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November 23, 2015

photo: Phil w/ Down on the Motorhead Cruise in 2014 (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)

Phil Anselmo remains up to all kinds of stuff, and hot on the heels of touring with Danzig, covering Celtic Frost, and throwing Housecore Festival in San Antonio, he's announced a new death metal band that he mentioned while talking about his other new band Scour. Said death metal project is called Metatron Nganga and it also features Superjoint's Joey Gonzalez on drums, and apparently they have a bunch of stuff recorded. Hellbound's Jay Gorania says:

I'm not exactly sure what the hell that band name means, but I can assure you that the band is worth listening to if you enjoy dark, heavy music... The songs are mysterious, dark, and, from my vantage point, they are not far removed from the spirit of old Immolation and Incantation, or even Mexico's Shub Niggurath. Metraton Nganga sounds bleak and ominous, evoking the same feelings one might have while hallucinating and staring at some dark illustrations by the likes of Hieronymus Bosch or William Blake. It's thunderous, yet it has a distant, detached dream-like quality. It will be interesting to see how this band develops.
That's all we know for now, but stay tuned to find out more. Also, Phil is working on a new Phillip H. Anselmo and the Illegals album because of course he's not just focusing on one band.

In related news, videos recently surfaced of Superjoint's set at Housecore (via Blabbermouth). Check them out below...

Continue reading "Phil Anselmo starts death metal band, Metatron Nganga; Superjoint played Housecore Horror Fest (watch)"

h jon benjamin jazz daredevil

Comedian H. Jon Benjamin is releasing his first musical project, a jazz album called Well I Should Have...* (*Learned How to Play Piano), which comes out Friday (11/27) and is available right now digitally via Sub Pop. The LP has six songs, four of which are called "I Can't Play Piano." In a promotional video about the making of the album, Jon makes it clear that he really can't play piano, and saying "in hindsight, I don't think it was the best idea in the world." The video features actual jazz musician Odean Pope and you can watch it below.

The album, meanwhile, was mixed by Loren Bouchard (Bob's Burgers, Home Movies) and Jon is accompanied by Scott Kreitzer (saxophone), David Finck (bass), and Jonathan Peretz (drums). The album's opening skit, Deal with the Devil," features Aziz Ansari (Jon had a part in Master of None) and Bob's Burgers co-star Kristen Schaal. You can listen to that, and two of the "I Can't Play Piano" tracks, below.

Benjamin also recently reprised his role as a talking can of vegetables on Wet Hot American Summer and showed up at the Sub Pop CMJ showcase, so now his appearance there makes a lot more sense.

Continue reading "comedian H. Jon Benjamin is releasing a jazz LP on Sub Pop featuring Aziz Ansari and Kristen Schaal (video, streams)"

photos by Mathieu Bredeau

King Diamond
King Diamond

King Diamond and Exodus wrapped up their three-night run of NYC shows at Playstation Theater over the weekend. We already posted pictures of night 1, and now we've got a set of pictures of night 2 too (Friday, 11/20). The whole run had King Diamond opening with a set of songs from throughout his career (including some Mercyful Fate) and then playing 1987's Abigail in its entirety for the second half of his set.

Pictures continue below...

Continue reading "King Diamond wrapped up their 'Abigail' run with Exodus at Playstation Theater (night 2 pics)"

photos by Jimmy King
David Bowie

Last week, David Bowie released the really great title track off his upcoming album '★' (pronounced "Blackstar") and now a new feature on Rolling Stone reveals more details on the album. LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, who remixed a song off his last album, plays percussion on two tracks on this one. He was going to be one of the producers at first too, but it never came to be:

LCD Soundsystem founder James Murphy plays percussion on two tracks, though his role on the album was originally going to be much more significant. "At one point we were talking about three producers for the album: David, James and myself," says Visconti. "[Murphy] was there for a brief time, but he had his own projects to go off to." Adds Guiliana, "His role was never really defined. He brought in some synths and some percussion and had a ton of ideas."
Longtime Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti also reveals that Kendrick Lamar was an influence on the record. He said, "We were listening to a lot of Kendrick Lamar. We wound up with nothing like that, but we loved the fact Kendrick was so open-minded and he didn't do a straight-up hip-hop record. He threw everything on there, and that's exactly what we wanted to do. The goal, in many, many ways, was to avoid rock & roll."

The article also reveals that he recorded the album with saxophonist Donny McCaslin's jazz quartet (featuring bassist Tim Lefebvre, drummer Mark Guiliana, and keyboardist Jason Lindner). Bowie went to see play a club in the West Village in 2014, and later that year they played with him on his single "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)." Jazz guitarist Ben Monder plays on a song too (album closer "I Can't Give Everything Away").

This album is sounding pretty exciting. Read more here and check out the '★' video below...

Continue reading "David Bowie's '★' features James Murphy and a jazz quartet, was inspired by Kendrick Lamar's new album"

Dap Kings Holiday LP

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings just released It's a Holiday Soul Party, which features a mix of covers and originals, including their previously-released "Ain't No Chimneys in the Projects," and a song called "8 Days (Of Hannukkah)."  They've just shared a video for "White Christmas," which you can watch, along with a stream of the LP via Spotify, below.

In other news, documentary Miss Sharon Jones just had its U.S. premiere at DOC NYC Fest last week, and she and the Dap-Kings have some shows and appearances coming up, both holiday-related and not. They're playing that WFUV Holiday Show with Brandi Carlisle and Dawes at the Beacon Theatre on December 4 (tickets). They'll also be playing the Tibet House Benefit on February 22 at Carnegie Hall with Iggy Pop, Basia Bulat, FKA Twigs and others. And they will be opening for Hall & Oates at MSG on February 19. Tickets for that are still on sale.

All Sharon Jones tour dates are listed, along with the "White Christmas" video and holiday album stream, below.

Continue reading "Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings released new holiday LP, share "White Christmas" video ++ updated tour dates"

Wolfmother - Victorious

Throwback riff-rockers Wolfmother broke up and then reformed back in 2013 (with frontman Andrew Stockdale the lone original member). Now they're actually releasing a new album and heading out on tour in support of that. The album is called Victorious and it comes out 2/19 on Universal. The band has shared two new songs, the title track and "City Lights," and you can stream both below.

That tour will take the band through NYC for a show at Webster Hall on March 3. Tickets for that show go on sale November 30. No word yet on support.

Check out the two new songs and all tour dates for Wolfmother below.

Continue reading "Wolfmother releasing a new album & touring in 2016 (dates)"

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

photo: Dave Lombardo w/ Philm at Slaughter By the Water 2012 (more by Taylor Keahey)
Dave Lombardo

Dead Cross is a punk band, first and foremost; they haven't recorded anything yet (bearing in mind that they literally formed a week ago), but according to Lombardo, it's going to be fast, mean, and ugly. "It's just straightforward brutal punk-- metal-esque, but it's definitely not metal. I think it definitely leans more towards the punk style, because I feel that the way things are in the world, a punk attitude is definitely necessary to help you along with the shit that's going on. There's no time to sing "We Are the World," or all this bullshit, we're all pissed right now, and there's no better way to release anger than to be in a punk band and write punk music." [Noisey]
Legendary Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo's band Philm just broke up, and not one to rest on his laurels, it seems Dave has already found a new band. He's formed Dead Cross with The Locust's Justin Pearson, Justin's Retox bandmate Mike Crain and Locust/Head Wound City bandmate Gabe Serbian (who has also drummed for Le Butcherettes and Cattle Decapitation) taking over vocal duties. According to Lombardo, this will be fast, loud punk rock. They don't have any recordings yet, and their first shows will be a couple of LA-area dates in early January.

Pearson, in particular, has been biting off a ton of projects lately, and Dead Cross is sort of a union of several of his other bands with one of the most significant drummers in the history of heavy music, so that's pretty exciting. His weirdo electronic project Planet B just released a new 7", and presumably Dead Cross will soon work on recording some stuff. The man stays busy.

Check out those dates and a sweet Lombardo drum solo below...

