Green Yeti: Preorders for Desert Show Start June 2

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 23rd, 2017 by JJ Koczan

If you’ve been following along the saga of Athenian heavy rockers Green Yeti this Spring, you already know that the three-piece signed to Cursed Tongue Records earlier this month to issue their second album in as many years, Desert Show, on vinyl, merely days after giving it an independent digital release on April 21 and merely days before embarking on their first-ever round of tour dates on May 3. It’s been a busy time, to put it mildly.

The story looks set to continue into summer as Cursed Tongue has set an Aug. 7 release for the Desert Show LP and will launch preorders for the limited vinyl on June 2. There are three editions available that you can see in the banner below, and if you’re wondering, Central European Time is five hours ahead of Eastern US Daylight Time. Just in case you didn’t want to Google “what time is it?”

Here’s all the info I’ve got:

GREEN YETI PREORDERS

We are launching pre-orders for CTR-003 that is Green Yeti – Desert Show vinyl lp on June 2nd via our bigcartel store. Slated release date is August 7th.

Vinyl pressing has been ordered and we are awaiting the TP’s within few weeks.

Once again remastered for vinyl by Tony Reed who has done a stellar job making everything really pop.

People familiar with the genres should already be more than acquainted with this green, Greek super nugget of a stoner monster and know what to expect from the Green Yeti band, namely deep fat bass lines, slow pounding cave-man drumming seasoned with intelligent spaced out guitar playing and memorable riffs and hooks.

Stay tuned for further info very soon as this vinyl release will be here before you know it.

Please welcome Green Yeti to the CTR-family and now let us have a good time! Kick back, grab a green (leaf or bottle), indulge in the Yeti’s second march and enjoy the desert show.

Green Yeti is:
Bass: Danis Avramidis
Guitar & Vocals: Michael Andresakis
Drums: Giannis Koutroubis

https://www.facebook.com/greenyetiband/
https://twitter.com/GreenYetiBand
https://greenyeti.bandcamp.com/album/desert-show
https://www.facebook.com/CursedTongueRecords/
http://cursedtonguerecords.bigcartel.com/

Green Yeti, Desert Show (2017)

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Naxatras Begin Recording New Album; Self-Titled Vinyl Available

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 22nd, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Winning news all around from Greek heavy psych rockers Naxatras, as they’ve begun the recording process for their third studio full-length as of yesterday and released their 2015 self-titled debut as a gatefold 2LP. Based in Thessaloniki, the three-piece of guitarist John Delias, bassist/vocalist John Vagenas and drummer Kostas Harizonis have been garnering acclaim from and beyond Europe’s underground since first issuing their debut two years ago thanks to languid jams like “Shiva’s Dance” and the classic-style fuzz drift of “Downer,” and it’s hard to imagine that by the time this post is live, the vinyl won’t be well on its way to sold out. They only pressed 500.

Among its endearing qualities, Naxatras‘ Naxatras basks in an ultra-natural tonality that would turn even the most loyalist of the vintage aficionados envious. From its 10-minute opener “I am the Beyonder” through the gently progressive roll of “Waves” and the push, blown-out drift, spoken preach and meandering guitar lines of “Ent,” which caps, the album cast aesthetic worries aside in favor of making its impression through immediate chemistry between its players, who recorded live, analog, no overdubs, in a single day. The vitality of performance became the self-titled’s signature, and it’s something that last year’s follow-up, II (review here), continued to develop along with their overall scope.

One can only hope the thread will continue for what may or may not be called III upon its arrival. I’ve yet to hear of a confirmed date for Naxatras‘ next release, but when and if I do, I’ll certainly let you know. In the meantime, plans seem to be in the works for a Fall 2017 European tour, since the band has been confirmed for the lineup of Keep it Low 2017 in Munich, Germany.

The following was culled together from a few different posts, but brings confirmation direct from the band:

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They’re here!!!

Two years after the release of our first album, we finally present you its vinyl form!

Double-LP with an analog cutting from the original master tapes by Jesus I. Agnew at Magnetic Fidelity in a lovely gatefold cover by CHRIS RW!

The album was recorded live in the studio with no overdubs during a single day in January 2015. ATR Magnetic Master Tape in 1/4″ was used as the master tape, in a half-track stereo configuration.

Order here: https://naxatras.bandcamp.com/album/naxatras

21st of May we enter the studio to record our 3rd album.

Uber-hyped to play Keep It Low Festival 2017 this October among so many awesome bands!!

Rest of the European Autumn Tour will be announced really soon too, so stay tuned friends…

Naxatras is:
John Delias – Guitar
Kostas Harizanis – Drums
John Vagenas – Bass & Vocals

https://www.facebook.com/naxatras/
https://naxatras.bandcamp.com/

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audiObelisk Transmission 061

Posted in Podcasts on May 15th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

the obelisk podcast 61

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Yes! A new podcast! Are you stoked? I’m stoked. If you’re not, you will be when you look at the list of bands included. In any case, let’s be stoked together, because rock and roll, and heavy psych and good music and, well, yeah. That’s pretty much stuff to be stoked about. It’s been absurdly long since the last time we did one of these. Too long. I don’t really have an excuse other than… gainful employment? Don’t worry, though. That’ll be over soon enough. Then it’ll be podcasts out the ass.

There’s some killer goods here though. Yeah, I decided to do a “Yeti” double-shot with Green Yeti into Telekinetic Yeti. That’s my version of me being clever. But both bands are righteous, and if you haven’t heard the Savanah record, or that new Tia Carrera jam, or the Cachemira or Big Kizz or Yagow or Vokonis or the Elder — oh hell, frickin’ all of it — it’s worth your time. That Emil Amos track just premiered the other day and I think will surprise a lot of people, and I liked the way it paired with the dark neofolk of Hermitess. And of course we get trippy in the second hour, as is the custom around here. But first a moment of prog clarity from the aforementioned Elder. That’s a good time as well.

As always, I hope you enjoy.

Track details follow:

First Hour:

0:00:00 Vokonis, “The Sunken Djinn” from The Sunken Djinn
0:06:47 Tia Carrera, “Laid Back (Frontside Rock ‘n’ Roll)” from Laid Back (Frontside Rock ‘n’ Roll)
0:16:33 Supersonic Blues, “Supersonic Blues Theme” from Supersonic Blues Theme / Curses on My Soul
0:19:28 Emil Amos, “Elements Cycling” from Filmmusik
0:22:28 Hermitess, “Blood Moon” from Hermitess
0:26:24 Savanah, “Mind” from The Healer
0:34:22 Yagow, “Non-Contractual” from Yagow
0:42:35 Big Kizz, “Eye on You” from Eye on You
0:45:53 Cachemira, “Jungla” from Jungla
0:52:05 Green Yeti, “Black Planets (Part 2)” from Desert Show
0:58:02 Telekinetic Yeti, “Stoned and Feathered” from Abominable

Second Hour:

1:02:10 Elder, “The Falling Veil” from Reflections of a Floating World
1:13:20 Riff Fist, “King Tide” from King Tide
1:24:15 Cavra, “Montaña” from Cavra
1:39:18 Causa Sui, “A Love Supreme” from Live in Copenhagen

Total running time: 1:55:53

 

Thank you for listening.

Download audiObelisk Transmission 061

 

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Desertfest Athens 2017: Saint Vitus and Radio Moscow Join Bill with Graveyard, Colour Haze, Orange Goblin and More

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 11th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Hard to argue with what Desertfest Athens 2017 has put together thus far for this October. The second incarnation of the Greece-based brand extension of the Desertfest — see also London, Berlin, Antwerp and no doubt more to come; just by way of naming cities off the top of my head, Barcelona, Rome, Los Angeles/San Diego and Stockholm all seem like ripe, yet-unexplored ground that might be worth trying out — enters itself into what will no doubt become a considerable Fall fray of fests if last year was anything to go by. Successive weekends, one after the other, sometimes two on at the same time. It was sheer madness. Will it be again? Yeah, probably.

I’ll be honest, it was hard to keep up with in 2016 for what was happening when, but the good thing was it put a whole buttload of bands on tour and gave them huge shows to anchor between slews of club and theater gigs, so I can’t think it was anything but a win all around for the groups involved. You can see from the lineup so far below for Desertfest Athens 2017 that it no doubt will be as well for anyone who makes the trek out to actually see the show. Been a while since I caught Colour Haze, Orange Goblin, Saint Vitus or Radio Moscow, and golly, it sure would be awfully nice to tick all those boxes over the course of two days. Ah, to daydream.

Full lineup and latest announcement follows. I’ll be keeping up with this one going forward as best I can, so stay tuned for more:

desertfest athens 2017 poster

2ND DESERTFEST ATHENS

ACRO
06-07.10.2017

Graveyard
Colour Haze
Orange Goblin
Radio Moscow
Saint Vitus
Sadhus: The Smoking Community
Allochiria
Puta Volcano

+ more names tba

The announcements from Desertfest Athens 2017 continue. After the six bands already announced (Graveyard, Color Haze, Orange Goblin, Sadhus, Allochiria, Puta Volcano), two extraordinary names are added to the line-up: the legendary Saint Vitus and Radio Moscow.

The name Saint Vitus is synonymous with doom metal, as they are among the bands that created the idiom with their recordings in the SST record label in the 1980s. Extremely influential, they remain a reference point for metal sound and feature at the major festivals of the genre.

With their famous debut (produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys) released in 2007, psychedelic blues rockers Radio Moscow burned hearts. Ten years later, Parker Griggs’s prominent trio remains one of the hardest working bands in the world, with significant discography and unstoppable touring.

Soon we will be announced many names from the line-up of Desertfest Athens 2017.

Early-bird tickets are exhausted. Now only two-day tickets are sold for 50 euros.

https://www.viva.gr/tickets/music/acro/desertfest-athens-2017/
https://www.facebook.com/events/141861139680368/
https://www.facebook.com/Desertfest-Athens-189161564797514/

Saint Vitus, “Zombie Hunger” Live in Portland, OR, 10.16.16

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Green Yeti Sign to Cursed Tongue Records for Desert Show Vinyl

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 2nd, 2017 by JJ Koczan

As they get ready to head out on their first round of tour dates tomorrow, Athens-based heavy trio Green Yeti have secured a vinyl release for their new album, Desert Show. It’s their sophomore outing behind last year’s The Yeti has Landed, and the fact that it was recorded in February, was posted digitally on April 21, and has already been picked up for an LP pressing even before the band has gotten out to do shows to support it should tell you something about the vote of confidence behind these Greek riffbearers. Cursed Tongue Records (Devil’s Witches, Neon Warship) is expected to have preorders up shortly ahead of a summer release.

Madness ensues via the PR wire:

green yeti

GREEN YETI SIGNS TO CURSED TONGUE RECORDS

We are extremely happy and proud to let you all know that Greece, Athens premiere stoner psych doom desert rock band Green Yeti has joined ranks on the CTR roster for a release of their phenomenal second album ‘Desert Show’ on limited high quality vinyl this summer.

People familiar with the genres should already be more than acquainted with this green, Greek super nugget of a stoner monster and know what to expect from the Green Yeti band, namely deep fat bass lines, slow pounding cave-man drumming seasoned with intelligent spaced out guitar playing and memorable riffs and hooks.

We are already deep in the process with getting the album ready for vinyl production and soon we will reveal time and details for pre-orders. But for now we can assure you that this album will get the full red carpet treatment; 180 grams vinyl, multiple editions, posters, patches, stickers and all the usual stuff that hallmarks our vinyl releases.

Stay tuned for further info very soon as this vinyl release will be here before you know it.

Please welcome Green Yeti to the CTR-family and now let us have a good time! Kick back, grab a green (leaf or bottle), indulge in the Yeti’s second march and enjoy the desert show:

Green Yeti tour dates:
03/5 – Volos (GR) – @Manitou
04/5 – Thessaloniki (GR) – @Ypogeio
05/5 – Sofia (BG) – @Live n Loud
06/5 – Svishtov (BG) – @Club Disorder
07/5 – Bucharest (RO) – @Soundart Fest
19/5 – Athens (GR) – @Sonic Ritual Fest

Green Yeti is:
Bass: Danis Avramidis
Guitar & Vocals: Michael Andresakis
Drums: Giannis Koutroubis

https://www.facebook.com/greenyetiband/
https://twitter.com/GreenYetiBand
https://greenyeti.bandcamp.com/album/desert-show
https://www.facebook.com/CursedTongueRecords/
http://cursedtonguerecords.bigcartel.com/

Green Yeti, Desert Show (2017)

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Half Gramme of Soma to Release Groove is Black in May; Opening Track Streaming

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 11th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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I promise you I’m not just posting this track because of its title. But the title certainly doesn’t hurt. Athenian heavy rockers Half Gramme of Soma will release their second album, Groove is Black, in May through Fuzz Ink Records, and ahead of making it available for preorder — presumably that’s coming soon, since “May” is going to hit any minute now — they’re streaming the opening cut… “Gloomy Eggplant.”

Yes, friends. “Gloomy Eggplant.”

If you’re the type to keep a list of the best song titles of the year, and if “Gloomy Eggplant” doesn’t make that list — shame on you.

But again, I’m not just posting the track — which you can hear at the bottom of this post courtesy of Half Gramme of Soma‘s Bandcamp — because of the title. It’s a righteous heavy build over the course of six minutes and the bodes well for the rest of the album to come. I haven’t heard the full release yet, but heavy grooves abound here and that’s never a bad place to start.

From the PR wire:

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Half Gramme Of Soma – Groove Is Black ‘New Album’

Fuzz Ink Records proudly presents Half Gramme Of Soma’s – Groove Is Black second album release.

After the second sun abruptly forced its mass in, the now binary star thrust into a violent spiral orbit towards its imminent destruction. Captive to constant daylight and under the heat of 349PW, the gigantic entities were left stranded on the deserted planet that, due to gravitational distortions, awkwardly resembled familiar vegetables. Moments before reaching their kindling point, they swallowed their last drop; their bodies burst into flames and their psyche into the black.

Half Gramme of Soma is a 5-piece Rock band formed in early 2011, based in Athens, Greece. Blending heavy rock sounds with a wide range of influences, HGoS were introduced to the Greek music scenery by their strong live appearances. In early 2013 they put out their s/t debut album which was followed by the “Marche au Noir” Ep in late 2014. Since the start of 2015 Half Gramme of Soma consist of new members from the wider Smoking Community, housed in the 13th floor of an infamous Piraeus’ appartment block. In May 2017, the second full-length studio album, and first with the current lineup, Groove is Black?, is going to land on earth and rock our rocky home with some otherworldly vibes.

Release date May 2017 on cd and vinyl via fuzz ink records!!! pre-orders soon!

01. Gloomy Eggplant
02. Mega Rollo Booster
03. Red Kiss
04. Groove is Black
05. Jerk
06. Doofie
07. No Man’s God
08. Drowned

Half Gramme of Soma are (from left to right):
Motor – Vox
Choco – Guitars
Mak – Bass
Psilos – Guitars
ToPill – Drums

https://halfgrammeofsoma.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/hgosband/
https://www.facebook.com/telaradiko/
http://shop.fuzzink.com/

Half Gramme of Soma, “Gloomy Eggplant”

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Green Yeti Announce May Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 23rd, 2017 by JJ Koczan

green yeti

We all know it’s a special moment in the life of a band when they hit the road for the first time. Often it’s not more than a tentative weekender, maybe hitting a couple different towns over subsequent nights before going back to work on Monday, the 48-hour rock star in a packed van. Inside jokes, lousy food, plenty of volume — those are good times. Cheers to Athens trio Green Yeti on getting out for a few nights and making it happen. They’re hooked up with Total Volume Agency supporting their 2016 debut, The Yeti has Landed — streaming below — so I get the feeling that the five-night run they’ve got booked for early May won’t be their last, but only one tour can be your first tour, and I hope theirs is awesome.

Dates and the David Paul Seymour poster came in from the PR wire:

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Green Yeti – Mini Tour 2017

Brace yourselves! The Yeti is about to leave its cave and make a short trip to explore new, unforeseen lands!

Hailing from the feral wilderness of the Athenian underground, Green Yeti descended to the world of man three years ago, in order to spew out their savage psychedelic riffage. Featuring members of Brotherhood of Sleep, Reversed Nature, Stonenrow and Spacement, they have shared the stage with the likes of Stoned Jesus, Egypt, Dopelord and The Re-Stoned. Yeti’s full-length debut: “The Yeti Has Landed” launched last year; making its way fast to many 2016 best-of lists!

The heavy psych three-piece, is about to embark on its first Eastern European outing this May, on a mini tour organized by Total Volume, home of bands like Nightstalker, Egypt, Valley of the Sun and more. If monster riffs, bleak atmospheres, spaced out vocals and foggy psychedelia is your thing; then you’ve hit bullseye!

Come and celebrate with us, our 2017 Spring Tour!

Original artwork by David Paul Seymour.

Dates:
03/5 – Volos (GR) – @Manitou
04/5 – Thessaloniki (GR) – @Ypogeio
05/5 – Sofia (BG) – @Live n Loud
06/5 – Svishtov (BG) – @Club Disorder
07/5 – Bucharest (RO) – @Soundart Fest
19/5 – Athens (GR) – @Sonic Ritual Fest

Green Yeti is:
Bass: Danis Avramidis
Guitar & Vocals: Michael Andresakis
Drums: Giannis Koutroubis

https://www.facebook.com/greenyetiband/
https://twitter.com/GreenYetiBand
https://greenyeti.bandcamp.com/
https://www.totalvolumeagency.com
https://www.facebook.com/totalvolumebackline

Green Yeti, The Yeti Has Landed (2016)

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1000mods Post “Electric Carve” Video; European Tour Begins Tomorrow

Posted in Bootleg Theater on March 22nd, 2017 by JJ Koczan

1000mods

Starting tomorrow, Greek heavy rock forerunners 1000mods hit the road in Europe. Big time. The four-piece from Chiliomodi will be on tour for more than the next month supporting their excellent late-2016 outing, Repeated Exposure To… (review here), which seems only to have picked up momentum following its release and is sure to continue to do so as the band hand-delivers it to cities across the continent, making stops along the way at Riff Ritual FestDesertfest London, Desertfest Berlin and Tubecult Festival for good measure.

To mark their going, 1000mods have a new video for the song “Electric Carve” that, rife with clips of wind-surfing, skating, the band rocking out on a suitably-rocky beach, etc., captures the easy-grooving vibe they’re going for that seems to have caught on in such a huge way across Europe. Greece has produced some killer acts across this now-waning decade and has emerged with one of Europe’s most enviable scenes along with Italy (and of course the mainstays: Germany and Sweden), but I don’t know if anyone from the Hellenic Republic has made quite the same kind of impact as 1000mods, and as they’ve done it on a foundation of quality songwriting and regularly breaking their collective ass on tours like the one they’re about to start, it’s hard to argue with the warm reception they’re getting at this point as being anything other than well-earned.

Bottom line? Keep kicking ass, gents.

The run starts in Bulgaria and finishes in Italy and you can see the complete list of dates under the “Electric Carve” clip below, which I hope you’ll enjoy:

1000mods, “Electric Carve” official video

This is our first video clip!

In collaboration with Jagged Melon Productions and G.N.P. Productions, we want to pay our tribute to all the riders who employ our music throughout these years. Electric carve is dedicated to you!

So grab your board, put your headphones on and hit the road, catch the wind, carve the mountains and the sea! Cheers to all the riders that participated in the video!

CREDITS
Directed by / Themistocles Lambridis
Produced by / Jagged Melon Productions
Assistant Producer / Alex Masmanidis
Filmed by / Steve Kekis, Alex Masmanidis, Konstantinos Kalavrezos, Dimitris Lambridis, Themistocles Lambridis, Meletis Vaxevanidis, Spiros Badios

\ Riders /
Spiros Badios, Stelios Danourdis, Nikos Matsourdelis, Meletis Vaxevanidis, Petros Martinos, Vasilis Glitsis, Lykourgos Neofotistos, Steve Kekis, Alex Masmanidis, Soulis, Dirty South Crew.

Sound of Liberation and Ouga Booga & the Mighty Oug Touring present:
1000mods – Repeated and Exposed To – European Tour 2017

23/03/2017 – SOFIA, BG | MIXTAPE5
24/03/2017 – BUCHAREST, RO | FABRICA
25/03/2017 – CLUJ NAPOCA, RO | SHELTER ((SOLD OUT))
26/03/2017 – TIMISOARA, RO | DAOS CLUB
28/03/2017 – BEOGRAD, RS | ELEKTROPIONIR
29/03/2017 – NOVI SAD, RS | THE QUARTER
30/03/2017 – ZUPANJA, HR | MKC
31/03/2017 – TBA
01/04/2017 – MUNICH, DE | UNDER THE BLACK MOON
02/04/2017 – LEIPSIG, DE | WERK 2
03/04/2017 – PRAGUE, CZ | KLUB 007
04/04/2017 – BUDAPEST, HU | DURER KERT
05/04/2017 – ZAGREB, HR | VINTAGE INDUSTRIAL BAR
06/04/2017 – INNSBRUCK, AT | PMK
07/04/2017 – NUREMBERG, DE | MUZ
08/04/2017 – CHEMNITZ, DE | AJZ
09/04/2017 – OSNABRUCK, DE | BASTARD CLUB
10/04/2017 – HAMBURG, DE | HAFFENKANG
11/04/2017 – AMSTERDAM, NL | WINSTON KINGDOM
12/04/2017 – KARLSRUHE, DE | ALTE HACKEREI
13/04/2017 – FREIBURG, DE | SLOW CLUB
14/04/2017 – OLTEN, CH | COC d’OR
15/04/2017 – WINTERTHUR, CH | GASWERK
17/04/2017 – SAN SEBASTIAN, ES | DABADABA
18/04/2017 – GIJON, ES | SALA ACAPOULCO
19/04/2017 – PORTO, PT | CAVE45
20/04/2017 – LISBON, PT | RCA CLUB
21/04/2017 – MADRID, ES | WURLITZER BALLROOM
22/04/2017 – BARCELONA, ES | RIFF RITUAL FEST
23/04/2017 – MONTPELLIER, FR | BLACK SHEEP
24/04/2017 – GENEVE, CH | KALVINGRAD
25/04/2017 – COLMAR, FR | GRILLEN
26/04/2017 – TBA
27/04/2017 – PARIS, FR | PETIT BAIN
28/04/2017 – LONDON, UK | DESERTFEST LONDON
29/04/2017 – DEVENTER, NL | BURGERWEESHUIS
30/04/2017 – BERLIN, DE | DESERTFEST BERLIN
03/05/2017 – TRIESTE, IT | TETRIS
04/05/2017 – TORINO, IT | BLAH BLAH
05/05/2017 – PISA, IT | ALBATROSS
06/05/2017 – PESCARA, IT | TUBECULT FESTIVAL
07/05/2017 – BARI, IT | ARCI OPEN SOURCE

100mods is:
Dani G. / Bass & Vox
Giannis S. / Guitars
George T. / Guitars
Labros G. / Drums

1000mods tour event page

1000mods on Thee Facebooks

1000mods on Instagram

1000mods on Bandcamp

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