Record Store Day will be happening on April 22nd, and the full list of special releases has just been revealed. Continue reading
Songstress and activist Amanda Palmer is winding down a whirlwind year in which she had a baby, released a book, recorded and released several new albums, toured both solo and with the Dresden Dolls, has made recent a new musical project for 2017, book some upcoming tour dates, has new holiday merch out, and her expected Record Store Day release coming tomorrow, the limited edition version of her ‘STRUNG Out In Heaven’/’Purple Rain’ on custom vinyl.Continue reading
Metallica has announced they will celebrate the release of their forthcoming album Hardwired…To Self-Destruct with fans and independent record stores around the world as part of Blackened Friday. The band will lead a Midnight record sale for their new album at independent record stores all over the country. There is also a contest to be an Honorary Blackened Ambassador:Continue reading
Modern progressive rock and metal masters Devin Townsend Project have announced their new album, Transcendence, due September 2nd from InsideOut Music. Further information about the album is pending.
Devin Townsend himself commented about the new music:
“Transcendence, like every record I’ve done prior, is an extension of what’s been going on in my world, represented in a new batch of songs. I’m 44 years old now, and this is where I have been over the past two years since ‘Z2‘. The result of this process is a record that I truly think the intention of is special. I ‘found’ gas to put into the tank and am glad I did. I think the intention, the theme, and the participation of everyone involved allows this album to act like a fulcrum between the past few years and what I intend to do next with the symphony. I am very proud of it and everyone involved.”
Devin also commented on the mystical themed artwork for Transcendence created by Anthony Clarkson:
“He presented me the main image of the girl as a painted version, and I was intrigued and asked him to redo it with a girl he knew with photos. I liked the idea that it seemed like a mash up of religious and spiritual imagery, in a sense, representing the idea (to me) that these types of connections to the infinite are often more like identities we can cling to rather than what lies behind. In a sense, the character on the front almost seems like the ideologies she’s representing are more ‘brand names’ than anything else.”
In addition to US tour dates announced with Between the Buried And Me, support of the new album will begin with a tour of Canada with Fallujah.
Devin Townsend Project Canadian tour dates with Fallujah
SEPT 02: Hell Raiser Fest – Kelowna, BC
SEPT 03: The Gateway – Calgary, AB
SEPT 04: Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
SEPT 06: Pyramid Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB
SEPT 07: Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
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This years Record Store Day on April 16th , a day dedicated to supporting merchants, many of them independent retailers and other chains that still sell music. Every year a celebrity artist is chosen as an ambassador and this year that artist is Metallica. As one of the best selling bands of all-time, one of the current largest retailers of digital music, as well as a band that began in the underground by trading tapes, they are uniquely qualified to serve in this capacity.
Lars Ulrich commented on the honor:
“Independent record stores are part of Metallica’s DNA.. They have been pivotal in shaping each one of us into the music fanatics we’ve all become. We could not be any prouder to be Record Store Day Ambassadors for 2016 and are looking forward to screaming from every rooftop the next few months about everything independent record store and beyond.”
To celebrate the honor, Metallica will release a RSD only live album Metallica will release Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! – Live at Le Bataclan. Paris, France – June 11th, 2003, on their own label Blackened Records. The release will be a special CD featuring a live recording from the club, with the band, Record Store Day and independent record stores donating proceeds to benefit Fondation de France’s Give For France charity (details here)
Metallica! – Live at Le Bataclan. Paris, France – June 11th, 2003 track listing
The Four Horsemen
Fade To Black
Ride The Lightning
Seek & Destroy
The sponsors for Record store day include labels that support rock and metal such as ADA, Border City Media, Caroline, Crosley Turntables, Disk Union, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, InGrooves, Music Business Association, RED, Red Bull Sound Select, Redeye Distribution, Sony Music, Universal Music Distribution, Warner Bros. Records, WEA and more.More details about record store day can be found at the RSD official website, which as just relaunched.
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