Entries tagged with: Tweak Bird
by Ian Chainey
Noise rock/sludge experimenters Prizehog are out on the road. The Bay Area-born, Portland-located trio is touring in support of their newest effort, Re-Unvent the Whool. Released back in March, the long-player has received its share of acclaim, taking the tribal thump of Neurosis and the woosh of space rock, filtering the result through the pitch-shifted everything of avant-pop. It's a neat blend of varied elements, coalescing into a heavy listen that's definitely not ponderous.
They're currently in New York for two different dates. The first is tonight (5/22) at Cake Shop in Manhattan with Columboid (minimal synth madness that's ex-Vaz), Insect Ark (Bee and Flower leader Dana Schecter's lap-steel/bass solo drone), and Stephen Brodsky (Cave In, Mutoid Man, Old Man Gloom, half of Hydra Head's roster, etc.). Tickets are $8 at the door. The second is Friday (5/23) at Saint Vitus, sporting a bill of Vaz (noise rock related to '90s legends Hammerhead), Mossenek (guitar/electronics duo with Mick Barr), and Collapsible Baton. Tickets are still available.
Speaking of Vaz, the noisy nutters also have two other NYC dates forthcoming. On June 1, they'll hit the Cake Shop with Bludded Head, Coma in Algiers, Couch Slut, and Marriage + Cancer (K Records band formerly known as nucular aminals) in support. Then, on June 22, Vaz will hook up Tweak Bird -- who we premiered a song from this week -- and Bbigpigg at Death By Audio. Tickets are $8 at the door.
Bludded Head, the Denton doom dealers, are stocked with some out-there merch, so definitely be on the look out for that. They and Marriage + Cancer also playThe Gutter in Brooklyn on May 31 with Vulture Shit, one day before their Cake Shop show.
All of the tour dates, along with a load of streams, appear below.
by Ian Chainey
If Tweak Bird operate under one principle, it's fun. The Illinois-transplanted Los Angeleno guitar n' drums duo doesn't think music should be taken too seriously, so, instead, they offer seriously fun music. Yet, lest you think their tunes are tossed off, treated with the same irreverence as seeds and stems, know that their easygoing, whatever-ness belies a whip-smart wit and canny understanding of earworm melodies; just baked within thick, stoner distortion and sprinkled with occasional Nuggets when they've had too much to dream.
After an assist in the beginning from Dale Crover of their past tourmates the Melvins, Caleb and Ashton have cut together quite a collection of releases, with the anticipated Any Ol' Way available today (5/20) via Let's Pretend Records. Then, starting May 24, the two will tour, making a round-trip through the US on a month-long trek. On June 12, the Birds will roost at Death by Audio in NYC. Prepare to be pleasantly deafened. All dates are listed below.
So, to help ring in the new addition to their discography, they're also contributing a non-album track, "Upside Down Frankenstein," to a new installment of the Scion AV Rock Show singles series. Tweak Bird inhabits the B-side with the Melvins' King Buzzo (who also has a new album coming) occupying the A, thus commemorating the Scion-presented show the pair played together in LA this past February. In typical Tweaked fashion, "Frankenstein" starts shambling along with heavy, lazy drums; like Brant Bjork taking it easy on a Sunday morning. A thudding chord progression enters, teases some grit, then makes the bed for a close vocal harmony in the manner of the Everly Brothers. . .if gifted a vaporizer. A chorus of the three-word title is given a couple go arounds before the brothers bring the track to a close with a world-swallowing amount of Brian Wilson reverb. Similar to that smiler, it's just fun. And, well, it's on-the-surface simplistic, but there's a certain craftsmanship present. The rough edges have been sanded down by consideration; from the Shel Silverstein-esque, mouth-pleasing nonsense refrain, to the hints something bigger is lurking in the shadows.
A stream of "Upside Down Frankenstein" makes its premiere in this post. Listen to that, along with Buzzo's contribution to the split and the list of all Tweak Bird dates, below...
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.
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.
Brian Gibson and Jason Kendall of Megasus at Acheron (more)
After releasing their punishing self-titled LP with 20 Buck Spin (and playing an equally punitive live show at Acheron), Megasus is back to release a new 5" mini-EP with Brutal Panda Records. The Menace of The Universe 5" features a pair of new tracks from the Providence beatdown artists including "Damned Hammer" and the title track, which is streaming below. Guitarist Ryan Lesser is responsible for the (impressive) artwork duties on the release, which will include die-cut six-panel packaging. You can see the art and pre-order the EP at Brutal Panda's site.
Megasus, the only band that has the distinction of having a record on Brutal Panda and 20 Buck Spin all while having a song in Rock Band 2, currently have no dates on their calendar. Neither does Lightning Bolt who share drummer/bassist Brian Gibson.
In between working on his fretwork and art for the upcoming release, Ryan Lesser also found time to tell us what his favorite things were in 2010. Check out that list while you listen to the song stream for "Menace Of The Universe" below.
""Mondo Generator have had to postpone their current US tour. The band are very sorry about this and would like to apologize to all involved; The shows will be rescheduled to run in December and January. New dates will be announced shortly"."
Tweak Bird at Union Pool (more by Justina Villanueva)
The NYC show is part of a larger tour for Mondo/Bird, who will rotate in It's Casual on some dates (though not in NYC, where they will be playing with Fu Manchu/Black Tusk).
Mondo Generator is on the road and paying homage to their new Dog Food 7" from a forthcoming album (their fourth) by the band founded by Nick Oliveri (ex-Dwarves, Queens Of The Stone Age, Kyuss). The new single features Dave Grohl, Happy Tom (Turbonegro) and Marc Diamond (The Dwarves) as well. Get yourself one, it's a limited pressing.
Tweak Bird have a joint of their own, their upcoming self-titled LP due on 8/31 via Volcom. Produced by the Deaf Nephews (Dale Crover from the Melvins and Toshi Kasai from Big Business), the album record follows in a similar path to their LA cronies/production team; big drums, big riffs, and hidden pop sweetness. Dig on a pair of tracks from that LP above.
Some video and full tour dates are below...
photos by Justina Villanueva, words by Black Bubblegum
Coady and Toshi of Big Business
"After much anticipation, Los Angeles based rock heroes BIG BUSINESS have just released their latest and most epic album to date. Entitled "Mind The Drift," the album is available courtesy of the renowned Hydra Head Records, and was produced by Phil Ek (Built To Spill, Fleet Foxes, The Shins) in his Seattle studio....is streaming in its entirety @ MindTheDrift.com.
Featuring the ferocious vocals and bass duties of Jared Warren (ex-Karp, Tight Bros From Way Back When), dominating drumming abilities of Coady Willis (also of the newly revived Murder City Devils), and for the first time, guitar madman Toshi Kasai (also a respected producer in his own right), "Mind the Drift"... [PR]
by Black Bubblegum
Tweak Bird @ SXSW (more photos here)
Big Business and Tweak Bird have announced more dates together, a 2nd NYC show included. As previously mentioned, the two bands will be at Mercury Lounge in Manhattan on May 10th (tickets here). They're also playing Union Pool in Brooklyn on May 9th (no advanced tickets).
Big Business is prepping ther new album, Mind The Drift, due on May 12th via Hydra Head records. You can stream that bad boy in it's entirety here and download "Gold & Final" above.
Tweak Bird is coming off of a pair of NYC dates; on 4/4 with Crocodiles @ Pianos and yesterday (4/5) at Union Pool. The duo were scheduled to play a third show tonight (4/6) at K & M Bar, but that show has since been cancelled... in favor of ANOTHER show at Pianos TONIGHT FOR FREE (4/6, 11pm). Tweak Bird for free? Kick ass!
All dates below...
by Bill Pearis
Thee Oh Sees
The post-SXSW music flood has yet to show relief and this week might actually be more jam-packed with goodness than last. Where to start?
Kings of San Francisco's fertile garage rock scene, Thee Oh Sees are back in town for two shows this weekend in what I'd have to call unlikely venues for the band. Thee Oh Sees are not exactly fond of playing on stages, as I've only ever seen them set up on the floor, so I'm not sure how they're going to handle it at The Bell House (4/4) and Mercury Lounge (4/5). Regardless, if they're anywhere near as good as they were at the Todd P/Woodsist party during SXSW it'll be a great time. John Dwyer is an intense frontman, flinging his guitars around and likes to get very intimate with his microphone for maximum in-the-red levels. Speaking of, In the Red is releasing Thee Oh Sees' great new album, Help, and while it's not in shops yet, it should be available at the merch table this weekend. Go see them.
Michigan's Tyvek are playing three shows this week, starting tonight (3/31) at Cake Shop. There is certainly no shortage of this kind of low fidelity, high attitude punk being made right now, but these guys do it better than most I think. The band, who keep changing the spelling of their name (Their Myspace currently has it as "Tyvjk"), are due to drop their debut full-length on Siltbreeze any minute now, so maybe they'll will be selling it at these gigs.
Tonight's show at Cake Shop is for the venue's "World's Birthday Party" parties held on the last day of each month. Tonight is curated by Peggy of Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Chuk Reutter of Gold Dust who will be playing their last-ever show tonight. Also on the bill: San Francisco's gothy New Thrill Parade (they sound more than a little like The Birthday Party), and two ca-USE co-MOTION offshoots (Extreme Violence and The German Measles). If your birthday is in March, it's free entry plus two drink ticket and a "gift" and cake. All others pay $7. Tomorrow (4/1) Tyvek play Death by Audio with local folkies Woods (whose new album, Songs of Shame is pretty darn good) and then on Thursday (4/2) opening for Asobi Seksu at Bowery Ballroom.
Also on that Asobi Seksu bill are San Diego scuzz-rockers Crocodiles who put out a JAMC-loving single "Neon Jesus" last year and will release their debut album on April 28th via Fat Possum. Two songs from that album (as well as "Neon Jesus") are available over at RCRD LBL and show they also seem to like Spacemen 3 a lot too. I missed them at SXSW so I can't say whether they're good as a live band or not (editor's note: I liked what little I saw of them), but I'm guessing it's gonna be two guys, a drum machine and a truckload of feedback and reverb (editor's note: YES!). Which is okay by me. In addition to the BB show, Crocodiles also play Pianos on Saturday night (4/4) with the aforementioned New Thrill Parade and L.A.'s pummeling duo Tweak Bird (who BB most recently caught at SXSW).
A few more shows to mention (and all tour dates below):
words & photos by Black Bubblegum
Ancestors @ Room 710 in Austin - March 19, 2009
My SXSW adventure began Wednesday morning at the airport. Talk about starting things off on the wrong foot! A woman fell into a diabetic coma (she was ok later that morning) on my 6:30AM flight. That led to an unplanned stop in NOLA which was followed by a layover in a fogged up Houston Airport... to say I was a little late to our own day show at Emo's was an understatement. Unfortunately, Trash Talk were wheeling their amps out the door when I got there (which meant I also missed Garotas Suecas and Psychedelic Horseshit), but I managed to catch Trash Talk vocalist Lee cruising around, with a microphone grill imprinted on his forehead. His pain, our pleasure...
by Black Bubblegum
Slough Feg have announced their new album, Ape Uprising, due June 3nd on Cruz Del Sur! Recorded by Justin Phelps and Justin Weis (again), and later mastered at Traxwork studio. Check out the Larry Luna cover art above. Iron Kodex will do the vinyl honors for Ape Uprising in "the end of April" in a limited edition run of 666 copies. Slough Feg will join the mighty Absu, Wildildlife, and many others as part of the WFMU/Acquarius Records show at Spiro's on March 20th during SXSW. Prizehog is also along for the ride... check out "Husky" downloadable above, and pick up their CD-R at Aquarius Records!
Karma To Burn are BACK and have scheduled a short tour of the east coast, though no NYC date is scheduled.... you'll have to travel up to Danbury to check 'em out on Apr 22 at Cousin Larry's. Full tour dates are below.
Church of Misery have completed recording of their new album, Houses of the Unholy, and are streaming a new song, "El Padrino", at their myspace. Look for the new record on Rise Above Records, which is on pre-order here.
Zoroaster, The Gates of Slumber, and Serpentcult are tripleteaming the US, having added US dates including a night at The Studio @ Webster Hall on August 9th. Ticket info is forthcoming. Zoroaster recently dropped Voices of Omens on their own Terminal Doom Records, while Serpentcult recently dropped The Weight of Light on Rise Above.
Funeral Mist's Maranatha is out NOW. Check out an edit of "Jesus Saves" available for download above.
