- Written by brian
Alernative Tentacles has released Sieg Howdy early through their website, if you want to get it anywhere else you have to wait till the 27th. As of now only the cd is available but the LP version is coming soon.
- 01: Halo Of Flies
- Lighter Side Of Global Terrorism
- Lessons Not To Become
- Those Dumb Punk Kids
- Wholly Buy Bull
- Voted Off The Island
- Califonia Aka Kali For Ja Uber All
- Dawn Of The Locust (dalek Remix)
- Enchanted Thoughtfist (Al Jourgensen remix)
- Caped Crusader (Dale Crover remix)
Here's the press release:
JELLO BIAFRA & THE MELVINS
virus350 (9 Sep 2005) LP - $9.00 - coming soon | CD - $12.00
Fucking AWESOME. Jello and the Melvins #2. Buy It. What, you need more reasons? Jello Biafra and the Melvins are musical pranksters united for a common cause - to detonate your brain with some of the most twisted rock anthems ever crafted!
Starting off album #2 with a heavier-than-life version of the Alice Cooper cult classic, "Halo of Flies," an intricate tune that alternately slithers and crushes, the band then proceed to treat us to a completely different extended take of their tune "The Lighter Side of Global Terrorism" (Jello's Hawkwind influence showed through when he asked the Melvins to create a take on the song similar to their cover of "Youth of America" by The Wipers). With the first two harrowing tracks clocking in at over fifteen minutes -this is not what you'd expect from a Jello record - steering into a more Melvinoid direction, but remaining distinctly separate from anything easily definable - far from a mishmash or outtakes collection, even the Jelvins were surprised at how well Sieg Howdy! flowed as an album.
Through the course of the album the band (yes, they sound like a proper band, not a "project!") erupts with colors of its respective players in turns. Biafra's spleen-venting rants "Voted off the Island" and "Those Dumb Punk Kids (Will Buy Anything)" are amongst his most acerbic (not to mention insightful!), and the Melvins' cathartic drum and guitar workouts pummel brilliantly through "Lessons in What Not to Become" and the septic all bass-chug of Kevin Rutmanis (making his final appearance on vinyl with the Melvins on this album) and Buzzo that anchors "Wholly Buy Bull."
Of course, the cherry on top is Jello and the lads ripping through a new, updated version of "Kalifornia Über Alles" - as sung by the Gropenführer himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger! With Jello's unmistakable wit and even more distinctive punk-rock croon fully intact, it's a breath of fresh air to hear a live Jello classic sound the way it was intended to for a change!
The album's remaining remixed tracks serve to deepen the impression that what has been created throughout the course of this collaboration is the work of a band - A band whose songs have enough depth to remain interesting in new and sonic environs. Dalek's chilling reworking of "Dawn of the Locusts" brings the song into a completely different light, and Al Jourgensen's (Ministry) take on "Enchanted Thoughtfist" is so cold and almost new-wave-y that it works brilliantly. The tone of the track reaches waaay back into the Ministry back catalog, surprising even Al himself! Then the fresh new tag-team Deaf Nephews (Dale Crover and Toshi, the album's engineer) reshape "Caped Crusader" into a disturbing cartoon version of itself to round out the record. The fact that these songs are open to this kind of interpretation, and that these interpretations work so well is a testament to the quality with which they were crafted in the first place.
Once again, the band is joined by Adam Jones from Tool on guitar for over half the tracks, and this time around, the stunning artwork is provided by none other than Camille Rose Garcia! 27 minutes of new and never before heard Jello Biafra and the Melvins and 17 minutes of remixed weirdness from the group's friends has created a record that surpasses its predecessor in sheer sonic audacity and is an extremely satisfying listen in its own right. Whether you missed the boat the first time around, or you couldn't get enough of Never Breathe What You Can't See, it's time to stand up, put your right hand over your heart, extend that middle finger, and say it loud - say it proud - SEIG HOWDY!
The LP has the same songs as the CD, although it's spread out over a 12"LP and a 7". Brand New and only available here until late September! Don't forget to grab the first Jello/Melvins sonic explosion, "Never Breathe What You Can't See"!
More dates have also been announced for their forthcoming tour as well:
10/21/2005 Middle East Club Boston, MA w/ Jello Biafra
10/22/2005 Pearl Street Northampton, MA w/ Jello Biafra
10/23/2005 Webster Hall New York, NY w/ Jello Biafra
10/25/2005 Black Cat Washington, DC w/ Jello Biafra
10/26/2005 First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, PA w/ Jello Biafra
Someone on the message board posted this about the Philly show: We only added one new show to the calendar, but ohh boy what a show it is - On Wednesday October 26th the legendary MELVINS will be performing in the basement of The First Unitarian Church, they will be joined by the legendary founder/frontman of THE DEAD KENNEDYS and U.S. punk icon - JELLO BIAFRA. This is the smallest venue that they are playing - so we greatly reccomend that your purchase your tickets in advance for this show. Tickets are available right now at r5productions.com and at Spaceboy Music (704 South Street)
- Written by brian
So it appears as though Sieg Howdy will be released on the 27th of September, I'm still not sure what the tracklist is going to be. It's being presold for 9.79 on cduniverse but 14.99 on amazon. Also the melvins and jello will be playing on Oct. 25th in Washington D.C. at the Black Cat, not sure if this indicates a full blown tour in the U.S. The news trickles in quite slowly in melvins world, especially when you are too lazy to prod people for information. Here's the album art:
Other than that, let's see....
