Entries tagged with: Scion
by Doug Moore
Scion A/V's inexplicable largesse towards the metal community continues ever onwards. Back in August, Scion announced that they would start holding free rock/metal shows in LA every month. Now they've upped the ante by distributing free 7" splits to the attendees of said shows. I, for one, would like to know how many 7"s they have to give away per each sale of a Scion car to a metalhead.
We're streaming both sides of the first of these splits, featuring long-running stoner rock legends Fu Manchu and bluesy doom troupe Moab, over at Invisible Oranges. From Dan Lawrence's writeup:
Fu Manchu's "Robotic Invasion" digs in with an insistent swagger. These long-running Californian good-time peddlers know their way around a riff or two, so it's no surprise that this hard-edged fuzzbomb sinks its teeth directly into your brain's pleasure center. What really sells the song to these ears, though, is a chorus that feels more old-time Clutch than cactus. Before you know it, though, the lads fire off a guitar solo that burns lasers through your eyes, so good luck plotting a homeward course on any earthbound map.Check out the full writeup over at IO. This split will be doled out at the second edition of Scion's monthly rock showcase, which will take place tomorrow (10/30) at The Satellite in LA.. The showcase, which will feature Indian Handcrafts, Dirty Streets, and LSDJs.
Sadly, my chief recollection of Moab's debut full-length Ab Ovo involves thinking, "Damn, that singer sure sounds a heck of a lot like Ozzy." Their side of the split, "No Soul," doesn't do much to alter that initial impression. But unlike Black Sabbath, Moab's stonier brew of the doomed draught features riffs that turn back in on themselves instead of propelling relentlessly forward. But then, late in the song, a funny thing happens: Moab hooks me. The tension between the steadfastly thrupping bass and the increasingly weeping lead guitar flourishes becomes even more palpable, and highlights (without mirroring) the interwoven threads of the vocal harmonies. All of this turns a three-minute genre exercise into a rather special little exploration of the porousness of musical borders.
Stream both songs below.
Deniro Farrar at NXNE 2013 (more by David Andrako)
Self-proclaimed leader of Cult Rap Deniro Farrar was just in NYC for a few CMJ shows, and he'll be returning for a Scion Open Mic show on November 13 at Knitting Factory with Chance the Rapper collaborator Vic Mensa (who shared one of Deniro's CMJ bills), YG collaborator Ty Dolla $ign, and DJ Getlive. Like all Scion Open Mics, the only way to get in is through Scion's contest.
Vic Mensa will be back in NYC at a much larger venue when his tour supporting Disclosure hits Terminal 5 on January 17, 18, and 19. Tickets for night 3 are still available, but the first two are sold out.
Show flyer and some Vic Mensa and Deniro Farrar song streams below...
ASG show their North Carolinian roots, yet dabble with sludge and pop on Blood Drive, their new LP out now via Relapse. Stream that LP below.
The LP doesn't contain the only new tracks to surface from the band as of late, as the band have also welcomed "Mourning Of The Earth," which is streaming below for the first time. Look for the track on the latest Scion compilation, Scion A/V Presents: Scion 10 Series Music Release, which celebrates 10 years of Scion and features Melvins, Chromatics, White Hills and more. Stream some tracks below and look for it.
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.
Action Bronson - Rare Chandeliers
Action Bronson was supposed to play Best Buy Theater last week (10/30) with Cypress Hill, but as mentioned, that show was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. The new date for that show has been set and will happen on November 28 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets are still available if you don't already have one.
When we discussed that show being postponed, we also mentioned that Action Bronson was going to play a free show which was set to happen today (11/7) with Harry Fraud & friends and DJ Getlive! at Public Assembly. That show was also just rescheduled and will instead also happen on November 28 at Public Assembly, but probably due to the Cypress Hill show, Action Bronson is no longer listed on the event page or the show flyer. RSVP is still open and the flyer is below.
In related news, Action Bronson will release a free album titled Rare Chandeliers on November 15. The album was produced entirely by The Alchemist, whose album, Russian Roulette, Bronson appeared on. That album will feature the track "The Symbol," which you can watch the video for with the full album tracklist below. That's the fancy cover art above.
Video, cover art, tracklist, show flyer, and a list of all dates below...
Scion is hosting a free-with-RSVP "Open Mic" show at Public Assembly on Wednesday, 11/7 with DJ Getlive!, Action Bronson, and Harry Fraud. Harry Fraud and friends will be performing the complete Cigarette Boats EP. Unclear if one of those "friends" will be Curren$y who is a crucial piece of that EP and who plays Best Buy Theater with Mimosa two days later.
