Lost in the news of Hyperbolic Statement Day, a.k.a. Election Day, was something more important than any next President of the United States of America, future of our country crap: NEW WU-TANG CLAN ALBUM.
It’s an announcement a lot of people have been waiting a long time to hear: “New WU TANG CLAN Album coming soon,” the pioneering hip-hop group posted on their Facebook page last night.
In a recent chat with Rolling Stone, Wu-Tang leader RZA spoke of the possibility of a reunion, perhaps one that would coincide with the 20th anniversary of their breakout debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) – the caveat being that RZA would be in complete control.
“If the Wu-Tang Clan ever wanna come back together – and next year will be our 20th year anniversary – I’d love for it to be under my leadership and guidance, because I think I’ve grown so much as a man and as an artist that I would know how to drive the ship…I would love to do that again.” (Via)
Should Wu-Tang’s Facebook page prove true, which is something I can’t believe I just typed, it’ll be the first album from the seminal hip-hop group since 2007’s tumultuous, yet underrated 8 Diagrams, and now I’m going to give you my daily reminder to listen to “Take It Back”: listen to “Take It Back.”
Not to be done in the reunion department, however, is Dave Grohl, who will rejoin face-shredders Queens of the Stone Age for their next album, due out sometime in 2013.
Dave Grohl will play drums on a new Queens of the Stone Age album, following the departure of drummer Joey Castillo, bandleader Josh Homme told the BBC.
Grohl “and I have this wonderful musical relationship which we don’t have with other people,” Homme said. “It’s a very cool and comfortable position.” (Via)
If you haven’t listened to 2002’s Songs for the Deaf, the only Queens album Grohl has appeared on so far, lately, please do so. Remember that feeling you first had when you saw the music video for “No One Knows,” one of the few excellent hard rock songs to break through into the mainstream in the past decade? Yeah, it felt good. Also, go back and check out Rated R, the band’s pre-Deaf album, too. It’s a little heavier, and just as WOAH.
Speaking of heavy:
A new My Bloody Valentine record will be out this year, Kevin Shields tells NME. He said he will post the album on his website. This will be the forever in-process followup to the band’s 1991 shoegaze masterpiece, Loveless.
According to NME, the upcoming album will also be followed by an EP of new recordings to be released next year. Shields said the new record “really frees us up, and in the bigger picture it’s 100% necessary.”
“People who like us will immediately connect with something,” he said. “Based on the very, very few people who’ve heard stuff — some engineers, the band, and that’s about it — some people think it’s stranger than Loveless. I don’t.” (Via)
The world doesn’t really need a third My Bloody Valentine album, and it’s literally impossible that it’ll be better than Loveless (how do you top perfection?), but prepare yourself for a sea of slightly awkward white guys staring at their shoes while woozy reverb emanates from their headphones in December. It’s gonna be amazing.