The Tracks crew are big fans of Slightly Stoopid and their Stoopidheads, so news of their upcoming album created quite a buzz. We’ve gotten our hands on the entire album, and it’s sounding spliff-aliciously good! But for now, go check SlightlyStoopid.com TODAY, and hear the title track from “Top of the World”!
Slightly Stoopid is giving fans a taste of their upcoming new album today, as the band debuts the title track to Top of the World beginning at 10 am PDT on www.slightlystoopid.com as well as the band’s Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. “Top of the World” is indicative of the band’s signature mash-up of eclectic grooves – a track threaded with a hypnotic guitar line, hip-hop beat and undeniable vocal hooks. Their highly-anticipated seventh studio album, which features several high-profile collaborations, will be released on August 14 on their own label Stoopid Records. The group’s previous Stoopid Records releases have combined for sales of nearly one million copies.
The seven-piece band continues to explore a variety of styles on Top of the World, with help from some of their biggest influences and heroes including: reggae legends Barrington Levy and Don Carlos of Black Uhuru; “unofficial 8th member” Karl Denson of Greyboy Allstars; longtime band friend and touring partner G. Love; Fishbone frontman Angelo Moore; ex-Jurassic Five emcee extraordinaire Chali 2na; Dumpstaphunk’s Ian Neville; and hit-making singer/songwriter Angela Hunte.
Since forming in 1995, Slightly Stoopid has toured virtually non-stop, and this summer is no different. Slightly Stoopid has joined forces with 311 for the party of the summer, as the two bands recently launched Unity Tour 2012. This installment of the annual trek is hitting amphitheaters nationwide through September 5.
Nathen Maxwell (Flogging Molly)
Monty Wiradilaga, Brian Kracyla ( Moe Train’s Tracks)
Moe: What’s going on man, how are you?!
Nathan: Aw, I’m having a great time, Moe! How bout you?
M: Having a blast! What do you think about the Rothbury scene?
N: Right on brother. Man, it’s cool, it’s different for us. I’d call it kind of a hippie festival but it’s great that our music can be a part of this. I think we fit in.
M: Well your music is not traditional Celtic music, obviously you put your own twist on it. I’d say you guys put a little dose of balls into Irish music.
N: Yeah, thanks man.
M: How does the Irish culture take your music? How do the people take your music?
N: Well, people think that we’d be huge in Ireland, and I’ll tell you it’s not the case! (laughs) And one of the reasons, like someone told me, is because there’s 34 million Irish in America and there’s about 4 million Irish in Ireland, you know! I think the youth in Ireland too, they grow up with traditional music, it’s not such a novelty to them. I mean we’ve got great fans in Ireland but it’s not as big as it is in the US and other parts of Europe.
M: You’re appealing to the Irish, you’re appealing to the punks, you’re appealing to such a wide audience.
N: I think that’s the thing about our music, it’s for everybody, young and old. I was just talking to this lady behind me, she was just saying that one of the things she loves about Flogging Molly is that it’s one of the only bands that her and her father agree on. I think that’s a big part of it too. I grow up a punk rocker, but this music it transcends scenes, man.
M: I heard you guys take a “deadly serious” approach to your music, what’s that all about?
N: When I say a deadly serious approach to music, I mean that this is all we have. This is our life, it’s everything to us. But at the same time, we don’t try to take ourselves too seriously. You gotta have fun, you gotta laugh at yourself, man. You know what I mean!
M: Absolutely. Irish pride, what role does that play in your music and how does it affect your interaction with your fans?
N: Well, our singer Dave is a Dublin-er, born and raised, and he’s ginger as well, so he looks the part. I think the Irish pride thing is biggest amongst our fans. Dave’s obviously proud of where he’s from and we’re all proud of where we’re from. I’m from L.A. I’m proud of that, Cali’ pride. But for me, I think it’s human pride, you know, we’re all one big family. That’s the way I see reality. So I think the Irish pride thing is bigger amongst some of our fans then it is amongst the band. I’ve got Irish blood. But I also have Mexican blood, Polish blood, German blood; it’s a human thing for me personally.
M: Yeah, we’re sitting here drinking Guinness…
N: Yeah, thank you by the way.
M: Absolutely, you are welcome. I was going to bring over some Jameson but I didn’t want to be responsible for you guys getting shit-faced before your show.
N: Oh we already opened the Jameson bottle on the bus!
M: Ah, okay, guess I should have brought it then. You guys have got to have some drunken Irish stories.
M: You can’t remember?!
N: I can’t remember. What did we do last night? I don’t know.
M: Exactly. So do you guys always get tuned up before you play?
N: Yeah, well, most of us. Our drummer stays pretty sober but the rest of us like to kinda hit the sauce and get that swagger on before we hit the stage. And then we just continue on through the night and party.
M: So what’s your definition of swagger?
N: Just walking the walk, you know, just being yourself. Don’t try to copy anybody, just be yourself and own it.
M: We’re also doing a side-show on Michael Jackson. Has he influenced you in anyway?
N: Sincerely, absolutely, Michael Jackson has been a part of my life ever since I can remember. All my family loved Michael Jackson, I grew up listening to Michael Jackson. I love Michael Jackson. I think Off the Wall is one of the best albums ever made. It’s a real loss. I’m not here to judge, I don’t know about all that drama he was going through the last decade and I don’t have an opinion on that and I’d like to keep it that way. To me it’s a shame that he never got to, if he was innocent, redeem himself in the eyes of the public. It’s a shame that he died so young and I think that we lost a great talent with Michael.
M: How has “D.I.Y. or Die” played a role in the success of Flogging Molly?
N: It’s been everything for us. We didn’t stand a chance in the world in the beginning.. People used to tell us we were shit, that we were just a bar band, that we’d never make it, just another bar band. We were like, yeah whatever we started at a bar, we like to drink but come on, we could play for anybody! So we had to do it ourselves, there was no one there to help us. We financed our first two records ourselves. We got lucky to become friends with a great indy label SideOneDummy, we’re still with them today, they put us on the Warped Tour. It’s all been about do-it-yourself. I’m here right now, I feel like a pretty successful person with Flogging Molly, and in my personal life I blessed, and it’s all been because I’ve done it myself. I wasn’t handed a goddamn thing.
M: So what would you say to people who are trying to get there start?
N: Just do it man. Believe in yourself first-and-foremost. If you don’t believe in yourself ain’t no one gonna believe in you. Believe in yourself and just do it. Don’t take no for an answer. If you get knocked down, get right back up. It’s pretty simple.
M: That’s right, Irish Ethos right there! (both laugh) Finally, as you said, we’re at a hippie festival, we bounce around at different festivals and, well, you can smell the patchouli oil out there…
N: And the weed! I like the weed smell! The patchouli I could stand to do without, but the weed’s good.
M: So, who would win in an epic battle here at Rothbury, the trippin’ hippies or the drunken Irish, and why?
N: Well, here at Rothbury, I go with the hippies! There’s a lot more of them. I think the hippies are definitely outnumbering the drunk Irish. Plus, you know, when you’re on that LCD you get super-powers! I don’t recommend it, kids!
M: Thank you very much for being on the show. We’re looking forward to your set.
N: Cheers, brother!
JANE’S ADDICTION turn up the heat for the third leg of their North American “Theatre of the Escapists” tour. Joining them on their new summer dates–which go on sale this week—will be various support acts on select shows including Mutemath, Band of Skulls and Die Antword.
The immersive theatrical experience of the “Theatre of the Escapists” carnival–described by the Dallas Morning News as “a sanctuary for freaks and fetishes” (5/11/12)–is captured in this short film now posted at ArtistDirect. (http://www.artistdirect.com/entertainment-news/article/jane-s-addiction-debut-theatre-of-the-escapists-video-on-artisdirect-com/10071806), with stellar sets that highlight material from their acclaimed album THE GREAT ESCAPE ARTIST (Capitol Records) plus classic songs that have not been played in more than twenty years, such as “Classic Girl” and “I Would for You.”
Citi® cardmembers will have access to presale tickets for these shows starting Wednesday, May 16 at 10 AM through 10 PM on Thursday, May 17 (or until the show sells out) through Citi’s Private Pass® Program. For complete presale details, visit http://www.citiprivatepass.com/. JANE’S ADDICTION’s presale at http://www.janesaddiction.com/ will also occur on the same dates and purchasers will have the option of bundling their ticket with an unsigned special edition tour lithograph and a 20% discount at the JANE’S ADDICTION online store (excluding media and bundles). Regular on sales are set for Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19.
Frontman Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro and drummer Stephen Perkins, along with Chris Chaney on bass, just embarked on the second leg of the tour last week in the Southwest and continue to garner critical acclaim. “Once considered a high priest of rock decadence, Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell may well be the best preserved of the post-punk, grunge and alternative rock survivors,” wrote Hector Saldaña, SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS (5/7/12) of their show at the Lila Cockrell Theatre. “The wiry frame and wide-eyed, diabolical onstage persona propels this act as much as guitarist Dave Navarro’s high-on-the-neck dive bombs, Chris Chaney’s rattling bass or Stephen Perkins relentless onslaught on the drums. Farrell created bedlam with his dance moves and slinky, sexual presence on ‘Just Because’ and the classic ‘Been Caught Stealing.’” See more critical soundbites below.
Catch the continued “THEATRE OF THE ESCAPISTS” tour in these cities and venues this summer:
Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
Bank of America Pavilion
Band Of Skulls
New Brunswick, NJ
Band Of Skulls
Mann Center for the Performing Arts
MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino – MGM Grand Theater
Idaho Botanical Garden
Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
The Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival may just be too much fucking awesomeness for even Las Vegas to handle! Read on:
PUNK ROCK BOWLING & MUSIC FESTIVAL
May 25 – 28, 2012
Downtown Las Vegas
Punk Rock Bowling just got INSANE!
44 MORE BANDS JUST ADDED TO THE BIGGEST PUNK ROCK PARTY OF THE YEAR!!!
Late Night Club Shows Now Posted at http://www.punkrockbowling.com/#!music
Late night club shows will take place on Friday night and late night Sat and Sun AFTER the outdoor festival is over. Tickets are only available
on the PRB website for each individual show and are NOT part of the festival pass.
TIX ON SALE TUES. APRIL 17 @ 1PM (pst) at http://www.punkrockbowling.com/#!music
NOFX, ADDICTS, ENGLISH BEAT, BRIEFS, REAL MCKENZIES, FAR FROM FINISHED, HOLDING ON TO SOUND, THE DIPS,
MUNICIPAL WASTE, DWARVES, STOP BREATHING, WORD SALAD, STITCHES, THE BODIES, SMOGTOWN, AMOEBAS,
ADOLESCENTS, DR. KNOW, UNION 13, VERMIN, YOUTH BRIGADE, THE GENERATORS, THE CIVILIANS,
RANCID, SHAM 69, HEPCAT, STREET DOGS, OLD MAN MARKLEY, BELTONES, AMERICAN HEIST, AMERICAN WEREWOLVES,
NO USE FOR A NAME, GOOD RIDDANCE, DEAD TO ME, BOMPOPS, TEMPLARS, OLD FIRM CASUALS,
PISTOL GRIP, FORGOTTEN, DJ GONZO & LOW LIFE SOUND SYSTEM,
PENNYWISE, GBH, HOT WATER MUSIC, 7 SECONDS, YOUTH OF TODAY, DEAD ENDING, TOYS THAT KILL, UNION HEARTS,THE BOTS,
THE DICKIES, THE AVENGERS, AGENT ORANGE, THE SERIOUSLYS, CHUCK RAGAN, TIM BARRY, BLAG DAHLIA, KEVIN SECONDS,
AGGROLITES, THE REVIVERS, DJ LAWLESS, MANIC HISPANIC, RIVERBOAT GAMBLERS, LA PLEBE, PUNK ROCK KARAOKE, BROLOAF
Don’t wait til it’s too late! Take advantage of the Special PRB Hotel Rates while they last (rates expire on April 24 or when the rooms sell out).
