Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Rest in Peace, Mike Scaccia

With the utmost sadness and respect, we're posting to inform you that this past Saturday, on December 22rd, Mike Scaccia passed away while performing on stage at the Rail Club in Texas.

Although some of you might not recognize his name, you'll definitely know his sound—Scaccia was the lead guitarist for bands that both we and our readers love, such as Ministry, Rigor Mortis, and The Revolting Cocks.

All of us here at Movement would like to express our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Mike Scaccia.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Delerium Reveals 'Days Turn Into Nights' EP; Includes Remixes by Andy Caldwell, Seven Lions & Solarstone

Delerium Releases
Days Turn Into Nights EP

Click Below to Listen to the Days Turn Into Night EP:

The nine-song EP includes several remixes by house impresario Andy Caldwell, dubstep producer Seven Lions (aka Jeff Montalvo) and English trance artist Richard Mowatt, better known as Solarstone. With each remix comes various edits on the standout track.

With two decades worth of music, Delerium continues to make waves in the electronic world, with Days Turn Into Nights as the #1 Breakout song this week on the Billboard Clubs chart.

For Days Turn Into Nights, Delerium incorporates a male singer for the second time in 12 years! In the past, Delerium has featured strong female vocalists—having worked with Leigh Nash (of Sixpence None the Richer), Miranda Lee Richards, Butterfly Boucher, Emily Haines (of Metric) and the most commercially successful single, Silence, featured Sarah McLachlan. Only once since Matthew Sweet on Daylight (from 2000’s Poem) has Delerium brought in a male vocalist.

Bill Leeb (Front Line Assembly, Skinny Puppy), the creator/brainchild of Delerium—which includes collaborators Rhys Fulber, Jared Slingerland and Jeremy Inkel—has sold over 3 million units worldwide and over a million albums in North America.

Stay tuned for more announcements in the coming weeks.

Days Turn Into Night Tracklist:

  1. Days Into Nights (Seven Lions Remix)
  2. Days Into Nights (Andy Caldwell Remix)
  3. Days Into Nights (Solarstone Pure Mix)
  4. Days Into Nights (Album Edit)
  5. Days Into Nights (Andy Caldwell Dub Mix)
  6. Days Into Nights (Solarstone Pure Dub)
  7. Days Into Nights (Seven Lions Remix Edit)
  8. Days Into Nights (Andy Caldwell Remix Edit)
  9. Days Into Nights (Solarstone Pure Edit)

Friday, December 21, 2012


The Knife have announced a new album Shaking The Habitual, to be released on April 9th, 2013 via Mute. This is their first album in seven years, since Silent Shout in 2006. The influential Swedish brother and sister duo posted a teaser on their website trailing some new music on Wednesday, watch it here: www.theknife.net The Knife will be playing some live shows in Europe in 2013. More details to follow soon.

Join Matisyahu for an Accoustic Evening—2 Florida Dates in 2013

For an Accoustic Evening in Florida


Dates & Ticket Information:

Saturday, January 19, 2013
Adrienne Arsht Center
Miami, FL
8:30 PM

Buy tickets at Arsht Center or
call 305.949.6722.


Sunday, February 24, 2013
The Kravis Center
West Palm Beach, FL
8:00 PM

Buy tickets at Kravis or
call 561.832.7469.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

They Might Be Giants New Album Nanobots Out 03/05/13 + US Tour Dates Announced Including 3 NYC New Year's Eve Shows

Album & Tour News from They Might Be Giants
Nanobots Out March 5 on Idlewild Recordings

SOLD OUT Brooklyn New Year’s Shows kick off 2013 Tour

They Might Be Giants have perfected their deliriously catchy, original sound over the past three decades. The two-time GRAMMY winning Brooklyn originals return with charming wit, electrifying pop melodies and just enough bass clarinet on their 16th studio album. Created at the private studio of their long time collaborator and producer Patrick Dillett (David Byrne, Mary J. Blige, Tegan and Sara), Nanobots will be released March 5, 2013 via Idlewild Recordings and distributed through Megaforce.

TMBG “combine a Dadaist sensibility with smart hooks.”

—The New Yorker


“They make defiantly uncool look and sound unbelievably cool…”

—Village Voice

Nanobots finds the band in fine form. Title track Nanobots puts a dark cartoonish spin on the world of technology while the call and response chorus and percussive guitar line of “You’re On Fire” dares even the grumpiest wallflower not to dance. Blending the band’s signature storytelling, some dueling horns and sly humor, “Call You Mom” is a caffeinated pop gem. Download the "Call You Mom" MP3 where it premiered with Rolling Stone today & we encourage you to post & share.

They Might Be Giants’ innovative Dial-A-Song service and imaginative high concept, low budget music videos stood the band apart early in their career quickly rocketing the alternative rockers to mainstream success. Known for recording numerous themes most notably The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and the GRAMMY-winning Malcolm In the Middle theme, the band has 2 platinum albums, 2 gold albums, and have been nominated for 3 GRAMMYs, winning two. Known for their energized live show and love of the road, the band will kick off a 60-date international tour on February 27. Lucky fans in NYC will have several chances to experience the band’s explosive live show once more in 2012 at their three SOLD OUT New Year’s shows at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg. Stay tuned for more from They Might Be Giants coming soon!

They Might Be Giants Tour Dates
NYC New Years Shows + 2013 Dates throughout the US

Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn, NY
Portland, ME
Burlington, VT
Rochester, NY
Columbus, OH
Cincinnati, OH
Louisville, KY
Nashville, TN
Birmingham, AL
New Orleans, LA
Houston, TX
Dallas, TX
Tulsa, OK
Columbia, MO
St Louis, MO
Chicago, IL
Cleveland, OH
Detroit, MI
Pittsburgh, PA
Tarrytown, NY
Huntington, NY
Boston, MA
Boston, MA
Philadelphia, PA
Baltimore, MD
Richmond, VA
Charlottesville, VA
Carrboro, NC
Charleston, SC
Asheville, NC
Atlanta, GA
Atlanta, GA
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Port City Music Hall
Higher Ground
Historic German House
Newport Music Hall
Madison Theatre
Cannery Ballroom
Workplay Theatre
House of Blues
House of Blues
House of Blues
Cain's Ballroom
The Blue Note
The Pageant
Vic Theater
Beachland Ballroom
Majestic Theater
Mr Small's
Tarrytown Music Hall
The Paramount
Paradise Rock Club
Paradise Rock Club
Theatre of Living Arts
Ram's Head Live
The National
Jefferson Theatre
Cat's Cradle
Music Farm
Orange Peel
Variety Playhouse
Variety Playhouse

Listen to Select Tracks from They Might Be Giants:

Crystal Castles Unleash Pale Flesh Official Remix & Still from New Video

Crystal Castles revealed the first official remix of the (III) track Pale Flesh (hugsnotdrugs rmx)—listen here.

crystal castles

Still taken from Crystal Castles forthcoming video for Sad Eyes.

The band will be returning to the U.S next year with new tour dates. Their single Sad Eyes drops February 12, 2013.

(III) is out now in all good record stores in the U.S, iTunes and Amazon.

Casablanca/Republic Records/Fiction

“Unpredictable and satisfying.”

—The Daily News

“Delightfully dark.”

—SPIN Magazine

“(III) is an expertly produced album that, at just nearly 40 minutes, leaves fans wanting more.”

—Billboard Magazine

“Make no mistake: (III) is a great album… there’s no shortage of superb tracks to choose from”

—PASTE Magazine

“This latest chapter surges forth newly whole, cohesive and affecting. Melodically and texturally taut, (III) whips around the only kind of emotion that adequately responds to this uncertain world. It's an invisibly political record--and an absolutely necessary one.”

—PREFIX Magazine

“Like the most genuine hardcore music of the Reagan era, (III) is a battle cry that can’t be contained.”


“Unflinchingly defiant, and viscerally cathartic. Rage to it, scream to it, dance to it—but listen to it.”

—Mother Jones

“Alice Glass turns in a set of vocal performances that are near transcendent.”


“Crystal Castles has always been great at turning chaos into dance music, and on III, it shows it has only gotten better.”

—East Bay Express

“Switching to an analog studio was definitely a risky endeavor for a digital band, but (III) proves some things are worth the risk.”


“This grim side of humanity, that is so blatant within the album artwork, will also seep its way throughout the entire LP, leaving a rather remarkable and chilling presence that only Crystal Castles is capable of producing.”

—Filter Magazine

Listen to Select Tracks from Crystal Castles:

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Native Instruments introduces Abbey Road Vintage Drummer

Berlin, December 5, 2012—Native Instruments today introduced ABBEY ROAD VINTAGE DRUMMER, a new KONTAKT instrument that features the sound of two vintage drum kits from the 1940s. Both kits were recorded with a combination of state-of-the-art equipment and period microphones at Abbey Road Studios in London, providing a natural, open sound suitable for contemporary productions. For the first time in Native Instruments' successful ABBEY ROAD Series, VINTAGE DRUMMER includes brush articulations especially recorded to provide the authentic sound and style of the swing/big band era.

ABBEY ROAD VINTAGE DRUMMER features extremely rare instruments from the earliest period of trap kit recording. The first kit consists of a 1940 Leedy 26“ bass drum, and two late-1930s tom toms once owned and used by the legendary percussionist James Blades. This combination delivers an earthy, wide open sound that lends itself to recordings where bigger, but less focused, low end is desired. A classic 1940s Slingerland Radio King was also sampled for this release. The Slingerland's smaller 22“ bass drum and 13“ and 16“ toms provide more focus than the James Blades kit, but still deliver a warm, chunky timbre to any producer seeking a unique, natural drum sound. To add to the authenticity of this KONTAKT instrument, both kits were recorded with original calfskin heads, period snare drums dating back to the 1920s and original Trans Stamp and First Stamp Zildjian cymbals.

VINTAGE DRUMMER was recorded at London's Abbey Road Studios in legendary Studio Two, originally constructed in the 1930s for big band recording. Alongside traditional microphone techniques, two extremely rare vintage microphones manufactured by EMI in the 1930s were used to add unique tonal color to VINTAGE DRUMMER. Users can mix in these 'vintage channels' with the modern state of the art equipment for a wide variety of unique tones not found with modern kits and equipment alone. Any combination of modern and vintage equipment can be dialed in, allowing users to customize the sound in unique and powerful ways.

VINTAGE DRUMMER also features brush articulations—a first for an ABBEY ROAD Series release. Users get inspiring brush techniques, alongside traditional snare sounds played with sticks. All articulations also come as grooves in the included groove library, which contains patterns from ragtime, swing, and jazz as well as a wealth of modern soul, funk, and indie styles. Regardless of genre, producers looking to add original flavor to their productions will find unique textures in ABBEY ROAD VINTAGE DRUMMER.

ABBEY ROAD VINTAGE DRUMMER is available at the NI Online Shop for $119 / 99 EUR.

Additional information on ABBEY ROAD VINTAGE DRUMMER is available at:

About Native Instruments
Native Instruments is a leading manufacturer of software and hardware for computer-based music production and DJing. The company's mission is to develop innovative, fully integrated solutions for all professions, styles and genres. The resulting products regularly push technological boundaries and open up new creative horizons for professionals and amateurs alike.

About Abbey Road Studios
Abbey Road Studios is an iconic symbol of the world music industry and the British music scene. The studios have been at the heart of the UK music industry for more than 80 years and have been home to countless landmark recordings and pioneering advances in recording techniques, equipment and technology.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Local Gallery GAAM (Games Art and Music) Announces Their First Charity Show for December 14, 2012

Jacksonville, FL—Local startup gallery GAAM has officially announced the first Games Art And Music Charity Show to take place December 14, 2012, at The Museum at 4160 Boulevard Center Dr, Jacksonville, FL.

Local artists, Edmund Dansart, Logan Zawacki, Derrick Nevado, and Ryan Paul Thompson have collaborated over the past year to create a local event that appreciates and celebrates the video game culture, and bring attention to the SouthEast.

This is a one night only event that has the support of many in the video game industry, including award winning game industry and hollywood composer Penka Kouneva, EA Games, Game designer and author Chris Solarski, and Square Enix (well known for Final Fantasy, Tomb Raider, and Dragon Quest).

The event will feature several art exhibitions, include a charity art auction where 100% of the proceeds will go to Child’s Play, a juried art show for other artists to showcase their work, a real world Super Mario Experiential Exhibit, famous cosplayer Candy Keane, DJ Nes, martial arts demonstrations by Nevado Karate Arts, and more.

About GAAM
GAAM stands for Games Arts And Music, and was formed in 2012 and is an art curation and creation company. They specialize in representing the gaming culture in it’s various forms and creating unique gaming events and experiences.

About Child’s Play
Child’s Play was founded in 2003 by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins of the online comic strip Penny Arcade, which concerns itself with video games and gamer culture. In response to the media’s negative portrayal of gamers, the pair called for the gaming community to donate to Seattle Children’s Hospital during the holiday season.

The response was overwhelming—within weeks, they had a garage packed full of toys, games, and gifts to brighten the holiday of many sick kids. That year, they raised over $250,000; a number that has grown each year; up to nearly $10 million as of 2010. The gaming community comes together to raise millions of dollars, put together hundreds of community fundraisers, and change the lives of countless children.

To learn more about this event and GAAM please visit their website at http://www.gamesartandmusic.com or contact Ryan Paul Thompson at ryan@gamesartandmusic.com.

For more information regarding Child’s Play, please visit the website.

Fleetwood Mac Live 2013 Tour Announced

Fleetwood Mac Live 2013 Tour Announced
Tickets on Sale Beginning December 14th

First Date: April 4th in Columbus, Ohio

LOS ANGELES, CA (December 4, 2012)—Fleetwood Mac, one of rock’s most enduring, beloved and successful bands, will be embarking on a major 34-city US Tour after a three year break beginning April 4th, 2013. The tour was announced today by the group and Live Nation, the tour’s national promoter. Fleetwood Mac Live 2013 arena tour includes stops in Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Chicago and a special appearance at the historic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Tickets for the first run of shows go on sale beginning December 14th at Ticketmaster.com.

American Express cardmembers can get advance tickets for all tour dates. Live Nation mobile app users will have access to presale tickets beginning Thursday, December 13th at 10:00 AM (local time). The full list of tour dates follows this release.

Multi Grammy-winning and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Fleetwood Mac last toured in 2009 with the sold out Unleashed tour. The new tour also marks the 35th anniversary of the release of their classic Rumours album (1977), one of the most successful albums in recorded history with sales exceeding 40 million copies. Rumours planted itself at the top of the pop charts for over 31 weeks and had four top ten singles.

To coincide with the tour and anniversary, a new deluxe reissue of Rumours with previously unreleased studio and live tracks will be released in early 2013 from Rhino. More details on the set will be announced soon. The current Fleetwood Mac lineup includes Mick Fleetwood and John McVie—both original members since 1967, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks who joined the band in 1975.

“Having started Fleetwood Mac with John McVie in 1967, it has always been so gratifying that despite the various incarnations, the band has survived. Throughout the years, though, the one thing that has remained constant is our fans. I am looking forward to getting back behind the kit, reconnecting with the fans and sharing the stage with my fellow band members.”

—Mick Fleetwood

“After spending four days at Lindsey’s house working on music and one really fun day doing a crazy photo session, I am quite excited about next year. Everything seems to be falling into place. 2013 looks like the year of Fleetwood Mac.”

—Stevie Nicks

“I’m really looking forward to hitting the road with Stevie, Mick and John in 2013. It’s been over three years since we’ve toured together and happily the break allowed me to explore a lot of uncharted territory as well as experience tremendous growth creatively. I’m excited to bring that back to the band. When everyone in FM wants the same thing at the same time, it’s cause for celebration. Long Live Fleetwood Mac!”

—Lindsey Buckingham

“I’m really looking forward to going back on the road.”

—John McVie

Nicks has just completed a two year tour coinciding with the release of her critically acclaimed In Your Dreams CD which debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard Pop Charts. In Your Dreams was released on Reprise Records in 2011, and was co-written and co-produced by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard. Nicks also produced and co-directed a documentary film of the recording of In Your Dreams which has received rave reviews at the Hamptons International Film Festival along with several other film festivals.

Buckingham has been touring to sold-out crowds over the last year in conjunction with his critically acclaimed September 2011 release of Seeds We Sow, his 6th solo studio album and first independent release, which debuted at No. 6 on Billboard’s Rock Album Chart. He was recently honored with ASCAP’s Golden Note Award, and has also received the prestigious Les Paul Award.

In August, Mick Fleetwood opened his brand new restaurant, Fleetwood’s On Front Street, in Lahaina on Maui. The grand opening included musical performances by Mick, Steven Tyler, Jonny Lang and more. Mick also founded Mick Fleetwood’s Private Cellar, which has produced over 20 vintages and varietals earning multiple medals in international tastings. Mick’s band, The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, was nominated for a Grammy in 2010 for their album Blue Again.

John McVie has spent the past three years enjoying his family and solitude at home in Hawaii.

Fleetwood Mac Live 2013 Tour Dates
All dates subject to change

Columbus, OH
Philadelphia, PA
New York, New York
Washington, DC
Louisville, KY
Chicago, IL
Toronto, ON
Boston, MA
Uncasville, CT
Ottawa, ON
Newark, NJ
Pittsburgh, PA
St. Paul, MN
Kansas City, MO
Tulsa, OK
Little Rock, Ark
Winnipeg, MB
Saskatoon, SK
Edmonton, AB
Calgary, AB
Vancouver, BC
Tacoma, WA
San Jose, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Las Vegas, NV
Anaheim, CA
Phoenix, AZ
Denver, CO
Dallas, TX
Houston, TX
Tampa, FL
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Atlanta, GA
Detroit, MI
Nationwide Arena
Wells Fargo Center
Madison Square Garden
Verizon Center
KFC Yum! Center
United Center
The Air Canada Centre
TD Garden
Mohegan Sun Arena
Scotiabank Place
Prudential Center
CONSOL Energy Center
Xcel Center
Sprint Center
BOK Center
Verizon Arena
MTS Centre
Credit Union Centre
Rexall Place
Scotiabank Saddledome
Rogers Arena
Tacoma Dome
HP Pavilion at San Jose
Hollywood Bowl
MGM Grand Arena
Honda Center
US Airways Center
Pepsi Center
American Airlines Center
Toyota Center
Tampa Bay Times Forum
BB&T Center
Philips Arena
Joe Louis Arena

For additional ticket and tour information, visit: Ticketmaster.com and FleetwoodMac.com

Join the conversation about the tour on Twitter: #FleetwoodMac2013

Monday, December 3, 2012

Lamb of God Manager Respondes to Blythe Indictment

As news breaks of Randy Blythe’s indictment on manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic, manager Larry Mazer responds with the following statement:

“After a three month investigation, the prosecutor in the Czech Republic has decided to move forward with an indictment of Randy Blythe on the charge of manslaughter with intent to cause bodily harm. Obviously, we intend to fight vigorously against these charges as we feel that in no way did Randy intend to cause bodily harm on the young fan who subsequently died from injuries sustained at the show. As he has stated previously, Randy intends to go to Prague to defend himself at trial.

While it is a tragedy that a Lamb of God fan died following a performance by the group, in no way do I feel that Randy did anything improper that led to the young man’s injuries and subsequent death. The price of a ticket to a show does not entitle audience members access to a band’s stage. In the years since the murder on stage of Dimebag Darrell Abbott, performers of all genres have had to become more guarded while performing in response to the dangers presented by fans trying to become part of the performance. We believe that Randy responded professionally to the numerous amount of fans rushing the stage that day, a number of them captured on videos that have been posted on the internet. We have testimony from the venue operator that acknowledges lax security and an improper barricade being used that evening. Numerous testimonies from fans also were contradictory as to the actions of the multiple fans that tried to access the stage.

At this point, all that the band, myself, and our lawyers can do is to present a defense and try to convince the panel of judges who will hear the case that Randy is innocent of all charges and that his name and reputation need to be cleared and that he be permitted to carry on with his life and career always mindful that a fan passed away after a Lamb of God performance.”

Larry Mazer (Manager, Lamb of God)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Australian Producer, Flume, Tops iTunes Charts & Shares New Track, Star Eyes


It's been a charmed few weeks for 21-year-old Australian producer Flume. His self-titled debut album reached #1 on the Australian iTunes album charts (overtaking One Direction) and he's still sitting at #2, right ahead of Taylor Swift! Now that he has, for all intents and purposes, conquered that continent, we are pleased to reveal a new track off the album, which is slated for a 2013 physical release in the US. Big things are stirring and Flume's potential seems limitless, so as a vital new talent takes our shores by storm, we don't blame you if you get "Star Eyes." Listen to/Download the new track, premiered today on Pitchfork.

“'Star Eyes' reflects the fleeting, soaring romantic sentiments its name implies.”


Listen to Star Eyes off Flume's Self-Titled Debut

Listen to Holdin On

Watch the Video for Sleepless (ft. Jezzabell Doran)

Watch Flume at Splendour in the Grass Below:

Swedish Drone-Metal Titans Switchblade & Italian Riff Mongers Lento Issue New Albums on Denovali Records

switchblade album

Switchblade: [2012]

Lento album

Lento: Anxiety Despair Languish

Swedish drone-metal titans Switchblade and Italian riff mongers Lento both announce forthcoming new albums available worldwide via Denovali Records. For the album [2012], Switchblade are joined by ex-Opeth, Candlemass and Katatonia guests. Special editions come with the band's own brand of coffee! Lento's third full length of pummeling sludge rock has already received a wealth of praise from European metal press, including Terrorizer and Rock-A-Rolla.

Switchblade's [2012] CD/2xLP/DL:

The phoenix has risen once again in a new shape and form—this time as a two-headed beast. The Swedish band's adjustment from trio to duo has been perfected over the last 3 years and this album is the result of that metamorphosis. Switchblade is taking one big step forward and two steps backward.

In three monumental movements spanning over 37 minutes, Switchblade plunges into an array of different dynamics, always ebbing and flowing. This time, the band is joined by Per Wiberg (ex-OPETH, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, CLUTCH, CANDLEMASS) on Hammond organ, The Cuckoo (TERRA TENEBROSA), David Johansson (KONGH, THE ETERNAL VOID) and Lord Seth (ex-KATATONIA) on vocals.

Listen to [Movement II], Plus Additional Song Snippets

[2012] will be available in North America on December 11th on CD, deluxe gatefold 180g double LP and download via Denovali Records. Limited edition with coffee and mug available.

Lento's Anxiety Despair Languish CD/LP/DL:

Following the acclaimed studio albums Earthen (2007)and Icon (2011), and their latest live album Live Recording 8.10.11 (2012) Lento announce third full length Anxiety Despair Languish.

“The sort of riffs that will pummel you with a baseball bat and not even take your wallet afterwards -- just violence for sport”

—Rock A Rolla

Anxiety Despair Languish reaches beyond Lento's past albums: it tries to make a summary of the whole heavy music panorama of our time. The result is their most ambitious work: an album for people who are unfamiliar with that kind of music, and for people who solely like that kind of music.

The widely renowned loudness of their live performance has been reproduced in studio through the work of Lorenzo Stecconi and Matteo Spinazzè. Thirteen instrumental songs that does not let up throughout the total running time of 40 minutes and 50 seconds. After several intense years touring Europe between the 2007 and the 2012, this album represents a turning point in the band's history.


Listen to Streams of Death Must Be the Place & A Necessary Leap from the Album via Soundcloud

Anxiety Despair Languish will be available on December 11th on CD, thick deluxe gatefold 180g LP (w/DL card) and download via Denovali Records.

Listen to Select Tracks from Switchblade & Lento:

The Cult Unveil Video for Elemental Light (Salem Remix)

When The Cult frontman Ian Astbury had the idea for SALEM to remix a song off their new release Choice of Weapon, he reached out to the band as an admirer, using an email he found on and EP he had. The band responded and chose Elemental Light which resulted in an ethereal, beat-driven version of the song.

Ian then called in the cinematic prowess of director/acclaimed fine artist Kostas Seremetis to create a visual element for the remix, and the result is more short film than music video.

“The sentiment of this film captures the loss of wilderness, and a generation trying to make sense of the trash heap they have inherited,” Astbury says of the project. “It evokes nature versus man, that struggle [and] desire to control nature and ultimately death.”

The film recently premiered on IFC.com.

the cult, weapon of choice

The Cult: Online | Facebook | Twitter

Weapon of Choice: iTunes        Choice of Weapon: iTunes | Amazon

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

KHORS, Ukrainian Black Metal Heathens, Issue New LIVE Video for The Last Leaves

Ukrainian black metal heathens KHORS recently unleashed a video for The Last Leaves. Shot live at the Metal Heads’ Mission Festival this past August in Crimea, Ukraine, the track comes off the band’s Wisdom Of Centuries full-length issued via Candlelight Records’ Cult Series earlier this Fall.

What Reviewers are Saying about KHORS:

Wisdom Of Centuries is full of charred vocals, tremolo-picked minor chords, and drums comfortably volleying between Celtic Frost strides and traditional black metal blasts. It’s the quiet moments…that are the most evocative: while many of their peers are content with downshifting into folk or unintentionally—‘80s keyboard symphonies, KHORS drape warm layers of synths over their frosty dervish. The pair of instrumentals in the middle of the album work as a fine palate-cleanser, relying on Wagnerian brass and Deftones-esque drumming in equal parts to relieve and build tension. It’s not the most innovative black metal album, but the tweaks that are implemented work beautifully.”


“KHORS is steadily becoming a force in the atmospheric black metal scene”


“Atmospheric brand of black metal that has progressed from rawness, to precision and darkness over time. They’ve always used keyboards giving their music somewhat of a psychedelic sound and even prog-ish at times though with this new album they enhance their sound better than on any other disc”


“Tasteful keyboard usage and traditional folkie instrumentation.”


KHORS features former members of Hate Forest, Tessaract, and Drudkh. Their fifth full-length Wisdom Of Centuries is enhanced by the use of various ethnic instruments, is the first performed in the band’s native tongue and continues to reap the praise of critics domestically and abroad.

Listen to Tracks from KHORS:

Sam Spiegel Announces New Project—Maximum Hedrum, ft. Derrick Green & Harod Faltermeyer

Sam Spiegel Announces New Project: Maximum Hedrum
Debut Self-Titled, Full-Length Album Out March 5th

Singles Keep In Touch (ft. George Clinton) & Synthesize
Available Now for FREE Download This Week


Maximum Hedrum
November 27, 2012—LOS ANGELES, CA: Producer, composer, director, and DJ Sam Spiegel today announced the launch of his new project, Maximum Hedrum and the release date of the group's forthcoming self-titled debut album, due out on March 5th 2013 via Spectrophonic Sound. Maximum Hedrum'sunique electronic-funk hybrid features Sam Spiegel, the vocals of Derrick Green from the seminal heavy metal band Sepultura, and renowned German musician and producer Harold Faltermeyer, and examines the way our lives are changing through advancements in technology and the Internet. The album's first singles Keep In Touch (featuring funk legend George Clinton) and Synthesize are available for purchase on iTunes (Keep In Touch, Synthesize) and for free download for a limited time via SoundCloud.

Free Download of Keep In Touch | Free Download of Synthesize

Aside from his work producing the Yeah Yeah Yeahs Grammy® nominated sophomore album Show Your Bones and scoring countless films, documentaries and commercials, in 2009 Spiegel founded N.A.S.A (North America South America) whose landmark globetrotting debut LP, The Spirit of Apollo featured jaw-dropping collaborations from the likes of Kanye West, George Clinton, M.I.A., Tom Waits, RZA, David Byrne.

