2012 March | The Audio Perv - Part 3
Archive for March, 2012
27 Mar

By Michel Dussack

Walking past the line that stretched out of Terminal 5 on March 17th, one could have easily gotten mixed up about what kind of event was taking place inside that night. Nearly everyone in line was wearing some sort of cross on their shirt, some had even taken to painting them on their faces, but this crowd was far to liquored up to be attending a church service. Almost the entire line had some form of green on them, perhaps there was to be a weird St. Patrick’s Day celebration inside the venue? No, in fact what was taking place that night was a concert put on by Justice, the French electronic duo who put on legendary performances that are rivaled only by their countrymen Daft Punk.

As typical for Terminal 5, the show was oversold and space on the floor was a valuable commodity – the balconies were notably spacious and comfortable and people jammed as close as possible downstairs to be close to the duo of Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay. Shortly after their scheduled start time, their signature cross light up on their stage set up and the duet walked behind their light filled booth (at least I think they did right away – their setup was so massive that it hid them from all the photographers in the photo pit) and began their own rendition of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ (featuring a vodka based drink that someone tossed towards the stage splashing the front row and me) before kicking off what can only be described as a 90 minute nonstop rave.

After retreating into the balcony to try to get some decent photos of Justice hard at work, it hit me just how massive and passionate this crowd was. Everyone from the very front to the very back was dancing along to the music. It’d be impossible to even attempt to list what was played as the duo as masters at working three of their songs together at the same time. Predictably, the song that got the biggest reaction from the crowd was hit single D.A.N.C.E. which featured Xavier de Rosnay walking to the front of the stage to play keyboards as Gaspard kept mixing from behind the booth.

To be honest, it’s a struggle even attempting to transcribe this night. Justice are masters of their craft and know how to grab their audience by the throat and refuse to let go for the entire show. When the band walked off stage for their encore, not a single person moved from their spots until they returned to play a few more songs. When the band was then finished, the crowd stood still wanting even more, but alas the night was over. As clichéd as it sounds, this was truly a show that just had to be seen.

All photos courtesy of Michel Dussack

27 Mar

Fresh off a run of tour dates that began in Santa Ana, CA on March 14, 2012 at The Observatory, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros announced that they would release a second album by year’s end in addition to their next studio album, Here, which will be released by Community Music on May 29, 2012.

“In the middle of the recording process we realized we were essentially making a double album. Being four years since our last album, the writing explored a wide variety of subject and sound, as it turned out we had a lot to say,” said the band’s Alex Ebert. “Instead of putting it out all at once, we found that two different albums seemed to be forming. Alone these albums are albums. Together these albums express a varying and so relatively living portrait of our lives.”

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros today posted the final tracklisting for Here this morning on their website www.edwardsharpeandthemagneticzeros.com, and recently unveiled the artwork for the album, consisting of a photograph shot by Alex Ebert in Mozambique on the fan website http://themagneticzeros.com.

“The hard division created by the horizon of sea and sky represents the appearance of a dualistic world of dark and light, us and them, here and there. The circle that breaks the dividing line between the sea and the sky represents what feels to be the underlying truth: that creation lives not by the laws of duality or division, but emanates from everything at once, swirling all falsely-held boundaries in a wonder of every spectrum of experience,” said Ebert.

1. Man On Fire
2. That’s What’s Up
3. I Don’t Wanna Pray
4. Mayla
5. Dear Believer
6. Child
7. One Love To Another
8. Fiya Wata
9. All Wash Out

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros made an appearance with members of Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show at the 2012 South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival on March 17th for the world premier of Big Easy Express, which won the Headliner Audience Award. Following the screening, the groups performed an acoustic set followed by an encore screening of the film and performances at the LBJ Lawn at the University of Texas. The Emmett Malloy directed film covered the bands’ journey as they traveled in vintage railcars across the American Southwest over the course of a week, playing concerts at six unique outdoor locations along the route.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros will launch a nationwide tour starting in Oakland, CA at the Fox Theatre on May 2nd. The band will be headlining the iconic Greek Theatre and kick off its 2012 Season on May 4th. The following night the band will headline Santa Barbara’s Santa Barbara Bowl for the first time. The tour will cross the country and include a headlining performance at the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN and a stop in Canada before it winds down on June 1st at the Wakarusa Festival in Ozark, AR. For ticket information visit www.edwardsharpeandthemagneticzeros.com. Full list of dates are below.

2nd Oakland, CA Fox Theatre
4th Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre
5th Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
8th New York, NY Roseland Ballroom
9th New York, NY Roseland Ballroom
11th Upper Darby, PA Tower Theatre
12th Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
13th Toronto, ONT Kool Haus
15th Washington, DC 9:30 Club
16th Charlotte, NC The Fillmore Charlotte
18th Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*
19th Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion*
20th Gulf Shores, AL Hangout Music Fest
21st Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
24th Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
25th Minneapolis, MN Cabooze Outdoor Plaza
26th Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theatre
30th Columbus, OH The LC Pavilion
31st Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium

1st Ozark, AR Wakarusa Festival

* With Dave Matthews Band

27 Mar

EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution has announced that it has entered into an exclusive agreement with Martha’s Music to release the highly anticipated album from THE SMASHING PUMPKINS entitled OCEANIA on June 19th, 2012. The agreement covers the world excluding Canada, Brazil and Australia.

Produced by THE SMASHING PUMPKINS’ frontman Billy Corgan, OCEANIA is an intense and dynamic offering that will appeal to new and existing fans of THE SMASHING PUMPKINS alike. OCEANIA, the band’s 7th studio record, is “an album within an album,” part of their 44-song work-in-progress TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE.

Peter Katsis, manager of SMASHING PUMPKINS for Prospect Park, added: “The Smashing Pumpkins created Oceania as an album experience, and it is intended for the process of the release to follow a path of inclusion, so that best efforts are made for all the fans hear it at the same time as press or radio. We were excited to find partners in EMI Label Services that were equally passionate about the plan for the album release as well as being huge fans of the Pumpkins.”

EMI’s relationship with THE SMASHING PUMPKINS dates back more than 20 years, to the release of Gish in 1991. That album was reissued this past November along with 1993’s Siamese Dream. Mike Harris EVP/GM EMI Label Services / Caroline distribution said: “We are thrilled to extend the long-term partnership between The Smashing Pumpkins and EMI with the release of Oceania. Everybody at EMI Label Services is looking forward to working closely with Billy and the band to help them deliver their vision and their music to fans around the world.”

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS have created one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in musical history having sold more than 30 million albums, and won multiple Grammy awards in the process. Formed in Chicago in 1988, they released Gish, their influential and platinum debut in 1991, which was followed by albums including the nine-time platinum Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness and the four-time platinum Siamese Dream, as well as the platinum certified 1998 album Adore. The pivotal group’s many hits defined the alternative music era and continue to resonate on modern rock radio, influencing a whole new generation. The PUMPKINS returned in 2007 with their acclaimed sixth album Zeitgeist. They have since remained on the cutting edge of music and technology with various online releases.


27 Mar

Swervedriver performed “Son of Mustang Ford” and “Deep Wound” (web only) on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Watch both videos below:

27 Mar

Jake Owen performed “Alone With You” on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Watch the video below:

27 Mar

Shinedown performed “Bully” and “Unity” (available online later) on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Both songs are off of the band’s just released album Amaryllis on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD

27 Mar

Train performed their new single “Drive By” on the Late Show with David Letterman.

The song is off of their upcoming album California 37.

Watch the video below and pick up the song on iTunes or Amazon MP3 and pre-order the album

26 Mar

The Cult today released their new single “For The Animals” off of their forthcoming album Choice of Weapon. Grab it on iTunes and take a listen to it below:

Frontman Ian Astbury told Rolling Stone about the single:

“‘For the Animals’ reflects the sentiment the we are a raw, visceral animal, independent and beholden to no one. We celebrate that aspect that is also rising in the culture. We go where nature takes us.”

Choice of Weapon is out May 21st in the UK/Europe and May 22nd in the U.S. and Canada. Pre-order it here.


26 Mar

Iron Maiden have just released ‘En Vivo!’, a new live Blu-Ray, 2DVD set, and Double Soundtrack Album. ‘En Vivo!’ was filmed on 10th April 2011 in front of over 50,000 ecstatic fans at the Estadio Nacional, Santiago during the Round the World in 66 Days leg of The Final Frontier World Tour, and captures a magnificent performance by the band, ardently embraced by the legendary latino passion and energy of their Chilean fans.

DVD Disc Two is a bonus disc containing an 88-minute documentary, BEHIND THE BEAST. A fascinating high quality “home movie”, produced entirely in-house by Maiden’s own Krew led by Andy Matthews, it reveals how to put on an Iron Maiden tour and what goes on behind the scenes at a show.

The band have also just released “The Wicker Man” performance from ‘En Vivo!’ which can be seen here: http://vevo.ly/GCmISB.

26 Mar

It’s been a while but Tenacious D is back with a new album. Rize of the Fenix is due out on May 15th on Columbia Records. Today, the video for “To Be The Best” debuted on Youtube/VEVO. The clip answers the question “Who must die to reunite Tenacious D?”. Find out for yourself in the video below and catch the D on tour soon (dates below).

5/23 Santa Barbara – Santa Barbara Bowl
5/24 Oakland – Fox Theater
5/26 Bend, OR – Les Schwab Amphitheater
5/27 Vancouver, BC – PNE Amphitheater
5/28 George, Washington – Sasquatch Music Festival
6/25 Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle,
6/26 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
6/28 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
7/02 Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavilion
7/06 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
7/07 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
7/20 Dallas, TX – The Palladium Ballroom
7/23 St Louis, MO – The Pageant
7/24 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater