Monday, August 31, 2009 Features Kyuss, Fu Manchu, & Clutch

A message from Bob Balch of Fu Manchu and operator of

Without further delay, here are the new lesson videos added to as of 08/30/09.

1) Whitewater (KYUSS)
2) One Inch Man (KYUSS)
3) Space Cadet (KYUSS)........FREE!!!!!!!
4) Reeder's Gear (KYUSS)
5) Reeder's Metallica try out (KYUSS)
6) Pure Rock Fury part 2 (CLUTCH)
7) Hogwash part 2 (FU MANCHU)
8) Lick of the week 08/30/09.......FREE!!!!!!!

I have so much more stuff to add. In the weeks to come you can expect new videos from KYUSS, FU MANCHU, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, REDD KROSS, CH3 and THE DICKIES.

In September I am scheduled to film two of my favorite metal bands. I grew up listening to these guys so I am super stoked. I'll keep you posted.

Thanks for your support"

Rob Zombie to Remake The Blob

Rob Zombie has been tapped to direct the anticipated remake of the 1950s horror classic, "The Blob" which originally starred legendary actor Steve McQueen. Rob Zombie will also be writing and producing the film in addition to sitting behind the camera directing. Production for the movie will commence next Spring.

"My intention is not to have a big red blobby thing — that’s the first thing I want to change,” Zombie said. "That gigantic Jello-looking thing might have been scary to audiences in the 1950s, but people would laugh now.

"I’d been looking to break out of the horror genre, and this really is a science fiction movie about a thing from outer space,” Zombie said. “I intend to make it scary, and the great thing is I have the freedom once again to take it in any crazy direction I want to."

The Shaky Hands Tour Dates

The Shaky Hands have begun to roll out tour dates for the fall in support of their upcoming release "Let It Die"...

October 2009
1 - Portland, OR @ Berbati's Pan - w/ Panther - DOUBLE RECORD RELEASE SHOW
8 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux
9 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
10 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
12 - Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge
16 - Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club - w/ Blitzen Trapper
17 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle - w/ Headlights
21 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott - w/ Headlights
25 - Washington, DC @ DC9 - w/ Headlights
26 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 - w/ Headlights

November 2009
1 - Brighton, UK @ Prince Albert
2 - Cardiff, UK @ Clwb Ifor Bach
3 - Manchester, UK @ The Ruby Lounge
4 - Glasgow, UK @ Captains Rest
5 - London, UK @ The Lexington - Fortuna Pop Night
6 - London, UK @ Cargo - presents

More dates coming soon!

SPSD Issue Update

Solar Powered Sun Destroyer have posted some updates... The band is featured on the brand new Exploding in Sound compilation "Future Legendary" HERE!!

"We've been writing a lot this summer, and have also been playing out here and there (semi-locally) at some smaller shows trying to debut some new songs. We've got a LOT of material finished musically and Slobes (John) has been working hard the past couple of weeks on some more vocal ideas to put on top of some of these tunes. We will hopefully be continuing/finishing up the writing process for the full-length over the next few months. While we continue writing, we will be playing up and down the east coast for some weekend stints...

PHILLY, NYC and BOSTON AREAS. WE WILL SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER. (more southern states like NC and TN we will prob see you in OCT). Check out the dates on the Myspace page.

DC and surrounding areas, We will be opening for FAR at DC9 on Saturday October 24th (yea, it's pretty sweet). You can (and should) get tickets soon here because it will most likely sell out in advance and as of now is our only DC date we are doing thus far (no pun intended)

Stay tuned frequently and thanks to all of you who truly care..."

Exploding in Sound presents... FUTURE LEGENDARY 2009 Compilation!!

Summer is coming to an end, and that can only mean one thing... the time has finally arrived... EXPLODING IN SOUND is back with "FUTURE LEGENDARY" the third installment of its beloved compilation series. Prepare yourself for the new and exciting FREE digital compilation, comprised of nineteen glorious new bands, both familiar and relatively unknown. Step right up and discover music at an affordable price… FREE… complete with artwork and liner notes describing each of the spectacular artists. If you are tired of being disappointed by the generic sounds of modern rock radio, download this compilation now and enjoy the incredible new sounds of Junius, Truckfighters, Zuu, Skeleteen, and Sturgeon, just to name a few. The extraordinary bands offer an array of styles including indie, alternative, pop, grunge, shoegaze, stoner/psychedelic, metal, soul, Americana, and so much more. So come one, come all, and enjoy this collection of recent releases and upcoming excellence. Your ears and mind will be grateful. It is quite an honor for Exploding In Sound to have the opportunity to work with such exceptional new artists, and a pleasure to help spread the word of their music. Please show the bands your support, as they work hard to create music we can actually enjoy for countless years to come.

Got an opinion on the artists or the compilation as a whole? Exploding In Sound would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment. Sharing of the download link is HIGHLY recommended and encouraged to anyone and everyone you think might be interested. As this is a FREE compilation, the goal is to gain the maximum audience achievable, and word of mouth is always appreciated. THE TIME TO SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT ‘FUTURE LEGENDARY’ IS IMMINENT … GET OUT THERE AND DOWNLOAD, SHARE, POST, and SPREAD the word to everyone you know. Great music is being made, and it’s up to us, the fans, to deliver it to as many willing listeners as possible. ENJOY!

Special thanks go out to all of the artists, Ky Williams at the empirical study, Craig Cirinelli, Fuzzorama Records, On Another Note Records, Mary (Zuu), Larry Suglio (Pop-Up Records – Exeter’s “Grey Noise, White Lies” out NOW!), Duncan Blake (Sturgeon), Casey Tipton, my family, friends, and everyone who is supporting the cause. Let's keep it going and continue to restore confidence in rock music.

- Dan Goldin


Artwork contributed by: The Empirical Study... a new graphic artist specializing in design that effectively conveys a specific relevance to your project. The company is run by Ky Williams, and is available for identity branding, print design, custom screen printing, photography, illustration, and more. For any artwork needs please check out the Myspace photo gallery and all requests can by send directly to

Track listing and band info:

1. Zuu – Wasted Today (from the album “Everywhere”)

Los Angeles trio Zuu have managed to create the full package, style combined with substance. On their recently released sophomore album, the band has delivered a strong statement, and has proven to be worthy contenders among the new school of shoegaze bands, with a well-built talent for indie/pop melodies to set them apart. Roaring feedback driven guitars combine with catchy songwriting and space rock finesse easily devoured by fans of The Stone Roses, Autolux, and Failure.

2. Skeleteen – Falter (from the album “Bury the Seasons”)

Skeleteen are putting the power in the term “power trio” within the more hostile aspects of the shoegaze genre. Hailing from Los Angeles, the band performs a combination of riotous noise exploration mixed with grungy bleakness. Their secret weapon lies in drummer Chase Manhattan, whose stunning polyrhythmic beats blast through the powerful flood of overdriven guitars and bass. The band is hard at work on new music, and will be playing many shows in the near future. The ferocity of their songs brings to mind My Bloody Valentine with the aggression and angst of classic grunge rock.

3. RIBS – Even (EIS Version) (previously unreleased)

RIBS are the latest band to emerge from the Boston scene, and look poised to become one of the best. The band hope to release their debut EP “British Brains” in October, and were kind enough to present Exploding In Sound and its readers with an exclusive version of “Even”. Their music evolves emotionally as it progresses, and soars with an atmospheric quality and intensity similar to Deftones, Queens of the Stone Age, or Muse. Without being pretentious, the band manages to write gorgeously moody rock that’s straight forward, pure, and will have you listening on repeat.

4. Truckfighters – Monster (from the album “Mania”)

The American desert rock scene spearheaded by Kyuss in the early 90s remains alive and well in Sweden. In the case of Orebro’s Truckfighters, the sound remains thriving. With two stellar albums already under their belt, the band released their third record “Mania” earlier this year on Fuzzorama Records, and in turn created an instant stoner/desert classic. Through fuzzed out wastelands of wide riffing guitars to the low end heavy rumble of the bass tone, this three piece has created one of the best stoner rock albums of the decade, hands down.

5. Don Vail – Linda McCartney (from the album “Don Vail”)

Ontario, Canada’s Don Vail may have just released their debut album in the beginning of this year, but are certainly not new comers to the scene. With several members formerly playing in the criminally underrated Chore among others, here at Exploding in Sound I’m determined to not let the same happen to Don Vail. Creating an interesting blend of progressive pop/rock, the songs have a tendency to continuously build with no end in sight. Duel guitars artistically wind around each other in tight circles, combined with luscious melodies and vigorous rhythms for a truly unique sound.

6. Dove Hunter – The Shore (from the album “The Southern Unknown”)

Dove Hunter hail from the musical hotbed of the Dallas/Fort Worth area in Texas, and the foursome have let their southern roots sink deep into their sound. Moody atmospheric rock is joined by pedal steel, banjos, and the well placed harmonicas on their fantastic debut album “The Southern Unknown”. Lead singer Jayson Wortham’s voice is sharp while rarely lifting above a rough whisper. Dove Hunter has created a collection of songs that will instantly engrain themselves in your memory, and should be embraced on a national level. Their music is constantly developing with phenomenal performances from all members of the band, each element forming together in a cyclone of rootsy artistic improvisation.

7. Borrowed Eyes & The Blood Red Road – Birds (previously unreleased)

The southern charm of New York’s Borrowed Eyes & The Blood Red Road is more justified than it may seem. Before meeting up in NYC/Brooklyn many of the members hailed from the south including Texas and South Carolina. Lead singer/song writer Daniel Wood (former member of …Trail of Dead) has created a sound equally charismatic as their live presence blending Americana, soul, blues, rock n roll, and outlaw folk rock. The four piece band is often joined by a horn section for added texture, and the low end grooves will have you moving along with their music. Described as music to have a bar brawl to, Borrowed Eyes are here to bring an end to false rock n roll.

8. Sundrone – First Responders (previously unreleased)

Sundrone are a new band from Winston-Salem, North Carolina with a voice that will be familiar to many listeners. Jeff Jenkins, former lead singer of beloved Codeseven, has resurfaced with Sundrone, comprised of himself, Jeremy, Zach, and Tim. Their sound can best be described as ambient and fairly electronic based, with lots of digital programming and keyboards mixed into the traditional heavy passionate alternative rock. They graciously debut their track “First Responders” with this compilation, and are looking to release their debut EP “Burial Flames” in early fall. Sundrone come highly recommended for fans of Team Sleep, Codeseven, and Pink Floyd.

9. Pet Ghost Project – Short Name (from the album “Idiot Brain // Genius Heart”)

Brooklyn, New York’s Pet Ghost Project is an indie rock power trio making waves with their triumphant live shows, well crafted albums, as well as recent signing to On Another Note Records. Primarily a solo project of singer/songwriter/multi instrumentalist Justin Stivers (originally from the pacific northwest), he wrote and recorded two albums, released simultaneously this spring, one heavy and instrumental, the other with lo-fi quirkier indie rock songs. With the addition of Justin Gonzales and Jake More, the band has drawn comparisons to Built to Spill, Animal Collective, and Neutral Milk Hotel. On “Short Name,” the band shows off all their churning power in the explosively noisy riffs and indie crafted chaos.

10. Junius – Letters From Saint Angelica (Edit) (from the upcoming album “The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist”)

Since 2004 Junius have been building a rabid fan-base with their dark new-wave meets art rock by way of shoegaze sound. Fans and critics alike have been blown away by their music and live performances, and their new album “The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist” remains one of the most anticipated releases of 2009. The band combines the greatest elements of Joy Division, My Bloody Valentine, Hum, and Pelican for a sound that is as expansive as it is cinematic. Themes of deep isolation and exploration mix with enormous crescendos for a lush lumbering drift. “Martyrdom,” available September/October (depending on your country), is a concept album based around the life and theories of controversial scholar Immanuel Velikovsky.

11. Minute of Arc – Lightspeed (from the album “Future Forests”)

Cleveland, Ohio’s Minute of Arc have entrenched themselves with the space rock sounds of the 90s, with a modern take that emulates the genre’s finest. Their debut LP was released earlier this spring through Dial Den Recordings, contributing another exceptional slab of outer space rock for all the fans who wish Hum and Failure would reunite. Multi layered sonic riffs intertwine with complex rhythmic patterns and every day honest vocals, undoubtedly making Minute of Arc’s “Future” a bright one.

12. Sturgeon – While You’re Wasted (from the album “The Darker Sequence”)

Sturgeon is rock ‘n roll. They bring us back to the days when rock was simple and pure. Roaring guitars, thundering drums, deep bass, and a singer who can wail his heart out. Their debut album “The Darker Sequence” is timeless hard rock that kicks major ass without having to scream or thrash. Sturgeon look to make a name for themselves, and are offering a download of their entire album for free at their label’s site Dark and brooding, the rough heaviness will appeal to fans of Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and Tool.

13. Change the Station – My Will (from the album “Follow The White Noise”)

Brooklyn, New York’s Change the Station has a rock and roll swagger of epic scope, evident on their fantastic debut album “Follow the White Noise”. Lead singer Ian Jacobs’ voice will captivate your attention with a strong nod to the early alternative rock of the 90s, utilizing dazzling delay effects and instantly memorable melodies. The rhythms are tight and punctuated with bass embellishments that fuel the already murky reverberating textures. Jacobs’ and company are currently recording for a new album, poised to expand their angular soulful alt rock into the hearts of fans both new and old.

14. The Bowery Riots – The Rent (from the album “Last Night I Saw You”)

The spirit, soul, and energy of the Speakeasy are vibrant in New York City’s The Bowery Riots. With a “for the people” passion and strong political interest, the sextet plays an incredibly eclectic mix of punk, soul, and rock and roll. Heavily routed in the turn of the 20th century and the hustle of the big city, The Bowery Riots are a unique amalgamation of sound and style. Their songs are filled with garage rock influence, mixing in three part female/male harmonies, horns, and harmonicas for a riotous good time.

15. Downtown Handshake – Hourglass (previously unreleased)

Hailing from Bowling Green, Kentucky, Downtown Handshake is ready for the mainstream. Their blend of alt rock, indie, dream-pop, punk, and funk is ready to explode on a national level thanks to their hometown friends Cage The Elephant opening the Bowling Green floodgates. It’s an honor for Exploding in Sound to premiere “Hourglass,” a track from their upcoming debut album. The song is a boisterous display of the bands musical range and exceptional song writing. Suave melodic vocals give way to a gorgeously flowing guitar patterns and a stunning delivery from the rhythm section.

16. Deaf Scene – Remain Nameless (from the album “Looking Down at the Sky”)

Deaf Scene is a three piece instrumental rock band hailing from Baltimore, Maryland. Originally a quartet with a lead vocalist, they released their impressive debut album “Looking Down at the Sky,” earlier this year with a mix of vocalized and instrumental tracks. The band has chosen to continue along without their former singer, and prove to be one of Maryland’s best up-and-coming acts. While “Remain Nameless” does feature lyrics, it’s the bands complex time shifts and experimentation that is the glue holding everything together. Fans of early era Incubus, Deftones, and Mogwai will be quick to embrace Deaf Scene after just one listen of their record.

17. A Revolution of Kings – Plaster (previously unreleased)

A Revolution of Kings, commonly referred to as AROK hail from the incredibly vibrant musical community of Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. The band are currently finishing up work on their new record, and have graced the compilation with a never before released track “Plaster”. The band’s music has soared from their original EP into a monolithic space rock voyage into the darker territories of the sound. Sprawling guitars and heavy layering provide a wall of sound and ravaging distorted riffs. Compound rhythms pound through the haze with deep and passionate vocals gliding just above the mayhem. Until the new record is completed, check out their entire debut EP, available for free download at

18. Solar Powered Sun Destroyer – Ghost Light (Demo) (from the upcoming 2 song demo)

Hailing from the Washington, DC metropolitan area where I was born and raised, there was never a multitude of great local rock bands when I was growing up. The Dischord era in DC was coming to an end and local rock bands were stagnant. Solar Powered Sun Destroyer has arrived as the savior to the nation’s capital with their ambient dream rock that soars into the highest regions of outer space. The bubbling atmospherics of SPSD’s guitar work is hypnotic and beautiful while the apocalyptic rhythms are complimented by the towering hopefulness of the vocals. Elements of post-rock add to the five piece sonic assault, with lush dark musical passages and emotive melodies.

19. Sleeper Agent – Cut of my Jib (previously unreleased)

Another rising star from the Bowling Green music scene, Sleeper Agent are a five-piece rock band with a penchant for punk rock, unrefined grunge, and alternative nation fury. The amps are all cranked to 11 for a booming sound, with roaring solos, vocals delivered with unapologetic attitude, and non wavering rawness. Sleeper Agent’s tight constructed songs, colossal energy, and often comical lyrics will instantly appeal to fans of the Pixies, The Icarus Line, and Eagles of Death Metal.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Dead Meadow Fall Tour

Dead Meadow have announced dates for a fall tour...

9-1 Salt Lake City @ venue TBA
9-2 Denver @ Larimer Lounge
9-3 Kansas City @ Riot Room
9-5 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
9-6 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
9-8 Rochester NY @ Bug Jar
9-9 NYC @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
9-10 Boston @ Middle East
9-12 Monticello NY @ ATP fest
9-14 DC @ Black Cat
9-16 Milford CT @ Daniel Street
9-17 Philly PA @ Johnny Brendas
9-18 Willimington Dl @ Mojo 13
9-19 Chapel Hill NC @ Local 506
9-20 Johnston City, TN @ The Hideaway
9-22 Hot Springs, AK @ Maxines
9-23 Norman, OK @ The Opolis
9-24 Sante Fe, NM @ The Sub/Warehouse 21
9-25 Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse
9-26 Fresno, CA @ Auddie Olympic
9-27 Brookdale, CA Brookdale Lodge
9-28 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall

They are currently looking for someone to work their merch booth for all of the shows listed above. They can offer you a spot on the guest list, merch and other... Please inquire within if you are interested.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

MuteMath Live on Letterman Video

MuteMath performed "Backfire" on Letterman this past Thursday, the 27th. Here is video of the performance...

Buffalo Killers Post New Songs

Buffalo Killers have put up a couple new tunes on their Myspace player. The tracks "Huma Bird" and "Spend My Last Breathe" will be available for download starting September 8th on Myspace and their website only! Follow by a limited edition 45' release by their good friends at Smoke Signals.

Check out their new merchandise page [HERE]

Marmaduke Duke Bring Gimp Masks to Reading Festival

[] Marmaduke Duke headlined the Festival Republic stage at Reading Festival tonight (August 28).

