Just a quick little tidbit. For all you Facebook fans, Nine Inch Nails have their own Facebook page now and that can be reached here.
Norma Jean are writing their new album, "The Anti Mother" and are getting some help from Helmet's Page Hamilton, and of course Mr. Chino Moreno of Deftones/Team Sleep fame. The two will be assisting the Jean with co-writing some songs that will be featured on this new album that's supposed to come out later in the year. It should be pretty ill.
They have a bunch of videos up on YouTube "documenting" their recording sessions. Scope the tour of Ross Robinson's house (where they're recording) right here:
Stabbing Westward performing "What Do I Have to Do?" on MTV's now defunct show, 120 Minutes.
This past Tuesday marked the release for Filter's latest album, Anthems for the Damned. It's a much different type of album compared to the previous efforts. It's more Title of Record than The Amalgamut. It's not even close to anything that you'd find on Short Bus. I'd never even think this band was capable of having an industrial sound after hearing this album, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I suppose one can categorize it as a band that has matured and progressed into this sort of sound. It's overall just rock, I guess. I dislike placing genres on music since everything can be interpreted in several ways.
Do I like it? Yes, I do, but I'm biased due to the fact that I love Filter.
Will you like it? Perhaps. If you're an old-school Filter fan and are expecting some industrial/rock music, you won't find it here. If you're not a Filter fan, nor have any expectations for this really, you may enjoy it. The songs are well put together and Richard Patrick's voice is always strong and I want to say... "just right."
Check out the video for the first single, "Soldiers of Misfortune"
Enough talking about other people's music, go make your own.
Because you can go right here, right now, and do just that. The people at Hobnox have given you a free, Flash-based program which emulates drum machines, effects pedals and the like for your electronic beat-producing pleasure. And these are actual devices musicians use, like the Roland TR-808 drum machine, possibly one of the most commonly used of it's kind.
The interface is fairly user-friendly, given the nature of unfamiliar, professional level electronics. Touches like clicking and dragging input/output wires (a feature seen in the hopefully-eventually-releasing Nintendo DS synthesizer game mentioned here previously) see to that. As of now there's no way to save what you create, but the developers have promised to give exactly that feature in the next update. In the meantime, get to thumping. I suggest you go to their tutorial link before anything to see what it's like and learn what's what.
a new misery signals track, parallels, is up on their myspace.
oh, and i know a lot of rumors have been going back and forth about fatalities being in the DC vs MK game, but it was confirmed today that there will be fatalities, just 'altered' ones. the main problem with keeping them in line with the traditional blood and gore parties is the fact that the game is locked in at a T rating. so, there's your clarity. now i'm going back to my ridiculous GTA obsession.
This is a quick one. I apologize if I'm a little late to the game on this one, or if it's been posted here before, or any of that. I just didn't want that to be the reason I didn't share something. I figure if I missed it, someone else did, too.
I've heard the name Mark Ronson thrown around before (Coachella, other various festivals) but I never really cared much about looking into it. That is, until I heard his cover of Britney Spears' "Toxic" that's just way, way better than it deserves to be, really. It has catchy vocals, a bit of a dark sound, and even features the lost legend Ol' Dirty Bastard. I couldn't find a very good link to the song except for this, a fan-made compilation of footage from videogame "The Darkness". Believe me, I know. It was either that or Betty Boop. If you're interested in hearing the song, just minimize the video and listen.
Mark is a UK-born musician who migrated to the U.S. He doesn't sing himself, but teams up with a long list of artists from Jay-Z to Lily Allen. His 2007 album "Version" is a collection of cover songs, which includes the previously mentioned "Toxic".
So over in the forum Danny Rocco of Show Me Action fame dropped some news. He has signed to Lobster/Oort Records! His solo album will be recorded by Anthony Natoli of End The Stars. You should be able to find the album in stores regionally this fall. Hit the myspace to check out some older demos.
He also let us know the Show Me Action will be demoing some tracks with Jesse Korman. You may know him better as one of the signers from The Number 12 Looks Like You.
And just because Danny and the rest of the guys like to keep so buys, expect to see Show Me Action hit the road for about a month with Destiny Or Design on a bunch of those dates. You can head over to their myspace to see their upcoming shows, and the tour dates should be up soon as well.
So, you know those two free Nine Inch Nails tracks that were released recently?
New album. It's called The Slip. It's a 100% free download. Every format. With art.
Physical CD and vinyl to release in July.