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Dale Crover w/ Melvins Lite in October (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Dale Crover

Dinosaur Jr. just keep adding more alternative rock royalty to their upcoming You're Living All Over Me 25th anniversary show, which happens in NYC at Terminal 5 on December 1. They've already announced Johnny Marr (of The Smiths), Kim Gordon (of Sonic Youth), and Al Cisneros (of Sleep), and now they've added Dale Crover (of Melvins) too. Kurt VIle, who carries the torch that those musicians all helped light well, opens the show and tickets are still available.

Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis is also one of the many guests appearing on the third season of Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen's IFC show, Portlandia, which returns on January 4 at 10pm ET/PT, prefaced by a pre-premiere episode on December 14 at 10:30pm ET/PT. In addition to J, other guests include Dirty Projectors, Jim Gaffigan, Patton Oswalt, Roseanne Barr, Juliette Lewis, George Wednt and more. You can check out the full list of guests for season three and a video clip of the upcoming season below.

Speaking of Melvins, they're playing a New Year's Eve show in LA at The Alexandria with Redd Kross, who released their first new album since reuniting in 2004 this year. Tickets for the LA show are on sale now.

Portlandia video and list of guests are below.

Continue reading "Dale Crover will guest at Dinosaur Jr's NYC show; J Mascis & Dirty Projectors will guest on 'Portlandia'"

words by Kelly Pratt; photos by Bryan Murray

David Byrne
David Byrne

Kelly Pratt of Bright Moments and many other musical projects has been on tour with David Byrne and St. Vincent, and chronicling it on BrooklynVegan. If you're just joining us, also check out part 1, part 2 , Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5. Part 6 begins here...

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San Diego through Vancouver and beyond

After the Dallas show we all pile on the bus for the long trek to San Diego. Fortunately we don't have to tackle it all in one drive so we stop in El Paso for the day off. Jon N and I end up taking a long bike ride, including a shady trek through an arroyo, to go see Looper. The film turns out to be quite entertaining, despite its numerous violations of the grandfather paradox.

The following morning we wake up in San Diego at Humphrey's Half Moon, a fancy resort on Shelter Island. We have the day off again, so most of us bike to Mission Beach to enjoy the food and drink on the boardwalk. We meet up at a bar with two friends of John A and while everyone else heads to the beach, I stay behind to hear about the profession of one of them: horseshoe crab blood salesperson. She explains that the blood is vital to the pharmaceutical industry as a testing agent to ensure their products are free of bacterial infection. The crabs "donate" their blood, then are placed back in the ocean where their blood volume returns to normal within a week. With the price tag of $15,000 per quart the blood is quite valuable, and some of us make a silent pledge to change careers at the end of the tour.

The following night's show takes place in the outdoor courtyard of the hotel. Susanne, the lighting designer, sets up her rig directly on the balcony of my room. We are situated right next to the marina and during the show several dozen people pilot their boats into a little recess where they can hear (but not really see) what is coming from the stage. During our set David addresses them as "the boat refugees" and thanks them for coming.

The next few shows are a bit of a blur, primarily because we are playing every night. While there may not be as many opportunities for extra-curricular activities it feels nice to get into a bit of a groove. If anyone knows what tour momentum is about, it would have to be The Melvins. On the road at the same time as us, they are currently attempting to break a world record of "51 shows in 51 states in 51 days". They have a fascinating (and funny) account of it here. Reading of Trevor Dunn's encounter with a rowdy fan during an improvised bass solo reminds me of a recurring joke from our tour. Early on Brian Wolfe told us of his theory of free jazz. According to him you can boil almost the entirety of the history of the music down into two factions: "scratch 'n sniff" and "pet store on fire". Both types can be present within a single composition, or even simultaneously, but one must be present at all times. It is a joke of course, but close enough to the truth.

At 5700, the Greek Theatre is the largest venue of our tour and one we have been looking forward to since the beginning of rehearsals. It is a stunning amphitheater and has housed many legendary concerts including Neil Diamond's "Hot August Nights". Everyone is a bit nervous, but nerves quickly dissipate as concentration is vital to this show. Afterwards we have our largest group of guests yet, including Jason D's parents. One lovely thing about this coast to coast tour is that many members' parents are able to see the show, including mine. We also get to meet our second O'Hara of the tour, Catherine (Mary Margaret came in Toronto).

Somehow I've managed to visit a different dim sum establishment nearly every time I've come to San Francisco. So upon arrival I decide to bike on my own to Hong Kong Lounge, one that comes highly recommended. The food is delicious, but I'm reminded of why no one goes to a dim sum restaurant by themselves. Cycling the hills of San Francisco with a belly full of dumplings isn't exactly easy, and I barely make it back for soundcheck. The first few weeks of the tour we picked up a ritual we have been performing every night, and it follows us here. The last song we play every night is The Talking Heads' "Road to Nowhere". The choreography is a loose follow the leader with the horns ending in a straight horizontal line behind David and Annie. As we leave the stage for the final time the line breaks in two and we depart on opposite sides, playing an improvised reprise of sorts. Once we are firmly backstage we continue playing, but the song morphs into a television theme song, typically one that takes place in the city we are currently in. Some previous numbers have included Dallas, Mr. Belvedere, and Laverne and Shirley. Tonight's version, of course, is Full House.

After a week in California we take off for the Pacific Northwest, and the home stretch of this leg of the tour. On most of the days off DB has been giving talks to support his new book "How Music Works", and we all attend one of these the evening after the Portland show. For this particular talk David is joined by Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney and Portlandia.

David Byrne

The format consists of David flashing an image onto a movie screen, followed by the two of them talking about what that image means to them. As a result the majority of the talk is concentrated around the importance of the visual side of a musical performance, be it fashion, lights, or movement. It is quite fascinating and something most musicians should spend more time thinking about. After Vancouver some of us take the bus back to Portland, while the rest of us head back to NY for a few days rest. Next up Colbert, and Australia in the New Year!

'Til next time,
Kelly

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Watch Kelly, the rest of the band and David Byrne & St. Vincent on Colbert tonight (11/1).

UPDATE: Colbert happened. Watch the videos.

They were also supposed to play Letterman the other night, but that was cancelled due to Sandy. Speaking of, read a Sandy-related letter David Byrne sent out to his mailing list, with more pictures from their tour, below...

Continue reading "On the Road with David Byrne & St. Vincent who didn't play Letterman, but play Colbert tonight (the final installment)"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

infest
Not only has Maryland Deathfest (May 23-26, 2013) expanded with additions of Down (who recently played NYC), Melvins (them too), The Obsessed (!), Ufomammut, Deiphago (who is coming to NYC), Cobalt (as discussed), Evoken and more, they have also added a mostly-punk/grind/powerviolence stage too! The festival promises that set times will not overlap with the  Baltimore Soundstage, which will host an Infest reunion (!), along with appearances from Citizens Arrest, Converge (who is on tour this fall), Iron Lung, Full of Hell (who is on tour with Gaza), Sete Star Sept, Vitamin X, Magrudergrind, Kromosom, Ilsa, and many more. Updated MDF lineup, with the new punk/hardcore/metal stage, is below.

Infest split in 1996 after ten years of pioneering a style that would later be known as "powerviolence":

The band, while not coining the term powerviolence, were definitely pioneers of it. The Los Angeles quartet blended the ethos, speed and song structure of hardcore, along with the aggression and anger of bands like Negative Approach and Negative FX creating a style emulated by many and an energy captured by few. Joe Denunzio's vocals exhibited pure angst, with lyrical content about conformity, war, scene politics and socio-political issues, mostly delivered in an accusation assault. -[Last.FM]
Full lineup is below, along with vintage Infest clip and other MDF-related video.

Continue reading "Maryland Deathfest adds punk stage, announces Infest reunion"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Melvins Lite at MHOW, 10/4/2012
The Melvins

Please note in the case of Melvins, "lite" does not mean "less loud." The trio version of the Washington State sludge pioneers bulldozed their way into Brooklyn last night (10/4) for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, as part of their world record attempting blitzkrieg/tour of the US, hitting all 50 states and Washington, DC in 51 days. The band get a little bit of a respite tonight, in that their NJ stop is at Maxwell's (10/5), which is almost like staying in one city for two whole days which must come as a luxury.

More photos from last night's MHOW show (including openers Tweak Bird) are below. The band are over the hump, without about 20 days/states/shows to go. The remainder of their World Record Tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Melvins Lite played Music Hall of Williamsburg in bid for "Fastest Tour of the U.S. by a Band" world record (pics)"

via @jakerocksoff
BK mags

We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...

With the opening of the Barclays Center (follow @BrooklynVegan on Twitter for some scenes from the chaos), both New York and Time Out ponder the changing landscape of Brooklyn in this week's issues.

Speaking of the new venue, Lady Gaga's MSG (2/22) & Barclays Center (3/6) shows sold out today, so she added one more at each venue. The new dates are 2/23 @ MSG and 3/7 @ Barclays. Both go on sale Friday, October 5th at 10am.

Other NYC shows that went on sale today include JEFF the Brotherhood, Field Report, Diamond Rings, Anais Mitchell, Kelly Hogan, Callers and Petty Fest.

And regarding that Staten Island politician talking shit about her, Lady Gaga thanked him.

As mentioned, Soundgarden is releasing a new album, their first in 15 years, on 11/13. Now you can hear the first song which is streaming at the bottom of this post.

In other bands who were good in the '90s Barclays Center news and, Smashing Pumpkins warmed up for their arena tour with an intimate, two-and-a-half-hour show at Stubb's in Austin last night. The tour hits the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Halloween.

Listen to the title track from Bad Brains' forthcoming new album.

Apple knows its maps app sucks.

Trevor Dunn, who is currently on tour as a member of Melvins Lite, took to his tour diary to comment on Green Day frontman BIlie Joe Armstrong's recent freakout: "That guy's main problem is that he doesn't realize that he is Justin Bieber."

Do you love the blown-out, pixelated artork on MIA albums? You may want to buy here coffee table book then.

On a somewhat similar publishing tip, Diplo "and photographer Shane McCauley are launching the zine series Blow Your Head. Each volume will explore a different country and musical genre.

Tour diaries are hot these days. (Have you read ours with Kelly Pratt whose touring with David Byrne and St. Vincent)? Diamond Rings and Stars writing about their adventures on the road for The Huffington Post. Those adventures included a show at Webster Hall this week.

Winter is coming for everyone, it seems. Neko Case tweeted today: "Dude. I'm just gonna admit to being balls-deep in Game of Thrones on CD."

While on the subject of rock star confessions, a recent quote from Pete Townshend: "What I remember of the size of Mick Jagger's penis - I remember it as being huge and extremely tasty."

If you need more, maybe you'd like to read some Phil Collins erotic fan fiction?

Speaking of St. Vincent, today is Annie Clark's 30th birthday. Happy Birthday, Annie! We always liked this picture of her, by Chris La Putt, from her days as a member of the Polyphonic Spree:

ST VINCENT

Catch St Vincent and David Byrne in Williamsburg Park on Saturday. How was their second Beacon show? Check out pictures from the first (also by Chris La Putt).

It's also Les Claypool of Primus' birthday, who turn 49. Catch Primus on tour this fall.

Not that surprising, but awesome -Austin just became the first Texas city to endorse marriage equality.

Austin music venue Scoot Inn, a popular place to be during SXSW, has a new owner.

Kreayshawn's new album flopped.

Mumford & Sons' new album probably won't.

more stuff below...

Continue reading "ALSO: new Soundgarden & Bad Brains songs; MIA art book; Diplo's new zine; Phil Collins erotic fan fiction; Apple maps & more"

Melvan

The Melvan, aka the old Melvins tour van that featured artwork by Kurt Cobain and which was driven by Kurt numerous times as well, has been sold on eBay for $24,701.00 (via Daily Swarm).

In related news, Tweak Bird have been added as an opener to the Melvins Lite tour, which the band are going on to set the Guinness World Record of "fastest tour of the US by a band" by hitting all 50 states and DC in 51 days. As discussed, that tour hits the NYC area on October 4 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and October 5 at Maxwell's. Tickets for the MHOW show are still available but the Maxwell's show is sold out.

All Tweak Bird dates are listed below.

Continue reading ""Melvan" sold for $24k+ on eBay; Tweak Bird opening for Melvins Lite on tour (dates)"

1/2 of Big Business on stage w/ Melvins at MHoW (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Melvins

While the remainder of their other bands are out doing deliciously obnoxious things like playing basements or every single state in the nation, Big Business have plotted out a good old-fashioned US tour for September and October. The "Wild Kingdom" US tour kicks off in San Jose, CA on September 1st and stretches out to the NYC area by the end of that month, hitting Maxwell's in Hoboken on 9/25 (tickets on sale on 7/20 at noon), The Studio at Webster Hall on 9/29 (tickets on sale on 7/20 at 10AM) and Death by Audio on 9/30.

House of Lightning (mem Floor) will support Big Business at the DbA show and for a few days following, though support for the bulk of the trek is still TBA. All dates on that tour are below, along with a video from their recet Mind The Drift LP.

