Live footage of Oakland, CA "ROCK Against ROCK" pioneers SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM's recent sold-out show at New York City's prestigious Bowery Ballroom is now available for download online. The performance, which received glowing media praise, was filmed on March 15, 2007 and can be viewed online at this location.
SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM have set a May 29, 2007 release date for their eagerly anticipated new release, entitled In Glorious Times. Brooklyn, NY music label The End Records releases the record. Read more PR after jump. -David Downs For those who don't know, "SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM (SGM) is a wildly unique quintet whose adventurous musical drive is equaled only by their individualistic instrumentation (the band uses many homemade devices as instruments) and idiosyncratic live performances, which are known to include furious avant-prog / rock, expressive theatrics, pseudo-scientific scholarly presentations and notable collaborations. In creating In Glorious Times, SGM once again imbedded themselves deep in the creative process, hovering within the intricate stylings of musical evolution, the expansive world of literature and the pain and the passion of human emotion, allowing themselves to reach new plateaus on the forthcoming album." The final track listing for In Glorious Times is as follows:
1.) The Companions 2.) Helpless Corpses Enactment 3.) Puppet Show 4.) Formicary 5.) Angle of Repose 6.) Ossuary 7.) The Salt Crown 8.) The Only Dance 9.) The Greenless Wreath 10.) The Widening Eye 11.) The Putrid Refrain An mp3 of the brand new SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM track 'Helpless Corpses Enactment' has been posted online and can be heard at this location. [http://media.theendrecords.com/SleepytimeGorillaMuseum_InGloriousTimes_HelplessCorpsesEnactment.mp3] A video for the song is currently in post production and should be officially released in the coming weeks.
SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM, who recently wrapped a sold-out North American tour alongside co-headliners Secret Chiefs 3 to rave reviews, has announced world tour dates in support of In Glorious Times. A full listing of upcoming SGM dates follows this message.
SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM features Matthias Bossi (drums, glockenspiel, xylophone, vocals), Nils Frykdahl (guitar, flute, vocals), Carla Kihlstedt (violin, percussion guitar, autoharp, organ, vocals), Michael Mellender (percussion, assorted melodic instruments, vocals) and Dan Rathbun (bass, piano log, trombone, lute, vocals).
SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM is available to speak with interested press. To chat with the band / request a copy of "In Glorious Times" / attend a live performance, simply contact ACTION! PR via any of the means listed below. Updated SGM news and tour information will be made available via the SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM web domains: www.sleepytimegorillamuseum.com / www.myspace.com/sleepytimegorillamuseum, The End Records website: www.theendrecords.com and the ACTION! website: www.action-pr.com. "SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM combines killer musicianship with some truly inspired bombast." - THE NEW YORKER
"infamous low-brow freakazoid performance artists... serving up a Frankenstein's monster of sad lullabyes, aural dementia, quasi-industrial pigfuckery, experimental atmospherics, Eastern Euro-folk, and ominous metallic noise - THE VILLAGE VOICE
"SGM create a cohesive statement of virtuoso metal musicianship with the avant garde focus of an art-rock collective. But SGM is one of the few bands in a multitude of self-consciously intricate metal acts that manages to retain a distinctive sound, counterbalancing their feigned desolation, difficult time signatures, and adept metal breakdowns with a penchant for melody and arty experimentation." - PITCHFORK
"SGM has long championed a hybrid of wildly complex distorto-rock and improvisational breaks, and on make-shift instruments no less." - DUSTED
"as theatrical and avant-garde as ever" - ALARM
"Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, refers to an obscure early printing press, some purveyor of "black math" and other archaic and anarchistic theories of destructive computation...the band's execution, their deliciously over-the top shtick, is awe-inspiring, an exciting foray into theatrical melodrama." - POPMATTERS
"East Bay Dadaist death-rock band Sleepytime Gorilla Museum wants to destroy rock with ... rock." - EAST BAY EXPRESS "multigenerational experimentalists hellbent on razing the wall between head-banging and pure-head songcraft. The Sleepytime Gorilla Museum ethos of sensory subversion via meticulously crafted, mad-music mayhem can be traced directly to the so-called prog rock explorations of the late '70s by the Art Bears, a notoriously daring U.K. trio" - SAN FRANCISCO WEEKLY
SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM tour dates:
04/18/07 Scene Bastille - Paris, France 04/19/07 Noumatrouff- Mulhouse, France 04/20/07 Bimhuis - Amsterdam, Netherlands 04/21/07 Printemps de Bourges - Bourges, France 04/23/07 KUD F.P. - Ijubljana 04/24/07 Fluc Club - Wien 04/25/07 Firlej - Wroclaw
U.S. "In Glorious Times" tour:
05/24/07 The Phoenix Theater - Petaluma, CA (w/ Sex Goddess) 05/25/07 Aladdin Theater - Portland, OR (w/ Subarachnoid Space) 05/26/07 Neumos - Seattle, WA 05/28/07 Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis, MN (w/ Stinking Lizaveta) 05/29/07 Todd Wehr Center - Milwaukee, WI (w/ Stinking Lizaveta) 05/30/07 The Abbey Pub - Chicago, IL (w/ Stinking Lizaveta) 05/31/07 Radio Radio - Indianapolis, IN (w/ Stinking Lizaveta) 06/01/07 Magic Stick - Detroit, MI (w/ Stinking Lizaveta) 06/02/07 Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH (w/ Stinking Lizaveta) 06/03/07 The Middle East - Cambridge, MA (w/ Stinking Lizaveta) 06/04/07 Northstar - Philadelphia, PA (w/ Stinking Lizaveta) 06/05/07 The Black Cat - Washington, DC (w/ Stinking Lizaveta)) 06/08/07 The Earl - Atlanta, GA 06/09/07 Cell Block - Mobile, AL (w/ Cheer Accident) 06/11/07 Emo's - Austin, TX (w/ Cheer Accident) 06/12/07 Wreck Room - Ft. Worth, TX (w/ Cheer Accident) 06/14/07 Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA (w/ Cheer Accident) 06/15/07 Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA (w/ Cheer Accident) 06/16/07 The Catalyst - Santa Cruz, CA (w/ Cheer Accident)
'90s soft rock icons Counting Crows still rank #3 in terms of Myspace page views for Bay Area bands, clocking in at 2.3 million uniques just behind E-40 and the Pack. Those numbers prove a continued interest in Berkeley resident Adam Duritz's creativity, so it may hearten some fans to hear that Duritz and friends are in a New York studio recording a new Counting Crows album. Duritz is mum on the album's contents, completion status or when the world may see it. However, he also started his own record label Tyrannosaurus Records to put out some of his favorite bands. He's even got a little fanzine called Down the Rabbit Hole. Full release after the jump. - David Downs Counting Crows Lead Singer, Adam Duritz, Launches Tyrannosaurus Records
Indie Label Signs Chicago - based Band, Blacktop Mourning and New York MC, Notar
- Counting Crows lead singer and Oscar-nominated songwriter, Adam Duritz, ventures into the label side of the music business with the launch of Tyrannosaurus Records (T-Recs). Starting a new label was not on Duritz's to-do list, especially while he was busy writing new material and laying tracks for Counting Crows upcoming record (being recorded in NYC as we speak). But a trip to MySpace.com changed all that when he discovered two exceptional artists, Notar and Blacktop Mourning.
According to Duritz, "The talent of Notar and Blacktop Mourning just blew me away and I wanted to be a part of their evolution. But I know that when you start a label you're responsible for the hopes and dreams of the artists you sign and that's a big deal to me. We're here to create a partnership with our artists, help them make great music and navigate the treacherous waters of the music business. Simple as that."
"My vision for T-Recs is an intimate boutique label," continues Duritz. "We're in the studio with the bands, talking to them constantly about their careers and their music. We handle everything in-house and we're taking on a very limited number of artists so that each band gets personal attention."
The day-to-day operations of T-Recs will be run out of their New York offices by former Counting Crows manager, Nicole Pierce. The label will be distributed exclusively in North America by Megaforce Records via Sony/RED.
The primary objective of T-Recs is to get good music heard while offering the artists guidance, management, creative freedom and industry expertise. T-Recs will eventually evolve into a full service music entertainment company that handles artist development and management, record production, touring, merchandising and artist promotion.
This is Duritz's second foray into the business of music. Back in 1997, he started another record label, E Pluribus Unum. The label signed Joe 90, Gigolo Aunts, and Neilson Hubbard - all of whom Duritz took on the road to open for Counting Crows. E Pluribus Unum was purchased by Geffen Records in 2000.
About Blacktop Mourning Blacktop Mourning is a Chicago-based Rock/Pop Punk band whose music hit MySpace.com in late 2005 and within two weeks, the band had inked a deal with MTV. By the six month mark, their songs had been played on 11 MTV shows and the band had been selected an "MTV Featured Artist." The band is led by songwriter Max Steger, an 18-year-old guitar prodigy, who Ahmet Ertegun, co-founder of Atlantic Records, called "one of the best guitar players I've ever seen."
Blacktop Mourning's upcoming CD, "No Regret" will be available on May 15, 2007 with Duritz contributing vocals on four tracks. The band will also appear at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas in March 2007. Tour dates for "No Regret" are currently being booked.
About Notar Notar defies the standard categories imposed by the music industry. The 26 year-old New Yorker is an accomplished MC with rich lyrical ability and a commanding stage presence as well as a formally trained jazz trumpeter. Notar has a dedicated following from his collaboration with The Formula Project and the resulting tracks "The Choice" and "White Line Fever" that were licensed by ESPN2 for use during NHRA drag racing broadcasts.
Notar's debut album will be ready for release in Fall '07 on T-Recs.
For more information including photos, video and music samples please visit www.TyrannosaurusRecords.net.
The song "3's & 7's" from the forthcoming Queens of the Stone Age album Era Vulgaris is currently streaming on the bands site for a limited time. Go catch a listen before it's gone! .. In other news, I was at the Homestead in San Francisco with Antonio from SF post-rock band Form and Fate. He said his friend was a drum tech for the Queens of the Stone Age and affirmed that "they were the most depraved bunch of individuals on Earth." He mentioned 5-day meth binges and violence. Ear Bud does not recommend heavy drug use and punch-ups, but it's always worked for Josh Homme. -Staff
Two Gallants drummer Tyson Vogel has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the San Francisco indie rock duo's run-in with Houston police during a gig last October, reports Pitchfork. (Read about the incident in our 10/25 news article "Indie Rock Band Tasered.") According to Vogel in an interview with the Fork, a video that shows Officer Gabriel Rodriguez tackling Vogel and frontman Adam Stephens mid-song, then storming around the Walter's on Washington club with taser in hand -- which spread rapidly around the internet in the days following the incident -- swayed the new D.A. recently assigned to the case to dismiss the misdemeanor charge of interference with a public servant leveled against Vogel. In related good news, Two Gallants have an acoustic EP coming out on June 19, a new full-length due in the fall, and a U.S. tour with Les Claypool kicking off Memorial Day weekend.
Tim Westergren, founder of Oakland-based internet radio pioneer Pandora, is circulating a petition to help save internet radio. A recent decision by the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board to nearly triple licensing fees (read all about it in this week's Express) could put Pandora and just about every other internet radio station out of business. The rate hike puts internet radio royalty rates more than four times higher than satellite radio rates, while terrestrial radio broadcasters don't have to pay at all. We all know terrestrial radio's music programming sucks, satellite radio is expensive, and HD radio is a scam. So let's save internet radio! Read Tim's letter after the jump.Hi, it's Tim from Pandora,
I'm writing today to ask for your help. The survival of Pandora and all of Internet radio is in jeopardy because of a recent decision by the Copyright Royalty Board in Washington, DC to almost triple the licensing fees for Internet radio sites like Pandora. The new royalty rates are irrationally high, more than four times what satellite radio pays, and broadcast radio doesn't pay these at all. Left unchanged, these new royalties will kill every Internet radio site, including Pandora.
In response to these new and unfair fees, we have formed the SaveNetRadio Coalition, a group that includes listeners, artists, labels and webcasters. I hope that you will consider joining us.
Please sign our petition urging your Congressional representative to act to save Internet radio: http://capwiz.com/saveinternetradio/issues/alert/?alertid=9631541
Please feel free to forward this link/email to your friends - the more petitioners we can get, the better.
Understand that we are fully supportive of paying royalties to the artists whose music we play, and have done so since our inception. As a former touring musician myself, I'm no stranger to the challenges facing working musicians. The issue we have with the recent ruling is that it puts the cost of streaming far out of the range of ANY webcaster's business potential.
I hope you'll take just a few minutes to sign our petition - it WILL make a difference. As a young industry, we do not have the lobbying power of the RIAA. You, our listeners, are by far our biggest and most influential allies.
As always, and now more than ever, thank you for your support.
-Tim Westergren (Pandora founder)
In an interview with two former roommates of Virginia Tech gunman Cho Seung-Hui, CNN reported Tuesday night that Cho was fixated on the mid-'90s alt-rock staple "Shine," by positive-minded rock group Collective Soul. Cho evidently found meaning in the song's semi-religious lyrics, which he repeatedly scrawled on the walls of his dormitory suite: "Teach me how to speak / Teach me how to share / Teach me where to go." According to the roommates, Cho would play the song endlessly on repeat, perhaps obsessing over "Shine"'s call for help from a higher power. Unlike in previous school shooting incidents -- such as Columbine, where the perpretators listened to KMFDM and Marilyn Manson -- media critics will have to look elsewhere for a scapegoat. Many may wonder why Cho's fascination with the song, set in the broader context of his anti-social behavior and personality, was not interpreted as a cry for help. Full lyrics, in all their weighty portent, after the jump."Shine" by Collective Soul
Give me a word Give me a sign Show me where to look Tell what will I find ( will I find ) Lay me on the ground Fly me in the sky Show me where to look Tell me what will I find ( will I find )
Oh, heaven let your light shine down (x4)
Love is in the water Love is in the air Show me where to go Tell me will love be there ( love be there ) Teach me how to speak Teach me how to share Teach me where to go Tell me will love be there ( love be there )
Oh, heaven let your light shine down (x4)
I'm going to let it shine (x2) Heaven's little light gonna shine on me Yea yea heaven's little light gonna shine on me It's gonna shine, shine on me It's gonna shine, come on in shine
Twenty-seven-year-old singer Stephanie Stolorow says she comes from a hip-hop and soul background. Before starting the indie outfit Phonofly, she was better known as emcee Bublrap - an alias that actually fits Stolorow to a T. The fashionable, San Francisco-based, self-professed yoga aficionado would light-weight flow over tracks provided by her beat programmer boyfriend. She became known for having a cute cabbage patch doll voice - just a little less nyah-nyah-cute than Gwen Stefani or Deborah Harry, and a little less coochie-coochie-coo than Corrine Bailey Rae. But you can't really hear the hip-hop influences in Phonofly's debut album What You Seek, on which Stolorow sounds more new wave than anything else. Her lyrics, which often dwell on bad-relationship themes like seduction and temptation ("Nasty Habit"), or getting turned down ("Big Red Booth"), add a kind of disarming tartness to what might otherwise be a garden-variety rock-funk band. Fortunately, Stolorow also benefits from the individual talent within her well-rehearsed rhythm section. Guitarist Doug Major and bass player Justin Miller , who collaborate on most of the arrangements, obviously share a solid jazz and rock background - the basslines, in particular, sound more studied than what you'd expect to hear from a local multi-genre outfit. Drummer Jayme Arredondo, whose MySpace page is replete with, uh, quaint little Jamaican sayings, shines most with the drum fills on "Pick Up" and the ska-driven "This Is Not Goodbye."
Phonofly will hold its release party Thursday, April 26 at Mojito in San Francisco. The event starts at 9 p.m. and costs nothing; DJ Cyan (Soulstream, Grime City) will spin downtempo, hip-hop, and dubstep. Click here to hear Phonofly spinning live.
--The Bigga Figga with Icon Perhaps not surprisingly for a first annual event, Sunday's Bay Area Black Music Awards didn't go completely smoothly. The show, held at Oakland's Scottish Rite Temple, started late. Several presenters didn't make it, due to various circumstances, ranging from delayed flights to pregnancy-related illness. Confusion was at times evident among the event's hosts. Yet even with all the missteps, the prevailing sentiment was more along the lines of "it's about time someone recognized local talent." Like the recent BARS Awards, the BMAs began with a celebrity-studded red carpet entrance -- which attracted plenty of black people dressed in their Sunday best while a marching band played an instrumental version of Mac Dre's "Thizzle Dance." Yet while the BARS event quickly disintegrated into a chaotic hyphy fest, the BMAs - which drew heavily from the religious contingent (no less than eight awards were given in the gospel category) were much more sedate. Churchgoing folk being more patient than the average hyphy-ite, they calmly waited for folks to present, perform or be given awards, and were rewarded with holy hip-hop from S.I.S.T.E.M., hot R&B from Jimmy Reign, and funky, soulful gospel from Pastor Alonzo Morris and the Inspired Catholic Voices -- a female a cappella trio who mixed Pointer sisters-like harmonies with Tina Turner-esque intensity. Interestingly, though, with such a strong Christian presence, the most powerful oratorical statement came from JT tha Bigga Figga, a Muslim, who urged middle-class backs not to turn their backs on inner-city youth. "The child you walk past could be the child who shoots your child," he said. Real talk. - Eric K. Arnold
R&B hottie Jimmy Reign
San Francisco's a fugly town for fugly people who are happy being rather fugly. Which is why Tricia Kanne from San Francisco indie rock quintet Minipop is such a stand-out in the scene. She's not fugly. At all.
"She's like a cross between Lisa Loeb and the Cranberries, and she's hot," said one female attendee, admiring Tricia's bass playing and cooing lead vocals over what's otherwise a rather traditional arrangement of guitars, U2's effects pedals (delay, flange, light overdrive), electric bass, and drums.
Minipop just got done introducing the country to their new sound, including a SXSW date in Austin, and now they're back on their home turf, headlining The Owl Magazine's second birthday party at the Mezzanine near 6th and Mission in San Francisco Friday night. Party hats and birthday cake never showed up, but whiskey and cigarettes substituted nicely over five similar sounding bands summed up quickly here: Finding Mercury = Coldplay/U2 Lovelikefire = Finding Mercury bettered by the novelty of a female Asian lead singer singing I want you dead Poor Bailey = a country Finding Mercury with harmonica Maldroid = goobers in brown suits and then Minipop: Finding Mercury bettered by novelty of Tricia.
Kanne may be a one-note pony, but that note is a "C" and the band belonged atop the heap of tepid acts content to make the sonic equivalent of knock-off Levi's. The Mezzanine filled to only maybe thirty percent capacity, partially because the shoegaze's narrow cast. So: recommendations for Owl Mag's Year #3 Birthday line-up (given that The Owl Mag is run by exactly one dude with little resources)? Celebrate the WHOLE Bay and party harder with some g-strings, face paint, hyphy, flannel and noise. The Owl Party's Third Birthday Line-up (theoretical): Opener: The Extra Action Marching Band #2: Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, #3: Trackademics #4: Kid 606 And the HEADLINER: High On Fire --David Downs
Jason with the Owl
"I'm down with the dog, dog," says Jay-Z, in response to reports of real fur in Rocawear. -- Jacked! by Conor Buckley and David Downs