Saturday, July 28, 2012

Go Go's: "Vacation"

So, this is what I'm doing.  I'll be back 8.6.

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Stereokiller: High On Fire

High On Fire
The Art Of Self Defense
Southern Lord Recordings
Originally released: 3.7.00 (Man's Ruin Records)
Reissued: 7.31.12

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

No Ripcord: OM

Advaitic Songs
Drag City
Released: 7.24.12

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Menomena: "Heavy Is As Heavy Does"

Portland art rockers Menomena will be releasing their new album, Moms, on September 14th.  A new single, "Heavy Is As Heavy Does," has surfaced. 

Below is a teaser trailer for the album along with information provided by Prescription PR.

Menomena's 2010 release, mines, was reviewed at No Ripcord.




Barsuk Records is excited to announce that Menomena will release their new album, Moms, on September 18, 2012 in the US and on October 8 in the UK. Moms is the Portland-based band's fifth, and their first as a duo. A teaser trailer for the album (featuring a guest appearance by an indie-rock pug) is available below. In support of Moms, Menomena will embark on a North American headlining tour in Autumn, followed by dates in Europe and an appearance at the revered All Tomorrow's Parties festival in the UK. Those tour dates are listed below.

Menomena Moms Teaser Trailer:

During the last decade, Menomena has become its own reference point. From hooks wrapped around plummeting baritone saxophone lines and nearly inhuman rhythms to serpentine lyrical frameworks and high-concept album art, Menomena has established a singular and unmistakable aesthetic. They embed magic and mystery within pop songs that have never sat still or taken the path of least pressure.

After 2010's irrepressible and intricate
Mines, Menomena co-founder Brent Knopf took his leave to focus on his solo project causing Justin Harris and Danny Seim - close friends since high school and now well into their second decade of making music together - to recast Menomena as a duo. They didn't slow down; they actually sped up, writing, recording and releasing Moms with more focus and speed than ever before.

Harris and Seim didn't invite loads of friends or collaborators to replace Knopf; they made these songs as a duo, intent on proving - directly to themselves, and by extension, to everyone else - that Menomena essentially remains the same brazen band responsible for
Friend and Foe, Under an Hour and all the gut-punch, pop-ambition moments therein. They added new instruments, like flute, cello, more of Seim's synthesizers and the tap-dancing that actually laces through the teasing-then-charging opus, "Don't Mess with Latexas." For the first time, Harris and Seim, who each contribute five songs here, talked about what they were writing, too. Seim explored the death of his mother when he was but a teenager, while Harris investigated the way his own family dynamic - a single mom, with a departed dad - left indelible impressions on everything he's done since. The album's pieces connect, then, addressing how people must rise to face or flee circumstances beyond their control. It's perhaps the most appropriately imaginable prompt for a band whose last two years have depended upon their ability to explore, adapt and improve.

The result,
Moms, is tragic and intimate, comic and endearing, personal and motivated. In 10 songs and just less than 50 minutes, Harris and Seim cast pop cascades into noise kaleidoscopes ("Baton"), chop and twist a melody until it becomes a big dance beat ("Capsule"), and build inescapable arrays of tension and texture that finally release ("Tantalus"). Opener "Plumage" couples its surge of energy with a cleverly playful study of sexuality, while "Pique" turns the same sort of impossible tessellated-rhythm tricks that have become a Menomena trademark.

At the close of it all, the slow strangle of "One Horse" arrives as the most poignant moment yet in Menomena's catalogue, piano plinking and strings sliding beneath Seim's existential evasion. It's the perfect summary statement for
Moms, an album that explores both a new vulnerability and resiliency within Menomena, a duo that's taken change not as an excuse to opt out but instead as a catalyst for growth.

 Moms Tracklisting:  
1. Plumage
2. Capsule
3. Pique
4. Baton
5. Heavy Is As Heavy Does
6. Giftshoppe
7. Skintercourse
8. Tantalus
9. Don't Mess With Latexas
10. One Horse

Menomena UK & European Tour Dates:

11/23/12 Glasgow at Captain’s Rest Buy tickets
11/24/12 Leeds at Brudenell Social Club Buy tickets
11/26/12 London at Cargo Buy tickets
11/28/12 Paris at Point Ephemere Buy tickets
11/29/12 Strasbourg at Laiterie Buy tickets
11/30/12 Munich at Atomic Cafe Buy tickets
12/01/12 Berlin at Postbahnhof Buy tickets
12/03/12 Hamburg at Uebel & Gehahrlich Buy tickets
12/04/12 Koln at Gebaude 9 Buy tickets
12/05/12 Amsterdam at Paradiso Buy tickets
12/06/12 Brussels at Botanique Buy tickets
12/08/12 Minehead, UK at ATP Festival (SOLD OUT!)

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Sunn O))) on the East Coast.

See below for dates and info, all of which was lovingly provided by Earsplit PR. 

If I wind up going, I'll be sure to sit up front this time

SUNN 0))) East Coast Tour And Festival Actions Announced

After three years since their last official US performances, and over two years since their live collaboration with Boris in Brooklyn, SUNN 0))) have confirmed several new performances this Summer, including a tour of the East Coast.

SUNN 0)) will infiltrate venues down the East Coast with their oppressive drone hymns, with shows now confirmed in Philadelphia, Washington DC, Richmond and Atlanta, as well as a performance at the annual Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh. The lineup for these performance will include vocals from Attila Csihar, moog from Tos Nieuwenhuizen, and as always, the low-end string attacks of founders Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson. Southern Lord signees Dead In The Dirt will provide direct support for SUNN 0))) on all dates except the Hopscotch Festival.

The new tour dates come after the previously announced SUNN 0))) live actions at The Power Of The Riff West on August 11th alongside OFF!, DR. KNOW, REPULSION, NOOTHGRUSH, XIBALBA, DESPISE YOU, EAGLE TWIN among many others followed by The Power Of The Riff East on September 1st and 2nd with PENTAGRAM, AGNOSTIC FRONT, POISON IDEA, NEGATIVE APPROACH, XIBALBA, WINTER, REPULSION and tons more.

A full SUNN 0))) live set, TPOTR flyers and more can be viewed AT THIS LOCATION.

SUNN 0))) Confirmed Tour Actions:
8/11/2012 Echo/Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA @ The Power Of The Riff West [info]
9/02/2012 Warsaw - Brooklyn, NY @ The Power Of The Riff East [info]
9/05/2012 Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA w/ Dead In The Dirt
9/06/2012 Black Cat - Washington, DC w/ Dead In The Dirt
9/07/2012 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA w/ Dead In The Dirt
9/08/2012 Memorial Auditorium - Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival [info]
9/09/2012 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA w/ Dead In The Dirt

Additional worldwide SUNN 0))) tour actions will be announced in the weeks ahead.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Cold Specks: "Hector" (Hoxton Hall Session)

Not much to say, other than I just really dig this song. 

Video and information provided by Mute Records.

Cold Specks has just released her latest Hoxton Hall Session video, “Hector”. The second of this four-part series filmed at the fame venue in London, “Hector” can now be viewed on the Cold Specks website along with the first video for “Winter Solstice." The final two videos will be revealed shortly.

Also announced today, Cold Specks has been short-listed for the Polaris Music prize, along-side Grimes, B,C D and many more of Canada’s most talented musicians. Past winners include Arcade Fire, Caribou, F*cked Up, and Final Fantasy. The awards take place September 24th in Toronto.

Cold Specks will be playing a string of North American dates this August, including August 1st in New York, August 16th in LA and August 15th show in Seattle.


July 27th & July 28th - Calgary Folk Festival –Calgary, AB 

July 29th – Hillside Festival – Guelph, ON
August 1st- Glasslands- Brooklyn, NY
August 3rd- August 5th - SappyFest- Sackville, AB
August 7th – Le Divan Orange – Montreal, QC 
August 8th – The Great Hall – Toronto, ONT
August 15th – Barboza – Seattle, WA
August 16th – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA

Cold Specks, lead by singer-guitarist Al Spx, hails from Etobicoke, Canada although she now calls London home. Channeling James Joyce’s
Ulysses she donned the name Cold Specks from Joyce’s gripping script “Born all in the dark wormy earth, cold specks of fire, evil, lights shining in the darkness.”

Describing her sound as ‘Doom Soul’, Cold Specks’ music is steeped in the musical traditions of the Deep South. No wonder then that Al cites the Lomax Field Recordings and James Carr as influences along with Bill Callahan and Tom Waits. With a voice that evokes the ‘spirit feel’ of Mahalia Jackson and the visceral tones of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Cold Specks’ sparse arrangements and chain gang rhythms stop you dead in your tracks.

LISTEN to Cold Specks covering Swan's "Reeling The Liars In"




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Shout Out Out Out Out: "Now That I've Given Up Hope, I Feel Much Better"

One of the most infectious tunes I've heard so far this year is "Now That I've Given Up Hope, I Feel Much Better" by Shout Out Out Out Out, a rather jovial instrumental based in the sound of David Bowie's Low and the spacier loops generated by Neu! or Can.  It's bouncy, synthesized vocoder rock music that enjoys its groove, embraces its joyful sounds next to its defeatist title and latches on.

Shout Out Out Out Out's new album, Spanish Moss and Total Loss, which is a tad uneven, but still worth a listen, is streaming now via the links below which were provided by Terrorbird Media. 

Shout Out Out Out Out's Spanish Loss and Total Loss LP Out Today

Album Streaming Now at Exclaim! & Spinner

Album Release Show on July 28th in Edmonton with Faunts

STREAM: Spanish Loss and Total Loss LP via Exclaim! / via Spinner

AUDIO: "Now That I've Given Up Hope, I Feel Much Better" via direct mp3 / via Soundcloud / via MTV Hive

Shout Out Out Out Out's third full length album since forming in 2004, Spanish Moss And Total Loss, finally hits stores today in North America courtesy of Normals Welcome Records. The album is streaming this week in full at Exclaim! as well as Spinner, so now is your chance to catch up if you missed out initially. The Edmonton, AB-based six piece -- consisting of Nik Kozub, Jason Troock, Lyle Bell, Will Zimmerman, Clint Frazier, and Gravy -- deliver their most melodic and textured effort to date, with parts of the album really treading new territory for them. Fans of the prior albums will have a lot to sink their teeth into, but with SO4 listening to a lot of Todd Terje around the recording of the new LP, new rhythms and stylistic shifts begin to emerge -- reflected in the kaleidoscopic final artwork for the album.

MTV Hive recently premiered the album opener "Now That I've Given Up Hope, I Feel Much Better," which an oddly timed yet dancable beat that sets the rest of the album in motion. The band has announced a handful of Canadian dates, including the Keloha Festival and the Evolve Festival. More details on an Edmonton record release show, as well as a US tour later in the year will be announced soon as well.
Upcoming Shout Out Out Out Out Tour Dates:
July 17 Edmonton, Wunderbar
July 20 Antigonish, Evolve Festival
July 21 Toronto, Horseshoe
July 28 Edmonton, Starlight Room (Album Release Show)




More info on Shout Out Out Out Out:

The new album shows Shout Out Out Out Out's growth as songwriters, with a strong melodic focus, and an expanded base of instrumentation. Their vast collection of analog synths has grown, and is featured very heavily, alongside saxophone, Rhodes piano, baritone guitar, and of course their signature double drummers, and vocoder laden vocals. The new album features a wider variety of tempos and feels than Shout Out Out Out Out's two previously acclaimed records, while still maintaining the dancefloor filling energy they are widely known for. The growing influence of Disco, Classic House, Krautrock and cosmic synth music are extremely present, with a hint of the punk ethic of the band's roots lurking in the shadows. Recorded at the new Audio Department Studio in the band's hometown of Edmonton over the course of 3 months using a wide variety of analog gear,
Spanish Moss And Total Loss is a stunning and deep listen.

Welcome to the world of Shout Out Out Out Out. We do a lot of things ourselves, really. I produce and record our records, Jason and I run a small record label that releases our records, Lyle designs our website, Gravy takes our photos, Will and Clint provide youthful exuberance and comic relief, we all do our part. We live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It's an alright place: cold in the winter, hot in the summer, people are, for the most part, friendly here (regardless of what our exceptionally high murder rate would suggest). There's not that much more to say about it really. I guess it is the kind of place where if you want to get anything done, you pretty well have to do it yourself, so maybe that's why I am here writing this.

Our new album, Spanish Moss and Total Loss, was recorded over the course of 3 months in our hometown of Edmonton. We strongly feel that it is our best work to date (and so we should, what would be the point otherwise?). The album marks a bit of a departure from our previous material, or rather a natural progression. Since our humble beginnings in 2004, we have grown to be fully encompassed in the world of electronic music, and this is now our world and the way we think about things. We tried to write a record that we would all personally listen to, and a record that we would be proud to play as DJs (we do that too). This is our most ambitious production to date, expanding our previous instrumentation of two drummers and four bass players (with a mountain of analog synths), to include Rhodes piano, baritone guitar, saxophone, and well, even more synths.

As on our previous two albums, I sing through an old analog vocoder, and lyrically I try to tackle my own demons, dreaming of a life where I can just stay on vacation forever, not having to deal with being broke all the time or be reminded of personal failures. Yeah, I know, poor me... but really, writing dance music is actually a pretty therapeutic way to diffuse my problems. To our ears, this album breathes nicely, is more melodic and varied than our previous efforts, and marks a step forward in our ability as songwriters as well as our comfort level as producers of electronic music. We have been strongly influenced by classic House music, Techno, Disco, Krautrock, and a variety of cosmic synth music, and I feel all of these influences have crept their way into Spanish Moss and Total Loss. We are tremendously proud of this album, and we hope you enjoy it." - Nik Kozub, Shout Out Out Out Out



Shout Out Out Out Out
Spanish Moss and Total Loss
Out Today on Normals Welcome Records (cd, 2xLP, digital)

Now That I've Given Up Hope, I Feel Much Better

How Do I Maintain Part 3
This Isn't Helping
Wayward Satelite
Spanish Moss
Never the Same Way Twice

Total Loss
Lessons In Disappearing

Shout Out Out Out Out Press Page
Official Site



Terrorbird Media

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The Body w/Assembly of Light: "A Body" (New Album Announced)

A little over a year ago, I posted a video of a live performance that featured the Assembly of Light choir, who collaborated with the doom juggernaut The Body for their 2010 release, All The Waters Of The Earth Turn To Blood.  It was revealed that an Assembly of Light LP will see release in the coming month or so, though there's apparently no set date.

Photo credit: Jaime Lowe

The choir continues their left coast tour with The Body and Braveyoung. Remaining live dates can be viewed below.

All info comes courtesy of Earsplit PR.

ASSEMBLY OF LIGHT: Choir's Debut LP To See Release On At A Loss Recordings

At A Loss Recordings is proud to announce the pending release of one of the most unique musical acts in existence. Featuring nearly two dozen members, Providence, Rhode Island-based ASSEMBLY OF LIGHT choir is a secular all-female choral faction, unifying their incredible range of voices into beautiful, and often undeniably eerie, ethereal hymns, which blend classical styles through their own artistic experimentation and tactics.

Formed in 2008 by vocalist Chrissy Wolpert, the ASSEMBLY OF LIGHT has showcased their craft live regionally since their inception, at times simply with half of the group present, and others with the entire 20+ members performing, and have collaborated with other vocalists and musicians often. The most notable of these collaborations and appearances on record would inarguably be the choir's massive inclusion on the 2010-released
All The Waters Of The Earth Turn To Blood, the acclaimed sophomore LP from apocalyptic doom duo, The Body. Following the release of the album, both bands toured the East Coast extensively, each performing their own set and collaborating on songs from All The Waters... live.

The forthcoming self-titled full-length from the ASSEMBLY OF LIGHT choir was captured at Providence's Machines With Magnets, with members of The Body, Braveyoung, Work/Death, Daughters, and more taking part in the recordings. At A Loss will release the album later this Summer, with a final street date and full album info to be announced shortly.

Coinciding with the release of the album, the unit will take to the road, touring the West Coast alongside labelmates Braveyoung and The Body, where each band will not only perform their own full sets, but all of the members will also collaborate live on stage throughout each set as well.

The ASSEMBLY OF LIGHT Choir's West Coast Tour w/ Braveyoung, The Body:

8/08/2012 Black Lodge - Seattle, WA
8/09/2012 Plan B - Portland, OR
8/10/2012 Burial Grounds - Salem, OR [*CHOIR ONLY]
8/11/2012 Oakland Metro (side room) - Oakland, CA
8/12/2012 Township - Sacramento, CA
8/13/2012 Sidebar - Los Angeles, CA

8/14/2012 Che Cafe - San Diego, CA
8/15/2012 Blue Star Cafe - Los Angeles, CA
8/16/2012 TBA - Santa Cruz, CA
8/17/2012 TBA - San Francisco, CA

View live footage of the ASSEMBLY OF LIGHT and more

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Shopping For Records: The Birthday Party's JunkYard to be Reissued by 4AD

It was announced today that 4AD will be reissuing JunkYard by The Birthday Party on 180g vinyl with the bonus singles Release the Bats/Blast Off 7" and CD.  This version is being lifted from the 2000 re-master that Henry Rollins produced and issued via 2.13.61/Buddha Records.

You can find more info at 4AD and Beggars Banquet.

While on the topic of Nick Cave, the fourth round of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds reissues will be on shelves very soon.


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Saturday, July 14, 2012

What I Heard This Morning: Foot Village

Interesting preview of the new promotional material from L.A. based brutality-smiths Foot Village, who recently signed with Northern Spy Records.  Their album will be releasing digitally on my birthday, which naturally coincides with Frank Zappa's birthday and the end of the world.  Sounds like a good way to go out.  Foot Village boasts band members from XBXRX and Beak>.

Foot Village / Northern Spy from Deathbomb Arc on Vimeo.

Here's the sampler:


Info and links are provided courtesy of Northern Spy.

Foot Village Signs With Northern Spy, Releases Webmercial And Gives Away Sampler

The thunderous drum-n-shout assembly from Los Angeles known as Foot Village made a huge name for themselves after blowing up All Tomorrow’s Parties in the US and UK last year. With their wild tribal drumming and nearly indefinable style, it was sort of inevitable that they’d hook up with Northern Spy, a label that refuses to be defined. Foot Village is gearing up for a busy 2013 with a new album on NSPY and a full North American tour, both to be announced in the coming months. The still untitled album will officially hit stores in February, but the band isn’t taking any chances. Pre-sale and digital will hit the world December 21, 2012, just in case that is the end of the everything.

In celebration of the signing, Foot Village is releasing a slew of promo material for all to partake in. There’s this amazing
webmercial to get you excited about the new album, an amazing sampler for you to listen to while you wait and some other video goodies that you should sit back and gaze at.

Foot Village is Brian Kinsman, Dan Rowan, Grace Lee, Josh Taylor-Fantastic, & Matt Loveridge.

Northern Spy is thrilled to make a home for them. Cheers.


by Deathbomb Arc featuring audio excerpt of “Warlock” by Foot Village

Download the sampler and/or embed the app on your site
TRACKS: “Kim ILL”, “Lovers With Iraqis”, “Totally Tween”, “Let Bebongs Be Bebongs, Idiot”, "Lovers with Iraqis (Algodón Egipcio Remix)", "Totally Tween (I am Josh Taylor remix by Burgess)"


"They've crafted a fantasy novel-recalling world of politics, anarchy and nudity but amongst all the depravity are solid senses of cultural response, DIY ethos and massively catchy songs." - Dazed & Confused

"Who would've thought that blunt drums and vocals could sound so fucking brutal? So fucking vital? But here it is. Anti-Magic is more crushing, musically and emotionally, than the work of any hardcore, metal or punk band I've heard in a long long time." - Drowned In Sound; 8/10

"The group hurls themselves so devoutly into every second that their urgency becomes contagious." - Pitchfork

"...wholly unhinged and chaotically great album." - Vice; 8/10

“Of all the weird scum-hunch folk ensembles I’ve heard over the last few years, Foot Village may be the most chaotic. Created and staffed by members of some LA underground heavies, this is a rather masterful effort, even when things are a little more controlled.” - Wire

“Best discovery [of All Tomorrows Parties]: Foot Village” - Guardian UK


by 4eyes Media

As much wranglers of chaos as musicians, Los Angeles' Foot Village have been exploring the limitless possibilities of drums for the past seven years. Neither drum circle nor rave inspired groovers, Foot Village orchestrates their four drum kits with kraut and punk sensibilities. The results are catchy and fun. Poppunk music from a world completely alien to ours. Front-woman, Citizen Grace Lee, is half wildcat, half banshee, full of convulsion both lyrical and physical. Citizens Brian Kinsman, Dan Rowan, Josh Taylor-Fantastic (XBXRX), and Matt Loveridge (Beak>) create a dense web of rhythms strung with tense, raw power. Quicker to cite 90s trailblazers like Huggy Bear, The Melvins, and Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 as influences rather than anything labeled "noise", Foot Village loves exploring new ways of delivering the true energy of rock. Live shows find Foot Village performing in the center of the audience, facing towards the center as well--an intentional geometry inspired by people that place their totem at the center of the village. This geometry helps include the audience as a vital part of the performance, allowing the relentless energy to directly travel in waves outward.

Foot Village have toured Europe three times and the United States a countless amount. They have played at two ATP fests and most recently toured with Avey Tare. All members of the band performed in the Boredoms for the BoaDrum88 event. Foot Village releases have appeared on labels such as Fat Cat, Not Not Fun, Too Pure, and Upset The Rhythm.


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Mothlite: "Seeing in the Dark"

Something subtle and light, though quietly intense.  Mothlite, (a.k.a Daniel Sullivan), will be releasing "Seeing in the Dark" as a single on August 13th.  His band's 2012 LP, Dark Ages, is available.

All info comes courtesy of Sure Shot PR.


The second single to be taken from Dark Age, the new album from Daniel O'Sullivan

Seeing In The Dark, the new single from Mothlite, is released on Kscope on August 13th. Mothlite is the brainchild of Daniel O’Sullivan (Ulver, Æthenor, Miracle, Grumbling Fur) and the single is taken from Dark Age, the band's second album which was released earlier this year on Kscope.

Dark Age, the follow-up to 2008’s The Flax Of Reverie, was recently rated as one of the top 50 albums of 2012 so far by The Quietus, who described it as, 'a startling, frank examination of the human (and perhaps especially male) condition delivered via synth bombast and towering choruses'. The NME stated; 'listening to 'Dark Age' can feel like sensory immersion... the album transcends genre, yet takes elements from the dark shadows of industrial rock and the glitch of's a beguiling affair', while Wire noted that 'O'Sullivan is steadily carving a niche for himself as a highly accomplished avant-pop polymath.'

O'Sullivan himself describes Dark Age as
“Dark megalomania, contradictions and paradoxes, and general bleakness”, yet rarely does such subject matter get delivered with such soaring pop aplomb, as can be heard on Seeing In The Dark, now available to stream on Kscope Soundcloud:

Dark Age has allowed O’Sullivan to break free from the confines of genre, taking influence from the likes of Tears For Fears and Kate Bush from his parents’ record collection through the industrial and gothic textures of DAF, The Cure, Coil and Dead Can Dance to the hardcore punk of his own personal roots. Indeed, O’Sullivan’s use of contradiction within the style of the record is a very deliberate choice: “If it was too bleak, with melancholy overriding the whole thing, then I’d counteract it with a huge chorus or huge hook”

Now the album is done, O’Sullivan is ready to move onto new things. “
To be honest, I’m really glad that it’s over,” he says. “I felt like I couldn’t move until I got that out there.” Work has already started on a new Mothlite record and gigs are in the process of being booked for a tour later this year following a successful album launch gig which Prog described as scaling 'magical heights, this is eclectic art rock taken to the next level'.

O'Sullivan put together a new band for the show, the talent of which allows him to realise his ambitious plans for the Mothlite shows; “now that the drama has played out and everyone can see what it is, I can almost do a theatrical version of the scenes within. I don’t want to look as though I’m crying down the microphone night after night if we go on tour. I’d rather have a show.”

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Liars: "No. 1 Against The Rush" (Yours Truly Session)

Maybe I'm helping to play "No. 1 Against The Rush" out seeing as I've posted about it so much, but I thought this filmed studio session of the Liars performing the song was worth checking out.  The video was produced by Yours Truly, (and I don't mean me).  Sorry if I'm being very FM radio.

Liars new album, WIXIW, was reviewed at No Ripcord.

Photo Credit: Zen Sekizawa
All info, links and tour dates are courtesy of Mute Records.

Liars "No.1 Against The Rush" from Yours Truly on Vimeo.



WATCH “No. 1 Against The Rush” Yours Truly Session HERE


“It's an album that creeps you out even as it sucks you in." - RollingStone
“In essence, it’s a dark pop masterpiece." - KCRW

“For Liars, it embodies what they do best — saying one thing and then doing another. And on WIXIW, everything is in its right place." - SPIN

is Liars' "electronic" record, and a darn good one at that.” - NPR

cements Liars as the kind of band that can do whatever they want, and it’s always going to be worth paying attention to.” - PASTE

“Fascinating turns of change have always been Liars' sole consistency, and in that respect, I hope they stay the same forever." - Pitchfork

Liars are currently on tour in support of
WIXIW (released 6/5) with Cadence Weapon and Unknown Mortal Orchestra in select cities. Be sure to follow the band on Instagram for updates from the road @Liarsliarsliars!

Liars are pleased to share a video produced by the talented Yours Truly featuring the band’s single “No 1. Against The Rush.” Filmed in an LA studio, the video is an intimate behind the scenes glimpse of the boys doing what they do best, making eerily beautiful soundscapes.

Watch the official video for “No. 1 Against the Rush” directed by Todd Cole:

Angus Andrew explains the album title
WIXIW, ’wish you’ is a familiar and universal sentiment of longing and hope, but when misspelt becomes uniquely shrouded and difficult to interpret, which in many ways is representative of our music and the songs we wrote for this album”.
WIXIW is Liars’ sixth studio album and the follow up to 2010’s critically lauded Sisterworld, which garnered an 8.1 Pitchfork rating and Best New Music.

The album, with artwork designed by John Wiese, is available on CD, deluxe vinyl (with CD) and digital. The limited edition wax-dipped silk-screened vinyl made by Liars themselves is now sold out.

Recorded in LA, self-produced by the band with additional production from Mute boss Daniel Miller and mixed by Tom Biller, the album is hard to shake, tough to pin down, and impossible to get out of one’s head even after an initial listen. Simultaneously the most accessible and most challenging release from these iconoclasts, it is both a summation of Liars’ work up to now, and a complete break from anything you’d ever heard the band do previously.

“If we aren’t confusing people, it’s not us,” Angus Andrew laughs. “If we aren’t confusing ourselves with what we do, then we’ve failed.”

Friday 7/13 – The Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO~ 
Saturday 7/14 – The Granada – Lawrence, KS ~ 
Sunday 7/15 – The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE ~
Tuesday 7/17 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN +
Wednesday 7/18 – Mad Planet – Milwaukee, WI +
Thursday 7/19 – Metro – Chicago, IL +
Friday 7/20 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MI + 
Saturday 7/21 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON~ 
Monday 7/23 - La Sala Rossa – Montreal, QC~
Tuesday 7/24 - Paradise – Boston, MA + 
Wednesday 7/25 - U Street Music Hall – Washington DC +
Thursday 7/26 - Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA +
Friday 7/27 – Grog Shop – Cleveland Heights, OH +
Saturday 7/28 – A&R Music Bar – Columbus, OH +
Sunday 9/2 – FYF Los Angeles, CA
Thursday 9/6 Hopscotch Music Festival – Raleigh, NC

+ With Unknown Mortal Orchestra

~ With Cadence Weapon


No. 1 Against The Rush
No. 1 Against The Rush - Vince Clarke Remix
No. 1 Against The Rush - Matmos Remix
We'll Never Learn



The Exact Colour Of Doubt
No.1 Against The Rush
A Ring On Every Finger
Ill Valley Prodigies
His And Mine Sensations
Flood To Flood
Who Is The Hunter
Annual Moon Words

Watch a series of video teasers created by the band on their Tumblr, which have given rise to much speculation on where this ever evolving, ever influential band are headed:

LIARS: Website| Facebook | Tumblr | Twitter

Mute: Website | Facebook | Twitter

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Richard Hawley: "Down in the Woods"

Richard Hawley's Standing at the Sky's Edge will be out late August via Mute Records. 

Having myself sampled the album in its entirety, but only once at this point, I enjoy its texture, free floating psychedelia and volume.  It's a laid back listen, despite Hawley's reliance on distortion.  At some points you may catch similar references to the 13th Floor Elevators or The Velvet Underground as explored by bands like The Brian Jonestown Massacre or The Black Angels.  Even later era Roky Erickson might come to mind.  Still, the album is rich in melody, heavy on the pedals but not to the detriment of the songwriting.  I'd recommend.

All info comes courtesy of Mute Records.

RICHARD HAWLEYStanding At The Sky’s Edge



“Hawley creates an essential listen. 4/5" AllMusic
“In a throwaway era, Richard Hawley holds a torch for the craftsman. 4/5” – Consequence of Sound

“A churning, glowering, tumultuous noise… Hawley makes a masterpiece…5/5" – The Guardian

“…a beautiful storm of brimstone. 8/10” – NME

“Down In The Woods” is the new single off Richard Hawley’s seventh studio album, Standing At The Sky’s Edge. The track plus the B-side “Kindly Rain” will be released digitally on July 17th.

Be sure to check out the new video here!


“Down In The Woods” was written in reaction to one of the U.K. coalition government’s first pieces of proposed legislation; the attempt to sell-off ancient woodlands. Inspiring righteous anger in Hawley, he penned a lyric which takes the listener on a cosmic trip into the deep, dark woods, imploring them to make the most of it while there is still time. The result is a song that’s the album’s most cathartically raw track, built around the simplest of blues riffs, delivered with a raw abandon that suggests countless turntable miles notched up listening to the MC5 and The Stooges. It surely looks set to be an instant live favorite and another vindication of Hawley’s decision to replace the strings of yore with guitars.

Following the success of his award-winning, critically acclaimed 2009 album
Truelove’s Gutter, Richard Hawley will release Standing At The Sky’s Edge on August 28th on CD (including US-only bonus track) and LP. Recorded in his beloved Sheffield at Yellow Arch Studio in 2011, Standing At The Sky’s Edge marks a seismic shift in direction for Richard. Mirroring the blasted industrial sunsets of Sheffield, Hawley partners his distinctive fluid snarl with blazing electric guitar, spray-painting his audiences senses with a new sound, embracing the ever-changing landscape around him. The overall effect is hypnotic and psychedelic, casting a euphoric stage for Hawley to unleash some of his most tender moments to date.

Exploring lyrical themes of love, loss, redemption and darker areas of the human condition,
Standing At The Sky's Edge is an album of ominous storytelling and cosmic exploration. It sets the stage to establish Hawley as one of the greatest contemporary guitarists to hail from the UK. Recently he appeared on Jools Holland performing a few tracks including “Leave Your Body Behind You.” Mourning the passing of friends and contemplating his place in the universe, Hawley urges us to accept how tiny we are and embrace the time we are given. Hawley says of the song, “If we could just allow ourselves to be liberated by the fact that this is our only time here, we could just get on with what really matters.”

Watch the performance here.

Soundcloud link to download “Leave Your Body Behind You”

Recorded in Sheffield, with inspired involvement from Alan Moulder,
Standing At The Sky’s Edge is simultaneously an embrace and a release. Holding you closer than he ever has before, Hawley is bare and unburdened, sharing what is deepest in his heart while electrifying you with a record that conquers the cosmos and takes you on a lavish and exotic ride.

Hawley says of the album, “I wanted to get away from the orchestration of my previous records and make a live album with two guitars, bass, drums and rocket noises!”

Standing At The Sky’s Edge TRACKLISTING 
She Brings The Sunlight
Standing At The Sky’s Edge
Time Will Bring You Winter
Down In The Woods
Seek It
Don’t Stare At The Sun
The Wood Collier’s Grave
Leave Your Body Behind You
You Haunt Me * (US CD-ONLY Bonus Track)

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Elvis Presley: "Jailhouse Rock"

In tribute to a departed friend.


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The Inbox Giveth: Mike Patton/Luciano Berio

Mike Patton/Luciano Berio
Laborintus II
Ipecac Recordings
Released: 7.3.12

In 2010, along with the Brussels based Ictus Ensemble and the choral chamber choir, Nederlands Kamerkoor, Mike Patton acted as narrator for a live performance of Italian composer Luciano Berio’s 1965 musical piece, Laborintus II. The performance was held at the Holland Festival, which also premiered Berio’s performance of Laborintus II for Dutch audiences in 1972. As further tribute, Patton has released the Ictus Ensemble/Nederlands Kamerkoor performance as a live album through Ipecac Recordings.

Based on a poem by Edoardo Sanguineti, Berio’s own version renamed as the writing’s sequel, (which was also meant to acknowledge the 700th anniversary of Danté’s birth), Labortinus II is delivered in three parts, which are apparently three separate voices. The majority of the piece is in Italian, (with maybe a sentence or two uttered in English), so I’m incapable of deciphering the narrative and I’ve been unsuccessful in locating a proper English translation. So, as far its literal meaning, I’m at a loss.

Patton’s involvement follows 2010’s Mondo Cane, which was his homage to 50s/60s Italian pop music.  As further comment on his affinity for Italian composers, Laborintus II finds Patton the least melodious component of the ensemble's performance, though his declarations wear a soldier's conviction or a preacher's certainty.  Behind him choral voices intermingle and float, sounding aimless amidst the haphazard instrumentation, which swells and winds as brass instruments flare through slow exhalations.  Harp strings glisten, violins shiver.  At one point, an upright bass goes into a convulsion.


Berio's piece, though, is more organized than it sounds upon first listen.  Patterns of melody begin to emerge, the orchestrated modes taking on elements of free jazz or Sousa-styled militarism, articulations dramatic while either painting stories of protest or general malaise.  At the start of "Part Two," Patton spouts paragraphs like a battle cry, a bullhorn at his mouth, lighting up the ensemble, vocalists repeating certain phrases as though they were the chorus of a familiar song.  "Part Two" eventually morphs into some radicalized form of bebop and incidental sounds, an array of brass and electronic oddity.

"Part Two" also cites With Usura, a poem by Ezra Pound.  One of the few lines Patton speaks in English comes from the poem: "Hath no man a painted paradise on his church wall."

"Part Three" revisits some of the piece's initial melodies, quietly bringing Berio's piece to a close.  Piano keys strike and a flute laments, quiet brass sections sing quietly beneath whispering phrases.  A gong sounds and whispers continue till there is nothing but an air of dignity, its final seconds devoted to silence, certainly a nod of respect to the composer.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti: "Only In My Dreams"

"Only In My Dreams," the new single from Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, is available for easy, widget enabled listening.  The band's new album, Mature Themes, is releasing August 21st and follows their critically acclaimed 2010 album Before Today, which was reviewed at Kicking Against The Pricks

All info comes courtesy of Force Field PR.

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti reveal new Mature Themes song "Only In My Dreams"

MP3: "Only In My Dreams" -

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti have revealed a new and original song from forthcoming album, Mature Themes, out August 21st. The song, "Only In My Dreams," was given its global debut on Los Angeles radio stalwart KCRW's Morning Becomes Electric show today, and a free MP3 can now be downloaded from The band has also added European tour dates to their Fall / Winter schedule, see below for all upcoming shows.

"Only In My Dreams" embeddable player:

"Only In My Dreams" is the Los Angeles act's most dazzling and melodic pop song thus far, recalling the upbeatness of The Kinks and vocal harmonics of 10cc, and offering a very different side to the band that brought the world "Round and Round," which was crowned Song of the Year by Pitchfork in 2010. The follows in the footsteps of "Baby," originally recorded by Donnie and Joe Emerson in 1979.

Mature Themes is released on August 21st on CD, LP and digital formats. To pre-order, head to


09-07 Austin, TX - Mohawk *$
09-08 Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre *$
09-10 Atlanta, GA - Goat Farm (Goodson Yard Room) *$
09-11 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle*$
09-13 Washington DC - 9:30 Club *$
09-14 New York, NY - Webster Hall *!
09-15 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *%
09-16 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club *%
09-18 Montreal, Quebec - Cabaret Du Mile End *%
09-19 Toronto, Ontario - Lee's Palace *%
09-20 Oberlin, OH - Oberlin College *
09-21 Chicago, IL - Metro *#
09-22 Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe *#
09-24 Denver, CO - The Summit Music Hall *#
09-25 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge *#
09-27 Vancouver, British Columbia - The Rickshaw Theatre *
09-29 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
10-01 San Francisco, CA - Bimbo's 365 Club *#
10-05 Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre *

11-07 LIVERPOOL, Kazimier
11-08 GLASGOW, Stereo
11-09 LONDON, York Hall (Illuminations Festival)
11-12 ANTWERP, Trix
11-13 AMSTERDAM, Melkweg
11-14 PARIS, La Gaite Lyrique
11-16 COLOGNE, Gebaude 9
11-17 HAMBURG, Prinzenbar
11-19 COPENHAGEN, Vega Big Room
11-20 STOCKHOLM, Debaser Midis
11-22 HELSINKI, Tavastia
11-24 WARSAW, Hydrozagadka
11-25 BERLIN, Festaal Kreuzberg
11-27 MUNICH, Ampere
12-06 ISTANBUL, Babylon

* = w/ Bodyguard

$ = w/ Moon Diagrams
! = w/ TEEN
% = w/ Phedre
# = w/ Dâm-Funk 


 Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
Mature Themes
Street Date: Aug. 21, 2012

Track List:
1. Kinski Assasin
2. Is This The Best Spot?
3. Mature Themes
4. Only In My Dreams
5. Driftwood
6. Early Birds of Babylon
7. Schnitzel Boogie
8. Symphony of the Nymph
9. Pink Slime
10. Farewell American Primitive
11. Live it Up
12. Nostradamus & Me 13. Baby


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Deep Sea Diver: "NWO"

New video from Deep Sea Diver for their single, "NWO."  All info comes courtesy of Grandstand Media.

