Jun 1 2010 - Casbah San Diego, California
Jun 2 2010 - The Clubhouse Tempe, Arizona
Jun 3 2010 - Launch Pad Albuquerque, New Mexico
Jun 5 2010 - Emo’s Austin, Texas
Jun 7 2010 - Warehouse Live Houston, Texas
Jun 8 2010 - Spanish Moon Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Jun 9 2010 - One Eyed Jacks New Orleans, Louisiana
Jun 10 2010 - Bottle Tree Birmingham, Alabama
Jun 12 2010 - Bonnaroo Festival Manchester, Tennessee
Jun 14 2010 - 40 Watt Club Athens, Georgia
Jun 16 2010 - 9:30 Club Washington D.C., Washington DC
Jun 17 2010 - T.L.A. Philladelphia, Pennsylvania
Jun 18 2010 - Webster Hall NYC, New York
Jun 19 2010 - Music Hall Of Williamsburg Brooklyn
Jun 20 2010 - Paradise Boston, Massachusetts
Jun 21 2010 - Paradise Boston
Jun 23 2010 - Grog Shop Cleveland
Jun 24 2010 - Small’s Detroit, Michigan
Jun 25 2010 - Double Door Chicago, Illinois
Jun 26 2010 - High Noon Saloon Madison, Wisconsin
Jun 27 2010 - House Of Bricks Des Moines, Iowa
Jun 29 2010 - Ogden Theatre Denver, Colorado
Jul 2 2010 - Sled Island Festival Calgary, Alberta
Jul 3 2010 - Sled Island Festival Calgary, Alberta
Jul 5 2010 - Rickshaw Theatre Vancouver
Jul 6 2010 - Showbox At The Market Seattle, Washington
Jul 7 2010 - John Henrys Eugene, Oregon
Jul 9 2010 - Blank Club San Jose, California
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
today would've been kurt cobain's 43 birthday
so i'm going to share with you a little something to show my appreciation for the man and his music
in my opinion...nirvana always came off better in a live setting
and i'll admit that when the world was first going through the nirvana mania...i wasn't so impressed...the first time i saw the video for "smells like teen spirit" on the mtv...it didn't leave any sort of impression on me (hell..what did i know...i was a shitty little metalhead back then)
i even passed up a chance to go and see nirvana during the NEVERMIND days (maybe i should've eaten a bullet for that...oh yeah...i went there)
but somewhere down the line...this dirty little caterpillar emerged from it's iron maiden (see what i did there?) and that stuff called grunge washed over me (luckily...i didn't really need to change the way i dressed for that business)
but enough about me
onto the music
there's a lot going on during this show (which was sponsored by a tobacco company)...from the on stage banter...to the first unveiling of the song "heart shaped box"...to an "intoxicated" kurt spitting on tv cameras and trying to destroy stage props and equipment (though you can't see that here...you'll have to go and watch your copy of LIVE! TONIGHT! SOLD OUT!!!...you do own a copy of that,yeah?...if not..there's this thing called the internet that will allow you to either watch it or perhaps find a copy of it for you)
1 - intro/school
2 - drain you
3 - breed
4 - sliver
5 - in bloom
6 - come as you are
7 - love buzz
8 - formaldehyde
9 - lithium
10 - polly
11 - about a girl
12 - smells like teen spirit
13 - on a plain
14 - negative creep
15 - been a son
16 - blew
17 - heart shaped box
18 - scentless apprentice
19 - sweet emotion jam*
20 - dive
21 - lounge act
22 - aneurysm
23 - territorial pissings
*=an aerosmith "cover"
DL: nirvana@hollywood rock festival 1.23.93
"aneurysm" from this very show
Friday, February 19, 2010
DL: "Kill The King"
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
...And do I still have more to say, you ask? Of course I do! Below is an interview I conducted with the guitarist of Funeral Circle with whom I've shared a good number of conversations about doom metal, fruitlessly debated what stoner rock should be called and (of course) worshipped at the Pagan Altar with. He's full of interesting information and so you should take the time to read this if you're into doom or heavy music at all, or want to hear about the newest heavy metal supergroup called Motorvenom Sabbathead. Enjoy.
Cara: Hey - first off I’d like to say thanks for taking the time for answering a couple questions. Funny how I used to talk doom with some of you guys in metal forums while you were just releasing your first tracks on MySpace. You seemed to get an overwhelmingly positive response then and now you have recently released an EP that’s still getting a lot of positive feedback. I’m sure things haven’t been as smooth-going as it’s seemed though - how has it been getting to that point?
Pilgrim: The pleasure is all mine, Cara. Thank you for the opportunity to do this interview.
To start off, getting to where we are now was only because of lots of hard work. When I formed this band, I didn't want it to be some "project" or some other nonsense like that. I was always a huge admirer of bands that understood metal as more than just music, it was a lifestyle to them. Funeral Circle is a huge part of my life, because as you well know, metal is my music and is an immense source of inspiration for me. I act more protective about it than I probably should, but I suppose anyone defends something they are very passionate about, well, very passionately...
After many line-up changes and playing a virtually non-existent form of metal in a city where horrid "extreme metal" projects rule supreme, it felt shitty to not get recognized the way I wanted to be. Before playing our first gig, I was thinking there would be real headbangers up front recognizing what we were doing, but of course that's far from reality.
However, we persisted and instead of investing all of our energy in the pathetic local scene (as I'm sure every local scene everywhere is equally as shit) we decided to take our music onto the internet (which was the only real way you could communicate with people around the globe who liked such music) and bring it to the Doom Metal circles. We recorded our first real demo which was some horrid rehearsal tape and it received a mild/lukewarm reception. This made me pretty happy, but I knew that we had something which was going to blow their minds away.
Fast forward a year or so, and another line-up change had occurred. We had gotten a new bassist, an old friend of mine, and we recorded our EP entitled "Sinister Sacrilege" which was released on The Miskatonic Foundation from the UK. It's still selling on both CD and 12" formats and the reception is has gotten blew me away completely. I wasn't expecting such great feedback. I just know that with our next release, we'll be taking things much higher and I am positive our strongest work is yet to come.
Cara: What have you been listening to lately? Anything that’s been influencing you or that you’ve been really enjoying that’s worth mentioning?
Pilgrim: My inspiration for this band derives from NWOBHM and Epic Heavy/Doom Metal. Albums that have had a huge impact on me are Solstice's New Dark Age, all of Pagan Altar's albums, Bathory's Hammerheart, Witchfinder General, Mercyful Fate and King Diamond (too much to name, simply amazing...), Saint Vitus' S/T, Satan's Court in the Act, Candlemass' Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, and of course the more obvious classics like works by Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, etc.
One album in particular that stands out lately is Scald's The Will of the Gods is Great Power. What a fantastic album, so much character and depth to it... It really reminds me why Doom Metal is the greatest music in the world (at least, to me). Such passion and emotion, and the atmosphere is unmatched. Most of all, it's Metal the way I like to imagine it. Stuck in that time where only the quality of the songs mattered, there was no desire to place experimentation above anything else (especially song writing).
Also, one band that really had a huge impact on the songwriting and attitude of Funeral Circle was The Lamp of Thoth. The way they had a very energetic and charismatic approach to Doom Metal was great to hear, it gave it the music a character that I had never heard. I was floored with them, and they continue to excel. Real masters of this form of music, they should be far more appreciated by fans of any and every genre in metal. Props also to bands such as Orodruin, Slough Feg, Dark Quarterer... and many other I haven't mentioned. Really, I shouldn't be asked this questions! Too many great albums flood into my head!!
Cara: It’s not often you see legitimate doom metal bands hailing from Canada which is why it’s awesome to see a band like Funeral Circle doing so well for yourselves. While I’m on that topic, do you have any opinions about the doom metal scene here in Canada?
Pilgrim: Well, I can certainly comment on Canada's metal scene. It seems like the doom scene is finally starting to take shape with bands like Dark Covenant, and another one I discovered called Father which I thought was cool. They are both from Quebec and the Maritimes, respectfully.
When it comes to Canadian metal overall... I think we have a very rich history of unique sounding bands, and great Heavy Metal... especially here in Vancouver! Bands like Thor, Black Knight, Assault... Fantastic!! Even stuff like Slaughter, Razor, Witches Hammer, Blasphemy, and Voivod... Absolutely devastating metal, Canadians always seem to raise the bar when it comes to that sort of stuff. In the East they also had great old-school bands like Overlord, Sword, Witchkiller/Aceium... All fantastic stuff, I just wish Canada was in that time instead of all this atrocious technical death metal we're known for... Fucking rubbish... We can't forget RUSH as well, very great band.
I also want to make note of those elusive bastards in Tales of Medusa, a great old-school heavy metal band from Vancouver who hide in the shadows... I am at least happy there has been more vitality in the original spirit of metal.
At the end of the day, we aren't too concerned with the doom community in Canada. It would be very nice to have more doom metal bands, but I think the people in Canada are more into extreme stuff... that being said, we ourselves in Funeral Circle have tons of good times doing what we do. We don't do what we do because it hasn't been done before, there is no point to that - It's because it's what we like to do more than anything else.
Cara: Have there been any cool/surreal moments or experiences that have happened to you as a band that stick out as worth mentioning?
Pilgrim: Well, I can definitely say the most surreal moment was having Rich Walker from The Miskatonic Foundation ask us to release our EP. I've always admired him as being a total "no compromising" mother fucker who says what he means and means what he says. It's way to hard to find people like that when it really shouldn't be. His vision of metal is in tune with ours because we think crushing posers and telling assholes in shit bands to fuck off while playing in our own bands is the way to live out the rest of our lives... haha!!
Playing live is always great too! It's great to finally have some fans in town who cheer to certain sections of our songs and pump their fists in the air... Very metal!! I like it!!
Cara: Here’s a kind of tired out question that I always enjoy asking anyways - what would be your dream line-up for a band if you could pick and choose absolutely anyone for any instrument? (You can’t just say Black Sabbath, either!)
Pilgrim: The original line-ups for Venom and Discharge back together! Also, they need to rewind their brains back to 82. Wait does that count? Okay, so seriously... my dream line-ups for a band... heh, can I say Pagan Altar? Sorry, I'm very unimaginative!!
Maybe we could mix the members of Black Sabbath, Venom and Motorhead together in one band? Yeah... I like that, Motorvenom Sabbathead... Very crushing!!!!
Cara: Lastly, what are your plans at the moment for any releases or tours in the future?
Pilgrim: We have two splits in the works with some great bands that will be announced in the future, and we also have a full length in the works which will be our best effort, I guarantee it! Also, to all you Europeans reading this, expect to see us playing there soon enough!!!
Lastly, thank you Cara for the interview. Take care, and Doom On!!!
Do you like what you hear? You can order their EP "Sinister Sacrilege" from:
or http://www.katholicmagick.org/ (vinyl)
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
This wasn't really widespread news for some reason but an awesome 12" of Melvins outtakes from "Nude With Boots" was recently released by the label "From The Nursery". The outtakes include a longer version of "Dies Iraea", a remix of "It Tastes Better Than The Truth" and a cover of "Youth of America" by the Wipers. This was released only on vinyl format but it's your lucky day as I got my hands on some MP3s thanks to the Melvins BBS forums (the source of a lot of my Melvins related aquisitions and a lot of my geeky knowledge about the band) and have uploaded them here for your enjoyment.
As far as I know this is still readily available to order online but if you're wanting a copy of this you should probably jump on it soon as only 2000 were pressed on silver/grey vinyl.
1. Dies Iraea / It Tastes Better Than The Truth
2. Youth Of America
DL: "Sludge Glamorous"
Monday, February 15, 2010
SUB POP 100 (1986):
10. Itsbeena - Lupe Diaz
11. Impact Test - Boy Dirt Car
SUB POP 200 (1988):
SUB POP 300 (2008):
1. This Town - Green River
2. Sweet Young Thing Aint Sweet No More - Mudhoney
3. Wood Goblins - Tad
4. Shove - L7
5. Change Has Come - Screaming Trees
6. Retarded - Afghan Whigs
7. Braindead - Red Red Meat
8. Fanfare - Eric Matthews
9. Southern Anthem - Iron & Wine
10. New Slang - The Shins
11. Such Great Heights - The Postal Service
12. The Sun Comes Through - Kelley Stoltz
13. Bowie - Flight Of The Conchords
14. Caught Licking Leather - Pissed Jeans
15. Eraser - No Age
DL: "Sub Pop 300"
Saturday, February 13, 2010
It was just announced that (film maker) Jim Jarmusch will be curating on the Sunday and his first picks are:
THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE
THE BLACK ANGELS
Confirmed bands for Saturday are:
EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY
In case you missed it, Friday will be:
IGGY & THE STOOGES
...And more to be confirmed for each day. Again I must say... hot damn. I also must say, wow I need to get tickets. I really can't wait to see who else will be playing.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
1. Black River (w/ Bomb the Bass)
2, Black Out, New Hit (w/ Creature With The Atom Brain)
3. Crawl Like a Dog (w/ Creature With The Atom Brain)
4. Lonely Light (w/Creature With The Atom Brain)
Sunday, February 7, 2010
1. Sea Babies
4. I Dig You
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
"Former Kyuss singer John Garcia announces tour with Kyuss songs
No need for a long and boring history, just a few names should cover it all: Kyuss, Sloburn, Unida and John’s most recent band Hermano. Plus: side projects with The Crystal Method, Danko Jones and countless others who embraced this great singer from the Southern California desert. Why?Kyuss, the inventors of Desert Rock, have been in the last ten years much more popular than when they were still around in the early nineties. So, due to massive public demand over the years to play songs from his old cult band Kyuss, John finally made the decision to give the fans what they want. He will do this unique project with a few hand selected musicians.
So? So that being said, the Garcia Plays Kyuss-project (alias GPK) was born. Garcia, accompanied by these fine selection of musicians, Bruno Fevery (guitar), Jacques de Haard (bass) and Rob Snijders (drums), will kick you straight in the face with an all Kyuss set. Pure desert punk it is, nothing more, nothing less... The legend himself John Garcia (born in San Manuel, Arizona, September 4, 1970) is a vocalist who has been a member of Kyuss, Slo Burn, Unida and Hermano. His vocals have become synonymous with modern stoner rock and the desert rock sound. While still in high school, Garcia help start Kyuss (originally known as Sons of Kyuss) in 1989 with guitarist Josh Homme. The band produced five albums in total, all of which featured Garcia on vocals. In October 1995, just three months after releasing what could be argued as their breakthrough album ...And The Circus Leaves Town (thanks to MTV airplay), Kyuss broke up. Their last recording was a 10" vinyl on the now defunct label Man's Ruin Records, which was later re-released on a split CD with Homme's soon to be famous project Queens of the Stone Age. The band has been on an indefinite hiatus ever since and has reached a legendary status, influencing thousands of new young (rock)bands.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Here is the first effort by the Screaming Trees from 1985. (Can you tell by the album art?) If you're a fan of the band you'll really want to hear this - it sounds almost nothing like the band's famed later material but is a lighter, more literal take on their 70's psychedelic rock influence. I'm a big Screaming Trees fan and have only recently discovered this so I guess you could consider this a hidden gem, or I'm just living under a rock. Either way this is unquestionably an awesome early look into what would come to be a wonderfully unique, cohesive group.
1. Like I Said
2. Pictures In My Mind
3. The Turning
4. Other Worlds
6. Now Your Mind Is Next To Mine
On a completely different note, I'm leaving to go to Vancouver tomorrow to do some hanging out, face all the pre-Olympics madness and watch Rocky Votolato play in a friend's basement. I probably won't be posting for a few days but in the meantime I'm sure your cousin Ipecac or uncle Daniel will feed your collective heads with some music related ramblings. Now I'll leave you with a picture of the Screaming Trees from way back when just so I can pretend that I stayed on topic.
Monday, February 1, 2010
I'm just going to come out and say it: fuck the Red Hot Chili Peppers, this is funk-rock done correctly.
Big Chief take elements of 70's funk culture and incorporate it beautifully into this album, and not in the "white boys attempting to have soul" kind of way. I mean... they are white boys, but they do have a lot of soul on this album; all the while throwing some jazz elements and a gritty rock n' roll attitude into the mix. They also incorporate a nice level of psychedelia and you get to enjoy some of Mark Dancey's brilliant dog-eat-dog cover art. So comb out your afro and crank up the stereo in your Cadillac... this is "Mack Avenue Skullgame".
1. Skullgame No. 3, Take 3
2. My Name Is Pimp (Mack's Theme)
3. Let's Do It Again
4. One Born Every Minute (Doc's Theme)
6. No Free Love on This Street (Sonica's Theme)
7. Soul on a Roll
8. 10 Karat Pinky Ring
9. Have Another Glass of Brandy, Baby
10. Gaiety Lounge Punk
11. Cop Kisser (Mack Fucks up the Scene at the Freezer)
12. If I Had a Nickel for Every Dime
13. Mixed Jive
14. He Needs to Be Dead/Ten Easy Pieces (The Power of Ginsu)
15. Cut to the Chase
16. Meet the Man Day
17. O Woman (Mack's Lament)
18. Skullgame (Reprise)