Posted in Whathaveyou on August 1st, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster
Uh, hey Europe. Go see Brant Bjork. That’s probably not something you really need me to tell you, Entire Continent of Europe, or one assumes Brant Bjork wouldn’t be headed over in the first place, but I will anyway. His new album, Tao of the Devil, is fucking awesome, has seriously screwed up my under-construction Albums of the Year list, and will be out Sept. 30. For a sampling of the kind of jammy finery with which Brant Bjork and the Low Desert Punk Band get down this round, they’ve got the new song “Dave’s War” streaming now in its nine-minute glory. Go on and dig in, whatever continent you might live on. Shit’s all imaginary anyway. Borders and whatnot.
The impending run is presented by Sound of Liberation, who sent the following info along the PR wire:
Brant Bjork joins the SOL roster! Album & Tour coming this fall
Low Desert Punk Brant Bjork is back on the SOL Roster!! The king of the sweetest flow and forever kissed by the burning sun of Southern Cali comes to Europe in November to promote his amazing new album “Tao of the Devil”. The release date for the new album is set for September 30th via Napalm Records. Pre-orders can be done here! Check-out the first video here, check-out the tourdates below and don´t miss his show full of “Sweetest flows, groovy stoner sounds with a healthy dose of 70’s style greatness”!
03.11.16 | DE | Osnabrück | Bastard Club 04.11.16 | NL | Deventer | Burger Weeshuis 05.11.16 | DE | Erfurt | Stadtgarten 06.11.16 | BE | Hasselt | Mod 07.11.16 | UK | London | Garage 08.11.16 | FR | Paris | Divan Du Monde 09.11.16 | DE | Wiesbaden | Schlachthof 10.11.16 | DE | München | Backstage 11.11.16 | AT | Graz | PPC 12.11.16 | GR | Athens | An Club 14.11.16 | AT | Vienna | Arena 15.11.16 | CH | Zürich | Rote Fabrik 16.11.16 | DE | Karlsruhe | Substage 17.11.16 | DE | Köln | Live Music Hall 18.11.16 | DE | Dresden | Beatpol 19.11.16 | DE | Berlin | Columbia Theater 20.11.16 | DE | Hamburg | Logo
Posted in Whathaveyou on July 7th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster
Low desert kingpin Brant Bjork will release his new album, Tao of the Devil, Sept. 30 via Napalm Records. The record, which was first discussed here in an interview back in March, will be Bjork‘s second for the label behind 2014’s Black Flower Power (review here), and though I think the lineup is the same, it’s noteworthy that the full name of the band, Brant Bjork and the Low Desert Punk Band has been dropped off the cover art in favor of the simpler Brant Bjork moniker. Whether or not that will factor into the sound of the record itself of course remains to be heard.
The cover art, tracklisting and special edition info came down the PR wire moments ago:
BRANT BJORK – Unveils First Details Of Upcoming Album!
Mr. Brant Bjork is back and delivers some hot new details of his upcoming album including title, track listing, release date and album artwork!
As the founder of Kyuss, the singer / guitarist / drummer might be the ultimate icon the Desert Rock scene has to offer – but despite all this praise and worship, Brant’s only concern rests in supplying the planet with unpretentious laid-back rock, adorned with hefty jam-outs!
Tao Of The Devil is the brand new masterpiece and will see the light of day on September 30th via Napalm Records.
The track listing reads as follows:
1 The Greeheen 2 Humble Pie 3 Stackt 4 Luvin’ 5 Biker No. 2 6 Dave’s War 7 Tao of the Devil 8 Evening Jam (Bonus Track)
Tao Of The Devil is available as: – 4 page digipack – 1LP Gatefold
– Deluxe Fan LP Edition limited to 500 copies worldwide:
Posted in Features on March 31st, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster
Next weekend, April 9, the first Desert Generator festival will be held. Put together by Rolling Heavy magazine, Allnight Allnight and Brant Bjork himself, it brings groups from the desert and beyond to Pappy and Harriet’s Saloon in Pioneertown, California, to play on an outdoor stage in the tradition of the parties held in the middle of nowhere (also the center of everywhere) of yore that helped shape the Palm Desert scene and thus American heavy rock as a whole. In addition to a van show and camp-out, the lineup is Red Fang, Brant Bjork and the Low Desert Punk Band, Acid King, Golden Void and Ecstatic Vision.
