Classic Rock to release Chickenfoot III fan pack

Wow, those fine folks at Classic Rock Magazine have done it again! After killer fan packs for Motorhead and Whitesnake, check this out from the Classic Rock website:

Classic Rock is cock-a-hoop to announce the launch of its latest Fan Pack, dedicated to Chickenfoot.

The Chickenfoot Fan Pack includes Chickenfoot III, the band’s eagerly anticipated second album, plus a 132-page magazine dedicated to the band.

Pre-order the Chickenfoot fanpack through MyFavouriteMagazines.co.uk before September 27 and receive a free very limited edition Chickenfoot bottle opener keyring.

Inside the Chickenfoot Fan Pack:

Fans who buy the Chickenfoot Fan Pack will be able to hear Chickenfoot III weeks before it appears in record stores. What’s more, the Fan Pack version of Chickenfoot III comes with two exclusive bonus tracks that won’t appear on the record store version of the album.

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So it turns out ProTools 8 might run on Lion

You may remember this post from a few days about about Pro Tools 9’s incompatibility with Apple OSX Lion at this time. (For a refresher, According to Avid, “As of this writing Pro Tools 9 and all earlier versions of Pro Tools software are not compatible and will not work with OS X Lion.”

Well here’s a piece of good potentially good news for at least some of us: it turns out Pro Tools 8.0.3 works fine on my 2007 Intel iMac running Lion. I can’t vouch for other systems, but if you happen to be a ProTools 8 user and you’ve already installed Lion and found ProTools 9 doesn’t work, maybe it’s worth installing ProTools 8 again to see if it’ll work on your system.

I guess my next move is to install Lion and ProTools 8 on my 2010 Macbook Pro to see if they will play nicely together. If not, I guess I’ll be doing all my recording on my iMac for a while.

 

The Bangles to release Sweetheart Of The Sun

The Bangles always played some of the coolest guitars in rock. Plus Susannah Hoffs was my first crush.

PRESS RELEASE

THE BANGLES ‘SWEETHEART OF THE SUN’ DUE OUT SEPTEMBER 13

FIRST NEW ALBUM IN EIGHT YEARS FROM SUSANNA HOFFS, VICKI PETERSON AND DEBBI PETERSON

On their forthcoming album, SWEETHEART OF THE SUN, THE BANGLES capture the two crucial elements that created the bond that formed the group: their common love for rock’s golden age and the crystalline sound they quite naturally created.

SWEETHEART OF THE SUN (Model Music Group), the group’s first album of new material in nearly eight years, is filled with a fresh batch of definitive BANGLES songs. Due out September 13, SWEETHEART OF THE SUN reveals THE BANGLES–guitarist/singer Susanna Hoffs, guitarist/singer Vicki Peterson and drummer/singer Debbi Peterson–at their equally beguiling extremes, as soaring folk-rock harmonies coexist with adrenalized rave-ups inspired by the band’s roots in Nuggets-era garage rock.

“As we were finishing the record,” says Vicki, “we started to realize there was a unifying theme–paradise lost in Southern California, the perception juxtaposed with the reality of it.” Susanna picks up the thought: “L.A. is like paradise–the sun shines 360 days a year, the flowers are always in bloom–but meanwhile, so many people are walking around alienated, depressed and anxious.”

Some of the 10 original songs on this 12-song album are new, while others had extremely long gestation periods, tucked away, but not forgotten, as Susanna puts it. The oldest, dating back to the early ’90s, is Debbi’s high-revving aggro kiss-off “Ball N Chain”; while the three of them jointly came up with the newest song, the shimmering opening track “Anna Lee (Sweetheart of the Sun),” during the recording sessions.

“I think it’s important for all of us to keep moving on and creating,” says Debbi. “Because that’s why we got into this in the first place.”

SWEETHEART OF THE SUN was recorded by Matthew Sweet (Susanna’s frequent collaborator) at his home studio in the Hollywood Hills, with much of the overdubbing done at the home studios of Vicki and Susanna, and mixed by Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Wilco). THE BANGLES cut the album with bassist Derrick Anderson and keyboard player Greg “Harpo” Hilfman, both of whom have been playing with the band for some time. String wizard Greg Leisz, one of the most in-demand players in contemporary music (Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Matthew Sweet, Lucinda Williams, Bon Iver) adds pedal steel, lap steel and mandolin to a number of tracks.

Thirty years ago guitarists Susanna Hoffs and Vicki Peterson and drummer Debbi Peterson formed THE BANGLES in a Brentwood, California, garage. Their 1984 debut All Over the Place captured the group’s inventive incorporation of ’60s folk rock, sunny SoCal harmonies and Beatles/Byrds/Beach Boys/Big Star godhead. Throughout the 80s, the group went on to dominate the charts with hits like “Walk Like An Egyptian,” “Eternal Flame,” “Manic Monday” and “A Hazy Shade of Winter” before they disbanded in the late 80s. They officially reformed in 1999 to record “Get The Girl” for the soundtrack of Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.

The complete track list for SWEETHEART OF THE SUN is as follows:

Annalee (Sweetheart Of The Sun)
Lay Yourself Down
Under A Cloud
I Will Never Be Through With You
Through Your Eyes
Ball & Chain
One Of Two
What A Life
Mesmerized
Circles In The Sky
Sweet And Tender Romance
Open My Eyes