New VOIVOD Song 'We Are Connected' Available For Streaming
Canadian metal innovators VOIVOD recently recorded a new song for a split seven-inch vinyl release with Century Media labelmates AT THE GATES. The collector's item will be available in stores April 7 and you can check out the VOIVOD track, "We Are Connected", in the YouTube clip below.VOIVOD and NAPALM DEATH will join forces for a North American tour, aptly dubbed "Through Space And Grind", in January/February.VOIVOD this past summer tapped Dominic "Rocky" Laroche to play bass for the band following the departure of Jean-Yves Thériault (a.k.a. Blacky). Laroche, who previously performed with blues musician Steve Hill, made his live debut with VOIVOD on July 12, 2014 at Festival Jonquière En Musique in the group's former hometown of Jonquière, Quebec, Canada.
VOIVOD on July 11, 2014 released a statement claiming that Blacky "decided to leave the band for his own personal reasons."Thériault played his first show with VOIVOD in 17 years in June 2008 in front of 22,500 fans as part of the Heavy MTL festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He spent the last few years touring with the band in addition to performing on VOIVOD's latest studio album, "Target Earth", which came out on January 22, 2013 via the group's own company, Iron Gang Factory, and Century Media.
DOWN: 'We Knew Him Well' Video Released DOWN's video for the song "We Knew Him Well" can be seen below. The clip was filmed at Southport Hall in New Orleans, Louisiana by Mike Holderbeast and the Cement Level crew."We Knew Him Well" ia taken from DOWN's latest EP, "Down IV - Part Two", which sold around 10,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 23 on The Billboard 200 chart.
The band's previous EP, "Down IV Part I - The Purple EP", opened with around 12,000 units in September 2012 to land at No. 35.
Speaking to Revolver magazine, DOWN frontman Philip Anselmo stated about "We Knew Him Well": "I kinda like people to think for themselves and come up with their own conclusions, because a lot of times I'll have a couple of specifics in mind and then somebody will come along and say to me what their thoughts are on a certain songs is about. And I find it really interesting, because it's something that I haven't even considered before in my life and it makes sense to me the way they explain it. So, 'We Knew Him Well' is about several different people, not just in my life, but the lives of my bands, family life, anybody that is, I guess, very very close to you. That's one I wrote for them.""Down IV - Part Two" was released on May 13, 2014 via Down Records/ADA Music. Tracked at Nodferatu's Lair— Anselmo's home studio — and produced by Michael Thompson, Anselmo and DOWN, the EP was the eagerly anticipated sequel to "Down IV - Part One". The new offering from DOWN is packed with the quintet's signature gargantuan riffs, swamp blues leads, crashing drums and hypnotic howls, upholding a certain tradition that countless fans celebrate, expanding their own musical mythos as they leave its pillars intact and untouched.
Drummer GAS LIPSTICK Quits HIM: 'There Is No Drama, Bad Blood Or Any Negativity' Mika Kristian Karppinen, better known as drummer Gas Lipstick of Finnish "love" metallers HIM, has released the following statement:
"With a heavy heart, I'm announcing my departure from HIM, a magnificent band that I've been part of for the past 16 magical years. It has been a journey that I will remember for the rest of my life.
"There is no drama, bad blood or any negativity involved in my departure. I simply feel that it's time for me to move on as a musician.
"I have noticed during the final stages of our last tour that my heart was not in it 100% anymore.
I've always been a guy who played every note straight from my heart and I feel the music very strongly while I perform. If my heart feels that it's time to let it go, then I have to listen, because otherwise it wouldn't be right towards myself, the rest of the band or you wonderful fans. It would end up being a forced effort and I can't perform or create like that.
"Another thing that I've recently started to miss is songwriting. I've always been a songwriter. I didn't feel the need to write after I joined the band in 1999 and noticed that Ville [Valo] is a tremendous songwriter. In my mind, he has never brought a single half-assed song to the practice room. Every song was top notch and I felt that I didn't have the need to stir the mix. All of his songs were amazing as he presented them. But last fall I've started to feel that I'm missing writing again and that I would like to pursue my own musical interests. I started to miss the feeling of being in a band, where I could be one of the songwriters again.
"Three years ago, I had a very heavy year with my arm problems and it took a toll on me.
