Friday, September 30, 2011

Quick Notes: Alberta Cross,, The Black Box Revelation

*Alberta Cross has posted their new EP The Rolling Thunder for streaming on their Soundcloud page. Listen to the tour exclusive release below...

The Rolling Thunder EP by Alberta Cross

*Our friends at have posted their new compilation Volume Two for FREE download on their site HERE. Go check it out featuring music from Dredg, Constants, Trebuchet, My Spiral Arm, The Phuss, Here Holy Spain, Black Books, Arctic Sleep, and more!!

*The Black Box Revelation are now streaming their new record My Perception on their Soundcloud page HERE.

The Foreign Resort Ready Self Titled EP + US Tour Dates

[press release] MONOLATHE Recordings coming at you with the latest release from our Danish friends, The Foreign Resort. We have been sitting on this one for awhile now, and with a CMJ showcase on the horizon along with a mini East Coast tour, this is the perfect time! Our European sisters and brothers are going to get an early treat; they get the digital release October 2nd. North America... well you will just have to wait until November, 8th for both the physical and digital release, but that will just make it all the more sweet.

The Foreign Resort will be showcasing at this years CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival. But that's not all they will be up to. If you live on the East Coast, they will be playing a number of dates, along with The Vandelles. Click HERE for dates and venues.

Two songs from the EP have already seen placement in the documentary, Dressed. If you are a fan of fabulous fashion and killer jams, this is the doc for you. Find out more here.

The Foreign Resort by The Foreign Resort

Press Transmissions:

"The Cure embedded in noise with Tears For Fears-ish melodies and the energy burst of Joy Division," - Gaffa Magazine (Denmark)

"...but now The Foreign Resort has been refined so much that it really is admirable. At the same time their sound has become much more melancholic and dark, their music has become far more encompassing." - Underlyd (Denmark)

"We strongly recommend listening to this record. Missing it would really be a crime. " - The Ship

Helmet Announce More Tour Dates

[] Helmet have added even more dates to their ongoing U.S. tour, the latest schedule can be found below:

09/30 Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
10/01 Waterloo, IA – Reverb
10/03 St. Louis, MO – Firebird
10/04 Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club
10/05 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
10/06 Mt. Clemens, MI – The Hayloft Liquor
10/07 Chicago, IL – Double Door
10/08 Rock Island, IL – Rock Island Brewing
10/10 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
10/11 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
10/12 Cambridge, MA – Middle East w/ Gozu
10/13 Washington, DC – The Black Cat
10/14 Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood
10/15 Daytona Beach, FL – Sickboyz Lounge
10/16 Jacksonville, FL – Brewster’s Pit
10/18 Gainesville, FL – Double Down
10/19 Atlanta, GA – Smithe’s Old Bar
10/20 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
10/21 Mobile, AL – Soul Kitchen
10/22 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jack’s
10/23 Little Rock, AR – Juanita’s
10/25 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
10/26 Columbia, MO – MoJo’s
10/27 Nashville, TN – The End
10/28 Louisville, KY – Phoenix Hill Tavern
10/29 Toledo, OH – Frankie’s

The Blind Pets Announce National Tour Dates

Austin, TX's The Blind Pets are getting ready to head out on tour this Saturday, so be sure to check them out when they're in your town! The band recently released their third album Sweet Tooth on 180 gram clear red vinyl independently produced. The album was mastered by Brian Lucey (The Black Keys) and sounds great! Tour dates and the entire record can be found below...

10/1 @ bears shreveport la
10/2 @ smoke and barrell fayetteville, ar
10/3 @ TBA
10/4 @ barley street tavern omaha, ne
10/5 @ the bridge columbia, mo
10/6 TBA
10/7 @ memories bar chicago, il
10/8 TBA
10/9 @ stone tavern kent, oh
10/10 @ labyrinth press company jamestown, ny
10/11 @ XPO 929 brooklyn, ny
10/12 @ howlers coyote cafe pittsburgh, pa
10/13 @ hideaway johnson city, tn
10/14 @ the milestone charlotte, nc
10/15 @ boiler room asheville, nc
10/16 @ masquerade atlanta, ga
10/17 @ Burro Bar jacksonville, tn
10/18 TBA
10/19 @ crowbar tampa, fl
10/20 @ downtown music mobile, al

"Formed in 2007 in a sweat infested storage unit in Austin, TX, The Blind Pets are a punch in the face with no apologies. From distorted sounds to heavy riffs they are constantly searching for a primal frequency to tune in on. The band is built around having a good time and releasing frustrations from an everyday life. They have released three records so far Sugar (2007) Smashed (2009) and Sweet Tooth (2011) all independently produced.

Sweet Tooth by The Blind Pets

Cage The Elephant Extend Tour Dates

Check out the latest Cage The Elephant tour dates. Cage is going to Australia/New Zealand for the first time!

10/9 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
10/11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Maverik Center
10/13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
10/14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
10/16 - Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center
10/17 - San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena
10/19 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
10/25 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
10/27 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
10/28 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
11/1 - Sacramento, CA - Power Balance Pavilion - [NEW DATE]
11/23 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
11/29 - Columbus, OH - Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
11/30 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
12/1 - Norfolk, VA - Constant Convocation Center
12/3 - Tampa, FL - 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
1/20 - Auckland, NZ - Big Day Out
1/22 - Gold Coast, AU - Big Day Out
1/26 - Sydney, AU - Big Day Out
1/30 - Melbourne, AU - Big Day Out
1/3 - Adelaide, AU - Big Day Out
1/5 - Perth, AU - Big Day Out

For a full list of tour dates, please visit the CTE tour page.

Quick Notes: Ty Segall + Rob Crow

*[] Here's the video for Cali garage rocker Ty Segall's "Goodbye Bread", from this year's album of the same name. The Matt Yoka-directed, slightly NSFW clip is a single-shot affair, slowly zooming out at what seems to be a pretty wild party. Watch it below.

*[] Rob Crow of Pinback has posted another new song from his forthcoming solo album, He Thinks He's People, which is due out October 18th, 2011. It is the follow-up to Living Well which was released in 2007.

Rob Crow - Build by Temporary Residence Ltd

Portugal. The Man Perform "So American" on Conan + Tour Dates

[] It took the release of six albums, but Alaska-bred alt-rockers Portugal. The Man finally made their late night television debut on Conan last night. Appearing in support of last July’s In the Mountain in the Cloud, the band dished out a flawless rendition of “So American”, complete with their own cello and violin players. Check out the video below.

Portugal. The Man 2011 Tour Dates:

09/30 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues *
10/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Avalon *
10/02 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre *
10/04 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre *
10/06 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s *
10/07 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit *
10/08 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater *
10/09 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck *
10/11 – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note *
10/12 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room *
10/13 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue *
10/14 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall *
10/15 – Chicago, IL @ Metro *
10/16 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall *
10/18 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House *
10/20 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 (CMJ Music Marathon) *
10/21 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s *
10/22 – Boston, MA @ Paradise *
10/23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts *
10/25 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
10/26 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theatre *
10/27 – Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre *
10/28 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse *
10/29 – Oxford, MS @ Lyric Oxford *
10/30 – New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Music Experience
11/11 – Wangels, DE @ Rolling Stone Weekender
11/12 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
11/14 – Birmingham, UK @ The Rainbow
11/15 – Glasgow, UK @ Captains Rest
11/16 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
11/17 – London, UK @ Dingwalls
11/18 – Southampton, UK @ Joiners
11/19 – Bristol, UK @ Louisiana
11/21 – Paris, FR @ La Boule Noire
11/23 – Maastricht, NL @ Muziekgieterij
11/24 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
11/25 – Berlin, DE @ Postbahnhof
11/26 – Cologne, DE @ Essigfabrik
11/27 – Karlsruhe, DE @ Substage
11/28 – Munich, DE @ Theaterfabrik
11/30 – Salzburg, AT @ Rockhouse
12/01 – Vienna, AT @ WUK
12/02 – Linz, AT @ Posthof
12/03 – Bern, CH @ Dachstock
12/04 – Zurich, CH @ Plaza

* = w/ Alberta Cross

The World Concave Debut "Loom" Music Video

The World Concave have debuted the video for their current single "Loom". The "Loom" b/w "Digging The Honest Dirt" single is available as digital download from Engineer Records on iTunes HERE. The video was directed by Matthew Novak.

Five lucky YouTubers who comment on this video will each receive the debut EP from The World Concave plus 5 other Engineer Record releases. Winners will be contacted through YouTube.

"Loom" is also available on "The Scene: You Just Need To Know Where To Look" compilation on Pacific Ridge Records HERE.

"Delicate, clever and haunting, "Loom" finds The World Concave unavoidable to fans of this style. Though starting out with a genuine simplicity of somewhat singer-songwriter territory (delicate vocals, finger picked guitar, eerie piano), the band then takes a dynamic shift that celebrates their ingenuity, holding onto the memorable, driving hook, yet with a greater impact. "Loom" features guest vocal by Alexandra Ausman who appeared with the band once before on their previous Harbor EP.

Craig Wedren's "Wand" Reviewed on Pitchfork

[] Shudder to Think's Pony Express Record remains one of the strangest artifacts of the post-Nirvana major-label gold rush, a nugget of operatic, sinister, and gleefully self-aware art punk released at the peak of male angst-driven grungemania. Even the band's unexpected 2008 reunion was both of and against its time, a beacon of clear-eyed virtuosity and precision amidst an encroaching tide of gauzy 1990s nostalgia. The reunited Shudder to Think toured sporadically for a couple of years, released a live album (2009's Live From Home), and once again disbanded.

WAND is Shudder to Think singer Craig Wedren's first album since he got the band back together, and it is exactly the album you'd hope somebody would make after reengaging with complex, dynamic music. While 2005's Lapland was stately and muted in its execution, WAND is falling all over itself with ideas. Wedren's voice commands rising and receding string sections, intricate multi-part harmonies, and subtle electronic textures that bloom into full-on rock arrangements. The album's title is apt; though Wedren is joined by a formidable cast of supporting players, much of the record feels conjured out of thin air.

Wedren possesses one of those rare rock voices that is both distinctive and versatile, and he covers a good deal of expressive ground on WAND. On Lapland, Wedren was able to coax a surprising amount of understated sweetness from his voice. Here, Wedren combines that sweetness with the eerie trills of Shudder to Think and the glammy vamp of his pre-Lapland quasi-dance project, Baby. The resulting cognitive dissonance is one of WAND's greatest assets; the opening verse of "Make Me Hurt You" might be the most irresistibly catchy and unabashedly Classic Pop thing Wedren has ever recorded, but the song's titular chorus proves, uh, awkward to sing along with.



It's with great excitement that we announce our latest "Exploding In Sound presents" show featuring... ZLAM DUNK, SUMMER PEOPLE, HOTCHACHA, and YOUR SKULL MY CLOSET, live at Brooklyn, NY's Bruar Falls on September 30th.

Facebook event page / Last.FM event page

Tell your friends, and dig into some music from all these awesome bands in the meantime. It's going to be an amazing night of music, so be sure not to miss out! Stream some music below.

Quick Notes: Chi Cheng, Flaming Lips, Fucked Up + More

*[] Ailing Deftones bassist Chi Cheng continues to undergo surgeries and treatments related to the coma he has been in since his November 2008 car accident. Recent updates on Cheng‘s ongoing progress can be found over at

In light of his ongoing medical expenses, The Dillinger Escape Plan are auctioning off a signed drumhead they demolished onstage in Pomona, CA this past summer while on tour with the Deftones. All proceeds from the auction, which can be found at, will be donated to Cheng.

*[] Fresh off the release of their six-hour song “I Found A Star On The Ground”, The Flaming Lips now have plans for their next eye-popping, mentally-exhausting project: a 24-hour live song. At this rate, we’re likely to have a month’s worth of new music from Wayne Coyne & company by Christmas.

Talking to the O Music Awards (via Pitchfork), Coyne said the track, which is “a song about death and it’s a song about fucking and it’s a song about life,” will be released on Halloween at midnight. The band is also moving away from gummy for a new packaging option: copies of the song will be transferred onto hard drives and placed into human skulls. “There’s a place in town (Oklahoma City, OK) that’s called Skulls Unlimited that’s been here for almost as long as the Flaming Lips have been here, and it sells human skulls,” Coyne said regarding the body part procurement. That may also explain why they love the OKC so much…

According to Psych Explorations of the Future Heart, the release will be limited to five chrome covered skulls, each of which will cost $5,000.

*[] For this past Record Store Day, Toronto hardcore act Fucked Up released David’s Town, an 11-track effort that would flesh out the world to be later explored in the group’s rock opera David Comes to Life. Among the LP’s tracks was Animal Man’s “Do You Feed”, featuring guitarist Ben “Young Governor” Cook on vocals. Now, months later, the cut has a music video ready for consumption. In said clip, Cook and bassist Sandy “Mustard Gas” Miranda walk around their hometown, enjoying the simple things all young hooligans do: going into stores without buying anything, singing and dancing to one another, and enjoying the occasional bit of fried corn on the cob and assorted Palestinian food. Feel the joy of two punks in love below.

Fucked Up - Do You Feed from Lance Ludwig on Vimeo.

*[] Doomriders have announced a string of Scandinavian tour dates in November. Here's the latest:

11/08 Bergen, Norway @ Ole Bull Scene
11/09 Starvanger, Norway @ Folken
11/10 Oslo, Norway @ Rockefeller
11/11 Trondheim, Norway @ Samfundet
11/12 Stockholm, Sweden @ Strand
11/14 Helsinki, Finland @ Tavastia
11/15 Tampere, Finland @ Pakkahuone
11/17 Gothenburg, Sweden @ Sticky Fingers

Mastodon's "The Hunter" Reviewed on Pitchfork

[] Mastodon chose the right time to scale back the concepts. For 2002's Remission, they focused on fire; 2004's Leviathan, water (and Moby Dick); 2006's Blood Mountain, earth (plus a vision quest up the side of the title's mountain); and 2009's Crack the Skye, aether, linking astral travel, wormholes, Rasputin, possession, and the suicide of drummer Brann Dailor's sister Skye. There's no way to follow that, so for their fifth album, The Hunter, they offer 13 stylistically and lyrically varied tracks. The title references the death of guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds' brother, who suffered a heart attack while hunting last December, but there's no overarching thread. Despite the heaviness of that kind of information, the record works best as a catchy guilty-pleasure party album-- there's a song about sex in zero gravity, another about the Swamp Thing, one titled "Bedazzled Finger Nails".

Instead of worrying about a storyline they can barely explain in interviews, Mastodon put the complexities into the songwriting and vocal harmonies. The Hunter is longer than Crack the Skye by a couple of minutes, but it feels briefer. As the band itself noted early on, it comes over like a Mastodon mixtape. The Atlanta sludge veterans have never taken the easy way out, sure, but they've also never cycled between so many styles: We get crusty snarling dotted with spaced-out moments ("Black Tongue" and its "I burned out my eyes/ I cut off my tongue" welcome), funky, psychedelic heavy rock ("Curl of the Burl"), crazy keyboard noodles ("Bedazzled Finger Nails"), meditative, progressive Milky Way excursions ("Stargasm"), hammering tech-psych anthems with crazy-climber riffs ("Octopus Has No Friends"). Outside that, "Blasteroid" could almost pass as Torche. Really, it's like pressing buttons at random on a jukebox.

Mastodon 2011 are largely about restless experimentation. The Hunter is the quartet's first collection with cover art by someone other than Paul Romano. They recorded it with hip-hop and Maroon 5 producer Mike Elizondo, the guy who co-wrote 50 Cent's "In Da Club", and the Game's "Higher". It also features the first track sung entirely by Dailor. They use a Theremin. The sound is certainly chewier and, at times, more pop than usual. Two of the best songs-- the fuzzed sing-along "All the Heavy Lifting" and the slowly unfurling title track-- deliver memorable, vaguely radio-friendly choruses. But there's also the tech-heavy weirdness of "Bedazzled Finger Nails", a pretty, stumbling track that offers mathy psychedelia with a variety of vocal approaches (though I could do without the synth squiggles).


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Quick Notes: Puscifer, Japandroids, Escaping The Ordinary Compilation

*[] Puscifer have revealed through their Facebook that they will be making a tour announcement this coming Monday, October 03rd. Puscifer‘s new album “Conditions Of My Parole” will see an October 18th release date through Puscifer Entertainment.

*[] Following “Adrenaline Nightshift”, Japandroids return with another new track in “Fire’s Highway”. A high-energy blast of the pair’s standard noise rock, this number’s particularly anthemic (which is saying oodles when it comes to these two). Check out a performance of the song from the band’s September 21st gig as part of the Pop Montreal fest below (via Prefix).

*'s new compilation is now streaming on featuring songs from Dredg, Here Holy Spain, Black Books, and more. Check it out HERE.

Chris Cornell Readies "Songbook" Live Album for November

[] This November, Chris Cornell returns to spice up your holidays with Songbook, a 16-track collection of live recordings from this year’s Songbook Tour (via Antiquiet). The tracklisting (see below) covers Cornell’s expansive career, featuring live renditions of hits from Soundgarden, Audioslave, his solo efforts, and even Temple of the Dog. Also included are two covers (Led Zeppelin, John Lennon) and his latest single “The Keeper”, which he recorded specifically for the recent film, Machine Gun Preacher. Fans who purchased tickets on his solo tour will be eligible for a free digital copy.

Everyone else will have to hit the stores November 21st. Don’t forget to read our latest interview with the grungy frontman.


01. As Hope And Promise Fade
02. Scar On The Sky
03. Call Me A Dog
04. Ground Zero
05. Can’t Change Me
06. I Am The Highway
07. Thank You (Led Zeppelin cover)
08. Cleaning My Gun
09. Wide Awake
10. Fell On Black Days
11. All Night Thing
12. Doesn’t Remind Me
13. Like A Stone
14. Black Hole Sun
15. Imagine (John Lennon cover)
16. The Keeper

Quick Notes: Soundgarden, Radiohead, Pink Floyd + More

*Soundgarden, Cage The Elephant, Mariachi El Bronx and more have been announced for next years edition of the annual “Big Day Out Festival” in Australia. The event will run from January 20th through to February 05th with more info pending.

*[] How does Jimmy Fallon follow up a week in which he paid tribute to Pink Floyd by having Foo Fighters with Roger Waters, Pearl Jam, The Shins, and MGMT cover the band’s songs? With Radiohead and Portishead, of course.

According to Radiohead fan site At Ease, the band will follow up their recent stops at Saturday Night Live and The Colbert Report with an October 3rd appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, where they will play “Give Up The Ghost”.

*[] This past weekend classic rock radio stations across Canada aired ‘Immersion Part 1 – Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon’ radio special, featuring some of the conversation from New York City with Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, surrounding the fall 2011 launch of ‘Why Pink Floyd’ a massive reissue campaign by EMI.

This November, Part 2 featuring ‘Wish You Were Here’ and in early 2012, Part 3 featuring ‘The Wall’ will arrive. For more on the the releases check out the recent Floyd Legends Blog post. Now, the complete conversation with Nick Mason...

*[] Foo Fighters have been announced to headline US videogame convention BlizzCon.

The band will make their debut at the two day event at Anaheim Convention Centre in California on October 22.

Frontman Dave Grohl performed at the bash on drums, which opens on October 21, last year with Hollywood star Jack Black's band Tenacious D. The annual convention is staged by Blizzard Entertainment to celebrate the gaming franchises Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo.

*[] Footage of †††‘s (aka Crosses) (Deftones, Far) playing their track “The Years” in the studio can be found online below. The song will see an official release on the upcoming “Batman: Arkham City” video game soundtrack, “Batman: Arkham City -- The Album“. The soundtrack is due to arrive digitally on October 04th with the video game slated to see a release on various platforms on October 18th.

