Soundgarden confirm their comeback album will be released in November
Soundgarden have confirmed that their long-awaited comeback studio album will be released in November.
The grunge veterans, who split up in 1996, last released an album in that same year and have been working on its follow-up since they reunited in 2010.
Speaking to Rolling Stone about their new album, guitarist Kim Thayil promised that the band's as yet untitled new LP will be "little weird". He also confirmed a release date of November 12 in the UK and November 13 in the US for the record.
Asked about the album, Thayil said: "It re-establishes that we still rock, we're still heavy, and we're still a little weird." He also confirmed that tracks titled 'Blood On The Valley Floor' and 'A Thousand Days Before' will appear on the record. Speaking about the latter, Thayil described it as "a little Indian thing and some chicken-pickin. We call it 'country and eastern.'"
Earlier this year, Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell told NME that the band's follow-up to 1996's 'Down On The Upside' would "pick up where they left off".
He said of this: "We have an album coming out in the fall. It's kind of hard to describe, it's sort of picking up where we left off. There's a lot of different feels on the album. We're a band where every single member contributes music so that makes it very diverse. It's a very rich album with a lot of different moods to it."
He continued: "I'm looking forward to putting out a whole album, where you get a collection of songs. We're an album-orientated band, so I look forward to getting into long-form listening. That seems to have disappeared over the last 10 years, people seem to know be more into one song at a time."
Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons to Play Broadway in Celebration of Their 50th Anniversary
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons have been appearing nightly on Broadway since 2005, or at least the cast of the show Jersey Boys who play the group.
Now the real Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will be taking to the Broadway stage for the first time in their career to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
The limited run begins on Friday, October 19 and ends on Saturday, October 27 at the Broadway Theatre at 1681 Broadway.
“I am honored to have been able to spend my life doing what I love to do,” said Frankie Valli, “I’ve performed around the world in every size theater imaginable, but it has always been my dream to play Broadway.”
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons scored 30 Billboard Top 40 hits, and Frankie Valli scored 9 Billboard Top 40 hits as a solo artist. In 1990 Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Born Francis Stephen Castelluccio in Newark, New Jersey, Frankie Valli began his career as a solo singer recording under the names Frank Valley and Frank Valley and the Travelers. He joined the Variatones in 1954, and they made their first records as the Four Lovers and scored their first hit in 1962 when they became the Four Seasons. Valli embarked on a successful solo recording career, starting with The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore) and (You’re Gonna) Hurt Yourself in 1965. As an actor Valli had a recurring role on HBO’s The Sopranos, and in 2007 Valli released his latest studio album, Romancing The ’60s. Valli has never stopped performing and continues to tour internationally.
For the very first time, Australians have the rare opportunity to experience the revered live show of Jonathan Wilson and his full backing band across a string of intimate venues up and down the east coast.
Inspired by the atmospheric guitar work and mellow vibrations of many of L.A.'s Laurel Canyon folk stars from the 60s and 70s, Jonathan Wilson's music is lodged somewhere between Neil Young's Harvest
and Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon. Dream-like folk music recorded through analogue vintage artifacts, Wilson constructs a spellbinding 1960s sanctuary for his listener.
After a lengthy period of procrastination, working extensively with renowned artists such as Erykah Badu, Elvis Costello, Wilco and The Black Crowes, Wilson released his seminal debut album Gentle Spirit in 2011. Not your archetypal singer-songwriter, it is a deep-seeded adoration of 1960s Los Angeles that drives Wilson's unique songwriting. Check out Desert Raven below in order to hear those sensibilities as clear as a bell.
Frank Zappa's Music Coming Soon to Streaming Services
Digital Music News is reporting that negotiations are underway to bring much of the Frank Zappa catalog to streaming services like Spotify, Mog and Rhapsody.
Zappa's music recently was licensed for digital sales on iTunes after many years where his work had not been optioned to the digital domain. The current iTunes Zappa catalog includes 56 albums.
The site reports that the exact date of availability on the streaming services is not known but it is expected to happen around October. Universal Music Enterprises recently took over the the licensing of Zappa's works.
A number of Zappa's earliest albums were recently released on CD in remastered form.
The song’s creator Scott McKenzie has died in Los Angeles at the age of 73. ‘If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear a flower in your hair’ is one of the great hippy songs of its era and defined San Francisco in the 60s.
Scott was born Philip Blondheim on 10 January, 1939.
He was a friend of John Phillips who went on to form Mamas and Papas. They formed their first band together, The Abstracts who later became The Smoothies. The two then went on to form a band called The Journeymen and recorded three albums for Capitol.
They disbanded in 1964. Scott McKenzie as he was now known went solo and Phillips formed The Mamas and the Papas, although Scott was invited but declined to join the group.
Phillips wrote and produced his signature hit ‘San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)’.
In 1986, Scott joined a new line-up of Mamas and Papas with Phillips. He also co-wrote The Beach Boys ‘Kokomo’ with Phillips, Mike Love and Terry Melcher (son of Doris Day).
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