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Jim and the French Vanilla

Posted Jan. 12, 2017, 9:36 p.m.
Jim and the French Vanilla

Jim and the French Vanilla - Afraid of the House

Jim Blaha of The Blind Shake will release a full-length solo album under the name Jim and the French Vanilla on Feb. 10. The album will is titled Afraid of the House and releases on Dirtnap Records.

The record is his third solo effort under the name, but the first to be widely distributed and to encorporate a full-band sound, with the help of bandmate and brother Mike Blaga.

The song "Now Even War" is streaming at Impose. The Blind Shake released Celebrate Your Worth last year.

 

Tim Kasher (Cursive) third solo LP

Posted Jan. 12, 2017, 6:24 p.m.
Tim Kasher (Cursive) third solo LP

photo by Shervin Lainez

Tim Kasher, also of Cursive and The Good Life, will be releasing a new solo effort on March 3. Titled No Resolution, it's his third solo album to date and will be issued by the new Cursive-run label 15 Passenger.

Kasher will perform in Europe this March, followed by a US tour in May.

 

No Resolution track listing:Not Over You PreludeRuntsBreak Me OpenNo SecretAn Answer For Everything: Jean Kills the PartyHolding OutRunts Reprise: Wandering EyesHollowNo Secret Reprise: Meet Shawna and TracyMessesAn Answer For EverythingHolding Out Reprise: Heading OutPost ScriptHollow: Kyle's SmokeNot Over YouTim Kasher tour dates:MAR. 9 HAMBURG, DE KLEINER DONNERMAR. 10 BREMEN, DE KARTONMAR. 11 OSNABRUCK, DE KLEINE FREIHEITMAR. 12 BERLIN, DE MONARCHMAR. 13 GOTTINGEN, DE DOTSMAR. 14 KOLN, DE WELTEMPFANGERMAR. 15 WIESBADEN, DE SCHLACHTHOFMAR. 16 SAARBRUCKEN, DE MAUERPFEILERMAR. 17 SCHWEINFURT, DE STADTBAHNHOFMAR. 18 MUNCHEN, DE CORDMAR. 19 REGENSBURG, DE ALTE MALZEREIMAR. 20 FREIBURG, DE SWAMPMAR. 21 WINTERTHUR, DE KRAFTFELDAPR. 25 DENVER, CO LARIMER LOUNGE*APR. 26 SALT LAKE CITY, UT URBAN LOUNGE*APR. 27 BOISE, ID NEUROLUX*APR. 28 SPOKANE, WA THE BARTLETT*APR. 29 SEATTLE, WA BARBOZA*APR. 30 PORTLAND, OR MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS*MAY 2 SAN FRANCISCO, CA THE CHAPEL*MAY 3 LOS ANGELES, CA THE ECHO*MAY 4 SAN DIEGO, CA CASBAH*MAY 5 LAS VEGAS, NV THE BUNKHOUSE SALOON*MAY 6 PHOENIX, AZ VALLEY BAR*MAY 8 AUSTIN, TX BARRACUDA*MAY 9 DALLAS, TX DOUBLE WIDE*MAY 10 NORMAN, OK OPOLIS*MAY 12 OMAHA, NE WAITING ROOM** Allison Weiss supports

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Records Elliott Smith's Either/Or (Expanded Edition)

Posted Jan. 12, 2017, 8:22 a.m.

Elliott Smith's Either/Or (Expanded Edition)

On the 20th anniversary of its release, Kill Rock Stars will issue an updated Either/Or: Expanded Edition on March 10 on double LP, double CD and digitally. The new version includes five rare live ...

Tours Homewrecker dates

Posted Jan. 11, 2017, 9:39 p.m.

Homewrecker dates

Ed Battes

Ohio's Homewrecker has scheduled a series of road dates, some including Modified Ghost Fest, Grind Fest, the final Weekend Nachos show, and the final Expire tour. The band, who last released Extinction by Design ...

Labels Cutting Through to release on New Age

Posted Jan. 10, 2017, 8:18 a.m.

Cutting Through to release on New Age

Portland's Cutting Through have joined New Age Records for a 12" EP to be recorded soon and released later this summer. The band includes current and former members of Go it Alone, Get the ...

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Tours TOMBS spring tour

Posted Jan. 9, 2017, 10:39 p.m. in Tours by Loren

TOMBS spring tour

photo by Scott Wilkinson

Tombs will be touring the southern United States later this spring, joined by Darkest Hour, Ringworm, and Rivers Of Nihil. The band, interviewed last year ...

TOMBS w/ Darkest Hour, Ringworm, Rivers Of Nihil:3/05/2017 Analog Theater - Portland, OR3/06/2017 Studio Seven - Seattle, WA3/08/2017 DNA Lounge - San Francisco, CA3/09/2017 Colonial Theater - Sacramento, CA3/10/2017 The Regent - Los Angeles, CA3/11/2017 Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA3/12/2017 Club Red - Phoenix, AZ3/13/2017 Club XS - Tucson, AZ3/14/2017 Blu Phoenix Venue - Albuquerque, NM3/15/2017 Backstage Lubbock - Lubbock, TX3/16/2017 Grizzly Hall - Austin, TX3/17/2017 White Oak - Houston, TX3/18/2017 The Korova - San Antonio, TX3/19/2017 Gas Monkey Bar And Grill - Dallas, TX3/21/2017 Northside Yacht Club - Cincinnati, OH

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Records Less Than Jake back with new ep

Posted Jan. 5, 2017, 9:11 p.m. in Records by Loren

Less Than Jake back with new ep

photo by Loren Green

Veteran ska-punks and label-hoppers Less Than Jake are back with a new EP, this to release on Feb. 3 on Pure Noise, titled Sound The ...

Videos Gimme Danger release

Posted Jan. 5, 2017, 7:41 p.m. in Videos by Loren

Gimme Danger release

Iggy & the Stooges - Gimme Danger OST

The Jim Jarmusch directed Iggy & the Stooges documentary titled Gimme Danger will release it's official soundtrack next Friday, Jan. 13. The soundtrack features familiar ...

GIMME DANGER: MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURECD/Digital Track Listing:
1.    "Gimme Danger (Bowie Mix)" - Iggy & The Stooges 2.    "No Fun" - The Stooges3.    "I Wanna Be Your Dog" - The Stooges4.    "1969" - The Stooges5.    "Little Doll" - The Stooges6.    "Down On The Street" - The Stooges7.    "Loose" - The Stooges 8.    "I Got A Right" - Iggy & The Stooges (Outtake)9.    "I'm Sick Of You" - Iggy & The Stooges (Outtake)10.  "Ramblin' Rose" - MC511.  "Again And Again" - The Iguanas12.  "I'm A Man" - Prime Movers Blues Band13.  "Lost In The Future" - The Stooges (Outtake)14.  "Asthma Attack" - The Stooges (Outtake)
LP Track Listing
Side One1.    "Gimme Danger (Bowie Mix)" - Iggy & The Stooges 2.    "I Wanna Be Your Dog" - The Stooges3.    "Loose" - The Stooges4.    "No Fun" - The Stooges5.    "Asthma Attack" - The Stooges
Side Two 1.    "I Got A Right" - Iggy & The Stooges 2.    "Down On The Street" - The Stooges3.    "Lost In The Future" - The Stooges4.    "I'm Sick Of You" - Iggy & The Stooges 5.    "1969" - The Stooges

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Bands Tau Cross record new album

Posted Jan. 4, 2017, 8:18 a.m. in Bands by Loren

Tau Cross record new album

With members and ex-members of Amebix, Misery, and War//Plague, Tau Cross recently completed recording their second LP. Tentatively titled A Pillar of Fire, the ...

Tours Bouncing Souls on the West Coast

Posted Jan. 3, 2017, 8:11 p.m. in Tours by Loren

Bouncing Souls on the West Coast

photo by Danny Clinch

Fresh off the release of Simplicity in 2016, The Bouncing Souls will be hitting the US West Coast this March, playing dates with support from ...

Tour Dates:03/16 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory *03/17 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theater ^03/18 Phoenix, AZ @ Pot of Gold Festival03/20 Fresno, CA @ Strummer's *03/21 San Francisco, CA @ Slim's *03/22 San Francisco, CA @ Slim's *03/24 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre *03/25 Boise, ID @ Treefort Festival
* w/ AJJ, Get Dead^ w/ Get Dead, The Bombpops

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Records Western Addiction to release Temulous

Posted Dec. 30, 2016, 7:40 a.m. in Records by Loren

Western Addiction to release Temulous

On March 3 Fat Wreck Chords will release the new Tremulous album from Western Addiction with 11 new songs from the San Francisco band. Check ...

Tremulous track listing:1. Clatter and Hiss2. Family of Boys3. Masscult, Vulgarians and Entitlement4. Taedium5. Ditch Riders6. Honeycreeper7. Righteous Lightning8. Red Emeralds9. Humming Bars of White Light10. The Rockery11. Your Life Is Precious

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Bands 1QI: Die Young, Colombian Necktie, Black Table

Posted Dec. 30, 2016, 6:25 a.m. in Bands by Cheryl

1QI: Die Young, Colombian Necktie, Black Table

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

Daniel Albaugh (Die Young)
SPB: What is the longest (in terms of time) tour you’ve been on? Would you be out for that long again?
Daniel: In Die Young's touring hey-day, mainly 2004-2008, we did quite a few tours that were roughly two months long. Sometimes the tours that included international dates in Asia or Europe felt the longest simply because crossing an ocean and being in a totally different place for weeks at a time gave us the illusion (see what I did there) that we had been out longer than we had. Like the tour in 2006 where we played shows out to California, hopped a plane to Japan and then toured East Asia for three weeks, flew back to California, then played up to Seattle, flew to Alaska for a few shows, then flew back down to Seattle and crossed into Canada to play about a week's worth of shows there, and then toured all the way back down the midwest to Texas. That was about 7 and a half weeks in all, but when I got home it had felt like a lifetime within a lifetime. We did several tours like that, particularly in Europe, where the crossing of borders and oceans and time zones all the time really fucked up our sense of time. 
I remember Dan Yemen looking in our van outside of a show we played with Paint It Black at Gilman St. in Berkeley, CA. We were sleeping mainly on our merch bins. He was impressed, and he said, "Wow, you guys tour like real men." That still makes me chuckle and feel a little proud.But fuck no, as glorious as all that was at that time in my life, I would never do tours that are that long ever again. All my gym gains would go out the window. I love sleeping in the same bed as my lady, and I'd worry about my dogs and cats too much. Touring is miserable, honestly, especially after you have done it for years and years. Like falling in love, it's easy and fun at first, even when it is challenging, but after time it becomes a real chore. At this point we prefer to keep things short and sweet so we can still enjoy playing shows. I really do enjoy playing shows much more now than when we were playing 200+ a year.
Juan Hernandez (Colombian Necktie – guitar)
SPB: What band has been your favorite to tour with? 
Juan: We actually don't have a favorite but we definitely have a most memorable. Last year we went out on tour with friends Black Sheep Wall and we were playing in SLC. We went to this wing spot that had a spicy wing eating contest. Basically you had 12 wings that were insanely spicy and you had to eat them in 30 minutes. The singer Brandon decided he wanted to try it so we cheered him on. Three wings deep he calls it and goes pale. After he runs to the restroom the rest became interested and tried them. It was the wrong decision. It ended up being a super hilarious bonding experience but painful spicy memory.
Ryan Fleming (Black Table)
SPB: What is the most tiresome stereotype about black metal?
Ryan: We don't consider ourselves Black Metal, but I'll speak about how I view scenes in general. It's similar to Animal Farm. It begins as an exciting rebellion against the confinement and closed thinking of a situation, but it eventually becomes the same thing. A new set of rules, standards and control. Genres are created to make sense of and compartmentalize new thinking. When those rules and standards create a barrier to creativity, expression or growth they need to be torn down.

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