We're in a weird predicament in that I've finished singing and mixing an album that was made by a band that no longer exists. I'm not sure it happens that often. This band is trying to make an album with this lineup, and it's an album that I'm tempted to make, that's really different to anything else we've done. So trying to be convinced that I should release the second half of what is an effectively an album that came out in 2008, it's a bit of a sore point, really, to be honest, amongst this current lineup.
The whole process of getting Transgender Dysphoria Blues out was so long and drawn out and we have a lot of ideas backed up behind it. We are flushing those out now a little, playing around at sound check and whenever we have the time and we are in the right vibe space to just sit around and jam together. The next record will be out a lot sooner in relative terms from White Crosses to this one.
On May 13, Epic Records, in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will release XSCAPE, an album of new music by the internationally beloved music icon and King of Pop, Michael Jackson. The project features eight new tracks, which the world will be hearing for the very first time on the new album. For the ultimate fan experience, XSCAPE will also be available in a Deluxe Edition, which includes all of the sourced Michael Jackson recordings in their original form. The XSCAPE standard and Deluxe Editions are available for pre-order beginning April 1 on iTunes.com/MichaelJackson and elsewhere, and available at all...
We've teamed up with The Color Morale vocalist Garret Rapp to give away a vocal lesson via Skype. To enter, simply drop a comment in the replies explaining what The Color Morale means to you, and why you should receive a vocal lesson from Garret. This thread will lock after 24 hours and then a winner will be chosen. The band will be heading out on this summer's Vans Warped Tour, you can find all dates here.
Check out a new song titled "Through The Fire" from Michigan alt-rock band Signals. It's a stripped down re-imagining of the track, which initially appeared on the band's self-titled EP earlier this year. If you dig the sounds of Mae or Copeland, then give this a listen in the replies.
This is just kind of bizarre - Bayside never trademarked its bird logo and some Mexico-based company took advantage of that and trademarked it for their company. So the band cannot use that logo anymore and have been developing a new logo in the meantime. You can hear front man Anthony Raneri explain the situation in the replies.
The Dangerous Summer frontman AJ Perdomo has left the band. He still wishes to make music. He will hold a Q&A tomorrow at 6pm PST on Twitter to answer questions.
As far as the band goes, I originally wanted to do another album in time, and do some shows in the future. I wanted to carry on the name, and let the band just be stagnant while I spend time at home. It has come to the point where I can’t do that anymore. I’ve had a hard time sticking with Cody through this for a very long time, and there’s now a complete disconnect. I don’t have control over what the band does, says, or sells anymore; I don’t know what the future will be for them either. It has just become something that I need...
I was going through it. It was sad, like the passing of a family member. But over time I got great joy and pleasure from reflecting. I was able to truly put on some songs and be like, ‘Wow, we really did something. We cracked the heavens.’ With MCR we were so busy. I was never able to stop and smell the roses, or evaluate myself completely. That’s what the past year was all about. I was able to dig deep inside myself and become the man I always wanted to be.
Hot Topic will be pressing some soundtracks from Disney movies to vinyl picture discs. The first two are The Lion King and The Little Mermaid (!!!!), and they are expected to be in stores on April 29 and online on May 6 (and will cost $26.50). More may be coming in the future. Check out pictures of the, uh, picture discs in the replies.
Slaves (fronted Jonny Craig), have announced their first tour as a band. They're going to be direct support for Hands Like Houses in May. Their debut album was produced by Kris Crummett (Dance Gavin Dance, Issues), and will be out later this year. Tour dates can be found here.
There’s a delicious middle finger extended here, beyond the fact that the four-chord loop never alters: Pharrell’s vocal performances, and Nile’s guitar parts, are photocopied. The pre-choruses, the choruses, they are exactly identical, copy-pasted in GarageBand. It’s not even evident that Daft Punk asked its guests to do complete takes. This isn’t innovative, but it is egregious, a punkish move, sending a clear message: “This Is Pop, Where Repetition Is King, And Our Time Is More Valuable Than Yours.”