Saturday, November 14, 2009

Music News & Notes

DARKTHRONE's 'A Blaze In The Northern Sky' Vinyl Reissue Due In December

Peaceville Records will issue DARKTHRONE's "A Blaze In The Northern Sky" album on 180g heavyweight vinyl with gatefold sleeve in December.

"A Blaze In The Northern Sky", DARKTHRONE's second album, was originally issued in 1992 and was without question the blueprint release for the black metal scene.

An album that defined the now ubiquitous phrase "true norwegian black metal," it was hailed on release as an album of true scene shifting greatness.

The album saw a whole new blacker-than-black DARKTHRONE, new names, new sound and highly visual black and white artwork. Fenriz claimed, "This is the new DARKTHRONE, the old DARKTHRONE is dead".

So great was the hunger and need for DARKTHRONE that it meant absolutely nothing to critics and fans alike that the band hardly ventured out to play live. On the contrary, this only added to the mystique of the band, and saw them, in the eyes of the fans as very much "keeping it real."

This vinyl edition of the album is limited to 1,000 numbered copies and is issued on 180g heavyweight vinyl in a gatefold sleeve which features new liner notes written by Nocturno Culto especially for this release.

The album will ship on December 7.


THEM CROOKED VULTURES' 'New Fang' Premiers On 'Rock Band' In Time For Debut Album

Harmonix and MTV Games today announced that THEM CROOKED VULTURES are premiering on Rock Band beginning next week with "New Fang", the single from the band's self-titled debut album. The song will be added to the Rock Band Music Store and LEGO Rock Band Music Store of downloadable content for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and Wii.

"THEM CROOKED VULTURES are keenly aware of the different ways in which modern music fans digest new music and are therefore especially happy to be able to offer the first single from their self-titled debut up as a downloadable Rock Band game track on the same day the album goes on sale," stated THEM CROOKED VULTURES.

The debut self-titled album from THEM CROOKED VULTURES, comprised of Dave Grohl, Joshua Homme and John Paul Jones, will be released November 17 in the United States, the same day and date that "New Fang" will be available for Rock Band download on the Xbox 360. The band released the single as a free download for fans November 3 and has been streaming their full album on their web site,, since November 9. The band is touring the United States in November, and their December tour of the United Kingdom sold out in just 12 minutes.

THEM CROOKED VULTURES' "New Fang" will be available November 17 for the Xbox 360, November 24 for the Wii and December 3 for the PlayStation 3 in both the Rock Band Music Store and LEGO Rock Band Music Store.


GWAR: Deluxe Edition Of 'America Must Be Destroyed' Crammed With DVD

"America Must Be Destroyed", GWAR's 1992 opus, can now be purchased in a special edition digipak that's also crammed with a DVD that includes the seminal GWAR films "Tour De Scum" and "Phallus In Wonderland". Never before have they all been available in one package for you to get your clammy human hands on!

The "America Must Be Destroyed" special edition is available everywhere now while GWAR continues to pummel audiences across North America on their headlining tour!

"Let Us Slay", the new video from GWAR, was shot in Richmond, Virginia by director David Brodsky (SUICIDE SILENCE, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL) and his MyGoodEye crew.

GWAR's new album, "Lust In Space", sold around 5,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 96 on The Billboard 200 chart.


Asian Man details upcoming Matt Skiba solo record

Asian Man Records has announced more details on the upcoming solo album from Alkaline Trio guitarist/vocalist Matt Skiba. The album will be called Demos and is slated for a February 16, 2010 release. The label is promising to post new songs once the record is mastered and also remarked:

"The new Matt Skiba album "Demos" is getting mastered this week. 15 brand new songs. All songs were recorded over the past 10 months by Mr. Skiba in various avenues. Whether in his bedroom or while traveling, Matt recorded these songs originally as demos, but the songs are perfect as is. We couldn't ask for more. Anybody who loves the Alkaline Trio without the glossed over production will be incredibly happy with this final product. We plan on releasing various colors of vinyl and will be taking pre-orders sometime in DECEMBER"

Skiba last released a split CD with Kevin Seconds in 2002. Meanwhile, his Trio bandmate Dan Andriano has been playing solo shows under the name The Emergency Room, and Alkaline Trio are slated to self-release their next full-length sometime in the future.


Missing Person's Singer Chargeed With Animal Cruelty

Dale Bozzio, lead singer for Missing Persons, has surrendered in Ossipee, New Hampshire to serve time on animal cruelty charges.

Last year, authorities found Bozzio's home filled with cats, both living and dead, while she was on tour. She was given the cruelty charges and sentenced to repay a $2,700 vet bill, spend 90 days in jail and serve 250 hours of community service.


U2 Fined For Loud Shows

U2 were a little too loud, even for Dublin. MCD, the promoters for the group's July concerts, were fined $53,000 by the city for twelve breeches of the city's noise ordinance over their three nights of performing. These were the same shows that created such a controversy with neighbors of the stadium over the late-night building and tearing down of the U2 set.


New Ringo LP?

The New York Examiner reported exclusively today that Ringo Starr will have a new album in January titled Y Not. The album is showing up on with a January 12 release but that is not official according to Ringo's press office.

This Date In Music History-November 14


Sherri Payne - Supremes (1944)

Accordionist Buckwheat Zydeco (real name Stanley Dural) (1947)

James Young - Styx (1949)

Barry Brandt - Angel (1951)

Steven Bishop (1951)

Frankie Banali - Quiet Riot (1953)

Alec John Such - Bon Jovi (1956)

Nic Dalton - Lemonheads (1964)

Joe Simmons, a.k.a "Run" of Run-D.M.C. (1964)

Stuart Stapels - Tindersticks (1965)

Jeannette Jurado - Expose (1965)

Brian Yale - Matchbox 20 (1968)

Brendan Benson - Raconteurs (1970)

Douglas Payne - Travis (1972)

Travis Barker - Blink 182 (1975)

They Are Missed:

A member of John Mellencamp's band, keyboardist John Cascella, was found dead in his car in Indiana in 1992. Authorities suspected that Cascella had a heart attack while driving.

Born today in 1936, Freddie Garrity, vocals, Freddie & The Dreamers, (1965 #1 single "I'm Telling You Now"). Died on May 19, 2006.

Born on this day in 1938, Cornell Gunter, The Coasters, (1958 #1 single "Yakety Yak") Gunter was murdered on 26th February 1990.


Leonard Bernstein made his debut with the New York Philhamonic in 1943 when he filled in for the ailing Bruno Walter prior to a nationally broadcast concert. Bernstein was 25 years old and was an assistant conductor at the time.

A re-issue of Bill Haley & the Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" debuts, again, on the U.K charts in 1955. It's only the second of the song's five chart appearances. Others follow in 1956, 1968 and 1974.

Jerry Lee Lewis cuts his first tracks, including his debut single "Crazy Arms," for Sun Records in Memphis in 1956. It was credited to Jerry Lee Lewis and His Pumping Piano.

In 1960, Billboard reports Elvis Presley's "It's Now or Never" becomes the fastest selling single in U.K. history. It sold 780,000 copies in the first week of release.

Ray Charles went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1960 with "Georgia On My Mind." His cover of this Hoagy Carmichael's 1930 standard, became the first of three #1 hits for the singer.

The Elvis Presley film "Blue Hawaii" premiered in 1961.

The Beatles played the final show of a 14 night run at the Star-Club, Hamburg, West Germany in 1962

The Supremes' "Come See about Me" entered the Hot 100 in 1964, where it will remain for 14 weeks, eventually becoming their third release in a row to reach #1.

The single "Daydream Believer" by the Monkeys, went gold in 1967.

In 1969, "Sugar Sugar" by The Archies was at #1 on the UK singles chart. The single became the longest running one hit wonder in the UK with eight week's at the top of the charts. It was the first #1 performed by cartoon characters. Ummm, they didn't really sing, it was the voice of Ron Dante and others. The single was also very big in the US, going to #1 for four weeks that same year. The song was written by the song writing team of Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich (who also provided back up vocals). By the way, the cartoon characters names were Archie, Betty, Veronica, Reggie and the infamous Jughead.

Santana's "Black Magic Woman" was released in 1970.

'Gaucho,' Steely Dan's seventh album – and last new music that will usher from them for 20 years – was released in 1980. It yields a Top Ten single, "Hey Nineteen."

In 1987, Sonny & Cher appeared on Late Night with David Letterman and were prodded by Letterman into singing "I Got You Babe" on his show.

The soundtrack from the film 'Dirty Dancing' went to #1 on the US album chart in 1987.

In 1990, record producer Frank Farin fired Milli Vanilli singers Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan because they were insisting on singing on their new album. Yeh, that'll work.....

Also in 1990, the Who's Pete Townshend confessed his bisexuality to Newsweek. Says Pete, "I know how it feels to be a woman because I am a woman. And I won't be classified as just a man." Ewwwwwww....

Over 1,000 New Kids On The Block 'fans' were given medical treatment after a minor riot during a concert in Berlin, Germany in 1991.

Michael Jackson's controversial 11-minute "Black or White" video debuts on television in 1991. It is a teaser for 'Dangerous,' his third #1 album in a row and the source of seven more hit singles.

R. Kelly released his self-titled second album in 1995, featuring the singles "Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)" and "You Remind Me of Something." It topped the Billboard 200.

Marilyn Manson's released "Holy Wood (In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death)" in 2000. The cover of the album was banned by several retail chains due to the cover art. The banning chains released an alternate cover. The cover depicts Manson on a crucifix.

Two high-profile hip-hop releases went head-to-head in 2003 as Jay-Z's valedictory "The Black Album" and 50 Cent's G-Unit debut "Beg for Mercy" land in stores simultaneously.

In 2004, the Rolling Stones were refused permission to pursue a claim against their former record company Decca for unpaid royalties through the courts. A High Court judge in London said the dispute would go to arbitration and not be decided in court. The dispute was over their "Forty Licks" compilation CD, which was released in 2002 and was the first collection to span their entire career.

A four-disc Sublime box set titled “Everything Under the Sun” was released in 2006. The career-spanning collection features music videos, live performances, a band interview, unreleased demos, live rarities, studio outtakes and remixes (including a mid-'90s mix by Snoop Dogg). The package comes 10 years after the death of Sublime frontman Brad Nowell from a drug overdose.

The Beatles have the most discs on a Top 100 list of all-time greatest albums that was chosen by Time magazine staff in 2006. Hip bunch, they are. The five Beatles albums are "Rubber Soul," "Revolver," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "The White Album" and "Abbey Road." Bob Dylan's three albums are "Highway 61 Revisited," "Blonde On Blonde" and "Time Out of Mind." The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and U2 manage to place two albums each on the list.