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Drum Challenge Between Will Ferrell and Chad Smith Tonight!

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Much has been made of the uncanny resemblance between Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and comedian Will Ferrell. The dopplegangers have been taunting each other on social media for months – Ferrell provoked the iconic drummer during his Reddit AMA, which resulted in a hilarious Instagram face-off between the two (watch HERE). Finally, the look-alikes have agreed to battle it out in a drum-off challenge held live TONIGHT on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon!

Musician’s Friend was privy to this resemblance way back in 2009, when Smith posed as Ferrell’s popular character Buddy the Elf on the cover of the guitar retailer’s Holiday catalog. Check out the hilarious behind-the-scenes video of the cover shoot HERE!

Smith and Ferrell are definitely keeping their eyes on the prize; the winner of the battle will receive a giant golden cowbell. Check it out tonight to see who wins!

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The Wallflowers – “Reboot The Mission”

Click on the image to go to The Wallflowers website and download “Reboot The Mission”

The Wallflowers have announced their long-awaited new studio album Glad All Over will be released on October 2, 2012 by Columbia Records. The band’s new single, “Reboot The Mission,” is a Clash-inspired track with an unmistakable shuffle backbeat, featuring Mick Jones on vocals and guitar. The song will be available for FREE beginning this Tuesday, July 24th at www.thewallflowers.com. The single is set to impact radio on July 23rd.

Recently wrapping recording in Nashville, TN at Easy Eye Sound studio, the new album finds frontman Jakob Dylan joining original band members Greg Richling (bass) and Rami Jaffee (keyboards), with The Wallflowers’ longtime guitarist Stuart Mathis and drummer Jack Irons (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam) rounding out the lineup. The album is being produced by Jay Joyce (Emmylou Harris, Cage the Elephant) and mixed by Rich Costey (Bruce Springsteen).

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Highly Anticipated: The Wallflowers

The Wallflowers have announced they are back in the studio and putting the finishing touches on a long-awaited new studio album that will be released by Columbia Records this fall. Currently recording in Nashville at Dan Auerbach’s (The Black Keys) Easy Eye Sound studio, the new album finds frontman Jakob Dylan joining original band members Greg Richling (bass) and Rami Jaffee (keyboards), with Wallflowers’ longtime guitarist Stuart Mathis and drummer Jack Irons (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam) rounding out the lineup. The album is being produced by Jay Joyce (Emmylou Harris, Cage the Elephant) and mixed by Rich Costey (Bruce Springsteen, The Shins).

The Wallflowers have taken their deep history and defining sound into new territory with the release of their upcoming album. The new record has the band doing what it does best while continuing to find new ground to cover.  “It’s been a while since we’ve felt this energized and creative. We haven’t changed our stripes so much as we’re continuing to redefine the animal,” said Jakob Dylan.

In addition to their new album, The Wallflowers have announced a series of tour dates that will kick off in select U.S. cities in July. On these dates the band expects to give fans a preview of the new material, which finds them rediscovering their sound while reflecting the varied influences they have accumulated over the years.

I’m a sucker for “One Headlight”!!!

Formed in Los Angeles, The Wallflowers rose to fame with their 4x platinum album Bringing Down The Horse, which featured four top charting singles including “6th Avenue Heartache,” “One Headlight,” “The Difference,” and “Three Marlenas.” The two-time Grammy Award winners went on to sell over 7 million records worldwide with a series of critically acclaimed albums before going on hiatus in 2007. During the group’s break from recording, Jakob Dylan released two solo albums, which also garnered significant praise,  2008’s Seeing Things and 2010’s Women and Country.

The Wallflowers Tour Dates

  • 7/20    Firefly Music Festival, Dover, DE
  • 7/24    Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY (on-sale Friday, May 11th)
  • 7/25    The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ (on-sale Friday, May 11th)
  • 7/27    Schubas, Chicago, IL (on-sale Saturday, May 12th)
  • 9/23    De Luna Fest, Pensacola, FL

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FILTER Magazine Celebrates The Simpsons 500th Episode

FILTER Magazine continues its 10th Anniversary celebration with the launch of Issue 47, which hit newsstands a couple days ago.  For its latest issue, the ‘Good Music’ publication takes readers inside the music surrounding the longest-running scripted show in television history, The Simpsons, as it reached its 500th episode milestone- which aired Feb. 19, on FOX.

FILTER speaks to Simpsons creator Matt Groening, among others involved in the animated series, on everything from the show’s musical guests, original compositions and his own personal music tastes. The article goes on to touch onto the rare 35-piece orchestra that scores the show to the instantly recognizable theme song.  Even at episode 500, 23 seasons on the air and 18 years in syndication, The Simpsons continues to bring laughter, drama and culturally relevant content to viewers around the world.

On The Simpsons

 “Every so often a show comes along where all of the pieces fit in a really magical way, and The Simpsons is one of those…and when it happens, everybody tries to recreate it, but you can’t” – Yeardley Smith, who voices Lisa Simpson

On The Simpsons musical guests

 “I’m amazed by what good sports the guests are. It’s fun to see Mick Jagger burst out laughing when Dan Castellaneta as Homer doesn’t want to test the microphones and asks Mick Jagger to do it. You just feel like nobody has said that to Mick Jagger in decades.”  – Matt Groening

On The Simpsons Theme composed by Danny Elfman

  “I love it,” says Groening. “I love how it is a really complicated theme and there’s a lot to it. “

Over the course of the series the theme song has been recorded by Yo La Tengo, Sonic Youth, Los Lobos, Green Day, Tito Puente, NRBQ, Fall Out Boy and some of Groening’s more eccentric picks, such as the cult English trio The Tiger Lillies and Texas’ Brave Combo polka band.

The Simpsons has featured more than 85 guest musicians since the show’s debut in 1987 including:

50 Cent, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Bette Midler, U2, Coldplay, Elvis Costello, Elton John, three Beatles, Aerosmith, Johnny Cash, The White Stripes, even Lady Gaga.

The cover

The cover art features both vertical and horizontal unique images of Homer created especially for FILTER by Simpsons lead artist, Julius Preite.

“Issue 47 of FILTER Magazine is incredibly special for us as it marks the first issue of our 10th anniversary year,” said Alan Miller, Co-publisher of FILTER Magazine. “We are excited to provide our readers with an exclusive inside look into the music of The Simpsons as they celebrate a milestone of their own. This is a truly unique story that we know good music fans will appreciate as much as we do.”

More Highlights from Issue 47

The Shins: One Man Band (page 62)

In a conversation with James Mercer, the Portland native maintains that “the Shins is a band,” but makes it clear that it is and has always been his band, assembled to present his songs and ideas and “involves people from all parts of my friendships.”

Mercer also dives into the themes that run through his new album, Port of Morrow:

 “I’m fascinated by people who don’t care about the truth, which is something I’ve realized – I care about the truth. I want to know the truth. I feel like it’s one of the things humans can do that’s special and different from the rest of the animal kingdom. It amazes me it’s not something a lot of people are really interested in.”

A Broken Hallelujah: The Incomparable Musical Journey of John Cale (page 86)

FILTER speaks with the musical legend John Cale on his road from his early days with The Velvet Underground to his legendary production work as well as his upcoming album for Domino Records.

“The only reason we wore sunglasses onstage was because we couldn’t stand the spotlight of the audience” – John Cale, on the Velvet Underground

The article also features Steven Severin of Siouxsie and the Banshees, artist and Andy Warhol muse Ultra Violet, and LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy on their experiences with Cale.

CIUDAD DE MORRISSEY: A Homecoming in Mexico City (page 40)

Morrissey declares his homecoming in Mexico City, halfway through his greatest hits set:

“I’m home, I’m home, I’m home.”

FILTER takes you inside the experience of Morrissey’s “homecoming” performance in Mexico City along with local culinary delight highlights and more.

Why So Serious? Some Joking Aside with Jason Sudeikis

FILTER Magazine chats with the “SNL” star on everything from his upcoming role on “Eastbound and Down” to how his hectic schedule and incredible work ethic have caused his “What’s up With That” skit to become his main workout routine.

 “I think work ethic comes from having enthusiasm for what I get to do and the joy of getting to work with amazing people…You learn by being around these smart, funny people…you can’t help but accidentally get better when you’re sitting at a rewrite table with Tina Fey week after week.” – Jason Sudeikis

To read more on the Simpsons cover feature and the latest good music news from FILTER Magazine, pick up  FILTER 47 issue, on newsstands now.

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National Record Store Day – November 25

Vinyl Packages will be available from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Iron and Wine, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton and The Black Keys

In keeping with its commitment to the annual vinyl bonanza that is Record Store Day, a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700
independently owned record stores in the U.S. and hundreds of similar stores internationally, Warner Bros. Records has announced that it will make several vinyl pieces available on November 25th (aka Black Friday), exclusively in honor of 2011’s second annual Record Store Day. April saw the release of vinyl from The Flaming Lips, Devo, Mastodon, Sonic Youth, and others. The day after Thanksgiving, the following very special exclusive releases will go on sale in record stores across the country and at www.becausesoundmatters.com:

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Blood Sugar Sex Magik

Remastered and reissued for the first time in 20 years, this Anniversary edition of the SoCal funk-rock giants’ classic 1991 album will be released on 140-gram red vinyl and is limited to 2500 units domestically. Produced by Rick Rubin, Blood Sugar Sex Magik has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide and was the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ introduction to worldwide popularity and critical acclaim, spawning several hit singles including “Under The Bridge” and “Give It Away.”

$34.98

Iron and Wine: Live at KCRW

This live collection features Iron and Wine, fronted by Sam Beam, in an intimate on-air acoustic performance at Los Angeles’ influential tastemaker radio station KCRW this past Jan 26, 2011. This intimate performance includes songs from Iron and Wine’s current album Kiss Each Other Clean, and other favorites as well as audio from his interview with Jason Bentley. The package includes a limited-edition LP pressed in an edition of 2,500 copies only and a CD.

$24.98

Tom Petty: Kiss My Amps (Live)

This limited-edition LP features six live tracks from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ 2010 tour supporting their album Mojo – Petty’s first album with the Heartbreakers in eight years. It includes “Sweet William,” a B-side recorded live during the 2008 tour and referred to at the time by Rolling Stone as their “new favorite Petty song.” Limited to 5,000.

$24.98

The Black Keys: Two-song 12″ EP

The Black Keys’ new record El Camino will be released Dec 6th on Nonesuch Records. Produced by Danger Mouse and The Black Keys, the album was recorded in the band’s new hometown of Nashville. A limited-edition 12″ of the already popular single “Lonely Boy,” pressed on limited edition vinyl, will be available at independent retailers as part of Record Store Day, with another album track, “Run Right Back,” on the B-side.

$10.98

Eric Clapton Blues Box

This three album, five disc box has been carefully recut for vinyl at Bernie Grundman Mastering by Chris Bellman and pressed on the finest grade 180- gram European vinyl for the highest quality analog sound imaginable. Box set includes: From The Cradle, Riding With The King and Me And Mr. Johnson, plus a unique 12″ x 12″ lithograph. Each box is beautifully packaged in a high quality paper wrapped design. This title is non-exclusive to Record Store day but limited to 2500 copies.

$124.98

For more about National Record Store Day, please visit www.recordstoreday.com

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The Other F Word

What happens when a generations ultimate anti-authoritarians – punk rockers – become society’s ultimate authorities – dads?  “The Other F Word” is the revealing, funny and touching film that tackles this question.  With a large chorus of punk rock’s leading men – including Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea, and Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath – the documentary follows Jim Lindberg, a 20-year veteran of the skate punk band Pennywise, on his hysterical and moving journey from belting his band’s anthem “F—k Authority,” to embracing his ultimately authoritarian role in mid-life: fatherhood.

Director Andrea Blaugrund Nevins explains “When I was a kid growing up in New York City, Punk Rockers were the people you crossed the street to avoid.  So when Cristan Reilly, the film’s producer, came to me with a book that her old friend, Jim Lindberg, the lead singer of the Southern California skate punk band Pennywise, had written about being a Punk Rock Dad, I was both repelled and intrigued.”

Producer Cristan Reilly adds, “Punk Rock Dad. It’s a great oxymoron. Andrea and I, who share, among many things, an ironic sense of humor, started with that very tiny but amusing kernel… We had no idea how much deeper the story would go, and we believe our film reflects the journey from funny concept to a series of moving realizations about rebellion, growing up, fathers, and fatherhood.”

Other dads featured in the film, which was Executive Produced by Morgan Spurlock & Jeremy Chilnick, include Art Alexakis (Everclear), Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo), Tony Adolescent (The Adolescents), Fat Mike (NOFX), Lars Frederiksen (Rancid), skater Tony Hawk, and many others.

“The Other F Word” screens first in New York and Los Angeles, then hits theaters across the country in November and December.

Theatrical Screenings:

11/02: New York, NY @ Film Forum
11/04: Los Angeles CA @ Nuart Theatre
11/11: Austin, TX @ Violet Crown Cinema
11/11: Boston, MA @ Landmark Kendall Square
11/18:  Berkeley, CA @ Landmark Shattuck
11/18: Mesa, AZ @ The Royale
11/18: San Francisco, CA @ Landmark Lumiere
11/18: Seattle, WA  @ Landmark Varsity
11/25: Minneapolis, MN @  Landmark (Location TBA)
11/25: San Diego, CA @ Landmark Ken
12/02: Philadelphia, PA @ Landmark Ritz @ The Bourse
12/02: Washington, DC @ Landmark E Street
12/09: Denver, CO @ Landmark Chez Artiste

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Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone

Click video above to watch the trailer for Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone

When Fishbone first emerged from California, no other band sounded or looked like them, and the weight of their innovative and iconic presence is still being felt decades later.  Coinciding with the group’s 25th anniversary, filmmakers Lev Anderson & Chris Metzler have directed a compelling new documentary, narrated by Laurence Fishburne.  Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone is both a fascinating and brutally honest look at the band’s history for longtime fans, as well as a perfect entry point for newcomers.

Pale Griot Films is proud to present the US Theatrical release of Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone in New York and Los Angeles this October.  The film had its World Premiere at the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival, and went on to screen at the SXSW Film & Music festival, among many others.  Everyday Sunshine will open on October 7th at the ReRun Theater in Brooklyn, NY, and on October 21st at the Laemmle Sunset 5 in Los Angeles, CA.  Many other cities (including Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, DC) will follow.  The band is also celebrating their 25th anniversary with the release of their much-anticipated new EP, Crazy Glue, out on October 11th on DC Jam Records.

Everyday Sunshine is a documentary about the band Fishbone, musical pioneers who have been rocking on the margins of pop culture for the past 25 years.  From the streets of South Central-Los Angeles and the competitive Hollywood music scene of the 1980’s, the band rose to prominence, only to fall apart when on the verge of “making it.”

Laurence Fishburne narrates Everyday Sunshine, an entertaining cinematic journey into the personal lives of this unique Black rock band, and an untold story of fiercely individual artists in their quest to reclaim their musical legacy while debunking the myths of young Black men from urban America.  Highlighting the parallel journeys of a band and their city, Everyday Sunshine explores the personal and cultural forces that gave rise to California’s legendary Black punk sons that continue to defy categories and expectations.

At the heart of Fishbone’s story is lead singer Angelo Moore and bassist Norwood Fisher who show how they keep the band rolling, out of pride, desperation and love for their art.  To overcome money woes, family strife, and the strain of being aging Punk rockers on the road, Norwood and Angelo are challenged to re-invent themselves in the face of dysfunction and ghosts from a painful past.

The documentary includes interviews with: Gwen Stefani (No Doubt), Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Ice-T (rapper), Branford Marsalis (saxophonist), Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction, Porno For Pyros), Questlove (The Roots), and more.

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