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September 2, 2014

by Ian Chainey

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Faith No More recently hinted there was more on the way. Now, it's fact. After signing on for their first live date of 2015 at Australia's Soundwave Festival, the Mike Patton-led group announced there will be a new LP released next year, as well, reports Rolling Stone. The currently-title-less full-length, to be released on Reclamation Recordings, will be the band's first in nearly 18 years. And to give fans a taste of what's to come, the single "Motherfucker," which the band has played live, will hit shelves in a limited run for Record Store Day's Black Friday event (11/28). A digital version of the single will follow soon after than on December 9.

Along with the new tunes, the accompanying PR blast mentions worldwide tour dates to come. Well, you might as well start getting your kids ready for the possibility of that tour: Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star are putting out a Faith No More-themed collection of lullabies. The label have given other heavies the nighty-night treatment, including Slayer and Iron Maiden. The set will be out on September 16 through Roma Music Group. Alas, it doesn't include "Jizzlobber," but "Epic" is there, allowing you the opportunity to win Parent of the Year by flopping around like a fish out of water. Explaining that reference won't make you feel old at all.

Check out a lullabized version of "Falling to Pieces" below...

Continue reading "Faith No More announce new album, planning US Fall Tour"

Jenny Lewis at Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Jenny Lewis

Jenny Lewis put out her newest solo album, The Voyager, earlier this year and she's been playing several shows in support of it, including quite a few festival appearances. Though it looks like more dates may be TBA, she has a handful of US dates booked for this fall including a NYC show on November 5 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/5) at noon with AmEx and artist presales starting Wednesday (9/3) at noon.

All currently known dates are listed, with a video from The Voyager, below...

Continue reading "Jenny Lewis touring, playing Terminal 5 (dates)"

Wilco @ Solid Sound 2013 (more by PSquared)
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Wilco are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year which seems like as good an excuse as any to put out a Best Of compilation. There will also be a box set of rarities and details on both those are still to come. Around this, Wilco will also be on tour, including two NYC-area shows at Port Chester's Capitol Theater on October 28 & 29. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (9/5) at noon.

Meanwhile, Jeff's band with his son, Tweedy, will release their debut album on September 23 (the same day they're playing BAM). All Wilco tour dates below...

Continue reading "Wilco celebrating 20th anniversary with Best Of comp, rarities box set, and tour (dates)"

Mineral in Austin last week (more by Tim Griffin)
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The reunited Mineral played a surprise hometown show (pics) in Austin last week, and their tour begins in proper this week with four sold out NYC shows. The first (and smallest) happens on Thursday (9/4) at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn. Like most of the tour, Into It. Over It. opens, but the venue's website is also advertising a "Very Special Guest." Mineral adds, "If you have tickets to our show at St Vitus on 9/4 we suggest getting there early for a special treat." Who do you think it will be?

The tour continues with a 3-night run at Bowery Ballroom from Friday (9/5) through Sunday (9/7). All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Mineral kick off tour in NYC with a "VERY SPECIAL GUEST" at Saint Vitus on Thursday"

by Wyatt Marshall

Chris Black with Dawnbringer, July 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)

Canadian old-school thrash band Exciter will be playing the Defenders of the Old Festival III which goes down in Brooklyn at The Bell House on March 13 & 14, 2015 with the band's original lineup. Exciter hasn't played the US in 30 years. In addition to Exciter, the initial line-up also includes old-school US metal band The Rods, the like-minded October 31, and Montreal's retro doom-y band Cauchemar. No word on advance tickets yet, but stay tuned here and at the event's Facebook page for more developments.

In related news, Chris Black's High Spirits, the awesome Chicago retro metal band, earlier this year released the fantastic LP You Are Here. Black's better-known band Dawnbringer is releasing a new album this year, too, out on October 28 on Profound Lore. Dawnbringer recently shared "One-Eyed Sister" off of Night of the Hammer and you can listen to it in this post. As we've come to expect from Dawnbringer -- and, really, anything from Chris Black -- it's excellent and, on first listen, seemingly timeless.

Stream below...

Continue reading "Exciter, The Rods, High Spirits & more playing Defenders of the Old Fest III; Dawnbringer readies new LP (stream a track)"

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The good folks at guitar pedal shop Death by Audio have just announced their latest limited-edition artist collaboration: The Flaming Lips Space Ring Pedal. That's what it looks like (naked torso not included), above, and here's a description of what it does:

The Flaming Lips have worked with Death By Audio to design a truly unique effect capable of manipulating and transporting sound into exciting new dimensions. The circuit works by using a telephone decoding chip that is then squashed into a ring modulator comprised of specially matched diodes and custom wound transformers. This creates blooming, rich sounds ranging from warped tremolo staccatos to wild arpeggiator type sequences to alien fax machines hurled at the sun.

