Nude With Boots / Ipecac / BUY
Know who needs no intro? A band that’s been in biz for about 25 years, with just shy of 20(!) records under their belt. So, no, we won’t go into detail about how King Buzzo and his mighty Melvins all but created Grunge. Or how they distilled the ever-loving piss out of sludge and made it cool to sound down, dirty, and slower than slow. Or how they influenced anyandeverything you might call “heavy” nowadays. Instead, we’ll just breathlessly praise the knock-down, drag-out intensity of the band’s latest full-length, Nude With Boots. Picking up where 2006’s (A) Senile Animal left off, Boots throws its weight around with the best of them, whipping back and forth from raucous riff rock on the album-opening “Kicking Machine” to Spaghetti Western voodoo on “Dies Iraea” to beefy bluesman metal on “A Suicide In Progress.”
Once again featuring the rhythm section of Seattle sludgemiesters Big Business — Jared Warren and Coady Willis, for those keeping score at home — the album builds on the template guitarist Buzz Osbourne and drummer Dale Crover set forth back when Reagan was in the White House: interstate-wide grooves, impossibly-proportioned riffs, and eye-bugging, from-the-gut vocals. But what sets Boots apart is its ability to sound 100% menacing while swinging for the fences with its “pop hooks.” Check the hyperblast Thin Lizzy, or hulked up Cheap Trick vibe on the title track below. But don’t fret if “Nude” is too cheery for your taste, there’s plenty of hellfire and squealing Melvmetal on the album-closing “It Tastes Better Than The Truth.”
Long live the Melvins!
MP3: The Melvins – Nude With Boots
The Bloodsugars Will Sweeten Your Day
The Bloodsugars aren’t your everyday ‘clap your hands, bob your head’ indie-rock group. This Brooklyn-based quartet manages to turn the 80s and its power-pop into a total garage band experience. They get their name from frontman Jason Rabinowitz, a diabetic, and they love when even the most cynical indie-hipsters dance to their “clever arrangements and relatable lyrics.” In fact, Rabinowitz and bandmates Matt Katz, Brendan O’Grady, and Kenneth Salters have hit the ground running with their current EP through Engine Room Recordings, titled BQEP.
Their video “Purpose Was Again” sports the directing styles of Kristopher Schackman (who’s been involved in films like Zoolander, School of Rock, Spiderman 2, and TV series The Knights of Prosperity) and is animated by Lisa LaBracio (a favorite at Woodstock and Tribeca Film Festivals, colorist for Weird Al’s ‘Don’t Download This Song,’ and a collaborator on a bunch of commercials). Combined, they deliver a one-two punch that leaves the viewer with a cross between fantastically changing camera angles and what would seem to be an Apple commercial. But wait! There’s more! Iron Chef’s Mario Batali cameos in it too, giving it an extra flavor, if you’re into puns.
As for now, they’re planning the release of their full-length sometime this winter, and are touring behind the EP. And as for RIGHT NOW…The Bloodsugars appeared on WOXY’s Lounge Act today at 2, and will be on NPR’s Second Stage program at 4! Turn it on and listen to some indie synth pop/rock that may have you thinking you’ve still got one foot in the 80s.
Michael Showalter Gets Wet and Hot for Summer Screen
Michael Showalter‘s played many roles in his 16 year career – actor, comedian, writer, sporadic blogger, internet TV star, lover of both sandwiches and cats, and tonight, host to Brooklyn’s Summer Screen benefit for The Open Space Alliance. There, he’ll be introducing Wet Hot American Summer , the cult classic film he co-wrote and starred in along with partners-in-crime and fellow State/Stella alum, Michael Ian Black and David Wain.
The movie stars every comedic actor you’ve loved since the 90’s – Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, Amy Poehler, Janeane Garofolo, Zack Orth, and more. And if that’s not enough of a draw, the “block party” will be catered by nearly 20 Williamsburg and Greenpoint bars and eateries – which means you can leave the cooler at home, as there’ll be more than enough sandwiches to go around.
Cats on the other hand… well, leave those at home, too.
MP3 : Michael Showalter – Intro to Erotica
MP3 : Michael Showalter – Erotica (radio edit)
Backyard Tire Fire Blazes Through Midwest With ‘The Places We Lived’
Indie rock/roots band Backyard Tire Fire really are burning hot right now, minus the nasty rubber smell that their name implies. Hailing out of Bloomington, Illinois, they’ve played shows with the likes of Jason Isbell, Clutch, William Elliott Whitmore, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, to name a few.
Next on the horizon for these fellas is a full-length release through Brooklyn’s own Hyena on August 26th, titled The Places We Lived- and a tour to boot! (see dates below) “How In The Hell Did You Get Back Here,” “Shoulda Shut It” and “Rainy Day” are your classic love stories of raw, untampered song writing tempered by in-studio production wizardry, with the best of both shining through. Quite a lovely relationship indeed.
The 15-date-and-counting tour will commence at Metro in Chicago with an album release party, and continue through the rest of the summer. Backyard Tire Fire will be taking the stage with Ha Ha Tonka for those dates, and as if that’s not enough, there’ll be more following with Reverend Horton Heat in December. Then there’s that date with Dr. Dog on July 27th at the Forecastle Festival in Kentucky…oh the possibilities, right!?! Make sure to check out the dates below for a show near you, and look for The Places We Lived on August 26th-tour dates after the jump!
White Rabbits Scurry Into Prospect Park
They say that indie bands are the equivalent of deer in the headlights when it comes to TV show appearances. They also say that it has become trendy to feature them on those very same shows in the eyes of network producers. But hey, either way you look at it, being on TV is cool, right? Just ask the White Rabbits, who literally pulled over and ran around their van on the side of a highway when they got the good news!
They’re part of the growing phenomenon of new music on TV (featured in Time Out New York), but that’s not all. They played Letterman last July in support of their latest album Fort Nightly , and are on to bigger and better things as this blog entry unfolds. There’s a tour (includes U.S. dates!) with Spoon and The Walkmen, and a highly anticipated sophomore release slated for early 2009! That’s not even the end of it, either–they have a documentary in progress, which is also expected to be finished in early 2009.
Hop on over to Prospect Park this Tuesday, July 15th for what’s sure to be a fantastic show with Spoon, the Rabbits themselves, and Jay Reatard. As for the whole deer in the headlights thing…well, lets just say rabbits react a little differently in bright lights.
MP3: White Rabbits – Kid On My Shoulders