January 15, 2013
Black Sabbath Announce New Album, ‘13,’ Due Out in June

First record with Osbourne in 35 years

Black Sabbath announced today that their new album will be coming out in June. Titled 13, the album features original Black Sabbath members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, marking the Osbourne-fronted group’s first studio album together since 1978’s Never Say Die! Drummer Brad Wilk from Rage Against the Machine will be replacing Bill Ward, who dropped out of the Black Sabbath reunion projects in May.

For their 19th album (and ninth with Osbourne), Black Sabbath will be returning to Vertigo, their original label. The album was mostly recorded in Los Angeles, with seven-time Grammy winner Rick Rubin producing. In a November interview, Iomi talked about Rubin’s creative process. “He’s just a vibe merchant, really. He vibes you up. He’s not one who gets involved hands-on,” Iommi said. “He leaves it to you to do it and he sort of says, ‘Yeah, I like it,’ you know, or, ‘I don’t like it.’”

The band will be heading to New Zealand, Australia and Japan to tour in advance of the album, with additional dates to come. 

January 15, 2013
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Return With ‘Mosquito’ This Spring

New album from New York rockers to hit stores on April 16th

It’s been four long years, but the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are set to release their first new record since 2009’s It’s Blitz: It’s called Mosquito and will hit shelves on April 16th (though you can pre-order a deluxe album bundle now). The band has posted a teaser video on YouTube, which you can check out below: It features behind-the-scenes footage of the band recording a dissonant, crescendoing cut that finds Karen O singing, “They can see you but you can’t see them.”

"We would love for this music to make our fans feeeeel something, for it to stir some shit up inside of them, whatever that may be," said Karen O in a statement. "So much feeling went into this record, it was the rope ladder thrown down into the ditch for us to climb up and dust ourselves off. I hope others can climb up it too; we’re excited to share the good vibes." 

Much of Mosquito was recorded at Sonic Ranch in Tornilla, Texas, and features production from TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, Nick Launay and one track from LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy. Mosquito also includes a guest appearance from the notorious underground rapper Dr. Octagon, the extraterrestrial alter-ego of Kool Keith. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs recently debuted a few new tracks during a 70-minute set in Pomona, California, as the band geared up for an Australian tour.

O added that the band’s approach to Mosquito was more playful and lo-fi, with initial demos recorded in the band’s basement studio in Manhattan. “I think this record has more moodier and tripped-out songs than you’ve ever heard from us,” she said. “You might catch some roots reggae and minimalist psychedelia influences in there.”

May 14, 2012
Rolling Stone’s Review of Best Coast’s New One “The Only Place”

Two years ago, Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast was just a chill 23-year-old California girl with a cat named Snacks and a record collection full of teenage kicks from the Shangri-Las to Blink-182. But after the L.A. duo released Crazy for You, a massively catchy set of modern beach pop, it seemed like everyone wanted to hang with Cosentino, whether indie kids taken with her goofy humor or middle-agers impressed by her old-school songwriting chops. Yet the broad appeal that made the album a buzz supernova set up a challenge for the follow-up: How do you talk to so many new friends at once?

Cosentino’s solution is to let the world further in on her everyday drama. The Only Place kicks off with the title track, a radiant surf-rock ode to the Golden State, but falls swiftly into the caffeinated complaint “Why I Cry,” with Cosentino bemoaning terminal boredom over Bobb Bruno’s racing drums, bass and lead guitar. So begins a string of minicrises about judgy friends, bad habits and turbulent relationships – relatable quarter-life bummers, spun into hooks as indelible as Taylor Swift's.

Those melodies ring out with a new clarity thanks to producer Jon Brion, the Bacharach disciple who helped Fiona Apple and Kanye West cut their sweetest-sounding records. Brion sweeps away the debut’s low-fi fuzz, while Cosentino dramatically steps up her vocal presence on tunes like the tear-in-your-beer ballad “No One Like You.” “Do you love me like you used to?” she wails elsewhere. You bet, Bethany – in fact, we love you even more.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/the-only-place-20120508#ixzz1upTjqPXk

May 14, 2012
Tom Gabel of Against Me! Comes Out as Transgender.

Against Me! singer Tom Gabel reveals plans to begin living as a woman in the new issue of Rolling Stone. Gabel, who has dealt privately with gender dysphoria for years, will soon begin the process of transition, by taking hormones and undergoing electrolysis treatments.

Gabel will eventually take the name Laura Jane Grace, and will remain married to her wife Heather. “For me, the most terrifying thing about this was how she would accept the news,” says Gabel. “But she’s been super-amazing and understanding.”

Gabel only told a handful of family and friends about her plan to transition before talking to Rolling Stone. Because this is the first time a major rock star has come out as transgender, the singer made a point of speaking openly about it. “I’m going to have embarrassing moments,” says Gabel, “and that won’t be fun. But that’s part of what talking to you is about – is hoping people will understand, and hoping they’ll be fairly kind.”

The full story of Gabel’s transformation is in the latest issue, on newsstands this Friday (May 11th). In it, the singer tells Josh Eells about her history of gender dysphoria, the specifics of the transition process and what becoming Laura Jane Grace will mean for the future of Against Me!

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/tom-gabel-of-against-me-comes-out-as-transgender-20120508#ixzz1upTNfkZ6

May 14, 2012
Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys Has Died.

Adam Yauch, one-third of the pioneering hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, has died at the age of 47, Rolling Stone has learned. Yauch, also known as MCA, had been in treatment for cancer since 2009. The rapper was diagnosed in 2009 after discovering a tumor in his salivary gland.

"It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys and also of the Milarepa Foundation that produced the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits, and film production and distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories, passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer," reads an official statement from the Beastie Boys. "He was 47 years old."

Yauch sat out the Beastie Boys’ induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, and his treatments delayed the release of the group’s most recent album, Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2. The Beastie Boys had not performed live since the summer of 2009, and Yauch’s illness prevented the group from appearing in music videos for Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2.

Yauch co-founded the Beastie Boys with Mike “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz in 1979. The band started off as a hardcore punk group, but soon began experimenting with hip-hop. The band broke huge with their first proper album, Licensed to Ill, in 1986; it was the biggest-selling rap album of the decade and the first to reach Number One on the Billboard chart. Further albums Paul’s Boutique, Check Your Head and Ill Communication cemented the Beasties as a true superstar act.

In addition to his career with the Beastie Boys, Yauch was heavily involved in the movement to free Tibet. A founder of the Milarepa Fund, Yauch was instrumental in the first Tibetan Freedom Concert in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park 1996, which drew 100,000 people – the largest U.S. benefit concert since 1985’s Live Aid. After 9/11, Yauch and the Beastie Boys organized New Yorkers Against Violence, a concert benefit for some of the victims least likely to receive help from elsewhere. 

Yauch also directed many of the Beastie Boys’ music videos under the pseudonym Nathaniel Hornblower. In 2002, he launched the film production company Oscilloscope Laboratories. As a filmmaker, he directed the 2006 Beastie Boys concert film Awesome; I F***in’ Shot That! and the 2008 basketball  documentary Gunnin’ for That #1 Spot, and his production company released the acclaimed Banksy movie Exit Through the Gift Shop.  

For More Information Go To Rollingstone.com

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/beastie-boys-co-founder-adam-yauch-dead-at-48-20120504#ixzz1upSyITuY

March 19, 2012
Alot of Stuff Going on!

The Hives are set to relese there new album since 6 years ago in June.

Miike Snow’s new album “Happy To You” is set to release worldwide March 27th

More News to Come

February 2, 2012
Second Post In A Long Time

join me DJ FIRST MAN on KT’s Playlist as well saturdays from 3-4 on radio mitchell!

February 2, 2012

We are having a band extravaganza! Herff Jones The Suicide Dolls and The Weird Beards will be appearing on The Rock Block in The Coming Months, for more info about the bands google them.

November 3, 2011

to all the rock blockers out there we have a new alternative logo in the works! also we won’t be on radio mitchell for a while. stay tuned!

November 3, 2011

to all the rock blockers out there we have a new alternative logo in the works! also we won’t be on radio mitchell for a while. stay tuned!

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