This certainly came out of nowhere - an unexpected press release from Hasbro Studios and Sony Music/Legacy Recordings announcing this Friday's release of TRULY OUTRAGEOUS: A JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS TRIBUTE. It's no secret that my wife and I are JEM fans and have been introducing the girls to that world, and with a live-action movie arriving on October 23, the buzz is building. Labeled as "A TRIBUTE TO STARLIGHT RECORDS" on its cover, this 12-song album reimagines music from the classic animated series, and is up for pre-order now on Amazon and iTunes as a digital-only release. Songs come from the 65-episode run on Hasbro's JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS, featuring songs from that band, as well as THE MISFITS and THE STINGERS.
A lot of people here in the U.S. don't realize it, but the NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! series of compilations began overseas in the early 1980s and didn't surface here until 1998 with Volume 1 of the U.S. editions. It's actually one of my "I feel old" moments, but I was actually peddling music for much of the time between '98-2004, and personally set displays for many NOW! titles up to Volume 16. Tonight comes news that NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! Volume 53 is on the way, alongside a new title, NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MOVIES! Both will be available as physical CDs and digital downloads on February 3, 2015 as part of a joint venture between Universal and Sony. Check out the tracklistings for both albums, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...
It looks like AC/DC may have been playing a goof when the released the ultra-low budget video for "Play Ball" earlier this month, drawing the ire of fans around the Globe. The iconic rockers have just unleashed the proper video for "Rock or Bust," the title track from their forthcoming new album, and the video - like the song itself - is pure, vintage AC/DC. While I've got that embedded here on THE ROCK FATHER for your viewing pleasure, you can stream the entire album right now for free on iTunes First Play.
I know I might get a little flack for this, but I've never been a big JANIS JOPLIN fan. My wife on the other hand... she's about as big a Janis fan as you'll find. In fact, her love of Joplin is why I have a 1968 concert poster and a couple of other pieces of Janis memorabilia hanging in my office. Today is Janis Joplin's birthday, and she would've been 70 years old. To celebrate, the folks at Legacy Recordings have commissioned a new lyric video for "Get it While You Can," and I'm sharing it with you below.
This was a real toss up: File under "Music for Kids" or "Music for Grownups?" Well, since FRAGGLE ROCK is involved, I'm going with "kids" even though the BEN FOLDS FIVE is the responsible artist. In the footsteps of OK GO and WEEZER, BEN FOLDS FIVE have some Muppet counterparts in their new video for "Do It Anyway," a song taken from their long-awaited comeback album, THE SOUND OF LIFE OF THE MIND (out this week on ImaVeePee/Sony).
It's been over a decade since TENACIOUS D first rocked speakers with their phenomenal debut album, and in that time the duo of Jack Black and Kyle Gass have witnessed their comedic musical offspring take a career path much like the bands they've been known to parody. The epic first album followed by a sophomore slump, the backlash, years of inactivity, and finally the inevitable rise from the ashes. It would be pretty funny if this was actually all by design. Ha Ha - the joke's on you, rock critics and music industry!