- Created on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 09:13
- Written by brian
It's time to stagger your way on down to the local sound peddler and pick up your copy of the latest Melvins masterpiece collaboration with JD Pinkus and Paul Leary, Hold It In officially hits record store shelves today!
"Hold It In's with the Butthole Surfers guys. It's completely different than what it would have been without those guys and it's a new step forward for us. I'm very happy about that. It's a dream come true." - Buzz
Dale will be appearing tonight on the Terrible Tuesday Radio Show on Radio Valencia to talk about Hold It In amongst other things, be sure to tune in. I'll update this post with the podcast link once it's available after the fact.
Tons of positive reviews have been coming out about the album. Simon Chandler of Tiny Mix Tapes had this to say in part: "...it’s with these infectious yet implicitly caustic outbursts that The Melvins, as well as Leary and Pinkus, re-situate themselves within the no-man’s land they’ve nearly always inhabited, where they’re too wily for straight-ahead rock and too knowingly brutal for straight-ahead pop. And even within this seamy hinterland, they can’t remain in any one place for too long, for fear of being pinned down and typecast. This means that in addition to the crushing psych-metal of “Sesame Street Meat” and the bubblegum steamrolling of “Brass Cupcake,” there’s also the swirly “Barcelonian Horseshoe Pit” and its ambient-cum-shoegazy hallucinations, as well as the barn-dancing psychobilly of “I Get Along (Hollow Moon),” in which reverb’d guitars and bit-dispersing electronics usher Leary’s half-drunken tale of perseverance in the face of adversity. It’s conceivable that with such a pathological fear of being identified as either X or Y The Melvins-Leary/Pinkus Connection would fall foul of tokenism and superficiality in their rush around various sub-genres, but it’s a testament to their chops that pretty much all the tracks on Hold It In hold interest in their own right, and not solely because they’re sandwiched between contrasts."
Guitar World recently did an interview with Buzz and Paul Leary: "It's a good cross-section of a lot of things we've done as well as some things we've never done. It's the first Melvins record I played on where I didn't write a majority of the material. That was a little different than what we normally do. Paul is also one of my favorite guitar players, and I've thought about doing something like this with him for a long time." - Buzz on Hold It In
A lot more good news about the long-rumored documentary about the Melvins has come to light recently! it's going to be titled The Colossus of Destiny - A Melvins Tale and they now have a website at melvinsmovie.com Apparently they'll be doing a crowdfunding thing soon to get their project over the finish line so keep your eye on their site and facebook page for all the details! Check out their first teaser below:
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- Created on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 11:43
- Written by brian
The Quietus has premiered 'Sesame Street Meat' from Hold It In which is due to be released in just under a few weeks! (October 14th to be exact) Dale Crover said this of Sesame Street Meat... "This track is one of the first songs we recorded together. I love Jeff's slinky little bass line that comes in around the third measure! Then the whole band kicks in and just crushes you like a bug! One of my faves! I can't wait to play it live!"
It looks like both the vinyl and CD will be available on that date through Ipecac. The vinyl from Ipecac will be one 12", and since all the songs from the album won't fit so AmRep will be releasing a Bride of Crankenstein 10" with the final track House of Gasoline tacking up the entire b-side of that release. The 10" should be available in time for the U.S. tour that'll be getting underway in a few weeks.
Bride of Crankenstein art by HAZE XXL
Speaking of Amphetame Reptile Records and Tom Hazelmeyer... The Color of Noise a new documentary about the legendary label is in the midst of touring the United States. Tom is appearing at many of the dates selling his art and some rare AmRep releases. Check out The Color of Noise FB for all the details. Noisey also posted a good interview with the director recently.
Make sure to sign up for the We Empty Rooms mailing list so that you can be notified of opportunities to order the Melvins/Hard-Ons split 7" Some may be available on the tour, but quantities are unknown at this point. The Melvins side of this split is a cover of Glen Matlock's song Ambition.
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GOING COMMANDO WITH JIM MORRISON'S GOLDEN SET OF PIPES: Buzz's final tour diary installment for Noisey was posted...
"Dave and I ate at a pretty nice place just down the street with a surly waitress who mumbled that we were early so some of the specials weren't available yet.
As she turned to stomp off she dropped her order book and when she bent over to pick it up I noticed her pants were split the entire length of her ass crack...
