Legends of Rock ‘Monsters’ poster series available

Legends of Rock ‘Monsters’ poster series available

May 29, 2012

Watch out for the real Monsters of Rock!  Canadian Artist Jason Edmiston’s Etsy shop made limited-edition prints available from his series, the first half of which he first showed off in 2011 at NYC’s Underground gallery show, and the second half debuted earlier this year at the Phone Booth Gallery in Long Beach, Ca.

Edmiston has 'monsterized' rockers from Dee Snider of Twisted Sister,  AC/DC‘s Angus Young, Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses, Billy Idol, Tommy Lee of Motley Crue and more.

Every $40 work of art is signed and numbered, but since there are only 100 copies available of each “monster,” Order and check out the rest of Edmiston's work here: www.etsy.com

Joey Ramone’s ‘…Ya Know?’ posthumous album to be released May 22nd

Joey Ramone’s ‘…Ya Know?’ posthumous album to be released May 22nd

Apr 23, 2012

…Ya Know?, the upcoming second posthumous solo album from Ramones frontman Joey Ramone will hit stores on May 22. The 17 tracks on …Ya Know? were recorded as demos and were later finished by longtime Ramones producer Ed Stasium and other collaborators.

Guest artists who overdubbed parts to the original tracks, include Joan Jett, E Street Band guitarist Little Steven Van Zandt, Cheap Trick's Bun E. Carlos, The Patti Smith Group's Lenny Kaye, The Smithereens' Dennis Diken and ex-Ramones drummer Richie Ramone. Little Steven also wrote the album's liner notes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year's edition of the annual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash, scheduled for May 19, will be highlighted by various artists performing the album's songs. The event takes place at The Studio at Webster Hall in New York City.

Joey Ramone died on April 15, 2001 after a battle with lymphoma. He was 49.

 

Record Store Day is coming! Check out 2012 releases, Ambassador Iggy Pop shares vinyl memories (video)

Record Store Day is coming! Check out 2012 releases, Ambassador Iggy Pop shares vinyl memories (video)

Apr 14, 2012

Record Store Day 2012 is upon us next weekend (April 21) and a more than worthy Iggy Pop is the 2012 Ambassador. Record Store Day started five years ago when 700+ American indie stores came together to celebrate record store culture. It always takes place on the third Saturday in April. The U.K. followed suit, with 2012 marking its fourth celebration as an independent sector. Similar to the U.S., the U.K. indie stores partner with bands to celebrate art of music with special exclusive releases that are desirable to own and fun to collect. Iggy will be making his own Record Day Store stop at Sweat Records for Sweatstock in Miami, Florida. If you're in the area, get over there!

Check out this fantastic video of Ambassador Iggy sharing his vinyl memories. He talks about his first purchase, working in a record store, and so much more: www.recordstoreday.com

There is an abundance of rock being released again this year, with this list of artists worth noting: 311, Amberlin, Arcade Fire, Aretha Franklin/Otis Redding, Brad, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Disturbed, Eddie Vedder, Flogging Molly, Garbage, Genesis, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Eve 6, Iggy Pop and The Stooges, Janis Joplin, Jimmy Fallon (Tebowie), Joey Ramone, Little Richard, Mastodon/Feist, Metallica, Misfits, Ozzy Osbourne, Paul McCartney, Pete Townshend, Phish, Rainbow, Rival Sons, Small Faces, Switchfoot, T. Rex, The Black Keys, The Byrds, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, The Clash, The Cult, The Grateful Dead, The Knack, The White Stripes, Social Distortion, Lou Reed, Paul Simon, and many more.

Please support your local Record Store! It is more important than you know. With the talk of Best Buy closing stores, and the past bankruptsy of Circuit City, our local Record Stores are one of the last places to be exposed to and buy new music in that type of enviroment. Fuck Wal-Mart (and Best Buy and Circuit City for that matter), we need to keep the experience alive of going to a business where they care about all music and care about exposing new artists of merit. The shared experience and coolness of a howntown record store CANNOT go away!!  Get all the info and the stores near you here: www.recordstoreday.com

Let's highlight a few of the releases. Metallica's four-song EP called "Beyond Magnetic", which was made available digitally in December, and as a physical CD in January, will be released on silver vinyl to celebrate Record Store Day on April 21. The effort consists of the quartet of previously unheard tracks that the band unveiled in concert in December during its 30th-anniversary celebration. All four tunes, 'Hate Train', 'Just A Bullet Away', 'Hell And Back' and 'Rebel Of Babylon' were recorded during the sessions for the band's 2008 'Death Magnetic' album but left off the final track list. The studio versions of all four songs- all rough mixes were sent to Metalica fan club members one at a time, after each song was performed live during each of the band's four shows at the Fillmore in San Francisco.