Due to complications from Hurricane Sandy, Haunted Hill will be POSTPONED. Hang on to your tickets, as a new date will be announced very shortly.Updated Cypress Hill dates are listed below...
The in-store meet and greet at Gotham Smoke Shop in Huntington Station, NY on October 30th will also be rescheduled for a later date. More to follow soon.
Danny Brown's Bruiser Brigade, Flatbush Zombies, and Kitty Pryde are playing a free, Scion-presented "Open Mic" party in NYC at Paper Box on Wednesday (9/19), a few days before Danny heads out on the road with A$AP Rocky (a tour that brings him back to NYC to play Roseland on 9/27). The free show is a 21+ show and you need to RSVP.
The show is, coincidentally, just in time for a new Danny Brown & Bruiser Brigade EP which will drop next week via the music-minded car company's ScionAV label. You can watch a new-ish interview with Brown (also via ScionAV) below.
Meanwhile, Danny's best bud Kitty Pryde was on The Chris Gethard Show last night which was co-hosted by Andrew WK (who recently guested on new web series 'We Can Do It' and played Coney Island). Kitty performs two songs on the show and you can watch the whole episode below.
Flyer for the Open Mic party, dates and videos, below...
From Ashes Rise at the BV after-party during Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Their return engagements on the road were just a taste, and now From Ashes Rise have emerged with studio recordings via a new 7" out now on Southern Lord (get it here). The single features recent live staple "Rejoice the End," which has also spawned a new video courtesy of director David Hall of Handshake Inc and Scion A/V. We're premiering it, and if you look closely you might recognize some of the background from the NYC show at Public Assembly.
Watch it below where you can also read a little about its inception via director Hall.
Church of Misery at Inferno Festival (more by BBG)
Scion Rock Fest have announced their first round of 2012 bands, including some very interesting and out-of-the-box choices. Among the announced so far include the impressive Repulsion, All Pigs Must Die, Merzbow, Sleep (who just played Roadburn), Church of Misery (them too, and they play NYC soon), and Oxbow, but the lineup also includes names like Terror, Psychic TV, and Cerebral Ballzy and more... bands that seem a bit out of the ordinary for a traditionally all-metal festival entering its fourth year. The show goes down on June 2nd across four venues in Tampa FL. As always, the show is free (with RSVP that opens on 4/20 at noon).
UPDATE: Full lineup has been released, check out the flyer and lineup below.
Pick Your Side, the new project from Jeff Beckman (Haymaker, Left For Dead, Chokehold, etc) and members of Fuck The Facts, have welcomed their new LP Let Me Show You How Democracy Works. The release, along with new/re-released material by Eddie Brock, Children of God, Countdown to Obilvian, The Love Below and more, is currently available for order via A389 Records. Stream it below.
In other A389 Records news, the label will shocase some of their bands at a showcase in Pomona, CA as part of a FREE Scion event in May. Bands on board include Integrity, Ringworm, Seven Sisters of Sleep, The Love Below, and Young and In The Way and you can RSVP now.
Stream all of that PYS 12" below for the first time.
Corrosion of Conformity at Gramercy Theater (more by Di Lynn Ring)
Corrosion of Conformity have revisited some of their punk rock roots with their new self-titled LP out NOW via Candlelight. The record opens with the alternately thrashy/groovy "Psychic Vampire" which was recently given a video treatment by Scion AV and is viewable for the first time below (tour dates are down there too).
The video is part of Scion series of videos called "Video Installment 7". An upcoming new video in the series will be by Saint Vitus(!).
Speaking of... Saint Vitus is currently streaming "Let Them Fall" from their forthcoming Lillie: F-65 LP due via Season of Mist in May. Listen below and look for the new video and keep an eye out for the LP....
photos by Suren Karapetyan, words by BBG
Immolation @ Gramercy Theater
Immolation played Gramercy Theater on 10/10, just a cab ride away from a far different metal show at Mercury Lounge with Rwake/Hull/Primitive Weapons. Support for the NYDM kingpins came from touring partners Jungle Rot and Gigan, a pair of death metal bands that either lean on the gore-side of the genre or dabble in grindcore. More pictures from Gramercy Theater are below.
In other Immolation news, the band recently released the new Providence EP via Scion A/V. Get a copy on CD/vinyl for FREE at Immolation's merch table, or download your FREE copy for the price of your email, and check out a video from that release, "Illumination" with all tour dates and more photos, below...
Wormrot at Union Pool (more by Greg Cristman)
I nominate Wormrot as the best band to cover Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Check out an older live video below. The band doesn't cover Yeah Yeah Yeahs again on their new release for Scion A/V, the aptly titled Noise, but they do bring their same brand of speed treatment to the five tracks that bless this foul and blistering release.
One of those new tracks, "False Assumption", is available for the first time in this post. Listen below. Another track, "Breed to Breed" is at this link, and a third, "Outburst of Annoyance", is at Metalsucks. Get the whole thing via the label on Tuesday.
So far no new US dates to report on, but check out that new track and some video below...
Brooklyn DJ duo Metro Area (Morgan Geist and Darshan Jesrani) are going on a small US tour at the end of the month. Due to the tour's sponsorship by Scion, all stops on the tour are free. The tour kicks off in NYC on June 27 at Santos Party House. House of House and Goddollars open the show. You just have to RSVP to enter.
After hitting Santos, Metro Area will play Electric Pickle in Miami. Miami New Times spoke to Morgan about the upcoming show:
What can Miami expect during Metro Area's upcoming performance at the Electric Pickle?All tour dates below...
A good time, I hope. Open-minded crowds, music-loving and dancing crowds rather than people who consider club music a disposable soundtrack to nightlife... they seem to appreciate our sets the most. So with hope it'll be a good match. We'll be mixing all of our influences and trying our best to make people sweat!
Enslaved at Terminal 5 (more by Greg Cristman)
Following the release of Magrundergrind's Crusher EP, Scion A/V is welcoming their latest release to the metal world, a brand new EP from Enslaved! The Sleeping Gods is another 30 minutes of progressive metal from the longstanding Norwegian crew, and will be the follow-up to 2011's Axioma Ethica Odini, which was a favorite among many last year. Download/stream a pair of new songs from that EP for the first time below, and look for that free downloadable five song EP later today (5/10)
Enslaved, who was profiled by Slayer Mag and will appear in the upcoming collection, have a few tour dates scheduled for the coming months though nothing in the US so far. The band recently toured the states with Dimmu Borgir, hitting Terminal 5 along the way.
All tour dates and those song streams are below.
Big Freedia at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by Tim Griffin)
Big Freedia, who just kept very busy down in Austin during SXSW, is preparing to hit the road on April 7th for a string of US dates that will take her booty-clappin' crew from coast to coast. The tour dates include a pair of shows in NYC at Mercury Lounge on May 26th with Javelin and Brooklyn Bowl on May 27th, as well as an appearance at Chaos in Tejas on on June 3rd. Tickets for Mercury Lounge are currently on sale now, as are Brooklyn Bowl tickets. Chaos in Tejas tickets are on sale too.
Surely a highlight of her set is the anthemic gluteous maximus dancefloor burner "Azz Everywhere". The live performance of the song is usually one of the most memorable from her set, and now you can reenact Big Freedia's live show in the comfort of your own home with a new 12" mix of the booty anthem "Azz Everywhere" on 540 Records. The version of the track makes its premiere in this post. Download it above above/stream it below, and pick up a copy of the 12" that features three additional tracks and an "Azz Everywhere" instrumental (for those looking to lead a booty party at home) via 540 Records.
The 12" release for 540 Records is one of two for Ms. Party-starter, as Big Freedia will ALSO release another EP via Scion AV on Tuesday (3/29). The five track EP, simply titled "Scion A/V presents Big Freedia" features "Look at Her" which is also downloadable for the first time above/streamable below.
All tour dates, the cover art for both new releases, a video for "Y'all Get Back Now", and a fascinating interview on Big Freedia is below.
DOWNLOAD: Sex Beet - Stay (MP3)
Human Eye at Scion Garage Fest (more by Taylor Keahey)
Whats even better than a good show? A FREE good one. Detroit's Human Eye will team up with hot UK low-fi band Sex Beet to play a pair of free dates as part of the Scion Garage series. The dates include Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on November 17 and the Mohawk in Austin on November 18th. RSVP for free entry.
Human Eye was last seen (pun) in NYC during CMJ, when the Detroit band played a show at Live with Animals (same building as Monster Island and Secret Project Robot) alongside Golden Triangle, Greg Ashley Band, and TV Baby. They were also on the bill of the Scion Garage Fest that recently went down in Kansas. The two upcoming Scion dates are the only current tour dates for the band.
For Sex Beet, who were in NYC in September when they opened for Thee Oh Sees at Santos Party House, the Scion dates are their only current US dates as well, but they'll hit the road in late November with Best Coast & Spectrals for a string of dates on their home soil. Full tour dates, the NYC version of the Scion show flyer, and videos are below...
DOWNLOAD: Metal Swim Compilation (Zipped MP3s)
Zoroaster at The Studio at Webster Hall (more by Markus Shaffer)
Adult Swim have posted an album of FREE downloadable tracks. The record, entitled Metal Swim features rare and unreleased tracks from some familiar names around these parts (Isis, Boris, Skeletonwitch, Ludicra, Zoroaster, Red Fang, etc) including new tracks from Withered's forthcoming LP Dualitas, Torche's Songs for Singles, AND Kylesa's Spiral Shadow among many many others. Download the album at the site or above, and dig on the tracklisting (and some video) below.
