Thursday, December 17, 2009
* New albums from Xasthur and Hayaino Daisuki out February 23rd on Hydra Head!
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
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!)))
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!)))
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 (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
EXCLUSIVE NEW DOWNLOAD: Aa - Glow Wreath
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
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
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
8. Jim°òs Polish
Thursday, December 3, 2009
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 DoneWaiting.com 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
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!)))