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Ghostigital Is Back!
As you know, from time to time we like to pimp releases that are not even on our label. Great music is great music! Well, our dear friends Einar and Curver are back with more Ghostigital "DIVISION OF CULTURE & TOURISM". This release includes an appearance by King Buzzo and production help by Alap from Dälek.
“I’m in the process of thinking nothing.” – Einar Örn, “Numb”
Six full years after bombarding the world with their second album; the teutonic and brilliantly chaotic In Cod We Trust, Ghostigital are well and truly back. Comprised of “art of noise” blood brothers, Einar Örn Benediktsson and Curver Thoroddsen, the time has been well spent in various sonically challenging projects but first and foremost recording their third album, Division of Culture & Tourism. Here, the dynamic duo take their genre-bending, visionary noise-maelstrom to yet another level, assisted by a potpourri of “cultural tourists” including rappers (Dälek, Sensational), guitar gods (King Buzzo from noise-rock crunchers Melvins), art punks (David Byrne of Talking Heads fame, Alan Vega from seminal 70’s band Suicide) an alt-rock sideman extraordinaire (Nick Zinner from The Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and a brit pop maestro (Damon Albarn). To top this of, the legendary Icelandic experimental/noise group Stilluppsteypa opens the album with their own tune, especially written for Ghostigital. The album was recorded in various states in the USA and in B109 in Reykjavik. It was mixed in New Jersey by Alap Momin (Dälek),
Besides being a musical doctor of all things odd, Ghostigital front man Einar Örn has a day job as a Reykjavik city councillor which informs the title of their third album, Division of Culture & Tourism. Or not. On this release, he sings as if country-western music legend Bob Wills returned as a hellish punk wailer and began co-fronting industrial band Throbbing Gristle.
Aforementioned like minded confrontationalists like David Byrne are along for the ride, finding themselves happily stranded in various aurally challenging situations (like when Byrne and Einar take on a nerd battle in the beautifully, yet surrealistically, flowing “Dreamland”. Byrne sings about the Dreamland and Einar snaps back: “Spaceland!”).
Einar Örn and his producer partner Curver weave a sonic fabric that feels familiar while at the same time being part of today’s experimental industrial avant-garde. Ghostigital throws the mix forward, hoping the medicinal sonic soup will heal the listener from boredom and apathy, or at least make them boogie. And if things pan out well, make them comfortable with their inner oddball.
...craving pure musical impurity, that's what it's all about really...
- G-H-O-S-T-I-G-I-T-A-L by Stilluppsteypa
- Don't Push Me (with Sensational + Nick Zinner from Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
- Dark in Here
- Dreamland (with David Byrne)
- Trousers (with Dälek)
- Hovering Hoover Skates
- Scary Scary (with Alan Vega)
- Road Rage (with King Buzzo)
Mondo Cane Heading Back to Australia!
Mondo Cane will play the Harvest Festival in November. Tickets go on sale Thursday, June 28th. http://www.harvestfestival.com.au/
Make History With the Melvins!!!!
The debut release from Melvins Lite titled “Freak Puke” is out now! In this configuration, Buzzo and Dale or joined by none other then Trevvy Dunn (Fantômas, Mr Bungle, Tomahawk, MadlLove, Trio Convulsant, etc.) on upright bass. But be sure, this ain’t no hipster jazz outing for the legendary Melvins, just another obtuse chapter in the redefining of music as we know it. The hair might not be as big but the sound will still eat you!
Oh and the hardest working band ever has plenty in store to support “Freak Puke”. Beginning Sept 5th the Melvins will make an attempt at history by playing 51 shows in all 50 states in the United States and 1 in DC in just 51 days!!!!!! Never been done… til now! See it up close, be part of it!
Prior to the Fall, the Melvins have a full spate of appearances. The band perform two shows in conjunction with Subliminal Projects: June 8 at The Echoplex in Los Angeles and June 30 at TT Underground Gallery in New York. Buzz Osborne will be a guest on Fox News’ “Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld” on June 28. Melvins Lite will also venture north for a three week trek of primarily Canadian tour dates that kicks off on July 1 with our very own Retox as support (dates below).
Melvins Lite Canada+ Tour Dates
Retox opens all dates except July 4 and 20
July 1 - Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall
July 3 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre
July 4 - Ottawa, ON - Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest
July 5 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
July 6 - London, ON - Call The Office
July 7 - Hamilton, ON - Club Absinthe
July 9 - Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Center
July 10 - Regina, SK - The Exchange
July 11 - Saskatoon, SK - Louis' Pub
July 12 - Calgary, AB - Republik
July 13 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
July 15 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
July 17 - Bellingham, WA - Wild Buffalo House of Music
July 18 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
July 20 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
Melvins Lite 51 in 51 Guiness Book of Records Tour
September 5 - Anchorage, AK - Bear Tooth Theatre and Pub
September 6 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at The Market
September 7 - Oregon - TBA
September 8 - Boise, ID - Neurolux Lounge
September 9 - Missoula, MT - Top Hat Lounge
September 10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Club Sound
September 11 - Casper, WY - TBA
September 12 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre
September 13 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
September 14 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note
September 15 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
September 16 - Des Moines, IA - House of Bricks
September 17 - Sioux Falls, SD - The Vault
September 18 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
September 19 - Minneapolis, MN - Grumpy's
September 20 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
September 21 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
September 22 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue Theatre
September 23 - Louisville, KY - The Vernon Club
September 24 - Detroit, MI - Smalls
September 25 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
September 26 - Morgantown, WV - 123 Pleasant Street
September 27 - Jermyn, PA - Eleanor Rigby's
September 28 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
September 29 - Dover, NH - Dover Brickhouse
September 30 - Portland, ME - Asylum
October 1 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
October 2 - Pawtucket, RI - The Met Cafe
October 3 - New Haven, CT - Toad's Place
October 4 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
October 5 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's
October 6 - Wilmington, DE - Mojo 13
October 7 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
October 8 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
October 9 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theatre
October 10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
October 11 - Knoxville, TN - The Square Room
October 12 - Greenville, SC - The Handle Bar
October 13 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
October 14 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree
October 15 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall
October 16 - Jackson, MS - Duling Hall
October 17 - Little Rock, AR - Juanita's Cantina
October 18 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
October 19 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
October 20 - Norman, OK - Opolis Production
October 21 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
October 22 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
October 23 - Las Vegas, NV - Artifice
October 24 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Forever Cemetery
October 25 - Honolulu, HI - The Republik
We are excited to introduce you to the latest addition to our roster, PHILM and their debut CD, HARMONIC. PHILM is the the LA based 3-piece founded by our friend Dave Lombardo (Fantômas, Slayer). This record and this band are not what you might expect....it's better! Rhythmic, psychedelic, atmospheric rock.
To kickoff the launch, the band will be doing an in-store signing at Soundcheck in Hollywood on Tuesday May 15th at 7pm, followed by a record release show at the Viper Room on the Sunset strip in West Hollywood, California. Meet them, then check 'em out on stage. Welcome aboard Gerry, Panch and Dave!
Guitar Heroes at Ipecac
So SPIN just released their list of the top 100 guitarists of all time. We have a lot of friends who made the list, but of special note Duane Denison and King Buzzo. Congrats and let the debate begin!
Time for the Melvins' Close-up!
The Melvins invade US network television this week with an appearance on Last Call With Carson Daly on Wednesday April 25th. Stay up all night or set the recorder to catch this magical and historical television moment.
Time for some news, huh?
First of all, happy national record store day!
To celebrate we are releasing a very cool Tomahawk, vinyl box set, “Eponymous to Anonymous”. This box has the first 3 Tomahawk records in a vinyl format as well as room for the upcoming 4th album. (due this Fall!). PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE support the remaining record stores, they are our lifeblood. Don’t overpay for this box on ebay we made plenty of them for everyone. For more details about the participating stores go here: http://www.recordstoreday.com/SpecialRelease/5438
In case you missed it, we recently released the latest, beautiful work from multi instrumentalist, avant musician, Eyvind Kang. Do not miss “The Narrow Garden”. It’s a stunner.
Coming soon the debut release from Philm (featuring Dave Lombardo), an original full length from Melvins Lite and more Patton music!
Keep your eyes open for the Melvins on the road and Retox is out there too.
“Roc for Raida” Benefit Mixtape
Hey people! Here is a great cause to support courtesy of our friend DJ Rob Swift. Rob has just released an amazing mixtape called "Roc for Raida" in tribute to his friend and fellow DJ and X-ecutioner, Roc Raida, who passed away 2 years ago. The proceeds for the mixtape benefit Raida's family (wife and 3 kids). The tape features legendary DJs doing some of the most memorable Raida routines compiled by Rob. In addition to all of the influential collaborations that Raida was part of he was also the 1995 DMC World DJ champ.
If you have ANY interest in turntablist or DJ music, order your copy of this mixtape here: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=UKEMW4CPXXFNS
More Mondo Cane!
We are very happy to report that Mondo Cane will be making a stop in Sydney Australia for 3 shows in January! They will be part of the big, free, Sydney festival and play 2 shows in the beautiful, intimate State Theatre. Get tickets now!!!!
By the way, these will be the only Australian shows for Mondo Cane in 2012. A rare chance to witness the beauty of Mike Patton's majestic ensemble.
Saturday January 14th part of the Sydney Festival Summer Sounds in The Domain – Sydney
Monday January 16 State Theatre – Sydney
Tuesday January 17 State Theatre – Sydney
Melvins To Play "I'll Be Your Mirror" ATP Event
May is a great time to visit London England and it just got a lot louder!!!!!
Our very own Melvins will be playing as part of the "I'll Be Your Mirror" ATP event on friday May 25th. Oh, and get this, they are opening for Slayer who will be playing REIGN IN BLOOD in it's entirety! Renew that passport, sharpen the devil horns, let's go!