Alunah Reveal Awakening the Forest Album Art and Details

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 17th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

One more time. The band.

Kind of a news-heavy day, but I’d be remiss if I left out Birmingham’s Alunah, whose album details have just been made public via the PR wire. Their third outing and their Napalm Records debut, Awakening the Forest, is set for release in October and will boast six new cuts of their heavy riffs and peacefully rolling doom. After digging their 2010 Call of Avernus debut (review here) and especially 2012′s sophomore outing, White Hoarhound (review here), this is one I’m genuinely looking forward to, so if the album art and tracklisting coming out puts the record itself a step closer, then all the better.

Awakening the Forest was recorded by Greg Chandler of Esoteric and mastered by Mos Generator‘s Tony Reed. A video is also reportedly in the works. More to come, but for now, once more unto the PR wire:

And the art. It's been quite a day.

ALUNAH Unveil Details of Upcoming Album

Birmingham’s Stoner Rock Doomsters ALUNAH are set to release a new album via Napalm Records in October 2014. Following their previous releases Call Of Avernus and White Hoarhound it’s finally time for a new masterpiece. The band centered around guitarist & singer Sophie Day have now unveiled first details of artwork, title, track listing & release dates!

Awakening The Forest is set to be released on October 6th in the UK & October 7th USA/CAN and forges forward with hard guitars, pumping heavy grooves and a sound that will make fans of this genre, fans of this album!

Check out the track listing for Awakening The Forest:
1. Bricket Wood Coven
2. Heavy Bough
3. Awakening The Forest
4. The Mask Of Herne
5. Scourge And The Kiss
6. The Summerland

ALUNAH on the upcoming album Awakening The Forest:

“We are delighted to introduce our 3rd album “Awakening The Forest” to our old, new and future friends. Recorded by Greg Chandler and mixed/mastered by Tony Reed, we are extremely proud of this album. We are also very lucky to have worked with the exceptional illustrator Michael Cowell who brought our songs to life visually in the CD and LP package. Napalm Records have been very supportive of us throughout the whole process, and we hope that you guys love the album as much as we do. Our video for “Heavy Bough” and also a short film with Michael talking about the artwork are coming soon; both shot and directed by Rhodri Thomas at Elvaston Castle in Derbyshire, England.”

For More Info Visit:
http://www.alunah.co.uk/
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Alunah, Live at the Unicorn, London, May 28, 2014

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Heat to Release Labyrinth on Aug. 29

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 17th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Thee band.

Formerly aligned to Electric Magic for the CD release of their first album, Heat/Old Sparky (review here), Berlin heavy rockers Heat have announced they’ll issue their second offering, Labyrinth, via This Charming Man Records on Aug. 29. Preorders are available now for the CD or LP editions from the semi-retro five-piece, which features Samsara Blues Experiment bassist Richard Behrens, who also recorded the first outing. Charlie Paschen seems to have helmed Labyrinth, but the sound remains warm and natural in line with Old Sparky, as you can hear on the new song “Siamese Smile” below.

To support the new record — the cover art for which was handled by Adam Burke – the band will head out on a European tour beginning Sept. 4, and This Charming Man will have a reissue of Old Sparky with new art as well. All confirmed dates listed below with the album info, fresh off the PR wire:

Thee album.

Hard rockers HEAT announce release of new album Labyrinth

Berliners to release second full length via This Charming Man Records, along with reissue of debut on 29th August 2014

Following on from the success of their 2012 self-titled debut, This Charming Man Records is pleased to announce the release Labyrinth, of the second album by the Berlin-based hard rock outfit.

Heat are unmistakably taken with a time when all great records came adorned with monochrome swirls and elaborate sleeves depicting worlds of necromancy, witches and cosmic encounters.

Featuring former members of The Hara-Kee-Rees, Samsara Blues Experiment and Grandloom their self-titled debut on Electric Magic Records was a heavy-blues driven journey into the very heart of the 1970s. Which, regardless of your particular predilection for classic rock saw the Berlin five-piece strike every chord.

On their follow up – much like Swedish hard rock revivalists Graveyard and Horisont – Heat continue to revel in the buzz of audacious twin guitar solos, Hammond organs and telepathic band jams.

Driving tracks like ‘Siamese Smile’, ‘Free World’ and ‘Barbarossa’ pack unabashed guitar spectacles atop big drum fills, rolling bass lines and Patrick Fülling’s strutting vocal front, often over extended compositions that run the gamut of twentieth century rock history. Bursting with shuffling bluesy boogies and dark, introspective moments that owe a sizeable riff or two to Deep Purple, Wishbone Ash, Atomic Rooster and Jerusalem Labyrinth is an unstoppable force for fans of British prog, hard US rock and NWOBHM.

