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IIVII makes debut

Posted July 3, 2015, 8:59 a.m.
IIVII makes debut

On Sept. 4, Josh Graham (Red Sparowes, Battle of Mice, A Storm of Light) will release a new solo effort titled IIVII.

WIth an ambient/sci-fi bent, the new album, Colony, will be released on Consouling Sounds. Hear the first track to debut over at Cvlt Nation.

Colony Track listing:1. Signals From Home2. Colliding Horizons3. Transmissions Illumine I4. Transmissions Illumine II5. Black Galaxy6. On The Shores Of Markarian 3357. Shaping Itself From Dust

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D4 gets Surly

Posted July 1, 2015, 8:25 p.m.
D4 gets Surly

Surly brewing of Minneapolis will brew a special one-off beer for this year's annual D4th of July party at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis. The one day festival includes a stacked line-up headlined by Dillinger Four and Against Me! with the bill also featuring Tim Barry, Off With Their Heads, Toys That Kill, Scared of Chaka, Underground Railroad to Candyland, Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band, Pink Mink, The Slow Death, United Teachers of Music, and perhaps a special guest.

The beer will be a pre-Prohibition American lager dubbed #Merica!

Dillinger Four last released Civil War in 2008.

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Bands The Skulx record

Posted July 1, 2015, 12:43 p.m.

Ohio band The Skulx have recorded a record for release later this year, with label andlbum info still to come. The band includes a number of familiar faces, such as members of Foxy Shazam, Cadaver ...

Bands 1QI: Soul Asylum, Jxckxlz, Serious Beak, Georgia Maq

Posted June 30, 2015, 2:17 p.m.

1QI: Soul Asylum, Jxckxlz, Serious Beak, Georgia Maq

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 ...

Bands Hear rare Sunn 0))), catch them on European tour

Posted June 23, 2015, 6:40 p.m.

Hear rare Sunn 0))), catch them on European tour

Sunn O))) and Ulver - Terrestrials

SUNN O))) are releasing live archives via their Bandcamp page, ranging from 2002 to 2015 live performances. In addition, the band will see vinyl reissues of Black One, øø Void, and the O)))/ULVER Terrestrials courtesy ...

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Bands Boysetsfire's Nathan Gray solo EP

Posted June 23, 2015, 6:26 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Boysetsfire's Nathan Gray solo EP

Nathan Gray, known for his work with Boysetsfire, will release a debut solo EP this August 21 titled NTHN GRY via Good Fight Music. A ...

The track list is as follows:1) Wolves2) Tomorrow3) Baptismal Rites4) Corson (An Ode to Vital Existence)5) Wolves (Swallowing Filth) (Daniel E. Smith remix)6) Tomorrow (Ritual Chamber Session)7) Baptismal Rites (Ritual Chamber Session)8) Wayward Ghosts
Aug 15 - Ieper, Belgium @ Ieper Fest
Aug 16 - Munich, Germany @ BackstageAug 17 - Nuremberg, Germany @ StereoAug 18 - Berlin, Germany @ Kantine BerghainAug 19 - Hamburg, Germany @ Kleiner DonnerAug 22 - Nalbach, Germany @ AkustikopenAug 23 - Stuttgart, Germany @ KellerklubAug 24 - Leipzig, Germany @ Taubchenthal

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Bands 1QI: Roman Cities, Lesstalk Records, Diploid, Adrift for Days

Posted June 23, 2015, 1:49 p.m. in Bands by Cheryl

1QI: Roman Cities, Lesstalk Records, Diploid, Adrift for Days

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 ...

Ian Miller (Roman Cities)
SPB: How important to the band’s concept was playing “era-appropriate instrumentation”?
Ian: Man, what a great question. When I was imagining this project, I had visions of headless basses and chorus pedals. But the gear ended up not really mattering. Bradley plays a Tele into a Fender combo; Dan used his giant Early Graves metal kit; and I played a P bass. Ryan has some cool modeling keyboards including a Nord, but he played an old Wurlitzer electric piano on a number of songs. 
Ultimately it ended up being about the sounds and the songs. It's really easy to fetishize old gear -- I mean, look at any old Cars video and Ric Ocasek is likely playing a pink Dean Cadillac. It's outrageous and awesome. But the songs and performances are paramount -- those guys were all monster players. Hawkes and Easton had studied at Berklee, and all of those dudes could flat-out play. 
So I guess that's a long way of saying "not important at all." That said, I did end up buying a headless bass, and I'm not afraid to use it ...
Matt Vaughn (Lesstalk Records, Michael Crafter-vocals)
SPB: Do any of your musician friends have tinnitus?
Matt: Yeh, I think a lot of my friends have or will have tinnitus when the years go by. I have been playing in DIY bands for about 10 years now and going to gigs every weekend as well as playing and jamming every week too. And I definitely regret not protecting my ears more as I notice my hearing deteriorating over the years, but the constant ring is somewhat soothing.
Reece Prain (Diploid-bass/vocals)
SPB: How much space in your home is dedicated to music storage (records or instruments)?
Reece: I have a bandroom/equipment storage room. It’s pretty full, so lots of junk is just sort of hung around the room as well. But really, music equipment is scattered throughout the house. As for record/cds/tapes and such, I have two book shelves full of cds, another big shelf that has my 7’’ and LPs, then I have a box full of tapes and demo cds and just other junk I have accumulated. So that’s really it for all my music stuff in my (parents’) home.
Lachlan R. Dale (Adrift for Days, Art As Catharsis)
SPB: How has the increasing digitisation of music changed your listening habits?
Lachlan: A very good question, and one I often reflect on.
There is no doubt that the digitisation of music has dramatically increased access while also increasing supply through reduced production costs.
The effect for me, personally, is that I am flooded with a supply of new, unique, and varied music on a constant basis. Selfishly this is an awesome thing, as it provides me with constant stream of inspiration and allows me to discover new, niche artists easier than ever before.
Last year I began using Spotify, which I have mixed feelings about. While I don't agree with its unethical payment structure - and would happily pay much more for the service - the access it provides is unrivaled. As a tool it is incredible, and I see a streaming model such as Spotify as the likely future of digitised music.
Since I began using Spotify, I rarely download music (which, as a format has the disadvantage of needing to be transferred between devices), and have long stopped buying CDs. My stacks of thousands of compact discs gather dust in a corner of my room. While I spent many years and thousands of dollars building my collection, they seem now superfluous; a format superseded by its physical limitations.
Partially through guilt, I have turned to building a vinyl collection. At the moment I only listen to my records a few times a week, and almost see my purchases as a symbolic way to support an artist - which seems insane. Perhaps in my next home I will invest more heavily in a high-end sound system to enjoy my records.
There is no doubt that the digitisation of music has dramatically undermined its value - infinite reproducibility is bound to have that effect. 
As someone who plays in a number of bands, and runs a record label, the future of music sales is profoundly uncertain. I'd be curious to hear other's thoughts.

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Bands New from RSE

Posted June 19, 2015, 12:36 p.m. in Bands by Loren

New from RSE

Rhymesayers will release a limited edition 12" in late July featuring Grimace Federation in collaboration with Aesop Rock. The Philadelphia group "creates a symphonic, cinematic ...

Bands 1QI: Meek Is Murder, Spirits, Brian Campeau, Fashion Week

Posted June 16, 2015, 2:19 p.m. in Bands by Cheryl

1QI: Meek Is Murder, Spirits, Brian Campeau, Fashion Week

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 ...

Frank Godla (Meek Is Murder)
SPB: What do you think of cassettes?
Frank: They will always have a special place in my heart. I started collecting music when cassettes were still the norm, and wound up with several hundred cassette and VHS tapes in my house. I’d even make my own mixtapes to carry around in my bag, equipped with a #2 pencil of course. Eventually I joined the tape trading scene which opened some doors to finding obscure bands I fell in love with from around the world. Some of my earliest memories in life also involved my dad playing cassettes from Metallica, Ozzy, Twisted Sister, Dokken, Scorpions, Skid Row, and many more. I guess you can say cassette tapes are the reason I found metal, and created the life I live today. That said, as someone who lived the experience of cassettes, I’ve been a little confused why they’re making a comeback. They truly were the most inconvenient and poorly made medium of music history, but ultimately if you’re rocking sweet tunes that’s all that matters.  
Robert Cheeseman (Spirits – bass)
SPB: What is the best hardcore song, ever?
Robert: The best hardcore song?  Hell if I know!  One of my favorite hardcore bands though is Faded Grey.  I remember downloading "The New Crusades" off of revhq sometime in late 2000 and it was definitely a gateway moment that led me to discover a lot of bands and labels I had not heard of at that point in my youth.  Punk is hands down my “first love” when it comes to music but the handful of hardcore bands that I found thanks to that Faded Grey song is pretty astounding and it opened my eyes to a whole new sub-genre that I've grown to love just as much. 
Brian Campeau
SPB: What is your favorite album cover of all time?
Brian: I'm a big fan of a photo which tells a story, whether or not you understand that story. By this I mean a photo that keeps you looking at it and the more you look at it the more you discover. 
Hipgnosis (the guys who did the Pink Floyd album covers) were really good at this. Jeez, the more I think about it the harder this question becomes. So, screw it, I'll go with Spiritualized - Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space.
I bought this album when I was on a high school trip in Ireland. I had no idea who these guys were at the time, but the packaging made it so perfect. The cd came in a prescription medication box and you had to pop the cd out of a plastic thing with foil on it (like a Nurofen, but singular and way bigger). Also included was this paper which explained how the pill/CD should be consumed.
Why did I think this was so great? Because it totally explained what the music was about long before hearing it. After listening to the album and seeing how appropriate the cover and packaging were, I looked into who this band was. Fair enough, the singer, Jay Pierce, was previously in a band named Spacemen 3, who had released an album called Taking Drugs to Make Music to Take Drugs To. 
Other notable mentions:
Louvin Brothers - Satan Is Real
Leonard Cohen - New Skin for the Old Ceremony
Pantera - Vulgar Display of Power
Rage Against the Machine - Self Titled
Joshua Lozano (Fashion Week – guitar/vocals)
SPB: Rank your preferred listening formats: cd, vinyl, cassette, digital, (other?)
at home:  vinyl
in the van : CD
running on the street: ipod. 
in the ‘90s: Cassettes (mixtapes)

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Bands Knola debut

Posted June 15, 2015, 2:10 p.m. in Bands by Loren

In a new side project, members of Xerxes, William Bonney, The Exploration, Midwest Pen Pals, Merchant Ships, and other Midwest emo/screamo acts have joined ...

Track listing:
1. Fragile Feeling
2. Gone Things
3. Dust
4. The Way of Flesh
5. Lost Boy

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Bands Mike Adams At His Honest Weight on tour, podcasting live

Posted June 9, 2015, 3:06 p.m. in Bands by Aideen

Mike Adams At His Honest Weight on tour, podcasting live

Indianapolis four-piece Mike Adams At His Honest Weight are setting off on a US east coast tour and will be documenting their travels through a ...

6/12 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fire 6/13 - Boston, MA - The Lilypad 6/14 - Winooski, VT - The Monkey House6/16 - Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House6/17 - Pittsburgh, PA - Howler's 6/18 - Columbus, OH - Treebar 6/19 - Dayton, OH - Amanda's House 6/20 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop 

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Bands 1QI: Meek Is Murder, Jess Locke, Tear Them Down, Upsilon Acrux

Posted June 9, 2015, 12:55 p.m. in Bands by Cheryl

1QI: Meek Is Murder, Jess Locke, Tear Them Down, Upsilon Acrux

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 ...

Mike Keller (Meek Is Murder)
SPB: What do you think of cassettes?
Mike: Whenever people try to give us band demos on CD, I’m always like, “Sorry, we’re only set up for tapes.” Our van has a tape deck and for a while I had no way of playing CDs at home since my computer had the Aliens DVD stuck in the drive for like two years (not complaining). I have a walkman though. We put out a tape called “88 mph” once and I was pleasantly surprised that it sold out immediately. A couple of those songs we re-recorded for “Into the Sun” but I always liked the tape versions better. One day Aliens pooped out for no reason. I got scared and pushed it back in. 
Jess Locke
SPB: Where in your hometown do you always bring visitors?
Jess: I'm from Avoca Beach on the Central Coast of New South Wales, AUS. It's a beautiful area of the world but, there's not a whole lot to do there unless you like nature or Shopping Centres. Luckily, I like the former. When I visit, I try to go for beach swims and bush walks and generally just spend time with my family. My dad really likes scrabble and vegetable juice so usually they are incorporated into the activities somewhere.  
Viktor (Tear Them Down)
SPB: Do you take any precautions to stay healthy while on the road?
Viktor: Well I think any member of any band have a brief moment before going on tour like the scene in Backstage Passport where Fat Mike puts a ton of random pills in a toiletry bag. Whether it is only some pills for a sore throat, bad stomach, or whatever at least I will get some things together--although when you´re finally on the road on an underground punk rock tour common sense will get you far. 
But let´s be honest, maybe that is the one thing that is lacking when you had a good show and a nice party afterwards and end up falling asleep on the promoter´s floor without a sleeping bag and it´s freezing in the morning. And at the end of the day there is nothing to cure a cold like that rush of adrenaline on the show the next evening. Ginger is nice too. 
Paul Lai (Upsilon Acrux)
SPB: What is your favorite venue to play?
Paul: Without a doubt it's our home away from home, Los Angeles' infamous DIY venue The Smell. It's run by Jim Smith and some volunteers.
We have a long history with Jim and The Smell. It was our first LA show back in the late ‘90s at its original location and, honestly, I think we've played there at least once every year that we've been a band. The Smell is honestly where all the real, good and interesting bands start. It's booked primarily by the bands that have been there and so it's never really been taken over by a bunch of Hollywood shit or whatever. When The Smell got pretty famous from Abe Vigoda, Health, and No Age, whenever we had a show there I would get tons of emails from Hollywood managers and bands that swore if we let them play they could bring in 500 people...
Because Jim has always looked out for bands like us and other outsider musicians I think in return we have done the same and made a real effort to keep the shows real, with real bands and real music not just filling the place up with lame tourists. So in that vein, this place is about a lot more than attendance and what you get paid. There's always a Smell scene and it's always different and at the same time everyone that has played it and made an impact always comes back. On top of all that, Jim is unbelievably fair with the door. The shows are always $5 and he takes a very small percentage and despite working a 9-5 is still at well over 50% of all the shows, working from 8:30 pm to about 12:30 am each one of those nights. Jim has and will continue to be the most important person running a venue in all of Los Angeles and The Smell will always be keeping it real. Which makes us proud to be one of the bands that continue to play there year after year.

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