The United Kingdom’s greatest cult band Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats are to return with their fourth full-length studio album The Night Creeper on September 4 via Rise Above Records. In support of the release they will also be embarking on their largest and longest tour to date, with a variety of US shows which can be viewed below.
Recorded at Toe Rag Studios in early 2015 with engineer Liam Watson (White Stripes, Tame Impala, Electric Wizard), The Night Creeper oozes louche evil. Hear flesh-melting riffs that creep like hot magma bubbling up through the earth’s crust combine with an ear for melody born out of the bands love for girl groups like The Ronettes and The Shangri-La’s. This is Sabbath-meets-Spector and it’s a heady combination.
The Night Creeper has a distinct concept as a starting point. “The idea is that this album could have started life as an old cheap, grime-covered 25 cent pulp paperback like the type sold at news-stands outside train stations,” says enigmatic band leader Kevin Starrs. “But then perhaps it is adapted into a film noir, which itself is then re-made twenty years later as an ultraviolent, slasher Italian Giallo film. The album follows this aesthetic lineage as it descends from trash to noir to something discernibly darker...”
Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats have been called many things: a subversive, dark-hearted, pop band who sing about death and murder; a psyche-frazzling heavy psychedelic band; the greatest cult quartet in the British rock scene by a country mile; the heirs apparent to the dark satanic majesty of both The Beatles and Black Sabbath. They exist in their own self-created world; hoovering up trash/pop culture and spitting it back out in hot chunks of finely hewn riffola and righteous rock ‘n roll noise.
Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats’ breakthrough album Blood Lust (2011) was an homage to British Hammer and folk horror films of the 1970s, a candle-lit head-trip of withered hands, ritual knives and gallows ropes. Mind Control (2013) looked further afield, to the post-Charles Manson US for inspiration: Jim Jones dosing the Kool-Aid, Blue Cheer, Blue Oyster Cult, B-movie biker movies, war, Watergate, serial killers, and suicidal TV evangelists. Now comes The Night Creeper, their darkest journey yet.
The Night Creeper will be released on September 4 via Rise Above Records. Check out the band’s North American tour dates below.
9/9 at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA
9/11 at Baltimore Sound Stage in Baltimore, MD
9/12 at Webster Hall in New York, NY
9/13 at Union Transfer in Philadelphia, PA
9/14 at Royale in Boston, MA
9/16 at Corona Theater in Montreal, QC
9/17 at Phoenix Theater in Toronto, ON
9/18 at Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh, PA
9/19 at Metro in Chicago, IL
9/20 at Mill city Nights in Minneapolis, MN
9/22 at Summit Theater in Denver, CO
9/23 at Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City, UT
9/25 at Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC
9/26 at El Corazon in Seattle, WA
9/27 at Wonder Ballroom in Portland, OR
9/29 at Slims in San Francisco, CA
9/30 at Slims in San Francisco, CA
10/1 at The Fonda Theater in Los Angeles, CA
10/2 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA
Toronto legend k-os’ insightful approach to music making has proven he is an artist with boundless limits, and certainly not one that appeases to fluctuating mainstream trends, in which his 2005 Grammy Nomination can attest. It’s been 10 years since k-os’ transformative sophomore release, Joyful Rebellion, and the artist has spent the past decade trying to explore the movement of hip-hop into infinite new possibilities. Now, k-os is proud to reveal his new album Can’t Fly Without Gravity out on August 28 via Dine Alone Records. In anticipation for the full release, we are now getting a preview with single “Spaceship” which premiered on Okayplayer.
“Spaceship” is a self-affirming track with spirited choruses and confessional verses that offer a glimpse of what youth was like for the hip-hop visionary and what lead him to music in the first place. The MC makes a firm pledge to truth and ideals and accepts the isolation that may come with it. K-os admits it was a hard track to release:
“I was initially scared to release this song - it was supposed to be on my last record Black On Blonde, but I was too shook to release it. It's a vulnerable tune. Sometimes in rap you always wanna present the hardest most secure side of yourself. So when you create a track that embodies a child like essence it's confusing simply because you're not a child anymore. At the end of it all 'Spaceship' takes me back to the record JoyfuL RebelLion - before I was known and before I had an image to protect. It’s like a short biography of my rap life. And even though it's not the hardest or darkest track in the world, fact is human beings aren't always hard and dark. How would you know what was dark If you didn't experience the light? A knife can't cut itself.”
Can’t Fly Without Gravity captures all of the different sides that make up k-os’ musical DNA. It’s an affirmation that “the forces which pull you down are simply put there to inspire you to rise above them’ and promises to be a more stripped-down, holistic effort than its highly conceptual predecessor, Black on Blonde. However, the rock vs. rap dialectic at that album’s core still guides k-os on a more philosophical level. It’s not just a question of reconciling disparate musical styles, but of different workflow strategies. To be k-os in 2015 is to find the happy medium between hip-hop’s penchant for rapid-fire releases and perpetual stylistic mutation with a more measured approach and timeless aspirations of rock n roll artists—all while engineering his music for a post-EDM pop landscape that has not only changed listeners’ tastes, but their very physiology. Welcome to the great beyond.
Upcoming tour dates:
August 8 – Squamish, BC – Squamish Valley Music Festival 2015
September 5 – Edmonton, AB – Sonic Boom Festival
September 6 – Calgary, AB – X Fest
*more tour dates to be announced soon
For Savannah, GA’s Kylesa, made up of Phillip Cope, Laura Pleasants and Carl McGinley, their seventh album, Exhausting Fire via Season of Mist, provides a crowning example of the positive output that comes at the hands of their incendiary and powerful, yet nuanced and colorful framework. Due out October 2, Kylesa has just shared the lead single from Exhausting Fire, “Lost and Confused.” The track is now available to hear and share onSoundcloud. In support of the release they will also be embarking on a tour across the US, tour dates are below.
Following on the heels of the artistic broad jumps the band has exhibited since forming in 2001, Exhausting Fire hurls even more rulebook pages out the tour van window as Kylesa further explore and incorporate psychedelic rock, new wave, space-age twangy Americana, 80s goth and death rock into their pitch-thick DIY punk/metal roots. But as much as change is a constant in their world, there exists connective tissue to the past despite Exhausting Fire being the most diverse, dynamic and fully-realized work of their discography.
In writing Exhausting Fire, the trio found themselves culling inspirations before getting together in various permutations at various times to wade through the amassed collections of riffs and ideas stockpiled before, during and after the punishing Ultraviolet tour schedule. Another curve Exhausting Fire throws at the listener is the manner in which the co-vocalists emerge sounding infinitely more comfortable and confident working as an integrative unit. The pair expertly dodge and weave around one another as an homage to the stratified spirit of their psychedelic influences while respecting the context of the song.
Captured at the familiar confines of the Jam Room in Columbia, SC, Exhausting Fire sees the trio immersing themselves deeper into themselves and their own process by refusing to hire an outside producer to assume Cope’s position. In fact, he reports having additional engineering duties dropped into his production seat, and spending more hours than ever working behind the board. In that sense, it’s not difficult to take the band at their word when Cope describes Exhausting Fire as “an album we really put our hearts on our sleeves for. We’ve always done that, but emotionally, it’s probably the most honest and raw album we’ve ever done.”
“No band sounds like us and we don’t sound like any other band,” concludes Pleasants. “After all these years of experimenting with different styles and sounds, we’ve really developed our own thing and I can faithfully say that we sound like us. With this album, we’ve successfully made a record that incorporates all the elements we’ve always played with into a record that works on its own.”
8/29 in Durham, NC at Motorco
8/31 in Charlottesville, Va at The Southern
9/1 in New York, NY at Gramercy Theater
9/2 in Montreal, QC at Cafe Campus
9/3 in Toronto, ON at Mod Club Theater
9/4 in Chicago, IL at Reggie's
9/5 in St. Louis, MO at Ready Room
9/6 in Louisville, KY at Zanzabar
9/7 in Augusta, GA at Sky City
10/6 in St. Petersburg, FL at State Theatre
10/7 in Miami, FL at Grand Central
10/8 in Orlando, FL at The Social
10/9 in Savannah, GA at Jinx
10/10 in Asheville, NC at New Mountain
10/13 in Columbus, OH at The Basement
10/14 in Grand Rapids, MI at Pyramid Scheme
10/16 in Cleveland, OH at Grog Shop
10/17 in Pittsburgh, PA at Altar Bar
10/19 in Boston, MA at Brighton Music Hall
10/20 in Philadelphia, PA at Black Box at Underground Arts
10/23 in Richmond, VA at The Broadberry
10/24 in Washington, DC at Rock & Roll Hotel
10/25 in Atlanta, GA at The Drunken Unicorn
11/6 in Pomona, CA at The Glass House
11/7 in Los Angeles, CA at The Fonda Theatre
11/8 in San Francisco, CA at The Fillmore
11/10 in San Diego, CA at The Irenic
11/11 in Phoenix, AZ at Club Red
11/13 in Austin, TX at Red 7
11/14 in Houston, TX at Warehouse Live
11/15 in Dallas, TX at The Prophet Bar
11/17 in Colorado Springs, CO at The Black Sheep
11/18 in Denver, CO at Summit Music Hall
11/19 in Salt Lake City, UT at The Complex
11/20 in Boise, ID at Neurolux
11/21 in Portland, OR at Hawthorne Theatre
11/22 in Seattle, WA at The Crocodile
On the heels of two platinum Greek releases, headlining major festivals and gracing the covers of music and fashion magazines in her homeland, Monika is thrilled to announce her 3rd studio album, Secret In The Dark, available October 2 worldwide via Other Music Recording Co. Recorded at the Daptone-renowned Dunham Sounds Studios (Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley, Dan Auerbach) and produced by Dap-Kings & Menahan Street Band founding member Homer Steinweiss, the album breathes generational genre-spanning influences.
A distinctly New York album with a breezy Mediterranean heart, Secret In The Dark is a cunningly crafted record of ‘80s art pop infused with organic leftfield disco tones. Title track “Secret In The Dark” calls upon the genre’s forefathers with its own contemporary edge and irresistible bass line. Featuring Andrew Wyatt (Miike Snow, Mark Ronson), “Shake Your Hands” is a soulful dancefloor-ready single of layered horns, funky guitar, vocals and percussion that build to an epic breakdown. Syncopated, operatic vocals slice into shimmering synths and driving bass, creating a dark, ethereal soundscape on “Stripping.”
“Stripping” premieres with FADER and is available to post & share HERE!
Amassing a dream-team of musicians, Homer Steinweiss, Thomas Brenneck, Nick Movshon, Victor Axelrod, Leon Michels, and others from the Brooklyn scene join Monika on Secret In The Dark. Fans will have a special early chance to experience the funk-pop extravaganza live at Brooklyn’s Union Pool on July 9. Be sure to catch Monika live and stay tuned for more news coming soon!
All Signs Point To Yes is the first solo release from Tokyo Police Club bandleader Dave Monks. Made up of six songs, the EP was released this summer via Dine Alone Records and is available for purchase now on iTunes.
Dave has now shared his second music video from the EP for the track “The Rules.” Premiering on Paste today, the video was directed by Chris Schoonover who described the creative process by saying, “When we started working on this video, Dave and I had discussed a few different story lines, but nothing seemed quite right. Since the album shoot was 60's inspired, we decided to look at promotional music videos from that time. Most of them are b-roll, live shows and footage from recording dates slapped together. We decided to go in that direction, but with a performance cut in to hold it all together. It was important to us that Dave act like himself in this video. I think one can see all the different types of Dave: Good times Dave, Stylish Dave, Pensive Dave, Musical Dave, and Dad-joke Dave. The video makes you want to hang out with Dave Monks in an undetermined location and time.”
“The Rules” is now available to watch and share on YouTube.
All Signs Point To Yes was written and completed over the latter half of 2013, while Monks was falling in love with a new person and a new place. Inspired by that romantic relationship and a move from Toronto to Brooklyn, Monks sought to hone in on the honesty in his songwriting, stripping away other sounds in order to focus the spotlight on his voice and acoustic guitar. The result is an EP of fully formed, earnest, and insightful songs that serve as both a natural evolution and familiar embrace of Monks’ music.
Removing the other instruments also revealed a creative freedom for Monks, inspiring a simplicity and directness to which all songwriters aspire. “As I was writing these songs I just thought, ‘What if this is the song, what if it just starts with me and I don’t have to add anything else and I can embrace all the things that come most naturally to me?’ There’s definitely less stuff to hide behind.”
Settled in his new place in Bushwick, Monks embraced the collaborative spirit and structure of New York City, adding a new bass player and drummer to the project while sharing songs constantly with his girlfriend and other musician friends. “It’s definitely honest,” he says of his voice on the EP, which he recorded himself in his apartment before handing over to be mixed by Rob Schnapf. “It could be too honest for some people but I’m in a really good spot and wrote a bunch of sweet songs. I appreciate the connection that comes from sharing something that somebody might not have seen, that’s not visible to the naked eye. People do relate to it, and I find that super rewarding; that drives me in a lot of ways. I’m trying to understand what people really want to get out of music.”
Despite all its sincerity and intimacy, All Signs Points To Yes still manages to avoid being too wistful or overly serious while still giving us a very real look into the life of its singer. It is a small record with a big heart, a snapshot of a man in a new time and new place who is learning to expand his reach, all while stripping away the superfluous and concentrating on connecting through trust, humor, and sincerity.
All Signs Point To Yes Tracklisting
9/22 in Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground*
9/23 in Portland, ME @ The State Theatre*
9/24 in Providence, RI @ Lupos*
9/25 in New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place*
* w/ Lord Huron
Brooklyn’s Sharkmuffin venture into the realm of psychedelia on their newest video for “Chartreuse,” which premiered on Death + Taxes. The summer-inspired music video involving mini-golf, sunbathing, and drink spiking was directed by Darkwing’s Rich Gold, and it’s in support of the group’s titular track off Chartreuse, their debut LP released earlier this month on State Capitol Records.
When asked to comment on the video, Sharkmuffin said, “If you mess with Sharkmuffin, we'll drug you and make you play in our band.” Free drugs and membership into an established band like Sharkmuffin sounds more like a Kickstarter perk than a threat.
If you’re in the New York area, make sure to welcome the duo home from their extensive tour on September 1st @ Brooklyn Bowl.
Paul D. Miller is most well-known under his “constructed persona” of DJ Spooky That Subliminal
Kid. He has recorded a huge volume of music and collaborated with a wide variety of musicians and composers, among them Iannis Xenakis, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Kronos Quartet, Pierre Boulez, Steve Reich, Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore and many others.
His latest release under the DJ Spooky moniker is the fully recorded score of the Rebirth of a Nation film, which is now available in physical and digital formats. The soundtrack is featured as a new release on Spotify and you can check out more information about the record here.
Conceived as a remix and re-imagination of director D.W. Griffith’s infamously racist 1915 silent film The Birth of a Nation, Rebirth of a Nation, recorded with Kronos Quartet, is a controversial and culturally significant project that examines how, in Miller’s words, “...exploitation and political corruption still haunt the world to this day, but in radically different forms.”
Originally commissioned in 2004 by the Lincoln Center Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Weiner Festwochen, and the Festival d’Automne a Paris, the project was Miller’s first large-scale multimedia performance piece, and has been performed around the world, from the Sydney Festival to the Herod Atticus Amphitheater, more than fifty times. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the original film’s release, as well as the sesquicentennial of the end of the American Civil War, which Griffith also depicted in the film. Now, in 2015, and in the wake of tragic events that have sparked a national dialog on race in America, Rebirth of a Nation’s commentary is more relevant than ever.
“The Birth of a Nation focused on how America needed to create a fiction of African-American culture,” Miller told the Tribeca Film Festival in 2007. “It’s in tune with the fabrication of ‘whiteness’ that under-girded American thought throughout most of the last several centuries, and it floats out in the world of cinema as an enduring, albeit totally racist, epic tale of an America that, in essence, never existed.”
“We need now more than ever to see the context that early cinema offers us,” Miller says today. “As my old friend Saul Williams likes to say: Another World Is Possible. A remix of a film as deeply important and problematic as The Birth of a Nation reminds us that these issues still linger with us at every level.”
The DVD version of Rebirth of a Nation is from a new print that DJ Spooky uses specifically for live performances, with visual effects by PanOptic’s Gary Breslin and Adam Lewin. On August 28, Cantaloupe Music will release the film’s full soundtrack, which marks the first time the project’s entire score, recorded in San Francisco in 2007 by Kronos Quartet, will be made available on CD and digital streaming services, including Spotify. Artwork and packaging have been designed by the Brooklyn-based Cloud Chamber collective, and feature stills from the original film. Check out the full track list and media page link below.
Track List for the Rebirth of a Nation Soundtrack
1. The Broken Compass (Intro Theme) 1:29
2. A Nation Divided 5:16
3. North Isn’t South 2:58
4. The Most Dangerous Woman in America 3:17
5. Stoneman 3:24
6. Cameron 4:10
7. The Parallax Waltz 4:44
8. Gettysburg Requiem 4:35
9. What Would Moses Say? 6:12
10. Lincoln and Booth Get Acquainted 5:50
11. Dixie As Anti-Utopia 4:13
12. Blackface (We Are All Sharecroppers Now) 5:45
13. Getting Biblical 3:33
14. The Election and Results: The New Montage 3:39
15. Gus, Elsie, Silas and The Klan 6:03
16. Black Militia 2:06
17. Ride of The Klansmen 6:13
18. The Next Election 3:41
19. Ghost of a Smile 2:04
Political punk act, Worriers, reveal their new video “Chasing” with Stereogum fromImaginary Life, the band’s debut LP out now via Don Giovanni Records. Toying with the idea of seeing things for what they really are versus wishful thinking, the “Chasing” video places the album’s central themes of youth, passion, rebellion, and truth at the forefront.
Imaginary Life is a collection of fast and infectious guitars, anthemic lyrics and unyielding vocals that reinforce the powerful punk prowess fans have come to expect. Produced byLaura Jane Grace of Against Me! and recorded/mixed by Marc Jacob Hudson (Saves The Day, Against Me!), the record solidifies Worriers’ formidable voice, resonating stronger than ever in both sound and message.
The “Chasing” video premiered today with Stereogum.
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In celebration of the new album, Worriers are currently set on a North American tour that will continue into the fall with Beach Slang and Lithuania. Be sure to catch their energetic live show in a city near you.
* = w/ Beach Slang and Lithuania
9/18: Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
9/19: Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn
9/20: Worchester, MA @ The Firehouse
9/21: Portland, ME @ Poland Street
9/22: Boston, MA @ The Middle East - Upstairs
9/23: Buffalo, NY @ Sugar City
9/24: Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups (w/ Sheer Mag)
9/25: Detroit, MI @ Trumbullplex
9/26: Chicago, IL @ The Burlington
9/27: Minneapolis, MN @ Hexagon
9/28: Milwaukee, WI @ High Dive
9/30: Bloomington, IN @ Kreuger Castle
10/2: Syracuse, NY @ Spark
10/3: Ithaca, NY @ Chanti-Loft
10/29: Tampa, FL @ Pre-Fest
10/31:Gainesville, FL @ The Fest
11/2: Nashville, TN @ The End*
11/3: St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird*
11/4: Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall*
11/7: Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court*
11/8: Boise, ID @ The Watercooler*
11/9: Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project*
11/10: Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt*
11/11: Portland, OR @ Analog Cafe*
11/12: San Francisco, CA @ The Rickshaw Stop*
11/14: Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg*
11/15: Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge*
11/17: Austin, TX @ Mohawk*
11/18: Dallas, TX @ Doubewide*
11/20: Springfield, MO @ The Outland Ballroom*
11/22: Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar*
11/23: Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Place — The Cave*
11/24: Allston MA @ Great Scott*