Thursday, December 17, 2009

Xasthur and Hayaino Daisuki Announce New Albums on Hydra Head!

* New albums from Xasthur and Hayaino Daisuki out February 23rd on Hydra Head!

Junius Profiled in Rolling Stone's Hype Monitor!

Hype Monitor: Junius

Their latest album, The Martyrdrom of a Catastrophist, is a concept record about catastrophe theorist Immanuel Velikovsky, exploring his insistence on a chaotic universe. Its songs are spellbinding and heartbreaking, gripping from the first note to the last. A hard rock dream come true.

(((Read more here!)))

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Bouncing Souls on Daytrotter!

Bouncing Souls
Striking Raw Nerves, Again And Forever

The Bouncing Souls have a song on the last studio that they released a few years ago whose title is "Better Days," and it appears on "Anchors Aweigh." It is the epicenter of where the 20-year-old, legendary band from New Brunswick, N.J., comes from and has for more than two decades, letting their stubborn as nails, but pessimistic punk rock sweat itself out and onto the legions that they've crazed over the years.

(((Read the full article and listen to the Bouncing Souls live on Daytrotter here!)))

Stereogum Premieres New Music from Title Tracks (ex-Q And Not U!)

New Title Tracks - "Piles Of Paper" & "Every Little Bit Hurts"

John Davis stepped out from behind the drumset when his beloved D.C. outfit Q And Not U went RIP, launching the short-lived follow-up project Georgie James. That band with Laura Berhenn saw John on songwriting, vocal, and other instrumental duties, releasing one solid album before calling it a day and paving the way for Davis's next evolutionary leap: the solo LP It Was Easy, under the moniker Title Tracks, on which he plays and sings everything, save a guest vocal by Camera Obscura's Tracyanne Campbell on a pair of tracks and a sax line by Kriston Capps on another.

(((Read more and listen to two new tracks off the band's upcoming new album here!)))

The Village Voice Talks To SFH Frontman About New Album and More!

Yes In My Backyard: Download Star Fucking Hipsters' "3000 Miles Away"
By Christopher Weingarten

New York's Star Fucking Hipsters are a joyous, double-middle-fingers-ablaze coup on political punk rock--pretty much inventing "bubblegum crust" in one grungy, ridiculously catchy swoop.

(((Read the full interview here!)))

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra Announces New Album!

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra (SMZ) returns with its sixth full-length recording and first since the band's line-up change in summer 2008. Having shed three members and recruited a new drummer, the group officially dropped the "Tra-La-La Band' from its name, played a debut performance as a newly minted quintet at All Tomorrow's Parties in upstate NY, and embarked on an extensive European tour through the Fall of 2008. As Kollaps Tradixionales ably demonstrates, the band has lost none of its raw and frazzled anthemic power and continues to forge bold new ground in its search for a unique hybrid of punk, blues, psych, folk and modern orchestral idioms.

Anchored by the fried electric guitar and plangent voice of band leader Efrim Menuck (who previously co-founded Godspeed You! Black Emperor) SMZ continues to slide towards an expansive, loose and blues-inflected balladry - not so much the inexorably riffing blues shuffle of the title track from its previous effort, 13 Blues For Thirteen Moons, but a more languid waltz-time marking the smouldering dynamic arcs of the new album's opening track "There Is A Light" and gorgeous closer "'Piphany Rambler."

Whatever the blues influence, the slow burn of SMZ bears little relation to typical notions of musical seduction, relaxation, or hip-swinging satisfaction. What crackles here is much more precarious and anxious, driven by some of this decade's more devastating lyrical conjurings of the universal outsider and the antinomies born of 21st century western psychic oppression. As the lyrics to "There Is A Light" attest, these are no simple paeans to the human spirit, but songs of complex, desperate and thorny hope. The words to this song (and so many others too often misunderstood in the SMZ canon) should dispel the oft-repeated charge that Menuck is some sort of miserablist or glib pessimist.

And of course there is plenty going on here that ain't no blues at all, particularly the two middle sides of this double album. "Metal Bird" (as it has been known to fans from set lists over the past couple of years) has been a crowd favorite in concert in recent years, careening through a throbbing 7/4 template of intertwined ascending and descending lines, coalescing into unison melodies and pumping breakdowns. The sonic references are abundant - from afrobeat to bouzouki music to hard bop to punk rock. The three phases of the album's title track on Side Three are indeed 'traditionals' of a sort, playing on tropes of American and Anglo-Saxon folk, marching song, sea shanty and hymnal. Together they make for perhaps the most overtly enchanting ("Kollapz"), tender ("Collapse") and terrifyingly rapturous ("Kollaps") music on the record.

Kollaps Tradixionales Tracklist
1. There Is A Light
2. I Built Myself A Metal Bird
3. I Fed My Metal Bird The Wings Of Other Metal Birds
4. Kollapz Tradixional (Thee Olde Dirty Flag)
5. Collapse Traditional (For Darling)
6. Kollaps Tradicional (Bury 3 Dynamos)
7. 'Piphany Rambler

Exclusive streaming track available on the newly launched band blog:

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Aa Premieres New Music on!


Aa (Big A Little a, for the uninitiated) are currently finishing a run of dates through Europe. Exclusively on the tour, the Brooklyn drum obsessives are selling a 12-inch of their first new material since 2007. "Glow Wreath" is the a-side, its percussion, of course, wildly syncopated and everywhere, puncturing many nebulous clouds of laptop radiance in its eight minutes. In other words, this is the antithesis of boring. Find the rest of those European dates after the links.

(((Click to hear the new song, "Glow Wreath," here!)))

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Brooklyn Vegan Premieres New SFH Song "3000 Miles Away" * US Tour w/ Anti-Flag!

Star Fucking Hipsters - new album (MP3), tour w/ Anti-Flag

Star Fucking Hipsters have a new slab of tunes out on Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles label. Dig on a pair of tracks from that release, Never Rest in Peace, above.

The NYC band will hit the road for a string of dates with Anti-Flag, Cancer Bats and Aiden as part of "The Economy Sucks, Let's Party" Tour. Look for that to hit NYC at Highline Ballroom on 2/4/10. Tickets are on sale. Prediction: bottle service and the Highline Ballroom kitchen will not do well that night. The tour hits Starland Ballroom one day later. Tickets are on sale for that too.

(((Read more and download Star Fucking Hipsters' new single, "3000 Miles Away," here!)))

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Harvey Milk Debut s/t Album, Out January 26th on Hydra Head!

Previously known, to you likely too-savvy-for-your-own-good individuals, as the famous “Bob Weston Sessions,” Harvey Milk's s/t album is the official master of the band's should-have-been debut record. The thing never received a proper release, so we over at Hydra Head decided to set the record straight...

Harvey Milk s/t Tracklist
1. Blueberry Dookie
2. Plastic Eggs
3. Merlin Is Magic
4. Dating Pressures
5. My Father°òs Life°òs Work
6. Probölkoc
7. Smile
8. Jim°òs Polish
9. F.S.T.P.
10. Anthem

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Jello Biafra Announces NYE Show w/ Murder City Devils!

Jello Biafra and The Guantanamo School of Medicine w/ Murder City Devils, December 31st @ The Roseland Theater in Portland, OR


AOL Noisecreep and Metalsucks Interview Indie Recordings Artists Vreid and Fenriz!

Read Noisecreep's interview w/ Vreid here!

Read Metalsucks' interview w/ Fenriz here!

Six Gallery Announce New Album on Superball!

Six Gallery
Announce Debut Album, "Breakthroughs In Modern Art," out March 23rd on Superball Music * New York Appearance December 12th at Spike Hill!

The musical machine gun of Will Vokac and Ben Schreiber’s finger-tapped guitars is still there, but the addition of Daniel Francis’ fervent vocals has pushed the group into uncharted territory. One could go on and on about the ways in which Francis bounces from expression to expression, often ripping into a soulful cry before sinking into a whisper (give the standout “Built to Last” a try). His rambling lyrics drop facts, allusions, secrets, and tall-tales with equal earnestness and we’re not sure whether to believe all of it or none of it. The sheer excitement his stories offer sprints arm-in-arm with the sparkling guitars with an incredibly balanced, energetic effect. - Absolutepunk

Superball Music (home to celebrated acts Oceansize and Trail of Dead) is pleased to announce their first worldwide signing of an American artist; Columbus, Ohio's Six Gallery.

Often compared to contemporaries such as Minus The Bear, Maps and Atlases, and Aereogramme, Six Gallery will be re-releasing their debut album, "Breakthroughs In Modern Art," on March 23rd. The band is currently on their "Weekend Warrior" tour and will be playing a special show at Spike Hill in Brooklyn, NY on December 12th with friends Aficionado.

Six Gallery have also premiered the first track, "Bermuda Triangles" off the band's new album, currently streaming on their Myspace page, and be sure to look out for more information and album details including track list and cover art coming soon!

* Watch the making of Six Gallery's new album, "Breakthroughs In Modern Art," here and read yesterday's interview with singer / guitarist Daniel Francis here!

Six Gallery Live!
Dec 4 123 Pleasant St. Morgantown, West Virginia w/ It’s Birds and The Christmas Lights
Dec 5 V Club Huntington, West Virginia w/ Down Goes Frazier
Dec 9 The Bug Jar Rochester, New York w/ Aficionado
Dec 10 Valentine’s Albany, New York w/ Aficionado and Foreman
Dec 11 All Asia Cambridge, Massachusetts w/ Aficionado and Quixote
Dec 12 Spike Hill Brooklyn, New York w/ Aficionado
Dec 19 Skully’s Music Diner Columbus, Ohio w/ Phantods, The Receiver, The Alphabets

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Bouncing Souls Release New Single Today * Announce New Album out January 2010!

Listen to "Never Say Die / When You're Young" here!

Jello Biafra Talks Censorship, Health Care + More w/

Count Five: Jello Biafra's Problems With Health Care, Politicians and Media

Jello Biafra has never been one to mince words when he sees a problem. During a recent interview about his latest musical project, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine's 'The Audacity of Hype,' the former Dead Kennedys mastermind told Spinner about what annoys him about politicians, health care, the media and American culture these days. Here are his five best rants.

(((Read more here!)))

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Video Premiere: Cave In "Juggernaut (Live at Great Scott, 2009)"

Cave In Live!

w/ Trap Them and Narrows
November 19th The Knitting Factory Brooklyn, NY
November 20 First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, PA
November 21 Club Hell Providence, RI
November 22 The Middle East Downstairs Cambridge, MA

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Cloak/Dagger Praise Rolls In!

* Read great reviews of Cloak/Dagger's new full-length, "Lost Art," below!

Exclaim! * Pastepunk * CMJ * IndieRockReviews

The Bouncing Souls on Fuel TV's "The Daily Habit" Tonight!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Cave In Announce CD and DVD Release of "Planets of Old!"

Stream "Planets of Old" here!

1. Cayman Tongue
2. Retina Sees Rewind
3. The Redtrail
4. Air Escapes

1. Luminance
2. Retina Sees Rewind
3. Moral Eclipse
4. Juggernaut
5. Dark Driving
6. The Red Trail
7. Cayman Tongue
8. Trepanning
9. Air Escapes
10. Summit Fever
11. Vicious Circles
12. Big Riff
13. Inflatable Dream

* out January 26th on Hydra Head Records!

Cave In Live!

w/ Trap Them and Narrows
November 19th The Knitting Factory Brooklyn, NY
November 20 First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, PA
November 21 Club Hell Providence, RI
November 22 The Middle East Downstairs Cambridge, MA

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Blabbermouth Reviews Clutch's "Strange Cousins From The West!"

Strange Cousins From The West

It's CLUTCH with an extra dollop of hardscrabble blues, just that little bit more raw and dusty, with the well-worn grooves of a band well into their stride and showing no sign of taking it easy any time soon.

(((Read the full review here!)))

Consequence of Sound Reviews Jello Biafra's "Audacity of Hype!"

Album Reivew: Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine - The Audacity of Hype

Biafra is a talent/personality that demands center stage and all of your attention. Which, as it turns out, is just fine, because he still has plenty to say.

(((Click to read the full review here!)))

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Magnet Magazine Spotlights Think About Life!

MP3 At 3PM: Think About Life

One of Montreal’s best kept secrets, Think About Life went for the big leagues with its sophomore release, Family, released in May (in Canada, October in the US) on Alien8 Recordings. Thanks to numbers like “Johanna,” the band is (very nearly) there. “Johanna,” which you can download below, is a typically fabulous Think About Life number: ebullient, ecstatic, with just a hint of punk-rock style. Thanks to frontman Martin Cesar’s yelping vocals, always vaguely reminiscent of Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke, “Johanna” is instantly memorable and impossibly cool.

(((Read more and download two new tracks from the band here!)))

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

RX Bandits Announce West Coast Dates w/ Glassjaw!

RX Bandits live w/ Glassjaw!
Nov 11 - The Mayan Theater - Los Angeles, CA
Nov 12 - The Glasshouse - Pomona, CA
Nov 13 - The Regency Theater - San Francisco, CA

Russian Circles "Geneva" Praise Continues!

Read today's review of "Geneva" on Ultimate Guitar here! * Read today's interview w/ Brian Cook on MetalSucks here!

The Bouncing Souls Release New Song, "Big Eyes!"

Stream "Big Eyes" here! * Download "Big Eyes" here!

The Bouncing Souls Live!

US Tour w/ Bayside and Broadway Calls!
Nov 03 2009 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre
Nov 04 2009 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont Club
Nov 05 2009 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
Nov 06 2009 - Chicago, IL - Metro
Nov 07 2009 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre

Home For the Holidays
at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ
December 26th w/ Black Train Jack, Blacklisted, Detournement
December 27th w/ The Pietasters, Worthless United (REUNION!), Dave Hause (of The Loved Ones)
December 28th w/ Bayside, Static Radio NJ
December 29th w/ Chuck Ragan (acoustic), Screaming Females, The Night Brigade

Monday, November 2, 2009

Karma To Burn Announce New Album out Spring 2010!

After a short post-reunion lap around the eastern seaboard earlier this year, stoner rockers Karma To Burn are hitting the studio to break off a new album, their first in eight years. The band, featuring a RECENTLY former member of Nebula (he left the band to concentrate on KTB), will employ Mathias Schneeberger (Gutter Twins) to record the Napalm Records debut for a spring 2010 release. Karma To Burn also has a DVD due for Napalm on 12/15 featuring a re-recording of "Twenty" (a video of that is below) and "Thirty". The refreshed audio for "Twenty" will also make an appearance on an upcoming split 7-inch with mighty North Carolinians ASG. - Brooklyn Vegan

Forged deep in subterranean West Virginia in 1994 by two careless and angry young men, William Mecum and Richard Mullins, Karma To Burn initially gnashed its teeth at the conventional wisdom that you need a whining, posing douche-bag at a microphone-stand to play rock and roll. They were of a mind to create a power trio free of this biologically inferior component. In the absence of lyrics, they titled the songs by number. Before they’d counted as high as their educations permitted, Roadrunner Records offered to release their debut album... on the condition that they get a singer. The base beliefs of Karma To Burn - that true power was in the instrument, the extension of the body, free of the eviscerated flesh and mind - never wavered. Except when they were offered cash. Then it fell like Satan from the stars.

