PRUDE CD Release Party LiveWire Lounge Chicago Sunday Oct 5th

The mutated offspring of downed machine god Jared Louche, industrial demon-imp Matt Fanale and snarling 70′s rock-noise genius Marc Plastic in head-on collision train-wreck against the sleazewave buzz of The Phil DiSiena Enigma, the whole retro-futurist dark-matter metastasized by shadowy co-producer Howie Beno.


Self-indulgent, damaged, and covered in a film most would have washed off ages ago, Prude is what happens next, or when you’re not looking.


The mutation is transient. The transition is mutating.



Doors 8PM
21 & Over
Live music by W.O.R.M.
Special Guest DJ To Be Announced
and giveaways


More details forthcoming


See review of CD here:: CD Release Party LiveWire Lounge Chicago Sunday Oct 5th

LiveWire Lounge Chicago 3394 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60641

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Leonard Cohen to Release New Album For 80th Birthday Next Month

SOURCE: Rolling Stone

‘Popular Problems’ info unveiled at singer’s Irish fan convention

Leonard Cohen will commemorate his 80th birthday next month by releasing a new LP entitled Popular Problems. While Cohen’s representative could not confirm the album, word of the release dropped last week at Leonard Cohen Event 2014, an officially sanctioned fan convention held in Dublin. There’s also a September 22nd release date for Popular Problems listed on Amazon France.

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“Leonard has worked hard on his next studio album of entirely new songs,” read a foreword to the event booklet written by Jarkko Arjatsalo, a finnish accountant that runs Cohen’s official website and serves as a liaison between the singer and his fan community. “He asked me to let you know that Popular Problems will be out at the end of September, shortly after his 80th birthday.”

In an e-mail to Rolling Stone, Arjatsalo confirmed the statement and said he received the information “directly from Leonard.” When news hit Cohen’s fan community, Arjatsalo posted to clarify Cohen’s upcoming plans. “There are no tour plans!” he wrote. “We are now looking forward to a great new studio album.”

Cohen publicly thanked Arjatsalo for his tireless work at a 2012 show in the webmaster’s hometown of Helsinki. “There was someone from this town that began a website called The Leonard Cohen Files,” he said. “Through his efforts, my work was kept alive for all these years. The man’s name is Jarkko Arjatsalo. I want to thank him for the spectacular effort he’s made on my behalf. I am deeply grateful.”

Cohen’s last album was 2012′s Old Ideas, though in the year leading up to the album’s release, the singer-songwriter unveiled new songs onstage that failed to make the album. “I rehearsed some other songs on the road – new songs that didn’t make it onto the record,” he told Rolling Stone in 2012. “So I have a new record [after this one], at least two-thirds of it, anyway.”


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CD REVIEW: Prude Dark age of consent

Metropolis Records on September 23 worldwide

I wasn’t sure what to expect pulling this album up after so many years of not hearing new material from Chemlab or Jared Louche. I was told by a third party that it was recorded at Abbey Road. My first thought was “how the fuck did he break into Abbey Road?”. For those not familiar with Jared Louche and Chemlab, he’s got a pretty interesting story. Here are a few quick notes…

Chemlab’s first album Ten Ton Pressure was recorded in a reputable museum late at night under “suspect” circumstances.

Burn out at the hydrogen bar’s cover may or may not have a picture that might have arrived there under less than ethical ways.

East Side Millitia is cold, clinical and steely like a machine gun blast from the future.

Jared’s solo album, Covergirl, while at invisible really brought the production level of his albums
up. The songs were covers and originals mixed in such a way that it really presented Jared in a more natural state, balanced between razor edged agitation and smooth in the pocket focus.

Dark Age of Consent bounced out of my speakers with an attention grabbing mix of driving, edgy, groovy electronic rock. The cohesion and transition between calculated percussion and live drumming lays a great foundation for an unexpected, yet welcome and natural progression in Jared Louche’s artistry. I’ve watched and listened to his progression as an artist since the early 90′s. On DAOC Jared ripped, clawed and chewed his way out of the machine that was Chemlab and drug his battered soul out kicking and screaming. This has the raw energy of “ten ton pressure” mixed with the polish and shuffle of “Covergirl”.

