Monday, June 29, 2009

Kayo Dot Recording New Album for Hydra Head!

Enter Studio / Begin Recording Fourth Full-Length Album To Be Released on Hydra Head Records!

Led by Toby Driver and Mia Matsumiya, the NYC sextet just released their third album Blue Lambency Downward on Isis man Aaron Turner's Hydra Head records. The opening, title track is a mysterious 10-minute meandering of bells like crickets, bursts of patient guitar, jazzy drum fills (kept to a toppling spaciousness), electronic pulses, and chiming vocal melodies. It kinda feels like a psychedelic boat trip piloted by Ghost, albeit it with bigger "pop" tendencies. - Stereogum

Fresh off of a US tour opening for Trey Spruance’s amazing SECRET CHIEFS 3, KAYO DOT has arrived in Seattle to begin recording their second full length release for Hydra Head Industries.

Throughout the tour, they performed and refined the new compositions, bringing them to new audiences and honing them for the upcoming recording, with Toby Driver also picking up bass duties for SECRET CHIEFS 3 each night. The new music features another sonic shift in the ever-evolving sonic lexicon of KAYO DOT. Expect a more visceral rhythmic sound with overdriven chorus basses, cave-echoed horns, vocals and strings, tuned struck metal, and a purveying melodic darkness threaded delicately throughout the sound of the music. Once again, the record will be recorded by Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, Six Organs Of Admittance) who also recorded KAYO DOT'S critically acclaimed Hydra Head release from 2008, BLUE LAMBENCY DOWNWARD. Expect the release of the new music on Hydra Head in Fall of 2009, with a September / October European tour and US tour to follow the album release! - Toby Driver / Kayo Dot

Stream Kayo Dot's 2008 album, "Blue Lambency Downward," here!

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The Black Hollies Announce Summer US Tour!

New Album, "Softly Towards The Light," Out October 6th on Ernest Jenning

Tracklisting for Softly Towards The Light:
1.) Run With Me Run
2.) Gloomy Monday Morning * listen here!
3.) When You're Not There
4.) Everything's Fine
5.) Number Ten Girl
6.) Lead Me To Your Fire
7.) Let Me Be The One
8.) Can't Stop These Tears (From Falling)
9.) How Did We Get Here
10.) Don't Be Afraid To Ask

The Black Hollies Live!
July 9 Memphis, TN Bucaneer w/ Bullet Proof Vests
July 10 Ft. Worth, TX Lola's Sixth
July 11 San Antonio, TX The Mix w/ Ugly Beats
July 12 Austin, TX Beerland w/ Ugly Beats
July 14 Tuscon, AZ Club Congress
July 15 Phoenix, AZ The Lost Leaf Gallery
July 16 Prescott, AZ Raven Café
July 17 Las Vegas, NV Beauty Bar
July 18 Sand Diego, CA Beauty Bar
July 21 Los Angeles, CA Echo Curio w/ Papillon
July 22 Los Angeles, CA Echo
July 23 Goleta, CA Mercury Lounge
July 24 San Francisco, CA Thee Parkside
July 25 Healdsburg, CA
July 26 Healdsburg, CA
July 29 Eugene, OR Luckey's
July 30 Portland, OR East End
July 31 Seattle, WA Comet Tavern
Aug 2 Spokane, WA The Boulevard
Aug 3 Missoula, MT The Badlander
Aug 4 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court
Aug 5 Denver, CO Three Kings Tavern
Aug 6 Lawrence, KS Jackpot/Replay
Aug 7 St. Paul, MN Turf Club
Aug 8 Madison, WI The Frequency w/ Awesome Snakes
Aug 10 Detroit, MI Lager House
Aug 28 Baltimore, MD Ottobar Scooter Rally

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Decibel Magazine Talks BBQ Recipes w/ Maylene and The Sons Of Disaster

this is great

Backyard BBQ with Maylene and the Sons of Disaster

"When we're not on tour or recording, everyone in this band loves to cook. Seriously, I think we cook almost every chance we get. Here is a list of some of our favorite summer dishes + recipes for you to play along at home."

(((Click to read more here!)))

BrooklynVegan Spotlights Cock Sparrer @ Riot Fest 2009!

Riot Fest Chicago - 2009 lineup (Cock Sparrer, Dead Milkmen, Butthole Surfers, Naked Raygun, Murder City Devils & more)

Year five of Riot Fest in Chicago is systems-go from Oct 7th-12th and with an enviable punk rock lineup of Butthole Surfers, Naked Raygun, Cock Sparrer, Dead Milkmen, Murder City Devils, NOFX, 88 Fingers Louie, Screeching Weasel, Pegboy, Off With Their Heads, and many many more. Full lineup and flyer (with New Bomb Turks not listed) is below.

Besides the obvious awesomeness of Naked Raygun, who played their first reunion gig at Riot Fest in 2006 (and who are playing NYC soon, tickets on sale), and a few key others, one exciting band on the lineup is the UK's Oi! pioneers Cock Sparrer:

(((Click to read more and download a new song from Cock Sparrer here!)))

Friday, June 26, 2009

Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground Kickoff US Tour w/ mewithoutYou * Stream Reissued Debut Album Out Now on Suburban Home!

Stream Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground's debut album here!

Kay Kay And His Weathered Underground Tracklist
1. Into The Realm Of The Unknown
2. Hey Momma'
3. Birds (On A Day Like Today)
4. Simon Courage Flees The Coop
5. Ol' Rum Davies
6. Bowie The Desert Pea
7. Santa Cruz Lined Pockets
8. Bloodstone Goddess
9. Cloud Country
10. Swan Ink
11. Night Of The Star Child's Funk
12. One Ought To See
13. All Alone

Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground Live!

w/ MeWithoutYou and The Dear Hunter!
Jun 25 2009 The Hawthorne Theatre Portland, Oregon
Jun 26 2009 Neumo’s Seattle, Washington
Jun 27 2009 The Venue Boise, Idaho
Jun 28 2009 The Avalon Theatre Salt Lake City, Utah
Jun 29 2009 The Marquis Theatre Denver, Colorado
Jun 30 2009 Angelo's Record Store (in-store, 2pm) Aurora, Colorado
Jul 1 2009 The Granada Theatre Lawrence, Kansas
Jul 2 2009 Station 4 St. Paul, Minnesota
Jul 4 2009 The Magic Stick Detroit, Michigan
Jul 5 2009 The Metro Chicago, Illinois
Jul 6 2009 The Grog Shop Cleveland, Ohio
Jul 7 2009 Mr. Smalls Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jul 9 2009 The Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, New York
Jul 10 2009 The Bowery Ballroom New York City, New York
Jul 11 2009 The Middle East Downstairs Boston, Massachusetts

At Bumbershoot Music Festival
Sep 5 2009 Bumbershoot Arts Festival - The Seattle Center Seattle, WA., Washington w/ Akimbo, All American Rejects, De La Soul, Eugene Mirman, Gang Gang Dance, Katy Perry, Matt & Kim, Os Mutantes, Past Lives, Sheryl Crow, and more!

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AOL Noisecreep Talks to Bergraven's Pär Gustafsson About New Album, The Macabre and More!

Bergraven Is Melancholy but Not Black Metal

Black metal has always been about individualism and not being "one of the sheep," yet more and more albums seem to be coming out of the woodwork with the obligatory forest scene artwork, indecipherable band name, buzzing lo-fi guitars and tortured screams. Sweden's Bergraven -- aka sole band member and multi-instrumentalist Par Gustaffssons -- has shunned such cliches to make some of the most evolved, compelling and expressive extreme music we've heard in a while. In a sea of misanthropic music makers, Bergraven stands alone as a band that truly adheres to the black metal ideology. Ironically, Par rejects the black metal tag entirely.

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

Chamberlain Members David Moore and Adam Rubenstein Perform New Song on Issue Oriented!

