Southern Lord anthologizes late-80s hardcore act Brotherhood

Southern Lord anthologizes late-80s hardcore act Brotherhood

Though Seattle may not be recognized as a hardcore/punk hub to rival D.C. or L.A., the city’s breeding grounds were at least fertile enough to give the world Brotherhood. The band was formed by guitarist Greg Anderson in 1987 after stints as a vocalist in various other local outfits. After a bit of personnel shifting, Anderson congealed the lineup around bassist Nate Mendel, vocalist Ron Guardipee, and drummer Victor Hart in 1988 for a string of recordings that proved to be hugely influential in the hardcore scene. Brotherhood were straight edge with a staunch stance against homophobia, racism, and sexism, a rarity especially in their divisive scene, and their intense, confrontational shows made their politics well known. Like any great band that can play faster than you can run, they only lasted another year, and disbanded in 1989.

Members of Brotherhood went on to do other things that are perfect to mention in the second paragraph of this article before I transition to the whole point of this history lesson. Mendel did well as a bassist for the stars — he plucked them strings for Foo Fighters, Sunny Day Real Estate, and The Fire Theft, as well as getting his very own SIGNATURE FENDER P-BASS. Anderson kind of just twiddled his thumbs, sat around, worked on his solo albums, and in his spare time started Southern Lord Records, Goatsnake, and motherfuckin’ SUNN O))). Pretty damn good afterparty for a hardcore band.

This September, Southern Lord will release a thorough, remastered collection of every 7-inch and demo the band recorded. Till Death is getting a deluxe LP and digital package; no confirmed release date yet, but pre-orders should be up soon. Whet your appetite with the title track below:

• Brotherhood:
• Southern Lord:

Liturgy reissuing Renihilation and touring as a quartet again!!!

Okay, let’s be real. Watching Liturgy frontman Hunter Hunt-Hendrix shriek over a drum machine while Bernard Gann noodled away on the guitar was never the same as watching the original four-piece lineup shred. Since drummer Greg Fox left the band in 2011, keeping busy with new project Guardian Alien and his solo work, it seemed hard to believe that the group would ever reunite.

But dreams really do come true: the metal band will be reuniting later this year as a quartet!!! The gang’s all here, guys: Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, Greg Fox, Bernard Gann, and Tyler Dusenbury (who departed the band shortly after Fox) will be taking their transcendental black metal show on the road starting late August.

Are you squealing with joy yet? No? How about this: Liturgy will also be re-releasing its out-of-print LP Renihilation through Thrill Jockey. AND there’s going to be a totally new Liturgy album in 2015! No word yet on whether the new LP will feature the entire quartet or not, but maybe if you clap your hands three times and say “I do believe in fairies,” we’ll get lucky.


08.23.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Pioneer Works
09.26.14 - Cincinnati, OH - MidPoint Music Festival
09.27.14 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
09.28.14 - Champaign-Urbana, IL - Pygmalion Music Festival
09.30.14 - Chicago, IL - Land & Sea Dept.
10.01.14 - Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class Lounge

• Liturgy:
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[Photo: Mike Vorrasi]

Chromeo announce Frequent Flyer Tour, promise mile high club advantages

Chromeo a.k.a. Tha Funk Lordz are hitting the road for White Women this fall. Calling it the Frequent Flyer Tour, the sexed-up duo claim it’s presented by Mallard Air, some probably fake airline that they made up for shits and giggles and press coverage. You can probably not fly on this airline, but if you could we imagine a lot of cocoa butter, coconut lotion, g-strings, midgets, garter belts, oversized teddy bears, gold chains, mustaches, electric blue Kool-Aid, Puff Daddy, blinking neon lights that spell out S-E-X, designer sunglasses, an Elton John-heavy jukebox, glitter, Nerf guns, disco balls, Mama Africa wooden necklaces, caramel kettle corn, satin robes, vodka-filled Super Soakers, vintage Reeboks, nipple tassels, ball gags, electric love eels, sunburnt old ladies resembling the Golden Girls, gold grilles, velour jumpsuits, flying V guitars, pantyhose, extra overhead storage, and seatback luvvvvvvin!

One can hope for at least five of those things to feature heavily in their stage performance this fall.

Frequent Flyer Tour dates:

09.25.14 - Cincinnati, OH - Midpoint Music Festival
09.27.14 - Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
09.29.14 - Washington, DC- 9:30 Club
10.02.14 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
10.03.14 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
10.03-05.14 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival
10.06.14 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
10.08.14 - San Diego, CA - Soma
10.09.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Shrine Expo Hall
10.10.14 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
10.10-12.14 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival
10.13.14 - New Orleans, LA - Republic
10.14.14 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City
10.16.14 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
10.17.14 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
10.20.14 - Winnipeg, MB - Garrick Centre
10.22.14 - Calgary, AB - Flames Central
10.23.14 - Edmonton, AB - Union Hall
10.28.14 - Portland, OR - Roseland
10.29.14 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre

Non-Frequent Flyer dates:

07.26.14 - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party
07.27.14 - Kelowna, BC - Center of Gravity Festival
08.01.14 - Montreal, QC - Osheaga Music & Arts Festival
08.03.14 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08.05.14 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
08.07.14 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl
08.08.14 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands
08.15.14 - Somerset, WI - Summer Set Festival
08.30.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Made in America Festival
09.12.14 - New York, NY - Central Park

• Chromeo:

Preservation eases out new releases from Günter Schlienz and Dusted Lux

Worried you won’t have the perfect music to pump up your annual lazy river float this summer? Fear not. Preservation, the Australia-based archive of all things drift and drone, recently released a couple albums that are sure to set your mind a-wanderin’.

First up is the full-length debut (though certainly not first release) of German synthesist Günter Schlienz. Contemplation showcases Schlienz’s homemade modular set-up and features majestic drones and pastoral, raga-like constructions. “Humble” features Norm Chambers a.k.a. Panabrite in full-on kindred spirit mode.

Preservation’s second offering is Neverended, a new album from Dusted Lux, the Hartford, Connecticut-inhabiting project of Lee Camfield. Acoustic folk pairs well with ghostly, distant ambience, and Camfield seems well aware of this, cause he managed to squeeze out 44 whole minutes of the stuff. Neverended also features mastering by the master of masters Sean McCann.

Both of these are available in editions of 300 on compact disc; both feature artwork designed by Mark Gowing; only one album is green, the other looks more like a sort of maroon, but it’s tough to tell from the internet. Check out a couple samples below.

Contemplation tracklisting:

01. Immaculate
02. Humble
03. Numb
04. Waning
05. Lament
06. Home
07. Shimmer
08. Janitor

Neverended tracklisting:

01. Sun Dogs
02. Neverended
03. First Day, Last Day
04. What Is True
05. A Horse In The Orchard
06. Flight Of Sparrows
07. Mono No Aware
08. Adrift

• Günter Schlienz:
• Dusted Lux:
• Preservation:

Bleached mooches amp off The Kinks to record For the Feel EP, rock wins in the process

Bleached run the risk of coming across as pretty unprofessional. Sure, their tunes are all hazy-blissed-out-summer-perfection, but for the recording of their forthcoming For the Feel EP, the Clavin sisters apparently turned up to the studio without an amp, which, if you know much about rock & roll, is kind of essential to the process. Luckily for them (and now us) they had The Kinks’ (yes, THE Kinks) on speed dial and were able to borrow their amp.

You can listen to the title track below and then compare the amp tone to that of “Waterloo Sunset”. Once you’ve done that, come back and try and tell me that it’s not the same amp.

For the Feel is released digitally on July 22 (i.e. perfectly timed for summer) and the 7-inch will be available September 16 through Dead Oceans. The cover art is above, and the first thing you’ll probably notice is that it looks to be about 1:30 PM by the way those shadows are cast.

Bleached are also totally thinking about possibly touring extensively soon, but for the time being they are playing two shows in California:

06.27.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex #
08.02.14 - Santa, CA - The Observatory - Burger a-Go-Go! $

# Zig Zags
$ Best Coast, Dum Dum Girls, Shannon & The Clams, The Coathangers

• Bleached:
• Dead Oceans:

[Photo: Chloe Aftel]

Gonzo Records releases a Captain Beefheart 1980s bootleg, lets us hear him right before he got “too good” and had to quit

Legend has it that Don Van Vliet (a.k.a. Captain Beefheart, or the Cap if you’re into the whole brevity thing) abandoned a three-decade-long music career (to pursue painting full-time) because he had gotten “too good” at it. Not like he was into crusty skronk, but no doubt an intuitive, unpolished approach befitted his extravagant music. Anyhow, at the moment he decided to step down, his band was going through a new career peak — a momentum perhaps deflated by the lack of a landmark album like Trout Mask Replica. The infamously lost Bat Chain Puller was supposed to fill that role, but it got shelved due to contractual disputes and its songs ended up spread and reworked through the Cap’s last three albums: Shiny Beast (1978), Doc at Radar Station (1980), and Ice Cream for Crow (1982).

That’s what makes this new bootleg, Harpo’s Detroit Dec 11th 1980, interesting: it showcases Beefheart and the Magic Band right at the middle of this period, touring in support of their Doc at Radar Station LP, less than two years before retiring. Not that one could infer this from the music, with Van Vliet as fierce a vocalist as ever, and the band acing through their inimitable cubist boogie. On the contrary, the Cap and his crew seem determined to make sure everyone knows who heralded No Wave, at moments sounding like a bluesier Pere Ubu or The Contortions fronted by Howlin’ Wolf.

As the title suggests, the bootleg registers a show at Harpo’s in Detroit, played on December 11, 1980, a quasi-mythical gig that had been passing around fans’ and collectors’ hands for some time. The album is out now via Gonzo Records.

Harpo’s Detroit Dec 11th 1980 tracklisting:

01. Nowadays a Woman’s Gotta Hit a Man
02. Abba Zabba
03. Hot Head
04. Ashtray Heart
05. Dirty Blue Gene
06. Best Batch Yet
07. Safe as Milk
08. Doctor Dark
09. A Carrot Is as Close as a Rabbit Gets to a Diamond
10. One Red Rose That I Mean
11. Bat Chain Puller
12. My Human Gets Me Blues
13. Sugar and Spikes
14. Sheriff of Hong Kong
15. The Dust Blows Forward, the Dust Blows Back/Kandy Korn
16. Suction Prints
17. Big Eyed Beans from Venus

• Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band:
• Gonzo: