Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Davy Jones (1945-2012)

Imagine me in third grade, a rare cancellation of a Cub Scouts meeting resulting in extra nighttime TV viewing. I think it was 1986 when MTV began airing reruns of The Monkees, a television comedy series of which I’d never heard or known. My parents, though, had very amused looks about their faces, the types of warm smiles you’d see on people as they greeted familiar friends. It was the episode where The Monkees inexplicably wound up in a ghost town, which, (if I remember correctly), was being used as a hideout by some crooks. The humor was slapstick, perfectly suited for a 9 year old. I thought the show was funny and that was pretty much the extent of it.



My record collection began with this tape.
As time went on, I wound up really getting into the show, which developed into an obsession with the music. Once I discovered my father had some Monkees records stacked in his hard rock treasure trove of 60s/70s vinyl on our third floor, I camped out in front of the turntable basically for the next year or so of my childhood up until my parents divorced and the house was sold. (Not to digress, but this is when I truly began to listen to music: The Beatles and Zeppelin, Hendrix and Janis. My Dad’s static-heavy albums, dusty and overplayed, meant hours of pretending to be a member of any band, faking drum beats with #2 pencils and strumming an unplugged Strat I’d gotten from a neighborhood friend when he’d upgraded to a neon yellow C.C. DeVille-style Ibanez.) I spun those records for hours on end and my first musical purchase was a Monkees compilation on cassette, The Monkees Greatest Hits. I even got to see The Monkees perform at Veteran Stadium during a Temple Owls football game. It was my first concert and one of the most exciting nights of my pre-adolescent life. For maybe two or three years, The Monkees were all I wanted to hear and I would spout lengthy testimony, confirming my undying devotion, testing the patience of any man, woman or child that had the misfortune to offer me an ear.



Looking back on it, I was fucking obnoxious. But, I’d been affected by music for the first time in my life, so the experience was visceral and occupied my every waking thought. According to my super narrow and very young perspective, The Monkees were the perfect band (even if they weren’t for real).

News came today that Davy Jones, the closest of the cast to mimic The Beatles, (dreamboat, good voice, British), suffered a heart attack at 66 and passed away.



While I’ve long since outgrown my Monkees fixation, certain albums I still revisit, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd. and the Head soundtrack being two of my all-time favorites. Head, which was the over the top psychedelic comedy that essentially destroyed the group’s career, I highly regard as an art film very ahead of its time and bleakly illustrative of how trapped by fame the so-called “Prefab Four” felt. Inasmuch as they’d been developed and manufactured for prime time television, a mod 60s era Marx Brothers based in the comedic exploits of a fake rock band, they fought for credibility at the expense of their own success.

Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd., behind glass.

Davy Jones, who prior to his stint as a Monkee had had aspirations of being a jockey, will remain one of the figures in my life that helped me gain an appreciation for music. To him and the surviving other three, Michael Nesmith, Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork, you have my thanks.

Rest in peace, Davy Jones.

Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

What I Heard This Morning: Ed Schrader's Music Beat

Ed Schrader's Music Beat is one standing floor tom and one bass, pushing and experimenting with post-punk minimalism.  Effective?  Check out the video clips below.

Ed Schrader's Music Beat will be releasing a new album, Jazz Mind, at the end of March.







All info comes courtesy of Us/Them Group.

Minimalist fury: Ed Schrader's Music Beat premiere track from debut album, launch U.S. tour

Baltimore duo tied to Dan Deacon's Wham City, Future Islands, No Age




"Schrader's voice alternates between a low, Ian Curtis-esque bellow and a frenetic bark that recalls Andy Falkous of McClusky and Future of the Left. In other words, this is aggressive music, even in its quieter moments." -- Pop Matters

"Jazz Mind alternates between two distinct styles: harsh, thrashing punk, where Schrader screeches and howls, and minimalist beat poetry, where he chants in a sometimes sleepy monotone." -- Chicago Reader

Baltimore minimalist duo Ed Schrader's Music Beat premiere a new track from their forthcoming full length today via Prefix Mag. The frenetic and incisive song "When I'm in a Car" features guest guitarist Randy Randall of No Age. It's an urgent blast of vitriol reminiscent of early Public Image Ltd as well as the more recent sputter of Jay Reatard and Iceage. Download/stream HERE.

Ed Schrader's Music Beat (ESMB) kick off a national headlining tour this week. Please see complete dates below.

Previously better known as a partner in Dan Deacon's Wham City collective and performing solo with just voice and a floor tom, Ed Schrader has recently made inroads with ESMB by teaming up with bassist Devlin Rice and touring with Future Islands and Dan Deacon in the last year.

Watch a powerful 10-minute live video HERE. Check out videos of individual songs below.
Jazz Mind opens with the snarling fury of "Sermon", driven by Schrader's high-pitched wail over early-Swans style primal drumming and blurting bass. Turning on a dime, "Gem Asylum" is a sparse and compelling lullaby of delicately chanted vocals and hypnotic bass notes reminiscent of Chairs Missing era Wire. Elsewhere, when ESMB strips down the noise on "My Mind is Broken", "Air Show" and "Can't Stop Eating Sugar", there remains an icy intensity hearkening to Joy Division. Meanwhile, "Rats" and "Gas Station Attendant" explode with a rage and raw simplicity that's rare in an era of unlimited access to audio gloss. Jazz Mind is perhaps the closest one can come to inventive, unbridled emotion.
Jazz Mind will be available everywhere on LP, CD and Download via Load Records on March 20th, 2012.

ED SCHRADER'S MUSIC BEAT LIVE:
02/29 Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks
03/01 Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class 
03/02 Detroit, MI @ Lager House
03/05 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
03/06 Milwaukee, WI @ Quarters
03/07 Minneapolis, MN @ the Hexagon Bar
03/08 Dubuque, IA @ Off Minor
03/09 Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
03/10 Denver, CO @ Rhinoceropolis

03/13 Seattle, WA @ the Funhouse
03/14 Portland, OR @ Rotture
03/16 San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
03/19 Los Angeles, CA @ Pehr Space
03/21 Phoenix, AZ @ Meat Market
03/22 El Paso, TX @ M's Lips Lounge
03/23 Austin, TX @ Beerland
03/24 Dallas, TX @ Queen City Hall
03/25 Hot Springs, AR @ The Exchange
03/26 Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree
03/27 Athens, GA @ Farm 255
03/28 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
03/29 Asheville, NA @ Broadway's
03/30 Greensboro, NC @ TBA
03/31 Chapel Hill, NC @ The Nightlight
04/01 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter



Artist: Ed Schrader's Music Beat
Album:
Jazz Mind
Label: Load Records
Release Date: March 20, 2012

01. Sermon
02. Gem Asylum
03. Traveling
04. Right
05. Do The Maneuver
06. Rats (VIDEO)
07. My Mind Is Broken (VIDEO)
08. When I'm In A Car (MP3)
09. Air Show
10. Can't Stop Eating Sugar (VIDEO)
11. Gas Station Attendant


On the Web:
www.facebook.com/pages/Ed-Schraders-Music-Beat
www.loadrecords.com


Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

No Ripcord: Mr. Dream

Dr. Dream
Fatherland EP
God Mode Records
Released: 2.28.12


Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

Monday, February 27, 2012

What I Heard This Morning: Black Marble

Gothic-based minimalism is what you’ll hear with Black Marble, dark synths and vocals meant to haunt. A new video for the band’s single, “Backward,” has just surfaced, which inexplicably shows topless ladies wielding axes and stabbing waterbeds. Not suitable for the cubicle.

