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Death Grips have a new double album, the powers that b, on the way and were scheduled to tour with Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails as well as play festivals such as Pitchfork Fest, FYF Fest and FFF Fest this summer. A band known for canceling shows a lot, they've gone and canceled all upcoming shows because... they've broken up. At least that's what they say (this could be another of their stunts). The band posted the above picture to their Facebook that says:
we are now at our best and so Death Grips is over. we have officially stopped. all currently scheduled live dates are canceled. our upcoming double album "the powers that b" will still be delivered worldwide later this year via Harvest/Third Worlds Records. Death Grips was and always has been a conceptual art exhibition anchored by sound and vision. above and beyond a "band". to our truest fans, please stay legend.Stay tuned for the second half of their new album, titled jenny death. The first half, niggas on the moon (which features Bjork), is out now.
UPDATE: Fun Fun Fun Fest responds
UPDATE TWO: Trent Reznor responds
by Ian Chainey
German/Swedish doom duo The Oath have split in an unexpected fashion. Today, fans of the outfit by way of their Bandcamp page received the following message:
You're receiving this email because you at one point purchased music and/or merchandise from THE OATH's Bandcamp page.No word yet regarding the catalyst or surrounding circumstances for the break. Though, one wonders how long the two (plus two session players) have been on the outs and why they kept it together for the kids.
Thank you very much for this!
Since our album now is released, it's time to let you know the band is over -- and has been for quite some time.
See you in the future.
Formed in 2012, The Oath primarily was the concern of Sonic Ritual guitarist Linnéa Olsson and vocalist Johanna Sadonis. Dealing in trad doom in the spirit of Pentagram and Black Sabbath, the group debuted with the Night Child / Black Rainbow single in 2013. They then rode the buzz wave -- in all senses, really -- with an eponymous LP released through Rise Above Records on March 17 of this year, which we streamed a song from on Invisible Oranges.
Newsletter disseminated drama and intrigue! Metal is crazy. Find streams for the Night Child / Black Rainbow single and "Silver and Dust" from the LP below...
North Highlands @ Glasslands, June 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
In 2009 we graduated college with little hope of finding jobs, so we started a band. We've made so many friends over the years because of this project and are so thankful to have met all of you, you made our band greater. To all the amazing kids who came to our shows, thank you for dancing up in front. I always forgot our songs because I was watching you. I think I decided it was time to leave New York last summer when we had to sell our van Dad for scrap. I know it's just a car, but to me, it was the end of an era. We are incredibly proud of the songs we've made together but I just don't think I can write another record in this city. And unfortunately, I can't uproot four bandmates and their girlfriends, believe me, I've tried. So, I'm taking a break to wander around for awhile and see where I end up. I will miss this band more than anything and I'm heartbroken to say that this show will be our last. Our second full-length is nearly finished and we can't wait for you to hear it. Thank you to our friend Matt who has pulled one too many all nighters trying to finish it. Please come to this last show and rage with us. Love, BrendaAfter five years of making lovely pop, North Highlands are going their separate ways. Having played my first-ever Sound Bites show down at the Seaport/Fulton Stall Market and also played the "This Week in Indie" showcase at Northside (both in 2010) it's definitely a little sad for me. Luckily they're going out with a farewell party tonight (3/27) at Glasslands. Tickets are on sale.
The band have booked some friends to play the show as well: Bennio Qwerty which is NH guitarist Mike Barron's seriously rocking power trio; Ablebody the band featuring Christoph and Anton Hochheim, both of whom are in the current (killer) line-up of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (and were in The Depreciation Guild); and Cowboy.
If you never checked out North Highland's terrific 2011 album, Wild One, you can stream it below. You guys will be missed.
Vivian Girls @ MHOW, Feb. 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn, New York, March 2007: we started making music together and became what we know as Vivian Girls. It's been a long and crazy journey in the seven years since, and we feel as though the time has finally come to let our band rest in peace. It's been an experience that we'll look back on and cherish and we'd like to thank you for sharing it with us. We have had such an amazing time being a band, touring the world, releasing records and meeting all of you....Before Vivian Girls go their separate ways, Katie, Cassie and Ali will play two goodbye shows: February 14th at The Church on York in Los Angeles (tix), and Brooklyn's Death by Audio on March 1. Advance tickets for the DbA show
...Thank you to everyone who has helped us along the way, everyone who has come to our shows, bought our records and supported us, and everyone we will meet in the future.
UPDATE: They added a second final show in Brooklyn, this one at Baby's All Right the next day (3/2) and tickets are on sale now.
In a posting on their website titled, "THE LAST CONCERT - ONE FINAL SHOW TO CELEBRATE THEM ALL," Efterklang write:
February 26th 2014 we will play one last concert in Sønderborg, Denmark, where we grew up.Efterklang last toured North America in 2013.
It will be the last concert with Efterklang as you and we know it. We are not sure what happens after this concert. It is time to reflect and time to move forward. We want to fundamentally change what it means to be Efterklang and how we operate, create and perform.
So come say goodbye with us!
We are celebrating a decade of Efterklang releases and concerts and we are doing it in the most decadent way.
The local symphony Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester, conductor Hans Ek and the local girls choir will join us on stage and so will a long list of special guests including Thomas Husmer and Rune Mølgaard from the original 5 piece line-up of Efterklang.
The last concert will feature highlights from all our 4 albums as well as new songs, that in fact are almost 10 year old songs we've never released, but whom we care for very much. This will be the only chance to hear these songs live.
We are not taking this concert on tour and we plan on making this a very special night. An exploration, a rite of passage, a strange celebration. You are hereby invited.
...from being a full time recording and touring musician
by Doug Moore
Dan Lilker with Brutal Truth, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Dan Lilker is far and away one of the most important bassists in metal history; from his early-'80s thrash and grind work in Anthrax, Exit-13 and S.O.D. to his going concerns in Brutal Truth, Nuclear Assault and Venomous Concept, he's routinely been a step ahead of the rest of the scene. He's also served as a live utility player for several notable bands, including Autopsy, Dark Angel, Lock Up, and (weirdly) Soulfly.
Sadly, we will be seeing a lot less of both Lilker and Brutal Truth in the coming years. According to a message on Brutal Truth's Facebook, Lilker is retiring from active touring on October 18th, which is his 50th birthday. Brutal Truth will tour actively until then and then throw in the towel as well. Lilker will be remain active in his Rochester non-touring acts Blurring (which features several members of the underrated deathgrind band Kalibas, including one-time Brutal Truth guitarist Erik Burke on drums) and Nokturnal Hellstorm.
Bittersweet news. While it's always sad when influential legends like Lilker and Brutal Truth hang up their...um...van-driving gloves, both entities have given plenty to the metal world over their lengthy tours of duty. They deserve their rest.
Read Lilker's statement in full below...
The Walkmen at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Bassist/organist Peter Bauer of The Walkmen revealed in an interview with the Washington Post that the band is going on an "extreme hiatus" after their upcoming show in Philly this week. He continues...
"We really just have no idea," Bauer says. "I don't think any of us wanted to write another Walkmen record. Maybe that will change down the line, maybe it won't, maybe we'll play shows. I think it's weird to make a hubbub about something if there's nothing to really make a hubbub about. At the same time, I don't think we've been a gang properly for a long time, so there's not much to break up, I guess."The band's Philly show happens on Wednesday (12/4) at Union Transfer and is a fundraiser for Rail Park which also features Sun Ra Arkestra, Sharon Van Etten, Spank Rock, Birdie Busch, Light Heat, Chris Ward, Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler. Tickets for what may be the band's final show for a long time are available.
"When we play shows it's a really fun time seeing old friends," Bauer says. "It's not the archetypal rock band where everyone lives in an apartment. We all live in different cities and we call each other occasionally. It's like going to Thanksgiving."
"I think it's cool that we're all still pals and all," Bauer says. "It's nice to be removed from [being a band] and to be friends, or something like that, and to see what happens from there.
"It's been almost 14 years now," Bauer adds. "I think that's enough, you know?"
The members will remain active musicians though, and a few have solo albums planned. Frontman Hamilton Leithauser is prepping a solo album which is due out in 2014 and will feature contributions from his Walkmen bandmate Paul Maroon, plus Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Richard Swift (The Shins), and Morgan Henderson (Fleet Foxes, Cave Singers, Blood Brothers). Peter Bauer is also releasing one called Liberation! under the name Peter Matthew Bauer (and it also features other Walkmen members), and Walter Martin is planning one too.
by Doug Moore
Nachtmystium at Saint Vitus, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
So it's official: Nachtmystium, the long-running Chicagoan black metal band helmed by the ever-troubled Blake Judd, is no more.
This announcement caps an ugly month for Judd, during which he was arrested on theft charges, jailed for roughly a month (which forced his band to cancel some shows), publicly shamed by a t-shirt for past shady behavior, and eventually released. Upon his release, Judd issued a statement via Facebook in which he suggested that he was preparing to put Nachtmystium to bed.
Earlier today, Judd confirmed that the band was done in another FB post:
Alright everyone - it's official: Nachtmystium is R.I.P. Today, I turn 31 years old and as a gift to myself, as sad as it makes me to do this, I'm letting go of something that I've put blood, sweat and tears into for the last 13 1/2 years. It's been an amazing ride full of extreme highs and extreme lows. It's taken me around the world to places I'd never have imagined getting to see / experience. I've toured with some of my favorite bands ever and met some of the most amazing people I could ever have asked to meet. These experiences are fond memories that I will be able to reflect on until the day I die and be eternally grateful for having in my mind.Here's the TL;DR version of the rest of his lengthy statement:
--Nachtmystium have two posthumous releases coming out: a split mini-LP with The Many, which will be released in "the coming months," and a final LP entitled The World We Left Behind in the spring.
--The band will also release a box set of their discography on vinyl.
--All told, the band will have 25 releases under its belt after its two posthumous efforts.
--Judd is thankful to his producers and the fans who bought his merch. Aw.
Read the entire statement and stream the Nachtmystium live vid that Judd included with it below...
by Doug Moore
The Gates of Slumber at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Caroline Harrison)
When I last wrote about The Gates of Slumber here, I mentioned that they virtually never stop touring. The relentless tour schedule has evidently taken its toll; after bassist Josh McCash announced his departure late in the week last week, frontman Karl Simon dissolved the band over the weekend.
The Gates of Slumber were supposed to go on a tour with Church of Misery that hits NYC on November 12 at Saint Vitus with Against The Grain (tickets). They're still listed on the Saint Vitus show at the moment, but stay tuned for official word on whether or not they're canceling.
Stream some Gates of Slumber below for old times' sake.
Kid Dynamite at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Philly hardcore band Kid Dynamite, who were initially around from 1997-2000, have done a few reunions since then, including one in 2010 for Philly's This is Hardcore Fest, which has since led to other reunion shows like Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011. Their current reunion is now coming to an end, and the band will officially be breaking up for good. A statement from the band reads:
It was 2010 when we were first invited to play This Is Hardcore in Philly. It was our first show in nearly 5 years, since playing CBs. We've always gotten offers to reunite for a show or two, but nothing ever really panned out. It seemed like all of us were interested in possibly hitting the stage a few more times. Why not? Right?As the statement says, the band's last two US shows will be this year's This Is Hardcore Fest in Philly (they play on 8/8) and their free House of Vans show on August 15 with Joyce Manor, Swearin', and Red Hare. TiH tickets are still available and RSVP for the House of Vans show opens Monday (7/29) at 9 AM.
Over the past 3 years we've had the pleasure of playing some pretty exciting shows; a warm welcome in California, a magically dusty weekend in Austin, a unexpected romp in Gainesville, a beautifully nostalgic show at the Church in Philly and most recently our first trip to Europe. We played with great bands and felt a great deal of love and energy. But what next?
We've seen many bands reunite over the past few years and surely every one of them asks themselves the question "What are we doing?" Do we move forward and progress with new material, keep playing in the cyclical manor til we wear out our welcome or do we take a final bow?
In less than a month we will be playing two of our biggest headlining shows ever; This Is Hardcore in Philly and House of Vans in Brooklyn. Things can't get any more exciting for us. It seems like an appropriate time to announce these as our final U.S. shows. We say U.S. shows because we've been working on one more trip over seas for some time now. If it happens it will be in 2014.
We are fortunate enough to be able to rewrite the ending of our story. Our first farewell in the year 2000 was mired in confusion, sadness and anger. This time around we get to ride off into the sunset with nothing but love and pride for this band who's music has somehow, with the help everyone around us, resonated through the past 16 years.
We'd like to thank all of the people who have kept this band alive; those of you who have shared our music with your friends and covered our songs. Thank you to all of you who have come out to our shows to sweat with us, smile with us and ultimately scream with us, reminding us that this band is and always will be our "Fuck You!"
by Bill Pearis
Sic Alps at Woodsist Fest 2011 (more by Natasha Ryan)
San Francisco lo-fi mavens Sic Alps have broken up, Pitchfork reports, with singer Mike Donovan announcing the band's end on Friday (7/12) at the final gig of the band's European tour.
Sic Alps started in 2004, and for a long while they functioned as a duo with Donovan on vocals/guitar and Matt Hartman on vocals/drums. Sometimes they switched places. They added members -- like Ty Segall on drums for a while -- and expanded and contracted more than once. For me, they were always best as a duo, with that giant monolith of speakers between them.
A couple years ago, Hartman quietly left the group and Donovan carried on under the Sic Alps name. With a solo record due out on Drag City this fall, it seems as much like Mike Donovan has decided to record under his own name as it is Sic Alps breaking up.
Mike Donovan's Wot is out October 15.
by Andrew Sacher
Comadre and crowd (photo by Matt Gill)
Thanks to everyone who has ever been involved with something that we did. Our debt of gratitude can never be repaid and we can not be more thankful for the experiences that we had and the friends that we made along the way. We apologize to those who were expecting to see us in Europe and all around the US this summer, but this West Coast tour will be the last tour that we do in the foreseeable future (a final show in the Bay Area will most likely be done afterwards). Thanks again and much love. Sincerely, the same 5 people who started this band.The above statement is the unfortunate news that Comadre posted to their facebook today announcing their break-up. They formed the band in 2004 and released their fourth (and final) album, simply titled Comadre, earlier this year. It's one of the strongest albums I've heard this year so far, and if you haven't given it a listen yet, it's a very deserving record.
I hate to go down the route of comparing an album this unique to other bands, but if you want an idea of how it sounds, picture Neutral Milk Hotel/Arcade Fire-style indie rock but with harshly screamed vocals more akin to Circle Takes the Square, The Blood Brothers, or Trophy Scars. And while clean vocals in post-hardcore can too often veer towards pop, when they do show up in this album (which isn't often), they're sung with a gothic/post-punk baritone.
Comadre will be going on one last farewell tour at the end of this month into April, but unfortunately it only features West Coast dates. The tour flyer with all dates, a Spotify stream of Comadre, and a video below...
This Sunday (2/24) at 285 Kent, the Brooklyn venue will be hosting a bittersweet show: on the bright side, it's the third annual birthday for JMC Aggregate and they've booked a great lineup of Sam Mickens' Ecstatic Showband & Revue, Les Bonhommes (mems. Deerhoof, Rainer Maria), Celestial Shore, and DJ Conquerrah. (The location was moved to 285 Kent from Silent Barn, and admission is $10 at the door.)
But the bad side is that it's unfortunately the last-ever show for Sam Mickens' Ecstatic Showband & Revue, who are calling it quits after three years of activity. Sam writes:
The Ecstatic Showband & Revue began with a residency at the deeply-missed Zebulon at the beginning of 2009, only about a month after I relocated to New York. It has been a hub of some of my dearest musical friends and collaborators, a wonderful and exhausting experience, and we've left lots of blood on the dance floor. Rather than fade away, I wanted to present the band in a grand burn out, to coincide with my third-annual birthday celebration with the good people at JMC Aggregate. We will be joined by the roiling Les Bonhommes (members of Deerhoof & Rainer Maria) and golden hope of the future Celestial Shore, as well as my preferred selector, the mighty, mighty DJ Conquerrah.Not long ago, Sam successfully funded his new album, Kayfabe: Laamb of G.O.D., on Kickstarter, so hopefully we'll still get to hear that and he finds a way to continue his musical endeavors. Meanwhile, you can stream those two recent singles below...
The Ecstatic Showband & Revue leaves to posterity these two singles: "One Final Round" b/w "To Victory or Death" and "Burning Hell" b/w "I'm Evil, as well as a trove of unrecorded music, some of which has been documented in one rough form or another. We are honored to retire the undisputed Heavyweight Soul Champions of Brooklyn(citation) and promise everyone quite literal blood( did I already mention blood?), sweat, and tears on this gala evening.
(Never Surrender Our) Love,
The Mars Volta at ACL in 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
The Mars Volta, who have been on hiatus since the release of 2012's Noctourniquet, have officially called it quits, Prefix reports. Cedric Bixler-Zavala dropped the news via a series of tweets , including "Thank u 2 all VOLTA fans u deserved more especially after the way u rooted for us on this album. I tried my hardest to keep it going But Bosnian Rainbows was what we all got instead. I can't sit here and pretend any more. I no longer am a member of Mars Volta."
Cedric has a solo release on the way, and as discussed his former partner in crime, Omar Rodriguez Lopez is working with his band, Bosnian Rainbows, who will have their debut album out this year and are going on a tour in February which hits NYC for the previously mentioned Highline Ballroom show on February 19 with Marriages. Tickets for that show are still available. Since we last spoke, the band revealed a track from their album, "Torn Maps," which you can stream below.
Cedric and Omar joined forces again last year to bring back their old band, At the Drive-In. That reunion never brought the band to NYC, but it did bring them to Austin, Coachella, Lollapalooza and other places.
In related news, At the Drive-In's other half, Sparta, have returned from their hiatus and are in the studio working on the followup to 2006's Threes.
Bosnian Rainbows song stream below...
by Bill Pearis
Curtain Call for TSOOL, Stockholm 12/22/2012 (via @alfredoanazco)
You said, "My idea when we started this band was that we were going to peak around 2012." Did you really believe thatSweden's The Soundtrack of Our Lives played their last-ever show in their hometown of Stockholm right before Christmas (12/22). It marked the end of a 17-year career making riff-heavy psych-rock, and the band's history goes back even further to 1986 if you figure that many of the members played together in equally-awesome (and much punkier) Union Carbide Productions. The split was not amicable and the band spent the second half of 2012 on a farewell tour that also promoted the band's seventh and final album, the very good Throw it to the Universe, though that tour did not include North America (though they played here the year before).
Ebbot Lundberg: Yes, I always did.
Why did you say that?
EL: Because I knew it could happen. And it did. For The Soundtrack Of Our Lives is an alternative stargate to something more relevant than this specific era in our timeline.
[To Matthias] Ebbot said he thought the band would peak around 2012 - do you agree?
Mattias Bärjed: Yeah.
Why did he say that?
MB: I don't know. Maybe he always felt that it was a limited time for TSOOL as an active working band, and I totally agree on that. Maybe he had it all planned. Anyway, it's the right decision to call it a day. The music is still here and that's what counts. On this last ride I guess we all try to avoid all the bullshit that's been sucking a lot of energy out of this band during all the years. - [The Quietus]
TSOOL has played the U.S. many times, however, and anyone who saw them knows they were one of the best live bands of the '00s. I still remember seeing them at Bowery Ballroom in October 2001 when the band had just released their breakthrough (and best) album, Behind the Music, and being knocked back by their mastery of rock moves, showmanship and general badassery. (I also met Joe Strummer at that show, about two months before he died.) Even when touring one of their lesser albums, TSOOL always -- always -- put on a killer show. The band's final show in Stockholm was an epic, 33-song set that concluded with "Instant Repeater '99" from their 1996 debut, Welcome to the Infant Freebase and there's video of that below, along with the setlist.
As for what's next, TSOOL have one last record coming out, a five-song EP due out sometime this year. Meanwhile, guitarist Mattias Bärjed has a new band Free Fall who just released their debut single, "Power & Volume," which you can stream below, along with TSOOL's Throw it to the Universe.
Das Racist at Afro-Punk 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The individual members of NYC rap trio Das Racist have been playing a handful of solo shows lately and it looks like we'll be seeing more of that, as the group have decided to call it quits. Pitchfork reports that Das Racist were supposed to perform at Munich festival On3 on Saturday (12/1), but instead Heems did a solo show, and announced from the stage, "You guys wanna know the secret? Alright, so I'm going to do some Das Racist songs, but Das Racist is breaking up and we're not a band anymore."
Kool AD also tweeted, "for the record i quit das racist 2 months ago and was asked by our manager not to announce it yet. apparently @himanshu wanted to do it tho" and Heems replied, "hah dag, my bad dont even remember saying that shit."
What ended up being Das Racist's final hometown show happened at Irving Plaza in October. You can check out some videos from that show below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Amebix at Bowery Ballroom, January 2009 (more by Justina Villanueva)
"To my deep regret, AMEBIX has now come to a point where we can no longer continue as a band. We have spent the past five years engaged in a process of resurrecting this group from the ashes and feel very proud of what we have managed to achieve in that time, both in the live performances and also in the album that resulted from this extraordinary time. 'Sonic Mass' is a worthy successor to all of our earlier work, bringing a lot of our original impetus and ideas into clear focus....AMEBIX was and is the creation and brainchild of both myself and my brother Stig. With either of us absent, it is no longer AMEBIX.
The Baron goes on to say that further announcements regarding a "new incarnation of the Amebix legacy" with last drummer Roy Mayorga will appear on the official website.
Reportedly The Baron and Stig (also a founding member) had discussed the split, though nothing official had been planned yet. In a Facebook post, Stig proclaimed "WOW FIRST I'VE HEARD OF THIS."
No word as to where this will lead, though hopefully not in two versions of Amebix kicking around ala Sham 69.
by Andrew Sacher
WU LYF at MHOW in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Over the weekend, WU LYF posted a new track, "T R I U M P H," to YouTube, along with a message that seemed to either imply the band have broken up or that frontman Ellery James Roberts has chosen to leave the group. The song and message have since been taken down, but the message (written by Ellery) read:
"By the time I wrote this I was all ready gone. You know you aint got nothing but time, but time isn't an infinite currency I want to see wasted. If this is our last month living, apocalypse looming, I am not going to spend my final hours waiting in purgatory. I am done. There is nothing here that inspires/ interests me beyond the emptiness for dreams. and I don't want to spend my life asleep; dreaming of a....Ellery followed that up with another message directed at the other three members of WU LYF, Evans Kati, Tom McClung, and Joe Manning:
"Wake up! We stay safe/ everything is golden/ in this place.
"WU LYF is dead to me. The sincerity of "Go tell fire" was lost in the bull shit of maintaining face in the world we live. Clap your hands chimp everybody's watching. A year spent losing faith; Innocence lost wide eyes see clear the dark. There's blood running down streets of every city in the world, what's a song to do, pretend it mean everything/nothing to you. Another distraction from the world we live. I and I struggle for a based positivity; Get free or die trying; J C Hung him self up for the easy way out. so Broken Mama Cita be kind to me."
Evans/Joe/TomNothing else was posted to the band's official site and their official Facebook page has been taken down. The only message we've seen since is a tweet from Tom McClung's other project, Francis Lung, which reads, "not over yet."
I am gone. This isn't the end. This is the begging.
We done business to be as free as we want to be; I'm exercising this freedom. Manchester and the life we maintaining is leaving me empty. It is a beautiful/ incredible/ insane world we live and I'm done walking round in baby step circles in a self involved bubble. WU LYF isn't that important. So go do what you want to do. If you wanna play together, Play! your talented musicians so don't waste that. I am bored of the most challenging thing in WU LYF being deluding myself of its relevance. Dirty free, as that show ended it concreted my decision that a change has to come. "Be the change you want to see" said a wise old man.
I'm going to keep on doing what I do; if the time comes in the future where we all truly want to collaborate on something then that door is always going to be open; I have nothing but love for you all.
But I want to live life that's true to me.
your Brother from another mother...
(I'm gonna stay on email so keep in touch.)
WU LYF's only release is 2011's impressive Go Tell Fire to the Mountain, and it would be pretty sad to not see them continue after that. The new track, "T R I U M P H," has since been posted to a different YouTube page and you can listen to it below.
by Andrew Sacher
G-Side at Glasslands in 2011 (more by Erik Erikson)
Here's some unexpected and unfortunate news. Alabama rap duo and BV faves G-Side (aka ST 2 Lettaz and Yung Clova), who played one of our holiday parties less than a year ago, have announced their split. Though the duo have been together since 2004, it was only last year that they began taking off, but ST 2 Lettaz explained in an interview with SPIN, that, "Though we were still working, which is the great thing about it -- that we were still working -- the whole hype had died down."
However, both members will continue on with solo careers, are still on good terms, and ST 2 Lettaz has already announced that what was going to be G-Side's next album, G...Growth & Development, will now be released under his own name and that he's sticking with production duo Block Beattaz. He says that album will be out either December or January, but he'll preface it with the solo EP, R.E.B.E.L. ("rethink every belief ever learned"), on September 17. The video for a non-EP track, "Wishing Well," is below.
As mentioned, G-Side were supposed to play a NYC show at Glasslands next Tuesday (9/18) and that show will go on but it is now a ST 2 Lettaz solo show, sort of. Block Beattaz and G-Side's two backup singers will still be there and they will be "performing all the hits with a lot of new material." The lineup also includes Deniro Farrar and Tron & DVD. Tickets for that show are still available. As the SPIN article mentions, ST 2 Lettaz performed at G-Side's set at Hopscotch without Yung Clova, and without announcing that he'd be doing so. But the duo's Austin show last night (9/11) at Red 7, both members were in attendance. All remaining G-Side dates are listed below, with no official word on whether or not they will be with the duo or just ST.
Meanwhile, Yung Clova has been posting his solo tracks on the Lambo Music Group soundcloud page. While the ST 2 Lettaz solo track is pretty much sounding like where G-Side left off, Clova is opting for a clubbier sound. You can stream some of his new songs, along with the ST 2 Lettaz video and a list of updated dates below.
Christopher Owens w/ Girls at T5 in January (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Christopher Owens of Girls revealed today in a series of tweets that he will be leaving Girls, the band for which he is pretty much the brains behind, and a band that has experienced enormous success over the past year. The band's publicist confirms the news is true. The tweets read:
1) Dear all, This may come as a surprise to many & has been an issue of much thought for me. My decision was not easy to makeIf it's a case of Christopher not wanting to work with the other bandmembers (aka Chet "JR" White, the only other constant member), at least he's going the Jack White and the White Stripes route and not keeping the band name and replacing everyone like Billy Corgan did with Smashing Pumpkins and James Mercer with The Shins. What do you think?
2) I am leaving Girls. My reasons at this time are personal. I need to do this in order to progress
3) I will continue to write & record music. More will be announced soon. I thank you all for everything. Sincerely-Christopher
The video for "Laura" is below...
Ween at Summerstage in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
"It's time to move on," Freeman told Rolling Stone from his home in New Jersey. "I'm retiring Gene Ween."Is this really the end for Ween? (And the end for the oneness they had between God and Satan?) Aaron Freeman seems to mostly entirely suggest so in this Rolling Stone interview. The AV Club, however, reports that Dean Ween (aka Mickey Melchiondo) expressed surprise on his (private) Facebook page saying it "is news to me, all I can say for now I guess."
So does that mean the end for Ween, the band that Freeman formed with high school friend Mickey Melchiondo (a.k.a. Dean Ween) in New Hope, Pennsylvania, in the mid-Eighties?
"Pretty much, yeah," says Freeman. "It's been a long time, 25 years. It was a good run."
Freeman, who released his solo debut Marvelous Clouds earlier this month, says there's no animosity towards his bandmates or Melchiondo, who he met in the eighth grade. He says the pair are still on speaking terms, even though he's been contemplating the decision for the past eight years.
"For me it's a closed book. In life sometimes, in the universe, you have to close some doors to have others open," says Freeman. "There's no, 'Goddamn that such and such!' For me, I'd like to think it's a door I can close finally." [Rolling Stone]
Ween haven't released an album in fiver years and, even if this isn't an official breakup, it doesn't seem like there'll be another any time soon. Freeman recently released Marvelous Clouds, an album of Rod McKuen covers that is worth checking out.
Handsome Furs in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
With a heavy heart the time has come to let all of you know that Handsome Furs are no more.Sadly, Handsome Furs, the project of Wolf Parade's Dan Boeckner and his wife Alexie Perry, posted the above message to their website last night, announcing their end as a band, with no other elaboration. This announcement comes almost a year after Wolf Parade played their last show "for a long time."
The most important thing that needs to be said right now is how extremely grateful we are to all the fans all over the world that showered us with love and support over the years. Thank you for everything! It's been an incredible 6 years and we owe it all to you.
