A video interview with Tom DeLonge of Angels and Airwaves has been posted over at TheAVAMovement message board. You have to register to see the full thing (I was told this was by request of the band), but I included the first part below for you to decide if it's worth it or not.
We recently talked about Cartel's upcoming Chroma10 year tour and vinyl release on our podcast and how influential that album was in shaping tastes and the whole "pop-punk sound" for a few years. Ten years ago we were the website that first streamed the album for everyone to hear -- so it's with a lot of pride (and an impending sense of my own age) that we present a special acoustic version of "If I Fail" with you today. The band recorded these sessions with Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount (the team behind Chroma), and we have a whole bunch of these to release over the next few weeks. Hit the replies for the song all the information about the band's upcoming tour.
Our insurance should cover a good amount, but simply being in an ICU room for almost a week is going to be a hefty charge, let alone the surgery, care and having to be flown on a fixed wing plane etc. For those that were asking how to help in that dept, we're looking into creative ways to help financially. (Raffling off something cool or something like that.)
Trapt took to Facebook after Paramore won a Grammy last night. Gotta say, posting a rant on Facebook sure does seem "anti-establishment" to me.
The fact that Paramore won an award for Best Rock Song and Beck won for Best Rock Album shows you that there's gotta be a conspiracy going around to destroy the essence of what rock music is all about. The establishment doesn't want anything too threatening or in your face to rile you up, they just want you to nod to adult pop punk;) or indie folk electronica and think it's "rock."
It is with regret that Bullet For My Valentine has to announce that Jay James is no longer a member of the band. Jay has been a part of this band for well over 12 years and part of our lives forever, and we’re gonna miss him as much as we know you guys are too. We wanna wish him all the best and success with whatever he chooses to do next and will always be grateful for his contribution and sacrifices he made for this band.
We’ll announce a r…eplacement for Jay when we feel the time is right, but until then we’re gonna be busy and focused recording our next record and making sure its the best album we’ve ever made.
I recently caught up with Justice Tripp of Angel Du$t, in which I learned that the band will be hopping in the studio with producer Will Yip in July. Oh yeah, did I mention that Trapped Under Ice will be making their return this year? They'll be recording as well. Get excited. You can read the interview here.
We'll be bringing you exclusive videos from Hit the Lights leading up to the March 24th release of their new album, Summer Bones. Dubbed "Skeleton Series," the documentary-style series was created by Kyle Thrash. Chapter 1 can be viewed in the replies. It gives an honest look at the inner workings of the band - including the rarely-publicized negative aspects. Check back next Monday for more, and pre-order Summer Bones from Pure Noise Records.
The Grammys air tonight on CBS at 8/7 CT and this thread will be open during the duration of the show to talk about/make sarcastic comments about the awards show. The entire thing is also streaming online. And, if the Grammys aren't for you, I recommend at least reading throughBob Dylan's speech.
These songs didn't come out of thin air. I didn't just make them up out of whole cloth. Contrary to what Lou Levy said, there was a precedent. It all came out of traditional music: traditional folk music, traditional rock 'n' roll and traditional big-band swing orchestra music. I learned lyrics and how to write them from listening to folk songs. And I played them, and I met other people that...
Relevant staff member Jesse Carey will be listening to Nickelback on loop for a week straight (Feb 16-22) in hopes of raising $5000 for a well for those in need. So far, $450 has been raised, and has 51 days to go. For more information, head here. If he wanted a real challenge, I'd suggest listening to Attila for a week straight.
Tegan and Sara and The Lonely Island will perform the Oscar-nominated song "Everything Is Awesome" at the 87th Oscars. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.
Mike Masnick, writing for TechDirt, on where most of the money from streaming services is going:
And, it appears, there's a decent reason why those labels haven't been eager to be transparent: because they're keeping most of the money. The Music Business Worldwide site has the details on a new report put together by Ernst & Young with the French record label trade group SNEP, concerning where the money from streaming services Deezer and Spotify ends up. Spoiler alert: it's not with the artists.
I was like, "What the fuck are you talking about? You can't revive something tha's never been dead." I've been working real hard for a long time; I haven't stopped. Yeah, so all of that is to say, I don't really have much of an opinion about it. I mean if people are listening to our music because of it I guess that's cool. Whatever it's going to take for people to give us a chance, I don't give a shit.
Pierce The Veil recently talked with Yahoo about their upcoming album - tentatively out in summer - and touring. The band played 280 shows last year.
We’ve always admired bands that have progressed naturally from one album to the next. So we aim to do that ourselves. We try to become better in every aspect — songwriting, playing, lyrics without changing too much — so this record is going to have all the elements we like in our music. There’ll the fast stuff, the punk stuff, the heavy stuff, the midtempo songs. Hopefully it will come out this year and we’ll hit the ground running.
Two years ago, Time Will Tell recorded Moving On with Rob Freeman. It will be their final album as a band and was just released. You can download it on Bandcamp - it'll be up on iTunes and other digital outlets this next week.