Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Coathangers & Nü Sensae: 7" Split

March 19th, the Suicide Squeeze label will be releasing a split 7" featuring The Coathangers and Nü Sensae, melody driven garage rock and heavy Amphetamine Reptile inspired scrawl.  Their respective contributions to the release, "Derek's Song" and "Throw," are streaming online.

(via Spin)


(via Pitchfork)


All info comes courtesy of Enabler Agency.



THE COATHANGERS & NÜ SENSAE RELEASE SPLIT 7” ON SUICIDE SQUEEZE 3/19
 

HEAR THE COATHANGERS: “DEREK’S SONG

HEAR NÜ SENSAE: "THROW"

ON TOUR THIS SPRING, SXSW & EUROPEAN DATES Atlanta’s reigning garage rock daughters The Coathangers return March 19 with the third installment in their series of split 7”s on Suicide Squeeze. This time they’ve teamed up with labelmates Nü Sensae. Both new listeners and longtime fans of The Coathangers will be whipped into a frenzy with “Derek’s Song”, a party-banger perfectly encapsulating the quartet’s capacity for sharp hooks and jagged instrumentation.

Today, SPIN premiered the track here. Despite the casualness of The Coathangers’ approach to making music, that devil-may-care attitude and rowdy house-show vibe resonates with folks across the globe. The band will hit the road this Spring and will be at this year’s SXSW, followed by a European tour with Trail of Dead.

Nü Sensae contributed “Throw” to their side of the split. Rounding out their sound with the recent addition of guitarist Brody McKnight, Nü Sensae’s newest song is a ferocious and harrowing leap forward. Brody unleashes foreboding guitar squalls while bassist/vocalist Andrea Lukic rages like Kim Gordon at her most incendiary moments and Daniel Pitout beats his drums to a bloody pulp. The Nü Sensae side will make you wanna go torch a car, listen to it at Pitchfork here.

Nü Sensae will make their way down from Vancouver, touring the West Coast, SXSW & then will head over to European as well.

The split 7” is limited to 750 copies (250 on white vinyl, 500 on black) with a free download code and is also available digitally worldwide. Pre-order here.

HEAR: "DEREK'S SONG"
HEAR: "THROW"

NÜ SENSAE / THE COATHANGERS
"DEREK'S SONG" & "THROW" 7"
(SUICIDE SQUEEZE RECORDS)
MARCH 19th, 2013

THE COATHANGERS TOUR DATES
3/7: Savannah Stopover Fest – Savannah, GA
3/8: Retrofit Records – Tallahassee, FL
3/9: TBA - New Orleans, LA
3/10: 35 Denton Festival – Denton, TX
3/11: Galax Z Fair – McAllen, TX
3/13: SXSW – Austin, TX
3/14: SXSW – Austin, TX
3/15: SXSW – Austin, TX
3/16: SXSW – Austin, TX
3/17: Spillover Fest – Dallas, TX
3/19: Proud Larry’s – Oxford, MS
3/24: Zwischenbrau - Rostock Germany $
3/25: Ubel & Gefayehrlich Hamburg Germany $
3/27: Vera Groningen, Holland $
3/30: Leipzig Germany, Conne Island $
4/1: Düsseldorf Germany, Zakk $
4/2: Bielefeld Germany, Forum $
4/4: Sankt Hanshaugen Norway, John Dee $
4/7: Stockholm Sweden, Debaser $
4/9: Berlin Germany, Astra $
4/10: Warsaw Poland, Proxima $
4/11: Wroclaw Poland, Firlej $
4/12: Munich Germany, Theaterfabrik $
4/13: Vienna Austria, WUK $
4/15: Wil Switzerland, Gare de Lion$
4/16: Zurich Switzerland, Mascotte $
4/17: Paris France, La Maroquinerie $
4/19: Manchester UK, Academy 2/3 $
4/20: Glasgow UK, SW3 $
4/21: Wolverhampton UK, Slade Rooms $
4/22: Cardiff UK, The Great Hall 2 $
4/23: Bristol UK, Academy $
4/24: Nottingham UK, Rescue Rooms $
4/25: London UK, Islington Academy $

$ = w/ And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

NÜ SENSAE TOUR DATES
3/03: Seattle, WA, Chop Suey
3/04: Olympia, WA, Northern
3/06: San Francisco, CA, Hemlock Tavern
3/07: Los Angeles, CA, The Echo !
3/08: Phoenix, AZ, Sail Inn (Rampage Festival)
3/10: Denton, TX, 35 Denton Festival
3/13: SXSW – Austin, TX
3/14: SXSW – Austin, TX
3/15: SXSW – Austin, TX
3/16: SXSW – Austin, TX
3/18: El Paso, TX, So Sick Festival
3/20: Tuscon, AZ, Topaz Tundra @
3/21: Las Vegas, NV, Double Down Saloon @
3/23: Oakland, CA, Sugar Mountain @
3/24: Reno, NV, The Holland Project @
3/26: Portland, OR, Star Theater @
4/11: London, UK, Shacklewell Arms
4/12: Paris, FR, Mecanique Ondulatoire
4/13: Amsterdamn, NL, OCCII
4/14: Brussels, BE, Madame Moustache
4/16: Tilburg, NL, OT13
4/17: Copenhagen, DK, Stangade
4/18: Hamburg, DE, Hafenklang
4/19: Prauge, CZ
4/20: Berlin, DE, West Germany
4/21: Thessaloniki, GR
4/23: Athens, GR
4/24: Barcelona, SP, Venue TBC
4/26: Madrid, SP, Nasti
4/27: Lisbon, PO, ZDB
4/28: Porto, PO, Piano B
4/30: Venlo, NL, Queens Day Festival at Perron55

! = w/ White Lung, Audacity & Broncho
@ = Audacity THE COATHANGERS
THE COATHANGERS ON FACEBOOK
THE COATHANGERS ON BANDCAMP

NÜ SENSAE
NÜ SENSAE ON FACEBOOK


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Letters From A Tapehead

Singles: Akron/Family, The Laughing

Akron/Family: "Until The Morning" (via Spin.com)


The Laughing: "Disappear" (via PureVolume and US/THEM Group)


Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

Small Black: "Free At Dawn"

A fluttery electro-propulsive new wave single is what I needed to hear today apparently.  Small Black has released "Free At Dawn," the band's latest offering and the first single from their upcoming new album, Limits Of Desire, which won't be out until May 14th.



All info, links and audio are courtesy of the great people at Jagjaguwar.  


Small Black have announced that they will release their new album, Limits of Desire on May 14, 2013 via Jagjaguwar. They have shared the first single with The FADER today, along with the album art and tracklisting.

Stream the first single "Free At Dawn" on SoundCloud

Stream the first single "Free At Dawn" on YouTube 

The cover of the album, shot by Dutch artist Scarlett Hooft Graafland, serves as as sort of visual source code for its themes. How are our desires limited and how, in turn, are we limited by them? Featuring a man and a woman embracing on either side of a ladder, the two are completely naked, divided by its triangular span - close but unable to get any closer. It is a moving depiction of modern connectivity and interaction.

Built off the back of 2010's
New Chain and 2009's self-titled EP, Limits of Desire is a crystallization of Small Black's gorgeous synth-pop sound. Together the four piece, Josh Hayden Kolenik (keys, vocals), Ryan Heyner (guitar, keys, vocals), Juan Pieczanski (bass, guitar) and Jeff Curtin (drums, percussion) have moved past the hazy, bedroom-recorded feel of their previous releases with a refined sound that pares back embellishments, trading dense layers for space and clarity of vision.

Watch the trailer for Limits of Desire

This was achieved, in part, with the addition of live drums, electric guitar and trumpet to the band's sonic palette. Speaking with SPIN recently, Kolenik pointed out these changes saying,
"New Chain was hyper-layered collage-y by design and as an artist you always want to fight against what you did last...as you get a little older and more learned in your craft, you want to show everything and not hide behind multiple vocal takes or any sort of haze."

The tracks are, accordingly, sophisticated and precisely rendered. "Free At Dawn" starts at a low rumble and builds to a climax with Kolenik chanting the title over soaring guitars and synths. "Breathless" takes Lynchian lyrics (
"Saw both my life and death / in two lines / felt the kick of fate / there I was invisible / out of phase") and sets them to a bumping electro-pop theme, which is then immediately ratcheted up to epic on "Proper Spirit" where Kolenik croons flirtatiously over razor sharp synths. "No Stranger" is the kind of private origin story couples tell each other for reassurance ("Tell me where you thought you saw me / Tell me why you asked my name"), dressed up for the club like one of Robyn's best heartbreakers. This the sound of four skilled musicians crafting stories about intimacy on the highest level. Ultimately, Limits of Desire is the sound of a band arriving.

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Letters From A Tapehead

Stereokiller: Pombagira

Pombagira
Maleficia Lamiah
Black Axis Records
Released: 3.19.13



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Letters From A Tapehead

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Singles: Lorelei, Tricky, Melody's Echo Chamber, David Bowie

Lorelei: "Hole Punch" (video provided by Force Field PR)
Lorelei - Hole Punch from Slumberland Records on Vimeo.

Tricky: "Nothing's Changed" (via Life Or Death PR & Management)


Melody's Echo Chamber: "Crystallized" (video provided by Noisey)


David Bowie: "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" (Unsuitable for the cubicle!)


Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

Death: "Politicians In My Eyes" (Demo)

Here's some info on a documentary about the proto-punk Detroit rock band, Death.  You can also download an unreleased demo of their song, "Politicians in My Eyes."  
All info comes courtesy of Enabler Agency. 

DRAFTHOUSE FILMS TO RELEASE A BAND CALLED DEATH
OFFICIAL SELECTION FOR SXSW 2013 DOCUMENTARY FILM
HEAR AN UNRELEASED DEMO OF "POLITICIANS IN MY EYES"
ROUGH FRANCIS SET TO PLAY SXSW

Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, announced today the acquisition of North American rights to Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino’s riveting rockumentary A Band Called Death, which is set to screen at this year’s SXSW Film Festival in the “24 Beats Per Second” film category. The film chronicles rebirth and rise to cult stardom of early-’70s African-American “proto-punk” trio Death, following a new generation’s discovery of a virtually unheard demo tape more than 30 years later. A theatrical and VOD release for A Band Called Death is scheduled for this summer.

Joining A Band Called Death at SXSW, will be the Hackney's children's band, Rough Francis; rock'n'roll truly runs deep in this family. Rough Francis is comprised of Bobby Hackney's 3 sons, Urian, Julian & Bobby Jr., along with Dylan Giambatista & Steven Williams. The band boasts anthemic punk rock songs, like their father & uncles made in the 70's. Although it may seem unfair to compare the Hackney children to their family, Rough Francis has provided the missing link to finding new fans & telling Death's story. Rough Francis has toured with Mos Def, OFF! & will be making their SXSW debut this year. They recently self-released a new album, Maximum Soul Power.

About A Band Called Death
Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols and the Ramones, there was Death. Formed in 1971 by three teenage brothers in Detroit, Michigan, the African-American group is widely acknowledged as being one of the first punk bands. After years of struggling with canceled contracts, increasing debts, inner family tragedy, and a controversial name that barred them from future success, Death sold off their instruments and disbanded with their recordings laying dormant in an attic for decades. After years of silence, Death’s moment finally arrived following unexpected demand from rabid internet fans and record collectors which ushered renowned appreciation and a swarm of national media attention that has now secured their place in the annals of rock history. Detroit-born Jack White of The White Stripes said in the New York Times : “the first time the stereo played [Death] I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. When I was told the history of the band and what year they recorded this music, it just didn’t make sense. Ahead of punk, and ahead of their time.”

Following its world premiere at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival, A Band Called Death has received critical acclaim for its compelling music story as well as an unexpectedly emotional chronicle of familial camaraderie. Justin Lowe of The Hollywood Reporter said the film is “a moving testament to the enduring power of family ties and groundbreaking music.” And for TwitchFilm, A Band Called Death is “one of the best music documentaries to come out in years.”

“Howlett and Covino’s film rewrites punk history and also transforms a better-than-fiction music story into a moving, emotional story,” says Drafthouse Films Creative Director Evan Hunsey, “and we are thrilled to be introducing the legacy of Death to audiences around the country.”

“I attended my first screening at the original Alamo Drafthouse more than ten years ago and am very excited all these years later to be working with Drafthouse Films” states producer Matthew Perniciaro “Their passion for this film has been apparent since day one and we couldn’t be working with a better partner to get Death’s story out into the world.”

A Band Called Death is a Haven Entertainment and OGB, Inc. production, in association with Howlermano Productions. The film is produced by Matthew Perniciaro and Kevin Mann of Haven (More Than A Game, Fanboys), Scott Mosier of OGB (Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma) and Jerry Ferrara (Entourage, Think Like A Man).

The deal was negotiated by James Emanuel Shapiro on behalf of Drafthouse Films and Linzee Troubh of Cinetic Media on behalf of the film’s producers.

About Jeff Howlett, Director
Director/Producer Jeff Howlett established Howlermano Productions LLC and partnered with Haven Entertainment to direct his first feature film with fellow Director/Producer Mark Covino. Jeff being a musician and filmmaker, started making music in Vermont in early 1993 with the band Five Seconds Expired and later started Non Compos in 1998 as a lead vocalist and song writer. Both bands experienced local and national recognition including international press in Modern Drummer, Metal Maniacs and College Music Journal. Throughout his musical career Jeff's interest in photography and video production gained momentum while attending film school in Burlington in the fall of 2007. Jeff met fellow filmmaker Mark Covino in the fall of 2008 in Burlington and in early 2009 coerced him into partnering up and started production on a feature documentary that would later be titled A Band Called Death.

