Monthly Archives: June 2012

GIGANTES

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We are happy to announce the official GIGANTES ‘Death To The Beast’ album launch on Sunday 1st July in Mello Mello.
Support comes from PADDY STEER and Mugstar’s PETER SMYTH doing his first acoustic solo show.

THEE OH SEES

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Behind the Wall of Sleep are pleased to announce a new album by THEE mighty OH SEES, Putrifiers II.

Download the track ‘Lupine Dominus’ via Pitchfork: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/13797-lupine-dominus/

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions Thee Oh Sees? Probably their riot-sparking live show, right? Visions of a guitar-chewing, speaker-smothering, tongue-wagging John Dwyer careening across your cranium, chased by a wild-eyed wrecking crew that drives every last hook home like it’s a nail in the coffin of what you thought it meant to make 21st century rock ’n’ roll?

Yeah, that sounds about right. But it misses a more important point—how impossible Thee Oh Sees have been been to pin down since Dwyer launched it in the late ‘90s as a solo break from such sorely missed underground bands asPink and Brown and Coachwhips. (While Dwyer often records songs on his own, Thee Oh Sees is now a five-piece featuring keyboardist/singer Brigid Dawson, guitarist Petey Dammit, drummer Mike Shoun, and multi-instrumentalist/singer Lars Finberg.)
That restlessness extends to everything from the towering, 13-minute title track of 2010’s Warm Smile LP to the mercurial moods of 2008’s The Master’s Bedroom Is Worth Spending a Night In. And then there’s the Bay Area band’s recent track record, including a scrappy tour split with Total Control, the home-brewed symphonies of Castlemania and the high wire hooks of Carrion Crawler/The Dream, which dropped a second drum set among sunburnt organs, dovetailing guitars and rail-jumping rhythms.
Blast any of the above and it’s hard not to see the psych-steeped parallels between Dwyer’s manic music and his canvas-splattering artwork, which looks like it was torn from a shelf of twisted underground comics. Colourful and confounding in a way that’s more than welcome, then. In fact, it’s downright refreshing, like a slap in the face at 5 in the morning. Of if you prefer a slightly more subtle musical awakening, there’s always Putrifiers II, the latest in a long line (14!) of Thee Oh Sees albums that expands the group’s sound well past your friendly neighbourhood garage band. So while the space odyssey nods of “Wax Face” actually sound like they’re meant to melt your ears straight off, the record’s full of deviant detours, from the poison-tipped string parts and Eno-esque engineering of “So Nice” to the groove-locked Krautrock inclinations of “Lupine Dominus.”
The most noticeable element may be Dwyer’s melodies, as they reveal a softer side to his songwriting, one that makes perfect sense considering just how disparate his dust-clearing influences are: Scott Walkerthe Velvet UndergroundThe Zombies and the experimental Japanese act Les Rallizes Denudes are but a small taste of what informed Thee Oh Sees this time around, as Dwyer returned to the multi-instrumental ways of Castlemania—full band sessions for another record are already underway—and rounded out a fuller, drier sound with drummer/engineer Chris Woodhouse and such special guests as Mikal Cronin (sax), Heidi Maureen Alexander (trumpet, vocals) and K Dylan Edrich (viola).
Which leaves one question: are Thee Oh Sees going to bring it down a notch live now as well?
“I will still strike an audience in the brain,” Dwyer assures us all, although he admits, “Maybe every now and then it would be okay if we relaxed a little.”

SWANS

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SWANS release their long-awaited new album, The Seer on 29th August on Young God Records and have announced an extensive US and Europe tour.

** 10-Oct New York NY Bowery Ballroom
** 11-Oct Boston MA Paradise Rock Club
** 12-Oct Washington DC Black Cat Mainstage
** 13-Oct Philadelphia PA Union Transfer
** 14-Oct Raleigh NC Lincoln Theatre
** 16-Oct Orlando FL The Social
** 17-Oct West Palm Beach FL
** 18-Oct Tallahassee FL Club Downunder
** 19-Oct Atlanta GA Terminal West
** 23-Oct St Louis MO Firebird
** 24-Oct Chicago IL Cabaret  Metro
** 25-Oct Toronto ON Lee’s Palace
** 26-Oct Montreal QC La Tulipe
01-Nov Reykjavik Iceland Iceland Airways Festival
## 15-Nov London UK Koko
## 16-Nov Glasgow UK The Arches
## 17-Nov Manchester UK Sound Control
## 19-Nov Paris FR Le Trabendo
## 20-Nov Nijmegen NL Doornroosje
## 21-Nov Haarlem NL Patronaat
## 22-Nov Hamburg DE Kampnagel
## 23-Nov Copenhagen DK Det Kgl. Danske Konservatories Koncertsal
## 24-Nov Oslo Parkteatret
## 27-Nov Prague CZ Lucenra Music Bar
## 28-Nov Vienna, austria Au Arena Big Hall
## 30-Nov Bologna IT Locomotiv
## 02-Dec Kortrijk BG De Kreun- Sunns curator festival
## 03-Dec Bern C Reitschule Gross Halle
## 04-Dec Lausanne CH Les Docks
**Support from A Hawk & a Hacksaw
## support from Sir Richard Bishop 

FROM MICHAEL GIRA:
The Seer took 30 years to make. It’s the culmination of every previous Swans album as well as any other music I’ve ever made, been involved in or imagined. But it’s unfinished, like the songs themselves. It’s one frame in a reel. The frames blur, blend and will eventually fade.
The songs began on an acoustic guitar, then were fleshed out with (invaluable) help from my friends, then were further tortured and seduced in the studio, and now they await further cannibalism and force-feeding as we prepare to perform some of them live, at which point they’ll mutate further, endlessly, or perhaps be discarded for a while.
Despite what you might have heard or presumed, my goal is to spread light and joy through the world. My friends in Swans are all stellar men. Without them I’m a fluffy kitten, an infant. Our goal is the same: ecstasy!

L A N D

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Important Records release the debut album by L A N D, Night Within on 31st July 2012 . CD & LP packaged in deluxe first edition letterpressed jackets. LP pressed in an edition of 500. First 100 copies on color vinyl.

L A N D derives inspiration from sources similar to those that inspire Grails, Master Musicians of Bukkake, Guano Padano & Allesandro Steffana. L A N D weaves together a sound that has been running through the Important roster for years but do it in a way that is uniquely unassociated. What originally caught my attention & stood out in their sound was a connection they drew to Free Jazz. Core members Daniel Lea and Matthew Waters maintain an exact and precise control over the sound and vision while employing a select crew of musicians from sources as diverse as London’s improvised music scene and the realms of heaviness.

L A N D takes their inspiration from film & city-noir but manages to make music that stands on its own, unburdened by the need to describe it as such.Guest contributions include David Sylvian, Daniel O’Sullivan (Miracle and Ulver), Duke Garwood and many others with the two creators, Daniel Lea and Matthew Waters, both taking a directorial role. The album was sculpted in Reykjavik by Ben Frost, enhanced by his signature aural physicality and visceral sub bass. The album is a vast collision of sound, from free brass and woodwind to “geometric” bowed cymbals and metallic percussion.

But more than simply music, the multidisciplinary L A N D draw on and evoke a wide range of art forms. They describe this work as, “approaching an apocalyptic noir narrative,” and Night Within, despite its slate visual appeal which recalls the grey paintings of Gerhard Richter, thematically points towards a world occupied by the early postmodern detective stories of Paul Auster and the urban neon dislocation of Taxi Driver with its existential protagonist roaming the city alone late at night.

 

Goat

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Goat – World Music LP

Our friends at Rocket Recordings are gonna release this debut gem by Goat. An African voodoo wah-wah Kosmische brew. It’s totally blown my mind.

Download “Goathead” from the upcoming LP “World Music” by Goat