Sunday, July 31, 2011

Must Watch: Obits Featured on "Night of the Dingo"

Somehow this passed me by, but it's never too late to check out this hilarious video from earlier this month featuring the incredible Obits being interview at Sub Pop's offices...

Night of the Dingo - An Interview with Obits from Sub Pop Records on Vimeo.

Don't forget to grab your free download of "You Gotta Lose" from our HOLY MOLY! compilation, then be sure to pick up their latest album Moody, Standard, and Poor released this spring on Sub Pop.

PILE's "Jerk Routine" to be Released on Vinyl through Woodbridge Records

Detroit's Woodbridge Records are gearing up to press some vinyl editions of Pile's 2009 album Jerk Routine at some point in time. Here's what the label had to say...

"On the last night of the Pile/Noman tour in Minneapolis, I mentioned to Pile that we were obsessed with their previous effort, “Jerk Routine” for it’s exploration of the rock music genre. Pile’s monolithic riffs and massive, unkempt drum sounds clear the bong with ease and blows the sticky smoke into your face. “Jerk Routine” is a wise, sleeping giant that deserves a warm home on the vinyl format. As soon as we hit the scrap yard, Jerk Routine lives."

Count us in. Can't wait for this. For now the album is available at a "pay-what-you-want" download and on CD! Listen to the record below...

Quick Notes: Foo Fighters + Bush

*Foo Fighters have posted a full length documentary of their recent "Garage Tour" in which they played fans garages around the country. Honestly, for a band of the FF size, it doesn't get much cooler than this. Check it out...

*Check out the recently reunited Bush performing "Everything Zen" live at New York City's Bowery Ballroom last Thursday night...

Quick Notes: Dinosaur Jr, The Electronic Anthology Project, Torche + More

*The Electronic Anthology Project is a collaboration between Built To Spill bandmates Doug Martsch and Brett Nelson that previously released a fantastic EP restructuring their bands' songs into nu-wave versions to great result. Apparently the fun isn't stopping with just their music, as the project posted on their Facebook today...

"Just an update on the next Electronic Anthology Project. Been recording the music for a Dinosaur Jr. record with plans for J to sing in the early fall hopefully a late fall/early winter release this time on vinyl,too."

*[] Torche have been covering Guided By Voices‘ “Exit Flagger” at recent live shows. You can find fan-filmed footage of that below:

*Truckfighters have posted a video from their first ever US tour during a recent stop at The Magic Stick in Detroit, MI on July 19th...

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Quick Notes: Kyuss Lives!, Scott Reeder, Disco Doom + More

*[] After much speculation, Scott Reeder just announced on his Facebook page that he will be filling in for a few gigs with Kyuss Lives!, due to Nick Oliveri’s recent run in with police.

Here’s what Scott had to say…

“So, yeah… got a call yesterday…. leaving tomorrow to temporarily fill in on a quick trip to Europe for four gigs with John, Brant, and Bruno Fevery. Got two hours of music to brush up on today, laundry, bass surgery, etc. Crazy. Gonna be fun!”

*Disco Doom have posted a video entitled "Drowning No. 1" which you can check out below...

*[] Taking a page from another world-famous rock band, Red Hot Chili Peppers have been previewing their forthcoming LP I’m With You with a few surprise shows at intimate California venues. Last night, the band hit the Miners Foundry in Nevada City, where they performed five of the album’s 18 tracks. Below, you can watch footage of a quality video montage featuring clips of “Monarchy of Roses” and what appears “Ethopia”, along with classics like “Charlie”, Soul to Squeeze”, Right on Time”, and “By The Way”:

Eels' E Works With His Hereos

[] It's been an exciting summer for the musician known simply as E.

He may be 48 and a long-established master of melodic, delightfully odd rock music, most famous for his hit song "Novocaine for the Soul." But even after releasing nine albums with his band Eels and chronicling the loss of several loved ones on the acclaimed album "Electroshock Blues" — and then again in his memoir, "Things the Grandchildren Should Know" — there's still plenty that can humble the man born as Mark Oliver Everett.

Like meeting and performing with boyhood idol Ringo Starr. E told the tale of his first meeting with a former Beatle just after returning from Europe and his first trip to China for a brief North American tour.

"Ringo is such a sweetheart," he said. "He saw me watching his show in Norway, and he came over and said 'Would you like to sing with me, it's this song called 'With a Little Help From My Friends.' And he started singing the song to me and I stopped him and said, 'Yeah, I know it!'"

E realized, to his chagrin, that he had interrupted a private performance by his own hero. Still, he was touched.

"He inspired me to play the drums at 6, so it was a very moving experience for me," he said.

E also endured the humbling experience of playing guitar before Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page in London.

"It's a little intimidating," he said. "I found out he uses the same pick as me, but I think he's had better results."

These weren't E's first awkward encounters with his heroes. In his memoir, published in 2008, he recounts his collaboration with singer Tom Waits, who sent him a tape of himself crying like a baby that later appeared on the song "Going Fetal." Waits thrilled E by offering to do yard work for him to make up for accidentally erasing E's vocals on the tape.

Then there was the first time he met Neil Young. E was horrified to hear himself blurt out, "I like your beard."

Now, ironically, E probably hears that exact comment from his own fans, after famously growing a very long beard while on tour. He was forced to shave it after drawing scrutiny from airport security officials following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. And last year, his long beard drew the attention of London police while he was in Hyde Park.

E normally gets a friendlier reception in Britain, where the Eels have scored several hits. Their first appearance at the famed Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts this summer earned high praise from critics.

Europe can sometimes be more receptive to a musician known for his sound-collage recording style, blunt lyrics and fascination with all manner of instruments. That idiosyncratic approach was apparent on his recent trilogy of concept albums — "Hombre Lobo," "End Times" and "Tomorrow Morning" — which dealt with desire, breakups and renewal.

"There's more of an audience for music in Europe than America," he said. "In Europe, music is still an important part of everyone's day, unlike in America, where it's slowly being replaced by video games or whatever."

E stressed that he appreciates the Eels' cult following in the U.S., where the band just made its fifth appearance for an enthusiastic David Letterman on his "Late Show." But it was a British network, the BBC, that decided to make a documentary about E after he published his memoir, which recounted how he channeled the loss of his family — his father to a heart attack, his sister to suicide and his mother to cancer — into his music.

The award-winning documentary, called "Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives" and broadcast in the U.S. on the Public Broadcasting Service program "NOVA," focuses on E's attempts to understand his emotionally distant father, the celebrated quantum physicist Hugh Everett, whose lifeless body was found by E when he was only 18. Everett, author of the "many worlds" theory of parallel universes, earned both scorn and a devoted following.

The same could be said for E himself, who has been savaged by some critics who say his music is alternatively too frivolous or too dark. E dismisses the critics and says anyone who comes to an Eels show will find it "undeniably fun."

"It's all very misguided," he said. "All I'm trying to do as an artist is reflect life in all its different shapes and colors, and anyone paying attention knows there are all sorts of ups and downs in a song. It might get pretty dark but it's always in the name of getting somewhere positive, and our shows are all about positivity.

"The whole goal is about feeling good about life and rejuvenated."

Soundgarden's Kim Thayil Discusses Reunion with Seattle Weekly

[] For both tragic and beautiful reasons, Nirvana may be our city's immortal musical mascots, but Soundgarden is quite possibly the band that most accurately represents the Northwest's artistic, social, and geographical lineage. Chris Cornell's agonized, operatic vocals and Ben Shepherd's bottom-heavy bass are the essential anchors in the band's Sabbath/Zeppelin stew, but nothing would connect them meaningfully without guitarist Kim Thayil's intricate and articulate musical voice. We spoke with Thayil as Soundgarden's tour bus crossed the Canadian border, a week before the recently reunited band's homecoming gig at the Gorge.

