Metallica To Serve As Official Ambassador To Record Store Day, New Live Album Release Planned

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This years Record Store Day on April 16th , a day dedicated to supporting merchants, many of them independent retailers and other chains that still sell music. Every year a celebrity artist is chosen as an ambassador and this year that artist is Metallica. As one of the best selling bands of all-time, one of the current largest retailers of digital music, as well as a band that began in the underground by trading tapes, they are uniquely qualified to serve in this capacity.

Lars Ulrich commented on the honor:

“Independent record stores are part of Metallica’s DNA.. They have been pivotal in shaping each one of us into the music fanatics we’ve all become. We could not be any prouder to be Record Store Day Ambassadors for 2016 and are looking forward to screaming from every rooftop the next few months about everything independent record store and beyond.”

To celebrate the honor, Metallica will release a RSD only live album Metallica will release Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! – Live at Le Bataclan. Paris, France – June 11th, 2003, on their own label Blackened Records. The release will be a special CD featuring a live recording from the club, with the band, Record Store Day and independent record stores donating proceeds to benefit Fondation de France’s Give For France charity (details here)


Metallica! – Live at Le Bataclan. Paris, France – June 11th, 2003 track listing

The Four Horsemen

Leper Messiah

No Remorse

Fade To Black


Ride The Lightning


Seek & Destroy

Damage, Inc.

Lars Ulrich of Metallica, by Victoria Anderson

Lars Ulrich of Metallica, by Victoria Anderson

The sponsors for Record store day include labels that support rock and metal such as ADA, Border City Media, Caroline, Crosley Turntables, Disk Union, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, InGrooves, Music Business Association, RED, Red Bull Sound Select, Redeye Distribution, Sony Music, Universal Music Distribution, Warner Bros. Records, WEA and more. More details about record store day can be found at the RSD official website, which as just relaunched.

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News: Goo Goo Dolls Releasing 20th Anniversary Edition of A Boy Named Goo

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Goo Goo Dolls has released the 20th anniversary edition of A Boy Named Goo with seven previously unreleased tracks, recorded live at The Academy in New York in November 1995 and including both acoustic recordings and covers. The record is out now via Warner Bros Records.

A Boy Named Goo 20th Anniversary Tracklisting:
01: Long Way Down
02: Burnin’ Up
03: Naked
04: Flat Top
05: Impersonality
06: Name
07: Only One
08: Somethin’ Bad
09: Ain’t That Unusual
10: So Long
11: Eyes Wide Open
12: Disconnected
13: Slave Girl
14: Long Way Down*
15: Name*
16: Naked*
17: Impersonality*
18: Million Miles Away* (Plimsouls cover)
19: Don’t Change* (INXS cover)
20: Flat Top*
*Previously unreleased, live, all from The Academy, New York, NY 11/21/95

Video: Mastodon Premieres Asleep In The Deep On Adult Swim

Mastodon, by Hillarie Jason Photography

Mastodon, by Hillarie Jason Photography

Mastodon have released a video for their song ‘Asleep In the Deep’, and premiered on Adult Swim at 1 AM EST. You can see the video at Adult Swim’s Facebook page or below:


Asleep In The Deep comes off of 2014’s Once More Around The Sun (Reprise) album. The band worked on the video with OMATS cover artist Skinner and Atlanta-area director Rahim and released this statement:

We teamed up once again with Once More ‘Round The Sun’s cover artist Skinner, who is the brain behind “Asleep in the Deep.” The video tells the psychedelic and epic journey of a house cat who unknowingly travels into a bizarre gypsy catacomb where it encounters a giant bullfrog, a three-headed evil rat king, cat gnomes, cheese slaves and a warrior squirrel. “Asleep in the Deep” is directed by Atlanta-based director, Video Rahim, and co-directed by Special FX guru, Shane Morton (Head of SPFX Make-Up on Adult Swim’s Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell) and Skinner. Hey Beautiful Jerk, a NYC-based design and visual effects boutique, provided creative direction and all post-production services.

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Still image from Mastodon’s ‘Asleep In The Deep’ Video (Warner Bros./Reprise)

Skinner, also released a statement about the video:

“This concept was birthed out of my curiosity about what a cat really does at night while we are asleep,” says Skinner. “Where do they go? Cats have a very mysterious myth to them and I thought it would be cool to explore that, as little nocturnal heroes. I decided to put a sort of Joseph Campbell hero myth spin on it and add some Jodorowsky psychedelia as well. I’m more than excited about the way it came out! I love it!”

Music Video: Phases – I’m In Love With My Life

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Los Angeles electro pop outfit Phases, which consists of Z Berg (The Like), Jason Boesel (Rilo Kiley/Bright Eyes), Alex Greenwald (Phantom Planet), and songwriter Michael Runion are streaming their award-winning film, television, commercial and music video director Ethan Tobman directed music video for “I’m In Love With My Life,” off of their forthcoming untitled debut album, due out this summer via Warner Bros. Records.

Stream “Better Blue” and “Cooler” below.

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Lindemann Releasing Skills In Pills On June 23rd in US

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Lindemann, the new project featuring lead singer Till Lindemann (Rammstein) and Peter Tägtgren (Pain, Hypocrisy) will be releasing their long awaited debut album Skills In Pills on June 23, 2015 via Warner Bros Records in the US and June 19, 2015 internationally. The first single “Praise Abort” will be released on May 29, 2015.

The project combines the Rammstein singer’s often hilarious yet utterly filthy lyrics with Tägtgren’s super-modern studio skills and instrumentation.

Skills In Pills Track Listing:
01: Skills In Pills
02: Ladyboy
03: Fat
04: Fish On
05: Children Of The Sun
06: Home Sweet Home
07: Cowboy
08: Golden Shower
09: Yukon
10: Praise Abort
11: That’s My Heart (Bonus Track)

Skills In Pills will be available in the following versions:
Standard (Digipack)
Special Edition (Blu-Ray-packaging, high-quality booklet, bonus track)
12″ Vinyl (gatefold cover, 28-page booklet, bonus track, album-download-code)
Super Deluxe (Coffee-table-style book with 80 pages, high-quality package, CD with bonus track)

SKILLS IN PILLS will be available in the following configurations:1. Standard Edition(2panel digipack, 28pages…

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Built To Spill Streaming “Never Be The Same”

Built To Spill

Built To Spill

Built To Spill is streaming “Never Be The Same”, off their upcoming eighth studio album Untethered Moon, out April 18, 2015 via Warner Bros Records and exclusively for Record Store Day. A very limited-edition quantity of Untethered Moon will be pressed on transparent blue vinyl and will be randomly distributed into the initial run of pressings. The CD and digital versions will be released on April 21st. They have announced touring plans, which can be found here. Stream it below.

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Built To Spill Announce Upcoming Spring Headlining Tour


Built To Spill

Built To Spill

Built To Spill have announced a spring headlining tour in support of their eighth studio album Untethered Moon, out April 18, 2015 via Warner Bros. Records.

A very limited-edition quantity of Untethered Moon will be pressed on transparent blue vinyl and will be randomly distributed into the initial run of pressings. The CD and digital editions will be released on April 21, 2015. All pre-orders include an instant download of the album track “Living Zoo.”

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As previous mentioned, Untethered Moon is the first Built To Spill album recorded with new band members Steve Gere (drums) and Jason Albertini (bass), who join vocalist/guitarist Doug Martsch. Untethered Moon was produced by Martsch and Sam Coomes (from the band Quasi).

Brett Netson and Snakes

Brett Netson and Snakes

Built To Spill will continue to tour as the three-guitar army that they have always been with Jim Roth and Brent Netson filling out the line-up. Netson also has a new release of his own titled, Scavenger Cult, credited to Bret Netson & Snakes, out March 24, 2015

Built to Spill’s upcoming tour dates:
Mar 27: Treefort Music Fest – Boise, ID
Apr 10: Cellar Door – Visalia, CA
Apr 11: SLO Brew – San Luis Obispo, CA
Apr 12: Coachella Festival – Indio, CA
Apr 13: SOhO – Santa Barbara, CA
Apr 14: Irenic – San Diego, CA
Apr 15: Shrine Expo Hall – Los Angeles, CA (w/ Brand New)
Apr 16: Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
Apr 17: Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
Apr 18: Orpheum Theater – Flagstaff, AZ
Apr 19: Coachella Festival – Indio, CA
Apr 20: The Bunkhouse – Las Vegas, NV
May 09: Shaky Knees Music Fest – Atlanta, GA

NEW Headlining dates:
May 10: Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
May 11: Music Farm – Charleston, SC
May 12: Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL
May 13: Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
May 14: The State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL
May 15: The Social – Orlando, FL
May 16: Sidebar Theater – Tallahassee, FL
May 17: Howlin’ Wolf – New Orleans, LA
May 18: Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
May 19: Stubbs BBQ – Austin, TX
May 20: Granada Theater – Dallas, TX
May 21: ACM Performance Lab @ UCO – Oklahoma City, OK
May 22: The Ready Room – St. Louis, MO
May 23: Slowdown – Omaha, NE
May 24: Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN
May 26: High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
May 27: The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN
May 28: St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
May 30: Metro – Chicago, IL
May 31: Founders Brewing Co. – Grand Rapids, MI

Supporting Death Cab For Cutie:
Jul 08: Edgewater Amphitheater – Troutdale, OR
Jul 09: Les Schwab Amphitheatre – Bend, OR
Jul 11: Greek Theatre Berkeley – Berkeley, CA

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Gary Clark Jr Opening For Foo Fighters on North American Run

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Gary Clark Jr will be supporting Foo Fighters on select dates on the North American leg of their 2015 tour. He appeared on their track “What Did I Do/God Is My Witness,” as well as appeared on the Austin episode of Sonic Highways HBO series and performed with the band on the 40th Aniversary of PBS-TV’s Austin City Limits. Check out the brand new video for “When My Train Pulls In,” by up-and-coming director Carmela Makela on NOWNESS.COM.

Jul 04: RFK Stadium – Washington D.C.
Sep 11: Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena – Vancouver, BC (Canada)
Sep 12: Gorge Amphitheatre – George, WA
Sep 14: Moda Center – Portland, OR
Sep 16: Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
Sep 18: Honda Center – Anaheim, CA
Sep 21: The Forum – Los Angeles, CA
Sep 24: Sleep Train Amphitheatre – Chula Vista, CA
Sep 25: AK-Chin Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
Sep 27: Isleta Amphitheater – Albuquerque, NM
Sep 29: Chesapeake Energy Arena – Oklahoma City, OK
Sep 30: INTRUST Bank Arena – Wichita, KS
Oct 04: Centennial Olympic Park – Atlanta, GA
Oct 05: Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
Oct 07: FedExForum – Memphis, TN