Everybody here is waiting for deep snow to ski –and I’m just waiting for Shangri La…

Jake Bugg - Shangri La

Jake Bugg – Shangri La

Shangri La is the upcoming second studio album by Jake Bugg, due to be released on 18 November 2013. The album was produced by Rick Rubin and named after his studio in Malibu, California, where recording took place in the summer of 2013.

The album was originally scheduled for release in the United States on 14 January 2014, by Island Records, with a five song EP released on 18 November 2013. However, following a “sold-out” tour in the United States, the release date was pushed up to 19 November 2013, a day following the UK release.

I first saw Jake Bugg live at a sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC. When I heard him sing, my jaw dropped– my heart was telling me a star was born. I saw him live again at The Living Room also in NYC. Although space was limited, I managed to get in. It was an awesome acoustic performance by a young artist (18 years of age!) and since then, Jake Bugg hasn’t stopped amazing me.

As we wait for the release of Shangri La in the U.S., we want to share with you some music videos from the album, including two singles. The first single “What Doesn’t Kill You” was announced and released from Shangri La on 23 September 2013. On 17 October 2013, “Slumville Sunrise” was revealed as the album’s second single, including a video promoting the song and album. Watch them below.

Jake Bugg – What Doesn’t Kill You [first single]

Jake Bugg – Slumville Sunrise [second single]

Jake Bugg – There’s A Beast And We All Feed It – at the BIC, Bournemouth on 19/10/2013

Studio album by Jake Bugg
Released 18 November 2013
Recorded 2013, Shangri La, Malibu, CA
Genre Indie rock
Label Mercury Records (UK)
Island Records (U.S.)
Producer Rick Rubin

Shangri La track listing

No. Title Length
1. “There’s a Beast and We All Feed It” 1:41
2. “Slumville Sunrise” 2:58
3. “What Doesn’t Kill You” 2:04
4. “Me and You” 2:58
5. “Messed Up Kids” 2:58
6. “A Song About Love” 3:59
7. “All Your Reasons” 5:08
8. “Kingpin” 2:27
9. “Kitchen Table” 4:55
10. “Pine Trees” 2:50
11. “Simple Pleasures” 5:02
12. “Storm Passes Away” 2:54

Personnel

  • Jake Bugg – lead vocals, lead guitar, piano
  • Jason Lader – bass guitar
  • Matt Sweeney – rhythm guitar
  • Pete Thomas – drums

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.

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Neil Young Revisits 1970 With Live At The Cellar Door

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On November 26, Neil Young will release Live At The Cellar Door, the latest album in his ongoing Archive Series, via Reprise Record. The album collects highlights from Young’s six-night stand at The Cellar Door club in Washington D.C. between November 30th and December 2nd 1970, which followed the August release of his most celebrated solo album, After The Gold Rush. Like Live At Massey Hall ’71, the new disc features Young performing solo, performing on both acoustic guitar and piano.

Highlights include a bootleg-worthy piano version of “Cinnamon Girl,” and intimate renditions of Buffalo Springfield songs like “Expecting To Fly” and “I Am A Child.” The album also contains songs like the then unreleased “Old Man” and the rarity “Bad Fog Of Loneliness,” previously heard on Live At Massey Hall ’71 and Archives Vol. 1.

Fans will have three options for buying their copy of Live At The Cellar Door — digitally, on CD, and on 180-gram vinyl.

Live At The Cellar Door

Side One:

Tell Me Why
Only Love Can Break Your Heart
After The Gold Rush
Expecting To Fly
Bad Fog Of Loneliness
Old Man
Birds

Side Two:

Don’t Let It Bring You Down
See The Sky About To Rain
Cinnamon Girl
I Am A Child
Down By The River
Flying On The Ground Is Wrong