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Abrams debut a song

Posted April 30, 2015, 3:48 p.m.
Abrams debut a song

album art by Kristin Cofer

Denver mathy-stoner trio Abrams has unveiled the song "Sea Salt Lines" from their upcoming Lust. Love. Loss, to be self-released on June 16.

The band will tour this June.

The track list is as follows:
1) Manic2) Sea Salt Lines3) Sunshine4) Sweaty and Self Conscious5) Far from Home6) Mr. Pink Always Wins7) The Moat8) Useless9) Lust. Love. Loss.10) The Light

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1QI: No Hands, What Tyrants, Terminal Sound System, Call of the Void

Posted April 29, 2015, 1:31 p.m.
1QI: No Hands, What Tyrants, Terminal Sound System, Call of the Void
Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview four days each week, typically every Monday-Thursday.
After our social media followers get the first word, we post a wrap-up here at the site and archive them here. This week check out Q&As with No Hands, What Tyrants, Terminal Sound System and Call of the Void.

No Hands
SPB: Who is the most underrated Canadian band? 
No Hands: Our consensus on the most underrated Canadian bands is:Current: What Seas, What Shores
They do what they do better than any band that I can think of, but continue to fly under the radar.
Out of Commission: Barrier band full of excellent musicians. They put out their EP Trailbreaker for free and split.
Sean Schultz (What Tyrants)
SPB: What venue is your favorite to play (and why)?
Sean: Our favorite venue to play would have to be the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis, the smaller venue attached to the iconic First Avenue, The Entry is where the likes of The Replacements, Hüsker Dü, and countless others cut their teeth. It’s a local treasure and part of music history. The room is big enough to hold a sizable crowd, but always feels intimate. It also has maybe the best sound and staff around town. Plus, you have to play The Entry before you get the chance move up to First Avenue's main stage...
Skye (Terminal Sound System)
SPB: Your use of effects in Dust Songs reveals a quite out of the box thinking from your part. Can you describe the process of applying effects to your music? Does it happen as you are recording or in the mixing stage? Can you also give us some of your favorite effects? Can be software or hardware. 
Skye: The way I look at it, I don't so much apply effects to my music as work with effects, instruments, sounds and processes as an integral part of the composition/production/mixing/realisation process. I guess that's kind of a long-winded way of saying that rather than 1) recording a performance, then 2) effecting/treating and mixing it, with Dust Songs in particular all those steps are rolled into one. The treatment and performance are all part of the one process.
I've always been that way, starting with pushing my guitar and cheap drum machine through ridiculous chains of fx pedals, a long time ago, much to the annoyance of my friends.
I have a few favourite effects:
-My Roland RE-201 Space Echo has been with me for over half my life. I bought it (used, I'm not that old!) shortly out of high school. They were cheap and plentiful back then - it actually died a few weeks later and the shop swapped it for another they had lying about. 
-Sherman Filterbank - just a crazy, completely idiosyncratic device. Capable of so much more than its trademark facemelt. In the "box" - I built my own plugin to simulate screwed up analogue tape - that's all over the album (as well as real tape, cassettes in this case). Also, the Waves SSL channel strip was quite instrumental in shaping certain tones.
Patrick Alberts (Call of the Void)
SPB; What do you think of (the return of) cassettes?
Patrick: I find the return of cassettes to be awesome. There is nothing I enjoy more than owning a bands demo on cassette, when it’s not available in any other format. One of my favorite releases currently is Spectral Voice's Necrotic Doom on tape. The format still sounds great and their easier to store than records.

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Bands Intronaut recording

Posted April 29, 2015, 1:19 p.m.

Los Angeles' Intronaut have started work on a new album with Devin Townsend scheduled to mix the upcoming release and Josh Newell recording. The album will be their fifth overall.    

Bands Make War (formerly Sad and French) debut out in fall

Posted April 28, 2015, 11:48 a.m.

Make War (formerly Sad and French) debut out in fall

This fall Black Numbers will release the debut LP from Make War, formerly Sad and French. The Brooklyn band has expanded their roster and changed names. Gunner Records will handle their European release.

Bands 1QI: Pharaoh, Kill Hatsumomo, Dr. Strange Records, Urban Scandal Records

Posted April 26, 2015, 5:56 a.m.

1QI: Pharaoh, Kill Hatsumomo, Dr. Strange Records, Urban Scandal Records

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview four days each week, typically every Monday-Thursday.   After our social media followers ...

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Bands Live 2xLP/DVD from Slim Cessna's Auto Club

Posted April 23, 2015, 9:33 a.m. in Bands by Loren

Slim Cessna's Auto Club has announced a double LP/DVD of live material called An Introduction for Young and Old Europe. Recorded in 2012 ...

1 This Is How We Do Things In The Country
2 Cold Cold Eyes
3 Mark Of Vaccination
4 Jesus Christ
5 Children of the Lord
6 Pine Box
7 32 Mouths Gone Dry
8 That Fierce Cow is Common-Sense in a Country Dress
9 Three Bloodhounds, Two Shepherds, One Fila Brasileiro
10 Cranston
11 A Smashing Indictment Of Character
12 Halleljah Anyway
13 Jesus is in My Body - My Body Has Let Me Down
14 Magalina Hagalina Boom Boom
15 He, Roger Williams
*Live DVD:*
1. Introduction by Erica Brown
2. Magalina Hagalina Boom Boom
3. 32 Mouths Gone Dry
4. Red Pirate of The Prairie
5. That Fierce Cow is Common-Sense in a Country Dress
6. Jesus is in My Body - My Body Has Let Me Down
7. Cranston
8. This is How We Do Things In The Country
9. My Last Black Scarf
10. Do You Know Thee Enemy
11. Hold My Head
12. He, Roger Williams
13. Everyone Is Guilty #2
14. Americadio
15. Jesus Christ
16. Last Song About Satan
17. Providence, The New Jerusalem
*Slim Cessna Auto Club North American Tour Dates:*
5/13/2015, Spearfish, SD, The Legendary Back Porch
5/14/2015, Fargo, ND, Aquarium
5/15/2015, Minneapolis, MN, Indeed Brewing Company
5/16/2015, Chicago, IL, The Abbey
5/18/2015, Grand Rapids, MI, The Pyramid Scheme
5/19/2015, Cleveland, OH, Beachland Tavern
5/20/2015, Hamilton, ON, Casbah
5/21/2015, Toronto, ON, Horseshoe Tavern
5/22/2015, Ottawa, ON, Ritual
5/23/2015, Montreal, QC, Divan Orange
5/24/2015, Québec, QC, L’Agitée - Bar-coop
5/25/2015, Winooski, VT, The Monkey House
5/26/2015, Allston, MA, Great Scott
5/27/2015, Providence, RI, Columbus Theater
5/28/2015, New York, NY, Mercury Lounge
5/29/2015, Brooklyn, NY, Rough Trade
5/30/2015, Baltimore, MD, Metro Gallery
5/31/2015, Washington, DC, Hill Country Live DC
6/2/2015, Pittsburgh, PA, Club Cafe
6/3/2015, Cincinnati, OH, Woodward Theater
6/4/2015, St Louis, MO, Firebird
6/5/2015, Kansas City, MO, Riot Room
6/6/2015, Omaha, NE, Slowdown
7/17/2015, Boise, ID, Neurolux
7/18/2015, Sherdian, OR, Wildwood Music Festival
7/19/2015, Ashland, OR, Club 66
7/20/2015, San Francisco, CA, The Chapel
7/23/2015, Salt Lake City, UT, Urban Lounge
7/30/2015, Seattle, WA, The Barboza at Neumo's
7/31/2015, Portland, OR, Mississippi Studios
8/1/2015, Olympia, WA, Music on the Mounds Festival
8/2/2015, Astoria, OR, Fort George Brewery/ Public House
9/2/2015, Nashville, TN, Exit/In- Muddy Roots opening Party w /Legendary Shack Shakers
9/4/2015, Cookeville, TN, Muddy Roots Festival- DBUK
9/5/2015, Cookeville, TN, Muddy Roots Festival- SCAC

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Bands The Briggs return with new song, EP

Posted April 16, 2015, 5:31 p.m. in Bands by Loren

The Briggs return with new song, EP

The Briggs - s/t EP

The Briggs have released a new song, "Gridlocked," from their upcoming self-titled EP. "These songs are very much autobiographical. I've been through some really ...

Bands Nick Cave and Warren Ellis create soundtrack

Posted April 16, 2015, 2:17 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis create soundtrack

Vladimir via flickr

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis have collaborated on the soundtrack to Far From Men, releasing the soundtrack on May 19. The soundtrack to the David ...

Bands 1QI: Drug Church, Port of Sound Records, Vexx, Malta

Posted April 14, 2015, 5:51 a.m. in Bands by Cheryl

1QI: Drug Church, Port of Sound Records, Vexx, Malta

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview four days ...

Patrick Kindon (Drug Church)
SPB: What is the best pop song of the past 10 years?
Patrick: I typed up a whole thing about “Crazy In Love” by Beyoncé (feat. Jay-Z), then realized that song came out in 2003, more than 10 years ago. Which brought on a certain clarity about the fact I’m A) old as shit and B) I don’t care very much about pop. 
I’m going with “Pursuit Of Happiness (Extended Steve Aoki mix)” by Kid Cudi. Let’s talk about this beast of a teen house party anthem! You got Kid Cudi NEVER using a word over a 2nd grade reading level! Your nephew could’ve written this, except he probably doesn’t have the life experience to make his content as dark as Cudi who spends this dance remix talking about driving drunk and waking up in cold sweats. Fuck, bro! This makes me wish I drank, because I’d so hold a red Solo cup over my head while THE BEAT hits my body! Time to grind on that sophomore from that class I don’t attend! Fuck. I love this song. I’ve never heard another Kid Cudi song, but if all of them have these fun-as-shit WalMart beats and suicide talk, I’m in. 
Port of Sound Records
SPB: How important is it to set yourself apart from other stores on Record Store Day?
PoS: Most importantly, we work months ahead of the actual date, reaching out to all sorts of labels and distributors so that we can get every title in stock. We open up early at 5am, and make sure to abide by the RSD rules when it comes to no preorders, holds, purchasing multiple copies of coveted titles, and overpricing. Our staff works very hard to keep the records and the incoming crowd organized so that everyone involved has the best experience possible. We are also diligent about posting images of the titles we have available on our social media sites so that customers can keep up to date with what is going on at the shop all day long during Record Store Day.
Instagram: @portofsoundrecords
Twitter: @portofsoundOC
Ian (Vexx)
SPB: How much does location and history (specifically Olympia, WA) influence you?
Ian: I grew up in Singapore but the majority of my extended family lives in Washington, so I would go to shows in Seattle when I came back to visit. Olympia was always in the ethers, kind of haunting literature and politics in my music scene back home and when I would go to shows in Washington.
My sister lives in Tacoma. When I moved from Idaho after college and was living with her I would visit my friends who lived in Olympia and go to shows. It's cheap, has a ton of places to play, and has a college so it is a perfect place to be to focus on self—which accounts for its concentration of hyper-competitive narcissistic whiners, but also nurtured artists. 
2011-2012 Olympia had a profound impact on me: Christian Mistress, HPP, Gun Outfit, White Wards, Gag, Bone Sickness, White Boss—Olympia was killing it! Of course past bands like Funerot and Sex/Vid had been things that I was way into, but being able to see those ’11-12 era bands (except White Boss) was exciting. I'm not too concerned with Olympia's ancient history. Bikini Kill was a good band. I don't listen to them anymore but they were there when I was a teen. I think Olympia has that pop-punk scene but that positivist youth group setting mixed with the cannibalistic nature of white, suburban "radical politics" negates my presence. Olympia's location is indicative of its culture, musical and social, water logged, rotting, and grey with moments of salient brilliance. 
Cameron (Malta)
SPB: As a songwriter, at what point does drawing influence from another subject become too close to mimicking?
Cameron: When we write, we take cues from subjects everywhere, real life and every aspect of media and art, but I'll try to talk specifically about how we deal when we feel like we're mimicking songwriters and players when we compose. One way we try to judge that one is to imagine ourselves in front of any influential artists we've been “ripping off” to any degree, and to imagine if we all listened to the track together and had to talk afterward, is it a conversation anybody would want to have? There has to be enough of ourselves in there to make the general feeling different somehow from the "original." If somebody's sounds make us respond in a personal way, and we get inspired to emulate something about an approach or sample a recording, if the sounds we make in this influenced/derivative/mimetic state feel like they don't personally add to or complicate the feelings that inspired us to get to work, we think they probably won't inspire much from anyone else either.

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Bands 1QI: Amoeba Records, War on Women, Kitten Crisis, Groovie Ghoulies

Posted April 9, 2015, 4:17 p.m. in Bands by Cheryl

1QI: Amoeba Records, War on Women, Kitten Crisis, Groovie Ghoulies

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview four days ...

Marc Weinstein (Amoeba Records, co-owner)
SPB: What shift in listening format has been the most surprising in your run as a store?
Marc: The most surprising shift was back in the late ‘80s/early ‘90s when everybody was convinced they needed to buy their collection over again on this new "improved" format called a "CD..." CDs offered a degree of enhanced "portability,” yes, but the sound and experience seemed diminished to us record store folk, from Day One, NOT TO MENTION they cost less than half as much to make and cost twice as much to buy.
LPs still rule in terms of experience.
War on Women
SPB: Basements or bars (or both)?
War on Women: That's like asking “day or night,” “loud or quiet,” “happy or sad.”
You can't appreciate one without the other, regardless of preference. But no one has ever chipped their tooth moshing to us in a bar...but a guy did stick his head inside our kick drum in the Star Bar's basement in Atlanta, and then Brooks rode him like a horse for the rest of the song. So, ok, the answer is both!
Kyle Hall (Kitten Crisis)
SPB: What is the longest (in time) tour you’ve been on? Would you do it again?
Kyle: I've been on a few tours that have been over a month but so far, never much more than that. Yes, I would do it again! In a heartbeat. I love being on tour. My band Kitten Crisis is talking about doing a 60 day tour where we play all 48 of the continental U.S. states sometime in the future, and I am really looking forward to that. 
Kepi Ghoulie (Groovie Ghoulies, solo)
SPB: What is your favorite Christmas song?
Kepi: Anything from A Charlie Brown Christmas, anything from Bob Dylan - Christmas in the Heart, or "You Make It Feel Like Christmas" by Neil Diamond
"The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth" by Bowie/Crosby

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Bands Asshole Parade 20th anniversary bash

Posted April 7, 2015, 8:45 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Asshole Parade 20th anniversary bash

Celebrating 20 years as a band, Asshole Parade has booked a 2-day showcase at The Wooly in Gainesville, FL to mark the milestone. On Aug ...


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Bands Great American Host on Good Fight

Posted April 7, 2015, 8:29 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Great American Host on Good Fight

Great American Ghost, from Boston, have joined with Good Fight for their next release. The band currently has on efull-length and two EPs under their ...

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