Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Ghost Against Ghost and director Craig Murray (Mogwai, Converge) debut film short via The Creators Project

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"Evokes a wide array of inspirations to create a vast and intense field of sounds. Christopher Bono constructs a darkly spiritual aura in this post-rock inspired composition." -- Stereogum


Woodstock, NY band Ghost Against Ghost and director Craig Murray premiere the short film
Checkpoint Charlie today via The Creators Project. The elaborate and beautifully shot music video accompanies a remix of the work by film score mixer Satoshi Noguchi and Ghost Against Ghost's Christopher Bono. Watch and share Checkpoint Charlie HERE. (Direct YouTube HERE and Vimeo HERE.)

Checkpoint Charlie is a dramatic, dreamy experiment in lush, dark, romantic harmonies and grating, headsplitting noise. Composed and produced by Ghost Against Ghost frontman Christopher Bono, the epic work features the Czech FILMharmonic string orchestra alongside Bono's strangely ethereal vocals and production, with moments of thunderous drumming by Thomas Pridgen (Mars Volta, Trash Talk, Suicidal Tendencies).

Craig Murray, known for his experimental films and videos for Mogwai and Converge, proved a perfect collaborator for Bono's music. "I'd been looking for a music video that would let my shots breathe and immerse the viewer," Murray says. "Unlike the usual barrage of shots cut to a beat in most music videos these days."

Checkpoint Charlie is a piece from Ghost Against Ghost's upcoming Dark-Romantic conceptual album, Oia. A two-hour saga, Oia is a meditation on love and separation from it. The album outlines a vast, emotional arc that examines the nature and definition of love, moving from the heart-wrenching experience of separation -- a result of love fixated on one human or object -- to the realization of a superior form of love discovered through empirical insight and liberation from fixation. It marks the darkest and most melancholic point on the album but is soon resolved on the full length release. The Checkpoint Charlie music is available to hear and share via Bandcamp

The two parts to Checkpoint Charlie depicted in the film are described thusly:

Part 1 is a lush and beautiful piece, unique in its use of the orchestra against synths, vocals and ambience. Drawing on the influence of late romantic and neo-romantic composers alongside psychedelic, progressive and post-rock influences, the movement is a fascinating fusion of orchestral writing and post-rock tendencies. 

Part 2 "The Descent" portrays the psychological descent into hell that is experienced when one is cut off from a fixated object of love. The consistent, dissonant, droning waves of "The Descent" are designed to cut into the listener psychologically and voice the sense of persistent darkness that abounds in the experience of despair once the terror of heartbreak sets in.


Stereogum recently premiered the lead track to the latest Ghost Against Ghost EP, Unarm HERE

Ghost Against Ghost's previous release, still love EP is available to hear and share HERE. For full biography on Ghost Against Ghost and Christopher Bono, please CLICK HERE.



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Monday, March 28, 2016

Us Lights share new album of synth-driven post-punk/dream-pop, announce upcoming EP


"Inspired by dream pop and post-punk outfits from the ’80s, such as Echo and the Bunnymen and The Church, mixed with a modern sensibility a la Deerhunter’s more ethereal moments." -- TrebleZine

"Michael Young’s vocals for Us Lights are breathtaking. As rich as Rufus Wainwright, his tone soars over beautiful, classic synth melodies. This five piece produce an incredibly dynamic tease of clean emotive pop. I defy you to not be blown away." -- The Deli Magazine


Portland, OR quintet Us Lights share their self-titled new album today via Spill Magazine. The intoxicating 8-song album is packed with beautiful, soaring melodies and powerful musicianship, driven by the silky and emotive vocals of frontman Michael Young. Hear and share the full album HERE. (Direct Soundcloud HERE.)

Us Lights recently joined the growing SELF Group label roster, releasing Us Lights on LP and download this week while announcing the forthcoming Body EP out on May 6th in conjunction with a European tour. Prior to that trek, the band plays a handful of Pacific Northwest shows, listed below. 

Us Lights uses synth-driven soundscapes, soaring tonal vocals, crisp guitar lines, and a steadfast rhythm section to create a sonically moving and unique brand of dark adventurous pop. 

Us Lights is available on LP and download via SELF Group


US LIGHTS LIVE:
04/02 Portland, OR @ University of Portland
04/06 Portland, OR @ The Liquor Store
04/08 Long Beach, WA @ Adrift Hotel
04/09 Long Beach, WA @ Adrift Hotel


Artist: Us Lights
Album: Us Lights
Label: Self Group
Release Date: March 28th, 2016

01. Sang from Space
02. Eyes on US
03. Mothers Fathers
04. Home
05. Light at Night
06. Sometimes Smile
07. Caesar
08. LIFE

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Blue Stones share title track from forthcoming album, hypnotic soul-rock hybrid

"Music for pint drinking, it was a visceral, deodorant-demanding show." -- Exclaim!

"The hottest kind of rock." -- PopMatters

Windsor, Ontario's The Blue Stones premiere the title track from their forthcoming album, Black Holes via Exclaim! Hear and share "Black Holes (Solid Ground)" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.)


Paste Magazine recently shared the shimmering, laid-back yearning of album closer "Magic", available to hear and share HERE. (Or, direct Soundcloud, Bandcamp.) Earlier, PopMatters launched "The Hard Part," a perfect example of the duo's hypnotic, yet rousing heavy soul-rock sound. Hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud HERE.)

Black Holes was co-produced with Canadian underground legend Ian Blurton and mixed by Detroit garage-punk stalwart Jim Diamond (The White Stripes, The Von Bondies, The Dirtbombs). 

The Blue Stones were a little surprised to see that their 2012 release How's That Sound? was on Bandcamp's best-selling list. At the same time, it was more of a revelation as to how far they'd come: the alternative indie-blues duo had made a serious impression on everyone they'd come across since hitting the road in 2010.

Not having a third member to fill another rhythm role, the duo developed an original characteristic to the sounds of the bands that influenced them. "We never had a bass player in our early jams, so we subconsciously compensated for one in the music," says guitarist/vocalist Tarek Jafar.

For Black Holes, Jafar and drummer Justin Tessier worked closely with Canadian underground legend Ian Blurton to define the record's sound and emotion. "Ian brought a level of grit and rawness that we really wanted to tap into for a record that's far darker than what we've released in the past," says Tessier. "We also worked closely with Brett Humber (Sound Foundry Studios), who helped us with How's That Sound? in 2012."

The duo's music has also been featured numerous times on major network television, including spots on Parks & Recreation, Suits, Monday Night Football, Battle Creek and more.

More importantly, crowds across Canada and hometown-neighboring Detroit, MI have been stunned by the energy and force behind their loud, dominant live performances-especially for just two dapper guys. The Blue Stones create a killer hi/lo effect; contrasting their slick and put together look with their rough and rollicking live show.  Heart, soul and sweat characterize every Blue Stones spectacle - you can't help but be pulled in from the moment the first note is played.  

The two are elated to have played with premiere acts and in national festivals; however, they'd like to achieve an even greater reach to bigger audiences around all of North America and the world. "After two releases and a third in the works, we're looking to forward to pushing this as far as it'll go, to reach as many people as we can," says Jafar. "We love this too much to keep it hid in southwestern Ontario."

Black Holes will be available on April 15th, 2016. 

Artist: The Blue Stones
Album: Black Holes
Label: Blue Stones Music
Release Date: April 15th, 2016

01) Airlock
02) The Drop
03) Black Holes (Solid Ground) (STREAM)
04) The Hard Part (STREAM)
05) Be My Fire
06) Lay
07) Little Brother
08) Midnight
09) Orbit
10) Magic (STREAM)











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Friday, March 18, 2016

Mothertapes share video from acclaimed album, lush & smart experimental pop

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"The pair utilizes driving synth atmospherics in tandem with heavy shades of guitar/bass overlap, swathing a chill-wave cool atop already complex melodic interweaving. The prospect of a band this daring is a breath of fresh air." -- Paste Magazine

"You can hear just how well the pair balances the experimental and the accessible on the terrific new single 'Do Make Say.' For all the risks the song takes, from its washes of chillwave synths and huge, almost dubstep bassline, everything serves the melody which is sumptuous and gently catchy." -- PopMatters



Portland, OR band Mothertapes premiere the first video from their recent self-titled debut album today. The clip for "Gravity Wins" is shared by Eleven PDX and available to watch and share HERE / YouTube

Hear and share the entire Mothertapes album via Soundcloud and Bandcamp

At the heart of Mothertapes' music lies vivid melodic themes, heavy beats, and lush layers of programmed and live-looped instrumentation wrapped around intense guitar hooks and vocals. A live Mothertapes performance is an impressive show of workmanship in which Pete Bosack and Tommy Franzen build each song from the ground up, creating the sonic footprint of a much larger band. Rather than ceding control to the bloodless clockwork of sequenced loops, the band breathes life into the technology, eliciting an elastic, dynamic quality that has drawn the admiration of critics and earned the band a loyal following.

The creative collaboration of Pete Bosack and Tommy Franzen is entering its second decade. From the beginning, they recognized in each other an experimental spirit and strong sense of purpose rooted in a commitment to precision and musicianship. Their early garage jams led to the formation of their first band, Wax Fingers, and a debut album soon followed.

Astute listeners will notice the influence of artists as varied as Animal Collective, Radiohead, Matmos, St. Vincent, Battles, and Maps and Atlases. But such comparisons serve only as reference points for this thoroughly original duo. After ten years of collaboration, Bosack and Franzen regard Mothertapes as the culmination of their work together, a breakthrough project resulting in forward-looking music that is both artistically ambitious and highly accessible.

Mothertapes' self-titled album is available on LP and download via the Self Group creative collective.


MOTHERTAPES LIVE:
03/22  Portland, OR @ Holocene
04/23  Portland, OR @ Secret Society Ballroom


Artist: Mothertapes
Album: Mothertapes
Label: Self Group
Release Date: October 2nd, 2015

01. Do Make Say (STREAM)
02. Aftermath (STREAM)
03. Debts/Bets
04. Carrot Stick
05. Not At All So Much Like
06. Gravity Wins
07. Beta Bank
08. War Song
09. 12 Step


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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Ex-Sybris frontwoman announces Touched By Ghoul debut w/ video teaser

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"Mullenhour's vocals rise to heated roars worthy of stardom, which lend themselves perfectly to Touched by Ghoul's brand of rock that is loud and heavy..." -- Gaper's Block


Chicago quartet Touched By Ghoul announce their forthcoming debut album today with a video teaser. The clip, featuring music and artwork from the band's full length Murder Circus, is available to watch and share via YouTube

Raised in a basement and surviving only on sheer will and flamin' hot cheetos, Touched by Ghoul clawed their way to the surface to induce the vomit of your soul. Touched By Ghoul exists in their own post-nostalgic now, rock and roll gravediggers tearing right through their dissonant yet beautiful Earth. Helmed by Angela Mullenhour (Sybris, Coins) along with a broody bunch of rock and roll ruffians of the Chicago scuzz scene, Touched By Ghoul constructs a soundtrack that is equally at home at a dive bar or a séance.

On their debut LP coming out on new Chicago imprint Under Road Records, Mullenhour hollers her way through a filthy, living, breathing, kidnapping, dead body finding love story backed by Paige Sandlin’s animal drums kicking through the fog and fury of guitar wars. Recorded by Bill Skibbe (The Kills, Blonde Redhead, The Dead Weather) at the legendary Key Club Recording Company, the Ghouls have found that Eternity is today and blood in the sand is just mud. 

Sounds like: If Stephen King wrote an episode of Columbo scored by the bastard children of The Birthday Party, Babes In Toyland and Echo and the Bunnymen.

Murder Circus will be available on LP, CD and download on April 15th, 2016 via Under Road Records. Pre-orders are available via Bandcamp

Touched By Ghoul is:
Angela Mullenhour-Vocals/Guitar
Andrea Bauer-Guitar
Alex Shumard-Bass
Paige Sandlin- Drums 

TOUCHED BY GHOUL LIVE:
04/18 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle


Artist: Touched By Ghoul
Album: Murder Circus
Label: Under Road Records
Release Date: April 15, 2016

01) B.A.C.M.
02) Western Child
03) Whores
04) Rapevan
05) Immaculate Consumption
06) Nice Corpse
07) Murder Circus
08) Adios!













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Friday, March 11, 2016

Japanese punk-metal band Suzisuzi (Yellow Machinegun, ex-Abnormals members) stream full debut album via Noisey



"Careens wildly through crossover thrash, punk, rock'n'roll, and good old fashioned chaos...A fun, wild ride of an album, stuffed with diabolically catchy blips like 'Ameba' and the batshit bonkers weirdness of 'Ballooooooon!!'" -- Noisey

Japanese punk-metal quartet SUZISUZI (featuring Yellow Machinegun and ex-Abnormals members) stream their entire debut album Scream Addict today in an interview with vocalist/bassist Kaori Okumura via Noisey. The album features dual screaming female vocalists over fast and fun metallic punk. Read the interview and hear the album HERE. (Direct  Soundcloud.)

SUZISUZI ("suzi" in Japanese means "vein") formed after 2 bands -- Yellow Machinegun and Abnormals -- met 15 years ago and became good friends. Yellow Machinegun was an all-girl band that debuted in 1996 in Osaka, Japan. They made a huge impact with their screaming vocal styles, not only in Japan but also among the international hardcore/metal scene, leading to shows with Slayer, Motorhead and S.O.D. (with whom they also released a split album.) 

Abnormals are from Tokyo, Japan and have been attracting punk fans with their dark view of the world since the late 1980s.

Through a chance encounter, the two bands collaborated together to release a split album in 2000, followed by a tour throughout Japan. Since then, the members of Yellow Machinegun and Abnormals have become good friends, and eventually created SUZISUZI.

Abnormals guitarist IxSxO and drummer Murochin asked Yellow Machinegun bassist/vocalist Kaori to start the band together when her band announced a short break. IxSxO was keen to use a girl's name for their band, and Kaori liked the sound of "Susie". Murochin suggested the word "SUZI" (meaning "vein" in Japanese)  after the veins that appears on their necks when the band members scream. Thus, SUZISUZI was born. 

In 2011, SUZISUZI did their first gig in Tokyo and decided to add another female vocal. Kaori called and asked K of the Pure Evil record label to join. She is an old friend of Kaori's who has helped her out with lyrics over the years. The full 4-piece band's debut was in Tokyo in May 2015 and shocked fans... in good way.


After 7 years of playing together, SUZISUZI finally releases their debut album this year. Scream Addict will be available on CD and download on March 11th, 2016. Order via Amazon and iTunes


Artist: SUZISUZI
Album: Scream Addict
Label: Pure Evil
Release Date: March 11, 2016

01) Scream Addict (STREAM)
02) Ballooooooon!!!!
03) Monster of Thinking
04) Shopaholic
05) Ameba
06) Dump It! Bring It!
07) Lazybones Heartbreak
08) Empty Box
09. Go To North



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RidingEasy Records news: March 'Potcast' w/ guest DJ from Monolord, new album news and tours...

Hear & share RidingEasy Potcast - Vol. 3 HERE. 

Southern California label RidingEasy Records has a lot afoot, as usual, so here's a quick rundown 
of all the current and upcoming action:

The third edition of the "RidingEasy Potcast" is out now, featuring guest DJ set by Thomas Jaeger of Monolord. Check out the full playlist and stream or download via Soundcloud

Mondo Drag: The highly praised new album by Bay Area heavy Krautrock-psych band is out now. It's titled The Occultation of Light and is available to hear and share HERE. Mondo Drag bring their bewitching light across the states and EU with Pentagram in March and April, followed by more April shows with Elder and festival performances culminating in Sin City for Psycho Las Vegas in late August. See complete dates below.

The second installment in the ongoing compilation series of rare 60s-70s proto-metal singles Brown Acid: The Second Trip hits the streets, fittingly, on April 20th. Tune in, turn up, and drop the brown acid with tracks from Iron Knowledge, Crossfield and Ash via  Soundcloud

Electric Citizen has announced their anticipated sophomore album Higher Time, scheduled for release on May 13th! Just before that, the Cincinnati quartet hits the road throughout the UK & EU supporting Wolfmother. Listen to two new tracks, "Evil" and "Golden Mean" from the forthcoming album on  Soundcloud

And, coming this summer, mind-blowing new albums from Salem's Pot and Slow Season... plus much more to be announced soon! Please get in touch for more information, interviews, guest list requests and anything else you might need. 


MONDO DRAG TOUR:
03/11 Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
03/12 Columbia, MO @ Cafe Berlin
03/14 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade *
03/15 Nashville, TN @ Exit/In *
03/17 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey *
03/18 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live *
03/19 Austin, TX @ The Lost Well - Heavy Metal Parking Lot 3 *
03/21 Flagstaff, AZ @ The Green Room
04/06 Lindau, GER @ Club Vaudeville *
04/07 Munich, GER @ Backstage Big Hall *
04/08 Wiesbaden, GER @ Schlachthol Wiesbaden Big Hall *
04/ 09 Durbuy, BEL @ Durbuy Rock Festival *
04/11 Vienna, AUT @ Arena Big Hall *
04/12 Jena, GER @ F-Haus *
04/14 Hamburg, GER @ Klubsen *
04/15 Tilburg, NL @ Roadburn Festival
04/16 Karlsruhe, GER @ Dorfschanke
04/19 Aalborg, DK @ 1000 Fryd
04/20 Stavanger, NOR @ Folken #
04/21 Bergen, NOR @ Hulen #
04/22 Oslo, NOR @ Bla #
04/23 Gothenburg, SWE @ Truckstop Alaska #
04/25 Copenhagen, DK @ Loppen #
04/26 Kiel, GER @ Schaubude 
04/27 Munster, GER @ Sputnikhalle #
04/28 Chemnitz, GER @ AJZ Talschock #
04/29 Berlin, GER @ Astra | Desertfest
04/30 Lisbon, PRT @ Sound Bay Fest
05/01 London, UK @ Desertfest
08/26 - 28 Las Vegas, NV @ Psycho Las Vegas

* w/ Pentagram
# w/ Elder


ELECTRIC CITIZEN TOUR:
03/26 Nashville, TN @ The Basement
04/08 Dublin, IE @ Olympia Theatre *
04/09 Manchester, UK @ Academy *
04/10 Newcastle, UK @ O2 Academy *
04/12 Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy *
04/13 Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy *
04/16 Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy *
04/17 Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy *
04/18 Southampton, UK @ Guildhall *
04/20 London, UK @ O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire *
04/22 Koln, GER @ Palladium *
04/23 Wiesbaden, GER @ Schlachthof *
04/25 Paris, FR @ Le Trianon *
04/26 Amsterdam, NE @ Paradiso *
04/27 Brussels, BE @ AB *
04/29 Groningen, NE @ Oosterpoort *
04/30 Tilburg, NE @ 013 *
05/01 Hamburg, GER @ Grosse Freiheit 36 *
05/02 Berlin, GER @ Columbiahalle *
05/04 Copenhagen, DK @ Vega *
05/05 Oslo, NOR @ Rockefeller *
05/06 Djurgarden, SWE @ Gruna Lund *
05/08 Milan, IT @ Alcatraz *
05/09 Zurich, CH @ Volkshaus *
05/10 Munich, GER @ Kesselhaus *
05/11 Wien, AT @ Arena *
05/13 Barcelona, ES @ Apolo 1 *

* w/ Wolfmother 


THE WELL TOUR:
03/24 Los Angeles, CA @ Viper Room *
03/25 San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick *
03/26 Phoenix, AZ @ Pub Rock *
03/27 Las Vegas, NV @ Divebar *
03/28 Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar *
03/29 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater *
03/30 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room *
03/31 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar *
04/01 Indianapolis, IN @ 5th Quarter *
04/02 Newport, KY @ Southgate House *
04/03 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn *
04/04 Memphis, TN @ The Hi-Tone Cafe

* w/ Black Tusk


SLOW SEASON TOUR:
03/17 Santa Ana, CA @ DTSA Underground
05/18 Santa Cruz, CA @ Blue Lagoon
05/19 San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
05/20 Oakland, CA @ The Golden Bull Bar
05/24 Portland, OR @ The Liquor Store Bar
05/25 Seattle, WA @ Funhouse
05/27 Boise, ID @ Shredders
05/28 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
05/31 Chicago, IL @ Double Door
06/01 Indianapolis, IN @ Bent Rail Brewing
06/02 Cleveland, OH @ Stone Tavern
06/03 Pittsburgh, PA @ Gooski's
06/04 Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
06/07 Columbus, OH @ Rumba Room
06/10 Memphis, TN @ Buccaneer Lounge 
06/11 Hattiesburg, MS @ The Tavern
06/13 Shreveport, LA @ Bears
06/14 Texarkana, TX @ Arrow Bar
06/16 Oklahoma City, OK @ Blue Note
06/18 Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas
06/22 Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Taproom



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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Japanese punk-metal band Suzisuzi (ex-Yellow Machinegun, Abnormals) premiere first track from forthcoming debut



Japanese punk-metal quartet SUZISUZI (featuring ex-Yellow Machinegun and Abnormals members) premiere the title track from their forthcoming debut album Scream Addict (Pure Evil label) today via Echoes & Dust. The song "Scream Addict" features, not surprisingly, dual screaming vocalists over fast and fun metallic punk: hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud). 

SUZISUZI ("suzi" in Japanese means "vein") formed after 2 bands -- Yellow Machinegun and Abnormals -- met 15 years ago and became good friends. Yellow Machinegun was an all-girl band that debuted in 1996 in Osaka, Japan. They made a huge impact with their screaming vocal styles, not only in Japan but also among the international hardcore/metal scene, leading to tours with Slayer, Motorhead and S.O.D. (with whom they also released a split album.) 

Abnormals are from Tokyo, Japan and have been attracting punk fans with their dark view of the world since the late 1980s.