Ty Segall to Release Two Disc Unreleased Singles Collection

[] San Franciscan scuzz-rocker Ty Segall is known for his rapid-fire release pace, but there's still plenty of material no one's heard. As a result, he's putting out a singles album that includes unreleased material on November 22 via Goner Records. It's a double album called Singles 2007-2010, and will feature a number of tracks that never appeared on a proper full-length or are currently out of print. We have the tracklist below.

Singles 2007-2010:

01 Where We Go
02 It
03 Sweets
04 Son of Sam
05 Skin
06 Booksmarts
07 Ms. White
08 … And Then Judy Walked In
09 Cents
10 No No
11 Standing at the Station
12 My Sunshine
13 Fuzzy Cat
14 Maria Stacks
15 Caesar
16 Bullet Proof Nothing
17 Lovely One
18 Happy Creeps
19 Hey Big Mouth
20 Dating
21 So Alone
22 Shoot You in the Head
23 The Drag
24 Standing at the Station (demo)
25 I Think I’ve Had It

Radiohead Make Massive NYC Live Return

[] A dancing frontman usually enthralls a crowd the most, but for Radiohead's Thom Yorke, fans go wildest when he sits behind a piano, turned away from them.

Yorke showed Radiohead devotees both ends of the spectrum on Wednesday (Sept. 28), at the first of an intimate two-night stand at New York's Roseland Ballroom -- standalone shows that were announced just last week and sold out instantaneously two days ago. The dance moves came first, heralding the performance of the overwhelmingly electronic tracks off the band's latest release, "The King of Limbs."

Kicking off the nearly two-hour set with "Limbs" opener "Bloom" at exactly 10:15 p.m., the influential UK band sounded slightly muddled at first as the beat caught up amongst the tap-tap-tap of three separate percussionists led by drummer Phil Selway. "Little By Little" came to life with additional instrumentation, and saw Yorke finding his personal groove -- somewhere between Davy Jones' signature shuffle and attempting to scratch an itch you just can't reach -- despite guitar duties.

"Weird Fishes/Arpeggi," a favorite from 2007's "In Rainbows," had the crowd moving as much as the wiggly Yorke. Two songs later, during show highlight "Subterranean Homesick Alien" from 1997's "OK Computer" (and again later during "Codex," which inspired abundant shushing), fans couldn't have been more ecstatic to see Yorke facing the opposite direction, hunched over the keys. "This is a piano," Yorke mumbled, following it up with a statement that equally obvious to the crowd as soon as it heard the first note of the beloved, vintage track: "This one [song] is slightly older than the other ones."

The audience responded with knowing cheers, too, when Radiohead crept into a subtle tribute to the recently disbanded R.E.M. As a prelude to "Everything In Its Right Place," Yorke led the band into a loose jam of the Athens, Ga. band's 1987 hit "The One I Love." "This one goes out to the one I left behind," he crooned eerily. "This one goes out to the one I love."

A small handful of Radiohead's earlier material - from 2000's "The National Anthem" (featuring fluid work by guitarist Jonny Greenwood) and 2003's "Myxomatosis" to 1995's "Street Spirit (Fade Out)," on which Yorke forgot a line -- made its way onto the 19-song setlist, greeted by shrieks from fans. Conversely, unreleased "Limbs" session tracks "Staircase" and "The Daily Mail" were highlighted as well, the latter earning applause even from those unfamiliar with it.

While Radiohead made it clear from the get-go that its intention was to debut "The King of Limbs" in concert for the first time stateside, Wednesday's show was as much about "In Rainbows" as "Limbs." Nestled alongside 14 tracks off the band's last two albums (unreleased new material included) were a mere older five tracks, along with a bit of expectedly incomprehensible stage banter.

The second night of Radiohead's stand at NYC's Roseland Ballroom continues Thursday (Sept. 29), and is likely to sprout a line outside the venue as long as Wednesday's: nearly two hours long and at least six blocks deep, at its peak. Why? To thwart scalping, the band requires concertgoers to show I.D., pick up all tickets at will call and proceed directly into the show. If Wednesday was any indication, fans are probably already lining up.

Radiohead's Setlist, 9/28/2011, Roseland Ballroom, NYC:

"Little By Little"
"Weird Fishes/Arpeggi"
"Subterranean Homesick Alien"
"All I Need"
"Everything In Its Right Place" (with R.E.M./"The One I Love" intro)
"Lotus Flower"
"15 Steps"
"Myxomatosis. (Judge, Jury & Executioner.)"

Encore #1:
"Give Up the Ghost"
"The National Anthem"
"Morning Mr. Magpie"

Encore #2:
"Street Spirit (Fade Out)"

Bunny's A Swine Debut New Tracks From "All Day, Alright" [EIS Exclusive]

Western Massachusetts' favorite indie rock "slops" driven band Bunny's A Swine are set to return with their sophomore full length All Day, Alright on October 4th through the newly formed TinyRadars Records. The trio, who have made a name for themselves in the Northeast with infectious and jangly guitar melodies and dazzling off kilter vocal harmonization continue to push their sound on the new record, evident on the exceptional "Winter Song/Spring Version" and "Pour it Out at Parties".

Bunny's A Swine's male/female vocal harmonization from Emerson Stevens and Candace Clement sounds bright and organic. Their vocals are loose and enthusiastic, adding perfect counterpoint to each other as they branch off in their own directions only to return together. Frenzied guitar playing and a complex but subtle rhythm add to raw and honest quality of BiaS' charm, whether offered in a gentle haze or brimming with chaotic energy.

Check out both of the songs below, and be sure to keep an eye out for All Day, Alright, coming to vinyl and digital soon. You can also find all of the band's current tour dates below, including their tour with Banditas and the album release show with Quilty and Graph!

Winter Song/Spring Version:

Pour it Out at Parties:

10.5.11 | Plough & Stars (Cambridge, MA) w/ Banditas
10.6.11 | The Salon (Providence, RI) w/ Banditas, The Independent Man + More
10.7.11 | The Pentagon (Brooklyn, NY) w/ Banditas & Mail the Horse
10.8.11 | TBD (Baltimore, MD) w/ Banditas
10.9.11 | Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Fest — Fall Edition (Washington, DC) w/ Banditas
10.20.11 | All Day, Alright Record Release Show @ Sierra Grille (Northampton, MA) w/ Graph & Quilty.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Quick Notes: Crippled Black Phoenix + Ringo Deathstarr

*Check out some footage from Crippled Black Phoenix in the studio. The band's next album (Mankind) The Crafty Ape is tentatively due out January 31st, 2012.

*[] We first got hooked on Austin's Ringo Deathstarr about a year ago when we visited the city for our annual America issue, and our infatuation with the Texas trio hasn't wavered since. Luckily for us, these guys churn out new music like there's no tomorrow- and we couldn't be happier. With two full-length albums under their belt, the band is gearing up to release an EP of four unheard tracks, out in November. Shadow features even more of Ringo Deathstarr's signature musical touches, like scuzzy reverberating guitar riffs and dreamy, faraway vocals courtesy of lead singer Alex Gehring, all mashed up together in one addictive indie rock/ lo-fi package. Get a first listen HERE.

Thurston Moore Announces UK Tour Dates

[] Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore has announced plans for a six date tour of the UK and Ireland this November and December, which will include a slot at the Jeff Mangum curated All Tomorrow’s Parties festival.

Moore released his fourth solo album, ‘Demolished Thoughts', earlier this year. The album was produced by Beck.

Thurston Moore will play:

Dublin Button Factory (November 27)
Glasgow Arches (28)
Leeds Brudenell (29)
Manchester The Ritz (30)
London Union Chapel (December 2)
Minehead Butlins All Tomorrow’s Parties (3)

Thurston Moore is currently on tour in US and last night played the Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the final resting place of Dee Dee Ramone and Johnny Ramone as well as exotica singer Yma Sumac. It is also where George Harrison was cremated.

Playing to a seated crowd from a candlelit stage, Moore was accompanied by harp, violin, acoustic guitar and drums. During the show he recalled first coming to Los Angeles in “'82 or '81” and making friends with music critic Bryon Coley, with whom he recently co-founded the record shop Feeding Tube in Northampton, Massachusetts. Moore then commented on the temperature in the venue, joking that “it’s rather warm in the boneyard”.

During the show he also spoke about hardcore punk rivalry in the 1980s and how Henry Rollins would forcefully shave the heads of kids from New York at Misfits shows.

Thurston Moore played:

‘Queen Bee’
‘Orchard Street’
‘Silver Rain’
‘Mina Loy’
‘Never Day’
‘Blood Never Lies’
‘Psychic Hearts’

Melvins to Release Mini Album Through Scion

[] The New York Times is reporting that Scion is and has been backing indie and punk bands to help sell their brand and have developed Scion A/V. One of the artists quoted in the piece is historic punk act The Melvins who will be releasing a "mini-album" next year on Scion's dime.

The New York Times piece states: Dale Crover of the Melvins, a metal group that is releasing a mini-album through Scion next year, said he had no qualms about the deal. The band has full artistic control of its product, and with Scion's money it has also been able to make music videos, something that he said his band had rarely had the budget for.

"I am really glad that a company like this is interested in art," Mr. Crover said. "It's a way to continue doing what we do and make money doing it."

The article goes on to say that in the eight years that they have been exploring this marketing strategy, it's unclear that it's helped sell more cars. Jack Hollis, Scion's senior vice president, said there was no clear way to measure the effectiveness of its music marketing. "We have chosen to be supportive of the arts regardless of whether it comes back directly to us," he said.

You can read Ben Sisario's whole piece here.

Russian Circles Debut "Mladek" For FREE Download

[press release] Chicago trio Russian Circles premiere the first MP3 from their forthcoming new album today via The song, "Mladek" is culled from the band's fourth full length, Empros which will be available worldwide via Sargent House on October 25th. Listen/download "Mladek" HERE.

The hard working band remains on the road this Fall with North American headlining shows in October & November -- including a performance on the Black Stage at the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX on November 4th. The tour concludes with a hometown Chicago show on December 3rd at Lincoln Hall. More tour dates will be announced soon.

Russian Circles return with not only their fourth and heaviest album to date -- but also with Empros they're poised to take the crown as innovators reinvigorating the staid trappings of genre. Empros picks up where the anthemic riffs and melodies of 2009's Geneva left off and injects evermore slithering rhythms amid skull-crushing heft with all the visceral intensity of Godflesh, Swans and Neurosis. Put simply, Empros is Russian Circles' Master of Reality: a radical revision of both heavy and melody that is monolithic in its clarity and perfection. Or, like a lone surviving wooly beast emerging from a brutal winter's frost, Empros is the sound of a band shaking the ages from its shoulders with all the brutal force of a behemoth awakened.

Taking to Chicago's Phantom Manor studio once again with producer Brandon Curtis of The Secret Machines & Interpol -- who also helmed the band's previous album Geneva -- Russian Circles set out to experiment with their sound in new ways that would still reflect their live sound. In so doing, the band reached a new creative apex in which each of the musicians, guitarist Mike Sullivan, drummer Dave Turncrantz and bassist Brian Cook impart a streamlined and intensified attack to their songs that pummels even as it shifts throughout a range of moods and tempos.

The album opens with an imposing mechanical drone leading into funereal guitar notes that are abruptly interrupted by a propulsive drum beat as the proceedings of "309" erupt into something akin to a neo-industrial revision of Celtic Frost. The song lunges through nearly 9 minutes of masterful rhythmic shifts and brutal guitar warfare with such assertive grace it sounds as though the band is throwing down a gauntlet defying all challengers. "Mladek" kicks off with the soaring notes of Sullivan's signature hammer-on guitar arpeggios as Cook's volume-swelling bass notes surge like bubbling molten lava. Turncrantz's innovative rephrasing of the drum pattern elevates the song as it slinks from part to part, guided by the syncopated chatter traded between chiming guitar notes and churning bass. Elsewhere, there are beautiful moments of melodic respite, helping to underscore the album's majestic strength. And, there may even be a few surprises awaiting within the album's six tracks. There are riffs, yes -- many of them. But, with Empros the entire band seems to be the embodiment of the riff itself.

Empros is Russian Circles' first full-length to be released worldwide exclusively via Sargent House, the band's longtime management company and record label that had previously released only the vinyl editions of its three prior albums. It will be available everywhere on LP, CD and Digital Download on October 25th, 2011.


11/04 Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest - Auditorium Shores
12/03 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall

Quick Notes: Chris Cornell, Roger Waters, Rival Schools + More

*[] Chris Cornell has announced fall and winter tour dates for the second run of his acoustic Songbook tour. He will be making stops across the country from November 1 in Memphis to December 17 in San Diego. These intimate shows highlight the songs Cornell has written throughout his career and are made up of entirely acoustic, solo performances. An album of live Songbook tour performances also will be released on November 21.

In other Cornell news... Chris Cornell has debuted the music video for his new solo track “The Keeper” online over at The song is taken from the soundtrack to the new film “Machine Gun Preacher“.

