April showers bring May flowers, and Southern Lord brings Goatsnake’s Flower of Disease back into print

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Most people in the US may still be living in the spring euphoria of a living-dead Savior while everyone else is turning their cranks for the unending keg party of summer. Me? I’m living in a state of ecstatic anticipation because of Southern Lord’s announcement that classic Goatsnake album Flower of Disease will be slithering back into circulation on both CD and LP. If you’ve never listened to Flower of Disease, then you’re a total loser, and it’s no wonder that you have no friends. If you value metal at all, then buy this album and let it turn you into a Goatsnake disciple. Don’t fight the sensation. Let the doom overtake you and your world will have purpose. A dark purpose, but a purpose nonetheless.

Flower of Disease was the album where Goatsnake moved beyond “promising metal act” into “a fucking awesome band,” where everything the band was already good at got better… so much better. It was the album where Goatsnake turned into one of the most interesting, dynamic, and challenging doom metal bands of the last couple decades. If you don’t believe me, then check out the band’s lineup for the record: Greg Anderson (sunn 0))), Thorr’s Hammer), Pete Stahl (Scream, Wool, Desert Sessions), Greg Rogers (The Obsessed), and Stuart Dahlquist (Burning Witch, Asva), not to mention guest appearances from Petra Haden and Dave Catching.

Do you believe me now that it’s an album worth checking out? You fucking better. If you still don’t, then check out this awesome live footage from earlier in the year at the band’s first show in five years.

Flower of Disease tracklist:

01. Flower of Disease
02. Prayer for a Dying
03. Easy Greasy
04. El Coyote
05. The Dealer
06. A Truckload of Mamma’s Muffins
07. Live to Die
08. The River

• Goatsnake: http://www.myspace.com/goatsnakesouthernlord
• Southern Lord: http://www.southernlord.com

A Place to Bury Strangers announce West Coast tour, enjoy beefy-flavored road snacks

When they aren’t busy melting your brain and making it ooze out through your ears, A Place To Bury Strangers enjoy a beefy road snack every now and again, especially a Sasquatch Big Stick (available now in mild or original!). Since these beefy delights only seem to be found on the West Coast, the band has decided to play a quick West Coast tour this summer to get their Sasquatch fix. Old (beef flavored) habits die hard.

Nom nom nom:

06.18.10 - Visalia, CA - The Cellar Door &
06.19.10 - Fresno, CA - Audie’s Olympic &
06.20.10 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop &
06.21.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge &
06.22.10 - Vancounver, BC - 917 Main &
06.23.10 - Seattle, WA - Vera Project &
06.25.10 - San Jose, CA - KSJO @ Blank Club &
06.26.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland &

& Light Pollution

The band’s currently on a European tour. Check the dates here.

• A Place To Bury Strangers: http://www.aplacetoburystrangers.com
• Mute Records: http://www.mute.com

Imaad Wasif’s gear stolen in San Antonio

LA-based singer/songwriter/sideman for everyone Imaad Wasif fell victim to the crime of ‘gear theft’ while in San Antonio, TX. After a May 10 performance at The White Rabbit, Wasif’s van was broken into and an assortment of his gear was stolen. Among the gear was a Pea-Soup-green 1978 Fender P-Bass with a black pick guard, a black bridge, and an Antigua finish. If you have any information about the whereabouts of Wasif’s equipment, contact Jeff Anderson at Rock Steady LA. The full list of Wasif’s gear is as follows:

• 1978 Fender P-Bass, Antigua finish, (Pea Soup Green with a black
pick guard and black bridge) Serial # 5910060.
• All Drum Hardware
• 1 Mac Pro G5 Tower
• 1 Boss Hyper-Fuzz Effects Pedal
• 1 Matrix Chromatic Tuner Pedal
• 1 Merch box of 50 Voidist CDs and 10 vinyl
• 1 GPS device

• Imaad Wasif: http://www.imaadwasif.com

[Photo: Mark McKenna]

K Records holds out a hand to our robotic brethren, offers digital singles club

The singles club has been a longstanding tradition for us fleshy, underground music-loving humanoids. But what about the robots? Untrusting of anything other than digital music files, men and women made of steel and iron have been unable to taste the sweet fruit of a label’s singles club. They have never known the joy of a new Halo Benders 7-inch delivered to their home.

Thanks to K Records, the robots will suffer no longer. The venerable label is launching the K Singles Zip-Pak, a digital single series. Starting on July 1, the label will send subscribers two songs from K Records artists like Mirah, Chain & The Gang, LAKE, Karl Blau, The Strange Boys, and a bunch of other folks. These tracks will be drawn from physical releases for those of us who eat and breathe, like the International Pop Underground 7-inch series, but six weeks ahead of the physical street dates. Along with the delivered tracks, the Zip-Pak will also feature exclusive mixes, bonus songs, live documents, exclusive photos, custom wallpaper, and other special additions to warm the robotic heart.

Although the Zip-Pak is awfully robot friendly, our robot friends will still have to use regular old human money to subscribe to the service. A one-year subscription to the service will be $50, but those who sign up before May 31 will receive an introductory rate of $45.00. Think about what the enterprising robot could do with another $5! It could do anything!

• K Records: http://www.krecs.com
• K Singles Zip-Pak: http://www.krecs.com/KZipPak

MySpace continues to hemorrhage money, will hopefully one day bankrupt Rupert Murdoch

Since Facebook supplanted MySpace as the “it” thing for all of those uppity kids playing tiddlywinks in my front yard as I shake my fist at them from my porch, the News Corp.-owned MySpace has only done one thing well: lose money. After last year, the News Corp. sector of which MySpace is a part lost $88 million. Reports on News Corp.’s profits this year showed that the same division lost almost double that this year, $150 million.

While MySpace’s financial woes spell trouble for the thousands of local and independent bands who use it in place of an official website, I can’t help but hope that it one day loses enough money to put News Corp., which includes Fox News as its crowning jewel, out of business.

• News Corp.: http://newscorpsucks.com

The Dead Weather announce summer tour (the weather should be fine, actually)

The Dead Weather is a “super-group” that a couple of friends and I came up with after soccer practice one day at our high school. See, we’re all kinda involved in some pretty kewl rock ‘n’ roll bands already that a lot of the girls (even the varsity ones!!!:) :) :)!!!!) seemed pretty in 2 (Mine is called The Turpentine Stains; u should check us out on MySpace 4 sure). But there was this sophomore anti-drug Lock-In coming up, and there was only time for one of our bands to play at it. So my bro Lonnie (who plays kick-ass bass riffs in The Casket Bastards) suggested we all come 2-gether and form a big-ass party band for the occasion.

For the lock-in, we mostly played our favorite Blink songs, but after that, we started writing all this crazy original stuff, and before we knew it, it was Junior year, and we had an album out on Third Man Records (my uncle Larry’s label). I know, right? Craziness. Our parents weren’t so in 2 the idea at 1st… but then they saw this kick-ass show we did at The X-treme Bean Coffee Shop opening up for this college band The Vermin Turds, and they kinda realized that we had something way kewl going on (finally!).

Anyway, now me and my friends are all about to graduate next week. So we’re taking this thing on the road before we all split up and attend different colleges. On May 11, my uncle is putting out our new album, Sea of Cowards, and we’re going to go on our first real tour of the US this summer!!! (btw, u can check out the video for our single on my uncle’s site right now). First we’re doing this fest in Tennessee, and then we’re, like, hitting up every city in America starting this July! Seriously can’t wait. This summer is going 2 rule.

06.12.10 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
07.13.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
07.14.10 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
07.15.10 - Toronto, Ontario - Sound Academy
07.17.10 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
07.19.10 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
07.21.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium
07.22.10 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre
07.24.10 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
07.27.10 - Billings, MT - Babcock Theatre
07.28.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
07.29.10 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
07.30.10 - Chicago, IL - The Congress Theater
07.31.10 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
08.02.10 - Baltimore, MD - Ram’s Head Live!
08.03.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Prospect Park

• The Dead Weather: http://www.thedeadweather.com
• Third Man Records: http://www.thirdmanrecords.com