Friday, May 04, 2012

Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys dies at 47

Adam Yauch, better known by his stage name "MCA" has passed away from cancer at age 47. The bass-player-turned-rapper-turned-filmmaker-turned-social activist will be best remembered as a founding member of seminal hip-hop act, The Beastie Boys. Starting as a NYHC band in 1979, the Beastie Boys would go on to become one of hip-hop's highest selling and most critically acclaimed acts, releasing eight albums over three decades. The band  released a statement about Yauch's death earlier today:
It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam “MCA” Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys and also of the Milarepa Foundation that produced the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits, and film production and distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories, passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer. He was 47 years old...
You can read the statement in it's entirety here. At this point, it's unclear whether or not the Beastie Boys will continue without Yauch. Yauch is survived by his Wife Dechen and Daughter Tenzen Lozel.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Gallows to Self Release Album

UK hardcore act Gallows have finally ended the speculation regarding who will release their next full length. Turns out, the band will be releasing their followup to 2009's Grey Britain on their own, newly formed, Venn Records. The band had this to say about their decision:
For the last seven years we have trudged step by step through the dark sewers of music industry. Shaking hands with snakes and signing contracts drafted by thieves with perfect teeth. We are happy to announce that we have become part of the problem. All hail Venn Records.
Interestingly enough, the band has teamed up with global entertainment powerhouse PIAS to distribute the album. I'm sure they won't find any snakes or thieves working there. As you may remember, the band recently hit up the studio to begin working on their new album, which should drop later this year.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

New Video Alert: Every Time I Die - "Typical Miracle"

New video for "A Typical Miracle" from Every Time I Die. The single appears on their album Ex-Lives available now through Epitaph.

New Video Alert: Obey The Brave - "Get Real"

Obey The Brave have released their second single "Get Real" from their forthcoming EP Ups And Downs due out May 22nd via Good Fight Music. In my opinion so far these guys can do no wrong. This song is crushing and raw. Go check them out live on this summer's All Star Tour. 9/10.

Converge and Napalm Death to release split EP

Converge and Napalm Death, two of this scene's most influential bands, have announced they will release a split EP in the near future. The EP will be self-released, with the distribution of physical copies handled by Converge frontman Jacob Bannon's label, Deathwish Inc. Why it isn't just a Deathwish release is beyond me, but as long as it's good (it will be) who cares, right?

For their part, Converge are contributing two tracks from their recent recording sessions; a recorded version of live staple "No Light Escapes" and a "'We Are the World' styled" (Deathwish's words, not mine) version of Entombed's "Wolverine Blues." The latter will feature a litany of guest appearances from the likes of Tomas Lindberg (Disfear) and Brian Izzi (Trap Them), among others.

Napalm Death are contributing two new tracks; a classic grind jam titled "Will by Mouth" and a slower, more textured track in "No Impediment to Truth (Bhopal)."

There's no official word on when this will be released, but this should serve as a nice little appetizer for Converge's new full-length, due out on Epitaph/Deathwish later this year. You can peep a live version of the new Converge song below.

Monday, April 30, 2012

New Video Alert: Municipal Waste- "Repossession"

Richmond, VA's hardest partying thrash-core playing pizza enthusiasts, Municipal Waste, have released a video for their song "Repossession." The track comes off the band's most recent album, The Fatal Feast, which was released earlier this year. The video is presented by Scion AV Club, who have helped metal/hardcore bands do all sorts of cool shit over the past few years. Peep it and let us know what you think in the comments.