Monday, January 31, 2011

The Black Angels Announce Headlining Tour

[press release] Blue Horizon is pleased to announce that The Black Angels will be heading out on a headlining tour this spring in support of their latest release, Phosphene Dream. The tour will kick off at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans, LA, on March 31st and conclude with a home state stop in Dallas, TX, at The Loft on May 21st. In between these dates, they will also be performing at their fourth annual Austin Psych Fest, which will take place April 29-May 1st. It is no secret that the band loves to tour, and their stunning live shows illustrate their dedication. NPR attended a performance at Seattle's Triple Door late last year and proclaimed, "The group tore the roof off and let its razor blade leads and wailing organ-synth rain down. Leader Alex Maas barked with a ferociousness that sunk into the skin." The Black Angels will also spend the month of February touring throughout Europe, further proving they have no plans to slow down anytime soon.

Phosphene Dream marks a huge leap forward for The Black Angels. It was produced and mixed by Dave Sardy (Oasis, Wolfmother) in Los Angeles, a far stretch from the cozy Austin studios that delivered their first two records. This new one presents a fresh take on the neo-Psychedelic movement they've been at the forefront of for years.

The Black Angels spent the past Fall on the road with Black Mountain in support of this new release, which Rolling Stone praised, claiming: "there are smartly layered riffs and echo-slathered melodies, and the Angels brighten up on tracks like 'Telephone,' a 119-second nugget that would have fit in on an early Kinks album." Filter agreed, calling Phosphene Dream "face-melting," while the BBC declared, "rock album of the year, if anyone's counting."

Black Angels US Tour Dates:

3/31- New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks *
4/01 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade*
4/02 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle *
4/03 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
4/05 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church *
4/06 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre *
4/08 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
4/09 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
4/10 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street *
4/11 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club *
4/12 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa *
4/14 - Toronto, ONT - Lee's Palace *
4/15 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop *
4/16 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick *
4/17 - Newport, KY - Southgate House *
4/18 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
4/20 - Madison, WI - The High Noon Saloon*
4/21 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom *
4/22 - St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House *
4/23 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck*
4/9-5/03 - Austin, TX - Austin Psych Fest
5/05 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre #
5/06 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge #
5/07 - Boise, ID - Neurolux #
5/09 - Vancouver, BC - Venue #
5/10 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market #
5/11 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom#
5/13 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's #
5/14 - Pomona, CA - The Fox Theater (Supporting The Kills)
5/15 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre #
5/16 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern #
5/18 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room #
5/20 - Oklahoma City, OK - ACM Performance Lab#
5/21 - Dallas, TX - The Loft #

*with Suuns
#with Sleepy Sun

Dismemberment Plan's NYC Show Featured on Big Ass Lens

[] Of all the indie bands we bumped hard in our high school and college days, The Dismemberment Plan still get knock in my stereo. They're one of the few bands whose development is so finely traceable and their sound so consistently matured from record to record that I often wonder how it is they never got absolutely mega huge. Plenty of lesser bands wrote poppy indie-rock and got pretty massive, but none did it with the reflexivity, awareness and consummate skill of The Plan. From their raucous early two-fer "!" and "The Dismemberment Plan Is Terrified" it was obvious these cats had crazy energy and anarchic wit, but the quantum leap they made in "Emergency and I" and their swan song, "Change" is why we still talk about them in such reverential terms. It's why they rank as high as they do on things like the Pitchfork Best Albums of the 90s list, and why when they announced some one off reunion shows months ago we all flipped bathing apeshit and copped tickets immediately.

Saturday night the moment finally came, and as fans who never saw them when they were still active, we were beyond pumped. Kicking off their set with the ever-appropriate "A Life Of Possibilities", the band who once yearned to be described as Radiohead meets De La Soul showed no major signs of rust as they plowed through their densely nimble songs. Joe Easley, Eric Axelson and Jason Caddell still have the skill to jump the rails following singer Travis Morrison's skittish delight and rein it all back together on a dime - delivering two hours of improbably massive hooks. What struck us watching and listening to a completely sold-out room go absolutely nuts screaming every word, each chorus hitting exactly where our pop trained minds tell us it should; was the underlying fact that these songs are still so damn strange! Sure the elements are familiar, and on-the-surface non-threatening, but the arrangements and intensity of the lyrics, and dexterity with which this band bundles it all together is simply unlike any other.

To us, our awesome videos of crowd favorite "The Ice of Boston", and oldie-but-spazz-out goodie "OK, Joke's Over" are each "just another D Plan song". But lost within saying that, and certainly more important than recollecting the fun of seeing them live, is an acknowledgment that we might never quite see another band like these cats from Washington D.C.

The Dismemberment Plan - Ice of Boston (Webster Hall 1/29) from Big Ass Lens on Vimeo.

The Dismemberment Plan - OK Joke's Over (Webster Hall 1/29) from Big Ass Lens on Vimeo.

Adebisi Shank Featured on Alarm Press

[] Irish trio Adebisi Shank, already causing a stir in Europe with its wicked-precise guitar harmonizing and boundless energy, will release its new album, titled simply This Is The Second Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank, in North America on March 15 via Sargent House.

Its music isn't easily categorized, but falls somewhere in the realm of a math-metal version of Battles. The fluctuations in tempo, volume, and overall intensity make each song a progressive exploration of texture and melody. Due in part to a sheer glut of instruments, one minute you're listening to vicious shredding, and the next a blissed-out Peter Gabriel / Animal Collective-style groove.

"On the first album, our mission was get in, tear it up, get out," says Vin, the band's bassist. "The whole thing is over in about 24 minutes, which is really cool, but this time we wanted to make something that you could really spend a bit of time with, get a bit lost in. This one's 40 minutes, which might not sound a lot, but to us that is almost like a double album. It's a big, glorious mess."

The band is set to make its live debut in the US during the Sargent House showcase at SXSW.

Roadsaw's Upcoming Album Reviewed on The Ripple Effect

[] This is an album that had to be made, and Roadsaw was just the band to do it.

Let me explain. Every week it seems, around the Ripple HQ, Pope and I get into a fevered conversation about how America is poised to embrace real rock again. With the schmaltz producers running out of retreads to retread, it seems that there’s a burning for something honest, something raw, something real. Along those lines, Small Stone, with its stellar line-up of bands like Lo-Pan, Sun Gods in Exile, and Suplecs, leads the way, and others like Hydro-Phonics, Tee-Pee, and even our own label, Ripple Music, with bands like Stone Axe, Grifter, Mighty High and Iron Claw, are poised and ready to pounce at a moment’s notice to unleash a fury of real rock onto the world. Satisfying the hunger, feeding the craving.

But before that can happen, we need a bridge album. An album fully steeped in the heaviness, grittiness, and muscle of real rock, but crafted with such a perfect eye for melody and--dare I say it—pop hooks, that it can capture the general public’s ears. Threatening and, oh so violent, but deep in its melody, refined in its choruses, and smooth as an iced road in a Boston winter. Dirty, but clean enough to actually break onto the airwaves.

Roadsaw have delivered such an album, and it’s a corker.

I was a big fan of See You In Hell, their 2008 album which I immediately placed on to my best of list for that year. Expect to find the self-titled Roadsaw on this year’s list.

Don’t let any mention of that awful P-word (pop) dissuade you from spinning this beast. And I do mean beast. Roadsaw hangs deep in the water of heavy like an overburdened barge weighed down under the immensity of its riffs. Fuzz, power, gruff, it’s all here. But so is something else. I don't mean "pop" in the sense of sell-out. Heaven forbid! I mean "pop" in the sense of a killer accessibility, pop in the sense that you could play this album for someone who isn't already addicted to heavy rock and within moments you could get his head doing the man nod and her ass doing the feminine groove.

Since their last album, the cats of Roadsaw (founding members, Tim Catz (bass) and Craig Riggs (vocals), and guitarist Ian Ross and drummer Jeremy Hemond (also of Cortez and Black Thai) have matured as straight-forward songwriters in some sort of exponential way, allowing space to creep into their songs, passages of subtlety, even moments of jazzy breeziness, all layer upon some seriously catchy riffs and H1N1-infectious melodies. The whole package just screams "we’re still heavy folks, f**k we’re heavy, but we’re so much more than that."

With rock radio caught in a chasing-their-own-tailspin, salivating at the return of Velvet Revolver, or AudioslaveCreedAlterBridgeNickleBoringSomething, this is the album that should creep into the playlists. Like a midnight stalker, sneaking into the bedroom of the unsuspecting, Roadsaw should insinuate itself onto the airwaves. Get the nation rocking again.

From the first cut, we’re off and running. “Dead and Buried,” features a simply filthy guitar tone with its edges totally obscured by fuzz. Yet, somehow, it’s still clean at its heart. The riff repeats and builds on itself in a fashion not too dissimilar from “Daytripper,” by the Beatles... er... that is if the Beatles never shaved, tattooed skulls on their deltoids, and draped their brass-knuckled fingers around the handles of a Harley. Still, the point is there. As heavy as that riff is, it’s still totally accessible. Add to that a thick, but melodic vocal performance by Riggs, and a chorus that should have every trucker singing as they head out I-10 and we got ourselves a candidate for our first heavy radio hit. “Weight in Gold,” fuzzes the tone even more and ups the adrenaline a thousand fold, coming at you like some Feurezeug attack. This is a fuzz-punk assault all the way through the impossibly scuzzed Ross guitar solo to its defining moment, 2:36 in. Sudden tempo change, bass and drum lock into a groove that wouldn’t be out of place in a late night underground beat club, while the guitar squeaks through a tastefully frenetic flurry. Then the riff heaviness comes back, leading right into the monster blitz of “Thinking of Me,” and again, we’re off and running. Heavy? Oh, yeah. But clear enough that this cut should appeal to anyone listening to The Boneyard on XM and wanting to hear something new. Once again, Riggs outdoes himself on the vocal here, keeping it thick-throated, but accessible.

“Long in the Tooth,” follows suit, marrying devastatingly heavy riffs, panzer-division bass, and Stuka attack drumming with a melody sweet enough to suck in the ears of the uninitiated. Add a cool southern swagger to the vocal and we got radio hit number 2. My choice for number 3 is “The Getaway,” which rides a frenetic riff straight down the throat of its knock-em-out chorus.

Sure, some fans of only the heaviest and skuzziest history of Roadsaw might feel that the album is a touch too polished. The impossibly slow and epic, “Electric Heaven,” may appease them a touch, with its Clutch-meets Sabbath bad trip vibe. But this album isn’t about appeasing the old fans. It’s about breaking ground with the new ones. Keeping the past alive while screaming and kicking the masses in the teeth. It’s about breaking new ground in the acceptance of the heavy and tilting the planetary axis a bit towards the equator of real rock.

It’s an album that had to be made, and Roadsaw was just the band to do it. - Racer

Quick Notes: Hopewell, Mission of Burma, Grandfather + More

*[] Using recordings culled from their epic 3-night engagement at Truck Festival America this May and their 2009 performance at All Tomorrow’s Parties NY, this two-part live album spans Hopewell’s rich and controversial history. Volume 1 is a snapshot of the present day band. Atypically, Hopewell’s music actually becomes heavier and more abstract as the band gets older, the modern version has two drummers, often employ’s a choir and horns and is infamous for bludgeoning audiences into stunned silence with its brilliantly strange and unpredictable, psych-rock orchestration.

*[] I don't think I've missed more than a couple of New York City area Mission of Burma shows since I accidentally caught them at the Stillwell Stage at Siren Fest in '04. At that point in the band's history, they were still a somewhat recently reunited group, but clearly devoted to something more than just a few reunion performances. This was a group that was not so much reunited as they were picking up where they left off in 1983, anxious to write and record groundbreaking music yet again. Seven years and three (fantastic) full-length albums later, Mission of Burma have even further embedded their place in music history, a sort of indie music myth for our times.

So it goes without saying that these two shows, at Maxwell's on 1/28 and Bell House on 1/29 (both of which sold out) were met with excitement from the most devoted of Burma's fans. The band has become known for hand picking their opening acts, and in the case of these shows, they did an excellent job with both. New York City's Grandfather (not to be confused with Grandchildren) opened the Maxwell's show on Friday, a threesome with clear inspiration from Mission of Burma's unique timing and song structure. Their songs were dark, but meticulously written, with a heavy emphasis on rhythm. Grandfather's drummer, a highly energetic and precise musician, took on lead vocal duties as their guitarist and bassist flung themselves around on stage throughout their set. In hindsight, it made perfect sense when their guitarist told me before the show that Bob Weston and Steve Albini were behind their debut record. Check this band out (their next show is at Party Expo in Brooklyn 2/7/11).


*Geronimo! have posted a video for their song "Thunderbattles" from the album Fuzzy Dreams. Directed by Ron Felten...

Geronimo! - "Thunderbattles" from Ron Felten on Vimeo.

Kylesa + Red Fang Added to Helmet Tour

[] Opening acts have officially been announced for the upcoming “Metalliance Tour” which will see Helmet (who will perform their 1992 album “Meantime“), Saint Vitus and Crowbar join forces.

The tour will now also feature Kylesa, Red Fang, Howl and The Atlas Moth on all stops. Revised dates for the trek run as follows:

03/17 Dallas, TX – Southside Music Hall (feat. Royal Thunder)
03/18 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog Bar (“SXSW“)
03/19 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks (feat. Naam)
03/20 St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
03/21 Orlando, FL – Firestone Live
03/22 Greensboro, NC – Greene Street
03/23 West Springfield, VA – Jaxx
03/24 Worcester, MA – The Palladium (feat. Moth Eater)
03/25 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
03/26 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s (feat. Keelhaul)
03/27 Joliet, IL – Mojoe’s
03/29 Denver, CO – The Summit
03/31 Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
04/01 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
04/03 San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine
04/05 Hollywood, CA – House of Blues

The Bronx & Mariachi El Bronx Feature Documentary

[] The Bronx are the most exciting (if not most honest and uncompromising) bands I’ve witnessed in eight years of writing about music around L.A. They also famously have a flip side, Mariachi El Bronx, and they’re playing Coachella this year. This documentary from Babelgum, filmed in London, gives you a good taste of both.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Hold Your Horse Is Release New Single + Post Update

The latest Hold Your Horse Is newsletter...

1. New Single & Video out Today.
2. UK Tour Starts Thursday.
3. Wolves Festival, Sheffield.
4. Brand New T-Shirts.
5. Bandcamp.


You might have heard Ian Camfield or John Kennedy spinning it on XFM recently, but if not no worries... YOU CAN DOWNLOAD IT FOR FREE AS OF NOW HERE!!

It's called 'Forgive and Forget' and we hope you enjoy it. We are currently writing an album for the end of this year and it will probably be on that, wish us luck!

Also check out the video on the same page! Cameo appearances from members of Stagecoach, Freeze The Atlantic, Our Lost Infantry, FOE, Cephas, Jealous Again, Teeth & Tusks and our producer! How's that? Also if you look closely at the game boards you might recognize one or two more friendly faces!

Please share the track/video round as much as possible and let us know what you think of it!


Really excited to be hitting the road again, really do hope you can make it to show! Also excited to be playing with Mojo Fury as they sound rad.


Thursday 3rd - LEICESTER, Firebug*
Saturday 5th - NEWCASTLE, The Venue, Market Street (FREE ENTRY)
Sunday 6th - GLASGOW, 13th Note
Monday 7th - ABERDEEN, Cafe Drummonds
Tuesday 8th - EDINBURGH, Sneaky Pete's
Wednesday 9th - LEEDS, Brudenell Social Club (FREE ENTRY)
Thursday 10th - IPSWICH, The Swan (FREE ENTRY)
Friday 11th - ALDERSHOT, West End Centre
Saturday 12th - NOTTINGHAM, The Maze
Sunday 13th - CARDIFF, Undertone
Tuesday 15th - LONDON, Purple Turtle (FREE ENTRY)
Wednesday 16th - SOUTHAMPTON, Hamptons

*Mojo Fury have had to pull out of this show but have been replaced by the wonderful Hymns (ex-Blakfish). Check out their new single HERE, it's totally amazing.

'Attend' the facebook event to keep updated/reminded HERE. Links to advanced tickets can be found HERE.


As we had such a lovely time in Sheffield last time, we are missioning up to do a one off show on Thursday 3rd March @ The Harley in Sheffield. It's part of a 3 date, 3 city event called Wolves Festival and it involves loads of totally awesome bands (including Chickenhawk and Shapes).

For more information on the other bands playing and on tickets, please visit HERE.


Not 'Brand New' t-shirts but brand new t-shirts! Designed by Robin, balloon related and in maroon or white. Pick them up from us on tour for £8 or order one HERE. Get in there early if you are fussy about your size/color/gender!


The other day I spent hours uploading our entire back catalog (plus a couple of rarities) to Bandcamp. You can now listen to pretty much everything we have ever recorded online and in high quality (doesn't music sound rubbish on Spotify?!).

You can also pay what you want (or pay nothing) to download some of our older releases in high quality (don't tracks off iTunes sound rubbish?).

Check it out!


Robin (Drums), James (Bass), Chris (Guitar).

Roman Traffic Live on WZLX

Check out a video of Boston's Roman Traffic performing live on WZLX from this past November...

Earthtone9 Announce UK Tour

NMC Live in association with Kilimanjaro, Mean Fiddler, DHP, Damnation and Insangel brings you the SCUZZ presented FRICTION TOUR featuring the long-awaited touring return of... EARTHTONE9 + special guests: THE OCEAN, MAYBESHEWILL, and HUMANFLY. Tour Dates include:

Tuesday 17th May - Birmingham, Academy 2
Wednesday 18th May - Durham, Live Lounge
Thursday 19th May - Glasgow, Stereo
Friday 20th May - Manchester, Club Academy
Saturday 21st May - Bristol, Thekla
Sunday 22nd May - London, Relentless Garage

Tickets available HERE starting Monday 31st January.

Just over 9 years after EARTHTONE9 said goodbye to a packed London Garage, they will return to round off the FRICTION TOUR, their long-awaited comeback.

The band made tentative steps back into the live arena in the second half of 2010 with performances at the Sonisphere and Damnation festivals; the response, however, was anything but uncertain. The old fanbase was still very much alive alongside a new set of fans, all eager to see whether the old songs stood the test of time and whether this progressive outfit could still hold such an overused title. They didn't disappoint.

Where once EARTHTONE9 were the UK's torchlight battling through a tedious nu-metal fog, they now return to join a metal scene thriving with ingenuity and inventiveness, much of which had its way paved by the band's output around the turn of the millennium. The new material will only confirm why they are held in such high esteem.

THE OCEAN from Germany are confirmed admirers, and are themselves simply one of the most exciting heavy acts around, blending a multitude of genres in what was once a collective's creative cauldron. UK tours with the likes of Opeth, and most recently The Dillinger Escape Plan, have only confirmed their position in the live setting, and their two albums in 2010 via Metal Blade left critics from Terrorizer to Rock Sound in raptures.

MAYBESHEWILL bring their instrumental fusion of post-rock, metal and electronica, and an ethos that has seen them work tirelessly to secure a devoted group of followers. Drowned In Sound and Rock Sound are regular supporters of the band, and no doubt their new album will keep them moving positively in both regard and musical progression.

HUMANFLY will open the tour with a fleet of riffs at their disposal, and a UK scene finally waking up to what their home county of Yorkshire has known for a while: this band is incredible. Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, Rock-a-Rolla and numerous other magazines loved their new album 'Darker, Later'; the band toy with layers of prog, touching on King Crimson and Pink Floyd, that groove effortlessly into ferocious hardcore and bleak slabs of metal. Make sure you get down early.

The Dismemberment Plan's Ode to Fast Food

[] Here's a video of the Dismemberment Plan playing in Boston Friday night, in which they veer off into a riff on Das Racist's "Combination Pizza Hut & Taco Bell" during "OK Joke's Over," including Travis Morrison screaming, "Chik-Fil-A! Chik-Fil-A! Chik-Fil-A!" over and over.

The Dismemberment Plan plays Webster Hall tonight. We were already excited, but now even more so.

Foo Fighters Debut New Album Live [Video]

[] Up until now, our previews of Foo Fighters’ forthcoming 7th LP have come in the form of 10 and 28-second snippets. But thanks to a last-minute concert in Los Angeles last night, we finally have more details, as well as a taste that lasts beyond 29 seconds.

Announced via Twitter just hours before showtime, Dave Grol and Co. played a 26-song set at the 300-capacity Velvet Jones night club. According to Antiquet‘s Johnny Firecloud, who also has a must-read review of the show, the set saw the band begin by playing all 11 tracks off their new LP in sequential order before dedicating the second half of the show to the rest of their discography. Below, you can find the complete setlist; presumably the first 11 tracks — which are italicized — are the same as the album’s setlist. So there you go.

Also below, we have video of one new track, “These Days”, which Firecloud described as “an accusatory song that demands a little empathy.” Update: A YouTube user named squaresoflight has uploaded a 10-minute highlights clip featuring snippets of several news songs, including “Bridge Burning”, “Rope”, “White Limo”, “These Days”, “Matter of Time”, “Miss the Misery”, and “I Should Have Known”.

Bridge Burning
Dear Rosemary
White Limo
These Days
Back & Forth
Matter of Time
Miss the Misery
I Shoulda Know

All My Life
Times Like These
My Hero
Learn to Fly
Up in Arms
Big Me
Enough Space
Hey JP

I’ll Stick Around
This is a Call

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Grandfather Interviewed in The Deli Magazine

[] Having grown tired of hearing everyone and anyone with access to a home digital "recording studio" pump out often lifeless collections of songs, this past July the three members of Grandfather sold off all of their home recording equipment and headed to Chicago to make their album "Why I'd Try" with the help of analog recording wizard and engineer Steve Albini. The band plays an intense brand of (non-instrumental) post-rock that often escalates to post-punk peaks. “You’re Strange” merges heavy, near prog-rock-like sound structures against earnest, impassioned vocals. With an emphasis more on vocals, lyrics and storytelling, the track peaks with an explosive instrumental conclusion. “Tremors” has a clackety percussive propulsion, while the guitar builds tension behind more sincere, questioning vocal. “Is the pressure too much, not for nonesuch” is typical of the lyrical content that frequently presents itself in riddled cadence. A particularly tasty drums and bass rhythmic undercurrent lays the ground for creative guitar work on top, in particular, some nice rubbery string manipulation.

Since the release of your debut album "Why I'd Try," what has the response been like? What are the latest stats as far as downloads and units sold?
The response has been overwhelmingly positive considering “Why I’d Try” is the first Grandfather recording made available to the public we never released an EP or demo to lay the groundwork. Prior to its release, our audience was limited to the few people who caught our shows in NYC and Brooklyn. Since then, we have been asked by people all over the US and overseas to come play their cities. This is encouraging because we want to tour extensively in the near future.

Are new songs being written, or are you still concentrating on developing the tracks you wrote for the album throughout your live shows?

Both. We are manically working on new material. Our first album established a collective musical identity that is now able to evolve. One example of this is that we rely less on preconceived, individual ideas and are instead creating music as a group through improvisation. We are letting our instincts dictate the process.

The same evolution is also taking place in our live show, and we are developing new methods to break the boundaries of our music. Now that we’re intensely familiar with the album tracks, we are taking more risks and allowing ourselves more freedom to experiment.

What is the significance of your band's name? Is one of your grandfathers being honored?
We made a list of words and phrases in a stream of consciousness. We were drawn to the word “grandfather” for its simplicity and practicality. I guess no one was particularly against it, so that was that.

Is there a running thematic concept to "Why I'd Try”? Or does each song stand alone, independent of the other?
There is definitely a thematic concept to “Why I’d Try,” though we only discuss it verbally amongst ourselves. These themes played an important role in the sequencing of the songs on the record and other compositional decisions.

We believe that if we can interpret the album in a meaningful way, then there is a good chance someone else can as well. That’s the hope at least.

Would you ever be interested in scoring a film or making music for some other video image project that isn't necessarily a Grandfather production?
We would definitely be interested. I think we would thrive off of a project involving film or any other visual form of media. Writing music for us is very visual in that we tend to associate concrete images and themes with the sound of our band. I think all three of us would really enjoy working in the opposite direction — starting with an image and abstracting music out of it.

What other interests or hobbies do you have, when you are not making music?

When are we not making music? At the end of the day, we are all pretty social so we go out together and drink — mostly whiskey.

Declan De Barra Plotting European Tour

A message from Declan De Barra (former Clann Zu frontman)...

"This is how it is looking so far, all the TBA’s should come together in the next few weeks detail wise. We have a hole for 21 and 22 in Spain at the moment. So if any of you there want a house show with Holmes and myself get in touch with

The covers for the CD and Vinyl have arrived and Emil at Blackstar reckons they look deadly. Should have them scanned soon to show you.

Right, I’d better book a flight… and learn the new songs!


15 Germany – tba
16 Germany – tba
17 Germany – tba
18 France – Paris – Festival
19 France – Clermont Ferrand- Baraka
20 Spain -Elgoibar
21 Spain – tba
22 Spain – tba
23 Portugal – tba
24 Spain – Don Benito
25 Spain – Arrasate
26 Spain – Barcelona – Heliogabal
27 France – tba
28 Germany – tba
29 Germany – tba
30 Denmark – tba
31 Sweden – Uddevalla- Mortens krog


01 Sweden – Göteborg
02 Sweden – Vänersborg – Biblioteket
02 Sweden – Sandviken – Kungen
03 Sweden- Umeå – Hamnmagasinet
04 Sweden – Luleå – Föreningsgatan
06 Sweden – Jönköping
07 Germany – tba
08 Germany – Trier-Exhaus
09 Germany – Landau – Fatal
10 Germany –tba
11 Germany – tba
12 Czech rep – Prague – 007
13 Czech rep – Brno – Foyer Divadla Bolka Polivky
14 Germany – tba
15 Germany – tba

True Widow Debut "Skull Eyes" Off Upcoming Album

[] Self-described Dallas, Texas “stonegaze” trio True Widow are reminiscent of a heavier Low or a slightly speedier, Southern take on ’90s NYC slowcore stalwarts Codeine. Their moody, sturdy second album As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center To The Circumference Of The Earth isn’t out until March, but goes very well with all this January snow. Take a listen to one of a handful of hushed easy-on-the-ears standouts, “Skull Eyes.” Somehow these dudes and lady make well-defined bass, tasteful drums/guitars, and sleepy voices very compelling.

DOWNLOAD: True Widow – “Skull Eyes”

As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center To The Circumference Of The Earth is out 3/29 via Kemado.

Grass Is Green + The Dirty Dishes Tour Dates

Two of our favorite local Boston bands GRASS IS GREEN and THE DIRTY DISHES are going out on tour together for the majority of February and March. Be sure to check them out when they're in your town!!

If the date is in bold, it means it's not booked. If you have any suggestions, want them to play your basement/garage/barn/whatever, or just want to say hi, email them at GRASSISGREEN.BAND@GMAIL.COM.

