Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Premiere: Download "Acres of Skin," the Glittering, Skronking New Single From Brooklyn's Zs
Brooklyn's Zs have always walked a jagged line between 21st Century composers and bratty art-punks; their voluminous, decade-strong output evokes everything from Schoenberg's jagged beep-boops to Glass's hypnotic minimalism to the headbanging abandon of crusty loft-party noiseniks. Despite having armloads of singles, EPs, and live albums, New Slaves (due May 11 on the Social Registry) is only their second proper record, and it moves the band fearlessly into more rhythmic, noisy, and downright terrifying waters.
(((Read more and download "Acres of Skin" here)))
Cleric Release Debut Full Length, "Regressions" * Perform Record Release Show Tonight in Philadelphia
For its full-length debut, this Philadelphia quartet specializes in demolishing tech-metal eruptions, savage math breakdowns, and grindcore blasts that give way to doom dirges, sinister atmospherics, nightmarish vocal distortions, and even the stray melody and piano line. With nary a repeated passage and most major pieces measuring more than 10 minutes, Regressions sounds like a personalized soundtrack to death. Each track is meticulously arranged, and though it very much is for fans of musical complexity, the album has enough head-banging potential to ensnare lovers of “regular” metal. Undoubtedly, Cleric’s music isn’t quite like anything else. - Alarm Press
Cleric successfully fuzes a cluster of grindcore, doom, Dillinger Escape Plan-type time signatures and all with the oddness inspired by bands like Frank Zappa and Mr. Bungle. - AOL Noisecreep
Like early Dillinger Escape Plan (Under the Running Board, to be exact), the band’s new Regressions full-length is filled with full-force brutality and includes tons of weird freakouts thrown in for good measure. But not just any freakouts. We’re talking droning, psychedelic, noisy, hazy, ambient and trippy shit here... these fuckers are on a journey quest that transcends noodling guitars, man. If you eat weed food and like Meshuggah, please take immediate note. - Chronic Youth
Tonight, April 27th @ The Khyber in Philadelphia w/ Towers and Hulk Smash
Friday, April 23, 2010
Kicking off this week, and with their highly anticipated split release with Boris hot on their heels, Miami's TORCHE will head out on a month-long US tour supporting Coheed and Cambria and Circa Survive. The tour will span both coasts, travel throughout the Midwest, and head to select cities in the Great White North.
In addition, Torche and Hydra Head have announced the band's new split release with Boris, entitled "Chapter Ahead Being Fake," which will see the light of day on June 29th on 10" vinyl.
And since teasing is our sort of our thing... the band just finished self-recording their next batch of hits for release late August 2010... but we'll tell you more about that later...
w/ Coheed and Cambria and Circa Survive
04/22/10 Charlotte , NC. @ The Fillmore Charlotte
04/23/10 Atlanta , GA. @ Tabernacle
04/24/10 Lake Buena Vista , FL. @ House of Blues (Orlando)
04/25/10 Lauderdale , FL. @ Revolution
04/27/10 Houston , TX. @ Warehouse Live
04/28/10 Austin , TX. @ Stubb's BBQ
04/29/10 Dallas , TX. @ Palladium Ballroom
04/30/10 Tulsa , OK. @ Cain's Ballroom
05/01/10 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
05/03/10 Tempe , AZ. @ Marquee Theatre
05/04/10 Pomona , CA. @ The Fox Theatre
05/05/10 San Francisco , CA. @ The Warfield
05/07/10 Portland , OR. @ Roseland Theater
05/08/10 Seattle , WA. @ Showbox SoDo
05/10/10 Murray , UT. @ Murray Theater
05/11/10 Denver , CO. @ Ogden Theatre
05/13/10 Minneapolis , MN. @ First Avenue
05/14/10 Chicago , IL. @ Congress Theatre
05/15/10 Royal Oak , MI. @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
05/17/10 Boston , MA. @ House of Blues
05/18/10 @ Montreal , QC. Metropolis
05/19/10 Toronto , ON. @ The Sound Academy
05/22/10 Philadelphia , PA. @ The Electric Factory
05/26/10 New York , NY. @ Rumsey Playfield
05/27/10 Washington , DC. @ 9:30 Club
05/28/10 Washington , DC. @ 9:30 Club
07/31/10 Chicago , IL. @ Subterranean * no Coheed or Circa Survive
