Sludge metal beasts and sons of Baton Rouge, Thou, have, with the aid of Thrill Jockey Records, pulled together a compilation release to help benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank following the floods that devastated the area in 2016. Featured are, of course, Thou along with The Body & Full of Hell, SUMAC, Yob's Mike Scheidt and Old Man Gloom to name a few.
You can find a compilation trailer, some sample tracks, and information on the compilation below, all courtesy of Thrill Jockey Records.
Thrill Jockey & Thou present: Many Waters: Baton Rouge Flood Relief 2017 - Out now
Featuring exclusive singles and live tracks from: The Body & Full of Hell, Thou, SUMAC, Aseethe, Old Man Gloom, Mike Scheidt of Yob and many more
All proceeds to benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank
Many Waters: Baton Rouge Flood Relief 2017 is out today, with all proceeds going to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank for relief from the Louisiana floods of 2016. The compilation features a range of exclusive tracks from acclaimed metal acts as well as Louisiana DIY mainstays, including The Body & Full of Hell covering Devo, Thou covering Neil Young, special live tracks from SUMAC and Old Man Gloom, and a solo live recording by Mike Scheidt of Yob, as well as contributions from Louisiana bands Heavy Mantle, Dovonan Wolfington, Caddywhompus and more.
The compilation is available only through Thrill Jockey or Bandcamp, with a digital booklet and the option to purchase an exclusive Many Waters t-shirt.
From Joshua Nee, drummer of Thou:
“I spent the better part of three weeks after the [Baton Rouge] flood driving around neighborhoods looking for homes to help out. Every day after work and pretty much all day on the weekends was spent gutting damaged homes. You could tell by looking at a house, that if it didn’t have refuse and debris scattered around outside of it, it probably needed some help getting cleared out. We’d see a house without anything on the front lawn, and just go knock on the door and see if people needed help clearing things out. Once a house has had water in it for that long, all the wood gets swollen and rots and mold sets in, so you have to take it all out - sheet rock and all. A practice space we had been sharing with a slew of other bands was totally wrecked, and countless bands I know had their spaces and equipment destroyed.
When Mitch was getting this benefit together, he asked what organization would make sense to donate to. I told him the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, as they had been really amazing and helpful during the aftermath of the flood, and they themselves had even been completely flooded out.
I was thrilled to have so many local Louisiana bands on the compilation. All of those bands come from the same DIY community based background. Punk, pop, metal, whatever. They represent all kinds of music, but they all come from a similar, supportive culture.”
Certain tracks were mastered by James Plotkin, while the whole compilation features mastering donated by Keith Souza and Seth Manchester at Machines With Magnets. Artwork was donated by Becky Cloonan, renowned for her work with DC and Marvel Comics.
Full tracklist: 1. Cikada - 30 Dollar Bag 2. The Body & Full of Hell - Gates of Steel 3. Thou - Don't Let It Bring You Down 4. Solid Giant - Dead Souls 5. Christworm - Mad World 6. Aseethe - Void 7. SUMAC - Hollow King (Live) 8. Thrush - Effete 9. Empty Vessels - Above Ground 10. The World Is A Vampire - Christian Brothers 11. Hand Grenade Job - Threat Assessment 12. Sandworm - Taverner 13. Old Man Gloom - Zozobra (I-III) [Live] 14. Recluse - Deluge 15. Cajun Clam - Seer Sucker Suits 16. Pudge - Moo Moo 17. Heavy Mantle - Weights and Measures 18. I'm Fine - Brindle Party Plus One 19. Donovan Wolfington - Slower Loris 20. Pope - The Ballad of Little Stevie 21. Black Abba - Demons 22. Gland - Kratom 8r 23. Mea Culpa - Ghost 24. All People - Ruff Dreams 25. Caddywhompus - First Date Anthem Part 2 26. Wildhoney - Thin Air (Drew Scott Remix) 27. Sharks' Teeth - Melting Belief 28. Ize - Heart on Your Sleeve 29. A Living Soundtrack - Expanding Consolidation 30. Treadles - Feral Human 31. Mike Scheidt - Throw off the Dark 32. Proud/Father - La Paz en la Aqua 33. Golden Void - Sickle Clowns
Channels released a new two-song single on Inauguration Day called "Backpfeifengesicht" b/w "Airstrip One", which timely documents the band's thoughts on the new commander-in-chief and the problems of xenophobia. If you need some idea as to how the band aligns politically, "backpfeifengesicht" roughly translates to "a face in search of a lead pipe." So, that should clear up any questions.
You can give it a listen below. The single can purchased at Dischord Records. If you like what you hear, please support the band.
Guy Blakeslee of Entrance has released a new protest track called, "Not Gonna Say Your Name," a folk-blues penned as indictment of our President-elect, Donald Trump.
Blakeslee is offering the track for $1 with all proceeds being funneled directly to Planned Parenthood, an organization currently under threat of having its funding cut by the incoming administration. You can check out the track here:
From Thrill Jockey Records:
With the Presidential inauguration almost upon us, ENTRANCE releases brand new protest song 'Not Gonna Say Your Name'
ENTRANCE's warming new album Book of Changes out February 24th on Thrill Jockey
Today Los Angeles based musician Guy Blakeslee (aka ENTRANCE), releases a new track, 'Not Gonna Say Your Name,' in advance of the President-elect’s impending inauguration.
Blakeslee says of the song, “I really wanted to write a song expressing my own feelings about the election and the state of things in our country – like many I was in a state of mourning. I wondered, how can I sing about this without saying his name?” 'Not Gonna Say Your Name' is now available via Thrill Jockey on participating DSPs, with all proceeds from song purchases and streams going directly to Planned Parenthood, an organization that Blakeslee holds near and dear to his heart. “I decided to use the song to benefit PP because one of the things that is so shocking about the election result is that it sends such a negative message to women and girls,” he says. “It's the least I could do - for all of the women in the world, in my life, and especially for my mother - to fight back and make a clear statement that we will not accept this backwards agenda.”
ENTRANCE will also be performing at a Planned Parenthood Benefit taking place in Los Angeles at the Teragram Ballroom this Valentine’s Day, alongside artists including Ty Segall, Kevin Morby, and King Tuff.
For those relatively familiar with the often unsettling nature of thisquietarmy's ambient output, Métamorphose, the project's latest release, may sound a tad relaxed. While molding tonal environs that do much to lull ones conscious self into sedate levels of being with the opening track, "Tu aimerais parfois te retirer de ta matière," the array of echoing signals in "En y glissant ton esprit comme dans un gant neuf" brings to mind some of Cluster's earliest sounds motifs, fields of sonic grit arriving slowly in an effort to swallow up the expanse. It's an immersive listen to say the least and once the 11+ minutes of "Tu manierais ta peau afin de l’attendrir" begin to take shape, the rather somber pluck of reverberating strings calling out against its hazy backdrop, you're thankful to have an excuse for the moment of contemplation or personal reflection this track affords you.
For artifact junkies, Métamorphose will be available on CD on February 13th via Grains of Sand Records. You can sample the album below. If you like what you hear, please purchase the release and help support the band.