Entries tagged with: Earthless
by Ian Chainey
Guitar shredders Earthless and skateboard shredders the Shrine will be heading back out to the East Coast in August. Following dates in Canada (including Sled Island this weekend for Earthless) and Europe, both bands will hook up to hit Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and two New York dates. The first will be at Mercury Lounge on August 22. Tickets ofr that show go on sale Friday, June 27 at noon. The second is at Saint Vitus on August 23 (tickets are available now).
The two outfits both have 2014 releases under their belts. Earthless will drop In a Dutch Haze, a live 2009 SXSW jam with the J. Mascis-led Heavy Blanket, on July 8 via Outer Battery Records and Roadburn Records (preorder). (Heavy Blanket, who were too loud for Union Pool last year, will be on the Boston stop of Sleep's upcoming tour.)
The garage-y punk of The Shrine reached new heights on Bless Off, released back in March. The Los Angelenos will also be preforming at the loaded Sonishpere in Knebworth, UK alongside the Prodigy, Metallica, Iron Maiden, and more on July 4 through July 6.
All of the dates area listed, along with streams of Earthless and The Shrine, below.
by Ian Chainey
Sleep at Hopscotch in 2013 (more by Karen A. Mann)
Stoner doom legends Sleep have announced five August live dates. The Bay Area bringers of riffs will get rolling August 24 in Boston with psych-rockers Heavy Blanket and close with an August 30 set in Pioneertown, California (which looks like Deadwood, by the way). The tour hits NYC on August 25 at Stage 48. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/6) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/4) at noon. All dates are listed below.
In addition to the road trip, Sleep will be releasing a new song for the Adult Swim Singles collection on July 21. This also follows news earlier in the year that Sleep might be working on a full album. If true, the day planners of all three members are particularly packed. The forever-shirtless Matt Pike is currently in the studio with High on Fire working on their new album, which members describe as "crazy intense." The band will also be touring Australia and Europe soon. Al Cisneros has been working on solo material, releasing a 12" and a 7" of deep-dubs this year. And Jason Roeder, who joined the group in 2009, will be doing High on Fire's tour itinerary backwards with Neurosis, touring Europe, then heading to Australia, before landing back in the States for Southwest Terror Fest.
Besides the Pioneertown finale, Sleep's tour has some other dates of interest. Boston's Heavy Blanket, the project allowing Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis to jam, is releasing In A Dutch Haze, the Heavy Blanket/Earthless shred-a-thon from 2009's SXSW on July 8 via Outer Battery Records / Roadburn Records. So, expect all of the solos for that show. And on August 28, Sleep checks in to Chicago's Thalia Hall with Corrections House, the all-star industrial noise collective counting members of Eyehategod, Neurosis, Yakuza, and Minsk.
All dates are listed, with a stream of Sleep's Dopesmoker remaster and a section of the Heavy Blanket/Earthless collabo to get you in the mood, below...
Though the 2013 Sled Island Festival got flooded out, it returns to Calgary, AB this year from June 18 - 22. The full line-up will be announced on April 29, but artists appearing include St. Vincent, Spiritualized, Neko Case, Rocket from the Crypt (who play NYC tonight), Rhye, Touche Amore, Bob Mould, Mission of Burma, The Julie Ruin, Killer Mike, White Lung, and more. Festival passes are on sale now, with tickets to individual shows going on sale April 11.
Full initial line-up of Sled Island 2014 artists, and a teaser video, below...
Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Austin Psych Fest returns for its 6th year from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch, and since we last spoke, the festival's lineup has been expanded to now include The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Panda Bear, The War On Drugs, Graveyard, Mikal Cronin, Bombino, Peaking Lights, Pink Mountaintops, The Fresh and Onlys, Sleepy Sun, The Octopus Project, Bardo Pond, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, Morgan Delt, Cosmonauts, Pure X, Guardian Alien, Mark McGuire, Greg Ashley and more.
They join previously announced bands like Loop, Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Liars and more. Unfortunately, Primal Scream, who had to cancel their US tour, are no longer playing. APF Tickets are still available.
The fest has also announced that there will be kickoff parties the Thursday (2/1) before at Mohawk and Red 7 with sets from The Warlocks, Night Beats, Indian Jewelry, Elephant Stone, Golden Animals, Holy Wave and more TBA.
Updated lineup and flyer below...
Queens of the Stone Age at ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Queens of the Stone Age made a solid comeback this year with ...Like Clockwork, an album which has ended up on many year-end lists, including NME, Rolling Stone, Paste, SPIN, Q, Mojo, Amazon and Rough Trade. We asked them to send a list of their favorite albums of the year. They're a big band, and their list mostly includes other big bands (and big solo artists), but it's also got a certain Jack White-approved compilation, and two relatively smaller artists, Earthless and Kurt Vile, so kudos to those guys for being QOTSA-approved. You can check out the full list below.
QOTSA's best of 2013 list below...
Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
The 6th annual Austin Psych Fest happens from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch (where it took place last year), and this year's lineup includes Primal Scream, Loop, The Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Temples, Avey Tare's Slasher Flick, Liars, Mono, Destruction Unit, Oneohtrix Point Never, Moon Duo, TOY, Earthless, Shannon and the Clams, La Femme, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Quilt, Gap Dream, Circuit Des Yeux, and more. Tickets (including a camping pass option) are on sale now.
Let's hope that means a Loop (who just played ATP End of an Era) and Primal Scream will have other North American shows while here. French band La Femme mentioned they'd be doing a two-month North American tour in 2014 and this is the first actual date we've seen.
Full Austin Psych Fest 2014 lineup below...
White Hills at MHoW, Dec 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Brooklyn psychedelic-fuzz crew White Hills have teamed with the jammy Earthless for a split live EP available for FREE via Scion A/V. The effort will feature one track from each band culled from a recent Roadburn-curated event, and you can check out both below including a new interview with White Hills. The WH track and interview make its debut here on BV.
In related news, members of Earthless serve in Golden Void, who will team with Pontiak to play Union Pool on Saturday (4/6) alongside My God Music's Terrible. Tickets are still available. The show is the lone US date for Golden Void (who are on their way to Roadburn in the days following), and one of two shows for Pontiak, dates of which are listed below.
Isaaiah Mitchell of Earthless is currently making the rounds in the EU as part of Howlin Rain, but he'll head back to the states shortly to tend to his own personal duties. One of said duties? Prepping the release of the new LP by Golden Void, whose self-titled debut is due via Thrill Jockey in November. Stream the new song "The Curve" below for the first time.
Speaking of Howlin Rain, if you are in the EU currently and at one of their shows, make sure to swing by the merch table to scoop up a new limited 7" via Agitated Records. The record features two tracks, "When The Morning Comes" and "Collage (demo version)".
While Howlin Rain is currently tearing through the EU, so far Golden Void have no dates to speak of. In the meantime head below to check out a track and get geared up for a potential live outing.
Keith Morris of Off! at SXSW (more by Brian Reilly)
The incredible Off! (made up of members of Black Flag, Earthless, Burning Brides, and Red Kross) will make their NYC debut at Europa on 10/21 as part of a Scenic CMJ showcase at the venue. Tickets go on sale at 11:55 AM, and limited badges will also be let in. The show is their only current NYC date during the festival (stay tuned for if that changes), but the show will be one of at least two for Earthless's Mario Rubacalba, as Earthless will also play Mercury Lounge with Strife the night before, one of two Strife shows that the band is playing (they play Death By Audio on 10/21 with Gay For Johnny Depp).
With their 1st EP 7" set to drop on Tuesday (10/12), Off! also have a pair of Record Release shows in LA next week. Amoeba Records (6400 W Sunset Blvd) gets the first taste with an all ages shindig at 7PM while the second will go down at the now defunct Club Lingerie (6507 W Sunset Blvd) across the street at 10pm (21+).
All dates and some incredible live video is below...
DOWNLOAD: Gay For Johnny Depp - "Suckcess" (MP3)
It's a hard road to tread when press refers to you as "the band that taste forgot", but depending on what you're going for, that could be a complement (and in this case, I think it is). Bringing to mind the post-hardcore nuttiness associated with bands like Refused, The Blood Brothers and Daughters (RIP?), Brooklyn wildmen Gay For Johnny Depp are prepping to release a new six track EP entitled Sex Vid Singles Club. The band, which features members of Mind Over Matter and Errortype 11 in their ranks, will release the EP on October 12 via Shinebox Recordings (A new label). The EP will serve as a primer for the band's full length which is due in February 2011. Dig on "Suckcess" above and a video for literally every other song below.
GFJD currently has one date on its calendar,10/21 at
Matchless Death by Audio with Strife, Cruel Hand, Batillus (who just played Cake Shop), and Primitive Weapons (lineup seems to be up in the air) as part of CMJ (it's the Shinebox Recordings showcase).
The show is part of a short east coast tour one of two in NYC that the ex-straight-edge kingpins Strife are scheduled to play that week, They also play Mercury Lounge on 10/20 as part of the Converse-presented "True Til Def" show with the decidedly non-straight-edge crew of Priestess, Earthless, Disembodied, Iron Age, and Naam. Smoke 'em if you got 'em and head to the site to RSVP to the free CMJ show.
Tracklisting and tons of videos are below....
words by Kim Kelly, photos by Erik Luyten
It's been a long few days for Kim Kelly, who is currently gallavanting around Europe with Mike Scheidt and YOB, but the metal maven filed the below Roadburn report to tie up the rest of her time at the 2010 edition of the epic festival that took place during an equally historic time. If you're just joining us, check out Kim Kelly's report from Day 1 before continuing below... - BBG
words by Kim Kelly,
Goatsnake at Roadburn! (Erik Luyten)
Kim Kelly knows her (good) metal, and as such, we couldn't think of a better ambassador than this Philadelphian/writer for Terrorizer/Hails & Horns/Metal Injection. Kim checks in from Roadburn (April 15-18, 2010) in Tilburg, Holland, where she will take in some of the best metal bands currently in existence (and some resurrected from the grave), reporting back on what havoc the riff, and the volcano, hath wrought... - BBG
ROADBURN DIARY - DAY 1 (Thursday, April 15)
The road to Tilburg is a very long one, indeed - at least if you're coming from the mean streets of Philadelphia. After an 8am flight from Newark that landed at Heathrow at 8pm London time (before the volcano!), a few restless hours of sleep in a hostel (where a very nice Scottish boy had acted as my human alarm clock after I discovered that both my US and UK cell phones weren't working), an hour-long bus ride to Standsted Airport (chauffeured by a rough-looking lad who spent the trip dancing in his seat to Lady Gaga and singing along under his breath), an hour flight to Eindhoven, twenty minutes on a bus to the city's central train station, forty minutes on the train to Tilburg, and a five-minute walk with my Terrorizer mates to the Grass Company cafe/weed emporium, I was finally there - the stoned Mecca that is Roadburn.
words by BBG, photos by Tim Griffin
Baroness teamed up with Neurot Carolinians US Christmas, and the ultra-jammy Earthless at Bowery Ballroom on 11/20 as part of an ongoing tour to promote Baroness's The Blue Record. Earthless and USX's last release hit the racks earlier this year and in the tail end of 2008: Live At Roadburn and Eat The Low Dogs respectively. I did not go to NIN or Morrissey at Bowery, but I can say that I have rarely seen Bowery Ballroom THAT packed. Earthless would later play The Charleston as part of a secret show presented by Chronic Youth.
Baroness's The Blue Record is piling on the accolades, with "best record of the year" being thrown it's way numerous times. I dig the record and highly recommend it, but not as nutso over it as (seemingly) the rest of the metal nation. Judge for yourself by streaming the record on their MySpace, or catching them on tour, and if you're lucky/from Japan, you can catch them with Isis!
Tour dates and more pictures from Bowery are below...
DOWNLOAD: Quest For Fire - "Bison Eyes" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Quest For Fire - "Strange Waves" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Quest For Fire - "The Hawk That Hunts The Walking" (MP3)
Naam at a BV-CMJ Day Party (more by Paul Birman)
Toronto's Quest For Fire have announced a short stint of dates which include NYC with Weird Owl, Chyld and BV CMJ alums Naam at Pianos on 12/4. Full tour dates are below. Quest For Fire, which features former members of The Deadly Snakes & Cursed, recently dropped their self-titled full length on Tee Pee Records. Dig on some tracks above.
Word has it that another band on Tee Pee Records has scheduled a show in NYC on 11/20 with Tournament at The Charleston as part of the Chronic Youth series of shows. We have no confirmation on the "who", but the show will feature 20+ minute jams and will sound "out of this world".
Tournament is also scheduled to play NYC as part of the BV-Sponsored Coalesce + A Storm of Light + Coliseum show at Europa on 12/30. Tickets are still available. Coalesce recently played a show in Austin. Check out the pics and some free MP3s from their new EP.
Chronic Youth and BV have teamed up to present Javelina, Black Tusk, Batillus and a Special Guest at The Charleston on 11/18. The flyer for that show and a list of more killer shows this week, and all tour dates, below....
by Black Bubblegum
Baroness at Bowery Ballroom (more by Tim Griffin)
The Blue Record impacts on 10/13, and Baroness will hit the road in November with a rotating cast of characters. Tickets are on sale for a November 20th NYC show at Bowery Ballroom where the band will be joined by the mighty Earthless and US Christmas.
Baroness is currently streaming two songs from their new album at their myspace.
Pig Destroyer will meet up with Baroness in Atlanta, but will hit NYC when they team up with Eyehategod and Goatwhore for a Rocksoff cruise on 10/24. Tickets are still available for the show that is now officially part of CMJ.
Dark Castle will also team up with Baroness on their tour. The duo played NYC last night (Monday, Sept 7) with Orphan, The Body, and Malkuth at Precious Metal. Dark Castle is also scheduled to play Lost & Lulu Alligator Bar on 9/13 with Tournament, Ramps, and The Body.
Full Dark Castle and Baroness dates, as well as a Dark Castle video below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Dinosaur Jr. @ ATP NY 2008 (more by Abbey Braden)
Dinosaur Jr.'s ninth LP, Farm, is out today (as is the new record by their Jagjaguwar label-mates Sunset Rubdown). In support of that record, the band has a nearly-two-month North American tour planned for the fall. That includes a show at Pop Montreal among many other places. No NYC date has been announced as part of that tour, but that's probably because of Dino Jr.'s free Summerstage show with the Walkmen on August 16th, not to mention the sold out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn happening this Thursday (6/25) with Screaming Females.
Joining Dinosaur Jr. on their October dates will be Lou Barlow + the Missingmen, a group that is, as speculated, Lou with Tom Watson and Raul Morales, the crew that toured with Mike Watt a few months ago (including dates supporting Dinosaur Jr.).
The Missingmen will continue to play with Mike Watt too, with scattered shows along the West Coast scheduled (see full dates below).
Watt is also gigging with his other groups. He'll play in August with the Secondmen (with that group's original members, organist Pete Mazich and drummer Jerry Trebotic).
Floored by Four has plans to record in the days leading up to the Summerstage show. To tally up Watt's recording projects, his forthcoming records include Hyphenated Man (w/ the Missingmen), a Black Gang (w/ Nels Cline) record, a new Secondmen disc and probably others.
One of Watt's finest records, the Minutemen's Double Nickels on the Dime, will be recognized at the Bowery Poetry Club for a 25th anniversary celebration of the album on Saturday, July 25th. The plans for the party are as follows...
Be prepared for the extreme unusual, with spoken word renditions of songs on the album, musical tributes, rare videos and recordings, and special musical guest stars, including the bassist for the Minutemen, Mike Watt.Mike Watt is ALSO playing with Jim O'Rourke, among others, in Japan this September, AND Mike Watt even makes an appearance in the new Dinosaur Jr. video, "Over It," posted below with all Dinosaur Jr. and Mike Watt tour dates...
Performers confirmed so far include Michael T. Fournier (author of Double Nickels on the Dime (33-1/3 press), New Jersey experimental indie rock band Twede Kamer, Worcester, MA Minutemen cover band Pillowman, mystery punk bassist The Bass Player from Hand Job, electro-poetic mistress Jackie Sheeler, Jazz piano cabaret duo Peter Carlaftes & Kayo, Warhol scenester Ronnie Norpel and punkster poet Kat Georges (author of Punk Rock Journal).
