Saturday, May 30, 2009
The album features a cover designed by Polish graphic artist Michal Karcz, who also created the artwork for "Judgement". It is undoubtedly one of his finest works, featuring an image of a monument in the middle of a wasteland, a metaphor for all our greatest hopes and solemn intentions, as well as the brutal extremes that we are capable of, the schizophrenic nature of human beings and the eternal struggle to move forward.
In keeping with the band's environmental principles, the new CD will come in extremely environmentally friendly packaging, using only recycled paper, vegetable ink and water based glue. Even the print on the CD uses vegetable ink. The packaging weighs 40-50% less than normal packaging which means it uses less fuel when it's transported, which reduces the carbon footprint of the CD production. The best part is that it looks great too!
There will also be European and North American Tours to go with the release in mid 2009.
"Of Faith, Power And Glory"
Friday, May 29, 2009
The album continues with the track "2 Chicks 2 Cups", which is about as explosive as the internet video that influenced the name. If you're a fan of the famous "meedly-meedly" sound of hardcore, then this will definitely be your favorite track on the album. The end of the track is the type of breakdown I can picture a guy picking up change in the pit to.
"You Bought the Ticket Now Take the Ride" seems heavily influenced by old Dillinger Escape Plan with just a twist of Every Time I Die. The intro keeps you anticipating that moment where the chaos fully begins and you are not disappointed once it hits. And the song continues to build up the entire time never slowing down or dropping a beat.
The brutality doesn't stop in "Kesslar Sponsored My Divorce". I believe it's supposed to be spelled Kessler, after the brand of whiskey, but I'm going off the track listing on the CD. Your hear your first melodic breakdown in this track showing that the band isn't all about being heavy, and that their influences run a broad spectrum.
The "last" track on the album is the crowd-favorite "Snakefucker!". If you feel like vomiting, check out UselessJunk.com and search for "python" and discover the video that provided the name to this track as well as led to the name of the EP. But the track is a perfect end to the disc. Everything covered in the previous tracks are all thrown into one and it's a beautiful collection of everything we love about hardcore.
This is a great release for this band and Infinite Productions did an amazing job recording and mixing this album. The album shows promise of what's to come from The Matador and I for one am looking forward to what else they have to offer. I highly recommend this album for fans of Botch, Norma Jean, Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die, Converge and others of that style/genre.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
1. Please Don't Touch (The Golden Filter Remix)
2. Please Don't Touch (The Golden Filter Remix)(Pop Mix)
3. Please Don't Touch (The Golden Filter Remix)(Dub Mix)
Monday, May 25, 2009
Throughout the next year, Woven solidified its niche as a unique group of sonic explorers devoted to taking listeners on astral and emotional aural excursions. In 2003, the band released their second endeavor with Interscope Records, "8 Bit Monk", a wildly imaginative cosmic odyssey of soft, glitchy static and melodic rock harmony. Seeking a dynamic mix similar to their debut, "EPrime", they re-enlisted the London-based mixing genius, Stephen Fitzmaurice, who has honed his mixing skills with such acts as Depeche Mode, U2, Fischerspooner, Seal and Magnet.
With the band drawing from such diverse influences as Bjork, Aphex Twin, Pink Floyd, Jane’s Addiction and Deftones among others, they would create otherworldly songbeds for listeners to lie in and ponder life's moody side. Such haunting moods would land two of 8 Bit Monk's songs, "My Conditioning" and "Soul Fossa", on the hit CBS show, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Continuing to attract the attention of new listeners across the globe, Woven became one of the first featured artists on iTunes' front page, receiving enough downloads to prompt iTunes to extend the bands coverage an additional two weeks. They would later receive positive nods from Spin Magazine and RollingStone.com.
I'm doing really well and you?
Depeche Mode, Fugazi, Mum, Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, Nusrat Feteh Ali Khan, Jeff Buckley, Photek, Zakhir Hussein, Tom Waits, Pink Floyd, Atmosphere, The Legendary Pink Dots, Bauhaus, Aphex Twin, Autechre, Beirut, The Big Pink, M83, Bartok, The voices in my head..
My influences in the beginning started out as more of a mind frame and eventually led me into music. I felt like I didn't belong where ever I was. Junior high and high school sucked. Home life sucked also. I started to read the philosophical works of Krishnamurti. He was basically my first influence into another mind frame other than the grid mind frame that is thrust upon the youth. I discovered Janes Addiction, punk music, industrial and any other counter culture music I could get my hands on. I picked up the guitar and my whole world changed. I hooked up with Johnny (bassist from Woven). Spent all my time in Brians (Dj Seed) garage jamming. We built a really strong social scene around our band at the time. While that was going on, another scene was developing more on the east side in a cat toy factory which Marc's (One of two drummer's for woven) mom owned which is now home to our recording studio. We eventually all merged, joined forces mostly improving and dabbling in mind altering experiences and getting into psychic trouble. The beauty about our scene is the vastness of musical influences. Some bands that have influenced us are....THE CURE, JANES ADDICTION, Vandels, Def tones, Nurse With Wound, Throbbing Gristle, Cocteau Twins, Joy Division, New Order, Peter Gabriel, delta Blues, Johnny Cash, Grateful Dead, Sigur Ros, Mum, IDM in general, Square Pusher, Aphex Twin, Autechre, Napalm Death, Scorn, Ministry, Skankin Pickle, Lets Go Bowling, Mr. Bungle, Michael Brook, John Zorn, Skinny Puppy, Praxis, Fishbone, Tool, Bad Brains, Tom Waits, Peter Gabriel, Passion and a million others
How did you decide on the band name “Woven“?
Well, we are not music snobs. We all listen to such a variety of music that it only made sense to call ourselves Woven. We weave together a lot of genres. Like a cloth with different fabrics woven together. We hopefully get a new type of fabric, one that makes people think hey it could be done a different way.
Yes it was difficult. Our process is kind of insane, probably because each song has its own process. Every song has a special need to it that makes the road to creation at some points a little nerve wracking. Some songs just flow others don't. Songs that take a second to create, are not necessarily better or worse. As an end result we are the only ones that know what it took to get the final process and let me tell you- some songs took years to make.
Designer codes is not going to be on vinyl any investors are welcome though.) We have some great splits on vinyl that we will put out soon with some amazing bands.
Is there going to be a “third” album anytime soon?
He he- more than that...Stay tuned
Who would you REALLY LIKE to tour with?
You can only keep/listen to ONE album for the rest of your life ..which album would it be?
It wouldn't be an album that would drive me insane... It would be the rain falling, the wind howling and a women I care about saying I love you.
Are you living your dream?
Always, isn't it all a dream?....did this life really happen...I hope so:)
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
6.75 out of 10
Find it here.
Women are a four-piece Lo-Fi Spaz Rock band based out of Canada. They mix elements of Indie Pop, Rock & Lo-Fi with "outer galactic sounds". One of the members of Women used to be in Azeda Booth but decided to put more focus on this project. Which seems to have worked out for him considering the fair share of attention Pitchspork was giving them (#18 single of 08) last year.
Some moments are upbeat and Pop Rocky, some are laid back & droney, and some are just eclectic noises. The whole album is filled with interesting/unique tones and sometime hard to follow time structures throughout. With as broken as the sound feels sometimes it's amazing how tight it sounds in the end. The best comparison I can think of when describing Women would be a young Liars.
Women are "hear" for your upbeat/fun/let it all loose kind of days. Women make obnoxious Indie Punk Rock for a "different" generation.
Standout Tracks: Lawncare, Woodbine (good drone), Sag Harbor Bridge, Group Transport Hall, Upstairs
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Standout Tracks: ummm, Both.
In honor of this new album and Black Moth Super Rainbow's love for the remaining independent record stores out there, the band has created 1600 hairy "Eating Us" CDs which will be sold in ten different retail stores across the country, as well through Graveface Records' website and other online outlets.
Retail stores include:
All three Reckless Records in Chicago, IL
Underground Sounds in Louisville, KY
Good Records in Dallas, TX
Landlocked Music in Bloomington, IN
Grimey's New + Preloved Music in Nashville, TN
Park Ave CDs in Orlando, FL
Sonic Boom Records - Capitol Hill in Seattle, WA
Aquarius Records in San Francisco, CA
Black Moth Super Rainbow has also created insanely awesome and completely unique in-store stands, some of which are up to 4 feet in height, to display these limited-edition hairy CDs. No two stands are the same. Each copy of the limited-edition hairy version of Black Moth Super Rainbow's "Eating Us", comes with a download card which immediately triggers an mp3 download of the "Born on a Day" demo and entry into the hairy CD contest. There will be three contest winners picked sometime in late June!
1st Prize: A hairy stand for the winner’s house plus a BMSR test pressing
2nd Prize: The available back catalog from Graveface Records
3rd Prize: A signed copy of "Eating Us"
Black Moth Super Rainbow kick off their tour with School of Seven Bells today!
May 20 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge w/ School of Seven Bells
May 21 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon w/ School of Seven Bells
May 22 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club w/ School of Seven Bells
May 25 Quincy, WA @ Sasquatch Festival
May 26 Portland, OR @ Holocene w/ School of Seven Bells
May 28 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill w/ School of Seven Bells
May 29 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour w/ School of Seven Bells
May 30 Costa Mesa, CA @ Detroit Bar w/ School of Seven Bells
May 31 Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room w/ School of Seven Bells
June 2 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk w/ School of Seven Bells
June 3 Denton, TX @ Hailey's w/ School of Seven Bells
June 4 Little Rock, AR @ Sticky Fingerz w/ School of Seven Bells
June 5 Nashville, TN @ Exit/In w/ School of Seven Bells
June 6 Columbus, OH @ Skully's w/ School of Seven Bells
June 19 Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light
June 20 Birmingham, AL @ City Stages Music & Arts
June 21 Newport, KY @ Southgate House
June 27 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
June 30 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
July 24 New York, NY @ South Street Seaport - Seaport Music Festival, Pier 17
July 25 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brendas w/ Dan Friel
July 26 Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel w/ Dan Friel
July 27 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar w/ Dan Friel
Listening Parties: For those who cannot attend any of the Black Moth Super Rainbow shows, or those who can but just want a little extra BMSR in their lives, listening parties leading up to the release date have been set up across the country.
Each party is being presented by a local radio station. Details are below:
San Jose, CA - KSCU Presents @ On the Corner - May 24 @ 3 PM
Santa Cruz, CA - KZSC Presents @ Metamusic Records - May 24, 4 PM
Chicago, IL - WHPK Presents @ Hallowed Grounds Coffee w/ The Butts, Patchwork, WHPK DJs - May 25, 8 PM
Raleigh, NC - WKNC Presents @ TBA - May 25
Los Angeles, CA - KXLU Presents @ Origami Vinyl - May 25, 6 PM
Miami, FL - WRGP Presents @ Sweat Records - May 26, 9 PM
Philadelphia, PA - WKDU Presents @ Marvelous Music - May 26, 7 PM
Eugene, OR - KWVA Presents @ Vet's Club prior to King Khan & the Shrines show - May 26, 6:30 PM
San Francisco, CA - Terrorbird Media & Aquarius Records Presents @ The Knockout w/ Tempo No Tempo + more May 26, 6-9 PM
I look forward to my hairy new firend..
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Two new Audion tracks have now materialized, and more is soon to come. Audion will be taking his new material on the road this summer with audio/visual accompaniment from Eno Henze, Andreas Fischer, and Audion art director Will Calcutt.
Audion Live Summer Tour 2009.
Berlin Germany. Berghain June 26.
Amsterdam Netherlands. Awakenings Festival June 27.
Dour Belgium. Dour Festival July 16.
Valencia Spain. Barraca. July 4.
London England. Field Day August 1.
WITH MORE TBA
Monday, May 18, 2009
2 - Come Back (Jonsi Remix)
2 - Fragile Tension (MGMT Remix)