Archive for April, 2010

Who Really Needs Whom?

Posted in news, opinion, recording industry with tags , , , on April 15, 2010 by thirteenburn

Over the past few months there have been plenty of articles where musicans have spoken out in favor of having far more of a say in how – and for how much – their own material is distributed via the web.

And yet, with zero surprise I might add, the RIAA seems to see it differently, claiming just the opposite: that it’s the musicians who increasinly need the industry to survive and not the other way around, despite acts like Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails and others having already proven otherwise and unequivocally so.

Completely ignored are the pleas for enhanced copyright protection from artists and unions. — Neil Turkewitz, EVP, International, RIAA

Story courtesy of the


Malcolm McLaren; Dead At 64

Posted in breaking news, news, obit with tags , , , , , , on April 8, 2010 by thirteenburn

Malcolm McLaren - 1946-2010


UK paper The Independent reports that Malcolm McLaren, best known as the former manager of the Sex Pistols, died today after a long battle with cancer.


Former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren has died aged 64.

He had been suffering from cancer and died this morning – April 8th – in New York, reports the Independent. His body is set to be flown to London to be buried in Highgate cemetery.


Malcolm McLaren, the former Sex Pistols manager who is credited with helping form the legendary U.K. punk band, has died at the age of 64 after a battle with cancer. “He had been suffering from cancer for some time, but recently had been full of health, which then rapidly deteriorated,” McLaren’s spokesman Les Molloy told The Independent. Molloy confirmed McLaren died in New York this morning; his body will be moved to London for burial in Highgate Cemetery. John Lydon said in a statement, “For me Malc was always entertaining, and I hope you remember that. Above all else he was an entertainer and I will miss him, and so should you.”

Right or wrong, for better or worse, Malcolm McLaren made an impact in the music industry and whether or not you loved him or hated him, the music world is a bit darker without him.

My thoughts and prayers are with his family and close friends.

R.I.P. Mr. McLaren

New Album From Jason & The Scorchers

Posted in new music, news with tags , , on April 8, 2010 by thirteenburn

Back in the mid-80’s, a good friend turned me onto one Hell of a band in Jason & The Scorchers. I was blown away by their high-energy attack and musicianship and it was my very first foray into the genre of “cow-punk” or whichever name you wish to attach to their music.

And now, some 14 years after they drifted off the music radar, they’re back with a brand new album, titled Halcyon Times.


Flash forward some twenty-four years, and the Scorchers are still standing in spite of recording industry hijinx that have threatened to kill the band more than once. With the release of the independently produced Halcyon Times, the band’s first studio album in 14 years, Jason & the Scorchers are proving that they’re every bit as reckless as the young rebels that released the Reckless Country Soul and Fervor EPs a quarter-century earlier. A lot has changed since 1996, however, so why come back with a new album now?

My review will follow shortly…

Slash Solo Album Streamed Online

Posted in general, mp3, news with tags , , on April 2, 2010 by thirteenburn

Excellent news for Slash fans: his upcoming self-titled solo effort is being streamed online via‘s website, in advance of the upcoming May 10th release date.


Slash’s forthcoming solo album has been made available to stream online.

The self-titled solo record, which is released on May 10, features several guests including Black Eyed Peas’ Fergie, Ozzy Osbourne, Chris Cornell, Wolfmother’s Andrew Stockdale and Lemmy of Motorhead.

Slash tracklist:

‘Ghost’ (featuring Ian Astbury)
‘Beautiful Dangerous’ (featuring Fergie)
‘Nothing To Say’ (featuring M Shadows)
‘Crucify The Dead’ (featuring Ozzy Osbourne)
‘Promise’ (featuring Chris Cornell)
‘By The Sword’ (featuring Andrew Stockdale)
‘Doctor Alibi’ (featuring Lemmy)
‘Saint Is A Sinner Too’ (featuring Rocco De Luca)
‘Watch This’ (featuring Dave Grohl and Duff McKagan)
‘I Hold On’ (featuring Kid Rock)
‘Gotten’ (featuring Adam Levine)
‘We’re All Gonna Die’ (featuring Iggy Pop)
‘Starlight’ (featuring Myles Kennedy)

I just finished listening to the album and it’s one Hell of a record. I won’t go too much into detail, mostly because the music is still sinking in, but it’s by far his strongest solo work to date.

I also did a cursory search for possible upcoming tour dates and as of March 31st – found via – what appears to be a tentative set of dates is posted as follows:

04/08 – Los Angeles, CA: CLUB NOKIA Revolver Golden Gods
05/22 – Atlantic City NJ: The Music Box @ Borgata SOLD OUT
05/23 – Columbus Ohio: Rock On The Range
05/30 – Landgraaf,Netherlands: Pinkpop Festival Pinkpop
06/11-13 – Nickelsdorf, Austria: Nova Rock Nova Rock (Date TBD)
06/19 – Clisson, France: Hellfest Hellfest
08/07 – Osaka Japan: Summersonic Summersonic

Again, these dates were posted on a Guns ‘N’ Roses fansite/forum and therefore unconfirmed, but I would imagine that they are in fact, correct. I would also imagine that more dates will be added, dependent of course on ticket sales for the aforementioned shows. Should that be the case and more dates are added, I will post them here as soon as I can.