Posted: October 2, 2014
Punk stalwarts Rancid have offered up a sampler video featuring three new songs to announce their upcoming eighth studio album, …Honor Is All We Know, due out Oct. 27.
The black-and-white clip features the quartet playing “Collision Course,” “Honor Is All We Know” and “Evil’s My Friend.”
Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz produced the new album, which marks Rancid’s first since 2009′s Let the Dominoes Fall.
Posted: September 30, 2014
The Jim Heath-led trio played several tracks from latest album Rev including “Victory Lap” and “Let Me Teach You How to Eat,” in addition to classics like “Psychobilly Freakout,” which is off 1991′s Smoke ‘Em if You Got ‘Em.
Watch the full set below.
Posted: September 30, 2014
The black-and-white clip features the supergroup jamming through the jangling track while trippy designs swirl in the background.
The Empty Hearts consist of members of the Romantics (singer Wally Palmer), the Cars (guitarist Elliot Easton), Blondie (drummer Clem Burke) and the Chesterfield Kings (bassist Andy Babiuk).
Check out the video for “I Don’t Want Your Love” below.
Posted: September 23, 2014
George Harrison’s first six solo studio albums, released between 1968 and 1975 on the Beatles’ Apple label, will be available as newly remastered individual releases and as part of a box set, The Apple Years 1968-75.
Due out Sept. 23, the eight-disc box was designed to complement Harrison’s 2004 release, The Dark Horse Years 1976-92, and features an exclusive DVD with several video pieces, including a new seven-minute film with previously unreleased footage. The Apple Years box also includes an exclusive perfect-bound book with an introduction by Dhani Harrison, new essays by award-winning radio producer and author Kevin Howlett, and rare and previously unpublished images.
“I am so happy that what we started a decade ago by releasing The Dark Horse Years is now complete with the release of his first six albums as The Apple Years,” Dhani Harrison said in a statement. “Some of these records have long been out of print, so I cannot wait for music lovers to get their hands on these newly remastered versions. It’s a very proud moment for us, and I would like to thank everyone who has helped us in any way to achieve this.”
The albums—which have been digitally restored and remastered at Lurssen Mastering in Los Angeles by a GRAMMY® Award-winning team of engineers including Paul Hicks, Gavin Lurssen, and Reuben Cohen—include 1968′s Wonderwall Music, 1969′s Electronic Sound, 1970′s All Things Must Pass, 1973′s Living in the Material World, 1974′s Dark Horse and 1975′s Extra Texture (Read All About It). Some of the albums contain previously unreleased tracks, while All Things Must Pass contains five bonus tracks that were first released in 2001.
You can order the box set from the Official George Harrison store here: http://po.st/GHAppleYears
Or from Amazon here: http://po.st/GHAppleYearsAm
And order the digital version from iTunes here: http://po.st/GHAppleYearsDigi
Posted: September 22, 2014
Not only did Hunter play on five Alice Cooper albums, but he also performed on Peter Gabriel’s debut solo album that included the classic “Solsbury Hill” and was featured on two of Lou Reed’s live albums (Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal and Lou Reed Live).
As one of the top session artists in the game, Hunter has also worked with David Lee Roth, Dr. John, Julian Lennon, Glenn Campbell and several other luminaries.
Last but certainly not least, Hunter, a.k.a. the Deacon, also boasts several solo albums, including 2013’s The Manhattan Blues Project, which featured cameos from Johnny Depp, Joe Perry, Joe Satriani and Marty Friedman.
Hunter’s latest initiative Tone Poems Live is a live CD/DVD that was recorded in the studio in Los Angeles. Interestingly enough, Hunter wasn’t even sure he wanted to move forward with Tone Poems Live.
“It wasn’t really my idea,” he explained. “One of the guys that had contacted us when I was doing the Kickstarter for The Manhattan Blues Project came to us later with the idea of doing a live video. When we first started talking about it, I wasn’t crazy about the idea. But it evolved into something where we could record it live, kind of like Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue.”
Hunter recruited a veteran list of musicians to help with the sessions in bassist Tony Levin, pianist Phil Aaberg and drummer Alvino Bennett.
“I’ve worked with these guys before, and they’re all brilliant artists,” said Hunter. “That made things move quickly once we rehearsed for a couple of days.”
Tone Poems Live was actually filmed in a single day, as the collective ran through each song twice, with the best version landing on the compilation.
“That’s the way they used to be done,” Hunter said. “I remember reading about groups like the Animals recording their entire album in a day for like $35. That’s the way things were done back then. As much fun as technology is to play with, sometimes it’s good just to get guys in the room and record it. It’s a different ballgame.”
For the session, Hunter used a trio of Gretsch Custom Shop CVTs built by longtime Gretsch Master Builder Stephen Stern.
“He’s a true master,” Hunter said of Stern. “They are absolutely superb guitars. His craftsmanship is a real art; it’s almost scary. You can inspect those guitars with a magnifying glass, and they’re perfect – all three of them.”
The trio of Custom Shop guitars have mahogany bodies and necks and rosewood fingerboards. One boasts a Black finish, one is in Lake Placid Blue and the other is in Sea Foam Green. Hunter said he is still making adjustments to some of the pickups, however, and he even asked Stern to put a Kahler tremolo on the Sea Foam Green CVT.
“I know there are Gretsch players out there who get all annoyed when you change something on a guitar, like you’ve committed the ultimate sin, but I’ve always personalized my guitars,” Hunter said with a laugh. “Brian Setzer did that, so have many others, whether it’s the pickups or knobs or whatever. That’s kind of what I did with the three that Steve made me. I’m still experimenting with pickups, but the ultimate piece of wood that Steve put together is just beyond words.”
Click here to preview or purchase Hunter’s latest offering, and check out a promo video below.
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