Continue reading "Big Business hit the road this fall, with three NYC area dates"

photos by Samantha Marble

The Melvins Lite at Lit, 6/30/2012
Melvins

Melvins (in "Lite" formation) played the shoebox that is Lit Lounge on Saturday night (6/30), joined by Hammerhead, Gay Witch Abortion and Seawhores. Much like they did at the Am-Rep anniversary show two years ago, Melvins switched things up by playing first. Pictures from the art exhibition/show are in this post.

The show was filmed by The Color of Noise crew, who are currently seeking funding for their Amphetamine Reptile documentary. The Kickstarter is currently only $2,700 away from their goal, with 48 hours left until it closes. Contribute if you can, the crew recently added more "rewards" for contribution.

The show was one of two for Hammerhead (who played DbA on Friday, 6/29) and Gay Witch Abortion (who played Union Pool on Sunday, 7/1).

There are more chances to see Melvins soon: they'll will be in your state this fall as part of their World Record attempt at "Fastest U.S. tour by a band.".

More pictures from Lit Lounge are below.

Continue reading "Melvins, Hammerhead, Gay Witch Abortion, and Seawhores played Lit Lounge (pics)"

John Stanier of Battles/Tomahawk (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Battles

Tomahawk is back! The supercrew featuring Mike Patton (Faith No More, Fantomas, etc), Duan Denison (The Jesus Lizard), Trevor Dunn (Melvins Lite, Fantomas) and John Stanier (Battles, Helmet) has returned with a new LP Oddfellows, due this January via Ipecac. Check out an album teaser below.

So far Tomahawk has only one US date scheduled, at Voodoo this year. The show will be their first in nine years. Pray for a round two on the East side.

UPDATE: Tomahawk are playing Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin too.

In the meantime, Mike Patton is still cranking out releases like his name was Robert Pollard. Luciano Berio Laborintus II is Patton's latest opus, due on 7/3 via Ipecac, and features the eclectic musician's reinterpretation of Luciano Berio's "Laborintus II". Get your copy at Ipecac.

Faith No More also have some shows scheduled this summer, as do Faith No More member Roddy Bottum's band Imperial Teen.

In related news: Melvins tickets for motherf*ckin' 6/30 Lit Lounge show go on sale today at the venue at 7PM. In still more related news, Gay Witch Abortion, who is also on the show, will play Union Pool the next night (July 1st) as part of a bill with Fashion Week and Gentlemen. $8 gets you in. Melvins also have lots more dates coming up too.

Tomahawk teaser is below.

Continue reading "Tomahawk reforms, prepping new album & playing Voodoo; Gay Witch Abortion adds Union Pool show"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Your ticket into Melvins at Lit Lounge.
Melvins at Lit

June 30th, its on. Melvins, Hammerhead, Gay Witch Abortion and Seawhores will take over Lit Lounge (not lying) for a rare and ridiculously intimate show at the space as part of the "Post Moral Neanderthal Retardist Pornography" art show.

ART SHOW @ TT Underground Gallery
LIVE MUSIC SHOW @ Lit Lounge (right next door)
- Occurring simultaneously - Saturday, JUNE 30 -

Melvins • Hammerhead • Gay Witch Abortion • Seawhores
Lit Lounge • 7pm • JUNE 30th/Saturday

HOW TO GET TICKETS:
1) Go to Lit Lounge on THURSDAY June 28th at 7pm
2) Buy a hyper-limited hand-made 12" ($50) to get your name on the list to attend the live show
3) Come back on Sat. and enjoy seeing the Melvins • Hammerhead • Gay Witch Abortion • Seawhores

Uber-rare vinyl pressing. Uber-rare show in a tiny shoebox (175 capacity at Lit Lounge seems a bit generous). Win-win. Flyer and more details on the show are below.

The Color of Noise crew will be at Lit Lounge that night, filming for their previously discussed documentary. The doc's Kickstarter is still ongoing and just added additional "rewards" for contribution. Whether you make it to Lit or not, contribute if you can.

if you miss the Lit Lounge show, Melvins ("Lite") also have PLENTY of other dates coming up including one at Maxwell's which is still on sale and one at Music Hall of Williamsburg too.

Full details on that Lit Lounge show are below.

Continue reading "Melvins, Hammerhead, Gay Witch Abortion & Seawhores to play Lit Lounge (!) as part of an art show"

by BBG

Melvins at MHOW (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Melvins

When we previously posted dates for the then-burgeoning Melvins Lite tour, our schedule listed Boise, Idaho in September and Brooklyn a month later. Little did we know that those dates are part of an insane string of shows for the trio

The Melvins will attempt to become the Guinness World Record holders for the first band to tour the full United States and D.C. in 51 days..."We figured it was time for us to do something REALLY crazy," said Osborne. "51 shows in 50 states plus 1 on D.C. and all in 51 days? Jeez! I wonder if we can do it?"

The tour, which will feature the Melvins Lite line-up of Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover and Trevor Dunn, also marks the first time in the band's near 30-year history that they will perform in Alaska, New Hampshire, Delaware and Hawaii.
Just wow.

Full tour schedule is listed below, including the newly announced Maxwell's on October 5th (ticket info forthcoming). Reminder, tickets for Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 4th go sale on Friday (6/8) at noon.

Continue reading "Melvins attempting to make Guinness World Record for "Fastest Tour of the U.S. by a Band""

by BBG

The Melvins with Trevor Dunn at Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
The Melvins

The Melvins Lite is not intended as a slander on the combined weight of the current lineup but knowing the deviant sense of humor of the crew, I guess it could be. The "Lite" version sheds the Big Business side of the band (Jared and Coady) in favor of bassist Trevor Dunn, and its this version that will welcome their new LP Freak Puke tomorrow via Ipecac. Stream it in full at AOL. Buzzo commented on the lineup difference:

"The Melvins have a long history of mixing up our line-ups and I think that's what has kept us relevant for so long. Consider the Freak Puke record the fifth side of the four-sided Melvins triangle."

Melvins Lite will also have a tour coming up with shows in Canada and the West Coast in July, as well as what looks like a second leg of dates in September and October. That second leg hasn't been fully revealed yet, but a few shows have been announced including a NYC show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 4th. Tickets for that show go sale on Friday (6/8) at noon.

In addition to Freak Puke and the previously mentioned The Bulls & The Bees, the band recently released a split seven-inch picture disc with the great Hammerhead.

Check out a video of The Melvins (NOT lite) on Carson Daly below, along with a list of all tour dates...

Continue reading "Melvins Lite prepare 'Freak Puke'; touring (dates)"

by BBG

"Sure it's not just me, but every time I see the Melvins I think @reggiewatts needs to do a cover." -Dusty Rose

"Melvins show at Webster reminded me how vast/sturdy their catalog is. Songs from Lysol, Nude w/ Boots, Bulls/Bees, Stag, Senile Animal, more" -Hank Shteamer

Melvins & Unsane @ the Mohawk (more by Tim Griffin)
Melvins

Melvins teamed with NYC noise-rock gods Unsane to lay waste to Webster Hall last night (4/29), part of their tour together that recently swung through Austin and hit The Mohawk (pictures). The pairing is a wet-dream for fans of the Amphetamine Reptile roster, and the show was also special, if you want to call it that, due to Unsane's lineup on stage. Vinnie Signorelli is recovering from an undisclosed illness and so the Melvins drum duo sat in for him (wow).

Melvins' set has remained somewhat constant for the duration of their tour, dipping into classics from Lysol and even covering the Wipers classic "Youth Of America" (which appeared on a 12"). Did you go? If so, did you score that Melvins/Unsane split?

If you missed the show, at least you can live vicariously through video. The Melvins performed "The War On Wisdom" on Last Call with Carson Daly on April 25th and someone captured all of a recent Unsane set (with Coady and Dale). Videos and recent setlists below.....

Continue reading "Melvins & Unsane played Webster Hall (with Coady Willis & Dale Crover filling in for an ailing Vinny of Unsane)"

by BBG

Pallbearer at Rites of Darkness (more by BBG)
Pallbearer

Pallbearer and Ringworm are doing all kinds of killing down here in Texas, and I was out super late last night and do it again for 14 hours straight at Scoot Inn today, so I'll keep it short and sweet this time. My suggested shows for the week are below, but first....

One of Texas's most furious young hardcore/crossover bands, Power Trip, are preparing to release their self-titled EP. Download the release for free via Mediafire and get your copy via Lockin' Out Records.

Check out a great interview with Dale Crover of Melvins over at Metalsucks. The band has a new EP and a new video.

Check out the new Raw Meat, featuring members of Rival Mob and Nomos, for free via Mediafire. Order your copy on cassette.

The weekly list of suggested NYC shows is below... what did I miss?

