Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Howlin Rain Embarks On Power-Tour

You guessed it. The Howlin Rain bros are on the path to destruction with a three month trek through North America and straight through Europe. Supporting its forthcoming long-player Magnificent Fiend (Birdman/American), the band will be headlining these dates so if you showed up a little too late to the Rain's shows supporting Black Mountain, now is your chance to experience the the new wave of good vibes and killer times. Oh, and if you can't wait until the boys get to your respective town, you can pre-order the album from Insound and get 10% off. Magnificent!

Tour Dates:
02/22 Big Sur, CA: Fernwood Resort
03/04 San Francisco, CA: Bottom of the Hill
03/05 Los Angeles, CA: Spaceland
03/06 Los Angeles, CA: Amoeba Hollywood
03/27 Chicago, IL: Empty Bottle
03/28 Pontiac, MI: Pike Room
03/29 Pittsburgh, PA: 31st Street Pub
03/30 Philadelphia, PA: Khyber
03/31 Allston, MA: Great Scott
04/02 New York, NY: Mercury Lounge
04/03 Washington DC: DC9
04/04 Chapel Hill, NC: Local 506
04/05 Atlanta, GA: Drunken Unicorn
04/06 Memphis, TN: Hi-Tone
04/07 Bloomington, IN: Buskirk-Chumley Theatre
05/01 Belfast, UK: Aunt Annies
05/02 Dublin, UK: Tower Records In Store
05/02 Dublin, UK: Whelans
05/03 Cork, UK: Pine Lodge
05/04 Manchester, UK: Kings Arms
05/05 Birmingham, UK: Custard Factory
05/07 Cornwall, UK: Miss Peabod's
05/08 Cradiff, UK: Clwb Ifor Bach
05/09 Camber Sands, UK: ATP
05/11 Brsitol, UK: The Croft
05/12 London, UK: Scala
06/23 Ardenal, UK: Hove Festival
08/16 Wales, UK: Green Man Festival

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Audio Dregs Explores Ambient Parameters

While many folks often attribute the term "ambient" to shitty chill rooms at raves in the '90s or compilations featuring obscure whale sounds and the like, it's important to note that there are still labels and artists that help define the genre as something more than a post-new age fad. Point in case, the forthcoming Ambient Not Not Ambient compilation. Released by the Portland-based imprint Audio Dregs, this 17-track escape into the subconscious is indicative of the spirit of punk, channeled through a haze of mescaline and trippy vibes.

Featuring trippers from Valet (a.k.a. Homney Owens), Chris Herbert, Lucky Dragons, Yellow Swans, White Rainbow, and way more, the collection travels through layer upon layer of delay, modulating pads, subtle noise, and the occasional vocal treatment. And even though you may not here the sounds of sludgy decay and avant-noise on many forthcoming Birdman releases, rest assured that every artist on this comp could satiate the apetite of any drunk garage enthusiast or psych warrior alike.

Ambient Not Not Ambient is out April 29 on Audio Dregs.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Monkeywrench's Tim Kerr Unveils Top Ten

As if it hasn't been long enough (almost 8 years, to be exact), we're proud to announce the return of Monkeywrench with a new studio album, Gabriel's Horn (Birdman). Featuring Mudhoney's Mark Arm and Steve Turner, plus The Big Boys' Tim Kerr, this supergroup's return has been long overdue. In honor of the album's February 25 release, we enlisted guitarist Kerr to bestow everyone with the top ten records that helped inspire the bounty that is Gabriel's Horn. Be on the lookout for more details and exclusive content soon.

John ColtraneImpressions
I want this played at my funeral, actually this whole list and an Irish/oldtime wake would be reslly great!

John MartinSpencer The Rover
Really great and really sad.

Aaron CoplandPiano Blues
Love his chords and fanfare for the Common Man as well,

Otha TurnerSittin On Top Of The World
A joyful noise indeed!

James KeaneFoxhunters Reel
James has a really great story about this tune and he has become a great friend. If you ever get the chance to see him, go.

VernacularThe Blood
This is Lawrence singing.He plays bass in This Moment In Black History. What an amazing voice!

Iris DementPretty Saro
This version is off the SongCatcher soundtrack.

Tommy Jarrell and Fred CockerhamSugarhill
We play this tune most Tuesdays at RioRitas and my friend Michael belts out the words...always makes me smile.

Sun RaSpaceways
I really like all the stuff with June Tyson singing.

FugaziWaiting Room
So dead on!

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