Thursday, May 24, 2007

San Francisco Transplant Rapper Aesop Rock drops drop date

Thu, May 24, 2007 at 5:06 PM

aesop%20rock.jpg Our man Aesop gets all Gandalf on us with None Shall Pass! released August 28 on Def Jux. Recently Aesop has chased tail west, then he produced a work-out mix for Nike. If there are ballads on this album, Aesop, we will cut your face with a linoleum knife. That way, you won't be pretty no more, the GF will beat it, and you can get back on the grind. FIRST AESOP ROCK FULL LENGTH IN 4 YEARS


Responsible for all but revolutionizing the entire face of underground hip-hop in the early portion of this decade with a slew of potent and influential releases such as 2000's Float LP, 2001's monumental Labor Days LP, and 2003's Bazooka Tooth to his most recent EP/book, 2004's Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives, Aesop Rock (aka Ian Bavitz) has proven that resting on his past laurels is all but forbidden. In the last year alone, Aesop has released a 45-minute workout mix for Nike+, a short story in collaboration with visual artist Jeremy Fish, and scored music for two short films. 2007 finds Aesop delivering his next full length album, the highly anticipated None Shall Pass on Definitive Jux.

Created over a 2 year period following his last release, None Shall Pass documents not only a vast amount of personal change that Aesop experienced over this time, but deftly depicts scenes and stories relative to all ages of life. Production is a vital strong point on this album, with the majority of production duties handled by Aesop's longtime partner Blockhead. El-P and Rob Sonic each make offerings, while Aesop himself confidently produces a large portion of his own tracks as well. The duality of Aesop's hectic stream-of-thought coupled with the complex production on this album makes no exception to Aesop Rock's consistent pedigree, blazing a trail far ahead of his peers with an album that will be followed for years to come.

tracklisting for None Shall Pass:

1. Keep Off The Lawn 2. None Shall Pass 3. Catacomb Kids 4. Bring Back Pluto 5. Fumes 6. Getaway Car (feat. Cage and Breeze Brewin) 7. 39 Thieves 8. The Harbor is Yours 9. Citronella 10. Gun For The Whole Family (feat. El-P) 11. Five Fingers 12. No City 13. Dark Heart News (feat. Rob Sonic) 14. Coffee (feat. John Darnielle)

press on Aesop Rock: "Aesop Rock introduced a raw, urgent, intelligent new sound designed to break the monotony of mainstream rap." - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

"Even among the hip-hop heavies who record for his local label, Def Jux, rapper Aesop Rock manages to stand out thanks to a vulnerable storytelling style that's all too rare among the genre's tough guys." - NEW YORK MAGAZINE

"Aesop Rock is indie rap's surrealist, a spewer and sneerer given to oblique code and artfully jumbled syntax. His voice is a bassy, agile instrument that rhymes 'evil' gracefully with 'amoeba'." -BLENDER

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Oakland's Totimoshi in New Video

Wed, May 23, 2007 at 5:06 PM

At least all those ugly Volcom short-sleeve button-down nerd suits are paying for something good, like Totimoshi's videos. Full release after jump. "Totimoshi's fourth CD has the syncopated looseness of early Sabbath and the howl-and-hammer rumble of late-'80s grunge. The rugged, garagey production (courtesy of Helmet's Page Hamilton) lends a genuine authenticity to the Oakland-based trio's retro-sounding sludge. Though more civilized than High on Fire and less dramatic than Neurosis, Totimoshi prove capable of delivering equally devastating music." REVOLVER MAGAZINE

"Totimoshi, however much they can and likely will appear to stoner rockers and even indie folks, are simply a great metal band.." - DECIBEL MAGAZINE

Just off a West Coast tour w/ rock legends HELMET, Oakland, CA's sludge-grunge-alt-hell-rock trio TOTIMOSHI are back w/ the follow-up to 2003's "Monoli" and 2005's re-issue of Mysterioso? to bring we mortals one of the heaviest and doom-ridden masterpieces the world of heavy rock has seen in way too long (no wonder bands like Helmet, Mastodon, Fu-Manchu, Kylesa, High on Fire, and the Melvins have tapped the band to tour and perform alongside on more than one occasion).

Bringing to mind some of history's heaviest hitters (see Blue Cheer, Tool, Nirvana, Oxbow, Helmet), "Ladron's" sludge-heavy guitar riffs, hugely-powerful bass-lines, and pummeling drums take their listener on a pseudo-psychedelic journey through space and time, and leave them wallowing in the depths of hell.

