Entries tagged with: Josh Graham
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Voivod at Fox Theater, Nov 2012 (more by Taylor Keahey)
Voivod has been trickling out new tracks from their forthcoming LP Target Earth, which is due on January 21, 2013. First the band dropped "Mechanical Mind" in Youtube form and now comes the release of the title track which first saw the light of day via MetalSucks. Check out both tracks below.
Voivod was handpicked to support Neurosis at their recent album release show in Oakland (pics here). So far no additional announcements from the band regarding an NYC show, BUT additional shows are popping up all around the country including dates in Atlanta, Seattle and Los Angeles. Current tour dates are below... I'd suspect that an NYC show announcement is right around the corner.
In related Neurosis news, the band has announced the departure of visual artist (and A Storm of Light honcho) Josh Graham. Though Graham has never committed a single note to the band during his tenure, he has helped shape the band's visual aesthetic via live projections, art, merchandise, etc. Statements from Graham and the band regarding his departure are below alongside a list of all tour dates.
Save the date, June 9th at The Studio at Webster Hall! BrooklynVegan is proud to announce a DOUBLE record release party featuring Tombs and A Storm of Light, as well as special guest Panzerbastard and one more TBA. Tickets are on sale for the NYC show which is the kick-off of a short tour for the two bands. All dates are listed below.
Tombs is welcoming their new LP Path to Totality, the follow-up to their uber-triumphant Winter Hours due on June 7th via Relapse Records. The new LP was recorded at Elmwood Recording studios in Dallas, TX with John Congleton, a man responsible for works by artists ranging from Baroness to St. Vincent to Explosions In The Sky. Interestingly enough, Path of Totality also features the first recorded appearance of "new" drummer Andrew Hernandez, though the former ASRA pummeller has actually been on board with the band since Winter Hours was released. Check out the 6th track on the LP, "Vermillion", available for download above and streaming below and a second track "Silent World" at NPR. Preorder Path To Totality at Relapse.
A Storm of Light's new LP As The Valley of Death Becomes Us, Our Silver Memories Fade is due a bit sooner, on May 17th via Profound Lore (North America/UK)/Burning World (EU). The album boasts guest shouts from names like Kim Thayil (of Soundgarden), Jarboe, long time collaborator Nerissa Campbell, and Kris Force (Amber Asylum) over its nine tracks, and features new drummer BJ Graves behind the kit. The new LP is decidedly more "metal", as Storm is clearly moving away from their previous post-rock heavy output and ever-closer toward the riff. Stream three tracks from the As The Valley below: "Missing" with Kim Thayil and Nerissa Campbell, "Collapse" with Jarboe, and "Black Wolves" with Kim Thayil and Nerissa Campbell (which makes its premiere in this post). Download "Collapse" and "Black Wolves" above.
Since its been a while since we caught up with Josh Graham, we threw him a few questions about the A Storm of Light record, his new drummer, and the current status of the new Neurosis LP. The results of that conversation are below alongside all streams and tour dates...
Scott Kelly of Neurosis (more here)
Every spring, every metalhead asks every other metalhead the same question:
"Are you going to Maryland Deathfest?"
For some, the answer to that question is about to get a little bit easier. Neurosis will headline one night of the 2011 festival alongside a killer, and previously announced lineup of Cripple Bastards, the recently reunited Exhumed, Exhorder, Hooded Menace, Machetazo, Impaled Nazarene, and many more. The show is one of only two confirmed Neurosis dates currently scheduled, with the second being the previously discussed Godspeed You Black Emperor-curated ATP show in Minehead.
Nightbringer is also confirmed to play MDF 2011, and the Colorado band (who recently dropped a four-way split and Apocalypse Sun on Ajna) is also scheduled to appear at Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ on September 4th alongside Profanatica, Krieg, and Wehwalt.
Neurosis are releasing two albums on August 30th in celebration of the band's 25th anniversary: Live At Roadburn 2007 and a reissued and redesigned Enemy Of The Sun with new artwork by Josh Graham (whose band A Storm of Light is opening one of the TWO Sleep shows happening at Masonic Temple in Brooklyn). Neurosis drummer Jason Roeder is also part of Sleep's new live lineup.
MDF 2011 takes place from May 27th to the 30th at Sonar in Baltimore. Full MDF lineup, Neurosis live album art and tracklist, updated Sleep tour dates, and some video below....
Delorean @ Webster Hall in Mach (more by )
tonight in NYC
* Nellie McKay @ Feinstein's
* Grouper @ Issue Project Room
* JFK (of MSTRKRFT) @ Webster Hall
* Winterpills, Frances @ 92YTribeca
* She Keeps Bees, Mike V @ Union Pool
* Andy Kindler & Eugene Mirman @ Comix
* Delorean, MNDR Lemonade (DJ) @ Pianos
* Jay Farrar, Richard Buckner @ Maxwell's
* Pretty Lights, RJD2, Chiddy Bang @ Terminal 5
* The Devil Makes Three, Skeletonbreath @ Southpaw
* Shark?, Diehard, Locket, Serica Ux @ Fort Useless
* Kings of Convenience, Franklin For Short @ Warsaw
* Psychedelic Furs, She Wants Revenge @ Irving Plaza
* Tim Fite, The Wailing Wall (early) @ Mercury Lounge
* Stars, Dead Child Star @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Galactic, High and Mighty Brass Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Rooftop Films w/ Elephant Parade @ Open Road Rooftop
* Vic Thrill, Emanuel And The Fear (late) @ Mercury Lounge
* PoPo, Light Asylum, The Sundelles, Translations @ Glasslands
* Casino Versus Japan, Nudge, Signaldrift @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Linfinity, Monuments, Ladycop, Anima Anonima @ Cameo Gallery
* Moto, Home Blitz, Liquor Store, Wlwl, Circuit des Yeux @ Don Pedro
* Lemuria, Slingshot Dakota, The Measure, Black Wine @ Death By Audio
* Chicken Snake, Lubricated Goat, MJ Halloran & The Sinners @ Bruar Falls
* Akim Funk Buddha's Flying Boom Box and Organic Magnetics @ Von King Park
* Prince Rama, Highlife, Amen Dunes, G. Lucas Crane @ Monster Island Basement
* What Cheer? Brigade, Nana Grizol, The Eskalators, Greg Mullen @ Silent Barn
* Dream Band, Sin Ropas, I'm Turning Into, Star-Crossed Signs @ Cake Shop
* Little Women, Shearing Pinx, Nu Sensae, Okie Dokie, Dreebs @ 538 Johnson, Apt 202
* The So So Glos (DJ), Mark Kamins (DJ), Patrick Stickles (DJ), more (late) @ Shea Stadium
* The Slackers, Jordan Valentine & the Sunday Saints, The Caroloregians vs. Moon Invaders, Karuhata @ Highline Ballroom
There's an art opening at Bushwick's Eastern District Gallery with work from Neurosis visuals guy and A Storm of Light member Josh Graham and Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh. A video about Graham's art and a flyer is below.
Also tonight is an opening for Brian Chippendale (of Lightning Bolt) at Cinders Gallery in Williamsburg.
There's a festival in Red Hook.
DOWNLOAD: Red Sparowes - "Giving Birth To Imagined Saviors" (MP3)
As expected, the LA band's recent addition of guitarist Emma Ruth Rundle and the amicable departure of Josh Graham has left a indelible mark on their upcoming LP, The Fear is Excruciating, But Therein Lies the Answer. But it's not for the worse; soaring and heartbreaking melodies are still the primary (and fulfilled) objective and that achy-breaky pedal steel will still get you every time. In a nutshell, it's a Red Sparowes record, filled with expansive, emotional pieces like "Giving Birth To Imagined Saviors", downloadable above. Hanky not included.
Full Red Sparowes dates and an album trailer are both below....
A Storm of Light
Josh Graham is multitasking, and not in a chew gum and walk kind of way either. Graham first burst on the scene as the newest member of Bay Area titans Neurosis, handling the visual element which included live pieces and graphic design, eventually leading into the legendary "A Sun That Never Sets" companion DVD. On the heels of that well received DVD, Josh went on to direct music videos and design artwork for Dillinger Escape Plan, Enon, Jesu, Khann, Underoath, Saves The Day, and many others.A Storm of Light plays with Coalesce, Coliseum, My Skull Your Closet, and Tournament at Europa on December 30th (tickets are still on sale) Josh Graham listed 10 Great Things About 2009. Read them below...
Meanwhile, Josh wielded a heavy (like the music) axe (like the guitar) in Red Sparowes featuring members of the like-minded Isis, Battle Of Mice [RIP] with members of local metallers Made Out Of Babies, and Tribes of Neurot (a Neurosis related experimental project). His tenure with Red Sparowes has recently come to an end, but that hasn't stopped Mr. No-Sleep from starting another band... A Storm Of Light." [Black Bubblegum, March 2008]
by Black Bubblegum
A Storm Of Light
It's been less than 18 months since their first one, and A Storm of Light (mems. Neurosis, ex-Tombs) are already venturing toward album two with Forgive Us Our Trespasses, out Tuesday (9/22) via Neurot Recordings. The album features contributions from Jarboe, Lydia Lunch and many others. The band is currently streaming "Midnight" at their MySpace but hasn't let any other tracks slip out... until now! BrooklynVegan is proud to present the US premiere of the video for "Tempest", available exclusively below!
So far A Storm of Light has only one US date on their calendar, a FREE album release show at Ace of Clubs on 10/12 joined by Biclops and Naked Heroes! After that, Josh & the boys hop on a plane to tear a hole in the space-time continuum at the Damnation Festival before embarking on a European tour with the mighty Minsk.
In related news, Graham's critically acclaimed project Battle of Mice has, not surprisingly, called it quits. The band, which included Julie Christmas of Made Out of Babies as well as members of Dub Trio released the statement is below:
by Black Bubblegum
Mick on stage with Krallice @ The Studio @ Webster Hall (more by Paul Birman)
Besides the previously mentioned Maze Installation running at Death By Audio, Mick Barr has his hands full with two more shows that lean more towards the heavier side of things.
First up, Mick is scheduled to play Union Pool on September 19th with dark droners Nadja as part of the ongoing Blackened Music Series. Tickets are available, get 'em here. The show is part of a US tour for Nadja, who are promoting as many as FIVE new releases and three upcoming ones: Autopergamene for Essence Music, as well as White Nights/Drone Fields DVD and Under The Jaguar Sun 2LP for Beta-Lactam Ring Records. Sheesh.
The second (actually first) show for Barr is part of the ongoing Show No Mercy series. That takes place at Public Assembly on Sept 6th and will feature the Gnaw, Castevet, and Period. Dig on the flyer for that show below. You want to go for free? I have TWO PAIRS OF TICKETS available for giveaway, just email us at BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with the subject line of "Barr" (include your first and last name).
After the Mick Barr/Nadja gig, the next show in The Blackened Music Series will be the sunn 0)))/Earth/Pelican/Eagle Twin mega-event at Masonic Temple on 9/22 (tickets) followed by the Brooklyn Vegan sponsored presentation of Shrinebuilder at Le Poisson Rouge on 11/15!
Full Nadja dates, the Josh Graham designed sunn 0))) flyer, and the Seldon Hunt designed SNM flyer are below...
by Black Bubblegum
Red Sparowes with touring guitarist Brendan Tobin (Made Out of Babies)
I think it's safe to announce our new guitar player is Emma Ruth Rundle. She's an unbelievable guitar prodigy. A better guitarist than any of us. And, she works building and repairing guitars. Pretty awesome.What role Rundle will play on the bands upcoming full-length is not known, but the band have completed seven demos to be recorded in August for release on an upcoming LP due in 2010. Look for some of those tracks to surface while the band plays a few dates "in Oct/Nov" including a date at the Fun Fun Fun Fest with the previously announced Jesus Lizard. More details about FFF Fest and the Red Sparowes tour are forthcoming. The band plans a full US tour, followed by a European tour in spring 2010.
Red Sparowes next release isn't that LP follow up to Every Heart... though, it's the Toshi Kasai co-produced (with the band) Aphorisms DVD+12" which is due this fall. That EP along with the entire Red Sparowes catalog is now available for download as "pay what you want" (over $2.50 that is) from the band. Check that out here.
Some videos below...
by JJ Koczan
Om @ Roadburn 2009 (Herr Hanz)
Saturday night I communed with The Riff.
That's not a joke. I was just drunk enough at just the right moment so that as Neurosis took an all-too-rare trip through their back catalog, I was taken somewhere, like a living out of body experience. They opened with "A Sun That Never Sets," and split the middle with "Stones From The Sky," and ended in a huge Steve Von Till/Scott Kelly/Jason Roeder drum barrage; it was almost too much for a human psyche to endure. Survival instinct kicked in. They played for an hour and a half and I felt years pass.
The day was long, but worth the effort. I got to 013 Popcentrum a couple minutes into Grails' set and was reminded of just how much I enjoy that band and why I keep buying their records every time they put one out. Having never seen them live before, I was glad to learn that they pull off every texture and nuance of their songs on stage with presence and conviction. When Neurot put out their first two records, I was into it, but didn't really understand, and though their albums have gotten incrementally better, now I feel like I really get it. They're well on their way to being geniuses.
Amenra was in the Green Room at the time, which was full of those seeking something more abrasive than Grails could offer. "Dark" is the first word that comes to mind in thinking about their sound. "Crushing" is the second. They had a little of the post-metal cadence in their rhythms, but they were onto something much more sinister, mood-wise. Heavy as hell, seriously.
by Black Bubblegum
"So I have to be guarded in a way and kinda prepare myself for what's gonna happen, because when it happens, I don't even know."
From their crust punk origins of more than twenty years ago, Scott Kelly and Neurosis have forged their own path with searing imperial riffery and singular artistic vision. Over the course of nine LPs including 2007's critically acclaimed Given To The Rising, Neurosis's firebrand mix of hardcore, metal, psychedelia, and all-of-the-above has inspired fans and musicians alike, giving way to sub-genres and sub-sub-genres based on their compelling, emotive songwriting.
Outside of Neurosis, Scott Kelly has took on additional projects like Blood & Time, Tribes of Neurot, solo recordings, his online radio station Combat Music Radio, and Neurot Recordings. In addition, Kelly announced his involvement in Shrinebuilder, an underground metal supergroup featuring Scott "Wino" Weinrich, Al Cisneros (Om, Sleep), and Dale Crover (Melvins).
With Roadburn 2009 going down this weekend in Tilburg and Neurosis on board to curate Beyond The Pale, we sat down with Scott Kelly in March to discuss Neurosis, the making of Shrinebuilder's debut LP, and why children's mobiles should come installed with music box versions of Lunar Womb!
Where are you exactly in the process as far as Shrinebuilder is concerned? I know you provided recent updates on your blog, but since then, how's it coming along?
We are basically in the same spot we were... Not finished mixing yet, artwork's not done yet, but getting closer on both. Wino ended up doing an extra day of guitar in Baltimore about ten days after he did the initial recording and Dale's done a little bit of percussion overdubs and we've been kinda dialing in each song a little at a time. Its actually really close to a final mix. Al is recording the new Om album in Chicago, so when he gets done he'll be in there with those guys. I'd expect to have it all mixed probably within a couple weeks... it's really close.
by Black Bubblegum
Mastodon @ Scion Rock Fest - Feb 28, 2009 (by Michael Woodruff)
Less than 36 hours after Mastodon left the stage at Scion Rock Fest where they played a few tunes with Scott Kelly of Neurosis (!!!), the band announced a tour that includes a NYC date at Irving Plaza (May 9th, tickets on sale soon) and a Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (May 10th, presale starts Wedesday). All dates will include Kylesa (who was also at Scion) AND Intronaut. Both openers will be coming off of their tour with The Haunted and Nachtmystium.
During the April & May North American trek, the Atlanta crew will play all of their upcoming album Crack The Skye (out March 24):
The complete album performance is something new for the group, says guitarist Bill Kelliher, but "there's something about [the album] where it would be weird to leave a song out. We'll incorporate a whole stage show, which will hopefully make it even more exciting for kids to come see and more visually stimulating." The band is also hoping to make a short movie from all the songs, which Kelliher predicts will be Mastodon's version of "The Wall." -[Billboard]Word is that the band have employed Josh Graham to incorporate visuals into their stage show, similar to Neurosis and A Storm of Light's projection show. Billboard also got more of a straight story on the record's concept
"It's about a crippled young man who experiments with astral travel. He goes up into outer space, goes too close to the sun, gets his golden umbilical cord burned off, flies into a wormhole, is thrust into the spirit real, has conversations with spirits about the fact that he's not really dead, and they decide to help him. They put him into a divination that's being performed by an early-20th-century Russian Orthodox sect called the Klisti, which Rasputin is part of.Oh word? See if you can decipher more at the Crack The Skye website.
"Knowing Rasputin is about to be murdered, they put the young boy's spirit inside of Rasputin. Rasputin goes to usurp the throne of the czar and is murdered by the Yusupovs, and the boy and Rasputin fly out of Rasputin's body up through the crack in the sky and head back. Rasputin gets him safely back into his body."
"That's the basic story," he [Brann Dailor] says, "but it's all metaphors for personal sh*t."
Tickets are still available for the April 19th BB Kings show with The Haunted, Nachtmystium, Kylesa, & Intronaut.
A Storm Of Light recently played Europa with Amenra & Zoroaster.
All Mastodon shows go on pre-sale on Wednesday (password = CracktheSkye), and then regular sale Friday. All dates on this "intimate" tour are below...
by Black Bubblegum
Primitive North Art By Josh Graham
As originally discussed in July, A Storm of Light and Nadja have announced the release date for their sort-of split LP Primitive North due on the Robotic Empire on March 3rd, 2009. The record will feature two new tracks by A Storm of Light, a new one by Nadja, and remixes of each track by the other party. A Storm of Light's Josh Graham did the cover art for the album. That's it above.
In related news, Graham will provide the art for the new record by Brooklyn's own Hull who announced today that they have inked a deal with The End Records to release their LP Sole Lord. No release date yet. In the meantime, you can check the band out at one of two dates the band has lined up in the next two weeks... 12/12 at Union Pool with Apeshit & Ancient Sky, and 12/19 as part of Unsound with Zozobra (mems Cave-In), The Austerity Program, Heavy Winged, and Cowards. Flyer for Unsound below.
A Storm of Light released And We Wept The Black Ocean Within earlier this year... and we interviewed Josh Graham about it. The band will headline Europa on Feb 15, 2009 with faves Zoroaster, Amenra, and I, Parasite (tickets here). All dates below...
by Black Bubblegum
Scott Kelly, live at the Roadburn Festival 2008 (moose23)
Neurosis's frontmen, Scott Kelly and Steve Von Till, both have new solo records on deck which have had their release dates pushed back to May 20th (The Wake and A Grave Is A Grim Horse respectively). As a consolation, Neurot dropped a little preview for us in the form of the MP3s above.
Scott Kelly is currently working on the new Blood & Time record, as well as Shrinebuilder with Wino (St. Vitus, Hidden Hand, etc), Dale Crover (Melvins), and Al Cisneros (who has a new drummer in Om) which is due in 2009 on Neurot. Combat Music Radio is also still going strong. Steve Von Till is working on a Limited Edition release of his Harvestman soundtrack to the film "Hate2O". Both are writing new music for Neurosis and Tribes of Neurot.
VBS.tv recently released video from the Neurosis show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, and although it is nowhere near the majesty of their live show, check out Neurosis battling their way through "The Doorway"...
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: The Sword - "Fire Lances Of The Ancient Hyperzephyrians" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Soilent Green - "Antioxidant" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Iron Maiden - "Intro", "Aces High", & "Two Minutes To Midnight", Live in Tokyo Feb 16th, 2008 (VIDEO, WMV)
Neurot Recordings have announced details for THREE Neurosis-related releases in the next two months! First up, a new solo album from the mighty Scott Kelly, who will release The Wake on May 5th, his first release in the seven years since his debut Spirit Bound Flesh. Two weeks later, the world's most intense elementary school teacher Steve Von Till drops A Grave is a Grim Horse, his first non-Harvestman release in six years (Harvestman recently collabo'd with Fear Falls Burning). More details on A Grave Is A Grim Horse can be found here. The third we knew about, but has now gone official: A Storm Of Light's debut And We Wept the Black Ocean Within will be released on June 2nd. Read our recent interview with Josh Graham here.
Tickets for the previously mentioned second At The Gates show go on sale Thursday April 3rd at 10 AM here. Tomas Lindberg's other band, the mighty Disfear, have announced a few more dates, including another show in Brooklyn at Europa on May 22nd with Trap Them and Bloodhorse! Ticket info for Disfear at Europa isn't available, but there are still tickets for their show at the Knitting Factory. New tour dates are down below.
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: A Storm Of Light - "Mass" (MP3) from the forthcoming And We Wept the Black Ocean Within
DOWNLOAD: Red Sparowes- "Alone & Unaware, The Landscape was...."(MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Battle Of Mice - "Sleep And Dream" (MP3)
Josh Graham is multitasking, and not in a chew gum and walk kind of way either. Graham first burst on the scene as the newest member of Bay Area titans Neurosis, handling the visual element which included live pieces and graphic design, eventually leading into the legendary "A Sun That Never Sets" companion DVD. On the heels of that well received DVD, Josh went on to direct music videos and design artwork for Dillinger Escape Plan, Enon, Jesu, Khann, Underoath, Saves The Day, and many others.
Meanwhile, Josh wielded a heavy (like the music) axe (like the guitar) in Red Sparowes featuring members of the like-minded Isis, Battle Of Mice with members of local metallers Made Out Of Babies, and Tribes of Neurot (a Neurosis related experimental project). His tenure with Red Sparowes has recently come to an end, but that hasn't stopped Mr. No-Sleep from starting another band... A Storm Of Light. A Storm Of Light recently opened up night two of the Neurosis/Mastodon extravaganza (their second show ever, check out videos from it here and here) and a Seattle date with Neurosis and Converge. Up next, A Storm of Light are scheduled to tear down the Pussycat Lounge in NYC this Saturday, March 29th with Hull in a show that will also feature the art of Jorden Haley.
BrooklynVegan's Black Bubblegum sat down with Josh to hash out his thoughts on democracy (in songwriting), how to keep it simple, and how much it means to him to be "Riding Dirty".