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New Dinosaur Jr out in August

Posted May 25, 2016, 8:16 p.m.
New Dinosaur Jr out in August

Dinosaur Jr. will be releaseing a new album on August 5. The new record continues with the original line-up of the band, reunited since 2005.

The new record is to be titled Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not and will be on Jagjaguwar. The band will also be touring over the summer, with dates included below.

 

GIVE A GLIMPSE OF WHAT YER NOT TRACK LISTING1. Goin Down2. Tiny3. Be A Part4. I Told Everyone5. Love Is...6. Good To Know7. I Walk For Miles8. Lost All Day9. Knocked Around10. Mirror11. Left/RightDINOSAUR JR. TOUR DATES (new dates in bold)Thu. June 2 - Lyon, FR @ Le TransbordeurFri. June 3 - Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound FestivalSat. June 4 - Nimes, FR @ This Is Not A Love Song FestivalSun. June 5 - Mannheim, DE @ Maifield DerbyTue. June 7 - Leipzig, DE @ TaubchenthalWed. June 8 - Prague, CZ @ Lucerna Music HallThu. June 9 - Basel, SW @ Kaserne BaselFri. June 10 - Porto, PO @ Primavera Sound PortoSat. June 11 - BErn, SW @ DachstockMon. June 13 - Erlangen, DE @ E-WerkWed. June 15 - Courtrai, BE @ De KreunThu. June 16 - Sint-Niklaas, BE @ De CasinoFri. June 17 - Dulsburg, DE @ Traumzeit FestivalSat. June 18 - Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret FestivalSun. June 19 - Gaou Island, FR @ Pointu FestivalTue. June 21 - Milan, IT @ CarroponteWed. June 22 - San Gemini, IT @ Campo Della GiostraThu. June 23 - Padova, IT @ Parco della MusicaFri. June 24 - Zagreb, HR @ Culture FactoryThu. July 14 - Providence, RI @ The MetFri. July 15 - Brooklyn, NY @ Coney Island Amphitheater w/ Jane's AddictionSat. July 16 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summerstage w/ Jane's AddictionSun. July 17 - Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre w/ Jane's AddictionTue. July 19 - Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion w/ Jane's AddictionWed. July 20 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore w/ Jane's AddictionFri. July 22 - Sterling Heights, MI @ Freedom Hill Amphitheatre w/ Jane's AddictionSat. July 23 - Cleveland, OH @ Jacob's Pavilion w/ Jane's AddictionSun. July 25 - Cincinnati, OH @ The WoodwardMon. July 25 - Indianapolis, IN @ Old National Centre - Murat Theatre w/ Jane's AddictionFri. Aug. 12 - Sun. Aug 14 - Atlanta, GA @ Wrecking Ball FestivalSat. Aug. 20 - Tokyo, JP @ Hostess Club All-NighterWed. Sept. 7 - New Haven, CT @ College Street Music HallThu. Sept. 8 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 ClubFri. Sept. 9 - Norfolk, VA @ The NorVaSat. Sept. 10 - Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood TheatreSun. Sept. 11 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange PeelTue. Sept. 13 - Birmingham, AL @ SaturnWed. Sept. 14 - New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina's UptownThu. Sept. 15 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music HallFri. Sept. 16 - Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits LiveSat. Sept. 17 - Dallas, TX @ Granada TheaterMon. Sept. 19 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent BallroomTue. Sept. 20 - Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up TavernThu. Sept. 22 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram BallroomFri. Sept. 23 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram BallroomSat. Sept. 24 - Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet's (Desert Stars Festival)Mon. Sept. 26 - San Francisco, CA @ The IndependentTue. Sept. 27 - San Francisco, CA @ The IndependentWed. Sept. 28 -San Francisco, CA @ The IndependentThu. Sept. 29 - Portland, OR @ Crystal BallroomFri. Sept. 30 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore BallroomSat. Oct. 1 - Seattle, WA @ The ShowboxMon. Oct. 3 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The DepotTue. Oct. 4 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird TheaterWed. Oct. 5 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird TheaterFri. Oct. 7 - Minneapolis, MN @ First AvenueSat. Oct. 8 - Chicago, IL @ MetroSun. Oct. 9 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small's TheatreSat. Oct. 29 - Groningen, NL @ VeraSun. Oct. 30 - Luxembourg, LU @ Den AtelierMon. Oct. 31 - Paris, FR @ Elysée MontmartreTue. Nov. 1 - Brussels, BE @ ABFri. Nov. 4 - Kiel, DE @ Rollingstone WeekenderSat. Nov. 5 - Malmo, SE @ KbSun. Nov. 6 - Oslo, NO @ VulkanTue. Nov. 8 - Stockholm, SE @ Debaser MedisWed. Nov. 9 - Copenhagen, DK @ Amager BioThu. Nov. 10 - Aarhus, DK @ VoxHallFri. Nov. 11 - Berlin, DE @ AstraSat. Nov. 12 - Utrecht, NL @ Le Guess Who?Mon. Nov. 14 - Bristol, UK @ MotionTue. Nov. 15 - Dublin, IE @ Vicar StreetThu. Nov. 17 - Glasgow, UK @ ABC1Fri. Nov. 18 - London, UK @ ForumSat. Nov. 19 - Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall

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Scour supergroup

Posted May 12, 2016, 1:59 p.m.
Scour supergroup

Scour - s/t

A new group, Scour, has formed with Philip H. Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Superjoint etc.), John Jarvis (Pig Destroyer), Derek Engemann (Cattle Decapitation), Chase Fraser (Continuum, former Animosity, Decrepit Birth), and Jesse Schobel (Strong Intention).

Playing "blackened, grind-infused sonic murk," Scour will release a self-titled 6-song debut this July on Housecore Records.

Scour Track Listing:
1. Dispatched
2. Clot
3. Crooked
4. Codes
5. Tactics
6. Tear Gas

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Bands Summer Cannibals debut a new song

Posted April 27, 2016, 6:26 p.m.

Currently on tour with The Termals, Summer Cannibals have announced the release of Full Of It coming on May 27 through Kill Rock Stars label. The band, who have two previous releases--including last year's ...

Bands 1QI: Phobia, Moonraker, The Blind Pets, Bad Cop/Bad Cop

Posted April 26, 2016, 2:28 p.m.

1QI: Phobia, Moonraker, The Blind Pets, Bad Cop/Bad Cop

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 Old Wounds adds second guitarist, set for Warped

Posted April 20, 2016, 3:04 p.m.

Old Wounds adds second guitarist, set for Warped

New Jersey's Old Wounds have anounced Matt Guyre has joined the band as a second guitartist, increasing them to a quartet instead of a trio. The band is also set to play the entire ...

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Bands Coercion96 back in action

Posted April 20, 2016, 11 a.m. in Bands by Loren

Formed in 1996 by current and former members of Good Riddance, Fury 66, and The Lonely Kings, punk-metal hybrid Coercion96 have entered the studio to ...

Bands 1QI: Damaged City Festival, Brian Cullman, Nomads, DSGNS

Posted April 17, 2016, 3:46 a.m. in Bands by Cheryl

1QI: Damaged City Festival, Brian Cullman, Nomads, DSGNS

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 ...

Damaged City Fest (April 7-10)
SPB:Festivals are a continually popular concept, though varying in formulas. What do you think is best about a festival versus a “regular” line-up of 3-5 bands?
Nick and Chris: We don't see festivals as an "alternative" to normal shows and prefer to view the two types of events as separate entities. I think if every single show was a festival, people would get pretty burned out. Both of us (Chris and Nick) have always set up normal shows and we'll always continue. 
I think the advantage to festivals are primarily their scale. The larger turnout of people can help finance bigger headliners and help pay for international bands that probably couldn't afford to come otherwise. Festivals also act as a meeting point for punks to congregate from all over the world. Fests also make it easier for DIY bands to plan tours and help gain some security about traveling in from long distances. Again, it has never been our intention to "replace" the traditional 4 band show with a fest. I think, if anything, there are many many many more "normal shows" as a direct result of the fest. 
Brian Cullman
SPB: After working in film, journalism, and other aspects of the industry, what called you back to performing and recording original music?
Brian: I love working in movies, but there’s a part of the process that is just soul-destroying. On most movies, even low budget ones, there’s so much money involved, and so many people who need to be pleased, that you spend more time and energy trying not to get things wrong than in making something that’s really right and that shines with its own light. I finally got fed up with being a musical waitress -- “More drama, Mr DeMille? More comedy?” -- and went back to making my own decisions, making recordings that I myself wanted to hear. And it’s been a pleasure.
Though in fairness, every once in a while I had the chance to work with a director who didn’t need a committee and who trusted their own judgment, and that was a gas. Working with Stanley Tucci was so much fun and so uplifting. He loves music, he knows where music comes from, and at various times I had to physically hold him back and keep him from running into the studio and hugging the musicians while we were recording.
Mocaine (Nomads)
SPB: What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
Mocaine: When I was 19 years old I got laid off from my record store job and had to scramble to find work. I got a job at a sex shop attached to a strip club in downtown Seattle. Thought I was gonna be doing retail. Ends up I was hired as the "Skeet Sweeper." Job requirements: hose homeless people’s shit out of the alley in the morning and once an hour hit the jerk booths with a mop. Lasted three weeks there. I quit the day someone took a shit in one of the jerk booths. Cum sucks. 
DSGNS
SPB: What’s the smallest crowd you’ve ever played to? Is it hard when such a thing happens and how do you adjust?
DSGNS: The smallest crowd we’ve ever played for was about 5 maybe 8, can’t be too sure. It can sometimes be a bit of a hit to your ego, and the band morale may wane a bit. For us once the music starts it doesn’t really matter if we have a crowd of 5 or 5,000 watching us, the same amount of heart and aggression will be on display.

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Bands Gone Is Gone forms (ATDI, QOTSA, Mastodon)

Posted April 16, 2016, 1:40 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Gone Is Gone forms (ATDI, QOTSA, Mastodon)

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In effort to further abuse the term "supergroup," Tony Hajjar (At The Drive In), Mike Zarin, Troy Van Leeuwen (Queens Of The Stone Age), and ...

Bands 1QI: Black Black Black, Hunx & His Punx, Topshelf Records, James Burns

Posted April 5, 2016, 1:20 p.m. in Bands by Cheryl

1QI:  Black Black Black,  Hunx & His Punx, Topshelf Records, James Burns

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 ...

Black Black Black
SPB: How do you approach writing/recording a song with a guest vocalist, such as “Let’s Bloodlet” with Dave Curran? 
Jason Byers (vocals): Dave and I have been friends for over 20 years. We first met in Cleveland, Ohio at the legendary Speak in Tongues venue in 1995. Dave was on tour playing bass with Unsane. My band Disengage was just starting out and got the opportunity to open the show for them. Eventually Disengage played many more shows with Unsane and toured the States with Dave’s other band, Players Club. We kept in contact through the years. I’ve always been a big fan of his vocals. 
When Black Black Black was recording the self-titled record I heard a good spot for some back-up vocals. I called Dave and he came in did it in one take. When I wrote the lyrics and melodies to “Let’s Bloodlet” I imagined his vocals alternating with mine. Once again Dave came in and made the song perfect. Who else would you get to sing an updated version about the process of bleeding someone to health? I also love hearing him scream the word “equestrian.” Ridiculously funny.
Jacob Cox (guitar): I / we have been friends with Dave for a really long time. I fondly remember having many many special moments with him on stage, and especially off. "Let’s Bloodlet" was chosen since it lent itself well to a call and response type vocal. It was a true joy to watch Dave perform Jason's lyrics, somehow making them even more poignant and powerful to me.
Seth Bogart (ex- Hunx & His Punx)
SPB: Do you read press written about you?
Seth: I guess if I see it and it starts off not totally boring or I feel like I did an interview and said something juicy, then yes.
Seth Decoteau (Topshelf Records)
 
SPB: Do you accept demos? What is the most suprising demo you've received? 
Seth: [Yes.]
I'd say the most surprising demo we've received was from Infinity Girl, which we ended up releasing. 
James Burns (Let's Go to Hell: Scattered Memories of the Butthole Surfers)
SPB: In a book such as this, do you aim to capture the spirit of the band as a whole, or via specific windows in time? 
James: The Butthole Surfers existed in a time when there was no internet, and literally no way of promoting yourself other than to just get out on the road and DO IT. They toured pretty much nonstop for three whole years to get themselves known. And while it certainly is easier to get yourself noticed today, it is also a lot more difficult, in some ways, to separate yourself from the pack.
What inspires me, even now, about the Butthole Surfers’ story is their perseverance. There was very little hope when they started that the band would ever be successful, and yet, they willed it into being by simply refusing to quit, despite all the odds being against them.
The older one gets, the more one realizes that times don’t change very much: politics, society, art. It’s like the Big Boys’ song says: “Punk rock’s not so far removed from Little Richard or the early Stones.” And while each generation has its own cross to bear, the spirit of independence, creativity, and willingness to fight for one’s art, or beliefs, is timeless.

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Bands 1QI: Cherry, Southpaw Records, France Camp, Wall of Youth Records

Posted March 23, 2016, 2:21 p.m. in Bands by Cheryl

1QI: Cherry, Southpaw Records, France Camp, Wall of Youth 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 ...

Russell Edling (Cherry)
SPB: What was your first show?
Russell: It was July 1999, I was 11. The show was an all-day thing called "Suckfest," run by a local guy in Barnesville, PA.
Pretty much every band within 30 miles came and played. I was blown away, I saw this band called Nine Lives from NY that I thought were awesome, and a band from Freeland, PA called Team Radar. I was there because my oldest sister Lori (she also did the Gloom artwork!) was friends with the guy who ran the show.
 
Rob Fales (Southpaw Records)
SPB: Have you ever rejected album art from a band or artist? What goes into that process/decision?
Rob: Yes, we've rejected album art from bands. It's not something we do too often, only two that I can recall. There was a Sandwitches record we removed a penis from (for obvious reasons). Then there was the album art for Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs Gates Of Hell that we rejected. The original artwork for Sam Coffey was very gothic and it made the album look like a metal record. For a band that sounds like a mix of The Exploding Hearts and Meatloaf we didn't see the connection and figured other people wouldn't either. When we asked the band if we could change it they were more than happy to do. We decided with the band to hire an artist to illustrate the cover.
 
France Camp
SPB: Who is the most overrated musician/band of all time?
Frane Camp: Charles "the man" Manson. Not a big fan of his music, really dug his side project lol
I'm giving you two.
2nd answer: Our answer would have to be Devin Gregory and the Fire Department.
There’s a band that took off in the ‘90s and really hit the ground running with their single "Take Me to the Station" and "Wake Up (The House is on Fire)," but they failed to gain traction with their sophomore EP "Dalmatian Sunday." Things took a turn for the worse in ‘92 when lead singer left to pursue heavy opiates, but I know they have been topping charts across the world with their newest trash "I'm Retired, but Still Have Nightmares" and "Wife is gone (I'm a Hero)."
Yuck, no thanks. 
 
Eric (Wall of Youth Records)
SPB: If you could universally fix one recurring issue in venues across the world, what would you fix?
Eric: If I had my way, which never seems to happen, I would make the floors of all venues sloped slightly down toward the stage. I'm a pretty tall person so I always feel like a total asshole when I am anywhere but the back of the room. Which I never am, so I always feel like a total asshole. You see the problem. If the floors sloped down then all the shorter people behind me would still be able to see over my head. I've been to a few places like that and it was great. Of course that sort of revision would require a bunch of construction so let's just go with "free beer." Final answer.

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Bands 1QI: Benjamin Finger, Shirlette Ammons, Brain Vacation, Ejector Seats

Posted March 16, 2016, 3:12 p.m. in Bands by Cheryl

1QI: Benjamin Finger, Shirlette Ammons, Brain Vacation, Ejector Seats

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 ...

Benjamin Finger
SPB: Do you have a somewhat clearcut idea of what you want to do when composing and/or producing your music, or are you more inclined to just "let things flow" and be more improvisational?
Benjamin: First of all, the answer is a multi-sided one. When it comes to composing and producing music (in my case) it seems to depends on many things; 
- How the idea for the album came in the first place.
- What label I´m releasing the album on.
- Will I record everything on my own or include other guest musicians?
- Where I am while recording the album, in the studio or mostly using the laptop (while travelling for instance).
- If I have a specific theme I´m exploring.  
- What kind of mood I´m in. Also, what I`m reading or what kind of films I´m watching during the making of the album? I guess the seasons also affects me whether I like it or not. 
- Is everything planned out in advance or should I go for improv?
- How much time I have (deadlines, if I´m using practice spaces etc...)
- Am I trying out something I haven´t done before? 
- What kind of musical expression am I looking for?
My last album, Amorosa Sensitiva, released on Blue Tapes and X-Ray Records is a good example that combines some of the points I mentioned above. It carries elements of clear cut ideas when it comes to the production side (who I wanted to be involved in the project and how I wanted it to sound) but it also rests heavily on improvisational elements in order to let some of the pieces drift into unexpected territories. That´s what makes the album interesting to me, because you have this disturbed and noisy side of it but then suddenly everything cools down and the atmosphere changes into something else, more quiet and cleaner perhaps. Maybe there´s more of a minimalistic approach to the ambient tracks. I felt that the listener needed a break after the intense tracks that opens side A and B. But there´s still something behind that curtain, lurking in the shadows. The mood really never rests, you´re never fully at peace. The album is also very much inspired by a book I read by a Swedish author, Ola Hansson. And I´m sure that the book subconsciously affected me when I was composing the 6 pieces on the album. Obviously having a band on this release also made the sound much thicker. A cello (Elling Finnanger Snøfugl) and a saxophone (Are Watle) really makes a quite a difference; it paints with a broader palette and creates a wider scope musically. 
 
In short, I guess I go for all kinds of musical approaches when I´m creating music. I have no preferred or specific way. The most important thing for me is to keep on feeling inspired for each new album. The only way to achieve that is to constantly be open and search for new ways to express myself. (Sometimes it happens through careful planning, other times by accident, luck or coincidences, etc...) That´s why I try to change my musical expression from album to album. I´m afraid of being tied down to a specific sound or genre. I have nightmares about that! And that´s not an easy task to achieve after having released ten studio albums when 2016 comes to an end. 
Allow me to finish the question with a poem I wrote about producing sound (haha, bad translation from Norwegian, please forgive me):
What if the sentences where equipped with sounds, each letter a tone
The structure of the sentences would be composed of tones
The chords would be the prerequisite for the language
That would have left the letters with the freedom they deserve
Then you could construct a dialogue without noise
You could describe yourself as a piece of privileged silence
It might have ended up in hysterical silence, a utopian tone
A vision on the border to contain sound
So why not trust the silence of the sound?
Benjamin Finger at Twitter: https://twitter.com/benjaminfinger
Shirlette Ammons
SPB: What is the strangest trend you see in music (or in the industry vs the art)?
Shirlette: Strangest trend to me is how much people are relying on pop culture, particularly pop songs, for their politicization. I do celebrate and embrace the affirmation, momentum, and empowerment provided by songs that speak to people's struggle, but the 3-minute activism feels symbolic of the way information is disseminated and ingested in this age. It's great as a catalyst for the work of breaking down barriers, but by no means does it reflect the deeper, more intentional work needed to change systems of oppression and disenfranchisement. Sometimes a song is just a reason to dance and that's ok with me.
 
Brain Vacation
SPB: Ectasy, meth, or ludes? 
Brain Vacation: We don't do drugs all that often, but our singer has seen Phish play a few times so there's definitely something going on there. We never really expected to release that information into the world, but there it is. Please go do lots of meth and listen to our new record.
 
Fluffy (Ejector Seats-bass/vocals)
SPB: What was your first tape/record/or cd that you ever bought?
Fluffy: That's actually a really tough question...I grew up with an older sister, so I was subjected to her & her pot smoking hippie friends playing a shitload of classic rock: Bad Company, Queen, Deep Purple etc, etc...it was cool...
I liked everything, I slept with a transistor radio under my pillow listening to crappy AM pop radio!!! But EVERYTHING changed when a friend of mine gave me a Sex Pistols tape! That opened me up to a whole new world...discovering bands & LPs that I still absolutely LOVE to this day: the Damned, The Clash, Buzzcocks, but my life changed when I bought the RAMONES It's Alive LP. Nothing was ever the same!!!! I played that album SSOOOOOOOOOO much I'm amazed that it never wore out!!!
Listen, a lot of people love the RAMONES but, after hearing It's Alive, not one of their studio albums is relevant in any way. It’s Alive IS THE RAMONES!!!! I saw them twice within a month of getting this LP at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney, and they played that set verbatim...Gabba Gabba HEY sign and all!!!!
I've seen & heard a lot of music in the 36 years since It’s Alive came out, but that record still gives me chills. It's a band at their peak, there are no producers in the way..this is Raw & Fast Ramones, how they were meant to be heard. How they really were
DON'T EVER BUY A RAMONES LP UNTIL YOU BUY IT'S ALIVE!!! 
RIP-JOHNNY,JOEY, DEE DEE & TOMMY.
 

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Bands Rev. Horton Heat 7-inch for Record Store Day

Posted March 12, 2016, 5:56 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Rev. Horton Heat 7-inch for Record Store Day

Reverend Horton Heat have released a video to the song "Hardscrabble Woman," the title track on a Record Store Day 7" to be released on ...

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