Friday, December 7, 2012

Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance) posts Christmas song, "Xmas Sux"

[I originally posted this on AltPress.com, December 6 at 11:40 p.m. EST]

Perhaps following the lead of My Chemical Romance bandmate Gerard Way, who posted a mysterious track on Soundcloud last night, guitarist Frank Iero has also uploaded a song.
Listen to "xmas sux," a disgruntled anti-Christmas song below:

Gerard and Mikey Way (My Chemical Romance) discuss working with The Aquabats

[I originally posted this on AltPress.com, December 4 @ 10:30 a.m. EST]


My Chemical Romance vocalist Gerard Way and bassist Mikey Way appear on today's installment of Kevin Smith's Smodcast. In the midst of the 2-hour episode, the Way brothers reveal details of their working on a new episode of The Aquabats Super Show.
Co-written by Gerard, the Aquabats Super Show episode titled "Anti-Bats Are Go" is described as "the Superman II version of The Aquabats." It features a thrashcore band called Asthma, and Mikey Way makes his acting debut playing the singer.
Last month, Gerard tweeted about co-directing a television show, presumably the aforementioned one:
The brothers also discuss the challenges of writing music after being on the road for an extended period of time and how that translated to 2010's Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys, their musical upbringings, including the music they listened to when they were young and their first bands: an instrumental metal band pronounced "Drakkora," a Rites Of Spring and Promise Ring-esque band, Raygun Jones, and a punk band called Nancy Drew.

Listen to the full "smodcast."


UPDATE: December 7 at 11:49 p.m. EST
Today, Gerard Way tweeted that he was, "Off to record Smodcast part 2!"
Stay tuned!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance) posts mysterious track on Soundcloud

[I originally posted this on AltPress.com]

My Chemical Romance vocalist Gerard Way has posted "Zero Zero," a song featuring his vocals, on Soundcloud under the name DannyTheStreet. The mysterious song does not appear to be connected to My Chemical Romance.



Guys... Guys. GUYS!!! This is amazing!

XoXo
c.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Where Are You, DESTROYA?!


Okay, so that tweet doesn't wholly apply because I don't have violent rage toward you guys, but any remote chance to quote a Gerard tweet must be taken. That's my policy.

It has probably become glaringly obvious that I haven't been updating here with reasonable frequency lately, and I just wanted to drop in to give a bit of an explanation.



In the middle of October, I began working at Alternative Press as the web content administrator. What that means is that, while AP search for their new web editor, I oversee a massive chunk of  the AltPress.com goings-on as well as the magazine's online presence elsewhere during the work week.

That's pretty rad considering it's basically my dream job. I feel very grateful and just mind-blown to be able to work at my favorite magazine with tremendously talented humans.

I hope that you can forgive my quietness here. As you can imagine, I don't have much leisure time these days, but I am still paying attention and do know what's going on in the MCR world, so if you ever have any questions or want something clarified or cleared up, please do not hesitate to ask me!

XoXo
c.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Architects (US) announce live album mixed by Ray Toro (My Chemical Romance)

Note: This post has been backdated. I originally posted this on AltPress.com November 11, 2012 at 1:14 p.m. ET
UPDATE: November 13 at 6:11 p.m. EST
The Architects have announced that they will release Live In Los Angeles tomorrow, November 14.
ORIGINAL POST: November 12 at 1:14 p.m. EST
Kansas City's The Architects have announced that they will release Live In Los Angeles "very soon" via  Skeleton Crew Records.

The live album was recorded while the band were on My Chemical Romance's 2011 World Contamination Tour. So, fittingly, My Chemical Romance guitarist Ray Toro lends a hand on the album, both on the production side--the album is mixed by him--and with the music, as his guitarmanship makes an appearance.

Toro also mixed My Chemical Romance's live EP, iTunes Festival - London 2011 .

Thursday, October 25, 2012

My Chemical Romance Digest: October 8-25

Here's an outline of what's been going on in the My Chemical Romance world since my previous "MCR digest" post on October 8.

Note: Apologies for having not updated sooner. Things have gotten much, much busier on my end. More details on that at a later time!

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October 13
Gerard Way, Shaun Simon and Becky Cloonan reveal Killjoys details at New York Comic Con 

Check out Becky Cloonan's awesome artwork for the comic to the left! (And the pre-coloring version and this awesome Draculoid drawing.)

October 15
The Killjoys crew appeared in this Artisan News Comic-Con recap video, briefly. Check out a more extended interview below:

October 19
Hot Topic posted a new Conventional Weapons t-shirt! (pictured right)


October 23
So, FRANK IERO decided he was a barber...Or something. Can't wait to see what comes of this! What do you think he's up to?
October 24
The 6th release anniversary of The Black Parade!

GERARD WAY tweeted for the first time since June.

October 25
With the countdown to Conventional Weapons: Number One at 5 days, the tracks "Tomorrow's Money" and "Boy Division" have surfaced online! I will leave it up to you to dig up their locations; as, there are no official streams, but let me say-...

(And so, Cassie The Venomous listened to the songs and  she died. -FIN-)

XoXo
The Grim Reaper

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Gerard Way, Shaun Simon and Becky Cloonan reveal Killjoys details at New York Comic Con

UPDATE: October 13, 2012 @ 7:08 p.m.

Though we were once told that Killjoys began as a project stemming from authors Shaun Simon and Gerard Way "growing up being in the van," much has changed since its inception.

