Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 LIVE: A LOOK BACK AT THE YEAR IN CONCERTS

We feel it's very important to music (especially the music featured on Exploding In Sound) to see bands live. The live experience can truly define a band, will generally make you a bigger fan, and in many cases create a new found lifelong appreciation for their music. I try to go to as many shows as possible (though I certainly missed a fair share of great ones) and for no particular reason other than my own curiosity, I decided to keep track of every band I had the pleasure of enjoying live this year. For all those interested, this is my official recap of one music nerd's [myself] year in concerts. Keep in mind I saw other bands as well, but I did say enjoy...


It should be noted that Grass Is Green and Pile take home the honors of my greatest repeated attendance, having seen them an enormous 10 and 9 times respectively. I'm proud to say that I enjoyed the hell out of each and every one of those shows (especially when they were together)! There are some bands you can't see over and over again, these are not those bands. As far as I'm concerned, the entire city of Boston should swell with pride whenever Pile or Grass Is Green is mentioned.

We also dipped our toes into show promoting with the "EXPLODING IN SOUND PRESENTS" series this year, as we've tried to establish a presence in our new Brooklyn home. We've been working to put together some great bills throughout the year with the hopes that everyone in attendance is as stoked for the entire line-up as we are. I'd like to take the opportunity to look back and thank everyone who played in the bands, all the venues, and everyone who attended. I look forward to keeping the momentum going into 2012 with incredible shows already announced for January [HERE] and February [HERE].


SXSW:
Pulled Apart By Horses/Markov/Disco Doom/Zlam Dunk/Gypsyblood/Gift Horse at Friends of Sound Records [co-hosted by Friends of Sound]

AUGUST:
Pile/Mail The Horse/Dead Sands at Brooklyn Fire Proof

SEPTEMBER:
Pile/Grass Is Green/Grandfather/Me You Us Them at Great Scott [co-hosted by GHouse]
Grandfather/Pile/Me You Us Them/Grass Is Green at Cameo Gallery [co-hosted by Big Ass Lens]
Zlam Dunk/Summer People/HotChaCha/Your Skull My Closet at Bruar Falls

DECEMBER:
Quilty/Pile/Grass Is Green/Bambara/Ovlov at Fat Baby

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED [in alphabetical order]:

Cave In [stripped down] + Stephen Brodsky [solo] at Great Scott
Clouds + Disappearer at St. Vitus Bar
Creepoid + Shores at LuLu's
Dinosaur Jr. (performing Bug) + Fucked Up at Terminal 5
Dirty Dishes at Glasslands
The Dismemberment Plan at The Paradise
Glassjaw + Tidal Arms at The Paradise
Hot Snakes at The Bell House
Le Butcherettes at Flamingo Cantina (SXSW)
Marnie Stern/Tera Melos/Drummers at The Middle East Upstairs
Medications/Office of Future Plans/Buildings at Rock N Roll Hotel
Mr. Dream + Widowspeak at Cake Shop (CMJ)
Mr. Dream at Piano's
Mr. Gnome + Noxious Foxes at Union Pool
Portugal. The Man at Terminal 5 (CMJ)
Porches. at Greenpoint Gallery
Pulled Apart By Horses at Latitude 30 (SXSW)
Queens of the Stone Age (performing QOTSA)/The Black Angels/Mini Mansions/J Mascis at La Zona, Rosa (SXSW)
Ringo Deathstarr/Dead Leaf Echo/Heaven/The Vandelles at Shea Stadium
Shellac at The Bell House
Sherman Burns/Pile/Margin Walker at Rugg Road
Soundgarden at Nikon Theater at Jones Beach
Torche/Big Business/Helms Alee at Music Hall of Williamsburg
Torche + Part Chimp at Mercury Lounge
True Widow at Union Pool
Ume/Me You Us Them/The Prids/Appomattox at Piano's
Weird Owl + Heliotropes at Union Pool
White Denim/Mazes/Widowspeak at Bowery Ballroom

And for the complete list of bands we enjoyed live in 2011:

• A Perfect Circle
• Action Bronson
• Adebisi Shank (x2)
• Alberta Cross
• …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead (x2)
• Appomattox (x2)
• Bad Dream
• Bambara (x2)
• Band of Horses
• Big Business
• Big Troubles
• The Black Angels
• The Black Belles
• Black Books
• The Black Box Revelation (x2)
• The Black Shades
• The Blind Pets
• Boots Electric
• The Boxing Lesson
• Bridge Farmers
• Buildings
• Bunny’s A Swine (x2)
• Burnt Ones
• Cage The Elephant
• Camper Van Beethoven
• Capsula
• Caspian
• Cast Spells
• Cave In (x2)
• Chavez
• Clouder
• Clouds
• Cracker
• Creepoid
• Crocodiles
• Cults
• Dad Rocks!
• (Damn) This Desert Air
• Dan Sartain
• Dead Cats Dead Rats
• Dead Confederate
• Dead Leaf Echo
• Dead Sands (x2)
• Death From Above 1979
• Descender
• Dinosaur Jr.
• Dinosaur Pile-Up
• Dirty Dishes (x3)
• Disappearer

• Disco Doom
• The Dismemberment Plan
• Doomstar!
• Drummers (x2)
• The Due Diligence
• Eels
• Eksi Ekso
• Fang Island (x2)
• Fax Holiday
• Fight Amp (x2)
• The Fling
• FLOOR
• The Foreign Resort
• Fucked Up (x2)
• Futurebirds
• Geronimo!
• Gift Horse
• Gifts From Enola
• Glassjaw
• The Globes
• Gozu
• Grandfather (x6)
• Grass Is Green (x10)
• Guards
• Gypsyblood
• Hawks
• Hazard Adams (x3)
• Heaven
• Heliotropes (x2)
• Helms Alee
• Hopewell
• Hot Snakes


