Thursday, May 24, 2012

Quick Notes: The Afghan Whigs, Melvins/Hammerhead, Josh Homme/Mondo Generator + More

*[] Last night, the reunited Afghan Whigs delivered their first performance in 13 years on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. With help from ?uestlove, the band ran through their new cover of “See and Don’t See” for television proper before revisiting the Congregation track “I’m Her Slave” for the web. Take a gander below.

The band has 28 tour dates on the horizon, kicking off tonight at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom. You can find the full docket on their website.

*[] A new Melvins Lite track titled “A Growing Distaste” can be streamed below. In addition to appearing on the bands new album “Freak Puke” (out June 05th;) it will also surface on a split 7″ picture disc with Hammerhead. Amphetamine Reptile Records will be putting out the 7″ as part of the Post Moral Neanderthal Retardist Pornography art and music show.

*[] Nick Oliveri revealed that his former Queens Of The Stone Age, etc. bandmate Josh Homme will guest on the upcoming Mondo Generator release. Oliveri recently told Dean Delray about the collaboration in the following interview:

In other Homme news... Homme has done an infomercial for the new Scissor Sisters album “Magic Hour“. You can watch that HERE.

*[] What’s next for The Flaming Lips now that their blood-soaked Record Store Day vinyls are in the hands of some very rich fans? How about a Guinness World Record attempt for the most concerts in one 24-hour period? Duh.

The current record is held by Jay-Z, who played seven concerts in seven cities in 2006. Wayne Coyne and co. intend to one up Hov on June 27th, when they play eight shows across the American South. And so you can follow along, MTV will stream the record setting attempt to coincide with the O Music Awards. Wayne Coyne explains via press release...

“Like when the Sex Pistols did their one and only American tour, the weird mid-south (Memphis to New Orleans), has something very absurd about it when contrasted with radical visionary musicians. … Elvis and Jazz were at one time radical, but are now mainstream tourist attractions. … I don’t remember if I was asked or if I volunteered. … But, I’ve accepted the job of, not DRIVING, but commandeering the Magical Mystery Merry Prankster bus. … I’ve accepted the attempt at breaking the world record of performing 8 shows in 24 hours. And I’ve explained to the music freaks at MTV, VH1 and CMT that I am not a host. … But, I always liked the way Jerry Lewis would get all sweaty toward the end of his yearly telethon. … To play and sing Flaming Lips songs at 8:00 in the morning… Well… I’m open to new experiences…”

Wayne Coyne explains via video HERE.

*[] While his former Chili Peppers have kept busy — what with being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and headlining a string of summer festivals – John Frusciante has kept relatively quiet. But on July 9th, the eccentric axeman will return with a new solo EP.

Letur Lefr marks Frusciante’s first release since 2009′s The Empyrean. As Invisible Movement reports, the five-track effort “will most likely feature a song with R&B singer Truth Hurts (a.k.a Share Watson), after she revealed she was collaborating with John for his new project back in December of 2011.”

*[] The 11th annual Austin City Limits Music Festival runs October 12-14th at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. The lineup boasts Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack White, The Black Keys, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Florence and the Machine, Avicii, Bassnectar, Iggy and the Stooges, The Avett Brothers, The Roots, The Shins, Weezer, M83, Gotye, The Afghan Whigs, Crystal Castles, Andrew Bird, M. Ward, Alabama Shakes, and Childish Gambino.

Also playing are Tegan and Sara, Rufus Wainwright, Thievery Corporation, Umprhey’s McGee, Metric, Stars, Delta Spirit, Polica, Esperanza Spalding, Steve Earle, Patterson Hood, Gary Clark Jr., Die Antwoord, Big K.R.I.T., Zola Jesus, The War on Drugs, Black Lips, Los Campesinos! Freelance Whales, Caveman, Tennis, LP, Two Door Cinema Club, Trampled By Turtles, Oberhofer, Bombay Bicycle Club, Old 97s, Antibalas, Lee Fields & the Expressions, Father John Misty, Ben Howard, Michael Kiwanuka, and Patrick Watson.

Three-day and single-day passes are now available via the festival’s website.

*[] An official multi-camera live video of Mastodon performing “All The Heavy Lifting” can be seen below. The footage is taken from the groups February 11th stop at the Brixton Academy in London, England.

*[press release] On May 29, At A Loss Recordings will unleash the vinyl edition of Avenger, the critically-acclaimed studio offering from California desert rock trio, TOTIMOSHI. Championed by Rock Sound for its “smart and uniquely wonky brand of hard rock that’s sometimes bluesy, sometimes sexy, sometimes spaced out but never anything less than completely compelling,” and commended by The Obelisk for its absorbing variations, noting: “It’s dissonant but melodic, dirty and clean, noisy but engaging, structured but open,” Avenger is another eclectic milestone in the band’s already winding catalog of sonic ingenuity.

And now, Avenger will finally be available on vinyl! The pressing is limited to 500 copies and available on either opaque purple or black vinyl. Pre-orders are available HERE. Avenger was produced by Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Shrinebuilder, Tool), mastered by John Golden (Melvins, Mike Watt, OM) and includes appearances by Dale Crover (Altamont, The Melvins, Shrinebuilder), Brent Hinds (Mastodon) and Scott Kelly (Neurosis, Shrinebuilder).

Avenger is fresh and crisp, with much to digest…. a thoroughly satisfying album.” —

“Though it aims for the throat, Avenger consistently seeps into the soul, proving that Totimoshi remain one of the most original forces in modern metal.” — Exclaim

“Comparable to classic rock, but fused with enough modernity to grant relevance over nostalgia, TOTIMOSHI is a steady and robust rock unit, at times flirting with enough progressive adventure to negate expectations of typical rock repetition.” — Stereokiller

*[press release] Due to popular demand, The Sword have produced a 1,000 piece limited edition vinyl single of “Hammer of Heaven”. The 7 inch picture disc will also feature a version of “Ebethron” recorded live at Austin’s legendary Stubb’s Barbeque. The vinyl picture disc will be released on June 22nd and is available now for pre-order HERE. Those pre-ordering will receive the single along with a 7 x 7 signed and numbered glossy insert and an exclusive T-shirt.

A small quantity of the single will also be available at the band’s June dates leading to their appearance at the Orion Music and More Festival.

June 17- Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds
June 18- New Orleans, LA - House of Blues Parish
June 19 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
June 20- Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade
June 21 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
June 22- Westchester, PA - The Note

*[] MonstrO have been given the nod to support Danzig on his run leading up to this years “Bonnaroo Music Festival“. Those dates include:

05/26 Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
05/27 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
05/31 Kansas City, KS – Uptown Theatre
06/01 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
06/02 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
06/04 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
06/05 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE

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