Stranded In Stereo: Monday Morning Newsletter (05/12/08)

Monday, May 12, 2008

Monday Morning Newsletter (05/12/08)

Jose Fritz would like to state for the record that he is of no relation to Josef Fritzl. Josef Fritzl of course is the now internationally infamous Austrian basement/dungeon pedophile that sired several of his own grandchildren. Jose Fritz is the nihilistic, egomaniacal, music writer. I don’t even have a basement.

Trent Reznor has released an entire new Nine Inch Nails album as a free download. The Slip is available on his website in multiple digital file formats. Jose Fritz will have a review up shortly for said album. It kicks the tar out of the all-instrumental Ghosts I-IV album.

Tom Waits
is so fucking crazy it defies all description.

Gene Simmons invited his fans to appear on his reality TV program on May 9th. Whores of all ages appeared at 1:30 on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. I’m sure two or three of them will appear in some stock footage later.

is working on a new release with producer Danger Mouse. Rumor has members of Cat Power, Abba and Dirty Old Willy guesting on the record. Beck will be debuting some of the new material at a small number of summer tour dates.

The Offspring
has jumped on the free bandwagon this week. They are now giving away downloads of their new album, Rise And Fall, Rage And Grace. The album is available as high-quality MP3s. June 17th is the official release date for those tired old tangible formats. Singer Dexter Holland said “We spent over a year and a half on it, it would have been longer but we’re out of beer money."

The Melvins
will be releasing their 19th studio album July 8th. The effort, titled Nude With Boots, will be coming outDeb on Ipecac records. Uniquely the album has the same line up as their last album. Normally they at least lose the bassist.
Stoner-metal pioneers

have started their own record label. Weathermaker Music will be putting out a new Clutch album this summer. Neil Fallon was quoting as saying “And a Bob Marley bet of dude.”

The recently reunited Gang of Four has lost half their members. Bassist Dave Allen and drummer Hugo Burnham have quit unexpectedly leaving a gang of two. The British post punk act formed in 1977 and reuniting only 3 years ago for a tour. The remaining members plan to release an album of new material later this year.

Kirsten Dunst will be playing the lead in a new Debbie Harry biopic. Director Michel Gondry is currently deep in pre-production. Blondie fans everywhere are hoping for an appearance of the Doctor-X T-shirt. I guess if Lindsay Lohan can play Stevie Nicks, Debbie is fair game.

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