Friday, May 31, 2013

Bronze Radio Return

From the Desks of Stunt Stunt Company:

 Bronze Radio Return Announce New Full-Length Studio Album Up, On & Over – Out June 25th


NEW YORK, NY – Hartford, CT’s own Bronze Radio Return is thrilled to announce their brand new full-length studio album Up, On & Over, due out on June 25th, 2013.  For the new album, the sextet headed down to White Star Sound studios in Louisa, Virginia where they worked with producer Chad Copelin (Ivan & Alyosha, Ben Rector) and tapped 7-time Grammy© Award Winning F. Reid Shippen (Cage The Elephant, Deathcab for Cutie, Mat Kearney) to mix.  The result is a polished collection of Bronze Radio Return’s signature sing-alongable, hand-clappable brand of country-tinged folk-pop.

Fans can already hear the first single from Up, On & Over, “Further On,” thanks to the PGA Tour who picked the track for their national TV ad campaign.  The spot has been so successful since starting to air earlier this year that  it has made “Further On” the band’s best-selling single to date. On the heels of the ad and the single’s success, “Further On” will impact AAA radio on June 3rd via a partnership with DigSin. In addition, Up, On & Over marks the band’s first full-length release since 2011’s breakthrough album Shake! Shake! Shake! – which debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Northeast Regional Heatseekers Chart.  The songs on Shake! Shake! Shake! went on to be synced more than 50 times, with each track on the record being synced at least once.  The album’s title track, “Shake, Shake, Shake,” garnered over 10 syncs of its own, including a worldwide Nissan Leaf ad, an American Idol placement, and more.  Furthermore, the song made waves at AAA radio after being the #2 most added last November, and NPR’s “All Songs Considered” highlighted Bronze Radio Return ahead of this year’s SXSW, dubbing the band “…this year’s fun.,” and earmarked them as one of 20 acts not to miss in Austin.

Bronze Radio Return has spent a majority of time since the release of Shake! Shake! Shake! touring nationally.  To celebrate the release of Up, On & Over, the band will headline a special record release show on June 27th at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom.  Keep your eyes peeled for additional summer appearances, and see below for a full list of confirmed dates.

Visit now for an exclusive album per-order, including a limited edition vinyl pressing of the album. 

May    16th, King’s, Raleigh, NC
           17th CutBait Music Festival, Columbus, GA
           18th Draft on Taft Festival, Atlanta, GA
Jun      8th  Kekoka Music Festival, Kilmarnock, VA
           13th Three Rivers Arts Fest, Pittsburgh, PA
           22nd Cupola Music Festival, Stowe, VT
           27th Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
           28th  The Hamilton, Washington, DC
           29th   Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis, MD
           30th  World Café Live Downstairs, Philadelphia, PA         
Jul        3rd  Inside Out Gallery, Traverse City, MI
            4th  Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, MI
            5th  Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI
            6th   Space, Evanston, IL
            18th  Firebird, St. Louis, MO
            19th  Czar Bar, Kansas City, MO
            20th  Center of the Universe Festival, Tulsa, OK
                23rd  High Watt, Nashville, TN
            26-27th  FloydFest at Blue Cow Pavilion, Floyd, VA
Sept.   21-22nd   Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Bristol, VA

Friday, May 24, 2013

COMICS REVIEW: Jack Davis, "Taint the Meat..."

Hey Mad Magazine and Horror Comics fans! Here's a review I wrote of Jack Davis' "Tales from the Crypt" Tain't the Meat... It's the Humanity! anthology over on Sound on Sight. It's pretty scary: 
Jack Davis

Thursday, May 23, 2013

VIDEO: Sic Alps, "She's On Top"

SONG OF THE DAY: Susana, "Death Hanging"

ON TOUR: Scout Niblett

From the Desks of PitchPerfect PR:



Like the record says, It's Up To Emma - and so, Emma "Scout" Niblett has her guitar and her "Gun" and all her other songs loaded up. Now she's going down the road, feeling glad - because the new album is a bogglingly visceral experience, but taking it into the clubs and in front of the people was her goal from the start. Friends old and new alike will be welcomed in with a show of her deep siren blues and a wicked grin, all put forth with just a guitar and a drumkit behind her. Make time for Scout Niblett - or she'll find you, swear to God...



