Thursday, December 13, 2012

Mudhoney announce new album!

Mudhoney is a grunge band from Seattle and was a part of the whole grunge scene alongside bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Screaming Trees or Soundgarden. Their self-titled debut album came out in 1989 and since then they've put out eight studio records. What is admirable about this band is the fact that they've been together all this time and more importantly they've been releasing new albums frequently.

Couple of days ago, they've announced that their ninth studio album will be released on April 2. It is entitled Vanishing Point and it was recorded during April and September at Seattle’s famed Avast! Recording Co.

More information such as tracklisting or cover art are yet to be announced, but what we know is that tracks entitled "What to Do With the Neutral" and "Douchebags on Parade" will be on the album.

Exactly a month ago (November 13), the band released live DVD entitled Live in Berlin 1988. It obviously features the footage of the whole performance form this concert back in 1988. Check out performance of "I Think" from this DVD below.

Song of the day: Gallows - "Cross of Lorraine"

Today, English hardcore band Gallows revealed new music video for track called "Cross of Lorraine". It is also their new single from their latest self-titled record, which came out in September of this year.

The album is actually not bad and I think that their lineup change really did them well. Former singer Frank Carter left the band in July of 2011 and was replaced by ex-Alexisonfire singer Wade MacNeil. Many fans were sceptical, but it works out really well I think.

Anyway, the video is just simple live music video showing the band and the fans going crazy during one of their typical shows in a small venue. Check it out below.

Watch Jimmy Fallon imitate Bob Dylan

I just wanted to share with you guys this funny video in which Jimmy Fallon imitates Bob Dylan while singing track "Jingle Bells, Batman Smells". It's short but its funny. Enjoy.

My 12-12-12 Concert Recap

You all probably know that last night concert for hurricane Sandy relief entitled 12-12-12 Concert took place at New York's Madison Square Garden. I didn't get the chance to watch it live because I live in Europe and the concert started at 1:30 am of my time. However, today I watched it and I summarised the most interesting performances of the night for you. So here we go.

Nirvana reunion with Paul McCartney
It was previously announced (one day before the concert I think) that this is happening, but nobody probably didn't know what to expect from this. Living members of Nirvana and ex-Beatle Paul McCartney together played one new song called "Cut Me Some Slack"and it was actually not bad at all. It was heavy and the sound was like Nirvana as we know it. Of course, Paul's voice is different from Kurt's, but still, it was really nice to see Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear perform together.

Roger Waters & Eddie Vedder performed "Comfortably Numb"
Legendary musician and member of even more legendary band - Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, performed four tracks ("In The Flesh", "Another Brick In The Wall Part 1", "Money" and "Us and Them") before he was joined by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder. They performed together "Comfortably Numb" and it was one of the most powerful and memorable performances of the night.

The Who's seven-song set
The Who's performance was really long (unlike The Rolling Stones'), but I don't think anybody minded. They performed seven tracks "Who Are You", "Bell Boy", "Pinball Wizard", "See Me, Feel Me", "Baba O’Riley", "Love, Reign O’er Me", and "Tea and Theatre". I really like the setlist. Especially, performance of my favorite song by The Who - "See My, Feel Me" made me really happy.

Chris Martin & Michael Stipe - "Losing My Religion"
Coldplay' frontman Chris Martin made an solo performance. First he played "Viva La Vida". After that, he was joined onstage by R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and they together performed classic tune "Losing My Religion". It was really nice moment. Martin then finished his set with "Us Against The World".

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performance
The boss and his band kicked off the night with performances of 4 tracks. He played "Land of Hope and Dreams", "Wrecking Ball", "My City of Ruins" and "Born to Run". During the last one, he was joined onstage by Jon Bon Jovi.

Eric Clapton's performance of "Nobody Knows When You're Down and Out"
Eric Clapton performed three songs ("Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out", "Got to Get Better in a Little While" and "Crossroads"), but the best was performance of firstly mentioned.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Song of the day: The Gaslight Anthem - "Here Comes My Man"

Last week, The Gaslight Anthem appeared on Conan and performed song "Here Comes My Man" taken from their last album Handwritten. Yesterday, I actually put this awesome record on my list of best albums of 2012, so check out what I wrote about it.

Although I usually say that The Gaslight Anthem are awesome live, I have a feeling that this wasn't Brian's best night. His singing is off the tune several times during the performance. Anyway, check it out below because it is still better than performances of most of the today's bands.

Muse have a new music video

Muse have a new music video for their current single called "Follow Me". Song obviously comes from their latest effort. The music video is typical live video capturing band performing live during their current tour. Sound is not live though. But it is entertaining music video to watch and it makes you really wanna see this band live. Check the video below.

Since Muse released their very anticipated sixth studio record entitled The 2n Law, they've been pretty busy touring. They've been touring in Europe only so far. However, they have 5 more EU dates to go (December 13 - Riga, Latvia; December 15 - Hamburg, Germany; December 17 - Amsterdam, Netherlands; December 18 - Antwerp, Belgium and December 19 - Strasbourg, France) and after that, they're heading to Japan where they are playing two arena shows at Saitama Super Arena (January 11 & 12).

Their recently extended North American tour kicks off on January 23 in San Diego, California and ends on April 26 in  Quebec City, Quebec. After that, they're heading back to the old continent before their appearance at Rio De Janeiro's Rock in Rio festival. It is expected that more South American tour dates are yet to be announced. To check out all their tour dates, visit their website.

What does this all mean? Only one thing - now is the best time to go and see this awesome band live. I mean, their shows are just incredible because they are not just about the music. I've seen them live during their Resistance tour. However, it was only festival appearance, but I can confirm that this band is really currently the best live rock band in the entire world.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Check out Biffy Clyro's new music video

As you probably know, awesome Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro is releasing new album on January 28, 2013. It will be a double album and it is entitled Opposites. For more information, head here.

Far back in the summer, they revealed first track of the album. It is called "Stingin' Belle" and you can check it out here (also along with music video).

However, first official single of the record was revealed only last month. It is entitled "Black Chandelier" and you were able to hear it on my blog right after it was revealed. The single will be digitally released on January 14 and it will feature two non-album tracks - "The Rain" and "Thundermonster".

Today, the band also uploaded music video for this track on their YouTube channel. It was directed by Big TV production duo, which consists of Andy Delaney and Monty Whitebloom.

There is really nothing unusual about the video, but the song's really good like I previously said on my blog. Anyway, check out the video below

The Killers have a new music video!

The Killers just now revealed new music video for track "Miss Atomic Bomb". The song obviously comes from their last and very anticipated fourth studio record entitled Battle Born, which came out in September of this year.

Check it out now here:

The XX announce Night + Day series of gigs

British band The XX, which released new album this year entitled Coexist, announced first three gigs of their Night + Day series of gigs. It is a series of tour dates that will take place at really unusual places. Also, these shows won't be usual concerts, but mini festivals.

The band said about their plans following:

"Night + Day is a series of events, curated by us, to start in the summer of 2013. We searched high and low for unique and beautiful locations to stage these shows and picked the artists that we most respect and admire to join us. The events will run from early afternoon, with some of our favourite music (and food) to take you from day into night."

So far, three dates has been announced, but it is expected that more dates will be added. First, the band will perform at waterfront park in Portugal that has 4.7 hectares of gardens, right on the edge of Lisbon's waterfront Jardim da Torres de Belëm.
Then, the band will perform at an abandoned Berlin theme park with rusty roller coasters, broken rides, crumbling dinosaurs and a 45m ferris wheel.

Finally, The XX will come back to their home city London. They'll perform at Osterley Park & House, which is one of the last surviving country estates in London. It is set to be their biggest headline show to date with capacity of 10,000.

I really like this idea and I am sure that these gigs will be unforgettable for both, the band as well as fans.

Night + Day tour dates:

May 5 - b]Jardim da Torres de Belëm, Lisbon
May 18 - Spreepark, Berlin
June 23 - Osterley Park & House, London

Song of the day: Jack White - "I'm Shakin'"

Last night, Jack White made an appearance on Conan TV show. However, it wasn't an ordinary performance of this guitar magician because he performed track "I'm Shakin'" taken from his debut solo album Blunderbuss (one of my best albums of 2012 + review here) for the first time ever.

Jack White this time performed with his all-female band Peacocks (he has one all-male band and one all-female band, which is really cool). As usual, the performance is awesome and the track maybe sounds even better than the studio version. Check it out below.