Sunday, September 30, 2012

Quick Notes: Josh Homme, CaliforniaX, Atoms for Peace, King Khan & The Shrines, Fins, Passenger Peru + More

*[] While Josh Homme’s past soundtrack contributions have focused on more comedic fare like Aqua Teen Hunger Force, the Queens of the Stone Age frontman recently contributed a song to David Ayer’s cop-drama End of Watch. Co-written by the film’s composer Dave Sardy, “Nobody To Love” appears solely during the end credits and features Homme’s unmistakable croon paired with a mix of operatic piano and dark blues-rock guitar slightly reminiscent of older QOTSA. Stream it below.

*Amherst, MA's CaliforniaX are quickly becoming one of our favorite young bands. The guys are hard at work on their full length debut and follow up to last year's exceptional Suckers/Mummy 7". CaliforniaX are offering a stream of "Pond Rot," an unmastered track from their upcoming record which is sure to be one of the most highly anticipated releases whenever it ready!

*[] Atoms For Peace — the super side-project featuring Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, and drummer Joey Waronker — will release a 12″ vinyl single of “Default” on November 19th via XL Recordings. (The song is currently available digitally via the band’s website.)

The single will include an exclusive new song titled “What The Eyeballs Did” alongside an instrumental rendition of “Default”. Stanley Donwood designed the sleeve, which features foil stamping on the front and an embossed back.

According to a press release, and a note posted on Radiohead’s website, Atoms For Peace will release its full-length debut album early next year.

*A message from King Khan & The Shrines...

"Hi everyone, thanks for showing your support by coming out to see us perform over the past several months… we had a blast and it looked like you did too! It’s now time for us to unveil our first ever online merchandise store. We have a couple brand new t-shirt designs, including the cool Super King Khan jerseys, plus some popular classics. Or you can pick up some CDs either for yourself or a friend.

Remember, you can enter the world of King Khan by checking out King Khan Tee Vee on YouTube. Here you’ll find our “Bite My Tongue” video, other music videos, live performances, interviews, special announcements, and other fun stuff. Be sure to subscribe.

Stay tuned for our new studio album and more live shows in early 2013."

*[] If the ragged vocals and over-excited, under-tuned guitars on "Foxfire" are reliable testimony, then the New Milford, CT-based punk band Fins probably agree upon one record-- and that record is either the Replacements' Hootenanny or Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash. "Foxfire" shows flashes of that that rare ability to make an intentionally sloppy song that rises above its own messiness. It's a skill that requires more than just puppy-dog enthusiasm: If you really want to grab someone's lapels, you have to stage a carefully coordinated mess, and "Foxfire" is just that-- loose and joyful and careening, like a track full of unruly go-karts.

DOWNLOAD: Fins: "Foxfire"

*Passenger Peru have announced the deal of a lifetime... if they can just get 200 digital album sales then they are putting that towards making vinyl... and anyone on their mailing list will get a free copy of their album in vinyl form! Yup, they'll even mail it to ya. So please help them spread the word, they'd love to give all their friends this lil' gift.

*[] Our Update interview with singer/songwriter Chelsea Wolfe went up today; head HERE to check it out. While you're at it, take a listen to this new single, "Flatlands," from her new album Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs, which is out October 16 via Sargent House. It's the third single from the LP, following "Appalachia" and "The Way We Used To".

*[] Following the leak comes the following official stream of Soundgarden‘s new single “Been Away Too Long“. A digital single for the track will is now available. The group will release their new album “King Animal” on November 13th.

*[] A new Gifts From Enola track by the name of “Long Weakend” can be streamed online now via The song is taken from the groups forthcoming full-length offering “A Healthy Fear“. The Mylene Sheath will release that effort on November 13th.

*[] on YouTube presents a new installment of its animated series "Frames". The show highlights first-person storytelling from musicians, brought to life by's animators. This episode features Wayne Coyne, who talks about the Flaming Lips merch that never was: remote controlled vibrating underwear.

Fight Amp Announce Tour Dates in Support of "Birth Control"

[] Fight Amp will hit the road this fall in support of their new album Birth Control. Dates include:

10/19 Lindenwold, NJ @ The Sex Dungeon
10/20 Brooklyn, NY @ St Vitus (CMJ Showcase)
10/21 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar Upstairs
10/22 Fairfax, VA @ Old Firestation #3
10/23 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
10/24 Raleigh, NC @ TBA
10/25 Atlanta, GA @ The Basement
10/26 Savannah, GA @ The Jinx
10/28 Gainesville, FL The Fest 11 @ The Laboratory
10/29 Ocean Springs, MS @ The Squeaky Lizard
10/30 New Orleans, LA @ The Bakery
10/31 New Orleans, LA @ All Ways Lounge (Fight Amp as DK)
11/1 Baton Rouge, LA @ Here Today Gone Tomorrow
11/2 Austin, TX Fun Fun Fun Fest @ Holy Mountain
11/4 Fort Worth, TX @ 1919 Hemphill
11/5 Joplin, MO @ Cesspool Castle
11/6 Kansas City, MO @ Art Closet Studio/Open Fire Pizza
11/7 Columbia, MO @ The Hairhole
11/8 Chicago, IL @ Ultra Lounge
11/9 Indianapolis, IN @ Piss Haus
11/10 Columbus, OH @ Carabar
11/11 Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary

Ty Segall Releases Album Trailer, Eno Cover, + More

[] Ty Segall will release Twins, his third studio album of 2012, on October 9th via Drag City. In support, he’s released an asinine commercial featuring clips from hands down the worst films of all time: 1996′s The Stupids, 1996′s Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace, and 2004′s White Chicks. On the plus side, you get to hear little bits and pieces of his new LP to hold you over — though, admittedly, we’re still putting our heads back together following “The Hill”. Stream it below.

In other news, Segall will appear on a forthcoming Velvet Underground compilation with his current tourmate Thee Oh Sees. While their joint tour comes to an end this weekend, Segall has announced a duffel bag of European dates, which includes an appearance at Holland’s Le Guess Who Festival. Consult the full itinerary below.

Ty Segall 2012 Tour Dates:

09/30 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club *
10/05 – Reno, NV @ The Holland Project
10/14 – San Francisco, CA @ Treasure Island Music Festival
11/07 – London, UK @ The Garage
11/08 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
11/09 – Glasgow, UK @ Art School
11/10 – Athens, GR @ An Club
11/12 – Lyon, FR @ Clacson
11/13 – Amiens, FR @ La Lune des Pirates + K-Holes
11/14 – Rennes, FR @ L’Antipote
11/15 – Rouen, FR @ Le 106
11/16 – Metz, FR @ Les Trinitaires
11/17 – Besancon, FR @ La Rodia
11/18 – Bourg en Bresse, FR @ La Tannerie
11/19 – Milano, IT @ Low File
11/20 – Lausanne, CH @ Le Romandie
11/21 – Nïmes, FR @ La Paloma
11/22 – San Sebastian, ES @ Gazteszena
11/23 – La Roche Sur Yon, FR @ Le Fuzz’Yon
11/24 – Paris, FR @ BB Mix Fest
11/26 – Luxembourg City, LU @ Exit 07
11/27 – Kortrijk, BE @ DE Kreun
11/28 – Groningen, NL @ Vera Club
11/29 – Leipzig, DE @ UT Connewitz
11/30 – Brussels, BE @ Atelier 210
12/01 – Koln, DE @ Mini Fest
12/02 – Utrecht, NL @ Le Guess Who Festival
12/11 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
12/12 – Vancouver, BC @ Waldorf
12/13 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater
12/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey

* = w/ Thee Oh Sees

In other Segall news...

I just want Ty Segall to play a wedding once, and dig into this cache of covers he’s been amassing over his career. He’s one to do Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid”, Misfits’ “Where Eagles Dare”, any number of T-Rex songs, and recently a ridiculously awesome cover of AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”.

Digging into the crate just a bit more, Segall and D. Watusi singer Dillon Watson offer a trashy yet faithful cover of Brian Eno’s “Needle in the Camel’s Eye” (via The Reader). The song, off Eno’s 1974 debut album Here Come the Warm Jets, serves as the B-side to a collaboration with Seth Sutton of Useless Eaters called, “I Hate Kids”. The 7″ was released by Nashville’s Dead Records, and was sadly only available at the celebration show the label threw in its hometown last week.

But you can stream Segall and Watson’s cover below.

Neil Young Expands Pono Digital Music Service + More

*[] Prepare for war, Apple: Neil Young has announced plans to expand Pono, his high-resolution music service created to enhance the quality and compression of mp3s. As Rolling Stone reports, Pono will release a line of portable players, a music-download service, and a digital-to-analog conversion technology sometime next year. In his new book, Waging Heavy Peace, Young wrote that the service will offer record companies cloud service as a means “to save the sound of music.”

Launching last year with Red Hot Chili PeppersI’m With You, Apple’s Mastered for iTunes program features individualized engineering for various settings, including listening at-home, in a car, and on-board a plane. The approach has earned the conglomerate critiques that the AAC format is still only a fraction of the potential sound quality. “I have consistently reached out to try to assist Apple with true audio quality, and I have even shared my high-resolution masters with them,” Young writes, adding he communicated with CEO Steve Jobs before his death last October. “(Pono) will force iTunes to be better and to improve quality at a faster pace.” Apple has declined to comment on its relationship with Pono.

Pono has already signed an agreement with Warner Music Group to remaster its catalogs for Pono distribution. Last year, Young and Craig Kallman, chairman and chief executive of Atlantic Records, approached the remaining heads of the Big Three, UMG CEO Lucian Grainge and Sony Music CEO Doug Morris, but either label acknowledges those conversations. At some point in the last couple years, the Big Three had converted its library of 8,000 album titles to high-resolution, 192kHz/24-bit sound.

“This has to be an industry-wide solution. This is not about competing – this is about us being proactive,” Kallman told Rolling Stone. “This is all about purely the opportunity to bring the technology to the table.”

At last year’s Bonnaroo, Young gave several performers, including members of Mumford & Sons and My Morning Jacket, demos of Pono and videotaped it for a possible marketing campaign. Despite the quality, some rockers expressed doubts about the emergence of another potentially costly music service.

“Neil’s premise is cool, and I think it’s exciting as a traveling musician,” My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James told Rolling Stone. “I think that’s somewhere that he has to be careful: I’ve already bought Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’ a lot of times. Do I have to buy it again?”

In other Neil Young news...

Pretty much everyone’s covered it at this point, but at last night’s Global Citizen Festival, Neil Young & Crazy Horse brought out the rest of the festival’s bill — Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horses, and K’Naan — to sing a ten-plus minute rendition of “Rockin’ in the Free World”. The Freedom track has long been used as a political rallying cry, and given the event’s charitable mission against poverty, it worked out just right.

Nu Sensae Release Split with Useless Eaters + Tour Dates

[press release] This latest release from the Volcom Ent Vinyl Club features Vancouver's Nü Sensae and Nashville's Useless Eaters. "City of Night" might be the longest Useless Eaters song to date and it's slower tempo shows off the class at the heart of Seth Sutton's songwriting. Nü Sensae dish out the type of grungy punk particularly favored in the Pacific Northwest with their track, "Sleeping Blouse." Nü Sensae recently released their Sundowning LP via Suicide Squeeze Records and is continuing to support with tour dates.

The Nü Sensae / Useless Eaters split begs to be played loud... available for one time only with a limited pressing of 1,000 on bright blue vinyl.

Nü Sensae on tour:

Oct. 6 Vancouver BC - Astoria*
Oct. 12 Seattle WA - Hollow Earth*
Oct. 13 Olympia WA, The Northern*
Oct. 15 San Francisco CA, Knockout*
Oct. 16 Los Angeles CA, Bluestar Bar*
Oct. 17 San Diego CA, Tin Can*
Oct. 18 Orange County, CA - House Party (w/ Audacity)*
Oct. 19 Oakland CA - RCA*
Oct. 21 Portland OR - The Know*
Oct. 23 Vancouver, BC - Iron Road (w/ Audacity)

* w/ Peace

Friday, September 28, 2012

The Joy Formidable Debut "This Ladder Is Ours" + Tour Dates

[press release] The Joy Formidable are excited to announce that "This Ladder Is Ours," the first US single from their upcoming album Wolf's Law, will be released on October 9, after the song headed to radio on Wednesday, September 26. You can stream "This Ladder Is Ours" now below.

The Joy Formidable are ready to bring their roaring live shows back to the United States for a number of headlining dates this fall. The intimate tour, where the band will preview songs from the new record, begins on November 08 in New York City at The Bowery Hotel, followed by shows in Brooklyn and Chicago at the 100 person capacity, rarely played Top Note Theater before the band hits the West Coast for shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco. For this short tour, the band have booked much smaller venues than they normally would, some of which are non-traditional venues.. With a phenomenal and well deserved live reputation, these shows will be an early chance for fans to hear the new tracks prior to the release of Wolf's Law in January of 2013. For full itinerary, please see below.

The band have also been hand-picked to open for Muse across some of their European dates beginning at the end of October, including a two-night stint at London's O2 Arena.

The band also recently unveiled the music video for "Cholla," another song from their upcoming full-length LP Wolf's Law. Check out the video HERE.

Wolf's Law is the second album from The Joy Formidable and the follow-up to their breakthrough debut The Big Roar which saw the band praised by the likes of The New York Times, SPIN, and NME as one of the most exciting new UK bands to emerge in 2010. Mixed by Andy Wallace and recorded by the band in Maine, North Wales and London, preview track "Wolf's Law" and the recently released "Cholla" have already re-established the trio with NME suggesting that this album 'could well see them become the next big British guitar band'.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

10/16 - Montpellier, France @ Park & Suites Arena*
10/18 - Paris, France @ Bercy*
10/20 - Madrid, Spain @ Palacio de Deportes*
10/24 - Glasgow @ SECC*
10/26 - London @ O2 Arena*
10/27 - London @ O2 Arena*
10/30 - Birmingham @ LG Arena*
11/01 - Manchester @ MEN Arena*
11/08 - New York, NY @ School Night at The Bowery Hotel
11/11 - Brooklyn, NY @ "Communion" at Littlefield
11/14 - Chicago, IL @ Top Note Theater
11/19 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
11/20 - San Francisco, CA @ Preservation Hall West / The Chapel
11/25 - Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy - EDGE Jingle Bell Concert Series
11/28 - Providence, RI @ Lupo's - WBRU 43rd BIRTHDAY BASH
12/01 - St. Petersburg, FL @ Vinoy Park - 97X Next Big Thing
12/02 - Jacksonville, FL @ Metropolitan Park - WXXJ BIG TICKET
12/06 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom - KNRK December to Remember

*w/ Muse

Left Lane Cruiser Announce International Tour Dates

LEFT LANE CRUISER will be heading out on tour in support of their new album "PAINKILLERS" with JAMES LEG [a collaborative covers album of dirty blues] – out now on CD digipak, vinyl, and digital. Check out all the dates below...

Sep 27 @ Stakanov – Nantes, France
Sep 28 @ Les Nuits Defendues – Bordeaux, France
Sep 29 @ Cafe Olive – Nimes, France
Sep 30 @ Deep Inside – Dijon, France
Oct 02 @ La Chocolaterie – Bruxelles, Belgium
Oct 03 @ Point Ephemere – Paris, France
Oct 04 @ Le Tremplin – Beaumont, France
Oct 05 @ La Citrouille – St Brieuc, France
Oct 06 @ 4AD – Diskmuid, Belgium
Oct 07 @ DB’s – Utrecht, Netherlands
Oct 08 @ Mac Daid’s – Le Havre, France
Oct 09 @ L’Usine – Geneve, Switzerland
Oct 10 @ Peniche Sonic – Lyon, France
Nov 09 @ TheBohemian Caf – Greenville, SC
Nov 10 @ The North River Tavern – Atlanta, GA
Nov 11 @ JJ’s Bohemia – Chattanooga, TN
Nov 29 @ Founders – Grand Rapids, MI
Nov 30 @ Cricket’s Pub – Muskegon, MI

"It is a pretty great trip. Part of the reason why Painkillers works so well is that the players clearly have a reverence for the material they’re taking on, but not so much that they’re out to merely give rote readings of the songs." – Popmatters

"A combination of reverence toward the progenitors of the blues and a spirit of pure enjoyment that is rare to find." – When You Motor Away

"The reworkings of the songs reflect the distinct sounds of the artists covering them, giving each one a little something new." – Examiner

Mail The Horse's "Great Kills" Now Available + Tour Dates

A message from Mail The Horse...

"GREAT KILLS is now available on the internet! Streaming, downloading, whatever
check it out HERE [and below]! The vinyl is really special: Brendan Smith drew the design and hand printed it at his studio. Donny Amidon helped a little so did Penny. It looks really great. There are 250 copies. All the pre-orders should be shipping later today.

We are leaving for tour today. All the shows and info are posted HERE [and below]. We still need help on October 3rd in Nashville and October 9th somewhere in the mid-atlantic states. We bought a huge van that is really annoying to park. Tell all your friends.

Thank you for the support!!!! We love you"

Tour Dates:

9/29-The Crust, Williamsburg, VA w/ Digging Up Virgins & Laura Stevenson and the Cans
9/30-The Milestone, Charlotte, NC w/ Pullmans Strike, Geoffreaux & Avian Law
10/1-Tin Roof, Charleston, SC w/ Bully Pulpit
10/2-The Go Bar, Athens, GA
10/3-TBA, Nashville, TN (Help)
10/4-The Green Lantern, Lexington, KY w/ Best Friend Band
10/5-Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, MO w/ The Moon Glampers & Breakmouth Annie
10/6-The Township, Chicago, IL w/ Animal City & Life Partner (Early), House Party (late)
10/7-The Vatican't Pittsburgh,PA
10/10-Spotty Dogs & Ales, Hudson, NY w/ Sasha Pearl
10/11-Sierra Grill, Northampton, MA w/ Bunny’s A Swine
10/12-Toadstool Sounds, Peterborough, NH (early/acoustic) w/ Sasha Pearl
Jacks Barn(late) w/ Sasha Pearl, Cowboy Dave & The Migs
10/13-O’briens, Allston, MA w/ Pile, Fat History Month & Cartright
10/19-Brooklyn Fire Proof Brooklyn, NY w/ Porches, The Due Diligence & Geronimo! (CHI)

Ume Ready "Run Wild" Video + Tour Dates

[press release] Ume will premiere the new music video for their single "Run Wild" next week on mtvU. "Run Wild" is the current single off of the band's current album Phantoms (Modern Outsider Records).

Ume recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds for the recording of their new album with producer Adam Kasper (Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Cat Power). In less than 24 hours, the band exceeded their goal. Fans can still contribute to the Kickstarter campaign which offers prizes like a meal with the band at Austin's Barley Swine (where the band taped their episode of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations), music lessons with the band over Skype, a digital recording of any cover song and more.

Ume hits the road this fall with Helmet and the Toadies starting October 18th in Houston. Prior to the tour, the band will play a SOLD OUT show supporting Smashing Pumpkins on Friday September 28th at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa. Please see below for full tour dates.


09/28 Tulsa, OK Cain's Ballroom w/Smashing Pumpkins
10/18 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
10/19 Phoenix, AZ Marquee Theatre
10/20 Las Vegas, NV Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
10/21 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
10/23 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
10/24 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
10/26 San Francisco, CA The Independent
10/27 Orangevale, CA The Boardwalk
10/28 Reno, NV Cargo @ CommRow
10/30 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
10/31 Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market
11/01 Spokane, WA A Club
11/02 Boise, ID Revolution Concert House
11/04 Austin, TX Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/07 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
11/08 Fayetteville, AR George's Majestic Lounge
11/09 Tulsa, OK Cain's Ballroom
11/10 Lubbock, TX The Office

All dates with Helmet and Toadies except where noted.

King Orchid Release New Record "For Battle" + Tour Dates

King Orchid's brand new album For Battle is now available on Bandcamp! Released yesterday, September 27th, the band are hitting the road for a string of dates in support of their must hear record [which you can also stream below]...

Fri 09/28 : Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Fireproof - w/ Hannibal Montana, Erostratus + Gung
Sat 09/29 : Doylestown, PA - Siren Records
Sun 09/30 : Philadelphia, PA - The Fire
Mon 10/01 : Pittsburg, PA - Garfield Artworks
Wed 10/03 : Chicago, IL - Ultra Lounge
Thu 10/04 : Canton, OH - Buzzbin
Fri 10/05 : Akron, OH - Annabell's Bar and Lounge
Mon 10/08 : Rochester, NY - Bug Jar
Thu 10/11 : New Haven, CT - University of New Haven
Sun 10/14 : Somerville, MA - Radio - Welcome home show w/ Perhaps

Joan of Arc Ready New Album, Living Room Tour + More

[press release] Chicago's Joan of Arc have announced the release of their new self-titled album on limited edition vinyl. NOISEY has just premiered the first video from the s/t album, titled "King Song", showcasing sweet Elvis moves from each member of the current JOA lineup. View the video below.

Largely comprised of acoustic guitar and a solo voice, the album (also known as "Joan of Arc" and "Charlie Chaplin and The Elephant Man") sees the veteran band grappling with simplicity and minimalism. Side A includes six concise folk songs, each offering a different perspective of Kinsella-interpreted folk themes. Side B is a single piece, considering the simplicity of acoustic guitars through a different tradition: twentieth century minimalism. Featuring a cover painting by Chicagoan Dmitry Samarov, this is Joan of Arc pressing for complexity and compelling expressiveness in the simplest of familiar forms.

Officially released on November 27th via Joyful Noise, the album is limited to just 500 hand-numbered copies, with the first 190 copies pressed on white vinyl. The album is available for pre-order HERE.

Joan Of Arc Track List:

1. Stamina
2. Bas Jan Ader Song
3. Peace Corpse
4. John Merrick Song
5. King Song
6. Need New Body and The Dead Milkmen
7. Chaplinesque


In conjunction with the release, band figurehead Tim Kinsella will be embarking on a solo "living room tour" on November 1 in which he will be performing for tiny living room audiences in 10 US cities. Seating for the living room tour is extremely limited, and tickets are available HERE.


November 1 - Westland, MI
November 2 - Akron, OH
November 3 - Rochester, NY
November 4 - Boston, MA
November 5 - Brooklyn, NY [SOLD OUT]
November 7 - Asbury, NJ
November 8 - Philadelphia, PA
November 9 - Baltimore, MD
November 10 - Pittsburgh, PA
November 11 - Indianapolis, IN

CMJ Announce Third Wave of Bands for 2012 Festival

CMJ has announced the third round of artists to be officially confirmed for this year’s CMJ Music Marathon. These additions continue the tradition of adventure and discovery for which the festival is known. Check out the entire announced line-up so far HERE. EIS highlights announced during the third round include:

Ghostface Killah
Butter The Children
Radical Dads
Quiet Loudly
Dead Leaf Echo
Dead Stars
For Sleeping or Jumping
I'm Turning Into

Previously Announced EIS Highlights:

Local H
The Flag (formerly ATM)*
Fat History Month*
The Life and Times
Mr. Dream*
She Keeps Bees*
Speedy Ortiz*
Talk Normal
Young Adults*
Pissed Jeans
Twin Tigers
King Tuff
Killer Mike
Black Milk

* playing our official showcase with Gimme Tinnitus at The Paper Box. Check out the Facebook event for more info, to RSVP, and share with friends

Expect many additions in the coming weeks, with more bands, singers and events to be announced before the festival takes place October 16-20. Check out the full list of artists announced to date [link above]. Exclusive discounts at a number of New York City hotels have been extended. For accommodations, please click HERE.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Red Fang Debut "Crows in Swine" + Extended Tour Dates

[press release] Today, Red Fang shares a shredder, "Crows In Swine" available to stream or purchase. The track features menacing guitar riffs and ear shattering drumming, along with the band's signature drudgy, stoner metal riffs. Stream "CROWS IN SWINE" HERE!

Red Fang will be hitting the road this fall headlining shows across the country w/ Black Tusk & Indian Handcrafts supporting them. Converse followed the band while touring throughout Europe on the heels of their album Murder The Mountains, get a taste of what it is like touring with these Pacific Northwest stoners HERE. Make sure you check these cats out this fall. Dates below.


10/26 Sacramento, CA - Harlow's !
10/27 San Francisco, CA - Slim's !
10/28 West Hollywood, CA - The Troubadour !
10/30 San Diego, CA - The Casbah !
10/31 Tucson, AZ - Plush !
11/1 El Paso, TX -Tricky Falls !
11/2 Amarillo, TX - 12052 Event Center !
11/4 Houston, TX - Fitzerald's Downstairs !
11/5 Denton, TX - Rubber Gloves !
11/6 Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone Cafe !
11/7 Atlanta, GA - Club 529 !
11/8 Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade !
11/9 Richmond, VA - Kingdom !
11/10 Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts $
11/11 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom $
11/12 Brooklyn, NY - St. Vitus Bar $
11/13 Cambridge, MA - The Middle East Downstairs $
11/15 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern $
11/16 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick $
11/17 Chicago, IL - Subterranean $
11/19 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater $
11/20 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge $
11/21 Boise, ID - Neurolux $
11/27 Mulhouse, France - Generiq Fest @ La Noumatrouff
11/28 Besancon, France - Generiq Fest @ La Rodia
11/29 Paris, France - Glazart
12/1 Camber Sands, UK - ATP @ Pontins
12/2 Camber Sands, UK - ATP @ Pontins
12/3 London, UK - The Garage
12/4 Manchester, UK - Club Academy
12/5 Glasgow, UK - Ivory Blacks
12/6 Birmingham, UK - HMV Library
12/7 Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob
12/8 Eindhoven, Netherlands - Speedfest
12/9 Koln, Germany - Essigfabrik

! = w/ Black Tusk & Lord Dying
$ = w/ Black Tusk & Indian Handcrafts

Mr. Gnome Announce Fall/Winter Tour Dates

A message from Mr. Gnome...

"Hello Everyone, hope you all had a great summer! We're heading back out for our 2012 Fall/Winter tour starting October 24th - full list of tour dates below.

We'll be premiering our "House of Circles" video in the upcoming weeks… more details coming soon so please stayed tuned… Can't wait to see you all very soon!"

Tour Dates:

10/24 Louisville KY @ Zazoo's
10/25 Indianapolis IN @ White Rabbit
10/26 Grand Rapids MI @ Pyramid Scheme
10/27 Madison WI @ Frequency
10/29 Kansas City MO @ Riot Room
10/30 Denver CO @ Hi-Dive
10/31 Salt Lake City UT @ The Bar Deluxe
11/01 Boise ID @ Red Room
11/02 Seattle WA @ Sunset Tavern
11/03 Portland OR @ Star Theater
11/06 San Francisco CA @ Thee Parkside
11/07 Los Angeles CA @ Bootleg Theater
11/08 San Diego CA @ Soda Bar
11/09 Tucson AZ @ Plush
11/10 Albuquerque NM @ The Launchpad
11/13 Oklahoma City OK @ The Conservatory
11/14 Dallas TX @ LaGrange
11/15 Austin TX @ Stubb's Jr.
11/16 Houston TX @ Rudyard's British Pub
11/17 Pensacola FL @ Handlebar
11/29 Lexington KY @ Cosmic Charlies
11/30 Cincinnati OH @ MOTR Pub
12/01 Columbus OH @ Woodlands Tavern
12/04 Chapel Hill NC @ Local 506
12/05 Jacksonville FL @ Jack Rabbits
12/06 Orlando FL @ Will's Pub
12/07 Atlanta GA @ The Drunken Unicorn
12/08 Nashville TN @ Exit/In
12/13 Dayton OH @ Blind Bob's
12/14 Chicago IL @ The Beat Kitchen
12/15 St Louis MO @ Firebird
12/21 Toledo OH @ Ottawa Tavern
12/22 Cleveland OH @ Beachland Ballroom

Hawk Eyes Update Touring Schedule

Hawk Eyes have updated their current touring schedule, including dates with Sucioperro, Lafaro, and Therapy?.  The band are touring in support of their latest album Ideas. Check out all the dates below...

27th Sept DUNDEE, Beat Generator*
28th Sept ABERDEEN, The Tunnels*
29th Sept KIRKCALDY, The Windsor*
4th Oct LEEDS, The Well w/ Napalm Death
21st Oct SWN FEST, Cardiff
23rd Oct NOTTINGHAM, The Maze*
25th Oct HULL, Adelphi*
26th Oct YORK, Stereo*
23rd Nov BIRMINGHAM Academy^
24th Nov BRISTOL, Thelka^
25th Nov NOTTINGHAM, Rescue Rooms^
26th Nov LIVERPOOL Academy^
28th Nov NEWCASTLE Academy^
29th Nov SHEFFIELD Academy^
30th Nov GLASGOW Garage^
1st Dec MANCHESTER Academy^
4th Dec READING Sub 89^
5th Dec CARDIFF Globe^
6th Dec PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood rooms^
7th Dec, LONDON Koko^

* w/ Sucioperro
^ w/ Lafaro & Therapy?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Quick Notes: Weekends, OVLOV / Flat Swamp, Fat History Month / Guerilla Toss, Geronimo! + Shipping News

*Baltimore, MD's generally noisy post-punk rockers Weekends (not to be confused with Weekend... who are also awesome) released a new album of acoustic material, conveniently titled Acoustic Tape Vol. 1 last Friday, September 21st. Released through Friends Records, the 17 track effort features tracks from last year's spectacular Strange Cultures LP as well as their self titled debut and beyond. Released digitally and on cassette, the duo had been recording the songs to four-track tape over the past three years and the results are spectacular. The cassette is available to buy HERE and stream the entire album below...

*It seems that OVLOV mastermind Steve Hartlett isn't the only Hartlett boy with a knack for writing early 90's influenced indie guitar pop. FLAT SWAMP is the solo project of recent OVLOV drummer Theo Hartlett. He just released his debut EP "Nicholas Cage Match" via Bandcamp which is available at a "Name Your Price" scale. Filled with catchy hooks, fuzzed out guitars and a persistent lo-fi thrust of power pop aggression, it seems some things run in the family. OVLOV fans and anyone who enjoys quality blissed out guitar jams in the vein of Built to Spill, Harvey Danger, and Superdrag should definitely check it out. The EP was produced by Grass Is Green's Jesse Weiss.

In related news, OVLOV are gearing up to record their highly anticipated full length debut this Fall with the aforementioned Jesse Weiss and Grass Is Green's Mike Thomas III. The record will see a release in early 2013 on vinyl/digital through our very own Exploding In Sound Records. Stay tuned for more details in the coming months. In the meantime, OVLOV will be playing an official CMJ show as part of Exploding In Sound and Gimme Tinnitus' EISGTCMJ2012 extravaganza on Saturday, October 20th. Don't miss out on this one, it's gonna be a blowout. Listen/download both OVLOV and Flat Swamp below.

*Two of Boston's favorite underground bands, Fat History Month and Guerilla Toss, kicked off a tour together today with Cave Bears. Check out all the dates and some music below...

Wed 9/26 - Bard College, NY - 30 Campus Road, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Thu 9/27 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Vatican't - 3213 Joe Hammer Square
Sat 9/29 - Cropped Out Festival* - American Turners 3125 River Road, Louisville, KY
Sun 9/30 - Nashville, TN - 3929 Gallatin Pk
Mon 10/1 - Murfreesboro, TN
Tue 10/2 - Carbondale, IL - Skihouse
Wed 10/3 - St. Louis, MO - Blank Space 2847 Cherokee St.
Thu 10/4 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill 120 E Burlington St.
Fri 10/5 - Chicago, IL - Situations
Sat 10/6 - Athens, OH
Sun 10/7 - Philadelphia, PA - Dreamcastle
Mon 10/8 - SUNY Purchase, NY

*Chicago's Geronimo! are getting ready to release their sophomore album Exanimate on October 5th. The band recently announced tour dates in support of that very exceptional new record, so be sure to catch them in your town [including the EISGTCMJ party!!]. Tour dates and the video for their current single "Into The Sun" are below...

10/11 - Milwaukee, WI - The Paper Trail
10/12 - Dayton, OH - South Park Tavern
10/13 - Columbus, OH - Cafe Bourbon Street
10/14 - Pittsburgh, PA - House show
10/15 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
10/16 - Rochester, NY - Bugjar
10/18 - Boston, MA - PA's Lounge w/ Crinkle Face
10/19 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Fire Proof w/ Porches, The Due Diligence, Mail The Horse
10/20 - Brooklyn, NY - EISGT CMJ 2012!!!
10/22 - Portland, ME - Flask Lounge
10/23 - Kingston, RI - 193 Coffeehouse
10/24 - New London, CT - El 'N' Gee
10/25 - Philly?
10/26 - Cincinnati, OH - Mainstay

*Shipping News have announced that band members Kyle Crabtree and Todd Cook are working on a new record with Shannon Wright (Quarterstick Records). There is no word if the release will be under the Shipping News moniker, but without the inclusion of Jeff Mueller, I'm inclined to doubt it. Shipping News all too recently experienced the heartfelt passing of founding member Jason Noble, and it remains to be seen if they will continue onward with the band. Either way, great to know the guys are working on new music and we'll keep you posted.

Quick Notes: Thee Oh Sees, The Mallard, Deftones, Stephen Brodsky, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Guards + More

*Thee Oh Sees and The Mallard have released new tracks “Wait Let’s Go” and "Over and Under," on a split single taken from the latest installment of Famous Class Record’s singles series Less Artists More Condos. You can stream both of the tracks below from two of San Francisco garage rock's finest bands. Proceeds from the 7″ benefit the Ariel Panero Memorial Fund at VH1′s Save the Music (snag your copy HERE).

*[] Deftones gave their new song “Leathers” its first live airing in full this weekend. The group performed the recently-released track at “Epicenter Festival” in Irvine, CA. You can watch fan-filmed footage of that HERE. November 13th will see the release of the bands seventh studio album, “Koi No Yokan“.

*[] Cave In vocalist/guitarist Stephen Brodsky has a new 5 song EP by the name of “Hit Or Mystery” due out early next year on Little Black Cloud Records. The effort was mixed by James Plotkin (ex-Khanate, etc.) and will be issued as a 12″ and digitally.

It will feature four new tracks along with an unspecified Lee Hazlewood cover. More details are expected soon.

*[] Neil Young and Crazy Horse have let loose the first track from their new album, Psychedelic Pill. ”Walk Like a Giant” is one of three album tracks clocking in at over 16 minutes, though they’ve shortened it down to four minutes for the radio. That version is the one streaming below, accompanied by a video featuring found footage of Bigfoot, Albert Einstein and the Atomic bomb (via

Psychedelic Pill, the band’s second album of 2012, is out October 30th on double CD and November 23rd on triple vinyl. A Blu-ray compiling music videos for each track will also be available on the 23rd. Since we last spoke, the album’s artwork has been updated (the new version is posted HERE).

In even more news, Young will appear on the Late Show with David Letterman this Thursday (Sept. 27th) to promote his new memoir, Waging Heavy Piece, as Hidden Track reports. So set your DVR.

*[] Back in December of last year, we posted "Do It Again", a single from indie rock outfit Guards (which counts Richie Follin, the brother of Cults' Madeline Follin, as a member). On February 5, Guards will release their debut LP, the aptly titled In Guards We Trust, via Black Bell and Velvet Vision. Here's the first single, which was also produced by Richie Follin.

*[] Austin heavy metal outfit The Sword are set to follow up 2010's Warp Riders with their new record Apocryphon (Razor & Tie), out October 22nd. Now you can get a taste of the album with this fresh headbanger, "Veil of Isis" HERE.

Frontman J.D. Cronise calls the track the most "Sword-ish" song of the album musically, yet notes that lyrically, "it's a little more metaphysical than a lot of our previous stuff. It talks a lot about cycles of nature and life and death and birth and transformation and death and rebirth.

"In essence, the song is about change," Cronise tells Rolling Stone. "[It's about] moving from one phase of the natural cycle to the next and the recognition of the knowledge revealed when such transitions occur. The lyrics make reference to Isis, the goddess of nature and magic, and her brother/husband Osiris, the god of the dead and the afterlife, as agents of those changes and keepers of sacred knowledge. The 'veil' is that which hides from us the true nature of the universe that, during our earthly existence, is largely hidden from us."

*[press release] 'Sore Tummy' (guest vocals by Alice Costelloe of Big Deal) is taken from PAWS debut album 'Cokefloat' and is backed by a brand new track 'Salem'. Check out both tracks over at Soundcloud [or below].

*[] Back in April of this year, Olympia, Wash. noisemakers Naomi Punk released their debut LP, The Feeling. Now, Captured Tracks has signed the trio and are re-releasing The Feeling digitally on October 16 (it sees release on CD and vinyl on November 20). Here's a song from that release.

*[] Awesomely acronym’ed Los Angeles punks FIDLAR (short for Fuck It, Dog, Life’s A Risk, a skate-scene staple) are proud of their vices (punks are punks, after all). Earlier this month, they announced their love of inexpensive ale with the scream-along charger “Cheap Beer”. On their new track, “At the Chacha” [stream HERE], they’re using fake IDs, getting wasted, and looking for someone to hook up with. “Let’s go into the bathroom stall/ where we can erase all our feelings,” they smirk-shout, a hard-skipping backbeat propelling everything along on the bar-hopping journey. It’s unclear whether this new cut comes from their forthcoming debut LP, as well as whether the entire city of L.A is credited as a guest or just somebody with that moniker; regardless, this uptempo jam is perfect for skating all day until the bars open (there was a grinding pun in their somewhere, but Fuck It, Dog, Life’s a Risk).

The yet detail-less debut LP is “slated for Autumn” via Wichita Recordings.

*[] HERE’s the artwork for the vinyl version of How To Destroy Angels’ forthcoming EP, An Omen. It comes courtesy of singer/Trent Reznor’s wife, Mariqueen Maandig.

The vinyl and digital versions of the EP arrive on November 13th via Columbia Records. Read all about the record and the rest of the band’s upcoming endeavors HERE.

*[] Yo La Tengo won’t follow up 2009′s Popular Songs with a proper full-length until early next year. That’s okay, though, because they’ve dropped their Stupid Things EP to hold us over. Limited to 1,500 copies, the EP contains three versions of the title track, including an alternate version with different lyrics and an extended instrumental. The title track has surfaced on Spotify and it’s sweater music, all sewn together by Georgia Hubley’s whispered percussion and Ira Kaplan’s solar guitar lines. Come to think of it, that organ line from James McNew doesn’t hurt, either. Stream it in full HERE.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the as-yet-untitled album was produced by Tortoise’s John McEntire in Chicago. The band has completed mixing, and plan to release the end result in early January.

*[] Mariachi El Bronx members Matt Caughthran and Jorma Vik‘s appearance on Funny Or Die‘s “The Gorburger Show” can be viewed below. The pair, who are also members of The Bronx, appeared on the second episode of the show.

Sonic Youth Recover Lost Guitars After Thirteen Years Apart

[] On the morning of July 4, 1999, a Ryder truck holding Sonic Youth's massive collection of one-of-a-kind modified touring gear (amps, drums, pedals, guitars) was stolen in Orange County, California. The truck was found several days later in L.A., its door hanging open, completely empty. All was lost.

But over the years, some fans have remained on the lookout, tipping the band off whenever a guitar for sale raises an eyebrow. This month, the sixth and seventh guitars to be recovered from the robbery both mysteriously reappeared within one week of each other. "It's kind of wild," Lee Ranaldo said. "After all this time, things are still surfacing thanks to the diligence of fans."

One white Jazzmaster, used by Thurston Moore on songs including "Bull in the Heather" and "Dirty Boots" and in the "Diamond Sea" video, came from a fan in Belgium who noticed it on eBay. "He wrote saying, 'Check out this auction. The color's different, but it definitely looks like your guitar. The serial number matches,'" Ranaldo says.

The second was Lee's burgundy Jazzmaster from "French Tickler" on A Thousand Leaves, put up for sale by a pawn shop and discovered in a lengthy thread at the website OffsetGuitars, a "forum of geeks for these kinds of guitars," Ranaldo said. "Three pages into this discussion, someone said, 'This looks like it's Sonic Youth-ized or one of those stolen SY guitars.'"

Two long-lost guitars, recovered within one week, 13 years later. A cosmic coincidence... or a sign delivered by the powers that be?

The band began to recover these stolen guitars in 2005, when they played a show in L.A. Ranaldo explained:

"These two scruffy teenage boys came up. They told us they knew about our stolen guitars. One claimed his uncle was involved with stealing the van. We were like, 'yeah, sure kid.' But he sent us these anonymous pictures of our gear in basements-- foot pedals where you could see our crew guys' writing on the sides, and somebody's sneaker on top. These kids were destitute. They'd been kicked out of their homes, living in a car in L.A. We said, 'we'll give you a few hundred dollars each for them.' It did happen.

Sonic Youth guitars are recognizable-- and don't sell well-- because they're heavily modified. The band has long destroyed their guitars' value by stripping them down to their essential elements, ripping out extraneous electronics, switches, and the tone knob ("an immediate tell-tale sign" of a SY guitar, says Ranaldo). All of their gear is catalogued with descriptions and photos on their website.

Ranaldo said he hopes he can one day recover his sunburst "Jazzblaster" prototype, which also went missing in 1999. "I'm just so curious as to what ever happened to the rest," Lee said. "It was a massive amount of gear to see only these few guitars come back. I would love to one day know the real story."

DC Punk Explored on "Salad Days" Documentary

[] While punk was born in the streets of New York City and London, it cut its teeth in Washington, DC thanks to iconic acts like Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Rites of Spring, Slickee Boys, Jawbox, and many more. This winter, the tale of our nation’s capitol and its vibrant ’80s punk scene is coming to film courtesy of a new documentary entitled Salad Days: The Birth of Punk in the Nation’s Capital.

Filmmaker Scott Crawford (who founded the Metrozine fan rag and Harp magazine) and visual director Jim Saah (Wilco’s Ashes of American Flags) tell the story of the city’s scene and its importance to the national expansion of punk through vintage footage and interviews with Dave Grohl, Fred Armisen, Henry Rollins, Ian MacKaye, and a slew of other punk-rock heroes.

“We’ve spent the last year interviewing dozens of the participants who helped create the local music scene in the 1980s — musicians, photographers, DJs, activists, and writers — to tell the story of one of the most inspiring (and misunderstood) decades in independent music,” Crawford said via the project’s Kickstarter page. “We’ve also sorted through hundreds of photos, live videos, flyers, and zines for inclusion in the film.”

The project currently has 720 backers pledging $37,075 of the $32,000 goal, with the campaign ending October 10th. Donations will be used to pay for costs of editing, animation, graphics, mastering, color correction, sound editing, and travel.

“Growing up in the Washington, DC area I was so taken with what I was witnessing that I started a fanzine and began to document the local scene,” Crawford said. “Almost 30 years later, I wanted to revisit the people and places that have informed my life and so many others. It’s been a hell of a journey so far—but we’re not done yet.”

The film is scheduled to premiere on December 28th at the Black Cat in Washington, DC, accompanied by performances from Dag Nasty (original line-up), Government Issue, Black Market Baby, and Kingface. Below, you can watch the announcement trailer.

Interviews include:

Ian Mackaye (Minor Threat, Embrace, Fugazi, Evens, Dischord)
Henry Rollins (SOA, Black Flag, Rollins Band)
Dave Grohl (Scream, Nirvana, Foo FIghters)
Pete & Franz Stahl (Scream, Wool)
Joe Lally (Fugazi)
Jeff Nelson (Minor Threat, 3, Dischord)
Mary Timony (Helium, Wild Flag)
Fred Armisen (SNL, Portlandia)
Jason Farrell (Swiz, Bluetip, Retisonic)
J. Robbins (Government Issue, Jawbox, Burning Airlines)
Mark Andersen (Positive Force founder, author of "Dance of Days")
Tonie Joy (Moss Icon)
Jon Spencer (Pussy Galore, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion)

and many, many more!

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead Debut "Catatonic" + Discuss New Record

[] ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead's explosive indie-prog is defined by the push and pull of Conrad Keely's epic mysticism and Jason Reece's primal punk surge. But when it came time to write their eighth studio album, Lost Songs, the two songwriters weren't even living in the same country: Reece remained in Austin, the band's longtime home base, while Keely had relocated to Phnom Penh, the vibrant capital city of Cambodia. Fittingly, the raw, guitar-driven urgency of Lost Songs was inspired by disconnect – mainly the juxtaposition of American cynicism with the cultural freedom Keely has experienced abroad.

Earlier this year, the band (which now includes drummer/guitarist Jamie Miller, along with bassist Autry Fulbright II) regrouped in Austin, where they rented a house and spent a month writing new music.

"A lot of the ideas were so fast and aggressive," Reece says. "When we started shaping them into songs, it felt like they were angry. There was this intensity, this urgency." At the recommendation of their label, the quartet relocated to Hanover, Germany, recording at a studio previously used by metal bands like Celtic Frost and the Scorpions. "Isolated from America and from friends," Reece says, the album's intense lyrical themes started taking shape.

"There was a lot on our minds at the time," he continues. "We were thinking about what was going on in the world and all the conflicts and wars going on around us. It was kind of food for thought. We just plugged into that and used it as inspiration."

Inspired by the Syrian civil war and dedicated to Russian punk-rock activists Pussy Riot, "Up to Infinity" finds both singers snarling and shouting over grimy distortion before a trippy mid-section breakdown. "Opera Obscura" swells to a proggy, percussive climax ("We were just trying to play as loud as possible," Reece says, laughing).

The album's most aggressive track, however, is Reece's show-stopper "Catatonic."

"The music was there first, and I kept thinking 'Catatonic Youth,' he says. "I just ran with the idea of 'Catatonic/ always looking for something new.' We need something new every day, something to make us feel alive. That was kind of the impetus, the fuel for the song – that, in a sense, everybody's pretty complacent in America."

Lost Songs clearly flirts with political and social commentary, but as Reece notes, "It's really more observations and reflections. We're not trying to shove any sort of gospel down someone's throat – we're just trying to question things for ourselves. As kids in the Nineties, we were into bands like Fugazi and Public Enemy – bands that were very politically wrapped up in a bunch of stuff. It seemed like there was a sense of trying to find the truth, or at least speaking out."

And even as Trail of Dead continue to expand their vision outward, Reece feels the band's internal chemistry hasn't been this rich in years. "It felt like we were really bonding and becoming a band again," he says.


Cloud Nothings "Live at The Grog Shop" Now Available + Tour Dates

[press release] Cloud Nothings' Live @ The Grog Shop is out today. The limited edition white label live LP was recorded at the band’s hometown show on April 5th, 2012 at the Grog Shop in Cleveland, OH. The vinyl-only release is available online at Insound, or look for it on the road with the band at their merch table.

Cloud Nothings will hit the road with Silversun Pickups! Download a free 4-Song Tour EP featuring a live song from each band on Silversun Pickups’ fall tour, including Cloud Nothings’ “Stay Useless (Live at the Grog Shop)” HERE.

Tour Dates:

9/28 - Cincinnati, OH - Midpoint Music Festival
9/29 - Champaign, IL - Pygmalion Music Festival * w/ Dinosaur Jr. and Grizzly Bear
10/8 - Oxford, MS - The Lyric Oxford ^
10/9 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle ^
10/11 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live! ^
10/12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club ^
10/14 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 ^
10/15 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 ^
10/16 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theatre ^
10/17 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre ^
10/19 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre ^
10/20 - Clifton Park, NY - Upstate Concert Hall ^
10/21 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues Cleveland ^
10/23 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Hall ^
10/24 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room at Old National Centre ^
10/25 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works ^
11/2 - Amsterdam, NL - London Calling Paradiso
11/3 - Paris, FR - Pitchfork Music Festival
11/4 - Kortrijk, Belgium - De Kreun
11/5 - Berlin, Germany - Postbahnhof
11/6 - London, UK - Village Underground
12/16 - Nassau, Bahamas - S.S. Coachella
12/19 - Ocho Rios, Jamaica - S.S. Coachella

^ with Silversun Pickups

METZ Offer Special Pre-Order 7", "Loser Edition" LP + Tour Dates

[press release] The debut record by the band METZ is, quite reasonably, entitled METZ. It comes out October 9th, and also quite reasonably, The New Yorker recently called it “…one of the year’s best albums…” (they also said, “It is a punishing, noisy, exhilarating thing, a deeply impolite racket that will only sound better live…”). All of which, yes, of course.

All of this information is important to you for at least some of the following reasons: First, this record is really good. It's loud, it's noisy, and it will stick with you. You're going to end up listening to it. A lot (we certainly do). Second, if you're among the first 250 people to pre-order METZ from, you'll receive a limited edition METZ 7" single featuring two non-album cuts currently unavailable elsewhere. Thirdly, if you pre-order the LP (and again, are among the first 250 to do so), you'll receive the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the record. Lastly, stickers. There will be stickers.

You’re going to want the METZ record, is what we’re saying. And you may as well get it now, while the getting is especially good.

UPDATE: There are only 25 bonus METZ 7"s and 50 Loser editions left as of September 25th! Order quickly!

You're going to want to see METZ live. Do so here:

Oct 06 Babylon, Ottawa, Canada
Oct 09 Baltimore House, Hamilton, Canada
Oct 10 eBar, Guelph, Canada
Oct 11 APK Live, London, ON
Oct 12 Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, Canada
Oct 18 Knitting Factory (BK), Brooklyn, NY
Oct 20 Hope (UK), Brighton, United Kingdom
Oct 21 Library, The (UK), Leeds, United Kingdom
Oct 22 Art School , Glasgow, United Kingdom
Oct 23 Kraak Gallery , Manchester, United Kingdom
Oct 24 Old Blue Last, London, United Kingdom
Oct 25 Nouveau Casino, Paris, France
Oct 27 Permanent Records (IL), Chicago, IL
Oct 27 Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
Oct 29 7th St Entry, Minneapolis, MN
Nov 01 Biltmore Cabaret (BC), Vancouver, Canada
Nov 02 Barboza, Seattle, WA
Nov 03 Bunk Bar, Portland, OR
Nov 05 Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA
Nov 07 Echo, Los Angeles, CA
Nov 09 Constellation Room, Santa Ana, , CA
Nov 10 Beauty Bar, Las Vegas, NV
Nov 12 Larimer Lounge, Denver, CO
Nov 14 Brillobox, Pittsburgh, PA
Nov 16 Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA
Nov 17 Red Palace, Washington , DC
Nov 19 Mercury Lounge, New York City, NY
Nov 20 Knitting Factory (BK), Brooklyn, NY
Nov 21 Middle East, Cambridge, MA
Nov 22 Il Motore, Montreal, QC

Kylesa Debut Trailer for "From The Vaults, Vol. 1"

[] Fully baked sludge masters Kylesa are on the cusp of releasing a truly unique effort that will give fans an inside look into a side of the band they’ve yet to see. On Nov. 20, Kylesa will be releasing ‘From the Vaults, Vol. 1,’ which will feature one brand new track among 11 unreleased songs and alternate versions of fan favorites.

Kylesa will unleash ‘End Truth,’ a 100 percent new song, which will be placed in the middle of eight ‘previously unreleased / limited availability’ tracks and three alternate versions of the established tracks, ‘A 110 Degree Heat Index,’ ‘Between Silence and Sound’ and ‘Bottom Line.’

“I think that this release was long overdue for us and I’m so glad that it came together,” says Kylesa vocalist and guitarist Laura Pleasants. “It’s unique in that stylistically it runs the gamut of our personalities but it has the flow of an album. It’s Kylesa in mix tape form.”

Co-vocalist and guitarist Phillip Cope also offers his excitement about the experimental release: “This was a fun project to do, getting to go back to some old songs that were never released and have the chance to finish them with new insight was something we rarely have had the chance to do.”

Check out the premiere of Kylesa’s teaser trailer for ‘From the Vaults, Vol. 1′ exclusively on Loudwire.

Dischord Records Update: Lungfish, Rites of Spring, The Evens, Fugazi, + Alarms & Controls

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*The Evens The Odds out Nov 20

This fall, The EvensAmy Farina and Ian MacKaye — will release their first album in six years, The Odds. It includes 13 songs recorded during summer 2012 with Don Zientara at Inner Ear Studios. The band plans to perform in the near future. The Odds will be available on CD/LP+MP3.

*Rites of Spring Six Song Demo out Oct 23

Rites of Spring were among the most important and beloved bands to emerge from the DC underground music scene in the mid-80s. Formed by Guy Picciotto (vocals/guitar), Michael Fellows (bass), Brendan Canty (drums), and Eddie Janney (guitar) in 1984, the quartet released a self-titled LP and a 7" single before breaking up in 1986. Before that the band recorded a demo tape at Inner Ear Studios with Don Zientara and Ian MacKaye. Though widely bootlegged, this session has never been released and captures Rites of Spring in the band's earliest stages. Six Song Demo will be available on CD and 10" EP + MP3.

*Lungfish's Talking Songs for Walking and Indivisible Back in Print on LP

The next two titles in our Lungfish reissue series, Talking Songs For Walking and Indivisible, are now in stock and available through the webstore. Both records have been recut and remastered by Chicago Mastering Service. Talking Songs has been out of print for more than a decade, Indivisible for at least six years.

*Alarms & Controls Debut 7" now available

Reanimus Cataract b/w Kirtland's Warbler is the debut single from Alarms & Controls, a DC-based trio that includes guitarist Chris Hamley (Antimony, Circus Lupus, and Monorchid), drummer Vin Novara (1.6 Band, The Crownhate Ruin), and bassist Michael Honch. The single includes a free MP3 download of the two songs plus two additional tracks. This record is a split release with Mud Memory Records.

*Fugazi Live Series Update

For the time being, we're holding off on adding new shows. Not to worry, though: A significant update is due in the near future.

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.

Mudhoney Release "Live in Berlin, 1988" Trailer

[press release] On November 13th, !K7 Records will release Mudhoney: Live In Berlin, 1988 on DVD. The footage, filmed by a professional camera crew at 1988's Berlin Independent Days festival and only recently rediscovered, captures the Seattle grunge pioneers' first ever performance on foreign soil. Playing as representatives of Sub Pop Records to a crowd of curious punters, critics and members of Europe's independent music community, the show was also the first grunge gig in Europe, laying essential groundwork for the genre's subsequent global domination.

The official trailer (watch on Vimeo below) for Mudhoney: Live In Berlin, 1988 provides a sneak preview of the over 40 minutes of concert footage from the history making show. Featuring one of the greatest rock 'n' roll groups of all time at their very best, a glorious mess of flailed hair, acidic caterwaul, gnarly riffage and fried guitar skronk as Mudhoney tear through material from their epochal (but then unreleased) Superfuzz Bigmuff EP and eponymous debut album.

The DVD also features an exclusive bonus interview with Mudhoney front man Mark Arm, recorded especially for the release of the DVD this summer in Seattle. Liner notes for the DVD were written by renowned journalist Stevie Chick.

Mudhoney: Live in Berlin, 1988 - DVD Trailer from K7 Records on Vimeo.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Quick Notes: Led Zeppelin, Deftones, Merchandise, Fiona Apple, Jack White, Beck + More

*[] The surviving members of Led ZeppelinRobert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones — reunited yesterday at a press conference promoting their upcoming concert film, Celebration Day. The trio mostly answered questions relating to their 2007 reunion show, except for when the one journalist, who on behalf of everyone else in the world, asked about a future reunion. The band chose to dodge that question, with Plant replying, “Let me ask you a question. Have you seen the film? Did you enjoy it? Then we’ve done our job, haven’t we?”

Watch the whole 30-minute presser below, then see the film in theaters on October 17th or on DVD beginning November 19th.

[] Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno and bassist Sergio Vega recently chatted with Topics included their upcoming new album “Koi No Yokan” (out November 13th); their shelved album “Eros” and more. You can watch the first half of the interview to be posted below.

In the clip Moreno reveals that the band are hoping to to use the track “Swerve City” as the second single from the upcoming album; and that a video treatment for it is already in place.

That song was originally intended to serve the albums first single. However, a change of plans by the bands label saw “Tempest” receive the honor instead. “Tempest” is expected to arrive on October 09th.

*[] The latest segment of "Pitchfork Weekly" spotlights the Tampa, Florida act Merchandise, whose excellent second record Children of Desire was out earlier this year via Katorga Works. The band (as well as Katorga Works head Adam Whites) talk about the Tampa punk scene, bonding over genre-less music, making impulsive decisions, and warding off the music industry.

They also play their Desire highlight "Become What You Are" at a sold-out Brooklyn show (complete with a dude who literally stage-dives into the camera).

*[] Following her arrest for hash possession on Thursday, Fiona Apple shared details of her jail time with a Houston audience last night. (Her scheduled Austin City Limits Live concert in Austin on Thursday was postponed.) She talked specifically about four people associated with her arrest, probably police officers, noting their "inappropriate and probably illegal" behavior. Thanks to Jacob Calle for the tip. Here's what she said:

"Now, most of the people were very nice to me. There are four of you out there, and I want you to know that I heard everything you did. I wrote it all down with your names and everything you did and said stupidly thinking that I couldn't hear or see you. I then ripped the paper up, but not before I encoded it and-- I got two lock boxes. We'll call them "holding cell one" and "holding cell two". In "holding cell one" is the encoded version of the shit that you did that I know was inappropriate and probably illegal. In "holding cell two" is the decoder. I'm the only one who holds the key, and you and I will be intimate forever because I will hold that secret forever. Unless of course the celebrity that you had so much interest in but you wanted to accuse me of bringing up while you laughed at me all night? Unless you're interested in being a celebrity, I'll make you fucking famous any time you ask and I'll open those boxes. So why don't you stay in your fucking holding cell?"

*[] For his first public UK installation, the L.A. multimedia artist Doug Aitken is offering a series of filmed conversations with musicians like Beck, Jack White, James Murphy, Devendra Banhart, and Lucky Dragons, discussing the creative process, as The Guardian points out. The project also features artists from the realms of architecture, acting, photography, and visual art, including the actress Tilda Swinton, the late artist/musician Mike Kelley, photographer William Eggleston, and more.

Titled Sky Arts Ignition: Doug Aitken – The Source, it's currently on exhibit at Tate Liverpool as part of the Liverpool Biennial. It will run through January 13, 2012. HERE's the trailer for The Source.

This spring, Aitken presented a public art project called "Song 1" at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC, featuring musical contributions from Beck, No Age, Devendra Banhart, Lucky Dragons, High Places, Koen Holtkamp of Mountains, and more. Pitchfork co-presented a "Happening" event at the Hirshhorn Museum to go along with "Song 1", featuring live performances from Animal Collective's Geologist, Nicolas Jaar, Oneohtrix Point Never, No Age, High Places, Tim McAfee-Lewis, and Leo Gallo. The event was live-streamed on on YouTube. Relive that event at the above link.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Fight Amp Interviewed in Brooklyn Vegan + Streaming New Album

[] Philadelphia noise-punks Fight Amp are back with their latest LP Birth Control, which hits next week (9/25) via Translation Loss. The record, their third overall, sees the band wading in the same Am-Rep-y infested waters as previous releases but this time with a stronger sense of melodicism. Stream the entire LP for the first time HERE.

We sat down with Mike McGinnis of Fight Amp to ask him a few questions about the new record, future touring plans, and more. The results of our conversation are below...

Fight Amp has been chugging along for eight years. Did you always have a vision for the band from the outset? How has that vision changed over the years?
Mike McGinnis: Yeah, it seems like just yesterday that we started this band, and this January will be the 9th anniversary of our first show. Time flies. I've spent every day in my 20s playing in this band and as it looks now it'll probably continue into my 30s. We definitely had a vision when we first started, but we far exceeded the goals we set for ourselves back then. At the time it was as simple as "find reliable band members, tour, make records." We were able to pull those things off within the first year. I think our vision and goals change every couple of years as we meet the goals we set for Fight Amp. Our vision now is simple, and it's to take steps upward on all aspects of our band, including branching out in songwriting, touring worldwide rather than just North America, and getting more and more people to hear us and dig our records.

Birth Control is your first LP in 3 years and 3rd overall. What were your goals for the record heading into production? How did the results of the first two LPs and the splits/EPs before it help change the way you approach the record?
Birth Control was the first record that we had bigger goals than just a specific production style. We went in with a very album-oriented plan this time, and we wanted to add more peaks and valleys for people that would be listening to the record from start to finish. We wanted to add different found sounds and odd instruments here and there as well. A couple of the songs and in-between tracks that we recorded have piano, slide-guitar, percussion on the heating ducts in the studio, a drill, an electric shaver, tambourine, and a bunch more found sounds here and there. All of our other albums, which I'm still a fan of personally, are really just groupings of songs that came together because they worked well in that order. Knowing we wanted to push past that same formula it was obvious to us that the next step was to be much more album-oriented this time around.

Do you have additional songs in the can and if so, are there any other releases on the way?
We've been writing for sure, but it's just some stuff we're keeping in the arsenal until our next recording plans come along. Right now our goal is to push and tour on Birth Control as much as possible. We've only played half of the songs from the new record live so far, so we've got a lot left in the tank from this new one still. Hopefully we'll be putting plans together for our next release next year. We're actually on a little writing hiatus right now as we're learning a Dead Kennedys cover set for Halloween in New Orleans in which we're playing four or five songs from Plastic Surgery Disasters.


How To Destroy Angels Ready "An Omen" EP + More

[press release] How To Destroy Angels is a collective from Los Angeles composed of Mariqueen Maandig, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Rob Sheridan. An Omen EP will be their debut release on Columbia Records, available November 13th digitally and on 12" vinyl. You'll begin to hear it and see it in the coming weeks.

Today, How To Destroy Angels' Trent Reznor shares a letter which can be read below...

"Sorry for the radio silence lately... I've been busy! There's a number of things to be revealed over the coming months. Some you may expect, others you may not. Patience, my friends.

Today's news is about my band How To Destroy Angels. I'm happy to announce we've formally partnered with Columbia Records for our next series of releases. The first of these will be available in November and it's called An Omen EP. As you may have guessed, it's an EP. It contains six songs, some of which are from our full-length LP which is coming early next year.

We are making some videos, we are going to be performing live, and that's all the details I have for now on those matters.

Regarding our decision to sign with Columbia, we've really spent a long time thinking about things and it makes sense for a lot of reasons, including a chance to work with our old friend Mark Williams. There's a much more granular and rambling answer I could give (and likely will in an interview someplace) but it really comes down to us experimenting and trying new things to see what best serves our needs. Complete independent releasing has its great points but also comes with shortcomings.

We are all very excited about you checking out the new stuff. Wish I could tell you more, but you know how this works... it would take all the fun out of it!"

Weekend Debut "Sirens" + NY Shows

[press release] Recent San Francisco to NYC transplants Weekend today offer up a sneak peek at their forthcoming 2013 LP with a rough mix of the track "Sirens" streaming at their new Tumblr page [or below].

Weekend will play the Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn next Tuesday September 25th, with Woodsman and Eraas opening. The show is ages 21+ and doors open at 8:00 PM. Weekend's set time is 10PM. The next Weekend show in NYC is Oct. 4 at 285 Kent w/ Cold Showers.

Weekend's post-punk stylings take the spirit of noise punk rock and drop it into a smoky cloud of reverb and feedback that still allows rays of golden melody to shine through. This, their first show since switching coasts, celebrates the arrival of an intriguing new member in the homegrown NYC post-punk landscape; one that connects with what has been done in the past, but boldly presses on into the unknown future of newly created musical spectra.


09/25 Brooklyn, NY Cameo Gallery #
10/04 Brooklyn, NY 285 Kent *
10/16 - 10/20 New York, NY CMJ Shows TBA

* = w/ Cold Showers
# = w/ Woodsman, Eraas