Kan Wakan’s video for “Like I Need You”

Kanwakan Band

Kan Wakan Band

 

While their name sounds like that of some stuffy chartered accountant, Kan Wakan is a slightly hipper outfit. Back in 2012, producer/multi-instrumentalist Gueorgui Linev started the project as a way to create minimalist classical music. Shortly thereafter, he was joined by singer Kristianne Bautista and producer/guitarist Peter Potyondy, who helped push the sound toward an amalgamation of soul, post-rock, psych-rock, electronic/EDM, and noir jazz.

It was a move that proved to be quite successful for the trio, garnering them praise throughout greater LA and landing them atop several “about to blow up” lists. They eventually faciliated all that local hype into studio sessions with A-list producer Darrell Thorp (Radiohead, Beck, Gnarls Barkley, Air). The result of those six months in the studio is their poignant and striking full-length debut, Moving On, out now via Verve Music Group.

Among the 11-tracks is the infectious lead single “Like I Need You”. Even if you’ve never heard it in full, it might still be familiar, as it soundtracked several TV spots for HBO’s Game of Thrones. Now, the band’s released their own accompanying visuals, and they’ve gone a slightly different direction than dragons and ice zombies. Instead, the clip tells the tale of a dock worker who gets involved into some shady side dealings involving drugs. Not only does it have a gritty, Only God Forgives-esque feel, but the intense clip is actually a perfect interpretation for the sleek, bluesy number.

Watch it below:

 

 

Led Zeppelin premiere new video for ‘Whole Lotta Love’

A new version of classic 1969 track features on expanded version of ‘Led Zeppelin II’

Published on May 27, 2014

From Led Zeppelin II (Deluxe Edition) – Led Zeppelin’s remastered second album will include additional companion audio with unreleased studio outtakes To be released on multiple CD, vinyl, and digital formats as well as a Limited Edition Super Deluxe Box. Details on all formats are here: http://www.ledzeppelin.com.
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The official music video for Led Zeppelin – “Whole Lotta Love (Rough Mix With Vocal)”
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Website – http://www.ledzeppelin.com

New Music: PREMIERE: Unreleased Track By Lost Psych Legends Ramases

Ramases and Selket

Ramases and Selket

 

This Was The World heralds posthumous revival for the heating engineer turned ancient Egyptian rock god.

THE SWIRLING PSYCH EDDIES of Ramases’ 1971 album Space Hymns were hymned in MOJO magazine’s Buried Treasure column in 2014, a not-before-time celebration of its heady mix of spiritual rebirth, eco-conscious vibes and hippy forthrightness.

One of a select coterie of contemporary converts was Swedish actor Peter Stormare – since then, an intimidating presence in Fargo, The Big Lebowski, and Prison Break. Currently the owner-operator of his own Stormvox album, he has declared his love for Ramases by facilitating a career-encompassing 6-disc box set, out today.

Here’s a taste of its arcane riches, in the shape of unreleased bonus track, This Was The World…

 

 

Ramases was the creation and alter-ego of Barrington Frost, a former army PT instructor turned central heating engineer born in Sheffield. Adopting the persona of an Egyptian Pharaoh, the former jazz singer embarked on a pop career in earnest in 1968, involving wife Dorthy, renamed for the Egyptian goddess of cures and protection, Selket.

Interesting Herman’s Hermits manager Harvey Lisberg in their quirky, mystic chant-songs, the duo decamped to Strawberry Studios in Stockport to craft Space Hymns with the aid of the group Hotlegs – soon to be rather better known as 10cc. Sadly, Space Hymns, and a more skeletal and downbeat follow-up album, Glass Top Coffin (1975) failed to deliver widespread recognition and, bedevilled by mental health issues, Barrington Frost died by his own hand in 1978.

Available from today, the 6-disc Ramases set by Stormvox Records includes:
 1. Space Hymns (re-mastered); 
2. Space Hymns (rarities)
; 3. Glass Top Coffin (re-mastered)
; 4. Glass Top Coffin (rarities); 
5. Singles & Bonuses
; 6. A Tribute to… (covers)

For more information on Ramases and Stormvox Records visit www.stormvox.com

And here’s Stormare on the genius of Ramases…

 

The 6-disc Ramases set by Stormvox Records includes:
1. Space Hymns (re-mastered)
2. Space Hymns (rarities)
3. Glass Top Coffin (re-mastered)
4. Glass Top Coffin (rarities)
5. Singles & Bonuses
6. A Tribute to… (covers)

For more information on Ramases and Stormvox Records
www.stormvox.com

For all press and media inquiries, please contact lily@golightlymedia.com.

