Tuesday, November 16, 2010

US/THEM Group 2010 Year-End Roundup with Media Links

It's that time of year again -- when everyone's making their lists of which artists have been naughty or nice. Submitted for your consideration, here's a rundown of releases we've handled at US/THEM group throughout 2010. It's been an incredible time since our launch in May 2009, and next year is already lining up to be equally impressive.

Below are this year's releases, with media links. Please get in touch if you missed out on any of these, would like to arrange interviews or if I can be of any further assistance. Full archive of all press releases: www.usthemgroup.blogspot.com


Artist: The Happy Hollows
Album: Spells
Label: Autumn Tone
Release Date: January 26, 2010

Happy Hollows "Faces" (MP3)
Happy Hollows "Death To Vivek Kemp" (VIDEO)
Happy Hollows "Monster Room" (MP3)
Happy Hollows "High Wire" (MP3)
Happy Hollows "The Stein" (VIDEO)


Artist: Southerly
Title: Champion Of The Noisy Negativists
Label: Self Group (CD/digital) / People In A Position To Know (vinyl)
Release Date: February 19th, 2010

Southerly "Trials" (MP3)



Artist: Bygones
Album: Spiritual Bankruptcy
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: February 22, 2010




Artist: Fang Island
Album: Fang Island
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: February 23, 2010

Fang Island "Careful Crossers"  (VIDEO)
Fang Island "Daisy" (MP3) (VIDEO)
Fang Island "Life Coach" (MP3) (VIDEO)


Artist: N.A.M.B.
Album: BMAN
Label: Monotreme Records
Release Date: February 23, 2010

N.A.M.B. "Radiorace" (VIDEO)
N.A.M.B. "L.O.N." (MP3)


Artist: Mr. Gnome
Release: Tastes Like Magic EP
Label: El Marko Records
Release Date: March 16th, 2010

Mr. Gnome "Three Red Birds" (MP3)
Mr. Gnome "Vampires" (VIDEO)




Artist: Red Sparowes
Album: The Fear is Excruciating, But Therein Lies the Answer
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: April 6, 2010

Red Sparowes "Giving Birth to Imagined Saviors" (MP3)




Artist: Nedry
Album: Condors
Label: Monotreme Records
Release Date: April 20, 2010

Nedry "A42" (MP3) (VIDEO) 
Nedry "Apples and Pears" (VIDEO)
Nedry "Swan Ocean" (VIDEO)




Artist: Omar Rodriguez-Lopez
Album: Solar Gambling
Label: Rodriguez Lopez Productions
Release Date: April 17, 2010



Artist: RX Bandits
Album: Live At Park Ave. CDs
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: April 17, 2010




Artist: My Education
Album: Sunrise
Label: Strange Attractors Audio House
Release Date: April 27, 2010

My Education "Oars" (MP3)




Artist: Lisa Papineau
Album: Red Trees
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: May 4th, 2010

Lisa Papineau "White Leather Pants" (MP3)


Artist: MakeupBreakup
Album: Scents
Label: Cozy Music
Release Date: August 31st, 2010

MakeupBreakup "Wow" (MP3)
MakeupBreakup "My Way, To The Top" (MP3) (VIDEO)




Artist: Bee vs. Moth
Album: Acronyms
Label: Aggraveire Music
Release Date: September 6th, 2010

Bee vs. Moth "Salisbury Steakhouse" (MP3)
Bee vs. Moth "I Listen to Coffee All Day" (MP3) (VIDEO)
Bee vs. Moth "Ugly is the New Black" (VIDEO)


Artist: Tera Melos
Album: Patagonian Rats
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: September 7th, 2010

Tera Melos "The Skin Surf" (VIDEO)
Tera Melos "Frozen Zoo" (MP3) (VIDEO)


Artist: Fops
Album: Yeth, Yeth, Yeth
Label: Monotreme Records
Release Date: September 27th, 2010

Fops "Yellow Jacket Corpse" (VIDEO)
Fops "Solid Copper Huntress" (MP3)
Fops "Maple Mountain" (MP3)



Artist: Zach Hill
Album Title: Face Tat
Label: Sargent House 
Release date: October 19th, 2010

Zach Hill "Memo To the Man" (MP3)
Zach Hill "The Primitives Talk" (MP3) (VIDEO) 
Zach Hill "The Sacto Smile" (VIDEO)
Zach Hill "Second Life" (VIDEO)


Artist: Julie Christmas
Album Title: The Bad Wife
Label: Rising Pulse Records
Release Date: November 9th, 2010

Julie Christmas "July 31st" (MP3)
Julie Christmas "Bow" (MP3) (VIDEO)





Artist: Fang Island
Album: Limited Edition 7"
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: November 1st, 2010

01. Sideswiper
02. Dreamboys Club (DJ Phil Screwcuru remix)
03. Patterns On The Wall (feat. Andrew W.K.) (MP3)
04. Sidepiper (DJ Phil Screwcuru remix)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Zach Hill premieres new video for "Second Life" track featuring Devendra Banhart




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Massively talented and incessantly collaborative drummer Zach Hill (see a semi-comprehensive list of projects here) has released a third video from his latest solo album, Face Tat. The song, "Second Life" features vocal contributions from Devendra Banhart.


Pitchfork premiered the video for "Second Life" today (also posted on YouTube). The clip was directed by Christian "MEGAZORD" Oldham.

The 13-track album features an impressive list of contributors, including Devendra Banhart, No Age (Dean Spunt and Randy Randall), Guillermo Scott Herren (Prefuse 73), Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Carson McWhirter (Hella), Nick Reinhart (Tera Melos, Bygones) and Robby Moncrieff (Raleigh Moncrieff). 







Artist: Zach Hill

Album Title: Face Tat
Label: Sargent House 
Release date: October 19th, 2010
Track List:
01. Memo To the Man (MP3)
02. The Primitives Talk (MP3) (VIDEO) (YouTube)
03. Ex-Ravers
04. The Sacto Smile (VIDEO)
05. Green Bricks (VIDEO)
06. House of Hits
07. Jackers
08. Burner In the Video
09. Dizzy From the Twins
10. Gross Sales
11. Total Recall
12. Face Tat
13. Second Life (VIDEO)

On the Web:


Zach HIll is available for interviews. For more information, please contact Dave Clifford at dave@usthemgroup.com

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Sex, drugs and mass carnage: Mr. Gnome's extended video for "Vampires" released

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"The awesome rush of sound that comes out of Nicole Barile's lungs and guitar and Sam Meister's drums seems much bigger and more powerful than anything two people are capable of. Mr. Gnome don't really sound like anyone else, and their ghost-ridden songs only make sense with a dreamtime logic." -- LA Weekly


The Cleveland duo with a rapifly growing cult following among musicians, critics and fans alike, Mr. Gnome has released an extended video for the song "Vampires" (watch it HERE) from its recent album Heave Yer Skeleton.  The short film features the band performing on a children's television show that goes horribly awry in a frenzy of mass carnage. 

The band is currently on tour throughout the US (see complete dates below) after putting the finishing touches on a new album -- once again recorded at Josh Homme's (QOTSA, Them Crooked Vultures) Pink Duck Studios in Los Angeles -- where Mr. Gnome also recorded its previous album, Heave Yer Skeleton 


Check out an MP3 for the lead track, "Three Red Birds" from the recent Tastes Like Magic EP HERE. The band has also released a third song from its latest full-length, Heave Yer Skeleton -- the swooning "Plastic Shadow" is available HERE

Chan "Cat Power" Marshall fronting Queens of the Stone Age? Karen O leading Death From Above 1979? Cleveland duo Mr. Gnome has been given many unusual comparisons, all of which seem to indicate the band's spectacularly unique sound. And, while none seem to fully capture the band's loftily heavy-beautiful music, Mr. Gnome continues to captivate and inspire writers and audiences alike. 

Mr. Gnome on tour:
11/11 Indianapolis IN @ Radio Radio
11/12 Chicago IL @ The Hideout
11/13 Madison WI @ The Frequency
11/15 Kansas City MO @ Riot Room
11/16 Denver CO @ Hi-Dive
11/17 Salt Lake City UT @ Burt's Tiki Lounge
11/19 Portland OR @ Mississippi Studios
11/20 Seattle WA @ The Sunset Tavern 
11/23 San Francisco CA @ Elbo Room
11/24 Los Angeles CA @ Silverlake Lounge 
11/26 Tucson AZ @ Plush
11/27 Albuquerque NM @ The Launchpad
11/29 Tulsa OK @ Soundpony 
11/30 Springfield MO @ The Outland
12/02 Dallas TX @ Double Wide
12/04 San Antonio TX @ Lone Star Studios
12/06 Pensacola FL @ Handleba
12/08 Atlanta GA @ Drunken Unicorn 
12/09 Nashville TN @ The End
12/10 St Louis MO @ The Firebird
12/18 Cleveland OH @ Beachland Ballroom



Artist: Mr. Gnome
Release: Tastes Like Magic EP
Label: El Marko Records
Release Date: March 16th, 2010

01. Devil Be Gone
02. Three Red Birds (MP3)


Artist: Mr. Gnome
Album: Heave Yer Skeleton
Label: El Marko Records
Release Date: November 10th, 2009

1. Spain (VIDEO)
2. Hills, Valleys and Valium
3. Slow Side (MP3)
4. Plastic Shadow (MP3)
5. Sit Up and Hum
6. Titor
7. Vampires (MP3) (VIDEO)
8. Cleveland Polka
9. Pixie Dust
10. Today Brings a Bomb
11. Searider
12. Heave Yer Skeleton

On the Web:
Mr. Gnome are available for interviews. For more information, contact Dave Clifford at dave@usthemgroup.com




Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Cast Spells announce "Glamorous Glowing" video and December tour dates with Steve Mason





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Cast Spells, the nom-de-tune of Maps & Atlases frontman Dave Davison has released a new video for the song "Glamorous Glowing" (watch it HERE -- cleared for re-posting.) Additionally, Cast Spells has announced North American tour dates in December with Steve Mason, formerly of The Beta Band. Please see complete dates below.

The video was directed by Behn Fannin -- whose also crafted eye-catching clips for Melvins, Tera Melos, Good Old War, et al. -- for Refused TV

Davison's heartfelt and charismatic performances are unparalleled -- check out this Glass Room session video of "Potted Plant" (a different version also performed on this recent Daytrotter session.) The Daytrotter recording is a perfect distillation of what some have dubbed the Cast Spells sound as "Peter Gabriel leading The Shins."

Check out Cast Spells' 2009 debut, Bright Works and Baton HERE. A full-length Cast Spells album is in the works for release via Sargent House in 2011. 


Cast Spells with Steve Mason:
12/14 Washington DC @ Red Palace
12/15 Philadelphia, PA @ M Room
12/16 Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
12/17 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
12/18 Cambridge, MA @ Great Scott
12/19 Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
12/20 Toronto, ON @ Wrongbar




Artist: Cast Spells
Title: Bright Works and Baton
Release Date: August 2009

01. Glamorous Glowing (VIDEO)
02. War Story Hellos
03. Potted Plant
04. Pioneer Scalps
05. American Quilts
06. A Badge








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Dave Davison of Cast Spells is available for interviews. For more information, please contact Dave Clifford at dave@usthemgroup.com

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Tera Melos launch November tour with Maps & Atlases







"Once in a rare while an album comes along that's so fresh and ingenious it redefines what's possible in a field of music. It's been some time since a trio armed with guitar, drums, bass and vocals have shattered the boundaries of convention and pushed the limits of their instruments and compositions like a graceful tsunami of invention. " -- Exclaim!

"Tera Melos has ferociously explored the outer limits of bizarre time signatures and unhinged thrash since its self-titled 2005 debut. But the band's full-length, Patagonian Rats is more akin to the type of freak-pop perversion dished out by daring pioneers like Devo and The Flaming Lips." -- Wired.com


Sacramento genre-benders Tera Melos have launched US tour dates supporting Chicago's acclaimed musical morphologists Maps & Atlases in November, followed by a handful of headlining dates. Tera Melos recently wrapped up a headlining US tour before immediately launching a 3-week tour in Asia with Mike Watt and the Missing Men. Please see complete tour dates below.

Tera Melos recently released their highly-anticipated full-length Patagonian Rats via Sargent House. The album has thus far been met with raves from Wired.com, Exclaim!, ALARM Press (Album Of the Week), Impose Magazine and more.

In celebration of the album's release, Wired.com posted the exclusive premiere of the video from the album for the song "Frozen Zoo" (watch it HERE.) Both the videos for "Frozen Zoo" and the first clip previously released for the song "The Skin Surf" were directed by Behn Fannin (The Melvins, Nurses). Watch "The Skin Surf" HERE.


Patagonian Rats is packed with melodic hooks and jabs that on paper might seem to defy the band's experimental edge. There's even clear and distinct vocals throughout -- a first for the band, where vocals, if any, were previously awash with distortion and layered in the mix. But, particulars aside, Patagonian Rats is the type of album that sticks with you.
Tera Melos formed in 2004 as a quartet, releasing their first self-titled disc in 2005 (later re-released by Sargent House in 2008). The band became a trio in late 2006, releasing the Drugs to the Dear Youth EP early the following year. A split disc with By The End of Tonight (2007) on Temporary Residence and an EP of cover songs, Idioms, Vol 1 followed in 2009. In the meantime, Reinhart collaborated with prolific drummer Zach Hill under the band name bygones, releasing the by- album in 2009 and Spiritual Bankruptcy EP in 2010, both on Sargent House. Clardy has also recently spent downtime as the touring drummer with guitar goddess Marnie Stern.





Tera Melos supporting Maps & Atlases:



11/05     Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits  
11/06     Orlando, FL @ The Backbooth 
11/07     Tampa, FL @ Crowbar 
11/09     Gainesville, FL @ Common Grounds
11/10     Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade-Hell Room 
11/11     Greensboro, NC @ Studio B
11/12     Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 
11/13     Fredricksburg,VA @ Eyeclopes Studios 
11/14     Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar 
11/15     Gambier, OH @ The Horn Gallery at Kenyon College
11/16     Columbus, OH @ The Basement 
11/17     Toledo, OH @ Mickey Finn's Pub

Tera Melos headlining dates:
11/19     Providence, RI @ Space Jam
11/20     Durham , NC @ University of New Hampshire
11/22     Indianapolis, IN @ Hoosier Dome
11/23     Kansas City, MO @ Crosstown Station


Artist: Tera Melos
Album: Patagonian Rats
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: September 7th, 2010



01. So Occult

02. Kelly
03. The Skin Surf (VIDEO)
04. Aped
05. Trident Tail
06. Frozen Zoo (MP3) (any file format) (VIDEO)
07. In Citrus Heights
08. Skywatch
09. Party With Gina
10. Another Surf
11. Westham United
12. A New Uniform/Patagonia


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Tera Melos are available for interviews. For more information, please contact Dave Clifford at dave@usthemgroup.com

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Fang Island announce headlining North American tour dates in November, limited edition 7" and new free MP3


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"Honest and life-affirming and infectious, and it's that rare concentration of directness and simplicity that makes Fang Island so uniquely and wonderfully inclusive." Best New Music -- Pitchfork


"Fang Island are simply killer fun, a proper gang who sing collectively and pummel their guitars without recourse to errant soloing." Four Stars -- MOJO


 In what has been a year of nearly constant touring, Fang Island again hits the road in November for a stretch of North American headlining dates. The Brooklyn quintet previously toured supporting The Flaming Lips, Stone Temple Pilots, Matt & Kim, Coheed and Cambria, and Red Sparowes as well as headlining dates in Europe. The upcoming headlining dates are with Delicate Steve, who recently signed to David Byrne's Luaka Bop label. Please see below for complete dates. 

Fang Island will also release a limited edition four-song 7" single for the tour featuring a song with special guest Andrew WK. Pitchfork has posted an exclusive download/stream of the song, "Patterns On The Wall" which will also be available via AmazonThe track was written by Joe Buzzell, who also sings on the recording. The 7" can be purchased at shows or via Fang Island's web site HERE. Please see below for complete dates.

Pitchfork also recently premiered the quintet's latest video, "Careful Crossers" which was shot in Los Angeles in the storied Glassroom at Sargent House. This marks the band's third video to debut on the popular web site which previously featured videos for "Daisy" and "Life Coach".

Check out MP3s for two tracks, "Daisy" (MP3 HERE) and "Life Coach" (MP3 HERE). Or, stream/download the full album HERE


Fang Island live:



11/01  Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church +
11/02  Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel +
11/03  Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar +
11/05  Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 +
11/06  Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn +
11/07  Nashville, TN @ The End +
11/09  Louisville, KY @ Skull Alley +
11/10  St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird +
11/11  Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon +
11/12  Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall +$     
11/13  Detroit, MI @ Small’s +
11/14  Colombus, OH @ The Basement +
11/15  Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop +
11/16  Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo +
11/17  Montreal, QC @ Il Motore +
11/19  Providence, RI @ The Met +

+ with Delicate Steve
$ with Gypsyblood



Artist: Fang Island
Album: Limited Edition 7"
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: November 1st, 2010

01. Sideswiper
02. Dreamboys Club (DJ Phil Screwcuru remix)
03. Patterns On The Wall (feat. Andrew W.K.) (MP3)
04. Sidepiper (DJ Phil Screwcuru remix)




Artist: Fang Island
Album: Fang Island
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: February 23, 2010

01. Dreams of Dreams
02. Careful Crossers  (VIDEO)
03. Daisy (MP3) (VIDEO)
04. Life Coach (MP3) (VIDEO)
05. Sideswiper
06. The Illinois
07. Treeton
08. Davey Crockett
09. Welcome Wagon
10. Dorian

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Fang Island is available for interviews. For more information, please contact Dave Clifford at dave@usthemgroup.com