Despite going up against Kings Of Leon on the Main Stage and Faith No More on the NME/Radio 1 Stage, the band drew a sizable crowd to their show.

Lead by Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil and Sucioperro’s JP Reid, the duo belted out a 45-minute set drawing from material from their two albums.

Neil and Reid performed as their alter-ego's (The Atmosphere and The Dragon respectively) throughout the gig, and were joined onstage by The Duke, who acted as the band's Bez-like mascot.

Dressed in leather gimp masks and medieval fancy dress, they careered through their set and said little to the audience, though much of the crowd chanted “Duke” over and over in between songs.

The duo had the crowd in raptures as they played tracks including 'Everybody Dance' and 'You Say It's Catching', while ‘Heartburn’ had the entire tent singing along.

Marmaduke Duke played:

‘Music Show’
'Everybody Dance'
‘Kid Gloves’
‘A Conspiracy And A Devil’
'Skin The Mofo Alive'
'Rubber Lover'

Friday, August 28, 2009

Pitchfork Interview Wayne Coyne

[] The last year of the decade is shaping up to be a big one for the Flaming Lips. They've got a new record coming in October, Embryonic, a 2xCD that, on the evidence of tracks like advance tracks "See the Leaves" and "Silver Trembling Hands", seems to find them heading in a darker, spacier direction. They're also mounting a big tour that maintains the outlandish spectacle and circus-like vibe they've cultivated over the last ten years. And they're curating the final day of All Tomorrow's Parties New York 2009, having invited bands like Boredoms, Boris, No Age, Caribou, Oneida, and Deerhoof. We spoke to Coyne yesterday, shortly after the Flaming Lips tour bus pulled into Atlanta, where they were playing a show that night, to get his take on the festival.

Pitchfork: What was your process like for selecting bands?

Wayne Coyne: They've asked us a couple other times. This always seems like it happens in January or February: "Hey, would you want to curate an All Tomorrow's Parties?" I don't know if we turned them down, we just said, "Oh, we don't want to do it right now." Because we were doing a lot of other things and we kind of knew that eventually we were going to do one. Once we said we were going to do it, we just automatically started thinking of-- not just groups who had records out, but groups who we like or groups that we knew could be on tour. Most of it we were doing while we were up at Dave [Fridmann]'s studio, in March and April, getting a list together and just e-mailing the groups ourselves. There were quite a few of them that we would just be talking to; Kliph [Scurlock, Flaming Lips touring drummer] doing most of the e-mailing back and forth and Kliph and Steven [Drozd] seeing, "Hey, can you do this, can you do that?" I have to say, it's an awesome list.

In the very beginning, I always mention absurd things that aren't musical. When people ask me what I would like to do, I remember telling somebody, not seriously, but just thinking of "Anything is possible" sort of ideas. I thought, "Why don't we get Muhammad Ali, and we let all the audience come up on stage and punch him in the stomach, one at a time?" Wouldn't you love to do that?


Nirvana Live at Reading Official DVD

[] Nirvana's stage-annihilating performance at the UK's Reading Festival on August 30, 1992-- the one where Kurt jokingly came out in a wheelchair-- has been bootlegged to oblivion (check YouTube for proof) but it's getting an official, remastered release this holiday season.

Nirvana Live at Reading will be available November 3 in CD/DVD, CD-only, and DVD-only formats courtesy of Universal; a double-LP version comes out a couple weeks later, on November 17.

Nirvana Live At Reading DVD:

01 Breed
02 Drain You
03 Aneurysm
04 School
05 Sliver
06 In Bloom
07 Come as You Are
08 Lithium
09 About a Girl
10 tourette's
11 Polly
12 Lounge Act
13 Smells Like Teen Spirit
14 On a Plain
15 Negative Creep
16 Been a Son
17 All Apologies
18 Blew
19 Dumb
20 Stay Away
21 Spank Thru
22 Love Buzz *
23 The Money Will Roll Right In (Fang cover)
24 D-7 (Wipers cover)
25 Territorial Pissings

* not on CD

Foo Fighters Plot Greatest Hits

[] Foo Fighters have announced they will release a 'Best Of' album this year.

The collection, titled 'Greatest Hits', will come out on November 2 and features a selection from across Dave Grohl and co's 14-year career, plus new tracks.

The first new track 'Wheels' was premiered at President Obama's July 4 barbecue at the White House, while 'Word Forward' was also recorded especially for the compilation.

Along with the new material, the collection features 'The Pretender', 'All My Life', 'Learn To Fly', 'Best Of You', 'Times Like These', 'My Hero' and 'Everlong' among others, with the full tracklisting set to be confirmed soon.

Glassjaw California Mini Tour

Glassjaw has announced plans to play three mid-November shows in California:

11/11 Los Angeles, CA @ The Mayan Theater
11/12 Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
11/13 San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom

Monument to No One Release New Album

You can download Monument to No One's new self titled record HERE!! Name your own price (with a $4 minimum). There will be CD release shows announced shortly.

For those unfamiliar with the band...

"Monument to No One offers a piercing, psychedelic space rock counterbalanced with ambient mysticism and gritty grunge chops." -

Monument To No One is an alternative rock band from Austin, TX. Heavily influenced by the mid-90's space rock of Hum and Failure, Monument To No One combines the psychedelic guitar arrangements reminiscent of the early Smashing Pumpkins with the edgy melodic grooves of grunge-era arena rock. From modern effects-driven hooks anchored by a flurry of low toms and bass arpeggios, to the warm dynamics of sensitive post-emo ballads, Monument To No One delivers a knock-out performance of sonic attacks and textured rhythmic jams.

<a href="">Planetary by Monument To No One</a>

Night Horse Featured in LA Weekly

Check out this article on Tee Pee Records that seems to focus mostly on Night Horse in this week's LA Weekly (out yesterday)...

[] “I hope you brought your earplugs,” Justin Maranga says as we walk through a loading dock stranded in a section of North Hollywood industrial wasteland. Maranga leads me down the sparse corridor in a warehouse-turned–practice space, past a row of doors and into a high-ceilinged room. The wires jutting out of the ceiling look like the entrails of a dead building. We pass a Cold War–era soda machine and step up to a gunmetal-gray door marked “11.” Maranga pushes it open to reveal a room towering with amplifiers, cords snaking across the floor. The four other members of rock-&-roll band Night Horse stand poised at their instruments.

It’s 11 a.m. on a Saturday. Good morning.

Bassist Nick D’Itri leans on his amp near a broken-looking organ crouched in the corner. Guitarist Greg Buensuceso runs through a lick in front of his Orange amplifier. At the center of the room, Justin Pierce sits behind his drum set and trash-talks Maranga as we walk in. Maranga wastes no time getting started. He strokes his long, reddish beard once, straps on his guitar and rips into the strings. What comes out is the Southern rock–brushed “Come Down Halo,” from the band’s recently released split 7-inch single with Sea of Air. Singer Sam James Velde, former member of rock outfit Bluebird, shakes his hair and lifts one hand to the rafters while the other clutches the mic stand. Here, in the privacy of their practice space, they rip through the Allman Brothers–tinged dual guitar lines and growling bass of “Choose Your Side,” and the rowdy, roadhouse blues of “Good Bye Gone.” “We sped up too much on that one,” Maranga tells the other guys, most of whom were friends from their high school days in Thousand Oaks.

They’re halfway though this Saturday-morning practice session, and the guys have a lot of work ahead of them. Buensuceso also has to get to his grandmother’s birthday party soon, so in these few hours, they’ve got to get it right. Night Horse doesn’t sound rusty, but it’s been a while since the members have all rehearsed together, and one of their biggest shows quickly approaches: Sunset Junction. It’s a crucial moment offering serious exposure for the down-home rockers, a chance to spread their sound to an audience as yet untapped.

Night Horse’s style is familiar but indiscernible; their cocksure barroom vocals and guitar-solo tradeoffs would be at home at CBGB (R.I.P.). “We’re first and foremost a rock & roll band, but we try not to be too derivative,” says Velde. If Night Horse has any derivations, they come from their label, Tee Pee Records, the New York–based outfit that curates the finest in no-gimmick, back-to-basics rock bands.

Founded in 1995 by Tony Presedo, Tee Pee earned high marks for early, seminal releases from drone rockers Sleep and High on Fire, along with weirdos Brian Jonestown Massacre. Presedo parted ways with the label in August 2008 (he now heads up the culinary mash-up Territory BBQ + Records). Under the direction of Steve Dolcemaschio, the “almost-24-year-old” (as he tells me) general manager, the label has cultivated its lineup into an L.A.-centric list heavy on the psychedelic tip. “We are trying to make a label that puts out good music, for the sake of the music,” Dolcemaschio says. Last year he was an intern at Tee Pee, and now he runs the label. The boutique imprint has a staff of four in New York, but supports a roster of eight bands in L.A., six of which were signed or re-signed in 2009. From the Western flavor of Spindrift and the dark, post-apocalyptic haunt of label newcomers Black Math Horseman to Maranga and Pierce’s other band, the epic wall of rock experimentalists, Ancestors, Tee Pee’s latest signings are collectively infused with layers and sonic textures usually absent from the endless noodling of some stoner effusium.

Last July, Tee Pee brought together many of its bands for the first annual New Weird America Fest at L.A.’s Nomad Gallery. The show, named after the “new weird America” freak folk-musical phylum that bubbled up around 2003, in many ways marked a new moment in Los Angeles music — or at least a re-imagining of movements past. It had been years since Arthur Fest brought the finest experimental, psychedelic and folk musics to L.A.; FYF Fest, although presenting a phenomenal lineup, appealed more to Vice Magazine enthusiasts and American Apparel fans. New Weird America represented a realigning of the new psychedelic sounds with roots in Los Angeles’ far-out history.

“It reminded me of being in the desert, of going to see Kyuss out at a generator party, and that kind of community,” desert sage and songwriter Imaad Wasif told me while at indie radio station KXLU. The Coachella Valley native, with family roots in India, played the New Weird America Fest and looked the part of this burgeoning psych scene. His matchstick legs were shrink-wrapped into jeans, his long, wavy hair fell onto the shoulders of his gray military-looking jacket. At times, he speaks like a mystic. “It’s all about creating this cycle of birth, death and growth,” Wasif says about the spiritual nature of his upcoming album, The Voidist (out October 13), which melds melodic acoustic strumming with swirling psych breakdowns. “I didn’t realize it as a kid, but how my parents raised me, with our food and Indian lifestyle, was almost like a mystic in India,” Wasif says. “All of my songs have an embodiment of a character, which is me, and this oracle. I believe in this androgyny within myself.”


Sound&Shape Reviewd on Verbicide

Verbicide Magazine have posted a review of The Sound&Shape's EP "The Love Electric"...

[] Mixing the spasmodic sounds of The Mars Volta and the tranquil interludes of Pink Floyd, Sound & Shape give us their unique brand of prog rock with The Love Electric, a five-song EP marking their second release to date.

The title track starts off the album with hectic guitar passages backed up by harmonious vocals. These harmonies carry throughout the album in several tracks, which provide some relief from the musical chaos that drive this album in a great direction. There’s something about Ryan Caudle’s vocals that reminds me Elvis Costello – but what took me by surprise was the unexpected use of saxophone by guest musician Jim Horn (who has worked with Steely Dan and Frank Sinatra) during “And We Begin As Two.”

This album has a level of unpredictability that definitely held my attention until the very end. The musical ability here is on point, especially the dynamic drumming of Jerry Pentecost during the last track, “The Solitary Journey.” I only hope these guys grow more and more experienced with each album they put out. What’s a shame is that odds are most progressive rock fans have no idea this band exists. Perhaps this album will open some ears and change that."

Alberta Cross are Q Track of the Day

[] To look at and to listen to Alberta Cross conjures imagery of rock-romantic gents sat somewhere near America's sun-soaked west coast playing along to their favorite Lynyrd Skynyrd numbers. Their actual origin - London's tropical east end - has some how managed to stage the beginnings of a rootsy, nu-folk quintet about ready for the big time.

Atypical to the current synthesized vogue (La Roux et al), Alberta Cross' release -ATX - offers a folk/blues grizzle, supercharged with a rock virility reminiscent of Jane's Addictions better works.

A dixie-rock shuffle and sliding guitar lay foundations to a galloping three minutes of radio friendly psychedelia. As a precursor to the up and coming debut album, Broken Side of Time this is a well executed musical amuse bouche.

