Saturday, February 28, 2009

Thank You Vex Red!!

As most readers of this site will already know, Vex Red's debut and only album "Start With a Strong and Persistent Desire" is one of my favorite albums. They were a band that has so much going for them, and sadly broke up shortly after they began. Terry Abbott has gone to form Septembre, and more recently Fears (as featured on the Exploding in Sound compilation which can be downloaded HERE!). Last night I was searching around for some live recordings of Vex Red, but couldn't find any. What I did find however was this review of a 2002 performance from NME. Check it out as I couldn't agree more...

"Let’s get one thing straight. Aldershot’s Vex Red are not — repeat not — a nu-metal band. Forget the Ross Robinson connection for a moment, and consider these facts. Singer-guitarist Terry Abbott will take the stage tonight barefoot, wearing a skinny tie, a hair-band and lots of make-up. Having draped his mic-stand in flowers and fairy lights, he’ll play most of the gig with his eyes tightly shut. He’ll also accuse us of being "a bunch of wild animals". These are not the actions of a Fred Durst wannabe.

Vex Red are in truth a vaguely gothic glam-metal band, and quite an excellent one at that. With two extraordinary singles and a solid Robinson-produced debut album under their belts, they arrive at this NME 5.0 show oozing confidence. Or rather, Abbott oozes confidence — because tonight, we barely notice that his band are there at all. Presumably, the Abbott-free instrumental ‘Cause And Solution’ is intended as a reminder.

The gig gets off to an amazing start, with the slow-burning opener ‘Venom & Vision’ segueing into ‘Sleep Does Nothing For You’. "You said you’d help me," screeches Abbott at its climax, repeating the words with a mixture of glowering rage and wide-eyed panic. It’s mesmerising.

‘Itch’ is even better. As one of the best debut singles of 2001, it still offers the most conclusive proof yet of Vex Red’s potential. To follow it, the band rip into ‘Clone Jesus’ and ‘The Closest’, mustering a ferocity barely hinted at on the recorded versions.

As with Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nails, the searing angst in Vex Red’s music can occasionally give way to outright pomposity, and their egotism certainly gets the better of them a few times tonight. ‘Bully Me’ aims to be an epic ballad, but ends up sounding turgid and overblown. Likewise, the B-sides that follow it — ‘Fast Cars’ and ‘Tired’ — fall somewhat short of their mark. But they quickly recover, and recent single ‘Can’t Smile’ manages to unite the sensitive goths in the audience with the beered-up moshers — a neat trick that hints at the complexity of this band’s appeal.

Not a nu-metal band, then. But very possibly the best new rock band in Britain. - Niall O’Keefe []

Friday, February 27, 2009

Filter Mag Hear New Meat

Filter Magazine's First Impressions: Meat Puppets

Band: Meat Puppets
Album: Sewn Together
Label: Megaforce
Release Date: 5/12


1. Sewn Together
2. Blanket Of Weeds
3. I’m Not You
4. Saphire
5. Rotten Shame
6. Go To Your Head
7. Clone
8. Smoke
9. S.K.A.
10. Nursery Rhyme
11. The Monkey and Snake
12. Love Mountain

First Impressions:

- Opening track, “Sewn Together,” acts as a prelude to the Meat Puppets new sound, which embraces even more of the band’s country side.

- There still is a good share of tracks that retain the classic sound the band became famous for, including “Blanket of Weeds” and “Clone.”

- The Meat Puppets definitely sound different in the oddity “The Monkey and Snake” which makes you want to do a line dance and has only eight lines including, “This is a story of a monkey and a snake. The monkey hit that sucker with a rake. The snake then bit the monkey on the hand and now the monkey is singing in a band.” Wow, thanks guys.

- There is lots of guitar picking and whistling in a couple tracks, reminiscent of the glory days of Meat Puppets II and Up On the Sun.

Key Tracks:

“Blanket of Weeds,” “Clone,” “The Monkey and Snake”


Only the second album to be released after the Meat Puppets' reunion, the band definitely has transgressed to embracing and blending different sounds, leaving them sounding almost like a completely different group

The Dates Are In...And it Looks Like I Have to Take Off Work

The first round of dates have been confirmed for the upcoming co-headlining tour featuring Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction. The tour will likely be the last appearance from Trent Reznor's Nine Inch Nails who are promising a hiatus after the summer tour.

Jane's Addiction broke up after 1990's Ritual de lo Habitual. They reunited to release 2003's Strays and parted aways again. Jane's Addiction vocalist Perry Farrell was also the founder of Lollapalooza which hosted the last ever tour from The Ramones.

May 24, 2009 George, WA - The Gorge Amphitheater (Sasquatch! Music Festival)
May 25, 2009 Ridgefield, WA - The Amphitheater at Clark County
May 28, 2009 Phoenix, AZ - Cricket Wireless Pavillion
May 29, 2009 Albuquerque, NM - Journal Pavilion
May 31, 2009 Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
June 2, 2009 Dallas, TX - Center
June 3, 2009 Spring, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion
June 5, 2009 Atlanta, GA - Lakewood Amphitheatre
June 7, 2009 West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre
June 8, 2009 Tampa, FL - Ford Amphitheatre
June 10, 2009 Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
June 11, 2009 Bristow, VA - Nissan Pavillion at Stone Ridge
June 15, 2009 St. Louis, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
June 17, 2009 East Troy, WI - Alpine Valley Music Theatre
June 18, 2009 Noblesville, IN - Verizon Wireless Music Center
June 20, 2009 Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 21, 2009 Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center
June 23, 2009 Toronto, ON - Molson Amphitheatre
June 24, 2009 Mansfield, MA - Comcast Center
June 26, 2009 Wantaugh, NY - Nikon At Jones Beach
June 27, 2009 Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
July 1, 2009 Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 3, 2009 Chula Vista, CA - Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
July 4, 2009 Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

"Burn" live from the stage at Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia, 2.25.09

Burn Live from on stage, Melbourne 2.25.09 [HD] from Nine Inch Nails on Vimeo.

Free Sons of Albion!!

Sons of Albion have posted their single "Take a Look" for free download. Yes, Logan Plant may in fact be the son of a very famous singer, and yes, this band should become huge. Here is a message from them below...

"Hey everyone!

Here is the link to Download our single - Take A Look - for free!!

Vinyl release for the 30th March!! Let us know what you think!! :)

Much love"

Sons Of Albion

NIN Too Powerful

Power at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney, Australia went out midway through NINE INCH NAILS' set on Tuesday night (February 24), forcing the show to be stopped for 40 minutes and nearly causing it to be canceled. Trent Reznor and crew were videotaped backstage discussing their escape plan were things to have gotten out of hand, but that wasn't necessary and Trent assured the audience they'd play the entire scheduled set. Watch highlights from the evening below. (I don't know what they're doing with all this incredible footage they're constantly filming, but I really hope something. This is Trent Reznor up close and personal, and hell, he actually seems like a really cool guy!)

NINE INCH NAILS frontman Trent Reznor recently confirmed that NIN will tour with JANE'S ADDICTION later this year, indicating that he has also been in the studio with the reunited band. In a post at the official NIN web site, Reznor wrote that the team-up was inspired by their first road trip together on the inaugural Lollapalooza festival back in 1991. Reznor said, "These performances essentially created and defined the term 'alternative'rock in the U.S., created an ongoing festival franchise that is still thriving, set the stage for NIRVANA to shift popular taste a few months later, and were really fucking FUN to play and attend — truly the best times I've had."

Reznor did not reveal when the tour would begin, but hinted that the shows would be NIN's last for the foreseeable future, saying, "It's time to make NIN disappear for a while."

Puscifer Runs LA


Tickets go on sale tomorrow (FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27) at TicketMaster.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Toadies Take the West

Toadies have posted some new spring tour dates...I'm pretty upset that there are no east coast shows, but I'm hoping there are more to come. Dates announced so far include...

4/1 -Amarillo,TX at Midnight Rodeo

4/2 -Lubbock,TX at Lonestar Events Center

4/3 -San Antonio,TX at Scout Bar

4/4 -Beaumont,TX at Scout Bar

4/8 -College Station,TX at Hurricane Harry's

4/9 -Waco,TX at Whiskey River

4/10 -Abilene,TX at Midnight Rodeo 3

4/14 -Los Angeles,CA at El Rey Theatre

4/15 -San Francisco, CA at Bottom Of The Hill

4/17 -Portland,OR at Hawthorne Theatre

4/18 -Seattle, WA at El Corazon

4/22 -Englewood, CO at Gothic Theatre

4/25 -St Louis, MO at The Pageant

5/14 -Shreveport, LA at The Warehouse

5/15 -Tyler, TX at Click's

5/16 -Richardson, TX at Wildflower Festival

5/19 -St Paul, MN at Station 4

so grab your friends, come one, come all and be ready to ignite a rock revolution.

PS: check for further updates!

All Hail Trent

Nine Inch Nails have posted a video of "1,000,000," live from the stage at the Soundwave Festival in Sydney, Australia, February 22, 2009. This is as close to joining NIN I will ever get!

1,000,000 Live from on stage, Sydney 2.22.09 [HD] from Nine Inch Nails on Vimeo.

Lions Get Their Magazine On...

LIONS in Feb 28th 2009 ISSUE of Billboard Magazine

Feature on the band! Underground music section.. Not posted online.. get out and get a copy!


Excellent and Free!

[Touch and Go/Quarterstick website] On February 18, All the Saints loaded all their gear into a van and departed on a month-long journey that would eventually lead them back to their hometown of Atlanta, GA. In between the bookends of the tour, they will perform in cities across the middle and eastern U.S. (remaining dates included below), playing their unique brand of psychedelic, expansive rock music. We wanted to properly send them off by drawing some ears to a new track off their debut full-length album Fire On Corridor X – the catchy-as-all-hell title track “Fire On Corridor X.” Right click HERE TO DOWNLOAD. Feel free to post the track elsewhere and pass it along to your friends.

"Fire On Corridor X" mp3 -

Remaining tour dates:
02/26/09 - Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis, MN
02/27/09 - Cactus Club, Milwaukee, WI
02/28/09 - Reckless Records, Chicago, IL
02/28/09 - Subterranean, Chicago, IL
03/01/09 - House Cafe, Dekalb, IL
03/02/09 - Magic Stick, Detroit, MI
03/03/09 - Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH
03/04/09 - Soundlab, Buffalo, NY
03/05/09 - Middle East, Cambridge, MA
03/06/09 - The Polish Club, Poughkeepsie, NY
03/07/09 - Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
03/09/09 - Cafe Metropolis, Wilkes Barre, PA
03/10/09 - The Barbary Coast, Philadelphia, PA
03/11/09 - Rock and Roll Hotel, Washington, DC
03/12/09 - Milestone, Charlotte, NC
03/13/09 - The 529, Atlanta, GA
03/20/09 - Flamingo Cantina, Austin, TX

Time to Give Back!

Satellite Tragedy give so much and never ask for anything in return. Until now!! So let's kindly do them a favor...

"Please do us a solid and take some time in the next 3-4 days to go vote for Satellite Tragedy to be's featured artists for February.

Follow the link below to vote for our song 'Ethanol'. Thanks in advance!

Maynard Makes Wine...The Movie

Tool singer Maynard James Keenan, who has a second career as a wine manufacturer, will soon have a documentary film about his wine-making efforts. The Pulse of Radio reports that the movie, about the efforts of Keenan and his partner Eric Glomski to establish a wine-making industry in Arizona's Verde Valley, is about to go into production. The film will be co-directed by Christopher Pomerenke and Ryan Page, the same team that made the music documentaries Moog and The Heart Is A Drum Machine. It will be filmed throughout this year, with a 2010 release expected.

Earth, Wind, and All Parallels

All Parallels have posted a new video for their track "Funeral Pyre Eyes" online here. It was directed by Thomas Tancred and pays homage to an old Earth Wind And Fire video.

Melvins Are Older Than I Am

That's right! The Melvins celebrate their Silver Anniversary this year! Lots of fun and surprises are coming! To kick off the festivities, the boys are doing some select shows performing the Houdini record in it's entirety. One Mr. Trevor Dunn will be handling the bass duties while the Big Business boys are touring their new album "Mind The Drift". Also along for the ride is original drummer Mike Dillard. The boys will play songs from the Mangled Demos record with Dale Crover playing the role of Matt Lukin! Check below for dates.

May 15 2009 8:00P Webster Hall NYC, New York
May 16 2009 8:00P Paradise Boston, Massachusetts
May 18 2009 8:00P Double Door Chicago, Illinois
May 20 2009 8:00P Emo’s Austin, Texas

Transit Transit in Time

Autolux have posted this update...

Winters Rise Above it All

Winters have parted with their label, here's a message from the band...

"Winters are no longer going to be releasing any material on Rise Above records due to "musical differences". We are currently looking for a new record label to release our follow up LP to "Black Clouds In Twin Galaxies". Will keep you posted

- Winters

Box Addiction

[] For reasons that can probably all be traced back to Dave Navarro's constant shirtlessness, Jane's Addiction rarely get the respect they deserve. No Pitchfork 500 inclusion, for one! Jane's frontman Perry Farrell founded Lollapalooza. That means no Jane's, no early 90s alt-rock takeover, which means most of the people reading this would still be jamming Huey Lewis and Peabo Bryson in 2009. OK, maybe not. But still, Jane's Addiction were important!

The seminal funk-metallers have a busy 2009 coming up. This summer, they'll co-headline a tour with Nine Inch Nails. And on April 21, Rhino will release A Cabinet of Curiosities, a limited edition box set of Jane's rarities. A Cabinet of Curiosities will include three CDs and one DVD in a wooden case. Or a cabinet, some might say.

The first disc is all unreleased demos from 1986 and 1987. The second has more demos, but also unreleased live tracks and beloved rarities covers of the Grateful Dead, the Stooges, and Led Zeppelin, as well as a version of Sly and the Family Stone's "Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey" that they did with Ice-T. There's also a live song called "Bobhouse" that consists of the lyrics to Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" over the music from Bauhaus' "Burning From the Inside". See, Jane's Addiction were way ahead of the whole mashup trend, too. A recording of a December 1990 live show, meanwhile, comprises the whole third disc.

The DVD will include Soul Kiss, the notorious Jane's documentary previously unavailable on DVD. It'll also feature the "Mountain Song" video that MTV banned and various music videos and home movies.

That's not the only Jane's Addiction reissue coming out on Rhino, either. On Record Store Day, April 18, independent record stores will get Rhino's 180-gram vinyl reissues of the 1988 Jane's album Nothing's Shocking and 1990's Ritual De Lo Habitual. So yeah. Good job, Rhino.

A Cabinet of Curiosities:

Disc 1:

01 Jane Says (Radio Tokyo Demo) *
02 Pigs in Zen (Radio Tokyo Demo)
03 Mountain Song (Radio Tokyo Demo)
04 Had a Dad (Radio Tokyo Demo)
05 I Would for You (Radio Tokyo Demo)
06 Idiots Rule (Demo) *
07 Classic Girl (Demo) *
08 Up the Beach (Demo) *
09 Suffer Some (Demo) *
10 Thank You Boys (Demo) *
11 Summertime Rolls (Demo) *
12 City (Demo) *
13 Ocean Size (Demo) *
14 Stop! (Demo) *
15 Standing in the Shower ... Thinking (Demo) *
16 Ain't No Right (Demo) *
17 Three Days (Demo) *

Disc 2

01 Ted, Just Admit It... (Demo) *
02 Maceo (Demo) *
03 No One's Leaving (Demo) *
04 My Time (Rehearsal) *
05 Been Caught Stealing (12" Remix Version)
06 Ripple
07 Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey [feat. Ice-T & Ernie-C]
08 L.A. Medley: L.A. Woman/Nausea/Lexicon Devil (Live)
09 Kettle Whistle (Live) *
10 Whole Lotta Love (Live) *
11 1970 (Live) *
12 Bobhaus (Live) *

Disc 3:

01 Drum Intro (Live) *
02 Up the Beach (Live)
03 Whores (Live) *
04 1% (Live) *
05 No One's Leaving (Live)
06 Ain't No Right (Live)
07 Then She Did... (Live) *
08 Had a Dad (Live) *
09 Been Caught Stealing (Live) *
10 Three Days (Live)
11 Mountain Song (Live) *
12 Stop! (Live)
13 Summertime Rolls (Live) *
14 Ocean Size (Live) *


Soul Kiss:

01 Mountain Song (Unedited Version)
02 City

Music videos:

03 Had a Dad
04 Ocean Size
05 Stop!
06 Been Caught Stealing
07 Classic Girl
08 Ain't No Right

Live at the City Square in Milan (for MTV Italy, October 1990)

09 Whores *
10 Then She Did... *
11 Three Days *

* previously unreleased

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Late Night with Ozzy

Ozzy Osbourne will be the featured musical guest on ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on the Friday, March 27 episode (which will actually air the morning of March 28 beginning at 12:05 a.m. EST).

Osbourne is currently working in Los Angeles on his 10th studio album, which will follow up 2007's "Black Rain". The new disc is expected in stores by Thanksgiving of this year.

Osbourne's long-running traveling metal festival, Ozzfest, will not take place in 2009. A press release issued by Osbourne's publicist stated that the singer does not want to tour until he has a new album in stores later in the year, adding, "Thus, Ozzy has decided to put his namesake festival Ozzfest on hold this year." The announcement is not really surprising, given the festival's scaled-down reconfiguration as a one-day event last year after more than a decade as a full-length summer tour.

In addition to the general slowdown in both the economy and the concert business, Ozzfest began facing competition last year from the Rockstar Energy Mayhem tour and Crüe Fest.

Oxbow Engine

Oklahoma City's Engine Orchestra have posted their new song "Oxbow" on their myspace page HERE. The song comes from their upcoming EP. This three piece play some quality grunge styled math rock similar to their pals in Traindodge. Be sure to give them a listen.

Small Town Dinosaur

When Dinosaur Jr. hits the road this spring, everyone who buys tickets to see the indie rawk legends will get a free 7" or digital download with two songs, both recorded during the filming of this feature at J. Mascis' Massachusetts studio. The two songs: New jam "I Don't Wanna Go There" and You're Living All Over Me classic "Tarpit". That new one, it should be noted, features a truly sick Mascis solo.

As we reported last week, Dinosaur have just signed with the Bloomington label Jagjaguwar, and they're hoping to get a new album out on the shelves this summer. This spring tour hits smaller venues in smaller towns than usual, and will probably showcase new tunes. And if "I Don't Wanna Go There" is any indication, the new ones won't sound too terribly different from the old ones. That's a good thing.

I've never heard of most of these venues, but I have to assume that a place called Rhythm and Brews or Freebird Live would be pretty much the ideal place to see Dinosaur Jr.


03-20 Austin, TX - Cedar St. Courtyard
04-01 Milford, CT - Daniel Street
04-02 Providence, RI - Club Hell
04-03 Portland, ME - The Station
04-04 South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
04-06 Buffalo, NY - The Town Ballroom
04-07 State College, PA - Lulu's
04-08 Akron, OH - Musica
04-09 East Lansing, MI - The Small Planet
04-10 Bloomington, IN - Bluebird Nightclub
04-11 Dekalb, IL - Otto's Nightclub
04-13 Chattanooga, TN - Rhythm and Brews
04-14 Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
04-15 Baton Rouge, LA - The Varsity Theatre
04-16 Little Rock, AR - Revolution Music Room
04-17 Fayetteville, AR - George's Majestic Lounge
04-18 Oxford, MS - Proud Larry's
04-20 Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
04-21 Augusta, GA - Sky City
04-22 Gainesville, FL - Common Grounds
04-23 Tallahassee, FL - The Moon
04-24 Jacksonville Beach, FL - Freebird Live
04-25 Charleston, SC - The Music Farm
04-26 Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
04-27 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
04-29 Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre
04-30 Richmond, VA - Toad's Place Richmond
05-01 Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
05-02 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar

I Think It's a Samsquanch!

Sasquatch - II, released 2006 (Small Stone)

It's one thing for a power trio hailing from trendy L.A. to go consciously against the grain, embrace a musical genre as unfashionable as classic, retro-hard rock with stoner nuances, and call themselves Sasquatch, of all things. But when that band's impressive first album handily puts contemporary efforts of most other, truly backwoods-living denizens (Bigfoot and human alike) to shame, well then the triple heaping of insult upon injury upon irony must have made for quite a few hard-to-swallow chicken-fried-steak dinners in the stoner rock wilderness. Even worse (for the competition, not the fans), Sasquatch have done it all again — and more — with their modestly titled second album, II. The first minor but essential change worth noting is how Sasquatch have done away with a few of their debut's '90s stoner rock vestiges (creepy spoken intros recited by characters from Deliverance, for one) — thus allowing II to sound and feel more like a timeless hard rock album, and free from subgenre associations in most every sense. But what truly sets Sasquatch apart from most competitors (and this was true for album number one, as well) is that they are obviously a group who write songs, not riffs which are later made up to look like songs. No doubt the result of an organic, in-rehearsal songwriting approach, this distinction is more important than one may initially think. After all, it's the original process by which the founding hard rock fathers set about making albums back in the '70s: sweating out tunes through serious wood-shedding in the rehearsal room, then performing them live (or semi-live) in analog studios — not with separate tracks assembled via Pro Tools instead of human hands (or Sasquatch paws!) The proof lies in the thick, delicious, Marshall Stack pudding of rollicking cuts like "Pleasure to Burn," "Barrel of a Gun" (boasting a chorus you just have to sing along to), and "Seven Years to Saturn" (which contradicts its spacy title with one of the disc's most grounded boogie licks), as well as when acoustic guitars are whipped out for comparatively quiet moments like "Nikki" and "Catalina." And, fans of slower (and therefore even heavier) material are also given the chance to nod along to the gigantic power grooves of "The Judge" and "What Have You Done" — the album's only true-blue stoner rock candidate, thanks to its chugging, Kyuss-like coda. In most every other respect, though, II is quite simply a great hard rock album, period. Impossible to pigeonhole so easily, and therefore all better for it. - Eduardo Rivadavia (

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Electronic Wilson

Steven Wilson appears on the cover of the current issue of US magazine Electronic Musician. The issue includes an in depth interview on the recording of "Insurgentes", Porcupine Tree, and other topics. The interview is online, but the magazine features a 9 page spread which includes several photos not included on the website.

Read the article HERE!!

Shrooming in Danny Carey's Lambo?!?!


Josh Freese's new record ("Since 1972") and the different packages for sale aren't available until March 24th over at but I had a press release go out the other day and there's been a lot of talk on the ol' internet about what I'm doing and "if it's real" or if I'm "joking." It is very much real and I am surely not joking. Buy one and see for yourself....but not until March 24th! For now, I just wanted to at least post the menu and prices up here so that there was a definite spot where people could come check it out for themselves rather than just HEARING about it from someone else. Thanks for stopping by. Sign up to be notified when it comes available in a month. More to follow. - Josh


-Digital Download of "Since 1972" (including 3 videos)

-CD/DVD Double Disc Set -Digital Download

-CD/DVD Double Disc Set -T-shirt -"Thank You" phone call from Josh for buying Since 1972. You can tell him what you like about the record that you purchased, or what you thought sucked. Ask whatever you want, like "Is Maynard really THAT weird?" or "Which on of Sting's mansions has the comfiest beds?" or "Are Devo really Suburban Robots that monitor reality or just a bunch of Dads from Ohio?" or "Why don't the Vandals play more stuff off the first record?" It's your 5 minutes to yack it up. Talk about whatever you want.

