The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die ready EP, tour (2014)

Sprawling post-rock collective The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die have announced the release of a new EP, Between Bodies, on Broken World Media on October 7.

Their first release since their much heralded 2013 debut full-length Whenever, If Ever on Topshelf Records, Between Bodies is a collaboration with spoken word artist Chris Zizzamia and was recorded by the band’s guitarist Chris Teti at his Silver Bullet Studios (art & track listing below). Tickets are currently on sale for the band’s first North American headlining tour taking place this fall with support from The Hotelier, Rozwell Kid, and Posture & the Grizzly (all tour dates below).

09/11 – Athens, OH – Union Bar & Grill^
09/12 – Pontiac, MI – Crofoot Ballroom#
09/13 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
09/14 – Rockford, IL @ Rockford Art Deli
09/20 – Kitchener, CAN @ KOI Fest
10/17 – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt*
10/18 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo*
10/19 – Rochester, NY – Bug Jar*
10/22 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore*
10/23 – Burlington, VT – Signal Kitchen*
10/25 – Hamden, CT – The Space*
10/26 – Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery*
10/27 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry*
10/28 – Charlotte, NC – Casbah @ Tremont*
10/29 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt*
10/30 – Atlanta, GA – Purgatory*
11/02 – Gainesville, FL – The Fest*
11/04 – Birmingham, AL – The Forge*
11/05 – Dallas, TX – Prophet Bar*
11/06 – Houston, TX – Walter’s*
11/08 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/10 – Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room*
11/11 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo*
11/12 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction*
11/13 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill*
11/14 – Reno, NV – Holland Project*
11/15 – Portland, OR – Slabtown*
11/16 – Seattle, WA – Vera Project*
11/17 – Boise, ID – The Crux*
11/18 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court*
11/19 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater*
11/20 – Lawrence, KS – Jackpot*
11/21 – St. Louis, MO – The Demo*
11/23 – Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme*
11/24 – Akron, OH – Musica*
11/28 – Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live*
11/29 – Boston, MA – Middle East Downstairs*

^ = w/ You Blew It!
# = w/ Citizen, You Blew It!, Hostage Calm
* = w/ The Hotelier, Rozwell Kid, Posture & the Grizzly

Knuckle Puck share “Oak Street,” tour (2014)

Chicago punks Knuckle Puck will release a two-song flexi 7″ via Bad Timing Records on September 2, just in time for the kick off date of their supporting stint on Senses Fail’s Let It Enfold You 10 Year Anniversary Tour which runs September 3 to October 5.

The 7″ is available for purchase here in physical and digital formats and consists of “Oak Street” (a new track that will appear on the band’s upcoming EP due out this fall) and an acoustic version of another new song titled “Home Alone.”

Stream “Oak Street” here.

Since forming in 2011, Knuckle Puck has been generating buzz via a string of EP’s, including a split with Neck Deep that was released earlier this year. The band spent the first half of the summer on Man Overboard’s The Heart Attack Tour with Transit and Forever Came Calling.

8/31 – Blue Moose Tap House – Iowa City, IA (Knuckle Puck Headline. No Senses Fail)

9/01 – Greely, CO – The Moxi Theater (Knuckle Puck Headline. No Senses Fail)

9/03 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA

9/04 – Troubadour – Hollywood, CA

9/05 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA

9/06 – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR

9/07 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA

9/08 – Spokane, WA – The Hop (w/Doyce of Misfits, No Bragging Rights, To The Wind)

9/09 – Club Sound – Salt Lake City, UT

9/10 – The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO

9/11 – Bourbon Theatre – Lincoln, NE

9/13 – Skully’s Music Diner – Columbus, OH

9/14 – Mr Smalls Theatre – Milvale, PA

9/16 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA

9/17 – Marlin Room in Webster Hall – New York, NY

9/18 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY

9/19 – The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA

9/20 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ

9/21 – Ottobar – Baltimore, MD

9/23 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC

9/24 – Underbelly – Jacksonville, FL

9/25 – The Social – Orlando, FL

9/27 – Walter’s – Houston, TX

9/28 – Index Fest – Dallas, TX

9/29 – Red 7 – Austin, TX

10/1 – Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM

10/2 – Club Red – Tempe, AZ

10/3 – The Glass House – Pomona, CA

10/5 – The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA

10/7 – Lawrence, KA – The Granada Theater (Knuckle Puck Headline. No Senses Fail)

The Jazz June ready After The Earthquake

Influential indie rock outfit The Jazz June have announced details for After The Earthquake, their long awaited full-length on Topshelf Records.

Due out on November 11 (CD/digital/vinyl), the LP was recorded with producer Evan Weiss (Into It. Over It.) at Gradwell House this past spring, with Steve Poponi (Young Statues) engineering/mixing and Dave Downham (Dowsing, Into It. Over It.) mastering.

With the exception of their contribution to last spring’s split with Dikembe, the new album marks their first new studio material in over 12 years.

The Jazz June is confirmed for Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX in November. Additional tour dates will be announced soon.

Minus The Bear share “Cat Calls & Ill Means,” tour (2014)

As Minus The Bear anticipate the release of the forthcoming full-length Lost Loves, out October 7 via Dangerbird Records, the band have premiered the song “Cat Calls & Ill Means” on Noisey.com. The seasoned Seattle, WA five-piece will embark upon an intimate club tour this fall in support of the new release as well as the 10th anniversary re-release of their fan favorite EP, They Make Beer Commercials Like This. (Tickets On Sale Now)

Stream “Cat Calls & Ill Means” on Noisey via SoundCloud

http://noisey.vice.com/blog/minus-the-bear-cat-calls-and-ill-means-premiere

* = w/ O’Brother

# = w/ Young Widows

& = w/ Mansions

 

SEPTEMBER

20 – Los Angeles, CA – Sunset Strip Music Festival

 

OCTOBER

14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe * SOLD OUT

15 – Brooklyn, NY – St. Vitus * SOLD OUT

16 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair *

17 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre * SOLD OUT

18 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts *

19 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel  *

21 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop #

22 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick #

23 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge #

24 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock #

25 – Des Moines, IA – Wolly’s #

27 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre

 

NOVEMBER

01 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile &

20 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s &

21 – San Diego, CA – Casbah &

22 – Pomona, CA – Glasshouse &

23 – San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Brewing Co. &

Modern Baseball share video for “Pothole,” tour (2014)

Philadelphia’s Modern Baseball have hit a home run with their new video for “Pothole” that premiered on Entertainment Weekly yesterday, who called it “subtly powerful”.  The track is off their sophomore album You’re Gonna Miss It All which came out earlier this year on Run For Cover Records.

Directed by Kyle Thrash, who also did the band’s video for “Your Graduation” as well as videos for The Weekend, “Pothole” shows a quieter side of Modern Baseball, combining tour footage to create a video as sentimental as it is enjoyable to watch.

Watch “Pothole”
Modern Baseball kick off an enormous run of North American tour dates this week, including appearances at Riot Fest Chicago and Fest 13.

08/29 – Columbus, OH @ Fashion Meets Music Festival
08/31 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Zoo
09/05 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
09/06 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony^
09/07 – Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon^
09/08 – Montreal, QC @ Petit Olympia^
09/09 – Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks^
09/10 – Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck Bar^
09/11 – Detroit, MI @ The Shelter^
09/12 – Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge (Riot Fest After-Show)
09/14 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest Chicago
10/01 – Bloomington, IN @ The Castle Theater*
10/02 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall*
10/03 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel*
10/06 – Patchogue, NY @ Emporium*
10/07 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva*
10/08 – Charlotte, NC @ The Filmore Charlotte*
10/09 – Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco*
10/10 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
10/12 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
10/13 – Tucson, AZ @ Club XS*
10/18 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst*
10/19 – Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater Pomona*
10/21 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Live – Strip*
10/22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound*
10/23 – Cheyenne, WY @ Atlas Theater*
10/24 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre*
10/25 – St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room*
10/26 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave*
10/28 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection*
10/29 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s*
10/31 – Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center*
11/02 – Gainesville, FL @ Fest 13

^ = w/ I Am the Avalanche, Beach Slang
* = w/ The Wonder Years, The Story So Far, Gnarwolves

Pianos Become the Teeth share “Repine”

Pianos Become the Teeth have posted the first single from their upcoming debut for Epitaph Records. The record is titled Keep You and is due out October 28.

The Angry Samoans announce tour dates (2014)

Long running punk rockers The Angry Samoans are going on a short Canadian tour with a few USA stops. The Skullians are opening.

Date City Venue
September 18 Akron, Ohio Annabell’s w/ Downtown Brown
September 19 Hamilton This Ain’t Hollywood w/ Skullians
September 20 Toronto Hard Luck Bar w/ Skullians
September 21 London The EPK w/ Skullains
September 24 Ottawa House of Targ w/ Skullians
September 25 Montreal Cabaret Underworld w/ Skullians
September 27 Cambridge, Massachusetts Middle East w/ GBH, Reagan Youth & Burning Streets

Kayo Dot share “Library Subterranean”

Listen to the first single from Kayo Dot’s new album now on Brooklyn Vegan.  Titled “Library Subterranean”, this song appears on Coffins On Io, which will be available on October 16 from Flenser Records and is available for pre-order now.

Led by founding member Toby Driver (also of Secret Chiefs 3), Kayo Dot emerged in Boston, MA in 2002 from the ashes of metal group Maudlin of the Well. Since then, Driver has led Kayo Dot through several lineup changes and dramatic stylistic shifts: from traditional metal, to atmospheric, avant-garde metal; and now with their new album Coffins on Io, the bats-in-your-belfry hard rock of Sisters of Mercy meets Peter Gabriel-era Genesis, Scritti Politti and early Roxy Music.

Shred Then Shred: Fynn Claus Grabke (The Picturebooks)

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It’s not surprising that The Picturebooks recorded their 2014 album, Imaginary Horse [RidingEasy Records], in the same garage where they regularly refurbish and repair motorcycles and choppers. The German duo—Fynn Claus Grabke [vocals, guitar] and Philipp Mirtschink [drums]—capture a raw, rich, and real energy befitting of the room’s natural reverb, industrial aura, and spiritual spark. Most importantly, the record also begins to rev up the boys’ career like never before.

Fynn and Philipp first crossed paths at a local skate park. Becoming fast friends, they realized their mutual interests extended beyond shredding half-pipes and into music like The Smiths, The Cure, and Minor Threat. Soon, they began writing songs together, utilizing equipment Fynn’s dad Claus had accumulated over his years as a musician and record producer. After two independent releases in Europe, the pair played major festivals such as Sziget and toured with everybody from International Noise Conspiracy to Spinnerette. Simultaneously, they garnered international attention for their motorcycle builds and received prominent profiles in tastemaker music publications.

Although the album (out October 7) is worthy of its own feature, Ghettoblaster couldn’t pass up the opportunity to chat with Fynn (son of famed ’80s skateboarder Claus Grabke) about skating. This is what he told us.

Do you play places on tour that also allow you to skate inside or outside?  What are the best places you’ve skated on tour?

Both of us skate. We try to skate as much as possible on tour, but we also try to avoid getting hurt, cause if we break an arm or something like that we will risk having to cancel shows or even worse, a whole tour. So we try to keep our skating low-key but there´s always fun stuff to skate in clubs, even if it’s just benches or curbs…that can be a lot of fun.

We always have our boards with us, so we can scan the area where we´re at. when you´re on tour you often find yourself in the inside of all these clubs around the world and don´t get to see anything of the cities you play in. It´s always great playing at clubs or festivals that have a mini-ramp or pool. we´ve played that one club one time, I can´t even remember where that was, and there was a skatepark in front of the club. We had a session with half of the crowd. That was awesome!

What is the most difficult trick that you’ve landed?  How does the feeling of landing that compare to the feeling of conquering a difficult riff or part in your music?

That´s a difficult question to answer, cause I think skateboarding can´t be measured like that. Skateboarding is always best when it’s fun! When I was sponsored, it was more about the difficulty of tricks, (how high can you ollie? how many stairs can you kickflip etc.) and I lost the fun in it. Now I just skate for fun. my favorite things to do on a skateboard are backside smithgrinds, backside and frontside tailslides, long 5-o grinds, ice-plant.

It´s the same in music. Playing a complicated riff or something like that, doesn´t mean it´s a good song. it´s often the complete opposite cause you´re pushing it too much and if you hear that, it´s not music anymore, because music is feeling and not a sport, just like skateboarding is not a sport. Less is more!

What kind of deck, trucks, wheels, or other gear are you currently using?

I ride a Santa Cruz Dressen Serpiente 8.75 x 31.9 deck, 149 Independent Trucks, OJ Wheels, Mob Griptape, Independent bearings and Emerica Skate Shoes.

What other bands who have members who skate have you toured with and skated with?  Were you impressed?

We played with Denis Lyxzén the Singer of Refused in Berlin one night where he played with The (International) Noise Conspiracy and he is a skater and we talked a lot about skating. Funny enough, he was also sponsored and stopped because he lost the fun in it. Other than that, there´s always at least one skater in every band we play with.

The other day we were playing with Red Fang at this festival and they all skate. It´s funny when you meet skaters on tour because you recognize them immediately. They never complain about anything like the catering or the sound and that kind of stuff. They just take what is there and create something out of it so it works. Skaters will rule the world someday. They might actually already do.

Do you seek out skate shops on tour?  What are the best ones?

Sometimes. when I know there´s a good or legendary skateshop in town. Or if I know the people of the shop. We even went to a couple because we needed to fix some of our music-gear and we knew they´d have tools and be the kind of people who will actually help to fix it.

I don´t really have a favorite skate-shop but our local skate shop Zig Zag is pretty rad. They help us out all the time. We hang out with ´em, go ride our choppers around town and party with them when we´re in town.

What is the worst injury that you ever suffered skating and how did you recoup from that?   Did it affect your playing?

I ripped my ligaments once by doing a frontside 180 ollie over a gap into a steep bank at a local street spot. I had roll home while i was laying on my board. It must have looked so weird. Tortoise-style! Due to the good health care system in Germany, everything was fixed really fast and I have no problems with that stuff anymore.

Which of your band’s songs are the best to skate to?

Good question. We´re often thinking about that when we´re writing songs `would it sound good in a skate video` cause that´s how we got into music you know. I´d go for ´1000 years of doing nothing` cause it´s fast and energetic.  ´The Rabbit And The Wolf` is perfect if you need a good push to try something scary. ´These Bridges I Must Burn`, ´PCH Diamond` would be perfect for a cool session at your local skatepark especially in an evening session.

(A video for the album’s first single, “Your Kisses Burn Like Fire,” a sweaty, boot-stomping outing featuring a growling Grabke and a driving backbone via Mirtschink, premiered via Noisey earlier this summer. Check it out here: http://noisey.vice.com/blog/the-picturebooks-your-kisses-burn-like-fire-video.) 

From The Horse’s Mouth: Derek Zanetti (The Homeless Gospel Choir) on I Used To Be So Young

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The Homeless Gospel Choir

Pittsburgh’s indie folk-punk act The Homeless Gospel Choir, a one man band consisting of outspoken singer-songwriter Derek Zanetti, has released its new album, I Used To Be So Young, via A-F Records. The Homeless Gospel Choir is the Woody Guthrie of the post-hope / pre-apocalypse world that we live in today. He’s personally charged to tear down greed, privilege, and complacency, and is armed with hard truths, humor, and a worldview that every human could benefit from listening to.

You Indie recently caught up with Zanetti to discuss the album. This is what he told us.

When did you begin writing the material for I Used to Be So Young?  

I am constantly writing new material all the time and trying out new things and ideas. I think the oldest song on this records was probably started somewhere like six years ago. Most of it was flushed out just weeks before we went to record.

What was the most difficult song to take from the initial writing stage through recording and mixing?  Why was it so troublesome?

“Capitalismo” for sure. I went into recording with a very basic idea about how I thought the song should go. After dissecting, we realized the song was nearly eight minutes long. We had to trim and cut and change things a bit to help it flow better. But with changing timing and what not it’s a much better song.

Which of the songs on the record is most different from your original concept for the song?

“Don’t forget” started out as just me on an old hickory stump at a lake house in New Hampshire, and turned onto a proper rock and roll tune. I’m very happy with how it turned out. I could have never done it without the amazing ear of Justin Francis and CHris #2.

Did you have any guest musicians play or sing on the record?

I do. Matt Miller, Mike Miller, and Emmy Volcar of Endless Mike and The Beagle Club do a ton of the backing and harmonizing vocals. They are old friends who have a big place in my heart, I am truly proud to have them on this record. Tyler, Josh, and Stowe from White Wives all played a bunch of the instrumentation on the record. White Wives is such a special band to me. Not only do they write some of the most interesting and thought provoking lyrics of any modern band, they also played my wedding, which was ever so special to me.

Steve Larussa also played drums, Steve is an amazing drummer, dear friend, and a true bleeding heart punk rocker. It was a treat to have him be on the new record.

Last but not least Chris #2 of Anti-Flag was at the helm of recording and production. He was able to take my basic folky singin’ in a tin can songs and transform them into what they are now. He helped write guitar parts, and structure instrumentation, but still gave me 100 percent freedom to be creative and make this record my own. Justin Sane (Anti-Flag) and I also would jam and talk till late hours in the night which inspired a lot of the more angry punk parts of the record. It was like a dream come true to have something so special and personal come from the creativity of such wonderful friends.

Is there an overarching concept behind your new album that ties the record together?

The overarching idea for this record is how we have to begin to allow ourselves to walk our own paths in life. That there is in normal, not everyone can be expected to achieve the same things out of life and that’s ok. That this “American dream” has done a lot more harm than good, and if we can start to create our own American dreams we would be better off.

Have you begun playing these songs live and which songs have elicited the strongest reaction from your fans?

I’m out on a month long tour right now promoting this new record. It’s amazing the response I’ve been getting. I’m truly humbled by it all. I’m playing a different set every night. Still feeling out what works best. (Follow him at https://www.facebook.com/TheHomelessGospelChoir.)