The Black Lips Interview

Meet the Black Lips – the self-proclaimed “flower punk” band from Georgia. It’s been just over a year ago since, Arabia Mountain, their sixth full-length hit the stands – but its not like this four-piece is at a loss of things to talk about.

MVRemix.com got down and dirty with Jared and Cole of the Black Lips when they passed through Montreal to play Osheaga Music & Arts Festival. Crazy tour stories, fish sticks and plans for the next album are all on tap in this interview.


How are you enjoying the festival so far?

Jared: So far so good. It’s been great.

Cole: Pretty awesome.

Have you seen any acts so far?

Jared: Nah…

Cole: We’re watching Garbage right now from the backstage screen.

Are you going to some tonight? Snoop Lion?

Jared: Well I have to DJ after this. Most of the times we play festivals we don’t see anyone.

What’s unique about Osheaga compared to other festivals?

Cole: The food is the best food I’ve ever had!

Jared: Top-notch catering!

I heard there’s a crazy chef…

Jared: the Iron Chef!

The Iron Chef?!

Jared: Yeah, he beat Bobby Flay.

Cole: Oysters, lobsters, payaya.

What’s your favourite meal so far?

Jared: Poutine.

So how do you chose what gets played in a festival like this and what gets cut?

Cole: Best of the best.

Do you do anything special on stage… compared to other festivals?

Cole: I vomited all over the stage. If that’s not special I gay fucked the crowd.

So your latest album was released just over a year ago, how’s the success surrounding that?

Cole: Incredible success.

Jared: We all bought houses, I’m building a bathroom right now. It ain’t cheap you know? You gotta get contractors and stuff. We can buy food. We go to markets…

Cole: It’s helping us survive.

Jared: Yeah, hotel rooms, jet planes sometimes.

No private jets though?

Jared: No, no.

Cole: We’re gonna try to work on that.

Jared: All custom made shit too.

But is there one inspiration that came to the table when you were making your album?

Cole: Science, technology…

Jared: Mine was more nature and sociology, just figuring out how people work.

Cole: We always study psychology because as a band, you know, you’re dealing with people.

Jared: I’m the only male in my family who’s not a preacher, so I grew up seeing – and these are evangelicals, so they’re like screaming on the stage, speaking talk, slapping people off… so I’m like hmmm how do I use that to my advantage and be in a band and use that. You will never be able to recreate that because we are not eternal.

Cole: We are so unique. Like me I’m in such a niche demographic being a homosexual, Satanist, scientologist. I’m the only one in the world. It’s a new perspective.

Jared: People get really mad at us because we don’t really have politics but we can agree with anyone. We like independent businesses. But like Chick-Fil-A was really bad the other day. Me and Cole started dating and we made out in the Chick-Fil-A. It’s been a hard kinda few days because not only are we Christians, and like the gay community was. His girlfriend – he got pregnant with his girlfriend when he started dating me and we live next door to each other and we’re in the same band! They say always not to mix business with pleasure.

Cole: It’s okay man.

If you had to sell your album on one track which one would it be?

Jared: Oh one track… I guess…

Cole: That’s hard. We love all our children.

Jared: On this last one? They’re all our children, we can’t pick one of them.

Fair, fair. So from the recording process, how many songs did you record and how many did you scrap?

Jared: We usually track about 30 and put about half on the record.

Cole: There’s a lot of scraps, lot of editing.

Jared: When you got four writers you got a lot of songs.

Are you gonna release any of those?

Cole: Yeah we’ve released a couple.

Jared: And now with like our thing we write songs about each other, I admit they’re kinda gay.

Do you think you’ve grown both musically and personally since your last release?

Cole: Yeah sonically, psychologically…

Jared: We’ve seen more places, for sure, we’ve been around the world about four or five times.

Cole: We live every day like all hell is about to break loose.

Jared: If you don’t think like that everyday like all this shit is about to hit the fan then why would you wake up?