Available only at http://www.punkrockbowling.com/#!hotels
These are the cheapest rates downtown and due to the holiday weekend they will sell out soon.
LAS VEGAS CLUB: 3 nights – $200 / 4 nights – $255 (includes tax and service fee)
GOLDEN NUGGET: 3 nights-$300 / 4 nights-$355 (includes tax and service fee)
No intro could ever do justice to this announcement, so we’ll let Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses do the talking:
To: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Guns N’ Roses Fans and Whom It May Concern,
When the nominations for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame were first announced I had mixed emotions but, in an effort to be positive, wanting to make the most of things for the fans and with their enthusiasm, I was honored, excited and hoped that somehow this would be a good thing. Of course I realized as things stood, if Guns N’ Roses were to be inducted it’d be somewhat of a complicated or awkward situation.
Since then we’ve listened to fans, talked with members of the board of the Hall Of Fame, communicated with and read various public comments and jabs from former members of Guns N’ Roses, had discussions with the president of the Hall Of Fame, read various press (some legit, some contrived) and read other artists’ comments weighing in publicly on Guns and the Hall with their thoughts.
Under the circumstances I feel we’ve been polite, courteous, and open to an amicable solution in our efforts to work something out. Taking into consideration the history of Guns N’ Roses, those who plan to attend along with those the Hall for reasons of their own, have chosen to include in “our” induction (that for the record are decisions I don’t agree with, support or feel the Hall has any right to make), and how (albeit no easy task) those involved with the Hall have handled things… no offense meant to anyone but the Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony doesn’t appear to be somewhere I’m actually wanted or respected.
For the record, I would not begrudge anyone from Guns their accomplishments or recognition for such. Neither I or anyone in my camp has made any requests or demands of the Hall Of Fame. It’s their show not mine.
That said, I won’t be attending The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N’ Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf. Neither former members, label representatives nor the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame should imply whether directly, indirectly or by omission that I am included in any purported induction of “Guns N’ Roses”.
This decision is personal. This letter is to help clarify things from my and my camp’s perspective. Neither is meant to offend, attack or condemn. Though unfortunately I’m sure there will be those who take offense (God knows how long I’ll have to contend with the fallout), I certainly don’t intend to disappoint anyone, especially the fans, with this decision. Since the announcement of the nomination we’ve actively sought out a solution to what, with all things considered, appears to be a no win, at least for me, “damned if I do, damned if I don’t” scenario all the way around.
In regard to a reunion of any kind of either the Appetite or Illusion lineups, I’ve publicly made myself more than clear. Nothing’s changed.
The only reason, at this point, under the circumstances, in my opinion whether under the guise of “for the fans” or whatever justification of the moment, for anyone to continue to ask, suggest or demand a reunion are misguided attempts to distract from our efforts with our current lineup of myself, Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Frank Ferrer, Richard Fortus, Chris Pitman, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and DJ Ashba.
Izzy came out with us a few times back in ’06 and I invited him to join us at our LA Forum show last year. Steven was at our show at the Hard Rock, later in ’06 in Las Vegas, where I invited him to our after-party and was rewarded with his subsequent interviews filled with reunion lies. Lesson learned. Duff joined us in 2010 and again in ’11 along with his band, Loaded, opening in Seattle and Vancouver. For me, with the exception of Izzy or Duff joining us on stage if they were so inclined somewhere in the future for a song or two, that’s enough.
There’s a seemingly endless amount of revisionism and fantasies out there for the sake of self-promotion and business opportunities masking the actual realities. Until every single one of those generating from or originating with the earlier lineups has been brought out in the light, there isn’t room to consider a conversation let alone a reunion.
Maybe if it were you it’d be different. Maybe you’d do it for this reason or that. Peace, whatever. I love our band now. We’re there for each other when the going get’s rough. We love our fans and work to give them every ounce of energy and heart we can.
So let sleeping dogs lie or lying dogs sleep or whatever. Time to move on. People get divorced. Life doesn’t owe you your own personal happy ending especially at another’s, or in this case several others’, expense.
But hey if ya gotta then maybe we can get the “no show, grandstanding, publicity stunt, disrespectful, he doesn’t care about the fans” crap out of the way as quickly as we can and let’s move on. No one’s taking the ball and going home. Don’t get it twisted. For more than a decade and a half we’ve endured the double standards, the greed of this industry and the ever present seemingly limitless supply of wannabes and unscrupulous, irresponsible media types. Not to imply anything in this particular circumstance, but from my perspective in regard to both the Hall and a reunion, the ball’s never been in our court.
In closing, regardless of this decision and as hard to believe or as ironic as it may seem, I’d like to sincerely thank the board for their nomination and their votes for Guns’ induction. More importantly I’d like to thank the fans for being there over the years, making any success we’ve had possible and for enjoying and supporting Guns N’ Roses music.
I wish the Hall a great show, congratulations to all the other artists being inducted and to our fans we look forward to seeing you on tour!!
P.S. RIP Armand, Long Live ABC III
BRENDON SMALL and Alternative Press Magazine are releasing the third brand new track from the METALOCALYPSE co-creator’s new side project, BRENDON SMALL’s GALAKTIKON. This track, entitled ‘Prophecy of the Lazer Witch’, is the second track on the album and steps away from metal to a more structured rock sound. Log on to altpress.com now to stream the track.
“In this song, in a moment of weakness, our intergalactic space hero (who has recently been humiliated by a messy public divorce) goes to have his fortune told by the Lazer Witch (a space Prophet),” states Brendon. “He’s given a warning that his life and the lives of everyone close to him are in danger if he doesn’t stop meddling with his ex-wife’s affairs. He is also told that his arch nemesis whom he imprisoned years ago is back.”
The release date for BRENDON SMALL’s GALAKTIKON is now finally planted firm at April 29th, 2012, but don’t fret about these few long weeks—you can pre-order your copy tonight! Log on to www.brendonsmall.com this evening and check out several different pre-order packages including unique t-shirts, picture disc vinyl, hoodies and more! Pre-ordering through www.brendonsmall.com is the quickest and most inexpensive way to purchase the album and official merchandise. Also, heads up—snippets of new songs will be available at the pre-order location!
BRENDON SMALL’s GALAKTIKON: “A High Stakes Intergalactic Extreme Rock album”, will be released on April 29th, 2012, slated to coincide with the Season 4 premiere of METALOCALYPSE on Sunday, April 29 at 12:15am (ET/PT) on Adult Swim. Brendon Small is responsible for writing and performing all of the music on METALOCALYPSE, as well as the Billboard chart-topping albums DETHKLOK: THE DETHALBUM and DETHALBUM II, released by Williams Street Records. The latter album is now known as the fastest-selling death metal album to date.
For all up-to-date information and to purchase BRENDON SMALL’s GALAKTIKON, please visit www.brendonsmall.com: your one-stop-shop for everything involving this new project. You can also catch more intermittent updates on Facebook at www.facebook.com/brendonsmallgalaktikon and follow Brendon Small on Twitter at www.twitter.com/_brendonsmall.
Sevendust’s Clint Lowery (guitar) and Morgan Rose (drums) are gearing up to unveil their new side project: Call Me No One. The debut Last Parade is set for release on June 5 via Sevendust’s label 7Bros in conjunction with Warner Music’s Independent Label Group. The album’s first single “Biggest Fan” is already the #2 most added record at Active Rock, with Loudwire declaring, “with crushing drum patterns, blistering guitar riffs and a serious solo, ‘Biggest Fan’ is going to pound your ear drums.” The single will be available to purchase on iTunes on April 24.
“It’s a lot different from Sevendust, it’s hard but it’s not the same type of heavy that Sevendust is,” explains Lowery. “We’re still developing it, we’re really excited about it.”
The hits just keep on rolling with the 12th installment of Third Man’s Vault subscription series.
First up is a 7″ vinyl single featuring two previously unreleased recordings by the Raconteurs from their Consolers of the Lonely sessions. “Open Your Eyes” b/w “You Make a Fool Out of Me” are two songs that would later be re-recorded and repurposed for Brendan Benson solo albums. “Fool” would appear on Benson’s 2009 release My Old Familiar Friend while “Open” has morphed into “Here in the Deadlights” on his upcoming album What Kind of World. The versions on the 7″ are not outtakes, demos, B-sides or anything of a cast-off nature. Rather, they are songs that just did not find a spot on the LP.
As Third Man’s own Jack White puts it, “‘Open Your Eyes’ sounds like a hit. Seems like it could’ve been released as a single and I can’t remember why it didn’t make the album.”
For the LP component Third Man literally dug into its physical vault and dusted off Karen Elson’s live performance from Third Man on May 24th, 2010. That evening’s performance celebrated the release of Elson’s debut LP The Ghost Who Walks and the live record documents Elson backed by her crack band in a truly ethereal, vibrant recording that breathes a life into the songs that is wholly different from their studio versions.
Paired with this elegant recording is an interactive record sleeve. The front cover depicts Elson in a field of peach with the striking image of her dress is die-cut. Coupled with a specially designed inner-sleeve, the listener can effectively play “dress-up” with four different looks for Elson, depending on the orientation of the sleeve. If that’s not enough, get rid of the sleeve completely and you can arrange the vinyl itself, pressed on split-color peach and black vinyl, to create a 100% unique dress design.
The bonus item for this Vault package is a DVD of the White Stripes titled Under New Zealand Lights. Made up of two different performances by the band on separate trips to the island nation.
The first finds them performing at the King’s Arms in Auckland in November 2000. This is some of the earliest known footage of the White Stripes outside North America (it was their first international tour) and finds them confident and captivating before a unexpecting crowd.
Come October 2003, the White Stripes were slightly more known but still in front of a crowd they had to work considerably to win over. The audience was the student population of Freeman’s Bay Primary School. Jack and Meg provided a nice primer on American blues history and the kids seemed to enjoy themselves in this sweet, innocent performance that has been kept mostly under wraps in the nine years since it took place.
Subscribe now as Third Man will stop accepting orders for this package on April 30th.
As I listened to this “album” in my car, it felt as though there was rotten sewage flowing out of my speakers. Hot, stench-emanating bowel movement, rancid heat-baked century old fish, and boiling hot urine.
Yes, the new “album” by WZRD IS THAT FUCKING BAD. Kid Cudi and Dot Da Genius’ feeble attempt at making an “American pop rock” album made me want to pull over and vomit all over myself. This “album” seemed so half-assed that it’s insulting to their fans.
Cudi’s always been highly regarded in our books and has put out some genius shit. I won’t take that away from him. I don’t know what the hell was going through their mind when recording this atrocity. The songs are so poorly produced at Hakeem from 5th street could lay out a better attempt than this.
This is the worst album that I’ve listened to yet in 2012.
That’s all. I’ve wasted enough time of my life on this garbage. Go ahead. Listen. But don’t say that I didn’t warn you.
- Moe Train
Love Interruption, the first taste of Jack Whites forthcoming debut album, Blunderbuss, is available exclusively to Third Man Records Vault members to hear now, and will become available to the public as a free stream at www.jackwhiteIII.com in 30 minutes. The digital version of the track will be available to purchase tonight at 9 pm PST/12 AM EST. Want to hear it first but not a member of The Vault? Go here to join: http://modlife.com/thirdmanrecords/signup
Blunderbuss will be released April 24 on Third Man Records/ Columbia.
A vinyl version of the Love Interruption single featuring exclusive non-LP B-side Machine Gun Silhouette will be released February 7 on Third Man Records, but is available now for pre-order at www.jackwhiteIII.com and www.thirdmanrecords.com.
Produced by White and recorded at his own Third Man Studio in Nashville, Blunderbuss has been described by White as “an album I couldnt have released until now. Ive put off making records under my own name for a long time but these songs feel like they could only be presented under my name. These songs were written from scratch, had nothing to do with anyone or anything else but my own expression, my own colors on my own canvas.”
For further information, continue to check back at www.jackwhiteIII.com and www.thirdmanrecords.com.