Rammstein to begin mixing new album; three-year tour planned

As excitement builds for what will be Rammstein‘s first album in 10 years, guitarist Richard Kruspe has revealed two new big pieces of information. In a new interview with United Rock Nations Radio, the guitarist says mixing on the album will begin next month, and that the German industrial metal veterans plan to embark on a three-year tour in support of the disc.

Kruspe was asked about whether he had plans to tour with his other project, Emigrate, who are set to release a new album, A Million Degrees, on November 30th, and the guitarist replied, “I really don’t have time for that. I’m going to Los Angeles in the middle of December to mix the Rammstein record. After that, [Rammstein] are in the middle of tour preparation, and then we’re gonna be on tour for the next three years.”

Earlier this fall, guitarist Paul Landers suggested in an interview with Music Radar that the Rammstein album would be out in the spring of 2019. It would mark the band’s first studio album since 2009’s Liebe ist fur alle da.

Rammstein will be performing a pair of New Year’s shows in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and have also announced a 2019 European stadium tour. See the dates here.

As for the direction of the new disc, Kruspe said, “Music-wise, I think it’s richer when it comes to harmonies and melodies. That was also something that I was trying to do, because in the past, every time you talked about Rammstein, it’s all about this big burden about the show and the fire. Nobody really talks about the music, which is, to me, as a [music] writer, kind of a slap in your face. It was also important to me that we kind of step up, music-wise, in a way. It’s almost like Rammstein 3D, I would describe it.”

According to Blabbermouth, the album will be mixed by Rich Costey, who has twiddled the knobs for bands such as Rage Against the Machine and Muse.

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Classic Album Review: Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) Still Sets the Gold Standard

The greatest hip-hop debuts in history present their artists as absolute forces to be reckoned with. It’s not just about a particularly tight flow, multilayered lyrics, and a proper selection of beats. It’s about all that and more. It’s a case of musical kismet and a reality that changes forever because those artists lent their talents to the mic at that time and place.

Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) has become such a standard — not only in hip-hop but in music, period — that imagining a world without it is nigh impossible. It’d be one where you don’t have Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Ghostface Killah as immediate points of comparison for Danny Brown and Action Bronson. It’s one where rap collectives have no golden standard to aspire to. It’s one where cream is relegated to being associated with Eric Clapton and dairy. It’s one without Wu-Tang Financial. It’s one where we’re deprived of one of the most important works of the 20th century, one which, even as it turns 25 years old, shows nary a wrinkle.

Knowing of 36 Chambers and Wu-Tang Clan’s legacy can make it easy to forget how unlikely its success was. Nine New York MCs, only a couple with any actual recorded material to their name, crammed into a studio to just spit absolute fire in all types of ways over beats with a cinematic quality unlike any other, with or without the kung fu film samples. RZA and the rest of the Clan weren’t matinee idols appearing in 70mm. They were the second part of the double feature, and if you found it unappealing or distasteful, the exit was thataway.

It could’ve ended up as a hugely influential album that launched the careers of some of the most important names in hip-hop (most notably RZA, GZA, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and Raekwon) and contained a few classic singles while not being quite formed as an album that you want to hear all the way through very often. Finding cohesion with three MCs on a single track can be difficult enough, let alone nine on a single album. Not only does everyone in Wu-Tang earn their place on the album (Yes, even Masta Killa. What would 36 Chambers be without “We have an APB on an MC killer”?) but so does every single track.

In a genre that’s no stranger to bloat, even before streaming inflation, 36 Chambers moves like every track is a piece on a Grandmaster’s chessboard. It’s meticulous at every turn, not least of all on centerpiece “Da Mystery of Chessboxin’” with its introductory dialogue sample, comparing chess to a sword fight. From the moment Ghostface changes the course of hip-hop forever with the very first verse on “Bring Da Ruckus” (“I come rough, tough like an elephant tusk/ Your head rush, fly like Egyptian musk”) to when it cools down (in a sense) with “Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber—Part II”, Wu-Tang Clan make it clear that they “ain’t nuthing ta fuck wit,” whether in a battle of fists or a battle of wits.

Even when it shouldn’t work, it does. Following the iconic and somber “C.R.E.A.M.”, in which Inspectah Deck asserts himself as arguably the most underrated member (and the sting of the fact that he’s never had a RZA-produced solo classic album of his own only grows sharper) is the equally iconic but decidedly less somber “Method Man”, which gives us several important spelling lessons and forces us to consider which method of torture would be the least desirable, and the smoky tone and hilarious rhymes of the M-E-T-H-O-D Man himself show why he got a track to himself, named for himself. Save for both featuring Raekwon and Meth, they have nothing to do with each other, and yet the juxtaposition works perfectly. This is an album where you can go from reflecting on systematic oppression and inequality to Dr. Seuss and Fat Albert references, and it’s never at odds with itself.

Who puts in the best overall performance on 36 Chambers and what’s the best song? If you asked me at one point, I might have responded Ghostface and “Da Mystery of Chessboxin’”; at another, I might’ve said GZA and “Protect Ya Neck”. At this point, I’ll just say it ultimately doesn’t matter because Wu-Tang Clan, for all their boasting, are all about support and this album is a work of impeccable camaraderie, from MC to MC and from track to track. In the outro to “Can It All Be So Simple”, Method Man explains to an interviewer the roles and methodology of his fellow Clan members, from Raekwon (“the Chef”) to RZA (“Always on point, razor sharp”), and the support hits your heart like so many ballads try and fail to do. In that same segment, Raekwon takes the mic and, speaking on behalf of the group, declares: “When we get a little props and really, really get the way we gotta go. That’s when you know it’s on.” They got the way they needed to go from the start and the props rightfully followed.

Wu-Tang forever.

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Disney unveils teaser trailers for Star Wars theme park, including John Williams’ original score: Watch

The next chapter in the Star Wars universe isn’t a movie, it’s a theme park.

As previously reported, Disney is hard at work — spending a measly 24 billion dollars — to deliver next year’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, an expansion of their Disneyland and Disney World attractions that bring fans to their favorite far, far away galaxy.

Today, DIsney announced that longtime composer John Williams will write original music to be used across the park, and they’ve unlocked a preview of the titular theme, “Galaxy’s Edge”, which even reveals some overhead shots of the park. Watch below:

Both parks launch next year: Disneyland in Summer 2019 and Disney World in Fall 2019. As such, we’re starting to get more details, including teasers for two of their future attractions, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, in addition to an exciting preview of the immersive hotel experience that brings cosplaying to an epic new level.

Watch all three below:

As /Film points out, blueprints have been uncovered by California Coaster Kings, who clearly learned a thing or two from Rogue One, that reveal the first level of the hotel, which appears to keep guests under the illusion that they’re truly in a Star Wars adventure.

Here’s their complete breakdown:

Upon arrival, guests will go through security, walking through metal detectors and passing luggage through an X-ray machine. This is obviously a measure in place to protect guests (and probably make sure no one brings any actual weapons into the hotel with their lightsabers), and CCK points out that if the area is themed like a spaceport, it makes thematic sense for you to go through a security checkpoint when you first get there.

All of this was hinted, of course, by State of the Empire, our monthly Lucasfilm podcast that covers news from Alderaan places. Take a listen to their last report on the hotel below and start saving that money for next year’s trips to either Anaheim or Orlando.

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Kanye donates $150,000 to family of Jemel Roberson, the Chicago security guard killed by police

Earlier this week, a security guard named Jemel Roberson was mistakenly killed by police after heroically wrestling and disarming a drunk gunman who opened fire at Manny’s Blue Room Bar in Chicago. To cover the cost of Roberson’s burial, his family set up a GoFundMe account in the hopes of raising $10,000.

Acording to TMZ, after hearing the tragic story, Kanye West took it upon himself to lessen the burden on Roberson’s family by donating a total of $150,000 to their GoFundMe in installments of $15,000.

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This isn’t the first time that the Chicago rapper has generously stepped into the lives of fans with acts of charity and used his resources to help his community. Earlier this year, West rapped over the phone for a terminally ill fan and last summer he sent a pair of Yeezys and a handwritten note to a paralyzed fan, calling them an “inspiration”. He also recently made a sizable contribution to the campaign of progressive Chicago mayoral candidate Amara Enyia, who also has a vocal backing from Chance the Rapper.

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Philip Anselmo plays full Pantera set in Hollywood with his band The Illegals: Watch

Philip Anselmo is in a nostalgic mood, and fans are loving it. The metal frontman and his group The Illegals ripped through a full set of classics from his legendary band Pantera last night (November 16th) at their show in Hollywood, California.

The performance at the Viper Room was teased earlier in the day, with the band letting fans know they’d be playing a full Pantera set. Even better, Philip Anselmo & The Illegals streamed the entire performance on their Facebook page.

