Thursday, March 31, 2011

Quick Notes: Foo Fighters, J Mascis, Chino Moreno + More


*[consequenceofsound.net] After hearing 60-seconds worth of each song, suffice it to say, we’re hungry for more Foo Fighters. But, we’re in luck, as Dave Grohl & Co. have just issued their second single. Yep. You can step away from the JD, it’s going to be okay. Picking up where “Rope” left off, “Bridge Burning” pumps up the volume, keeps the drums at 88 m.p.h., and paints a vivid, aural portrait of what happens when four guitars (bass included) collide with one another. It’s heavy, but soft, too. “These are my famous last words,” Grohl bloodcurdling screams, only to smooth out in an agreeable chorus and a verse that triumphs “Rope” by far. So, between what we’ve heard live, the audio from the now-infamous “White Limo” video, and the two singles here, the Foo Fighters‘ seventh LP, Wasting Light, should please fans tenfold. Or just rockers, in general.

We’ll see April 12th when the highly-anticipated effort hits streets. Stream “Bridge Burning” at 107.7 The End, who apparently leaks everything now.

*[pitchfork.com] It takes a brave person to interview the famously reticent Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis, and indie rock veteran Ted Leo is a brave man indeed. Earlier this month, Leo made the trip down to Austin for SXSW, where he played quite a few solo sets. But Leo wasn't just down in Austin to make noise; as Stereogum points out, he also conducted a series of video interviews for IFC.

Always a likable figure onstage, Leo reveals himself in these videos to be a very good interviewer. He's a fully knowledgeable and eloquent fan who also happens to be a peer of many of the people he's interviewing. He's sharp and incisive and even a bit bubbly, and he doesn't slow down even when he's talking to Mascis. (Sample Mascis quote: "Uhhhhhmmm.")



*[theprp.com] Deftones frontman Chino Moreno recently spoke with Noisecreep regarding a variety of topics. One of the most interesting was the progress on his Crosses project with Far guitarist Shaun Lopez, which was previously known as The Holy Ghost.

Speaking on that, he had the following to say:

“I’m doing a couple things now. The guitarist from Far, Shaun [Lopez], he’s been a good friend of mine since we were kids. He’s my neighbor and we’ve done stuff together before. But just recently, during these little breaks that we’ve had, we’ve been recording this real minimal project where it’s just me and him and another buddy of mine, Scott Chuck, and we’re just writing these little pieces of music, whether it starts with piano or some down tempo beats. It’s really minimal and soothing and it’s sort of like the stuff I like listening to when I’m not screaming my head off. The tentative name for the project is Crosses and we have 16 tracks that are almost done. We’ll usually work four or five hours a day. I’ll go over to Shaun‘s and sing a bunch of stuff and we’ll edit some stuff together. I’ll just write lyrics really quickly and it’ll be done.”

*[theprp.com] A teaser trailer for dredg‘s upcoming new album “Chuckles And Mr. Squeezy” has been released online over at the bands Facebook (also available below.) The album itself is presently scheduled for a May 03rd release date through Superball Music.



*[toolband.com] If you think your ears can take it, listen to the MELVINS covering the OLSEN TWINS "Gimme Pizza" in the "SLICE" section on the SERIOUS EATS WEBSITE. And while you're there, check out LaraLee's REVIEW of PRIZZI'S PIAZZA in L.A.'s Franklin Village - home of Danny's favorite lasagna. He also really digs their pies (even when the Chiefs are losing).

*[NME.com] Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore has announced details of a one-off London show set for May. Moore, who releases his Beck-produced fourth solo album 'Demolished Thoughts' on May 23, will play the Union Chapel venue on May 31.

The show will be the guitarist's first solo gig since 2007 and is likely to be the only one he plays promoting 'Demolished Thoughts'. Sonic Youth have said they will start work on a new album later this year.

*[consequenceofsound.net] Preceding the [Record Store Day] frenzy of April 16th, The Flaming Lips and Neon Indian have released limited quantities of their psyched-out collaborative EP to eight different record stores scattered throughout the country. Limited to 1,000 copies, the 12″ single features four tracks and is printed on special colored vinyl, with Wayne Coyne picking the colors and no two copies looking exactly the same.

No word on whether there are copies still available, but per psychexfutureheart, you can check out the locations, twitter feeds, and websites below. Happy hunting!

@Guestroom Norman/Oklahoma City, OK http://guestroom-records.com/
@WaterlooRecords Austin, TX http://www.waterloorecords.com/
@LUNAmusic Indianapolis http://www.lunamusic.net/
@efetusmpls Minneapolis, MN http://www.electricfetus.com/
@OrigamiVinyl Echo Park, CA http://www.origamiorigami.com/
@DwellingSpaces Tulsa, OK http://www.dwellingspaces.net/
@Grimeys Nashville, TN http://www.grimeys.com/
@othermusic 15 East 4th Street NYC http://www.othermusic.com/

*[indyweek.com] Hammer No More The Fingers guitarist Joe Hall lives in a quiet Durham neighborhood near North Carolina Central University with members of fellow Bull City bands The Beast and Orquesta GarDel. Predictably scattered with instrument cases and amps, the house even uses a bass rig for a TV stand. The quarters also serve as Hammer's rehearsal space, making it a musician's pad through and through.

The rest of Hall's band— bassist/vocalist Duncan Webster and drummer Jeff Stickley—have gathered after a practice and photo shoot a week before the release of Black Shark, Hammer's second full-length, which is rooted in the debut's bouncy alt-rock quirks and crunch but stretches its anthems and gives each instrument more space. "We were just happy being a rock band, but now we want to be something more," offers Stickley. The trio talked about those impulses—plus its love of bad pop and bluegrass badasses and a surprising lack of influence from indie rock idols—at the Hammer house.

READ THE INTERVIEW HERE.

*[theprp.com] MonstrO (ex-Torche/bloodsimple.) have signed a deal with Vagrant. The group are currently in the studio recording their debut for the label with Alice In Chains vocalist William DuVall handling the production duties.

Speaking on that, the bands Kyle Sanders offered the following:

“We’ve been collectively writing and recording for two years now and thanks to Vagrant we’re finally recording our first proper full-length. We’ll be locked up for the next month recording and mixing with our good friend William DuVall at the helm. These songs have taken on a life of their own and we’re all extremely thrilled to lay them all down and begin the journey.”

A later summer release date is currently being plotted for the outing.

Pujol Featured on Daytrotter


Daytrotter.com has posted a recent session of their daily live studio recording series (always available for FREE download) with Pujol! Listen and download HERE. Check out what Daytrotter had to say...

"Daniel Pujol is the kind of man who, as a child, probably was in detention a lot. He was probably a guy who just couldn't keep his mind focused on the schoolwork at hand. He likely started off, out the windows, looking at the squirrels chasing rings around the tree outside, daydreaming of jumping bikes and finding frogs down at the pond. He probably wasn't a bad kid at all, but he was a kid who didn't necessarily want to be there and couldn't force himself to remain in his seat. He would have been and still seems to be bombarded by restlessness, a need to be entertained. Pujol makes music that is devoid of anything that could be considered safe or typical, instead making his songs sound as if they were daredevils, jumping a gorge or twelve buses with a motorcycle, leaping out of airplanes without parachutes or walking a wire between two skyscrapers, hundreds of feet above the ground, with no net below them. They act as bold statements of youthful expression. He makes them sound as if they are irascible and dangerous, exposing us to a level of energy that would require the consumption of four-to-five times the recommended daily choleric intake, or a significant amount of alcohol and no food whatsoever. The music sizzles line the lit end of a fuse and it makes you want to throw yourself around a room as if you were in a seizure, flailing and sweetly sweating, causing a one-man or one-woman mob scene. He is the result of having a mind that, upon finding, say, an antique, but live atom bomb out in the desert, near the United States Military testing sites, would zoom to the conclusion that a drum should be rounded up, filled with gasoline and the A-bomb and then shooting fire balls at it from some yards away to set it off - a la the classic 1990s joint "Joe Dirt." Pujol is the explosion of a wealth of talent that cannot be taught or faked. It is fierce - with smoldering guitar playing, an uncompromising backbeat and an energy that we think must be what it feels like to ride a bull and win, to not need the clowns to stop the horned beast from goring you to death. It's that feeling - that afterword feeling - when you've realized what you've just done, with your cowboy boots off and your feet up, with that stupid, snorting and bucking bull feeling defeated. You know that you just kicked some animal ass. It's a feeling that Pujol invented."

Obits' "Moody, Standard, and Poor" Reviewed on Pitchfork


[pitchfork.com] If there's one thing Obits don't have, it's a hip new sound. When the New York City-based quartet's debut, I Blame You, arrived in 2009, it sounded refreshingly back-to-basics. The band played amped-up roots rock-- twangy Creedence Clearwater Revival riffs delivered at speedy, Wipers-worthy tempos. No samplers and no drum machines, just four scowling dudes and some tube amps. Co-frontmen Rick Froberg and Sohrab Habibion did time playing raw and heavy post-hardcore-- in Hot Snakes and Edsel, respectively-- but Obits jettisoned the atonal bashing in favor of space and subtlety.

Moody, Standard and Poor, the band's second full-length, is in many ways a repeat performance. Guitar duties break down along familiar lines: Rick Froberg hammers out the power chords while Sohrab Habibion plucks the echo-laden leads. Drummer Scott Gursky pounds out four-on-the-floor rhythms with mechanical precision. Obits even hired the same producers, Eli Janney and Geoff Sanoff. Two years on the road has put some wear-and-tear on the quartet's psyche, though. I Blame You tempered stormy feelings with the occasional glimmer of major-key hope-- the ringing open-chord chorus of "Lilies in the Street" or the Phil Spector stomp of "Back and Forth". This time around the quartet is a shade grumpier. Songs are, by turns, bitter, weary, and defeated. "Self medication don't seem to improve my station," sings Froberg on "New August". "I'm so tired, tired of my dreams." Habibion, who sings two songs on the record, is similarly down in the dumps. "You're hanging on to scraps, I'm taking what is mine," he yells on "Standards". "I just see a ghost when I look into your eyes."

Nothing can crush a rock song like good vibes, though. So it doesn't hurt that on Moody, Standard and Poor, life-affirming thoughts are few and far between. Album opener "You Gotta Lose" rides in on a propulsive ping-ponging garage-rock riff. The three-chord refrain that closes "No Fly List" gets Froberg whelping at his sandpapery best. But the second half of the record sags. Two instrumentals-- "Spot the Pikey" and stormy closer "I Blame Myself"-- feel tossed off and inessential next to gnarled rockers like "Killer". And even with Janney and Sanoff behind the boards, the record sounds murky and loose. I Blame You spoofed pro-studio production-- adding a jokey disclaimer that read, "Xtra compressed for maximum listener fatigue." Moody, Standard and Poor could stand some additional punch in the rhythm section, though.

Obits are only on their second record, but a generation has gone by since Froberg and Habibion first plugged into a Marshall stack. Three out of four band members are old enough to have seen Nation of Ulysses play live. While Obits may have ditched the buzz and scrape of their roots, that music's sweaty abandon, or the pursuit thereof, is still deeply embedded in Obits' sound. And that never goes out of fashion.

— Aaron Leitko, March 30, 2011

Pearl Jam's "Vs" + "Vitalogy" Reissues Reviewed on Pitchfork


[pitchfork.com] In 2011, Pearl Jam celebrate the achievement of having been Pearl Jam for a very long time. It's their 20th anniversary, and they're marking the occasion with a blowout, yearlong victory lap: a massive curated festival, a career-spanning documentary directed by Cameron Crowe, and loving reissues of their second and third albums, Vs. and Vitalogy. It's an unusually protracted foray into the limelight for what was once a chronically spotlight-averse band, but they seem to be wearing the moment lightly, savoring it for its valedictory worth and gladly soaking up the adulation. In the years that spanned the original release of these two albums, they spent most of their effort scrambling to escape stardom, and Vs. and Vitalogy bear their struggle's deepest marks.

This willful abdication of fame has become their most well-known, oft-told story, and seeing these records given lavish repackaging only highlights that it feels like ancient history now. Consider: The opening salvo in Pearl Jam's war against commercialism was their decision, for 1993's Vs., not to make a video for MTV, a situation with no present-day analogue. Their protracted feud against Ticketmaster seems similarly remote now that Pearl Jam seemingly never stop touring: whether you live in Albany, West Palm Beach, Ljubljana, or Katowice, Pearl Jam probably just stopped by or will be there shortly, treating their entire discography like an all-you-can-eat buffet. These days, few bands are more comfortable in their own skin than Pearl Jam, and the monolithic mass culture bearing down on them in 1993 has vanished into thin air.

But even if the media context has long crumbled, the sound of a young band absolutely freaking the fuck out is still loud and clear on Vs. and Vitalogy, and it makes them Pearl Jam's most resonant and affecting records. Their huge-selling debut, Ten, hit with an impact that could not be repeated, and they would go on to make some very good music later in their career. But as a band, this remains their most vital and endearing period-- the last time the entire world cared deeply about what Pearl Jam would do next.

Their music, as always, remains the least complex part of this equation. Pearl Jam's retooled take on classic rock was often lumpy and flat-footed, and they sounded hopelessly unfashionable next to their punk-influenced contemporaries. But focusing on these flaws, as most rock critics did and still do, misses out on the music's signature virtue, which is communication. It is this burning and self-evident need for human connection, more than anything else, that has always elevated and redeemed their most dubious efforts, and it was a quality personified by Eddie Vedder, an empathetic lead singer who transmitted a vivid emotional intensity. At its most winning, Pearl Jam's music exudes his best personality traits: warm, earnest, generous, passionate, and, yeah, harmlessly dopey sometimes.

Consider, for example, Vs.'s cringe-inducing gun-control song "Glorified G". "Kindred to being an American," Vedder pronounces in a hokey fake-jingo accent, over a corn-pone Skynyrd guitar lick: it's the sort of wince-inducing mess we get when he attempts to be caustic. Vs. is filled with this sort of clumsily wielded, early-90s political indignation, and it can make for precarious listening. Nevertheless, Vedder's anguished tenor anchors us through some rough waters-- including "Dissident", which, for some reason, focuses on the Lifetime movie-worthy story of a lonely spinster giving shelter to and falling for a charismatic young revolutionary, only to surrender him to the authorities. It is a profoundly ludicrous song. But the way Vedder hollers "she gave him away," you'll catch yourself momentarily shaking your head in disgust at the woman's cowardice. Hell, even "Glorified G" boasts a killer bridge.

READ THE ENTIRE REVIEW HERE.

Jane's Addiction Debut "End to the Lies"


[consequenceofsound.net] Since revealing plans to record in January 2010, Jane’s Addiction have seen enough turmoil in their lineup to damage even the most solid of bands. After original bassist Eric Avery departed once more in March 2010, it seemed as if the band had found their musical brother in former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan. Sadly, just months into their partnership, McKagan left to pursue his own projects.

