Friday, July 30, 2010

King of The Beach
Wavves a.k.a. Nathan Williams will officially drop his new record, King of The Beach via Fat Possum on Tuesday. The album has been available digitally for the better part of the last month, so if it seems a bit anticlimactic, I'm with you. However the album is a big step forward for Williams and co., it retains the bands sonic edge, but the record feels a bit more mature to me and seems to being standing up well after a month of steady listening. Wavves have announced a headlining tour that will bring the California kids to our area for three dates, however none of which are in Boston, but it looks like I just found my excuse to check out the soon to be re-opened Met Cafe in Providence.

Pre-order King of The Beach at Fat Possum

Live Dates:
08.02.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
08.06.10 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08.07.10 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle / Lollapalooza afterparty #
08.12.10 - San Diego, CA - Museum of Contemporary Art / San Diego
08.13.10 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House %
08.14.10 - Portland, OR - Berbati's Pan +
08.16.10 - Santa Barbara, CA - Soho
08.17.10 - Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place
08.18.10 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
08.25.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
08.26.10 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore
08.27.10 - Victoria, BC - Sugar
08.30.10 - Davis, CA - Sol Collective
08.31.10 - Visalia, CA - Howie and Sons Pizza Parlor
09.04.10 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
09.10.10 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone
09.11.10 - St. Louis, MO - Billiken Club
09.14.10 - Bloomington, IN - Rhinos
09.15.10 - Columbus, OH - Skully's
09.16.10 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
09.17.10 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street Nightclub
09.18.10 - Waltham, MA - Brandeis University
09.20.10 - Providence, RI - Met Café

09.24.10 - Kingston, NY - 323 Wall Street
09.25.10 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
09.27.10 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
09.28.10 - Greensboro, NC - Guilford College
09.29.10 - Charlotte, NC - Milestone
09.30.10 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
10.01.10 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In - Next Big Nashville
10.02.10 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry's
10.20.10 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden

Wavves - King of The Beach

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Remember: Small(23) - Vega and Boston, Cicra 95'

You can acquire Small(23) music at Amazon, we recommend that you do so, immediately. For more info check out: Small(23) Myspace.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Forthcoming: Bottomless Pit - Blood Under The Bridge

On August 10th Bottomless Pit will unveil their second long player and third release over all with Blood Under The Bridge on Princeton, NJ's Comedy Minus One. Tim Midget and Andy Cohen both of Silkworm fame return with band mates Chris Manfrin (Seam) and Brian Orchird (.22) to pick up where there two superb 2008 releases left off, Hammer of The Gods, and the Congress EP, respectively. The soon to drop, Blood Under The Bridge spans 9 songs spread out over 2 x 12" vinyl (45 RPM), breaking the LP up 2 songs per side, the band also hooks you up with CD copy of the album with your purchase.

You can check out four songs from the album over at the Bottomless Pit site, which coincidentally is where you can order the LP as well, so order away.

The band has recently announced short fall tour, that will bring them to The Middle East with Black Helicopter and Chris Brokaw on November 12th.

Bottomless Pit Live Dates:

Sat 31 Jul 2010 - Wavelength Festival (Three Oaks, MI)
with Robbie Fulks, Freakwater, JC Brooks and Uptown Sounds, Archer Prewitt

Sat 18 Sep 2010 - Depaul U. (Chicago)
with Bear Claw and the Bismarck

Fri 5 Nov 2010 - Hideout (Chicago)
with Black Helicopter

Sat 6 Nov 2010 - TBA (Milwaukee)
with Black Helicopter

Thu 11 Nov 2010 - Howlers (Pittsburgh)
with Black Helicopter and Karl Hendricks Trio

Fri 12 Nov 2010 - Middle East (Cambridge)
with Black Helicopter and Chris Brokaw

Sat 13 Nov 2010 - Knitting Factory (Brooklyn)
with Black Helicopter and guests TBA

Sun 14 Nov 2010 - Treehouse (Columbus)
with Black Helicopter and Kyle Sowashes

Thanks to the fine folks at Comedy Minus One, we are able to share the albums final track, 38 Souls.

[MP3/Stream] Bottomless Pit - 38 Souls

Bottomless Pit
Bottomless Pit Myspace
Comedy Minus One

Saturday, July 24, 2010

This Weeks Short Bursts:
Admiral Radley, Film School, & No Age
The pairing of two California pop darlings, Earlimart and Grandaddy have spawned Admiral Radley and the results are somewhat, what you might expect. That is if you expected a batch of melancholy pop songs that seem to bounce around your head for days on end. The band consists of Jason Lytle and Aaron Burch from Grandaddy as well as Aaron Espinoza and Arianna Murray from Earlimart with help from ex- Grandaddy guitarist Jim Fairchild.

Ad Rad's debut, I Heart California was released earlier this month by The Ship and the band have just announced a lengthy tour that will bring them to T.T. The Bears on August 17th with Cambridge, by way of New York's Hooray For Earth.

