Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Exploding In Sound + Shifting Sounds present: GRACKLE ROCK [Friday, March 16]

Exploding In Sound and Shifting Sounds are thrilled to announce our showcase during The Austin Facial Hair Club's GRACKLE ROCK. Taking place Friday, March 16th on two stages at The Grackle (1700 E. Sixth St.), we've put together a bill that you really can't miss. The FREE event will feature thirty bands from all over the globe... and in case that we're enough... free kegs (while they last). Not too shabby! The alliance of co-hosts have come together, and we couldn't be more excited about the line-up.

Friday, March 16th

FREE ENTRY! FREE KEGS! [while supplies last]

Outside Stage:

12:30-1:00 - Trebuchet (Denton, TX)
1:15-1:45 - DZ Deathrays (Brisbane, Australia)
2:00-2:30 - The Auxiliary Voice (Dallas, TX)
2:45-3:15 - Ritz Riot (Brooklyn, NY)
3:30-4:00 - Unstoppable Death Machines (Brooklyn, NY)
4:15-4:45 - Galaxy Express (Korea)
5:00-5:30 - Mittenfields (Washington, DC)
5:45-6:15 - The Devil Rides (Austin, TX)
6:30-7:00 - Dead Twins (Dallas, TX)
8:00-8:30 - Black Books (Austin, TX)
8:45-9:15 - Future of the Left (Cardiff, South Wales)
9:30-10:00 - Magnet School (Austin, TX)
10:15-10:45 - The Life and Times (Kansas City, MO/Chicago, IL)
11:00-11:30 - Gentlemen Rogues (Austin, TX)

Inside Stage:

1:00-1:20 – Dirty Dishes (Boston, MA)
1:45-2:05 – Bridge Farmers (Austin, TX)
2:30-2:50 – Me You Us Them (Brooklyn, NY)
3:15-3:35 – Eula (Brooklyn, NY)
4:00-4:20 – Zlam Dunk (Austin, TX)
4:45-5:05 – Summer People (Binghamton/Syracuse/Ithaca, NY)
5:30-5:50 – Wintersleep (Halifax, Canada)
6:15-6:35 – Ume (Austin, TX)
7:00-7:20 – Bloody Knives (Austin, TX)
8:30-8:50 – Mr. Dream (Brooklyn, NY)
9:15-9:35 – Grass Is Green (Boston, MA)
10:00-10:20 – Capsula (Bilbao, Spain)
10:45-11:05 - Family (Brooklyn, NY)
11:30-11:50 - Supersonic Piss (Iowa City, IA)
12:15-12:35 - Superchief (Des Moines, IA)
1:00-1:20 - Skycrawler (Austin, TX)

Poster art courtesy of Tiny Little Hammers.

Quick Notes: Mr. Gnome, Sleeper Agent, At The Drive-In

*[] Coveted thrift store finds always make for a good story, especially when it doesn’t involve a t-shirt from the ’80s that’s now ironic and too small. Take for instance Mr. Gnome’s B-side, “The Way,” which was largely constructed from a thrift-store organ the duo found for twenty bucks in Madison, Wisc. “I started messing around one night and found this one setting that reminded me of the Flaming Lips,” recalls singer/guitarist Nicole Barille. “I started free styling a few melodies over the simple chord progression, recorded the session onto a GarageBand demo and when it came time to record, used all of those ideas and tried to really layer up the vocals so that each part progresses until the end.”

Indeed, “The Way” is a lesson in vocal layering. The duo also messed around with electronic rhythms, a new thing for them. “We’ve always been into experimenting with every type of sound possible so this is just another side of what we do,” she says. “Lyrically, this song is a bit dark. There are moments in life where you may feel like you’re losing your mind and this was definitely one of those moments.”

Mr. Gnome’s new album, Madness in Miniature, is out now. Stream "The Way" HERE.

*[press release] Sleeper Agent kicks off their tour with fun. tonight at the Higher Ground in Burlington, VT. If you haven't seen them in concert, you MUST change that IMMEDIATELY! Tickets for almost all of these dates are SOLD OUT but here's hoping you already got tickets...

Sleeper Agent Tour Dates (w/ Fun.):

2/29 - Higher Ground - Burlington, VT
3/1 - Lupo's - Providence, RI
3/2 - Recher Theatre - Townson, MD - SOLD OUT
3/3 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC - SOLD OUT
3/7 - State Theatre - St. Petersburg, FL- SOLD OUT
3/8 - Beacham Theatre - Orlando, FL - SOLD OUT
3/9 - Center Stage - Atlanta, GA - SOLD OUT
3/10 - Workplay Theater - Birmingham, AL - SOLD OUT

*[] At The Drive-In‘s reunion run of shows slowly continues to expand. The latest addition to their schedule is a performance at the “Fuji Rock Festival” in Niigata, Japan. The festival will be held at the Naeba Ski Resort from July 27th-29th.

Child Bite Ready "Monomania" + Tour Dates

[press release] On March 27th Detroit's ominous touring machine Child Bite will be releasing their new album Monomania with Joyful Noise Recordings.

In the 19th century, the word 'monomania' was used in the psychiatry world to define a "single pathological preoccupation in an otherwise sound mind." The soundness of Child Bite's collective 'mind' could be debated, but, like all things in music, it depends on your definition of 'sound.'

"Monomania" is a stylistic quantum leap for this seasoned band. Now on their 6th official release, Child Bite's sound has developed into something... well, something quite sinister. Featuring session drummer Moshe Rozenburg (from DD/MM/YYYY), the band has never sounded so tight, unabashed, and just fuckin' gnarly. This is certainly the darkest and most mature effort we have seen from Child Bite.

"Monomania" is limited to a pressing of 500 10" records on bright green vinyl, featuring hand-made artwork screen-printed by singer Shawn Knight - who is well known for artwork in his own right, having worked with bands like Jesus Lizard, The Black Keys, Mastodon, Faith No More, etc.

The song "Begin the Hiss" was premiered today via IMPOSE. Listen to the song HERE!

The bright green 10" w/ instant MP3 can be purchased for $10 HERE!


03.07 - Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class
03.08 - Columbus, OH @ Summit
03.09 - Athens, OH @ The Morgue
03.10 - Chattanooga, TN @ TBA
03.11 - Pensacola, FL @ TBA
03.12 - Mobile, AL @ Alabama Music Box
03.13 - Houston, TX @ Super Happy Fun Land
03.14-17 - SXSW
03.18 - Hot Springs, AR @ Valley of the Vapors
03.19 - Little Rock, AR @ Vinos Brew Pub
03.21 - St. Louis, MO @ Cicero's
03.22 - Evansville, IN @ TJs Stockyard
03.23 - Bloomington, IN @ TBA
03.24 - Lafayette, IN @ Foam City
03.25 - Chicago, IL @ Burlington

The Diamond Center Release New 7" + SXSW Dates

[press release] The Diamond Center are returning to SXSW after a busy year - since their 2011 appearance, the band has performed at Austin Psych Fest, Deep Heaven Now, MACRoCK Conference, RVA Music Festival, and Instant Pleasure RVA Psych Fest, before teaming up with Funny / Not Funny Records to release their new California/Bells 7" record. The single is out on March 13th, and The Diamond Center are headed to SXSW with their new material.

Stream the first single from the upcoming California/Bells 7" (Funny/Not Funny Records) "California" below.

Tour Dates:

March 7: Athens, Ga – Caledonia
March 8: Tuscaloosa, AL – The Green Bar
March 9: Oxford, MS – Two Sticks
March 11: Lubbock, TX – Prairie Fire Theater
March 14: SXSW – Funny/Not Funny-Holy Smokes Showcase: Light Bar
March 15: SXSW – STPP Richmond Showcase: Casa Chapala *headlining*
March 17: SXSW – Tomb Tradition Showcase: Scottish Rite Theater
March 18: SXSW – 3C/Yotanka Agencies Showcase: Easy Tiger
March 20: Conway AR – House show
March 21: Memphis TN – Lamplighter Lounge
March 22: Nashville, TN – Dino’s
March 24: Lynchburg, Va – Rivermont Pizza

The Diamond Center are saucer-eyed oracles lighting a path through the barren wilderness with their lush shimmery neo-psychedelia. They're dueling shamans healing and crushing with woozy, pulsing, charged, crackling creations pairing sanguine rustic vocals with a hint of spectral country noir and minimalist reverb-soaked guitars with bass, keyboards, and multi-manned percussion, all through warm hazy washed-out production. These are Native spirits traversing a moon-lit Texas desert. They've traded their horses for camels, interwoven their beads with bells, and laced their feathers with charms.

"It feels as if we could be dancing with some of the most romantic hellhounds out there, when Price is singing. She’s got them dogs up on their hind legs and they’ve got their front paws on her shoulders, going around the fires.” - Daytrotter

"With its slow, rhythmic beat, eerie vocals, and minimalist instrumentation, 'Wtt'...confidently and effectively builds tension and exhibits the strange, magnetic allure of The Diamond Center." - NPR

“a pulsing, washed out, surf rock…that houses just the right amount of old record fuzz and eastern psychedelia” - I Guess I'm Floating

White Denim Set to Headline JanSport Bonfire Sessions at SXSW

[press release] JanSport today announces its third annual Bonfire Sessions, a free outdoor concert series with music brought to you in partnership with Noisey, VICE’s music channel. The JanSport Bonfire Sessions bring music fans free events featuring bands and a bonfire under the big sky. The series will premiere Tuesday, March 13th at Mowhawk Bar on 912 Red River Street in Austin, TX with a free concert headlined by Austin foursome White Denim. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the showcase will start at 1:00 p.m. The event is 18+ to attend.

Hometown headliners White Denim have been at it since 2006, pumping out psych-garage bangers that harken back to the lost art of jam. Other bands in the line-up include Strange Boys, who simultaneously define and defy rock in 2012, post-punk band Bear Hands, hailing from the great borough of Brooklyn, and new kids Fly Golden Eagle, who present a new take on balmy, jangly indie pop.

In addition to the concert line-up, local artist Justin David Cox will create a unique poster for the Austin Bonfire Sessions, and concertgoers will receive limited edition silk-screened prints at the show. Cox is a designer and photographer living in Austin, Texas. He works out of a shared space in east Austin known as Public School.

Admission to The JanSport Bonfire Sessions in Austin is free, but space is limited. To receive event news before it’s published, RSVP HERE.

For up-to-date Austin Bonfire Sessions event information, including where to line up, visit JanSport’s blog Unzipped.

The third annual JanSport Bonfire Sessions will take place in five cities across North America. The idea is simple - a free outdoor concert featuring a locally adored band and a bonfire. This year, the live performances in Austin, Palm Springs, Toronto, Seattle and San Francisco will be captured on film for a new live music documentary series on Posters for each event will be created by a local artist as well and will be given away to fans at the show.

Relive the magic of last year’s JanSport Bonfire Sessions in Seattle, Montreal and Austin HERE.

Electric Jellyfish Release New Single + US Tour Dates

A message from Twin Lakes Records...

"This is a really exciting week for us as we'll be bringing you the new EP from Australia's Electric Jellyfish. We really can't get enough of these tunes, and we're thrilled to be sharing them with you. Recorded in a two-day session in Melbourne’s inner north suburbs in between shows on their 2011 Australian tour, "Trouble Coming Down" officially comes out this Thursday, March 1 as a very limited edition cassette (100) and download on Twin Lakes. Raw, elemental, and filled with post-punk fury, these tunes channel Leadbelly, the Jesus Lizard, and Joy Division all at once through a singular grunged-out blend of Gothic folk and blues punk.

The Electric Jellyfish 2012 US Tour kicks off this week as well, which will include SXSW appearances and shows with some of our favorite artists: Aussie legends Feedtime, Spectre Folk, Tall Firs, Noveller, Hank IV, Golden Boys, Carlton Melton, and Twin Lake's own MYTY KONKEROR. EJ frontman Michael Beach will also be making a special solo appearance at SXSW, with yours truly backing him on drums... stoked! You can see a full list of dates at the link above. You definitely don't want to miss these guys if they stop in a city near you."

Tour Dates:

FEBRUARY 29 - OAKLAND, CA - 1234 Go Records
MARCH 1 - CORVALLIS, OR - Interzone Cafe
MARCH 3 - SEATTLE, WA - Comet Tavern
MARCH 4 - OLYMPIA, WA - House Show
MARCH 7 - SANTA CRUZ, CA - The Blue Lagoon w/ Teeth and Tongue (AU)
MARCH 8 - FRESNO, CA - Fulton 55 w/ Feeling Of Love
MARCH 9 - DAVIS, CA - Davis Bike Collective w/ Feeling Of Love (FR)
MARCH 10 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - El Rio w/ Hank IV, Mike Donovan (Sic Alps) + More
MARCH 18 - NEW ORLEANS, LA - The Pearl Lounge
MARCH 21 - KNOXVILLE, TN - Pilot Light w/ The Golden Boys, Three Man Band
MARCH 24 - CHICAGO, IL - Permanent Records (Early Show)
MARCH 24 - CHICAGO, IL - Burlington Bar w/ Moonrises, Brain Idea
MARCH 25 - BLOOMINGTON, IN - The Bishop w/ Night Beats, Trmrs, Apache Dropout
MARCH 27 - CLEVELAND, OH - Now That’s Class
MARCH 28 - NEW HAVEN, CT - Bar w/ Spectre Folk, MYTY KONKEROR
MARCH 29 - NEW YORK CITY, NY - Ding Dong Lounge
MARCH 30 - PHILADELPHIA, PA - Pilam w/ Far Out Fangtooth, Harsh Vibes
MARCH 31 - NEW YORK CITY, NY - Cake Shop w/ Feedtime
APRIL 1 - HOBOKEN, NJ - Maxwell’s w/ Feedtime
APRIL 3 - NEW YORK CITY, NY - Death By Audio w/ Tall Firs

Baroness' John Baizley Discusses New Album

[] Baroness frontman/guitarist John Baizley was recently interviewed by and saw fit to discuss the bands forthcoming new album. The group have wrapped the recording of the outing with producer John Congleton (Modest Mouse, Black Mountain) once again behind the boards. Plans are currently being made for a summer release via Relapse.

An excerpt from the interview centered on the new opus can be found below:

“Can you describe the new album? Does it have a title yet?

It does have a title (which I won’t yet divulge), and it is finished and in production now. The new record at the very least is the beginning of a bridge towards something more unique and honest for Baroness. I’ve been more concerned with the composition and craft of songwriting this year than I ever have in the past. Historically, and with some regrettable hindsight, I see our old records merely as interesting pieces of music cobbled together with a significant amount of serendipity at play. We’ve gotten lucky at times, not so much at others.

We are a process-driven band, and we have been refining our process, while expanding our palette, throughout the past year. We wanted to present a challenging record, both for the band and its audience. I think we’ve been successful in that regard. We have developed our sense of melody, composition, and song-craft. At the end of the recording session, I felt like a child who had just figured out a challenging puzzle: proud of the fact that it had been achieved and excited at the prospect of delving into a new one. That’s what I always strive for; not so much an endpoint, rather a series of challenges in stages.

This record, I am sure, will challenge our fans in much the same way as it has challenged us. We have broadened the spectrum of our capabilities and textures, and we have taken some turns throughout the record which I believe are considerable risks. The act of risk taking whilst writing music is the reward in itself, and we are excited to get out on tour and see the way it comes alive onstage.”

Quick Notes: Fiona Apple, British Theatre (Oceansize), Arctic Monkeys + More

*[] Fiona Apple has added another date to her comeback tour, and it’s the biggest one yet. The acclaimed songwriter will appear at New York City’s Governors Ball Music Festival on Sunday, June 24th. She joins a bill which already includes Beck, Built to Spill, Modest Mouse, Cage The Elephant, and Cults, among others.

Single day, two-day, and VIP passes are currently on sale via the festival’s website. Check out Apple’s updated tour schedule below.

03/15 – Austin, TX @ Central Presbyterian Church (SXSW)
03/19 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
03/21 – Washington, DC @ Sixth and I
03/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
03/24 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Music Box
03/26 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
03/27 – Boston, MA @ Royale
06/24 – New York, NY @ Governors Ball Music Festival

*[] British Theatre (featuring ex-Oceansize members Mike Vennart and Richard Ingram) have released a new three song digital EP via their Bandcamp.

*[] Arctic Monkeys have unleashed a brand new standalone single, entitled “R U Mine?”, along with its corresponding music video. Check it out below. You might be hearing this on the band’s upcoming tour with The Black Keys, which starts this week.

*[] Los Angeles and Copenhagen-based pop-art trio Gliss will soon return with their latest LP, entitled Langsom Dans. Much like the band itself, the album was an international affair, recorded in Los Angeles with the assistance of mixer Michael Patterson (Girl With The Dragon Tattoo OST, Social Network OST), and then mastered in Stockholm by Henrik Jonsson (Fever Ray, Lykke Li, The Knife). Production wrapped just two weeks ago, but already we have an early peak with the music video for the lead single, “Weight of Love”.

Directed by Paul Boyd, the video is a visual transformation of the track’s surreal, dream-like qualities. With the “Weight of Love” coming from all angles, Victoria Cecilia and co. take to the weightlessness of a psychedelic swimming pool, instruments and all, for just a moment of relief. Watch the video below, and prepare to bring the album poolside as 2012′s warmer months roll around.

Gliss - Weight of Love from Gliss on Vimeo.

*[press release] Today marks the release of And the Tears Washed Me, Wave After Cowardly Wave, Dreamend’s new album on Graveface Records. To celebrate, the album is streaming in its entirety all week long on Rdio.

And the Tears Washed Me, Wave After Cowardly Wave is Part 2 of Dreamend's telling of the true story of a serial killer's unraveling psyche, grisly misdeeds, and eventual death. After purchasing a personal journal of a serial killer at an auction in the woods, Ryan Graveface of Dreamend was inspired to tell the macabre story contained in its pages. Where Part 1, So I Ate Myself, Bite By Bite released in 2010 covered the first thirty years of the serial killer's life, Part 2 takes place after his initial taste for blood and ends with his death.

The album begins by throwing you headfirst into a whirling haze of buzzing basses, banjos, auto-harps, and heavily distorted vocals. The waves of sputters and buzzes periodically recede to reveal the album's folk-rock backbone, and are quickly built up again. The tales of two people run parallel to each other, the serial killer's told through the lyrics, and Ryan's through the pained ringings of crippled stringed instruments, the rattling of pill bottles used as makeshift percussion, and the analog groans of pedals, and synths that have seen better days. The album evinces melancholy at times, but even though it is what Ryan calls “real downer music,” there is still an air of triumph in almost every track – possibly the triumph over disaster. If anything, And the Tears Washed Me, Wave After Cowardly Wave shows that destruction can be embraced and rendered into an engine for creation.

Radiohead Debut New Songs + More Tour Dates

[] Radiohead kicked off their 2012 world tour in Miami last night and unsurprisingly, there were a few notable moments. Included in their 24-song set were two new songs, “Identikit” and “Cut A Hole”, as well as the first-ever performance of the OK Computer b-side “Meeting in the Aisle”. Watch the video footage below, and stay tuned to Consequence of Sound for a full review of last night’s concert.


1. Bloom
2. The Daily Mail
3. Magpie
4. Staircase
5. National Anthem
6. Meeting in the Aisle
7. Kid A
8. The Gloaming
9. Codex
10. You and Whose Army?
11. Nude
12. Identikit
13. Lotus Flower
14. There There
15. Feral
16. Idioteque
17. Separator
Encore 1
18. Airbag
19. Bodysnatchers
20. Cut A Hole
21. Arpeggi
Encore 2
22. Give Up the Ghost
23. Reckoner
24. Karma Police

Radiohead 2012 Tour Dates:

02/27 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena *
02/29 – Tampa, FL @ St. Pete Times Forum *
03/01 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena *
03/03 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center *
03/05 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center *
03/07 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center *
03/09 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center *
03/11 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center *
03/13 – Broomfield, CO @ 1stBank Center *
03/15 – Glendale, AZ @ Arena *
04/09 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena *
04/11 – San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion *
04/12 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl *
04/14 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/17 – Mexico City, MX @ Foro Sol ^*
04/18 – Mexico City, MX @ Foro Sol ^*
04/21 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
06/08 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
06/30 – Rome, IT @ Hyppodrome (Rock in Roma) ^
07/01 – Florence, IT @ Parco Delle Cascine ^
07/03 – Bologna, IT @ Piazza Maggiore ^
07/04 – Codropio, IT @ Villa Manin ^
07/06 – Berlin, DE @ Wulheide ^
07/07 – Berlin, DE @ Wulheide ^
07/09 – Canton de Vaud, CH @ Quarry of St. Triphon ^
07/10 – Nimes, FR @ Les Arenes ^
07/11 – Nimes, FR @ Les Arena ^
07/13 – Bilbao, ES @ Bilbao BBK Live
07/15 – Lisbon, PT @ Optimus Alive!
07/25 – Taipei, TW @ Nanang Exhibition Hall
07/27-29 – Jisan, KR @ Jisan Valley Rock Festival
07/27-29 – Niigata, JP @ Fuji Rock Festival
11/06 – Auckland, NZ @ Vector Arena
11/09 – Brisbane, AU @ Entertainment Centre
11/12 – Sydney, AU @ Entertainment Centre
11/13 – Sydney, AU @ Entertainment Centre
11/16 – Melbourne, AU @ Rod Laver Arena
11/17 – Melbourne, AU @ Rod Laver Arena

* = w/ Other Lives
^ = w/ Caribou

Retribution Gospel Choir Release FREE EP + Tour Dates!

[] Psych-rock outfit Retribution Gospel Choir – the side project of Low members Alan Sparhawk and Steve Garrington — released their sophomore LP 2 back in early 2010 [which cracked Exploding In Sound's Top 25 albums]. On March 27th, they’ll return with a brand new EP, The Revolution, via Sub Pop Records. Co-produced by the band and Matt Beckley in their homebase of Duluth, MN, the EP sees their already-improvisational sound “moving in an exciting, new direction, at speed,” according to a press release. The four-track effort is available for streaming and/or download right now below (pre-order your physical copy here).

To coincide with the physical release of the EP, the band has announced a chunk of tour dates for April/early May; peep the full schedule just below the EP tracklist.

The Revolution EP Tracklist:
01. Feel It
02. The Stone (Revolution!)
03. Maharisha
04. I’m a Man

Retribution Gospel Choir 2012 Tour Dates:

04/04 – Sheffield, UK @ The Harley
04/05 – London, UK @ Old Blue Last
04/07 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
04/27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
04/28 – Washington, DC @ Red Palace
04/30 – Nashville, TN @ Basement
05/01 – Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Café
05/02 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
05/03 – Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Marriages Debut "Ten Tiny Fingers" + Tour Dates

[press release] Red Sparowes offshoot band Marriages premiere the first song from their forthcoming debut today via Prefix Mag. The track "Ten Tiny Fingers" is culled from their new recording, Kitsune and is available to download/stream HERE.

Watch a video teaser for Kitsune featuring the band at work in the studio below.

Marriages also take to the road in March with dates supporting SF black metal faves Deafheaven. The trio -- comprised of Red Sparowes members Emma Ruth Rundle (vocals, guitar), Greg Burns (bass, synthesizer) and David Clifford (drums) -- will perform at the Sargent House official SXSW showcase in Austin, TX on March 16th. Please see complete dates below.

Marriages formed in late 2011, quickly recording their debut with engineer Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Big Business, Tool) in December. The resulting effort, Kitsune will be available on CD and Download via Sargent House on May 1st.


03/09 Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell *
03/10 Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space *
03/11 El Paso,TX @ Low Brow *
03/13 Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves *
03/16 Austin, TX @ Bat Bar (Sargent House official SXSW showcase) #

* w/ Deafheaven, Whirr
# w/ Deafheaven, Zechs Marquise, Indian Handcrafts, Chelsea Wolfe, more.

Artist: Marriages
Album: Kitsune
Label: Sargent House
Release date: May 1st, 2012

Track list:

01. Ride In My Place
02. Body of Shade
03. Ten Tiny Fingers (MP3)
04. Pelt
05. White Shape
06. Part The Dark Again

"One of our favorite tracks of the year. The on face sprawling, sort of far off 'Ten Tiny Fingers' hooked us not only with its crushing enormous sound but with its soul." -- Blah Blah Blah Science

"Those of you who know Red Sparowes already, I can tell you that Marriages is a lot darker, and in essence, a lot more experimental, but I think most Red Sparowes fans will incline towards appreciating what this new band offers." -- Metal Assault

"Whereas the Nocturnes offered ethereal folk with a backbone on Aokigahara, Marriages' forthcoming album Kitsune has a tougher skin. But that certainly doesn't mean the raw strength of songs like 'Ten Tiny Fingers' come without a tidal wave of beauty. Here, they burn with more of an experimental fire and play between light and shadows. It's just as hypnotizing, if not moreso." -- Buzzbands L.A.

Greg Dulli Discusses Afghan Whigs Reunion w/ The Quietus

[] 2012 will be a busy year for Greg Dulli and the Afghan Whigs, with reformation gigs at All Tomorrow's Parties I'll Be Your Mirror festivals in both London and New Jersey, with the latter event featuring a line-up chosen by Dulli himself.

According to the frontman, there have been requests for a Whigs reunion for the past decade. But, he says, this time around "a perfect storm" resulted in the band getting back together. "The acoustic tour I did a year and a half ago, John Curley [Afghan Whigs bassist] came out with me for five or six of the shows, and then I saw Rick McCollum [guitar] last spring when I was on tour with Twilight Singers, he came to the show and we had lunch," Dulli explains.

Although Dulli and Curley did discuss the possibility of getting back together, the "perfect storm" was created when All Tomorrow's Parties boss Barry Hogan was left "a little bit of a bind" when Guided By Voices had to pull out of the May I'll Be Your Mirror. "So in a lot of ways, we were kinda stepping in to help someone out," Dulli said. The reunion soon snowballed, which means that we're going to be looking at a series of Afghan Whigs shows. "Then it turned into 'Ah, we'll play a few'. We’ll see. I’m imagining we’ll play more than four gigs. We’ll probably play 25-30 gigs, would be my guess. We’ve got five gigs now, and we’ll play at least another 20 gigs, I would imagine."

However, there will be no new material. "We never broke up the band for any reason other than we’d taken the band as far as we wanted to take it. We aren’t getting back together to make a new album. We’re doing this one time: see it now, or never see it again. That’s what’s going to happen here. We’ve always been friends so it’s not any kind of great thing of having to swallow your pride to get back in the room. These are my buddies, so we were never at odds in a friends relationship. We just wanted to do different things, so we split up, and when we’re done with this, we’ll split off again."

Who exactly will we be seeing in this incarnation of the Afghan Whigs? "Well, you’re getting the three of us [Dulli, Curley, McCollum], and you’ll have to wait and see who the other few people are," Dulli says. "Three guys started The Afghan Whigs, and three guys made all six albums. Those are the three guys you’re gonna see. We’re the only three guys who made all the records and did all the shows. And we are The Afghan Whigs. That who you’re gonna see: you’re going to see The Afghan Whigs."

The Afghan Whigs play All Tomorrow's Parties I'll Be Your Mirror in London on Sunday, May 27th 2012, and curate I'll Be Your Mirror New Jersey between September 21st and 23rd 2012. For information and tickets, visit the ATP website. Visit the Quietus later this week for Simon Price's full interview with Greg Dulli.

Mr. Gnome Announce Tour Dates

A message from Mr. Gnome...

"Hiya Everyone! We've been hibernating for the past few months but are finally awake and ready to hit the road again. Our spring tour starts on February 29th and will go through May - full list of tour dates below.

In other news, we'll be releasing a new digital 7" titled Softly Mad. The 7" features two b-sides from our latest album, Madness in Miniature and will be out March 20th. We now also have our second pressing of Madness in Miniature available on coke bottle green vinyl with orange splatter! Oh boy!!

Also, we'll be releasing a new music video for our song, "House of Circles"... coming very soon! See you all very soon…"

02/29 Louisville KY @ Zazoo's
03/01 Nashville TN @ Exit/In
03/02 Cincinnati OH @ Mayday
03/03 Lexington KY @ Green Lantern
03/06 Durham NC @ Garage Bar at Motorco Music Hall
03/08 Atlanta GA @ The Five Spot
03/09 Pensacola FL @ The Handle Bar
03/10 Orlando FL @ Orange You Glad Festival @ Will's Pub
03/13 Dallas TX @ Double Wide - Prekindle SXSW pre-party
03/14 Austin TX @ Red 7 - Terrorbird/Force Field SXSW party
03/15 Austin TX @ Lucky Lounge - TapeOp magazine SXSW party
03/16 Austin TX @ Treasure Island - Official SXSW showcase
03/20 Fruita CO @ Cavalcade
03/22 Boise ID @ The Red Room - Treefort Music Festival
03/23 Portland OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
03/24 Seattle WA @ Sunset Tavern
03/27 San Francisco CA @ Thee Parkside
03/28 Sacramento CA @ Luigi's
03/29 Los Angeles CA @ Bootleg Theater
03/31 Albuquerque NM @ The Launchpad
04/03 Salt Lake City UT @ Urban Lounge
04/04 Denver CO @ Hi-Dive
04/06 Springfield MO @ The Outland
04/07 Kansas City MO @ Riot Room - Middle of The Map Festival
04/10 Columbia MO @ Sideshow
04/11 Saint Louis MO @ Plush
04/12 Indianapolis IN @ Radio Radio
04/13 Chicago IL @ Schuba's
04/14 Grand Rapids MI @ The Pyramid Scheme
04/20 Cleveland OH @ Beachland Ballroom
04/21 Toledo OH @ Ottawa Tavern
04/27 Dayton OH @ Blind Bob's
04/28 Columbus OH @ Skully's
05/04 New York NY @ Mercury Lounge
05/05 Pittsburgh PA @ The Brillobox

Future of the Left Debut "Sheena is a T-Shirt Salesman" Video + More!

[press release] Future Of The Left’s new music video for the song entitled “Sheena Is A T-Shirt Salesman” is up on The song is the first single off of the Welsh rabble-rousers’ forthcoming full-length album, The Plot Against Common Sense, which will be released May 29th in the U.S.

“Sheena...” is approximately 125 seconds of semi-aroused rock band engaging fully with their instruments and shouting a lot, sometimes deliberately. Casual listeners are invited to enjoy it or leave the building.

The song is taken from the previously mentioned long-playing collection The Plot Against Common Sense, which is to be released on May 29th. Constituting 49.8 minutes of singing, shouting, slinking, smashing and (at times) sobbing, the album is the best thing the band have put their name to in this or any other dimension, a fact which is not open to debate.

The upcoming album is following on the release of the band’s Polymers Are Forever EP last fall on UK based Xtra Mile Recordings (Frank Turner, Against Me!). The EP scored high marks from Spin, Pitchfork, CMJ and sets the stage for what is to come. Future Of The Left will return to the U.S. stage for the first time in three years at Austin’s SXSW festival this March.

3/13 - Latitude 30 at 11pm (XtraMile Recordings Showcase)
3/14 - Latitude 30 at 2:15pm (New Music From Wales)
3/14 - Hotel Vegan/Volstead Lounge at 4:30pm (Brooklyn Vegan Day Show)
3/15 - Swan Dive at 1pm (Official Showcase)
3/16 - The Grackle (Exploding in Sound/Shifting Sounds/Austin Facial Hair Club present Grackle Rock)

For more info on FOTL’s full SXSW appearances and upcoming album news, check out

"Triangulating toxic levels of intelligence, humor, and aggressiveness” – PITCHFORK.COM

Truckfighters Kick Off US Tour Dates!

[press release] Örebro, Sweden "desert rock kings" TRUCKFIGHTERS have announced March U.S. tour dates. The highly respected trio - recently called "the best band that's ever existed" by QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE frontman Josh Homme - will kick off a two week trek on March 1 in Charlotte, NC. The tour will hit Pittsburgh (March 2), Chicago (March 5), Austin (March 8), Raleigh (March 14), Philadelphia (March 16) and more before wrapping on March 17 in Brooklyn, NY. The highly-anticipated tour will showcase TRUCKFIGHTERS incredibly fuzz-tastic and electric live show which has been called "ear-bleedingly good". Fuzz rock music fans have been clamoring for TRUCKFIGHTERS to return to the U.S. following the band's first-ever U.S. tour dates last summer, and now the time is near!

In additional TRUCKFIGHTERS news, the band's critically acclaimed LP "Mania" will see its North American release on May 8, 2012 via NYC's Tee Pee Records. Available previously only as an import, the album contains the band's strongest recorded work to date and has been called "a distinct blend of fuzz and hard rock that generates a wall-like guitar sound".

TRUCKFIGHTERS U.S. tour dates:

March 1 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
March 2 Pittsburgh, PA 31st Street Pub
March 3 Dayton, OH Blind Bob's
March 4 Grand Rapids, MI Pyramid Scheme Bar
March 5 Chicago, IL Ultra Lounge
March 6 Memphis, TN Hi-Tone
March 7 New Orleans, LA Siberia
March 8 Austin, TX ND @ 501 Studios
March 9 Tulsa, OK Downtown Lounge
March 10 Texarkana, AR The Roadmap
March 11 Little Rock, AR Downtown Music
March 14 Raleigh, NC Pour House
March 15 Norfolk, VA Jewish Mother Backstage
March 16 Philadelphia, PA The Station
March 17 Brooklyn, NY Public Assembly

In advance of the tour and the stateside release of "Mania", TRUCKFIGHTERS have released a short trailer for the recently released documentary film "Truckfighters", produced by Swedish filmmakers Joerg Steineck and Christian Maciejewski. "Providing an uncommon insight into the double-tracked lifestyle of a young, determined (and in a way untypical) rock band," "Truckfighters" the documentary features the aforementioned Homme as well as friends and rockers Nick Oliveri (of Kyuss Lives!), Eddie Glas (of Nebula) and members of Graveyard, Witchcraft, Valient Thorr and more. Check out the Truckfighters trailer now below.

Additional information on the Truckfighters documentary film can be found HERE.

Formed in 2001, TRUCKFIGHTERS' are already a well known name in Europe, having released three critically acclaimed LPs and performing over 300 live gigs across the continent. The group's music has been described as "classic desert rock" calling for comparison to fellow Swedes DOZER as well as U.S. legends such as the mighty Kyuss and Fu Manchu, the latter with whom TRUCKFIGHTERS toured extensively with in Europe. After releasing a pair of EPs and a split LP in the early 2000's, the group released their debut album Gravity X in 2005. The band's sophomore album Phi was released in 2007 and in 2009 TRUCKFIGHTERS released the LP Mania, which has become a "modern classic" in underground rock circles. The album featured the single and video "Con of Man" and garnered the trio a spotlight on the MTV Sweden show "Fuzz".

TRUCKFIGHTERS features Ozo (Oskar Cedermalm; vocals and bass), Dango (Niklas Källgren; guitar) and Pezo (Oscar Johansson; drums).

"I'd say they're saving the rock or reviving the rock or something like that, but if you listen to bands like this, you already know that "the rock" never went anywhere."- AQUARIAN WEEKLY

"the power and charm to make society grind to a halt..." - KERRANG!

"a special brand of awesome when Truckfighters blow the doors off" - COLUMBUS ALIVE!

Pink Floyd Release "The Wall" Immersion and Experience Editions + WIN A COPY FROM EIS!

[press release] EMI has officially released the Immersion and Experience editions of Roger Waters' opus, Pink Floyd The Wall, as the final installment of the recent Why Pink Floyd? reissues and extended releases. You can win one directly from Exploding In Sound below. The Wall remains Pink Floyd's biggest-selling release after 1973's legendary The Dark Side Of The Moon.

Released in November 1979, 'The Wall' topped the album charts in the US, France, Germany, Sweden and Australia. "Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2" - Pink Floyd's first UK single since 1968 - became a Number 1 hit, selling more than one million copies within weeks of its release.

Between 1980 and 1981, Pink Floyd staged 31 performances of The Wall in the US, UK and Germany. It was a spectacular show that included a 40-foot wall, constructed, brick by brick, across the front of the stage during the performance. In 2010 and 2011 Roger Waters toured a new production of The Wall to huge international acclaim. He was joined onstage in May 2011 at London's 02 Arena by guitarist, David Gilmour and drummer, Nick Mason. He continues to tour in the Southern Hemisphere and North America in 2012.

The Wall Immersion 7-disc edition includes a DVD featuring a film clip from the 1980 tour and a Behind The Wall documentary, plus, for the first time, CDs of excerpts from Roger Waters' original demos and work-in-progress versions of songs on the final album. Additionally, among these previously unheard versions are David Gilmour's original demos of "Comfortably Numb" and "Run Like Hell." The Immersion set also includes The Wall Live, compiled from the 1980-1981 original tour.


Both The Wall Immersion box set and Experience edition include a rare recording of "Another Brick In The Wall Part 1." A highlight for fans, this demo showcases the evolution of the final track. Additionally, "The Doctor" explores the origins of the landmark track "Comfortably Numb," giving further insight into Pink Floyd's early demo recordings.

Following on from the Immersion and Experience editions of The Dark Side Of The Moon and Wish You Were Here, these new versions of 'The Wall' offer listeners a unique insight into another hugely successful chapter in the Pink Floyd story.

In 1978, after finishing Pink Floyd's Animals stadium tour, Roger Waters devised the concept for the album 'The Wall.' The album is a partly autobiographical story about a fictional rock star named Pink looking back at his early life and reflecting on the nature of fame and success.

Waters presented his band mates David Gilmour, Richard Wright and Nick Mason with an extensive demo of songs. Pink Floyd recorded their eleventh album 'The Wall' throughout 1979 in France, New York and Los Angeles, assisted by co-producer, Bob Ezrin and engineer, James Guthrie.

An adjunct to the sessions was the famous addition of a group of pupils from London's Islington Green School, who recorded their backing vocals ("We don't need no education...") on "Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2" at Pink Floyd's own Britannia Row Studios in London. This became the world's introduction to the album with the release of its first single, an instant success, accompanied by a promotional film which included several of the groundbreaking images from the story, including Gerald Scarfe's brilliantly realized marching hammers.

Pink Floyd: The Wall Immersion box set, Experience edition and Collectors 180g 2LP Vinyl edition will be released February 28, 2012 through EMI. The 2CD remastered Discovery edition is out now.

'The Wall' IMMERSION EDITION (7-disc box set)

DISCS 1&2 (CDs): The Wall (digitally remastered by James Guthrie, 2011)

Disc 1
1. In The Flesh?
2. The Thin Ice
3. Another Brick In The Wall, Part 1
4. The Happiest Days Of Our Lives
5. Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2
6. Mother
7. Goodbye Blue Sky
8. Empty Spaces
9. Young Lust
10. One Of My Turns
11. Don't Leave Me Now
12. Another Brick In The Wall, Part 3
13. Goodbye Cruel World

Disc 2
1. Hey You
2. Is There Anybody Out There?
3. Nobody Home
4. Vera
5. Bring The Boys Back Home
6. Comfortably Numb
7. The Show Must Go On
8. In The Flesh
9. Run Like Hell
10. Waiting For The Worms
11. Stop
12. The Trial
13. Outside The Wall

DISCS 3&4 (CDs): Is There Anybody Out There: The Wall Live 1980-81 (digitally remastered by James Guthrie, 2011)

Disc 3: Is There Anybody Out There? - The Wall Live 1980-81 - Part 1
2. In The Flesh?
3. The Thin Ice
4. Another Brick In The Wall, Part 1
5. The Happiest Days Of Our Lives
6. Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2
7. Mother
8. Goodbye Blue Sky
9. Empty Spaces
10. What Shall We Do Now?
11. Young Lust
12. One Of My Turns
13. Don't Leave Me Now
14. Another Brick In The Wall, Part 3
15. The Last Few Bricks
16. Goodbye Cruel World
Mastered by James Guthrie and Joel Plante at das boot recording, 2011

Disc 4: Is There Anybody Out There? - The Wall Live 1980-81 - Part 2
1. Hey You
2. Is There Anybody Out There?
3. Nobody Home
4. Vera
5. Bring The Boys Back Home
6. Comfortably Numb
7. The Show Must Go On
9. In The Flesh
10. Run Like Hell
11.Waiting For The Worms
12. Stop
13. The Trial
14. Outside The Wall
Mastered by James Guthrie and Joel Plante at das boot recording, 2011

Disc 5: The Wall Work In Progress Part 1, 1979
Programme 1, Excerpts from Roger Waters Original Demo
1. Prelude (Vera Lynn)
2. Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2
3 Mother
4. Young Lust
5. Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2
6. Empty Spaces
7. Mother
8. Backs To The Wall
9. Don't Leave Me Now
10. Goodbye Blue Sky
11. Don't Leave Me Now
12. Another Brick In The Wall, Part 3
13. Goodbye Cruel World
14. Hey You
15. Is There Anybody Out There?
16. Vera
17. Bring The Boys Back Home
18. The Show Must Go On
19. Waiting For The Worms
20. Run Like Hell
21. The Trial
22. Outside The Wall
Programme 2, Roger Waters Original Demo And Band Demos
23. Prelude (Vera Lynn) - Roger Waters Original Demo
24. Another Brick In The Wall, Part 1 - Band Demo
25. The Thin Ice - Band Demo
26. Goodbye Blue Sky - Band Demo
27. Teacher, Teacher - Band Demo
28. Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2 - Band Demo
29. Empty Spaces - Band Demo
30. Young Lust - Band Demo
31. Mother - Band Demo
32. Don't Leave Me Now - Band Demo
33. Sexual Revolution - Band Demo
34. Another Brick In The Wall, Part 3 - Band Demo
35. Goodbye Cruel World - Band Demo
Programme 3, Band Demos
36. In The Flesh? - Band Demo
37. The Thin Ice - Band Demo
38. Another Brick In The Wall, Part 1 - Band Demo
39. The Happiest Days Of Our Lives - Band Demo
40. Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2 - Band Demo
41. Mother - Band Demo

Disc 6: The Wall Work In Progress Part 2, 1979
Programme 1, Roger Waters Original Demos And Band Demos
1. Is There Anybody Out There? - Roger Waters Original Demo
2. Vera - Roger Waters Original Demo
3. Bring The Boys Back Home - Roger Waters Original Demo
4. Hey You - Band Demo
5. The Doctor (Comfortably Numb) - Band Demo
6. In The Flesh - Band Demo
7. Run Like Hell - Band Demo
8. Waiting For The Worms - Band Demo
9. The Trial - Band Demo
10. The Show Must Go On - Band Demo
11. Outside The Wall - Band Demo
12. The Thin Ice Reprise - Band Demo
Programme 2, Band Demos
13. Outside The Wall - Band Demo
14. It's Never Too Late - Band Demo
15. The Doctor (Comfortably Numb) - Band Demo
Programme 3, Band Demos
16. One Of My Turns - Band Demo
17. Don't Leave Me Now - Band Demo
18. Empty Spaces - Band Demo
19. Backs To The Wall - Band Demo
20. Another Brick In The Wall, Part 3 - Band Demo
21. Goodbye Cruel World - Band Demo
Programme 4, David Gilmour Original Demos
22. Comfortably Numb - David Gilmour Original Demo
23. Run Like Hell - David Gilmour Original Demo


1. The Happiest Days Of Our Lives Pink Floyd The Wall - Earls Court, 1980 Film archive courtesy of Roger Waters
2. Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2 Promotional Video - Restored in 2011
3. Behind The Wall Documentary
4. Gerald Scarfe Interview


44 Page 27cm x 27cm booklet designed by Storm Thorgerson
Exclusive photo book
27cm x 27cm Exclusive Gerald Scarfe Art Print
4 x Collectors' Cards featuring art and lyrics
Replica of The Wall Tour Ticket
Replica of The Wall Backstage Pass
Prints/Cards of Mark Fisher's stage drawings
3 x white marbles with design of bricks
9 x Coasters (unique to this box)
8 page credits booklet
96cm x 81cm booklet with all lyrics handwritten by Gerald Scarfe

Maps & Atlases Announce Tour Dates!

[press release] Barsuk Records is excited to announce that Maps & Atlases will embark on a headlining tour this spring, in support of their upcoming full-length Beware and Be Grateful, out April 17th. The tour kicks off in their hometown, with a May 11th show at the Metro in Chicago, and wraps up on June 19th at Amsterdam Hall in St. Paul. Before this tour, they will head to South By Southwest in Austin, with a brief tour surrounding those dates, followed by a European tour.

Recently, the band released "Winter," the first single off Beware and Be Grateful. Rolling Stone premiered the track, saying "['Winter'] finds the band merging tuneful songcraft with tight, dense rhythms." The band also released a teaser trailer for the album, featuring the track "Remote And Dark Years," available below.

The album - which follows the Chicago-based band's acclaimed 2010 debut, Perch Patchwork - was recorded last year in a series of week-long sessions at Omaha's ARC Studios with producer Jason Cupp (Nurses, Good Old War) once again behind the board.

Since their formation in 2004, Maps & Atlases have captured the indie imagination with their extraordinarily artful amalgamation of polyrhythmic beats, elaborate melodies, and post-rock ingenuity. The band toured hard from the get-go, honing their kinetic time signatures and inventive energy through countless live shows as both headliner and alongside such artists as Broken Bells, Frightened Rabbit, Circa Survive, Cults, and RX Bandits.

Maps & Atlases On Tour:

3/8 Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
3/9 Nashville, TN - The Mercy
3/10 New Orleans, LA - Foburg Festival
3/14 - 3/17 Austin, TX - SXSW 2012
3/18 Dallas, TX - Bro Fest
3/19 Hot Springs, AR - Valley of the Vapors Festival
3/22 Memphis, TN - Fareveller Festival
3/31 Bethelem, PA - NOWADAYS Festival
5/11 Chicago, IL - Metro
5/12 St Louis, MO - Firebird
5/14 Columbus, OH - The Basement
5/15 Akron, OH - Musica
5/16 Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
5/17 Ithaca, NY - The Haunt
5/18 Boston, MA - Middle East
5/19 Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands
5/21 New York, NY - The Studio at Webster Hall
5/22 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
5/23 Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
5/24 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
5/25 Atlanta, GA - The Earl
5/26 Tampa, FL - Crowbar
5/27 Orlando, FL - The Plaza
5/29 Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
5/31 Dallas, TX - Sons of Herman Hall
6/1 Austin, TX - The Parish
6/2 Houston, TX - Free Press SummerFest
6/4 El Paso, TX - Lowbro Palace
6/5 Phoenix, AZ - TBA
6/6 San Diego, CA - Casbah
6/7 Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room
6/8 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
6/9 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
6/11 Portland, OR - Bunk Bar
6/12 Vancouver, BC - Media Club
6/13 Seattle, WA - Crocodile Cafe
6/15 Boise, ID - Neurolux
6/16 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
6/17 Denver, CO - Hi Dive
6/18 Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
6/19 St Paul, MN - Amsterdam Hall

Grandfather Announce March Tour Dates + More

A message from Grandfather...

"Hey friends, we'll keep this short and sweet. Grandfather is hitting the road for the entire month of March. Below are the dates. If a date says TBA, and you think you might be able to help us book a show, please let us know. We'll keep you updated HERE.

We also made a demo tape of 6 new songs for tour. Self-recorded in our basement, recorded to 8 track tape, mixed entirely in analog. Limited run of 100 cassettes. For those who don't have a cassette player, you'll just have to come out to a show, or wait until we release the album officially to hear all this new music... though we'll give you a sneak peak. Stream the first single "Organ Thief" below!

We also have new t-shirts for sale. All proceeds go to our gas tank. Hope to see you on tour!"

3.01.12 Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus w/ Diavel, Sannhet, Bezoar
3.02.12 Montclair, NJ @ The Meat Locker
3.03.12 Philadelphia, PA @ TBA
3.04.12 Pittsburgh, PA @ The Smiling Moose w/ In the Wake of Giants
3.05.12 Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class
3.06.12 Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups w/ White Wolves, Stella, Tenth Generation
3.07.12 Akron, OH @ Annabelle's w/ The Hobs
3.08.12 Bloomington, IN @ The Gourley Hole w/ Otis and the Rufies
3.09.12 Louisville, KY @ Spinneli's Pizza w/ Otis and the Rufies
3.10.12 Nashville, TN @ The Thunderdome w/Otis and the Rufies and Mother Mange
3.11.12 Memphis, TN @ TBA
3.12.12 Little Rock, AR @ Super Happy Fun Land
3.13.12 Denton, TX @ Volitionist Session
3.14.12 SXSW in Austin, TX TBA
3.15.12 SXSW in Austin, TX TBA
3.16.12 SXSW in Austin, TX (1 Show - Details TBA)
3.17.12 SXSW in Austin, TX (3 Shows - Details TBA)
3.18.12 SXSW in Austin, TX TBA
3.19.12 Houston, TX @ The Mink w/Giant Battle Monster
3.20.12 New Orleans, LA @ TBA
3.21.12 Pensacola, FL @ The Handlebar w/ The Helvetica Effect
3.22.12 Birmhingham, AL @ TBA
3.23.12 Atlanta, GA @ The BeAtlanta House w/ Big Jesus
3.24.12 Knoxville, TN @ The Pilot Light w/ Mother Mange
3.25.12 Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone
3.26.12 Richmond, VA @ TBA
3.27.12 Washington DC @ The Velvet Lounge w/ Treble Lifter
3.28.12 Baltimore, MD @ TBA
3.29.12 Jersey City, NJ @ The Lamp Post
3.30.12 Philadelphia, PA @ Motel Hell w/ Ladder Devils, Girlfight, Psychic Teens
3.31.12 Brooklyn, NY @ The Shop w/ Psychic Teens + more.

The Melvins Reveal "Freak Puke" Details

[press release] The Melvins unveil the latest twist in their 29-year history with Melvins Lite, an additional incarnation of the band that finds founders Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover partnering with Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk) for a 10-song released titled Freak Puke (June 5, Ipecac Recordings).

"The Melvins have a long history of mixing up our line-ups and I think that's what has kept us relevant for so long," explains Osborne. "Consider the Freak Puke record the fifth side of the four-sided Melvins' triangle."

Dunn is known as one of rock and jazz's top bass players, performing on both a traditional and upright bass in a wide range of bands and as a freelance musician. He is currently recording the new Tomahawk album, is a member of Fantômas and was the bassist for Mr. Bungle.

The Melvins will be taping an episode of Last Call with Carson Daly at their Apr. 13 show in Los Angeles. Osborne will join Greg Gutfeld for another chat on June 28 on Fox News' Red Eye.

