Frank Black And The Catholics will release the complete recordings box set on March 23, 2015 on Cooking Vinyl. The 7 CD box features all of the band’s 6 studio albums plus a bonus CD titled True Blue which is made up of recordings from the Black Letter Days album sessions. All six formally released albums (self-titled , Pistolero , Dog in the Sand , Black Letter Days , Devil’s Workshop  and Show Me Your Tears ) have been re-mastered from the original live 2-track and 1-track recordings. The release contains over a hundred songs. True Blue is a disc of “technical demos” that Ben Mumphrey (who engineered all of the mobile recordings) found in his New Orleans recording archive. The box set will have the songs in alphabetical order as legendary Pixie Black Francis (AKA Frank Black) explains the alphabetization. "It feels like an approximation of randomness and its a way to randomize something, especially if its titles.” He goes onto say by placing the songs this way "we get away from the preciousness of LPs we put out and its more about the body of work, the good times that we had."
The Bombay Royale evokes vintage musical mashups of Bollywood soundtracks from the 60’s and 70’s within the first few seconds of a song. This outfit is not based in the film capital of India, but rather birthed their sound in their home turf of Melbourne, Australia. They spin surf music, funky disco, Spanish horns, spy movie themes, and Spaghetti westerns with unmistakable Indian vibes where the songs are sung mostly in Hindi and Bengali. The band’s music is an acquired taste to be sure. There’s a listening curve here, but their recent recording released this past summer, The Island of Dr Electrico, is anything but dull. It’s their second full-length release and the operative clicks here are corky and hip. The band is fronted by two singers known as The Tiger and The Lady, both of Indian origin, while the musicians weave various genres into their unique sound. Listening to some of the songs one envisions a big-mustached villain taunting the heroine while she bursts into song, beckoning her lover to come to her rescue. Picture Asha Bhosle as the background singer. On the song “Wild Stallion Mountain,” The Lady sings about a girl hoping her boyfriend will be accepted by her father. Other tracks like “Khubsoorat Bewafa,” “Henna Henna,” and “Tere Bina” are deliciously vintage, but intricately fused with the 21st Century. There are spacey beats throughout that tie it up all together. For more details visit www.thebombayroyale.com.
Mark Lanegan’s ghostly voice should be all over radio. Alas, it’s not. But no matter, Phantom Radio is another fluid effort by this veteran musician, singer and songcrafter. He fronted the Seattle-based rockers Screaming Trees during the heady days of grunge in the 80’s and early 90’s, and has released a steady stream of consistently solid material, including works with Isobel Campbell and Moby. Lanegan’s work has always had a subtle gothic blues underlining that mixes with stoner and psychedelic rock, all the while he has worked to expand the realms of rock throughout his career. Phantom Radio continues that expansion. The album kicks off with the rocker “Harvest Home,” imbued with Lanegan’s smoky voice that once heard is always remembered. There are the electronica-touched songs “Floor of the Ocean” and “The Killing Season.” There’s the shuffling and funky “Seventh Day.” The slow burning “Waltzing in Blue” is like good whisky flowing through the veins. Lanegan’s voice is so powerful that even musically sparse songs like “Judgment Time” have the ability to unhinge the listener, grabbing on like a vice grip. A dark mood prevails in “I am the Wolf,” while the brooding closer “Death Trip to Tulsa” burns up the speakers as it unfolds. Lanegan is a personal favorite. He, along with Nick Cave, though both stylistically unique, have infused an adventurous musical ethos into rock music for years.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced today the 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees. The Rock Hall's 2015 class includes the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble and Bill Withers, all in the performer category.
This year's class also recognizes the "5" Royales with the early influences award, and former Beatle and solo artist Ringo Starr enters the Hall of Fame – the last of the Fab Four to be inducted as a soloist, following John Lennon in 1994, Paul McCartney in 1999 and George Harrison in 2004.
“As we mark 30 years of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions, we’re proud to honor these artists,” said Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation President Joel Peresman. "These Inductees epitomize rock and roll’s impact over the past 50 years and continuing through today."
Leading up to the April 18, 2015 ceremony, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will host a series of special events, including the grand opening of the major new 2015 Inductee exhibit, which will serve as an introduction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame visitor experience. “The 2015 Inductee exhibit is the first thing visitors will experience when they enter the Museum galleries,” said Greg Harris, President and CEO. “It’s prominently located to honor and celebrate these legends and the powerful impact of their music on our lives. It is a must-see."
As in previous years, the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performer inductees were chosen by a voting body of more than 700 artists, historians and members of the music industry. To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. The 2015 nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1989. Induction ceremony presenters, performers and broadcast information as well as additional details about the week of events leading up the show ceremony will be announced at a later date.
Rack 'Em Records will release a long-lost duet single with Texas Icon Joe Ely and Pop Legend Linda Ronstadt on iTunes Monday, December 15. Written by R.C. Banks, “Where Is My Love” has been an Ely staple for years, but it was first recorded with Ronstadt in 1987 in a Los Angeles studio with Mitch Watkins on guitar, Bill Ginn on keyboards, Jim Keltner on drums and Tony Marisco on bass. The recording was never released. Ely and Ronstadt recently decided it was time the world heard the recording.
UK's legendary post-punk band Gang of Four will release their new album, What Happens Next, on February 24, 2015 on Metropolis Records in the USA and Canada, and Membran in Europe. The recording features collaborations with Alison Mosshart from The Kills, Robbie Furze from The Big Pink, Gail Ann Dorsey, German superstar Herbert Grönemeyer and Japanese superstar Hotei. The first album without vocalist Jon King, What Happens Next refers to both the outside world and the band itself. "The focus is more on universal issues, like how individuals behave in certain ways or how our world is constructed, than local issues or current affairs," says founding guitarist and songwriter Andy Gill. "Gang of Four is anything but parochial." Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello told Rolling Stone this past July 2014 that "there's no one more influential on my guitar playing than Andy Gill."