SCOUT NIBLETT TOUR DATES (new dates in bold):
Fri. May 31 - Mannheim, Germany @ Maifeld Derby Festival
Sat. June 1 - Hamburg, Germany @ Kampnagel
Mon. June 3 - Berlin, Germany @ Volksbuhne
Tue. June 4 - Duisburg, Germany @ Steinbruch
Wed. June 5 - Schorndorf, Germany @ Manufaktur
Thu. June 6 - Brussels, Belgium @ Le Botanique
Sat. June 8 - Paris, France @ Point Ephemere
Sun. June 9 - Cologne, Germany @ Museum Ludwig
Tue. June 11 - Munich, Germany @ Strom
Wed. June 12 - Vienna, Austria @ Chelsea
Thu. June 13 - Graz, Austria @ Postgarage
Fri. June 14 - Innsbruck, Austria @ Die Backerei
Sat. June 15 - Luzern, Switzerland @ B Sides Festival
Mon. June 17 - Lille, France @ La Peniche
Tue. June 18 - London, United Kingdom @ Corsica Studios
Wed. June 19 - Cardiff, United Kingdom @ Buffalo Bar
Thu. June 20 - Leeds, United Kingdom @ Brudenell Social Club
Fri. June 21 - Glasgow, United Kingdom @ Broadcast
Sat. June 22 - Brighton, United Kingdom @ Sticky Mile's
Mon. June 24 - Jena, Germany @ Café Wagner
Wed. June 26 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Lilla Hotellbaren
Thu. June 27 - Oslo, Norway @ Gut Feelings Festival
Thu. Aug. 22 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza *
Fri. Aug. 23 - Vancouver, BC @ Cobalt *
Sat. Aug. 24 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios *
Thu. Aug. 29 - San Francisco, CA @ Café Du Nord *
Fri. Aug. 30 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Mezz *
Sat. Aug. 31 - San Diego, CA @ Tin Can Alehouse *
Tue. Sept. 3 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk
Wed. Sept. 4 - Houston, TX @ Mango's
Thu. Sept. 5 - New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
Fri. Sept. 6 - Atlanta, GA @ 529
Tue. Sept. 10 - Washington, DC @ Black Whiskey ^
Wed. Sept. 11 - Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery ^
Thu. Sept. 12 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie ^
Fri. Sept. 13 - Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus ^
Sat. Sept. 14 - Boston, MA @ Cambridge Elks Lodge ^
Mon. Sept. 16 - Montreal, QC @ Casa del Popolo ^
Tue. Sept. 17 - Toronto, ON @ The Silver Dollar ^
Wed. Sept. 18 - Cleveland, OH @ Mahall's 20 Lanes ^
Thu. Sept. 19 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Warhol Museum (an Evening With)
Fri. Sept. 20 - Lexington, KY @ Boomslang Festival ^
Sat. Sept. 21 - Chicago, IL @ Hideout ^
Sun. Sept. 22 - Minneapolis, MN @ Ice House ^
Fri. Nov. 22-Sat. Nov. 24 - Camber Sands, United Kingdom @ ATP Festival (End of An Era Pt. 1)

 * w/ P.G. Six (Pat Gubler solo)
^ w/ Dope Body

SONG OF THE DAY: Standish/Carlyon, "Subliminally"

Friday, May 17, 2013

VIDEO: Joy Division's Iconic Unkown Pleasures Album

COOL SHIT: "College," photography by Michael Jang


Hello friends and lovers,

We are pleased to announce the SECOND EDITION of one of our best publications. This one is called "COLLEGE" with photography by Michael Jang. As the title suggests, it's photos from his college days from when he went to Cal Arts. It's the 70's. And it is wild. Cameos from his classmates, room mates, teachers, party events, and shows include Pee Wee Herman, Kramer, David Hasslehof, Frank Sinatra, David Bowie, Lee Friedlander, John Baldessari, and more.

The first edition had sold out in 2 days and there seemed to be some of huffing and puffing from the sleepy ones. Ye ask and ye shall receive. Welcome yourself to the second edition feast, which is twice the size of the first. And may ye behold a joyous festivity.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

VIDEO: Burnt Ones, "Web"


From the Desk of PopSkoole PR

Dzierzynski Bitz (as Dzerzhinsky Bitz) is an orchestra of sorts. They can expand their numbers and their sound with musical connections from across the European continent. The Russian band currently calls Ukraine their home. The name, Dzierzynski Bitz, takes a playful stab at a Soviet icon who was sometimes known as Bloody Felix. You can use your imagination to figure out how Old Bloody earned his nickname. Bitz is simply Beat in English, but they're more Bronski Beat than English Beat and more Beatniks than Beatles. They posses a sound that is itself a playful take on Soviet era music. They mix it with new wave. They give it a post-punk attitude and invite the London Swing to engage in a romance with preWar Poland at their Soviet Bloc Party where cocktail jazz is being served in chilled glasses by very chill players. They can whip up a stir with their music that will get your heart fluttering while your feet begin to shuffle.

Dzerzhinsky Bitz first came together in 2007, although the current line-up has been together for just over 9 months. The players are Wojciech Dzierzynski (no relation?) who provides the vocals as well as percussion; Aleksei Rodzinski plays guitar with Max Paradis on keys; Wladislaw Kazimovicz plays the trumpet; Todor Stoiczkow the bass and Krzysztof Grehuta, drums. This core group enlisted the help of fifteen additional musicians to finish their debut album. I II III was released in 2012. The recording was begun in Russia, finished in Ukraine and mixed in London by engineer Joe Hirst (dEUS, Ian Brown, Yasmin). The result is an album possessing international cachet and a global flare. With contributions from their musical friends who supplied the tunes with everything from trumpets and tubas to dulcimers and clarinets, the album has a sweeping sound and a broad appeal to fans of electronic music, pop, rock, even modern jazz. The album cover, made in Poland, adds further to the aura of a journey being embarked upon. It looks, feels and sounds like something that could have been conceived of on the Autobahn while dreaming of the Trans-European Express. It invites you to take a ride and you should.

Looking to the romance of days past is fine for creating atmosphere, but Dzierzynski Bitz are forward thinking always. They have their eyes on the road ahead. They want to bring the beat to the rest of Europe, beyond east and west. North and south as well. They've been as far as Poland but surely they can broaden their horizons further. The English-speaking world doesn't need to shy away from lyrics sung in another language. The international language of music speaks to you first, and besides, you know what these songs are about. You will if you listen.

I II III (2012)
"Podmoskovje  /  Vziat' Siloj" (2013)
"Den’ / Sex w ZSRR” (2010)



Learn More:

VIDEO: Scout Niblett, "Gun"

Ty Segall is Sleeping at the Wheel

SONG OF THE DAY: Hospital Ships, "If It Speaks"

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

VIDEO: Hospital Ships, "Servants"

HOSPITAL SHIPS TOUR DATES (All dates with Appleseed Cast):
May 15th - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
May 16th - Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Bar
May 17th - Los Angeles, CA @ Undertow Living Room Show (purchase tickets for location)
May 18th - Costa Mesa, CA @ Detroit Bar
May 19th - San Diego, CA @ Casbah
May 20th - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
May 21st - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
May 22nd - Amarillo, TX @ Undertow Living Room Show (purchase tickets for location)

Hospital Ships Online:

NEWS: Drag City to Release Andy Kaufman Comedy Album

From the Desk of Pitch Perfect PR


Andy Kaufman changed the worlds of comedy and performance in the 1970s, showing fans and friends alike a determination to follow put-ons into territory no one had ever even considered "comic" before. His fervor was so intense that when he passed away suddenly in 1984, it seemed as if the ultimate disappearing act had been staged; one that some people believe is still ongoing, with the reveal soon to come.

Among the many things that Andy achieved in his lifetime (and in the years following), a phonograph album release, the staple of stand-up comedians in his time, never happened - until now. Andy and His Grandmother is material never heard before, a skimming from 82 hours of micro-cassette tapes that Andy recorded during 1977-79. Andy regarded the micro-tape recorder as a fantastic new way of capturing his hoaxing, and carried it with him everywhere, for use at any given moment. Real life was the ultimate frontier for him, and these tapes demonstrate the heart of Andy's comedy. With gusto, he involves those closest to him, as well as total strangers, in put-ons, falsehoods and other provocations, pushing the limit on logic and emotional investment in everyday situations from the trivial to the deeply personal until any suspension of disbelief is out of the question for all involved, and everyone becomes fully immersed in whatever scenario Andy is suggesting as the new reality.

With so much material on hand, Drag City turned to a writer, producer and comedian whose resume indicated to us that he was a true child of Kaufman's twisted talent. Since the late 90s, Vernon Chatman's work has been experienced by television viewers and aficionados of South Park, Wonder Showzen, Xavier: Renegade Angel, The Heart She Holler, and Doggie Fizzle Televizzle, as well as fans of the Drag City DVD release Final Flesh. Vernon dug deeply into the tapes, working with editor Rodney Ascher (director of the notorious, controversial, and even acclaimed Room 237 documentary) to come up with a concept for a single LP that would include several dozen excerpts. Along the way, Vernon produced several tracks, adding effects to pieces that were clearly unfinished (in particular, "Sleep Comedy") and drafting SNL's Bill Hader to provide narration for the journey. The finished album, with liner notes from Vernon and Kaufman cohort Bob Zmuda is a work of comedy for our times - one that was performed over thirty years agoAndy And His Grandmother is out July 16th on Drag City.

1. Andy Is Making A Record
2. Andy And His Grandmother
3. Andy's Land Live
4. Andy Loves His Tape Recorder
5. Slice Of Life
6. Andy Goes To the Movies
7. Kick In the Pants
8. Andy Can Talk to Animals
9. I'm Not Capable Of Having A Relationship
10. Hookers
11. Andy And His Grandmother Go For A Drive
12. Sleep Comedy
13. [HONK] vs. [DOG] A
14. [HONK] vs. [DOG] B
15. Andy Goes For A Taxi Ride
16. Andy's English Friend Paul
17. I Want Those Tapes

VIDEO: "Immunity," John Hopkins

SONG OF THE DAY: "Iodine," When Saints Go Machine

NEW Adam Gnade Cassette Released!



Out now!

Adam Gnade & The Hot Earth All-Stars, AMERICANS (Blessing Force) deluxe cassette/download box-set

International orders listen/order here at Blessing Force

US orders here at Pioneers Press.

The result of an exhaustive week-long recording/writing binge, the songs on the Blessing Force-released AMERICANS range from ecstatic "talking-song" anthems carried along with soaring lap-steel and gospel backing vocals to hush-talked, noise-damaged, Gowns-ian goth-country bummers.

It's a lot crammed into six songs; a full deconstructed Americana revue based around three separate storylines (a companion to Gnade's forthcoming novel, Caveworld), complete with allusions to stripmalls, juggalos, Pretzel Time, the stars of NASCAR, humid nights, the Little Bighorn, children, the 2012 election, loan sharks, debt, watertowers, Indian reservations, big American cars, etc.

If Gnade's earlier solo folk recordings pioneered a kind of spoken trailerpark blues, the AMERICANS EP feels more like the stage-five tornado that destroys the whole trailerpark and gives way to new life amidst the ruins. Let's hear it for The New...

1. Hello America
2. The Whole Lonesome Thing
3. The Ballad of Tom Bluefeather
4. You Got Mean
5. Supper’s Waiting On The Table
6. This Is The End OF Something (But Its Not The End Of You)


ROCK SHOW: The Body @ The Bottle, Chicago Tonight

Chip "The Body" King
From the desk of Thrill Jockey:

Portland-based progenitors of aural horror The Body will play at The Empty Bottle this Tuesday, May 14th along with Masaki Batoh's Brain Pulse Music and Jason Ajemian & Michael Zerang. 

The Body recently released a new EP on At A Loss Recordings, and will soon be recording a new LP for release this fall on Thrill Jockey. 

Info and Tickets:

The Body music videos: 
"The Ebb and Flow of Tides in a Sea of Ash" -

More info

Monday, May 13, 2013

Cassette Review: Der Todesking, Real Bomb

Real Bomb Cassette [XO Tapes]
Named for the bleak as fuck German death flick in which a violent suicide or murder is depicted for each day of the ever-lovin' week, Der Todesking (Death King), let you know right up front just what kind of creeped out aesthetic they’re into. It’s horror-core punk rock with a real bummer edge. The Real Bomb cassette is nine songs of dirty grit, grime, knives, fire and flame. With screaming, growling vocals and nasty unpolished noise, D.T. get right up in your face with it. There's a nod to seminal SoCal hardcore band Black Flag in  “Playing with Knives” which has its own take on “Six Pack”:

“I’ve got a knife with nothing to do/I’ve got a knife and I don’t need you.” 

And “Arson” gives similar props to The Descendents' own “Suburban Home” and their desire to (not) be stereotyped and classified, thank you very much. Scary like punk rock usta was and should be again—J. Germ [Der Todesking]

Friday, May 10, 2013

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Muggsy's Rock Pick: Black Pus, Oozing Wound, Mounds

Black Pus, Oozing Wound, Mounds @ Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL

One of these band names doesn't belong here. One of these band names is not the same.

Monday, May 06, 2013

Muggsy's Rock Pick: Bill Callahan

Bill Callahan @ The Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago, IL

Callahan is gonna "plant" some tunes on you at the Garfield Park Conservatory that he hopes "leaves" you breathless.