Kung-Fu Grip do Stone Temple Pilots Tribute Album

Kung-Fu Grip recently participated in tribute albums for both Stone Temple Pilots and Buckcherry, both of which are available now. Wicked Garden: A Millennium Tribute To Stone Temple Pilots is out on Versailles Records. Kung-Fu Grip will be giving away a few copies (once they receive them) so let them know if you'd like one. You can order it from and other stores.

In other, more strange news... Anthony K. and Ricky Wells of Kung-Fu Grip have made a Butterfinger commercial which they star in and wrote and performed the music. Watch that here...

Nebula on Fuel TV

Nebula performs "The Dagger" on Daily Habit:

Mariachi El Bronx/The Bronx Videos

[] The Bronx's Spanish alter ego, Mariachi El Bronx, have posted the video for their track "Cell Mates" online HERE. The clip was directed by Josh Litwhiler. Meanwhile, footage of The Bronx's track "Six Days A Week" being performed in the upcoming "Guitar Hero 5" videogame has been posted online HERE.

Mariachi El Bronx - "Cell Mates" from thedude on Vimeo.

Free Sargent House Records Sampler

The rapidly rising indie label Sargent House is offering a free sampler of its diverse roster of bands beginning this week via AmazonMP3. The 12-song compilation features tracks by RX Bandits, Bygones (Zach Hill & Nick Reinhart), Good Old War, Maps & Atlases, Tera Melos and Red Sparowes. The label sampler includes two singles currently at radio, "My Lonesome Only Friend" (DOWNLOAD MP3, right click, save as) by RX Bandits and "Looking For Shelter" by Good Old War. See full track listing below.

Amazon is currently honoring the indie label on its front page, adding it to the ranks of the online retailer's other championed imprints. The entire free compilation is available HERE.

Sargent House is a Los Angeles based management company and record label. It was founded in June 2006 by Cathy Pellow who also owns music video production company and syndicated television show Refused TV. Pellow began managing the metamorphic rock outfit RX Bandits in 2006. The band needed to release its new album ...And The Battle Begun so Pellow decided to launch her own record label (largely out of interest in doing things differently from the traditional model of record labels.) From that point onward, Pellow continued to manage bands and release records, all under the Sargent House banner.

Listed chronologically from when Pellow first began working with them, Sargent House currently manages the RX Bandits, These Arms Are Snakes, Maps & Atlases, Russian Circles, Tera Melos, Daughters, Red Sparowes, Red Fang, Good Old War, Native, Bygones, Zechs Marquise and Zach Hill. Additionally, Pellow also helms the Rodriguez Lopez Productions imprint, founded by The Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. Sonny Kay came from the Gold Standard Labs label as art director for Rodriguez Lopez Productions (RLP) and Sargent House. RLP launched in March 2009, with its first release by El Grupo Nuevo de Omar Rodriguez Lopez titled Cryptomnesia out in May 2009.

Currently, all Sargent House managed bands also have a release on the SH label. Drummer Zach Hill is the most recent management and label signing. His next solo album, Face Tat is slated for release on Sargent House.

Sargent House FREE sampler track listing:

01. Good Old War "Looking For Shelter" (MP3)
02. RX Bandits "My Lonesome Only Friend" (MP3)
03. Maps & Atlases "Ted Zancha"
04. Bygones "Click On That (Smash the Plastic Death)"
05. This Town Needs Guns "Chinchilla"
06. Tera Melos "A Spoonful of Slurry"
07. Fang Island "Vlad"
08. Native "Ride The Tide"
09. Red Fang "Sharks"
10. Love You Moon "David's Birthday"
11. Cast Spells "Glamorous Glowing"
12. Red Sparowes "The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein Lies the Answer"

Scenepointblank Review Cave In

Scenepointblank posted up a smooth review of CAVE IN's Planets of Old. Here is a sampling:

"Pounding drums and a rumbling bass hold the guitars to earth as they harmonically wail through the din; this is Cave In mixing the aggressive nature (even the brutish bellowing and screaming vocals make a dramatic appearance) of their earlier material with the more spacey sounding material (think Jupiter era), and it is wholly impressive."

Chel (at Hydra Head) has a few left to sell y'all, so hit him up at to get yourself all set up. Our webstore proper also has the goods.

Here is a direct link to the review.

Them Crooked Vultures Studio Clip 2

Them Crooked Vultures have posted another studio clip, this time coming from their song "Elephants"...

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Stream New Woolgather Tracks

Woolgather have posted another new song from their exceptional new album, here's what they had to say...

"Come by the page and check out "P.S. (I Confess)," a new song off our upcoming September 15th release, "Programmes: Vol. I - The Pleasure Principle." Stay updated, we have some big plans for the future!"

Check back next week for my official review of their album.

LA Weekly Features Bygones Vinyl

LA Weekly have featured Bygones debut record "By-" in their vinyl section...

Artist: Bygones
Label: Sargent House
Title: by-
Format: 12-inch (+ download card), yellow vinyl, 1000 pressed

Supergroups are a dime a dozen these days. Power trios are passé, and perhaps that's what's inspired the coupling rampage that Hella's Zach Hill has been on of late: he's pioneering a new format - the megaduo. The hyper-aggressive drummer has paired with Marnie Stern, Scott Herren, Rob Crow, and Christopher Willits to name but a few of his still-fresh projects, and Bygones sees him joining Nick Reinhart (guitarist and singer from NorCal prog demons Tera Melos) for an album's worth of high-octane, sinewy math rock.

DOWNLOAD: Bygones - "Click On That (Smash The Plastic Death)"
(MP3, right click, save as)

There's something about tempo-shifting aural pileups that just works with a turntable in the most wonderfully converse way, suggesting skips and warbles where those don't exist, and leaving the air crackling at the completion of a side. Released by Echo Park's vinyl-loving Sargent House, by- yields some beautiful moments from all that extreme vibrancy (see "Click On That" and "Fool Evolved"), so it's well-matched by the Playschool-yellow wax and crisp cover photograph (modeled by the Dirty Projector's Amber Coffman). - Chris Martins

Purchase direct via Bygones Store

Stardeath & White Dwarfs Post New Music Video

[] When your uncle is Wayne Coyne and the rest of your band served time as crew members for the Flaming Lips' road show, you must understand that people are going to have high and wild creative expectations. And while Stardeath and White Dwarfs' video for 'Age of the Freak' is suitably psychedelic eye-candy, frontman Dennis Coyne admits that it was actually just kind of a happy accident. "We were working on the video for 'New Heat,' our single, and we had some extra time," Dennis tells Spinner. "So we just shot a quick couple-take thing for 'Age of the Freak,' just for the hell of it."

When the director, George Salisbury, wanted to use the footage to experiment with a crazy editing technique called datamoshing (as used by Kanye West in 'Welcome to Heartbreak'), the band let him run with it. There's no denying how cool it is to have Wayne behind the project, but it's the freaky music from the kids on the other side of it that make this video one to watch.

Ex Norwegian Release Alternate Version of Debut Album

Ex Norwegian have just posted the alternate version to the album you all know and love as Standby HERE.

Check it out, you can stream the entire record for free, purchase the album or individual tracks at reasonable name your price prices (with minimums). The alternate version of the record contains demos, alternate versions, and outtakes.

<a href="">Fujeira In My Dreams (demo) by Ex Norwegian</a>

Wolfmother Post Webisode

Wolfmother have posted Transmissions From The Cosmic Egg - Episode 1

A Chance to Create Your Own Version of Portugal. The Man's Album Art

A message from John of Portugal. The Man gives the fans an opportunity to re-do/re-create their album artwork for "The Satanic Satanists" with the original files attached. Please read below...

"Hello guys and gals, John here. We are doing something that we have done in the past with our previous albums that may have a little more freedom of interpretation and reinvention. This is. or should be...., the art & packaging files of our new album "The Satanic Satanist". I remember one moment very vividly that I found to be one of those fantastic moments in the making of this album. Austin had me over for hours and hours, as you can imagine, working on illustrations and template ideas... days and days... when we came down to the coloring. I ended up doing a bunch of splashes in watercolor all in blues and greens, something that he could take and change to the colors of his choosing. After a week or so with the colors Austin ended up calling me at the end of his artistic rope needing help. He sent over the black line drawings on their white background and the layers of blue splashes to try and offer some sort of plan or idea or push. I opened the files and, need to be honest here, had NO IDEA WHATSOEVER what to do with it. It actually hurt my head to even think about. I am not one who can easily handle the mass of layers that file in and out of photo shop Needless to say, I had no idea what to do with the color and had no intention of trying anything at all (though I told Austin I had tried... sorry man). That very night, or morning, around 2am Austin Sellers sends me what would ultimately end up being the color scheme and layout of the album. It blew my mind. Sometimes it only takes lifting that pressure for a moment to get things moving again. Really great work by Austin with this. Very impressive.

We would love to see what you all can do with these files. Feel free to build stencils, to rebuild the package, to draw up new templates. Have fun with it. This is what Austin and I do every time we sit down together. Have fun!

Download The Satanic Satanist raw artwork files (125mb) (right click, save as)

Stone Temple Pilots Fall Tour

Stone Temple Pilots have announced initial dates for a fall US tour...

October 02, 2009 Mobile, AL Bayfest
October 03, 2009 St. Augustine St. Augustine Amphitheatre
October 04, 2009 Orlando, FL Universal Studios Park
October 06, 2009 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
October 07, 2009 Greensboro, NC Special Events Center
October 09, 2009 Portsmouth, VA NTELOS Harbor Center
October 11, 2009 Columbus, OH LC Amphitheatre
October 15, 2009 Fresno, CA Paul Paul Theater
October 18, 2009 Phoenix, AZ Arizona State Fairgrounds
October 20, 2009 Oakland, CA Fox Theatre
October 22, 2009 Highland, CA San Manuel Indian Bingo Casino
October 23, 2009 Primm, NV Star Of The Desert Arena
January 01, 2010 Thackerville, OK WinStar Casino

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Puscifer Offer Love and Rockets Cover Download

[] In our never-ending quest to give you the best music available, we present the Revolver Bootleg series. Throughout each month, we’ll post cool, new, and often-exclusive tracks right here for you to hear before anyone else.

This installment is a cover of Love and Rockets’ 1986 cut “Holiday on the Moon,” as performed by Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan’s side project Puscifer. It appears on the tribute album New Tales to Tell: A Tribute to Love and Rockets (Justice). Mr. Keenan himself was kind enough to tell us, sort of, why he likes the song below.

REVOLVER: What has Love and Rockets’ music meant to you over the years?

MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN: While serving time for assault with a deadly adjective, I was provided with mandatory weekly access to alternative lifestyles. During these events, my educators would broadcast Love ’N’ Rockets. The music changed my life. It provided a happy place for me to spend my blackout time.

Why did you want to cover “Holiday on the Moon”?

I do what I’m told. I was told to want to cover “Holiday on the Moon.” And I was told I was gonna like it. Which I did. So please stop hitting me.

Why did you choose to use electronic instruments to replace the guitar?

I don't play guitar. I’m familiar with them, but have never had the pleasure of understanding them. They seem complicated and slightly kooky. So to actually spend any time alone with them would probably result in some broken furniture and a restraining order. Tempting, right?

If they were still active, which song of yours would you have liked to hear Love and Rockets cover, and why?

“Smells Like Teen Spirit.” It’s not my song, but those guys won’t know. They’re, like, over 30, right?

What’s next for Puscifer? Do you have another album in the works?

We are working on a cure for skin cancer, which we will then bundle with a new release. We feel that it will take something of this nature to actually sell CDs.

How do you feel Puscifer’s live component worked out earlier this year? Will you be touring?

We are planning a “Sherman’s March to the Sea, Redux, (Version 1).” It starts on the West Coast right before Halloween and goes to December 5. Lather, rinse, repeat in March 2010, but more towards the East Coast.

One last question: What’s your favorite flavor of Puscifer lip balm?

That’s not funny. I have no lips. So to bring it up is just plain rude. Your mother says hello, by the way. And she likes the Starfruit Lychee. Snap! [Swivels head]

Download Puscifer's: "Holiday on the Moon" HERE!! (right click, save as)

Nine Inch Nails NYC Night Three

Nine Inch Nails played 29 songs at their 3rd of 4 NYC shows this week. Peter Murphy of Bauhaus joined them for 3 of those songs, one of which was a Bauhaus cover ("Kick in the Eye). Earlier in the set, NIN played "I'm Afraid of Americans", before which Trent said something about getting to work with an idol on a song a few years ago, but unfortunately, despite that tease, David Bowie was nowhere to be found in the building.

Trent introduced Peter Murphy by saying that back in 1990, when they were young and just coming up, someone helped them out and took them on the road. Then came Peter to the stage to help them perform "Reptile" which was followed by "Kick in the Eye". Peter returned in the encore to help NIN do their cover of Joy Division's "Dead Souls".

Night one (Bowery Ballroom) got "smallest venue ever". Night two (Webster Hall) got The Downard Spiral from start to finish. Night three got Peter Murphy. Night four happens tonight (Wednesday, August 26th), again at Terminal 5. Stay tuned for more. Full setlist below.

NIN @ Terminal 5 - Aug 25, 2009 - setlist
"Terrible Lie"
"The Beginning Of The End"
"March Of The Pigs"
"The Line Begins To Blur"
"I'm Afraid of Americans"
"The Big Come Down"
"Gave Up"
"La Mer"
"The Fragile"
"The Way Out Is Through"
"Letting You"
"Reptile" with Peter Murphy
"Kick in the Eye" (Bauhaus) with Peter Murphy
"The Hand That Feeds"
"Head Like A Hole"

"The Frail"
"The Wretched"
"The Day The World Went Away"
"Dead Souls" (Joy Division) with Peter Murphy

Burning Brides' "Poor House" Live

Burning Brides have posted a video of them playing 'Poor House' at the Echo in Los Angeles on 8/13/09.

Burning Brides [at the Echo] - "Poor House"

Clutch Discuss Lyrics with Rolling Stone

Clutch frontman Neil Fallon recently sat down with Rolling Stone to discuss the inspiration behind some of the lyrics from the bands latest album "Strange Cousins From The West".

"Stoner rock stallwarts Clutch return to the road next month, giving fans another chance to congregate and bark along to frontman Neil Fallon’s madman sermons of robot overlords, government cover-ups and long dead civilizations.

Fallon’s bon mots, turns of phrase and sidewalk preacher screeds have carved a unique space for Clutch in the heavy music landscape. And the man who gave us lines like “shadow of the New Praetorian / tipping cows in fields Elysian” and “life inside the biosphere, dodecahedron fever’s here / sporting scarlet letters of genetic imperfection, dear” is once again in blissfully twisted form on Strange Cousins from the West, giving us a paranoid pastiche of assassins, drifters, backwoods monsters and chemical weapons. But how are these sinister visions born?"


Them Crooked Vultures' Post Three More Live Videos

Them Crooked Vultures have posted yet another live video, this time of their tracks "Gunman," "Caligulove," and "New Fang" at the Lowlands Festival.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Lou Barlow Links Up With Dale Crover and Imaad Wasif!

[] No doubt, apologies are a large part of the Lou Barlow canon: Apologizing, wanting someone to apologize, etc. (Barlow would be the first to admit EMOH earned it's name.) On his second proper solo album Goodnight Unknown, Barlow finds a way to revisit said heartache-y canon -- think the emotionally barest of Sebadoh, Sentridoh -- while updating and filling-out the sound in a natural enough way. (Like adding Melvins' Dale Crover on drums.) You've likely heard the lead track "Gravitate," which Barlow described as "a good combination of my least accessible Sentridoh stuff and my most successful Folk Implosion stuff." That combo also shows up on "Don't Apologize." Hear for yourself in this Adam Harding-directed praying-mantis-from-space video treatment. Besides the bug, a stuffed mouse, Lou, and some self-referential art on the walls, you'll also spot Imaad Wasif and Crover. It's the first of six Goodnight Unknown videos.

As far as those six other videos, here's "The Right"

Eventually, all Goodnight-related clips will be housed at Lootube.

Goodnight Unknown is out 10/6 via Merge. Lou will be playing both as Lou and in Dinosaur Jr. for the following dates, except where noted:

10/02 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
10/03 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
10/04 - Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
10/06 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (Release Show) #
10/07 - New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
10/08 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/09 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
10/10 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
10/11 - Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot
10/13 - Madison, WI @ The Majestic Theatre
10/14 - St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
10/15 - Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
10/16 - Louisville, KY @ Headliner's Music Hall
10/17 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
10/26 - Kansas City, MO @ The Beaumont Club
10/27 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
10/29 - Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
10/30 - Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
11/03 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
11/04 - Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
11/06 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore

# No Dinosaur Jr.

Priestess Set Canadian Release for "Prior to the Fire"


"And a nice big fat tour to go along with it! We're going to start posting all kinds of new shit in the next month or so; artwork, track listing and hell even a song or two! See you soon!

PS: It'll be coming out everywhere else early in 2010, trust me, as early as possible!!"

This Truly is a Super Tuesday

Exeter's new album "Grey Noise, White Lies" is officially available today! It can be purchased through Pop Up Records ( or Engineer Records ( and is also available on iTunes, Amazon, emusic and Limewire for those who only download or cannot wait to get a physical copy.

While I don't usually do this, today calls for a special announcement due to the impressive quality and quantity of new releases today. Aside from Exeter, there are fantastic albums being released today from...

Masters of Reality - Pine / Cross Dover

Mew - No More Stories...

Mariachi El Bronx

Arctic Monkeys - Humbug

Biffy Clyro - That Golden Rule EP

Alice in Chains Video Interview

Guitarist Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney of ALICE IN CHAINS were interviewed by the KROQ radio station at the Epicenter festival, which was held this past Saturday (August 22) at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. Watch video footage of the chat below.

If you pre-order ALICE IN CHAINS' new album, "Black Gives Way To Blue", via iTunes, you will receive two exclusive bonus tracks: "Your Decision" (live) and "Black Gives Way To Blue (Elton John Piano Mix)".

ALICE IN CHAINS has released "Check My Brain" as the first official single from "Black Gives Way To Blue". The song made its way to radio stations earlier in the month and is also streaming online. Cantrell told The Pulse of Radio he wrote the song about moving from Seattle, where he grew up, to Los Angeles. "There's a certain aspect of sarcasm, I guess, being a guy from Seattle who lives in L.A., ex-drug addict who lives in the belly of the beast and doesn't partake, and being totally cool with that," he said. "It's like being the bad gambler and living in Vegas. It's right there. It's just the irony of that and a little bit of sarcasm. And it's not putting this place down at all. It's just kind of like, 'Wow, you know, check my brain, wow.'"