Thursday, January 31, 2013

Quick Notes: Hum, Burnt Ones, + Titus Andronicus

*A message from Shop Radio Cast... "For those who missed out on the Hum "You'd Prefer An Astronaut" vinyl reissue pre-order, we will be receiving more copies on white vinyl come mid April. You can secure your copy now HERE.

*[] Following Burnt Ones‘ two 7″‘s last year, one on Burger and one on Matt Melton’s Fuzz City, in addition to being included on Castle Face’s latest flexi-comp Son of Flex, they joined us for an afternoon to play some songs and answer some questions for our latest episode of GBTV. Consider it a preview for their upcoming tour to Austin for SXSW. Dates are yet to be announced, so keep an eye out and check back here.

*[] For its latest "Take Away Show", the Paris-based music site La Blogothèque tapped Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles for a stripped-down, solo warehouse performance. Filmed in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood by Derrick Belcham, the clip sees Stickles doing the piercing, 10-minute Local Business closer "Tried to Quit Smoking" with just his electric guitar, harmonica, and pedals.

The location had apparently just undergone a demolition, leaving behind "layers of dust and decay," but the clip still feels sharper and more polished than typical Titus.

How To Destroy Angels Debut "How Long" Video + Album Details

[] Trent Reznor’s super-side-project How to Destroy Angels has revealed another taste of their forthcoming full-length debut, Welcome oblivion, in the form of “How Long”. The silver-tinged trip-hop track swells with tribal choruses that elevate the many bleep and bloops that sound stripped from an old Macintosh PowerPC. The accompanying video, however, is a post-apocalyptic tale directed by Shynola, who mixes elements from The Road, The Gods Must Be Crazy, and Apocalpyto.

Along with the song and video, the band has revealed the album’s artwork and tracklist. As Pitchfork reports, there will be multiple covers for the varying editions, including different tracklists. The vinyl edition comes stocked with two extra tracks included on a white label CD that’s packaged with the LP. Consult the vinyl’s artwork above and the tracklists and video below.

Welcome oblivion arrives March 5th through Columbia Records. The album follows the release of their 2010 debut EP and last year’s An omen_ EP.

Welcome oblivion Tracklist:
01. The wake-up
02. Keep it together
03. And the sky began to scream
04. Welcome oblivion
05. Ice age
06. On the wing
07. Too late, all gone
08. How long?
09. Strings and attractors
10. We fade away
11. Recursive self-improvement
12. The loop closes
13. Hallowed ground

01. The wake-up
02. Keep it together
03. And the sky began to scream
04. Ice age
05. Welcome oblivion
06. On the wing
07. Too late, all gone
08. The province of fear
09. How long?
10. Strings and attractors
11. Recursive self-improvement
12. Unintended consequences
13. We fade away
14. The loop closes
15. Hallowed ground

Mark Lanegan + Duke Garwood Collaborate on "Black Pudding"

[press release] Mark Lanegan has teamed up with multi-instrumentalist Duke Garwood to release Black Pudding via Ipecac Recordings on Apr. 16.

Lanegan, never one to shy away from unique collaborations, has previously worked with Belle & Sebastian's Isobel Campbell, The Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli and as a member of the Screaming Trees, Soulsavers and Queens of the Stone Age.

"Duke Garwood is one of my all time favorite artists," said Lanegan. "Working with him has been one of the best experiences of my recording life." Lanegan and Garwood met a few years ago while playing on the same bill and Garwood was again a frequent opener on Lanegan's recent European tour.

Garwood has often been described in the UK press as Lanegan's "spiritual cousin across the Atlantic waters." He is praised in his home country as a master bluesman, with The Quietus saying "The combination of Garwood's murmured vocals and the sound he gets out of his guitar - which ranges from a rolling, loose finger-picking to shuddering howls of feedback - has a hypnotic effect" and The Mirror dubbing him as "London's leading exponent of the wheezy broke-down blues."

Lanegan's most recent release is Blues Funeral, which Mojo extolled as an "outstanding piece of work," Paste said "his fearlessness remains devastatingly affecting" and Dusted said Blues Funeral was one of "his strongest, and certainly his oddest, albums."

Black Pudding was recorded at Pink Duck Studios in Burbank, Calif. by Justin Smith (Tegan and Sara, The Hives) and mixed by his Queens of the Stone Age associate Alain Johannes.

Black Pudding track listing:

1. Black Pudding
2. Pentacostal
3. War Memorial
4. Mescalito
5. Sphinx
6. Last Rung
7. Driver
8. Death Rides a White Horse
9. Thank You
10. Cold Molly
11. Shade of the Sun
12. Manchester Special

The Bronx Add Australia to Tour Dates

A message from The Bronx...

"Your future reveals... Bronx (IV) will be released in less than a week - 2/4 in the UK/Europe, 2/5 in the US and 2/8 in Australia/NZ! Be sure to stop by the store for last call to pre-order HERE. Red vinyl is in!

If you've been off the interwebs get yourself back on and take a listen to the Bronx (IV) album stream. Available through the fine folks at Rolling Stone in the US / NME in the UK/Europe.

All of you in the southern hemisphere - we're looking at you, Australia - we'll be seeing you in April/May at Groovin' The Moo.

The Bronx Tour Dates:

2/8 Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
2/9 Preston, UK @ 53 Degrees
2/10 Cardiff, UK @ Solus at Cardiff University
2/12 London, UK @ The Underworld
2/13 London, UK @ The Underworld
2/14 Norwich, UK @ The Waterfront
2/15 Wolverhampton, UK @ Slade Rooms
2/16 Glasgow, UK @ Garage
2/17 Aberdeen, UK @ The Tunnels
2/19 Manchester, UK @ Club Academy
2/20 Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
2/21 Leeds, UK @ The Cockpit
2/22 Newcastle, UK @ Newcastle O2 Academy 2
2/23 Bristol, UK @ The Fleece
2/24 Portsmouth, UK @ Wedgewood Rooms
2/25 Exeter, UK @ Cavern
2/26 Southend On Sea, UK @ Chinnery's
2/27 York, UK @ The Dutchess
4/27 Maitland, AUS
4/28 Canberra, AUS
5/4 Bendigo, AUS
5/4 Townsville, AUS
5/11 Bunbury, AUS

Mariachi El Bronx with Flogging Molly:

3/9 San Francisco, CA @ Fox Theater
3/11 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
3/12 Seattle, WA @ Paramount
3/14 Boise, ID @ Revolution
3/15 Salt Lake City, UT @ Saltair
3/16 Las Vegas, NV @ Blvd Pool

Tour Dates: Wax Idols, Ty Segall + Ex-Cult, Camper Van Beethoven, Eat Skull + More

Check out the latest tour dates from Wax Idols, Ty Segall & Ex-Cult, Camper Van Beethoven, and Eat Skull. What do these tours all have to do with each other you ask? Not too much, but they're all most definitely worth checking out if you can...


02/03 Oakland, CA - The Uptown w/ Synthetic ID
03/02 San Francisco, CA - Brick & Mortar Music Hall (Noise Pop show) w/ DIIV, SISU, and LENZ
03/06 Oakland, CA - New Parish %
03/07 San Diego, CA - The Void
03/08 Tempe, AZ - Sail Inn w/ NU SENSAE, Audacity %
03/09 El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace %
03/13 - 03/16 Austin, TX - SXSW
03/21 Salt Lake City, UT - Richard Street Art Collective w/ Chasms
03/22 Boise, ID - Treefort Music Fest
03/30 San Francisco, CA - Brick & Mortar Music Hall (Record Release Show) w/ Blasted Canyons & Burnt Ones #
03/31 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo (Record Release Show / Part Time Punks) #
04/20 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle w/ Radar Eyes
04/21 Detroit, MI - PJ's Lager House &
04/22 Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups &
04/24 St. Louis, MO - The Heavy Anchor &
04/26 Atlanta, GA - The Earl &
05/04 Brooklyn, NY - Shea Stadium &

# = w/ The Mallard
% = w/ White Lung
& = w/ TV Ghost


01/30 Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade ^
01/31 Washington, DC - Black Cat ^
02/01 New York, NY - Webster Hall ^
02/02 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg ^*
02/05 Montreal, Quebec - Cabaret Du Mile End ^*
02/06 Toronto, Ontario - Phoenix Club ^*
02/07 Ann Arbor, MI - The Blind Pig ^*
02/08 Kenyon, OH - Horns Gallery/Kenyon College ^
02/09 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle 7pm ^
02/09 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle 10pm ^
02/10 Omaha, NE - Sokol Underground ^
02/12 Denver, CO - Hi Dive ^

^ = w/ Ex-Cult
* = w/ K-Holes


02/14 Burnsville, MN - Burnsville PAC
02/16 San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
02/17 Novato, CA - Hopmonk Tavern
02/18 Davis, CA - Odd Fellows Hall
02/21 Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
02/22 Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
02/23 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios


02/22 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios w/ The Woolen Men

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Quick Notes: A Place To Bury Strangers, Hive Bent, + Hydra Head Records

*A message from Dirty Laundry... "This week on Dirty Laundry, we've got Brooklyn ear-drum violators extraordinaire A Place To Bury Strangers. Host Karrie K caught up with Dion, from the band, backstage at the Troubadour during their most recent tour-stop out West. APTBS talk Aleister Crowley, getting bloody on stage and why Stone Roses won't be included if they curated ATP.

HERE's a free mp3 of "You Are The One" off the A Place To Bury Strangers' album "Worship" (Dead Oceans).

Coming up, we give FIDLAR the Cribs treatment -- plus some great live performances from our CMJ show featuring Har Mar Superstar, Fergus & Geronimo, Eternal Summers and more!"

*Baltimore's Hive Bent are a duo of explosive nature to say the least. They are getting ready to release their debut EP, U Neutral, on April 13th via Terra Firma Records. You can stream two songs from the EP HERE [or below] and pre-orders are ongoing. The guys have several shows lined up for the weekend including a hometown show with Brooklyn's Big Ups and Accent Wall (Two Inch Astronaut side project).

Hive Bent shows:

2/1 - Baltimore City, MD - The Bell Foundry w/ Big Ups, Sea Patterns, Accent Wall (Two Inch Astronaut) & USSA Pleasuredome
2/2 - Philly, PA - Pilam for TWO PIECE FEST
2/3 - Harford county, MD - Longshot's Sports Bar & Grill for HAMMERFEST

*A message from Hydra Head Records... "Hi there. First of all, a HUGE thank you to all the folks that have helped us out of our swirling pit of financial despair and gotten us back on the road to recovery. We're still in a tight spot, but in much better shape than we were even a few months ago, thanks entirely to all the support we've received from around the globe. Still highly unlikely we'll ever be able to release a new record again, BUT it does look like we'll be able to keep repressing a lot of our wonderful back catalog, some of it already in the works (but more on that later)... So yeah - massive thanks and hugs to all you generous folks out there, we are grateful to be able to spend some more time making things for you to cherish (and possibly hoard) for years to come!

For now we'd like to alert you to the next phase of our Financial Rehab Program, which basically just means we have a bunch of excellent new and not-so-new items to share with you. And by share, we mean sell to you for money. Here's what we've got in the RTK Store now, and there'll be a few more additions in the coming days:

- JK Flesh/Prurient/House of Low Culture - LP test press/cassette combo
- New (and limited) t-shirt/zip-up with art and design by A. Turner
- The looong awaited In These Black Days 7" box set
- A few more pieces of musical gear as used/abused by Old Man Gloom/Greymachine/etc
- ...aaaand piles of other goodies, many at discounted prices....

That's all all for now and thanks again!

Unwound Discuss "Live Leaves" + More with Treble

[] In the 1990s, the Pacific Northwest served as the delta for innumerable influential musical phenomena, be it the mainstream explosion of grunge in Seattle, the DIY culture of K Records and burgeoning “riot grrrl” scene in Olympia, or in the atmospheric noir of Angelo Badalmenti against the fictional backdrop of Twin Peaks. Yet that only scratches the surface of the level of creative activity happening in the region. Dylan Carlson reinvented doom metal as a form of ambient music in Earth. Indie pop duo The Spinanes perfected the two-person band sound long before the White Stripes. And Tumwater’s Unwound broadened the possibilities of what a punk band can do.

From Unwound’s earliest days, the trio took a uniquely skewed approach to punk rock, arriving upon an aggressive but melodically challenging permutation of post-hardcore. Singer/guitarist Justin Trosper, bassist Vern Rumsey and drummer Sara Lund (succeeding first drummer Brandt Sandeno) progressed in a fascinating manner, pounding out fierce, Fugazi-style rippers on albums like New Plastic Ideas and The Future of What, gradually adding in more synths and atmospheric elements on 1996′s Repetition, and eventually expanding into epic territory on their 2001 album Leaves Turn Inside You.

Leaves Turn Inside You, comprising 14 tracks and two discs, is unquestionably Unwound’s most ambitious outing, as well as their most powerful. Held against the band’s prior albums, it sounds like the work of the same band, but sifted through various filters, whether jerky and taut on “December,” hazy and ambient on “One Lick Less,” or anthemic and mighty, as on “Off This Century.” Leaves is an exploration of what happens when limitations are removed, and boundaries are crossed. It’s elegant but abrasive — a stunning struggle between muscle and grace.

Touring behind Leaves would prove a challenge for the band. The expansive nature of the songs required a few extra musicians on hand, and when it came time to perform them live, Unwound enlisted former drummer Sandeno as keyboardist and David Stone as second guitarist, as well as soundman Dave Doughman. And all seemed promising until the terrorist attacks on September 11th sort of ruined everyone’s plans that year. The band canceled a handful of dates, but even after resuming their tour routine, things were already going south. Fraying nerves and excessive drinking had begun to chip away at the foundation, and eventually something had to break.

Unwound disbanded on April 1, 2002, which in hindsight is a funny-peculiar date to mark an ending. However, there were never any plans to reunite. Rumsey had become a father, and Trosper spent nearly a decade without playing any music, though that’s changed of late. Trosper now performs in Survival Knife, while Lund drums for both Hungry Ghost and the Corin Tucker Band. But last year, on the 10th anniversary of the band’s breakup, Unwound’s members saw fit to assemble an online archive of the band’s history, titled simply the Unwound Archive. The website chronicles the band’s 10-plus years together, with photos, a complete tour history, a meal diary, video, press clippings and other miscellaneous items.

Coinciding with the launch of the Unwound Archive was the release of Live Leaves, the band’s first ever live album, recorded during the band’s final, fateful tour. It’s a raw document, capturing the group’s live energy and intense performance, and it serves as a reminder of just what kind of damage the group could do with a set of instruments. Likewise, The Numero Group just announced it is reissuing the band’s entire catalog later this year.

With the release of Live Leaves, the launch of the archive and the 12-year anniversary of Leaves Turn Inside You drawing near, I got in contact with Trosper, Rumsey and Lund to discuss the legacy of the band, as well as their final, triumphant two-LP statement.

Treble: How did the Unwound Archive come about? Was its launch intended to coincide with the release of Live Leaves?

Justin Trosper: The website idea came up a couple of years ago in anticipation of our 20-year anniversary in 2011. Then it was decided we would get it rolling for the 10 year anniversary of our last show on April 1, 2002. The process of weeding out the recordings was very time consuming and none of us are webmasters or anything and it just took awhile to get everything rolling. Also, everyone has lives away from music so it is a typical labor of love — it gets done but not tomorrow!

We just wanted to show the world there was evidence that we existed. It is a bit like finding a lost society. People can look at our timeline, which is still incomplete, and see how many shows we played — hundreds. People should be able to learn things about the world at the time by looking at the website. Once it’s “done” it should be a useful time capsule or like a collection at a library. It is less a commercial endeavor than a historical document. But, yeah, we hope people will buy t-shirts and music too! These are the first t-shirts that we have made available since 2001. I guess we were letting other people take the money on that.

Vern Rumsey: I think the whole idea of putting out a historical document, be it a Live Leaves record, or whatnot, came about a long time before Justin mentioned, it just started to become a reality in the recent past. We all had other things going on, be it music, work, or personal issues… I think it was always in the back of our mind, and as “music” changed, as far as vinyl, CD, digital, and so on… it became more of an undertaking that none of us could see coming.

Now that this is all happening, I think we all wished it could come out as planned, but, as I said things have changed and it turned out to be more of a task than we expected, but at the same time, drew us somewhat closer to each other as opposed to driving a wedge.

Sara Lund: Putting together the archive is a way for us to take ownership of our legacy. Because Unwound basically pre-dated the Internet, the only stuff up there has been fan generated — which is great, but not exactly a complete or accurate picture. We all have piles of ephemera sitting around from the days of the band, so digging through it all and figuring out how to organize and present it to the world is a big undertaking and a true labor of love.

The audio is just one piece of the collection. But since we had this amazing record of our last tour recorded by Mike Ziegler, it just made sense to put it out in some way. Originally, we were just going to have it available digitally on the website, but then a friend/fan offered to help fund the vinyl release so we went for it.

Treble: There’s a lot of material on the site — clippings, flyers, food diaries — how much of it had you personally kept, and how much was contributed from friends or fans?

JT: Most of that stuff is from our personal ephemera. There is actually way more stuff that is on there at the moment. I tried to keep ‘zines and that kind of stuff. They are musty and dusty but you can’t smell the website, yet.

SL: Most of the live photos were taken by other people, obviously. You can’t really take a picture of yourself while you’re playing. I took a lot of photos over the years, but pretty much all of that stuff is daily life on the road or pictures of cathedrals in Europe or MT Rushmore or something. I have piles of pictures of drunk people wearing wigs, drawing on their faces with magic marker. Does that need to go on the site? Not so sure.

VR: Going through stuff that has been sitting in boxes for years has been a little bit of a task… it’s like cleaning out a closet that you haven’t touched in years. You spend hours looking through tapes, pictures, and have a bunch of nostalgic moments, where it takes a lot longer to go through than you expected. I have felt the most joy, love, anger, anxiety, and any full range of emotions. Mostly I feel proud. I loved our band and I’m glad it happened. It seems to me that it wasn’t an accident.

The longer this project goes on, the more we will discover ourselves, and other people will realize what was happening at any given moment.

Treble: Is there a particular memento or item that stands out to you, among the collection?

JT: It’s not on there but I have these hand-done calendars we used for tour itineraries. Our first few tour tours were all kind of hand-done rinky-dink affairs. One piece of paper with phone numbers and addresses and one piece of paper with the itinerary. If you got lost you had to use a pay phone and, by god, don’t lose the phone number list.

VR: I still have the first few tours logged into our Atlas, that you could not lose. It was amazing. These days, and toward the end of our tours, we didn’t have GPS or an Atlas, we had been everywhere… as long as we didn’t lose the number. We always got where we needed to be.

I always called us the hound dogs of punk. “Maps… we don’t need no stinking Maps!” I’m sure I drove Dave Doughman crazy with that. Never lose the number.

SL: I came across a journal I kept from a tour we did in 1995. I am a terrible journaler, but for that tour I had tied the tour into schoolwork I was doing at Evergreen so I kept a very detailed journal. It is a fascinating read. I think we played our first shows ever with Fugazi on that tour, we also played with Brainiac and Clikitat Ikatowi, and I have a journal entry talking about the first time I met Tara Jane O’Neil who is now a very dear friend and occasional collaborator. Because I was keeping the journal as part of a school project, there is this element of intellectualizing and analyzing everything, as if it were an anthropology assignment, that is a little bit embarrassing, but could also make it a more interesting read for someone besides myself. I haven’t decided how much of the journal I’m going to share on the archive, but I will definitely put up some excerpts when the time seems right. I really wish I’d been better about keeping journals. I wrote a lot of letters and later emails… if I could track all of that stuff down, I’d probably be able to cull together a decent record of tour life in the 1990s.


Yo La Tengo Debut "I'll Be Around" Video + Tour Dates

[] Yo La Tengo have dropped their first video in over 16 years in support of their recent album, Fade. Directed by Phil Morrison (Junebug), “I’ll Be Around” whisks the reflective ballad away into what appears to be a forested area in New England. Superchunk and Merge label head Mac McCaughan stars and there’s a bunch of text involved that’ll require plenty of pausing — so, yeah, grab those bifocals of yours.

They’re also currently on tour, as you can see below.

Yo La Tengo 2013 Tour Dates:

01/31 – St. Louis, MO @ Pageant *
02/01 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic
02/02 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
02/04 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
02/05 – Madison, WI @ Barrymore
02/07 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland
02/08 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theater
02/09 – Toronto, Ontario @ Phoenix
02/11 – Montreal, Quebec @ Corona
02/12 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
02/13 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
02/15 – Washington, DC @ 9:30
02/16 – New York, NY @ Town Hall
03/01 – Lisbon, PT @ Aula Magna
03/02 – Porto, PT @ Casa Da Musica
03/04 – Santiago de Compostela, ES @ Sala Capitol
03/05 – Madrid, ES @ Sala La Riveria
03/06 – Barcelona, ES @ Festival Millenni
03/08 – Lausanne, CH @ Les Docks
03/10 – Milan, IT @ Limelight
03/11 – Frankfurt, DE @ Mousontourm
03/12 – Dusseldorf, DE @ Zakk
03/13 – Berlin, DE @ Volksbuhne
03/15 – Schorndorf, DE @ Manufaktur
03/16 – Brussels, BE @ AB
03/17 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
03/18 – Paris, FR @ Le Bataclan
03/20 – London, UK @ Barbican
03/21 – Manchester, UK @ The Ritz
03/22 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 ABC
03/23 – Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street

* = w/ Calexico

Bleached Announce Spring Tour Dates w/ Hunters + More

[press release] On the heels of three well-received singles comes Ride Your Heart, the bombastic debut album by LA band, Bleached, out April 2 via Dead Oceans. Sisters Jennifer and Jessie Clavin match their ability to blend a mix of freewheeling '77 punk with vintage sunny Southern California melodic rock and roll; creating blindingly bright hooks and dark heartfelt lyrics about love, loss, and the crazy fun moments in between. That's the goal: the sugary and sour, repurposed by two aggressively harmonic musicians and songwriters.

Raised up deep in the San Fernando Valley, their suburban isolation nurtured the girls creativity, as they started making their own music at a young age. Sneaking into punk shows over the hill in Hollywood, they grew up to become teenaged underground staples at all-ages Downtown DIY venue, The Smell. Eventually signing to Kill Rock Stars and Post Present Medium, their all-girl punk band Mika Miko drew international acclaim, landing slots on tours with No Age, Black Lips, and The Gossip.

Bleached originally formed when the Clavin sisters resolved to continue working with each other upon the break up of Mika Miko. Plans were postponed when the sisters joined other bands. Jennifer relocated to New York and toured extensively. With Jennifer away, Jessie began to play with various bands in LA. But in the fleeting moments they found together back home, the songs that became Bleached's early 7" singles came together. Since Jennifer moved back to her hometown, Bleached now serves as both girls' chief creative outlet.

As a whole, the twelve tracks on Ride Your Heart reveal the many facets of Bleached's music in a delirious vortex of playful harmonies, tangled guitars, and golden noise. Each song brings a new element, while also imbibing the classic moods of bands as varied and iconic in nature as The Ramones and The Cars to The Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac. From the syncopated backbeat and two-part chorus of "Dead In Your Head,", the rolling riffs and sparkling melodies of "Searching Through The Past" and the pulsating energy and urgency of "Dreaming Without You" and "Outta My Mind", Bleached take you on a sweeping emotional roller coaster that churns and burns.

Ride Your Heart is a thrilling, beating, glorious wall of sound strong enough to withstand its own impact.

Known for their raucous irrepressibly fun live shows, Bleached are hitting the road this Spring touring the US & Canada with support from indie darlings, White Lung and Cloud Nothings. Don't miss your chance to catch them live this time around.


2/20/23 @ Stanford University - Stanford, CA
3/09/13 @ Lowbrow Palace -El Paso, TX $
3/11/13 @ Cine El Rey, Galax Z Fair II - McAllen, TX*
3/14/13 @ SXSW - Austin, TX
3/15/13 @ SXSW - Austin, TX
3/16/13 @ SXSW - Austin, TX
3/17/13 @ SXSW - Austin, TX
3/22/13 @ The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA**
4/12/13 @ Red 7 - Austin, TX !
4/13/13 @ Club Dada - Dallas, TX !
4/14/13 @ Circle Bar - New Orleans, LA !
4/15/13 @ The Bottletree - Birmingham, AL !
4/16/13 @ The Earl - Atlanta, GA !
4/17/13 @ The Pinhook - Durham, NC !
4/18/13 @ DC9 - Washington DC !
4/19/13 @ Kenyon College - Gambier OH !
4/20/13 @ Haverford College - Philadelphia, PA !
4/20/13 @ The Fire - Philadelphia, PA !
4/21/13 @ TT & the Bear's - Cambridge, MA !
4/23/13 @ Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY !
4/24/13 @ Il Motore - Montreal, QC !
4/25/13 @ The Silver Dollar - Toronto, CA !
4/26/13 @ Metro Times Festival - Detroit, MI
04/27/13 @ Subterranean - Chicago, IL #
4/28/13 @ Turf Club - St, Paul, MN ^
5/01/13 @ Chop Suey - Seattle, WA ^
5/02/13 @ Fortune Sound Club - Vancouver, BC ^
5/03/13 @ Star Theatre - Portland, OR ^
5/04/13 @ Blank Club - San Jose, CA ^
5/05/13 @ Independent - San Francisco, CA ^
5/08/13 @ Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA ^

$ with White Lung
* with Cloud Nothings
** with Black Lips, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti and more
! w/ Hunters
# w/ Hunters & Ex-cops
^ w/ Ex-cops

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Red Fang Announce International Tour Dates

[press release] Hard rock heroes RED FANG have announced a short run of headlining regional tour dates with support from Federation X, Uh-Oh and Dog Shredder followed by an appearance at Australia’s Soundwave Festival and a pair of dates with KYUSS LIVES and ORANGE GOBLIN. Multiple European summer festival appearances have been confirmed as well. A complete list of dates is available below.

RED FANG recently blessed the world with a new video for their infectious song "Dirt Wizard'. The video, another collaboration with Whitey McConnaughy, chronicles the beer guzzling foursome as they tour throughout Europe. Additionally, the band recently released a new single, "Crows in Swine", which will see its official release as a split 7" with label-mates ASG via Relapse Records on February 19th. The cover art and pre-order information for the 7" is available HERE.

RED FANG will begin writing their highly anticipated follow-up to 2011’s Murder The Mountains upon returning from tour.


Feb 15 Bellingham, WA The Shakedown w/ Federation X and Uh-Oh
Feb 16 Seattle, WA Neumos w/ Federation X and Dog Shredder
Feb 17 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom w/ Federation X and Dog Shredder
Feb 23 Brisbane, Australia RNA showgrounds [SOLD OUT]
Feb 24 Sydney, Australia Olympic Park [SOLD OUT]
Feb 26 Melbourne, Australia The Palace *
Feb 27 Sydney, Australia Metro Theatre *
Mar 01 Melbourne, Australia Flemington Racecourse [SOLD OUT]
Mar 02 Adelaide, Australia Bonython Park [SOLD OUT]
Mar 04 Perth, Australia Claremont Showground [SOLD OUT]
May 31 Madrid , Spain Auditorio Miguel Rios, Sonisphere Fest
Jun 01 Barcelona, Spain Parc del forum, Sonisphere Fest
Jun 14 Interlaken, Switzerland Greenfield Festival
Jun 21 Geneve, Switzerland Fête De La Musique
Jun 22 Clisson, France Hellfest
Jun 26 Milano, Italy Solo Macello Festival
Jun 28 Roitzschjora, Germany Flugplatz Roitzschjora, Full Force Festival
Jun 30 Dessel Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting
Jul 06 Bingen, Germany Bingener Open Air

* w/ Kyuss Lives and Orange Goblin

Quick Notes: The Bronx, Hands Out + Flaming Lips

*[press release] LA punk band The Bronx has premiered a stream of their highly anticipated new album, The Bronx (IV), today on The long awaited album will be released on February 5th via White Drugs/ATO Records and is available for pre-order now HERE.

After five long years in between albums, The Bronx has returned with a stunning new album that teems with full-throttled rage, dirty rock riffs and a dash of artful sophistication as the band churn and burn their way through twelve searing tracks.

The Bronx will be performing a limited number of sold out album release shows in San Diego, Los Angeles and New York in February before heading overseas to Europe for a tour in support of the new album.

*London's Hands Out have released a fantastic set of demos for FREE via their official Bandcamp page HERE. The band features UK's renowned DIY show promoter Stephen Lee "Wrongpop" Clarke, Steven Hodson (Kong, ex-Oceansize), and Adam Hartley. The trio recently came together in London via Chorley and Stoke on Trent and spent their time "bashing out heartfelt, simplistic punk songs using guitars and drums and throat shouts." Simultaneously, a 4th member provides loops and noises, leaning to more experimental tendencies a la Mission of Burma. Their sound is fuzzy and lo-fi with concise songwriting and vocals that alternate between each of the members. We look forward to hearing much more from these guys in the future.

*[] The Flaming Lips have partnered with Hyundai for a 60-second commercial that will air during the Super Bowl on February 3. They have written the new song "Sun Blows Up Today" for the ad. They also appear in the commercial, which has now surfaced, and is available to check out below, via Billboard.

The spot sees the band pop up in a family's kitchen, around breakfast, before jamming on their roof and embarking on an "Epic Playdate", as the commercial has been pegged. The adventure involves skateboarding and several chase scenes with cops, bikers, and animals. Wayne Coyne's famous space bubble even makes an appearance.

"Sun Blows Up Today" will be included as a bonus track with the iTunes release of Flaming Lips' upcoming record The Terror, out April 2 in the U.S. and April 1 in the UK via through Bella Union and Warner Bros.

FIDLAR Announce Tour Dates Supporting Wavves

Los Angeles punk band FIDLAR will continue to tour in support of their self titled full length debut this spring by joining Wavves for a national jaunt around the country. Check out all the dates below. Fidlar is available now through mom + pop records.

03/17 – Dallas, TX @ Prophet Bar *
03/19 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress *
03/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
03/21 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah *
03/22 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill *
03/23 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones *
03/27 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *
03/28 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room Lounge *
03/29 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry *
03/30 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave Bar *
04/01 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean *
04/02 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement *
04/03 – Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop *
04/04 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick *
04/05 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern *
04/06 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa *
04/08 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
04/09 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s *
04/11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands Gallery *
04/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium *
04/13 – Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel *
04/15 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn *
04/16 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge *
04/18 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s *
04/20 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom *

* = w/ Wavves

Unwound to Reissue Entire Catalog + Early Giant Henry Album

[] This fall, obscurities and reissues label the Numero Group will reissue the complete recordings of the Washington State post-hardcore act Unwound. Their seven albums (1992's Unwound, 1993's Fake Train, 1994's New Plastic Ideas, 1995's The Future of What, 1996's Repetition, 1998's Challenge for a Civilized Society, and 2001's Leaves Turn Inside You) will all be given the full Numero treatment-- expanded, remastered, and annotated.

In advance of the reissue campaign, on Record Store Day (April 20), Numero will put out a previously unreleased LP by Giant Henry, Justin Trosper and Vern Rumsey's high school band that eventually became Unwound.

The Giant Henry album Big Baby was recorded in then-drummer Brandt Sandeno's parents' basement in 1991. The Numero Group Record Store Day version is a limited edition LP that will be hand-screened with three cover variants, including the one above. Check out album opener "Super Nova" below.

Here's what guitarist/vocalist Trosper writes about that period in the LP's liner notes:

"Tumwater High has always been known as a 'redneck' school. People took football and AC/DC equally seriously. The smoking area was rich in facial hair. We were into punk rock but we weren't really 'punk.' We thought punk was funny. After all, this was the late-'80s. Post-punk was a memory, and everything was totally damaged and weird. We were kind of more with the times than the catalog-punks with mohawks and bondage pants."

In December, Unwound released Live Leaves, a live album recorded during the band's final tour in 2001. Read a comprehensive oral history about that tour in the latest issue of Maura Magazine.

Big Baby Track List:

01 Super Nova
02 Gas Cap
03 Listenator
04 Stopt
05 No Duh
06 Huckleberries
07 Beautiful Name
08 Thumb Question
09 Linoleum
10 Refrigeration Scheme
11 Fathom It Again
12 Chris Jordan

Cracker Discuss 20 Years of "Low" with SPIN

[] The jangle and rasp of "Low," the leadoff track from Cracker's 1993 platinum album Kerosene Hat, was a ubiquitous signpost of the alternative-as-the-new-mainstream era. As just one example, by the end of 1994, its noir-ish video was more popular on MTV than Springsteen or Jodeci. And it survived long after life in the Buzz Bin, spending two decades as a staple on rock radio, and remains a beacon sending televised sporting events to the great commercial break in the sky.

The song bestowed unlikely rock stardom on frontman David Lowery, who by 1993 was a couple of years removed from his former band Camper Van Beethoven, a weirdly wonderful gaggle of quirk-poppers who invaded college radio like a Martian jug band playing Balkan folk-punk. After Camper splintered in the early '90s, Lowery teamed up with guitarist Johnny Hickman and bassist Davey Faragher for Cracker, a band whose roots-rock sound was a little more straightforward but whose oddball lyrics — minor left-field hit "Teen Angst (What The World Needs Now)" turned Burt Bacharach lyrics into an anthem of sexual frustration — kept a similarly offbeat spirit.

By the time Cracker hit their second album, "Low" filtered that spirit though a haze of lyrics about junkie cosmonauts, brown skies, a million poppies, and more chemically altered imagery that required a letter to radio stations swearing it wasn't about drugs. The song, complete with its chorus about "being stoned," is now all-ages fare, something you hear in movie soundtracks and, weirdest of all, baseball games.

"That still freaks me out because we're definitely the geek-band nerds, not jocks," says Lowery. "But that's what a hit song really is. It becomes less your song than a cultural artifact, a part of the social fabric that you no longer control. It's kind of subversive, this song that rips off Baudelaire and romantic poets and The Wizard of Oz, mixed together for some stoner-humor cultural artifact. Zooming way back, that's probably a good outcome for the big picture."

When and where did "Low" first manifest itself?

Johnny Hickman, guitar: We were soundchecking in Portland, all a little bit hungover, and I was just making noise. I started looping that riff over and over, and David and Davy got up and started playing it, too. We kept playing until we had four chords and David asked the front-of-the-house guy to record it. I probably would have forgotten that riff if it had not been recorded.

Davy Faragher, former bassist: It really came together in Pioneertown [California], recording it with [producer] Don Smith. He'd built this studio on an old movie soundstage out in the desert and it was this giant barn big enough to pull the truck into. The weather was horribly rainy and cold, and the first week seemed like mostly manual labor — literally going to junkyards to get old mattresses and stuff to put on the walls for insulation. I remember Don made us play "Low" over and over, we must've done it 20 times. He was a real character. Had a funny voice you could hardly understand. He'd be chewing on a cigarette, mumbling something at you, and every once in a while you'd hear "Keith" — because he'd worked with Keith Richards. He was like a voodoo producer, but the perfect guy for us at that time.

David Lowery, vocals/guitar: Don Smith said, "This is a great song," and it was one of the first we cut. But I never imagined it as a single. The writer Nassim Nicholas Taleb has written about "the narrative fallacy," where you look back on things and rearrange them in a logical order that makes sense, which becomes your memory of something even though it's really a lie. And I seem to have done that with "Low," invented this whole narrative about it. Because when I went back to my notes and e-mails from around then, there was not a word about "Low." I mean, nothing. Hilarious.

Did you think at the time, "This is the hit single that's going to make us?"

Lowery: No, there were other songs on that album that we spent a lot more time on. But once it got to the label and the radio guys, where they'd play it for friends, "Low" became the focus. Now, even though it was the first single, everybody wanted to move on to "Get Off This" as soon as possible because they figured that for the big crossover song. But after they'd quit working "Low" for that one, they had to stop and come back to "Low" because nobody would quit playing it. A clusterjam, as my wife says. It really took on a life of its own.

Faragher: I don't think anybody was thinking "hit." If I'd thought it was going to be a big hit, I probably would have stayed in the band… It was weird for the first couple of years. I went on to work with John Hiatt, so I was doing fine, but I'd keep hearing "Low" and it made me feel like if I'd stuck around we could have done more. I'm not disparaging what David has gone on to do at all, but we had a certain chemistry and momentum. We coulda been Led Zeppelin!

Was there any blowback from the drug references in the lyrics?

Lowery: Michael Plen, the label's head of rock radio and a longtime Camper and Cracker supporter, made me write a letter about that to pass out to radio stations. It was practically an affidavit, swearing that the phrase was actually "being stone" — not "stoned." True story. It was like, "I don't believe you and neither will anyone else, but there needs to be deniability and this is what we're gonna say." It was like pretending there was no paper trail, where a lawyer goes, "Hey, call me on my cell."


Monday, January 28, 2013

Quick Notes: Thee Oh Sees, At The Drive-In, Queens of the Stone Age, The Men, Red Fang, Man or Astro-Man? + More

*[] San Francisco’s prolific garage rockers Thee Oh Sees will follow up last year’s Putrifiers II with Floating Coffin. Due out April 16th via Castle Face Records, the album’s been described as “the next chapter in the story of Thee Oh Sees, the one where they fix their fury against the onrushing night,” according to a press release.

“These songs occur in the mindset of a world that’s perpetually war-ridden,” singer-songwriter John Dwyer explains. “Overall, it’s pretty dark, and much heavier than our other albums.”

While there’s no complete tracklist or any music to absorb just yet, here are a few of the titles included: “Strawberries 1 + 2″, ”Tunnel Time”, ”Minotaur”, and “Toe Cutter – Thumb Buster”. Ouch, right?

*[] At The Drive-In have two re-releases in the works via their own label, Twenty-First Chapter Records. First up is the groups 1996 outing “Acrobatic Tenement” on March 05th. 2000′s “Relationship Of Command” will follow on April 22nd. Both outings will be made available on digital, CD & vinyl formats.

Furthermore, a limited edition color vinyl pressing of “Relationship Of Command” will be released on April 20th as part of this years Record Store Day event.

*[] The ever-expanding roster of guests for Queens Of The Stone Age‘s forthcoming new album looks to have increased by one. A newly-made posting over at the bands Facebook hints that frequent collaborator Mark Lanegan (ex-Screaming Trees) will be gracing the album:

“Lanegan came by. He didn’t say much, but he sang good. Troy Van Leeuwen said to Dean Fertita as overheard by Mikey Shoes

Thus far the band have enlisted drummer Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, ex-Nirvana) to handle the studio drumming for the outing; with Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails, etc.), ex-Queens Of The Stone Age bassist/vocalist Nick Oliveri and Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters all expected to appear as well.

No word yet on a title or release date for the album—though it should surface sometime this summer/fall.

*[] Last week, The Men released a 7″ of their track “Electric” in anticipation of their forthcoming album to be released in March. If you haven’t gotten your hands on the vinyl, you can now check out the B-side “Water Babies” on Spotify. Stream it out HERE.

*[] Red Fang‘s in-studio session for Daytrotter is now live and can be heard over at Currently the band have a split release with ASG lined up for February 19th on Relapse.

*Man or Astro-Man? are going on tour. Here's what they had to say, "Our Astro-Time-Space-Machine has analyzed all relevant data and deduced that the following dates are most effective for our continued Astro-Phonic Research. Please note, the Machine is still analyzing data for other regions of the world and the results of that computation will be released in the near future."

Fri 4/26/13 Dallas, TX Club Dada
Sat 4/27/13 Austin, TX Austin Psych Fest
Sun 4/28/13 Houston, TX Fitzgerald's
Thu 5/9/13 Phoenix, AZ Crescent
Fri 5/10/13 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
Sat 5/11/13 San Francisco, CA Bimbo's 365
Wed 5/15/13 Vancouver, CAN Biltmore
Thu 5/16/13 Bellingham, WA Wild Buffalo
Fri 5/17/13 Portland, OR Doug Fir
Sat 5/18/13 Seattle, WA Neumos

*[] Members of Primus once again sat in with drummer Stewart Copeland (The Police, etc.) at his Sacred Grove Studio for a jam session. You can watch the end result below:

*[press release] Chelsea Wolfe has been making her way across the country on a mostly sold out tour, that features Andrea Calderon on violin & Ben Chisholm on synths. Today, Wolfe has teamed up with Converse to share her haunting video for "Flatlands". Watch it below and go behind the scenes with Bullett HERE. Swedish act, Lust For Youth took Wolfe's harmonies and reinvented "Flatlands" into a dark cold dance jam, stream that HERE. Her tour continues for another two weeks, remaining dates below.

1/29 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
1/30 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
1/31 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
2/1- Houston, TX- Fitzgerald's
2/2 - Austin, TX - Central Presbytarian Church
2/3 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
2/5 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
2/6 - San Diego - The Loft 8 UCSD
2/8 - Los Angeles, CA - First Unitarian Church

*[] The following studio footage from the vocal sessions for Clutch‘s new album “Earth Rocker” has been uploaded to the net. The group have a March 19th release date slated for that album through their own Weathermaker Music label.

*[] A behind the scenes look at Soundgarden‘s forthcoming “By Crooked Steps” music video can be viewed below courtesy of Noisecreep. The music video itself was shot with Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, etc.) serving as the director.

*[] Last week Stereogum brought Tampa post-punks Merchandise to Los Angeles’ Sonos Studio for a free show as part of SPIN Music Group’s Unmuted series. In addition to revisiting songs from last year’s excellent Children Of Desire, the group (now performing with a drummer) played a couple of songs from the forthcoming Totale Night: “Anxiety’s Door” and “Winter’s Dream.” We heard a studio stream of the former earlier this month. The woozy and foreboding “Winter’s Dream” was not on the Web until now. Check out live performances of that and “Worthless Apology,” enhanced by a projection of the Brothers Quay’s Institute Benjementa behind the band.

Check out Merchandise’s tour itinerary HERE. Totale Night is out in March on Night People.

Natural Child Debut "Ain't Gonna Stop" Video + Tour Dates

[] Natural Child has finally released their first music video for “Ain’t Gonna Stop” off last year’s Burger release For the Love of the Game. It’s an all American kind of romp with baseball and babes that perfectly represents the band’s good-times vibe. And according to Nashville’s Dead, they’ve reportedly added 2 new members to the group to become a complete rock n roll wrecking crew. Curious? Me too. Catch them at SXSW and on the road west after that. They’ll also be playing at Nashville’s Dead’s annual Freakin’ Weekend with the Black Lips, Jeff the Brotherhood, and a bunch more. Tickets went on sale today, and this time, you can also purchase a three day wristband HERE.

WED 3/13 – SXSW
THU 3/14 – SXSW
FRI 3/15 – SXSW
SAT 3/16 – SXSW
SUN 3/17 – FORT WORTH, TX – Lola’s on 6th
MON 3/18 – SAN ANTONIO, TX – War Room
TUE 3/19 – TEMPE, AZ – Sail Inn – Rampage Fest
THU 3/21 – VENICE BEACH, CA – The Del Monte Speakeasy
FRI 3/22 – VISALIA, CA – The Cellar Door
SAT 3/23 – SANTA ANA, CA – The Observatory – Burgerfest
SUN 3/24 - SAN DIEGO, CA – Soda Bar
TUE 3/26 – SANTA CRUZ, CA – Blue Lagoon
THU 3/28 – SACRAMENTO, CA – Bows & Arrows
SAT 3/30 – ARCATA, CA – The Alibi
SUN 3/31 – PORTLAND, OR – TBA w/ White Fang
MON 4/1 – SEATTLE, WA – The Comet
TUE 4/2 – SPOKANE, WA – Baby Bar
FRI 4/5 – MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Hexagon Bar
SAT 4/6 – MILWAUKEE, WI – Cactus Club
SUN 4/7 – CHICAGO, IL – Cobra Lounge
MON 4/8 – DETROIT, MI – Jumbo’s
TUE 4/9 – CLEVELAND – Now That is Class
WED 4/10 – LOUISVILLE – Zanzibar

Quick Notes: Death Cassettes, Guards, The Stooges, Tame Impala, Flaming Lips, Local H, Coachella + More

*Harrisonburg, VA's Death Cassettes have released their debut album Ghost Party as a "name-your-price" download via their official Bandcamp page HERE. The seven track effort mixes swirling shoegaze, lo-fi pop, and drifting gararge rock into a stripped yet powerful mix of music for the stoned and casual. Seriously, check this record out, one of the first great unexpected releases of 2013!

*Guards' In Guards We Trust, is out next week via Velvet Vision/Black Bell Records. Today, Pitchfork is streaming the record in full via Pitchfork Advance, their new immersive music streaming platform designed to emulate the classic album experience. Listen to the record HERE, complete with artwork and liner notes. It's available until February 5th.

*[] According to HitFix, Iggy Pop and the Stooges have finished recording Ready to Die, their first studio effort since 2007′s The Weirdness. The album marks the return of guitarist/producer James Williamson, who last logged studio time with the illustrious punk band on 1973′s Raw Power and rejoined The Stooges following guitarist Ron Asheton’s death in ’09. Asheton’s brother Scott plays drums while the legendary Mike Watt lays down the bass.

Longtime Stooges collaborator Ed Cherney mixed the album and told HitFix that it sounds like classic Stooges. “It’s raw. They’re great songs, but not necessarily big choruses. They’re the anti-christ of anthems,” Cherney explained, adding that the lyrics are “very timely. [Iggy Pop] knows what he wants to say. He’s watching the world around him.”

A release date hasn’t been revealed yet, though confirmed track titles include “I Got a Job But It Don’t Pay Shit” and “Gun”. [EIS note: The band have announced via Facebook they will be playing shows this summer. Stay tuned.]

*[] Your favorite band of 2012 is back with a new video behind your second favorite album of 2012. Director David Wilson does a pretty great job with Tame Impala’s “Mind Mischief”, visualizing the relationship between a young boy and his attractive teacher. And of course being Tame Impala, there’s some psychedelics worked in.

For the four of you who don’t already own a copy, Tame Impala’s new album Lonerism is available HERE.

*[] As reported last week, The Flaming Lips recorded a new, non-album track titled “Sun Blows Up Today”, which will be featured in a commercial during the Super Bowl. You don’t have to wait till the Big Game to hear it, however, as just premiered the stream. Take a listen below.

According to Billboard, The Lips wrote the song just for the 60-second commerical advertising the Hyundai Santa Fe, and will be featured on-camera performing it. Hyundai will also offer 100,000 free downloads of the song on its website.

“Sun Blows Up Today” will not be featured on the band’s just-announced album, The Terror, which arrives worldwide April 1st and in the U.S. April 2nd through Bella Union/Warner Bros.

*[] “The song was inspired by the brutal Chicago winters,” explains Local H frontman Scott Lucas of “Another February”, off last year’s Hallelujah, I’m A Bum. “It comes on after the holidays and everything just seems to slow down… It gets tough for people. It reminds me of animals in the wild scratching for food until the spring comes.”

But while that would make for a neat-o video concept, the clip instead features the duo in full Arctic gear thrashing around in an oversized snow globe and waltzing about a sun-soaked park, all while children and beauties in sun dresses stare in confusion. Message received: everyone live on the West Coast, where there’s basically 1.5 seasons. Feel the sunshine on your face when you watch below.

“Another February” is the centerpiece of a forthcoming EP. It also includes covers of Rush and The National, as well two alternative versions of cuts from Hallelujah, I’m A Bum.

*Just in case you don't read any other music news anywhere on the internet... Coachella’s 2013 lineup has been announced.

Exploding In Sound highlights include: The Stones Roses, Wu-Tang Clan, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, How to Destroy Angels [first performance], Modest Mouse, Tame Impala, Local Natives, Puscifer, Portugal. the Man, Pusha T, Cloud Nothings, Action Bronson, Dinosaur Jr., Thee Oh Sees, JEFF The Brotherhood, Japandroids, Deathfix, The Make-Up, The Evens, Guards, and Red Hot Chili Peppers [sure their new stuff is crap, but they're still pretty good live].

Check out the day by the day breakdown via the lineup poster HERE. The festival takes place over two weekends, April 12th-14th and 19th-21st, at Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, California.

*[] ATP has announced the curators and a handful of bands for their London "I'll Be Your Mirror" events. Yeah Yeah Yeahs will headline and curate on May 4, and Grizzly Bear on May 5. Both events will take place at Alexandra Palace.

35 bands will play across the two days, with the full line-ups to be announced over the coming months. For now, Yeah Yeah Yeahs will be joined by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Black Lips, Anika, the Field, Dirty Beaches, King Khan and the Shrines, and the Bad Seeds' Mick Harvey, whose set will pay tribute to Serge Gainsbourg.

Grizzly Bear's day currently includes Van Dyke Parks, the Walkmen, Tortoise, Real Estate, I Break Horses, and Cass McCombs.

Tickets go on sale this Thursday. ATP's residential summer festivals will be curated and headlined by TV on the Radio (May 10-12) and Deerhunter (June 21-23).

Watch the trailer for Yeah Yeah Yeahs' forthcoming album, Mosquito, out April 16 via Interscope...

My Bloody Valentine "Might" Release New Record in 2 or 3 Days + Debut New Song Live

[] According to reports on Twitter, My Bloody Valentine returned to the stage in London last night and after debuting a new song (!), Kevin Shields told the audience that the band’s long-awaited third album “might be out in two or three days.”

A setlist refers to the new song as “Rough Song”. You can watch fan footage of both the performance and Shield’s proclamation below.


Rough Song [new song]
I Only Said
When You Sleep
You Never Should
Honey Power
Cigarette In Your Bed
Come In Alone
Only Shallow
Nothing Much To Lose
To Here Knows When
Feed Me With Your Kiss
You Made Me Realise

The band’s next scheduled concert is February 5th in Osaka, Japan. Their full tour schedule follows:

My Bloody Valentine 2013 Tour Dates:

02/05 – Osaka, JP @ The Hatch
02/06 – Osaka, JP @ The Hatch
02/07 – Tokyo, JP @ Studio Coast
02/07 – Tokyo, JP @ Studio Coast
02/10 – Tokyo, JP @ Studio Coast
02/13 – Taipei, TW @ Ntu Sports Center
02/16-17 – Melbourne, AU @ ATP’s I’ll Be Your Mirror Melbourne
02/20 – Queensland, AU @ The Tivoli
02/22 – Melbourne, AU @ Palace Theatre
03/08 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy
03/09 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands
03/10 – Manchester, UK @ Apollo
03/12 – London, UK @ Hammersmith Apollo
03/13 – London, UK @ Hammersmith Apollo
05/11-12 – Tokyo, JP @ Tokyo Rocks Music Festival

The Men Extend Tour Dates + Debut "Electric" Video

[] Brooklyn punks The Men have their third album in as many years, New Moon, penciled in for a March 5th release on Sacred Bones. As they did for Open Your Heart and Leave Home, the band will be pounding plenty of pavement in support of the new record. In fact, they’ve just announced a lengthy North American leg spanning all of April and a good portion of May.

The band’s also released the video for lead single “Electric”, filmed in London at Shacklewell Arms. Watch it following the full tour docket.

The Men 2013 Tour Dates:

01/28 – Auckland, NZ @ Laneway Festival
01/30 – Sydney, AU @ Goodgod Small Club *
02/01 – Brisbane, AU @ Laneway Festival
02/02 – Sydney, AU @ Laneway Festival
02/03 - Melbourne, AU @ Laneway Festival
02/06 - Melbourne, AU @ Northcote Social Club
02/08 – Adelaide, AU @ Laneway Festival
02/09 – Perth, AU @ Laneway Festival
03/07 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom w/ Parquet Courts
03/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
03/14 – Paris, FR @ Point FMR
03/15 – Kortrijk, BE @ De Kreun
03/16 – Bruxelles, BE @ Magasin 4
03/17 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
03/18 – London, UK @ Rough Trade
03/19 – London, UK @ Garage
03/20 – Nijmigen, NL @ Merlyn
03/21 – Copenhagen, DK @ Stengade
03/22 – Berlin, DE @ Festaal
03/23 – Prague, CZ @ 007 – Club
03/24 – Vienna, AT @ Arena
03/25 – Budapest, HU @ Gozsdu Mano Klub
03/26 – Ljubljana, SI @ Menza
03/27 – Zagreb, HR @ Club Mocvara
03/28 – Belgrade, RS @ Grad Beograd
03/29 – Skopje, MK @ Menza Pro Koritu
03/30 – Tessaloniki, GR @ 8 – Ball Club
03/31 – Athens, GR @ AN Club
04/10 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
04/11 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
04/12 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue and 7th Street Entry
04/13 – Northfield, MN @ The Cave (Carleton College)
04/14 – Winnipeg, MB @ West End Cultural Centre
04/15 – Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos
04/16 – Calgary, AB @ Broken City
04/17 – Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
04/19 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
04/20 – Seattle, WA @ Vera Project
04/21 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
04/22 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
04/24 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Bunkhouse
04/25 – Salt Lake City, UT @ 1133 – Richards Street
04/26 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
04/27 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
04/28 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
04/29 – Memphis, TN @ TBA
04/30 – Nashville, TN @ The Stone Fox
05/01 – Durham, NC @ Pinhook
05/02 – Washington, DC @ DC 9
05/03 – Providence, RI @ Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
05/29 – Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree Cafe
05/30 – New Orleans, LA @ Circle Bar
05/31 – Austin, TX @ Chaos in Tejas
06/01 – Austin, TX @ Chaos in Tejas

* = w/ Royal Headache

Pissed Jeans Offering FREE 7" of Early Demos w/ "Honeys" Pre-Order

A message from Sub Pop...

"Pissed Jeans haven't come right out and said as much, but it's plain to us that releasing a record called Honeys on February 12th, just two days before Valentine's Day, is one of the more romantic things a band has ever done. And the lovey dovey all the time doesn't stop with the release of the best Pissed Jeans record yet. The first 800 people to pre-order Honeys through will also receive a limited-edition seven-inch single containing the entirety of the band’s first five-song demo.* This sweetly unsubtle reminder of the first flirtatious blush between Pissed Jeans and the people who love them (whoever they might be…) is, of course, free and also while-supplies-last. Further, if you're among the first 600 people to pre-order Honeys on LP, you'll receive the colored-vinyl Loser Edition* of the record. In this case, we’re talking about orange vinyl. You'll also receive a link to instantly stream the entirety of the record. Though it would be unfair and juvenile to characterize this as a “premature stream,” it could rightly be construed as a kind of early Valentine. Also: stickers. Always stickers. Experience romance Pissed Jeans-style, or just buy their new record from us, please.

Pre-order Honeys HERE.

*The limited-edition 7" Pissed Jeans demo as well as the colored-vinyl Loser Edition of Honeys will also be available at select independent retailers. Please contact your local record store for availability.

Pissed Jeans Live:

Feb 15 Philadelphia, PA
Apr 12 Washington, DC
Apr 13 New York City, NY
Apr 14 Cambridge, MA
Apr 15 Montreal, QC
Apr 16 Toronto, Canada
Apr 17 Detroit, MI
Apr 18 Chicago, IL
Apr 19 Minneapolis, MN
Apr 20 Madison, WI

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Quick Notes: Screaming Females + Scott & Charlene's Wedding

*[] New Jersey punk fixtures Screaming Females have had to put their incessant tour schedule on pause as of late, but in the meantime they've assembled a new, cassette-only collection of home-recordings for the concept-driven Chalk Tape, out February 10 via Don Giovanni. "Poison Arrow" pares back the band's usual shredding and shrieking, driven instead by homespun melodies about the "modern jungle" and scratchy fretwork, reminiscent a bit more of their early records than last year's Albini-produced Ugly.

*[] Several years ago, an Australian singer-songwriter named Julian Nation released a fine album of glockenspiel-touched lo-fi pop, We Are All Writers, that sounded like it might make him the next Jens Lekman. Unfortunately, Nation hasn't been heard from since, but the story of Scott & Charlene's Wedding suggests he probably should've picked up and moved to Brooklyn.

Melbourne-born, New York-based singer and songwriter Craig Dermody leans more toward the slacker-isms of PAWS, Yuck, and other Pavement-descended bands on "Two Weeks," but the title track of his project's upcoming EP, due out on March 12, demonstrates he, too, merits a wider northern-hemisphere audience. It's a scruffy pop ode to a long-distance lover, packed with modern-life detail ("I'm awkward on video chat"), geographical locations (if you like the Williamsburg Bridge reference here, see Down Under songwriter Darren Hanlon's "Brooklyn Bridge"), and sweet melodies.

Fellow Aussie aces Twerps and Family Portrait helped out on Scott & Charlene's weddings debut LP last year, and another is planned for 2013. If we're all writers, then Dermody's casually perceptive scrawlings are definitely ones to watch. LISTEN HERE.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Native Announce Tour Dates w/ Caspian + More

[press release] Northwest Indiana's Native announce a slew of North American live dates beginning in February, most of which will be with post-rock instrumentalists Caspian. Please see complete dates below.

Native recently finished recording their second full length album with Greg Norman (Russian Circles, Pelican) in Chicago. Sargent House will release the album in Summer 2013.

Check out a video of the band playing a new song,"Kissing Bridge" live in Paris, from their recent European headlining tour below.

NATIVE 2013:

Feb 25 - Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
Feb 26 - Albuquerque, NM @ The Gas Works
Feb 27 - Tempe, AZ @ Tempe Women's Club
Mar 01 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex w/ Junius *
Mar 02 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar And Lounge *
Mar 03 - San Francisco, CA @ The Bottom of the Hill *
Mar 05 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza *
Mar 06 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge *
Mar 07 - Boise, ID @ The Red Room *
Mar 08 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court *
Mar 09 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *
Mar 10 - Omaha, NE @ The West Wing
Mar 11 - Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall *
Mar 12 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue 7th Street Entry *
Mar 13 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon *
Mar 14 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean *
Mar 15 - St Louis, MO @ The Firebird *
Mar 16 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In *
Mar 18 - Toronto, ON @ The Garrison *
Mar 19 - Lansing, MI @ Mac's Bar *
Mar 20 - Newport, KY @ Southgate House *
Mar 21 - Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop *
Mar 22 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose *
Mar 23 - Buffalo, NY @ Big Orbit Soundlab *
Mar 24 - Burlington, VT @ Signal Kitchen *
Mar 25 - Montreal, QC @ L'escogriffe Cafe Bar
Mar 26 - Kitchener, ON @ Jesse's Rehearsal
Mar 27 - Toledo, OH @ Mickey Finn's

* w/ Caspian

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Quick Notes: Eels, Happy Jawbone Family Band, LA Font, Single Mothers, Baroness, Kylesa, Jack White + More

*[] Things had been pretty quiet from Mark Oliver Everett’s long-running band Eels over the last couple years. At least they were until last month when we got news of a new song off a new album being supported by a new tour all at once. Now here’s another song off the upcoming album, Wonderful, Glorious, the sweetly bittersweet “I’m Your Brave Little Soldier.” Check it out.

*Brattleboro, Vermont's Happy Jawbone Family Band have posted their new song "Now Everybody Rock Like You Got AIDS" available for streaming below. After releasing several stellar albums and EPs (including last year's must hear The Silk Pistol), the band are preparing for their latest, Tastes the Broom. Due out January 29 on Mexican Summer, the new record compiles the best of their previous releases and they look to expand their staggering lo-fi folk punk into new territories. The album is available for pre-order HERE and the first twenty five orders placed before the release will come with a Happy Jawbone Family Band / Spectral Park split 7".

*[] We love LA Font. If you don't know them, you should reconsider a few things about your life, like whether or not you're cool. LA Font is a garage rock band from California, and all the hack music journos keep saying that they sound like they're from the 90s, because they sort of sound like they're from the 90s. But you know what else? They sound fucking good. OK?

So when they sent us a track off their upcoming record, Diving Man, we were on it like white on loose leaf paper. It's called "Onshore," and it's at least partially about being friends with Leonardo DiCaprio. Here it is, in all its rollicking, sandy-toed glory. LISTEN HERE.

They're playing a few shows in LA in the next few weeks, but we're freezing our ass cheeks off in New York and we don't trust people who don't have seasons so we're not posting them. Just joking, you LA kids are OK.

LA Font's Upcoming LA Shows:

Jan 30 @ The Satellite
Feb 9 @ The Echo Country Outpost

*[pitchfork] The start-stop dynamics and serrated vocal hooks of London, Ontario's Single Mothers instantly remind one of the early 2000's, when At the Drive-In, the Blood Brothers, and other sorely missed bands combined math-rock, emo and hardcore into something so scarily close to pop, they couldn't help but implode. The plot engine of "Christian Girls", however, is something more timeless: man gets rejected by woman and turns it into the most pressing global concern imaginable.

In the span of 142 seconds, Andrew Thomson projects his frustration onto concepts vast enough to make it a fair fight, but he can't find a single suitable explanation for his inability to get some after tearing down the entire courtship process ("This ain't a date, it's just coffee!"), human vanity ("Jealousy's attention to the ones who can get it/ Something like coming in second") and organized religion ("I thought it's 'cause she's a Christian/ Turns out the girl just wasn't with it"). Thomson's almost entirely quotable on his own account here, but "Christian Girls" happens because Thomson took to heart something he heard elsewhere: "You gotta write about what you know." [EIS note: this song has been out since 2011... but we really like it so I figured I'd post anyway].

*[] An officially sanctioned live clip of Baroness members John Baizley and Peter Adams performing “Foolsong” in Philadelphia, PA this past weekend can be seen below via Loudwire.

The pair played an impromptu set of stripped down Baroness tracks as an opening act for Neurosis. More live footage from the proceedings was posted earlier this week HERE.

*[] Studio sessions for the new Kylesa album appear to be well underway. The group recently uploaded this picture of vocalist/guitarist Laura Pleasants laying down some vocals for the outing. A release later this year on Season Of Mist is in the works.

*[] Jack White will be among the performers at next month’s Grammy Awards, where he is nominated for three awards, including Best Album, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Album.

Other confirmed performers include The Black Keys, Mumford and Sons, fun., Rihanna, and Taylor Swift.

*[] The So So Glos, a pillar of DIY pop-punk from Brooklyn, just dropped a new song called “Diss Town”, a phlegmy, Hot Hot Heat-meets-the-baroom jam that enlists the shout-chorus to maximum effect. The new song was recorded “Faux-For-Live” (recorded live, but some overdubs may have been added) in the studio at, owned and run by actor/musician Adrien Grenier (aka Vinnie Chase from Entourage).

“Diss Town” is available for download via Bandcamp right here. The song will also appear on the band’s forthcoming LP Blowout, to be released later this year.

*[] Director Grant Singer recently finished an experimental documentary about Deerhunter and Atlas Sound frontman Bradford Cox titled Youth Museum. Commissioned by Riot of Perfume magazine, the film will make its debut on Sunday, February 3rd at New York City’s MoMA PS1, where Cox will perform shortly after alongside a special, surprise guest. Watch the full trailer below.

The King Khan & BBQ Show Announce Tour Dates

[] "They said it could never be done. They said the hate was just too severe, the wounds too sebaceous. They said Mark Sultan was working as a spy at Sunmaid Raisins and that King Khan was crossing the world taped to three swans. They were wrong.

Absolutely legendary and crucial REAL rock'n'roll recording artists/magicians/nuts, 'THE KING KHAN & BBQ SHOW' are BACK!!"

After teasing the coasts with select Midwest dates, The King Khan & BBQ Show will be ripping up either side of North America in April, including two stops in NYC: Santos Party House on 4/11 and Glasslands on 4/13. Tickets to both Santos and Glassland are on sale now.

And while we wait for news on possible new recordings, you can peruse a full list of King Khan & BBQ Show dates below.

King Khan & BBQ Show - 2013 Tour Dates:

TUE 4/9 MONTREAL, QC Il Motore (18+)*
WED 4/10 BOSTON, MA Sinclair*
THU 4/11 NEW YORK, NY Santos Party House (18+)*
FRI 4/12 BALTIMORE, MD Ottobar*
SAT 4/13 NEW YORK, NY Glasslands*
TUE 4/16 LOS ANGELES, CA Troubadour
WED 4/17 SAN DIEGO, CA Casbah
THU 4/18 SANTA ANA, CA Constellation Room (all ages)
SAT 4/19 TBC!!!!
MON 4/22 ATLANTA, GA The Basement
TUE 4/23 NEW ORLEANS, LA Siberia
WED 4/24 HOUSTON, TX Fitzgerald's
THU 4/25 MCALLEN, TX Cine El Rey
SAT 4/27 NORMON, OK Norman Music Festival
SUN 4/28 AUSTIN, TX Austin Psych Fest

* with Special Guest

Guards Announce Tour Dates w/ The Joy Formidable + More

Guards will release their debut full length, In Guards We Trust on February 5th. The record is now available for pre-order on iTunes and physical copies and bundles HERE. Then, come see Guards on tour...

2/11/2013 Empty Bottle - Chicago IL
2/12/2013 The Mill - Iowa City w/ Menomena
2/13/2013 High Noon Saloon - Madison, WI w/ Menomena
2/14/2013 The Bishop - Bloomington IN w/ Menomena
2/15/2013 The Basement - Columbus OH w/ Menomena
2/16/2013 Zanzabar - Louisville KY w/ Menomena
2/17/2013 MOTR - Cincinnati, OH
2/19/2013 The Grey Eagle - Asheville NC w/ Menomena
2/20/2013 Motorco Music Hall - Durham NC w/ Menomena
2/21/2013 40 Watt Club - Athens GA w/ Menomena
2/22/2013 Bottletree - Birmingham AL w/ Menomena
2/23/2013 Mercy Lounge - Nashville TN w/ Menomena
2/26/2013 Firebird - Louis, MO w/ Menomena
2/27/2013 Mojo's - Columbia MO w/ Menomena
2/28/2013 The Record Bar - Kansas City MO w/ Menomena
3/1/2013 Bluebird Theater - Denver CO w/ Menomena
3/2/2013 Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City UT w/ Menomena
3/12/2013 SXSW -Austin, TX
3/13/2013 SXSW -Austin, TX
3/14/2013 SXSW -Austin, TX
3/15/2013 SXSW -Austin, TX
3/16/2013 SXSW -Austin, TX
3/21/2013 Fonda - Los Angeles, CA w/ Joy Formidable
3/22/2013 Fillmore - San Francisco, CA w/ Joy Formidable
3/23/2013 Ace of Spades - Sacramento, CA w/ Joy Formidable
3/25/2013 Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR w/ Joy Formidable
3/26/2013 Venue - Vancouver, BC w/ Joy Formidable
3/27/2013 Neptune - Seattle, WA w/ Joy Formidable
4/3/2013 First Ave - Minneapolis, MN w/ Joy Formidable
4/7/2013 Vogue Theatre - Indianpolis, IN w/ Joy Formidable
5/22/2013 Primavera Sound festival -Barcelona, Spain

*More dates will be announced soon!