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photo: Bon Iver in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Bon Iver

Earlier this week, Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival curators Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Aaron Dessner (The National) sent out a mixtape to people who bought early bird tickets to the festival. It had unreleased music from several artists, who were presumably set to play the festival. Now the official lineup is announced, and it has several of those artists plus a lot more exciting stuff.

Possibly most excitingly, the Dessner brothers are presenting 'Day of the Dead,' which will have a number of musicians paying tribute to the Grateful Dead, like The National and their friends are doing for their upcoming tribute album. Eaux Claires also features James Blake and Bon Iver (who are rumored to also collaborate at the festival), Beach House, Eighth Blackbird with Bryce Dessner & Bonnie 'Prince Billy, Erykah Badu, Jenny Lewis, Jon Hopkins, Mavis Staples, Melvins, Deafheaven, My Brightest Diamond, Nathaniel Rateliff, Phosphorescent, S. Carey, Sarah Neufeld, Shabazz Palaces, Vince Staples, Tenement, LNZNDRF, Bruce Hornsby (performing The Way It Is), Cornelius (performing Fantasma) and more.

The festival happens August 12 & 13 in Eau Claire, WI. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/12) at 10 AM CST.

Full lineup and announcement video below...

Continue reading "Eaux Claires Music Fest 2016 lineup (Bon Iver, James Blake, guest-filled Grateful Dead tribute, Erykah Badu, Melvins, more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Mike Melvins

The "lost" album by Mike and the Melvins (aka godheadSilo vocalist Mike Kunka and sludge veterans the Melvins) is finally finished and coming out this year. As the story goes...

In 1998, around the time his band godheadSilo went on hiatus, bassist/vocalist Mike Kunka busied himself by tagging along on a tour with his friends the Melvins. Somewhere along the way, Mike and the Melvins - King Buzzo (guitar/bass/vocals), Dale Crover (drums/vocals), and Kevin Rutmanis (bass/vocals), at the time - decided to make a record together, and gave the project the imaginative moniker Mike and the Melvins. Sub Pop, ever on the hunt for music's Next Big Thing, enthusiastically agreed to fund and release the super-group's debut, and recording commenced sometime in 1999.

It's at this point that things get hazy. Apparently, one or more of the following happened:

Some "junior-high level bullshit."
A house was built, a barn was raised, children were born.
Typical record-label skullduggery.
A scorching case of whooping cough.
Surgery. Lots of surgery.
Shocking and poorly-timed gear theft.
Some other stuff, probably, or maybe not.

Whatever the reasons, the incomplete recording languished on a shelf from 1999 until 2015, when, much to everyone's surprise, the involved parties reconvened, finished the damn thing, and delivered it post-haste to Sub Pop International Headquarters, where it was promptly scheduled for the coveted April 1st, 2016 release date. What a story, right?

What a story indeed. The first song to come out from it is "Chicken 'n' Dump," which has exactly the kind of crushing attack you might expect from this meeting of minds. Check it out below, and pre-order the record here.

Continue reading "Mike & the Melvins finished their "lost" album, releasing it this year (stream a track)"

photo: Napalm Death at Gramercy Theatre in February (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
Napalm Death

Two metal institutions, Melvins and Napalm Death, have announced a huge co-headlining tour in 2016 with killer support from Melt Banana.

The tour will stop in NYC for two shows, at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 14 and Webster Hall on April 15. Tickets for MHOW go on AmEx presale Wednesday (12/2) at noon and on sale to the general public Friday (12/4) at 10 AM, while tickets for Webster Hall go on sale Friday at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

Napalm Death released Apex Predator: Easy Meat earlier this year, and the Melvins have a new documentary about their 51 shows in 51 states tour.

Check out a Napalm Death live set from earlier this year, an interview with Buzzo where he discusses the 51 states tour, and all tour dates for the "Savage Imperial Death March Tour," below...

Continue reading "Melvins, Napalm Death & Melt-Banana announce 2016 tour"

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Melvins at The Echo - 10/24/15 (photo via The Echo Instagram)
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The Melvins are the consummate road warriors. Look at your local concert listings chances are you'll see Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover and company coming up somewhere in the not-too-distant future. It is this relentless attitude towards being a working band that presumably led the The Melvins to complete a tour that took them through all 50 states and Washington DC in a mere 51 days back in 2012. Now there is a documentary about the trek coming out on DVD. It's called Across the US in 51 Days: The Movie, it's out on November 13, and it is not to be confused with either of the other two upcoming documentaries about The Melvins.

Meanwhile, The Melvins are in the midst of playing two shows in one week at LA's The Echo (clearly they're slacking), and I caught the first, which took place on Saturday (10/24). The opener was Field, who played a set of basically nondescript acoustic guitar songs that served the main purpose of getting the crowd really anxious to see the Melvins (to his credit, he did cover Iron Maiden though).

