Friday, June 29, 2012

What I Heard This Morning/Week/Last Week: Arc In Round, Ape School, Rumplestiltskin Grinder

Some Philadelphia bred groups for you.  The hometown bursts with talent and gets little to no press.

First, Arc In Round.

Juan Edgardo Rodriguez, the managing editor of No Ripcord, sent me a song and the band's self-titled album a few weeks ago.  While I haven't been able to completely absorb the album yet, (been listening to two or three other albums for upcoming reviews), the band's single, "Hallowed", I really enjoyed.  There's a shoegazing, pop-infused bounce to the song I find very engaging.



I will, at some point, listen to the entire album, which was released June 26th.



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Next is Ape School, who will be releasing a new album later this August called, Junior Violence.  The band's single, "Marijuana's on the Phone," has been released as a 7" as of June 26th.  You can stream the track via Soundcloud.  (Sorry, no embedding.)

All info comes courtesy of Terrorbird Media.

Philly's Ape School drop new 7" today, Junior Violence on the way this August

Marijuana's On The Phone" 7" out this week ; Michael Johnson (Lilys, Holopaw) & Co.'s new full-length out 8.7.12 on Hometapes (Bear In Heaven, Megafaun, AU)




LISTEN/DOWNLOAD: Marijuana's On The Phone
via Soundcloud

Junior Violence begins with a death rattle of the most optimistic sort. Half-synthesized and half-howled, the first song on Ape School's new album sums up birth, death, and the guilt you face as you drop the needle on side A:

Did you know you fucked yourself?

Everything is on the other side of that question. Answer it and you'll wonder why you're just now fessing up. Tell your truth and the Oberheim OB-8 will cascade like a waterfall. The bass line will try to feel you up. It's all foreplay for the anthemic "Marijuana's on the Phone" and the nine tracks that follow, adding up to the second album from Ape School, the flaming sigil for a man named Michael Johnson.
Junior Violence is part confession, part blitz, part hangover, and part ascension.

Over the past three years, Johnson built and demolished with equal fervor.
Junior Violence was constructed version-by-version, through the controlled burns and tropical storms of experimentation, collaboration, a well-timed Eventide sponsorship, day jobs (teaching), and night jobs (playing and recording with friends War on Drugs and Kurt Vile). Part of Philadelphia's musical fabric for a decade, Johnson started life in Florida. Born into that solid-state bed of Def Leppard and Van Halen and the subsequent pan-generational cures of Jane's Addiction and Dinosaur Jr., Johnson went from building guitars out of legos and smoking joints at church talent shows into the Gainesville d.i.y. scene and a pile of bands -- including Holopaw. Touring, joining the Sub Pop label, album-crafting with Brian Deck, and Johnson's first taste of digital recording meshed with his march toward professorship at an art school in Philadelphia. That geographic shift coincided with tourmate Sam Beam (Iron and Wine) introducing Johnson to Kurt Vile, an IDM love affair giving way to a lifelong relationship with Daedelus (who took Ape School's record to Ninja Tune after it was mixed at Rastafari studio in Brooklyn), and Johnson playing in the last audible breaths of Lilys.

The Ape School equation, worked out in real time on the I-95 corridor, is audible in
Junior Violence's forty minutes. Experience, context, the skill to build a raging fire, and the confidence to toss ideas straight into the blaze drove Michael Johnson to embrace first takes, to fuck up, to play match maker between Pink Floyd and Prince, between Soft Machine and Queen, and to build a band out of geniuses. The album and live lineup features Eric Slick on drums, who joined Ape School while he was playing with Adrian Belew (King Crimson) and who went on to join Dr. Dog. Liz Boyd, Scott Churchman, Adam Ravitz, Zach Poyatt, Beachwolf, and a rotating roster of former students perform as Ape School and round out its undeniable wall of sound. "If it sounds like it is directed to somebody else, it's probably directed at me." Johnson can tell a story for every song. "Marijuana's on the Phone", the album's lead single (out on a 7" this June), began as drunken strum into a tape recorder that was rounded out the morning after with Slick, an ARP 2600, and that swinging baritone sax. The pulsing "Carry On" was based entirely on a Ras Michael reggae beat. Electrified with Boyd's vocals, an addictive chorus, and that clear-ringing guitar line, you might catch a whiff of meaning: acute perception can be a real pain in the ass; sometimes you just want to be stupid. "Ready for Duty", a nod to Captain Beefheart, calls out the oil-filled Gulf of Mexico lapping the shores of Johnson's hometown -- a suicide note and a love letter, all at once.

Michael Johnson declared to all, "
I've got sourpuss down to a science," and, indeed, Junior Violence is an acidic pop exploder. It sends bullets flying and knives thrusting, but it does so in the golden light of Summer. This album professes love in its exploration of all the parts of life that hold you back from that very pleasure. It declares passion in its obsessive care and quality, and in its respect for and exaltation of moments of trouble and chance. It's an ode to invention, to the sonic recipe that calls for everything from synth to sax. And when you think about life and all us living it, there might be no better name for it than Ape School.
 

-Sara Padgett Heathcott, Hometapes
"a terrific pot of psychedelic pop tea, brimming with catchy melodies, bright production, and playful (just weird enough) creativity. If you wished there was a middle ground between the two MGMT albums, this might fit that bill." - Brooklyn Vegan

"the sonic equivalent of peyote-eating in the desert — arid, expansive and full of shape and color." - RollingStone.com

APE SCHOOL LIVE DATES



 

7.18.12 Mercury Lounge New York City, New York with Lotus Plaza
8.17.12 Johnny Brenda's Philadelphia, PA (Junior Violence record release show) 
8.21.12 Glasslands Brooklyn, NY

Ape School

Junior Violence
new LP out August 07, 2012 via Hometapes (HT054)




01. A New Low! It Sucks Itself!
02. Marijuana's on the Phone
03. Carry On
04. Cocaine & Guns ASAP
05. Dirty Money
06. Beneficiary (Don't Blame Me)
07. Ready for Duty
08. You Don't Know You Don't Know
09. Sourpuss Down to a Science
10. Weak in the Teeth
11. Piss it Away

Marijuana's On The Phone b/w Blame Mark Griffey 7"
out now via Hometapes
order HERE




Ape School website
www.home-tapes.com


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Lastly, is Rumplestiltskin Grinder.  Their new album, Ghostmaker, released June 19th.

Feast your metal ears via Stereokiller.

Info comes courtesy of Earsplit PR. 


RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER's New Album Out Today And Streaming Via Metalsucks

Ghostmaker, the third full-length from Philly's adrenalized death/thrash quartet RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER, is out today in North America via Candlelight Records. With more than forty-five minutes of nonstop soul-crushing thunder, Ghostmaker shows the outfit at their most antagonistic yet, while also showcasing the most talented musical prowess from RSG to date.

The mob at MetalSucks, who are obviously big fans of the hard-partying RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER ethos, are streaming all twelve neck-wrecking tracks from
Ghostmaker for a limited time. Get blasted RIGHT HERE.

Now in their tenth year as a unit, RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER currently contains members of Absu, Woe, Azure Emote, Ashencult, Fucked Forever, Total Fucking Destruction, Smoker & the Rollers and more.
Ghostmaker was produced by the members of the band and bears cover art by gore artist Mike Hrubovcak (Sinister, Grave, Hate Eternal, Cattle Decapitation, etc.) as with several of the band's previous releases."There are too many more moments of memorable riffage, solos, variations, and crypt-shattering lyrics to try and name them all. Literally every song is chock-full of them. 4.75/5" - Stereokiller

"
Few bands party harder based solely on the power of their SICK RIFFS than Philadelphia’s Rumpelstiltskin Grinder." - MetalSucks
"...a prime example of a band who is at the top of their game, and truly shows off the band’s songwriting and musical abilities. Catchy riffs, excellent guitar solos, fantastically executed vocals and an entertaining drum performance, what is missing from this equation? Nothing. 8.5/10" - Axis Of Metal

http://www.rumpelstiltskingrinder.com
 
http://www.facebook.com/RumpelstiltskinGrinder 
http:/www.candlelightrecordsusa.com 
https://www.facebook.com/CandlelightRecordsUSA

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Letters From A Tapehead

Odd Future: "Sam Is Dead"

Existential Vietnam film meets 70s exploitation cinema tactics meets potty mouth Tyler, The Creator.

oddfuture.com

Info, poster and link provided by Life or Death PR & Management.



Directed by Wolf Haley and featuring himself, Domo Genesis and Lee Spielman of Trash Talk, Manface, Lionel "L-Boy" Boyce, Brick Stowell and Lucas Vercetti, the film will feature an original score composed by Tyler, The Creator.



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Letters From A Tapehead

Dinosaur Jr.: "Watch the Corners"

Not that I'm one to normally promote anything Rolling Stone related, but "Watch The Corners," the first single from Dinosaur Jr.'s upcoming new album, I Bet On Sky, can be found at rollingstone.com.  There's an interview, too. 

Info comes courtesy of Jagjaguwar.

Stream Dinosaur Jr.'s "Watch The Corners"
from
I Bet On Sky

Read New J Mascis Interview At Rolling Stone 

photo by Brantley Gutierre

"Watch The Corners," the first single from Dinosaur Jr.'s upcoming album I Bet On Sky, premiered this morning at RollingStone.com along with an interview with J Mascis. The new single starts out with chugging riffs that ease into Mascis' vocals, and properly closes with a shredding solo. Wedged in the middle of the tune is an atypical breakdown with a brief flash of acoustic guitar. "I always liked that since I was a kid, from like, Black Sabbath," Mascis says. "Suddenly they go into acoustic, back into electric – I guess I've always been into that."
 
Click here to stream "Watch The Corners" at RollingStone.com

I Bet On Sky, their first since the 2009 album Farm, will be released in North America by Jagjaguwar on September 18th, 2012 and in the UK and Europe by PIAS on September 17th.Summer festival appearances and fall North American tour dates with Shearwater are listed below!

Byron Coley on
I Bet On Sky:

There is nothing quite like a Dinosaur Jr. album. The best ones are always recognizable from the first notes. And even though J tries to trip us up by smearing “Don’t Pretend You Didn’t Know” with keyboards, it’s clear from the moment he starts his vocals that this is the one and only Dinosaur Jr., long reigning kings of Amherst, Massachusetts (and anywhere else they choose to hang their toques).
I Bet on Sky is the third Dinosaur Jr. album since the original trio – J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph – reformed in 2005. And, crazily, it marks the band’s 10th studio album since their debut on Homestead Records in 1985. Back in the ‘80s, if anyone has suggested that these guys would be performing and recording at such a high level 27 years later, they would have been laughed out of the tree fort. The trio’s early shows were so full of sonic chaos, such a weird blend of aggression and catatonia that we all assumed they would flame out fast. But the joke was on us.

The trio has taken everything they’ve learned from the various projects they tackled over the years, and poured it directly into their current mix. J’s guitar approaches some of its most unhinged playing here, but there’s a sense of instrumental control that matches the sweet murk of his vocals (not that he always remembers to exercise control on stage, but that’s another milieu). This is head-bobbing riff-romance at the apex. Lou’s basswork shows a lot more melodicism now as well, although his two songs on
I Bet on Sky retain the jagged rhythmic edge that has so often marked his work. And Murph…well, he still pounds the drums as hard and as strong as a pro wrestler, with deceptively simple structures that manage to interweave themselves perfectly with his bandmates’ melodic explosions.

After submerging myself in
I Bet on Sky, it’s clear that the album is a true and worthy addition to the Dinosaur Jr. discography. It hews close enough to rock formalism to please the squares. Yet it is brilliantly imprinted with the trio’s magical equation, which is a gift to the rest of us. For a combo that began as anomalous fusion of hardcore punk and pop influences, Dinosaur Jr. have proven themselves to be unlikely masters of the long game. Their new album is a triumph of both form and function. And it augurs well for their future trajectory. If I were prone to wagering, I’d say their best days are yet ahead of them. And yeah. I would bet the sky on it.



Dinosaur Jr. 

I Bet On Sky
September 18th, 2012

1. Don't Pretend You Didn't Know
2. Watch The Corners
3. Almost Fare
4. Stick A Toe In
5. Rude
6. I Know It Oh So Well
7. Pierce The Morning Rain
8. What Was That
9. Recognition
10. See It On Your Side

Tour Dates:

07/06/12 Des Moines, IA: 80/35 Music Festival
08/25/12 St. Louis, MO: LouFest 2012
09/24/12 Toronto, ON: Lee's Palace
09/25/12 Toronto, ON: Lee's Palace
09/26/12 Toronto, ON: Lee's Palace
09/27/12 Detroit, MI: St. Andrew's Hall
09/28/12 Cincinnati, OH: MidPoint Music Festival
09/29/12 Champaign, IL: Pygmalion Festival
10/01/12 Nashville, TN: Mercy Lounge*
10/02/12 Atlanta, GA: Variety Playhouse*
10/03/12 New Orleans, LA: Tipitina's*
10/04/12 Austin, TX: Mohawk*
10/05/12 Houston, TX: Fitzgerald's*
10/06/12 Dallas, TX: The Prophet Bar*
10/08/12 Flagstaff, AZ: Orpheum Theater*
10/09/12 Santa Ana, CA: The Observatory*
10/10/12 San Francisco, CA: The Fillmore*
10/11/12 Eugene, OR, WOW Hall*
10/12/12 Seattle, WA: Neptune Theatre*
10/14/12 Salt Lake City, UT: Urban Lounge*
10/15/12 Denver, CO: Bluebird Theater*
10/17/12 Omaha, NE: The Waiting Room*
10/18/12 Minneapolis, MN: Cabooze*
10/19/12 Madison, WI: Majestic Theatre*
10/20/12 Grand Rapids, MI: The Orbit Room*
10/22/12 Bloomington, IN: The Bluebird*
10/23/12 Cleveland, OH: Beachland Ballroom*
10/24/12 Millvale, PA: Mr. Smalls Theatre*
10/25/12 Washington, DC: Black Cat*
10/26/12 Charlottesville, VA: Jefferson Theater*
10/27/12 Philadelphia, PA: Union Transfer*

* w/Shearwater


Dinosaur Jr. Press Alcove

Dinosaur Jr. at Jagjaguwar
Dinosaur Jr. Official Site
Dinosaur Jr. on Facebook


Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

What I Heard This Morning: Milk Music

I'm grooving on "Violence Now" by Milk Music



All info provided by Life or Death PR & Management.

MILK MUSIC SET TO EMBARK ON NATIONAL TOUR THIS JULY, INCLUDING PITCHFORK FESTIVAL

HEAR A NEW SONG "VIOLENCE NOW"

BEYOND LIVING AVAILABLE DIGITALLY FOR THE 1st TIME EVER

DOWNLOAD THEIR SET FROM PRIMAVERA VIA WFMU


Olympia, WA's cult rock and roll band Milk Music are about to embark on a full US tour in July, including a stop at Pitchfork Festival. Today, the band are sharing a new/old track to celebrate the tour. "Violence Now" originally appeared on a very small run of flexi discs as a split effort with Carrie Keith of Gun Outfit. They were included with an issue of the Olympia based NUTS! Fanzine. If you didn't have a friend who was in the know, or were already familiar with NUTS!, chances are you didn't get one. You can hear the dirty, fuzzed out anthem right now, released digitally for the first time.

MP3: "Violence Now" here!

Speaking of digital releases, you can now purchase Milk Music's long sold out, sought out EP
Beyond Living on iTunes for a bargain price of $4.99

To get a taste of what Milk Music is all about live, you can check out
WFMU and download their full set from Primavera Sound which includes some new songs that hint at what's to come for their next LP being recorded this summer.

TOUR DATES
7/6 - Spokane, Washington - Spokane Vintage Warehouse

7/7 - Missoula, Montana - VFW Post 209
7/8 - Calgary, Alberta - TBA
7/9 - Regina, Saskatchewan - The Club at the Exchange
7/10 - Winnipeg, Manitoba - Frame Arts Warehouse
7/11 - St. Paul, Minnesota - Turf Club
7/12 - Madison, Wisconsin - Memorial Union Terrace %
7/13 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Quarters ^
7/15 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival
7/16 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean *
7/17 - Detroit, MI - Lager House

7/18 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern @
7/20 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore @
7/21 - Boston, MA - What We Talk About When We Talk About Us
7/23 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent !

7/24 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
7/25 - Columbus, OH - Ace Of Cups
7/26 - Cincinnati, OH - The Comet

7/30 - Kansas City, MI - Outer Space
7/31 - Denver, CO - Rhineoceropolis

% = w/ Liturgy, Lotus Plaza, Dent May
^ = w/ Autonomy, High Horse, Tenement
* = w/ Iceage, Skrapyard, Ooze
@ = w/ Iceage
! = w/ Nude Beach, Zulus


BEYOND LIVING
(SELF RELEASED)
OUT NOW DIGITALLY | VINYL SOLD OUT


1. Fertile Ground
2. Beyond Living
3. No Life
4. Out of My World
5. Be Here Now
6. The Burning Light

Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

Public Enemy: I Shall Not Be Moved

"I Shall Not Be Moved" is the new single from Public Enemy's upcoming new album, Most of My Heroes Still Don't Appear On No Stamp, which is available digitally on July 4th.



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Letters From A Tapehead

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

EYEHATEGOD: "Medicine Noose" (Live)

The legendary Eyehategod has announced touring dates through Europe and the tour is to be called "Europe Is The New Vietnam Tour."  For the sake of enhancing what is mostly meant to list some dates, a live clip of a new Eyehategod song, "Medicine Noose," was provided.

All info is courtesy of Earsplit PR. 



EYEHATEGOD Announce Europe Is The New Vietnam Tour 2012

EYEHATEGOD, Louisiana’s favorite purveyors of hardcore, blues-based, unrepentant, post-amplificated dirge, will head to Europe this Summer to further spread their audio message of discontent. The caravan of decadence and debauchery begins July 20 at Serengeti Festival 2012 in Stukenbrock, Germany and will pillage its way through 19 cities, leaving in its wake nothing but broken glass and hurt feelings.

Commented frontman Mike Williams of the latest rampage:
“In this wonderful End-Time era of 2012, New Orleans’ only 'Brotherhood of the Pharmaceutical Probation System,' EYEHATEGOD, are once again hitting the rusted railroad tracks and unpaved interstates, hitchhiking their lonesome souls all the way across the seven seas to do even more psychological damage to the music industry, and put full blown reality and life's terrible immorality in all your faces...where it belongs.”

EYEHATEGOD - Europe Is The New Vietnam Tour 2012:

7/20/2012 Serengeti Festival 2012 - Stukenbrock, Germany
7/21/2012 Hammer Open Air Metal Festival 2012 - Turku, Finland
7/22/2012 Hafenklang - Hamburg, Germany
7/23/2012 Magnet - Berlin, Germany
7/25/2012 Fonobar - Warsaw, Poland
7/26/2012 Viper Room - Wien, Austria
7/27/2012 IBK - Innsbruck, Austria
7/28/2012 Big Barre Club - Cesena, Italy
7/29/2012 Kab Usine - Geneve, Switzerland
7/30/2012 Garage - Saabrücken, Germany
7/31/2012 Bastard - Osnabrück, Germany
8/01/2012 Beta - Copenhagen, Denmark
8/02/2012 Truckstop Alaska - Gothenburg, Sweden
8/04/2012 Tribute - Sandnes, Norway
8/07/2012 Fleece - Bristol, United Kingdom
8/08/2012 Academy 3 - Manchester, United Kingdom
8/09/2012 Garage - London, United Kingdom
8/11/2012 Ieperfest 2012 - Ieper, Belgium
8/12/2012 Gebäude 9 - Cologne, Germany

In related news, EYEHATEGOD is preparing for another U.S. takeover this fall. Details to be confirmed in the coming weeks. In the meantime check out live footage of new track “Medicine Noose” from Dark Lord Day 2012 in Munster, Indiana in April at
THIS LOCATION. Check out the full set HERE.

http://www.eyehategod.ee

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialEyeHateGod
http://www.MikeIX.com


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Letters From A Tapehead

Woods: I Was Gone

Woods is releasing a new album in September called, Bend Beyond.  A live clip of their single, "I Was Gone," shows the band jamming out psych style, spacing out with effects peddles, displaying that hunched geek rocker, indie-r than thou pose.  "I Was Gone," as much as it provides Woods an opportunity to get lost in a hippie flavored jam session, leans on some nice melodies and enjoys a satisfying level of space addled frenzy.

Woods
All info comes courtesy of Force Field PR.



Woods announces new album, Bend Beyond due this Sept.

VIDEO: "I Was Gone" (live) - http://vimeo.com/41898964
 

We are excited to announce that on September 18th Woods will release their new album, Bend Beyond, on Woodsist Records. A limited 7" featuring the first single will be available on their West Coast tour this August with Peaking Lights, which is centered around the Woodsist Festival in Big Sur on Aug 4th and 5th.
 

"The foundations of Brooklyn's Woods lie in the small rear-house apartment bedroom of Jeremy Earl, who took to recording his eerily somber acoustic songs in 2005 as little more than a humble personal outlet. After two early albums and several singles which saw Earl still honing his sound, Woods released Songs of Shame in 2009 to widespread critical acclaim and offered the band a chance to develop their live sound on the back of a massive touring schedule. During this period, the live line-up solidified with the inclusion of multi-instrumentalist Jarvis Taveniere, bassist Kevin Morby and cassette-collage maestro G. Lucas Crane. While the band's early recordings had mixed haunting folk and distorted sound-scape journeys, their new live show offered Kraut-rock inspired fugues and Crazy Horse-style romps, infusing Earl's dirges with an off-kilter energy and a sense of looming chaos.

With their live sound now in place, the band released the equally lauded follow-up albums At Echo Lake and Sun and Shade, which continued to explore their signature mix of sun soaked pop and psychedelic meditations. All were released on Earl's Woodsist label which, in addition to being the band's home, has achieved an influential status in its own right, releasing records from Real Estate, White Fence and Kurt Vile, to name a few.

While creating their newest record, Bend Beyond, the band abandoned their usual recording process, which favored immediacy above all - some songs were recorded just mere minutes after their creation - and instead sought to capture elements of their dynamic live sound. To this end, Taveniere joined Earl in his upstate home in the Fall of 2011 and the pair produced the twelve song album, which features the epic title song, a recent centerpiece to the band's live set.

While the core sound of Woods will always be Earl's strikingly pure falsetto voice spilling dark secrets and twisted images, the group has never been content to coast on established formulas or sonic habits. With the recent addition of Aaron Neveu on drums to the live band, freeing up Taveniere to focus solely on guitar, the ever-evolving group has extensive touring plans for the Fall of 2012 to coincide with the release of Bend Beyond." - Justin Sullivan

WOODS
Fri-Aug-03 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall *
Sat-Aug-04 Big Sur, CA Woodsist Festival @ Henry Miller Library
Tue-Aug-07 Santa Barbara, CA Velvet Jones *
Wed-Aug-08 Los Angeles, CA Echo *
Thu-Aug-09 San Diego, CA Soda Bar
Sat-Sept-01 Brighton, UK The Blind Tiger
Sun-Sept-02 Dorset, UK End of the Road
Mon-Sept-03 London, UK Cargo
Tue-Sept-04 Leeds, UK Brudenell Social Club
Wed-Sept-05 Bristol, UK The Fleece

* = w/ Peaking Lights

WOODS LINKS:

Twitter -
www.twitter.com/woodsist
Facebook -
http://www.facebook.com/woodsfamilyband
Label -
http://www.woodsist.com

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Letters From A Tapehead

Com Truise: Open

I've heard Com Truise before and I can't say I've ever been particularly enthusiastic about most varieties of synth/electronic music, though there have been exceptions.  "Open," the first cut from his upcoming new release In Decay, which compiles some of his early, unreleased work, appealed to me.  You get a sense of attention to detail, slow progression and layering of sound, an ideal amount of melody even if it is chilled at its core.  I'm constantly at odds with this sort of one-man computerized tone generation. The plug is inserted, knobs are tweaked, buttons pressed into service, keys prepped for suitable mood...  Music like this just seems too easy to create and most musicians of this ilk sound incapable of taking this type of sound and molding it into something personal.
  
Anyway, apologies for the digression: I sound like a "back in my day" curmudgeon, which makes no sense considering some of what you hear sounds pretty old school (I think of Tangerine Dream, who get a mention in the press release below).   I liked this track, so if that's any real, viable endorsement, give it a listen.



All info comes courtesy of Life or Death PR & Management.

COM TRUISE ANNOUNCES NEW COLLECTION IN DECAY OUT JULY 17th

HEAR A NEW CUT "OPEN" VIA ROLLING STONE

CYANIDE SISTERS EP ON VINYL FOR THE 1ST TIME EVER

GALACTIC MELT VINYL REPRESSED IN REDUX FORM


Com Truise photo by Charles Bergquist
In Decay , available July 17th worldwide, provides a fascinating alternative routemap for the idiosyncratic journeys of New Jersey producer Seth Haley - aka Com Truise - through the history of electronic music. A compilation of unreleased, early recordings, In Decay encompasses 13 tracks that have previously been either only available as demos online or are entirely unheard tracks dating from before Haley's official releases - his debut Cyanide Sisters EP, its follow-up full-length Galactic Melt, and last year's Fairlight EP.

While the synth sounds, rubbery basslines and sci-fi flavors that inform Haley's later work are in full effect here, they're assembled in manners different enough to make this both a fine record in its own right, and also a fascinating insight into the development of the distinctive Com Truise sound. It also finds the producer exploring a number of facets of that sound, from 8-bit influenced experimentalism to distinctly danceable beats - often within the confines of the same track.

 

"Controlpop", for instance, announces itself with an intro that sounds like a Commodore 64 being hit with a hammer, but resolves into slow liquid synthfunk that recalls Galactic Melt highlights like "VHS Sex" and "Flightwave." Its slow-burning dance vibe is shared by several other tracks - "Colorvision" and "Yxes", amongst others - while elsewhere, Haley drops the tempo and channels the psychedelic cosmic meanderings of forebears like Tangerine Dream and Popol Vuh. "Dreambender" sounds like it should be soundtracking a voyage into uncharted digital innerspace, while "Video Arkade" cruises along on a woozy rising-and-falling synthline that's like drifting on some sort of virtual reality rollercoaster. Like all Haley's work, it's like stepping into a strange, digital parallel world - a place constructed out of sounds both immediately familiar and yet somehow rendered thoroughly fresh, and a place that's worth staying for quite some time.
 

While we wait for the In Decay compilation, Ghostly International and Com Truise have repressed the vinyl version of Galactic Melt (Redux) and are offering the Cyanide Sisters EPon vinyl for the first time ever. Both releases come with a slight change in artwork from the originals and the redux of Galactic Melt comes with a slight change in packaging. You can order now at The Ghosly Store.

Com Truise also has a few more dates in his summer plans.

TOUR DATES

06.30 Istanbul, TR @ Mono Istanbul

08.17 Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop
08.15 London, UK @ XOYO
08.16 Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete's
08.18 Trondheim, NO @ Klubben
08.19 Oslo, NO @ Revolver
09.02 Chicago, IL @ North Coast Music Festival




IN DECAY 
(GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL)
OUT JULY 17th, 2012

1. Open

2. 84' Dreamin
3. Dreambender
04. Controlpop
5. Colorvision
6. Alfa Beach
7. Stop
8. Klymaxx
9. Yxes
10. Smily Cyclops
11. Video Arkade
12. Data Kiss
13. Closed




CYANIDE SISTERS
(GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL)

1. Cyanide Sisters

2. Sundriped
3. BASF Ace
4. Slow Peels
5. Iwywaw
6. Norkuy
7. 5891
8. Pyragony (Bonus Track)
9. Tripyra (Bonus Track)
10. Space Dust (Bonus Track)
11. Innerfacer (Bonus Track)




GALATIC MELT
(GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL)


1. Terminal

2. VHS Sex
3. Cathode Girls
4. Air Cal
5. Flightwave
6. Hyperlips
7. Brokendate
8. Glawio
9. Ether Drift
10. Futureworld
11. Galactic Melt (Vinyl Bonus)


Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

Friday, June 22, 2012

Om: State Of Non-Return

Meditative bass metal duo, Om, are releasing their newest album, Advaitic Songs, July 24th on Drag City.  "State Of Non-Return" sees the continued expansion of musical vocabulary that the band expressed on their previous release, 2009's God Is Good, drummer Emil Amos (Grails) bringing some of the progressive flare for which he's accustomed to Om's former simplicity.  Singer/bassist Al Cisneros pursues familiarity with his droning vocal, though the expansiveness of previous releases seems missing this time around, percussion strangely reductive, noise levels middled and sort of flat.  I'm enjoying the song itself, but the production seems lacking, which doesn't leave the best impression. 




I'll be reviewing Advaitic Songs for No Ripcord at a later date.  In the meantime, give the song a listen.



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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

What I Heard This Morning: The Hand To Man Band

The Hand to Man Band is Mike Watt (Minutemen, fIREHOSE), John Dieterich (Deerhoof), Tim Barnes (Silver Jews) and Thollem McDonas.  Their new album, You Are Always On Our Minds, was released May 22nd via Post-Consumer Records.  A video for the song, "The Down Moveables," is available to disturb and confound. 





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Monday, June 18, 2012

6.18.12: Paul McCartney at 70…

In 2005, I wrote one of my first online record reviews. At this point, I hadn't even begun Letters From A Tapehead and the notion of investing actual time into music criticism wasn't something I'd considered, but I felt compelled to throw together a lot of paragraphs in the hope that they would maybe attract some curious listeners. The album was Chaos and Creation in the Backyard by Paul McCartney. I'm sure the review wasn't that good, to be honest I don't really remember what I'd written, but after McCartney's slew of so-so albums and the so-so reception most of them received, I was moved by Chaos and Creation, which I felt to be revealing in a way that McCartney hadn't been for some time.




His unthreatening demeanor and boyish charm were instrumental in his being an affable public relations face for The Beatles and this ability to smile for the camera has carried into his subsequent project and pursuits, still a warm and welcoming face singing "Silly Love Songs" to either the public's delight or chagrin. He's always known what to say and how to say it. Even in the 1960s when he'd been asked whether or not he'd experimented with LSD, McCartney knew how to admit the truth and simultaneously put the ownership of what could've been damaging little factoid on the reporter who'd asked the question in the hopes of attaining something juicy for the papers.

Despite this, the man's work speaks for itself and has been the subject of countless books and reviews, interviews and documentaries. Is it even worth noting how essential McCartney's contributions to popular culture and rock n' roll really are at this point? It would seem like a waste of copy, as nothing I say now is going to sway people one way or the other about The Beatles or Paul McCartney. The man's a legend, whether you like it or not. And, while he's mostly viewed as the Mr. Milquetoast next to John Lennon, a man who was lucky enough to gain some attention from the Nixon administration in order to enhance the subversive persona that his music was unable to put across on its own, McCartney's solo output took more creative risks. His was not the straight music that Lennon claimed it to be, though he's made many mistakes.

On the other hand, between the both of them, they knew how to make each other shine. McCartney has always suffered from a lack of editing or creative advice, which factored heavily in the making of Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich refusing to hold back his opinions while attempting to guide McCartney with his execution.

Anyway, my pointless rambling and fanboy digressions aside, my respect for the man is immeasurable and he inspired me to begin writing about music. He turned 70 years old today. Here's to another 70, Paul, though immortality is already yours.

























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MusicFilmWeb: Not a Photograph: The Mission Of Burma Story

MusicFilmWeb's Music Documentary Monday feature, 6.18.

Not a Photograph: The Mission Of Burma Story
Directed by Jeffrey Iwanicki and David A. Kleiler Jr.
Released: 2006





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Friday, June 15, 2012

What I Heard This Morning (Sort of): METZ

90s victims, strap on your Docs, touch-up your tribal ink, reactivate your piercings and pull the flannel out of retirement: Sub Pop has acquired a throwback. The band is called METZ. Check out the teaser.



All info comes courtesy of Sub Pop.



Sub Pop signs METZ; S/T debut album out October 9th!
Summer tour dates include NXNE appearances this weekend!

Watch a preview of the METZ album.

Sub Pop Records has signed the ferocious Toronto-based trio METZ and will release the band’s debut full-length worldwide on October 9th, 2012. The band has created a concise video piece previewing the album, which is available
here.

METZ will perform two shows at NXNE in Toronto this weekend: June 15th at Wrongbar, and June 16th at the Phoenix. This will be followed by a one-off show on June 22nd in Seattle at Barboza, and a festival performance on August 3rd in Sackville, NB at Sappyfest. METZ will then head out on a week-long tour, beginning August 24th in Chicago, IL at Bottom Lounge and ending September 1st in Brooklyn, NY at Death by Audio. Full tour dates below.


About METZ:As their name suggests, Toronto’s METZ are short, sharp and to the point. They play minimal post-punk with enough of a grasp of melody and dynamics to appeal to the more casual listener.


Having been on the city's live circuit since relocating from Ottawa in 2009, their chaotic live performances have quickly gained repute as some of the city's best. And, if a fraction of their on-stage energy translates to their October 2012 debut, a crossover to the precariously fey mainstream indie world is not out of their reach.


Confrontational without being contrived and contorted without being convoluted, METZ are working rapidly outward from a pretty rare niche and are one band whose buzz is certain to induce violent shaking.


What people are saying about METZ:

“METZ have released a few great singles so far…If you dig AmRep, Brainiac, and McLusky and songs that employ that metallic "SHRIIIIIINNG," you are not going to want to miss these guys.” – Brooklyn Vegan

“Apparently there are bands from Canada who have balls. Sharing their name with my favorite baseball team—at least phonetically—Toronto's METZ bring the raw, early ‘90s hardcore sludge back with a vengeance. Culling from Sub Pop's early catalog (think Melvins, Dwarves, Bleach era), these Canucks have been spewing the noise to great reception for the better part of two years.” – Impose

“With layers of abstract guitar noise and pummeling drums, songs such as "Negative Space" flailed and thrashed before us before being bludgeoned to a sudden death. Just as suddenly METZ were leaving the stage, leaving us punch-drunk and disoriented in their wake.” - BlogTO

Tour Dates

Jun. 15 - Toronto, ON - Wrongbar*
Jun. 16 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix**
Jun. 22 - Seattle, WA - Barboza*^
Aug. 03 - Sackville, NB - Sappyfest
Aug. 24 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge**
Aug. 25 - Minneapolis, MN - 400 Bar**
Aug. 28 - Pittsburgh, PA - Garfield Artworks
Aug. 29 - Washington, D.C. - DC9
Aug. 30 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
Aug. 31 - New York, NY - Pianos
Sep. 01 - Brooklyn, NY - Death By Audio
* w/ The Men
** w/ Archers of Loaf
^ w/ Kinski


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No Ripcord: The Melvins (Lite)

The Melvins (Lite)
Freak Puke
Ipecac Recordings
Released: 6.5.12



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Thursday, June 14, 2012

John Coltrane: "Love"

I gently brushed the dust off of John Coltrane's First Meditations (For Quartet) this evening.  The needle drops and the effect is instantaneous, a wash of McCoy Tyner's keys and that sax — always that sax — speaking volumes in impassioned honks and blasts.

This was the last recording to emerge from Coltrane's famed quartet, so the beauty is always bittersweet.  



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Mount Eerie: "Pale Lights"

A new single from Mount Eerie's second release for 2012, Ocean Roar, is circulating online.  "Pale Lights" seems consistent with much of what made the recently released Clear Moon stand out, Mr. Mount Eerie himself, Phil Elverum, reveling in light dissonance and folk bred psychedelia.  Release is set for September 4th.  The song, links and all info are provided by Force Field PR.



Mount Eerie's Clear Moon was recently reviewed at No Ripcord.

Mount Eerie announces second album of 2012, Ocean Roar out this Sept.

Companion album to
Clear Moon


STREAM: "Pale Lights" (excerpt) - http://soundcloud.com/forcefieldpr/mount-eerie-pale-lights/



Mount Eerie is having a big 2012. The month of May saw the release of the critically celebrated Clear Moon which sold out the first pressing almost immediately. June through October are full of shows all over the North American continent (more details on that soon). Constant new singles and reissues fill the summer. It's perfectly timed that the dark counterpart to Clear Moon is being released on September 4th.
Ocean Roar is part two in a pair of new Mount Eerie albums this year. It acts as a counterpoint to the soft synth walls and landscape pondering of Clear Moon, presenting the opposite of that album's clear glints of awareness: a total wall of blue-grey oceanic fog, a half remembered dream of a trip through dense old growth hills to the gnarly winter ocean, in the middle of the night, decades ago. This album is the audio equivalent of the blanket of thick dark water vapor that covers the Pacific Northwest for most of the year, revealing only brief glimpses of illumination.

For over 13 years Phil Elverum has been releasing beguiling records, 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 and Ocean Roar.

After all the world-touring that followed the release of
Wind's Poem, Phil Elverum 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. The giant wooden room is audible.
Ocean Roar is perhaps more experimental than the average album. Calling these things "songs" only loosely applies. These are closer to studies in sound, attempts to alter the way the brain experiences its surroundings after being subjected to endless chords, repeating note flurries, stretched drones. It's "psychedelic" in same way as seasickness or vertigo. Warmth and distortion, burning driftwood, 9 months of rain.

MOUNT EERIE
06/17 Olympia, WA Northern 414 1/2 Legion Way

06/18 Portland, OR 4321 SE Hawthorne (2 shows, early & late) 
06/19 Portland, OR Valentine's
06/20 Seattle, WA 20/20 Cycle (2 shows, early & late)
06/21 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre
06/22 Nanaimo, BC TBA
06/23 Victoria, BC The Fifty Fifty
06/24 Bellingham, WA Make.Shift Art Space

07/13 - 07/15 Anacortes, WA 1st Anacortes Unknown Music Series
08/24 - 08/26 Rochester, WA Helsing Junction Sleepover



Mount Eerie
Ocean Roar
(P.W. Elverum and Sun)
Street Date: Sept. 4, 2012
Formats: Digital, LP
Theme: fogdream/obliteration

1. Pale Lights
2. Ocean Roar
3. Ancient Times
4. instrumental
5. Waves
6. Engel Der Luft (Popol Vuh)
7. I Walked Home Beholding
8. instrumental

MOUNT EERIE LINKS:

Twitter - www.twitter.com/PWElverum 
Official Site - http://www.pwelverumandsun.com

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The Mailbox Giveth: The Chrome Cranks

The Chrome Cranks
Ain't No Blood in Lies
Thick Syrup/Bang!
Released: 2012

"I'm trash!/Dead last!/I'm trash!/Fading fast!"

This shouted verse from "I'm Trash," first track from Ain't No Blood in Lies, the newest album from reformed 90s pigfuckers The Chrome Cranks, was enough to warm my heart, inspire a smile to crease my cheeks and warrant a full listen.  The gritty un-oiled engine of guitar chords that motor along keep the entirety of Ain't No Blood in Lies in a lovely state of disrepair, the band's commanding assemblage of Cramps' style punkabilly (especially with "Let It Ring") and Jesus Lizard atonality a heavenly mixture for anyone whose ears respond happily to discord.  "Rubber Rat," with its bass throb and chunky guitar tone, takes advantage of distortion to produce a great payoff and the following "Living/Dead" is just a heavy and straight-up acidic.  "Star To Star" has a guitar solo that sounds like it was played with rusty bedsprings.  "Broken-Hearted King" is all wind-up and grind down, a perfect little punk blues track with a bouncing tempo.  The album ends with its own little "Sister Ray," the 10+ minutes of "Lover of the Bayou" which finds The Chrome Cranks seeing how far they can take a caustic rut. 



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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Indian Handcrafts: Terminal Horse

This is a promo video for the upcoming new album by Indian Handcrafts, Civil Disobedience For Losers.  The band recently signed to Sargent House after releasing a self-titled, self-financed debut album in 2011.  A single from the album, "Red Action," was granted the gift of video, which you can find here.

All info courtesy of Us/Them.



Indian Handcrafts post in-studio video for Sargent House album debut, plus tour dates
 
Click image above to watch video

Canadian power-duo Indian Handcrafts have posted an in-studio video -- featuring cameos from some heavy friends -- announcing their forthcoming Sargent House album debut. The Toronto band's sophomore release, Civil Disobedience For Losers was recorded in Los Angeles back in March with engineer Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Big Business, Red Sparowes). The album will be released in Fall 2012. The clip features the album track "Terminal Horse".Watch teaser video HERE.
 

Indian Handcrafts also take to the road this month with Russian Circles and And So I Watch You From Afar, in addition to playing several Canadian festival appearances throughout the summer. Please see current dates below.

For more Indian Handcrafts, check out a free MP3 for "Red Action" (download/stream HERE) from the band's self-titled 2011 self-released debut (stream the full album via Bandcamp). Watch the official video for "Red Action" HERE and a blistering live performance of "Starcraft" HERE.

Indian Handcrafts' well honed, massive melodic heft seems to belie the simplicity of instrumentation between drummer/vocalist Brandyn James Aikins and guitarist/vocalist Daniel Brandon Allen. While their songs feature hints of heavy, technically skilled bands like Big Business and Hella, there are also strong melodies and a vocal intensity inviting comparisons to bands ranging from Trail of Dead to Death From Above 1979 to Big Black.
Civil Disobedience For Losers will be available on LP, CD and download Fall 2012 via Sargent House.

INDIAN HANDCRAFTS LIVE:

06/18 Winnipeg, MB @ The Park Theatre **
06/19 Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos Cantina ** 
06/20 Calgary, AB @ Dicken's Pub - Sled Island Music Festival ** 
06/21 Calgary, AB @ Ship & Anchor Pub - Sled Island Music Festival 
07/14 Toronto, ON @ Downsview Park - EdgeFest 2012 
07/19 Barrie, ON @ Kenzington MADY New Music Fest
08/05 Barrie, ON @ Kempenfest 09/13-09/16 Victoria, BC @ Rifflandia Festival 2012

** w/ Russian Circles & And So I Watch You From Afar

On the Web: 

indianhandcrafts.net 
indianhandcrafts.bandcamp.com

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Shopping For Records: New Dinosaur Jr. albums, I Bet On Sky

Dinosaur Jr. will be releasing a new album in September called, I Bet On SkyJ Mascis is one busy, busy man.  Thinking about all he did last year touring with Dino and the various projects he pursued, which included his highly enjoyable solo album Several Shades Of Why, the subsequent tour to support the release and then his recent Heavy Blanket project, it's staggering how productive he's been.  Still delivering on quality, though, which is really what matters.

No singles available yet.  All info, links and dates are courtesy of Jagjaguwar.

Dinosaur Jr. Returns With I Bet On Sky September 18th
North American Tour Dates This Fall


photo by Brantley Gutierrez
"There is nothing quite like a Dinosaur Jr. album. The best ones are always recognizable from the first notes. And even though J tries to trip us up by smearing “Don’t Pretend You Didn’t Know” with keyboards, it’s clear from the moment he starts his vocals that this is the one and only Dinosaur Jr., long reigning kings of Amherst, Massachusetts (and anywhere else they choose to hang their toques). I Bet on Sky is the third Dinosaur Jr. album since the original trio – J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph – reformed in 2005. And, crazily, it marks the band’s 10th studio album since their debut on Homestead Records in 1985. Back in the ‘80s, if anyone has suggested that these guys would be performing and recording at such a high level 27 years later, they would have been laughed out of the tree fort. The trio’s early shows were so full of sonic chaos, such a weird blend of aggression and catatonia that we all assumed they would flame out fast. But the joke was on us.

The trio has taken everything they’ve learned from the various projects they tackled over the years, and poured it directly into their current mix. J’s guitar approaches some of its most unhinged playing here, but there’s a sense of instrumental control that matches the sweet murk of his vocals (not that he always remembers to exercise control on stage, but that’s another milieu). This is head-bobbing riff-romance at the apex. Lou’s basswork shows a lot more melodicism now as well, although his two songs on I Bet on Sky retain the jagged rhythmic edge that has so often marked his work. And Murph…well, he still pounds the drums as hard and as strong as a pro wrestler, with deceptively simple structures that manage to interweave themselves perfectly with his bandmates’ melodic explosions.

After submerging myself in
I Bet on Sky, it’s clear that the album is a true and worthy addition to the Dinosaur Jr. discography. It hews close enough to rock formalism to please the squares. Yet it is brilliantly imprinted with the trio’s magical equation, which is a gift to the rest of us. For a combo that began as anomalous fusion of hardcore punk and pop influences, Dinosaur Jr. have proven themselves to be unlikely masters of the long game. Their new album is a triumph of both form and function. And it augurs well for their future trajectory. If I were prone to wagering, I’d say their best days are yet ahead of them. And yeah. I would bet the sky on it."

--Byron Coley


I Bet On Sky, their first since the 2009 album Farm, will be released in North America by Jagjaguwar on September 18th, 2012. Summer festival appearances and fall North American tour dates are listed below!



Dinosaur Jr. 
I Bet On Sky
September 18th, 2012

1. Don't Pretend You Didn't Know
2. Watch The Corners
3. Almost Fare
4. Stick A Toe In
5. Rude
6. I Know It Oh So Well
7. Pierce The Morning Rain
8. What Was That
9. Recognition
10. See It On Your Side


Tour Dates:
06/22/12 Chicago, IL: Subterranean
06/23/12 Chicago, IL: Green Music Festival
07/06/12 Des Moines, IA: 80/35 Music Festival
08/25/12 St. Louis, MO: LouFest 2012
09/24/12 Toronto, ON: Lee's Palace
09/25/12 Toronto, ON: Lee's Palace
09/26/12 Toronto, ON: Lee's Palace
09/27/12 Detroit, MI: St. Andrew's Hall
09/28/12 Cincinnati, OH: MidPoint Music Festival
09/29/12 Champaign, IL: Pygmalion Festival
10/01/12 Nashville, TN: Mercy Lounge
10/02/12 Atlanta, GA: Variety Playhouse
10/03/12 New Orleans, LA: Tipitina's
10/04/12 Austin, TX: Mohawk
10/05/12 Houston, TX: Fitzgerald's
10/06/12 Dallas, TX: The Prophet Bar
10/08/12 Flagstaff, AZ: Orpheum Theater
10/09/12 Santa Ana, CA: The Observatory
10/10/12 San Francisco, CA: The Fillmore
10/11/12 Eugene, OR, WOW Hall
10/12/12 Seattle, WA: Neptune Theatre
10/14/12 Salt Lake City, UT: Urban Lounge
10/15/12 Denver, CO: Bluebird Theater
10/17/12 Omaha, NE: The Waiting Room
10/18/12 Minneapolis, MN: Cabooze
10/19/12 Madison, WI: Majestic Theatre
10/20/12 Grand Rapids, MI: The Orbit Room
10/22/12 Bloomington, IN: The Bluebird
10/23/12 Cleveland, OH: Beachland Ballroom
10/24/12 Millvale, PA: Mr. Smalls Theatre
10/25/12 Washington, DC: Black Cat
10/26/12 Charlottesville, VA: Jefferson Theater
10/27/12 Philadelphia, PA: Union Transfer

Dinosaur Jr. Press Alcove
Dinosaur Jr. at Jagjaguwar
Dinosaur Jr. Official Site
Dinosaur Jr. on Facebook




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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Ihsahn: Introspection

Today, I had the opportunity to preview the new Ihsahn album, Eremita.  Loud and aggressive, a shrieking monster that exhibits remarkably crafted songs.  It was exciting to listen to.

The single, "Introspection," is not my favorite cut on the album, as it sounds rather reserved next to a lot of what goes on during Eremita.  But, I believe it'll get you in the door, as singles do.  "Introspection" was made available at the end of May at Guitar World, so I'm a little late with my acknowledgment.

"The Paranoid," however, is pretty awesome.  Sample below.

 

All info below comes courtesy of Earsplit PR.


IHSAHN: New Track Stream Available Via Guitar World

Today Guitarworld.com hosts the exclusive premiere of IHSAHN’s “Introspection,” the third track off the legendary vocalist/guitarist’s forthcoming new full-length, Eremita. Set for release on June 19 via Candlelight Records, the nine-track opus was recorded and produced at Telemark’s Ivory Shoulder Studios, with additional tracking completed at Notodden’s Juke Joint Studio and Seattle’s Envisage Audio and mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth) at Fascination Street Studios in Orebo, Sweden. Alongside IHSAHN, the album features performances from drummer Tobias Ornes Andersen (Leprous), saxophonist Jorgen Munkeby (Shining - Norway), guitarist Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore), and vocalists Devin Townsend, Einar Solberg (Leprous), and Heidi S. Tveitan (Star of Ash). Exhibiting IHSAHN’s highly-trained guitar and keyboard skills, Eremita (latin for hermit) is a journey that is sure to find an expanded audience for the revered 36-year-old.

Feast your ears on “Introspection” at THIS LOCATION.

IHSAHN’s prodigious and prolific talents have been at the forefront of heavy music for the past two decades. He began his career at age thirteen as a member of what would become fledgling black metal crew Emperor. As a band, Emperor would both define and refine metal, pushing the boundaries of what was considered possible within the most arcane of art forms and taking some of the most adventurous and extreme music of all time to a huge global audience. With albums like seminal In The Nightside Eclipse (recorded when IHSAHN was only seventeen), and Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk, Emperor obliterated all-comers and became one of the most revered metal bands in history. After the release of their final masterpiece, Prometheus: The Discipline Of Fire & Demise in 2001, IHSAHN announced that the band were to part ways to enable himself and his colleagues to pursue new creative avenues.

“With Eremita IHSAHN proves yet again that he is one of the most influential, progressive and enduring musicians to emerge out of the classic Norwegian black metal scene." – Guitar World

"IHSAHN just keeps getting better and better with every album he releases. He's really come into his own as one of the most talented musicians and songwriters in all of metal, and his distinct, singular sound has come a long way from his days in Emperor." – MetalSucks

“…without a doubt the most ambitious and experimental of IHSAHN’s solo albums and it another step further away from his black metal roots.” – This Is Not A Scene

“IHSAHN moves into a new period of his solo career that mixes avant-garde oddity with catchy song writing, and extreme metal with what can only be described as ‘evil big band sax.’” – Metal Underground 

http://www.ihsahn.com
http://www.candlelightrecordsusa.com

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Led Er Est: Kaiyo Maru

Synth band, Led Er Est, have a new video for their single, "Kaiyo Maru."  In effort to appeal to both nostalgia and irony the video for this track is awful in the way most 80s videos are: directionless and random, the bands cheaply filmed, miming their songs while cast in the strangest situations.  The song, though, I could get into.  Although Led Er Est seems another band riding a nostalgia wave, goth synth that sounds as though it'd been pulled from FM radio thirty years ago, I like what this band comes up with.  I get caught up in their melodies and I've grown somewhat of a sucker for electronically induced, New Wave darkness.

Their new album, The Diver, was released May 8th. 

All info below comes courtesy of Life or Death PR & Management.



LED ER EST ANNOUNCES TOUR
SHARES VIDEO FOR "KAIYO MARU"
THE DIVER OUT NOW ON SACRED BONES 

Photo courtesy of Nikki Sneakers
Led Er Est emerged from a series of jam sessions that core members Shawn O'Sullivan and Sam De La Rosa started having in early 2007, using bass guitar, some cheap drum machines, and synths. They were inspired to record music largely by 70's synth prog, and 80's lo-fi electronic and industrial music. They recorded a number of songs at friend Will Burnett's studio that fall. Their first officially released track was on the Wierd Records compilation, Analogue Electronic Music Vol II. Owen Hutchinson joined the band for their first live show at the Wierd party that December. In January of 2008, they released their first 7", a split with Excepter member Jon Porkchop aka SSPS.

Throughout 2008 and 2009 they self-recorded their first album,
Dust on Common, which Wierd Records released in Nov. of 2009. In spring of 2010, they toured Europe with Xeno and Oaklander, playing shows in the UK, Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Italy. Subsequently they released a 7" and then the May EP on Captured Tracks. Led Er Est did a brief west coast run with The Soft Moon last fall and just played SXSW. On stage and in the studio Led Er Est create a thick wall of atmospheric soundscapes using vintage analog recording devices, samplers, and synths using sci-fi soundtracks and cold wave as reference points.

Following the release of
The Diver, Led Er Est are proud to announce a run of East Coast tour dates, commencing with the Bunker showcase this Friday as part of the Northside Festival in New York City. In celebration of the tour, the band is sharing the brand new video for "Kaiyo Maru". Watch the video and check out the full itinerary below.
 

VIDEO: "Kaiyo Maru" - http://youtu.be/a4ZJpZsfIwM

Previously:
MP3: "Kaiyo Maru" - http://soundcloud.com/sacredbones/led-er-est-kaiyo-maru
MP3: "Bladiator" - http://soundcloud.com/life-or-death-pr/led-er-est-bladiator

TOUR DATES

06/15 Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly (Northside Fest Bunker)
06/16 Philadelphia, PA @ Level Room 2102 Market St
06/18 Richmond, VA @ The Nile
06/20 New York, NY @ Wierd (Home Sweet Home)
06/22 Montreal, QC @ TBA
06/23 Hudson, NY @ Basilica Hudson
06/28 Brooklyn, NY @ Loreley (Shawn O'Sullivan solo set/Samuel DJ at Fender Bender)
06/30 Brooklyn, NY @ XPO 929 with Martial Canterel and Very Special Guests



Led Er Est

The Diver
(Sacred Bones)
May 8, 2012

1. Animal Smear

2. Housefire at Zumi's
3. Kaiyo Maru
4. The Diver
5. Bladiator
6. Agua Fuerte
7. Arab Tide
8. Divided Parallel
9. Iron the Mandala
10. La Lluvia y Memoria
11. Sanetta


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Ghostandthesong: Ou Inme

In the vein of A Certain Ratio or 23 Skidoo

Via Bad Panda Records:



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What I Heard This Morning: Pony Trash

I don't have much information about Pony Trash, the psych pop band that will be releasing a 12" EP via a new label, The Old Blackberry Way.  I received a link to their single, "Submarine," and I really enjoyed the song, so I figured I'd post it.  I hope to have more info on the band at some point.

Pony Trash is comprised of Neil Weir (The Chambermaids, Sativa Flats, Devil on the Beach), Chris Bierden (Polica, Vampire Hands, Heavy Deeds), Nate Nelson (The Chambermaids, Private Dancer, STNNNG) and Ollie Moltaji (Gospel Gossip). 



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Friday, June 08, 2012

No Ripcord: Liars

Liars 
WIXIW
Mute
Released: 6.5.12



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A Place to Bury Strangers: And I'm Up

Another new single from A Place To Bury Strangers, "And I'm Up."  Their new album, Worship, will be out June 26th.  All info comes courtesy of Dead Oceans.




A Place To Bury Strangers Premiere New Track "And I'm Up"
Announce Tour Dates and Record Release Show in July




A Place To Bury Strangers have premiered the second single off their new album, Worship. The song is "And I'm Up" and is available at Consequence of Sound today. On "And I'm Up," Strangers apply their fuzzy filter to a song the grows out of a more straightforward pop sensibility. It's something singer Oliver Ackermann calls "that classic 50's vibe our parents grew up loving oh so much and then cramming down our throats through subliminal early life listening."

Listen to "And I'm Up"


The track starts off with a heavy back beat courtesy of longtime friend Cyrus Lubin, drummer for The Immaculates and head of Famous Class Records. Ackermann's melancholy vocals counter the walking bass line and chaotic guitar sounds, darkly proclaiming,
"Either way I choose the choice is wrong / so I'll choose wrong / always choose wrong." The track's upbeat sounds and moody lyrics combine to create what might be APTBS's most approachable song of the bunch on their forthcoming album Worship.

A Place To Bury Strangers is touring throughout June with This Will Destroy You and has just announced new show dates for July. These new dates include a headlining record release show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (the band's home turf) on Friday, July 27. The band will also appear at the Metallica-curated Orion Music & More festival on June 24 in Atlantic City, NJ.

Worship, A Place To Bury Stranger's third album, will be released June 26 (June 11 UK) on Dead Oceans and is currently available for pre-order through SC Distribution. All pre-orders come with an early download on June 11. Along with the CD and LP (on "Blue Death" colored vinyl) versions of Worship, there is also deluxe bundle offer that includes entry to win a Death By Audio 'Fuzz War' effects pedal handmade by Ackermann.



EARLY PRAISE FOR WORSHIP "'You Are the One'...puts an unremitting krautrock pulse beneath frontman Oliver Ackermann's affectless vocals and myriad dive-bombing sonic effects." -SPIN"On single 'You Are The One,' listeners can hear the sonic havoc wreaked by Oliver Ackerman’s Death by Audio FX pedals, some of which approaches the creepy, atonal heights of David Lynch’s films (think Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me)."
-DEATH & TAXES
"Come for the psychedelic washes of guitar and brittle Joy Division-esque drumming, but stay for the awesome spindly guitar pickin.'" -FUSE

TOUR DATES:
06/05/12 - San Diego, CA - Casbah*#+
06/06/12 - Visalia, CA - Cellar Door*#+
06/07/12 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex*#+
06/08/12 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill*#+
06/09/12 - Chico, CA - Cafe Coda*#
06/10/12 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir *#
06/11/12 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile*#
06/12/12 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret*#+
06/22/12 - Atlantic City, NJ - Showboat Atlantic&
06/24/12 - Atlantic City, NJ - Metallica's Orion Festival, Bader Field

07/16/12 - Columbus, OH - The Basement^
07/17/12 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle^
07/18/12 - Indianapolis, IN - White Rabbit^
07/19/12 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird^
07/20/12 - Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre^
07/21/12 - Denver, CO - Underground Music Showcase$
07/23/12 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge^
07/24/12 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn^
07/25/12 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall^
07/26/12 - Washington DC - Rock & Roll Hotel^
07/27/12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg (Record Release)^
07/28/12 - Philadelphia, PA - TBD
07/29/12 - Boston, MA - Middle East Downstairs^
07/30/12 - New Haven, CT - The Space

* = w/This Will Destroy You

# = w/Dusted
+ = APTBS plays last
& = w/Gaslight Anthem & Cage The Elephant
$ = w/Black Moth Super Rainbow & Shabazz Palaces
^ = w/Hunters


LINKS:

MP3: "And I'm Up"
Video: "You Are The One"
MP3: "You Are The One"
Video: "So Far Away"
A Place To Bury Strangers Official Site
Press Photos & Album Artwork
Facebook
Twitter
Dead Oceans Artist Page


Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

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