Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Langhorne Slim's "Animal" for Record Store Day

"A magnetic performer, he spits sparse lyrics in a signature caustic rasp while his band invokes a rock-and-roll parade."  
-- The New Yorker

LOS ANGELES, CA - April 16, 2014 -- Langhorne Slim and The Law will release a special, two-song, seven-inch vinyl disc titled "Animal" this Saturday, April 19, limited to only 1000 copies and exclusively for Record Store Day.  "Animal" will carry a $6.98 list price.

"Thank goodness for independent record stores," said Langhorne.  "It was Princeton Record Exchange in NJ that saved me from the music shops in the mall when I was a kid.  And countless others around the country and world that have fed and nurtured my love and passion for music as a fan and provided me the ability to get my own stuff out there as an artist.  A thousand thank yous to all the indie record shops and may you live on forever!!"

"Animal" was originally written for a 30-second Converse X Foot Locker advertising spot titled "Made To Make A Scene."  In less than a month, the ad became a YouTube sensation with nearly two-million views.  The song opens with jangly and up-beat guitar strumming, but quickly explodes into a cacophony of loud, fast, punk-rock with Langhorne's scrappy vocals front and center.  The "Animal" RSD vinyl will come with a download card that includes a link to "Animal" as well as a link to an exclusive new music video for the song that was recently shot while the band was on tour, and accessible only with the purchase of the vinyl.

"Animal's" B-side is a new, previously unreleased Langhorne Slim song called "Space Girl."  Written by Langhorne, the band describes the song as "an improvised, psychedelic excursion recorded in a backyard in Texas."  

If your local independent record store is sold out of "Animal" by the time you get there, you can catch Langhorne Slim and The Law out on the road, touring with The Avett Brothers, Jason Isbell and Deer Tick, along with some headline shows - the confirmed itinerary is below.

MAY
 9   Alabama Theatre, Birmingham, AL  (with Jason Isbell)
10   Fillmore, Charlotte, NC  (with Deer Tick)
11   Shaky Knees Music Festival, Atlanta, GA
13   The Social, Orlando, Fl  (with Deer Tick)
14   Crowbar, Ybor City, FL  (with Deer Tick)
16   The Pour House, Charleston, SC  (with Deer Tick)
17   The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC  (with Deer Tick)
18   Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw, NC  (with Deer Tick)
20, 21  The Black Cat, Washington, D.C.  (with Deer Tick)

JUNE
14   White Snake River State Park, Indianapolis, IN (with The Avett Brothers)
15   District Square, Kalamazoo, MI  (headline)
17   Space, Evanston, IL  (headline)
19   The Ready Room, St. Louis, MO  (headline)
20   Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, Bonner Springs, KS  (with The Avett Brothers)
21   Cox Business Center, Tulsa, OK  (with The Avett Brothers)

JULY
5, 6   Ottawa Blues Festival, Ottawa, ON, CANADA
9-13    Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winnipeg, MB  CANADA
31   Gathering of the Vibes, Bridgeport, CT

AUGUST
1-3   Gathering of the Vibes
29-31  Campfire Outdoor Adventure & Music Festival, Lakewood, PA

MOUNT SALEM: Chicago Psychedelic Doom Conjurors Announce Headlining Tour


Chicago psychedelic doom rock conjurors and recent Metal Blade signees, MOUNT SALEM, will embark on a full headlining tour this May! The trek will pillage its way through select cities between Chicago and Los Angeles, and includes one-off shows in New Mexico and Arizona opening up for doom legends, Saint Vitus! MOUNT SALEM will be touring in support of their Endless EP.

Mega blog, Loudwire.com, recently featured an interview with vocalist/organist Emily Kopplin as part of their "Vital Vinyl" column. The column highlights Endless' striking cover art, the band's proclivity for vinyl, and more. Check out the entire interview and photos at THIS LOCATION.

MOUNT SALEM
5/01/2014 Township - Chicago, IL
5/02/2014 Dragonfly Lounge - Madison, WI
5/03/2014 JB's Speakeasy - La Crosse, WI
5/04/2014 Chesterfield - Sioux City, IA
5/05/2014 The Bourbon - Lincoln, NE
5/06/2014 Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO w/ Speedwolf
5/08/2014 Launch Pad - Albuquerque, NM w/ Saint Vitus, Sons Of Huns
5/09/2014 Club Red - Tempe, AZ w/ Saint Vitus, Sons Of Huns
5/10/2014 TBA - Los Angeles, CA
5/11/2014 The Makeout Room - San Francisco, CA
5/12/2014 Witch Room - Sacramento, CA
5/13/2014 Slabtown - Portland, OR
5/15/2014 The Shred Shed - Salt Lake City, UT
5/16/2014 Future Shock - Frisco, CO
5/17/2014 Kung Fu Tap And Taco - Des Moines, IA

MOUNT SALEM is a four-piece psychedelic rock/doom metal band. They started writing music together in the summer of 2012 and released their first debut EP, Endless, in the Spring of 2013. Taking influence from the likes of Black Sabbath and Pentagram, MOUNT SALEM play loud, heavy rock 'n' roll using all vintage gear. Throwing their own twist of dark, mysterious doom into their summonings, MOUNT SALEM systematically pull listeners into their sinister realm of sound; their lyrical imagery serving as a ride all its own. Metal Blade Records signed the band in the Summer of 2013 and recently released an extended version of Endless containing two additional, brand-new tracks.
"Endless feels like it's trapped in the nightmarish head-space of a psychic medium on a bad trip." -- Mister Growl

"Whether you're a fan of psychedelic rock, stoner rock or doom metal, there's a little something for everybody on Mount Salem's 'Endless.'" - Loudwire

"Debut album, Endless, is an absolute monolith of a record that combines the sludgy, droning guitars of Iommi's finest vintage with Emily's shimmering vocals and epic Jon Lord-style organ rushes. It's retro, yes, but it also sounds too exciting to be dismissed as simply revisionism." - Metal Hammer

"You do not want to pass this one up. MOUNT SALEM have managed to set themselves apart with well-written songs, haunting vocals, killer riffs, and the right type of mood that is essential for crafting memorable metal." - Verbicide

"For MOUNT SALEM, that uniqueness is unequivocally the monstrous vocal abilities of frontwoman Emily Kopplin - like holy balls, she has some pipes." - Dead Rhetoric

Taking Back Sunday’s New Album, Happiness Is, Debuts at #10 on Billboard Charts

HOPELESS RECORDS
Announces Taking Back Sunday’s
New Album, Happiness Is,
Debuts at #10 on Billboard Charts!

Sells More Than 22,000 Copies
in First Week!


Available at Best Buy, Here: http://smarturl.it/HappinessIsBBY
Available On iTunes, Here: http://smarturl.it/HappinessIs_iTunes
Watch The Video for Single “Stood A Chance” Here: http://smarturl.it/stoodachancevideo

“The return of Nolan to reinstate the excellent dual vocal harmonies that can only be achieved through his and Lazzara’s distinctive tones has certainly enhanced recent material, but at the music’s core, down-tempo melody driven emotionally charged rock is the starter, main course and dessert.”
– Punktastic

Hopeless Records is happy to announce that Taking Back Sunday’s new album, Happiness Is, has debuted at #10 on the Billboard Top Current Albums and Top 200 Charts, with more than 22,000 copies sold in its first week! It also debuted at #1 on the Record Label Independent Chart, #2 on the LP Chart, and #4 on the Current Alternative, Current Rock, and Overall Rock Charts! The album was released via Hopeless Records and produced by Marc Jacob Hudson (Saves The Day, The Swellers) and Mike Sapone (Brand New, O’Brother). Happiness Is, written over a two-year period with no involvement from a label for the first time since 2002’s debut Tell All Your Friends, drips with the spirit of resilience and innovation. Taking Back Sunday recently released a video for single “Stood A Chance”, here: http://smarturl.it/stoodachancevideo. New album Happiness Is, including single “Stood A Chance,” can be purchased, here: http://hopelessrecords.merchnow.com, or on iTunes now at: http://smarturl.it/HappinessIs_iTunes

Taking Back Sunday is currently on the road with The Used for a North American Co-Headlining tour. Dates are selling out well in advance for this run with 50% of the shows already sold out including 3 New York Dates! To purchase tickets, please visit: http://www.takingbacksunday.com.