Labyrinth will be officially released on 29th August, along with the reissue of the band’s debut (with exclusive new artwork) via This Charming Man Records

LP pre-order

CD pre-order

iTunes pre-order link – http://snip.ftpromo.net/heat

Heat:
Marcus Töpfer – Drums
Ingo Börner – Guitar
Marco Rischer – Guitar
Patrick Fülling – Vocals
Richard Behrens – Bass

Tour Dates:
23/08/14 – Sala Teatru Brama, Goleniow, Poland
4/09/14 – Record Release at Austerclub, Berlin, Germany
5/09/14 – Sky High Festival, Frankfurt, Germany
6/09/14 – TBA
7/09/14 – TBA
11/09/14 – Monster Records, Hannover, Germany
12/09/14 – 1000Fryd (w. Jex Thoth), Aalborg, Denmark
13/09/14 – KB18, Kopenhagen, Denmark
14/09/14 – TBA
15/09/14 – Hafenklang, Hamburg, Germany
16/09/14 – Waldmeister, Solingen, Germany
17/09/14 – Heretic Club (w. Aqua Nebula Oscillator), Bordeaux, France
18/09/14 – San Sebastian, Spain
19/09/14 – Hard Club, Porto, Portugal
21/09/14 – TBA
22/09/14 – Rocksound, Barcelona, Spain
23/09/14 – Brin de Zinc, Cambery, France
24/09/14 – Schüxenhaus, Ins, Switzerland
25/09/14 – Coq d’Or, Olten, Switzerland
26/09/14 – Backstage (w. Orcus Chylde), München, Germany
27/09/14 – Sound n Arts (w. Orcus Chylde), Bamberg, Germany
10/10/14 – TCM Fest Gleis 22, Münster, Germany
29/11/14 – Deep Sound City Festival, Halle, Germany

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Heat, “Siamese Smile”

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Causa Sui’s Pewt’r Sessions 3 Available to Preorder

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 17th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

As they were getting ready to play Berlin.

If you’re familiar with Danish heavy psych jammers Causa Sui, then there’s really only one piece of info you need — the preorder links:

http://elparaisorecords.com/releases/causa-sui-pewtr-sessions-3-lp

http://elparaisorecords.com/releases/causa-sui-pewtr-sessions-3-cd

What you’ll find when you get there are the packages available from the band’s El Paraiso Records for Causa Sui‘s Pewt’r Sessions 3, the band’s latest round of jams with Ron Schneiderman of Sunburned Hand of the Man and their first studio outing since 2013′s spectacular Euporie Tide — though Live at Freak Valley (review here), released earlier this year, made for a nice fix as well. The new release, set for an Aug. 18 arrival, is available in CD and LP versions, with a bonus 10″ available for the first 300 who place their orders.

So like I said, there are the links. Here’s the info from the El Paraiso page:

I prefer the stainl'ss sessions, personally, but I'll take what I can get.

Causa Sui: Pewt’r Sessions 3 LP + bonus 10″

Preorder – ships august 18th!

First 1000 LPs orange marbled vinyl.

First 300 orders from elparaisorecords.com gets bonus 10″ vinyl of exclusive tracks – with stunning linoleum hand printed sleeves by Martin Rude in three variations.

Following last year’s determined studio double LP, Euporie Tide, Causa Sui returns to improv with a third round of mindbending jams feat. Ron Schneiderman!

The savage, kaleidoscopic improvisations of the quintet’s previous two volumes instantly gained reverence among fans of free flowing krautrock and detuned stoner rock, and this brand new addition, recorded in the late summer of 2013, fullfills the group’s potential entirely. The krautrock grooves, the low-end heavyness and the sprawling furor is still very much present – but this set is also permeated by a rare free jazz-sensibility, at times recalling American masters of improvisation such as John Coltrane and Don Cherry in spirit.

Ferociously experimental, yet absolutely welcoming and corporal. One eye looking back to the golden age of improvised music, the other looking straight ahead, into the future. ”Incipiency Suite”, which takes up the entire B-side of this record, stands as the high pinnacle of what this group is capable of with the inclusion of Ron Schneiderman: an afternoon of spontaniously recorded parts, cut-and-pasted into an abundant whole by studio wiz Jonas Munk, creating a unique interplay between in-the-moment improvisation and creative studio editing.

Including digital download card.

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Causa Sui, Pewt’r Sessions 3 Preview

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Høstsabbat 2014: Final Lineup Announced

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 16th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Gonna put this up and call it an early day, methinks.

The bill spans some of the heaviest bands in Scandinavia already, and then they decide to bring in the YOB/Pallbearer tour for a stop on the final day. All the more reason to tip the cap to Norway’s Høstsabbat, now in its second year. In 2013, the Oslo stage was graced by the likes of Tombstones and High Priest of Saturn, and in addition to the aforementioned American acts, Høstsabbat 2014 will be marked — that’s not to say awesomely scarred — by appearances from SumaSaturnalia TempleOcean ChiefKong and many more. It’s going to be a very, very heavy weekend in Norway come Sept. 12-14.

An announcement with the finalized lineup for the three-dayer, courtesy of the PR wire:

Nice lineup, dudes.

Høstsabbat 2014 Final Line Up

Høstsabbat is a newborn initiative, brought to life in 2013 by people involved in the underground scene in Norway.

It’s a DIY-festival, in collaboration with the student-organisation at Betong in Oslo, Norway, focusing on presenting the best underground bands Norway has to offer. This year the formula is pushed a step further, and includes aspiring talent from our brothers in the east as well as an international day on Sunday September 14th.

Over three days you can experience slow and crushing doom, heavy bluesrock, stoner, proto-heavy metal, psychedelic spacerock and prog. The concerts will be held on two different stages, located in the same venue. In addition to this, you’ll find stands, food, beverages and diverse stimulation for your ears and mind. Top Notch DJ’s, including Walter Roadburn himself will accompany your nights with the right soundtrack..

Høstsabbat takes place on Friday 12th through Sunday 14th of September 2014.

Cheap accommodation is located nearby the venue, and the damage for a three-day ticket is about 65 euros.

Lineup:

Friday:
Kongh (SE) – Valhall (N) – SUMA (SE) – Beglomeg (N) – Hombre Malo (N) – Seid (N) – Warp Riders (N)

Saturday:
Årabrot (N) – Saturnalia Temple (SE) – Monolord (SE) – Magister Templi (N) – Elmi (N) – Vidunder (SE) – Arabs in Aspic (N) – Heroinne (N)

Sunday (International Day):
YOB (US) – Pallbearer (US) – Ocean Chief (SE) – Gravmaskin (SE)

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FB-event:
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Tombstones, “King of Daze” Live at Høstsabbat 2013

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All Them Witches Announce Tour Dates Supporting Windhand

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 16th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Rockin.

Nashville psych-blues rockers All Them Witches have announced that in September they’ll embark on a round of dates in the Midwest, Northeast and into Canada supporting Richmond, Virginia, ethereal doom outfit Windhand. For the four-piece, the tour comes situated between two other runs. The first is in late August with King Buffalo, and the second will take the band to Europe in October for appearances at Desertfest Belgium and Germany’s Keep it Low festival, presumably with at least a week of dates in between still to be announced.

All Them Witches and Windhand also shared the stage in May at the Scion Rock Fest in Pomona, California. Since then, they’ve released the free-download Effervescent EP (review here), a single-track, 25-minute jam that serves as the follow-up to 2013′s self-released second full-length, Lightning at the Door (discussed here). That album is set for a vinyl issue sometime as the summer winds down, as LPs are expected to be in hand by the time All Them Witches and Windhand hit the Sidebar in Baltimore on Sept. 4 to launch the tour.

This round of shows is especially notable for both bands as well for the size of the venues. I know Windhand has topped bills at Brooklyn’s St. Vitus bar before, but with this tour they clearly move further into genuine headliner status, which, if you’ve ever seen them, you know is right where they belong.

Dates follow:

Rollin.

TOURING WITH WINDHAND IN SEPTEMBER!

9/4 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
9/5 Pittsburgh, PA – 31st St Pub
9/6 Akron, OH – Musica
9/7 Columbus, OH – The Basement
9/9 Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s
9/10 Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge
9/11 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock
9/12 Milwaukee, WI – Metal Grill
9/13 Ferndale, MI – Loving Touch
9/14 Toronto, ON – Coda
9/16 Ottawa, ON – Cafe Dekcuf
9/17 Montreal, QC – Petit Campus
9/18 Cambridge, MA – Middle East (upstairs)
9/19 Providence, RI – AS220
9/20 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus Bar

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All Them Witches, Effervescent EP (2014)

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Earth Announce Fall US Tour Dates with King Dude

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 15th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Awesome.

Ever ones for hand-delivering their groundbreaking drone, Earth have announced that they’ll follow their extensive upcoming European tour in support of their 10th album, Primitive and Deadly, with a corresponding jaunt across the US beginning Sept. 4, just two days after the record is set to release on Southern Lord. I’ll be interested to see who winds up on tour with the band, considering some of the varied personnel said to show up in the material, but if they come even moderately close to capturing the sound of “From the Zodiacal Light,” which you can hear below, it’ll be a win. Actually, it’ll probably be a win anyway. It’s fucking Earth. Some bands you just have to trust know what they’re doing.

The PR wire has dates for your calendar-marking enjoyment:

I wanna go.

EARTH Confirms US Tour Dates In Conjunction With Release Of Primitive And Deadly LP

With the next phase of EARTH’s ongoing evolution coming closer to actuality, as their tenth studio LP, Primitive And Deadly, is set to see North American release on September 2nd, the group announces the next phase of international touring in support of the album, in the form of a month-long US tour.

With the band’s treks through Japan, Australia and New Zealand behind them, and their trek into Europe set to begin late this month, EARTH will bring their new material to American fans. From September 4th, commencing in their hometown of Seattle, the new venture will see the band winding counter-clockwise around the entire perimeter of the country through October 3rd, the last show taking place in Boise, Idaho. With twenty-five performances confirmed, additional shows are expected to be added in the coming days. Direct support for EARTH on the entire trek will be provided by dark folk act, King Dude.

With Primitive And Deadly, for the first time in their diverse career, EARTH’s founding guitarist Dylan Carlson and long term cohort, drummer Adrienne Davies allow themselves to be a full-on rock band. Here the dialog between Carlson and Davies drumming remains pivotal, underpinned by the sympathetic bass of Bill Herzog (Sunn O))), Joel RL Phelps, Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter) and thickened by additional layers of guitar from Brett Netson (Built To Spill, Caustic Resin) and Jodie Cox (Narrows). Primitive And Deadly also brings forth the band’s first vocal contributions since 1996′s Pentastar LP, and first in the band’s second incarnation, with guest vocalists Mark Lanegan and Rabia Shaheen Qazi (Rose Windows), who transform these thundering, organic songs into something approaching traditional pop structures. The foundation of the record was laid in the mystic desert high lands of Joshua Tree, California at Rancho de la Luna where EARTH recorded after hours of meditation on each track’s central theme. Upon returning to Seattle these were edited, arranged and expanded upon at Avast with the help of long-term collaborator Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Wolves In The Throne Room, Eagle Twin). Thick, dense and overdriven, melodically rich and enveloping, Primitive And Deadly is EARTH reaffirming their position as a singular point in the history of rock.

Preorders for Primitive And Deadly will be available in the next few days. Stand by for further live and album news transmissions from the EARTH family.

EARTH Tour Dates:
European Tour:
7/31/2014 Off Festival – Katowicw, Poland
8/01/2014 UT Connewitz – Leipzig, Germany
8/02/2014 Lido – Berlin, Germany
8/04/2014 Super Uho Festival – Sibenik, Croatia
8/05/2014 Arena – Vienna, Austria
8/07/2014 Schlacthof – Wiesbaden, Germany
8/08/2014 Bogen F – Zurich, Switzerland
8/09/2014 Point Ephemere – Paris, France
8/10/2014 Zuiderpershuis – Antwerp, Belgium
8/11/2014 Tivoli – Utrecht, Netherlands
8/13/2014 Whelans – Dublin, Ireland
8/14/2014 CCA – Glasgow, UK
8/15/2014 Gorilla – Manchester, UK
8/16/2014 Jabberwocky Festival – London, UK

US Tour w/ King Dude:
9/04/2014 Crocodile – Seattle, WA
9/06/2014 Shakedown – Bellingham, WA
9/07/2014 Doug Fir – Portland, OR
9/08/2014 Midtown Barfly – Sacramento, CA
9/09/2014 Catalyst Atrium – Santa Cruz, CA
9/10/2014 Bottom Of The Hill – San Fransisco, CA
9/11/2014 Hollywood Forever Cemetary – Los Angeles, CA
9/12/2014 SD Music Thing Fest – San Diego, CA
9/13/2014 Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ
9/14/2014 Sister – Albequerque, NM
9/16/2014 Red 7 – Austin, TX
9/17/2014 Club Dada – Dallas, TX
9/18/2014 One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA
9/19/2014 Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
9/20/2014 Kings Barcade – Raleigh, NC
9/21/2014 Rock N Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
9/23/2014 Great Scott – Allston, MA
9/24/2014 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
9/26/2014 Boot And Saddle – Philadelphia, PA
9/27/2014 Midpoint Music Fest – Cincinnati, OH
9/28/2014 Pygmalion, Music Fest – Urbana, IL
9/29/2014 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
9/30/2014 Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
10/01/2014 Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
10/03/2014 Neurolux – Boise, ID

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Earth, “From the Zodiacal Light”

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Mothership Announce Even More Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 15th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Them Motherships.

The more I see Mothership post tour dates, the more I look forward to hearing what they’ve come up with for Mothership II. Their forthcoming second album and proper debut on Ripple Music is set to release before the end of the year, though no specific date has yet been given, and even as they wrap up a full run of the US, the Texas trio have announced another — admittedly smaller — stint that will kick off just nine days after the end of their current tour. Not only does it show they believe in what they’re doing, but also that they’re willing to get out and win hearts and minds the old fashioned way, which also just happens to be how they rock.

Joining Mothership this time around will be The House Harkonnen, as the PR wire affirms:

The Southern shred.

MOTHERSHIP announce SOUTHERN SHRED TOUR with House Harkonnen

Hot on the heels of two wildly successful tours in Europe and the U.S. and the completion of Mothership II (out later this year via Ripple Music), Texas heavy rock and rollers and family unit MOTHERSHIP have announced a quick southern-U.S. jaunt with fellow Dallas-dwelling shredders HOUSE HARKONNEN.

In early 2012, Mothership entered Crystal Clear Studios with Wo Fat mastermind Kent Stump manning the boards and by mid-year, the band self-released their debut album. It was the combination of the 70’s-era heavy rock fuzz and fury mixed with the blistering guitar solos of the NWOBHM-era that drew the bands attention to California-based heavy rock label, Ripple Music. In the waning months of 2012, after a successful year of traveling regionally throughout Texas and opening for national acts such as Prong, Red Fang, Gypsyhawk, Earthen Grave, and Lo-Pan, Mothership officially dubbed Ripple Music as its home port.

With the official Ripple Music release of the band’s self-titled debut album in February of 2013, Mothership began a torrid journey across America and parts of Canada, including a tour in support of Gyspyhawk and another in support of Scorpion Child and Kadavar. Currently, the band recently finished up their sophomore album, Mothership II, which will be available later this year.