Earlier on in the tour, Anselmo and company played several Pantera songs at their show in Lubbock, Texas, but last night was the first time they devoted an entire set to the groove-metal goliaths’ music. The 11-song performance featured such classics as “Mouth for War”, “Walk”, “I’m Broken”, “This Love”, “Fucking Hostile” and more.

The Facebook stream of the full concert has been archived and can be viewed at this location, while a fan-filmed YouTube clip of a good portion of the show can be seen below.

Philip Anselmo & The Illegals Setlist 11/16 (all Pantera songs):
Use My Third Arm
Mouth for War
Becoming
Walk
Death Rattle
I’m Broken (with Shawn Knight)
This Love
Fucking Hostile
Hellbound
Domination / Hollow
A New Level

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Jaden Smith unveils new mixtape Sunset Tapes: A Cool Tape Story: Stream

Jaden Smith has unveiled his his latest project, Sunset Tapes: A Cool Tape Story. Hear it below via Apple Music or Spotify.

Due out through MSFTS Music/Roc Nation/Republic Records, Sunset Tapes collects a total of 11 tracks. It comes on the heels of Syre: The Electric Album, a revamped version of his Syre LP, released over the summer to coincide with his 20th birthday (it also was the first-ever record to be shared exclusively on Instagram).

The new ‘tape features “Goku”, Smith’s ASAP Rocky-referencing, Dragon Ball Z-inspired single. Other tracks include “Plastic”, “SOHO”, “Ten Ten”, and “Play This on a Mountain at Sunset”, a song which comes with its own self-explanatory listening instructions.

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In recent weeks, Smith has collaborated with Young Thug and performed at Tyler, the Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw Festival. He also wrapped up a tour with J. Cole and EarthGang.

The Sunset Tapes: A Cool Tape Story Tracklist:
01. SOHO
02. A Calabasas Freestyle
03. Play This on a Mountain at Sunset
04. Plastic
05. Distant
06. Better Things
07. Yeah Yeah
08. SYRE in Abbey Road
09. Ten TEn
10. Fallen, Pt 2
11. Rollin Around

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Minor Threat reunite for new photo

Sweet lord! Fingers crossed that there’s more to this photo than just a photo, but even if it’s just a photo, it’s still awesome. The members of Minor Threat, the seminal hardcore punk band who broke up in 1983, reunited to recreate a classic picture of the band.

The photo, featuring frontman Ian MacKaye, guitarist Lyle Preslar, bassist Brian Baker, and drummer Jeff Nelson, was posted by Baker, and shared by the the Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC Facebook page. The picture recreates a similar shot of the band in its heyday that was used for the sleeve art of the band’s Salad Days EP.

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Along with founding Dischord Records with Nelson, MacKaye would famously go on to form Fugazi, who’ve been on hiatus since 2003. MacKaye recently formed a new band with his wife and bandmate in The Evens, Amy Farina, and Fugazi bassist Joe Lally. The as-yet-unnamed trio played its first show on November 11th.

Baker has been a member of another legendary punk band, Bad Religion, since 1994, and Preslar would go on to be member of The Meatmen and Samhain, and eventually would become a lawyer.

Needless to say, fans on Facebook are buzzing about what the photo could mean, with many hoping the band will perform again. See the full 2018 picture below, followed by the original shot:

Minor Threat 2018

Minor Threat Salad Days

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Metallica’s charity foundation donates $100,000 to California wildfire relief

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The recent and current wildfires in California have been utterly devastating. Entire communities have been leveled and, tragically, the death toll keeps rising every day. Metallica call the Bay Area home, and Northern California has been hit particularly hard. Not only is the band helping out the cause through their charitable organization, they are urging fans to donate to two worthy foundations.

Metallica are doing their part through their All Within My Hands Foundation, which has offered monetary help to both Northern and Southern California by donating $50,000 each to the North Valley Community Foundation and the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation.

A Facebook post from the All Within My Hands Foundation reads, “Sadly once again communities in California are experiencing historically devastating wild fires in both the Northern and Southern parts of the state. All Within My Hands has made a $50,000 donation each to the North Valley Community Foundation and the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation; both agencies provide service to victims at evacuation centers and other much needed relief. We would like to encourage you to join us in supporting those in need and our first responders in any way you can by donating money, non-perishable food, clothing and other supplies or by giving your time volunteering or providing temporary housing. Every little bit helps.”

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Just two weeks ago, Metallica played a special acoustic show in San Francisco to raise funds for the All Within My Hands Foundation, whose general mission is to “create sustainable communities by supporting workforce education, the fight against hunger, and other local services.” Our photos, along with video from the show, can be seen here.

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Chuck D shares new solo album, Celebration Of Ignorance: Stream

Chuck D isn’t slowing down. The legendary rapper celebrated Public Enemy’s 30th anniversary last year with a new album, Nothing is Quick in the Desert, and somehow still found time to release a new Prophets of Rage album. Now, he’s back with yet another album, a solo release called Celebration Of Ignorance, as well as the promise of tour dates in 2019.

Written and recorded last year, the album is, in Chuck D’s words, “a salute to independence,” not to mention a throwback to his ’80s work. In a press release, he adds, “I’m locked in a certain era. So what? It feels good. I over-stand that styles change but the sound remains. Although I support the entire journey of Hip Hop from 1973 up to this very minute, the breath of fresh air I enjoy is the freedom of creating songs with no time constraint.” Later, he adds that he “[digs] my lane: Boom Bap, Boom Style, Boom Voice.”

In conjunction with the album’s release, Chuck D offered the below breakdown of Celebration Of Ignorance. In it, he touts his collaboration with Jahi of PE2.0 and reveals that a new version of Nothing is Quick in the Desert “with additions” will come out in 2019.

I totally believe that as artists you should try to evolve, but there’s no greater testament to throwback than the first song, “Tiredof45 12.30.84 Dunk Mix”. That song salutes LeBron James and smacks Trump. Dueled up with Jahi, a main fixture on the SpitSlam Record Label Group who has crafted four spectacular albums for the label, his co-writing along with The C-DOC song mix takes us to the mid 80s for real.

He continues to spit further into the album where the next song “BOT” is the current the battle of machines and human beings. “Cavemanic” totally can talk to the MeToo Movement where testosterone is truly a test. “MutterERT” speaks on world climate crime, “Blacknificent” on greatness, “freedBLACK” on independence. The visuals are soon to be seen alongside added voice and mind of these songs.

“Ain’t No” is a skull to skull defying get down needed with the aggressive defense against these times. Put together by my co-Prophets of Rage partner I call the hardest groove Bassist in Rock, Timmy Commerford, and his Wakrat partners Mathias Wakrat & Laurent Grangeon, I’m honored to have this song on this record. It was a ball watching them overnight on the 2016 Make America Rage Again Tour. They are something to see. “sPEak On It!” was a redo-extension of the song “sPEak!” from the PE Album Nothing is Quick In The Desert which is to be released with additions in 2019.

Listen to it via Apple Music and Spotify, plus check out its artwork and tracklist below.

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Celebration Of Ignorance Tracklist: 
01. TiredOf45 (12.30.84)
02. BOT
03. Ain’t No (featuring Wakrat)
04. Cavemanic
05. MutterERT
06. sPEak On It!
07. freedBLACK
08. Blacknificent
09. Celebration of Ignorance
10. TiredOf45 (10.18.18)

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Blood on the Tracks: Canonizing Bob Dylan’s Human Opus

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The Opus is a podcast series that explores legendary albums and their ongoing legacy: how they shape lives, shake rafters, and ingrain themselves into our culture. Maybe you’re a longtime fan who wants to go deeper. Maybe you’re a first-time listener curious to hear more. Either way, you’re in the right place.

Our debut season revolves around Bob Dylan’Blood on the Tracks, his 1975 fifteenth studio album that set the gold standard of sharp, heart-wrenching songwriting, spawning classics like “Tangled Up in Blue” and “Shelter From the Storm”.

Host Paula Mejia kicks off the series with guests Jill Sternheimer, the Director of Public Programming at Lincoln Center, and Ann Powers, NPR Music’s critic and correspondent. Together they decode the notion of an “opus” in popular music and in the context of Dylan’s songwriting and canon.

Listen above and return next week for the second of four episodes revolving around Blood on the Tracks, specifically how the songs have evolved over time, the way they’ve inspired other mediums, and even created an entire bootlegging culture.

For more Dylan, check out More Blood, More Tracks, the latest installment in Dylan’s Bootleg Series, which is currently on sale and streaming. The deluxe edition includes more than 70 previously unreleased recordings from the sessions behind Blood on the Tracks, specifically outtakes, studio banter, false starts, and alternate versions of “Tangled Up in Blue”, “Simple Twist of Fate”, and “Shelter From the Storm”.

The Opus is a co-production of the Consequence Podcast Network and Sony.

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