Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Music News & Notes

Dirty Beaches Announce Badlands 12"

ZOO MUSIC is proud to present a limited edition "Badlands" 12" vinyl record available on March 29 from Montreal minimalist Dirty Beaches. Pressed in a limited edition of 500 vinyl records, "Badlands" features eight exclusive unreleased tracks coated in noise, echoed vocals and layered distortion.


Jack White reveals vinyl innovations, Captain Beefheart Sub Pop singles

In honor of the late Captain Beefheart, Third Man is re-pressing the White Stripes single of Captain Beefheart covers "Party of Special Things to Do," "China Pig" and "Ashtray Heart." The tracks were originally released in 2001 via another legendary label vinyl and new release collective, the Sub Pop Singles Club. Not only is it in honor of the recently passed Don Van Vliet, but also for Sub Pop executive Andy Kotowicz, who died in a car accident in October.


The Strokes’ Fourth Album Due in March

It's been five years since the Strokes released their last album 'First Impressions of Earth,' but the New York quintet have confirmed that they'll drop their fourth record in March. The still-untitled release is in the mixing stage. Bassist Nikolai Fraiture revealed in an interview with the BBC that the new LP will have a "classic sound" similar to the group's second and third releases


QUEENSRĊ¸CHE, ALICE IN CHAINS, VELVET REVOLVER Members To Perform At Seahawks Vs. Saints Game

Catch a special live musical performance by Michael Wilton and Chris DeGarmo (QUEENSRĊ¸CHE), Mike Inez (ALICE IN CHAINS) and Ben Smith (HEART) this Saturday, January 8 at the Seattle Seahawks playoff game (half time) against the New Orleans Saints at Seattle's Qwest Field.


THE BRONX CASKET CO.: 'Antihero' Details Revealed

THE BRONX CASKET CO., the side project of OVERKILL bassist D.D. Verni and SEVEN WITCHES guitarist Jack Frost, will release its new album, "Antihero", on January 25 via eOne Music.

It's been five years since THE BRONX CASKET CO. last released an album and has been well worth the wait. Verni states, "This BRONX CASKET record is the best we have done, and we are looking forward to getting out on the road and doing some shows."

THE BRONX CASKET CO.'s follow-up to 2005's "Hellectric" will be the band's first release with D.D. handling all of the vocal duties.


Gerry Rafferty Dies Following Long Illness

The singer-songwriter, from Scotland, died peacefully at his home following a long illness (age 63). His daughter Martha was at his bedside. Rafferty began his music career as a busker on the London Underground before going on to form the acclaimed band, Stealers Wheel.

The group enjoyed a series of hits, including ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’ and ‘Baker Street’ in the 1970s.
Rafferty also battled a drinking problem and had spent time receiving treatment at a Bournemouth hospital for liver failure.

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