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Avant-metal weirdos Mr. Bungle prep vinyl reissue campaign
Jul 29, 2014 1:52pm | Fact Magazine

Mike Patton’s cult troupe of zany riffers Mr. Bungle might have been inactive for ages at this point, but hasn’t curbed demand for their records.

Demand for vinyl (whether we like it or not) is up, and since Mr. Bungle’s classic LPs have been out of press for many years, it makes sense to have them back on the shelves once more. The news was discovered on Mike Patton’s Facebook page, where he describes the 2015 campaign as “authorized vinyl reissues,” no doubt making reference to the countless bootlegs and/or gray market editions that continue to plague the shelves.

This news complements the band’s brand new online merch store, where you can purchase that Mr. Bungle trucker hat you never knew you wanted (and some pretty cool teeshirts too). [via Consequence of Sound]

Braid played Music Hall of Williamsburg (pics)
Jul 29, 2014 1:50pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Mimi Hong


'90s emo pioneers Braid began their current reunion back in 2011 but it's been more exciting than ever lately with the release of No Coast, their first full length since 1998's now-legendary Frame & Canvas and a very good one at that. The band wrapped up their tour with A Great Big Pile of Leaves this past weekend, hitting NYC on Saturday (7/26) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. We didn't get the setlist for that particular show, but they look pretty much the same for most nights on this tour and have included new album standouts like "East End Hollows," "Bang" and the title track," as well as classics like "The New Nathan Detroits," "Please Drive Faster," "First Day Back" and plenty more. If you caught the show, what did you think? Anybody stop by Washed Up Emo's afterparty at Cameo where Bob Nanna and Chris Broach were DJing?

We unfortunately missed AGBPOL (though they're touring again soon), but pictures of Braid are in this post and continue below...

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Q&A: The Muffs
Jul 29, 2014 1:36pm | CMJ

The Muffs – Photo by Kim Shattuck

Most bands are lucky to have one career go-round. The Muffs—L.A.s longtime purveyors of pugilistic power pop—are going on like their fourth. Singer/guitarist Kim Shattuck, having survived the day-glo garage gal-gang, the Pandoras at the end of the 80s, started the Muffs around 1992, had some slight lineup changes, and once the classic lineup of Shattuck, bassist Ronnie Barnett and drummer Roy McDonald (also on/off with Redd Kross over the years) was fixed, the trio settled into an amazing five-year groove on Warner Bros.

The dust of the alternative rock boom eventually settled, but not before the Muffs had their share of success, though they never fully got their due for producing some of the best guitar pop tunes of that decade. After a tiny breather, the band continued on with more garage goodness via various labels, until around 2006 where everyone sort of flitted around, living life. But the Muffs never stopped doing occasional gigs around the two coasts, keeping their chops honed and Shattucks infamous scream intact. And last year the Pixies noticed Shattucks expert ability to scream and play guitar at the same time, bringing her on tour for a fleeting moment that ended abruptly. That was good news to lovers of bashed-up bubblegum rock, because that just meant the Muffs got back into action and have a brand new album, Whoop Dee Doo, out today on Burger Records.

Shabazz Palaces announce 2014 U.S. tour dates
Jul 29, 2014 1:30pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Shabazz Palaces have lined up a tour in support of their excellent new album, Lese Majesty. The Seattle-based hip-hop duo kick off the month-long jaunt tonight in the Bay Area, playing an in-store event at San Francisco Amoeba Music and a proper show later at New Parish in Oakland. The U.S. leg stretches through the end of September, after which they’ll head to Europe for a few dates. Check out their full itinerary below.

Lese Majesty is out now via Sub Pop, but you can also stream it in full here.

Shabazz Palaces 2014 Tour Dates:
07/29 – San Francisco, CA @ Amoeba Music
07/29 – Oakland, CA @ New Parish
07/30 – Hollywood, CA @ Roxy LA
08/01 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
08/21 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
08/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
08/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Commodore Barry Park
08/26 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
08/27 – Atlanta, GA @ The Basement
09/13 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
09/14 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
09/16 – Austin, TX @ Red 7
09/17 – McAllen, TX @ Cine El Rey
09/19 – St. Louis, MO @ The Riot Room
09/21 – Lincoln, NE @ Vega
09/22 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
10/22-26 – Helsinki, FI @ Supermassive Festival
11/04 – London, UK @ Laundry
11/14 – Berlin, DE @ Kantine Berhain
11/15 – Cologne, DE @ Club...

Photos: Newport Folk Festival 2014
Jul 29, 2014 1:24pm | StereoGum

This past weekend brought the 2014 edition of the Newport Folk Festival. Headliners included Jenny Lewis, Jack White, Jeff Tweedy, and a very special appearance by Mavis Staples. We sent photographer Taylor Hill to capture the event, and you can find our gallery of performance photos and portraits above.

Two more Led Zeppelin albums to be remastered and reissued
Jul 29, 2014 1:24pm | NME
Deluxe editions of 'Led Zeppelin IV' and 'Houses of the Holy' will be released

Mr. Bungle announces archival campaign
Jul 29, 2014 1:22pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Mike Pattons avant-garde metal band Mr. Bungle hasn’t been active in over a decade and, according to bassist Trevor Dunn, there are no plans for a reunion. However, fans will soon have a chance to wax nostalgia, as the band will be the subject of an archival campaign starting in 2015.

According to Patton’s Facebook page, “authorized vinyl reissues” from Mr. Bungle will be released next year. In anticipation, a new online store for the band has been launched online, offering various hats and t-shirts for purchase.

(Read: Turns out Mike Patton, and not Axl Rose, is the greatest singer of all time)

In related news, Patton recently debuted two new songs with his other critical acclaimed outfit, Faith No More. Watch fan-shot footage of the band performing “Motherfucker” and “Superhero (Leader of Men)” here.

Below, watch Mr. Bungle’s video for “Retrovertigo”.

The Joy Formidable Backstage with Best Fit
Jul 29, 2014 1:20pm | The Line Of Best Fit
Mike Hughes' exclusive behind the scenes look at the Welsh trio's only two shows of this year.

clipping. Story 4: Sleeplessly Embracing (alt-J Hunger Of The Pine Remix)
Jul 29, 2014 1:18pm | StereoGum

Last month, we heard “Hunger Of The Pine,” our first taste of new alt-J album This Is All Yours. Around the same time, alt-J drummer Thom Green discussed his appreciation of clipping.’s noise-rap experiments. Now, the two capitalization-averse artists have joined forces, with clipping. blowing the electronic atmospherics of “Hunger Of The Pine” out into an explosive stutter with moments of quiet beauty, crafting an eerie hook out of the “sleeplessly embracing” refrain (and leaving out the Miley). Listen below.


It was too hot out to record a new Blur album, so Damon Albarn wrote this song instead
Jul 29, 2014 1:05pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by Amanda Koellner

Since releasing his solo debut, Everyday Robots, back in April, Damon Albarn has kept mighty occupied with a host of U.S. tour dates, including exceptional festival sets at both Governors Ball and Bonnaroo. Now, Albarn takes his talents to the film world, contributing the original song “Sister Rust” to the new Scarlett Johansson action flick, Lucy.

Very French-sounding and cinematic, Albarn’s somber croon is backed by a lush stream of sighing strings. “There was nothing I could do, to stop you feeling blue anyway,” he sings matter-of-factly. Listen in below.

The Lucy soundtrack is out now via Back Lot Music.

In related news, Albarn has spoken to NME  about the prospects of a new Blur album. Despite his one-off reunion with Graham Coxton at Latitude Festival and recent performance of Blur’s “Song 2″, it doesn’t look as though a new record is on the way.

“There are about 15 songs we recorded in Hong Kong,” Albarn explained. “The annoying thing is, if I’d been able to write the lyrics there and then about being there, we’d have finished the record. But sometimes, if you can’t do it all at once, it dissipates really and I don’t know what I’d sing about now with that record. There’s some great tunes on...