The Maximum Hedrum project was instigated by Spiegel's feelings on the advancements of technology and the resulting impact on our lives. “It was a feeling I had to express,” he said. “I really wanted to examine the interconnectedness and isolation this shift has brought…and the desperation that fills the Internet.”

After numerous experimental late night studio sessions with longtime friend and Sepultura vocalist Derrick Green in Sao Paolo, Brazil the project was officially born. “Derrick has only ever screamed on metal and hardcore albums before, but on this album he's crooning with his bass baritone voice like Isaac Hayes, and also signing crazy falsetto like Prince. It's really a departure from anything that either of us has ever done in the past,” said Sam Spiegel.

Sam Spiegel, Maximum Hedrum
“I always imagined and desired to use my voice in as many ways unimaginable,” said vocalist Derrick Green. “The combination of working together with Sam Spiegel has open many possibility to expand the boundaries of music. The idea of Maximum Hedrum is to break down all concepts and barriers of the mind and explore the unknown fearlessly. The journey is just beginning with so many endless possibilities with Maximum Hedrum.”

Heavily rooted in danceable electro-funk with classic synth textures, the album's single Keep In Touch is a thumping psychedelic offering that features additional vocals from George Clinton. The song will also be featured in the upcoming Girl Skateboards film Pretty Sweet (see teaser clip below). The massive R&B influenced Robosexual incorporates additional percussion from guest collaborator Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, while the dreamy track PHD trance pulses with classic hip hop inspired beats. From start to finish, the album is a genuine genre-melding ride.

Maximum Hedrum will kick off 2013 with a live residency at Los Globos in Los Angeles, performing on January 14th, 21st, and 28th. The band will also appear at Austin's South By Southwest in March. Stay tuned for additional live dates to be announced as well as an array of music videos, special mixtapes, remixes, and more.

Duo Touché Announces Live Shows & Drops Wild Horses Cover via BrooklynVegan

Touché's Wild Horses (Prefab Sprout Cover) MP3 Drops w/ BrooklynVegan Today!
Live Shows in NYC & LA Also Announced

 Band Photo

Touché is duo Alex Lilly and Bram Inscore, who explore themes of lust, obsession, fate, and the struggle for control. Touching upon hallucinogenic and esoteric ideas, they aim to find the place where their psyches overlap. The result is anthemic pop pieces darkened by the desires of the human heart and sharpened by personal politics. Finding support from XLR8R & Impose Magazine to Under The Radar & Death & Taxes, Touché’s I’m A Man Not A Machine single was released last month.

Touché has shared stages with MEN, Active Child, and Daedelus in their hometown of LA. Today they’re proud to announce that in addition to a show this week in LA, the duo will be bringing their pop chops to NYC this winter. For another taste of what you’ll hear live, check out the new spaced-out Wild Horses (Prefab Sprout Cover) MP3 where it premiered with BrooklynVegan today or HERE.

Separately, the two halves of Touché have been involved in a slew of musical projects. Alex’s previous project was prog-pop outfit Obi Best and she has played keys and sung back-up for The Bird and the Bee, Ry Cooder, and Nick Lowe as well as recently joining folk supergroup The Living Sisters. Bram has kept busy as touring and recording bassist & keyboardist for acts like Beck, Thurston Moore, and Charlotte Gainsbourg, and is currently a member of Twin Shadow. Stay tuned for more from Touché coming soon!

Touché Plays Live in NYC & LA

Los Angeles, CA
Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn, NY
The Echo
Cameo Gallery

Companion Announces Debut Album & Premieres Music Video on Stereogum

Companion is a New Project from Pepi Ginsberg
Watch 20th Century Crime | Stream 20th Century Crime

Companion Album Cover

Companion is the new project from Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Pepi Ginsberg. With four critically acclaimed solo albums under her belt, Pepi returns with a new moniker, an expanded lineup and a lusher sound.

Today Stereogum premiered the band's music video for their first single 20th Century Crime, directed by Alec Sutherland. Watch the video on YouTube, and listen to the track on SoundCloud. The track is also now available on iTunes.

Companion will release their debut self-titled album on February 5th.


“If Cat Power's voice and Neko Case's voice made sweet, sweet love to each other, you'd likely get the voice of Pepi Ginsberg. But the soft sounds are delivered with razor sharp lyrics that tell amazing little stories.”

—Philadelphia City Paper

“Ginsberg does display an acute talent for making minor tweaks to the most time-honored formulas.”


Companion, a new project from Pepi Ginsberg (Red, East Is East), is defined by lush vocal arrangements and strong rhythmic hooks. A clear departure from Ginsberg's earlier work, Companion delivers artful pop with a twist.

The process of developing this new sound began around Ginsberg's thorough home recordings of her songs, along with vocal harmonies she created with bandmates Anna Thorngate and Amy Carrigan-both of whom she enlisted from the ranks of the Brooklyn Ladies Choir, an all-women singing group she'd formed in the winter of 2010. To flesh out these vocal-centric versions of the songs, she picked up her own guitar and turned to her longtime bass player, Tim Lappin, plus new guitarist Kirk Schoenherr and drummer Justin Veloso. In the studio, the band started to create a sound that incorporated elements both organic and electronic, often incorporating Ginsberg's homemade beats: “I needed to learn how to write harder parts on my guitar and sing more challenging melodies, and I was listening to a lot of HOT 97,” she says. “I wanted to build beats and have electronic aspects to the music, so I had to figure out how to write them, and blend those ideas with the organic nature of the songs.”

The production on the band's eponymous debut is big and airy. With help from people like Jake Aron (Grizzly Bear, Yeasayer, Jamie Lidell) and Nathan Sabatino (Dr. Dog), the album is powerful, rich and compelling. It marks an auspicious and mature beginning for a young band.

The Virgins Return with Strike Gently—Out March 12th on Cult Records

The Virgins' Strike Gently Released March 12th
On Tour in South America

The Virgins, Strike Gently, Album Cover

“[The Virgins are] making reliably honest, memorable music…their next album is definitely something to look forward to.”

—Rolling Stone

Cult Records is set to release Strike Gently, the long-awaited second full length from critically acclaimed New York-based band the Virgins, on March 12. The album was recorded in NYC at the East Village Recording Center underneath the site of the storied former rock club Brownies and produced by Johnny T Yerington and Gus Oberg as The Unicorn Parade. Cult Records founder Julian Casablancas notes, “When I first saw the Virgins I was psyched there was such a rad new band from NYC. Donald’s such an awesome guy and it’s great to meet someone who’s such a true artist. I think they’ve made a classic record and we’re really excited they chose to work with us.”

The forthcoming record follows up on the Virgins’ 2008 self-titled debut, which NME raved was “jam-packed with pop hits” and Entertainment Weekly called “punchy and slinky and over before you know it, but good, dirty fun while it lasts,” while SPIN noted that “these New York kids reflect the mirror-ball gleam of primo INXS and Emotional Rescue–era Rolling Stones onto the lives of today’s young, rich, and wasted.”

The Virgins

Photo credit: Adly Elewa

The group was started by frontman Donald Cumming in 2006 and features Max Kamins (bass), Xan Aird (guitar) and John Eatherly (drums). They have shared stages with Iggy Pop and the Stooges, Lou Reed, Sonic Youth and Patti Smith and have appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Last Call with Carson Daly. The single Rich Girls from their 2008 release was included on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Best Songs of 2008, and they most recently released the single Venus in Chains earlier this year. The group currently on tour in South America, having just recently completed a pair of shows in Santiago, Chile. Please see below for a list of dates.

See www.returnfromthevoid.com and www.cultrecords.com for additional info on the Virgins.

The Virgins South American 2012 Tour Dates

November 29
December 1
Bogota, Columbia
Buenos Aires, Argentina
La Puerta Grande
Personal Fest

Listen to Select Tracks from The Virgins:

EELS to Embark on World Tour & New Album Out February 5th

EELS to Embark on World Tour
Highly-Anticipated New Album
Wonderful, Glorious Out February 5, 2013

“That rarest thing in contemporary pop: a unique sound”

—The New Yorker


“I eagerly await each new release.”

—Tom Waits

Photo credit: Piper Ferguson

EELS will embark on a world tour to celebrate the release of their new album Wonderful, Glorious, out February 5 on E Works/Vagrant Records. Kicking off February 14 in Santa Ana, California, the tour includes dates across the United States, Canada, the UK and Europe. The tour will wrap up on April 24 in Paris, France; please see reverse for a complete list of dates. Tickets are available for pre-sale here. Peach Blossom, a new song from Wonderful, Glorious can currently be streamed here.

The ever-changing project of singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mark Oliver Everett (aka E), EELS recorded Wonderful, Glorious at Everett’s new Los Feliz, CA studio. Dubbed “The Compound”, the new space invigorated Everett’s writing process. “It was exciting,” he says, “it filled me with hope for limitless possibilities. And I realized I’d had a similar feeling when I first put the band together for the last two tours.” The band, which features guitarists The Chet and P-Boo, bass player Koool G Murder and drummer Knuckles, all had a hand in the writing of Wonderful, Glorious. “The only rule I had was ‘let’s try it,’” says Everett. “If anyone in the room had an idea, I’d say ‘let’s try it.’”

In the four years prior to his album trilogy, Everett embarked on a number of projects including his acclaimed autobiography Things the Grandchildren Should Know and the BBC-produced multiple-award winning Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives documentary film about E and his quantum physicist father, Hugh Everett III, which was broadcast on PBS’ Nova series in the U.S., fall of 2008. “All this time during the making of all these other projects, I was always writing and recording music,” says Everett. “Every time I branch out and try something else, I think it will be some kind of relief to take a break from music. But I always come back with my tail between my legs, because there’s nothing I enjoy more than making music. The other projects have been great experiences for me, but this is what I love to do.”

EELS 2013 World Tour Dates
Includes Dates in USA, Canada, & Europe

February 14
February 15
February 16
February 18
February 19
February 22
February 23
February 24
February 25
February 26
February 27

March 1
March 2
March 3
March 4
March 5
March 7
March 8
March 14
March 15
March 17
March 18
March 19
March 21
March 23
March 25
March 26
March 27
March 29
March 30

April 1
April 6
April 7
April 8
April 10
April 12
April 14
April 15
April 16
April 18
April 19
April 20
April 21
April 22
April 24
Santa Ana, CA
Los Angeles, CA
San Francisco, CA
Portland, OR
Seattle, WA
Minneapolis, MN
Chicago, IL
Columbus, OH
Toronto, ON
Montreal, QC
Boston, MA

New York, NY
Philadelphia, PA
Washington, DC
Carrboro, NC
Atlanta, GA
Dallas, TX
Houston, TX
Belfast, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland
Manchester, UK
Glasgow, UK
Leeds, UK
London, UK
Bournemouth, UK
Brighton, UK
Norwich, UK
Nottingham, UK
Bristol, UK
Birmingham, UK

Amsterdam, Holland
Copenhagen, Denmark
Hamburg, Germany
Berlin, Germany
Belgium, Brussels
Caen, France
Salzburg, Austria
Fribourg, Switzerland
Zurich, Switzerland
Milan, Italy
Graz, Austria
Linz, Austria
Vienna, Austria
Munich, Germany
Paris, France
The Observatory
The Fonda Theatre
The Fillmore
Aladdin Theater
Showbox Theater
First Avenue
Vic Theatre
Newport Music Hall
Phoenix Concert Theatre
Theatre Corona

Webster Hall
World Café Live
9:30 Club
Cat's Cradle
Variety Playhouse
Granada Theater
Warehouse Live Ballroom
O2 Academy
O2 Academy
O2 Academy Brixton
O2 Academy
Rock City
O2 Academy
O2 Academy

Grey Hall
Grosse Freiheit
Cirque Royal
Le Cargo

Listen to Select Tracks from the EELS:

Monday, November 26, 2012

Black Moth Super Rainbow Tracks & Tour!
Listen to & Share Like a Sunday

Listen up, freaks! You've had the main course and now the dessert! Black Moth Super Rainbow is spiking your sugar high with Cobra Juicy track Like A Sundae, which was named Today's Top Tune by KCRW. Get your masks on because the partying and mischief making continues next month on the East Coast. A full list of tour dates is below.

black moth super rainbow

Black Moth Super Rainbow Tour Dates:

Boston, MA
New York, NY
Brooklyn, NY
Philadelphia, PA
Washington, DC
Denton, TX
Bowery Ballroom
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Union Transfer
U Street Music Hall
35 Denton

“What's unique about Black Moth Super Rainbow is the balance achieved between the grotesque and the beautiful. This is not as easy as it sounds.”


“…Cobra Juicy drips with the group's trademark heady synthesizers, as well as infectious hooks and punchy electronica to craft their most melodic and accessible record to date.”


“Black Moth Super Rainbow have over the course of several albums set themselves a consistent task, with heady results: discovering what a psychedelic soundtrack for the 21st century sounds like. Their latest effort, Cobra Juicy...nails that trademark pastoral-yet-greasy groove.”


“It's the Black Moth Super Rainbow recording we've been waiting for…”

—Under The Radar

Listen to Gangs in the Garden

Listen to and Watch the Video for Windshield Smasher

Listen to Tracks from Black Moth Super Rainbow:

Buke & Gase Share Title Track Off General Dome, Reveal Cover Art, & Announce 2013 Tour Dates

New Album from Buke & Gase Out January 29th
Listen to General Dome | Listen to Hiccup

Buke and Gase have this vague sense of unease. Like someone, somewhere is always watching. Do a Google image search for the band's new album title, General Dome, and you'll come across images that instill ideas of paranoia and surveillance such as security cameras and rockets being launched. In times like these, when governments can freely survey the citizenry's every action and our lives become increasingly less private, people are often drawn to code. Take a look at Buke and Gase's album cover above. Its minimalist design could mean nothing at all. Perhaps this would be the case, if this were any other band than Buke and Gase.

Inspired by a recent Sol LeWitt exhibition at the Dia Beacon museum in Beacon, NY, Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez started brainstorming about coded imagery. They decided to build a system of images that would dictate the direction of the artwork, which lead them to creating a new alphabet they could write with, not totally different from the way they create their music. They built a graphical alphabet that the artwork is made of, the code of which will be available on their website once it's released. There are more coded images like this throughout the packaging.

On Wednesday, the band shared their heavy, raw nerve of a title track via Pitchfork. General Dome is out January 29th via Brassland.

Also, the band is announcing their record release show and subsequent tour. If you'd like an idea of what to expect, check out a video of their whole performance at NPR Music's CMJ party earlier this year on the NPR website.

Buke and Gase Tour Dates:


Minehead, UK
Minehead, UK
Minehead, UK

New York, NY
Boston, MA
Philadelphia, PA
Washington, DC
Montreal, QC
Toronto, ON
Detroit, MI
Cleveland, OH
Chicago, IL
Minneapolis, MN
Denver, CO
Salt Lake City, UT
Vancouver, BC
Seattle, WA
Portland, OR
San Francisco, CA
Los Angeles
San Diego, CA
All Tomorrow's Parties
All Tomorrow's Parties
All Tomorrow's Parties

Bowery Ballroom
Brighton Music Hall
Johnny Brenda's
DC 9
Il Motore
The Drake
Pike Room
Beachland Tavern
Lincoln Hall
7th Street Entry
Walnet Room
Kilby Court
Media Club
Doug Fir Lounge
Café Du Nord
The Echo
The Casbah

Listen to & Purchase the Function Falls EP

Watch the video for Misshaping Introduction

Introducing Brooklyn Duo Pearl Necklace, Debut Album Soft Opening Out January 2013

Introducing Brooklyn Duo—Pearl Necklace
Debut Album Soft Opening Out January 29th

Listen to Did You Feel It?

We are pleased to introduce the world to Brooklyn duo Pearl Necklace. Pearl Necklace is Bryce Hackford and Frank Lyon. Soft Opening is their debut release, and it drops on January 29th via Smalltown Supersound. Like their name, a mischievous double-entendre certain to conjure a sly grin, the music of Pearl Necklace is similarly coded. Nothing is quite what it seems. Hackford & Lyon share a fascination with text—with language, sound, meaning, and with forms of communication. Soft Opening is a subtle but distinct dissemination of all of that, wherein all we think we know is revealed to be, in fact, quite alien.

Building on their predecessors fascination with Sound as Text—from Pierre Henry to early Cabaret Voltaire to Christian Marclay to Matmos—Pearl Necklace define their SoundWorld by an open-minded approach to sampling, using source material of various fidelities—field recordings, Library records, dusted disco cuts, et cetera—and live, primarily synth-based instrumentation, plus definitive use of an MPC1000 sampler.

Derived from improvisations, Soft Opening was recorded in a relaxed pace over the course of a year in Hackford's studio in Williamsburg. While they wrote, a few guests popped by the studio to lay down some ideas: Alexis Georgopoulos, better known as Arp—who sensed a kinship between Pearl Necklace and Smalltown Supersound and subsequently introduced band to label—and Andrew VanWyngarden, better known as the singer of MGMT. The result is a minimal techno full of auditory surprises and rewards. Pitchfork premiered album track Did You Feel It?, which features Arp, this morning. They called it a “percolator, which uses its seven-minute running time to build a hill of squishy, warm techno textures.”

Midge Ure Announces 2013 Dates for First US Solo Tour in Over 10 Years + Autobiography Coming in 2013

November 26th, 2012—New York, NY: Grammy Winner Midge Ure has announced plans for a solo US tour in January 2013 which will be the first time he performs in the US in a decade. The tour kicks off in Long Island New York on the 8th of January with the only acoustic show on the trek and winds up on the west coast in LA on January 26th. The last tour Midge did across the US was all acoustic in 2001—this will also be the first tour with a full band since 1985. Right The Stars will be opening the shows and will also provide backing for Midge Ure.

Midge Ure has an impressive back catalogue of his own fronting the groundbreaking electrorock band Ultravox as well as being a member of such noteable bands as Visage and Thin Lizzy in addition to Band Aid where he produced and co wrote the smash charity single Do They Know Its Christmas. He was also one of the principle creators of Live Aid and Live 8 along with Bob Geldof. Ure has spent most of his career touring the globe most recently with Ultravox who reformed in 2009 as well as some solo shows and the notable role of MD for the Princes Trust at the Royal Albert Hall with a cast of the usual suspects including Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Mark King.

Besides preparing for a US tour, Midge has been keeping very busy with the recent release of Ultravox's album entitled Brilliant (their first since 1986), as well as an ebook release of his highly acclaimed Autobiography If I Was due out 2013. Fans can expect Ure's solo material, perhaps a few Ultravox tunes as well as a few surprises Midhe is also working on his next solo album.

Midge Ure 2013 Tour Dates

Oyster Bay, Long Island
New York, NY
Philadelphia, PA
Stafford Spring, CT
Woodstock, NY
Rochester, NY
Toronto, Ontario
Toronto, Ontario
Cleveland, OH
Detroit, MI
Milwaukee, WI
Chicago, IL
Minneapolis, MN
San Francisco, CA
San Juan Capistrano, CA
San Diego, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Sagamore Yacht Club
only US acoustic show
World Cafe
Palace Theatre
Bearsville Theatre
Water Street Club
Hughs Room
Hughs Room
Beachland Ballroom
Magic Bag
Shank Hall
Mayne Stage
New Skyway Lounge
Red Devil Lounge
Coach House
Co-Headline w/ Bow Wow wow
Brick By Brick
El Rey Theater
w/ Bow Wow Wow & Gene Loves Jezebel

Dutch Musician Blaudzun Makes US Debut & Confirmed to Perform at SXSW + Album Release Date January 15th

Acclaimed Dutch Musician Blaudzun Makes US Debut
SXSW Performance Confirmed

Heavy Flowers Set for Release January 15 on Krian Music Group

Heavy Flowers, the latest album from the critically praised Holland-based artist Blaudzun, will be released stateside January 15 on Krian Music Group. The new record, which recently received the 3voor12 Award for Best Album of 2012, follows his highly lauded sophomore release Seadrift Soundmachine which IndieMuse.com called “one of the best releases of 2010,” and NU.NL described as a “stunning successor.” Blaudzun made big impressions at the major summer festivals in Holland last year, including Into The Great Wide Open and Lowlands. He made his U.S. debut at CMJ Music Marathon in New York City in October and is now set to perform at SXSW in March. Further national tour dates will be announced soon in addition to his already sold out Holland tour.

“Incredibly beautiful.”

—Oor Magazine

Singer-songwriter Johannes Sigmond played in bands for several years before going solo in 2006. In 2007 as Blaudzun, a name taken from a relatively unknown Danish cyclist from the 70s, he began working on a special collection of songs originally intended to be a soundtrack for a midnight car drive. He recorded most of the tracks in his Amsterdam home, several studios throughout Netherlands, and even added some sessions in Barcelona, a city he describes as having “a melancholic and sunny character that resonates through my life and work.” In 2008 V2 Records released his self-titled debut album. The following year he completed Seadrift Soundmachine—a collaboration with The City of Prague Orchestra.

“One of the most ambitious records of Dutch origin. Rare emotional depth.”


Heavy Flowers was recorded in Utrecht at Mailmen Studio and most of the songs were again written in Barcelona. Of the album Blaudzun notes, “The writing process isn’t actually a one place and time event. For me it’s a constant state of mind. It shapes a song when you work on it in different cities and different atmospheres…I always travel with a paper notebook. When words or rhymes come up I put them down right away or record them on my phone. If I don’t, I feel like someone else will be able to pick it up from the sky or discover it and use it.”

This program is supported in part by public funds from the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.

Listen to Select Tracks from Blaudzun:

Gigamesh Winter Tour Dates + Digital Mixtape: Fixtape Vol. 5

Sole Gigamesh Fixtape Volume 5

In colaboration with Solé Bicycles, Gigamesh is proud to offer Fixtape Volume 5— a digital mixtape available for download on the Solé blog here.

Gigamesh 2012 Winter Tour Dates:

Phoenix, AZ
San Francisco, CA
Denver, CO
New York, NY
Brooklyn, NY
Washington, DC
Rotterdam, NL
Paris, FR
Porto Seguro, BR
Gypsy Bar
Marquis Theater
The DL
U Street Music Hall
Divino Praia

Thursday, November 22, 2012

New Track Stream from The Neighbourhood + Tour Dates with Paul Banks (of Interpol)

The Neighbourhood Logo

The Neighbourhood Announce Release
Details of New Single, Let It Go

Stream It Here

The Neighbourhood have announced details of the release of a new single. Let It Go will be released through Columbia Records on Monday January 14th, 2013. Recorded in their native Los Angeles, the single, produced by Justyn Pilbrow and Emile Haynie, will also feature the B-side A Little Death.

They released their debut 5-track EP, I’m Sorry, in August of this year. Having previously named Sweater Weather as his Hottest Record In The World, I’m Sorry was debuted on Zane Lowe’s show prior to release.

The Neighbourhood

“Dark-hearted, descending-chord epics.”

—The Sunday Times UK

The band is currently on tour in the U.S. with Paul Banks (tour completed with Temper Trap prior) and performed shows in London, Glasgow and Manchester. They will return to the U.K. in early 2013 for further dates.

Formed by five friends in August 2011, The Neighbourhood are set to release their debut album, which was recorded in L.A. during the summer of 2012, in the spring of next year. The Neighbourhood are: Jessie Rutherford (vocals), Jeremy Freedman (guitar), Zach Abels (guitar), Mikey Margott (bass) and Bryan Sammis (drums). Visit their official website.

The Neighborhood 2012 Tour Dates
Currently On Tour with Paul Banks of Interpol

Los Angeles, CA
Denver, CO
Las Vegas, NV
Santa Ana, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Diego, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Neighborhood Only
KYSR Radio Show @ The Viper Room
Bluebird Theater
House of Blues (Courtyard)
The Observatory
House of Blues
The Fonda Theatre

Listen to Select Tracks from The Neighbourhood:

CAR BOMB Announce New Live Dates & Issues Post-Hurricane/Holiday Message

“Mathcore soaked in sludge is a potent combination that may not be groundbreaking but when done right the way like CAR BOMB has here, is highly addictive”

—Wicked Channel

New York tech metal contortionists, CAR BOMB, who recently issued their first full-length in five years with the mammoth w^w^^w^w, will take their instrumental acrobatics to the stages of Brooklyn this holiday weekend. The festivities commence with an unofficial CD release party at the Knitting Factory on November 24. On the following night they’ll ravage the stage of Saint Vitus alongside New York death metal titans Suffocation. Additionally, the band will appear at The Studio at Webster Hall in Manhattan for a pre-New Years blowout with Resolution15.

This weekend’s shows mark the first performances for the Long Island natives since Hurricane Sandy destroyed their studio located at The South Sound music complex new the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn.

Said the band in a collective statement: “We are deeply saddened not only by our own losses but the losses incurred by all of our friends at The South Sound. The total destruction that occurred at The South Sound was both devastating and incomprehensible. Gear that had taken a lifetime to acquire was destroyed in a matter of hours. As tragic as the events of Hurricane Sandy were, we were relieved to learn that no one affiliated with The South Sound was injured and that the losses were simply financial—along with some blood, sweat, and tears on the part of the guys running the place. We know how much time and effort those guys put into making The South Sound a great place for musicians to do their thing and we truly feel for their loss. This Thanksgiving, CAR BOMB is thankful that we all survived the events of Hurricane Sandy, as did our family and our friends. Everything else is replaceable.”

“…the noisiest, most brutal, melodic, chaotic, atmospheriest, adventure-seeking shitstorm I’ve heard so far in 2012.”


CAR BOMB’s epic w^w^^w^w was self-released earlier this and is currently streaming in all its intriguing complexity at their official BandCamp page. w^w^^w^w was recorded, produced, mixed, and mastered by the band at their own studios in Long Island and Brooklyn, produced by guitarist Greg Kubacki, and features guest vocalist Joseph Duplantier of Gojira on Third Revelation.

“This self produced record is raw and visceral and will absolutely rip you apart limb from limb…CAR BOMB have perfected their craft and song writing abilities to create an album that quite literally “kicks ass.’”

—American Aftermath

“…not your run of the mill progressive metal or thrash band, this is something truly unique that really has this power that will grab you within seconds, and not let you go till the record ends. This is a violent fuck you burst of middle fingers that we desperately need in metal these days… If Refused claimed they were the shape of punk to come, this is the shape of hardcore to come.”

—Sputnik Music

Said Pitchfork of the offering: “You'd be forgiven for thinking that New York experimental metal quartet CAR BOMB were a Meshuggah tribute band. The interplay between guitarist Greg Kubacki and drummer Elliot Hoffman does feature a lot of that tight mechanical syncopation that Meshuggah have made a career out of. That conjoined gunfire staccato is unmistakable. There are imitators, and there are groups who understand the essence, the soul of a group and build upon that distinctive sound,” adding that w^w^^w^w, “ranks among the year's most unrelenting records…CAR BOMB have cited IDM (Intelligent Dance Music) as an influence, and Kubacki's leads are the most readily apparent aspect of this. His Digitech Whammy abuse is best manifested on the lead breaks on Sentinel which sound like lasers becoming self-aware with bloodlust, and the nearly trance-like soloing on This Will Do the Job. Vinnie Vincent Invasion boasted on their self-titled album that no synthesizers were used, but CAR BOMB go for the more impressive feat of making electronic-esque sounds with standard metal instrumentation. Excess might seem to be the order of the day to the lazy ear, but there's an economy to the music, and not just in the 50-second Auto-Named. There's a lot of noise, but it's always just the right amount. At 50 minutes, you know they've got more to say, but they'll leave that for another record.”

CAR BOMB Tour Dates 2012

Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn, NY
New York, NY
Knitting Factory
Saint Vitus
Webster Hall
Unofficial Record Release
Party w/ Ashes Within
w/ Suffocation
w/ Resolution15

Listen to Select Tracks from CAR BOMB: