Yeah… Not That Into It.
- Kiss’ very first original studio LP since 1998 (see the miserable “Psycho Circus“) is just about finished, according to Paul Stanley. No official release date has been set yet, but rumors have been swirling that the album will be an in-store exclusive through Walmart (much like AC/DC’s 2008 album “Black Ice“). Could this be a new trend with aging rock bands?? And what the fuck exactly are they getting out of it? I for one, think that they KNOW they won’t be selling a whole ton of copies, but enough for a corporation like Walmart or Best Buy to make the deal, so they make a little extra cash (say, the equivalent of 25,000 units) on the side to make up for the drop. Lame.
- More proof that music award shows are absolutely uneccessary. I didn’t know these even existed, but I guess Sunday night some awards show called the MuchMusic Video Awards aired. All of the following actually happened: the newest 15 minutes chick (the one all the teenage girls like cause she’s “weird”) Lady Gaga wore a bra that shot flaming sparks out of the nipples (see: holyoverthetopish), Nickelback won almost every award ever (those buttholes are still around?), and that one of the douche-bags from the Black Eyed Peas named Will.i.am got in a fight with some douche-bag who makes millions by talking about celebrities named Perez Hilton. Kill me now.
- Van Halen is about to pull the trigger on suing Nike. They’re claiming that a new Nike Sneaker, the Nike Dunk Lows, infringe on Eddie Van Halen’s signature “Frankenstrat” guitar. In 2001 the band copyrighted the guitar’s style, a mish-mash/criss-cross of black and white stripes on a red background. The sneakers only feature the design on the very bottom, where the sole overlaps the side, see for yourself. A cartoon chimp, seems pretty flimsy. I say Eddie Van Halen’s a tool, not to mention overrated, for using a Floyd Rose Tremolo, a D-Tuna (which he also has copyrighted), and a swiming-pool’ed Ibanez I wouldn’t want to touch with a thirty seven foot pole. What’s wrong Eddie, not getting as many royalties off of tapping and Van Halen II as you used to? Need to expand the income by taking huge, rich corporations to court because they’ll likely settle out of court to maintain you’re bullshit lifestyle?? Okay. LINK.
- UK newspaper/site The Guardian is trudging on, though probably with very little views, with their “50 Greatest Moments In Jazz” series. The latest details a Jazz guitarist from Oklahoma City named Charlie Christian. Christian was the world’s very first big-time, house-hold, G electric guitar player. He started in the 30′s when the instrument was first being designed by the likes of Rickenbacker and Gibson. He was only 25 when he died, in 1942, but damn if he doesn’t almost define the word “prodigy”. There’s a whole ass-load of guitarists, nearly EVERY single one, who owe some amount of gratitude to Charlie Christian. Here’s a link to him playing, and here’s a link to the article.
- The Flaming Lips (Hey hey, what do you know? Another Oklahoma City artist! This time 80 years later…) have titled their upcoming album as “Embryonic“. They’re planning on releasing the disc in the Fall, September to be specific, but I find this hard to swallow considering they haven’t: settled on the track listing yet, decided if it will be a double-album or not, and chosen the two or three themes of the concept disc. Good luck with that Fall release guys, I’m not being sarcastic. Good luck. LINK.
- A White Stripes documentary is about to be released chronicling the band’s tour after releasing 2007′s “Icky Thump“. The DVD will feature the band playing in unusual, as well as normal, venues and places such as a public bus and a children’s show.