Weezer Sign With Indie Label to Help Distribute New Album Heavy Metal

After leaving their major label Geffen, Weezer is just about to sign with an indie to help distribute their new album Heavy Metal, according to an interview with the Danbury, CT’s New Times.

“I’ve spent the entire morning trying to come up with a name for the record,” joked Cuomo, who just turned 40 this year. “How does Heavy Mental sound? There’s definitely going to be more raw rock energy on this one.”

Late last year Rivers told MTV the band was still weighing its distribution options:

“Is it gonna be an old-fashioned CD put out by a record label? Is it gonna be something that’s only online? Is it gonna be a shorter album, eight songs, is it gonna be a longer album, 20 songs? We don’t know. Everything’s up in the air right now.”

Heavy Metal isnt the greatest title in the world, but Im more looking forward to hearing their collaboration with Ryan Adams.

Chromeo’s Summer USA Tour Dates Announced

Chromeo is one of my favourite bands at the moment. Chromeo tracks that im loving include Fancy Footwork and Dont Turn The Lights On. You can see Chromeo live with Holy Ghost!, Neon Indian, and/or Telephoned this summer.

Tour dates include:

07/26 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club

07/27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero

07/29 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

07/30 – Boston, MA @ House Of Blues

07/31 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis

08/02 – Ottawa, ON @ Capital Music Hall

08/03 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix

08/05 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic

08/06 – Chicago, IL (Lollapalooza)

08/07 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave

08/10 – Calgary, AB @ Flames Central

08/11 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore

08/12 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Market

08/13 – Portland, OR @ Roseland

08/16 – San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues

08/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Twilight Concert Series

08/20 – Denver, CO @ Ogden

08/24 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s

08/25 – Dallas, TX @ Palladium

08/26 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom

08/27 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

08/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl (w/ The Chemical Brothers)

Belle & Sebastian Announced UK Tour Dates for December 2010

Belle & Sebastian have just announced their UK tour dates for later this year.

December:
5 – Gateshead, Sage
6 – Birmingham, Symphony Hall
7 – Manchester, Apollo
9 – Bournemouth, O2 Academy
14 – Leicester, De Montfort Hall
16 – Bristol, Colston Hall
21 – Glasgow, Barrowlands

Belle & Sebastian havent toured for quite some time, so make sure you get tickets early because they will sell out.

Mark Ronson with Duran Duran Styled Cover Art for His New LP

Here is the new cover art from Mark Ronson for his upcoming LP “Record Collection”, which includes a not-so-hidden nod to Duran Duran’s 1982 “Rio”.

“I was working with Nick Rhodes, and when I heard the sound of these analogue keyboards I thought they would be an interesting texture to incorporate into my new album,” he explains in an interview with the BBC.  “Working with Duran Duran is directly responsible for the sound on this album – although it doesn’t sound like Duran Duran.”

Below is his new sing “Bang Bang Bang” which features rapper Q-Tip and singer MNDR (aka Amanda Warner). Ronson’s new LP is set to be released on October 5.

My Favourite Funny Music Videos

Im not really too sure why Im putting together my favourite funny music videos, but I thought I would spread the joy! Enjoy!

Flight of the Conchords – Business Time

Axis of Awesome – 4 Chord Song

Weird Al – Your Horoscope for Today

Flight of the Conchords – Ladies of the world

Flight of the Conchords – If You’re Into It

HMV To Launch Digital Music Download Store In The Next Two Weeks

Before the end of July its rumoured that HMV will be launching their own digital download store. HMV has been a main player in the world of CD sales, now they have noticed the rise of digital and want part of that market.

HMV have been running hmvdigital.com for serveral months now, but on in a beta sense. Prices are currently £0.99 per single and around £7.99 for an album. These prices seems very similar to iTunes, so why would anyone think of purchasing on HMV instead of iTunes?

HMV will only be launching their download store in the UK, but Im sure over time they will hit all the other major music markets.

Music Review: Boney Black – Save The World

It depresses me how often the adjective ’embarrassing’ is applicable to British Hip-Hop. Don’t get me wrong, it’s also applicable to a lot of American Hip-Hop too, take that deluded bell-end 50 Cent for example; his rapping was bad enough but now genuinely believes he’s an author. The problem British Hip-Hop artists have however, is that they can’t wear the cliches of Hip-Hop as well as their American counterparts can.

Hip-Hop is a borrowed culture, we don’t have the same gang or crime culture as America and as soon as a British rapper tries to talk about these issues they run the risk of sounding at best totally disingenuous and at worst laughably ridiculous.

So, how do you escape this as a British MC? You change your subject matter, you change your references and in doing so you change the music’s identity.

Save The World is the debut E.P from Preston based rapper Boney Black. It is an E.P full of legitimate character and personality that doesn’t feel in anyway produced by formula.

The opening and title track ‘Save The World’ is a perfect way to begin a record that deals with bleak and gritty topics. The song dynamically doesn’t move a great deal whilst the lyrics acknowledge everything that Boney Black feels should be acknowledge before taking us into the rest of the E.P. The track’s message is one of optimism, which sets the scene perfectly for what is to follow.

The quality is honestly sky high throughout and picking 2 or 3 stand out tracks is no easy task. The second song ‘She can’t cope’ – an extremely bleak story of single mother and ‘Solja Boy’ are probably the two best stand alone songs, but inside the context of the record are even stronger.

The production is absolutely pitch perfect and musically sounds as though it was written to accompany the lyrics rather than working independently, as is the case with so much inferior Hip-Hop.

I’m not usually a fan of anyone whose lyrics are this boastful, I don’t think he’s by any stretch of the imagination a world class lyricist and at times the relentless repetition of certain lyrics annoyed the hell out of me. Boney Black has something about him though, something that made me feel warm inside and made me like him a great deal. I think he genuinely cares about all of the subject matters dealt with on this E.P and his lyrics offer a real insight into the intimate details of his life and the inner workings of his mind.

The record can be purchased here and you can visit Boney Black’s myspace page by clicking here.

If you would like to be reviewed then please get in touch; luke@routenote.com or @monkeyhotel