Continue reading "Evilllive (Power Trip, Melvins, Raw Meat, more)"

Melvins at MHoW (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Melvins

Melvins are welcoming The Bulls & The Bees, their new EP available for free download via ScionAV today. The band is celebrating the release with a spankin' new video for "The War on Wisdom", the opening track on the EP, which is streaming below for the first time.

As previously mentioned, Melvins have another LP on the way this year with Freak Puke due on June 5th via Ipecac. They'll be in "Melvins Lite" formation for that record but won't be for their upcoming tour with Unsane (who we recently interviewed).

Video below...

Continue reading "Melvins release free EP today, made a new video (premiere)"

Melvin's van

1972 Dodge Sportsman Royal Van, better known as the "MELVAN" Featured in many books, Cobain Unseen, Come As You Are ETC. & Many NIRVANA documentary films. This is a very unique piece of MELVINS/NIRVANA history & truly one of a kind. The KISS Mural on the side was hand drawn by Kurt Cobain using sharpie markers shoplifted from the Thriftway grocery store in Montesano Washington. (former employer of King Buzzo) This was one of the first MELVINS tour vans & was used on at least one U.S. tour. Kurt himself was often times known to drive this van to local shows, also included are two former registration's, one signed by Roger Osborne (King Buzzo) & the second signed by former MELVINS bass player Matt Lukin ! Bid High & Bid Often ,this will probably be your one & only chance to own this unique piece of music history !
Place your bid on the the "Melvan" at Ebay now. Maybe you can get Buzzo/Dale to sign it at their upcoming dates with Unsane.

In other news, Nirvana's former manager is part of a group that is "planning to pour substantial funds into the Occupy Wall Street movement in hopes of sustaining the protests and fostering political change."

DOWNLOAD: Ceremony - "Adult" (MP3)

High on Fire at Webster Hall (more by Greg Cristman)
High on Fire

High on Fire have announced De Vermis Mysteriis, the band's new album due on EOne Records on April 3rd. The LP, produced by Kurt Ballou, features 10 tracks and draws inspiration from "a fictional grimoire created by Psycho author Robert Bloch and incorporated by H. P. Lovecraft into the lore of the Cthulhu Mythos." Head below for all tour dates and details on the release.

Don't forget that High on Fire will join Trash Talk and a mammoth cast of others for the BV/Power of The Riff show during the Converse/Thrasher Deathmatch at Scoot Inn on March 16th in Austin. All High on Fire dates are below.

Another band scheduled to play the day party, Ceremony, have posted a new track from their forthcoming Zoo. Check out "Adult", downloadable below as well as a a video for "World Blue" below. All Ceremony dates are below.

The Melvins have announced TWO new releases, including the The Bulls & The Bees EP due on March 13th via Scion A/V and the forthcoming LP Freak Puke due via Ipecac on June 5th. Those expecting a four-piece will be surprised to know that the Freak Puke LP will be from "Melvins Lite", aka Buzzo, Dale and bassist Trevor Dunn. Fans of the four piece shouldn't fret, Jared and Coady will be on the road with Unsane this April.

Arabrot, who were one of the most impressive bands at byLarm this past week in Oslo (pics/review coming) have released a video for their title track to Solaranus. Check that out below, along with a stream of another Norwegian band that I enjoyed, Dark Times.

More suggested NYC shows, streams, a new Rise & Fall video and a full live set by Bolt Thrower from 1989 is below.

Continue reading "Evillive (High on Fire, Arabrot, Ceremony, Dark Times & more)"

by BBG

Unsane at Santos (more by Keith Marlowe)
Unsane

As discussed, Melvins WILL tour with Unsane, logging dates from coast to coast including Webster Hall on April 29th. Tickets go on AMEX presale at noon on 1/18 and regular sale on Friday. All dates have now been announced and are listed below.

The shows will coincide with the release of a NEW Unsane LP, Wreck, due via Alternative Tentacles on March 20th. Recorded by Unsane and Andrew Schneider at Brooklyn's Translator Audio, the new LP features nine new tracks as well as a cover of Flipper's "Ha Ha Ha". Check out the album art/tracklisting with all tour dates below.

Continue reading "Melvins/Unsane announce full US tour; Unsane prepping new LP for Alternative Tentacles"

by BBG

Unsane/Melvins tour 7"
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Let's party like its 1995! Melvins will team with Unsane (!) for a string of forthcoming tour dates, including a show at Webster Hall on April 29th. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale on January 20th at noon. No word on the rest of the tour dates thus far.