Once the Melvins took the stage, it was time to get serious at the sold-out Echo. Buzz, wearing his signature glittery robe, was joined by the "Melvins Lite" lineup, which is the trio of Buzz, Dale and Mr. Bungle bassist Trevor Dunn, who plays standup bass. It was that lineup's first show back since 2012 when they played the aforementioned 51 shows in 51 days. It is certainly a bizarre sight to see Buzz shredding away alongside a standup bass being played with a bow, but of course the band ripped just as much as you would have hoped, and Dunn's ability to play those songs on that thing just adds a further element of impressiveness to the whole thing. "This guy is one fun motherfucker to play with," opined Buzz during an interlude in which he spoke for a solid 5 minutes while the band played a funny blues progression behind him. "Be honest, how many of you actually recognized that Iron Maiden cover?" he asked the crowd, before eventually concluding "that's why I never talk at these shows."

As for the set, they ripped through a ton of material from throughout their history, although there was probably more stuff from the past 10 years than from any other period. They hit "Hooch," which was a definite highlight, and they covered Paul McCartney's "Let Me Roll It," which is actually sort of a perfect Melvins song. And Buzz and Dale are just inhumanly tight, displaying the kind of musical synergy that can't be faked and only comes from playing together for as long as they have (Dale's may have also been the loudest drums I've ever heard at a show). Buzz is such a good frontman; his guitar carries the songs and he's never standing still, bobbing and weaving and generally commanding your complete attention, even as your head is banging uncontrollably. This was a professional show by a professional band, and I for one could use more of those.

Tickets for the Melvins Halloween show at the Echo are on sale now (that one will feature Jeff Pinkus on bass). Oddly enough, that and a November show in Tokyo are the only currently scheduled dates for The Melvins.

Check out audio of Melvins covering "Let Me Roll It" back in 2013 below...

Continue reading "Melvins releasing 'Across the US in 51 Days: The Movie,' played their first of two LA shows (live review)"

Color of Noise

As you may know, there's a new documentary on legendary record label Amphetamine Reptile on the way called The Color of Noise. In conjunction with that, AmRep will reissue some of the highlights of their catalog on vinyl starting this December. Here are the details:

MVD Entertainment and the legendary Amphetamine Reptile Records has partnered with Robel Films to release the documentary The Color of Noise, a film that looks into the history of the label and its founder Tom "Haze" Hazelmyer. MVD and AmRep will also re-issue some of the best releases from the catalog on vinyl and CD starting in Dec 2015 and continuing into 2016 and beyond. The initial round of releases includes the first vinyl edition of the legendary Halo of Flies' Music for Insect Minds on double LP, the Cows' classic Cunning Stunts and a 3 LP set of the infamous Dope Guns 'n Fucking in the Streets compilations featuring Mudhoney, Helmet, Melvins, Tad, Tar, Superchunk and lots more. Also, the soundtrack to the The Color of Noise will be released on limited edition 150 gram color vinyl for Record Store Day (November 27th).
We've also got the premiere of a clip from the documentary featuring Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra talking about Mudhoney. "People look back a Nirvana or Soundgarden as what kind of launched the whole grunge mania, but for us underground and the vinyl junkies it was one song, it was 'Touch Me I'm Sick' by Mudhoney." Watch the clip below.

Continue reading "watch Jello Biafra discuss Mudhoney in a new clip from AmRep doc 'The Color of Noise' ++ label is reissuing albums"

by Bill Pearis

Dumb Numbers

As mentioned, Dumb Numbers have a box set of split-10"s, one of which is with David Lynch. Dumb Numbers' side pays homage to Lynch's cult hit Twin Peaks (which is coming back, like that gum you liked). The title, "I Dreamed I Saw Jack Nance Last Night," is a tip of the hat to the actor who played Pete on the series (and was the star of Lynch's Eraserhead), the bassline is basically the same as the Twin Peaks theme, and then there's its general dream-like atmosphere. It more evokes than steals, though. The song features Warpaint's Jenny Lee Lindberg on bass, Best Coast's Bobb Bruno on mellotron, and Melvins' Dale Crover on drums. Have a listen below.

The Split Series is out now digitally, and the vinyl will be out October 31.

Continue reading "Dumb Numbers share 'Twin Peaks'-inspired song from their split with David Lynch (listen)"

by Bill Pearis

'Split Series' box art
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Dumb Numbers, aka Australian musician Adam Harding and a revolving cast of collaborators (Lou Barlow, Dale Crover, Murph, David Yow, to name four) will release a triple 10" box set of split records with David Lynch, Melvins, and David Yow. You can get a taste of what's to come via a food-oriented trailer that was directed and edited by Harding. The box set is limited to 975 hand-numbered copies, pressed on black vinyl marbled w/ gold, silver, and oxblood colors, and packaged in a custom wooden box, with screen-printed art by Mackie Osborne. It's out September 25 via Joyful Noise and pre-orders are available now. Tracklist and individual 10" cover art is below.

Last in NYC opening for My Bloody Valentine, Dumb Numbers have West Coast dates lined up with The Lemonheads this fall. All dates are listed below.

Speaking of Lynch, it's still unclear what was actually being shot at Grand Prospect Hall on Monday (8/17), though it's pretty certain it wasn't actually the show Twin Peaks. (Showtime flat-out said it was not the show.) Was it a commercial/promo for Lynch's upcoming new episodes of his iconic television series, though, or just something else that happened to have that name? The crew were all tight-lipped, saying they signed non-disclosure agreements.

Continue reading "Dumb Numbers collaborate with David Lynch, David Yow and Melvins on new split box set ++ tour dates"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Ty Segall at The Bell House last month (more by PSquared)
Ty Segall

Ty Segall is a man of many musical projects, like his own (which just played four NYC shows last month), Fuzz, and Ty Segall & White Fence, to name a few. Now he's got another power trio to add to that list: Broken Bat.

The band is Ty, Melvins drummer Dale Crover, and OFF!/Redd Kross (and Redd Blood Cells) bassist Steven McDonald. So far, all the band have released is "just a taste" of first single "Take My Medicine." From the sound of it, they have a sludgy, evil vibe more similar to Fuzz than Ty's solo material. But what else would you expect from putting Ty in a studio with a Melvin? Listen below.



Meanwhile, the Melvins were just in NYC twice this week on their tour with Le Butcherettes, hitting Santos Party House on Monday (6/29) and Tuesday (6/30). Like they've been doing at other stops on this tour, the shows had them ending with covers of Pop-O-Pies' "Fascists Eat Donuts" [hey, the Pop-O-Pies! - Bill] and Bikini Kill's "Rebel Girl," with Le Butcherettes' Teri Gender Bender joining them on vocals. Video of those covers at the 6/30 show, and the setlist from that one, below.

Continue reading "Ty Segall forms band with Redd Kross/OFF! bassist & Dale Crover; Melvins covered Bikini Kill w/ Teri Gender Bender"

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Tickets for night 1 and night 2 of the Melvins' two shows at Santos with Le Butcherettes go on BrooklynVegan presale today (3/11) at 10 AM. Use the password ELECTRORETARD.

If you miss out on the presale, you'll have another chance to get tickets when the general on-sale starts on Friday (3/13) at 10 AM. All tour dates HERE.

UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

photo: Melvins at Housecore Horror Film Festival, 2013 (More by Trent Maxwell)
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Sludge vets Melvins are the subject of a new documentary, The Colossus of Destiny - A Melvins Tale, which is currently in production and directors Bob Hannam and Ryan Sutherby hope to have it ready to show in early 2016. If you'd like to help it along there's a newly-launched Kickstarter campaign for the film that is currently a little more than a third of the way to its $75k goal. Melvins note on Facebook, "It is their project and not ours, but it will be good." You can check out the trailer below.

In other news, Melvins (who released new LP Hold it In last year) will be on tour this summer and will play two NYC shows at Santos on June 29 & 30 with Le Butcherettes. We were originally told they would be playing their 2001 album, Electroretard (which is getting reissued on June 2 via Ipecac Recordings), in full but now it is unclear whether that's happening or not. What we do know: tickets to the 6/29 show and the 6/30 show go on sale Friday (3/13) at 10 AM but you can get them early via our BrooklynVegan presale which begins Wednesday (3/11) at 10 AM.

UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

All dates are listed, along with the Electroretard stream and the documentary trailer, below...

Continue reading "Melvins are subject of a new documentary, touring, playing 2 NYC shows (dates, BV presale)"

by Andrew Sacher

Thrice
Thrice

Quebec's Amnesia Rockfest goes down from June 18-21 in Montebello, QC and the lineup was just announced, including the back-in-action Refused, Pixies, Slayer, Melvins, Buzzcocks, Descendents, ALL, Tenacious D, Deftones, Bad Religion, Snoop Dogg, Propagandhi, Gogol Bordello, Bouncing Souls, Ministry, Down, The Exploited, GBH, Carcass, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Bolt Thrower, Sick of It All, Cro-Mags, Snapcase, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), The Offspring (who toured Smash last year but will now play the less good Americana) and more. Full lineup here. Tickets are on sale now.

The lineup is also includes the first announced reunion date for Thrice, who went on hiatus about three years ago. It's arguable that they didn't go out on the best note, but those early records are pretty great -- 2002's The Illusion of Safety and 2003's The Artist in the Ambulance especially -- so it should be cool to hear that stuff live again. Revisit some old highlights below. They also recently reissued stuff on vinyl.

Assuming the reunion includes bassist Eddie Breckenridge, he'll be pulling triple duty this year. He's a current member of the reunited Knapsack (who have dates coming up), and he plays with former (?) blink-182 member Tom Delonge in his arena rock band Angels & Airwaves. blink-182 (without Tom) have a similarly-themed festival that they curated coming up, too.

And ahead of Amnesia Rockfest, Thrice singer Dustin Kensrue (who has a new solo album coming) will go on a tour with Manchester Orchestra singer Andy Hull, which hits NYC on April 30 at The Bell House. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/13) at noon.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Amnesia Rockfest lineup: Thrice reunion, Refused, Rancid, Pixies, Slayer, Melvins, Buzzcocks, Descendents & more"

by Ian Chainey

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The first taste of the Melvins' Hold it In, the new album featuring Paul Leary and JD Pinkus of the Butthole Surfers, has hit the web. "Brass Cupcake" is rather rocking, definitely fitting into the more streamlined material of both bands' careers. It's also something of an earworm, with its Kiss/Cheap Trick guitars spinning sugar that will buzz your brain for the rest of the day. According to drummer Dale Crover, that was the intention: "Brass Cupcake is possibly my favorite track on Hold It In! We wrote this song with Pinkus and Paul in mind, once we knew this project was a go. It's our version of what we think pop music should sound like. Get ready to freak out!" Will do. Hold it In is set to drop on October 14 via Ipecac Recordings and it's available for preorder now. Those that do will receive the song "Bride Of Crankenstein" as a bonus.

This version of the Melvins -- minus Paul Leary -- will heading out on tour in October. Drummer Dale Crover is actually currently on tour with OFF! who play NYC's Europa tonight (8/22) with Bad Antics and Gay Kiss (tickets). Dale Crover was also in the studio recently for a forthcoming solo 7" on AmRep titled United Fruit which also features Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh) and Kevin Rutmanis (Cows, Melvins, Tomahawk). You can stream the title track below.

Continue reading "Melvins streaming a track from new LP; Dale Crover streaming a track from solo 7" ft. Lou Barlow & Kevin Rutmanis"

by Ian Chainey

King Buzzo at the Wick in 2014 (more by P Squared Photography)
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The Melvins have a habit of constantly shifting their roster which, of course, makes them the Melvins. Their next iteration will occur on the forthcoming Hold it In, due out on October 14 through Ipecac Recordings. On that one, Buzz and Dale will be joined by a couple Butthole Surfers: guitarist Paul Leary and bassist JD Pinkus. To ring in the event, Buzz, Dale and JD (but not Paul) will outline America starting in October. There's no NY date, but they'll hit multiple California locales, a stop in Austin, Texas, an appearance at The Fest, and more. Full tour schedule below.

In related news, Buzz Osborne will be touring Australia and Europe in support of his acoustic record This Machine Kills Artists. Dale Crover will hop aboard OFF! during their jaunt in August. Fellow Butthole Surfer Gibby Haynes is set to be featured on Mastodon's Adult Swim single that will be released on September 8. And in sorta related, This Band Could Still Be Your Life news, the Meat Puppets -- who have surely crossed paths with the aforementioned many a time -- announced a tour, including two NYC dates on October 31 and November 1. Bob Mould also just added Cymbals Eat Guitars to his tour, and J Mascis is up to plenty of stuff too.

All of the dates along the Melvins covering the Butthole Surfers' "Graveyard" last year for AV Undercover appears below.

Continue reading "Melvins (Butthole Surfers members included) releasing a new album & touring (dates)"

photos by P Squared Photography

King Buzzo @ The Wick - 7/14/14
King Buzzo

King Buzzo has been touring in support of his solo record This Machine Kills Artists, and in between fighting with KISS fans he brought his impressive hair and guitar playing to bear on NYC for two shows this week with Mary Halvorson. First he played Santos on Sunday (7/13) and then The Wick the next night (7/14), pictures of which are in this post. Buzz has been around for so long, and been around so many legendary people and scenes, that the idea of getting to be in his solo company for awhile is a rare, exciting thing. He played a set with just his acoustic guitar that included a mix of solo songs, Melvins songs, a few covers, and a liberal dose of storytelling from that storied career of his.

More pics, as well as video of Buzzo playing the Melvins classic "Boris" and one of him telling a long, entertaining story (with guitar interludes) about Mike Patton from the show, below...

Continue reading "King Buzzo played 2 acoustic NYC shows w/ Mary Halvorson (pics & video from The Wick)"

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Pez

"As far as I can tell, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss are fucked-up alcoholic junkie guys. So I don't think Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley should let those two fuck-ups ruin them. Why should they? Okay, they chose to be alcoholics and fuck-ups, now in doing that they have to face the consequences. Gene Simmons didn't do it, why should he face the consequences? That's what I think!"
- King Buzzo, to the Missoula Independent
Keeping up with the zeitgeist as always, KISS have been in the news a lot lately. We already told you that they're currently touring with Def Leppard in support of our military, but so much else is happening in the world of KISS that it warrants further discussion.

"Fucked-up alcoholic junkie guy" Ace Frehley is releasing a new solo album called Space Invader in August on eOne. He's already released a song called "Gimme a Feelin", which is streaming here.

Second of all, we'd like to remind you of the existence of 4th annual KISS Kruise which sets sail on Halloween and runs through November 4th and also involves Cheap Trick and, oddly enough, Purson, among some other acts. This places them in the rarefied air of artists like Weezer and Flogging Molly who have their own sea-bound carnivals. Full lineup below.

Immediately upon returning to land, the band will set up shop in the desert for the most appropriate Vegas Residency in the history of Vegas Residencies. KISS Rocks Vegas will run from November 5-23 at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. "What happens in Vegas will not stay in Vegas, not if we have anything to do with it," says Gene Simmons, with some trenchant commentary on the digital age. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/18) at 10 AM.


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Meanwhile, avowed KISS fan King Buzzo of the Melvins, who has been touring in support of his recent solo release, has, as you can see above, gotten involved in the discussion about KISS's new, Frehley and Criss-less lineup, which is apparently controversial in some circles. After receiving some hatred from Kiss fans who were upset about his "junkie" comments, Buzz was none too pleased, and retorted via his Vice-published tour diary. "So, for the record, you Kiss fan fuckheads who are giving ME shit for saying as it turns out, the exact same thing as Gene can KISS my ass!" There are a number of similarly wonderful quotes in both Buzzo articles, so I'd recommend reading them in full.

And in a final bit of musicians-talking-about-KISS-in-Vice-news, White Lung's Mish Way has apparently turned into Chuck Klosterman and is now writing about how great it is to get stoned at a KISS concert and the relative differences between rock decades. The 21st century, man.

White Lung are touring in July and September.

Buzz was just in NYC for two shows. We caught the 2nd one which was at The Wick.

Below check out the Melvins classic cover of "Goin' Blind," so you can understand where King Buzzo is coming from. Kiss dates and Kruise lineup are down there too.

Continue reading "KISS announce Vegas residency & Kruise; King Buzzo tells KISS nuts to KISS his ass (but like Mish Way, is a fan)"

OFF! at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
OFF!

The Keith Morris-fronted hardcore supergroup OFF! just got even more super. For their next tour, drummer Mario Rubalcaba (Earthless, Rocket From The Crypt, Hot Snakes) is unfortunately sitting out, but the legendary Dale Crover of the Melvins will be filling in for him. The tour includes support from Bad Antics and Gay Kiss, and it hits NYC on August 22 at Europa. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/11) at 11:55 AM.

The band also just released a video from their record release show for Wasted Years. Watch that, with the list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "OFF! announce tour w/ Dale Crover of the Melvins on drums"

by Ian Chainey

King Buzzo at Housecore Horror Film Festival, 2013 (More by Trent Maxwell)
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Richard "King Buzzo" Osborne, frontman/guitarist for the Melvins is now streaming his new solo outing, This Machine Kills Artists, in full. The record (not to be confused with the new Scion AV split with Tweak Bird) is a departure from his recognizable stew of slow sludge, booming doom, and Kiss-riffs twisted into a nightmare. Instead of punk distortion overload, This Machine is simply Buzz and an acoustic guitar, recorded straight to tape, string rattle and all. It will be released by Ipecac on June 3. Then, Buzzo will hit the road for a long tour.

That said, it would be a mistake to think This Machine lacks heft. While opener "Dark Brown Teeth" is a Richie Havens-esque strummer containing beautiful, haunting singing pulled from '70s power pop, there are long passages where the collection gets unnervingly dark. When I caught Buzzo at the Scion Rock Fest, I was surprised by the force of his impact. I wrote:

He yelled, growled; hammering the same gut-bucket progression past flushness. His grey hair spun out in spirals, whipping the air. He was Woody Guthrie in a nightmare. The audience watched reverently.
It was but a man and his guitar, but his charisma, keen sense of melody, and focus kept a crowd of antsy metalheads facing the stage during his set. This Machine isn't any different. Its sub-three minute songs, while raw, are full of surprises.

In related news, after a Kickstarter campaign dating back at least two years, The Color of Noise, the documentary tracking the history of Amphetamine Reptile Records will be seeing a debut shortly. Began by Tom Hazelmyer in 1986, the Minneapolis label catered to the burgeoning noise rock scene, releasing records by Melvins, the Jesus Lizard, Helmet, Tar, Today is the Day, and many, many more that have achieved a cult following. Its legacy lives on today, influencing third and fourth waves of noisy bands best described as having that 'AmRep' sound. The film will premiere May 30 at Third Man Records in Nashville, Tennessee and features many talking heads ranging from Steve Austin, Derek Hess, John Stainer, and, yep, King Buzzo.

What The Color of Noise trailer and a clip of the flick, along with the This Machine Kills Artists stream and those dates again (Santos Party House and The Wick included), below...

Continue reading "King Buzzo's new album streaming (listen); Amphetamine Reptile documentary coming soon (watch the trailer)"

by Ian Chainey

Tweak Bird

If Tweak Bird operate under one principle, it's fun. The Illinois-transplanted Los Angeleno guitar n' drums duo doesn't think music should be taken too seriously, so, instead, they offer seriously fun music. Yet, lest you think their tunes are tossed off, treated with the same irreverence as seeds and stems, know that their easygoing, whatever-ness belies a whip-smart wit and canny understanding of earworm melodies; just baked within thick, stoner distortion and sprinkled with occasional Nuggets when they've had too much to dream.

After an assist in the beginning from Dale Crover of their past tourmates the Melvins, Caleb and Ashton have cut together quite a collection of releases, with the anticipated Any Ol' Way available today (5/20) via Let's Pretend Records. Then, starting May 24, the two will tour, making a round-trip through the US on a month-long trek. On June 12, the Birds will roost at Death by Audio in NYC. Prepare to be pleasantly deafened. All dates are listed below.

So, to help ring in the new addition to their discography, they're also contributing a non-album track, "Upside Down Frankenstein," to a new installment of the Scion AV Rock Show singles series. Tweak Bird inhabits the B-side with the Melvins' King Buzzo (who also has a new album coming) occupying the A, thus commemorating the Scion-presented show the pair played together in LA this past February. In typical Tweaked fashion, "Frankenstein" starts shambling along with heavy, lazy drums; like Brant Bjork taking it easy on a Sunday morning. A thudding chord progression enters, teases some grit, then makes the bed for a close vocal harmony in the manner of the Everly Brothers. . .if gifted a vaporizer. A chorus of the three-word title is given a couple go arounds before the brothers bring the track to a close with a world-swallowing amount of Brian Wilson reverb. Similar to that smiler, it's just fun. And, well, it's on-the-surface simplistic, but there's a certain craftsmanship present. The rough edges have been sanded down by consideration; from the Shel Silverstein-esque, mouth-pleasing nonsense refrain, to the hints something bigger is lurking in the shadows.

A stream of "Upside Down Frankenstein" makes its premiere in this post. Listen to that, along with Buzzo's contribution to the split and the list of all Tweak Bird dates, below...

Continue reading "Tweak Bird released a new LP, releasing a split 7" with King Buzzo, touring (dates & streams)"

by Andrew Sacher

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Gainesville, FL multi-venue punk festival The Fest just announced even more bands, including Melvins, United Nations, Coliseum, Small Brown Bike/Casket Lottery-related Able Baker Fox (who haven't played in a while), Whores, Vacation, Plow United's Brian McGee and more. Full list of additions below.

The new additions join Descendents, Lifetime, Paint It Black, The Marked Men, Modern Life Is War, Mineral, Hot Water Music, Screaming Females, Touche Amore, Into It Over It, Circle Takes the Square and many, many more. Passes are still available.

Meanwhile, Melvins singer Buzz Osborne, or King Buzzo, recently released another song from his upcoming acoustic solo album, This Machine Kills Artists, which is due out on June 3 via Ipecac. Like previous single "Dark Brown Teeth," it's acoustic but it's not like Buzzo is going singer/songwriter on us or anything. It's pretty much a drum-less, distortion-less metal song. Check out the new track, titled "Instrument of God," below.

And in more related news, United Nations singer Geoff Rickly (who also used to sing a band called Thursday) recently wrote for The Talkhouse on how he paid $2,000 on StubHub to attend one of The xx's 40-person shows at the Park Avenue Armory in March. Here's how he described the show:

As the set progresses, the room changes. The night turns magic. The lights drop and "Fiction" starts playing. Now the beat is booming somewhere behind us. It's becoming increasingly clear that this small room is a facade and we're in a massive space. The walls turn into screens that are being projected on from outside. The ceiling starts rising above us, first one story, then two, then three. Liza grabs my hand as the soundtrack to her loneliness throbs in the air around us.

The walls blow off the room and lights come streaming through the air from great distances. The band is slinking through one number after the other. Music has never been sexier or more vivid. It felt like being inside the record sleeve. The sound roaring in the void around us, the lights echoing the artwork -- this is the closest I've ever been to the realization of a musical vision.

Read the rest of his interesting (and pricey) story about how and why he ended up forking over two grand for the show, at The Talkhouse.

Stream the new Buzzo song, with the full list of Fest additions, below...

Continue reading "new King Buzzo track streaming; Geoff Rickly paid $2000 to see The xx. Melvins, United Nations, more added to The Fest"

by Doug Moore

King Buzzo w/ Melvins at Housecore Horror Film Fest, 2013 (more by Trent Maxwell)

Back in February, we mentioned that Buzz "King Buzzo" Osborne of (the) Melvins had made his latest predictably unpredictable career move -- he had recorded a solo acoustic 10" album titled This Machine Kills Artists, which is slotted for a June 3 release via Ipecac, and went on an accompanying March solo tour. Though said tour involved some SXSW appearances, it didn't hit NYC.

The first round must've gone well, because Buzzo's booked a much longer run of acoustic dates in June and July (plus an appearance at the aforementioned 2014 edition of Scion Rock Fest). This round does include NYC -- Buzzo is hitting Santos Party House on July 13 and The Wick in Brooklyn on July 14. Tix for the Santos show go on sale this Friday (4/4) at 10am; tix for the Wick show are on sale now.

Buzzo's also released a single from that acoustic recording titled "Dark Brown Teeth" a while back. Though "acoustic Buzzo" doesn't necessarily inspire confidence as an idea off the bat, the man's rhythm guitar work has always been impeccable, and his versatile singing voice has long been a key component of his main band's sound. This track produces flattering evidence of both.

Stream it, and check out the full run of Buzzo's solo dates, below...

Continue reading "King Buzzo (Melvins) released a new song from upcoming solo LP, touring this summer, 2 NYC shows included (dates, stream)"

I just wanted an excuse to think about True Detective more as I wait for the 7th episode, so here's a post about the music which includes the show's title sequence theme song "Far From Any Road" by The Handsome Family, and info on the well curated songs in each episode.

Check out what they played in episode 1, episode 2, episode 3, episode 4, episode 5, and episode 6. Names include a lot of country and folk classics mixed with newer indie rock stars, metal, psych rock and more. The Black Angels were in episode one and their tourmate Roky Erickson appeared via his band The 13th Floor Elevators in episode 2. Father John Misty, Lucinda Williams, Vashti Bunyan, Steve Earle, Melvins, Nick Cave's Grinderman, Sleep (!), Primus, Wu-Tang Clan, Omar Rodríguez-López's Bosnian Rainbows, and the Kinks all made the cut so far too. Who is the Yellow King though?

UPDATE: Check out the music from episode 7.

Listen to the Handsome Family intro song below...

Continue reading "True Detective soundtrack (so far) -- Handsome Family, Black Angels, Melvins, Sleep, Primus, Father John Misty & more "

By Doug Moore

TONITE! (...sort of, not really)
VH

Real talk: the weather fucking sucked this week, and it shows few signs of improving over the weekend. On top of that, it's Valentine's Day today. Not brutal! (Or doubly brutal, depending on your inclinations.) But you guys are troopers, right? And there's a good amount of fun stuff going on this weekend:

Tonight (2/14): industrial pioneers Skinny Puppy are playing at Webster Hall along with Army of the Universe & Cult of Youth, though the show is sold out. Saint Vitus is hosting a more romantic event (by some definitions, anyway) -- the DLR-era Van Halen tribute band Bottom's Up.

Tomorrow (2/15): gnarly noise rock locals Fashion Week are playing an ABC No Rio matinee along with out-of-towners Manners, Dying, & Capacities. Rozamov's tour is hitting Acheron, with help from Godmaker, Eggnogg, & Crushed. Meanwhile, long-running death/thrashers Deceased will put in a one-off appearance at Saint Vitus alongside Fantom Warrior, Penetration, Sacrificial Blood, Exhumation, & Iron Force. Keep an eye on our nifty NYC metal show calendar for the latest. It rules.

In other news:

The great Polish death metal band Decapitated have entered the studio to record their sixth album.

Some grainy, 30-second streaming samples of the new Triptykon album are available on Amazon, if you're into that kind of thing.

Knelt Rote have canceled their appearance at Martyrdoom 2014, which is a bummer. On the bright side, Lord Mantis and Evoken have joined the bill.

Shirley Temple's passing reminded a lot of people that her daughter Lori Black was briefly a member of (the) Melvins, though Black's stint in also-ran thrashers Clown Alley continues to go uncelebrated.

Speaking of Melvins, frontman Buzz Osborne has debuted the first song from his aforementioned solo acoustic 10" via Rolling Stone. You can stream it below.

The Dillinger Escape Plan have announced another spring tour. This one's with Tera Melos & Vattnet Viskar (the latter of whom are playing NYC soon), and while it doesn't stop in NYC, you can catch it if you schlep out to Hartford, CT on May 10. All tour dates are listed below.

Over in the IO corner:

We checked out great new tunes by New Light Choir, Behemoth, The Wounded Kings, and Xothist. We continued our career-spanning retrospective on Babylon Whores. We gave you the deets on all of this week's $$$-worthy new metal. And we spoke to NYC metal scene fixture Curran Reynolds (Wetnurse, Body Stuff, Today is the Day, & the Precious Metal Series) on our East Village Radio show. Tune in every Tuesday night at 10pm on EVR.com for ticket giveaways, interviews, and the best new riffage around.

The Dillinger Escape Plan tour dates and Buzz Ozborne stream below. Anything else?

Continue reading "The Heavy Lowdown (Valentine's Day edition): Deceased, Decapitated, Shirley Temple's metal relevance, & more"

by Doug Moore

King Buzzo w/ Melvins at Housecore Horror Fest, 2013 (more by Trent Maxwell)
Melvins

Melvins are about as predictably unpredictable as any heavy band out there. Their recent stunts include trying to set a US tour record by playing all 50 states in 51 days and reverting to their original early-'80s lineup for their most recent album.

For his next trick, vocalist/guitarist Buzz Osborne will be playing a run of solo acoustic shows in February and March, starting with a Scion Rock Show appearance in LA on 2/25. This wouldn't be such a weird move for most rock frontmen, but Buzzo is not known for his friendliness to such sensitive endeavors. As he put it himself:

"I'm looking forward to taking this show on the road! Solo acoustic is something I'd never thought I'd be doing. Maybe that's why this will work!"
Osborne will also release a "commemorative 10-inch" (odd word choice, but okay) of the tour via Amphetamine Reptile on a date yet to be announced.

No NYC stop at the moment, sadly, but if you're going to be in Austin for SXSW you can catch Osborne there. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Buzz Osborne (Melvins) going acoustic, playing solo at SXSW and other tour dates"

Delta Spirit (more by Tracy Allison)
Delta Spirit

The list of announced NYC New Year's Eve shows is growing and now includes Delta Spirit at Brooklyn Bowl, the band's only announced show at the moment. Openers TBA. Tickets go on sale until 11/18.

Looking for something to do in Chicago? Death will be at Reggie's.

Philly gets Swearin and Screaming Females.

The Breeders will be in Austin.

Washed Out plays Atlanta.

San Francisco gets the Melvins and Mudhoney at the Great American Music Hall Melvins also tour Australia in December. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Delta Spirit playing Brooklyn Bowl New Year's Eve; Melvins & Mudhoney playing San Francisco; Chicago gets Death"

by Doug Moore

BESAS

So this is intriguing: over the weekend, the Brooklyn venue Acheron announced a show headlined by "the Big Easy Sludge All Stars" on November 16. The show also features locals Trenchgrinder and Syphilitic Lust.

The show's flyer, below, describes the heretofore-unknown Big Easy Sludge All Stars as "featuring members of Down, Mystick Krewe of Clearlight, Melvins and Outlaw." (UPDATE: There's no Melvins member involved. It was a mistake on the initial flyer and the new flyer can now be seen below.) You may also recall that Eyehategod -- which features Jimmy Bower of Down and the Mystick Krewe of Clearlight, and who recently played the Housecore Horror fest with Dale Crover of Melvins on drums -- are about to hit the Northeast for a few dates. The band is playing Saint Vitus on 11/14 (tickets), but the show on the November 16 is listed as "TBA at TBA". Oh, and the Acheron show has a $25-per-ticket presale already going. You do the math.

Eyehategod announced their permanent replacement drummer on Friday. Check out the full set of upcoming Eyehategod dates, and the show flyer, below.

In related news, the new Melvins album "Tres Carbones" is streaming at Pitchfork Advance.

Continue reading ""Big Easy Sludge All Stars" playing Acheron after Eyehategod show at Saint Vitus; Listen to the new Melvins album"

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