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Kindling to release on 6131

Posted Oct. 5, 2017, 9:27 p.m.
Kindling to release on 6131

photo by Reid Haithcock

Kindling have announced a new full-length will come out next month. The Massachusetts-based band will release Hush on Nov. 10 on 6131 Records, their first release with the label.

After starting as a recording project for Stephen Pierce and Gretchen Williams in 2014, the band has grown into a full group that plays shoegaze influenced fuzzy rock.

Hush tracklist: 1. For Olive2. Destroy Yrself3. Pantone Blue4. Everywhere5. Wait6. Rain7. Wherever8. Better World9. It Will10. Wet Leaves
 Tour Dates:
10/07 Amherst, MA @ The Internet10/14 Turners Falls, MA @ Brick House11/10 Brooklyn, NY @ Trans Pecos11/11 Florence, MA @ 13th Floor11/16 Burlington, VT @ Speaking Volumes11/17 Sherbrooke, QC @ Le Murdoch w/ Jet Black11/18 Montreal, QC @ Atomic Cafe w/ Jet Black

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The Jesus Lizard reunite for Day For Night Festival

Posted Oct. 3, 2017, 9:31 p.m.
The Jesus Lizard reunite for Day For Night Festival

This December, The Jesus Lizard will reunite for a one-off show in Houston at Day For Night Festival. It will be the Austin, TX band's first shows since a brief reunion run in 2008-2009.

Day For Night Festival takes place Dec. 15-17.

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Bands New L7 in the news

Posted Sept. 23, 2017, 10:49 p.m.

New L7 in the news

L7, who recently reunited and were also featured in the documentary Pretend We're Dead--are back to life with new new 7"s coming out later this year. The band plans to release two new ...

Bands The Damned at work on new LP, Paul Gray back in band

Posted Sept. 23, 2017, 1:19 p.m.

The Damned at work on new LP, Paul Gray back in band

photo by Dod Morrison

The Damned have begun work on a new album set for release in 2018 on label Search & Destroy. The long-running band also announced a line-up change. Bassist Stu West is no longer a member, replaced ...

Bands Pere Ubu dates and new album

Posted Sept. 9, 2017, 12:36 p.m.

Pere Ubu dates and new album

Pere Ubu - touring band 2017

With a new album titled 20 Years in a Montana Missile Silo scheduled to come out on Sept. 29 (Cherry Red Records), Pere Ubu will also embark on a US tour to mark the release ...

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Bands Who are Suspect Parts?

Posted Sept. 9, 2017, 10:03 a.m. in Bands by Loren

Who are Suspect Parts?

photo by Loren Green

Suspect Parts--comprised of former and current members of The Briefs, Clorox Girls, Maniac, Ripchord, Radio Dead Ones and Red Dons--will release a self-titled debut album ...

Track list:1 Madmen With Guns2 Electrify Me, Honey3 Live Over There4 Alright With Me5 Run For Your Life6 No One From Nowhere7 Change Your Mind8 She Gives Me Something To Sing About9 Out Of Place10 Overdrive 
SUSPECT PARTS EURO TOUR 201726.10. DE-Dresden - Chemiefabrik27.10. CZ-Brno - Kabinet Muz28.10. AT-Wien - Rhiz29.10. DE-München - Kafe Kult30.10. DE-Köln - Sonic Ballroom31.10. BE-Antwerpen - Venue 21901.11. BE-Kortrijk - The Pit's02.11. DE-Münster - Gleis 2203.11. DE-Hamburg - Molotow04.11. DE-Berlin - Kastanienkeller

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Bands Magic Bullet's Five Weeks of 5ive

Posted Aug. 26, 2017, 7:52 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Magic Bullet's Five Weeks of 5ive

Magic Bullet Records is issing the full back catalog of 5ive, starting with their self-titled debut this week. In total, 5ive, The Telestic Disfracture, The ...

5ive Track Listing:1. Burning Season2. Orange3. The Baron4. Jules Vernes' Dream5. Bicycle Rider6. Cerrado

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Bands 1QI: The Feederz, Tomber Lever, The Bigger Empty

Posted Aug. 26, 2017, 12:02 p.m. in Bands by Loren

1QI: The Feederz, Tomber Lever, The Bigger Empty

Welcome to our semi-regular quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews.    After our social media followers get the first word, we previously posted a wrap-up ...

Tomber Lever
SPB: What band has the best logo of all time?
Tomber Lever: We would say that Titus Andronicus has the best band logo! Not only is it a T and A for their name, it’s an upside down cross and an anarchy sign! No Gods, No Masters!
Mike Felumlee (The Bigger Empty)
SPB: Do you wear earplugs when you play? Why/why not?
Felumee: Yes, I wear earplugs now, but have just started wearing them over the last couple of years.
This can be taken as a cautionary tale for the young rockers out there. I'm 42 years old and have been actively playing shows and touring since I was 17. For most of those years I did not wear ear plugs. I just couldn't get over how they seemed to kill the fun and had a hard time dealing with how my drums sounded when playing with them in. Fast forward 25 years and now I have significant hearing loss in my left ear, and very bad tinnitus in my right ear and wish I could go back and make my younger self wear the damn ear plugs! I would suggest that anyone playing live rock music frequently go see an Audiologist and get some custom plugs made. The filters on the custom plugs don't make things quite as muffled sounding as the foam earplugs you can buy at the drug store. You can also select how many db of reduction you want/need. The custom plugs are 100% worth the investment and I'll never play without them again!
Frank Discussion (The Feederz-guitar/vocals)
SPB: How did the current line-up come together?
Discussion: Clear Bob was our first bass player and he still lives in Arizona. Thomas at Slope first contacted him to see if he could reach me about the idea of doing another record. This was right after Annoying Orange won the election, ripping apart the last shred of credibility (and hope) the US government had, so I had to jump into the fray. Our original drummer Art Nouveau died a number of years back, but DH Peligro who played on our first album was down for it. So the lineup is all early Feederz and I think the energy shows it.
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Bands AJJ return with new EP

Posted Aug. 20, 2017, 8:44 p.m. in Bands by Loren

AJJ return with new EP

AJJ (formerly Andrew Jackson Jihad) have released a new EP titled Back in the Jazz Coffin. The New EP is out on cassette via Lauren ...

Bands New GWAR, new tour(s)

Posted Aug. 15, 2017, 1:16 p.m. in Bands by Loren

New GWAR, new tour(s)

photo by Scott Wilkinson

Costumed overlords GWAR will embark on US tours this fall, plaing dates with Ghoul, Doyle (The Misfits), and more. The tours line up with a ...

GWAR:9/15: Knoxville, TN @ The International9/16: Middletown, OH @ Land of Illusion9/17: Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
GWAR W/Ghoul, Doyle and U.S. Bastards:10/20: Richmond, VA @ The National10/21: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom10/22: Toronto, ON @ Opera House* (No Doyle)10/23: Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls10/25: Greensboro, NC @ Arizona Petes10/26: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live10/27: New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place10/28: Worcester, MA @ Palladium10/29: Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero10/31: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza11/1: Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom11/2: Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom* (Stonecutters Open)11/3: St. Louis, MO @ Pop's11/4: Sioux City, IA @ Hard Rock11/5: Lawrence, KS @ Granada
GWAR W/Ghoul, He Is Legend and U.S. Bastards11/7: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue11/8: Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid11/9: Saskatoon, SK @ Saskatoon Events Center11/10: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall11/11: Calgary, AB @ The Palaces11/13: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore11/14: Portland, OR @ Roseland11/15: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo11/17: Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst11/18: Las Vegas, NV @ Fremont Country Club11/19: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades11/21: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues11/22: Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theater11/23: Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater11/24: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater11/25: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall11/26: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre11/28: Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom11/29: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live11/30: Houston, TX @ House of Blues12/1: San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater12/2: Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theater12/3: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade12/5: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution12/6: Tampa, FL @ The Ritz12/8: Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue12/9: Peoria, IL @ Limelight12/10: Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall

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Bands 1QI: The Ejector Seats, Brain Tentacles, Amirtha Kidambi

Posted Aug. 8, 2017, 12:47 p.m. in Bands by Cheryl

1QI: The Ejector Seats, Brain Tentacles, Amirtha Kidambi

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 ...

Fluffy (The Ejector Seats/The By-Products – bass/vocals)
SPB: How has the increasing digitalization of music changed how you listen to or consume music?
Fluffy: Well...this is a sensitive subject for me!
Mostly...I hate the digitization of music! I'm not a "purist" or anything...I just love records and the whole process/religious experience of listening to them. Don't get me wrong, I think the technology is incredible: recording band practices on your phone and emailing them to everyone before they even get home from practice is great; being able to pop your stuff up online and instantly be connected to the 4 corners of the planet is a game changer and a time saver...But as far as listening, I like my records and the whole selection process! Yes...a strange ritual to most...understandable to some.
Portability?!?? you ask...Well, I'm fine with CDs. CDs are pretty great in comparison to tapes! Although tapes definitely helped humanity to take their tunes on the road in the ancient past, I personally have lost sssssssssooooooooooooo much good music from my tapes being eaten, that the simple sight of a cassette makes my blood pressure rise!
So, to simply answer your question, the way digitzation has most changed how I consume music, is that I will go to a band's site, listen to a couple of tracks, and if I dig them, I'll buy the vinyl!
Bruce Lamont (Brain Tentacles)
SPB: You have a dense and complex sound, heavily featuring jazz influences and an extreme metal basis. Since you are all heavily involved in the more experimental edge of the heavy spectrum, what do you feel like is the next step for the sound of Brain Tentacles?
Bruce: 2017 is the year that we are gonna go for broke. Taking more risks, more chances. We have nothing to lose.
How bout you? 
Amirtha Kidambi
SPB: Your new album features a fair deal of spiritual themes, for instance the themes of creation, destruction, rebirth and repetition. Do you feel that themes from your own background, such as Hinduism, bring a more personal and unique tone to your concepts, and act as an aid in the construction of your music?Amirtha Kidambi: Absolutely. The entire construction of the Holy Science suite is based around the ideas contained within Hindu scripture regarding time cycles. The suite follows these time cycles by name starting with first era of "creation" or the Sathya-Yuga followed by the Treta-Yuga, Dvapara-Yuga and finally the current era of chaos and destruction, the Kali-Yuga. The conception of time as cycles of birth, death and rebirth is a central idea in Hindu philosophy. I grew up Tamil Brahmin and it had a huge impact on me for better or worse. Hinduism as it is practiced today here in the US and in India, is a fairly conservative ideology even though the philosophy is actually incredibly radical and open. I was and still am negotiating that dichotomy and pushed back against the more conservative aspects as I was growing up. At the same time, the spiritual and philosophical ideas largely shape how I view the world and inevitably influence my thinking when it comes to music and creativity, especially improvisation. In Hinduism we have this idea of ego-destruction as a path to truth and I find improvising is one of the few activities where I've felt like I can get close to this idea of transcendence. These Hindu ideas also had a profound impact on artists including John and Alice Coltrane, who are some of my biggest musical influences, so it sort of comes full circle for me. I think the influence of these ideas in my music is not unique in that the influence exists, rather the filter that these ideas flow through. My own identity, personality, musical background and other musical influences transform these ideas into something I think is unique and to be honest pretty weird!

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Bands 1QI: Fast Break! Records, Bobby Kapp, Jason Navarro

Posted Aug. 1, 2017, 1:57 p.m. in Bands by Cheryl

1QI: Fast Break! Records, Bobby Kapp,  Jason Navarro

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 ...

Tim Martinkøvixxx (Fast Break! Records – label manager)
SPB: What is the best pop song of the last 10 years?
Tim: I'm going to cite a track that I found wholly by accident but not, not entirely by design.. Independent music is where my heart lies, so an argument can be made for many tracks form many labels / artists / genres but I'm going to throw a pair of loaded dice and call your decade card at the X. 
Artist: DANGER O's
Album: Little Machines © 2007
Track: Wolf In Sheeps Clothing
This track is the epitome of indie power pop, with a simple melodic guitar and bass driven open soaked in electric icing, all marching with a beat that drives us to a cliff where intertwined vocal melodies carry us as we fall through the sky into an chorus that drowns us in cascading and refracting neon light. It's a fun ride from beginning to end, and a brilliant execution of everything pop. 
Bobby Kapp
You (and Matthew Shipp) come from two different eras of the NY free jazz scene. What did you discover in your recording sessions, about either the past and the present of the scene?
Although there is twenty years between us and each era is different, there are very similar aspects. One is the level of commitment which was life or death back then and is the same now in Matthew. I feel two is that the need to adjust the system of the ‘60s was urgent. Personal freedom was on the line and young people were " dropping out," no matter what the risk, to express themselves and protest oppression of any kind. This is beginning to happen again now because of "45" etc, and as a result, conventional art (which can be beautiful and valid) is still too limited for these new urgent times.
Third, I could find the sound of the people I played with in the sixties in my drums! With the people I've recorded with lately, some are Ivo Perleman, Ras Moshe, Tyler Mitchell, and especially Matthew Shipp. I get their core sound deep in my drums...This is powerful, spiritual, vibrational therapy heading out into the planet. It seems to fill  me with new restorative life energy: practical immortality, if you will.
Jason Navarro  (Hellmouth, Suicide Machines)
SPB: You’ve released a trilogy of records. How has your original vision changed over the years it took for the releases to come to fruition?
Jason: Well, I never thought the trilogy would end on a more positive note. Which partially through the record it became personal and became a positive change in the way I look at myself and the world. Granted we do always tie in oroborus with most of our concept of the trilogy -- as applied every new beginning has to have and the final ending -- I just didn't know that we would see what the change should become with the third installment., I just figured it would be a complete negative end but, in all actuality, it became a positive thing.
The album cover which our sun dwarfing in becoming a black hole which will be the final say in the end of mankind because even after an apocalypse or war to end all wars man would more than like be doomed to repeat its mistakes. And do I repeat my mistakes myself personally, which is more what this album’s oblivion was about. This band and music has calmed me to the point I don’t need it anymore.
New beginnings. 

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