You know I had to put The Foo Fighters new video for “Rope” at the top of the list of rock picks for this week. I can’t count how many times I have watched this video since it was released, but man, it just plain kicks ass!

Perfectly and expertly edited, this performance video with a twist demands your attention every time you watch it. You add the fact that the song is so damn good, and it rises to the the top!

The Foo Fighters are getting ready to release their new rockumentary, play three festivals in the U.S. in May, before heading over to Europe to play more shows and festivals. The Foos are pretty much booked solid until the end of the year. I can’t wait to hear the rest of the new album, “Wasting Light”, out Apr. 12th.

Mississippi rockers 3 Doors Down are back with “When You’re Young”, from new album “Time Of My Life”, out April 12th.
This will be the fifth studio album from the band, who incredibly have been around cranking out great rock for over a decade. The band will be playing a few U.S. gigs starting April 2nd, before heading over for gigs in Luxembourg, Germany, Netherlands, then back for the Moondance Jam on July 14th in Walker, Minnesota.

Next up is Swedish rockers Vains Of Jenna. The first release from their upcoming CD “Reverse Tripped” is a rocked up remake of the Cee Lo Green hit “F**k You”.

Produced by Adam Hamilton (Vanilla Ice, Leif Garret), ‘Reverse Tripped’ will be released by Deadline Records on April 5th.
The new CD will be the band’s first full-length with new singer Jesse Forte. Forte joined Vains Of Jenna when original frontman Lizzy DeVine left the band last March. I believe Forte can take Vains of Jenna to the next level as a band. We’re expecting a big 2011 from Vains Of Jenna. Really digging the mash up of Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May” at the tail end of the track. Good stuff:

R.E.M. “All The Best”, is the most rocking track on the new album, “Collapse Into Now”, which came out last week. The band has already said that they have no plans to tour extensively behind the release. When asked about it in a recent interview with Beatweek magazine, guitarist Peter Buck explained, “We’ll just see what happens. But it does seem like we’ve toured a lot in the last eight or ten years. To some degree it felt like we’d just been doing kind of the same thing we did last time. You just don’t really want to repeat yourself in that way.” He added, “In this era in which albums don’t tend to sell well regardless, the lack of touring isn’t a concern. I’m not really sure that touring sells records. What sells records anymore? It seems like less and less people are buying albums, so do what you want.”

This clip — shot by Dominic DeJoseph and frequent R.E.M. collaborator Lance Bangs at Hansa Studios in Berlin — is an extended version of footage from the band’s album trailer, which they debuted back in December. R.E.M. have also announced ambitious plans to produce a music video for each of Collapse’s 12 tracks, which will be directed by everyone from actor James Franco to rock documentarian Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter). The videos will be rolled out over the coming weeks. R.E.M. \”All The Best\”

Here’s just the audio of the song:

Good Charlotte “Last Night”:
The video is for their latest single “Last Night” and pays homage to the band’s favorite game show, “Family Double Dare,” which aired on Nickelodeon in the early 1990’s. Collaborating with Funny or Die, Good Charlotte went to great lengths to recreate every last detail of the game show – down to the on-set advertisements, “pie cam” and stagehands.

To get an authentic look, the action was lensed with 1990’s television cameras that were borrowed from a Korean TV station. But the ultimate coup was convincing Marc Summers to reprise his role as the host of “Family Double Dare.” The Red Team – “Cowabunga! And the Twins” which consists of Good Charlotte’s Benji Madden, Joel Madden, Paul Thomas and Dean Butterworth – face off against The Blue Team – “The Cheese Cutters” in such physical challenges as “Breakfast in Bed” and “Ready, Set, Go” while guitarist Billy Martin jams in the performance scenes.

“This video takes place in the 90’s and we were all 90’s kids, so we know it pretty well. This was one of our favorite shows growing up. I always wanted to go on Family Double Dare, and now my dreams get to come true” says Benji Madden. Joel Madden adds “I think that we’re all so excited to actually just meet Marc Summers cause as a kid he was an afternoon fixture”.
“Having never done anything quite like this, I was a bit nervous and out of my element,” says Summers. “The guys from Good Charlotte went out of their way to make me feel comfortable immediately. It was fun for me to see them become about eleven years old as they played on the set of their dreams!”