Order the album via the Admiral Radley Store

Admiral Radley- I Heart California
(with a hat tip to One Track Mind)

San Franciso's shoegaze stalwarts Film School are getting ready to drop Fission, their fourth full length, albeit a little bit later than initially reported. It had been reported back in May that the album would be released on July 20th. However according to the bands new label, Hi Speed Soul, Fission will be released on August 31st. I can only assume the reason for the rescheduling of the release date is that the band initially had planned to self release Fission prior to signing with San Diego's Hi Speed Soul. Go ahead and dull your impatience with the terrific new single below.

[MP3/Stream] Film School - Heart Full of Pentagons

No Age are poised to return with the follow up to their smashing 2008 debut long player, Nouns, with Everything In Between on September 28th via Sub-Pop. Recorded in their hometown between 2009-2010, the album consists of 13 songs of the bands signature noise pop, with the added element of sampling/sound collages that the band featured on last years Losing Feeling EP. On September 28th the duo of Randy Randall and Dean Spunt will issue the albums first song Glitter, via 7"+12" single. The 7" will consist of the Glitter b/w Inflorescence and the 12" will pair the A side with In Rebound and Vision II. Both versions can be pre-ordered through the band label as well as Amazon.

The bands been playing new material at recent shows. Excuse the camera angle (shot from behind Dean Spunt's drum kit) on this video, but the sound is decent and it features the track Depletion from the forthcoming Everything in Between, so we hope you dig it as much as we do.

No Age - Depletion @ Sweatstock, Little Haiti - Miami

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Los Campesinos! - All's Well That Ends

Los Campesinos! issued a new EP last week, All's Well That Ends collects acoustic versions of songs that appeared on the bands tremendous Romance is Boring album released earlier this year. The limited edition, 10" EP is being sold on the bands current European tour as well as through there label.

While we wait and hope for the bands next trip stateside, check out this video the band posted which chronicles the making of the new 4 song EP, courtesy of Ellen Campesinos.

Order All's Well That Ends at Witchita Recordings


Friday, July 16, 2010

Ticket Giveaway: Suckers + You Can Be A Wesley

Brooklyn's Suckers released their debut long player, Wild Smile in early June on French Kiss Records and we've been spinning it on the regular ever since. The band will hook with Menomena for national tour in September. Currently these lush- psych-pop wunderkinds are in the middle of a headlining tour that will stop at Great Scott on Sunday night with support from Boston's You Can Be Wesley and Sean Bones.

As luck should have it we have a pair a tickets to give to Sunday's show.
All innterested parties, please send an e-mail to ashgrayproclamation [at]yahoo [dot] com with Suckers in the subject line and we'll sift through the entrants tomorrow afternoon and randomly pick a winner.

For those of who would rather not leave things up to chance, you can grab tickets at Ticket Web.

Suckers Live Dates

Jul 16 – Le Divan Orange Montreal, Quebec
Jul 17 – OFF Festival’s Last Night Party Quebec City, Quebec
Jul 18 – Great Scott Alston, Massachusetts
Jul 29 – Terminal 5 New York, New York w/ The National
Sep 08 – Neurolux Boise, ID
Sep 10 – Showbox Seattle, WA*
Sep 11 – Crystal Ballroom for MusicFestNW Portland, OR w/ The Dodos
Sep 14 – Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA*
Sep 16 – El Rey Los Angeles, CA*
Sep 17 – Casbah San Diego, CA*
Sep 18 – Clubhouse Tempe, AZ*
Sep 21 – Fox Theatre Boulder, CO*
Sep 22 – The Waiting Room Omaha, NE*
Sep 23 – Varsity Theater Minneapolis, MN*
Sep 24 – High Noon Saloon Madison, WI*
Sep 25 – Metro Chicago, IL*
Sep 27 – Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH*
Sep 28 – Mod Club Toronto, Ontario*
Sep 29 – La Sala Rossa Montreal, Quebec*
Sep 30 – Royale Boston, MA*
Oct 01 – Webster Hall New York, NY*
Oct 05 – First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, PA*
Oct 06 – 9:30 Club Washington DC*
Oct 07 – Cat’s Cradle Carrboro, NC*
Oct 08 – The Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA*
Oct 09 – Mercy Lounge Nashville, TN*

* with Menomena

You Can Be A Wesley

Update: Congratulations to our winner Julie MacMillan of Norwood, MA.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Heedfest IV:
Robert Pollard Live at The Canal Street Tavern

Robert Pollard took to the stage for his first live performance in two years at this years Heedfest. The yearly fan gathering and boozeathon of Pollard/GBV devotee's held in Dayton, OH.

Billed as Milko Waif & Bug Eyed Mums, Pollard took to the stage Friday night to play his forthcoming Moses On A Snail in it's entirety which you can order at The Factory of Raw Essentials. A handful of videos have been posted from this years debauchery, take a look.

It's A Pleasure Being You
(sound check)

Silk Rotor

Each Is Good In His Own House

Videos gracioulsy supplied by Lumptywangage and Brian Felhander A.K.A. BSFGBV.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Medications Become Completely Removed

Sometimes the time gets away from us, the stacks of new music on our desk and in our inbox get ignored, and before we know it a couple months pass by and we still haven't gotten around to listening to that album that we made to sure to order last spring.

The Most recent example of this is when over the Fourth of July weekend, I finally unwrapped Completely Removed, the third and most recent release from Washington, D.C.'s Medications. The duo of Devin Ocampo (Smart Went Crazy/Faraquet) and Chad Molter (Farquet) formed Medications in 2003 and released an EP and one long player on Dischord before shelving the band for nearly five years.

For Completely Removed Ocampo and Molter return in fine form. The duo wrote and performed nearly all the albums tracks with help from their long time friend and new Medications member Mark Cisneros. The band has recently been rounded out by drummer Jesse Fox.

The newish release,issued by Dischord back on April 20th takes things in a slightly different direction than the bands earlier work. Medications still has their sonic edge intact, however due to the album being recorded over 7 months at Treehouse studio by Devin Ocampos, it's allowed the band to focus on the arrangements and overall production of the album. It also finds Medication discovering some exciting new terrain.

Note: The next time Medications release a new album, listen to it immediately.

Medications are about to play a series of east coast shows that will bring them to O'Breins in Allston on July 24th with Big Big Bucks and Deleted Scenes.

[MP3/Stream] Medications- Long Day

Order completely Removed from Dischord Records

Friday, July 2, 2010

This Weeks Short Bursts [MP3]:
Trumans Water, Mean Creek, and Sun Kil Moon

As we prepare to shut it down for the long Fouth of July holiday weekend we thought we would share new music from some fine American artists. On behalf of The AGP clan we wish you all a safe and enjoyable Independence Day. We will return early next week, until then.

After a lengthy absence Portland, OR's Trumans Water is set to return on August 24th with their first U.S. release in nearly seven years, with O Zeta Zunis via Asthmatic Kitty. The spazz-core vets have been mainly releasing music in Europe over the past several years, so this is great news for the bands small buy loyal contingent of American fans. In addition to releasing O Zeta Zunis, Trumans Water have negotiated a deal with there new US label to release there entire back catalog.

[MP3/Stream] Trumans Water - 5-7-10 Split

O Zeta Zunis Track Listing
1. Since Yesterday - 2:27
2. Bev Toxin - 4:16
3. Ammunition - 1:12
4. Last Time - 2:42
5. Ur-Cod - 1:35
6. Greased Water - 4:08
7. Blasphemous Cordialantlers Ride! - 3:05
8. 2 Hands 4 Eyes - 1:58
9. Thew Eak Hen - 3:04
10. 5-7-10 Split - 2:42
11. We Fish - 2:19
12. Radio Played - 2:06
13. You Live Out Loud - 2:16
14. Horsesplinter Wraparound 0:41

Fresh off picking up the much coveted Best Local Act honors in this years Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll, Boston's Mean Creek are out to prove there not letting any of there much deserved accolades go to their collective heads. The band has issued the Comedian b/w Liar/Thief 7" through Old Flame Records. The new tracks were recorded by John Angelo (Sonic Youth/Dinosaur Jr.) who managed to capture the band's dynamic live performance as well as the fury of the new material.

Mean Creek will play TT The Beers on July 14th with former Dambuilder David Dondero and The Love Language.

Mark Kozelek's Sun Kil Moon will release Admiral Fell Promises on July 13th. The album was recorded entirely by Kozelek playing nylon string guitar over the albums 10 tracks. I'll Be There a 4 song EP that includes an outtake from the recording sessions and three covers can be yours if you pre-order the new LP through Kozelek's Caldo Verde label, you can also check three tracks from the album below.

[MP3/Stream] Sun Kil Moon - You Are My Sun
[MP3/Stream] Sun Kil Moon - Admiral Fell Promises
[MP3/Stream] Sun Kil Moon - Australian Winter

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Girlfriends 7" Release Show

Boston's lo-fi popsters, Girlfriends will celebrate the release of their new 7" single, Gov't Seizure b/w Creep Stuff tonight at Great Scott with Four Eyes and Doomstar!. The show will also serve as a kick off for Girlfriends summer tour that has the band on road over the next six weeks playing shows as far west as Olympia, WA. Treat them nice America!

The band will selling copies of the new 7" at tonight's show, you can also order it from the fine folks at Aurora 7.

One of our new favorite local blogs Mango Nebula has posted a preview of Govt Seizure for your listening pleasure.

This just in: Girlfriends just posted the complete 7" for your streaming pleasure at their myspace page. Now you have to buy it!