Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Music Video Round Up For April 28th, 2015

Going through my playlist is the toast to the weekend.  YouTube playlists and subscriptions coming out my ears so sometimes it's rather hard to follow each upload unless doing a round up such as this.  I hope this will make the starting of your weekend energetic, whether you are going into work or escaping from it.

Apologies in advance for those who loathe my video articles but there are just too many great clips out there to ignore.  So if you do not have the bandwidth to watch this video, then too bad!  Hahaha just kidding.

So for the slower connections just load the article, go for a coffee/glass of water, return, play and enjoy!  This will surely be one of my playlists for the end of the work day and hopefully doesn't keep your eyes glued to the screen for too long.  Cheers!

*Please click on the hyperlinks of each video to find out more about the artist and album releases.*

David Hasselhoff - True Survivor:

David Hasselhoff performs the lead track "True Survivor" for 2015 Kickstarter film Kung Fury.

Hardwell feat. Jonathan Mendelsohn - Echo:

"Echo" (featuring Jonathan Mendelsohn) is taken from Hardwell's latest album "United We Are", which was released on January 23rd, 2015 via Cloud 9 Dance.

Friends Of Mayday - Making Friends:

"Making Friends" is the latest single from Friends of Mayday, which was released on April 17th, 2015 via Kontor Records.

Fall Out Boy - Uma Thurman:

"Uma Thurman" is taken from Fall Out Boy's latest album "American Beauty/American Psycho", which was released on January 20th, 2015 via Island Records.

Papa Roach - Gravity:

"Gravity" is taken from Papa Roach's latest album "F.E.A.R.", which was released on January 27th, 2015 via Eleven Seven Music.

Art of Anarchy - ‘Til The Dust Is Gone:

Art of Anarchy's self-titled new album coming sometime in 2015.

Stevie T - A Night To Forget:

"A Night To Forget" is taken from Stevie T's debut album "Album of Epicness", which was released on April 28th, 2015 via Artery Records.

Sirenia - Once My Light:

"Once My Light" is taken from Sirenia's upcoming album "The Seventh Life Path", which will be released on May 12th, 2015 via Napalm Records.

Armored Saint - Win Hands Down:

"Win Hands Down" is the self-titled track taken from Armored Saint's upcoming album "Win Hands Down", which will be released on June 2nd, 2015 via Metal Blade Records.

Favorite Weapon - Let's Shake On It:

"Let's Shake On It" is taken from Favorite Weapon's latest album "Sixty Saragossa", which was released on October 14th, 2014 via Rise Records.

Dayseeker - The Earth Will Turn:

"The Earth Will Turn" is taken from Dayseeker's latest album "Origin", which was released on April 21st, 2015 via Invogue Records.  You can stream the entire album here.

Of Mice & Men - Another You:

"Another You" is taken from OM&M's latest album "Restoring Force", which was released on January 24th, 2014 via Rise Records.

Agnostic Front - A Wise Man (featuring Matt Henderson):

"A Wise Man" is taken from Agnostic Front's latest album "The American Dream Died", which was released on April 4th, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Veil of Maya - Teleute:

"Teleute" is taken from Veil of Maya's upcoming album "Matriarch", which will be released on May 12th, 2015 via Sumerian Records.

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators - Bent To Fly (Live):

"Bent To Fly" is taken from Slash's (featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators) latest solo album titled "World On Fire", which was released on September 16th, 2014 via Dik Hayd International.

Periphery - The Bad Thing (Live):

"The Bad Thing" is taken from Periphery's latest album "Juggernaut: Omega", which was released on January 27th, 2015 via Sumerian Records.

The Gentle Storm - The Storm (Live):

"The Storm" is taken from the debut album of The Gentle Storm titled "The Diary", which was released on March 24th, 2015 via InsideOut Music.

Eden's Curse - Unbreakable (Live):

"Unbreakable" is taken from Eden's Curse and their latest album "Symphony of Sin", which was released on October 22nd, 2013 via AFM Records.

Tony MacAlpine - Square Circles (Playthrough):

Tony MacAlpine performs "Square Circles" from his album "Concrete Gardens," featuring EMG artist Jeff Loomis as a guest soloist.

August Burns Red - The Wake (Lyric Video):

'The Wake" is the debut single from August Burns Red and their upcoming album "Found In Far Away Places", which will be released on June 30th, 2015 via Fearless Records.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Music Releases For April 21st, 2015

OK, must get one track with these releases!  I have so much music to go through that I am continuing my recent lagging behind and hoping to play catch up this week.  Last week's releases had all kinds of goodies for you to indulge in.  Apocalyptica, 10 Years, Tony MacAlpine, Alabama Shakes, and many other great artists are going to rock your socks off (if they havent done so already).

Needless to say there should be one or two albums here that you could purchase at your local record store, online retailer, or trusted digital source.  Cheers and have a great week discovering music!

(Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color)

Brittany Howard’s soulful, bluesy voice sounds like a dispatch straight out of 1970s Muscle Shoals, or maybe a ‘60s jazz club or a Thriller-era Michael Jackson record… Suffice it to say that Howard’s voice, like the band’s entire sound, is nearly impossible to categorize, demanding genre-limning hyphen after hyphen until a music critic might as well throw them all away and try to say something original. If the Shakes’ debut Boys and Girls proved difficult to categorize, then Sound and Color ups that ante even higher, adding doses of psychedelia, punk, and lengthy jamscapes to the band’s already heady musical cocktail. While the chart-topping tracks mentioned above give off a gaudy sheen in their calculated ideation and production styles, each passage on Sound and Color feels organic, like it pushed its way out of southern soil or floated into someone’s mind on a back porch breeze. -Pop Matters

(Ryan Adams - Live At Carnegie Hall)

Instead of the temperamental egomaniacal “talent” that every article seemed to paint him as, from my headphones and speakers poured forth the warmth of a shy man almost embarrassed by the songs he’s written and the affection people have for them. Indeed, for every powerful song that seems to bridge the gap between himself and the audience, there is always a self-effacing joke that immediately follows to break away any illusions that he considers himself worth being up there on such a historic stage. -Blog Critics

(They Might Be Giants - Glean)

Glean is another enjoyable entry in the They Might Be Giants canon. Like its predecessors Join Us and Nanobots, Glean is a rambunctious, surprisingly emotional effort. While their songs have always been laced with sadness, Linnell and Flansburgh have let more and more darkness creep into their childlike world in recent years: The often biting Join Us featured the lyrics “All of the dicks in this dick town / Can’t keep Johnny down” and a hilariously direct song called “When Will You Die.” Despite some typically cheery arrangements, Glean follows suit. Aging, disappointment, a song with the refrain “Where did the end of the rope go?”—they’re all here. -AV Club

(Apocalyptica - Shadowmaker)

AFGM: Apocalyptica - Shadowmaker

The great thing about this release is that almost all tracks have grown on me after four or five spins. At first contact, I wasn’t all that impressed and missed Apocalyptica’s old classical and emotional style. This album is still not as consistent and profound as “Cult” or “Apocalyptica” but the record has convinced me with a balanced mixture of Apocalyptica’s old classical style and more recent commercial efforts, a fusion of a clear guiding line in form of a mostly melancholic and mysterious atmosphere and an elevated number of short experiments, a potpourri of extended instrumental parts and solid vocal performances by the same versatile singer. My first advice to fully enjoy this effort is to buy the limited edition of this release and to always listen to the record as a whole. My second advice is to give the album time to grow on you. Don’t give up after one or even two tries. Let the album work on you in different situations. I’m sure you will get rewarded for your patience at a certain point. It’s great to see that Apocalyptica has shifted away from more accessible music and delivered it most profound studio record in ten years. This album can be seen as a new beginning for the band and I’m curious to see where the band goes from here. -Metal Archives

(10 Years - From Birth To Burial)

While From Birth to Burial generally continues from where Minus the Machine left off sound-wise, the album also attempts to combine the different styles from their previous albums. Songs like the title track and ‘Triggers and Tripwires’ make do with the nu-metal ideas in Feeding the Wolves while others like ‘Vertigo’ and ‘Ashes’ deliver the atmospheric qualities seen in The Autumn Effect. It’s not a bad idea; at best it works beautifully. ‘Survivors?’ manages to capture the beautiful essence of The Autumn Effect incredibly well, making it the best song off the record, while ‘The River’ delivers the best instrumental work as well as quality lyrics. At worst however, it feels generic and uninspired. The execution on the guitar work, drumming, and even the vocal performance lacks on songs like ‘Selling Skeletons’ and ‘Luna’. It’s not so much that they’re bad songs; it’s that they blend within the rest of the album and end up being rather forgettable. -Sputnik

(Tony MacAlpine - Concrete Gardens)

Admittedly there’s no shortage of shredding on Concrete Gardens, but thankfully it’s all for the greater good, and not to show Mom how fast Tony can play. Unfortunately, album closer “Maiden’s Wish” is an old-fashioned, piano-only affair that would be right at home accompanying the silent black & white films of the early 1900s; but has no business being on this electrified album of modern guitar genius. With 11 out of 12 songs pretty much hitting the bull’s-eye, MacAlpine is forgiven for a single misstep. Of note to collectors, a special limited edition version of Concrete Gardens, containing a bonus DVD featuring the album performed live by Tony and his band at EMGtv is available, in addition to the stand-alone CD or digital format. -Bravewords

(Alesana - Confessions)

Like most post-hardcore bands from that era, they realised that their fanbase would be growing up with them and they perhaps needed to mature their sound in accordance to how their fans matured. Gone are the caterwauling screeches, and the ferocious shock and awe tactics that characterised On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax and Where Myth Fades to Legend. These aspects have been replaced by melodic clean vocals punctuated by harsh growls and rapid-fire screamed vocals. Their musical technicality has also improved from a blatant rip-off of the deathcore formula, with post-hardcore influences thrown in for good measure, to a sound that is rooted in melodic metalcore, with dashes of angst-driven post-hardcore and electronic sound effects thrown in just to give it a bit of variety. -Mind Equals Blown

(Deez Nuts - Word Is Bond)

Some get all experimental and take shit to extremes, but don’t worry about anything like that happening with  Deez Nuts.  These guys have found their niche and have laid out a serious slab of hip-hop laced hardcore, New York style.  Their songwriting has seriously improved, and they’ve taken a more serious tone on Word is Bond.  I can hear everything from Terror to Biohazard and Hatebreed. Vocalist JJ Peters is on the very top of his game, and his sharp, razor-laced lyrics and his performance are a highlight of the album. -Skulls N Bones

(Gift Giver - Shitlife)

Shitlife has an unnerving aura similar to that of the first few Korn albums and, with that brutal, punishing deathcore element added in to it, you're left wondering how close Gift Giver, more specifically vocalist Johnson, are to the brink of really losing their shit.

Gift Giver sit somewhere between the fun, partycore of Attila and deathcore scene favourites Emmure and, if Shitlife is anything to go by, just imagine them sitting there running a blade up and down their wrists. Speaking of Emmure, Frankie Palmeri puts in an appearance on "Loose Cannon" but, for the most part, this album is an exploration of whatever negative, unhealthy rage is going in Justin Johnson's mind and, on the evidence of Shitlife, it's not a nice place to be. -Pure Grain Audio

(Yelawolf - Love Story)

This doesn’t mean Yelawolf has abandoned his commercial ambitions completely. He croons his way through the Kid Rock-esque “American You” and keeps things surprisingly soft on the Eminem-featuring “Best Friends.” Luckily, most of these more radio-friendly moments still retain a solid feeling of authenticity. “American You” might be a pop record, but unlike the ones from Radioactive, it feels like the kind of pop record Yelawolf wanted, rather than was forced, to make. Eminem, the album’s only feature, is also as dynamic as usual on “Best Friends,” infusing the track with a needed sense of angry energy. Not all of these attempts work (see the messy, uneven single “Whiskey in a Bottle” for example), but even those missteps are not glaringly obvious in the broader context of the album. -Complex

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Teenage Time Killers

This is probably going to hit every music station, website, and magazine in North America so might as well jump on the info train!  There has been workings of a super group fronted by some notable names such as Randy Blythe (Lamb of God), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Pat Smear (also Foo Fighters), Jello Biafra, and many more!

Well, the group finally did the public unveiling, and we can now welcome Teenage Time Killers!  This is a huge collaboration from many different sub genres of rock and metal.  I am not really sure what to expect or what to think about the collaborations, so I think it's best I just sit back and enjoy the ride as it comes.

Here is some of the info given to us all from the official press release.

The long-gestating brainchild of Corrosion Of Conformity founder/drummer/vocalist Reed Mullin, guitarist Mick Murphy (My Ruin, The Birds of Satan, Neanderthal) and producer John “Lou” Lousteau, Teenage Time Killers’ Greatest Hits Vol. 1 is 20 concise seismic shocks created by an all-star line up of punk and metal legends spanning decades. Joining Reed on drums and Mick on guitar on the album’s 20 mostly original tracks and few covers of underground classics (including the Rudimentary Peni deep cut that inspired the project’s title) includes: Jello Biafra, Randy Blythe of Lamb of God, Dave Grohl and Pat Smear of Foo Fighters, Nick Oliveri, Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio, Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour, Tommy Victor of Prong and Danzig, Lee Ving of Fear, Mike “IX” Williams of Eyehategod, Mullin’s Corrosion of Conformity band mates Mike Dean and Woody Weatherman, Karl Agell and many, many more. -TTK (Official Press Release)

Doesn't sound too bad if I do say so myself.  I think the only thing we are missing now is a single or some form of teaser to give fans an expectation...even though there shouldn't really be one.  I think what I gathered from all of this was the fun that members had while doing this.  It's not a tribute album, a reunion, or anything like that.  It was a simple concept to make some great music, and other musicians thought likewise.

