MINISTRY Is Recording New Album

Industrial metal pioneers MINISTRY have entered the studio to begin recording the follow-up to 2018’s “AmeriKKKant” album.

On Friday, the MINISTRY social media was updated with a photo of Al Jourgensen sitting in front of a studio console while wearing a gas mask. The picture was captioned: “Until further notice…we’ll be quarantined in the studio making a new record.”

Jourgensen originally floated the idea of making a new MINISTRY album in a November 2018 interview with Consequence Of Sound. He stated at the time: “I have a studio in my house that is currently under construction to make it ready for next year. So when I go back, we’ll go right into production on a new MINISTRY record and just record for, like, the next six months — very similar to what we did for [1988’s] ‘[The Land Of] Rape And Honey’ — and just record a bunch.”

Released in March 2018, “AmeriKKKa” was produced by Jourgensen and was recorded at Caribou Studios in Burbank, California. The LP’s opening track, “I Know Words”, saw Jourgensen taking aim at President Donald Trump and sampling one of his speeches, pairing it with dissonant sounding strings, turntable scratches and stuttering electronic beats.

Asked by the Cleveland Scene if he secretly hoped Trump will win a second term so he can continue to make albums like “AmeriKKKa”, Al said: “Dude, if I said yes to that, that would make me as much of narcissist and psychopath as Donald Trump himself. No! I hope to never do anything record like that. I hope I make the shittiest record of all time, and I hope we take back at the House and Senate, and I can slink off to my vegan enclave and be happy until the end of my life.”

He continued: “I don’t need to do another record, but I feel compelled to do records. I didn’t have a MINISTRY record planned when Trump won. It’s like a calling, starting with Reagan and Bush Senior. They just piss me off. I don’t understand why we’re arguing over issues that go back to the 1860s. We’re ready for another Civil War. It’s the same set of issues. I can’t believe we’re still talking about Roe v. Wade like it’s a current issue. I don’t understand why society doesn’t progress. Technology sure progresses, but society doesn’t. It bamboozles me and freaks me out. That’s why I have to throw my hat in the ring and at least say something about it.”

Last year, MINISTRY recruited former TOOL member Paul D’Amour as its new bassist.

A founding member of TOOL, D’Amour played on the band’s classic albums “Opiate” and “Undertow” and recorded some of the early demos for 1995’s “Aenima” before leaving due to personal differences and being replaced by Justin Chancellor.

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Cheap Trick’s ‘At Budokan’ Enters US National Recording Registry

Cheap Trick’s 1978 live set, “At Budokan”, is among 25 sound recordings selected for induction into the US Library Of Congress National Recording Registry.

Under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the Librarian – with advice from the Library’s National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB) – annually selects 25 recordings that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and are at least 10 years old.

Recordings from 1920 to 2008 are featured in the new series of inductions, including Tina Turner’s 1984 comeback album, “Private Dancer”, the classic Glen Campbell hit, “Wichita Lineman”, and records by Dusty Springfield, Selena and Dr. Dre, among others.

“We are honored that our breakout album, ‘Cheap Trick at Budokan,’ is being added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress,” said the group’s lead guitarist and principal songwriter, Rick Nielsen. “We thank our loyal fans who nominated us, and our favorite Rockford school librarian who got the ball rolling!”

“Though a handful of U.S. critics and devoted fans could have told you about their formidable live performances, Cheap Trick had had, by the late 1970s, very little impact at home in the USA,” reads the Library Of Congress bio. “But they were already huge in Japan. In 1978, at the Budokan in Tokyo before 12,000 ardent fans, the band recorded this seminal live album, which was originally meant solely for sale in the Japanese market.

“But stoked later by word-of-mouth and airplay on a few U.S. FM rock stations, high-priced imports of the album began to sell in unheard-of numbers for a Japanese release in the U.S. Further airplay and interest increased when Epic, the band’s record company, serviced radio stations with a promotional version of the album unavailable in stores before finally releasing ‘Cheap Trick: Live at Budokan’ domestically in February 1979.

“It proved to be the making of the band in their home country, as well as a loud and welcomed alternative to disco and soft rock and a decisive comeback for rock and roll.”

Led by the Top 10 success of the single, “I Want You To Want Me”, Cheap Trick’s breakthrough record, “At Budokan”, reached No. 4 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 1 million copies in the country.

Cheap Trick are currently scheduled to join ZZ Top on a Canadian tour later this spring, and will team up with Rod Stewart for a North American run this summer.

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NINE INCH NAILS Release Two New Albums For Free, ‘Ghosts V’ And ‘Ghosts VI’

NINE INCH NAILS have surprise-released two new albums: “Ghosts V: Together” and “Ghosts VI: Locusts”. Consisting of 23 new instrumental tracks, they are decribed on NIN‘s web site as “two different records for two different mindsets. Download now for free. Stay safe!”

NINE INCH NAILS collaborators Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross stated about the records: “Friends- weird times indeed…

“As the news seems to turn ever more grim by the hour, we’ve found ourselves vacillating wildly between feeling like there may be hope at times to utter despair — often changing minute to minute. Although each of us define ourselves as antisocial-types who prefer being on our own, this situation has really made us appreciate the power and need for connection.

“Music — whether listening to it, thinking about it or creating it — has always been the thing that helped us get through anything — good or bad. With that in mind, we decided to burn the midnight oil and complete these new ‘Ghosts’ records as a means of staying somewhat sane.

‘Ghosts V: Together’ is for when things seem like it might all be okay, and ‘Ghosts VI: Locusts’… well, you’ll figure it out.

“It made us feel better to make these and it feels good to share them. Music has always had a way of making us feel a little less alone in the world… and hopefully it does for you, too. Remember, everyone is in this thing together and this too shall pass.

“We look forward to seeing you again soon.

“Be smart and safe and take care of each other.

“With love, Trent & Atticus

“Ghosts V: Together” track listing:

01. Letting Go While Holding On
02. Together
03. Out In The Open
04. With Faith

05. Apart
06. Your Touch
07. Hope We Can Again
08. Still Right Here

“Ghosts VI: Locusts” track listing:

01. The Cursed Clock
02. Around Every Corner
03. The Worriment Waltz
04. Run Like Hell
05. When It Happens (Don’t Mind Me)
06. Another Crashed Car
07. Temp Fix
08. Trust Fades
09. A Really Bad Night
10. Your New Normal
11. Just Breathe
12. Right Behind You
13. Turn This Off Please
14. So Tired
15. Almost Dawn

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All New MKULTRASOUND PodCast Coronavirus Lockdown: Yvette Lera and Alex Zander via Phone from Chicagopocalyse 3/25/202

AZ and the new co host of the MKULTRASOUND PodCast after only one episode do a call in due to the statewide lockdown and social distance law and talk about the state of things and the loss of drummer Bill Rieflin and film maker Stuart Gordon the day before. Yvette brings and old song titled “Red Skies” to close the show.

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As Heard on Tonight’s Abbreviated Episode of the MKULTRASOUND PodCast

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Stuart Gordon, Cult Classic Horror Director, Dies at 72

SOURCE: VARIETY with Additional Filmography Information by AZ

Stuart Gordon, best known as the filmmaker behind such cult classics as “Re-Animator” and “From Beyond,” has died, his family confirmed to Variety Tuesday night. He was 72.

Although best known for his seminal work in independent horror, Gordon had a varied career that included founding the Organic Theater Company with his wife, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon. The Organic premiered such prominent works as David Mamet’s “Sexual Perversity in Chicago” and “Bleacher Bums,” which starred Dennis Franz and Joe Mantegna. He was a co-creator of the “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” franchise, for which he shared a story credit, and produced the film’s sequel and directed an episode of the TV spin-off. In 2005, he directed a film adaptation of Mamet’s “Edmond,” starring William H. Macy. Other films include “Fortress,” “Castle Freak” and “King of the Ants.”

In recent years, Gordon was active in L.A. theater, finding success directing the solo show “Nevermore…An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe” starring his “Re-Animator” star Jeffrey Combs. He also directed and co-wrote the book for “Re-Animator: The Musical,” which won several awards and was praised by a Variety critic, who wrote, “not since ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ has a screamfest tuner so deftly balanced seriousness and camp.”

Gordon also won a Stage Raw Award for directing “Taste,” a two-person drama that premiered in 2014, based on a true story where one man agrees to be eaten by another.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, daughters Suzanna, Jillian and Margaret Gordon, four grandchildren and his brother, David George Gordon.

Gordon had this to say about working with Disney in an interview with Digitally Obsessed back when Dagon was hitting the festival circuit:

They were kind of nervous. It was after Re-Animator had come out, and our kids were complaining that they couldn’t see these movies that we were making. We came up with the idea for Honey! I Shrunk the Kids, and took it to Disney. They liked it, and we developed it for them. We got Ed Naha, who wrote Dolls, which we had done together, to write the script. I was going to direct, and did all the planning and worked out the special effects, and two weeks before it started shooting I got sick and couldn’t do it. They got Joe Johnston to direct the film, and I was pretty pleased with the results…It’s funny. When people talk about [Honey! I Shrunk The Kids] they say, “It’s so different.” Really, it’s not that different than Re-Animator. It’s about a mad scientist and an experiment that goes wrong, and so forth…the potential for severing some heads was there, when you have a giant ant coming at you with those big mandibles. Who knows what could happen?

Gordon commented on it in a 2003 interview with Film Threat:

Originally I was going to direct it. I did all the prep work, the story boarding, the set design, got all the way up to casting and I had drop out because I got sick. So it was disappointing…I was happy with it. I think Joe Johnston, who ended up directing it, did a good job.

The film as originally conceived was to be titled Teenie Weenies, named after a comic strip about tiny people. Naha recalled in an interview with Dr.Gore’s Funhouse in 2011:

Stuart and Brian had young children back then and came up with this idea about shrunken kids. They pitched it to Disney and the studio was interested. So, they approached me about working with them and we came up with the story. When I was a kid on the East Coast, there was a comic strip in the Sunday edition of The New York Daily News called the Teenie-Weenies. It was one huge frame showing little people riding around on mice or sitting in thimbles and I just loved that. There was also a little guy or girl that you could cut out of the newspaper and paste on cardboard to play with. So, in a way, I was prepared for this sort of thing ever since I could hold a newspaper in my chubby little hands.

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