Dale Watson Gears Up for the Release of The Truckin’ Sessions Vol. 2

“If I was a truckin’ man / I’d be a gear jammer with a one armed tan / I’d spend my nights in the roadhouse / Days on the lost highway
If I was a truckin’ man / I’d have my radio screamin’ on the AM band / All night drivin’ my dashboard lights / If I was a truckin’ man”

– Dale Watson’s Truckin’ Man

Dale Watson has made a career out of defying contemporary country music standards. He’s remained tried and true to the spirit of authentic country giants like Johnny Cash, Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, and in the process has grown into an artist equal in stature.  Over his 25-plus year career, Dale has released one country classic after the next, while raising the roof with fiery performances at the smallest of honky-tonk dives to legendary music halls like The Grand Ole Opry.

Following up his critically acclaimed 2007 release From The Cradle To The Grave, Dale Watson returns with his second album on Hyena Records entitled The Truckin’ Sessions: Volume Two. The collection reprises the most celebrated album in his discography, 1998’s The Truckin’ Sessions. A tribute to truck-driving men (and even a truckin’ queen), the album’s 14 songs pay homage to those who commandeer a mighty 18-wheeler rig for their livelihood. Through his sharp songwriting and soulful baritone vocals, Dale captures both the humor and sadness of lives lived on the road, while empathizing with these iconic characters of America’s highways. Abetted by his seasoned band that has logged countless road miles themselves, The Truckin’ Sessions: Volume Two is a big wheeled, classic country ride not to be missed.

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King Khan and The Shrines Offer Up MP3 From What Is?!

By now you’ve heard, King Khan And The Shrines are bringing the sweat-soaked soul explosion known as What Is?! to American shores on April 21 via their friends at Vice Records. Fresh off a mini-US tour and a predictably wild SXSW, Khan and his Shrines are set to return to the states in support of the record at the end of this month. Unlike the standard version of the album, Vice’s release comes with a mind-blowing 20-minute video exclusive on iTunes. Keep your eyes peeled over the next few weeks for a teaser clip. But in the meantime, enjoy the vintage Khan chaos of “Land of the Freak,” available for download below.

Download and Share King Khan’s “Land of the Freak” From What Is?! [Vice Records;  April 21st]

King Khan And The Shrines Tour Dates:

04-29 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
04-30 First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA
05-01 Music Hall of Willamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
05-02 Maxwell’s – Hoboken, NJ
05-03 Santos Partyhouse – NYC
05-07 Paradise – Boston, Mass
05-08 Babylon – Ottawa, ON
05-09 La Sasa Rossa – Montreal, PQ
05-12 Phoenix Theatre – Toronto, ON
05-13 Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
05-14 Wexner Center – Columbus, OH
05-15 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
05-16 Triple Rock – Minneapolis, MN
05-19 The Warehouse – Calgary, AB
05-20 The Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
05-22 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
05-23 Sasquatch Festival – Quincy, WA
05-25 Dante’s – Portland, OR
05-28 Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
05-29 Echo – Los Angeles, CA
05-30 Echo – Los Angeles, CA

What Is?! Tracklist:
01 (How Can I Keep You) Outta Harms Way
02 I Wanna Be A Girl
03 Welfare Bread
04 Land of the Freak (MP3)
05 I See Lights
06 69 Faces of Love
07 No Regrets
08 Cosmic Serenade
09 Le Fils Du Jaques Dutronc
10 Let Me Holler
11 In Your Grave
12 Take A Little Bit
13 Fear & Love
14 The Ballad Of Lady Godiva
15 Mr. Supernatural (Video Bonus)

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MONO Ready Hymn To The Immortal Wind, Celebrate 10 Years Of Beauty and Chaos

Japanese experimental icons MONO are set to release Hymn To The Immortal Wind, their fifth and most expansive album to date. Due March 24 via Temporary Residence, the album finds the band effortlessly soaring through melodies both sincere in approach and grandiose in scale, all with the aid of a full 28-piece chamber orchestra. Their first release since 2006’s landmark You Are There, MONO finds themselves raising the stakes yet again, steering their unmistakable cascade of sound into a dense world of strings, flute, organ, piano, tympani and more. Hear for yourself on the majestic “Follow The Map” below.

Download and Share “Follow The Map” From MONO’s Hymn To The Immortal Wind [March 24th; Temporary Residence Ltd.]

Recorded and mixed by Steve Albini in June and November 2008 at his Electrical Audio Recording studio in Chicago, IL, the resulting seven songs will be delivered on the brink of MONO’s 10th anniversary as a group. To celebrate, the four-piece are planning two very special performances in New York City. Welcoming another twenty-three pieces to their arsenal, the band will be backed by the Wordless Music Orchestra for a celebration of their past accomplishments and the newly minted beast that is Hymn to the Immortal Wind. The two evenings; May 8th and 9th, hosted by The New York Society for Ethical Culture and Le Poisson Rouge respectively will mark the ONLY North American dates in support of their new LP and will undoubtedly be evenings to remember.

Tracklist for MONO Hymn To The Immortal Wind [March 24th; Temporary Residence Ltd.]:

01 Ashes In The Snow
02 Burial At Sea
03 Silent Flight, Sleeping Dawn
04 Pure As Snow (Trails Of The Winter Storm)
05 Follow The Map
06 The Battle To Heaven
07 Everlasting Light

What The Press is Saying About MONO:

“If you’re looking for music that transcends language and culture, well, this is it.” Alternative Press

“Songwriters whose lyrics are guitar lines sung, shrieked, and wailed to the accompaniment of a masterful rhythm section.” All Music

“MONO’s fuzz-pedal fireworks are impressive in their sheer volume and vigor”Pitchfork

“MONO captures a voluminous immediacy, an affirming, searing air.”XLR8R

MONO Tour Dates:
03-11 Osaka, JP – Unagidani Sunsui
03-14 Tokyo, JP – Liquid Room
03-20 Brighton, UK – Digital
03-21 Birmingham, UK – Hare and Hound
03-22 Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
03-23 Glasgow, UK – Stereo
03-24 Sheffield, UK – Corporation
03-25 Bristol, UK – The Croft
03-26 London, UK – Scala
03-27 Paris, France – Glaz’Art
03-28 Haarlem, Netherlands – Patronaat
03-29 Hamburg, Germany – Hafenklang
03-30 Copenhagen, Denmark – Loppen
03-31 Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser
04-01 Oslo, Norway – John Dee
04-02 St Petersburg, Russia – A2
04-04 Berlin, Germany – Lido
04-05 Poznan, Poland – Stary Browar
04-06 Dresden, Germany – Beatpol
04-07 Prague, Czech Republic – Palac Akropolis
04-08 Vienna, Austria – Arena
04-09 Munich, Germany – Feierwerk
04-10 Athens, Greece – Fuzz Club
04-12 Brussels, Belgium – Domino Festival
04-13 Oberhausen, Germany – Zentrum-Altenberg
04-14 Frankfurt, Germany – Nachtleben
04-15 St Gallen, Switzerland – Grabenhalle
04-17 Barcelona, Spain – La[2]
04-18 Madrid, Spain – Ritmo Y Compas
04-19 Toulouse, France – Festival Lacrymal
04-20 Bordeaux, France – BT59
04-21 Nantes, France – Olympic
04-22 Bourges, France – Printemps De Bourges
04-23 Esch-Alzette, Luxembourg – Rockhal
04-24 Tilburg, Netherlands – Roadburn Festival
05-08 New York, NY – Society for Ethical Culture Concert Hall*
05-09 New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge*

*Only U.S. appearances – In celebration of their 10th anniversary, MONO will be performing with a full 23-piece chamber orchestra

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Isis Destroy Your Senses, Battle Light and Dark On Wavering Radiant, Dropping May 5th

L.A. stalwarts Isis are set to release their most cohesive and challenging work yet with Wavering Radiant, due out May 5th on Ipecac Recordings.

Having been on the forefront of the progressive metal scene for over a decade now, the five-piece have managed to pump out landmark records like a well-oiled machine, each one more unique and daring then the last. Routinely changing the genre’s landscape, the group produced destructive, incendiary riffs on their debut, explored the sprawling, vast unknown via 2004’s Oceanic and discordant, rhythmic textures on The Absence of Truth. Enter: Wavering Radiant. Their first full length in over two years, it marks yet another push towards the unexplored; solidifying a career in adaptation and transformation. Acting as the culmination of twelve years spent unleashing backbreaking riff-age and sonic explorations of light & dark, Radiant sees the colossal five-some moving beyond the visible spectrum of rock and the realm of the uninspired. Blissfully melodic, frighteningly dense; the album is an epic conflict between worlds of beauty and the darkest of demons.

Download and Share “20 Minutes/40 Years” From Isis’s Wavering Radiant [May 5th; Ipecac Recordings]

Epic in nature, grandiose in scale, on May 5th Isis will unleash both their most demanding and accessible album yet. A monster of epic proportions, it’s seven tracks clock in at a total of 54 minutes. The shortest number (also the album’s namesake) stays under two minutes, while it’s longest reaches 11 minutes. Less tracks then they are portions, they are better described as subsections to one massive piece. After just one listen, it’s clear that Radiant is the sum of years of experimentation, varying influences and the organic infusion of their multiple personalities (band members are featured in a slew of successful side-projects).

Also featuring a guest appearance from Adam Jones of Tool fame on two tracks, their latest Ipecac release finds the group displaying an unparalleled sense of maturity and a mastery of their instruments, officially making them grizzled vets of a genre fated to be at their mercy for years to come.

Tracklist for Isis Wavering Radiant [May 5th, Ipecac Recordings]:

1. Hall Of The Dead
2. Ghost Key
3. Hand Of The Host
4. Wavering Radiant
5.  Stone To Wake A Serpent
6. 20 Minutes / 40 Years
7. Threshold Of Transformation


Dead Prez And The Evil Genius DJ Green Lantern Join Forces For Powerful New LP – Pulse of the People Hits Stores June 23, 2009

Stic.man and M-1, the revolutionary duo that comprise dead prez, combine forces with DJ Green Lantern for Pulse of The People, a new LP and third installment of their critically acclaimed independent series, Turn off the Radio Vol. 3. Due in stores June 23, 2009, Pulse of The People will be released through Green Lantern’s new label, Invasion Music Group/Boss up Inc.  Pulse of The People features appearances from Styles P, Bun B, K’Naan, Chuck D, and Invasion Music Group’s own Johnny Polygon.

Highly acclaimed DJ and producer, The Evil Genius DJ Green Lantern, reached out to dead prez for contributions to his mixtapes in the past.  Although respect was always mutual between the camps, the timing was not yet ripe for a full album collaboration. After the success of the Rock the Bells Tour, featuring both Green and dead prez, they decided it was time to make it happen. The three hit the studio in February to create Pulse of The People, “an album with all original songs written by dead prez and produced entirely by DJ Green Lantern”, explains Stic.man. “Pulse of The People is presented in a format that reps the streets and what’s happening in the hearts and minds of the people that don’t get represented in the mainstream.” With dead prez’s respect for DJ Green Lantern’s work as a producer/tastemaker and his new label, Invasion Music Group, distributed by The Orchard, on board, Pulse of The People came to life just in time to bang out for the summer and beyond.

In addition to going “Green” with this album musically, the politically active dead prez chose sustainable packaging for the effort. This revolutionary move not only breaks ground in hip-hop, but shows that they stand by what they speak.

About dead prez:
dead prez has been crafting revolutionary gangsta hip-hop since the late 1990s.  Having previously released two major label albums, two volumes of their independent Turn off the Radio series and two solo albums, the dead prez way-of-life brand is an international symbol of substance within the genre, connecting hardcore hip hop heads with the growing movement for liberation, social justice and grassroots empowerment in the scene.

About DJ Green Lantern:
Named by MTV as 2008’s Mixtape and Radio DJ of the year, this succinct summation hardly does justice to the magnitude of DJ Green Lantern’s accomplishments last year. He put together Nas’ Nigger Mixtape, a rare official mixtape from the Queensbridge king, that served as a middle finger to all those who opposed his controversial Untitled album. Having worked on the Barack Obama: Yes We Can mixtape as well as Royce Da 5’9’s Bar Exam 2 and Immortal Technique’s 3rd World cemented the fact that DJ Green Lantern doesn’t chase the biggest checks but works with artists he respects.