Entries tagged with: reunions
Pg. 99 (also spelled pageninetynine) was a punk band from Sterling, Virginia on the outskirts of Washington, D.C. The band formed as a 6-piece in winter 1998 and later expanded to an 8-piece. With continual line-up changes, they once played as a 14 member outfit. Pg. 99 were known for their intense live shows.pageninetynine will resurrect from the dead and reunite to play Best Friends Day 2011, August 18-21 in Richmond, VA. The band will be comprised of the Document #8 lineup who will perform all of that LP. Members of pg.99 went on to join/form bands like City of Caterpillar, Enemy Soil (which also featured JR of Pig Destroyer), and many others.
After several US tours, a European tour, and numerous releases, they disbanded in May 2003. [Wiki]
Last year's Best Friends Day saw the resurrection of Black Army Jacket.
Watch all of pageninetynine's last show below.
Shepard Fairey is also DJing the event on Sunday
ATP Asbury Park ("I'll Be Your Mirror") has released the second wave of artist announcements including many of Portishead's choices for the bill! We already knew about Jeff Mangum, Bonnie Prince Billy, Shellac, Chavez and more. New additions include, not surprisingly, Portishead-related acts Anika and Beak> (and this time Anika will be performing live and not just DJing). There's also now a rare reunion of The Pop Group, an Ultramagnetic MC's reunion (WITH Kool Keith), Silver Qluster (Simeon of Silver Apples and Hans-Joachim Roedelius of Cluster/Harmonia), Thee Siliver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, Mogwai, Earth, The Horrors and more. The full list is below.
More details, a bigger Shepard Fairey-designed poster, and the full schedule below...
The production team which brought house music back from the brink of commercial mediocrity, Leftfield made it safe for artistic producers to begin working in a new vein termed progressive house. Paul Daley (a former member of A Man Called Adam and the Brand New Heavies) and programmer Neil Barnes combined the classic soul of early Chicago and New York house with the growing Artificial Intelligence school of album-oriented techno to create classic, intelligent dance music. [After a series of well-recieved singles, Leftfield released] their debut LP, Leftism... in 1995; the long-awaited Rhythm and Stealth followed four years later. With only two albums under their belt, Leftfield decided to split in early 2002 to focus on solo projects. -[Allmusic]Neil Barnes resurrected Leftfield last year, and though founding member Paul Daley is not on board, he has been replaced by original vocalists Djum Djum, Earl 16 and Cheshire Cat plus Adam Wren (keyboards), Kwes Sey (keyboards and computers) Jess Mills (vocals) and Sebastian Beresford on drums. The electronic [now] crew is scheduled to play a few shows in Australia in March and, at the moment, two US dates in April. One is at the sold-out Coachella and the other is right afterwards on April 19th at Webster Hall in NYC. Tickets for that show go on AMEX presale Wednesday, 2/7, at noon, and then general sale starts Friday.
All tour dates (more to be announced?) and some videos below.
"i read this as Braid and got excited" - Anonymous | November 28, 2010 11:38 PM
"Third post about this band and I
always think it reads Braid..." - Anonymous | November 29, 2010 9:31 AM
"how are you gonna name your band braids without someone, anyone telling you "yeah,so there was already this band called braid in the 90s who were a pretty big deal and you'll look like clueless morons if you go around calling yourselves that"?" - Anonymous | November 30, 2010 12:22 AM
Braid (not to be confused with Braids)
The Eagle: Why did Braid initially break up?The above comes from a 2004 interview with Braid vocalist/guitarist Bob Nanna during their first reunion. Now comes word, via AV Club Chicago, that not only will they reunite again, but Braid will record a new 12-inch with J. Robbins (who helmed their last record, Frame And Canvas) for release this year on Polyvinyl Records who will "officially announce the record tomorrow" according to AV Club.
Bob Nanna: Chris [Broach] - one of the guitar players - wanted to stop touring and go back to school. The rest of us were still into touring and wanted to keep going. Basically Chris wanted to go back to school and we all thought it would be better to break up the band at that point in time. We decided to start a new band at that point.
The Eagle: Why did you decide to reunite and go back on tour?
Nanna: Mainly for people who got into us after we broke up and never got a chance to see us play. We got together to do commentary for this DVD that came out [on May 11] and when we got together to do commentary we were just talking about how cool it would be if we played a show when the DVD came out to promote it and have fun and let people come and see us play. Then since we all realized we didn't have much to do over the summer that we would just do a tour and give everyone in the U.S. a chance to see us play.
The Eagle: How do you react to the assertion that Braid was one of the godfathers of emo?
Nanna: Mixed. I don't know. I guess it's kind of flattering, but when you think about it it's not like we invented something new. We were taking bits and pieces of all these other genres that we liked and making it our own. I would even think of other bands before Braid as the "godfathers" just because we tended to copy some bands as well.
Braids (the plural band from Canada) are touring in February with Baths.
In other emo inventor news, The Get Up Kids have a new album (out TODAY) and a tour coming soon too. You can stream "There Are Rules" over at Spinner and purchase it for just $3.99 over at Amazon. Their latest set of tour dates and a live Braid video are below...
Come at TT Bear's in September 2010 (photo by lumpBoston)
Come eased into the gleaming gun-metal-colored chords of "Submerge,'' from the band's '92 bracing full-length debut, "Eleven: Eleven,'' and we were off.The above review comes from Come's 9/26 reunion appearance at TT the Bear's in Cambridge, MA, the first of two recent shows they played in 2010 (the other was at Matador 21). Now comes word that the band will expand their reach to NYC by playing The Bell House on April 16th with Eleventh Dream Day (who have a new album coming soon via Thrill Jockey). Tickets are on sale.
They played all of that album, in fact, starting with the dank, slide guitar-soaked "Off to One Side'' and ending with an IV-drip slow, charred cover of the Stones' "I Got the Blues'' for the encore. In between were scarred expositions ("Sad Eyes''), blistering burns ("Dead Molly''), and always, the intuitively interlocking interplay between Zedek and Brokaw. If there was any rust on bassist Sean O'Brien and drummer Arthur Johnson, it had been quickly scraped off by the gashes of guitar and the churning roil of a sound that, for one night at least, transcended decades and discographies. -[Boston]
Come's Chris Brokaw was one of the special guests scheduled to play with Jennifer O'Connor at the Rock Shop last night (1/11). If you braved the snow to see that, how was it?
Some video from Come's recent reunion appearances are below.
Tons of great hardcore and punk shows in the coming months!
Richmond hardcore rippers Government Warning will hit the road for a string of dates with Night Birds in late February, hitting NYC for a pair of shows on Feb 19th. The day of old-school hardcore madness begins at an early show at Cake Shop (5PM) with Perdition and Ex-Humans and continues into the wee hours at a late show (11PM) with 0megas at 538 Johnson, # 201. Full tour dates are below.
As previously mentioned, 108 teams up with Ensign, Incendiary, and Torchbearer at Cake Shop at 3PM on Saturday (1/08, yeah I know). Tickets are still available, but this 21+ show WILL sell out. As a result, 108 has added a second ALL AGES show at Death By Audio with Primitive Weapons, Heavy Breath and Black Kites that will kick off at 9PM. No advance tickets, and $10 gets you in.
And now for all of you who missed them on their first go around, you're in luck. Tear It Up have reunited and will play Europa on March 25th with Last in Line & The Cell Mates.
Since forming out of the ashes of Dead Nation in 2000, Tear It Up has become a mainstay of the American DIY hardcore scene. Their aggressive fast hardcore sound and intense live performance won over legions of fans from the start. Tear It Up toured the US and Europe constantly, and when not on tour still played as many as 4 shows a week anywhere within a days drive of their native New Jersey. Tear It Up survived several line up changes most notably Paul went on to form Cut the Shit and John was drafted from Down in Flames. Tear It Up broke up shortly before [their final record Taking You Down With Me] was released... Let it be known that Tear It Up went out at the top and never put out a weak record or put or a lame half hearted show.Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale.
Most Precious Blood are back, and will play Cake Shop on January 30th with Suburban Scum & Spectators. Advance tickets are available now.
The previously discussed 'Steve Ignorant plays Crass' show at Santos Party House on March 10 has added Leftover Crack and Thulsa Doom to it's ranks. Tickets are still available. Leftover Crack played Music Hall of Williamsburg on the day after Christmas 2010, but not with Bouncing Souls in Asbury Park that same week.
Reverend Horton Heat has a pretty impressive set of tour dates laid out for the first half of the year, and one of thise is scheduled for The Bell House on May 6th. Tickets are on sale. Full tour schedule is below.
Though Stiff Little Fingers still exists as a band, original guitar player Harry Cluney will play Europa to perform "Stiff Little Fingers Classics" on Feb 11th. Tickets are on sale.
Supertouch has reunited, and will play Santos on Feb 12th with Sweet Diesel. The show originally had 1.6 Band on the bill, but they have since been removed. Tickets are on sale.
Reagan Youth will team up with Yuppicide, Beer & Cable, and Agitator to play Europa on January 23rd. Tickets are on sale.
The Brooklyn venue will also host a monsterous hardcore lineup two months later featuring Urban Waste, Ultra Violence, Step 2 Far, Down Low NYHC, Darkside NYC, Kincaid, Fed Up, Caught In A Trap, Chesty Malone & The Slice Em Up's, Not Without A Fight, Sexual Suicide, Olde York, and Yo Scunt. The March 26th show will begin at 1PM and tickets are on sale.
Tour dates and some video below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Seaweed - Thru the Window (MP3)
Weaned on all-ages hardcore shows in their Tacoma, Washington, hometown, the five members of Seaweed struck out in late 1989 to emulate their heroes. The agile hook-core quintet was soon playing bars where its members were too young to drink, wowing onlookers with incessant pogoing and urgent metal-influenced riffs. Six years later, Seaweed's maturation (and punk's newfound commercial appeal) proved marketable, as the band signed on with Disney's Hollywood Records. [Trouser Press]Seaweed's major label career lasted a whole album (1995's Andy Wallace-produced Spanaway), and they ended their career on Merge with 1999's Actions & Indications. (Download that LP's "Thru the Window" at the top of this post.) After taking most of the '00s off, they reformed for Bumbershoot in 2007, and now Seaweeed are apparently back. The reignited group will play their first NYC show in over a decade at The Bell House on Friday, April 22 2011.
No other dates have been announced but it seems unlikely that the band would trek out to the East Coast just for one show, though someone at the Bell House tells us this will be their only NYC show. Most Seaweed videos on YouTube have embedding disabled (like their 1992 Sub Pop single "Bill"), but you can watch "Start With" after the jump.
Cam, Jimmy, and Julez of Dipset at Hammerstein (via)
[For] ...the Diplomats -- Cam'ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, Freekey Zekey -- ...this was the reunion show [for a crew]... torn asunder a few years ago by petty animus and financial accusations back and forth, survivors of arrests and family struggles, but now brought back together for another chance at harmony, if not quite world domination.Yes, the New York Times was in attendance when The Diplomats staged their triumphant reunion at Hammerstein Ballroom on Friday, 11/26, the day after Thanksgiving. In addition to the core quartet of Jones, Santana, Zekey, and Killa Cam, Hammerstein's stage was blessed by the requisite surprise appearances from Dipset crew members Hell Rell, 40 Cal, and JR Writer in addition to an appearance from Black Rob (he of "Whoa" fame, who also appeared at the Duck Down Anniversary). The Dipset crew reportedly covered upwards of 50 songs over the evening (snippet or otherwise).
For the last decade, the Diplomats have been synonymous with Harlem -- even if some of its members have moved elsewhere. In an era in which New York is decreasingly central to hip-hop's landscape, as a group and as solo acts they have been regionalist holdouts, sticking close to the stylistically flamboyant street rap pioneered by Cam'ron and tweaked by the rest.
At almost three hours this rapturously received concert, sponsored by the hip-hop radio station Hot 97 (WQHT-FM), was a tribute to the persistent power of geographic mythology. Every summer Hot 97 hosts the giant Summer Jam concert, in which the Diplomats, local heroes infiltrating what is effectively a national stage, tend to get short shrift. This raucous night was the group's own Summer Jam, full of hits and obscurities and split into five parts: first, an opening group set; then three solo sets, by Jim Jones, then Juelz Santana, then Cam'ron; then everyone reunited to close the show. -[New York Times]
If you missed Juelz at Hammerstein on 11/26, maybe you caught him at Hammerstein.... on 11/25. Santana made a surprise appearance at the Fabolous/Nicki Minaj show alongside another not-so-surprise performer, Kanye West who "played" the Thanksgiving Parade earlier that day and a show with the help pf Nicki at Bowery Ballroom a few days earlier. Santana appeared with Fab for "Beamer, Benz, or Bentley" while West again appeared with Minaj for "Monster" from his new album.
Videos from both Hammerstein shows below...
"Buffalo Springfield issued only three studio albums during the influential band's short two years together from 1966-68: "Buffalo Springfield," "Buffalo Springfield Again" and "Last Time Around."The reunited Buffalo Springfield played both nights of this year's Bridge School Benefit, as did Pearl Jam and the slightly less established Grizzly Bear, whose only other show since their August Governors Island gig, was their September Hollywood Bowl show with Phoenix and Girls. In fact, Grizzly Bear only played eight North American shows in 2010. The other four were Coachella, Lollapalooza, Dickinson Colleage, and Williamsburg Waterfront with Band of Horses.
All indications going into the group's reunion performances last month for Neil Young's annual Bridge School benefit concerts in Northern California seemed to suggest that the operative album title for this latter-day get-together was going to be "Last Time Around."
However, "Buffalo Springfield Again" might be the more fitting choice, as Pop & Hiss is hearing rumblings of some additional performances next year, possibly even a summer tour. (It wouldn't come as a big surprise to any of those who were on hand to witness the joy the group members appeared to be having being in one another's company once again.)
It had been 42 years since Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay last performed together as Buffalo Springfield before they reunited for the Bridge School event, which benefits the Northern California institution that serves severely disabled students and their families. Young and his wife, Pegi, have been staging the annual benefits for 24 years now, and their son, Ben, has been a Bridge School student. (The other two original band members, bassist Bruce Palmer and drummer Dewey Martin, died in 2004 and 2009, respectively.)
Their set included such Springfield touchstone numbers as "Mr. Soul," "Rock and Roll Woman," "For What It's Worth (Stop, Hey, What's That Sound)," "Kind Woman," "Bluebird," "Go and Say Goodbye" and "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing."" [LA TIMES]
Back in 2007, Grizzly Bear headlined a tour with Beach House and Papercuts (it hit Bowery Ballroom). In 2008, Papercuts opened for Beach House on a tour again, but that time Beach House was the headliner (it hit Bowery Ballroom). And now it has been announced that it will in fact be Papercuts who heads out on the road with Beach House in 2011. Tickets for the Webster Hall show go on sale at noon (though you can still also buy them through the presale with a sweatshirt).
No new Buffalo Springfield, Grizzly Bear, Beach House or Papercuts dates to report, though the latter two's tour is reposted, with some videos, below...
Unbroken at FYFest (more by Chris Juarez)
The lineup of FYFest in LA was pretty damn impressive. Alongside indie stalwarts like Panda Bear, Best Coast, The Mountain Goats, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Cold Cave, and Ariel Pink (among others), the fest also tipped its hat to heavy music fans with the addition of Sleep and a rare appearance from the great Unbroken (check out pictures from the show). The FYFest appearance was one of only a handful of shows that Unbroken has played since its official demise in the late 90's. Members of Unbroken have gone on to play in such notable bands as Some Girls, Swing Kids, Narrows, Kill Holiday, and many others.
Now comes word that the reunited Unbroken will play NYC on April 9th at Santos Party House with special guests to be announced. Advanced tickets
will be to on sale 11/16/2010 at 12:00 pm EST are on sale now. No word on if the date will be a one-off East Coast appearance or part of a string of dates, but we'll keep you informed. The show flyer and some video is below.
photos by Tim Griffin
Fun Fun Fun Fest getting the Descendents as a last minute headliner fill-in for Devo was a big deal, and the size of the crowd that showed up Sunday night to watch the reunited California punk band proved it. It was almost definitely the biggest crowd at any one stage the whole weekend. They played on the Orange, aka the "indie" stage, that MGMT headlined the night before, and you could see that they pulled something like double the crowd, and there were a lot less people watching Mastodon one stage over Sunday night too, partially because the Descendents stole some of their crowd.
""It really was the equivalent of a punk-rock half-court shot at the buzzer," James Moody, co-owner of music booking agency Transmission Entertainment, said backstage on Sunday. "Our backs were against the wall. We're not a big organization. When you've got 10 days to book a monster headliner that you really respect it's hard. We were sweating it."That said, I ran over to Mastodon at the Black Stage for a minute, and their crowd wasn't too shabby either. A-Trak was playing at the same time to a large crowd on the Blue stage too. The Austin festival manages to pull in enough punk and metal fans to actually make Mastodon vs. Descendents (which was supposed to be Mastodon vs Devo) work just fine, from a crowd control point of view anyway. Oh, and the Descendents didn't forget who they were replacing. Like Snapcase (who dedicated the appropriately titled "Energy Dome" to Devo) and Weird Al Yankovic before them, the Descendents paid tribute to Devo. Their way of doing it was by covering "Uncontrollable Urge" during the encore which ended with "Bikeage".
Transmission's players needn't have worried -- playing its first show in many years and its only scheduled United States date, the Descendents drew throngs of true believers, with frontman Milo Aukerman sounding as enthused as ever on frenetic classics like "I Don't Want to Grow Up." Not bad for a guy who's pushing 50." [Austin Statesman]
The show did not dissapoint. Video of the encore, and other videos and more pictures including one of their setlist, below...
photos by Lori Baily
"Ut originated from New York City's downtown No Wave scene in December 1978. The inheritors of the fertile collision between rock, free jazz and the avant garde that first manifested itself in the Velvet Underground, Ut soon became a serious force within the New York music scene." [Wikipedia]Ut are playing some reunion shows. Their next one is at Maxwell's in Hoboken tonight (11/7). Their last, and first one, was at Issue Project Room Friday night (11/5). The pictures in this post are from that show, and they continue below...
Song of Zarathustra @ the Triple Rock earlier this year (photo by Adam Bubolz)
Song of Zarathustra originated in Sioux City, IA during March 1997. The founding members were Trever McInnis, Travis Bos, James Munsen and a Roland R8 drum machine which was later replaced with David Seaman (ex-Nudibranch, ex-Orlock) on drums. For the next year, SOZ toured the greater part of the U.S. and disbanded in 1998 when David moved back to his hometown of Richmond, VA.Song of Zarathustra reformed earlier this year in Minneapolis, and will do so again on Nov 6th when the band plays Cake Shop in NYC with Primitive Weapons and The Fortune Healers. An after-party is scheduled for later that night at Acheron also with Primitive Weapons, as well as Gost Trio and Loose Limbs.
...March of 2000, SOZ decided to regroup. They toured immediately with the original line-up (Trever, Travis, James / Roland R8) and later recorded "The Birth of Tragedy" (Troubleman Unlimited) with Mark Jorgensen (Book Of Dead Names & Infinity Dive) on drums.
After the release of "The Birth of Tragedy", SOZ toured most of the U.S. on many occasions and set course to tour Europe for its first time in 2001.
In late 2001, SOZ parted ways with long time bass player James Munsen. Mark Shaw(Khayembii Communique, The Cardinal Sin) filled his place and Tad Kubler (formerly of Lifter Puller & currently The Hold Steady) joined as second guitarist.
The new line up hashed out new songs as well as adding some life to songs that were written for the up and coming album "A View from High Tides" which was also released on Troubleman Unlimited....
During the summer of 2002, Tad parted ways with SOZ to move to N.Y. and eventually forming The Hold Steady with old Lifter Puller bandmate Craig Finn.
Due to several shifts in line up's, personal differences, etc. the remaining members decided to call it quits in January of 2003.
The show is Song of Zarathustra's only current date, and though Tad Kubler (Lifter Puller, The Hold Steady) isn't participating in the reunion, the following people are:
Travis Bos | Vocals, Keyboard (1997-2003/2010)Some video of the band from their 2/27/10 reunion show is below...
Trever McInnis | Vocals, Guitar (1997-2003/2010)
James Munsen | Vocals, Bass, Drum Machine Programming (1997-2001/2010)
Mark Jorgensen | Drums (2000-2003/2010)
by Bill Pearis
The '90s reunions continue, and here's a genuinely welcome one. The original lineup of Grant Lee Buffalo are reuniting for some select shows this winter, including a stop at Bowery Ballroom on February 5, 2011. Tickets are on AmEx presale now, and go on general sale today/Friday at noon.
The original trio of singer/guitarist Grant Lee Phillips, bassist/producer Paul Kimble and drummer Joey Peters formed in 1991. The band's widescreen Americana sound produced two genuinely great albums -- 1993's Fuzzy and 1994's stunning Mighty Joe Moon -- as well as two that were almost as good 1996's Copperopolis. and 1998's Jubilee, which was made after Kimble parted ways with the band. Grant Lee Buffalo broke up in 1999.
Phillips has stayed busy since. He had a recurring role on The Gilmore Girls as the Stars Hollow town troubador and released a series of quality solo records, including last year's Little Moon. (I'm personally a big fan of 2001's Mobilize). Phillips recently finished work scoring the upcoming film Girl Walks Into a Bar.
The only other announced U.S. show besides the Bowery date is at Seattle's Tractor Tavern on December 9. Some Grant Lee Buffalo videos are after the jump.
Ted Leo of CITIZENS ARREST (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
After months of talk (and practice sessions), the word is finally out via Hardcore Gig Volume: "Citizens Arrest (reunion) / Mind Eraser @ Knitting Factory, Brooklyn on Friday December 17th. Ticket info coming soon." For the unaware, Citizens Arrest was....
...a New York-based band that existed from 1989 to 1991 and reformed in 2010. The group often blended hardcore punk, Grindcore and Powerviolence styles. Their main inspiration in the early days of the band were from Boston area hardcore from the 1980s like DYS and SSD. They also derived influence from early Powerviolence pioneers - [Wiki]The reunion will include the original lineup of: DARYL KAHAN, JANIS CHAKARS, JOSEPH MARTIN, PATRICK WINTER, and TED LEO. Yes, that is Ted Leo of Ted Leo & The Phramacists fame and Daryl Kahan of Born Against/Funebrarum/Disma fame. Not sure whether Ted Leo will sing this time around. The band explains the past and present lineups like this:
1988-1990:Stay tuned for more info, dates, etc.
VOCALS: DARYL KAHAN (DRUMS ON DEMO)
GUITAR: JANIS CAKARS
VOCALS: TED LEO (DEMO)
BASS: JOSEPH MARTIN
DRUMS: PATRICK WINTER
VOCALS: DARYL KAHAN
GUITAR: JANIS CHAKARS
GUITAR: TED LEO
BASS: JOSEPH MARTIN
DRUMS: PATRICK WINTER
Speaking of the supremely BRUTAL Disma, the new-ish five piece has joined on as support for the previously announced Hour of 13 / The Gates of Slumber show happening 10/16 at Union Pool . As previously discussed, the show will be Hour of 13's North American debut. Disma supported Immolation at The Studio at Webster Hall in July. The band is currently working on material for release on Profound Lore, but have a Limited Edition 7" in The Manifestation on the way via Necroharmonic Productions.
"The Dismemberment Plan are pleased to announce that their underground classic Emergency & I will be released on vinyl for the first time on January 11, 2011 by Seattle indie label Barsuk Records. In the eleven years since its release, Emergency & I has been widely regarded as the definitive artistic statement from the beloved Washington D.C. quartet and has found its way onto many best-of lists, including the #16 spot of Pitchfork's Top 100 Albums of the 90's.The DC post-punk band will play their first reunion show at the Black Cat on January 21st and end it eight days later at Webster Hall in NYC. Tickets for the 1/29 show go on sale Friday at noon. All dates, a note from the band, and the reissue tracklist, below...
In celebration of this reissue, the band, who performed their last concerts as an active band in 2003 (followed by two benefit shows in D.C. in 2007 that sold out in 4 minutes) will play five shows on the east coast in January of 2011.
Originally released on DeSoto Records, this vinyl re-issue will be presented in gatefold 180-gram audiophile-grade vinyl with a giant full-color photo collage and in-depth liner notes, plus four rare bonus tracks, also never before available on high quality vinyl."
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Strapping Fieldhands - Boo Hoo Hoo (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Strapping Fieldhands - Copper Rings (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Strapping Fieldhands - Aeroplane Ticket (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Strapping Fieldhands - The Author in Her Ear (MP3)
We've been waiting for this reissue for 16 years. In fact, we briefly entertained the idea of trying to release it ourselves. It's a record we have been obsessed with since it came out in 1994, a super limited self released lp, a record we taped for everyone we knew, played for everyone we knew, the kind of record that inspired that sort of undying dedication, a totally unsung, indie pop gem from the early nineties, that attained a degree of infamy with a handful of weirdo music obsessives, but remained well removed from the spotlight it so richly deserved. Spin magazine even declared it one of the "Ten Best Records You've Never Heard", which probably sadly still applies, 15+ years later, but maybe not for long. Not if we have anything to say about it.Philadelphia's low fi legends Strapping Fieldhands reissued their lost '90s classic Discus last year, the first time ever on CD and digital (What, no vinyl?). Since then, the band reactivated with the promise of new music soon. You can check out a few MP3s from throughout the bands career at the top of this post.
...all the kids who have been digging the new wave of home brewed retro lo-fi garage pop are gonna be in for a shock when they realize their favorite bands are basically doing what the Fieldhands were doing 15 years ago, and if anything Discus is WAY weirder, WAY poppier, and WAY BETTER! [Aquarius Records]
Strapping Fieldhands launched a short East Coast tour Saturday night in their hometown, and they play Bruar Falls tonight (Sunday, 9/12), along with The Mad Scene, and a couple of Siltbreeze recording artists The Doozer from the UK, as well as U.S. Girls. (The latter two are on tour together, all dates are at the bottom of this post.) If you can't go tonight, NYers have a couple more chances to catch them. They play Secret Robot Project on Friday (9/17, also with The Doozer and U.S. Girls) and Cake Shop on October 9. The band will also be at this year's Gonerfest (Sept 22 - 26)
All Strapping Fieldhands dates are below, along with video from a recent session they did for the Shaking Through series, plus those Doozer/U.S. Girls dates as well...
Government Issue was an American hardcore punk band from Washington, D.C. active from 1980 to 1989. The band experienced many changes in membership during its nine-year existence, with singer John Stabb as the only consistent member in an ever-fluctuating lineup that at various times included notable musicians Brian Baker, Mike Fellows, Steve Hansgen, J. Robbins, and Peter Moffett. Government Issue originated from the Washington, D.C. hardcore scene but added elements of heavy metal, New Wave, and psychedelic rock on later records. Though this has caused the band to be sometimes overlooked in relation to other Washington, D.C. hardcore acts, their stylistic diversity made them influential to later punk rock groups. -[Wiki]Government Issue will reunite for a single show in DC at The Black Cat on December 11th with The Goons and Set To Explode, their first show in 21 years. The band, which will feature John Stabb, J. Robbins, Tom Lyle, and Pete Moffett, will play the venue as part of a benefit for DJ Stereo Faith (aka Steven McPherson of the defunct DC band Brace), a local DJ who is recovering from removal of a tumor from his auditory canal. Tickets are on sale. If you can't make it to the show, you can paypal donations for Steven McPherson to keepingthestereofaith (AT) gmail DOT com.
words and photos by Keith Marlowe
The Gories, gettin' down
The Gories played Bowery Ballroom on July 30th (with Chickensnake and The Revelons), one of three shows scheduled for the reunited Detroit threesome. Keith Marlowe's viewpoint of the show, with more pictures, can be found below...
DOWNLOAD: Universal Order of Armageddon "Switch Is Down" (MP3)
Universal Order of Armageddon (photos by Jeff Winterberg)
Well, let's not say "reuniting." Writes drummer-turned-Del Posto pastry chef Brooks Headley: "It's not a reunion! It's a money losing labor of love!" Of all the bands from the first great American early '90s post-hardcore wave--Born Against, Moss Icon, Man Is the Bastard, etc.--Universal Order of Armageddon seemed like one of the longest shots to reunite: their reign was brief and fierce and lasted only a couple of years in the first place. But a benefit for Baltimore's Wham City drew them back in, and now Headley brings news that the band will perform in New York at Death By Audio (with locals Silk Flowers) the day after their already announced July 24th return at Whartscape. - [Village Voice]That's right, Universal Order of Armageddon will reunite for a one-off show on July 25th at Death by Audio at 11pm. Members of UOA have gone on join bands like Born Against, Bellmer Dolls, The Great Unraveling, Men's Recovery Project, Moss Icon and many others. If it's one tenth as good as the Rorschach reunion, you had better be there.
Whartscape has quite a few killer bands slated for appearance including Lightning Bolt, Arab on Radar, Dan Deacon Ensemble, and many many more. Tickets are on sale in daily and "megapass" (aka all weekend) varieties (though if you want to seee UOaA, take note). Full updated Whatscape lineup and some videos are below...
"Tickets for "The Lost Weekend" aka Matador's 21st birthday celebrations at The Palms will go on sale this Friday morning at 9am, PST. Here's the details you've been hassling all of us about over the last week (and don't think we don't appreciate it)...That message is from Matador Records, and is continued below...
Matador's 21st birthday fest will be happening in Las Vegas October 1st-3rd. For it, they've pulled the cream of the indie-rock crop. Previously speculated headliners Belle & Sebastian and Pavement will be there - on top of that, Guided By Voices will be reuniting to play, "in the band's "classic '93-'96 lineup!" The most recent show for GBV was New Year's Eve 2004/05.
In addition to those three, the lineup includes Sonic Youth, Spoon, Yo La Tengo, Cat Power, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, New Pornographers, Superchunk, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Guitar Wolf (who also play NY), Chavez, Girls, Fucked Up, Harlem, Cold Cave, Shearwater, Kurt Vile and Jeffrey Joe Jenson. More will be annonuced July 5th.
A flyer is below...
Godflesh at Hellfest (photo by Shinji @ Salival)
Justin Broadrick issued a statement regarding Godflesh's recent reunion performance at Hellfest. You can read it with some videos from the show, below...
As early as 1989 or 1990, a band came out of the moderately sized North Dakota town of Fargo. They were called Hammerhead. The line up was Paul Sanders on guitar and vocals, Paul Erickson on bass and vocals, and Jeff Morridian Jr on drums. At some point early on they relocate to Minneapolis, Minnesota...[where] they hooked up with Amphetamine Reptile Records, the invincible indie label that rose from the ashes of Treehouse Records and Glitterhouse Records. Between 92' and 96', Hammerhead released 4 full length albums, including many singles and comp songs as well... [helping to] propel Amrep to greater heights of popularity, and ...define that "minneapolis/amrep" sound of the early 90's. Some time in 96', however, Hammerhead suddenly broke up [as] Paul Sanders left the band. ...About a year later, word started to spread of a new band, called Vaz, featuring Paul Erickson on vocals, guitar and bass, and Jeff Morridian Jr on drums and vocals. Paul Sanders [reemerged] ...with The Heroine Sheiks, that disbanded in 2009.You won't have to fly to Minneapolis or wait until August to catch the return of AmRep badasses Hammerhead, as the band will play a reunion show on THURSDAY (6/24) at Death By Audio alongside Pink Reason, CCR Headcleaner (ex-Long Legged Woman, ex-Hospitals), Bogan Dust, and Divorce Money. According to Pink Reason, the show will be a "one time only NYC reunion gig", so get there! (thx Mark!)
The only other tour date on the sked for BOTH Hammerhead and Vaz is the AmRep anniversary show in Minneapolis on August 28th alongside Melvins (who just played two shows with Isis), Boss Hog, Today Is The Day, and many esteemed others.
Some classic videos from Hammerhead are viewable below...
Black Army Jacket Demo Tape cover
Black Army Jacket was an American grindcore / power violence band... Their ex-members can now be found in bands like Hope Collapse, Municipal Waste, Matt Pond PA, Burnt By The Sun and Birds of Prey.We are proud to announce that NYC powerviolence/grind greats Black Army Jacket will return to play a reunion show at Cake Shop on September 4th! Support is still TBD. Tickets are on sale.
The band was started by Andrew Orlando (ex-guitarist of Milhouse and owner of Reservoir Records) and Carlos Ramirez... both fans of bands like Terrorizer, Assück and Napalm Death and wanted to create a band in those styles. ...Queens, NY-based Chainsaw Safety Records would go on to release the band's The Path of Two Swords As One 7" and the band started to tour regionally shortly after... [Soon after] Dave Witte joined the band on drums. Now a four piece, they toured with California's Benumb and Noothgrush.
In 1998, BAJ... wrote throughout the year and entered the studio with Dean Rispler (Killing Time, 25 Ta Life) in the producer chair. The resulting album, 222, saw the musicians incorporating hints of death and black metal along with some more traditional elements of hardcore to their sound. They toured extensively to support their debut.
... Rob Lawi and the band parted ways shortly afterwards. Bassist Carlos Ramirez then became their vocalist and New Jersey native Tom Hayden joined in to fill the bass slot. Another native Jersey musician, John Adubato, was also asked to join to make Black Army Jacket a two guitar unit.
They came home from tour in mid 1999 and began to write newer, more technical material... [but] after a tough show in Worcester, MA the band decided to break up. Adubato and Witte then formed Burnt by the Sun, whilst Ramirez started melodic rockers Lakota a few years later. Andrew Orlando went on to join Anodyne and then Disnihil in the early 2000s. - [Wiki]
The show is one of two lined up for the great Black Army Jacket with the second being Best Friends Day in Richmond, VA on Aug 19 - 22: