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photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
JAMC / Health / Primal Scream / Tamaryn @ Austin Psych Fest 5/9/2015
How could Primal Scream's Bobby Gilespie have not come out and assume his old role as Jesus & Mary Chain's drummer on at least one song from Psychocandy, the album he played on and that JAMC were doing in full at Levitation fest? Primal Scream played directly before the Mary Chain, it's not like he wasn't there. It's not like the drum parts on that album are difficult. It's not like everyone who realized the connection didn't think for sure it would happen. For that matter, how could Primal Scream play in Austin, the hometown of the 13th Floor Elevators, at a festival named after an Elevators' song and at which the Elevators were reforming the next night to play... and NOT do their fantastic version of 13th Floor Elevators' "Slip Inside This House"? I don't know, both shoulda, but didn't.
Apart from those very minor, somewhat nerdy grumbles, Day 2 of Levitation was about as perfect a day as you could hope for at a festival like this. No threats of rain, good vibes and some of the best performances of the weekend. The Jesus & Mary Chain have never been the most exciting band live, but their headlining set was better than I expected. They sounded great and even though I've listened to Psychocandy a zillion times over the years, I was still caught off guard by how many favorites there are on that record. Hopefully the tour will come East at some point.
The first half of Primal Scream suffered from bad sound (you could barely hear the guitars) as well as it being heavy on the band's "rock n' roll" songs. Personally, I can go the rest of my life without ever hearing "Rocks" or "Jailbird" again. But the set picked up when they started into their trippier material ("Kill All Hippies," "Higher Than the Sun," "Swastika Eyes") where bass was more of the point. Also, Bobby Gillespie remains the consummate frontman, rail-thin, and able to project rock n' roll attitude even when the music doesn't. Primal Scream will be in NYC next week for two shows.
Neither set was as good as the one that proceeded them: Thee Oh Sees' blistering, dual-drummer attack that had the main stage crowd fully amped. Before them on the main stage were sets from Seattle's Night Beats (standard garagey psych rock, but they do it well) and Costa Rica's Las Robertas who were funny and charming and one of the surprises of the weekend for me.
Other things I saw: Philadelphia's Creepoid do overdriven, pummeling shoegaze right; Ryley Walker's set at the Elevation Amphitheater, and his jazzy, jammy folk made for perfect sunset music; Bejiing's Chui Wan made off-kilter prog that was like a palette cleanser of the jean-jacket psych prevalent at Levitation (not that there's anything wrong with that); Israel's Vaadat Charagim spun hypnotizing guitar patterns; and LA band The Black Ryder are almost a perfect synthesis of Mazzy Star and Slowdive.
I missed Health's set entirely but caught the last few songs of Tamaryn's set after JAMC finished. Her new band, which includes Weekend's Shaun Durkan and Ice Choir's Kurt Feldman, helped bring her dreampop vision to life, with more emphasis on "pop" than previously. She's got a really good voice and doesn't need to hide behind reverb. I wish I'd caught more -- maybe I'll catch her again when she plays Brooklyn's Saint Vitus.
Pictures from Levitation day 1 are HERE and more of day 2 are below...
photo: Om at LPR in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Al Cisnero (Sleep) and Emil Amos' (Grails, Holy Sons) band OM have a few dates coming up this year. They were part of today's initial NXNE lineup announcement, and also playing Santa Ana's Psycho California Festival (May 15-17) with Sleep, Pentagram (performing First Daze Here), Cult of Luna, Earth, Kylesa, Russian Circles, Eyehategod, Indian, Pallbearer, Old Man Gloom, Cave In, Tombs and more. Tickets for that fest are on sale, full lineup below.
Full tour schedule, a video, and the Psycho California lineup, below...
The 2015 Primavera Sound Festival goes down in Barcelona, Spain from May 28 - 30. We knew The Strokes and recently reunited shoegazers Ride were playing and now the line-up is being announced via the festival's mobile app, which is a not-so fun 8-bit game you have to play to reveal names. The whole lineup is in the poster above and includes The Replacements, James Blake, Sleater-Kinney (who apparently are playing festivals after all) Patti Smith performing Horses, Spiritualized, Interpol, Antony & the Johnsons, OMD, Mineral, Brand New, Panda Bear, Run the Jewels, Sleaford Mods, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, The Black Keys, New Pornographers, Jose Gonzalez, Shabazz Palaces, Kevin Morby, Ought, Disappears, Pharmakon, Baxter Dury, Death From Above 1979, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, Twin Shadow, Swans, Iceage, the Juan MacLean, Dan Deacon, Viet Cong, Sun Kil Moon, Antony, Hiss Golden Messenger, Fucked Up, Kelela, Ariel Pink, Voivod, Electric Wizard, Mikal Cronin, alt-J, Sunn O))), the Thurston Moore Band, Underworld (performing dubnobasswithmyheadman), Pallbearer, Tobias Jesso Jr., American Football, Jon Hopkins, DIIV, Caribou, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, My Brightest Diamond, HEALTH, Babes in Toyland, Thee Oh Sees, Single Mothers, Ex Hex, Shellac and Twerps. Full line-up is below.
NYC goth duo Tempers previously released a few promising singles on Pendu Sound, and they recently teamed up with photographer Bela Borsodi to make an appropriately dark video for one of those songs, "Hell Hotline." Check out the video below, and if you haven't gotten it already, you can download the track for free below too.
Tempers have also given us a list of their top ten albums of 2014, which you can also check out below...
Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
The annual Austin Psych Fest, which they've renamed "Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation" (more on that below), happens this year from May 8-10 at the Carson Creek Ranch. The initial lineup was just revealed and it's looking pretty crazy. There's The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, The Jesus and Mary Chain (performing Psychocandy), Spiritualized, Primal Scream, The Black Angels, Thee Oh Sees, Mac DeMarco, Melody's Echo Chamber, Lightning Bolt, The Sword, Earth, A Place to Bury Strangers, Fuzz, The Soft Moon, Metz, White Fence, Fat White Family, Nothing and still plenty more. Weekend passes are on sale now and check out the full initial lineup below.
As for the name change of the fest to Levitation:
Over the years, countless other "psych fest" events have popped up around the globe - music communities all over the world are gathering together and celebrating music and art together. This is an amazing thing and we are proud to be a part of it.The APF folks have been doing a sister festival in France called "Levitation" since 2013.
In 2015 we are redefining what we're doing with a renewed focus on the music we love, and to mark that change the festival is taking on a new name: LEVITATION. The title comes from one of our favorite tracks from Austin legends The 13th Floor Elevators, who have provided us with endless inspiration. Their music and message transcended genre - they were true innovators.
Lineup, poster and announcement video for Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation, below...
We're just over a month away from 2015 and those UK year-end lists keep pouring in. Now British music mag Uncut has posted their 75 Best Albums of 2014. Looks like their winner is becoming a popular choice for #1, and the rest of their top 10 is split between real-deal veterans (Leonard Cohen [falling just a tad from his 2012 #1 spot], Robert Plant) and rising newcomers (FKA twigs). Elsewhere the list has a lot of the indie-related albums that keep popping up, a good deal of folk/country, more veteran appearances, and a certain opinionated UK duo who have appeared on every UK list we've seen so far and make their US debut this week.
Check out the full list below...
Brooklyn band Milagres released their second album, Violent Light, via Kill Rock Stars this past spring. They've released a new single from the record, the gently anthemic "Terrifying Sea," which makes its premiere in this post. Check it out below.
Milagres have a couple live dates on their horizon, including one at Rough Trade NYC on September 24. Jesse Marchant and Basic Shapes open the show and tickets are on sale now. They'll also play Cincinnati's Midpoint Music Festival on September 27.
The three-day Ohio fest also features Afghan Whigs, Real Estate, Panda Bear, OK Go, Joseph Arthur, Ex Hex and lots more. Full 2014 Midpoint Music Festival lineup is listed, plus the new Milagres video, below...
by Ian Chainey
SLAYER WATCH: That pic above isn't from the worst remake of Porky's, it's more evidence that Slayer is back in the studio. That's producer Terry Date helming Slayer's potential 2015 return. Maybe we'll get to hear new stuff when they go on tour with Exodus, though maybe you shouldn't post about it on Facebook. The Ultimate Revenge Combat Tour Live '85 tour video appears below because Friday.
Slow metal week? Slow metal week. To drive that point home, Metallica were honored by Guinness World Records for playing seven continents last year. Fans are still waiting for the band to return to the continent of 1986.
All-star death metallers Bloodbath, one of Maryland Deathfest 2015's big draws, have recorded vocals for their new album. Says the band, "All vocals done and in the bag! The mix starts this weekend... Almost there now!" The band has yet to announce their new lead singer. Tip: Take a pic of the back of their head. Seems to work.
Mothership, who are playing the huge NYC-based Uninvited Festival, have wrapped up their next album, Mothership II. The record should hit the streets on November 11. Check out the van-art cover and the tracklisting below.
The folks at Noisey have put together a seven part documentary on one of America's most enduring metal scenes. NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou , which -- full disclosure -- was co-directed by former BV editor Fred Pessaro, will start rolling out on September 16. You can watch the trailer below.
Finally, to leave things on a high notes, a blast from the past: Football season has officially started, meaning we can dust off "81% Burnt," the Dillinger Escape Plan cover that's centered entirely on pigskin legend Art Monk. The track was submitted to the band back in 2001 when open tryouts for vacated vocalist were taking place. 100 percent perfection.
Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.
Full albums first: Earth, who got super heavy and super psych-y on their new album Primitive and Deadly, are streaming their new album all the way through. Check out it out below. The band is currently on tour and will be playing NYC's Saint Vitus on September 24 and September 25 for their David Lynch Foundation-supporting set.
For single tracks and videos, OSDMers Stench debuted "Road" from their forthcoming Venture (October 7, Agonia Records - preorder). The mighty Horrendous pushed death metal forward with "The Stranger" off Ecdysis (October 14, Dark Descent). And stoner rockers Lo-Pan have offered up another from Colossus (October 7, Small Stone Records - preorder). Lo-Pan are out on the road with Black Cobra and will play Saint Vitus on September 18 for a special Invisible Oranges presented show. Both will also be playing Uninvited Festival. All tracks appear below.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
TODAY (FRIDAY9/5): Get your underground blast n' big riff on with Organ Dealer, Beast Modulus, Huldra, Hercyn, and Through Thorn and Brier at Saint Vitus (tickets).
SUUUNNNNNDAY (9/7): The heavier-than-heavy Theologian, Megaton Leviathan, Kosmodemonic, and Vailtal Deul bill will shake the Acheron (tickets). If you'd prefer something short, sweet, and violent as hell, Punch, Crushed, Curmudgeon, and Water Torture play Death by Audio. Tickets are $8 at the door.
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: As always, we tracked the week's new releases with Upcoming Metal Releases. HUGE list. We debuted new recordings from Phobia and Striker. We interviewed interesting Japanese hard rockers Ningen-Isu and artist Mark Rudolph. We showed off our photos from Hoverfest. And we took a deep, deep dive into Lamb of God's Ashes of the Wake, a big album you may have skipped due to the stain of lamestream bro-dom.
Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and the reams of streams, and other noted details below.
by Ian Chainey
Earth at Inferno Festival, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
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.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."
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.
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...
by Ian Chainey
Earth at Inferno in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Earth are making good on their name and navigating the globe this year. The instrumental droners were in Australia and will be heading out to Europe soon. Following their trek, the band will return to the States for a run of dates canvasing the country. They'll be joined by dark Americana rockers King Dude and will hit locales like Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia. On September 24, the two will slide into NYC's Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, July 18 at noon. All dates are listed below.
Earth have set September 2 as the release date for their 10th full-length Primitive And Deadly through Southern Lord. Stream a track below. Outside of the band, Earth main man Dylan Carlson released the soundtrack to Gold under his DRCARLSONALBION alias. King Dude, on the other hand, released their rootsy and woodsy Fear last May.
All of the dates along with streams from Earth, Gold, and King Dude appear below...
by Ian Chainey
Phil Anselmo and Ben Weinman
"Me and my uncle @philiphanselmo have a gang," Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman said on Twitter. "And these pants are our uniform." And now that's burned in your retinas, let's take a walk on the newswire:
At the Gates have hinted subtly and not so subtly about a new album for 2014. Now we have something of a timeline. At War With Reality will land around October/November through Century Media Records. One word, guys: GO! Check out a rehearsal update from singer Tomas Lindberg below. In other recording news, Norwegian grindsters Beaten to Death will be hitting the studio, too. Says bassist Mika Martinussen, ""Third time's a charm; Beaten To Death will record the follow-up to Dødsfest! in July, because - let's face it - we're not getting any younger, and ground-breaking records in the grindcore genre don't record and release themselves!" No? Thanks for crushing my dreams of a sentient grindcore bot. Check out some Beaten to Death GoPro-shot live footage below.
Don't forget to keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.
Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.
Misery Index shot a video for "The Calling" from their recently released album The Killing Gods. It's black and white, and pulls footage from a silent, bible-themed flick, thus giving it an early '90s death metal air. Appropriate, as Jason Netherton's book on the scene is out now. And the speedy Evil Invaders -- good metal sign: band named after a Razor song -- were captured live by a pro crew while covering Exciter. Find both videos below.
Quite a few artists decided to show off their albums in full this week. Mastodon put up a copy of Once More 'Round the Sun on iTunes (June 24, Reprise - preorder). The chamber folk outfit Musk Ox, fresh off their Agalloch collaboration, are now streaming Woodfall. And DRCALSONALBION, the guise of Earth's Dylan Carlson, is streaming all of Gold, his original soundtrack for the film of the same name. Woodfall and Gold were released this week and you can stream both below.
Dylan's main gig, Earth, also released a new song, this one from the forthcoming Primitive & Deadly (September 2, Southern Lord). "From the Zodiacal Light" features a guest vocal from Rabia Shaheen Qazi of Rose Windows. Earth is currently touring Australia. The nasty Nunslaughter are streaming another from the double disc Angelic Dread (June 24, Hells Headbangers - preorder).
Mortals killer crusty metal keeps coming. "The Summoning" is the latest track pulled from Cursed to See the Future (July 8, Relapse - preorder). On July 18, they'll swing into the Acheron for a record release show. Illustrations are showing off "Iron Rain" from their digital EP that will see a release this summer. The thrashin' Algebra -- the one you haven't forgotten -- put up a video for "Survival Nowadays" from Feed the Ego (September 7, Unspeakable Axe). The twisted tech metallers Diskord debuted "Lethargic Regression" from the mini-LP Oscillations (August, Australopithecus Records - preorder). And the first post-Cathedral band has formed. Guitarist Gaz Jenning's Death Penalty, are releasing a single via Rise Above Records. The title track, "Sign of Times" is available below along with the aforementioned streams and all of the tour dates.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
SATURDAY (6/21): Filthy doomers Serpentine Path headline an Invisible Oranges/Signature Riff presented show with Churchburn, Throaat, and Dridge at Archeron (tickets). If you wanna go old school with the metal of death, Dr. Shrinker, Desolate, False Prophet, Kurnugia, and Sin Eater are at Saint Vitus (tickets). Then, there's the bill so nice they had it twice. . . and added a few more: Breakdown, Altered Boys, Heavy Chains, White Widows Pact, Born Annoying, and No One Rules hit Asbury Lanes (tickets). More punk? Sure: Oblivionation, Raw Nerves, Demon Brother, and Concrete Cross play Death By Audio. Tickets are $7 at the door. And finally, tech kings Meshuggah and Between the Buried and Me will play the Best Buy Theater, which is sold out.
SUNDAY (6/22): You can check out Black Flag, HOR, and Cinema Cinema at Europa (tickets). Hey, you don't have to tell people what year you saw Black Flag, just that you saw them.
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: It wasn't as packed as most weeks, but the new releases were varied and Upcoming Metal Releases gave you the lowdown on which ones to buy. We streamed the full album for Diseased Reason and had a giveaway that's still ongoing. Listen, bang your head, and then comment to win. We interviewed Mike IX Williams of Eyehategod and Attila Csihar of Mayhem. And we checked out the Austerity Program, Incantation, and Trap Them in our round of reviews.
Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below.
By Ian Chainey
High on Fire at the Bowery Ballroom, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
While 3,000 more people buy Metallica's The Black Album, let's take a walk on the newswire:
Indeed, that figure above is no joke. Metallica's Black Album recently passed the 16 million album mark according to Nielsen Soundscan, which has been tracking album sales since 1991. That puts Metallica up top on the list of most popular albums since Soundscan came into existence. Last week, The Black Album moved 3,000 copies. 3,000 copies. 3,000 people dropped their CD on their car floorboard. That's also probably 3,000 greater people than those who remember Napster. YOU WIN LARS. YOU WIN.
Another Judas Priest teaser? ANOTHER JUDAS PRIEST TEASER. JUST GIVE ME THE ALBUM. Redeemer of Souls will be out on July 15 via Epic Records. Find a smidgen of "Halls of Valhalla" below.
High on Fire are back in the studio. Drummer Des Kensel is certainly stoked about it: "Everyone is asking what the new High on Fire music sounds like. Chew on some mescaline and listen to side B of Sabbath's Master of Reality backwards at 78 RPM and it might give you an idea." Black Sabbath on mescaline? So, late '70s Black Sabbath. Got it. Hopefully, the guys preview some of the new songs out on tour. You can find the full list of their non-US engagements (SAD) below.
A few other bands have new albums on the way soon. Mutoid Man, the ripping trio employing Stephan Brodsky (Cave In), Ben Koller (Converge), and Nick Cageao (the guy that makes every band at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus sound nice), have signed to Sargent House. The shredding slayers are targeting 2015 for a new LP. Their last, Helium Head, will also be seeing a re-release. Stream that one below.
The Earth record that was hinted at previously has a name. It's to be dubbed Primitive And Deadly, which is a technical term anthropologist have used to describe caveman farts. Jokes aside, the soulful slow-movers have added more dates to their world tour. Get envious of their travel plans below.
Solstafir, fresh off of MDF, will release Ótta this summer. Preorders start at Season of Mist on June 10. And Opeth will finally get Pale Communion out into the wild on August 26. Preorders for that one begin on June 3 through Roadrunner Records. Opeth also released the cover art, which can be seen below. The wider, gatefold shot includes the pub's pool table.
Funeral doomers Lycus are looking to hit the road again for their 2013 release Tempest. Their slate of upcoming dates includes Martyrdoom Fest at Saint Vitus on July 1. Blast Tempest and check out their full run below.
Finally, speaking of Martyrdoom, Lord Mantis -- whose new record, Death Mask, we recently streamed in full at Invisible Oranges -- have solidified their upcoming tour schedule. They'll also be hitting the Martyrdoom Fest. All dates appear below.
Don't forget to keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.
Now that you're fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions, available for your streaming pleasure below.
Might as well get things rolling with a dose of utter insanity. The 30-year-old Mayhem are streaming Esoteric Warfare in full. The long-awaited follow-up to 2007's Ordo ad Chao will see a number of release options via Season of Mist on June 10 (preorder). The LP box comes with a booklet inscribed with this quote: "The will of man is broken." Mayhem have obviously never encountered a chipper Denny's server. Esoteric Warfare's tracklisting and Mayhem's upcoming Euro tour dates are below.
Wolves in the Throne Room set Metal Twitter alight with their Tangerine Dream-influenced woosh. The album details kind of made their M.O. clear, so not sure why everyone is in a huff. Celestite Mirror drops on July 8 through Artemisia Records. Clear your mind and check out the stream below. Unrelated, but does anyone want to start a keyboard-only Stooges cover band called the Mooges?
Noisy rockers Helms Alee and Young Widows have joined forces for a split. The hook-up will be out on Sargent House on June 3 and they're currently previewing the whole darn thing. Helms Alee, the current home for ex-Harkonen frontman Ben Verellen, also put out an LP titled Sleepwalking Sailors in February. The trio is set to hit the road for a short Northwest tour in June. Dates are below.
The NOLA black metal sludge slingers Goatwhore have a lyric video up for "FBS," a track from the upcoming Constricting Rage Of The Merciless that's ready to be unleashed by Metal Blade on July 8. Once the long-player hits the streets, the band will hit the road on The Summer Slaughter Tour, wrapping up their road engagements in August at GWAR-B-Q. Hopefully, by that point, I'll figure out what "FBS" means. Fat bottom stoners, you make the rocking world go 'round? Check out the full tracklisting and the sweet cover art below.
Goatwhore's Summer Slaughter tourmates Fallujah are offering "Sapphire" up for your clicks from their next album, The Flesh Prevails. The progressive slice of death will drop courtesy of Unique Leader on July 22 (preorder). Scope The Flesh Prevails tracklisting below and play, Is it a Death Metal Song or a Sade Song?
There's a new Trap Them smoker off the elegantly titled Blissfucker, something that will surely enter 2015's list of top baby names. This new track is named "Lungrunners." I'm going out a limb and saying it's about the underground lungfish trade. Probably not. Anyway, to ring in the release of Blissfucker (which I will find a way to type as many times as possible; Blissfucker), Trap Them are offering a limited edition seven inch of "Salted Crypts" (preorder). You can stream that Blissfucker track below.
Mortals, the bringers of mighty death crust, are previewing another killer from Cursed to See the Future, available via Relapse on July 8 (preorder). The trio are celebrating the new release in style at The Acheron on July 18, complete with a music video screening party. The full future tour dates appear below. Relax, you won't be cursed by adding 'em to your calendar now.
Wrapping things up, Wreck and Reference, the unnerving ruiners of listener's underwear, have debuted a track off of Want, their next album due out June 10 on The Flenser (preorder). Get your void gazing in early before the weekend approaches. Want Want.
Now, time to sprint through the rest of the underground. All streams appear below.
Emptiness' eclectic black metal clatter is now streaming in full. This was a favorite on IO's Upcoming Metal Releases, so it's definitely worth a spin.
Bastard Feast's Osculum Infame infuses some much needed energy into the metallic hardcore thing, dropping in weirdo death metal with their core tumult. The album will be available through Season of Mist on July 22 (preorder). Get blasted by "Bloated City" below.
Rude, the OSDM troupe from Berkley, California, are streaming their recently released scuzzy delight, Soul Recall, in full. Yep, the tone matches the band name. Synergy!
If you wanted more weird metal covers, there's a banjo cover of Slayer. And a renfair one. Both are below. Maybe there will a new Kerry King album to add to the pile. Burn.
Lastly, The Lion's Daughter are streaming their new single and the proceeds will go to a good cause. The band will be helping out The Stray Rescue, an operation dedicated to stray dogs and cats in St. Louis. Stream the single below and feel good preordering the record.
Check out all noted streams below.
Let's talk IO: We dropped off a ton of MDF coverage last week in the form of wrap-ups and interviews with the legendary Tomas Lindstrom of At the Gates. We also reviewed this week's heavy hitters, including Black Anvil, Crowbar, and Misery Index. The rest of this week's new stuff resides, as always, in the exhaustive Upcoming Metal Releases. And we had a full day of Profound Lore, streaming the newest from Auroch along with a great chat with Chris Bruni, PFL owner and operator.
Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below.
By Ian Chainey
Earth at Inferno Festival, 2012 (more by BBG)
Earth maestro Dylan Carlson's solo alias DRCARLSONALBION is now streaming a slice from the original soundtrack for the movie Gold. The opening movement shimmers like heat lines on the Western horizon, presenting his marvelous guitar tone without any other instrumentation. The OST is set to receive a digital, CD, and LP release on June 17. (Preoder.)
The soundtrack kicks-off a stacked summer for Carlson. Along with Wonders From The House of Albion -- his long-awaited Kickstarted solo album -- scheduled for 2014 release, the droner will be touring with Earth throughout Asia, Australia, and Europe, leading up to a promised Earth full-length in the near future.
Speaking of live guitar wrangling, frequent Earth artist/collaborator Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O))), Khanate, Burning Witch) has been playing shows with his Nazoranai three-piece that counts similar six-string stimulators Keiji Haino and Oren Ambarchi. The touring triumvirate checked in at The Knitting Factory last night after the show was moved from The Wick. We missed it but caught their Tuesday show at Empty Bottle in Chicago.
O' Malley and Ambarchi are still in NYC and appearing at Tectonics Festival, held at Issue Project Room on Friday, May 23. $20 at the door gets you in to see the two interpret Alvin Lucier's Criss Cross and an Eyvind Kane commissioned piece where they'll be joined by Hildur Guðnadóttir. Other dates are listed below.
Oren Ambarchi in Nazoranai in Chicago, 5/20 (more by Joshua Ford)
Ambarchi also has a new release coming soon. On May 27, the Australian improviser will issue a joint effort with Richard Pinhas from the cult-adored French prog beast Heldon. Titled Tikkun, the album will come out via Cuneiform Records. (Preorder.) The currently available excerpt "Washington, D.C. - T4V1" jams psych and a motorik pulse in a paint-shaker. For fans of the fried-by-acid, it sounds like a trip.
All of the tour dates, along with streams from Gold, Tikkun, and more, appear below.
words and photos by Joshua Ford
Upon his return home to Paris after the 2014 Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN (and after touching down on four continents in just four weeks, a NYC show at Baby's All Right included), Stephen O'Malley of Sunn O))), Nazoranai and countless other projects, graciously took some time to discuss his three performances at this exceptional U.S. festival with Joshua Ford.
Friday's lineup at Big Ears had O'Malley performing a solo set, focused on the volume/tone/drone aspects of his body of work most commonly associated with Sunn O))). On Saturday the festival reached critical mass at one o'clock am with O'Malley, Oren Ambarchi and Keiji Haino performing a smoldering improvisational set as Nazoranai (who play the Wick in Brooklyn on May 21). A scant nine hours later, at noon on Sunday, O'Malley and Ambarchi switched gears and performed two written compositions by modern composers Alvin Lucier and Iancu Dumitrescu.
FORD: How did your involvement with Big Ears come about? Was it the plan from square one to have you be involved in that capacity, on multiple days, and have you play three sets?
SOMA: We got an offer for Nazoranai to play, but at the time we didn't have any other things going on in the states, so it would have been very expensive to fly everyone over. I'm American but I live in Paris; flying myself from Europe, Mr. Haino from Japan and Oren from Australia to play one show is pretty expensive. You know, it's to the advantage of the festival to try and get more out of it. We all play in different formations, we're up for that, and it gives a chance to stay for the weekend. It kind of blossomed from there, and I'm really glad that happened.
Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Chicago's Union Park from July 18-20 and the lineup was just announced. It includes Neutral Milk Hotel, Kendrick Lamar, Beck, Slowdive (their first reunion show in the US so far), Giorgio Morder, Sun Kil Moon, Factory Floor, Death Grips, the Haxan Cloak, Sharon Van Etten, tUnE-yArDs, The Julie Ruin, Grimes, Wild Beasts, DIIV, Ka, Circulatory System, Pusha T, The Range, Mas Ysa and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now.
In related news, Pitchfork is teaming up with ATP and Primavera Sound for London's Jabberwocky Festival which includes Neutral Milk Hotel, Electric Wizard, Deafheaven, Kode9, Earth, Pissed Jeans, Connan Mockasin, The Ex, Speedy Ortiz, Iceage, Vatican Shadow, Joanna Gruesome, Metz, Jesu, Chelsea Wolfe, Hookworms and more.
Initial day-by-day Pitchfork Fest lineup below...
Low at The Concert Hall in 2013 (more by PSquared)
As discussed, the Big Ears Festival is returning to various Knoxville, TN venues from March 28-30, and since we last spoke, more artists were added. The lineup now includes Low, Kim Gordon's Body/Head, Earth, Lonnie Holley, Buke and Gase, Hailu Mergia and Low Mentality, Davd Greenberger and Prime Lens, Jenny Hval, Keiji Haino, Stephen O'Malley & Orech Ambarchi (duo), and Stephen O'Malley solo. The new additions join previously announced artists like Steve Reich, Johnny Greenwood, John Cale, Television, Julia Holter, Oneohtrix Point Never, and others.
Tickets are still available. Updated lineup below...
by Bill Pearis
Wire at Bowery Ballroom in July (more by Greg Cristman)
In their nearly 40 years of existence Wire have never been a band to keep still or rest on their laurels. Although sometimes, wrongly, defined within certain narrow musical genres Wire's oeuvre has always ranged across a wide range of styles and influences whilst the membership, individually and collectively have always had good relationships, both working & personal with artists across a number of fields. So it is perhaps not surprising that in 2013 Wire launched the first of a series of Festivals entitled DRILL in London in March 2013. The concept is simple, it's an unpretentious city festival featuring artists from across all genres actively curated by Wire with a lot of input from local, informed media partners (in the case of London, The Quietus; in the case of Seattle, KEXP) The concerts take place in small venues with great sound systems. There are no big ticket acts playing for over inflated fees. Wire go for the best in upcoming local talent combined with friends who just want to be part of it.The Wire co-curated DRILL:Seattle will happen across three nights in November, each at a different venue:
- Colin Newman
11.21 @ Barboza - Earth, Pillar Point, Drill (tickets)A couple notes on the line-ups. "Drill" is a collaborative group, and the Wire Pink Flag Guitar Orchestra will close the final night (11/23) at Neumos. Will will also be playing unannounced, opening for another band -- "you'll have to figure that one out yourselves!" says the band.
11.22 @ The Crocodile - Helmet, TBA, FF (tickets)
11.23 @ Neumos - Wire, Chastity Belt, Vestals (tickets)
Wire, who were in NYC over the summer, play some other West Coast dates before DRILL:Seattle and all are listed below. DRILL:London took place back in March and you can watch video of that version of the Pink Flag Guitar Orchestra below.
Portland festival MusicFestNW is returning this year to multiple Portland venues from September 3-8 with a ton of bands including Animal Collective, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Superchunk, Deerhunter, Charles Bradley, Shuggie Otis, Joey Bada$$, Bonnie Prince Billy, Chromatics, Glass Candy, Flume, Youth Lagoon, Washed Out, The Thermals, TItus Andronicus, Bob Mould, Baroness, Austra, Ty Segall, The Bronx, The Men, Mount Eerie, White Lung, and many more. Ticket info is coming soon.
Initial lineup below...
Earth at Inferno Festival 2012 (more by BBG)
Seattle drone doom mainstays Earth are on tour now with Eagle Twin and Stebmo, and as discussed it hits NYC this weekend at Littlefield on Saturday (11/10). Tickets for that show are still available. The tour is in support of the band's most recent album, Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II, which came out this past February. If you haven't heard it yet, you can stream it over at Pitchfork.
Speaking of great metal tours passing through the NYC area this weekend, the Converge, Torche, and Kvelertak tour hits Highline Ballroom on Sunday (11/11) with Whips/Chains. That show is now sold out, but if you slept on getting tickets, you can catch them a day earlier at The Stone Pony (11/10) in Asbury Park. Tickets for the NJ show are still available.
Converge are supporting their great new album, All We Love We Leave Behind, which if you haven't yet, you can stream in full below. Also below is the video for Torche's "Kicking" off their 2012 LP, Harmonicraft, the video for Kvelertak's "Blodtorst," off their 2010 self-titled LP, and a list of all remaining dates on the Earth tour and the Converge/Torche/Kvelertak tour.
Earth at Inferno Festival 2012, Oslo, Norway (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Seattle's Earth like to take their time and let things go at a slow burn. But that doesn't mean they aren't up for hustling across the country on a month-long tour. Dylan Carlson and crew will rotate in a variety of supporting acts along the way, with NYC catching a leg of dates that will feature Eagle Twin and Stebmo. Look for that show to crash-land at Littlefield on November 10, and ticketing info is forthcoming.
In other news, Eagle Twin are preparing the release of their new LP, As The Feather Tipped the Serpent's Scale, via Southern Lord. Stream two new tracks, "Ballad of Job Cain Part II" and "Snake Hymn", at the bottom of this post.
So far no word on that Dylan Carlson LP, but until then you can pester him at the dates listed below.
After teasing folks with a few names here and there -- like Run DMC most recently -- Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) has revealed it's full line-up, including Public Image Ltd, De La Soul, Superchunk, Santigold, Refused, X peforming Los Angeles, and lots, lots more. 3-day passes go on sale at 10AM CST.
Full FFF Fest lineup is below.
BBG is back in Oslo, this time for Inferno. Here's what he's catching at the Norwegian metal festival...
Earth @ Inferno 2012
I stepped into the elevator at 2AM and almost slipped. Blood was all over the tile. It's hard to know what the source is when you're dealing with raging metalheads... costume? Drunken stumble? I'm back in Oslo at the heart of the Inferno Festival (at the Clarion Royal Christiana) which features some heavy hitters in the world of metal; the possibilities are endless.
Inferno Festival is in its eleventh year and features mostly Scandinavian artists with some touring bands. This year's fest features appearances from Autopsy, Borknagar, Arcturus, Agalloch, Velnias, Church of Misery, Anaal Nathrakh, and many more over four days at multiple venues. The first night (last night, 4/4) is "club night" where smaller bands play across a litany of small stages. The rest of the shows happen at John Dee and Rockefeller, a pair of stages that are connected by a stairway.
Last night started at Victoria, a jazz club decorated with the standard issue acoutrements: a mirrored bar with wood and glass, brass railings from floor to ceiling, and tons of tufted burgundy leather couches. The center of the room was a 200 capacity floor space (that usually houses tables and chairs), with the back wall housing stadium style seating and a pair of balconys above it all.
The show was a stop on the ongoing Earth/Mount Eerie/O Paon tour, a five week jaunt in Europe. The bands on this tour all specialize in darkly melodic tunes with clean guitar tones, so some might find their inclusion in Inferno Festival odd, but Earth has considerable metal pedigree and influence.
O Paon started the evening with her one-woman show. French is the primary tongue for Geneviève Castrée, whose compositions use looped vocals and guitar. Her performance was moving, with some of the songs being completely spontaneous despite the fact that she was fighting a cold.
"Sorry this is our 35th show and sometimes I like to get weird," she said after performing a short interlude with multiple interlocked vocal harmonies. One person's scratchpad is another's gold mine, I guess.
Mount Eerie followed O Paon, featuring Phil Elverum performing solo with a looping pedal and twelve-string. Elverum's fantastic bright guitar tone was the highlight of his outstanding set, which was comprised entirely of new material due on a pair of records coming in May and October. Some of the new material seemed to be in sketchbook form, others sounded like they were cut from the same reverby cloth as the black-metal influenced Wind's Poem, but there was definitely a song or two that sounded like the time on the road with Dylan Carlson had made its mark.
The room was full by the time Earth took the stage, mixed with Inferno festival-goers and indie folk alike. Earth was a four-piece in Oslo that night with a cello to add droney mid-tones in between Carlson's bright Telecaster and the basslines. As usual, Earth was somber, powerful and stunning.
After Earth, I made a pit stop to catch a bit of DJ Nocturno Culto's set before heading to see Solstorm at Rock In. Solstorm mixed elements of Isis-style post-metal with doom and a heavier post-rock influence, and unfortunately, a bit of uncontrollable noise. Despite the band's roots in the noise scene, they couldn't seem to control the waves of noise. Noise music to me is the art of controlling noise and feedback, but Solstorm's seemingl-random ear-piercing squeals didn't do anything but distract from their set.
More pictures from the first night, below...
Earth at Le Poisson Rouge (more by Greg Cristman)
Pitchfork is currently streaming the new Earth album Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II in its entirety. The LP is a follow-up to the first Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light LP which reared its head early last year. Stream it in full below and head to Southern Lord to order your copy before the release date on February 14th.
In related news, Dylan Carlson of Earth is currently trying to raise money for his solo project.
Earth will hit the road for a string of European dates with Mount Eerie and Ô Paon though no US dates, outside of a record release party in Seattle, have surfaced just yet. Full tour schedule and the LP stream are below.
Dylan Carlson (left) with Earth at LPR (more by Greg Cristman)
Dylan Carlson is creating his first major solo project outside of earth.There will be a limited edition lp/dvd/book and cd/dvd/book(500 of each format) and a special pressing of 150 copies(lp only) with personalized ex libris by Simon Fowler (Who will also do the cover and end papers). The illustrations will be by Kiyo Lappalainen. The limited edition books will be pop-up style. There will also be an open edition with regular flat printing in a cd booklet and flat lp printing. The recording will combine field recordings from various megalithic and other sites of human/fairy encounters across the UK, also the use of ritual and folkloric magical practices. The expedition will be filmed by Clyde Petersen. These recordings will be layered with Dylan's interpretations of classic Scotch-English ballads about human/fairy encounters from early modern England and Scotland(15th-18th century). It will also feature guest vocalists to sing the songs....The field recordings will be accomplished in April-May of 2012. The rest of the recording/mastering will be finished in summer and early fall, the artwork is an ongoing process, already begun. Dylan is planning to have it all done for a May 2013 release.The above description details Dylan Carlson of Earth's solo project, which he's currently funding via Kickstarter (currently at about 10% of its $30,000 goal). It ends in 27 days. Contribute if you can/if interested.
In related news, Carlson is also preparing to release his new LP with Earth, Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II, a continuation of the similarly named LP from a year ago. Look for the second installment on Southern Lord on 2/11, and stream a new song at Spin.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
STEREOGUM: What appealed to you about getting involved with All Tomorrow's Parties?Before Chuck D joined fest co-curators Portishead on stage during their Sunday I'll Be Your Mirror set in Asbury Park, Public Enemy played their own set, as did reunited hip hop group Company Flow (who will play again this month as part of the Creators Project). Ultramagnetic MCs played on Saturday, as did Swans.
GEOFF BARROW: I just like that, for the most part, you wouldn't want to be there if you aren't actually into the music. It's not like Coachella where there are loads of girls walking around in bikinis and stuff like that. It's basically people enjoying what is often some really indulgent music. For us, it's like a Charlie in the Chocolate Factory moment. You win the golden ticket and you get to see how the candy is made. You get to choose the bands that play with you, which is just ... amazing. It's like, wow, yes, please.
STEREOGUM: Who in particular are you most excited about seeing?
GEOFF BARROW: We've been really lucky over the years. We've done three of these ATP festivals and it's always such a good experience. I'm always, always, always very into watching Public Enemy. Also, Ultramagnetic MCs because they are just mental and so important to hip hop. I'll also be watching Swans ... with earplugs. I want to watch everything. I want to watch as much as I possibly can.
Jeff Mangum played his second of three Asbury Park sets on Sunday (10/2), though like his Friday show, we don't have pictures of his set (he doesn't like pictures). We do have pictures of a lot of other sets from Sunday though, and they continue, along with shots of the general Asbury Park scenery (the conclusion of our ATP NJ 2011 coverage), below...