Monday, June 25, 2012
*[SPIN.com] As SPIN's Summer Album Preview arriving later today will attest, Baroness' Yellow & Green is one of our most highly anticipated records of the year. Dripping with chantable harmonies and immersive riffs, the Savannah sludge-metal stalwarts are moving closer to the joyous terrains of alt-rock glee, culling the feel-good-inc. vibe of Meat Puppets, Foo Fighters, Weezer and Queens of the Stone Age between their paint-peeling walls of doom. The two disc, 75-minute album is split into to even halves, the pastoral art-rock of Green (like Nelly's Suit) and the swamp-blasting metal of Yellow (like Nelly's Sweat). The latter disc is where you will find the album's longest track, "Eula," which follows the mellow "March to the Sea" and the beastly "Take My Bones Away". It's a sparkling power ballad that alternates between Isis-style circular rhythms and heartachey melodies, and you can hear it HERE!
*[pitchfork.com] "Seriously," from Brooklyn-based warehouse-rock band Sleepies' forthcoming new album out in August on God Mode [vinyl on 16oh], is a not-very-serious piece of rock. It was produced by the Men's Ben Greenberg, and you can hear some of that record's pile-driving looseness at play here in the sloppy, untrained-doberman guitar riffs and the song's tempo, which yanks forward and stumbles back every few seconds, like an ancient stick-shift. The song is just-right thick, as the sardonically declaiming lead vocalist sneers while the two-chord mini-boogie of the chorus hops up and down in place like an angry toddler. A bracing, affectionate headlock of a song.
*[theprp.com] Puscifer have been covering Accept‘s “Balls To The Wall” on their latest batch of dates. Some fan-filmed footage of the group performing the cover at this past month’s “Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival” can be found HERE.
*[press release] Be sure to tune in... Diamond Rugs will perform on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight, June 25th. Diamond Rugs is the collaboration between John McCauley (Deer Tick), Robbie Crowell (Deer Tick), Ian Saint Pe (The Black Lips), Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Hardy Morris (Dead Confederate) and Bryan Dufresne (Six Finger Satellite).
They will be playing "Blue Mountains" off their debut record, Diamond Rugs (Partisan Records).
*[consequenceofsound.net] Over the weekend, Pearl Jam and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ European tours intersected in Amsterdam, and the rest is YouTube history. Eddie Vedder appeared twice during the Heartbreakers’ concert, first to handle lead on “The Waiting” and then to back Petty on set closer “American Girl”. Watch fan footage of both performances HERE. (Apparently, Jack White was in the attendance too, but didn’t feel like making dreams come true.)
*[theprp.com] Fan-filmed footage of the The Sword performing a handful of new songs, plus a cover of ZZ Top‘s “Cheap Sunglasses“, has arrived online. The footage was captured during the bands set this past Friday (June 22nd) at The Note In West Chester, PA. Tentative track titles of the material played include “Apocryphon“, “Veil“, “Execrator” and “Stormwitch“. The songs are due to surface on the bands forthcoming new album “Apocryphon“; which they will begin recording shortly with J. Robbins (Clutch, Jawbox).
*[theprp.com] A brief audio teaser of Om‘s (Sleep) new outing “Advaitic Songs” can be found over at Dragcity.com. The effort itself is scheduled for a July 24th release date.
Posted by Dan Goldin at 8:04 PM