Cole: That giddy feeling that the General gets when he had his finger on the nuclear button.

Jared: I like to picture myself in 1962 with Castro with his finger on the bomb like should I do it? And just like… Lets go!

Cole: That’s the feeling we like.

Jared: That’s that rush! That’s like divers get that feeling when they do a triple back flip.

Cole: Some people live for that. They call them daredevils. I consider us one of them.

Jared: They call them adrenaline junkies

Cole: Yeah, adrenaline junkies.

So what is one of your greatest challenges so far?

Cole: Going to Iraq, that’s one of our greatest challenges.

Jared: Yeah the borders are closing soon, we have to go September 13th, we have to keep watching Aljazeera every day.

Cole: We’re not kidding.

Jared: We’re not lying.

You have to go by then or you’re not in?

Jared: No that’s when our plane tickets are for.

Cole: We cant just like go to Iraq, it’s not a tourist destination.

Jared: Do you think we’re going to Sandestin Florida or something? C’mon now.

Cole: It’s gonna be awesome.

Is there one thing you bring on tour, like a special item?

Jared: Guitars, voices.

Cole: Guitars, drums.

Tell me about one of the craziest stories you’ve had, past and present on tour.

Cole: Oh man, there’s so many…

I want a good one

Cole: Ah me and Jared we got basically removed by a police officer off a flight in Australia because we smart off to the flight attendants.

Jared: Ok! Here’s the story I was sitting in an exit row and I had a light windbreaker on my lap and they’re like ‘Oh I’m sorry you have to either wear that or stow it’. I was like ‘Okay’. So I wrap the light windbreaker around my neck like a scarf. He’s like ‘I’m sorry you have to either wear that or stow it’ and I was like ‘I’m wearing it as a scarf’. He’s like [Australian accent] ‘I’m sorry mate that’s not a scarf’. I was like ‘Oh yes that is a scarf. I’m from L.A. and I know way more about fashion then you and this is a scarf I’m wearing.’ Then he left and then five minutes later eight federal agents come aboard and escort me off and then he got escorted off later.

Cole: I told the flight attendants to stop harassing me. She said my bag was too big so I went out and made sure it fit the specifications there before the flight. It met the specifications of size. You didn’t have to shove it through this rectangle and then she’s still like ‘C’mon’. I said ‘Can you please get out of my face you’re harassing me.’ And then she said ‘You calm down’ and I was like ‘No you calm down’. Then I shut up ‘cause I knew I was gonna get in trouble. And then next thing I know, I wake up and there’s police coming on the plane. Go figure they let a guy from Jordi3 on because he was trying to get a seat and we didn’t get the last seat so we got kicked off…

Jared: But the best was they moved us to a Virgin and we went with Virgin and they wouldn’t charge us for any of the drinks, we’re like ‘Why?!’. In the end all the stewardesses we’re like ‘We want to go to your show!’. And the pilots came out they’re like ‘Oh you’re the Black Lips?’ So we took both pilots and all the stewardesses to our show that night and we got wasted…

Cole: And at the end the flight attendant invited Ian back to her hotel room but he was too tired, which like never happens.

Jared: And I’m scared of airplanes, like really really bad and I had the pilot coaching me like ‘Are you seriously never scared when you take off? Cause I always feel like I’m going to die’.

Well what’s one word you would use to describe each other?

Jared: Awesome.

Cole: My boyfriend.

Jared: Yeah, my boyfriend.

Cole: Sometimes I think its hard dating Jared but then when we snuggle at night all the pain melts away.

Jared: Well its kinda cool because its not like I have to bring my girlfriend on tour anymore because we have to share hotel rooms anyways at night so it works out perfectly. And we get to share the same funds we make exactly the same amount of money. So it’s always a Dutch Date.

If they had to make a movie about your band who would you chose to play each other?

Jared: I wanna be Denzel.

Cole: George Costanza… what’s his name… Jason Alexander. He shares my last name.

Jared: Yeah I wanna be Denzel Washington.

So what’s one thing die-hard fans do not know about you?

Jared: We’re pretty open, like we don’t really have any secrets.

Just wrapping up, what’s coming up in your future?

Cole: Going to Iraq! Hopefully we can get in.

Jared: Going to Iraq and then we’re going to record our seventh album.

Do you have any songs written or recorded?

Jared: Oh yeah, a ton of them a bunch of them, we already started going in the studio.

Name for a title yet?

Jared: Ass Dogs.

Cole: Ass Dogs, yeah.

What’s the album cover gonna look like?

Jared: Just gonna be a dogs butt. Hey! Do you like fish sticks?

Yeah for sure.

Jared: Do you like them in your mouth?

Sure? [laughing]

Cole: Have you seen South Park?

[Cole & Jared laughing]

Setting me up here!

Cole: He’s been trying to set people up. He always tells girls the joke, it doesn’t sound as good.

Are there any fish sticks here?

[Cole & Jared laughing]

Cole: I would have them in my mouth

You didn’t have any in your mouth yet?

Cole: No I will ‘cause I like fish sticks and I like them in my mouth

They have some outside if you wanna go pick ‘em up!

Cole: Really? Really?

Yeah, around here, downtown!

Cole: You serious?!

Jared: I’m not going downtown!

Cole: He doesn’t like fish sticks, I like them.

Jared: I’m waiting for a girl that I like

Cole: What?! We’re dating!

Jared: Oh yeah

Cole: See what I have to deal with! We’re gonna go get some fish sticks

The Black Lips – Arabia Mountain album review

While the late nineties were peppered with foul-mouthed shock rock and offensive yet strangely metered personalities who were easy for the media to latch onto and vilify (at least until everybody grew up to realize that Marilyn Mason was not in fact the boogie-man we’d all hoped he’d turn out to be and instead, maybe, was a really nice guy), there was not a long line of bands waiting to step into GG Allin’s urine soaked shoes.  And then, freshly expelled from their high school in the wake of the Columbine Massacre due to some vague reasoning that labeled them as a ‘subculture danger’, formed the Black Lips.  

For three albums spanning five years the band maintained a reputation that ranked them among the highest or lowest (depending on how you look at it) in the race toward repugnance not solely due to their stage performance—which included a variety of bodily fluids—but for the generally scum-driven sound they made work so well.

All of that seemed to change with the release of 2007’s Good Bad Not Evil when the band suddenly garnished some form of terrainian recognition and for the first time pulled themselves from below ground to find an audience waiting for them, an audience who they would promptly alienate with the madness noise of their next release 200 Million Thousand.  Now with Arabia  Mountain the boys seem to be making an attempt at digging themselves from the dirt once again.

It’s not that the album lacks the Lips’ characteristic griminess.  The grime is still there, but it’s a digestible grime, the sort of grime you’d let your son play with but wouldn’t quite trust to take out your daughter.  It has something to do with the fact that the album was produced by Mark Ronson who has worked with such big names as Amy Winehouse (who you should just keep away from your kids altogether).  He gives the record a kind of dirty 60’s, beach dance-vibe complete with blaring saxes and tambourines accompanied hand-claps.  The whole thing feels like a Kinks or Beach Boys album on PCP.

But if Arabia Mountain seems more mature, it is not the work of the producer alone.  The songs are characteristically playful and raunchy, but they lack some of the broad-swinging emotions prevalent throughout the band’s previous releases which alternated back and forth from extreme joy to bellicose, nihilistic posturing.  “Time is moving on,” the band tells us in the upbeat and almost hand-jiving track “Time”.  The Black Lips are feeling it, and it seems like they’re moving on with it.  But will they move toward this new acceptance or recoil from it?  One thing is sure; whatever they do it will be unpredictable and layered with distortion.

BLACK LIPS RELEASE NEW VIDEO TO KICK OFF THEIR US TOUR

BLACK LIPS RELEASE NEW VIDEO TO KICK OFF THEIR US TOUR

NEW BRIAN BUTLER-DIRECTED “MODERN ART” VIDEO PREMIERED YESTERDAY, TOUR BEGINS TODAY IN CARRBORO

Gearing up for what amounts to nearly three solid months of touring (full dates below), Atlanta’s “flower punk” progenitors Black Lips yesterday released a mind warping new video for Arabia Mountain track “Modern Art” via Pitchfork. The song marks the first publicly available taste of the nine album cuts (of 16 total) produced by top 40 pop mastermind Mark Ronson, and features some of the long murmured-about new instrumentation that resulted from the collaboration, including a rare pitch-perfect performance on singing saw. The 2 minute blast of visual psychedelia comes courtesy of Brian Butler, friend and protégé of celebrated arthouse director and Manson family documentarian Kenneth Anger. Butler’s clip offers a solid nod to his primary field of expertise, the occult, transpiring in the dark, other-worldly interior of New Orleans’s Saturn Bar, lined with the anachronistic paintings of Michael Frolich, and featuring a co-starring cast that includes a human skull, a squid, and a rooster. Click the link below to take a trip to the other side.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
(all April dates w/ Vivian Girls)
4/6/11 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
4/7/11 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
4/8/11 Washington, DC Black Cat
4/9/11 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
4/12/11 New York, NY Webster
4/13/11 Pawtucket, RI The Met
4/14/11 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
4/15/11 Montreal, QC Le National
4/16/11 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
4/17/11 Detroit, MI Magic Stick
4/19/11 Columbus, OH Outland Live
4/20/11 Newport, KY Southgate House
4/21/11 St. Louis, MO The Firebird
4/22/11 Chicago, IL Logan Square Auditorium
4/23/11 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
4/25/11 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
4/26/11 Kansas City, MO The Beaumont Club
4/27/11 Dallas, TX The Loft
4/28/11 Austin, TX Emo’s
4/29/11 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s
4/30/11 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon

5/6/11 Barcelona, SP Bikini Venue
5/7/11 Santiago de Compostela Sala Capitol
5/8/11 Madrid, SP Sala Heineken
5/9/11 Montpellier, FR Rockstore
5/11/11 Strasbourg, FR La Laterie
5/12/11 Hamburg, DE Grunspan
5/13/11 Berlin, DE Festsaal Kreuzberg
5/14/11 Munich, DE Garge Fest (Feierwerk)
5/16/11 Amsterdam, NL Trouw Amsterdam
5/17/11 Paris, FR 104
5/18/11 Brussels, BE Les Nuits Botanique
5/19/11 London, UK The Garage
5/20/11 Liverpool, UK Sound City Fetival (The Masque)
5/21/11 Cheshire, UK Friends Of Mine Festival
5/22/11 Leeds, UK Brudenell Social Club
5/24/11 Glasgow, UK Stereo
5/25/11 Dublin, IRL The Button Factory
5/26/11 Cork, IRL Cypress Avenue
5/27/11 Galway, IRL Roisin Dubh
5/31/11 Zurich, CH Exil

(all June dates w/ Cerebal Ballzy)
6/9/11 San Diego, CA The Casbah
6/10/11 Santa Barbara, CA Velvet Jones
6/11 & 12 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
6/14/11 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
6/15/11 Vancouver,BC Commodore Ballroom
6/16/11 Seattle, WA Neumos
6/17/11 Boise, ID Knitting Factory Concert House
6/18/11 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
6/19/11 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
6/21/11 Tucson, AZ Plush
6/22/11 Phoenix, AZ Rhythm Room
6/23/11 Costa Mesa, CA The Detroit Bar
6/24/11 Los Angeles, CA The Music Box
6/25/11 Pomona, CA The Glass House

BLACK LIPS ANNOUNCE ARABIA MOUNTAIN ALBUM TRACKLIST, RELEASE DATE

BLACK LIPS ANNOUNCE ARABIA MOUNTAIN

NEW MARK RONSON-PRODUCED ALBUM IN STORES JUNE 7th ON VICE RECORDS

Founding fathers of Atlanta’s “flower punk” movement the Black Lips are set to release Arabia Mountain, their sixth full-length album, June 7th on longtime label Vice Records. Arabia Mountain was recorded between Brooklyn and Atlanta over the last few months of 2010 and with the collaborative assistance of celebrated DJ and producer Mark Ronson, Lockett Pundt of Deerhunter, and a human skull with a microphone jammed into it.

Arabia Mountain also marks the first time the Lips have worked with an outside producer. Mark Ronson, best known for his production work with the likes of Nas, Adele, Kaiser Chiefs, Duran Duran, Lily Allen, and Amy Winehouse, recorded nine of the album’s tracks at MetroSonic studios in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, amid a 10-day bender of late nights and one hospital visit. He then came back to Atlanta’s Living Room studio for an additional 5 days to add the finishing touches.

“I was already a fan of the Black Lips coming into it and I definitely didn’t want to fuck up anything,” Ronson told Rolling Stone in December. And fuck up he did not. The production tests the limits of modern amplification technology, harkening to the full, meaty sound of Fun House or Lola Versus Powerman or whatever your favorite record of 1970 is.

The Black Lips will be touring the new material up and down the Eastern Seaboard with garage-pop ladyband the Vivian Girls in April, and again on the West Coast with skateboarding hardcorers Cerebral Ballzy. Full dates below.

ARABIA MOUNTAIN TRACKLISTING

1. Family Tree
2. Modern Art *
3. Spidey’s Curse *
4. Mad Dog *
5. Mr. Driver *
6. Bicentennial Man «
7. Go Out And Get It «
8. Raw Meat *
9. Bone Marrow *
10. The Lie *
11. Time
12. Dumpster Dive
13. New DIrection *
14. Noc-a-homa
15. Don’t Mess My Baby *
16. You Keep On Running

* produced by Mark Ronson
« produced by Lockett Pundt

WATCH EXCLUSIVE VIDEO OF BLACK LIPS IN THE STUDIO WITH MARK RONSON AT ROLLINGSTONE.COM

BLACK LIPS SXSW SHOWS:
3/16/11 Van’s Showcase Emo’s
3/17/11 VICE Showcase Club Deville
3/18/11 Filter Showcase Lustre Pearl

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
(all April dates w/ Vivian Girls)
4/6/11 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
4/7/11 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
4/8/11 Washington, DC Black Cat
4/9/11 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
4/12/11 New York, NY Webster
4/13/11 Pawtucket, RI The Met
4/14/11 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
4/15/11 Montreal, QC Le National
4/16/11 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
4/17/11 Detroit, MI Magic Stick
4/19/11 Columbus, OH Outland Live
4/20/11 Newport, KY Southgate House
4/21/11 St. Louis, MO The Firebird
4/22/11 Chicago, IL Logan Square Auditorium
4/23/11 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
4/25/11 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
4/26/11 Kansas City, MO The Beaumont Club
4/27/11 Dallas, TX The Loft
4/28/11 Austin, TX Emo’s
4/29/11 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s
4/30/11 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon

5/6/11 Barcelona, SP Bikini Venue
5/7/11 Santiago de Compostela Sala Capitol
5/8/11 Madrid, SP Sala Heineken
5/9/11 Montpellier, FR Rockstore
5/11/11 Strasbourg, FR La Laterie
5/12/11 Hamburg, DE Grunspan
5/13/11 Berlin, DE Festsaal Kreuzberg
5/14/11 Munich, DE Garge Fest (Feierwerk)
5/16/11 Amsterdam, NL Trouw Amsterdam
5/17/11 Paris, FR 104
5/18/11 Brussels, BE Les Nuits Botanique
5/19/11 London, UK The Garage
5/20/11 Liverpool, UK Sound City Fetival (The Masque)
5/21/11 Cheshire, UK Friends Of Mine Festival
5/22/11 Leeds, UK Brudenell Social Club
5/24/11 Glasgow, UK Stereo
5/25/11 Dublin, IRL The Button Factory
5/26/11 Cork, IRL Cypress Avenue
5/27/11 Galway, IRL Roisin Dubh
5/31/11 Zurich, CH Exil

(all June dates w/ Cerebal Ballzy)
6/9/11 San Diego, CA The Casbah
6/10/11 Santa Barbara, CA Velvet Jones
6/11 & 12 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
6/14/11 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
6/15/11 Vancouver,BC Commodore Ballroom
6/16/11 Seattle, WA Neumos
6/17/11 Boise, ID Knitting Factory Concert House
6/18/11 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
6/19/11 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
6/21/11 Tucson, AZ Plush
6/22/11 Phoenix, AZ Rhythm Room
6/23/11 Costa Mesa, CA The Detroit Bar
6/24/11 Los Angeles, CA The Music Box
6/25/11 Pomona, CA The Glass House

BLACK LIPS EXTEND US TOUR WEST COAST DATES ADDED AS ANTICIPATION FOR NEW MARK RONSON PRODUCED ALBUM BUILDS

BLACK LIPS EXTEND US TOUR WEST COAST DATES ADDED AS ANTICIPATION FOR NEW MARK RONSON PRODUCED ALBUM BUILDS

Atlanta’s Black Lips, notorious master artisans of hook-laden psychedelic garage-pop, and one of the most irresistible live bands around, are extending their US tour this summer. In addition to previously announced dates with Vivian Girls set for this April, the quartet will be bringing their sunny sounds up and down the west coast in June for a run of dates with NY’s punk/hardcore ragers Cerebal Ballzy. Fresh out of the studio with top 40 wizard Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Busta Rhymes, etc), the band will be showcasing new material from their upcoming new full length on Vice Music, tapped by Spin as one of their “30 Must-Hear Albums of 2011”.

New Tour Dates:
(all June dates w/ Cerebal Ballzy)
6/9/11 San Diego, CA The Casbah
6/10/11 Santa Barbara, CA Velvet Jones
6/11 & 12 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
6/14/11 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
6/15/11 Vancouver,BC Commodore Ballroom
6/16/11 Seattle, WA Neumos
6/17/11 Boise, ID Knitting Factory Concert House
6/18/11 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
6/19/11 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
6/21/11 Tucson, AZ Plush
6/22/11 Phoenix, AZ Rhythm Room
6/23/11 Costa Mesa, CA The Detroit Bar
6/24/11 Los Angeles, CA The Music Box
6/25/11 Pomona, CA The Glass House

Previously Announced Dates:
(all April dates w/ Vivian Girls)
2/24/11 Miami, FL Grand Central * with Surfer Blood, Vivian Girls, Thee Oh Sees
2/25-2/28/11 Miami, FL Bruise Cruise *with Thee Oh Sees, Surfer Blood,Ty Segall
3/7/11 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks *with Quintron and Miss Pussycat
4/6/11 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
4/7/11 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
4/8/11 Washington, DC Black Cat
4/9/11 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
4/12/11 New York, NY Webster Hall
4/13/11 Pawtucket, RI The Met
4/14/11 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
4/15/11 Montreal, QC Le National
4/16/11 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
4/17/11 Detroit, MI Magic Stick
4/19/11 Columbus, OH Outland Live
4/20/11 Newport, KY Southgate House
4/21/11 St. Louis, MO The Firebird
4/22/11 Chicago, IL Logan Square Auditorium
4/23/11 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
4/25/11 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
4/26/11 Kansas City, MO The Beaumont Club
4/27/11 Dallas, TX The Loft
4/28/11 Austin, TX Emo’s
4/29/11 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s
4/30/11 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon

Black Lips US Tour Dates 2011

BLACK LIPS TOUR DESCENDS ON THE US THIS SPRING EAST COAST AND MIDWEST TOUR WITH VIVIAN GIRLS LAUNCHING IN ANTICIPATION OF NEW MARK RONSON PRODUCED ALBUM DROPPING EARLY SUMMER

Widely renowned as one of the best rock live acts in the touring circuit, Atlanta’s supreme purveyors of psych-tinged garage-pop Black Lips are set to bring their raucous and jubilant stage antics across the US this summer. Fresh out of the studio with top 40 studio wizard Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Busta Rhymes, etc), the band will be debuting a smattering of new material from their upcoming new full length on Vice Music, tapped by Spin as one of their “30 Must-Hear Albums of 2011”. Joining the quartet will be NY trio Vivian Girls, whose new album is set to drop this spring on Polyvinyl.

Tour Dates:
(all April dates w/ Vivian Girls)
2/24/11 Miami, FL Grand Central * with Surfer Blood, Vivian Girls, Thee Oh Sees
2/25-2/28/11 Miami, FL Bruise Cruise *with Thee Oh Sees, Surfer Blood The Strange Boys, Ty Segall
3/7/11 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks *with Quintron and Miss Pussycat
4/6/11 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
4/7/11 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
4/8/11 Washington, DC Black Cat
4/9/11 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
4/12/11 New York, NY Webster Hall 4/13/11 Pawtucket, RI The Met
4/14/11 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
4/15/11 Montreal, QC Le National
4/16/11 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
4/17/11 Detroit, MI Magic Stick
4/19/11 Columbus, OH Outland Live
4/20/11 Newport, KY Southgate House
4/21/11 St. Louis, MO The Firebird
4/22/11 Chicago, IL Logan Square Auditorium
4/23/11 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
4/25/11 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
4/26/11 Kansas City, MO The Beaumont Club
4/27/11 Dallas, TX The Loft
4/28/11 Austin, TX Emo’s
4/29/11 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s
4/30/11 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon

THE BLACK LIPS TO TAKE OTHER ATLANTA MUSICIANS TO TASK ON BASKETBALL COURT BAND TO DONATE THEIR EARNINGS FROM THE EVENT TO CHARITY, CHALLENGE OTHER PARTICIPANTS TO DO THE SAME

THE BLACK LIPS TO TAKE OTHER ATLANTA MUSICIANS TO TASK ON BASKETBALL COURT BAND TO DONATE THEIR EARNINGS FROM THE EVENT TO CHARITY, CHALLENGE OTHER PARTICIPANTS TO DO THE SAME

The band will be receiving $5,000.00 for their participation in the event, the whole of which they will be donating to the Auditory Verbal Centre Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of deaf children, some of whom have been outfitted with cochlear implants in order to play music. More info on the charity can be found here: http://www.avchears.org/

The Black Lips are challenging the other players to do the same with their participation fees.

Here is a hilarious video to promote the bands’ involvement in the tournament. Check it out here:

Fans who want to see the tournament should stay tuned to The Black Lips’ Facebook page for ticket giveaways, or be one of the first 30 people to head down to Criminal Records (1154 Euclid Avenue Northeast) and sign up for the guest list.

Tickets giveaways will also be occurring through V103 Radio and various Atlanta music blogs.

BLACK LIPS DO “DRUGS” ON NATIONAL TELEVISION, KICK OFF 2010 WITH WEST COAST TOUR DATES WATCH THEIR LIVE PERFORMANCE OF “DRUGS” FROM LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY HERE SELECT TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED THROUGHOUT CALIFORNIA IN JANUARY 2010

BLACK LIPS DO “DRUGS” ON NATIONAL TELEVISION, KICK OFF 2010 WITH WEST COAST TOUR DATES WATCH THEIR LIVE PERFORMANCE OF “DRUGS” FROM LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY HERE SELECT TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED THROUGHOUT CALIFORNIA IN JANUARY 2010

Last week Black Lips took to the airwaves with their live performance of “Drugs”, the rough and rollicking single featured on their most recent album 200 Million Thousand (VICE Records). Filmed during their September 25th New York show supporting Yo La Tengo at the Roseland Ballroom, “Drugs” aired Thursday October 29th on NBC’s Last Call With Carson Daly. Capturing their near-legendary stage presence with a rager sure to please, whatever your substance of choice may be.

Following their wholesome All-American addictions for baseball and ice cream, their insatiable appetite for touring the world continues this January for a handful of shows throughout the West coast before embarking to Australia and Japan. See below for the full list of US and Australian tour dates.

Drugs” live on Last Call with Carson Daly

Upcoming Tour Dates:
12/31/09 ATLANTA, GA THE EARL
1/20/10 COSTA MESA, CA THE DETROIT BAR
1/21/10 SAN FRANCISCO, CA GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL
1/22/10 POMONA, CA THE GLASSHOUSE
1/23/10 LOS ANGELES, CA EL REY THEATRE
1/24/10 SAN DIEGO, CA THE CASBAH
1/29/10 BRISBANE LANEWAY FESTIVAL
1/30/10 MELBOURNE LANEWAY FESTIVAL
1/31/10 SYDNEY LANEWAY FESTIVAL
2/01/10 AUCKLAND LANEWAY FESTIVAL
2/02/10 WELLINGTON SFBH
2/04/10 MELBOURNE CORNER HOTEL
2/05/10 ADELAIDE LANEWAY FESTIVAL
2/06/10 PERTH LANEWAY FESTIVAL
2/08/10 SYDNEY MANNING BAR

BLACK LIPS PREMIERE NEW VIDEO FOR “LET IT GROW” ON PITCHFORK.TV, PLAY SELECT US SHOWS IN OCTOBER

BLACK LIPS PREMIERE NEW VIDEO FOR “LET IT GROW” ON PITCHFORK.TV, PLAY SELECT US SHOWS IN OCTOBER

Black Lips, perhaps the world’s most nefariously consistent live band and raucous pioneers for a new generation of psychedelia-steeped garage rock have released their fourth video from 200 Million Thousand (VICE Records). For the searing gem “Let It Grow”, director Matt Dilmore filmed exclusively with the late 90’s kids camera Vidster, creating a unique effect incomparable in resolution to today’s HD standards but rife with character.

Appropriately translating the strange odyssey Black Lips traverse in the endlessly catchy song, Dilmore’s pixelated creation complements the nostalgic portrayal of reckless youthful abandon that the band does so well. The surreal journey follows an extraterrestrial-obsessed tourist through his desert travels, culminating in an iconic cameo by the oversized, blindfolded-and-squirming cat Queso (with negligible psychological trauma incurred).

Following up summer festival appearances at NXNE, Athfest, Pitchfork, and the Capitol Hill Block Party, Black Lips unending devotion to touring will bring them to the Scion Garage Fest and New Orleans’ Voodoo Experience, with headlining dates throughout the South.

Watch the “Let It Grow” video on Pitchfork.tv (from 200 Million Thousand on VICE Records):

Tour Dates:
10/09/09 AUSTIN, TX MOHAWK
10/17/09 PORTLAND, OR SCION GARAGE FEST
10/28/09 ASHEVILLE, NC THE ORANGE PEEL
10/29/09 NASHVILLE, TN MERCY LOUNGE
10/30/09 MEMPHIS, TN YOUNG AVE DELI
10/31/09 NEW ORLEANS, LA VOODOO EXPERIENCE