Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A May too good to hide

I would love to show you some fantastic new music today, however, there is far too much news which you need to be made aware of.

First, I gotta give a shout out to one of the greatest metalheads to ever grab a mic.  Ronnie James Dio, who replaced Ozzy as the frontman for Sabbath, passed away on Sunday of Stomach cancer.  Could this have been due to years of substance abuse?  Possibly.  Would it have all still been worth it?  Probably.

Second, the Mango Kid, Mr. Danko Jones has released the video "Full of Regret", the first single off his upcoming album, Below the Belt.  I think now that Lemmy and Elijah Wood are appearing in his videos, we don't need to consider Danko an indie artist anymore.

Also tossing out a new video today is Trent Reznor's new project, How to Destroy Angels. Surprise, surprise; it's really bloody weird!

On the new release front, one of my favorite bands, The Black Keys, officially unveil their new album, Brothers, today.  Sea of Cowards, the new installment from The Dead Weather was released last Tuesday.  The Deftones also unleashed Diamond Eyes to the world just last week.  Though you'll have to be a bit more patient (next Tuesday), Stone Temple Pilots will be giving you the gift of their first studio album in 9 years.

Bad Religion fans, rejoice. The group has recently recorded, and just released a free live album in honour of their 30th year together.  All you need to do is visit their website and provide an email address for them to spam.  Who would have thought that a handful of white guys could find 30 years of material on social responsibility to sing about?

Yet amongst all of this, perhaps the most exciting news (for me at least) is that one of my favorite bands of all time, Big Sugar, is reuniting.  While Gordie has been good and busy with his project down south, Grady, he has apparently missed the company of Mr. Cool and the crew of reggae'd out blues cats.  They're touring this summer, so check their page to see if they come near you.

And that's all I have for you today.  Expect some more good news on Thursday and, as always, enjoy hump day.

-I must admit to past discretions and future temptations for pages to be turned