Dates:
7/30/14 Dallas, TX @ Three Links
7/31/14 Hattiesburg, MS @ The Tavern
8/1/14 Pensacola, FL @ The Handlebar
8/2/14 Atlanta, GA @ 529 Club
8/4/14 Birmingham, AL @ The Nick
8/5/14 Houston, TX @ Rudyard’s
8/6/14 Texarkana, TX @ Silver Dollar
8/7/14 Tulsa, OK @ Downtown Lounge
8/8/14 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Blue Note
8/9/14 Fort Worth, TX @ The Grotto

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mothershiphaslanded.com
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twitter.com/mothershipusa
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ripplemusic.bandcamp.com

Mothership, Live in Denton, TX, May 3, 2014

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Donation Fund Launched for Darryl Shepard’s Medical Expenses

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 15th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Mr. Shepard, killing it with The Scimitar. I was at this show and reviewed it, was right next to Jay Fortin when he took this picture, actually. It was at Radio in Somerville, a venue that I very much wish I owned. (Photo by James Jay Fortin)

I don’t usually like to post crowdfunding stuff if I can avoid it. Nothing against the process, it’s just there’s so much of it there wouldn’t be time for anything else. This, however, is a cause worthy of exception.

You may know Darryl Shepard from his time in Milligram, or Slapshot, or Blackwolfgoat, or The ScimitarBlack PyramidHackmanRoadsaw or countless others. You may not know him at all. Regardless, the man is a walking institution of rock and roll. Someone who has personally played a direct role in the development of American heavy rock, and even if you don’t listen to his bands, chances are that someone in bands you listen to did. In and around Boston, he’s a legend, and if standing on the Hellfest stage last year with Black Pyramid was anything to go by, his reach is much further than any single city’s borders.

Because of a number of medical conditions, Darryl has racked up a considerable amount of debt. In a lot of places around the world, this would be taken care of through a public system, and wouldn’t stand the chance of crippling someone’s livelihood, but then again, in a lot of places around the world bands also get paid for playing shows. That’s not here. A fund has been set up to help Darryl with these expenses, and I personally urge you to give something, anything, to help him out. It’s not even a donation. Darryl has earned this money a thousand times over.

Give below:

http://www.gofundme.com/bje92g

Hey folks, our good friend and intrepid rocker, Darryl Shephard is in need of our help. Darryl has numerous medical issues, including: Hordeolum, GERD, Coronary Stent, Cervical Radiculopathy, Pacemaker (permanent), Hx of Depression, Hypothyroidism, SVT (Supraventricular tachycardia, Hyperlipidemia, Cardiomyopathy (Ischemic), Status Post Myocardial Infarction (anterior wall), and Coronary Artery Disease. He has been a fixture in the Boston music community for over 25 years, having played with acts such as: Slapshot, Blackwolfgoat, The Scimitar, Slaughter Shack, Hackman, Roadsaw and Deslok, among others. Despite having a fulltime job, and health insurance, Darryl, is badly in need of assistance in covering medical expenses. We’ve set the goal pretty low in hopes that people will be more than generous. There are no reward levels, but an incentive or two, are being considered. Helping a friend should be reward enough. Please give what you can. It would be literally life-changing for Darryl. Thanks!!!
 

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Ice Dragon and Space Mushroom Fuzz Release Crystal Future Split Single

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 14th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Ice Dragon and Space Mushroom Fuzz have more than a few things in common: They share geography in being based out of Boston. They’re both committed to self-releasing albums without charging for them, and they both do so at a prolific clip. Both bands have a varied and open sound, and while Ice Dragon lean more toward a doomed-out psychedelic nod, recorded raw with physical pressing a matter left to the ages — their Dream Dragon (tape review here) has a CD issue coming — and Space Mushroom Fuzz tend toward the progressive and space rocking side of the heavy spectrum while periodically gathering single tracks and other output for collected release — their 2013 double-tape, Back from the Past (review here), brought together four outings — I don’t think there’s anyone who’d argue they don’t make a solid pair.

To be perfectly honest, I was kind of hoping that Crystal Future would be a collaborative release from Ice Dragon. As Space Mushroom Fuzz is a one-man project — helmed by Adam Abrams, also known for Blue Aside – it would be easy enough to bring him into an Ice Dragon session, but the four-song release is a proper split, each act on their own. I’m not about to complain. Each band contributes a longer work and a shorter ambient piece, and as ever from both, the resulting EP is available as a free download.

Links, info, Samantha Allen‘s gorgeous cover art and Ice Dragon‘s announcement follow:

This art rules.

We have a new split out with Space Mushroom Fuzz. Their track is most excellent, and definitely gets stuck in your head. Little interlude action in there too, ours is from an old 4-track tape we did on the porch while recording a few Tome tracks.

Cover art from the painting “Shape of Things to Come” by Samantha Allen
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Mastered at Ron’s Wrecker Service, with MAGNETOSONIC sound
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“A Peak Into the Future” and “A Timely Idea”
Written and produced by Space Mushroom Fuzz
Copyright 2014 BMI

“New Blue Horizon” and “Slowly We All (Into the Bottle) Fall”
Written and produced by Ice Dragon
Copyright 2014 ASCAP

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Ice Dragon and Space Mushroom Fuzz, Crystal Future (2014)

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Slow Motion Rider to Release Self-Titled LP Sept. 1

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 14th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

I just wanna testify...

Los Angeles heavy psych rockers Slow Motion Rider put the digital edition of their self-titled debut out in May, and The Committee to Keep Music Evil will issue the physical version of the album this September. The record was produced by Rob Campanella of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and the release will make the three-piece labelmates with the likes of FederaleThe Asteroid 4 and Spindrift. Accordingly, the collection spaces out its vinyl-able 42 minutes with trippy effects and a shoegazing drawl that sounds desert-baked. I dig it. You might also dig it. Which is why I’m posting about it. Right on.

The PR wire sends its regards, as well as audio:

Whatever makes my baby feel good.

The Committee To Keep Music Evil would like to announce the release of the debut album by Slow Motion Rider

Produced by Rob Campanella of The Brian Jonestown Massacre

digital release/ May 1st 2014 -hard copies / September 1st 2014

Slow Motion Rider can take you places. This heavy psych trio has created a strong identity of powerful musicianship, taking it back to its roots and giving it all they can. Hailing from the LA circuit with renown for groovy carefree parties and a strong sense of community, their live shows are raw and full of energy. Having a number of influences in their DNA you will think of Spacemen 3 and the pure blood of The Doors and Hendrix.

Talented with their ability to get into a groove and even riff without over indulgence these songs will have you hooked and truly take you back to the times when rock and roll was straightforward and honest. With a release amongst the stellar lineup of The Committee To Keep Music Evil that includes The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Dead Meadow, and more, they are already poised to move up in the community and bring a new consciousness to it all at once. From a trek through the California desert all the way to the deep reaches of our universe, these vibes are transcendent.

With performances at Austin Psych Fest 2014, other regional tours are scheduled for fall 2014. Slow Motion Rider has already been getting some airplay in the US as well as Europe which includes European syndicated Volks Radio Show. It drew the attention of Joe Foster “Slaughterhouse Joe”, co-founder of Creation Records and producer of countless bands including The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, who has recently signed on to work on their European presence and production of their second album. This album is scheduled for worldwide distribution by September 1st.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Slow-Motion-Rider/113494355371841
slowmotionrider.net
http://ctkme.com

Slow Motion Rider, Slow Motion Rider (2014)

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Sun Voyager Debut LP Due this Fall

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 14th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Very interested to hear what Orange County, NY, heavy psych rockers Sun Voyager come up with for their debut long-player. Their 2013 demo, Mecca (review here), had a loose, laid back groove that neither came at the expense of songwriting nor felt like a put-on, so I’m eager to see where they take their sound with more room to flesh out ideas and maybe mix in some variety of atmosphere, effects experimentation, etc. The album, as yet untitled, was originally slated for a summer release on King Pizza Records vinyl, but that’s been pushed back to the fall.

In other news from the upstarts, they’ve parted ways with one of their guitarists and will proceed into the recording process as a full-length. They also sent word of upcoming shows around the New York area and more along via the PR wire.

Check it out:

It's hot. I should turn on the air conditioner.

Sun Voyager Summer Update

We hope your summer has been grooving smooth. Thanks for all the support over the last year and a half! It’s been a lot of fun and we’ve got some exciting things on the way that we wanted to share with you.

First a list of upcoming shows:

July 24 w/ Greasy Hearts, Big Huge & Jacques le Coque – Brooklyn – Silent Barn
July 25 w/ Ma, Oneironaught, & Sex Dream – Brooklyn, NY – Big Irv’s Gallery
August 1 w/ It’s Not Night: It’s Space – New Paltz, NY – Snug Harbor
August 9 w/ Julian Fulton, Francie Moon, & more – Rahway, NJ – The Rail House
August 15 w/ SULTAN BATHERY – Brooklyn, NY – Don Pedro’s
September 11 w/ The End Men – Albany, NY – The Low Beat

Next (we’ll give you the bad news first), we’re not sure if all of you know this but Steve is no longer with the band. We wish him all the best but will be continuing as a three-piece. Don’t worry though. We’ve been rocking just as hard without him.

NOW THE GOOD/GREAT NEWS…. We’re wrapping up in the studio this weekend and are almost ready to give you some new music!!! King Pizza Records will be putting out our first full-length on 12″ VINYL and we’re super excited to part of such an awesome label that wants to do this for us. It will be 8 songs in length and should be out this fall. We put a rough version of one of the songs up on bandcamp and might have something else for you very soon…

Merch (we have new t-shirts): http://sunvoyager.bigcartel.com
Updates via social here: http://www.facebook.com/sunvoyagerband
http://sun-voyager.bandcamp.com/

Sun Voyager, “Gypsy Hill (Demo)”

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Enos to Release Live at the East Slope DVD

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 11th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Who is this John Chimpo character?

Last year, UK space metallers Enos released a live EP called The East Slope. It came out in April 2013 and was captured — live, obviously — about a month earlier. Here we are, more than a year later, and the Brighton two-guitar foursome have sent word down the PR wire that Live at the East Slope will now be put out as a DVD on Aug. 2, an occasion they’ll celebrate by playing a release show alongside Bright Curse and Wizard Fight.

What’s the lesson? It takes much longer to make a live video release than a live audio one.

Kudos to Enos, and to Rapture Films as well I guess, for making it happen at all. In this age of instant YouTubely gratification, it’ll make a fine inclusion at the merch table for anyone who wants to delve deeper than an album might allow for, and while one awaits their next studio outing following late-2012′s All too Human, it should provide enough of a fix to hold even the most ardent of followers.

Details and whatnots:

It's really great, Cap. It's Afghanistanimation!

Live Enos DVD released 2nd of August 2014!

Well, it’s been a while but we’ve not been dragging our heels. After a lot of work (and swearing) by Rapture Films and ourselves the Live at The East Slope DVD is set for release on the 2nd of August 2014! The film captures our Sussex University show from the 22nd of March 2013 (the release show for the vinyl version of All Too Human) and features over an hour of psychedelic noise. The set is made up of tracks from both All Too Human and Chapter One and a couple of tracks from this show were released on The East Slope live EP last year. Filmed live at The East Slope Bar on the Sussex University campus Live at The East Slope features the show as it was on the night from start to finish (with a few additional animations here and there) and we fell it perfectly captured the atmosphere of the night. On the night we had the full light-show from Innerstrings Psychedelic Lightshow as well as a guest appearance from Sigrid Jakobson for a rendition of Collisions. The full track list is…

1. All Too Human
2. In Space
3. Floating
4. Left For Dead
5. Collisions
6. Another Solution
7. Launch
8. Devil Makes Work
9. Transform
10. Who Knew?
11. Back To Earth

And just to whet your appetite here’s the live version of Left For Dead.

To celebrate the release we’ll be performing live at The Unicorn in Camden on the 2nd of August, this will be your first chance to pick up a copy for yourself. Support comes in the form of Wizard Fight and Bright Curse, doors are at 7.30pm so get there early!! As well as that we have another Brighton show at The Hope on the 8th of August with support from The Ingrates, Deaf From Behind and The Tricks. Doors are at 8pm, tickets available here.

https://www.facebook.com/ENOSTHECHIMP
http://enosthechimp.bandcamp.com/
http://enosthechimp.bigcartel.com/

Enos, “Left for Dead” from Live at the East Slope (2014)

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Stone Machine Electric Announce Garage Tape

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 11th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Hey guys. Oh, you're hanging out by the stairs? That's cool. Mind if I hang out too? Oh, it's just a you-guys kind of thing? Yeah, well, I guess that's cool. Alright. I'll see you later. (Photo by Lynda Kitchens)

I like this idea. Texas duo Stone Machine Electric have shown plenty of adventurous spirit over the last couple years, be it in their Kent Stump-recorded 2013 self-titled (review here), or bringing in a Warr guitarist (only to shortly dismiss him), or their prior 2010 live demo, Awash in Feedback (review here), so it seems to me they’ll be right in their element when it comes to wheeling in a portable recording setup and just seeing what happens.

The results — whatever they might turn out to be — will be pressed to a cassette and released sometime in the coming months. They’re calling it the Garage Tape in advance, which already speaks to a raw, jam-room feel. Stone Machine Electric is guitarist/vocalist William “Dub” Irvin and drummer/vocalist/thereminist Mark Kitchens, and while they don’t have an exact release date for the tape yet (the art below is also not necessarily the cover, just a logo I grabbed), it’s one I’ll look forward to hearing in the months to come.

Dig, Lazarus, dig:

A logo!

Stone Machine Electric – Garage Tape

Texas heavy duo, Stone Machine Electric, is planning to have the studio come to them in the next month to record what is being called the “Garage Tape”.

Good friend and owner of Tin Can Records, Erik Carson, will be dragging his equipment into the practice space of the band. He’ll set up and record whatever Stone Machine Electric plans to do, which is unknown at this point.

The agenda for this outing is to provide a raw account of what goes on in their confines, which usually ends up on the stage. This could turn into an all out improvised jam, some new tracks the duo has been working on, or all of the above.

No release date is set. The outcome will be put out on cassette to provide that garage demo feel.

http://stonemachineelectric.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stone-Machine-Electric/280507262510

Stone Machine Electric, 2013.02.07 (2013)

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Funeral Horse to Release Sinister Rites of the Master on Aug. 11

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 10th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Note the Gigi vinyl.

An Aug. 11 release date has been made official for Funeral Horse‘s Sinister Rites of the Master. The full-length (review here) is the second outing from the Houston stoner/punk/rockers, and follows behind last year’s Savage Audio Demon tape (review here). 333 copies will be pressed.

I guess that means I kind of jumped the gun writing the review, since it was two months prior to the release at that point, but I wanted to make sure the release date got noted as well because these guys do interesting stuff and make it sound raw and natural in the process. I’d have sworn they had the whole thing streaming before, but whatever, ahead of the release, you can hear the track “Until the Last Nation Falls” below.

The PR wire fills in the particulars:

Medusa?

FUNERAL HORSE – SINISTER RITES OF THE MASTER LP (Artificial Head) Released on 11th August 2014

Made up of front man/guitarist Paul Bearer, bassist Jason Andy Argonauts and drummer Chris Larmour, Houston’s Funeral Horse are offhand in their attitude to technical virtuosity. Whether rocking their way through dark blues or dissonant experimentation Sinister Rites Of The Master is unapologetically thunderous.

Following on from last year’s Savage Audio Demon, Sinister Rites… will be released this August on Artificial Head Records. An imprint that to date has seen releases from fellow Texans and garage convivialists The Escatones, David Gedge’s much-loved Cinerama and the criminally undersung post-punk outfit Art Institute.

Under the influence, this current assembly of unholy noisemakers produce music to gouge minds to. Murky and fuzzed out, punk by execution but unmistakably proto-metal in mass and volume the album peddles the sort of sounds you might find at the angrier end of a Sub Pop or Touch and Go discography. A shot in the vein of Tad via Mudhoney’s raw megaphonic vocals (‘Until The Last Nation Falls’, ‘Amputate The Hands Of Thieves’) Funeral Horse also take in the vintage and lo-fi grind of traditional stoner, and even classic rock, as best heard on their storming cover of Rush’s ‘Working Man’.

Track Listing:
1. Until The Last Nation Falls
2. Amputate The Hands Of Thieves
3. Communist’s Blues
4. Executioner Of Kings
5. I Hear The Devil Calling Me
6. Stoned And Furious
7. Working Man

Funeral Horse:
Paul Bearer – Vocals, Guitar
Jason Andy Argonauts – Bass
Chris Larmour – Drums

www.funeralhorse.bandcamp.com
reverbnation.com/funeralhorse
facebook.com/FuneralHorse
https://www.facebook.com/ArtificialHead

Funeral Horse, “Until the Last Nation Falls”

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Owlfood Announce Tour Dates Leading to Gilead Media Fest

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 10th, 2014 by H.P. Taskmaster

Lots o' Scott Kelly in this one, and that's just fine by me.

Based out of Boston, four-piece drone-folk magnates Owlfood, who released their fourth long-player last year in the form of the 27-minute single-track Destroyers of the Moon, have been confirmed for this year’s Gilead Media Fest in Wisconsin on July 19. Accordingly, they’ll head west next week and make four stops along the way with travel time in between, hitting Boston, Brooklyn, Columbus and Chicago before getting to Oshkosh, and sharing the stage with the likes of Windmills by the Ocean and Taiga.

I hadn’t heard Owlfood before the PR wire sent along the info and dates below, but the lineup for the Boston gig on Sunday looks right on, and unless a piano falls on my head between now and then, I’ll be there. More to come.

Until then, check out the Bandcamp stream of Destroyers of the Moon below for your fix of moody, dark psychedelics and minimalist, hopefully-no-one-talks-over-it-at-the-gig ambience:

Sparse.

OWLFOOD: Experimental Drone Folk Quartet To Kick Off US Tour En Route To Gilead Fest

Boston-based experimental drone folk quartet, OWLFOOD, will levy their bleached-out desert tones upon adventurous ears beginning next week. The short journey will begin on their home turf on July 13th and run through Brooklyn, Columbus and Chicago. The band will be joined by instrumental psyche rockers Windmills By The Ocean featuring members of Isis and Blacktail as well as the undulating and cinematic Taiga project featuring Bryant Clifford Meyer (Isis, Palms, Red Sparrows) on select dates. OWLFOOD will make their final descent in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on July 19th at Gilead Fest where they will share the stage with the likes of Thou, The Body, Inter Arma, Sea Of Bones and many more.

OWLFOOD will be journeying in support of their fourth LP, Destroyers Of The Moon, self-released last April. Featuring one twenty-seven-minute movement, the soundscape evoked in Destroyers Of The Moon began as a drawing; a graphic landscape. Conceiving the composition in a visual register in which, for example, barren plains give way to mountainous peaks, allowed OWLFOOD to develop a fuller tonality; a sonority richer and more differentiated than any of their previous recordings. Fans of OM and Scott Kelly pay heed. Dubbed “a glorious epic landscape of cinematic swirls,” by Aquarius Records and, “beautiful and exceptionally original,” by Anti-Gravity Bunny, Destroyers boasts a host of collaborators including Greg Moss (27), Meghan Mulhearn (Divine Circles, The Judas Horse, U.S. Christmas), David Bently and Nicholas Giadone Ward (both of Hallelujah The Hills).

OWLFOOD Live Rituals 2014:
7/13/2014 Middle East – Boston, MA w/ Windmills By The Ocean, High Aura’d, Neptune
7/15/2014 Matchless – Brooklyn, NY w/ Windmills By The Ocean, 27, Thurn & Taxis
7/17/2014 The Fuse Factory – Columbus, OH w/ Taiga, DOT
7/18/2014 Burlington Bar – Chicago, IL w/ Taiga, Rare Animals
7/19/2014 Gilead Fest @ Oshkosh Masonic Temple – Oshkosh, WI

http://www.facebook.com/owlfood
http://www.owlfood.bandcamp.com

Owlfood, Destroyers of the Moon (2013

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