Murder City Devils frontman Spencer Moody launched a Kickstarter campaign today (April 1st), hoping to raise $45,000 to make "a great sounding rock record" with fellow Devil Dann Gallucci. Yes, please! That'd be fucking great! But $45,000!?!?
Seems legit. But is it? The deadline is May 1st, and so far he's reached $305 of the $45,000 goal.
He's thinking the sound will be influenced by bands like the Cramps and the Stooges and you definitely don't need $45,000 for that. So of course it's an April Fool's prank, right? OF COURSE IT IS AND EVERYONE ON FACEBOOK IS FREAKING OUT ABOUT IT ANYWAY.
Apparently, local er... sunny, surfy, lo-fi twee dreamersSeapony are fed up with the whole "pretty music" thing.
"This month, Seapony will tour Japan for the first time, followed by a European tour in May. These overseas shows are the swan song for the old Seapony, the one you know and love. After years of countless bloggers carelessly lobbing the word "twee" around and falling back on the same adjectives to describe our music (sunny, surfy, lo-fi, dreamy), we've had enough. It's time to leave the sunshine and enter the shadows. We hope our fans follow us on this journey, but we realize this change in direction won't please everyone. Look for our new album DEATH BY SEAPONY later this year." —Danny Rowland, Seapony
When reached for comment, Hardly Art publicist Jason Baxter said, "We're just trying to be supportive right now—hoping they get it out of their system before we receive any more harsh emails from tearful teens."
by Dave Segal
on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 5:38 PM
Apocalyptic British post-punk vets Killing Joke will be doing a DJ set at the Comet Tavern Tues. April 30—after their live performance at Neumos that night. Intriguing...
Here's the song that I believe triggered my tinnitus when I saw Killing Joke play the now-defunct Detroit dive Bookies in 1981. KJ's self-titled debut LP is still one of the best records to listen to when you're 18.
Hey, wondering what Michelle "God Hates Fags" Shocked is up to, now that every venue she was scheduled to play at on her tour canceled her appearance after her insane anti-gay rant? (Full rant audio here!) Well, if last night is any indication: Protest-busking outside the venues where she was originally scheduled to play. With tape on her mouth. NO JOKE. From the AP:
Her show had been cancelled, but that didn't stop alternative folk and rock singer Michelle Shocked from showing up at a Santa Cruz nightclub where she staged a sit-in with tape across her mouth that read "Silenced By Fear"...
Sitting on the ground outside the venue and strumming her guitar, Shocked was largely ignored and refused to speak. She pointed to a sign inviting people to pick up a Sharpie marker and write on the white disposable safety suit she was wearing.
In their new video for the song "Diane Young," Vampire Weekend destroy a couple cars, specifically Saab 900s. The band bought the cars from two different owners, without disclosing what they were planning on doing with the vehicles, and now some car enthusiasts are pissed.
Here's the video:
Of couse material things get destroyed all the time in the name of art, and perhaps it would've been more responsible to use cars that weren't running, or just CG that shit and then give the car to someone who could really use it, but alas, that is not what happened. The cars were torched, they're gone forever, whether it was a dick move or not.
Can you believe that Mudhoney have been spewing sweat, spit, and guitar riffs for 25 fucking years? It's true! They're celebrating the occasion with a new album, Vanishing Point, and a record-release show with Unnatural Helpers and Universe People—obviously, it's going to rule.
But the music industry is a ruthless land, and you don't last a quarter of a century without witnessing a lot of ugliness along the way. Bands come and go, sometimes for the better, oftentimes for the worse, and Mudhoney have seen it all.
If the world were fair, all the great bands would manage to survive as long as Mudhoney have, but alas, sometimes the good die young. I asked the boys to tell me about a few bands they wish would have been able to stay the course into their 25th year—they responded with six forgotten Northwest greats that flew under the radar, never achieving the fame they probably deserved. Here's what they said:
Zoot Pickle and the Grudge (1988—1991): The nonstop, gender-bending, funk-fun blast from Renton. Crazy costumes, strange stage secretions? Sunk by the weight of costly operations and artistic differences.
