1/31/2012

The Watson Twins @ Troubadour



THE WATSON TWINS are playing with Jessie Baylin tonight at the Troubadour, Jan 31st. Show starts at 8pm. This is the last show of a west coast tour.
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The Cult: Choice of Weapon

THE CULT TO RELEASE NEW STUDIO ALBUM

Band Will Support Release with 2012 World Tour

LOS ANGELES, CA - (TUESDAY, January 31, 2012) - One of the finest British rock acts to have enjoyed worldwide success over the last few decades, The Cult has wrapped up recording Choice of Weapon, the group's first studio album in five years. The album is set for a May 22, 2012 U.S. release on the band's new label Cooking Vinyl, and its 10 tracks reveal the band at its rawest and most visceral, encapsulating cinematic visions and themes of love, revolt, and redemption. Fans can get an early taste of the album by logging onto the band's website - www.thecult.us - where the track "Lucifer" is now available as a free download.
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L-R: Billy Duffy, Chris Wyse,
Ian Astbury, John Tempesta
Choice of Weapon is the follow up to the critically-acclaimed 2007 release Born Into This that the UK's Mojo magazine called "a wholehearted, utopian and irrefutably exciting record." Long-time Cult collaborator and producer Bob Rock (Metallica, Bush), who produced one of The Cult's most successful albums, the Platinum-certified Sonic Temple, put the finishing touches on the foundations that were laid by co-producer Chris Goss (Queens of the Stone Age, U.N.K.L.E., Masters of Reality).

The album was written by Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy, recorded in New York City, Los Angeles, the California high desert, and the band's Witch Mountain studio between July and December 2011. The new release features founding members Astbury on vocals and Duffy on guitars, with drummer John Tempesta and bassist Chris Wyse. "We have had the opportunity to work with two of the most influential and talented producers in the world today," said Astbury. "They pushed us beyond our comfort zone, and helped us craft 'Choice of Weapon.'"

Choice of Weapon is aimed at the heart of The Cult's loyal following. It reflects the current discontent and destruction of our eco systems, the search for individual meaning against a tide of rampant materialism, narcissism and disconnected lives. "We went deeper . . . we worked a bit harder on this record. We have great fans and they deserve our best," added Duffy, "and I feel this is as strong as any album we have ever released.

The Cult is working on film and graphic elements to accompany the album's release, and plans are being confirmed for the band's 2012 World Tour.

The Cult CD cover


Choice of Weapon
* Produced by Chris Goss and Bob Rock
* Release Date: May 22, 2012
* Label: Cooking Vinyl
* All songs by Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy
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Advance music will be available shortly. Please email back with choice of digital download or physical CD.
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Choice of Weapon

Track Listing:

Honey From a Knife

Elemental Light

For The Animals

Life>Death

The Wolf

Amnesia

Lucifer

Wilderness Now

A Pale Horse

This Night in the City Forever

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The Cult Official Web Site:

http://www.thecult.us/

Facebook:

www.facebook.com/official.cult

Twitter:

@THE_CULT_NYC



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A Place To Bury Strangers EP + Tour

A Place To Bury Strangers' New EP Available for Streaming Now
New Tour Dates Announced This Spring
Onwards To The Wall, the new EP from A Place To Bury Strangers, is available for streaming right now - a week in advance of release date - on Hype Machine. The disc has 5 brand new face-melting tracks and will officially be released on Dead Oceans next week on February 7. The Boston Phoenix calls it "indebted to the pleasures of pressure...a suicide tease," and KEXP recently made "So Far Away" their Song of the Day. You can also check out the new video for "So Far Away" created by band member Oliver Ackermann using a collage of his own Hipstamatic photos. SPIN called it an "animated flipbook. There are kissing sequences, driving sequences, mustaches, and cameo appearances from both the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Alamo."

03/08/12 - Toledo, OH - Frankies w/ Big Black Delta
03/11/12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
03/12/12 - San Francisco, CA - Independent*
03/13/12 - San Francisco, CA - Independent*
03/14/12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box*
03/17/12 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre*
03/19/12 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe*^
03/20/12 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre*^
03/21/12 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle w/ Apteka
03/22/12 - Bloomington, IN - The Bluebird*^
03/23/12 - Cincinnati, OH - 20th Century Theatre*^
03/24/12 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade*^
03/25/12 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel*^
03/26/12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club*^
03/28/12 - New York, NY - Terminal 5*^
03/29/12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer*^
03/30/12 - Boston, MA - Paradise*^
03/31/12 - Montreal, QC - Cabaret Mile-End*^
04/02/12 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace*^
* = w/The Joy Formidable
^ = w/Exit Music

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Whispertown "Parallel" EP

WHISPERTOWN TO RELEASE PARALLEL EP MARCH 20TH

FIRST SINGLE "OPEN THE OTHER EYE"

AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD AT WHISPERTOWN.COM

PERFORMING AT SXSW 2012


Acony Records and LA-based Whispertown are proud to announce the March 20th release of the Parallel EP. Whispertown is the latest iteration of the unique vision of Morgan Nagler (songwriter, lead vocals, guitar). What was once The Whispertown 2000 has morphed into a less structured version of itself, with Nagler's unmistakable vocals leading a revolving cast of musicians and artists. As a preview of the upcoming EP, the first single "Open The Other Eye" is available for fans to download at whispertown.com. Whispertown will be performing songs from the EP at SXSW 2012 this March.

Stream "Open The Other Eye" at Soundcloud


As The Whispertown 2000, Nagler and company garnered support slots for Jenny Lewis, The Breeders, Rilo Kiley, Bright Eyes, She & Him, The Elected, Azure Ray, Maria Taylor and many more. The band soon caught the attention of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, inspiring the first signing to their own Acony Records. Shortly thereafter, the band released 2008's Swim, their debut release from Acony, comprised of classic songwriting and harmonious folk-pop. Spin magazine wrote that "Whispertown 2000 separate themselves from L.A.'s soft-rock heap by virtue of Morgan Nagler's acute lyrics and heartsick vocals." Filter praised the album for its "arch simplicity, angst-free acoustic poetics, home-spun urban sweetness, and melodies that start spinning in the head and never stop."


Whispertown's sophomore release on Acony Records, Parallel, sticks to Nagler's earth grounded wisdoms while taking a turn toward a new form of lo-fi electronica. Parallel moves easily through rock gems like "Blood From Wine" and "State Of Mind" with lyrical prowess, only to be punctuated perfectly by stark dance tracks such as "Open The Other Eye." The seven song EP was produced, recorded and mixed by Andy LeMaster (Bright Eyes), Co-Produced by Jake Bellows (Neva Dinova), and was Executive Produced by David Rawlings.


www.whispertown.com


Upcoming Tour Dates:

SXSW 2012

March 17th @ St. David's Church (Hotel Cafe Showcase)

More TBA


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1/30/2012

Lou Reed's Metal Machine Trio @ CSULB

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Dead Kennedys @ MOCA

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Shabazz Palaces US TOUR


SHABAZZ PALACES ANNOUNCE NEW TOUR DATES & VIDE FOR “ARE YOU…CAN YOU…WERE YOU...? (FELT)

Shabazz Palaces:
2011 was a stellar year for Seattle’s Shabazz Palaces, the sonic movement of Palaceer Lazaro (Ishmael Butler). The debut release, Black Up, was one of the most critically celebrated records of 2011, landing of the Best of lists at SPIN, LA Times, The New Yorker, Pitchfork and more. Shabazz Palaces has no plans to slow down in 2012, announcing the groups first official stateside touring, kicking off on April 3 in Minneapolis, with European dates predating their North American tour.

To remind you how truly awesome Shabazz Palaces really is, we thought we would share with you the new video for the groups song “Are You... Can You... Were You...? (Felt)“, which was directed by Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes. You can watch the video by clicking here.


Shabazz Palaces Tour dates:

Saturday, February 18, 2012 La Cave aux poetes, Roubaix France

Sunday, February 19, 2012 Stereolux, Nantes France

Monday February 20, 2012 Les Trinitaires, Metz France

Tuesday February 21, 2012 Strasbourg La Laiterie, France

Friday February 24, 2012 Palace, St Gallen Switzerland

Saturday, February 25, 2012 Stall 6, Zurich Switzerland

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Astoria, Turin Italy

Thursday, March 01, 2012 Circolo degli Artisti, Rome Italy

Friday, March 02, 2012 Bronson, Ravenna Italy

Saturday, March 03, 2012 Studio 2 Vigonovo (Venezia) Italy

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 The Whole, Minneapolis MN (All Ages Show)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 Mad Planet. Milwaukee WI

Thursday, April 5, 2012 Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL

Friday, April 6, 2012 Magic Stick, Detroit MI

Saturday, April 7, 2012 The Horn Gallery, Gambier OH

Sunday, April 2012 The Shadow Lounge, East Liberty PA

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 Lee’s Palace, Toronto ON

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 II Motore, Montreal QC

Thursday, April 12, 2012 Iron Horse, Northampton MA

Friday, April 13 2012 SOB’s, New York NY

Saturday, April 14, 2012 Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn NY
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Lou Reed in Long Beach



Lou Reed in Conversation with Bob Ezrin at Carpenter Center

Lou Reed's Metal Machine Trio at University Art Museum CSULB

Does it sound confusing? Last weekend there was an exhibit of Lou Reed's "Metal Machine Music" in an art gallery and he was here in person to talk about it. Earlier in the day, Lou was over at Fingerprints to sign some records and CDs. There was a long line around the block for the legendary singer of the Velvet Underground. The crowd was large at Carpenter Center in Long Beach. I had never been to this building at the northern tip of CSULB, but it's much like Walt Disney Hall or Luckmann Fine Arts. And we were here for.... a conversation with Bob Ezrin, who produced many of Lou Reed's albums.

The casual conversation drifted off into many areas. Lou Reed repeatedly advised the audience to "walk for ten minutes to the art museum and hear the installation of Metal Machine Music. The conversation became technical and they started talking about vinyl and earplugs. Ezrin mentioned how lousy MP3 were. Lou Reed briefly voiced support for the Occupy Movement. People laughed and were generally bewildered. One man stood up and said: "Talk about the music!" Lou countered: "You don't have to be here, wise guy." The man left, as did a number of people who didn't care for the hour long discussion.

Metal Machine Music was released in 1975. It was an uncompromising album of noise. A few years ago Ulrich Krieger had contacted Reed. Krieger was a music teacher at Cal Arts. He had written down and notated Metal Machine Music. Reed thought that this was impossible. It soon led to live performances and the creation of Metal Machine Trio, with Reed, Krieger, and also Sarth Calhoun. They recorded a live performance at the Blender Theater in 2009. John Zorn also performed with this group. It was recorded by Arup Sound Lab as an ambisonic recording in 3D.

When you get to the installation at the museum, you enter a dark room with 12 speakers. It is a loud hour long performance and sounds like you are onstage with the band. Reed and Ezrin discussed that this new technology was futuristic and advanced. They hoped that many more experiences like this one would happen. This was a revolutionary environment. So after the conversation many of us in the audience headed over to the exhibit to experience this sonic moment in person. Lou Reed and the members of Metal Machine Trio soon appeared.

I entered the dark room. It was hot and crowded. It was meant for twenty people but at least 50 had crowded the room. I stepped out to listen from outside. The second time I entered the room, people were sitting in a circle, and it seemed like some satanic ritual. Lou Reed himself entered the room for a while. This was an amazing experience.

This will be at the museum until April 15th, 2012: www.csulb.edu/uam

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1/29/2012

The Return of Death By Chocolate

This is the second band in 2012, who I interviewed many years ago, and disappeared, and then made a return this year. Actually Death By Chocolate are on their third album. They are on Darla Records. They still have not played any gigs but you can check them out here. And here's the old interview:

The Land of Chocolate
Death by Chocolate is a new interesting group being foisted on the American public. Where do they come from and what are they about? This playful record is a mix of sixties psychedelia and bubble gum pop. Imagine Captain Beefheart meets Shampoo. Angela Faye Tillet is a teenage chambermaid from Clacton-on-Sea, miles and years from London. Songs like "Mustard Yellow" and "Ice Cold Lemonade" recall a different time and place, and should go down well with people with "Japan" fever. They also do songs by Dudley Moore, and from the movie Harold and Maude, plus the theme song from The Flying Nun. I talked to lead singer, Angela Faye Tillet the other day on the phone right before Angela had to go to work.

AL: Is this a band proper or is just you?

Angela: Oh no it's a band. It's me and two other guys. There's also a producer who decides what we will record. They do the music and I do most of the lyrics.

AL: How did you find each other?

Angela: Through Michael Alway who runs the label, L Records. He got us together, because he knew we were of like minds. We got along immediately.

AL: Were you in other bands before that?

Angela: I did some stuff with Michael Alway, but not really, I was in no other bands. Death by Chocolate has been together for a year now. We did a couple of tracks for a compilation, "Songs for The Jet Set, volume 3." That seems like a long time ago.

AL: Were those like demo songs?

Angela: Yeah, it was a practice for the album. We wanted to see what it would be like.

AL: The album seems like it was conceived as a whole, mixing the spoken bits and the songs. Who's idea was that?

Angela: A bit of both really. Michael wanted to do stuff about colors and things like that. I had to write down what all these colors meant to me. It all comes down to editing.

AL: Were you influenced by children's stories?

Angela: We wanted it to be like you were watching the film Willy Wonka.

AL: Have you played any shows yet?

Angela: None. We want to. We just want to establish ourselves and release a few records and get known. But I am looking forward to playing some live shows. I hope so. It might be like a picnic in the park. I can't imagine it being like a normal evening in a club. We want to have sets and scenery.

AL: So you live outside London?

Angela: Yeah, I live in Colchester. It's about an hour out on the train from London.

AL: Has that influenced you and your music?

Angela: You mean being out in the sticks? Probably because when you grow up in a small village you are only surrounded by people who are into the same things that you are into. I think so. You get narrow minded about things, sometimes in a good way and sometimes in bad way. I think we have went in the good way. It's more inspiring and realistic in a way. London is all very well, but a bit of a nightmare and really expensive. Living in London is expensive.

AL: You have lived in London?

Angela: I used to work there when I was at school. It was a ride but a little bit too hairy for my taste. I used to work for the government. I worked in the publicity office. It's a job that you do when you're at school. It was at Whitehall right by Big Ben.

AL: What do you do now?

Angela: I work in a pub. I grew up in a pub, so I like it. That's what they did. I like to drive around in my car. I like Cider. I drink Guinness too.

AL: You have a song about Salvador Dali? What was that about?

Angela: Oh that was Mike's idea. It's just titles and things about paintings mixed together. I suppose that I like art.

AL: Are you a fan of Dali?

Angela: Not particularly. I think he's quite dark. I do appreciate him, but he's not my thing.

AL: Many of his painting are about masturbation and being a narcissist.

Angela: Yeah, I know. All fucked up things. I like things a little bit more straight and narrow.

AL: You did a song from the movie "Harold and Maude." Was that your idea?

Angela:
No. That was something that Joe was into. I haven't seen it. I knew you were going to ask me that. I should buy it on video. I'll make an effort. I've heard about it.

AL: What about "The Singing Nun?"

Angela: Which one? The Singing Nun? I don't know which one you mean?

AL: Sally Field. "Who Needs Wings to Fly?"

Angela:
Right. When people say that I think that they're saying The Leaping Nun. Sorry. Mike was a big fan of that song. I liked it a lot. We did it a long time ago.

AL: Are you a big Dudley Moore fan?

Angela: He's alright.

AL: Do you have any favorite films?

Angela: That's one of those questions where you draw a blank. Well, Bedazzled obviously. I like Ghostbusters. Anything that has Bill Murray in it is fabulous.

AL: I like Rushmore a lot.

Angela: I never heard of that. When did that come out?

AL: About two years ago.

Angela: Wooo. That went by.

AL: It's a great film. It's one of the great Bill Murray films.

Angela: Is it? What's it like? What does he play in it?

AL: He plays a rich guy. There's a private school. One of the students falls in love with a female teacher. Bill Murray has two sons at the school. The student looks to Bill Murray for help, and they both end up battling for the girl.

Angela: Sounds familiar now actually. Sounds nice.

AL: What about TV shows?

Angela:
There's a few good things on at the moment which are quite obscure. Comedies. We have a program called "Operation Good Guys" which is a spoof of police documentaries. There are a few fake news programs. I used to be really into comedy. These are things that you haven't heard of, because nothing has crossed the Atlantic.

AL: Why do you think people choose to do music?

Angela: You have to want to do it because you believe in personal expression. Don't bend over backwards to please other people. Just do something silly and relevant to yourself. You are not going to change the world and be anything better than you are. Do it for the right reason.
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The Good Natured @ Echo

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1/28/2012

The Dead Kennedys @ MOCA



DEAD KENNEDYS perform with X and The Avengers at MOCA today, January 28th 2012, 7pm.
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1/27/2012

Bonnaroo: What, Which This, That, The Other

BONNAROO: WHAT, WHICH THIS, THAT, THE OTHER;

BOOK AVAILABLE NOW VIA BONNAROO.COM;

IN STORES NATIONWIDE APRIL 1

FIRST OFFICIAL BOOK ON THE LEGENDARY FESTIVAL

CONTAINS OVER 400 PHOTOS

ESSAY BY ALAN LIGHT AND WRITTEN CONTRIBUTIONS BY TOP ARTISTS

Superfly Presents, A.C. Entertainment, and publisher Abrams Image, are proud to announce the release of the book, BONNAROO: WHAT, WHICH, THIS, THAT, THE OTHER. The book is available now, and can be purchased via bonnaroo.com. It will be in stores nationwide on April 1, 2012. This first official book about the country's premier summer music and arts festival contains over 400 photos covering all 10 years of Bonnaroo, featuring shots taken by some of the best shooters working in music today, including Danny Clinch, C. Taylor Crothers, Jeff Kravitz, and Ryan Mastro, among others. It also highlights numerous personal anecdotes from fans, the festival producers, various staff, and some of the top musicians and comedians who have performed there.


Organized like a virtual journey through the festival itself (the book title comes from the names of the performance stages), it is a stunning, visceral celebration of the irrepressible spirit of the music, the artists and the community that make up Bonnaroo. It also celebrates the deeply collaborative nature of the festival -- a give-and-take continuum that occurs between bands and other bands; fans and their favorite bands; the festival and the local community and the land it's held on -- a place so uniquely located and laid out that it gives one the feeling that this beautiful thing could only exist right where it does. Most significantly, it honors the greatest collaboration -- the one between the fans themselves, who build an unspoken trust with one another and peacefully coexist while assembling what becomes the sixth largest city in Tennessee for the best weekend of their lives.


From dazzling atmospheric photos to exclusive up-close-and-personal shots of the artists both backstage and onstage, BONNAROO: WHAT, WHICH, THIS, THAT, THE OTHER profoundly captures the breadth and depth of what the Wall Street Journal called "one of rock's best festivals." Each photo bursts with the energy, power, and excitement one feels on the farm every day and night at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, an event Rolling Stone famously hailed as"one of the 50 moments to change the history of rock n'roll." With each page, the reader is treated to the best seats in the house.


BONNAROO: WHAT, WHICH, THIS, THAT, THE OTHER boasts an essay written by Alan Light, frequent contributor to New York Times and Rolling Stone, and Bonnaroo veteran of many years. It was edited by Holly George-Warren, the award-winning author and editor of many books on music and pop-culture.


"The book is as close as one can get to the feeling of actually being at the festival," says Superfly's Kerry Black. "It truly captures the spirit of Bonnaroo."


"Abrams has a rich history of publishing books on music and musicians," says Senior VP and Publisher of Abrams Steve Tager. "From the Beatles to CBGB's and most recently George Harrison, and rock photographers such as Bob Gruen and Lynn Goldsmith. We are thrilled to be working with Bonnaroo on a book that captures the excitement and cultural significance of this epic show."