Make sure and head by the merch table and scoop up a copy of the tour-only split while you're there. The split will see Melvins covering Unsane and vice versa (!). The Thomas Hazelmyer (founder of Am-Rep) art for said split is above.

by BBG

Karp

Karp was a post-hardcore band from Tumwater, Washington, that formed in 1990 and lasted until 1998. The band was formed by Chris Smith aka Chris "Slayer", Jared Warren, and Scott Jernigan. They released three full length albums entitled Mustaches Wild, Suplex, and Self Titled LP. (Note that "Self Titled LP" is a literal title. The title is not "Karp." Even the CD version of the record is titled "Self Titled LP.") They also released several EPs and 7" records. Their recordings were released by several Northwest-related labels such as K Records, Kill Rock Stars, and Punk In My Vitamins. Karp managed to mix the terror of hardcore, The Melvins, and Black Sabbath with an ear for pop-influenced song assembly. The band name is inspired from a newsletter/zine that Chris Smith put out in highschool and is an acronym that stands for "Kill All Redneck Pricks".

Members went on to play with Tight Bro's from Way Back When, The Whip, Dead Air Fresheners, and Big Business (currently playing with The Melvins). Drummer Scott Jernigan died in a boating accident on June 10, 2003.

As previously discussed, Kill All Redneck Pricks is a documentary that examines the much missed band, and debuts in NYC tomorrow, 1/6, at The Spectacle Theater (South 3rd near Bedford) with two showings (7:30 and 9:30). After the movie head to an after-party at Death By Audio featuring Vaz and Pygmy Shrews. Check out a trailer, some clips from the film, and a list of other cities the movie is playing in, below. If you can't make it, order a copy on DVD (with or without an exclusive tee) via the documentary website.

Spectacle Theater will host a bunch of music related films in the coming weeks as part of "ROCKUARY", "music-themed special events and films of all kinds- ranging from features, documentaries, shorts, remixes, live performances, and many special guests." The current slate of films include a documentary on Friends Forever, Shamans of The Blind Country (which will be scored by Diamond Terrifier), a documentary on Morrissey's impact on Latino culture (Passions Just Like Mine), Deadlock (which was scored by Can) and much much more. Head to the Spectacle site for more details.

In semi-related news, Pygmy Shrews and The Men have BOTH cancelled their 1/13 appearance at Union Pool.

All Kill All Redneck Pricks screenings and some videos are below.

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Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
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On Sunday 27th May 2012 Alexandra Palace will host the first show in 13 years from Cincinnati's rock legends THE AFGHAN WHIGS. Formed in 1986, the bands career from then until 2001 saw them release six acclaimed albums highlighted by the classic Gentlemen LP in 1993. Fusing classic rock with grunge-era distortion and a heavy soul influence, Afghan Whigs were one of the most renowned live bands of their time and this long awaited reformation will no doubt be a very special event.

ATP are also pleased to confirm their return to Asbury Park, New Jersey USA where they will follow last year's debut in that city with a 2012 I'll Be Your Mirror event, the Saturday night of which will be headlined by The Afghan Whigs and curated by the Whigs' frontman Greg Dulli.

The second year of ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in Asbury Park will take place September 21st-23rd...

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As you can see in the poster, tickets will go on sale in January. More of the lineup will also be announced at that time.

All Tomorrow's Parties' I'll Be Your Mirror UK, which just lost Guided By Voices, will host The Afghan Whigs and has moved further into the "unreal" category with additions of Wolves In The Throne Room, Yob, Dirty Three, Floor, Chavez, Balam Acab, The Oh Sees, Yuck, Archers of Loaf, Demdike Stare, and Siskiyou to appearances from Sleep, Melvins, Mogwai, Codeine and Mudhoney.

Full ATP I'll Be Your Mirror UK lineup is below.

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photos & videos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Melvins @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Melvins

Melvins completed their NYC run last night (6/7), covering the classic releases Bullhead and Stoner Witch in their entirety over the course of the Tuesday night show. Check out a picture of the setlist from last night, as well as some video from the show below.

On Monday night (6/6), the Melvins focus was on three other classics, Lysol, Egg Nog, and Houdini. We already posted the setlist and pictures from that show, but a second set of pictures from that one are in this post too (we don't have a full set from Tuesday). More of them below.

Melvins also did the same in Austin, and will next give Minneapolis a taste. Their two shows there are on June 13th & 14th. Hopefully they're on their way in a car, and not a plane.

Though Melvins won't be back to Music Hall of Williamsburg in the forseeable future, Jared and Coady of the band will... with their band Big Business who joins Torche and Helms Alee for a tour and a show at the Brooklyn venue on July 20th. Tickets are still available.

Speaking of Helms Alee, the band will release their new LP Weatherhead via Hydrahead on June 21st. Stream a new Helms Alee song at the Hydrahead Records Soundcloud page. Still no word on more Harkonen shows (Ben Verellen of Helms Alee is a member), but we'll keep you up to date.

Torche didn't play Maryland Deathfest 2011, but 2/3 of them, I'm sorry... half of them, did as Shitstorm.

Melvins pics, videos and setlist below....

Continue reading "Melvins completed their 2-night, 5-album run @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (more pics, night 2 setlist & videos)"

photos by Greg Cristman

The Melvins

Melvins played the first of two nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (6/6/11) as part of a string of dates in celebration of five of their classic releases: Lysol, Egg Nog, Houdini, Bullhead, and Stoner Witch. Last night's focus was on Lysol, Egg Nog, & Houdini, with the records being played out of order to accomodate for key changes/tuning/retuning. Full set lists for both the first set and a second set (which came after an intermission) is below.

The Melvins do it again tonight (6/7) with Bullhead and Stoner Witch in focus. The show is sold out. More pictures, some videos and the setlist from last night, below...

Continue reading "Melvins played albums @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (pics, videos, setlist), do again tonight"

photos by Tim Griffin

Melvins @ Mohawk
The Melvins

"It's hard to imagine an album like [Lysol] making an A&R's mouth water--and it certainly hasn't moved Nirvana numbers. But nonetheless, the churning Lysol has emerged as the secret blueprint for contemporary underground metal. The euphoric, spiritual hum of opener "Hung Bunny" spawned the eternal drones of Sunn O))) and Nadja; the triumphant joy-doom of closer "With Teeth" foreshadowed the uplifting "life metal" of Jesu and Torche; cramming the whole thing into one 31-minute track informed "experience" records like Sleep's Jerusalem. (Says frontman Buzz Osborne proudly: "I didn't want people to just be able to skip the first song.") Lysol was also a résumé builder for bassist Joe Preston; his presence on that album eventually helped him earn the bearded bruiser positions in High on Fire and Harvey Milk. Crover even lovingly describes once getting a cassette demo from Japanese cult heroes Boris, on which a track sounded "almost like an exact note-for-note vocal line [from Lysol] that he was singing in Japanese."" [Village Voice]
The Melvins have been touring their way east, having already played two nights each in Seattle, San Francisco, Austin, Chicago and Boston. Each city gets a night of Lysol, Egg Nog, & Houdini followed by a night of Bullhead and Stoner Witch. Still to go is Minneaplis on June 13 & 14, and Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn this Monday (6/6) and Tuesday (6/7) night. Both NYC shows are sold out, but keep an eye out for any tickets that might be released last minute by the venue.

The Austin shows were May 27th & May 28th at the Mohawk in Austin. Pictures from the first night continue below...

Continue reading "The Melvins are here, playing 'Lysol' & other full albums, like they did in Austin (pics)"

DOWNLOAD: Melvins - "Star Spangled Banner" (live) (MP3)

Melvins at AmRep Anniversary in 2010 (more by Taylor Keahey)
Melvins
Melvins

As previously mentioned, Melvins are releasing the live album Sugar Daddy Live on May 31 via Ipecac Recordings. In honor of Memorial Day weekend, download the track "Star Spangled Banner" from the album above (the track makes its premiere in this post). The cover art and full track list is below.

Melvins are currently on a tour that hits the Mohawk in Austin tonight and tomorrow (5/27-28) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 6 and 7. They play the albums Lysol, Eggnog, and Houdini in their entirety the first night, and Bullhead and Stoner Witch the second. Both Brooklyn shows are sold out, but we're giving away a pair of tickets to one of the dates (your choice). Contest details below.

Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover did a live Q&A with fans on Tuesday (5/24). The video is over an hour long, watch it on Yowie.com.

Melvins and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion released a split 7" with a cover of Leadbelly's "Black Betty" by each band via AmRep. 800 copies were pressed, and are now sold out, but you can listen to the Melvins cover below.

Big Business, whose members are also in Melvins, play MHOW as part of a tour with Torche and Helms Alee on July 20. Tickets are still available. Updated dates are below.

All Melvins dates, contest details, "Black Betty" split and stuff, below...

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