2/1 - Rhode Island
2/2 - Worcester, MA //The Raven with Herra Terra FREE SHOW
2/3 - Brooklyn, NY // Party Xpo with Quilty
2/4 - Lancaster, PA // SUPER AWESOME HOUSE PARTY with Jealous Groupie
2/5 - New Brunswick, NJ // New Brunswick Aquarium // Facebook event
2/6 - PA
2/7 - DC // Hole in the Sky // Facebook event
2/8 - Baltimore, MD // Ottobar
2/9 - Durham, NC ** DAY SHOW // The Cave
2/9 - Durham, NC ** NIGHT SHOW // Motorco Music Hall
2/10 - Harrisburg, PA // Spyclub
2/11 - Upstate NY
2/12 - Albany, NY // Jack's Place with Caleb Lionheart
2/15 - Portland, ME // Poland Street House
2/16 - Mexico, ME // The Castle with Pamola, Butcher Boy, The Waldos
2/17 - Jamestown, NY // Mojo's
2/18 - Cleveland, OH // Enclave Coffeehouse
2/19 - OH
2/20 - Cincinnati, OH // The Marburg Hotel
2/22 - Indianapolis, IN // Birdys
2/23 - Lansing, IL // Nnamdi's Pancake Haus// Facebook event
2/24 - Chicago, IL // Elbo Room
2/25 - Rockford, IL // ELB
2/26 - Michigan
3/1 - NYC // Arlene's Grocery
3/2 - Portland, ME // Apohadion
3/3 - Brattleboro, VT // The Inferno
3/4 - Allston, MA // Wadzilla GRASS IS GREEN CD release
3/5 - Philadelphia, PA // Motel Hell
3/6 - College Park, MD // Third Rail @ WMUC 88.1fm
3/12 - Houston, TX // WSXS Festival w/ Supervolcano + more
3/14 - Denton, TX // Play Pause Replay


3/15 - SXSW
3/16 - SXSW
3/17 - SXSW
3/18 - SXSW
3/19 - Austin TX // Austin Museum of Art // Facebook event
3/20 - SXSW

Deftones Add More Dates to Tour

More shows have been revealed for the Deftones‘ tour with The Dillinger Escape Plan, the latest stops to be announced include:

04/11 Salt Lake City, UT – The Postfontaine Corp
05/16 Baltimore, MD – Sonar
05/21 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
05/22 Boca Raton, FL – Sunset Cove
05/27 Jacksonville, FL – Plush
05/28 Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
05/29 Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
06/01 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
06/04 Austin, TX – Austin Music Hall
06/05 Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Amphitheater
06/06 Grande Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre
06/10 Los Angeles, CA – Palladium
06/13 San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre

As previously reported, Le Butcherettes are expected to join the tour for at least a number of the mid/late May stops.

Appomattox EP Reviewed on Paper Trail Music

[] There was a time where Politics and Music would skip through town hand in hand singing in the streets together. Political material has always fed the poetry of music and given it substance. There is always something to rail against or find fault with, like most couples. It seems contemporary artists are satisfied to give the cold shoulder to media and political failings.

Appomattox has released their premiere EP, which seems to be the first attempt in a long time by any band to reconcile the breach in Politics and Music. They crash through issues they believe are relevant in an attempt to kick start the musical political dialogue. James Mello keeps it sharp on drums as Nick Gaynier strains his voice to decry the state of modern politics. Dave Nurmi’s bass keeps a steady drone even as the pace jumps in songs like “Speculators” and “Equal Time.”

And the pace does jump like an angry spouse. The sound is reminiscent of a time when the relationship between music and politics was volatile but closer. Where bands like U2 made impassioned pleas for change, Appomattox is more like an open hand across a face. The driving pace reminds me of The Police and Fugazi. The sound is a high energy conduit for the lyrics which express pent up bitterness at the status quo.

The bitterness is well justified. In the past decade we’ve seen stolen elections, two wars and the inception of the would be savior. If the journalistic community can’t say anything the musical community is always able to.

Native Interviewed in San Francisco Weekly

Strange interview questions, but great band...

[] Native, a noisy prog-core quartet from Northwest Indiana, are playing two shows this weekend at the Bottom of the Hill in support of their last album, Wrestling Moves, which combines all the rhythmic intricacy and interlocking near-melodies and committed yelling of post-hardcore exemplars like These Arms Are Snakes. Also playing are Orange County psych-core heroes RX Bandits, whose Mandala just came out, and Floridian punk stalwarts Fake Problems. Check it out -- you've got two weekend nights to get it right. Below, Native's Ed O'Neill answers some questions with disarming straightforwardness.

How's the tour going so far?
Tour is going well so far. It's definitely a new experience for us playing such big venues, so we're still getting the hang of it.

How did your tour with RX Bandits come about?
We're both on Sargent House and have some common friends, so it kind of just worked out and came together. RX was cool enough to have us along on these couple of weekends of shows.

What was your best set so far?
Our best set so far was probably at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Cafe.

Where are you most looking forward to playing?

We're definitely looking forward to Los Angeles and San Francisco, but also stoked to return to Fresno on an off date of the tour.

Where are you least looking forward to playing?

Can't really say that we're not looking forward to any of the shows, but we know the least about San Luis Obispo so we're not sure what to expect.

How do you decide who plays first for the dates you and RX Bandits are co-headlining?
The bill is established well before hand with the band carrying the most weight in the headlining position. In this case RX is headlining these dates because of their large fan base and they're well established in all the areas of the tour.

Which band is selling more merch?
RX is definitely selling the most merch, it's their tour and their neck of the woods.

Which band has the best tour-van hijinks?
I personally haven't seen what it's like in the RX van, but I know we've done some out-of-the-ordinary things like piss in apple juice bottles in the backseat or jump over the seats onto each other with the radio turned up.

What do you plan to do with your day off in San Francisco?
On our day off we'll probably just hang out with some friends and really get to see the city. The last time we were there we didn't have a chance to see anything.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Butch Vig Discusses New Foo Fighters Album

[] In an interview with MTV News, producer Butch Vig discusses the making of the highly-anticipated new Foo Fighters album, due out this Spring. Vig discussed at length how Dave Grohl decided to record the as-yet-untitled new album in his own garage, rather than the Foo Headquarters in California. Vig says, "We got a drum kit and put it in there, and [Grohl] started banging on it, and I was like, 'Wow, it's really intense sounding,' because it's a small garage, just drywall, you know? And then he said, 'Cool, well, here's another thing: I want to do it on tape, 24-track tape. I don't want to use any computers.' And I said, 'Look, I totally understand this, [but] it's going to be a lot of work, because you guys have got to play really good.' Because you can fix anything with computers, Auto-Tune everything until it becomes perfect, and he said, 'I want the record to sound rawer and somewhat imperfect. As good as we play, that's how good the record will sound.' And, you know what? It sounds great. They're f**king badass players. It's an honest record. It sounds real."

Vig (who of course produced Nirvana's Nevermind) also discussed the reunion of Grohl and his former Nirvana bandmate Krist Novaselic, who plays on a new song titled "I Should Have Known." He told MTV, "We had Krist Novoselic come in and play bass [on the song], and I'm not exactly sure what the song's about, but to me, it seems there's definitely some references about Kurt Cobain, and it's one of the most primal, raw things the Foo Fighters have ever done, and I think it's one of the best tracks on the record. It's distorted and raw, and Dave, the take on the vocals is like the first take he did at the end of the song. He's just blowing his lungs out. ... We played the record for some people yesterday, and the whole record is great, but that song, God, it's quite an emotional roller-coaster ride when you hear it."

