Brant Bjork Announces Fall European Tour; Streams New Track “Dave’s War”

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:

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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

www.facebook.com/BrantBjorkOfficial
www.brantbjork.com
http://label.napalmrecords.com/
https://www.soundofliberation.com/

Brant Bjork, “Dave’s War”

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Keep it Low 2016 Lineup Complete; Electric Citizen, Samavayo, Deadsmoke and Salem’s Pot Added

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 6th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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With the final additions of Electric CitizenSamavayoDeadsmoke and Salem’s Pot, the lineup for Keep it Low 2016 in Munich, Germany, is complete. Presented by Sound of Liberation at the Feierwerk venue, the fest boasts John GarciaColour HazeElder and Greenleaf at the top of the bill and pulls acts from around Europe and the US together for a two-nighter focused on vibe and groove, but still pretty varied in its spirit overall between the likes of 1000mods and Deadsmoke. Wherever they’re at sound-wise, you’d be hard-pressed to find a dud in the bunch.

Last announcement from the fest follows here:

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KEEP IT LOW 2016! Oct. 21st & 22nd… Electric Citizen, Salem’s Pot, Mother’s Cake, Samavayo & Deadsmoke complete the line-up!

We are pleased to tell you that our 2016 line-up is now complete: 21 bands that will blow your mind!!

Today, the American 70’s heavy rock influenced four-piece Electric Citizen, the Swedish catchy spooky doom rock quintet Salem’s Pot, the German not-quite-like-anything else stoner/heavy rock outfit Samavayo and the monolithic Italian doom sludge trio Deadsmoke joined the bill alongside previously announced John Garcia, Colour Haze, Karma To Burn, Elder, Greenleaf, The Atomic Bitchwax, Monkey3, 1000Mods, Toner Low, Black Rainbows, Fatso Jetson, Moaning Cities, Duel, Bright Curse, Grusom and Swan Valley Heights!

All those 4 bands released amazing new albums during the spring that you can listen to by clicking on the links above.

Also, due to the unfortunate cancellation of Kind, we are able to add John Garcia’s touring support band, Austrian Alternative Space Rockers Mother’s Cake! And we are very happy about that!

KEEP IT LOW 2016 will happen on October 21st and 22nd in FEIERWERK (Munich) and will greet with 3 stages and outside beergarden & skatepark. On this upcoming edition we are setting up a cozy and rain protected outside area with food and drink station. We also decided to play already on 2 stages on the Friday night and ending both KIL nights with aftershow parties and Dj Sets (Friday until 3 am and Saturday until 5 am).

Hard Tickets (2-day passes) are available on Woolheads for 65 €! Online tickets are also available on Eventim!

You can purchase tickets on http://woolheads.com/ but be quick! E-Tickets are also available on http://www.eventim.de/

https://www.facebook.com/Keep-It-Low-Festival-486297638124519
http://www.keepitlow.de/

Samavayo, Dakota (2016)

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Fatso Jetson Announce Italian Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 5th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Last month, Californian desert legends Fatso Jetson announced a return to Europe this fall alongside Swedish powerhouse Greenleaf. It’s an enviable one-two punch. That tour (announced here) runs for just about a month solid, is presented by Sound of Liberation, and concludes at that booking company’s own Keep it Low fest on Oct. 22. The very next day, Fatso Jetson (sans Greenleaf) will continue on the road, starting an Italian tour Oct. 23 put on by Sound of Liberation in conjunction with Heavy Psych Sounds that takes them through a run of nine shows in nine days, including a stop at Heavy Psych Sounds Fest Vol. III and ending on Halloween.

That puts Fatso Jetson on tour for over five weeks. It’s a hard schedule to ignore. The band was also in the studio at Rancho de la Luna last month working on their new album. I don’t know if that’s finished or not, but it certainly seems to me that if you’re hitting the road for a month-plus a new record is the kind of thing you might want to bring along for the ride. Here’s hoping, anyhow.

More when I hear it. Here are the shows, Italy tour first:

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HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS Records & Booking In collaboration with sound of liberation is proud to present the Italian dates of

***FATSO JETSON***
23.10.2016 IT Pisa/Livorno-Stones from the Hill
24.10.2016 IT Zerobranco-Altroquando
25.10.2016 IT Torino-Blah Blah
26.10.2016 IT Roma-Init
27.10.2016 IT Cagliari-La Cueva Rock
28.10.2016 IT Sassari-The Hor
29.10.2016 IT Parma-Mu/HPS Fest 3
30.10.2016 IT Erba-Centrale Rock
31.10.2016 IT Savona-Raindogs

poster art by SoloMacello

Fatso Jetson with Greenleaf:
23.09. Aschaffenburg / Colosaal (Ger)
24.09. Regensburg / Alte Mälzerei (Ger)
26.09. Berlin / Cassiopeia (Ger)
27.09. Copenhagen / Loppen (Den)
28.09. Hamburg / Headcrash (Ger)
29.09. Hannover / Chez Heinz (Ger)
30.09. Jena / KUBA (Ger)
01.10. Pratteln / Up in Smoke(Ch)
02.10. Lausanne / Le Romandie (Ch)
04.10. Paris/ Le Backstage (Fra)
05.10. Bordeaux / Void (Fra)
06.10. Nantes / Ferrailleur (Fra)
07.10. Utrecht / DBs (NL)
08.10. Vorselaar / Jeugdhuis (Bel)
10.10. Leipzig / Werk 2 (Ger)
11.10. Dresden / Scheune (Ger)
12.10. Poznan / Bazyla (Pol)
13.10. Katowicze / Kobra (Pol)
14.10. Gdansk / Ucho (Pol)
15.10. Vilinius / Kablys (Lt)
16.10. Warsaw / Hydrozagadka (Pol)
18.10. Zagreb / Klub Attack (Cro)
19.10. Trieste / Tetris (Ita)
20.10. Salzburg / Rockhouse (Aut)
21.10. Vienna / Fuzzfest (Aut)
22.10. Munich / Keep it Low (Ger)

https://www.facebook.com/fatsojetson/
www.heavypsychsounds.com
www.soundofliberation.com

Fatso Jetson, “Dino’s Song” live at The Hood, Los Angeles, Jan. 30, 2016

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Up in Smoke 2016 Lineup Complete; Black Cobra, Dÿse, Mother’s Cake and High Fighter Added

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 30th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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With the additions of Black Cobra, Dÿse, Mother’s Cake and High Fighter, the lineup for Up in Smoke 2016 is complete. The Pratteln, Switzerland-based festival runs for two nights, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, and will be headlined by Electric Wizard, John Garcia, Pentagram and Truckfighters, with YOB, Elder, Yawning Man, Fatso Jetson and more listed below on the bill.

Black Cobra and High Fighter are particularly interesting of this final batch of adds. I’m not an expert on Desert Mountain Tribe or Ephedra to say for sure, but it would seem the San Francisco heavy thrash duo and the German sludgecore rockers are the two most aggressive acts playing. I guess you could make an argument for Cough, but they’re more about drowning you in tone than getting a pit going, where it doesn’t seem unreasonable to think that in the right setting Black Cobra or High Fighter would do just that.

The PR wire has this:

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UP IN SMOKE 2016! Sept. 30th / Oct. 1st … Black Cobra, Dÿse, Mother’s Cake & High Fighter complete the line-up!

Summer is here, and before you all go on vacation trying to find the sun far, far away (…), we’d like to give you the last bands confirmed for our Up In Smoke Indoor Festival 2016! We are thrilled to welcome San Francisco’s Hardcore-fueled Sludge Metal duo Black Cobra, Berlin’s incredible Noiserock stage freaks Dÿse, Austrian Alternative Space Rock outfit Mother’s Cake (touring with John Garcia next fall) and Hamburg’s rising Heavy Stoner Bluescore band High Fighter (who just released their debut album ‘Scars & Crosses’ on Svart Records)!!

