Supergroup day continues: Zeppelin/Grohl/QOTSA, Almighty Defenders (Black Lips+King Khan), Dead Man’s Bones, more
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: The Almighty Defenders – Bow Down and Die (MP3)
It’s supergroup day on BrooklynVegan. Some of it is catch up news. We have a new MP3 and tour dates from the new Black Keys-related Drummer band, and then there’s the signing of Dum Dum Girls whose first live show over the weekend brought together member of four other bands. Jack White’s new supergroup The Dead Weather is streaming their new album today, and we finally did a post on the Monsters of Folk album (Bright Eyes+My Morning Jacket+M Ward). Supergroups are not to be confused with side projects which were sort of a theme today too – first with Wolf Parade-related Handsome Furs, and then the Mazzy Star/My Bloody Valentine-related Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions (which I guess could be considered a supergroup too). Next up….
The Almighty Defenders (Black Lips + King Khan + BBQ)
The Almighty Defenders, a meeting of might between Atlanta garage goblins The Black Lips, Berlin-based soul punker King Khan, and Mr. BBQ himself, Mark Sultan. Conceived during the Lips’ Berlin exile (after their VBS-documented ejection from India), the band’s self-titled debut is a madcap, liquor-drenched revival, a blissfully fucked up realization of one of garage rock’s most fitting collaborations. “Bow Down And Die,” the “booming, chivalrous third song,” is an off kilter, beer-swilling chant-along that borrows just as much from choral church music as it does from skuzzball rock n roll.
You can check out that song above. The band’s self-titled debut is set to come out September 22nd on Vice. Clips of the group live are below.
No tour dates for the Almighty Defenders yet, but The Black Lips will be at the July 26th Williamsburg Waterfront Pool Party, playing with Health, Grupo Fantasma and Trail of Dead. The Black Lips are actually one of the only artists to play a ‘Pool Party’ two years in a row. Ironically(?), when they played last year, it was on the same bill as King Khan. Maybe they’ll bring him along again, or maybe they should just make an Almighty Defenders show which would be cool.
The Black Lips are also playing a few other festivals this summer, including Pitchfork Fest and Seattle’s Capitol Hill Block Party. The band was recently featured on the soundtrack of the Gael Garcia Bernal & Diego Luna film Rudo Y Cursi, which came out in May. That disc includes contributions by Devendra Banhart, Juana Molina (who’s playing tonight, July 8th, in Central Park) and even Bernal himself. Album art and tracklist for that below.
Bernal is hardly the only actor getting into music these days. Dead Man’s Bones, the combo of actors Zach Shields and Ryan Gosling, is set to release a self-titled album, produced by Tim Anderson of I’m A Robot, October 6th on Anti-. Silverlake Conservatory Children’s Choir, who you can see below, also pitched in vocals. Two videos of the band are below.
You can catch a different kind of supergroup in NYC at the Bowery Ballroom on August 1st. Dangerous, an “All Metal Tribute To Michael Jackson,” features members of Tragedy (the “Heavy Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees” who are playing the Beach at Governors Island this summer) and the 2 Skinnee Js. Tickets to that are on sale now.
And if that’s not enough…
Members of Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age are working together on a new project…The as-yet-unnamed supergroup unites Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, and lead Foo Fighter (né Nirvana drummer) Dave Grohl. The trio are presently in Los Angeles, recording their debut album.[Guardian UK]
John Paul Jones also recently worked with Sonic Youth.
Check out Almighty Defenders videos, album art and tracklist, with Rudo Y Cursi album info and Dead Man’s Bones videos, below…
The Almighty Defenders – She Came Before Me – Live in Toronto
The Almighty Defenders tracklist:
01 All My Loving
02 The Ghost With the Most
03 Bow Down and Die
04 Cone of Light
05 Jihad Blues
06 30 Second Air Blast
07 Death Cult Soup n’ Salad
08 I’m Coming Home
09 Over the Horizon
10 She Came Before Me
11 The Great Defender
Rudo Y Cursi track list
1. Tato “El Cursi” Verduzco (Gael Garcia Bernal) – Quiero Que Me Quieras
2. Los Odio feat. Juan Son – I Want You To Want Me
3. Juana Molina – Rudo Y Cursi
4. Devendra Banhart – Lindo Cihuatlán
5. Mexican Institute of Sound feat. Saúl Hernández – Árboles De La Barranca
6. Niña Dioz – Prefiero El Asfalto (Por Puro Gusto)
7. Jóvenes y Sexys – Amor Platónico
8. Los Látigos – Besos Y Caricias
9. Adanowsky – Historia Sin Fin
10. Dios Malos – Sueño De Amor
11. Quiero Club – Quiero Que Me Quieras
12. Kumbia Queers – El Dolor De Micaela
13. No Somos Machos Pero Somos Muchos – Amor del Cielo
14. Black Lips – Árboles De La Barranca
15. Quiero Club feat. HC – Pegadito
16. Disco Ruido! – Mi Amor Contiki (Guaca Tiki Mix)
17. Nortec Collective Presents Bostich + Fussible – Árboles De La Barranc
DEAD MAN’S BONES – “NAME IN STONE”
Dead Man’s Bones – In The Room Where You Sleep