The mega-polarizing Loutallica record isn't even out yet, and already that guy from Suicidal Tendencies is leaking plans for the "real" followup to Death Magnetic -- not to be confused with the album we're all currently watercoolering about, which appears to be Lou Reed's follow up to Metal Machine Music. Also, on their own, Metallica are also planning a self-financed 3D film -- it may or may not be one of those concert movies that Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers pioneered. We'd love to tell you that means this Loutallica thing is going to be over before it starts, but Metallica and Lou Reed have confirmed several TV appearances with Reed to promote the record, and are threatening to tour.
Let's think better thoughts. On the non-Lulu new material, Robert Trujillo tells Gulf News the following:
"We've been busy writing and recording. We've got a couple of new songs
we have been working on the past couple of weeks. The writing process
for the new Metallica album has begun. We've been in the studio with
Rick Rubin, working on a couple of things, and we're going to be
recording during the most of next year. We've got a lot of work ahead of
us. But the great thing is that we have sort of already jumped off the
launch pad and we're swimming. It's happening. It's reality. It's a lot
of fun, there are a lot of ideas, and we're really excited about the new
We suppose that means that the video above is merely a joke. It's getting kind of hard to tell these days.
Which is not to disagree, in the least, with Dan Brockman's essay on Lulu -- which we highly recommend, (and which SPIN also liked). It actually convinced us to listen to the record last night. And having put in the hard, hard work of listening to the damn thing, we then felt obliged -- since so few will actually follow in our footsteps -- to peruse the acres of acrimonious ink being spilled on this travesty's behalf.
Some of what we found: someone at the Atlantic who is not James Parker begs Metallica to just sell out again, already. Semi-famous Canadian rocker Danko Jones calls Lulu the Waterworld of rock n roll. Semi-famous novelist and sometime rock scribe Chuck Klosterman calls it "an album that no one wants" and "a ponderous, quasi-ironic art record about 'the lexicon of hate' that will outrage the Village Voice and mildly impress Laurie Anderson." That might seem like the last word -- but it ain't. Still yet published: Chuck Eddy's review of the album, fortcoming in Rolling Stone. We'll fill it in when it gets here.