About Mark Covino, Director
Originally from Queens, NY Mark fell in love with film at an early age. By the time he was a student at Eastern Suffolk Board of Cooperative Educational Services (B.O.C.E.S.), he was honing the skills he would need to make the leap from High School student to filmmaker, which he did when he left his home state of NY to work on a feature film being shot in Vermont. It was in Vermont where Mark continued to pursue his passion of filmmaking, attending Burlington College and earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cinema Studies and Film production in 2006. While Mark was working towards his undergraduate degree, he became heavily active in the VT filmmaking community working on productions such as Unless a Death Occurs: Hazing Examined for PBS, Rally-Nation (a pilot optioned for ESPN 2), as well as the highly acclaimed Black Panther documentary What We Want, What We Believe to name a few. In early 2009, because of Mark’s active role in the local film community fellow VT Filmmaker Jeff Howlett approached him with an idea for a documentary and through their collaboration A Band Called Death was born.

About Drafthouse Films
Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, is a curated brand of provocative, visionary and artfully unusual films new and old from around the world. Following the earnestly simple motto of “sharing the films we love with widest audience possible,” Drafthouse Films debuted in 2010 with the theatrical release of Four Lions which was named of Time Magazine’s “Top 10 Films Of The Year.” The 2012 release slate includes the acclaimed Best Foreign Language Oscar®) Bullhead, the internationally celebrated Danish comedy Klown (currently slated for a Warner Bros/Todd Phillips produced US remake), Quentin Dupieux’s Sundance 2012 favorite Wrong, the 40th anniversary restoration of landmark Australian thriller Wake In Fright, the highly-anticipated Werner Herzog/Errol Morris produced documentary The Act Of Killing, and together with producing partners Magnolia Pictures and Timpson Films, the highly acclaimed anthology horror film The ABC’s Of Death featuring 26 different directors that Fangoria calls, “a stunning roll call of some of the most exciting names in horror across the world.” Drafthouse Films distributes films theatrically, through home video, VOD and their direct-to-consumer platforms integrating into the ever-growing Alamo Drafthouse entertainment lifestyle brand, which along with the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas includes: Mondo, the collectible art boutique; Fantastic Fest, the largest international genre film festival in the US; and the pop culture website Badass Digest.

About Haven Entertainment
Founded in 2012 by Mauricio Betancur, Kevin Mann, Matthew Perniciaro, Jesse Hara and Rachel Miller, Haven Entertainment is a production and management company based in Los Angeles. The multi-faceted company produces feature films, documentaries, television and digital content and was formed by merging Perniciaro and Mann’s previous venture Picture Machine and Hara and Miller’s Tom Sawyer Entertainment. Collectively, the principals at Haven have produced the award winning documentary More Than A Game featuring NBA superstar LeBron James, The Cold Light of Day starring Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver, Sundance 2010 Audience Award winning film Happythankyoumoreplease from director Josh Radnor, Fanboys which was released by The Weinstein Company, festival favorite What We Do Is Secret, a biopic on Darby Crash and The Germs, and Radnor’s Liberal Arts, which premiered in the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was released by IFC.

For more information on A Band Called Death and Drafthouse Films:

http://drafthousefilms.com
http://twitter.com/drafthousefilms
http://facebook.com/drafthousefilms

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Letters From A Tapehead

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Singles: Bosnian Rainbows, Zorch, Still Corners, Pete Swanson, Disappears

Bosnian Rainbows: "Torn Map"


Zorch: "We All Die Young" (via Spin.com)


Still Corners: "Berlin Lovers" (via SubPop.com)

 
   
   
   
   
   
 


Pete Swanson: "Grounds For Arrest" (via Enabler PR)
 

Disappears: "Kone" (via The Quietus)


Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

No Ripcord: Baptists

Baptists
Bushcraft
Southern Lord
Released: 2.19.13



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Letters From A Tapehead

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Ron Asheston Tribute Concert DVD Trailer

A live tribute to the late and amazing Ron Asheton will be released on DVD April 9th.  Ron Asheton Tribute Concert with Iggy & The Stooges + Special Guests was recorded almost two years ago to the date of the film's release and features Henry Rollins and Radio Birdman's Deniz Tek as a guest guitarist.



All info was provided by MVD Entertainment Group.


Ron Asheton Tribute Concert with Iggy & the Stooges + Special Guests
 
Coming to DVD on April 9

Live concert tribute to brother Ron Asheton featuring the Stooges, Henry Rollins and more!

Recorded live at the Michigan Theater, this heartfelt tribute/celebration of Stooge guitarist Ron Asheton's life and music featured Iggy and the Stooges, Henry Rollins, and guest guitarist Deniz Tek (Radio Birdman). Includes a string section on a few Stooges classics! All profits from the sale of the DVD go to the Ron Asheton Foundation which supports animal welfare and music.

Gary Graff of BILLBOARD writes:
"It was a typical night of Stooges-style brutality but in an even more passionate form, as the group and its guests took a wide swing through the repertoire, clearly moved by the sense of occasion and the cacophonous spirit of the 1,700 fans who snapped up tickets for the concert in less than an hour.

'Some of his (Asheton's) themes always reminded me a lot of...classical music in the 17th century,' Pop told Billboard.com prior to the show -- emcee Henry Rollins fronted the band for 'I Got a Right.' Pop then came on to commence a full-on Stooges performance with co-founder and drummer Scott 'Rock Action' Asheton, Raw Power guitarist James Williamson, longtime saxophonist Steve Mackay and Mike Watt, the group's bassist since 2003.

Shirtless and manic as always, even two days before his 64th birthday, it didn't take Pop long to turn the theater to bedlam. Following pulverizing renditions of 'Raw Power,' 'Search and Destroy' and 'Gimme Danger,' Pop brought dozens of fans on stage for 'Shake Appeal,' clearly reveling in the ecstatic anarchy of the moment. The rest of the night maintained the energy through favorites such as 'Beyond the Law,' '1970' and 'Fun House,' the 'ballad' 'Open Up and Bleed' and a rendition of 'I Wanna Be Your Dog' beefed up by an 11-piece orchestra.

The ensemble stayed on stage as Radio Birdman's Deniz Tek, a longtime Asheton friend, spelled Williamson for 'T.V. Eye,' 'Loose,' 'Dirt' and 'Real Good Time,' while Williamson returned for a new acoustic composition called 'Ron's Tune,' in which Pop sang that 'the music says you'll be my friend to the end' and 'because you were my friend, I always think of you again.' The night finished with everyone, including more audience members, onstage for 'No Fun' — whose title, of course, was the antithesis of the experience."

The complete story can be read HERE.

Preorder: http://www.seeofsound.com/p.php?s=MVD5711D

Clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HoYsFD2wDw

Track Listing:

I Got a Right (with Henry Rollins)
Raw Power
Search and Destroy
Gimme Danger
Shake Appeal
1970
L.A. Blues
Night Theme
Beyond the Law
Fun House
Open Up And Bleed
Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell
I Wanna Be Your Dog
TV Eye
Loose
Dirt
Real Cool Time
Iggy's Speech
Ron's Tune
No Fun

Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

Tera Melos: "Sunburn"

Another offering from the upcoming new album from Tera Melos, X'ed Out, surfaced today.  "Sunburn" is streaming courtesy of Vice/Noisey, full of math-riddled melody and pop harmonizing.   Looking forward to this one.



Tour dates with TTNG (formerly known as This Town Needs Guns) have also been made available.  TTNG's recent release, 13.0.0.0.0, was reviewed at No Ripcord.

Two shows are happening in Philly at The Fire, one of which is already sold out.

All info, tour dates and links were provided by Us/Them Group.

 
Tera Melos premiere another song from forthcoming album via Vice's Noisey.com

North American tour dates with TTNG starting in April

Listen to "Sunburn"

Sacramento's genre-benders Tera Melos premiere another new song from their forthcoming new album, X'ed Out today via Vice's Noisey.com. The track, "Sunburn" is available to stream/share HERE.

Tera Melos also launch extensive North American tour dates with Sargent House label mates, Britain's This Town Needs Guns (now simply called TTNG) beginning in April. Tera Melos will be supporting
X'ed Out, as will TTNG promote their new full length 13.0.0.0.0. Please see complete dates below and specific details (tickets, times, etc) for the shows for Tera Melos HERE and TTNG HERE.

Tera Melos also recently premiered the first song from
X'ed Out via Rolling Stone. The track, "Tropic Lame" is also available for streaming/sharing HERE.

Truly great art is that which can't be easily understood and dissected, but immediately resonates nonetheless. Tera Melos' new full length,
X'ed Out is just that kind of adventure. The songs transcend in a way that makes you want to sit friends down to hear it, not only to share the experience, but perhaps in hopes that together you can create the world in which songs like this can be defined. It hits mental buttons and flicks internal switches that you never knew existed, while cleverly obscuring the technical precision for which the band has been known. It's remarkably multifaceted, incredibly catchy and perplexing to unravel exactly how it all works.

"
It's like visiting a friend who lives on the 14th floor of a building with no elevator, yet he has a grand piano in his apartment," explains bassist Nathan Latona. "How did he get it there? Was it carried up 14 flights of stairs, assembled on site or what? This record is the piano in the apartment with no elevator. We wanted to do all of the tricky stuff in a way that doesn't seem noticeable."
X'ed Out is the culmination of an arc begun on Tera Melos' first proper full-length, Patagonian Rats (Sargent House, 2010) -- a supercollider of 60s pop hooks, Minutemen garage-prog, post-punk evisceration, wiry psychedelia and nearly everything else in-between. Here, the Sacramento based trio burns and simmers simultaneously while situated somewhere without benefit of location services. It's a nowhere land, X'ed Out of the grid, both inviting and daring. Join us.
X'ed Out will be available everywhere April 16th, 2013 on LP, CD and download via Sargent House.

TERA MELOS & TTNG TOUR 2013
Apr 18, 2013 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Apr 19, 2013 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
Apr 20, 2013 - Vancouver, BC @ The Media Club
Apr 23, 2013 - Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
Apr 24, 2013 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue 7th Street Entry
Apr 25, 2013 - Appleton, WI @ Lawrence University
Apr 26, 2013 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Apr 27, 2013 - Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theater/The Magic Stick 

Apr 28, 2013 - Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
Apr 29, 2013 - Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
May 1, 2013 - Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
May 2, 2013 - Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
May 3, 2013 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire (early show)
May 3, 2013 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire (late show) - SOLD OUT

May 4, 2013 - Washington, DC @ DC9
May 5, 2013 - Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade
May 7, 2013 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade 

May 8, 2013 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
May 9, 2013 - Miami, FL @ Bardot
May 10, 2013 - Ybor City, FL @ Crowbar
May 11, 2013 - Orlando, FL @ Will's Pub
May 13, 2013 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
May 15, 2013 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
May 16, 2013 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's 

May 17, 2013 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
May 18, 2013 - Austin, TX @ Red 7
May 19, 2013 - San Antonio, TX @ The Korova
May 20, 2013 - El Paso, TX @ Low Brow 

May 21, 2013 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock
May 22, 2013 - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
May 23, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
May 24, 2013 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Constellation Room
May 25, 2013 - San Francisco, CA @ The Bottom of the Hill
May 26, 2013 - Fresno, CA @ Star Palace Ballroom


Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Bad News From Houston: "Red Dirt Meet" (Video)

This year's Baby Snakes:
 
Bad News From Houston is the work of Deerhoof's John Dietrich and Thollem McDonas of Tsigoti.  Their strange, seemingly structureless ode to human disconnection in the digital age brought to mind the overwhelming visual and atonal relationship between Frank Zappa's free form sound experiments and the clay-mation work of Bruce Bickford explored in Zappa's Baby Snakes film.

Bad News from Houston cover art by Tuia Cherici

The duo's new album, In the Valley of the Cloud Builder, is out on Post-Consumer Records.



Info comes courtesy of Kinsman and Meng PR.

John Dieterich (Deerhoof) and Thollem McDonas (Tsigoti) have created an album of complete immediacy, wherein every sound is presented with such vividness and detail that each minute sound event becomes foregrounded. When an acoustic guitar is played, you don’t just hear the strings, you hear the wood, too. When the strings of the piano explode, you are inside the sound chamber, feeling the coiled metal shatter against your skin. Intimacy takes a bright and radiant form on In The Valley Of The Cloud Builder. The joyous energy in these recordings prevents any of these pieces from sitting still. Clanking bottles topple over into ecstatic electronics so quickly that by the time your mind says “bottle”, what you are hearing is the most jackrabbit High Life guitar riff ever played. So much life is in this work that even Dieterich and McDonas, longtime collaborators, realized they had evolved as a music-making unit. To commemorate this turning of the ship, a new name: Bad News From Houston.

Bad News From Houston's new music video, "Red Dirt Meet", was created by Tuia Cherici. A tale told in claymation of loneliness in the age of the internet.

More info on Tuia Cherici is available at: http://manucinema.net/

Sincerely,
Letters From A Tapehead

Ensemble Pearl: "Painting On A Corpse"

The good people at The Quietus were nice enough to post "Painting On A Corpse," a new piece of music from the eponymous debut of Ensemble Pearl.  An all-star personnel that includes Stephen O'Mally (Sunn O)))), Atsuo (Boris), William Herzog (The Sweet Hereafter, Sunn O)))) and Michio Kurihara (Ghost), Ensemble Pearl's new track is an interesting combination of Earth-inspired drones, surf timbre and factorial rhythmic cycling, a more immediate, less ponderous translation of Dylan Carlson's dirt-encrusted Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light wanderings.

The album will also feature composers Eyvind Kang and Timba Harris and will be released via Drag City Records on March 18th.


All info comes courtesy of Rarely Unable.  As previously mentioned, the Soundcloud link comes courtesy of The Quietus.



Ensemble Pearl cast light on immersive album track "Painting On A Corpse"

Ensemble Pearl are Atsuo, William Herzog, Michio Kurihara and Stephen O'Malley. Their self titled debut album also features the elemental forces of Eyvind Kang and Timba Harris. These players have all moved air and earth in many other projects and can create monolith and river alike on their own - but for Ensemble Pearl they give and take, knowing and understanding each other's strengths and lack of weakness. Rather than blast sheets of air-filling sound, their contributions float the space with positive and negative dynamics. There are no borders being patrolled, allowing Ensemble Pearl to move from place to place unhindered.

Today Ensemble Pearl cast light on the immersive album track "Painting On A Corpse" via The Quietus - our first real insight into the music of this distinguished ensemble: http://thequietus.com/articles/11430-ensemble-pearl-painting-on-a-corpse-listen

Across this debut album, cosmic heavy amplified rock drops and ripples, auras radiate and expand into cloudforms, through which lightning bolts. Tides rise, the moons wax upon a place somewhere between Link Wray,
Hex-era Earth and early Tangerine Dream. The echoes return, leaving a trail that blows and drifts, creating a separate piece. The metal of coils is the metal of the earth, the air... the meteoric and primal elements found in space. Ensemble Pearl reaches through the clouds and atmospheres and brings it all back down to the ground, to forge further creations for woman and man. With music production that is inspired by rock from the classic era (50s through 70s) and acousmatic contemporary composition alike.

Over the course of six sides of music (and four sides of vinyl) they ride the jet stream as the world revolves slowly below, static almost, shimmering imperceptibly, mostly water. In and amongst the sprays of foam, there's a wash of twin-lead psych-proggery, a raft of tribal-beat sun worship, a passing rumble of neck-stretching, some delicate noise-blowing, a bit of float-and-drone and finally, a majestic drift into the deep waters of dub atmosphere.

Ensemble Pearl was recorded by Masato Suzuki, mixed by Randall Dunn and mastered by Bob Weston. The album features artwork from Simon Fowler and Michał Mozolewski that extends and enhances the music in integral fashion, helping to make Ensemble Pearl a complete experience for the aspirant listener, a full-spectrum sensory bath.

The album will be released 18 March 2013 on Drag City on double LP (housed in a gatefold sleeve), CD and digital formats.


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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day: "Love" is in the title... (again, but not really)

Last Valentine's Day, I found songs with "Love" in the title to celebrate the occasion.  This year, I did the same thing, but then decided that I would ALSO try and find some that might be a tad on the offensive side.  Think of romance purely in terms of its physical motivations without the warm and fuzzies, (at least in terms of the emotional warm and fuzzies).

Enjoy the playlist and, if you'd like, recommend some more.


Ciccone Youth (Sonic Youth) — “Addicted to Love”


Nina Simone — “Since My Love Is Gone”


Pantera — “Good Friends and a Bottle of Pills”


Pixies — “La La Love You”


PJ Harvey & John Parish — “Black Hearted Love”


Queen — “Get Down, Make Love”


Rollins Band — “Love Song”


Sic Alps — “Love Is Strange”


The Slits — “Love Und Romance”


Sly & The Family Stone — “Love City”


Thelonious Monk Quartet w/ John Coltrane — “Sweet & Lovely”


Them Crooked Vultures — “No One Loves Me & Neither Do I”


Tom Waits — “Saving All My Love For You”


Ween — “Learnin' To Love”


Frank Zappa — “Tell Me You Love Me”


S.O.A. — “Girl Problems”
 

A Fucking Elephant — "I'm Addicted to Drugs & Sex and I Want You to Choke Me"


Peeping Tom w/ Norah Jones — "Sucker"


Eagles of Death Metal — "I Gotta Feelin' (Just Nineteen)"


Ghostface Killa — "Wildflower"


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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Shopping For Records: Cough/Windhand split release

So, the honors for the best psych metal split release of 2012 went to Alaric and Atriarch.  This year, it looks as though Reflection of the Negative by Cough and Windhand will act as successor.  The below trailer certainly has promise.

The album will be out via Relapse Records on April 16th.  All info, links and tour dates were provided by Earsplit PR.   



COUGH / WINDHAND Split Album To See Spring Release Via Relapse

Relapse Records this week unveils a pummeling upcoming split between two prime acts in the contemporary doom/sludge circuit, COUGH and WINDHAND.

With both COUGH and WINDHAND hailing from the unrestrained Richmond, Virginia underground, the choice to team the two of them up for the brutal
Reflection Of The Negative split album was a simple one, and the results are, as expected, thunderous and immense. COUGH leads off, delivering a characteristically electrifying down-tuned epic track, while their brethren in WINDHAND serve up two brand new epic songs for their half of the dirge. While the track listing bears merely three tracks, this monstrous split bears nearly forty minutes of premier doom at its absolute gloomiest. The album acts as a precursor for both bands’ upcoming full-lengths, which are both currently being conceived.

Reflection Of The Negative will see official release on April 16th in North America, preceded by international street dates of April 12th (Germany/Benelux) and April 15th (UK/World). Today Relapse has released a visual trailer for the LP, as well as preorders for the album including digital and CD formats, as well as a super-limited mailorder-only black/white vinyl combo.

In conjunction with the release of the split, COUGH will embark on a brutal month-long European tour. The majority of the dates will see the band joined by Witch Mountain, while several later dates will instead be with Grime, the entire trek leading up to Heavy Days in Doomtown. The festival, an international DIY doom/stoner/sludge festival in Copenhagen, Denmark, runs from May 2nd through the 5th, and will see COUGH sharing the stage alongside Graves At Sea, Pagan Altar, Samothrace, Moss, Bell Witch, Dark Buddah Rising, Lecherous Gaze, Mournful Congregation and many others.

