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SPB exclusive: Batboy/Sarchasm split EP

SPB exclusive: Batboy/Sarchasm split EP

Batboy/Sarchasm - split EP

Scene Point Blank is excited to feature a stream of the new split EP from Bat Boy and Sarchasm, out this Friday (June 8) on Asian Man Records. The new EP pairs two songs by each artist.

The Weekly World News may no longer be a checkout lane staple, but its influence reaches wide. Bat Boy features former members of Spraynard and Sundials, calling Philadelphia and Richmond home and playing punk with a quirky power pop heart.

Sarchasm are a poppy punk band from Berkeley, CA in the vein of “Tilt meets Raoul meets Pansy Division meets early Green Day” with a lo-fi, high energy sensibility.

Enjoy the record below.

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Records Jon Spencer solo album coming this fall

Posted June 17, 2018, 2:02 p.m.

Jon Spencer solo album coming this fall

photo by Michael Lavine

The one and only Jon Spencer will release a solo album this fall, the prominent rocker's first under his own moniker. To be titled Spencer Sings the Hits!, the album will be issued by In the Red Records. It was recorded and mixed with Bill Skibbe and features contributions from Sam Coomes (Quasi, Heatmeiser) and M. Sord (M. Sord).

Before the new record comes out, Spencer will also be hitting the road in late July, including dates with the Melvins.

Videos New Needs

Posted June 17, 2018, 1:32 p.m.

Vancouver's Needs have a new song out now and a new album soon to come.

The band premiered "Everybody Makes Me Steaks" in video format earlier this week, here:

The song comes from their June 22 sophomore release Limitations, which will be released on File Under: Music.

Shows A celebration of Caleb Scofield

Posted June 17, 2018, 11:46 a.m.

A celebration of Caleb Scofield

A benefit concert featuring Cave In, Old Man Gloom, Pelican, Celestial (ISIS), and 27 will take place in Los Angeles on Oct. 13.

The concert celebrates the departed Caleb Scofield (Cave In, Old Man Gloom) and will raise funds to benefit his surviving family members after his untimely passing in March.

The performers are previous band members of Scofield and close friends. 27 features Cave In's Adam McGrath). Celestial is a one-time performance by the members of ISIS, who played their final show under that moniker in June of 2010.

Celestial members Jeff Caxide, Mike Gallagher, Aaron Harris, Bryant Clifford Meyer and Aaron Turner issued a statement about the concert:

Caleb was a touring partner and bandmate to the individual and collective personnel of ISIS; he was also a dear friend, roommate and collaborator. We are profoundly saddened that Caleb is gone. His place in our lives and hearts is indelible. Caleb’s loss is unquestioningly felt most deeply by the family he leaves behind: his wife Jen and children Desmond and Sydney.

As a group we are moved to try to do something to help them, and to commemorate Caleb’s life, to celebrate what he meant to us. Sadly, we were unable to participate in the Boston Scofield family benefit show on June 13. However, we will be performing at the Los Angeles event on Oct. 13, along with Caleb’s friends in Cave In, Old Man Gloom, 27 and Pelican.

On this occasion, we are choosing to perform under the name Celestial. This event is a one-off performance to benefit Caleb’s family in their time of need and to pay tribute to a person we loved and lost.

We are glad to be able to do our small part in the face of this tragedy and are looking forward to coming together to celebrate the beautiful and all too brief life of Caleb Scofield. Thank you.

Records Opening Bell/Sleeping Giant Glossolalia prep new release

Posted June 17, 2018, 10 a.m.

Opening Bell is preparing for the release of Compound Eyes/Loma Atoma, a two-song EP and the 50th overall release by Brooklyn label Sleeping Giant Flossolalia.

The song "Loma Atomal" is available for streaming now, and the EP comes out on July 6:

The thee-piece Opening Bell is fronted by Sleeping Giant Glossolalia owner Michael Reisinger. Over the label's 49-release history thus far, it has issued records by the likes of Insect Ark, Growing, Couch Slut, Mick Barr, and Vaz.

Records The Black Queen's Infinite Games

Posted June 17, 2018, 9:32 a.m.

The Black Queen's Infinite Games

photo by J Whitaker

"Electronic-meets-alternative" trio The Black Queen are back with a new album on Sept. 28. Named Infinite Games, the record will feature ten new songs and be released on the band's own Federal Prisoner record label.

The Black queen features Greg Puciato (ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan), Josh Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv), and Steven Alexander Ryan (Nine Inch Nails/A Perfect Circle technician) and previously released one album, Forever Daydream.

“This time, we learned how to do everything ourselves,” Puciato says of the overall approach. “There’s less uncertainty and more confidence. I’m speaking both about the artistic and business aspect of creating and releasing an album. As for what’s changed with Infinite Games, I think it feels more conceptual as an album. It’s less a collection of songs and more about the front to back listen. Probably because it wasn’t compiled over a four-year span of time like the last one. This one is actually hookier but more insidious, it’s a more delicate record.”

Bands Coarse release new song (ex-Capsize, ex-Old Wounds)

Posted June 13, 2018, 9:02 p.m.

A new two-piece named Coarse has released the video to "Shed" (below) of their upcoming 6-song debut EP. The band features Brandon Gallagher (ex-Old Wounds - drums, vocals, programming) and Ryan Knowles (ex-Capsize - guitars, vocals, programming) and seeks to play heavy music that is district from their previous projects. Their EP drops on July 27 on Zegema Beach Recordings and Secret Nature.

Bands Dollar Signs album and tour

Posted June 10, 2018, 3:59 p.m.

Dollar Signs album and tour

photo by Alyx McLaughlin

Dollar Signs have had a busy June. First, they released a puppet-y video for "Waste My Life Away," teasing the sound of the upcoming This Will Haunt Me, which releases on July 13 on A-F Records.

The band will also be hitting the road at the end of the week, kicking things off on June 16 in Norfolk, VA and playing US dates throughout the summer. Specific dates and venues are listed below.

Tours The Sword announces more summer tour dates

Posted June 10, 2018, 3:04 p.m.

The Sword, who were kind enough to talk with SPB about their latest album earlier this year, have announced Leg 4 of their "Used Future" tour. This run of dates kicks things off in Oklahoma City in late July and runs through mid-August, wrapping things up in Orlando, FL.

To help boost enthusiasm for the tour, the band also shared a new video for the song "Don't Get Too Comfortable." 

Records Downtown LA Rehearsal/Rifftape March 1998 on vinyl

Posted June 10, 2018, 2:48 p.m.

Downtown LA Rehearsal/Rifftape March 1998 on vinyl

SUNN O))) - The Downtown LA Rehearsal/Rifftape March 1998

SUNN O)))'s Downtown LA Rehearsal/Rifftape March 1998 will be getting a limited edition vinyl pressing from Southern Lord Recordings in honor of the label's 20th anniversary (released as a split label release with help from Stephen O'Malley's Ideologic Organ imprint).

The Downtown LA Rehearsal/Rifftape March 1998 is among the earliest rehearsals from SUNN O))), recorded on cassette via boombox in their shared 1988 practice space with Goatsnake and the Melvins. It has a notablly raw sound and has since been mastered by Brad Boatright February 2018.

In addition to the vinyl pressing, 2018's annivesary celebration on behalf of both the band and Southern Lord will also feature reisues of White1 and White2, with additional news on that project still to come.

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