The Strokes were ‘resistant’ to using synthesisers and drum machines on new album

The Strokes

The Strokes

The Strokes’ Nick Valensi was ‘resistant’ to using synthesisers and drum machines on the band’s new album. The guitarist admits he was unsure of stepping out of his comfort zone when making ‘Angles’, and worried about how the group would then present the album live. Speaking of the track ‘Games’, he said: ‘ think I was most comfortable working within the limitations of two guitars, bass, drums and vocal. There are some new sonic elements, which maybe I was resistant to at first. “I can stress out about how we’re going to do stuff live. Are we going to get a keyboard player? I don’t know if I want to be in that band.”

The group has previously spoken about the difficulties of recording ‘Angles’, with singer Julian Casablancas absent for parts of the recording process, and also said they plan to follow up the album quickly, with plans to start recording as early as April – a move Nick supports.

He told our source: ‘We started in January 2010. We were in a big, expensive studio for two and a half months. We spent a lot of money and recorded an album, but we kind of scrapped it and started over by ourselves.

‘n future I’d like to make albums faster.”

Robert Plant has confirmed a 12-date North American tour.

Robert Plant has confirmed a 12-date North American tour.

Robert Plant has confirmed a 12-date North American tour.

Beginning April 8 in Louisville, KY, this will be the third leg of touring on these shores in support of the triumphant release of his latest album, Band of Joy, which Rolling Stone magazine in its four-star review called “sweet, elegant folk that still swings like Satan’s barn door.” The touring band is the same that made the record and that is currently touring the States: Patty Griffin, vocals; Darrell Scott, multi-nstrumentalist/vocals; Byron House, bass/vocals; Marco Giovino, drums and percussion/vocals, and co-producer Buddy Miller, guitar/vocals. See below for a free download of the Band of Joy song, “Central Two-0-Nine”.

The tour dates are below:

April 8 – Louisville, KY – The Palace
April 9: – Chicago, IL – The Auditorium Theatre
April 11 – Milwaukee, WI – The Riverside Ballroom
April 12 – Minneapolis, MN – The State Theatre
April 15 – Hollywood, FL – Hard Rock Live Arena
April 17 – Vancouver, BC – The Queen Elizabeth Theater
April 19 – Portland, OR – The Schnitzer
April 20: – Seattle, WA – The Paramount
April 22 – Berkeley, CA – The Greek
April 23 – Los Angeles, CA – The Greek
April 25 – Santa Barbara, CA – The Santa Barbara Bowl
April 27 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore

Phoenix look for remixers to remix latest album

Phoenix look for remixers to remix latest album

Phoenix look for remixers to remix latest album

Phoenix look for remixers to remix latest album. French sensations Phoenix have offered up their last album for amateur remixers. Fans can download the complete multi-track recordings of their breakthrough album Wolfganag Amadeus Pheonix, drums, bass, guitar, vocals and the rest, to tinker with. The message accompanying the downloads reads thusly: ‘We want to thank you with a few presents before our last shows in the U.S. for a while. (You never know how long we’ll take to record the next album.)’ As Pitchfork notes, the album has already been heavily remixed by pros, so-much-so that their record label Loyaute collected them all and released them as, unsurprisingly Wolfganag Amadeus Pheonix (Remix Collection) in 2009. If you’re a bedroom composer, head over to their website,  to download the bits and pieces.

The Blizzards release new single

blizzardsThe Blizzards release new single Trust Me I’m a Doctor through Island Records on September 28, ahead of debut UK album Domino Effect on October 12. Trust Me I’m a Doctor sees the quintet make another seamless stride in their ever-evolving bid to turn Britain onto their bold and ballsy guitar-pop anthems. Fresh from huge success in their native Ireland, where the band have scooped two consecutive Meteor Continue reading →