It took me 9 stressful months to get back into playing shape, but after recording the 'Tears On Tape' record and performing 100+ live shows following the release of that record, I can safely say that I'm back 100% physically and mentally. Those 9 stressful months were one of the toughest periods I have ever experienced throughout my career and adding everything mentioned above, I feel that I need a change in life. I need a fresh start.
"I have nothing but great words to say about my brothers: Ville, Mige, Burton, and Linde, our touring crew Viltsu, Antti, Manne, Sean, Brad and our management Seppo, Taina and Vuokko. I wish them nothing but a great success in the future! They are all amazing people and it has been a pleasure working with them all of these years.
"I'd like to as well thank all the record company people, promoters, past crew members, producers and engineers that I've had the privilege to get to know and work with. You rock BIG TIME!
"And for the last but not the least important I'd like to thank all of you fabulous fans. Thank you for your never ending support and love. HIM has the best fans in the world! Without you, nothing would've been possible.
"I hope that our paths will cross again eventually and you can count on that I'm going to keep you posted about my future endeavours in the crazy world of Musicland. Stay tuned!"
HIM's latest album, "Tears On Tape", sold 20,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 15 on The Billboard 200 chart."Tears On Tape" was released on April 30, 2013 via Razor & Tie in North America and on April 29, 2013 through DoubleCross (Cooking Vinyl's specialist rock imprint) in the U.K. and Ireland. The "love metal" act's eighth official album was recorded at Helsinki's Finnvox Studios with longtime producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (APOCALYPTICA, AMORPHIS, MOONSPELL) and was mixed in London, England by Tim Palmer, who previously helmed 2005's "Dark Light" and 2007's "Venus Doom".HIM has been a band for 23 years, releasing eight studio albums to date, of which their fifth LP, "Dark Light", was certified gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association Of America), making them the first Finnish rock band to have a gold album in the United States. They have had five of their studio albums certified platinum in Finland, with "Razorblade Romance" being certified double platinum in Finland and platinum in Germany.
'Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014' Trailer Available Fathom Events, Cinema 1 and Eagle Rock Entertainment are partnering to present a monthly "Classic Music Series", to be kicked off by legendary Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers AEROSMITH. Fans will be blown away by AEROSMITH on the big screen for a special one-night concert event on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 7 p.m. local time. It was captured live at Donington Park in Leicestershire, UK, in June 2014 as part of the band's critically acclaimed 2014 "Let Rock Rule" definitive rock and roll event. Rock's most lethal army — Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton and Brad Whitford— rocked audiences in 16 countries with electrifying performances. The "Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014" 19-song set list includes the band's iconic hits "Love In A Elevator", "Janie's Got A Gun", "Don't Wanna Miss A Thing", "Dude Looks Like A Lady", "Walk This Way", "Dream On", "Sweet Emotion" and many more.
A trailer for "Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014" is available below.
Tickets for "Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014" are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. The event will be presented in more than 300 select movie theaters around the country through Fathom's Digital Broadcast Network.
For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Eventsweb site (theaters and participants are subject to change).
"It's always an absolute hoot that leaves me howling at the moon, performing at Donington we couldn't have had a better time on stage that night," says Steven Tyler. "I could feel the vibes of all the greats pulsing through the stage like AC/DC, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, METALLICA and so many more."
"We have played Donington many times but this performance was one of our best," said Joe Perry. "Thanks to our fans who were there who helped us make it a night to remember. We are proud to have it be part of this theatrical series and it will give our fans who weren't there around the world a chance to relive an ass kicking night of rock and roll."
"We're really proud and grateful to have been chosen to headline the Download festival at Donington for 2014," Tom Hamilton says. "It was an awesome experience and I think this film captures it. Special thanks to the insane fans who stuck with us through mud and rain."
"AEROSMITH are rock legends and I am very proud Cinema 1 is a part of bringing this incredible band's live concert performance to theaters across America," said Ray Carolin, CEO of Cinema 1. "I am certain their fans are going to be blown away when they experience 'Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014'."
The first event in the "Classic Music Series", "Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014" will be followed monthly by a who's who of rock and pop which will be revealed shortly. Expected events include: a singer with a history of hits since the "50s face-to-face with a modern pop mega-star, the beloved progenitors of the jam band genre, one of the UK's greatest and most influential rock acts, a lauded guitar god and many, many more.Fathom Events Vice President of Programming Kymberli Frueh-Owens said, "AEROSMITH fans won't 'wanna miss a thing' with 'Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014'. Music aficionados across the nation have a year full of great tunes ahead of them as the 'Classic Music Series' is set to bring the best of the best to the big screen all throughout 2015."
For a list of theaters that will be showing the film and complete ticket information, visit Fathom's web site.AEROSMITH's latest effort, 2012's "Music From Another Dimension!", debuted at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 album chart, selling 63,000 copies in its first week of release. The group's previous collection of new songs, 2001's "Just Push Play", entered the chart at No. 2 with sales of 240,000 copies.
AMON AMARTH Begins Work On New Material Metal Recusants conducted an interview with bassist Ted Lundström of Swedish death metallers AMON AMARTH on January 22 at Colchester Arts Centre, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked if AMON AMARTH has commenced the songwriting process for the follow-up to 2013's "Deceiver Of The Gods", Ted said: "Yeah, we just started very recently. We have some ideas for songs and lyrics, but we haven't really sat down to put it together yet. But after this tour, that will be our main focus, just to work on the album 24/7. So hopefully we can record it after the summer. That's the plan. But we don't have any finished songs yet."
Regarding when fans should expect to see the new AMON AMARTH album, Ted said: "I would hope that we can release it early next year. But it depends on so many factors: record label and release schedule and touring and studio time and all that. But hopefully early next year [we can get it out]. That would be our plan."Ted also made it clear that AMON AMARTH will stay off the touring circuit throughout 2015, and will focus on making the new studio album instead.
"The plan is to stay out of shows," he said. "We will see. If something really interesting shows up, we might do something. But our plan is to not do any festivals whatsoever this year."
AMON AMARTH's latest album, "Deceiver Of The Gods", sold around 17,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 25, 2013 via Metal Blade Records.
Recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, United Kingdom, and produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (OPETH, MEGADETH, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE), "Deceiver Of The Gods" delivers ten fiery battle hymns made of buzzsaw riffs and epic harmonies all driven by vocalist Johan Hegg's commanding Viking roar and absorbing accounts of Norse crusades and treachery.
LANCE ARMSTRONG Cameos in Controversial Doping Video From RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's TIM COMMERFORD Rolling Stone has premiered "Mountain Lion", the electrifying new video from FUTURE USER, the new project from RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE/AUDIOSLAVE bassist Tim Commerford. "Mountain Lion" is the fourth video from FUTURE USER, but the first to reveal Commerford as the band's frontman/bassist. Previous videos featured Commerford as a mask-wielding character named S.W.I.M., which stands for Someone Who Isn't Me, an internet acronym often used in online forums.
"I wanted this to be more about music than personality," says Commerford, who formed FUTURE USER with collaborator/composer Jordan Tarlow. "That meant launching this project without letting people know it was me. Fair or not, we knew the songs would immediately draw comparisons to my past work, so it was important to let the music begin with a life of its own. We started releasing songs four months ago, so it feels like a good time to now let the cat out of the bag. Hopefully fans will be intrigued and go back and check out the other songs and videos and give them life all over again."
About the controversial "Mountain Lion" video, which features a cameo by Lance Armstrong, Commerford says, "Lance is a friend, an awesome person, and, as far as I'm concerned, a punk-rocker. We're 'cycling buddies' and typically go after each other in a trash-talking/'I'll one-up you' kind of way. We'll jokingly leave each other voice messages like, 'Dude, I'm gonna crush you the next time I see you. I'm gonna take you down.' I thought it'd be cool to put one of his voice messages in the song. When it came time to make the video, I asked him to recreate the voice mail and he was totally cool with it.""Mountain Lion" is about the government's attempts to use the controversy surrounding performance-enhancing drugs as a distraction from their own global sins. In the spirit of one-upsmanship that characterizes Commerford's relationship with Armstrong, the latter's taunt becomes the impetus for Commerford to light himself on fire at the video's end. "It was intense," he laughs. "Like, okay, you're gonna kick my ass? Well, let's see if you can do this."
Whatever Commerford's take on it may be, you might imagine this as a subject Armstrong would rather avoid than be associated with in a song and video. Yet Commerford says, "He's fearless. He's not locked in his house, hiding from people. If you live in Austin, Texas, he's out there riding his bike and running. Let's not forget, this is a guy who raised $500 million for cancer research and people love him. I love him. I think he's badass.""Mountain Lion" isn't the first unsettling video from FUTURE USER to feature a noted sports figure. The band's first video was "Clockwork", a polarizing clip about police militarization in which tennis great John McEnroe was (literally) waterboarded by Commerford, dressed as the character S.W.I.M. That clip was released in September.
Two more FUTURE USER music videos followed — one about the NSA/mass surveillance ("Supernatural") and another about the controversy surrounding genetically modified foods ("Medication Nation"). "Supernatural" featured a cameo by comic book legend Stan Lee, who typically only appears in Marvel film blockbusters.
"We put a lot of time and effort into planning the videos," says Tarlow. "Tim and I usually approach topics from different angles, pitting left versus right and libertarian ideas versus spiritual messaging, but eventually," he laughs, "we zero in on a common target.""Mountain Lion", "Clockwork", "Supernatural" and "Medication Nation" will all appear on FUTURE USER's debut album, "#SteroidsOrHeroin", out February 24 through the band's own label, Middle Ring Partnership. Commerford calls the band's sound prog-tronic, a mix of early prog rock and modern electronics. Says Tarlow, "Listen to it and you hear the late '60s prog rock of KING CRIMSON and even SABBATH filtered through the EDM side of the current modular synth resurgence. Fans of Tim's past work will find familiar elements, but we've got a sound all our own.”
Commerford, who handles vocals and bass on the album and Tarlow, who does keys and programming, produced the album themselves. They were joined by drummer John Knox and Commerford enlisted a special guest to play guitar: Grammy-winning producer Brendan O'Brien (PEARL JAM, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE). O'Brien plays guitar on every song on the album, but is not officially in the band. The album was mixed by Tom Syrowski (PEARL JAM, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, AC/DC).
"We went into it wanting to try to make music without any guitar on it," admits Commerford, "and so the songs that we wrote were more electronic and were meant for programming to take the place of the guitar." But he finally couldn't resist bringing in another friend to add some guitar parts. That pal was O'Brien, the famed producer who helmed RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's landmark albums. O'Brien is lesser known as a guitar hero. "It's insane for me to say this," Commerford acknowledges, "but I've never been in a room with anyone that's more talented on the electric guitar than Brendan O'Brien. You can call out any song from any band from the classic rock era — LED ZEPPELIN, YES— and he will play it note for note, exactly, and not just the chords but the solos. When I asked him if he'd be willing to play guitar, he came right down and started knocking songs off."
Throughout the years, one element hasn't changed for Commerford. "I think you still need to use music as a way to say something that's important, and I'm always gonna do that. Always," he says.
CARMINE And VINNY APPICE's 'Drum Wars': Official Fan-Filmed Video
Drumming demi-gods Carmine and Vinny Appice have both had extraordinary careers behind the drum kit, beginning with Carmine's tenure in such legendary classic rock bands as VANILLA FUDGE and CACTUS as well as supporting stints with Rod Stewart and Ozzy Osbourne. Meanwhile, younger brother Vinny made his name as a metal drummer for monster acts such as DIO, BLACK SABBATH and HEAVEN & HELL. Recently these two virtuosos have been wowing audiences with their own rock show called "Drum Wars", featuring not only the hits of their associated bands but also a thrilling series of solos that pit them against each other like the Gene Krupa/Buddy Rich drum battles of yore. Fortunately for us mere mortals, this unique concert experience was recorded in June 2014 at the Iridium in New York and is now available on CD courtesy of Deadline Music and Rocker Records.Cleopatra has posted a compilation video from Carmine and Vinny Appice's "Drum Wars" performances, shot, edited and directed by fans. Check it out below.
Along with Carmine and Vinny, the "Drum Wars Live!" CD features Jim Crean, Ethan Brosh and James Caputo.
For those unsure of their ability to withstand the aural assault that the Appice brothers bring, a free downloadable track from the album has been made available on the Rocker Records web site. Check it out below.
"When me and Vinny play together, we push each other to our limits," says Carmine. "Either while drum battling or playing great songs from our history on this CD, while backed up with a great band behind us."
Adds Vinny: "A CD of great music and drums that punch with power and energy."
Coinciding with this exciting release is a series of European shows featuring both Carmine and Vinny performing alongside a jaw-dropping list of metal vocalists and musicians. Dubbed the Metal All Stars, this year's crop includes BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's Zakk Wylde, ANTHRAX's Joey Belladonna, Geoff Tate formerly of QUEENSRŸCHE, Dave Ellefson of MEGADETH, James LaBrie of DREAM THEATER, TESTAMENT's Chuck Billy and lots more."Drum Wars Live!" track listing:
02. The Mob Rules
03. Drum Wars
04. Holy Diver
05. We Rock
06. The Flintstones
07. Carmine Solo
08. Bark At The Moon
09. Do Ya Think I'm Sexy
10. Drum Wars Part 2
11. Vinny Solo
12. Stand Up And Shout / Heaven And Hell
13. Crazy Train
THE GENTLE STORM Featuring ARJEN LUCASSEN, ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN: First Behind-The-Scenes Clip THE GENTLE STORM, the collaboration between AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen and former THE GATHERING singer Anneke Van Giersbergen, will release its debut album, "The Diary", on March 25 via InsideOut Music. The effort will be "an epic concept double album" and "a combination of classical meets metal and acoustic folk," according to Lucassen.
The first behind-the-scenes clip for THE GENTLE STORM can be seen below."The Diary" cover artwork can be seen below. Arjen said: "I loved the front cover of the last STREAM OF PASSION album, so I tracked down the cover artist, Alexandra V. Bach. I sent her some samples of the THE GENTLE STORM music, and explained the album concept. She made a moodboard that captured the feel of the story and the music. We then gave her the go-ahead to design the cover. She did an amazing job that exceeded our expectations: Alexandra's cover art represents THE GENTLE STORM perfectly!"Lucassen and Van Giersbergen originally crossed paths in 1998 for AYREON's breakthrough third album, "Into The Electric Castle". Ten years later they teamed up again for AYREON's seventh album, "01011001", both having established themselves as world-renowned heavy metal/rock artists in the decade between releases. Although their respective musical styles went in vastly different directions during that time, Arjen and Anneke retained a common ground that ultimately led to the creation of THE GENTLE STORM.THE GENTLE STORM's double album is an epic production of AYREON proportions, divided into two parts as a full-on metal assault (CD1) and lighter folk arrangements (CD2). It also heralds Anneke's return to the realms of heavy guitars and soaring vocals reminiscent of THE GATHERING's breakthrough album "Mandylion".THE GENTLE STORM's album release will be followed by live dates through the spring and summer European festival season.
Known for touring extensively year after year, Anneke will take THE GENTLE STORM on the road backed by well known Dutch talents. Arjen, however, will not be part of the live production.
AIRBOURNE Signs With SPINEFARM RECORDS
Australian hard rockers AIRBOURNE have signed a worldwide deal with Spinefarm Records. The band is tentatively scheduled to release its fourth album later this year.
"We're pumped up to have signed on the dotted line to the world's toughest and truest hard rock label, Spinefarm," says AIRBOURNE in a statement. "We have worked with some of the guys on this team in the past, and we're extremely confident about having each other's back in the trenches for many hard rockin' years to come. We're chompin' at the bit to get ROCKIN' and KICKIN' ARSE in 2015 & beyond."
Adds Spinefarm general manager Jonas Nachsin, who previously worked with the group as Roadrunner president: "We are so proud to be the new global home for the amazing AIRBOURNE! They are a band who have thrilled audiences around the world with their insanely energetic live shows and wildly anthemic songs, and all of us at Spinefarm are thrilled to be part of their ensuing juggernaut."Daniel Lieberberg, senior vice president, Universal Music Germany, states: "Germany, Austria and Switzerland have always been strong markets for this unique band. We're excited to closely collaborate with Spinefarm Records on our mission to bring AIRBOURNE to a new level in our part of the world."
Driven by a formidable work-hard/play-hard ethic, and keen to entertain on the grandest of scales, this award-winning quartet has been proudly walking the rock and roll path since their early teenage years, inspired by the music's great and glorious past, yet determined to move things forward on a wave of blurred limbs & boundless energy.
Led into action by brothers Joel and Ryan O'Keeffe (vocalist/lead guitarist and drummer, respectively; the lineup is completed by David Roads on guitar and Justin Street on bass), the four have spent the past 10 years establishing themselves as a true force of nature — living on the road, selling out major venues, charting albums and appearing on bills with some of rock's most legendary names, from IRON MAIDEN to THE ROLLING STONES.
With AIRBOURNE, everything is to the hilt, which means that frontman Joel O' Keeffe is as likely to be climbing the lighting rig or going "walkabout" in the venue as positioned behind the mic; it also means that their three studio albums — "Runnin' Wild" (2007), "No Guts. No Glory" (2009) and "Black Dog Barking" (2013) — are home to some of the most rousing rock anthems of the past few years, songs like "Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast", "No Way But The Hard Way", "Live it Up" and "Runnin' Wild" itself — a body of work that hasn't escaped the notice of AC/DC's Angus Young, who was recently asked in an interview what he thinks of modern rock music and he said, "I see it as healthy, because there's newer stuff coming through. I really like AIRBOURNE."
Ex-MEGADETH Guitarist MARTY FRIEDMAN: 'I'm Not Just A Metal Musician'
Italy's Accordo.it recently conducted an interview with former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked what he would have become had he not gotten into heavy metal music, Friedman responded: "I'm not just a metal musician, although metal is maybe what I'm known for. What I love about playing metal is putting metal into music that's not supposed to be metal, like pop music, or ballads, or mixing it with a sax or an acoustic guitar, or something, or a piano. That's kind of, like… It's almost a punk spirit. But I just… Playing aggressive music is the way I play — very strung, emotional music. Sometimes it's metal, sometimes you can't call it metal; you don't know what [label to put on it]."
In other news, Friedman will host a special guitar clinic at Los Angeles' famous music college Musicians Institute exclusively for students and alumni. The clinic will take place at MI's Concert Hall on Tuesday, January 27 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.Marty's latest solo album, "Inferno", sold around 2,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 186 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on May 26, 2014 via Prosthetic Records (except in Japan, where the album was made available through Universal Music). The CD was the 52-year-old musician's first collection of material recorded for the U.S. market since 2003's "Music For Speeding". Among the guest collaborators that appear on the effort are CHILDREN OF BODOM's Alexi Laiho, REVOCATION's Dave Davidson, acoustic flamenco-metal hybridists RODRIGO Y GABRIELA and Friedman's pre-MEGADETH bandmate in CACOPHONY, Jason Becker.
Speaking to Guitar World magazine, Friedman said: Each of the guests on this record took a song from scratch — they would write it and then I would arrange it and add my parts to it. That way we were both invested in it and it's a little bit of a deeper experience."
Friedman described the new album as the most "Marty" record has has done in years. "I figured if I was going to come back to America, I was going to come back big and give people something they want out of me," he told the magazine. "And I know that what they want is not some avant-garde thing. What they want is just the most intense writing and playing I can do."
The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Oct. 20 to Sunday, Oct. 26 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.
The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Oct. 20 to Sunday Oct. 26 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.
Quotes from Saturday night's 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles:
Oscar nominations announced for best picture
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The 86th annual Academy Award nominations for best motion picture have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Oscar nominations announced for supporting actress
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The 86th annual Academy Award nominations for supporting actress in a motion picture have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Oscar nominations announced for supporting actor
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The 86th annual Academy Award nominations for supporting actor in a motion picture have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Oscar nominations announced for lead actress
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The 86th annual Academy Award nominations for lead actress in a motion picture have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
In surveying the year at the movies, the topography is rich. From the dusty, dying towns of "Nebraska" to the rooftop Roman parties in "The Great Beauty" to the sleek future Los Angeles of "Her," 2013 has been a trip. But has it been a great year? Negativity reached a fever pitch in the summer when Steven Spielberg lamented Hollywood's risk-adverse, finance-driven blockbusterism. The grim, humorless "Man of Steel" and its careless backdrop of mass destruction was a low point: the epitome of everything bad about movies today. Yet ambitious films gathered in number as the year went on, and many began calling 2013 a historically excellent year for film, after all. Here are one critic's top picks of the year, all of them reasons why 2013 was a good year for the big screen:
Globe nominations for musical or comedy film
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Golden Globe nominations for best musical or comedy film have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.