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The Melvins are hanging in there and inching up on the halfway mark of their 51 day record breaking tour! As Buzz said in a recent interview with citypages.com: "Its going good! No one is dead, no one is in jail, and everyone is still on heroin." They've been keeping a tour diary at SPIN.com, make sure you stay up to date on all of the shenanigans and tomfoolery. Dale is also doing a bit of a tour blog for Tama's site. They're touring with Tweak Bird on most of these dates, and SPIN also put up a preview track from their upcoming album Undercover Crops which is endorsed by Dale Crover himself, can't do much better than that... Melvins have a lot of limited edition stuff at the merch table on this tour, including the Freak Puke picture discs, '1983' and 'The Bulls & the Bees' 10" records, and the newest in the Sugar Daddy 12" split series with Butthole Surfers and Die Kreuzen/Necros/Negative Approach. Speaking of which, those new Sugar Daddy splits should go up for sale on AmRep's site real soon so stay on your toes. Melvins also announced that they'll be playing in Los Angeles on New Year's Eve with Redd Kross. Tickets are on sale now, and it should be a real barn burner!
The Bulls & The Bees 10" - Letterpress Sleeve art by Mackie Osborne
While the Melvins were in the great city of Minneapolis playing Grumpy's some video was shot by a friend of themelvins.net forum!
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AmRep has put the Freak Puke picture discs up for sale tonight! 300 of each design = 1500 total pressed. $30 Get yours while the gettin's good. All the details you need are below...
UPDATE: These have temporarily sold out online. They will be on sale via the dynamic Brian Walsby at the merch booth for the majority of dates for the remainder of the tour. Assuming some will be left over after the tour more will be made available online at a later date. Thus, I would advise against blowing your money on ebay for one of these unless you have no patience whatsoever.
Melvins "Freak Puke" LP (AMREP089) with 5 different picture disc designs by Gary Taxali, Tara McPherson, Skinner, Mackie Osborne & Dave Cooper.
Here's how it works. This LP is a picture disc. There are 5 different artists' art in the run we made and like a pack of baseball cards. YOU DON'T PICK WHICH DESIGN YOU GET.
These are all sealed in a normal 12" LP cardboard sleeve (as pictured). You won't know which design you have until you open it, so... YOU DON'T PICK WHICH DESIGN YOU GET.
The B-side image is the same on all the LPs, it's the LP jacket graphic, as pictured in the lower right on the picture of the collected designs & you guessed it... YOU DON'T PICK WHICH DESIGN YOU GET.
You can only order TWO LPs. That really does mean TWO LPs. If you order more we will dump/refund your ENTIRE order.
VEVO uploaded a pro-shot series of videos from a recent Melvins show, however they didn't post the exact date/location of the performance. Check it out!
Pirate Press posted an image of all the the vinyl variants AmRep is putting out for the 1983 and Bulls & The Bees releases. These are available from the band on their current U.S. tour and will likely be available online in limited quantities at some point in the near future.
PunkNews.org posted a good interview w/ Dale - "Buzz and I always have had a great relationship. We don't get in big fights like The Kinks. But you know, a lot of people just lose their minds. We're trying to lose our minds and that's why we're doing a 51 day tour. We're really trying to crack ourselves. That's what this is all about. We're trying to push ourselves to the limits of insanity."
Pitchfork premiered the new Big Business song Battlefields which is available on their new 7". It should be available on their website eventually, but if you want a copy immediately you may be in luck if you have a chance to check them out on their ongoing ODD MILK WING tour! Incidentally, they're currently touring with my fellow Minneapolitans, Gay Witch Abortion.
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Melvins have announced that AmRep will be releasing Freak Puke on vinyl picture discs featuring 5 different artists. Tara McPhersen / Gary Taxali / Skinner / Mackie Osborne / Dave Cooper These should be available sometime in September via Amrep's online store. Keep an eye on this thread for the latest updates.
Art by Mackie Osborne
Pitchfork has released a fun animated video as part of their Frames series of Buzz describing the Melvins first U.S. tour back in 1986.
50 States + D.C. in 51 Days Record Breaker Fall U.S. Tour - Poster by Viral Graphics
Two-Headed Podcast did an interview with Melvins Lite last month before the Bellingham, WA show.
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The Melvins have been and continue to be relentless in 2012 and will be releasing the 1983 EP in time for their upcoming Melvins Lite 50 states + DC in 51 days tour that is just around the corner. The EP is being released by AmRep and has original Melvins drummer Mike Dillard on drums along with Buzz on guitar and Dale on bass and bagpipes.
- Psycho-delic Haze
- Stick em Up Bitch
- Stump Farmers
- Walters Lips
Cheap CD's and Vinyl are being pressed as this is being typed and should be available in time for the U.S. Tour. They've also put the first track, Psycho-delic Haze on the youtube.
Per AmRep: "At 6pm on Friday (7/27) some of the Sugar Daddy 12"s that had been held for box sets went up for sale. If you are holding out for the box set, don't. In a nut shell there are so many projects happening that this is either getting scrapped, or will be done in a very small hand done edition (i.e. manageable). SO this will be your chance to snag one you've missed. I'm sure you all know about the 2 10"s currently in the works (Bulls & 1983) as well new SD 12's (info below), there's also Freak Puke vinyl, and a TON of crazy singles following all that. Something has to get dropped, so... The next 2 Sugar Daddy's have left for the plant. ETA on release soon, but within 4-8 weeks likely. They are with Butthole Surfers and whats called "Midwest Hardcore" which has vintage tracks from each of Necros/Negative Approach/Die Kreuzen, all early tracks."
Big Business announced their Wild Kingdom US Tour 2012, a few of the dates will coincide with the Melvins U.S. Tour. Additionally the Melvins and Tweak Bird announced that they'll be touring together for the majority of the 51 day Melvins-lite tour.
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Today is the day my friends, get out to your local record stores and pick up FREAK PUKE - the new Melvins LITE album from Ipecac Recordings. Melvins Lite is an additional incarnation of the Melvins. The line-up is Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover and Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantomas & Tomahawk). “The Melvins have a long history of mixing up our line-ups and I think that’s what has kept us relevant for so long,” explains Buzz. “Consider the Freak Puke record the fifth side of the four-sided Melvins triangle." "We had seen Trevor playing upright bass in a jazz setting and thought that we could utilize that for a recording project," explained Crover. "This is something different from the two drummer/big hair line-up, which we plan on continuing with as well." For a limited time you can stream the entire album at Spinner.
Freak Puke - Tracklisting:
- Mr. Rip Off 5:52
- Inner Ear Rupture 1:56
- Baby, Won't You Weird Me Out 3:50
- Worm Farm Walt 3:54
- A Growing Disgust 4:28
- Leon vs. The Revolution 2:47
- Holy Barbarians 2:31
- Freak Puke 2:46
- Let Me Roll It 4:30
- Tommy Goes Berserk 9:40
Melvins also announced today that they'll be touring all 50 states + Washington D.C. in 51 days! The Melvins will attempt to become the Guinness World Record holders for the first band to tour the full United States and D.C. in 51 days with a tour kicking off Sept. 5 in Anchorage, Alaska and wrapping up Oct. 25 in Honolulu, Hawaii. "We figured it was time for us to do something REALLY crazy," said Osborne. "51 shows in 50 states plus 1 on D.C. and all in 51 days? Jeez! I wonder if we can do it?" The tour, which will feature the Melvins Lite line-up of Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover and Trevor Dunn, also marks the first time in the band's near 30-year history that they will perform in Alaska, New Hampshire, Delaware and Hawaii. Buzz will be a guest on Fox News' "Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld" on June 28.
Poster by HAZE XXL
June 8, 2012 - Los Angeles, CA - Subliminal Projects Gallery (w/Hammerhead) - Post Moral Neanderthal Retardist Pornography art show
June 30, 2012 New York, NY TT Underground Gallery (w/Hammerhead) - Post Moral Neanderthal Retardist Pornography art show
Melvins-Lite Northern Incursion Tour w/ Retox
July 1 Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall
July 3 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
July 4 Ottawa, ON Cisco Ottaway Bluesfest
July 5 Toronto, ON Opera House
July 6 London, ON Call the Office
July 7 Hamilton, ON Club Absinthe
July 9 Winnipeg, MB West End Cultural Center
July 10 Regina, SK The Exchange
July 11 Saskatoon, SK Louis' Pub
July 12 Calgary, AB Republik
July 13 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room
July 15 Vancouver, BC Venue
July 16 Victoria, BC 9one9 Club
July 17 Bellingham, WA Wild Buffalo House of Music
July 18 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
July 20 San Francisco, CA Slim's
September 2 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
50 States + D.C. in 51 Days Record Breaker Fall U.S. Tour
September 5 Anchorage, AK Bear Tooth Theatre and Pub
September 6 Seattle, WA Showbox at The Market
September 7 Portland, Oregon Hawthorne Theatre
September 8 Boise, ID Neurolux Lounge
September 9 Missoula, MT Top Hat Lounge
September 10 Salt Lake City, UT In the Venue
September 11 Cheyenne, WY Forum 619
September 12 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre
September 13 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck
September 14 Columbia, MO The Blue Note
September 15 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
September 16 Des Moines, IA Wooly's
September 17 Sioux Falls, SD The Vault
September 18 Fargo, ND The Aquarium
September 19 Minneapolis, MN Grumpy's
September 20 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
September 21 Chicago, IL Double Door
September 22 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue Theatre
September 23 Louisville, KY The Vernon Club
September 24 Detroit, MI Smalls
September 25 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
September 26 Morgantown, WV 123 Pleasant Street
September 27 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock Cafe
September 28 South Burlington, VT Higher Ground
September 29 Dover, NH Dover Brickhouse
September 30 Portland, ME Asylum
October 1 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
October 2 Pawtucket, RI The Met Cafe
October 3 New Haven, CT Toad's Place
October 4 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
October 5 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell's
October 6 Wilmington, DE Mojo 13
October 7 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
October 8 Washington, DC Black Cat
October 9 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theatre
October 10 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle
October 11 Knoxville, TN The Square Room
October 12 Greenville, SC The Handle Bar
October 13 Athens, GA 40 Watt Club
October 14 Birmingham, AL Bottle Tree
October 15 Pensacola, FL Vinyl Music Hall
October 16 Jackson, MS Duling Hall
October 17 Little Rock, AR Juanita's Cantina
October 18 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
October 19 Austin, TX Mohawk
October 20 Norman, OK Opolis Production
October 21 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
October 22 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
October 23 Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas Country Saloon
October 24 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Forever Cemetery
October 25 Honolulu, HI The Republik
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The amazing picture discs AmRep has put together for the upcoming art shows in L.A. and New York are going to be available in limited quantities tonight at 6PM Central Time. This will likely sell out quickly as the entire amount obviously won't be put on sale before the art show and the bands will be getting some too to sell at shows etc.
Split 7" picture disc made in conjunction with the "Post-Moral Neanderthal Retardist Pornography" art shows in LA & NYC. 5, count 'em 5, different variant artwork by the likes of Camille Rose Garcia, Shepard Fairey, Junko Mizuno, Chris Mars & Haze-XXL. 2500 total of this release with 500 pressed of each design. First person to complain they are sold out because they didn't read this, we're sending AmRep over to your house to punch you in the throat.
Friend to Melvins and Melvins-Fan alike, the prolific Brian Walsby has released his new book, the latest in his series - MANCHILD 6 Check it out!
After finally being suckered into fatherhood with the birth of his daughter Willow, Brian Walsby finally says, “goodbye punk rock, hello ad...ulthood” with the release of MANCHILD 6. Joining the ride is new publisher Will Butler of To Live a Lie Records. Will somehow believed in Brian enough to spend his own money on someone who obviously is out of touch, has betrayed the scene (any scene, take your pick) and has more or less moved on. Or has he?
Despite the nonstop demands of diapers, real life responsibilities and taking the six year old Noble to school most of the time Brian has still somehow found precious time in coming up with new work. Filling out MANCHILD 6 are exclusive interviews straight from Brian’s blog (INTROVERTED LOUDMOUTH) from the last couple of years with lengthy interviews with Richmond’s TANNON PENLAND (LOINCLOTH), Raleigh’s own incredible songwriter KENNY ROBY, The split personality of SCOTT RADINSKY (PULLEY, TEN FOOT POLE, SCARED STRAIGHT) , guitarist for the DESCENDENTS and ALL STEPHEN EGERTON and a lengthy tour diary on the road with MELVINS right before Willow was born. Lots of good reading.
So if you are at all interested in punk rock, fatherhood, MELVINS, potshots at people who deserve it, Mad magazine type satire and all of the other things that Brian Walsby is known for, MANCHILD 6 is a must have and a fine addition to a growing collection of hard work.
On May 21st NBC's 'Last Call w/ Carson Daly' featured a couple more songs from the Melvins show at the Troubadour in L.A. on April 13th.
Spin & The Melvins released a sneak peak, Leon vs. The Revolution, Track 6 from Freak Puke which is due out June 5th.
Secret Serpents posted images and in some cases purchase links of the tour poster series they put together for the Melvins/Unsane tour this spring.