The first record, compellingly titled Karma To Burn, featured such nods to convention as vocals, lyrics, and song titles. However, just as Dr. Frankenstein could not make his creation a man by swaddling it in mens' clothes, our heroes were likewise unable to make Karma To Burn anything but an instrumental outfit. Exercising their God-given right to stick to their baseless, narrow-minded convictions, they responded to those trying to convince them that their hatred for lead singers was misguided with the trained response, “Now not having a singer, that's what’s called being a man.”

They carried on as a three-piece, jettisoning drummers hither and yon before recruiting the madman Rob Oswald. They released two more albums of instrumental heavy rock, Wild Wonderful Purgatory and Almost Heathen, to astonishment and accolades. Accolades almost begat money. Almost money begat opiates. Opiates begat differences, and differences decimated Karma To Burn in 2002.

In 2009, with the maturity of three screaming, biting five-year-olds Mullins, Mecum and Oswald put aside their differences. Soon after minting the phrase “L.A. Cunt,” Karma to Burn booked a small reunion tour, to the consternation of all innocent bystanders and the furious joy of all participants. They followed that tour with a summer stampede across Europe, including Download Festival (UK), Hellfest (FRA) and Graspop Metal Meeting (BEL), where they unveiled the latest in their numbered paeans to pandemonium. Bees attacked. LPs sold out. They have no choice but to carry on, and so there will be more to come. In November 2009, Karma to Burn returns to Europe, and in December support Monster Magnet in the UK. In the glorious spring of 2010 there will be a new Karma To Burn record, brought to you by the almighty hand of Austrian Metal Giant Napalm Records.

* Karma To Burn are currently recording their new album w/ Mathias Schneeberger (Gutter Twins) in Pasadena, California and features special guest Matt Maiellaro of Aqua Teen Hunger Force (director, writer, creator, bus driver, also producing the band's new video for "43"). The band will play a one off show next Thursday, November 6th at Spaceland in Los Angeles before heading to Europe for a headlining tour in November, and December UK dates w/ Monster Magnet! KTB has also re-recorded their hit songs "Twenty" and "Thirty" to appear on their upcoming DVD out December 15th courtesy of Napalm. The re-recorded track "Twenty" will also appear on a split 7-inch w/ ASG to be released on Volcom. More news to come including album details, East Coast appearances and more!

Karma To Burn Live!

Nov 6 2009 Spaceland Los Angeles, California w/ 16 and Totimoshi

Nov 12 2009 MUZ Club Nürnberg
Nov 13 2009 HDO Brandenburg Brandenburg
Nov 14 2009 Titty Twister Dresden
Nov 15 2009 Modra Vopice Prague
Nov 16 2009 Arena Vienna
Nov 17 2009 KSET Zagreb
Nov 18 2009 Channel Zero Ljubljana
Nov 19 2009 Circolo A.R.C.I Fidenza
Nov 20 2009 Bloom Mezzago
Nov 21 2009 United Club Torino
Nov 22 2009 Bronson Ravenna
Nov 23 2009 Sinister Noise Roma
Nov 24 2009 Sabotage Bar Vicenza
Nov 25 2009 Le Romandie Lausanne
Nov 26 2009 Sonnenkeller Balingen
Nov 27 2009 Musiktheater Piano Dortmund
Nov 28 2009 SPEEDFEST Eindhoven w/ Peter Pan Speedrock, GBH, Death Angel, US Bombs
Nov 29 2009 Le Grillen Colmar
Nov 30 2009 GRRRNDZERO Lyon
Dec 1 2009 Le Mojomatic Montpellier
Dec 2 2009 La MDE Poitiers
Dec 3 2009 Hotel de la musique Roubaix

UK w/ Monster Magnet
Dec 5 2009 Rock City Nottingham
Dec 6 2009 KOKO London
Dec 7 2009 Garage Glasgow
Dec 8 2009 Cabaret Voltaire Edinburgh, Scotland * no Monster Magnet
Dec 9 2009 Academy 2 Manchester
Dec 10 2009 Assembly Leamington Spa
Dec 11 2009 Wulfrun Wolverhampton
Dec 12 2009 Met University Leeds

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Oxbow Announces Tour-Only EP * Eugene Robinson Pens Debut Novel!

