Thursday, November 29, 2012

Quick Notes: Screaming Females, Neil Young, Vista Chino (Kyuss Lives!), Local Natives

*[] Screaming Females lead singer and guitarist Marissa Paternoster has had some health problems lately in the form of a mysterious ailment that made the band cancel a bunch of shows. Recently, Marissa turned to the band’s blog to document her recovery process, and she did so in an extremely novel, imaginative way; through a comic strip. View it all over at the band’s blog HERE.

*[] Neil Young stopped by The Daily Show last night to hang out with Jon Stewart on the late night host’s 50th birthday. What started out as a discussion on Young’s latest autobiography, Waging Heavy Peace, turned into something with a little more depth. As usual, the Crazy Horse frontman broke out of his rough, thick shell and yanked out a couple of yucks. “You know, behind the scenes, I’m really nice,” Young contended, pointing to the book’s cover. “You see, this guy, right here, he’s not very happy looking. I don’t know why they always do that.” Catch the full extended interview below.

In related news... Neil Young & Crazy Horse have announced that they will perform a special benefit concert on December 6 at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, NJ, with proceeds going to aid victims of Superstorm Sandy. Proceeds will go to the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy relief effort, and tickets go on sale Friday, November 30.

*[press release] Brant Bjork, John Garcia and Nick Oliveri -- formerly of KYUSS - are pleased to introduce their new project: VISTA CHINO. The group, comprised of the three founding members of the legendary rock band and guitarist Bruno Fevery, are currently recording new material in anticipation of a 2013 worldwide release that will coincide with major touring plans.

The final live appearances of "KYUSS LIVES!" will take place in early 2013 as part of Australia's Soundwave Festival. The guys are looking forward to playing their classic songs along with new material.

*[] On January 29 (the day before in Europe), Local Natives will release a new album called Hummingbird, the follow up their solid 2010 debut Gorilla Manor, via Frenchkiss/Infectious. Today, they stopped by BBC Radio 6 Music to talk with Lauren Laverne about the new record, and performed two new songs live in-studio: "Breakers" and the previously unreleased "Heavy Feet". Thanks to Ollie Claxton for the tip.

Local Natives join the segment at about two hours and ten minutes. Listen to the whole show HERE, or check out just the Local Natives session HERE if you live in the UK.

Mr. Gnome Debut "House of Circles" Video

[] The Cleveland-based experimental rock duo Mr. Gnome was one of our favorite discoveries from South by Southwest earlier this year, and now the band is back on our radar with an amazing new video. "House of Circles," from Mr. Gnome's recent album Madness in Miniature, is an epic, wildly imaginative story about a band of rebel fighters who attempt to save the world from the evil Queen Machine.

The video, which is designed to look like a graphic novel, is full of seemingly high-end visual and special effects, but band members Nicole Barille and Sam Meister produced the entire short film on their own — writing, directing and editing it on a shoestring budget.

In an email, singer and guitarist Barille told us that the whole thing cost less than the band's $2,000 budget, most of which was spent on costumes and camera equipment. "We decided the only way we could pull off a fantasy world of machines and flying people was to shoot it all in front of a green screen and use miniature sets. Sam's mom, Barb, has been a huge part of our team since our first music video for 'Night of the Crickets,' and she really helped pull together the costumes and sets to create the look we were going for. Many of the roles and characters were played by the same people."

Mr. Gnome originally wrote an elaborate fairytale around the entire Madness in Miniature album, and intended to turn it into a full-length film. The project was eventually scaled back to this eight-minute video, focusing on the final chapter of the story. "We realized it would've taken years to finish a feature film," Barille says. "We'd love to tell the whole story at some point, whether it's through a graphic novel, animation or a feature-length film. Hopefully, we'll get the opportunity to do this sooner than later."

Mikal Cronin Signs to Merge Records + On Tour With Ty Segall

[] Psychedelic rocker and Ty Segall touring mate Mikal Cronin has signed on with Merge Records. The label will issue the follow-up to Cronin’s stellar self-titled debut in 2013.

The shaggy-haired guitarist released this long winded statement on the news: “YYYYYEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!’”

Currently, he’s out on the road with Segall, probably making a mess of himself. Gnarly.

Ty Segall 2012-13 Tour Dates:

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 #
01/23 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress *
01/24 – Marfa, TX @ Padre’s *
01/25 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk *
01/26 – Dallas, TX @ Sons of Hermann Hall *
01/27 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone *
01/28 – Nashville, TN @ The End *
01/29 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West *
01/30 – Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade *
01/31 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat *
02/01 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall *
02/05 – Montreal, QC @ Cabaret Du Mile End *
02/06 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Club *
02/09 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle *
02/10 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground *
02/11 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive *

# = w/ Night Beats
* = w/ Ex-Cult

METZ Debut "Dirty Shirt" + Tour Dates

[] CoSigned noise rockers METZ will issue their next single, “Dirty Shirt” b/w “Leave Me Out”, on December 4th via Sub Pop. The A-side scales back to Bleach-era Nirvana, which isn’t too alien for Sub Pop after all, blitzing headphones with cascading guitars and AK-47 drumming. Stream it below.

Also, the band has announced a lengthy European tour for next year. Consult the dates below and plan your forthcoming Eurotrip accordingly.

In related news...

On December 19, on YouTube will webcast Sub Pop labelmates Metz and King Tuff performing live in's office in Brooklyn. The stream starts at 12:30pm Eastern, perfect for lunch break viewing.

METZ 2012-13 Tour Dates:

12/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
01/25 – Athens, GR @ Six D.O.G.S. Cultural Center
01/26 – Larissa, GR @ Stage Club
01/28 – Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
01/29 – Glasgow, SF @ Broadcast
01/30 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
01/31 – Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store
02/01 – London, UK @ Birthdays
02/04 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
02/05 – Nijmegen, NL @ Merleyn
02/06 – Lile, FR @ L’aeronef
02/07 – Paris, FR @ Point FMR
02/08 – Clermont Ferrand, FR @ L Cooperative de Mai
02/09 – Poitiers, FR @ Confort Moderne
02/10 – Toulouse, FR @ Dynamo
02/12 – Porto, PT @ Plano B
02/13 – Lisbon, PT @ ZDB
02/14 – Madrid, ES @ Siroco
02/15 – Barcelona, ES @ La 2 de Nista
02/16 – Saint Malo / Brittany, FR @ La Route De La Rocke
02/18 – Zurich, CH @ Mascotte
02/19 – Fribourg, CH @ Fri-Son
02/20 – Milan, IT @ Ligera
02/21 – Rome, IT @ Traffic
02/22 – Bologna, IT @ Freakout
02/23 – Zagreb, HR @ Park (Purgeraj)
02/25 – Vienna, AT @ Arena
02/26 – Munich, DE @ Orangehouse
02/27 – Nuremburg, DE @ K4
02/28 – Leipzig, DE @ Nato
03/01 – Hannover, DE @ Cafe Glocksee
03/02 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow
03/03 – Berlin, DE @ Berghain Kantine
03/04 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
03/05 – Gothenborg, SE @ Pustervik
03/06 – Oslo, NO @ Blaa
03/08 – Malmo, SE @ Debaser
03/09 – Stockholm, SE @ Svenaska Musikklubben
03/10 – Zeewolde, NL @ Where The Wild Things Are
03/11 – Brussels, BE @ AB Club
03/12 – Hasselt, BE @ Muziekodroom

* w/ King Tuff

Quick Notes: Queens of the Stone Age, Radiohead, Bleeding Rainbow, How To Destroy Angels, Jimi Hendrix + More

*[] This new Queens of the Stone Age record is becoming quite the star-studded affair. Dave Grohl is drumming, Trent Reznor is “helping,” and now ex-QOSTA guitarist Nick Oliveri reveals that he “recently recorded his vocals” for a new song.

Oliveri’s participation comes as a surprise considering he was famously booted from the band in 2004 and hasn’t worked with Josh Homme since then. Then there’s the whole lawsuit, which Homme filed against Oliveri and the rest of Kyuss Lives! in March 2012. But I guess when you’re trying to make a redux of Songs For the Deaf, anything and everyone goes.

*[] Back in 2009, a group of Nine Inch Nails fans bonded together to create their very own concert film. Now, a group of Radiohead fans has completed a similar project focusing on the band’s show at New York’s Roseland Ballroom in September 2011.

As Gothamist points out, the film utilizes multiple camera angles and audio from the soundboard, which was provided by the band. You can stream the entire thing below, or download the torrent HERE. In exchange for the free download, producers ask that donations be made to the Haiti Earthquake and Hurricane Sandy relief funds.

*[] "Sunshine is all I see, light flooding over me," does not sound exactly like a record slated for winter release, but so goes the anthemic chorus of Bleeding Rainbow's "Waking Dream", which finds the Philadelphia group f/k/a Reading Rainbow amping their sound considerably. The track scorches by with 100% more blue-skied, sun-shined guitarwork than their original sound as a scrappy indie pop duo, aiming for Rainbow's most widescreen territory yet-- complete with lyrical bits about tiresome noise, escaping the past, and realized dreams. "I found everything I need," sings Sarah Everton, whose moved up to bass from behind the drumkit, "in my waking dream."

Fun fact: according to their label, Kanine, who will release Bleeding Rainbow's Yeah Right LP on January 23, the band's name change was provoked by a comment from Carrie Brownstein.

*[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_ is their debut release on Columbia Records and is available now. Today, they are proud to share their video for stand-out track "Ice Age" which was directed by John Hillcoat (The Road, Lawless). Watch it below.

*[] Yesterday, on what would have been his 70th birthday, engineer and producer Eddie Kramer offers a preview of the first single off Jimi Hendrix’s new posthumous album, People, Hell and Angels (via Recorded shortly before his death around 1968-1969, “Somewhere” finds the guitar legend doing his thing, alongside a supporting cast of Stephen Stills and drummer Buddy Miles. As Kramer explains of the song, “[it's] a fantastic example of Jimi’s amazing control of the wah-wah [pedal] the tone of the wah-wah – how that affects the whole song.” People, Hell and Angels is due out March 5th.

*[] Grave Babies are a Seattle band, and on February 26, they're releasing their LP Crusher via Hardly Art. In the studio, it's mainly just band founder Danny Wahlfeldt recording solo, which means we can likely attribute each of the layered vocals on "Over and Under Ground" to Wahlfeldt. The first track they're giving away from the record is a blown out post-punk tune that's generous with fuzz and bashing percussion. There's a sweetness to the earworm melody, but the vocals are delivered with such heft that they nearly sound barked out.

*[] Craig Dermody is an Australian native currently living in New York, he makes music under the name Scott & Charlene's Wedding, and his album Para Vista Social Club is out now via Critical Heights. It was recorded with the help of Australian janglers Twerps and New Jersey dudes Family Portrait. "Epping Line" finds Dermody's voice sounding remarkably similar to Stephen Malkmus', and with strained vocal cords, he sings about a "sad, sad day" (on the Epping line in Melbourne). With jangling guitars and simple guitar solos, he illustrates a series of small, vulnerable moments: "I can feel something vibrate on my thigh,/ And I think that I'm just about gonna break down and cry."

*[] Soundgarden‘s performance on last night’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” can be viewed below [EIS note: and it's not the crappy first single. Hooray]. You can also find some footage from the same set which didn’t air on the program.

*[] Deftones loving audiophiles can officially rejoice as the band will be releasing their latest album “Koi No Yokan” on vinyl on January 08th through Reprise. No additional tracks are expected to accompany the release.

*[] Through two seasons, Portlandia has included a number of musical cameos, ranging from St. Vincent and Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock to Eddie Vedder and Joanna Newsom. As reports, season three will continue that trend with appearances from Dirty Projectors and Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis.

Other notable guests lined up for this season include Roseanne Barr, Juliette Lewis, Patton Oswalt, Rose Byrne, George Wendt, Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader and Bobby Moynihan, Jim Gaffigan, and Matt Berry. Past guests Kyle MacLachlan, Jeff Goldblum, and Kumail Nanjiani will also return for the new season.

Season three of Portlandia officially premieres January 4th, though a “pre-premiere” winter-themed episode will air on December 14th.

*[press release] Sacred Bones is pleased to announce some special guests to the already stellar line-up for their 5 Year Anniversary in the Mojave Desert on December 21st. Vår (Copenhagen), featuring Elias Bender-Rønnenfelt of Iceage and Loke Rahbek of Sexdrome/Posh Isolation, will be making their west coast debut. Following their critically acclaimed NY appearances this summer, Los Angeles (well technically, Pioneertown) is in for an exceptional performance. Sacred Bones will be releasing Vår’s 1st long player in Spring of 2013 (if there is a 2013).

We also have some very special DJs for the evening. Some dear friends of ours who have recently left the confines of New York to create new work in sunny Los Angeles - Becka Diamond (13:13) a fashion icon and one of our earliest supporters, and Dominick Fernow of Prurient, Hospital Productions, formerly of Cold Cave and currently of Vatican Shadow. And finally, we will have a limited edition LP available only at this show featuring new, previously unreleased tracks & demos from Zola Jesus, The Men, Pop.1280, Slug Guts, Vår, and others. Tickets are $30, on sale now HERE.


Zola Jesus
Wymond Miles
Cult of Youth
Psychic Ills
Pop 1280
Lust for Youth

*[] This year, Matador launched a 7" singles subscription series, "Singles Going Home Alone", featuring Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks and L.A. Guns covering each other, the Men, Jesu, and more. The series concludes in December with two singles. Kurt Vile and Espers' Meg Baird offer a new take on Constant Hitmaker's "Classic Rock in Spring" backed by a cover of Michael Chapman's "Another Story". And the final 7" will feature two unreleased tracks from the Boston/Tampa trio Primitive Romance, recorded in the early 80s. A "Singles Going Home Alone" tote bag is also included.

Matador's singles series will continue on with one 7" per month in 2013. It will be lead off by music from Superchunk, Royal Headache, Cheap Time's Jeffrey Novak, Irish guitarist Cian Nugent, and Melbourne bands Lower Plenty, Dick Diver, and Bits of Shit. Check out details and a tentative schedule, HERE.

The 2013 subscriptions, limited to 750, will also included a TBA "mystery" container for all of the vinyl; a tote bag or wooden box, presumably. Details for the remaining singles will be announced next year.

*[] The indie-rock version of 12-12-12, 4 Artists 1 Cause: A Benefit Concert For Sandy Relief Efforts will feature performances by Sleigh Bells, Grizzly Bear, The Antlers, and Cults at New York City’s Terminal 5 on December 14th. Proceeds from the show will go to the benefit the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. Tickets start at $40 and go on sale Thursday, Noon EST.

In related news...

[] Over in Los Angeles on December 10, Club Nokia is hosting "We Hate Hurricanes: A Night of Comedy to Benefit Victims of Hurricane Sandy". It features Beck, Aziz Ansari, Will Ferrell, Jon Hamm, Sarah Silverman, and more. All proceeds will go to AmeriCares. Get tickets HERE.

*[] According to the Associated Press, The Black Keys have settled their lawsuits against Pizza Hut and Home Depot. If you recall, the band accused both companies of unauthorized use of their songs in commercials, claiming that “Gold in the Ceiling” appeared in a Pizza Hut ad, and “Lonely Boy” in a Home Depot ad. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

*Modesto, CA's Solar Powered People have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the final touches of their upcoming full length. Here's what they had to say about it...

"We have been writing and working on our third full length album for some time now. Here we are in the final stages of mixing, mastering and producing this new Solar Powered People album for you. Like yourself we have gone through many obstacles, good and bad, to reach this point today. As musicians, we have always written to serve the song, the expectations of our fans and ourselves. We believe that this is our best album yet and are eager to get it out to you. With your donation, Solar Powered People will be able to finish and release this new album as expected. Thank you for all of the support and love along the way."

*Leeds' Hawk Eyes have released a new video for their current single 'Witchhunt.' Directed by Robin Fuller, the song comes from their sophomore full length Ideas. The single is released on December 3rd. The band are currently on the road with Therapy? and LaFaro. All remaining dates can be found HERE.

*[] Jane’s Addiction vocalist Perry Farrell is quick to dish out the hyperbole for the groups forthcoming new studio album. He recently spoke with about the offering, stating: “The next album is going to be something that the world has never experienced. I’m building it simultaneously with the live show in mind and it’s just going to be out of sight!”

He further went on to state that “It’s going to be theatrical and we’re going to take it to another level. I want to really give you a new experience. I want you to feel like you’ve never seen it or experienced anything like it.”

Writing for the effort appears to currently still be underway with a release date later in 2013 is expected. [EIS note: something tells me this isn't going to be very good... let's hope I'm wrong].

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Local Natives Debut "Breakers" Video + More

[] Local Natives return with a new video for “Breakers”, their lead single off the forthcoming Hummingbird, due out January 29th via Frenckiss/Infectious. Directed by Jaffe Zinn and the band themselves, the four minute clip welds a series of unnatural events — a beach-dwelling spaceman, creepy mask-wearing stair surfers, etc. — with glittery performance footage. It captures the moody track to a T. Stream below.

In related news, the band will embark an extensive tour in support of the LP, including a North American leg that leaves them in the West coast right around Coachella. Consult the full itinerary following the video, and get your tickets HERE.

Local Natives 2012-2013 Tour Dates:

11/28 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotov
11/29 – Berlin, DE @ Comet
12/01 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere
12/04 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
12/05 – Brussels, BE @ Rotunde
12/06 – London, UK @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
12/08 – Camber Sands, UK @ ATP Curated by The National
01/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey
01/30 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
02/01 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
02/02 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
02/03 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
03/18 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
03/19 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
03/22 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Ballroom
03/23 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
03/25 – Covington, KY @ Madison Theatre
03/26 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
03/30 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
04/01 – Providence, RI @ Fete
04/04 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
04/05 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
04/25 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
04/26 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune
04/27 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Theatre

Dave Grohl to Host SiriusXM Show "Sound City"

[] As previously reported, Foo Fighters frontman/keynote speaker/supporter of democracy Dave Grohl is telling the story of the iconic Sound City studio, which closed for commercial use in May 2011, with a forthcoming documentary. But before the film lands in theaters or on DVD, he’ll celebrate the musical landmark with his very own program on SiriusXM.

Dave Grohl Presents Sound City debuts on November 29th at 4 p.m. EST on SiriusXM’s Classic Vinyl channel. Slated for a run of nine weeks, each episode will feature stories about the music recorded at Sound City, including Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, Metallica’s Death Magnetic, and some album called Nevermind. The final show, airing January 24th, will feature a discussion about the documentary.

“I’m so proud of the Sound City film and beyond excited for the world to see what I’ve been working on for the past year,” Grohl said in a statement. “Even before that, though, I’m grateful to SiriusXM for giving me the opportunity to share all this great music and to let people know what got me excited about Sound City in the first place.”

Check out the radio show schedule below.

Dave Grohl Presents Sound City Schedule:

Thursday, November 29 @ 4 p.m. EST on Classic Vinyl, channel 26:
1970-1975 (Neil Young, Spirit, Dr. John, Buckingham/Nicks, Elton John, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Nils Lofgren, Fleetwood Mac)

Thursday, December 6 @ 4 p.m. EST on Classic Rewind, channel 25:
1975-1978 (War, Fleetwood Mac, Grateful Dead, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Cheap Trick)

Thursday, December 13 @ 4 p.m. EST on Classic Rewind, channel 25:
1979-1982 (Tom Petty, Rick Springfield, Santana, Pat Benatar, Fear, Barry Manilow)

Thursday, December 20 @ 4 p.m. EST on Hair Nation, channel 39:
1983-1985 (Dio, Rick Springfield, Saxon, Ratt, Loudness, Tom Petty, Y&T)

Thursday, December 27 @ 4 p.m. EST on Lithium, channel 34:
1991-1993 (Nirvana, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Rage Against the Machine, Rancid)

Thursday, January 3 @ 4 p.m. EST on Octane, channel 37:
1993-1996 (Kyuss, Slayer, Danzig, Tom Petty, Jayhawks, Black Crowes, Johnny Cash)

Thursday, January 10 @ 4 p.m. EST on Lithium, channel 34:
1998-2007 (Queens Of The Stone Age, Jimmy Eat World, Frank Black and the Catholics, Terror, Nine Inch Nails)

Thursday, January 17 @ 4 p.m. EST:
2008-2011 (Mavis Staples, Jenny Lewis, Metallica, Eagles of Death Metal, Isis, Arctic Monkeys, Mastodon)

Thursday, January 24 @ 4 p.m. EST:
A discussion of the making of Sound City with Dave Grohl

Hydra Head Records Launch Rehabilitation Campaign "Hydra Health"

[press release] As announced some weeks back, Hydra Head has come to a difficult juncture in our existence and the future of the label is precarious. Between the downturn in sales of music in recent years, our tendency of releasing artists whose work is too challenging to be commercially viable, our collective insistence on high standards for recording and packaging, and an intentionally artistic but admittedly financially unsound approach to running a label, we are no longer able to function as we have for almost two decades.

We've arrived at the conclusion that it is no longer possible for us to continue releasing new albums, but rather than shut the label down completely, we're hoping to be able to continue in a capacity that would allow us to preserve and perpetuate our catalog of works by the large cast of truly amazing and groundbreaking artists we've been lucky enough to work with over the years. In order to do this we're asking for help from anyone and everyone that would like to see the label continue and who is willing to support us in this effort. This is not however a request for charity - we would like to offer something in exchange for whatever level of funding our potential benefactors (that is you), are willing to bestow upon us.

These "somethings" we're offering as part of our fundraiser range from the small and accessible (stickers, pins, etc), to the large and costly (lots of 150+ rare records and test pressings, musical instruments, original artwork, 7" box sets, etc), and a whole lot in between (t-shirts, subscriptions to our future vinyl represses, box lots of highly discounted CDs, etc.). The selling off of all these items will allow us to do several things: fund future represses and reissues, pay our artists and remaining staff members to realize these projects, clear out our offices so we can downsize to a more functional level of operation, and provide some special artifacts to those that appreciate and support what we and our artists have built over the years.

While it's not easy to part with some of these things, we do so with happiness knowing that it may allow us to continue doing what we love to do, and ensure that a lot of the great music we've been entrusted with disseminating continues to be available for any and all that want to hear it for years to come. While we're well aware that much of this music can and will be obtained in digital format for free from various internet sources, we firmly believe that these musical documents are best experienced in their original intended forms, and that as physical artifacts lend a greater depth of experience to the listeners as well as the creators. Thank you in advance to any and all who are willing to assist us in our effort to make sure important music continues to be heard, that the artists responsible for its creation are supported for their work, and for helping keep underground music alive and thriving.

What we are offering:

$3 - Hydra Head Sticker
$5 - Hydra Head 5 button set
$6 - Mystery Promo Bag
$9 - Dillinger Escape Plan / Drowningman split 7"
$10 - 3 CD grab bag
$20 - 4x 7" mystery bag + screen print
$25 - Hydra Head ltd. screen print (pre-order)
$50 - LP Test Press
$75 - 2xLP Test Press
$100 - 30 CD Grab Box
$125 - HHR Vinyl Subscription (Next 5 Hydra Head vinyl releases/re-presses)
$180 - ISIS Live series I-VI vinyl set (2 available)
$250 - Mamiffer Hirror Enniffer original artwork (#1) + poster + LP
$250 - Mamiffer Hirror Enniffer original artwork (#2) + poster + LP
$300 - ISIS / Pelican / Tombs original artwork + silk screen poster
$300 - Old Man Gloom NO original artwork (#1) + 2xLP test press
$300 - Old Man Gloom NO original artwork (#2) + 2xLP test press
$300 - Pyramids with Nadja original artwork (#1) + ltd. remix 12"
$300 - Pyramids with Nadja original artwork (#2) + ltd. remix 12"
$350 - ISIS Shades of the Swarm 12xLP box set (4 available)
$400 - Buzzoven Revelation: Sick Again original artwork + LP test press
$400 - ISIS vinyl collection (14 vinyl releases, 2 available)
$450 - Pyramids / Horseback A Throne Without a King original artwork (#1) + LP&7" test press
$450 - Pyramids / Horseback A Throne Without a King original artwork (#2) + LP&7" test press
$550 - Aaron Turner's Mesa Boogie Formula Pre preamp + Mesa 20/20 stereo power amplifier
$650 - ISIS / Melvins split LP original artwork + LP test press
$800 - Torche / Boris Chapter Ahead Being Fake original artwork + 10"
$1150 - ISIS Wavering Radiant original artwork + 2xLP test press
$1700 - Aaron Turner's 1985 Gibson Les Paul Standard
$3333 - Entire Hydra Head Records collection, 1995-2012, HH666-001 - HH666-236
$3333 - Entire Hydra Head Records TEST PRESS collection, 1995-2012, HH666-001 - HH666-236
$10,000 - Hydra Head Office Spree + Disneyland vacation
+ more coming soon (exclusive t-shirt, bundles, ... )

If you are feeling altruistic and generous, you can also donate HERE.

Upcoming vinyl reissues and represses that we are currently working on for 2013 include:

Botch American Nervoso 2xLP (deluxe vinyl reissue)
Cave In Until Your Heart Stops 2xLP
Cave In Jupiter LP
Converge Caring and Killing 2xLP (first time on vinyl)
Discordance Axis Jouhou 2xLP (deluxe vinyl reissue)
Drowningman Busy Signal at the Suicide Hotline LP
Jesu Conqueror 2xLP

Also, we will need volunteers to help ship orders over the coming weeks. If you are interested in coming in to help, email info@hydraheadDOTcom with the subject "Shipping volunteer." We will give you free records and lunch. Maybe a nickname, too.


ORDERS MAY NOT ARRIVE IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. WE HAVE A LIMITED SHIPPING CAPACITY. IT MAY TAKE UP TO 30 DAYS TO SHIP SOME ORDERS (especially if they include pre-order items such as the shirt or screen print).

In other HH related news, Torche will play two shows this December in their home state of Florida...

12/14 Miami, FL @ Churchills w/ Holly Hunt, The Tunnel
12/15 Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic w/ Holly Hunt

Low Announce "The Invisible Way" For March, Free Live EP, Tour Dates + More

[press release] Sub Pop Records is excited to announce that Duluth, MN, trio Low are releasing their 10th record, The Invisible Way, on March 19, 2013 (the 18th in the UK). The record was produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, engineered by Tom Schick and recorded in Wilco's studio in Chicago, IL, during the fall of 2012. Coincidentally, the release marks Low's 20th anniversary as a band. A trailer for the new album can be seen below.

"While driving through Chicago on tour, we finally stopped to visit Wilco at their studio, The Loft," says guitarist/vocalist Alan Sparhawk. "They had invited us to come check it out several times over the years, but this would finally be the day... What really converted us was hearing the new Mavis Staples tracks they were working on - big, simple, raw and intimate. Plans were made then and there."

The Invisible Way finds Low's majestic melancholy in full bloom yet distinguishes itself with its starker, unadorned soundscapes, layered harmonies and drummer/vocalist extraordinaire Mimi Parker singing lead on five of the 11 songs. The album tackles large issues ("the songs are about intimacy, the drug war, the class war, plain old war war, archaeology and love," says Sparhawk) in a manner that plays a stunning counterpoint to the sublime hush of the music.

Low are also now making available a fantastic six-song live set they are calling Low - Plays Nice Places [below]. The recording features five previously released fan favorites, as well as a new song called "Waiting" all of which were recorded at various historic theaters on the bands' April 2012 tour supporting Death Cab for Cutie. Additionally, the live version of "Words" features Benjamin Gibbard on bass and vocals. The tracklisting is below:

Words (feat. Benjamin Gibbard)*

*Benjamin Gibbard appears courtesy of Atlantic Records

A European tour has been confirmed to begin April 24, 2013 in the UK at the Glee Club in Birmingham and finishes May 18 in Biarritz, France at Atabal. The complete tour dates are listed below.

4/24 - Birmingham, UK - Glee Club
4/25 - Manchester, UK - Central Methodist Hall
4/26 - Gateshead, UK - The Sage Gateshead
4/27 - Glasgow, UK - Classic Grand
4/29 - Bristol, UK - Trinity
4/30 - London, UK - Barbican Centre
5/02 - Copehnhagen, Denmark - Loppen
5/03 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser
5/04 - Oslo, Norway - Bla
5/07 - Paris, France - La Maroquinerie
5/08 - Brussels, Belgium - Cirque Royal - Nuits Botanique
5/09 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Paradiso De Duif
5/10 - Frankfurt, Germany - Zoom
5/11 - Bologna, Italy - Teatro Antoniano
5/13 - Barcelona, Spain - Casino de la Alianca
5/14 - Valencia, Spain - Teatro La Rambleta
5/15 - Zaragoza, Spain - Teatro de las Esquina
5/16 - Madrid, Spain - Joy Eslava
5/17 - Valladolid, Spain - Lava
5/18 - Biarritz, France - Atabal

Introducing Toronto's Neon Windbreaker

This isn't exactly the most current release out there, but we just heard Toronto's Neon Windbreaker for the first time today and thought we really should share. The band mix Pissed Jeans-esque garbled noise rock with aggravated post-hardcore, indie rock, and elements of good ol' traditional hardcore too. Canadian punk has had an amazing 2012 (Nu Sensae, White Lung, METZ, etc) and we hope it never ends.

[] The last time Neon Windbreaker released music, they did so as a download via sandwiches and fruit. For the full-length debut, however, the noisy Toronto band are taking a more traditional approach. Their debut album, Untitled, was released digitally on September 25 ahead of its physical release October 16 through We Are Busy Bodies. But you can stream the whole thing on HERE.

With 12 songs (plus a bite-sized intro track featuring a certain Human Serviette) in 22 minutes, this is a fast and furious collection that draws on vintage post-punk and hardcore. It was recorded this past March with Josh Korody (Great Bloomers, Elk, Burning Love) at Candle Studios.

Neon Windbreaker features members of Beliefs and Modern Superstitions, and clearly they're not the type of people to procrastinate, since they're already working on new music and plan to release a 7-inch before the year is out.

Pissed Jeans Set February Release Date for "Honeys" // Pre-Order Now Available

Sub Pop has set a release date for Pissed Jeans highly anticipated new album Honeys. The bands fourth full length record will arrive on CD, LP, and digitally February 12th, 2013. Check out the exceptional artwork and lead single "Bathroom Laughter" below. Pre-order for CD, LP, and a T-shirt bundle are available HERE.

Here's what Sub Pop had to say about the release:

"Age and a total of four full-lengths haven’t mellowed Pissed Jeans; they can still unleash a blare that will exfoliate your cochlea. Formed in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Pissed Jeans released Shallow, their first album, in 2005 on Parts Unknown Records. The band relocated to Philadelphia seven years ago, and Sub Pop released Hope for Men in 2007, and then King of Jeans in 2009. The latter was recorded by Grammy nominee Alex Newport, who also recorded their latest album, Honeys.

