Monday, October 31, 2011

Quick Notes: Puscifer, Soundgarden, Radiohead + More

*[] The director’s cut of Puscifer‘sConditions Of My Parole” music video has arrived online and can be seen below:

*[] Soundgarden were joined onstage by Pepper Keenan of Down, etc. fame this past Friday, October 28th. Keenan got onstage during the groups set at the “Voodoo Experience” in New Orleans, LA for a rendition of their track, “Gun“. Fan-filmed footage of that can be seen below:

*[] As previously reported, Radiohead plans to finally tour behind their eighth LP, The King of Limbs, beginning next year. Speaking recently with BBC 6 Music, the band’s guitarist, Ed O’Brien, offered a few additional dates as to what we can expect.

According to O’Brien, the band is finalizing dates now, though the plan is to hit “the usual ports of call” between February and November. However, don’t expect shows similar to what the band was delivering during their In Rainbows tour. ”I think the important thing is that it’s got to be a set in itself, it’s got to work. Last time we went out, it felt very much like In Rainbows plus the greatest hits. And it’s not going to be like that this time. I guess it’s going to be predominantly from this record and the last record, and then see which songs fit around that.”

Consequently, the band plans to play a majority of their scheduled shows, especially the ones in Europe, in indoor venues. ”Outdoor gigs can be the best gigs, but you’re at the mercy of the elements. It just doesn’t feel right at this time. The record, which has a lot of detail in it, it needs to sonically be in a space where the music is loud, strong, and detailed.” It sounds like those recent duo of dates at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom are a good glimpse of what’s to come. Exact dates are still forthcoming.

*[] California alt-rock crew Mazzy Star will release their first music in some 15 years with the single “Common Burn”. That effort’s B-Side, “Lay Myself Down”, is available for an early spin. The sleepy, hazy little number features the standard instrumentation for great desert rock (wailing slide guitar, lonesome-sounding acoustic strumming) and is the perfect track for the band to emerge from the wilderness with. Check out both “Common Burn” and “Lay Myself Down” in full below (via We All Want Someone To Shout For).

The “Common Burn” single is out digitally today via Rhymes of an Hour Records. A limited edition colored vinyl will be released on November 8th.

Mazzy Star - Common Burn by weallwantsome1
Mazzy Star - Lay Myself Down by darquis

*[] The Black Keys will release their new, Danger Mouse-produced album, El Camino, on December 6th via Nonesuch Records. Check out the official reveal of the album’s lead single, “Lonely Boy” alongside some pretty nifty visuals.

Those who pre-order El Camino on iTunes will receive an instant download of “Lonely Boy” beginning today. Also, the track will be packaged alongside another album cut, “Run Right Back”, on the limited edition 12″ single for Record Store Day’s upcoming Black Friday event on November 25th.

*[] October 20th at Napa, California’s Uptown Theatre, Beck performed his first concert in over two years. According to Psych Explorations of the Future Heart, the 41-year-old singer-songwriter played both acoustic and electric sets during the two hour-performance. You can find video of him performing “E-Pro” during the encore, along a slew of additional live clips that have hit the web, including “Black Tambourine”, “Girl”, “Lost Cause”, “Devils Haircut”, and “Gamma Ray”. Check them all out HERE.

You’ll have another opportunity to watch Beck perform this weekend as he is one of the acts set to appear at Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit. As previously reported, the Saturday portion of the two-day concert will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube, though an exact schedule still remains forthcoming.

As for upcoming releases, Beck remixed The White Stripes’ song “The Hardest Button to Button” for an upcoming installment in Third Man Record’s Vault series. Also, according to Pitchfork, he is working with producer Hector Castillo on a remix album for composer Philip Glass. Other artists reportedly involved in the project include Amon Tobin, former Battles frontman Tyondai Braxton, Cornelius, and Memory Tapes.

*[] Footage of Minus The Bear performing a scaled down “Nervous Energies” rendition of their track “My Time” can be found below:

*[] Chris Cornell‘s (Soundgarden) forthcoming live outing “Songboook” can partially be streamed online over at The album, which captures his spring solo touring, will arrive in stores on November 21st through UMe.

*[] “Evil Twin”, the B-Side to Arctic Monkeys’ latest single “Suck It and See”, now has its own music video. Featuring mostly footage leftover from the “Suck It and See” video, the clip isn’t much to look at. However, it does provide your first chance to hear the studio version of the track. Check it out below.

Arctic Monkeys will release the single on vinyl and digital formats on October 31st via Domino Records. Suck It and See the album is out now.

*[] After months of releasing songs in severely absurd ways, collaborations a-plenty, manufacturing marijuana-flavored gummy skulls, and recording a 6-hour song, The Flaming Lips are now unveiling their 2011 pièce de résistance. Beginning now (so long at it’s 12 a.m. CT), the band will be streaming its 24-hour song, “7 Skies H3″, in full at the aptly titled

The website only allows for 999 listeners at a time. As of 6:54 AM Monday morning, 874 folks are already dedicating their day to this venture.

As previously reported, ”7 Skies H3″ is also being released on a USB drive packaged inside a chrome-covered, real-life human skull. According to Pitchfork, only 13 skulls are available for purchase and they run for $5,000 a piece. You can order your own at the song’s website.

*[] Fan shot live footage of Rival Schools ‘covering’ Quicksand‘s “Shovel” in Teaneck, NJ this past Friday, October 28th, can be found below:

*Check out a video of Members of Morphine featuring Jeremy Lyons performing "Yes" and "Different" live from this past weekend's Voodoo Experience Festival in New Orleans, LA...

Members of Morphine with Jeremy Lyons - Yes - Voodoo Experience 2011 from Voodoo Experience on Vimeo.

Members of Morphine with Jeremy Lyons - Different - Voodoo Experience 2011 from Voodoo Experience on Vimeo.

*[] Red Sparowes bassist Greg Burns and guitarist Emma Ruth Rundle have a new outfit by the name of Marriages together. The group will play their first two shows late next month at the following stops:

11/28 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour (feat. Russian Circles, Deafheaven)
11/29 San Diego, CA – The Casbah (feat. Russian Circles, Deafheaven)

The Stone Roses Reunion is Official

We missed some amazing news while preoccupied with CMJ. This story was no doubt the biggest...

[] It’s official: The Stone Roses will reunite next summer for their first live performances in over 15 years. Announcing the news at a press conference in London on Tuesday afternoon, the group’s four original members, singer Ian Brown, guitarist John Squire, bassist Gary ‘Mani’ Mounfield, and drummer Alan ‘Reni’ Wren, revealed plans for two comeback shows at Manchester, England’s Heaton Park on June 29th and 30th, 2012, followed by a world tour. What’s more, the band plans to debut new songs during these dates.

“This is a live resurrection, and you’re all invited, so you better be there,” Brown said during the press conference. When asked why the band decided to reunite now, he explained, “In times like this you can uplift people.” As for the possibility of a new album, Brown said, “We hope so, but we said that before didn’t we?”

Tickets for the two Manchester shows went on sale Friday, October 21st at 9:30 AM BST. For additional ticketing info, visit the band’s newly launched website.

Formed in Manchester in 1983, The Stone Roses are considered pioneers of the UK’s ‘Madchester’ movement, which inspired bands like Oasis, Blur, The Verve, and more. Following a series of lineup changes and sporadic releases in the mid 1980s, the band finally released their self-titled debut in 1989. While initially met with mixed reviews, the album ultimately became one of the most highly regarded UK releases ever, with British publication NME even deeming it the “greatest British album of all time” in 2006.

Due to a legal dispute with their previous record label, it took five years before The Stone Roses finally released their second album, 1994′s Second Coming. However, the album failed to live up to its hype as it was met with mixed reviews. Shortly afterward, the band began to dissolve, with Reni departing in March 1995, followed by Squire in April 1996. Brown and Mani finally disbanded the group in October 1996.

Below, you can watch The Stone Roses perform “She Bangs The Drums” during a performance in 1989.

Craig Wedren to Tour with Chris Cornell

[] To launch his new solo LP WAND, Shudder to Think frontman Craig Wedren recruited famous funnymen like Paul Rudd, Michael Ian Black, and Joe Lo Truglio to serve as Youtube pitchmen. To promote the album live, Wedren will join forces with another legendary rock vocalist, Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell. Between November 1st and December 17th, Wedren will hold down the opening slot on the latest leg of Cornell’s Songbook tour. Check out the complete itinerary below, which includes a special performance at Carnegie Hall in New York just days prior to Thanksgiving.

Werden’s WAND is out now via Neverland, though you can still stream it in full at his Facebook. Cornell’s Songbook live album is out November 21st via Universal Music.

Craig Wedren 2011 Tour Dates:

11/01 – Memphis, TN @Minglewood Hall #
11/02 – Nashville, TN @ Nashville War Memorial #
11/04 - Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live Orlando #
11/05 – Tampa, FL @ Tampa Theatre #
11/06 – Miami Beach, FL @ The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater #
11/17 – Albany, NY @ Hart Theatre at the Egg #
11/18 – Ridgefield, CT @ Ridgefield Playhouse #
11/19 – Torrington, CT @ Warner Theatre #
11/21 – New York, NY @ Carnegie Hall #
11/23 – Allentown, PA @ Allentown Symphony Hall #
11/25 – Jersey City, NJ @ Borgata Music Box #
11/26 – Jersey City, NJ @ Borgata Music Box #
11/29 – Burlington, VT @ Flynn Main Stage #
12/02 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall of Oakland #
12/03 – Lakewood, OH @ Lakewood Civic Auditorium #
12/04 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theater #
12/06 – Kalamazoo, MI @ State Theatre #
12/07 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre #
12/10 – Salina, KS @ Stiefel Theatre #
12/13 – Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Arts Center #
12/15 – San Francisco, CA @ Palace of Fine Arts #
12/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre #
12/17 - San Diego, CA @ Balboa Theatre #

# = w/ Chris Cornell

Ty Segall Debuts New Single "Spiders"

[] It was just days ago that plans were revealed for a new three-track effort from California’s young-yet-prolific garage rocker Ty Segall. With the 7” single, “Spiders”, dropping November 8th from Drag City, CoS has an exclusive stream of the effort’s title track. As advertised, the cut does indeed “sound like some Finnish funeral,” if that funeral was scored with wickedly crunchy guitars and a creeping low end. Oh, and the occasional blood curdling scream. Segall’s reverberating sneer of a vocal track rounds out a tight piece of rock from the dark of the garage, just a little taste of why he’s become one of the stalwarts of the West Coast scene. Hear it for yourself below.

Following ”Spiders” release on the 8th, Goner Records will put out a collection of Segall’s singles entitled Singles 2007-2010 on November 22nd, compiling an astonishing 25 rare tracks from the musician’s still-burgeoning solo career. See both tracklistings below.

Spiders Tracklist:
01. Spiders
02. Hand Glams
03. Cherry Red (Groudhogs cover)

Ty Segall – “Spiders” by Consequence of Sound

Singles 2007-2010 Tracklist:
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 (Thee Oh Sees cover)
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

Feist Interested in Working With Flaming Lips + Mastodon

[] Feist’s latest LP, Metals, is less than a month old, but the Canadian singer-songwriter is already eyeing future releases. And by the sounds of it, she wants to continue the year’s trend of utterly absurd collaborations.

In an interview with HitFix, Feist expressed her desire to follow in the footsteps of Neon Indian, Lightning Bolt, and Prefuse 73 and become The Flaming Lips’ latest bedfellow. “I heard Wayne Coyne is doing a series of collaborations,” Feist said. “I need to get in on that, man. We just need find each other in some city while we’re on tour. Flaming Lips are one of my favorite bands.” So it’s all on you now, Wayne.

But wait, there’s more. If you recall, Feist and metal heads Mastodon recently appeared together on the same episode of Later… with Jools Holland. As it turns out, that appearance may serve as the basis for an upcoming split record. No joke.

Brent [Hinds] and I were nodding at each other, and he’s like, ‘Nice riff,’ and I’m like ‘Nice tone.’ So backstage I’m thinking about letting these two worlds collide, how they should collide, so I’m like ‘How about ‘Metals’ meeting metal?’” After pitching the prospects of a split record, Feist said “Brent was like, ‘Well, I do like that “Bad in Each Other” song, I could see that.’ Maybe now I will look into learning to cover ‘Oblivion’… or anything off [‘The Hunter’]. That album’s amazing.”

Mr. Dream Debut New Songs During MTV Hive Showcase [Video]

[] Brooklyn’s Mr. Dream closed out Hive’s official CMJ party inside the Studio at Webster Hall with a terse set of songs from their album Trash Hit. Hive got familiar with some of Trash Hit‘s singles when the band came by for our emerging artist series, First Take. But the band also debuted a set of new tracks, “What a Mess” and “Palace Complex,” at Hive’s party. Guys, we’re honored. Check out the brand new songs below.

One more thing to note about the videos: when asked about going shirtless during shows by, vocalist/guitarist Matt Morello said: “I think any of us is prepared to play without a shirt if that’s what the show calls for, definitely.” Yes, Hive’s CMJ show called for it.

PILE Announce Fall/Winter Tour Dates, New Single, + More!!

PILE have offered up a message to their mailing list regarding an upcoming East Coast tour, their recent signing with Exploding In Sound Records, and a brand new single featured exclusively on a button! Check it all out below...

"oyoy! so we're leaving again!

11/28 Philadelphia PA - Kung Fu Necktie w/ Ugh God, Psychic Teens, Wives
11/29 Norfolk VA - TBA
11/30 Somewhere NC
12/1 Charleston SC - The Tin Roof
12/2 Savannah GA - TBA
12/3 Orlando FL - TBA
12/4 Tallahassee - The Farside
12/5 Jacksonville FL - The Burro Bar
12/6 Atlanta GA - 529
12/7 Athens GA - The Caledonia Lounge w/ Hunter Morris (Gift Horse)
12/8 Charlotte - The Milestone
12/9 Charlottesville/Williamsburg VA
12/10 New Brunswick NJ - The Alamo
12/11 Brooklyn NY w/ Quilty, Ovlov, The Library is on Fire

if anyone wants to help with any of these places that would be super duper. ...Any help is good news. Most of the stuff is in the works but hey! I'm open to suggestions.

aaaaand. we gots a new champagne jam.


it's called 'pigeon song' and it's on a comp that the dudes from Bodies of Water are putting out. It's on a button!

you can listen to it here and you can buy it here.


AND! Dan from exploding in sound records [ed note: along with Ty and Dave] is going to put out our next record. probably early fall/late summer of next year.


we're also trying to head to Europe in late August/early September of 2012. Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark... we don't know ANYTHING about how to do this but we're gonna try. If anyone can help us make this happen, you're getting a smooch from Connery.

guess that's all for now.

Connery's releasing a comp later this fall with nuther new song on it. On our website we have more fun stuff."

Smalltown America Records Update: LaFaro, Let Our Enemies Beware, ASIWYFA + More

Check out some of our highlights from this month's Smalltown America newsletter below, or click HERE to read the entire mailing.

[1] Public Service Broadcast 10

This month we celebrate the release of Public Service Broadcast 10 - a ten track guided tour through the songs and sounds that are getting us most excited right now. This 10-track genre hopping offering comes on transparent white 12" vinyl, sumptuously packaged in heavyweight board with a spot-UV finish. Strictly limited to 500 copies and available to purchase right now. Remember all orders from UK & Northern Ireland have free P&P.

Order exclusively through the Smalltown America Store and you will receive a super bonus CD including nine previously unreleased tracks from the STA family - tracklisting below:

1. Let Our Enemies Beware - Who Wants To Ride The Gay Horse?
2. Feldberg - Sparkle
3. And So I Watch You From Afar - Straight Through The Sun (Live in Germany 2010)
4. Jetplane Landing - Falling For You (Demo)
5. More Than Conquerors - Swords & Bones (Demo)
6. Fighting With Wire - Tracing The Lines
7. Oppenheimer - Single Syllable Colours
8. Calories - You Could Be Honest (Demo)
9. LaFaro - Chopper Is A Fuckin' Tout (Live @ Glasgowbury 2011)

[3] LaFaro: Fresh Meat...

The day after returning from their recent UK tour LaFaro lifted the roof of Belfast's most infamous rock venue The Limelight launching 'Easy Meat' to their hometown crowd. The Meat Wagon is still in full effect - new dates have been confirmed and with LaFaro sharing stages with heroes and friends - Adebisi Shank, Therapy?, The Answer, Fighting With Wire and And So I Watch You From Afar.

We suggest you grab up your ticket at reckless speed, come down thrash out with our friends, brothers:

04 Nov - Ulster Hall, Belfast w/ The Answer & Therapy
05 Nov - Cellar Bar, Draperstown w/Fighting With Wire
13 Nov - Headcrash, Hamburg w/ ASIWYFA
14 Nov - Kleiner Postbahnhof, Berlin w/ ASIWYFA
16 Nov - Rock, Copenhagen w/ ASIWYFA
18 Nov - John Dee, Oslo w/ASIWYFA
19 Nov - Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg w/ASIWYFA
20 Nov - Alcazar, Stockholm w/ASIWYFA
01 Dec - Kinky Star, Gent, Belgium
02 Dec - Tilburg, The Netherlands
03 Dec - Winston, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
04 Dec - Patronaat, Haarlem, The Netherlands

Saturday, October 29, 2011

††† (Crosses) Announce Vinyl Edition

[] If starting your retirement fund on the resale’s of the Deftones vinyl box set wasn’t enough, you can now pad your income with a †††‘s (aka Crosses) (Deftones, Far) limited edition box set too. The set is due to ship in December and will be limited to 500 copies. Here’s what goodies it will feature:

“10″ Virgin Colored Pink Vinyl
with die cut crosses logo jacket EACH HAND NUMBERED

- Exclusive Guys or Girls Album t-shirt

- Custom Cross 2GB USB drive pre-loaded with Remix Stem files

- Crosses Logo Stencil on Oil board tan in color at 10″ w X 9″ h

- Cast Acrylic Crosses logo necklace with nickel 24″ chain

- Custom Embroidered black knit Crosses Logo scarf

- Custom box with black on black Crosses logo on top that will encase all contents of package.”

The Pineapple Thief Ready "Variations on a Dream" Reissue + More

The series of re-mastered reissues from The Pineapple Thief's back catalogue continues in October with a new 2CD edition of Variations On A Dream.

Variations On A Dream was the band’s third studio album and was originally released in 2004 on the Cyclops label. Bruce has re-mixed and re-mastered the album for this Kscope edition. It is also presented in the same way as the originally limited double album release with the 8 Days album (limited to 1000 copies and never released separately) on CD2.

Variations On A Dream is now available to pre-order from the Kscope store. It follows the recent reissue of the band's 2005 album, 10 Stories Down. A video of Bruce and Steve from TPT discussing 10 Stories Down is also now online.

The Pineapple Thief talk about the 10 Stories Down reissue from Kscope on Vimeo.

Steve and Bruce were also filmed at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios while the band recorded a cover of Money by Pink Floyd for a recent Mojo covermount CD, watch the video below.

The Pineapple Thief cover Pink Floyd's 'Money' for MOJO from Kscope on Vimeo.

The Pineapple Thief are now working on the follow-up to Someone Here is Missing, currently scheduled for late 2012 but will be embarking on a short UK tour in December.

Tour Dates:

7th York Fibbers
8th Manchester Moho
10th Nottingham Bodega
15th London Borderline

Apteka Debut "Striking Violet" From Upcoming Album

[press release] Apteka debut "Striking Violet" from upcoming LP Gargoyle Days on Dumbing of America. "Their songs build in a crescendo of sweat and beauty, creating epic landscapes that have left me with permanent goosebumps..." Listen to "Striking Violet" and check out the interview HERE.

Embracing the coming darkness of a Chicago winter, Apteka's debut LP, Gargoyle Days is awash in captivating reverb, swirling melodies and soaring, anthemic refrains and the release is celebrated with a special, Chicago Halloween show.

October 31, 2011 - Apteka Gargoyle Days Release Show @ The Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL with Sybris, The Bingers, Touched by Ghoul

Watch the release video for Gargoyle Days to hear the title track from the new LP. For more music, give a listen to the release named one of the Top 2010 albums from Chicago Indies by the Chicago Tribune, the Traitors 7".

Press praise for Apteka:

"With a heady mix of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the epiphanal rush of shoegaze, with the intensity of Jane’s Addiction they’re truly the great band that’s flown under your radar too long." - The Dumbing of America

"An increasingly commanding quartet that embraces the power of guitar drone, tribal drumming and the deep, shoegaze-era swoon." - Chicago Tribune, Traitors 7” Top 2010 albums from Chicago Indies

"If snowstorms shed sparks or cicadas caught fire. If you longed so much for something that you could never sleep again. Or if all your friends started playing electric guitars at once." - Said the Gramophone

About Apteka:

"Apteka is Adam Lukas, Dino Balocchi, Jesse Hozeny, and Dave Narey. We are from Chicago. We play rock music. We like large kick drums, tube amplification, and face melting."

Gargoyle Days Tracklist:

gargoyle days
striking violet
in clouds
where days go
this time
we know time

Friday, October 28, 2011

Quick Notes: Junius, Geronimo!, MonstrO

*[] Junius‘ entire new album “Reports From The Threshold Of Death” is available for streaming through If you’re indifferent on this one, perhaps this review will sway you. You can also find a free download of the song “A Reflection On Fire” over at The album is landed in stores on October 25th through Prosthetic.

*Geronimo! have posted a teaser track from their upcoming sophomore album. Here's what the band had to say about it...

"This is an album teaser for our new full length, coming out in the near-to-middle future. Over the next few weeks/months, we may add more tracks to the teaser. There may be as many as ??? tracks up here eventually! These tracks will probably be on the album, though they might not sound quite like this. But maybe they will! We're not psychic, sheesh."

