Friday, October 10, 2008

Countdown to Release: For Reals This Time?


Seems that Axl is working to make good on the deal with Dr. Pepper signed earlier this year.
October 9, 2008 -- More than a decade after its conception, Guns N' Roses' "Chinese Democracy" will finally see the light of day before year's end, sources close to the situation confirm to Billboard. As first reported here, the set will be a Best Buy exclusive and will be available Sunday, Nov. 23, rather than the usual Tuesday.

Beyond enticing pre-Thanksgiving shoppers, the move is tied to the structure of Best Buy's sales week, which runs from Sunday to Saturday. As such, "Chinese Democracy" would not be eligible to chart on The Billboard 200 until the week of Dec. 1, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

I'm going to ignore the whole Best Buy tidbit for now and just say "I'll believe it when I see it."

But out of curiosity, did anyone listen to the nine tracks that leaked back in June? Thoughts? I may or may not have gotten my hands on them but it's only now I'm feeling interested enough to actually unpack and give 'em a spin.

49 comments:

D:ANGEL said...

BTW - I'm vegan, not made of glass. That warning made me thing chainsaws and axes.

As for Axl, I love that he has waited, what, 15 years to release an album during an enormous economic downturn when record sales are super-weak.

Good timing Axl.

Iris said...

No offense meant, DA. I don't even know what I was writing. Bad attempt at a joke. Every now and then I earn a whopping FAIL. lol I'll be removing it later.

So have you listened to any of the leaked songs? Think this is up to GnR snuff or worth the wait? I listened to a few of the leaked tracks last night and I can't say that I was blown away. Not sure what I expected but not that, I guess.

maise said...

So wait, if he actually releases "Chinese Democracy," everyone in the country's supposed to get a free can of Dr. Pepper or something? Do you think that applies to Diet Dr. Pepper? Because that's what I would prefer.

Anonymous said...

Let's send some positive energy towards Axl, he may need it.

A. Nonymous III said...

If the record is a flop, I hear that we all get to name one of Axl's cornrows.

I pick the third from the part, and I'm going to name it Louie.

Iris said...

I'm predicting it'll probably be everyone who buys the album gets a free Dr. Pepper but it would make sense if it covered all the Dr. Pepper family. I'm sure there's at least one person who'd want a Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper (despite the taste).

Iris said...

And if it's true that we get to name a braid, I'd like the second from the left to be called Matilda.

Isabel said...

How do you hear the leaked tracks? I'd be interested to hear them although I don't think it would be possible for anyone to live up to 15 years of hype, even if it's good you will think, yeah it's good but not 15 years of waiting good. (wasn't there a track called '14 years' on use your illusion? I thought he might be waiting for that just for the irony) - just realised it is 16 years as UYI was released in 1992 if I remember rightly

RidleyGriff said...

I listened to the leaked tracks.

Some are cool, if you are a hardcore Guns fan as I have been over the years. Others are just "meh". "Better", which Robin Finck co-wrote, is interesting.

Then there are other songs like "Shackler's Revenge", which leaked recently. These other songs deserve their own category of shititude. Bad, post-Psalm 69 & TDS "industrial" influences mixed with the vocal stylings and songwriting of a guy that you realize was always more Elton John than Robert Plant.

The blues rock that was always my bag re: GN'R came from one place -- Izzy Stradlin. And every single ChiDem track makes it clear that in terms of songwriting, all the magic was with that guy.

As an old-school Guns N' Roses fan, I've felt the need to rationalize and apologize for a very long time... But I now feel fully comfortable in saying that Chinese Democracy is going to suck beyond all expectations.

maise said...

Well, I think any album as long in the making as "Chinese Democracy" is going to be a disappointment. 16 years to make one album, with all the highly publicized delays and expense...it had better be the best fucking album ever.

bryan said...

It won't be. It's going to be a nightmare stroll through the last 15 years, and all of the musical trends that popped up during that time.

Axl may be Brian-Wilson-crazy, but Smile it won't be.

Shadow said...

What do you think of Trent's fascination with his iphone? I would never have thought he was such a chatty cathy.

JR said...

So I'm just going around and telling everyone I know.

BP FALLON commented on a couple of photos I took at All Tomorrow's Parties last month.

This BP Fallon.

Holy crap.

Iris said...

That's what happens when you own an iPhone. Once you own the product you become a spokesperson. Apple is the next generation of the Saturn. Because no one ever just owned a Saturn vehicle. No. Once you buy, you're a part of the family. Just you wait...next Trent will be telling us about the yearly Apple picnic.

Iris said...

Wow, JR! That's fantastic! Hope he had good things to say.

Oh and Isabel, I'm sure you can still find the tracks on Pirate Bay or something. I could send them to you but the whole "blogger gets arrested" thing makes me a little leery. Not that we'd do what he did but still...can't do many concert videos/reviews while in the slammer unless someone resurrects ole Johnny Cash. And if that were the case I'd be sure to get an exclusive video of him playing his original song "Hurt" that some angry midget later covered. ;)

D:ANGEL said...

The only other record 16 years in the making that will suck this bad is the long awaited new DBN record.

Right, B?

And by the way, an Apple picnic is called an iPicnic.

bryan said...

No shit, d:a. That one was going to suck even when it was only 10 years in the making...

Of course, that doesn't mean it wouldn't also be the Best Thing Ever.

behold.... DBN:XVI

D:ANGEL said...

Yes, the Chinese Democracy of a small Northern Cal town.

What's the time?

bryan said...

Suburban Democracy?

It's Beer O'Clock, bitches. The Martians are coming this way.

D:ANGEL said...

kiddykooka!

I'm the master of the mic!

bryan said...

...and I don't charge a fee
I'm the dope-ass rapper they call
Sleepy (T)!
I'm fast a freight train
Stronger than an aeroplane
And when I rock the mic
I hear no one complain.

Yes, people. Aeroplane. Feel the magic.

Or not.

D:ANGEL said...

...
Musical poetry
is what Sleepy (T)'s about
searching for some SOGGERS
and taking them out
You listen to the Beatniks
and you're an instant fan
You worship the guitar
OF DAN THE ANGELMAN

bryan said...

Urban Dictionary: "Sogger"

D:ANGEL said...

OK, that made me laugh.

"PARTY PEOPLE!"

bryan said...

Okay, totally random, but does anybody else remember this?

Angelman, I'm counting on you here...

(we must evacuate the city)

JR said...

BP FALLON, you guys.

BP FALLON.

azulaco said...

Bryan, I had totally forgotten about that PSA until you dug it up. Wow.

azulaco said...

and JR, that is just the greatest. Impressive.

maise said...

Okay, so how exactly is R2D2 supposed to smoke? And Bryan, it really isn't grown up AT ALL.

emerald527 said...

Maybe if Artoo were rocking some scotch and a stogie...

bryan said...

Jesus Christ, Em, gimme a break. R2-D2? Drinking scotch??

He's a fucking astro-mech droid. Everybody knows that he can smoke utilizing his sophisticated air-analysis algorithms, but drinking whiskey????

You people are a bunch of freaks sometimes.

JR said...

Azulaco = the only one of you that GETS IT.

Ugh.

I'm over this.

D:ANGEL said...

I guess I don't get it. Who is BP Fallon?

Now if you were like, "I met Bobby Steele" I might be impressed.

Anonymous said...

What's up with Ringo?

Anonymous said...

What's up with Ringo?

maise said...

Who's Bobby Steele?

maise said...

Ringo just wants to be left alone, peace and love.

bryan said...

Now if you'd met Peter Steele, I'd be excited.

But if it makes you feel better, JR -- Hooray! You met Jimmy Fallon's brother! Rock on!

D:ANGEL said...

Bobby Steele is the notorious ex-guitarist of the Misfits who plays in The Undead.

Anonymous said...

peace and love to Maise, Iris, bryan, azulaco, Isabel, JR, emerald527, RidleyGriff, Shadow and d:angel & his kitty. peace and love!

JR said...

grrr

BP Fallon's the legend behind rock and roll legends. A cursory glance at the page behind the link I provided would demonstrate that.

And he complimented my AESTHETIC. And he not only got my Little Richard joke, he expounded on it.

emerald527 said...

Please, no more fan mail, peace and love.

I suppose if Keith Olbermann called an piece of mine "Murrow-esque," I'd be pretty tickled. So don't think I don't know generally where you're coming from, JR. Nice work.

Anonymous said...

Sorry JR we're not music insiders, but rock on!

Perhaps Ringo lost some $$ in this manipulated crisis, hence the surprising grumpiness.

mercy mercy said...

VOTE GINGER!

She loves disco, butt scratches, and doesn't hunt moose.

maise said...

Argh, I want a new fucking thread but have no idea what to write about. Any ideas?

bryan said...

You could write a post on how awesome I am.

Or you could just simply put a post called "Open Thread".

Anonymous said...

I think you should write about this ass-kissing metalhead Republican who may control my economic future if McCain is elected.

You Shook Me All Night Long until my pockets and bank account were clean

Maybe the world is REALLY controlled by the Priests of the Temples of Syrinx.

maise said...

Thanks for the suggestion, Anonymous, but I'd rather not contemplate a future controlled by McCain.

D:ANGEL said...

Vote Ginger?

GINGER?!?

There is only one feline candidate around here:

Angelkitty.

And if you ask him he is already KING.

Maise - why not think outside the musical box and hit us with something new?