SON VOLT RETURNS WITH AMERICAN CENTRAL DUST, OUT JULY 7 ON ROUNDER RECORDS

SON VOLT RETURNS WITH AMERICAN CENTRAL DUST, OUT JULY 7 ON ROUNDER RECORDS

Son Volt returns with American Central Dust, out July 7 on Rounder Records, a plaintive 12-song collection that recalls the melodic succinctness of the band’s debut album Trace. After the musical experimentation of 2007’s The Search, American Central Dust, the band’s first album on Rounder, refines the band’s robust sound. Fiddle, pedal steel, lap steel and sparkling piano add an atmospheric nuance to Son Volt’s Americana inspired rock, surrounding band leader Jay Farrar’s stream of consciousness lyrical imagery.

Album highlights include; the rootsy shuffle of album opener “Dynamite,” on which Farrar declares “this love is like celebrating the 4th of July with dynamite,” the tremolo soaked rocker “Down To The Wire,” the gorgeous, piano led “Cocaine And Ashes,” an empathetic tribute to Keith Richards, references a man who’s “the same as everyone, just kind of lucky,” and “Sweetheart of the Rodeo”-esque rocker “No Turning Back.”

When asked about signing to the new label, Farrar said “Rounder has shown a long term commitment to music forms, like folk and blues, that I have a lot of respect for. Going with Rounder has been a kind of a full circle continuum — the first Rounder person I met with was instrumental in booking Uncle Tupelo gigs years ago.”

American Central Dust features Jay Farrar (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Dave Bryson (drums), Andrew Duplantis (bass guitar, backing vocals), Chris Masterson (lead guitar), Mark Spencer (keyboards, steel guitar). Son Volt’s national tour begins in July with one confirmed Canadian date in Vancouver on July 21 at The Centre.

American Central Dust tracklist:

1. Dynamite
2. Down To The Wire
3. Roll On
4. Cocaine And Ashes
5. Dust Of Daylight
6. When The Wheels Don’t Move
7. No Turning Back
8. Pushed Too Far
9. Exiles
10. Sultana
11. Strength And Doubt
12. Jukebox of Steel

Step into the Octahedron! The Mars Volta new album Octohedron

Step into the Octahedron!

In anticipation of their June 23rd release of Octohedron, The Mars Volta’s fifth studio album, The Mars Volta have launched an interactive artwork experience site, which features hidden surprises that will be revealed to the most intrepid and curious of hunters, including the audio for the new track “Since We’ve Been Wrong”. Check it out below, and check back often for additional new updates!

http://www.intotheoctahedron.com/

Also, this summer The Mars Volta is giving a handful of lucky fans the chance to check out Octahedron before it is released on June 23rd!

The band is looking for 10-15 of their biggest fans to host advance listenings in their homes for their new album. Fans must submit why they deserve to host a party. Submissions are open to interpretation: anything from youtube videos, illustrations, writings, etc. Any way to best translate why you deserve to be a “Host”. “Official Hosts” will have their party pics posted on The Mars Volta’s website (thebedlam.net). The band will also select one host and guest of their choice to see The Mars Volta perform anywhere in the US. Submit your entries by June 3rd to OctahedronParty@gmail.com . Make sure and include all your info (name, city, state). Good luck!

www.myspace.com/themarsvolta

GBH & Webster Hall Present: The Japanese Popstars US Debut and Adam 12 of She Wants Revenge DJ Set Tomorrow Night!

PRESENT

GIRLS & BOYS
DJ SET BY

Adam 12 of She Wants Revenge Plus
The US Debut of The Japanese Popstars

Tomorrow Night At Webster Hall

Adam 12 of She Wants Revenge is stopping by Webster Hall tomorrow evening to DJ. And it doesn’t stop there, “Best Breakthrough Producers” (DJ Mag) The Japanese Popstars will also be swinging by and providing the soundtrack to your Saturday night in NYC.

Be sure to get there early because it’s going to be packed!

Free Entry Before Midnight

Alex English spinning in the main room.

In the Marlin Room, Defftonn with the hip-hop classics.

Downstairs in the Studio, the Trash! kids will be spinning new wave, rock’n’roll, britpop, indie, post-punk, electro, glam and pop.

Free Entry Before Midnight With RSVP HERE

Doors 10pm. 19+ w/I.D.

PETE YORN Back And Fourth Columbia Records June 23, 2009 ESCAPE FROM LA: PETE YORN DECAMPS TO OMAHA FOR NEW ALBUM BACK AND FOURTH

PETE YORN Back And Fourth Columbia Records June 23, 2009

ESCAPE FROM LA: PETE YORN DECAMPS TO OMAHA FOR NEW ALBUM ‘BACK AND FOURTH’

Last fall Pete Yorn traded the city sprawl of Los Angeles for the rolling plains of Nebraska to work on his new album ‘Back and Fourth’ with Omaha producer Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley).

For two months, Yorn lived in a guest house behind Mogis’s Omaha studio where he made the record. He spent his spare moments driving around Nebraska exploring the wide-open landscapes and writing. For the first time, Yorn wrote lyrics before composing melodies resulting in his most personal album to date. Escaping his everyday routine was something that shaped the new album. Yorn explains, “I think I found a different kind of inspiration there that helped carry the record home.”

For fun Pete would check out local bands in Omaha, gamble on riverboats, and hang out with the Mogis family. “I had great conversations with Mike’s dad,” Yorn says. “Denny Mogis. He’s a real interesting character.”

‘Back and Fourth’ follows Yorn’s first three albums, which he considers a trilogy, and is his first album in three years. The songs on ‘Back and Fourth’ range from lilting mandolin lullabies to bracing anthems. But there’s a thread running through the album – an organic feel to the arrangements, a careful pacing to the sequence, a penetrating truth to the stories – that’s unmatched by anything else in Yorn’s catalogue.

‘Back and Fourth’ sounds like no other Pete Yorn record because it was made like no other Pete Yorn record. For the first time, Yorn wrote lyrics before composing melodies, resulting in his most personal songs to date. While Yorn played virtually all the instruments on his first three albums, he assembled a top shelf band for ‘Back and Fourth’, including drummer Joey Waronker (Beck), pianist/arranger Nate Wolcott (Bright Eyes, The Faint, Rilo Kiley), guitarist Jonny Polonsky, bassist Joe Karnes (John Cale), and backing vocalist Orenda Fink (Azure Ray). “That’s the essential approach to the new album,” says Yorn. “I wanted to share my songs with a group of players who I respected, and then share the experience of recording them together as a group.”

PETE YORN ‘BACK AND FOURTH’ TRACK LISTING:

1. Don’t Wanna Cry
2. Paradise Cove
3. Close
4. Social Development
5. Shotgun
6. Last Summer
7. Thinking of You
8. Country
9. Four Years
10. Long Time

THE DUDES – BLOOD GUTS BRUISES CUTS

THE DUDES – BLOOD GUTS BRUISES CUTS

Blood Guts Bruises Cuts may not be for the faint of heart, but as the new album title by The Dudes, ears everywhere should take notice and tune in. Out on June 2nd via LOADmusic/EMI, Blood Guts Bruises Cuts stays true to the rock and roll soul sound that has propelled The Dudes out of the Calgary independent music scene and into the national spotlight.

“The Dudes – now strikingly tight showmen with a full arsenal of future-classic rock songs up their sleeves – have set their eyes on moving beyond the local stage…a rock band capable of taking on the world at large.” – FFWD Weekly

Sharing tour stages with the likes of Pride Tiger, Two Hours Traffic and Ladyhawk, The Dudes also earned marquee status at events including JunoFest, Sled Island, and V-Fest. They’ve been voted Calgary’s favourite band of 2006, 2007, and 2008 by FFWD readers, landed prominent spots in film (‘Freezer Burn’ starring Crispin Glover and Tom Green), television (‘Heartland’, ‘House Party’), and commercial use (Rogers mp3 phone ad).

Showing enormous artistic growth, Blood Guts Bruises Cuts, produced by Jeff Dawson (Daniel Powter, State of Shock) and mixed by Mike Fraser (Franz Ferdinand, AC/DC), introduces the perfect emotional blend of Al Green and Flaming Lips – soul music and early 1990’s distortion. We just call it awesome.

“With all pistons firing, this is a leaner, meaner Dudes.” – Beatroute Magazine

Stay tuned for tour dates but in the meantime you’re lucky if you can catch The Dudes first here:

June 13th – Calgary, AB – The 1 Legion (CD release party)
June 17th – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace (NXNE)
June 19th – St. John’s, NL – Club One (COCA)
June 20th – Toronto, ON – Reverb (NXNE)

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS RELEASE MY CABAL SINGLE ON GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL / JESU REMIX / MY CABAL VIDEO / TOUR US WITH BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS RELEASE “MY CABAL” SINGLE ON GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL / JESU REMIX / “MY CABAL” VIDEO / TOUR US WITH BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW

Brooklyn trio School of Seven Bells is coming off successful UK tours with Bat for Lashes and White Lies and a nomination for MOJO Breakthrough Act 2009. Now, “My Cabal,” the third single from their Ghostly International debut Alpinisms, is here, released on May 19th, 2009.

“My Cabal” has at its core a rather telling bit of wordplay. The word “cabal”-usually pronounced “kuh-BALL,” meaning a secret, conspiratorial clique not unlike School of Seven Bells themselves-is here pronounced “cable,” like the electronic connector. Appropriately, the song “My Cabal” reflects that strange conflation of technology and the supernatural, spinning a drum-machine throb, a few chiming guitars, and a My Bloody Valentine-style atmospheric “whoosh” into a sophisticated dream-pop anthem.

The “My Cabal” single also includes the melancholy instrumental “My Camarilla,” a halftime remix of Alpinisms’ “Chain” by UK ambient legends Seefeel, and a blown-out re-imagining of “Face to Face on High Places” by Jesu’s Justin Broadrick.

Download: “Face to Face on High Places (Jesu Remix)

The David Mullett-directed video for “My Cabal” matches the song’s woozy lilt with a new take on the usual band-performance video. In the clip, School of Seven Bells play in an equipment-stuffed soundstage as a single camera captures the action through a fisheye lens. The video’s gorgeously saturated colors and disorienting, constantly-shifting camera angle create the sense of watching the band while sitting in a tiny, smoothly calibrated rollercoaster.

“My Cabal” video on YouTube.

School of Seven Bells also recently contributed a brand-new track to Brand Neu!, a tribute to seminal ’70s Krautrockers Neu!, out May 11th on Feraltone Records.

The band is currently on tour with Black Moth Super Rainbow. The upcoming dates:

05.22 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club*
05.25 Seattle, WA @ Sasquatch Festival*
05.26 Portland, OR @ Holocene*
05.28 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill*
05.29 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour*
05.30 Costa Mesa, CA @ Detroit Bar*
05.31 Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room*
06.02 Austin, TX @ Mohawk*
06.03 Denton, TX @ Hailey’s*
06.04 Little Rock, AR @ Sticky Fingerz*
06.05 Nashville, TN @ Exit In*
06.06 Columbus, OH @ Circus*
06.12 New York City, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
08.07 Tokyo, JP @ Summer Sonic Festival
08.08 Mashima, JP @ Summer Sonic Festival
10.02 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10.04 San Diego, CA @ Casbah

*w/ Black Moth Super Rainbow