$250 (limited edition of 25)
-Signed CD/DVD and digital download. -T-shirt -Signed Drum Head and Drumsticks. -Go on a lunch date with Josh to PF Changs or The Cheesecake Factory (whatever you're into.)

$500 (limited edition of 15)
-Signed CD/DVD and digital download -T-shirt -Signed Cymbal and sticks -Meet Josh in Venice, CA and go floating together in a Sensory deprivation tank (filmed and posted on youtube) -Dinner at Sizzler (get your $8.99 Steak and "all you can eat" Shrimp on)

$1,000 (limited edition of 10)
-Signed CD/DVD and digital download. -T-shirt -Signed Cymbal, Drum head and Drumsticks. -Josh washes your car OR does your laundry....or you can wash his car. -Have dinner with Josh aboard the "Queen Mary" in Long Beach, CA -Get drunk and cut each other's hair in the parking lot of the Long Beach courthouse (filmed and posted on youtube of course)

$2,500 (limited edition of 5)
-Signed CD/DVD and digital download. -Get a private drum lesson with Josh or for all you non-drummers have him give you a back and foot massage (couples welcome) -Pick any 1 member of the Vandals or DEVO (subject to availability) to accompany you and Josh to either the Hollywood Wax Museum or the lunch buffet at the "Spearmint Rhino" -Signed DW snare drum. -Take 3 items of your choice out of his closet (first come, first serve) -Change diapers and make bottles with him for an afternoon (after hitting the strip club)

$5,000 (limited edition of 3)
-Signed CD/DVD and digital download. -T-shirt -Josh writes about a song about you and make available on iTunes. -Co-direct a video with him for the song about you and throw it up on the youtubes. -Josh gives you and a friend a private tour of Disneyland -Get drunk together. If you don't drink we can go to my Dads place and hang out under the "Tuba tree" -Stone from Pearl Jam will send you a letter telling you about his favorite song on "Since 1972"

$10,000 (limited edition of 1)
-Signed CD/ DVD and digital download -T-shirt -Signed DW snare drum from A Perfect Circle's 2003 tour. -Josh gives you a private drum lesson OR his and hers foot/back massage (couples welcome, discreet parking) -Twiggy from Manson's band and Josh take you and a guest to Roscoe's Chicken n' Waffle in Long Beach for dinner. -Josh takes you and guest to "Club 33" (the super-duper exclusive and private restaurant at Disneyland located above the Pirates Of The Caribbean) and then hit a couple rides afterwards (preferably the Tiki Room, Haunted Mansion and The Tower Of Terror) -At the end of the day at Disneyland drive away in Josh's Volvo station wagon. It's all yours....take it. Just drop him off on your way home though please.

$20,000 (limited edition of 1)
-Signed CD/DVD and digital download. -T-shirt -A signed drum from the 2008 Nine Inch Nails tour. -Maynard James Keenan, Mark from Devo and Josh take you miniature golfing and then drop you off on the side of the freeway (all filmed and posted on youtube) -Josh gives you a tour of Long Beach. See his first apartment, the coffee shop on 2nd St where his buddy paid Dave Grohl $40 to rip up tile just weeks before joining "Nirvana." See the old Vandals rehearsal spot, the liquor store he got busted using a Fake I.D. at when he was 17 (it was Dave from the Vandals old ID). Go check out Snoop Dogg's high- school. For an extra 50 bucks see where Tom and Adrian from No Doubt live. For another $25 he'll show ya where Eric from NOFX and Brooks from Bad Religion get their hair cut. -Spend the night aboard the Queen Mary and take the "Ghosts And Legends" tour. (separate spooning.) -Josh writes 2 songs about you and it's made available on iTunes and appears on his next record (you can sing back up on em, clap, play the drums, triangle, whatever....) -Drum lesson OR foot and back massage (once again...couples welcome and discreet parking available) -Pick any 3 items out of Josh's closet.

$75,000 (limited edition of 1)
-Signed CD/DVD and digital download -T-shirt -Go on tour with Josh for a few days. -Have Josh write, record and release a 5 song EP about you and your life story. -Take home any of his drumsets (only one but you can choose which one.) -Take shrooms and cruise Hollywood in Danny from TOOL's Lamborgini OR play quarters and then hop on the Ouija board for a while. -Josh will join your band for a shows, record, party with groupies, etc.... -If you don't have a band he'll be your personal assistant for a month (4 day work weeks, 10 am to 4 pm) -Take a limo down to Tijuana and he'll show you how it's done (what that means exactly we can't legally get into here) -If you don't live in Southern California (but are a US resident) he'll come to you and be your personal assistant/cabana boy for 2 weeks. -Take a flying trapeze lesson with Josh and Robin from NIN, go back to Robin's place afterwards and his wife will make you raw lasagna.

Buckley Bio Blowout!!

Jeff Buckley was undoubtedly one of the most tragic and legendary songwriters in recent memory. In light of the newly released biography, A Pure Drop: The Life of Jeff Buckley, publisher Backseat Books has provided Filter with an exclusive preview download of the entire first chapter (simply copy "" into your browser, hit enter and the PDF download should begin automatically).

If you’re itching for an even closer look at the troubled Gods and Monsters frontman, then the friendly folks at Backseat got your back, with a special 25% discount offer exclusive to Filter readers (along with free shipping) when you buy the Buckley biography! Just visit their website HERE, and enter the promo code JB9 at checkout to take advantage of this excellent offer.