In related news, you can catch Spencer Krug's Moonface project on tour this spring/summer. That tour includes the previously mentioned NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on June 30 with La Big Vic. Tickets are still available.
Some Handsome Furs videos from 2011's Sound Kapital below...
Pepper Rabbit @ BV-CMJ showcase (more by Amanda Hatfield)
I wrote back in October that "there's a rumor that the BV [CMJ] showcase [at Music Hall of Williamsburg] may have been Pepper Rabbit's last show ever." Looks like that was unfortunately true. Facebook letters from Xander (who talks about how hard it is to be an indie band) and Luc (who points out he'll be drumming for Islands this spring) below...
New York waved sayonara to one of the greatest grind bands in the city on Saturday night (12/17) when Defeatist played their final show with a handpicked lineup of Triac, Psychic Limb, D.O.C., and Backslider. There is no malice between the three Defeat-ers, and in fact, Saturday night at Death By Audio was more of a celebration of the collective and the band was undoubtedly at their tightest. The dizzyingly impressive grind trio will be sorely missed.
Meanwhile, look out for material from Radiation Blackbody (Josh & Joel of Defeatist) and Praetura (with Joel of Defeatist) as well as some live shows by those bands.
If you missed D.O.C., make sure and check them out in the new year when they team with Coke Bust, Tenement & Rational Animals at Acheron on 1/4. Coke Bust, D.O.C., Sick Fix and Magrudergrind all feature drummer Chris Moore.
Check out some pictures from their final date below (though none of Backslider, who I missed), below...
Thank YouThrice have no additional dates to report, but Thursday play their next show Wednesday at Irving Plaza (11/23) with Maylene & The Sons of Disaster before before continuing on tour with MewithoutYou and Screaming Females. Tickets for Irving Plaza are still available. All remaining tour dates are below.
"look thrice, Imma Let you finish, but..."
Yup. Yesterday thrice, today Thursday. Crazy coincidence for two bands that have led such parallel and intersecting lives. We would've spaced our announcement out and given the dust a chance to settle but we are about to play a bunch of shows and we didn't want anyone to miss the chance to see us one more time, so here it goes...
If you're reading this long version of our statement, you've probably had some interaction with Thursday. We've been a band for thirteen years. We've played an uncountable number of shows, ranging from living rooms to stadiums. We've talked to every Zine, blog, Daily, Weekly, Monthly periodical... We've talked to every College, Commercial and Public Radio Station and sometimes we just hung out on the street talking to strangers. Maybe we met you. Maybe we worked together somewhere. Maybe you saw us or heard us with friends. Whatever the case may be, we owe you thanks. You've allowed us to be a band for thirteen years, to travel the world, to make records, to meet all of the people we've grown to love. And to open for our idols, work with our heroes, employ our friends (the best crew around) and see our dreams made real.
This year, Thursday has had so much to celebrate: our new record, No Devolución, came out ten years, to the week, after the record that was to become our touchstone: Full Collapse. To have one record still being celebrated a decade after it's release and another to be met with such critical acclaim was really more than we ever could've imagined. We just wanted to play basement shows in New Brunswick. It's funny... That sounds like a well-worn line now but it's absolutely the truth.
Well, if you've been touched by our music or our dedication or our embarrassingly out-of-fashion sincerity, then this is for you, friend: thank you for letting us make No Devolución. We hope you've heard it. We say "beg, borrow or steal... music is an idea... ideas are free" but we encourage you to support our fantastically sweet and hardworking label, Epitaph, by buying it if you can afford to.
Despite the fantastic year that the band has enjoyed, creatively, things haven't been as easy for us on a personal level. Without diving into detail, it's fair to say that this year has been an endless series of personal difficulties. We haven't had any falling out and are all still close. I'm sure that we will continue to create, in some capacity, together. We've talked about turning Thursday into something else: a non-profit, a band that only records sporadically, a collection of other projects... Underneath it all, the personal circumstances involved make it impossible to continue Thursday in the spirit that has made it special. So, we stop. For now, at least.
We hope to see many of you at these last shows. They'll be a lot of fun. We promise.
Lots of love,
Geoff & Tom & Tucker & Steve & Andrew & Tim & Lukas