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It looks like the Live Houdini album will be coming out on May 16th. I'm not sure which performance date this recording is from, I'll update the news once someone tells me.
Here is Buzz's message about the release and the near future of the band from ipecac.com:
Hello you magnificent Melvin music loving sons-a-bitches! First off, to all you naysayers, apology accepted, now don't let it happen again.
We here in the Melvin camp like to pretend the world is a right place. Surprisingly the Melvins are alive and well and not dead so what the hell, right? We have a lot planned for the next year so relax and sit quietly, as far as you know, more will soon be revealed.
Well of course it's 2006 and as usual the seemingly tireless Melvins have yet another brand "new" CD. Big surprise. This time, as a result of their strange work last year in Europe they've recorded a full length Houdini Live record entitled "A Live History of Gluttony and Lust", which is ready for a May release so put down your beer bongs and your crack pipes and get ready to dash out and buy two or three copies…or maybe twenty copies just in case. Amazingly the Melvins recruited the amazing bass master Trevor Dunn best known for his amazing work in the Trevor Dunn trio-convulsant, Mr. Bungle, Fantômas and a whole lot of headache inducing "music" with John Zorn. This is a thoroughly modernized live version of the 1993 "classic" Houdini record along with a few surprises tossed in for shits and giggles. Why not? Remember it's the nuts, it's effortless and it's just like the oil on Arrons beard and God forbid you forget this isn't bullshit, so don't worry.
The Melvins have been through a lot this last year, wars, drugs, impeachment but they never lost sight of what was important AND what was festering in their bowels. As usual the Melvins have "started over" with, two count em TWO, new members: Coady and Jarod from the band Big Business. This will be super colossal and totally beyond reason. We can't even believe it's happening, but believe it or not it's becoming more and more believable. No shit man!
And another thing, we're tired of the "in" crowd fucking with us so knock it off. If you're a do-gooder or a player or a weed-head or a dog beater or a swinger do us a favor and keep your opinions and your good vibes to yourself. Tell us what YOU are doing and not what you think WE should be doing. Got it? I didn't think so.
- Buzz Osborne
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Sorry for taking so long to post info about this I get very behind with my school work and have little time to devote to the site anymore, but I'm trying!
Wes sent me info about a trick and riddle book which was made to go along with the Hostile Ambient Takeover cd, it was sold along with it on the 2004 U.S. tour, more info can be found about it here.
Also for info on the awesome poster series put together for the tour done by Diesel Prints and some of the most amazing concert poster artists out there today check out this thread at gigposters.com, some truly amazing art! They have a great gallery which includes all of these posters, check that out here.
also: from theprp.com:
The Melvins tribute album "We Reach: The Music Of The Melvins" is now eyeing a tentative May 10th release date via Fractured Transmitter Record Co. The effort is tentatively expected to feature Melvins covers done by the Dillinger Escape Plan, Meshuggah, Mastodon, Strapping Young Lad, Keelhaul, House Of Low Culture, Meatjack, Lickgoldensky, Absentee, Dog Fashion Disco, Disengage and Abdullah, among others.
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Here are the tour dates that have been announced so far for the upcoming U.S. dates the melvins and Jello will be doing, supposedly melvins will do a set then take a break and they will come back out with Jello and play some more, not sure if that is gospel though. I also am not sure if that is a final list of dates.
10/21/2005 Middle East Club Boston, MA
10/22/2005 Pearl Street Northampton, MA
10/23/2005 Webster Hall New York, NY
10/25/2005 Black Cat Washington, DC
10/26/2005 First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, PA
10/31/2005 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
11/02/2005 Neumo's Crystal Ball Reading Room Seattle, WA
11/03/2005 Croatian Cultural Center Vancouver, BC
11/04/2005 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
11/05/2005 Capitol Theater Olympia, WA
11/07/2005 WOW Hall Eugene, OR
11/08/2005 Kate Buchanan Hall Arcata, CA
11/09/2005 Boardwalk Sacramento, CA
11/16/2005 Henry Fonda Theatre Los Angeles, CA
There are good reports coming back about the show last night in England where they played the entire Houdini album, check the message board to read them. Here is the flyer...
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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)
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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.
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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