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20 Anniversary Edition Box Set of Rage Against The Machine’s Self Titled Album

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Rage was a game changer for a lot of not only musicians but everyone listening to heavier music in the mid 90’s. While most of the radio was being assulted by grunge, some good but a whole lotta bad, Rage was musically about huge groove. Below is and artice from Loudwire.com talking about Sony Legacy releasing this box set with some pretty cool stuff!

Sony Legacy

Rage Against the Machine and Sony Legacy are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the band’s eponymous debut in a big, big way with the incredibly deluxe release ‘Rage Against the Machine –XX,’ which will be available in several configurations on Nov. 27.

The politically charged 1992 album, which meshed rap and rock in a fresh, uncompromising way that has not been adequately copied since, fused Zack de la Rocha’s fire-in-his-belly lyrical proclamations with Tom Morello’s unique, sounds-like-a-turntable guitar tone. The incendiary, call-to-arms original was released in November of 1992 and the time to celebrate its power and legacy is now.

‘Rage Against the Machine – XX’ is newly remastered and will be offered in three formulations:

-The 20th Anniversary Edition Deluxe Box Set houses two CDs, two DVDs, one 12″ 180gm vinyl LP, one 40-page booklet and a two-sided poster.

-The 20th Anniversary Special Edition collects two CDs and a bonus DVD featuring six tracks in an oversized softpack.

-The 20th Anniversary Edition single compact disc includes three bonus tracks.

Additionally, a 12″ 180gm vinyl edition–a picture disc and a facsimile reproduction–of the original LP has been remastered and will be available, sans bonus tracks.

Compact Disc One of the newly remastered ‘Rage Against the Machine – XX’ will include the original album in its entirety, as well as three collectible b-sides from the era.

Compact Disc Two presents the original Rage Against the Machine demo tape, which was recorded in 1991 and sold for $5 at the merch table at the band’s earliest gigs. So it’s quite an artifact and a piece of RATM history, a “must own” for collectors, since it helped the band secure its record deal with Epic. This marks the first time the entire demo tapes have seen a full official release.

DVD #1 included in the Deluxe Box Set features Rage Against the Machine’s free concert in Finsbury Park on June 2010, which was a “thank you” to U.K. fans for making ‘Killing in the Name’ the U.K.’s No. 1 single during Christmas Week 2009. Also included are music videos plus live concert performance clips.

DVD #2 features Rage’s debut album, focusing on live performance from 1991-1994 and includes the full set of RATM’s first public performance as well as various live, rare clips.

New liner notes were penned specifically for this release by friend, fan and hip-hop icon Chuck D. of Public Enemy.

If you’ve got a RATM diehard in your life, your holiday shopping just got a whole lot easier.

CD 1 – Rage Against The Machine – Remastered

01. Bombtrack
02. Killing In The Name
03. Take The Power Back
04. Settle For Nothing
05. Bullet In The Head
06. Know Your Enemy
07. Wake Up
08. Fistful Of Steel
09. Township Rebellion
10. Freedom

Bonus Tracks (b-sides)

11. Bombtrack (live, taken from Bombtrack single)
12 Bullet in the Head (live, taken from Bullet in the Head single)
13. Take The Power Back (live, taken from Freedom single)

CD 2 – ‘The Original Demos’

– first official commercial release (except where noted)
01. Bombtrack
02. Take The Power Back
03. Bullet in the Head
04. Darkness of Greed (previously released)
05. Clear the Lane (previously released)
06. Township Rebellion
07. Know Your Enemy
08. Mindset’s A Threat
09. Killing In The Name
10. Auto Logic
11. The Narrows
12. Freedom

DVD #1

‘The Battle of Britain’ – previously unreleased
FINSBURY PARK, LONDON ENGLAND (JUNE 6, 2010)
1. Testify
2. Bombtrack
3. People Of The Sun
4. Know Your Enemy
5. Bulls On Parade
6. Township Rebellion
7. Bullet In The Head
8. White Riot
9. Guerrilla Radio
10. Sleep Now In The Fire
11. Freedom
12. Killing In The Name

