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Alice in Chains reveal track listing, artwork for new album

Also, I had to post something on the Alice in Chains track listing announcement this week. Here’s a list of the songs on “Black Gives Way to Blue,” which is due in stores on Sept. 28:

All Secrets Known

Check My Brain

Last Of My Kind

Your Decision

A Looking In View

When The Sun Rose Again

Acid Bubble

Lessons Learned

Take Her Out

Private Hell

Black Gives Way To Blue

The album cover is simple and to the point, but not terribly exciting if you ask me.

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New Alice in Chains album to finally surface in September

Alice in Chains will release a new album in September. So says a press release issued today by the band’s new label, EMI. The band started recording with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters) last October at Studio 606 in Northridge, Calif., according to EMI’s release.

In 2005, singer-guitarist Jerry Cantrell, drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Inez reunited for their first show performance together since the tragic death of lead singer Layne Staley, a benefit for Indonesian tsunami victims held at the Premier in Seattle, a venue since renamed Showbox SoDo. The band started touring with with new lead singer William DuVall after that first reunion show.

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The Decemberists’ new album due March 24

The Decemberists’ new album, "The Hazards of Love," will be released on March 24, Capitol Records announced today. It will be the arty Portland rock band’s fifth album, its first since 2006 breakthrough, "The Crane Wife" – a disc which found the band making several appearances on national TV, including the faux feud between guitarist Chris Funk and Comedy Central pundit Stephen Colbert.

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New Springsteen cut to air on NBC during football

Football fans will get to preview a new Bruce Springsteen track Sunday, NBC announced this afternoon. Halftime coverage for Sunday’s late game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins, which will air at 5:15 p.m. on Channel 5, will feature NFL highlights set to a studio version of a Springsteen cut called “Working on a Dream.”

And the Boss’s NFL cross-promotion doesn’t end there: In September, the NFL announced he’s the guy tapped to entertain at halftime during Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa on Feb. 1, which reduces the chance of wardrobe malfunctions

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Wanna be in an indie film?

If the answer is yes, you’ll want to drop by the Swiss Tavern on Sunday when the filmmakers behind Tacoma production “It Don’t Rain on Sunny Days” will be shooting “a major scene” and raising money to finish the thing. A bunch of local bands are pitching in towards the effort, and the evening’s musical lineup includes several bands that are contributing tunes and performances to the film, according to writer/producer Randy Sparks. Check it out:

Hosted by Randy Oxford

Featuring (in order):

The Trevalyan Triangle

The Randy Oxford Band

Kim Archer

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Guns N’ Roses “Chinese Democracy” is finally coming out? Yeah, right!

OK, you’ve heard release dates for Axl Rose’s bazillion-years-in-the-making “Chinese Democracy” album. And it started to sound like that boy who cried wolf story, like, five years ago. But this time the announced release date is Nov. 23, and Best Buy is taking pre-orders for it and stuff, suggesting stacks of this thing are sitting in warehouses as we speak, ready for retail. You can even listen to the title cut, which ain’t bad, here.

Anyway, here are excerpts from the press release that Solters PR sent over this morning, for what it’s worth:

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Brent Hinds fills in details on new Mastodon album

This past summer you may have listened to my interview with Mastodon’s Troy Sanders, then in the studio hashing out tracks for the follow up to 2006’s “Blood Mountain.” He described songs that were spacier and influenced by prog-rock likes of Pink Floyd, King Crimson and Yes.

Well, apparently that disc is done. And in a preview piece over on the Rolling Stone site, band mate Brent Hinds tells how a brain trauma he suffered after a scuffle in Vegas shaped the new sounds. Hmm, Troy didn’t mention that. Click the link to check

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Superstar grunge photog Charles Peterson takes on breakdancing

Photographer Charles Peterson made a name for himself as he documented the Northwest’s burgeoning grunge scene. That iconic shot with Kurt Cobain looking like he’s spinning on his head while playing a solo? He shot it. The funny one with Kurt sprawled awkwardly over Dave Grohl’s drum kit? Yup, him too.

And what musical subject could be as visually dynamic as the most mosh-tastic, stage divinest scene of the ’90s. Why, breakdancing, that’s what. And I just learned about Peterson’s new coffee table tome about b-boys and b-girls, called “Cypher.” Find details here.