Entries tagged with: Melvins
by Wyatt Marshall
Eyehategod / Down / GWAR at the Housecore Horror Fest (more by Trent Maxwell)
New Orleans sludge masters Eyehategod announced yesterday that Aaron Hill of New Orleans bands Missing Monuments and Mountain of Wizard will be the drummer for Eyehategod going forward, including a date at Saint Vitus on November 14 with Mutilation Rites and The Communion (tickets). The question of a permanent drummer has been in the air since the death of original Eyehategod drummer Joey LaCaze in August. Dale Crover of Melvins filled in this past weekend during Eyehategod's Joey Lacaze tribute set at the Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin. Check out Eyehategod's scheduled tour dates below, and look for additional dates in the coming weeks.
The four-day Housecore Fest (10/24 - 10/27) was hosted by Phil Anselmo and featured a stacked line-up, including Melvins, Gwar, Pallbearer, Goblin (performing their score to Suspira in full), Down and many more. You can check out pics from day 2 and days 3 & 4 over on BV Austin. IO sent guest writer David Hall down to the fest, and you can check out his two part review and additional photos on Invisible Oranges.
Eyehategod tour dates below...
by Bill Pearis
My Bloody Valentine wrap up the North American leg of their 2013 tour next month, with the last two shows here in NYC at Hammerstein Ballroom on November 11 & 12. Tickets are still available. (PS look for an interview with MBV's Kevin Shields on this site soon.) While it hasn't been listed on Hammerstein's site, opening the 11/11 show -- and a few others on these dates -- are Dumb Numbers. The band is more or less Australian musician Adam Harding who has previously played on Lou Barlow's last two solo albums. His own stuff -- and voice -- is not so far from Lou's style, but mostly played in a super-sludgy style that occasionally lumbers into doom territory.
Dumb Numbers put out their debut album earlier this year via Joyful Noise and helping Harding out on the album is an impressive cast, including Barlow, plus Dinosaur Jr. drummer Murph, David Yow (Jesus Lizard), Dale Crover (Melvins), Bobb Bruno (Best Coast), and more. Oh, and David Lynch shot the album cover (Yow did the design/layout). You can stream stream the whole album below, along with the Yow-directed video for "Redrum."
As to who exactly is playing in Dumb Numbers on these dates is not 100% clear. Murph is definitely on drums. And the band is "not sure about" whether they're opening on the second MBV Hammerstein date (11/12), so stay tuned. Their confirmed tour dates are listed, along with the album stream and video, below....
by Wyatt Marshall
Russian Circles @ Bowery Ballroom, 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Russian Circles will release their fifth studio album, Memorial via Sargent House on October 29, and they've already released two songs from the album, including one with guest vocals from Chelsea Wolfe (with whom Russian Circles are currently touring Europe). Today Russian Circles released another song from Memorial, the massive and gorgeous "1777." Stream that below.
Meanwhile, Melvins recently streamed a new track, "City Dump," from their forthcoming album, Tres Cabrones. That album, Melvins' 19th, is out on November 5 and features original drummer Mike Dillard. Melvins recently celebrated their 30th anniversary with a massive tour which hit NYC in August. Did you go?
by Doug Moore
Dale Crover with (the) Melvins (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
NOLA sludge kings Eyehategod have been in limbo since the untimely passing of drummer Joey LaCaze last month. LaCaze was a unique talent, and the band wisely chose not to rush into announcing a replacement for him. However wise, this decision had a price. LaCaze's empty throne forced the band to cancel their Invisible Oranges-sponsored boat show earlier in September.
Eyehategod's 25th-anniversary appearance at Phil Anselmo's Housecore Horror Film Fest has hung in the balance since. Happily, the festival announced today that the band has found a suitable fill-in for their 10/26 appearance: Dale Crover of (the) Melvins, who will also join the bill as a replacement for Crowbar.
Presumably, Crover won't replace LaCaze in the long term; his main band tours a lot, and he's one of its two core members. But as far as matches for EHG go, he's as good as they're likely to get -- dude is one of the hardest hitters in the game, and he's got the chops to manage EHG's sneaky time-stretch tempo component.
Dan Auerbach, no longer the owner of Dylan's hair (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Black Keys singer/record producer Dan Auerbach had been going through a divorce with Stephanie Gonis, and TMZ reports that his wife has obtained a pretty interesting piece of their assets...
Here comes the story of Bob Dylan's hair ... which apparently belongs to the ex-wife of Black Keys singer Dan Auerbach. Seriously (according to court docs obtained by TMZ).Jack White's divorce has also taken a bad turn (though nothing to do with celebrity body parts), and in emails sent to ex-wife Karen Elson, he revealed some hard feelings about the other singer/guitarist-of-blues-rock-duo-whose-name-has-a-color-in-it (namely, their kids being enrolled in the same Nashville school):
We've learned ... Auerbach's extremely bitter divorce with Stephanie Gonis was finalized this week in Tennessee ... after the warring couple came to terms on splitting up their assets.
First, the money: She gets more than $5 million. Plus, she gets the couple's 2012 Toyota Highlander and one of the family homes.
But who cares, because the real story here is BOB DYLAN'S HAIR.
According to the divorce docs, the couple owns an asset described as "Bob Dylan Hair."
It's unclear how the hair was obtained ... when it was obtained ... if the hair contains any product ... etc. -- but the point is, Dan agreed to part ways with it in the divorce.
My concern with Auerbach is because I don't want the kids involved in any of that crap ... That's a possible twelve f***ing years I'm going to have to be sitting in kids chairs next to that a**hole with other people trying to lump us in together.Meanwhile, Jack's label, Third Man Records, just released a live King Tuff album, and there's a live Melvins LP due out September 10. You can stream "Just Strut" from the King Tuff LP, below.
To take this all full circle, a recording recently surfaced of Jack White and Bob Dylan performing The White Stripes' "Ball and Biscuit" back in 2004. Listen below...
Melvins at House of Vans (more by Maclyn Bean)
You may remember that Melvins aren't just a band for the ice cream-obsessed. No, fans will take in their sluggy riffs when its boiling hot with no sign of frozen relief -- like at House of Vans in July -- and are eagerly awaiting a new record due this fall. Shocker, I know.
Evidence of the new record can be found in some new video, which captures the band performing "Antioxdote" at Scion Rock Fest this year and being interviewed by hip hop legend Prince Paul. Check out both videos below.
You may have heard about the last minute Melvins show at Humboldt Park in Chicago? Turns out the appearance was part of an AV Undercover piece that had the trio perform "Graveyard" by Butthole Surfers in front of a parked ice cream truck. Video is in this post. Make sure and watch the video, which shows a swarm of kids clamoring for free ice cream and completely indifferent to the band around them. The song breaks down into cacophony, which is actually the perfect soundtrack to the sugar-fueled feeding frenzy around them. Knowing the Melvins and their sense of humor, I am sure this is something they are very happy about.
Melvins' AV Undercover video is below...
Melvins with Milk Dillard on drums, Webster Hall 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
Just like in 2009, Buzz Osbourne and Dale Crover of The Melvins will team with drummer Mike Dillard for Tres Cabrones, a new LP! Due on Ipecac in November. Dale will move to bass for the set of new tracks, with Dillard occupying the kit:
"Tres Cabrones is as close as we're willing to get to the Melvins 1983 line-up," explained Osborne. "The best part is it's all new songs. I specifically wrote tunes that would be good for these guys to play and it worked out great. We had no interest in rehashing tunes we wrote 30 years ago and chose instead to simply create NEW songs. It worked out perfectly."The Melvins are currently celebrating their 30th anniversary on the road, though without bassist Jared Warren (on paternity leave) and with Jeff Pinkus (Butthole Surfers) filling in. If you missed them, check out pictures from their recent show at House of Vans with Baroness and Honky (which features Pinkus and Crover).
photo by Lukas Hodge, words by Andrew Sacher and Fred Pessaro
Melvins / Baroness
The free House of Vans shows continued this week (7/31) with a triple attack of sludge metal from The Melvins, Baroness, and Melvins/Butthole Surfers-related band Honky. Pictures of the former two are in this post, and another set of the show (including shots of Honky) is at Invisible Oranges.
For Baroness, this was their first NYC show since heading back out on the road following last year's tragic bus crash. (And it was actually the same venue they would have played last summer.) John Baizley and guitarist Peter Adams are the only members who remained in the band after the accident, and Baizley is actually the only original member left. Despite this, and a noticeably calmer Baizley than the earlier days (which, all things considered, you'd forgive him for), the band was tight and the show was a great time. The show was mainly split between Yellow & Green and Blue Record, including live favorites like "Take My Bones Away," "March to the Sea," "The Sweetest Curse," and "Swollen and Halo." Only complaint was that I wish the set was longer, which it probably will be when Baroness headline Irving Plaza on 8/14 with Royal Thunder (tickets).
Congrats go out to Jared Warren of Big Business, who sat out this Melvins tour in favor of paternity leave. In his stead was bassist Jeff Pinkus of Honky, who ably backed the band, though Jared's sweet harmonizing croon was missed. The band's appearance featured tracks old and new, and even an appearance from Gibby Haynes of Butthole Surfers.
More pictures of Melvins/Baroness below...
Baroness at FSPF 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Baroness finally returned to the road this year, and as discussed, this summer's tour includes not one, but two NYC shows. The first of those is a free House of Vans show on July 31, which is being headlined by Melvins, and also features openers Honky. RSVP is required, and opens today (7/15) at 9 AM. Like all House of Vans shows, entry is still first come, first served. Show flyer below.
Baroness' other NYC show this summer is a not-free one at Irving Plaza on August 14 with Royal Thunder, which tickets are still available for.
Updated Baroness dates are listed, along with a video from the band's recent Pittsburgh show, below...
Kid Dynamite at FFF Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As discussed, House of Vans (25 Franklin St in Brooklyn) is returning for another free summer concert series this year, and like we said we would, we're now excited to announce the very awesome lineups for this year's series. We already knew Baroness and The Melvins would be playing on July 31 and the rest of the schedule is as follows:
6/27 - Fucked Up, Title Fight & Hop AlongAll shows are all ages and free with RSVP. Doors for each show are at 7. RSVP for the Fucked Up/Title Fight/Hop Along show opens Tuesday, June 11.
7/11 - Toro y Moi, Shlohmo & Jonwayne
7/18 - !!!, Jacques Renault Plus Special Guests Announced in Mid June
7/31 - The Melvins, Baroness & Honky
8/15 - Kid Dynamite, Joyce Manor, Red Hare, Swearin'
8/29 - Les Savy Fav, Delorean plus Special Guest
Flyer for the 2013 series and a Spotify playlist of the artists playing below...
We knew that Baroness would be playing House of Vans with Melvins on July 31, but House of Vans have released dates for the rest of their free summer concert season. The other shows will happen June 27, July 11, July 18, August 15, and August 29. Any guesses on who will play this year? BrooklynVegan will have the exclusive entire lineup announcement next week. We saw it and are excited, but can't say anything yet. .Stay tuned!
Baroness at Bowery Ballroom in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
When sludge-metal-turned-alt-rock greats Baroness first announced that they'd be doing a full North American tour this year (their first since their tragic bus crash) we guessed that a NYC show at House of Vans would get added. Once Baroness finally did announce a NYC show, it turned out to actually be happening at Irving Plaza (8/14) with Royal Thunder (tickets).
However, now the band did just announce that they will in fact be playing House of Vans on July 31. And to make it better, it's with The Melvins (which explains their TBA NYC show that day). To make it even better, it's totally free. Stay tuned for more information (an RSVP link is probably forthcoming).
Updated Baroness dates are listed, along with a video, below...
by Fred Pessaro
Down / Sleep / Melvins @ MDF 2013
Maryland Deathfest has closed another chapter after this past weekend, hosting sets from bands like Carcass, Sleep, Bolt Thrower, Midnight, Infest, Melvins and more across four days and as many stages. The outside stage came to an abrupt halt with a late cancellation of Carpathian Forest due to visa issues, followed by the power going off in the middle of Venom's performance of "Warhead":
In case you were wondering what happened during Venom's set last night, an unexpected strict curfew change from 12 am to 11 PM occurred over the weekend. At the time the schedule was made, we were told it would not be a problem to finish at midnight on Sunday, so this added to our list of headaches dealt with over the weekend. We realize it is fucked up and disrespectful to have to cut a set short, but we would've been facing a whole raft of shit and a very hefty fine had we not stopped when we did.Despite those issues, the festival featured some jawdropping performances, and you can see photo sets from the festival's day one, day two, day three and day four. You can also see additional photos from Maryland Deathfest at the InvisibleOranges Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
In addition, we caught some sets from bands touring to MDF in the recent days too. Check out photos of Terveet Kadet / Iron Lung / Massgrav at Saint Vitus, Hellshock / Kromosom at Acheron, and Converge at Saint Vitus.
There are still quite a few bands on the road as part of MDF. You can catch Deiphago at Saint Vitus tonight (5/28, tickets), Weedeater at Saint Vitus on Wednesday (5/29, tickets) and Cobalt at Saint Vitus on 5/31 (tickets).
The Melvins at Mohawk, Oct 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Those lucious curly white locks blowing in the wind can only mean one thing: the Melvins are back on the road to continue 30 years of maniacal touring. Help the duo celebrate this important anniversary on each coast this summer, part of a North American tour scheduled in July and August. Though not quite as intense as their earlier, borderline-mental Guinness-World-Record run last year, the extensive trek will kick off in Phoenix and tag the continent until late August including a stop in Brooklyn on July 31, venue TBA (House of Vans? St. Vitus?). They'll also be at this year's Scion Rock Fest and Maryland Deathfest -- all tour dates are listed below.
Scion Rock Fest has released a partial lineup of their 2013 edition, set to happen in Memphis, Tennessee on June 1. As with previous years, the festival will go down in a single day across multiple venues. Look for appearances from Melvins, Municipal Waste, The Casualties, Pallbearer, Six Feet Under, Impaled, Vision of Disorder, Arsis, A Life Once Lost, Code Orange Kids, The Shrine, Ice Dragon, Subrosa, Anciients, Indian Handcrafts and Noisem. More bands and details are on the way.
Melvins, winners of the best light show of all time
Melvins have released the another link from their forthcoming LP, Everybody Loves Sausage, in the form of the Venom cover for "Warhead" with Scott Kelly of Neurosis on vocals. Dig into the stream below.
by Fred Pessaro / BBG
Everybody Loves Sausage art
In a possible nod to the BrooklynVegan readers (doubt it), Melvins have announced their new LP Everybody Loves Sausage. The long-player is a collection of covers that range from Venom to Roxy Music and features guest appearances from Scott Kelly (Neurosis), JG Thirwell, Jello Biafra and more. Check out the tracklisting and a stream of their cover of The Fugs' "Carpe Diem" below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Dale Crover w/ Dinosaur Jr, Dec 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Singing with the Melvins. It's my dream, and apparently the wish of a young School of Rock student in Los Angeles who sang while Dale Crover played drums, covering the band's "Hooch" from Houdini. Check out the cover below, a must see for fans of Melvins.
The band recently played a New Year's Eve show with Redd Kross in their native Los Angeles where they had copies of show-only 12"s for sale, which included a cover of "Female Trouble" by Divine from the 1974 John Waters classic of the same name. Check that, and the School of Rock video, below.
Meanwhile, Melvins are always conjuring up new vinyl and the latest addition to that pile comes in the form of a 13-part Amphetamine Reptile split 12" series. This baker's dozen will feature appearances from names like Negative Approach, Off!, Butthole Surfers, and more, in addition to the recently surfaced Mudhoney and Fucked Up splits. Look for them "hopefully next week."
Dale Crover w/ Melvins Lite in October (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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.
words by Kelly Pratt; photos by Bryan Murray
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...
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.
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,
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...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
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.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Melvins Lite at MHOW, 10/4/2012
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.
We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...
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.
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:
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...
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.