New Gojira Album Is ‘Deeper, More Personal,’ Joe Duplantier Explains

Joe Duplantier of Gojira

Joe Duplantier of Gojira

Gojira Interview: Soundwave TV 2014

Gojira frontman Joe Duplantier gave an update on the upcoming new album, confirming plans to go more personal with the fresh material.

Discussing the follow-up to 2012’s “L’Enfant Sauvage,” Duplantier told Metal Hammer Magazine Show, “Something I started with ‘L’Enfant Sauvage’ was that I talked more precisely about my demons.

“Before, I was just talking about fear in general, when you get stuck in a situation inside. Now, I go deeper. It’s becoming more personal. I’m not scared to talk about my fear, my jealousy and my weaknesses in a more precise way,” the frontman concluded.

The record is tentatively due in 2014 and will hopefully mark the group’s strongest work to date. “We feel very optimistic [about] the future, and we’re already enjoying a lot the new stuff,” Joe said during a separate AMH TV chat. “We want to make the strongest album we can do. I mean, all the bands always say they try to make the strongest album, but this time, I think we will really do it.”

During the rest of the interview, Duplantier discussed leaving France and the experience of becoming a dad. Check out the full chat below.

Fiona Apple contributes new song “Container” to Showtime’s The Affair — listen

Singer/songwriter/musician Fiona Apple

Singer/songwriter/musician Fiona Apple

 

Fiona Apple has contributed a brand new song entitled “Container” to Showtime’s forthcoming original series The Affair. Produced by frequent collaborator, Blake Mills, the song will soundtrack the show’s main title sequence, which you can see and hear below.

In a statement, the show’s creator and executive producer Sarah Treem said, “Fiona Apple has been my favorite songwriter since I was 16. I am honored and humbled that she has chosen to lend her talent to our opening title sequence. If our show can approach one tenth of the depth and complexity of her song, I’ll be very happy.”

Starring Dominic West (aka “McNulty” from The Wire) and Ruth Wilson (Luther), The Affair “explores the emotional and psychological effects of an extramarital affair, and will be told separately from the male and female perspectives,” according to a press release. It will premiere Sunday, October 12th at 10 p.m. ET.

We’re very happy to see Fiona back,  a beautiful human being.

Fiona, who canceled a run of dates last November to be with her dying dog, seemed giddy to be back on stage,”  When she sang, it was like nothing else in the world existed for her: just the song and the microphone, a relationship she has mastered. …

Fiona made light of past blow-ups: ‘People come see me to see the crash,’ she said early on, and fell to the floor in a knowing pratfall.” Stereogum corroborates the night’s generally wonderful nature, reporting that the crowd “cheered as Fiona bent her body into all manner of uncomfortable looking shapes, and shouted the occasional word of encouragement and love. But they otherwise they kept mum out of respect or a simple fear that they could frighten the fragile 36-year-old away at any moment.”

No more. Fiona is in great shape both physically and emotionally. A woman who is kind at heart and caring.

Welcome back Fiona!

 

Thom Yorke’s new solo album receives one million downloads in six days

Thom Yorke

Thom Yorke

 

One week ago, Thom Yorke released his sophomore solo album Tomorrow Modern’s Boxes exclusively through BitTorrent, at a price of $6. “It’s an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around,” Yorke explained in his announcement of the innovative release. It appears that experiment was a success, as more than one million people have downloaded the album over the course of the last six days.

Update: According to a representative for BitTorrent, the 1.1 million download total includes the free bundle in addition to purchases of the full album. “By the artist’s request, we are not disclosing sales figures,” the rep said. “But we have been very happy with what is happening.”

Yorke’s sales total is likely even higher thanks to vinyl sales, but that information has also not been released. Either way, Yorke made good on his mission statement of creating an “effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work. Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves. Bypassing the self elected gate-keepers.” What remains to be seen, however, is whether artists of lesser stature can reap similar benefits with such a model.

Congratulations Thom.