However, the group didn’t wait long before announcing an unlikely new recording member: TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek. Despite the absurdity of Sitek’s integration, one can’t argue with results: a new song in the form of “End to the Lies” from their upcoming fourth album, The Great Escape Artist. The track, which you can check out below (via Antiquet), is standard Jane’s Addiction fare, but the pulsating guitar and particularly-inspired Perry Farrell vocal performance are indicative that they’ve seemingly never lost a step.

As for the rest of the LP, Farrell and guitarist Dave Navarro recently spoke to Rolling Stone about the record. Farrell covered a number of issues, including Sitek’s involvement as bassist and songwriting partner (“He’s like a scientist, and he’s not afraid of making a monster. It just keeps getting gnarlier and gnarlier) to McKagan’s exit from the group (“He pulled out and we went into a bit of a tailspin.”) Farrell also announced the record would be a tight 45 minutes and would feature some tracks from McKagan (“Soulmate”) and even a song called “The Irresistible Force Met the Immovable Object” described as interpreting the Big Bang as “cosmic sexual exploit.” The rest of the record, according to the Navarro, would be “…really hypnotic. We’re getting back into using a lot of space and having a lot of air.”

The Great Escape Artist is scheduled to hit stores this summer.

Jane's Addiction - End to the Lies by paniko

The Mars Volta Debut New Music During Omar "Solo" Shows


[antiquiet.com] Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, the guitarist/songwriter behind The Mars Volta, has been pulling a fast one on the less informed fans of his band. He is currently touring under the name Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Group, but only disguised as a solo act, since the band is comprised of Omar, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Juan Alderete, and Deantoni Parks, all of which are members of The Mars Volta (as we reported during SXSW).

Rumors initially indicated that Cedric, lead singer and other creative half of the band, was only to appear with the band for a few shows, but it turns out that he’s been showing up every single night, playing a whole set of what appears to be completed new Mars Volta songs, top to bottom.

Fortunately, video evidence of these new songs is slowly creeping its way into the tubes (with increasingly good quality), and they’re too damn good to be left in some obscure corner of the internet, solely for superfan delight. We present to you 3 of the best songs we’ve found so far – keep in mind, however, that some of the song titles are speculative, and will most likely change before the official release:

WATCH THE VIDEOS HERE.

This new material sounds very promising, and we’ll bring you news on the actual album when solid details develop. If you’re in the mood to listen to all of these new Volta songs (and why wouldn’t you?), the Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Group still has some dates left in their tour:

Mar 31 – Buffalo, NY @ The Town Ballroom
Apr 01 – Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
Apr 02 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House
Apr 03 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
Apr 10 – Mexico City, MX @ Vive Latino Festival
Apr 12 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
Apr 15 – Indio, CA @ COACHELLA / SOLD OUT
Apr 28 – Dallas, TX @ South Side Music Fest
Apr 29 – Austin, TX @ Austin Psychfest 4
Apr 30 – El Paso, TX @ Neon Desert Music Festival

Now that the word is out that these are not Omar solo shows, getting the tickets as quickly as possible would be wise. However, be warned that the band probably won’t play anything from The Mars Volta’s previous albums.

The Entrance Band Announce Spring Tour Dates + Live Video Footage


THE ENTRANCE BAND have announced their LIVE Schedule for Spring 2011...

March 31- Los Angeles, CA - Satellite- residency finale show!**
April 9- Los Angeles, CA- Benefit for JAPAN - Bootleg Theater
April 12- Palm Springs, CA - Dillon's Roadhouse**
April 13- Santa Barbara, CA - Soho**
April 14- Big Sur, CA - Fernwood (Animal Collective afterparty)**
April 15- San Francisco, CA - Slim's **
April 19 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre*
April 20 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa*
April 22 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom*
April 23 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade*
April 24 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club*
April 25- Baltimore, MD - Floristree **
April 26 - Boston, MA - Royale Boston*
April 27 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts*
April 28- Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands **
April 29 - New York, NY - Terminal 5*
April 30 - Montreal, QC - L'Olympia*
May 01 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy*
May 03 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre*
May 04 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre*
May 05 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue*
May 08 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom*
May 09 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox*
May 10 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom*
May 11 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore*
May 13-15 - ALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES UK - Minehead Resort

MORE UK and EUROPEAN SHOWS to be announced soon!!!

**The Entrance Band headlining show
*with the Kills and Cold Cave, The Entrance Band on 1st of 3



Yuck Release New Song + Extend Tour Dates

[press release] UK band Yuck recently made its first appearance at SXSW and in just a few short weeks the band will launch a new US tour on April 13 in Los Angeles. On April 18 in San Francisco they'll meet up with Australia's Tame Impala for a string of dates together. Along the way they have two headlining shows of their own, in Northampton and on May 7 at the Bowery Ballroom. This new track "Doctors In My Bed" is the b-side to the forthcoming UK single for "Get Away" which should be out by late April.

Doctors In My Bed by Yuck

Tour Dates:

04/13 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
04/14 Los Angeles, CA The Satellite
04/15 San Diego, CA Casbah
04/16 Costa Mesa, CA Detroit Bar
04/18 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore ~
04/20 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom ~
04/21 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom ~
04/22 Seattle, WA Neumo's ~
04/25 New York, NY Webster Hall ~
04/27 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church ~
04/28 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club ~
04/29 Northampton, MA Pearl St
04/30 Montreal, QC Café Campus ~
05/01 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre ~
05/03 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall ~
05/04 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall ~
05/06 Washington, DC Black Cat ~
05/07 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
07/17 Chicago, IL Pitchfork Fest

~ = w/ Tame Impala

EELS Announce World Tour + FREE EP


[press release] Following the first tour since the release of the album trilogy (Hombre Lobo, End Times, Tomorrow Morning) in 2010, EELS are surprising fans by launching a 2011 world tour. After a warm-up show in Santa Ana, CA, June 1, the tour officially starts with the first ever EELS performances in Beijing and Shanghai, June 5 & 6, then rolls through Europe, including their first appearance at the Glastonbury Festival, June 26 and onto North America, starting in Austin, TX, July 20 and ending in Los Angeles, CA, August 12.

To celebrate the announcement of the tour EELS are offering a free download of three tracks -- one from each of the EELS album trilogy: Hombre Lobo, End Times, and Tomorrow Morning.

EELS leader Mark Oliver Everett, aka E says, "We're looking forward to playing in some of the places we weren't able to get to last time and coming back to some of the places we couldn't resist returning to. There will be lots of fun surprises for old and new fans alike. I can't wait."

See the confirmed EELS 2011 world tour dates, on sale dates and ticket links as they come in, and get the free three song EP download HERE. Stay tuned HERE for more dates to be announced soon!

EELS 2011 WORLD TOUR DATES:

June 1 Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theatre
June 5 Beijing, China - Kama Love Music Festival - Beijing Sport Center
June 6 Shanghai, China - Kama Love Music Festival - Mao Livehouse
June 10 Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
June 11 Oslo, Norway - Norwegian Wood Festival
June 12 Gothenberg, Sweden - Tradgarn
June 16 Salzburg, Austria - Republic
June 17 Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Den Atelier
June 18 Neehausen, Germany - Southside Festival
June 19 Scheeßel, Germany - Hurricane Festival
June 20 Heerlen, Holland - Parkstadtheater Limburg
June 21 Eindhoven, Holland - Muzieksgebouw Frits Philips
June 23 Bilbao, Spain - Azkena Rock Festival
June 24 Madrid, Spain - D-Code Festival
June 26 Somerset, UK - Glastonbury Festival
June 27 Amsterdam, Holland - Paradiso
June 28 Amsterdam, Holland - Paradiso
June 30 Werchter, Belgium - Werchter Festival
July 1 Arras, France - Main Square Festival
July 3 Normandy, France - Beauregard Festival
July 4 Paris, France - Bataclan
July 5 Paris, France - Bataclan
July 6 Brighton, UK - The Dome
July 7 London, UK - Somerset House
July 9 Naas, Ireland - Oxegen Festival
July 10 Kinross, Scotland - T in the Park Festival
July 11 Newcastle, UK - O2 Academy
July 12, Leeds, UK - O2 Academy
July 14 Berne, Switzerland - Gurten Festival
July 15 Aix les Bains, France - Musilac Festival
July 17 Suffolk, UK - Latitude Festival
July 20, Austin, TX - Stubbs
July 21 Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
July 22 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
July 23 New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
July 24 Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
July 25 Chapel Hill, NC - Cats Cradle
July 27 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
July 28 Boston, MA - Paradise
July 29 Brooklyn, NY - Williamsburg Music Hall
July 30 Brooklyn, NY - Williamsburg Music Hall
July 31 Montreal, Quebec - Osheaga Festival
Aug 1 Toronto, Ontario - Lee's Palace
Aug 3 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
Aug 4 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
Aug 6 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Aug 9 Seattle, WA - Showbox Theater
Aug 10 Portland, OR - AladdinTheater
Aug 11 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
Aug 12 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theater

Tribes Announce Video Shoot, Tour Dates + More


Tribes will be shooting the video for 'We Were Children' - this Sunday afternoon in Camden. Involving a rooftop gig in Camden Lock - we're inviting you to come down and get involved. Be there no later than 2pm. Join the event on Facebook here. 'We Were Children' will be released as part of an EP of the same title.

JOIN THE TRIBE IN YOUR CITY

If you want to get involved with promoting Tribes in your city and be in for free gig tickets, merch and other free vibes, join the Facebook group for the Tribe in your town.

Being part of a Tribe means you get rewarded for anything you do to promote Tribes, your work will be recognized by the band, exclusive photos from the road and all sorts.

There are currently Tribes in these places, check it out. If your town/area isn't there - email us.

London, Brighton, Bournemouth & The South, Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff & Wales, Birmingham & Midlands, Leeds and Glasgow & Scotland.

CATCH TRIBES LIVE

Tribes will be the main support for Funeral Party tour in May. Along with a few festivals appearances, all upcoming live dates are listed HERE, with more announcements coming soon.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Quick Notes: Josh Homme, Arctic Monkeys, No Age


*[NME.com] Arctic Monkeys have revealed that they enlisted Queens Of The Stone Age's Josh Homme to sing on their new album. Homme produced some of the band's 2009 album 'Humbug' and has joined the Sheffield band again to sing on their new effort, 'Suck It And See'.

The band told Q that Homme sings backing vocals on album track 'All My Own Stunts'. 'Suck It And See' is out on June 6 and was produced by James Ford in Los Angeles and London.

Frontman Alex Turner said it would be a different-sounding record to 'Humbug'. "We wanted it to be song-based this time," he said. "We used to always try and not go down that route before, because it had been done. But there's a reason why they're the classic structures."

*[pitchfork.com] As they point out on their blog, No Age recently supplied an ominous, droning, fuzzed-out instrumental score to a short video called "Rodarte: States of Matter". In the film, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the ultra-hip designers behind the fashion line Rodarte, talk about the designs that are currently on display in MOCA's Pacific Design Center. This is the second time No Age have teamed up with Rodarte, as they previously scored their short film "Aanteni". Watch the film below.

Rodarte: States of Matter from MOCA on Vimeo.

Foo Fighters Offering Minute Long Samples of "Wasting Light"


[consequenceofsound.net] Foo Fighters’ seventh LP, Wasting Light, can already be heard in full in its live incarnation, but it won’t be until April 12th before we hear the full fury of the Butch Vig-produced effort. However, those looking for an early preview can head to qobuz.com, where minute-long samples of all 11 album tracks are available for streaming.

Pre-orders for Wasting Light are now ongoing at Amazon.com. Also don’t forget to see the boys on tour… or in theaters.

Wasting Light Tracklist:

01. Bridge Burning
02. Rope
03. Dear Rosemary
04. White Limo
05. Arlandria
06. These Days
07. Back & Forth
08. A Matter Of Time
09. Miss The Misery
10. I Should Have Known
11. Walk

The Boom Boom Box Featured on Examiner

[examiner.com] Plano's own The Boom Boom Box, a post-punk band for the rest of us, is making musical waves. They're certainly different - think The White Stripes meets New Model Army plus Radiohead. Seriously, is the lead singer British? But, the band has got tons to offer.

The seasoned sound of The Boom Boom Box is certainly not mainstream, yet the band is racking up fans in DFW and beyond. Tracks are alternately lyrical and heavily laced with drums. Many of the tunes possess a gravity that hedges on the depressing, but strangely, the instrumentals leave you on a happy note by the end of the song. Their skilled use of minor tones in one track will keep you waiting for more, and then the song changes and you're beat over the head with great drum rhythms. The Boom Boom Box is a musical experience at its rawest.

The Boom Boom Box frequently appears on stage in the Metroplex. 2011 took the band to both Denton's 35 Conferette and SXSW in Austin. Keep your ears open for more great tunes from this band!

Eolune Featured on The Soundtrack of My Life Blog


[musicsoundslikethis.blogspot.com] Eolune, the genre blending band from Boston, are back with the follow up to last year's Canvas EP. I wrote about Canvas way back in March of 2010. I was fond of the band's ability to create a tight sound that successfully merged various styles of music. Some bands claim that they incorporate influences from other types of music, but Eolune actually does it.

Their new EP, Tiny Oceans, is very much a sequel to Canvas. It possesses the same elements as their debut and builds off of them. The vocals are very Clash-esque at times. At other moments, such as during the intro to "Ghost Departure", they remind me of Fleet Foxes, echo-laden harmonies. Although these comparisons, which may sound bizarre, are helpful when finding a reference point for new listeners, Eolune doesn't depend on another band's work. They know their strong points and they stick to them.

If you stripped every song on this EP of the electronic based sounds, you would be left with an articulate guitar driven album. If you instead took away every organic instrument, you would have a heavy beat driven, yet melodically ambient, record. That's what I like about the album. You can dig beneath the layers for a different perspective.

Eolune have released Tiny Oceans as a "pay what you want" album. Any and every amount that you do pay for the record will be directly donated to the American Red Cross in order to aid Japan. It's an honorable and incredible move on their part, so please do purchase the album here to help.

PILE Featured in The Weekly Dig


[digboston.com] Could we still refer to Allston as the Rock City if weren’t for a band like our very own Pile? I don’t know. Frankly, I don’t care to know or even imagine a scenario without them. It’s a thought I’m happy to push out of my mind right now. I’m sorry I brought it up.

Since solidifying as a three-piece led by vocalist and guitarist Rick Maguire in the summer of 2009, Pile has been a vital contribution to Boston music. Their own brand of rock is versatile, seamlessly melding softer country-pickin’ lulls and soulful words with head-banging fuzz and gritty hardcore rhythms in a sneakily infectious way. Once that bass line at 2:27 in “Came as a Glow” hits your ears, it’s there to stay, so get used to humming that to yourself now as you’ll being doing it at odd moments throughout the rest of your life anyhow.

In recent awesomeness, Pile finally released their October-born Magic Isn’t Real on multicolored limited vinyl at a basement show this weekend, a work no less deserving of a 9.9 on a scale of 1 to Allston Christmas. The sweetly infused blues and inevitable frenzy eruption of “Pets” to the trashy surfcore closer “Sweat Lodge,” Magic Isn’t Real truly shines in what has already been an outstanding year for local music releases, and reinforces the whole notion of now just being a great time for local music currently.

“I feel pretty lucky to be in this area at this point in time because it seems like there are so many bands that I like a lot, which has never really happened to me before,” Maguire said. “Maybe it’s the time of my life, too; to be actually in it and doing it that I can see [these] bands, but even on the road I don’t see that many bands where I’m like, ‘Holy shit!’”

Maybe it is just a Boston thing, but as far as Pile’s concerned, we’re presently living an exclamatory “Holy shit!” era of locally brewed music that is still picking up speed. Whether the timing is just right, or the volume of the bands is purely coincidental, or whether it “seems like a compulsive thing” as Maguire cites for their own existence, things are just getting good. It’s probably just better not to question it and to start going to shows for the shows again, and not just to hang.

Deep Into Jane’s Addiction: South America


[press release] Want to see what Jane’s Addiction gets into while on the road?? Read on for a special look into the world of Perry, Stephen, and Dave and where travels may take them while in South America…

The Urban Nomad Eats Jane's Addiction

Hello, my name is Jeremiah Alexis aka The Urban Nomad. I have been going to Jane’s shows since I was 10, when @ Lollapalooza numero uno, I watched in awe as Perry got to sing to thousands, while being caressed by hot girls making out, his band Jane’s Addiction roaring behind him. I have gone to almost every Lollapalooza since, missing only 2008 and 2010. Music has become my life, at least the chronicling of it, and Lollapalooza & Jane’s Addiction is really what set it off for me. So to be a witness to the first international Lollapalooza with Jane's playing it, this is truly a dream of mine. I will be covering this and the rest of the JA tour with a dogged determination to illuminate the adventure for all of you, with pics/words and def video! I hope you enjoy and I welcome your feedback and advice to where we should seek for adventures next! Stay tuned for "The Urban Nomad Eats Jane's Addiction", first stop, Buenos Aires! Keep it locked!!! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram for up to the minute info and pics @theurbannomad

All blogs will be posted on JanesAddiction.com

Blackfield's "Welcome to my DNA" Now Available, New Video + Tour Dates

[press release] Welcome To My DNA, the new album from Blackfield is now in stores and available to download (links below). Blackfield is the acclaimed collaboration between Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) and Israeli artist Aviv Geffen. Formed after a meeting in 2000, the partnership blossomed into a cross-cultural collaboration that has already spawned two albums (2004’s Blackfield and 2007’s Blackfield II) and led Classic Rock magazine to recently state that 'when they come together they create something quite magical' before going on to describe the new album as 'a thing of melancholic beauty'.

The promo video for the lead single "Waving," is now streaming on the album mini-site (or below). The single will be available to download from April 11th to coincide with the band's European tour which kicks off on April 6th in the UK before visiting Holland, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium and France followed by an American tour in May and June.

The digi-book and vinyl editions of the album are all also available to order on the Welcome To My DNA mini-site. The mini-site features album info, downloads and more along with the chance to download a free MP3 of the album’s opening track "Glass House" when signing up to the mailing list.

Blackfield - Waving (taken from Welcome to my DNA) from Kscope on Vimeo.



The latest Kscope podcast, which is now online, features an exclusive interview with Aviv where he discusses the album, the band and his career to date. Other interviews with Aviv, filmed when he was in the studio with Steven recording the album, are also on the mini-site.

Tour dates are as follows:
APRIL
6th Leamington Assembly ENGLAND (with support from The Pineapple Thief)
7th Manchester Academy 2 ENGLAND (with support from The Pineapple Thief)
8th London Shepherd’s Bush Empire ENGLAND (with support from The Pineapple Thief)
10th Amsterdam Paradiso NETHERLANDS (with support from The Pineapple Thief)
12th Hamburg Markthalle GERMANY
13th Berlin C-Club GERMANY
14th Warsaw, Progresja Club POLAND
15th Krakow, Studio Club POLAND
17th Munich Ampere GERMANY
18th Pratelln, Z7 SWITZERLAND (with support from North Atlantic Oscillation)
19th Milan, Magazzini Generali ITALY (with support from North Atlantic Oscillation)
20th Rome, Alpheus ITALY (with support from North Atlantic Oscillation)
21st Treviso, New Age ITALY (with support from North Atlantic Oscillation)
23rd Karlsruhe New Substage GERMANY (with support from North Atlantic Oscillation)
24th Frankfurt Batschkapp GERMANY (with support from North Atlantic Oscillation)
25th Bochum Matrix GERMANY (with support from North Atlantic Oscillation)
26th Cologne Stollwerck GERMANY (with support from North Atlantic Oscillation)
28th Antwerp Trix Hall BELGIUM (with support from North Atlantic Oscillation)
29th Trianon Paris FRANCE (with support from North Atlantic Oscillation)

MAY
18th Washington, DC USA
19th Philadelphia, PA, Theater of the Living Arts USA
20th New York, NY, Irving Plaza USA
21st Boston, MA, Royale Boston USA
Montreal, QC, Le National CANADA
25th Cleveland, OH, House of Blues USA
26th Detroit, MI, St Andrew's Hall USA
27th Chicago, IL, Park West USA27th
31st Seattle, WA, Studio Seven USA

JUNE
1st Portland, OR, Aladdin Theater USA
3rd San Francisco, CA, Slim's USA
4th Los Angeles, CA, El Rey Theatre USA
6th Mexico City, MEX, Metropolitan Theater MEXICO

JULY
15th Colours of Ostrava CZECH REPUBLIC

Funeral Party's "The Golden Age on Knowhere" Out Now


[press release] Funeral Party's debut album The Golden Age Of Knowhere is out today, March 29, 2011. Buy it here.

The LA natives also take to the road joining Deftones, The Dillinger Escape Plan then Panic! At The Disco for a cross-country tour, starting in New York tomorrow, March 30th, for a special release party early show at Mercury Lounge.

Funeral Party will also make their national television debut on the Late Show with David Letterman on March 31 and Jimmy Kimmel Live! on April 6.

Produced by Lars Stalfors (Matt & Kim, The Mars Volta) and mixed by Dave Sardy (Band of Horses, LCD Soundsystem, Oasis), Funeral Party's debut album has already received rave reviews from the UK. The legendary Q Magazine gave The Golden Age Of Knowhere four stars calling it "thrilling"; while Mojo says: "each track spills out with fist-in-the-air energy." The first single off the album "Finale" recently won MtvU's Freshman and is also a part of this month's Fuse/MySpace Introducing series.

Don't miss Funeral Party this Spring:

Weds. March 30 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
Thurs. March 31 New York, NY Late Show with David Letterman
Weds. April 6 Los Angeles, CA Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Thurs. April 7 San Diego, CA Soda Bar
Fri. April 8 Los Angeles, CA Echo

with Deftones:
Thurs. April 14 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre
Fri. April 15 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
Sat. April 16 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
Thurs. April 21 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
Fri. April 22 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
Sat. April 23 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
Tues. April 26 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
Thurs. April 28 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
Fri. April 29 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
Sat. April 30 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
Sun. May 1 Detroit, MI Fillmore Theatre
Tues. May 3 Toronto, ON The Sound Academy
Thurs. May 5 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino
Fri. May 6 Providence, RI Lupo's
Sat. May 7 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
Mon. May 9 Boston, MA House Of Blues
Tues. May 10 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
Weds. May 11 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
Fri. May 13 New York, NY Best Buy Theatre
Sat. May 14 New York, NY Best Buy Theatre

with Panic! At The Disco:
Weds. June 8 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
Thurs. June 9 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
Fri. June 10 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room at Murat Center
Sat. June 11 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
Sun. June 12 Kansas City, MO Beaumont Club
Weds. June 15 Houston, TX House Of Blues
Fri. June 17 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
Sat. June 18 Las Vegas, NV House Of Blues
Sun. June 19 San Diego, CA House Of Blues
Tues. June 21 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
Weds. June 22 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre
Fri. June 24 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
Sat. June 25 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
Sun. June 26 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
Tues. June 28 Denver, CO Odgen Theatre
Weds. June 29 Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium

"Funeral Party's debut has all the scream and guitar to get your feet moving... unironically" - Filter, Good Music Guide

"[Under] hissing high-hats and angular guitar rhythms lies the unmistakable facility for balls-out arena anthems" - Spin

The Appleseed Cast Ready "Middle States" EP + FREE MP3


[press release] On June 7, 2011, The Appleseed Cast will introduce its latest offering, the Middle States EP via Graveface Records. If you can't wait until then to hear the new tunes, never fear friends, the Cast has a pre-order option available HERE. Pre-order now and receive an instant download of the EP.

Since forming in 1997, the Appleseed Cast has morphed from one of the definitive bands of the emo era into a group that has continued to open up the possibilities of rock music. Whether cloaked in delicate melodies, atmospherics and instrumental experimentation, or stripped down to the band's spin on the basics of rock 'n' roll, with each new recording fans around the world have learned to expect the unexpected.
Middle States seems an appropriate title for the band's latest release. It could be read as signifying the band's home town of Lawrence, Kansas (a "middle" state if there ever was one), the EP's place in the trajectory of the band's career, a piece that alludes to its progress between its gripping seventh album, Sagargatha (2009) and it's already eagerly-anticipated eighth record (due out on Graveface in early 2012). Or, as the title track suggests, the middle stages and transitional periods of life. Heard through the lush, brightly textured harmonies led by singer and co-founder Chris Crisci, change is a pretty alright thing.

For the Middle States EP, The Appleseed Cast sequestered itself in its own recording "compound," having fallen in love with the freedom of crafting records without the time and budget constraints of a traditional studio during home sessions for Sagarmatha. The relaxed pace and familiar setting has served the band well. Opening the EP is cinematic rocker "End Frigid Constellations," a song that evokes so many feelings and imagery it seems epic despite its relative shortness. The finale, "Three Rivers," contains many of the EPs most majestic moments and showcasing the band's live prowess and tight musicianship. The song marks the band's first completely improvised release, but with any luck it won't be the last.

Middle States gives insight into a band that is constantly reinventing itself and growing stronger with each passing year. If the EP is a teaser of things yet to come, we can only say it's working brilliantly.

TRACKLISTING:

1. End Frigate Constellation
2. Interlude
3. Middle States
4. Three Rivers



THE APPLESEED CAST ON TOUR:

29-Mar Denver, CO Hi Dive
31-Mar Cedar Falls, IA Wheel House
21-Apr Chicago, IL The Bottom Lounge
22-Apr Dekalb, IL House Cafe
23-Apr Cleveland Heights, OH Grog Shop
24-Apr Pontiac, MI Crofoot Ballroom
25-Apr Toronto, ONT The Horseshoe
26-Apr Montreal, QC il Motore
27-Apr Cambridge, MA Middle East
28-Apr New York, NY Highline Ballroom
29-Apr Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church
30-Apr Washington, D.C. Rock and Roll Hotel
1-May Columbus, OH The Summit
2-May Champaign, IL Blind Pig

Ringo Deathstarr Release Two New Music Videos


[press release] Austin, TX trio, Ringo Deathstarr released TWO new videos for the songs "Two Girls" and "Kaleidoscope" today. The self made videos encompass everything the band is, loud, fuzzy and dream-like, as evidenced on their new full-length album Colour Trip. The band have just delivered a whopping twelve plus shows at SXSW which was championed by such outlets as NPR who included the band in their SXSW preview as a band they can’t wait to see. Wired Magazine proclaimed Ringo a “Must Hear Band” in their SXSW preview.

On the press front, the band is also getting attention including top web outlets like Pop Matters giving the band an 8 out of 10 and saying the band has “expanded its musical palette to the point where they shift gears between varying styles so effortlessly that it’s enough to convince listeners they’ve been doing this for the past 20 years.” Chrome Waves called the album “Loud, fuzzy and fun,” CMJ called it “an interesting indie-pop/lo-fi contrast that’s addressed in every distortion-soaked, echoing track.” Local tastemaker The Austinist gave it’s seal of approval saying “Ringo Deathstarr’s debut LP is a well-made, effects-laden enfilade of melody and noise.” My Old Kentucky Blog who proclaimed “At heart, Ringo Deathstarr is a tremendous pop band, perhaps ready to rival Belle and Sebastien.” Street Boners said "Is it possible to wear out your YouTube player to the point that it starts skipping, because that’s how many times I’ve spun this video for “So High.” UK tastemaker NME proclaimed “It’s a shame we do not live in a world in which Ringo Deathstarr is the name of Liam Gallagher’s new band.” Finally MOG.com sums it up by saying “I can only state that this is an amazing record.”

Ringo Deathstarr head to Japan in April and will announce a national U.S. tour shortly.



Monday, March 28, 2011

True Widow's "As High as The Highest Heavens..." Reviewed on Pitchfork


[pitchfork.com] The group of musicians loosely (and reluctantly, on their part) grouped under the slowcore moniker in the early 90s left behind a glut of material that's ripe for rediscovery. Leading lights Low have carved out an enduring legacy, but their former peers, including the desolate sounds of former Sub Pop act Codeine, Jeff Martin's brittle Idaho, and hushed Trance Syndicate signings Bedhead, are rarely cited as touchstones by contemporary artists. The slowcore approach ostensibly took impossibly sad material, both musically and lyrically, and pushed it into a hemmed-in framework, where feelings of agitation and despair were expressed in the same forlorn way as a resigned late-night drinker slumped over his umpteenth whiskey at the bar. Occasional traces of this sound do surface-- Mogwai are clearly fans of the wrenching emotional heave at the center of Codeine's music-- but it's rare to find a band so clearly indebted to the style as Texas three-piece True Widow.

But there's a lot more to this band than a generous nod toward their slowcore antecedents. For one thing, True Widow's guitars are much louder and grittier, with a vast bone-crunching slab of murky distortion laid thick over the snail-paced grooves they settle into. They've even taken a stab at coining their own genre, "stonegaze," to describe this sound, although it's perhaps unwise to assume this is anything other than an inter-band joke. Some of the titles ("Blooden Horse", "Skull Eyes", "Doomseer") suggest material that is far darker than the wares actually on offer here, but it's clear that True Widow get their kicks from throwing a spanner in the works on occasion. It's there in the mysterious, over-long, but strangely fitting title of the record, and in the mix-up of Josh Homme-style churning riffage circa the first Queens of the Stone Age album and the floaty, angelic vocals of bassist Nikki Estill on the opening "Jackyl".

That song is a fine demonstration of this band's complete mastery of control-- the seething guitar sound of Dan "D.H." Phillips makes it feel like they might spin off into recklessness at any moment, but they never do. Instead, True Widow slump into ennui and remain locked down there for the duration. The majority of the vocals are sung by Phillips, who enters the fray with "Blooden Horse", which compliments Estill's cooing with pangs of foreboding and cold-sweat rumination. The lyrics are wrung out with the same shaved-down discipline as the music, where nothing ever topples over into over-wrought emoting. Despite this rigid adherence to restraint, much of this material proves to be emotionally affecting-- Phillips' work peaks on "NH", which plays out like a slo-mo dip into the bleak blues of Mudhoney's "If I Think" and Codeine's "D", with great lashes of poignancy added via Estill's heavily reverbed backing vocals.

The sludge-like pace rarely abates, but there are variations in mood, principally in the lengthy "Boaz", which Phillips floods with light through a soaring vocal line that pulls the song out of its squalid origins. The only true misstep is "Night Witches", the sole concession to a quickening of pace that ends up feeling forced, especially as we are immediately dipped back into the mire with the wonderfully doomy "Wither". The torporific riffing of the closing "Doomseer" is where True Widow sign off, and they use its nine-minute runtime to subtly evolve their sound, with odd whistling noises at the midway point and a surprise lurch into a different time signature. There's even a subordinate push out of their lockhold groove when Phillips hits a guitar solo two-thirds of the way in, causing the song to peter out into ambient noise. But "Doomseer" ultimately embodies everything this band does so well, where those basic slowcore tenets-- raw emotion tightly mastered and boxed into a corner where it's antithetically filtered into barely restrained stoicism-- are given another welcome gasp of air.

— Nick Neyland, March 28, 2011

Radiohead Newspaper Available Online


[consequenceofsound.net] With Radiohead‘s eighth LP The King of Limbs released rather suddenly last month, fans across the globe have already been able to tear into the album multiple times. But for those audiophiles who prefer a physical copy, Tuesday is the day tbd records releases the album on CD and LP. To mark the occasion, CoS is streaming the album in its entirety all this week. Simply click below and enjoy the boys’ latest effort. It’s gratis, too.

Accompanying the physical release of The King of Limbs is a free newspaper entitled The Universal Sigh, which will be handed out on Tuesday at select record stores while supplies last. In case you’re bogged down in meetings or require all reading to be done via the iPad, a .pdf version of the newspaper is now available via New Zealand music website Ripitup.co.nz. The newspaper consists of short stories and pictures centered around the forest, with artist and longtime Radiohead collaborator Stanley Donwood among the contributors.

Update: Above, peep a picture of Thom Yorke distributing copies of The Universal Sigh outside Rough Trade East in London this morning.



In other Radiohead news...

[NME.com] Radiohead are set to release two new songs on limited-edition vinyl next month (UK only).

The band will release 'Supercollider' and 'The Butcher' on a seven-inch vinyl single on Record Store Day, April 16, reports fansite Ateaseweb.com.

The two songs are previously-unreleased, although the former has been played by the band live before. There are thought to be 2,000 copies of the single pressed up.

Click below to hear a recording of 'Supercollider'.

Helvetia Debut "Bring Me The Knives"

[consequenceofsound.net] According to Wikipedia, Helvetia is the female personification of Switzerland. According to CoS, Helvetia is an experimental indie duo from Seattle, though multi-instrumental mastermind Jason Albertini grew up in Switzerland. Together with fellow ex-Duster member Canaan Dove Amber, the band is set to release album number 5 through The Static Cult Label on April 12th.

Preceding that release is a video for the track “Bring Me The Knives,” and Cluster 1 has the premiere. Now, the record is called On The Lam, so a video of bank robbers fits the motif. What sort of crooks purposefully burn the loot, though? Moreover, what criminals think playing two drum-kits and a keyboard in the back of the getaway van is a good idea? The Swiss kind, apparently. Directed by Troy Kooper and featuring former Duster/current The Static Cult Label head Clay Parton (how’s that for keeping it in the fam?), that’s exactly the kind of miscreants the video portrays.

Click over to Cluster 1 for the video, and don’t forget to follow our video channel on Facebook and Twitter. You can hear more of On The Lam when it hits stores on April 12th.

Helvetia - "Bring Me The Knives" from Consequence of Sound on Vimeo.

The White Stripes Plot Record Store Day Releases


[consequenceofsound.net] Bad news: Radiohead’s Record Store Day 12″ is limited to just the United Kingdom. Good news: Jack White still exists. Yes, fresh off the reveal of his Rolling Record Store, White and his Nashville-based Third Man Records have detailed their plans for Record Store Day 2011.

Per BuyTheseRecords.com, the biggest highlight comes in the form of reissues for The White Stripes’ first two singles, “Let’s Shake Hands” and “Lafayette Blues”. Both singles were originally released in 1998, with the former backed by a cover of Marlene Dietrich’s “Look Me Over Closely” and the latter featuring “Sugar Never Tasted So Good” as the b-side. The limited-edition RSD reissues will be pressed on red/black swirled vinyl.

Third Man Records will also release a 7″ single featuring the first official taste of White and Norah Jones’ contribution to Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi’s Rome project. The release will consist of two album tracks: “Two Against One” and Black”.

Finally, White’s wife, Karen Elson, will see the release of a 7″ single featuring a cover of Lou Reed’s “Vicious” b/w an original number entitled “In Trouble With The Lord”. The clear vinyl single will be limited to 1,000 copies.

Record Store Day or Music’s most insane holiday takes place April 16th, 2011. For more information on participating venues, click here.

Vessels "Helioscope" Reviewed on The Quietus


[thequietus.com] For a group whose polyrhythmic math-cum-post-rock shapes were delivered with such bombast, the fanfare that greeted Vessels' debut album White Fields & Open Devices was rather more muted, despite a strong critical reaction. Maybe it was the timing; in 2008 listeners had been listening to various takes on the Mogwai/Godspeed! build the emotion block-by-block blueprint for around a decade, with few successors managing to do little more than imitate. Those that did offer something different found themselves met with a weary ear, and so it is that the likes of 65daysofstatic and I Like Trains - among those tenuously bracketed together during the mid noughties - now survive having almost completely re-invented themselves, while the likes of Redjetson and Yndi Halda haven't been heard from for a long time.

Helioscope demonstrates that Vessels too have their perspectives very much trained on re-evaluation, though in truth their debut always promised as much, its more pedestrian ascents often shattered with vein-bulging tempestuous ferocity, while other inclusions gave clear evidence of a group not interested in fitting any sort of hackneyed “post-rock” mould. For one, those vocals that appeared somewhat shakily on the likes of 'A Hundred Times In Every Direction' and 'Yuki;' they still remain this time round and have been given more focus so that songs such as 'Recur' are enhanced rather than diminished by their addition - and that's not even counting the stellar vocal contribution from guest vocalist Stuart Warwick on the sensually panoramic 'Meatman, Piano Tuner, Prostitute', his bleeding swoon possessing the sort of stop-at-five-paces affectation as a Jeff Buckley or Thom Yorke.

Other things have been built on as well in the intervening years; noted as a considerable strength last time out, Tim Mitchell's drumming has been ushered further into the limelight, his dextrous patterns now far more chief catalyst than mere backbone, positively dragging opening pair 'Monoform' and 'The Trap' through their bars with controlled time-signature fluctuating ruthlessness. It's only on 'Meatman…'s ' sombre balladry that the others catch up with him, and only on 'Art/Choke' when they finally submerge him, the stick man having to yield to reinforced guitars that hammer down on the percussion with a desperate defiance. Those guitars themselves though echo the drumming's streamlined conciseness; gone for the most are the heavily echoed washes of noise that purveyed over any album that didn't have a song included clocking under six minutes long between 2003 and 2008. Replacing them are slick, jagged incisions that rattle around tracks with a buoyant groove; far from any sort of ambient instrumental wanderers, Vessels are now giving the impression of a band who, like Battles, want to make you dance - albeit it via putting any would-be floor filler through a rigorous lab of sonic tests and experiments first. All of these added nuances and tweaks by themselves don't count for much, but together they propel Helioscope onto a truly impressive level.

READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE.

