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.
Bobby Meader Music's new EP, Breakfast After Noon, will release on March 3rd via Antique Records. The 7" pressing will be limited to 300 copies, which will be split between two variants (150 black/150 red). You can now pre-order it. The new video for "Patti Mayonnaise" is in the replies.
If you drag and drop an MP3 onto this website, it'll play while you fly over a 3D rendered landscape that moves in time with the music. Not a bad way to pass the time on Friday. Hope everyone has a great weekend.
Hot Chip have set up a cryptic, strange, robotic-voice filled website featuring the line, "Why Make Sense?". This is probably the beginning of an album announcement. Head to the replies to see a few festival dates the band has lined up.
I also wanted to say, as far as Saosin goes, nothing’s changing. We will still be writing new music and working towards a great future. Saosin is a group of brothers that all have different things, projects and schedules going on. This will just be one more schedule to work around. Luckily, quite a bit of The Used schedule is parallel with Circa Survive. So possibly, you can see Anthony play with Circa Survive and me with The Used in the same month. I hope to see a lot of you!
And based on the new songs he played for Rolling Stone, he's realized that ambition isn't a bad thing. His still-untitled solo album (tentatively due out this summer) is brimming both with stadium-sized anthems – "Nothing Without Love," which he says will be the first single, is a worthy successor to "We Are Young's" stomp and scope, and "Great Big Storm" follows the same ELO-illuminated path as Some Nights' "Why Am I the One" – and quiet ruminations like "Take It Back," a somber ballad punctuated by a guitar solo courtesy of Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.
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Woman Driver, a short film starring Laura Marling and featuring new music from the artist won "Best In Genre", "Best Soundtrack" and "Best Actress (Laura Marling herself) at the 2013 National Film Challenge. You can now see the 7 minute film, which was directed by Chris Perkel, in the replies.
The Story So Far and The Movielife are the first two bands announced for Spring Fling 3, an annual festival that takes place in Cleveland, OH. This year it will take place on May 15 at the Agora Theatre and Ballroom, and tickets are available here.
A live video of Elder Abuse performing "Worst Case Ontario" can be seen in the replies. The band is also participating in the Brandon Polar Plunge to raise money for the Manitoba Special Olympics and is looking for donations.
TV On The Radio have had to cancel the European leg of their upcoming tour, which was set to start today in Milan, Italy. Their drummer, Jahpet Landis, has been hostpitalized. See a note from the band below. The American dates of the tour, in the replies, will not be affected.
It is with much regret that due to a health emergency, TV On The Radio have been forced to cancel their upcoming Europe/UK tour which is due to start this Friday. Drummer, Jahphet is in the hospital; he will be ok but is not able to travel at this time. TV On The Radio would like to apologize to their European & UK fans and appreciate everyone’s understanding and well wishes for Jahphet at this time.
According to the band's latest press release, Vendetta Red plan to record new music this year to release this summer.
After a premature breakup of 4 years, the band was oddly brought back to life by a cell phone prank. It seems that a collection of mystery fans set it upon themselves to book a fake gig in Seattle for the band. Some members were even living out of state at the time. After a series of confusing texts, a fury of social media interest and massive pre-sale tickets, the members eventually agreed to play. After the sold out show, there was renewed energy and an idea to record together again. The result were two earth shattering, bowel cracking concept EPs entitled "Scripture"...
Motion City Soundtrack are playing the House of Blues in Dallas this Sunday (2/8), and before the show they're doing a cool fan event at the local brewery, Deep Ellum Brewery. Matt and Jesse will be at the brewery from 1pm to 3pm and if you're 21 and over you can meet up with them and maybe have a few beers. If you live in Dallas and want to go to the show (and don't have tickets yet), I've got a pair to give away. Let me know your favorite beer and what MCS song it goes best with in the replies and I'll pick a winner.
And I know that people noticed on the last record (2012's Handwritten). I didn't notice this, but I said "radio" a ton of times in all our records, and I was like, "Whoa! And this is a true story we went onstage one night in Germany, and there were a couple of fans there that have come to a lot of shows, and they're really cool people. But they actually had number cards, and every time that I said "radio" in the set, they would hold up a number. And I think I got up to about 12, and I was like, "Oh, my God! Wow, man you need to read a book, dude! I never realized that I used words so often, you know? So now I'm reading anything...
Biggie from Good Fight Management recently appeared on the Adventures In Design podcast, in which he talked about some of the bands he helps manage, including: Every Time I Die, Terror, and The Acacia Strain. You can listen to the episode directly here.