Is There A Black Sabbath Reunion In The Works?

Speculation is mounting that this Friday Black Sabbath will announce, during a press conference, that they will be reuniting for a tour and perhaps maybe even an album with all the original members–meaning with Ozzy.

According to Herald Sun:

The conference will be held Friday local time at Los Angeles’ Whiskey a Go Go club, where the English band made its LA debut on November 11, 41 years ago. Meanwhile the group’s official website now reads “Black Sabbath 11.11.11.” Key media have been invited to the press event at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month of 2011. The four original members of the band – Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward – will be present.

If this ends up being true it’s going to be an early Christmas for metalheads. An original Sabbath reunion could either mark a noted upswing in interest for conventional hard rock or be seen as another cog in the ever-trending nostalgia kick that’s been going on with many bands as of late.

We’ll find out on 11/11/11.


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Watch Tom Waits’ New Video For “Satisfied”

It’s loud, black and white, and full of Tom Waits basically yelling and spittle-ing  towards your face with his growl. It’s also directed by Jesse Dylan (Bob Dylan’s son, for whatever that’s worth to you).

Think of it as Radiohead’s “Lotus Flower” video, but with a raving Tom Waits infiltrating your nightmares.


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BadBadNotGood Cover Rap Instrumentals With Jazzy, Live Instrumentation

BadBadNotGood are, quite frankly, a group of young white guys who perform covers of hip-hop instrumentals in the style of a hip Jazz-Fusion group. Think of it as the closest thing to if The Roots were covering your favorite instrumentals.

Their covers are decidedly smooth and perfect for warm nights and rainy afternoons where you want to relax to some “Brooklyn Zoo” but don’t care at the moment for ODB yelling at you about craziness.

It’s all very chill and all highly accessible. These guys know their stuff. From Nas and ODB to Odd Future and MF DOOM to even a suite of nerdy homages to The Legend Of Zelda, this group of instrumentalists come off as earnest as can be and the genuine article of people who are legit fans seeking to simply add their spin to the musical conversation of these tried and true tracks.

Website. Bandcamp.

Listen to their suite of MF DOOM covers below:


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Iggy Pop To Shill French Perfume

Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But Iggy Pop has always been an odd one in the musical bunch, marching to the beat of his own drum. Remember that time he did a Jazz-ish album a few years ago? Or the time he was on The Adventures Of Pete & Pete? He’s Iggy Pop and he’ll do what he got-damn pleases.

According to Spin:

Your pretty face is going to smell! Punk godfather and reformed stage diver Iggy Pop is going to donate his rubbery mug to the advertising campaign for Paco Rabanne’s new men’s and women’s fragrances, Black XS L’Excès. While the ads make somewhat more sense than, say, the time one of his songs about heroin abuse was used in a Royal Caribbean cruise advert, we still can’t help but wonder if this thing is going to reek like glass, peanut butter, or any of the other particularly non-fragrant things Iggy rubbed on himself in the ’70s.


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Watch Joseph Gordon-Levitt Cover R. Kelly’s “Ignition”

This makes about as much sense as Inception. Actually, Inception-Ignition could be an interesting cross-over.

But for now, the closest crossover between the two will have to be the kid from 3rd Rock From The Sun covering the immortal R. Kelly classic.


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Metallica Begin Work On Next Album

After releasing, just today, their collaborative album with Lou Reed, called Lulu, to cries of “Worst Album Ever,” Metallica are back in the studio apparently trying hard to make you forget about that album and make you remember that their last studio album was seen by many as a return to form.

According to Gulf News:

“We’ve been busy writing and recording,” Trujillo says. “We’ve got a couple of new songs we have been working on the past couple of weeks. The writing process for the new Metallica album has begun. We’ve been in the studio with Rick Rubin, working on a couple of things, and we’re going to be recording during the most of next year. We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us.”

Cool story, bro.

If you haven’t heard anything from Lulu, you can listen to a track below and make your own call on just how bad it is.



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Watch The Flaming Lips Pay Tribute To Steve Jobs

Last night at the MTV O Awards, The Flaming Lips paid tribute to recently deceased Apple founder Steve Jobs by doing a rendition of The Beatles’ Revolution completely on iPads.

I must say, if you’ve never seen drumming on iPads, it’s quite a sight.

You can check out the performance over at the O Awards website.

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SXSW Festival 2012 Announces Lineup

No tricks here, only treats. The SXSW Festival in Austin, TX has debuted it’s perliminary lineup for this coming year and it’s looking pretty good.

According to Brooklyn Vegan:

CMJ is less than two weeks behind us and SXSW has alrady announced the first round of artists playing the March 2012 fest in Austin. The list includes Against Me!, Grace Potter, Cloud Nothings, Com Truise, The Ettes, FEAR, The Men, Mind Spiders, Parlovr, Thee Oh Sees, We Barbarians, Young Magic, The Wedding Present, Chelsea Wolfe and many others.

The full list includes:

Akina Adderley & The Vintage Playboys (Austin TX)
Against Me! (Gainesville FL)
Agent Fresco (Reykjavík ICELAND)
Ambition (Halifax CANADA)
ANR (Miami FL)
Antoine Reverb (Guadalajara MEXICO)
Avalanche City (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Balthazar (Gent BELGIUM)
Bare Wires (Oakland NY)
BeatauCue (Caen FRANCE)
Bestial Mouths (Los Angeles CA)
Big Deal (London UK-ENGLAND)
Big Scary (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
The Black and White Years (Austin TX)
Black Books (Austin TX)
The Black Ryder (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Michael Guy Bowman (Los Angeles CA)
Cashier No.9 (Belfast UK-N. IRELAND)
Class Actress (Brooklyn NY)
Cloud Nothings (Cleveland OH)
Com Truise (Princeton NJ)
Delay Trees (Helsinki FINLAND)
Delhi 2 Dublin (Vancouver CANADA)
Marianne Dissard (Tucson AZ)
Duck Fight Goose (Shanghai CHINA)
The Ettes (Nashville TN)
Fanzine (London UK-ENGLAND)
Fat Tony (Houston TX)
FEAR (Los Angeles CA)
Free Blood (Brooklyn NY)
THE GRANNIES (San Francisco CA)
Guadalupe Plata (Andalusia-Ubeda SPAIN)
He’s My Brother She’s My Sister (Los Angeles CA)
Howler (Minneapolis MN)
Ice Choir (Brooklyn NY)
I Got You On Tape (Copenhagen DENMARK)
il abanico (Bogota COLOMBIA)
Matthew Perryman Jones (Nashville TN)
Jonquil (Oxford UK-ENGLAND)
Just A Band (Nairobi KENYA)
Marit Larsen (Oslo NORWAY)
Letting Up Despite Great Faults (Los Angeles CA)
Library Voices (Regina CANADA)
Love Inks (Austin TX)
Maxim Ludwig & The Santa Fe Seven (Silverlake CA)
Mahogany (Chicago IL)
Marmalakes (Austin TX)
The Men (New York City NY)
Mind Spiders (Forth Worth TX)
Motopony (Seattle WA)
Mujeres (Barcelona SPAIN)
Musikanto (Chicago IL)
My Education (Austin TX)
Niki & The Dove (Stockholm SWEDEN)
Not In The Face!! (Austin TX)
Of Monsters and Men (Reykjavík ICELAND)
120 Days (Oslo NORWAY)
Outfit (Liverpool UK-ENGLAND)
The Parlotones (Johannesburg SOUTH AFRICA)
Parlovr (Montreal CANADA)
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals (Waitsfield VT)
Pure Love (Brooklyn NY)
Molly Rankin (Charlottetown PE)
ROGe (Rio De Janeiro BRAZIL)
Peter Rosenberg (New York NY)
Rosie and Me (Curitiba BRAZIL)
Royal Canoe (Winnipeg CANADA)
Gabriel Santiago Quintet (Rio de Janeiro BRAZIL)
Sauti Sol (Nairobi KENYA)
Say Hi (Seattle WA)
The Scoundrels (Las Vegas NV)
Shout Out Out Out Out (Edmonton CANADA)
Skewby (Memphis TN)
Skinny Lister (London UK-ENGLAND)
Soft Metals (Los Angeles CA)
Some Community (Sao Paulo BRAZIL)
Something Fierce (Houston TX)
Sore Losers (Lancaster TX)
SPEAK (Austin TX)
Spectrals (Leeds UK-ENGLAND)
Spycatcher (London UK-ENGLAND)
Sudakaya (Quito ECUADOR)
Talking To Turtles (Leipzig GERMANY)
Team Me (Elverum NORWAY)
Telebit (Bogotá COLOMBIA)
Thee Oh Sees (San Francisco CA)
Timbuktu (Toronto ON)
Truth Universal (New Orleans LA)
Turbogeist (London UK-ENGLAND)
Uncle Bad Touch (Montreal CANADA)
Uncle Lucius (Austin TX)
Vampillia (Tenjinmachi JAPAN)
V for Volume (Bogota COLOMBIA)
VHS or Beta (Brooklyn NY)
WAX (Dunkirk MD)
We Are The Ocean (London UK-ENGLAND)
We Barbarians (Brooklyn NY)
The Wedding Present (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Chelsea Wolfe (Los Angeles CA)
Young Magic (Brooklyn NY)
Yukon Blonde (Vancouver CANADA)
Yuksek(Paris FRANCE)
The Zoltars (Austin TX)

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What The Hell Is ‘Rocket Juice And The Moon’?

Why it’s only Damon Albarn’s other, other, other side project with Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers is all.

According to Pitchfork:

Damon Albarn, Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Fela Kuti/the Good, the Bad, & the Queen drummer Tony Allen have a new group, Rocket Juice and the Moon. This weekend, the group debuted material at a series of live events in Europe called “Another Honest Jon’s Chop Up”, which is a spin-off of Albarn’s Honest Jon’s record label. Other performers at the Chop Up included Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Theo Parrish, and the Malian musician Fatoumata Diawara.

Besides having a terrible name, the band have put up a series of songs on Youtube for sampling. To be honest, they’re not as bombastic as you might have been expecting from a band with THAT name.

Sample live cut “Poison” is pretty jamming and ambient with sparse, flighty vocals and buried instrumentation. It’s decent stuff to be sure. I’m actually awaiting more cuts from this project and that’s definitely something I never thought I’d be saying about a band called Rocket Juice And The Moon.


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Download The New Virtual Boy Remix “Doom II”

Need some good background music for that Halloween party? Sick of using boring, old ambient boos and screams? Electronic duo Virtual Boy have you covered.

Their new, free remix of their track “Doom,” inspired by the classic first person shooter game, is the perfect mix of electronic beats, haunted ambiance, and unsettling noises; done-up just subtly enough that it’s fun-not-frightening.

Check out the original version of “Doom” below and download the remix over at Bandcamp.


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