Metallica talks Record Store Day: "We've always been big supporters of our friends at independent retail and the annual event the third Saturday of each April... we even helped kick off the first year in 2008 with an in-store appearance at one of our hometown stores! To add to the fun, this is no ordinary black vinyl release, but instead will be on silver vinyl with an exclusive Metallica sticker included in the package. Look for the EP on the special Saturday release date at your favorite local record store and on Metallica.com."

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release an Ozzy Osbourne seven-inch and 12-inch vinyl release. The Ozzy releases for Record Store Day 2012 are:
-'Live' 12-inch 180-gram audiophile vinyl LPs (two-disc set): A limited, numbered collector's edition recorded live on the 1981 'Blizzard Of Ozz' tour with legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads
-'Believer' live seven-inch single: A limited, numbered collector's edition on polka-dot vinyl featuring 'Believer' (live) + 'Goodbye to Romance' (2010 guitar and vocal mix)

The Cult are releasing a picture disc with tracks from the phenomenal forthcoming 'For The Animals' album.

A vinyl re-issue of David Bowie’s 1972 single 'Starman' will get the special treatment on Record Store Day when it’s re-released as a limited-edition picture disc. The A-side will be the original single version, whereas the B-side will be the version of 'Starman' from the legendary (mono) 'Top Of The Pops' TV performance.

Bruce Springsteen's 'Rocky Ground' will be available as a 45 on Columbia, with the tracks: 'Rocky Ground' and 'The Promise.' 'Rocky Ground' is from Bruce's latest album 'Wrecking Ball' and 'The Promise' is Live from The Carousel, Asbury Park (audio taken from the DVD 'The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town')

Disturbed will be release a definitive vinyl box-set edition, 'The Collection.' The 5 LP-set includes the original track listing from the band's entire full-length catalog: 'The Sickness,' 'Believe,' 'Ten Thousand Fists,' 'Indestructible' and 'Asylum' and is pressed on 140-gram vinyl.

Our Record Day Ambassador Iggy Pop and the Stooges will release a 12" Picture Disc 'Live at All Tomorrows Parties'
Tracks:
"1970"
"Night Theme/Beyond the Law"
"I Wanna Be Your Dog"
"Open Up And Bleed”
"Funhouse/No Fun"
"Iggy Interview"

Tracks from Iggy and the Stooges' All Tomorrow's Parties performance were hand selected by the band, along with a rare Iggy Pop interview by Greg Prato. It also comes with a download card offering the complete RAW POWER performance.

Iggy Pop 'Raw Power' 2LP set w/ both the 1973 David Bowie mix and the 1997 Iggy Pop mix, along with a 16 page book.

Janis Joplin's 'Highlights From the Pearl Sessions' will be released by Columbia on 10" vinyl, It's an exclusive RSD vinyl companion to the 2 CD reissue of Pearl (being released as The Pearl Sessions). Highlights from The Pearl Sessions presents an alternate view and an inside look at the Pearl recording sessions, with several previously unreleasd and almost-never-heard alternate takes and early versions of classic songs.

Jimmy Falon's 'Tebowie' will be available for the first time ever. It comes from a parody on his show of a David Bowie impression with lyrics about (now New York Jets quarterback) Tim Tebow. Tracks 'Tebowie' and 'Reading Rainbow.'

 

Joey Ramone will release a 45 with the tracks 'Rock 'n' Roll Is the Answer' and 'There's Got To Be More To Life'

Mastodon/Feist aka Feistodon 'Common/Black Tongue'
Double A-Side. Mastodon covers Feist's 'Commotion,' Feist covers Mastodon's 'Black Tongue'

Mastodon/Flaming Lips 'A Spoonful Weighs A Ton'
7" baby pink vinyl
Tracks:
The Flaming Lips' "A Spoonful Weighs A Ton" and a cover of the same song by Mastodon (the Mastodon track is brand new)

Misfits 'Walk Among Us' 45 will be available in red, blue and clear vinyl.

Paul McCartney 'Another Woman/Oh Woman Oh Why' on 45. A classic Paul McCartney vinyl single reissue manufactured exclusively for Record Store Day! "Another Day" was originally recorded in 1970, during the sessions for the album Ram. It was the first single of his solo career. It was originally released February 19, 1971 with 'Oh Woman, Oh Why' as the B-side. Upon its release 'Another Day'/'Oh Woman, Oh Why' reportedly sold over a million copies worldwide. It was a number one hit in France and Australia, in the U.K. it reached number two, in the U.S. it reached number five. This exclusive reissue single is taken from the forthcoming Paul McCartney Archive Collection edition of Ram

Rainbow's full album 'Long Live Rock N Roll' will be released on 12" Picture Disc

Small Faces are releasing two 45's. One of 'Tin Soldier/I Feel So Much Better Now,' and the other 'Itchycoo Park/I'm Only Dreaming'

T. Rex 'Electric Warrior' 7" Box Set featuring 6 Singles comprising complete album PLUS non-album B-Side

The Black Keys 'El Camino' on 45 w/ unreleased live tracks on 7": 'Sister' and 'Moneymaker'

The Byrds 'I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better/It's No Use' on 45

Switchfoot's 'Vices-Reverses' will be released as a CD EP
Tracks:
'The Original (JT Daly of Paper Route Remix)'
'Selling The News (Photek Remix)'
'Blinding Light (Adam Young of Owl City Remix)'
'Dark Horses (JT Daly of Paper Route Remix)'
'Vice Verses (Darren King Remix)'
'War Inside (DnJ Remix)'

The Clash 'London Calling 2012'
Tracks:
'London Calling 2012 Remix'
'London Calling Instrumental 2012'

The White Stripes 'Hand Springs' and Red Death at 6:14' on 7" 45 black and red swirled vinyl. Continuing in the mission of reissuing the nuggets of the White Stripes’ back catalog, Third Man plays Dr. Frankenstein/matchmaker to two stand-alone songs from the high time of the year 2000. “Hand Springs” was originally released as a split-single with the Dirtbombs and included free in issue #19 of Multiball magazine. “Red Death at 6:14” was initially released on the Jack White-produced compilation “Sympathetic Sounds of Detroit” and was later made available as a one-sided single from the folks at MOJO magazine. Both songs are quintessential White Stripes jams and finally pairing them together here makes (arguably) one of the best Stripes singles ever

Social Distortion 'Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes' Limited Edition (750) Colored - Lime Green Vinyl. Includes: CD of album and 18" X 24" Poster. Randomly selected pieces will have an autographed poster inside.

Check out this preview of a few of the upcoming releases and extras, and support your local Record Store!


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KISS News: Sonisphere 2012 Headliners, ‘Archie Meets KISS’ comic issue 4 preview, KISS 70’s style action figures and new ‘Nothin’ To Lose: The Making of KISS’ book to be released

KISS News: Sonisphere 2012 Headliners, ‘Archie Meets KISS’ comic issue 4 preview, KISS 70’s style action figures and new ‘Nothin’ To Lose: The Making of KISS’ book to be released

Feb 20, 2012

KISS will headline the opening night of Sonisphere Knebworth 2012, England's annual massive music festival! The July 6th show will be KISS' only European show this year.

Sonisphere Knebworth takes place July 6th - 8th at Knebworth House. The three-day festival also includes performances from Queen featuring Adam Lambert, Faith No More, Evanescence, Marilyn Manson, Incubus, Mastodon, The Darkness, Wolfmother, Lacuna Coil, Flogging Molly, Switchfoot, Cypress Hill, Andrew W.K. and many more.

Here's the latest preview of the 'Archie Meets KISS’ comic series.  In the previous issue Archie had been turned into a zombie and it was up to Kiss to save the day, in issue four it looks like Kiss are the ones in trouble.

Kiss arrive in Riverdale ready to battle evil with the immortal power of rock music, hitting the stage and busting out a version of ‘Rock and Roll All Nite’ for their newest fans. Things quickly turn ugly as some uninvited guests show up at the gig. The question is, will Kiss survive to rock another day?

Here's a four page preview of the latest issue of this four-part tale. ‘Archie Meets Kiss’ issue four hits comic book stores this Wednesday, Feb. 22 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Figures Toy Company is readying to release Kiss action figures reminiscent of the ones first released in the ‘70s by Mego. They’ll be available in both 8” and 12”. Each 8” figure comes with a tiny replica album cover of Love Gun while the 12” ones come with mini Kiss concert tees. They’ll be out in March.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles-based Ken Sharp, author of KISS' Behind The Mask (2003) and Starting Over: The Making Of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy (2010)  has teamed up with KISS legends Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley for the new hardcover book called Nothin' To Lose: The Making of KISS (1972-1975).

A description reads as follows:

"Nothin' To Lose chronicles for the first time the crucial formative years of the legendary rock band KISS, culminating with the groundbreaking success of their classic 1975 album Alive! and the smash single 'Rock and Roll All Nite', a song that nearly four decades later remains one of the band's most enduring anthems. Drawing on more than 200 interviews, the book offers a captivating and intimate fly-on-the-wall account of their launch, charting the struggles and ultimate victories that led them to the threshold of superstardom. Constructed as an oral history, the book includes original interviews with Paul, Gene, Ace, and Peter, as well as producers, engineers, management, roadies, costume and stage designers, fans, and musical contemporaries from the time, including: original manager Bill Aucoin, Casablanca Records founder Neil Bogart, rock photographer Bob Gruen, promoter Ron Delsner, Ted Nugent, Dick Clark, Alice Cooper, Marshall Crenshaw, and Bob Seger, as well as members of Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Rush, Styx, Nazareth, Slade, Blue Öyster Cult, Uriah Heep, Mott The Hoople, The New York Dolls, The Ramones, and The Quattros, among others. The end result is an indelible and irresistible portrait of a band on the rise and the music scene they changed forever.

The 448 page Nothin' To Lose: The Making of KISS (1972-1975) is due our via It Books on August 14th.

 

Johnny Ramone autobiography due in April

Johnny Ramone autobiography due in April

Jan 22, 2012

Eight years after he died of prostate cancer, Johnny Ramone's autobiography is finally being published. "Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone" is set for release April 2 by Abrams Image. In an interview, his widow, Linda, described the book as "kind of his last word that he knew would be out."

"It is a really powerful book because his whole life has gone before him and he knows it's going to come to an end, and he really needs to tell everybody what he's feeling inside, so that's what makes it so amazing," she added later. "That is the biggest, most powerful thing, writing a book when you know you're dying."

Johnny Ramone, whose real name was John Cummings, was one of the founding members of the legendary New York City-based punk band the Ramones, members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Considered one of the most influential guitarists in rock, he died in 2004 at age 55 after battling cancer for five years.

Linda Ramone said he started writing the book when he first became ill: "Johnny's legacy to him was so important, even while he was sick. ... It was like he knew he was dying, and he wanted to do something."

The 176-page book is filled with pictures selected by his wife. It includes Ramone's musings from his childhood to his struggle with cancer. It also features other personal stories, including the attack on him that left him hospitalized, his altercation with Malcolm McLaren and his romance with Linda, who once dated Joey Ramone, the Ramones' frontman, leading to a yearslong rift between the two musicians.

"It's whatever people make out of it. I guess it was some sort of love triangle — Joey, Johnny and me. It happened, and of course he talks about it and he talks about how he feels about it," Linda said. "The three of us all probably have a different story, but this is Johnny's story."

Band mate Tommy Ramone, the only surviving member of the original band, wrote the foreword. In a statement, he said: "Johnny Ramone's autobiography is a no holds barred, straight-forward book written in a no-nonsense style that is Johnny personified. His story is written in his own actual words, so the reader gets an insight into what made him the unique, charismatic and exciting individual that he was. It also gives a great view of The Ramones from Johnny's perspective."

The epilogue was written by close friend Lisa Marie Presley.

Linda Ramone said the book was originally planned to have interviews with Ramone's friends, but she decided to only include her husband's words.

"It didn't make Johnny Ramone's book more powerful by having other people in the book talking about him," she said. "This is nobody else's story. This is Johnny Ramone's story, talking about Johnny Ramone."

She said several factors were responsible for the delay in the book's release, including lawsuits involving the band after Ramone died and other projects she was undertaking for his fans.

"Between all those years of doing different things for his legacy, I always had the book. But there was never the right time for the book," she said.

Linda said her husband never stopped working on the book, even during chemotherapy treatments.

"He wasn't feeling well all the time, but that never stopped Johnny," she said. "Johnny was indestructible."

She hopes to publish another book of photos of Ramone, and hopes the book will lead to a Ramones biopic.

"This is the first book I can honestly see that really has enough in it to make it such an interesting story, because this is Johnny talking about Johnny," she said. "No Ramone movie could be as cool as Johnny's story." -AP