Stream the new album from Mark Lanegan and kick back with a nice whiskey. Blues Funeral is set for release next week on the 6th of February via 4AD. The album features a tonne of guest spots including the very talented Alain Johannes who also actually produces the record. The album also features spots from collaborators and friends such as Josh Homme, Chris Goss (Masters of Reality), Jack Irons (Eleven, Pearl Jam) and Greg Dulli (Gutter Twins).
Last night Chris Cornell appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to perform one of his many solo tracks. Choosing to play Machine Gun Preacher soundtrack donation "The Keeper" you can watch his performance at the top in which he's assisted by the incredibly talented hands of Alain Johannes, who you may recognise from QOTSA or his solo work. Either way the duo of acoustic guitars bounce of one another delivering a solid that can be enjoyed at the top via The Audio Perv.
It's been 20 years since Eleven released their debut Awake In A Dream and to celebrate they will be letting loose a new release, Rarities. Our good friends over at Antiquiet spoke with Alain earlier in the year whilst he was on tour and he said:
"One month before Natasha got diagnosed with cancer, her, Jack Irons and I got together for two days and recorded five songs, but didn’t finish the words or melodies. So now I’m just getting the nerve to go and try to finish those songs, or maybe just leave them as it is. It’s some of our most powerful, muscular stuff."
The Rarities release will be a result of these sessions and is expected for release on 11/11/11. It will feature 8 unreleased tracks which were recorded between Thunk and Avantgard and will be the bands first release since 2003. It will also feature both original drummer Jack Irons and Greg Upchurch.
Now, today we get to listen to our first taste of Rarities once again thanks to our boys at Antiquiet. The track is titled "Rosebleed" and as Alain put it, it features som "insane Natasha clavinet and moog bass". Check it out in all it's glory below. Pollen Records will be putting out a Limited Edition 10” vinyl of "Rosebleed" and it'll available this Summer along with a digital release on iTunes. For more details head on over to the official Eleven site. Of course, hit play below first and enjoy the 6 minutes of goodness.
Pitchfork just let loose the new Aqua Teen....excuse me Aqua Unit Patrol Squad One theme performed by Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme and Queens/Them Crooked Vultures collaborator Alain Johannes. Check it out in the player below, its pretty meaty. The new Aqua series starts on May 8th.
We've had a wealth of good material being announced for exclusive release on Record Store Day but moments ago Rekords Rekords announced they are to release another Vinyl. This tim eit will consist of Desert Sessions "Nenada", Alain Johannes' "Endless Eyes" on side A. On the other side you'll be treated to Queens of the Stone Age's "Regular John" and Mini Mansions' "The Room Outside". Check out the sleeve above and head on over to the official Record Store Day site to check out participating stores in your area. Listen to "Nenada" below and start saving your pennies in the Piggy Bank for April the 16th!
Check out this awesome video of Alain Johannes performing his single "Endless Eyes" whilst sitting on the bow of a boat floating around on the Norwegian Fjord. Firstly the setting of this video is beautiful. Secondly Alain can play that cigar box better than I've ever seen anyone rock one! He just rips it and his voice is solid throughout. Enjoy this top class rendition of the track and if you're yet to pick up his debut solo effort Spark, then head on over here to grab yourself a copy. You won't be disappointed.
When this album was first put on my desk I didn't fully know what to expect. I knew Alain was a very talented man, given his previous involvement in a range of quality bands and the fact that when he was given the stage to himself during a Them Crooked Vultures set he just riffed blues for 5 minutes until Josh and co returned to the stage! His debut solo effort is a joy to listen to and his skills on the cigar box guitar will leave you open mouthed. Listen to then full album below, you won't regret it and don't forget to pick up the album upon it's release tomorrow over here.