New Pearl Jam Tune Leaked

Posted in mp3, new music with tags , , , , on June 10, 2010 by thirteenburn

According to the website antiquiet.com, a new tune from Pearl Jam was posted on the bands record label website, http://www.monkeywrenchrecords.com (when going to the site, a login request came up) and thus, released to the rest of the world via the ‘net.

We’re not exactly sure who Pete is, but he just posted a song online on behalf of Pearl Jam’s manager Kelly Curtis. A Pearl Jam song. An unreleased one. Called Better Days. I suppose it wouldn’t hurt if we listened, too. A few minutes ago it was posted here, with the message “Gary, Kelly wanted you to hear this please give it a listen.”

That’s all we know. Rumor has it this is a b-side from Backspacer… or the self-titled album. No one claims to be sure it’s from the Riot Act sessions. But we kinda like it.

Update, sort of: For whatever it’s worth, Johnny thinks this recording is much newer than the Riot Act sessions.

Thanks to rollingstone.com for the click-thru…

U2 Producer Daniel Lanois Hospitalized In Intensive Care

Posted in news with tags , , , , , , , , on June 9, 2010 by thirteenburn

Grammy award winning producer Daniel Lanois, known mainly for his work with U2, was involved in a motorcycle accident this past weekend and is currently in intensive care.

Via blurt-online.com:

Daniel Lanois was involved in a motorcycle accident Saturday, June 5th in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles, CA. The famed Grammy-winning producer (U2, Peter Gabriel, Tom Waits, Emmylou Harris, Neil Young, Bob Dylan) and solo artist suffered multiple injuries but is expected to be released from intensive care soon.

Dio’s Widow Asks For Tolerance

Posted in news, opinion with tags , , , on May 25, 2010 by thirteenburn

Via L.A. Times ‘Pop & Hiss’:

Wendy Dio, the widow of heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio, is asking her husband’s family members, friends and fans to “turn the other cheek” to members of the fringe Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas who have called for a protest at Sunday’s public memorial service for Dio at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Note to Westboro Baptist Church/Fred Phelps: two words: Zakk Wylde. This man is huge and takes no bullshit, so I suggest you back off or incur the wrath of not only the like-minded musicians who will be in attendance, but also the fans who will most assuredly show up as well, honoring not only the greatest singer in the genre of metal, but in my humble opinion, all of music, period.

I have a feeling that the Westboro Baptist Church has bitten off way more than they can chew and this “protest” could end up being their last.

I’m just sayin’…

God Bless you, Ronnie. May your soul rest in peace. You will be missed.

Slipknot Bassist Paul Gray – 1972-2010

Posted in breaking news, obit with tags , , on May 25, 2010 by thirteenburn

Via billboard.com:

Police say metal band Slipknot bassist Paul Gray has been found dead in an Iowa hotel room. Police say a hotel employee found the 38-year-old Gray dead in a room Monday at the Town Plaza Hotel in Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. Foul play isn’t suspected.

Paul Gray will be greatly missed by fans and fellow musicians alike.

Paul Gray: 1972-2010 R.I.P.

“The Big Four” To Be Broadcast Via Satellite From Sonisphere

Posted in general on May 23, 2010 by thirteenburn

After rumors and ‘on-again, off-again’ reports of it actually coming together, it’s been finally announced that thrash metal’s “Big Four” – Anthrax, Megadeth, Metallica and Slayer – will be playing this summer at the Sonisphere Festival in Knebworth.

Now comes word that the show will be beamed via satellite into over 450 theatres around the world on June 22nd.

The Big Four: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax – broadcast via satellite to select movie theatres Tuesday, June 22

For one night only, metalheads around the world can experience history: On Tuesday, June 22, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax perform on one stage together, and through the wonders of satellite technology, you can be part of this historic concert event, broadcast exclusively to select movie theatres around the world. Beyond the limited European festival dates, there are no additional tour dates planned for this extraordinary line-up.

US Tickets on sale now;
International Tickets on sale May 28.

For a list of those theaters where this once-in-a-lifetime event will take place, go here:

Can It Get Any Worse For The RIAA?

Posted in news, opinion, recording industry with tags , , , , , on May 21, 2010 by thirteenburn

It seems that every week, another story regarding the gross stupidity of the RIAA comes out and this week is no exception.

According to crawdaddy.com, the industry suffered the worse week of record sales since 1991.

Coming on the heels of the NARM conference’s news that only 2.1 percent of albums released last year topped the 5,000 units sold marker, last week saw the worst week in record sales since Nielsen SoundScan started doing the tracking back in 1991.

In light of such news, the recording industry desk jockeys want you to believe that these pathetic numbers are strictly the fault of the so-called “pirates” as well as iTunes and other similar sites that sell music by the song; usually for less than a dollar a pop, and has absolutely nothing to do with the industry’s abject refusal to embrace the internet and it’s myriad distribution possibilities. Couple that with the recent battle between the band OK Go and their record company, who felt that it was their (the record company) decision alone as to how the band distributed their own music and through what platform. Needless to say, OK Go immediately severed all ties with said record company and started their own.

It appears that more and more musicians are choosing to do the same: opt out of contract renegotiations and take over full control of all business related issues concerning their own musical output. Makes one wonder just how long before the record company as we know it becomes extinct.

In my opinion, it can’t happen too soon.

“and the recording industry still can’t figure out why they’re going bankrupt…”

Via The Music Industry Report

SoundExchange Holding Millions In Unpaid Royalites

Posted in news, recording industry with tags , , , , on May 21, 2010 by thirteenburn

As if the recording industry needed any more embarrassment, it has come to light that SoundExchange, a company that collects and distributes royalty payments derived from satellite and internet radio, cable television music channels and other music streaming platforms, has withheld over $200 million dollars in unpaid royalties dating back to year-end 2008, according to the I.R.S.

Read the full story here.

Via the music industry report