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Stop counting the hours until you can get your hands on a copy of Wolf Eyes' I Am A Problem: Mind In Pieces. We'll save you the trouble. You have 43 days and you're not gonna make it. We can see it in your face. You look ill, my friends, and it is NOT flattering. The thing is you're finally in luck because our friends and fellow shriekers in the WE camp are going through their EXTENSIVE CATALOG and reissuing the rarest and fairest material. They're digging deep once a month and sharing the fruit of their labors. Think one-off tour CD-Rs. Think tapes made on a shoestring budget to get through a quick jaunt up the east coast in 2001. The kind of recordings that capture special moments in the band's history and the supreme intensity of live shows mid-tour and a glimpse into mutant sketches of bastardized, industrial jazz. Stuff that SHOULD have seen a wide release but simply sat shelved and dormant. This is your chance to explore the most tremendous, prolific bands of our time. Check out the stacks HERE, including:
Welcome to the buffet of AUDIO SOCIAL DISSENT. Save your wheat pennies while you can because on October 30 will see the release of I Am A Problem: Mind in Pieces from Wolf Eyes, Heartless Heathen from Timmy’s Organism, and The Entertainers from VIDEO. Lead singles available HERE.
7pm Doors/Grill Out
Folks, I'm wondering. Whatever happened to the good ol' days of seasonal fright and legitimate, spiritual FEAR? I'm not talking about that wacky beef baloney band, either. I'm getting at something waaaaay back, like in the 50s, right after electricity was invented but there still wasn't any GPS. Back when the limits of science and the edge of reason were totally frayed, yet laced with a hint of old magic. Back when you might still spot someone lighting a torch at dusk on the way to the apothecary. Back when a chill in the air meant something. Things are v diff right now. It's like every contemporary Halloween is the same sad, choreographed plasticine rager and a phoned-in historical reenactment of the previous year. Remember last year when a friend of a friend tried in vain to whip up some sort of counterfeit Kevorkian Narnia potluck with an oil-stained bucket filled with tap water and gritty apples? Remember the silly string? Remember the Monster Mash? Well, we're here to fix that.
This year for Devil's Night THIRD MAN RECORDS will keep it simple and keep it real. We still have LOTS of details forthcoming but for now let's CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF THREE BRAND NEW LPS by VIDEO, TIMMY'S ORGANISM, and WOLF EYES with a party-type live performance kinda thing. How does that sound?
The pre-show festivities will commence at 7:00pm. Come hang out, have a snack, and get spooky with your buddies while the TMR team preps for total insanity! The music will start at 8:30pm sharp with local bleakbeat occultists, ESSENTIAL TREMORS, leading the charge with a sound like dystopian freezer burn with a hint of disgruntled pollution. This band is rattled in their fascination with tension and humor onstage. Weirdos that shred and bop all cool, maaaan, that's some of our favorite stuff! Where did they come from? How do I learn more? Whatever it takes: sign me the frigggggg up 'cause I'm sweatin' already. From dancing!
Playing second (but technically second to none) we have our favorite favorite FAVORITE lonestar Austin punks. None other than VIDEO who will lead us all not only BACK into temptation, but also into true #tripmetalapproved disarray. They're a proper punk rock band and, baby, it's a 50/50 split guaranteed. To be clear, that's 50% PUNK and 50% ROCK... Are you with us? Are you still reading? No rookies in the mix, just the pure and effortless showmanship of TV's Daniel on vox, the best drumming you ever saw, and an almost bloodthirsty abandon negotiated by two of the riffiest and strappingest lads on guitar and bass to ever grace our stage. Period. You check out that single yet? Have a peek at a vid of these lunatics performing "Nothing Lasts Forever" the AMAZING b-side to their first 7'' on TMR right here.
Up next we got us Detroit's FINEST rock 'n' roll slumpunks TIMMY'S ORGANISM. Fronted by the inimitable Timmy Vulgar (Human Eye, Clone Defects), whose bands continue to make so many others look like an adorable blend of synthetically bashful and utterly weak. I'm looking at you 90% Of Active Musicians. They remain the perfect collision of ACTUAL EFFORT and RAW SEWAGE. While you're at it go ahead and launch that sucker into the deepest space you can find, the stuff BETWEEN stars. Now you're on the right track. Scuzzy, vile rock all the way and the far reaches of the known universe! Did you check out that single yet? No? Wow. It's available HERE.
Lastly, we are pleased to present the world renowned, neo-noir trip metal majesty of WOLF EYES who are also from Detroit. Post-industrial, post-noise, post-haste, post-ego. To hell with rudiments. Advanced listeners only. This is the rebel sound of young America, old America, and all that lies between. These are the makers of battle hymns. Here's the soundtrack to the powerless hours of life that pile up over decades. Here's your personal peace of mind twisting in the wind. Here's your chance to break the chains that keep you shackled to a list of ad hoc Fall Favorites that make you whine when you need to wince. Did y'all grip that single yet? NO?!?! Now's the time. Get it HERE.
Anyway, you know the drill. There's absolutely NO ENTRY unless you dress up. We'll have snacks and drinks. Let's all have a good time and be cool to each other. GET YOUR TICKETS NOW (Available online and in our Nashville storefront).
And... If that's not enough for all you mega-scoundrels, we've gone ahead and arranged a SECOND SHOW for the following night (that's right! Halloween itself!) at The Earl in Atlanta, GA for everyone that might consider Nashville "too far" or for anyone who has already sacrificed their wild social life at the Altar of Maybe. Doors at 9:00 PM / $10
More info on that show HERE and HERE.
PLUS EXCLUSIVE LISTENING PARTIES TO ROCK INDEPENDENT RETAILERS THROUGH ALBUM’S RELEASE
The Dead Weather have released the second of four technique and instrument-based videos. In this second episode, bass deconstructionist, Jack Lawrence, reveals the secrets of how he achieves his distinct bottom end sound for The Dead Weather. Lawrence demonstrates some of his most head nodding bass lines and leaves no question that without the bass, there would be no Dead Weather. The video, directed by Jack White, concludes with an incendiary live performance of "Mile Markers" from the new album Dodge And Burn. Each band members' technique videos showcases a different song from the band’s career, including tracks from their forthcoming album Dodge and Burn (out September 25th). Stay tuned in the coming weeks for the remaining two videos of the series from The Dead Weather and Third Man Records.
The Dead Weather and Third Man Records have also announced a series of exclusive listening parties at select record stores across the country, with attendees also getting the chance to win limited edition DODGE AND BURN prizes. Full details – including a complete list of participating retailers – are below. Additional locations will be announced soon. Contact your local retailer (listed below) for additional details.
DODGE AND BURN LISTENING PARTIES
Fingerprints - Long Beach, CA - 7pm
Origami Vinyl - Hollywood, CA - 7pm
Silver Platters - Seattle, WA - 6pm
Used Kids - Columbus, OH - 6pm
Dearborn Music - Dearborn, MI - 5pm
Lunchbox Records - Charlotte, NC - 7pm
Neptoon Records - Vancouver, BC - 5pm
Cabin Fever - Toronto, Ontario - 9pm
Obsolete Records - Halifax, NS - All Day
Soundscapes- Toronto, Ontaio - TBD
Touch Vinyl- Houston, TX - 3-5pm
Cactus - Houston, TX - 3-5pm
Landlocked - Bloomington, IN - 2pm
Boo Boo Records - San Luis Obispo, CA - 4pm
Darkside Records & Gallery - Poughkeepsie, NY - 7pm
Everyday Music - Portland, OR - 12pm
Good Records - Dallas, TX - 8pm
Songbyrd Record Café - Washington, DC - 7pm
Upper Playground - Portland, OR - 5pm
Mindbomb Records - St. Catherines, Ontario - TBD
Cherry Cola's - Toronto, Ontario - 12am-2am
Hum On King - Sydney, Australia - 5:30pm
Goldmine - Melbourne, Australia - 4:30pm
Exiles Records- Buenos Aires, Argentina - 7pm
Amoeba - San Francisco, CA - 5pm
Ear Candy - Missoula, MT - 6pm
Park Ave CD - Orlando, FL - 8pm
Waterloo - Austin, TX - 1pm
The Odd's And Sods Shoppe - Ottawa, Ontario - 7-9pm
Dead Dog Records- Toronto, Ontario - 7-9pm
Baby's All Right - New York, NY - 7pm
Criminal Records - Atlanta, GA - 7pm
Gallery of Sound - All 3 PA Locations - 7pm
Seasick Records - Birmingham, AL - 6pm
Radio-Active Records - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - 6pm
Strictly Discs - Madison WI - 6pm
Cheapies - Hamilton, Ontario - 6-7pm
Ditch Records - Victoria, BC - TBD
Listen Records - Edmonton, Alberta - TBD
Kops Records- Toronto, Ontario - 5pm
Plus, many more to be announced soon, including:
Aux 33 Tours - Montreal, Quebec
Blackbyrd Myoozik - Edmonton, Alberta
Compact Music - Ottawa, Ontario
Encore Records - Kitchener, Ontario
Frequences Le Disquaire - Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
Grimey's - Nashville, TN
Looney Tunes - Burlington, Ontario
The Record Centre - Ottawa, Ontario
Tonality Records - Toronto, Ontario
September 18th marks the second year of Americana invasion of our Blue Room, and we couldn't be more excited to host up-and-coming American Roots acts as well as Americana Music Association members a night of music. Miss Margo Price will do a special in store set at 7pm in the storefront to kick off the evening, to be followed by Barna Howard, William Elliot Whitmore, John Paul Keith, Low Cut Connie and Steelism in the Blue Room.
This AMA event requires a wristband for entry, but space-permitting, we will be selling tickets for $15 at the door the night of the show.
8pm - Barna Howard
9pm - William Elliot Whitmore
10pm - John Paul Keith
11pm - Low Cut Connie
11:59pm - Steelism
Now THAT'S Americana!
Feast your ears on the latest piece of infuriated gloom from the Wolf Eyes camp. The second peek at their upcoming full-length, I Am A Problem: Mind In Pieces is called “T.O.D.D.” and it’s now streaming over at NPR’s All Songs Considered. It’s a song inspired by the life and work of Tod Dockstader, the mastermind musique concrète composer who passed away while the album was being recorded. Just another taste of majesty to ease the common ache. The first single, "Enemy Ladder" is now available HERE and it includes the equally stunning anti-groove anthem of “Dull Murder 2” as an exclusive, non-album b-side. It’s my personal favorite and it’s TRIP METAL APPROVED.
According to Viking’s Choice at NPR: ”T.O.D.D.” sounds like a crumbling Velvet Underground bootleg that's been burned to ashes and smeared into Pentagram frontman Bobby Liebling's banshee eyeliner. Now two years after declaring noise over ("Completely, 100 percent"), here Wolf Eyes embraces the metallic side of its self-christened genre/lifestyle "trip metal" with a washed-out, doomy guitar buried under a monotone chant and the most primal kick drum imaginable."
Well, I’m not sure I could have said it any better myself. This will hold us over until the next wave of unreleased material is posted on to the Wolf Eyes Bandcamp. I wonder what else they have planned… In the meantime, head over to All Songs Considered...
In case you missed it, here is The Dead Weather’s performance of “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)” (off their upcoming record DODGE AND BURN) from last night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert below: