Friday, January 30, 2009

Adam Jones and that other guy...

Coming to a news stand near you...

Exeter is Good Smoking

A message from Exeter...

"Our cover of "Smoking Umbrellas" is up on the Failure Tribute myspace page. Start your day off right by having a listen. If you haven't purchased the tribute album yet, go get it. Its a phenomenal tribute album plus all the proceeds go to the Save the Music Foundation, which is a really good cause."

Keep an eye out for Exeter's highly anticipated album "Grey Noise White Lies," as well as their contribution to the upcoming EXPLODING IN SOUND (FREE!!) compilation. Coming VERY soon!

Coming in...August??

From the Masters of Reality myspace page...

"Ed from Mascot Records has announced a release date of August 24th for the new Masters of Reality album, Pine/Cross Dover."

I'm not sure I believe this or not...kinda odd to have a release date for late August announced in January...but until I hear otherwise, it's something!

Wino Takes DC

As a last-minute announcement, WINO will be making it's debut live performance at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, February 7th.

Jean Paul Gaster (CLUTCH) on drums, John Blank (REZIN) on bass, and of course the man, Scott “Wino” Weinrich on guitar and vocals.

KING GIANT and SALOME will provide support. More Wino live dates and tour news will be announced soon.

The Wino album, Punctured Equilibrium, was released on January 20th.

My Bloody Coachella

The line-up for this year's Coachella Festival has been announced. Highlights in my opinion are...

* My Bloody Valentine!!!
* Cage The Elephant
* Clipse (one of my all time favorite rap groups)
* Perry Farrell
* Brian Jonestown Massacre
* N.A.S.A.
* A Place to Bury Strangers
* Thenewno2
* Lupe Fiasco

For the full line-up, please click HERE.

As I will not be attending this, all I can hope is that My Bloody Valentine will launch a full tour!!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

A message from Satellite Tragedy...

"Here is a link to an exclusive bonus track we recorded for the release of our first album New Beautiful, an acoustic version of 'Ethanol'. Hope you like.

Download the incredible "Ethanol (acoustic)" HERE for FREE!!

- Ridd

The Unveiling

Austin, TX's ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead have posted another track from their sixth record, The Century of Self, which is due out February 17, 2009.

Check out "Isis Unveiled" on their myspace page HERE.

Camp Carver City

CKY has completed mixing its fourth album, entitled "Carver City", for a May 19 release via Roadrunner Records. As with all their previous efforts, "Carver City" was produced by the band's guitarist Chad I Ginsburg. The CD was recorded at Studio CIG in the band's home state of Pennsylvania and mixed by Ginsburg and Phil Nicolo at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. Some of the eleven tracks set to appear are "Hellions On Parade", "The Boardwalk Body", "…And She Never Returned", "Karmaworks" and "Woe Is Me".

Singer Deron Miller comments: "Literally all the things that have been keeping CKY strong since our last album — the undying hardcore support of our fans, our unorthodox musical approach and a brand new partnership with Roadrunner Records — have restored an enthusiasm within our band that has never been this extreme. Sobriety, hard work, patching up inner turmoil and a love for what we do has undoubtedly made this the most collaborative and focused CKY effort to date."

Ginsburg concurs: "The album is more inventive and more layered than our past releases, with the most melodies, textures and riffs of any CKY album. It is by far the most inspired album we have ever made."

According to Miller, "Carver City" carries with it a "dark summer vacation vibe," nostalgic of the band members' childhood trips to the East Coast beaches. "The fabled town of Carver City has a history of bad luck and misfortune, all the while giving the impression that it's a pleasant family getaway. Much like CKY's town of Hellview, Carver City's events are depicted in the songs, with story lines coming from real-life events."

CKY is planning to tour in support of its Roadrunner debut in the spring.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Insurgentes Just Don't Stop

Steven Wilson has posted an update to yesterday's article, with specific details about remixes and his upcoming single...

The Insurgentes website has now undergone a major update and includes details of a remix competition where everyone has the chance to re-mix the track "Abandoner" from Insurgentes. The remix that Steven judges to be best will be included on a future official Steven Wilson release. More details are on the site. As an example of what can be done there are also two great "Abandoner" remixes by Engineers, (Kscope's newest act), and Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson).

The first single from Insurgentes will be released in mid Feb on 7 inch vinyl only. The A-Side is a remixed edit of album track "Harmony Korine", and the B-side is non-album track "The 78", which was briefly available as an untitled bonus track on the deluxe mail order edition released last November. The single comes in a choice of 3 colours: black, white, and blood red vinyl, all in very limited quantities (exact number of copies of each edition is to be confirmed). These are now available to pre-order from the KScope webstore.

Godrich's Basement

Producer Nigel Godrich's From The Basement series will be released on DVD on February 11 from Eagle Rock Entertainment. The DVD includes both two songs from Radiohead as well as a pair of solo performances from frontman Thom Yorke. Beck, The White Stripes, The Shins, Sonic Youth, PJ Harvey and Autolux are among the other artists whose From The Basement performances are included.

Sidewaytown are Signed

A message from German prog/shoegaze act Sidewaytown...

"After some cool talks and negotiations we are proud to annouce our cooperation with Viva Hate Records (Long Distance Calling, Leech). First result of this collaboration will be the re-release of our under-represented debut album “Years in the Wall” in April 2009.

Furthermore we’ll play some live shows in late November/beginning December. We'll let you know the dates as soon as we have them.

The second album will be recorded and mixed also this year. Expect some really amazing sound bytes.

More news is definitely in the pipeline and will be reveiled when the time has come at

Freek Out!

[San Diego CityBeat] The Freeks are getting audiences buzzed with a '60s psychedelic throwback attack—LSD not included...

By Adam Gimbel

In guitarist Isaiah Mitchell’s hidden Hillcrest alleyway apartment, Ruben Romano settles down to talk about his ragtag collection of musician friends dubbed The Freeks. Romano is down from Orange County after a full shift at his day job to put in a quick night of rehearsing and recording with Mitchell, who’s best known for his heavy riffage with San Diego’s Earthless and as the No. 2 guitar-slinger for Lady Dottie & The Diamonds. The Freeks were never meant to be a real group; it was more of a fun recording project for Romano and a getaway for his friends with full-time bands. Now he finds himself coordinating mini-rehearsals all over the state in preparation for the band’s first U.S. dates.

While Romano’s work with Fu Manchu and Nebula dabbled in psychedelic melodies under a heavier rock sound, he wanted to put something together that really showed his love for ’60s kaleidoscopic stuff. Not wanting to actually start another band, he recorded basic tracks for fun and invited friends to contribute—members of Kyuss (Scott Reeder), Skin Yard (Jack Endino) and Zen Guerrilla (Carl Horne and Andy Duvall) and even famed Funkadelic keyboardist Bernie Worrell. They liked what they heard and started to come up with parts. Friends from as far away as Denmark sent in their sections digitally, and the California members met up at recording studios when they could.

“There was a whole thing with passing files around,” Romano explains. “It was the first time I ever worked that way. It was kinda fun, actually, because you’d send files to people and they’d say, ‘What do you want me to do?’ and I’d say, ‘Whatever you want!’ That was the whole intent and that’s why it’s Freeks with two E’s because everyone was free to do what they wanted to do.

“Coming from these heavy bands, we threw people way off-track,” Romano laughs. “They were expecting some big stoner rock and we went way paisley.”

Sitars, swirling organs and backwards noises decorate The Freeks’ songs, only to be split up by instrumental interludes jam-packed with spacey weirdness. Song titles like “Descent of the Yellow Chrysalis” and “Dance of the Moth Queen,” plus a slew of trippy album and poster artwork, further add to the notion of Summer of Love-type influences, but the band avoids actual hippie costuming.

The results were good enough for Nebula’s record label, Cargo Germany, to want to release the project’s self-titled debut album. In fact, they liked it so much that they invited Romano to do a short tour of Germany, Austria and Holland. That meant assembling a touring lineup to play songs that had never been performed live. Free from the pressures of their “real” bands, members of the all-star touring version of The Freeks found themselves happier than they’ve ever been on tour. Libations, pulsating oil stage projections and appreciative European audiences led to jamming, improvisation and even some onstage nudity at one show, courtesy of Mitchell.

“It was the funnest tour I’ve ever been on,” Mitchell says as he picks up a small flute-like instrument and starts playing “Little Drummer Boy.” “Having eight people in a van for three weeks and no one fights? That never happens. We just laughed the whole time.”

In addition to Mitchell, several San Diegans have come into Romano’s fold, thanks to his many trips here. Longtime Casbah knob-twiddler and Bartenders Bible singer Jason Corbin has been the band’s touring soundman for years. His trademark low-rumbling vocals are also perfect for the band’s country-tempo dirge “Excuses.” And while Corbin was unable to do the European tour, he’ll be behind the mixing board and on the mic for the band’s upcoming West Coast tour.

“It’s still totally weird to say we’re an actual band,” Romano says of his new road-ready group. “People keep saying, ‘Freeks? What a stupid name!’ and we say, ‘Well, it might be, but we’re free to be stupid!’”


Post-hardcore act Rival Schools (Civ, Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand, Youth of Today, Iceburn) have begun work on their first full length in eight years. The band posted this on their blog:

Faders are flying as recording begins!!!

The band released United By Fate in 2001


From Superdrag...

Hello Superdrag People: There are only 50 days left until Industry Giants drops on March 17. That's St. Patty's Day. So mark your calendars, and don't forget to wear something green to the record store. Get your copy, and grab some for your friends and loved ones. They'll be glad you did. (on a personal note, I can't stop listening to Regretfully Yours, and I am super stoked for this new release!!)

We have TONS of exciting news to announce today, so without further delay, we proudly present the first round of live dates ( in support of Industry Giants:






More good news: we are offering an absolutely free, "official" sneak-peek download from Industry Giants, the album-opener "Slow To Anger" (see the Nimbit widget on

Call or e-mail your local College station or Indie Rock show and ask for it by name! Industry Giants will be made available for pre-order through Nimbit starting February 12, along with a 2nd free download from the record!

Furthermore, taking a bold step into the vanguard of Social 2004...Superdrag is now on Facebook! So head over to and hit us up. We would be proud and honored to have you, our fans, become, well, Fans.

On February 7th, we will be shooting the first video clip from Industry Giants with director and animator Aaron Baker. We're keeping a tight lid on this one, but we're 99.999% sure you'll be stoked.

Speaking of music and video, we are scheduled to tape a live performance (5 crisp, newly-minted tracks off of Industry Giants!) in the luxurious live room at Lake Fever Productions on March 8th, to be broadcast on their newly-launched (and totally bad-ass) internet venture, We've got a fever, and the prescription is... Lake Fever.


Much Respect,
John, Don, Brandon & Tom

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Trail is Ascending


Exclusive Song: …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead
Hear "Ascending," a standout track off the Texan art-rock band's 4-star album, three weeks in advance of its release!

On February 17 …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead will return with their best album in years, The Century of Self -- and you can hear one its top tracks right here, right now!

Opening with a wall of colliding guitar melodies and thunderous drums, "Ascending" picks up where 2002's art- and alt-rock masterpiece Source Tags & Codes left off, complete with marching band drums and pirate-like battle chants, bolstered by vocals from Brooklyn psych-rock crazies Dragons of Zynth: "After the war / We left the dead on the shore / But their screams and cries / Still haunt us wherever we go."