Jagjaguwar announced the addition of Dinosaur Jr. to their label family earlier this week. Not many details were released, but they said, "Its not often that the shiny reveries of our younger, more formative years get to coincide with the psyche of our professional lives. Let's call it castle building, start making plans for a new tower, muse on it in our quieter moments, then move on. WE'RE STOKED!" Other Jagjaguwar artists include Okkervil River, Bon Iver, Women, Black Mountain, and Swan Lake who just released their new album along with some free MP3's.
The Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguwar/Dead Oceans SXSW showcase takes place at Mohawk in Austin on Thursday, March 19. Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, Julie Doiron, Foreign Born, These Are Powers, Women, Richard Swift, Bishop Allen, Phosphorescent, BLK JKS, Akron/Family, and "Special Guests" are on that 2-stage bill. I can't say for sure who the special guest is, but Dinosaur Jr. will be at SXSW. They have a publicized SXSW show just one night later. Apparently BlackBerry (yes, the phones) have taken over the Court Street Courtyard for a couple of nights. Dinosaur Jr. are playing that. They go on after Grizzy Bear (one of two shows they're playing) who go on after Peter Bjorn and John.
Phosphorescent is playing two official shows at SXSW. They're doing a normal set at the above-mentioned showcase, and they're performing their new Willie Nelson tribute album from start to finish at the BrooklynVegan showcase at Club DeVille one night earlier which is exactly what they're doing at the Bell House in Brooklyn this Saturday night.
Lou Barlow is also playing at least one show at SXSW. The Dinosaur Jr. bassist is listed as ""Lou Barlow w/ Imaad Wasif" on the Merge/Barsuk showcase at The Parish on March 21st. Telekinesis, The Wooden Birds,, Say Hi, The Rosebuds, and Ra Ra Riot are also playing that show.
J Mascis's other band Witch is currently on tour with Earthless. That tour brings them to Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn TONIGHT (2/25). Children open up and tickets are still on sale. If you go, don't miss San Diego's Earthless.
Earthless is the brainchild of Mario Rubalcaba, Mike Eginton & Isaiah Mitchell. Rubalcaba a prolific drummer has worn the alias of Ruby Mars during his stint with Rocket From The Crypt, went on to bang away for the Hot Snakes, was the drummer for hardcore art-punks Clikatat Ikatowi and previously was in the Black Heart Procession... and prior to that? Mario was a member of Tony Alva's Alva Team skateboarding crew. He now finds himself, along with bassist Mike Eginton and guitarist Isaiah Mitchell, knee deep in the near opposite direction of all things punk rock, ensconced in the world of jam, space and "cosmic nodding" a.k.a. Earthless.They're playing SXSW too.
Speaking of Hot Snakes, and the Bell House and SXSW, Obits kick off a tour on March 15th.
Video of Earthless performing at Roadburn 2008 (the performance they just released as a live album), below...
by Black Bubblegum
Witch dropped Paralyzed in March, and it was recently named as one of the best heavy albums of the year by Decibel.... check out that full list below. Look for a few of those to repeat on my own top metal list, coming very soon.
We knew that Witch counts J. Mascis as a member, but the band also contains (or, rather attempts to contain) Kyle Thomas, AKA King Tuff. King Tuff recently dropped his debut Was Dead on October 7th via Tee Pee which is also Witch's label.
J Mascis also recently released an album of his own, and on his own label... Baked Goods. Out now, J + Friends Sing + Chant for Amma is a "collection of devotional songs dedicated to the living Indian Saint, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma)" with all of the proceeds going towards "a vast range of humanitarian projects, including orphanages, charitable hospitals and free homes for the homeless". For more on Amma, head here.
Earthless (mem of Rocket From The Crypt, Hot Snakes, Black Heart Procession) recently dropped their live album Live at Roadburn, captured at the ridiculawesome festival that will include Saint Vitus, Amon Duul II, Neurosis, and many other greats in 2009.
All lists and dates below...