Friday, May 29, 2009

Collapsing (Un)Sanity

I am and ever shall be a rabid Unsane fan. If they came out with a new album every year I would still hunger for more. So when Celan's first album, Halo arrived and I saw that Chris Spencer was involved I made that same "yelping" noise I made when Cutthroats 9 arrived, (though not quite as loudly as when Unsane got back together).

Celan is named after the Jewish/German poet Paul Celan and features the aforementioned Unsane alum, Chris Spencer, Ari Benjamin Meyers of Einstürzende Neubauten/Redux Orchestra, Niko Wenner of Oxbow and Philipp Korner and Xavi Thiem of the now defunt German Noise-Spazz band flu.ID Elements are present from each member although Spencers influence dominates. This is great news for those of us who wouldn't have it any other way.

If you're an Unsane fan, you'll love it. If you're an Oxbow or flu.ID fan, you'll dig the hell out of it. If you're a die-hard Einstürzende Neubauten fan that's followed them since 1980, own all their records, bootlegs and side-projects, etc, you'll cream... or not. Never mind... when I think of those fans, I picture the guy from The Simpsons that retrieves the Fighting Hellfish paintings from Bart and Grandpa Simpson and tells the guys moving it to "...Ja ja ja, mach schnell mit der art things, huh? I must get back to Dancecentrum in Struttgart in time to see Kraftwerk."

This is no avantgarde, experimental, dark ambient, industrial, this is refined noise rock with "hints" of the all those things. But with that in mind, it's no off-shoot of Unsane or Oxbow either. Do yourself a favor and find this release. You may thank me later.

Celan on Myspace


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Mɛrələndian Magic(k)

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Friday, May 22, 2009



Thursday, May 21, 2009



Wednesday, May 20, 2009

In case you feel like blowing money on merch you'll never wear...

...Hydra Head has finally put out a shirt design worth a shit and that's not just utterly gay... BUT they've gone ahead and printed them on un-wearable fucking American Apparel again. I no longer buy shirts from ANYONE unless I know for a fact they are not American Apparel. Sizing is ALWAYS wrong, and quality is ALWAYS bad (seems coming undone, lengths inconsistent). OK, so they employ 20 "Americans" in order to apply a "Made in America" stamp and then go around touting that they are "sweat-shop free" clothing. Has anyone read about this guy from American Apparel? But that's not really the point. The point is I haven't bought a shirt from Hydra Head or Southern Lord in forever because they insist on using this company and we all end up with XL's that fit like mediums and XXL's that fit like tents. (This does not apply to Justin who is honest about his shirt's sizing and aims for the end result of a satisfied customer).

So if you want to throw your $20 bucks into something that will remain in your closet until you decide to rape someone on eBay with it, here's how to get your new Xasthur shirt.
Xasthur's All Reflections Drained CD + Bonus CD comes out next week, making this one of our most abbreviated pre-orders ever. Still, it's a title more than deserving of the pre-order treatment. All Relfections Drained is the first Xasthur release to feature guest vocalist M.H. The included bonus CD features close to an hour's worth of alternate versions, unreleased songs, and covers. All this packaged in a DVD-style digi-pack with art by Tim Lehi and photography from Faith Coloccia. Available separately is a new shirt, which will ship the following week. To check out both click here to visit the Xasthur page at the HydraHeadShop.


Thursday, May 14, 2009

Feste Magic(k)


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

No Quarter Century

"The Melvins celebrate their Silver Anniversary this year! Lots of fun and surprises are coming! To kick off the festivities, the boys are doing some select shows performing the Houdini record in it’s entirety. One Mr. Trevor Dunn will be handling the bass duties while the Big Business boys are touring their new album “Mind The Drift”. Also along for the ride is original drummer Mike Dillard. The boys will play songs from the Mangled Demos record with Dale Crover playing the role of Matt Lukin! The Melvins will also play two special shows with old pals Green River in Seattle, WA."

May 15, 2009 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
May 16, 2009 - Boston, MA - Paradise
May 18, 2009 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
May 20, 2009 - Austin, TX - Emo's
May 22, 2009 - Seattle, WA - Showbox
May 23, 2009 - Seattle, WA - Showbox
May 24, 2009 - Portland, OR - Roseland


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Esthetique De L'ephemere

Southern Lord Recording artists PELICAN will be hitting the road in support of their new EP Ephemeral during the months of May and June. The Ephemeral EP features brand new PELICAN recordings and will be released exclusively on vinyl by Southern Lord during the first week of June. The band will have "tour only" cd copies of Ephemeral for sale at the shows.

PELICAN will be direct support to ISIS for these dates, with opening support from TOMBS. The band will be playing songs from the new EP as well as debuting new material that will be recorded for a forthcoming full-length on Southern Lord. Don't miss this most excellent package when it steamrolls through your town!

5/16/2009 Ebisu Liquidroom - Tokyo, Japan - Raid World Festival w/ Mono
5/19/2009 Emo's - Austin, TX
5/20/2009 Granada Theatre - Dallas, TX
5/21/2009 Meridian - Houston, TX
5/22/2009 Spanish Moon - Baton Rouge, LA
5/23/2009 Bottletree Cafe - Birmingham, AL
5/25/2009 The Social - Orlando, FL
5/26/2009 Common Grounds - Gainesville, FL
5/27/2009 Jack Rabbits - Jacksonville, FL
5/28/2009 The Earl - Atlanta, GA
5/29/2009 Cats Cradle - Carrboro, NC
5/30/2009 Black Cat - Washington, Washington DC
5/31/2009 Sonar - Baltimore, MD
6/02/2009 The Fillmore At Irving Plaza - New York, NY
6/03/2009 Theater of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
6/04/2009 Pearl Street - Northampton, MA
6/05/2009 Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA
6/06/2009 The National - Montreal, QC
6/07/2009 Phoenix Concert Theatre - Toronto, ON
6/09/2009 Grog Shop - Cleveland Heights, OH
6/10/2009 20th Century Theatre - Cincinnati, OH
6/11/2009 Small’s - Detroit, MI
6/12/2009 Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL

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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Magic(k) Peregrīnātiō

US black metal legends ABSU will tour the US for the first time in nearly 8 years on Candlelight Records' third North American label package tour. Set to kick off on June 6, CIII will feature ABSU, with support from French black metal troupe GLORIOR BELLI, Los Angeles-based SOTHIS and the recent addition of Pennsylvania thrashers RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER. The tour will visit 22 cities throughout the US and Canada beginning in San Marcos, California and wrapping up in Dallas, Texas on June 29. Festival dates have also been added.

Absu, Glorior Belli, Rumpelstiltskin Grinder and Sothis:
6/06/2009 Jumping Turtle - San Marcos, CA
6/07/2009 House of Blues - W. Hollywood, CA
6/08/2009 Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA
6/09/2009 Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
6/10/2009 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
6/12/2009 The Underground - Calgary, AB
6/13/2009 The Exchange - Regina SK
6/14/2009 Royal Albert Arms - Winnipeg, MT
6/15/2009 Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
6/16/2009 The Pearl Room - Mokena, IL
6/17/2009 Peabody’s - Cleveland, OH
6/18/2009 Wreck Room - Toronto, ON
6/19/2009 Petit Campus - Montreal, QC
6/20/2009 Penny Arcade - Rochester, NY
6/21/2009 BB Kings Blues Club - New York, NY
6/22/2009 Jaxx - W. Springfield, VA
6/23/2009 Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
6/24/2009 The Muse - Nashville, TN
6/25/2009 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
6/26/2009 The Garage - St. Petersburg, FL
6/27/2009 Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
6/29/2009 Trees - Dallas, TX (Amended by TZ)

7/05/2009 Hostile City Death Fest - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
7/17/2009 Hell’s Pleasure Metal Festival - Pößneck
7/18/2009 Kaltenbach Open Air - Spital am Semmering
7/25/2009 Stonehenge Festival - Steenwijk
8/28/2009 Hole In The Sky - Bergen Metal Fest X - Bergen

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Monday, May 04, 2009


...but for now, migraines and writer's block.


Friday, May 01, 2009

The Business...

...of rockin' the fuck out!!!