The grandfather of funk is preparing to go… country? George Clinton will be joining the cast of CMT’s reality show “Gone Country” for its third season to begin airing in January. Clinton will go toe-to-toe with a houseful of celebrities including scandal ridden Miss USA Tara Conner, American Idol runner up Justin Guarini, Prince cohort Sheila E., The Monkees’ Mickey Dolenz, and more in a competition to win a country single produced by Rich.
Clinton’s latest album was a collection of 60’s and 70’s covers with RZA, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sly Stone, and El Debarge. Could his next see him collaborating with Nashville’s finest?
Au Revoir Simone Reverse Migration / Our Secret Record Company / BUY
Re-worked and re-booted, the songs from Au Revoir Simone‘s stellar 2007 release Bird of Music serve as a track-by-track road map for this star-studded remix LP. Everyone from The Teenagers, Darkel, Montag, We Are Scientists’ Keith Murray and Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor put in an appearance on the swift thirteen-track Reverse Migration. It’s a perfect appetite-suppressant, as the girls are currently hard at work on their 2009 follow up. On a recent tour stop in Tokyo, the band put together a short video clip to celebrate the release. Watch it below the fold, and listen to the whole album over on AOL Spinner, where it’ll be streaming in its entirety all week. And don’t forget the exclusives at Amazon.com and iTunes – where shoppers get an additional remix of “Sad Song” by Air France, and a ReRunner reworking of “The Way to There,” respectively.
“There was a bit of irony involved when we ventured to NYC’s most carnivalistic of venues, Spiegelworld. The magnificent, wood and canvas tent that sits oh so awesomely on Pier 17 derives its name from a Dutch word meaning mirror tent; an appropriate reference as it’s a place plump full of plenty of aesthetic allusion and deception. But The Dodos, the band who sold out the venue, are none of that. Theirs is a craft that offers absolutely nothing to hide behind. Theirs is a brand of boozy, electric roots that’s elemental, yet completely unique unto them.
Combining Meric Long’s whiplash strokes on a couple of visibly bullied, acoustic guitars, Logan Kroeber’s explosive barrage of stout and strong percussive rhythms – themselves bashed out on drums that most closely resemble a set of marching quads, and newcomer Joe Haener’s ornamental fills of swelling vibraphone (plus the occasion thwack! on a metal garbage can), The Dodos set power and pulse to Long’s beseeching vocal melodies. The results are powerhouse highlights like “Red and Purple,” “Fools,” and “Jodi.” “
We’re just in that sort of mood today. So how about a metal round up? Last week, Thursday and Envy unleashed a weighty split on Temporary Residence, with Rickley and co. reminding us why Full Collapse was such a hit, and the manic-metaloids of Envy offering up three hefty love letters to dynamics and decibels. And, of course, how could we not mention the new Cynic? Fifteen years after the landmark Focus, these Florida prog-hounds are back with Traced In Air , and dare we say, they may have gained a step or two in their time off. Dawn of Winter slow it down on “The Music of Despair”, while superduperHOLYSHITgroup Bloodbath (you gonna argue with members of Opeth, Katatonia, Hypocrisy, and Edge of Sanity?) get deadly on “Slaughter The Will To Live.”