A far cry from the '90s-inspired, American comic-book feel they had originally intended, the Killjoys of now, according to Gerard Way, Shaun Simon and Becky Cloonan in an interview with Newsarama that was streamed live, is more inspired by the Killjoys world MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE created with their videos for Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys. ("...the comic informed the album, and then the album refined the idea and what the comic would become." - Gerard Way)

According to Way, it is "basically the 3rd" Killjoys video they would have made had they not run out of money, and it's an "expansion on the record."

When Way received a sketch from Cloonan of "The Girl" in the Danger Days videos, grown up (well, somewhat, she was 16), he told Simon, "I think this is the comic."

Cloonan noted that she saw how many people had put their hearts into the Killjoys world as MCR created, and that she creates the world with that in mind!

Get a first glimpse at Killjoys for free on "Free Comic Book Day," 2013 (May 4) and, according to Shaun Simon "issue one [will be] out in June!"

I will post a full transcript of the interview at MCR-TRANSCRIPTS later tonight! Stay tuned!

/end transmission

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ORIGINAL POST: October 13, 2012 @ 3:49 p.m. ET

Newsarama will stream a Killjoys interview with BECKY CLOONAN and GERARD WAY at 6:15 p.m. Eastern.

Watch the stream below, or--if that doesn't work--at Newsarama.

Earlier this week, BleedingCool announced that Killjoys is "Coming Free Comic Book Day 2013!"

That's May 4, 2013! We will FINALLY get a taste of this long-awaited comic!

As this stream will inevitably go down and leave and ugly hole on my blog: Have a screen-cap:

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Live Review: Taking Back Sunday's TAYF10 Tour / October 4 and 6 / Cleveland and Chicago

Before you read any further, if you plan to attend TAKING BACK SUNDAY's TAYF10 (Tell All Your Friends' 10th anniversary) tour and do not want to see spoilers, TURN BACK NOW! This review is for the first 2 dates, and there will be spoilers!

October 4, 2012 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
October 6, 2012 - Chicago, IL - The Riviera Theater
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This has been the year of TBS birthday shows for my best friend Emily and I.

At the end of February, 2 days prior to my birthday, we had managed to weasel our way into a show meant for Ohio State students only (Ha! Suckahss!), and the band managed to play 2 days after Emily's birthday at the House Of Blues in Cleveland a few days ago.

Pretty cool coincidence, right?

What better way to spend my best friend's birthweekend than following her favorite band on the first couple dates of their tour?

Before I get into the details of how shows are going down on TAYF10, I just want to gush briefly about the amazing people I met while queuing.

A concert line-wait can be a stressful, hostile, downright ugly thing. People forget their manners and can get beyond mean--like, "you would only say that anon on the Internet" mean. Seriously.

What happened in line for these shows was the exact opposite. Everyone was friendly, we all had each others' backs and there was not a shred of hostility. If, somewhere down the (literal) line, there was anything negative going on, we all were shielded from it in our little huddle.

So, thank you for being great: Amanda, Jace, James, Luce, Michelle, Justine, Brittany, Kari and anyone else I'm forgetting or simply don't have a link to! You all rule, and you kind of restored my faith that there can be nice humans at concerts and not everyone is out to destroy my fun. Ha!
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There is nothing better than watching a band that you can tell love what they do. Unfortunately, I cannot give that observation accolade to the quiet first opener of this leg of the TAYF10 tour, Mansions, but to both BAYSIDE and Taking Back Sunday, I definitely can.

Bayside are the perfect build-up to TBS, and they are all smiles as they play their energetic set. They make me wish I knew more Bayside songs just so that I could sing along as loudly as their "Cult" (No, I'm not being weird. Their devout fans call themselves that.)

Starting with "Sick, Sick, Sick" and closing with "Devotion And Desire,"  Bayside's set is 45 minutes (I hear that's the amount of stage time they get) of excitement. Both for devoted Cult members and for those who are just waiting for TBS.

As bassist Nick Ghanbarian noted during the Chicago show, they love seeing people dancing and singing along ("keep it up," he said), but he also just asked those who couldn't dance and sing along to simply pay attention.

With Bayside, I'd say you'd be amiss not to pay attention. You would probably also find it very hard. They command your focus.
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If you're still reading this and thinking it's not going to be spoiler-heavy, just back away now; because, I plan to spoil at least 2 things in the next paragraph alone.

As the venue darkens before Taking Back Sunday comes onstage, the "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" theme-song begins to play. Much like the "Lion King" opener of Warped Tour (which, by the way, was the pre-TAYF10 tour for both Bayside and TBS; both expressed how weird it was at the shows), the intro is smile-inducing.

Taking Back Sunday jumps from that intro straight into "What's It Feel Like To Be A Ghost?" and performs a short run of their set staples (including "One-Eighty By Summer," "El Paso" and "MakeDamnSure") in front of a backdrop displaying their self-titled album's art and within an impressive red-and-blue-heavy light show.

It was during that brief section of the show that I heard whinging behind me in Cleveland: "I thought this was the Tell All Your Friends tour, whine whine whine blah blah."

My friend and I had speculated if they would start with TAYF or with auxiliary songs, and I think the set order works out very well, especially when considering the surprise fans get at the end (yeah, spoilers. I'm SERIOUS. Back away now.)

