Entries tagged with: Tera Melos
by Doug Moore
We've debuted the new EP by San Franciscan psych/prog-metal troupe (and Deafheaven side project) Creepers over at Invisible Oranges this morning (the second somewhat Deafheaven-related side project we've talked about this week). From our writeup:
Creepers started as a studio project of Deafheaven members Shiv Mehra and Daniel Tracy in 2011. The two were inspired mainly by '70s horror film scores a la Goblin, but they also mixed in the black metal influence that they have become known for lately. Eventually rounding out a full lineup by adding Varun Mehra on bass and Chris Nativdad as second guitarist, Creepers' sound began to shift laterally towards a more psych/prog rock sound.You can read the whole thing over at IO. The EP is available for paid download from Creepers's Bandcamp.
Recorded as a three-piece, the self-titled release moves in and out of passages with an impressive amount of composure, retaining a layer of dark atmosphere that lurks beneath each track and rounds out the edges on this debut EP. There's a shared disciplined lethargy between early prog and psych rock that Creepers seems to know how to naturally assemble. In the second track, "Drug Vision", the sluggish fantasy of an album like Jethro Tull's "Aqualung" comes to mind.
They're also teaming up with Tera Melos for a few of the west coast dates on that band's tour with Zorch. Check out their dates, along with the EP stream, below...
Tera Melos at Wicker Park Fest 2013 (more by Lindsey Best)
Math rockers Tera Melos are heading out on tour with Minus the Bear soon, and though they don't play the NYC date (which happens on 10/25 at Best Buy Theater), they'll be playing some of their own headlining shows around then, including one in NYC on October 30 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show go on sale Friday (8/9) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/7) at noon. All currently announced dates are listed below.
UPDATE: The Bowery Ballroom show is part of a full tour with Fang Island and Zorch. All dates are listed below.
Tera Melos' most recent release is this year's X'ed Out, which came out in April via Sargent House. You can stream that album in its entirety, along with the list of tour dates, below...
Sub Pop 1000, the Record Store Day compilation with tracks from Peaking Lights, Iron Lung, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Starred, My Disco, and others that we recommended in our RSD2013 guide, is streaming now on Pitchfork.
by Andrew Sacher
Tera Melos at Santos Party House in 2011 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Sargent House math-rocking labelmates Tera Melos and TTNG (formerly This Town Needs Guns, but changed their name due to recent gun controversy [read their whole statement at their website]) are heading out on a tour of the US and Canada this spring. That tour hits NYC for a show on May 2 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (2/15) at 10 AM. All tour dates are listed below.
TTNG released their new album, 220.127.116.11.0, this past January. Meanwhile, Tera Melos are working on their new album, X'ed Out, which will be out on April 16. While TTNG opts for an emo-leaning brand of math rock, Tera Melos works the genre into the realm of lo-fi/indie rock and their new single, "Tropic Lame," is a great example of that. You can stream that single and TTNG's entire new album below.
Melt Banana at Bowery Ballroom (more by Lori Baily)
As previously discussed, Melt Banana will hit the road for a US tour in October, their first set of US dates since 2009. That tour now includes a NYC date. The band will play Santos Party House on October 29th with support from Tera Melos (who have a new video). Tickets are on sale. All dates are listed below.
Tera Melos will also hit the road for a string of dates with Boris, though that leg doesn't hit NYC. Boris will play Irving Plaza with Asobi Seksu and Liturgy on 10/27. Tickets are still available.
All tour dates and some video is below.
I'm disappointed in Tera Melos. A person spends a good bit of their new video for "So Occult/Kelly", a song from their latest LP Patagonian Rats, smashing (perfectly good) beers with a baseball bat. At least they do so while wearing a Freddy Krueger-like creepy old man mask. Check out said carnage below.
The math-y band, who recently swooped in for a Daytrotter session, have a gang of tour dates in North America in October. Look for the Sac-town crew to appear on shows with Boris, Melt Banana, Master Musicians of Bukkake, and Coliseum No NYC date so far, but we'll be on the look out.
And for the curious, you read right. Melt Banana will head out on a US tour this fall. No NYC date thus far, but the rest of their US schedule is available below.
Master Musicians of Bukkake are featured on the latest Important Records compilation which collects rare tracks in celebration of the label's 10th anniversary (!). Congrats to Important Records. Pick up said comp, which features appearances from Grails, Cave, Chord, Bardo Pond, and others.
All tour dates and the new Tera Melos video below.
Boris, in pillow and undergarment form
Boris's new LP offerings Attention Please and Heavy Rocks (2011) represent a bit of a stylistic change for the ever-shifting Japanese band. As such, they've recruited some bands outside of the usual suspects in their upcoming North American tour announced today. Boris, who is currently in the EU with Russian Circles, will hit the road in the US for dates with Asobi Seksu, Tera Melos, True Widow (who play Union Pool in August), Master Musicians of Bukkake, Liturgy and others in October. Full tour schedule is below, including an NYC date with Asobi Seksu and Liturgy at Irving Plaza on 10/27. Ticketing info is forthcoming.
All tour dates and a video for Boris's "Hope/Riot Sugar" (a song from each new LP in a single video) is below. For all of you superfans, keep a lookout for Boris - Attention Please underwear and/or pillows (above) which go on presale on 7/30.
photos by Andrew St. Clair
"it is only basic human decency that is keeping me from bum rushing the stage and hugging marnie stern." - Lindsay Hood
"Marnie Stern at Santos Party House. Holy Holy Holy Shit." - mattroiberger
DOWNLOAD: Marnie Stern - Transformer (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Marnie Stern - Every Single Line Means Something (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Marnie Stern - For Ash (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Marnie Stern - Transparency is the New Mystery (MP3)
The Marnie Stern & Tera Melos train hit Santos Party House in NYC last night (3/4). After the show Marnie and friends headed to Chinatown for some karaoke at Winnie's. More pictures from the party and the afterparty, below...
Marnie Stern at the BV Day Party @ Public Assembly (more by Andrew St. Clair)
"With the advent of punk, epic, virtuosic music was seen as both formally pompous and politically élitist. But instrumental prowess is no more or less primal than a three-chord crunch. Stern and her inspirations, like the drums-and-guitar cascade of the nineties indie-rock band Don Caballero, have rescued the exuberant excess of progressive rock by filtering it through punk's dissonance and speed. It was an elegant leapfrog--now bands like King Crimson are more relevant and widely referenced (by musicians as unlikely as Kanye West, who sampled Crimson on "Power") than formerly dominant post-punk figures such as Elvis Costello and Paul Weller." [Sasha Frere-Jones]Finger-tappin' Upper-East-Sider Marnie Stern will link up with Tera Melos to play a string of US dates that include Santos Party House on March 4th. Ticketing info is forthcoming.
Tera Melos are prepping a new six-song EP, Zoo Weather, due via Sargent House in February. The cassette/digital release will feature a three new songs alongside three remixes, including a remix from Japanese noise greats Melt Banana.
Marnie Stern released her self-titled LP in 2010 and celebrated with a show at Rock Shop, She called Tera Melos's Patagonian Rats her favorite LP of last year. Stream it below and decide for yourself, and check out all other tour dates while you're at it...
J Mascis @ Summerstage in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
J Mascis has set to release his first solo acoustic album of new material (Martin & Me was a live acoustic LP with no new acoustic material), and first album for Sub Pop on March 15. The album is called Several Shades of Why and is his first solo release since 1996's Martin + Me. The tracklist is below.
As far as dates, all J has coming up at the moment is a performance on Saturday, November 13 at Prema Yoga to benefit Amma's charities. All proceeds from the show will be donated to Embracing The World, the humanitarian efforts of Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma). Mascis will be joined on stage by Devadas and Tony Jarvis. Dinosaur Jr. will be performing Bug in its entirety at ATP in London on July 1.
In other Dinosaur Jr. related news, Lou Barlow has stated the following in a journal entry on his website dated 10/25/10:
I'm going to Japan on Halloween to visit a Mike Watt/Missingmen tour already in progress... play a few shows with them... THEN I'm going to Spain for Thanksgiving-time shows...The Mike Watt/Missingmen tour that Barlow mentioned was in support of Watt's new album Hyphenated-Man which is out now in Japan on Parabolica Records. Hyphenated-Man is Watt's third opera, fourth album overall, and is his first since leaving Columbia. An American release is rumored for 2011. The 30-song tracklist, with some live videos from the recent tour, is below.
It doesn't seem possible for me to be home for more [than] a few weeks at a time... writing new songs doesn't seem possible either... I need home-time deluxe for that... to settle and spread my head
but there's talk of a new Dino record, I'll get something together if that happens... Also Sebadoh will be touring in support of the next 'classic' reissues: Bakesale and Harmacy... myself, Jason and Bob D'Amico... working those songs out should be fun, always is... February for Sebadoh tours, dates forth-coming.
Watt's tour just ended this past Sunday, but Tera Melos (who opened the October 17-22 dates) have just embarked on a US tour with Maps & Atlases. All dates, album tracklists and stuff below...
DOWNLOAD: Anamanaguchi - "Mess" (MP3)
photos by Leia Jospe
Anamanaguchi at Death By Audio on 9/23
Anamanaguchi has been trickling out singles right and left via their website, and now the NYC band has a new offering, "Mess", available for download above. To go along with their 8-bit steelo, the band has also released a digital animated "cover". Check that out. And if you can, "be a bro" and donate to the cause at their site.
Anamanaguchi will play a DJ set at Glasslands on 10/23 at the Unofficial Popgun CMJ show with Baths, Yuck (who are also playing the Official BV CMJ party at MHOW on 10/21 - tickets), Mon Khmer, Dominant Legs, Teen Daze, Porcelain Raft and Jaill. Anamanaguchi recently supported Ra Ra Riot at Music Hall of Williamsburg (on 9/24). One night earlier they played Death By Audio with Tera Melos, Pteradactyl, and Fiasco. Belated pics of Anamanaguchi and Tera Melos from that show, and all of their current dates, below...
Tonight's Ponytail / Think About Life show at Music Hall of Williamsburg is still exciting, but slightly less interesting (4/25). I'm not sure when it happened, but Marnie Stern was replaced by Real Estate on the 3-band Brooklyn bill. Tickets are still available.
Marnie Stern is instead now scheduled to open for Blonde Redhead at Old Dominion University in Virginia tonight, and her next NYC show is instead May 3rd at the Bell House where she'll share a bill with Tera Melos. Tickets are on sale. All tour dates below...