March 2, 2012


Genre Report: GWAR Is Back & More

Shirlaine Forrest/Getty Images
Shirlaine Forrest/Getty Images

METAL: GWAR Working on New Album
Legendary half-joke metal band GWAR has created a customized recording studio/jam space, and in that space they're recording a new album! There's no release date yet, but the album "will be a tribute to their lost Scumdog brother Flattus Maximus," the GWAR member who was found dead at age 34 during the band's tour last November. [Blabbermouth]

ELECTRONIC: Superstar DJ Releases Album Trailer
Paul Van Dyk just went and did something that only mega-superstar DJs should be doing: releasing a trailer for his next album Evolution. IT IS SO BIG. This minute-long trailer probably cost more money to make than I'll make in the next 20 years. Just watch it. 

ELECTRONIC: Indie Electronic Producer Announces New Album
Steven Ellison, better known as Flying Lotus, the experimental Los Angeles producer behind two of the most acclaimed full-length albums of the last half-decade (2008's Los Angeles and 2010's Cosmogramma), has just announced the title of his next album and a potential release date. It will be called Until the Quiet Comes, and it'll come out "probably" in June. He hopes to finish it next week. [Pitchfork]

COUNTRY: America's Sweetheart to Become Fashion Icon
In a move that seems inevitable for female music stars these days, Taylor Swift has taken to the cover of a fashion magazine and been branded a fashion icon. This month, Swift is on the cover of Harper's Bazaar in front of the words "Taylor Swift wears Gucci" and "Fashion's Newest Golden Girl," which we don't think will do much for her girl-next-door image. [The Boot]

HIP HOP: Celebrated DJ/Producer Gets Tribute Album
It’s been two-and-a-half years since vaunted hip hop producer/DJ Roc Raida passed away, but friend and fellow turntablist Rob Swift is ensuring his legacy lives on with the March 20 release of tribute album Roc for Raida. The album collects songs Raida scratched on, produced or incorporated as part of his elaborate scratching routines and feature tracks by Big L, DJ Premier and Dilated Peoples. Swift has also uncovered rare audio interviews with the DJ, portions of which are blended into the mix. Check out the album trailer and know that proceeds go to Raida’s family, so no stealing. []