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August 22, 2014

Scott Weiland

The above screenshot comes from Scott Weiland's Facebook page where he posted a video saying he is not in jail for meth, but actually in an LA studio recording with his bandmates. This was in reaction to TMZ who still insists that Scott is in fact in jail. TMZ says:

Weiland just posted a video to Facebook saying he's NOT in jail. He appears to be in an L.A. recording studio. But there's a bit of a twist ...

We just spoke to a rep for the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. who tells us, "He is definitely in custody. We did a physical check on that inmate and he is currently in custody."

And ... the Beverly Hills Police Dept. gave us a written statement titled, "Celebrity Arrest," and in the statement it says, "The suspect, former Stone Temple Pilots band member Scott Weiland (46 years of age), was taken into custody for burglary and possession of a controlled substance."

Stay tuned ...

TMZ's initial claim is that Scott has been in jail for four weeks for stealing razors and meth possession... The PiLOT thickens.

UPDATE: TMZ admits their mistake with this update:

L.A. County Sheriffs are now confirming the famous Scott Weiland is NOT in custody ... and have launched an investigation to find out who exactly they have locked up.

This story is unbelievable -- Sheriffs tell us they believe a Scott Weiland impersonator is currently behind bars ... and claim he looks identical to the singer ... including his trademark red hair.

We're told once TMZ called cops after the real Scott posted online video calling BS on his arrest -- they went and confronted the unknown man and established he was a knockoff.

The sheriffs -- who are in charge of the jail -- claim the Beverly Hills PD made the arrest and ID'd the guy as the former Stone Temple Pilot Scott Weiland. Pseudo Scott was processed and has been in jail since July 26th.

The guy in jail allegedly stole the razors and had meth ... but he ain't famous.

Now he is?

August 21, 2014

by Robb Sperry-Fromm

Cold Specks at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Cold Specks

Canadian goth-inflected soul songwriter Cold Specks, who is playing AfroPunk this weekend in Brooklyn, will release Neuroplasticity on August 25, including two songs that feature Swans Michael Gira. One, already shared awhile ago, is called "Exit Plan." The newer one is called "A Season of Doubt." Both make excellent use of Gira in his sinister whisper/growl mode. Cold Specks also recently appeared on Swans' To Be Kind, so things would seem to be coming full circle. You can stream album-closer "A Season of Doubt" and the other 90% of Neuroplasticity, below.

Cold Specks has also announced a worldwide tour in support of Neuroplasticity. The tour will bring her back to NYC to play Rough Trade on November 7. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/22) at noon. All dates are listed, along with the album stream, below.

Continue reading "Cold Specks releasing new LP featuring Michael Gira, playing Afropunk Fest this weekend, touring this fall (dates, LP stream)"

Rentals

Matt Sharp's post-Weezer band The Rentals are releasing their first new album in 15 years next week (8/26) via Polyvinyl, and are now streaming it in full on Pitchfork. They also recently announced a short tour, for which openers have since been revealed. The East Coast run will get their Polyvinyl labelmates Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin on all three dates, with Polyvinyl alumni Mates of State joining in NYC and Philly, and Hooray For Earth in Asbury Park. Tickets for NYC, NJ and Philly are on sale now. The West Coast gets We Are Scientists (whose Keith Murray will be in The Rentals for this tour) and The Rentals' old pals/tourmates/collaborators Ozma (who put out a new LP this year which is streaming below). All dates are listed below.

Hooray For Earth have other shows much sooner than that, including a NYC show this Saturday (8/23) at Bowery Ballroom with Porches and Grooms. Tickets for that show are available and we're also giving away a pair, along with a copy of their new LP, Racy. Details below. Also below is their new video for "Say Enough" from Racy and a stream of an experimental guitar track they recorded with Grooms.

SSLYBY also recently mentioned that they're working on a new album at Seattle studio Hall of Justice, where Nirvana recorded Bleach and which former Death Cab guitarist Chris Walla now owns. Beau Sorenson, who co-produced 2010's Let It Sway with Walla, is producing.

And last but not least, you can catch Mates of State in NYC much sooner at their previously discussed free show this Friday (8/22) at Pine Box Rock Shop.

Lists of Rentals and Hooray For Earth dates, plus streams, below...

Continue reading "The Rentals streaming new LP, reveal tour openers; Hooray For Earth playing w/ Grooms & Porches (win tix & an LP!)"

by Andrew Sacher

ONWE

ONWE, the "Bushwick cyberpunx" project led by David Welles, recently released a single, "jk bb" / "Unpaid Internship," via Capitalist Records. The label's logo looks a lot like Capitol Records' logo, and ONWE's single artwork (above) looks a lot like Sacred Bones artwork. Both tracks can be streamed for free or downloaded for $1,000 or more on bandcamp and they've got videos for both songs too, which you can watch below. Both videos begin with the Capitalist Records logo, and their love of irony doesn't stop there. The "Unpaid Internship" video appears to be mocking the same things the Brooklyn Girls video (which came out a month and a half later) is celebrating, and the "jk bb" video looks like it's mocking the Tumblr aesthetic, while also using the Tumblr aesthetic, of course.

ONWE have a few shows coming up, including two in their hometown. The first is Friday (8/22) at Bowery Electric with Beiju, Madam West, The Yin Yangs and their Capitalist Recs labelmate Bodega Bay. Then, the following Friday (8/27), they play a Showpaper benefit at Trans Pecos with Bluffing, Matt Holden and Fern Mayo.

All dates are listed, with the videos, below...

Continue reading "ONWE released 'jk bb,' made videos, playing shows"

by Wyatt Marshall

Tombs at Saint Vitus in July (more by Greg Cristman)

Maryland Deathfest is getting a little more New Yawk with the late addition of NY old-school death metal band Suffocation and Skinless and Brooklyn's own post-metal greats Tombs. Suffocation and Tombs will be playing will be playing the Edison Lot, and Skinless will be playing the 5/21 Ottobar show. MDF announced their third and supposedly final round of bands for the 2015 installation earlier in the week, a bunch that included Yob, Amorphis, Agoraphobic Nosebleed and more.

Tombs and Suffocation will be touring this coming Fall, Tombs with Pallbearer and Vattnet Viskar (who are also playing MDF). That tour hits Saint Vitus on 10/27 and 10/28. The show on the 27th is sold out, but tickets are still available for the show on the 28th. Suffocation, meanwhile, will be headlining the "Carnival of Death" tour with Kataklysm, Jungle Rot, Pyrexia, and Internal Bleeding. That tour starts off at the Gramercy Theatre on October 3. Tickets are on sale.

All dates and updated MDF lineup below...

Continue reading "Maryland Deathfest adds a few more bands"

by Ian Chainey

Earth at Inferno Festival, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
earth

The David Lynch Foundation has two fundraising shows on the horizon, both happening at NYC's Saint Vitus. The first takes place on September 25 and features Earth, Cult of Youth, and Dream Police (the project of Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi of The Men). Tickets are available now. The second show occurs on October 4 and brings together JG Thirlwell & Sarah Lipstate, the Soft Pink Truth, and Dominique Leone. Tickets for that show are also available now.

The David Lynch Foundation's aim, per its header, is "Healing Traumatic Stress and Raising Performance in At-risk Populations." According to Lynch's message on the foundation's website:

In 2005, we started the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace to ensure that every child anywhere in the world who wanted to learn to meditate could do so. Now, the Foundation is actively teaching [Transcendental Meditation] to adults and children in countries everywhere.

How are we able to do it? Because of the generosity of foundations and philanthropists and everyday people who want to ease the suffering of others--and who want to help create a better world.

Here are your helpers: The first date fits into Earth's tour with King Dude. Those two hit Saint Vitus the day before, September 24; a show that has subsequently sold out. Primitive And Deadly, the band's new album, will be available on September 2. You can watch a trailer for the new album and see their updated tour schedule below. Cult of Youth, too, have a new album in the works according to posting on their Facebook page: "100% done with every aspect of the new album as of a few minutes ago. I have never been more proud of a creative work in my life."

The other bill should be a noisy and synth-y affair with JG Thirlwell of Foetus and Sarah Lipstate of Noveller joining forces again after a successful run earlier in the year. Show-mate the Soft Pink Truth -- the genre-tweaking sideproject of Matmos' Drew Daniel -- recently released his giddy deconstructionist take on black metal, Why Do the Heathens Rage?, which he broke down with Invisible Oranges' Dan Lawrence. Finally, Dominique Leone offered up the footwork-inflected "running journal" 2014 on Bandcamp, adding new material back in July.

Updated Earth dates are listed, with streams from the artists, below...

Continue reading "Earth, Cult of Youth, JG Thirwell & Noveller, Soft Pink Truth, Dream Police, others playing David Lynch Foundation benefits"

by Ian Chainey

Torche at IO Northside showcase in 2013 (more by Harriet Roberts)
torche

Masters of hooky heft Torche are hitting the road in September for a North American tour before heading out to Australia in October. The trek will roll through cities such as Chicago, Pittsburgh, and, Atlanta. On September 27, the band will drop into NYC's Saint Vitus. Tickets and supporting slots will be announced soon. The full list of dates appears below.

Torche will have a new album on the way in 2015 via Relapse Records. Their relations have also been busy. Tilts are following up their June-released Cuatro Hombres with a demo collection that will be available in September and can be streamed in full below. And Floor still have copies of the fancy single Homegoings and Transitions, a song pulled from comeback effort Oblation that was released in April.

All of the dates along with streams from Torche, Tilts, and Floor appear below.

Continue reading "Torche planning new LP, announce tour (dates)"

by Jonathan Dick

Interpol, NYC, June 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Interpol

Next month will see the release of El Pintor, the fifth full-length from Interpol. Since their debut with 2002's acclaimed Turn on the Bright Lights, Interpol have continued to explore the depth of their music - a veritable force of sound that varies between the detached misanthropy of bands like Joy Division and those punk compositional textures of bands like Fugazi. While maturation can be a difficult thing to come by in the realm of initial popularity, Interpol have not let the success of their debut be a place of creative satisfaction. Even twelve years after their breakout, Interpol sound as ambitious as ever. BrooklynVegan spoke to Daniel Kessler (guitars/vocals) about the band's upcoming release and what their story has entailed so far.

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It's been four years since the self-titled. Was there a different mindset for you guys coming into El Pintor just given that gap in time?

Daniel: We hadn't really discussed, in all honesty, "What are we gonna do" or "How are we gonna do this?" or "What's it gonna be like?" We really didn't. We just kinda got together in August 2012 and borrowed my friends in Battles' space for a few days and basically by day two Paul [Banks] was like "Maybe I should jump on the bass because I tend to sing the bass melodies pretty frequently, and it might help anchor the positions of the songs," and I was like "Cool." It was actually the first time we'd had any discussion about what we were gonna do bass wise for that record, and I had no idea what sort of bass player he really was. I knew he played bass on his record, but right away it was pretty clear. I was more enthused than anything. I'd say by day two or day three we had the formation of what are now a couple of songs on the record. Obviously it's not the songs on the record as far as arrangements, but we had a guitar and bass line and vocals, which we'd never really done that soon off the bat. Sam [Fogarino] flew down from Athens, and by the end of eight days we probably had three songs that were in pretty good shape, and we recorded it, and we really liked the construction, we liked what was happening energy-wise. We didn't really get together again after the last album until 2013 as far as writing goes, so we really wrote the whole record in 2013. It wasn't really, for me, until the very end that I started having a look at what kind of record we had made. During the writing process I knew that the songs had maybe an urgency to them, but I wasn't sort of analyzing anything while we were still in the game. It's like you're looking in from a step back. While we're in the middle of writing and all that, I'm just kind of more focused on what we're doing and logistics and when we're gonna get together again and stuff like that.

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Continue reading "an interview w/ Interpol's Daniel Kessler (on the new LP, Arctic Monkeys, songwriting, social media, The Jam, more)"

Yeezus

What's those sneakers, Margiela? Yes they are, and they're also pony hair. Maison Martin Margiela, the designer Kanye West loves to namedrop, designed him a sneaker for his Yeezus tour and now you can own a pair too. If you're into like, wearing things made of pony hair, that is. It's available at Tres Bien and it's only $975 which is a steal especially when you consider the dust bag is included.

Maybe don't let Kanye near that pony North West asked for for Christmas this year. Oh, and no word on whether Kanye's puppy skin gloves will get a public release too.

Kanye made two of the top 10 albums of the decade so far, says Pitchfork.

Continue reading "You can finally have your pony... hair sneakers that Kanye West wears"

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Ally Newbold
Free Throw

Nashville's Free Throw are releasing a new album, Those Days Are Gone, on September 16 via Count Your Lucky Stars (pre-order), and the LP's newest single, "Tongue Tied," is premiering in this post. Yes, Free Throw are "emo revival," and yes there's been a lot of this stuff lately, but if you miss the 1996-2002 period of the genre, few new songs are gonna hit the spot like this one. It successfully brings together Tell All Your Friends dual vocals with American Football's shimmering guitars, and the #feels are all over this song. Check it out below.

Free Throw are also heading out on a tour with CYLS founders Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), whose new LP came out this week and is streaming below. The tour doesn't hit NYC, but it will be nearby for a Long Island show on October 23 at The Wood Shop in Copaigue and an Asbury Park show on October 28 at Asbury Lanes. Tickets for the LI show and the NJ show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the streams, below...

Continue reading "Free Throw releasing an LP, touring w/ Empire! Empire! (dates and new song stream)"