Original lineup of Veruca Salt prepare to release new album and share two new songs

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The original lienup of 90’s alt-rock icons Veruca Salt have shared two new songs.

“Laughing In the Sugar Bowl” and “The Gospel According to Saint Me” are set to feature on the band’s album Ghost Notes, their first new LP together since 1997.

The album is scheduled for release on the 10th of July via El Camino Records.

Brad Wood, who first worked with Veruca Salt on 1994 debut album American Thighs, is on board once more to produce Ghost Notes. Wood was behind the boards too for the band’s 2014 comeback single, an exclusive 10-inch released on Record Store Day that featured their classic cut “Seether” and two new songs, “It’s Holy” and “The Museum of Broken Relationships.”

You can listen to “Laughing In The Sugar Bowl” via the Spotify link below:


You can watch the official lyric video for “The Gospel According To Saint Me” below:

The full tracklist for Ghost Notes is as follows:

01. “The Gospel According To Saint Me”
02. “Black and Blonde”
03. “Eyes On You”
04. “Prince of Wales”
05. “The Sound of Leaving”
06. “Love You Less”
07. “Laughing in the Sugar Bowl”
08. “Empty Bottle”
09. “Come Clean Dark Thing”
10. “I’m Telling You Now”
11. “Triage”
12. “Lost To Me”
13. “The Museum of Broken Relationships”
14. “Atlernica”

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Richie Kotzen to release retrospective compilation

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Richie Kotzen is to release a best of compilation in the autumn.

The Essential Richie Kotzen will be released on the 1st of September and will feature 2 CDs and 1 DVD of material from across his extensive back catalogue. Two new songs, “War Paint” and “Walk With Me”, will also be included.

“I’ve really changed and grown as an artist and as a person,” says Kotzen, who curated the retrospective himself. “I hand-selected songs so newcomers can get into my music and learn who I am as a recording artist.”

Kotzen released his first solo album at the age of 19 in 1989, and has had stints in hard rock bands Poison, and Mr.Big. More recently he has been writing, touring and recording with Mike Portnoy and Billy Sheehan in band The Winery Dogs.

His 20th full length solo album is due for release in 2015. “When you perform, record or write, you go to a different place,” he concludes. “It’s another world. I love hearing people react to the music and lyrics. That’s the ultimate reward.”

The full trakclisting for The Essential Richie Kotzen is as follows:

CD1:

01. War Paint
02. Walk With Me
03. Love Is Blind
04. Go Faster
05. Fooled Again
06. OMG (What’s Your Name?)
07. Help Me
08. Bad Situation
09. Lie To Me
10. Fear
11. You Can’t Save Me
12. Doing What The Devil Says To Do
13. Remember (reprise)

CD2:

01. What Is (2014)
02. High (2014)
03. Change (2014)
04. Special (2014)
05. Paint It On (acoustic version)
06. Holding On (acoustic version)
07. Until You Suffer Some (Fire And Ice) (acoustic version)
08. The Road (acoustic version)
09. Regret (original demo version)
10. Damaged (original demo version)

DVD:

01. Walk With Me (2014)
02. Paying Dues (2009)
03. 24 Hours (2011)
04. Larger Than Life (2009)
05. Losing My Mind (2005)
06. Help Me (2012)
07. Chase It (2008)
08. Player (2011)
09. The Shadow (2011)
10. My Angel (2011)
11. I Would (2008)

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Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold working on new songs

Robin PecknoldRobin Pecknold has posted a message on Fleet Foxes’ Facebook page saying that he is working on new songs.

He reveals that the reason for the silence since the release of the band’s 2011 Helplessness Blues album is because he enrolled at university.

Says Pecknold: “For anyone who’s curious, this is a short Fleet Foxes update – been a while! So, after the last round of touring, I decided to go back to school. I never got an undergraduate degree, and this felt like the right time to both see what that was about and to try something new after a while in the touring / recording lifestyle. I moved to New York and applied to Columbia, and I’ve mostly been doing that, but I’m working on songs and excited for whatever happens next musically, even if it’s down the line. Hope all is well out there.”

Pecknold is set to appear at this year’s End Of The Road festival as part of The Gene Clark No Other Band, a collaboration featuring Beach House’s Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen, former Walkmen member Hamilton Leithauser, ex-Fairport Convention member Iain Matthews and members of Lower Dens, Wye Oak and Celebration.

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Unreleased Freddie Mercury songs discovered

FM5Legendary Queen guitarist Brian May has said in an interview that more unreleased music featuring Freddie Mercury has been unearthed.

Back in July Queen drummer Roger Taylor confirmed that May was working on several unfinished songs that Mercury had recorded with Michael Jackson. May was reported to have said at the time that there would be “something for folks to hear” in two months’ time.

But whilst those songs haven’t yet emerged, May has recently said when speaking with Mojo magazine, “”There’s more in there than we thought, in the Queen source archive. I’m a little nervous of saying there’s an album there, but there’s certainly a few tracks… We’ve found some Freddie vocals, some demos.”

Of the material recorded with Jackson, Taylor told Classic Rock Magazine, “”They’ve been hanging around for years and years and Michael’s estate haven’t really been able to make their mind up about what to do with them. So we suggested we finish them and see. They’re pretty good – one of them is great.”

Official release dates for any of the material have yet to be announced.