And she wasn't wearing underwear...
It was like staring into the sun." - Buzz Baltimore, MD
- Created on Saturday, 23 August 2014 10:24
- Written by brian
Yesterday Rolling Stone premiered Brass Cupcake from the new Melvins collaboration album with Jeff Pinkus and Paul Leary of Butthole Surfers! Along with that, you can also download the first track on the album Bride of Crankenstein from Amazon & iTunes.
“Brass Cupcake is possibly my favorite track on Hold It In! We wrote this song with Pinkus and Paul in mind, once we knew this project was a go,” explained Dale Crover. “It’s our version of what we think pop music should sound like. Get ready to freak out!"
- Bride of Crankenstein 2:49
- You Can Make Me Wait 2:49
- Brass Cupcake 3:24
- Barcelonian Horseshoe Pit 4:22
- Onions Make the Milk Taste Bad 5:01
- Eyes on You 3:24
- Sesame Street Meat 3:28
- Nine Yards 2:29
- The Bunk Up 7:35
- I Get Along (Hollow Moon) 2:35
- Piss Pisstopherson 2:58
- House of Gasoline 12:11
Buzz is wrapping up down under and about to begin his European solo acoustic tour, be sure to check him out if he's in your area! This Machine Kills Artists is also now available on vinyl from Ipecac.
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Little Punk People did a video interview with Buzz.
Buzz played in the NYC Subway
The Sludgelord also posted an interview with Buzz.
- Created on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 12:37
- Written by brian
Valley King Records is releasing the first two full lengths by Dale Crover's side project Altamont as vinyl picture discs! They were both originally released on Man’s Ruin Records as cd-only releases. Both were remastered by Dale Crover and Toshi Kasai (aka Deaf Nephews). Each is limited to 500 copies (of which, 75 are part of a box set). Altamont was formed in San Francisco in 1994 as a side project of Dale Crover (the Melvins), Joey Osbourne (Acid King), and Dan Southwick. Pre-Order information is available at Secret Serpents. Shipping starts at the end of August. First 100 pre-orders come with stickers based on the cover art. More info below.
In other Dale news Amrep posted the A side of Dale's upcoming 7" United Fruit that's coming out soon. That 7" also features Lou Barlow and Kevin Rutmanis!
Altamont - Civil War Fantasy – Remastered by Deaf Nephews (Dale Crover and Toshi Kasai). This is an edition of only 500 with cover art by Alan Forbes.
1. Civil War Fantasy
2. Ezy Rider (Jimi Hendrix)
3. Bitch Slap
5. My One Sin
6. Makers Mark
7. Black Tooth Powder
8. Up River
9. Down Wind
Altamont - Our Darling – Remastered by Deaf Nephews (Dale Crover and Toshi Kasai). This is an edition of only 500 with cover art by Alan Forbes.
1. Saint Of All Killers
2. Short Eyes
3. Our Darling
4. Pirate Love (Johnny Thunders)
5. Chicken Lover
6. Dead Car
8. Peace Creep
9. Stripey Hole
10. Young Man Blues (Mose Allison)
11. Hell’s Angel Lullaby
Valley King Records is also releasing an extremely limited box set. Sets are limited to only 75 copies. ORDER HERE Each set includes:
- Civil War Fantasy LP picture disc
- Our Darling LP picture disc
- Custom ALTAMONT slip mat
- Band signed silkscreen ALTAMONT art print
- Vinyl sticker set based on the record artwork
- All housed in a custom made pine box
- Created on Thursday, 24 July 2014 13:57
- Written by brian
As Buzz's summer U.S. Tour is winding down and his Australia/Europe tours will be getting started in a few weeks I figured I'd round up all the latest in Melvins land. Rumors have been circulating since Jeff Pinkus toured with the band last year that there'd be a Melvins release with him handling bass duties. That's been confirmed and it will include Paul Leary as well, also of Butthole Surfers fame. The album is titled "Hold It In" and it will be released October 14th on Ipecac! It's a 12-song full length and was recorded in both Los Angeles and Austin earlier this year.
"Hold It In is a refreshing piece of fiction in a boring world of fact and bullsh*t," said Osborne. "Paul is one of the best guitar players I have ever heard and Pinkus has an outside the box type of approach to both guitar and bass that you just have to let it ride. I can't believe this actually happened. I'm thrilled."
"It's very rare you get a chance to work with three folks from the 'Break A Wish' foundation, all at the same time," said Pinkus. "I believe they'll remember their experience with me forever (or until they finally all lose their fight with S.I.D.S)."
Photo credit: Mackie Osborne; Left to right: Dale Crover, Buzz Osborne, Paul Leary, JD Pinkus
The Melvins kick off a round of U.S. tour dates on Oct. 15 in Sacramento at Assembly, which also includes a performance at this year's Voodoo Experience in New Orleans. Osborne, Crover and Pinkus will be the touring roster for this run of dates. Tickets are on sale this Friday, Aug. 1 at 10AM local time.
- MELVINS - HOLD IT IN U.S. TOUR
- October 15 Sacramento, CA Assembly
- October 17 Bellingham, WA Wild Buffalo House of Music
- October 18 Seattle, WA The Showbox
- October 19 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
- October 21 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
- October 22 San Luis Obispo, CA SLO Brewing
- October 23 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour
- October 24 San Diego, CA The Casbah
- October 25 Phoenix, AZ The Crescent Ballroom
- October 26 Albuquerque, NM The Launchpad
- October 28 Dallas, TX Trees
- October 29 Austin, TX Mohawk
- October 30 Houston, TX Warehouse Live - Studio
- October 31 New Orleans, LA Voodoo Fest
- November 1 Pensacola, FL Vinyl Music Hall
- November 2 Gainesville, FL The Wooly
- November 3 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbit's
- November 4 Orlando, FL The Social
- November 5 Ft. Lauderdale, FL The Culture Room
- November 6 Tampa, FL Orpheum Theater
- November 8 Atlanta, GA The Loft at Center Stage
- November 9 Birmingham, AL Zydeco
Dale just announced that he'll be coming out with a 7" in late August entitled "United Fruit". It'll feature old friend Kevin Rutmanis and Lou Barlow! August is a packed month for Dale, not only did he appear in the new OFF! music video Red White and Black, he's also going to be filling in on drums for them on their August U.S. tour dates!
- OFF! U.S. TOUR DATES W/ DALE ON DRUMS
- 8/6 – Lowbrow Palace – El Paso, TX
- 8/8 – Korova – San Antonio, TX
- 8/9 – Mohawk – Austin, TX
- 8/10 – Siberia – New Orleans, LA
- 8/11 – Spanish Moon – Baton Rouge, LA
- 8/13 – Backbooth – Orlando, FL
- 8/14 – Churchill’s Pub – Miami, FL
- 8/15 – Local 662 – St. Petersburg, FL
- 8/16 – Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL
- 8/18 – Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
- 8/19 – Kings Barcade – Raleigh, NC
- 8/21 – Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
- 8/22 – Europa – Brooklyn, NY
- 8/23 – Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
- 8/24 – Grog Shop – Cleveland Heights, OH
While out on tour, Buzz has been doing a series of tour diaries for Noisey, the first four have been posted:
Trying Not to Die in a Fiery Crash
Cops and Hippies
Rednecks, Middle Management Zombies, and KISS
Playing Oddly Named Clubs and Spotting Dead Bodies
Here's the full performance from Buzz's appearance on KEXP in Seattle.
The Hard-Ons are releasing a series of split 7"s for their 30th anniversary and the Melvins will be on one of them. The Melvins one hasn't gone up for pre-order yet so you'll have to keep checking back in order to get in on that. Here's a video of Buzz talking about the Hard-Ons.
Decibel has a nice writeup on the Stoner Witch album in the August issue of their magazine.
Dale played a "secret show" with Dinosaur Jr. on somebody's back porch!