Cattle Decapitation were already on their way to NYC to play with Mayhem, Marduk, Cephalic Carnage, Withered, AND the just-added Lair of The Minotaur at Irving Plaza on May 21st (tickets here). But NOW the band has added another NYC show, part of yeat another round of dates for the band, but this time as headliners! Ticket info is forthcoming for Cattle Decapitation, Rose Funeral & Woe of Tyrants at The Studio @ Webster Hall on May 1. Full tour dates are below. In related news, make sure and check out the mighty Withered (who absolutely killed it at Scion) when they headline Union Pool on April 16th!
Bison BC & Children will team up for a show at Death By Audio on April 18th, linking up with Violent Bullshit (ex-Panthers), Circle of Buzzards (with Bob D'Amico and Jason Lowenstein of Sebadoh and Fiery Furnaces) and Naam. Children's new record is due on Kemado on April 14th, no word on the title yet. Bison BC are riding high off of their killer record from last year, Quiet Earth, and Death By Audio will be the bands first appearance since they played Europa with Harvey Milk. Full Bison BC tour dates are below.
The Devil & The Sea
One record that I gave alot of spins in 2008, but didnt make my year end faves was The Devil & The Sea's Heart vs Spine (pick that up here). The band is gearing up to tour the Northeast and have added a date at The Charleston on Mar 31st with another band that has been ringing my ears lately, Music Hates You. Full tour dates are below.
Justin K Broadrick dropped a MEGA-update on all of his projects, including Jesu, GreyMachine (with Aaron Turner), White Static Demon, Solaris BC and his many many remix projects. On the Jesu front, look for TWO live LPs, Opiate Sun EP in July, Infinity in June, Heart Ache reissue with a bonus Unreleased EP from 2003, and a reissue of the ENVY/jesu with an "Unconfirmed Bonus Mix". Check out the full update here.
Grief have called it quits... again. Sob. Their appearance at Maryland Deathfest has been cancelled as well. In honor of the fallen, Kill That Cat posted a video from a show before they kicked the bucket for the first time. Check that out below.
That video, and news on Atheist, Craft, Obscura, Municipal Waste, and soooo much more as The Week In Metal continues!...
by Black Bubblegum
The show is one of FOUR NYC shows for Tweak Bird in the coming months. The other three are April 4 at Pianos, April 5 at Union Pool, and April 6 at K&M Bar. Full Tweak Bird dates are below.
Big Business drops Mind The Drift at the end of March. We'll be hosting a listening party at the beginning of our Wednesday day party at SXSW. The band also have another few dates laid out (below), and more dates probably TBA, though Big Business will not be playing with the Melvins when they perform Houdini four times in May.
All TB & BB dates below...
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Khanate - "Wings From Spine" (MP3 Excerpt)
DOWNLOAD: Grey Machine - Vultures Descend (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Outlaw Order - Siege Mentality (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Millions - "Lest the Professor Catches Fire"(MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Orphan - "Bogman"(MP3)
Hmm.... who's guitar rig could this be?
SUNN O)))So, TWO new sunn o))) records, a Khanate, AND an Æthenor record! We knew that sunn 0))) was working on a new record, but a quick search turned up that Blast First (Petite) will drop that sunn 0))) and Pan Sonic pic 10". On further review, Æthenor's website reveals the following:
Che (SUNN O))) & Pan Sonic do a Suicide cover, pic 10" 2009)
Dimensions (TBA) (2xCD & 2xLP 2009)
Faking Gold & Murder (CD & LP 2008)
Clean Hands Go Foul (LP & Picture Disc 2008, CD & CD Japan 2009)
David Tibet sings and contributes lyrics on the forthcoming Æthenor album; other guests are Kristoffer Rygg (Ulver) and long time Æthenor collaborator Alexander Tucker [who just played ATP].Most importantly though, what the hell is that Khanate record Clean Hands Go Foul?!? Stephen O'Malley had this to say:
The long lost 4th KHANATE album Clean Hands Go Foul will finally emerge later this year. This was recorded directly after the Capture & Release album at Bisi Studio Brooklyn February 2005.James Plotkin, bassist for Khanate, posted one unreleased song excerpt to his website, "Wings From Spine" which is downloadable above. Will "Wings" appear on Clean Hands Go Foul? Who knows, but in the meantime prepare for the thundering evil doom of the mighty Khanate! On a related note, Plotkin's Khlyst, is taking orders for Chaos Live, a multicamera live DVD shot at Hydra Head's CMJ show in 2006. While you're there, pick up Boris's limited-to-1000 Floorshaker 12".
Mastodon's Brent Hinds had a little run-in with King Khan over the weekend, and while we have heard King Khan's side of the story, ridiculous pictures included, we haven't heard a peep from Brent Hinds. My thoughts echo that of one astute Blabbermouth reader: "The real victim here is the beer". Brann Dailor of Mastodon was recently interviewed by Metal Injection.
Justin Broadrick (Jesu, ex-Godflesh) dropped a bombshell of sorts.... a new project, Grey Machine, featuring Aaron Turner (Isis), Diarmuid Dalton (Jesu), and Dave Cochrane (Transitional)! From the upcoming album Disconnected, the band posted "Vultures Rise" available for download above!
Crom is back on the west coast, but evidence from their east coast killing spree is popping up all over the net. Check out pics from their show in Worcester, MA at Return To The Pit, an interview with a shirtless Crom at Vice magazine, as well as audio (and video below) from their appearance at WFMU.
Crom Live at WFMU, Mayhem, Amon Amarth, Baroness, Tweak Bird, Bison BC and more below.....
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Sigh - "Black Metal" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Salome - "Black Tides" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Salome - "White Tides" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Crom - "The Black Ring" (M4A)
DOWNLOAD: Light Yourself On Fire - "Love And Death" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Monarch! - "Mer Morte" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Tweak Bird - "Whorses" (MP3)
War is beautiful...... Torche (more by Jason Bergman)
Torche have teamed up with labelmates (and former tourmates) Clouds, for a string of freshly minted US tour dates with Coliseum and Black Cobra providing support. Torche is also currently gearing up for a European tour with another set of labelmates, Pelican, which concludes on October 11th. The first date on the Torche / Clouds tour is October 24th with Coliseum. CMJ is October 21st - 25th. Will we see Torche, Clouds or Coliseum at CMJ? No word yet (natch), but when we know, so will you. Full tour dates below.
Speaking of Pelican, the boys have issued a rather thorough update in which they detail their loooong awaited split with These Arms Are Snakes (due on Hydrahead, limited quantities), a split 7" with Young Widows (due in 2009), a collaborative split 7" with Suicide Note, and a Fire In Their Throats.... 2LP release in Viva Hate Records. But the band also dropped more interesting news..... including the fact that the band will tour the east coast in the fall, have a video for "Lost in the Headlights" in the works, and are working on their follow up to City Of Echoes. More details to come. Speaking of These Arms Are Snakes, the band recently posted "Red Line Season" to their myspace for streaming.
Coffins have contributed two songs, one new and another a cover of "The Day Man Lost" by swedish death metallers Carnage, to a split 7" with sludgy-grind enthusiasts Skullhog. Pick it up NOW at No Escape, it's limited to 500 copies (200 on red wax). Coffins also have the following releases lined up: the Warhead 7" EP (on Torture Garden); Split 7" EPs with Womb (on Necroharmonic), Lobotomized (on Plague Island), and Spun In Darkness (Battle Kommand); Split 12" LPs with The Arm And Sword Of A Bastard God (the vinyl release on Enucleation, originally on CD via 20 Buck Spin), Anatomia & Grudge (the three-way split vinyl release on Enucleation, originally dropped on Grindmind), and XXX Maniak (the vinyl release on Haunted Hotel, originally released on CD via Creeping Vine); a Singles collection from 2004-2008 (on Living Dead Society); a mini album (on Bones Brigade); a track on the Death Metal Power Compilation Vol.1 (on Final Punishment).
Engineer is currently working on their follow up to The Dregs, and have "close to five songs completed". Look for the band to line up a few new shows in the coming months.
Sigh drops their new record, A Tribute to Venom, on limited edition etched vinyl with CD via The End Records on Sept 2nd. A Tribute To Venom is just that, a set of Venom covers reimagined in way that only Sigh could. Check out the artwork below, download their cover of the Venom classic (and namesake for an entire genre) "Black Metal" above. Want a copy of A Tribute To Venom on vinyl/CD? Email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Sigh). Include your first and last name. One winner will be picked at random and contacted. Sigh will hit the road in September with Zimmer's Hole & Unexpect, hitting BB Kings in NYC on Sept 16th. Tickets are still available, full tour dates are below.
Salome, Lair Of The Minotaur, Behemoth, Napalm Death, Municipal Waste, and much more below.........