SW: What local bands are you into these days?

Thayil: I like Black Breath a lot. I've seen Lesbian; they are very good. And of course, Minus the Bear. I like the proggy intricacies their arrangements have while still maintaining their pop sensibility. That's always very interesting. Man, you got me in a corner! I don't want to space on a band I really love... Oh! Earth, I love Earth. And Jesse Sykes.

Were you satisfied with how that initial show at the Showbox went in 2010?

Really, I don't think we knew what to expect, but I think we were all very satisfied with our performance. In retrospect, contrasting it with how we are playing now, I think we could have played a little bit better, but the reception was so warm and overwhelmingly positive that it mostly brought up great feelings.

What's the timeline on the new record?

There's no timeline, except that our target—roughly—is early 2012. We are focused on this tour and these shows and we have a few dates in October, but in the interim, we'll do some studio work. We have a few more guitars to do and some vocals. And some of the songs are still being arranged. We want to make sure it's absolutely the most satisfying for us, and put the best foot forward that we can put. I would assume our fans will also get into it then.

How has your approach to writing together changed?

It's actually not much different, because we really didn't have a set way we wrote in the past. The only thing that might have been consistent is a band member being a complete author—meaning words and music—which Chris did a lot of. But even if Chris writes a complete song, or Ben writes a complete song... sometimes we wrote a song as a jam. All the different combinations were always there; there was never a set thing like "Jagger/Richards," you know?

(Producer) Jack Endino suggested that I ask you why you got back together. So why did you get back together?

I have nooooo idea. I ask myself that question. I think it's one of those things that just fell back into our laps. We initially were attending to shared properties, both financial and legal, and from mainly there we realized there was an absence of online presence in terms of a website or Facebook... we kind of had neglected our merchandise over the last decade. Our catalog had been neglected. I was constantly meeting people who now had junior-high-aged kids who had learned instruments and learned [to play via Soundgarden]. We agreed to start a website and have Ten Club handle it—Tim Bierman who handles Pearl Jam's stuff. So it started from that.

Then Internet gossip led to promoters inquiring about our status and offering us shows and pretty good billings that we considered. So we got into a room together and jammed and enjoyed each other's company. Eventually we decided to start playing live and to release [greatest hits and rarities compilation] Telephantasm and the live record [Live on I-5]." Putting out an unreleased Soundgarden song was a thrill for us, and we started thinking about going back into the studio again. Every time we got together to rehearse, it was good. And by the way, I think I've told Jack Endino this story already!

I find it strangely comforting that Almost Live is still in reruns. What's on your Lame List at the moment?

The fact that Almost Live is still rerunning that skit that I did in 1991. That's lame. Maybe that's good, though, because it keeps me looking less gray.

Steven Wilson Reveals "Grace For Drowning" Details

[press release] Grace for Drowning, the new solo album from Steven Wilson now available to pre-order on Kscope.

Grace for Drowning is the second album released under Wilson’s own name, and builds on the artistic inroads he forged with 2009’s exceptionally well-received Insurgentes.

A double album ('two 40-45 minute albums in the same package') Wilson has described it as "my biggest project to date". He continues, “’Insurgentes’ was an important step for me into something new. This record takes that as a starting point, but it’s more experimental and more eclectic. For me the golden period for music was the late sixties and early seventies, when the album became the primary means of artistic expression, when musicians liberated themselves from the 3 minute pop song format, and started to draw on jazz and classical music especially, combining it with the spirit of psychedelia to create “journeys in sound” I guess you could call them. So without being retro, my album is a kind of homage to that spirit. There’s everything from [Ennio] Morricone-esque film themes to choral music to piano ballads to a 23 minute progressive jazz–inspired piece. I’ve actually used a few jazz musicians this time, which is something I picked up from my work remixing the King Crimson records.”

The blu-ray disc contains the album in 5.1 surround sound with accompanying video content. The video content, created by long-term collaborator Lasse Hoile, includes rare music videos starring Wilson (he’s only appeared in two previous music videos) as well as photo galleries, hand written notes and lyrics.

All 4 discs will be packaged in a hard back book which features 120 pages of artwork and notes.

The album will also be released in vinyl and compact disc formats, which are also now available to pre-order from the Kscope store.

The limited edition CD that is available from this site features both 'albums' over 2 discs in a 28 page rigid digi-book.

Due to the size and nature of the deluxe edition we are aware that shipping costs may be high to some parts of the world. For this reason, a limited number of the deluxe edition of Grace for Drowning will also be available from three stores in Western Europe (one each in Germany, Belgium and Holland) and one in North America.

Check the Grace for Drowning mini-site for pre-order links for these stores when they are available.

Steven will also be embarking on a solo tour later in the year, confirmed tour dates are as follows:

21st - Wisla Hall, Krakow, Poland
22nd - Heimathafen, Berlin, Germany
23rd - Muffathalle, Munich, Germany
25th - Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
26th - Bataclan, Paris, France
27th - Live Music Hall, Cologne, Germany
28th - Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
31st - Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, UK

8th - Orlando, FL - House of Blues
10th - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
11th - NY, NY - Best Buy Theater
12th - Philadelphia, PA - Temple Performing Arts Center
13th - Boston, MA - Berklee Performance Center
15th - Montreal, Canada - Corona
16th - Toronto, Canada - Opera House
18th - Chicago, IL - Park West

Sign up to Steven Wilson's mailing list for a FREE mp3 from Grace for Drowning here, or visit the mini-site for more details on the album.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Quick Notes: Josh Homme, Biffy Clyro, Frightened Rabbit

*[] Hey, how about this: Josh Homme will guest on Anthony Bourdain‘s No Reservations. During his visit to the US Desert, the traveling maestro appears to run into the acclaimed Queens of the Stone Age frontman. Judging from the preview below, hilarity should ensue. But, what else might happen? Perhaps Bourdain will join in on one of Homme’s iconic Desert Sessions? Or, maybe they’ll discuss summer music festivals? It would only make this more feasible.

We’ll have to wait and see Monday, August 8th at 9 p.m. ET when it airs on the Travel Channel.

*[] Biffy Clyro have vowed to carry on performing shirtless, even when they’re in their mid-50s. The Ayrshire trio have promised that they'll still be performing in two decades time, even if they stop selling records completely. Frontman Simon Neil said:

"I think it's highly likely you will see us at 55 years old with big pot bellies and our shirts off bouncing around the stage, going fucking crazy. Even if we stopped selling records completely, we couldn't stop being in the band. We're a family and why would we want to break this family up? We still have all the passion we ever had and we'll never be on autopilot."

The band recently revealed to NME at Ibiza Rocks that they have around 22 new tracks written for their sixth album, including 'Black Chandelier' and recent addition to their live set, 'The Joke's On Us'. The band will be heading to the studio in Los Angeles towards the end of the year to record the follow up to 2009's 'Only Revolutions'.

*[] One of the summer’s hottest tours has also led to some new music. According to Listen Before You Buy, Scottish folk-rock outfit Frightened Rabbit is selling a tour-only EP at the merch tables of their shows with Death Cab For Cutie. Along with a studio version of “Scottish Wind”, the effort includes two news songs, “Fuck This Place" and “The Work”. The former features Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell, while the latter includes a guest spot by Scottish Folk singer Archie Fisher. Check out all three tracks below.

Frightened Rabbit - Scottish Winds by ListenBeforeYouBuy

Frightened Rabbit - Fuck This Place (Featuring Tracyanne Campbell From Camera Obscura) by ListenBeforeYouBuy

Frightened Rabbit - The Work (Featuring Archie Fisher) by ListenBeforeYouBuy

Flaming Lips and Weezer Collaborate Together Live on "She Don't Use Jelly" and "Undone"

[] Although The Flaming Lips have gone collaboration crazy with a few younger acts this past year, news of their biggest collabo possibly ever came in May when it was announced that Wayne Coyne and company would join Rivers Cuomo and company (Weezer, folks) for a couple of East Coast shows along with Yeasayer.

Now, courtesy of Pitchfork, those not in attendance at Holmdel, New Jersey’s PNC Bank Arts Center last night can get a taste of what this wacky partnership sounds like with footage of the super-band performing the Lips’ “She Don’t Use Jelly”. With Cuomo on vocals, the two groups also covered Black Sabbath’s “Sweet Leaf” and Weezer’s “Undone – The Sweater Song”. In addition, there’s also a clip of both frontmen making a simultaneous space bubble walk to make the entire experience all that more wonderfully bizarre.

Check out the entire show setlist over at Psych Explorations of the Future Heart. Their second show together goes down tonight (July 29th) at Wantagh, NY’s Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. Perhaps Yeasayer can get in on the action this time and make this whole shebang the greatest thing to ever exist in every possible sense.

Quick Notes: Crystal Antlers, (Damn) This Desert Air, Two Inch Astronaut

*[] There’s a wildly animated video out for Crystal Antlers’ “Two-Way Mirror,” which, coincidentally, comes from an album titled, Two-Way Mirror.

This album was just reviewed for Kicking Against The Pricks, which you can find here. Otherwise, check out the video, enjoy the song and buy the album.

*(Damn) This Desert Air are headed to Queens, NY tonight to kick-off a weekend recording session towards their next release. Drum tracking with Andy Guida at his Six III Studios in Forest Hills begins tomorrow morning. The band are recording a new batch of songs along with a Quicksand cover to coincide with a new issue of Pins&Needles 'zine. Details on (Damn) This Desert Air's forthcoming release are yet to be determined. In the meantime, (Damn) This Desert Air contributed another cover, their version of "The Pod" to the Songs Of Farewell and Departure: A Tribute To HUM album coming out officially on September 6th via Pop Up Records.

*Two Inch Astronaut have released their brand new EP Vimana, which is available for streaming at their official Bandcamp page HERE. Check it out below...

Gifts From Enola Kick Off Tour Next Week

[press release] Just one last heads up for everyone! In further tour support of last years critically acclaimed, self titled full length, which Sonic Abuse called "simply stunning..." and Rock-A-Rolla Magazine called "awe-inspiring..", Gifts From Enola will be hitting the road hard next week throughout August. Traveling up and down the east coast and into Canada, the band are making one last run before holing up to write the follow-up full length, due in 2012. Tour dates are below...

8/4- Harrisonburg, VA @ Crayola House
8/6- Washington, DC @ The Velvet Lounge
8/7- Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space
8/8- Doylestown, PA @ Siren Records
8/11- Brooklyn, NY @ The Charleston
8/12- Danbury, CT @ Heirloom Arts Theater
8/13- Boston, MA @ O'Briens
8/14- Burlington, VT @ 242 Main
8/15- Montreal, QC @ Casa De Popolo
8/16- Ottowa, ON @ Avant Garde Bar
8/17- Toronto, ON @ Underground Cinema
8/18- Hamilton, ON @ Casbah
8/19- Detroit, MI @ The Atlas
8/20- Akron, OH @ Musica

(more dates to be added!)

"touches of Thrice's well structured post-hardcore, Tortoise's experimental side and even a little Fugazi thrown in for good measure..." — Decibel Magazine

"but the beauty is in the way the heaviness festers underneath soaring melodies, slashing guitars, and enough noise to attract a phalanx of checker shirted beardos..." — Outburn Magazine

"'Epic' doesn't even come close to describing just how awe-inspiring this album is...a magnificently constructed rock album which demonstrates conclusively that the riff is a force to be reckoned with..." — Rock A Rolla (UK)

Shoes and Socks Off Lyric Book "Dot Dot Dot & Other Works" Now Available!

A message from Shoes And Socks Off aka Tobias Hayes...

"Dot Dot Dot & Other Works, my first book release, is out now. its available at shows and at the BSM store, which you can find HERE.

It's a lyric book with the words to a whole bunch of Shoes and Socks Off songs, as well as all the Meet Me in St. Louis tracks, and a bunch of random bits and pieces. It comes with a bookmark (illustrated by enter uh huh) that has a link to download 10 demos to new songs, most of which will be on the new album. the demos were all recorded while on tour over in mainland Europe with Tubelord. there is also a new t-shirt design, i like it.

playing a couple of shows this weekend with Hymns:

Friday 29th - The Bell Inn, Derby
Saturday 30th - Nation of Shopkeepers, Leeds.

if anyone wants a copy of Radial Images by Love Among the Mannequins, I'll have a box of CDs with me at the above dates. if you wanna have a listen, click HERE

a bunch of tours being booked right now, wanna try and get real busy. if you want to book me, send us an email.

and all that." - tobyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

New Albums to be Reviewed

Hey EIS team! These are the albums that are available to be reviewed right now. If you're interested in reviewing any of these, email dan(at)explodinginsound(dot)com and stephen.e.pierce(at)gmail(dot)com. We will distribute reviewing duties on a first come, first serve basis. No negative reviews please! If you don't like an album, don't review it.

We don't post reviews before the albums' release dates, but as a general rule please try to get your review in 2-3 weeks after claiming an album. If you don't have access to the album that you'd like to review, we'll get it to you ASAP from one of the PR companies we work with. If there are other things you'd be interested in reviewing that are not on this list, please let us know and we'll consider!

****see upcoming release schedule on right side bar for most up to date albums. anything listed is cool with me****

PRIORITY RELEASES (in alphabetical order):

A Place To Bury Strangers - Transfixiation [CLAIMED - STEPHEN]
Acid Baby Jesus - Selected Recordings
Astral Swans - All My Favorite Singers Are Willie Nelson [CLAIMED - DAN GOLDIN]
Ausmuteants - Order of Operations
Celestial Shore – Enter Ghost [CLAIMED - EMILIO]
Chandos - Rats in Your Bed
Chavez - Gone Glimmering / Ride The Fader [reissues] [CLAIMED - ABE]
Cheatahs - Sunne [CLAIMED - STEPHEN]
Cherubs - 2ynfynyty
Cloakroom - Further Out
Culture Abuse - Spray Paint The Dog 7"
Dope Body - Lifer [CLAIMED - COREY]
Dust From 1000 Yrs – Moon [CLAIMED - LIAM]
Electric Wizard – Time To Die
Elvis Depressedly - New Alahambra
Eula - Wool Sucking
FF - Lord
Glish - ST
Happy Diving – Big World
Leapling - Vacant Page
Little Big Leauge / Ovlov - Split 7" [CLAIMED - DAN COULSON]
Lost Boy ? - Canned
Melvins - Eggnog / Lice-All [reissues]
Melvins - Hold It In
Melvins - Ozma / Bullhead [reissues]
Mr. Gnome - The Heart of a Dark Star
Native America - Grown Up Wrong
Never Young - Never Young EP
Paperhaus - Paperhaus
Parkay Quarts (Parquet Courts) - Content Nausea [CLAIMED - MAX]
Passenger Peru - Light Places
Pinecones - Sings For You Now
Pope - Fiction
Purling Hiss – Weirdon
Radical Dads - Universal Coolers
Retox - Beneath California [CLAIMED - DAN GOLDIN]
Rivergazer – Random Nostalgia
Rye Pines - Dead Ocean
She Keeps Bees – Eight Houses
Shield Your Eyes - Reciprocate
So Cow – The Long Con
Spray Paint - Clean Blood, Regular Acid
Super Luxury - Ten Solid Years of Applause
Supervolcano - Glisten Ghostly [CLAIMED - JUAN]
Teardrop Factory - Thrash in the Heart
Teenanger - E P L P
Town Hall Devils - Ouroboros Blues [Americana]
Ty Segall Band - Live in San Francisco [CLAIMED - ERIC]
USA Nails - Sonic Moist
Viet Cong - Viet Cong
Vision Fortune - Country Music
Wand - Golem


