Thursday, July 22, 2010

Music News & Notes

ELVENKING: New Album Title, Artwork, Track Listing Revealed

Italian folk/power metallers ELVENKING have set "Red Silent Tides" as the title of their new album, which is tentatively due this fall via AFM Records. The CD was recorded at Piranha studios in Karsdolf, Germany with producer Dennis Ward (ANGRA, PINK CREAM 69, PRIMAL FEAR). The album's cover artwork was created by Samuel Araya, who has previously worked on CRADLE OF FILTH's "Thornography" CD.

ELVENKING's last "electric" album, "The Scythe", was released in Europe in September 2007 via AFM Records.


METALLICA's 'Death Magnetic' Certified Double Platinum In US

METALLICA's latest album, "Death Magnetic", was officially certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on June 28, 2010 for shipments in the United States in excess of two million copies.

METALLICA will end the "Death Magnetic" world tour later this fall with shows in Australia and New Zealand before taking a break.


I Call Fives to release EP on vinyl

Press Release:

Broken Rim Records is proud to present the exclusive and limited vinyl release of I Call Fives’ sophomore EP Bad Advice.

The record will be available on the Broken Rim Records online store starting July 21st, 2010. All orders will be shipped no later than August 3rd, 2010. Additionally, fans have the opportunity to enter to win a test press of the vinyl edition of Bad Advice by ordering a 3 LP bundle. After 25 bundles have been sold, one person will be selected at random to win.

Quickly becoming recognized as leaders in the next generation pop-punk, I Call Fives has recently been compared to the youthful and upbeat sound of pop-punk legends, The Starting Line. ICF joined the No Sleep Records family earlier this year, and is currently on tour through the end of August. Bad Advice has received excellent reviews, and attention from Alternative Press and AMP magazines.

Don’t miss this chance to pick up this edition of the record, that features:
- Exclusive Vinyl Track "Everyone Knows"
- Silk Screened B-Side
- 3 Limited Colors
- Hand Numbered

Pressing Information:
- 50 Green records
- 150 Purple records
- 250 Blue records


Rush sued by angry fan

Iconic progressive rockers Rush have found themselves on the receiving end of a lawsuit after a disgruntled fan sued the band for cancelling a recent performance. The class action was filed by Rush fan, Christopher Langone who took umbrage with the group’s cancellation of their Chicago show due to bad weather on July 7th.

As Noise Creep reports:

“When Rush cancelled the show due poor weather, it apparently sent Langone into a tizzy and to a lawyer. He is seeking reimbursement for ticket, airfare and other expenses he incurred while making the trek across several states to see the Canadian prog warriors.

Langone is actually going as far as to claim 'breach of contract,' since the ticket and promotional materials stated the show was a 'rain or shine' event.”


Pink Floyd, Zeppelin Album Cover Artist Announces Show

Storm Thorgerson, album cover artist for Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, is presenting 20 never before seen pieces of art at the San Francisco Art Exchange for his August show Lovers of Covers.

The show will also feature Storm's classic collection of surreal images and album covers. Storm himself is visiting San Francisco Art Exchange on Saturday, August 14 at the invite only reception celebrating the opening night of his show

Also attending the reception is Storm's design partner, Aubrey Powell. The two visionaries created Hipgnosis, the design company that produced album covers for some of rocks biggest musicians and bands including Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Steve Miller Band, Alan Parsons, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney & Wings, The Mars Volta, Muse, The Cranberries, The Scorpions, Black Sabbath, Phish, and many more.

San Francisco Art Exchange is the world's leading dealer of Storm Thorgerson's artwork. The gallery is honored to work with an artist of such legendary status, worthy of Pink Floyd's praise.

"Storm's images were created without any of the software that we take advantage of now," said San Francisco Art Exchange co-owner Theron Kabrich. "The content of most of his amazing images were constructed scenes, assembled or built in real time as on a movie set. Long before programs like Adobe Photoshop were ever dreamt of, Storm was visualizing and developing images that boggled the mind and provoked the imagination. This leads me to believe those who invented such programs most likely would have been inspired by the imagery Storm created."

San Francisco Art Exchange has been the world's leading dealer of popular icon art and photography since 1983. It is the home of pin-up artist Alberto Vargas' collection of drawings and paintings. SFAE has developed relationships with legendary artists, photographers and celebrities around the world and has represented the art of Ronnie Wood, Rolling Stones guitarist since 1987.

In addition to imagery of and by well-known personalities, SFAE has also enjoyed long relationships with famed album cover artists Storm Thorgerson (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin), Roger Dean (Yes, Asia), and Stanley Mouse (Grateful Dead) and some of the most significant rock and celebrity photographers in the world.

All unique artwork and rare photographs can be viewed in the gallery located in Union Square at 458 Geary Street between Mason and Taylor, and online at Gallery Hours: Mon-Wed 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Thu-Sat 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Sun 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Todd Rundgren Plots New Album

(Gibson) Todd Rundgren has inked a record contract with California-based Gigatone Entertainment, which will release his new, 15-track album.

In a statement out Tuesday, Gigatone said Rundgren would approach the recording of his new LP with the same innovative spirit that's informed prior hit albums. The '70s icon – who made his name both behind the microphone (with pop songs like "Hello, It's Me") and the mixing console (producing Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell) – will take part in Gigatone's myRecordFantasy program, which allows fans to executive produce their favorite artist's new album during a three-day camp.

Gigatone is also home to Eddie Money and The Monkees' Micky Dolenz, who also will participate in a myRecordFantasy recording session this August.


In Performance at the White House: Jack White

Making the rounds today:

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