As Lord Roger takes a time out from his Melvins duties to do the solo thing, drummer Dale Crover decided to take a time out to make some new music too. This time it’s a 7″ single which features Lou Barlow (of Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh fame) and one-time Melvins member Kevin Rutmanis (whom you may know from Cows). Along with drums, Crover takes the microphone again to sing beautifully. Have a listen to its A-side, “United Fruit”. Below is a look at a linoleum cut Thomas Hazelmyer made for the cover. Ordering information will be posted when made available.
Bass Drum Of Death fans will be eager for October 7th, as the band will be releasing their new album on Innovative Leisure called Rip This, and you will be able to rip it then in full. For now, rip something in part in the form of “Left For Dead”.
John Barrett and Len Clark will begin a North American tour next month, head out for fun and rocking:
August 23… Belem, Brazil (Festival Se Rasgum)
September 4… Nashville, TN (The Basement)
September 5… Athens, GA (40 Watt)
September 6… Hattiesburg, MS (The Thirsty Hippo)
September 7… Chattanooga, TN ((JJ’s Bohemia)
September 9… New Orleans LA (Siberia)
September 10… Mobile, AL (Alchemy Tavern)
September 11… Baton Rouge, LA (Spanish Moon)
September 12… Birmingham, AL (Bottletree)
September 13… Jackson, MS (Martin’s Lounge)
October 1… St. Louis, MO (The Demo)
October 2… Chicago, IL (Subterranean)
October 3… Toronto, ON (Horseshoe Tavern)
October 4… Ithaca, NY (The Haunt)
October 5… Burlington, VT (Signal Kitchen)
October 6… Cambridge, MA (Middle East)
October 8… New York, NY (Santos Party House)
October 9… Philadelphia, PA (The Barbary)
October 10… Baltimore, MD (Metro Gallery)
October 11… Washington, DC (Comet Ping Pong)
October 12… Asheville, NC (The Grey Eagle)
October 13… Atlanta, GA (529)
October 19… Los Angeles, CA (The Echo)
October 20… San Francisco, CA (Great American Music Hall)
Sydney have another band to share with the world, and they’re called Jacobide, who will be releasing a new single in mid-August called “More Than Kings”, produced and mixed by Forrester Savell, known for his work with Butterfly Effect, Dead Letter Circus, and Karnivool. The group will be going through the east coast of Australia once the single is released.
It Looks Sad. are a band that balances well the thin light between delicacies and making an impact, as they show on their debut release. It’s a four song effort that shows a love for crafty pop and the capabilities of mixing it up with the aggressive choruses that decorate this release. They remain like that for all of the songs and I enjoy what I’m hearing, but it would be cool too if there was a song with just the delicate side and another or two where they’re going in for the rage. I”m sure they thought of it and may plan on it for future songs. The song where they come close to handling managed beauty is “Fingers”, getting almost-explosion but pushing themselves to the right level without going over the edge. Not a bad release at all. More, please.
If you’re a vinyl junkie and a fan of Broken Circles, you know that you hadn’t been able to get the Style No. 6312 album in your format of choice. No longer. They decided to find a way to release it on vinyl and they’re doing it through The White Octave label. 500 copies are being pressed and will come in three different color variations:
Style No. 6312 has been remastered by the man who recorded the original album in 1999, Bob Weston, who handled it at Chicago Mastering Service. What will make this new pressing different is that “Looking Past Sky” is being added into the program, which is what the original plan was by the band themselves. There will also be “reinterpreted artwork” by Broken Circles’ Lincoln Hancock. The new vinyl remaster will be out on September 16th.
To make it more exciting, the band are reuniting to perform at the Hopscotch Fest in Raleigh, North Carolina, so you’ll want to be there on September 6th.
The new video by Matt Kiven is called “Insignificance”, directed by John Carchietta. It’s a song taken from Kivel’s latest album on Woodsist Records called Days Of Being Wild, perhaps titled as a way to tell his children or grandchildren “your old man here was wild 20 to 40 years ago. You want proof? Have a listen.” Kids might ask “what is listening?” but that’s another topic, another time but right now, have a listen to this in modern times.
Kivel fans will be able to see him in the coming weeks, and they’re not just dates in California too, for he’ll be in North Carolina in September:
August 6… Los Angeles, CA (The Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever) *
August 7… Santa Ana, CA (Constellation Room) *
August 10… Los Angeles, CA (The Echo) #
August 11… San Diego, CA (Soda Bar) #
August 12… Long Beach, CA (E. 3rd St. (Living Room Show) #
August 16… Pioneertown, CA (Woodsist Festival @ Pappy and Harriet’s)
September 4… Raleigh, NC (Hopscotch Music Festival)
* = w/ Christopher Owens
# = w/ Steve Gunn
The album This Is The Third Album of A Band Called Adebisi Shank (Sargent House) by Adebisi Shank is less than three weeks away from being heard by the masses, but another song has surfaced to tempt those who need to hear it. This is the third song to surface, so now have a listen to “World In Harmony”.
New news? After taking a 15 year break, The Rentals are going to release a new album called Lost In Alphaville and are now signed to Polyvinyl. The album will be released on August 25th in the U.S. and September 8th in the UK. Check out a song from the forthcoming album, this one is called “1000 Seasons”. To pre-order the record on coke-bottle colored vinyl, head on over to TheRentals.com.
Hail Lucid State (Last Gang) may sound bold and exotic (and for some folks, erotic) but those words combined become the title of the new album by Dark Horses. The song is aggressively sensitive, maybe in tune with the mood of the lyrics but it works brilliantly well.
The first album by Austin, Texas’ Casual Strangers (self-released) tends to make it sound grander than it really is, especially when it tries to push the experimental guide, which I don’t hear. What I do hear on this album is a powerful piece of durable rock with a bit of depth and magnitude that is regularly not found in what passes as pop rock these these, and I like it. The group are fronted by vocalist Katey Gunn, who enjoys decorating the songs with different textures, pulling the listener in and then going in for the kill at the right moments. The same can be said for guitarist Paul Wacklawsky, drummer Jake Mitchell, and bassist Jaylinn Davidson, who enjoy exploring the arrangements of the songs, equally balancing what Gunn does with definition and space. Waklawsky also takes the microphone a few times, and what you had expected for some elements suddenly changes. Some tracks sound like durable new wave while other moments sound like the progressive things that some bands of the 90’s enhanced and made it their thing, or part of a thing that made these alternative bands so great, as if they heard different things and wanted to expand on things to take it one step further. I hope Casual Strangers are able to take the casual strangers known as their fans to new places and worlds.
(The self-titled Casual Strangers’ album will be released on July 22nd.)