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Thursday, April 22, 2010
With their grassroots approach, the members of Slightly Stoopid have built a worldwide following of die-hard fans. - Live Daily
It might be tempting to lump Ocean Beach’s Slightly Stoopid in with a myriad of, for lack of a better description, stoner bands, but you’d be completely missing a key point: this is a group of incredibly creative and capable musicians. With 6 members, they are able to relay an incredibly rich sound, complete with horns, keys, and some truly amazing acoustic work - Ultimate Guitar
What this band creates musically has much more depth and versatility than what the minimalistic term of “stoner music” implies. - Examiner.com
San Diego-based dub/rock/psychedelic-jam phenoms SLIGHTLY STOOPID have just announce a massive headlining US tour accompanied by legendary hip-hop group Cypress Hill. The tour, named Cauzin Vapors... Legalize It, and riding behind the political undertones of "legalizing it," will kick off in mid-July and see both bands traveling from California to New York, along the entire eastern coastline, and across the country, with stops at this year's acclaimed Lollapalooza festival in Chicago and the Mile High Music Festival in Colorado. Prior to their July dates, SLIGHTLY STOOPID will start their Summer festivities by traversing the entire West Coast with the mighty Steel Pulse and friends and label-mates The Expendables, in addition to more Summer festival performances to be announced.
Slightly Stoopid has recently logged some serious road miles as part of their annual Summer Ampitheater Tours. Past creative touring partners and lineups include Snoop Dogg, The Marley's, G Love & Special Sauce, Ozomatli, Sly & Robbie and Pepper. They have also shared the stage with Dave Matthews Band, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, The Roots, Toots and the Maytals, Bad Religion, among others over the course of their career. In addition to their incessant criss-crossing of the U.S., which also includes previous appearances at other prestigious festivals such as Coachella, Austin City Limits, and New Orleans Jazz Fest, the group has played sold-out shows in Australia, Japan, Guam, Amsterdam, Portugal and Denmark, the U.K., Germany, Holland, and the Dominican Republic. “Without [the fans], we’d just be playing at the bar,” admits Kyle. “They make it worth our while – when we go out and people are having that good of a time, the energy goes back and forth. Just a good time – we rely on each other’s energy.” And all you have to do is look at the list of artists that Slightly Stoopid has played with, to get a feel for how much of a large and diverse audience they appeal to.
The Slightly Stoopid story can be traced to Ocean Beach, California, when childhood chums Miles and Kyle formed the group in 1995, mixing reggae and punk sounds into one smooth stylistic cocktail. Soon after, late/great Sublime frontman Brad Nowell caught wind of the group, and signed them to his Skunk Records label – while the band members were still in high school. A pair of releases soon followed for Skunk - 1996's punk-tinged SLIGHTLY STOOPID (featuring a guest appearance by Nowell on the song “Prophet” – later covered by Sublime and released on their box set, EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN) and 1998's surf-inspired cult classic THE LONGEST BARREL RIDE. Most recently, the band has continued their mainstream successes, seeing their last two albums, 2007's CHRONCHITIS, (which featured guest appearances by Guru of Gang Starr, Angelo Moore of Fishbone, Money Mark of the Beastie Boys and G. Love) and 2008's SLIGHTLY NOT STONED ENOUGH TO EAT BREAKFAST YET STOOPID, charting in the Billboard Top 100, with both albums appearing on the band's own Stoopid Records.
To date, the band has sold over 750,000 records on their own label, has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and has had their songs appear on hit television series' Scrubs, The O.C., Cribs, and more. Slightly Stoopid has also consistently been selling out venues and ampitheaters across the country for the past 3+ years and consistently appear on Pollstar's top grossing tours.
* Download the Slightly Stoopid Playlist (including various songs from the band) here!
Slight Stoopid Live!
w/ Steel Pulse & The Expendables
6/18 Jacksonville, OR - Britt Pavilion
6/19 Seattle, WA - Marymoor Amphitheater
6/20 Spokane, WA - TBA
6/22 Missoula, MT - Ryan Creek Meadows
6/23 Boise, ID - TBA
w/ The Expendables
6/24 Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
6/25 Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock Pool
6/26 Phoenix, AZ - Celebrity Theatre
w/ Cypress Hill
7/16 Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/17 San Diego, CA - Cricket Pavilion
w/ Cypress Hill & Collie Buddz
7/21 Glen Allen, VA - Innsbrook Pavilion
7/22 Boston, MA - Bank Of America Pavilion
7/23 Boston, MA - Bank Of America Pavilion
7/24 Danbury, CT - Ives Concert Park
7/25 Asbury Park, NJ - TBA
7/28 Raleigh, NC - Raleigh Amphitheatre
7/30 Portsmouth, VA - nTelos Pavilion
7/31 Philadelphia, PA - Penn's Landing
8/01 Buffalo, NY - Rocks The Harbor
8/04 Detroit, MI - State Theater
8/06 Columbus, OH - LC Outdoor Pavilion
8/07 Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
8/08 Minneapolis, MN - Cabooze Outdoors (no Cypress Hill)
8/12 Kansas City, MO - Crossroads
8/13 Omaha, NE - Anchor Inn
8/14 Commerce City, CO - Mile High Music Festival
8/18 Myrtle Beach, SC - House Of Blues
8/19 Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
8/20 Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
8/21 West Boca Raton, FL - Sunset Cove Amphitheatre
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Words by Self-Titled:
Falling right in line with the rest of Kayo Dot’s towering back catalog—a genre-less lot if there ever was one—Coyote is one mighty mind-fuck of an album. Its widescreen sense of controlled chaos and pitch-black melodrama carries a lot of emotional weight, too, as it’s the product of a painful collaboration between frontman Toby Driver and filmmaker/photographer Yuko Sueta. Painful because the latter passed away last fall after a long battle with breast cancer.
While her loss can be felt throughout the record, something triumphant emerges by the end, as “Cartogram Out of Phase” walks off into the sunset alongside brushed drums, hazy horns, and Driver’s first stab at truly Gothic vocals. It’s the sonic equivalent of when you see the word “FIN” plastered across the final scene of an old black and white movie—a chapter closed, with another to begin anew soon enough. Hear what we mean after the jump, as self-titled raises the curtain on an exclusive stream of Coyote, which came out on Hydra Head today...
Stream "Coyote" here!
Track By Track: Child Abuse's "Cut and Run"
Cut and Run was recorded by Ben Greenberg at his studio Python Patrol in 9/09. His studio is actually a room in an old Catholic middle school. Very appropriate for a band called Child Abuse. Ben's got a really simple set up there. Besides our own instruments and amps, we just used a couple of mics, a half-inch tape recorder, and Pro-tools. We had attempted earlier to record this record on our own in 7/09 using Logic, but it just wasn't happening.
(((Read more here!)))
Thursday, April 15, 2010
The Village Voice Talks To Austerity Program's Justin Foley About New "Backsliders and Apostates Will Burn" Release and More!
Local Big Black Acolytes Austerity Program On The Virtues of Pranking Your Own Label and Their New EP, Backsliders and Apostates Will Burn
Astoria duo Austerity Program take the lunging acrimony of classic pigfuck and subvert it through the evil scrunch of modern extreme metal. They've always sounded a little like Big Black--what with the whole adenoidal howling/abrasive guitar/drum machine thing--but new EP Backsliders and Apostates Will Burn (out May 4 on Hydra Head) brings their Albini worship to its most mature, focused and disturbing end point. Backsliders's four songs, all about five minutes long, are sardonic hateballs, raging like tortured animals conquering the endless drone of existence. Second track "Song 26"--which you can download below--is like Shellac's "Prayer To God" if the sex-starved protagonist actually had a closer relationship to Jesus than women.