I've written before about just how special and intimate a Taking Back Sunday show is, largely thanks to vocalist Adam Lazzara's not just looking you in the eye, but STARING YOU DOWN as you sing along with him, but it's not only him. Shaun and John smile almost the entire time they're playing, Eddie ventures across the stage and to the very tip of it to engage with the crowd, and my best friend and I have even caught a smile from Mark from behind his drum kit at the back of the stage.

They just make it...special. I can only imagine how intimate and interactive the acoustic shows on this tour are.

Adam's wandering-the-crowd antics have resumed for TAYF10. For those who have never seen it, Adam literally jumps off of the stage and wades his way through the crowd, still singing (his mic cord is held over the crowd) making it his goal to get to the back and from one side of the venue to the other.

In Chicago, it seems something went awry as he attempted that. A shout into the mic of "Get the fuck up off me, man" and a fuming Adam returning to the stage didn't look so good.

Before doing that, he had wedged his boot between my two friends, Justine and Michelle, on the barricade, which was very close to the stage and sang above us before falling into the crowd, which held him up much more effortlessly than they do crowd-surfers who tend to tumble onto my head.

Needless to say, if you're going to the TAYF10 tour, you're going to get a whole lot of Adam in your face, which is AWESOME. Just don't be a dick: don't steal his mic, don't touch him inappropriately, don't you dare sit down ("I'm sorry to 'put you out,'" Adam had snidely called out the seated balcony during their planned pause in "Bike Scene" in Cleveland. "But, we're about to blow your goddamn minds."), don't gaze at him through your camera or phone (he WILL take it and turn it off; don't play) and just--in his words--"don't be weird."


During the Tell All Your Friends section of the set, a new "Exit 152" backdrop is lowered and the band plays their debut album in full, as advertised, and laces it with anecdotes about the songs sporadically.

During the Cleveland show, Adam had epiphanies of the awkward and the arrogant. He asked John why no one warned him that it would be awkward to play "Great Romances Of The 20th Century" and to ask an audience of people if they're "turned on." He stopped in the middle of "Your Own Disaster" to note that it had just occurred to him how arrogant the chorus is.

Adam: "I just realized how arrogant that chorus is. Because the lyric is: 'I don't think that you know what you've been missing...'"
John: "And it's you."

In Chicago, he also shared the story of how he was playing "Your Own Disaster" and John really believed in the song and how much that meant to him, a story he has told before, but is always heart-warming to hear.

Before "Ghost Man On Third," Adam asked us if we liked Glassjaw, and noted that he does his "best Daryl Palumbo impression in the chorus" of the song, a joke he decided, after a lackluster response, would go over better in New York.

Joking aside, I looked down to see a friend moved to tears by the song--a display of the power music can have over us and how it touches us so profoundly. Even after 10 years, Tell All Your Friends resounds with so many people.

My friends and I joked about the dudebros who would show up on this tour, drunkenly slurring about how the album got them through their high school years, but it's not just an album that can get you through a youth crisis, even if Adam did pen the lyrics at 18. It's still relevant and can be tailored as a soundtrack to many struggles.

Adam joked that he listens to the album and hates the sound of his voice, but thanked us for coming to the shows because TAYF does mean something to everyone in the crowd. It may be a small thing, may be a nostalgia thing, but--I think--for many, we can still relate even after all of this time.

And, the songs are powerful enough, but in Chicago, as Adam threw in a couple "fucks" where they normally wouldn't reside (“It’s a shame I don’t think that they’ll notice/ those motherfuckers never even care.” And “From friends who never gave a fuck about you...”), it just grew even more intense. The funny thing is that in Cleveland, Adam had apologized to the "ladies" for swearing, saying he just didn't have another way to express how he was feeling. By Chicago, swearing was in full, unapologetic force.

TAYF10 does not end with a traditional encore, but in lieu of one, after the band plays the full album, they close with the two B-sides, "Your Own Disaster" and "The Ballad Of Sal Villanueva," the latter of which Adam claims they haven't played in 9 years.

On the first night, their playing “Your Own Disaster”  last resulted in an almost solemn ending. Whereas, in Chicago, they closed with “The Ballad Of Sal Villanueva” making for an energetic burst of a close, albeit, probably a little less fun for fans in attendance who weren’t familiar with the song. Altogether, the order switch was for the best.
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So, that was that. The end.

Within 72 magical hours at the beginning of October, 2012, I got about 8 hours of sleep, made great friends and witnessed 2 amazing shows. The Chicago show may actually be one of my very favorite TBS shows to date!

So, can I just...go back now? That would be great.

XoXo
c.

Monday, October 8, 2012

My Chemical Romance Digest: September 25-October 8


Here's an outline of what's been going on in the My Chemical Romance world since my previous "MCR digest" post on September 23.

Note: I'm going to try to start making these posts a bit closer together. Say, every 5 days?


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September 28
GERARD WAY performed with GRANT MORRISON and JAMES DEWEES on the opening night of Morrisoncon in Las Vegas, then spoke on a music panel the next day.

From fan accounts, I gather that the 'con was very intimate, Gerard was extremely friendly and it was an all-around awesome time.

Check out videos below of the performance and part of Gerard's panel. Thanks to Paloma Perez, the lovely lady I interviewed for my review of MCR's Chicago show in December, 2010!


See more at Paloma's Youtube channel!

October 1
MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE's FRANK IERO describes new MCR album as "bleak" and "elaborate"

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He also talked about his Phant-o-matic guitar and the MCR songwriting process in a new interview with Epiphone!

"I think we probably talk about music in more abstract terms than we do in musical vernacular. Colors, feelings, and setting--all of these come into play when making My Chem songs. We try very hard to use music to convey emotion and to transport the listener. I think that's why we reference so much film while making music. Our songs are very much tied to the visual. Sometimes we only see the scene in our heads, but if you listen hard enough maybe you can see it too."
October 3

Comic Book Resources posted their interview with Gerard at Morrisoncon.

In the new interview, Way talked about The Umbrella Academy film ("...it's really up to the powers that be if they want to make this movie") and, uh...shaved his face.

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The October 3 issue of Kerrang! milked the idea of MCR's "binned" album by throwing together an article with a "bin" theme (U.S.: "trashcan" theme.) [scans here]


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Celebrating the most wonderful time of the calendar year, MCR have added the "Pure Fucking Evil" t-shirt (left), designed by Frank Iero, to their online store. 

And, speaking of, calendars, they added one of those, too.

October 5
Dark Horse announced their 2012 New York Comic-Con schedule.

A The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys panel featuring Gerard Way, Shaun Simon and Becky Cloonan will go down on October 13 at 5 p.m.!



Monday, October 1, 2012

My Chemical Romance's Frank Iero describes 5th MCR album as "bleak" and "elaborate"

In a new interview with Alternative Press, guitarist FRANK IERO revealed that MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE's still-in-progress 5th album is turning out "fucking elaborate" and says, "There’s a bit of bleakness to it..."

He also makes it clear that the album "isn’t going to sound anything like" his recent contribution to the Frankenweenie: Unleashed! soundtrack; though, that song was the first piece of music recorded in the band's new studio!


In the new interview by (one of my favorite humans in the world) Jason Pettigrew, Iero reveals how he got involved with the Frankenweenie: Unleashed! soundtrack and the inspiration behind "This Song Is A Curse," effectively puts LeATHERMOUTH to rest and semi-reveals what he may be up to at North End Studio these days:

"Last week, I was in a studio in New Jersey that’s owned by a friend of mine. I just went over to hang out, but we ended up having a couple of beers and doing a song. It was the first time I ever did something where I played everything. I’m going back into the studio to finish the track, maybe record another one..."
He expressed interest in possibly creating a website where he can put music out, saying, "I just want to do something I can put out quickly before I overanalyze it..."

As of now, the interview indicates, "MCR 5" is still in a malleable state. Though Iero said MCR had written and recorded many songs, he told Pettigrew, "I could tell you everything about the record right now, and I guarantee that all of it would change tomorrow."



READ THE FULL INTERVIEW AT ALTPRESS.COM

Sunday, September 23, 2012

My Chemical Romance Digest: September 10-23

Here's an outline of what's been going on in the My Chemical Romance world since my previous "MCR digest" post on September .

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September 14
My Chemical Romance's Frank Iero reveals 'Conventional Weapons' project

Check out Frank Iero's recount of MCR's scrapped album (Conventional Weapons) era and the details of their upcoming releases.
Post also includes information about the accidental posting of the fourth 7" in the series that tipped fans off that something was coming!

September 17
My Chemical Romance reveal 'Conventional Weapons' details

Tracklisting a pre-order details for Conventional Weapons!

September 18
Alternative Press announced that their upcoming issue will include an interview with deadmau5 and Gerard Way!

I'm particularly stoked about this; because, I actually got to transcribe the interview while I was in office, and I've been dying to tell you about it!
"Following the success of their “Professional Griefers” collaboration, the fearless wiseguy of the electronic dance music realm and the My Chemical Romance frontman crack wise, tell stories and drop dimes on their respective scenes."
The issue (#292) will be on stands next Monday, October 1.

September 21
Frank posted lyrics for "This Song Is A Curse," the song he wrote for the Frankenweenie Unleashed! soundtrack, which is set for release  September 25.

Listen to a short preview of the song below:
 

September 22
Gerard Way performed live with deadmau5 last night at the Las Vegas iHeartRadio Music Festival!

Watch:

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Live Review: Alkaline Trio / September 17, 2012 / The Grog Shop / Cleveland Heights, OH


"A pair of large, white converse appeared under my nose, which the crowd at Cleveland’s Grog Shop kept planting firmly against the wedge stage monitor and knee-high concrete stage in front of me.
 

I felt a tap on my back and a familiar voice close to me. “Are you okay?” I looked up at the towering, black-lipstick-and-white-Converse-wearing figure before me. Why, hello, Matt Skiba..."

Read my full, first-person review for Indulge-Sound.com

 XoXo
c.

And here's a video that captured the above-described moment:

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Gerard Way to perform with deadmau5 at iHeartRadio Festival on Saturday, September 22

UPDATE:

deadmau5 will go on at 10:55 p.m. PT. That's 1:55 a.m. EST!

iHeartRadio has announced that Gerard Way will perform "Professional Griefers" with deadmau5
this Saturday, September 22, at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas.

Good news for fans: You can stream the entire show through Yahoo! Music, XBox Live or iHeartRadio!

The performances will start at 7 p.m. PT. deadmau5 is one of 10 artists performing.

XoXo
c.

PS: I've been dying to tell you guys about this since I found out a month ago while transcribing the Gerard Way/deadmau5 interview that will be in the upcoming issue of Alternative Press. AAAHH!!! Get stoked!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

My Chemical Romance reveal 'Conventional Weapons' details

My Chemical Romance have announced the tracks, pre-order information and release formats and dates for Conventional Weapons.

Every month for the next 5 months, My Chemical Romance will release a double-sided single in both 7" vinyl and digital formats!

The tracks and release dates are as follows:



Title: Number One
A-side: "Boy Division"
B-side: "Tomorrow's Money"
Release date: October 30, 2012
[Pre-order!]




 Title: Number Two
A-side: "AMBULANCE"
B-side: "Gun."
Release date: November 23, 2012

Title: Number Three
A-side: "The World Is Ugly"
B-side: "The Light Behind Your Eyes"
Release date: Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Title: Number Four
A-side: "Kiss The Ring"
B-side: "Make Room!!!!"
Release date: Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Title: Number Five
A-side: "Surrender The Night"
B-side: "Burn Bright"
Release date: Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Right now, there are 2 pre-order options available in the MCR store for a limited edition box set (note: you can also buy these one-at-a-time if you don't want the set), featuring all of the vinyl and digital downloads.

SHIPPED INDIVIDUALLY (you will receive each 7" on the release date)
ONE SHIPMENT (you get all of the records on the final release date)

Both packages include: a Conventional Weapons poster, digital downloads on their release dates and a "custom slip box to hold all" of the vinyl!

There is also a new t-shirt with the album art for Number One on it!

XoXo
c.

(I will add more details soon and some of the backstory on the tracks later. I was leaving for an Alkaline Trio show just as the big news was announced; so, that is why this is late! And, I'm BEAT for the night! Haha!)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

My Chemical Romance's Frank Iero reveals 'Conventional Weapons' project

UPDATE: September 14, 2012 @ 12:00 p.m. EST 
The info in my original post (below) was posted a BIT early; so, I had removed it...until now.

My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero has posted an official blog entry explaining the band's upcoming Conventional Weapons project and the story behind the band's Pre-Danger Days "scrapped" album

The project will include a series of releases, I'm assuming at least in part on 7" vinyl by the store listing from yesterday (below), of never-before-heard MCR songs from the band's 2008-2009 "scrapped album." There will be 5 releases, starting in October, each with 2 never-before-heard songs.

Iero said of the project:
"Recently we had a band meeting, we ended up talking about the past, and together we listened to those songs we created almost 4 years ago. We discussed the the way those songs made us feel, how they led us to where we are now and what the fate of those songs should be. How can we fully move on if we continue to hide the past? Together we decided that this chapter in My Chemical Romance's history no longer needed to be locked away.

So beginning in October we will be releasing 2 songs a month for 5 months. 10 songs in total from the Conventional Weapons sessions we did back in 2009. We hope you enjoy these time capsules, and that they may shed a little more light on how and where Danger Days came from, and maybe even where the future of MCR might be heading. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...and now it is finally time to lift the veil on Conventional Weapons."

More information about Conventional Weapons, including pre-order details and a tracklisting, will be released next week

For an idea of which tracks may be released through this project, check out my old post compiling titles from the scrapped album era!

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Original Post: September 13, 2012 @ 4:01 p.m. EST
A 7" vinyl titled Conventional Weapons Number Four has been added to the My Chemical Romance online store.

The vinyl is set for release January 8, 2013, and you can pre-order it now

As some of you will remember, in April, 2010, the tentative album title Gerard gave Nylon Guys for what would become the scrapped album was: Conventional Weapons: We're No Match For Them

Perhaps a couple scrapped songs?  What do you guys think?

I will update this as more information comes.

XoXo

Sunday, September 9, 2012

My Chemical Romance Digest: September 3-9

Here's an outline of what's been going on in the My Chemical Romance world since my previous "MCR digest" post on September 2.

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September 9
Mysterious Killjoys Twitter account, @GaryLevko, tweeted the following:
Killjoy panel at this year's New York Comic Con? Sounds like it! I'll keep an eye open for more details as they come!

September 7
Speaking of Killjoys, comic book artist Vasilis Lolos recently talked briefly about the MCR side of the Killjoys project with Comic Book Resources.

Here's the excerpt where he discussed working with MCR on Killjoys:

"...The only beacon of light was the My Chemical Romance Killjoys/Danger Days project, where they flew me over to Los Angeles to chat and develop art designs and storyboards. It was the best. I got a new Fender Jaguar guitar, I stayed at the very chill Mikey Way and Alicia Way residence. I flew first class where I sat next to Leighton Meester and watched her face get all puzzled when she asked me what do I do and told her that I am a comic book artist. “You know, Spawn?” Good times. Then it was back to New York and straight back to my fortress of solitude in Athens, Greece, to work on the Killjoys project. A few months after it was back to the same old negative shit, the My Chemical Romance project went on hiatus in late 2009 and my American girlfriend at the time told me over an email that she doesn’t want me to go back to the U.S. I guess that gave me the initiative to end that awful relationship and move on to rebooting myself, my art and my career..."

September 4
UFC has released some merchandise with Gerard's face on it.
shirts | posters

September 3
Allan Amato, the photographer who shot Gerard and Mikey for Illuminate Parkinsons, posted a new picture of Gerard.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

My Chemical Romance digest: August 22-September 2

Here's an outline of what's been going on in the My Chemical Romance world since my previous "MCR digest" post on August 21.

With more going on now, I will try to make these posts a bit closer together in the future!
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August 27
My Chemical Romance's "SING" appears on VH1 "Pop-Up Videos"  

August 28
My Chemical Romance's official website underwent a dramatic re-skin, including the addition of a new logo (pictured left).

Fans are to be advised that it is just a routine website re-skin that does not necessarily reflect new material.



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UPDATE: (No) My Chemical Romance song to be featured on 'The Man With The Iron Fists' Soundtrack
The tracklisting was revealed for The Man With The Iron Fists soundtrack, of which MCR was said to be a part. There is no sign of them on the soundtrack.

However, that does not mean their music may not be a part of the film. They could appear in the larger score; they're just not on the soundtrack, it appears.

An anonymous commenter on my post cites a song called "Hell's Furious Bitches" as MCR's contribution to the film. I cannot confirm if that is valid information or trolling (Ha!), but it's something I'll keep looking into.

August 29
My Chemical Romance's Frank Iero contributes song to 'Frankenweenie Unleashed!' soundtrack  
"This Song Is A Curse"! What do you think it might sound like? 

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deadmau5 releases "Professional Griefers" video featuring Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance)  

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Details of Gerard's mysterious, once-in-a-lifetime performance at MorrissonCon have been revealed:
"MorrisonCon kicks off in style with a new collaborative project — a one-off, never-to-be-repeated performance created especially for this event. Grant Morrison teams up with Gerard Way and James Dewees of My Chemical Romance for The Con — a thirty minute spoken-word piece with music. Part short story, part history, part occult ritual, as Howard Hughes faces Liberace in a duel to the death for the soul of Las Vegas!"
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Frank Iero admitted that he is a "packrat loser" on Twitter and proceeded to show off the awesome MCR relics he found while he was cleaning:

August 30
MCR Data pointed out that Mikey Way is featured on the Fender website, promoting his Squier Mustang bass!

September 1
An ad featuring Mikey also appeared in Bass Player Magazine! (scan via MCR Brazil)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

deadmau5 releases “Professional Griefers” video featuring Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance)

Originally posted August 29 at 10:13 a.m. on AltPress.com (sometimes I'm there when news breaks and can't blog about it here immediately.)

deadmau5 has released his high-budget video for "Professional Griefers" featuring Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance.

Watch Way and deadmau5 battle it out "UFC in the future" style the video below:

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

My Chemical Romance's Frank Iero contributes song to 'Frankenweenie Unleashed!' soundtrack

This morning @ligxo pointed out to me that a song by Frank Iero will be featured on the upcoming soundtrack for Frankenweenie Unleashed!.

The song, "This Song Is A Curse," is among the soundtrack's 2 just-revealed bonus tracks.

The soundtrack is set for release September 25.

XoXo
c.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

deadmau5 releases another "Professional Griefers" teaser featuring Gerard Way

Earlier this week, Rolling Stone announced that in addition to the online "Professional Griefers" (featuring My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way) premiere tomorrow, the video will also be screened at a UFC match on September 1.

Yesterday, just 2 days before the video release, deadmau5 put out another teaser for this video.

Check out it and Gerard's "Professional Griefers" flier below:


XoXo
c.

UPDATE: (No) My Chemical Romance song to be featured on 'The Man With The Iron Fists' Soundtrack

UPDATE: August 28, 2012 @ 8:16 a.m.

Despite RZA's having seemingly confirmed MCR's spot on The Man With The Iron Fists soundtrack, as the tracklisting was revealed today, there is no sign of a My Chemical Romance song (neither old nor new) on it.

Full tracklisting below:
1. The Black Keys / RZA “The Baddest Man Alive”
2. Ghostface Killah / M.O.P / Pharoahe Monch “Black Out”
3. Kanye West “White Dress”
4. The Revelations feat. Tre Williams “I Forgot To Be Your Lover”
5. Talib Kweli / RES “Get Your Way (Sex as a Weapon)”
6. Raekwon / Ghostface Killah / Kool G. Rap “Rivers of Blood”
7. Method Man / Freddie Gibbs / StreetLife “Built for This”
8. 24 Carat Black “Poverty’s Paradise”
9. Killa Sin “The Archer”
10. RZA / Flatbush Zombies “Just Blowin’ In The Wind”
12. Corrine Bailey Rae “Chains”
13. Pusha T / Raekwon “Tick Tock”
14. Frances Yip “Green is the Mountain”
15. The Wu-Tang Clan “Six Directions of Boxing”
16. Mabel John “Your Good Thing Is About To End”


If you're still interested or simply suspicious that MCR is working under a mysterious pen name, the soundtrack is set for release October 23.

UPDATE: July 29, 2012 @ 1:05 p.m.

In a recent interview with Wired.com, RZA confirmed that My Chemical Romance will, indeed, be on the soundtrack, erasing any doubt that the original news mentioned MCR as a mistake.

However, he still made no mention whether the My Chemical Romance track would be a new one.

ORIGINAL POST: June 28, 2012 @ 8:50 p.m.
According to IndieWire, My Chemical Romance will appear on the soundtrack for the upcoming RZA-directed martial arts film, The Man With The Iron Fists.

Though the wording of the article indicates that the music MCR provides to the soundtrack will be "new" ("featuring new songs by The Black Keys, Kanye West, My Chemical Romance, Wiz Khalifa, Wu-Tang Clan and RZA himself"), because the album's tracklisting has not yet been revealed, it is unclear if the track MCR provides for the soundtrack will actually be new-new.

I will keep an eye open for more information on the soundtrack and add it here as it becomes available.

In the meantime, check out the movie's trailer below:



Additional note: Though My Chemical Romance is mentioned in the article, they are not mentioned among the other artists in the trailer.

XoXo
c.

Thank you to MCRupdates for the heads-up on this!

Monday, August 27, 2012

My Chemical Romance's "SING" appears on VH1 "Pop-Up Videos"

Today, "SING" by My Chemical Romance was featured on Vh1's "Pop-Up Videos" program.

Check out the video with the pop-up "facts" (some of them are inaccurate) added below:


XoXo c.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

My Chemical Romance Digest: August 9-21

Here's an outline of what's been going on in the My Chemical Romance world since my previous update on August 8.

August 21
deadmau5 posted the below behind-the-scenes footage from the "Professional Griefers" video, which is set for release next Wednesday.



"Professional Griefers" is now available on iTunes!

August 20
Yesterday, MCR unveiled their "School Sucks, Start A Band" varsity jacket (pictured left.) You can order the jacket from MCR's online store for $69.99






August 16
Neil Krug, the photographer who shot the Danger Days... album art posted a previously-unreleased photo of Gerard Way (right.)

August 13
Gerard Way discusses My Chemical Romance’s 5th album on “Spoilers” with Kevin Smith
The BIG news. Gerard, for the first time, has opened up a bit about what he is calling "MCR 5" at the moment. Click through and watch the interview. Dark and costumes and progress--OH MY!

August 11
Shaun Simon posted yet another tweet about the Killjoys comic!

August 9 
Deadmau5's "Professional Griefers" single featuring Gerard Way to be released August 14

Monday, August 13, 2012

Gerard Way discusses My Chemical Romance’s 5th album on “Spoilers” with Kevin Smith

Note: I originally posted this on AltPress.com.


Gerard Way discussed My Chemical Romance's upcoming 5th album on today's episode of "Spoilers," hosted by Kevin Smith.

He said MCR 5, as he is calling it while it is in-progress, is "going rather quickly" and that the album is "very dark so far."

The album, Way hints, will also include  the band's wearing costumes. He told Kevin Smith he's meeting with Colleen Atwood, who has designed the band's costumes since The Black Parade, soon to work out the costumes to accompany the next album.

Gerard also played "Small Petunia Of The Galaxy," a song he wrote for his daughter, from his iPhone during the interview.

XoXo
c.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Deadmau5's "Professional Griefers" single featuring Gerard Way to be released August 14

UPDATE: August 13 @ 11:10 p.m. EST

"Professional Griefers" is now available to download through iTunes in the U.S.!

UPDATE: August 10 @ 10:47 a.m. EST
Ultra Records was a little less cryptic than deadmau5 about the video release date. The video IS set to premiere August 29.

ORIGINAL POST:

In a press release about his upcoming album, >album title goes here< , Deadmau5 announced today that "Professional Griefers," which features vocals from Gerard Way, will be released August 14 in North America.

Additionally, the video for the song, which was recorded in May and produced by Weapons Of Mass Entertainment, is set for a still-unannounced date this month (possibly August 29.)*

The full Deadmau5 album is set for release September 25.

XoXo
c.




UPDATE: 7:57 p.m. EST

Just noticed the below trailer, possibly for the video, via My Chemical Collective, a new webzine.



The video description says August 29*. Possible video release date? We will see!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

August 8, 2012: My Chemical Romance Tidbits

Between my digging up arrest reports and generally writing news for Alternative Press today, I noticed quite a few My Chemical Romance happenings.

Because of MCRupdate's the recent announcement that she would no longer be updating, I figured I would try to post a little more more here to attempt to make up for the loss.

Of course, I'll never be able to keep up at the magnitude she did, but little things that I would normally just tweet then move on, I'll try to compile into an occasional digest so they'll be less likely to be missed.

August 8, 2012

Bullet Cable posted a second video interview from MCR guitar tech "Punk Rock Dave" talking about equipment.

The awesome thing about this video: It was shot inside what Bullet Cable calls "MCR's secret studio," supposedly that studio the band mentioned they were building in Los Angeles many months ago.

Watch the new interview below and the first in the series here.



You can see more of the studio in the pictures MCRupdates compiled that were originally posted by engineer Doug McKean (a little more about McKean.)
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On August 1, Epiphone posted about the limited edition, green version of Frank Iero's Wilshire Phant-o-Matic guitar (pictured left.) I just saw this today and thought it was worth noting!

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Killjoys Comic!

At 6:30 p.m. EST, Agent Cherri Cola tweeted...twice.
Agent Cherri Cola isn't the only one who has been tweeting about the Killjoys comic lately. Illustrator Becky Cloonan and co-writer Shaun Simon recently had the following exchange on Twitter:

XoXo
c.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Thank You, MCRupdates

Last night, Taylor from the amazing My Chemical Romance fansite MCR Updates announced that she will no longer continue to run the website.

It's no secret that the fan community owes a lot to the site she maintained so passionately and tirelessly for the past couple years.

MCR Updates was always fast, accurate, to-the-point and supplied information that squashed rumors and enhanced the knowledge of the fanbase.

During my last couple years of college, I had to kind of fall back from tirelessly hunting MCR news, and MCR Updates was always there to help me fill in the gaps.

So, this is a thank you to Taylor for all of her hard work, and for all of the times she helped me gather content to post here. This blog also owes a lot to MCR Updates.

She created something so special and covered the MCR world we all so care about in such a way that future fans will be able to look back and have an accurate timeline of exactly what was going on with the band during the time she ran the site.

Good luck, Taylor, with everything you do. Not that you need it. Your dedication and passion will lend itself to anything you do, and you will excel.

XoXo
c.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Preview Deadmau5's "Professional Griefers" featuring Gerard Way



Deadmau5 has posted the BBC preview of "Professional Griefers" featuring Gerard Way.

According to the video description, the song will be released September 2.

A rough version of "Professional Griefers" started circulating in March, and a video for it was filmed on May 20, the day after MCR played Bamboozle.

In additional Gerard Way news today, he is set to moderate "The Aquabats! Super Show!" on July 13 at San Diego Comic-Con!

XoXo
c.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

FALSE Rumor: My Chemical Romance to play México's ONE Festival?

UPDATE! According to Windish Agency, the source from which the rumor seemed to have originated, "MCR will not be playing this fest."

RUMOR SMASHED! CASE CLOSED. NO FESTIVAL APPEARANCE.

ORIGINAL POST:

According to an article on lifeboxset, My Chemical Romance are set to play México's One Music & Arts Festival on November 10, 2012.

However, the source site from which the article appears to have a screen-grab (pictured) has since removed all artist names from the festival line-up (if they were ever there to start. We must be skeptical, MCRmy.)

According to fan sources, the One Festival  account tweeted that MCR would be playing the fest then promptly deleted. A search for a screen cap of that is in-progress.

I will keep an eye on this and follow up if official or more reliable sources post; however, for now, I'm calling it a rumor and saying don't hurt yourself by getting your hopes up.

XoXo
c.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Another Life Chapter: Another "Thank You" to My Chemical Romance

I try to avoid personal posts here, but I think this occasion warrants it.

Today is the 8th anniversary of the release of the album that introduced me to the the thing that absolutely turned my life around--My Chemical Romance.

By a magical coincidence that I, as a 14-year-old in 2004 about to go into high school and first discovering MCR through Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge commercials, could have never predicted, the album's 8th anniversary happens to fall on the day before I graduate from college.

That's right. Tomorrow, I take the big, horrifying leap into the real world. And I do mean horrifying.

The perfect 8-year span from the time I discovered My Chemical Romance and started high school to the end of my education is a remarkable coincidence and something for which I am so thankful. I also could have never predicted then just how huge of a role one band could play in my life.

High school is a trying 4 years for everyone. College is testing and terrifying in that it makes you face your growing up. During those 8 unstable years,  I always had something stable that I could believe in in My Chemical Romance.

From those terrible teenage years when they first inspired me and helped show me the value of my own life, through low times when they reminded me I didn't have to be afraid to live, through falling into fear and wanting safety and their showing me all over again to live dangerously and to not give up on my dreams, My Chemical Romance kept me on my feet and as strong as I could possibly be through both adversity and good times.

Always. That music was there, and the power and meaning of it has never diminished.
 
So, now to the next chapter, to the next 8 years. I have a feeling the world isn't going to go easy on me, but I also feel comfort in knowing that through discovering MCR, through internalizing all they have shown me, I am so much stronger than I was 8 years ago.

There is so much more that I could say that there are simply no words to describe.

Thank you, My Chemical Romance. Infinitely.

-Cassie
Art is the Weapon.
Your Imagination is the Ammunition.
Stay Dirty, and Stay Dangerous.
Create and Destroy as you see fit.
Embrace your Originality.
The Aftermath is Secondary.
You can and should do Anything.
-Frank Iero

Saturday, May 19, 2012

My Chemical Romance at Bamboozle Festival, 2012

Note: This blog has been edited since the event

May 19 @ 11:30 a.m.

And so it begins. My Chemical Romance at Bamboozle, 2012!

Not surprisingly, the first people in line for Bamboozle today (at about 4 a.m.) were My Chemical Romance fans.



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1:30 p.m.

The Shirts for A Cure tent has restocked its MCR Bamboozle-exclusive t-shirts and the fans above have found their way to the barricade.

Now, we wait...
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6:15 p.m. 

Here are a just a few of the first photo updates from MCR's set (omitting pictures that are blurry or too far away):

From Alternative Press: "@MCRofficial backstage at #bamboozle2012. (Taken with Instagram at The Bamboozle Festival 2012)"


My Chemical Romance has now taken the stage!

Photo via @brandyway:



Photo via frankierizzo13:

Photo via @ThatKevinSmith:


Check out MCRupdates Extra for more good quality photos!

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The setlist:

1. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)"
2. "Thank You For The Venom"
3. "Mama"
4. "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)"
5. "Our Lady of Sorrows"
6. "DESTROYA"
7. "Teenagers"
8. "Vampire Money"
9. "Famous Last Words"
10. "Welcome To The Black Parade"
11. "Vampires Will Never Hurt You"
("Cancer" is listed, but was omitted from the set, according to @_nananadia)
12. "Helena"

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UPDATE: May 20 @ 11: 07 a.m. EST



Thanks to Devan Mickell for writing about her experience at Bamboozle and for keeping fans updated yesterday! I encourage everyone to check out her review!

Here is a video clip of MCR performing "Famous Last Words" from YouTube user IvysBlogChannel1999.





XoXo
c.