate ways.  I was wrong…

After some time AIC chose to continue.

The remaining members Jerry Cantrell, Mike Inez, and Sean Kinney played for a benefit concert in 2005 for the tsunami that hit Asia with Damageplan singer Pat Lachman.  One year later they appeared on VH1’s Decades Rock Live: Heart with another singer William DuVall, one time singer of Comes With The Fall. AIC hit the road soon after and toured select cities with positive reviews. They rolled through Cleveland and of course I missed it. I know someone who went and he said it was amazing.  Go on Matt, rub it in.

Seems like things went well as earlier this year AIC announced they would be recording new material.

I still have yet to see the new AIC live or even hear it for that matter.  I never even got to see the old AIC live and they were one of my favorite bands of the 90’s.  I am really curious to hear what they have to offer.  From what I have heard William DuVall seems to have picked up where Staley had let off.

With new material and the possibility of a tour (I sure hope so) it looks like AIC is making a comeback.

Straight from the band’s website, a band associate named Baldy said:

“October will arrive and Alice In Chains will reconvene to record the new album.  So, as 2008, winds down, band activity will be gearing up, and at some point in 2009 you’ll finally hear what I’ve been raving about for the last several months.”

I think Baldy knows something…and I am hoping he is right!

Some videos:

Street Dogs – State Of Grace – CD Review

One of my favorite Irish infused, punk rock bands the Street Dogs dropped yet another release over the summer titled State of Grace.  Fronted by the one time lead vocalist of the infamous Dropkick Murphys, this CD delivers powerful punk rock anthems fueled with a traditional Irish feel to it.  This is the band’s fourth release and their first under Hellcat Records.

Street Dogs
Street Dogs

Lead singer Mike McColgan is one of the most American punk rockers you will ever meet.  Before fronting the Dropkick Murphys, he served time overseas during the Gulf War to help pay for school.  When he returned, he helped start the Dropkick Murphys in 1996 and released Do or Die; it was the only album he released with the band.  In 1998 he left the Dropkick Murphys to pursue his dream of becoming a fireman.  Fast forward a couple of years later to 2002 and McColgan got the music fever again and started the Street Dogs.

On their fourth full length release the five-some sounds stronger than ever.  Album opener “Mean Fist” is impressive with a full on punk rock approach start to finish.  “Into The Valley” sounded like an anti-war group marching song insuring escalating spirits for all soldiers involved in this senseless war.

Other stand out songs are “Rebel Song” with McColgan signing his heart out about standing up in a poor nation to rise above.  The song reassures the underprivileged that they should continue to do what they do and unite.  “The General’s Boombox” continued the high spirit lyrics about staying true to yourself.

“Elizabeth” reminds me of an Irish pub song that everyone in the house could sing-a-long to.  Another sing-a-long track “Two Angry Kids” would be best listened to away from the bar as the song makes you want to dance wildly around and pump your fists in the air.

“San Patricios” is by far my favorite track.  The Irish meets Mexican song is insane.  I loved the Spanish singing and guitar riffs layered with punk rock.  The Irish/Mexican unity track recalls back to the times when the Irish teamed with the Mexicans for their fight against the US to save Mexico.

If you are looking for a band that has similarities of the Dropkick Murphys keep in mind that even though McColgan was the original lead vocalist that the Street Dogs take a different approach at Irish punk rock with less bagpipe playing and alcohol inspired tracks.  From political views to the love of family and friends this CD was amazing especially the third time I listened to it.

The first listen was an introduction but by the third listen I was hooked.  This is one of the better punk rock albums that has been released in 2008.  Street Dogs exist because of the love of music for an Irish gent straight out of Boston.  If you are looking for punk rock at its finest go out and grab a copy of State of Grace.

Check out the Street Dogs live this fall.  For more info visit their website or check out their MySpace.

Not Hank 1 or Hank 2…..it’s all about Hank III

I just saw the new video for “Long Hauls & Close Calls” from the new release by Hank Williams III on YouTube and I can not even tell you how excited I am for the album!!!!

