Melvins return to kick your ass so hard you’ll puke up their new album and crawl to see them on tour

Melvins return to kick your ass so hard you'll puke up their new album and crawl to see them on tour

Those badass motherfuckers known as the Melvins are gearing up for their June 5 release, Freak Puke, via Ipecac Records. Dubbed “Melvins Lite,” the group sees core Melv-heads Buzz Osbourne and Dale Crover join forces with Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk, and Fantômas). If it’s Melvins heavy and the sexiness of the word “free” that you crave, then you’ll want to check out their five-song EP The Bulls & the Bees that’s been released via Scion A/V.

However, the real beauty here is that all of the Melvins will come together in unity and support the cause (themselves and their awesomeness), this April for a US tour. Check the dates after the tracklisting.

Freak Puke tracklist:

01. Mr. Rip Off
02. Inner Ear Rupture
03. Baby, Won’t You Weird Me Out
04. Worm Farm Walt
05. A Growing Disgust
06. Leon vs. the Revolution
07. Holy Barbarians
08. Freak Puke
09. Let Me Roll It
10. Tommy Goes Berserk


04.11.12 - San Jose, CA - The Blank Club *
04.12.12 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall *
04.13.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour *
04.14.12 - San Diego, CA - Casbah *
04.17.12 - El Paso, TX - House of Rock *
04.19.12 - Austin, TX - Mohawk *
04.20.12 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live *
04.21.12 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jack’s *
04.23.12 - Orlando, FL - The Social *
04.24.12 - Gainesville, FL - Double Down Live *
04.25.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Loft at Center Stage *
04.26.12 - Charlotte, NC - Amos’ Southend *
04.28.12 - West Chester, PA - The Note *
04.29.12 - New York, NY - Webster Hall *
05.01.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom *
05.02.12 - DeKalb, IL - Otto’s Nightclub *
05.03.12 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird *
05.04.12 - Nashville, TN- Exit/In *
05.07.12 - Dallas, TX - Trees *
05.09.12 - Santa Fe, NM - Santa Fe Brewing Company *
05.11.12 - Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Concert Theatre *
05.25.12 - London, UK - Alexandra Palace (All Tomorrow’s Parties)
05.28.12 - Brighton, UK - Concorde 2
05.30.12 - Manchester, UK - Moho Live
05.31.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Parc del Forum, Primavera Sound

* Unsane

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Drag City, a label, allows Dope Body, a band, to release Natural History on them

Dope Body is not an alternative band as one may infer from their in-your-face name, but once you hear their music you realize their uniqueness on your own. They’re a band that only a really inept and adroit musical journalist could describe. They’re a punk-whatever; a real one-eyed, eight-toed kitten of the litter.

All that I can personally tell you is that they are a four-piece band of sexy-ass men from the unpopular city of Baltimore who have been lucky enough to release their second album on Grammy-winning Drag City Recordings Production Industries. The album, Natural History, will be released on May 22, a day in springtime.

Dope Body’s first LP, Nupping, was released through HOSS Records in 2011, and, if you care, they have a Tumblr that features a picture of a dog, YouTube video shows, and valuable information that only a link to a band’s Tumblr could give. Also, if you hurry up and check out their shit then you’ll want to see them on tour. So, do whatever you want. I don’t care. Punk. Whatever.

“What’s a Tumblr… is this a sex site?” – my mom, Frances McDougal


03.16.12 - Austin, TX - The Whiskey Room *
03.17.12 - Austin, TX - Impose Magazine Showcase
04.27.12 - Baltimore, MD - Golden West #

* R. Stevie Moore
# Quintron

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MF DOOM reissues Operation: Doomsday for a second time. Guess he still didn’t notice the giant “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED” banner.

Take notice, suckers! Veteranish rap-hop super-stay MF DOOM (a.k.a. DOOM, a.k.a. Doctor Doom a.k.a. Vince Vaughn, a.k.a. KMFDM, a.k.a. King Dorah the Explorah, a.k.a. Milton Finklebottom Dumenshireford) is all about never doing the same thing twice! Why? Because doing stuff twice is mega hella magna-cum-laude lame! And in today’s keep-swimming-or-don’t Music Industry, only the poseouts and the selleurs would dare redo something once it was done once already. Especially if it was done right. Which, if they were DOOM in the first damn place, it would have been.

Doing the same thing three times, however… I mean, that’s just totally different. Three is a totally different number than two is, you know? See, case in point, Prefix says that DOOM is remastering and reissuing his 1999 debut Operation: Doomsday on some “Gun Metal colored” vinyl on April 9 via his own imprint, Metal Face. “Hey, Nobodaddy, didn’t Stones Throw reissue that record last year on 2 CDs in a snazzy lunchbox thing and 4 LPs in a crappy PiL Metal Box canister?” Yes, but see, that was lame of them. This one is the third release of the album (and also isn’t on freaking CDs, which, duh, no one likes anymore!), and as such, it’s going to rule. It’s kinda like the that whole “Law of Threes” thing about celebrity deaths, you know? At least, in so far as the number three is mentioned in both situations. Which seems good enough for me. Probably good enough for PF CHANG or whatever his name is too.

Operation: Doomsday V. 3.0 tracklisting:

01. The Time We Faced Doom (Skit)
02. Doomsday
03. Rhymes Like Dimes (ft. DJ Cucumber Slice)
04. The Finest (ft. Tommy Gunn)
05. Back in the Days (Skit)
06. Go with the Flow
07. Tick, Tick… (ft. MF Grimm)
08. Red & Gold (ft. King Geedorah)
09. The Hands of Doom
10. Who You Think I Am? (ft. M.I.C.)
11. Doom, Are You Awake? (Skit)
12. Hey!
13. Greenbacks (ft. Megalon & King Geedorah)
14. The M.I.C.
15. The Mystery of Doom (Skit)
16. Dead Bent
17. Gas Drawls
18. ? (ft. Kurious Jorge)
19. Hero vs. Villain (Epilogue)

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Viacom gets whiff of this rising trend called a “blog,” starts one, fills it with beyond thrilling press releases

Unable to figure out what Pinterest is about, Viacom has decided to take more directly narcissistic action and started a blog. Blog.viacom is a space where the media giant can let loose, giving its stars and leaders the opportunity to offer readers “behind-the-scenes exclusives and announcements,” like how the Facebook pages for some of their more ‘hip’ brands have switched over to the new Timeline format. Exciting stuff!

Basically, the ‘blog’ is a central hub aggregating stale press releases that Viacom’s various properties release. Wondering how MTV feels about Snooki getting pregnant? They’re happy for her! Want to know how many Oscars Viacom’s movie company, Paramount, picked up this year? 6! Interested in checking out all of the Viacom-sanctioned Twitter accounts in a single stream? The Overheard section is for you! Yes, it’s Denise Richards, Bjorn Rebney (?), and a bunch of intern-helmed network accounts all in one place! Make sure and bookmark the hottest new blog to hit the ‘net in ages now so you don’t miss a single important nugget of Viacom news!

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The Flaming Lips’ possibly depressing, possibly transcendent Yoshimi musical debuts this winter

Hey Flaming Lips fans! Here’s a light-hearted musical romp through the greatest hits of the Lips’ catalog, with a special focus on 2002’s Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots OH MY GOD IT’S ABOUT WHAT????? I thought musicals were all supposed to be nauseating fever dreams with saccharine melodies and blondes who can lift their legs higher than humans frankly should be able to. Well, not this one, people. This one’s depressing! With the great Lips tunes — including tracks from The Soft Bulletin and At War with the Mystics, amongst others — that we all know and love! But come on, what else would you really expect from Wayne Coyne and his fearless freaks?

“There’s the real world and then there’s this fantastical world,” Coyne told Entertainment Weekly back in 2007. “This girl, the Yoshimi character, is dying of something. And these two guys are battling to come visit her in the hospital. And as one of the boyfriends envisions trying to save the girl, he enters this other dimension where Yoshimi is this Japanese warrior and the pink robots are an incarnation of her disease. It’s almost like the disease has to win in order for her soul to survive. Or something like that.” Yep, this musical will send you barreling down the tracks with a one-way ticket to Bummersville. Or Transcendenceville. Depending on how this thing works out.

Flavorpill is reporting that said musical, entitled Pink Robots, makes its world premiere this winter at California’s La Jolla Playhouse. Des McAnuff, whose credits include overseeing the current Broadway incarnation of both Jersey Boys and Jesus Christ Superstar, wrote and directed the whole robotic shebang. The Social Network genius Aaron Sorkin was attached to this thang back in 2007, but the LA Times has stated that his name is mysteeeeriously absent from the official press release.

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Prurient releases double cassette Oxidation this week; Dominick Fernow makes you look unproductive

The President of Noise Dominick Fernow is hard at work as usual and is following up his Prurient project’s 7-inch Stun Gun (last month) and double 7-inch Wrapped in the Flame of Illusion, Masked in the Clay of Behavior (January) with a new double cassette release on his own Hospital Productions titled Oxidation. So for the months of 2012 so far, he’s three for three.

Oxidation is a straight-up noise assault that Fernow has mastered over his many years in the scene. Are these cacophonous compositions supposed to reflect the drug addictions of their song titles? History has taught us not to take Fernow too literally, as his concepts can stem from intricate and even sometimes personal foundations. But have fun assuming anyway!

Just in case you get bored with only getting to buy one new Prurient record each month, Fernow’s electronic project Vatican Shadow also has a new release called Kneel Before Religious Icons. The LP is Boomkat’s record of the week!

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