Tuesday, December 10, 2013

El Drugstore: "The Natives Are Getting Useless"

New Year's Eve brings about the release of El Drugstore's upcoming new album, Plague Ship.  As the release date approaches, the band thought it a good idea to release the new single, "The Natives Are Getting Useless," which offers a nice taste of the band's prog metal intensity.  I can't embed the track, unfortunately, but it's up at MetalSucks.  Or, check out this link.  

EL DRUGSTORE: MetalSucks Drops Single From NJ Instrumental/Prog Mutants' Debut Full-Length

As New Jersey's mutant trio of the progressive metal scene, EL DRUGSTORE, prepares to sail their Plague Ship debut full-length, the first bait traps have been set with the release of the album's maiden single.

Now streaming at MetalSucks, the sixth of the ten riff-torpedos loaded into Plague Ship's cannons is a prime example of the deranged but dexterous and over-amplified, instrumental professionally-imbalanced craftsmanship these three deckhands mop the place up with. In just over four-and-a-half minutes on the pummeling "The Natives Are Getting Useless," EL DRUGSTORE unloads more metallic commotion in this solitary anthem than many so-called progressive practitioners perform all year, the album a vast three year-long writing and pre-production process. The cover art for the band's kinky new voyage forged by the hand of Jolil Ula from Vacant Eye Photography and the roster of deranged sea shanties on board this diseased vessel have also been released from the cargo bay.

Get seasick but keep your chum overboard as "The Natives Are Getting Useless" courtesy of MetalSucks RIGHT HERE.

EL DRUGSTORE's virgin romp on full-length turf, Plague Ship will see release on Nefarious Industries -- their jown conjoined independent label founded with their cohorts in A Fucking Elephant in 2011 -- will see digital release on the day of the year, December 31st, with a physical pressing to follow.

Devised by the corrupted intellect of guitarist Kevin Conway (ex-East of the Wall), drummer Seth Rheam (East of the Wall) and bassist Rolando Alvarado, Keyport, New Jersey-based EL DRUGSTORE has been discharging their mangled, aggro-technical metallic racket since 2008. The band's debut recording, a split full-length with cohorts A Fucking Elephant, marked the inauguration of their conjoined independent label, Nefarious Industries in 2011. But the swagger of their jacked-up anti-capella songcraft is at full-mast with their debut full-length, Plague Ship, bearing over forty-five minutes of EL DRUGSTORE's belligerent, bombast. On the dizzying array of head-scratching jam-outs, amplification runs rampant, propelling the massive array of effect/pedal-laden spazz-riffery through the pummeling percussive whiplash without a whiff of spitty breath to be found. Plague Ship was tracked at parts unknown by the band and their cohort Chris Alfano (East of the Wall, Argonauts), and mixed and mastered by Kevin Antreassian at Backroom Studios.

Plague Ship Track Listing:
1. Tell Them I Said Something
2. Hipster Tits
3. Enthusiastic Corruption of the Public Good
4. Fascinating Underpants
5. By What Ill-Begotten Means Have You Procured This Meat?
6. The Natives Are Getting Useless
7. Tokyo Assault
8. Wheel of Sadness
9. Pandemonium in the Bronx
10. Steakback


Letters From A Tapehead 

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Mogwai: "The Lord is Out of Control" (Video)

The Vocoder will be the new Auto Tune and it will be blessed by retro charm, which will make it hipster-appropriate, indie-credible and fully supported by PBR-scented neck beards everywhere. 

Ah, I'm just talking shit.

The typically awesome Mogwai released a new video for the single, "The Lord is Out of Control."  Expect to hear this within the confines of the band's upcoming new album, Rave Tapes, which will be out in late January via Sub Pop.  In addition to your normal formats (i.e. LP, CD, MP3, SUV, STD...etc. ), there's a special edition box set of Rave Tapes being released that's limited to 500 copies.  They're up for pre-order, so you may want to get yours now before some enterprising yung'un with daddy's credit card picks up a copy and tries to pimp it online for your firstborn or a handjob. 

Here's the video:

Now, look at the info, which was handed to me via email by the good people at Sub Pop.

Watch Mogwai’s new video for "The Lord Is Out Of Control" via Noisey
Rave Tapes
Deluxe Box Set Details (North American Version)

Watch: “The Lord Is Out of Control” http://youtu.be/KbwIFzxD1-w
Listen: “Remurdered” https://soundcloud.com/subpop/mogwai-remurdered

Rave Tapes Available Jan. 21st in North America via Sub Pop
You can now watch Mogwai’s “The Lord is Out Of Control,” the first video from Rave Tapes. The clip, helmed by Antony Crook (
Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will LP photography; "San Pedro” video), features gorgeous cinematography and was shot on location in Hawaii this past October (see Noisey premiere December 2nd).

Mogwai will release
Rave Tapes on CD/LP/DL January 20th in Europe via Rock Action and January 21st in North America via Sub Pop. The record will also be available via Spunk in Australia and Hostess in Japan and SE Asia. Rave Tapes was recorded over the summer in the band’s Castle of Doom studio in Glasgow and reunites the band with Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will co-producer Paul Savage.

Digital pre-orders of Mogwai’s Rave Tapes from iTunes beginning Monday, December 2nd, will receive downloads of the songs “The Lord Is Out Of Control” and “Remurdered” immediately. North American CD and LP pre-orders, including limited edition Loser Edition colored vinyl, product bundles with a new T-shirt design, and deluxe box set are also available now via SubPop.com.
The North American version of Rave Tapes’ deluxe-edition box set, which is available exclusively through SubPop.com, will be housed in a hardcover box case featuring artwork unique to this package and will be limited to just 500 copies. Items included in the box set include:
* Loser Edition vinyl of the album – limited, colored-vinyl version

* Bonus 7" including one new, non-album track, with an art etching on the b-side (this is the same 7" we are offering as a free gift with purchase of the regular version of
Rave Tapes)

* Bonus, colored-vinyl 12" with two additional new, non-
Rave Tapes songs only available in this box set version.

* 3 12″×12″ art prints of the cover art from all of the vinyl pieces in this here box: aka the LP, the bonus 12" and bonus 7".

* 40-page, hardcover book of studio photography by Steve Gullick taken during recording of the album.

* CD copy of the album and digital download codes for each of the vinyl records included.
Click here to pre-order the record in it’s multiple formats via Sub Pop.com.
Mogwai’s previously announced 2014 tour schedule begins January 22nd in Newcastle, UK at the Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre and currently ends on May 25th in Vancouver, BC at the Vogue Theatre. Please find a complete list of tour dates below.

North American tour dates:

Apr. 21 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre

Apr. 22 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
Apr. 23 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater

Apr. 24 - Austin, TX - Emo's

Apr. 25 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's

Apr. 26 - Raton Rouge, LA - Varsity Theatre
Apr. 27 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre

Apr. 29 - Miami, FL - Grand Central

Apr. 30 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz Ybor

May 1 - Orlando, FL - The Beacham Theatre

May 3 - Nashville, TN - Exit In

May 6 - Charlotte, NC - Amos' Southend

May 7 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

May 8 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer

May 9 - New York, NY - Terminal 5

May 10 - Boston, MA - House of Blues

May 11 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis

May 13 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall

May 14 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues

May 15. - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall

May 16 - Chicago, IL - The Vic Theatre

May 17 - Des Moines, IA - Wooly's

May 18 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave

May 20 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre

May 21 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
May 24 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
May 25 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre

European tour dates:

Jan. 22 – Newcastle, UK – Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre
Jan. 24 – London, UK – Royal Festival Hall
Jan. 25 – London, UK – Royal Festival Hall
Jan. 27 – Manchester, UK – Bridgewater Hall
Jan. 28 – Glasgow, UK – Royal Concert Hall
Jan. 30 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
Feb. 1 – Brussels, BE – Ancienne Belgique – SOLD OUT
Feb. 2 – Brussels, BE – Ancienne Belgigue
Feb. 3 – Paris, FR – Olympia
Feb. 4 – Frankfurt, DE – Batschkapp
Feb. 5 – Munich, DE – Backstage Werk
Feb. 6 – Berlin, DE – Temperdrome
Mar. 23 – Gothenburg, SE – Konserthuset
Mar. 24 – Stockholm, SE – Cirkus
Mar. 25 – Copenhagen, DK – Koncertsalen
Mar. 26 – Hamburg, DE – Grosse Freiheit
Mar. 27 – Zurich, DE – Volkshaus
Mar. 29 – Nimes, IT – Paloma
Mar. 30 – Bologna, IT – Estragon
Mar. 31 – Milan, IT – Alcatraz
Apr. 1 – Karlsruhe, DE – Substage
Apr. 2 – Cologne, DE – E-Werk
Apr. 3 – Lille, FR – Aeronef

Letters From A Tapehead

New Bums: "Black Bough"

Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance) and Donovan Quinn (Skygreen Leopards) are releasing a collaborative new effort as New Bums.  The album is called Voices in a Rented Room and is slated for release in February of 2014 via Drag City.  A new single, "Black Bough," has surfaced and it sounds like dudes drunk on Blue Moon making Mazzy folk.  You can check it out here:

All info comes courtesy of Rarely Unable.


New Bums is the grudging match-up of Donovan Quinn (Skygreen Leopards) and Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance, Comets on Fire, 200 Years, Rangda and who's hiring?). They didn't like each other at first, but now make sweet and sour music together over the light of the magical Sterno. The ideas go back and forth between the two in what seems to be a true partnership. Their songs are all that: songs, with lyrics set in a space to speak to the human buried in you. People's music, with all the stark confessions, tall tales, bleak humours and punch lines the people can bear. The voices are two, spinning harmonies, both heavenly. Behind the acoustics and voices is lots of space, but there are a few extra instruments that come and go as the boys move from stately processional to street corner sing-around to bluesy weeper to low-rolling rock ‘n roll and back again. This is guitars music - slide-guitar lines erupt in the dark night air and classical-tinged filigrees curl around the tarnished and rusting edges throughout.

Picking their direction and floating along on a pair of acoustics, New Bums are the sound of Old Drunk America, dancing out of the shadows, coming forth again to stand in the light, in the hopes of re-populating those sad old single-occupancy hotels before they're all torn down. After releasing the “Slim Volume” single earlier this year, the duo is set to release debut full-length,
Voices in a Rented Room, on February 17th, 2014 via Drag City Records. Preview New Bums’ sharp-cornered clarity below via Voices In A Rented Room’s opening track, “Black Bough”


Voices In A Rented Room tracklisting:
01. Black Bough
02. Pigeon Town
03. Your Girlfriend Might Be A Cop
04. Sometimes You Crash
05. The Killers and Me
06. Your Bullsh*t
07. It’s the Way
08. Welcome to the Navy
09. Burned
10. Town on the Water
11. Mother’s Favorite Hated Son
12. Cool Daughter

Letters From A Tapehead

New Selections — Emma Ruth Rundle, Tropical Fuck Storm, Primitive Man, Private Life, Uniform, Erika Wennerstrom, Djrum, Windhand

Starting August off with some new singles. Emma Ruth Rundle:  " Darkhorse " (via Rarely Unable /  Sargent House  / YouTub...