Sunday, March 3, 2013

Quick Notes: Mad Season, Futurebirds, Nick Oliveri, Kyuss Lives! + Clutch

*[] An EPK for Mad Season‘s (Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam) deluxe edition re-release of their sole album “Above” can be found below. “Above” is on course for an April 02nd re-release complete with bonus content and previously-unreleased tracks.

*[] Fat Possum Records hit a new stride these last few years, extending their roster in a couple of interesting directions at once via the likes of Yuck, Smith Westerns, MellowHype, Andrew Bird, Wavves, Youth Lagoon, Spiritualized, Christopher Owens, and Band Of Horses. Today’s specimen, Futurebirds, are closer to the label’s Oxford, MS home, and to the style of that last-mentioned act, though: The Athens, GA sextet trade in a loping, southern-fried wistfulness, and on “Virginia Slims,” the opener to the second LP, they layer harmony and spatial pedal steel wisps into a buttery tune about yearning and ritalin and, well, Virginia Slims. It’s pretty stuff, operating in the zone carved out by the likes of Drive-By Truckers and Band Of Horses, eschewing those acts’ raucousness or big-tent crescendo for a more even-keeled existential crisis. Grab it here:

DOWNLOAD: Futurebirds – “Virginia Slims”

“Virginia Slims” appears on Baba Yaga, Futurebirds second LP, out via 4/16 via Fat Possum.

*[] While his legal issues could also be to blame, Nick Oliveri has explained his absence from the final Kyuss Lives! shows in Australia with the following update:

“I am sorry to say that I wont be down in Australia for the last shows of the band Kyuss Lives! I am in the U.S. getting myself and my band Mondo Generator ready for SXSW in March. Also, working on a new Dwarves EP as well as a project with Casey Chaos, Dave Lombardo, Gary Holt, and producer Ross Robinson." – Nick

More info on the project he refers to above is available HERE. As previously reported, a legal dispute with former bandmates led to the imminent retirement of the Kyuss Lives! entity. The band members will soon be shifting their full focus to a new outfit by the name of Vista Chino.

*[] Clutch recently took part in a Converse x Decibel video collaboration. You can watch footage of the band discussing the inspiration and the process behind their excellent new album “Earth Rocker” below. That outing is is slated for a March 19th release date through Weathermaker Music.

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