Friday, October 29, 2010

Behind the Scenes of My Chemical Romance's "Na Na Na..." Video


MTV.com posted footage of the making of My Chemical Romance's "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)" video.

In it, they zoom in on some of the fine details of the set, reveal desert photoshoots and follow the band's constant artistic detailing of the Killjoys' world.

What did you spot in the making-of that you didn't notice in the video?

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Monday, October 25, 2010

My Chemical Romance to play Chicago House Of Blues, December 15

Chicago's Q101 has announced that My Chemical Romance will be among the artists playing its "Twisted" show series mid-December.

My Chemical Romance, along with Middle Class Rut, are set to close out Q101's 5-night show series on December 15 at the House of Blues.

Tickets for the event are set to go onsale this Friday, October 29 at 10 A.M..

According to its event page, the show will be admitting fans 17 and older.

Ticketmaster shows two different ticket ordering options for the show. Ones for something called "pass the line," which seems to be a $15 voucher that allows line-cutting (a usual phenomenon, as I have come to find, at House of Blues venues) and the other for the tickets themselves.

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PS: I'm pretty sure I'm going. Expect a review!

Album Review: Senses Fail - 'The Fire'




Senses Fail
The Fire
Vagrant Records
October 26, 2010









TRACKLISTING

1. The Fire
2. Saint Anthony
3. New Year’s Eve
4. Safe House
5. Coward
6. Landslide
7. Headed West
8. Lifeboats
9. Nero
10. Irish Eyes
11. Hold On

Read my full review on ACRN.com

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

My Chemical Romance Explode-Start European Tour in London

Through the live-tweeting of Kerrang! Magazine and fans at the show, MCR followers from all over the world were able to get a glimpse of My Chemical Romance's comeback show at London's Hammersmith Apollo tonight.






According to Kerrang!, the band's setlist was as follows:

"Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)"
"Thank You For The Venom"
"Dead!"
"Cemetery Drive"
"Planetary (GO!)"
"I'm Not Okay (I Promise)"
"Give 'Em Hell, Kid"
"Our Lady Of Sorrows"*
"I Don't Love You"
"You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us In Prison"
"The Only Hope For Me Is You"
"Honey, This Mirror Isn't Big Enough For The Two Of Us"*
"This Is How I Disappear"
"Welcome To The Black Parade"
"Helena"
"Mama"
"Teenagers"
"The Ghost Of You"
"Famous Last Words"
"Sleep"
"Cancer"
-ENCORE-
"The Kids From Yesterday"*

*Gerard Way had hinted that they would play "The Kids From Yesterday and Bullets songs in an interview today.

Kerrang! tweeted that Gerard Way's thanks to the crowd before "Cancer" was: "London thank you so much. We are really excited about this record, but we're more excited about the next 10 years of this band."

Filling out the sound on drums was The Bled's Michael Pedicone. Pedicone raised suspicions of his playing for MCR with tweets from London throughout the day. Including one that read: "London, Ye hath been warned..."

After the show, Pedicone had this to say about the crowd's reception of him: "Best show ever, London thank you so much for the warm welcome as well as all you mcrmy and killjoys. Yall are the downest posse!"

From fan accounts, I have gathered that the number of fans who camped outside for the show exceeded 50 by 4 a.m. UK time. Fans are already waiting for the band's show tomorrow in Manchester, and many are making their exodus straight from the Hammersmith Apollo to Manchester's O2 Apollo right now.

Have fun, Killjoys!

Keep your eye on MyChemicalRomance.com for the tour reporter's review of the show, which I will link to. Any Youtube findings of new stuff will be added to this blog entry.

UPDATE (8:20 p.m. EST)

"The Kids From Yesterday" thanks to Youtube user mrlimpy11!


UPDATE (8:49 p.m. EST)

"Planetary (GO!)" thanks to Youtube user wonderufful


Reviews of the show:
London Fan Tour Reports from MCR.com | Kerrang! | Rock Sound | Sarah, a fan "Tour Reporter"'s Blog | Show-goer Heather's blog | Gigwise | The Guardian

Update: October 26 at 3:28 p.m.