On Top the Mountain Looking Down

Pink Mountaintops - Axis of Evol, released 2006 (Jagjaguwar)

Lo-fi indie rock is alive and well in 2006, as evidenced by the arrival of the sophomore effort by Pink Mountaintops, Axis of Evol. Stephen McBean returns once more with a set of tracks that sound akin to an amalgamation of John Frusciante's early solo work and the great Skip Spence. McBean certainly has a thing for psychedelic sounds — it's hard not to listen to "Slaves" and not feel like you're about to start hallucinating yourself, while "Cold Criminals" brings to mind the Velvet Underground. But it's not a retro sound that Pink Mountaintops specialize in entirely, as evidenced by the electro beats on "Lord Let Us Shine," and the Sonic Youth-like guitar strumming on "New Drug Queens." And you can't get more minimalist and melancholy than on both the album opening and closing tracks, "Comas" and "How We Can Get Free," respectively. It's good to see that there are still artists out there who march to the beat of their own drummer, and could care less about penning songs in hopes of landing a beer commercial. And for that, you are certainly applauded, Mr. McBean. - Greg Prato (

Monday, February 23, 2009

Far Fetched Rumors

Rumors abound that Far are in the process of inking a new deal with Vagrant for the release of a new album which will likely be out by the spring/early summer. No official word has been released as of yet however.

More Dredg Details

dredg look to have set "The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion" as the title to their new album which is now expected to see a May 19th release date. The album will see a release through the bands own Ohlone Recordings label, which will be distributed by the the Independent Label Group. A special edition verison of the album will also be issued with alternate artwork and packaging, while a vinyl version is also being prepared. Tentative track titles from the release include:

"Fucking Smile"
"Gathering Pebbles"
"I Don't Know"
"The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion"

Free KFG

Listen to the entire new Kung-Fu Grip album "Two" for FREE now!!

Head on over to in the audio/video section you will find our new album "Two" available to stream at your convenience.

You can also download the whole thing for less than 2 bucks....right here...

The cd version and iTunes release are coming soon..

So what are you waiting for?

Vote for the Snakes

These Arms Are Snakes are up for MtvU's The Freshman this week. A program where your votes determine which videos get into rotation on mtvU each week only on The Freshmen.

A message from the band regarding their nomination...

"Go vote for Snakes, it would be funny to see them win this thing

You know it's time colleges across the country got Schooled so go VOTE For These Arms Are Snakes video for "Red Line Season" to win so they can spin some of that goodness.

Vote all day, and Vote Everyday this week until they win, wouldn't it be fun to just bum out all the cheerleaders on campus with some good rock. Watch the video below...

Get Down with Tee Pee

Tee Pee Records has released a free sampler with 16 of their awesome artists!!

Tee Pee Records has a roster of some of the coolest and heaviest brethren around including Weird Owl, Witch, Graveyard, NAAM, Hopewell, Earthless, The Warlocks and Night Horse (to name only a few).

Now you can hear them all and download tunes in one easy stop HERE.

Do it, you'll definitely thank yourself. It's great and FREE! My week is filled with great Tee Pee music, as I bought Weird Owl's debut full length this weekend (it's really awesome!!) and I'll be seeing Witch and Earthless on Wednesday night. Can't wait.

Billboard Lions

Big things happening for Lions, here's an update from them...

"How goes the world?

We never made it to LA, well, not yet. The record wasn't finished by the time we were suppose to leave (working hard) so we postponed the recording until after SXSW. We have tons of new material and songs that we'll be trying out next month in prep for making the monster 3rd record. We want it to be just right. It's heavy, aggressive, and quite massive as a whole. We begin pre-production with Matt Hyde very very soon. More to come.

In other news, Billboard Magazine will be running a feature on us in the upcoming weeks. When it comes out, we'll post it up and let you know the issue and date. Oh yeah.

Tour dates are spreading during and after SXSW. Check the show listing for complete SXSW info and show locations.

NEW RECORD soon.. Looks like we're going to start recording the beast in May 2009."


More Quality TV From HBO

HBO have confirmed that they will develop a biography series on the life of Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis. Kiedis grew up in West Hollywood in the 70s with his dad, Spider, a drug dealer to bands like The Who and Led Zeppelin. The show is set to be titled Scar Tissue and can be expected in the future.

(Damn) It Feels Good to Have a New Bassist

A message from (Damn) This Desert Air...

"Ladies and Gentlemen,

... Please extend a warm welcome to a familiar face...(Damn) This Desert Air welcomes Mr. Alf Bartone as Bassplayer. We're really happy Alf has stepped in to kick out the jams on the low end, he's been a good friend and supporter of our cause for a long while.

Stay tuned as we finish recording our second Ep and plan a few shows for Spring.

Please drop Alf a line and let him know how happy you are to see him man-handling the low end!

See ya's soon - John K and (d)tDa"

Dredg and Torche...Together At Last!

Tour dates for the upcoming Dredg and Torche tour can be found below...

4/3 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
4/4 Bellingham, WA @ Nightlight
4/5 Seattle WA @ Neumo's
4/7 Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon Theater
4/8 Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theater
4/10 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
4/11 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudville Mews
4/12 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
4/13 Pontiac, MI @ Eagle Theater
4/15 Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
4/16 Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of Living Arts
4/17 Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
4/18 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
4/19 New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
4/21 Raleigh, NC @ The Brewery

Alive Meadow

Weird Owl - Ever The Silver Cord be Loosed, released 2009 (Tee Pee)

Brooklyn's Weird Owl self-released a well-intentioned but ill-executed debut album in 2007 entitled Nuclear Psychology. The elements of the sound they drench themselves in on this date are on the margins there, and they even occasionally approach its center, but their ambitions — musically and in the recording studio — swamp the actual intent. On Ever the Silver Cord Be Loosed, the band's Tee Pee debut, this quintet scale back the pretentious height-gazing of their freshman effort and, in the process, get it right. These cats love stoner rock: from the 13th Floor Elevators' psychedelic version of it to Crazy Horse's slow-moving, heavy yet melodic aural visions, to Southern rock's most bombastic intentions. They love its modern incarnations as well, from Black Mountain to Dead Meadow. But unlike their peers or the legends they worship, these guys simply go their own way. If there is one word to describe the sound on this set it's "plodding." And no, that's not a bad thing. These cats play in 4/4, 2/4, or 3/4 — the latter is particularly fun to listen to — check "Skeletelepathic." Weird Owl's music unfolds slowly from monotonous riffs that gaze at the skies periodically but look immediately at the scorched earth in front of them, where they see nothing but gray sludge instead of blue — to almost straight-ahead monolithic chugging. There is a solid heaviness factor here, such as on the album opener "Mind Mountain" and "Do What the Owl Wilt," as guitars, bass, bleached synth lines, and big drums push and rumble along careening yet straight lines with ridiculous cosmic lyrics — that are still better than OM's or the Grails — and atmosphere winds its way into the static mix, but never gets the best of it. This isn't Hawkwind, folks, but you can bet they've heard Warrior on the Edge of Time. Other tracks are a bit more cosmic and spacy, such as "Tobin's Spirit Guide," with some nice psych-drone elements built in, and they're even country-esque such as on "In the Secrecy of Oceans." So this is all stoner rock, but it's melodic, pleasant, head numbing, and sticks with the listener in terms of its relaxed approach and its utterly well-executed weightiness. This is excellent for fans of the genre looking for something familiar with a different — as in slightly bent — slant. - Thom Jurek (

It Begins Again...

ROB ZOMBIE has issued the following update:

"And so it begins. Tomorrow (Monday, February 23rd) we officially start shooting H2. Although we sort of started on Friday with a couple scenes. I'll update with a few exclusive pics from the set on Tuesday. Wish us luck, it's going to be crazy."

As previously reported, Zombie stated, "I am very excited to be returning to the world of Halloween. The remake laid the groundwork, now it's time to really take Michael Myers to the next level. I believe we've just barely scratched the surface of where we can take this series."

Rage Against the Nation

Outernational have posted a video of them performing their song "Sir No Sir" acoustic in NYC.

Here are some quotes from their dear friend Tom Morello...

Outernational uncompromisingly tells the truth, and they paint a picture of the world the way they see it and a way that we don't hear on the radio and television as much as people need to. They're very political, but super exciting.

A world-music Rage Against The Machine. There are plenty of political bands you wouldn't want to listen to for fun. This isn't one. Musically, you can hear Third World inflections, but it's rock at heart.

Gearing Up

A message from Coady of Big Business...

"Howdy howdy,

Well, we're getting ready for our new record to be released, which means lots of touring. I went ahead and started a twitter account so anyone can follow along with us. It's like being in the van, except you don't get scabies or trenchfoot! The tour dates are coming together, so expect those to be posted soon. If, for some reason, we aren't coming to your easy, this is only phase 1. We are going to get everyone. Seriously, you will be totally sick of us before we are done with you. Can't wait, bring your partyrockpartyface.


Sunday, February 22, 2009

Back Like They Left Something...

Today, Sans Seraph have made their return official with this note on their Myspace page (located HERE)...


The band is getting together today
We've reconstructed the rehearsal space
We have the ability to record every moment of every jam
We are writing new material
We will do more shows
You will see us again
You may hear a new song soon
You may see more pictures
You may want to spread the word

Also, if you're interested in online forums

Brought to you by our friends at Sleep Is Better. A place to discuss."


Puscifer Continues Onward

Puscifer are planning to follow up their recent trio of debut live shows with an April 04th stop at Los Angeles, CA's Club Nokia, at least according to a thinly veiled hint in the bands recent update below...

"Thank you for all the support at the 1st shows. We had a blast. Lots and lots and lots of holes and flaws and hiccups. And lots of room for improvement overall, but we feel it went well considering it was our first ever attempt. This is a work in progress, so expect to see some minor and or major adjustments as time goes forward. Ht4 Lirpa, Aikon Bulc"

The Return, The Album, The Cover

Dredg have set a May 19th release date for their upcoming new record, The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion. Here is the apparent cover art.

Early Fang

Early Man and Red Fang will embark on an east coast tour together in March, dates include:

March 02nd Hoboken, NJ - Maxwells
March 03rd Philadelphia, PA - Khyber
March 04th New York, NY - The Studio Webster Hall
March 05th Washington, DC - DC9
March 08th Richmond, VA - Nara Sushi
March 09th Charlotte, NC - The Milestone
March 10th Asheville, NC - Stella Blue
March 11th Raleigh, NC - The Pour House
March 12th Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
March 13th Orlando, FL - Backbooth
March 14th Tampa, FL - Crowbar
March 16th Birmingham, AL - Cave 9

Sugar Torche

More details have been released for Torche's upcoming 12"+DVD for their tracks "Healer"/"Across The Shields". The effort is being prepped for a mid-March release date via Hydra Head and in addition to the two title tracks, will feature the brand new songs "Mash It Up" and "Sugar Glider". The DVD portion will include two videos made for the title tracks of the outing. More on it can be found here.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Dino Jr Sign New Deal

The Indiana indie Jagjaguwar has a pretty thorough roster, as these things go: Bon Iver, Black Mountain, Okkervil River. But now they've scored themselves a major coup: Reunited alt-rock monsters Dinosaur Jr., still comprised of the original three members of J Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph, have signed with Jagjaguwar, according to the label. Dinosaur Jr. are currently putting the finishing touches on a new album and they hope to have it out this summer. Nice match, dudes.

Congratulations Are in Order

Violent Soho have signed to Ecstatic Peace/Universal US!! Here's what they have to say about it...

Hello good people of the world!

So today's breaking news is that we have just signed an overwhelmingly exciting deal with Ecstatic Peace/Universal US – a totally ace label headed up by none other than Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore (obviously a major hero to us as the front man to basically our favorite band ever).

