audiObelisk Transmission 064

Posted in Podcasts on December 26th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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So this is something I’ve never done before. I’m not exactly what you’d call an early adopter when it comes to new technology, but this weekend I finally signed up for Spotify and decided to give a shot at putting together a year-end playlist through that rather than doing the standard podcast. Aside from a kind of ongoing latent concern about essentially giving away downloads of music that doesn’t belong to me via the old mp3 files — no one’s ever said anything and I always figured it was okay since songs were bundled together as one file — this just seemed more useful in allowing people to explore different artists, albums, etc. If you disagree, I’m sorry.

I can’t say I won’t ever go back to the other way, or that I’ll actively enjoy having a Spotify account enough to keep it, and so on, but it’s something new to try, so I’m giving it a shot. The playlist turned out to be nine hours and 12 minutes long, and once I got going, I couldn’t really resist making it 65 tracks, what with it being the 64th podcast and all. One to grow on.

As always, I hope you enjoy. Thanks for listening:

Track details:

• Artist, Track, Album, Runtime
• Elder, Sanctuary, Reflections of a Floating World, 00:11:13
• All Them Witches, Am I Going Up?, Sleeping Through the War, 00:05:33
• Lo-Pan, Pathfinder, In Tensions, 00:06:22
• MOON RATS, Heroic Dose, Highway Lord, 00:04:27
• Bees Made Honey in the Vein Tree, Medicine, Medicine, 00:06:38
• Mindkult, Lucifer’s Dream, Lucifer’s Dream, 00:09:06
• Brume, Reckon, Rooster, 00:09:12
• Riff Fist, King Tide, King Tide, 00:11:20
• Monolord, Dear Lucifer, Rust, 00:08:41
• Hymn, Serpent, Perish, 00:07:32
• Vinnum Sabbathi, Gravity Waves, Gravity Works, 00:08:26
• Electric Wizard, Wicked Caresses, Wizard Bloody Wizard, 00:06:43
• Ruby the Hatchet, Symphony of the Night, Planetary Space Child, 00:07:08
• Telekinetic Yeti, Colossus, Abominable, 00:08:56
• Bong Wish, My Luv, Bong Wish, 00:02:31
• Radio Moscow, New Skin, New Beginnings, 00:03:02
• Cloud Catcher, Celestial Empress, Trails of Kozmic Dust, 00:05:41
• The Atomic Bitchwax, Humble Brag, Force Field, 00:02:52
• Sasquatch, Just Couldn’t Stand the Weather, Maneuvers, 00:06:27
• Kadavar, Die Baby Die, Rough Times, 00:04:18
• Cities of Mars, Children of the Red Sea, Temporal Rifts, 00:08:27
• Argus, You Are the Curse, From Fields of Fire, 00:06:23
• Comacozer, Hylonomus, Kalos Eidos Skopeo, 00:13:43
• Samsara Blues Experiment, One with the Universe, One with the Universe, 00:15:02
• Orango, Heirs, The Mules of Nana, 00:04:46
• Siena Root, Tales of Independence, A Dream of Lasting Peace, 00:03:39
• Demon Head, Older Now, Thunder on the Fields, 00:04:17
• Sun Blood Stories, Great Destroyer, It Runs Around the Room with Us, 00:06:11
• Spaceslug, Time Travel Dilemma, Time Travel Dilemma, 00:10:07
• Arc of Ascent, Hexagram, Realms of the Metaphysical, 00:07:34
• Causa Sui, Seven Hills, Vibraciones Doradas, 00:07:24
• Alunah, Fire of Thornborough Henge, Solennial, 00:05:32
• Vokonis, Calling From The Core, The Sunken Djinn, 00:06:03
• Enslaved, Sacred Horse, E, 00:08:12
• Dvne, Edenfall, Asheran, 00:07:04
• The Midnight Ghost Train, Break My Love, Cypress Ave., 00:03:33
• The Obsessed, It’s Only Money, Sacred, 00:02:35
• Mothership, Crown of Lies, High Strangeness, 00:05:41
• Geezer, Red Hook, Psychoriffadelia, 00:06:02
• Uffe Lorenzen, Flippertøs, Galmandsværk, 00:02:46
• Youngblood Supercult, Master of None, The Great American Death Rattle, 00:04:01
• Beastmaker, Nature of the Damned, Inside the Skull, 00:03:26
• Pallbearer, I Saw the End, Heartless, 00:06:21
• Paradise Lost, Blood and Chaos, Medusa, 00:03:51
• Rozamov, Wind Scorpion, This Mortal Road, 00:08:49
• Eternal Black, Sea of Graves, Bleed the Days, 00:06:33
• Demon Eye, Politic Divine, Prophecies and Lies, 00:03:40
• Snowy Dunes, Ritual of Voices, Atlantis, 00:07:17
• The Devil and the Almighty Blues, Low, II, 00:08:49
• Abronia, Glass Butte Retribution, Obsidian Visions / Shadowed Lands, 00:06:09
• John Garcia, Kylie, The Coyote Who Spoke in Tongues, 00:04:58
• Tuna de Tierra, Raise of the Lights, Tuna de Tierra, 00:07:09
• Colour Haze, Lotus, In Her Garden, 00:07:05
• IAH, Stolas, IAH, 00:08:39
• Fungus Hill, Are You Dead, Creatures, 00:08:54
• Atavismo, El Sueño, Inerte, 00:11:18
• Tuber, Noman, Out of the Blue, 00:08:14
• Spidergawd, What You Have Become, Spidergawd IV, 00:03:44
• Puta Volcano, Bird, Harmony of Spheres, 00:05:07
• Ufomammut, Core, 8, 00:05:15
• Kings Destroy, None More, None More, 00:14:03
• PH, Looking Back at Mr. Peter Hayden, Eternal Hayden, 00:16:44
• Mt. Mountain, Dust, Dust, 00:17:15
• Electric Moon, Live Forever Now (You Will), Stardust Rituals, 00:22:41
• Bell Witch, Mirror Reaper, Mirror Reaper, 01:23:15

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Tuber, Out of the Blue: Beyond the Desert

Posted in Reviews on October 23rd, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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As part of a countrywide surge in heavy productivity in Greece taking place over, say, the last five years, instrumentalist four-piece Tuber issued their debut full-length, Desert Overcrowded, late in 2013 as the follow-up to their 2012 self-titled EP (discussed here), and with the longer release, seemed to be making a statement of individualized intent, positioning themselves outside the genre of heavy rock while at the same time being very much of the style and its influence. It was a lot to say for a band without lyrics, but as the Serres-based outfit, comprised of Nickos Gerostathos, Paris Fragkos, Yannis Gerostathos and Yannis Artzoglou, offer their second long-player, Out of the Blue, through NEDA Records, they would seem all the more to manifest the ethic that drove its predecessor while also taking a significant step forward in sound.

There is still a root within heavy rock, to be sure, but to listen to a track like “Cat Class,” which its darker guitar chug and running keyboard line, Tuber appear to have shifted into a much more progressive take on the style. Psychedelic elements remain and can be heard elsewhere in the guitar of the penultimate “Moon Rabbit,” but Out of the Blue even takes these more to a place of post-Russian Circles heavy post-rock in terms of their balance between airiness of tonal drift and underlying crunch, and thereby only provides a richer feel for the prog edge overall. It’s not an easy transition to make, and it’s not every band who could make it and still come across as fluidly as Tuber do in these six songs, but they successfully manipulate established styles to their own ends throughout, and so are able to provide an emotional crux as well as aesthetic intrigue to a piece the eight-minute “Norman.”

Crucial factors throughout Out of the Blue are tension and the keyboards. Tuber issued the album at the end of May very much in the manner of its title — it wasn’t on Bandcamp and then it was; blamo — and I’ll admit that part of my months-long delay in giving it a proper review has been down to processing their methods. I won’t claim to have a total grasp on what they’re doing — I’d just about never claim that about anyone — but there’s no question that from the opening title-track onward, the keyboards play a huge role in setting the mood and establishing the range with which the band is working overall. Synthesized beats are the first thing one hears as “Out of the Blue” begins, and though by the first minute drums and guitar have joined in and the song is soon to take off on a bit of deceptively angular riffing, it’s still the keys that have charted the course ahead.

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The shortest inclusion, “Russian” (5:40), follows and is more guitar led, but retains a complex structure of its own. It doesn’t move as patiently into a drifting midsection (again, filled out by keyboards, bass and guitar in balance) like the opener before it, or hit into the same kind of payoff wash, but with a focus more on the heads-down business of riffing, Tuber offer a charge late in the song born of progressive metal à la Tool or the aforementioned Russian Circles leading into the drum start of “Cat Class” and thereby emphasizing the dynamic manner in which they’re able to play to one side or another within their sound even as they expand the parameters of where that sound can go. After “Russian,” the underlying chug of “Cat Class” seems to have a different context as opposed to being taken on its own — one rarely expects to have their mind drawn to mid-period Rammstein by a heavy rock record — but here the key element of tension emerges in the note-to-note bounce and the upbeat drumming, and once more the keyboards are essential to conveying that vibe as they complement the guitar, flesh out the arrangement, and starting at about three minutes in, make their own statement of melodicism rightly featured at the fore of the mix before the next push of thicker riffing takes hold.

“Cat Class” is a standout for bringing to mind a new wave-meets-heavy prog sensibility that’s almost definitively Tuber‘s own, but it’s still just a fraction of what they offer on Out of the Blue as “Norman” answers back with an oddly-timed start of drums and keys, letting the guitar ease its way in more gradual fashion on the album’s most subtle linear build taking place over first two-plus minutes. It’s not until about 2:45 that “Norman” takes flight, and by then the listener is duly hypnotized; an old trick as far as instrumentalist heavy is concerned, but a level of engagement on which Tuber haven’t relied before and so feeling fresh within the sphere of these cuts, and they recede no less smoothly only to mount an even more tense apex the second time around before finally crashing out and letting “Moon Rabbit” come in as an answer to “Russian” back on side A that once again puts the focus more on guitar than keys — drums and bass, as ever, the foundation on which all of this interaction is taking place, it’s worth emphasizing — but nonetheless retains a heavy post-rocking texture and patience, for which the second track ultimately had little time.

This varied and gracefully executed depth has to find resolution somewhere, and one looks immediately to closer “Luckily Dead” to provide that very thing. In following “Moon Rabbit,” which efficiently capped with what feels by the end of the song like its chorus in the sense of an instrumental hook, the finale starts with a darker, lower keyboard line and a slower drum beat, the guitar entering like a tinted mirror of “Norman” but marked out by the immediate shift in mood. “Luckily Dead” indeed sets itself to the task of paying off the tension mounted all across the record before it — whether it was written specifically for that purpose or just well placed, I couldn’t say — but the flow of the seven-plus-minute piece casts itself as yet another significant factor in what makes Out of the Blue so successful on the whole, since while Tuber clearly aren’t shooting for the same kind of raw, live feel in their recording style as many psychedelic bands, instead leaning more toward a crisp, prog-style production with Fragkos at the helm as engineer/mixer, they still retain and demonstrate a level of chemistry among themselves as players that simply can’t and shouldn’t be ignored.

It’s what allows them to foster such a multifaceted take while holding firm to their underlying sonic persona, and it’s what has allowed them to develop that sonic persona in the first place. One can only hope as they continue to move forward — which it’s safe to bet that barring disaster they will; there’s little here that shows any interest in stagnation on any level — they are able to maintain that aspect as well as to press ahead with their approach, because with Out of the Blue it has resulted in a work as distinct as it is distinguished. If Tuber found the desert too crowded for their liking, they’ve definitely moved into a space more completely to themselves.

Tuber, Out of the Blue (2017)

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Tuber Announce November Tour Dates

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

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Greek progressive heavy rock four-piece Tuber are getting ready to hit the road this Fall. They go on the strength of their massively well received 2017 full-length, Out of the Blue (discussed here), which has only helped put emphasis on the booming scene in Greece generally. You might recall Tuber was out in Europe earlier this year, playing Desertfest Berlin 2017, following up on a wider bit of touring they did in 2016 — those shows, like these, presented by Total Volume Agency — so yeah they seem due to hit the road again, and no doubt with Out of the Blue behind them, no doubt it’ll be a killer vibe at the gigs.

Dates follow here, as posted by the band in the poster below and dutifully transcribed by yours truly:

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Tuber – Out of the Blue Tour

This fall we embark on a European tour supporting our new record “Out Of The Blue”. See you on the road!

Tour planning by Total Volume, stef@totalvolumeagency.com. Graphics by Original Replica.

Get “Out Of The Blue” on Vinyl, CD or Digital Download: http://tuber.bandcamp.com

Tuber live:
03.11.17 Robot Budapest
04.11.17 Rockhouse Salzburg
07.11.17 White Rabbit Freiburg
09.11.17 Jagerklause Berlin
10.11.17 Cadillac Oldenburg
11.11.17 Vortex Siegen
12.11.17 Walhalla Karlsruhe
15.11.17 Viper Room Vienna
16.11.17 SKC Fabrika Novi Sad
17.11.17 Daos Club Timisoara
18.11.17 Flying Circus Cluj
01.12.17 8Ball Club Thessaoniki
02.12.17 AN Club Athens
04.01.18 Downtown Nicosia Nicosia

Tuber grew up in a sunny place, south of Greece, in an island called Crete. They were hiding from the sun, jamming in dark studios and playing their music in rock caves. As they moved north, sounds became lighter, since they started miss hot ground. Balance came as a result of smash, dark embraced light and improvisation turned into an effortless and instinctive process. Tuber moved their interest into new forms, founding themselves experimenting with compositions that combine mixed styles and sounds from different ground. Focus is now on rock aesthetic flirting with psychedelic atmosphere and a touch of romantic mood. At this time Tuber live in Serres, forming their feelings and thoughts into music and words, still learning how to leave with reality and reinventing it with love.

Tuber is:
Yannis Gerostathos
Yannis Artzoglou
Nickos Gerostathos
Paris Fragkos

https://www.facebook.com/tuberband/
https://tuber.bandcamp.com/album/out-of-the-blue

Tuber, Out of the Blue (2017)

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Tuber Release New Album Out of the Blue

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

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Whatever else you might say about Tuber‘s newly-issued second full-length, Out of the Blue, it certainly lives up to its name. Last time we heard from the Greek instrumental four-piece, they were playing Desertfest Berlin 2017, thanking the crowd, and then all of a sudden, they’ve got a follow-up to their 2013 debut, Desert Overcrowded, posted on their Bandcamp. And it’s not just another record — it’s one that brings in copious keyboard elements and different styles to add progressive flair and scope to the band’s riffy underpinnings.

To wit, the whole thing’s streaming now and you can check out the synthy pulsations of “Cat Class” or the proggy post-fuzz of “Luckily Dead” as the band seem to draw inspiration from various heavy and hard rocks across the ages as they find a way to unite it all with a nod-ready groove. The sudden nature of Out of the Blue‘s arrival doesn’t make it any less welcome, certainly, and it shows quickly that while it may have taken three-plus years for Tuber to get this record out, they haven’t at all been stagnant during that time. Vinyl and CD are reportedly coming soon but can be preordered now.

I’ll have a proper review in the weeks to come, but for now, here’s all the info, audio and links, culled from the social medias and their Bandcamp page. Dig it:

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Here it is, “Out of the Blue”, our new record available NOW for digital download and physical preorder for Vinyl and CD through https://tuber.bandcamp.com/album/out-of-the-blue

You can also listen to it, at its entirety, on our YouTube channel https://goo.gl/Fk2COq

Soon also available through iTunes, Spotify, etc

Tracklisting:
1. Out Of The Blue 07:06
2. Russian 05:39
3. Cat Class 06:47
4. Noman 08:14
5. Moon Rabbit 06:30
6. Luckily Dead 07:23

Released May 31, 2017

All music written, arranged and performed by Tuber
Produced by Paris Fragkos and Tuber at Flow Recordings, Serres, GR
Mixed by Paris Fragkos www.facebook.com/flowrecordings
Mastering by Brad Blackwood at Euphonic Masters, Memphis, Tennessee.
Cover Layout by Originalreplica.gr
Photography by Panagiota Karagiorgou
Released by NEDA, June 2017

Tuber is:
Yannis Gerostathos
Yannis Artzoglou
Nickos Gerostathos
Paris Fragkos

https://www.facebook.com/tuberband/
https://tuber.bandcamp.com/album/out-of-the-blue

Tuber, Out of the Blue (2017)

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Desertfest Berlin 2017: Mars Red Sky, Samsara Blues Experiment, The Well, Tuber and Wucan Join Lineup

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 28th, 2016 by JJ Koczan

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Let’s get one thing straight: I really want to go to Desertfest Berlin 2017. For one thing, I’ve never been, and quite frankly I’m more than a little ashamed of it at this point. I spent about two days in Berlin over a decade ago, and aside from the raging jetlag — one did not know at the time to simply stay in one’s own timezone; also I was drunk like the entire trip — found the city to be beautiful, a little sad in the way cool cities are, and welcoming.

But even putting the palce itself aside, Desertfest Berlin has been going on for years now and it’s always been just out of my reach, right there on the horizon. I’ve been to the London incarnation of the festival and wouldn’t mind getting back there either, but to cross this one off my list would be big, especially since as this lineup continues to come together it’s looking more and more admirable. The chance to see Samsara Blues Experiment on their home turf? Come on.

Five bands added in the second lineup announcement, as the PR wire informs:

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Desertfest Berlin 2017 – 5 new Names on the Bill (Mars Red Sky, Samsara Blues Experiment, Tuber, Wucan, The Well)

DESERTFEST BERLIN 2017 – APRIL 28-29-30

Hey everybody! We are glad to get back to you today with a new batch of bands to announce for our 2017 edition of DESERTFEST BERLIN! Alongside previously confirmed LOWRIDER, TOUNDRA, ECSTATIC VISION, THE COSMIC DEAD and SATAN’S SATYRS, we are thrilled to welcome aboard five new stunning acts:

MARS RED SKY (FR)
We are stoked to have Mars Red Sky back for next year DESERTFEST! The Bordeaux three-piece played the very first edition of our festival in 2012 when they were just promoting their self-titled debut album. They always showed “a penchant for 60s space rock filled with doomy tones and tempos, accentuated with pop sensibilities” (The Sludgelord), and 4 years later, after touring relentlessly, they pushed boundaries further into a colossal heavy sound by releasing their third full-length, “Apex III (Praise for the Burning Soul),” an album that represents the most significant sonic progression the band has made so far, forging grandiose and hypnotizing thickly produced songs. Their show is going to be a crazy psychedelic trip and Mars Red Sky will be your tour guide!

SAMSARA BLUES EXPERIMENT (D)
It is always a pleasure to have Samsara Blues Experiment at DESERTFEST BERLIN. Founded in 2007 by guitarist/singer Christian Peters and completed by bassplayer Hans Eiselt and drummer Thomas Vedder, they are one of Berlin underground scene’s pride, and a household name in the “stoner scene” in general. Playing a mixture of stoner rock, psychedelic blues, Indian raga, thrash metal and traditional folk, the trio is currently working one a new album, their long-awaited fourth one, which should be released around next spring… “Good tunes come to those who wait” guys!

TUBER (GR)
Tuber is an instrumental band from Greece blending post, stoner, desert and space rock with a sublime psych edge. They recorded their first self-titled EP in 2011 and their stunning debut album “Desert Overcrowded” in December 2013. Two and a half years removed from the release of this full-length, but having built a steady following all the while (and after traveling in 2015 to play Freak Valley), Tuber hit the European roads for the very first time this past spring and clearly made an impression! So if you guys want to enjoy some rock aesthetic flirting with psychedelic atmosphere and a touch of romantic mood, do not miss them!

WUCAN (D)
The Saxonian band Wucan entered the German Rock Scene with a splash by releasing their first EP “Vikarma” in the fall of 2014 and their full-length debut “Sow the Wind” in August 2015, to excellent critical acclaim. Deeply rooted in the 70s, the band’s fresh sounding kaleidoscopic Rock Fusion of groovy Funk, Psychedelic, Hard Rock and Kraut Rock, and enigmatic live performances have proven that the band is capable to hypnotize a receptive audience and take it onto a journey into a rockworld of it’s own creation. The band is currently writing their follow-up second album (tentatively titled “Reap the Storm”) scheduled for a spring release…

THE WELL (US)
Austin-based power trio The Well redefine heavy rock by merging massive riffs with sophisticated melodies. Their progressive sound stems from a nostalgic desire to blend different musical styles as diversified as Joy Division to Blue Cheer. As fans of cult horror films, they embrace the sinister, revel in dark themes and find inspiration in haunting echoes. Thet have created a sound that reflects doom, punk and horror all rolled together in a ghostly rock soundtrack. After releasing their debut album “Samsara” in 2014 and toured on it relentlessly, they dropped a furiously strong sophomore effort “Pagan Science” last month, and can’t wait to share it with the European crowd!

There are still 20 more acts to be unveiled, including all our headliners, so stay tuned! Next announcement will be on Friday 2nd of December. Meanwhile do not miss your chance to be part of the amazing DESERTFEST BERLIN experience… Check out our Website to get your tickets, or the links below in this release! We were sold out last year in February, so better be quick!

Let’s turn all the DESERTFEST BERLIN 2017 into another milestone when it comes to Berlin and festivals!

http://www.desertfest.de/tickets
https://www.facebook.com/DesertfestBerlin
http://woolheads.com/shop-2/festivalmerchandise/desertfest-berlin-2016-early-bird-ticket-action-1/
https://shop3.ticketscript.com/channel/html/get-products/rid/4MGC3S6H/eid/327518/validity/any_day/language/en

Samsara Blues Experiment, Waiting for the Flood (2013)

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Tuber Touring Europe in May

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 22nd, 2016 by JJ Koczan

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This Spring, Greek desert rocking instrumentalists Tuber will hit the road in Europe for the first time. The run of shows is presented by Total Volume Agency and will find the band two and a half years removed from the release of their debut full-length, 2013’s Desert Overcrowded, but having built a steady following all the while. Not all the bills have completely come together yet, but the dates are set and there’s enough to keep up with here as it is. Tuber signed with Total Volume in Sept. 2015 after traveling this past summer to play Freak Valley in Germany, and they also shared the stage with Rotor and others at that festival’s holiday-themed incarnation in December; clearly they made an impression.

As they have on multiple listeners, myself included the first time I heard them. Dates and info follow — Les Lekin will support on several of the shows — courtesy of the booking agency:

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Tuber European Tour // May 2016

Back in September 2015, Tuber was the first band to join our roster, and we were more than proud about it. This is their first European tour, so if they stop by your place, make sure you get to know them! We will continuously update this even with all sorts of information regarding this tour, so stay tuned!

Tuber is an instrumental rock band from Greece, consisting of brothers Yannis Gerosthathos and Nikos Gerostathos, Paris Fragkos and Yannis Artzoglou. The first three of them came together in 2010 and a few months later they started recording their first -self titled- EP, at Parallel Universe Studio in Serres. In July of the same year Tuber released their independent debut album on digital form, through their web page in Bandcamp. The EP received stunning reviews from various webpages and blogs worldwide and at June 2012 was re-released on a limited vinyl edition by Krautedmind Records. December 9 2013.

Tuber released their album, Desert Overcrowded, at their bandcamp official site: http://tuber.bandcamp.com/ Tuber’s sound has been described by critics and reviewers thoroughly as a blend of post, stoner, desert and space rock with a sublime psych edge.

Catch them live in concert:

3/5 – Maribor (SLO) @ TBA
4/5 – Vienna (AT) @ Viper Room Vienna with Les Lekin and Lambda
https://www.facebook.com/events/1238939622789800/
5/5 – Prague (CZ) @ Panoptikon Barikáda with Les Lekin and Lambda
https://www.facebook.com/events/919802461407175/
6/5 – Garmisch (DE) @ Hannibal Après with TBA
7/5 – Jena (DE) @ Kulturbahnhof Jena with Les Lekin
https://www.facebook.com/events/155162504849083/
8/5 – Dresden (DE) @ Chemiefabrik with Les Lekin
https://www.facebook.com/events/1657591637824311/
10/5 – Berlin (DE) @ TIEFGRUND with TBA
11/5 – Kiel (DE) @ Die Pumpe with TBA
12/5 – Oldenburg (DE) @ Cadillac Zentrum Für Jugendkultur with TBA
13/5 – Munster (DE) @ Rare guitar with Ravermen and YSMA
https://www.facebook.com/events/723993817707128/
14/5 – Stuttgart (DE) @ JHKloster with TBA
17/5 – Salzburg (AT) @ Shakespeare Salzburg with Les Lekin and Lava
https://www.facebook.com/events/1507531899541643/
18/5 – Graz (AT) @ Les Lekin
19/5 – Timisoara (RO) @ DAOS club with TBA
20/5 – Cluj (RO) @ TBA
21/5 – Sofia (BG) @ “Mixtape 5” with TBA
https://www.facebook.com/events/1698013737112258/

We know that we couldn’t make it happen, for Tuber, in many cities arround Europe this time, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t coming over in the near future. We will try to make it sooner or later. Let your local promoters know that they can always send over a message for any of our roster’s bands.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1747264322173656/
http://tuber.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/tuberband/
https://leslekin.bandcamp.com/

Tuber, Desert Overcrowded (2013)

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Frydee Tuber

Posted in Bootleg Theater on May 10th, 2013 by JJ Koczan

Tuber, “Smoked up Notes”

I was clicking through various stuff on ye olde Tubes of You, looking for something to close out the week, and just kind of stumbled on Greek instrumentalists Tuber. I’d never heard the band before and I dug the name and the title “Smoked Up Notes,” which is oddly evocative for being so blatantly stoner rock — think burnt papers in tandem with burnt brain cells — or maybe it’s just late and I’m reading more into it because that’s fun sometimes.

Either way, we end the week with the four-piece Tuber, who hail from Serres in Greece and put out a self-titled EP — or what they call an EP; it’s 38 minutes long when you include the bonus track — last year on transparent orange vinyl that’s apparently sold out of physical copies but still available for free download from their Bandcamp, if you’re so inclined. Hell, here’s the whole thing, just for fun:

Quite an age we live in. Got its ups and downs, like anything, but the rock is good — and nearly ubiquitous — so that’s alright.

This week ends pretty much the same as last week. Nearly exactly the same, actually, except for the fact that I’m one floor down in the same hotel in Providence, not writing about Jeff Hanneman‘s passing, and instead of a window outside, there’s a mirror in front of the desk so I get to see the bags under my eyes as I type and the grey slowly but surely making its way into my beard. One here, two there, The Patient Mrs. playing with the little dog Dio in the background. Things have been far worse.

There are a bunch of shows in Boston this weekend, as seems to be the case every weekend I’m here — that bodes well for the eventual move — but like last Saturday, tomorrow we’ll pretty much be looking at a couple houses about an hour outside of the city, being sad that they’re sinking into the earth, and then heading back south to Jersey. This week was relatively quiet, but next Wednesday, I’m going to see The Book of Knots in Brooklyn, and that’s going to be amazing. They’ve only done one or two shows — they did one in Manhattan when they put out their second, and I think, best album, Traineater — so it’s a rare thing and not something I was willing to miss. There’s so much talent in that band they’re terrifying, and that only covers Carla Kihlstedt, let alone Josh Hamilton, Tony Maimone, Mattias Bossi or any of what I’m sure will be a slew of guests joining in on the fun. Got my fingers crossed former Giraffes singer Aaron Lazar shows up for “Third Generation Pink Slip,” which, to be sure, is where it’s at.

Also next week, I’ll see if I can bang out reviews for Kylesa and Cathedral, though they might be like 50 words apiece if my current disdain for Haulix holds sway. Digital promos. Way to take the thing I love most in the universe and turn it into a fucking hassle. Music: It used to be what I relished spending every day thinking about, now it takes up the real estate on my desktop. The music industry is a continuous, never-ending spiral of terrible. I mean it.

I’m sure people said the same shit when they stopped sending LPs, or when press releases started coming over via email. They weren’t any more wrong then than I am now, it just means I’m old. There are probably other writers out there who like the convenience. Bah.

But those are “big” records and they probably deserve a few words, so even though I’ve got people sending me discs from France, Finland and Australia — literally the other side of the planet — I should be expected to push that aside to cover whatever it is that I’m not cool enough to get a track premiere of this week.

These are first world problems and I’ve bummed myself out thinking about them. More than 1,000 people died in that Bangladeshi building collapse, some probably sewing my fat-guy-sized t-shirts together, and here I am bitching because I don’t get free CDs anymore. I’ve always been a selfish bastard.

I hope you have an awesome, safe weekend, and I hope you stopped reading back when I was talking about how great it’ll be to see The Book of Knots on Wednesday. Hope to catch you on the forum and back here Monday for more gleeful jubilation.

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