Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Music News & Notes

Circa Survive release B-side 7-inch

Indie darlings Circa Survive have announced that they are releasing the first 7-inch of the band's career. The record -- limited to 1,000 copies -- will feature two B-sides from Circa's 2007 album, On Letting Go, and be available on clear vinyl. Songs include "The Most Dangerous Commercials" and "1,000 Witnesses." All proceeds will go towards medical bills for Fear Before crew member Trent Jacobi, who was seriously injured while on tour with the band this past October in Australia.

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The Neats Remastered Ace of Hearts Catalog Released

Ace of Hearts Records have announced the release of "The Neats, 1981- 84, The Ace of Hearts Years." Re-mastered by legendary indie producer Rick Harte from their original studio recordings, the effort is a journey through a period fans and critics alike agree were the bands' most expressive years. With this release, tracks only available on first pressing vinyl have now been artfully compiled into one fluid, organic format that preserves the essential feel and timbre of the original recordings.

"These tracks came out even better then I anticipated, which was a nice surprise," said Harte, founder of Ace of Hearts. "I am really happy with the end result and I think Neats fans will be, too."

From touring with international acts like R.E.M., to sharing the stage with the likes of Mission of Burma and The Lyres, The Neats were deservedly recognized as innovators in a constantly evolving music landscape. Along the way, they created a memorable piece of Boston rock history and forged an unparalleled sound that pureed post-punk pop with psychedelic garage rock.


Soundgarden Reunite

There was big news over the holiday weekend that Soundgarden have decided to reunite. If you missed the report, here it is again for you: This reunion is a little funny considering how we just recapped some of Chris Cornell's comments where he liked a Soundgarden reunion to "playing the back of Chinese restaurant" in this report. Be that as it may, it appears that 2010 will see a reunion from the legendary Seattle rockers. Chris Cornell announced the reunion plans via a post on twitter and also linked to a website setup for the regrouping. He wrote the following on Twitter on Thursday:

"The 12 year break is over & school is back in session. Sign up now. Knights of the Soundtable ride again!" The sign up part is at the website located at
- www.soundgardenworld.com

Look for more news, hopefully, coming very soon!


The Human Beinz Resurface With Christmas Song

You've heard their number one hit "Nobody But Me" on dozens of TV commercials and oldies radio stations across the globe, now the legenday Human Beinz have resurfaced with a timely Christmas song. Consisting of two parts, "Christmas Story" was written by Human Beinz band members Ting Marilin, Ed McCarthy and Sal Crisafi.

Released on the Collectables label, along with the Human Beinz the CD 'Christmas In America' also features tracks by music icons Jay and the Americans, Blues Magoos, Bay City Rollers, The Rip Chords, Allessi Brothers and others

The Human Beinz had a Top Ten hit on the Billboard charts in January 1968 with "Nobody But Me". Along with countless TV commercials, the song is featured in the academy award winning film 'The Departed' and 'Kill Bill', as well as Disney's animated 'School's Out'. The group also wrote and performed 'McQ' for producer Richard Martin's documentary film 'Steve McQueen: An American Rebel'. The Human Beinz are featured in The Rock & Roll Hall of fame in The Music of Ohio exhibit.

The group was the second rock band to tour Japan in 1969 (The Beatles were the first) They had three number one hits in Japan, "Nobody But Me," "Turn On Your Lovelight" and "Hold On Baby" and were the first to record a live album in concert at Budokan.The Human Beinz also have the distinction of being the first band to utilize a Pepsi bottle as an instrument in a hit record. The Pepsi bottle is once again utilized on the band's new song "Christmas Story".

The Human Beinz still tour and have appeared at The Hard Rock Cafe, Foxwood's Casino, Only The Strong Survive concert co-op city The Bronx, various county and State fairs, and were the band for The Opening reception of The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor for The Vietnam Vets of America. The group is planing to tour for Vet Aid National in the near future. The Human Beinz currently still perform shows and are working on a new album.

'Christmas In America' is available at Amazon.com, Oldies.com as well as various on and off-line retailers.


NFL 'urged to remove The Who from Super Bowl halftime show'

A child abuse prevention organization has reportedly complained about the booking of Pete Townshend's band The Who should not perform at the NFL Super Bowl XLIV halftime show, a child welfare organization has reportedly argued. The band are due to play at the biggest date in the American sports calendar in Miami, Florida on February 7.

However, Child AbuseWatch.net told the South Florida Sun Sentinel it objects to guitarist Pete Townshend performing with the band due to his 2003 arrest and police caution for accessing child pornography.

Founder and chief executive officer Evin Daly told the news source: "The Who is a great band. Pete Townshend is the only issue here."

Meanwhile, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Associated Press the band would still be playing at the show, despite the protests.

"UK police cleared him since he was doing research for a project on child abuse," McCarthy is quoted as saying.

Townshend was cautioned and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for five years after he admitted using his credit card to look at a paedophile website for research into child abuse. The guitarist said at the time he was researching a book about his life.

He was cleared on a separate charge of possessing indecent pictures downloaded from the web.


DEVOLVED Covers METALLICA's 'Battery'; Audio Available

Australian/American tech-metallers DEVOLVED have posted two new tracks on their MySpace page. "Derivative" and the cover version of METALLICA's "Battery" come off the band's new album, "Calculated", which will be released on January 19 via Unique Leader Records. The CD was mixed by famed producer/engineer Neil Kernon (CANNIBAL CORPSE, NILE, NEVERMORE, DEICIDE, JUDAS PRIEST) and was mastered by Alan Douches (SEPULTURA, UNEARTH, SHADOWS FALL, HATEBREED, GOD FORBID). The album is the first release to feature vocalist Kyle Zemanek.


Green Day, Lady Gaga To Perform At The Grammy Awards

It's been announced that Lady Gaga, Green Day and Pink will all be performing at this year's Grammy Awards. Also newly confirmed to play live at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles event on January 31 are the Dave Matthews Band and the Zac Brown Band.

They all join the previously announced live line up of Beyonce, The Black Eyed Peas, Taylor Swift, Maxwell and Lady Antebellum. The new additions mean that all five acts nominated for the coveted Album of the Year award will be performing at the ceremony - Gaga, Matthews, Beyonce, Swift and BEPs.

Beyonce leads the nominations at the Grammys with 10 nominations.

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