Sounds like weirdo heaven? Yeah, it just might be. For Bjork, it’s another manifestation of the commitment to a desert art scene that has seen him become one of its most recognizable ambassadors. As the drummer for Kyuss, he played those parties alongside the likes of Yawning Man and Fatso Jetson, and across his solo material and even up to Black Power Flower (review here), the 2014 debut from Brant Bjork and the Low Desert Punk Band, he’s remained a defining feature of what the rest of the world has come to think of as the sound of that place, of that desert. His work is inseparable from that.
It makes sense in that way that Desert Generator should both exist and should take its name from the by-now-legendary parties that gave Bjork and many others their start, since in its very concept, the one-day fest feeds into and expands on that tradition much as Bjork‘s work has done with desert rock as a whole. From his years in Kyuss and Fu Manchu and his earliest solo work with the Jalamanta album on Man’s Ruin, through time with Brant Bjork and the Bros. on tour in the US and abroad and continuing through the forthcoming Tao of the Devil LP that will complete his current contract with Napalm Records, he’s been far more relentless than the laid back vibe of so much of his output might suggest.
But of course, that’s part of the atmosphere Bjork and his compatriots are hoping will play into the goings down at Desert Generator. In the interview that follows, the godfather of desert groove talks about the origins of this perhaps-inaugural festival, how it all came together with the bands involved and the legacy it’s working from. He also looks forward, not only to the Tao of the Devil release and potential European touring, but to revisiting his substantial back catalog and other projects in the offing.
Posted in Whathaveyou on February 8th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster
The tradition that Desert Generator is highlighting is evident right in the name of the fest. By now, the out-in-the-middle-of-nowhere-center-of-everywhere parties from which what we’ve come to think of as California’s desert rock scene emerged are the stuff of heavy lore, and as the “stages” such as they were were powered by gas generators — which, though unreliable, have a certain charm — one would be hard-pressed to think of a better moniker for Desert Generator than the one it has. True to form, it sounds like a killer party.
Set for April 9 with a lineup that features Red Fang, Brant Bjork and the Low Desert Punk Band, Acid King, Golden Void and Ecstatic Vision, the inaugural Desert Generator has a reach immediately beyond the locals of Pioneertown, CA, where the venue it will take place — Pappy and Harriet’s — is located, and with a Rolling Heavy magazine-sponsored van show, an outdoor stage and good times on offer, it seems like an atmosphere perfectly in line with the tripped-out and hard-hitting vibes of the lineup. I’d go. Just saying. I would.
Not sure if they’re making it an annual thing or one-shot-only, but what info there is follows, as yoinked off the fest’s website:
Saturday, April 9th, 2016. Rolling Heavy Magazine, Allnight Allnight, and Brant Bjork bring you DESERT GENERATOR, a heavy, psychedelic, rock & roll happening. We are inspired by the legendary generator parties (from which Brant’s band Kyuss originated) and the 1970’s “van-in” campouts. We got five rad bands and a custom van show – one day and one night of laid back fun. It all takes place in a wild west ghost town & dusty desert cantina in the birthplace of Desert Rock and Doom.
The ROLLING HEAVY VAN SHOW starts at high noon and will feature 1960s & 1970s custom vans, vendors, DJS and more (see next FAQ).
The DESERT GENERATOR concert will start as the sun begins to set on the desert. All bands will perform on the outside stage at Pappy + Harriet’s Pioneertown Saloon near Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley, California.
LINEUP: Red Fang Brant Bjork and The Low Desert Punk Band Acid King Golden Void Ecstatic Vision
DESERT GENERATOR TICKET IS REQUIRED for Concert @ Pappy & Harriet’s. Event is All Ages. Free Parking. Made in the USA!
Posted in Whathaveyou on October 19th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster
I could and just might get the exact same list of tour dates from each of these bands’ perspective, but seriously, a tour this good, I don’t care if it’s the same shows being plugged four different times. It’s a point worth reiterating. Brant Bjork and the Low Desert Punk Band will head out across the US and into Canada to support their 2014 release, Black Power Flower (review here), and they’ll be traveling in the righteous company of Corrosion of Conformity, Saviours and Mothership. The thing about this tour? There isn’t one band on it who, if they were coming around alone, wouldn’t be worth going to see. It’s not like if you showed up and just Mothership were playing they wouldn’t hand you your ass. Same thing with Brant Bjork, C.O.C. and Saviours. So yeah, if the dates come through two or three more times, I’ll be posting them again. Keep an eye out.
To the PR wire:
BRANT BJORK AND THE LOW DESERT PUNK BAND To Tour North American With Corrosion Of Conformity and Saviours
BRANT BJORK and The Low Desert Punk Band released their latest album Black Flower Power last November on Napalm Records. In support of the record, BRANT is hitting the road again in North America this fall alongside the legendary Corrosion of Conformity and Saviours. The tour begins November 12th in Atlanta, GA and will run through December 10th in Raleigh, NC. A complete list of dates can be found below.
