Soul Coughing‘s Mike Doughty will be releasing his new album, Circles Super Bon Bon Sleepless How Many Cans? True Dreams of Wichita Monster Man Mr. Bitterness Maybe I’ll Come Down St. Louise Is Listening I Miss the Girl Unmarked Helicopters The Idiot Kings So Far I Have Not Found the Science, which is encompassed by 13 tracks of re-imagined songs from his former band. The album is due out November 25th (today!) on Snack Bar / Hornblow Recordings. After the press release, check out the video for a re-take of “Super Bon Bon”.
On 25th November Mike Doughty will release his new album, ‘Circles Super Bon Bon…’; a collection of 13 re-imagined songs originally performed by his former band, Soul Coughing.
The album’s name is a list of the songs included, and is surely a contender for the longest LP title ever. It includes tracks that originally appeared each of Soul Coughing’s three studio albums, as well as ‘Unmarked Helicopters’ – a rarity originally written for the X-Files-themed 1996 compilation album ‘Songs in the Key of X’.
Doughty has famously eschewed the band’s repertoire as he built a solo career in the years after their 2000 split, but decided to re-explore his old songs after writing his memoir, ‘The Book of Drugs’, which was published by Da Capo last year.
“The parts about Soul Coughing in my memoir, ‘The Book of Drugs’, were a big fat ball of darkness. After a long, arduous book tour, reading these parts to audiences, I sat down with an acoustic guitar and picked through them. I found myself wanting to figure out what I meant, who I was, where I was when I wrote the songs. I wanted to separate the songs – not the recordings, but the songs – from the darkness”, explains Mike. “I don’t know that I’ll ever dig the Soul Coughing recordings, but I’ve found my way back to the songs. These new recordings are as I meant them to be, when I wrote them, some are bangers, some are pop songs; in general, they’re bigger, heavier, cleaner, funkier, and more streamlined than the originals.”
“My favourite songs on the album are the ones that, when I wrote them, I envisioned as big club tracks – I’ve finally gotten to make them into what I heard in my head. I spent a lot of time in the ’90s in dance clubs playing house, hip hop, and techno music in New York in the early ’90s, plus big beat and drum n bass raves in London in the mid-’90s. I wrote melodies on the dance floor, singing snippets of lyrics to myself, then went home and wrote them down as the drugs were wearing off”, he adds.
Doughty says of the reinvented versions of the songs on ‘Circles Super Bon Bon…’, “after my memoir, which was full of pain, I picked up an guitar and, by myself, went through the songs I wrote in the ’90s – between the ages of 20 and 29 – to figure out who I was, where I was, and what I was trying to say. There’ll be more of the music I stumbled into, and fell in love with, when I came to New York as an 18-year-old – an explosion of amazing hip-hop and house music. I can use the weirdness I absorbed as a doorman at an avant-garde jazz club, when I was 21, more artfullly. I think the songs can be better than they were. I can make the actual songs more hearable. I think I can make them more like what I intended them to be.”
The album was produced by Good Goose (Menya, Ninjasonik, Mac Lethal, Homeboy Sandman) and features upright bass from Catherine Popper. The duo helped Mike mike bring to live, what he calls “My sonic obsession, when I was 22 and trying to start a band; the huge beats and the omnipresent upright bass on the great hip-hop records of the time.
Due to Mike’s loyal, dedicated fanbase the funds for were raised campaign with PledgeMusic.com. Doughty’s enthusiastic fans helped the project reach its funding goal within 16 hours of launch in early April, and to date more than 3,400 fans have contributed.
Incentives ranging from autographed CDs to, t-shirts, exclusive video content and even to a private are still available, and fans may continue to pledge up until the day before the album’s release date at http://pledgemusic.com/mikedoughty.
How Many Cans?
True Dreams of Wichita
Super Bon Bon
The Idiot Kings
Maybe I’ll Come Down
So Far I Have Not Found the Science
I Miss The Girl
St. Louise Is Listening
Scranton, PA indie pop band Petal have signed on with Run For Cover Records to release a 7″ EP, Scout, soon. The band is centered around Kiley Lots who formed the group last year with the help of friends. Below is the press release from RFC as well as a stream of the Scout EP.
Kiley Lotz formed Petal in 2012 in her hometown of Scranton, PA. Petal currently has a rotating line up that includes members of Tigers Jaw, Three Man Cannon, Halfling, Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, and Captain We’re Sinking. In 2013 Petal released their first EP, Scout, which features Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins and was recorded by Matt Schimelfenig. Combining a wide array of influences, Petal falls somewhere between Cat Power and Lemuria while still creating their own distinct sound. Crunchy guitars juxtaposed with clean vocals and earnest lyrics help define Petal as a voice, strong and unwavering, rising out of a chaotic world to assert its place. The repetition of “I was born” in Left A Mark further establishes this idea of presence and purpose, moving away from idle absorption into the masses. With Scout, Petal announced their presence, ready to be heard.
Run For Cover will be launching pre-orders for the Scout 7″ this Friday alongside a new Petal T-Shirt. Keep your eyes peeled on their site.
Ah. Self Defense Family. The band everyone loves to…love. Right? The band formerly known as End of a Year, SDF puts out more creative output that would rival most and puts all to shame. The band has a new album, Try Me, coming out soon on Deathwish Inc. To satiate the eagerness of those waiting patiently for it, a new song has been premiered off it. “Turn The Fan On” keeps the band pushing forward in their unique style of melody. SDF have always had a peculiar approach to their music. And if this new song is any indication, the new album will be yet another treat for fans.
Your favorite band’s favorite band, Self Defense Family enjoys a distinct renown within the punk community. Well-respected and critically lauded but difficult and idiosyncratic, the band has done things their way almost to a fault. Eschewing sing-alongs and easy anthems in favor of personal lyrics, they stand apart from their contemporaries in punk and hardcore. Their strangely tense guitar-work framed within otherwise hook laden songs lends the band an unmistakable sound. Opting to be heavy in emotion rather than heavy in sound.
Led by vocalist, lyricist, and personality Patrick Kindlon, Self Defense Family have extended their branches to organically include touring and session musicians. Allowing them to evolve into a musical collective with more than ten active members at any given time. Interestingly enough, no member of the assemblage has played every show or played on every recording by the collective.
Try Me, Self Defense Family‘s latest full length offering, will be released January 7th, 2014 on Deathwish.
Florida’s Bloodlet were one of the few bands in the sunshine state’s hardcore scene in the 90′s that defied any specific categorization. Their style of metal was more akin to doom and sludge than anything else. And they were playing this style way before it was hip and the “it” thing in the metal circles. Bloodlet went on hiatus in 2003. Now, the band has not only announced a one-off reunion for the A839 Recordings X Bash in January in Baltimore, but they’re also to release a previously-unreleased new track, “Embrace”, as well as a reissue of their debut LP Ethogen.
Here’s the official press release with all the info:
Following the recent proclamation that defunct metalcore pioneers, Bloodlet, will make a special one-time appearance — reuniting for the A389 Recordings X Bash in January — today, the label also proudly confirms two special pending releases from the band in 2014.
First up, A389 will release an unreleased Bloodlet demo, recorded in 1994. The track, called “Embrace,” was recorded with several other songs prior to the release of the band’s debut LP, Entheogen. A track which ran astray from the others recorded in the same sessions — “Shell” and “Cheribum” appearing on the band’s Shell 7″, and then re-appeared on their Eclectic singles compilation LP — Bloodlet‘s early, completely inventive style of ominous, swamp-born metalcore is relived once again in “Embrace.” The lost track was discovered by hardcore webzine XStuckInThePastX and shared the masters with A389 Recordings, who will now release an official 7″ version of the track in January 2014. The Embrace 7″ will tie directly into band’s first performance in over ten years, with their one-time reunion at the A389 X Bash the weekend of January 17th and 18th in Baltimore, Maryland, joining the reunion of Integrity‘s Systems Overload lineup, All Out War, Infest, Haymaker, Noisem, Full Of Hell, Empire of Rats and tons more.
In addition, A389 is also collaborating with Victory Records on a special reissue of Bloodlet‘s landmark debut LP, Enthogen, which Victory initially released in early 1996. The new edition will be released in a deluxe 2xLP in the coming months pending the completion of the remastering sessions, currently going down at Audiosiege.
Bloodlet vocalist Scott Angelacos currently remains busy with his present bands Junior Bruce — who is working on the follow-up to their The Headless King LP, released in 2012 by A389 — and Hollow Leg, which just released Abysmal on Last Anthem Records.
As a Floridian immersed in the hardcore and metal scene since the 90′s and having witnessed the power of Bloodlet, this is exciting news. Get pumped! (And if you want to hear “Embrace”, below is the song itself as originally posted by XStuckInThePastX)
Kristina Esfandiari is a woman of many musical facets. Formerly of Whirr, she ventured on her own with the King Woman project which gained a bit of a buzz for its unusual sounds and style. Now Esfandiari has moved forward with a new project and band named Miserable. Inspired by bands she was into in her youth like Brand New and Smashing Pumpkins, Esfandiari tells us, “I was originally just writing these songs as ideas for Whirr but it just never happened because of tour and other material we were recording, so I just turned it into a project of my own.”
Miserable is comprised of Esfandiari along with members of Pale Chalice, Lies, and more. Esfandiari writes and arranges all of the music and so far from the teaser of the as-yet-to-be released Halloween Dream EP, it is a very personal affair. Written mostly while Esfandiari was on tour with Whirr in Europe, the EP should be released at some point as soon as it finds a home. Miserable does have a split 7″ EP with Grey Zine to be released by Run For Cover Records soon.
While we wait for the release of the EP and the 7″, check out the video for the title track off the Halloween Dream EP. The video was shot on Esfandiari’s iPhone using not only random footage but also images from Halloween night. Enjoy.
Vancouver fuzz-punkers Eating Out, which feature members of Nü Sensae, White Lung, and Peace, will be releasing a 7″ of new-ish recordings in December via Suicide Squeeze. The 7″ titled Burn, will feature three songs that were originally released on limited edition cassettes last year.
The first track off the 7″, “Come Around” is already streaming for you to check out. To pre-order the 7″ from Suicide Squeeze, available in a limited run of 500 (100 on opaque pink/lavender/yellow-mixed vinyl, 400 on black) and w/ a digital download, click here.
Literally translated, De La Tierra means “of the earth” or perhaps for metalhead standards, dirt. The group boasts some well-known names of the Latin metal and hard rock scene of bands such as Sepultura, A.N.I.M.A.L., Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, and Maná. So they may as well be deemed the first Latin Metal Supergroup. The band has signed with Roadrunner Records and will be releasing their debut self-titled LP on January 14th, 2014. Here is the official press release along with a video for “Maldita Historia” (Damned History). As you will notice, and read, the lyrics are in Spanish and Portuguese thus cementing the Latin “flavor” of the band’s music.
Roadrunner Records and Warner Music Latina have announced the eagerly anticipated debut album from Latin metal group, De La Tierra. “De La Tierra” – the explosive self-titled collection from the Latin group consisting of Andreas Kisser, guitarist of Sepultura, Andrés Giménez, former leader of A.N.I.M.A.L., Sr. Flavio, bassist of Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, and Alex González, drummer of Maná – features the lead single “Maldita Historia” which is available now via the iTunes Store along with an official music video that made its worldwide premiere earlier today on several media outlets across the globe. “De La Tierra” arrives everywhere on January 14th.
“De La Tierra,” the band’s crushing 11-song debut was recorded and mixed by Stanley Soares (Motörhead, Sepultura) in Sao Paulo, Guadalajara, Buenos Aires and Los Angeles and produced by the band themselves. The album, which marks an electrifying new chapter for the always daring members of De La Tierra, will feature lyrics sung entirely in both Spanish and Portuguese, elevating the group’s Latin roots.
“On ‘De La Tierra,’ there are some moments when you feel the world is coming to an end and others when the sky seems to open up, letting the light shine,” says Gonzalez. “It is metal that is fast, powerful, explosive, with lots of adrenaline. You have darkness and light. There is melody and also a lot of punch.”
