Wednesday, August 31, 2011

PILE Release "Big Web Seven Inch"

PILE have released their brand new 7" Big Web Seven Inch via their Bandcamp page. Check out all three songs below, then go see them on tour!

9/1 Allston MA - Great Scott
9/2 Brooklyn NY - Cameo Gallery
9/5 Binghamton NY - Pajama Kazama
9/6 Detroit MI - My Dad's Bar
9/7 Chicago IL - Casa Donde
9/8 Chicago IL - Memories
9/9 Minneapolis MN - Hell's Kitchen
9/10 Omaha NE - The Hole
9/11 Lawrence KS - The Replay Lounge
9/12 Carbondale IL - The Swamp
9/13 Memphis TN - The Frame
9/14 Little Rock AR - Royale Club (maybe)
9/15 Houston TX - The Mink
9/16 Pensacola FL - The Handlebar
9/17 New Orleans LA - Bayou Park
9/18 Atlanta GA - the 529
9/19 Birmingham AL - Spring Street Firehouse
9/20 Nashville TN - TBA
9/21 Asheville NC - The LAB
9/22 Harrisonburg VA - The Blue Nile
9/23 Pittsburgh PA - TBA
9/24 Philadelphia PA - Danger Danger Gallery

United Fruit Announce New Tour Dates

[press release] Following a busy summer of radio sessions, festival appearances such as T In The Park and their first magazine cover feature (for renowned Scottish magazine The Skinny), Glasgow 4 piece UNITED FRUIT take their well-received debut album 'Fault Lines' out on the road for another UK airing and also their first shows in France.

Sep 2 - Duke’s Corner, Dundee
Sep 3 - The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh
Sep 4 - Cafe Drummonds, Aberdeen
Sep 5 - Vines Bar, Derby
Sep 6 - Undertone, Cardiff
Sep 8 - Mothers Ruin, Bristol
Sep 9 - Hanover Community Centre, Brighton
Sep 10 - Bar Up, Halifax
Sep 12 - Le Rigoletto, Paris
Sep 13 - Le Zinc, Poitiers
Sep 14 - Les Joulins, Tours
Sep 15 - La Barbarella, La Rochelle
Sep 16 - El Surf, Meschers
Sep 18 - TBC, London
Sep 19 - Stereo, York
Sep 21 - Adelphi, Hull
Sep 23 - Captain's Rest, Glasgow

UNITED FRUIT formed in Glasgow in 2008 when the four founding members quickly gelled through a mutual love of discordant yet catchy noise and the band have been taking the traditional format of guitars, bass and drums in a thunderous direction ever since. Influences and comparisons range from the edgy rawness of Shellac and Mudhoney to lesser known pioneers of heavier sounds such as Oxes, Daughters, These Arms Are Snakes, That Fucking Tank and Ligament. To date, United Fruit have also supported numerous contemporary greats on tour including Maps & Atlases, Die! Die! Die!, Future Of The Left, Monotonix and Desalvo.


Glaswegian four-piece United Fruit’s debut is some serious trading in all that is heavy, epic and powerfully loud. When the band is in full-pelt, which is most of the time, there’s momentum that’s exciting and feels unstoppable. The double explosion of sound is a tense suspension that has to crescendo but is no less thrilling for doing so. Fault Lines is an record of twists and turns at breakneck speed and dangerous volume, there will be few albums as invigorating as this in 2011. - Drowned In Sound

Glasgow quartet United Fruit have clearly taken time to build since debuting the sharp burst of post-hardcore excellence that was their 2009 Mistress Reptile Mistress EP. As a truer representation of their live shows, Fault Lines plays like a broader attack on the senses – touched by the kind of dynamism that marked out Trail of Dead’s Source Tags & Codes as an adrenaline shot to the heart of a dying genre - The Skinny

Fault Lines is punk without the anger, it’s emo without the self pity, it’s post rock without the self indulgence. It’ll tear your ears from your head and leave them in a bleeding heap on the floor and there aren’t many albums you can say that about. Make United Fruit one of your five a day. - The 4O5

Exploding In Sound Compilations Going Out of Print

As of Friday, you will no longer be able to download the first two Exploding In Sound compilations "Bands You Need to Know 2009" and "Recession Rock Revival," so get them while you can. They will remain available for streaming on Bandcamp.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Quick Notes: Deftones, Glassjaw, Hella + More

*[] Behind the scenes footage from the Deftones‘ recent Reading And Leeds festival performances in the UK can be found online via below:

*[] Professionally filmed live footage of Glassjaw performing at the recent “Reading Festival” in the UK can be found online below:

Watch the entire set HERE.

*[press release] Legendary experimentalist duo Hella release their fifth album, Tripper today via Sargent House. In celebration of the band's first release in over 4 years, premieres a new song today, titled "Self Checkout". Grab the MP3 HERE. Meanwhile all this week, offers a full album stream HERE.

Hella has long been celebrated for bringing a rigorous and artful musical complexity to the punk aesthetic. Now, after a four year hiatus, the legendary Sacramento duo founded in 2001 by drummer Zach Hill and guitarist Spencer Seim has returned with their fifth album, Tripper. As the title suggests, it's a wild ride that finds Hella in classic frenetic anthemic form.

*[] Hydra Head are readying some vinyl represses for an October 11th release date. They include new pressings of Botch‘s “We Are The Romans” and Jesu‘sJesu“.

*[] Jane’s Addiction‘s official new music video for their track “Irresistible Force” has debuted online HERE. The song comes from the groups new album “The Great Escape Artist“, which was recently pushed back to an October 04th release date.

*The entire new Male Bonding album Endless Now is available now (September 5th in the UK) via this album streaming video – check it out! This footage was put together from the series of live videos that were shot and edited by Conan Roberts from their Buffalo Bar performance earlier this summer.

Scott Weiland Releases Compilation of Cover Songs

[] Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland has released a new compilation of covers available HERE.

The collection, which is straightforwardly titled 'A Compilation Of Scott Weiland Cover Songs', features the former Velvet Revolver frontman reworking 12 tracks, including The Stone Roses 'I Am The Resurrection', Nirvana's 'Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle' and The Smiths' classic 'Reel Around The Fountain'.

The compilation, which is a digital only release, also features two David Bowie covers and tracks originally penned by New York Dolls, Radiohead, The Rolling Stones, The Flaming Lips and Depeche Mode.

Weiland is currently said to be recording his third solo album after releasing his memoirs Not Dead & Not For Sale earlier this year.

