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Mike Patton’s art rockers Tomahawk will release new album Tonic Immobility in March For more, check out: TeamRock.com (Source)

The Canadian punk band might have generated a noise complaint with this Tiny Desk quarantine performance. For more, go to: NPR.org (Source)

Back in November 2020, Vio-lence guitarist Phil Demmel revealed the band was working on new, original music expected in the second half of 2021. The band was slated  to enter Trident Studios in Pacheco, CA with producer Juan Urteaga (Machine Head, Testament) on January 18th to record an EP…For more, check out: BraveWords.com (Source)

Los Angeles, California’s WEEZER will release its fourteenth studio album, titled “OK Human”, on Friday, January 29 via Crush Music/Atlantic. The LP’s first single, “All My Favorite Songs”, can be heard below. For anyone keeping score at home: 2020 was going to be the year of “Van Weezer” — the big riffs rock album WEEZER made as an homage to the metal bands they loved growing up — until, thanks to the global pandemic, it suddenly wasn’t. The entire time, however, WEEZER frontman Rivers Cuomo was busy at the piano, writing a very different album that took inspiration from another vital musical touchstone of his youth: THE BEACH BOYS“Pet Sounds”. Throughout the summer of COVID-19, he and the band — along with a 38-piece orchestra — chipped away at masked recording sessions using all analogue technology until the record was complete. The result is an album called “OK Human” — a cheeky nod to RADIOHEAD‘s technophobic future-trip “OK Computer”, but sounding nothing at all like that record. Taking the listener bit by bit through parts of Cuomo‘s every day, it’s a Technicolor symphonic spree that meditates on how over-and-under-connected we all are, particularly in a year where we can see each other with greater ease, but can’t be physically near each other at all. In addition to it being the first time WEEZER have ever featured full orchestration on any of their records, “OK Human” is also packed to the brim with some of the best, most personal songs Cuomo has written in the last decade, all of which shine brighter and bolder with splashes of string and horn arrangements courtesy of album producer Jake Sinclair and arranger Rob Mathes. While showcasing Cuomo‘s impeccable songwriting skills, “OK Human” also has shades of beloved albums of yore — not just “Pet Sounds”, but Harry Nilsson‘s “Nilsson Schmilsson”; Randy Newman‘s self-titled debut; the stacked harmonies of THE CARPENTERS‘ records; even tints of Francoise Hardy‘s “Message Personnel”. It is possibly the only record ever created that waxes poetic on themes of loneliness, disconnection, and reaching middle age alongside references to Mrs. Dalloway, Blackpink, the La Brea Tar Pits, Audible, and vegetarian Indian takeout, among others. It’s hard to imagine any other band who came up in the alt haze of the ’90s creating a simply perfect orchestral pop album, but that is exactly what WEEZER‘s done; “OK Human” is a testament to the excellent, enduring melodies Cuomo has written since WEEZER‘s inception, and the ones he continues to write today. “OK Human” track listing: 01. All My Favorite Songs
02. Aloo Gobi
03. Grapes Of Wrath
04. Numbers
05. Playing My Piano
06. Mirror Image
07. Screens
08. Bird With A Broken Wing
09. Dead Roses
10. Everything Happens For A Reason
11. Here Comes The Rain
12. La Brea Tar Pits WEEZER is Brian Bell (backing vocals, guitar), Rivers Cuomo (vocals, guitar, piano), Scott Shriner (backing vocals, bass) and Pat Wilson (drums). WEEZER will be touring this summer as part of the rescheduled “Hella Mega” tour alongside GREEN DAY and FALL OUT BOY.

For more, go to: Blabbermouth.net (Source)

In the clip below courtesty of Guitar World, Vinnie Moore focuses on the intro rhythm part from the song “Gainesville Station”, from his latest record, Soul Shifter. Guitarist Steve Gaines from Lynyrd Skynyrd was a big inspiration for Moore, and he wrote this song as a tribute to Gaines’ incredibly…For more, check out: BraveWords.com (Source)

Canadian producer Bob Rock, who has been responsible for some of the biggest rock and metal albums of the last 30 years, including all of METALLICA‘s studio output during the 1990s and early 2000s, has sold his share of rights from a catalog of 43 songs to Hipgnosis Songs Fund. Rock first teamed with METALLICA for the band’s self-titled 1991 album (a.k.a. “The Black Album”). The Elektra set debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and stayed on the chart for 281 weeks. Rock helmed METALLICA‘s subsequent albums, through 2003’s “St. Anger”. “The breadth of Bob Rock‘s enormous successes are almost impossible to match by any creator in the history of music,” said Hipgnosis Songs founder Merck Mercuriadis. “From METALLICA‘s most famous Black Album to Michael Bublé‘s ‘Christmas’, he has produced some of the biggest albums of all time that continue to be evergreen, year in and year out. “Everyone who has worked with Bob knows he is a difference maker, which is why the artists he has produced end up making multiple albums with him which are almost always their biggest successes. “Bob is very special and as a fellow Canadian, it is a pleasure to welcome him and his incredible productions to the Hipgnosis family.” Rock was represented by longtime manager Bruce Allen and lawyer Mark L. Kovinsky. Rock said: “I put my heart and soul into these recordings. “I know how much Merck loves music, so it was an easy deal to put together. Allen said: “I’ve known Merck for years. He has a passion for music and those who make it. I look forward to working with Hipgnosis.” In 2014, “Metallica” became the first album to sell 16 million copies since Nielsen SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991. “Metallica” in 2009 surpassed SHANIA TWAIN‘s 1997 record, “Come On Over”, as the best-selling CD of the SoundScan era. Rock, 66, told Reuters in 2006 that he felt “20 years younger” after his split with METALLICA, whose last studio effort, “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”, was helmed by Greg Fidelman. During the making of 2003’s “St. Anger”, a petition that some 1,500 fans signed subsequently was posted online calling for METALLICA to dump Rock, claiming he had too much influence on the band’s sound. “The criticism was hurtful for my kids, who read it and don’t understand the circumstances,” Rock told Reuters. “Sometimes, even with a great coach, a team keeps losing. You have to get new blood in there.” METALLICA co-manager Peter Mensch argued that Rock “nursed METALLICA out of almost complete collapse on that record. Bob is one of the five best producers on the planet. But it was time to shake things up.” For more, go to: Blabbermouth.net (Source)

20 albums that soundtracked the end of metal’s most epic decade For more, check out: TeamRock.com (Source)

British rock singer Chez Kane has announced the release of her self-titled debut album on March 12, 2021 via Frontiers Music Srl. Produced by Danny Rexon of Crazy Lixx, Chez Kane is a melodic rock record that harkens back to the glory days of the ’80s when the genre…For more, check out: BraveWords.com (Source)

Former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans guested on Let There Be Talk this week. He goes deep into his history with AC/DC including his audition, the early tours, frontman Bon Scott, and the recording of Let There Be Rock. Evans is now playing with the Australian legends Rose Tattoo…For more, check out: BraveWords.com (Source)

No one wanted a pandemic to come along and tip 2020 on its head, but without the lockdown the new Struts album Strange Days would not exist For more, check out: TeamRock.com (Source)