"Hail! Hail! America's favorite loopily leporine rock 'n' roller, Nobunny, is back with a new album, First Blood, and it's his catchiest batch of tunes yet. The melodious masked man kicks it off with "Ain't It a Shame," a bittersweet tale of a rocky romance in which Nobunny's lover has no choice but to endure his frequent indiscretions. He's just that damned charming. "Blow Dumb" is a Velvet-y tribute to all the things that make life worth livin'-"smokin' Copenhagen," make-out sessions and "burger breaks." In fact, First Blood never overstays its welcome and lasts about as long as a particularly adventurous mid-party burger run." - GonerGoner Records will release First Blood on September 21st. That's the cover art above. Nobunny will play a free show in NYC, courtesy of Scion, TONIGHT (8/25) @ Knitting Factory (RSVP). Jacuzzi Boys open the night. Flyer and all dates below...
Kid Congo Powers @ Spider House (BV-SXSW 2010) (more by Tim Griffin)
The next free Vice Garage show at Knitting Factory, Wednesday, July 28th, will feature the ex-Cramp/Bad Seed garage rocker pictured above, with support from the supercampy Hunx & His Punx. RSVP for it here (and for the show in Austin the next night).
And another band that played our SXSW day show at Spider House in March, UK's Jim Jones Revue (ex-Thee Hypnotics), is in NYC for four shows this week: Thursday, July 22nd at Mercury Lounge, Maxwell's on July 23rd and Knitting Factory on July 24th. More info here. (And on top of that, they open Smashing Pumpkins' sold-out Terminal 5 show as part of Spin25 on July 26th along with Kill Hannah.)
Updated Kid Congo Powers & Jim Jones tour dates, flyers and videos are below...
by Andrew Frisicano
"I was just on stage watching the oblivians destroy knitting factory. I think I can die happy now" - Tyler Trykowski
The Oblivians reunited for a packed Scion Garage show at Knitting Factory on Thursday night. And though the guys, who split in '98, get together every once in a while to play a show, it was reportedly the first Oblivians show in NYC in thirteen years, and was very welcome. The band traded instruments, and were joined for the encore by Reigning Sound/WFMU's Dave Amels on keys.
More pictures from Knitting Factory are below...
The Oblivians will be playing the next free Scion Garage show at Knitting Factory on Thursday, July 1st. The garage rock band has reunited sporadically since breaking up in 1998 - Vice writes that this show marks their "return to NYC for the first time in 13 years." Opening the show will be Andre Ethier, the Deadly Snakes member, not the LA Dodgers outfielder (Vice says other Deadly Snakes members are also in his band). RSVP for free entry.
The Oblivians, who also have an Ohio show coming up, reunited in 2009 to tour with the Gories, who also have NYC reunion shows coming up, set for July 29-31.
Reigning Sound, the band fronted by Oblivians' Greg Cartwright, have tour dates that include a June 19th show at Southpaw and a June 20th show at Maxwell's.
The last free Scion Garage show was on May 27th with Cheap Time and Bad Sports. Flyer for the upcoming Knitting Factory show, and some videos, below...
The last Scion Garage show at Knitting Factory brought Pierced Arrows and Black Lips to the venue on April 29th. Video from that gig is below.
The Cheap Time single posted above came out on In the Red in 2009. A flyer, more Bad Sports tour dates (around the West Coast mostly this summer) and videos of Black Lips show in April are below...
photos by Jessie Barber, Christopher Mumma
Matt Martinez of Landmine Marathon belts it out (by Jessie Barber)
While BBG and Kim Kelly were trolling about the blackened stage at Bernie's, getting southern-fried by the Louisiana frighteners Thou, and checking out the thundergods known as YOB, Chris and Jessie were on the case at the other Scion Rock Fest on 3/13 in Columbus, Ohio. Pictures from their travels which include some (more) shots of Landmine Marathon, as well as Shrinebuilder (right before they played NYU), Pelican, D.R.I., Black Tusk, Voivod (who then made their way to SXSW), Magrudergrind, Saviours, and so much more, below....
Black Lips @ Brooklyn Bowl (more by Gabi Porter)
It's all things Scion (the car) and Black Lips (the band) around here lately and that trend continues in this post. The next Toyota-sponsored garage rock show in Brooklyn will take place on Thursday, April 29th at Knitting Factory and feature sets by both the Black Lips and Pierced Arrows. Admission is free with RSVP. Flyer and all dates below...