Watch: LAMB OF GOD “Vigil” music video premiere – A True Gem!

The song, ‘Vigil’ is one of LoG’s most iconic tracks and was featured on the album As The Palaces Burn which was recently released digitally remastered to celebrate it’s 10th anniversary.  The remastering has done wonders for this song, and it rocks every bit as much as it did when the album was released. Here’s to some nostalgic headbanging. You can check the video out below:

About the Album:
As the Palaces Burn is the third studio album by American groove metal band Lamb of God, released under Prosthetic Records in 2003. As the Palaces Burn received considerably more airplay than their previous effort, with three singles. The album was produced by Lamb of God and Devin Townsend. The album has sold around 250,000 copies in the United States. The band are releasing a 10th anniversary edition of the album this on November 2013, with remixed and remastered tracks, including bonus demo tracks.

Their second album, “As the Palaces Burn”, is a brutal barrage that pulls no punches and pummels the listener’s ear drums. With its impenetrable wall of sound, killer double bass drumming, fiery guitar work and an occasional guitar solo, this album should be any and every metalhead’s dream.

The band didn’t make this album on a major record label, so there isn’t a big production job. Thus, singer Randy Blythe’s voice and Chris Adler’s drums are more raw than on their next release, “Ashes of the Wake.” It’s up for debate whether that’s a good thing or not, but there’s no denying that Blythe’s yell/growl goes great with the background music.

Due to the production, Blythe’s vocals take a back seat to the guitars and drums. Drummer Chris Adler is at the root of Lamb of God’s attack. He makes the beat a big, relentless wave which gets shoved down the listener’s throat. But he sometimes creates breakdowns that change the beat (to a usually slower and heavier one). Sometimes, when listening to this album, I could have sworn Adler wasn’t beating his drums, but beating the outside of my headphones. Adler’s persistent double bass drumming (which is usually a death metal blast beat or machine gun attack) and Blythe’s Cookie Monster vocals make Lamb of God stand out from other “New Wave of Metal” bands.

“Ruin” is a good representation of Lamb of God: super aggressive, hard hitting and raw. It has a “ba boom boom” beat with pounding drums and Blythe shrieks like he’s being stabbed. There’s a breakdown in the middle of the song (following the guitar solo), making a bobbing beat with bobbing guitars. It ends with another mini solo and a small explosion sound.

“Purified” features guest guitar work by ex-Megadeth axeman Chris Poland. The solo he lays down here is good, but I would have definitely liked it more if it were longer.

“11th Hour” is the lead single and a personal favorite. The whole song is catchy, but I like it when Blythe bellows over just the double bass (no other instruments). Also, this song has GREAT give-and-take between the guitars and drums. After this part, it turns to Pantera-style riffing.

“Boot Scraper” begins with cascading (almost machine gun) riffs and drums, but my favorite part of this song is pounding double bass solo. Adler must have had bricks attached to his feet when he was playing this part.

“A Devil in God’s Country” is almost mind boggling (with rapid, back-and-forth guitar and drum work).

“Blood Junkie” begins with an almost inaudible spoken word, but the vocals gain volume as the song progresses. This track is a highlight because it has (1,2,3,) 4 beat changes and heavy breakdowns. Part of this song has bobbing riffs.

“As the Palaces Burn”  is a contagious album,  there should be nothing to deter you from checking this album out if you love metal or thrash or the “New Wave of American Heavy Metal” scene. Or, if you are just tired of hearing such bands as Nickelback or other wimpy modern rock bands that control the radio’s airwaves, Lamb of God should be your dream come true.

Track listing:

All songs written and composed by Lamb of God.

No. Title Length
1. “Ruin” 3:55
2. “As the Palaces Burn” 2:24
3. “Purified” 3:11
4. “11th Hour” 3:44
5. “For Your Malice” 3:43
6. “Boot Scraper” 4:34
7. “A Devil in God’s Country” 3:16
8. “In Defense of Our Good Name” 4:13
9. “Blood Junkie” 4:23
10. “Vigil” 4:42
Total length:
38:06
10th Anniversary bonus tracks
No. Title Length
11. “Ruin” (demo)
12. “As the Palaces Burn” (demo)
13. “Blood Junkie” (demo)

Personnel:

Lamb of God
Additional musicians
Personnel
  • Devin Townsend – production, engineering
  • Shaun Thingvold – mixing
  • Louie Teran – mastering
  • Carla Lewis, Dan Kearley, Dennis Solomon, Grant Rutledge, Scott Cooke – assistant engineers
  • Petar Sardelich – engineer for Chris Poland
  • K3N – artwork
  • Adam Wentworth – picture disc artwork redesign

Here is a look at the documentary that comes with the 10th anniversary edition of As The Palaces Burn, featuring interviews with the band, and producer Devin Townsend and other people involved in the process.  Pre-order the album here.

Metal Injection are giving away A Pair of Tickets to Each Stop of the LAMB OF GOD, Tour!

Enter to win tickets: Metal Injection

PREMIERE: Rock Band The Strokes’ New Video: “All the Time”

Rock band The Strokes

Rock band The Strokes

Rockers collect the band’s greatest moments for this video, looking back on festival gigs, grainy early film and more.

The Strokes are almost ready with their fifth studio album, Comedown Machine, and with their new video for “All the Time,” the rockers look back on their career fondly by collecting their greatest moments. There are massive festival gigs, grainy early band footage and plenty of candid shots of the bandmates horsing around together. Sometimes, you have to remember how much fun you’re really having.

The Strokes burst onto the scene in 2001 with an effortlessly distinct sound: Julian Casablancas’ audible distant scowl, Nick Valensi and Albert Hammond Jr.’s clashing double-guitar attack and an air-tight rhythm section. The band’s first two albums, 2001’s Is This It and 2003’s Room on Fire, wrapped the youthful decadence and dive-bar realism of lower Manhattan life into contagious hooks recalling the Velvet Underground. The combination was monumental enough to open doors for a generation of rock & roll bands – including Kings of Leon, the Black Keys and many more.

“Why does everything that has to be big and popular suck?” Julian Casablancas asked Rolling Stone in 2003. “We’re trying to change that.”

The Strokes are included in the Rolling Stone’s list of THE NEW IMMORTALS.

Pitchfork noted last month that the Strokes don’t have plans to tour behind their new album. Comedown Machine is out March 26th.

According to Pitchfork, Strokes bassist Nikolai Fraiture also discussed how Comedown Machine was recorded at New York’s Electric Lady Studios, with frontman and singer Julian Casablancas working in the studio with the band, unlike 2011’s Angles, which was recorded with the band members in different places. “We hashed it out all together just the good old days,” Fraiture said.

Fraiture also noted:

“It’s kind of funny that new music doesn’t feel as natural as it used to but for us, posting it when it is done feels like that is the way it should be done. When you make music you go up down, sometimes you feel strong and sometimes you feel scared. Right now, we just finished the album and I feel good about it and the atmosphere in the band. Hopefully it continues.”

[Kudos for Fraiture! Do it your way dudes and forget the music industry! Pearl Jam did it and so Japandroids!]

Watch the Strokes do “Is This It” live in 2006:

Shane MacGowan, Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski Tackle ‘Leaving of Liverpool’ – Premiere

The Pogues singer and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ pair cover a seafaring favorite
Son Of Rogues Gallery – “Leaving Of Liverpool”

Published on Dec 6, 2012
By Antirecords
“Leaving Of Liverpool” from ‘Son Of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys’

Since it was first heard on an American ship in 1885, “Leaving of Liverpool” has been adopted several times by sailors and non-sailors alike (including Bob Dylan, Anita Carter, the Pogues and the Dubliners). Now, 127 years later, it is the first single off Hal Willner’s Son of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys, a sequel to his 2006 compilation Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys.

Wilner was inspired to create these maritime anthologies while on the set of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest with actor Johnny Depp and director Gore Verbinski, both of whom are now executive producers of the album. “It is a very different record than Volume 1,” Willner tells Rolling Stone of the sequel. “It seems happier – not as much about torture, sodomy and death.”

Although “Leaving of Liverpool” is a lyrically melancholy song (“So fare thee well, my one true love/ For when I return, united we will be/ It’s not the leaving of Liverpool that grieves me/ But my darling when I think of thee”), this bright and uptempo rendition is certainly a happier take on it. It is sung by ex-Pogue Shane MacGowan in a gruff sailors’ accent so authentic that it’s nearly incomprehensible. Verbinski and Depp are also featured on the track.

Son of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys features Tom Waits, Keith Richards, Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Patti Smith, Sean Lennon and Frank Zappa, among others. It will be released on February 19th.

By Rolling Stone

PREMIERE – MUMFORD & SONS “I WILL WAIT FOR YOU”

Published on Sep 9, 2012 by MumfordAndSonsVEVO

The single ‘I Will Wait’ is now available from iTunes : http://tinyurl.com/8fdxmm9

Pre-order the new album ‘Babel’ released on Sep 24th 2012 at http://www.mumfordandsons.com

Video directed by FRED&NICK