Metallica Go Online For Next Album?

November 28, 2008

It seems Mr. Lars Ulrich has been contradicting himself again, as he has stated in an interview with Rolling Stone it seems Metallica could be releasing their next full length album on the internet only; “We have that element of complete freedom with the next record, so we can do whatever we want. We could do an Internet thing or even put it on (American hockey player) Andy Greene’s record label.”

It was only a few years back though now when Lars was sueing the pants off Napster and generally not being very nice about the whole music/internet fiasco. Admittedly Napster was reponsible for the distribution of Metallica tracks for free via file sharing, but the point remains the same.

I don’t know whether it will be an ‘exclusive to iTunes’ style of online release or the Radiohead style where you ‘pay what you think it’s worth’. Metallica stand to make more money from the former, so that’s where my bet will lie.

There is no current plans for a new Metallica album as yet as the band as still touring on Death Magnetic. But when the band do hit the studio again we’ll see whether a) it does go online or b) how much they’re charging.

Record Of The Week: Week 3

November 28, 2008

I apologise for the lack of posting over the past week I have been fairly busy with uni and also the new football manager, it’s very addictive. I have a day off today so I will try to post more than one entry on here today, but I’m not promising anything. So on with the record of the week, week 3!

Single Of The Week: Caspa & Rusko – Bread Get Bun

Still quite possibly my favourite dubstep track of all time, Bread Get Bun is immense in its use of synth work and the good ol’ wobble bassline. Quotes from Football Factory also add to the ‘dirtyness’ of the track which sounds quite raw from start to finish. The bass though is the clincher in my opinion though, Rusko’s trademark wobble bass is used throughout to great effect – overall a fantastic song.

Find it on Bread Get Bun/King George, here:

Album Of The Week: Various Artists – No Thanks! The ’70s Punk Rebellion

As promised I have got an album of the week this time, and it’s a doozy of an album to say the least. Some of you may know that I have rekindled my love for punk music as of late and I decided to expand my knowledge of early punk bands through this 4 disc set…and it worked wonders! For anyone wanting to discover some pioneering punk bands this collection is for you, and for people who are already ‘punks’ I suggest you check it out as I guarantee you don’t know all the songs on there.

There are some well known punk gems on there such as The Clash’s White Riot, Buzzcock’s What Do I Get? and Blondie’s Hangin’ On The Telephone. There are also some songs you knew and liked but didn’t own, for me that was X-Ray Spex’s Oh Bondage Up Yours! and The Adverts’ Gary Gilmore’s Eyes. Some great old school punk tunes by anyone’s standards.

Of the 102 songs on the album I can’t think of a single one I would consider a bad song, obviously I prefer some more than others but that’s just personal taste.

So in conclusion I suggest you go and buy this album now, punk music is still alive and well today so you might as well check out where it all started.

Find it here:

I’ll be back next Friday with another single and album to review, I’m also going to try and get some more posts up over the weekend as I’ve been rather inactive over the past week.

This Week’s Releases – 24th November

November 24, 2008

Obviously the main release this week is Guns N’ Roses’ much anticipated album Chinese Democracy. I’m not going to slate it in this particular post, there will be a review up later today or possibly early tomorrow of how a Guns N’ Roses fan actually feels about the album. I have posted my initial ideas on Chinese Democracy on this blog already, my opinions can be found here:

Other album releases this week include the latest offering from The Killers and (wait for it) Craig David’s Greatest Hits! Have you ever heard of a more pointless album? Craig David has been below average throughout his entire pop career and hasn’t really achieved anything in the music world worth noting, and yet here he is with all of his ‘hits’ on one CD…hoorah! Out of the 15 tracks on that CD I only know 3, admittedly I’m not a Craig David fan but if I was I would surely own his albums and all of those songs already…so why buy them again? The answer is to not buy them again, nowadays I don’t buy a greatest hits album unless there’s some ‘bonus’ material on there such as live tracks, remixes, unreleased tracks etc. This CD however has none of those things, definitley not worth the money.

The singles aren’t much to look at this week I have to say, there are tracks from Coldplay, Madonna, Take That and T.I. All very successful artists but nothing I would consider purchasing or listening to in the near future.

Overall this week’s releases are fairly plain other than Chinese Democracy that has recieved so much hype it’s unbelievable. I’m hoping next week there will be some great singles released for me to buy, it’s been a while.

Record Of The Week: Week 2

November 21, 2008

It’s Friday again so it’s time to dish out another recommendation for songs to listen to and to enjoy. Sadly though as I have been extremely busy this week I haven’t really been listening to many albums so the album feature will not be happening again (sorry, I promise there will be one next week). Instead I’m going to recommend a few tracks which I have been listening to for the past 7 days.

The Mars Volta – Goliath

This is undoubtedly my favourite track from Mars Volta’s latest album ‘The Bedlam In Goliath’ as it is just astounding. So much experimenting going on in one song is unreal, and as it lasts over 6 minutes the song is full of strange musical techniques. The lyrics are great and I do catch myself singing along whilst driving to work, Omar’s voice is perfect for the song and The Mars Volta in general. If you’re a fan of progressive/experimental music then check this song out.

Find it on The Bedlam In Goliath, here:

Ebony Dubsters – Ra (Original Sin Remix)

My new favourite drum and bass track! The bass is so heavy you think your sub is going to explode with the power of it, and the almost anthemic “By the power of Ra!” soundbytes included in the song really add to the feel of the music. The song changes style a number of times but ultimately returns to the powerful beat it churns out at the beginning. Brutal drum and bass music at its best, love it!

Find it on Innovation The Album, here:

Harvey Danger – Flagpole Sitta

Otherwise known as the Peep Show theme tune, this song is actually really good. The song has quite clever lyrics at times and of course has a really catchy chorus. The vocals are superb and the music is just a happy tune you find yourself whistling on your way to work. Sadly I’m not a fan of any other Harvey Danger song, but this one is a definite gem.

Find it on Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone?, here:

Next Friday I will have an album as well, I haven’t had time to listen to albums in full this past week though. I hope you’ll check out one if not all of these tracks, they really are great songs.

What’s The Fuss About Attack! Attack!?

November 20, 2008

This week I have been bombarded with the music media telling me all about this band Attack! Attack!, and to be honest it’s getting rather annoying. Obviously through no fault of the band themselves; magazines, radio stations and other outlets have been hyping this band up something rotten. When flicking through Rock Sound magazine I saw them over 5 times, each time being informed of how good this band is and that I should ‘check them out’. Even Lincoln University’s Siren FM radio station have given Attack! Attack! some attention, on the Monday night Silver Sounds show (check the show out, it’s got some good interviews with bands).

So I have given up, I’m going to listen to Attack! Attack! and see what all the fuss is about.

I have to admit, I didn’t want to like this band. The name sounds quite cheesy and I had been informed that they sound like a “radio friendly Funeral For A Friend” which didn’t raise my hopes much. However after listening to the song ‘This Is A Test’ my opinion has changed slightly. The song is fairly easy to listen to and at no point did I want to turn it off, although it could have finished sooner. It reminds me of ‘Everyday Combat’ by Lostprophets for some reason which I can’t put my finger on, I think it’s the guitar-work. Musically the song is good and the vocals too aren’t too bad, lyrics aren’t very imaginative and I can’t see myself singing along in the near future.

Oh dear, I have instantly lost confidence in the band. Listening to ‘Honesty’ is basically like listening to a failed Fall Out Boy B-Side. The vocal style is completely different to that of the previous track and I can see Patrick Stump singing this song under different circumstances. The song is painful to listen to at parts, the vague attempt at a breakdown was pitiful. The ‘trying to be catchy’ chorus “honesty didn’t get me anywhere” is almost cliché and not very thought provoking.

The third and final track of my listening experience is ‘You & Me’, which again features the Fall Out Boy wannabe whining his heart out. Before the vocals began I thought this song was going to be great, the intro is strong but it’s all downhill from there. Again the chorus is generic and sung repeatedly for way too long, whether the band ran out of ideas for the verses of just couldn’t be bothered to write any I don’t know, what I do know is that it’s lazy songwriting.

Overall then I can see why the band is getting so much coverage at the minute, as it’s another American happy-happy-joy-joy pop punk band which can be marketed to screaming 14 year olds who think the song is all about them. Now I know people connect with music and many songs I’ve heard can be related to me and my experiences, but the problem lies when countless bands of the same genre write all their songs on the same subject. It’s a great way to gain fans but not such a great way to be recognised as a great artist.

So I’m sorry Attack! Attack!, I did like you to begin with until the Fall Out Boy-esque vocals took hold. If for some reason you’re the support slot at a gig I go to then I’ll jump around, I just won’t buy your merch.

Attack! Attack! – I Kissed A Girl (Katy Perry Cover)

This Week’s Releases – 17th November

November 17, 2008

There’s undoubtably a lot of music being released this week as there is every week, but I thought I’d give my two cents on the more notable releases this week!

Tom Jones has released a new album it seems, entitled ’24 Hours’. I can’t say I’m overjoyed at the fact that Mr. Jones has rejoined the music world as it seems the world was a much happier place without him. I have seen no promotion at all for this album, I just know it’s being released today. Chances it will position quite high in the charts though as it is the ‘legendary’ Tom Jones in all his glory. I just can’t understand his need to release another album though, it makes no sense. It’s not like he needs the money, mind you some cynics out there say “it’s not about the money” which maybe it’s not – but why now and why not promote it? It seems to me the album was most likely a rush job and as such offers no new musical gems for music lovers to enjoy.

The same (in my eyes) goes for both Dido and Rod Stewart. Dido hasn’t done anything worthwhile in years, ‘Thank You’ was her biggest hit which was obviously due to the sampling on Eminem’s ‘Stan’. However the monotone songstress is back with new album ‘Safe Trip Home’. I haven’t heard the album but again I can’t see why Dido is releasing another album as no-one is really that bothered about her anymore.

Rod Stewart on the other hand is of course world famous and widely regarded as a great artist. But once more I am in shock and confusion over why another artist from the ‘older times’ has come forth with a new album. It could be for the money, it could be that his die hard fans cried out for more or even that he’s looking at appealing to a younger audience – who knows? What I do know is that Roddy boy will be making a fair bit of money from this album, which will most likely sell well…for this week at least.

The singles this week aren’t very special either. With the latest offering from Duffy being the most likely to hit the #1 spot. Duffy isn’t all that bad in my opinion, admittedly there are a lot of artists out there in a similar vein but she is the best of the worst. However after the success of her previous singles Mercy and Warwick Avenue isn’t it time for Duffy to hit the studio to work on a second album? Singles only get you so far, albums are definitley the way forward in the music business.

Pendulum are releasing their track ‘Showdown’ which isn’t a bad track, it’s just nothing special. I have only recently got into the drum n bass scene but I know what I like, and I don’t particularly like this song. Pendulum’s first album Hold Your Colour was – for lack of a better word – immense. So many great tracks on that album, but their current album In Silico leaves much to be desired. I know a few people who like the album and to be fair it isn’t bad, just not great. ‘Showdown’ too isn’t a great song, it sounds like the rest of In Silico – drum n bass background noise with singing over the top – also known as ‘annoying’

These are my opinions on this week’s more notable releases, there are also singles released this week from The Verve and The Killers…but to be honest I don’t rate either band anymore. Outlived their prime and now just hanging around the airwaves and going on tour until the fans eventually run out of money – now that’s rock n roll!

It’s Moved!

November 17, 2008

I have been advised to move my blog from previous website Blogger to WordPress, and here it is!

Doesn’t look much yet I know but it’s early days yet, there’ll be many more posts to come.

For previous blogging action here’s ye olde blog:

Cheers 🙂