Buzz gave Tone Deaf over in Australia a list/explanation of the Top 5 people that influenced his career: "He didn’t really get famous until he was in his early 40s, and then he worked almost up until the day he died as well, I love that, I love people who do that sort of thing, I’m super excited about that kind of stuff. When he was about to die they asked him whether there was anything he wished he could do more and he said ‘make another movie’." - Buzz on director John Huston
Buzz did an AMA(Ask Me Anything) on Reddit last month - "I got told to "fuck off" by some of the Ozzfest "security" once while Ozzy was getting ready to hit the stage. I told him I was just looking for a place to piss and he told me "fuck off and use the bushes." I had to settle for pissing on the tires of Ozzies tour bus." - Buzz
Some internet controversy was stirred up based on Buzz's comments regarding Kiss in his interview with the Missoula Independent - "As far as I can tell, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss are fucked-up alcoholic junkie guys. So I don't think Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley should let those two fuck-ups ruin them. Why should they? Okay, they chose to be alcoholics and fuck-ups, now in doing that they have to face the consequences. Gene Simmons didn't do it, why should he face the consequences?" - Buzz
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- Created on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 05:51
- Written by brian
This Machine Kills Artists, the solo-acoustic debut from King Buzzo is out today, June 3rd via Ipecac! Check out the full-album stream at Dangerous Minds. In addition to the U.S. tour which begins on June 10th in San Diego, Buzz has also just announced that he'll be touring Europe and Australia over August/September.
After a 31-year career in music with the Melvins, which has born over 30 albums of studio and live material, dozens of limited and highly limited 12-inch, 10-inch, and 7-inch records, and north of 2000 live performances why is he going acoustic now?
Because it actually makes sense.
After all, Buzz has written the vast majority of the Melvins’ songs with a fair amount of them originally written on an acoustic guitar and then simply transferred to electric. "I recorded most of This Machine Kills Artists with my red white and blue Buck Owens American acoustic. It's a great guitar and is pretty much irreplaceable so it's staying home for tours. It's too bad really. Maybe I can paint the Chinese one I use live red white and blue! Ha!"
This Machine Kills Artists is an authentically acoustic album with no electric guitars, amplifiers or direct boxes used during the 17-track release’s recording. Buzz’s live performance, previewed in a brief March tour, is equally raw, with the legendary singer/guitar player armed with only his guitar and his quirky-yet-captivating stories.
"I have no interest in sounding like a crappy version of James Taylor or a half assed version of Woody Guthrie,” explained Buzz. “Which is what happens when almost every rock and roller straps on an acoustic guitar. No thanks... This Machine Kills Artists is a different kind of animal." This Machine Kills Artists isn’t merely Melvins Lite (hey, there already is a Melvins Lite!), instead the album offers a surprising new side to the grunge progenitor, songs when offered naked further highlight what a powerful songwriter the Melvins’ front man is.
Along with the new album Buzz will be hitting the road on a giant tour that will take him all the way around the world! The tour itself will begin in the U.S. with a multi-month outing before winding it’s way throughout the globe. The songs on This Machine Kills Artists were written to be performed live and that's exactly what Buzz plans on doing.
It's all about digging it out of the dirt...
The more you work the luckier you get...
King Buzzo Solo Acoustic Australia Tour
August 13, 2014 - Adelaide, SA - Enigma Bar
August 14, 2014 - Geelong, VIC - Barwon Club
August 15, 2014 - Melbourne, VIC - Ding Dong Lounge
August 20, 2014 - Newcastle, NSW - The Small Ballroom
August 21, 2014 - Sydney, NSW - Newtown Social Club
August 22, 2014 - Wollongong, NSW - Anita's Theatre
August 23, 2014 - Canberra, ACT - Transit Bar
August 24, 2014 - Brisbane, QLD - Black Bear Lodge
August 26, 2014 - Perth, WA - Astor Lounge
King Buzzo Solo Acoustic European Tour
August 30, 2014 - Brighton, England - The Haunt
August 31, 2014 - Paris, France - Noveau Casino
September 1, 2014 - Köln (Cologne), Germany - Gebäude 9
September 3, 2014 - Dresden, Germany - Beatpol
September 4, 2014 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
September 5, 2014 - Judenburg, Austria - Rock Is Hell Fest
September 7, 2014 - Ravenna, Italy - Hana-bi
September 8, 2014 - Bologna, Italy - Locomotiv
September 9, 2014 - Milan, Italy - Carroponte
September 10, 2014 - Düdingen, Switzerland - Bad Bonn
September 11, 2014 - Zurich, Switzerland - Rote Fabrik (w/ Philm)
September 13, 2014 - Schorndorf, Germany - Manufaktur
September 14, 2014 - Munich, Germany - Kranhalle
September 15, 2014 - Frankfurt, Germany - Mousonturm
September 18, 2014 - Tilburg, The Netherlands - Incubate Fest
September 19, 2014 - Kortrijk, Belguim - De Kreun
September 20, 2014 - London, England - Oslo
September 21, 2014 - Bristol, England
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