Rock Band Unplugged launched on the PSP system

rock-band-unplugged2Harmonix has announced plans today to release Rock Band Unplugged for the PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system. Rock Band Unplugged, developed by Harmonix in partnership with Backbone Entertainment, a Foundation 9 Entertainment studio, and based on the award-winning Rock Band series of games, will launch simultaneously in both North America and Europe June 9, 2009. The game will launch exclusively on the PSP system with software retailing for $39.99 in North America.  Rock Band Unplugged creates a full band experience in the palm of your hand by combining traditional beat match gameplay with key elements from both Rock Band and Rock Band 2, such as overdrive and chords. Your hands are the “peripherals” in Rock Band Unplugged allowing you to take direct control of the lead/bass guitars, drums and vocals. In addition, players can expect a rich Rock Band experience with fully functional modes like World Tour, Band Survival and Warm Up and a robust character creator for full customization! The following tracks will launch exclusively through Rock Band Unplugged on the PSP system for a limited time before becoming downloadable content for the other platforms:

– 3 Doors Down – “Kryptonite”
– AFI – “Miss Murder”
– Alice in Chains – “Would?”
– Audioslave – “Gasoline”
– Black Tide – “Show Me the Way”
– Blink 182 – “What’s My Age Again”
– Freezepop – “Less Talk More Rokk”
– Jackson 5 – “ABC”
– Tenacious D – “Rock Your Socks”

To commemorate the debut of the Rock Band franchise on the PSP system, Sony Computer Entertainment America plans to release a limited edition Rock Band branded PSP Entertainment Pack at the launch of Rock Band Unplugged. The bundle will include the game, a voucher to download Paramount Pictures’ School of Rock from PlayStation(R)Store, a 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo(TM), and a “Piano Black” PSP system. The Rock Band Entertainment Pack will be available in North America for $199.99 (MSRP).

The View announce new single

theviewThe View have announced details of the release of a new single. Temptation Dice is released through 1965 Records on Monday April 13th 2009 and will be available on 7′ & download. Taken from their second critically acclaimed album, Which Bitch? which was released in February and reached number 4 in the U.K. albums chart, the single was recorded at Monnow Valley studios in Wales during the summer of 2008 as part of the album sessions with acclaimed producer Owen Morris, who also worked on their platinum selling debut album Hats Off To The Buskers.

The band recently completed a sold-out headline tour of the U.K. including a home-town show at Dundee’s Caird Halll and a rapturous gig at London’s Koko. Having also completed a mammoth ‘back-to-basics’ 36-date tour of the UK last autumn, the band are set to head to Europe in March for a series of gigs.

Their website, www.theviewareonfire.co.uk, was also the most visited music site in the U.K. in January and their track Wasteland will soundtrack Nike’s new football ad campaign starring Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole and Fernando Torres debuting in February.

The View are: Kyle Falconer (vocals / guitar), Pete Reilly (guitar), Kieren Webster (vocals / bass) & Steve Morrison (drums).

Rare clips of historic drummers published by Hudson Music

historic-drummers1Following the response to their recently released “Classic Drum Solos and Drum Battles”, Hudson Music announces the availability of “Classic Jazz Drummers: Swing and Beyond”. This one-hour videocassette covers the development of jazz drumming over five decades of music- from Dixieland and Swing to Big Band and BeBop- and features both legendary giants and unsung heroes. Through the use of film clips taken from live concerts, feature films and television broadcasts “Classic Jazz Drummers: Swing and Beyond” showcases many of the 20th Century’s most inventive and influential players performing with the groups they helped make famous as well as in exciting drum solos and battles.
Included on “Classic Jazz Drummers: Swing and Beyond” is recently discovered footage of Sid Catlett with Louis Armstrong, Ray Bauduc with Dizzy Gillespie, Gus Johnson with Count Basie and Panama Francis with Cab Calloway plus rare clips of Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich and Lionel Hampton with their own bands. Never-before-seen clips of jazz drumming pioneers such as Mel Lewis, Stan Levy, Philly Joe Jones and Kenny Clarke, along with the only existing film of Baby Dodds, are also featured.
Recommended for classic jazz enthusiasts as well as contemporary drummers, “Classic Jazz Drummers: Swing and Beyond” offers an entertaining and informative perspective on the great traditions and rich history of modern drumming- making it an essential addition to any video collection.
Hudson Music Videos are distributed by Hal Leonard Publications.

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