• HotChaCha
• J Mascis (x2)
• Joe Lally
• Junius (x2)
• Killer Mike
• King Owl
• Kylesa (x2)
• Kyuss Lives
• LaFaro
• Lavinia
• Le Butcherettes (x3)
• The Library is on Fire (x2)
• Life and Limb
• Luger
• Madam Trashy (x2)
• Magnet School
• Mail The Horse
• Manchester Orchestra
• Margin Walker
• Markov
• Marnie Stern
• The Mars Volta
• Mastodon
• Mazes
• Me You Us Them (x2)
• Meat Puppets (x2)
• Medications
• Members of Morphine with Jeremy Lyons
• Meyhem Lauren
• Mini Mansions
• Mod Gun (x2)
• MonstrO
• The Morning After Girls
• Mose Giganticus
• Mr. Dream (x4)
• Mr. Gnome
• Mr. Sister
• Mutt
• My Disco
• Nassy
• Native
• Neur
• Night Fruit
• Noxious Foxes
• Obits
• Office of Future Plans
• Ovlov (x3)
• The Parlor Mob
• Part Chimp
• Peelander-Z
• PILE (x9)
• Popstrangers
• Porches.
• Portugal. The Man (x3)

• The Prids
• Primus
• Pujol (x2)
• Pulled Apart By Horses (x3)
• Puscifer
• Queens of the Stone Age (x2)
• Quilty (x3)
• The Raconteurs
• Radical Dads (x2)
• Red Bacteria Vacuum
• Red Fang
• RIBS (x2)
• Riff Cannon
• Ringo Deathstarr
• Royal Baths
• Seaweed
• Shapes Have Fangs
• She Keeps Bees
• Shellac
• Sherman Burns (x4)
• Shores
• Slang Chickens
• Snoop Dogg
• Soundgarden (x2)
• Speedy Ortiz
• Stephen Brodsky
• Stereo is a Lie
• Summer People
• Swervedriver
• The Sword
• Tall Ships
• Tera Melos
• Tidal Arms (x3)
• Torche (x2)
• Trashfire
• Truckfighters
• True Widow (x2)
• Turbo Fruits (x2)
• TV on the Radio
• Two Inch Astronaut (x2)
• Two Tears
• Ume
• The Vandelles
• Visions
• Weekend (x2)
• Weird Owl (x2)
• White Denim

• Widowspeak (x5)
• Wu-Tang Clan
• The Young
• Young Adults
• Young Widows
• Your Skull My Closet (x4)
• Yuck
• Zechs Marquise
• Zlam Dunk (x2)

I wish I started doing this years ago...

Friday, December 30, 2011

Quick Notes: Radiohead, Red Fang, + Clutch


*[NME.com] A lost Radiohead track, which was supposedly recorded by the band in the early 1990s, has been revealed as a hoax.

The title of the track was given as both 'Putting Ketchup In The Fridge' and 'How Do You Sit Still' by Radiohead fan site Ateaseweb.com, which wrote of the track: "A track surfaced today with vocals sounding like Thom Yorke's together with a Radiohead sound that could’ve been recorded in the early nineties. Think 'Pablo Honey', 'The Bends'."

However, according to CNN, the track is actually the work of singer-songwriter Christopher Stopa, who revealed that he found out that his 2001 track 'Sit Still' was being labelled as a lost Radiohead song when he sat down to listen to the track online. READ MORE HERE.

*[theprp.com] Red Fang have added a handful of headlining shows to the off-dates of their European tour with Mastodon next month and beyond. Those dates include:

01/18 Bremen, GER – Tower
01/21 San Sebastian, SPA – Mogambo
01/25 Toulouse, FRA – Les Saints Des Seines
01/27 Stuttgart, GER – Juha West
02/01 Osnabruck, GER – Bastard Club

*[theprp.com] Clutch have been performing some new material during their ongoing run of Eastern U.S. dates. Fan-filmed footage of the group performing what they introduced as a new track during their recent December 28th live stop in Portland, ME can be seen below:

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Screaming Females Record New Album w/ Steve Albini + More


[brooklynvegan.com] Screaming Females recently finished recording their fifth LP, which is set for an April 2012 release. They recorded the album at Electrical Audio in Chicago with Steve Albini. The picture above is taken from the recording sessions, which you can see more of at BV Chicago. Listen to a stream of Screaming Females playing one of their new songs live on WFMU below.

Screaming Females opened for fellow New Brunswick band Thursday at Thursday's last New Jersey show at Starland Ballroom on Monday (12/26). It was definitely the heaviest Screaming Females show I've ever seen, and if this any sign of the direction they're taking on the new album, then I'm all ears. They opened their set completely in the dark with the chugging intro of "Sheep" off 2010's Castle Talk, before bursting out into a number of songs filled with even more shredding and screaming from Marissa Paternoster than usual, while throwing in some Sonic Youth-y noise breakdowns.

Screaming Females play the Don Giovanni showcase at MHOW (2/11) with Laura Stevenson and the Cans, For Science, Shellshag, and Black Wine. Tickets are still available. All dates and stream below...

Screaming Females -- 2011/12 Tour Dates:

Dec 29 Royale Boston* Boston, MA
Dec 30 TLA* Philadelphia, PA
Feb 11 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
* - w/ Thursday

Screaming Females - New Song (live on WFMU) by TheNJUnderground

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Quick Notes: Radical Dads, Aaron Harris (ISIS), Fen

*[nbcnewyork.com] Nonstop Sound stepped into a Lower East Side hotel room with indie-rock trio Radical Dads before their noise-ridden performance in Cake Shop's dungeon-like basement. We discussed their affection for the area around the decaying Gowanus Canal, the home to their practice space. Their debut LP, Mega Rama, calls to mind Sonic Youth, Built to Spill and Broken Social Scene, but with a sheen of youthful energy sparkling on top.

View more videos at: http://nbcnewyork.com.



*[theprp.com] Former Isis drummer Aaron Harris has checked in with an update on his recent production work (Jakob, Mental Architects, etc.) over at his Blog. Also included in the post was the following blurb about his as-yet unnamed new project with his former Isis bandmates Cliff Meyer and Jeff Caxide:

“In the past I’ve mentioned my new band with Cliff Meyer and Jeff Caxide from ISIS. We have yet to find a name for it. (It seems they’ve all been taken.) I can say we plan to record in February 2012, and that we have a 4th member providing vocals who we’re excited about. I don’t want to reveal too much about it at this point, but we appreciate the enthusiasm and look forward to releasing some new music!”

*[press release] Your favorite gloomsters from the Pacific Northwest will be returning in heavy form in 2012. Fen will be releasing a vinyl edition to their critically-acclaimed album, Trails Out of Gloom. Not only will this release feature all of those gloriously dark and moody tracks, but the album will include a digital download of the bands previous and out of print album, Congenital Fixation. In further Fen news, the band is back in the studio working on the follow up to Trails and word has it that the band is leaning towards an all around heavier sound while incorporating those acoustic and ambient moments that made Trails so unforgettable. Look for that album in either late 2012 or early 2013!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

THE 30 MOST ANTICIPATED ALBUMS OF 2012

With so much incredible music released during 2011, it's time to start getting excited about all that is to come in 2012. While I'm sure there are literally hundreds of releases that have either yet to be confirmed or I'm just plain unaware of at this time, here is Exploding In Sound's picks for our most anticipated records of 2012. We don't have much information about the majority of these records just yet, but that doesn't change the fact that they're highly anticipated...

BAND: Pulled Apart By Horses
ALBUM: Tough Love
ARRIVING: January 23rd
THE SKINNY: Our favorite rowdy UK post-hardcore chums return with the highly anticipated sophomore album Tough Love. Lead single "V.E.N.O.M." shows an extended range on their hard as nails skate punk style and can be downloaded for free on their official website [link above]. Spastic intertwining guitars and thunderous rhythms lead to the boogie down destruction of monstrous riffs and throat shattering hollers.



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BAND: Crippled Black Phoenix
ALBUM: (Mankind) The Crafty Ape
ARRIVING: January 30th
THE SKINNY: "The fifth Crippled Black Phoenix album is upon us and it marks a new chapter in the history of the band. The thematic focus for this album is firmly planted in the corruption of mankind and injustice, but also ultimately in the hope that all is not lost. The music and themes have been created as to represent the world inside and outside of the mind, with no compromise. Musically, there’s the usual dose of misery-vs-hope, a well known Crippled Black Phoenix trademark, but also a large dose of rock, the volumes have been turned up and self-awareness is ever-present. The album has a bigger sound in general and the dynamics more refined." - Mascot Records

Crippled Black Phoenix - A Letter Concerning Dogheads by coolgreen
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BAND: Grass Is Green
ALBUM: Ronson
ARRIVING: February
THE SKINNY: The last couple times we had the opportunity to see Grass Is Green live they have played sets entirely of material from Ronson, their big, nasty, proper full length (13 tracks!). These songs have absolutely blown us away and we're itching like a doped out fiend to hear this record. The songs sound tighter live than anything we've experienced from the band with dizzying twists and turns that offer a strong vocals, stomping hooks, angular guitars, and furious rhythms on tracks like "Panera" and "Jesse's Fashion Show". I have to believe this is going to be one of the best albums of 2012, but only time will tell. Check out the teaser below...



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BAND: Mark Lanegan Band
ALBUM: Blues Funeral
ARRIVING: February 7th
THE SKINNY: It's been nearly eight years since the last Mark Lanegan Band release Bubblegum dropped in 2004, and the collective are back with their first album for 4AD. If lead single "The Gravedigger's Song" is anything to go by, we're in for a phenomenal record yet again. Joined by usual conspirators Alain Johannes, Josh Homme, Greg Dulli, and Jack Irons, Lanegan continues to deliver the dark gravel voiced melodies he's spent the past few decades perfecting over seedy riffs and throbbing rhythms reminiscent of early Queens of the Stone Age. Download/stream the infectious single below.


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BAND: The Twilight Sad
ALBUM: No One Can Ever Know
ARRIVING: February 7th
THE SKINNY: "Produced by Andrew Weatherall (Primal Scream, Two Lone Swordsmen, Fuck Buttons), the new LP had the band in London for a month, working with vintage analog synths, and attempting to emulate the production styles of Factory Records’ Martin Hannett and Cluster‘s Conny Plank. As guitarist Andy MacFarlane explains in a press release, “We wanted to be a lot more spontaneous, get outside our comfort zone – not to fall back into repeating what we’ve done previously.” The change in scenery shifted the band “toward a sparser sound, with a colder, slightly militant feel.” - Consequenceofsound.net Have a listen to album closer "Kill It In The Morning" below...

The Twilight Sad - Kill It In The Morning by Fat Cat Records

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BAND: Band of Skulls
ALBUM: Sweet Sour
ARRIVING: February 21st
THE SKINNY: We enjoyed Band of Skulls debut album, but it didn't exactly blow us away. Things look like that may be changing on Sweat Sour, with our first tastes coming in the form of "The Devil Takes Care of His Own," a dirty stoner blues anthem with an enormous hook, soaring duel vocals and big badass guitars and the equally awesome title track. The band will release the album via their own imprint Electric Blues Records (fitting name to say the least) distributed through Vagrant and you can bet the trio will spend the majority of the year on the road.



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BAND: Mr. Dream
ALBUM: Fatherland / Montreal Sex Machine
ARRIVING: February 28th / Fall
THE SKINNY: Mr. Dream have already hit the studio to follow up our favorite album of 2011 with plans to release a five or six song EP in late February just in time for their west coast tour with Cloud Nothings. The band described their new EP as "Weirder and darker, more in the vein of stuff like “Trash Hit”, “Learn the Language”, “Moneybags”, and “Scarred for Life”. Sexier and woozier than that sounds though. Production-wise I’ve changed my entire setup since ‘Trash Hit’, from pres to mics to converters to outboard to monitors. Adam has a new guitar rig, courtesy of our patron saint Chris Ott. We’re also just a lot better at this shit than we were a year ago." Consider our interest as piqued as can be. The band will also follow up the EP with a new full length Montreal Sex Machine, tentatively due in the Fall.



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BAND: Future of the Left
ALBUM: The Plot Against Common Sense
ARRIVING: Late Winter/Early Spring
THE SKINNY: The record clocks in with fifteen songs at just under 50 minutes and its safe to say there will be heaping amounts of scathing riffs, snide vocals, and abrasive melodies on hand. Future of the Left's warped sense of humor is still ever prevalent with song titles such as "Sheena is a Tshirt Salesman," "Failed Olympic Bid," and "Robocop 4 - Fuck Off Robocop" just some of the potential highlights. The band proved on the recent Polymers are Forever EP that they're taking new risks and pushing their sound in new directions, and while it may take some getting used to from longtime fans, ultimately it's a great thing and we can't wait to hear what they have in store.



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BAND: Dirty Dishes
ALBUM: TBA
ARRIVING: Spring
THE SKINNY: While the upcoming Dirty Dishes EP was included on our "Most Anticipated Albums of 2011" list as well, we can safely say its nearing completion. The band has restructured with a new rhythm section, Doug Wartman and Zack Fierman (AKA King Orchid, an instrumental duo who also have a new album coming in 2012) and seems to be thriving with new energy. The new songs are more confident with stronger attention to vocals and sexy dark guitar riffs in the vein of Deftones' finest material. The new tracks have become live staples over the past year and we're willing to bet they're going to be stellar recordings. The band also have a potential 7" coming out later in the year with three of the most epic songs you can ever hope to hear, stay tuned!



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BAND: Blacklisters
ALBUM: TBA
ARRIVING: April
THE SKINNY: Blacklisters have being making a hell of a lot of noise in 2011, and things are only getting louder as they band gear up to release their full length debut on Brew Records this spring. Churning out blistering noise rock with memorable melodies and blaring aggression, the album was produced by Ross Halden and mastered by Carl Saff (Young Widows, Oxes, Melt Banana). If you miss The Jesus Lizard as an active band, sink your teeth into Blacklisters, a full on assault on the eardrums.



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BAND: Shoes And Socks Off
ALBUM: TBA
ARRIVING: Spring
THE SKINNY: After a year spent busy touring the UK both solo and with new band Love Among The Mannequins, Tobias Hayes will return in 2012 with a fresh batch of Shoes And Socks Off material, the fifth album and first to be released on vinyl. You can expect gorgeous vocals and poetic lyrics, but anything else is up in the air. As with all of SASO's releases, Hayes likes to expand on the idea of what the project entails and has reported working with several special guests. Whomever they are, we can't wait to hear what they've come up with.



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BAND: Pile
ALBUM: TBA
ARRIVING: Late Summer/Early Fall
THE SKINNY: This one obviously has a very special place in our heart as it will be the first release on Exploding In Sound Records, so it's safe to say it's the most anticipated album we've ever had. Not to mention the highly anticipated full length follow up to Magic Isn't Real, a record that has undoubtedly become our favorite of the past ten years. The band have been busy writing songs and getting a feel for the direction they will head in, but with recent releases "Pigeon Song," "Rape Whistle," and new live favorites "You're Doing It Wrong" and "The Browns" it's safe to say Pile have another masterpiece or two still in them. Look for more details on this record coming soon, and try to contain yourselves until its release... we know it's going to be hard! In the meantime, go see them live!



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BAND: The Cast of Cheers
ALBUM: TBA
ARRIVING: 2012
THE SKINNY: After recording their debut album Chariot in a total of three days and offering it up as a free download on their Bandcamp page, The Cast of Cheers rapidly gained over 150,000 new fans. The Dublin quartet look to follow that up with a new record in 2012, an album being promoted as their "proper" debut. If Chariot was merely a demo, we can only imagine what's in store when they release the upcoming effort. Check out lead single "Family" below for a taste of the bands explosive math rock/post punk influenced dancefloor ready sound...



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BAND: The Evens
ALBUM: TBA
ARRIVING: Sometime in 2012
THE SKINNY: Five years after the release of "Get Evens," Ian MacKaye and Amy Farina are set to return with a new full length album. You can expect some more subsonic baritone guitar and complex delivered rhythms delivered with a calming folk charm as only The Evens can provide. The band released the brand new "2 Song Single" 7" this past fall, a continuation of the tension filled sound the duo has perfected with stunning duel vocals and thought provoking lyrics.


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Other notable releases...

*The Absolute Monarchs
*Big Business
*Broken Water
*The Bronx
*(Damn) This Desert Air - Pyramids [tentative title] [Summer]
*Fang Island [Summer]
*Hawk Eyes
*Kyuss Lives!
*The Mars Volta
*The Melvins
*Queens of the Stone Age
*Satellite Tragedy - Soundtrack For an Ascension [Spring/Summer]
*Slang Chickens
*Soundgarden
*Tera Melos
*Tool

Monday, December 26, 2011

Quick Notes: Flaming Lips, ††† (Crosses), Omar Rodriguez Lopez + More


*[consequenceofsound.net] As previously reported, The Flaming Lips are set to team up with Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band for a pair of New Year’s Eve shows in the Lips’ hometown of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. As Psych Explorations of the Future Heart points out, Wayne Coyne and co. recently prepped for the big gigs by covering The Beatles’ classic “I am the Walrus” at Oklahoma City’s Pink Floor Studio. The Lips’ design and film collaborator George Salisbury was on hand to capture the moment, and you can watch the video below.

What follows is plucked from the middle of a fairly long trip of some sort. The band clang and bang their instruments to and fro, while cawing and nodding their heads through the warm haze of whatever they may be on. Frontman Wayne Coyne appears to be vibin’ particularly hard, whispering the song almost in slow-motion before he takes a lick of his orange disc microphone like it was a Creamsicle. Seems they all took the self-added ending of “everybody smoke pot” a bit too literal.



*[theprp.com] The recent teases of ††† (Crosses) in the studio are a mystery no longer. The band, who feature members of Deftones and Far, have revealed that the recent sessions were for an upcoming EP. A new teaser for the outing which looks to carry the title of “EP ††” can be found below:



*The Mars Volta's Omar Rodriguez Lopez was on tour in Australia in December 2011 with his own band, the Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group. Omar also plays bass in the support band, Le Butcherettes fronted by exuberant lead singer Teri Gender Bender (and includes new drummer Lia Braswell). Australian Musician editor Greg Phillips sat down with both Omar and Teri at the East Brunswick Club on the afternoon of one of their sold out Melbourne shows to chat about their music. Video filmed and edited by James Phillips...

Omar Rodriguez Lopez & Teri Gender Bender interview from Australian Musician magazine on Vimeo.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Quick Notes: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Hopewell, Vending Machetes + More

*Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are offering a FREE download of a new track, "The Absent" for the holidays, here's what they had to say about it... "Thank you to everyone for coming out to the shows and everything else this year. We're going to give you all a song called "The Absent." Sorry it's not a super happy song, we don't mean to be downers. Happy Whatever Day you like to call it.

Peace, Love and all that stuff from us. We'll see you in 2012." - BRMC

DOWNLOAD "THE ABSENT" HERE!

*Hopewell have posted an alternate edit of their song "Good Good Good Desperation" that was apparently to be used in a film only to be left on the cutting room floor. Lucky for us, you can stream it below...

Good Good Good Desperation Edit 23 by Hopewell by Retsoor

*Boston's Vending Machetes have posted an in studio video for their song "Dead Giveaway," recorded live at Foundry24 in Charlestown, MA by Chris Thomas of Strewnshank Productions. This video serves as the first recorded output we've heard since guitarist/vocalist Abe Kimball added former Kid:Nap:Kin drummer Pat Hanlin and bassist Ryan Schwartzel to the line-up. The song will be on the band's upcoming new album.



*[theprp.com] Storm Corrosion, the collaborative project featuring Opeth frontman/guitarist Mikael Akerfeldt‘s and Porcupine Tree‘s multi-instrumentalist Steven Wilson have launched an official Facebook page [link above]. An update on the aforementioned site reads as follows:

“Storm Corrosion will be issued by Roadrunner in April 2012. Apart from Mikael and Steven, the album includes guest appearances by Gavin Harrison on drums/percussion, Ben Castle on woodwinds, and Dave Stewart on string arrangements.”

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Quick Notes: Crippled Black Phoenix, Red Fang, Giraffe Tongue Orchestra


*Crippled Black Phoenix have posted their brand new track, "A Letter Concerning Dogheads," for streaming/download from their label Cool Green Recordings' Soundcloud page HERE. This is the first track unleashed from the HIGHLY anticipated upcoming Crippled Black Phoenix album (Mankind) The Crafty Ape, due out January 30th 2012.

Crippled Black Phoenix - A Letter Concerning Dogheads by coolgreen

*Check out a sneak peek of Red Fang's upcoming video for "Hank is Dead". The song comes from their fantastic Murder The Mountains and the video will see a release early next year. Should be another hilarious one from the kings of modern music videos.



*[theprp.com] The Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman was interviewed on radio station WFMU today, December 22nd. The interview can be found in full HERE and perhaps most interestingly saw Weinman reveal that his upcoming Giraffe Tongue Orchestra supergroup has switched drummers.

Rather than former The Mars Volta drummer Thomas Pridgen, the group have now instead recruited ex-The Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore. According to Weinman, the band — which also features Mastodon vocalist/guitarist Brent Hinds and former Jane’s Addiction bassist Eric Avery — have around a half an album done and are in no rush to complete it.

The door also appears to be open for some as-yet unannounced potential collaborators as well.

Introducing: Underground River

Underground River are a band from Binghamton, NY made up of Adam Southard and Hunter Davidsohn. My first introduction to the band came on Summer People's "Never Gonna Take That One Away" one of the many highlights on Teamwork. The track features both Southard and Davidsohn. The duo recently released their debut album Endless Air; The Other Side of Happening for FREE download via their Bandcamp page HERE.

"Its a fantastic mix of minimal folk, fuzzed out psychedelia, and blues, at times reminiscent of Revolver era Beatles and others Leonard Cohen, among many others. However it still retains a very original, unique sound. Jade Soto, the female vocalist of Summer People, also makes an appearance." - Peter Kremer

Stream the entire record below...

The Black Belles Announce February Tour


The Black Belles have announced tour dates for February 2012 with Bleached. The band released their self titled debut on Jack White's Third Man Records earlier this Fall. Check out the tour dates below...

02-05 Muncie, IN – The Center Stage $
02-06 Lexington, KY – Cosmic Charlie’s $
02-08 Atlanta, GA – Earl $
02-09 Durham, NC – The Pinhook $
02-10 Harrisonburg, VA – James Madison University $#
02-11 Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory $#
02-13 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom $
02-15 Chicago, IL– Empty bottle $

$ w/ Bleached
# w/ Bleeding Rainbow

"Lost" Radiohead Track Surfaces Online


[NME.com] A 'lost' Radiohead track from the early 1990s has surfaced online. Scroll down to listen to it.

The title of the track has been given as both 'Putting Ketchup In The Fridge' and 'How Do You Sit Still' by Ateaseweb.com. The Radiohead fan site wrote: "A track surfaced today with vocals sounding like Thom Yorke's together with a Radiohead sound that could’ve been recorded in the early nineties. Think 'Pablo Honey', 'The Bends'."

Radiohead recently made two new tracks available to hear online -'The Daily Mail' and 'Staircase'. The tracks, which were recorded during the studio sessions for the band's latest album 'The King Of Limbs', were posted on the band's official YouTube account. They're also available to buy on music streaming service Deezer and Amazon.co.uk.

Last month, two previously unreleased Radiohead demos were posted online. The songs, 'Everybody Knows' and 'Girl (In The Purple Dress)', were recorded when the band were still known as On A Friday and before guitarist Jonny Greenwood joined the band.

The Twilight Sad Offer Free INXS Cover


A message from The Twilight Sad...

"Hello Everyone! Here's a wee Christmas/holiday season present for you! We decided to record a version of INXS's "Never Tear Us Apart" for a few reasons.

We recently played a couple of low key acoustic gigs and there was a competition for us to cover some of our favourite songs from the 80's and "Never Tear Us Apart" was an option but we felt we could do something more than just an accoustic cover of the song, so we decided to record a lofi version of it at home in Kilsyth, Scotland. It was mostly recorded in Andy's bedroom and Mark did all his parts at his own house.

The other reason is that it's the 10th anniversary of one of our favourite films "Donnie Darko" and this song is on the soundtrack. I remember being 16/17 and in high school when it came out and loving everything about it. the soundtrack as well as the original score was pretty amazing and it introduced me to some bands which are now my favourite artists of all time. So we thought we'd celebrate the anniversary by covering this song.

Also we wanted to give everyone who likes our band a present for supporting us over the years!

A big thank you from The Twilight Sad!

P.S. I don't even know to this day if I truly understand Donnie Darko but that's what makes me like it so much.

Donwload: The Twilight Sad - Never Tear Us Apart (INXS cover) HERE!

Red Hot Chili Peppers Extend Tour Dates


[press release] Red Hot Chili Peppers have sold out additional dates on their upcoming I'm With You World Tour. Due to overwhelming demand, second shows have been added on February 18th in Oakland, CA and the sold out February 27th date in Los Angeles, CA. The 2012 arena tour will be the band's first full-scale tour of the U.S. since 2007 when they hit the road in support of 2006's Stadium Arcadium.

JANUARY

20th Sunrise, FL Bank Atlantic Center *
21st Orlando, FL Amway Arena *
23rd Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
25th Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
27th Raleigh, NC RBC Center
28th Columbia, SC ColonialLife Arena
30th Duluth, GA Gwinnett Center*
31st Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum

FEBRUARY

3rd Memphis, TN FedEx Forum
4th New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena *
17th Oakland, CA Oracle Arena *
18th Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
26th Los Angeles, CA Staples Center *
27th Los Angeles, CA Staples Center *
29th San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center *

MARCH

2nd Glendale, AZ Jobing.Com Arena
4th Denver, CO Pepsi Cener
6th San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
8th Houston, TX Toyota Center
9th Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
13th Tulsa, OK BOK Arena
15th Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena
16th Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena

* SOLD OUT

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Quick Notes: Caspian, Soundgarden, Kylesa + More


*[punknews.org] Caspian will begin recording their fourth album this January with producer Matt Bayles (Minus The Bear, Mastodon, Isis, The Sword). This album marks the first time that the Beverly, Massachusetts, instrumental band has worked with an outside producer. Guitarist Philip Jamieson commented on the partnership:

"Much like with our past records, we have a very clear idea of what we want to accomplish with this album," said Caspian guitarist Philip Jamieson. "With this release, however, we are intentionally looking to explore more spontaneous approaches to production and reach out for ideas and sounds that feel new and vibrant. The material seems flexible enough to allow for that," he added, "and working with Matt makes a lot of sense for us. Not only do we greatly admire his work, but we know he will bring an objectivity to the proceedings that can create a new recording environment for the band that ultimately benefits the final product."

The band released Tertia in 2009 on The Mylene Sheath.

*[theprp.com] Soundgarden‘s overseas summer (more or less) festival touring plans continue to expand. Here’s how their overseas schedule will now run:

03/27 Landgraaf, NET – Pinkpop Festival
06/01 Nurburgring, GER – Rock am Ring
06/03 Nuremberg, GER – Rock im Ring
06/07 Solvesborg, SWE – Sweden Rock Festival

*[theprp.com] More Kylesa live footage will appear on tonight’s (December 21st) episode of “Last Call With Carson Daly“. Footage of the band performing of their track “Don’t Look Back” is set to grace the show.

*[thequietus.com] Angular post-punk types Holy State recently signed to Brew Records, with an upcoming LP and UK tour due for April. In the meantime, they've made a video for new song 'Lady Magika', which you can watch below.

"The vessel launches!" they say in their description. "We see a radical change, away from the rhythmic, machine-like motion, into a smooth-flowing and surreal trip. Lights and strange shapes dance around as the vessel plunges through space and time, into a psychedelic dreamland. The world become distorted in a nonsensical and bizarre fashion, creating kaleidoscopic, surreal images."



*Denver sludge masters Black Sleep of Kali have posted a trailer for their upcoming split 12" with Union of Sleep. While there are no vocals to be found on this sampler, there are indeed some mighty huge riffs. Check it out below...

EULA Debut "Hollow Cave" Video

EULA have posted a brand new video for their track "Hollow Cave". The song comes from the Brooklyn via New Haven, CT band's full length debut Maurice Narcisse, a spectacular blend of post-punk and indie rock, nimble and whispy one moment, noisy and sludgy the next. The video was directed by Ancient Domain. "Hollow Cave" captures the trio at their most restrained, a hazy slow song that winds down the record. The video was made out of old super 8 films of the director's family mixed with iphone video of EULA's Alyse. When you're done watching the video, be sure to check out the entire rowdy record below...



The Life And Times Debut "Day Twelve" on Noisecreep


[noisecreep.com] The Life and Times is a power trio that combine the most dynamic elements of angular post-hardcore and expansive space rock.

Formed in Kansas City, Mo. in 2003, the group features singer/guitarist/keyboardist Allen Epley (formerly of Shiner), bassist Eric Abert and drummer Chris Metcalf. The band's debut full-length 2005's 'Suburban Hymns' earned critical praise of such outlets as Pitchfork who proclaimed that the band's "shoegaze-inspired guitars are neatly folded between heavy modern rock drumming, rhythms are toyed with, stretched, and collapsed" and "the band creates a wall of sound that moves in and evaporates like fog, leaving only keyboards and moogs behind."

'No One Loves You Like I Do,' The Life and Times' third album, will be released next month and Noisecreep is thrilled to bring you an exclusive in-studio video performance of 'Day Twelve,' a track off the forthcoming full-length.

Watch The Life and Times' 'Day Twelve' In-Studio performance video below.

The Life and Times guitarist/vocalist Allen Epley told Noisecreep about the 'Day Twelve' video shoot:

"We shot the video at our studio here in Chicago, affectionately named Electronical for its super close proximity and relative puniness to Steve Albini's Electrical studio. It was done on a blistering hot day in June and our studio has no climate control. Through the sweat we mic'd up the drum kit and amps and kind of just faked our way through what turned out to be a pretty cool live in-studio performance.

"Eric and Chris couldn't hear any of the vocals and neither could I much – to be honest. It was filmed by Clayton Brown and edited by Eric Abert, our bassist, at a point in time after we'd laid down basic tracks and overdubs on everything, but still hadn't begun the mixing process for 'No One Loves You' which happened in Sept 2011 at the Blasting Room by Jason Livermore. It's an entirely live recording with absolutely no overdubs or cleanups, performed while finishing an entire bottle of Cabin Still bourbon."

The Life and Times will release 'No One Loves You Like I Do' on Jan. 17 via Slimstyle Records.

Catch the band on these upcoming tour dates for 2012.

January:
18 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
19 Denton, TX @ Dan's Silver Leaf
21 Tuscon, AZ @ Plush
22 Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite
23 San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Norde
25 Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
27 Norman, OK @ The Opolis
28 St Louis, MO @ The Firebird

February:
24 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
25 Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
27 New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
28 Boston, MA @ O'Briens
29 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie

March:
1 Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage
2 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Quick Notes: Soundgarden, Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor + More


*[theprp.com] Soundgarden will be taking part in the annual European festival season this coming summer. The band have officially been confirmed for “Rock am Ring” in Nurburgring, Germany on June 01st. They will follow it up on June 03rd with a set at the “Rock im Park” festival in Nuremberg, Germany.

*[consequenceofsound.net] “I think it’s safe to say that he is my generation’s most talented musician-producer-songwriter.” – In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl digressed on his respect for Trent Reznor. Later into the interview, Grohl offered a short story about working with Reznor on 2005′s With Teeth, adding, “He can do everyone else’s job better than they can, so you have to be good. And that pushes you to be great.”

*[NME.com] Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner says he's 'forgotten' how to write a hit single. The Sheffield bred star says that despite having five Top Five singles between the years 2005 and 2007 with his band, he no longer knows how to make a smash hit. The singer said: "I have fucking forgotten how to do that… I don't know what that is any more, it's a different landscape these days."

In the interview with The Sun, he also downplayed his singing, saying: "I was never a singer. I have had to practice at that and writing melodies is something that didn't come naturally. I was more comfortable writing lyrics.” He added: "I am still working on it but I think we are getting there with the singing thing."

To read a full interview with Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders and to find out what's on his Christmas wishlist, pick up this week's special Christmas issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands and available digitally now.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Sundress Announce 2012 Tour Dates + Free Download


[press release] Denton, Texas band Sundress have announced late winter 2012 tour dates in support of their self-released EP -- which is available now via Bandcamp. The tour begins on January 11 at Dan's Silverleaf in Denton and currently wraps up on January 28 at Double Wide in Dallas, TX. To celebrate the tour, the band is offering a download of the track "Derelict" (which you can also watch the band perform live below). Sundress will have additional dates to announce shortly -- current tour schedule below. [ed note: Sundress' self titled EP was included in our Top 5 EPs of 2011, which can be found HERE.]

Sundress is an American Psychedelic-Pop band, formed in 2010 by principle members Ryan McAdams, bassist Drew McCary and guitarist Kennon Talley. After several band name and member changes, they added keyboardist Jim Harrington and drummer Derek Kocich to round out its current lineup. Sundress' brand of ethereal dream-pop marries many influences ranging from Pink Floyd and The Beatles to Slowdive and Sparklehorse.

Sundress have self-released two EPs (Fever - 2010; Sundress - 2011) that led to praise from the likes of the Dallas Observer, Consequence of Sound, I Guess I'm Floating, Rawkblog, You Ain't No Picasso, Knox Road, Austin Town Hall, and more. Since their inception the band has played almost every major festival in Texas (SXSW, Nx35 Conferette) and supported the likes of Tame Impala, Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Washed Out, Stardeath and White Dwarfs, and Ringo Deathstar.

Download: Sundress - "Derelict" MP3

Tour Dates:

Jan. 11 -- Denton, TX -- Dan's Silverleaf
Jan. 16 -- El Paso, TX -- Lowbrow Palace
Jan. 17 -- San Diego, CA -- Soda Bar
Jan. 18 -- Santa Monica, CA -- Central SAPC
Jan. 19 -- TBA
Jan. 20 -- Las Vegas, NV -- Bunkhouse Saloon
Jan. 21 -- St. George, UT -- GoGo 37 Gallery
Jan. 25 -- San Antonio, TX -- The Ten Eleven
Jan. 27 -- Austin, TX -- Stubbs (Inside)
Jan. 28 -- Dallas, TX -- Double Wide

"Derelict," with its rush of electric guitars and an actual attempts at coherent pop structure and dynamics, will keep you pressing play. The track draws a lot on Grizzly Bear's haunting distance, almost to a fault, at least until the huge, wonderful Britpop chorus." - Rawkblog

"Beginning with a deep bass line, "Sundress" slowly moves into a melodic, shoegaze anthem highlighted by ethereal, spacey guitar accents that give things a necessary otherworldly distance. While that distance and underlying psychedelic element defies the nature of the band's name, the mood certainly gives resonance to the song's title." - Tympanogram

"On this single you'll hear squalling guitars and a quieted vocal that rests just on the crest of the compositions. At times, your ears will hear a shift in levels, with the traditional rise and fall of your every day dream pop. I can't wait to hear how their sound blossom and grows in the coming years, as this seems like a good musical investment for us all." - Austin Town Hall

"Hailing from Denton, TX, Sundress weave a '90s pop sound with the lighter side of shoegaze; there's a lot more Slowdive than My Bloody Valentine in their sound." - Knox Road

"Fortunately for us, the beginning bass is merely the start of a terrific track that builds and blossoms into a tango of lo-fi and melodic shoegaze that will leave your ears wanting more of what Sundress has to offer." - I Guess I'm Floating

"Derelict," is irrefutably the sweet spot; lyrics drone over melodic guitar, drums and a fluttering organ, combining for an intoxicating brew." - Dallas Observer

Sundress "Derelict" from North Avenue Studios on Vimeo.

Mr. Dream Ready "Fatherland" for February Release


[consequenceofsound.net] Before the year tears down, Brooklyn's Mr. Dream have announced that they will hit the studio next week to knock out a new EP, titled Fatherland. While’s it’s unclear if the title is an ode to Robert Harris’ 1992 novel of the same name, the band did go on to confirm that it’ll be out “around” February 28th and there will be a limited supply of 12″ vinyls sold at their forthcoming West coast dates with the Cloud Nothings (see below). They also don’t know whether it’ll be five or six tracks long. Yeah, we’ll let the band explain it:

"the songs are weirder and darker, more in the vein of stuff like “trash hit”, “learn the language”, “moneybags”, and “scarred for life”. sexier and woozier than that sounds though. production-wise i’ve changed my entire setup since ‘trash hit’, from pres to mics to converters to outboard to monitors. adam has a new guitar rig, courtesy of our patron saint chris ott. we’re also just a lot better at this shit than we were a year ago."

Check out the tentative tracklist below. Fans should already notice a few of the tracks – “What a Mess”, “Palace Complex”, and “Believing and Shitting” – given that they were played on Mr. Dream’s recent fall tour.

Fatherland EP Tracklist:

01. What A Mess
02. Palace Complex
03. Fatherland
04. Slow Learner
05. Believing and Shitting
06. Whichever song is internally referred to as “Stiffarm vs. Heisman”

Mr. Dream 2012 Tour Dates:

03/01 – Costa Mesa, CA @ Detroit Bar *
03/02 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echo *
03/03 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill *
03/05 – Portland, OR @ Holocene *
03/06 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile *
03/07 – Vancouver, BC @ Media Club *
03/08 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux *
03/09 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court *
03/10 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *
03/12 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room *
03/13-18 – Austin, TX @ South by Southwest

* = w/ Cloud Nothings

Exploding In Sound's Top EPs + Reissues of 2011

Exploding In Sound is happy to present our favorite reissues and EPs of the year (many of which are available for free) for your reading/listening pleasure.

REISSUES:
5. Queens of the Stone Age - Queens of the Stone Age [Remastered] [Domino / Rekords Rekords]





BUY | LISTEN

4. Archers of Loaf - Icky Mettle [Merge]





BUY | LISTEN

3. Bitch Magnet - Bitch Magnet [Temporary Residence]





BUY | LISTEN

2. Nirvana - Nevermind: 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition [Geffen]





BUY | LISTEN

1. Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream: Deluxe Edition [Virgin]





BUY | LISTEN

EPs:
10. Clouds - B Chuggas May Be Logging [Hydra Head]





BUY | LISTEN

9. Dead Wives - Scuz Bucket [self released]





FREE DOWNLOAD | LISTEN

8. Wives - Wives [self released]





FREE DOWNLOAD | LISTEN

7. Ovlov - What's So Great About the City? [self released]





NAME YOUR PRICE DOWNLOAD | LISTEN

6. Weekend - Red [Slumberland]





BUY | LISTEN

5. Sundress - Sundress [self released]





BUY | LISTEN

4. Future of the Left - Polymers Are Forever [Xtra Mile]





BUY | LISTEN

3. ††† (Crosses) - [self released]





BUY / FREE DOWNLOAD | LISTEN

2. Glassjaw - Coloring Book / Our Color Green (The Singles)





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1. Pile - Big Web Seven Inch





BUY / NAME YOUR PRICE DOWNLOAD
| LISTEN

Quick Notes: Radiohead, Chino Moreno, The Horrors

*[consequenceofsound.net] As previously reported, “The Daily Mail” and “Staircase”, two unreleased Radiohead tracks from The King Of Limbs sessions, are available through digital retailers starting today. The band has also uploaded both tracks onto its official YouTube channel, and you can find the streams below.

Both tracks were recorded as part of the band’s in-studio performance The King of Limbs: Live From The Basement, filmed earlier this year, and can be purchased in mp3 and WAV formats. The King of Limbs: Live From the Basement will be released digitally through iTunes today, and on DVD and Blu-Ray in the U.S. on January 31st.




*[theprp.com] Chino Moreno of the Deftones, etc. fame recently sat in with cover band Camp Freddy at The Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, CA. Moreno was one of the numerous guests in attendance for the event.

You can watch Moreno cover Spacehog‘s “In The Meantime” and “Search And Destroy” by The Stooges below:




*[NME.com] Rhys Webb and Joe Spurgeon of The Horrors have revealed that they will be forming a new band for New Year's Eve. Webb told NME that the act will most likely be called Bang Bang Bang and will be a "one-off thing". The December 31 show will take place at the Buffalo Bar in North London and will also see S.C.U.M's Huw Webb – Rhys' brother – in the band. Rhys said:

"Joe and I are gonna play with a new outfit, which we've as yet not written the music for. It'll be me on bass and singing, my brother who plays in S.C.U.M on guitar and Joe on drums - just a one-off thing."

The night will also see a set from Toy and Bang Bang Bang have promised they will play brand new songs and "might do a couple of covers" as well. In the Christmas Q&A with NME, Rhys Webb also said that this year he'll be spending Christmas Day at home, but on Boxing Day will be heading down to a "soul party" in Southend with the rest of his bandmates. "It's on the top floor of this old pub," he said, "me and Joe DJ Northern soul and rhythm'n'blues and stuff. That'll be our fourth year doing it now." Read the full interview HERE.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Quick Notes: Tool, F*cked Up, How To Destroy Angels + More


*[fourtheye.net] Blair released the Tool 2012 Newsletter for December today, and it talks about Tool amongst other things. Word is that 2012 should be a good year for Tool fans as “projects that have admittedly taken quite a while are now getting finished, and should soon be ready for you to scrutinize.” One rumor floating around is that the video for "The Pot" may be shown at the coming Tool gigs.

Speaking of Tool gigs, [user] Kanaduh seems to think that Intronaut will be the support act for this tour, at least for the Toronto gig according to Ticketmaster.

*[pitchfork.com] Fucked Up played their excellent 2011 LP David Comes to Life in its entirety at Le Poisson Rouge in New York last month alongside the Calder Quartet. Pitchfork.tv was there to film the special performance. Watch the whole show over at Pitchfork.tv. The opening, featuring "Let Her Rest" and "Queen of Hearts" is below.



*[theprp.com] Trent Reznor spoke with Rollingstone.com regarding the release of How To Destroy Angels‘ forthcoming full-length debut. According to Reznor the effort will likely arrive sometime in the first quarter of next year. Lengthy touring in support of it isn’t guaranteed however as Reznor offered:

“At the moment, I’ve got a baby due in a couple of weeks and that’s my main priority, to have that show come off without a hitch. We’ve been discussing the idea of playing some live shows. I can’t tell you that I’m dying to go on a year-long tour right now, but I am feeling the itch of performing live in some capacity.”

Speaking further on the subject of touring with How To Destroy Angels he stated:

“Really, why I stopped Nine Inch Nails as a live entity was because it started to feel like I’ve done it, I’ve done it, and I’ve done it again. [I] started to feel like I needed reinvention and I needed to force myself into that. How to Destroy Angels has been an interesting creative outlet. I think when people hear what we’ve been up to, it will be very validating on my part.”

*[theprp.com] Chris Cornell‘s previously scheduled performance on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” has now been pushed back to January 05th. Cornell was originally set to perform on the show last night, December 16th. No reason was given to the postponement.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Tool Announce Complete Tour Schedule


[theprp.com] Tool have now officially announced the bulk of dates for their early 2012 tour. Here’s where they will be playing:

01/14 Reno, NV – Reno Events Center
01/15 Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Events Center
01/17 Tucson, AZ – Tucson Arena
01/18 Albuquerque, NM – Tingley Coliseum
01/20 Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre
01/21 TBA – TBA
01/24 Toledo, OH – Huntington Center
01/25 Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
01/26 London, ON – John Labatt Centre
01/28 Boston, MA – TD Garden
01/29 Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
01/31 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
02/01 East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center
02/03 TBA – TBA
02/04 Charlotte, NC – Bojangles Coliseum
02/06 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Bank Atlantic Center
02/07 Orlando, FL – UCF Arena
02/08 Duluth, GA – Gwinnett Arena