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Screaming Females reveal Castle Talk details; Woven Bones announce tour dates; Forthcoming Brad Laner LP

29 Jun

Castle Talk due out Sept. 14

In 2010, Screaming Females continued their non-stop touring, including a February tour with Jeff the Brotherhood, two tours with fellow Jersey punk Ted Leo and his band the Pharmacists, a national headlining tour, and a spot on the Village Voice’s annual Siren Fest. The band says that thus far the highlight of 2010 was the sold out Don Giovanni Records showcase in February at Bowery Ballroom, which filled one of New York City’s biggest venues with the energy of a New Brunswick basement show. Like Power Move, Castle Talk was recorded at the Hunt Studio in New Jersey with engineer, Eric Bennet, but with a new approach to writing and recording. The record is out September 14th via Don Giovanni.

Tracklist:

Laura + Marty
I Don’t Mind It
Boss, Normal
A New Kid
Fall Asleep
Wild
Nothing at All
Sheep
Deluxe
Ghost
Sold

WOVEN BONES


06/26 – Chicago, IL Reckless Records Wicker Park In-Store 5pm
06/26 – Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
06/27 – Indianapolis, IN Vollrath Tavern (My Old Kentucky Blog Presents) ^
06/28 – Fort Wayne, IN The Brass Rail
06/29 – Cleveland, OH Now That’s Class
06/30 – Pittsburgh, PA Brillobox
07/01 – Brooklyn, NY Bruar Falls ~
07/02 – New York, NY Pier 17 / South Street Seaport (
07/03 – Baltimore, MD The Ottobar @
07/06 – Athens, GA Caledonia Lounge
07/08 – New Orleans, LA Circle Bar
08/06 – Austin, TX, United States Art Authority /
08/07 – Dallas, TX, The Nightmare +
08/10 – Denver, CO, Hi Dive –
08/11 – Salt Lake City, UT, Kilby Court TBA
08/12 – Boise, ID, Neurolux TBA
08/13 – Portland, OR, Plan B
08/14 – Seattle, WA, Wildrose >
08/15 – Olympia, WA, Northern }
08/17 – Reno, NV, Lincoln Lounge [
08/18 – San Francisco, CA, Bottom of the Hill <
08/19 – Los Angeles, CA, Spaceland
08/20 – San Diego, CA, Casbah
08/22 – Phoenix, AZ, Rhythm Room
08/24 – Albuquerque, NM, Launchpad
08/25 – Lubbock, TX, Bash Riprock’s 

^ = w/ We Are Hex
~ = w/ Beach Fossils
( = w/ YellowFever
@ = w/ Reading Rainbow
/ = w/ Residual Echoes and Happy Birthday
+ = w/ Bipolar Express and Nervous Curtains
– = w/ Woodsman
> = w/ Idle Times
} = w/ Christmas
[ = w/ The Madanna Bangers and The Humans
< = w/ The Splinters and Sandwitches

BRAD LANER

Underground shoegaze king Brad Laner will release Natural Selections on Aug. 24. If you are familiar with Laner all you need know of the new material are these words from him: “I would like to hereby apologize to anybody who wishes to see my stuff played live. I would too actually, but only if I got to watch from a safe distance.” This is because of the heavy electronic-infused production. Here’s the track Crawl Back In from the upcoming LP:

Brad Laner
Natural Selections
(Hometapes)
Street Date: Aug. 24, 2010

Eyes Close
Throat
Lancaster
Crawl Back In
Magnolia Doubles
Brain
Why Did I Do It
Dirty Bugs
Vicky
Runner
Little Death

Screaming Females: Anachronistic Rock

26 May

It’s nearly impossible to listen to something new without hearing something old – for better or worse, for creative familiarity or recycled garbage. Listen to Screaming Females and one hears everything familiar at once: Chuck Berry guitar, Delta 5 bitchiness, shoegaze fuzz, hardcore hostility, jazzy walking bass, no wave experimentation.

Screaming Females, coming out with their fourth LP Castle Talk on Don Giovanni Records in September, recall generations of sounds without sounding like any band in particular. The band comes from Brunswick, New Jersey and evolved by working the slum-spirited basement circuit, an underground lifestyle of unpromoted, all-age shows in basements.

Screaming Females: Marissa Paternoster, left, Jarrett Dougherty, center, King Mike, right

Marissa Paternoster sings lead and plays a mean guitar. Paternoster’s adorable appearance – no more than 5’1″, a Ringo/Mick moptop, usually wearing a colorful outdated suit dress that belongs to a rotting corpse – is beguiling. She pulls you in only to break your face with bloodcurdling shrieks and silvery metal solos. King Mike rides a bass like a Funk brother, while Jarrett sets the parameters for everything with his perfectly steady rhythms.

Starving Dog by Screaming Females:

Electric Pilgrim by Screaming Females:

Mothership by Screaming Females

Tour Dates:

06/01 – Seattle, WA – The Funhouse
06/02 – Portland, OR – Backspace
06/03 – San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside
06/04 – San Francisco, CA – Hemlock Tavern
06/05 – Los Angeles, CA – Spaceland
06/07 – La Jolla, CA – Che Cafe
06/08 – Phoenix, AZ – The Trunk Space
06/10 – Austin, TX – Emo’s (Indoors)
06/11 – Little Rock, AR – Arkansas Community Arts
06/12 – Nashville, TN – Rocketown (early show)
06/12 – Nashville, TN – The End (late show)
06/13 – Athens, GA – The Secret Squirrel
06/14 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
06/18 – Milford, CT – Daniel Street Club *
06/19 – Portland, ME – SPACE Gallery*
06/20 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground*
06/21 – Quebec City, QC – Le Cercle*
06/22 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore*
06/24 – Ottawa, ON – Zaphod Beeblebrox*
06/26 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace*
06/27 – Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place*

* = w/ Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

The Melvins: The Bride Screamed Murder out 6/1

20 May

Above is the cover of the split 12″ that the Melvins and ISIS (who announced their breakup on May 18, but will complete their tour through June 23) will be releasing during their upcoming U.S. tour that begins June 1st, the release date of The Bride Screamed Murder. The Melvins contributed alternate takes of “Pig House” and “I’ll Finish You Off” from the new album, released by Mike Patton’s Ipecac Recordings.

The Melvins tour looks like this:

  • June 1, 2010 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah
  • June 2, 2010 – Tempe, AZ – The Clubhouse
  • June 3, 2010 – Albuquerque, NM – Launch Pad
  • June 5, 2010 – Austin, TX – Emos
  • June 7, 2010 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
  • June 8, 2010 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon
  • June 9, 2010 – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks
  • June 10, 2010 – Birmingham, AL – Bottle Tree
  • June 12, 2010 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Festival
  • June 14, 2010 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
  • June 16, 2010 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
  • June 17, 2010 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of The Living Arts
  • June 18, 2010 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
  • June 19, 2010 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall Of Williamsburg
  • June 20, 2010 – Boston, MA – Paradise
  • June 21, 2010 – Boston, MA – Paradise
  • June 23, 2010 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
  • June 24, 2010 – Detroit, MI – Small’s
  • June 25, 2010 – Chicago, IL – Double Door
  • June 26, 2010 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
  • June 27, 2010 – Des Moines, IA – House Of Bricks
  • June 29, 2010 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
  • July 2, 2010 – Calgary, AB, Canada – Sled Island Festival
  • July 3, 2010 – Calgary, AB, Canada – Sled Island Festival
  • July 5, 2010 – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Rickshaw Theatre
  • July 6, 2010 – Seattle, WA – Showbox At The Market
  • July 7, 2010 – Eugene, OR – John Henry’s
  • July 9, 2010 – San Jose, CA – Blank Club

Enlightening and immensely entertaining interview with Buzz Osbourne at metalsucks.com. Someone finally explains crabcore, “It’s like the [Jane] Fonda workout of pseudo heavy metal.” Thanks, Buzzy.

Scrabble-Rousers #4: Hypocrisy

18 May

Hypocrisy and its bedmates – pretenders, fakes and phonies – have always been a source of consideration for artists. Just as in Eldridge Cleaver’s Soul on Ice where today’s word comes from, musicians have taken aim at social and political hypocrisy as far back as Ludvig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3. In 1804, Beethoven titled his third symphony “Bonaparte” in honor of Napoleon, who then held the title of First Consul. Beethoven cast Napoleon in the same light as great Roman leaders because of their staunch opposition to tyranny and dictatorships. However, Napoleon announced himself “Emperor of the French” which so deeply angered Beethoven that he renamed his third symphony “Sinfonia eroica, composta per festeggiare il sovvenire d’un grand’uomo” (“Heroic symphony, composed to celebrate the memory of a great man.)”

Here is a great Dutch site streaming No. 3 in its entirety.

Folk music is a genre almost exclusive to exposing the hypocrisies of war and oppression. Peter Seeger and Phil Ochs wrote and sang with a purpose and summoned a reckoning.

John Cage just before he went deaf.

Some artists, like composer John Cage, even adapt their sociopolitical ideals to create innovative new forms of music. Cage, of the “purposeful purposelessness” school, was hugely influenced by anarchic writers and created a compositional process based on chance resembling these beliefs.

Rap pioneer Gil Scott-Heron, inspired by watching the moon landing in 1969, called out society for its racial and social inequalities with “Whitey on the Moon.” “Was all the money I made last year/For whitey on the moon?”

The Dead Kennedys and Jello Biafra were masters of finding the hypocrisy in just about everything and releasing it in their famous scathing sarcasm.

Jello Biafra exposes hypocrisy in his own madeup name.

“Holiday in Cambodia” is a perfect example, setting side by side a typical Reagan-era yuppy youth to a Pol Pot-era slave worker to display the West’s blindness and indifference.

This is endless subject and it would be great to hear from others, so please post your thoughts and songs related to “hypocrisy.”

Here are a few noteworthy literal associations of hypocrisy:

“Circle of Hypocrisy” by Napalm Death

“Hypocrite” by The Heptones

“Hypocrite” by Antibalas