Foo Fighters’ latest album drops next week and, as is becoming habit, an early stream is available… this one via Soundcloud. The album is the band’s seventh and was produced by Butch Vig. Interestingly, the bulk of the tunes were recorded in Dave Grohl’s garage. Now how’s that for back to rock and roll basics.
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The idea of adding synthesizers to progressive rock is nothing new, but no band has made it sound quite as refreshing and deep as the Pittsburgh-based duo known as Zombi. On the surface, bassist Steve Moore and drummer A.E. Paterra may not look like much, but with the addition of the synth elements to their sound, there may as well be twenty people in Zombie instead of two. The rich color and intricate layering of their instrumental prog rock is entrancing, recalling instrumentals by Pink Floyd and the sound shifts of mid-‘80s Rush. Letting the synthesizers do the talking, Zombi’s newest album Escape Velocity is a tutorial in utilizing seemingly disparate elements for synergistic, harmonized outcomes. Listen to “Slow Oscillations” here for proof, as Zombi prove themselves in under three minutes to be more enthralling than most bands can be in twice that amount of time.
Zombi’s new album Escape Velocity is out May 10th on Relapse Records. You can pre-order the album in various packages, as well as purchase their back catalogue, at this location.
PBS original series Live from the Artists Den premieres its third season on public TV April 1, 2011. The show features intimate and unique performances by a spectrum of musicians in extraordinary settings. Season three features Robert Plant, Ray LaMontagne, Elvis Costello, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and more. Check your local listings for details on channels and times. In the mean time enjoy this chilling sneak peak of Ray LaMontage live at the Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, TX. Full schedule after the jump.
We love Duran Duran’s 13th album All You Need Is Now and so does Jimmy Fallon. The British new wavers played Fallon’s show last night spotlighting “Leave a Light On” from the new record.
“B is for Boss”, Spoek Mathambo says, bragging is of his following, but this highly distubring video depicts a loner not a leader. The would-be martyr of the narrative looks like he copped his haircut from Jeffrey Combs’s character in The Frighteners and dresses like Ian Curtis if he was a devout Mormon. The hook, on the other hand, is catchy as hell, though it’s certainly nothing that couldn’t have been put out 15 years or so ago.