This is the “hellbilly” version. There is also a “Muddin” version that I am sure my brother and his hillbilly friends would enjoy more.  I myself prefer this version.

Straight out of Trashville, TN the rebel outlaw of all country outlaws Hank III will be releasing a new album on Oct. 21 called Damn Right, Rebel Proud.  Think outlaw county music slammed up with punk rock carefree attitude and that is Hank III for ya.  Hank III has made me a bigger fan of outlaw country even though his version is darker and more demeneted.

Chris Cornell Teaming Up With Timbaland

Yes you read the title correctly…

If you would have asked me 15 years ago what I would think if the lead singer of Soundgarden would be teamed up with  rap artist/producer Timbaland I would have called you crazy.  I never would have thought that Chris Cornell would depart with the rock grunge band he started in, work on solo material, and then join a super group with members of Rage Against The Machine called Audioslave.

Well it happened…it all happened…

…and now Chris Cornell is releasing a solo album once again.  This time with help from R&B / Hip-Hop producer Timbaland.  How the hell did this happen???

Of course my curiosity got to me so I used my old friend the internet to hear this crazy combination.  This is indeed an interesting mix and after listening to samples of ‘Watch Out” and “Ground Zero” on his MySpace page I must say I’m not sure if I like what I hear.  The beats created by Timbaland mixed with Chris Cornell’s vocals make for a sound reminding me of Gnarls Barkley mixed with Jamiroquai.  “Long Gone” another sample track almost upsets me to hear this once rocker toy with pop rock.  Chris Cornell’s voice is still amazing but I just do not know about this…

Before I say other comments I’ll just wait until Scream is released on Oct. 14th.

Chris Cornell time line….

Once upon a time this was Chris Cornell:

One of my favs:

Years later:

EDIT:

My good buddy Matt and I spoke tonight and he commented on how he got a kick out of my Chris Cornell time line.  We joked about how now Soundgarden will NEVER reunite now.  You see, Chris Cornell stated back in 2005 that Soundgarden would probably never reunite.  From the looks of things I am pretty sure the remaining members of Soundgarden will never want to be associated with him.   After my phone call with Matt from AddictedToVinyl.Com I decided I should elaborate a little more about my humor towards Mr. Chris Cornell.

Matt and I joked about a pseudo phone conversation between Chris Cornell and once guitarist Kim Thayil of Soundgarden.

It would go something like this:

Chris:  “Hey Kim”

Kim:  “Chris”

Chris:  “Kim, I just had to call you and tell you about what I have been doing lately”

Kim:  “Ok…”

Chris:  “I knew you would want to hear!”

Kim:  “…”

Chris:  “So yeah, I was thinking about what I could do to totally make myself look even cooler than I already am.  I decided what could I, Chris Cornell, do that has never been done by a once grunge rockstar turned supergroup rock hero.  I decided to put out a album called ‘Scream’ with help from my newest friend on the block, Timbaland

Kim:  “What?  You did what?”

Chris:  “Yeah!  I know!”

Kim:  “Chris, are you even listening to me?”

Chris:  “Exactly.”

Kim:  “Umm…”

Chris:  “Good question!  I wanted to completely ruin my image by putting out a pop album with glorified beats.  I wanted to disregard everything I have ever done by putting out an album named after one of Timbaland’s hit songs.  I wanted to record garbage.

Kim:  “And you are telling me this because?”

Chris:  “I am going to take over the world.  My new album not only will be the greatest album ever made, it will also prove to the world how awesome I am and they will all bow to my feet.  I will bathe in glory.  I am wonderful… my voice is all controlling… I will rule the… ”

Kim:  “That is not possible, I already contributed to Probot.”

Chris:  “Money, glory, fame…”

Kim:  “I have to go now”

Chris:  “My hair will turn to gold, I will become a robot like Michael Jackson did in Moonwalker and I will save all the lost children…”

Kim:  “Bye Chris, I have to go out and be a musician.”

Chris:  “Mr. Big you look out!  I am power.”