The Space Ring has knobs for Volume, Psychedelic Warp, and an XYZ switch that flips the carriers with the modulators to create more modulated insanity.
To hear what that actually sounds like, check out a video in this post. The Flaming Lips Space Ring Pedal is only available the month of September and comes with a poster designed by Wayne Coyne. The first 200 pedals are signed by the band -- order yours.

Previous DbA collaborations have included Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees' John Dwyer.

In other news, Lips side project Electric Wurmz released their album a couple weeks back, and Flaming Lips' song-by-song cover of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is due later this year.

The Flaming Lips Space Ring Pedal demo video below...

Continue reading "The Flaming Lips collaborated with Death by Audio on limited edition "Space Ring Pedal""

Run the Jewels at Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)
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Killer Mike and El-P's Run the Jewels project have shared more details about their forthcoming RTJ2 LP (due 10/28 via Mass Appeal), including the album artwork, tracklist, and more confirmed guest appearances. In addition to the previously announced appearances by Zack de la Rocha (Rage Against the Machine) and Travis Barker (blink-182), the LP will feature Boots (who produced a lot of Beyonce's last album) and Foxygen side project Diane Coffee. They also mentioned there will be an RTJ2 remix album in 2015 on Fool's Gold.

RTJ also announced a tour with Ratking (who play the NYU Mystery Concert this week) and Despot which includes a NYC show happening on November 29 at Stage 48. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/5) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/3) at noon.

All dates are listed, with the artwork, tracklist and a stream from the LP, below...

Continue reading "Run the Jewels reveal more 'RTJ2' details, announce tour with Ratking and Despot (dates)"

Jamie xx w/ The xx in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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The annual NYU Mystery Concert takes place this Wednesday (9/3) at the Skirball Center, and the lineup is secret no more. It includes Jamie xx, Ghostface Killah and Ratking. The show starts at 7 PM and tickets will be available for free day-of via NYU Ticket Central on a first come, first served basis. The show is only open to NYU students.

Ratking and Ghostface are locals, but for Jamie xx, the show is part of a few other remaining US dates he has leading up to Hopscotch this weekend. He also played the first day of Electric Zoo this past weekend before it was shut down. All dates are listed below. He'll be back with The xx to play the Guggenheim International Gala benefit in November.

Ratking were also just announced as a support act on Run the Jewels' upcoming tour.

Continue reading "Jamie xx on tour, playing NYU Mystery Concert w/ Ghostface Killah & Ratking this week (dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Dive Index

Will Thomas has been making music under the Dive Index moniker since the mid-'00s. His records are collaborative and he's worked with Mark Gardener (Ride), Ian Masters (Pale Saints), Roger Eno, Joseph Arthur and more. Dive Index's new album, Lost In The Pressure, will be out September 30 via Neutral Music. This one is a collaboration with Isaiah Gage (La Strada) and singer-songwriter Simone White (who has released albums on Damon Albarn's Honest Jon's label). Gage sings lead on new single, "A Person to Hide With," that recalls the low key grandeur of The Blue Nile. That song makes its premiere in this post.

Stream it, along with a couple other tracks from the new album, below...

Continue reading "Dive Index releasing new album featuring collaborations with La Strada's Isaiah Gage, and Simone White (streams)"

by Andrew Sacher

James and Mario in the studio (photo by Heather Harris)
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The Stooges guitarist James Williamson is releasing a solo album, Re-Licked, features "lesser-known Stooges tracks properly recorded and mixed for the first time" with an impressive list of guest lead singers, including Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees), Alison Mosshart (The Kills), Mario Cuomo (The Orwells), Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream), Ariel Pink and others. James is backed by live Stooges members Steve Mackay, Toby Dammit, and Mike Watt (also of The Minutemen, fIREHOSE, etc) and that dog.'s Petra Haden provides backup vocals. The album's due out on October 29 via Leopard Lady Records. Artwork and tracklist below.

"I'm Sick of You," which has The Orwells' Mario Cuomo on guest vocals, makes its premiere in this post. James says it "was one of the very earliest songs [he] wrote with Iggy back in around late 1970," and that they "played it live at the King's Cross Cinema Show while [they] were in London just before [they] recorded Raw Power." Mario's a good choice, considering Iggy seems like a big influence on him, and he gets his Danzig or his Jim Morrison on a bit for this one too. Check it out below.

The Orwells also have a previously discussed fall tour which hits NYC on October 15 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available.

Song stream, LP artwork, tracklist, and another pic from the recording session, below...

Continue reading "James Williamson releasing an LP of re-recorded Stooges rarities w/ guest singers (stream 1 w/ Mario from the Orwells)"