Continue reading "ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo forms Dead Cross with members of The Locust & Retox"

John Waters Christmas 2015 Tour

John Waters may not have made a film since 2004's A Dirty Shame but he has not retired. He's got two books in the works: a collection of essays, titled Mr. Know it All, which includes "Why do gay people have to be nice now? Is it ever appropriate to take LSD when you are 70 years old? How does it feel to claw your way to the top of Hollywood and then slide right back down again?"; and his first novel, which is titled LIARMOUTH. While release dates on those are still TBA, you can check out his book Carsick which details his hitchhiking sojourn across America, and is fresh out on paperback.

Waters also has his annual "A John Waters Christmas" tour, this year dubbed "Holier & Dirtier," featuring his love of Christmas kitsch (and disdain for other parts of the holiday). That tour kicks off this weekend in San Francisco and has two shows in the NYC area: City Winery on December 6 (tickets) and Asbury Park's brand new House of Independents on December 7 (tickets). All tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "John Waters working on two new books, starts his annual Christmas show tour this weekend (dates)"

House of Independents

Asbury Park is getting a new venue this week called House of Independents, located at 572 Cookman Ave. Opening night is Tuesday (11/24) with a show from Fishbone and Murphy's Law (tickets). talked to Fishbone's Norwood Fisher about the show:

"There are two things in a club's life that have significance beyond a normal show, and that's the opening and the closing," Fisher said. "We've done a little bit of both and there's great honor in both."

..."The main thing is we want is to bring the most intense party we can muster up," Fisher said. "We want to make it an unbelievable impression so people will think about the moment the club opened and they'll say they couldn't have done it any better."

Another article on the same site mentions that in addition to music, the venue will host theater, dance, film, comedy, cabaret and more. It can be used as a standing-room only venue with a capacity of 500, or a venue with seating for 275. There's a downstairs lounge, a balcony bar, and a restaurant.

Other upcoming shows include A John Waters Christmas on 12/7 (tickets), The Lone Bellow on 12/10 (tickets), Henry Rollins spoken word on 12/11 & 12/12 (sold out), Puddles Pity Party on 1/9 (tickets), and more. Check out the full schedule at the venue's site.

For Fishbone, that show is part of a tour that includes another NYC-area date on Wednesday (11/25) at the Capitol Theater. It's the second annual Phunksgiving with Dumpastaphunk, special guest Cyril Neville, and The Dust Rays ft. Capt. Kirk Douglas & Mark Kelley (The Roots) + Ricc Sheridan (Earl Greyhound). Tickets are available for that too. All Fishbone dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Asbury Park venue House of Independents opening this week with Murphy's Law and Fishbone (who are on tour)"

ARC Holiday Sale 2015ARC Holiday Sale 2015

NYC's ARChive of Contemporary Music will hold its annual Holiday Record & CD Sale in the ARC offices in TriBeCa from December 5 - December 20 which happens daily from 11 AM - 6 PM. ARC says its their biggest holiday sale ever (and an extra week long because of it), with over 50,000 items for sale, including:

WINTER specials - The most mint and sealed LPs we've ever offered. Fab group of Punk singles.

PLUS - what? Classical 45s? Yes, and more. Incredible selection of jazz CDs • original vintage '60s psychedelic posters from the Grande Ballroom in Detroit • RARE Fillmore East programs • picture discs • turntables + audio equipment • vintage rock + music magazines • shelves of amazing jazz books • most classical LPs are 2 for $1 • DVDs + VHS (and maybe some LaserDiscs too)

20,000 CDs this year • MANY Out-of-Print! Hundreds @ 2 for $1.00
Mostly pop + rock recordings.

For those who aren't into buying records and CDs there will also be ARC's "Astroturf Yard Say" featuring vintage kitchen wares and clothing. As always, your first shot at the loot will be the Cocktail Party on December 3 featuring complimentary Two Boots Pizza and beverages from City Winery. You need to be an ARC Member to attend which you can do for as little as $50. It's tax deductible... as is donating records and CDs to ARC. They'll even come to you and pick them up.