(Photo courtesy of Teenage Time Killers)

So how's about a sample of the music?  I'm sure that could get your attention and see what kind of music they will be pumping out come July 31st, 2015.  And a side note, I am happy to see that Rise Records nabbed this release up and signed the band.  With some of the names in this lineup, it would be a BIG win for any label to capitalize on.  Check out Randy Blythe in "Hung Out To Dry", streaming below.

So what about any touring for this album?  Is this just a one off project made for the studio or will we see the guys take it on the road?

"Touring, I don't know. Dave Grohl's folks — his management and marketing people — are going to help us do all that with the thing. We recorded about 98 percent of it at his studio. They were talking about — since there's so many people from so many different bands — maybe do something like '[Jimmy] Kimmel [Live!]' and have three or four different singers come out at one time, like Jello and Lee Ving, maybe Randy from LAMB OF GOD, something like that. All the songs are real short, so we could do, easily, four songs and not go over. But you know, we'd have Brian Baker come out and play guitar, Pat Smear play bass or guitar or whatever. It's pretty star-studded." -Mullin

At least for now, we get a chance to check out the album artwork, and the track listing for the album.  Check out the details below and be sure to check back with anymore update on their progress.  There is a lot more to go between now and July 31st!

(Album artwork courtesy of Teenage Time Killers, and Rise Records)

1. Exploder
Vocals: Reed Mullin
Featuring Pat Hoed (Bass), London May (Drums)

2. Crowned By The Light Of The Sun
Vocals: Neil Fallon
Featuring Jim Rota (Guitar), Dave Grohl (Bass)

3. Hung Out to Dry
Vocals: Randy Blythe
Featuring Mike Schaefer (Guitar), Dave Grohl (Bass)

4. Power Outage
Vocals: Clifford Dinsmore
Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)

5. Ode to Hannity
Vocals: Jello Biafra
Featuring Mike Dean (Bass)

6. Barrio
Vocals: Matt Skiba
Featuring Brian Baker (Guitar)

7. The Dead Hand
Vocals: Reed Mullin
Featuring Woody Weatherman (Guitar), Dave Grohl (Bass)

8. Egobomb
Vocals: Corey Taylor
Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)

9. Plank Walk
Vocals: Pete Stahl
Featuring Greg Anderson (Guitar), Dave Grohl (Bass)

10. Time To Die
Vocals: Mike IX Williams
Featuring Greg Anderson (Guitar)

11. Days Of Degradation
Vocals: Tommy Victor
Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)

12. Clawhoof
Vocals: Tairrie B. Murphy
Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)

13. Big Money
Vocals: Lee Ving
Featuring Pat Smear (Guitar & Bass), London May (Drums)

14. Devil In This House
Vocals: Karl Agell
Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)

15. Say Goodnight To The Acolyte
Vocals: Phil Rind
Featuring Jason Browning (Guitar), Dave Grohl (Bass)

16. Ignorant People
Vocals: Tony Foresta
Featuring Greg Anderson (Guitar), Nick Oliveri (Bass)

17. Son Of An Immigrant
Vocals: Johnny Weber
Featuring Brian Baker (Guitar)

18. Your Empty Soul
Vocals: Aaron Beam

19. Bleeding To Death
Vocals: Vic Bondi
Featuring Dave Grohl (Bass)

20. Teenage Time Killer
Vocals: Trenton Rogers
Featuring Greg Anderson (Guitar), Pat Hoed (Bass)

The Nostalgia Machine

Welcome to The Nostalgia Machine.  A place where you can relive your youth if there was a peak year you discovered music, or if you want to hear what everyone else was cranking the year you were born?  Whatever your reasoning is for older tracks, this is the place to check it out.

It's pretty simplistic in operation as well.  The site asks for one question, "Pick A Year", and run with it!  Let's see what my birth year brought to the world?  Some Lionel Richie, a little Survivor, and even a dash of Whitney Houston.  All of the original music video that are probably streaming in the same format as 1986 (240p/360p maybe). haha

Now I am not sure if most of those would make my list in this day and age, but it was a good #ThrowbackThursday moment to remember.  For those who have a different birth year, what did you get?!