An MP3 of the track “Pretender” is also available if you can’t look at surrealistically charged tits at work.



All info comes courtesy of Hardly Art.


Black Marble - Backwards from Hardly Art on Vimeo.


BLACK MARBLE'S "BACKWARDS" GETS NEW NSFW VIDEO



VIDEO - "Backwards" (dir. Timothy Fiore)
MP3 - "Pretender"
MP3 - "Pretender (Pictureplane's Open the Door remix)"

Black Marble's
Weight Against the Door EP is defined by a cold, diamond-cut precision and a seedy, noirish kind of glamour. Director Timothy Fiore's new NSFW video for standout track "Backwards"--shot in sumptuous black and white--ably captures the band's dark allure. The clip premiered on Pitchfork this morning, and you can view it here.

Additionally, the band recently announced two forthcoming shows, which New Yorkers are encouraged not to miss: on March 9th, they open for TRUST at Glasslands (and officially celebrate the release of their debut EP), and on May 3rd, they'll perform with Shannon Funchess
and Bruno Coviello's Light Asylum at Le Poisson Rouge.

About the record:


Black Marble's stark, alienating textures cloister a vaguely hopeful intensity, like a lone and distant rhythm echoing from the hull of a lost deep sea vessel. Reminiscent of early DIY synth recordings, which pitted emotional undercurrents against wan dystopian landscapes, Black Marble’s sound struggles to squeeze blood from monolithic concrete. Collaborators Ty Kube and Chris Stewart take their inspiration from a disparate group of past musicians who dared to mix punk ethics with cold electronics, resulting in an enigmatic, handmade style that recalls the isolated-but-uplifting feel of early European minimal and coldwave music. Triumphantly bleak but undeniably infectious, Black Marble's debut EP
Weight Against the Door arrives, appropriately, at the height of winter.

Tour dates:


03.09.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands ^

05.03.12 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge #

^ - w/ TRUST

# - w/ Light Asylum

Press quotes:


"These two gents are about to get big with their bleak, minimal, arresting music." -- Mishka NYC

"It's being released on Valentine's Day, presumably for all the people who will be sitting alone in a room with the lights off." -- The Stranger

"Think a two-man Joy Division." -- Impose, from thier 'Best New Music of 2012' list

Links:

Official site

Facebook

Tumblr


Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead 

Melvins (Lite): Freak Puke

It's only been days since covering news of the upcoming Melvins EP, The Bulls & The Bees. As The Melvins do tend to employ a work ethic that leads to both an admirable and prolific stretch of creativity and an annoying spring of recorded excess that's damn near impossible for completists to follow, news of Melvins Lite comes as a "really?" to anyone even somewhat knowledgeable as to degree of the band's output. To delve into their catalogue is to dive headfirst into a deep chasm of recorded work from which you MIGHT successfully emerge, provided you're obsessed, well-researched and wealthy. Even then, I imagine it would take years to acquire all their work as the various offshoots, projects and permutations churn out music with enviable gusto.

So, Melvins Lite is comprised of mainstays Buzz Osbourne and Dale Crover, combining efforts with the amazing Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantômas).  Their new album, (a long player), Freak Puke, will be out June 5th via Ipecac Recordings.  Dunn is also working on Tomahawk's upcoming new album, Eponymous to Anonymous, which is supposed to be out this April.

Below are details on the new release and recapped info for The Bulls & The Bees EP, released by the Big Business-addled four-man permutation of The Melvins.  THAT's the version that will be on tour.  Confused?  You're not alone.

All info comes courtesy of Speakeasy PR.

MELVINS LITE DEBUTS WITH FREAK PUKE ON JUNE 5

LINE-UP FEATURES BUZZ OSBORNE, DALE CROVER AND TREVOR DUNN

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27, 2012 -- The Melvins unveil the latest twist in their 29-year history with Melvins Lite, an additional incarnation of the band that finds founders Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover partnering with Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk) for a 10-song released titled Freak Puke (June 5, Ipecac Recordings).

"The Melvins have a long history of mixing up our line-ups and I think that's what has kept us relevant for so long," explains Osborne. "Consider the Freak Puke record the fifth side of the four-sided Melvins' triangle." 

Dunn is known as one of rock and jazz's top bass players, performing on both a traditional and upright bass in a wide range of bands and as a freelance musician. He is currently recording the new Tomahawk album, is a member of Fantômas and was the bassist for Mr. Bungle.

The Melvins will be taping an episode of Last Call with Carson Daly at their Apr. 13 show in Los Angeles. Osborne will join Greg Gutfeld for another chat on June 28 on Fox News' Red Eye.

Freak Puke was recorded by Toshi Kasai and the Melvins in Los Angeles.

Freak Puke track listing:
1. Mr. Rip Off
2. Inner Ear Rupture
3. Baby, Won't You Weird Me Out
4. Worm Farm Walt
5. A Growing Disgust
6. Leon vs. The Revolution
7. Holy Barbarians
8. Freak Puke
9. Let Me Roll It
10. Tommy Goes Berserk

As previously announced the Melvins (as their "traditional," four piece line-up with Crover, Osborne and Big Businesses' Jared Warren and Coady Willis) will be touring the U.S. this Spring in support of the free EP release: Scion A/V Presents: The Bulls & The Bees, available Mar. 13 at ScionAV.com. Dates are listed below. A Melvins Lite tour is forthcoming. 

Melvins (quartet) tour dates:
April 11 San Jose, CA The Blank Club
April 12 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
April 13 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour
April 14 San Diego, CA The Casbah
April 17 El Paso, TX House of Rock
April 19 Austin, TX Mohawk
April 20 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
April 21 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jack's
April 23 Orlando, FL The Social
April 24 Gainesville, FL Double Down Live
April 25 Atlanta, GA The Loft at Center Stage
April 26 Charlotte, NC Amos Southend
April 28 West Chester, PA The Note
April 29 New York, NY Webster Hall
May 1 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom
May 2 DeKalb, IL Otto's Nightclub
May 3 St. Louis, MO The Firebird
May 4 Nashville, TN Exit Inn
May 7 Dallas, TX Trees
May 9 Santa Fe, NM Santa Fe Brewing Company
May 11 Santa Ana, CA Galaxy Concert Theatre 

www.themelvins.net
www.facebook.com/melvinsarmy
www.ipecac.com www.facebook.com/ipecac

Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

Friday, February 24, 2012

What I Heard This Morning: Mount Eerie

Shortsighted on my part, but the presence of Earth and Ô Paon as touring mates drew enough interest from me to check out Mount Eerie, who has a new album coming out this May called Clear Moon.  Another album, Ocean Roar, will follow later this year.

Searching through Mount Eerie's website, (real name Phil Elverum), I found this video of a live performance for the song, "Between Two Mysteries," which I really enjoyed.  The synthesizer tones are reminiscent of Angelo Badalamenti's Twin Peaks score, that haunting sheet of muted hum underlying the instrumentation. 

All below info is courtesy of Force Field PR.


Mount Eerie - Between Two Mysteries from Elijah Alvarado on Vimeo.


Mount Eerie announces new LP, Clear Moon, due this May, first of two new albums to be released this year

In this first of two new albums planned for release in 2012, Mount Eerie presents a monumental work of depth and maturity. These are songs about a quiet life in and around a small northwest town, usually buried in fog, and the unexpected moments of clarity that briefly flash through. Clear Moon is the resonant lone bell symbol, the glint in the water, the sudden breath.
 

For over thirteen years Phil Elverum has been releasing beguiling records from and about the Pacific Northwest, first as the Microphones and since 2004 as Mount Eerie. The thread has sometimes been challenging to follow, meandering into weird EPs and live experiments, but there have always been punctuations of cohesive sound and idea, made giant; The Glow pt. 2 (2001), Mount Eerie (2003), Lost Wisdom (2008), Wind's Poem (2009), and now Clear Moon (to be followed later this year by its companion album, Ocean Roar).

After all the world-touring that followed the release of Wind's Poem, Phil Elverum has spent 2 years establishing a new recording studio, "the Unknown", in an old de-sanctified church in Anacortes, Washington. These 2 new albums, Clear Moon and Ocean Roar, are the first Mount Eerie recordings to be released from the new old space. You can hear the giant wooden cathedral room in these songs. Vast echo, resonating gongs, impenetrable walls of thickness, and always a voice cutting through the fog, moon-like.

The sound is not lo-fi as it is sometimes called. It's also not hi-fi. These are just crazy recordings, bigger and deeper than any real-life fjord. It's 100% analog, and it is a sound that can only come from 15 months of studio solitude, crushing tape, riding waves of fake strings, finding new angles on "intensity". The music of Popol Vuh was inspirational, as well as explorers from black metal such as Menace Ruine, Nadja, and others. Contemporaries in theme can be found in the heavy sacred regionalism of Olympia's Wolves In The Throne Room. Ultimately, this is music on its own island, unlike anything else; a break in the clouds and a view of a hidden new landscape.


EUROPEAN TOUR (all shows with EARTH and Ô PAON)
Sat. March 3rd, 2012- Bristol, England- Arnofini Gallery
Mon. March 5th, 2012- Dublin, Ireland- Button Factory
Weds. March 7th, 2012- Manchester, England- Ruby Lounge
Thurs. March 8th, 2012- Edinburgh, Scotland- The Caves
Fri. March 9th, 2012- Leeds, England- Brudenell Social Club
Sat. March 10th, 2012- Minehead, England- Butlins Holiday Centre, ATP curated by Jeff Mangum
Sun. March 11th, 2012- London, England- Union Chapel
Mon. March 12th, 2012- Brighton, England- The Haunt
Tues. March 13th, 2012- Haarlem, Netherlands- Patronaat
Weds. March 14th, 2012- Leuven, Belgium- Het Depot
Thurs. March 15th, 2012- Paris, France- La Maroquinerie
Fri. March 16th, 2012- Bordeaux, France- Iboat
Sat. March 17th, 2012- Bilbao, Spain- Askena
Sun. March 18th, 2012- Madrid, Spain- El Sol
Mon. March 19th, 2012- Barcelona, Spain- Musichall
Weds. March 21st, 2012- Lyon, France- Epicerie Moderne

Thurs. March 22nd, 2012- Torino, Italy- Spazio 211
Fri. March 23rd, 2012- Firenze, Italy- The Box
Sat. March 24th, 2012- Parma, Italy- Auditorium Del Carmine
Sun. March 25th, 2012- Lausanne, Switzerland- Le Romandie
Mon. March 26th, 2012- Wiesbaden, Germany- Schlachthof
Weds. March 28th, 2012- Vienna, Austria- Arena

Thurs. March 29th, 2012- Leipzig, Germany- UT Connewitz
Fri. March 30th, 2012- Prague, Czech Republic- Dobeska Theatre
Sat. March 31st, 2012- Berlin, Germany- Festsaal Kreuzberg
Mon. April 2nd, 2012- Copenhagen, Denmark- Loppen

Tues. April 3rd, 2012- Gothenburg, Sweden- Truckstop Alaska
Weds. April 4th, 2012- Oslo, Norway- Inferno Festival
Thurs. April 5th, 2012- Stockholm, Sweden- Strand
Fri. April 6th, 2012- Helsinki, Finland- Nosturi



Mount Eerie
Clear Moon
(P.W. Elverum and Sun)
Street Date: May 22, 2012

Formats: Digital, LP
Theme: place/magic

1. Through The Trees pt. 2
2. the Place Lives
3. the Place I Live
4. (something)
5. Lone Bell
6. House Shape
7. Over Dark Water
8. (something)
9. Clear Moon
10. Yawning Sky
11. (synthesizer)


MOUNT EERIE LINKS:
Official Site - http://www.pwelverumandsun.com


Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

The Melvins: The Bulls & The Bees (and the car business, apparently)

The Melvins will be releasing a new EP in March titled, The Bulls & The Bees, brought to you by Scion A/V, which is the "sponsorship of America's Musical Underground" branch of Scion, which is the "sell a car" branch of the automobile industry.

I guess I can get behind any presence that encourages, promotes and exposes what would otherwise be considered non-commercialized, non-funded arts and music, even if it's done so with corporate sponsorship. Not sure if this really works from an integrity standpoint, but The Melvins are releasing an EP thanks to Scion A/V's backing. Maybe the ends justify the means. I know one thing:  Only a new release from The Melvins could get me to throw any ink toward Scion, so I hope they appreciate it.  Not that they, y'know, read me or know of my existence or anything.

The Bulls & The Bees will be available as a free download upon its release.  The Melvins' new single, "The War On Wisdom," is now streaming over at Pitchfork (yay). I can't imagine this song is going to be pumping out of too many Scion speakers this Summer, but... you never know.

All info is courtesy of Speakeasy PR.

The Melvins' 2010 release, The Bride Screamed Murder, was reviewed at No Ripcord.

SCION A/V SET TO RELEASE NEW MELVINS EP, SCION A/V PRESENTS: THE BULLS & THE BEES, ON MAR. 13

Scion A/V Sponsoring Spring U.S. Tour 




Feb. 23, Torrance, Calif. -- Scion A/V has partnered with the Melvins for an EP titled Scion A/V Presents: The Bulls & The Bees, a five-song collection that marks the band's first original material since their 2010 album The Bride Screamed Murder. The release will be available as a free download on Mar. 13 via Scionav.com with "The War On Wisdom" streaming this Friday on Pitchfork.com.

The Melvins formed in 1983, kicking off what would be a seismic shift in heavy music and focusing the epicenter of modern music firmly on the Pacific Northwest for the next decade plus. The band blended punk, metal, hard rock to create a new subgenre that has been tagged with a variety of labels including sludge, grunge and doom and won a cult of fans that have yet to waiver some twenty-nine years into the band's career. Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover have been the band's constants (Crover joined in 1984) with Big Business' Jared Warren and Coady Willis joining the band in 2006 for (
A) Senile Animal.
"The Melvins have remained such a consistent presence in heavy music," says Jeri Yoshizu, manager of sales promotions for Scion. "It's an honor to have them create an original release for Scion A/V."

Osborne described
Scion A/V Presents: The Bulls & The Bees as "amazing in its noisy calm intensity."
Scion A/V Presents: The Bulls & The Bees Track Listing:
1. The War on Wisdom
2. We Are Doomed
3. Friends Before Larry
4. A Really Long Wait
5. National Hamster

For More Information About Scion A/V Go Here:

http://scionav.com/

To Like Scion A/V Metal On Facebook Visit:

http://www.facebook.com/scionavmetal

To Follow Scion A/V On Twitter Visit:

http://twitter.com/scionav

For More Information About The Melvins Go Here:

www.themelvins.net

To Visit The Melvins On Facebook Visit:

www.facebook.com/melvinsarmy

The EP release will be followed by a 21-date U.S. trek that kicks off on Apr. 11 at The Blank Club in San Jose, Calif. and wraps up exactly a month later on May 11 at The Galaxy Concert Theatre in Santa Ana, Calif. Dates are:


Tour Schedule:

April 11 San Jose, CA The Blank Club
April 12 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
April 13 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour
April 14 San Diego, CA The Casbah
April 17 El Paso, TX House of Rock
April 19 Austin, TX Mohawk
April 20 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
April 21 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jack's
April 23 Orlando, FL The Social
April 24 Gainesville, FL Double Down Live
April 25 Atlanta, GA The Loft at Center Stage
April 26 Charlotte, NC Amos Southend
April 28 West Chester, PA The Note
April 29 New York, NY Webster Hall
May 1 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom
May 2 DeKalb, IL Otto's Nightclub
May 3 St. Louis, MO The Firebird
May 4 Nashville, TN Exit Inn
May 7 Dallas, TX Trees
May 9 Santa Fe, NM Santa Fe Brewing Company
May 11 Santa Ana, CA Galaxy Concert Theatre

About Scion A/V:

Scion A/V is a creative enterprise of Scion devoted to the discovery, nurture, funding and distribution of compelling music and arts programming. Scion A/V has created and championed projects for over 100 underground musical artists, supported tours and special events, created film documentaries, curated art installations, and produces a collection of ‘zines. Additionally, Scion A/V executes the annual Scion Music (less) Conference and operates 17 broadband radio stations via Scion Radio 17. For more information, visit www.scionav.com.

About Scion:

Scion, from Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., was developed with a new generation of youthful buyers in mind. Scion’s mission is to provide distinctive products, the opportunity to personalize, and an innovative, consumer-driven process at the retail level. The brand features four groundbreaking models with a wide array of standard features: the xD urban subcompact five-door, the iconic xB urban utility vehicle, the tC sports coupe and the all-new premium micro-subcompact iQ. The Scion brand often applies new practices in all aspects of its business and pushes the creativity envelope with non-traditional advertising and marketing to engage young consumers. Scion also supports originality through its programs in the artistic community. For more information, visit www.scion.com.scion.com.


Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

P.S. — Please don't stop reading me for inadvertently promoting a brand.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Kicking Against The Pricks: Mark Lanegan Band

Issue #17 is up for your perusal with features on Lee Renaldo, Xiu Xiu and Pop. 1280, live reviews of performances by Field Music and The Men, and reviews for Robert Pollard, Pulp, Of Montreal and Shearwater.

Mark Lanegan Band
Blues Funeral
4AD
Released: 2.6.12


Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Corrosion Of Conformity (Streams)

Corrosion Of Conformity's new self-titled LP is now streaming online, so...  If you can't wait to hear it, you know what to do.  All links, tour dates and info are courtesy of Earsplit PR.

A review of the album will be featured on Stereokiller in the coming week or so.





CORROSION OF CONFORMITY: Full Album Stream At AOL Music 



Starting today, AOL Spinner is streaming CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's self-titled new studio offering in its entirety. Set for North American release on February 28, 2012 via Candlelight Records, Corrosion Of Conformity was recorded at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606 in Los Angeles, the 11-track offering was produced by the band in cooperation with long-time collaborator John Custer, mixed by John Lousteau (Foo Fighters) and features artwork by Seldon Hunt (Melvins, High On Fire). Featuring the esteemed Animosity line-up of vocalist/bassist Mike Dean, guitarist Woody Weatherman, and drummer/vocalist Reed Mullin, the album’s release closes a six year recording gap and completes over a year of concentrated writing and recording for the band.

To hear the record, go to
THIS LOCATION.

In conjunction with the record release, the Raleigh, North Carolina legends will embark on a full U.S. headlining tour this March. Set to commence on March 1 at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City, the trek will hit 16 cities including two performances at this year’s SXSW Music Conference in Austin. The band will be joined by Torche, Valient Thorr and A Storm Of Light unless otherwise noted..


CORROSION OF CONFORMITY
w/ Torche, Valient Thorr, A Storm Of Light
03/01/2012 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY [TICKETS]
03/02/2012 Sonar – Baltimore, MD [TICKETS]
03/03/2012 Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC [TICKETS]
03/05/2012 Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH [TICKETS]
03/06/2012 Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI [TICKETS]
03/07/2012 Double Door – Chicago, IL [TICKETS]
03/08/2012 Triple Rock – Minneapolis, MN [TICKETS]
03/09/2012 Beaumont Club – Kansas City, MO [TICKETS]
03/10/2012 Downtown Music Hall – Little Rock, AR [TICKETS]
03/11/2012 Hi-Tone Café – Memphis, TN [TICKETS]
03/12/2012 Trees – Dallas, TX [TICKETS]
03/14/2012 SXSW – Austin, TX ! #
03/15/2012 SXSW – Austin, TX ! #

03/16/2012 The Big Spill @ Korova - San Antonio, TX # w/ Saviours, Zoroaster, more [TICKETS]
03/17/2012 One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA ! # w/ Zoroaster [TICKETS]
03/18/2012 Zydeco – Birmingham, AL ! # w/ Zoroaster [TICKETS]


! = No Torche
# = No Valient Thorr

For Corrosion Of Conformity pre-order options, point your browser
HERE.

 “While mastery isn’t unusual in metal, Corrosion Of Conformity is fully baked enough to make us wish another 29 years on these fuckers.” -- Decibel

 “C.O.C. weren’t following any trends. They just incorporated all the things they liked about thrash, punk and ‘70s metal originators Black Sabbath into their constantly evolving sound. It secured them artistic and commercial credibility.” Allmusic.com

 "Corrosion of Conformity not only brings back one of heavy rock’s most seminal and defining bands, but it pushes that band into new ground it’s never yet known. The achievement is substantial, the performances crisp, the production clear but organic, but sure enough, these elements and the varied aesthetic of the band come together to create something wholly stronger than its parts." -- The Obelisk

http://www.coc.com

http://www.facebook.com/corrosionofconformity
http://candlelightrecordsusa.com


Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

What I Heard This Morning: Marriages

Red Sparowes spin-off band, Marriages, are releasing their debut album in May, Kitsune.  A trailer for the album has surfaced and a lot of the music sounds remarkably lush and haunting.  Give the video a look/listen and read up on the all the info, which comes from Us/Them Group.

Oh yeah, they have a new single out, too.  Links are below.



Marriages (members of Red Sparowes) premiere first track from debut, announce tour dates with Deafheaven in March



Watch video.

Red Sparowes offshoot band Marriages premiere the first song from their forthcoming debut today via Prefix Mag. The track "Ten Tiny Fingers" is culled from their new recording, Kitsune and is available to download/stream HERE.

Watch a video teaser for
Kitsune featuring the band at work in the studio HERE.

Marriages also take to the road in March with dates supporting SF black metal faves Deafheaven. The trio -- comprised of Red Sparowes members Emma Ruth Rundle (vocals, guitar), Greg Burns (bass, synthesizer) and David Clifford (drums) -- will perform at the Sargent House official SXSW showcase in Austin, TX on March 16th. Please see complete dates below.

Marriages formed in late 2011, quickly recording their debut with engineer Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Big Business, Tool) in December. The resulting effort,
Kitsune will be available on CD and Download via Sargent House on May 1st.

MARRIAGES LIVE:
03/09 Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell *
03/10 Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space *
03/11 El Paso,TX @ Low Brow *
03/13 Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves *
03/16 Austin, TX @ Bat Bar (Sargent House official SXSW showcase) #

* w/ Deafheaven, Whirr
 
# w/ Deafheaven, Zechs Marquise, Indian Handcrafts, Chelsea Wolfe, more.




Artist: Marriages
Album: Kitsune
Label: Sargent House
Release date: May 1st, 2012
Track list:
01. Ride In My Place
02. Body of Shade
03. Ten Tiny Fingers (MP3)
04. Pelt
05. White Shape
06. Part The Dark Again
On the Web:
marriagesband.com
www.facebook.com/MarriagesBand


Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Michael Davis (1943-2012)

Michael Davis, bassist for the loud and proud MC5, has passed away due to liver failure.  Rock n' roll has lost one of its brightest, and while citing the obvious and essential contributions of the MC5 and their proto-stance as forefathers of what later became regarded as punk rock would be the usual stuff to address, let's instead "kick out the jams, motherfucker."  



R.I.P.

Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Eli Keszler/Keith Fullerton Whitman: Split LP of Experimental Electronics and Drums

I opened up the separate Soundcloud links for both tracks by Eli Keszler, which is all percussion, and Keith Fullerton Whitman, which is all electronic improv, and played them at the same time.  After hearing that, I think the Split concept is less interesting than an actual collaboration may have been, just because the wild and unrestrained array of sounds both musicians create seem to blend really well and compliment each other. 

But, alas...  This is a split LP.

It would difficult to classify the music herein as anything but "noise," but being drawn to such oddities, I felt compelled to listen.  Keszler, I would say, is definitely more of the traditional musician in this pairing, his rattling taps and booming percussion revolving around some idea of rhythm and form even if it does sound erratic.  He at least deals in instruments, which is an interesting contrast to Whitman who basically follows Keszler with a machine.

   Eli Keszler-Drums, Crotales, Installed Motors, Micro-Controller Metal Plates by NNA Tapes

Whitman twists knobs and comes up with a series of bloops and bleeps that seem the stuff of dysfunctional sci-fi or arcade schizophrenia.  In some ways, I felt like I was listening to an electronics geek that had gone two days straight on no sleep listening to nothing but Kraftwerk, Lou Reed's Metal Machine Machine, Albert Ayler and Cecil Taylor while under the influence of Red Bull.  There's really no structure to speak of and an A.D.D.-inducing rapidity. 

   "Occlusion" (Excerpt) by Keith Fullerton Whitman

All info and links are courtesy of Life or Death PR & Management.   

NNA TAPES ANNOUNCE SPLIT LP WITH ELI KESZLER AND KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN

ELI KESZLER DOES INTERVIEW WITH NPR ABOUT HIS WORK IN SOUND INSTALLATION

STREAM TRACKS FROM THE SPLIT LP AND WATCH VIDEO BELOW



NNA is very excited to announce a split LP between world-renowned electronic music composer Keith Fullerton Whitman and multi-instrumentalist composer Eli Keszler. This LP is a conversation in sound between two prominent artists, one working in the electronic realm (Whitman), and the other in the world of live acoustics (Keszler). In fact, Whitman's piece was inspired and created as a direct response to Keszler's signature frenzied percussion style. Both sides of the record are full of incredibly detailed nuance-driven music. These artists work with sound on the microscopic level, deliberately placing each individual molecule of sound in it's intended location. Whitman's piece "Occlusion" is automated "machine music" warfare, utilizing rhythm as a textural tool, while Keszler uses live percussion, bowed metal, and other acoustics to act as a humanized response to Whitman's machine-regulated assault, solidifying this record as a fantastic document of Human vs. Machine call and response. Original artwork by Eli Keszler.
Eli Keszler
 Eli Keszler is a composer, artist and multi-instrumentalist based in New York City. In performance, he often plays drums, bowed crotales and guitar in conjunction with his installations. In his ensemble compositions, he uses extended strings, motors, crotales, horns and mechanical devices to create his sound, balancing intense harmonic formations with acoustic sustain, fast jarring rhythm, mechanical propulsion, dense textures and detailed visual presentations.

Eli has toured extensively throughout Europe and the US, performing solo and in collaboration with artists such as Phill Niblock (performing Asheli for crotales and soprano saxophone with Ashley Paul), Aki Onda, Joe Mcphee, Loren Connors, Jandek, Roscoe Mitchell, Anthony Coleman (recording Lapidation, New World Records), Joe Morris, Steve Beresford, C Spencer Yeh, Greg Kelley (Nmperign), T Model Ford, Ran Blake, Ashley Paul and Steve Pyne (Red Horse). He has recorded solo releases for labels such as REL Records, ESP-DISK' and Type (Red Horse), in addition to his latest record on PAN "Cold Pin". His installations have appeared at the Boston Center for the Arts and Nuit Blanche NYC and the Shreveport MSPC New Music Festival. He has most recently won the Mata composers competition for the 2012 season. Eli Keszler is a graduate of the New England Conservatory in Boston where he studied with Anthony Coleman and Ran Blake. Eli recently spoke with NPR about his work in sound installation, check it out here.

Keith Fullerton Whitman
Keith Fullerton Whitman one of Boston's most consistently innovative electronic musicians. Keith's music references everything from mid-century musique concrete to contemporary lo-fi electronics and drone. He has releases on Kranky, Room40, Arbor, and Planet Mu. In 2012 Whitman will release "Generators" on world renowned electronic music label Editions Mego.

Eli Keszler interview with NPR - http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2011/10/24/141668688/who-controls-the-machine-eli-keszlers-motors-and-piano-wires 
 
Listen: Keith Fullerton Whitman - "Occlusion" (excerpt) - http://soundcloud.com/kfw/occlusion-excerpt

Listen: Eli Keszler -"Drums, Crotales, Installed Motors, Micro-Controller Metal Plates" -
http://soundcloud.com/nnatapes/eli-keszler-drums-crotales

Eli Keszler video - http://vimeo.com/22512629

Keith Fullerton Whitman video - http://vimeo.com/34965069




Eli Keszler/Keith Fullerton Whitman 
Split LP
April 3rd, 2012
(NNA Tapes)
 
Eli Keszler

1. Drums, Crotales, Installed Motors, Micro-Controller Metal Plates
2. Bowed Crotales, Snare Drum
3. Drums, Guitar, Crotales
4. Cymbal, Bass Drum, Clarinet

Recorded in Boston, May of 2011; Ashley Paul plays clarinet on "Cymbal, Bass Drum, Clarinet"

Keith Fullerton Whitman

1. Occlusion

Real-time music for analogue/digital modular synthesizer

Recorded at Much Wenlock, June 1st 2011, between 11:42 am and 4:31 pm.

Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

Friday, February 17, 2012

Black Mountain: Mary Lou

Psych rock band, Black Mountain, are releasing a soundtrack album for an apocalyptic surf movie, Year Zero.  Apparently, the end of the world means surfing with liberty, driving Mustangs and fuck food and shelter.  Black Mountain have released a new single from the soundtrack, "Mary Lou," which really riffs on expansive desert-singed atmosphere.  It would be more enveloping, but its rhythm is heavily concentrated and vocally stern, so there's a presence maintained even if the song wanders a tad.

The Year Zero soundtrack features five original tracks and five not-so new tracks and is slated for release on April 3rd.  Check out the song and read all the info, which was generously sent over by the good people at Jagjaguwar.

Black Mountain's 2010 release, Wilderness Heart, was reviewed at No Ripcord.

   Black Mountain - "Mary Lou" by Jagjaguwar

Black Mountain Soundtracks New Surf Film Year Zero
Download New Song "Mary Lou"




Black Mountain’s Year Zero soundtrack is nothing less than the band’s full, powerful glory distilled down to one dense, 45-minute acid tab of music. Featuring five new songs and five previously released songs, the Year Zero soundtrack weaves crunching, analog psych metal; futuristic droneouts; and, somehow, a twisted saxaphone ditty.

The
Year Zero Original Soundtrack will be released on vinyl and digital formats on April 3rd, 2012. Today Stereogum.com premiered the new song "Mary Lou," - "an eight-minute charging rhino jam."

Click Here To Download and Embed "Mary Lou"


So how on earth does a band like Black Mountain end up writing music in the name of the world’s sunniest sport?


Understand,
Year Zero is nothing like your ordinary bro-time surfer flick. Shot around the world
on 16mm film,
Year Zero is set in a near-ish future where the world as we know it has ended.
Director Joe G. places the survivors in a damaged but stunningly beautiful place, a world where the reset button has been hit, where we hold onto the vestiges of the things we love, but those things become weightless, and the ensuing freedom is as exhilarating as it is scary. To simply call it postapocalyptic is to undermine the imagination that Joe G. brings to the world’s remains, and
Year Zero is ultimately as much a “surf movie” as it is a movie about Earth illustrated through surfing.

Given the new world set forth in
Year Zero, it’s as if Black Mountain have been set free of the
boundaries that “making a record” impose. Much of the new material is driven by expansive,
synth-driven swirls and a dangerous, rumbling low end. Outlaw vibes, to be sure. Black Mountain’s psychedelia has never been anchored to any one style, time, or genre. But with
Year Zero, Black Mountain go to a place that is intergalactic and downright ruthless, with a sound big enough to stand up to the vastness of the ocean, the bigness of the sun, and the lives of the people left living. Which is fucked up and heavy, no question, but so goes Joe G.’s vision, and thanks to Year Zero, now we know: Black Mountain could actually pull off being the last band on earth.



Black Mountain
Year Zero Original Soundtrack
Out 04/03/12

1. Phosphorescent Waves
2. Bright Lights
3. Mary Lou
4. Embrace Euphoria
5. Tyrants
6. Modern Music
7. In Sequence
8. Wilderness Heart
9. Breathe

Official Website for Year Zero

MP3 for "Mary Lou" from Year Zero Original Soundtrack

Black Mountain Press Alcove

Black Mountain at Jagjaguwar
Black Mountain at Facebook


Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Frankie Rose & La Sera: The Vivian Girls Churn Out the Melodic Solo

Between Frankie Rose and Katy Goodman’s solo project, La Sera, O.G. Spector-worshippers Vivian Girls have really saturated the scene with melodic, lo-fi garage and Shangri-La pop groove. Spawning the solo and collaborative dabbling of Rose and Goodman, both of whom are putting out new albums in the next month or so, you do have to wonder how many more albums Vivian Girls have left before the sound is completely exhausted.

Moving in a proactive manner, the starry-eyed nuances often associated with this sound are seeming to fall by the wayside. Rose, in particular, seems much less enchanted with sounding enchanted, taking on a cleaner edge and hardening the otherwise softness of her music. You could even cite The Smiths or The Cure as a basis for Interstellar, her upcoming new album. There’s jangling riffs and synthesizers, electro-tinged percussion. Certainly a throwback sound, but now twenty-years later than her last throwback sound.


Frankie Rose - Gospel/Grace from Slumberland Records on Vimeo.


As for Goodman, La Sera doesn’t sound as far removed from its Vivian Girls entanglements, though the two new singles from La Sera’s upcoming album, Sees The Light, bring more post-punk/New Wave fuzz into the conversation.


La Sera - Please Be My Third Eye from Hardly Art on Vimeo.


All info comes courtesy of Force Field PR and Hardly Art.

The Vivian Girls’ 2011 release, Share The Joy, was reviewed at Kicking Against The Pricks. Frankie Rose & The Outs self-titled debut was reviewed at No Ripcord.

Frankie Rose announces Spring tour in support of Interstellar, plus new music video 

VIDEO: "Gospel / Grace" -
http://vimeo.com/34988222

STREAM: Frankie Rose -
Interstellar -
http://www.spin.com/articles/first-spin-hear-frankie-roses-full-interstellar



We were all knocked out by the Frankie Rose and the Outs album from 2010, the effortlessness of its gorgeous girl-pop mantras, the intimate immensity of its Spector-esque walls of reverb, the beauty of a song sung sweetly over the most graceful two-chord vamps. But are you ready for the new Frankie Rose? - her transformation into a wholly other kind of pop, the reverie and revelation of Interstellar, an album that floats free of its maker's history - time spent with Vivian Girls, Dum Dum Girls, Crystal Stilts, and creator of one of the most breathlessly compelling girl-pop albums of the past few years - and offers the listener something strangely other, as alien as it is familiar, as compelling as it is enchanting.

Talking with Frankie about the record, it's clear she was itching for a new start. The first big indication - production by Le Chev, remixer supreme (for Lemonade, Narcisse, Passion Pit, and Frankie's own "Candy"), an ensemble member of Fischerspooner, etc. "
We recorded the record in a private studio dubbed The Thermometer Factory in Park Slope. I wanted this record to be totally different and in so doing I knew I had to work with someone who would lend fresh ideas and know how to make sounds that I wouldn't know how to make. I wanted to make a particular record and I knew Le Chev would be the one who could help me do it."

So, out with the reverb of the Frankie Rose and the Outs, and in with something altogether more glam, glittering, shivering. On
Interstellar Frankie takes the lessons learned with her debut album - like reverb as the holy route to pop-grandeur, scaling a wall of teenage tears - fully digests, and transfers those skills into the brave new world mapped out by ten new songs. In its place is the confident swagger of a singer and auteur fully aware of how to build the simplest of pop moves into aching, full-blown melodramas, how to grab hold of an emotion and ride its darker waves. "I always have a big picture in mind," Frankie reflects. "I knew I wanted a HUGE sounding record. Big highs, big lows, and clean. There is no fuzz on this record. I knew I wanted to make a streamlined, spacious record with big choruses that sometimes referenced 80s pop." But that referencing never swamps the melodies: this record isn't a retro trip. If anything, it liberates sounds familiar from that decade and gives them new context, breathes life into clay golems of sound that too often become basic, pre-set triggers.

On
Interstellar, Frankie Rose goes epic, goes widescreen. "Had We Had It" spins the sweetest sugar from chords that ascend into the firmament, a heavenly, palatial blur. "Gospel / Grace" rumbles with passion, a New Order-esque one-finger guitar figure leading the listener into the choral depths mapped by the chorus. "Apples For The Sun" is breathtaking, with Frankie singing out across a lone piano, before a glorious web of voice and organ pirouettes into the air, an arbor of pleasure connecting the verse with its instrumental shadow, a coda that slowly slips from your view, before making the briefest, most tantalizing of returns. A lot of Interstellar seems to be about disappearing into, or finding and reveling in, this kind of imaginary zone, something Rose confirms: "The whole record is about dreaming of some 'other' place."

And as you drift into the heartbreaking "The Fall," which floats out to sea on a lunar-aquatic cello riff that's pure Arthur Russell, you're ready to conquer those other places, too, to let Frankie Rose guide you out of the album's spell and land you back in the sensual world, slightly altered, adrift and in awe. How does it feel to feel? With
Interstellar, your emotions come out so alive, your only escape is to dive right back in.

FRANKIE ROSE
 
Tue-Feb-21 Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory (Album Release Show - tix) *
Thu-Apr-05 Philadelphia, PA Northstar Bar *
Fri-Apr-06 Arlington, VA Artisphere / Chickfactor 2012: For The Love of Pop!
Sat-Apr-07 Baltimore, MD Golden West *
Sun-Apr-08 Richmond, VA Strange Matter *
Mon-Apr-09 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506 *
Tue-Apr-10 Atlanta, GA 529 *
Fri-Apr-13 Dallas, TX Club Dada *
Sat-Apr-14 Austin, TX Red 7 *
Mon-Apr-16 Phoenix, AZ Rhythm Room *
Wed-Apr-18 San Diego, CA Soda Bar *
Thu-Apr-19 Los Angeles, CA The Satellite *
Fri-Apr-20 Santa Cruz, CA Crepe Place *
Sat-Apr-21 San Francisco, CA Brick and Mortar Music Hall *
Mon-Apr-23 Portland, OR East End *
Tue-Apr-24 Vancouver, BC The Biltmore *
Wed-Apr-25 Seattle, WA Barboza *
Thu-Apr-26 Missoula, MT The Badlander *
Sat-Apr-28 Fargo, ND The Aquarium *
Sun-Apr-29 Minneapolis, MN 7th St Entry *
Mon-Apr-30 Chicago, IL Township *
Tue-May-01 Detroit, MI Magic Stick *
Wed-May-02 Toronto, ON The Shop under Parts and Labor *
Thu-May-03 Albany, NY Valentine's *

* = w/ DIVE



Frankie Rose

Know Me single
(Slumberland / Memphis Industries)
Street Date: Jan. 17, 2012
 


Frankie Rose

 Interstellar
(Slumberland / Memphis Industries)
Street Date: Feb. 21, 2012 (US) / Mar. 19, 2012 (UK)

 FRANKIE ROSE LINKS: 
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/missfrankierose 
Twitter - http://twitter.com/MissfrankieRose 
Official Site - http://www.missfrankierose.com/ 
Label - http://www.slumberlandrecords.com


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La Sera shares new track, announces tour dates 
New album, Sees The Light, out March 27 on Hardly Art

MP3: "Break My Heart" -
http://www.spin.com/articles/hear-la-seras-break-my-heart-latest-vivian-girl-katy-goodman


La Sera photo by Magda Wosinska
La Sera's Sees The Light follows 2011's masterful self-titled debut with ten new tracks of peppy break-up pop brimming with defiance and bitter sweetness. On album opener "Love That's Gone," the vocals and drumbeat linger for seconds, swaying in the wind while the guitar cuts through, charming you, pulling you by your shirt and telling you that it is time to move on. This is a break-up album for the best kinds of break-ups. There's a lightness of touch, too, that surround the harmonies throughout and makes one yearn for the days of Donna Lynn, Julie Ruin and The Shirelles. But before you can settle into your seat, La Sera delivers a one-two punch - a rip of rolling snare and sending you speeding off in a fast car. Seize the light.

La Sera's lyrics are smart but not heavy; phantasmal, like Daniel Johnston attending church every week of his teenage life, but with a bigger sophistication and a shiny, polished fidelity. Lead single "Please Be My Third Eye" buzzes with an intensity and beauty rarely heard outside the first three Vivian Girls albums. (Not so surprising: La Sera IS Katy Goodman IS one-third of Vivian Girls.) "I Can't Keep You In My Mind" is Shop Assistants great - just a genius straightforward refrain and sympathetic guitars to play it through.


Where the first La Sera album was super-dreamy in its layered vocals,
Sees The Light is more direct, more aggressive; almost a soundtrack to a lost drive-in movie classic. This is not an album for half-hearted partakers in the heartache scene: just an all-consuming love for punk as pop and pop as punk. Songs such as "Don't Stay" soar away into the stratosphere, solemn and possessed of singular beauty. "Real Boy" is playfully driven in comparison: like being whisked away to a tropical island, while "Drive On" is tear-laden and full of hidden menace like a David Lynch film.Sees The Light was recorded by Rob Barbato (Darker My Love, the Fall) in beautiful and hazy California.