Five Rock Fogies in Concert: $15,000

by Nate Seltenrich
Wed, May 23, 2007 at 5:06 PM

Prince_CV4625961_400.jpg Think ticket prices are getting a bit too big to swallow these days? Not down with the $10 convenience charge? Ear Bud's got your back on that, but here's something else altogether: five old rockers who evidently don't give a shit about their cred -- Prince, Billy Joel, Dave Matthews, Tom Petty, and James Taylor -- have lined up to play five gigs over five consecutive mid-July days (correction: 7/14, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, and 8/25) in East Hampton, NY. Five-day passes (the only way they're sold) cost $15,000. Hey Baby Boomers, way to assert your cultural relevance! The so-called "Social" series is plainly after rich folk who don't mind dropping 15 grand just to say they did. Beyond the music (which most attendees probably won't give a damn about anyway), the festival offers free parking, artist exhibitions, celebrity chefs, and deluxe seating including daybeds, ottomans, and Moroccan pillows, reports the Wall Street Journal. Most importantly, Social offers the ability to see and be seen to a live soundtrack of inoffensive dinosaur rock. WSJ also reports the performers can probably expect a seven-figure pay-off. What a scam.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Gas Prices Above $4. How Are Touring Bands Coping?

Tue, May 22, 2007 at 5:06 PM

robbery2.jpg List after jump: * Sucking lots of dick. For money this time, not coke.

* Getting used to the new tour rickshaw.

* Converting van to run on drummer's Del Taco farts

* Cutting out floorboards and running to gig like the Flintstones

* Reforming as bluegrass band, hopping trains and playing only trainyards

* Recording video of themselves performing in front of green screen, then releasing new YouTube clip each week with different city-specific backdrop.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Queens of the Stone Age -- the Bulby Video

Mon, May 21, 2007 at 5:06 PM

"Yeah, yeah, okay. Sales pitch. Here we go." Ear Bud likes Queens of the Stone Age probably too much. They play the main stage at BFD Saturday, June 9 (new album Era Vulgaris out June 12) down in San Jose's "Cadillac of Ampitheaters" Shoreline. Tix $50 after Ticketmaster bullshit. Four-pack for $100. Now the video:

Friday, May 18, 2007

MP3 of the Day: Ashkon "Just Fuck"

Fri, May 18, 2007 at 5:06 PM

ashkon1.jpg Bitches need to know: Any dude you fuck before he's thirty may say he's looking for something serious, but that's just society talking. Who wants to be honest and admit that they're really after steady pussy, preferably with some pussy on the side? Leave it to honest Ashkon, a Berkeley rapper with a show this week who lays it down on this Justin Timberlake remix "Just Fuck".

Ashkon has a show at the Shattuck Down Low in Berkeley Friday, May 18 (today, jackass) at 9 p.m. He'll pimps his new Action Speaks Louder Than Words Vol. 1 mixtape, claiming Mistah FAB and Boots Riley. Ladies, beware.

Our Man Girl Talk Quits Day Job

Fri, May 18, 2007 at 5:06 PM

Fresh off a local appearance at Wired's RAVE Awards, everyone's favorite biomedical engineer and demented producer Girl Talk loses his slashy title by May's end. [Cue credit-card commercial music and montage] "Nine-to-five day job testing things to stick in people's bodies? $60,000 a year." "Weekend job rocking booties till the break of dawn? Variable." "Quitting nine to five 'cuz booty-rocking pays bills just fine? Priceless." From Greg's MySpace: Tuesday, May 15, 2007

We're the One Current mood: chipper Category: Sports

i'm done with my day job in exactly two weeks! i'll be a full time music man

here's a list of my non-music plans this summer...

- play basketball all the time

- sun tan

- walk around shirtless

- eat ice cream outdoors

- get a season pass to Sand Castle water park

- check out the Genesis reunion show

- eat at Peppi's and Village Pizza a ton

- watch movies

- do push-ups

- get to some some beaches

- Pirates games

MySpace: Hyphy, Friends, and Adult Chat

by Nate Seltenrich
Fri, May 18, 2007 at 5:06 PM

The only reason we use MySpace is for the bands -- we promise. The site is a bastion of streaming audio and tour dates for everyone from Frankie Knuckles to Nickelback (and we mean everyone). Of course, in our travels through MySpace musicland we've learned a thing or two about this 21st-century town-hall phenomenon, and some of it leaves us baffled: #1: Why do so many Bay Area indie rock and pop groups insist upon putting "hyphy" in their list of genres? Okay, we'll admit, it was funny the first time. But not the 2nd through 1.23 x 10^3rd times. Stop it, people -- didn't you hear? Hyphy's dead!

Here are a few examples I turned up in about ten minutes:

#2: Why do individuals post pictures of more than one person as their main photo? The name will be Kelly and there will be three girls in the picture. Which one is Kelly? Or worse yet, there will be a picture of, like, eight people, with no one receiving extra emphasis of any kind to tell us whose account it is. What's the point? Are you trying to prove you have friends? I don't buy it.

#3: This one really bothers me: All the adult ads. What the hell? Everyone knows MySpace (beyond the music pages) is dominated by teens. Is it really appopriate to have vivid, full-color, sometimes video adult ads of nearly naked men and women -- for chat and dating services, mostly -- greeting you every time you try to sign into your account? I think it's kind of fucked up for MySpace to sell so much ad space to these people when it knows damn well who's gonna view them: minors and crusty old men. And they wonder why the site has turned into a breeding ground for online predators.

Got a rant about MySpace, especially about MySpace Music pages? Share them in the comments section.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Interpol's Crazy-Ass Tour

Thu, May 17, 2007 at 5:06 PM

interpol%20art.jpg stops by SF's BFD on June 9, before its new album appears in stores July 10. We got a stream of one of its new songs here. "How Are Things on the West Coast?" Interpol asks. (Fucking swell, thanks for asking.) Peep crazy tour after jump. They appear to be moving in a serpentine fashion to avoid targeting by some global menace. First California, then all the way up to Washington, then Texas, then Georgia, then Chicago .. back in California, off to Europe. Whoa.

05-19 Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (KROQ Weenie Roast) 05-27 George, WA - The Gorge (Sasquatch!) 05-31 Dallas, TX - The Palladium 06-02 Atlanta, GA - HiFi Buys Amphitheatre (99X Big Day Out) 06-03 Chicago, IL - Metro 06-07 Toronto, Ontario - The Guverment 06-09 San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre (Live 105 BFD 07) 06-10 San Diego, CA - Devore Stadium (94/9 Independence Jam) 06-21 Dusseldorf, Germany - ISS Dome * 06-23 Scheesel, Germany - Hurricane Festival 06-24 Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany - Southside Festival 06-25 Dresden, Germany - Dresden Alter Schlachthof 06-27 Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega 06-28 Arendal, Norway - Hove Festival 06-29 Stockholm, Sweden - Accelerator 07-01 Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter 07-05 Lisbon, Portugal - Super Bock Super Rock 07-07 Naas, Ireland - Punchestown Racecourse (Oxegen) 07-08 Balado, Scotland - T in the Park 07-19 Rochester, NY - Harro East Ballroom 07-20 Atlantic City, NJ - Music Box @ Borgata 07-21 Norfolk, VA - Norva 07-23 Cleveland, OH - House of Blues 07-24 Pittsburgh, PA - Byham 07-25 Columbus, OH - The LC Amphitheatre 07-27 Grand Rapids, Michigan - Orbit Room 07-28 Detroit, MI - MI State 07-30 Milwaukee, WI - Rave 07-31 Indianapolis, IN - Egyptain 08-01 St. Louis, MO - Pageant 08-03 Covington, KY - Madison Theatre 08-04 Chicago, IL - Grant Park (Lollapalooza) 08-05 Baltimore, MD - Pimlico Race Course (V Festival) 08-11 Tokyo, Japan - Summersonic Festival 08-12 Osaka, Japan - Summersonic Festival 08-24 Reading, England - Reading Festival 08-25 Leeds, England - Leeds England 09-08-09 Montreal, Quebec - Osheaga Music and Arts Festival

Smashing Pumpkins Promise Day-Old Songs

Thu, May 17, 2007 at 5:06 PM


And they tell scalpers to go to hell by enforcing some gnarli-con rules for purchase. In short: you can buy two tickets with your name and your credit card online and pick them up at the show the day-of. (At which point we sell them to a scalper for $150 and send 10 percent of the proceeds to Iha and Auf Der Maur.) From the release ... Listen to Tarantula off Zeitgeist For this very special and intimate residency, the band will vary set lists from night to night. They'll perform songs from Zeitgeist and Pumpkins classics plus retool songs that didn't make it onto Zeitgeist and even offer tunes written the day of the show. The shows will give fans a unique opportunity to see the Pumpkins inside the process of creation and operating in the spur of the moment. The band will be taking chances in the hope of taking fans, and their music, to new places

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets will be available through Internet ONLY. Tickets will NOT be available at the box offices, charge-by-phone or Ticketmaster outlets. Two-ticket limit per person. Purchaser must pick up tickets at the box office night-of-show only. Ticket-holders must immediately enter the venue. Photo ID required for ticket pick-up. Tickets are non-transferable. No refunds or exchanges. A service charge is added to each ticket price.

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