Monday, November 2, 2009

Music News & Notes

Them Crooked Vultures Reveals New, Self-Titled Album Details

Them Crooked Vultures, feathring Dave Grohl, Joshua Homme and John Paul Jones, has confirmed November 17 as the release date of their eponymous debut album in the United States and Canada on DGC/Interscope Records. The self-produced 13-song record will feature first single "New Fang" as well as the debut of the studio versions of the material Them Crooked Vultures unveiled at their August 9 debut at Chicago's Cabaret Metro and played on a first series of shows throughout a handful of UK and European cities and portions of the eastern U.S.

A string of teaser videos have also been released by the band in anticipation for the November 17 release. Through their YouTube channel, fans have had the chance to preview "Scumbag Blues," "No One Loves Me & Neither Do I" (studio / animated), "Elephants" as well as the full version of "New Fang."

The band have also announced the first ever shows in California and the Pacific Northwest: November 17 at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles, November 19 at the Fox Theater in Oakland, November 21 at the Paramount Theater in Seattle, and November 22 at the Roseland Theater in Portland.


Slayer Postpones Canadian Carnage, Jimmy Kimmel Appearance Due To Vocalist's Back Injury

Slayer has announced the postponement of its "Canadian Carnage" tour with Megadeth, which was due to begin on November 8. In addition, the band announces the postponement of its appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," which had been set for this Wednesday, November 4. More information will be released shortly regarding the rescheduling of the Canadian dates, as well as the 'Kimmel' appearance.

Slayer's Tom Araya is currently under the care of a specialist for a back injury, thought to be related to his on-stage activity, and the physician has ordered an immediate surgical procedure to take place in Texas tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.

"What is foremost in our minds right now is that Tom do whatever he needs to to get this taken care of," said Slayer's Kerry King. "While all four of us are disappointed that we won't be able to see through all of our commitments set for the next few weeks, the most important thing is Tom's health. We thank the fans in Canada and here in L.A., the Megadeth camp, and everyone associated with 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' for their understanding. We look forward to seeing you all soon."

Slayer's Kerry King, Jeff Hanneman and Dave Lombardo are looking forward to meeting their fans at a previously announced in-store appearance this Wednesday, November 4 at 3:30PM at the Hot Topic store located at the Hollywood and Highland complex. Slayer's "World Painted Blood" is released tomorrow, November 3.


Hall Honors Rap

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is putting the focus on the song that brought rap to the mainstream from January 29 to 31 as they present The 30th Anniversary of Rapper's Delight - The Past, Present and Future of Hip-Hop Tribute Concert. The Hall has already announced that Wonder Mike and Master Gee of the Sugarhill Gang will be performing and they are expecting other icons of the genre to also participate.

Although rap music had been around for many years, it was Rapper's Delight by the Sugarhill Gang that gave the genre it's first international exposure. The record went to number 36 on the U.S. Singles, number 4 on the R&B and number 3 on the U.K. Singles charts.


AGNOSTIC FRONT: More 'Victim In Pain' Reissue Details Revealed

One of the greatest genre-defining hardcore bands of all time, AGNOSTIC FRONT has changed the face of music throughout their 25 year long career. The two records that started it all, "United Blood" and "Victim in Pain", are legendary New York hardcore releases and some of the most sought-after pieces of vinyl for record collectors. Finally, these two releases are coming back to life via Bridge Nine Records.

On November 17, 2009, Bridge Nine will release a CD version with both albums combined, and additionally will re-release "United Blood" on 7" and "Victim in Pain" on 12" LP. "Victim In Pain" has been given extra special treatment, with a gatefold LP cover, complete with a dirty gold metallic ink and embossed logo and title. The gatefold opens up to the original handwritten layout of the first pressing, and the original cover — which was subsequently censored — is printed full size on the front and back of the dust sleeve. "United Blood" has a similar metallic ink and embossed logo front cover, and also has the original cover design printed in black and white on the enclosed dust jacket. Gold vinyl is the limited color, and comes first-come-first-served with each package deal. Packages include a 12"x18" poster and a limited edition "Victim In Pain" t-shirt. Both are also available to the first few people who elect to grab the "all three" or "all six" vinyl package deals. Orders will ship prior to street date. Want it on CD? Get the 21-track disc featuring both recordings.


Michael Jackson's 'This Is It' Tops US Box Office After taking $21million...

Michael Jackson's 'This Is It' has topped the box office in the US after its first week of release.

The film has grossed an impressive $21million in its first five days of release since it premièred last Wednesday (October 28), knocking low budget horror movie 'Paranormal Activity' from number one.

It has now notched up sales of $101million globally since its release.

Thanks to its huge success, Sony Pictures have extended 'This Is It's original two week run to a whole month. It's now scheduled to finish at cinemas on November 29.

Sony Pictures also confirmed last Thursday that it planned to submit the movie in the Best Picture category.


The Stooges plot full reunion tour for 2010

We already know that The Stooges (sans guitarist Ron Asheton) will be reuniting in 2010. We already know that this reunion will include two performances at London’s Hammersmith Apollo in May as well as an appearance at ATP New York. What we didn’t know, until today (courtesy of a newly published interview with BBC 6), is that Iggy Pop and Co. will make their reunion quite the extensive affair.

According to the frontman, the band, which recently began rehearsing together, will launch its comeback at yet-to-be-announced date in Brazil in the “coming weeks.” Then, what is being described as a “full tour” will follow next year.

No word on what exactly this “full tour” will include, but we’re guessing they’ll be plenty of opportunities to spend your money in the year ahead.


Aggronautix To Release Limited Edition Figures Of Descendents' Milo, GG Allin "Extra Filthy Bloody"

Aggronautix is releasing a limited-edition figure of everyone's favorite pop punker, Milo of the Descendents (1000 numbered). This replica of the charismatic frontman stands at 7 inches tall, and is made of a lightweight polyresin. Displayed in a a black and blue tri-windowed box, Milo is portrayed in action and comes complete with his trademark nerd glasses and bitchin' stage stance.

"Wow, I can't believe it's happening," said Milo. "This is like the pinnacle of success for me; it's up there with the Playboy interview and Vans shoe!"

The figure will be distributed by MVD Entertainment Group - a company specializing in music-related distribution since 1986 - and DKE Toys - a wholesale distributor of urban/vinyl/designer art/objects/toys/figurines.

Milo is the fourth punk personality to be polyresinated by Aggronautix. In May of 2009, the company launched with a highly popular GG Allin "1991" figure, which was limited to 2000 numbered units. That figure has since sold out, making way for the ultra-limited "Extra Filthy Bloody" Edition.

The "Extra Filthy Bloody" Edition is a striking representation of GG Allin circa 1991 with added crud, blood, and cuts. The figure, limited to 500 numbered units, stands at 7 inches tall and is made of a lightweight polyresin. Loaded into a full color "splatter" box, here GG is accurately sculpted right down to the tattoos, and copious amounts of blood and filth.

Both figures will sell for $16.95 and are currently available for pre-order on the Aggronautix website.

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