The word is that the rehearsals with Big Business have been going well.
And then interestingly enough the record label Hour Earth which is ran by a guy that frequents this site's bbs has put out a couple cd's by other people that frequent the bbs.
Also, my thoughts are with those affected by the Hurricane down south, I have family down there myself.
- Written by brian
Alternative Tentacles has released the vinyls of the Mangled Demos and Pigs of the Roman Empire:
Pigs of the Roman Empire - virus336 (2005) 2xLP - $14.00 Pigs of the Roman Empire is The Melvin's upteenth and newest release, a joint venture with LUSTMORD (a.k.a. Hollywood sound designer Brian Williams). The Melvins bring over two decades worth of seethingly toxic guitar sludge. Be forewarned: this is a 180-degree turn from our Jello Biafra w/ The Melvins record: ambient soundscapes, sonic bludgeoning, and unforced cruelty reign over this empire!
Shockingly, even The Melvins and Lustmord themselves were blown away by the overabundant orginality this dynamic pairing created. If they were in awe, imagine how your funky little mind will be blown beyond repair! This is a double LP Gatefold Pressing of "Pigs of the Roman Empire" with picture sleeves and includes a bonus track not found on the CD! This is a limited edition one time pressing! Not available in stores until August 23, 2005.
Mangled Demos from 1983 - virus337 (2005) 2xLP - $14.00 As the title suggests, this is an unreleased collection of Melvins demos from 1983- the only document of the orginal lineup with Buzz Osborne, Mike Dillard, and Matt Lukin. Three years before their official debut, the three who were in high school scraped up a few hundred dollars and cut a demo at an Olympia, WA studio. While this doesn't have the musical chops of the Melvins we know today, it embodies their youthful frustration of being prisioner in a small town and the potential fuled by that boiling rancor, which eventually bloomed into one of the most insanely creative, uncompromising bands today. The hilarious liner notes by Buzz detainling not the recoridng process, which he claims he's forgotten, but the fucked up lives they led in their hopeless town and the characters who populated it. This 2x10" is a limited edition one time pressing! Get it now!
Then there's the anomalous Nike Melvins Shoes
- Written by brian
Apparently this is more than gossip now at this point, found originally on the southern lord bbs by Peter:
"...you can congratulate Big Business on their big news, as the local noisy metal duo have been absorbed into the Melvins lineup for a West Coast tour at the end of this summer. That means not only will our own Jared Warren and Coady Willis be opening for the great brain-frying icons, they'll also be playing as part of the band's lineup. Willis tells me the Melvins are in the process of crafting a monster drum kit so he and Dale Crover can create those big-bottomed beats in tandem."
Taken from The Stranger here in Seattle from live gossip column.
Big Business has an album out on Hydrahead records right now. If you're not familiar with them, Jared is from Karp/The Whip and Coady is from Dead Low Tide/Murder City Devils. They also opened for the Melvins on their 20th anniversary show in Seattle.
- Written by brian
Yes, I know Kevin is no longer in the band, please do not feel the need to e-mail me about it anymore. Also if you are looking for information about such things then I must inform you that I am not the source to move towards. These sorts of things happen, bands are a lot like relationships, I'm sure many of you know this quite well. The notion of a third party expounding on the details of why your parents marriage didn't work out is inappropriate for anyone to post on the internet, and in my opinion so is this. It's best to just hope all parties involved are in good health and continue to make great music, as they undoubtedly have in the past.
- Written by brian
According to alternative tentaclesthey will be releasing both the mangled demos and pigs of the roman empire on vinyl this August. Also in late September they will be releasing the second installment from the Jello Biafra and the Melvins collaboration reportedly titled 'Sieg Howdy', a 6 track ep this will include remixes by Al Jourgensen of Ministry, Dalek, Dale, and a cover of Alice Cooper's Halo of Flies.
A good review of the Mangled Demos complete with full mp3's has been posted by Buddyhead, you'll have to scroll down to June 2nd.
Also Daniel sent me a heads up that the Melvins are playing All Tomorrow's Parties "Don't Look Back" where they will be playing the Houdini album in its entirety. This is taking place on the 4th of October this year at the Koko in London, England. Tickets are £17.00 and are available here.