Stream the track HERE

Back Down the Slow Hole

Clutch have posted a clip of the remastered version of their track "King Of Arizona" online HERE. The aforementioned song was also made available for purchase as a digital single through the usual digital retailers today, January 27th. It will appear on an upcoming remastered version of the bands "Slow Hole To China, Rare & Unreleased" effort, which will see an April 14th release date through the bands own Weathermaker Music.

Scott Sings Solo

A message from Local H...

"Scott starts recording his first solo record next week with Andy Gerber in Chicago. If you're interested...check out his myspace page HERE for demos and progress reports on the record - as well as info about shows and a possible SXSW date. Shit, become his friend while you're there.

p.s. - oh, and Local H is finishing up a DVD.

p.p.s - and if you're in New York - The Prairie Cartel will be playing there this week!

Thursday the 29th-at the Studio @ Webster Hall (125 E 11th St. @ 4th ave.)


Friday the 30th (with Kung-Fu Grip!!) - at the Annex-152 Orchard St. btw Stanton & Rivington

Wilson and the Insurgents

An update from the Mr. Steven Wilson...

"As the release date of Insurgentes approaches there will much activity over the next few weeks, including the exclusive unveiling of the Lasse Hoile video for Harmony Korine (which will also be issued as the first single release from the album), downloadable remixes, and a remix competition. SW has been busy promoting the album with interviews and a series of playback events for press. The recent event in London has already been reviewed online by the website (in the Spotlight section).

Newbury Comics over in the US now have a special pre-order offer, which includes a signed CD booklet. Please note that the US edition is slightly different from the European version in that it comes in super jewel case instead of the hardback digipack. Otherwise contents are the same. Order here.

You can still pre-order the European 2 disc version of Insurgentes from
Burning Shed and receive the instant mp3 download version of the album to check out while you are waiting for the physical release."

Monday, January 26, 2009

Old Money...New Music

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, key member and primary songwriter of The Mars Volta has posted a full album stream of his latest solo effort, Old Money.

You can check out the stream HERE.

Marmaduke The Biff

Marmaduke Duke, the side-project of Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil and Sucioperro's JP Reid, have announced details of a new UK tour. The pair will play six live dates from February 28, when they kick off the jaunt at the Edinburgh Bongo Club. They are set to release a single, 'Kid Gloves', in March.

Marmaduke Duke dates:

Edinburgh Bongo Club (February 28)
Manchester Deaf Institute (March 1)
Birmingham Rainbow (2)
London Heaven (4)
Leeds Brudenell Social Club (5)
Glasgow School of Art (6)

The Surge of Spent

From Hi-Speed Soul Records...

Adam Franklin's "Spent Bullets" release date is 3/31. We just uploaded a track off the new record called “Surge” which is at right now, in our radio section on the front page.

So go leave a comment after listening to Surge at Adam's page:

I'm sure he'll appreciate the feedback!

Also, a friendly reminder that Swervedriver re-issued their classic first two albums, "Raise" and "Mezcal Head," with extra bonus songs and extended liner notes last Tuesday, 1/27.

Riverside in HD

Riverside is working on the new album - "Anno Domini High Definition". The band has already begun recording, this time in Studio X in Olsztyn. We keep you up-to-date with the process of creation on a special "record" website -

Mariusz Duda: "We have gone from Warsaw, we have changed the studio and the producer. We care deeply about creating a coherent record and that is why most probably there are only going to be 5 songs on it. The material will be energetic, multifarious, and - I hope so - very good for live performances. It will be a story about liquid modernity, life in a constant hurry, stress and anxiety about the future. A picture of our times in 1920 x 1080 definition."

The expected release date is June 2009.

More details soon...

A Long Rhoad to Perfection

Director Peter M. Margolis and Dakota Films, with cooperation from the Rhoads family, are working on the long awaited documentary film on the life of celebrated rock guitarist RANDY RHOADS.

Three years in the making, this documentary highlights interviews with those closest to Randy as well as reveals never before seen photos and footage of Randy throughout his life.Tentative release date for the film is September, 2009.

Margolis checks in now with the following update:

"We began filming this documentary March 19th 2007 and I am hoping by the same time this year that we will finally be done with that aspect of production.

Two years is a very long time to spend shooting a film, however, not that long for a documentary of this nature.

I remember reading an article in the Hollywood Reporter several months ago regarding a documentary due out about singer Patti Smith.

They were interviewing the director who claimed that it took him seven years from start to finish.

I remember thinking that seven years seems like an eternity to work on one project, but as we approach two years, I can now see how that could be possible.

While shooting all through 2008 we began editing as well. It took eight months just to sift through all of the interviews dealing with the period of 1975-1979 to create a cohesive story from that time period.

Things have slowed for the moment as we have just hired two writers to deliver a narrative script for the voice over dialogue.

As for the remaining interviews, in a perfect world there are only six to go. Two of them take place in Australia, one in Arizona and three
in Los Angeles.

Then there are the reshoots. Fortunately we have only found one remaining for the moment, having already reshot two interviews several months ago.

This documentary has taken us across the United States more than once, as we have shot in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Nevada to name a few.

In addition, we just recently returned from England where we filmed Bernie Torme, Lindsay Bridgwater, Johnny Cook, Chris Tsangrides, Pete Way, Lee Kerslake, Max Norman and a few surprise interviews.

We also shot extensively at Ridge Farm studios where the band lived and recorded for long periods of time while the records were being produced.

With six interviews to go and ninety seven in the can, I will report again when all the principal photography is complete and the editing is further along.

Thank you for your continued support."

More on the documentary at this location.

Grammy Gain Some Credit

They're up for five awards-- including Album of the Year-- at this year's Grammys. Thom Yorke is promoting the show on billboards and TVs near you. And now sources tell us Radiohead are set to perform at this year's Grammy Awards ceremony, taking place February 8 in Los Angeles. While they've already won two golden gramophones (Best Alternative Album for Kid A and OK Computer), this is the first time they're actually playing the show.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Shiner: The Movie

Members of the now defunct Shiner have begun work on a DVD which is expected to feature live/behind the scenes/recording footage and more.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Frusciante Goes Grunge

John Frusciante - Inside of Emptiness, released 2004 (Record Collection)

Inside of Emptiness is John Frusciante's fifth release of 2004, this time principally inspired by the raw production values of Lust for Life and White Light/White Heat. Considerably more guitar-oriented than Will to Death and more straightforward than Ataxia's Automatic Writing, Inside of Emptiness rocks hard up until the last track (a gentle rocker), without the polish of Shadows Collide With People. That difference is best exemplified by the leadoff track, "What I Saw," where every level is sent into the red; even the drums are distorted. Many of the songs are sung in falsetto, but when the guitar solos come in, they're all muscle and really benefit from the immediacy of the production. As with the other albums in this series, Frusciante is wearing his influences on his sleeve but following his own vision, and it's quite interesting to track an artist's virtually unfiltered output over the course of a year or so. Inside of Emptiness won't win any awards for originality, but Frusciante deserves credit for maintaining a high level of quality with such a prodigious output. - Sean Westergaard (allmusic)

Friday, January 23, 2009

Needs More Kyuss...

Metallica have revealed the official track listing for their upcoming video game, "Guitar Hero: Metallica", here are some of the more exciting artists and songs featured:

Alice In Chains - "No Excuses"
Foo Fighters - "Stacked Actors"
Kyuss - "Demon Cleaner"
The Sword - "Black River"
Thin Lizzy - "The Boys Are Back in Town"

The game will see a release on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 platforms on March 29th and will feature real venues as well as the ability to play as members of Metallica themselves. Additional new details can be found HERE.

RZA has been ACHOZEN

SYSTEM OF A DOWN bassist Shavo Odadjian recently spoke to the Artisan New Service about ACHOZEN, his collaboration with WU-TANG CLAN founder The RZA. Shavo and The RZA plan to have ACHOZEN's debut album finished by the end of January but have not yet set a release date for the concept record as they decide what the best way to distribute the set will be.

In addition to Odadjian and The RZA, ACHOZEN features Kinetic 9 (a.k.a. Beretta 9 from KILLARMY), and up-and-comer, the Reverend William Burke from Chicago.

ACHOZEN's mantra is "Many shall come, only a few shall be ACHOZEN," and the four principal members feel that their unique sound is not only spiritual in nature, but a new genre of "heavy hip hop," not "rap-metal." There are no heavy guitars on the album, but the sound is genre-blending.

Most of the ACHOZEN album was recorded at one of Shavo's two studios and produced by the Grammy-winning musician. The bulk the beats were created by Shavo (only one or two samples were used on the entire record) who also played live instruments throughout, including bass and sitar. The RZA, who contributed his share of beats, Kinetic 9 and the Reverend William Burke handle all of the vocals and lyrics, which are, according to Shavo, "some of the most innovative, poetic and righteous words and vocals that I've ever heard."

"We have a product that I can go and see if I want to do this independently or if I want to go through major distribution," Shavo told the Artisan News Service. "I'm not exactly sure if people are going to get the concept. It's a hip hop concept record and right now I don't know if the radio is ready for it. But I really am not releasing this. You know, me and RZA, we just said it in a lot of interviews we want to help people with this. We just want to exercise brains, we really want to help kids think. It's a very positive record. It's a positive outlook on life instead of the usual negative."

He continued, "This isn't a commercial hip hop record, you know what I mean? It's got stories and it's an adventure. It's a musical experience. It's a lot to take in. I don't expect everyone to hear it and go, 'Oh, I get it.' No, no, no. Each song is different on another tip. We recorded it in a room, without a vocal booth. I mean, this is such a from the heart record. Everyone that came in and did anything just, you know, did it from their heart. I got John Frusciante from the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS to play on a track. He played guitar and ripped it up. Just a couple of takes and a couple of comps and boom."

Watch video footage of Shavo Odadjian talking to the Artisan New Service about ACHOZEN HERE.

The Bullets Have Been Spent


Adam Franklin’s (Swervedriver/Magnetic Morning) solo record “Spent Bullets” is slated for a March 31st release (cover below). Second Motion Records is putting that one out and Hi-Speed Soul is doing the Vinyl. Second Motion Records will have pre-orders up for by Feb 15th and anyone buying that, their will get the digital files and booklets for the record, Hi-Speed Soul is doing the same with the vinyl. Second Motion Records will be selling vinyl of it too only on the site and with Adam at shows but Hi-Speed Soul is doing it for retail. Second Motion Records is putting out the CD and will have song samples up by then too for people to check it out.

No Guitar...No Problem

Les Claypool has lined up drummer Paulo Baldi (Cake), percussionist Mike Dillon (Ani Difranco) and celloist Sam Bass (Deadweight) to serve as his backing band on his recently announced tour, "The Oddity Faire - A Mutated Mini Fest", which kicks off March 04th. As previously reported, Les Claypool will release his new solo album "Of Fungi And Foe" on March 17th through Prawn Song.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Major Douche Speaks on Puscifer

Maynard James Keenan of Tool, etc. fame has posted a hilarious Q&A video regarding the previously announced upcoming live shows from his Puscifer project, you can watch it below...Don't miss Maynard and excellent sense of humor.

To Flea or Not to...

Despite reports that the Faces are reuniting for an album as well as a tour with Flea on bass, Rod Stewart's spokesperson tells Billboard "there are no plans for a Faces reunion tour this year." Additionally, a spokesperson for Flea tells Billboard the artist "knows nothing" of a Faces tour.

Guitarist Ron Wood reportedly told the U.K.'s Daily Mirror that he and Rod Stewart wrote an album's worth of new material during a Christmas vacation, and that Flea would be participating in an upcoming tour. However, the online version of the piece has since disappeared from the Daily Mirror Web site.

Two Freaking Dollars!!

If you don't have Scott Weiland's new solo album "Happy" In Galoshes yet, you've just lucked out!! MP3 store made Scott's album their "Deal of the Day" today! They are offering it for $1.99!!!!

To get your copy of "Happy" In Galoshes at this amazing one-time-only low price Click HERE NOW! The offer is only good for today. You do NOT want to miss out!

Prepare for Glory

[] Doom rock outfit Isis will return May 5 with its new Ipecac album, "Wavering Radiant." The set will be released first on vinyl on April 21.

Vocalist/guitarist Aaron Turner tells the album is "perhaps a little more orchestral in feel" than its four predecessors. "There's more layers going on and more interplay between the instruments, rather than layering of parts," he says.

With band members no longer scattered between U.S. coasts, Isis was able to "work out some of the more subtle aspects of the songs" before hitting the studio. Tool guitarist Adam Jones wound up guesting on two as-yet-unnamed tracks.

"This is a better sonic representation of what the band actually sounds like. In the past I think some of the recordings were a little too clean in their final form," Turner says. "There was something about the energy that seemed to be lacking. It seems to feel more like us than anything else has."

After a handful of late 2008 shows in Europe, Isis will return to the road this spring. "If we can pull it together and find somebody agreeable to support, we'll probably do a support thing before the record drops, and then a headlining tour shortly after it comes out," Turner says. "We have European festivals in the summer, and that's as far as we've gotten."

Outside of Isis, Turner has "been working on what I guess is a solo project for the past number of years. I've done some shows and a couple of small releases with that."

He also contributed to an album from new Hydra Head band Mammifer, who asked him to become "a more concrete member of that project. They don't do a lot of touring, so I imagine I'll contribute to the recordings," he says."

More details soon...For now, enjoy the music video for "Not in Rivers, But in Drops"

Stars Fade

A message from Orion, one of my favorite new bands of 2008, who sadly didn't make it into 2009...

"Hey everyone. Brad here. You may or may not have noticed a lack of updates coming from us over the past few months and there is a reason for this. ORION has come to its end in somewhat of an odd fashion. We released the 10011011 EP in memory of my best friend Luke Nathaniel Simmons who passed away in 2006 at the age of 27 after nearly a 5 year battle with brain cancer. Luke was born on October 1st 1979 [10.01] and died on October 11th 2006 [10.11]. ORION split on October 11th 2008. Maybe October 11th is just a bad day or maybe things really do happen for a reason. We want to sincerely thank all of you for the amazing support you've shown this band since its creation. So many of you kept up with us and stood by through thick and thin. We met so many amazing people because of this band and for that we are grateful. A very special thanks goes out to Larry Suglio over at Pop Up Records for truly believing in us and offering us more love and support than we knew what to do with; to Eric Graves for spending an entire year with us recording the 10011011 EP for absolutely free; and to past musicians who initially took part - Brett Paschal, Mike Quillin, and Brett Goulette. All of you who bought our record, downloaded our music, came to our shows, or simply took the time to write us a message every now and then, made this all worth while. We love ALL of you and can't say thank you enough.

As for continued musical efforts, I am currently involved in a new project called AUDIOVOX with my friend Martin Bush. You can find us HERE!! Again Lance, Patrick, and I thank you so much for everything. Each and every single one of you made ORION what it was and we give you our deepest thanks. As Matt Talbott would say; "I can hardly wait for my stars to fall in line..." Goodbye." - Brad Chancellor

Be sure to check out Brad's new band, Audiovox, who will be one of the many great bands participating in the Exploding in Sound CD compilation, coming soon! He was also kind enough to lend his artwork talent to the cover and CD booklet art. You're really not going to want to miss this. Just look how cool the art for Audiovox is...

Ain't No Rabbit Here...

The Velvet Teen - Cum Laude, released 2006 (Slowdance)

For some bands, any stylistic change — even slight — can be equated with trying to follow current trends, to increase the fan base. But in the case of the Velvet Teen's Cum Laude, there are no signs of selling out; it's more for reasons of musicianship and experimentation, for wanting to push themselves further, that their third full-length record incorporates elements of electronica and math rock (sonically) and jazz (structurally). Perhaps it's the fact that former drummer Logan Whitehurst has been replaced with a much more aggressive and talented Casey Deitz, who favors intricate, nearly hard bop rhythms over the standard rock beats that Whitehurst supplied. This addition changes the Velvet Teen's sound quite drastically, giving them — as fuzzy guitar riffs and keyboards move steadily over the driving bass — an expansiveness within their songs strangely reminiscent of Joshua Tree. But Cum Laude is, with its grittiness and fractured chords, more Dismemberment Plan than U2. Drums bang frenetically along while Judah Nagler — the distortion on his voice often rendering the lyrics unintelligible — yelps and sings through verses about love and sadness. It's exciting, occasionally fractured, interesting music that isn't afraid to have instrumental solos and breakdowns or to play on a riff without ever losing its accessibility. Nagler's melodies are simple and catchy (in that sweeping, Muse-like way), and while the guitar and bass occasionally try to deconstruct what they had previously laid out, it never gets too complex or hard to understand. The Velvet Teen manage to keep that nice pop sensibility that made them great in the first place while still continuing to develop their sound and their musical vision, something that often stumps other bands. Cum Laude is fun and emotional without being trite, challenging and intelligent without being difficult, progressive without being abstract. With one foot firmly in structure and one in experimentation, the band has found a way to advance itself and its music without having to drastically change, creating an example that demands to be applauded and emulated, and an album that needs to be listened to. - Marisa Brown (

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

"High" Fashion with Weiland Wear

Scott Weiland, legendary lead singer of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, and Christopher Wicks, designer and owner Rock & Roll Religion, have announced the launch of their much anticipated contemporary men's collection — Weiland for English Laundry. This inaugural collection will debut at Magic Las Vegas on February 17, 2009.

Christopher Wicks, designer and owner of English Laundry, Fender: The Clothing Collection, and The Jimi Hendrix Experience, has teamed with Scott Weiland to create a collection that embodies the iconic style of the fashionable STP front man.

"From early on, I was inspired by rock icons like David Bowie and Keith Richards who helped in molding my personal sense of style," said Weiland. "I am really looking forward to launching this line with Christopher Wicks and English Laundry."

"I have the utmost respect for Scott Weiland, both as an artist and as a designer," said Wicks. "He is truly one of the last great rock stars, and his impact on style and music is undeniable. I am proud to be joining forces with him for this collaboration."

Weiland for English Laundry is a lifestyle brand for the true rock rebel. The overall concept is derived from the rock decadence of the 1960's, and inspirations were taken from Savile Row circa 1965 and renowned bands such as THE KINKS, THE BEATLES, and THE ROLLING STONES. Eclectic combinations of fabrics, patterns and color have been reformulated to replicate the rich rock culture that defined that era.

The collection boasts a variety of wovens, vests, t-shirts, pants, hats, ties and scarves. All fabrics are based on original vintage patterns circa 1965 through 1979 and have been reproduced for modern-day wear. Pants have a tailored narrow fit with flat fronts, and wovens feature bold chalk stripes, Prince of Wales plaids and tonic two-tone solids.

Retail price points range from $40 to $120 with a targeted distribution to better department and specialty stores. Weiland for English Laundry has successfully combined English Laundry's famous craftsmanship with Scott Weiland's infamous flare.

Weiland for English Laundry can be found at the English Laundry flagship store (7519 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, California) and at in February of 2009.

Sweethead the Champions!!

I'd like to congratulate Sweethead on winning the initial "Get Familiar" readers poll. Look for many more features and news on them to come in the future! Comprised of Troy Van Leeuwen and Serrina Sims, with Norm Block and Eddie Nappi, Sweethead will release their debut album in early 2009, and tour in support of it.

I hope that everyone got to check out all the new artists featured, and hopefully found something they enjoy! The idea was never to put the bands into competition against each other, but rather just to give exposure and a reason to check out all the bands. Thanks to everyone who helped promote the poll, it wont be forgotten!

Ballpoint Pen!

...And You Will Know us by the Trail of Dead have released the cover art for their upcoming release "The Century of Self." The cover was hand-drawn by frontman Conrad Keely, who's done Trail of Dead cover art before and who (according to Wikipedia) once aspired to be an artist for Marvel Comics. As Keely told Pitchfork Media back in September, the whole thing was made with ballpoint pen. Ballpoint pen!

The Century of Self will be out February 17 on Trail of Dead's Justice Records imprint Richter Scale

A Bit Longer...

Dredg have posted an update on their current album recording process...

"We are currently in the middle of mixing and putting the final touches on our new record and are on schedule for an April release. Unfortunately, our original March 24 release date has been pushed back due to unavoidable consequences and our constant search for perfection. The album artwork is presently being conceptualized with the help of the brilliant and creative Rohner Segnitz of Division Day. Spring tour dates will be posted here and on our Myspace page as soon as they are booked so be in touch.

Thanks for your ears..."

The effort is presently halfway done being mixed with a few final touches needed.

Flea to the Faces

Back in their day - the early '70s, to be exact - The Faces were a sticky, sweaty blues-rock band. 'Funky' they were not. But that's likely to change, with Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea now set to record and tour with the reunited group.

When it was announced last November that Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood were reforming the much-loved outfit - count Oasis and The Black Crowes as huge fans - speculation ran wild as to who would step in to fill the slot left by original Faces bassist Ronnie Lane, who died in 1997.

Ronnie Wood confirms rumours:

Rumours began to surface late last year that Flea had rehearsed with the band, and yesterday Ronnie Wood confirmed that the LA-based funkmeister was a lock.

Wood broke the news yesterday (20 January) at the South Bank Awards, held at London's Dorchester Hotel.

In addition, he spoke enthusiastically about a Christmas trip he and Stewart took to Costa Rica, Bermuda and Miami. Besides partying, the duo wrote an album's worth of material.

"I had a great time," said Wood. "It wasn't so much a holiday but a mini-world tour."

But is he ready to jump on stage naked with only a sock covering his privates? That's the big question.

Release Me, Babe...

Wino - Punctuated Equilibrium, released 2009 (Southern Lord)
review by Dan Goldin

When you look back on the godfathers of stoner rock, there’s Black Sabbath and then there’s Scott “Wino” Weinrich. Expanding on Sabbath’s music from the 70s, Wino created what may very well be the world’s first “doom metal” music with The Obsessed and Saint Vitus in the 80s. Single handedly laying down the foundations of doom and sludge, he continued onward with The Obsessed until the new millennium. As the musical scene changed around him, Wino remained true to his sound, which found him creating the psychedelic and politically (respectively) charged stoner contingents Spirit Caravan and The Hidden Hand. After 25 years in the industry, Wino has released his official debut solo album “Punctuated Equilibrium” on Southern Lord Records. The album contains everything you would expect from a Wino release; gigantic lumbering riffs, incredible guitar tone, dirty gutter blues, soul, spirit, and depth. While it is his first “solo” album, that’s not to say he’s all alone. Possibly the tightest rhythm section of his career accompanies him, comprised of Jean Paul Gaster (Clutch/King Hobo) on drums and Jon Blank (Rezin) on bass.

The album contains an eclectic mix of Wino’s previous styles, from slow creeping doom, to DIY styled punk-metal political messages, all the way to funkier stoner-blues jamming. “Punctuated Equilibrium” is a perfect sampling of all the wonderful musical styles Wino has enriched with his out of this world guitar playing over the past few decades. In case all this wasn’t enough, he recruited another DC area legend, the magnificent J. Robbins to produce the effort. Wino wastes no time as he comes roaring out the gate with “Release Me.” Weed smokers of the world, rejoice and be thankful. The psychedelic grooving riffs will keep you amazed right into the dazzling solo. Wino delivers strong vocals giving a deep southern blues feel. While it is supposed to be his show, Gaster is a huge compliment. His Bill Ward meets Jon Bonham drumming is just about the biggest gift Wino’s playing has ever received. Next up is the aggressive stomping of the title track. Wino’s speed metal swagger storms throughout. “The Woman in Orange Pants” is an angry instrumental workout with enormous riffs and expertly shifting rhythms.

“Smilin’ Road,” could be one of the strangest titles for a “metal” album, but surprisingly…it fits the song. This is a good time jam with Wino’s guitar riffing and Gaster’s drumming providing a chemistry as if they’ve been playing together for a lifetime. Wino’s experience and passion for his craft have shaped him into his legendary status, and this album could very well be his finest moment. “Eyes of the Flesh,” which doesn’t appear until half way through the album, is the first we hear of Wino’s patented doom metal. Great slow, sludgy riffs over thundering crisp drums provide the menace for the distorted muddy vocals. The instrumental “Wild Blue Yonder,” begins with an acid rock haze that would make Hendrix proud, and never let’s down. Blank’s bass line grooves with incredible hypnotic force as the band confidently struts their musical ability.

“Secret Realm Devotion,” is a heavily distorted track with huge waves of guitar and bass punches. The ultimate effect of this is a sound that most easily can be described as combination doom and classic rock. Wino’s vocals are the songs strongest melodies with his signature whisky blues growl. Proving he can master all styles of guitar, “Water Crane,” has a strong David Gilmour feel to it with wide, spacey, ambient playing. Hailing from Washington, DC, it wouldn’t be a Wino release without some scathing political commentary. “Gods, Frauds, Neo-Cons, and Demagogues” does just that; a slow doom metal exercise, complete with samples of George W. Bush rants and a dark escalating evil. “Silver Lining” closes out the album with booming sonic freak outs and the gravel-blues of Wino’s singing.

It’s only January, but we may very well have a top ten album for 2009 with this release. If you enjoy any sort of rock music, do yourself a favor, and purchase this album. Here’s to hope that Wino continues releasing solo work with this line-up for years to come. Oh, and let us not forget, Shrinebuilder, his band with Dale Crover (Melvins), Al Cisneros (Sleep), and Scott Kelly (Neurosis) will be debuting this summer.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Last Video Standing

People in Planes have posted their new video for "Last Man Standing." Check it out below!

People In Planes official video for "Last Man Standing"

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Keeping it Dirty

A message from The Dirty Americans regarding purchasing their music...

"For those that have been asking where you can buy dirty american music...

The new 5 song EP with "Detroit SOB" is available on itunes and at shows for $5...The "Jet Black Holy Water EP" will be on itunes soon...the first Dirty Americans "Strange Generation" album can be found at or"

"Strange Generation" is a great Rock And Roll album that I highly recommend!!

Listing the Puppets

The Meat Puppets have been kind enough to post their setlist for the current West Coast Tour...

"Night to night, this may change but for the most part, this is what you folks have heard, or will be hearing on the west coast tour we're doing. Those of you in San Francisco caught an old chest nut, "The Wind and The Rain". Lucky bastards. But you earned it with that stupendous 14 minute long demand for an encore.
p.s., Scott, Eric, and Ramona from Bottom of the Hill made up some bad ass show posters, which we will be displaying in the not so distant future."

1. Buckaroo
2. I’m a Mindless Idiot
3. Touchdown King
4. Snow
5. Up on the Sun
6. Lost
7. The Whistling Song
8. Oh, Me
9. Comin’ Down
10. My Baby’s Gone
11. Flaming Heart
12. Plateau
13. Severed Goddess Hand
14. Look at the Rain
15. Lake of Fire

16. Climbing
17. Sam
18. Backwater

Easter Like You've Never Known Before

These Arms Are Snakes - Easter, released 2006 (Jade Tree)

Don't let the title fool you. There are no bowtie-wearing bunnies, colored eggs, or model families arm-in-arm on their way to Sunday mass to be found on These Arms Are Snakes' sophomore full-length, Easter. The holiday as questioned here is much more dismal and corrupt, threatening religious and desert imagery poetically wound through jerking rhythms, discordant fuzz, and trembling riffs, and delivered through the heated bark of Steve Snere. His thoughts aren't always the most discernible — a look through the lyric sheet finds lines like "Conceptive city soon to contract and birth a child of its own rats" and "You may say God's got it in for us but I'm not sure if he's really anywhere to be found" — but the bitter force through which they're spit out gets the point across regardless. The Seattle troupe continues to mash post-hardcore with noise rock and mathy song structures that astringently contrast calm and harsh settings to keep listeners constantly on edge. Echoing keys resonate murkily through dense backgrounds, unconcerned with whatever else is going around them. And without their own spoken word, the guitars and drums have no choice but to voice agreement with the tortured observations of Snere by pointedly rising and falling, emanating an unquestionable intensity of their concurring distress. This intensity is pretty solid throughout — even calmer stretches, like the second half of "Corporeal" and the instrumental "Desert Ghost" (which sounds like a creepy video game backdrop that's weirdly soothing), remain ominous. But while the overall album is good enough, on the song level it's almost so consistent that many tracks ultimately blur together, nothing really distinct about them amid the band's own abstruse formula of attack. Fans will no doubt find much to revel in, but for the uninitiated, an entire run through Easter has the potential to grate on one's nerves. These Arms Are Snakes is banking that you'll stick with it over multiple listens to uncover their message within — and though it's a deserving one, whether you really want to is your choice. - Corey Apar (

Monday, January 19, 2009

Calling all Earthlings?

Desert rock legends Earthlings? have released their new EP "Humalien". For those unfamiliar with the band, here is what their personal bio has to say:

"Fast forward from 1992 to 2009 you will find David Catching and Pete Stahl still dusting the stars that light up the sky over the studio home of earthlings? -Rancho De La Luna in Joshua Tree, California. This space is an incubator for many current and past recordings. Actual live sightings of earthlings? are less frequent these days since David Catching was sold into slavery to pay off a minor studio dispute. He now toils under the leather glove of the Eagles of Death Metal. Pete Stahl presently works in music business posing as a rock-n- roll manager, but is actually an undercover agent for the California State Attorney’s office investigating suspected payola at radio. Adam Maples, the band’s trusty timekeeper went incogsolo after discovering a series of alien abductions of carpenters out in Landers, California. It has been rumored he can be found performing with a country rock band called KingSizedMaybe.

Following the loss of band member and studio founder Fred Drake in 2002, earthlings? released the EP ” Disco Marching Craft” on the infamous Berlin record label “ Crippled Dick Hot Wax”. The band also toured sporadically across the US and into Europe always anchored by a visit to Mardi Gras. The band’s last show co-incidentally was a benefit for Hurricane Katrina in 2006. Gathering beautiful faces and traveling to special places has always happened naturally with the ever-changing parade of musicians that is earthlings? This new piece of vinyl is no different. Humalian was baked by the sun and driven by the moon. It came to rest where the marine layer covers so-cal like a velvet hammer, singing you to a digital sleep. Appearing on these 4 songs is Edmund Monsef, patriarch of The Hacienda recording studio and also a convicted synth streaker for Goon Moon, Clint Walsh who plays with the S.F. punk band the Dwarves and also has been known to don a cape for Gnarls Barkley, Matthias “C” Schneeberger, organist and producer known for using his germanicness to mix the aural with the astral, Brian “Big Hands” O’Connor, Bassist for EODM and resident DJ at the Red Garter Bordello, and Miss Molly McGuire, renowned artisan and puppeteer. The songs topics range from paranoia to abandoned children along with the rants of a psychedelic strip mall sage."

Eagles of Death Metal have posted this message regarding the release...

"hold on to your wighats!!! darlin' dave's band, earthlings?, has just released a new ep, on the heels of the eagles of death metal world tour !!!! 4 electrophycodelica mindfucking songs...available through treasure craft records, and on earthlings? website where you can also sample each track.

please check 'em out. available on digital download or a special limited 10'' vinyl!
love and kisses, eodm
see y'all on tour!"

Doomed to be FREE!

Sputnik Monroe are once again giving away their EP "We're Doomed: The Great Depression Celebration Part 1" for FREE. You don't even have to sign up for anything! Do not miss this opportunity to own a great new album. I reviewed this a little while back, and HERE is the article for those who may have missed it.

To download this magnificent EP, click HERE and right click on the tracks.

Grohl Does Drake

Dave Grohl, Eddie Vedder, and Norah Jones are among the artists who are recording cover versions of Nick Drake songs for a tribute album.

A video shot by actor Heath Ledger for the influential late English folk singer's track Black Eyed Dog will also be included on the DVD version.

"No-one in the world has ever seen that before," said David Schulhof of Evergreen Copyrights.

The album and DVD will come out this year on Jack Johnson's record label.

Drake, who died in 1974 aged 26 remains one of the most revered voices from the folk singer-songwriter scene.

A Fuzz Filled New Year

Fu Manchu have given a small rundown of their plans for 2009...

"first off, we are playing a show at the detroit bar in costa mesa, ca on sat feb 21.

we are writing the new record now. we have about 10 new songs. we hope to write another 5 or 6 before we hit the studio in april / may. the new record should be out sept / oct 2009 through century media records. so far its turning out very fuzzy and heavy!!! a few faster, tweaked songs will be in there as well. we will also be doing a few cover songs if we have the extra time in the studio. we will release a 2 song 7" on our own at the dojo records sometime before or after the full length comes out. the 7" will be a limited pressing of 900 like the last one we released with the VOID cover song.

2010 will be fu manchu's 20th year of being a band. we have some very limited re-issues planned and selected shows where we will be playing certain records straight through. a dvd is also planned wih stuff from waaaaay back up until now. live shows and videos. we are hoping to put all the videos that weve done on there as well. some never before seen.

sign up on the mailing list to get updates..."

- scott / fu

The Roller Coaster is on Fire

Amusement Parks on Fire - Amusement Parks on Fire, released 2005 (Filter U.S.)

In their early days Ride sang with bread in their cheeks and swathed pop songs in shadowy distortion. As Amusement Parks on Fire, Michael Feerick follows a similar method, crafting this self-titled debut with an ear for the songs behind all that shoegaze-derived texture. "23 Jewels" is nothing more than a hushed introduction, like music in the ambulatory of a cathedral. But "Venus in Cancer" begins without a break, and it's all here. The feedback whining before finding the chorus notes and locking into place; Feerick's lyrics becoming elongated echo vowels but for a few thematic keywords or phrases ("Cameras," "It's all I care about...") It leads into "Eighty Eight," which is more of the same — these songs are so tightly written, they'd suggest the Foo Fighters if it weren't for all that velvety racket. Another interlude drifts into the dizzy reverb of "Smokescreen," and its insistent percussion fights through the gauze. "Local Boy Makes God," however, has no rhythmic kick — its five-plus-minutes are an air raid siren in an electrical storm. Evidently, Feerick was quite young when he wrote and recorded Amusement Parks on Fire all by his lonesome. That makes the recording's tact and pace even more impressive — Amusement may owe a lot to the past, but it never sounds truly derivative. - Johnny Loftus (