For more information, please visit:

Website: http://www.takingbacksunday.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TakingBackSunday
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tbsofficial
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/takingbacksunday

Tour Dates:
* Headlining Dates w/Tonight Alive & Sleepwave


3/27    Palladium                    Los Angeles, CA – SOLD OUT
3/28    House of Blues                San Diego, CA – SOLD OUT
3/29    Extreme Thing                Las Vegas, NV
3/30    Sunshine Theater *                 Albuquerque, NM
4/1    Ogden Theatre                Denver, CO – SOLD OUT
4/2    Sokol                        Omaha, NE – SOLD OUT
4/4    Eagles Ballroom                Milwaukee, WI
4/5    Concord Music Hall                Chicago, IL – SOLD OUT
4/6    Fillmore                    Detroit, MI – SOLD OUT
4/8    Kool Haus                    Toronto, ON – SOLD OUT
4/9    The Armory                    Rochester, NY
4/10    The Chance *                 Poughkeepsie, NY
4/11    Webster Theatre                Hartford, CT – SOLD OUT
4/12    House of Blues                Boston, MA – SOLD OUT
4/13    Tower Theatre                Philadelphia, PA – SOLD OUT
4/15    Best Buy Theater                New York, NY – SOLD OUT
4/16    Best Buy Theater                New York, NY – SOLD OUT
4/17    The State Theater *                Portland, ME
4/18    Lupos *                    Providence, RI
4/19    Sands                        Bethlehem, PA
4/21    Best Buy Theater                New York, NY – SOLD OUT
4/22    Fillmore                    Silver Spring, MD – SOLD OUT
4/24    The Tabernacle                Atlanta, GA
4/25    Freebird Live *                Jacksonville, FL
4/26    Revolution                    Ft. Lauderdale, FL – SOLD OUT
4/27    House of Blues                Orlando, FL – SOLD OUT

Solids share new video + announce tour dates with Pity Sex & Animal Faces


 
Watch: "Over the Sirens"
 
Watch: KEXP Live Session
 
Riding high on two recent, back-to-back, sold out homecoming gigs at TRH in Montreal, Solids - Xavier Germain-Poitras (guitar) and Louis Guillemette (drums) - announce even more Canadian dates, adding to an almost endless tour schedule that has seen them on the move since the release of their debut record in February. The band will spend almost all of May in the UK (where they play Leeds and the Great Escape Festival) and then head across Europe and Scandinavia. They return home to Canada for a POP Montreal co-presented run of shows in June, stopping at Sled Island along the way. Their uncompromising, critically acclaimed debut album Blame Confusion was released on February 18 via Dine Alone Records. 
  
With a nod to 90's influences like, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr and Superchunk, Solids sublimate their hooky melodies through a wash of distortion and feedback.  Blame Confusion was recorded by Adrian Popovich at Mountain City Studio (We Are Wolves, Sam Roberts, The Dears). More information for Solids will be announced soon.
 
