Bee Mask releases new LP on Spectrum Spools AUUUUUUUUGH BEES

Bee Mask releases new LP on Spectrum Spools AUUUUUUUUGH BEES

Bee Mask must be applauded. Many bands have tried to come up with the most horrifying band name, and all have failed. All except Bee Mask, of course. Is there anything worse than a mask made out of bees? It’s as bad as a beard of bees, but then it’s worse, because it’s your entire face. Horrifying.

Similarly horrifying: eating unripe pears. Seems our old friend Bee Mask is all about that, too! On November 19, Spectrum Spools will release Bee Mask’s new album When We Were Eating Unripe Pears on vinyl. The first 300 copies will be printed on translucent green vinyl. Chris Madak, the man behind the Bee Mask, describes the record as the proper sequel to 2010’s Canzoni dal Laboratorio del Silenzio Cosmico (which made our Favorite Albums list of that year), saying that it “[extends] that record’s preoccupation with the dream interiors of post-1965 Fellini.”

The seven tracks of Unripe Pears were worked on over five years, as Madak worked from sources such as unused demos and previously discarded tracks. These songs were further developed through Bee Mask’s live dates in 2011 and 2012. All together, the album’s tracks were recorded between 2007 and 2012 in Cleveland and Philadelphia. Final editing and mixing took place at Tranquility Base in Summer 2012, while mastering was done by Rashad Becker at Dubplates and Mastering. Then Madak donned his mask of bees and screamed at the songs before he sent them off to Pallas Group for pressing. Maybe part of that didn’t happen. How will you ever know?

While We Were Eating Unripe Pears tracklist:

01. Frozen Falls
02. Moon Shadow Move
03. The Story of Keys and Locks
04. Pink Drinq
05. Fried Niteshades
06. Unripe Pears
07. Rain in Coffee

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HEALTH drop out of tour with Crystal Castles; the internet shakes its fist at the sky and screams “WHY?!?!?!”

The internet is a place shrouded in mystery. What evil lurks in the heart of the local news website comment troll? Why does this sexy Russian 18-year-old want to talk to ME? Is that emoticon being sarcastic? Sometimes, like love, the internet brings up more questions than answers. And such is the case with HEALTH canceling their remaining dates with Crystal Castles. (Which was announced, appropriately enough on the internet. The band’s Facebook page to be exact.)

Why did they bow out before last night’s show in Portland? That’s a mystery not even the dozens of disappointed fans commenting on the post can solve. The band writes, “If it were up to us we’d absolutely love to play these last 9 dates. Unfortunately its beyond our control and that’s not possible. We wish our friends Crystal Castles safe travels and good shows.” Let the rampant, baseless speculation begin!


10.25.12 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Sodo
10.26.12 - Vancouver, BBC - Commodore
10.28.12 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall
10.29.12 - Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Event Centre
10.31.12 - Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings Theatre
11.01.12 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
11.02.12 - Chicago, IL - Congress
11.03.12 - Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
11.04.12 - Toronto, ON - Kool Haus

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sunn 0))) announce West Coast tour, traveling in a cloud of smoke and skulls and holiday cheer

Happy holidays everyone! There’s no better way to celebrate the holiday season than by absorbing the world-shaking gloom of a sunn 0))) show. It’s just as Krampus intended when he created the holiday in a pit of blackness. That last part is not Krampus canon, so to speak, but you know what’s the god’s honest truth? sunn 0))) are going on a West Coast tour this December. The drone-metal duo will take their best friends Dead in the Dirt and Loincloth with them for a handful of dates along the most West-Coast of states. No states are more West-Coast than these.

If the Mayans are correct (and ugh I am sick of hearing about them), sunn 0))) are closing their West Coast run with one hell of an end-of-the-world party. On December 20, Southern Lord (the label run by sunn 0)))) will hold one of their Power of the Riff concerts at Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre. sunn 0))), Dead in the Dirt, and Loincloth will all play the event, as will High on Fire, Corrosion of Conformity, Black Breath, and Void Ov Voices. This is clearly an enormous amount of metal. Now that I think about it, they may be trying to summon the apocalypse themselves. Please do not summon the apocalypse, sunn 0))).

Dates (all w/ Dead in the Dirt, Loincloth):

12.14.12 - Portland, OR - Roseland/Peter’s Room
12.15.12 - Bellingham, WA - The Wild Buffalo *
12.16.12 - Seattle, WA - The Neptune Theatre
12.18.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Mezzanine
12.19.12 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Rio Theatre
12.20.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre &

* Black Breath
& High on Fire, Corrosion of Conformity, Black Breath, Void Ov Voices

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Neil Michael Hagerty performing Royal Trux’s Twin Infinitives in December

[Ed. note: An earlier version of this story was published that implied a conflict between the members of Royal Trux. This was intended as a joke, but could easily have been taken for the real story. We regret the error and apologize to our readers, Royal Trux, and Drag City Records.]