Through a chance encounter, the two bands collaborated together to release a split album in 2000, followed by a tour throughout Japan. Since then, the members of Yellow Machinegun and Abnormals have become good friends, and eventually created SUZISUZI.

Abnormals guitarist IxSxO and drummer Murochin asked Yellow Machinegun bassist/vocalist Kaori to start the band together when her band announced a short break. IxSxO was keen to use a girl’s name for their band, and Kaori liked the sound of “Susie”. Murochin suggested the word “SUZI” (meaning “vein” in Japanese)  after the veins that appears on their necks when the band members scream. Thus, SUZISUZI was born. 

In 2011, SUZISUZI did their first gig in Tokyo and decided to add another female vocal. Kaori called and asked K of the Pure Evil record label to join. She is an old friend of Kaori's who has helped her out with lyrics over the years. The full 4-piece band's debut was in Tokyo in May 2015 and shocked fans... in good way.

After 7 years of playing together, SUZISUZI finally releases their debut album this year. Scream Addict will be available on CD and download on March 11th, 2016. 


Artist: SUZISUZI
Album: Scream Addict
Label: Pure Evil
Release Date: March 11, 2016

01) Scream Addict (STREAM)
02) Ballooooooon!!!!
03) Monster of Thinking
04) Shopaholic
05) Ameba
06) Dump It! Bring It!
07) Lazybones Heartbreak
08) Empty Box
09. Go To North



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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Yardsss share 'beautiful excess' of Granfalloons album blending Swans, post-rock and orchestral elements


"Yardsss tends toward the dark and droning and bombastic, with heady, swelling orchestrations. It doesn't take many listens to understand that Krueger is breaking boundaries not for the sake of being (or seeming) transgressive, but to make sounds that awaken actual feelings -- uplifting, inspiring emotions." -- Portland Mercury

"Soaring drone noise and melody as cacophony reminiscent of late-80s/early-90s SWANS, Emeralds and Popul Vuh." -- New Noise Magazine

"A weird mix of Swans, post-rock, and orchestral music. It’s not nearly as harsh or abrasive as No Wave or other experimental noise or drone projects, but it definitely has elements from those genres." -- Heavy Blog Is Heavy



Portland, OR band Yardsss -- ethereal music brainchild of Southerly and Sndtrkr leader Krist Krueger -- share their new album Granfalloons today. The 5-track piece is the second in a three part Kurt Vonnegut inspired series following the critically acclaimed Foma, which also became a short film of the same name. Hear and share the full album via  Soundcloud / Bandcamp

Heavy Blog Is Heavy recently reviewed and premiered "Granfalloons II" HERE. New Noise Magazine featured "Granfalloons III" and the full album stream HERE. Granfalloons is performed mostly by Krueger with fellow Southerly member Eli, joined by Sarah Saturday of Gardening, Not Architecture on guest vocals.

Yardsss is the experimental embodiment of recording artist and SELF Group founder Krist Krueger's sonic landscape. Krueger is best known for his work with Southerly, whose 2007 debut Storyteller and the Gossip Columnist was met to national critical acclaim. His label, SELF Group, began a major relaunching in late 2015, with new releases slated for 2016 from Southerly, Us Lights, C^VES, Scriptures and more. 




Artist: Yardsss
Album: Granfalloons
Label: Self Group
Release Date: March 4th, 2016

01. Granfalloons I
02. Granfalloons II
03. Granfalloons III
04. Granfalloons IV
05. Granfalloons V

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Jerkagram premiere video via Noisey, launch North American tour today

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"They say that sometimes twins develop their own language. I don't know if Derek and Brent ever did that, but their second album makes it clear they're communicating on a wavelength of their own." -- The Obelisk

"A razor sharp eight-song beast that melds the influence of the Melvins’ classic Stoner Witch with Don Caballero-like math-jazz and Tweak Bird-esque stoner metal, dousing it all in wads of guitar looping'n’noodling fuckery." -- Noisey


L.A. fraternal twin duo Jerkagram premiere the first video from their new album today via Noisey. The glitch-heavy psych-pop video is available to watch and share HERE. (Direct YouTube HERE.)

Jerkagram also kick off a lengthy 6-plus week North American tour today starting in Phoenix, AZ. Please see complete dates below.

The duo's new album Outer Limbs is filled with kinetic, psych-drenched, Krautrock-leaning jazz-rock with catchy atmospheric post-rock sounds. It's not easy to make sense of on paper, but the music makes sense on its own. Hear and share the full album HERE.

Pinning down just what Jerkagram does is no easy task. "I never know what to tell people when they ask," explains drummer Brent Gaines, one half of the fraternal twin duo, along with guitarist Derek. The raucous twosome is influenced by a very wide array of musical styles and philosophies, from the cacophonic yet buoyant heaviness of The Melvins to the orchestral post-rock of Explosions in the Sky to the loose jazz of Sun Ra

Starting out exclusively as an improvisational stilted noise/free rock operation from New York, Jerkagram embarked on several tours, and came to find that their free approach was naturally gravitating towards something more foundational and song-oriented. This newfound energy for song-writing lead to the band releasing two records in 2014 -- full-length Let's Talk About Us and EP Tired Old Horseshit. Following these releases was an ambitious ten-week tour around the US, where they landed in Los Angeles, ready to tickle some more earlobes with sheepish grins.

Enter the band's new full-length album, Outer Limbs. Recorded and mixed by Toshi Kasai (Melvins/Big Business), the record is an evolutionary refinement of their melting-pot sound. Each song has a motorik sensibility behind it and seems to grow and transition organically, yet also manages to feel unhinged and unpredictable. The interplay of sturdiness and freedom inherent in their songs, as well as the dynamics of the bludgeoning drums and ambient guitars switching roles in being the driving force behind them is what makes Jerkagram such an intriguing force -- they don't imply themselves or belong to any genre, and despite this, everything is characteristic, cohesive and thematically consistent, from the Morricone-inspired opener, "Coat of Arms," to the frenetic yet poppy, "Cloud Builder," to the jazz-rock closer, "Empty Gesture."

Outer Limbs is available on CD and download as of January 29th, 2016. 


JERKAGRAM LIVE:
03/03 Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space
03/04 El Paso, TX @ Bowie Feathers
03/05 San Antonio, TX @ Imagine Books & Records
03/06 Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas
03/07 Houston, TX @ The Satellite
03/08 New Orleans, LA @ Saturn Bar
03/10 Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
03/11 Raleigh, NC @ Slim's
03/12 Washington, DC @ Safari
03/13 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
03/15 Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium
03/16 New Haven, CT @ BAR
03/17 Boston, MA @ O'Briens
03/18 Providence, RI @ Funky Jungle
03/19 Annandale-on-Hudson, NY @ Bard College
03/20 Burlington, VT @ The Monkey House
03/21 Montreal, QC @ L'Esco
03/23 Toronto, ON @ the Handlebar
03/24 Hamilton, ON @ this Ain't Hollywood (93.3 CFMU Fundraiser)
03/25 Pittsburgh, PA @ Gooski's
03/26 Louisville, KY @ Mag Bar
03/27 St. Louis, MO @ Foam
03/28 Chicago, IL @ The Burlington
03/29 Milwaukee, WI @ The High Dive
03/30 Minneapolis, MN @ The Nicollet
04/01 Kansas City, MO @ Mini Bar
04/02 Lincoln, NE @ Zoo Bar
04/03 Denver, CO @ 7th Circle
04/05 Boise, ID @ Neurolux
04/06 Portland, OR @ High Water Mark
04/07 Seattle, WA @ Substation
04/08 Bellingham, WA @ Waterfront Seafood
04/09 Olympia, WA @ The House of Sass
04/10 Vancouver, BC @ LanaLou's
04/12 Tacoma, WA @ Half Pint
04/13 Eugene, OR @ Wandering Goat 
04/14 Sacramento, CA @ Cafe Colonial
04/15 Oakland, CA @ Golden Bull

04/16 Los Angeles, CA @ TBA


Artist: Jerkagram
Album: Outer Limbs
Label: Jerkagram Music
Release Date: January 29, 2016

01) Coat of Arms
02) Lyra
03) Anteater (STREAM)
04) Cloud Builder (STREAM)
05) Three Pillars (STREAM)
06) Orphaned Origin
07) Two Pillars
08) Empty Gesture

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Rare breakbeat/groove driven track DJs and metalheads alike love premieres from 'Brown Acid' comp series of long-lost 60s-70s proto-metal singles


The celebrated compilation series of long-lost vintage 60s-70s proto-metal, stoner rock singles, Brown Acid premieres a very unique track today via Wax Poetics from the forthcoming second edition. The aptly-titled "Show Stopper" by Iron Knowledge features a breakbeat and incredibly infectious detuned bass warble motif that DJs would kill for. Hear and share "Show Stopper" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.)

Curated in partnership by L.A. retailer Permanent Records and RidingEasy Records, Brown Acid: The Second Trip will be released (fittingly) on April 20th. 

Consequence of Sound recently premiered the first track, Ash's "Midnight Witch" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud HERE.) Please see complete track listing below. Watch a rare clip of Ash performing "Midnight Witch" on Australian TV HERE

Some of the best thrills of the Internet music revolution is the ability to find extremely rare music with great ease. But even with such vast archives to draw from, quite a lot of great songs have gone undiscovered for nearly half a century -- particularly in genres that lacked hifalutin arty pretense. Previously, only the most extremely dedicated and passionate record collectors had the stamina and prowess to hunt down long forgotten wonders in dusty record bins - often hoarding them in private collections, or selling at ridiculous collector's prices. Legendary compilations like Nuggets, Pebbles, ad nauseum, have exhausted the mines of early garage rock and proto-punk, keeping alive a large cross-section of underground ephemera. However, few have delved into and expertly archived the wealth of proto-metal, pre-stoner rock tracks collected on Brown Acid: The Second Trip

Lance Barresi, co-owner of L.A./Chicago retailer Permanent Records has shown incredible persistence in tracking down a stellar collection of rare singles from the 60s and 70s for the growing compilation series. Partnered with Daniel Hall of RidingEasy Records, the two have assembled a selection of songs that's hard to believe have remained unheard for so long. 

"I essentially go through hell and high water just to find these records," Barresi says. "Once I find a record worthy of tracking, I begin the (sometimes) extremely arduous process of contacting the band members and encouraging them to take part. Daniel and I agree that licensing all the tracks we're using for Brown Acid is best for everyone involved," rather than simply bootlegging the tracks. When all of the bands and labels haven't existed for 30-40 years or more, tracking down the creators gives all of these tunes a real second chance at success. 

"There's a long list of songs that we'd love to include," Barresi says. "But we just can't track the bands down. I like the idea that Brown Acid is getting so much attention, so people might reach out to us."

One song on The Second Trip actually never even saw light of day, until now. "Bell Park Loon" by Spiny Norman - sounding like Jethro Tull on more acid and heavier cider - languished in a collector's archives, unreleased for 38 years until Barresi and Hall arranged to license some of the collector's goldmine. 

Brown Acid: The Second Trip opens with the squealing guitar harmonies and Sabbath plod of Ash's "Midnight Wish." Sweet Crystal's "Warlords" is a fuzzy and fierce Deep Purple/Arthur Brown inspired organ-led anthem. Raving Maniac's 'Rock and Roll Man" is a tight and brash glam-meets-metal tune proving the true potential of a genre later squandered on Sunset Strip poodleheads. "Silence of the Morning" by Glass Sun serves grungy psych while the Volt Rush Band merges MC5 frantic energy with razor-sharp guitar leads. And, Iron Knowledge's aptly titled "Show Stopper" features a breakbeat and incredibly infectious detuned bass warble motif that DJs would kill for - had anyone been able to find the tune back in the day. Throughout, The Second Trip is yet another wall-to-wall set of blazing tracks that feels like you've uncovered a holy grail. And, in a way, you have. 


Brown Acid: The Second Trip will be available everywhere on LP, CD and download on April 20th, 2016 via RidingEasy Records. Pre-orders are available for digital (with immediate download of first single) at iTunes and Bandcamp, physical pre-orders at RidingEasy Records



Artist: Various Artists
Album: Brown Acid: The Second Trip
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: April 20th, 2016

01. Ash "Midnight Witch" (STREAM)
02. Sweet Crystal "Warlords"
03. Raving Maniac "Rock and Roll Man"
04. Crossfield "Take It" (STREAM)
05. Spiny Norman "Bell Park Loon" (Unreleased)
06. Glass Sun "Silence of the Morning"
07. Volt Rush Band "Love To You"
08. Buck "Long Hot Highway"
09. Iron Knowledge "Show Stopper" (STREAM)
10. Sonny Hugg "Daybreak"



Artist: Various Artists
Album: Brown Acid: The First Trip  ALBUM STREAM
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: August 11th, 2015

01. Zeke's "Box"
02. Snow "Sunflower"
03. Tour "One of the Bad Guys"
04. Zebra "Wasted"
05. Bob Goodsite "Faze 1"
06. Raw Meat "Stand-By Girl"
07. Punch "Deathhead"
08. Bacchus "Carry My Load"
09. Lenny Drake "Love Eyes (Cast Your Spell On Me)"
10. The Todd "Mystify Me"
11. Josefus "Hard Luck"



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