About Bonnaroo:

Set on 700 acres in Manchester, TN, Bonnaroo is a four-day festival that draws 80,000 fans every summer. Featuring over 120 musical performances, along with comedy, cinema, sustainability workshops and more, the grounds are converted into a virtual city of music and art. The legendary event began in 2002 as a remarkable idea to serve a passionate fanbase, and ended up becoming the premier multi-day concert destination of the summer which dynamic and eclectic programming paved the way for the age of the great American music festival. Bonnaroo has now evolved into becoming much more than just a concert destination; it has become a cultural touchstone and, for two generations of music fans, a rite of passage.


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Ane Brun "It All Starts with One"

Ane Brun

It All Starts with One

(May 1, [PIAS] America)



“Do You Remember” featuring First Aid Kit MP3

Download It Here!


Much like her music, the path that led Ane Brun to It All Starts With One was peaceful, unhurried and full of unexpected, subtle surprises. It’s taken her from her small Norwegian hometown of Molde, to Barcelona where she was a street performer, and across the US last year supporting Peter Gabriel and singing on his New Blood album. The adventures culminated with the making of her new album It All Starts with One, a platinum hit in Norway for which she just won their Grammy equivalent, the Spellemann award, for best female artist. Download the lead single, “Do You Remember” featuring First Aid Kit here, feel free to post and share. Watch the transfixing video, the first in a series, here. Also, watch Ane and First Aid Kit team up for a stellar live performance of the track here.
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1/26/2012

Warpaint @ Space 1520



WARPAINT is playing Space 1520 today Thursday, January 26th, 2012.
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Mark Stewart vs. Primal Scream video

Mark Stewart vs. Primal Scream

Exclusive Video Premiere of “Autonomia”

on The Onion's A.V. Club


Click HERE to Watch the New Video Directed By Douglas Hart
(founding member of The Jesus and Mary Chain)


Starting out as a teenager in the late 70s with the Pop Group and thru the 80’s with the Maffia up to his new solo record, Mark Stewart has led the attack on conformist reality. Mark is a constant inspiration and a true Thief of Fire. A poet of paranoia and a great laugh. What a guy.”Primal Scream

Approaching the release of his eagerly anticipated album The Politics of Envy (due out March 26th via Future Noise Music), Mark Stewart has joined forces with fellow subversive musical compatriot Bobby Gillespie and his band, Primal Scream, to release the video for his first single ‘Autonomia.

Directed by Douglas Hart, founding member and bassist of The Jesus and Mary Chain, the video exhibits a raw, riotous & feverish vivacity infused with the artists’ trademark punk rock ethos to convey the song’s deep political message.

Written about Carlo Giuliani, an autonomist protestor killed in the 2001 G8 demonstrations in Genoa, 'Autonomia' features Bobby Gillespie's frenetic call-and-response chant with Stewart. Stewart explains that when he started writing the song “it was kind of like a protest song ... afterwards I started getting on with Bobby and I asked Adrian [Sherwood] about doing it. It’s important that people hear about the story, it’s the message and the atmosphere as much as anything." ‘Autonomia’ the single will be released through Future Noise Music on February 20th.

Hart, who has been orchestrating music videos for over 30 years, has directed over 80 videos, including a number of videos for Primal Scream. Recently he directed a semi autobiographical short film entitled “Long Distance Information” which was screened at the 2011 London Film Festival.

Joining Bobby Gillespie and Primal Scream on the album is cult film-maker Kenneth Anger, original Clash/PiL guitarist Keith Levene, NYC punk innovator Richard Hell, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Gina Birch of the Raincoats, Slits bassist Tessa Pollitt, Jesus And Mary Chain bassist Douglas Hart, Factory Floor, and Daddy G of Massive Attack.

www.markstewartmusic.com


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Chelsea Wolfe @ Echoplex



Chelsea Wolfe plays the Echoplex today, Thursday, January 26th, 2012.
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Anton Newcombe discovers new band: Magic Castles

Anton Newcombe from Brian Jonestown Massacre loves Minneapolis' MAGIC CASTLES so much, he signed them and is releasing their double album and taking them on tour.

I love a band that encourages me to, "Sit back, light up a smoke and enjoy!"

MAGIC CASTLES RELEASE DOUBLE ALBUM MARCH 20th, 2012

The band's patchwork snippets of influence form an alluring concoction that shines with the best of the cities' soothsayers and sits comfortably with the history books. - MINNEAPOLIS CITY PAGES

MINNEAPOLIS LIVE DATE/Record Release Show: Saturday, April 14 @ Kitty Cat Klub

Magic Castles are set to release their eponymous double album on March 20th, 2012 through ‘a’ Records. Along with individual shows in the Midwest, the band is slated to join Brian Jonestown Massacre on the East Coast tour of the United States in 2012.

Stream the following tracks from Magic Castles:

Death Dreams:” http://soundcloud.com/magic-castles/death-dreams

Ballad Of The Golden Bird:” http://soundcloud.com/magic-castles/ballad-of-the-golden-bird

View the psychotropic video for “Ballad Of The Golden Bird:” http://youtu.be/LzytADGpfRA

Magic Castles have self-released three albums (two in 2009), all of which are currently out of print. But through word of mouth and blogs, the band’s profile spread and a YouTube video was passed to the legendary Anton Newcombe (Brian Jonestown Massacre) via his Ustream.tv outlet, We Are The Radio/Dead TV experimental social media phenomenon in 2010.

Anton Newcombe remembers, "The song that introduced me to Magic Castles was ‘Ballad of the Golden Bird.’ I really think it is special, so much so, I decided to ask the group if I could release this record through my label, ‘a’ Records. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do..."

Magic Castles are a band from Minneapolis, Minnesota that was abruptly formed in 2006 by Jason Edmonds, with the help of guitarist, Jeremiah Doering and bassist, Paul Fuglestad plusa rotating cast of players and friends. Lyrically concerned with trolls, golden birds, and other creatures conjured from the lands of the mushroomed mind (otherwise known as “mysticore”), the band takes a journey-is-better-than-the destination approach.

Inspired by Spacemen 3, Skygreen Leopards, Galaxie 500, the band combines warm Farfisa drones with hazy guitars and bright vocal harmonies to create something similar without sounding redundant. Whether it be storybook psych, mildewy dark garage, or forest folk, the band crafts its songs using an expansive approach that deftly oscillates between traditional song form and stretched-out, slowly unwinding abstract passages, managing both poles without a smudge of awkwardness.

Sit back, light up a smoke and enjoy!

MAGIC CASTLES ARE:

Jason Edmonds (guitar & vocals)
Jeremiah Doering (guitar & vocals)
Paul Fuglestad (bass)
Noah Skogerboe (keyboards & vocals)
Brendan McInerney (drums)
Matt Van Genderen (drums)

Magic Castles DOUBLE LP-Track Listing / Available on 180 gram Black virgin vinyl.

SIDE A - 1) Death Dreams 2) Now I'm a Little Cloud 3) Imaginary Friends

SIDE B –1) Ballad of the Golden Bird, 2) All My Prayers...

SIDE C – 1) Songs of the Forest 2) 10,100 3) Letterbox

SIDE D –1) Big Sur 2) Mystical Sage Warrior 3) Emory's Memories

Magic Castles CD Track Listing

1) Death Dreams 2) Now I'm a Little Cloud 3) Imaginary Friends 4) Ballad of the Golden Bird 5) All My Prayers... 6) Songs of the Forest 7) 10,100 8) Letterbox 9) Big Sur 10) Mystical Sage Warrior 11) Emory's Memories

DISCOGRAPHY

Lore of Mysticore (May 2008) (out of print – available on iTunes)

Dreams of Dreams of Dreams (released May 2009) (out of print)

Songs of the Forest ~ (October 2009) (out of print– available on iTunes)

http://listn.to/MAGICCASTLES

http://soundcloud.com/magic-castles



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1/25/2012

Stony Island @ Cinefamily

STONY ISLAND
(first 35mm screening in 30 years, director Andrew Davis in person!)

Friday, February 10th | 10:30pm

Presented by The Numero Group. Co-presented by Cinespia.

For the first time in 30 years, this classic slice of ‘70s Chicago storytelling comes to the big screen in 35mm, with director Andrew Davis (The Fugitive) in person! Featuring a legion of legendary Chicago players (Gene Barge, Phil Upchurch, Larry Ball, Richie Davis, Tennyson Stephens, Ronnie Barron and a young Susanna Hoffs) alongside Dennis Franz and Rae Dawn Chong, Stony Island tells the story of a group of multiracial R&B performers, and how they're affected by the death of a veteran musician from their circle. This super-rare film gives you a priceless look back at Chicago’s South Side neighborhood, at a time when very few films were made in within the city at all -- and also contains a Medium Cool-inspired sequence filmed at Mayor Richard J. Daley’s funeral. Soon to be released this Spring 2012 on DVD/download for the first time, Stony Island is an incredible time capsule, and provides a sweetly funky soundtrack to boot. Andrew Davis will be here at the Cinefamily for a Q&A -- and Numero Group DJs will be here to spin tunes both before and after the film!
Dir. Andrew Davis, 1978, 35mm, 97 min.

Watch a vintage TV commercial spot for "Stony Island"!


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Middle Class Rut announce winter tour

MIDDLE CLASS RUT GEARS UP FOR TOUR

WITH CHEVELLE & JANUS

NEW SINGLE "ARE YOU ON YOUR WAY" HEATING UP

The Sacramento-based rock duo Middle Class Rut is gearing up for a run of dates with Chevelle and Janus. Beginning February 24 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the band will make their way around the Midwest and East Coast, with stops in New York, Providence, Atlantic City, Nashville, and more.


Middle Class Rut is touring in support of their debut album, No Name No Color,which spawned the smash radio hit "New Low" - reaching #5 at Alternative Radio. The anticipated new single "Are You On Your Way" will impact around the start of the tour. Having been named a "2011 Artist to Watch" by MTV and scoring a coveted spot in USA Today's "On the Verge" feature, Middle Class Rut are one of the most promising acts of the year. BBC Radio 1's tastemaker Zane Lowe awarded them Hottest Record honors, calling them "something propulsive and tribal that promises to unleash the rock, but remains unexpectedly restrained." AOL's Noisecreep declares the album "raucous, melodic rock," while Alternative Press asserts "MC Rut are riveting, the rawness and intensity of their performance drenched in the pints of sweat they undoubtedly shed at every show."


Middle Class Rut's resplendent cover of the Bob Dylan classic"Hurricane" is now available for purchase via all online outlets. The digital bundle also features an exclusive live version of "New Low" (from No Name No Color) and "Dead Set" (from 25 Years EP), recorded live in the UK at Zane Lowe's Maida Vale session and at XFM Studios, respectively. The "Hurricane" 10" is also available on vinyl - order it HERE.


Middle Class Rut's Zack Lopez (vocals, guitar) and Sean Stockham (vocals, drums), have been playing together since they were teenagers. The pair records every song they write together almost immediately upon coming up with the idea in their rehearsal space, capturing the instantaneous spirit of a track while still in the moment. They've toured with a range of artists, including Linkin Park, Social Distortion, Alice in Chains, Them Crooked Vultures, ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, The Bronx and AWOLNATION. Their track "Lifelong Dayshift" is also featured on the exclusive GameStop release of the Transformers: Dark of the Moon soundtrack.


MIDDLE CLASS RUT TOUR DATES:

With Chevelle and Janus

2/24/12 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Orbit Room

2/25/12 - Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere's Entertainment Center

2/26/12 - Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theatre

2/28/12 - Portland, ME @ State Theatre

2/29/12 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

3/02/12 - Providence, RI @ Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel

3/03/12 - Atlantic City, NJ @ House of Blues

3/05/12 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!

3/06/12 - Norfolk, VA @ The NorVA

3/08/12 - Knoxville, TN @ The Valarium

3/09/12 - Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works

3/10/12 - Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre

3/11/12 - Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theatre

3/13/12 - Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion

3/14/12 - Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium

3/16/12 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom


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