Freak Puke was recorded by Toshi Kasai and the Melvins in Los Angeles.

Freak Puke track listing:

1. Mr. Rip Off
2. Inner Ear Rupture
3. Baby, Won't You Weird Me Out
4. Worm Farm Walt
5. A Growing Disgust
6. Leon vs. The Revolution
7. Holy Barbarians
8. Freak Puke
9. Let Me Roll It
10. Tommy Goes Berserk

As previously announced the Melvins (as their "traditional," four piece line-up with Crover, Osborne and Big Businesses' Jared Warren and Coady Willis) will be touring the U.S. this Spring in support of the free EP release: Scion A/V Presents: The Bulls & The Bees, available Mar. 13 at Dates are listed below. A Melvins Lite tour is forthcoming.

Melvins (quartet) tour dates:

April 11 San Jose, CA The Blank Club
April 12 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
April 13 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour
April 14 San Diego, CA The Casbah
April 17 El Paso, TX House of Rock
April 19 Austin, TX Mohawk
April 20 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
April 21 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jack's
April 23 Orlando, FL The Social
April 24 Gainesville, FL Double Down Live
April 25 Atlanta, GA The Loft at Center Stage
April 26 Charlotte, NC Amos Southend
April 28 West Chester, PA The Note
April 29 New York, NY Webster Hall
May 1 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom
May 2 DeKalb, IL Otto's Nightclub
May 3 St. Louis, MO The Firebird
May 4 Nashville, TN Exit Inn
May 7 Dallas, TX Trees
May 9 Santa Fe, NM Santa Fe Brewing Company
May 11 Santa Ana, CA Galaxy Concert Theatre

Introducing: NONAGON

Chicago post-punk trio Nonagon have released a brand new EP entitled People Live Everywhere. Four years since their debut, the band have returned with a ferocious blast of low end heavy convulsions and abrasive shouted vocals that'd make Ian MacKaye proud. The band may just be reaching our ears, but they've been playing in and around the Midwest for nearly a decade.

Comprised of Tony Aimone (The Blue Meanies, Taylor), Robert Gomez, and John Hastie, the band recorded People Live Everywhere, their fantastic five song EP over 3 days in the spring of 2011 at Kerguelen Studio, a one-room, all-analog facility in Astoria, NYC run by Justin Foley (The Austerity Program) who wielded the mics and turned the knobs. The record was mastered by the one and only Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service, and is appropriately available on 180g vinyl with a free download code.

Check out a stream of the entire record below, as well as a ridiculous promotional "commercial" from the band members. Download the track "Fresnel Lens" for FREE HERE!!

People Live Everywhere is a decidedly DIY affair. All planning, promotion, selling, and funding has been handled by the band themselves, and it would appear they're doing a great job.

“…reminds of Fugazi, dirty basements, high school, and what made me fall in love with music so many years ago.” - The Deli Magazine

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Quick Notes: Melvins, Sleepy Sun, ISIS + More

*[] "The War on Wisdom" appears on Melvins' upcoming five-song EP, Scion A/V Presents: The Bulls & The Bees, the quartet's first collection of original material since 2010's The Bride Screamed Murder. (You can download the whole thing for free beginning March 13 at Scion A/V.) Buzz Osbourne, who's been manning the ship since 1983, described the new work as "amazing in its noisy calm intensity," and there is a certain kind of stoic raging in this first taste.

*[] San Francisco five-piece Sleepy Sun specialize in crafting slow, churning psych-rock burners, as exhibited by their last LP, Fever. As previously reported, the group recently flew out to the California deserts with producer Dave Catching (formerly of Queens of Stone Age/Eagles of Death Metal) to record their forthcoming full-length, entitled Spine Hits. Our first listen is album opener “Stivey Pond”, which finds the group returning to their signature darkened, minor-key aesthetic.

The track chugs along behind singer Bret Constantino’s road-weary howl, creating an ominous and vaguely sinister atmosphere. However, the dark clouds are eventually broken by a spacey bridge lifted straight out of the Pink Floyd handbook. The result is something that would sound perfectly at home on the Dazed and Confused soundtrack or in the car as you road trip to Haight Asbury. Check it out below. Spine Hits is due out April 10th via The End Records.

DOWNLOAD: Sleepy Sun – “Stivey Pond” [right click, save as].

*[] The first taste of music has arrived online from the upcoming project comprised of former Isis members Aaron Harris, Cliff Meyer and Jeff Caxide. You can check out a clip of the bass tracking from their recent demo sessions over at The outfit plan to release their name and more information on their plans shortly.

*[] Leeds metallic noise rock marauders Hawk Eyes have given us and our readers a sneaky listen to a new track called 'Skyspinners'.

The track is taken from their sophomore album Ideas which is coming out on Fierce Panda on March 26. We'll be running a feature on the young rascals in the coming weeks.

*[] Both Kyng and MonstrO have now been added to HELLYEAH and Clutch‘s upcoming co-headlining North American tour this spring.

Puscifer's Mat Mitchell Interview by Scene in the Dark

[] SCENE IN THE DARK was lucky enough to get a moment to speak to producer and guitar player Mat Mitchell before he heads out on the road with Maynard James Keenan and his wild, wooly, and wonderful ever-evolving project Puscifer. Check out what he had to say about life in the desert.

Jennie O (SCENE): Saw the Kimmel performance last night. Everything seemed to go really well. How did it feel?

Mat Mitchell (Puscifer): It was fun. It was really relaxed y’know, it felt like a club show. Which is new for us so we really had a good time with it.

SCENE: The audience was receptive to the new material?

Mat: Yeah absolutely.

SCENE: What’s it like to be in such a bafflingly fruitful desert out there?

Mat: It was great. Y’know Maynard draws a lot of attention from his other bands and getting to be a part of that is awesome.

SCENE: What were the advantages of being removed from the metropolitan environment for this particular process on this album?

Mat: It absolutely helped. You can hear it in the music. Getting away from the distractions and getting away from the excuses of having things to do and places to be allowed everyone to kind of focus and relax. It made the process go quicker and I think the quality was better.

SCENE: Maynard had said in regards to that there was less pressure on the process out there, that you wouldn’t necessarily push a take like you would in the studio, that you could take breaks to hike and things like that…

Mat: Yeah because you’re not looking at the clock. You’re not paying by the hour kind of thing. In that regard it was just way more relaxing and comfortable, that you’re not thinking about time. But at the same time, like I said before, it almost made things go quicker because you weren’t distracted by anything.

SCENE: How did it work for the group dynamic?

Mat: I think better because you kind of get a family vibe; Cause you’re having all your meals together, you go on walks together, it becomes more of a family thing.

SCENE: The first album had a lot of bravado and cheeky swagger and sexuality but this album seems to have a heroes journey feel to the sound, like a desolation and an existential humbleness, almost like the ideas are the result of battle scars, what was the motive behind this change of pulse?

Mat: I think just like any record its experimentation and figuring out what you want to say. The first record was more like you said: more sexual and groovy and this one, I’m sure part of it was the environment that we were working in, but it just kind of naturally turned into what it did.


Muse Offer Glimpse Into Recording Sessions

[] Muse have tweeted photos from inside their LA studio as they record the brass and string sections for their new album. The album, the follow-up to 2009's 'The Resistance', is scheduled for release in October 2012 and will be the Devonshire trio's sixth studio LP.

Writing on their official Twitter page, the band said they had just recorded some horns with "legendary players". They added, "Now some strings. This album is coming along nicely. Bring on the Autumn!"

Muse videographer, Tom Kirk also posted pictures from the LA sessions on his personal Twitter account. One photo is of Matt Bellamy working out an orchestral score with composer David Campbell, who has previously worked with Radiohead on '15 Steps' and U2's Broadway musical Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark.

Muse bassist Chris Wolstenholme has previously said that the band want to do "something radically different" on their new album.

Meanwhile, the band are nominated for Best Band, Best Live Band and Most Dedicated Fans at this year's NME Awards, which is taking place at London's O2 Academy Brixton on Wednesday (February 29).

White Woods Ready Debut Single + Coathangers Tour Dates

[press release] Suicide Squeeze is pleased to announce the debut single from White Woods.

Guitarist/vocalist Julia Kugel established her chops with Atlanta's The Coathangers, winning audiences over with her deceptively clever hooks and propulsive upbeat energy. But as the band put more notches on their touring and recording belt, it became clear that there was more to their repertoire than jagged guitar lines and infectious charm. Asserting her abilities as a thoughtful and nuanced songwriter, Kugel offers up her debut solo offering under the name White Woods. The project provides the kind of soulful introspective pop The Coathangers hinted at with songs like "Go Away", but delivered in a context without the juxtaposition of the band's barnburner garage rock numbers. The songs showcase Kugel's beguiling forays into forlorn Americana and smoky, subdued blues.

The single will be available as part of Suicide Squeeze's single series and will be limited to 500 copies worldwide (100 lavender, 400 black vinyl). The 2012 series boasts an impressive array of talent that also includes the likes of King Tuff, Nobunny, Wax Idols, Cloud Nothings, Juliana Barwick and Iron & Wine.

Track List:

A-side: "Where Did You Go" (Download)
B-side: Paper Cutout

About Suicide Squeeze Singles Series: In 1996, Suicide Squeeze began releasing 7-inch records as lifesblood, singles, mostly from Pacific NW bands appeared, documenting some of the most influential music of that time: Modest Mouse, Elliott Smith, 764-Hero, and Pedro the Lion: each played an important role. The label broadened its reach over the years (as well as its series of singles), continually releasing music by a diverse, yet select group of musicians, including Memoryhouse, JEFF the Brotherhood, Dirty Beaches, Bleached, The Melvins, of Montreal, HEALTH, Black Mountain, School of Seven Bells, and many more.

Speaking of The Coathangers, the ladies will be heading out on tour with a stop at this year's SXSW!

Coathangers Tour Dates:

March 12 - New Orleans LA @ Siberia***
March 13 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's Downstairs**
March 14 - Austin, TX - Club 1808 (Escapes Party @ 4:00pm)
March 14 - Austin, TX - Swan Dive (Suicide Squeeze Showcase @ midnight)
March 15 - Austin, TX - Shangri-La (Pretty Ambitious Records Party @ 5:00pm)
March 16 - Austin, TX - Cherrywood Coffee House (Girls Rock Austin Party @ TBA)
March 17 - Austin, TX - Spider House (Burger Mania @ 2:30pm)
March 18 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada @ BROFEST
March 19 - San Antonio, TX @ Korova Basement
March 21 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
March 22 - San Diego, CA @ Tin Can Alehouse*
March 23 - Los Angeles, CA @ Los Globos*^
March 26 - Portland, OR @ The East End*
March 28 - Seattle, WA @ Comet Tavern*
March 29 - Vancouver, BC @ Waldorf Cabaret*
March 30 - Spokane, WA @ Mootsy's*
March 31 - Missoula, MT @ Zoo City Apparel*
April 1 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge*
April 2 - Denver, CO @ The Hi Dive*
April 4 - Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar*
April 5 - Carbondale, IL @ Hangar 9*
April 6 - Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone*
April 7 - Nashville, TN @ The End*

* w/ White Mystery
** w/ Eternal Summers
*** w/ Mikal Cronin + Pujol
^ w/ Strange Boys + Wounded Lion

Dirty Dishes Announce Tour Dates + SXSW

Boston's Dirty Dishes have announced a set of tour dates that will lead the band from their hometown album release show on March 4th down to SXSW before touring their way back East. The band will release their highly anticipated sophomore EP The Most Tarnished Birds on March 4th, but you can check out the first single "Hush" via the band's official Bandcamp page HERE [or stream below].


3.15 // SXSW ::: SPIDERHOUSE (2908 Fruth St, Austin 78705) Outside 1:30 pm
3.17 // SXSW ::: TREEHOUSE PUB (501 E. 6th St.)

KScope Records Update: North Atlantic Oscillation, Steven Wilson, Gavin Harrison + 05Ric

Check out some highlights from KScope Records newsletter...

*Kscope presents... A Night at the Tabernacle: North Atlantic Oscillation & Mothlite live in London, Wednesday 2nd May

At the end of September Kscope hosted a special night at the Union Chapel in London. Nosound, Engineers, Bruce from The Pineapple Thief and Anathema all performed stripped back sets in front of a sold-out crowd at this breath-taking venue.

On Wednesday 2nd May Kscope will be hosting another evening, this time to celebrate the release of the new albums from North Atlantic Oscillation and new signings Mothlite. North Atlantic Oscillation will release Fog Electric on April 30th with Dark Age from Mothlite following on May 14th (more details are below).

The venue will be The Tabernacle in London’s Notting Hill and tickets are now available from the venue’s website.

*Fog Electric, the new album from North Atlantic Oscillation

North Atlantic Oscillation’s new album Fog Electric will be released on April 30th through Kscope. It was produced by Tony Doogan (Super Furry Animals, Mogwai, Teenage Fanclub, Belle & Sebastian). Fog Electric is the follow-up to Grappling Hooks, NAO‘s debut which received massive critical acclaim when it was released in 2010.

The title, taken from the lyric of the track "Mirador," introduces a stormy theme that runs throughout the record's sounds - in the crashing electronics, delicate lulls, mystery and hidden soul beneath the surface: a leitmotif also reflected in the typically stylish and dramatic artwork.

"It's an album about doubt and loss, but there's a counterbalancing sense of resignation and even optimism too," explains singer Sam Healy. "One of the main themes is that of searching for meaning in a scientific, post-religious world. Science is absolutely a force for good, but after it showed us that the physical world is all there is, and that far from stripping experiences of their mystery this revelation actually makes them more mysterious, it sort of left us to our own devices in terms of producing the unscripted, improvised drama that is life-minus-god."

North Atlantic Oscillation is the climactic phenomenon caused by fluctuations in the atmospheric pressure between the Icelandic low and Azores high; a clash of hot and cold. It seems a perfect tag. Fog Electric is an album of contrasts from a band of contrasts. Timeless rock influences collide with the latest laptop technology, amidst a combination of dark foreboding tones and blissed-out serotonin-fueled pastoral sweeps.

The album will be available on CD, vinyl and to download. The digibook CD and vinyl editions are now available to pre-order from the Kscope store.

All copies of the vinyl edition ordered from Kscope will come with a code to download the album and the first 500 orders will come with an exclusive, limited edition 7" single featuring the radio edit of 'Soft Coda' b/w a cover of 'One Good Reason' (by Bob Mould). CLICK HERE to order from the Kscope store. Go HERE for more details, plus a free MP3 of the track 'Savage With Barometer'.

*Steven Wilson – South American tour dates announced

Steven Wilson has announced that he will be playing four dates in South America as part of the second leg of the Grace For Drowning tour. In addition to the shows in Venezuela, Chile, Argentina and Brazil, the tour will also visit the West Coast of the US and Europe. Full listings are below and ticket links are available on the Steven Wilson Facebook page.

Check out a taster of what to expect (recorded on the first leg of the tour) below.

Wed Apr 4th - Showbox, Seattle, USA
Fri Apr 6th - Fillmore, San Francisco, USA
Sat Apr 7th - House of Blues, LA, USA
Mon Apr 9th - Dallas, House of Blues, USA
Fri Apr 13th - Metropolitan, Mexico City, Mexico
Sun, Apr 15 - Ciec Universidad Metropolitana, Caracas, Venezuela
Tue, Apr 17 - Teatro Oriente, Santiago, Chile
Wed, Apr 18 - Teatro Oriente, Santiago, Chile
Thu, Apr 19 - Teatro Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sat, Apr 21 - Santana Hall, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Wed, Apr 25 – KB, Malmo, Sweden
Thu, Apr 26 - Gota Kallare, Stockholm, Sweden
Sat, Apr 28 - Grieg Hall, Bergen, Norway
Sun, Apr 29 - Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
Mon, Apr 30 - Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
Wed, May 2 – 13, Tilburg, Netherlands
Thu, May 3 - Alte Feuerwache Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
Fri, May 4 – Trianon, Paris, France
Sun, May 6 – Garage, Saarbrücken, Germany
Mon, May 7 -Theaterhaus, Stuttgart, Germany
Wed, May 9 - Konzertfabrik Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
Thu, May 10 – Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
Fri, May 11 – Orion, Rome, Italy
Sun, May 13 – FZW, Dortmund, Germany
Mon, May 14 - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
Tue, May 15 - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, UK

For more details on Grace for Drowning, visit the album site.

Steven Wilson - Grace for Drowning tour trailer from Kscope on Vimeo.

*Podcast episode 23 is now online – featuring new tracks from North Atlantic Oscillation, Mothlite, Steve Hogarth & Richard Barbieri, Gavin Harrison & 05Ric and Gazpacho

This edition features a look ahead to the releases coming up on the next few months on Kscope with new tracks from North Atlantic Oscillation, Mothlite, Steve Hogarth & Richard Barbieri, Gavin Harrison & 05Ric and Gazpacho.

A new podcast is available at the end of each month from the Kscope site, iTunes and to stream on the Kscope soundcloud page.