MCR debuted another new song, "DESTROYA" in Edinburgh yesterday. Check it out:



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My Chemical Romance Give Insight to Upcoming Live Shows and Videos

This morning, My Chemical Romance appeared on BBC's Radio 1 to discuss their European tour, which starts today, and to give a bit of insight to their upcoming video.

The band says they're going into their first show tonight in London without much of a plan, but with a setlist that includes four new songs from Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, including the not-yet-heard "The Kids From Yesterday," which they reveal is their current favorite song to play live.

"It will be a while before anyone hears ["The Kids From Yesterday"], but it's totally because we want to play it. We're totally playing a song for ourselves, because we love it so much," vocalist Gerard Way said.

In addition to unveiling one of their brand new tracks, Way said that the band will play material from their first album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, which had made only rare appearances in MCR sets after 2005.

Gerard says they will play "something off every record," a combination of songs that bassist Mikey Way adds is "a good mix of the old and the new."

As far as the visual aspect of their World Contamination Tour shows, Gerard says that they art directed some of their onstage gear, but that the shows will be more about interacting with the audience. However, shows with larger production may come next year.

The band also talks about their video for "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na),"
which Way describes as an "odyssey" that started with the "Art Is The Weapon" trailer.

"The first time you heard new My Chemical Romance, you should be seeing it as well," Way said. "So, I convinced the label to give us the money and let me go run around and shoot it and did, and it was such a success that they said, 'Oh, could you finish this now? And we're gonna make Na Na the single.'"

Way told MTV in a short segment for the number 5 slot on the show "Ten On Top" this morning that "[The "Na Na Na..." video] doesn't really answer any questions as much as it raises more," but that he likes how it allows the fans to create their own stories.

However, more may soon make sense; as, Way told BBC that there will be a continuation from the cliffhanger ending of the "Na Na Na..." video with the next.

The second part, which was written a week before it was shot, according to Way, is being edited into a trailer by director Paul Brown right now.

Keep your eyes open for that trailer and for live videos of new songs! I will report everything here as I find it!

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Preview New MCR B-Side: "Zero Percent"

German online music retail site JPC.de is offering fans a preview of "Zero Percent," a new MCR B-side, on the song's order page.

"Zero Percent" is listed on the site alongside the band's current U.S. single "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)." The two tracks will be available on JPC November 5.

Youtube user theMilkeyWayTV has uploaded the song snippet from JPC for listening convenience.



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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

My Chemical Romance To Play St. Louis Holiday Show, December 14

105.7 The Point, a St. Louis radio station, has announced My Chemical Romance as one of the artists playing in their holiday "Ho Ho Shows" series.

The show is set for December 14 at St. Louis' The Pageant.

Tickets are set to go onsale this Friday, October 22 at 5 p.m. Central, according to The Pageant's website. Minors attending the show will be expected to pay an additional $2 at the door.

Keep an eye on the event's Ticketmaster page!

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Feature Article - Songs That Make You Wanna: Engage in Raygun Battle

The world has ended, a select few have survived, and there’s a power struggle to take dominance of our desolate landscape. To what would our raygun-slinger protagonists listen as they fight to survive?

Read my full story for ACRN.com

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Illustration by: Matt Anderson

Monday, October 18, 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010

My Chemical Romance to play "Secret Show" in Munich, Germany, October 26

My Chemical Romance are set to play a "Myspace Secret Show" in Munich, Germany on October 26.

The show, which will take place at Munich's Backstage Werk comes in the middle of the band's European "World Contamination Tour" which spans The U.K., Netherlands, France and Germany.

Admittance to the secret show is free and, according to the band's website, requires that concert-goers print their Myspace profiles with My Chemical Romance and Myspace Secret Shows in their Top Friends.

Only the first 700 fans to show up will be granted admittance to the venue; so, arrive early, Killjoys!




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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Watch My Chemical Romance's "Na Na Na..." Video!

The video for My Chemical Romance's "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)" is now available to view on MTV.com.

Check it out below!



The video will make it's television premier on MTV tomorrow at 11 p.m. EST following the new episode of Jersey Shore.

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EDIT:
October 15 at 1:17 a.m.

"Na Na Na..." is now on Youtube. Check out the higher quality video:

Ohio University Scripps Students and Social Media, Spring 2010

Last school year, I was asked to be a part of a video presented at a Scripps School of Communication banquet.

In it, I give a very brief explanation of some of the accomplishments I have made with my #MCRchat on Twitter.

Ohio University Scripps Students and Social Media, Spring 2010 from Scripps College of Communication on Vimeo.


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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

New My Chemical Romance single, 'Danger Days...' Pre-Order on iTunes

My Chemical Romance's Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys is now available for pre-order on iTunes.

The Deluxe Version of the album that is available for pre-order includes a bonus track titled "We Don't Need Another Song About California" and the video for "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)," which is set to make its television premier this Thursday.

Fans who can't wait for a taste of MCR can download the band's freshly-released "The Only Hope For Me is You" and "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)" now.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

My Chemical Romance to Headline 97X Next Big Thing Festival in Tampa, Florida

The first of what fans hope will be many U.S. Shows has been added to the official My Chemical Romance tour page.

The show, a festival event hosted by radio station 97X, is set to take place December 5 at the 1-800-ASK-Gary Amphitheater at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

The line-up for the show also includes: The Black Keys, Chevelle, Cage The Elephant, Switchfoot, A Day To Remember, Against Me!, Paper Tongues, Neon Trees, Sick Puppies, American Bang and Finger Eleven.

Fans can purchase tickets now.

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Note:
Check out my review from when I saw My Chemical Romance at The Florida State Fairgrounds ampitheater in 2007.

Possible My Chemical Romance Single Release: "The Only Hope for Me is You"

Last week, Amazon.com posted an order page for the MP3 download of My Chemical Romance's "The Only Hope for is You."

According to Amazon, the MP3 download is set for release tomorrow, October 12.

No information has been posted on the band's official website about the release of "The Only Hope for me is You."

If the song does become available for download, it will have been released only two weeks after "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)," the first single from Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys and only two days preceding "Na Na Na..."'s video premier.


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MTV Releases Behind-The-Scenes Footage of My Chemical Romance's Upcoming "Na Na Na..." Video

In a new post on the Buzzworthy Blog, MTV has released a short behind-the-scenes video clip from My Chemical Romance's "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)" video.

The full "Na Na Na..." video is set to premier on MTV at 11 p.m. Eastern October 14.



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My Chemical Romance to be NFL Pepsi Max International Series Pre-Game Entertainment

According to a blog post on My Chemical Romance's website, MCR are set to perform their new single "Na Na Na..." and "Welcome to the Black Parade" before the NFL Pepsi Max International Series game on October 31 at Wembley Stadium.

Interested fans can find tickets on U.K. Ticketmaster.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Pre-Order My Chemical Romance 'Danger Days...' Box Set

Fans can now pre-order the "Danger Days: 'California 2019 Edition'" Box Set from the My Chemical Romance online store.

The set includes shiny accessories that are to-die-for for anyone in the Killjoys camp, including necessary Zone accessories like masks, rayguns and a "bad luck beads" wooden bracelet.

As far as musical and artistic extras go, the package comes - obviously - with Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys as well as a 3-song EP "by The Mad Gear & Missile Kid" and a 48-page photo booklet.

Worth the $69.99? This Crash-Queen would say absolutely.

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My Chemical Romance "Na Na Na..." Video Set To Premier October 14 on MTV

The video for My Chemical Romance's "Na Na Na ( Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)" is set to premier on MTV October 14 at 11 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, immediately following the new episode of Jersey Shore.

The video will be avaible to view on MTV.com at 12:01 a.m. Eastern prior to its television debut.

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My Chemical Romance's Ray Toro Reveals "Album Secrets", MTV Posts 'Danger Days' Review

An article posted yesterday on Spin.Com featured quotes from My Chemical Romance guitarist Ray Toro about the band's upcoming album, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.

In the article, Toro explains that, with the band's reuniting with producer Rob Cavallo, they broke the rules they had set for themselves in the songwriting process and ultimately ended up creating music with a theme of "finding a sense of freedom and using creativity and art as the weapon, as opposed to worrying about the end result."

Toro and Spin give brief descriptions of four of those new pieces of music in the article:

"'Party Poison'
One of the salvaged songs from My Chem's earlier sessions, "Party Poison" may be the most straight-forward punk tune on Danger Days: buzzsaw guitar riffs, clattering beats, and Way howling over the chorus. There's even a shout-out to the MC5's 1969 proto-punk classic "Kick Out the Jams." (My Chem actually met with MC5 frontman Wayne Kramer to play him new material, although this track was written before that meeting.) "This was the cream of the crop of the stripped-down style we were going for," Toro says of the earlier sessions. "And just the spirit and energy of the MC5 — that fuels this song."

'Planetary (GO!)'
Blistering punk-funk that sounds like Franz Ferdinand at their fiercest. Over blippy electronic sequencing and slicing guitars, Way delivers a raucous call-to-arms, shouting phrases like 'Fame is now injectable!" and "We just get up and go!" The band found unlikely inspiration in the Rolling Stones for this cut. "Mikey, Gerard and I were listening to the Stones and we noticed how their songs are very repetitive but one guitar is playing throughout," says Toro, referring to the Stones' "Paint it Black." "And the way we built a lot of the record was by taking it eight or 16 bars at a time and used melodies that would work over an entire verse. Which is kind of strange."

'S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W'
On this sweet, mid-tempo tune, Way's vocals are treated with a liquid vibrato effect similar to John Lennon's vocals on "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds." Way sings about falling for a girl's "lip-gloss smile" over chiming guitars, layered vocals, and spacey effects. "This shows off the more artsy side of the band," says Toro. "The Beatles are a huge influence and with the backup harmonies and effect on Gerard's vocals, it's our best stab at doing a song like ["Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds"]. It takes a psychedelic journey." As for the unconventional, forward-slash-heavy punctuation, Toro says it refers to the police force that's out to get the Killjoys. "In the world of the Killjoys, S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W is almost like a defense force so that's the reason for the slashes," he says.

'Vampire Money'
My Chem wrote this hard-charging rocker — with a riff reminiscent of Elvis Costello's "Pump It Up" — after turning down offers to contribute a song to the Twilight soundtrack series. "We just kept saying 'No, no, no," says Toro. "Gerard wrote those lyrics to the song as if to say, 'If you want a song for the movie this is what's it's going to be.'" The phrase "vampire money" came when we were doing an interview and the guy asked us if we were going to get some of that "vampire money" that everybody wants. So that's what the song's about. I think songs for soundtracks can be cool but we don't really buy into the movie. We don't personally enjoy it but that's not to say it's bad."

Also posted yesterday was MTV.com's review of Danger Days... in which the author comments on the band's ambition, reinvention and the American-ness of the album.

The review also previews some lyrics from select songs:

"Summertime"
You can run away with me anytime you want

Bulletproof Heart
I've got a bulletproof heart/ You've got a hollow-point smile

The Kids From Yesterday
When we were young, we used to say/ That you only hear the music when your heart begins to break

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Monday, October 4, 2010

My Chemical Romance unveils 'Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys' Cover art

My Chemical Romance have revealed the official cover art for their upcoming album Danger Days: True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.

The cover art is not a new idea to My Chemical Romance fans who are familiar with Frank Iero's series of limited edition lithographs. The final print in his series is similar to the album's cover art.

You can look down at the album cover when you hold the C.D. in your hands on its release date, November 22. Or, at least, I know I will.


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