His vocals have the gnarled, distorted sizzle that oscillates between love and hate that you would expect from him. Marc Olivier’s guitar playing on this album is nothing less than extraordinary. It brings a swagger and a groove that pairs perfectly with Louche’s vocals. You couldn’t ask for a better match. Matt Fanale and Phil DiSiena provide a sonic atmosphere that wraps around the guitar and vocals to fill out the sonic landscape in a chaotic, yet beautifully organized manner. The vocals mixed with the percussive stylings, synth, guitar finese and skill, and the overall production are akin to hugging a soft plush teddy bear wrapped in Barbed wire that smells like bacon.

Not to be overlooked is shadowy Co- Producer Howie Beno who has worked with a wide range of artists in various genres, such as Tom Jones, Dionne Warwick, Depeche Mode, Blondie and a long series of rock and industrial bands, including Ministry. He oversaw the completion of  Prude’s retro-futurist dark-matter platter debut masterpiece.

Standout tracks are

1. PLUSism
2. The Great Eraser
6. Airlock
9. Knife on Mars


- Abner Devereaux for mk ultra magazine

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COAL CHAMBER To Announce New-Album Plans On Monday?

COAL CHAMBER, the reformed ’90s alt-metal band fronted by current DEVILDRIVER singer Dez Fafara, will make an announcement on Monday, August 11. Speculation is that COAL CHAMBER will reveal that it has signed a new record deal and will shortly begin work on its first studio album since 2002′s “Dark Days”.

Bassist Nadja Peulen rejoined COAL CHAMBER in November 2013. She said in a statement: “I’ve missed my brothers and can’t wait to rock the stage with them again and see all of you!”


Peulen returned to COAL CHAMBER following the departure of Canadian bassist Chela Rhea Harper, who joined the band in late 2011 and toured with the group for nearly two years.


COAL CHAMBER and SEVENDUST last year took part in a U.S. co-headlining tour. Also appearing on the bill was LACUNA COIL.


In an interview with the WGRD 97.9 FM radio station in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dez Fafara stated about the possibility of new music from COAL CHAMBER: “[In September 2012], [guitarist Miguel Rascón and drummer Mike Cox] sent me some new tunes and said, ‘Hey, would you ever think about doing a new record? Here’s some new tunes.’ And they were absolutely killer. They were moving forward with their sound, but yet you could tell it was COAL CHAMBER, but it wasn’t so linear.”


Regarding why neither of the two former COAL CHAMBER bassists — Nadja Peulen or Rayna Foss — had been involved in the band’s reunion up until the end of last year, Dez told Full Metal Jackie in a separate interview, “Rayna was not [asked to be a part of it]. Rayna has been out of the band for a very long time. We did speak to Nadja. She [had] other things going and it wasn’t really in the headspace where we were at as a band.”


COAL CHAMBER rose to prominence with a gold-certified debut album in 1997 that established the group as one of the most promising bands on the then-emerging, so-called “nu metal” scene.


Peulen replaced Foss in 1999 during Rayna’s pregnancy for almost 12 months while the band was on the road supporting its second album, “Chamber Music”. Rayna came back to the band after her pregnancy leave and recorded COAL CHAMBER’s third album, “Dark Days”. Shortly after recording “Dark Days”, Rayna quit the band and Nadja was recruited for the touring cycle that followed the CD’s release. The band broke up during the “Dark Days” tour in 2002 and reunited nine years later.

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Rick Springfield Leads All-Star KISS Tribute Benefit Concert

Rick Springfield has announced that he is hosting a KISS tribute concert benefit dubbed “Rock For Ruben” that will benefit his good friend and guitar tech Ruben Velasco.
Since KISS is Ruben Velasco’s all time favorite band, Springfield will lead the all-star set of KISS songs and will be joined by Kenny Aronoff (Jon Bon Jovi, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Alanis Morissette, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, a lot more), Bruce Kulick (KISS/Grand Funk Railroad) and James Lomenzo (John Fogerty, Megadeth).


