Saturday, June 30, 2012

Deftones Set October Release Date for New Album

[] Deftones fans will rejoice at the news that the group now have a tentative release date in mind for their new album. Band frontman Chino Moreno has informed that they hope to have the as-yet untitled effort in stores on October 09th.

According to Moreno, the band have wrapped up tracking the outing with mixing set to take place over the next few weeks. They once again worked with producer Nick Raskulinecz on the album with track titles, artwork and more still pending.

As an added bonus the band also expect to track some covers before they exit the studio. According to Moreno:

“We’ve done a lot of ’80s stuff, but we wanted to do something from farther back. We sat down and everybody had their computers on and were playing songs that we like. So we’re going to do an Elvis Presley song — we have five Elvis songs that we’ve been talking about.

And we’re going to do Earth, Wind, and Fire. Hopefully we’ll get at least two, maybe three or four. It’s always fun. We’re done with the real creative part of having to come up with music out of thin air, and now we can be experimental with someone else’s song.”

It’s not all good news for the Deftones camp however. Band bassist Chi Cheng was originally due home from the hospital yesterday, June 29th; but will not be making the trip after suffering another infection. No further details were offered on his condition.

The Stone Roses Make Their Manchester Return

[] The Stone Roses finally made a triumphant homecoming on the first night of their Manchester Heaton Park weekender tonight (June 29). After a run of European warm-ups, 75,000 revellers of all ages turned up for music's most anticipated show of the year, as one of the city's most legendary bands played their first major UK show in 16 years.

Just after 9pm (BST), the intro track of The Supremes' 'Stoned Love' faded out and what the world was waiting for took place; Ian Brown, John Squire, Mani and Reni walked onstage and powered into their 1989 classic 'I Wanna Be Adored'.

Following quickly with 'Mersey Paradise', 'Sugar Spun Sister' and 'Where Angels Play', Brown quipped, "As you can see, we've still got it." He sported a black biker jacket, while guitarist Squire sported a tartan jacket. Mani wore paisley, while Reni repeated the dreadlock wig, which many have speculated is a nod to his 90s replacement Robbie Maddix. Mani played a selection of basses, with a psychedelic pink and yellow model replaced by the red, yellow and green colours of Rastafarianism, in a nod to support act The Wailers.

'Love Spreads' saw Brown strip down to a black patterned T-shirt and Reni don his trademark cap, on top of the dreadlock wig. And as the song ended, King Monkey jammed the track out into a rap, celebrating the band's return and demanding applause.

Before 'This Is The One', a proud Brown asked the crowd, "Who's from Manchester?" As they careered into their final run of A-list hits, he exclaimed, "Looking out, I can see we still got the best looking girls!"

But as the show approached its climax, the gloves came off. The singer made a barbed comment on the recent Diamond Jubilee celebrations before 'Elizabeth My Dear'. He said, "This song's dedicated to those parasites down the road… celebrating 60 years of tyranny!"

They went on finish with a heroic rendition of 'I Am The Resurrection', extended into its traditional wig-out epilogue. The bandmembers then hugged, stood in solidarity at the front of the stage, and then departed jubilant, with a stubborn lack of encore.

As the crowd dispersed, a spectacular firework display went off, to the strains of 'Redemption Song', one of the few Bob Marley classics The Wailers did not play earlier on.

The Stone Roses played:

'I Wanna Be Adored'
'Mersey Paradise'
'Sugar Spun Sister'
'Sally Cinnamon'
'Where Angels Play'
'Shoot You Down'
'Bye Bye Badman'
'Ten Storey Love Song'
'Standing Here'
'Fool's Gold'
'Something's Burning'
'Don't Stop'
'Love Spreads'
'Made Of Stone'
'This Is The One'
'She Bangs The Drum'
'Elizabeth My Dear'
'I Am The Resurrection'

Earlier on, Mani was able to look upon his previous band Primal Scream, who are playing their first dates with their replacement bass player Debbie Googe. They also treated fans to epic, and also timely, new track '2012'.

Formed in Manchester in 1983, The Stone Roses were the heroes of the baggy era. They made history with their 1989 debut, widely considered to be one of the greatest of all time. But it took them until 1994 to release its follow-up 'Second Coming', and they eventually dissolved in 1996. After years of insisting they would never do it, they finally announced their reunion in October last year. They made a surprise live comeback at Warrington's Parr Hall last month.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Quick Notes: Toadies, Flaming Lips, Minus The Bear + More

*[] Toadies throw the most kick-ass dinner party ever, complete with chainsaws, shotguns, and naked chicks, in the music video for “Summer of the Strange” (NSFW). The band’s latest album, Play.Rock.Music, hits stores on July 31st via Kirtland Records. Directed by Dennis Fitzgerald.

*[] Amid their record-breaking feat of playing eight concerts in 24 hours, The Flaming Lips offered the first taste of their next studio album. As MTV reports, the band performed “You Lust” with Phantogram during their stop in Biloxi, Mississippi. And since whole thing was streamed live online, you can watch pro-shot footage below.

Speaking recently with Rolling Stone, Wayne Coyne said many tracks on the new album were composed “subconsciously” during sessions for the the band’s recent collaboration album, The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends. “It really took us by surprise… We were kind of making it like we were sleepwalking.”

The Lips plan to complete the album next month, but Coyne is already hyping the hell out of it “I honestly think it might be the best Flaming Lips record that we’ve ever made,” he declared.

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*[] Seattle indie-rockers Minus the Bear returned to their hometown earlier this year to record their fifth album, Infinity Overhead, which is set for release on August 28th. The first single, "Lonely Gun," packs a punch with charging, acrobatic-sounding guitars woven through a pop-friendly chorus.

"'Lonely Gun' came out of a deep depression," singer/guitarist Jake Snider tells Rolling Stone. "I was thinking about how lonely an unused gun must be, its purpose unfulfilled, like a loveless relationship. The only way to allow its purpose is to hold it – to use it."

Check out the trailer for the album, which features part of the Infinity Overhead track "Diamond Lightning" over clips of the band during the recording process.


*[press release] The Reverberation Appreciation Society and The Black Angels are happy to announce that next year's Austin Psych Fest will be held the weekend of April 26 - 28, 2013. With the success of APF5 behind them, planning for the 6th annual festival is in full swing.

Vice's Noisey video channel is streaming the entire concert film of APF4 "Austin Psych Fest: Live at The Power Plant" for a limited time. This concert film features 16 highlight performances from the 4th annual festival including tracks from The Black Angels, Roky Erickson, Spectrum, Crystal Stilts, A Place to Bury Strangers, and many more. Watch it below.

The DVD is available for sale on the new Austin Psych Fest website, which is freshly stocked with merch from the 2012 festival, including all the festival shirts, posters and a new APF 2012 triptych poster set.

You can also find several releases from The Reverberation Appreciation Society record label for sale and streaming, including the new LP from The Black Angels guitarist Christian Bland's side project: Christian Bland and The Revelators - Pig Boat Blues. Check out their video for "Black Crayon" HERE.

[] The Coathangers know how to have a good time. Their hometown show on June 19 featured a celebration of bassist Minnie Coathanger’s birthday—complete with a Minnie Mouse balloon, a cake in the shape of some sort of animal and lots of mid-show instrument switches. During one song, “Nestle in My Boobies,” off their self-titled debut, Minnie jumped into the audience and danced and sang. You can check out their energetic live show during the band’s West Coast and Midwest tour starting in July.

Check out "a day in the life of The Coathangers" photo series HERE.

The Jesus Lizard Call It a Day Once More

[] Jesus Lizard fans who missed the alt-rockers' 2008-2009 reunion tour probably won't get another chance to see the band, and they shouldn't hold their breath on hearing any new recordings. Guitarist Duane Denison tells Rolling Stone that, given his optimistic-turned-futile efforts to get the band back in the studio, the band is, for all intents and purposes, once again defunct. Jesus Lizard originally broke up in 1999.

"That reunion tour went so well – we kept it brief, and we didn't extend it – that it just seemed natural to some of us to just go, 'Well, let's do an album. We all can still play, we get along, let's do it,'" Denison says, explaining that "certain members" of the band started dragging their feet and hemming and hawing at how they lived too far apart and didn't want to go the cliché route of a post-reunion LP. "Well, it's a cliché only if you make it a cliché and you put out a shitty album," Denison argues. Eventually, the guitarist gave up on trying to lure his bandmates back to the studio, a prospect for which he had started writing material for after the reunion tour.

"I thought, 'Alright, I'm not gonna twist anyone's arm to make this happen,'" he says. "I was the one that pushed it to get it going in the first place! So I said, "Fine, I'll take my ideas with me," and that turned into other things, and that's just how it works."

Denison says that while the other members of Jesus Lizard never really gave concrete explanations for their reluctance to write and record new material, they did want to continue playing shows on the indie-rock nostalgia circuit.

"The ones that we really would've liked to do didn't really materialize – like Australia and Japan – and then the ones that we weren't so into, like in the U.S. or whatever, where it's just kind of grinding it out, I didn't want to do," Denison says. One such offer – a 2011 reunion show at festival celebrating the long-shuttered L.A. indie haunt the Jabberjaw, and a gig Denison's bandmates really wanted to take – brought the situation to a head. "I said, 'I'll do it if we play some new songs. You know, let's make a deal here.' Nothing. No. That killed that."

"In a way I thought, 'Well, why spoil it?'' he says. "The reunion went so well, but personally I am tired of playing those songs and I don't wanna play them anymore … I'd be perfectly fine with, 'Let's leave it at that, leave it on a good note, we're all still friends.'"

Club, a DVD capturing Jesus Lizard's first U.S. reunion show, came out last year, while a coffee-table book titled Book – rife with writings, archival photos and, according to Denison, perhaps an accompanying live DVD – is due out on August 7th.

Monster Magnet Announce European "Spine of God" Tour

[] Monster Magnet will be supported by My Sleeping Karma overseas later this year on their “Spine Of God” 20th Anniversary Tour. As the trek’s name implies, Monster Magnet will be performing their “Spine Of God” album in full. Here’s how the dates will run:

11/12 Bergen, NOR – Garage
11/13 Haugesund, NOR – Byscenen
11/14 Oslo, NOR – Rockefeller
11/16 Tampere, FIN – Pakkahuone
11/17 Helsinki, FIN – Tavistia Club
11/19 Linkoping, SWE – Garden
11/20 Hamburg, GER – Grunspan
11/21 Paris, FRA – La Maroquinerie
11/23 London, UK – Electric Ballroom
11/24 Manchester, UK – Academy 2
11/26 Stuttgart, GER – Longhorn
11/27 Vienna, AUT – Arena
11/29 Pratteln, SWI – Pratteln Z7
11/30 Zurich, SWI – Plaza
12/01 Erfurt, GER – Stadtgarten
12/03 Aschaffenburg, GER – Colos Saal
12/04 Saarbrucken, GER – Garage
12/06 Krefeld, GER – Kulturfabrik
12/07 Brussels, BEL – Ancienne Belgique
12/08 Eindhoven, NET – Speedfest 7

Dinosaur Jr. Debut "Watch the Corners" on Rolling Stone

[] Reunions don't usually work out this well. In 2005, Dinosaur Jr. assembled their original lineup from the Eighties to revisit their blistering classic material. With the acrimony years behind them, they decided to keep on playing.

"We were definitely just going one day at a time," singer-guitarist J Mascis tells Rolling Stone. "We decided that if we wanted to play more shows, we should have a record, and then we did a record – and did another record."

Dinosaur Jr. recently finished recording I Bet on Sky – their third LP since 2007, due out on September 18th on Jagjaguwar – at Mascis' home in Amherst, Massachusetts; the new tunes reflect a natural progression into fuzzed-out ballads with gentler melodies. "I guess on this record, I wasn't as worried if we could play the songs live," Mascis says. "[On] the other two records [2007's Beyond and 2009's Farm], I was thinking of it being more songs that we could play live and tour more. I guess that's what's kind of different about this album: I just did what I felt would sound good."

The song "Watch the Corners," which premieres exclusively on today, starts out with chugging riffs that ease into Mascis' vocals, and properly closes with a shredding solo. Wedged in the middle of the tune is an atypical breakdown with a brief flash of acoustic guitar. "I always liked that since I was a kid, from like, Black Sabbath," Mascis says. "Suddenly they go into acoustic, back into electric – I guess I've always been into that." He adds that it's not the first time the trio has attempted to release the song. "That one's been around for a long time. We tried to play it on [Beyond]. It really sounded bad."

The famously laconic Mascis is the band's sole consistent member. Bassist Lou Barlow was awkwardly kicked out after the release of the band's 1988 album, Bug, and drummer Murph was replaced before the hiatus started in the late-Nineties. But now, the group seems to be getting along fine, Mascis says – or at least, well enough. Barlow, who formed Sebadoh and Folk Implosion in the Nineties, makes a few songwriting contributions to I Bet on Sky, like the jangly, upbeat "Rude" and the speedy "Recognition."

"We pretty much figured out how to make it work, I guess," Mascis says. "Depends on the day, it changes a lot."

Both Barlow and Mascis are wary of constantly repeating the band's old material on tour. "It's kind of the only way we could keep going, after playing the old songs," Mascis explains. "You know, I think people get sick of that after a while."


Quick Notes: Diamond Rugs, The Black Keys/Wu-Tang Clan, Red Hot Chili Peppers

*[press release] Diamond Rugs, 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), played on CBS' Late Show With David Letterman on Monday. The band played a rowdy rendition of "Blue Mountains," the single from their debut full-length, Diamond Rugs, which was released on Partisan Records in May. In case you missed it, the video can be seen below.

Diamond Rugs was chosen by VICE Magazine as their "Album of the Month" for July 2012. Said VICE, "I see what you've done here, Diamond Rugs. You made the soundtrack to Beer. Nice job. I can't wait for the sequel, This is How to Not be a Boring Pussy." The record landed at #1 on Paste Magazine's "Best Albums of 2012 (So Far)" list, celebrated for being "sweaty and unpolished with just the right amount of self-awareness--everything a great rock record should be." SPIN called the record a "raucous, loose hootenanny," and FILTER agreed, noting "this ain't no Chickenfoot; this is the really really real deal." Diamond Rugs made their live NYC debut this past week, playing a surprise show at The Bell House, followed by a performance at Central Park Summerstage opening up for Alabama Shakes. Look out for a fall tour announcement soon!

*[] RZA has tapped some big names to soundtrack his forthcoming directorial debut, The Man With the Iron Fist. According to the film’s just released trailer, Kanye West, The Black Keys, Wu-Tang Clan, Wiz Khalifa, and RZA himself will contribute new music.

Directed and co-written by RZA with Eli Roth, and presented by Quentin Tarantino, the film stars Russell Crowe as a blacksmith who defends himself and his fellow villagers in feudal China. It will be released on October 26th.

*[] The most heartbreaking moment of the Red Hot Chili Peppers latest LP, I'm With You, comes during "Brendan's Death Song," a ballad the band wrote for their late friend Brendan Mullen, founder of late Seventies Hollywood punk club the Masque. After it was shut down in 1978, Mullen booked shows on the Sunset Strip's Club Lingerie. One day in 1983, Anthony Kiedis and Flea showed up at the club with a boom box and asked Mullen to listen to their demo. He did, and offered them an opening gig for Bad Brains.

"It was a huge step for us to get that gig," Flea said in an interview in 2009. "But in a much more important way, I felt profoundly validated to be accepted and acknowledged by Brendan Mullen, who was a crucial part – a hub – of a scene that for me had mythological status." Mullen continued his friendship with the band until his death in 2009. At the time, he was co-authoring the 2010 RHCP book An Oral/Visual History with the band.

Watch the premiere of the jazz funeral-themed video for "Brendan's Death Song," which was shot in one day in New Orleans and directed by Marc Klasfeld, exclusively at, and get I'm With You on iTunes.

Boston Phoenix Pick Speedy Ortiz, FIDLAR, Caddywhompus + More in Best New Bands in America

The Boston Phoenix has posted its annual "BEST NEW BANDS IN AMERICA" awards, picking one band from every state in the country. We're thrilled to see Speedy Ortiz has been selected as the official MA pick, which you can find below with our other highlights from their search. You can check out the entire thing HERE.

CITY: Northampton
SONG TO DOWNLOAD: "Silver Spring"

The first listen to Speedy Ortiz’s “Taylor Swift” creates a feeling that’s hard to pinpoint. It’s like stumbling across Cinemax After Dark as a teenager — it may be uncomfortable, it may be beautiful, or it may be something in between. Poignant, and dirty, at times, it is Speedy Ortiz’s sly way of conjuring up interesting emotions, and it is making tidal waves out of Western Mass. Even in their infancy, the quartet already has three releases, the latest of which, Sports EP, they will be touring the country behind all summer long. Speedy Ortiz channels the Gen-X angst that never went stale, both in their grungy instrumental rumble and in the fearless songwriting of lead lady Sadie Dupuis. While their sound may make ’90s kids feel at home, it sticks around to pluck the heads off their Barbies, drink all their whiskey, and send a big “fuck you” to the Man. The result is everything you would want representing our fine commonwealth.

CITY: Los Angeles

After two years of championing California beachy-blonde sunny-day girl-pop in “50 Bands, 50 States” (Puro Instinct in 2011, Best Coast in 2010), we almost went that same route with Bleached in 2012. But the more we debated, the more the conversation shifted back to the dry gutters of SoCal. Scuzz-pop crew FIDLAR (who narrowly beat out Trash Talk and Terry Malts in our longest state debate of 2012) are what would have happened if the Pixies grew up as skateboard rats on the other side of the country: a jangly, drunken romp along the rock gardens and pavement, coating harmonies in phlegm and fast-food burger wrappers. On tour with the Hives this summer and at Lollapalooza in August, FIDLAR’s brand of wart-pop is antsy and aggro without losing its melodic edge. This one’s for the down-and-out bros who are broke and cheap, and DGAF.

CITY: New Orleans

Sean Hart and Chris Rehm have been friends since childhood. Together, as Caddywhompus, they make some of the most engaging experimental pop this side of Merriweather Post Pavilion. While their earliest songs are mostly catchy slices of energetic stoner-pop, their latest EP, The Weight, shows off their most evolved, elaborate avant-garde rock to date. On tracks like “The Weight” and “Age of Wild Spirits,” the duo blend bizarre arrangements, effects-pedal gloom, and lots of shredding. But for all of The Weight’s technical complexity, Caddywhompus radiate juvenile energy. They approach their high-intensity psych-jams with an open-minded, fuck-it-all attitude, and the effect is dizzying. Watch any YouTube video of the pair doing their thing live and it’s pretty clear that they’re just two best friends playing weird pop songs — and making as much noise as they possibly can.

CITY: Brattleboro
SONG TO DOWNLOAD: “Book of Fire”

“Big sound. Sounds like 2011 but bigger. Recorded with big-time mics by a real pro. Minimum dust cloud. Maximum fever. Even people with bad taste are thrilled with that midnight sucker punch. It hits like a half ton of silk.” That’s what Happy Jawbone Family Band have to say about their latest record, O.K. Midnight, You Win!, and that’s what Happy Jawbone Family Band are all about. Family values. Loveable weirdness. Open-armed New England folk enthusiasm. Sunglasses on stage-wearing, tambourine-shaking sing-along-inducing good times. O.K. Midnight, out on Feeding Tube Records, is just as catchy and only slightly less delirious than their debut albums, On the Wrong Side of the Candy Machine and Family Matters, which were each 40-track-long odysseys through hits like “I Saw Charlie Chaplin in a Piece of Steak” and “This Cold Wind, I Didn’t Mean 4 it 2 B SOOO Cold.”

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Constants Launch "Pasiflora" Pre-Order

A message from Mylene Sheath Records...

"Hey gang! It's time to get crazy up in heeeuhh! We're now taking pre-orders for the long awaited 5th full length from shoegaze stalwarts Constants. 10 tracks in just under 40 minutes of pure ear bliss. We've been listening to two records EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. This is one of them! Remember The Foundation, The Machine, The Ascension? Well, forget it. This band is doin' its thing and doesn't care about past accomplishments like that. This day springs anew with a sunrise. As our buddies over at Hydra Head Records once said, "the 90's called... and we're damn glad they did". C'mon y'all, lets do our thing...

Here's some cover art [above] and tracklisting for ya, as well as what the press has been saying of the band recently:

1. Sunrise [5:05]
2. Hourglass [3:47]
3. Passenger [3:45]
4. Mourning [5:06]
5. Beautiful [3:17]
6. Pressure [4:13]
7. Sunset [1:04]
8. Austere [3:53]
9. 1985 [3:24]
10. Crosses [4:31]

"Constants' fusion of disparate styles is one of the most organic yet. Instead of soft-loud-soft-because-Isis-do-it, Constants work through melodies, textures, and rhythms with remarkable fluency..." - Decibel Magazine

"As emotional rises go, "Sunrise" does a good job of finding lovely moments - the guitar riff in the chorus stands out - amidst the gloom and thunder of the rest of the track. That's a type of optimism, too - call it the kind that you have to fight for - and it's something Constants seem most interested in exploring right now..." - MTV

"Power and beauty. Thick bass grooves and razor-sharp riffs. It's not the nouns or adjectives that matter. It's the path and the journey..." - Punk News

Ok ,ok, ok, now lets check out some of the pre-order options available to everyone!

You can purchase the LP on purple vinyl or black audiophile style as well HERE. If you're not a vinyl kinda guy or gal, then you can pre-order the CD HERE or pre-order the album digitally via Bandcamp right HERE. And don't forget to connect with Constants online via their gnarly social networking sites.

Alrighty gang, I think that should do it for now, please forward this info to anyone you know that likes good music, we appreciate it and depend on word of mouth above all else :) The album will be in record stores July 24th on CD/digital and 8/21 on vinyl, including a super limited version on white vinyl. If you have any other questions at all, please feel free to hit us up at any time! Lets do this!!"

Lindsay & Joel

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Quick Notes: Steve Brodsky, Alain Johannes, Giraffe Tongue Orchestra (Mastodon, Jane's Addiction, etc) + More

*[] Converge drummer Ben Koller and Cave In vocalist/guitarist 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.

*[] 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:

*[] 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."

*[] 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.

*[] 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:

*[] 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"
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*[] 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.

*[] 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.

*[] 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.”

*[] 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.

Black Lips Announce Middle East Tour Dates

[] Black Lips will make literal the cover of their 2011 record Arabia Mountain (which is actually a reference to a peak in Atlanta, Georgia) with a fall tour of the Middle East. They'll visit Jordan, Cyprus, Egypt, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, and Lebanon beginning in mid-September. I imagine it'll be just like the getaway central to the plotline of Sex and the City 2. (Hopefully this goes better than their India tour-- Ed.)

Black Lips Tour Dates:

07-06 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
07-07 Chicago, IL - West Fest
07-14 New York, NY - Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club (4Knots After Party)
08-04 Montreal, Quebec - Osheaga Music and Arts Festival
07-19 Prague, Czech Republic - Meet Factory
07-20 Zurich, Switzerland - Rote Fabrik
07-21 Lugano, Switzerland - Lugano Buskers Festival
07-23 Paris, France - Trabendo
07-25 La Rochelle, France - La Carene
07-26 St. Tropez, France - Plage de Rock Festival
07-28 Helsinki, Finland - Kuudes Aisti
08-04 Montreal, Quebec - Osheaga Music and Arts Festival
09-14 Amman, Jordan - TBA *
09-19 Larnaca, Cyprus - Savino Live *
09-21 Cairo, Egypt - Culturewheel *
09-23 Tunis, Tunisia - Le Squat *
09-26 Dubai, UAE - Music Room *
09-28 Hawler, Iraq - TBA
09-29 Sulamaniah, Iraq - TBA
10-06 Beirut, Lebanon - Metro Al Madina *
10-12 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits

* with Lazzy Lung

Thee Oh Sees Debut "Lupine Dominus" + Tour Dates

[] As previously reported, Thee Oh Sees will release Putrifiers II on September 11th via In the Red. Now, the San Francisco psych-rock outfit has offered a first listen off their 14th LP with the systematic rock of “Lupine Dominus”. Stream and/or download below.

DOWNLOAD: Thee Oh Sees – “Lupine Dominus” [right click, save as]

Currently, the band is touring overseas and they’ll return stateside next month for a handful of festival dates and a proper tour. Consult the full itinerary below...

06/26 – Stockholm, SE @ Strand Club
06/27 – Oslo, NO @ Revolver
06/28 – Copenhagen, DK @ Pumpe Huset
06/30 – Belfort, FR @ Eurockéennes
07/01 – Rotterdam, NL @ Metropolis Fest
07/15 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
07/20 – Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party
08/03-04 – Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon Music Festival
08/05 – Big Sur, CA @ Woodsist Festival
08/10 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Festival
09/06 – Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Festival
09/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey $
09/10 – San Diego, CA @ Bar Pink $
09/11 – Las Vegas, NV @ Neon Reverb Festival
09/13 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theater *
09/14 – Oklahoma City, OK @ ACM @UCO *
09/15 – Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa *
09/18 – Atlanta, GA @ Goat Farm *
09/19 – Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree Cafe *
09/20 – Nashville, TN @ Zombie Shop *
09/21 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter *
09/22 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Well *
09/23 – Asbury Park, NJ @ ATP’s “I’ll Be Your Mirror”
09/25 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom *
09/26 – Toronto, Ontario @ The Hoxton *
09/29 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon *
09/30 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club *
10/02 – Missoula, MT @ VFW $
10/03 – Calgary, AB @ Broken City $
10/04 – Calgary, AB @ Broken City $
10/06 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater $

* = w/ Ty Segall
$ = w/ Sic Alps`

Radiohead Reschedule Tour Dates

[] As promised, Radiohead has rescheduled the European tour dates postponed in the wake of the Toronto stage collapse earlier this month. The new dates are set for September and will feature Caribou in support. Check out the updated schedule below.

All original tickets are valid for the re-scheduled dates, though refunds are also available through the band’s website.

Radiohead 2012 Tour Dates:

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
07/29 – Niigata, JP @ Fuji Rock Festival
09/20 – Canton de Vaud, CH @ Quarry of St. Triphon ^
09/22 – Rome, IT @ Hyppodrome (Rock in Roma) ^
09/23 – Florence, IT @ Parco Delle Cascine ^
09/25 – Bologna, IT @ Arena Parco Nord ^
09/26 – Codropio, IT @ Villa Manin ^
09/29 – Berlin, DE @ Wulheide ^
09/30 – Berlin, DE @ Wulheide ^
10/06 – Manchester, UK @ Arena ^
10/08 – London, UK @ O2 Arena ^
10/09 – London, UK @ O2 Arena ^
10/11 – Paris, FR @ Bercy ^
10/12 – Paris, FR @ Bercy ^
10/14 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome ^
10/15 – Cologne, DE @ Lanxess Arena ^
10/16 – Strasbourg, FR @ Zenith ^
10/18 – Antwerp, BE @ Sportpaleis ^
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/ Caribou

Fiona Apple Extends Tour Dates

[] Fiona Apple has announced more U.S. tour dates behind her Top Star-earning LP The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do. This new leg follows a string of previously-announced summer tour dates, kicking off in San Jose, California on September 9th. Check out the full docket below, along with her recent video for “Every Single Night”.

Apple has also scheduled new dates in Houston, TX, Montclair, NJ, New York City, and Pittsburgh, PA.

Fiona Apple 2012 Tour Dates:

06/19 – Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre
06/20 – Baltimore, MD @ Lyric Opera House
06/22 – Mashantucket, CT @ MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods
06/23 – Holyoke, MA @ Mountain Park
06/24 – New York, NY @ Governors Ball Music Festival
06/26 – Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre
06/27 – Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre
06/29 – Danbury, CT @ Ives Concert Park
06/30 – Boston, MA @ Citi Performing Arts Center
07/01 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
07/03 – Montreal, QC @ Olympia Theatre
07/04 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
07/06 – Cleveland Heights, OH @ Cain Park
07/07 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
07/10 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
07/11 - Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre
07/13 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
07/14 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
07/16 – Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theatre
07/17 – Kansas City, MO @ The Midland at AMC
07/20 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
07/21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kingsbury Hall
07/24 – Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum
07/25 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
07/26 - Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
07/28 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
07/29 – Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
09/09 – San Jose, CA @ San Jose Civic Auditorium
09/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
09/12 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
09/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
09/15 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
09/16 – Oceanside, CA @ Oceanside Pier Auditorium (FM 94.9 Independence Jam)
09/18 – Mesa, AZ @ Ikeda Theater
09/20 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater
09/21 – Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
09/22 – Thackerville, OK @ Winstar Casino
09/24 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
09/26 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
09/27 – Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center
09/29 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
09/30 – Miami Beach, FL @ The Fillmore
10/01 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
10/03 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
10/05 – Louisville, KY @ Palace Theatre
10/06 – Cincinnati, OH @ Aronoff Center
10/07 – Columbus, OH @ Palace Theatre
10/09 – Buffalo, NY @ Kleinhans Music Hall
10/11 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
10/12 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre
10/16 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
10/17 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
10/21 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE

Flaming Lips Webcast 24 Hour Concert Series

[] Got 24 hours to kill? Well, why not spend it with The Flaming Lips as they attempt music history. As previously reported, Wayne Coyne and his band of merry weirdos will try to break Jay-Z’s Guinness World Record for Most Concerts in One Day by playing eight shows in eight cities. MTV will be streaming the whole thing online as part of this year’s O Music Awards.

The Lips will kick things off in Memphis at 7:30pm ET before boarding the good bus ‘Endeavor’ and heading towards New Orleans. Each performance will feature some of the band’s heady fwends, which Coyne detailed in a recently posted (clearly unpracticed) video. They include: Gary Clark, Jr. (Clarksdale, MS), Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, who will join The Lips for Led Zeppelin covers (Oxford, MS), Neon Indian (Jackson, MI), Jackson Brown (Hattiesburg, MS), Phantogram (Biloxi, MS), and Givers (Baton Rouge, LA).

At the clip’s end, Coyne teases some surprise guests for the final set with Grimes in New Orleans. It cuts out just after the first sound, but it certainly sounds like a “K”, and Ke$ha seems a logical guess. However, Coyne clearly suggests “perhaps even” another mega-guest: Roger Daltrey.

While on the bus, the band will also be joined by Jackson Browne, Neon Trees, Karmin, and Jackass star Chris Pontius as they hand out awards for the 24 O Music categories.

You can watch the video below, and head over to the O Music Awards site to catch the stream. Record setting or not, it certainly looks like it’ll be one for the books.

June 27 - New Fumes & The Flaming Lips - Memphis, TN - W.C. Handy Park (4:30pm CT)
June 27 - Gary Clark Jr, Hour of the Time Majesty 12 & The Flaming Lips - Clarksdale, MS - Ground Zero Blues Club (6:30pm CT)
June 27 - Grace Potter & The Nocturnals & The Flaming Lips - Oxford, MS - The Lyric (9:30pm CT)
June 28 - Neon Indian & The Flaming Lips - Jackson, MS - Duling Hall (1:00am CT)
June 28 - Hunter Hayes, Jackson Browne & The Flaming Lips - Hattiesburg, MS - Benny’s Boom Boom Room (6:30 am CT)
June 28 - Phantogram & The Flaming Lips - Biloxi, MS - Hard Rock Casino, Biloxi’s Wet Spot Pool (9:45am CT)
June 28 - GIVERS, Linear Downfall & The Flaming Lips - Baton Rouge, LA - Varsity Theatre (1:30pm CT)
June 28 - Grimes, special guest (Ke$ha?), possibly Roger Daltrey & The Flaming Lips - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues (5:00pm CT)

Milk Music Announce Tour Dates + Free Single!

[press release] Olympia, WA's cult rock and roll band Milk Music are about to embark on a full US tour in July, including a stop at Pitchfork Festival. Today, the band are sharing a new/old track to celebrate the tour. "Violence Now" originally appeared on a very small run of flexi discs as a split effort with Carrie Keith of Gun Outfit. They were included with an issue of the Olympia based NUTS! Fanzine. If you didn't have a friend who was in the know, or were already familiar with NUTS!, chances are you didn't get one. You can hear the dirty, fuzzed out anthem right now, released digitally for the first time [stream/download below].

Speaking of digital releases, you can now purchase Milk Music's long sold out, sought out EP Beyond Living on iTunes for a bargain price of $4.99

To get a taste of what Milk Music is all about live, you can check out WFMU and download their full set from Primavera Sound which includes some new songs that hint at what's to come for their next LP being recorded this summer.


7/6 - Spokane, Washington - Spokane Vintage Warehouse
7/7 - Missoula, Montana - VFW Post 209
7/8 - Calgary, Alberta - TBA
7/9 - Regina, Saskatchewan - The Club at the Exchange
7/10 - Winnipeg, Manitoba - Frame Arts Warehouse
7/11 - St. Paul, Minnesota - Turf Club
7/12 - Madison, Wisconsin - Memorial Union Terrace %
7/13 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Quarters ^
7/15 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival
7/16 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean *
7/17 - Detroit, MI - Lager House
7/18 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern @
7/20 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore @
7/21 - Boston, MA - What We Talk About When We Talk About Us w/ Young Adults
7/23 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent !
7/24 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
7/25 - Columbus, OH - Ace Of Cups
7/26 - Cincinnati, OH - The Comet
7/30 - Kansas City, MI - Outer Space
7/31 - Denver, CO - Rhineoceropolis

% = w/ Liturgy, Lotus Plaza, Dent May
^ = w/ Autonomy, High Horse, Tenement
* = w/ Iceage, Skrapyard, Ooze
@ = w/ Iceage
! = w/ Nude Beach, Zulus

The Bowery Riots Return with "My Time Has Come"

[press release] Paying homage to their own NYC Neighborhood and family tree, the Bowery Riots are a 3 piece rock n roll band who take their name from turn of the century gang The Bowery Boys and the 1849 Astor Riot.

Predicated on early Rhythm & Blues with one hand in literature and poetry, all points meet in songs inspired by personal stories and societal issues.

The Bowery Riots recorded their first EP with producer Andy Rourke (The Smiths), and are
currently working on their new EP with a full length album to follow.

Their latest single “My Time Has Come” was recorded at The Converse Rubbertracks studio
in Brooklyn in early May of 2012 with producer Bryan Pugh.

Check out a video interview with the band HERE as well as recording footage of their new single HERE.

Justin Dean Thomas: Lead Vocal And Guitar
Tj Rosenthal: Bass
Jordan Davis: Drums

Monday, June 25, 2012

Quick Notes: Baroness, Sleepies, Puscifer + More

*[] 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!

*[] "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.

*[] 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).

*[] 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.)

*[] 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).

*[] A brief audio teaser of Om‘s (Sleep) new outing “Advaitic Songs” can be found over at The effort itself is scheduled for a July 24th release date.

Biffy Clyro Post New Album Trailer

[] Biffy Clyro have unveiled a video trailer for their forthcoming studio album, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to watch it.

The trailer, which is only 13 seconds in length, features a heavy guitar riff being played over clips of the band working in the studio and during previous live shows. It reveals no name or release date, simply saying "Coming Soon" at its climax.

Biffy Clyro recently revealed that they have changed the title of their forthcoming of their sixth studio album.

The trio had previously said that their new album would be called 'The Land At The End Of Our Toes' and 'The Sand At The Core Of Our Bones', but NME has learned that this will no longer be the case. The lines actually come from the chorus of 'Sounds Like Balloons', one of four new tracks they debuted earlier this month.

The album is still set to be a double release and is likely to come out later this year. It is the follow-up to their 2009 effort 'Only Revolutions' and is being produced by Garth Richardson.

Speaking to NME about their new album, singer Simon Neil said: "We don't ever want to make a boring rock record. We're fans of big tunes, but it wouldn't really be Biffy if it didn't have the quirkiness and the weirdness."

Bitch Magnet Announce First US Show in Over 20 Years!

[press release] We've been hoping this day would come since Brooklyn label TEMPORARY RESIDENCE LIMITED remastered and reissued the complete works of two of the more important American post-punk bands of the late 80s/early 90s. BITCH MAGNET - who recently reunited to celebrate the remastered retrospective of their highly influential catalog - will perform live for the first time in North America in over 20 years! The trio (comprised of all its original members) have confirmed one live concert at New York City's esteemed (Le) Poisson Rouge in October. Co-headlining the bill will be MOSS ICON, another legendary post-hardcore band who have recently reunited. This will be MOSS ICON's first NYC performance in over 20 years. The two bands will co-headline, and there will be no opening act. That means both bands will play full sets in a great sounding room for an affordable price. That also means tickets will probably sell at a brisk pace. Pre-sales begin Monday, June 25 at Noon EST.

"BITCH MAGNET are perhaps one of the greatest, and certainly most underappreciated, post-hardcore rock groups of all time." - DROWNED IN SOUND


10/25/12 - (Le) Poisson Rouge - New York, NY


BITCH MAGNET was formed by Sooyoung Park (bass and vocals) and Jon Fine (guitar) at Oberlin College in late 1986, and became a much more musically viable prospect when drummer Orestes Morfin signed on in the spring of 1987. Between 1988 and 1990 BITCH MAGNET toured the US and Europe and released three landmark albums - Star Booty (1988), Umber (1989), and Ben Hur (1990) - which established them among the top tier of American independent bands of that era. The band's entire remastered catalog, along with six previously unreleased tracks, was reissued as a triple-CD and triple-LP set in late 2011 by Temporary Residence Ltd., and won rapturous critical notices in the US and abroad. The lineup of Fine, Morfin and Park reunited in late 2011 for a series of shows in Asia and Europe, including a featured appearance at All Tomorrow's Parties "Nightmare Before Christmas" festival in the UK. In addition to its October 25 show at New York's Le Poisson Rouge, BITCH MAGNET will play a handful of other North American dates this fall.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

MID YEAR REPORT: Our 40 Favorite Releases So Far

written by Dan Goldin.

We've reached the half way point of 2012 and there certainly hasn't been any shortage of great music released so far. While these things are constantly changing, here's 40 of our favorite releases so far (in no particular order).  Click on the band's name to stream via Bandcamp or Spotify.

  • A Modern Animal - The Queen
  • Been waiting for the void of Kid:Nap:Kin breaking up to be filled? Wait no longer, as frontman/guitarist Dan Ellis releases the debut of A Modern Animal, his solo project with Michael John Thomas III (Grass Is Green, ex-Dirty Dishes, etc).
    Good gut punching post-punk that takes the occasional dip into the grunge and noise rock pools. Hard biting riffs and scraping shouted vocals with good dirty tone. 
  • Action Bronson - Blue Chips
  • Our favorite rapper to emerge over the past few years, Action Bronson wastes no time following up 2011's double output. Joining up with producer Party Supplies for a free download that remains true to early 90's hip hop and colorful lyricism. 
  • Antlered Man - Giftes 1&2
  • Finally, a band that isn't ashamed to be truly weird. Antlered Man play an unapologetic prog rock filled with punk exuberance, oddball quirk, and a shimmering technicality. 
  • Blacklisters - BLKLSTRS
  • One of our most anticipated releases of the year has not dissapointed in the least. Blacklisters debut touches on a new plateau of heavy noise filth, and it couldn't be better. David Yow has got to be proud. 
  • Broken Water - Tempest
  • Blistering indie rock with truly exceptional guitar tone. Covered in a hazy wall of sound, catchy songs lurk underneath the messy surface for an infinity repeatable listen. Sounds even better on vinyl. 
  • Ceremony - Zoo
  • Ceremony's hardcore sound may have dissolved on their Matador debut, but their aggression remains the same. Warped melodies and loud guitars join together for an intelligent, heavy, and dare I say accessible sound; balls still in tact. 
  • Dirty Dishes - The Most Tarnished Birds
  • Dirty Dishes return with their long awaited sophomore EP The Most Tarnished Birds, a set of dynamic songs focused on the band's shoegazeir tenancies and quiet-to-loud guitar experimentation. The world is ready for a full length. 
  • Dope Body - Natural History
  • Scuzzy, brawny, and amped up like a pack of wild beasts, Dope Body's Drag City debut is definitely one of the year's finest. Roaring between a murky sludge and grimy upbeat blasts of creative guitar noise, this record simply slays on all counts. 
  • DZ Deathrays - Bloodstreams
  • The Aussie duo's full length debut captures on the promise of their earlier EPs and expands their sound in ways never even hinted before. The manic post-punk basement party energy remains rowdier than ever, and the band has even brought some hooks too. 
  • Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel...
  • The grand return of Fiona Apple after nearly seven years is most welcome, rust free, and exceptionally radiant. Expressive and dynamic with gorgeous instrumentation, I guess good things do come to those who wait. 
  • Future of the Left - The Plot Against Common Sense
  • Falkous and co. return, offering a new destructive blast of razor sharp wit. An incredible album roaring and shifting into semi-psychotic anthems, it only gets better with familiarity. Self aware, genuinely hilarious, and brutally cynical.
  • Grass Is Green - Ronson
  • Sprawling and vibrantly spastic, Grass Is Green have released their most focused record yet, and the third fantastic album in as many years. Brilliant, unpredictable, and muscular, loaded with maniacal charm and polyrhythmic post-punk glory.
  • Grass Widow - Internal Logic
  • Spacy harmonics, strange time signatures, and absolutely beautiful vocal melodies, Grass Widow have out done themselves. Once again operating as a truly independent band, the ladies tightly wound post-punk is consistently dazzling.
  • Guided By Voices - Class Clown Spots a UFO // Let's Go Eat the Factory
  • Guided By Voices have already released two albums this year, and it's safe to say both of them are amongst their best in the last decade. There's a little bit of everything in these songs from lo-fi psychedelia to warm washes of indie pop.
  • J / Q - J / Q
  • Clouds rhythm section John Northrup and Q return with their delightfully strange new band, cleverly titled J / Q. A bizarre set of infectious pop influenced alternative rock songs that defy typical genre, swirling with sonic joy.
  • Jack White - Blunderbuss
  • This may just be the best record Mr. White has released in his stellar career. Bringing together ideas from each of his projects, his solo debut rarely stays in one place, and yet the cohesion is remarkable. A new chapter has begun.
  • Jacob Turnbloom - Jacob Turnbloom's Death Tape
  • Mrs. Magician frontman Jacob Turnbloom has released two lo-fi sets of home recordings this year, and the bare bones tapes are both terrific. Gloom pop from sunny San Diego loaded with tape manipulation, spotty recording, and rrreverbbb.
  • Japandroids - Celebration Rock
  • Just in case you somehow haven't heard of this record, it really is rather exceptional. These Vancouver boys have returned with their fuzzy sophomore record, unleashing your summer party soundtrack, sure to brighten throughout the year.
  • JEFF The Brotherhood - Hypnotic Knights
  • Hypnotic Knights EP is our first taste of Hypnotic Nights, the upcoming record from JEFF The Brotherhood. Confused yet? Don't worry about it, just enjoy the unnaturally catchy songs and wait til mid July for the rest of the Dan Auerbach produced record.
  • Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
  • He's been doing his thing since Monster and the Dungeon Family days, but his flow has become progressively sharper, angrier, and exceedingly dangerous over the past decade. El-P handles the production, going in hard and triumphantly unapologetic.
  • The Life & Times - No One Loves You Like I Do
  • The finest in 2012 space rock, The Life & Times have delivered their best album yet. The rhythm section sounds enormous and the caterwauling guitars ring endlessly outward. These gentlemen have found their groove.
  • Mark Lanegan Band - Blues Funeral
  • The long awaited follow up to the incredible Bubblegum, Lanegan returns with a pulsating record that finds his famous gravel soaked howl floating over throbbing guitar lines and a vast array of electronics. Be patient.
  • Marriages - Kitsune
  • Far more than Red Sparrowes with vocals, Marriages is a brooding post-metal record that entrances as it pummels. Layered with endless walls of sound, the album is superior to any of its single moments.
  • Melvins - Freak Puke // The Bulls & The Bees
  • After 27 years together, the Melvins haven't even come close to running out of great ideas, offering two very different and very awesome records this year from their recent Big Business assisted line-up and their new Melvins Lite trio with Trevor Dunn.
  • The Men - Open Your Heart
  • While nowhere near as heavy as last year's Leave Home, shape shifting punks The Men are still supremely enjoyable. Pushing the envelope of what they're capable of into the alternative realm with influences of grunge, indie, and alt country.
  • Mr. Dream - Fatherland
  • After achieving the #1 spot on our favorite albums of 2011, Mr. Dream returned early this year with another dose of pummeling post-punk that can rest comfortably with your Nirvana, Shellac, and Pixies records. The guitar tones, oh man the guitar tones.
  • Mrs. Magician - Strange Heaven
  • Catchy surf pop from San Diego with a psychedelic bent that explores the rarely touched middle ground between Hot Snakes and The Beach Boys. The smart lyrics and memorable hooks will stick with you for days, instantly leaving you ready for more.
  • Multicult - Spaces Tangled
  • Baltimore, MD's Multicult play noisy angular rock that holds no punches. Spaces Tangled is their second album, and with the success of fellow Bmore residents Dope Body and Roomrunner, Multicult have become the town's best kept secret. Not for long.
  • Pop. 1280 - The Horror
  • Confrontational, ugly, and brutal to the core, Pop. 1280's sophomore record is phenomenal. Massive rhythms and all encompassing low end push their sludgy sound somewhere between industrial and post-punk. We have reached the depths.
  • Pujol - United States of Being
  • After a slew of releases, United States of Being marks Pujol's official full length debut. Their brainy garage rock jangle that has brought them coast to coast several times in the past few years, and their debut is full of anthemic fun times.
  • Pulled Apart By Horses - Tough Love
  • PABH offer more rip your head off goodness on their latest blast of skate punk chaos. Still chock full of riotous aggression, they've expanded their sound with actual vocal melodies and the line, "when I was a kid I was a dick, but nothing changes."
  • Roomrunner - Super Vague
  • Following last year's self titled tape, Roomrunner return with the punchy fuzz of the Super Vague EP, a wild ride through the seediest back allies of punk and grunge. Perfectly filling that Double Dagger sized void in the world.
  • Screaming Females - Ugly
  • Can't get enough of this record. Screaming Females may have found their masterpiece with Ugly. Recorded with Steve Albini, the Females do their thing courtesy of RIFFS, RIFFS, RIFFS and those unique vocals that are weird in best of ways.
  • Shoes and Socks Off - Miles of Mad Water
  • One of our favorite song writers, SASO return with an experimental new record full of electronic flourishes and programmed beats coupled with Hayes' usual bleek vocals. An interesting and challenging listen that becomes rather special over time.
  • Speedy Ortiz - Sports EP
  • This may be the only album on the list that I know every single word to, a testament to the catchiness and infectious quality of their full band debut. Angular, clever, poetic, and brimming with loud guitars, falling in love with them is inevitable.
  • Torche - Harmonicraft
  • Can a band manage to simultaneously get heavier and poppier? Torche can. Their latest is a crushing display of a band that has become one of the brightest shinning moments in the past decade of heavy music. Unbelievably melodic and equally devastating.
  • Ty Segall & White Fence - Hair
  • The first of two promising Ty Segall records this year, he partners up with fellow Bay Area musician White Fence for a psychedelic headtrip to the past. Swirling with jangly guitars, noisy outbursts, and garage rock stomp, Segall's reign continues.
  • Unsane - Wreck
  • Noise rock veterans Unsane returned earlier this year with a sludgy new heaping of their signature sound. Thoroughly skull cracking throughout the entire record, Unsane may not be doing anything new, but not all recipes need to be changed.
  • White Lung - Sorry
  • Canadian vicious punk quartet White Lung released Sorry, their brutal fast paced sophomore record. A stampeding burst of heavy and rambunctious jams that sizzle with noise and energetic female shouting. See them live and you'll only like them more. 
    STILL TO COME IN 2012:
    New albums from Dinosaur Jr., PILE, Mission of Burma, Three Mile Pilot, Geronimo!, Ty Segall Band, JEFF The Brotherhood, Your Skull My Closet, Passenger Peru, Quiet Loudly, A Place to Bury Strangers, Disco Doom, Me You Us Them, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Ladder Devils, Baroness, Toadies, Constants, Fang Island, Tera Melos, Shores, Minus The Bear, Crypts, METZ, Turbo Fruits, Thee Oh Sees, Nine Black Alps, and so much more!!

Biffy Clyro Debut New Songs at Isle of Wight

[] Biffy Clyro played an energetic, abrasive set at the Isle Of Wight Festival, showcasing material from their forthcoming sixth studio album.

Opening with 'Mountains', the band took to the stage in matching white boiler suits in front of a set featuring a painted backdrop of a huge tree fronted by mirrored prisms. Pyrotechnics resembling fiery teardrops dropped over the stage during 'Eleanor', while jets of smoke fired off during 'That Golden Rule'.

Of the three new songs played, 'Modern Magic Formula' was a pounding, playful, grungy track and featured the line: “I try the best I can/But there’s a white light burning in the middle of my hand/I’m tired of being exposed and I don’t know how much more of this is I can stand."

'The Joke's On Us' features typical Biffy staccato riffing, but also a strong bassline and a flavour of heavy post-punk. 'Victory Over The Sun' has a halting, uneasy rhythm with a sudden breakout into an intense, angry ending.

"Are you guys buzzing about seeing Pearl Jam as much as we are?" frontman Simon Neil asked the crowd before 'Many Of Horror', "Pretty fucking exciting, huh?".

After a ferocious take on 'Glitter And Trauma', Neil suggested "some dancing, maybe" and followed up with ‘Bubbles’. Jets of blue fire lit up the front of the stage as hundreds of bubbles drifted over the crowd. Closing with 'The Captain', Neil apologized that they couldn't play longer, saying: "If it wasn't Pearl Jam, we'd stay, but we really want to watch them."

"I thought that was brilliant, they're the best live band in the country," enthused fan Elliot Jones, 28, from London, afterwards. "The first new track they played, 'Modern Magic Formula' sounds like a massive tune already."

"The new songs were really good, I've not heard them before but I enjoyed them," said Mark Coleman, 22, from Birmingham. "Compared to some of the bands that are up here with like, 20 people, and there's just three of them, they make a good sound."

Biffy Clyro played:

'That Golden Rule'
'Modern Magic Formula'
'God and Satan'
'Get Fucked Stud'
'Folding Stars'
'Who's Got a Match?'
'Toys, Toys, Toys, Choke, Toys Toys Toys'
'Many Of Horror'
'The Joke's On Us'
'Glitter and Trauma'
'Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies'
'Victory Over The Sun'
'The Captain'

Slothrust Announce Tour Dates + New Video

A message from SLOTHRUST...

"Hello hello! Slothrust is going on a 5-week tour to promote our first full-length record, Feels Your Pain. And we are kicking off TODAY (yesterday). This tour is appropriately titled, the RAV4 TOUR because that is the vehicle we are driving on this excursion! It shall be a tight squeeze, but we love to play so we are making this happen! We are playing 24 shows in 20 different cities over the course of 40 days. Here we go.

You can support us on our tour by purchasing our album HERE! This money will go right to gas and food.

If you have already purchased our record and are the kindest person ever and feel like further supporting us, you are cordially invited to send gas/food money via paypal to Anything at all is seriously helpful. This money will also go directly to gas and food and staying alive.

For your viewing / reading / listening pleasure, we have launched a tour blog. We will be uploading footage of bathrooms we use, shows we play, people we meet, things we do.

Our Los Angeles date just got cancelled due to a venue construction issue (yikes!) and we are desperately trying to pick up another date! If you or someone you know can help us get a show in Los Angeles in the time range of July 11-13, please get in touch. We are down for bars, venues, houses parties, grandma's houses, afternoon BBQs, salons, toy stores, pharmacies, parking lots, whatever.

Aaaaand here are the dates of the SLOTHRUST: RAV4 TOUR:

6/26 – Pike Street Lounge, Covington, KY
6/27 – The Bottleneck, Kansas City, MO
6/28 – Bar Bar, Denver, CO w/ Escotar
6/29 – Bushwackers Tavern, Denver, CO
6/30 – EVERSTOCK, Evergreen, CO
7/3 – The Comet, Seattle, WA w/ Rory Gannon + The Nothing Free
7/6 – Tube, Portland, OR w/ Batmen
7/8 – A secret co-op, Berkley, CA
7/9 – Vitus, Oakland, CA w/ Empty Rooms + Midnite Raid + Outlaws&Preachers
7/10 – Grant & Green Saloon, San Francisco, CA w/ Outlaws & Preachers
7/11 - 13 - Los Angeles (NEED SHOW)
7/14 – Eleven, San Diego, CA w/ Machines Learning
7/16 – Beale St. Tavern, Austin, TX
7/17 – Sahara Lounge, Austin, TX
7/19 – Lovejoys, Austin, TX
7/21 – Howlin’ Wolf Den, New Orleans
7/23 – Kuzdu’s, Memphis, TN
7/24 - Court House Co-op, Memphis, TN w/ Whose Army
7/25 – Murphy's, Memphis, TN w/ Wampa
7/27 – Karate Dungeon, Greensboro, NC w/ Barrow + MNWA + Cinder & Smoke
7/28 – Baltimore, MD (NEED SHOW)

Additionally, here is a video we put out last week in collaboration with MeerKat Media


Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Play Their First UK Festival

[] Revered US rocker Tom Petty and his band The Heartbreakers closed Friday night at Isle Of Wight Festival with a set full of classic hits at the close of a day that saw other acts paying tribute to him. Charlie Fink of Noah And The Whale asked the crowd "Is anyone else sharing my excitement at seeing Tom Petty this evening?" during their early evening set, while Elbow frontman Guy Garvey referred to Petty as a "living legend".

Opening with 1978 single 'Listen To Her Heart', Petty appeared energetic and dapper in a blue suit jacket he later removed to reveal a brocade waistcoat. The rapport between the veteran band members was clear, Petty leading them like a conductor with arm gestures. After following up with 'You Wreck Me', Petty thanked the crowd and told them he was pleased to be back in England – the set came as part of the band's first live dates in the UK for 20 years - before playing the classic 'I Won't Back Down'.

As well as hits like 'Here Comes My Girl', 'Don't Come Around Here No More', 'Free Fallin'' and 'Learning To Fly', the set included a rendition of 'Handle With Care' by The Traveling Wilburys, the supergroup Petty formed with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne.

Petty appeared particularly animated during a cover of Fleetwood Mac's 'Oh Well', running around the front of stage shaking a pair of maracas furiously. "Are you ready for some rock'n'roll, some good old headbanging?" he asked the crowd before playing 'I Shoulda Known It'. "I wanna lay a little mojo on ya." He then closed with an encore of 'Mary Jane's Last Dance' and 'American Girl'.

Jack Henstridge, 21, from Salisbury, said: "He's amazing. 'Learning To Fly' was brilliant. The whole thing was amazing, and when he played that – brilliant. The weather was pretty awful getting here, but this was just awesome. Just forgot all about it, the sun was out, this guy was living life, I was living life. Done."

Menawhile, Andrew Davie from Newport, South Wales, 25 enthused: "I'm a big fan. He played somewhere in London a few days ago, I know, but before that [it] was a long, long time. 'Refugee' I think was my favourite. I'll be honest, the build up for today seemed a little bit boring and a little bit kind of safe, and they came on and they blew me away."

Jenny Leigh, 32, from Birmingham, added: "I grew up listening to his music so to finally see him live is a dream. Me and my friends had a group-hug moment when he played 'Don't Come Around Here No More', it was incredible."

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers played:

'Listen To Her Heart'
'You Wreck Me'
'I Won't Back Down'
'Here Comes My Girl'
'Handle With Care'
'Good Enough'
'Oh Well'
'Something Big'
'Don't Come Around Here No More'
'Free Fallin''
'It's Good To Be King'
'Something Good Coming'
'Learning To Fly'
'Yer So Bad'
'I Shoulda Known It'
'Runnin' Down A Dream'
'Mary Jane's Last Dance'
'American Girl'

Friday, June 22, 2012

Quick Notes: At The Drive-In, Soundgarden, The Black Keys + More

*[] At The Drive-In‘sIn/Casino/Out” will be reissued on vinyl in the near future. While it was not specified whether or not this was the bands upcoming “exciting news“; Fearless Records have launched pre-orders for the new pressing HERE. Color options include clear and gray with hot pink splatter.

*[] A brief glimpse at Soundgarden‘s pre-show warmup and walk to the stage at this years “Download Festival” can be seen online below courtesy of NME:

*[] The Black Keys owe a lot of their recent explosion into superstardom to the omnipresence of their music in commercials like this one for this beer brand and this one for this cell phone, and this one for this car. How much do they love selling out? Just ask them! However, as fellow duo Beach House well know, that delicate balance can swiftly flip from a band-and-brand partnership to a band-versus-brand showdown, and now two companies have allegedly crossed the one contemporary rock band you seriously don't want to cross. The duo, in tandem with El Camino producer Danger Mouse, are suing Home Depot Inc. and Pizza Hut (via its parent company Yum Brands Inc.) for allegedly using their songs in commercials behind their backs.

Bloomberg reports (via Rolling Stone) that the band's two separate lawsuits allege that the Pizza Hut commercial whose sync sounded suspiciously like "Gold on the Ceiling" actually did use the song, while another Home Depot ad for power tools used a clip of "Lonely Boy." Considering how singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Pat Carney feel about letting you stream their music on Spotify, chances are they didn't give these two brands permission to use the songs without a decent deal, either.

In related on-the-Black-Keys-shit-list news, the ever-harumphy Carney railed against yet another band in an interview this afternoon, in which he told Rolling Stone that Van Halen's reunion tour was "a fucking bummer" and that some of their music is "exceptionally awful." Considering Van Halen's current energy level, however, he won't have to suffer through much more of it. He also shared that the band will start recording the follow-up to El Camino next month, with the aim to have it out sometime next year.

*[] The Sword continue to road-test new material on their current mini-tour with Red Fang. According to those in attendance, the bands set this past Wednesday (June 20th) in Raleigh, NC saw them perform the new songs “Apocryphon“, “Veil“, “Execrator” and “Stormwitch“.

The set apparently also included performances of their recent b-side single “Hammer Of Heaven” and a cover of ZZ Top‘s “Cheap Sunglasses“. Fan-filmed footage from the show, reportedly of the title track to their new album “Apocryphon“, can be found HERE.

As previously reported, the group are due to enter the studio later this month to begin tracking “Apocryphon” with J. Robbins (Clutch, Jawbox). An early fall release date is being plotted on Razor & Tie with worldwide touring to commence in October. Meanwhile, the group have also released a collectors bundle that includes their own “Tears Of Fire” brand hot sauce at