*[] Roger Waters is planning another round of North American dates for his Wall tour next year. Speaking to Rolling Stone, the Pink Floyd member said, "There are quite a few markets we didn't cover last time, like Austin. But we want to base the tour around Saturday nights in baseball stadiums. As we speak, I'm at my office working on an outdoor version of the show." The Wall tour has only been an indoor show, but Waters says his team is currently running tests to see how it will work out in baseball parks including Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium. Waters also appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday as a guest, and performed "In The Flesh" backed by the Foo Fighters as part of Fallon's Pink Floyd Week.

*[] New York rock/post-hardcore band Rival Schools, whose line-up includes hardcore luminaries Walter Schreifels and Sam Siegler, has announced the departure of guitarist Ian Love.

"We regret to announce that our good friend Ian Love has decided to part ways with Rival Schools. He is a tremendous talent who will be missed greatly and we wish him well in his future endeavors.

"Meanwhile, the rest of us will be continuing Rival Schools a pace, gearing up for our October US tour which kicks off October 14th in Philadelphia at the First Unitarian Church. We're looking forward to the new music we're working on, new recordings and the next chapter for Rival Schools."

*[] Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner has spoken out over the recent London riots. The singer, who was in the US when the summer riots broke out, said more needs to be done to find out why they happened.

"They certainly didn't seem to have a focus in the way I am told the riots of the early 1980s did," he told NME's sister paper Uncut. "I mean I wasn't born then, but they say they were much more about politics and not just blokes out on the rob. The thing is that, even if you buy what the papers are saying and assume everyone involved is just some mindless thug or whatever they're calling them, I think we still need to ask why this country has produced so many mindless thugs." He went on: "I mean you can't just treat this thing as if it was entirely unrelated to anything else. If all these kids are hooligans and thieves, then why are they all hooligans and thieves?"

A warehouse holding large amounts of stock for the UK's leading independent record labels including Arctic Monkeys' label was destroyed in the riots last month.

*Tribes' official video for the forthcoming new single 'When My Day Comes' is now streaming HERE if you live in the UK. Their full length debut album 'Baby' is available to pre-order now from Amazon.

CMJ Announced Third Wave of Bands: Ume, Weekend, Alberta Cross + More

CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival announced the third wave of band added to the latest lineup for this year's festival. Check out the entire lineup HERE, and look below for a list of Exploding In Sound's "Top Picks".

The fight’s not over, of course. Hundreds more acts, still, will be announced in the coming weeks, so check back here for the latest artist updates. CMJ Music Marathon 2011 will be held in New York City from October 18-22.

CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival is one of the world's most important platforms for the discovery of new music and cutting-edge films. For five nonstop days and nights, CMJ features over 1300 live performances in more than 80 of New York City's most storied nightclubs and theaters. In addition to killer performances and exciting films, CMJ 2011 will present over 70 informative panels with renowned speakers, an Entertainment Business Law Seminar and the much beloved College Day for college and non-commercial radio programmers.

Pre-registration ends October 14. For more details on CMJ 2011, head HERE.

EXPLODING IN SOUND's TOP PICKS (in alphabetical order):

• Action Bronson
• Alberta Cross
• Appomattox
• Bambara*
• Barn Burner
• The Black Box Revelation
• City of Ships
• Crocodiles
• Dad Rocks!*
• Dead Leaf Echo
• Dead Stars
• Grandfather
• Guards
• Hopewell
• J Mascis
• The Library is on Fire
• Little Racer
• Main Street Gospel
• Me You Us Them*
• The Morning After Girls
• Mr. Dream
• My Goodness
• Naam
• Nordic Nomadic
• Pile*
• Portugal. The Man
• Pujol
• Receiver
• Statik Selektah
• Tall Ships
• Tidal Arms
• Turbo Fruits
• Ume
• Weekend
• Weird Owl
• The Wicked Tomorrow
• Widowspeak
• Your Skull My Closet*
• 400 Blows

* - unconfirmed

Le Butcherettes Featured on Dirty Laundry

[] Fresh off of tours with The Flaming Lips and Queens of the Stone Age come the white hot (and blood-soaked) Le Butcherettes on this week's episode of Dirty Laundry. Terri Gender Bender and Jonathan Hischke (of Hella) fluff and fold with host Malia James (on her, gulp, very last show!).

Le Butcherettes dish on near fatal stage dives, idolizing Jello Biafra and opening for Iggy.

Dirty Laundry: Le Butcherettes from Dirty Laundry on Vimeo.

Foo Fighters Joined by Roger Waters for Pink Floyd Cover

[] It’s one thing to have the Foo Fighters as your musical guest. It’s another thing to have Roger Waters stop by for a chat. It’s sort of a mindfuck to have both perform together. As Pink Floyd Week continues on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the musical guests just get better and better. Although some may argue hearing J-Fal mimic Bowie while singing Foster the People, or Joseph Gordon Levitt channeling Axl Rose for Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone”, is enough to call it a solid, entertaining night, Late Night kept fans awake for 15 more minutes. Performing another favorite for the week, the Foo Fighters joined Waters for a stellar, solid cut of The Wall‘s “In the Flesh”. While this isn’t the first time Grohl & Pals have attempted Floyd (2000′s “Have a Cigar” cover, ring a bell?), it’s certainly now their best.

Check out the performance, and Fallon’s chit chat with Waters (during which he announced he’ll be bringing The Wall back to the States for another string of dates), below courtesy of The Audio Perv

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Quick Notes: We Were Promised Jetpacks, Nirvana, Radiohead + More

*[] We Were Promised Jetpacks have launched a stream of their highly anticipated new full length, In The Pit Of The Stomach. It's due out October 4, 2011 via Fat Cat Records and follows 2009's These Four Walls and the 2010 EP The Last Place You'll Look. Find the stream HERE.

The band has also launched a video for their track, "Medicine"

*[] For the next 24 hours beginning at noon EST today, VEVO is streaming the new Nirvana concert film, Nirvana: Live at the Paramount. Featuring rare footage from the band’s Halloween performance in Seattle in 1991, the film sees the iconic trio showcasing Nevermind cuts like “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, “Lithium”, and “Polly” about a month prior to the album’s release. Below, you can watch clips of “Territorial Pissings” and “Breed”.

The film is also now available on DVD and Blu-Ray via Universal.

*[] Anyone who has ever seen 1998′s Meeting People is Easy knows that Thom Yorke prefers to stay away from the press. Some consider him an introvert. Why then he chose to follow up a performance on TV’s most difficult live stage with the world’s single toughest interview remains a mystery. But, hey, Radiohead loves to keep us guessing.

So does one Stephen Colbert. The late night god dedicated an entire hour to UK’s favorite rock band, which featured one of Colbert’s typical-yet-not-so-typical interview in between Radiohead’s four-song set. Among the topics discussed: Why British?, corporate sponsorships, hipster haircuts, global warming, and who’s saving the world more: Bono or Yorke? As for the performance, Radiohead kicked off with the unreleased “Daily Mail”, then played King of Limbs cuts “Bloom” and “Little By Little”, and closed with an old favorite, “The National Anthem”. Update: The band also offered a web exclusive performance of “Morning Mr Magpie”. With the help of The Audio Perv, we have a replay of the entire episode below.

*[press release] Last night, Jimmy Fallon kicked off his tribute week to Pink Floyd with drummer Nick Mason on the show and a special performance of "Breathe" by The Shins, which was their first TV appearance in four years. Today is the launch of Pink Floyd's campaign with EMI, Why Pink Floyd?. Fans can now order the expanded deluxe and special edition versions of Pink Floyd masterwork The Dark Side Of The Moon, in a 6-disc Immersion box set and Experience 2-disc versions, as well as a collectors' vinyl LP and various digital formats. Plus 14 studio albums, digitally remastered will be available separately or as a box set. More info available at the above link.

The excitement continues on Tuesday when Roger Waters appears as an interview guest. Of late, Waters has enjoyed worldwide sell-outs and widespread critical acclaim for his groundbreaking live presentation of "The Wall." Later in the show, the legendary vocalist/bassist teams up with the Foo Fighters for a special performance of "In the Flesh," from "The Wall" album. The Foo Fighters will be on tour this fall in support of their latest album, "Wasting Light."

Closing out the week, Pearl Jam returns to Fallon's studio for a performance of Pink Floyd's "Mother," from "The Wall," on Friday, September 30.

*[] Mastodon‘s new album “The Hunter” will receive a vinyl release on November 15th through Reprise. The effort will be issued in two separate editions. One being a Standard Edition on 1xLP 140 gram black vinyl and the other being a Deluxe Edition 2xLP set pressed on 45rpm 180 gram colored vinyl.

In case this is your first time on the internet, “The Hunter” will see a release today, September 27th, on CD and digital formats.

*[] Today, Riot Fest announced the winner of their Weezer (The Blue Album) vs Pinkerton fan vote. 1994's Blue Album won the vote and the band will perform it in its entirety on October 9th at the Congress Theater in Chicago.

*[] Keep an ear out for FMQB Productions' one-hour radio special, Inside Jane’s Addiction: The Great Escape Artist, which features Perry Farrell being interviewed by guitar superhero Tom Morello as they take listeners on a trip through the new Jane's Addiction album. The special will air on radio stations nationwide from October 14-23.

*[] The documentary God Bless Ozzy Osbourne is due on DVD and Blu-ray on November 15. The movie tells the life story of Ozzy, as seen through the eyes of his youngest child, Jack Osbourne, who worked alongside directors Mike Fleiss and Mike Piscitelli. During the movie, Ozzy recounts his troubled youth, his early career with Black Sabbath and the impact of fame and addictions on his first marriage. Music fans will also see live performances from around the world, including rare behind the scenes clips of Ozzy on and off stage, in his dressing rooms pre-show, and his nights in a series of hotel rooms.

*Mogwai have issued another statement regarding their recently postponed US tour... “To follow on from yesterday's rush announcement, we would like to take this opportunity to apologize further for the postponements for what was to be the upcoming USA dates.
We understand your frustrations at these shows being cancelled and know that it is made worse by the fact that they were already re-arranged shows. We can only apologize again to everyone who had bought tickets, been patient and potentially had expensive travel plans/days off work etc…

We hope you can understand that we cannot take a gamble with any of our band members health and we cannot legislate for these things happening at the last minute.
Thank you for listening and hopefully understanding our situation. We are as upset as you are that we couldn’t make it for you."

*[] We’ve come a long way from “duh-nuh-nuh-nuh nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh Batman!” That theme song from the 1960’s Batman TV farce show has been supplanted by epic scores from Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard and whole albums’ worth of music written just for the Dark Knight. We told you to check out Coheed and Cambria’s contribution to the next such album, the soundtrack for the Batman: Arkham City videogame, just under two weeks ago. Now we’re giving you the premiere of another track, this one from Deftones frontman Chino Moreno’s sideproject, ††† (Crosses).

The droning moodiness of the first half of “The Years” is well suited for the shadowed world of Bruce Wayne’s alter-ego. When drums and a wailing guitar crash in midway through the track, it’s the musical equivalent of a villainous ne’er-do-well howling at the sight of the Bat stalking towards him. Beat downs undoubtedly ensue. Use the SoundCloud widget HERE to hear the song you’ll be pummeling baddies to when Arkham City hits streets October 18th.

Featuring 12 original tracks and six instrumentals, Batman: Arkham City – The Album comes two weeks before the game on October 4th, and is currently available for pre-orders through iTunes and Amazon. The complete tracklist can be found at the above link. The debut from †††, EP , is still available for free at the band’s website [also above].

*[] ...In a September 26th appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Arctic Monkeys pay their respects with the especially boss pompadour of frontman Alex Turner. And even with drummer Matt Helders looking like an extra from Grease, the sounds of “Reckless Serenade” are anything but a throwback. As they do on record, their live performance transcends boundaries to achieve pure rock fun. Check out the video below, all you cool cats. The band’s new album, Suck It and See, is out now. Thanks to The Audio Perv for video support.

Neil Young's Bridge School Benefits to Release 25th Anniversary DVD/CD

[] Each year, Neil Young opens up his Rolodex (and it’s a mighty impressive one) and calls on all his rock star friends to play his charity concert, the Bridge School Benefit. With the shindig celebrating its 25th anniversary this October, Young and the folks behind the event have compiled the concert’s best moments in three-DVD and two-CD sets aptly titled The Bridge School Concerts 25th Anniversary Edition.

The DVD release includes performances from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Fleet Foxes, James Taylor, Simon and Garfunkel, Devendra Banhart, and a plethora of other big-name acts. The third disc also includes documentaries on the concert’s history along with a bonus feature on the Bridge School.

The two-CD set features even more classic performances from the concert’s past 25 years. Artists include Willie Nelson, Pearl Jam, Thom Yorke, Metallica, Band of Horses, R.E.M. featuring Young, and much, much more.

The two releases, which also benefit the Bridge School, are in stores on October 24th. Check out a video trailer for both sets below and pre-order the DVD set here and the CD set here.

This year’s Bridge School concert goes down October 22-23rd at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. Acts scheduled to appear include Beck, Foo Fighters, Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons, Eddie Vedder, and many more. Tickets are available via LiveNation right now.

The Bridge School Concerts 25th Anniversary Edition DVD Tracklsit:

Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA
Patti Smith – People Have the Power
Pearl Jam – Better Man
David Bowie – Heroes
Ben Harper – There Will Be a Light
Bob Dylan – Girl From the North Country
R.E.M – Country Feedback
Emmylou Harris and Buddy Miller – Love Hurts
Fleet Foxes – Blue Ridge Mountains
Devendra Banhart – At the Hope
Bonnie Raitt – The Road Is My Middle Name
Billy Idol – Rebel Yell

Brian Wilson – Surfin’ USA
Gillian Welch – The Way It Will Be
The Pretenders – Sense of Purpose
James Taylor – Fire and Rain
Simon and Garfunkel – America
Tom Petty – Shadow of a Doubt
Dave Matthews – Too Much
Neil Young – Crime in the City
Tom Waits – 16 Shells From a Thirty-Ought Six
Elton John & Leon Russell – A Dream Come True
Paul McCartney – Get Back
Metallica – Disposable Heroes
The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again

Backstage at the Bridge School Benefit Concert
The Bridge School Story

The Bridge School Concerts 25th Anniversary Edition CD Tracklist:

CD 1
Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA
Dave Matthews – Too Much
No Doubt – Magic’s in the Makeup
Jack Johnson – Gone
Fleet Foxes – Blue Ridge Mountains
Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Love and Only Love
Sonic Youth – Rain on Tin
Pearl Jam – Better Man
Gillian Welch – The Way It Will Be
R.E.M & Neil Young – Country Feedback
Willie Nelson – The Great Divide
Nils Lofgrin – Cry Just a Little

CD 2
Sarah McLachlan – Elsewhere
Paul McCartney – Get Back
Elton John & Leon Russell – A Dream Come True
Band of Horses – Marry Song
Metallica – Disposable Heroes
Thom Yorke – After the Gold Rush
Sheryl Crow – The Difficult Kind
Tony Bennett – Maybe This Time
CSNY – Deja Vu
Norah Jones – Jesus – Etc.
Jonathan Richman – I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar
Brian Wilson – Surfin’ USA.
The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again

We'll Go Machete's "Strong Drunk Hands" Reviewed on Room Thirteen

[] So many of my favourite bands sprung to mind when listening to this album, which could make one fear the review may have become nothing more than a list of references, which is not exactly fun to read and makes for a cheap write up. To sum up, We'll Go Machete have a touch of Quicksand, Jawbox and These Arms Are Snakes about them, amongst others we could mention (including the main riff on 'D M Barringer' which immediately makes one think of the main riff from 'Breaking the Back' by Million Dead, but it's OK, we'll let that them have that one this time).

However, just because we're name dropping it doesn't mean we don't appreciate what this band have here; the strong, memorable guitars and bass are the first things that grab you about this album, often hypnotic in their looping nature, the chunky riffs and powerfully strummed chords really make an impact from the start and pack all the tunes with a warm undertone.

The 90s vibe is clear early on and the record has post-hardcore written all over it, never a bad thing if you like that kind of thing (which we do). Vocally we get a high toned shout which matches well with the occasional blast of quirky and jagged but means if melodic 'sung' vocals are your thing you probably won't approve, nevertheless, the machete mob manage to cram in a ton of hooks, so that tracks like the brilliant 'Good Morning Munroe' strong opening track 'Miser' and the memorable 'Robber Baron' pull you in.

This album isn't really a grower as such as you'll either know whether you love it or hate it straight away, however, with repeated listens it gets better and better, spilling more of it's intricate, powerful and heady guts every time.

Good To Die Records Featured in City Arts

[] Two years ago, Nik Christofferson started the Seattle Rock Guy blog to expose music by the city’s heaviest musicians and uncover the hard rock and metal scene’s biggest stories. Now Christofferson is the biggest story.

At the end of the summer, the bespectacled 31-year-old launched Good to Die Records, an independent record label intent on “handpicking the best acts in the NW underground rock scene, with releases both large and small.”

Christofferson initially announced upcoming GtD releases from two of the scene’s most buzzed-about bands. The label will issue its first physical release, an EP by Sandrider, a much-ballyhooed hard rock group featuring members of Akimbo. Early next year will see the full-length debut of Absolute Monarchs, a heavy-hitting garage punk band that was named one of City Arts’ Best New Bands in February.

“There just isn’t a good option for bands like this to put out records,” Christofferson says. “Bands can do it on their own, but that’s a lot of work. Because Akimbo is the priority for those guys, I knew that the Sandrider record would just sit on the shelf and never see the light of day. That would be a travesty.”

Those early signings were noticed by blog writers, fans and bands across the region, gaining the label immediate notoriety. Christofferson has been solicited by a dozen bands hoping to join the GtD roster. Last month, he added two more acts, the Monogamy Party and Brokaw, bands that are a high priority for their members and now for Christoffersen as well.

Native + Zechs Marquise Join Thursday Tour

[] More dates have been released for Thursday‘s upcoming run with Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster, Zechs Marquise & Native. Here’s how they will now run:

11/23 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
11/25 Toronto, ON – Opera House
11/26 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
11/27 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
11/28 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
11/29 Atlanta, GA – The Loft
12/01 Cincinnati, OH – 20th Century Theater
12/02 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
12/03 Pontiac, MI – Eagle Theater
12/04 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall

Sleeper Agent's "Celabrasion" Out Now + Tour Dates

[press release] Celabrasion, the new debut album from Rolling Stone "Band To Watch" Sleeper Agent is released today, September 27th on mom+pop music. Hailing from Bowling Green, KY, Sleeper Agent specializes in crafting hook-laden scuzzy garage-pop rooted in both soul and southern rock. To celebrate the new release, the band will headline Los Angeles' Bootleg Theatre tonight for their record release show. The album is currently streaming in full at AOL Spinner.

Early champions of Sleeper Agent, SPIN, 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. 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.

Sleeper Agent is currently tied for #2 Most Added on the Mediabase Alternative Rock Chart with Foster The People and Death Cab For Cutie, one spot behind Coldplay.

Sleeper Agent Headlining Dates:

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

Weezer Cruise:
1/19 - Miami to Cozumel - The Weezer Cruise

"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." - My Old Kentucky Blog

Zechs Marquise Release "Getting Paid" + Free Download

[press release] The Mars Volta sibling band Zechs Marquise release their new album, Getting Paid today. The El Paso quintet, currently on a short headlining tour of the Southwest, also premiere a new MP3, "Mega Slap" today via RCRD LBL. Check out the MP3 HERE. Stream full album HERE.

Zechs Marquise play an album release party in Los Angeles on Wednesday, September 28th at The Airliner. Tour dates supporting Thursday will be announced soon. Please see complete dates below.

The band also recently posted a series of video teasers comprised of snippets from several album tracks. Watch the final, semi-NSFW entry below.


09/27 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah *
09/28 Los Angeles, CA @ The Airliner - Album Release Party
10/07 El Paso, TX @ San Carlos Building (La Parada)

* w/ ME & LP