The tracklisting for 'A Compilation Of Scott Weiland Cover Songs' as follows:

1. I Am The Resurrection (Stone Roses)
2. Personality Crisis (New York Dolls)
3. Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle (Nirvana)
4. Let Down (Radiohead)
5. Into Your Arms (The Lemonheads)
6. Dead Flowers (The Rolling Stones)
7. Waiting For Superman (The Flaming Lips)
8. Revolution (The Beatles)
9. But Not Tonight (Depeche Mode)
10. Reel Around The Fountain (The Smiths)
11. Fame (David Bowie)
12. Jean Genie (David Bowie)

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

"There is nothing at all certain or sure about anything that exists on Los Angeles band Darker My Love's latest record, "Alive As You Are." It is an album that hits you as the light does when you round the corner, coming from behind a wall or a shade tree, out into the open of a wash of sunlight. Even with sunglasses on, the light somehow takes over and partially blinds you. You try to peer down, or twist out of its blast, but find that it's impossible to avoid that temporary loss of sight. You quickly come back, though, getting your sight back, catching a view after falling into another patch of shadow made by an overhanging bouquet of leaves or an awning. With Darker My Love - and specifically with the songs on the album - the people who populate them are continually faced with uncertain looks, mostly at themselves and where they're off to. They're not sure how they're going to act or be acted upon and they're not totally sure what they're going to say when they have the chances to speak. Lead singer Tim Presley introduces these scenes of widespread wandering and discontentment throughout this record, which seems to be a representation of people trying to connect the dots, but often that next dot isn't anywhere close to being in sight and in those cases, when the blues start to take over, these people tune into a late-night dedication show hosted by an octogenarian named Art Laboe. Sometimes a simple, but poignant song, coming out of the speakers of a radio, helps things. Sometimes it doesn't. He sings about walking aimlessly through the Mission district of San Francisco, thinking about a girl who's not putting the signs together. He sings on "Cry On Me Woman," "Since I've been back/I haven't felt the same/At night when shivers come/The salt gets in your eyes/It's like the blind to go/Right back to the life you know," and continues with, "The shoulder you're on/Has chipped and marks of its own/It rolls the cold/Like nobody I know/From it you see/The distance is brief/I could be right in your stream." Presley seems to give us these stories of never being in the right place at the right time (even a song about wanting to have a long conversation with a favorite author in his favorite restaurant - wherever that might be) and they end with the cliff, not a cliffhanger, with a landing that never comes. These folks are just out there, hanging in the breeze, waiting for something to take them. It becomes that hazy chain of smoggy, canyon music, drifting through and taking over everything. It stays there, lolling in the air, extended as far as the eye can see."

Big Business' "Quadruple Single" Reviewed on Pitchfork

[] When Seattle's Big Business were still a bass-and-drums duo, they seemed like what could've happened if Lightning Bolt decided to become an actual metal band instead of a terrifying parody of one. Like that Providence duo, Big Business made busy music-- the sort of chaotic roiling thunder that can only happen when two expert musicians decide to make as much noise as possible. But unlike Lightning Bolt, Big Business put those gifts in service of burly bellowed hooks and the sorts of hammerhead riffs that would've impressed any high-school parking-lot hessian at any point over the past 40 years. Arriving just after band members Jared Warren and Coady Willis got the call to join Dale Crover as the Melvins' new rhythm section, 2007's Here Come the Waterworks was a piece of larger-than-life fists-up power-rock that would've nevertheless fit in just fine in any of the nation's finer dusty DIY noise-rock warehouses.

Since that album, Big Business have doubled their personnel-- one guitarist joined before 2009's Mind the Drift; another jumped on board last year. But on both Mind the Drift and the new Quadruple Single EP, Big Business' mission remained admirably unchanged, its focus squarely on the thudding, juddering roar of that Warren/Willis attack. On Quadruple Single, the guitars seem to be largely extraneous-- tinny squiggles that only take away attention from the primordial scuzz that still anchors the mix. If anything, the new guys seem to be on board for backing-vocal duty more than anything else. And when opener "Always Never Know When to Quit" bursts into a gloriously hooky bridge, the extra voices succeed in making an already-huge sound even bigger.

On the first three tracks, though, those skyward melodies don't come quite often enough. Like recent tourmates Torche, Big Business know how to balance melody and sludge with aplomb, but sludge and strained time-signature gymnastics win out just a bit too often on the new tracks. It's still perfectly effective fuzz-metal, but it's coming from a group of guys who have done seriously indelible work with the same ingredients, so it comes off a bit too slight.

What really redeems the EP, though, is the elementally dumb final track, a platonic-ideal snarl anthem called "Guns". The entire lyrical content of "Guns" is as follows: "Guns! Guns! Guns are better than everything else!," repeated over and over. If that sounds like a fun goof, it is, but it's also something more. The track starts out as a ferocious martial stomp and builds from there, slapping on layer after layer of scratchy, brutal rock-noise and building into a dizzy roar of directionless animosity. In the right context-- the end of a shitty day, say, when my car stereo is cranked all the way up-- you could convince me that "Guns" is the single greatest thing Big Business have ever recorded.

Heaven Release Debut 7"

[press release] Tigress couldn't be more elated to announce the release of Brooklyn’s own Heaven's debut 7inch, S/T 7. A digital release of the songs will be available from September 20th and it can already be purchased in bundle with the vinyl version. The record’s A-side consists of one of Heaven’s most beloved songs, Mountains Move, while side B guests the evocative and sidereal Fallen Apple.

The 7” is out today from the knowledgeable folks at Goodnight Records and it can be ordered directly from the label's website.

Goodnight Records is an ambitious, fiercely independent and passionate young label, previously based in Atlanta, that can boast on its roster names like The Big Sleep and The Rosebuds. Heaven are extremely flattered that these refined music connoisseurs have picked them as their very first official release on the wake of the label’s recent relocation to Brooklyn.

Heaven are a shiny young collaboration from New Yorkers Matt Sumrow (The Comas, Dean and Britta, Ambulance LTD), Mikey Jones (The Big Sleep, Adam Franklin, Snowden), and Ryan Lee Dunlap (Fan-Tan). A romantic clash between your Dad's long lost favorite psych record and the soundtrack to a John Hughes film, Heaven ride a big sonic wave to deliver their dear and dreamy songs.

Matt Sumrow and Mikey Jones created Heaven in the wake of touring and recording with other prolific artists. Last summer, they both worked with Adam Franklin, of Swervedriver fame, on his latest solo album, "I Can Sleep for a Thousand Years." They tracked Adam's record in a day and a half, with Mikey on drums and Matt on bass. Matt has also been busy playing with Dean Wareham for three years, scoring Andy Warhol films and revisiting Galaxie 500 tunes.

But beyond all of their many musical achievements, the right moment for something more personal has arrived for Matt and Mikey. In Autumn 2010, Heaven was born out of a desire to incorporate all the elements of the things they love about music into one powerful playing field. In the most perfect combination, they have put their own stamp on psychedelia and new wave, giving a nod to the artists they have respected and played with, while also creating something modern and unique.

Matt Sumrow plays acoustic guitar, Jaguar Baritone guitar, and most of the synths, while Mikey Jones puts down drums, bass, and even more synths. Ryan Dunlap, vocals and guitars, is Heaven's third precious element.

Meat Puppets Extend Fall Tour!

[press release] Legendary rock trio the Meat Puppets continue to tour supporting their 13th LP, Lollipop, out now on Megaforce Records. After being invited to this years' Animal Collective-curated All Tomorrow's Parties to perform Up on The Sun, the Meat Puppets will re-release their seminal album on vinyl, available in stores September 13. Check out the band's updated touring schedule below...

Sept 14 - Chelsea's - Baton Rouge, LA
Sept 15 - One Eyed Jack's - New Orleans, LA
Sept 16 - Club Downunder @ FSU - Tallahassee, FL *
Sept 17 - Crowbar - Ybor City / Tampa, FL *
Sept 18 - The Social - Orlando, FL *
Sept 20 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro/Raleigh, NC *
Sept 21 - Visulite - Charlotte, NC *
Sept 22 - Grey Eagle - Asheville, NC *
Sept 23 - Barley's Tap Room - Knoxville, TN *
Sept 24 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA *
Sept 25 - Melting Point - Athens, GA
Sept 27 - Mercy Lounge - Nashville, TN *
Sept 28 - Bottletree - Birmingham, AL *
Sept 29 - Stickyz Rock'n'Roll Chicken Shack - Little Rock, AR ^^
Sept 30 - Will Rogers Auditorium - Fort Worth, TX ^^
Oct 1 - Scoot Inn - Austin, TX ^^
Oct 2 - Fitzgerald's - Houston, TX ^^
Oct 28 - George's Majestic Lounge - Fayetteville, AR ^^
Oct 29 - Hi-Tone Cafe - Memphis, TN ^^
Oct 30 - Old Rock House - St Louis, MO ^^
Nov 1 - Rock and Roll Hotel - Washington, DC ^^
Nov 3 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA ^^
Nov 4 - Le Poisson Rouge - New York, NY ^^
Nov 5 - Middle East - Boston, MA ^^
Nov 6 - Mexicali Live - Teaneck, NJ #
Nov 8 - Musica - Akron, OH #
Nov 9 - Blind Pig - Ann Arbor, MI #
Nov 10 - The Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI #
Nov 11 - Double Door - Chicago, IL #
Nov 12 - Turf Club - St Paul, MN #
Nov 13 - Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA #

w/ The Weeks *
w/ Dex Romweber Duo ^^
w/ Black Box Revelation #

Capsula Announce West Coast Tour!

[press release] Capsula hails from the streets of Buenos Aires, South America. They love guitars, fuzz, distortion. Their name comes from David Bowie's song Space Oddity, in Spanish means capsule. They sound like mars, dreaming Hawaii, a karate fight, flower crowns, volcano, caramel, gigantic waves, turtles in Chile, kitten ears. They want to touch your lives and kiss your bones.

In The Land Of Silver Souls (2011, BCore Disc) is their new album out [now].

The latest album from this Argentinean band now living in Spain is even better than their explosive last record (2009’s Rising Mountains), combining loud, crunchy guitars and a pummeling rhythm section on a variety of fiery songs incorporating Sonic Youth noise-rock, high-energy garage and blistering psych-rock. -Don Yates KEXP

'Capsula sounded alternately like straight-up scuzzy garage punk and like Death Valley 69-era Sonic ... Pretty good! - Pitchfork

'...A furious space-out that sounded like the Who doing Pink Floyd's 'Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun,' - Rolling Stone. David Fricke. Fricke's Picks

On Tour:

14 Oct LOS ANGELES @ Origami Vinyl In Store Performance
1816 West Sunset Blvd
Show 7 / Free / All Ages

17 Oct LOS ANGELES @ Amplyfi
+Asteroid M + Victor Ship
5603 Melrose Av
Doors 7 / Ticket tba / All Ages

18 Oct SAN FRANCISCO @ Brick & Mortar
1710 Mission Street
Doors 8 / Show 9 / $7 Adv / $10 / 18+

19 Oct SACRAMENTO @ TownHouse
1517 21st St
Show 9 / Ticket tba / 21 +

21 Oct PORTLAND @ Tonic Lounge
3100 NE Sandy Blv
Show 9 / Ticket tba/ 21 +

22 Oct SEATTLE @ City Arts Festival
Comet Tavern
+ Whalebones, + Stag
922 E. Pike
Show 8 / $ 10 / 21 +

Sleeper Agent Announce Headlining Tour

[press release] Bowling Green, KY natives and Rolling Stone "Band To Watch", Sleeper Agent, today announced a fall headlining tour kicking off on September 3rd in Atlanta, GA at Centennial Park. The band will also appear at DeLuna Fest in Pensacola, FL on October 14th and then go out in support Circa Survive.

Already available digitally on iTunes and other digital retailers, Sleeper Agent's riotous debut album Celabrasion will be released on CD via mom + pop music on September 27th. Early champions of the album, SPIN Magazine, described the album as, "A dozen deliriously catchy gems... the sound of high fives and Makers Mark spilling from the speakers." Celabrasion was produced by Jay Joyce (Cage The Elephant, The Whigs) and reflects the easy camaraderie in the band.

Sleeper Agent specializes in crafting hook-laden scuzzy garage-pop rooted in both soul and Southern rock. Citing the musical influence of The Strokes, The Pixies, T-Rex, and Jay Reatard, the band describes their music as akin to "The Ronettes on speed." "We just want people to listen to the music and have fun," says guitarist and vocalist Tony "Tutone" Smith.

In regards to the album's debut single "Get It Daddy," My Old Kentucky Blog said, "this raggedy rouser chugs out of the garage firing on all cylinders, crazy legs and rubbernecking like so much foam over the rim, up in your grill with a level of unmitigated joy rarely heard since Jack and Meg got so serious... Keep your good eye on these kids, and good luck getting' this one removed from the old cranium."

Sleeper Agent Headlining Dates:

9/3 - Atlanta, GA - Centennial Park (Radio Show)
9/10 - Las Vegas, NV - Sunset Amphitheater (Radio Show)
09/16 - Indianapolis, IN - Birdy's
09/17 - St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House
09/19 - Columbia, MO - Mojo's
09/20 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
09/21 - Denver, CO - Moe's
09/24 - Bakersfield, CA - Jerry's Pizza
09/25 - San Diego, CA - Che Café
09/27 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater
09/29 - Portland, OR - Portland State University
09/30 - Eugene, OR - University of Oregon
10/02 - Seattle, WA - Vera Project
10/04 - Sacramento, CA - Harlow's
10/05 - San Francisco, CA - Brick and Mortar
10/08 - Salt Lake City, UT - Gallivan Center
10/10 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep
10/14 - Pensacola, FL - Deluna Festival

Support Dates with Circa Survive:

10/16 - Louisville, KY - Expo Five
10/18 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live!
10/20 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground @ Showcase Lounge
10/21 - Northhampton, MA - Pearl Street
10/23 - Sayerville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
10/25 - Farmingdale, NY - The Crazy Donkey
10/26 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory

1/19 - Miami to Cozumel - The Weezer Cruise

Hawk Eyes Announce Winter Tour Dates + New EP for November

A message from Hawk Eyes...

In December we will be back on the road supporting ex-Wildhearts frontman Ginger...

Wed 7th - Manchester Moho Live
Thur 8th - Glasgow Garage
Fri 9th - Newcastle Academy 2
Sat 10th - Leeds Cockpit
Sun 11th - Southampton Talking Heads
Tue 13th - Bristol The Fleece
Wed 14th - Buckley Tivoli
Thur 15th - Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
Sat 17th - London, Islington Academy 1 (SOLD OUT)

2 weeks ago we announced our own co-headline tour with Turbowolf, tickets are available now:

Tue 08 Nov 2011 Bristol - The Croft
Wed 09 Nov 2011 Cardiff - Clwb Ifor Bach
Thu 10 Nov 2011 Colchester - Arts Centre
Fri 11 Nov 2011 UK Southend - Chinnerys
Sat 12 Nov 2011 Nottingham - Basement
Mon 14 Nov 2011 Birmingham - Vudu
Tue 15 Nov 2011 Leeds - Cockpit
Wed 16 Nov 2011 Glasgow - King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
Thu 17 Nov 2011 Manchester - Alter Ego
Fri 18 Nov 2011 UK Sheffield - Corporation
Sat 19 Nov 2011 Aldershot - Westend Centre
Sun 20 Nov 2011 Southampton - Joiners
Tue 22 Nov 2011 London - Garage (Upstairs)

To give you a taste of what will come from our new album early next year, click HERE to download. See some studio footage of the song being recorded on our youtube channel HERE.

In September we go into the studio to record songs for an EP to be released in November. Keep your eyes peeled for more information soon.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Quick Notes: The Jesus & Mary Chain, Foo Fighters, Flaming Lips + More

*[] This fall, Demon Music Group will re-issue the Jesus and Mary Chain's six studio albums in a deluxe rollout replete with B-sides, demos, radio appearances, and multi-page booklets. Each reissue contains two CDs and a DVD.The Scottish noise-pop crew's 1985 debut classic Psychocandy and its follow-up, 1987's Darklands, come first on September 19. 1989's Automatic and 1992's Honey's Dead will follow a week later on September 26, and 1994's Stoned & Dethroned and 1998's Munki will hit October 3. For the full info on what's packed into these over-stuffed releases, go to the Demon Music Group website.

Right now, on the band's Facebook page, you can preview all of the reissues in three dimensions, by way of 3DiCD, an interactive system that allows you stream audio snippets and flip through virtual reconstructions of each re-issue's liner notes.

*[] Going to school in northern Florida offered little benefits. But there were always odd surprises. Take, for instance, the strip joint outside Gainesville, FL. Tacky, gross, and straight out of a Rob Zombie film, the bar was always something to laugh and mock – especially its highway billboards, which surfaced every five miles, advertising their “free trucker showers.” We always wondered what the hell that entailed – were we to take it literally? did the truckers wear their boots, too? – but now we’ll know forever. That is, if we’re to reference the new Foo Fighters‘ tour video. You just… have to watch.

For those who want to see the uncensored version, check it out HERE. And for those upcoming tour dates, try HERE.

*[] In the last eight months alone, The Flaming Lips have done a lot of, well, unconventional things. From playing cemeteries to hiding new songs inside gummy fetuses, they always pepper their musical output with something that’s truly fun and wacky. But this latest effort may very well take the marijuana-flavored candy brain for most adventurous idea. In a series of tweets, frontman Wayne Coyne posted two videos, both of which are available HERE, that preview the band’s latest creation: a six-hour song. Yes, that’s no error: a six-hour song; a song that lasts for 360 minutes. No word yet on when and if the actual track will be released, but stay tuned for more on the cut as it’s announced. And people thought “Stairway to Heaven” was long.

*[] Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.) has released a new solo single by the name of “The Keeper” through The track will appear as the lead song on the soundtrack for the upcoming movie “Machine Gun Preacher“. You can stream it at the aforementioned site with a download available in return for a donation to the “Sam Childer’s Angels of East Africa charity”.

Bush Discuss "The Sea of Memories" with Music Radar

[] Throughout much of the '90s, the sound of Bush ruled the airwaves. Fronted by singer/rhythm guitarist Gavin Rossdale, the alt-rockers scored massive hits such as Everything Zen, Glycerine, Comedown and Machinehead.

It might have seemed like the multi-platinum ride would last forever, but following the 2001 release of the band's fourth album, Golden State, Bush began to fall apart: lead guitarist Nigel Pulsford split (Helmet guitarist Chris Traynor filled in for a tour), and a year later, Rossdale pulled the plug on the group.

Rossdale and Traynor continued to work together, first in a band called Institute and later on Rossdale's 2008 solo album. Eventually, the time to ressurect Bush felt right. Pulsford and bassist Dave Parsons opted out, but Rossdale assembled a new lineup with Traynor, original drummer Robin Goodridge and new bassist Corey Britz.

On 13 September, the group will issue the Bob Rock-produced The Sea Of Memories. Bursting with gnashing guitars, booming vocals and ironclad hooks, it's nothing short of a triumph for a band that many had written off as dead and buried.

MusicRadar sat down with Gavin Rossdale recently to discuss the new album, his relationship with Chris Traynor, working with Bob Rock and why he and his famous wife, No Doubt's Gwen Stefani, keep their musical careers separate.

Chris Traynor and you have collaborated for 10 years now. What is it about his playing that you like so much?

"I found a great foil in Chris. Nigel was a good foil, too, but with Chris it's different. Personally, we get on very well. We're like brothers, really; we're super-tight. And then, yes, there's his guitar playing, which is very unique, sort of angular – kind of an East Coast feel. With everything we've done, he brings an aesthetic that works beautifully.

Chris is very dedicated in ways that I'm not. He pays attention to timing and tuning, whereas I'm just like, 'Does it sound OK? Yes. Cool!' [laughs] With Chris, the new songs sound great, the old stuff sounds great – no complaints.

The best thing about the band now is that we're all really good friends. I really like Chris, I really like Robin, I really like Corey – we get along. For us to avoid being a nostalgia act, the music has to be great, the new album has to be great, and we all have to play well together. Which means we have to get on as people, and we do. We're very connected. Our goals are the same."


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Muse Perform Complete "Origin of Symmetry" Live at Leeds

[] Muse put on a lavish show at Leeds Festival last night (August 26) as they played their 2001 album 'Origin Of Symmetry' in full.

The band, making their third appearance at Bramham Park, celebrated the album's 10th anniversary by erecting giant fork statues from the record's artwork onstage for their headline slot.

The trio appeared behind a giant curtain as silhouettes, before kicking off the show with 'Newborn' against a huge screen featuring giant flying saucers. As they played out the rest of the album the band launched giant bouncing balloons emblazoned with eyeballs across the crowd as well as shooting fire and green lasers from the Main Stage.

Introducing 'Citizen Erased', drummer Dominic Howard told the crowd, "We are celebrating 10 years of 'Origin Of Symmetry' so we fancied playing the whole fucking thing. We've never done that before."

As promised by Howard to NME recently, the second half of the show saw the band play hits from their last three albums 'The Resistance', 'Black Holes And Revelations' and 'Absolution'.

Crowd reaction to the set was positive, but some fans thought the first half was overlong.

Abi Brown, 17, said: "I thought they were really good but it was getting a bit much by the end of 'Origin Of Symmetry'. After that it got a lot more exciting." Matthew Burgon, 22, had a similar view, saying: "I thought they were pretty amazing and they’re better live than on record. It was good to hear 'Origin Of Symmetry' live because you could hear differences in the sound of the songs. I thought there was a bit more to the second hour than the first, though.”

Carl Harper, 22, said he was delighted to see the band celebrate the album's 10th anniversary. "I thought it was really refreshing to hear 'Origin Of Symmetry' because that is one of my favourite albums," he said. "You always hear a lot of their new stuff now so it was nice that they did the old stuff."

The band are set to headline Reading Festival on Sunday.

Muse played:

'New Born'
'Space Dementia'
'Hyper Music'
'Plug In Baby'
'Citizen Erased'
'Micro Cuts'
'Feeling Good'
'Supermassive Black Hole'
'Time Is Running Out'
'Helsinki Jam'
'Undisclosed Desires'
'Stockholm Syndrome'
'Knights Of Cydonia'

Friday, August 26, 2011

Quick Notes: MonstrO, Stephen Malkmus, Clutch + More

*[] MonstrO‘s (ex-Torche/bloodsimple.) entire new self-titled album is now available for streaming online through The outing was produced by William DuVall of Alice In Chains and will land in stores on September 06th through Vagrant.

A limited edition 7″ featuring the album tracks “Anchors Up!” and “Stallone” will follow on September 20th through limited|fanfare records.

*[] Corn dog enthusiast Stephen Malkmus dropped into the East Village’s Other Music last night to stump for the recently released Mirror Traffic. He played a previously unheard new song, “Independence Street,” and also launched a (debatable) Mumford and Sons barb (about 3:48 into the second video).

*[] Clutch are getting their own brand of beer. The press release on the matter can be found below:

“American Beer masters New Belgium Brewing Company have teamed up with Maryland based veteran songwriters and touring icons CLUTCH to brew, bottle and distribute the brand new CLUTCH beer! The 9% alcohol by volume dark sour ale joins NBB’s Lips of Faith Series, adding to a beer family which already includes the highly popular Fat Tire Ale, which is now sold in over 32 of the 48 continental United States. The beer is available in 22 oz. bottles and a limited amount of kegs.

New Belgium and CLUTCH will officially unleash the ale at a very special kickoff event at the Red Palace in Washington DC on Monday night August 29th, at which members of CLUTCH and their label Weathermaker Music will be present. Admission will be limited…”

*[] Jane’s Addiction‘s forthcoming new album “The Great Escape Artist” has been pushed back a week to an October 04th release date through Capitol.

Unreleased Jimi Hendrix Singles See Release

[] Experience Hendrix LLC and Song Legacy Recordings are previewing the fourth wave of titles in the Jimi Hendrix catalog project with the release of two limited-edition Jimi Hendrix singles.

"Like A Rolling Stone" and "Spanish Castle Magic," both recorded in October 1968 during Hendrix's fabled, six performance stand at Winterland, have been paired for a limited-edition CD single.

Hendrix's fiery interpretation of the classic Dylan song comes from the forthcoming Jimi Hendrix Experience: Winterland release while "Spanish Castle Magic" is available exclusively on the indie record store release.

Meanwhile, an incandescent version of "Johnny B. Goode" (from Hendrix's Berkeley Community Center concert on 30 May 1970) is being released on a 7" vinyl single, backed with a previously unreleased version of "Purple Haze," recorded live at San Francisco's Winterland, 10 October 1968, exclusively available on the indie record store release.

"Johnny B. Goode" can also be heard on the upcoming, expanded re-issue of Hendrix - In The West, a definitive live collection featuring quintessential performances of such signature songs as "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)," "Little Wing" and "I Don't Live Today" as performed by both editions of the Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1969 and 1970. Hendrix In The West, one of the guitarist's most popular albums, has been unavailable since 1974.

The limited-edition "Johnny B. Goode" 7" single and "Like A Rolling Stone" CD single are being released for fans in support of more than 1,000 independently owned stores in the USA and another 600 stores internationally.

As mentioned, the singles herald the arrival, on 13 September, of the fourth wave of releases in the Experience Hendrix LLC/Legacy Recordings monumental Jimi Hendrix catalog project: Winterland (a four-disc deluxe boxset), Hendrix In The West (expanded), Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix Live At The Isle Of Wight (on DVD), and Jimi Hendrix: The Dick Cavett Show every Hendrix appearance on the celebrated talk show on DVD).

Fucked Up Announce Fall Tour with Wavves

Fucked Up have announce a short tour this Fall with Wavves. Their complete touring schedule can be found below...

08/27 – Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
08/28 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
09/01 – Madrid, ES @ MTV Madrid Beach
09/21 – Montreal, QC @ Pop Montreal
09/23 – Boston, MA @ Royale *
09/24 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall *
09/25 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat *
09/26 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater *
09/27 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 *
09/28 – Columbus, OH @ Outland Live *
09/29 – Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium *
09/30 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick *
10/02 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom *
10/22 – Halifax, NS @ Halifax Pop Explosion

* = w/ Wavves

Totimoshi Extend Tour Dates

[press release] Eclectic California trio, TOTIMOSHI, hit the road earlier this month for a trek that's rocked nearly 20 cities and will continue to pummel its way into September with three additional dates in Oregon, Washington and California (see updated itinerary below). Commented guitarist/vocalist Tony Aguilar from the road: "Forget the economy and your troubles and come party with us! We only have half a tour left so your chance to shake our hand and kiss our ass is slowly running out. Don't miss that chance!"

The band is touring in support of their recently released Avenger full-length which officially hit streets on August 16 via At A Loss Recordings. Offering up their signature brand of heavy desert death rock, Avenger was produced by Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Shrinebuilder, Tool), mastered by John Golden (Melvins, Mike Watt, OM) and includes appearances by Dale Crover (Altamont, The Melvins, Shrinebuilder), Brent Hinds (Mastodon) and Scott Kelly (Neurosis, Shrinebuilder).

TOTIMOSHI U.S. Tour 2011 [remaining dates]:

8/26/2011 Milestone – Charlotte, NC w / Music Hates You
8/27/2011 The Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA w/ Zoroaster
8/28/2011 Hi Tone Café – Memphis, TN
8/29/2011 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
8/30/2011 The Mink – Houston, TX
8/31/2011 Scoot Inn – Austin, TX w/ Vaz, Pygmie Shrews
9/01/2011 Korova Basement – San Antonio, TX
9/03/2011 Vaudeville – Tucson, AZ
9/07/2011 Dante's Inferno - Portland, OR w/ Jucifer **
9/08/2011 The Highline - Seattle, WA w/ A Storm Of Light **
9/10/2011 El Rio - San Francisco, CA w/ Hot Fog **

Male Bonding's "Countdown to Endless Now" Videos!

A message from Sub Pop...

"It's your friends at Sub Pop here with a little news about our mutual interest in the band known as Male Bonding. As we hope you already know, their new album Endless Now comes out on Monday, August 29th here in these Untied States and in the UK and Europe on September 5th. Here's something though, that you may not know: a few weeks back the band played the entirety of Endless Now in London at the Buffalo Bar's 10th anniversary party (perhaps you saw the photo evidence of this show on the band's blog?). And because we here at Sub Pop could not all be there to see this performance and also because we are deeply interested in convincing you of the excellence of this new Male Bonding record, we paid Conan Roberts much, much less than he is worth to film the show.

And now we are going to give to you, over the course of the next five days, live video clips of five songs from Endless Now. The first of these is the video for "Tame the Sun."

The next few days will play out like so for THE COUNTDOWN TO ENDLESS NOW:

Thursday, August 25th: "Tame the Sun"
Friday, August 26th (aka today): "Bones"
Saturday, August 27th: "Before It’s Gone"
Sunday, August 28th: "What’s That Scene?"
Monday, August 29th (aka release day!): "Can’t Dream"

It's gonna be good. Don't overlook the fact that there's still time to earn yourself a limited edition, free Male Bonding patch when you pre-order Endless Now from us at so if you haven't ordered yet, the time really isn't all that endless, so get in there now.

We'll also have a video re-cap and a full Endless Now album stream for you all next week. Stay tuned!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Quick Notes: Nirvana, Deftones, Puscifer + More

*[] Did you know Sirius XM Radio has a channel that plays only grunge rock and ’90s alternative? It’s called Lithium. How fitting, huh? What better place to host a Q&A with the former members of Nirvana, right? Well, that’s exactly what the satellite radio conglomerate plans to do next month. Titled “Town Hall with Nirvana”, the two-hour event will be hosted by Jon Stewart, and feature a special interview with former members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, in addition to producer Butch Vig. In light of the 20th anniversary of the group’s iconic LP, Nevermind, the three will answer a series of questions from Stewart and a select group of SiriusXM listeners at the station’s studios in New York City.

So, if you’re not fatigued by all the Nirvana-related hoopla coming out of the woodwork these days, then by all means tune in for this landmark event on Saturday, September 24th at 8:00 p.m. ET, only on the Lithium Station (Channel 34). And if you’re really looking to celebrate, keep the channel on starting September 23rd, as Lithium will turn into Nevermind Radio, featuring music by Nirvana (duh), including B-sides, rarities, and live performances. This will continue until Wednesday, September 28th at 12:00 a.m. ET.

Come one, come all. Come as you are.

*[] Professionally-filmed multi-camera live footage of the Deftones performing at the ULU in London, England can be found online via Additional footage of the band playing their track “Back To School (Mini Maggit)” can be found at

*[] Puscifer (Tool, etc.) have begun quite the interesting “marketing campaign?” dubbed “The Book Of Douche Bag“. You can find the first two installments below, with the second being rather wonderful, if not entirely religiously offensive. Puscifer‘s new album “Conditions Of My Parole” is scheduled for an October 18th release date through Puscifer Entertainment.

*[press release] Red Hot Chili Peppers' new album I'm With You, which will be released Monday, August 29th by Warner Bros. Records, is the first rock album specially mastered to optimize digital sound quality for iTunes Store customers. The album was produced by Rick Rubin and mastered for iTunes using high-resolution sourced audio to provide fans with an incredibly rich listening experience.

"We are excited to work with iTunes to make an even better listening experience for fans," says producer Rick Rubin, who produced the band's five previous albums. "We can't wait for everyone to hear it."

Earlier this month, "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie" claimed the top spot on Billboard's Alternative chart, enabling the Los Angeles quartet to surpass their own record for the artist with the most Number One singles in Modern Rock radio chart history with 12. The track is also No. 1 on both the BDS and Mediabase charts for the third consecutive week.

*[] Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello recently discussed the footage of the bands first official show that was circulating a week or two back. Speaking with Rock Sound, he offered:

“I have seen a bit of clip and I have a full recollection of that show. It was actually the first time we played in front of a public audience, we had done one show previously but that was a living room party so that filmed footage still qualifies as our first ‘proper’ show.

I remember when we started playing there was no one in the audience, it was just people walking back and forward on the way to lunch at Cal State Northridge. After an hour long performance we won over a couple of headbangers, which was a victory for us at that point in our careers!”

*[] SPIN has launched a stream of Lenses Alien, the new full-length from Cymbals Eat Guitars. It's due out August 30, 2011 via Barsuk and will follow up the band's self-released 2009 effort Why There Are Mountains. Check it out HERE.

*[] The Flaming Lips and Lightning Bolt’s recently released joint EP is a fascinating yet uncomfortable joy ride of ambient sounds packaged with what has to be the recorded vocals from a recent Wayne Coyne acid strip. Since The Day After Tomorrow is all Hollywood, and thus Dennis Quaid didn’t actually hike from D.C. to New York in giant blizzard in less than 48 hours, being able to sit through the entire four-track effort without the use of an animal tranquilizer is perhaps the greatest accomplishment known to man. With that mind, let us now introduce you to the visual accompaniment for the EP’s lead track, “I’m Working at NASA on Acid”. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear to have been shot at NASA, nor are there any actual space themes. But if you’re looking for a lot of trippy visuals that culminate with an all-out explosion of sound and color, as well as shots of Lightning Bolt’s Brian Chippendale with goo all over his face, then today’s your lucky day. Check out the clip below...

*[] MonstrO (ex-Torche/bloodsimple.) will be issuing a limited edition 7″ through limited|fanfare records on September 20th. The outing will be, ahem, limited to 575 copies on 3 different colors and will feature “Anchors Up!” along with the b-side, “Stallone“. The groups new self-titled album will precede the effort, landing in stores on September 06th through Vagrant.

*Disco Doom have lined up a couple of shows over the next few weeks, followed by a month long US tour!! Details for the US tour are still coming, but those in Zurich and France should check out the dates below...

Saturday Aug 27th, 9pm: J&L DEFER on a Journey with Jesse Wiedel @ 2-2=0, Zürich

Saturday Sept 3rd: DISCO DOOM @ Farniente Festival, St. Nazaire, France

Sept 22 - Oct 21: US tour!!

*[] The Eagles Of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes has released a new porno spoof inspired music video from his Boots Electric solo project via The clip is for the track “Boots Electric Theme“, a song which features a guest appearance from Brody Dalle (Spinnerette, ex-The Distillers). The track will appear on the forthcoming Boots Electric debut, “Honkey Kong“, which has been scheduled for a September 20th release through Dangerbird Records.

*A message from Wintersleep... "Hi people. Sorry it has taken so long since we last wrote. We’ve been in the studio working on our fifth record, the 3rd with the lovely Tony Doogan and 1st with Dave Fridmann up at Tarbox Studios in Cassadaga, New York. Finished up 6 tunes earlier this month & going up for the second & final session in about a week. Soundin’ pretty gnarly, which means ‘good’ [if you aren’t down with the out of date lingo]. I’m probably showing my age with the use of that word. I take it back. No, I can’t take it back. I shan’t. True Colors. That sounds like a good title for the album. No? What is wrong with showing your age anyway? Okay, stop being silly. We have posted a few studio-esque things on Tumblr. There will be much more of that to come. Talk soon."

Wooden Shjips' "West" Reviewed on Pitchfork

[] When you're reading about San Francisco space-rockers Wooden Shjips, certain other bands' names come up over and over again: the Stooges, Suicide, Hawkwind, Spacemen 3. On a certain level, that's inevitable. There's nothing new about what Wooden Shjips do, and we can hear the quotation marks in the band's music even if they didn't intend to put them there. All the bands named above, in one way or another, made visceral, forbidding rock that drew much of its power through stretching-to-infinity repetition. When I hear it, another name springs to mind: Lungfish, if the great Baltimore astral-punk band had made music for the Camaro-cruising goons in Dazed and Confused (and if they'd had a way less distinctive singer, but that's another story). Wooden Shjips turn the crunchy choogle of 1970s boogie-rock into isolation-chamber space-out fare. When it connects, that's a powerful formula, though it's still a formula.

For a band that thrives on eternal repetition, Wooden Shjips have made some impressive strides toward approachability from album to album, and West is by far their biggest leap yet. On previous records, the band would be content to ride a single chord long enough to turn your brain into goo. But the tracks on West are comparatively compact (the longest top out around seven minutes), and they often come equipped with riffs and melodies that don't sound too terribly far-removed from classic-rock radio fare. The recording itself is warmer and cleaner than anything they've done. Most of the songs blast off into glorious solos near the end. I'm pretty sure I heard a tambourine on at least one song. In short, it's the first Wooden Shjips record that your stoner uncle might not hate.

Still, the band is very much doing what it does on West. Even with its increased focus on classic-rock virtues, the album isn't really a collection of riffs and wails and choruses; it's more a muscular sort of vibe-out-- badass ambient music, if you will. As hard as the band can rock, expansive nod-out music is still its focus, and the album works best when you give yourself over entirely to its pounding grandeur. Frontman Ripley Johnson sings in a narcoleptic mutter that never displays the slightest bit of feeling, and his numbed monotone never disturbs the mood by leaping out of the mix to grab you. The band deserves credit for sticking to the simple purity of its own sound, but its music seems unlikely to cause the sort of life-changing epiphanies sometimes created by those bands I listed in the first paragraph.


Widowspeak Debut Reviewed on Pitchfork

[] It usually takes years of practice and several albums for bands to reach the crestfallen state Brooklyn trio Widowspeak showcase on their debut. Here, the music's poignant rush came quickly: We're told their debut single "Harsh Realm" was recorded after the band played a total of six shows. The fatalistic croon of singer/songwriter Molly Hamilton has already garnered plenty of Hope Sandoval comparisons. It would be remiss not to mention those here, as Hamilton's phrasing is often nearly identical to her most obvious influence, but there's enough variation in mood and texture to give this project a weight and balance all of its own.

Much of the credit is due to the versatile guitar lines traded between Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas. At times there's a hollowed-out starkness and foreboding to the playing reminiscent of Ennio Morricone's spaghetti western soundtracks ("Puritan"); at others there's a meshing of hippy idealism and influences extracted from bad-vibes garage rock not dissimilar to Love at their peak (see the pleasingly atonal guitar solo that ripples through "Nightcrawlers"). The latter even bears a moody 1950s tenor that sounds like Alex Zhang Hungtai of Dirty Beaches with the filth cleaned out of his fingernails. Anyone looking to wallow in 1990s nostalgia will find much to gorge on, too-- touchstones from that decade come thick and fast. For instance, when Hamilton's not channeling Sandoval, and when the band crawls out of the doldrums into more upbeat territory ("Gun Shy", "Half Awake"), she often resembles Madder Rose singer Mary Lorson.

The skill with which Widowspeak assimilates those parts into alluring song structures is what prevents this from being an exercise in tributary. There's an ache to "Harsh Realm" that's all their own, the central vocal line ("I always think about you") bearing a downplayed creepiness that suggests Hamilton knows a thing or two about the ill effects of obsessive love. The one-two punch of "Gun Shy" and "Hard Times" are where the band hits its peak, the former combining their natural wistfulness with bouts of polished-up Link Wray guitar twang that wouldn't sound out of place on the soundtrack to Tom DiCillo's Johnny Suede. On "Hard Times" they bend everything around a featherlight pop framework that provides a perfectly melancholy backbone to Hamilton's naturally listless demeanor: It has the right amount of sun and shade much of Widowspeak possesses, the lightness of touch in the arrangement preventing the songwriting from toppling over into unpalatable sorrow.

Sometimes they don't get that balance right-- on "Fir Coat" it sounds like the song is racing away from Hamilton, and the closing "Ghost Boy" is built around the kind of Moe Tucker-inspired drumming that feels tired in the wake of legions of Brooklyn bands mining the sound over the past few years. But this is clearly the work of a group still finding its way, hammering out the kinks in public view. There's a potential here that could lead to something with a great deal more gravity. It's to Widowspeak's credit that they do make this first taste a brief peak behind the curtain: Five of the 10 songs don't go over the three-minute mark, and the entire runtime's barely half an hour. The economical use of space makes Widowspeak feel like a chance meeting with a pining stranger, one who spills their guts then vanishes from sight just as they're beginning to make an impression.

— Nick Neyland, August 24, 2011

Manchester Orchestra, White Denim + More Announce Fall Tour

[] Manchester Orchestra is flying high right now, wrapping up supports for the likes of Blink-182 and My Chemical Romance. They’ve also managed to snag a couple MTV VMA nominations for their “Simple Math” music video (which you can watch below). Now, Manchester Orchestra is planning to hit the road on a fall tour in support of their terrific recent album Simple Math.

Sponsored by clothing store PacSun, the “PacTour” kicks off in Houston, TX on October 21st and runs until November 22nd in Orlando, FL. The Dear Hunter, White Denim and Little Hurricane will all provide support. Check out the complete tour schedule below...

08/23 – Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheater *
09/02 – Seattle, WA @ KNDD Fest
09/04 – Edmonton, AB @ Sonic Boom 2011
09/23 – Huntsville, AL @ Big Spring Jam
09/24 – Atlanta, GA @Music Midtown
10/02 – Bristol, UK @ Bristol Academy 2 **
10/03 – Glasgow, UK @ Glasgow O2 ABC **
10/04 – Birmingham, UK @ Birmingham HMV Institute Library **
10/05 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy 2 **
10/07 – London, UK @ London Koko **
10/21 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live #
10/22 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s #
10/23 – Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom #
10/25 – Tuscon, AZ @ Railto #
10/26 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues #
10/27 – Pomona, CA @ Glass House #
10/28 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom #
10/29 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom #
11/01 – Magna, UT @ Saltair ++
11/02 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall ##
11/04 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre ##
11/05 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze ##
11/07 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues ##
11/08 – Detroit, MI @ Clutch Cargo’s ##
11/09 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Zoo ##
11/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory ##
11/12 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues ##
11/13 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre ##
11/14 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club ##
11/16 – Richmond, VA @ The National ##
11/17 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle ##
11/18 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos ##
11/19 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom ##
11/21 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution ##
11/22 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues ##

* = w/ Blink 182 and My Chemical Romance
** = w/ The Xcerts
++ = w/ Thrice, White Denim & The Dear Hunter
# = w/ White Denim, The Dear Hunter and Little Hurricane
## = w/ White Denim and The Dear Hunter

Sonic Youth + Nirvana 1991 Tour Featured in SPIN

[] Months before Nirvana overtook the world with "Teen Spirit" mania in late 1991, the band was tapped by Sonic Youth for a European festival tour. Dave Markey, a friend of Sonic Youth's, was hired to film the trek, which also featured Dinosaur Jr., Babes in Toyland, and Gumball. Markey turned his experience into the classic rock doc 1991: The Year Punk Broke, which offers an all-access look at these bands before grunge overtook the world. (Watch it HERE) The film — shot entirely by Markey on his Super 8 camera — has been criminally out-of-print for years. But it will get the deluxe DVD reissue treatment on September 13. SPIN asked Markey to recall, in his own words, his memories from the tour:

"I was friends with Sonic Youth for a few years before filming the movie. I met them in the Eighties and they did a cover of Alice Cooper's "Hollowed Be My Name" for this movie of mine, Lovedolls Superstar. And they had asked me to do a few music videos for Goo in 1990. We had always talked about doing a longer project together and literally two weeks before their summer festival tour started in August of 1991, I got a call: "Do you want to come and shoot stuff?" So I grabbed my Super 8 and a passport and took off.

I had seen Nirvana a few times before when they played West Coast dates with Sonic Youth. But my real hang time with them was on that flight from Los Angeles to meet up with Sonic Youth in London. We all sat together. Dave [Grohl] was their new drummer. They had just shot the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video the day before and they were kept until the wee hours of the morning. When they met me, they were like "Oh, here's another film director. Oh, great!" But it was cool. I drank beers and screwdrivers the whole flight and once we landed, I started shooting the movie, getting the band all jetlagged and hungover.

When Nirvana would play "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on those festival shows, it was just another one of the songs they played. They did really well at some of the bigger festivals, particularly at Reading. They clearly connected with the crowd that was there, who, at that point in time, really were bigger fans of Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth. Maybe some fans had bought Bleach, but they weren't really the draw. I mean, some of these festivals, like Pukkelpop, Nirvana played at 11:30 in the morning! No one anticipated Nevermind's explosion.

The moment that stands out for me is that Reading performance. Nirvana played at 2:00 in the afternoon and they ended the set with "Endless, Nameless" in its entirety. And that's when Kurt [Cobain] jumped into the pit, and Thurston [Moore] came out and grabbed him.

Thurston getting Kurt out of the pit was kind of perfect. He and Kim [Gordon] were like parental figures for Kurt in a way. I think that idea would've repelled all parties involved, but it's kind of the truth. They really took the band under their wing. I remember at one festival, Nirvana were delayed getting into Germany, at the border. They missed their time slot. But Thurston took it upon himself to ask all the bands to remove 5 or 10 minutes from their set so they could get Nirvana to play.

When I was filming Sonic Youth or Nirvana or Dinosaur or whoever, they weren't censoring themselves. People were just enjoying this brief two-week tour. There was a lot of drinking going on. A lot of hash smoking. Everyone was having fun backstage.


Fang Island Recording New Album + Tour Dates

[press release] Perpetually positive guitar heroes Fang Island are currently in the studio recording the followup to last year's wildly popular self-titled debut. Small hints of the recording process have been popping up on the band's Twitter account, and we hope to have more samples of the work in progress in the near future. The band will take a short break from recording to hit the road in September for a series of East Coast shows, some of which will be with The Joy Formidable. Please see below for complete dates.

Fang Island's debut album hit shelves on February 23rd, 2010 via Sargent House amid a wealth of praise from press, with many writers declaring it one of the Best of 2010, just two months into the new year. Since the album's release, the band has spent most of the past year on the road, including tours with The Flaming Lips, Stone Temple Pilots, Matt & Kim, et al.. Check out MP3s for two tracks from the band's first album, "Daisy" (MP3 HERE) and "Life Coach" (MP3 HERE). Or, stream the entire album HERE.


09/10 - Pawtucket, RI @ Machines With Magnets
09/21 - Washington DC @ Red Palace
09/23 - Durham, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
09/24 - Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn
09/25 - Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum #
09/26 - West Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern #
09/28 - Carborro, NC @ Cat's Cradle #
09/29 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall #
09/30 - Rochester, NY @ Club at Water Street Music Hall #
10/05 - Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands

# w/ The Joy Formidable

"Honest and life-affirming and infectious, and it's that rare concentration of directness and simplicity that makes Fang Island so uniquely and wonderfully inclusive." Best New Music -- Pitchfork

"Fang Island are simply killer fun, a proper gang who sing collectively and pummel their guitars without recourse to errant soloing." Four Stars -- MOJO

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Big Business Featured on

[] Sludge-metal mainstays Big Business have a reputation for hitting the road, and hitting it hard. Since their formation in 2005, the Los Angeles heavyweights have toured with legendary Northwest punks The Melvins, playing in the band’s rhythm section as well as opening the shows with their own “power duo” and touring as much as they can solo. recently had a chance to sit down with the band before a show in Chicago to talk about life on the road, coming up as a DIY act in the contemporary music scene, and their current tour with Miami, FL metal crew Torche. The segment also includes a number of live tracks from the band’s show at Bottom Lounge in Chicago while on tour for their new 12", Quadruple Single.

About Noisey is crisscrossing the globe to find the most exciting emerging musicians and music scenes around the world. Transcending continents and language barriers, the site gives music lovers the opportunity to discover great bands and connect on a powerful, state-of-the-art digital entertainment channel. Shot in over 10 countries (from Brazil to Japan), visitors to Noisey receive unprecedented access to up-and-coming bands and local music scenes from around the globe. Featuring artists like The Black Lips, Das Racist, Cults and Total Warr, Noisey brings exciting video and sound to music lovers of all genres.

Love Among The Mannequins Announce Release Details

Love Among The Mannequins will released their debut album Radial Images on CD Digipack October 24, 2011 through Function Records.

"Radial Images is the debut album of Love Among The Mannequins, a four piece band that used to be a three piece band called Amateurs. They formed in Brighton UK in late 2009 and comprise Tobias Hayes (Meet Me In St. Louis, Shoes And Socks Off, Shield Your Eyes); Jonathan Baker (O You Broken Eyes); Alexander Ross Petersen (Elle Milano, O You Broken Eyes) and Steven Andrew Stride (Crooked Mountain, Crooked Sea)

The logic ran thus: if you're going to have the bare-faced audacity to start yet ANOTHER band with drums and electric guitars, you'd at least better make sure you're doing something interesting and they have indeed done that. This record boasts tales of geneticists, dystophia and general ruination mixed up with splashes of Pavement, Autolux and Drive Like Jehu. Sub-supergroup magic!"


1 Love Among the Mannequins
2 Nikolai Fyodorovich Fyodorov
3 Raoul Duke
4 Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
5 L.V.B. a La A.S.
6 Alfred Garyevich Schnittke
7 George Robert Price
8 The Does
9 Marcel Marceau
10 The Twentieth Century (Alan Watts and Edward Bernays)
11 Raskolnikov’s Horse
12 Oscillations In Da’at
13 James Graham Ballard

Love Among the Mannequins by Love Among the Mannequins

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Quick Notes: The Evens, Primus, Hella, Me You Us Them + More

*[] Having taken some time off to raise a child, Ian Mackaye and Amy Farina have announced plans to enter Inner Ear Studios to record a new Evens single. We'll keep you updated as more details surface. The band last released Get Evens in 2006. [ed note: one of our all time favorite songs happen to come from their previous album, see below.]

*[] Primus are offering a live version of their track “Those Damned Blue Collar Tweakers” as a bonus track with the iTunes pre-order of their new album “Green Naugahyde“. The rendition of the song is taken from a July 13th, 2011 London, England show. “Green Naugahyde” will see a September 13th release date through ATO Records/Prawn Song Records.

*[] Hella‘s entire new album “Tripper” is currently available for streaming online through Bandcamp. “Tripper” will see a release next Tuesday, August 30th, through Sargent House.

*Me You Us Them recently performed "As Of Now" on Breakthru Radio TV. The song appears on last year's exceptional debut Post Data, and the video captures the guys explosive live energy. Check it out below, and if you live in the Boston/NY areas, don't forget to check them on September 1st (Great Scott, Boston) and September 2nd (Cameo Gallery, Brooklyn).

"As Of Now" by Me You Us Them - BTR Live Studio [ep49]' from BreakThru Radio TV on Vimeo.

*Radio Moscow are streaming a new song via their label Alive Records HERE. The song comes from their highly anticipated third release The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz coming this winter.

Kyuss Lives! Announce Second Leg of Tour Dates

[] A second leg of dates has been revealed for the North American (and South American) Kyuss Lives! tour. While the press release seems to imply that legally embattled bassist Nick Oliveri will be along for the ride, things could obviously change quickly. Here’s how the groups schedule now runs:

09/16 Toronto, ON – The Sound Academy*
09/17 Guelph, ON – Guelph Concert Theatre*
09/18 Montreal, QC – Olympia de Montréal*
09/20 Worcester, MA – The Palladium*^
09/21 Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero*^
09/23 New York, NY – Terminal 5*^
09/24 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club*^
09/25 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel*
09/26 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade*
09/28 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues*
09/29 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live*^
10/01 Austin, TX – Stubb’s*^
10/02 Dallas, TX – South Side Music Hall*^
10/04 Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall*
10/05 Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe Brewing Company*^
10/06 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre*^
10/07 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues*^
10/08 Pomona, CA – The Fox Theater*^
11/09 Mexico City, MEX – El Circo Volador
11/11 Santiago, Chile – Teatro Teleton
11/12 Buenos Aires, ARG – Teatro Colegiales
11/13 Sao Paulo, BRA – Caricoa Club
11/17 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
11/19 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
11/21 Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
11/22 Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
11/23 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
11/26 Calgary, AB – Flames Central
11/27 Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Event Centre
11/29 Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Centre
11/30 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
12/01 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
12/02 Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
12/03 Pontiac, MI – Crofoot Ballroom
12/05 Greensburg, PA – The Palace Theatre
12/06 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom

* w/ MonstrO
^ w/ The Sword