VIDEO: David Moore with Adam Rubenstein

David Moore (Chamberlain) stopped by the other day to talk and play for Issue Oriented; with him came Adam Rubenstein, also of Chamberlain.

Check out this video preview of David and Adam playing “Jericho” from David’s new solo record, My Lover, My Stranger, which he is currently supporting. A great performance - enjoy!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Hydra Head Streams New Envy / Jesu "Split" and Bergraven Full Length!

Stream Envy / Jesu "Split" here!

Stream Bergraven's “Till Makabert Väsen” here!

The Aquarian Interviews Paper Chase Frontman John Congelton!

The Paper Chase: Interview with John Congleton

If The Paper Chase frontman and de facto leader John Congleton was found reciting the lyrics of his latest masterpiece, Someday This Could All Be Yours Vol.1, to passersby on a city street, he would probably find himself in a padded cell. If instead he recited his prose on public access in a cheap suit with an 800 number below him, he might have a few million followers. Luckily, Congleton, known for his producer credits on Modest Mouse, Erykah Badu, The Roots, Marilyn Manson and The Mountain Goats is not a T.V. Evangelist or a homeless crackpot (that I know of anyway). Instead, for the past 10 years he has been the driving force behind The Paper Chase, mastering their brand of jagged, dissonant indie-pop.

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

Metal Injection Adds Torche to Live Bootleg Series!

Metal Injection Bootlegs:
Torche Instrumental and Fat Waves Live!

MetalSucks Interviews Scott Kelly of Neurosis / Shrinebuilder!


As one of the founding members of arguably one of the most important metal bands, Scott Kelly helped navigate Neurosis from a crust punk genesis to the lords of abstract doom they’ve become. Despite going on to semi-normal adult lives not built around touring, they’ve still managed to put out some of the most challenging and, ultimately, best music of the decade. Kelly himself splits his non-Neurosis time among Tribes of Neurot (the band’s ambient side project), an acoustic solo career, the post-apocalyptic folk of Blood & Time, and, most recently, stoner metal wet dream Shrinebuilder, featuring Melvins drummer Dale Crover, Sleep/Om bassist Al Cisneros, and doom icon Wino. In an interview Scott was kind enough to grant MetalSucks – conducted during his trip to the airport on his way to some European Neurosis shows, stopping once to get through airport security and ending when the plane was ready to take off – he discussed his collaboration with the gentlemen in Shrinebuilder, his history with Neurosis and long-time collaborator Steve von Till, and punk’s limiting ethos vs. metal’s acceptance.

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

Monday, June 22, 2009

The NY Times Talks Xasthur's "All Reflections Drained!"

huge thanks to the NY Times staff for their support!

Evil Chords and Jazz Flourishes

The California black-metal project Xasthur is one guy, Malefic. Malefic is Scott Conner. Scott Conner makes music that sounds as if it has gangrene. “All Reflections Drained,” Xasthur’s largely instrumental new record (Hydra Head) is misery on misery: unapologetic cardboard-box drums, background muttering, disorienting echoes, a guitar sound like cold, granular gas. And, yeah, there’s something to it.

(((Read more here!)))

Thursday, June 18, 2009

MetalSucks Streams New Song from Maylene and The Sons Of Disaster!

huge thanks to the MetalSucks staff for their support!


Southern hard-rock/metallers Maylene and the Sons of Disaster are back with their latest concoction of swampy, humongous grooves, their third album aptly titled III. This is just straight up, metal-influenced southern hard rock — no gimmicks, no shenanigans, just maximum rockage. The first single, “Just a Shock,” is currently streaming on their MySpace page and we’ve got an exclusive stream of the track “Step Up (I’m On It)” for you right here.

(((Click to stream "Step Up (I'm On It)" here!)))

Philadelphia City Paper Talks Kaiju Big Battel This Weekend!

huge thanks to the Philadelphia City Paper staff for their support!

Kaiju Big Battel
Sat., June 20th @ The Trocadero

This show's host, Louden Noxious, refuses to give me his real name. He also rarely breaks character, warning me that Philadelphia better cook up monster-size cheesesteaks for this event and, though the Liberty Bell is already cracked, it'll probably be wholly smashed by Saturday evening.

(((Read more here!)))

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Metal Injection Reviews / Streams New Big Business album "Mind The Drift!"

huge thanks to the MetalInjection staff for their support!

CD review: BIG BUSINESS, "Mind the Drift"

Two years after releasing the catchiest sludge metal album in history, BIG BUSINESS are back, this time with a guitarist. For whatever distinction they've lost from being a bass-and-drums duo until now, they've kept their knack for facelifting infectiousness out of a heavy low end. Noob TOSHI KASAI rarely plays anything resembling JARED WARREN's bass progressions, but both musicians somehow sound organized under the charge of COADY WILLIS, who proves that creativity in metal drumming needn't come with blast beats.

(((Read more + stream the album here!)))

BrooklynVegan Talks Warlocks Tour + New mp3!

huge thanks to the Brooklynvegan staff for their support!

The Warlocks & the Morning After Girls - 2009 Tour Dates

With a decade of recording and touring about to be in their rearview mirror, The Warlocks are set to embark on a UK tour before hopping the pond back to their native California for the start of a US tour on July 30th with The Morning After Girls. Along the way, look for the band to hit up the NYC area twice Bowery Ballroom on Aug 14th and Maxwell's on Aug 15th. Tickets for Maxwell's are already on sale, while Bowery's tix are currently on AMEX Presale with regular sale going down at noon on 6/19.

(((Click to read more and download new track "The Midnight Sun" here!)))

Absolutepunk Praises New Album from Chamberlain frontman David Moore!

huge thanks to the Absolutepunk staff for their support!

David Moore - My Lover My Stranger
(Doghouse Records)

It is virtually impossible to put into words the impact the indie rock band Chamberlain and Split Lip had on the mid-to-late 90s emo scene. Even harder to define is the admiration critics, music consumers and other parties had for the band's frontman/lyricist David Moore, as well as its chief songwriter and guitarist Seth Rubenstein. Even in the band's latter years, when they wholly reinvented their sound, the critics and fans came in droves. When the band unexpectedly broke up in 2000, the flowering praise reached almost unimaginable heights.

(((Read more here!)))

Monday, June 15, 2009

Punknews Reviews Clues' s/t Debut!

huge thanks to the Punknews staff for their support!


Clues won me over immediately with its amazing first three tracks. “Haarp” demonstrates the Montreal group’s incredible attention to detail and subtlety. The range of tempo and dynamics on the three-minute tune span the spectrum, starting with minuscule phrases busting into noisy fermatas that in some small way remind me of early `90s Flaming Lips. When we finally get a beat, we hear first a slower quiet segment and then a toe-tapping section full of dirty guitars to finish the song. “Remember Severed Head” asks "Who here wants to sleep in the dragon’s mouth? / Who here wants to feel?," beginning the album’s obsession with medieval imagery but then mentions something about “a mushroom cloud tattoo.” The band grooves along with a catchy-yet-minor ‘doot-doot-doot’ vocal line doubled in the guitar, high-stepping electric piano intervals and alternates between string-cloaked softer segments and chaotic moments of crashing ride cymbals. “Approach the Throne” starts with clanging percussion and another minor-pop ‘la la la’ melody, which is later thickened up by some brass. The chorus breaks down with horn chords as Reed digs into that china cymbal.

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

Saturday, June 13, 2009

The New York Times reviews Loud Fast Jews!

Punk, and Jewish: Rockers Explore Identity

Punk is Jewish.

Or, anyway, these fellows are: Tommy Ramone, Chris Stein, Lenny Kaye and Handsome Dick Manitoba, four New York godfathers of punk who packed an auditorium Thursday night at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research to excavate the unlikely roots of the rebellious and stripped-down 1970s rock genre

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

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Warlocks Announce Headlining US Tour!

The Warlocks Live!

UK Tour
Jul 10 2009 La Maroquinerie Paris
Jul 14 2009 The Other Rooms Newcastle, Wales
Jul 15 2009 Fibbers York, Northeast
Jul 16 2009 Roadhouse Manchester
Jul 17 2009 Monochrome Liverpool
Jul 18 2009 The Bodega Nottingham
Jul 19 2009 The Rainbow Rooms Birmingham, Midlands
Jul 20 2009 Barfly Cardiff, Wales
Jul 21 2009 Thekla Bristol, Southwest
Jul 22 2009 Southend Railway Hotel Essex, East
Jul 23 2009 Hoxton Square Bar &Kitchen London, London and South East
Jul 24 2009 Audio Brighton, South
Jul 25 2009 Joiners Southampton, London and South East

US headlining tour!
July 30 Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA
Aug 1 Chop Suey Seattle, WA
Aug 2 Doug Fir Lounge Portland, OR
Aug 5 7th St Entry Minneapolis, MN
Aug 6 Empty Bottle Chicago, IL
Aug 7 Empty Bottle Chicago, IL
Aug 8 Grog Shop Cleveland, OH
Aug 11 Kung Fu Necktie Philadelphia, PA
Aug 12 Great Scott Allston, MA
Aug 14 Bowery Ballroom, NYC
Aug 15 Maxwell's Hoboken, NJ
Aug 17 Local 506 Carrboro, NC
Aug 18 The Earl Atlanta, GA
Aug 19 The Bottletree Birmingham, AL
Aug 20 One Eyed Jacks New Orleans, LA
Aug 21 The Parish Austin, TX
Aug 22 Walter's on Washington Houston, TX
Aug 26 Club Congress Tucson, AZ
Aug 27 The Casbah San Diego, CA
Aug 28 Venue TBA Los Angeles, CA
Aug 29 Venue TBA Los Angeles, CA

Hopewell on NPR's All Songs Considered!

huge thanks to the entire NPR staff for their support!

(((Click here to listen!)))

Monday, June 8, 2009

Poison The Well Premiere First Track off New Album!


Stream the new song "Cinema" here!

MetalSucks Reviews Xasthur's "All Reflections Drained"

huge thanks to the MetalSucks staff for their support!


The great part is that all this attention has sent Xasthur in a frenzied retreat back underground with All Reflections Drained. I will wager that few hipsters will have the fortitude to get past the initial harmonized dissonance of the aptly titled opener “Dirge Forsaken” even if it’s on limited cassette edition (yeah you read that right). The rest of the album continues to shock and shows again just how far he’s come from his original Burzum aping all those years ago. Droning ambiance leading into ugly guitar harmonies with spooky whispering and sublimated wailing all layered to the basement and back.

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

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Iron Age Announce New Album on Tee Pee Records!

Gargantuan guitar riffs conjure images of astral behemoths while unnamed terrors lurk in the unwavering, resolute rhythm section. The demon doesn't truly emerge though until the blood-curdling, blasphemous growls of Jason Tarpey crawl to the startling forefront. Fans of the vocal madness of King Diamond or G.I.S.M.’s Sakevi can rejoice at this reverb-drenched shrieking.

The Sleeping Eye is a sprawling modern heavy metal opus that doesn’t forsake its hardcore roots, but follows them to their sonic extremities, forging a sound that honors the crossover forefathers while treading new ground in brutal atmosphere and doomy ambiance.

The Sleeping Eye Tracklisting:
1. The Sleeping Eye
2. Dispossessed
3. Burden Of Empire
4. Materia Prima
5. A Younger Earth
6. Arcana Pt. I
7. Arcana Pt. II
8. The Way Is Narrow

Iron Age Live!
June 6th: Cake Shop - New York, NY (Early / Free Show)*
June 6th: Death By Audio - Brooklyn, NY (Late Show)*
June 7th: The Barbary - Philadelphia, PA*
June 8th: TBA - Providence, RI*
July 31st - El Rodeo Community Center - Oxnard, CA (Sound and Fury Fest)

* w/ Sex Vid and Mind Eraser