The show will also include a special appearance from John 5 (Rob Zombie) with more special guests to be announced and organizers state that the show will close with a “huge surprise”.


The concert will take place on August 20, 2014 at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles and is being staged to raise money for Ruben’s medical expenses in his battle against cancer.


“Ruben Velasco, our friend and guitar tech extraordinaire is fighting for his life,” says Springfield. “He has been diagnosed with fourth stage cancer and has a lot of medical expenses coming up in his fight. Any and all donations would be loved and welcomed.”


The event will also include some exclusive VIP opportunities including a private pre-concert dinner with Rick and only 18 guests. For further details on the “Rock for Ruben” benefit concert, go here:


If you cannot attend the show any donations would be loved and welcomed. Donations may be made here:

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ACE FREHLEY To Sit In With THE ROOTS On ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’

Ace Frehley will perform on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” next Tuesday, August 12. The former KISS guitarist will sit in with the house band THE ROOTS for the program’s entirety.

In other news, Frehley will take part in a one-time-only in-store appearance and signing at the Best Buy in Union Square, New York City on Tuesday, August 19 at 6 p.m. Fans will be able to get their own copy of Fehley’s new album, “Space Invader”, signed by the Space Man himself.

“Space Invader”, the first new solo album from Frehley in five years, will be released in North America on August 19 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music). The CD, which will be made available in Europe on August 18 (three days earlier in Germany and Scandinavia) through SPV/Steamhammer, will include 11 brand new original songs as well as a cover of Steve Miller’s “The Joker”.

Frehley has released the first single from “Space Invader”. “Gimme A Feelin’” is now available on iTunes. You can also stream the song below (courtesy of

Asked what the songwriting process was like for “Space Invader”, Frehley told Guitar World magazine: “You know, all my life I’ve never had a formula for writing songs. Sometimes it starts with a guitar riff, sometimes it’s a lyrical idea or just a melody. Sometimes I wake up with an idea. There’s no rhyme or reason. Sometimes I write on an acoustic, sometimes on a bass. There’s a song on the new album called ‘Into The Vortex’. It’s a riff song, but I wrote it on a bass guitar. Why? Because I write differently with a bass guitar in my hand than an acoustic guitar or an electric guitar. When I feel creative, I just sit down and start playing.”

Ace also spoke about the recording process for “Space Invader”, telling Guitar World: “I did most of the recording at my friend’s studio in Turlock, California, called the Creation Lab. Turlock is in the middle of nowhere — it’s like a farming community — and that’s why I loved it. I have Attention Deficit Disorder, and there are absolutely no distractions when working at this place. You record for eight or 10 or 12 hours, then you go back to the hotel and go to sleep. You wake up and go back to the studio. There’s nothing else to do there, which means it’s the perfect place for me to record. Plus, I like working with the least amount of people, and this studio is great because it’s quiet and there aren’t all kinds of people walking through. I did most of this record with just me and a drummer, Matt Starr. For a couple of songs I brought in Chris Wyse from THE CULT to play bass.”

On the topic of whether there were things about 2009′s “Anomaly” that he wanted to change with “Space Invader”, Ace said: “I know that everyone is hoping that this album is heavier than the last one, and it is. I’m also doing an instrumental this time, called ‘Starship’, that isn’t slow. It’s a departure from the ‘Fractured Mirror’ style. It’s more fast paced and has a lot of transitions in it.”

Frehley also explained his decision to cover Steve Miller’s “The Joker”, saying: “It was the record company’s idea, to be honest. And I was a little resistant when it first came up. But then I thought back to my 1978 solo record, when [producer] Eddie Kramer’s assistant said to me, ‘Why don’t you try this song?’ And it was ‘New York Groove’. At first I said, ‘I don’t want to do that,’ and it turned out to be my biggest hit. So maybe history can repeat itself.”

The “Space Invader” cover artwork was created by Frehley’s longtime friend, artist Ken Kelly, who designed the iconic cover art for two of KISS’ best-selling LPs “Destroyer” (1976) and “Love Gun” (1977).


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