Tuesday, February 14, 2006

World Is Flat & Frequently Carcass Cuntry Cowboy Corporations

Willie Nelson is riding the Brokeback Mountain wave back into the headlines with his new downloadable I-tunes single "Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly Fond Of Each Other"...

Hear a free clip here

Carcass bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker has just finished a South American tour with Brujeria and is now apparently entering Jerry Jeff Walker territory... in fact his new album will feature songs made famous by artists like Skeeter Davis, Johnny Cash and other more traditional country performers...

"Welcome To Carcass Cuntry" will be released in May on "fractured transmitter" recordings and will include this track, along with covers of John Denver & Hank Williams faves...

Jeff Walker und de Fluffers - "You're Still On My Mind"

Speaking of oddball combinations, my fave Mash Up DJ specialist Mark Vidler aka Go Home Productions has been busy and put up some new tracks and unheard mixes...

One is based on a Primal Scream remix from the Kowalski sessions utilizing bits of Beyonce & The Beatles to expand the mind and shake up the dancefloor...

Go Home Productions - Kowalski Bootleg Breaks


and here's his attempt at fuzing X-tina Aguilera with 1984 era Van Halen. Apparently since Vidler couldn't find a real "instrumental" version he settled on a lo-fi bootleg sound check rehearsal version of "Jump" to mix with...

Christina Aguilera / Van Halen


I just found out the other day that one of my old pals Jason Sears, of Rich Kids On LSD died getting some sort of mysterious detox treatment down in Mexico. Jason had been messing around with needles & street dope for quite awhile, and they had really taken their toll, now it's official the creeping black tar has basically taken another rock n roll life.

It had just been a few weeks since I heard of the death of his bandmate Bomber, who also had seen better health...

Ironically, in the wake of the collapse of RKL, the band Lagwagon ended up getting RKL's guitarist Chris & traded for a replacement drummer in Dave when their own drummer Derrick came down with a bad case of the heroins...So Derrick of course joined RKL...

What's in that Santa Barbara water anyhow?

... and now those guys in Lagwagon are miles from the misery and rocking across Australia right now...


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here's some from their new album "Resolve" written in the wake of Derrick's death by suicide

Lagwagon - Heartbreaking Music

Lagwagon - Automatic

In the still crazy ( & alive ) after all these years dept....

Motley rawker Tommy Lee apparently took a punch in Detroit from a rowdy local tired of the well hung rawker's big mouth at a pre-Super Bowl party...see the big version of pic for purty proof. Apparently Tommy's eternal taste for the nightlife includes him pitching himself as a DJ lately... in fact he's part of a big event coming up in Miami in the coming weeks...

Do ya think he plays Australian Hip Hop? Straight Down Under Outta Melbourne? I guess that's what is possibly going on here... or perhaps because there's no overbearing MC type thang, it's a more production centered electronica track...you decide

LKR & Rebecca Murray - Metamorphoses

long time U.K electronica scene faves, The Thievery Corporation reveal a new universally Holographic gem from the lab, and we toss in some elder and remixed cuts for comparison

Thievery Corporation - Holographic Universe

Thievery Corporation - Warning Shots ( rudeboy resistence mix)

Thievery Corporation - Simple Historie ( voidd remix)

Thievery Corporation - DC 3000 Uplift Remix

Thievery Corporation - DC 3000

Kemado records' emerging stoner metal act The Sword from Texas have released their new album and are on tour now ( dates below) . The band emerged from obscurity via previous showcases at SXSW in 2004 & 2005, which is where their current tour winds up. The NY Times were quick on the tip and reviewed their new disc in "The Arts" section alongside Barry Manilow's new disc...The So-Called" Paper Of Record", famous for inclusion of "All The News That's Fit To Print" on Monday made comparisons to Dungeons & Dragons lyrics & and singer J.D Cronise as less flat than Ozzy, fronting perhaps a punker version of Black Sabbath with Southern Rock guitar solos ala Allman Brothers & Lynyrd Skynyrd... you decide.

The Sword - Iron Swan

The Sword - Winter's Wolves

The Sword - Barael's Blade

The Sword tourdates:

Feb 15 Albuquerque, NM - Lauchpad w/ Early Man, Priestess
Feb 16 Tucson, AZ - Plush w/ Early Man, Priestess
Feb 17 Tempe, AZ - Big Fish Pub w/ Early Man, Priestess
Feb 18 Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland w/ Early Man, Priestess
Feb 19 Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Concert Theater w/ Early Man, Priestess
Feb 20 San Diego, CA - Casbah w/ Early Man, Priestess
Feb 21 San Francisco, CA - 12 Galaxies w/ Early Man, Priestess
Feb 23 Portland, OR - Dante's w/ Early Man, Priestess
Feb 24 Seattle, WA - Crocodile Cafe w/ Early Man, Priestess
Feb 25 Vancouver, BC - Red Room w/ Early Man, Priestess
Feb 27 Salt Lake City, UT - Lo-Fi Cafe w/ Early Man, Priestess
Feb 28 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge w/ Early Man, Priestess
Mar 1 Lawrence, KS - TBA w/ Early Man, Priestess
Mar 2 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry w/ Early Man, Priestess
Mar 3 Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon w/ Early Man, Priestess
Mar 4 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle w/ Early Man, Priestess
Mar 6 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern w/ Early Man, Priestess
Mar 7 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick w/ Early Man, Priestess
Mar 8 Columbus, OH - Little Brother's w/ Early Man, Priestess
Mar 9 Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place w/ Early Man, Priestess
Mar 10 Brooklyn, NY - North Six w/ Early Man, Priestess
Mar 11 Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's w/ Early Man, Priestess
Mar 13 Cambridge, MA - Middle East w/ Tarantula A.D.
Mar 17 Austin, TX - Buffalo Billiards - Kemado SXSW Showcase
Mar 18 Austin, TX - Positively 4th St. - Invaders Showcase

Another band that released an album lasterday was U.K press darlings The Subways

here's their new single Rock & Roll Queen

Subways - Rock & Roll Queen

and a recent interview with Australian radio Triple J

Subways - Triple J Interview

they'll be on the road with new Sire signees The Gunshys out of LA for the whole of March

Gunshys - Unusual Unusuals


March tour with The Subways & Gunshys

01 Atlanta, GA - The Loft

02 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506

03 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church

04 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

07 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom

08 Boston, MA - Paradise

09 Montreal, QUE - La Sala Rossa

11 Toronto, ON - The Mod Club

12 Detroit, MI - The Magic Stick

13 Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop

14 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle

15 Lawrence, KS - Replay Lounge

19 Houston, TX - Meridian Red Room

20 Dallas, TX - Gypsy Tea Room

22 Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse

23 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour

25 San Diego, CA - Epicentre

27 San Francisco, CA - Slim's

28 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge

29 Vancouver, BC - Richard's on Richards

30 Seattle, WA - Crocodile Café

after 15 some years in the goth metal game, aging Dutch boys & gal "The Gathering" will be making their debut at SXSW on one of the same nights ya can catch The Sword. Austin and any other attendees on their "Homelands Tour" will no doubt get to hear the singer Anneke van Giersbergen belting the emphasis track linked below known as Shortest Day from their album on The End records coming in April. Look for the band at east coast spots like NYC's The Knitting Factory, and Jaxx in Northern VA outside DC, as well as a couple stops in Canada.

The Gathering - Shortest Day

"'The Gathering' Puts Holland On The Musical Map "
The Gathering a video clip of "one of the most famous bands you've never heard of".

Another band who've recently signed to The End records is Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. While they've yet to put forth new material on the label, I've linked some past exploits on their own indie imprint still available via the band's website. The Sleepytime core cast is comprised of unique individuals like musical and studio wizard Dan Rathbun, along with vovalist/guitarist Nils Frykdahl and violinist Carla Kihlstedt, the band are a live assault on the senses with a few previous but largely obscure releases. The bizarre band has roots in the late great live act Idiot Flesh, who rocked my halloween parties for several years running in the early 90's with no small aplomb... I heartily endorse, and in fact still have a few very hard to find sealed copies of the Idiot Flesh debut LP on vinyl "Tales Of Instant Knowledge & Sure Death"... inquire within!

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - Sleep Is Wrong

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - Bring Back The Apocalypse

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - The Donkey-Headed Adversary of Humanity Opens the Discussion

Cronos from extreme black metal stalwarts Venom has also posted a demo of a new track available for preview online...

Venom - Antechrist

psssst... was all that a little too much...

hey , how about a briefing from bland master of the obvious & New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman on his 2005 best seller, The World Is Flat ...


Anonymous said...

really? an idiot flesh i'd never heard of? i could be interested but couldn't reckon how to inquire within.

you can find me at www.myspace.com/ecstasymule

or are myspace and blogspot peops allowd to comingle?

vjb2 said...

Having seen Sleepytime Gorilla Museum twice now, and owning their latest album "Of Natural History," I can say with no hesitation that their live shows are like watching post-apocalyptic mutants put on a show mocking the late great human race. Last time they had a butoh dancer onstage in a "cage," billed as "The Last Living Hu-Mon," who has for the most part reverted to a monkey-like state. And despite their rather nihilist perspective, when I chatted them up after the show they were all perfectly lovely people, and they have a bitchen tour bus.

Both times that I saw them, my favorite NYC psych-freakout band, Flaming Fire, opened for them. You ought to check them out as well.