Backyard Tire Fire Bring Their Blazing Rock to The Places We Lived

Backyard Tire Fire have been burning up the web since the 2007 release of Vagabonds and Hooligans, an album that landed on many year-end “best of” lists and brought the Bloomington, IL trio into the tastemaker spotlight. This year finds the band on a new label, Hyena Records, and their fourth album The Places We Lived is winning over fans and fresh ears alike with its exciting brand of indie roots-rock and down to earth songwriting. Streaming right now on AOL Spinner and My Old Kentucky Blog (and available for purchase right here), The Places We Lived has been called “Midwestern Americana at it’s slice-of-hard-life best” by Berkeley Place, and CYSTSFTS calls it “lovelorn with yearning nostalgia but coupled with straight-up Southern-fried noise.” Stop Okay Go recently conducted an interview with frontman Ed Anderson right here, and PopMatters gave the album a great review as well.

Influenced by classic artists like The Band, Howlin’ Wolf and Neil Young, Backyard Tire Fire frontman and principle songwriter Anderson says, “my objective in the songwriting process is to be honest. I want folks to feel like the tune was written for them and identify with what the song is about.” This sincere approach is what has people comparing Anderson to great American storytellers like Hank Williams and Lowell George. He is joined by the rock solid rhythm section of his brother Matt on bass and Tim Kramp on drums. BTF has shared stages with the likes of Jason Isbell, Clutch and Cracker, and are starting a headlining tour with Ha Ha Tonka next week in Chicago, before embarking on a slew of December dates with the legendary Reverend Horton Heat.

Check out opening track “The Places We Lived” below. Full tour dates and tracklist after the jump.

MP3: Backyard Tire Fire – The Places We Lived


S.till S.peaking T.ruths

SST. Despite the accuracy of the above headline, it actually stands for Solid State Transmitters, which was originally a mail-order WWII surplus radio equipment company that Greg Ginn started when he was twelve. Now thirty years after Greg changed the dial from surplus to punk, we are celebrating one of the most pivotal and influential labels of our time. How we love thee SST, let us count the ways.

Perhaps you are simply a fan of a little band that Greg started called Black Flag . Yes, THAT Black Flag; the hardcore band responsible for launching the TRUE indie DIY model/mentality. Maybe you’re a warm blooded, die hard Minnesotan with a love for Hüsker Dü and a certain Mr. Bob Mould who would go on to influence everyone from The Pixies to Green Day .

For me, I was smitten once SST put out I Against I by Bad Brains . When the worlds of hardcore and reggae combine forces it only makes sense for the offspring to reside at SST. While this was the only Bad Brains album to come out on SST their explosive frontman H.R. would continue making records with Greg for some time to come.

Crossing lines and mixing flavors was nothing foreign to SST, however, as one of their most pivotal releases Double Nickels on the Dime featured 45 tracks with styles ranging from punk to jazz and funk to country. Touching upon important social issues such as the Vietnam War and racism, the album credits inspiration from such visionaries as Jack Brewer and one time Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins .

The Minutemen , Soundgarden , Sonic Youth , Dinosaur Jr. , The Descendants …the list goes on and on and on. You have

undoubtedly rocked out to an SST release, bought a badass vintage t-shirt of one of their bands, tattooed the Black Flag logo on you forearm or sworn

allegiance to a modern day band that would have

never existed had Greg Ginn and SST not started putting out records.

For 30 years we have been following Greg Ginn’s lead by cranking up the dial, at least to 11, and personally i cant wait for the new bands 30 years from now to do the same, giving us, and a new generation of music fans a reason to rock, all while still having a home to trace it all back to.

I Predict a Riot

Ra Ra Riot Album artwork

In what seemed like a fruitless quest to wean myself off The Dodos’ Visiter, (yes, I know it dropped forever ago) I finally found salvation with the long awaited full length from Ra Ra Riot, The Rhumb Line. Despite having just been released August 19th on Barsuk, I may have already listened to the album a billion times, only to find new things I like about it every time I push play.

Including new and improved versions of previously recorded tracks from their debut EP, the album fulfills what anyone would expect in a full length from the band. Songs that encompass death and the celebration of life show how the band has continued to evolve and thrive even after the death of drummer/songwriter/friend John Pike.

Produced by Ryan Hadlock (The Gossip, Islands, Blonde Redhead) at Bear Creek Studios, The Rhumb Line includes a revamped version of “Dying is Fine,” which includes lines from E.E. Cummings’ “Dying is fine) but Death”. The band also uses violin and cello players Alexandra Lawn and Rebecca Zeller to their full potential on songs like “Winter ’05” and “Oh La”, where the strings act as the songs’ melodic backbone rather than as accessories. (more…)

Termanology Takes Us into the Studio with Premier, Pete Rock, Bun B. and More

Election season’s heating up, and Boston bred, New York based MC Termanology is spitting Politics as Usual – his debut album due September 30th on ST/Nature Sounds Records poised to take him from “Unsigned Hype” to hip hop heavyweight. “How We Rock” finds Term teaming up once again with DJ Premier – the producer who blessed him with the beat for 2006’s underground anthem, “Watch How It Go Down” – and MC-about-town, Bun B. for a new scorcher of a single. Hip Hop Game TV already took us backstage for the making of the video with cameos by not only Primo and Bun B, but M.O.P’s Lil Fame, Grafh, Consequence, and more. And now Term’s giving us an even further glimpse behind the scenes with a new digi-EPK taking us into the studio with Premier (“Watch How it Go Down,” “So Amazing,” “How We Rock”), Pete Rock (“We Killin’ Ourselves”), and rappers Bun B and Lil Fame to watch how it all came together.

Watch it here. Get “How We Rock” here.

They Got It For Cheap: Sam Champ On!

September 2nd! September 2nd! September 2nd!

By now you’ve probably read the release date for Sam Champion ’s sophomore bash, Heavenly Bender , a few hundred times. But the Brooklyn indie rockers threw us all a big curveball this morning. Effective immediately, the band’s North Street debut – in all of its skuzzy garage pop glory – is available for pre-release purchase exclusively at . And better yet, for the next three days, you can snag it for just three bucks(!). Yes, that’s right, three measly dollars. And then, when Friday rolls around, the price inches up to four greenbacks until (one more time with feeling!) September 2nd, the album’s wide release. So, yeah, long story short, Heavenly Bender costs sixty nickles for the next three days!

In other news, the Andrew Zuchero-helmed Sam Champion video series continued last week when RCRD LBL premiered the second installment of the four-parter. This time, bassist Jack Dolgen encounters a 4th grade demonspawn in a ridiculous feverdream, only to awaken strumming the final note of a bitchen bass solo on stage with his Sam Champ brethren. And in case you missed it, the first video was unveiled by Music For Robots earlier this month , and has its own surreal moment. Keep a look out for the old man! And lest we forget, all the humor is in celebration of a serious slab of music: Sam Champion’s Heavenly Bender , available exclusively at until September 2nd.

MP3 : Sam Champion – Be Mine Everyone