Minneapolis band The Miami Dolphins releasing new album, touring, playing NYC this week (dates, streams)
Jul 29, 2014 1:00pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Hailing from Minneapolis, and having nothing to do with a certain sports team, The Miami Dolphins either sound like a nervous breakdown or a kindergarten class on an extreme sugar high. Neither is a bad thing, in this case, as its channeled through scratchy, hyperactive pop. (A more melodic, somewhat less chaotic Ponytail isn't too far off a comparison.) The band's new album, Becky, will be out August 19 and you can stream a few cuts from it, plus the video for "Pucker Upper," below.

The band are currently on tour and will play NYC on Thursday (7/31) at Death by Audio with Advaeta, Killer BOB, and Semi Femme. Show flyer, with the list of dates, video and song streams, below.

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Wolfgang Voigt celebrates the TB-303 on Kompakts 303rd release
Jul 29, 2014 12:57pm | Fact Magazine

The label’s co-founder marks the milestone exactly how we thought he would.

Wolfgang Voigt is no stranger to Roland’s legendary TB-303, having explored acid house squelch with his beloved Mike Ink project (which he revived last year).

On August 15, Cologne institution Kompakt will drop its 303rd release, with Voigt celebrating acid and the TB-303 with the two-track INSTANT 303 10″. The drug-dosed art is below, via XLR8R.

Naturally, the TB-303 is one of the synthesizers that shaped modern music, and a new version is a part of Roland’s newish AIRA line.

High on Fire touring, playing free Converse Rubber Tracks show in NYC (dates)
Jul 29, 2014 12:51pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

High On Fire at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)

In the latest addition to the awesome Converse Rubber Tracks free show series in NYC, stoner metal royalty High On Fire will bring their tour to Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 15. Opening will be local brutalizers Blackest, ensuring that this will be a heavy experience. High On Fire are one of the best live bands around, and as usual with these free Rubber Tracks shows, you'll need tickets to get in, which go on "sale" Wednesday (7/30) at noon. All of their dates are listed below.

This should be a good way to tide you over until Sleep plays NYC on August 25th. And you can also get another Sleep-related fix with Om in October.

The last Rubber Tracks show in NYC was J Mascis and King Tuff's band Witch earlier this month (7/23). J Mascis plays NYC again when Heavy Blanket plays Union Pool and when his solo tour hits Bowery Ballroom in October. King Tuff also plays NYC again when his tour comes here for two shows in October.

All of High On Fire's dates are listed, with a video, below...

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Q&A: Bölzer On Psychedelic Drugs, St. Anger, And Whats Up With Those Swastika Tattoos
Jul 29, 2014 12:50pm | StereoGum

The eternal contrast between gradations of dark and light is one of life’s great dualities. That which seems permissible under the cover of darkness feels transgressive in the daylight, and as I discovered this past weekend, the hedonistic excesses of the night feel even more raw and exposed when bathed in the milky glow of a midnight sun.

Let me set the scene for you: I’m in Neskaupstaður, a remote town on the east side of Iceland that’s nestled by the looming specter of the Norðfjörður fjord and sports a robust population of 1,437. Every July, this sleepy hollow is overrun by scores of music fans hellbent on soaking up every last intoxicating drop of Eistnaflug, Iceland’s biggest (and only) multi-day metal fest. The organizers always pepper their broad lineup of homegrown Icelandic talent with a smattering of international guests, and 2014 featured appearances from At The Gates, Havok, Zatokrev … and last-minute additions Bölzer. Judging from the response the commanding Swiss duo got from the roaring crowd of diehards and drunkards who greeted their death metal machinations, whomever greenlighted that particular decision knew what they were doing.


Listen: Pablo Nouvelle - “Finding You” feat. Lulu James
Jul 29, 2014 12:50pm | The Line Of Best Fit
Swiss producer Pablo Nouvelle teams up with rising UK soul/jazz singer, Lulu James, on "Finding You".
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