Red Hot Chili Peppers’ New Album

February 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

Last month we posted about some upcoming albums hopefully arriving in 2011 and looks like one of our top picks, Red Hot Chili Peppers, will be delivering.  Lead singer, Anthony Kiedis, told NME that they are almost done with the new album and have dubbed it with a working title based on a close friend’s acid trip.  Kiedis says their friend claims he was playing a sold out show to the planets and moons and his number one hit was “Dr. Johnny Skinz’s Disproportionately Rambunctious Polar Express Machine-head.”  I honestly cannot see this title sticking around for release time but it would be pretty great to see that album cover!

I am very excited for this album.  The band is without their genius guitarist John Frusciante, who has been exploring his solo project, but studio musician and touring guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, will be joinging their ranks this time around.  He actually toured with the Chili Peppers in 2000, playing with the band opening for them and he played with them towards the end of their Stadium Arcadium tour.  This album seems like it will be especially different because Kieidis talked about bassist extraordinaire, Flea, and his newly acquired music theory and piano skills as well as a trip to Africa where he studied obscure rhythms for inspiration for the new songs.  And with Rick Rubin at the helm, this album is sure to pack a fist.


SPIN’S 30 Must-Hear Albums of 2011

January 20, 2011 § 2 Comments

This is the most exciting article I’ve read this month.  Spin posted a review of 30 albums that are coming out in 2011 and most include some sort of preview…I’m on the edge of my seat for this new music.

Some highlights…

The Strokes – Angels:  Seems like it’s gonna be some classic garage-rock with some new atmospheric sounds thrown in, but will of course be riddled with those dueling guitar lines that resemble video game sounds in only a way that the Strokes can do.

Fleet Foxes: Hopefully we’ll see a release in May as long as Robin Pecknold doesn’t have another change of heart about his songs, but I’m excited for this one regardless.

Radiohead: Seems like they’re taking a while on this one, but you know it’s gonna be a good year if we get a new Radiohead album.  Wonder what marketing ploy they’ll try this time?

Red Hot Chili Peppers: – Really!? Can it be?  They are sans John Frusciante but yes they are returning with a promise of new Afro-Beat influenced rhythms and some songs written by the infamous Flea, this album should definitely be entertaining.

Patrick Stump – Soul Punk:  Gotta say Fall Out Boy has always been a guilty pleasure and I’ve been pretty excited for the frontman’s solo project, but on the little taste that Spin provides I gotta say I’m less than surprised at the pop-factory he has created.  He released two versions of his song “Spotlight” and is asking fans to choose which one they prefer.  They both sound like “Cameras” meets “Fireworks” to me but we’ll see what else he has to offer.

Some other notables: Blink-182, Deathcab, Wilco, Outkast, Lady Gaga, Kanye/Jay-Z Collab.

Keep your ears peeled, in the next few months…

…and thanks to SPIN for all the linkage.

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