Since 2013, Miscalculations have been creating amazingly agitated yet melodic punk rock from their home base in London. They have released four full length albums (Miscalculations, A View For Glass Eyes, Kill The Whole Cast and Echolocation) as well as a handful of 7" records, one being a split with The Stitches.
Sharp Solution, which was recently released on limited edition white vinyl via Rockstar Records (Germany), raises the bar on the band's precise brand of electro-sprinkled punk rock. Helmed by charismatic front man Marco Palumbo Rodrigues the band features Mauro Venegas (guitar), Robert Persson (bass), and Shaun Clark (drums).
You can hear all of Sharp Solution now on Bandcamp.
DINOSAUR JR. need no introduction. One of the most successful and influential alternative guitar bands from America, and fronted by laconic singer/guitarist J. Mascis, they've enjoyed global success and inspired generations, from Grunge onwards.
First issued in 2002 only in the States and Australia, EAR BLEEDING COUNTRY is the only career-spanning compilation of Dinosaur Jr. This is the first time this collection has been made available outside of those territories.
With the full support of the band, EAR BLEEDING COUNTRY now boasts a whole second CD of highlights from the band's career, bringing the story up-to-date in 2018, with selections chosen by the band's huge fan base.
The first six tracks on Disc 1 and the first three tracks on Disc 2 are drawn from the band's early career in the 1980s, when they recorded for independent labels like Homestead and SST. Among them are the classic single 'Freak Scene' and the follow-up cover of The Cure's 'Just Like Heaven'.
Most of the compilation samples the best of Dinosaur Jr.'s output after signing with Warner Bros in 1990, including hit singles such as 'The Wagon', 'Whatever's Cool With Me', 'Out There', 'Start Choppin' and 'Feel The Pain'.
Also included are two tracks by J. Mascis' post-Dinosaur Jr. band The Fog and tracks from Dinosaur Jr.'s more recent albums (issued since 2002, when Ear Bleeding Country originally came out), including the band's most recent single 'Hold Unknown'
This package has now been remastered and includes original sleeve-notes by Byron Coley and a new introductory essay from Dinosaur Jr. fan Henry Rollins.
It will be available on October 26th, but you can pre-order it HERE.
RED FANG just shared a cover of the 1978 cult hit “Listen to the Sirens” originally performed by Gary Numan’s Tubeway Army. The official music video directed by Ray Gordon is HERE.
The music video which is a departure from RED FANG’s usual antics, showcases the band playing the song in their rehearsal place while taking in the sites and sounds of their hometown, Portland.
The group commented about the cover / video:
"We've been a fan of Tubeway Army for a long time. It was a blast to record a song of theirs with Adam Pike and equally great to make a video with Ray Gordon! I hope people get as creeped out by our version of Listen to Sirens as the original!"
Additionally, RED FANG begin their US Fall headlining tour, sponsored by Kerrang!, next week with support from Big Business, Monolord (select dates), and Dead Now. RED FANG has also announced a string of New Year’s Eve shows in the Pacific Northwest. Select dates with Thunderpussy, R.I.P., Wizard Rifle and Gaythiest. All confirmed tour dates are available below.
Stream RED FANG’s discography HERE.
A full of collection of RED FANG music videos are available via YouTube HERE.
RED FANG’s latest album Only Ghosts is out now on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical packages and digital orders are available via Relapse.com HERE and Bandcamp HERE.
RED FANG Tour Dates:
--- All Dates Sep 11 - 28 w/ Big Business & Dead Now ---
# w/ Monolord & Dead Now, No Big Business
"We've finally become the band that we've always threatened to be," says singer-bassist Eddie Spaghetti, calling, as ever, from the road. With the Supersucker odometer clicking on three decades this very year, the self-proclaimed Greatest Rock n' Roll Band in the World is marking the occasion with a loud, resounding Suck It. Off the blocks, this 12th studio album from the band showcases a ruthless, get-it-done trio that sounds rebuilt from Motorhead parts, with a singer-bassist transmuting Lemmy's mojo to rasp "You said to grab it / Just hook or stab it / And now I gotta have it - All of the time."
"Once we tapped into that vibe, we really ran with it," Eddie says of All the Time, which opens an album he and core 'Suckers Marty Chandler (guitar) and drummer Chris Von Streicher (drums) recorded early this year at Bismeaux Studio in Austin, TX, cutting all ten tracks in four days. "And it sounds great," says Eddie. "There's not a lick I wish we could have back."
One upside to putting 30 years of work in: You get better. One downside: Few around you do. The History of Rock n' Roll begins by lamenting a key knowledge gap among youngsters: "The difference between what sucks and what's good" - going on to illustrate the latter with an exuberant chorus: "Like Rocket From The Crypt / And the New Bomb Turks / Let's hear it for the Hangmen / Yeah they know how it works..." The list goes on: "How 'bout Zen Guerrilla man / They were fucking killer / And I am just amazed / Every time I see the Bell Rays." In the tradition of "Dancing in the Streets" or "Land of 1,000 Dances," the rhyming list song flips a crank's tirade into a roll call of fallen heroes: "Don't forget Danko and the Didjits / And the motherfucking Dwarves man / Yeah the Dwarves!" Eddie Spaghetti says it's all from the heart. "I had the line in my head for a long time - 'a footnote to an anecdote in the history of Rock n' Roll,'" he recalls. "I'm happy it came off snarky and crotchety but at the same time, celebratory about all these great bands that I really love, wish everybody else loved, and get bent out of shape that they don't."
By rights, Eddie Spaghetti should be way more than bent out of shape. Three years ago, he packed his wife Jessica, their sons Quattro and Zeke, and daughter Elvis into an SUV pulling a 29-foot Argosy Airstream, setting out from Seattle to spend a year as a family on the road - a year that was ended eight days later by a patch of black ice in Oklahoma. "That turned everything upside down," Eddie says of the crash, which was swiftly followed by a diagnosis of throat cancer and put the uninsured sometime country singer on a blue-collar trajectory from trailer to ICU room in just under six months. With his family living out of a minivan, Eddie got treated at City of Hope in Los Angeles, spending four days intubated and another six months fed by a tube before clawing his way back to Rock n' Roll. "I'm back, for sure," he says now. "It was a rough one though."
Since this is the first batch of Supersuckers released since then, some come from genuine darkness. "Everything happens for a reason" begins the track Dead Inside. "What a stupid thing to say." Four-on-the-floor cowbell and singsong chorus turn this telegram from the abyss into what Eddie rightly calls "a pop song. Back when bands used to have hits, this one could totally be a hit." The Worst Thing Ever describes the bottom in these same straight-shooting terms, the kind you hear throughout the Supersuckers oeuvre-giddily trashy paeans to hooch, Satan, or deviant sex in offhandedly-witty light verse.
This has been more or less their métier since the group of high school buddies from Tucson first moved to Seattle in 1990, signing with Sub Pop and becoming grunge's sole country-music dabblers, going so far as to back up Willie Nelson on the Tonight Show. On Suck It, Eddie's forays into country are reflected solely in the bluesy nod of Cold, Wet Wind. Otherwise, their expansive hardcore-band aesthetic came through time-tested Supersucker methodology: "writing songs in hotel rooms, dirty back stages, and all the shitholes we're always play at," says Eddie, whose fleet pen and nimble wit aren't to be overlooked-the gifts of a NSFW James Thurber or an inhalant-abusing Dorothy Parker.
"If somebody is a carpenter for 30 years, they're gonna be a fucking good carpenter, you know?" says Eddie. "So it shouldn't be such a surprise that a band just gets better over time and I really genuinely believe that we have," he says. And near-death experiences aside, Eddie says "It's really sort of a miracle. I mean, who does anything for 30 years anymore?" On this summer's 30th-anniversary tour, the band will play songs from Suck It, some country faves, and two of their Sub Pop records in its entirety.
As a whole, Suck It brings to mind that old friend who's awesome to hang out with even if his life is in the shitter. "I tend to do my best work when I'm feeling good," Eddie says. "I don't tend to channel dark stuff into my Rock n' Roll, but it makes for a more interesting record. I've come to realize what we do is not for everyone, but I still feel like we have hit songs. This one sounds like it's coming from dudes in their 50s who've been doing it for a long time and have this stupid hope that someday somebody will hear our song and make it popular like it oughta be. Because that is the truth."
US Tour Dates 2018:
2018 has had no shortage of talented new musicians from all over the world. We're breaking down our Top 10 favorites, both new and not-so-new but definitely not old...
10. AMYL & THE SNIFFERS "Cup Of Destiny"
9. GOAT GIRL "The Man"
8. MOTORCADE "Recover"
7. LET'S EAT GRANDMA "Hot Pink"
6. PRIEST "Call My Name"
5. ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER "Talking Straight"
4. THE CHATS "Do What I Want"
3. YUNO "No Going Back"
2. CZARFACE & MF DOOM "Phantoms"
1. UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA "Everyone Acts Crazy Nowadays"
Jenny Hollingworth and Rosa Walton, the duo known as Let's Eat Grandma from Norwich UK, have been amassing critical acclaim for their semi-spooky electronic pop dreamscapes ever since they released I Gemini back in 2016. Their band name is taken from a grammatical joke meant to emphasize the importance of comma placement.
With their teen years waning, their new album I’m All Ears reveals just how well they have managed artistic growth and personal development. As Flood Magazine writes, "The album is a tumultuous and playful ride that leads back to hopeful moments—recording sounds of shattered glass, nodding to the chaos of a pub, the recording of a Nokia ringtone, and even a cat’s purr."
I’m All Ears is available now via Rough Trade Records.
This is the first in a series of features entitled "Old Music Friday." Why? Because most new music stinks!
Over 20 years ago, a virtually unknown singer / songwriter named Johnny Polonsky released his debut album "Hi My Name Is Johnny" on American Recordings. This masterpiece included 10 tracks, each of which could easily stand alone as a single. The album showcased Polonsky's ability to craft the perfect Pop Rock song.
Immediately after the record's release, Polonsky and his band toured as the main support act for Frank Black on his "Teenager Of the Year" tour. He was also featured on the 1996 Lollapalooza summer tour on the 2nd stage.
According to his bio, Polonsky was born in Chicago and raised in suburban Wilmette, Illinois. He began writing, recording and self-releasing homemade cassettes as a teenager, under the name The Amazing Jonny Polonsky. Using the 411 public phone records, Polonsky was able to reach and befriend musical heroes of his such as guitarists Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello), Zander Schloss (Joe Strummer, Circle Jerks), Reeves Gabrels (David Bowie, Tin Machine), and Pixies singer Frank Black/Black Francis.
Polosky would go on to release 7 albums with his fifth full length record, Fresh Flesh released in January 2018. It was recorded with his live band in two days at Rick Rubin's studio, Shangri La Studios, in Malibu CA. It features guest performances by vocalist Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age), and drummer Kevin Haskins of Bauhaus (band), Love and Rockets (band), and Tones on Tail.
Front Line Assembly has leaked a new track from the WarMech album, this time with electronic music go-to site Resident Advisor. You can stream the track here.
Front Line Assembly founder Bill Leeb is joined on WarMech by Jared Slingerland, Sasha Keevil, Craig Johnsen, and the late-great Jeremy Inkel on a tour de force 12-track full-length album that is as much electronic masterpiece as it is a game soundtrack gold join head of arsenal Bill Leeb. WarMech ranges from industrial to ambient to techno, and will blow the minds of fans of the earlier AirMech soundtrack, as well as long-time fans of Front Line Assembly.
The album will be released on June 22 via Toronto-based Artoffact Records. A double vinyl, including black and greasy-mess versions follows in August, just in time for the band's European tour. The vinyl comes in a gatefold sleeve designed exclusively by Dave McKean, and you also get a collectable, branded download card. CD digipak version also available.
AirMech Wastelands expands the AirMech universe through experiencing the journey from a scavenger to a commander in the war against the machines. After global conflict erased countries and borders, automated armies continued their mission by restoring production of WarMechs to finish their directive.
Front Line Assembly will be on the road this August and September in Europe with Die Krupps. As they return to North America, the band will be performing at all three Cold Waves Festival in NYC, Chicago and LA!
FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY: Bandcamp / Facebook
ARTOFFACT: Bandcamp / Facebook
Round Eye, the experimental, sax wielding, freak punk outfit have accrued a loud and controversial name for themselves since forming in 2012. The Shanghai based group have as of late been a crucial force in bridging a wide gap between the eastern and western hemispheres of DIY punk rock. Along with blazing a trail all over the globe they've played host to visiting western punks and some legends as well sharing stages with acts such as The Fleshtones, MDC, Mike Watt + The Missingmen, D.O.A., The FUs, The Boys (UK), Paul Collins Beat, M.O.T.O., Ceremony, Iceage, and eastern notables such as P.K.14, SMZB, SUBS, Hang on the Box, and during a mainland tour of China with UK punk legends The Boys, they were forced to literally move the tour underground after being banned by the Ministry of Culture for lewd artwork on a tour poster. VICE Magazine documented one of their 'bunker' gigs in Beijing in glorious baijiu filled detail.
The band has drawn comparisons to the Stooges, Captain Beefheart, Dr. Feelgood and The Fall but have more often fallen into a category all their own. Last summer Round Eye performed at Taiwan's biggest music festival Spring Scream and toured Europe and the UK (a 60+ date tour) supporting Monstervision. Now they've set their sights on the US...
US TOUR DATES:
NOTHING return with their third installment, Dance On The Blacktop. The next chapter of NOTHING's story pulls from all corners of life in its contents. Stories of self loathing, self destruction, and a general disdain for humanity and its, "insignificant" role in Domenic Palermo's vision of the universe are met with his poised amusement and tranquil hysteria being one himself. All of this told through the eyes of a recently diagnosed Palermo suggesting he is dealing with the early stages of CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy), a neurodegenerative disease found in people with serious head injuries. And as they packed themselves in a coffin-sized NYC apartment for 23 days to demo songs it became clear that the ripple effect left upon his psyche from dealing with these newfound symptoms would leave its mark on the material.
NOTHING sought out celebrated producer John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr, Breeders, Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile) to help accentuate the band's love for all sounds 90s, from rock to shoegaze to pop realms and on both sides of the pond. The next month was spent tracking at the historical Dreamland Studios in Woodstock, NY with newly appointed bassist Aaron Heard. As days moved by, Palermo spewed songs of heightened confusion, anxiety, paranoia, depression, and chronic battles with physical pain- a result of his unstable past and more recent illness. These themes, spoken in a lush angelic language are juxtaposed against the band's now signature apocalyptic, reverberating wall of shimmering sound, all captured beautifully by Agnello and the open room.
"Zero Day", the album's lead single, debuted today via Stereogum who caught up with the band to discuss the making of the album, its themes, concepts and more for their most recent Cover Story. Palermo further explains "Zero Day refers to the amount of difficulty a person faces when attempting to close the door on all sense, meaning, or value when thinking on our existence is hard to put in words, but to me it has always been the latter. I've laid awake countless nights contemplating human life, its hostile uselessness, and why I'm one of the few who choose to see it that way yet manage to move onward. So I suppose in that sense Zero Day is a song of paradoxical enlightenment". Read all about it here.
Dance On The Blacktop
August 24, 2018
1 - Zero Day
2 - Blue Line Baby
3 - You Wind Me Up
4 - Plastic Migraine
5 - Us/We/Are
6 - Hail On Palace Pier
7 - I Hate The Flowers
8 - The Carpenters Son
9 - (HOPE) Is Just Another Word With A Hole In It
NOTHING Live Dates:
9/07: Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel $
9/08: Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop $
9/09: Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups $
9/11: Detroit, MI - The Shelter $
9/12: Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall $
9/13: Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry #
9/14: Lawrence, KS - Record Bar #
9/15: Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater #
9/18: San Jose, CA - The Ritz #
9/19: San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall #
9/20: Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theater #
9/22: San Diego, CA - Soda Bar #
9/23: Phoenix, AZ - The Rebel Lounge #
9/25: Dallas, TX - Club Dada ^
9/26: Austin, TX - Mohawk ^
9/27: Houston, TX - Secret Group ^
9/29: Atlanta, GA - Masquerade ^
9/30: Durham, NC - Motorco Music Hall ^
10/05: Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw ^
10/06: Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer ^
10/07: Boston, MA - The Sinclair ^
$ w/ Culture Abuse, Smut
# w/ Culture Abuse, Big Bite, Smut
^ w/ The Swirlies, Big Bite, Smut
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