*[theprp.com] The Deftones themselves are organizing another special benefit event for ailing bassist Chi Cheng, who continues his recovery from a 2008 car accident. The new benefit show will take place at the Ace Of Spades in Sacramento, CA on June 14th with all proceeds going to the Chi Ling Cheng Special Needs Trust.
*Check out a live Cave In show from February where the band played a special stripped down set including two songs from White Silence, "Heartbreaks, Earthquakes" and "Reanimation". The album will be available May 24th through Hydra Head...
*Watch J Mascis perform “Several Shades of Why”, “Circle” & “Listen To Me” at Brooklyn’s 3 egg studios for Pitchfork.com...
*Les Savy Fav have posted the video for their song "Sleepless in Silverlake" from last years incredible Root for Ruin. For all those in the DC area, be sure to catch the band live this coming Saturday, May 7th at The Black Cat...
*[consequenceofsound.net] Patrick Carney has always rocked that Buddy Holly look, and while the 31-year-old drummer for The Black Keys isn’t the voice behind his band’s cover of Holly’s “Dearest”, it’s still pretty cool to listen to a new take on the song, which was originally released on 1958’s Rave On EP. The Keys’ cover is the first taste of the forthcoming Buddy Holly tribute disc, Rave On Buddy Holly, which is due on June 28th.
The project features contributions from heavyweights like Paul McCartney, Fionna Apple, and My Morning Jacket and is supposed to steer clear of “reverent re-creations typically found on similar projects;” however, the Keys version finds Carney and frontman Dan Auerbach pretty much staying true to the original. The bass line benefits from the miracles of modern recording technology, but the boys do update the plucked guitar part with good results. A few hand claps and finger snaps also paint a pretty sonic picture, and the results can be found streaming HERE. Pre-orders for the album are going on at Amazon.com.
*[theprp.com] Ex-Isis bassist Jeff Caxide, programmer Bryant Clifford Meyer and drummer Aaron Harris have been moving forward with their as-yet unnamed new project together. Harris recently tweeted the following on that:
“Demoing a few new songs with Jeff and Cliff today. No name or plan for our project yet, but we’re happy with the progress + sounds.”
*The Fling have posted a video for their track "Dry The Rain". The song comes from the band's fantastic debut album When The Madhouses Appear...
*[theprp.com] dredg‘s new single “The Thought Of Losing You” is presently available as a free download over at iTunes. The song appears on the bands newly released album “Chuckles And Mr. Squeezy“.
*[themusictoday.wordpress.com] I’m so proud of my town. There’s so much great local music. We’re on day four of the Local Music Week at Ouga Chaka and we’re still going strong with songs that sound like they could compete at a national level. The Black Shades are still based in Bowling Green but have the potential to become a band just as successful as anything that has ever come out of the area. It’s easily accessible up-tempo garage rock. There’s really nothing controversial or pushes about this music unless you just flat out senselessly hate The Hives. They where matching clothing, coordinate stage movements, and work to please the audience. They’re definitely the kind of spectacle that has come to be a core part of rock-n-roll music for over fifty years.
The Black Shades first album, We Are the Black Shades, has been rotating for nearly half a year now and is helping to make a name for The Black Shades. They’ve certainly got their act together and the quality of the recordings matches. “Gimme Action” is one of the catchier songs on the record but it really isn’t that much of a standout. There aren’t bad tunes involved. “Gimme Action” is just particularly bouncy and lovable. Check out the song via the band’s MySpace. Also do them a favor and like their Facebook page. They really want people to do that. I think there’s a chance of getting free stuff so why not?
*Check out a video of Manray performing their song "Gordon Lamborghini" live on 4/29/11 at 40 Watt Club in Athens, GA...
*[press release] The Sky Drops expand their brand of shoegaze rock with their third release, Making Mountains. The first track, “Explain It To Me,” is an infectious romp in slithering fuzz, a la 60s Stones high on MBV. “Cut That Corner” and the hypnotic swagger of “Keeper” bring The Sky Drops’ trademark harmonies, explosive guitars and atmospherics to a Queens of the Stone Age sensibility. The fuzz subsides, and a swell of Loveless era guitars drives the catchy Latin sway of “Out The Window.” The last track is the unsettling acoustic beauty “Together-ing.”
The Sky Drops are Rob Montejo and Monika Bullette. Rob was the founding member of Smashing Orange, one of the original American shoegaze bands of the early 90s.
These Delaware natives unearth an ocean-size of sound and have taken their moody sonic maelstrom throughout the USA and UK. Their critically recognized releases include the EP Clouds of People and the full length Bourgeois Beat. The Sky Drops will be touring the US throughout 2011 in support of their new EP Making Mountains on Custom Made Music.
*[press release] Custom Made Music will be releasing a new split 7" from shoegazers Last Remaining Pinnacle and post-rockers Pan Galactic Straw Boss. Virginia Psych/Shoegaze/Noise outfit Last Remaining Pinnacle offer up their most hypnotic and experimental track to date with "Students Of The V.U.". The song is full of fuzzy guitars, droned out percussion and psychotic synth noise bringing to mind the experimental nature of artists like Savage Republic and The Tribes Of Neurot combined with an air of the Velvets and early Pink Floyd. LRP are joined by fellow Virginian's Pan Galactic Straw Boss who's track "Sleepless" starts out at a snail like pace then builds and builds into a euphoric blast of shoegaze bliss bringing to mind the atmospheric noise of Slowdive, MBV, and Boris. This release will be available May 16th from Custom Made Music.