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Artist Update: The Alchemist

posted January 28, 2012, 10:10 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: The Alchemist, Alan The Chemist, Alchemist, Eminem, Curren$y, Vodka & Ayahuasca, Covert Coup

Are you hip to the rapper and producer The Alchemist? Probably best known for his work with Eminem and for last year working with Curren$y on Covert Coup, he just released a new record. Vodka & Ayahuasca is not only a new album, it has a great new sound. Totally different than what you are used to seeing and hearing, The Alchemist is just what the game needs. Currently he is teaming up with Curren$y aka Spitta Andretti again on a sequel mixtape to last year’s Covert Coup. It’s scheduled to drop on 4-20. Here’s the brand new video for Vodka & Ayahuasca, which has already racked up 85,000 views in the past few days. The track also has Oh No (Gangrene) featured on it. It was directed by Jason Goldwatch. And if you don’t know what Ayahuasca is google it.

Video Of The Week: Cloud Nothings “No Future / No Past”

posted January 27, 2012, 1:41 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: No Future / No Past, Attack On Memory, Cloud Nothings

It might be a busy year for Dylan Baldi. With the release of Cloud Nothings‘ newest album Attack on Memory imminent, the band shares the music video for “No Future/No Past.” The video, shot in Medina, Ohio, is the product of a collaboration between Cloud Nothings, Carpark Records, director John Ryan Manning and Urban Outfitters. Co-produced by Urban Outfitters as part of the UO Music Video Series. Read an interview with Cloud Nothings and director John Ryan Manning at You can also find tour dates below:

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Artist Update: Lana Del Rey

posted January 27, 2012, 9:24 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Born To Die, Lizzy Grant, Lana Del Rey, SNL

Indie music’s current buzz worthy poster girl of the moment seems to be Lana Del Rey. You may or may not be aware that all the way back in 2010, the young artist released her first record.  It came out in her real name, Lizzy Grant. Most have pointed out that the soon to be released Born To Die is not her debut album.  She has just announced that the first will be remade later this year.

“People act like it’s so shrouded in mystery, the ‘forgotten terrible album’,” she said, in an interview with BBC Newsbeat. “But if you look on YouTube, all 13 tracks are available with millions of views, so it’s not like no-one’s heard them. We were all proud of it. It’s pretty good. I’m re-releasing it, maybe in late summer,” she said.  “I had signed to an independent label but they couldn’t fund the release of it,” Del Rey told BBC Newsbeat.

According to NME, the album cost $10,000 (£6363) to record and was produced by David Kahne (Regina Spektor). It was available on iTunes for two months before being taken down. Of course Born To die will be released this week, as the singer just performed on SNL recently, and prepares for her appearance at SXSW.


Artist Update: SBTRKT

posted January 26, 2012, 4:28 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Music News, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: CMJ, Sepalcure, Machinedrum, SBTRKT, SXSW, Sxsw 2012

CMJ just announced that UK electronic artist SBTRKT (subtract) will be embarking on a new tour this Spring. In addition to some appearances at SWSX, the buzz worthy musician will have opening support from Machinedrum and Sepalcure. Not to mention,  he was just chosen as the #1 spot on Rhapsody’s electronic albums of the year list.

03/14-18 – Austin, TX – SXSW (shows TBA)
03/21 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge *
03/22 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade *
03/24 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
03/25 – Miami, FL – Ultra Music Festival
03/27 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre *
03/28 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel *
03/30 – Washington, DC – 930 Club
03/31 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA
04/02 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall Of Williamsburg (DJ set + guests) #
04/03 – New York, NY – Webster Hall #
04/04 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club *
04/06 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
04/07 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
04/08 – Madison, WI – Majestic
04/10 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
04/11 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up
04/13 – San Diego, CA – House Of Blues *
04/14 – Indio, CA – Coachella
04/16 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent *
04/18 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom *
04/21 – Indio, CA – Coachella
* with Machinedrum
# with Sepalcure

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival

posted January 25, 2012, 10:40 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, Music News, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Slipknot, Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, Slayer

The 2012 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, the world’s largest touring heavy music festival, is back for its fifth year.  The main stage for this summer’s fest will feature Slipknot Slayer (pictured below), and a major special guest which will be announced on March 5th. The fourth slot on the main stage will feature a rotation of The Devil Wears Prada, As I Lay Dying, and Asking Alexandria. In 2012 the tour has upgraded the production on the festival stage and this year the Jagermeister Stage will feature a special headline set by Anthrax supported by a rotation of The Devil Wears Prada, A I Lay Dying and Asking Alexandria, along with Whitechapel, High On Fire and the Jagermeister opener. Please note that bands may vary per market. Update: Motorhead was just added to the line up!

Mayhem will kick off the 26 date trek across the U.S. beginning on June 30th at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California and ticket sales kick off on April 6th with the GET OFF YOUR ASS pre-sale ticket promotion.

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Recs From BOTDF

posted January 25, 2012, 9:41 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Recommendations from the Celebrity Mind | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: BOTDF, Evolution, Vans Warped Tour

BOTDF, the duo from Orlando, are hard at work on their new record.  Evolution, the band’s 5th album, was originally scheduled for Spring but has been pushed back to a summer release date.  Blood On The Dance Floor  may well be most well known for being on the Van’s Warped Tour last year in 2011.  We were able to catch Dahvie on some down time at the studio, and asked him what they are currently listening to right now:

Bright Eyes



Avril Lavigne

Bob Marley

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Episode 103: Most Anticipated New Music 2012 Vol. 2

posted January 24, 2012, 4:11 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Podcast, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: The Stoned Immaculate, Ghostory, Meltdown, Reign Of Terror, The Church Of Rock And Roll, Mind Spiders, School Of Seven Bells, Curren$y, Sleigh Bells, Foxy Shazam

We had the idea to kick start the year off with a podcast idea:  to feature the most anticipated new music this year. It then turned into several podcasts. So here is the second one.  This playlist features brand new music from :

1. Foxy Shazam “I Like It”

2. Curren$y “Plot Talk”

3. School Of Seven Bells “Lafaye”

4. Sleigh Bells “Comeback Kid”

5. Mind Spiders “Wait For Us”

6. Band Of Skulls “Sweet Sour”

Episode 102: Most Anticipated New Music 2012 Vol. 1

posted January 24, 2012, 3:08 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Podcast, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Happy To You, Born To Die, Wiz Khalifa, Lana Del Rey, The XX, Lykke Li, Miike Snow, onifc, Attack On Memory, Ex-Lives

We had the idea to kick start the year off with a podcast idea:  to feature the most anticipated new music this year. It then turned into several podcasts. So here is the very first one.  The playlist is:

1. Miike Snow with Lykke Li “Black Tin Box”

2. The XX “Open Eyes”

3. Lana Del Rey “Born To Die”

4. Wiz Khalifa “Oh Gee La”

5. Cloud Nothings “Fall In”

6. Every Time I Die “Underwater Bimbos From Outer Space”

Tour Review: Tool

posted January 24, 2012, 2:38 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Live Show Reviews | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Tool, 10, 000 Days

Review by special guest correspondent Angeleeta Sosnowski

You know a show will be good when you get a contact high in the parking lot.  It will also have touches of irony that you’ll love, like the line for the men’s restroom being about 200 guys deep while the girls could walk and out in a matter of minutes.  I must mention that I am a fan of Tool. However I have come in and out of their work over the years. I don’t have a poster on my wall or their complete song collection on my iPod.  I do appreciate talented musicians with something to say, and Tool definitely falls into that category.

Tool is one of those bands that demands to been seen live at some point.  Danny Carey on drums and Justin Chancellor on bass have developed the ability to make the incredibly challenging riffs in any Tool song seem effortless. And that teamwork was on brilliant display Saturday at the Verizon Theater in Grand Prarie.  With no new music in sight, Saturday’s show was what many a fan desires: the best from past work without any new questionable material to have to wrap your head around. Maynard and the boys delivered early, with “Stinkfist” (complete with video) causing a massive roar and sing a long from the crowd early in the show.  Sadly for me, this was as deep as Tool went into their catalog, so no “Sober” or “Prison Sex” live for the fans.

Many of high points of the show came from Tool’s most recent album, 2006’s 10,000 Days, with “The Pot” being my personal favorite. I’ve always enjoyed the sharp social commentary that Maynard’s lyrics hold which are perfect for so many situations. Plus nothing says awesome like the middle aged white guy from suburbia behind me screeching lyrics at the top of his lungs.  The crowd was so into “Vicarious” off of the same record at one point you couldn’t hear anything but male fan voices belting out lyrics.

Tool were experts at building the energy throughout the show with it reaching its apex at during the encore.  I have always been a huge fan of the song “Aenema“, so to see it live was a great moment for me.  With the ‘what if’ that are floating around out there in pop culture about the year 2012, a song about change in its most visceral form is a perfect way to end the show.  It was another moment where the crowd was almost as loud as the music supporting it as we chanted ‘learn to swim, learn to swim’ over and over. It’s been quite some time since I’ve been to such a powerful show where the entire crowd stood the entire time.  Where you were dazzled by the musicianship on stage as well as the light show that accompanied it.  As my friend said as we left, “that was fucking awesome.”

Sunday’s Best: Pearl Jam

posted January 22, 2012, 5:28 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Sunday's Best | comment 5 Comments

Tags: Pearl Jam, Twenty

Back in the day, when this place was crawling with forums and chats about random acts of music, we used to poll ourselves to see which release by an artist not only set them atop of the industry but stapled them in as musical gods.

Our focus this week is the one and only Pearl Jam. What is the best Pearl Jam record of all time? Let us know your favorite by voting and leaving comments! Make sure to check out the new rockumentary Twenty, from Cameron Crowe, which was released in 2011.

What is your favorite Pearl Jam record?

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Previous polls can be found below:

A Tribe Called Quest
The Mars Volta
TV on the Radio
Brand New
Pink Floyd
The Roots
Led Zeppelin

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