Stephen Brodsky have been demoing material for a new project together as of late. Koller recently took to his Facebook to offer:
“Did some work on a demo for my new band with Steve Brodsky last night and it sounds friggin killer! Anyone have a good band name for us??”
Some may remember the pair teamed up onstage earlier this year.
*[theprp.com] Alain Johannes (Eleven, Queens Of The Stone Age, etc.) has begun a series of brief videos recalling some of his music-related experiences. You can watch him discuss how he met late Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Hillel Slovak and Jack Irons (ex-Pearl Jam/Red Hot Chili Peppers) in the first episode below:
*[theprp.com] The Dillinger Escape Plan‘s Ben Weinman has addressed some fan questions regarding his upcoming ‘supergroup’, Giraffe Tongue Orchestra. Alongside himself, the outfit feature Mastodon‘s Brent Hinds, Eric Avery (ex-Jane’s Addiction) and Jon Theodore (ex-The Mars Volta). Speaking on Facebook earlier this month, he offered:
“Going to address all the GTO questions in one swoop. Getting ready to book recording time now. All the guys have been touring but we are getting ready to have some collective time off the road so GTO we go! This stuff is all over the place. Classic Eric Avery bass lines, huge Jon Theodore drums, Brent Hinds melodic noodling, book ended by all my bullshit as well.
So who is going to sing for Giraffe Tong Orchestra you ask? I’m not telling. Maybe it’s a Giraffe dressed like Gene Simmons. Maybe it’s that girl in that Friday youtube video. I hear she is hot right now and prob of age by now. In the meantime check out Eric on tour with Garbage and Brent with Mastodon."
*[pitchfork.com] Because no album is complete without a teaser or trailer video nowadays, here's one for Tame Impala's forthcoming sophomore record, which appears to be called Lonerism. The follow-up to 2010's Innerspeaker is due later this year on Modular.
*[pitchfork.com] Graveface Records has launched the 2012 Graveface Charity Subscription Series, which folds a charity component into the ever-expanding realm of subscription services. It works like this: Bands record exclusive music for Graveface, Graveface presses the music on colored vinyl and then donates a portion of the proceeds to a charity of the artists' choosing. Subscribers have three different price levels and monthly packages to choose from. (Details HERE.)
The first shipment goes out in August, and includes 7"s from Mount Eerie, Serengeti with Tobacco and Advance Base, and Dosh. Other contributors to upcoming installments of the series include Whirr, Dreamend, Mike Watt, Hospital Ships, Old Canes, and more. In total, there will be 12 7" singles and three 10"s.
Watch a teaser for the series, including a sampling of new music from participating bands:
*[pitchfork.com] Seattle's Unnatural Helpers are readying their new one, Land Grab, which is out September 25 on Hardly Art. Here's the awesomely aggressive punk cut "Hate Your Teachers".
DOWNLOAD: Unnatural Helpers: "Hate Your Teachers" [right click, save as]
*[theprp.com] Soungarden frontman Chris Cornell recently invited a young fan by the name of Ben Dawson onstage during his solo set last Wednesday (June 20th) in Newcastle, England. According to those in attendance, Dawson yelled out to Cornell from the audience asking if he could play a song with him.
Cornell obliged and invited him up, with Dawson then performing an impromptu version of Soundgarden‘s “Outshined” alongside Cornell. Fan-filmed footage of that can be found HERE.
*[rollingstone.com] New York-via-London rockers Alberta Cross are set to release Songs of Patience, the follow-up to their 2009 debut Broken Side of Time, on July 17th on ATO. Take an exclusive first listen to their new single, "Magnolia," a steadily soaring jam with the kind of closing chorus that demands group sing-alongs.
"'Magnolia' is a song about too many late nights, for better or worse, and the feeling of estrangement they sometimes bring," says lead singer and guitarist Petter Ericson Stakee. "At the end of the day, though, I feel like it's more of a positive song than a negative one. It's pretty colorful and, for some, could be a sort of summer chant about having a good time. I'd say it's definitely a summer tune."
You can download Alberta Cross' "Magnolia" for free HERE.
*[theprp.com] A new track from Clutch, CKY, etc. offshoot The Company Band has premiered online. You can check out the groups “House Of Capricorn” below. The groups new EP “Pros & Cons” is scheduled for a July 31st release date through Weathermaker Music.
*[press release] Metal Injection, in cooperation with Scion A/V, unleashes ORANGE GOBLIN’s mammoth “Acid Trial” video. The track comes off the band’s A Eulogy For The Damned full-length released via Candlelight Records earlier this year. “Acid Trial” was directed by Tom J. Cronin offers up four-and-a-half minutes of psychedelic live footage, sharp visuals, hot ladies and general ass kickery.
A Eulogy For The Damned is ORANGE GOBLIN’s seventh studio album and first under the Candlelight Records banner. The offering continues to reap praise for its pure, sonic awesomeness from fans and critics nationally. Popdose called it “…pretty damn fantastic. Rockin’, riff-tastic and possibly the best record from start to finish that they’ve released yet.” Blistering crowned it “…a total pure-bred metal album,” adding that, “there’s not a trace of fluff or even a sideways idea to be found, which makes its execution all the more impressive,” while Decibel proclaimed: “Long-haired limeys, maximum riffage and turbo doom. Biker rock. From England. And it’s pretty awesome.” Metal Underground agreed: “With a sound that splits the difference between Sabbath and Motörhead, ORANGE GOBLIN serves up a potent dose of ’70s-style metal on A Eulogy For The Damned. Gloomy doom and punk power have seldom sounded so good together.”
*[theprp.com] Witchcraft‘s long-awaited new album “Legend” will now arrive on September 21st overseas on Nuclear Blast Records. A North American release date for the outing is currently pending, with more details expected soon.
*[press release] Standard 17 Productions, has cast David Yow (The Jesus Lizard, Scratch Acid) and Richard Patrick (Filter, NIN) in their forthcoming indie drama High & Outside: A Baseball Noir.
Directed by Evald Johnson, the film is based on his personal experiences as the son of a Major League baseball player turned controversial manager. High & Outside: A Baseball Noir tells the story of one man's dream to play professional baseball and the desperate measures he takes to keep that dream alive. An early teaser trailer can be viewed here.
Yow, the notorious front man for seminal post-punk bands Scratch Acid and the Jesus Lizard, has filmed a half dozen films over the past few years including the Shira Piven comedy Fully Loaded, and the award-winning short Sunday Punch. Additional cast members include Geoff Lewis (High Plains Drifter, Every Which Way But Loose), Scarlett Fay (Playboy TV), and Phil Donlon (Unbroken, Queen of the Lot). A Kickstarter campaign for High & Outside: A Baseball Noir is underway.