Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Quick Notes: Quicksand, Widowspeak, Glassjaw + More

*[theprp.com] Quicksand have booked an August 24th New York City, NY reunion show. The group are due to play The Bowery Ballroom with tickets going on sale at noon EST on August 01st. As previously reported, the bands 1993 offering “Slip” will get a new vinyl pressing on September 11th.

*[insound.com] Once a month, we bring one of our favorite bands into the studio to record a short live set. These multi-camera, high-quality videos can be streamed for free exclusively at Insound using the video player. Additionally, songs from the video session will be available either as a free, exclusive mp3 download, or as a free bonus when the band's physical album is purchased on Insound. We hope you enjoy!

Widowspeak offers up legitimately hazy and subtly psychedelic summer sounds with guitars bathed in reverb lying just below the smooth, sultry vocals of frontwoman Molly Hamilton. While most recently spending their early summer making the Brooklyn small venue rounds they dropped by for our newest studio session. This lighter-side-of-rock quartet played “Gun Shy”, previously released on Captured Tracks as a 7” single and also featured on their self-titled full length debut. Audio by Mike Kutchman (KUTCH1 Studios) and video from Frank Longhitano and Kevin Haus (haus + longhitano). Check it out HERE.

*Glassjaw will head to South America for the WROS Festival featuring a number of notable American bands including Rise Against, Alkaline Trio, Anti-Flag, Streetlight Manifesto, Strike Anywhere and A Wilhelm Scream. Local South American bands Dead Fish and Garage Fuzz will round out the lineup for the shows which take place in November.

November 3, 2012 São Paulo, Brazil Espaço das Américas
November 6, 2012 Buenos Aires, Argentina El Teatro Flores
November 8, 2012 Santiago, Chile Teatro Caupolicán

*[press release] Baroness take fans behind-the-scenes in a new in-studio clip discussing the guitar work for the recently released album Yellow & Green. The clip and a recent interview with Pete Adams and John Baizley can be viewed on Guitar World's website HERE.

Yellow & Green debuted at #30 on Billboard's Top 200 last week, marking not only the band's highest entry on the chart but also Relapse Record's highest charting debut in the label's history.

Baroness recently premiered a video for "Take My Bones Away," a live clip shot during the band's North American tour this Spring which can be viewed HERE. A new round of North American dates will be announced soon.

*[theprp.com] Mastodon‘sFeistodon” split with Feist received an official digital release today, July 31st. The effort was previously only available on vinyl as part of this past April’s ”Record Store Day” releases.

Along with the digital release comes a unique video that allows fans to adjust a crossfade slider to hear Feist or Mastodon‘s rendition of the track on the fly to differing degrees. You can check that out both below and over at Mastodonrocks.com.

*[theprp.com] Caspian are plotting a September 25th release date for their new album “Waking Season“. It will be the bands first on their new label home, Triple Crown Records. The track listing for the offering, which was co-produced by Matt Bayles (Isis, Mastodon), can be found below:

01 – “Waking Season”
02 – “Porcellous”
03 – “Gone In Bloom And Bough”
04 – “Halls Of The Summer”
05 – “Akiko”
06 – “High Lonesome”
07 – “Hickory”
08 – “Long The Desert Mile”
09 – “Collider In Blue”
10 – “Fire Made Flesh“

*[press release] They slice, they dice, they julienne, and what's more - they can put on one hell of a sweaty-fun punk show. The toast of Brooklyn - The So So Glos - will soar above the din of tumbling Bocce balls with a show at Union Hall in Brooklyn, next Friday August 10th with Wyldlife and Awkward Girls.

Earlier next week (Monday, August 6th) the band-of-brothers will play an afternoon show for teenage attendees of NYC Rock Camp in Brooklyn. After a mini-set the So Sos will talk with aspiring tween/teen campers about the band's collective growth spurts... from their pre-pubescent formation in Bay Ridge to their recent international tours and their part in the founding of all-ages venues Market Hotel and Shea Stadium. This is infectious and inspiring stuff for bedroom-rockers to soak in the band's plucky DIY spirit. The So So Glos may also give pointers on rabble-rousing... because they know a thing or two about that as well… (or three!)

The So So Glos are clamoring to new heights, with tracks from their upcoming album Blowout already receiving extensive airplay on Sirius/XM radio, and much attention surrounding their performance at CBGB Festival earlier this month. Championed by discerning King's County kingmakers Vice and the youthful legion that pack their every Shea Stadium show, The So So Glos invite you to join in on the fun.

Biffy Clyro Ready "Opposites" + Debut New Song

[NME.com] Biffy Clyro have revealed that their forthcoming double album will be called 'Opposites'.

The band also debuted their brand new track, 'Stingin' Belle', on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show earlier this evening (July 31). Scroll down to listen to a fan-ripped version of the bagpipe-featuring track.

Speaking to Lowe about airing the song, the band's frontman Simon Neil said: "It's a strange situation when you're revealing what you've been working on for the past couple of years – it doesn't get any easier, but it's still exciting... we're definitely a bit nervous but we're very excited."

When asked why they had chosen to premiere the album with 'Stingin' Belle', Neil said: "It was one of the first songs that really clicked when we were recording it... it represents the record... It shows how over-the-top the record is." He added that: "it might be our last really over the top record."

Neil also said that that the album was 'weird' but still musical, saying: "We're still keeping things musical, still being as weird as we've always been."

The album title comes from the 'opposing' lyrics on each album, with one featuring positive lyrics and the other having a somewhat more negative sentiment.

Biffy Clyro were recently added to the line-up for London's iTunes Festival this year. They will headline London's Roundhouse on September 22.

FIDLAR Announce Tour Dates

[filtermagazine.com] Los Angeles-based punk rockers FIDLAR have announced more tour dates supporting comeback kids The Hives this fall. Dates supporting The Hives will begin September 05 in Victoria, BC, and will continue down the West Coast ending with a performance in Los Angeles at The Wiltern on September 14.

FIDLAR will also perform at Lollapalooza this weekend, as well as three other Chicago dates this week with Delta Spirit. And if you're in L.A., the band will perform at FYF Fest on September 1. For a band who's proven their live show isn't one to miss, make sure you check out a date if you can.

FIDLAR tour dates:

8/01 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
8/02 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
8/03 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
8/04 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
9/01 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
9/05 - Victoria, BC - 9one9*
9/06 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom*
9/08 - Portland, OR - Musicfest, NW*
9/10 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater*
9/11 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory*
9/13 - Las Vegas, NV - The Cosmopolitan*
9/14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern*

* w/The Hives

Melvins Featured on Pitchfork's "Frames" + Tour Dates

[press release] Melvins' Buzz Osborne shares the story of the band's first tour via an animated clip on Pitchfork TV's "Frames" [below].

The Melvins will attempt to become the Guinness World Record holders for the first band to tour the full United States and D.C. in 51 days with a tour kicking off Sept. 5 in Anchorage, Alaska and wrapping up Oct. 25 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Los Angeles-based band's exploits will be chronicled on Spin's website via an ongoing tour diary.

"We figured it was time for us to do something REALLY crazy," said Osborne. "51 shows in 50 states plus 1 on D.C. and all in 51 days? Jeez! I wonder if we can do it?"

The tour, which will feature the Melvins Lite line-up of Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover and Trevor Dunn, also marks the first time in the band's near 30-year history that they will perform in Alaska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Delaware and Hawaii.

Freak Puke, the debut release from Melvins Lite, was released in early June. "First off, it's almost impossible for us to convey to people that we plan on having both versions of the Melvins happening at the same time," Osborne recently told Exclaim Magazine. "So, for the record, we now have TWO versions of the Melvins, Melvins regular and Melvins Lite… Got it?"

The Melvins 51-date United States tour dates:

September 5 Anchorage, AK Bear Tooth Theatre and Pub
September 6 Seattle, WA Showbox at The Market
September 7 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
September 8 Boise, ID Neurolux Lounge
September 9 Missoula, MT Top Hat Lounge
September 10 Salt Lake City, UT Club Sound
September 11 Casper, WY TBA
September 12 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre
September 13 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck
September 14 Columbia, MO The Blue Note
September 15 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
September 16 Des Moines, IA House of Bricks
September 17 Sioux Falls, SD The Vault
September 18 Fargo, ND The Aquarium
September 19 Minneapolis, MN Grumpy's
September 20 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
September 21 Chicago, IL Double Door
September 22 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue Theatre
September 23 Louisville, KY The Vernon Club
September 24 Detroit, MI Smalls
September 25 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
September 26 Morgantown, WV 123 Pleasant Street
September 27 Jermyn, PA Eleanor Rigby's
September 28 South Burlington, VT Higher Ground
September 29 Dover, NH Dover Brickhouse
September 30 Portland, ME Asylum
October 1 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
October 2 Pawtucket, RI The Met Cafe
October 3 New Haven, CT Toad's Place
October 4 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
October 5 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell's
October 6 Wilmington, DE Mojo 13
October 7 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
October 8 Washington, DC Black Cat
October 9 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theatre
October 10 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle
October 11 Knoxville, TN The Square Room
October 12 Greenville, SC The Handle Bar
October 13 Athens, GA 40 Watt Club
October 14 Birmingham, AL Bottle Tree
October 15 Pensacola, FL Vinyl Music Hall
October 16 Jackson, MS Duling Hall
October 17 Little Rock, AR Juanita's Cantina
October 18 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
October 19 Austin, TX Mohawk
October 20 Norman, OK Opolis Production
October 21 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
October 22 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
October 23 Las Vegas, NV Artifice
October 24 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Forever Cemetery
October 25 Honolulu, HI The Republik

ATTN BANDS: SXSW 2013 Registration Now Open

[press release] SXSW Music and Media Conference and Festival is now open for business. SXSW, the world's leading music industry event, marks the 27th edition by presenting compelling daytime programming and stellar nighttime showcases. SXSW aims to educate and inspire participants by offering numerous industry events and countless networking opportunities. By day, conference registrants do business in the Austin Convention Center. At night, registrants descend on Austin's music venues as SXSW presents the world-renowned music festival showcasing over 2000 acts from 50 countries. Conference registrations, hotel requests, and music festival showcase applications are now being accepted. SXSW Music takes place Tuesday, March 12 through Sunday, March 17, 2013 in Austin, Texas.

Registration for SXSW Music allows access to all daytime events at the Austin Convention Center including the keynote address, panels, interviews, workshops, mentor sessions, the SXSW Trade Show spanning the music, interactive and film industries, the Music Gear Expo, official SXSW day parties, and priority access into all SXSW nighttime showcases. New this year, on Tuesday, March 12 SXSW Music offers a track of convergent panel topics highlighting the increasing connection between music, interactive technologies and film. The Music Accelerator returns this year with a competition in front of a live audience and panel of expert judges with music-related product demonstrations by the most ambitious talents in the world. Registration also allows access to SXsocial, a great tool to aid in planning SXSW meetings and networking throughout the year. Click HERE to learn more and to register to attend.

SXSW Music is now accepting showcase applications for acts to perform at the 2013 music festival HERE. Apply now for the opportunity to perform for the 19,000 industry representatives including over 3,200 media representatives and the thousands of fans in attendance. A showcasing act at SXSW has the unique opportunity to play in one of Austin's many live music venues along with acts from all over the world. SXSW hosts acts in every stage of their development including music legends such as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Geldof, Smokey Robinson, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and Jimmy Cliff. Join the ranks of Alabama Shakes, Mumford and Sons, Florence and the Machine, Robyn, and so many more by gaining career changing exposure and publicity from the amazing mix of influential participants that attend SXSW every year. Sonicbids is the exclusive online musical event submission platform of the 2013 SXSW Music Festival. To apply, go HERE. All applications must be submitted no later than November 7, 2012. Application fees are $30 for early submissions, $40 for applications submitted after October 5, 2012.

Listen now to SXSWfm (powered by dmx) HERE to enjoy 4 channels of all kinds of music from previous festivals. Stay tuned to hear the music of SXSW 2013 Showcasing Artists as they are announced.

SXSW Music Conference and Festival is sponsored by Miller Lite, Sonicbids, Monster Energy, and The Austin Chronicle.

Pile Finishing New Record + Tour Dates!

A message from PILE...

"firstly, we're recording a record! we're doing it at a place called the sex dungeon and we sweated a lot. we shot pellet guns and blew things up. we also drank and sweated. i hung out with my dad and felt like a cave troll on a field trip and we had a great time. i think it sounds pretty good so far. it's looking like there'll be 10 songs on it and it'll be out in mid-october. dan and dave from exploding in sound are nice enough to put it out for us on vinyl and cd.

we've just about run out of magic isn't real on vinyl. i think we have about 20 left. if you want to buy one, come to a show or email us. we're going to re-press it eventually i think, but that costs money and we don't have enough, especially if we're doing THIS!!...!

11/11 TBD
11/15 TBD

Concerning the shows outside of Boston, some of them have venues and some don't, which means we're in the process of figuring it out. But if there's a city listed, you can bet your balls on a knicks game we're gonna be there. so if you want to help (and help means food, housing, money, drugs, sex, america) please do. the tbd's are just us figuring out where we're going to be.. but everywhere else, we're gonna be there. and if it changes, don't worry, i will invade your inbox with the rest of the penis pills and mailing lists you regretted signing up for but are reluctant to mark as spam."

Corin Tucker Band Debut "Neskowin" + Tour Dates

[consequenceofsound.net] Corin Tucker has shared another blitzing track from her upcoming solo LP Kill My Blues. You’ve already heard the lead single “Groundhog Day”; now stream “Neskowin” below.

Kill My Blues will be released on September 18th through Kill Rock Stars. In support, Tucker and co. will spend most of September and October on the road, and you can find the full schedule below.

Corin Tucker Band 2012 Tour Dates:

09/13 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
09/14 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
09/15 – Chicago, IL @ Hideout Block Party
09/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
09/19 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
09/21 – Atlanta, GA @ The EARL
09/22 – Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree
09/23 – Pensacola, FL @ DeLuna Fest
09/25 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
09/26 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage
09/27 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
09/28 – Cambridge, MA @ TT The Bear’s
09/29 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House
10/02 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox
10/03 – Columbus, OH @ The Wexner Center
10/04 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
10/05 – Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
10/06 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive Denver
10/07 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
10/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
10/10 – San Francisco, CA @ Café Du Nord
10/12 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Café
10/13 – Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar

DZ Deathrays Announce Fall Tour Dates

[press release] We're only just past the halfway point of the 2012 but it's fair to say that DZ Deathrays have already had quite the year. Having released their critically acclaimed debut album Bloodstreams earlier this year, Shane Parsons and Simon Ridley have spent the majority of this year doing what they do best and tearing up venues with their ferocious live show all over the world.

Having just completed a six-week tour and 30+ shows in North America with Bass Drum of Death, DZ Deathrays have been turning heads over and over again including most recently those at Pitchfork and SPIN who both gave the band's debut LP favorable reviews.

Currently back in Australia, DZ Deathrays are wasting no time and heading back out on the road for a series of shows and festivals throughout Australia before relocating to the UK for the rest of the year, where they will play the prestigious Leeds & Reading Festival. DZ Deathrays are set to embark on two separate U.S. tours with Blood Red Shoes & TRUST before ending their year with a UK tour.

DZ Deathrays Tour Dates:

08.24.12 - Leeds & Reading Festival - Leeds, England
08.26.12 - Leeds & Reading Festival - Reading, England
08.31.12 - A Perfect Day Festival - Castello Scaligero di Villafranca, Italy
09.07.12 - Barboza - Seattle, WA *
09.08.12 - MFNW - Portland, OR *
09.10.12 - Mezzanine - San Francisco, CA *
09.11.12 - The Echo - Los Angeles, CA *
09.12.12 - Soda Bar - San Diego, CA *
09.18.12 - Mercury Lounge - New York, NY ^
09.19.12 - Glasslands - Brooklyn, NY ^
09.20.12 - Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA ^
09.21.12 - Red Palace - Washington, DC ^
09.23.12 - TT the Bears - Boston, MA ^
09.25.12 - Casa Del Popolo - Montreal, QC ^
09.26.12 - The Drake - Toronto, ON ^
09.27.12 - Blind Pig - Ann Arbor, MI ^
09.28.12 - Subterranean - Chicago, IL ^
11.06.12 - O2 Academy 2 - Birmingham, England @
11.07.12 - O2 Academy - Oxford, England @
11.08.12 - Ritz - Manchester, England @
11.09.12 - Sugarmill - Stoke, England @
11.10.12 - Garage - Glasgow, Scotland
11.12.12 - Rescue Rooms - Nottingham, England @
11.13.12 - HMV Forum - London, England @
11.14.12 - Concorde 2 - Brighton, England @
11.15.12 - Wedgewood Rooms - Portsmouth, England @
11.16.12 - Metropolitan - Leeds, England @

* - with TRUST
^ - with Blood Red Shoes
@ - with Pulled Apart By Horses & Pure Love

No Spill Blood (Adebisi Shank, etc) Release "Street Meat" EP

[press release] Dublin, Ireland synth-punk trio No Spill Blood release their Street Meat debut EP digitally today (LP and CD on Sept 4th) via Sargent House. Stream the entire 6-song release HERE [or below]. Check out the high quality multi-camera live video of the band playing "No Retreat" HERE.

Ireland's vitalic rock scene has once again created musical alchemy in the form of No Spill Blood, a band formed from the much-loved, respected and established bands Adebisi Shank, Hands Up Who Wants To Die?, Elk and Magic Pockets.

Matt Hedigan (Hands Up Who Wants To Die?, Elk), Ruadhan O'Meara (Magic Pockets) and Lar Kaye (Adebisi Shank) took time out of their other bands to jam in Dublin in early 2011 after Matt had moved to the city from Cork. The trio's shared musical influences, the agile post-rock electronic punch of Trans Am, the playful noise of Devo and the low-down post-punk of the Melvins can be heard melded into No Spill Blood's spirited hurtling rhythms.

While their other musical projects contribute to the tempos, the tones and the textures of the music, No Spill Blood's sound is unequivocally their own. Repetitive Kraut-esque rhythms are goaded by O'Meara's buzzsaw vintage synthesizers, Kaye swaps his robotic guitar work in Adebisi Shank for incisively-charged drums and Hedigan provides the fuzzed-out low-end and beastly vocals. Or in their own words - "Heft, Heft, Synth, Heft, Heft".

The lyrical subject matter on Street Meat is concerned with dark, recondite and toilsome subject matter -- coal mining. "The lyrics are loosely based on a story I wrote in school about a guy who reluctantly starts working in his local mine," says Hedigan. "I'll leave the rest up to your imagination! It's fairly apocalyptic."

Street Meat's six tracks were primarily recorded with Dek Hynes in a derelict office block running on a gasoline-powered generator. Mixing was done by Vinny McCreith (Adebisi Shank/The Vinny Club) and James Eager from The Hive mastered the EP. The EP's trippy artwork was done by Sonny Kay from post-hardcore group The VSS. "We just sent him a few images we liked, and he took elements from them, and came back with that awesome cover art. It's so striking, we are all crazy about it."

And as for the name No Spill Blood? "It's an Oingo Boingo tune," says O'Meara. "They got it from the [H. G. Wells book] 'The Island of Dr. Moreau', the same place where Devo got 'Are We Not Men?' It seemed fitting..."


09/08 Dublin, IRE @ Button Factory

Track list:

01. Tunnel
02. No Retreat
03. Good Company
04. Junior
05. Stang Gang
06. New Tricks

Fugazi Release July Additions to "Fugazi Live Series"

A message from Dischord Records...

"Eighteen new concert downloads were added to the Fugazi Live Series on July 16, 2012. This brings the total to 224 downloads, and while we are adding downloads on a slower than usual pace as we transition to a new mastering process, the pace should ramp-up dramatically this Fall. Our goal remains to make every one of the 800+ Fugazi concert recordings in our collection available.

The following concerts have been added to the site and are available to download now:

•Washington, DC USA 12/29/1988
•Saskatoon, SK Canada 07/01/2001
•Minneapolis, MN USA 06/27/2001
•Brussels, Belgium 10/15/1999
•Olathe, KS USA 11/18/1998
•Richmond, VA USA 05/11/1998
•Melbourne, Australia 06/18/1997
•Melbourne, Australia 06/17/1997
•Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 11/06/1996
•Phoenix, AZ USA 11/11/1995
•Portland, OR USA 11/02/1995
•Itaborai, Brazil 08/19/1994
•Chicago, IL USA 06/14/1990
•Salt Lake City, UT USA 06/06/1990
•Dallas, TX USA 05/04/1990
•Amsterdam, Netherlands 11/03/1989
•Philadelphia, PA USA08/07/1988
•Flint, MI USA 01/21/1988

About The Fugazi Live Series:

Between 1987 and 2003, Fugazi played over 1000 concerts in all 50 states and all over the world. Over 800 of these shows were recorded by the band's sound engineers. The Fugazi Live Series, launched in December 2011, is a complete online archive of these concerts. Initially the band released 130 concert downloads. Additional downloads, photos, flyers, etc. have been added monthly with the goal of making everything in the archive available to the public. Show pages feature data from the concerts and (when available) related photos, flyers and MP3 downloads.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Quick Notes: Maynard James Keenan, Baroness + Boomslang Festival

*[fourtheye.net] The much anticipated Joe Rogan show with Maynard James Keenan (Tool, Puscifer, etc) is now online, and as expected is quite good! It’s a long and interesting conversation where Maynard touches on a range of subjects including Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer, Wine making, Martial Arts, Drug experiences, Lateralus, wrestling Tool fans and much more. Well worth the listen HERE.

For those taking notes nothing specific was really mentioned in regards to progress on the new Tool album, though Maynard did talk about the songwriting process.

*[theprp.com] Baroness shine the spotlight on their sound engineer “Loopy” in the latest video update to be posted from their European tour. You can watch that below:

*[consequenceofsound.net] Since 2009, the Boomslang music festival has brought some of indie rock’s most celebrated underground acts to Lexington, Kentucky. This year’s edition, set for September 20th-23rd, will continue that tradition with a lineup featuring Jeff Mangum, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Das Racist, Baroness, Cloud Nothings, Deerhoof, Oneohtrix Point Never, Music Tapes, Futurebirds, Weedeater, Sleeping Bag, Buke & Gase, White Hills, Negativland, The Apache Relay, Girl in a Coma, and more.

Festival passes are priced at $70 and can be obtained via Ticketmaster.

Fight Amp Reveal "Birth Control" Artwork

[press release] Philly transplants by way of New Jersy's FIGHT AMP premier the cover art for their new upcoming full length “Birth Control”, out September 25th. Newly anointed drummer Dan Smith, who plays drums on “Birth Control” designed and illustrated the album art and layout for the band’s new record. You can view the artwork below, with a song premier coming soon!

FIGHT AMP also have a string of killer shows that you should all know about, here’s a list:

Monday, July 30th, 2012
@ Kung Fu Necktie (1248 N. Front St, Philadelphia, PA)
w/ A Life Once Lost, Gholas, Harsh Vibes
8:00 pm, FREE

Friday, August 3rd, 2012
@ The VFW (805 W. 2nd St, Lansdale, PA)
w/ Ladder Devils, Wives, With Knives
7:00 pm, $7, All Ages

Saturday, August 4th, 2012
@ Gorham Bros Music (118 Seeley Rd, Syracuse, NY)
w/ Ladder Devils, Blood Sun Circle
7:00 pm, $6, All Ages

Sunday, August 5th, 2012
@ St Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY)
w/ Ladder Devils, Hull
8:00 pm, $10

Quick Notes: Liars, Deftones + The Company Band

*[consequenceofsound.net] Hey, what do you get when you combine Loony Toons, QWOP, and nightmares? That would be Liars’ video for their track “Brats” off of this year’s exploration WIXIW. Elmer Fudd, Bugs Bunny, and even the band itself appear as rude polygons in a violent, weird, sexual computer world. Check out the video below.

*[theprp.com] Footage of the Deftones performing their new tracks “Roller Derby” and “Rosemary” at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA Saturday night (July 28th) has hit the web and can be seen HERE. Both songs are due to appear on the groups forthcoming as-yet untitled new album, due out October 09th.

*[theprp.com] The Company Band (Clutch, CKY, etc.) are streaming their impending new EP “Pros & Cons” in full via AOL.com. The group will release the offering tomorrow, July 31st, on Weathermaker Music.

Primus Announce 3D Tour Dates

Primus is excited to announce a unique 3D tour this fall, featuring two sets per evening. Being that this is the first-ever traveling 3D enhanced live musical performance, this groundbreaking tour is sure to provide a one-of-a-kind psychedelic experience, further enhanced by the fact that every show will also feature Quad Surround Sound.

Tour Dates:

Fri-Oct-12 Poughkeepsie, NY Mid Hudson Civic Center
Sat-Oct-13 Burlington, VT Memorial Auditorium
Mon-Oct-15 Washington, DC The Fillmore
Tue-Oct-16 Wilkes Barre, PA Kirby Center
Wed-Oct-17 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theater
Fri-Oct-19 New York NY Hammerstein
Sat-Oct-20 Boston, MA Orpheum Theater
Sun-Oct-21 Providence, RI Veterans Memorial Aud
Tue-Oct-23 Niagra Falls, NY Rapids Theater
Wed-Oct-24 Detroit, MI Fillmore
Fri-Oct-26 Asheville, NC Moogfest
Sat-Oct-27 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theater
Sun-Oct-28 St Louis, MO Peabody Opera House
Tue-Oct-30 Cincinnati, OH Taft Theater
Wed-Oct-31 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
Fri-Nov-02 Kansas City, MO Uptown
Sat-Nov-03 Denver, CO The Fillmore
Sun-Nov-04 Wichita, KS Cotillion Ballroom
Mon-Nov-05 Dallas, TX McFarlin
Wed-Nov-07 Austin, TX Bass Hall
Fri-Nov-09 Orlando, FL The Hard Rock
Sat-Nov-10 Miami, FL Fillmore

In other Primus news...

[theprp.com] Band vocalist/bassist Les Claypool recently revealed what fans can expect from the trek to Billboard.com.

According to the article, attendees will be issued 3D goggles upon admittance to the venues. The group will take advantage of this through a wealth of new 3D imagery created explicitly for the tour—something that will apparently help accentuate their improv jams in particular.

“Quad Surround Sound” technology will also be utilized at each stop of the tour, which will find the band performing two sets per night. Despite the increased production scale, the performances will not be canned. On that, Claypool stated:

“Every show will be different. Different environments, as far as venues, are going to lend themselves to different experiences, depending on where you are and whatnot in the crowd. It’s very heady. People that are going to be moshing around probably won’t get any of this, but the heads will get it.”

The technology itself was developed by 3D Live with the initial leg of dates announced thus far serving as a test run for a possible future tour. Meanwhile, Claypool also revealed that a 5.1 surround sound reissue of the groups 1991 offering “Sailing The Seas of Cheese” will arrive sometime this fall.

When pressed about new material from the band however, he offered:

“We haven’t really been working on anything new at this point. We haven’t even really been talking about it. We’ve still been kind of hammering away at this record. It’s been a very pleasant record to play. It flows really well, so it’s been a good one to hammer away on. I doubt we’ll take as long (to make the next album) but we’re not on the 18-month schedule.”

Hawk Eyes Announce Fall Tour

Hawk Eyes are very happy chaps to announce they will be supporting Sucioperro in September and October amongst other dates across Europe. Before Hawk Eyes go out on tour with Sucioperro they still have the following festivals including READING and LEEDS as well. Check out their complete tour dates and recently released video for "Headstrung" below.

3/8/2012 Standon Calling
4/8/2012 Y Not Festival
5/8/2012 Hevy Fest
10/8/2012 Boardmasters
17/8/2012 Trutnov Festival, Czech Republic
19/8/2012 Beacons Festival, Skipton, Yorkshire
23/8/2012 Musikfestwochen Switzerland
25/8/2012 Reading Festival: BBC INTRODUCING STAGE
26/8/2012 Leeds Festival: BBC INTRODUCING STAGE
31/8/2012 Two Days a Week Festival, Wiesen, Austria
13/9/12 King Tut's, Glasgow*
20/9/12 Reeperbahn Festival, Germany
22/9/12 Fell Foot Sound Festival, Ulverston, Cumbria
23/9/12 Split Festival, Sunderland
27/9/12 Beat Generator, Dundee*
28/9/12 Tunnels, Aberdeen*
29/9/12 The Windsor, Kirkcaldy*
17/10/12 Soundhouse. Leicester*
18/10/12 Waterfront, Norwich*
23/10/12 The Maze, Nottingham*
25/10/12 The Adelphi, Hull*
26/10/12 Stereo, York*

Plus more gigs to be announced.

* w/ Sucioperro

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Quick Notes: Quicksand, The Black Lips, Black Sabbath + More

*[theprp.com] A remastered limited edition vinyl pressing of Quicksand‘s 1993 outing “Slip” is being readied for a September 11th release. The pressing will be limited to 1500 copies in total with 500 on red/black swirl, 500 on green/yellow swirl and 500 on plain black vinyl. Some more details on that can be found at Shopradiocast.com.

*[consequenceofsound.net] After years of cheering the Atlanta Braves to victory with his war dances, Chief Noc-A-Homa has fallen in with a bad crowd, specifically the city’s resident flower punk band Black Lips. The band’s music video for the pseudo-eponymous “Noc-A-Homa” documents the depths of this once-proud chief’s downfall, living on the streets, breaking car windows, and robbing liquor stores just to get by. And based off the Braves’ record thus far this season, perhaps everyone would be better off if the Chief moved into a new teepee inside Turner Field. Watch the video below.

The band’s latest album, Arabia Mountain, is out now via Vice.

*[theprp.com] Black Sabbath have released some official live footage from their live show at the O2 Academy in Birmingham, UK this past May. You can watch the group rip through “Paranoid” below:

*[theprp.com] Minus The Bear have posted a new track titled “Steel And Blood” online via Soundcloud.com. It is taken from their upcoming release “Infinity Overhead“, due out August 28th on Dangerbird Records [EIS note: and Big Scary Monsters Records in the UK].

*[theprp.com] The Sword guitarist Kyle Shutt has given some insight into the bands newly-recorded album “Apocryphon“, which the group look to now be mixing. Speaking with Altpress.com, Shutt described the record as follows:

“It is a reflection of everything that we [have gone] through and the lessons we learned. We then deal with these situations metaphorically in our lyrics. This record is just 10 banging hard rockers. There’s no real “stick out” thrash song, or, like, this one is the ballad. I don’t think there’s going to be any instrumental songs on this record, either, so that’ll be a first for us. It’s just 10 kick-ass rock songs.”

More on that and the bands tentative touring plans can be found HERE.

*[press release] Brooklyn psychedelic rock band NAAM has released its new music video "The Starchild" from its recently released EP The Ballad of the Starchild. As the song unfolds, the video weaves into epic Egyptian lore, touching on the myth of Osiris, Isis and Horus "as told in three acts" and laden with symbology that alludes to the pagan "Killing of the King" ritual, the worship of higher beings from the constellation Orion and NASA's Apollo mission (!!). Directed by Zev Deans for Panorama Programming (Liturgy, Chelsea Wolfe), the video is an insane journey and surely unlike anything you've ever seen. Check it out below.

Released this past May, The Ballad of the Starchild was recorded in BKLYN's Galuminum Foil Studios and mastered at NYC's world famous Masterdisk (Miles Davis, Nirvana, etc.), showcasing NAAM's most forward-thinking material to date. The new music on the EP has been called "far-out space jams" and "epic, blissful nuggetoids" that are "just beggin' to play through your headphones. On your beanbag chair. Under fluorescent lights illuminating glowing velvet posters of big-titty Frank Frazetta chicks with pet panthers and a Loc-Nar pendant (Blurt)." NAAM will perform live alongside Andrew WK at the 2012 Bushwick Block Party (FREE!) tomorrow in Brooklyn before launching a European tour in support of The Ballad of the Starchild on August 1st (see dates HERE).

*Mandala are featuring video with Tool's Danny Carey speaking about how he works these devices into his music...

*[theprp.com] While it was initially thought the long-gestating supergroup Giraffe Tongue Orchestra were only writing new material; a new posting from producer Steve Evetts (Every Time I Die, The Dillinger Escape Plan) has proven otherwise.

According to Evetts‘ Lockerz profile, the group, who feature members of Mastodon & The Dillinger Escape Plan, plus alumni of Jane’s Addiction and The Mars Volta, are in the studio tracking new songs.

*[consequenceofsound.net] The Arctic Monkeys can now tell their grandchildren they covered The Beatles’ “Come Together” in front of the Queen and Sir Paul McCartney. The band took the stage tonight at the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics and performed both “Come Together” and “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor”. You can watch footage of the performance HERE. A studio version of their “Come Together” cover is also now available via iTunes.

The ceremonies also featured performances by McCartney, Dizzee Rascal, Two Door Cinema Club, and Emeli Sandé. In addition, the soundtrack included songs from The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, David Bowie, Sex Pistols, New Order, Prodigy, Blur, Radiohead, Muse, Coldplay and — wait for it — Fuck Buttons, which means the Queen has now heard Fuck Buttons. The Olympics are already a major success.

As previously reported, Oscar-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle served as the creative director for the opening ceremonies, while UK electro duo Underworld were hired as musical directors. For their part, Underworld penned 24 minutes worth of new music, which is also available for purchase via iTunes.

*A message from Delta Spirit... "Rolling Stone is currently offering a free download of "Tear It Up" HERE from our new self-titled album Delta Spirit and, for a limited time, you can purchase the entire album digitally from Amazon for only $3.99. Tell your friends!

Did you catch our Daytrotter session we recorded during SXSW? Through August 1, 2012, you can order the second installment in the new Daytrotter Presents Vinyl Series: a 180-gram, 12" split record featuring live recordings by Delta Spirit and Doc Watson! Purchase an Annual Membership for yourself OR purchase a Gift Membership for a friend, and they'll send you a promo code that you can use to get the vinyl for FREE!

Check out our upcoming tour dates and stay tuned for the announce of our fall tour very soon! Connect with us band on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram for news and frequent updates."

HEALTH Announce Tour Dates

HEALTH will tour North America this fall with Crystal Castles...

09-27 Charlotte, NC - Fillmore Charlotte
09-28 Fairburn, GA - Counterpoint Music Festival
09-29 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10-02 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
10-03 New York, NY - Roseland
10-06 Boston, MA - House of Blues
10-07 Montreal, Quebec
10-09 Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
10-10 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
10-11 Nashville, TN - Marathon Art Works
10-16 Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater
10-17 Denver, CO - Ogden
10-18 Salt Lake City, UT - In the Venue
10-21 San Diego, CA - Soma
10-22 Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
10-24 Portland, OR - Roseland
10-25 Seattle, WA - Showbox Sodo
10-26 Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore
10-28 Calgary, Alberta -
10-29 Edmonton, Alberta - Edmonton Event Centre
10-31 Winnipeg, Manitoba - Burton Cummings Theatre
11-01 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
11-02 Chicago, IL - Congress
11-04 Toronto, Ontario - Kool Haus

Guided By Voices Ready "The Bears For Lunch" + Tour Dates

[consequenceofsound.net] Guided By Voices will return in November with their third album of 2012. And that’s just the beginning — the band plans to continue issuing a new album every six months (!), reports Rolling Stone.

The Bears for Lunch serves as the follow up to January’s Let’s Go Eat the Factory and June’s Class Clown Spots a UFO. It spans 19 tracks and is described by guitarist Tobin Sprout as reminiscent of the band’s guitar-heavy 1996 LP, Under the Bushes. Sprout said, “Under the Bushes was more longer, developed songs, and that’s kind of what this one is.”

The band will begin work on their next LP, English Little League, in August, and then tour the country the following month. Needless to say, Robert Pollard is living up to his title.

The Bears for Lunch Tracklist:

01. King Arthur the Red
02. The Corners are Glowing
03. Have a Jug
04. Hangover Child
05. Dome Rust
06. Finger Gang
07. The Challenge Is Much More
08. Waving at Airplanes
09. The Military School Dance Dismissal
10. White Flag
11. Skin to Skin Combat
12. She Lives in an Airport
13. Tree Fly Jet
14. Waking Up the Stars
15. Up Instead of Running
16. Smoggy Boy
17. Amorphous Surprise
18, You Can Fly Anything Right
19. Everywhere Is Miles From Everywhere

Guided By Voices 2012 Tour:

08/11 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
09/08 – Dayton, OH @ Downtown Revival
09/14 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
09/15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
09/17 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
09/18 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
09/19 – Orlando, FL @ The Beacham
09/21 – Pensacola Beach, FL @ DeLuna Fest
09/22 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
09/24 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
09/25 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s East
09/27 – Columbia, MO @ Blue Note
09/28 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
09/29 – St. Louis, MO @ Plush

Friday, July 27, 2012

Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group (with Teri of Le Butcherettes) Announce EU/US Tour

[press release] Immensely prolific Grammy Award winning recording artist Omar Rodriguez Lopez (The Mars Volta, At The Drive-In) announces European and U.S. tour dates with Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group beginning in late August. Teresa Suarez aka Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes will be lead vocalist for all of these shows. The U.S. leg concludes with a performance at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX in November. More shows will soon be announced in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Russia and on the East Coast in the USA. Please see all current dates below.

Omar also graces the cover of the new issue of the relaunched ALARM Magazine in a revealing feature titled, "The Death of a Dictator" in which he ushers in a new era relinquishing the control he's held over The Mars Volta. The entire issue is available for a limited time as a free download for iPad users.

Omar Rodriguez Lopez's genre-defying sixteen-year career has resulted in more than 40 albums, a Grammy Award and being deemed among Rolling Stone's "Greatest Guitarists of All Time." His seminal and critically acclaimed band, At the Drive-In, redefined popular rock music at the end of the last decade. Since that time, in addition to being both a solo artist and leader/composer/producer of the The Mars Volta, Rodriguez Lopez has collaborated with John Frusciante, Hans Zimmer, Erykah Badu, RZA, Lydia Lunch and many others.

Along with Teri taking center stage and Mars Volta drummer Deantoni Parks once again in their ranks on this tour, this incarnation of the ORLG will henceforth function as a democracy -- a dynamic, shape-shifting band in the truest sense. What they intend to achieve this autumn will be nothing short of a total reinvention of themselves.

Check out Omar's most recent solo album, Octopus Kool Aid featuring lyrics and vocals by Teri Gender Bender available to stream HERE.

08/30 Antwerp, BE @ Trix
08/31 Paris, FR @ Le Nouveau Casino
09/01 Zurich, CH @ Rote Fabrik
09/02 Lucerne, CH @ Schuur
09/03 Vienna, AT @ Szene Wien
09/04 Munich, DE@ 59:1
09/05 Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof
09/06 Cologne, DE @ Luxor
09/07 Schorndorf, DE @ Club Manufaktur
09/09 Dortmund, DE @ FZW
09/10 Berlin, DE @ Magnet
09/12 Helsinki, FI @ Tavastia
09/14 Stockholm, SE @ Strand
09/15 Oslo, NO @ Bla
09/16 Malmo, SE @ KB
09/17 Aarhus, DK @ Voxhall
09/18 Copenhagen, DK@ Loppen
09/20 Hannover, DE @ Musikzentrum
09/21 Hamburg, DE @ Reeperbahn Festival
09/22 Heidelberg, DE @ Karlstorbahnhof
09/23 Groningen, NL @ Vera
09/24 Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg Oude Zaal
09/26 Brighton, UK @ The Haunt
09/27 Manchester, UK @ The Deaf Institute
09/28 Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
09/29 Leeds, UK @ The Cockpit
09/30 Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
10/01 Galway, IE @ Roisin Dubh
10/02 Dublin, IE @ Button Factory
10/03 London, UK @ The Garage
10/19 Seattle, WA @ City Arts Fest - The Triple Door
10/20 Portland, OR @ Star Theater
10/23 Sacramento, CA @ Harlow's
10/24 Oakland, CA @ The New Parish
10/25 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
10/26 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
10/27 Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones
10/28 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
11/01 - 03 Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest

Caspian Launch "You Are The Conductor" Vinyl Repress Pre-Order

A message from Mylene Sheath Records...

"Hey fam! Just squeezing in here real quick to let y'all know that we're repressing the seminal debut EP by Caspian on vinyl for the first time since 2008!

As the band prepares to release their new full length Waking Season (view the trailer below) and tour North America and Europe throughout the fall, we thought it was probably time to press up some more of these so they're available again.

I don't think too much can be said about this album that hasn't been said before, it's a bonafide classic in every way. From the opening 1-2-3 punch of "Quovis," "Further Up" and "Further In," known now simply as "The Trilogy", to the shimmering final notes of the epic closing track "Last Rites," You Are The Conductor ebbs and flows flawlessly in instrumental perfection. Few bands have ever set the bar so high for themselves on their debut EP, and as we all know by now, Caspian saw that bar and continues to raise it higher with each subsequent release, never succumbing to the pressure of their previous excellence. And it all started here, with these six tracks comprising the most promising instrumental debut in recent memory.

For this particular pressing we've gone all out, balls-to-the-wall with the quality and packaging. The records have all been pressed on 180 gram virgin vinyl. There's four different colors; we've got translucent green, which is the mailorder edition, limited to 100 copies and only available through us. Then we have opaque mint green, which we've split with the band, so we have a very limited amount of these. There's 100 total of them pressed, but we have much less than that to sell in our webstore - the rest will be made available exclusively through the band. Then we have 100 copies on white vinyl, these ones will only be available from record stores and online retailers via Redeye Distribution. And lastly, for the audiophiles we have 300 copies on black vinyl.

So these thick slabs need to be properly stored when not constantly rotating around your turntable, right? We gotchoo. These 180 gram slabs will be housed in super thick, heavy-duty, no-joke casewrapped, tip-on jackets. If you've seen these jackets before, then you know how THICK and unbelievable they are!

Anyhow, to round out the package we've got full-color printed inner sleeves snuggling their 180 gram buddies. This is truly a gargantuan behemoth, friends. Quality with a capital "Q", and truly the definitive edition, and proper retelling of this classic record.

*Collectors Note: We know that we also did 100 copies on white vinyl in the first pressing, so to tell the difference between the two pressings, just remember that the jackets in the first pressing were on 20pt reverse board stock, not casewrapped. And beyond the jacket difference, there's been slight alterations to both the printed inner sleeves and the center labels on the record itself.

Here's some album deetz for ya, so you know what you're getting yourself into:

Side A:

1. Quovis
2. Further Up
3. Further In

Side B:

4. Loft
5. For Protection
6. Last Rites


You just thought to yourself... "my god, I've got to see these guys perform live!", didn't you? Well, you're in luck friend, the band will be on tour this fall with Minus The Bear & Cursive:

9/13 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
9/14 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
9/16 Iowa City, IA @ The Blue Moose Tap House
9/17 Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue Theatre
9/18 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
9/19 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
9/20 Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
9/21 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
9/23 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
9/25 Washington, DC @ The Fillmore
9/26 Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
9/27 Boston, MA @ Royale Night Club
9/28 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
9/29 New York, NY @ Best Buy Theatre
9/30 Richmond, VA @ The National
10/1 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theater

Head over to their website and check out all their upcoming tour dates beyond these ones (including a European stint with Thisquietarmy). Also on their website, just below the tour dates, you can download Live At Old South Church for free for a limited time only!!

We'll be running a few pre-order contests, including a doozy over on Modern Vinyl. Check it out right HERE for a chance to win some free Caspian goods! Such as...

•First prize - A copy of the record on translucent green vinyl (limited to 100) and a T-shirt.
•Second prize - A copy of the record on black vinyl (limited to 300).

But tonight we'll be chattin' it up over on our message board RIGHT HERE, so feel free to drop by and say hello! And also, tomorrow at 1pm, be sure to stop by the message board again as Philip Jamieson of Caspian will be popping in to talk to fans of the band about all the action happening in the bands world right now as they gear up for a new release and a huge tour!

Lastly, we'll be resuming the TEST PRESS ARTWORK CONTEST SERIES with this one. So if you've got the creative itch to design a jacket for a very limited set of test presses (10 hand numbered copies), head over HERE and check out all the details!

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! If you have any other questions at all, please feel free to hit us up at any time! Lets do this!!

We expect these to ship in September"

"Caspian has the instrumental firepower to make a big noise when it feels like it. But the melodies, timbres and harmonics are so fully realized that "Tertia" would be mighty, even without its climaxes..." - The Washington Post

"With key tempo changes, well-spaced arrangements, and delicate instrumental insertions Tertia succeeds in capturing an earthen mood even as it soars to scrape the upper levels of the atmosphere..." - Pop Matters

"the ability to create such a wide range of reactions is the definition of true art. And if it can be accomplished through a version of metal, all the more power to it. Heady stuff, this." - Metal Sucks

Tweak Bird Announce "Undercover Crops" EP + Melvins Dates

[press release] Back in action! Tweak Bird are busy readying their new EP Undercover Crops in anticipation of their upcoming September/October tour with the Melvins where they will be direct support for 45 of the 51 dates on the Melvins' previously announced 51/51/51 trek.

Their 7-song Undercover Crops EP was recorded over a long weekend in June with Toshi Kasai -who alongside Dale Crover, produced and recorded Tweak Bird's previous two releases, 2008's Reservations EP and 2010's self-titled LP- is set for release on October 9th via Volcom Entertainment.

Tweak Bird, brothers, Ashton and Caleb Bird, the now Los Angeles by-the-way-of Southern Illinois-based duo have been making loud, heavy music together for a better part of a decade in various incarnations. Driven by big drums, fuzzed out baritone guitar and tandem spacey vocal melodies, Tweak Bird effortlessly blend raw stoner rock and catchy pop bits to form short joyous bursts aural gratification.

Tweak Bird supporting the Melvins:

Sep 8 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux Lounge
Sep 9 - Missoula, MT @ Top Hat Lounge
Sep 10 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
Sep 11 - Casper, WY @ TBA
Sep12 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
Sep 13 - Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
Sep 14 - Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
Sep15 - Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
Sep16 - Des Moines, IA @ House of Bricks
Sep 17 - Sioux Falls, SD @ The Vault
Sep18 - Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
Sep19 - Minneapolis, MN @ Grumpy's
Sep20 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
Sep 21 - Chicago, IL @ Double Door
Sep 22 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue Theatre
Sep 23 - Louisville, KY @ The Vernon Club
Sep 24 - Detroit, MI @ Smalls
Sep25 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
Sep 26 - Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant Street
Sep27 - Jermyn, PA @ Eleanor Rigby's
Sep28 - South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
Sep 29 - Dover, NH @ Dover Brickhouse
Sep 30 - Portland, ME @ Asylum
Oct 1 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Oct 2 - Pawtucket, RI @ The Met Cafe
Oct 3 - New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
Oct 4 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Oct 5 - Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell's
Oct 6 - Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13
Oct 7 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
Oct 8 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Oct 9 - Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theatre
Oct 10 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
Oct 11 - Knoxville, TN @ The Square Room
Oct 12 - Greenville, SC @ The Handle Bar
Oct 13 - Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
Oct 14 - Birmingham, AL @ Bottle Tree
Oct 15 - Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
Oct 16 - Jackson, MS @ Duling Hall
Oct 17 - Little Rock, AR @ Juanita's Cantina
Oct 18 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
Oct 19 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk
Oct 20 - Norman, OK @ Opolis Production
Oct 21 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
Oct 22 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom

"Sounds like they have lived on a diet of [Melvins], the first four Rush records, and a bunch of peyote, it all makes perfect sense." - Impose Magazine

"Absurdly heavy riffs are followed by a spooky jazz section. And it is a very good - if rather chilly." - Drowned In Sound

"[Tweak Bird] makes me want to offer my body in sacrifice to their twisted Creator. Beam me up, Birdies!" - L.A. Record

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Quick Notes: Pinback, Giraffe Tongue Orchestra (Mastodon, etc), Constants + More

*[pitchfork.com] All the way back in 2009, we reported that Pinback were expecting to release an album on Temporary Residence the following year. Finally, the duo of Rob Crow and Zach Smith have announced their first long-player since 2007's Autumn of the Seraphs. Information Retrieved is out October 16.

Pinback posted the following on their Facebook... "We turned the record in a couple weeks ago to our label Temporary Residence Limited. Its just been mastered and is off to the record plant! Thanks to everyone for being patient... were looking forward to the release and seeing you all out on the road. Hooray"

*[theprp.com] The Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman has made his way to Los Angeles, CA for The Dillinger Escape Plan “production” and writing sessions for the upcoming Giraffe Tongue Orchestra project.

In addition to Weinman, the latter group of course features Mastodon‘s Brent Hinds, Eric Avery (ex-Jane’s Addiction) and Jon Theodore (ex-The Mars Volta). Weinman and Hinds have posted some photos from the most recent sessions for the project HERE and HERE.

*[theprp.com] Constants‘ new release “Pasiflora” is available for streaming in full over at Bandcamp.com. The group released the outing earlier this week on The Mylene Sheath.

*Dublin post-punk band Jogging are set to return with their sophomore album Take Courage due out on August 24th via Out on a Limb Records. The effort will be released on vinyl as well as digital formats, and you can check out their first single from the effort "Deadweight" below. In the meantime, you can also stream their entire debut, Minutes, released on the sadly defunct Richter Collective HERE.

*[theprp.com] Om (Sleep) have had to postpone their planned August dates to November due to injury. On that the group offered:

“We will be postponing our upcoming Eastern North American tour dates following a skateboarding injury Emil had (broken arm). We are working on rescheduling the full run starting in mid-November. Thank you all and see you soon.”

Their new effort “Advaitic Songs” is available in stores now.

The Whigs Debut "Waiting" + Tour Dates

[press release] To get fans excited for their upcoming tour, The Whigs are making their new single "Waiting" available for free download. The celebratory rock and roll-fueled track will be available for the next 24 hours HERE.

Beginning on September 1st in Big Sky, MT, The Whigs will kick off a 3-month tour in support of their upcoming album Enjoy The Company, out September 18th on New West Records.

Enjoy The Company, a raucous ode to rock and roll, is a record that offers a powerful sonic rendering of a band opening up to the depth of their past and kicking open the doors to their future. But most of all, this is the undeniably established sound of a band affirming their legacy in the American rock and roll paradigm.

Stay tuned for more news!

Tour Dates:

September 1st Big Sky Resort Big Sky, MT
September 6th Mercy Lounge Nashville, TN
September 7th Proud Larry's Oxford, MS
September 8th Crossroads Café Huntsville, AL
September 14th Headliner's Music Hall Louisville, KY
September 19th Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
September 21st Georgia Theatre Athens, GA
September 27th Bourbon Street Bar Auburn, AL
September 28th Zydeco Birmingham, AL
September 29th Starry Nights Festival Oakland, KY
October 6th Charleston Pour House Charleston, SC
October 13th ACL Festival Austin, TX
October 17th The Griffin San Diego, CA
October 18th Bootleg Bar Los Angeles, CA
October 19th Rickshaw Stop San Francisco, CA
October 22nd Rickshaw Theatre Vancouver, BC
October 23rd Mississippi Studios Portland, OR
October 24th The Tractor Tavern Seattle, WA
October 26th Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, UT
October 27th Larimer Lounge Denver, CO
October 29th The Waiting Room Lounge Omaha, NE
October 30th Firebird St. Louis, MO
November 1st The Square Room Knoxville, TN
November 3rd Visulite Theatre Charlotte, NC
November 5th The Southern Charlottesville
November 7th Black Cat Washington, DC
November 8th Brighton Music Hall Boston, MA
November 9th North Star Bar Philadelphia, PA
November 10th Glasslands Gallery Brooklyn, NY
November 12th The Basement Columbus, OH
November 13th The Vogue Indianapolis, IN
November 14th Magic Stick Detroit, MI
November 16th Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
November 17th Triple Rock Minneapolis, MN
November 23rd Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA

Hawk Eyes Debut "Headstrung" Video + Festival Dates

An update from Hawk Eyes...

This week we unleashed our brand new video for 'HEADSTRUNG' the second single from our album 'IDEAS.' Directed and animated by the genius of Robin Fuller. You can purchase 'HEADSTRUNG' and 'IDEAS' on Itunes, 7 Digital, Amazon etc HERE.

We are very pleased to announce that we will be HEADLINING the BBC INTRODUCING Stage at this years Reading and Leeds Festival. We will be playing Reading Festival on Saturday 25th August at 20:45 and Leeds on Sunday 26th August at 20:40. Lovely times.


3/8/2012 Standon Calling
4/8/2012 Y Not Festival
5/8/2012 Hevy Fest
10/8/2012 Boardmasters
17/8/2012 Trutnov Festival, Czech Republic
19/8/2012 Beacons Festival, Skipton, Yorkshire
23/8/2012 Musikfestwochen Switzerland
25/8/2012 Reading Festival: BBC INTRODUCING STAGE
26/8/2012 Leeds Festival: BBC INTRODUCING STAGE
31/8/2012 Two Days a Week Festival, Wiesen, Austria

+ More tour dates TBA

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Quick Notes: Mad Season/Mark Lanegan, Omar Rodriguez Lopez/Le Butcherettes, Chelsea Light Moving + More

*[theprp.com] Guerilla Candy caught wind of a recent interview with Mad Season, etc. drummer Barret Martin. The conversation touched upon his plans to finish previously-unreleased material from the (mostly) long-defunct outfit.

Martin revealed that his former Screaming Trees bandmate, and frequent Queens Of The Stone Age collaborator, Mark Lanegan will be tackling the vocals for the songs. The tracks in question were originally written for late group frontman Layne Staley (also of Alice In Chains).

No word on how much material is in the works or a potential release time frame was offered however.

*[theprp.com] Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (The Mars Volta) has released a new album titled “Octopus Kool Aid” via Bandcamp. The effort was originally recorded in February of 2011 and features vocals from Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes.

*[stereogum.com] Lately, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore has been recording and playing shows with a new band called Chelsea Light Moving. We’ve already heard the new tracks “Burroughs” and “Groovy & Linda,” and today, Moore decided to celebrate his 54th birthday by posting a new track called “Frank O’Hara Hit,” named for the late beat poet. The song is alternately a scuzzed-out hiss and a pretty chiming-guitars meditation, which means Thurston Moore made it. Grab it below.

DOWNLOAD: Chelsea Light Moving – “Frank O’Hara Hit” [right click, save as]

Moore posted this song alongside a fanziney piece about historically significant late-July events; click HERE to read what he wrote.

*[pitchfork.com] On September 24, Austin's absurdly named fuzz-rockers Ringo Deathstarr will release their second LP, Mauve, via Club AC30/Sonic Unyon. On September 11 (a day before in the UK), they'll release this single from that record, "Rip".

STREAM Ringo Deathstarr "Rip" HERE!

*A message from Big Scary Monsters Records... "We are delighted to welcome the wonderful Minus The Bear to the BSM family! Having influenced a great number of the artists we've worked with over the past few years, it's an honour to be releasing their brilliant new record, 'Infinity Overhead', in September.

Since forming in Seattle in 2001, Minus The Bear has worked relentlessly over the past decade to build a large and devoted following worldwide with consistent releases and a non-stop touring regimen. With a back-catalogue that has seen them sell over 300,000 records, the band has played countless sold out tours throughout the world, in addition to unforgettable performances at huge US festivals, including Bonnaroo, Coachella, Lollapalooza and Sasquatch!. They have done this all on their own terms and with the release of Infinity Overhead, they are at the height of their powers.

'Infinity Overhead' can now be pre-ordered, on CD and limited edition 12" vinyl (clear and transparent blue - of which there is very few left!) from www.bsmrocks.com [for those in the UK]. The first 200 orders come with a free set of MTB badges and a guitar plectrum. The band headline Heaven in London on 17th August, tickets on sale now."

*[consequenceofsound.net] Here’s “Elephant”, the lead single from Tame Impala’s upcoming album Lonerism, which will be released on October 9th via Modular. It’s the second track to surface from the album following “Apocalypse Dreams”.

*[press release] Belfast's weird and wonderful indie-alt-rockers MOJO FURY will be hitting the UK in September for their only remaining UK shows of 2012. The band will be playing songs from their debut "Visiting Hours of a Traveling Circus" alongside the airing of brand new material from their as yet untitled second album, which is currently being recorded. See Mojo Fury in the studio right HERE.

Catch Mojo Fury on the following dates, as main support to ex-The Gathering frontwoman Anneke van Giersbergen and her band this September:

Wed 19th - LONDON, Borderline
Thu 20th - MANCHESTER, Roadhouse
Fri 21st - YORK, Fibbers
Sat 22nd - GLASGOW, ABC 2
Sun 23rd - BIRMINGHAM, Academy 3

*Tall Ships have announced, with the help of a few friends [see below], that their debut album is entitled 'Everything Touching' and will be released on 8th October. The tracklisting and artwork will soon be unveiled but for now you can stream forthcoming new single, "Gallop," which was premiered via Pitchfork last week.

The band play XOYO in London, their biggest headline show to date, on 22nd October. Tickets are on sale now and the amazing support bill will be announced in two weeks time. Look out for more show news coming very soon...

*[press release] David Yow, the front man of Scratch Acid and The Jesus Lizard, was recently interviewed on the leading baseball podcast: "Up & In" regarding his forthcoming indie feature: High & Outside: A Baseball Noir. Listen HERE.

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.

The cast includes Yow, Eddie Jemison (Oceans 11, Hung), Geoff Lewis (High Plains Drifter, Every Which Way But Loose), Richard Patrick (Filter, NIN), Phil Donlon (Unbroken, Queens of the Lot) and Scarlett Fay (Playboy TV). High & Outside has been offered the opportunity to film in Sioux City, Iowa, in the home stadium of The Explorers, an independent pro baseball team. The production company (Standard 17) will shoot several scenes including live action sequences at actual games.

Deftones Announce Intimate Show + Chi Cheng Update

[theprp.com] Deftones have announced an intimate July 28th show at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, July 27th. The band currently have an as-yet untitled new album scheduled for an October 09th release date.

Meanwhile, ailing bassist Chi Cheng has been showing signs of improvement from his latest bout with pneumonia. A recent update on Oneloveforchi.com reads:

“hey one love fam,

just wanted to let you know chi is making small improvements and showing us once again how truly strong he is.

the family is very grateful for your never ending love and support. your love has carried them thru so much…”

Baroness Hit Billboard's Top 30 + CONTEST

[press release] Yellow & Green, the third album from Baroness, has debuted at #30 on Billboard's Top 200.

The album sold 12,660 copies in its first week of release, the highest debut in Relapse Record's history.

Baroness spent the entirety of 2011 writing, demoing and recording Yellow & Green, marking the East Coast-based band's first lengthy break from touring in eight years. John Congleton co-produced the 18-track release, which was recorded at Water Music in Hoboken, N.J. and Elmwood Studio in Dallas, Texas. The album was released on July 17 and is currently streaming HERE.

A video for "Take My Bones Away" premiered yesterday via Rolling Stone's website. The live clip was filmed by Jimmy Hubbard during the band's Spring tour with Meshuggah.

Don't forget you can enter to win a copy of Yellow & Green signed by the band from us! All you have to do is enter HERE.

Baroness performs tomorrow in Basel, Switzerland at the Sommercasino. The band returns to the States with an Aug. 29 performance at House of Vans in Brooklyn.

Tour dates are:

July 26 Basel, Switzerland Sommercasino
July 27 Zurich, Switzerland Dynamo
July 28 Florence, Italy Viper Theatre
July 30 Milan, Italy Civic Arena
August 1 Munich, Germany 59to1
August 3 Prague, Czech Republic Klub 007
August 4 Katowice, Poland Off Festival
August 5 Berlin, Germany Magnet
August 6 Hamburg, Germany Logo
August 9 Oslo, Norway Oya Festival
August 13 Sheffield, UK Corporation
August 14 Bristol, UK The Fleece
August 15 Southampton, UK Talking Heads
August 17 Hasselt, Belgium Pukkelpop
August 18 Leipzig, Germany Highfield Festival
August 19 Ludinghausen, Germany Area4 Festival
August 29 Brooklyn, NY House of Vans
September Los Angeles, CA FYF Fest
September 6 Raleigh, NC Hopscotch Music Festival
September 22 Lexington, KY Boomslang
October 27 Gainesville, FL The Fest 11
November Austin, TX Fun Fun Fun Fest

Good To Die Records Release FREE Sampler

[press release] Have you been missing out on the mighty and powerful rock from the Northwest that has been pumped out on the regular by Seattle's Good To Die Records? Well, friends, you have no excuse now.

Good To Die is ready to get you caught up with its first digital-only compilation. Featuring tracks from all of the label's releases to date, this handy little primer is rife with furious riffage, impassioned singing, and energy to spare. This free collection wraps together tracks from prog-metal dynamos Dog Shredder, the angular, furious punk outfit Deadkill, and the titans of sci-fi power rock Sandrider.

This compilation also boasts a pair of exclusives. You can grab your first taste of Portland's queerest rockers Gaytheist, via "Condemn The Condemners," a cheeky politically minded blast from the trio's upcoming full-length Stealth Beats (out on August 21st).

And you get your first glimpse into Good To Die's most recent signing: the sludge punkers from Portland known simply as Rabbits. A sample of the band's future Good To Die release, "Meth Valley 99" both pays homage to the influence of Sonic Youth and gives the trio a chance to show off their love of steaming noise and throat-shredding screaming.

All the goodness of Good To Die in one neat, tidy, and cost-free package? What the hell are you waiting for? Those eardrums of yours aren't going to puncture themselves.

Download and share the Good to Die 2012 Comp RIGHT HERE!


1. Absolute Monarchs - Attack (from "1")
2. Sandrider - The Corpse (from s/t debut)
3. Monogamy Party - Never to Rise (from "Pus City")
4. Dog Shredder - Battle Toads (from "Brass Tactics")
5. Brokaw - Berlin Heart (from "Interiors")
6. Deadkill - Oh God Help You (from debut 7")
7. Rabbits - Meth Valley 99 (from "Bites Rites" out Sept. 18th)
8. Absolute Monarchs - Thinking Thieves (from "1")
9. Brokaw - Terms of War (from "Interiors")
10. Sandrider - Paper (from s/t debut)
11. Monogamy Party - Covenant of Brothers (from "Pus City")
12. Deadkill - Outta My Head (from debut 7")
13. Gaytheist - Condemn the Condemners (from "Stealth Beats out Aug. 21st)

Crypts Debut "Territories" + Tour Dates

[consequenceofsound.net] Back in 2009, Seattle’s post-hardcore outfit These Arms Are Snakes put the kibosh on their seven-year run. In the aftermath, vocalist Steve Snere was looking for a different musical enterprise. “I needed a change of pace… to take myself out of the guitar-based rock world, he explains. Joining forces with programmer Bryce Brown and visual artist Nick Bartoletti, the trio formed Crypts, setting out to “experiment to find a sound we wanted to hear.” The dark electronic sound the three mad scientist concocted will be revealed to the world with the September 4th release of their self-titled debut via Sargent House.

As an early taste of what these boys from the Emerald City have in store, take a listen to “Territories”. Pulsating synths ripple over an eerie haze, while pounding subsonic bass keeps the rhythm for choppy, syncopated snare snaps and skittering claps. It’s a foreboding yet enticing mix, like the mist beckoning a horror film’s hapless heroine into the forest. The clearing in the forest here is the chorus, a barrage of gloom-pop color with Snere’s voice howling out as the synths swell and burst. Check it out below.

For the band’s full effect, catch them on tour, where Bartoletti’s role gets fully realized as he creates a live video and light show to sync with the band’s music. As previously reported, they’re heading out on the road with Chelsea Wolfe in September. See those dates underneath the Crypts tracklist ahead.

Crypts Tracklist:

01. Completely Fucked
02. Daft
03. Territories
04. Breathe
05. Fancy
06. Smut
07. Bloods
08. Sleazy

Crypts 2012 Tour Dates:

09/08 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore *
09/09 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza *
09/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop *
09/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *

* = w/ Chelsea Wolf