Eagles of Death Metal release statement on Paris attack

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This is probably the hardest press release any band has had to send out to their fanbase ever. Our hearts are with everyone caught up in this horrific situation:

“While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France. Our thoughts and hearts are first and foremost with our brother Nick Alexander, our record company comrades Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser, and Manu Perez, and all the friends and fans whose lives were taken in Paris, as well as their friends, families, and loved ones.

Although bonded in grief with the victims, the fans, the families, the citizens of Paris, and all those affected by terrorism, we are proud to stand together, with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion.

We would like to thank the French police, the FBI, the U.S. and French State Departments, and especially all those at ground zero with us who helped each other as best they could during this unimaginable ordeal, proving once again that love overshadows evil.

All EODM shows are on hold until further notice.

Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive EODM.”

Ian Mackaye and Steve Albini head to head interview

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It’s not often you will hear Ian Mackaye (Fugazi/Dischord/The Evens) in conversation head to head with Steve Albini (Big Black/Shellac) but it’s happened on Kreative Kontrol.

In part 1, listen to Albini slag off Rites of Spring, and the influence of Minor Threat on hardcore, punk violence, the Butthole Surfers, one-upmanship, record distribution, explaining Pailhead and how Ian came to work with Al Jourgensen from Ministry (softy dance stuff, ha!) and most importantly, they discuss in detail that ‘In On The Kill Taker’ recording session that never worked for Fugazi that Albini engineered.

In part 2, the pair discuss politics, Sylvester Stallone, the Urban Outfitters/Minor Threat thing, Henry Rollins, communication, anonymity and much, much more.

This is a great chat if you are obsessed by hardcore, make sure you find time to sit down and listen to it properly.

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Bad Brains’ Dr Know on life support

badbrainsdrknowOur thoughts go out to all in the Bad Brains camp this week who are doing their best to bring Gary (Dr Know) Miller back from a life support system. The band have released a statement over night:

“The Bad Brains family ask that you please keep Gary (Dr Know) Miller in your thoughts and prayers. The family respectfully ask that their privacy be honoured during this time and very much appreciate all the great energy that is being sent their way.”

Gary has been playing guitar in hardcore legends Bad Brains, formed in Washington DC since 1977. Let’s hope that he pulls through whatever he is battling.

The Moonlandingz detail new LP

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If the news of The Fat White Family’s forthcoming second LP wasn’t enough to make your pupils pop, two fresh tracks and details of a debut album from The Moonlandingz surely will.

But that’s not even the whole of it. Those in the US will be treated to an extended version of The Moonlandingz‘ late self-titled EP with two bonus tracks, ‘Psych Ersatz’ and the instrumental ‘Blow Football with J Carpenter’, and a ‘Sweet Saturn Mine’ Sean Lennon de-mix. And it’s out today available to buy here!

Whilst over in the US on their first North American tour earlier in October, the band pro-longed their stay to record and album and a half’s worth of material, also with Sean Lennon, at his studio in upstate New York. ERC/Moonlandingz main man Adrian Flanagan spills the beans below –

“We’ve got 17 tracks recorded, enough for an album and maybe a follow up EP. So far, it’s sounding incredible, there’s a lot of different genres on there: deranged glam rock songs about self discovery in foreign countries, east European electronic rockabilly about the fuckers who run our country in the UK, truck driving songs about prostitute killers, there’s a track called “The Rabies are Back” that sounds a bit like vintage Devo, there’s sensual ballads about strangling your lover, a track about indie rock stars acting like pricks called “Drop It Fauntleroy (The Ballad of A.Turner)” and this massive heavy psychedelic Bollywood type track. Yeah it’s gonna knock some socks off, might have a few guests on it too, just got to mix it all first before we plan a release date. I’m guessing late summer for the album, maybe a single in the interim.

Working with Sean was great, he really put the hours in and has contributed to a lot of the tracks on the record, playing musical saw, glass harps, Victorian funfair organs, banjo’s, sitars and lapsteel guitar, he’s practically a member of the group. Musically, he’s on the same wave length as us and he’s a funny fucker, he spent the early hours of one morning, post recording, reciting the lyrics to the Osmonds track “Crazy Horses” to us, he could not believe that such mind blowing lyrics existed in popular music, have you read them though? Utter POPPYCOCK!!!!”

Fat White Family detail new LP for January

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Inviting you to “dance to the beat of human hatred“, today the Fat White Family have announced a new album, titled Songs For Our Mothers, for release on January 22nd 2016 via the band’s own imprint, Without Consent.

Following in the footsteps of their widely acclaimed 2013 debut Champagne Holocaust, the band detail the forthcoming album to be nothing short of “a sensual odyssey; sex, drugs, politics, death, the Northern Irish A-lister Sam Neil, it’s all here, all that’s left to do now is breathe it in“.

Co-produced by Liam Trashmouth and the band, Songs For Our Mothers was recorded between the Trashmouth studios in New Malden and Marcata Studios (regularly frequented by both Swans and Titus Andonicus) in New Paltz, upstate New York.

Track listing:
1. Whitest Boy On The Beach
2. Satisfied
3. Love Is The Crack
4. Duce
5. Lebensraum
6. Hits Hits Hits
7. Tinfoil Deathstar
8. When Shipman Decides
9. We Must Learn To Rise
10. Goodbye Goebbels

Stay tuned for the first cut and forthcoming UK December tour dates TBA.

Tortoise to reissue back catalogue, new album for 2016

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With a nigh-on 25 year career of genre spanning, multi-instrumental sonic offerings, it is with much excitement we receive the news that Chicago’s Tortoise are to reissue their six-album discography, and release an entire new album, on January 22nd 2016.

To match the anticipated new LP, titled The Catastrophist, and set to include guest appearances from Yo La Tengo’s Georgia Hubley, along with a warped cover of David Essex’s 1973 hit ‘Rock On’, Tortoise have also detailed a full European tour through February with one UK date at London’s Village Underground on the 23rd.

Check out the details of each reissue below and head here to pre-order The Catastrophist from Thrill Jockey Records.

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Tortoise (1994)
Re-pressing available on limited opaque brown vinyl.

Millions Now Living Will Never Die 1996Millions Now Living Will Never Die (1996)
Re-pressing available on limited translucent blue vinyl.

TNT 1998
TNT (1998)
Double LP version pressed on limited white vinyl.

Standards 2001
Standards (2001)
Re-pressing available on limited red & white vinyl.

It's All Around You 2004
It’s All Around You (2004)
Re-pressing available on limited edition translucent yellow vinyl.

Beacons Of Ancestorship 2009
Beacons of Ancestorship (2009)
Available on limited edition clear vinyl.

Death to tour the UK in November

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Forty years since their inception, six since their …For the Whole World To See LP was righteously re-released, and with a brand N.E.W. album out just earlier this year, it’s been a long time coming for Detroit’s Death to grace UK shores.

Having long laid claims to being the home of punk, it is with much joy we find Death set to land in the UK for the very first time in history to set the record straight and raise the Detriot flag high. With appearances at London’s 100 Club, Leeds’ Brudenell and ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas Festival, if there was ever a moment in punk rock history not to be missed, this is it.

UK Tour Dates

November
28 All Tomorrow’s Parties Nightmare Before Christmas, Pontins, North Wales
30 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
December
1 The 100 Club, London

Husker Du to reform?

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Legendary Minnesotans Husker Du have recently launched the first official website in their now defunct collaborative career, or is it?

Currently serving as a new online store-front where fans can purchase some rather tasty looking tee’s, this launch comes at a time when bassist Greg Norton has recently revealed to Minnesota’s Star Tribune that he, Mould and Hart are in ongoing communications with each-other for the first time in decades. They’ve worked out a licensing agreement for their music, and an official Facebook page is rumoured to be follow soon. Could this be the small beginnings of one of the most anticipated reunions in punk rock since 1987?

WATCH: WAND – ‘Sleepy Dog’

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The kind of mind-altering psychedelia you could only truly see through your inner mind’s eye, Wand‘s ‘Sleepy Dog’ comes crashing in like a cinderblock to the cerebral cortex, laced with hi-fi fuzz and power, soaring up to dizzying, mind-mulching heights anew.

The video ventures even further beyond, diving into a murky world of hallucinatory animation – who is that dog? And how did all these deranged jesters, temptresses and skeletal priests get into his castle? Watch this cartoon calamity unfold below.

Wand will tour the US from October 28th on the below dates, but for those who missed out on their recent UK jaunt, go here to check out our recent interview with the band in Brighton.

US October Tour Dates
28 The Echo in Los Angeles, CA
29 Brick & Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco, CA
30 The Know PDX in Portland, OR
31 Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, British Columbia
November
1 Narwhal in Seattle, WA
3 The Real Lounge in Missoula, MT
5 The Entry in Minneapolis, MN
6 Witching Hour Festival in Iowa City, IA
7 Empty Bottle in Chicago, IL
10 Adelaide Hall in Toronto, Ontario
11 Bar Le “Ritz” P.D.B. in Montreal, Quebec
12 Middle East (upstairs) in Cambridge, MA
13 Mercury Lounge in New York, NY
14 Rough Trade NYC in Brooklyn, NY
15 Black Cat in Washington, DC
16 Tiger Mountain in Asheville, NC
18 529 in Atlanta, GA
19 Hi Tone in Memphis, TN
20 Siberia in New Orleans, LA
21 Red 7 in Austin, TX
22 Lowbrow Palace in El Paso, TX
24 Solar Culture in Tucson, AZ
25 Soda Bar in San Diego, CA