NWO from matt wignall on Vimeo.




[July 2nd, 2012- Seattle, WA] Seattle based Deep Sea Diver have released their new music video for the single “NWO” off their first full length album History Speaks. The band is set to play the Doe Bay Festival on August 11th & 12th as well as the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival on September 2nd.

Deep Sea Diver’s initial formation as a songwriting moniker for Jessica Dobson turned into a full-fledged music collaboration when drummer, and future husband, Peter Mansen joined the band along with bassist John Raines. Following the release of their first EP
New Caves, the band embarked on a national tour with Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band to promote the album. In between releases, Dobson's professional work involved being a touring guitarist for Beck and a touring bassist for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Jessica is now the lead guitarist for the latest incarnation of The Shins.

The album was recorded in Long Beach with Matt Wignall (Cold War Kids, the Delta Spirit), mixed in Seattle by Luke Vander Pol and remastered by TW Walsh (Sufjan Stevens, Crystal Skulls). Album producer Matt Wignall was also given the reigns to direct the music video for “NWO” where he took a daredevil approach to filming each band member. One LED light, a single camera and some darker themed images became the main inspirations to approach the video with a wide arrange of DIY techniques. Wignall went to great strides for the band and braved the winds on the back of a pickup while venturing into the heart of the Seattle wilderness, proving their director/producer to be as creative as the band. One look at the video will rope anyone into the melodic flurry of “NWO”.

Deep Sea Diver will play two local festivals in the Seattle area. The band will play two dates at the always growing Doe Bay Festival on August 11th & 12th. Doe Bay is a festival that offers a one of a kind musical retreat on Orcas Island in Washington. This weekend festival includes an extensive line-up of musicians, local cuisine, camping and activities.

Soon after, the band will hit the stage at the popular Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival on September 2nd in Seattle. Bumbershoot has become a local staple when it comes to bringing local and national talent together in Seattle and this year will be no different. Deep Sea Diver will share the bill with notable acts such as M83, Best Coast, M Ward, Passion Pit, Gotye and many more. In addition to this eclectic music line up, Bumbershoot offers a hilarious comedy lineup and diverse visual and performing arts galleries that are offered on the festival grounds.

For more information about Deep Sea Diver please visit:



August 11th Orcas Island, WA Doe Bay Festival

August 12th Orcas Island, WA Doe Bay Festival
Sept 2nd Seattle, WA Bumbershoot Festival

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What I Heard This Morning: Cocks Arquette

Cocks Arquette
OSCL Records
Released: 9.7.12

Percussively rampant, sonically caustic and lengthy, the externalized and distorted abstraction that comprises the four songs of Cocks Arquette's debut album is, for me, fascinating to hear.  Recorded live, the band's September 7th release investigates the noise/aggro combos that seemed to define Mi Ami's pre-electronica output, one cyclical mode of conveyance acting the foundation to layered experimentalism and built out intensity.

The album is introduced by the less than a minute "Considerably Fucked," which is Boredoms' styled nonsense that leads into "Pointlessly Vindictive," a No Wave-sized rut that flirts a tad with math rock, ambient tones and free jazz.  The approach is coarse and possibly as vindictive as its title suggests.  The Tangerine Dream on quaaludes approach to "This Changes Nothing" eventually gives way to a thundering Sonic Youth-tinged surf track replete with pulsars and atmospherics.  Its last three minutes is devoted to snare taps and light guitar.  The album's final track, "Then Leave," begins with dark environs and transitions into Electric Wizard sludge.  It's pretty awesome. 

All info and links come courtesy of Earsplit PR.

COCKS ARQUETTE: Aussie Noise Rock Assassins Prepare To Release Debut LP

The self-titled debut album from Melbourne-based audio assassins COCKS ARQUETTE is set for North American release on September 7th.

With OSCL Records responsible for the CD and digital releases and FTU Industries handling the limited vinyl edition, Cocks Arquette rakes over thirty-eight minutes of auditory thunder upon the listener. Massive, repetitive, whacked-out riffs coalesces into mega-amplified dirge-ridden noise rock buildups, the entire release recorded live with no overdubs.

Witness some visual documentation of all five members laying down the riffage AT THIS LOCATION and stream the entire album at the COCKS ARQUETTE BANDCAMP PAGE.

After commencing as a two piece continually at war with itself in 2006, operations gradually escalated via constantly varying personnel and equipment arrangements revolving around brothers Simon and David, before settling into a hardened five-piece collective in 2009. COCKS ARQUETTE's soul destroying maximalism quickly solidified -- their "thing" became steeped in terrifying catharsis and meditative pattern repetition at maximum volume; wild and loose in the same shapes over and over again, order out of chaos and all that.

Cocks Arquette Track Listing: 

1. Considerably Fucked
2. Pointlessly Vindictive
3. This Changes Nothing
4. Then Leave 

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Monday, July 09, 2012

METZ: "Headache"

New Sub Pop acquisition, METZ, will be releasing an album in September.  The track "Headache" was made available for public consumption and consideration.  Check out the widget below.

You can find more information on the band at Sub Pop.


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Ufomammut: "Oroborus"

Gargantua mutators Ufomammut have released a teaser video for their upcoming new album Opus Alter, which is the second chapter of this year's Oro series.  "Oroborus," the name of the latest single, finds the expanse and space lust of their earlier release, Opus Primum, fully intact, cyclical hugeness essential to Ufomammut's makeup.  "Oroborus" is a wonderful enticement.

All info comes courtesy of Earsplit PR.

Ufomammut's Opus Primum was reviewed at Stereokiller.

UFOMAMMUT Release Video From Second Installment Of The ORO Albums

Five months after the release of their acclaimed ORO: Opus Primum release, Italian sorcerers of supernatural and obliterating doom, UFOMAMMUT, prepare to return with the second part of the ORO series, Opus Alter. The new full-length will see North American release on September 18th, 2012 once again via Neurot Recordings.

As with all previous UFOMAMMUT albums, the concepts behind ORO are expansive and multi-faceted, mutating the Italian palindrome which translates to "gold" with the Latin translation of "I prey."
ORO explores the concept of knowledge and its power; the magical stream controlled by the human mind to gain control of every single particle of the world surrounding us. ORO is the alchemical process to transform the human fears into pure essence; into gold. Although ORO's two chapters are being released months apart from each other, they must be considered as a single track in which the musical themes and the sounds appear and reappear, mutate and evolve, progressively culminating in the crushing final movement. ORO is an alchemic laboratory in which substances are flowing, dividing and blending themselves in ten increments from the alembics and stills, culminating into the creation of gold. Opus Alter will fulfill and widen the perspective of the new work of UFOMAMMUT. Starting where Opus Primum ended, Opus Alter evolves deeper into devastatingly powerful new territory, where chaos is metamorphosed by cacophonous sound, until the final notes resonate, knowledge is forged and UFOMAMMUT strike gold.

UFOMAMMUT have unleashed a new audio/visual depiction of "Oroborus," the opening track to

Opus Alter and the first of five videos to be released, as a new video for each thunderous track on the album will be released over the coming weeks. Immerse yourself in "Oroborus" and more RIGHT HERE.

UFOMAMMUT's latest rash of tour dates begin this week with more booked straight through the beginning of Autumn. Stay tuned for more updates on
Opus Alter as well as more tour dates to be announced over the boiling Summer months ahead.

UFOMAMMUT Confirmed Tour Dates:
7/13/2012 Vera - Groningen, Netherlands
7/14/2012 Festival d’Affaire - Nijmegen, Netherlands
7/15/2012 Dourfestival - Dour, Belgium @ La Petite Maison dans la Prairie Stage
7/18/2012 Klub Progresja - Warsaw, Poland
7/20/2012 Hells Pleasure Festival - Pössneck, Germany
7/21/2012 Arena - Vienna, Austria
8/13/2012 Musica W Festival - Castellina Marittima, Italy
9/01/2012 Martinengo - Rock in Riot Festival
10/04/2012 Connewitz - Leipzig, Germany
10/06/2012 Krank - Malmo, Sweden
10/09/2012 Klubi - Turku, Finland
10/10/2012 Klubi - Tampere, Finland
10/11/2012 Kuudes Linja - Helsinki, Finland
10/13/2012 Betong - Oslo, Norway
10/18/2012 De Kreun - Kortrijk, Belgium
10/21/2012 Supersonic Festival - Birmingham, UK


Poia - guitars and effects
Urlo - bass, vocals, synths
Vita - drums
Ciccio - soundlord
Lu - visuals 

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Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Monday, July 02, 2012

Chelsea Wolfe: "Flatlands" (Glassroom Sessions)

Gothic blues artist Chelsea Wolfe will be touring with progressive space rockers, Russian Circles.  She will also be releasing an acoustic album later this 2012, which will feature the song, "Flatlands."  Check out the video.  All links, tour dates and info were lovingly provided by Life or Death PR and Management.




photo by David Fathi

Northern California native Chelsea Wolfe's sound is best described with broad strokes: elemental, intense, radiant, ancient yet modern, intimate yet expansive, dark and sparkling. Hues of black metal and deep blues inform her ever-evolving electric folk--a warm force that wraps itself around the listener, encouraging uplift, seeking triumph. Her voice similarly haunts and soothes, with words that illuminate life's darker corners in order to reveal the unlikely truth and beauty hidden within.

In a way, Wolfe is on a journey to the surface of her own music. 2012 finds releasing her first acoustic emanation on Sargent House, a collection of once-orphaned songs given a home. The experience is a secret shared, a side of our heroine rarely seen or heard, and the making was as intimate as it gets: recorded in the woods of Northern California and at Wolfe's L.A. home, co-produced by her bandmate Ben Chisholm, with players Ezra Buchla of Gowns (viola), Andrea Calderón of Corima (violin) and Daniel Denton of Gothic Tropic (bass).

In 2013, Wolfe will deliver her as-yet-untitled official third album, which will expand upon the acoustic record's themes: the elements and natural disasters, humanity, love, desolation. At the same time, the new full-length will mark a significant change as Wolfe and Chisholm (who makes glitched goth-soul as Revelator) bring more electronic elements into the fold. Lars Stalfors (The Mars Volta, Marnie Stern) will be on hand to produce the LP, which will also feature the other members of Wolfe's live wrecking crew, guitarist Kevin Dockter and drummer Dylan Fujioka.

Disparate as these two developments are, they perfectly embody Wolfe's growth as an artist -- the inside turning outward, her recent European outing and August U.S. tour with Russian Circles providing an apt contrast to her more cloistered childhood. Her rare romanticism began early, but it was always a private affair. At 9, she'd watch her father playing country music and sneak into his home studio to record skewed keyboard covers (
The Never-Ending Story theme was a favorite) and originals.

Wolfe long lacked the confidence to share her work, but in 2009 she embarked on a three-month stint abroad with a nomadic performance troupe. After performing in cathedrals, basements and old nuclear plants to whoever would listen, she returned home with a new drive. She began toting around an 8-track and recording as the mood hit, eventually editing her findings into 2010's stunner LP,
The Grime & the Glow. Described as both healing and harrowing, enchanting and narcotic, the album established Wolfe as a force on the rise.

Inspired, Wolfe then relocated to Los Angeles and recorded her second album, 2011's
Apokalypsis LP, which found her in an actual studio. The songs captured therein maintained the strikingly visceral elements of her debut. Praise came for the record's revelatory dirges and cavernous sound, and moreover for Wolfe's newly showcased songwriting chops. Her onward march through music only seems to deepen the experience. Whether stripped bare or fully backed, Wolfe carries a serious heaviness of sound offset by that ever-present counterweight: transcendence of spirit.




06/29 - Los Angeles, CA - The El-Rey % 08/06 Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club !
08/07 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird !

08/08 - Louisville, KY - The Veron Club !
08/09 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree !
08/10 - Tallahassee, FL - Retrofit !
08/11 - Orlando, FL - Will's Pub !
08/12 - Tampa, FL - State !
08/13 - Jacksonville, FL - Jackrabbits !
08/14 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl !
08/15 - Carraboro, NC - Cat's Cradle !
08/16 - Washington, DC - Rock n Roll Hotel !
08/17 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer !
08/18 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom !
08/19 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East !
08/20 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore !
08/21 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace !
08/22 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme !
08/23 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall !
08/24 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock !
9/5 - Sacramento at Blue Lamp
9/7 - Portland at Ted's - Musicfest NW $
9/8 - Vancouver - Biltmore $
9/9 - Seattle - Barboza $
9/12 - San Francisco - Rickshaw Stop $
9/14 - Los Angeles - The Echo $

% = w/ Russian Circles, And So I Watch From Afar & Deafheaven
! = w/ Russian Circles
$ = w/ Crypts

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Guerilla Toss: "Meteorological"

I was elated to find out that Guerilla Toss will be releasing a new LP this September called Twisted Crystal . Last year's GT Ultra sp...