 
TOUR DATES
04/24/14 - La Petite Boîte Noir - Sherbrooke, QC
04/25/14 - Zénob - Trois-Rivieres, QC w/Teenager
04/26/14 - House Of Targ - Ottawa, ON
04/30/14 - Birthdays - London, UK %
05/01/14 - The Exchange - Bristol, UK %
05/02/14 - Liverpool Sound City - Liverpool, UK
05/03/14 - Leeds Festival - Leeds, UK
05/04/14 - Sounds From The Other City - Manchester, UK
05/06/14 - Mono - Glasgow, UK
05/07/14 - Hare and Hounds - Birmingham, UK %
05/09/14 - 013 - Tilburg, NL
05/08/14 - Great Escape Festival - Brighton, UK
05/10/14 - London Calling - Amsterdam, NL w/ Big Ups + Paws
05/12/14 - Parkteatret - Oslo, NW w/White Denim
05/13/14 - Debaser Strand- Stockholm, SW w/White Denim
05/14/14 - Stengade - Copenhagen, DK
05/16/14 - Oetinger Villa - Darmstadt, GE
05/17/14 - Prinzenbar - Hamburg, GE
05/19/14 - Nero Bar- Berlin, GE
05/20/14 - Kleines Forum - Bielefeld, GE
05/21/14 - Péniche - Lille, FR
05/22/14 - Les Nuits Botaniques - Brussels, BE
05/23/14 - File 7 - Magny-Le-Hongre, FR
05/24/14 - Les Trois Éléphants - Laval, FR
05/25/14 - Nouveau Casino - Paris, FR
06/12/14 - Union Hall Sound - Winnipeg, MB#
06/13/14 - Moso Festival - Saskatoon, SK
06/14/14 - The Exchange - Regina, SK#
06/15/14 - Wunderbar - Edmonton, AB#
06/16/14 - The Slice - Lethbridge, AB#
06/18/14 - Kootenay Coop - Nelson, BC#
06/19/14 - Rockwater Grill - Golden, BC#
06/20/14 - Sled Island - Calgary, AB
06/21/14 - Sled Island - Calgary, AB
06/22/14 - Fratters - Red Deer, AB#
06/27/14 - Che Cafe - San Diego, CA*
06/28/14 - 51 West - Phoenix, AZ*
06/29/14 - The Gasworks - Albuquerque, NM*
06/30/14 - Holy Mountain - Austin, TX*
07/01/14 - Sons Of Herman Hall - Dallas, TX*
07/02/14 - Crosstown Arts - Memphis, TN*
07/03/14 - Hoosier Dome - Indianapolis, IN*
07/05/14 - Sneaky Dee's - Toronto, ON#
07/11/12 - Cercle, Festival d'été de Québec - Québec, QC
 
*POP Montreal Festival co-presenting all Canadian dates
% w/ Theo Verney
# w/ Animal Faces
* w/ Pity Sex
 
  
  

SOLIDS
BLAME CONFUSION LP
(2/18, FAT POSSUM RECORDS & DINE ALONE RECORDS)

1. Over The Sirens
2. Off White
3. Traces
4. Haze Away
5. Blame Confusion
6. Laisser Faire
7. Cold Hands
8. Through The Walls
9. Not Complaining
10. Terminal

Parquet Courts Share Video For "Sunbathing Animal"; Will Premiere New Song On Late Night With Seth Meyers On 4/30!


Parquet Courts are gearing up for the release of their highly anticipated follow-up to Light Up Gold, Sunbathing Animal, out 6/3 on What's Your Rupture?/Mom+Pop (6/2 on Rough Trade outside the US). The record's "a journey, man"; it's a steady build through the terrains of existential unease, humor for the sake of laughing in the face of unspeakable creative repression, and ultimately, hits moments of catharsis at its peaks (see: title track). And so, we're proud to premiere a new video on Noisey by Andy Capper for the title track and first single off Sunbathing Animal. The aforementioned warmth-relishing creature is Frida, singer/guitarist Andrew Savage's two-year-old cat. In an interview with Savage, Capper and he discuss the video, which features strong "Bastards Of Young" vibes, but also get real about their demeanors and expectations. Savage on the "studio magic" involved in the video:

"Every afternoon [Frida] takes a nap in that spot, but that afternoon she knew she was being observed. So I created a special tea that I found on a cat lady website that was full of herbs that could allegedly make a cat sleepy. You got some valerian root, some poppy seed extract, skullflower caps, chamomile.... I gave that to her and she was kinda being a bit more chill but she was still moving around a bit too much. And I guess we basically made the sofa area of my apartment into a cat paradise in order to get her to perform. We had bird songs playing on the iPhone, the window was open for bird noises outside. We put some food on the couch and then finally some cat nip."

WATCH "SUNBATHING ANIMAL" VIDEO HERE: http://youtu.be/mhPOZXLmTKA
Listen to "Sunbathing Animal" here: http://youtu.be/igvbkKcRz5o
Pre-order Sunbathing Animal LP & CD here: http://sunbathinganimal.com
Pre-order Sunbathing Animal on iTunes here: http://smarturl.it/sunbathing

Also, in other BIG Parquet Courts news, the band will be performing on Late Night with Seth Meyers on April 30th! Not only that, but they'll be premiering a new song off the record, so set your DVRs!

PRAISE FOR "SUNBATHING ANIMAL"

"'Sunbathing Animal'" is a glorious mess of contradictions: it's the least representative, most rigidly structured song from an otherwise free-ranging, stylistically sprawling album, somehow striking the middle ground between the militiaristic discipline of Pink Flag-era Wire and the brain-scrambling, desert-storming cow-punk of early Meat Puppets. - Pitchfork [BEST NEW TRACK]

"Lines like 'Faces changing shape but represent the same old beast/ I want to flee but I can only stare,' chewed-up and spit out like a bad bite of food, remind us that their well of tormented poetry has yet to run dry." - The FADER

"a raucous four-minute beater comparing the vulnerability of people to that of a creature who just wants to soak in some rays, as evidenced by the outro refrain, 'Frying and abiding, I'm in your control / Like a sunbathing animal.'" - SPIN

"A dizzy punk-rock rush with some delightfully squalid guitar solos. It's a total blast of a song" -Stereogum


PARQUET COURTS TOUR DATES:
Thu. May 22 - Calgary, AB @ Commonwealth Bar
Fri. May 23 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir w/ Naomi Punk
Sat. May 24 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret w/ Naomi Punk
Sun. May 25 - George, WA @ Sasquatch Music Festival
Tue. May 27 - San Francisco, CA @ Independent w/ CCR Headcleaner
Wed. May 28 - Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy
Thu. May 29 - Austin, TX @ Red 7 w/ Radioactivity
Mon. June 2 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's w/ Radioactivity
Tue. June 3 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada w/ Swearin'
Wed. June 4 - Memphis, TN @ The Hi-Tone w/ Protomartyr, True Sons of Thunder
Fri. June 6 - Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness w/ Protomartyr
Sat. June 7 - Detroit, MI @ PJ's Lager House w/ Protomartyr, Tyvek
Sun. June 8 - Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern w/ Protomartyr, Tyvek
Mon. June 9 - Montreal, QC @ Il Motore w/ Protomartyr, Tyvek
Tue. June 10 - Boston, MA @ TT the Bears w/ Protomartyr
Wed. June 11 - Brooklyn, NY @ Sugarhill Supper Club w/ Protomartyr, Future Punx, Xerox
Fri. June 21 - Glasgow, UK @ SWG3
Sat. June 22 - Liverpool, UK @ Kazimier
Sun. June 23 - Birmingham, UK @ Birmingham Institute
Tue. June 25 - London, UK @ ULU
Wed. June 26 - Oxford, UK @ Oxford Academy 2
Sun. June 29 - Marmande, FR @ Garorock
Sun. July 6 - Rotselaar, BE @ Rock Werchter
Mon. July 7 - Groningen, NE @ Vera Project
Tue. July 8 - Paris, FR @ Le Divan Du Monde
Wed. July 9 - La Rochelle, FR @ La Sirene Club
Thu. July 10 - Bilbao, SP @ Bilbao BBK
Fri. July 11 - Lisbon, PO @ Alive Festival
Sat. July 12 - Russelheim, DE @ Phono Pop
Wed. July 16 - Berlin, DE @ Cassiopaia
Thu. July 17 - Grafenhainichen, DE @ Melt
Fri. July 18 - Dublin, IE @ Longitude Festival
Sun. July 20 - Suffolk, UK @ Latitude Festival
Fri. July 25 - Niigata, JP @ Naeba Ski Resort (Fuji Rock Festival)
Sat. Aug. 2 - Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
Sun. Aug. 3 - Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon

Parquet Courts Online:

Amen Dunes Shares New Song, "I Can't Dig It," Off Love, Out 5/13 On Sacred Bones


Just off a tour supporting Mac DeMarco and in the midst of a run with Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Damon McMahon's Amen Dunes offers an entirely different vibe present on forthcoming album, Love, with new song "I Can't Dig It." This follows previously shared tracks, "Lonely Richard" and "Lilac In Hand." Featuring Godspeed You! Black Emperor's Efrim Menuck (lead guitar) and Colin Stetson (sax) alongsideParker Kindred (drums, percussion) and Damon (piano, synths, rhythm guitar, vocals) who wrote the song in China, "I Can't Dig It" celebrates all the good ways of failing.

Amen Dunes' Love is out May 13th on Sacred Bones. Read Noisey's interview with McMahon for more insight into McMahon and his Amen Dunes project here - http://bit.ly/1m7zt0t.

LISTEN TO/SHARE AMEN DUNES' "I CAN'T DIG IT" -

"Black sheep living, celebrating the goodness of being no good.
Failing at coping, loving, etc. - lazy beneath the banyan and doing just fine.
We suffocate when dreaming and wash away when we rise, bye bye loving, there's no use in trying.
The songs about loving the sh*t out of all the above.
Glory days for the poor son."
-- Damon McMahon

"Lilac In Hand" video - http://youtu.be/hDWlFYlasNk 
"Lilac In Hand" stream - http://bit.ly/1fjwYAy 
"Lonely Richard" stream - http://bit.ly/O9L7Ki 

AMEN DUNES' TOUR DATES:
Wed. April 16 - Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle Tavern w/ Thee Silver Mt. Zion Orchestra
Thu. April 17 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners w/ Thee Silver Mt. Zion Orchestra
Tue. May 13 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
Wed. May 14 - Washington, DC @ Sixth & I Synagogue
Thu. May 15 - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right [RECORD RELEASE SHOW]
Mon. May 19 - Brighton, UK @ The Old Market w/ Mac DeMarco
Wed. May 21 - Manchester, UK @ Sound Control w/ Mac DeMarco
Thu. May 22 - London, UK @ Koko w/ Mac DeMarco
Fri. May 23 - Amsterdam, NL @ D okzaal
Sat. May 24 - Paris, FR @ Espace B
Wed. May 28 - Berlin, DE @ Westgermany
Thu. May 29 - Antwerp, BE @ Trix
Fri. May 30 - Brussels, BE @ Salle Rogier
Tue. June 3 - London, UK @ Electric Ballroom w/ Wooden Shjips
Thu. July 31 - Katowice, PL @ OFF Festival
Fri. Aug. 8 - Gothenburg, SE @ Way Out West Festival
Fri. Aug. 15 - London, UK @ Jabberwocky Festival
Sat. Sep. 27 - Liverpool, UK @ International Festival of Psychedelia
  
Amen Dunes online:

SERPENTINE PATH Debuts First Single From Sophomore Relapse LP


Relapse Records has just released the first single to be released from the second LP from NYC morbid sludge metal kingpins, SERPENTINE PATH.

The highly anticipated follow-up to SERPENTINE PATH's self-titled 2012 debut, Emanations is the band's first studio venture featuring new second guitarist Stephen Flam, the mastermind behind NYC doom/death legends, Winter -- aligned with founding members Tim Bagshaw (ex-Ramesses, ex-Electric Wizard) and a triad of ex-Unearthly Trance members, bassist Jay Newman, drummer Darren Verni and vocalist Ryan Lipynsky (The Howling Wind). Capturing forty-five minutes of true sludge punishment from this true underground all-star team, Emanations was recorded by Newman, as with their debut, after which it was mastered at Audiosiege, the album dredging forth the band's most demoralizing and anguish-filled slow-motion chaos yet, and fittingly enshrouded by striking artwork by in-house Relapse artist Orion Landau.

"Disfigured Colossus" is the fourth of Emanations' seven grueling tracks, and has been today released in several methods of dispersal, now playing at Youtube HERE and Soundcloud HERE.

Emanations will see release through Relapse on May 27th, 2014 on CD, LP and digital formats; preorders for the album can be placed HERE, and via iTunes HERE.
  

KIX Signs With Loud & Proud Records; First New Album In 19 Years Currently In The Works And Set For July 22 Release


KIX
SIGNS WITH LOUD & PROUD RECORDS;
 
FIRST NEW ALBUM IN 19 YEARS CURRENTLY IN THE WORKS
AND SET FOR JULY 22 RELEASE
 
 
 
April 16, 2014 -- Look for KIX-- Steve Whiteman (lead vocals), Jimmy Chalfant (drums, vocals), Ronnie Younkins (guitars), Brian Forsythe (guitars) and Mark Schenker (bass)—to release their first new album in almost two decades on July 22, thanks to their new partnership with Loud & Proud Records.  What makes the project even more exciting and anticipated is that the album features the band’s original line-up, with the exception of Schenker on bass.
 
 “The boys and I are so happy that our old friend, Tom Lipsky, has invited us to join the Loud & Proud family,” exclaims Whiteman.  “We worked with Tom and Madelyn Scarpulla on our last studio album, SHOW BUSINESS, and we’re looking forward to working with them again with the release of the first new KIX album in almost 19 years!  We'll still be coming to a dump near you very soon!”
 
Loud & Proud Owner & President Tom Lipsky adds, “What I have always loved about KIX is they make rock ‘n roll fun.  What I love about their new music is that it’s pure, genuine KIX music, straight up guitar rock with no compromise.  They’re not chasing trends or trying to re-invent themselves.  They’re simply doing what they do best...and now they can do it Loud and Proud!”
 
Marking the re-emergence of KIX in early-2000’s, the band had teamed up a few times a year to test the waters with reunion shows in the Maryland/Pennsylvania, which were very well received.  Then in the summer of 2008, KIX performed outside the mid-Atlantic for the first time in 13 years at two of the biggest rock festivals in the U.S.  Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK and Rock the Bayou in Houston, TX.  The band was hailed by many music websites and attendees as Best Performance at both festivals, where they played alongside Sammy Hagar, Alice Cooper, Tesla, Queesryche, Ratt, and more.
 
As the demand for new music has never subsided and in fact has only increased over the last few years, the band decided that they can no longer ignore the overtures from their fans and are currently recording new KIX songs.  The new album, due out summer 2014, is produced by Taylor Rhodes, who last worked with KIX on 1991’s HOT WIRE album.  Rhodes has also written hit songs for Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne and Journey.
 
Stay tuned for new album news, which will be announced in the coming weeks, and check out KIX on tour at any of the following stops (with more to be announced soon):
 
DATE               CITY                             VENUE
 
Fri 4/25             Columbia, MD               M3 Festival
Sat 5/24            Pryor, OK                     Rocklahoma
Sat 5/31            Sandusky, OH               Ohio Bike Week
Fri 6/6               Vernal, UT                     Thunder Rocks
Sat 6/21            Idaho Falls, ID               Rock The Falls
Fri 7/25             Royalton, MN                Halfway Jam
Thu 7/31            Leemore, CA                 Tachi Palace Casino
 
About Loud & Proud Records:
 
Loud & Proud Records is an independent record label founded in 2007 by Tom Lipsky whose mission is to provide a true and transparent partnership between artists and their record label.  Labels under Lipsky's direction in the past (CMC International, Sanctuary Records Group) have been among the market leaders in the veteran artist space with releases by Neil Young, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Robert Plant, Morrissey, Earth Wind & Fire, The Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Bad Company and more.  In a previous joint-venture with Roadrunner Records, Loud & Proud was responsible for new albums by Rush, Lenny Kravitz, Rob Zombie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and The Steve Miller Band.  Loud & Proud’s current roster includes five-time Emmy Award winning actor and musician Jonathan Jackson and his band Enation, supergroup rock band The Winery Dogs, renowned jam band The String Cheese Incident, multi-platinum country artists BlackHawk, Seattle’s alternative Walking Papers, critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Willie Nile, powerhouse rockers KIX and the classic Starship featuring Mickey Thomas.  Loud & Proud Records is a registered trademark of Lipsky Music, LLC, and is distributed in the U.S. and Canada by RED and in the rest of the world by earMUSIC/Edel AG.
 
 

Margot & The Nuclear So and So's: Paste Premieres Album Stream of "Sling Shot To Heaven", Out April 22 on Mariel Recordings

PASTE PREMIERES
MARGOT & THE NUCLEAR SO AND SO’S ALBUM STREAM OF SLING SHOT TO HEAVEN
 
 OUT APRIL 22 ON MARIEL RECORDING COMPANY
 
            
Photo Credit: Megan Connelly
 
“As [Richard] Edwards’ story-songs on Sling Shot play out as mind movies, it’s not difficult to hear everyone from John Cale to Ryan Adams to Jimmy Webb in the soundtrack. And yet, it’s always distinctly Margot” - Magnet (8/10)
 
 “Richard Edwards’ uneasy sounds are masterpieces of controlled tension”—SPIN
 
Paste is premiering Sling Shot to Heaven, the upcoming LP from Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s, out April 22 on Mariel Recording Company. Stream the album HERE. In addition, USA Today recently premiered the animated video for “Lazy,” andAmerican Songwriter premiered a video of a live performance of “Lazy” from the band’s short film, Tell Me More About Evil. Watch the animated video HERE, the live video HERE, and listen to the track via the band's Soundcloud HERE.
 
Tell Me More About Evil, the band’s other venture, was “shot on 10 reels of Kodak 16mm film.” The project “is a visual, alternate version of the new album consisting of stripped down performances and field recordings from an old La Blogotheque session a few years back. The 45-minute film was initially screened to two-sold out audiences at Cinema Borealis in Chicago, and is available to pre-order on DVD via the band’s website. A vinyl edition of the film soundtrack is also in the works for a release later this year.”
The album was recorded in the studio that the band built a decade ago with the advance received from their debut album, The Dust of Retreat. The entirety of the new release was recorded on 2” tape and produced by the band. Consistent with their successful approach of self-releasing music since 2008’s Animal! / Not Animal (Epic), Sling Shot to Heaven will be released on the band’s own label, Mariel Recording Company. Edwards’ goal for the band’s fifth album was to “make a record that came across like a sci-fi dream about my decade of touring and making records obsessively while slowly becoming an adult, or at least something vaguely resembling one.”
 
Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s formed in Indianapolis in 2004 as an umbrella under which a rotating group of friends could come together to record Edwards’ vast array of songs. They still travel in the black United school bus that they bought with that first advance and converted into a mobile home, complete with nine very hard wooden bunks. They remain as prolific as ever, recording an album a year since starting Mariel Recording Company in 2010, as well as releasing three 7”s, an EP, and three vinyl re-issues during the same span of time. The band members currently reside in Chicago and Indianapolis.
 
MARGOT AND THE NUCLEAR SO AND SO’S TOUR DATES
WITH KATE MYERS
April 25                                                        Pontiac, MI                                Pike Room at Crofoot*
April 26                                                     Columbus, OH                                            The Basement
April 27                                                      Cleveland, OH                                              Grog Shop*
April 29                                                       Boston, MA                                               Middle East*
April 30                                                    Philadelphia, PA                           First Unitarian Church*
May 2                                                          Hamden, CT                                                 The Space*
May 3                                                        New York, NY                                    Bowery Ballroom*
May 5                                                      Washington, DC                              Rock and Roll Hotel*
May 6                                                         Carrboro, NC                                                 Local 506*
May 7                                                           Atlanta, GA                                               Masquerade*
May 9                                                         Nashville, TN                                                      Exit/In*
May 10                                                       Newport, KY                          Southgate House Revival*
May 23                                                         Chicago, IL                                                 Lincoln Hall
May 24                                                    Minneapolis, MN                                        7th Street Entry
May 25                                                         Omaha, NE                                                    Slowdown
May 27                                                        Denver, CO                                           Larimer Lounge
May 28                                                   Salt Lake City, UT                                        Urban Lounge
May 30                                                          Boise, ID                                                       Neurolux
May 31                                                        Seattle, WA                                                     Crocodile
Jun 1                                                           Portland, OR                                        Doug Fir Lounge
Jun 3                                                       San Francisco, CA                    Great American Music Hall
Jun 4                                                        Los Angeles, CA                                                    Bootleg
Jun 6                                                          San Diego, CA                                                      Casbah
Jun 7                                                          Santa Ana, CA                                   Constellation Room
Jun 8                                                            Phoenix, AZ                                       Crescent Ballroom
Jun 10                                                           Dallas, TX                                                     Club Dada
Jun 11                                                           Austin, TX                                                            Red 7
Jun 13                                                         Norman, OK                                                         Opolis
Jun 14                                                        St. Louis, MO                                                      Firebird
Jun 27                                                       Indianapolis, IN                                  Old National Centre
* with Empires
 
SLING SHOT TO HEAVEN TRACK LIST
1. Hello, San Francisco
2. When You're Gone
3. Long Legged Blonde Memphis
4. Bleary-eye-d blue
5. Lazy
6. Flying Saucer Blues
7. Los Angeles
8. Gettin' fat
9. Go to Sleep You Little Creep
10. I Don't
11. Swallowin' Light Beams
12. I Can't Sleep My Eyes Are Flat
13. Wedding Song
 
For tickets and to pre-order Sling Shot to Heavenhttp://margotandthenuclearsoandsos.com