LA SERA

03/03 Seattle, WA The Rendezvous *
03/04 Portland, OR Holocene *
03/06 Sacramento, CA Bows and Arrows *
03/07 San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Stop *
03/08 Los Angeles, CA The Satellite *
03/10 San Diego, CA Irenic *
03/11 Phoenix, AZ Rhythm Room *
03/12 Santa Fe, NM Santa Fe Sol Live *
03/14 - 03/17 Austin, TX SXSW

* = w/ Cold Showers




La Sera
Sees The Light
(Hardly Art)
Street Date: March 27, 2012

Formats: CD / LP / Digital

LA SERA LINKS:

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/La-Sera/101114383282113 
Twitter - https://twitter.com/#!/iamkatygoodman
Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

What I Heard This Morning: Palo Verde

I received an email this morning from Phratry Records about a very interesting Portland, Oregon noise band called Palo Verde.  Their album, Zero Hour, is a lengthy and super-sludgy instrumental LP that propagates a level of amplified muck worthy of The Melvins while also providing meditative slabs of psychedelia.  Repetitious and prone to areas of free form musical assault, at times Zero Hour reminds me of the more abrasive aspects of Black Flag's The Process Of Weeding Out and combines them with Earth's recent Americana-laced desert rock.  There's less jazz than to it than there is No Wave, "pigfuck" or drone metal, but improvisation is at its core. 






Zero Hour is available on vinyl, CD and digital.

Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

Tera Melos: Manar The Magic (w/ Mike Watt)

If you haven't heard, bassist Mike Watt and drummer George Hurley's post-Minutemen project, fIREHOSE, are back to being a thing.  Experimental art rock trio, Tera Melos, who've managed to gain quite a bit of clout after a successful run of albums (Patagonian Rats in 2010/11, Zoo Weather EP and the 51+ minute single-song release, Echo On The Hills Of Knebworth) and concert dates in 2011, (including kudos from touring mate, Marnie Stern), will be on the road alongside fIREHOSE for a few left coast dates.  Nothing on the east coast, though.  Why would anyone on the east coast want to see fIREHOSE play?  Absurd. 

Fuckers.

Watt appeared on the Tera Melos track, "Manar The Magic.  All info, links and tour dates come courtesy of Us/Them Group.

Tera Melos announce tour dates with reunited fIREHOSE



"Once in a rare while an album comes along that's so fresh and ingenious it redefines what's possible in a field of music. It's been some time since a trio armed with guitar, drums, bass and vocals have shattered the boundaries of convention and pushed the limits of their instruments and compositions like a graceful tsunami of invention." -- Exclaim!

"Tera Melos has ferociously explored the outer limits of bizarre time signatures and unhinged thrash since its self-titled 2005 debut. But the band's full-length, Patagonian Rats is more akin to the type of freak-pop perversion dished out by daring pioneers like Devo and The Flaming Lips." -- Wired.com

Sacramento genre-benders Tera Melos have been handpicked to support fIREHOSE on their upcoming reunion tour dates on the West Coast. Given Tera Melos' longstanding relationship with fIREHOSE/Minutemen/The Stooges bassist Mike Watt, this pairing should come as no surprise. Watt recently lent his voice to the track "Manar the Magic" on the band's Zoo Weather EP and Mike Watt & The Missingmen has toured with Tera Melos in Japan, UK and the US extensively.

Tera Melos' most recent album Patagonian Rats landed on many Best of 2010 lists, as well as receiving raves from Wired.com, Exclaim!, ALARM Press, Impose and Exploding In Sound. Tours with Boris, Melt Banana and Le Butcherettes have continued to build the band's extensive fan base. Henry Rollins has repeatedly championed the album on his KCRW radio show and Marnie Stern also named it her favorite album of the year in SPIN. MP3 and video links follow below, or stream the entire Tera Melos discography via Bandcamp.

TERA MELOS w/ fIREHOSE 2012
 04/05 - Sacramento, CA @ Harlow's
04/06 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge (sold out)
04/07 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos
04/09 - Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo
04/10 - Eugene, OR @ Wow Hall
04/11 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's (sold out)




Artist: Tera Melos
Album:
Patagonian Rats -- Deluxe Digital Edition
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: February 22nd, 2011

01. So Occult (VIDEO)
02. Kelly (VIDEO)
03. The Skin Surf (VIDEO)
04. Aped
05. Trident Tail
06. Frozen Zoo (MP3) (any file format) (VIDEO)
07. In Citrus Heights
08. Skywatch
09. Party With Gina
10. Another Surf
11. Westham United
12. A New Uniform/Patagonia
13. Purple and Stripes
14. Kelley
15. Manar The Magic (MP3) (VIDEO)
16. Melt Bamanarnana (Melt Banana Remix)
17. Manar The Magic (Pat Hills' Rat Trap Dub)
18. Manar Was A Rat
19. Frozen Zoo (Thawed Out Mix) (VIDEO)
20. Frozen Zoo (Raleigh Moncrief Remix)

On the Web:
facebook.com/teramelosmusic
www.teramelos1.tumblr.com
teramelos.bandcamp.com


Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine’s Day: “Love” is in the Title...

Hearts and flowers, chocolates and ribbons, diapers and arrows. In recognition of today, I’ve selected a bunch of songs with “love” in the title. Now, will these songs completely embody the spirit of Valentine’s Day? No, I didn’t promise that.



Enjoy...

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds — “I Let Love In”


Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band — “I Love You, You Big Dummy”


Black Flag — “I Love You”


Bo Diddley — “Who Do You Love?”


The Gun Club — “Fire Of Love”


Charles Mingus — “I X Love”


Thelonious Monk — “I Love You (Sweetheart Of All My Dreams)”


Mr. Bungle — “Love Is A Fist”


Tom Waits — “I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You”


Johnny Cash — “Give My Love To Rose”


Motörhead — “Love Me Like A Reptile”


Chet Baker — “That Ole Devil Called Love”


John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman — “My One and Only Love”


Sly & The Family Stone — “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again”


Minutemen — “Love Dance”


PJ Harvey — “To Bring You My Love”


X — “When Our Love Passed Out on the Couch”


Beauty Pill — “Prison Song (A Love Song Called Will You Come Visit Me In Prison)”


Joy Division — “Love Will Tear Us Apart”


Spirit — “Love Has Found A Way”


Roky Erickson — “True Love Cast Out All Evil”


Lou Reed — “Satellite Of Love”


Frank Zappa — “Wild Love”


Flipper — “Love Canal”


Richard Hell & The Voidoids — “Love Comes In Spurts”
(I couldn’t find a clip of the Voidoids version, so you have Heartbreakers instead.)


The Monkees — “Love Is Only Sleeping”


Led Zeppelin — “Whole Lotta Love”


Public Enemy — “Whole Lotta Love Goin On in the Middle of Hell”


Talking Heads — “I’m Not In Love”


The Rolling Stones — “Love In Vain”


The Doors — “Love Her Madly”


The Ramones — “Oh Oh I Love Her So”


John Lennon — “Love”


The White Stripes — “A Martyr For My Love For You”


Subhumans — “Love Is...”


Queens of the Stone Age — “Misfit Love”


The Cramps — “Love Me”


Participation is encouraged if there are any other “LOVE” songs you’d like to include.

Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

Notes from the Record Room: Bring on the Kill Taker

I was in Ocean City, New Jersey with a friend, sitting outside on a deck with a boombox resting between us. It was 1993. On this particu...