MUSIC VIDEOS

“Killing in the Name” (1992)
“Bullet in the Head” (1993)
“Bombtrack” (1993)
“Freedom” (1993)
“Bulls on Parade” (1996)
“People of the Sun” (1996)
“No Shelter” (1998)
“Guerrilla Radio” (1999)
“Sleep Now in the Fire” (2000) – first official commercial release
“Testify” (2000) – first official commercial release
“Renegades of Funk” (2000) – first official commercial release
“How I Could Just Kill a Man” (2000) – previously unreleased

LIVE MATERIAL FROM 1997 VIDEO COMPILATION – first time on DVD

“The Ghost Of Tom Joad”
“Vietnow” – Irvine, CA – 1997
“People Of The Sun”
“Bulls On Parade”
“Bullet In The Head”
“Zapata’s Blood” – Rock Am Ring Festival, Germany – 1996
“Know Your Enemy”
“Bombtrack”
“Tire Me” – Reading Festival 1996
“Killing In The Name” – Pink Pop Festival – 1994

DVD #2 – all previously unreleased

“First Public Performance”
CAL STATE NORTH RIDGE, CA (OCTOBER 23, 1991)
1. Killing In The Name
2. Take The Power Back
3. Autologic
4. Bullet In The Head
5. Hit The Deck
6. Township Rebellion
7. Darkness Of Greed
8. Clear The Lane
9. Clampdown
10. Know Your Enemy
11. Freedom

PINK POP 1994 – “Freedom”
VIC THEATRE 1993 – “Take the Power Back”
JC DOBBS 1993 – “Fistful of Steel”
SOUNDSTAGE PERFORMANCE 1992 – “Bombtrack”
Halfway House 1992 – “Wake Up”
Castaic 1992 – “Settle for Nothing”
San Luis Obispo 1992 – “Clear the Lane”
CWNN 1992 – “Untitled”
Zed’s Records 1992 – “Darkness of Greed”
NOMADS 1992 – “Wake Up”

II. Rage Against The Machine – XX (20th Anniversary Special Edition)

Oversized softpack

CD 1 – Rage Against The Machine – Remastered

01. Bombtrack
02. Killing In The Name
03. Take The Power Back
04. Settle For Nothing
05. Bullet In The Head
06. Know Your Enemy
07. Wake Up
08. Fistful Of Steel
09. Township Rebellion
10. Freedom

Bonus Tracks (b-sides)

11. Bombtrack (live, taken from Bombtrack single)
12 Bullet in the Head (live, taken from Bullet in the Head single)
13. Take The Power Back (live, taken from Freedom single)

CD 2 – “The Original Demos” – first official commercial release (except where noted)

01. Bombtrack
02. Take The Power Back
03. Bullet in the Head
04. Darkness of Greed (previously released)
05. Clear the Lane (previously released)
06. Township Rebellion
07. Know Your Enemy
08. Mindset’s A Threat
09. Killing In The Name
10. Auto Logic
11. The Narrows
12. Freedom

Bonus DVD:

Music Videos:
Killing In The Name
Bombtrack
Freedom
Take The Power Back (Vic Theatre) – previously unreleased
Bombtrack (Soundstage performance) – previously unreleased
Wake Up (Nomads) – previously unreleased

III. Rage Against The Machine – XX (20th Anniversary Edition)

Jewel Case

CD 1 – Rage Against The Machine – Remastered

01. Bombtrack
02. Killing In The Name
03. Take The Power Back
04. Settle For Nothing
05. Bullet In The Head
06. Know Your Enemy
07. Wake Up
08. Fistful Of Steel
09. Township Rebellion
10. Freedom

Bonus Tracks (b-sides)

11. Bombtrack (live, taken from Bombtrack single)
12 Bullet in the Head (live, taken from Bullet in the Head single)
13. Take The Power Back (live, taken from Freedom single)

Scott Stapp Suicide Attempt Saved By Rapper T.I.

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Scott Stapp was on VH1’s Big Morning Buzz talking about his book. “Sinners Creed”. I personally didn’t read the book because reading requires your eyes to do that left to right thing and honestly that’s just too much effort. And I always feel bad when I stain the pages with my chubby cheeto fingers. I can wipe off my remote. So I guess i’ll wait for the movie.

Anyway, he talks about the book opens with him going on a huge bender, hearing cops pounding on the door and him trying to climb out the balcony windows. Which of course never works, that only works in the movies. And the “Arms Wide Open” video was not a movie, I dont care how much it cost.

So he falls 40′ fractures his skull, breaks his beak and his hip and lays there in a pool of blood unable to move. When apparently rapper T.I. found him and took care of him basically saving his life. That story almost made me want to read the book. But instead watch the VH1 interview below.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominations Include Rush, Public Enemy and Deep Purple

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

If you’re a musician and shit, maybe if you’re not, the R&R HOF can be very confusing. I actually wish they just wouldn’t call it the “Rock and Roll” HOF. I don’t know who is in it half the time and a lot of the time they’re not even Rock anyway. Some people are very passionate about it. Like Eddie Trunk if you ever listen to his stuff or watch That Metal Show. That dude about spits nails when the hall gets mentioned. I think maybe it should just be the Music HOF. Like important acts are snubbed like, Journey, Kiss, Judas Priest, Chicago, Faith No More.

But this year Deep Purple and Rush are nominated but so are Public Enemy and N.W.A and Randy Newman? W.T.F I mean, not that Public Enemy and N.W.A weren’t huge and deserve recognition. But in the R&R HOF? And don’t get me started on Randy Newman. I mean dude…. Nevermind… Ohh well anyway if you want to read the full article it was in Rolling Stone HERE

**New** Jackson DK2M Pro Series Dinky

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

It’s a Dinky!!! A DK2M Pro Series Dinky to be exact!! And this looks to be a sexy one!! I like Jackson, they make great stuff, take for example this guitar. It’s listed on Jackson’s website at $1133.32 MSRP so we know its going to street under that. But let’s just say it’s $1K. You’re still getting actual Seymour Duncan’s and a Floyd, maple fret board if you want it. Really you wouldn’t have to do much to it if you didn’t want to. But go check it out yourself at Jackson’s website HERE

Rage Against The Machine Bass Player Tom Commerford Maybe On New Rage Album

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

If you’re a TMZ junkie as I have turned into the last few years you would know that sometimes they actually catch up with someone that isn’t a Kardashian or a Lohan. This time they caught up with Tom Commerford the bass player from Rage who gave them a solid “Maybe” on a new album and also his new passion in body mods.

Stream Deftones New Single “Tempest”

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Here is another streaming single from the Deftones called “Tempest”. This will be on the upcoming album “Koi No Yokan“, out November 13th. And I have to say. The track…is… coolness!!!

American Idol Is Now Just Honey Boo Boo **SHOCKER**

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

In my **SHOCKER** post of the century, American Idol has now moved on now and appears to be aiming for the Honey Boo Boo demographic. In what seems like a cross between Honey Boo Boo and a Chuck E Cheese cell phone gang fight video, Nicki Minaj is screaming at Mariah Carey in a totally non-stereotypical “Ohh No You Di’nnnnT” rant. Which I think is awesome! Because who better to judge talent other than someone like Nicki, why not have the people that write or auto-tune her music judge?

Best part of the video is watching Keith Urban, I bet he wishes he was a real cowboy right about now. That way he could of hopped on Mariah, rode her around the barrel and goat roped Nicki till the clowns came out to wrangle them back into the cages. Which to me is about the only way this would be successful, if it turned into a good old fashioned rodeo!!! Sometimes they have funnel cakes at rodeos. I like funnel cakes.

Peavey 6534+ Orange 4×12 Demo

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a quick demo of the Peavey 6534+ played through an Orange 4×12. Good morning world of music type people. As I state in the video the 6534 is basically the 6505 but it uses El34’s instead of 6L6’s in the power section. Does it make a difference? I think so!! In many cases I think the difference between EL34’s and 6L6’s is very slight sonically. And more importantly I think that unless you’re cranking your amp to the sun you’re even farther away from telling a difference. But really in my opinion it’s the pre stage that really makes the amp. But in this case switching the power tubes made the head that much better.

I felt that the 6534+ maybe had a bit more bottom available than the 6505+ but it wasn’t huge. I also liked the clean just a bit more. While people always tend to gripe on forums about how crappy the 6505+ clean is, I personally didn’t mind it. And played it in a band that had a lot of clean parts. Again, the differences were very slight. That being said, I am a bit biased as I ran a 6505+ for a long time and is still to this day my favorite daily driver. And one that I regret selling every day!!

