Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Music News & Notes

Goldfrapp Announce New Album

It's been less than two years since Goldfrapp's last LP, the psych-folk Seventh Tree. But it's been more than four years since 2005's Supernature, the last Goldfrapp LP that could accurately be described as danceable.

So fans of the British duo's pop side can rejoice: Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory are set to release their fifth album, Head First, on March 22 in the UK and one day later in the U.S. via Mute.

According to an amusingly over-the-top post on Pop Justice, first single "Rocket"-- due March 8 in the UK and March 9 in the U.S.-- is "an Italo-esque disco record that isn't really an Italo-esque disco record and is just in fact a Goldfrapp record, albeit one which sounds a bit like Van Halen vs Laura Branigan." Cool.....

SEPTICFLESH's 'Communion' Released As Limited-Edition 12" LP/Box

Necroterror Records, the Cyprus-based underground record label and distributor which specializes in high-quality black metal releases mainly in the vinyl format, has released the 12" LP/box version of SEPTICFLESH's latest album, "Communion". Limited to 350 copies, this vinyl release features all-new alternative cover artwork (pictured below) and layout to the CD version, created by Seth Siro Anton. A special edition gold vinyl boxed set will also be available containing several unique extras.

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AEROSMITH's JOE PERRY To Singers: Send Tapes To My Manager

CNN conducted a short interview with AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry at the American Music Awards on November 22, 2009. Watch the chat below.

AEROSMITH singer, Steven Tyler, joined Perry onstage in New York earlier this month while the latter was touring with his JOE PERRY PROJECT solo band, telling the crowd that he wasn't quitting AEROSMITH. "I said literally about 15 words to him when he sat in with me [at the New York concert]," Perry explained to CNN. "Other than that, the last time I talked to him was before the show in Sturgis [in early August]."

Perry insisted that the rest of the band — Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer — want to keep the group on the road. "I think that you just have to listen to what's going on in the press. Because that's the only thing I know," he explained to MTV. "All I know is that the four guys want to work. I'm working with my band, playing the House of Blues all across the country. And we're rocking out and having a good time."


Del-Fi Founder Keane Dies

Bob Keane, the founder of Del-Fi Records, passed away last Saturday from renal failure at the age of 87.

Keane started Keen Records in 1955 which had a number one hit in 1957 with Sam Cooke's You Send Me. Unfortunately, because of some shady business practices, he never saw any of the profits and lost the company.

In 1958 Keane started Del-Fi Records and, soon after, signed Ritchie Valens who brought the label to national prominence with Come On Let's Go, Donna and LaBamba. Others who recorded for Del-Fi included the Addrisi Brothers, Little Caesar and the Romans, Johnny Crawford and the Syndicate of Sound. Keane also spun off two subsidiaries, Donna Records whose roster included Ron Holden, Brenda Holloway, Preston Epps and the Rocky Fellers, and Mustang Records with the Bobby Fuller Four.


The Whigs Announce New Album, "In The Dark"

ATO Records and The Whigs are very excited to announce the release of the band's new album, "In The Dark." Set for a March 2, 2010, release, "In The Dark" is an explosive collection of intense and tuneful songs that have been developed through years of non-stop touring and two critically acclaimed albums - "Give 'Em All A Big Fat Lip" and "Mission Control." Both an accessible album and one that captures the band's on-stage passion (something that has become synonymous with the band's live show), "In The Dark" reveals another layer in the band's songwriting and highlights what fans and critics have fallen in love with, including Jon Pareles of The New York Times who praised the band for their "two-chord guitar and drums furor worthy of The Who."

Eager to give fans new music, the Athens, GA three piece is now offering 2 new songs - "In The Dark" and "Hundred / Million" - for free download at In addition, the band is currently on a North American headlining tour premiering new songs.


VAN HALEN Frontman Releases Original Paintings

David Lee Roth has recently released dozens of his own drawings and artwork, which he calls "authentic originals and incompetent imitations." He offers them up as "an official answer to the question 'what do you do in your spare time?'"

The VAN HALEN frontman always been into art. Throughout his whole life, while touring the world, you could find him doodling on just about anything — setlists, tour riders, female body parts, etc.

He was always a major part of the visual side of VAN HALEN, and always tried to make the stage show "look like the music sounds." He designed stage clothes, orchestrated photo shoots, came up with the stage choreography, etc. He also had a hand in designing VAN HALEN's early tourbooks and a few of their t-shirts. So we're not too surprised to now have some more confirmation that he's a truly gifted artist.

The pictures can be seen and even printed in high quality, from his web site,

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