He continued, "When Krist came up to Dave's house, we sort of sat down and it was like, 'Holy sh--, man, we hadn't been in a room together — the three of us — in almost 20 years.' So Krist did his bass overdubs, and he added a little accordion part at the start and end of the song, and then we just sat around and shot the shit for three or four hours. Dave and I were sipping on some wine, and Krist started drinking some bootleg whiskey, and it was great. ... One story would lead to another story, and it was an amazing experience, just to be there, to open up all these things you may have forgotten about. It was really a pretty special part of the album."

...Trail Of Dead Discuss "Tao of the Dead" with Billboard

[] After reclaiming its independence following a rough streak at Interscope for 2009's "The Century of Self," Austin art rock band ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead continues blazing its own path for its latest release, the two-part "Tao of the Dead."

The set, due Feb. 8 on the band's own Richter Scale Records and Superball Music, finds the group exploring a new approach to the album format, recording it in two parts, or sides, in two different tunings. Part 1, in the tuning of D, was recorded in 10 days with longtime friend Chris "Frenchie" Smith at the Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas, and is divided into 11 tracks; Part 2, in the tuning of F, was recorded with former producer Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio) in upstate New York and is a heroic 16-minute track broken up into five movements.

Although the album is divided into essentially two long tracks, Trail of Dead singer/guitarist Conrad Keely is quick to clear up a misconception: "People ask if it's a concept album or not, and I tend to think it isn't," he says. "There is no one concept; it's multiple themes."

Among the ideas explored in the psychedelic-tinged, Pink Floyd-inspired music are the demise of rock radio (the immediate rush of "Pure Radio Cosplay") and environmental art (guitar-squealer "The Spiral Jetty").

Several songs touch on mythologist/writer Joseph Campbell's narrative concept of "the hero's journey," including "Ebb Away," which Keely notes "is almost symbolic of death, but also symbolic of rebirth." Part 2 is inspired by the "Tao Te Ching," an ancient Chinese text the group encountered while in the studio.

Superball Music, which put out the group's last effort overseas while Justice Records handled stateside duties, is heading the worldwide release of the new set in conjunction with the band's own Richter Scale and the Century Media family of labels (distributed by EMI).

Having parted ways in 2007 with Interscope, which released 2002's critically acclaimed "Source Tags & Codes," as well as 2005's "World's Apart" and 2006's "So Divided," guitarist/singer Jason Reece says there wasn't any deliberation as to whom to sign with for "Tao of the Dead." "We would never have that [label] conversation," he says. "All we care about is that someone is interested enough to put it out."

As with past Trail of Dead albums, Keely's artwork will accompany the release, this time in graphic novel form. Different album packaging contains either the first 12 or 16 panels of the novel, which will be unveiled episodically throughout 2011. The artwork will also be on display at concerts throughout the year.

Superball Music North American product manager Marc Schapiro says one of the unique aspects of the group's material is its marriage of music and artwork. He also notes that the band members' depth as musicians broadens its appeal. "Trail of Dead have always pushed the boundaries of musical genres," he says. "They've influenced alternative and rock bands for over a decade, and even toured with metal and country bands in the past."

The act will continue that touring tradition this spring on a co-headlining North American tour with power-pop band Surfer Blood. Trail of Dead has also teamed with Baeblemusic for an exclusive art show and performance at Brooklyn's Littlefield on Feb. 8. The group will play "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" the night before.

Though seven albums in, Trail of Dead is just beginning a new musical journey, as Reece and Keely hint that "Tao of the Dead" is part of a sequence of records. "It would be really nice for us to keep that going," Reece says. "Have people realize that we're not slowing down -- we're speeding up."

Weezer's Rivers Cuomo Readies "The Pinkerton Diaries"

[] Anyone who’s been following Weezer recently will attest that Rivers Cuomo and co. have been cashing in on the popularity of the band’s 1996 sophomore album Pinkerton. If you haven’t had enough of the nostalgia yet, you’ll be delighted to hear Cuomo has some more up his sleeve. According to Pitchfork, you will soon have access to his new book, as well as a collection of some Pinkerton-era songs.

His book, The Pinkerton Diaries, basically a collection of everything in Cuomo’s brain in the mid-’90s, has been delayed for months. Cuomo reportedly said the book is “a collection of all my journals, emails, letters, photos, school papers — everything from those years ’94-’97, so you get an inside look as to exactly what I was thinking.” This may be excessive, but not quite as creepy as reading Kurt Cobain’s diary, being that Cuomo is alive and well.

Alongside the book will be Rivers’ third Alone album, which has been referred to as Alone III: The Pinkerton Years. Whatever the final subtitle will be, Alone III will feature outtakes from the same era as the book; you can expect the product to be of the same cloth as the other two Alone albums.

Weezer fans have been privy to this information for months, but what makes it exciting is Cuomo has given us a cool little preview video and tentative release month. The YouTube clip, uploaded yesterday and which you can watch below, features Cuomo flipping through and discussing the release. Cuomo also says he will sign 500 posters for people who pre-order the book and the CD. The video description promises both will be out in March.

Adebisi Shank Interviewed on

[] The rise and rise of a band called Adebisi Shank - by NIAMH HEGARTY

Dublin-based trio Vinny, Mick and Lar have been playing together as Adebisi Shank since 2007. After four years, two albums and heck of a lot of hard work, it seems like it’s all coming together for the three-piece, and in a massive way.

Their critically acclaimed second album brought them on tour to Japan with Mike Watt (Minutemen/Stooges) and an American record deal. I met up with their bassist, Vinny McCreith, to discuss his favorite moments of 2010, the Choice Prize nomination and signing to Sargent House.

As I set up my mic and nervously glance over my questions my phone starts buzzing, it’s a message telling me Vin McCreith is on his way but running a bit late. Phew, this gives me more time to prepare as I’m both excited and nervous about this interview, eager for it to go well.

He arrives and his witty, friendly disposition immediately puts me at ease. After a quick chat we get down to business – there is much to talk about. The Choice Award Nominations have been announced and Adebisi Shank’s aptly titled second album ‘This is a second album of a band called Adebisi Shank’ has been nominated.

Vin tells me he celebrated with a trip to Ikea to buy some shelves. Rock n roll! The trio has even more great news; they just announced that they have signed to LA-based label Sargent House, putting them on a roster with the likes of Hella, Omar Rodriguez Lopez (The Mars Volta) and Boris.

Currently working with The Richter Collective, this US deal sees them play SXSW this year and tour further in the States. Vinny describes the label as having a great sense of community, much like Ireland’s Richter Collective and he reckons they’re going to very happy together. On the subject of touring we talk about highlights of 2010 for him, having toured with Mike Watt, supported Faith No More and Battles he doesn’t hesitate. “I’m not even going to be diplomatic about it, touring with Mike Watt has been our favorite thing so far”. He then goes on to tell me that if could support anyone it would be Prince – apparently he’s a massive fan.

Along with Caribou’s ‘Swim’, ‘This is the second album of a band called Adebisi Shank’ was my absolute favorite album of 2010 and I was curious to know what they were listening to while they recorded it. I was pleasantly surprised with his answer.

