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Goodbye Winter, Hello New Music!

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".


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
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
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)

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Kicking off The Pit with this jam tonight...

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Pitch Black Forecast tonight in The Pit!

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Shattered Sun - Is it Pit Worthy?

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One time, in '85 the Beastie Boys opened for Madonna

The internet is a wild thing, isn't it!?!
I love finding these little lost gems (RIP MCA) showcasing bands when they're supper young!
Like this one, where the Beastie's talk about a now famous run in with the police while they opened for Madonna!

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New Venom "Rise" live...NSFW!

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New 36 Crazyfists!

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Here's to New & Old Music!

It's another Tuesday here in Kansas City, where we've been enjoying some unseasonably warm days!
There's quite a few new jams coming down the pike, not much for today other than;

BLACKBERRY SMOKE with "Holding all the Roses". Catch these guys next Friday, the 20th, at the Uptown

RAMONES, "Live at German Television Musikladen Recordings" 1978 LP/DVD

And we finally have a date - May 19th - for new FAITH NO MORE & a title "Sol Invictus";

Word on the street is SEVENDUST will be heading back into the studio, very, very soon;

It was also announced today that HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD will drop "Day of the Dead" on March 31st!

And I'd be remissed if I didn't mention this interesting project featuring DANNY CAREY, TOOL drummer, with BRENT HINDS of MASTODON with OFF!'s DIMITRI COATS; LEGEND OF THE SEAGULLMEN. Check their sound out by following this LINK!

#ICYMI - as mentioned on the last couple of Weekly Rock Wind Up's!
  • SLASH has 4 new film projects in the works
  • UGLY KID JOE are working on a new album via crowd source funding! Follow link --> HERE!
  • Speaking of UKJ; Frontman WHIT CRANE has teamed up with LEE RICHARDS (GODSMACK/ANOTHER ANIMAL) to form RICHARDS/CRANE & they plan on putting out a debut album, "World Stands Still", later this year.
Here's the first single/video from that project, with ALTER BRIDGE front-dude MYLES KENNEDY

  • HELLYEAH drummer VINNIE PAUL is promising he's putting out his long-awaited cookbook, "Drumming Up An Appetite with Vinnie Paul" by the Holiday's!
  • The New York Hardcore Chronicles Film will be recorded this year with a 2016 expected release date!
  • VAN HALEN will release it's first live album with DAVID LEE ROTH on March 31st; "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert"!
  • Fresh off their Grammy nominated attendance, and subsequent ejection, MASTODON will re-release all their REPRISE titles on wax! Starting with "Blood Mountain" on March 3rd.
  • A definitive BEHEMOTH biography is expected out on the 24th of this month!
  • And finally, this one's for you A-Hole Bob, NEIL PEART from RUSH is working on a follow up to his best-selling "Clockwork Angels", with author KEVIN J. ANDERSON, "Clockwork Lives". Be on the look out for it on September 15th!
Know of anything I'm missing?!?
SCORPIONS "Return to Forever" February 20th
KID ROCK "First Kiss" February 24th
ALL THAT REMAINS "The Order of Things" February 24th
ROB ZOMBIE "Spookshow International Live" Feb. 24th
LED ZEPPELIN "Physical Graffiti" Reissue Feb. 24th
HINDER "When the Smoke Clears" March 3rd
IMMORTAL RANDY RHOADS – The Ultimate Tribute March 3rd
SOILWORK "Live in the Heart of Helsinki" March 13th
THREE DAYS GRACE "Human" March 31st
AGNOSTIC FRONT "The American Dream Died" April 4th
MONTAGE OF HECK Kurt Cobain Doc on HBO April + Book
HALESTORM "Into the Wild Life" April 7th
LIEUTENANT (Foo's Nate Mendel) "If I Kill This Thing We're All Going To Eat For A Week" March 10th
LOCAL H "Hey Killer" Spring
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
COREY TAYLOR "You're Making Me Hate You" Book June 30th


BEASTIE BOYS Memoirs (By both Mike D & Ad Rock)
DANZIG working on ELVIS covers
"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" comic book drawn by TROY LITTLE
KORN'S BRIAN "HEAD" WELCH Memoir "With My Eyes Open
RED LINE CHEMISTRY "Chemical High & a Hand Grenade" Reissue
TREMONTI (Creed/Alter Bridge Axman Solo)
TOOL Who F*cking Knows
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Cooking With Vinnie!?

Snooping around on line this morning and found this.
I would totally buy this!
Check it out!


On February 7, "In The Vault With Shanda Golden" (web site) conducted an interview with former PANTERA and current HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott at the Knitting Factory in Reno, Nevada. You can now watch the chat below.

Speaking about his long-awaited cookbook, "Drumming Up An Appetite With Vinnie Paul", the drummer said: "I'm gonna get it out, I promise, by Christmas this year. About two Christmases in a row have kind of gone by. But we have a big tour coming up in Europe right after this [HELLYEAH U.S. headlining tour], so that way, I'll have a lot of time to myself to finish it up. I've already got about 125 recipes in it. It's called 'Drumming Up An Appetite With Vinnie Paul'. How clever is it? It's got a picture of me sitting behind a drum set. I'm holding two turkey legs, which are otherwise known as drum sticks. And it's all about cooking and having fun with it. I don't get too specific about it. But I do think a lot of people think cooking is throwing something in the microwave. And it's something that you've really gotta be passionate about, just like playing an instrument. And if you put your heart and soul into it, and then you feed it to people, and you [hear them say], 'Oh, man! This is so good.' It makes you feel good. It's just like playing music. [You want people to tell you], 'Goddamn, I love this shit!'"

Vinnie Paul also spoke about some of the other non-music-related interests he had when he was growing up. He said: "When I was a little kid, I always wanted to be an oceanographer. Jacques Cousteau was my hero. When I was really young, I used to always… When I go back and find stuff that my mom had saved for me, when I was 3, 4, 5 years old, [there are] all these pictures of me scuba diving and octapuses, and sharks and all that… crayon drawings… they weren't any good, but… I wanted to do that. And then I wanted to be an astronaut. And then I started growing up and fell in love with music… Then I thought I was gonna be an athlete; I wanted to play football. But even though I'm a big guy, I'm not big enough to play that sport. I got tired of my fingers getting crushed all the time, and so then I just started playing drums. And I went, 'Wow, man! I'd rather do this. This is what I'm supposed to be doing.'"

Back in 2010, Paul told the LimeWire Music Blog a little bit about his favorite dishes. "I love cooking fajitas. I'm from Texas and it's not a difficult thing to do, but a lot of people burn the chicken."

He also revealed that he was a fan of stuffed jalapeños. "I take fresh jalapeños, put cream cheese on them, maybe a little fajita seasoning, cheddar cheese on top and the key ingredient, which I learned in Australia, is barbecue sauce," he said. "Don't put hot sauce on it, just a little barbecue sauce on them. Put them on the grill."

He added, "When I have parties, I have little sandwiches. I always make sure I have two or three fresh habaneros and I only put them on one or two. There's always someone who comes running around the corner, 'Oh my god! I don't know what was in those, but my mouth is on fire! What do I do?!'

"It's fucking awesome. Somebody always gets one, but nobody knows who."

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