Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Raconteurs and Hives Collaboration/ Gogol Bordello News

That Jack White, seems nothing can hold him down. The White Stripes album slated to be released in May, he is already back in the studio with fellow Raconteurs bandmates twelve songs deep into their follow up album to 'Broken Boy Soldiers.' Apparently he has also been working with Swedish band The Hives on a track for their upcoming album. Seriously Jack! Take it easy- we need you well rested for Madison Square Garden!

Earlier my office mates and i were sharing stories over which shows we had gone to see that kicked our butts in such a fashion that we would never forget. For me it was a tie between Rage Against the Machine and Beastie Boys whereas my friend Jori said Gogol Bordello was one of the roughest shows she had ever attended. I believe that! Eugene Hutz, Gogol's spastic stage antics certainly can rile up an audience into some violent action. The band is working on their fifth album as we speak which is being produced by Nick Cave and Victor Van Vugt. The album has been named 'Tarantella' which by definition is "an extreme form of traditional Italian music once played to women in need of treatment for hysteria" and seems to match the Gogol crew perfectly. In a recent interview with NME Eugene revealed the inspiration behind the title, "I stumbled onto the idea when I saw a painting in Italy. "It showed a woman having convulsions and a guy standing over her playing violin and I thought, 'That shit is SO us! It's more Gogol Bordello than Gogol Bordello!' But we called our album 'Super-Taranta' because it's not just a cure for women, it has the power to cure men too. It's unisex!" The Ukrainian-born singer also explained how the album had benefited from the fact that the collective have now finally cemented its eight-piece line-up with regular members. "The last album wasn't done with our classic line-up. Musically, we were still figuring things out back then but now, there's no need for any tricks in the studio," he explained. "The band is in great shape and our new bass player Tommy Gobena is helping us explore more dub sounds so now we're ready to take gypsy-punk to the next level." Songs confirmed for the new record - the follow-up to 2005's 'Gypsy Punks' - include 'Ultimate', 'Wonderlust King', 'Forces Of Victory' and 'Super Theory Of Super Everything' (which is also the album's subtitle)."

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