Quick Notes: Jesu, Caspian, The Wicked Tomorrow

*[stereogum.com] Like 2009’s Opiate Sun EP, Justin Broadrick’s next Jesu collection, Ascension, is coming out via Mark Kozelek’s Caldo Verde. This new 10-song offering, his third proper LP amid all those EPs and splits, is his first “traditional” longplayer since 2007’s Conqueror: Remember, 2009’s Infinity was one 50-minute song. I reiterated Broadrick’s resume when posting Heart Ache & Dethroned’s “Annul” and again with one of his recent Pale Sketcher tracks, so no need to go in depth here — just remember to meditate on Napalm Death, Godflesh, Techno Animal, and Jesu’s continued obsessive refinement while listening to the gorgeous half-speed airy crunch of guitars, synthesizers, and barely-there vocals on “Birth Day.” Ascension is out 5/10 via Caldo Verde.

STREAM HERE: Jesu – “Birth Day”


*Caspian have posted a short teaser for their upcoming European spring tour...

CASPIAN Europe Spring 2011 Teaser from Johannes Klein on Vimeo.



*The Wicked Tomorrow have posted the video for their track "Frenemy"...

Red Fang Streaming "Murder The Mountains" on NPR


[press release] RED FANG’s forthcoming album Murder The Mountains is currently streaming in its entirety at NPR.org. Murder The Mountains will be streaming at that location until its North American release on Tuesday, April 12th. RED FANG recorded Murder The Mountains with THE DECEMBERISTS’ Chris Funk and the album was mixed by Vance Powell (WHITE STRIPES, THE RACONTEURS). Murder The Mountains will be available on CD (pre-order here), 12” vinyl, and deluxe digital (available at iTunes).

RED FANG has recently released Murder The Mountains track “Wires” as a 7” and digital single. The digital single is available now through iTunes and the limited edition 7” is available here. The band has filmed a video for “Wires” with director Whitey McConnaughy (THE GOSSIP, MUDHONEY, FLOGGING MOLLY) in Portland, OR. An online premiere is expected imminently.

RED FANG are on tour now in support of Murder The Mountains, touring alongside HELMET, CROWBAR, ST. VITUS, KYLESA and more as part of the inaugural Metalliance Tour. The band has just announced a number of May headlining tour dates leading up to their performance as part of the Rock On The Range Festival. RED FANG will also be taking part in the massive Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival this summer. A complete listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found below.

Updated RED FANG news and tour information will be made available at the Relapse Records website, the official RED FANG website, MySpace page, and Facebook page.

RED FANG Tour Dates:

***All dates from March 28 thru April 5 as part of Metalliance Tour w/ HELMET, SAINT VITUS, CROWBAR, KYLESA and more***

March 28 Merriam , KS Aftershock
March 29 Denver , CO Summit Music Hall
March 31 Portland , OR Roseland
April 1 Seattle , WA El Corazon
April 2 Sparks , NV The Alley
April 3 San Francisco , CA Mezzanine
April 4 San Diego , CA Brick By Brick
April 5 Los Angeles , CA House of Blues
May 12 Spokane , WA The A Club
May 13 Billings , MT The Railyard
May 14 Cheyenne , WY The Forum
May 15 Omaha , NE The Hideout
May 17 Memphis , TN Hi Tone
May 18 New Orleans , LA The Parish
May 19 Nashville , TN The End
May 22 Columbus , OH Crew Stadium (as part of 2011 Rock on the Range Festival w/ A PERFECT CIRCLE + more)
May 23 Milwaukee , WI Cactus Club
May 24 Des Moines , IA House of Bricks
May 25 Fargo, ND The Aquarium
May 27 Missoula , MT The Palace Lounge

***All dates from May 31 thru June 19 w/ THE OCEAN, INTRONAUT***

May 31 Wiesbad , Germany Schlachtorf
June 1 Bochum , Germany Matrix
June 2 Lingby , Denmark Templet
June 3 Bremen , Germany Tower
June 5 Berlin , Germany Lido
June 6 Leipzig , Germany Conne Island
June 7 Bratislava , Slovenia Randal Club
June 8 Vienna , Austria Arena
June 11 Winterthur , Switzerland Gaswerk
June 12 Munchen , Germany Feierwerk
June 16 Stuttgart , Germany Universum
June 19 Clisson , France Hellfest

***All dates from July 9 thru Aug. 14 as part of Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival w/ MEGADETH, IN FLAMES, KINGDOM OF SORROW, TRIVIUM, more***

July 9 San Bernardino , CA San Manuel Amphitheatre
July 10 Mountain View , CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 12 Auburn , WA White River Amphitheatre
July 13 Nampa , ID Idaho Center Amphitheatre
July 15 Phoenix , AZ Desert Sky Pavilion
July 16 Albuquerque , NM Hard Rock Casino: The Pavilion
July 17 Englewood , CO Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
July 19 Maryland Heights , MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 20 Cincinnati , OH Riverbend Music Center
July 21 Mansfield , MA Comcast Center
July 23 Montreal , QC Parc Jean Drapeau
July 24 Hartford , CT Comcast Center
July 27 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
July 29 Burgettstown , PA First Niagara Pavilion
July 30 Bristow , VA Jiffy Lube Pavilion
July 31 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
Aug. 2 Virginia Beach , VA Verizon Wireless Center
Aug. 3 Raleigh , NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
Aug. 5 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Aug. 6 Clarkston , MI DTE Energy Amphitheatre
Aug. 7 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
Aug. 9 Oklahoma City , OK Zoo Amphitheatre
Aug. 10 Dallas , TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
Aug. 12 Atlanta , GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre @ Lakewood
Aug. 13 Tampa , FL 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre
Aug. 14 West Palm Beach , FL Cruzan Amphitheatre

“If kick ass rock were ever distilled into beverage form it should be called Red Fang.” – Seattle Rock Guy

“Former members of Party Time, Bad Wizard, and the Last of the Juanitas have unleashed some of the most potent hard rock I’ve heard since Big Business. Prepare to have your face melted off.” – Seattle Stranger

“Mounted atop the triumphant braids of guitars and the stampeding low end is some of the best metal riding today.” – Orlando Weekly

“In place of symmetry and precision, Red Fang smears roughhewn, ragged riffs that place the band much more in the camp of Big Business (or even The Sword minus the hobbit shtick). Out behind a new five-song tour EP, the band sports members from all over the place, including Last of the Juanitas, Facedowninshit, and even the legendary San Diego noise collective Trumans Water.” - The Onion

"The group deals in heavy, low-end sludge, rollicking with all the vintage fuzz of Black Sabbath and burly thunder of fellow Pacific Northwesterners The Melvins. And yet there's an accessible, even catchy element to their mighty tunes similar to the Thunder-pop style of Torche. Suffice it to say that Red Fang provide a musical experience that rocks, plain and simple." - Treble

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Quick Notes: Yuck, Neil Young, Red Bellows

*Yuck have posted a video from a recent studio performance at KEXP in Seattle...



*[consequenceofsound.net] Since 1970, the Juno Awards have served as Canada’s equivalent to the Grammys, only it didn’t take 40 years for Neil Young to nab an honor (Harvest Moon took home the Juno for Best Album in 1994). This year’s awards were handed out this weekend, and along with Young scoring both Artist of the Year and Adult Alternative Album of the Year for Le Noise, Arcade Fire was the night’s other big winner. The Win Butler-led outfit and their third LP The Suburbs won four awards, earning Album of the Year, Alternative Album of the Year, Songwriters of the Year, and Group of the Year.

*Red Bellows have posted a promo video for their upcoming show this Tuesday at The Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge, MA. You can also download their debut EP for FREE via Bandcamp HERE.