Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Placebo's fan made internet treasure chest

Once in a while, you discover something so unique on the internet, you can just shout it from the rooftops. Thus being the case with the fan made Placebo double CD, Greatest Hits. In many ways, it's much better than the official Placebo Best Of CD. The fan made Greatest Hits boast a staggering 42 hits by this alt rockers, even with some tunes that's as rare as you can imagine. Yes, the old hits are there as well, but it's the inclusion of their later stuff (For What It's Worth, Meds) and their brilliant cover version of Nik Kershaw's Wouldn't It Ge Good that got me excited. If I was the brains behind this brilliant compilation, I would have add their cover of 20th Century Boy and Daddy Cool, but even without these two tracks, this CD is an absolute download must.

New Nine Inch Nails CD out later this year

Trent Reznor
Industrial rockers Nine Inch Nails have announced the release of a new album this year. Trent Reznor revealed in a statement that the band have signed to Columbia Records and their new LP is already finished. "I've been less than honest about what I've really been up to lately," Reznor explained. "For the last year, I've been secretly working non-stop with Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder on a new, full-length Nine Inch Nails record, which I am happy to say is finished and, frankly, f**king great." Nine Inch Nails have already confirmed a tour this summer, taking in a number of festivals including Reading & Leeds and Voodoo Fest. "This is the real impetus and motivation behind the decision to assemble a new band and tour again," Reznor added. "My forays into film, HTDA and other projects really stimulated me creatively and I decided to focus that energy on taking Nine Inch Nails to a new place. Here we go!" Nine Inch Nails' new lineup features Alessandro Cortini, Josh Eustis, Robin Finck and Ilan Rubin. The band's last album The Slip was released in 2008.

CD REVIEW! Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

Don't believe the hype. Its success had little to do with the marketing campaign. Other than it motivated core fans! That's the story here. Kind of like when Apple introduces a new product. Daft Punk fans, earned over two decades, track the band incessantly, and when they heard a new record was imminent, they couldn't stop talking about it. They're the ones who made the SNL ad and the Coachella video go viral. Otherwise, the ads were dead in the water. I.e. nobody who didn't care before cared now, the ads didn't wake up the masses, the fans did! Not that every fan is happy with "Random Access Memories." Many are angry that it's a return to the seventies as opposed to a step forward into the electronic stratosphere. But one thing "Random Access Memories" has that most albums do not is a hit single. And a hit is not something that can be quantified, rather it's something you HEAR, that makes you feel warm and excited and energized and desirous of nothing so much as playing it again. The launch pad was primed, but it was "Get Lucky" that ensured blast-off. And now with streaming media, we live in a totally different era. The listening threshold is tiny. Used to be you had to wait to hear multiple tracks on the radio, distill public opinion, only fans bought without hearing first. But the buzz has caused immense streaming on Spotify. 

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Kings of Leon talk "musically complicated" new album

Rockers Kings of Leon have revealed that their new album is "musically complicated", reports Digital Spy. The band have been working on their sixth studio album over the past year and have teased that it will include "elements" of their earlier work. "There are definitely elements of it," Jared Followill told fans on Twitter when asked if the new music will sound like their earlier work. "Songs. Not as a whole though. It's a culmination of all of them." He later added: "Vibe/feeling could be compared to the first couple. It's much more musically complicated though, so I'd have to say the last 2." Kings of Leon recently confirmed that their new album will be released in September.

Monday, 27 May 2013

CD REVIEW! Various - The Only Classic Rock Album You’ll Ever Need

The Only Classic Rock Album You’ll Ever Need with 51 classic tracks (ROCKING!!!) continues in the same vain as the other titles in this outstanding range of releases, in being a specially priced 3 CD set. All the classic bands are here, Free, Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, The Who, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Thin Lizzy, Kansas, Status Quo, Nazareth, Heart and Kiss. Also included are Aerosmith, Judas Priest, Whitesnake, Dio, Rainbow and Motorhead. CD 3 travels back to the late 60’s/early 70’s and features classic tracks by the likes of Ten Years After, Mountain, Budgie, Santana, Wishbone Ash, Hawkwind and Joe Cocker.

CD REVEW! Hugh Laurie - Didn’t It Rain

After the huge success of his debut album ‘Let Them Talk’ on which he celebrated and revived classic material from the world of NOLA blues, Hugh Laurie has released his second album ‘Didn’t It Rain’. The new CD sees Hugh Laurie depart the sounds of New Orleans as he follows the trajectory of the blues upstream and into the American heartland. It includes songs dating back to early pioneers W.C. Handy (‘St Louis. Blues’) and Jelly Roll Morton (‘I Hate A Man Like You’) to more recent artists such as Dr. John (‘Wild Honey’) and Alan Price of The Animals (‘Changes’). “I have resolved to forge on, deeper into the forest of American music that has enchanted me since I was a small boy,” explains Laurie. “And the further I go, the more bewitched I become – both by the songs and by the people I have been lucky enough to play them with.”

Friday, 24 May 2013

Jon Bon Jovi's harsh words for Justin Bieber

Jon Bon Jovi and Justin Bieber
We can't help but to feel sorry for Justin Bieber. After getting booed at the Billboard Music Awards earlier this week, Justin is again enduring some tough criticism — this time from Jon Bon Jovi. In a recent interview with the London Evening Standard, the New jersey rocker slammed Justin for starting a March concert at London's O2 Arena two hours late. "Every generation has guys that do that, none of that is new," Bon Jovi said. "They run the risk of disrespecting their audience members who have worked hard to pay for their ticket, to give you the permission to take two or three hours of their lives — or in that kid's case, 80 minutes of their lives." Justin tweeted the day after the concert that the delay was caused by "technical issues," and claimed he was only 40 minutes late. But that did not deter Bon Jovi from putting Bieber in his place. "Do it once, you can be forgiven," he said. "Do it enough times and shame on you. They won't have you back. Then it just becomes a cliché. It's really not cool — you're an a**hole. Go to f***in' work!"

Maroon 5's arty new music video for Love Somebody

Maroon 5 are onto their fourth single from 2012's "Overexposed," and now they've got an eye-popping video to go with it. In the Rich Lee-directed clip for "Love Somebody," Adam Levine and his band mates find themselves enveloped in blue-gray paint as they play their dancefloor-lite jam, which was co-written by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder. Adam finds himself shirtless as more and more of his body is revealed, and actress Gemma Palombo guests as the object of the singer's affection. Eventually she slides back into the whiteness, and he seemingly erases his true love... and himself. Watch the music video for Love Sombedody, HERE.

American Idol winner CD out in July

American Idol winner Candice Glover fans are going to get new music sooner than they hoped. Breaking with tradition, the newly-crowned American Idol winner will release her album, Music Speaks, 16 July, not later as is typical of the show’s alums. “I’ve built a fan base being on this show, and my fan base is interested in me now and they won’t see me every Wednesday and Thursday anymore to admire my singing, so I think it’s a good thing it’s coming out this summer,” the 23-year-old explained in an interview with the AP this week. American Idol aired in South Africa on M-Net (DStv channel 101).

Thursday, 23 May 2013

It's all about the music for local star, Shaun Jacobs

'Love Can' singer Shaun Jacobs opens up to The Beat about his mega tune Love Can, his dad who is a trained opera singer and his view on reality music TV shows, like The Voice.

Your song Love Can is blowing up on airwaves in South Africa. What are your thoughts on the success? Yes it's been really exciting! Radio is a very fickle thing, and when you're putting a song together in studio you really don't know how radio is going to respond to it. When I put Love Can together, I worked really hard at stretching myself to create something a bit different to anything out there, but still aiming for it to be accessible enough that it wouldn't be written off as something weird. When I first started playing the song to people I got an amazing response, and after that it was a case of holding breath to see if radio would accept it. I guess they did!

When did you record the song and what inspired you to write the song? I started recording the song in about October or November of 2012 I think, and worked for a number of weeks just on the production. I then let it lie for a bit and came back in January and finished off the mix. I always say that my music is written from love, life and faith, and the lyrics flow out of those 3 things. The verses of the songs are written from the journey my wife and I have been on with my music career, where things haven't happened quite the way we had planned, but it's just a case of taking heart, it's okay, we're not lost, we're just plotting a different course and we will get there in the end if we stay strong in our love for each other and God's love for us, because love can get through a lot.

What’s the history of Shaun Jacobs? Well I grew up in a family of 6 with a dad who is a trained opera singer, and my two brothers are very good guitarists. I started out as a drummer, and then my brothers taught me guitar and my dad gave me some singing lessons. I then started writing songs when I was 16. When I left school I started a band called Harbourlight and we played together for 5 years before Simon Painter in Los Angeles took an interest in me and encouraged me to go solo. He is working as my manager from LA and is helping me develop my career here before he brings me to the States to take a shot at it there!

What is the name of the CD which features Love Can? Ha ha, good question. I'm not sure yet! I can tell you that I have been recording a LOT of music in the studio and I am so excited about the songs for this album. Once I have narrowed the album down to the final track listing I will finalise the title....

Where did your love for music started? Probably when I was about 11 or 12 I think, I can remember connecting emotionally with certain songs, and loved singing in the shower ha ha!

How would you describe your musical style? Not really sure - think it's quite hard to describe your own style. I usually just say melodic rock, but I try and incorporate other elements as well. So I would be interested to hear how others would describe it :)

Who are your favourite musical artists? My favourite band is still Coldplay. And like most, I was also very influenced by U2. When I was younger I listened to a lot of the Cranberries.

What don't people know about you? Mmmm. I don't think I have any dark secrets or anything. I guess one thing not many know is that I had always wanted to be a professional show jumper until music took over - I used to train about 8 horses a day at one stage in high school.

What are your thoughts on musical reality TV shows like Idols, The Voice, etc? I actually think they are fantastic platforms for people to get the chance to be discovered. I love the Voice because I feel like the focus is on trying to develop artists in a helpful and positive way, without trying to find the biggest way to insult people who are putting themselves on the line.  

How and where can fans find out about your gigs? Facebook. I put everything up there - www.facebook.com/shaunjacobsmusic If you would like to book me, send a mail to info@calebrecords.com.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Daft Punk explain their helmets

French house duo Daft Punk have spoken about their decision to wear robotic helmets. The 'Get Lucky' duo have sported the headwear since the '90s and are very rarely caught on camera without their signature helmets. However, they have insisted that the costume is not a gimmick, but stems from their own desire for "sci-fi glam". "We're interested in the line between fiction and reality, creating these fictional personas that exist in real life," Thomas Bangalter told Rolling Stone. "Kraftwerk and Ziggy Stardust and Kiss; people thought the helmets were marketing or something, but for us it was sci-fi glam." Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo added: "We're not performers, we're not models – it would not be enjoyable for humanity to see our features, but the robots are exciting to people."

Cody Simpson's Surfers Paradise

Teen hottie Cody Simpson has revealed details of his anticipated new album, Surfers Paradise, which follows the Australian-born pop star’s 2012 debut, Paradise. The new disc will be released on 16 July. “Surfers Paradise is basically the most famous area on the Gold Coast of Australia, where I am from,” explains Simpson. “I think this album really represents that piece of me, my lifestyle, and where I come from. When making my first album ‘Paradise’ it was sort of a journey to find myself as a young adult & artist. With 'Surfers Paradise' the entire process felt more natural and comfortable, like being back home. I wanted to share that feeling with my fans.” The CD is heralded by the buoyant new single, “Pretty Brown Eyes” which has been hailed by Billboard as a “happy-go-lucky...summer anthem.” In other news, Cody recently announced the release of his first book, entitled Welcome To Paradise: My Journey. Featuring never-before-seen photos and exclusive details about Cody’s incredible life on and off stage, the official autobiography will be published by HarperCollins on 24 October.

Friday, 17 May 2013

Hanging with Snoop Dog in Durban

Hip hop star and rapper Snoop Dogg, now known as Snoop Lion, had the local and international media eating out of his palms at the MTV All Star press conference. Snoop is performing tomorrow evening (Saturday night) as part of the MTV All Stars concert in Durban. Snoop said "I am happy to be back in the mother land where music started with drumming." Asked if he would like to record with a local artist, he said it would be great. Someone even mentioned he should sometime soon change his name again from Snoop Lion to Snoop Springbok, upon which he laughed and said, "it's not impossible."

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Macklemore talks about his gay anthem 'Same Love'

Rapper Macklemore has opened up about a gay anthem he penned for his latest album The Heist, reports Digital Spy. The rapper's track 'Same Love' hears him openly speak about his support for gay marriage and equality, marking a breakthrough in mainstream hip-hop music. The track was inspired by his gay uncles and gay godfather and is an issue that is personal to him. "I was really nervous to play it for them," Macklemore told The New Review in a rare interview for this weekend's The Independent On Sunday. "It's obviously a very personal song, and I didn't want to cross any boundaries in terms of their privacy. But we actually ended up taking a picture of them and using it as the cover art for the single. "I wanted the art to reflect how personal the song was, and they are a big reason why I'm so passionate about the issue. "Talking about his decision to approach the subject, he continued: "I'm always trying to push the margins. I wanna be an artist that writes songs that are different; I don't wanna write the same song that everyone else is writing. "I wanna challenge myself, I wanna challenge society, and I wanna be the best version of myself, and the way I can do that is by expressing and talking about concepts that no-one else will, that people are afraid to address. "I wanna be able to talk about those openly and honestly and figure myself out and help those who listen to the records figure them out."

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Drake leads BET Awards with 12 nominations

Rapper Drake
Rapper Drake has been nominated for 12 prizes at the 2013 BET Awards. The rapper appears on four of the entries up for 'Best Collaboration' and has also been given the nod in categories including 'Best Male Hip-Hop Artist' and 'Video of the Year'. Drake's Problems collaborators 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar also feature heavily on the list, with eight nominations each. A$AP Rocky has 5 nominations; while Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and Miguel face off with 4 nominations each in the categories of Best Collaboration, Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award and Video of the Year. In what is sure to be a showdown of epic proportions, this year’s Video of the Year Award has a phenomenal line-up of 10 nominees including Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky, Miguel and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, all vying to get their hands on the sought-after trophy. BET's President of Music Programming and Specials Stephen G Hill said: "This year's line-up of nominees and performers is reflective of the variety of fantastic talent that's rocking the world right now." The first performer of the event is Chris Brown while the closing will be done by R. Kelly. The BET Awards will air LIVE on the BET channel, TopTV, on Sunday 30 June at 21:00.

Kings Of Chaos: Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge joins rock greats for one of the biggest concerts of 2013

Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge
Rock supergroup Kings of Chaos is set to electrify South Africa when they bring their unmatched energy and sound to the country on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 June at the GrandWest Grand Arena, and on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June at the Sun City Superbowl. It was announced today, that Vocalist Sebastian Bach formally of Skid Row, who was originally included in the South African line-up, will be replaced by Myles Kennedy from Alter Bridge on the South African tour. Originally formed in 2012 as Matt Sorum’s Rock n Roll All Stars, the group’s name was recently changed to Kings of Chaos. While the band has a core group of members such as Matt Sorum, Gilby Clarke and Duff McKagan, all originally from Guns n Roses, and Joe Elliott from Def Leppard, they are regularly joined by guest musicians from other rock bands. Eight original musicians from bands such as Guns n Roses, Def Leppard, Velvet Revolver, The Cult, Deep Purple, Collective Soul and now Alter Bridge, will perform together as Kings of Chaos in South Africa, with renowned guitarist Slash performing with the group for the very first time.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Daft Punk's new CD Debuts On iTunes

The wait is over! One week before its official release in the U.S. , French house duo Daft Punk have unveiled their highly-anticipated Random Access Memories album on iTunes. The epic record can be heard in full on Daft Punk's artist page on iTunes, which means that, if you're still hoping for a productive work day, well, there's always tomorrow. Random Access Memories kicks off with the starry, sumptuous "Give Life Back To Music" and concludes with the rushing, rattling "Contact," and in between, there's more than 60 minutes of conscious-expanding, disco-tinged dance, including cameos from Giorgio Moroder (on the standout "Giorgio by Moroder,") Pharrell Williams (on first single "Get Lucky" and "Lose Yourself To Dance,") the legendary Nile Rodgers, Paul Williams (or "Rainbow Connection" fame) and Animal Collective member Panda Bear. 

Monday, 13 May 2013

The 10 worst bands of the 90s

As 2013 storms to its halfway mark, Rolling Stone Magazine asked their readers to vote for the 10 worst bands of the 90s. A difficult task, one might think, but the results were gob smacking interesting and even left us dumbstruck!

10. Dave Matthews Band
Although Dave and his buddies still continue to make zillions of dollars with CD sales and ticket sales for concerts, some fans felt that the band lost their way after the Nineties. A 2005 article from the Onion with the headline "Dave Matthews Not That Into Himself Anymore" captured this nicely. "Me and my band are still okay, but I feel like I've grown out of us," Matthews was quoted. "Back when I was in the college charts, we were about all I listened to, but I guess I'm at the point in my life where my music just doesn't speak to me."

9. Ace Of Base
The Swedish foursome had a hot brunette, a hot blonde and two anonymous dudes nobody cared about. Almost nobody in America and South Africa knew their names (and they couldn't pronounce them if they did), but for a good year or two they were huge. "All That She Wants," "The Sign" and "Beautiful Life" were everywhere. But as the decade ended, their musical career also came to a screeching halt. So, did they saw the sign? We doubt it.

8. Spin Doctors
In the early part of the 90s (1992/1993) every teen were listening to Spin Doctors as their songs Two Princes and Little Miss Can't Be Wrong stormed up the chart. Their CD Pocket Full Of Kryptonite was selling fast, but alas, it all started spinning out of control with the release of their second CD and the song Cleopatra's Cat. Although the band is now a regular on the nineties nostalgia circuit, The Beat is still surprised that they made the list. Weird.

7. Bush
Confession time, I'm a HUGE fan of Gavin Rossdale and his band Bush and were quite surprised that this band made the top 10 list. They contributed to the grunge era with brilliant songs like Glycerine and Comedown, but after their split in the mid-90s, people forgot about them, and even when their reformed in 2010, nobody actually cared.

6. Hootie And Blowfish
I saw this band live in South Africa way back in the 90s - weird show, with the band even trying to stop a fight that broke out in the crowd. But yes, they made us sing along to Let Her Cry, Only Wanna Be With You, and Hold My Hand. Everybody liked them. But their follow up releases sucked big time and the hoot died out.

5. Nirvana
Now this is a MAJOR SHOCKER! People actually considering Nirvana as a bad band? Geez! But again, those who voted weren't probably around when Nirvana crazed gripped the music scene. I just think people who voted for the legendary (YES! LEGENDARY!!) Kurt Cobain and his band Nirvana were wrong. Nirvana don't belong on this list, or what is a secret conspiracy from faded 90s acts who stuffed the voting lines?

4. Hanson
Damn. They should have been at number 1. The long-haired teenyboppers had the world Mmmbopping to their music accompanied childish innocent fun music video which parent probably felt were good for their young children. Boring! They irritated the hell out of me, and even made an appearance on Oprah - why? Yes, they should have been at the number 1 spot for most hated band of the 90s.

3. Limp Bizkit
Fred Durst was this angry white guy from America who hated everything and everyone and he sang about it in his band's nu-metal rap songs, but all good things come to an end, and so it was for Limp Bizkit as well. They came, they kicked ass, and vanished. People got tired of angry white guys rapping on metal about how they hate the world.

2. Nickelback
This is another surprise to see on the list, and even that it's number 2! Chad Kroeger and the boys shot to fame with their rock ballad How You Remind Me and we just loved Chad's hoarse voice, but then, all the singles featured the hoarse voice and some people got quite pissed off by it. Nevertheless, the band released, and continue to release, great rock music, so I don't understand why it's on the list. It's hard not to feel a little bad for Nickelback. Sure, they aren't the greatest band in the world, but people act like they make Nazi folk music or something. But alas, everyone is entitled to a vote and unfortunately for Nickelback, they made the number 2 spot.

1. Creed
Scott Stapp and his band had fans eating out of their hands with songs like With Arms Wide Open, My Sacrifice, One Last Breath and Higher, but soon fans became tired of them, and even sued the band after a famously bad show in Chicago in 2003. The band reformed in 2009 for a reunion tour, but their fans have moved on. Sales were so horrendous in Birmingham that tickets were lowered to 75 cents. Eish! Sorry boys...you just don't make the cut in this poll.

Beyoncé Knowles pregnant again?

Speculation is growing that Beyoncé Knowles is pregnant again, reports music.com. The music superstar is currently on the road with her spectacular Mrs Carter World Tour. Photographs have emerged on blogs of the singer showing what seems to be a baby bump while on stage recently. Sources have also told the New York Post that the 31-year-old star is expecting her second child with husband Jay-Z and carefully tried to disguise her growing curves at the Met Gala in New York City last week. The singer stepped out to the red carpet event in a Givenchy gown with a high waist and belt detail that would have hidden her stomach area. Beyoncé gave birth to her daughter Blue Ivy in January 2012 and has made no secret of her desire to add to her brood with Jay-Z. Just last week, she revealed in an interview with Good Morning America she admitted that she wanted Blue to have some 'company' from a sibling. 'I would like more children. I think my daughter needs some company. I definitely love being a big sister. At some point, when it's supposed to happen,' she smiled. The star also spoke about juggling her work commitments with family life since becoming a mom. Beyoncé is determined that Blue should have a 'normal' childhood. 'I am very protective. I just want to make sure that she can have a healthy, safe, normal life. In the back of my mind, she's my priority,' she added. 'And life is completely different now. So I feel really, really just lucky that I can still do what I love, and now have a way bigger meaning. And that's to be her mother." A representative for Beyoncé has not commented on the pregnancy rumours.