Random Shit: Repo Man, Modern Art, Lady Gaga, Oh, And A New Beatles Album!

Ever wished a bunch of cool modern-day bands would do a loving tribute to the Repo Man soundtrack? Yes? Well, then your ass is in luck as the fine folks at American Laundromat Records are releasing their own loving tribute to "the best damn movie Emilio Estevez ever made."

The roster of indie artists lending their considerable talents to this project include Those Darlins, Matthew Sweet, Amanda Palmer, Mike Watt, The Tellers, Black Francis, Weekend, Polar Bear Club, Moses Coltrane, New York Rivals, and The Suicide Dolls.

If that weren't awesome enough already, American Laundromat is accepting pre-orders until July 31 for the deluxe package, which includes:

* a choice between 1 of 2 really cool original t-shirt designs illustrated by Lonny Unitus,

* 2 promo pins featuring one of several famous quotes from the film, and

* an official Little Trees' royal pine tree-shaped air freshener exactly like the one featured in the film -- “you find one in every car... you’ll see” (Miller to Otto). And, as an added bonus, only pre-order customers get to hear the tribute weeks before the official release date.

So what are you waiting for, pre-order this kick-ass bundle right now (because you might totally space and not remember until its too late) and be that much cooler than all your friends.

Speaking of Matthew Sweet, the L.A.-based pop guru is releasing a new album called Modern Art that is easily his best work since 1991's Girlfriend.

Normally, this is where we'd hype the stellar cast of guest musicians who helped Sweet record the album, but Sweet recorded the album pretty much on his own, with longtime drummer Ric Menck and Bangles guitar tech Dennis Taylor lending ample support.

Also, for $79.99, diehard Matthew Sweet fans can buy the Modern Art bundle, which includes:

* 2-record vinyl copy of Modern Art

* Autographed lithograph of lyrics from Girlfriend

* An exclusive Girlfriend t-shirt

* Deluxe 2-CD edition of the Girlfriend album

* Digital download of Modern Art, and

* an exclusive bonus track.

Those holding their breath for Lady Gaga to make her acting debut (wait, wouldn't her entire career be her acting debut?) will only have to wait until the new flick "Machete Kills" hits theatres next year.

Aaaaaand those holding their breath for a new KISS album can finally let it all hang out as the legendary superheroes of rock & roll unleash their 20th studio album, Monster (wonder if they cover any R.E.M. songs), and are currently on the road with Motley Crue.

By the way, did anyone see Gene Simmons endorse Mitt Romney on his recent appearance on "Fox And Friends"? Didn't think so.

Last but not least, did you know The Beatles had a new album? No? Turns out the band has released a new collection of old tracks called Tomorrow Never Knows, which gathers together some of the band's harder rocking material basically so they could attach this note from Foo Fighter Dave Grohl:

If it weren't for The Beatles, I would not be a musician. It’s as simple as that. From a very young age I became fascinated with their songs, and over the years have drowned myself in the depth of their catalogue. Their groove and their swagger. Their grace and their beauty. Their dark and their light. The Beatles seemed to be capable of anything. They knew no boundaries, and in that freedom they seemed to define what we now know today as 'Rock and Roll.'

"Recently I showed my 6-year-old daughter, Violet, the brilliant Yellow Submarine movie. It was her introduction to The Beatles, and she instantly shared the same fascination I felt when I was her age discovering The Beatles for the first time. She wanted to know their names, which instruments they played, who sang what song, etc etc etc....it made me so incredibly happy (and proud!). Within days she knew the verses and choruses to every song on the album. But, there was one song that stood out for her....

'"Hey Bulldog" is not one of The Beatles’ greatest hits. It's what most people would consider a 'deep cut.' But it is a quintessential Beatles rocker. The rolling bass line, the trademark Ringo drum fills, the gritty distorted guitar, and that sound that only the back of Lennon's throat could produce. It stomps. It grooves. It makes your head bob. It makes your hips shake. When Lennon sings, 'If you're lonely you can talk to me!' it soothes your heart, like you've finally found something to believe in. It's so raw and real. It is 100% timeless Rock and Roll...

From one generation to the next, The Beatles will remain the most important rock band of all time.

Just ask Violet.

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1 comment:

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