Sun Blood Stories Release Live from the Banana Stand

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 3rd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Okay, so this one’s been out for a couple weeks. I’ll admit I stumbled on it yesterday while I was revisiting — yet again — the Bandcamp page of Idaho’s Sun Blood Stories to take another listen to their 2015 album, Twilight Midnight Morning (review here), as I have throughout much of this summer while guilting myself for having not yet shelled out for the CD or tape version. There it was: Live from the Banana Stand. And it’s a name-your-price download, no less.

Recorded in Portland, Oregon at the Arrested Development-referencing venue named in its title (“Always money in the banana stand”), it’s got excellent versions of some of the tracks from Twilight Midnight Morning, and confirms for me the open sensibility that the album presented, more specifically the feeling that on any given night the songs might wind up someplace very different from where they started. Vibe all over the place.

I dig it. Since you might too, here’s the info and stream:

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Sun Blood Stories – Live from the Banana Stand was recorded before a live audience on June 20th, 2014 at the Banana Stand in Portland, Oregon. The album was recorded and mixed by Matt Thomson and mastered by Chris Vita. Dane Brist produced art for the album, which includes original photography from Banana Stand staff. Videos of Sun Blood Stories’ performance at Banana Stand feature footage from camera operators Michael McInerney, Tyler Bertram, Nick Gattman, and Alexei Shishkin, and were directed and edited by Michael McInerney. Banana Stand would like to thank Sun Blood Stories (Amber, Ben, and Brett), all who participated in this album’s creation and anyone that has helped us out along the way.

Boise’s Sun Blood Stories wrote us in early 2014 to share their track Desert for Days. Heavy, distorted, and spooky, the song’s distinctive, psychedelic energy felt like a midnight mushroom trip careening into and out of control. We were hooked. Emailing with Sun Blood Stories rapidly revealed their thoughtful approach and professionalism, and made us all the more excited to host the band in June 2014.

Listening to their performance, I feel very lucky they made the trip. Ben Kirby’s cool, fuzzy guitar riffs, Brett Hawkins’ garagey, off-beat drumming, Amber Pollard’s otherworldly slide-guitar, and Pollard’s and Kirby’s eerie vocals combined to make a uniquely haunting live record, and one which we’re proud to add to our library. You should add it to your library, too. It only costs pay-what-you-want.

If Sun Blood Stories and Treefort Music Festival are any indication, Boise really might be the post-Portland cultural mecca we’re all looking for. Sorry in advance, Boise.

-Louie / Banana Stand

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Sun Blood Stories, Live from the Banana Stand (2015)

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Swans Release The Gate Limited Live Album

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 3rd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

I like it that even when Swans get into crowdfunding, they do it in a way that’s both completely awesome and entirely their own. To help raise money toward the completion of what’s been announced as their final studio album in this form, the New York genre-defilers have issued The Gate, a new live double-album pressed in a one-time-only edition of 2,500 copies with exclusive glimpses at early versions of new songs — demos also included — that will make their way onto said final album, and customized artwork, signed editions, and other price-tiered extras available. They’ve done this kind of one-release-supports-the-next fundraising before, and it’s worked, and I have a hard time imagining that by the time this post is live, the bulk of The Gate won’t be gone. Get it while you can, is what I’m saying.

This from the PR wire:

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SWANS HANDMADE 2XLIVECD, THE GATE, LIMITED TO 2500 COPIES IS AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY NOW AT YOUNGGODRECORDS.COM. THIS IS A FUNDRAISER EVENT IN SUPPORT OF THE UPCOMING NEW SWANS STUDIO ALBUM.

A NOTE FROM MICHAEL GIRA / SWANS:

We are in the process and making and assembling an edition of 2500 handmade live 2xCD packages and we are accepting orders now at younggodrecords.com. This is part of a tiered system whereby our dedicated listeners can voice their support for the upcoming new Swans album by choosing one or all of several options presented in order to aid us in our journey towards discovering and subsequently nourishing ourselves (and those who might care to travel with us) within a fresh new constellation of sound. Here below is what I’ve written in a newsletter that has been sent to our friends and supporters:

“…Hello There, Michael Gira of Swans here. I thought that, since you signed up to our newsletter, you might be interested to know that the 2xCD live SWANS handmade fundraiser event/portal of support for our (in)glorious efforts is now up at this link. The live 2xCD is called The Gate. I believe it captures the live SWANS experience effectively. The woodblock print is by Nicole Boitos and I draw all over each one and sign it as well. Each one is unique. They’re numbered 1 – 2500 and won’t be available elsewhere… The upcoming album (as yet untitled) will be the last with this core group (comprised of my beautiful friends Norman, Christoph, Thor, Phil, Christopher and myself) and the subsequent (marathon) tour in 2016 will be our last together. As such, I am determined to make this album the most fully realized, cataclysmic, subtle and nuanced, heartfelt and inspirational, truthful and luminous recording that we have yet undertaken. As always, your valued (and quite necessary) support in this perhaps quixotic endeavor is sincerely appreciated. I love you! I thank you!…”

The rapport this group has developed over the last 5 plus years is a gift for which I will remain forever grateful. In live performance it has sometimes lead us to unleash a sound that is not only greater than us but seems to swallow us into its own immanent consciousness and will. It feels great! Oftentimes I’ve spoken to people in the audience after a show and they’ve expressed similar notions. My sentiment at these moments is that I’m delighted to have been of service, but can’t really take responsibility for it, since it’s beyond us too. So, following the final 2016 touring cycle with the wonderful cadre of talented individuals mentioned above, I will continue to record and perform (though perhaps less frequently) using the name Swans, on a project-by-project basis. Acutely aware that the psychic connection with which we’ve been blessed is irreplaceable, I will instead pursue the ever-elusive pathway alluded to above through other means. You can read more about this and other ephemera at the link above.

A trailer for the DVD that will accompany the new studio album, in progress, is available for viewing.

– Michael Gira / Swans

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Swans, The Gate DVD trailer

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Galvano Touring Europe in Nov. with Snailking and Zaum

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 3rd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Swedish twofer Galvano will hit the road next month across Western Europe in support of their earlier-2015 release, Trail of the Serpent, which is also their debut on Candlelight Records. They’re joined for the trek by their countrymen in Snailking and Canada’s Zaum, who I hear will have a new record out in 2016, which is surely good news for anyone who likes their heavy with a bit of ritual behind it. Which I think is just about everybody at this point. Or, at very least, me. Ha.

It’s a more than solid bill, though, with the three bands, and they’ll meet up with the likes of Pentagram and Graveyard along the way as well, so all the better. Dates and background on Trail of the Serpent follow, as well as the stream of the album, all courtesy of the PR wire:

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We are hitting Europe again in November, this time with our friends in Snailking and ZAUM. Excited to return to France, this time sharing stage with the mighty Pentagram! Hope to see you out there! Go like these killer bands and share this poster. Thank you.

Galvano on Tour with Snailking and Zaum
11.13 Stengade Copenhagen DK
11.14 Astrastube Hamburg DE
11.15 TBC Rouen FR
11.17 Ferrailleur Nantes FR*
11.18 Little Devil Tilburg NL
11.19 De Onderbroek Nijmegen NL
11.20 Music City Antwerp BE
11.21 Brixton Windmill London UK
11.23 TBC Leipzig DE
11.24 Chemiefabrik Dresden DE
11.25 Alte Meierei Kiel DE
11.26 Schokoladen Berlin DE
11.27 1000Fryd Aalborg DK
11.28 Vulkan Arena Oslo NO**
*with Pentagram
**with Graveyard

From the deepest, nastiest recesses of Gothenburg comes crushing Swedish sludge duo Galvano. Now comprising Mattias Noojd (guitars/vocals) and Fredrik Kall (drums), Galvano originally started out as a three-piece in 2005.

Galvano embarked on their first mini tour in 2010 visiting Denmark and a set of German cities. That same year the band were asked to feature on a split so they went into the studio and recorded the epic single The Librarian which was mixed and mastered by the legendary Billy Anderson (Orange Goblin, Cathedral, Eyehategod).

This was released as a 10 in 2011 on SM Musik from Leipzig, Germany. The release was then followed up by a full European tour. After this tour the band said goodbye to their fourth bass player and decided to move on as a duo. Early in 2012 they teamed up with UK based label Devouter Records for the release of their debut full-length album Two Titans. The album was released on December 5th and was very well received by both fans and media.

Since then the band has played over 35 shows during several European tours including UK and Ireland. In January 2015, Galvano signed with Candlelight Records.

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Galvano, Trail of the Serpent (2015)

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Desertfest Belgium 2015 Adds Earth, Stoned Jesus, Papir, Crystal Head, Pendejo, Banda de la Muerte and USA out of Vietnam

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 2nd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

trix, yo.

They still have more to announce. That might be the most terrifying part of the whole thing. Desertfest Belgium 2015 came out of the gate swinging — I don’t even know what these clichés are supposed to mean; are they boxing horses or something? — and the festival, which is set for Oct. 9, 10 and 11 at Trix in Antwerp has only continued to get more and more lethal. Now Earth are headlining? What, were the fucking Beatles busy? Jesus, guys. Save some for next year.

Next year, I’m sure, will be even more ludicrous in that wish-you-were-there kind of way. But for this year, yes, there’s still one more announcement to come for Desertfest Belgium 2015, and after reading the below news that EarthStoned JesusPapirCrystal HeadPendejoBanda de la Muerte and USA out of Vietnam have joined the already-kicked-ass ranks, it’s less of a question of imagining who might be added than of asking who’s left that’s not already playing.

Heavy rock and roll, my friends:

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EARTH to headline DESERTFEST BELGIUM 2015, plus seven more bands announced!

For its next-to-last announcement, DESERTFEST BELGIUM is proud to welcome megalithic legends EARTH to the bill, for the first time ever at Desertfest! In addition, the festival also confirmed Ukraine’s number one heavy mongers STONED JESUS, Copenhagen’s instrumental drone trio PAPIR, eclectic foursome USA OUT OF VIETNAM, Argentina’s sludgers BANDA DE LA MUERTE, British rockers CRYSTAL HEAD, Bruges vintage THE HEAVY CROWN and the one and only PENDEJO!

Day tickets on sale next week with final announcement!

Bands already confirmed are:
Earth, Goatsnake, Orange Goblin, Bongzilla, Fatso Jetson, Dozer, Moon Duo, Greenleaf, Valient Thorr, Ufomammut, Stoned Jesus, Causa Sui, Siena Root, Monolord, Mars Red Sky, Glowsun, Papir, Carlton Melton, Monomyth, Child, Harsh Toke, Planet Of Zeus, Pendejo, Vandal X, USA Out Of Vietnam, Banda De La Muerte, Tangled Horns, Psychonaut, The Progerians, Crystal Head, The Heavy Crown, Wheel Of Smoke, Sunder, Fever Dog, Black-Bone and 3rd Ear Experience.

Unfortunately, Sourvein have been forced to cancel their European tour for personal reasons. Full statement from the band follows:

“Due to circumstances beyond our control, a family emergency has occurred and can’t be delayed at this time. We’ll have to postpone our upcoming tour until 2016. Thanks for understanding it’s family first in this type of situation. Shows will be rescheduled and we will see you in 2016. Can’t wait to see everyone in europe. Thank you, Sourvein.”

DESERTFEST BELGIUM 2015
October 9-11th at Trix Muziekcentrum – Antwerp
3 day tickets (96€) on sale HERE

More infos at www.desertfest.be

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Earth, Primitive and Deadly (2014)

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Throneless Announce Oct. 30 Release for Self-Titled Debut

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 2nd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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It won’t take long into the stream below of “Masters of Nothing” to figure out what Swedish three-piece Throneless are all about. Big riffs, big nod, big doom. The PR wire info below is right to list Ufomammut and Conan among the “FFO” types, but maybe I’d put Monolord in that list as well, if only for a fitting summary. Either way, Throneless bring something different to Italian imprint Heavy Psych Sounds, as they’re a long, long way down a deep, dark hole away from most of what the label specializes in producing — groups like Black RainbowsKiller BoogieApe Skull, and so on — but listening to “Masters of Nothing,” it’s kind of hard to argue with what Throneless are up to. The sore-necked results speak for themselves.

The band made a quick statement about releasing their first album, a self-titled, through Heavy Psych Sounds. I’ve no clue if “Masters of Nothing” will show up on the record as well, but it’s here as a sonic reference in any case.

From the PR wire:

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Throneless debut album out 30.10.2015

FOR FANS OF: Conan, Bongripper, YOB, Ufomammut.

Throneless is a doom metal band from Malmö, Sweden, that through heavy downtuned fuzz, monotone and medative riffs focuses on waking people up from the masshypnosis we call society.

“We adapt our minds to someone else’s vision of a life, that clearly doesn’t benefit anyone but the ones on top of the pyramid. And since we’re taught that this is the only way of living, kicking downwards and licking upwards, we waste our golden years at some worthless job, to save up some worthless money and buy amplifiers so that we can express how much we fucking hate everything.”

In April 2015 after hours of jamming, Throneless recorded and produced 4 tracks that turned into their self titled debut album.

Throneless have signed with Heavy Psych Sounds for the physical release on CD & LP in October 2015.

We are Throneless:

Johan Burman – drums/producer
Johan Sundén – guitar/vocals
Patrik Sundberg bass/artwork

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Throneless, “Masters of Nothing” (2015)

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Desertfest London 2016 First Announcements: Electric Wizard, Conan, Elder, Witchsorrow and Raging Speedhorn Confirmed

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 2nd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

Desertfest London 2016 will be held April 29 through May 1 in the (black) heart of London: Camden Town. This is the fifth year the fest has been held, and while I’m not sure that was on their minds when they decided to open their season with an opening shot of five band announcements, it works out nicely all the same.

That’s true in no small part because of the bands announced. For a first headliner, Desertfest London 2016 unveils Electric Wizard, and they’re joined by a considerable battalion comprised of Conan, Elder, Witchsorrow and reactivated sludge rockers Raging Speedhorn, whom I once saw play — true story — in a hotel bar way off the beaten path at SXSW in Austin, Texas, maybe 2005 or 2006? I mean that show was so far out it might as well have been in Houston. Long walk. They were worth it though, and I don’t think they ever came back to the US, which is fair enough. Hard to beat “Fuck You, Pay Me.”

Anyhoo, of course we’ll have a ton more to come on Desertfest London 2016 by next April, though for now it’s cool to see Elder will apparently be making their way back to Europe. Very interested to find out how London’s lineup will interact with that of the Berlin-based Desertfest. When I see something, I’ll say something.

For now:

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***DESERTFEST IS BACK WITH A BANG! FIVE BANDS FOR APRIL 2016!***

Hello all! We at Desertfest HQ hope you’ve had a great summer so far and as we sidle into September we’re thrilled to bring you some great news about the fifth annual Desertfest in Camden this coming April. Our first headliner to creep out of the shadows are those mighty legends of true British doom Electric Wizard! Marching behind the standard they bear for us all come Liverpool’s battle-hardened warriors Conan, Boston’s heralded masters of heavy psych Elder, the UK’s blackened doomsters Witchsorrow and those heroes of sludgy hardcore Raging Speedhorn!

Head over to our new-look website to find out more about these incredible bands and stick with us in the coming weeks as we bring you yet more of the world’s greatest doom, psyche, stoner, sludge and all things in between this April in Camden!

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Conan, Live at Desertfest London 2013

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Sólstafir Play Two Nights in Tokyo; Euro Tour Next Month

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 1st, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Globetrotting Icelanders Sólstafir are playing Japan this week in support of their 2014 Season of Mist release, Ótta (review here), which as we come to the end of summer 2015 has been on my mind with the lingering threat of colder weather. The band have been touring their collective arse off for Ótta, playing in Europe and North America, where they’re basically introducing people to who they are and what they do — I’ll make no attempts to claim I’m Johnny Groundfloor; this spring was my first time seeing them too — but as processes go, that one seems to be going well. I would not be surprised to have them come back to the States before they do another record, but after Japan it’s Europe next on deck, so we’ll just have to see what winter brings.

Other than a massive amount of repeat listens for Ótta, that is. Sorry, but some records are just made for low temperatures.

This, from the PR wire:

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SOLSTAFIR kick off tour dates in Japan

Enigmatic Icelandic rock band SOLSTAFIR have kicked off a trek to Japan tonight, where the band are performing two exclusive dates in Tokyo alongside British progressive legends, ANATHEMA. The Japanese tour dates see the band perform ahead of their previously announced European tour alongside MONO and THE OCEAN, taking place later this October. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

SOLSTAFIR are touring in support of their critically acclaimed new album , ‘Otta’. The album is streaming here, and is available now at the Season of Mist E-shop.

SOLSTAFIR Japanese tour dates:
8/31 Tokyo, JP @ Liquid Room w/ANATHEMA
9/1 Tokyo, JP @ Liquid Room w/ANATHEMA
SOLSTAFIR European tour dates:
10/12 Aarhus, DK @ Voxhall
10/13 Oslo, NO @ Vulkan Arena
10/14 Stockholm, SE @ Debaser Medis
10/18 St. Petersburg, RU @ Zhal Ozhidaniya
10/19 Moscow, RU @ Volta
10/21 Vilnius, LI @ NEW YORK
10/22 Warsaw, PL @ Proxima
10/23 Berlin, DE @ Heimathafen
10/24 Leeuwarden, NL @ Into the Void Fest
10/26 Cologne, DE @ Live Music Hall
10/27 Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof
10/28 Munich, DE @ Backstage
10/29 Bologna, IT @ Locomativ
10/30 Mezzago, IT @ Bloom
10/31 Lyon, FR @ CCO Villeurbanne
11/02 Toulouse, FR @ Metronum
11/03 Lausanne, CH @ Les Docks
11/04 Zurich, CH @ Harterei
11/05 Paris, FR @ Trabendo
11/06 London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
11/07 Leeds, UK @ Damnation Fest

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Sólstafir, Ótta (2014)

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Oui Oui Fest 2015: Ararat, Metamorfica, Acorazado Potemkin and More to Play

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 1st, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Argentina’s Oui Oui Records has announced the lineup for the 2015 Oui Oui Fest, which is set for Sept. 19 at the Niceto Club in Buenos Aires. Headlining will be Ararat, and they’re joined on the bill by Acorazado PotemkinFutbolEl PerrodiabloLas Diferencias and Metamorfica for a varied evening of heaviness and rock. Oui Oui has been going for more than a decade now, and they’ll use both stages at the Niceto Club to further celebrate their commitment to Argentinian bands at what will no doubt be a killer time for those who get to check it out.

Before we get to the lineup preliminaries, links and the audio of Metamorfica‘s recently-issued Cisma, which is well worth your ears, I want to say a special thanks to Félix Bunge for taking the time to translate the info for posting here. Very much appreciated.

Here’s that info:

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Oui Oui Fest 2015

Bring together in an evening to the emerging bands more thriving seal will be the Oui Oui Fest 2015, the event will be on Saturday, September 19, and the venue is Niceto Club. (Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina) The event will be held in the entire complex, i.e. side A and B, using both scenarios in turn giving continuity to the shows.

The event will start at 19:30 hours with Dj Cobra Rod (Poseidotica) and Dj Satanchuk (Oui Oui Records) through music to the beginning of the first band.

The bands that play on the B side will be the EL PERRODIABLO – LAS DIFERENCIAS – METAMORFICA

The bands of Stage A are ARARAT – ACORAZADO POTEMKIN – FUTBOL

There will be Merchandising position where you can get all the catalog of the label. The tickets can be obtained by system Ticketek (http://www.ticketek.com.ar/oui-oui-fest/niceto-club) at the box office of Niceto Club (Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo) or the Office of Oui Oui Records (Soler 6090 (, Palermo)

Listen to all the bands participating at the label’s Bandcamp: http://ouiouirecords.bandcamp.com/

Keep Rocking, Stay Free

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Metamorfica, Cisma (2015)

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