No one can fool this man anymore: As a cult figure of the Palm Desert scene, as founder and drummer of the unfortunately no longer active Stoner-Rock legends Kyuss and a permanent member of Vista Chino (formerly KYUSS Lives!), the formation around Kyuss colleague John Garcia, BRANT BJORK is washed with all (musical) waters. Now he is sailing under his own flag and proves once again that his multi-instrumental skills know no creative boundaries. With his excellent occupied Low Desert Punk Band, BJORK lets the scorching heat of California shimmer in his songs. He also scrubs his guitar through all sorts of psychedelic effect pedals and skillfully mixes Stoner Rock, Blues and Doom-bonds to a feverish hazy brew. The Desert Rock Band has reached their oasis.
Black Flower Power is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon.
BRANT BJORK W/ COC, Saviours: 11/12: Atlanta, GA @ The Loft** 11/13: Shreveport, LA @ Riverside Warehouse## 11/16: Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock 11/17: Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom 11/18: San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s 11/20: Vancouver, BC @ Venue Nightclub 11/21: Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s 11/23: Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall 11/24: Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room 11/25: Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights 11/27: Racine, WI @ Rte 20 11/28: Cleveland, OH @ The Odeon 11/29: Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts 12/1: Toronto, ON @ Opera House 12/2: Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop 12/3: Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar 12/4: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater 12/5: Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall 12/7: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club 12/8: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel 12/9: Virginia Beach, VA @ Shaka’s Live 12/10: Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theater
**YOB, BRANT BJORK, BLACK COBRA** ##BRANT BJORK, Local Support##
Posted in Whathaveyou on September 16th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster
Already on tour this Fall with Clutch, the semi-reunited four-piece incarnation of Corrosion of Conformity have announced a run of headlining dates to follow that as they continue to mark 20 years since the release of their 1995 classic, Deliverance. At this point, aside from wanting very, very badly to see them play again, I’m curious to find out if C.O.C. will do another record with Pepper Keenan on guitar/vocals alongside bassist/vocalist Mike Dean, guitarist Woody Weatherman and drummer Reed Mullin, or if it’s just going to be live shows from here on out. Rumblings and rumors have been heard, pull quotes from interviews and so on, but that’s a far cry from a release date, and when and if it does happen, new C.O.C. is going to be a landmark.
Already it’s been a decade since the underrated In the Arms of God, which was their last album with Keenan as frontman, the band releasing a self-titled in 2012 and IX in 2014 as a trio on Candlelight Records, so you’d have to say they’re due. Support on this tour comes from Brant Bjork and the Low Desert Punk Band, Saviours and Mothership, all of which only makes it more badass.
UPDATE 9/16: I’m not sure what’s going on with this tour as some of the dates have disappeared from what’s on the poster below. The most recently-posted list of tour dates appears in blue:
UPDATE ON THE UPDATE: Okay, so it looks like the shows will go down as seen in the flyer below. Something about contracts and what was supposed to be announced and what wasn’t. I’m gonna keep the list of dates in blue as it is, and if your town’s not on there, check the flyer and maybe it’s there and the rest will work out as it will. Fun afternoon though:
C.O.C. US TOUR DATES 2015: Mon/Sep-28th Motörhead’s MotörBoat CLUTCH AND C.O.C. Sat/Oct-03 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Sun/Oct-04 St Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live Tue/Oct-06 Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works Wed/Oct-07 Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend Fri/Oct-09 Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Sat/Oct-10 Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall Sun/Oct-11 New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place Tue/Oct-13 Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue Wed/Oct-14 Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues Thu/Oct-15 Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room Fri/Oct-16 Sauget, IL @ Pop’s Nightclub Sat/Oct-17 Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre Sun/Oct-18 Fargo, ND @ Scheels Arena Tue/Oct-20 Billings, MT @ Shrine Auditorium Thu/Oct-22 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House Fri/Oct-23 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House SatOct-24 KNOTFEST Sun/Oct-25 COC Headline show Las Vegas @ Vinyl Hard Rock CLUTCH, MASTODON, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY: Mon/Oct-26 Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre Wed/Oct-28 Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall Thu/Oct-29 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live Fri/Oct-30 Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center MASTODON, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY: Sat/Oct-31 New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre Sun/Nov-01 Birmingham @Iron City HEADLINE DATES Thu/Nov-12 Atlanta, GA @ The Loft Fri/Nov-13 Shreveport, LA @ Riverside Warehouse Mon/Nov-16 Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock Tue/Nov-17 Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom Wed/Nov-18 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s Fri/Nov-20 Vancouver, BC @ Venue Nightclub Sat/Nov-21 Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s Mon/Nov-23 Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall Tue/Nov-24 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room Wed/Nov-25 Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights Sat/Nov-28 Cleveland, OH @ The Odeon Sun/Nov-29 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts Tue/Dec-01 Toronto, ON @ Opera House Thu/Dec-03 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar Mon/Dec-07 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club Wed/Dec-09 Virginia Beach, VA @ Shaka’s Live Thu/Dec-10 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
Posted in Features on January 2nd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster
It was close for a long time, but in the last week or so, one record pulled ahead to stake a definitive claim on the top spot. Even so, more than the 2013 poll, this was a fun one to watch, three albums duking it out, trading back and forth in the raw votes depending on who happened to submit a list at any given time. In the end, 355 people participated in this year’s poll, which is an average of over 11 per day — there was a significant push at the end — and up from 2013, which now that it’s 2015 will no doubt soon feel like ancient history.
To that end, Happy New Year and huge, huge thanks to everyone who took the time to contribute a list to the poll. Even if it was one or two records, the simple fact that you felt it was worth your time to type out the names of bands and albums and take part in this thing is unbelievably gratifying to me. I do a lot of the talking around here, apart from comments and the forum, so to have your participation in this really means a lot to me. It’s nice knowing you give enough of a crap to take part.
You’ll find two lists below. The first, measured in points, is the weighted tally. A 1-4 ranking is worth five points, 5-8 worth four, 9-12 worth three, 13-16 worth two and 17-20 worth one. After that comes the raw votes, a measure of what caught the most attention along the way.
After the jump, you’ll also find all the lists contributed to the poll — including my own, which seemed fair since I do a lot of reading on this site, mostly to experience shame at the typos and correct them hoping no one else noticed — presented in the order in which they were received. Thank you all again.
Top 20 of 2014 — Weighted Results
1. YOB, Clearing the Path to Ascend (560 points)
2. Wo Fat, The Conjuring (404)
3. Electric Wizard, Time to Die (367)
4. Pallbearer, Foundations of Burden (334)
5. Conan, Blood Eagle (275)
6. Orange Goblin, Back from the Abyss (254)
7. Greenleaf, Trails and Passes (240)
8. Truckfighters, Universe (237)
9. Brant Bjork and the Low Desert Punk Band, Black Power Flower (235)
10. Earth, Primitive and Deadly (230)
11. Fu Manchu, Gigantoid (225)
12. Blues Pills, Blues Pills (211)
13. Lo-Pan, Colossus (202)
14. Eyehategod, Eyehategod (198)
15. Monolord, Empress Rising (190)
16. Mastodon, Once More ‘Round the Sun (188)
17. Mars Red Sky, Stranded in Arcadia (161)
18. John Garcia, John Garcia (156)
19. Bongripper, Miserable (141)
20. Radio Moscow, Magical Dirt (127)
Honorable mention to:
Goat, Commune (126)
Swans, To be Kind (117)
Monster Magnet, Milking the Stars (116)
Blood Farmers, Headless Eyes (105)
Floor, Oblation (104)
Mothership, II (104)
Stubb, Elephant Tree, Thou and plenty of others also did very well in the voting, but everything else I could find was less than 100 points. Again, it was close for a while between Wo Fat, Electric Wizard and YOB — and Pallbearer wasn’t so far behind them, either — but YOB pulled it out in the end and jumped way in front of everyone else. A lot of number-one votes for Clearing the Path to Ascend, which I can understand completely, since I happened to agree with the position.
On to the raw votes:
Top 20 of 2014 — Raw Votes
1. YOB, Clearing the Path to Ascend (138 votes)
2. Wo Fat, The Conjuring (111)
3. Electric Wizard, Time to Die (104)
4. Pallbearer, Foundations of Burden (89)
5. Orange Goblin, Back from the Abyss (78)
6. Conan, Blood Eagle (72)
7. Fu Manchu, Gigantoid (71)
8. Truckfighters, Universe (66)
9. Earth, Primitive and Deadly (65)
10. Greenleaf, Trails and Passes (64)
11. Blues Pills, Blues Pills (63)
12. Brant Bjork and the Low Desert Punk Band, Black Power Flower (60)
13. Lo-Pan, Colossus (58)
14. Eyehategod, Eyehategod (55)
15. Monolord, Empress Rising (52)
16. Mars Red Sky, Stranded in Arcadia (48)
16. Mastodon, Once More ‘Round the Sun (48)
17. John Garcia, John Garcia (47)
18. Bongripper, Miserable (41)
18. Radio Moscow, Magical Dirt (41)
19. Goat, Commune (37)
19. Mothership, II (37)
20. Swans, To be Kind (32)
And some honorable mentions:
Dwellers, Pagan Fruit (31)
Floor, Oblation (31)
Monster Magnet, Milking the Stars (31)
Mos Generator, Electric Mountain Majesty (30)
Thou, Heathen (30)
The Well, Samsara (30)
A couple ties here make the raw votes list a little more inclusive, and since it’s not like we’re giving out olympic medals, it didn’t seem fair to count out ties and sacrifice other numbers. The top 20 has 23 entries? Yeah, sounds about right. Again, not much mystery ultimately to who came out on top, but it was a more thrilling race than the final numbers might suggest. Cool to see some differences in placement emerge between the two lists as well, Greenleaf and Brant Bjork doing really well in the weighted results since they obviously inspire some strong support, and a couple of others working their way into the raw votes top 20. I’m not really a numbers guy, but it’s been cool putting this together.
About not being a numbers guy: All the lists that came in appear after the jump below. If you find some glaring error in my math, or something seems like it really got enough votes to be included in one or the other, it’s possible I just missed it. I hope you’ll point it out in the comments so that if there is a mistake, I can get on correcting it as soon as possible. Your vigilance is sincerely appreciated.
And thank you again so much for being a part of this readers poll. It’s been a really great experience and I look forward to doing it again come Dec. 2015.
Please find everybody’s list after the jump, and have fun browsing:
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Since I don’t do theme podcasts or anything, the thoroughly unofficial subtitle of this latest one is “SOME of the Best of 2014.” Truth be told, it’s four hours long and I feel like I barely scratched the surface, so definitely the emphasis should be on “some.” By no means is it meant to be comprehensive, or am I claiming that it’s all the best and the rest sucked or anything like that. But some of the best stuff is here, so, you know, I hope you enjoy.
My intent was to make it three hours long, and then I got there and it just didn’t feel done without another hour’s worth of extended psych jams. That’s an odd habit to have. Could be worse. For what it’s worth, I was thinking of this as a companion for some of the year-end coverage that’s already been posted and is still to come. Some of this was inspired by picks from the Readers Poll, the submissions for which are still open. If you haven’t added your list yet, I’d greatly appreciate it.
And once again, hope you dig it:
YOB, “Nothing to Win” from Clearing the Path to Ascend
Fu Manchu, “Radio Source Sagittarius” from Gigantoid
Radio Moscow, “Death of a Queen” from Magical Dirt
The Golden Grass, “Stuck on a Mountain” from The Golden Grass
Monster Magnet, “No Paradise for Me” from Milking the Stars: A Reimagining of Last Patrol
Pallbearer, “The Ghost I Used to Be” from Foundations of Burden
The Skull, “Sick of it All” from For Those Which are Asleep
Electric Wizard, “Time to Die” from Time to Die
Orange Goblin, “The Devil’s Whip” from Back from the Abyss
Moab, “No Soul” from Billow
Sleep, “The Clarity” from The Clarity 12”
Mars Red Sky, “Hovering Satellites” from Stranded in Arcadia
Floor, “Rocinante” from Oblation
Slomatics, “And Yet it Moves” from Estron
Conan, “Foehammer” from Blood Eagle
Druglord, “Feast on the Eye” from Enter Venus
Apostle of Solitude, “Die Vicar Die” from Of Woe and Wounds
Pilgrim, “Away from Here” from II: Void Worship
Blood Farmers, “The Road Leads to Nowhere” from Headless Eyes
Lo-Pan, “Regulus” from Colossus
Elephant Tree, “Vlaakith” from Theia
The Well, “Mortal Bones” from Samsara
Lucifer in the Sky with Diamonds, “Counting Time” from The Shining One
Brant Bjork and the Low Desert Punk Band, “Stokely up Now” from Black Power Flower
Joy, “Driving Me Insane” from Under the Spell of Joy
Greenleaf, “Depth of the Sun” from Trails and Passes
Mothership, “Priestess of the Moon” from Mothership II
Truckfighters, “Get Lifted” from Universe
Mos Generator, “Enter the Fire” from Electric Mountain Majesty
Mammatus, “Brain Drain” from Heady Mental
Øresund Space Collective, “Beardlandia” from Music for Pogonologists
My Brother the Wind, “Garden of Delights” from Once There was a Time When Time and Space were One
The Cosmic Dead, “Fukahyoocastulah” from Split with Mugstar
Montibus Communitas, “The Pilgrim to the Absolute” from The Pilgrim to the Absolute