Neil Michael Hagerty is planning on performing the rightly-heralded 1990 sophomore album by Royal Trux, Twin Infinitives, in its entirety on December 8 in Brooklyn, NY’s Saint Vitus space. Though Jennifer Herrema will not be on stage, the performance was the idea of both members and has her full support.

What will Twin Infinitives, an album that sounds like sloppy garage wastoids endlessly anti-jamming while being simultaneously pulled in two different directions (up and down, reportedly via speed and heroin), sound like in the full light of middle-aged sobriety? As with other such concerts, organized by people who weren’t old enough to be there in the first place, it’ll probably be a mix of weirdness and wonderment. An odd spectacle that you’ll probably want to get tickets to ASAP, given the draw for these kinds of deals, even when a spin of the original material could potentially be a better way to remember the piece in question.

Also, don’t miss today’s Pitchfork interview with Hagerty and Herrema on the story behind 1998’s Accelerator, just reissued by Drag City.

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Local Natives to release new album and tour in January, to the guffaws of Mayans everywhere

Confident-as-balls that the Mayans were wrong-as-balls and that the world isn’t going anywhere any time soon because the U.S.A. is the greatest-as-balls country on Earth, L.A.’s first (and best) Dodos cover band Local Natives have decided to throw down hard for next year in the most American way possible. Oh yeah, baby, I’m talking about the release of a super-sized new album, a big old deep-fried tour, and a whole gratuitous slew of Monster energy drink-sponsored pool parties, family barbecues, and backyard screenings of the movie Point Break. Suck it, country of Maya!

Specifically, the new album, which follows 2010’s Gorilla Manor (TMT Review), is called Hummingbird, and it’s dropping un-a-fucking-pologetically on January 29, 2013 on Frenchkiss/Infectious (and it’s actually coming out on January 28 in Europe, but Europe is not the U.S.A., so I’m only going to mention that parenthetically). According to Pitchfork, the band used the brilliant system known as American Capitalism to their advantage and constructed their own studio space in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles to woodshed tracks for the record, which they subsequently recorded in Brooklyn, America and Montreal, America with The National’s Aaron Dessner co-producing. Check out the first track, “Breakers,” below and brace yourselves for some upcoming Local Natives tourdates, candy-apple-pie-sandwich-eating contests, and some even funnier third thing! BEST 2013 EVER!

Hummingbird tracklisting:

01. You & I
02. Heavy Feet
03. Ceilings
04. Black Spot
05. Breakers
06. Three Months
07. Black Balloons
08. Wooly Mammoth
09. Mt. Washington
10. Colombia
11. Bowery


11.04.12 - Tokyo, Japan - Zepp
11.28.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Molotov
11.29.12 - Berlin, Germany - Comet
12.01.12 - Paris, France - Point Ephemere
12.04.12 - Amsterdam, Holland - Bitterzoet
12.05.12 - Brussels, Belgium - Rotunde
12.06.12 - London, UK - Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
12.08.12 - Camber Sands, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties
01.29.13 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey
01.30.13 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre
02.01.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
02.02-03.13 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
03.18..13 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
03.19.13 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
03.22.13 -Milwaukee, WI - Turner Ballroom
03.23.13 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
03.25.13 - Covington, KY - Madison Theatre
03.26.13 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
03.30.13 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
04.01.13 - Providence, RI - Fete
04.04.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
04.05.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
04.25.13 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
04.26.13 - Seattle, WA - Neptune
04.27.13 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Theatre

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James Ferraro to release Rainstick Fizz Plus (or Shoop2DaDoop) Sushi in November via Hippos in Tanks

Making music in high definition also means living the high life for James Ferraro: Sphnyx cats in L’OREAL bubble baths, Polo neck tats, Neti Pot with Smart water, IHOP delivery, and apparently making eco-themed music. While we recently announced a new album called Rainstick Fizz Plus as James Ferraro, then updated the story to include possible album title Shoop2DaDoop and possible moniker ☣ NEW AGE PLAYBOY ☣, we’re now happy to report that the new album is actually called Sushi and will in fact be released as James Ferraro.

Who knows, maybe there’s more to come from the man hopped up on hi-speed mind candy and who measures his serotonin peaks per minute — several tracks released this year aren’t in the tracklist, unless he’s renamed those too — but for now, we’ve got Sushi, and it’s out November 7 digitally and December 10 physically. Pre-order from Hippos In Tanks now and listen to the album’s first single, “SO N2U”:

Sushi tracklist:

01. Powder
02. Jumpshot Earth
03. Flamboyant
04. Playin Ya Self
05. Baby Mitsubishi
06. Lovesick
07. E 7
08. Jet Skis & Sushi
09. SO N2U
10. Condom
11. Booty Call

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