Saturday, March 2, 2013

Quick Notes: Paint Fumes, Melvins, Polyphonic Spree, Buke & Gase, Beliefs, Atoms For Peace, White Stripes + More

*[] Following the release of their debut LP on Slovenly, Paint Fumes was gearing up for an extensive North American and European tour (including our SXSW show). Unfortunately, lead vocalist and guitarist Elijah von Cramon was hit by a car on February 13 in his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. Luckily, he survived, but at 40 mph, it did some major damage, including a fractured pelvis and shoulder, broken femur, chipped teeth, and more. The first series of surgeries have been successful, and he was released from the hospital last night; however, he is expected to remain in a wheelchair for the next six months while he recovers. While there were some hopes of a wheelchair tour, the band has regretfully had to cancel these dates.

As most musicians know, health insurance is generally not provided by an employer since there really isn’t one in these situations, and money is always scarce in the art world. Instead, Elijah’s family has set up a Paypal to help cover some of these massive medical bills, and you can send donations to A benefit show has also been scheduled for March 16 at Tremont Music Hall in Charlotte.

*[] A stream of the Melvins‘ cover of Venom‘s “Warhead” can be heard below. The cover finds the band joined by Scott Kelly of Neurosis, etc. fame. It is also the lead-off track from the groups upcoming covers effort, “Everybody Loves Sausages“. April 30th will see the release of that outing on Ipecac Recordings.

*[] They’ve ditched the Santa hats and now The Polyphonic Spree will release their first proper studio album since 2007′s The Fragile Army. It’s called Yes, It’s True, sports 11 tracks, and hits stores May 28th via Good Records.

“The songs here are from many different periods in the last few years,” frontman Tim DeLaughter explains. “This record feels like a collection of “songs” rather than a long listening piece which we’ve done previously in the Spree stylistically. It’s kind of refreshing.”

The album was recorded in stages and produced by The Speekers alongside Eric Drew Feldman (PJ Harvey, Captain Beefheart) with mixing done by Tim Palmer (Pearl Jam, U2). Stream the album’s delectable first track “You Don’t Know Me” and consult the full tracklist HERE. Fun fact: The band currently comprises 22 members.

*[] New York duo Buke and Gase, known for their very DIY approach with homemade instruments, have shared a kaleidoscopic clip for "General Dome" off their recent LP of the same name. The montage of eerie, vintage footage comes spun through a psychedelic filter, courtesy of director J.D. Molero.

*[] You are invited to the strangest of dinner parties in Beliefs’ video for “Lilly.” The Toronto shoegazers deliver a hazy Matthew Barney-like fever dream with black and pink spaghetti served as the main course. Check it out below.

Belief’s debut album UNTITLED is out 3/5 on MANIMAL/Hand Drawn Dracula/No Pain In Pop.

*[] Thom Yorke laces up his dancing shoes for yet another music video, in the form of Atoms For Peace’s “Ingenue”. However, unlike the video for “Lotus Flower”, Thom has a partner this go-around and together they pull off some pretty memorable moves. I already have a favorite GIF.

“Ingenue” is off Atoms For Peace’s full-length debut, Amok, which is out now via XL Recordings.

*[] Not surprisingly, Jack White’s Record Store Day activities go beyond his role as ambassador. The White Stripes’ seminal album Elephant celebrates its 10th anniversary on April 1st (!), and White’s Third Man Records will commemorate the occasion with a special reissue of the album for Record Store Day on April 20th.

Pulled from the original analog source, the re-mastered album comes pressed on two different colored vinyls: LP1 is on split-color black and red vinyl, and LP2 is on white vinyl, all housed in a double pocket gatefold, tip on sleeve. A standard black vinyl reissue will be released later this year.

In anticipation of its release, Third Man Records’ website is streaming a brief video showing the reissue’s artwork being printed in a factory HERE.

*[] Initial stops of Nine Inch Nails‘ return to the stage this year have come to light. Two overseas festivals have confirmed sets from the band; they include the ‘Rock ‘n’ Heim Festival‘ in Hockenheim, Germany (August 16th-17th) and the ‘Fuji Rocks Festival‘ in Niigata, Japan (July 26th-28th).

The band recently announced that they would be returning to the stage this year with a revamped lineup that boasts alumni of King Crimson and Jane’s Addiction.

*[] A behind the scenes report on how Primus pull off the 3D visuals on their 3D tours can be found over at The band are due to kick off another leg of 3D touring on March 08th. You can find the dates HERE.

*[] Baroness have announced yet another live show for June. The group have signed on to play the ‘Free Press Summer Festival‘ in Houston, TX—which is being held June 01st-02nd. The band have also been confirmed to perform at this years ‘Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival‘ in Manchester, TN. That event will take place from June 13th-16th. The two shows look to mark some of the bands first times back onstage since their bus crash last August.

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