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Purling Hiss "Water On Mars" out March 18, 2012
Known for their half-corroded, screaming roar of high-end guitars crushed together, obliterating vocals and drums with their singular assault, Purling Hiss have now broken out of the basement, run through the bedroom and are now out in the streets, blasting one of the great guitar albums in the past couple minutes. Water On Mars is Purling Hiss's first recording outside the fuzzy confines of Mike Polizze's inner rock utopia, where the first three albums and EP were constructed in solitude with a home-recording setup. Over the past couple years, Mike's been working with a band and fine-tuning new songwriting ideas while playing shows all over the place. Now, Purling Hiss projects their sounds and ideas onto a new platform, with a visceral and soulful presence. Now there is a center to the Hiss maelstrom, with Polizze's guitars slugging, sizzling and spiralling their way around the rhythm throb.
It's a tumble of hits and ragers, sewing together nine new Purling Hiss celebration laments out of their usual patches of distortion, singing melodies and unexpected production hoohah - but this time the unexpected part is how the guitars gleam so precisely as they pile upon each other, how they work alongside of the rhythm section rather than avalanching it. And how the songs embody a variety of Hiss-teric moods, from the gutbusting bellow of "Lolita" and "Face Down" through the acoustic flatline of "Dead Again," the aromatic slide guitars and piano within "She Calms Me Down," the anthemish surge of "Rat Race" and the wailing march-jam, "Water On Mars."
Polizze lyricises like a poet of the disaffected, shifting from aggro to slack and back over the course of a song; the production highlights the schiz by buffing the raw power into a streamlined blast, hitting down hard and covering a lot of ground in just over a half hour. Purling Hiss have a deeply satisfying way of drawing from the red, white and blue wells of 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s rock to inform their own sound, giving things a retro ring while doing what they do in the Philadelphia of today - and no other time could apply, really. Water On Mars is heavy stuff from Purling Hiss, unknotting the strings that tangled all their previous records together so righteously to reveal - another, greater storm within.
Track Listing: Lolita - Mercury Retrograde - Rat Race - Dead Again - She Calms Me Down - Face Down - The Harrowing Wind - Water On Mars - Mary Bumblebee
Purling Hiss Online Here
RANGDA SHARE “MAJNUN,” TRACK OFF BRAND NEW ALBUM, FORMERLY EXTINCT
With the release date for Rangda's brand new record Formerly Extinct looming, we present “Majnun” as an offering.
Premiered on SPIN, the latest track from the wizards of psych is newFANGled and shrouded by ancestral awakenings, boring deep into the layers of consciousness along the path to enlightenment.
Like “Majnun,” the full-length record Formerly Extinct lives large -- no matter how small the arch overhead -- and is available for your discovery September 17th on Drag City.
As a reminder, here are the european tour dates (more to be announced soon):
6/10/2012 Les Ateliers Claus, Brussels, Belgium
7/10/2012 Merleyn, Nijmegen, Netherlands
8/10/2012 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
9/10/2012 Kulturrampe, Krefeld, Germany
15/10/2012 Grrnd Zero, Lyon, France
17/10/2012 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, United Kingdom
18/10/2012 Corsica Studios, London, United Kingdom
19/10/2012 SWN Festival, Cardiff, United Kingdom
20/10/2012 Supersonic Festival, Birmingham, United Kingdom
“Desert-bleached, spiritually minded, guitar-strangling superdupergroup Rangda — that's Sir Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls), Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance) and spazz-jazz freaktopus Chris Corsano — have returned for another round of Eastern-infected, fuzz-blustering Cormac McCarthycore. The Nels-on-peyote, coyboy Meshuggah head-knock of "Majnun," is built on an infectious ostinato that spirals heavenward into a sun-mugging cloud-shred breakdown.” --Chris Weingarten
WATCH TY SEGALL’S “THE HILL” VIDEO; NEW ALBUM, TWINS, OUT OCT. 8 ON DRAG CITY
TOUR WITH THEE OH SEES KICKS OFF THIS WEEK
Today, Ty Segall shares with the world his brand new video for the hit single, “The Hill,” released last week on Drag City. Watch it below and via NPR Music, where it premiered earlier this morning, and relive the dominance of “The Hill” featuring Thee Oh Sees’ Brigid Dawson, alongside the man and video creator, himself. “The Hill” video serves to remind that Twins, the megaship from which "The Hill" originates, is all the way out on October 8th, and that Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees kick off a North American tour this week!
Keep your trousers pressed and buckled, 'cause Ty Segall's is also rocketing straight back towards your european coordinates on this astral plane. Due to the mass insanity created by his all-too-brief run 'cross Europe in August, Ty Segall announces a whole new tour just in time for the release of his hit "The Hill" single! Right - what you're experiencing now is a little bit like a one man American Invasion, what with Segall records that won't stop suddenly appearing and destroying your mind, these brand new Ty tour dates and a dense new batch of jams to look f'oerward to. It's as if nothing's happened since 2011's Goodbye Bread - and no, we're not taking the piss. We know that nearly everything has happened since 2011! No matter which way you slice his sides, Ty Segall simply sprouts new records like Hydra heads, faster than you can burn the stumps! With new Ty Segall albums suddenly appearing and destroying your mind, and a dense new batch of jams to look forward to, tickets for these upcoming shows are sure to be sold out everywhere Ty plays.
Twins, though, Twins is a whole new beast, the likes of which you've yet not faced; please, be on the lookout as the beast rumbles towards you! It's maned head has elephantiasis, sythesizes its own fuel and re-animates like the demented father of all lion-faced earthworms - it will consume you. Luckily, once inside the belly of the Twins beast, you'll have no problems getting tickets for what will surely be sold out performances everywhere Ty plays! Without further ado, we give you the fully realized Ty Segall tour of November, 2012. Reporting from the future, we can confirm: these dates, along with the release of Twins on October 8, are of the greatest societal importance to 2012, this once-and-for-all earth-year for all of humanity!
THE BAND THAT NEVER LEFT, THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION!
BACK WITH 'MEAT AND BONE'!
THE BLUES IS STILL #1!!!
Meat And Bone is the first studio album by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion in eight years. This is straight-up, Grade A Blues Explosion, produced and mixed by Mr. Spencer himself, with no special guests. Meat And Bone is 12 prime cuts of raw rock’n’roll recorded on Sly Stone's "Riot" Flickinger console at the legendary Key Club Recording Studio in Benton Harbor, MI, and mixed in the jungles of New York City. Judah Bauer, Russell Simins, and Jon Spencer continue to blow minds with their fusillade of energy and rhythm, and have once again proven that The Blues Is # 1!
The new album comes on the heels of the meticulous and loving 2010 reissues of the band’s Mute
releases, including classics 'Extra Width', 'Orange', and 'Now I Got Worry', and more recently, the re-release of the long out-of-print legendary Pussy Galore back catalogue. It was amid this period of looking back, that Spencer, Simins and Bauer began the process of moving forward.
Says Jon Spencer: "We still have that psychic glue that allows us to create music together. Over the course of a year touring and writing new songs and recording, we rediscovered our shared history as a band. We circled the wagons, and went back to our roots. In a way this is almost like another first album."
On stage and in the studio, Jon Spencer has destroyed and rebuilt American roots music with such ferocity and wild abandon that it's hard to believe there is anything left. It's been twenty years since The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion first pressed 'record', and twenty years since Spencer and his A-Team of sonic terrorists tore up the indie-rock landscape with fever and a visceral, untouchable vision of rock'n'roll that did for a new wave of blues-punk primitivists what Helen of Troy's face did for the armada.
But make no mistake: Jon Spencer was there first. He is the original. It was his sanctified outbursts and blues-bending riffs that began the new-fangled roots rock revolution and spawned countless imitators. With Pussy Galore he gargled with the Stones and Stooges and wrestled with industrial noise and fuzzed-out fucked-up sixties garage crud… with Blues Explosion he drove furiously into the future with incendiary spirit built from courage, audacity, and revolt. Nothing has been the same since.
Meat And Bone track listing:
1. Black Mold
2. Bag Of Bones
3. Boot Cut
4. Get Your Pants Off
5. Ice Cream Killer
6. Strange Baby
7. Bottle Baby
9. Black Thoughts
11. Bear Trap
'MEAT AND BONE' IS RELEASED SEPTEMBER 17TH IN EUROPE ON BRONZE RAT /MUNICH RECORDS
TOUR DATES :
July 07 LIEGE, BE, LES ARDENTS FESTIVAL
July 08 GIERLE, BE, GIERLE SJOCK FESTIVAL
July 09 BORDEAUX, FR, LE ROCHER DE PALMER
July 10 PERPIGNON, FR, DEFERLANTES FESTIVAL
July 12 BILBAO, ES, BILBAO BBK LIVE / FESTIVAL
July 13 MILANO, IT, MAGNOLIA OPEN AIR
July 14 ANCONA, IT, LAZARETTO
July 15 MARTIGNY, CH, CAVES DU MANOIR
July 16 STUTTGART, DE, SCHOCKEN
Aug 09 SIBENIK, CR, TERRANEO FESTIVAL
Aug 13 AMSTERDAM, NL, CLUB ZIGGO
November/December Euro Dates Announced Soon!
For your free download of "Black Mold", visit this Pitchfork exclusive, where you will find your free download widget :
Sic Alps Announce Self-Titled Fifth Album, Out September 10 On Drag City
LISTEN TO “GLYPHS,” THE LUSH FIRST HIT SINGLE
With the self-titled Sic Alps album now ready to hit on September 10th via Drag City (Munich Records), we’re looking at another fresh dawn in the storied history of a band. But what really is the story anyway?
During Pavement’s “One More for the Money” tour of 2010, Sic Alps played some British gigs with them – it’s been written that during one long night in Brixton, Stephen Malkmus was heard uttering within shot of a microphone that Sic Alps would be one of the most important bands of the next ten years. Not that we’re inclined to disagree, but Malkmus is a habitual liar, so who knows how apocryphal one can really be about that.
All speculation aside, here are the facts as we know them: Sic Alps will be the fifth album from Sic Alps, if you include the compilation album Long Way Around to a Shortcut, which we do. There’s been a number of singles and some splits and who knows, we may be looking at a second way around to a shortcut someday soon. First though, we deal with the cracking and recasting of the mold that comes when you start to hear the sounds of Sic Alps. And lest you be deprived of that gentle bombshell, that first sting of strings, we present the leadoff track to the record, “Glyphs,” premiered earlier today on Pitchfork.
Listen to Sic Alps’ “Glyphs here: http://www.dragcity.com/system/tracks/downloads/5409/original/1-01_Glyphs.mp3
Sic Alps Tracklisting:
2. God Bless Her, I Miss Her
3. Lazee Son
4. Polka Vat
5. Wake Up, It’s Over II
6. Drink Up!
7. Tylacine Man
9. Rock Races
10. See You On The Slopes
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