Taking place on September 30th and October 1st 2016, in our dear Z7 Konzertfabrik (Pratteln / near Basel / Dreiländereck) this year’s edition also features Electric Wizard, John Garcia, Pentagram, Truckfighters, Yob, Elder, Cough, Greenleaf, Monkey3, 1000Mods, Yawning Man, Fatso Jetson, Wucan, Giöbia, Desert Mountain Tribe and Ephedra.

Unfortunately, the Italian band Noon had to cancel their appearance for medical reason.

Also not to forget: No overlapping set times, sleep over/breakfast possibiity in the venue + some more specials to be announced soon to sweeten you the “TWO NOT TO BE MISSED DAYS OF VOLUME WORSHIP” !!! Grab your ticket (2-day passes) right now on our website, on www.z-7.ch and on our Facebook (tab ‘Buy Tickets’). If you prefer to buy an original, real hard-ticket, our partner Woolheads is selling them!

http://woolheads.com/cms/shop-2/festivalmerchandise/up-in-smoke-the-indoor-festival-vol-iv-ticket/
http://www.upinsmoke.de/eventinfo-indoor-festival
https://www.facebook.com/UpInSmokeIndoorFestivalInZ7
https://www.soundofliberation.com

Black Cobra, “Imperium Simulacra”

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Keep it Low 2016: Karma to Burn, Moaning Cities, Grusom & Swan Valley Heights Added

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 20th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Europe’s fall festival season continues to take shape as Munich-based Keep it Low 2016 returns with a new round of adds to its lineup that includes Karma to BurnMoaning CitiesGrusom and Swan Valley Heights. The Sound of Liberation-presented fest already has John GarciaElder and Colour Haze at the top of its bill, and though its prevailing reputation is for being a laid back event, it’s getting hard to ignore the increasing reach of heavy it’s bringing in. It’s two days as opposed to, say, the vaguely concurrent Desertfests in Belgium and Athens, which are three, so I wonder how many more acts there are to join the bill, but I guess we’ll see when we get there. As the poster says, “More TBA.”

From the PR wire:

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KEEP IT LOW 2016! Oct. 21st & 22nd… Karma to Burn, Moaning Cities, Grusom & Swan Valley Heights Confirmed!

Our line-up for Keep It Low 2016 is shaping up more and more! Today, next to one more headlining act, the mighty Virginia-Riff-Machine Karma To Burn, we are happy to present you some fresh and talented newcomers: Moaning Cities, hailing from Belgium and presenting their new album on tour with Monkey 3 and 1000 Mods (better don´t miss their fantastic set of psychedelic, folk and melancholic songs); Danish heavy-psych-blues rockers Grusom (whose the impressively dark debut was released last year) and Munich’s local Swan Valley Heights (who just released their self-titled debut album).

17 Bands announced, yet some more great acts to come… stay tuned and keep it Low!

KEEP IT LOW 2016 will happen on October 21st and 22nd in FEIERWERK (Munich) and will greet with 3 stages and more than 20 bands, outside beergarden & skatepark. On this upcoming edition we are setting up a cozy and rain protected outside area with food and drink station. We also decided to play already on 2 stages on the Friday night and ending both KIL nights with aftershow parties and Dj Sets (Friday until 3 am and Saturday until 5 am).

Hard Tickets (2-day passes) are available on Woolheads for 65 €! Online tickets are also available on Eventim!

You can purchase tickets on http://woolheads.com/ but be quick! E-Tickets are also available on http://www.eventim.de/

https://www.facebook.com/Keep-It-Low-Festival-486297638124519
http://www.keepitlow.de/

Karma to Burn, “62” official video

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Greenleaf & Fatso Jetson Announce European Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 10th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

Good show. I can’t think of any other way to say it. Pitting Swedish heavy rockers Greenleaf — who premiered their new video here earlier this week — and desert legends Fatso Jetson against each other for a European stint? Yeah, that’s a good show. Greenleaf of course are out supporting 2016’s excellent Rise Above the Meadow (review here), while Fatso Jetson‘s latest outing was a 2015 split with Farflung (review here) on Heavy Psych Sounds.

Both groups were previously announced for the Up in Smoke 2016 and Keep it Low 2016 festivals — both of which are put together by Sound of Liberation — so that they’d head in similar directions makes sense, but still, for anyone who happens to be in their path on a given night, this is an awesome two-band bill that one imagines will be joined nightly by choice locals wherever it goes. Run starts Sept. 23 and ends at Keep it Low on Oct. 22. Badass.

Greenleaf also have other select live dates coming up in the next couple months. You’ll find those listed with the shows for this tour below, as culled from the social medias:

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fatso jetson

Sound of Liberation UG presents
Greenleaf – Rise Above The Meadow Tour 2016
(*/support by FATSO JETSON)
25.06. Finowfurt / Roadrunner’s Paradise & Race 61 Fest (Ger)
22.07. Trömso / Bukta Festival (Nor)
29.07. Aschaffenburg / Mühlbergfest (Ger)
30.07. Breitenbach / Burg Herzberg (Ger)
05.08. Beelen / Krach am Bach (Ger)
12.08. Turku / Kiarama (Fin)
14.08. Geel / Yellowstock (Bel)
21.09. Kiel / Schaubude (Ger)
22.09. Kassel / Schlachthof (Ger)
23.09. Aschaffenburg / Colosaal (Ger)*
24.09. Regensburg / Alte Mälzerei (Ger)*
26.09. Berlin / Cassiopeia (Ger)*
27.09. Copenhagen / Loppen (Den)*
28.09. Hamburg / Headcrash (Ger)*
29.09. Hannover / Chez Heinz (Ger)*
30.09. Jena / KUBA (Ger)*
01.10. Pratteln / Up in Smoke(Ch)*
02.10. Lausanne / Le Romandie (Ch)*
04.10. Paris/ Le Backstage (Fra)*
05.10. Bordeaux / Void (Fra)*
06.10. Nantes / Ferrailleur (Fra)*
07.10. Utrecht / DBs (NL)*
08.10. Vorselaar / Jeugdhuis (Bel)*
10.10. Leipzig / Werk 2 (Ger)*
11.10. Dresden / Scheune (Ger)*
12.10. Poznan / Bazyla (Pol)*
13.10. Katowicze / Kobra (Pol)*
14.10. Gdansk / Ucho (Pol)*
15.10. Vilinius / Kablys (Lt)*
16.10. Warsaw / Hydrozagadka (Pol)*
18.10. Zagreb / Klub Attack (Cro)*
19.10. Trieste / Tetris (Ita)*
20.10. Salzburg / Rockhouse (Aut)*
21.10. Vienna / Fuzzfest (Aut)*
22.10. Munich / Keep it Low (Ger)*

https://www.facebook.com/greenleafrocks/
https://www.facebook.com/fatsojetson/
https://www.soundofliberation.com/
napalmrecords.com

Greenleaf, “Tyrant’s Tongue” official video

Fatso Jetson, “Too Many Skulls” live 2016

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Up in Smoke 2016: YOB, John Garcia, Fatso Jetson and Giöbia Join Lineup

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 23rd, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

The European fall festival scene continues to develop with the news that Up in Smoke 2016 in Switzerland has brought YOBJohn GarciaFatso Jetson and Giöbia to its already-considerable lineup with Electric Wizard, PentagramTruckfightersGreenleaf and so on. Similar to watching the spring Desertfests in Berlin and London take shape, it continues to be fascinating to watch Up in Smoke 2016 and the several fests on weekends in close proximity — Desertfest in Athens and Belgium as well as Keep it Low in Munich — as they come together, which bands will be shared between them, whose tours are we waiting to see announced (looking at you, Fatso Jetson), and what ultimately will be the crux of each.

Interesting to have it work out like this, with fests on consecutive weekends in different areas throughout Europe. I think it only makes everybody’s product stronger, and I just hope that an indoor two-dayer like Up in Smoke 2016 can continue to distinguish itself as it has thus far.

From the PR wire:

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UP IN SMOKE 2016! Sept. 30th / Oct. 1st … John Garcia, Yob, Fatso Jetson & Giöbia added to the line-up!

Here we go, the next 4 bands added to the most outstanding Heavy Rock Line-up Switzerland have ever seen before!!!

Taking place on September 30th and October 1st 2016, in our dear Z7 Konzertfabrik (Pratteln / near Basel / Dreiländereck) this year’s edition will feature John Garcia (X Kyuss with full band show, new album and surely some Kuyss classics in the pocket), the crushing doom metal trio Yob, the legendary Desert Rock Godfather Mario Lalli with his Fatso Jetson and Italian acid/space rock outfit Giöbia, alongside previously announced Electric Wizard, Pentagram, Truckfighters, Elder, Cough, Greenleaf, Monkey3, 1000Mods, Yawning Man, Wucan, Desert Mountain Tribe, Noon and Ephedra.

Also not to forget: No overlapping set times, sleep over/breakfast possibiity in the venue + some more specials to be announced soon to sweeten you the “TWO NOT TO BE MISSED DAYS OF VOLUME WORSHIP” !!! Grab your ticket (2-day passes) right now on our website, on www.z-7.ch and on our Facebook (tab ‘Buy Tickets’). If you prefer to buy an original, real hard-ticket, our partner Woolheads is selling them!

http://woolheads.com/cms/shop-2/festivalmerchandise/up-in-smoke-the-indoor-festival-vol-iv-ticket/
http://www.upinsmoke.de/eventinfo-indoor-festival
https://www.facebook.com/UpInSmokeIndoorFestivalInZ7
https://www.soundofliberation.com

John Garcia, “Pilot the Dune” live in Stockholm, 2014

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Keep it Low 2016: John Garcia, The Atomic Bitchwax, Fatso Jetson & Bright Curse Added

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 20th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Man, I saw Fatso Jetson earlier this year, and let me tell you, wherever they are is where you want to be. They’re one of four bands to join the ranks of Keep it Low 2016 today, along with John Garcia, NJ’s venerable The Atomic Bitchwax and London trio Bright Curse, which only makes an already strong lineup stronger. Interesting that the news from Sound of Liberation mentions a new Garcia full-length. The former Kyuss/Vista Chino singer (along with UnidaHermano, etc.) has made some mention of a new full-band outing to be issued under his name and an acoustic solo record as well, but I haven’t seen concrete word of a release date yet for either. “By the time October gets here” makes for a decent ballpark figure though, so I guess I’ll run with that.

Details from the PR wire:

KEEP IT LOW 2016! Oct. 21st & 22nd… John Garcia, The Atomic Bitchwax, Fatso Jetson & Bright Curse Confirmed!

4 new bands joined the KEEP IT LOW FESTIVAL 2016 line-up this afternoon, bringing the total of bands to 13 so far!

Alongside Colour Haze, Elder, Greenleaf, Monkey3, Toner Low, 1000Mods, Black Rainbows, Duel and Kind, we are stoked to welcome to our 4th edition the almighty John Garcia (coming with his full band, a new album, and surely some Kyuss classics in the set!), legendary US Fuzz Rock Riffmasters The Atomic Bitchwax (still promoting their terrific 2015’s album “Gravitron”), Fatso Jetson (Desert rock godfather Mario Lalli is always welcome at our festival) and Bright Curse (which released their excellent debut album “Before The Shore” last week).

KEEP IT LOW 2016 will happen on October 21st and 22nd in FEIERWERK (Munich) and will greet with 3 stages and around 20 bands, outside beergarden & skatepark. On this upcoming edition we are setting up a cozy and rain protected outside area with food and drink station. We also decided to play already on 2 stages on the Friday night and ending both KIL nights with aftershow parties and Dj Sets (Friday until 3 am and Saturday until 5 am).

Hard Tickets (2-day passes) are available on Woolheads for 65 €! Online tickets are also available on Eventim!

You can purchase tickets on http://woolheads.com/ but be quick! E-Tickets are also available on http://www.eventim.de/

https://www.facebook.com/Keep-It-Low-Festival-486297638124519
http://www.keepitlow.de/

Fatso Jetson, “Swollen Offering” Live, April 2, 2016

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