Entries tagged with: Dillinger Escape Plan
photos by Rachel Carr, words by Daiana Feuer
Jay-Z, Beyonce & Johnny Rotten
This year, the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival reveals that tattoos are more ubiquitous among social scenes than ever before. A walking museum of quotes and legendary faces from Jesus to Michael Jackson decorates the backs, shoulders, calves and fingers of people fashionably reliving their favorite historical decades at this heat-stroke inducing music marathon.
I thought Wale didn't show up, but later found out that he showed up late. Baroness demonstrated the art of rocking out at least three to five times before each song reached a satisfied climax. Metal can be a real turn on, especially surrounded by sweaty good-looking people. Deer Tick performed an R+B version of "Ashamed" followed by John McCauley caressing his nipples. LA band Iglu and Hartly had enthusiasm, but is this Mickey Avalon without the drugs and prostitutes? Which leaves what? Sleigh Bells began with a booty melting bass line palpable from the VIP section across the field, soon overtaken by hipster hop metal pop for people that like beaches and children. The Avett Brothers made an exciting second Coachella appearance on the Outdoor Stage. Two years ago, the band played Sunday gospel time, all manners and simplicity, but the Bros returned with a full band, and a few thousand people singing every word, stomping to the banjo, and hugging during the sweet parts. The banjo will take over America. Just wait. Country music is infiltrating avant-garde and above ground indie worlds alike.
Standing midway between the big stages, just a few feet from yet another girl with the words "Have u seen my friend Molly?" scrawled on her back, the Avett Brothers' heart-wrenching "January Wedding" got a reggaeton remix from Calle 13 booming on the Main Stage. This Puerto Rican dancefloor marvel used a tea kettle for a mic effect, and taught the audience to say "No me jodas las pelotas" against negativity ("Don't fuck my balls"). Speaking of balls, Yeasayer's crowd went absolutely nuts screaming, but the guys barely seemed aware, transported as they were to some space station cloud. The harmonies rocked like angelic aliens-but, smile, guys. Hockey demonstrated a genuine interest in moving indie rock standards forward, especially attracting the PG-13 festival contingency. M. ward raspy singing "Roll Over Beethoven" during She & Him's set delivered tingly shivers, but Zooey Deschanel's approach to "I Put A Spell On You" did not crumble souls. Her jazzy voice and bouncy energy otherwise made for a good time that elicited repetitive shouts of "I Love You!" from the first row.
Music should be at least marginally weird or infinitely classic, but Tom Morello's band, Street Sweeper Social Club, brings nothing new to either category and so seems a waste of great musicians. Get weird or the future will never arrive. That being said, the musicians Coachella digs up from history often present the most exciting moments. Rock steady ska pioneers The Specials sent a crispy, warm message to Rudy that every witness appreciated immensely, but it was outrageous that barely any photographers showed up for Gil Scott-Heron's smooth, soulful set [editor's note: ours did!]. The man is partly responsible for getting Martin Luther King, Jr. a holiday, godfathered hip hop, and that doesn't merit attention? A large crowd attended his every word, but the photos won't show it. Later on, James Murphy screamed Gil Scott-Heron's name during "Losing My Edge" as if it were the name of God. Glad he gets it. LCD Soundsystem's first single in 2002, "Losing My Edge" is a historical document worth preserving for the ages, an essence that speaks to what Coachella seems bent on capturing and rewriting every year. Echo & The Bunnymen rode the high-hat zealously-as many have copied since-giving chapped lips sugar kisses. Public Image, Ltd., could not take Jay-Z's audience away from him nor unglue Fever Ray fans from Karin Dreijer Andersson's encompassing fog spell, but I'll be damned if PiL wasn't the best show all day. John Lydon's hair stood on edge and he rolled his rrrr's heroically. His gang of old men put the good junk in post-punk.
As this first 12 hour music summary comes to a close, a few acts remain worth giving a hoot about. Grizzly Bear's hypnotic power hardly needs mentioning and Vampire Weekend knows you love "Horchata." New cool La Roux magnetizes with a disco flavor that Anita Ward might approve. As hoped, Little Dragon's gentle fire breathing soul pop fronted by Yukimi's sexy voice and adorable stage presence comes in as Friday's second favorite. The music's weird enough, bent on discovering surprises. One-woman band Imogen Heap, as well, is the queen of surprises. She moves around her instruments, looping this and dubbing that as if casually mixing a magic potion or prepping a sandwich. Jay-Z's "On To The Next One" is an appropriate theme song for the attention span needed to get your money's worth at Coachella. And then Beyonce came out. We all bowed down before her short shorts.
Them Crooked Vultures, Passion Pit, Dillinger Escape Plan, Yo Gabba Gabba, and The Whitest Boy Alive also played sets on Friday. The Cribs were among those who could not. Coachella continues for a second day today/Saturday (Record Store Day). More pictures and videos and stuff from the first day, below...
words by BBG, photos by Samantha Marble
Dillinger, moving in speeds unfathomable by the naked eye
The Dillinger Escape Plan played Irving Plaza as part of an ongoing tour to promote Option: Paralysis, their new LP due out this week on Season of Mist. Joined by DC's Darkest Hour, the tech-y Animals as Leaders, and the atrocious iwrestledabearonce, the band played a set that varied across their entire career to the backdrop of flashing coordinated LEDs. Both awesome and an eyesore, it went along with the band's blitzkreig set and malfunctioning computer aesthetic (maybe they got some tips from their friend Trent Reznor)... Incredible set from these greats.
Check out the video for DEP's "Farewell Mona Lisa", as well as some pics of DEP and Darkest Hour (Samantha missed the others) below...
The Cassettes- a four-piece self-proclaimed "steampunk" stompy rootsy rock n' roll band from Washington, D.C. [was] started by Frodus frontman Shelby Cinca as a solace from his post-punk screaming endeavors. They released a previous album called 'Neath The Pale Moon on Buddyhead Records (California) and Rogue Records (Australia), and have shared the stage with the likes of Brendan Benson, Bishop Allen, Rilo Kiley, Shout Out Louds, These United States, Dead Meadow and Benjy Feree, just to name a few.... The band finished up their follow-up to 'Neath The Pale Moon: a scorching steam-rock n' roll-punk album entitled Countach, [which] quickly sold out... and made some local waves in the Washington, DC area with the release. ...By 2009, ...the group was left in limbo as the members went on to focus on other projects (like a reformed Frodus)The Cassettes have a new album of sorts, Writing Analog Letters, streaming now with a pair of tracks available for download above. This collection of previously unreleased material, which features a cover of the Dillinger Escape Plan classic "43% Burnt" with Mike Schliebaum of Darkest Hour, was originally planned for a double LP version of 'Neath The Pale Moon but later aborted in favor of a slimmed down version. Pick up a copy of the LP (and all of their others) through the band directly.
Speaking of Dillinger Escape Plan, the band will kick off a tour at Irving Plaza in NYC TONIGHT (3/11) with Darkest Hour. The tour is in celebration of Option: Paralysis (due later this month) and it includes shows during SxSW. Tickets for Irving are still available.
Current Dillinger Escape Plan dates, as well as a youtube clip of The Cassettes "43% Burnt" below.
Weinman fall down go boom (more by Justina Villanueva)
Never been one to go half ass, The Dillinger Escape Plan have announced TWO separate legs of a US tour in support of Option Paralysis. The first leg kicks off a month after the band returns from their current European tour, with a March 11th date at Irving Plaza in NYC with Darkest Hour, Animals As Leaders and iwrestledabearonce. Tickets. are on sale That first leg concludes with a date at Coachella.
Following those headlining dates, the NJ band will hit the road with the Warped Tour including July 17th at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY and July 18th at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, New Jersey. The Warped Tour lineup in full is still on the way, but until then check out the current list of bands on board which include Agent Orange, Angry Samoans, Bouncing Souls, The Casualties, Andrew WK, and many more.
Option Paralysis is the new album by Dillinger Escape Plan due out on their new imprint, Party Smasher Inc. The band is currently streaming the song "Farewell Mona Lisa" at their MySpace.
Some vids, including DEP doing new songs "Farewell Mona Lisa" and "Good Neighbor", and all tour dates are below...
Wow...Public Image Ltd, The Specials, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Echo and the Bunnymen, Grace Jones, Fever Ray, Devo, Hot Chip, Phoenix, Orbital, Spoon, Sly and the Family Stone, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sunny Day Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, Mew, Camera Obscura, Gil Scott-Heron, The xx, John Waters, Dillinger Escape Plan, Deer Tick, Gary Numan... Full Coachella 2010 lineup below....
photos by Chris La Putt
Chris's camera broke in the middle of shooting Dillinger Escape Plan at Webster Hall last night (12/29). That means no pictures of Gogol Bordello though we did manage to get them from the previous two shows (night 1 & night 2).
Gogol's pre-New Years Eve NYC run is now complete, but you can still catch Dillinger Escape Plan one more time in the NYC-area before the new year. They play with United Nations, Thursday, and Glassjaw at Starland Ballroom tonight (12/30). Gogol Bordello spend New Years Eve in Charlotesville before moving on to DC for two early January shows.
You can also catch Dillinger in 2010 if you happen to be going to a stop on the Warped Tour (where Andrew WK will also be performing). All dates and more pictures from Tuesday night's show at Webster Hall, below...
Liam Wilson playing w/ Frodus @ DBA (more by Ryan Muir)
we asked lots of people to make lists. this is what Liam sent in...
Liam Wilson's Favorite Things About Philly
1. All things Macabre at the Mutter Museum
2. The Mint and Cucumber soup at Horizons
3. Weekend Brunch at Mi Lah
4. Fairmount Park
5. The Smoked Coconut at Memphis Tap Room
6. Yoga at the Bikram College Of India
7. Jazz at Ortleibs
8. Iced Coffee from Ray's in China Town
9. Hot Pretzels from the Pretzel Factory at Midnight
10. The Wannamaker Organ at Macy's Department Store
They debuted a new song on Sirius-XM on Christmas Eve. Listen below...
Patti Smith @ Carnegie Hall in February (more by Tim Griffin)
tonight in NYC
* Sure Juror @ Pianos
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Extra Life @ The Stone
* Steel Train @ Maxwell's
* David Johansen @ City Winery
* The Bad Plus @ Village Vanguard
* Daedelus, Two Fresh @ Highline Ballroom
* Disco Biscuits, Daedelus @ Nokia Theatre
* Patti Smith & Her Band @ Bowery Ballroom
* Dr. John and the Lower 911 @ Highline Ballroom
* Gogol Bordello, The Dillinger Escape Plan @ Webster Hall
* Lady Starlight, Emily Warren & The Betters, The Indecent @ Cake Shop
* Endless Boogie, Apollo Heights, Wolff, Degreaser @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Cro-Mags, Razorblade, Death Threat, Last Call Brawl, H8 Inc. @ Santos Party House
"Throughout 2007, Lady Gaga collaborated with performance artist Lady Starlight, who helped her create her onstage fashions. The pair began playing gigs at downtown club venues like the Mercury Lounge, The Bitter End, and the Rockwood Music Hall, with their live performance art piece known as "Lady Gaga and the Starlight Revue". Billed as "The Ultimate Pop Burlesque Rockshow", their act was a low-fi tribute to 1970s variety acts. In August 2007, Gaga and Starlight were invited to play at the American music festival Lollapalooza. The show was critically acclaimed, and their performance received highly positive reviews. Having initially focused on avant-garde, and electronic dance music, Gaga found her musical niche when she began to incorporate pop melodies and the vintage glam rock of David Bowie and Queen into the mix." [Wikipedia]
Lady Starlight is at Cake Shop tonight.
Gogol Bordello finish their three night run at Webster Hall tonight. Pictures and review from Day One, HERE.
Patti Smith kicks off her three night run at Bowery Ballroom.
Dillinger Escape Plan open for Gogol tonight, and then play with Glassjaw & Thursday at Starland Ballroom on Wednesday.
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Dark Castle @ Union Pool (more by Sam Marble)
In recent months, the upswing in metal coverage on BV has rendered the moniker "Week In Metal" unnecessary. Small blurbs in "WIM" (as we call it around here) about Dark Castle have given way to photosets from their shows and posting of tour dates as they happen. Chalk it up to progress.
Starting this week, we will introduce a bit of a new direction for the old Week In Metal column, but without straying too far from the previous. The new column, entitled Short Wave Warfare, will scale back a bit, focusing on news that falls below the radar as well as shining a spotlight on new bands and upcoming shows in the NYC area. It won't be weekly. I hope you enjoy it.
Stay tuned for more upcoming shows in addition to Coalesce at Europa, Magrudergrind at Cake Shop, and The Hope Conspiracy at Union Pool, as well as a year-end best of 2009 post from myself and some of my favorite artists.
Thanks for reading. News on Portal, Oxbow, Master's Hammer, a collaboration between sunn O))) and Ulver, a new Haiyaino Daisuki & Gridlink, Amenra, Earthride, Kreator, Mammoth Grinder and so much more as (the new) Short Wave Warfare continues below....
NJ's Starland Ballroom is running a sale of 50% off all December shows (password = TTS09). That includes the December 5th Sharon Jones show, the December 26th Danzig show, the December 30th Dilinger Escape Plan/Thursday show, and the Clutch show happening on New Years Eve.
Life of Agony play Starland Ballroom on Saturday night.
The Hope Conspiracy (photo by Meghan McInnis)
We are proud to present, in conjunction with 1000 Knives and Chronic Youth, The Hope Conspiracy, Blacklisted, United Nations, and Mother of Mercy at Cake Shop on Jan 15th! The date is one of a select few for HopeCon, and the only east coast date scheduled so far. No advanced tickets. Stay tuned for giveaways to what may be the first must-see hardcore show of the new year.
The Hope Conspiracy released the True Nihilist 7" earlier this year on Deathwish. Their last LP was 2006's Death Knows Your Name.
Blacklisted played Santos Party House on 10/24 along with Bane, Maximum Penalty, Cold World, and a host of others as part of the Deathwish - Chronic Youth Day Party at Santos Party House. Blacklisted shares members with the incredible Mother of Mercy who recently played Cake Shop with Iron Age. We profiled Mother of Mercy here.
United Nations is a supergroup of sorts, featuring Thursday's Geoff Rickly playing what is described as "emo powerviolence". The Hopecon show isn't the only one that United Nations has lined up, as the band is also scheduled to play Starland Ballroom with Glassjaw, Dillinger Escape Plan, and Rickly's main squeeze, Thursday. Tickets go on sale at noon on 10/30. The show is part of a larger tour. All dates below
They never really seemed to miss a beat, save the quick breaks in among songs, and I think that could probably be attributed to the fact that a lot of these songs have been set staples for years, anyway. They were just stringing them all together here (Rickly's wide-radius mic swinging for the "rain rain down" part in "Paris in Flames" came right on time).Thursday and Far's set lists from Bowery Ballroom below.
Despite no barrier, Bowery was awesomely lax about crossing the stage threshold; some crowd-surfed, others stage-dove. In the pit, you could witness everything from goofy push-mosh and hardcore two-stepping to that silly watered-down version thereof I remember being amused by at "post-hardcore" shows like these around 2001-2003. Both cases made for a pretty good indicator of the crowd's diverse makeup.
But all loved it, and when the band came back out on stage for a bonus six-song encore it was even better. The audience was notably less responsive for the trio of tracks off Common Existence songs, but the band probably expected this; almost a dozen gigantic black balloon-type spheres were launched onto the crowd as Thursday kicked into the mournful, new wave-y, morose textures of "Circuits of Fever." But when it ended, everyone ceased slapping the buoyant balls into the air and bugged out when the band kicked into their best complex anthem in "Jet Black New Year." And speaking of anthems, "War All the Time" could not have demonstrated that stripped-down quality of Thursday's songwriting better as a closer. [Punk News]
The Cake Shop flyer, a few Hope Con videos, a recent Dillinger Escape Plan Studio vlog chronicling the making of their new LP Option Paralysis, and tour dates are also below.
HEALTH NIN Gary Numan jam insanity @ Henry Fonda (by reneebarton)
** The Wiltern show scheduled for Saturday Sept 5th is now happening on Thursday Sept 10th - this is now the final show **The first of four 'Wave Goodbye' NIN shows in LA was at the Palladium on September 2nd. Gary Numan joined the band as a special guest at that show, and at the Echoplex show on 9/6, and again last night (9/8) at the Music Box @ Fonda.
Sorry about the hassles with the show not happening last night and tomorrow's rescheduling. If it would have been possible to pull these off, I would have. Anyway, here's the new plan. I appreciate your patience and understanding - we're attempting to make sure that everyone has the best experience possible and we're at full power.
NEW FAREWELL SCHEDULE FOR LOS ANGELES:
9/6 Echoplex (unchanged)
9/8 Henry Fonda (rescheduled date)
9/10 The Wiltern (rescheduled date)
Unlike the first two shows though, Gary was not alone at the third. The Henry Fonda audience didn't get Peter Murphy, but they did get Mike Garson (David Bowie, etc), Eric Avery (Jane's Addiction), Danny Lohner (NIN & lots of stuff), AND Greg Puciato (Dillinger Escape Plan). All five of them came out to play songs with Trent Reznor and band.
Gary Numan and Eric Avery were on stage together for a cover of Gang of Four's "Anthrax" (and for "Cars"). Plus, HEALTH opened the show and later joined Nine Inch Nails and friends on stage too (see picture above). There were two encores and two Joy Division covers. No full albums played, but there were 31 songs total. Full NIN setlist below...
The one-day-fest's lineup is a combination of bands that are coming to NYC soon (Black Lips, Kurt Vile, TNV, Cold Cave, to name a few) and bands that hopefully will be coming back to NYC sometime soon (Dillinger Escape Plan, Fucked Up, Mika Miko, "Tim & Eric Special Musical Performance"). The full schedule and more is below.
by Black Bubblegum
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Back to bludgeon.... it's This Week in Metal! This week, we kick things off with a death metal record that is currently in high rotation, Ulcerate's searing new LP Everything is Fire. Out NOW via Willowtip, check out a pair of MP3s from that LP available above. This New Zealand band are able to hit that seemingly impossible sweet-spot where brutality meets technicality and melody meets dissonance. Highly recco'd!
Bloody Panda is back a new LP due on Profound Lore, Summon. Due August 11, the band will release a CD/DVD for Summon which will include seven tracks, one of which ("Miserere", an excerpt above) is interpreted visually on DVD. Yoshiko Ohara, their signature vocalist and a known visual artist, is responsible for the cover art. The DVD was shot, in Brooklyn and Indonesia, and edited by band members Bryan Camphire, Blake McDowell, and Josh Rothenberger. Josh also told us that...
the whole DVD project came about through our collaboration with Cave dance studio on Grand St. in Williamsburg. It was there that we met Berlin-based Butoh dancer Yuko Kaseki a few years ago. We Asked her to dance to one of our tunes last year, and then shot most of the DVD at Cave with her last August/Septemeber.More details to come. Bloody Panda hits the road on July 21st, full tour dates are forthcoming!
Fresh off of a triumphant set at Maryland Deathfest, Asphyx is back and will domestically release their new album, Death...The Brutal Way via Ibex Moon. Due September 1st, the record will also be released in a limited edition version with a live DVD, Live at Party.San Open Air Festival 2007. Asphyx recently welcomed Martin van Drunen (Pestilence, Hail of Bullets, Bolt Thrower) back into the fold after his departure 17 years ago.
Black September, who first came onto my radar via their work with Thou and Winters In Osaka, has a new 7" out NOW, The Sermon of Vengeance. Mastered at The Boiler Room by Collin Jordan (Nachtmystium, Minsk), check out "Purification", one of two new tracks by the black metal punks from The Sermon of Vengeance above and order that 7", as well as other releases here.
Pelican's new EP, the tour only CD Ephemeral, is out on 12" at Southern Lord packaged with a Seldon Hunt designed tee. In addition, Earth's previously rare Radio/Live LP is available via Southern Lord as well.
Filth-ridden hardcore is the order of business for Syracuse's Oak & Bone, a badge the band wears with pride on their debut 7" out NOW via Hex Records (one time home to Ed Gein, Engineer, Playing Enemy, and Cursed). Check out "Build Walls" from that 7" above. The crew recently played NYC with another fave of mine, crusty black-metal punks Infernal Stronghold, and are prepping to release a split 7" with Like Wolves on Barbarossa Records. Pick up their debut 7" and look for that split!
Anaal Nathrakh's Mick Kenney is back with his former bandmates in Mistress to resurrect Fukpig, who released their last LP Nuclear Apocalypse in 2003. Pick up Spewings From A Selfish Nation before it's gone (100 copies total!). Anaal Nathrakh's In The Constellation Of The Black Widow is out June 26th via Candellight. Preorder the vinyl at Mick/Shane Embury's FETO records.
A preview of that Fukpig, as well as news on Down touring with Melvins(!!!) Jucifer, Celeste, Mastodon, Clutch, and much more below...
by Black Bubblegum
According to ancient Mayan prophecy, The Age Of The Fifth Sun draws to a close in 2012 when armageddon will fall upon the land. Considering this is only 2009, it is entirely possible that sunn 0)))'s soundtrack to the end of days/new album, Monoliths & Dimensions, may have been delivered a bit prematurely (out NOW). Not that a moment on Monoliths resembles anything less than meticulous detail; Attila Csihar's Bela Lugosi-like vocals, heavenly choirs, harp, trumpet, and orchestra all add to the nauseating rumble, and at times, shimmering beauty emanating from their full stacks. Pick it up at Southern Lord on CD. Vinyl is due this summer. The boys have also announced a rough sketch idea of their upcoming tour plans:
We are preparing tours as a 4 and 5 piece in support of this opus. Attila Csihar and Steve Moore (Zombi) will be in the ranks as well as a yet undecided 5th member for some shows. Randall Dunn will be on the big guns.Lots of mini-CDs to report on, as Hail of Bullets will release the limited-to-2000 five song Warsaw Rising this summer on Metal Blade and Caïna will release a self-titled MCD via Universal Tongue/Bubonic Productions. Check out a track from that Caïna, "To Pluck The Night Up By Its Skin", available above. Nachtmystium has a MCD, Doomsday Derelicts, out via Battle Kommand, and will release a new split 7" with Cyanide.
SUNN O))) "Monoliths & Dimensions" tours 2009
Midwest USA July 2-12
West coast USA August 5-11
East coast/Southeast USA September 18-30
Middle & East Europe/Scandinavia October 17 - Nov 1st
There should also be UK and Japan jaunts following those pieces. We are working on it, more to come.
We are also considering and contemplating a few special event concerts with an expanded acoustic ensemble lineup. This is a whole different ballgame but may be in the cards and we have a few loyal partners in Europe on board to help manifest if/when the time is correct.
YOB's new album for Profound Lore, The Great Cessation, now has an official release date, July 14th! The new effort by the reformed Eugene, OR doom colossus will span five tracks over it's 60+ minutes including "Burning The Altar" which is downloadable above! Look for US dates to follow, and once we have news on NYC, you know you will too.
YOB's album art, plus videos of Sleep, news on The Dillinger Escape Plan, Clutch and Baroness, Opeth, Converge, Ringworm and much more as This Week In Metal continues....
photos by Ryan Muir, words By Black Bubblegum
Cymbals smashed with an Epiphone Crestwood. Airborne pizza slices. That vein in your neck that bulges from screaming. Somersaults. An open microphone for the audience to scream out vocals, gang style. These were all present at Frodus's lone NYC date at Death By Audio on Sunday (May 11th), one of a trio for the band over the weekend.
Did I mention the songs? Vocalist/guitarist Shelby Cinca writhed around on the stage floor, banging out faves like "Lights On For Safety", "The Awesome Machine", and "Explosions" (full setlist below). Jason Hamacher (drums), channeling Dale Crover, seemed more energized than ever as his gloved hands bashed the shit out of the Frodus logo'd drumkit. Jason, you may want to have those drum heads checked out.
The madness continues in June, but without bassist Liam Wilson of Dillinger Escape Plan, as former Decahedron bassist Jake Brown will join them on their previously announced dates in June. Full tour dates are also below.
The slowly fading Die Hard obsessives (thats a guess) Nakatomi Plaza played right before Frodus. They hammered out an energetic set of Dischord influenced post-hardcore/punk which provided a great intro for the similarly influenced Frodus. I spoke with guitarist/vocalist Oscar after his set,and he assured me that the trio would play a few more local shows before they go kaput. Whoop it up at those dates NYC.... Yippee-kai-yay motherfucker!
Himalaya and Limbs opened the affair, though unfortunately I missed both due to a certain triple bill of metallic awesomeness at Music Hall of Williamsburg (more on that later). More Frodus pics and tour dates are below...
words and photos by Black Bubblegum
With stokeage levels on high, we are pleased to announce that spazzy post-hardcore badasses Frodus will make their triumphant return to NYC on May 10th at Death By Audio, flanked by Limbs, Himalaya, and a special guest!
The NYC show will be one of a trio that the band has announced for the east coast. They will also hit The Sonar in Baltimore with Sick Weapons, Solar Powered Sun Destroyer, and Caverns on May 8th, and The Barbary on May 9th in Philadelphia! All dates will include Liam of The Dillinger Escape Plan handling bass duties.
Frodus, back together after breaking up in 1999, played a pair of reunion shows in Austin during SXSW in March. I managed to catch both the Slip/Lovitt Party (Jacob's awesome pics are here) with The Van Pelt and the show at Red 7 with Young Widows. More pics from both shows are below...
words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Jacob Blickenstaff
Frodus @ The Slip/Lovitt Party @ Radio Room, 3/21
Beyond all the fucking clamor, hubbub, brouhaha... the "Guitar Hero Metallica" if you will, one band absolutely killed it with little to no "corporate sponsorshit". But maybe that's because the band in question is a corporate entity unto themselves... Frodus Conglomerate International.
Frodus's triumphant return to the stage at the Slip Productions / Lovitt Records party at SXSW on March 21st was amazing in a way that could only be topped by a second show at Red 7 about 8 hours later.... which they did (more on that show, pics included, to come).
The DC band ran through many of the numerous highlights of their catalog with their fill-in bassist, Liam of Dillinger Escape Plan, including the "explosive" (apologies) conclusion to the show... "Explosions" from Conglomerate International (out NOW on Ltd Ed 2LP, 45RPM). Stage dives, flying chairs, heaving and flailing bodies, random vocalists... Frodus was back. I'll let the pictures do the talking.
More pics and a statement from Shelby Cinca below...
by Black Bubblegum
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2009 has seen the world economy crumble due to the unethical practices of businessmen and corporate oligarchy. The current administration with the assistance of Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the United States Federal Reserve, has reached out to the Frodus Conglomerate International for aid. Calls were made, doors were closed and numbers adjusted. After weeks of vicious negotiation both parties agreed on a proper course of action.I couldn't resist... I had to rock that whole quote. That's right... Frodus is BACK and playing SXSW as part of Slip Productions and Lovitt Records day party at The Radio Room on March 21st with Cursive, Young Widows, The Van Pelt (who are reuniting), Des Ark, Milemarker, Pygmy Lush, and a boatload of others. Full details are below and MP3s of some of the participants are above.
The Frodus Conglomerate International will address the public for the first time in 10 years on Saturday March 21st, 2009 at 4:35 pm in Austin, Texas. Austin will be the first of several public forums to address current global conditions forewarned by the FCI in years past. The Conglomerate has employed Liam Wilson of the Dillinger Escape Plan to supply bass guitar for this address while Nathan Burke organizes his North-West Contingency. We are the economic police.
Frodus recently reissued their 1998 album Conglomerate International on 2LP mastered at 45RPM. Limited to 600. Um, get on that.
Shelby Cinca of Frodus was recently interviewed on Dissonance Radio. Download that podcast here.
Videos and SXSW party details below...
Trent Reznor & Dave Navarro in the studio (via NIN.com)
Jane's Addiction and Nine Inch Nails have officially announced (some of?) their previously-discussed tour together. Kicking off in West Palm Beach, Florida in May, the two alt-giants will hit the NYC-area in June with shows in Jersey at the Tweeter Center (June 5) and PNC Bank Arts Center (June 6) and in NY at Jones Beach (June 7) (NOT JUNE 26). The two bands have nothing scheduled on June 8th. Please let that be a TBA show at Madison Square Garden. If not, why?
After compiling a list of FAQ, the most popular inquiry on Twitter has been, "When are we gonna get tour dates?" Well those are coming SOON! Right now we are in high gear routing the upcoming tour with NIN and as soon as we have a confirmed tour, you will know. Trust me... It's not like we have the dates and are holding them hostage... We want you to come! I can't think of a better way to start up again then a tour with the original four members of Jane's and NIN.
The original Jane's line up: After many years of different versions of Jane's Addiction, Eric Avery has re-claimed his position. We have had the honor of working with some great bass players over the years... Flea, Martyn Le Noble and Chris Chaney... But the Jane's sound was never complete without Eric. With Eric holding down the bottom, the Jane's rhythm section is once again complete. It's almost as if he and Perk live together symbiotically, to create a singular overwhelming sonic onslaught that ebbs and flows like a musical ocean. Perk and Avery not only bring out the best in each other, their ability to lock and weave with one another challenges and inspires me as a guitarist.
NIN/JA: Since our reformation, we have been spending a lot of time with Trent in the rehearsal studio and in the recording studio, working on new stuff, addressing some old stuff and more importantly, creating a friendship and working relationship. It's rare that touring partners have an opportunity to spend so much time together creatively before a tour. Regardless of the collaborative outcome our time with Trent has brought forth a new focus and sense of purpose that we plan to share with you on a nightly basis. NIN and Jane's are vastly different bands, for sure, but we have always had a connection as a result of our time together on Lolla One and various shows together. NIN/JA shows have always been "events" more than anything. Back in the day, Jane's was winding down as NIN was taking off. Our musical lives crossed each other at a very important time in music. A time where artistry and live performance meant something more. A time when the corporate structures took notice of the value in what was happening, but hadn't yet destroyed it. Touring with NIN is an invitation for us to re-capture that spirit that was at a time, inspiring, dangerous and emotionally compelling, as they have always maintained the same integrity that brought me to love music in the first place.
Jane's Addiction will also probably be at SXSW in March, and though neither band listed it in the announced dates, they are also both playing Sasquatch in Washington in May. NIN is also playing Bonnaroo in June, and I think it's safe to say that Jane's Addiction will be playing Lollapalooza in August.
Perry Farrell is also playing SXSW solo, and is listed on the Coachella lineup.
All NIN/JANES dates, and a video of Ben & Greg of Dillinger Escape Plan playing live with NIN in Australia the other day, below...
photos by Justina Villanueva, words by Black Bubblegum
Damn you cold and flu season! The Dillinger Escape Plan created their own temporary warzone on Saturday Feb 7th at The Studio at Webster Hall, part of a short string of dates intended to debut new drummer Billy Rymer. The show served as DEP's first NYC headlining date in over a year, with support coming from Knife The Glitter and Caverns.
Metal Injection took lots of video at the show, including "Sugar Coated Sour" from the undisputed heavyweight classic Calculating Infinity (embedded below) and TWO covers: Living Colour's "Cult of Personality" and Nine Inch Nails' "Wish".
Our photographer Justina was witness to the madness and has the evidence from Knife The Glitter and DEP's sets, including Greg Puciato singing from the crowd, band members swinging off of the lights, Ben Weinman playing/crowdsurfing... the list goes on. Sigh.
DEP is currently in writing mode, "loosely setting aside" June/July of this year for recording.
All the pictures and video below...
by Black Bubblegum
Thank god for wireless! Ben Weinman of DEP in the Photo Pit (more by Lori Baily)
The Dillinger Escape Plan have added a show at The Barbary in Philadelphia, a venue that holds "less than 100 people". Why you ask? Presumably to work out the kinks with their new drummer Billy Rymer. Here are the deets for all the Philly headz:
HOLY SMALL INTIMATE SHOW!... these guys will debut their new drummer as well as some new songs.The dates is February 5th and tickets are still available (thx Hiro).
The smallest Dillinger show ever in Philly (even those Stalag shows were bigger than this). So get your ticket like right this second cause it's going to be sold out in like 3 hours.
by Black Bubblegum
Happy New Year and Welcome Back to The Week In Metal! We took some time away, but believe me, the hate only grew STRONGER.
Wolves In The Throne Room have emerged from the dark forests of the Pacific Northwest to announce a pair of new releases and drop more details on their previously announced upcoming live LP, Live At Roadburn 08! First up, the Malevolent Grain EP will hit Southern Lord with a 180-gram LP bang, with Conspiracy Records dropping a small pressing of picture discs for the record (a limited batch of CDs will be available on tour). Then on March 31st, the band will drop Black Cascade their new full-length on Southern Lord! Both Malevolent Grain and Black Cascade were recorded by Randall Dunn/Mell Dettmer and are the first to feature new guitarist (former touring member) Will Lindsay of ex-Middian / Age Eternal fame. In addition, WITTR's Live at Roadburn 08 will be released with a companion DVD available with the first pressing of 500 copies, with 150 coming in gold vinyl with a silkscreen. Full WITTR tour dates are below, including their date at Scion Rock Fest.
Obscura, an astonishing tech-death band from Deutchland that may or may not be named after the classic Gorguts LP, are streaming a trio of new tracks from massive and recommended upcoming LP Cosmogenesis. Relapse has been kind enough to allow one of those tracks to be made available here for download... check out "Universe Momentum" available above! Cosmogenesis impacts on Feb 17th.
Tombs is pulling double duty on Feb 21st, having scheduled a day show at ABC No Rio with Black Anvil, Woe, and Bastard Sapling and a Winter Hours Record Release show with Defeatist, Engineer, and The Wayward later that night at Death By Audio. Winter Hours is due on Feb 17th via Relapse.
YOB have announced that they will hit the studio in late March with Sanford Parker to record their new album of "5 songs hitting about the 60+ minute mark". Look for it to surface in late summer 2009. In the meantime, Northwesterners can catch the band at their first reunion gig on 2/28 at The Ash Street Saloon in Portland, Oregon.
The previously announced Down/Weedeater/Evil Army tour has been postponed.
With a tagline like "2 stages + 2 days = Total Brutality", you better f'n deliver. That said, The LA Murder Fest will turn those sunny California skies black on May 9th & 10th when Coffins, Landmine Marathon, Ghoul, Stormcrow, Agenda of Swine, and Lack of Interest hit the stages of The Knitting Factory in Hollywood! Also on the bill are sickening sludgemeisters -16-, who's new record Bridges To Burn drops on Jan 20th. Check out "So Broken Down" available for download above from the record and to all y'all left coasters, support the band when they hit the road with Giant Squid! Tour schedule is below.
General Surgery will also report for duty at the LA Murderfest, and recently announced the release of their split with Butcher ABC. Look for it on CD via Obliteration Records on January 11 (email email@example.com for a copy) and limited-to-1,000 LP in February via Living Dead Society/Coperaction Records (email firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy). The band will also hit the road with Ghoul following the Murderfest and leading up to Maryland Death Fest (thx SMNNews). Full tour dates are below.
Malkuth, an absolutely killer black metal band featuring members of No Neck Blues Band, have scheduled a show on 1/25 at Public Assembly with Villians, Castevet, and Ipsissimus. Malkuth recently released Mutus Liber out on Hospital Productions and are prepping their second LP for the label.
Also recently added at Europa, Young Widows will team up with The Austerity Program, My Disco, and Tournament for a show on April 1st! Ticket info is forthcoming, full Young Widows tour dates below. Tournament is lined up to play with Kylesa, Tombs, and Black Anvil at The Charleston.
Satyricon's new record The Age of Nero drops on Jan 13th via KOCH Records, and I have to say that I definitely enjoyed it a hell of alot more than Now, Diabolical. Check out the video for "Black Crow On a Tombstone" below and dig on "The Sign Of The Trident", which the band has made available for download above! Satyricon will hit the road opening for Cradle of Filth at Starland Ballroom on Jan 15th (tix here) and have scheduled an NYC date at Nokia Theater on Feb 27th (tix here).
That Satyricon video, Mastodon, Khanate, Burnt By The Sun, Dillinger Escape Plan, Coliseum, Amenra, Pestilence and more as The Week In Metal continues...
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: 16 - "Skin & Bones" (MP3)
Downtrodden miscreants 16 have dropped off a new track, "Skin & Bones" from their upcoming Bridges To Burn due on Jan 20th via Relapse. Made of the Drop Out era lineup, 16 will tour their native west coast in the new year and ready reissues of Blaze Of Incompetence, Drop Out, Curves That Kick, and The Early Years, a collection of rare 7's and B-Sides. In other news, Ex-16 guitarist Phil Vera is scheduled to kick out the jams with powerviolence badasses Despise You at Maryland Deathfest.
We're writing, ...recording with Steve Evetts, ...we've got Australia booked for late Feb/early March, and we'll more than likely be doing some stateside stuff as well around that time, maybe some US shows before we go down under, we'll see.Impacting imminently, "astronaut metallers" Rosetta will headline Death By Audio in Brooklyn on Dec 6th with mighty Tombs, Junius, Moving Mountains, and Battilus. Wanna go? We have one pair of tickets to give away. Details on how to win at the very end of this post.
Tombs recently dropped off of the bill for the Don Cab show at Europa, but they are still on for Maxwell's AND have added a matinee at ABC No Rio on Feb 21, 2009 with Black Anvil and Woe. Meanwhile, Batillus will also be on hand to open Withered when they damn the stages of Europa on Dec 19th with Inswarm. Tickets are on sale. Withered was captured on video by Metalkult when they opened for the black metal horde Watain.
Napalm Death have revealed more details about their upcoming follow-up to the triumphant Smear Campaign. Time Waits For No Slave spans fourteen tracks, including the currently streaming "Diktat", look for it to drop on Century Media on Feb 10th with a cover that looks sorta like this. In the meantime, dig on the tracklisting way below and video of the band grinding their way through "Diktat" and "On The Brink Of Extinction" in the video below, shot on 11/22/08 in Leeds, UK. Barney from ND was recently interviewed by Rock Sound, and the band are scheduled to play the new record during a hometown show in Birmingham, UK on January 31st.
That video, Pelican, Integrity, A Storm Of Light, Coalesce, Demiricous and so much more, below...