Mondo Drag Release The Occultation of Light Feb. 26

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 24th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

I’m not saying I’ve heard it yet or anything, or that I wrote a bio for it that I’ll be posting here sooner or later, but Mondo Drag‘s new album, The Occultation of Light, for which you can see the art and tracklisting below, is a pretty significant step forward from where they were on earlier-2015’s much-adored self-titled LP (review here), and while it’s a quick turnaround from the Cali-via-Iowa outfit in terms of releases, it’s worth remembering that the self-titled was actually recorded back in 2012, as well as with a different rhythm section.

The bigger shift is in terms of sound, however. The Occultation of Light pretty brazenly takes on classic prog ideals while holding onto the open, lysergic vibes of its predecessors, and its songs retain the richness that made the self-titled so ready for repeat listens. I’m sure I’ll have more about it before the release — like that bio that I’m not saying I wrote — but here are some preliminaries:

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Mondo Drag Release “The Occultation of Light” on Feb. 26 via RidingEasy Records

Mondo Drag, the transplated Bay Area band (originally hailing from Iowa), release The Occultation of Light on Feb. 26, 2016.

“Each of our albums has directional changes in songwriting and this third chapter is no exception,” says vocalist/keyboardist John Gamino. “Since moving to Oakland, we’ve been privy to the large amount of music that flows through a major cultural center. We’ve seen legendary acts like Magma, King Crimson, Goblin, and Yes. We are always trying to expand our sonic range and we definitely explore some new areas on the new album that we’ve not been to before.”

Produced by fellow Bay Area resident Phil Manley (Trans Am, Wooden Shjips), the album was recorded live, tracked and mixed on analog tape at El Studio in San Francisco following a tour with Electric Citizen and Slow Season.

The Occultation of Light track list:
Out of Sight
Rising Omen
Incendiary Procession
The Eye
In Your Head (Parts I & II)
Dying Light
Ride The Sky (Bonus Track)

Mondo Drag is John Gamino (vocals/keys), Nolan Girard (guitar/synth), Jake Sheley (guitar), Andrew O’Neil (bass) and Ventura Garcia (drums).

Mondo Drag, Live at Saint Vitus Bar, July 18, 2015

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Low Flying Hawks Sign to Magnetic Eye Records; Kofuku Due Feb. 12

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 24th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Heavygaze two-piece Low Flying Hawks — also stylized as one word — will release their debut full-length, the spacious Kofuku (there’s an accent over the ‘o’ that I can’t seem to replicate), on Feb. 12, 2016, via Magnetic Eye Records. The duo offer pretty rare heft for something that might be classified as post-anything, and guest drum spots from Trevor Dunn and Dale Crover are enough to make me wonder who the hell these guys actually are, so I guess as far as being provocative goes, mission accomplished. When I find out more, I’ll let you know, but you can stream a couple tracks below for the time being.

And as always, the PR wire has the goods:

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LOW FLYING HAWKS to release debut album K?fuku on Magnetic Eye Records

Kofuku by Low Flying Hawks will be released on 12th February 2016

Magnetic Eye Records is thrilled to announce the signing of Low Flying Hawks, and with it the release of their debut album K?fuku in February next year.

Working with producer Toshi Kasai (Big Business) at Sounds of Sirens studio in LA, and featuring Trevor Dunn (Mr Bungle, Melvins) and Dale Crover (Melvins, Nirvana) on drums, Low Flying Hawks is a project that consists chiefly of longtime collaborators and enigmatic multi-instrumentalists EHA and AAL.

Compellingly dark in content and undeniably heavy in tone, K?fuku – which comes from the Japanese word for ‘Surrender’ – has the ability to both satisfy and mollify listeners with an unerring confidence, that over ten tracks draws in funereal doom, grey echoes and psychedelic waves of post-rock disorder. A work that in no small part is informed by a diverse array of influences which include the likes of Richard D James, Estonian composer Arvo Pärt and bands such as Black Sabbath and My Bloody Valentine.

Album highlight ‘Ruins’ stands tall as a gripping arrangement that merges metal, rock and roll and crawling, corporeal drumming with the lysergic/elegiac mirrors in songwriter EHA’s mind. Whereas prolonged pieces such as ‘Wolves Within Wolves’ and ‘Destruction Complete’ explore profound themes such as loss and rebirth, amid the dramatic hefts in mood and guitar play that switch freely between seismic drone; noise-rock and shoegaze. All of which make K?fuku a remarkably moving experience.

K?fuku by Low Flying Hawks will be released on 12th February 2016 through the New York-based label, Magnetic Eye Records.

Low Flying Hawks:
EHA – Guitar, Bass, Lead Vocals
AAL – Guitar, Bass, Additional Vocals

Track Listing:
1. Kofuku
2. Now, Apocalypse
3. Seafloor Fathoms
4. Fading Sun
5. White Temple
6. Kokkai
7. Ruins
8. Wolves Within Wolves
9. Till The Night Meets The Light
10. Destruction Complete

Low Flying Hawks, Kofuku (2016)

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Black Shape of Nexus Releasing Nothing New Compilation Dec. 4

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 24th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

black shape of nexus

Did you know Black Shape of Nexus made a 24-hour-long song? I didn’t. I’m about 10 minutes in and so far it’s droney as hell. It may not pick up at all. It may be a day’s worth of drone. I’m okay with that. I’m just glad it exists. Hell, I might even add it to The Obelisk Radio just to be a jerk. I have no idea why it isn’t on their Bandcamp. They should divide it up and press it to 24 individual hour-long CDRs, hand-number them, make 10 box set editions, send me one, and then never speak of it again. It’ll be like a secret.

Now, onto something that has nothing to do either with that or with Carrier, their new full-length being mastered by Rashad Becker that will allegedly be released CD/2LP-style in March 2016 via Exile on Mainstream. Bassist Stefan Kuhn helms the label Meta Matter Records, and in conjunction with Wolfbiker Records, he’ll release the Black Shape of Nexus compilation, Nothing New: 10 Years of Fresh Air Enjoyment, marking in the Mannheim-based band’s special, self-deprecating way their first decade of existence.

The comp brings together tracks from splits with Kodiak (2010) and Lazarus Blackstar (2014; streamed here) as well as other odds and ends that haven’t been pressed to CD before. Release date, if you didn’t see it in the headline, is Dec. 4. Art, info, links and the stream of the five included tracks follow here — in that order because I’m just that goddamned organized:

black shape of nexus nothing new 10 years of fresh air enjoyment

BLACK SHAPE OF NEXUS from Mannheim / Germany, with a compilation of material which was never before released on compact disc. Contains the two songs from the split LP w/ LAZARUS BLACKSTAR, the song from the CLONE Vol. IV Sampler, the track from the split LP w/ KODIAK and one more track from the same session, which was only released as download until now.

Pressing Info: 500 copies. Split label release w/ WOLFBIKER RECORDS.

*** Release Date: 04. December 2015 ***

MMR 012

Black Shape of Nexus, Nothing New: 10 Years of Fresh Air Enjoyment (2015)

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Neurosis Announce Sleep and Shellac as Support for 30th Anniversary Shows in San Francisco

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 23rd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

This news came through the other day, but now that tickets are on sale, I didn’t figure anyone would really mind a retread of the fact that Neurosis have added Sleep and Shellac as openers for their 30th anniversary shows next March in San Francisco. They’ll play two nights at the Regency Ballroom March 4 and 5, doing career-spanning sets that they’ll be taking overseas a month later to perform again at Roadburn 2016. Hard to imagine a career as landmark as theirs being summed up even in two nights, but no doubt that 30 years after the fact, Neurosis know what the hell they’re doing.

And they’re certainly keeping good company. The PR wire has it like this:


NEUROSIS Announces Sleep And Shellac As Support For San Francisco 30th Anniversary Shows; Tickets Go On Sale Tomorrow

NEUROSIS announces the details for the band’s upcoming stateside 30th anniversary performances set to take place in San Francisco this March, including the opening support acts and ticket links.

Passing their thirty-year mark this Winter, NEUROSIS will celebrate this milestone with two stateside performances on March 4th and 5th at San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom, and then two more sets on April 16th and 17th headlining Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, The Netherlands. At these four very special performances, NEUROSIS will deliver a massive two-hour set list, invoking material spanning their entire recorded lineage, from 1987’s Pain Of Mind through 2012’s Honor Found In Decay, with varied set lists at each event. These sets will span the band’s entire career, showcasing the comprehensive evolution, from their primitive beginnings into the seminal, epic outfit of today, as the band’s ever evolving, sonic palette has become a genre-defying template for underground music over the last three decades, avoiding genre classification.

Support for NEUROSIS on Friday, March 4th will be provided by longtime Bay Area comrades and masters of the sonic doom riff, Sleep. Support for Saturday, March 5th will be handled by Steve Albini’s minimalist rock outfit, Shellac, also longtime friends of NEUROSIS through Albini’s involvement in helping capture much of the band’s recorded material since before the turn of the millennium.

Tickets to all of NEUROSIS’ San Francisco and Netherlands 30th Anniversary shows go on sale, Friday, November 20th, at Noon Pacific.

NEUROSIS 30th Anniversary Performances:
3/04/2016 Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
3/05/2016 Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
4/15/2015 Hat Patronaat – Roadburn, Tilburg, NL *STEVE VON TILL and SCOTT KELLY solo performances
4/16/2016 013 – Roadburn, Tilburg, NL
4/17/2016 013 – Roadburn, Tilburg, NL

Neurosis, Live at the Saint Vitus Bar, Brooklyn, Aug. 10, 2015

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Linus Pauling Quartet: New Album Ampalanche Due in January

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 23rd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

the linus pauling quartet

Houston five-piece the Linus Pauling Quartet signed with Vincebus Eruptum Recordings — the label arm of the ultra-respected Italian ‘zine of the same name — earlier this year, and at the time, it was announced that their next full-length, Ampalanche, would be out this summer. Well, here we are talking about preorders, so obviously that didn’t happen. As usual of late, seems likely there was some delay in pressing the thing on the plant’s end. Turns out the only bummer about the vinyl resurgence has been the complete lack of infrastructure to sustain it. Whoops.

Doesn’t matter though, at least in this instance, because Linus Pauling Quartet‘s Ampalanche will be out on Jan. 15 as one to look forward to early in the New Year. Vincebus Eruptum cover artist Kabuto has helmed the thematically-appropriate piece that will adorn the front of the LP, and of course there will be multiple color editions of the platter itself, all of which will be available to order soon.

Editor of Vincebus Eruptum and head of the label Davide Pansolin — who also had a fascinating interview with the band in the ‘zine’s most recent issue that gave much insight into their origins and the Houston noise rock scene in the ’90s — shared his excitement about the release thusly:

the linus pauling quartet ampalanche

I’m really proud, glad, excited, … to announce the official details about the new masterpiece by Houston’s band THE LINUS PAULING QUARTET!

The new awesome artwork by Kabuto is the best way to present “Ampalanche”, six tracks of rock’n’roll…no stoner-rock, no psychedelic music, no folk, no labels…it’s the best musical synthesis we ever listened!!!

The album will be officially released on the 15th of January 2016.

Limited edition vinyl (VELP010)

Ultra-limited edition of 100 hand-numbered (001/100) copies on coloured (colour #1 TBA) vinyl + inner + exclusive poster
Limited edition of 200 hand-numbered (101/300) copies on coloured (colour #2 TBA) vinyl + inner
Standard edition of 200 copies on black vinyl

A1 – Ampalanche
A2 – Slave-Sometimes
B1 – Planck
B2 – Brisket
B3 – Nico
B4 – Alive


Linus Pauling Quartet, “Space Truckin'” live at Novembeerfest 2015

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Mars Red Sky, Stoned Jesus and Belzebong to Play Up in Smoke Roadfestival Vol. 7

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 23rd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster


It hasn’t been long at all since the dates were announced for the Up in Smoke Roadfestival Vol. 6, which will feature GreenleafMy Sleeping Karma and Mammoth Mammoth. Less than a month, actually. And now word comes through that Up in Smoke Vol. 7 will follow almost immediately thereafter, one installment of the package tour ending on Feb. 27 and the other picking up on March 1 and running through the bulk of the month, with BelzebongMars Red Sky and Stoned Jesus on the bill. Maybe Sound of Liberation, the booking agency presenting the shows, is just going to set up a year-long series of tours, have the next one start when the tour is over. Wouldn’t really surprise me — there are certainly enough bands around Europe to make it happen — and maybe if they keep it going long enough, SoL will eventually bring their game to the US. Just a thought.

For now, this is a show I’d love to see:

up in smoke 7

MARCH 2016 will see the next round of the beloved UP IN SMOKE ROADFESTIVAL and be sure… this one will kick ass!!

VOL.7 will feature Ukrainian heavy rockers STONED JESUS (presenting the re-release of their 2011 “Stormy Monday EP”), French fuzzcrafters MARS RED SKY (celebrating their new album to be released on February 26th) and weedian Polish five-piece BELZEBONG (touring their current album “Greenferno”).

All of them are now considered as references in the underground stoner rock scene, respectively crafting a fuzzed-out straightforward heavy rock, thick infectious grooves and melodic aerial guitar riffs all wrapped up in ethereal vocals, or even a powerful, bluesy riffs which straddle sludge and doom.

It’s gonna be a fun damn time leaving nothing but an intoxicating white smoke behind!

01/03 LEIPZIG (DE) Werk 2
02/03 HAMBURG (DE) Hafenklang
04/03 PARIS (FR) Le Divan Du Monde
05/03 ROTTERDAM (NL) Baroeg
06/03 BERLIN (DE) Lido
07/03 COLOGNE (DE) Underground
08/03 STUTTGART (DE) Universum
09/03 LINZ (A) Stadtwerstatt
10/03 VIENNA (A) Arena
11/03 LJUBLJANA (SL) Kino Šiška
12/03 MUNICH (DE) Under The Black Moon Festival
14/03 LAUSANNE (CH) Le Romandie
15/03 PRATTELN (CH) Z7
16/03 WIESBADEN (DE) Schlachthof
17/03 ARLON (BE) L’Entrepôt
18/03 EINDHOVEN (NL) Tuchthuis
19/03 HANNOVER (DE) Faust

More info here:

Mars Red Sky, “Circles” official video

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Dead Feathers Debut EP Available to Preorder

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 20th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster


The self-titled debut 10″ EP from Chicago heavy ’10s boogie rockers Dead Feathers was originally due to be released by HeviSike Records in August, and I’d imagine that the delay in its coming out is probably owed to the same manufacturing holdups that just about every other imprint, band and record-pressing concern has been dealing with over the last year-plus. In any case, the songs have been streaming for a while now, and the platter itself is available to preorder from the label as of yesterday, in limited editions of gold and bone vinyl, different art between them and so on. They ship in January in time for a Jan. 15 official release date. Nothing like starting a New Year off with some groove.

Details go like this:

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Ascend yourself into the blanketing incense smoke and celestial grooves that is Dead Feathers. Like the Night sky, this band is noting below a breath of fresh air. With melodic female Vocals and the Fuzz driven riffs you might as well be seeing the fortune teller herself when you see this band live. This band takes hold of you and does not let you go. Dead Feathers has shared the stage with countless Chicago bands and touring bands from all over North America alike. A group heavily influenced by rock bands of the 60’s and 70’s and the underground Psychedelic bands of today, They are currently in the process of recording their first full length album and playing in venues across Chicago.

Pre-Order from Thursday 19 November. Due to ship early January.

Debut EP by Chicago, IL psych rock five-piece Dead Feathers. Mastered by Welshman’s Pride.

This is a strictly limited edition numbered release of 500 copies.

– Deluxe Edition – £14
– 100 on GOLD vinyl
– screen printed alternate art print (designed by Adam Burke, Nightjar Illustration)
– exclusive Dead Feathers embroidered logo patch
– individually numbered record jacket

– Limited Edition – £9
– 400 on bone-white vinyl
– individually numbered record jacket

Expected release date: 15 January 2016

Dead Feathers, Dead Feathers (2016)

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Desertfest Berlin 2016: Crowbar, Truckfighters, Egypt, Desert Storm and Kaleidobolt Join Lineup

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 20th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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It’s been fun particularly over the last two years or so to really watch the two springtime Desertfests distinguish themselves as more bands are added to each lineup. Desertfest London and Desertfest Berlin 2016 will still share many bands between them, no doubt, but in seeing acts like Kaleidobolt and Desert Storm (who played London in 2015) join the roster for Berlin in 2016, alongside the newly announced Crowbar, Truckfighters and Egypt — each of whom will also play London — gradually the shape of the German fest itself becomes apparent, and likewise for its European counterpart.

To be perfectly honest, I wouldn’t mind ending up at either or, but there are some considerable arguments to be made in those steely owl eyes.

Here are the latest announcements:

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Desertfest Berlin 2016 – TRUCKFIGHTERS, CROWBAR, EGYPT, DESERT STORM, KALEIDOBOLT added to the line-up!

We all love heavy music and rock concert. Needless to say that we were as shocked as everybody else about the horrible things which happened in Paris last Friday. Our thoughts and hearts are with all the people who lost family members and friends in that senseless attempt…

After such a terrible event , it´s not easy to switch back to “normal”… nevertheless we would like to announce a few more bands today for DESERTFEST BERLIN 2016. We are pleased to welcome Sweden’s phenomenal, bone-rattling godfathers of fuzz Truckfighters, New Orlean’s sludge titans Crowbar, North Dakota based doom/psychedelic/stoner Rock Pharaohs Egypt, Oxford based heavy stoner / blues metal riff hounds Desert Storm and Helsinki’s groovy 1970’s Classic/Hard Rockers Kaleidobolt.

These 5 acts join the first 8 bands previously announced Electric Wizard, Elder, Wo Fat, Monolord, Death Alley, Monomyth, Mothership and Somali Yacht Club. Happening from APRIL 28th to 30th, DESERTFEST BERLIN 2016 might be the trippiest experience of your life, so join us… take the ride and buy your ticket now! (tickets’ links below).

See you all in 162 days!

Regular HARD TICKETS or E-TICKETS can be purchased on our WEBSITE! Our ticketprices remain the same, that’s 85 Euros for all you newbies! But remember that we were sold out last time about 7 weeks ahead, and we think we may top that this year!

Truckfighters, Universe (2014)

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