This of course is pretty much our biggest dream come true, so obviously we are over the moon at the opportunity to be backed by such a man & the prospect of spending a lot of 2009 in the USA recording and touring

The aim at the moment is that a newly recorded album - elaborating on the already Australian released record "We Don’t Belong Here" – will be due in the third quarter of ‘09 for worldwide release.

We'll still be playing shows all across Australia this year though. Tour dates will be released in due time. We can't wait to start playing again so look out for future dates being announced.

For more information on Ecstatic Peace visit the site below.
They are rad!

Pardon the Annoyance

A short promotional video clip (featuring a small clip of music after the annoying beginning) from CHICKENFOOT, the new "supergroup" featuring former VAN HALEN frontman Sammy Hagar, ex-VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony, guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer Chad Smith, can be viewed HERE.

According to Anthony, CHICKENFOOT is putting the finishing touches on its debut album and is preparing to mix the effort, which is expected later in the year. Satriani described the band's musical direction as "high-energy, kick-ass rock'n'roll. We all bring to the table some unusual influences and then we also share a lot of roots. And I think that's where a true color of a band comes out, just how we react to each other. So, it's definitely rock music. We haven't brought each other together to do a techno record."

Hagar recently told about CHICKENFOOT, "We got in the studio and recorded eight demos in two days. The chemistry is everything in a band. The band changes one guy, sometimes the whole damn thing changes — look what happened when I joined VAN HALEN. But with this band, the chemistry is awesome. It's the best chemistry I've ever experienced, better than the MONTROSE chemistry, better than the VAN HALEN chemistry."

For more information, visit the project's soon-to-be-launched official web site.

Who Knew?

Josh Freese - The Notorious One Man Orgy, released 2000 (Kung Fu)

This debut from drummer-to-the-'90s-rock-stars Josh Freese delivers so much massive guitar pop that just a couple of listens will be enough to hook music fans looking to fill a hole in their collection of good-time pop-punk. With titles like "Rock and Roll Chicken" and "Why Won't Left Eye Get With Me," Freese's light-hearted solo sentiment is in stark contrast to the drummer's more celebrated employers, A Perfect Circle and latter-day Guns 'n' Roses. Headier tracks "Ass Backwards" and "Caffeine and Vaseline," while just as catchy as Freese's campier material, don't approach the musician's quirky lyrical standard. Hardly enough to exercise listeners' aural shock absorbers, these bumps in the road have the impact of a crushed frisbee. With the support of a major label and more refined production, Freese could easily realize his lyrical potential, and join Phil Collins and the similarly influenced Dave Grohl in the improbably exclusive club of former drum sidemen turned outright pop stars. All career considerations aside, The Notorious One Man Orgy is a splendid romp that provides all the pop to both satisfy and surprise fans familiar with Freese's impressive punk, new wave, and metal discography. - Vincent Jeffries (

The Torche Still Burns

Torche's upcoming 12"+DVD for their tracks "Healer"/"Across The Shields" is nearing a release via Hydra Head. The effort will feature the two title tracks, as well as two brand new songs. The DVD portion will include two videos made for the title tracks of the outing. Expect it to be made available for purchase in the next few weeks.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Ever Unconventional

Note from The Melvins...

Once again, Mr. Brian Walsby has compiled a collection of edgy, biting comic art and bad assed, rare tunes from the Melvins. MANCHILD 4 is 100 pages of illustrations and stories from a comic artist who's been poking fun at subversive youth culture, pop culture, your favorite band, and himself since the early ë80s. You'll laugh. You'll cringe. You just might get angry and start a message board war. Contents of Brian's new book include "No! I Don't Want To Play Your Effing House Party", "Frisky's Beaver Hut", "We Were All Assholes", "My First Orgasm", "Emo Rock Revival", and tons of others. There's also an in depth Melvins 2008 tour diary that's sure to break a few eggs.

Pick Your Battles is a 15 song CD of live Melvins tunes recorded in 1989 at the 924 Gilman St. Project in Berkeley, Ca. and in 2008 at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston. The track list is as follows: Koolegged, Oven, Cranky Messiah, Raise a Paw, Ever Since My Accident, Green Honey, Claude, You're Blessened, Nude With Boots, The Kicking Machine, Eye Flys, Rat Faced Granny, The Hawk, You've Never Been Right, and Boris.

BATABING! There are 3000 of these on earth. How many do you have?

Pre order yours here.


Feast your eyes on this:

Exeter have posted their own official YouTube page with TONS of great quality live footage. Like this one...

Spongey Return to the Glory Days

Sponge have released a brand new EP NOW AVAILABLE @ CD BABY, HERE. The EP is featuring the songs "Plowed," "Molly," "Born to Be Wild," & "Loose Yourself"

It's About Time!

A typically unusual message from Oceansize, including info on the American release of their last album, "Frames"...

"Sorry it's been a while. It's just never a convenient moment, y'know? Not even at 11am, just after that first coffee in front of Jeremy Kyle. What the fuck have we been doing? Well, let's see.

The Manchester Roadhouse gigs went swimmingly, a good time was had by all. The bowel-weakening nerves gave way (!) and we felt all at home faced with gleaming teeth and nodding heads. One chap even deliberately pissed himself because he didn't want to miss anything by going (about 15 paces) to the lavs. These shows were filmed for a glorious DVD release, complete with 5.1 sound. We hope to get this mammoth box set out for June. In the meantime, check our tune player for 'Homage To A Shame', a taster from said package.

Since then, we've mainly been building rooms within rooms, gluing carpets on all the walls and feathering the Oceansize nest. This facility will enable 24 hour pondering, thumb twiddling and intensive magazine reading. From time-to-time, we plan on making the odd record there too.

News of the week, though, involves a record we made nearly two years ago. Yes indeed, 'Frames' will finally get a US release on Superball/SPV records on May 19th 2009. Which is great, really. When you think about it.

Keep checking back for more news as and when important stuff is allowed to be spilled over you like a load of gloopy menace."