Why did I like it you may ask?? Well, a lot of heads that I also like require a lot of tweaking to get a sound that works for my ears. Take your average Mesa head. Everyone loves the recto sound but for me I always felt it was a bit too sloppy, squishy, fizzy sounding. Now the way to rectify that (no pun intended) is to toss an old trusty TS-9 in front of it and that sucks it all up in a nice tight package. Again, that’s just me personally. But I never ran anything tone effecting in front of the 6505+. I had Clean, Crunch and Dirty and it didn’t matter if I was playing metal or just hard rock that head just fit. And fit where in my mind a head should fit IN THE MID-RANGE!! And that’s really what guitar sound is about, sitting in the middle that’s what it’s designed to do.

Also, I think this is fairly low noise for a high gain head. Granted if you crank the gain to 10 it comes apart like any other head. But I probably ran mine between 6 and 7 and didn’t run a gate live. I really just didn’t need it. So in a nutshell, would I recommend this head?? 100%!! Sure you can get more features out of other heads, but really I think this a workhorse that everyone can play on. If you’re the classic rock cover band all the way to the death metal bands, this head will work and I don’t think you will be disappointed either way. But, what is a good head without a killer cab.

This video was shot through an Orange 4×12, which by the way, simply put the bad mamma jamma on the block. And it should be I think it weighs just as much as I do! Well, maybe 1/3 of me. I think they tip the scale at about 110lbs. Which is massive to lug around from gig to gig. But you know that really using the Orange cab you’re pretty much done with that part of your rig. I can honestly say I’ve never heard anyone say, “Man my Orange is ok but I sure wish I had a ….” That just doesn’t happen. As a matter of fact after playing on a couple of Orange cabs I can say that jumping to them would be a simple decision. Unless of course you’re not interested in a cab that sounds killer, is built like a tank and just looks dead sexy.

Below are some Guitar Center links for the 6534+ and Orange cabs. At least go test drive one!!

Peavey 6534+ Guitar Center HERE
Orange Cabs Guitar Center HERE

Phil Anselmo Talks Pantera Reunion With Zakk Wylde

Monday, October 1st, 2012

I’m 38, that’s pretty much old to todays kids trying to rock. And let me talk about todays musicians for a minute. Why the skinny chick emo pants and swoopy hair. How cool are you having a 26″ waist and a 30″ wallet chain and no real chops on your instrument?? I feel like an old man saying that music today is lame but come on, I grew up with Pantera and Ozzy. Music today is dumbed down, wickedly overcompressed, the volume is pushed to stupid dynamic murdering levels (I personally don’t understand that one) blaa blaa blaa.

Anyway, In an article on the Village Voice, Phil Anselmo discusses a Pantera reunion with Zakk Wylde on guitar. Before you get too excited he also mentioned that Vinnie Paul still won’t talk to him. But below is a clip from the Village Voice article that can be found HERE

There have been rumors floating around of a Pantera “reunion” with Zakk Wylde. Is that real, and would that include you?

Well, it would better damn well fuckin’ include me, or it wouldn’t be Pantera. I talked to Zakk about two weeks ago, and he’s very open for it. He’s got an open mind about it. But, truth be told, Vince [Abbott] has got a grudge against me that is really unfounded. And, honestly, I’ve always had a wide-open door when it comes to Vince.

If it takes me standin’ there and lettin’ that little guy punch me in the fuckin’ face repeatedly, over and over and over, til his hands were tired of hittin’ my rock-hard fuckin’ head, as long as we could sit down and talk afterwards, I’m all for it, man.

Would there be any issue with someone else playing Dimebag’s guitar parts?

Well, now, I didn’t say that the Pantera thing is a realistic thing. I don’t think that’s the important thing. I think what the important thing is, what Zakk and I discussed, is just Vince actually dropping his guard and realizing there is no treachery afoot.

Soundgarden New Single “Been Away Too Long” Available To Stream

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

King Animal is the name of the disc. And if the single is anything like the rest of the disc its going to sound like…. Well, Soundgarden!!! Pretty cool track, very dry production, and it sounds like they did in the early 90’s!

Check this mother out streaming on the front of their website HERE.