(((Download Austerity Program's "Song 26" and read more here!)))
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
In support of their new albums out now on Sargent House Records, Indiana post-hardcore band Native and UK indie-rock gems This Town Needs Guns will be setting out on a nationwide US tour next month. Full dates below!
This Town Needs Guns and Native Live
May 28 @ Blackbird Cafe - Valparaiso, IN w/ Red Knife Lottery
May 29 @ BLEDFEST - Howell, MI
May 30 @ Grist Mill - Waterloo, ON
Jun 01 @ Sneaky Dees - Toronto, ON
Jun 02 @ Casa Del Popolo - Montreal, QU
Jun 03 @ Great Scott - Alston, MA
Jun 04 @ Southpaw - Brooklyn, NY (early AA)
Jun 05 @ The Fire - Philadelphia, PA
Jun 07 @ Black Cat - Washington DC
Jun 08 @ Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC
Jun 09 @ Masquerade (Purgatory) - Atlanta, GA
Jun 10 @ Skull Alley - Louisville, KY
Jun 11 @ Lemp Art Center - St Louis, MO
Jun 12 @ The Beat Kitchen - Chicago, IL w/ Castavet & Red Knife Lottery
Maryland hard rock band Clutch is coming up on their 20th year, maintaining a consistent following with constant touring, unique wit, and fearless tendency to mix metal with genres like blues and funk. Much of the band's direction and personality is thanks to Neil Fallon, Clutch's singer, co-songwriter and lyricist who is known for weaving historical, literary and downright nerdtastic references into his hard-banging songs. - Billboard
The Maryland based band has amassed a substantial catalog that includes nine studio albums, five live releases, and a handful of EPs. What's more, throughout the 90's, Clutch's hardcore-influenced, groove-heavy riff rock, helped define that decade's stoner sound, while in the new millennium, their persistent hunger to expand their style brought them into the realms of traditional down-home blues and far-out psychedelic jams. - Revolver
2010 will prove to be the busiest calender year in the career of veteran rock band Clutch. Building on the Top 30 Billboard chart success of 2009's "Strange Cousins From the West" (Weathermaker Music), the Maryland based quartet will internationally issue a brand new epic DVD set called "Live at the 9:30" in mid May. This 200 minute double disc concert film will be sold at the fan friendly price of $19.98.
Disc one features a 90 minute full length concert filmed with seven hi-definition cameras last December at Washington DC's legendary 9:30 Club. In addition to newer fan favorites like "50,000 Unstoppable Watts" and "Let a Poor Man Be," the concert film's first disc includes an electifying version of the 1995 "Clutch" self titled release in it's entirety. An audio version of the full 19 song concert will be exclusively available through iTunes on May 11th.
Disc two is the 110 minute feature film "Fortune Tellers Make a Killing Nowadays," which takes a behind the scenes look at Clutch "on tour" city by city in 2009. This "bonus disc" is not limited to recent Clutch happenings however, as it includes rare band interviews as well as vintage never before seen footage documenting much of Clutch's history from 1991 to the present. Both discs were directed and produced by Agent Ogden, who first worked with the band, on 2007's "Full Fathom Five, Video Field Recordings."
On June 4th Clutch will kick off another leg of thier 2010 worldwide headlining tour. The early summer portion takes the band through the USA, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Greece, Italy and the UK. The band's instrumental jazz rock alter ego, The Bakerton Group will appear as one of the opening acts in North America. Both The Bakerton Group and Clutch will appear on the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 11th and 12th respectively.
In support of the tourdates and the forthcoming "Live at the 9:30" DVD, as well as the current "Strange Cousins From the West" CD, Weathermaker Music will release the new single "Let a Poor Man Be" on May 3rd, with an accompanying video clip and a rare promo only EP featuring unreleased material.
As if that's not enough to keep this hard working rock & roll band musically busy, Clutch and Weathermaker Music are currently preparing expanded CD and vinyl re-issues of catalog pcs "From Beale Street to Oblivion," "Robot Hive/Exodus" and "Blast Tyrant." These three highly anticipated projects will be available digitally and physically at retail and the band's websites on the CD/DVD format on June 22nd, August 17th and October 12th respectively. Double vinyl versions of all three re-issues will be available on November 23rd. Track listings are not yet available, but Weathermaker label manager Jon Nardachone hints at some very exciting details.
"The bonus content of the three re-issues will be entirely different. We're still sifting through unreleased Clutch originals, cover songs, live audio, live video, alternate takes, etc, One thing we know for sure is that each re-issue will have updated and upgraded artwork/packaging as well as additional music from the exact timeframe each CD was first released. This is not about tacking on a couple of unfinished demos to the end of each CD. We're producing these with the knowledge that Clutch fans expect something fresh, yet distinguishably representative of that moment in time. The diehard fan will appreciate these projects in a big way."
Clutch Live at the 9:30 Club DVDx2 Tracklist
Clutch Live @ 9:30 Club Filmed Concert Performance 12/28/09
50,000 Unstoppable Watts
Let A Poor Man Be
Big News 1
Big News 2
Rock & Roll Outlaw
Texan Book of The Dead
Escape From The Prison Planet
I Have The Body of John Wilkes Booth
Tight Like That
The House That Peterbilt
Tim Sult Vs. The Greys
"Fortune Tellers Make A Killing Nowadays" documentary style film
6/04 Huntington, WV @ V Club
6/05 Lexington, KY @ Buster’s Billiards & Backroom
6/06 Toledo, OH @ Headliner’s
6/07 Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club
6/09 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
6/10 Little Rock, AR @ The Village
6/11 Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo the bakerton group
6/12 Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo clutch
6/13 Montgomery, AL @ Strange Days
6/14 Houma, LA @ The City Club of Houma
6/15 Beaumont, TX @ Whiskey River
6/17 Greenville, SC @ The Handlebar
6/18 Norfolk, VA @ Norva
6/19 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
7/16/10 Tönsberg, Norway Slottsfjell Festival
7/17/10 Tromso, Norway Bukta Festival
7/19/10 Goteborg, Sweden Sticky Fingers, Top Floor
7/21/10 Athens, Greece AN Club
7/22/10 Milan, Italy Magnolia
7/23/10 Pinerella Di Cevia, Italy Rock Planet
7/25/10 London, England High Voltage Festival
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Local New York-based jazz-punk hybrid Zs, have just announced the record release show for their upcoming album, "New Slaves," out May 11th on The Social Registry. Details below:
May 11th @ The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn
"New Slaves" Record-Release show w/
* The band has also released the live video for their new song, "Acres of Skin," which appears on the band's new album. Watch it below:
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Child Abuse have just released their new album, "Cut and Run," today on Lovepump United and the press is rolling in! Check out some of what the reviews and interviews below!
* PopMatters.com album review
* AOL Noisecreep.com interviews w/ frontman Luke Calzonetti and bassist Tim Dahl
* Rock Sound Magazine album review
* Exclaim! Magazine album review
* Alarm Press "Week's Best Albums" album review
Child Abuse will be celebrating their new album w/ a record release show taking place on April 26th @ Brooklyn's Glasslands Gallery
Monday, April 12, 2010
Caspian on tour
DOWNLOAD: Caspian - "Ghosts of the Garden City" (MP3)
Caspian is crescendo-ing their way through a US tour that placed them in Austin during SXSW, and will land the soaring post-rockers in NYC on April 15 at The Studio @ Webster Hall. Arms & Sleepers are along for the ride, and will team up with Sainthood Reps and Golden City for the date. Get yer tix.
Caspian is supporting 2009's Tertia, which the band initally gave away for free, and is now streaming in full. Download one of those tracks above.
(((Read more here!)))
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Kayo Dot Live!
Three back to back exclusive New York CD Release Party Engagements featuring the band performing their new album, "Coyote," in its entirety!
Saturday, April 10th @ Blot Spot Binghamton, NY
Sunday, April 11th @ Union Pool Brooklyn, NY
Monday, April 12th @ Whitson Greeting Hall SUNY Purchase, NY
* Kayo Dot will release their new album, "Coyote," April 20th on Hydra Head Records
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Cleric Premieres New Music off Upcoming Album, "Regressions" * Announces April 27th Record Release Show in Philadelphia!
Download "A Rush of Blood" from Cleric here!
* Don't miss Cleric live @ The Khyber in Philadelphia when they celebrate the release of their new album, "Regressions," out April 27th on Web of Mimicry!
Monday, April 5, 2010
This album, "Portal of Sorrow", is the last Xasthur album, period.
The honorable thing to do is to end the band and not hang around too long, like so many metal/black metal bands do. Enough is enough, right?
I'm not able to make it work anymore. I don't want to turn into one of those bands who rely on too many guests and session musicians to make people interested in their music again. Some help is fine but more than some help is very cheap and it becomes others, not the roots of the band that makes the difference and the music work. I don’t want to fall into that pattern. The motivation and inspiration used to be there full time and now it's not there at all, not for doing Xasthur at least. It is a role or persona that I have simply outgrown. I’ve been saying I’m sick and tired of it all for too long... and now, I’m going to back it up. There are or have been literally 18,000 black metal bands; it does not matter if there's one less.
Just like in the nineties, I made a few recent attempts to put a real line-up together and it still failed; another sign that said “give it up already.”
However, I wanted to end on a better note with this 'Portal of Sorrow' album because the album that came before it, 'All reflections drained', was not up to par and I couldn't finish up with an album that I was less than satisfied with. Now, I suppose any or all goals have been reached and there is nothing more I wish to try with Xasthur and it's time to move on...
Since it would be foolish to give up music all together, I have something else to fall back on that is beginning to take shape. It's a new beginning that I'm quite excited about.
Instead, I'm going to do something different by not performing any kind of metal at all!
There's no use in trying to reinvent black metal or turn it upside down, it's all been done and in the end, it's still metal and will remain within those circles, stereotypes and boundaries no matter what. Overall, I need a bigger change in my life and with music than just trying to change metal.
There isn't anything to lose.
I would ask you to stay tuned for my next project and give it a plug but there's no need to. It's probably of no interest to you and again, it has nothing to do with metal and I'm not trying to keep any connection or ties to it.
I will not name influences, genres or anything of the sort.
Believe me when I say this decision has been well thought out for months and doesn't come out of frustration.
Something I usually hate is comebacks, reunions or reformations of bands. You can be rest assured (for even relieved) that this will not happen.
I would like to say fuck you to so many people it’s not even funny, but that would be just another way of not washing my hands and hanging around, so I won’t bother.
Instead, I would like to say thank you to a handful of people who took an interest in the music over the years and had the patience to (slowly but surely) watch it grow and develop. I'm more grateful than you think; you know who you are and I know who you are.
I'd also like to say thanks to Marissa Nadler for taking her voice to another level, to Ron for helping design the album and to Hydra Head for the hospitality over the last few years.
Disharmonic Variations (label):
It will most likely continue, even though Xasthur will not. I’ll get into talking about this later.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Natural Selection: An Interview with John Davis of Title Tracks
John Davis, formerly of Q and Not U and indie darlings Georgie James, talks to PopMatters about his past breakups, covering the Boss and the Byrds, and the transition from drummer to front man for his new band Title Tracks.
(((Read the full story here!)))
Be specific: Jello Biafra on 21st century censorship
When Jello Biafra brought the Dead Kennedys to Washington D.C. in 1982, The Washington Post referred to his path-finding California punk troupe as "the D.K.s." Twenty-eight years later, Biafra brings his new band, the Guantanamo School of Medicine, to the Black Cat for a Tuesday night performance.
(((Read the full story here!)))