Andrew Jackson Jihad: Temple Grandin

Posted by johng on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 1:00 PM (EDT)
Andrew Jackson Jihad Andrew Jackson Jihad have premiered "Temple Grandin," the next video from their upcoming album "Christmas Island."

You can watch it after the jump.

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Harley Flanagan (Cro-Mags) announces new album, releases new song

Contributed by alex101. Posted by johng on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 12:00 PM (EDT)
Image Harley Flanagan, formerly of the Cro-Mags, is currently recording a new album which will be released on Southern Lord records. There is no release date yet.

Flanagan stated:
"I think that this is some of the hardest stuff I have written in a long time. God knows there has been a lot of inspiration over the last few years."
You can hear a demo version of "Trust No One," which is expected to be on the album, by clicking read more.

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Slayer form new label, release demo

Contributed by alex101. Posted by johng on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 11:00 AM (EDT)
Slayer Slayer have formed a new label. Although the label does not yet have a name, it will be an imprint under Nuclear Blast records. The band is working on a new album, tentatively slated for release in 2015. The album will be produced by Terry Date and Greg Fidelman. Additionally, the band released a demo of a new track called "Implode," which you can find on their website.

This will be the band's first album without Rick Rubin in nearly three decades. In a release, frontman Tom Araya stated:
Rick has played a huge role in our career [and] we've made some great albums with him. But today is a new day, record companies don't play the kind of role they once did, and we really like the idea of going out on our own, connecting directly with our fans, and Nuclear Blast is fired up about taking on that challenge with us."

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Night Birds detail 'Monster Surf' EP

Posted by johng on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM (EDT)
Night Birds Night Birds have released further details for their upcoming EP. The EP is titled Monster Surf and will contain four tracks. Three of those tracks will be surf-rock influenced instrumentals, and the fourth will be a Mel Brooks cover. The EP will be released May 13 via Wallride Records.

Meanwhile, the band is currently working on material for their next LP and will play dates across the USA and Europe this summer. You can click read more for the Monster Surf cover art and upcoming tour dates.

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Interviews: James Williamson (The Stooges)

Posted by johng on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 8:00 PM (EDT)
Image Get this. James Williamson of the Stooges is a nerd. Like, he's a huge, colossal, gigantic nerd. The man who resurrected the Stooges, the man who wrote the nasty, nasty licks for Raw Power, the man who ran with the wildest, most drugged-out band ever, the man who plays riffs that can cut a car in half, is a Pointdexter.

Do you know why Williamson's music record is blank from about 1980 through 2009? It's because after the colossal drug trips and catastrophes that were Raw Power and Kill City, Williamson did a little production work for Iggy and then moved to California, went to college, and got a job right away at a computer company in the Silicon Valley.

And then, do you know what he did after that? He was so good at computers that he worked his way up to being Vice President of Technical Standards for Sony. That's right, the man who stood next to Iggy as he got his ass kicked by rednecks on Metallic K.O. eventually became one of the most important guys in the tech field, meaning that not only is he perhaps rock's most important guitarist, but he's also one of the computer industry's most important computer guys. Because Williamson mastered both the rock and computers field, making us all look like lazy slackers, features editor John Gentile called up Williamson for the story on how he transitioned from the stage to the computer age.

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New Review Update: April 23, 2014

Posted by johng on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 5:00 PM (EDT)
Image This is John G and today we've got a "counter-point" review. Man, I love debate. Judging by your comments, it seems that a lot of you enjoy debate as well. In fact, I've heard some of you are master-debaters...

Today's reviews are:
Looking for another (or any) review? Head here. Want to submit your own review? Do that here.

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Media: Portugal. The Man: “Endangered Song”

Contributed by alex101. Posted by kira on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 4:00 PM (EDT)
Portugal. The Man To celebrate Earth Day yesterday, Portugal. The Man partnered with Smithsonian's National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute for a project called "Endangered Song" to help spread awareness of the endangered Sumatran Tiger. The project is explained as:

We've asked 400 influences to raise awareness and inspire change by digitizing the previously unreleased song and sharing it online using #EndangeredSong. The 400 late-cut poly carbonate records are the only copies in existence and will actually degrade over time as the record is played. The song will go extinct unless it's digitally reproduced. The Sumatran tiger will go extinct unless we take action. This is the Endangered Song Project.

You can learn more about the project here. And you can click Read More for the song by Portugal. The Man.

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Media: Freeman: “(For A While) I Couldn't Play My Guitar Like A Man” (ex-Ween)

Contributed by alex101. Posted by kira on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM (EDT)
ImageAaron Freeman, who was formerly known as Gene Ween of Ween, has formed a new band simply called Freeman. They've posted the first single called "(For A While) I Couldn't Play My Guitar Like A Man" that will release their self-titled debut on July 22, 2014 via Partisan Records.

The single follows Aaron Freeman's last official release as "Gene Ween" which was called Gener's Gone: The Final Demo Recordings of Gene Ween (2009-2011) which was quietly posted online late last year.

You can click Read More for the stream of the new single, the track listing, as well as a stream of Gener's Gone.

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Media: Strong City: “12x9” and “Stay Awhile”

Contributed by an Anonymous Source. Posted by kira on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 2:30 PM (EDT)
ImageStrong City has posted two new tracks from their forthcoming album (untitled as of yet). The songs are titled "12x9" and "Stay Awhile." You can click Read More for the streams.

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Media: The Jazz June: Over Underground

Posted by johng on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 2:00 PM (EDT)
Image Emo-champions The Jazz June (or "indie rockers" if you want to be diplomatic) have released their first song in twelve years. The track is called "Over Underground" and is off a split with Dikembe. You can check out the jacked-up, rampaging track over at NPR.

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Videos: Young Ladies: “Head Back Home”

Posted by kira on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 1:00 PM (EDT)
Image Young Ladies, who actually don't feature any young ladies, but rather gentlemen from Latterman, Monikers, Bridge and Tunnel, Discount and Daytrader, have posted a video for their song "Head Back Home." You can click Read More for the video.

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