The process of recording four full-lengths has refined Pissed Jeans. Instead of rehashing past records or diverging in a vastly different direction their ideas and execution have become more subtly focused. The songs on Honeys are direct without being obtuse, evocative without being vague, and personal without being indulgent. They also rock like nobody’s business. Do yourself a favor and forget all the claptrap you’ve heard about other bands delivering the goods. If you want bloodthirsty, you’ve got it… Sean McGuiness makes other rock drummers look like one of those dimwit longhairs with an involuntary smile playing a bongo by himself on the lawn behind a store that sells rain sticks. With a bass that sounds like a train filled with stolen shopping carts crashing into an orchestra pit, Randy Huth doesn’t waste a note. Bradley Fry doesn’t look like a guitar hero; he looks a nice guy who would volunteer to help you reformat the drive on your laptop. But if he looked like he sounds he’d be wearing a necklace of human heads and even his reflection would turn you to stone. Matt Korvette screams out observations on the tedium and absurdity of adulthood, delivered in a fashion similar to the way people must sound when being waterboarded. Sometimes the band sounds like hearing yourself being bashed over the head with a snow shovel. Sometimes they sound like that feeling you’d get if you dipped your arm up to the elbow in a vat of boiling grease. Sometimes they slow down and they sound like when you wake up from nightmare you can’t quite remember. They are also catchy, not in a simpering, mewling way that your grandmother might appreciate, but in a way that would appeal to mental patients who only understand colors.

The subjects of the album Honeys are the kind of relatable, mundane, niggling things that keep you up late at night. “Bathroom Laughter” kicks off the record with ominous bass that sputters into Pissed Jean’s most stomping track yet; the song is a narrative about being on the periphery of a nasty scene. It’s an oblique reminder of the glimpses we get into parts of other people’s lives they try to hide. “Loubs” lays out a strut and swing under an unrequited rhapsody to a woman in high heels. In the hands of most bands this would be a moronic blurt. The Jeans turn it into an uncomfortable monologue of longing. “Health Plan” is more direct: a song about the fear of going to the doctor delivered at Black Flag velocity. The record has overtures about the misery and shackles of being a responsible adult and the shame of one’s own narcissism. The music sounds like a recorded loop of a marching band being pushed down a waterslide, with added distortion. Pissed Jeans trucks in menacing songs about insecurity, and nobody has ever done it better."

Scuzzy Afternoon Artist Profile: HELVETIA

Every afternoon we will be featuring a different band from our latest promotional compilation SCUZZY AFTERNOON, which you can download for FREE. Check out all the info at the compilation's main page HERE, and get your chance to learn a bit more about the bands with the daily artist profiles and our very own "Scuzzy Thoughts"...

SONG: "RyBro"
ALBUM: Nothing in Rambling

Courtesy of Joyful Noise Recordings.

SCUZZY THOUGHTS: I first heard Helvetia after meeting the band's main songwriter Jason Albertini who was drumming for Disco Doom at the time. As you may or may not know, Disco Doom is one of my absolute all time favorite bands, so naturally I had to hear the music their fill-in drummer had been making for the past half decade. Turns out, Helvetia's music is pretty damn special in its own right, shifting through different sonic textures from lo-fi to avantgarde soundscapes and all that comes between. Their latest album Nothing in Rambling is their most concise batch of songs to date and my personal favorite in their wonderous catalog. Albertini and Canaan Dove Amber have created a shimmering record of dusty indie tunes, staying focused without straying from their experimental past. Helvetia reside somewhere between spaced out bliss and swirling low-key psychedelics, a comfortable place where you can zone out, pleasantly lost in creative guitar tones and gorgeous atmospherics. The band spent the bulk of the Fall on tour with friends and collaborators Built to Spill.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Dave Grohl Talks Queens of The Stone Age with BBC

[] Queens of the Stone Age are Dave Grohl's heroes. Or so the Foo Fighters frontman, who plays drums on QOTSA's upcoming sixth album, suggested in a glowing interview last week with BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe (via Blabbermouth).

"When you walk into a festival backstage with Queens of the Stone Age, it's like, the record stops," Grohl told Lowe in the brief phone interview, which starts around the 22:40 mark of the November 21 program. "People stop and they stare, and it's like, Queens of the Stone Age are, without question, the baddest rock'n'roll band in the world."

Grohl's comments mostly focused on QOTSA's 2002 Songs for the Deaf, on which he played drums with an anything-goes abandon he indicated will carry over to the forthcoming LP. "But with Queens of the Stone Age, like, there were no boundaries with that band, there were no limits with them," he said of the decade-old album. "It was like, if you did something insane, do it more. And honestly, the new Queens of the Stone Age record, I'm playing drums on that, and I'll do something so completely ridiculous, I'll just, like, 'There's no way that Josh [Homme, QOTSA frontman] is going to let me do that,' and he'll say, 'Do that for 45 seconds, over and over again, that's become, like, the part of the song, now that is a big part of the song,' and that's the way they work."

Grohl observed that Songs for the Deaf was a concept album, but didn't say whether the new QOTSA record — which also features Trent Reznor — will follow suit. He did say that QOTSA's "baddest rock'n'roll band in the world" status continues to this day, and that "when Songs for the Deaf, when that came out, it blew people's minds, man, for real." If the former Nirvana drummer's latest collaboration with Homme and company is anything like his first, get ready for minds potentially being blown again.

EELS Announce Winter/Spring Tour Dates

EELS will celebrate the February 5th release of the new WONDERFUL, GLORIOUS EELS album by hitting the road! The tour is set to start Feb. 14th in Santa Ana, CA and conclude April 24th in Paris, France. More dates to be added soon! See all the confirmed EELS tour dates and get tickets HERE.

Tour Dates:

Feb 14, 2013 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
Feb 15, 2013 Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda Theatre
Feb 16, 2013 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
Feb 18, 2013 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater
Feb 19, 2013 Seattle, WA Showbox Theater
Feb 22, 2013 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
Feb 23, 2013 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre
Feb 24, 2013 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
Feb 25, 2013 Toronto, ONT Phoenix Concert Theatre
Feb 26, 2013 Montreal, QUE Theatre Corona
Feb 27, 2013 Boston, MA Paradise
Mar 01, 2013 New York, NY Webster Hall
Mar 02, 2013 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
Mar 03, 2013 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Mar 04, 2013 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle
Mar 05, 2013 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
Mar 07, 2013 Dallas, TX Granada Theater
Mar 08, 2013 Houston, TX Warehouse Live Ballroom
Mar 14, 2013 Belfast, Ireland Limelight
Mar 15, 2013 Dublin, Ireland Olympia
Mar 17, 2013 Manchester, United Kingdom O2 Academy
Mar 18, 2013 Glasgow, United Kingdom O2 Academy
Mar 19, 2013 Leeds, United Kingdom O2 Academy
Mar 21, 2013 London, United Kingdom O2 Academy Brixton
Mar 23, 2013 Bournemouth, United Kingdom O2 Academy
Mar 25, 2013 Brighton, United Kingdom Dome
Mar 26, 2013 Norwich, United Kingdom UEA
Mar 27, 2013 Nottingham, United Kingdom Rock City
Mar 29, 2013 Bristol, United Kingdom O2 Academy
Mar 30, 2013 Birmingham, United Kingdom O2 Academy
Apr 01, 2013 Amsterdam, Holland Paradiso
Apr 06, 2013 Copenhagen, Denmark Grey Hall
Apr 07, 2013 Hamburg, Germany Grosse Freiheit
Apr 08, 2013 Berlin, Germany Astra
Apr 10, 2013 Brussels, Belgium Cirque Royal
Apr 12, 2013 Caen, France Le Cargo
Apr 14, 2013 Salzburg, Austria Republic
Apr 15, 2013 Fribourg, Switzerland Frizon
Apr 16, 2013 Zurich, Switzerland Volkshaus
Apr 18, 2013 Milan, Italy Alcatraz
Apr 19, 2013 Graz, Austria Orpheum
Apr 20, 2013 Linz, Austria Posthof
Apr 21, 2013 Vienna, Austria Gasometer
Apr 22, 2013 Munich, Germany Muffathalle
Apr 24, 2013 Paris, France Trianon

The new WONDERFUL, GLORIOUS EELS album is now available for pre-order HERE. Stream the new track, "Peach Blossom" HERE.

Scuzzy Afternoon Artist Profile: MILK MAID

Every afternoon we will be featuring a different band from our latest promotional compilation SCUZZY AFTERNOON, which you can download for FREE. Check out all the info at the compilation's main page HERE, and get your chance to learn a bit more about the bands with the daily artist profiles and our very own "Scuzzy Thoughts"...

SONG: "Do Right"
ALBUM: Mostly No

Courtesy of FatCat Records.

SCUZZY THOUGHTS: I was first introduced to Milk Maid ahead of their debut, Yucca, as the solo project of former Nine Black Alps' bassist Martin Cohen. Trading in the radio friendly grunge of his former band, Milk Maid is a vehicle for garage inspired indie rock, dynamic pop songwriting obscured by fuzz. The debut was a solid jangly effort, but Cohen wasted no time following up with Mostly No just a year later. In that short span of time, Milk Maid's sound became more seasoned, the hooks got stronger and the lo-fi guitar noise got stranger. There is a fair share of psychedelic bedroom pop charm, as Cohen bounces from woozy reverb soaked acoustic ballads to squaling warped shoegaze tinged pop throughout the personal and vibrant record. The band recently wrapped up a tour with The Cribs and Mazes, followed by the release of their latest single "Your Neck Around Mine" (check out the video below). The Manchester scene has produced some of the UK's finest bands over the past few decades, and Milk Maid may just be its best kept secret.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Quick Notes: J Mascis, Rage Against The Machine, Parquet Courts, Mogwai, Liars, Soundgarden, Russian Circles + More

*[] Dinosaur Jr. guitar-mauler J Mascis is, infamously, probably the single worst interview in all of high-profile indie rock; he’s diffident, taciturn, and quiet, and he always gives off an air of vague perplexity that anyone would give a shit what he had to say about anything. Meanwhile, comedian and podcaster Marc Maron is one of the finest interviewers we’ve got; on every episode of his WTF podcast, he gets his subjects to ramble fascinatingly about their histories and neuroses. So I’m curious to hear what happens when Mascis and Maron sit down together. Mascis is the latest WTF interview, and you can stream or download the episode, which includes an acoustic performance, HERE.

*[] Rage Against The Machine‘s remastered “XX” 20th anniversary reissue of their self-titled debut album is now streaming online through The effort will be released in a variety of editions tomorrow, November 27th.

*[] Texas transplants Parquet Courts seem to have arrived in New York City with the sole intention of cornering the market in a certain stripe of New York rock. Sleek, witty, sardonic, and bursting with attitude, their compact songs are full of busily moving little parts that swerve around like bumper cars. The lyrics, yelped by dual lead vocalists Austin Brown and Andy Savage, pack long lines of prose that don't seem, at first glance, like they'd fit into a pop song into tiny spaces: "Twice an era comes a knock at my door, suspended in a window-crashing gaze of a poor spark of recognition" goes Savage's opening salvo on album highlight "Light Up Gold."

Savage manages to fit that mouthful into three seconds of space, making room for so much memorable material-- affecting absurdist imagery, an incredibly catchy little earworm chant, even a guitar solo-- that it might take you two or three listens before you realize this song is only one minute and thirteen seconds long.

*[] After scoring a film about a garbage boat, Scottish post-rockers Mogwai turn to the fictional macabre for their next soundtrack: the French zombie television series Les Revenants. Based off the 2004 film of the same name (which featured a soundtrack by Sonic Youth), the series focuses on the return of some 70 million residents, who, as opposed to being your standard flesh-eating geeks, are trying to re-integrate into society. The band has submitted at least six original songs — including “Hungry Face” and “Special N” — of classical-inspired string music that generates a distinct air of serenity and romance. Stream samples HERE.

The band will release a number of songs on a limited-edition 10″ on January 28th, with the full soundtrack arriving on CD, LP, and digital formats on February 25th via their own Rock Action Records. Watch a sneak-peak TV spot HERE.

*[] Following similar tribute albums for New Order and Leonard Cohen, Mojo is now showing love to Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. The magazine’s January 2013 issue includes a free copy of Rumours Revisited, which finds acts like Yeasayer, Liars, Julia Holter, The Besnard Lakes, and more covering the album’s 11 tracks. Below, you can stream “The Chain” by Liars.

*[] Soundgarden will be the musical guest on tonight’s (November 26th) episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!“.

*[] Between The Buried And Me and Russian Circles have booked the below three East Coast Canadian shows together. The dates will precede both acts run supporting Coheed And Cambria:

01/31 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theater
02/01 London, ON – London Music Hall
02/02 Montreal, QC – Soda Bar

*[] In the world of The Flaming Lips, everything is monetized, even gummy vaginas and fetuses. So of course Wayne Coyne is now schlepping the very same gold grenade that got him busted at the Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma City last week.

The confetti-filled souvenir, which Coyne snatched from a party and forgot to take out his bag prior to walking through airport security, is now for sale at Oklahoma City novelty gift store Dwelling Spaces (via Future Heart). The grenade is still available as of publication, so head to Dwelling Spaces’ website for contact info and directions. It should make for one heck of an entertaining stocking stuffer.

If you’re not lucky enough to live in Oklahoma City, however, enjoy reading the police report while re-listening to the Lips’ one-hour radio program “Wayne Coyne’s Human Head Shaped Tumor”.

Tame Impala Announce 2013 Tour Dates

[] Tame Impala will return stateside next February and March in support of their latest LP, Lonerism. The wintry trek kicks off February 19th at New York City’s Terminal 5 and wraps up March 12th in Boston’s House of Blues. Between those two dates, they’ll hit some unmarked cities they’ve yet to tour. Consult the full itinerary below.

Tame Impala 2013 Tour Dates:

12/05 – Melbourne, AU @ The Forum Theatre
12/06 – Melbourne, AU @ The Forum Theatre
12/07 – Meredith, AU @ Meredith Music Festival
12/08 – Sydney, AU @ Homebake Festival
12/11 – Adelaide, AU @ HQ Complex
12/12 – Brisbane, AU @ The Tivoli
12/13 – Sydney, AU @ Enmore Theatre
12/14 – Sydney, AU @ Enmore Theatre
12/15 – Fremantle, AU @ Fremantle Arts Centre
12/29 – Gisborne, NZ @ Rhythm and Vines Festival
12/31 – Melbourne, AU @ The Pyramid Rock Festival
01/26 – Singapore, SG @ Laneway Festival
02/19 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
02/20 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
02/21 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
02/22 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
02/23 – Athens, GA @ The Georgia Theater
02/25 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
02/26 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
02/27 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
02/28 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
03/02 – Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s Music Hall
03/03 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
03/04 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
03/06 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theater
03/07 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
03/08 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
03/09 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
03/11 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theater
03/12 – Boston, MA @ House Of Blues

Buke and Gase Discuss "General Dome" with Pitchfork

[] Buke and Gase formed in 2008, right in the thick of Brooklyn's artisanal rebirth, and named themselves after the two self-made instruments that define their sound. The buke is a baritone ukulele originally conceived to work around Arone Dyer's carpal tunnel; Aron Sanchez' gase is a sort of guitar strung alternately with guitar and bass strings. Elsewhere, there's the toe-bourine and all manner of homemade pedals. They used to work in Sanchez' basement on the waterfront of the borough's "residustrial" Red Hook area (recently devastated by Hurricane Sandy, for which the band released a benefit track), and recently moved north to Hudson, transferring their recording and practice space to the Basilica, a former 19th century factory.

At first glance, "Brooklyn band chooses DIY approach" doesn't sound like much to stir the pages of your Moleskine-- or to distinguish the project from the precious, small-batch mode of creation that has come to define (and, some might say, parody) the area. But with Buke and Gase, form dictates function, and vice versa. Their resolutely self-sufficient streak and cannibalized, mechanical instruments aren't worn as a fetishizable quirk, and even now the pair continue to debate the extent to which their decision to break with convention represents just the band or something wider.

On January 29 comes Sanchez and Dyer's second full-length, General Dome, recorded over nine months in the Basilica. Their last release, September's Function Falls EP, marked a transition from their hyper-kinetic debut LP, Riposte; darker, seething, attacking new moods and processes with a gimlet eye. General Dome goes further still, with some of the most scabrous lyrics of the band's catalog, detailing personal, political, and actual violence, rendered even more alienating by Dyer's voice-- part Marnie Stern, part Gwen Stefani circa Tragic Kingdom.

In a recent post on their Facebook page, the band posted two conflicting descriptions they had heard of their sound: "fiery metal-infused indie rock" and "avant-folk." (They uncomfortably settle on "chamber punk" during our interview.) But the fact that listeners can't put their finger on what they do is a source of pleasure, rather than frustration. "That's the best compliment in a way," says Sanchez.

Pitchfork: In being very self-sufficient and DIY, do you see what you do as in any way political or reactionary, or is it something you do in and of yourselves?

Aron Sanchez: It's both. Because I'm sick of bands. I mean, I love all kinds of music, but I'm really tired of seeing four-piece bands or normal guitars and drums and bass. It's like: Let's move on! Let's explore! Let's try to be more unique than that.

Pitchfork: I went to a really depressing talk last week where the two moderators answered a question about whether new kinds of music are possible in the most negative, bleak, unimaginative way.

Arone Dyer: They're jaded! That's ridiculous.

AS: Yeah, there's always going to be new stuff. And it depends on our perception of what we think is music. There are a lot of experimental and avant-garde musics that have been invented throughout the 20th century that are not popular but maybe they could be at some point, depending on our perspective. A lot of the music we hear now would just be noise to people 100 or 200 years ago. And maybe that could be the case in another 100 years.

Pitchfork: Did you make any new equipment for General Dome specifically?

AS: Yeah, I built a new version of my gase, along with some distortion boxes that I wanted for a particular sound.

AD: I started out with a different buke, and then that just stopped working. So we started using this other metal buke that was made by a friend of ours, out of a Volvo hood, and we wound some pickups on it.

Pitchfork: Did you work with anyone else on General Dome or was it just the two of you?

AD: Just the two of us.

Pitchfork: Would you ever have anyone take a producer or engineer role with the band?

AD: It wouldn't sound anything like us if we didn't do it.

AS: We'd struggle with that because we're such control freaks. In a perfect world it would be amazing if we found someone that we totally trust. There's some people I could think of but they're very expensive.


Sleep's Reunion Has Become "Full, Reunited Band"

[] After countless reunion shows it looks as though Sleep are now once again here to stay. A statement issued by the band regarding a date change at the upcoming “Maryland Death Fest” saw the group say they aim to “push forward” as a “full, reunited band.” You can read that below:

“Sleep is honored to perform at Maryland Deathfest 2013.

Al Cisneros (Om, Sleep), Matt Pike (High On Fire, Sleep) and Jason Roeder (Neurosis, Sleep) have been carefully balancing busy touring schedules to push forward with Sleep as a full, reunited band.

Please be advised: to facilitate the touring opportunities offered to both Om and Neurosis in May 2013, Sleep has rescheduled their appearance at MDF 2013 from Saturday May 25th to Sunday May 26th. Sleep offers humble apologies to anyone that this may inconvenience.

If you want/need to exchange Saturday tickets for Sunday tickets, please send them to:

MDF – P.O. Box 20368 – Baltimore, MD 21284

We look forward to MDF and beyond. Praise thee who accept The Iommic in thine heart" - Sleep

Quicksand Announce January Tour Dates!

[] Quicksand‘s January reunion tour has now officially been announced. The trek will feature support from Title Fight on select dates with pre-sale tickets now available HERE. General on-sale will take place Friday, November 30th. Here’s how the schedule for the trek will run:

01/07 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
01/08 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
01/09 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
01/11 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
01/12 Chicago, IL – Metro
01/13 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
01/17 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom (feat. Title Fight)
01/18 Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market (feat. Title Fight)
01/19 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom (feat. Title Fight)
01/21 San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom (feat. Title Fight)
01/22 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre (feat. Title Fight)
01/25 San Diego, CA – House of Blues (feat. Title Fight)
01/28 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
01/29 Washington, DC – Black Cat
01/30 New York, NY – Webster Hall

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Flaming Lips Debut Radio Show + More

[] As previously reported, The Flaming Lips have teamed up with McSweeny’s to create their very own one-hour radio special. Produced by Richard Parks, “Wayne Coyne’s Human Head-Shaped Tumor” is exactly what you think it is: a “continuous-play radio drama in the style of Mercury Theatre’s War of the Worlds” about an imaginary tumor shaped like a human head growing on Coyne’s leg that speaks to him.

Along with The Lips’ own Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd, the program features the voices of Coyne’s wife Michelle Martin-Coyne, the Lips’ manager Scott Booker, actor Paul F. Tompkins, This American Life’s Jack Hitt, Okkervil River’s Will Sheff, Nico Muhly, and members of Oneida. Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste also makes an appearance, voicing the tumor!

There’s also original music contributed by Okkervil River, Eleanor Friedberger, Bill Callahan, and the Lips themselves, who’ve reworked “Do You Realize??” to be about the tumor.

The program airs 5pm PST tonight and tomorrow on 89.9 KCRW in Los Angeles and on worldwide. You can also listen to the podcast HERE.

Featuring (in order of appearance):

Wayne Coyne, Michelle Martin Coyne, and Scott Booker (The Flaming Lips) AS THEMSELVES
Will Sheff (Okkervil River) AS THE MEDIVAC PILOT
Eleanor Friedberger (Fiery Furnaces) AS HERSELF
Matt Frassica and Rachael Myrow AS THE HOSTS OF US RADIO NEWS
Jack Hitt (This American Life) AS HIMSELF
Paul F. Tompkins (The Pod F. Tompkast, Thrilling Adventure Hour, Mr. Show) AS KEVIN THE TRAMP
Bill Callahan (aka Smog) AS THE DOCTOR
Steve Drozd (The Flaming Lips) AS HIMSELF
Nico Muhly (Björk, Philip Glass, Antony and the Johnsons), Fat Bobby and Kid Millions (Oneida) AS THE SOUND SURGEONS

In other Flaming Lips related news...

[] The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne has accepted a fan's request to take acid with him and Yoko Ono after he missed his flight due to the bomb-scare caused by the singer earlier this month.

Coyne was stopped at Will Rogers airport in Oklahoma City on November 10, after a dead grenade in his hand luggage set off alarms at a TSA checkpoint. The frontman, who explained to the authorities that he had been given the explosive weapon as a joke, was released once the TNA had decided it was harmless, although several flights were cancelled as a joke.

One passenger posted a lengthy blog on The Lost Ogle bemoaning the fact that he had lost $1,000 due to hold-ups at the airport. He wrote: "All we could see was Wayne standing by the security checkpoint with a bunch of agents around his bag. I was stuck near the food court, wasn’t able to cross the airport to get to my gate. Flight left without me, all because of Wayne Coyne."

They then went on to add: "I think Wayne Coyne should reimburse me, at a minimum I want to drop acid with him and Yoko Ono." Speaking to Pitchfork about the incident, Coyne quipped of the fan's request:

"That sounds like fun. I can't speak for Yoko, but I would say yes, let's do that."

Recalling the incident itself, meanwhile, Coyne said: "It was an actual grenade that was now missing its explosive parts and painted gold. I just threw this gold grenade in my bag and had not quite thought about it."

"They all believed what I was saying; they all believed it was just a dumb accident," he added. "The bomb squad guy came out, and once he comes out, there's two weeks of paperwork that has to be filled out. Everybody could immediately tell what it was. But it's too late-- the merry-go-round had to go its whole way around before you could get off."

Coyne recently revealed that their new the album was inspired by band member Steven Drozd when he was in the middle of a serious drug addiction, from which he has now recovered. Coyne added: "It was probably the worst time of his life. I knew he was really, really struggling. He was in a bad way."

WU LYF Call It Quits

[] Manchester heavy-pop outfit WU LYF have apparently called it quits. Last night, the band dropped a new song on YouTube entitled “T R I U M P H”, alongside farewell letters from each band member.

“WU LYF is dead to me,” wrote frontman Ellery James Roberts. “The sincerity of ‘Go tell fire’ was lost in the bull shit of maintaining face in the world we live. Clap your hands chimp everybody’s watching. A year spent losing faith; Innocence lost wide eyes see clear the dark.”

Another, unidentified band member wrote, “We done business to be as free as we want to be; I’m exercising this freedom. Manchester and the life we maintaining is leaving me empty. It is a beautiful/ incredible/ insane world we live and I’m done walking round in baby step circles in a self involved bubble. WU LYF isn’t that important. So go do what you want to do.”

In March, WU LYF appeared to break up on stage, telling a crowd in London, “goodbye forever.” However, the band backtracked from the statement shortly after, explaining to NME, “When we talk about things, it’s always in a forever sense. If you’re our age, a year is a long time. You live a different life each year. We like to create a bit of drama, that’s what excites me to play every night. It’d be boring to just say ‘see ya next year’.”

Listen to the aforementioned song “T R I U M P H” below, and click HERE to read all the farewell letters in full.

Quick Notes: Swans, Jesu, Haunted Hearts (Crocodiles / Dum Dum Girls)

*[] Over on on YouTube, watch a new 27-minute documentary following Michael Gira and Swans. Watch as Gira gives a detailed introduction for each band member, readies copies of The Seer, prepares for the show, hangs out backstage, and performs.

*[] Jesu‘sChristmas” EP will receive a proper release through Robotic Empire just in time for the holidays. The effort was originally issued in 2010 and features a track from a variety of Justin K. Broadrick‘s musical endeavors, including Jesu, Pale Sketcher, Final and a new remix by JK Flesh.

This latest incarnation of the effort features a new mastering job by James Plotkin and will arrive on ice-blue colored vinyl and CD. Both formats are limited to 500 copies worldwide each. You can pre-order that now over at

*[] Dum Dum Girls' Dee Dee and her husband, Brandon Welchez of Crocodiles, have announced details of a new collaborative project: Haunted Hearts will release their first single, "Something That Feels Bad is Something That Feels Good"/"House of Lords" on February 5, through their own label, Zoo Music. That's the pretty NSFW artwork HERE. It was recorded at San Diego's Electric Orange studio, reports Exclaim.

Earlier this summer, Welchez told Coup De Main, "It sounds like a 50/50 split between our bands to be honest. We're aiming to record an LP this winter, time permitting."

Dee Dee started Zoo Music in order to release Crocodiles' debut single. Since then, the San Diego-based label have released music by both its founders' bands, Dirty Beaches, Reading Rainbow, and more.

Rage Against The Machine Debut "Bombtrack" Live in '92 Video

[] To celebrate their 20th anniversary, Rage Against the Machine will release XX on November 27, a massive box set compiling the band's remastered 1992 debut album, demos and DVDs full of unreleased footage. Live clips range from their first full concert at Cal State Northridge to their 2010 performance at London's Finsbury Park.

"One cool thing in looking at the stuff in this box set is the intensity of Rage Against the Machine live was always there," guitarist Tom Morello tells Rolling Stone. "It's not like 'Oh, they got a lot better as time went on.' It was pretty ferocious right off the bat."

Want proof? In this exclusive clip, the mostly-shirtless band plays "Bombtrack," off their 1992 debut album, at a small gig. Zack de la Rocha spits furiously over the explosive riff and funky rhythm. "The band had certainly not broken at that point – we were still opening up for House of Pain in clubs in the United States," says Morello. "That is a band that is really hungry and ready to set the world on fire."

Morello wrote the classic riff well before Rage formed. "I actually came up with it when I was a freshman at Harvard, long before I moved to California. I had jammed that riff with a number of other musicians, and it just didn't sound anything like it did playing it with Rage Against the Machine, and Zack's ferocious flow over that song. It's incendiary. From the very first time I jammed with Brad Wilk, we locked together in a way unlike anyone I ever played with. And lastly, and certainly not least, is what makes the hugeness of those riffs come to life is the Timmy C bass attitude, which is something that no one had ever recorded anything like that before. It took that monster-truck aggression distorted bass. In some ways, that's the secret ingredient."

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Quick Notes: Buke & Gase, Jimi Hendrix, Nothing, Beck, Deftones + Waterbodies

*[] On their forthcoming album, General Dome, Hudson-based duo Buke and Gase have gone deeper and darker lyrically than we've heard from them before, dealing in twisted images that are rarely what they seem. The record's nervy, aggressive title track begins with Arone Dyer ominously describing how she "[carries] a crest of weight chest dense with general doom/ I awoke to find this as my vital sense." She goes on to declare herself, "Not the last pawn with a gun," and "a force to be decreed," but it's a given that there's more to her message than crude violence.

It makes perfect sense that Dyer and her bandmate, Aron Sanchez, chose to unveil the record's artwork with "General Dome"-- a piece inspired by a Sol LeWitt exhibition that Dyer caught at New York's Dia Beacon gallery, in which the two have created a new graphical, coded alphabet with which to create cryptic messages. Obviously, it's no basic A-Z; the band will post the key to uncode the messages on their website closer to the record's release. [General Dome is released on January 29 via Brassland]

*[] The upcoming biopic starring André 3000 isn’t the only thing fans of Jimi Hendrix can look forward to. As Rolling Stone reports, a new album from the legendary musician entitled People, Hell and Angels is set for release next spring.

Featuring 12 previously unreleased songs recorded between 1968 and 1969, the album finds Hendrix away from his band, The Experience, experimenting with new sounds as a solo artist. Reportedly, these songs were under consideration for use on First Rays of the New Rising Sun, what became Hendrix’s posthumous 1997 album. The new sound is said to venture into “horns, keyboards, percussion and a second guitar.”

Fans will be able to experience this never-before-revealed side of the late guitar master when People, Hell and Angels is released on March 5th. Stay tuned for more as it’s announced.

*[] An eerie coming of age takes place in the video for shoegaze outfit Nothing’s new single “Downward Years To Come,” a track that’s part of a forthcoming EP of the same name. Watch it below.

MP3 DOWNLOAD: Nothing – “Downward Years To Come”

The Suns And Lovers EP is out now. Downward Years To Come is out soon on A389 Recordings.

*[] Good news for those fans of Beck who can’t read music and/or prefer not to listen to their new Beck album as performed by a magazine staff. In an interview with Australia’s triple j radio, Mr. Hansen confirmed that he’s working on a new album, which will be released in a “pretty much standard format.”

Beck explained, “I started a record, largely recorded in 2008, so I’m trying to carve out some time from all the production work I’m doing to finish those songs before they become records from a lost era. It’s going on a half decade at this point.”

In the meantime, Beck will release his album of sheet music, Beck Hansen’s Song Reader, on December 7th through McSweeney’s. In the same interview with triple j, Beck said that he recorded demo versions of the sheet music, but it seems unlikely that he’ll release them.

*[] The latest Deftones album, Koi No Yokan, sold roughly 65,000 in its first week, good enough to debut at #11 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The band's previous album, Diamond Eyes, debuted at #6 with first-week sales of 62,000.

*[press release] Waterbodies' debut album "The Evil We Know" naturally traverses through an eclectic collection of songs that are undoubtedly their own. Contagious, spirited and undeniably human, The Evil We Know is an album that can truly be described as one of a kind. The record will see a digital release on November 30th through all major retailers.

From the offset, the album is melody rich, with a rigid backbone and a dark underbelly – an honest account of Waterbodies’ own brand of alt-rock with pop-sensibility. Attributing much of Waterbodies’ success to their high-energy performances, tracks like the ironically, unrelenting, “A Glasgow Kiss” and upcoming, love/hate single “How to Burn Bridges,” capture the energetic onslaught and transport the audience to a musical battleground. At the same time, the lulling, waterlogged sound of tracks like “The Life Anomic,” offer a tasteful change in dynamic, without compromising the seamless flow of the album.

Their sound is truly the collective effort of all four members. Mike McGean, Dylan Turner, Shane Turner and newest addition Roxy, are the minds behind Waterbodies’ engaging, emotional and cerebral music. The Evil We Know, produced by engineer/producer Dean Malton, draws influence from Waterbodies artist community, while conveying the experiences of their individual lives.