A limited edition tour-only 12" release of the highest order

What you will read and how you will read it - these words off of an actual physical artifact - will be an experience shared by increasingly fewer of you given the quickly shifting relationship between art and commerce; but we are entrusting you with this dictum: explain it to the rest. That: this SONGS FOR THE FRENCH is a highly conscious effort to do things exactly as we ourselves would never do them in order to create a compelling bridgework between THE NARCOTIC STORY of yesterday and THE THIN BLACK DUKE of tomorrow. Lyrically, musically, thematically this march into intuitive mind has been Russian rouletted into existence, with OXBOW ceding control where control has never been ceded. [Song order? Chosen by Golden Mastering. Intervals? Also Golden Mastering. Some lyrics penned in an in-studio state of fugue.] All randomized and all pointing purposefully toward everywhere. Or specifically: an untoward level of clarity. Of this we are clear. Yes, of this we are clear: the ship is sailing further from land. And truer words have never been spoken.

Songs for the French Tracklisting:

Side: HERE
Oxbow + Philippe Thiphaine

1.2 P.M.
3.Well-Dressed Man

Oxbow [live recordings]: Europe 2008

4.Frankly Frank [London]
5.La Luna [London]
6.The Duke: A Gentleman's Gentleman [London, Extempore]
7.Yoke [Rotterdam]

Buy "A Long Slow Screw" here!

The first novel from OXBOW's EUGENE S. ROBINSON, and the second publication after the release of his 2007 book FIGHT: EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT ASS KICKING BUT WERE AFRAID YOU'D GET YOUR ASS KICKED FOR ASKING [Harper Collins], A LONG SLOW SCREW is a two-fisted hardboiled crime saga set in 1970s New York that closely follows a diamond heist gone right and then murderously wrong. Featuring a passel of punks, tough broads, shysters and homicidal homos, A LONG SLOW SCREW draws heavily on Robinson's real life involvement with elements partially detailed in his best-selling FIGHT, weaving a fictional story of the chaotic pre-9/11 world of New York City. A native New Yorker himself, Robinson's novel reads like a travelogue to the business end of a bunch of very, very bad things.

And following OXBOW's 2009 band tour, as well as A LONG SLOW SCREW's release on the tail of the successful 2008-2009 U.S./European tour for FIGHT, Robinson, Mammoth Booking, Conspiracy and Tone Deaf Booking are offering A LONG SLOW SCREW spoken word European / UK tour for 2010. An evening of song, sex and short readings, Robinson's A LONG SLOW SCREW tour will cover America's twin obsession with fucking and killing both up close AND personally.

11/06 Metz, FRA @ Salle Ochs
11/07 Delemont, SWI @ Sas
11/08 Paris, FRA @ La Maroquinerie
11/09 Brighton UK @ The Engine Room
11/10 Manchester UK @ Star and Garter
11/11 Birmingham UK @ Vivid
11/12 London UK @ Corsica Studios
11/13 Diksmuide, BEL @ 4AD
11/14 Nantes, FRA @ Barakason
11/15 Orleans, FRA @ Astrolabe
11/16 Lyon, FRA @ Grrrnd Zero
11/17 Milan, ITA @ Magnolia
11/18 Verona, ITA @ Arci Kroen
11/19 Geneva, SWI @ Le Kab
11/20 Colmar, FRA @ Le Grillen
11/21 Brussels, BEL @ Magasin 4

Stream Oxbow's Recent Reissue of "Fuckfest" Here!

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