I have never been one for the month of February. It's cold, dreary, feels like the entire world is kissing death on the lips & I drink like a goddamn sailor on leave! And as we enter into the final week of the worst month of the year it brings a smile to my face to see such a collection of new music out today, thus signaling the end of winter! Suck on it Punxsutawney Phil! No matter the musical spectrum you find yourself in there is - truly - something for everyone today!
Let's dive in…
KID ROCK is back with album number 10, "First Kiss". Some feel KID may have slipped a little as he's aging and is now GRANDPA ROCK (his kid just had a kid) but there's one thing Kid knows how to do and that's pen hits. I suspect he'll continue forward, though might be more in the Top 40/Country charts than Rock.
ALL THAT REMAINS are back with a new jam, "The Order of Things". For those that enjoyed their last album, "A War You Cannot Win", I hate to break it to you but frontman PHIL LABONTE thought is sucked and that it was crap (paraphrasing his words). Phil's promising to do better this time around.
Twas 40 years ago today LED ZEPPELIN put out "Physical Graffiti" so how are they honoring it? By putting out a massive deluxe reissue. And no, this won't mean some sort of one-off reunion tour.
Mr. ROB ZOMBIE
- arguably the JAMES BROWN
of rock & metal - is putting out a live cd today in "Spookshow International Live". 19 tracks covering Zombie's career, not only solo but from the WHITE ZOMBIE
days as well. His new flick 31 is opening its doors again for fan-backing as they had such success the first time around & had many late entries wanting to be part of the "most fucked up film of the year!" Follow the link for more info… http://www.fanbacked.com/c/31-rob-zombie-film/
Believe it or not the SCORPIONS are still rolling along & have a new disc out now, "Return to Forever".
One of the biggest characters to ever play the Blues, LEAD BELLY, spent time in jail, sang his way to freedom & notably influenced the likes of KURT COBAIN, JACK WHITE & a slew of other players today. I make mention of this as his Smithsonian Folkways Collection Box Set is available today! 5 discs, over 100 tracks and don't be surprised if you hear tunes that became covered over the years by many of your favorite artists.
And last & certainly not least, an album that I've heard & totally dug! Again, in the Blues vein but with modern players teamed up on it. Most recognizable being BARRETT MARTIN (WALKING PAPERS, SCREAMING TREES, MAD SEASON) & JIMBO MATHUS - who also served as producer- teamed up with CEDELL DAVIS on "Last Man Standing". Davis is damn near 90, full of piss, vinegar & stories as you can only imagine from a man who grew up in the blues & down in the Delta. True music aficionados will want to pick this up & give it multiple spins!
Here's what's expected, coming down the pike:
- FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS will get the deluxe DVD/Blu-Ray treatment & see a digital release via iTunes on April 7th
- THE SWORD is heading back into the studio on March 16th to work on their 5th studio album
- BUCKCHERRY's JOSH TODD says the band is about half the way through their 7th album
- BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE are back into studio working on their 5th album with a tentative summer release
- WOLFGANG VAN HALEN is working on his first solo album
- SOUNDGARDEN is eyeing a 2016 release for their next album
- FILTER is deep into recording their 7th album & frontman RICHARD PATRICK says the band is exploring a more industrial sound
- STONE TEMPLE PILOTS with CHESTER BENNINGTON have been in studio putting the final touches on their latest un-titled effort & follow up to 2013's "High Rise".
AS ALWAYS, WHAT AM I MISSING?!?
HINDER “When the Smoke Clears” March 3rd
MASTODON “Blood Mountain” Vinyl Reissue March 3rd
IMMORTAL RANDY RHOADS – The Ultimate Tribute March 3rd
LIEUTENANT (Foo’s Nate Mendel) “If I Kill This Thing We’re All Going To Eat For A Week” March 10th
SOILWORK “Live in the Heart of Helsinki” March 13th
SCOTT WEILAND & THE WILDABOUTS “Blaster” March 31st
THREE DAYS GRACE “Human” March 31st
VAN HALEN “Tokyo Dome Live In Concert” 2-CD’s / 4 LP’s March 31st
HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD “Day of the Dead” March 31st
AGNOSTIC FRONT “The American Dream Died” April 4th
HALESTORM “Into the Wild Life” April 7th
FOO FIGHTERS: SONICE HIGHWAYS DVD/Blu-Ray/iTunes
LOCAL H “Hey Killer” April 14th
MONTAGE OF HECK Kurt Cobain Doc on HBO April + Book
DUFF McKAGAN “How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions)” Book May
QUIET RIOT Documentary “Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back” May 19th
FAITH NO MORE “Sol Invictus” May 19th
MASTODON “Crack the Skye” Vinyl Reissue June 2nd
COREY TAYLOR “You’re Making Me Hate You” Book June 30th
MASTODON “The Hunter” Vinyl Reissue August 4th
MASTODON “Once More ‘Round the Sun” Vinyl Reissue October 5th
“CLOCKWORK LIVES” Rush’s Neil Peart + Kevin J. Anderson Book September 15th
VINNIE PAUL “Drumming Up an Appetite with Vinnie Paul” Book around Christmas
UGLY KID JOE “Uglier Than They Used Ta Be” TBA crowdsourcing
RICHARDS/CRANE “World Stands Still” Whit Crane UKJ + LEE RICHARDS (Godsmack/Another Animal)