*[] MonstrO (ex-Torche, etc.) have posted footage of an acoustic performance of their track “Anchors Up!” online. You can find both the footage and a free download of the track over at

Quick Notes: Puscifer, Primus, Nine Inch Nails + More

*[] Puscifer‘s music video for their track “Conditions Of My Parole” has debuted online via You can also watch the clip below. The song serves as the title track to the groups newest release.

*[] Footage of Primus‘ appearance on the October 24th episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” has been posted online below:

*[] Nine Inch Nails cover of U2‘s “Zoo Station” has hit the net and can be streamed below. The cover is taken from a tribute to U2‘s “Achtung Baby” put together by “Q” magazine and can be streamed over

*[] Mastodon‘s performance of their track “Curl Of The Burl” on “Later… With Jools Holland” has now aired and can be seen below. The bands previous performance of their track “Black Tongue” on the show can be found HERE.

*[] Chris Cornell has posted a live version of his track “Cleaning My Gun” for streaming over at his Facebook. The song will appear on his upcoming “Songbook” release, which is due in stores on November 21st.

*[] Jane’s Addiction performed their track “Underground” on “The Late Show With David Letterman” last night, October 24th. Footage of that can be found below. Meanwhile, a vinyl pressing of the bands latest album “The Great Escape Artist” is being readied for a November 29th release date.

*[] Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello defused a potential street fight after his The Nightwatchman show at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA this past Tuesday, October 25th. has the footage.

Black Friday Record Store Day Releases Announced Feat. Soundgarden, Pinkback, Nirvana + More

The 2011 edition of the now annual ‘Black Friday’ “Record Store Day” festivities has begun to take shape. Here’s some highlights of what you can expect to find in stores on November 25th:

Chris Cornell – “Songbook” (double 12″ vinyl)
Black Keys - Lonely Boy 7"
Nirvana – “Nevermind – The Singles” (10″ vinyl box set)
Pinback - True North 7"
Pink Floyd – “The Wall” (7″ vinyl box set)
Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” (red double vinyl)
Silversun Pickups - Seasick 10"
Soundgarden – “Live On I-5 – Before The Doors Soundcheck” (10″ colored vinyl)
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Kiss My Amps Live

More details on all the releases listed above and others being primed for November 25th can be found over at

The Sword Announce New Tour Dates

[] The Sword have firmed up their November/December touring schedule, here’s how it now looks:

11/08 Stillwater, OK – Eskimo Joe’s (“Adult Swim Block Party“)
11/15 El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
11/16 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress

With Kyuss Lives! & Black Cobra:

11/17 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
11/18 Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theatre
11/19 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
11/21 Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre (feat. YOB)
11/22 Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO (feat. YOB)
11/23 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom

With Black Cobra:

11/24 Kamloops, BC – Pogue Mahone Pub
11/25 Fernie, BC – The Northern

With Kyuss Lives! & Black Cobra:

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
12/07 Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live
12/08 New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
12/09 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
12/10 Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theatre

Maynard James Keenan Discusses Puscifer, Tool + APC w/ Loudwire

[] Multimedia renaissance maverick Maynard James Keenan doesn’t care about meeting expectations or adhering to any sort of formula. He’s not the kind of guy you’ll see at a Hollywood after-hours party or vivaciously plugging his music on radio stations across the nation.

When he’s not working specifically with Tool, he hates being asked about the band that brought him most of his fame. And even when he’s promoting his elusive project Puscifer, he prefers not to lay down all his cards, avoiding answering questions about aesthetic decisions or the meanings of his lyrics.

Basically, Puscifer is his new baby, and one he has invested with plenty of his own cash. And it’s not just a band, it’s a nebulous amalgam of ideas, expressions and mediums that involves comedy, absurd theatrics, obscenity, confrontation and countless styles of music, including electronic, crashing rock, blues and atmospheric alternative.

Puscifer’s 2007 debut ‘”V” is for Vagina’ (the title of which came from an episode of HBO’s genius sketch comedy program ‘Mr. Show’) was all seedy groove and throbbing trip-hop beats, courtesy of Primus’ Tim Alexander and Rage Against the Machine’s Brad Wilk and a Macbook full of electronics. Their new album, ‘Conditions of My Parole,’ is more developed, structured and edgy, filled with abrupt musical contrasts and striking, melancholy vocals.

During a surprisingly amiable conversation with Keenan, the singer discussed the creation of ‘Conditions of My Parole,’ the freedom of being independent, the advantages of collaboration and the limitations of conventional bands, as well as the recent A Perfect Circle tour. Keenan also talked about his inability to tour for extended periods of time, apocalyptic predictions and the current status of his other little band, Tool.

Originally, the new Puscifer album ‘Conditions of My Parole’ was supposed to be an EP.

It accidentally ended up being a full album. We got into the writing process and had a lot more ideas than we thought we did. We liked of idea of sticking to an EP or single format, but we were on a roll so we just went with it.

When did you start working on the songs?

We’ve had ideas kicking around for the last couple years. And then we turned the heat up on it in March and did our 10-hour days to put the time in and focus. We gathered at my place in [Northern] Arizona (where Keenan owns a vineyard he uses to create wine for his line of Caduceus wines). So there was no distraction and we got a lot done.

How did you want this album to differ from ‘”V” is for Vagina’?

We went with what we were working on and let it speak for itself and came up with a collection of songs. It’s different, but it has some similarities. I wouldn’t say it will appeal any more to Tool fans or metal fans than the last one. I’ve never been really metal, so I’m not sure how that’s gonna work. Basically, [Slayer' guitarist] Kerry King’s gonna hate it.

The last one had trip-hop influences and took some unexpected musical turns. This one does, as well.

Yes, it does. Musically, it’s like ‘Twin Peaks’ in the desert. That’s all I’m going to say. I think listeners need to discover the music for themselves without having me tell them what they’ll be listening to. I think that just kind of ruins it.

You’re putting it out yourself?

Yes, we are. We’re a fully independent project. When you hear of people who say they have independent projects they’re usually full of shit. This is actually an independent project. I’m the guy who writes the checks for the CD duplication and we send it off to our distribution house that handles fulfilling stuff to stores. I’m the guy who uploads it online so it goes to iTunes and those places, so we’re fully in-house.


And So I Watch You From Afar Ready "Gangs" US Release + FREE Downloads

[press release] Belfast, Ireland's celebrated instrumental band And So I Watch You From Afar are about to get a lot closer up. Sargent House, partnered with Dublin label Richter Collective, announce the forthcoming North American release of the group's sophomore album, Gangs. A pair of MP3s from the album are available today: opener, "BEAUTIFULUNIVERSEMASTERCHAMPION" is available for download HERE and the brilliantly titled "Search:Party:Animal" can be intercepted HERE.

Known for their unrelenting tours that has seen them play over 300 shows since the start of 2009, And So I Watch You From Afar (ASIWYFA to their fans) don't know how to take a break. From appearances at SXSW, Eurosonic, Electric Picnic, Novarock, Canadian Music Fest, Popkomm, Pukkelpop, Sonisphere, to tour dates in Europe, North America, Russia and a support slot for rock supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, the band has been on the road playing music non-stop since the release of their fan-stirring debut self-titled album.

In between, the band was nominated for Ireland's coveted Choice Music Prize for Album Of The Year and XFM's New Music Album Of The Year, released The Letters EP in February 2010 and a stop-gap tour single "Straight Through The Sun" in November 2010.

It's a small wonder then, that the band actually managed to record their highly-charged second album Gangs at all with that punishing schedule. It was recorded on weekdays between festival appearances over the summer of 2010 during July and August at Start Together Studios in Belfast with producer Rocky O'Reilly and the help of a young technician by the name of Lee McMahon.

A matter of weeks before they entered the studio, the band scrapped 22 songs they had written after the release of their self-titled debut. "We spent the last year and a half writing but we essentially did this album in eight weeks," guitarist Rory Friers says of the decision. "We suddenly took this notion that we didn't like any of the songs. This was four weeks before we went into the studio. We had demoed the whole thing and had it all mapped out. We took bits and pieces that we liked but we wrote a whole new set of songs. It's worked out."

As a result, Gangs is the band's most cohesive record, a 44-minute, eight song unyielding document of the band's last two years playing together told through ironclad guitar riffs and colossal yet increasingly subtle rhythms. "We had a far broader experience of things," says Rory. "We really wanted to try and get it on the record, which sounds weird because we're an instrumental band, but there are songs on there that we specifically wrote to try and capture the vibe of new and meaningful things that we've all experienced."

It's a celebratory record, one which fittingly culminates in a samba outro on the album's final song "Lifeproof" which layers up many takes of percussion played by the band in the studio until a carnival atmosphere is created, whistles and all.

The heart of Gangs is a section entitled Homes: "Ghost Parlor KA-6 to Samara to Belfast" which spans tracks six and seven. It's a near 10-minute epic which taps into the emotions of returning to familiar places and visiting new ones for the very first time. "It's a cheesy thought but we wanted to capture our journey through touring: seeing so many different things, unexpected happenings, sudden changes and then a homecoming," Rory explains. "The end of that tune sums up the relief and elation of coming back into Belfast and getting to see our friends and family again."

It's a sentiment echoed by the title of the record - Gangs. "In the same vein, everything we've done, places we've played all, people we've met, all circulate around these pockets of people, pockets of scenes and pockets of culture. These gangs of people who emanate from everywhere. It's that DIY/The Clash/Black Flag sort of thing that our band is like a gang sometimes."

Gangs will be available in North America on LP, CD and Download via Sargent House/Richter Collective on November 8th, 2011.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Pinback Ready New 7" for Black Friday Record Store Day

[press release] PINBACK will release a new 7" "Information Retrieved Pt. B" on the Black Friday edition of Record Store Day, Nov 25, 2011.

The west coast indie rock institution that is PINBACK continues to tease us with a couple more new songs in the form of Information Retrieved Pt. B. A companion to the instantly sold-out Record Store Day-exclusive Information Retrieved Pt. A, Pt. B is packaged in the same kind kind of stunning screenprinted evidence bag artwork that made Pt. A such an RSD favorite. Featuring two brand new and exclusive songs, Information Retrieved Pt. B is strictly limited to a one-time pressing of 2,000 copies. Each copy is hand date-stamped and includes the aforementioned screenprinted evidence bag, a full-color double-sided folder and a double-sided lyric sheet, all sealed with custom printed Record Store Day red tape!

SIDE A: True North


Nov 10 @ Vera, Groningen, NL
Nov 12 @ Milk, Moscow, RUSSIA
Nov 13 @ Dobeska Theatre, Prague, CZ
Nov 14 @ Lido, Berlin, GERMANY
Nov 16 @ Circolo Degli Artisti, Rome, ITALY
Nov 17 @ The Cage Theatre, Livorno, ITALY
Nov 18 @ Locomotiv Club, Bologna, ITALY
Nov 19 @ Spazio211, Torino, ITALY
Nov 20 @ Bad Bonn, Dudingen, SWITZERLAND
Nov 21 @ L'Epicerie Moderne, Feyzin, FRANCE
Nov 22 @ L'Antipode, Rennes, FRANCE
Nov 23 @ Le Nouveau Casino, Paris, FRANCE
Nov 24 @ Autumn Falls Festival @ Cirque Royal, Brussels, BELGIUM
Nov 25 @ Le Guess Who? @ Tivoli, Utrecht, NL
Nov 26 @ 4x4 Festival @ De Kreun, Kortrijk, BELGIUM
Nov 27 @ Kulturfabrik, Esch-sur-Alzette, LUX
Nov 29 @ ULU, London, UK
Nov 30 @ The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
Dec 1 @ The Button Factory, Dublin, IRE

Black Box Revelation Announce New US Tour Dates w/ Meat Puppets + More

[press release] Scuzzy guitars, crashing drums, unabashed energy and depth of soul collide in the music from Black Box Revelation. Already making waves overseas, this Belgian duo release their first music in the US, the Shiver of Joy EP, and continue US tour dates with Meat Puppets, Beady Eye, Girl in A Coma and more!

Shiver of Joy features two new B-sides from Black Box Revelation's upcoming US debut LP, My Perception, and two tracks from critically acclaimed European releases Silver Threats and Set Your Head On Fire. For a preview of what to expect from the EP, full length album and live show, stream the entire release below.

Combining Beatles-meets-Kinks British invasion pop with haunting melodies, pounding blues, thick ambience and driving beats, Black Box Revelation plot their foreign invasion. More info and tour dates below.

Black Box Revelation Tour Dates:

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 *
Nov 14 - 7th St Entry - Minneapolis, MN *
Nov 16 - Rumba Cafe - Columbus, OH ^^
Nov 17 - Radio Radio - Indianapolis, IN ^^
Nov 18 - Magic Stick - Detroit, MI ^^
Nov 20 - The High Noon Saloon - Madison, WI ^^
Nov 23 - Marquis Theatre - Denver, CO ^^
Nov 25 - Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT ^^
Nov 26 - Neurolux - Boise, ID ^^
Nov 28 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR ^^
Nov 29 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC %
Nov 30 - Showbox Market - Seattle, WA %
Dec 2 - The Warfield - San Francisco, CA %
Dec 3 - Wiltern Theatre - Los Angeles, CA %
Dec 5 - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN %
Dec 6 - The Rave - Milwaukee, WI %
Dec 8 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC %
Dec 9 - Terminal 5 - New York, NY %
Dec 10 - House of Blues - Boston, MA %

w/ Meat Puppets *
w/ Girl In A Coma, The Coathangers ^^
w/ Beady Eye %

Press Praise for Black Box Revelation:

"Every so often they strip the music down to something slow and bluesy. But the Black Box Revelation isn’t purely retro. They are just as happy with a drum-machine beat and a heap of overdubbed percussion, as long as the music makes its happy, trashy crash." - New York Times

"A sinister slice of buzzing guitar noise concealing a beautiful pop melody beneath." - Playboy

"It’s a record that makes you want to throw on your leather vest and go boozin’ til the break of dawn." - Six Degrees, 4 stars

Zechs Marquise Debut New Video + More

[press release] The Mars Volta sibling band Zechs Marquise premiere a live in-studio video session for today. The El Paso quintet performs the title track to their recently released album, Getting Paid. Watch it on Vimeo or YouTube below.

Zechs Marquise return to the road in November for headlining dates leading into a run of shows supporting Thursday, Maylene & The Sons of Disaster and also of the Sargent House family, Native. Please see complete dates below.

RCRD LBL recently premiered an MP3 for album track "Mega Slap". Check out the MP3 HERE. Stream full album HERE.

Getting Paid was released everywhere on LP/CD/Download on September 27th on Rodriguez Lopez Productions via Sargent House.


11/15 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's - Upstairs
11/16 New Orleans, LA @ Howlin' Wolf Den
11/18 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
11/19 Greenville, NC @ Tipsy Teapot
11/20 Washington, DC @ DC9
11/21 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
11/22 Allston, MA @ O'Brien's Pub
11/23 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza $
11/25 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House $
11/26 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar $
11/27 Milwaukee, WI @ The Pabst Theater $
11/28 Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop $
11/30 Atlanta, GA @ The Loft $
12/01 Cincinnati, OH @ 20th Century Theater $
12/02 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge $
12/03 Pontiac, MI @ iLounge (at Clutch Cargos) $
12/04 Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall $
12/06 St Louis, MO @ The Firebird
12/07 Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall
12/08 Dallas, TX @ Bryan Street Tavern
12/09 Austin, TX @ Antone's Night Club
12/10 San Antonio, TX @ Studio 13

$ with Thursday, Maylene & The Sons of Disaster, and Native

"Forget the Van Halens, if you want to know about a true musical dynasty, look no further than the Rodriguez-Lopez's! In between Omar, Marcel, and Marfred, these talented hermanos are changing the face of free-form jamming." -- MTV Tres

"Thrusting listeners into chase scenes through psychedelic dreamscapes is nothing new for El Paso prog rock instrumentalists Zechs Marquise. However, the major difference on Getting Paid isn't the fear of being chased, but of what's running up behind you." -- Los Angeles Times

"Zechs Marquise knows when to give into its sweaty, twisted vision-quest dalliances and when to let a groove ride." -- Alarm Press

Zechs Marquise "Getting Paid" from TERROREYES.TV on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Mojo Fury Announce Massive Winter 2012 Tour

[press release] Having just completed a series of dates with Maybeshewill and Lite, Mojo Fury have now announced that they will be supporting iNMe on their 35 date mammoth UK tour next year. The dates are as follows:


Wed 22nd – SHEERNESS, The Ivy
Thu 23rd – BRIGHTON, Concord 2
Fri 24th – WEYMOUTH, Ocean Rooms
Sun 26th – PLYMOUTH, White Rabbit
Mon 27th – EXETER, Cavern
Tue 28th – SWANSEA, Sin City
Wed 29th – BRISTOL, Fleece


Thu 1st – SOUTHAMPTON, Talking Heads
Fri 2nd – MILTON KEYNES, Crauford Arms
Sat 3rd – RUSHDEN, The Attic
Mon 5th – CAMBRIDGE, Junction
Tue 6th – LEICESTER, Firebug
Wed 7th – NORWICH, Waterfront
Thu 8th – SHEFFIELD, Corporation
Fri 9th – LIVERPOOL, The Masque
Sat 10th – YORK, Fibbers
Sun 11th – MIDDLESBROUGH, The Crown
Tue 13th – NEWCASTLE, Academy 2
Wed 14th – ABERDEEN, Tunnels
Thu 15th – DUNDEE, Dexter's
Fri 16th – GLASGOW, Cathouse
Sat 17th – BELFAST, Spring & Airbrake
Sun 18th – DUBLIN, Whelans
Tue 20th – LIMERICK, Dolans
Wed 21st – CORK, Cyprus Avenue
Thu 22nd – LEEDS, The Well
Fri 23rd – HULL, The Lamp
Sat 24th – MANCHESTER, Moho Live
Mon 26th – STOKE, Sugarmill
Tue 27th – NOTTINGHAM, Rock City
Wed 28th – BIRMINGHAM, HMV Institute
Thu 29th – GLOUCESTER, Guildhall
Fri 30th – CARDIFF, Clwb Ifor Bach
Sat 31st – LONDON, Islington Academy

Earlier this month the band were also unveiled as the main support on Amplifier's UK tour in December. The dates are as follows:

4th December - Nottingham, Rock City Basement
5th December - Glasgow , Cathouse
6th December - York, The Duchess
7th December - Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
8th December - Colchester, Arts Centre
9th December - London, Islington Academy
11th December - Manchester, Academy 3
12th December - Bristol, Fleece and Firkin

To coincide with all this, the band have unveiled a brand new track titled "Grounds" which is free to download HERE!!

Pink Floyd Ready Expanded "Wish You Were Here" Reissues

[press release] On November 8, EMI will release Immersion and Experience editions of Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here, following on from the phenomenal success of the Immersion and Experience editions of The Dark Side Of The Moon, which proved that pigs can fly! This second phase of EMI's imaginative Pink Floyd re-issues and extended releases, also includes A Foot In The Door - The Best Of Pink Floyd, with new artwork by Storm Thorgerson and the track listing personally chosen by David Gilmour, Roger Waters and Nick Mason.

Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd's ninth studio album, was recorded at London's Abbey Road Studios, and, when originally released in September 1975, it shot to the top of the charts in both the UK and US. The mood of the album is one of absence, which includes one of the most majestic and poignant songs of all time "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," a track inspired by former bandmate Syd Barrett.

Wish You Were Here Immersion 5-disc edition, includes previously unreleased material from the band's 1974 Wembley dates, including a 20 minute live rendition of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" and "Raving And Drooling" and "You've Got To Be Crazy," two tracks that didn't make it onto the original album and which were subsequently reworked to become "Sheep" and "Dogs" on the "Animals" album . 'Immersion' comes with an exclusive photo book edited by longtime Floyd photographer Jill Furmanovsky and a 36 page booklet designed by Storm Thorgerson. A must have for all Pink Floyd fans, the collection also includes the forgotten and unique recording of "Wish You Were Here," featuring the legendary jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli.

Nick Mason said of the track: "It's absolutely charming and it brings a different quality to the music... I think that it's perhaps one of the nicest little jewels in the whole collection."

The Experience edition of Wish You Were Here will include the original studio album, digitally remastered by James Guthrie, along with a CD of previously unreleased live and studio recordings (identical to Disc 2 of the Immersion edition) and a new 20 page booklet designed by Storm Thorgerson, housed in a newly designed Digipak.

Released simultaneously, A Foot In The Door - The Best Of Pink Floyd, is a collection of classic Pink Floyd tracks. This specially remastered compilation also features newly created artwork from Storm Thorgerson. This is the perfect Pink Floyd album for both devoted fans and those discovering Pink Floyd for the very first time. The collection spans the band's entire career.

Wish You Were Here - Immersion box-set contains 5 discs.

DISC 1 - CD1:
The Original Album, Remastered in 2011
1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5)
2. Welcome To The Machine
3. Have A Cigar
4. Wish You Were Here
5. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 6-9)

DISC 2 - CD2:
Unreleased Audio Tracks (approx. 66 mins)
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Live At Wembley 1974) 20'22"
Raving And Drooling (Live At Wembley 1974) 12'35"
You've Got To Be Crazy (Live At Wembley 1974) 18'09"
Wine Glasses (from the 'Household Objects' project) 2'12"
Have A Cigar (Alternative Version) 7'07"
Wish You Were Here (with Stéphane Grappelli) 6'13"

Wish You Were Here Multi - Channel Audio Mixes
Wish You Were Here 5.1 Surround Mix (2009) 448 kbps
Wish You Were Here 5.1 Surround Mix (2009) 640 kbps
Wish You Were Here LPCM Original Stereo Mix (1975) remastered in 2011
Wish You Were Here 4.0 Quad Mix (1975) 448 kbps
Wish You Were Here 4.0 Quad Mix (1975) 640 kbps

Audio-Visual Material (approx. 75 mins)
Concert Screen Films, 1975 (20 mins approx.)
- Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Part 1)
- Shine On You Crazy Diamond
- Welcome To The Machine
in LPCM Stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound
Storm Thorgerson Short Film, 2000 (6 mins)
in Stereo only

High Resolution Audio and Audio - Visual Material
Wish You Were Here 5.1 Surround Mix (2009) 96kHz/24bit
Wish You Were Here Original Stereo Mix (1975) remastered in 2011, 96kHz/24bit
Wish You Were Here 4.0 Quad Mix (1975) 96kHz/24bit
Concert Screen Films, 1975 (20 mins approx.) LPCM Stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound, 48kHz/24bit
- Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Part 1)
- Shine On You Crazy Diamond
- Welcome To The Machine
Storm Thorgerson Short Film, 2000 (6 mins)
in Stereo only

36-page 26cm x 26 cm booklet designed by Storm Thorgerson,
20-page 26cm x 26cm photo book edited by Jill Furmanovsky
Exclusive Storm Thorgerson Art Print,
4 x Collectors' Cards featuring art and comments by Storm Thorgerson,
Replica of Wish You Were Here tour ticket
Replica of Wish You Were Here backstage pass
Printed scarf
3 x clear marbles,
9 x coasters (unique to this box) featuring early Storm Thorgerson design sketches, and a 12-page credits booklet.

'A Foot In The Door - The Best Of Pink Floyd' will feature the following tracks:

1) Hey You
2) See Emily Play
3) The Happiest Days Of Our Lives
4) Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2
5) Have A Cigar
6) Wish You Were Here
7) Time
8) The Great Gig In The Sky
9) Money
10) Comfortably Numb
11) High Hopes
12) Learning To Fly
13) The Fletcher Memorial Home
14) Shine On You Crazy Diamond
15) Brain Damage
16) Eclipse

Mazes Kick Off Tour with Sebadoh

[press release] UK garage-poppers Mazes have been handpicked by Sebadoh to support the beloved '90s indie rockers on their national tour, which kicked off October 25 with a sold out show at the Brillobox in Pittsburgh. The three-week run will traverse the East Coast, Mid-West and Southern United States and end in Brooklyn at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 12. Mazes are touring in support of their acclaimed debut LP, A Thousand Heys, released in April on FatCat Records. The London foursome got their first taste of the U.S. when they toured with White Denim over the summer.

Mazes have steadily been on the rise since the release of their first long-player and this tour is sure to keep the momentum going. Called "a throwback to 1990s left-of-the-dial: hook-laden pop rock" by Tiny Mix Tapes and "an impressive debut that crackles with vitality" by Mojo, their album bursts with 13 infectious tracks of jangly guitars, fuzz-laden bass lines, punchy percussion and undeniable pop hooks. "Mazes may share a bloodline with Dinosaur Jr and Pavement, but they also mix grunge and bubblegum pop, with Monkees-sized tunes and hooks big enough to feature on a fishing vessel," exclaimed London's The Guardian.


October 27 - Cincinnati, OH @ Southgate House
October 28 - Indianapolis, IN @ Radio Radio
October 29 - Columbia, MO @ Mojo's
October 30 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas
October 31 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
November 1 - Iowa City, IA @ The Mill
November 2 - Minneapolis, MN @ 400 Bar
November 4 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners
November 5 - Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone
November 6 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
November 7 - Athens, GA @ 40 Watt
November 8 - Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle
November 10 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
November 11 - Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell's
November 12 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Bloody Knives Remix EP Coming Out Friday

[press release] Hailing from Austin, Texas, Bloody Knives Preston Maddox (bass, voice, keyboards, samples, programming), Jake McCown (drums, noise, programming, art) and Jim Moon (sound manipulator) combine the sounds of heavy punk and industrial with blurry ambient electronics, atmospherics, and 8-bit glitches and melodies. Their 2010 debut album 'Burn It All Down' received rave reviews from the Austin press, and the upcoming singles/remix EP (featuring mixes from Dean Garcia (Curve/SPC ECO), Crying Vessel and others), out October 28th, contains two new songs from the forthcoming album for Xd Records to be released in January 2012.

"Some bands ditch the bass, opting instead for one or two guitars that can play the low notes when needed. The guys in Austin rock/stoner metal/psychedelic band Bloody Knives do the opposite (at least in a live setting), proving that the bass/drums/synthesizer setup can work for a rock band. What’s more is that the Knives’ music comes across as thoughtful as it is forceful on stage." - Austin American Statesman

"Imagine if Pendulum made a fuzzed out shoegaze album. This would be it.” - A Little Bit of Sol

" if My Bloody Valentine tried to play Fat Wreck Chords-style melodic-punk, with this ridiculously clear and angelic male voice harmonizing over top....appealing and bewildering." - Yellow Green Red


Nov 10th - Beerland, Austin TX
Nov 11th - Studio 13, San Antonio, TX
Nov 16th - Kirbys, Wichita, KS
Nov 17th - News Room, Kansas City, MO
Nov 18th - Milwaukee, TBA
Nov 19th - XD Fest, Reggies, Chicago, IL

More to be added.

Radical Dads Ready "Mega Rama" For Vinyl Release

A message from Radical Dads...

"Pure Denizens of the Citizens Band, one thing about Radical Dads will never change, and that is our love of synthetic materials.

Shellac: Yes please.
Urethane: Lay it on us.
Polycarbonate: Don't mind if we do.
Astroturf: Naturally.
Naugahyde: Hells yup.
Kombucha: Pour it down our gullets, posthaste.

Now we are psyched to death to announce our favorite new synthetic substance: thick hot black VINYL with the nine songs of MEGA RAMA etched into its surface.

The excellent dudes at Loud Baby Sounds are releasing Mega Rama on vinyl on December 13th! You can pre-order it now, along with our new "Skateboard Bulldog" 7-inch, which comes out the very same day. Of course, you'll get your greedy mitts on the MP3s immediately.

In completely related news, we are playing a show this Friday, October 28th at Spike Hill in Brooklyn, NY. Plates of Cake, Quilty, and Conversion Party will be slaying minds too, so do us a personal solid and un-RSVP to your office happy hour so you can hang with us. The show starts at 8:30, we go on around 10:45, and you'll be $5 lighter unless you can somehow convince us to put you on "the list." (Headshots appreciated.) Spike Hill is located at 184 Bedford Ave. in Williamsburg.

We hope you enjoy the new vinyl and we hope to see you soon!"


Quick Notes: Future of the Left, Feersum Ennjin, United Fruit + More

*[press release] has premiered “Polymers Are Forever,” the first new song from Welsh rabble-rousers Future Of The Left (FOTL) since 2009. The song is the title track from the band’s forthcoming 6 song EP on Xtra Mile to be released on November 15th in the U.S. When last we heard from our heroes they released their full-length Travels With Myself And Another which Pitchfork proclaimed ”might be the finest soundtrack for slam dancing, fast driving, heavy drinking, or whatever poor decision you make this year.” Spin echoed the sentiment saying “Evil sneers like these rarely hurt so good.” Polymers Are Forever picks up the razor sharp barbs where they left off and foreshadow a U.S. return for the band and their forthcoming full-length “The Plot Against Common Sense” for 2012.


*[press release] Feersum Ennjin, the new rock band from former Tool bass player/Lusk founder Paul D'Amour, has moved their self-titled debut album to a Nov. 22 release date to add a new song ("The Fourth") that reunites D'Amour with his former band mate Danny Carey (drummer for Tool). D'Amour and Carey last worked together on the 1995 release of Tool's album Aenima.

Initial thoughts were to save the new song for the next Feersum Ennjin release but D'Amour was eager to share the track and a decision to push the release of Feersum Ennjin to Nov. 22 to allow for the inclusion of "The Fourth" was made.

D'Amour remained with Tool until the 1995 release of Aenima. He also founded the psychedelic outfit Lusk with Brad Laner (Medicine), Greg Edwards (Autolux, Failure) and Chris Pitman (Gun N'Roses). Lusk released one critically-acclaimed and Grammy-nominated release, Free Mars, in 1997 but their label imploded shortly thereafter and the group subsequently disbanded. D'Amour moved on to film composition, where he has spent the next dozen years quietly working on music for film and television.

*A message from United Fruit... "It is with a great big smile on our faces that we announce United Fruit will be supporting Dananananaykroyd at their last ever Glasgow show this Saturday at the ABC. There is of course sadness that the band are parting ways, however the opportunity they have given us is just brilliant. The show will take place at ABC in Glasgow on Saturday, October 29th. Tickets are available HERE.

*[press release] After two previous 7" single releases (see The Spells & There Is No God), Mrs. Magician makes a trifecta with latest offering, Prescription Vision 7". This two-song single (clocking in at a whopping 3:38 minutes) showcases Jacob Turnbloom's genius pop hooks beautifully. Categorize the sound however you'd like (surf, garage, doo-wop, pop, whatever) - just know these songs won't escape your brain anytime soon. You can order the Prescription Vision 7" now via Grizzly Records (ships on November 11).

Track List:
A1: Prescription Vision
B1: I Know What Girls Like

In other news, Mrs. Magician recently inked a deal with John Reis's Swami Records. The debut album is slated for a March 2012 release. Stay tuned.

Mikal Cronin Announces West Coast Tour w/ The Strange Boys, Ty Segall + More

[press release] With a debut LP praised by Pitchfork, Brooklyn Vegan, NME, Impose, L Magazine and many more, Mikal Cronin announces West Coast tour dates with The Strange Boys, Shannon and the Clams and long-time friend and collaborator Ty Segall.

For a preview of what to expect from Mikal live, give a listen to "the hilly psychedelics and unshakable hooks" of "Get Along" and the "ridiculously catchy" "Apathy" and check out the raucous live video of "Situation" from this years' Gonerfest below!

With Ty Segall producing, Eric Bauer [Ty Segall, Royal Baths] running the tape machine and guests like Thee Oh Sees' John Dwyer, Mikal Cronin emerged with a fully realized, cohesive and beautiful debut self-titled LP full of California fuzz and gorgeously unexpected psych garage pop, out now via Chicago's Trouble In Mind.

Mikal Cronin Tour Dates:

Oct 26 - The Troubadour - LA, CA FYF Presents w/ The Strange Boys
Dec 2 - SCC Lawn on Pomona - Claremont, CA
Dec 3 - El Rio - San Francisco, CA *^
Dec 4 - Luigi's Fun Garden - Sacramento, CA
Dec 6 - New Frontier Lounge - Tacoma, WA %
Dec 7 - Cabin Tavern - Bellingham, WA %
Dec 8 - Black Lodge - Seattle, WA %
Dec 9 - East End - Portland, OR &
Dec 10 - The Shanty - Eureka, CA
Dec 11 - 105 Pioneer St - Santa Cruz, CA

* w/ Shannon and the Clams
^ w/ Pangea
% w/ The Bermudas
& w/ Ty Segall (solo set)

Praise for Mikal Cronin:

"Cronin stretches his legs to record a clean, ridiculously catchy song with tons of layers. It's the full scale of things that makes 'Apathy' so great-- the harmonies, the song structuring, the piles of instruments, but mostly, the anxious feeling that's strung throughout the song. It's a song with a lot to grab onto, and it's a killer introduction to Cronin as a solo artist." - Pitchfork - 8.1

"The record packs a huge whollop in its three-minute garage-pop punches. Scraping its way through fuzz, jangle, slow burn motions and even a few psychedelic breakdowns, the record is nothing if not infectious; opening itself up wider with each play. In the truest sense of the word this is just a good record, one that's quickly jumping up our best of 2011 list and one that's not likely to leave the turntable soon." - Raven Sings the Blues

"Mikal's self-titled LP on Trouble in Mind (produced by Ty) is far and away the best thing he's ever done, is one of my albums of the year…The album has great song after great song, killer hooks and harmonies -- SoCal garagey surf-pop at it's finest." - Brooklyn Vegan

More on Mikal Cronin:

Conceived and recorded as a sort of therapy to help cope with adjusting to life post-college, an insuing break-up and geographic isolation Mikal Cronin steps momentarily away from the rhythm section of Orange County surf-punk bashers The Moonhearts with his debut solo LP. Fans can take heart, this isn’t a “vanity project” or half-baked endeavor - Mikal’s solo debut is fully realized, cohesive and beautiful, with themes that are as personal as they are universal; questioning your future, accepting your past and living in the moment. Taking influences such as late sixties Del Shannon and The Everly Brothers and filtering them through his own mutant California fuzz, Mikal deftly explores his singer/songwriter side that at moments feels like a punk Harry Nilsson or Curt Boettcher that balances sweet melodies & chords with chunky, psychedelic guitar freak-outs. Don’t let the opening Beach Boys-ian harmonies of “Is It Alright?” fool you into thinking this record can be easily pinned down. Once those guitars kick in, and you hit that first transcendent chorus, you’ll be hooked and anxiously awaiting what comes next.

The Twilight Singers Announce "Live in New York" LP

[] It’s hard to believe The Twilight Singers haven’t issued a live album yet. On record, their hard-edged alternative rips by, track after track. On stage, however, it’s a whole different beast. Frontman Greg Dulli sweats like Ewing as he berates each song to death – specifically “Bonnie Brae”. It’s quite a scene. On November 15th, fans will be able to take this highly-concentrated energy home with them, when they pick up Live in New York, The Twilight Singers’ first-ever live LP.

Recorded this past May at New York’s Webster Hall, the 21-song setlist swims through the group’s discography, featuring heavy cuts like “I’m Ready”, “Teenage Wristband”, “The Killer” and more. Fans who pre-order the limited edition deluxe CD on the band’s official site will receive the full set, including an immediate download of “Teenage Wristband”.

Check out the full tracklist below.

01. Last Night In Town
02. Blackbird And The Fox
03. I’m Ready
04. Forty Dollars
05. Beginning Of The End
06. Bonnie Brae
07. She Was Stolen
08. Don’t Call*
09. Too Tough To Die *
10. Decatur St.
11. Get Lucky
12. Teenage Wristband
13. Love
14. Annie Mae
15. Candy Cane Crawl
16. Never Seen No Devil
17. On The Corner
18. The Killer
19. Gunshots
20. King Only
21. Esta Noche

* = Limited edition-only tracks