COUGH European Tour 2013:

4/08/2013 Fonobar - Warsaw, Poland w/ Witch Mountain
4/11/2013 Nuclear Nightclub - Oulu, Finland w/ Witch Mountain
4/12/2013 Klubi - Turku, Finland w/ Witch Mountain
4/13/2013 Studioravintola Paksu - Helsinki, Finland w/ Witch Mountain 
4/15/2013 Klub Püssy A Go Go - Stockholm, Sweden w/ Witch Mountain
4/16/2013 Truck Stop Alaska - Gothenburg, Sweden w/ Witch Mountain
4/18/2013 Schaubude - Kiel, Germany w/ Witch Mountain
4/19/2013 O13 @ Roadburn Festival - Tilburg, Netherlands w/ Witch Mountain
4/20/2013 DNA - Brussels, Belgium w/ Witch Mountain
4/21/2013 Raymond City - Clermont-Ferrand, France w/ Witch Mountain
4/22/2013 Saint Des Seins - Toulouse, France w/ Witch Mountain
4/23/2013 Combustibles - Paris, France w/ Witch Mountain
4/24/2013 Bastard Club - Osnabrück, Germany w/ Witch Mountain
4/26/2013 Desertfest - Berlin, Germany w/ Witch Mountain
4/27/2013 De Pit - Terneuzen, Netherlands w/ Witch Mountain
4/28/2013 Desertfest - London, England w/ Witch Mountain
4/29/2013 Péniche Inside Out - Liege, Belgium w/ Grime
4/30/2013 Halle 14. - Karlsruhe, Germany w/ Grime
5/04/2013 Ungdomshuset - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Heavy Days in Doomtown

http://www.facebook.com/Cough666 

http://windhandva.bandcamp.com 
http://www.relapse.com 
http://relapserecords.bandcamp.com 
http://www.facebook.com/RelapseRecords

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Baptists: "Bushcraft"

Baptists' upcoming new album, Bushcraft, will be reviewed in the next few days.  In the meantime, the title track is streaming at Cvlt Nation, so you should check that out and try and keep your head intact.

Baptists' debut 7" was reviewed at Stereokiller in 2011.  

All info comes courtesy of Earsplit PR.


British Columbia’s volatile hardcore/punk faction BAPTISTS will release their debut LP Bushcraft via Southern Lord next Tuesday, February 19th in North America.

While BAPTISTS’ debut 7” immediately turned heads scene-wide,
Bushcraft is ripping them right off. Recorded at Godcity Studio with Kurt Ballou, the eleven anthems on Bushcraft embody lyrical angst and a seething vocal delivery propelled by white-knuckled snare-blasts, d-beat thunder, dissonant riff urgency and an overall relentless by-the-throat approach, advocating the band’s creed of destruction through a blistering, discordant hybrid of punk-fueled hardcore.

BAPTISTS today unload the battering title track from
Bushcraft via CVLT NATION.

The band previously also dropped “Think Tank Breed” from the album via BROOKLYNVEGAN.

Stay tuned for BAPTISTS tour dates to be announced next week including a trek to SXSW in Austin, Texas. In the meantime the band has locked down a hometown record release show for
Bushcraft, set to take place at The Biltmore in Vancouver.

BAPTISTS Record Release Show:

2/28/2013 The Biltmore - Vancouver, BC w/ Haggatha, Erosion
 
http://xdrownyoursorrowsx.blogspot.ca 
http://baptists.bandcamp.com 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/BAPTISTS/111676572202547 
http://www.southernlord.com 
https://www.facebook.com/SLadmin 
http://twitter.com/twatterlord 

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What I Heard This Morning: Snapped Ankles

Received notice this morning of a band called Snapped Ankles, who will be releasing a single in late March called, "True Ecology (Shit Everywhere)."  It's a decent art rock tune and my mind immediately went to Devo for comparison's sake.  The linked version of the song is very short, so I'm assuming it's an excerpt of the single.



All info comes courtesy of Sure Shot PR.

DEBUT SINGLE 'TRUE ECOLOGY (SHIT EVERYWHERE) OUT ON 25th MARCH 2013

London post-punk outfit Snapped Ankles release their debut single 'True Ecology (shit everywhere)' on Ears Have Eyes on 25th March 2013.

Snapped Ankles throw together a fusion of searing off kilter post-punk but with a healthy blend of dance floor rhythms, synthesized noise and jagged aesthetics.

LISTEN TO 'TRUE ECOLOGY (SHIT EVERYWHERE)': https://soundcloud.com/ears-have-eyes-recordings/snapped-ankles-true-ecology

Snapped Ankles are a London based band who make way out punk music appearing in weird, shamanistic costumes in their incredible live performances. Their music is a collision of art-punk and noise with raw analogue synthesizers and drum machines augmenting the standard guitars and drums setup. Live dates to be announced soon.

www.facebook.com/SNAPPEDANKLES
www.soundcloud.com/snapped-ankles
www.earshaveeyes.co.uk
www.twitter.com/EarsHaveEyes



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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Exhalant Gargantua: Bong's Live at St Mary’s Old Church & Burial Ground

Bong
Live at St. Mary’s Old Church & Burial Ground
MEI Music
Released: 1.14.13

Acoustics and amplification: You can bet that a cavernous hall provides quite the conduit for doom-laden, sludge metal and to many its mere presence within a place of worship would likely qualify as blasphemy.  So, that's what Bong has going for them.


Bong's new live album, Live at St. Mary's Old Church & Burial Ground, is two sides and two songs ("Church" and "Burial"), a limited run LP ably translating the enormity of sound captured during this performance on October 16th, 2011.  While Bong stretch their guitars throughout the expanse, lengthy tones conspiring into an aural soup, voices drone with an air of ceremonial observance.  It's an effective approach, though a tad predictable.  Live at St. Mary's is an effort concerned mainly with scale and of that there is no shortage.

  

Nature of the genre: to impress upon as opposed to impress.

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What I Heard This Morning: White Lung

White Lung: Found out about these guys today as they've scored tour spots with Pissed Jeans and Iceage.  Evidently White Lung is a band I missed in 2012, their LP, Sorry, having gained a decent amount of praise from some of the better known virtual rock rags.  Sorry is available to stream online via White Lung's Bandcamp



All info, links and tour dates are courtesy of Enabler PR.



WHITE LUNG ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

CO-HEADLINING W/ PISSED JEANS, MERCHANDISE & ICEAGE LISTEN TO WHITE LUNG’S SORRY LP OUT NOW ON DERANGED RECORDS HERE

Vancouver’s furious yet melodic punk band White Lung, kick off their Spring tour this March with major city dates that include SXSW, Tree Fort Music Fest, Middle of the Map Fest plus shows with Iceage, Pissed Jeans and Merchandise. Their second LP, Sorry (Deranged Records) was released last year and pushed the band to a wider audience receiving critical acclaim from SPIN, Pitchfork, Bitch and gained Rolling Stone’s “Top 10 Albums Of The Year” for 2012. Listen to Sorry here: http://whitelung.bandcamp.com/

White Lung is Mish Way (vocals), Anne-Marie Vassiliou (drums), Grady Mackintosh (bass) Kenneth William (guitar)
 

TOUR DATES
3/5: Bunk Bar - Portland, OR TICKETS
3/6: The New Parish - Oakland, CA TICKETS &
3/7: The Echo - Los Angeles, CA TICKETS $
3/8: Sail Inn - Tempe, AZ TICKETS
3/9: Lowbrow Palace - El Paso, TX &
3/10: 35 Denton - Denton, TX TICKETS $
3/11: Galax Z Fair – McAllen, TX TICKETS #
3/12 – 17: SXSW – Austin, TX
3/19: Moon Room – Denver, CO TICKETS
3/20: Shred Shed – Salt Lake City, UT
3/21: The Red Room – Boise, ID TICKETS
3/22: Chop Suey – Seattle, WA TICKETS
3/29: Palomino Smokehouse & Social Club – Calgary, AB
3/30: Rock Against Easter – Edmonton, AB
4/1: Negative Space – Winnipeg, MB
4/2: Slowdown – Omaha, NE TICKETS
4/3: Mission Creek Fest, Iowa City, IA TICKETS
4/4: Middle Of The Map Fest - Kansas City, MO TICKETS %
4/5: Bryant St. Tavern – Dallas, TX TICKETS
4/6: Beerland – Austin, TX TICKETS
4/7: Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX TICKETS
4/8: Siberia – New Orleans, LA TICKETS #
4/9: The Atlantic – Gainesville, FL #
4/10: 529 Bar – Atlanta, GA TICKETS
4/11: Strange Matter - Richmond, VA TICKETS
4/12: Black Cat – Washington, DC TICKETS^
4/16: Monkey House – Burlington, VT TICKETS %
4/17: TT The Bears – Boston, MA TICKETS %
4/18: Lilly’s Pad – New Haven, CT %
4/19: First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA TICKETS %
4/20: Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY TICKETS %
4/21: Il Motore – Montreal, QC TICKETS
4/22: Hard Luck – Toronto, ON TICKETS
4/23: Magick Stick Lounge – Detroit, MI TICKETS
4/24: Kobo – Columbus, OH TICKETS
4/25: Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL TICKETS

^ - w/ Pissed Jeans
% - w/ Iceage
# - w/ Merchandise
& - w/ Wax Idols
$ - w/ Nu Sensae

WHITE LUNG
WHITE LUNG ON FACEBOOK
WHITE LUNG ON BANDCAMP


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Sub Pop Celebrates 25 Years with a Party (there's a compilation, too)

So...  I'll be more than happy to cover this.  Anyone willing to pay my airfare, hotel and bar tab?

Sub Pop will turn a quarter of a century this 2013 with a big party and a new compilation that will be released this Record Store Day, Sub Pop 1000.  

All info comes courtesy of Sub Pop.

The Sub Pop Records Silver Jubilee: Saturday, July 13, 2013

A 25th Anniversary Public Display of Affection & Sub Pop 1000 Compilation Release Details


In honor of our 25th anniversary year, we at Sub Pop Records will be hosting an altogether free event, which we’re calling The Silver Jubilee, to be held July 13, 2013 in Seattle’s historic Georgetown neighborhood. Along and surrounding Airport Way, we are fairly certain there will be some combination of… Actual live bands, playing actual live music! Some sort of art-related something or other! Like, in a gallery space, we’re thinking! A record fair-type event! Food! Beer and wine! (The food and beer and wine and soda or whatever, you will have to pay for! These parts are not free!) Good times and opportunities to embarrass yourself and those who’d always hoped for better for you! Plus, bands!

Further details will be forthcoming…until then, PLEASE SAVE THE DATE!

Sub Pop’s Silver Jubilee

Saturday, July 13, 2013

In the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle, WA

For FREE 

http://silverjubilee.subpop.com/

Preceding the The Silver Jubilee, on April 20th (Record Store Day! 4/20: something-something about weed!) we will release Sub Pop 1000, a limited-edition compilation of what we feel are some of today’s most vital artists from around the world. Sub Pop 1000 is comprised entirely of unreleased and exclusive tracks, and will be available digitally and on dazzling, silver-ish vinyl in a limited edition of 5,000 copies. The vinyl will include an 11"x11" booklet and an MP3 download coupon. Sub Pop 1000 was inspired by our landmark 1986 compilation, Sub Pop 100, which championed artists such as Sonic Youth, Wipers and The U-Men. Please find a full tracklist for Sub Pop 1000 below.


Sub Pop 1000 Tracklisting:

Side A
01. His Electro Blue Voice “Kidult” (Bologna, IT)
02. Chancha Via Circuito “Lacandona” (Buenos Aires, AR)
03. Protomartyr “French Poet” (Detroit, MI)
04. Lori Goldston “Tangled North” (Seattle, WA)
05. Iron Lung “A Victory for Polio” (Seattle, WA; San Francisco, CA)

Side B
06. Soldiers of Fortune “Money” (Brooklyn, NY)
07. Peaking Lights “Subterranean Brainblow” (Los Angeles, CA)
08. Ed Schrader’s Music Beat “Radio Eyes” (Baltimore, MD)
09. My Disco “Guided” (Melbourne, AU)
10. Starred “Doomed” (Los Angeles, CA) 

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Tomahawk: "Oddfellows" (Video)

Tomahawk's recently released fourth album, Oddfellows, was reviewed at No Ripcord.  Today, I saw a video for the album's title track, its Jesus Lizard tone and Bungle-esque crawl a great synthesis of the band's musical origins.

 

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Friday, February 08, 2013

Everybody Loves Sausages: An album of covers from The Melvins

Because the Melvins never seem to run out of excuses to release more material, a covers album featuring an admirable list of collaborators will be coming out in April called Everybody Loves Sausages.  Both the Lite and Big Business line-ups of the Melvins are featured and guests include Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Scott Kelly (Neurosis) and Mark Arm (Mudhoney).



All info has been provided by Rarely Unable.


GUESTS INCLUDE MARK ARM, JELLO BIAFRA, JG THIRLWELL AND SCOTT KELLY

The Melvins return with a 13-track covers album titled Everybody Loves Sausages which is set for an Apr. 29 release in UK/EU via Ipecac Recordings.
"This record will give people a peak into the kind of things that influence us musically," explains Buzz Osborne. "We REALLY like all of these songs along with the bands who actually wrote this stuff because first and foremost we are HUGE music fans."

In a decidedly Melvins approach to a covers album, the band not only selected a unique assortment of songs to cover, ranging from Roxy Music's "In Every Dream Home A Heartache" to Queen's "Best Friend," they also enlisted several friends to take part including Mudhoney's Mark Arm joining them for The Scientists' "Set It On Fire" and Neurosis' Scott Kelly pitching in on a cover of Venom's "Warhead."

While the release is billed as a proper Melvins' album (featuring the line-up of Osborne, Dale Crover, Jared Warren and Coady Willis), there are a handful of songs recorded as the Melvins Lite incarnation of the band (Osborne, Crover and Trevor Dunn): "Female Trouble" (Divine a.k.a. John Waters), "Timothy Leary Lives" (Pop-O-Pies) and "Romance" by Tales of Terror.


The complete track listing with original artist and guest player notation:

1. Warhead (Venom; Guest: Scott Kelly of Neurosis)
2. Best Friend (Queen; Guest: Caleb Benjamin of Tweak Bird)
3. Black Betty (Original artist unknown)
4. Set It On Fire (The Scientists; Guest: Mark Arm)
5. Station To Station (David Bowie; Guest: JG Thirlwell)
6. Attitude (The Kinks: Guest: Clem Burke of Blondie)
7. Female Trouble (Divine a.k.a. John Waters)
8. Carpe Diem (The Fugs)
9. Timothy Leary Lives (Pop-O-Pies)
10. In Every Dream Home A Heartache (Roxy Music; Guests: Jello Biafra and Kevin Rutmanis)
11. Romance (Tales of Terror)
12. Art School (The Jam; Guest: Tom Hazelmeyer)
13. Heathen Earth (Throbbing Gristle)


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Thursday, February 07, 2013

Mogwai: "Wizard Motor" (Single)

Mogwai's soundtrack for the French television show, Les Revenants, will be released by Sub Pop on February 26th.  Their new single "Wizard Motor" surfaced today, pushing the band's signature drama and expansive guitar sound into the televised realm with decent enough results.  Considering the supernatural tone of the show, "Wizard Motor," at the very least, sounds appropriate to the subject matter.


Sample the tune and review the info below.  All info, links and music were provided by Sub Pop.



Sub Pop to release Mogwai’s Les Revenants soundtrack in North America on February 26 

Available on CD, LP and digitally;
Europe on February 25 via Rock Action

Stream “Wizard Motor” here.
Watch Les Revenants TV spot here.

Sub Pop will release Mogwai’s soundtrack for Les Revenants, the French supernatural thriller and most popular TV series in Canal + history, on February 26 in North America on LP, CD, and digitally. As previously announced, Les Revenants will also see release in Europe on February 25 via the band’s imprint, Rock Action (see Pitchfork news story December 12, 2012).

At this time you can listen to the album’s lead-off track “Wizard Motor” here as well as watch a Les Revenants TV spot here. Please find a full tracklisting below.

More on Mogwai’s Les Revenants score:

There’s something to be said for a band that, seven studio albums, two soundtracks, a live album and two remix albums into their career, can still twist their artistic journey towards fresh directions that continually surprise and reveal new aspects of their sound. If Mogwai’s decision to create the score to Canal+ supernatural thriller series Les Revenants (meaning ‘Ghosts’) came a little out of leftfield, then what they’ve come up with for the French television network probably wrong-footed even those that gave them the brief.

A quick background to Les Revenants: adapted from the eponymous Robin Campillo-directed 2004 film, the series unfolds in an isolated French mountain town, where the locals are troubled after children who were tragically killed in a bus crash appear to come back to life, unaware that they’d died. A wonderfully captured perennial sense of unease and limbo sustains throughout each episode, with dully lit scenes and a sparsely-set location adding to the atmosphere. “We were actually big fans of the director Fabrice Gobert’s film Simon Werner a Disparu, which had a soundtrack by Sonic Youth,” comments Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite of their decision to take the project, “and we found the story for Les Revenants incredibly interesting.”

The band was approached on the basis of their phenomenal work for the Douglas Gordon documentary Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait. Much like on that Zidane soundtrack, the group have turned away again from their recognised path towards the fascinating new; their familiar layers on layers of textural guitar have been stripped away, allowing isolated piano and keys to wander with grip-like tension through the fourteen tracks. There’s something intangibly Mogwai here still, but it’s been refracted through a fresh prism.

“The whole process was completely new for us,” says Braithwaite in explaining this departure. “The remit given to us was very vague – which was ideal – but we were still working to instruction for the first time, which offered a new kind of limitation. As it was a TV series soundtrack too, there was more than four times the amount of screen time for us to put music to, had to be created in a short period of time.” That condensed nature of writing and recording is what gives the Les Revenants soundtrack its sense of immediacy. Much more has been made of repetition and looped motifs, used to enhance the both the anxiety of what’s unfolding on the screen, and also as a device for the group to experiment with refined dynamics in a new way.

“The tension is in the story already so, with that in mind, all we felt necessary was to add to the atmosphere” comments Braithwaite on the feeling of restraint that runs through the record. “This definitely made the music more subdued than a normal Mogwai record, where the atmosphere is needed to be created completely by the music.”

Amidst this drawn out cord of nervous energy, though, was one complete curio: “Initially we had to send the producers a load of demos and I found this cover version Washington Phillips’ ‘What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?’ I’d done solo that I’d intended to submit to a tribute album to late musician Jack Rose [from noise/drone band Pelt who died of a heart attack in 2009]. It was a surprise that they used it but it fitted well in the end.” Braithwaite’s paean to his former friend is an arrestingly beautiful rearrangement of the 1920’s Texan gospel singer’s original, completely unlike anything released under the Mogwai name and a perfect contrast to the rest of the soundtrack’s subtle agitation. But then that’s Mogwai for you: always evolving, always surprising - this is another sublime addition to their canon.

Mogwai
Les Revenants soundtrack

Tracklisting:
1. Hungry Face
2. Jaguar
3. The Huts
4. Kill Jester
5. This Messiah Needs Watching
6. Whisky Time
7. Special N
8. Relative Hysteria
9. Fridge Magic
10. Portugal
11. Eagle Tax
12. Modern
13. What Are They Doing in Heaven Today?
14. Wizard Motor 

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Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Liars: "WIXIW" (Video)

A new video from Liars: This is the title track from their most recent release WIXIW, which was reviewed in 2012 at No Ripcord.

In addition to their new video, Liars will be playing two New York dates, one of which will take place at The Temple of Dendur in The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  This is one of the best ideas I've ever heard and apparently it's all part of an exhibit dubbed PUNK: Chaos to Couture.  The show is unfortunately sold out, but nevertheless, information on the event is available below.



The video and all links and info were provided by Mute.


 
This past June Liars released their sixth studio album, WIXIW, along with a string of remixes and videos for their singles “No.1 Against the Rush” and “Brats”.

Today they unveil the NEW video for “WIXIW”directed by the Los Angeles-based artist Alex/2Tone. Unsettling and captivating the video for “WIXIW” has a momentum indicative of the album as a whole, moving, shifting, twisting and turning, but with no limit, no end and no beginning. Realizing the track’s agitated state, Alex/2Tone drew from the past while incorporating the bands love for basketball, calling the finished product “the legend of Sisyphus as told by a young ballplayer lost in a haze of codeine and prescription weed”.

Watch the Video for “WIXIW” NOW

Looking ahead to MAY as a part of the Wordless Music Series, Liars will be playing two very special shows in New York. The first show on May 18th will take place at The Temple of Dendur At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art and will feature multi-media and site-specific surprises as part of the MET’s "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibit. For more information on this sold out show head to the MET's website. In case you missed snagging tickets for that show be sure to grab yours for the band’s Brooklyn Masonic Temple performance on the 19th. Tickets are still available here. For those of you traveling this summer be sure to note that Liars will be performing at both Primavera (Barcelona and Portugal) and Sonar (Barcelona).

WIXIW, Liars' 6th studio album, was released June 5th of last year and is available now digitally and on CD and Vinyl formats.

http://amateurgore.tumblr.com/

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Notes from the Record Room: Bring on the Kill Taker

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