“A lot of classic rock, Paul Simon and the ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘Crash Bandicoot’ theme music”. You can definitely hear the Seinfeld influence on ‘Century City’. The album saw them collaborate with Villagers, whom Vinny compares to Leonard Cohen and also tells me that ‘Becoming a Jackal’ was his favorite album of 2010. We get side-tracked for a bit and end of chatting about Christmas presents and synths, we suddenly realize how late it is and quickly wrap things up. I ask him what we can expect from Adebisi in 2011, aside from SXSW and the US tour.

“We’re going to fade into Bolivia, as my friend Mike Tyson would say … flash in the pan”.

Thankfully that definitely won’t be the case. Listen to Interview:

vinterview by NewNoise

Quick Notes: TOOL, Deftones, Cage The Elephant + More

*[] Maynard [James Keenan] has posted another Tool video from the road, this time from the second Sydney Big Day Out show on the 27th. Video contains spoilers:

*[] Deftones are mapping out a South American leg of dates with the first to be announced below:

04/02 Santiago, CHL – Lollapalooza – On-sale Now
04/04 Sao Paulo, BRA – Credicard Hall (feat. Cypress Hill)

*[] Last night, Cage The Elephant brought the ruckus to Jimmy Kimmel Live with not one, but two tunes. The Kentucky rockers performed their single "Shake Me Down" and "Aberdeen" off their recently released album, Thank You Happy Birthday (which rules in case you were wondering). Watch the videos below courtesy of Hulu! Pick up Thank You Happy Birthday, HERE...

*[] Vin Du Select Qualitite is a series of limited-edition, vinyl-only acoustic guitar albums curated by Steve Lowenthal of Swingset Magazine and Plastic Records. The series has already included records from Emeralds' Mark McGuire and Codeine/Come/New Year axemaster Chris Brokaw. And early this year, avant-rock godfather and Sonic Youth member Thurston Moore will release his own entry in the series, 12 String Meditations for Jack Rose.

Moore has also been working on a Beck-produced solo album called Benediction for Matador. And he'll also play at a pair of forthcoming festivals. He's at the Tanned Tin Festival, which is happening right now in Castellon, Spain. And alongside wife and Sonic Youth bandmate Kim Gordon, he'll give a lecture and a performance at the Mission Creek Festival, which comes to Iowa City, Iowa March 28 - April 4.

*Good Old War have posted a video of the band performing "My Own Sinking Ship," recorded live in Brooklyn in September 2010. This video is part of the ApK MicroShow series. To see more please check out their site here...

*[] Tidal Arms have unveiled plans to release their debut. The trio is the new project from Francis Mark of From Autumn To Ashes/Biology/Warship, Tom Tierney of Warship and Patrick Southern. Having formed in 2009, the band wrapped up their debut, The Sun Exploding at their studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, called Spaceman Sound. The album was mixed by Andrew Schneider (Pelican, Cave In, Made out of Babies), who had recorded and mixed the band's debut 7-inch, Hair and Teeth / Flooded Meadows.

The band will self-release the album on February 13, 2011. The date is also the first day of the band's upcoming supporting gig with Glassjaw who are headed out on their first North American tour in years.

*[] The first Lollapalooza Chile will be held in Santiago on April 2 and 3, with an all-star lineup. Kanye West, The Killers, 30 Seconds To Mars and Jane's Addiciton headline the festival, with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, 311, Deftones, The Flaming Lips, Fatboy Slim, Cypress Hill, Sublime with Rome, Cold War Kids, Ben Harper and The National also on the bill. Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell said in a statement, "The job we did to gather these artists for 2011 was remarkable. Imagine gathering 60 artists while the contract ink is still wet. We put it together at a record pace as we had four months. We did not want to come to Chile with a lineup that was anything other than world-class." He added, "Our selections are very animated, with much diversity. There is Chilean talent in the mix. Our ambition is to plant a very strong seed in Chile. One that will grow over the years, and provide Santiago with an event for the ages."

Flashguns Release New Single

[press release] Having ended 2010 touring with Bombay Bicycle Club and Mona, and currently touring the UK with Funeral Party, London 3-piece Flashguns will brighten up you're weekend with a free download from their upcoming debut album 'Passions of A Different Kind', set for release this summer.

Originally appearing on one of the bands early EPs, this new version of the song was recorded in a dilapidated barn in the bleak winter of rural Somerset with Luke Smith (Foals) and Barney Barnicott (Arctic Monkeys, Temper Trap) producing.

A moody, euphoric sound, guided by the vocals of Sam Felix Johnston, 'Racing Race' is a 7 minute long mini-epic, and can be downloaded for free below.

Flashguns - Racing Race by Top Button Digital

Feel free to spread news of this track, and look out for details of their new single soon.

Quick Notes: Radiohead, Neil Young, No Age + More

*[] In news not derived via Google Translate, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke recently made an appearance at The Worldwide Awards 2011, where he presented Flying Lotus with the award for Album of the Year. As you can see in the video HERE (via Some Kind of Awesome), BBC 1′s Gilles Peterson caught up with the two men shortly after the presentation. What you don’t see, however, is the news that Yorke apparently shared with Peterson at some other point during the evening.

“I think we’re just lucky that Radiohead are having some free time at the moment. And Thom was just hanging out. He enjoyed himself. And there’s a new Radiohead album if you’re wondering. Just done I believe,” Peterson said during his Worldwide Awards highlights show on BBC 1. Listen to the clip HERE (the part about Radiohead begins at 1:26).

Much like every piece of Radiohead news, nothing is confirmed until an album shows up on what.CD or Jonny Greenwood issues a public proclamation. Either way, take some time to daydream.

*[] Neil Young will be honored with the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at Canada's 40th annual Juno Awards on March 27 in Toronto. The award recognizes an outstanding Canadian artist whose humanitarian contributions have positively enhanced the social fabric of Canada, and it is given out by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). "We are thrilled to salute Neil Young's committed and compassionate legacy," CARAS President and CEO Melanie Berry said in a statement. "As a driving force behind one of music's most successful fundraising events, Farm Aid, and a key participant in Live 8 right here at home, plus many other deserving causes and programs, his tenacity and spirit is highly regarded among his peers and serves as an inspiration to all of us."

*No Age have posted the official video for their track "Fever Dreaming"...

*Check out a video of Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group performing in Los Angeles on Sept 14th, 2010 - rough cut 1 of many (work in progress)...

*A message from Shoes And Socks Off... "Just gone through all my dictaphone recordings, rough ideas and that, pulled out the best ones, and it seems I have the next album sketched out. I'm aiming to demo all ten songs while on tour. With any luck, I'll get them all done out there, so it will be ready to start developing when I get back. Rad."

*Sean Wheeler and Zander Schloss w/ Gus Seyffert join Brandise on Border Radio, 2011.01.24 for an exclusive MOHEAK.COM performance of "Second and Hill" from their new album Walk Thee Invisible...

TOOL Discuss Next Album + Post Tour Footage

[] Tool fans can continue to hold their breath for details on the bands forthcoming record.

Chatting with Rosie on triple j, band mates Danny Carey and Justin Chancellor were typically cagey when it came to Tool's first planned release in 5 years.

Even joking that the follow up album to 2006's 10,000 Days should be called "50,000 Days".

However, Carey did admit that while they hope to have the record out by the end of the year, they are still yet to decide on a name.

"That's usually the last thing that happens and we argue about that while we're making the final master of the record. We don't even have names for the songs until then."

In other TOOL news...

[] Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan filmed the bands walk to the stage at a recent show in Brisbane, Australia. You can view the footage below...

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Stephen Brodsky Set to Release 7" on Little Black Cloud Records

[] My friendship with Stephen [Brodsky] goes back to over a decade ago and what began as fun 4track tape exchange has blossomed into one of the most inspiring friendships I have ever known. I have loved watching him... or more accurately listening to his music style progress and morph over the years; not just as a member of Cave In, but as a solo performer as well. I still get giddy when he tells me he has new songs for me to check out and I count our musical collaborations (see Ringfinger) as one my most favorite creative adventures ever.

A few months ago Stephen told me that he had recorded a song by one of my favorite artists of all time and promptly posted the song (along with a new song of his) on YouTube. I nearly wept for joy, not only because of my deep love for all things Lee Hazlewood but because his version of "Your Sweet Love" is so sad and haunting. Blinded at first by his incredible cover I am ashamed to admit I blew past the new song; but when I eventually circled back around again to focus on "Muddy Jar", I was blown away by its melancholic beauty. These two songs nestle perfectly together and I felt like they were destined to live on one record together. I can't really explain what came over me. I have heard a lot of music by Stephen over the years but this was the first time I have ever come to Stephen to ask him to allow me to release specific solo material. I love these two songs am so truly ecstatic that I will have an opportunity to release them officially this year.

We don’t have an exact date for when this will come out but I am thinking it will be this summer if all goes according to plan.

Here are the two songs in all their hypnotizing and gorgeous glory...

Buffalo Killers Announce Tour Dates

Buffalo Killers have announced a slew of tour dates, including a stop at SXSW...

1.28 :: Cincinnati, Ohio @ Northside Tavern w/ The Eric Stein
1.29 :: Yellow Springs, Ohio @ Peachs 2 Sets

2.18 :: Columbus, Ohio @ The Carabar w/ Mount Carmel
2.19 :: Athens, Ohio @ The Union
2.25 :: Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
2.26 :: Toronto, Ontario @ Silver Dollar
2.27 :: Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar

3.17 - 3.19 :: Austin, TX @ SXSW

4.1 :: Cincinnati, OH @ Motr Pub
4.15 :: Athens, OH @ Blackout Fest
4.16 :: Cleveland, OH @ The Happy Dog
4.29 :: Dayton, OH @ Canal Street Tavern

Summer west coast dates to be announced in the coming few weeks. Watch this space...

Rural Alberta Advantage Pre-Order, Tour Dates, Video + More

Departing, The Rural Alberta Advantage's follow-up to Hometowns, is now available for pre-order in Saddle Creek's online store. The record is available alone or in a package including a shirt, posters, buttons, and stickers, either of which include a full album download on February 15. A nice set of limited edition screenprinted posters is also available. All orders will ship from here on February 15, two weeks before the March 1 release date.

A free track from the record, "Stamp," is available in the online store. Also check out the great new video for the track below, which premiered last week at Rolling Stone and The Needle Drop called the "best music vid of 2011 so far."

Touring for Departing begins on March 9 in Cambridge, MA. Dates announced thus far are below.

After a breakthrough 2009 that saw them earn comparisons to The Arcade Fire and Neutral Milk Hotel, capture SXSW buzz playing on a bill with Grizzly Bear, sell out a tour, sign to Saddle Creek, and score a “Breaking Out” featuring in SPIN, The Rural Alberta Advantage are poised to explode in 2011 with the March 1 release of Departing.

With their new album, the band further refines the exuberant guitar work; everything-on-the-table singing; songwriting full of conviction and detail; and majestic, keyboard-sprinkled arrangements that have won them so many fans. Departing strings together themes of small towns, Canadian fall and winter, break ups, and redemption and serves as a companion piece to their
beloved debut album Hometowns. Highlights include the affecting “North Star,” the stark regret of “Tornado '87,” and the storming, percussive surge of “Stamp”.

The group consists of singer/guitarist Nils Edenloff, also the chief writer in the group; Paul Banwatt, whose raucous percussion pushes the songs into overdrive; and multi-instrumental Amy Cole, who provides keys, percussion, and backing vocals. Borrowing a regional slogan, Edenloff grew up in rural Fort McMurray, Alberta, and draws on his experiences there in his songwriting.

About their debut, Pitchfork Media gave it an 8.0, raving that “songs this good deserve to be heard by audiences as large as their sonic scope.” Meanwhile, All Music Guide said, “If there was an award for ‘Most likeable album of 2009,’ RAA would win by a landslide… Can’t wait to hear the next one.”

The Rural Alberta Advantage - Spring 2011:

Wed-Mar-09, Cambridge, MA, Middle East
Thu-Mar-10, New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom
Fri-Mar-11, Philadelphia, PA, First Unitarian Church
Sat-Mar-12, Brooklyn, NY, Knitting Factory
Sun-Mar-13, Washington, DC, Rock'N Roll Hotel
Mon-Mar-14, Chapel Hill, NC, Local 506
Tue-Mar-15, Atlanta, GA, The Earl
Sun-Mar-20, Dallas, TX, The Loft
Tue-Mar-22, Ames, IA, The Maintenance Shop at ISU
Wed-Mar-23, Milwaukee, WI, Mad Planet
Thu-Mar-24, Madison, WI, High Noon Saloon
Fri-Mar-25, Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue
Sat-Mar-26, Chicago, IL, Lincoln Hall
Sun-Mar-27, Windsor, IN, Phog Lounge
Thu-Mar-31, Winnipeg, MB, Pyramid Cabaret
Fri-Apr-01, Saskatoon, SK, Amigos Cantina
Sat-Apr-02, Edmonton, AB, The Starlite Room
Tue-Apr-05, Calgary, AB, Republik
Wed-Apr-06, Nelson, BC, Habitat
Thu-Apr-07, Kelowna, BC, The Royal on Baker
Fri-Apr-08, Vancouver, BC, Venue Nightclub
Sat-Apr-09, Portland, OR, Doug Fir
Sun-Apr-10, Seattle, WA, The Tractor Tavern
Tue-Apr-12, San Francisco, CA, The Bottom of the Hill
Wed-Apr-13, San Francisco, CA, The Bottom of the Hill
Fri-April-15, Indio, CA, Coachella
Wed-Apr-20, Denver, CO, Hi-Dive
Thu-Apr-21, Omaha, NE, Slowdown
Fri-Apr-22, St. Louis, MO, Firebird
Sat-Apr-23, Indianapolis, IN, Radio Radio
Sun-Apr-24, Cleveland, OH, Beachland Ballroom

The Rural Alberta Advantage - Stamp from Saddle Creek on Vimeo.