Neanderfuck (1992—1998): The most primitive garage-punk thug band from the Northwest. They made RPA and Extreme Hate look like doily-knitting dilettantes.
Mudhoney's record release show is Saturday, March 30, at Neumos with Unnatural Helpers and Universe People. They're also playing a free, all-ages in-store at Easy Street West Seattle on Monday, April 1.
The last time I saw Amanda Bynes was in a teenager movie. Drake = medium-wholesome actor-turned-rapper-turned-inventer-of-#YOLO, right? And he's Canadian? Canadians can't murder. Also, don't wish for your own celebrity vagina murder. Wait, what does that even mean? What's happening? Am I old or is the internet broken? Ugh!
On Friday night, while watching the very great Big Eyes at the Vera Project, I received a press release screaming in all caps: "MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE DISBAND."
Says the band:
"Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing. We've gotten to go places we never knew we would. We've been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible. We've shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends. And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end. Thanks for all of your support, and for being part of the adventure."
"They're still a band?" asked friends who I shared the news with. Then we all became transfixed on Deathfix's colorful projections and guitar riffs. (For real—Deathfix was SO GREAT at Vera on Friday. See them as soon as you have the chance.)
But not only were My Chemical Romance still a band until 9:00 pm PST Friday, but they still have very passionate fans who have not taken this break-up announcement lightly. In fact, one fan started a petition at change.org, asking MCR for one last world tour. It says:
They ended so abruptly without saying goodbye to their fans properly, and the MCRmy is upset. They need to do it correctly if they're going to do it at all.
In sort of related news, 30 Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto recently revealed that he once received a severed human ear in the mail.
"Someone cut their ear off once and sent it to me, that was very strange. A whole ear. The Van Gogh move. The note just said, 'Are you listening?' I never knew who it was, who's missing their ear out there," he quipped, confessing what he did with the gross gift.
"I poked a hole in it and wore it as a necklace," Leto joked, letting admirers know, "Just don't put your entire body in a case and send it to us."
Don't get any ideas, MCR fans. (No, seriously. Do not.)
When I was younger, just a budding record nerd, it was SOOOOOO much easier to find a copy of the Teen Idles Minor Disturbance EP and/or the DCHC compilation Flex Your Head than to find ANYTHING by the Stooges. Of course, it was the '80s and I was in North Carolina. That said, the Teen Idles hardcore version of "No Fun," found on Flex Your Head, was so different when compared to the Stooges' original slow paced and attitude-filled "No Fun," when I finally DID hear the original I didn't think it was the same song! DERP!
I hafta admit I'm SLIGHLTY trolling, or rather being kinda cheeky, when I suggest the Teen Idles produced the best Stooges cover, but DAMN, I do love this song. Also: the Damned's take on the Stooges' "1970" as "I Feel Alright," the Dictators' "Search And Destroy," Sonic Youth's "I Wanna Be Your Dog," Birthday Party "Loose," Radio Birdman "TV Eye," Hanoi Rocks "I Feel Alright," and like all of what anyone ever called (ahem) grunge.
Am I missing any quality Stooges covers, from like PRE-1990...?! And yes, I AM on purpose ignoring the Sex Pistols' version of "No Fun;" I hate the Sex Pistols. Gimme some danger in the comments, y'all.
Okay. I've had one heck of a day. And yesterday. The last three days really. When you're getting sick and all of the sudden you're SO SICK and maybe you're not sick, and then BOY. ARE. YOU. SICK.
So I'm sorry if this is coming out of nowhere. I took a bunch of Alka-Seltzer that was labeled "extra strength" and then realized it wasn't for colds. It was just regular, whatever that stuff is usually for. So now I'm back on the tiny red decongestants with actual Day Non-Drowsy Alka-Seltzer. My hair is vibrating.
Here's what I'm getting at, the thing we really need to talk about:
STEPHEN KING, JOHN MELLENCAMP & T BONE BURNETT'S SUPERNATURAL MUSICAL GHOST BROTHERS OF DARKLAND COUNTY GETS UPDATED JUNE 4TH RELEASE DATE
All-Star Recording Featuring Elvis Costello, Neko Case, Sheryl Crow, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Dave & Phil Alvin, Taj Mahal, Ryan Bingham, Will Dailey, Matthew McConaughey, Samantha Mathis and Meg Ryan, Set for Early Summer Release.
Matthew McFuckingMcConaughey?? I'm just copying and pasting from PR emails over here, but I did hear a song from this celeb collage—the one with Neko Case on it—last night as I was driving in that sloppy hale. It sounds like it's about her being a jerk, and by the end of the song, I was singing along at the top of my lungs.
So what is it? Is Stephen King a good musician? What does he play? Are there costumes involved? Surely there's a better name out there than "SUPERNATURAL MUSICAL GHOST BROTHERS OF DARKLAND COUNTY." Or is there? Can you OD on antacid?
Sweet jumpin' Jesus! Look at what Danielle, in Haifa, Israel is making and selling on Etsy. Don't you want a pair? Admit it, you kinda do! Oh, and where to wear them? My mind is melting. This pair is even in my size.
When asked if he would ever cover a Nirvana track live, he said: "Every once in a while we talk about it. For the Sound City gig here in London we were thinking about musicians that we could invite because Stevie Nicks and John Fogerty couldn't make it. Someone came up with the idea of doing a Nirvana song with PJ Harvey. Kurt loved her and we love her and we thought, 'Yeah, what would we do?' I said: 'God, what if we were to do 'Milk It' from 'In Utero' with Polly singing?' We all looked at each other like, 'Woah, that would be amazing…' and then she couldn't do it!"
Thankfully, he admits that a Nirvana reunion can't be taken lightly: "The thing is, it's sacred ground. If we were ever to do something like that it would have to be right because you want to pay tribute. There's a reason Foo Fighters don't do Nirvana songs, and it's a good reason."
Fuck yeah it's for good reason. PJ Harvey would be amazing, for sure, but it'd also be unsettling. I'm not sure I want to see any Nirvana renion. Ever.
Would you be okay with a Nirvana reunion? If so, who would be an acceptable frontperson? PJ Harvey? Stevie Nicks? Paul McCartney? WHO?
Let's have a poll:
The only acceptable Nirvana reunion would be fronted by...
by Dave Segal
on Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 3:05 PM
Mood-elevating psych-garage lifer Brother JT has joined the Thrill Jockey roster and will be releasing his new long player, The Svelteness of Boogietude, May 14. (There will not be a better album title this year; bank on it.) You can check out a track from Boogietude—"Celebrate Your Face"—after the jump. But first, feast your senses on Brother JT's hallucinogenic talk show Trippin' Balls, featuring musician/space case Twig Harper. If you thought The Late Late Show With Tom Snyder was far out, brace yourself for the absurdity banquet that is Trippin' Balls.
Bonus: Thrill Jockey' s provided an illuminating interview with Brother JT (aka John Terlesky, former leader of the Original Sins) after the jump.
Uh... I dunno what the TV show is called, something European obvs, but I was shocked to see movie actor Dolph Lundgren attack (!!) Elvis Presley's 1968 sleeper hit "A Little Less Conversation." A song first heard in one of Presley's late period movies Live a Little, Love a Little.
I hafta admit this very entertaining, stupid as fuck, but entertaining.
by Dave Segal
on Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 3:04 PM
Good people of Line Out, here is the album cover for Utah reggae bandWasnatch's Front to Back. Their music, sadly, does not live up to the promise of the artwork. What could, really? But I bet Wasnatch tear it up on the Utahn reggae circuit.