De La Tierra‘s history can be traced back 8 years to backstage conversations between Giménez and González, discussing their passion for heavy music. A tour with Maná brought González to Argentina in 2011, which rekindled discussions of starting a group with Gimenez. The following evening the two had dinner with Flavio, a friend of Giménez’s who both revered, as the three flirted with the idea of forming a power trio. Giménez however wanted more firepower and suggested Kisser as a possible second guitarist. González reached out to Kisser via email telling him about the project which was conceived as a gathering of like minds to create metal music which they all enjoyed and appreciated. Kisser responded immediately: “I am the band’s guitar player!”
Jan 10: Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
Jan 11: Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
Jan 14: House of Blues – Dallas, TX
Jan 15: White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
Jan 17: House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
Jan 18: Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
Jan 21: The Beacham Theatre – Orlando, FL
Jan 24: The Music Farm – Charleston, SC
Jan 25: Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN
Jan 28: Baltimore Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD
Jan 29: The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
Self-stylized “low folk” band Wovehand are partnering up with Deathwish Inc. to release their upcoming new album Refractory Obdurate in North America soon. Gliterhouse Records will be handling the European release. For the full skinny on this new addition to the DW roster, here’s the official announcement:
Wovenhand “Refractory Obdurate” coming soon via a partnership of Deathwish & Glitterhouse
Wovenhand are a band led by dedicated life musician and lyricist David Eugene Edwards. Over the last two decades, his prolific work in Wovenhand and the legendary 16 Horsepower has influenced and inspired a generation of musicians throughout the expansive alternative music world.
Wovenhand cannot be described in traditional terms. Their sound is an organic weave work of neo-folk, post rock, punk, old-time, and alternative sounds. All coming together as a vehicle for David’s soulful expression and constant spiritual self exploration. Sometimes sad and sorrowed and at other times uniquely uplifting, Wovenhand are always unforgettable in spirit and sound.
Wovenhand are currently in the studio recording their new album titled “Refractory Obdurate”. Joining David on this album are musicians Chuck French and Neil Keener (Planes Mistaken For Stars, Git Some), along with longtime percussionist Ordy Garrison.
The album will be released by a partnership of Deathwish in North America and Glitterhouse Records in Europe later in 2014. A release date and specifics will be announced shortly.
In the meantime, familiarize yourself with Wovenhand‘s music on their official site.
Industrial music legends and innovators Skinny Puppy have premiered a video for their song “illisiT” off their newest album WeapoN, released earlier this year. The video, accompanied by the band’s unique style of industrial music, plays out as a mini-movie focusing on the aspects of a police state, persecution, and freedom from technological enslavement. All motifs and themes explored at times in Skinny Puppy‘s music throughout years.
Skinny Puppy are also embarking on a U.S. tour in 2014 which should promise to be an experience for anyone attending.
Jan 24 · Santa Ana CA – THE OBSERVATORY
Jan 25 · San Diego, CA – HOUSE OF BLUES
Jan 27 · Phoenix, AZ – MARQUEE THEATRE
Jan 28 · Albuquerque, NM – SUNSHINE THEATRE
Jan 30 · San Antonio, TX – BACKSTAGE LIVE
Feb 1 · Houston, TX – WAREHOUSE LIVE
Feb 3 · New Orleans, LA – TIPITINAS UPTOWN
Feb 4 · Atlanta, GA – CENTER STAGE THEATER
Feb 5 · Orlando, FL – BEACHAM THEATER
Feb 7 · Miami FL – GRAND CENTRAL
Feb 8 · Tampa FL – THE RITZ YBOR
Feb 10 · Charlotte, NC – AMOS SOUTHEND
Feb 11 · Silver Spring, MD – THE FILLMORE
Feb 13 · Philadelphia, PA – THE TROCADERO
Feb 14 · New York, NY – WEBSTER HALL
Feb 15 · Boston, MA – ROYALE
Feb 16 · Montreal, QC – CLUB SODA
Feb 18 · Toronto, ON – SOUND ACADEMY
Feb 19 · Detroit, MI – THE MAJESTIC
Feb 21 · Chicago, IL – THE VIC