Absolutely Free – ST
Amanda X – Amnesia
The Austerity Program – Beyond Calculation
The Blind Shake - Breakfast of Failures
Buildings – It Doesn’t Matter
Dan Francia – Alone and Together
Deerhoof - La Isla Bonita
Doomsday Student - A Walk Through Hysteria Park
Doubting Thomas Cruise Control – Appleton On
Dub Thompson – 9 Songs
The Due Diligence – Are You Down
Ed Schrader’s Music Beat – Party Jail
Future Death – Future Death
Girl Tears - Tension
Good Throb – Fuck Off
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - I'm In Your Mind Fuzz
King Tuff – Black Moon Spell [CLAIMED - ERIC]
Low Fat Getting High - ST
Mannequin Pussy – Gypsy Pervert
Mazes – Wooden Aquarium
Off! – Wasted Years
Omi Palone – ST
Oozing Wound – Earth Suck
Pink Wash – Your Cure Your Soil
The Powder Room - Curtains
Priests – Bodies and Control and Money and Power
Primus – Primus & the Chocolate Factory [CLAIMED - JAKE]
Princess Reason – Stark City EP
Pulled Apart By Horses – Blood
The Rentals – Lost in Alphaville
Sex Hands – Pleh
Sleeping Bag – Deep Sleep
Soft Walls – No Time
Survival Knife – Loose Power
Tense Men – Where Dull Care is Forgotten
The Ukiah Drag – In The Reaper’s Quarters
Le Butcherettes – Cry is For The Files
Tweak Bird – Any Ol’ Way
Vetter Kids - Logan
Viet Cong – Cassette EP [CLAIMED - DAN COULSON]
Vincent Vocoder Voice – Full Heart, Deaf Ears
Watery Love – Decorative Feeding
Weaves - ST
Whirr – Sway

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Quick Notes: Flaming Lips, Mariachi El Bronx, Rosa Valle

*[] Psych Explorations of the Future Heart points us to all four tracks from The Flaming Lips and Lightning Bolt’s collaborative 12″, which you can check out HERE. If you can make it through the entire thing in one sitting, then I think drugs will be the least of your brain’s concern.

*[] The Bronx have launched a stream of their second full-length under their caliente alter ego, Mariachi El Bronx. It's due out August 2, 2011 via ATO and was recorded by John Avila, formerly of Oingo Boingo.

Check it out via MySpace. [ed note: Myspace? Really guys?]

*Rosa Valle have posted a video for "Lottery Fantasies" from their debut EP "Holy Bermuda" which is available on 12" vinyl and CD via Holy Roar Records and Big Scary Monsters Recording Company...

Weezer Discuss Cruise, Dinosaur Jr + More with Billboard

[] Led by Rivers Cuomo, one of modern rock's more unlikely figures, Weezer has never done things quite conventionally. While others have pointed to Weezer as a forefather to the modern emo movement, a tongue-in-cheek feeling follows the nearly 20-year-old band, right down to its latest scheme: the Weezer Cruise.

Announced July 14, the seaside jaunt finds Weezer leading its own lido deck alongside musical pals Dinosaur Jr., Wavves, the Antlers, Yuck and tour openers through the years. Weezer drummer Pat Wilson, who has traded his set for an electric guitar in live shows through the years, sees himself challenging cruisemates Dinosaur Jr. to a guitar shred-off. "I'll show that old boy a thing or two," Wilson jokes of the alt-rockers' leader, J Mascis.

The four-day voyage, through Carnival Cruises, will leave from Miami on Jan. 19, sailing to Cozumel, Mexico before ending its journey back in Miami on Jan. 23.

"Personally, once I heard the Yacht Rock Revue was involved, I was all in," Wilson tells of the cruise, which, yes, will include something called the "Yacht Rock Revue." Not even Wilson was quite sure what to expect from it. But what can expected from the cruise are "plenty of opportunities to interact with the fans," says Wilson, who anticipates Weezer will play two big shows on the nautical journey.

In addition to the cruise, the SoCal band kicks off a two-show experiment of sorts alongside the Flaming Lips tonight (July 28) in Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center). Weezer will play "side-by-side" with the Lips, alternating songs throughout the one-stage headlining set, which continues tomorrow on Long Island (Nikon at Jones Beach).

"I think it was Rivers or Wayne [Coyne, Flaming Lips frontman] who said, 'Why don't we just sort of combine the set, and trade songs?'" Wilson says. "And I thought, when I first heard that, 'That's pretty cool but it's a lot of work.' Plus we might have to find a two-person bubble."

Weezer is no stranger to unconventional (and selective) touring methods, kicking off a five-city tour last fall that found the band playing its much-loved first two albums -- "The Blue Album" and "Pinkerton" -- in their entirety.

"We don't tour the way we used to," Wilson says. "We used to go out for months at a time in a bus and kind of lose your mind. Nowadays, we've all got kids and we just pick our spots. We much prefer it, actually."


Mastodon's "Deathbound" Video Featured on Pitchfork's "Director's Cut"

[] Director's Cut features conversations with music video directors about their creations. The men and women behind the camera are often overlooked in today's YouTube era, so we aim to highlight their hard work here while showcasing the best videos currently linking around the Internet. A little behind-the-scenes dirt couldn't hurt, too.

If you love puppets-- and who doesn't?-- you will either love Mastodon's video for "Deathbound" or you will hate it with a fiery passion. Beyond a short introduction from drummer Brann Dailor, nearly unrecognizable as a "Mister Rogers"-style kids'-show host, the band doesn't appear in the video. Instead, the clip concerns itself with the effects of a solar eclipse on the felt-and-vinyl residents of a puppet town. These effects are not pretty. In this once-idyllic community, the earth opens up, murderous anger flares, and a litany of menacing figures shows up to kill everything in sight. The video is soaked in bright colors, but its comedy is as dark as it gets.

We spoke with directing team Authority Films, aka Thomas Bingham and Jonathan Rej, who'd previously directed Mastodon videos like "Blood and Thunder" and "Seabeast", about their insane and disturbing vision.

Pitchfork: Who do you think would win in a fight between the cyclops monster and the alien robot from this video?

Thomas Bingham: Oh, that's a good one.

Jonathan Rej: Well, that robot decimates everybody with his lasers.

TB: I think Cyclops would take a couple hits, for sure.

JR: I'm going to go with the robot just because he has alien technology.

TB: Yeah, I think the robot would probably win out in the end. It'd be a brutal struggle for survivial, though.

Pitchfork: What was the inspiration for the video?

TB: I was literally standing there, looking at puppets on display at a baby store-- I'm about to have a kid-- and that was part of the inspiration. Also, we went to a Jim Henson museum exhibit in Chicago and ended up staying so long that we got thrown out because we were there 15 minutes past closing. Johnny and I started figuring out a way to portray violence on television and still be able to get it past the legal loopholes.

JR: Mastodon is such an unconventional metal band. You hear the song, and it's fast and aggressive. You picture chaos and violence. But they have a great sense of humor, and they're not worried about looking cool and being metal anymore.

TB: We never want to make the typical metal video.

Pitchfork: How difficult was it to work with all those puppets?

JR: Luckily, Atlanta has a big puppet contingent, for whatever reason. The Center for Puppetry Arts, which is a huge, nationally known organization, is here.

TB: Building the set for the video was the biggest thing-- trying to make it look like a Saturday morning kids' program on a budget. Johnny and I started running to Home Depot and Lowe's and every hardware store in Atlanta, gathering up wood and hacking and sawing. We didn't want to waste money on pa


HUM Reuniting for 2011 Shows?

[] "Matt Talbott tells me there's some Hum shows coming this fall! I don't have all the details yet, but here's what I know: there will be one on September 10th, and it won't be in Champaign. A show in Champaign is possibly going to be planned for September 9th, and they are playing Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX in November." - []

The above quote comes from a Hum fansite, and while we have yet to receive official word, it does seem within the realm of possibility considering that Hum have reunited occasionally since officially dissolving in 2000. More news to come.

Hum released You'd Prefer an Astronaut in 1995 and the follow-up Downward Is Heavenward in 1998.

[don't forget Songs of Farewell and Departure: A Tribute to HUM is now available for pre-order HERE!!!]

Mogwai Debut "Go To France"

[] Scottish post-rock warriors Mogwai follow up February’s Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will with a brand new EP, Earth Division, on September 13th via Sup Pop. Via Listen Before You Buy, the EP’s opening track, “Go To France”, is available to stream below.

In all, Earth Division will feature four tracks, all of which were leftovers from the Hardcore sessions. As you can hear by “Go To France”, the material is a departure from the band’s usual pulsating vibes. This time around there are violins, violas, cellos, double bass, and piano, all creating the lush, orchestral sound.

In support of the release, Mogwai will tour all over the globe in the coming months. All the necessary details can be found by scrolling down.

Earth Division EP Tracklist:
01. Get To France
02. Hound Of Winter
03. Drunk And Crazy
04. Does This Always Happen?

Mogwai 2011 Tour Dates:
07/29 – Woodford, AU @ Splendour in the Grass
07/31 – Niigata Prefecture, JP @ Fuji Rock
08/05 – Myslowice, PL @ OFF Festival
08/07 – Sicily, IT @ Ypsigrock
08/10 – Sibenik, CR @ Terraneo Festival
08/12 – St. Malo, FR @ La Route du Rock Festival
08/14 – Helsinki, FI @ Flow Festival
08/19 – Gijon, ES @ Teatro de la Laboral
08/20 – Paredes de Coura, PT @ Paredas de Coura Festival
09/02 – Milan, IT @ Circolo Magnolia
09/03 – North Dorset, UK @ End of the Road Festival
09/04 – Stradbally, IE @ Electric Picnic
09/09 – Isle of Wight, UK @ Bestival
09/10 – Berlin, DE @ Berlin Festival
09/26 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
09/27 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
09/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Starlight Ballroom
09/29 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/01 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
10/02 – Asbury Park, NJ @ All Tomorrow’s Parties “I’ll Be Your Mirror”
10/15 – Mexico City, MX @ Corona Capital
10/21 – Athens, GR @ Fuzz Club
10/22 – Thessaloniki, GR @ Block 33
10/31 – Hannover, DE @ Capitol
11/01 – Leipzig, DE @ Werk 2
11/03 – Bremen, DE @ Schlachthof
11/04 – Stuttgart, DE @ LKA
11/05 – Saarbrücken, DE @ Garage Saarbrücken
12/22 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland

Mogwai - Get To France by Rock Action Records

Red Hot Chili Peppers Play Intimate Surprise Show

[] On Wednesday night, Red Hot Chili Peppers debuted new songs to an intimate audience under the stars in Big Sur, California. Their appearance at the Henry Miller Library was announced only three hours before the band took the stage, and it was free for the 300 lucky fans and friends who made it through the worn wooden gate.

Rounded out by guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, who replaced John Frusciante, as well as a percussionist and keyboardist, RHCP performed five songs from their long-awaited, Rick Rubin-produced tenth album I'm With You (due out August 30), interspersed with a handful of crowd-pleasing classics.

"We got new songs, we got old songs in the deadhead redwoods out here," said Anthony Kiedis cooly, wearing a tuxedo jacket and an OFF! trucker cap. A towering pine behind him was lit by a pink strobe. The air smelled green and felt damp. It was a surreal space for the band's iconic funk-punk.

But Flea apparently lives nearby and visits the library frequently. According to the show's presenter, coastal promoter Britt Govea of (((folkYEAH!))), the bassist called him personally to set up the gig about a month ago. The venue's executive director Magnus Toren said RHCP paid for the entire thing.

A shirtless, blue-haired Flea joked at the beginning of the set: "Anybody who knows where I live, now's a good time to rob me. Because, you know, I'm here."

They opened with one of the Afro-funk-influenced new ones, "Monarchy of Roses," a darkly burbling high-energy pop song spurred forth by a barrage of percussion. The audience embraced the unfamiliar song without any prodding.

The same was true for the fittingly titled "Ethiopia," which was inspired by a trip Flea and Klinghoffer recently took to Africa at the behest of Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn. Congas and scatted vocals prevailed over a jittery groove reminiscent of Talking Heads.

"Look Around" too seemed to be made of a dozen slight interlocking parts, suggesting a more subtle musicality than heard on RHCP's last album, 2006's Stadium Arcadium (from which they played the slap-happy "Charlie").

As befit the mood, and Klinghoffer's artful, melodic guitar style, the band favored songs from 2002's By the Way, swaying through the epic-yet-subdued "Universally Speaking," vamping (aurally, of course) for the slow and sexy "Don't Forget Me," and quietly building to a furious funk crush with the album's titular single.

The coziness was the real draw -- at one point, the guys took turns playing parts of the new single "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie" to Flea's 6-year-old daughter, Sunny Bebop Balzary, as she danced on the edge of the stage -- but the Chili Peppers saved a little spice and hellfire for their encore, when they surprised all by launching into "Give it Away."

The sylvan wonderland seemed an odd place for slam-dancing, but a devoted few gave it their all from the grass in front of the band, while the rest rocked, rapped, and thrashed along a bit more quietly. But by 11 p.m., the forest seemed to have swallowed every sound as the lights faded and the crowd trickled out to Highway 1.

Monarchy of Roses
Universally Speaking
Look Around
Factory of Faith
Throw Away Your Television
Parallel Universe
The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie
By the Way
Don't Forget Me
Give it Away

Weird Owl Give Track-by-Track Run Down of "Build Your Beast A Fire"

[] Weird Owl refuse to be pigeonholed. For seven years now, this Brooklyn-based band have been beguiling audiences with an intoxicating blend of psychedelic mysticism and catchy good-time rock. Simultaneously grounded and extraterrestrial, the band are goofily sincere, like a good friend on acid dropping profundities and non sequiturs in the same sentence.

Their new record, ‘Build Your Beast a Fire,’ flows like a classic Floyd or Spirit album, with alchemical themes, pastoral interludes, synthesizer experiments, and explosions of rock. Like harmonizing druids from outer space, Weird Owl take listeners on a magical mystery trip deep inside our planet in order to arrive at theirs. Rooted by Kenneth Cook’s hooky basslines and adorned by John Cassidy’s keyboard and synth work, the songs seamlessly incorporate elements of 60s psychedelia, 70s roots rock à la CSNY or The Allman Brothers, and post-modern sensibilities.

We asked vocalist/guitarist Trevor Tyrrell to give us a guided tour of ‘Build Your Beast a Fire,’ and boy did he ever. Scroll down to hear the album in its entirety and read a blow-by-blow description of how it came to be and what it might mean.

"When we started work on this record, we very specifically discussed making an album, as opposed to simply recording a collection of songs that we were able to perform with some degree of competence in a studio. We wanted the thought to be continuous, but also to express it with enough dynamism to keep things interesting for the listener. Our intention was to have these songs belong together in ways that went beyond the mere fact that they inhabit the same musical document. Having said that, let’s get down to brass tacks on a track-by-track basis to see what the individual components bring to the whole."


Fugazi Featured on eMusic's Icon Series

[] “Beautiful, funny people. Generous to and respectful of the people they work with. Inspirational in a lot of ways. Maybe the best band.” — Steve Albini on Fugazi

From their first public performances in 1987 to the start of their indefinite hiatus in 2002, Fugazi kept every promise they ever made. The D.C. supergroup — Dischord Records co-founder and Minor Threat frontman Ian MacKaye on guitar and vocals, singer/guitarist Guy Picciotto and drummer Brendan Canty, both late of Rites of Spring/One Last Wish/Happy Go Licky, and newcomer bassist Joe Lally, who eventually also sang — made their inclusive rules and stuck by them, virtually rethinking D.I.Y. punk from the bottom up, sonically and business-wise. It was all there: low door prices to get into all-ages shows and countless benefit gigs. They didn’t bother with T-shirts and played in non-bars whenever possible. As much as any band of their era, Fugazi embodied Seth Tobocman’s critical dictum: “You don’t have to fuck people over to survive.”

That they were also perhaps the most powerful live band of their generation is almost gravy. MacKaye always emphasized that the records were the menu and the shows the meal — while almost uniformly excellent, none of the records quite approached the band’s live power. Fugazi had scores of imitators and even more worshippers, but their fluidity, their power and their ethics remain unmatched.


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Quick Notes: Pixies, Eels, Mariachi El Bronx + More

*An update from the Pixies... "We are pleased to announce the new-fangled PIXIES mobile app (available for iPhone and Android) is now out and ready. And FREE. Stream the Purple Tape. Download Coachella 2004. Listen to live shows from '88 and beyond. There is even an acoustic show in there.

Oh, and did we mention the site now has the entire catalog (so far) ready for download in CD-quality digital files? It does. The Doolittle Lost Cities US Tour Dates are on sale now, too. Busy times, indeed."

*[] Recent CoS interviewee Mark Oliver Everett (a.k.a. Eels) took some time amidst his massive world tour for a performance of “That’s Not Her Way” on Letterman last night. It marked his fourth appearance on the show and you can chart the evolution of his beard in the clips listed HERE.

Eels’ latest LP Tomorrow Morning — the third in a trilogy that also includes Hombre Lobo and End Times – is available now via E Works/Vagrant. Those aforementioned tour dates are HERE.

*[] The Bronx has released another new track from their upcoming sophomore effort as their spicy alter ego, Mariachi El Bronx. The album is due out August 2, 2011 via ATO and was recorded by John Avila, formerly of Oingo Boingo.

Click HERE to stream "Great Provider."

*Sleeper Agent, the Bowling Green, KY six-piece is set to release their debut album, Celabrasion, on September 27, 2011 via mom+pop music. The iTunes pre-order for the album is now live HERE. Fans that pre-order the album at various tour dates and directly from HERE will receive the digital album immediately and receive copies of the album on street date. Celabrasion will be available on iTunes August 2, 2011 and through all other digital retailers beginning September 6, 2011.

Brian Jonestown Massacre to Release Singles Collection

[] Obsessive vinyl fiends, there is a respite on the horizon for your fiendish, almost possessed searching. On August 30th, neo-psychedelic rockers Brian Jonestown Massacre will celebrate 19 wonderful, wacky years with The Singles Collection (1992-2011), a collection of tracks only previously available as 7″ singles via A Records.

Said offerings include “Convertible”, “Their Majesties 2nd Request (Enrique’s Dream)”, and cuts from their most recent vinyl release in “There’s A War Going On”. In addition, there are a couple of songs (“Thoughts of You” and “Never Ever”) the band recorded in 1993 under their Acid alter ego. Each of the 22 tracks on the two-disc set have been remastered and the release comes with a 24-page booklet. Check out the tracklist below.

An issued press release also reports that Brian Jonestown Massacre is currently recording a new album in Germany, which will be released in 2012.

The Singles Collection (1992-2011) Tracklist:
Disc 1
01. She Made Me
02. Evergreen
03. Convertible
04. Their Majesties 2nd Request (Enrique’s Dream)
05. Hide & Seek
06. Methodrone (Live at the Compound)
07. Cold To The Touch
08. Anemone
09. Never Ever
10. Feelers
11. Not If You Were The Last Dandy On Earth

Disc 2
01. This Is Why You Love Me
02. Lantern
03. Malela
04. If Love Is The Drug Then I Want To OD
05. When Jokers Attack
06. Prozac vs Heroin
07. Nailing Honey To The Bee
08. Illuminomi
09. There’s A War Going On
10. Thoughts Of You by Acid
11. Never Ever by Acid

Tweak Bird and Pujol to Open for Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

Tweak Bird and Pujol have both been announced as openers for Ted Leo and the Pharmacists this summer/fall...

07-27 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall *
07-28 Indianapolis, IN - Earth House *
07-29 Cincinnati, OH - Fountain Square *
08-07 Halifax, Nova Scotia - Halifax M Fest
09-10 Portland, OR - BackSpace Cafe (Ted Leo solo)
09-23-24 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
10-25 Newark, DE - Mojo Main !
10-26 Raleigh, NC - King's Barcade !
10-27 Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern !
10-29 Gainesville, FL - The Venue
10-30 Miami, FL - Churchill's !
11-01 Tampa, FL - Crowbar !
11-02 Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder !
11-03 Pensacola, FL - Handlebar !
11-04 Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon !
11-08 Oxford, MS - Proud Larry's !
11-09 Birmingham, AL - Bottletree !
11-10 Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle !
11-12 Washington, DC - Sacred Heart Church

* with Tweak Bird
! with Pujol

Nirvana's "Nevermind" Reissue Tracklisting Revealed

[] As expected, the Deluxe 20th Anniversary Edition of Nirvana’s Nevermind comes with pretty extensive tracklists: There’s a straight-up digital/CD remaster of the original album, a 2-CD Deluxe Edition (complete with B-Sides, pre-Nevermind demos captured at Butch Vig’s Smart Studios, lo-fi rehearsals, etc.), and a limited-edition Super Deluxe Edition. The Super Deluxe includes all of the above along with the Devonshire Mixes version of the album produced and mixed by Vig (which is different than the commercial/released version mixed by Vig with Andy Wallace) as well as a CD/DVD of the band’s Halloween 1991 show at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre, a 90-page bound book, the four original Nevermind videos, etc. Take a look at the tracklists:

Nevermind Deluxe Edition:
Original album
01 “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
02 “In Bloom”
03 “Come As You Are”
04 “Breed”
05 “Lithium”
06 “Polly”
07 “Territorial Pissings”
08 “Drain You”
09 “Lounge Act”
10 “Stay Away”
11 “On A Plain”
12 “Something In The Way”

The B-Sides
13 “Even In His Youth”
14 “Aneurysm”
15 “Curmudgeon”
16 “D-7″ (Live At The BBC)
17 “Been A Son” (Live)
18 “School” (Live)
19 “Drain You” (Live)
20 “Sliver” (Live)
21 “Polly” (Live)

The Smart Studio Sessions
01 “In Bloom” (previously unreleased)
02 “Immodium (Breed)” (previously unreleased)
03 “Lithium” (previously unreleased)
04 “Polly” (previously unreleased)
05 “Pay To Play”
06 “Here She Comes Now”
07 “Dive” (previously unreleased)
08 “Sappy” (previously unreleased)

The Boombox Rehearsals
09 “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
10 “Verse Chorus Verse” (previously unreleased)
11 “Territorial Pissings” (previously unreleased)
12 “Lounge Act” (previously unreleased)
13 “Come As You Are”
14 “Old Age” (previously unreleased)
15 “Something In The Way” (previously unreleased)
16 “On A Plain” (previously unreleased)

BBC Sessions
17 “Drain You” (previously unreleased)
18 “Something In The Way” (previously unreleased)

Nevermind Super Deluxe Edition:
Original album
01 “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
02 “In Bloom”
03 “Come As You Are”
04 “Breed”
05 “Lithium”
06 “Polly”
07 “Territorial Pissings”
08 “Drain You”
09 “Lounge Act”
10 “Stay Away”
11 “On A Plain”
12 “Something In The Way”

The B-Sides
13 “Even In His Youth”
14 “Aneurysm”
15 “Curmudgeon”
16 “D-7″ (Live At The BBC)
17 “Been A Son” (Live)
18 “School” (Live)
19 “Drain You” (Live)
20 “Sliver” (Live)
21 “Polly” (Live)

The Smart Studio Sessions
01 “In Bloom” (previously unreleased)
02 “Immodium (Breed)” (previously unreleased)
03 “Lithium” (previously unreleased)
04 “Polly” (previously unreleased)
05 “Pay To Play”
06 “Here She Comes Now”
07 “Dive” (previously unreleased)
08 “Sappy” (previously unreleased)

The Boombox Rehearsals
09 “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
10 “Verse Chorus Verse” (previously unreleased)
11 “Territorial Pissings” (previously unreleased)
12 “Lounge Act” (previously unreleased)
13 “Come As You Are”
14 “Old Age” (previously unreleased)
15 “Something In The Way” (previously unreleased)
16 “On A Plain” (previously unreleased)

BBC Sessions
17 “Drain You” (previously unreleased)
18 “Something In The Way” (previously unreleased)

The Devonshire Mixes
01 “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
02 “In Bloom”
03 “Come As You Are”
04 “Breed”
05 “Lithium”
06 “Territorial Pissings”
07 “Drain You”
08 “Lounge Act”
09 “Stay Away”
10 “On A Plain”
11 “Something In The Way”

Live At The Paramount Theatre
01 “Jesus Doesn’t Want Me For A Sunbeam”
02 “Aneurysm”
03 “Drain You”
04 “School”
05 “Floyd The Barber”
06 “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
07 “About A Girl”
08 “Polly”
09 “Breed”
10 “Sliver”
11 “Love Buzz”
12 “Lithium”
13 “Been A Son”
14 “Negative Creep”
15 “On A Plain”
16 “Blew”
17 “Rape Me”
18 “Territorial Pissings”
19 “Endless, Nameless”

Live At The Paramount Theatre
01 “Jesus Doesn’t Want Me For A Sunbeam”
02 “Aneurysm”
03 “Drain You”
04 “School”
05 “Floyd The Barber”
06 “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
07 “About A Girl”
08 “Polly”
09 “Breed”
10 “Sliver”
11 “Love Buzz”
12 “Lithium”
13 “Been A Son”
14 “Negative Creep”
15 “On A Plain”
16 “Blew”
17 “Rape Me”
18 “Territorial Pissings”
19 “Endless, Nameless”

Music Videos
01 “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
02 “Come As You Are Music”
03 “Lithium”
04 “In Bloom”

The reissued Nevermind is out 9/27 via Universal. The Deluxe and Super Deluxe Editions are also available as downloads. You can also get the reissue, featuring the same 40 tracks as the Deluxe Edition, on 180-gram vinyl. The Paramount concert will also be available in various versions: Blu-ray, DVD, and digital long form video.

Yuck Announce US Fall Tour

[press release] UK band Yuck recently made its debut appearance at Chicago's Pitchfork Festival and is currently on tour on the West Coast with openers and Fat Possum labelmates Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Today the band announces a full East Coast tour of North America in Sept. and Oct., ending with a two-night run at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg. The band continued its steady stream of singles recently with a new self-released double A-side 7" released on July 11, featuring the non-album track "Milkshake" which you can hear below.

7/27: The Independent, San Francisco, CA *
7/28: Cellar Door, Visalia, CA *
7/29: Casbah, San Diego, CA *
7/30: Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA *
7/31: Satellite, Los Angeles, CA *
9/22: TT The Bears, Boston, MA
9/23: Popped Festival, Philadelphia, PA
9/24: Pop Montreal, Montreal, QC
9/25: Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, ON
9/27: Ninth Ward, Buffalo, NY
9/28: Brillobox, Pittsburgh, PA
9/29: Magic Stick, Detroit, MI
9/30: Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH
10/01: Radio Radio, Indianapolis, IN
10/03: Double Door, Chicago, IL
10/04: Firebird, St. Louis, MO
10/05: Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN
10/06: The Earl, Atlanta, GA
10/07: Crowbar, Tampa, FL
10/08: Langerado Festival, Sunrise, FL
10/10: The Social, Orlando, FL
10/12: Black Cat, Washington DC
10/13: Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
10/14: Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

* = w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Milkshake by Yuck

Blacklisters Offer Update

Check out a newsletter from one of our favorite new UK bands, Blacklisters...


Hi you’s lot, thanks all of you who downloaded 'Swords' I hope it is disgusting enough for you. If you haven't yet you can still download it from HERE!


First off, We are proud to announce that we are playing Leeds Festival on the Dance To The Radio Stage this year on the 25th of August. We shall try provide a lovely and terribly sensible time for all who want to get involved. For further details please go HERE or HERE. WE SHALL PLAY ALL OUR SONGS IN CAPITAL LETTERS

In other news soon, our next release will be coming out on the 12” vinyl compilation “Public Service Broadcast #10” for Small Town America Records (Feldberg, More Than Conquerors, LaFaro, Jetplane Landing) on September the 19th. The song is called ‘King Prick’. It will be an exclusive track and will not be appearing on our album. The song will be streaming shortly but in the mean time here is some info about it.

STA will be releasing a song every week from now on which will be available to listen too on their site (including ours). To coincide with the release of the record we will be putting on a launch show on the 1st of Oct at A Nation of Shopkeepers with our handsome friends Talons, it will be in collaboration with Welcome Skate Store and An Iron Wagon and will be very very powerful.


Thanks to all who came and watched us at Off the Cuff Festival on Saturday we had a great time with lovely men/women/vans/music

Please all listen to Shapes and The JCQ they are far too good at doing this for their own good.

*Upcoming shows:

29/7/11 Santiago's, Leeds w/ The Dead Beat, Matadors and Two Trick Horse
25/8/11 Leeds Festival, Dance to the Radio Stage w/ Young Knives + More
1/10/11 A Nation Of Shopkeepers w/ Talons (STA 12" Leeds Release Gig)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Hot Snakes Confirmed for ATP + Hint at US Shows!!

[] Hot Snakes will be reuniting for a set at All Tomorrow's Parties in Minehead, UK this December. Frontman John Reis hinted that more shows are possibly on the horizon in a heavily [sic]'d statement:

"yeah, im super stokified on this. so far just ATP is confirmed. we are talking about maybe doin a couple more shows before hand. not sure where but not west coast. we will be hangin on the east coast so most likely out there or in europe.i will letchu know. don't know who is playin drums. trying to figure out the scheduling and who is up for it and what makes the most sense. please do not share your thoughts or preferences on the matter. not interested in suggestions. Night Marchers shows most likely will not coincide with this trip. good times."

The band called it quits in 2005, not long after releasing their Peel Sessions EP; members have gone on to perform in Night Marchers, OFF!, Obits and others. They briefly reunited onstage for an encore during a Night Marchers / Obits show last year in San Diego.

Quick Notes: Mastodon, Radiohead, Cults + More

*[] Right below, you can check out the entirety of “Black Tongue” from Mastodon‘s upcoming fifth album The Hunter. The song is set to a making-of video for the sculpture that adorns the album cover.

In addition to more face-melting metal, the band confirmed the Mike Elizondo-produced LP will hit stores September 27th via Warner Bros. Records, with the first single, “Curl Of The Burl”, due shortly...

*[] Radiohead have strongly hinted that they are planning a full tour after their surprise appearance on the Park Stage at this year's Glastonbury Festival. Speaking to BBC 6Music, drummer Philip Selway said that the band were currently discussing plans for more live shows.

Asked about whether off the back of their Glastonbury performance the band were looking to play more live shows, Selway replied by saying "Absolutely that is what we are talking about that the moment, it felt exciting doing that and it felt like we had something else to offer musically. It just felt like a new lease of life in what we are doing, and we would like to see where that takes us."

Radiohead's live performances have been few and far between in recent years. Their Glastonbury performance was their first for over 18 months and their first in the UK since their headline double header at Reading And Leeds Festivals in 2009. They last toured the UK in 2008, playing four large scale outdoor shows, including two at London's Victoria Park.

*[] For our first joint episode of Feedback together, Side B recently sat down with Manhattan’s latest hot indie couple, Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin of Cults. Now, don’t go in expecting just a standard interview. Instead of the atypical Q&A format, host and site curator Dan Busheikin has assembled a mini-documentary of sorts, packed with an array of Cults-related media and some proper insight into what many blogs are buzzing about. It’s the sort of thing you want your favorite bands to be a part of, really...

f e e d b a c k: Ep. 11 with CULTS from Side B on Vimeo.

*[] Crosses, the new project featuring Chino Moreno of the Deftones and Shaun Lopez of Far have posted a new teaser online. The latest features vocals from Moreno himself and can be heard below:

Jane's Addiction Perform "3D" Concert in NYC

[] Women in bondage gear hanging from the ceiling, lasers, rampant shirtlessness, balloon animals... it was just another night out in New York City with Jane's Addiction. The venerable L.A. art rockers treated a couple thousand lucky fans to a free show at Manhattan's Terminal 5 on Monday (July 25), in what was billed as "the world's first 3-D user-generated concert."

A few audience members may have been puzzled by the lack of 3-D glasses-the concert will actually debut in 3-D on YouTube on August 4-but any disappointment faded when Perry Farrell and company took to the elaborate stage and tore into "Whores," joined by two young ladies swinging daintily from the steel hooks embedded in their skin.

The 60-minute, 12-song set was heavy with fan favorites ("Ocean Size" and an epic "Three Days" were standouts), big hits ("Been Caught Stealing"), plenty of bare-chested guitar heroics from Dave Navarro and a light-and-laser show that will surely blow minds in 3-D. After a short break, the band literally brought the house down with a rousing rendition of "Jane Says," as confetti, balloons and inflatable animals rained down upon the audience.

After debuting new single "End to the Lies" last March, Jane's Addiction will issue its fourth album, "The Great Escape Artist," on Sept. 27. Before the album release, Farrell can be seen at Lollapalooza, as the festival celebrates its 20th anniversary next weekend.

Nirvana's "Nevermind" Reissue Details Announced

[] As previously reported, Universal Music plans to mark the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s iconic sophomore album Nevermind with a multi-format reissue on September 20th. Now, we have more details on what exactly each package will include.

In addition to a standard digital/CD remaster of the original album, there will also be a 2-CD Deluxe Edition featuring the album and its b-sides, as well as the first full official release of the pre-Nevermind demos recorded at producer Butch Vig’s Smart Studios and the boombox recordings of subsequent rehearsals “through which the listener can actually experience ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, ‘Come As You Are’, ‘On A Plain’, and others take shape before his or her very ears.”

Also available will be a limited-numbered Super Deluxe Edition. In addition to the material included in the Deluxe Edition, this package will also offer the ‘Devonshire Mixes,’ aka the album as produced and mixed by Vig as opposed to the commercially released final version produced by Vig and mixed by Andy Wallace. Rounding out the Super Deluxe will be live recordings of the band’s Halloween 1991 concert at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre on CD and DVD (the latter which also features all four music videos from Nevermind), as well as a 90-page bound book full of rarely and never before seen photos, documents and various other visual artifacts of the Nevermind era.

Both the Deluxe Edition and Super Deluxe Edition will also be available for digital download. For the wax heads, the reissue will be released as a 180-gram heavyweight vinyl edition featuring the same 40 tracks as the Deluxe Edition. And the aforementioned Paramount concert, which is said to be the only known Nirvana concert shot to film, will be available in a 1080p high definition picture and uncompressed 5.1 surround sound and stereo in stand-alone Blu-ray, along with DVD and digital long form video formats.

So there’s a lot to consider.

Big Business Stream "Quadruple Single" on Brooklyn Vegan

[] Big Business welcomes their Quadruple Single EP Tuesday via their own Gold Metal Records. The offering is the band's first with Scott Martin (Crom / 400 Blows) and is streaming in full HERE! Meanwhile, the Big Biz/Torche/Helms Alee triple threat is ongoing. Full tour schedule is below.


07/26/11 Detroit, MI Magic Stick*
07/27/11 Indianapolis, IN The Hoosier Dome*
07/28/11 Chicago, IL The Bottom Lounge*
07/29/11 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock*
07/30/11 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room-Street Stag*
07/31/11 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater*
08/02/11 Salt Lake City, UT Club Vegas*
08/03/11 Boise, ID Neurolux*
08/04/11 Seattle, WA Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room*
08/05/11 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
08/06/11 San Francisco Slim's**
08/07/11 Los Angeles The Troubadour**
08/08/11 San Diego, CA Casbah**
08/09/11 Scottsdale, AZ Martini Ranch**
08/10/11 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad**
08/12/11 Dallas, TX Club Dada**
08/13/11 San Antonio, TX Korova**
08/14/11 Austin, TX Red 7**

*w/ Helms Alee
**w/ Thrones