Entries tagged with: Tera Melos
by Andrew Sacher
Tera Melos are a band that like to get weird and technical, but never to the point of say, writing a half hour song that pays no attention to verses, choruses, melody, or really anything resembling what most people call a "song." But that's just what Tera Melos guitarist Nick Reinhart did on his new collaboration with Ricardo Lagomasino, who drums for Lithuania and DRGN KING. The duo is releasing a cassette called Test Meat on Seagreen Records (pre-order), and we're premiering the 27-minute and 9-second first half. Listen below. That's the cover art above, designed by Ricardo's Lithuania bandmate Eric Slick (also of Dr. Dog).
If you like what you hear, or if you like other Seagreen releases like R. Stevie Moore, Thin Lips, Japanese Breakfast or Battle Ave, you can help the label out by picking up one of their fundraiser tee-shirts to raise money for future releases.
Song stream below...
Nick Reinhart, guitarist/vocalist for math rockers Tera Melos, is celebrating Halloween with Scary Sounds II, the spooky-sounding guitar-only followup to last year's similarly themed Scary Sounds. Every sound you hear on the album was made with a guitar, and it definitely lives up to its name. You can download it at bandcamp for $6.66 and stream it in full below.
Tera Melos was also added to the first leg of the Circa Survive / Title Fight tour. (Pianos Become the Teeth, who just played NYC, are on the second.) That includes the NYC show happening on November 11 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show are still available.
Tera Melos also play a Halloween show in Houston tonight. All of their dates are listed, with the new LP stream, below...
Pinback at ACL 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
San Diego indie rockers Pinback celebrate the 10th anniversary of Summer in Abaddon this year, and in honor of that Touch & Go is reissuing the album on limited edition maroon vinyl which will be available at Touch & Go's site and the stops of Pinback's just-announced the tour. The tour, which will be opened by Sacramento math rockers Tera Melos, hits NYC on September 13 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/20) at noon with Live Nation/Music Geeks presales starting Thursday (6/19) at noon.
All dates are listed, with a couple Summer in Abaddon videos, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Melodic math rockers Tera Melos released their solid X'ed Out album last year via Sargent House, and just gave one of its tracks, "Slimed," video treatment. The video follows a couple of costumed guys with a shitty acoustic guitar from the shower to the swimming pool, and shows all their antics (including playing with a dolphin fountain) along the way. The video premieres in this post and you can check it out below.
As briefly mentioned, Tera Melos are also touring with The Dillinger Escape Plan and Vattnet Viskar this year, which is a pretty great triple bill. The tour doesn't hit NYC, but it will be nearby for shows at Amityville, NY's Revolution Bar & Music on 5/9 (tickets) and Hartford, CT's Webster Theater on 5/10 (tickets).
All dates are listed, with the new video, below...
By Doug Moore
TONITE! (...sort of, not really)
Real talk: the weather fucking sucked this week, and it shows few signs of improving over the weekend. On top of that, it's Valentine's Day today. Not brutal! (Or doubly brutal, depending on your inclinations.) But you guys are troopers, right? And there's a good amount of fun stuff going on this weekend:
Tonight (2/14): industrial pioneers Skinny Puppy are playing at Webster Hall along with Army of the Universe & Cult of Youth, though the show is sold out. Saint Vitus is hosting a more romantic event (by some definitions, anyway) -- the DLR-era Van Halen tribute band Bottom's Up.
Tomorrow (2/15): gnarly noise rock locals Fashion Week are playing an ABC No Rio matinee along with out-of-towners Manners, Dying, & Capacities. Rozamov's tour is hitting Acheron, with help from Godmaker, Eggnogg, & Crushed. Meanwhile, long-running death/thrashers Deceased will put in a one-off appearance at Saint Vitus alongside Fantom Warrior, Penetration, Sacrificial Blood, Exhumation, & Iron Force. Keep an eye on our nifty NYC metal show calendar for the latest. It rules.
In other news:
The great Polish death metal band Decapitated have entered the studio to record their sixth album.
Some grainy, 30-second streaming samples of the new Triptykon album are available on Amazon, if you're into that kind of thing.
Knelt Rote have canceled their appearance at Martyrdoom 2014, which is a bummer. On the bright side, Lord Mantis and Evoken have joined the bill.
Shirley Temple's passing reminded a lot of people that her daughter Lori Black was briefly a member of (the) Melvins, though Black's stint in also-ran thrashers Clown Alley continues to go uncelebrated.
The Dillinger Escape Plan have announced another spring tour. This one's with Tera Melos & Vattnet Viskar (the latter of whom are playing NYC soon), and while it doesn't stop in NYC, you can catch it if you schlep out to Hartford, CT on May 10. All tour dates are listed below.
Over in the IO corner:
We checked out great new tunes by New Light Choir, Behemoth, The Wounded Kings, and Xothist. We continued our career-spanning retrospective on Babylon Whores. We gave you the deets on all of this week's $$$-worthy new metal. And we spoke to NYC metal scene fixture Curran Reynolds (Wetnurse, Body Stuff, Today is the Day, & the Precious Metal Series) on our East Village Radio show. Tune in every Tuesday night at 10pm on EVR.com for ticket giveaways, interviews, and the best new riffage around.
The Dillinger Escape Plan tour dates and Buzz Ozborne stream below. Anything else?
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, 126.96.36.199.0, 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...