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The Stooges man Iggy Pop who is the ambassador for Record Store Day 2012, has come out and said that music today is like "cheap drinks you get in a bad supermarket".

The rocker posted a video on the official Record Store Day site suggesting that modern rockers lack authenticity.

He said: “I think there are some ages, like the one we're living in, when the game is kind of rigged towards products that contain music – sort of like those cheap drinks you get in a bad supermarket where it says, 'Contains 10% juice.'”


He went on to say: "There's a lot of stuff out there with a bit of music to it, and I think that's OK, but it reminds me of how bad it was to turn on American Badstand in the 50s and see all the endless, gutless, dickless imitations of Elvis that the American industry decided to push on the kids."


Iggy Pop’s outburst at contemporary music come just weeks after Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl made a similar comment about the music industry.


Talking to Billboard, the singer said that the poor record sales that the industry is facing are the result of lazy musician's rather than a fundamental lack of interest in music, and noted that he believed that fans would always be willing to buy "great" albums.

With British artist Adele’s '21' announced as the top selling album in the United States for 2011, Grohl said to the publication: "Someone asked me recently, 'What do you think the problem with the music industry is?'

"I said, take the Adele record, for example. It's an amazing record and everybody's so shocked that it's such a phenomenon. I'm not. You know why that record's huge? Because it's fucking good and it's real."

He continued, adding: “Now imagine if all records were that good. Do you think only one of them would sell? Fuck no! All of them would. If all records were that good the music business would be on fire, but they're not.”


With Iggy Pop becoming the latest artist to openly criticise their industry peers, it may seem like a case of sour grapes from artists that are certainly not as popular as they perhaps once were. However, you can't help but agree that there are real signs of truth in what they speak. What are your thoughts on today’s music? We’d love to hear your thoughts on our facebook page @ http://www.facebook.com/Instrumania

 

Rize of the Fenix is the third upcoming album by American comedy rock band Tenacious D.


The hard rocking comedy duo, are set to release their first album in over 5 years since the release of the movie soundtrack for their Hollywood film, “The Pick of Destiny”.


The new album “Rize of the Fenix” will be the bands 3rd studio album and will see Dave Grohl reunite with the band on numerous tracks on drums. Grohl has a long standing relationship with the band, playing drums for the band on previous album releases and, both Gass and Black, have appeared in music videos for Grohl’s band, Foo Fighters.


Though not much is yet known about the musical direction of the “Rize of the Fenix” album, I can take a stab in the dark that satire and comedy will continue to be a major aspect of Tenacious D's lyrical content.


It has also been confirmed that band will follow the album's release with live performances at Rock am Ring and Download Festival in June 2012. Download, which will be headlined by The Prodigy, Metallica and a reunited Black Sabbath, takes place over the weekend of June 8-10 at Donington Park while Rock AM Ring will see Tenacious D line up with Metallica, Motorhead and Marilyn Manson.


The comedy pair have also just announced their first American show of the year, at Sasquatch Festival in Washington over the weekend of May 25-28, alongside the likes of Jack White, Bon Iver and Beck.

 

Fans can visit the bands website at: www.tenaciousd.com to hear a snippet from the new album.

 

The Ting Tings spoke about the recording of their troubled new album 'Sounds From Nowheresville' revealing that they have to avoid "cheap, nasty hits". But the duo turned sour when asked about whether any of the songs on their new album would become big hit singles, the band replying: "We would rather write songs that nobody's going to hear than write dance tracks that would fit on the radio after David Guetta", with Katie White, the Ting Tings lead singer adding: "I'd rather puke on my own feet than that".


The English musical duo told the Guardian in a recent interview that they do not expect the new 10 track album to be anywhere near as successful as 'We Started Nothing', their debut album as they'd rather sell fewer records than have their music fit alongside the likes of David Guetta. (A little harsh maybe)
Jules De Martino also added: "It would have been so easy to quickly bash out any old shit off the back of the first album. Get it on the radio, have a cheap nasty hit. And we didn't want to do that."


The band is set to release 'Sounds From Nowheresville' on February 27, but their second album has already been leaked online over a month ahead of its official release.

According to fans on Twitter, the follow up to 2008's 'We Started Nothing' is already available to listen to online. The band were informed of the album leak last week, when hundreds of twitter fans sent messages to them to say how much they loved the new album.


The band have since pleaded to their label, Columbia Records tweeting "come on Columbia, let it go!!!". Ironic for a band that “would rather write songs that nobody's going to hear than write tracks that would fit on the radio” to want to release an album early to avoid fans listening to their music without paying. Just saying...


The new album is set to be released on Feburary 27th. Track listing for the Standard version is below.

 

Tracklisting

No. Title Length
1. "Silence"   3:47
2. "Hit Me Down Sonny"   2:52
3. "Hang It Up"   3:11
4. "Give It Back"   3:35
5. "Guggenheim"   3:56
6. "Soul Killing"   3:17
7. "One by One"   3:45
8. "Day to Day"   3:39
9. "Help"   3:08
10. "In Your Life"   2:58
Total length:
34:08

The Darkness has announced that they have finished recording nine songs for their comeback album out in the spring of 2012.

This will be the first album since 2005's 'One Way Ticket To Hell… And Back', and frontman Justin Hawkins revealed that the band are expecting to finish recording the remaining tracks by the end of January in time to release the album on his birthday, March 17.

While speaking to Billboard, Hawkins said “[We've got] nine of the required songs done, all finished, all sounding shining and good. We've got about two weeks of recording in January, and bits of it are already going off to be mixed even as we speak, so it's kind of nearly finished now.”

The original line-up of The Darkness reunited earlier this year for a round of live shows, including an electrifying performance at Download festival (a clip can be seen on NME.com).

Hawkins' brother Dan added that the band had been looking to return to the "more organic rock sounds" of their 2003 debut 'Permission To Land', which spawned hit singles 'I Believe In A Thing Called Love' and 'Love Is Only A Feeling'.

"Rather than a big-name producer we decided to do it ourselves, as per the first record. We just wanted to develop the songs and make sure they were really spot-on and basically take a minimal approach across the board - apart from when we needed to go really over the top," he explained.

Material for the as-yet-untitled album was rehearsed in their Lowestoft hometown and recorded at Dan's home studio.

"Home is where the heart is," says Justin. "When you write songs, you need a grounding to set the stories in. There's a lot about small-town life. The album has songs about stuff that's happened to us in the town. [As for influences], it's AC/DC, Queen, Aerosmith, et cetera."

 

Heavy metal supergroup Metallica have announced that they will perform their best-selling self titled album Metallica, also known as The Black Album, in its entirety when they step onto the stage to headline at next year's Download festival at Donington Park.

It will be the band's eighth visit to Donington Park when they step onto the stage at Download 2012. They first played at the Monsters of Rock festival in 1985 and most recently back in 2006, Metallica headlined Download festival.

Co-founder and drummer Lars Ulrich revealed on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show that the reason for them performing the 1991 album in full is to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Download heavy metal festival.

Lars Ulrich said: "Six years is way too long to be away from the hallowed grounds of Donington Park. We are beyond psyched and feel privileged to come back once again to soak up the energy and vibe of the most legendary of festival sites."

Vice president of promotions at Live Nation, which runs the festival, Andy Copping was “bowled over” by Metallica's decision to perform in such a way, noting "The album is up there as one of the greatest albums of all time, everyone knows the songs,".

The “Black album” was the band’s self-titled fifth studio album and reached number one in more than 25 countries selling more than 25 million copies worldwide. It includes the six hit singles that are considered today among the band's best-known hits including Enter Sandman, Sad But True, Wherever I May Roam, Nothing Else Matters, and The Unforgiven.

Black Sabbath are also set to headline the main stage on the 10th of June, closing the  Download 2012 festival which takes place from June 8-10. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday (November 18).