Number 1 Revisited?

April 29, 2009

This Sunday could be a historic day in the music charts with reports of the legendary Bob Dylan currently leading the race for number one in the album charts. Dylan’s latest album ‘Together Through Life’ could be his first number one since the 1970’s and his seventh overall.

Dylan is up against indie faves The Enemy whose latest album ‘Music For The People’ is reportedly 5000 sales behind ‘Together Through Life’. The album title alone should be enough to stop The Enemy reaching number one, it’s such a cliché title.

The Enemy’s previous album reached number one in 2007, whereas Dylan’s past two albums reached number three in 2001 and 2006. Hopefully this year will see Bob gain his seventh number one, which is truly deserved.

Do you want to see Bob Dylan reach number one for a seventh time? Have your say!


Green Day Know Their Enemy

April 27, 2009

The inevitable has arrived, Green Day’s first single from their upcoming album 21st Century Breakdown. Seeing as their last album American Idiot managed to supply us with no less than five singles, their latest offering will undoubtedly be clogging up stereos for months to come.

The first single to come from 21st Century Breakdown is entitled Know Your Enemy, a phrase repeated so many times in the song you think your head might explode. The word enemy itself is uttered 25 times in the space of just over 3 minutes, Billie Joe wants us all to know that there is an enemy and we should know who it is. At this point I’d like to put ‘despite the lyrics the song is pretty good’, but I can’t…because it’s not. It basically sounds like an American Idiot B-side that should be thrown in the odd setlist for the longer live performances.

The video for the song is a bit tame compared to previous Green Day efforts, no backstory or characters, just the band playing with a few shots of barbed wire and search lights. This is a plus, as the ‘political’ videos from American Idiot got old fast.

Overall the song (albeit not the best thing Green Day have produced) is better than the majority of American Idiot, especially Boulevard Of Broken Dreams and Wake Me Up When September Ends. Both songs overplayed and overrated on so many levels. Know Your Enemy is just a normal pop-punk song, with incredibly lazy lyrics.

What’s your opinion?

New Mars Volta Album

April 14, 2009

Fans of experimental prog-rock will be smiling today at the news of Mars Volta’s next album. Volta’s follow-up to 2008’s The Bedlam In Goliath is entitled Octohedron and will be released on 23rd June. It will be the first album since 2005 not to feature Adrián Terrazas-González or Paul Hinojos.

There is currently no word on the concept of the album, although Octohedron does contain eight songs. The tracklisting is as follows;

Since We’ve Been Wrong
Halo Of Nembutals
With Twilight As My Guide
Desperate Graves

The first single will be Since We’ve Been Wrong, to be released before the album.

After the critical success of The Bedlam In Goliath, I’m expecting big things from this forthcoming album. Although it is a bit soon after their last album, especially since Omar has been working on his solo albums and his other side project El Grupo Nuevo de Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. Hopefully this extra work hasn’t compromised Volta’s material, each album has been great thus far.

Kanye Quenches Your Thirst

April 9, 2009

Plans have been announced today for the hip hop artist Kanye West to release his own energy drink. The manufacturers Guru who are proud of their “100% natural and organic” beverages have joined forces with West to create a new drink later this year.

Obviously just another way to make money, I think it will go down well. Celebrities are often endorsing drinks, remember the countless footballers and pop artists who’ve appeared in Pepsi adverts over the years? Now Kanye has taken it to the next level. If this business venture proves successful it could pave the way for more musicians to cash-in on their name, instead of their music. Simply putting a famous name to a product will undoubtedly make its sales increase, although it’s been said that Kanye intends to be quite hands on in the project.

Despite it being a rather ingenious idea, there is still a feeling of almost selling out from Kanye. However there is more than likely a fair amount of profit to be made in the energy drink business, so fair play to him.

It’s Not All Fun And Games

April 7, 2009

Whilst rummaging around the internet looking for the latest music news I came across an interview on the Daily Star of all places with an interview with Killers’ frontman Brandon Flowers. Nothing out of the ordinary so far, until you actually read what the egomaniac has to say.

As I’m sure you’re aware, The Killers are one of the best selling artists of the past decade. They have shot straight to the dizzying heights of superstardom and probably had a jolly good time doing so, and yet they still can’t help but rant and moan.

The main snippet from the interview which caught my attention was Mr. Flowers blaming Kurt Cobain and the grunge scene for taking the fun out of rock music. Shut up. Grunge was not about ‘taking the fun away’, as he calls it, it was an expression of emotion through music and that emotion doesn’t always have to be rainbow filled happiness. Furthermore the grunge scene unleashed a whole range of bands who I’m sure were having fun in the music biz; Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden – these bands are all somewhat responsible for where music is today, including The Killers.

Grunge was a big moment in the music scene in the 90’s, the previous decade saw countless synth driven happy-clappy bands soar to the top of the charts, which grew stale. The public needed something new to latch onto, something completely different to the usual drivel being forcefed to them on a daily basis, and that something was grunge. Despite being only a shortlived movement in terms of music, it paved the way for numerous bands and influenced many more.

I am doubtful that The Killers have influenced anywhere near the amount of people with their ‘happy’ music, if anything listening to Somebody Told Me makes me more depressed than any grunge song ever could.

Read the interview here: