Monday, July 20, 2009

Music News & Notes


June 29th marked the ten year anniversary of the very first release from Slipknot. To commemorate this epic event, Roadrunner will be releaseing a special Slipknot 10th Anniversary box set.

Slipknot wants to introduce you to it...


PEARL JAM: New Single Available For Streaming

"The Fixer", the first single from PEARL JAM's upcoming album, "Backspacer", is available for streaming at the link below. The group's ninth studio effort will be available in two formats through their official web site, as both a special fan club CD package and a 180-gram vinyl edition. The latter comes with a 24-page booklet featuring original art by cartoonist Tom Tomorrow. "Backspacer" will arrive on September 20, with its standard CD release being handled exclusively through Target.

A seven-inch, white vinyl version of "The Fixer" can also be ordered through the PEARL JAM web site.

Pearl Jam


Rod Stewart Music Release

The Rod Stewart Sessions 1971-1998. The four-disc set contains 63 tracks from throughout Stewart's career including alternate versions and previously unheard songs. The album will be out on September 29.

Here is what Warner Bros Says:

More than a third of THE ROD STEWART SESSIONS 1971-1998 chronicles the torrent of indelible recordings Stewart unleashed during the ’70s. Fittingly, the set opens with a decidedly rough take of Maggie May, the #1 hit from Stewart’s third solo album–Every Picture Tells A Story–that broke him as a solo artist in 1971. SESSIONS offers alternate versions of well-known hits from that era such as Sailing, Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright), You Wear It Well, and an acoustic version of You’re In My Heart (The Final Acclaim). Alongside those are rarities like the unfinished Think I’ll Pack My Bags (which later appeared on Ron Wood’s solo debut rewritten as Mystifies Me), an early version of So Tired that finds the band working out the arrangement in the studio, and an acoustic version of the B-side Rosie. Of special note is the rumored-to-exist but never heard—until now—sequel to The Killing of Georgie; Innocent (The Killing of Georgie Part III) completes the epic narrative begun on 1976's A Night On The Town album with a ferociously rocking performance taken from the sessions for the following year's Foot Loose & Fancy Free. Stewart ended the decade with a hits package that was to include his cover of British pub-rocker Frankie Miller’s When I’m Away From You that has remained unreleased until now.

SESSIONS touches on six albums Stewart released during the ’80s, including Foolish Behaviour (1980), which was originally intended to be a double album, but was eventually scaled back to a single disc. Along with an early version of the album track Oh God, I Wish I Was Home Tonight the collection also features four unreleased tracks presumably destined for the second disc Time Of My Life, TV Mama, Stupid, and Buddy Holly’s Maybe Baby. While the multitracks for Tonight I’m Yours (1981) have gone missing, the producers managed to recover an unreleased song called Thunderbird from the session’s only surviving mixdown tape. The collection closes out the decade with several tracks from Out Of Order (1988), including a tender reading of Forever Young that features Stewart accompanied only by a piano and the improvised in the studio and then abandoned I Go To Jail For You.

The final SESSIONS disc is dedicated to Stewart’s resurgence as an artistic and commercial force in the ’90s. It begins with six songs recorded in the summer of 1992 that were shelved in favor of Unplugged…And Seated, including a cover of Bob Dylan and The Band’s This Wheel’s On Fire, and an all-star remake of the 1969 Python Lee Jackson song (originally also sung by Rod) In A Broken Dream, which features Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones. Also included is Stewart’s cover of Bobby Womack’s Looking For A Love, which was surprisingly left off A Spanner In The Works (1995) and a version of Oasis’ Rockin’ Chair that he recorded for When We Were The New Boys (1998).

The full track list is after the cut.

•Maggie May (Early Version)
•Seems Like A Long Time (Alternate Version)
•Italian Girls (Early Version)
•You Wear It Well (Early Version)
•Lost Paraguayos (Alternate Version)
•I'd Rather Go Blind (Alternate Version)
•Angel (Alternate Version)
•Think I'll Pack My Bags (Early Version of Mystifies Me)
•Farewell (Early Version)
•Girl From The North Country (Alternate Version)
•(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Man (Alternate Version)
•So Tired (Early Version)
•This Old Heart Of Mine (Alternate Version)
•To Love Somebody (Early Take)
•Sailing (Alternate Version)
•Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright) (Early Take)
•The First Cut Is The Deepest (Alternate Version)
•Rosie (Acoustic Version)
•Innocent (The Killing Of Georgie Part III)
•Hot Legs (Early Take)
•You're In My Heart (The Final Acclaim) (Acoustic Version)
•I Was Only Joking (Early Take)
•Scarred & Scared (Early Take)
•When I'm Away From You
•Oh God, I Wish I Was Home Tonight (Early Version)
•Time Of My Life
•TV Mama
•Maybe Baby
•Guess I'll Always Love You (Alternate Version)
•The Great Pretender (Acoustic Version)
•Dancing Alone (Alternate Version)
•I Wish You Would
•Sweet Surrender (Alternate Version)
•Show Me
•Ghetto Blaster (Early Version)
•Satisfied (Alternate Version)
•Hard Lesson To Learn (Alternate Version)
•In My Life (Piano Version)
•Love Is A Four Letter Word
•Forever Young (Piano Version)
•My Heart Can't Tell You No (Alternate Version)
•I Go To Jail For You
•A Good Lover Is Hard To Find
•Let The Day Begin (Alternate Version)
•The Groom's Still Waiting At The Altar (Alternate Version)
•Windy Town (Piano Version)
•In A Broken Dream (1992)
•This Wheel's On Fire
•I Wanna Stay Home
•I'm A King Bee
•Looking For A Love
•Kiss Her For Me
•The Long Journey Home
•Now That You're On Your Own
•Dylan's Day Off
•On And On
•Rockin' Chair
•Sugar Lips
•The Changingman
•May You Never


Foreigner/Wal Mart Exclusive

Foreigner is taking a cue from Journey and releasing its own three-disc album exclusively through Wal-Mart.

Can't Slow Down, out September 29 via Rhino will contain a disc of 13 new songs produced by Marti Frederiksen and Mark Ronson, a disc of remixed classics from their catalog and a DVD of live performances.


Guster Announces "Lost & Gone Forever Ten Year Anniversary Tour"

Boston-bred band Guster have just announced their nine-date headline tour, Lost & Gone Forever Ten Year Anniversary Tour, which will kick off October 28th in Charlotte, NC, and wrap on November 27th at the Beacon Theater in New York. This anniversary tour will be Guster's only headline dates of this year.

Ten years have passed since the band's critically acclaimed release of "Lost and Gone Forever" which in their words "helped us graduate from our van to a bus." These nine very special evenings with Guster will include two sets, one of which will be the album in its entirety and no opening act.


•10/28 Charlotte, NC Neighborhood Theater
•10/29 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
•10/30 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
•10/31 Boston, MA Orpheum Theater
•11/04 Cincinnati, OH Madison Theatre
•11/05 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
•11/06 Rochester, NY Armory
•11/07 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
•11/27 New York, NY Beacon Theater

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