Sunday, October 31, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
PIGEONS & FABULOUS DIAMONDS U.S. TOUR STARTS TONITE
PLUS TWO NEW PIGEONS RECORDS OUT NOW ON SOFT ABUSE
Nationwide tour starts tonite at Brooklyn's Union Pool -- complete schedule is at the bottom of this post. Pigeons are touring in support of their recent OESB records and two brand new releases on Soft Abuse - including a limited tour-only 7" -- check the Soundcloud jukebox below for selected tracks from all of their recent releases. Melbourne, Australia's Fabulous Diamonds are touring in support of their recent album "Fabulous Diamonds II" on Siltbreeze/Chapter.
PIGEONS JUKEBOX by OESB
FABULOUS DIAMONDS & PIGEONS - 2010 U.S.A. FALL TOUR
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28th -UNION POOL, Brooklyn, NY
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31st - SPECTACLE, Boston, MA
w/ Many Mansions & Invisible Circle
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd - PERMANENT RECORDS, Chicago, IL
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd - EMPTY BOTTLE, Chicago, IL
w/Wet Hair & Running
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd - OBERLIN COLLEGE, Oberlin, OH
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4th - WHITE LIGHTENING, Iowa City, IA
w/ Wet Hair
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5th - CLUB MED, Minneapolis, MN
w/ Wet Hair & Robust Worlds
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6th - HEXAGON BAR, Minneapolis, MN
w/ Leisure Birds, Brute Heart
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7th - THE MANOR, Omaha, NE
w/ The Praries, Hominoid and Wet Hair
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10th - Missoula, MT location TBA
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11th - The Business Records, Anacortes, WA
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11th - NoHouse Bellingham, WA
w/ Jazz Magazine and PRND
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12th - JOSEPHINE, Seattle, WA
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13th - EAST END, Portland, OR
w/ Monopoly Child Star Searchers
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16th - THE HUB, Sacramento, CA
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17th - in-store at AQUARIUS RECORDS, San Francisco, CA
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17th - BOTTOM OF THE HILL, San Francisco, CA
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18th - ECHO CURIO, Los Angeles, CA
w/ Donovan Quinn (solo)
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19th - UC IRVINE
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20th - THE DRESSING ROOM, Phoenix, AZ
w/ Eddie Detroit
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22nd - AUSTIN, TX TBA
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd - NOTSUOH, Houston, TX
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24th - CIRCLE BAR, New Orleans, LA
w/ Hosannas FREE!!!
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26th - THE HANDLE BAR, Pensacola, FL
w/ Heavy Baby
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27th - location tba, Gainesville, FL
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28th - FAR SIDE, Tallahassee, FL
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29th - WONDER ROOT, Atlanta, GA
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30th - NIGHTLIGHT, Chapel Hill, NC
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1st - location tba, Richmond, VA
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2nd - Columbus, OH TBA
Posted by OESB at 5:22 AM
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
All right. Info for both upcoming Outer Limits Recordings 7" singles in the two blog postings below. All the tracks have been mastered (the videos feature unmastered audio) and are streaming via this Soundcloud gizmo along with a new bonus track "Sugar Pie" that is downloadable.
OUTER LIMITS RECORDINGS - SUGAR PIE (DEMO) by OESB
Anyone digging these tracks should be sure to check out the Outer Limits "Foxy Baby" l.p. on Not Not Fun from last summer - we have some in the OESB store and are offering a special "triple pack plus" bundle of the "Foxy Baby" l.p. plus the two new singles plus a mystery Outer Limits Recordings cd-r that will be limited to 40 copies...
In other Outer Limits Recordings news:
Pitchfork's Marc Masters interviews Sam at length ++HERE++
Killer OLR mixtape for VICE ++HERE++
Posted by OESB at 10:11 AM
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Awesome new Stellar OM Source video directed by AAVV Videos in Rome, Italy.
From her new lp "Trilogy Select" which is available now in the OESB Store.
She has some UK shows this week - starting tonight:
October 26th - Cambridge, U.K. at The Portland with Heatsick & Hungry Soul
October 27th - London, U.K. at Cafe Oto with Heatsick & Hungry Soul
October 28th - London, U.K. at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
with Teengirl Fantasy, Twin Shadow, Kitten
October 30th - Nijmegen, Netherlands at Extrapool
November 6th - Amsterdam, Netherlands at Subacultcha
>>>EARLY STORM WARNING:
be sure to check the OESB Store for pre-order info on the upcoming OESB batch that will be shipping mid-November. It's a real hypnagogic bloodbath to be sure. Also, a free DVD titled "Please Remember To Rewind" will be included with all pre-orders -- it promises to feature "an assorted audio-visual documentation of extreme dementia". That sounds about right.
Posted by OESB at 2:17 PM
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Live footage from the Big Troubles set from Tuesday at Bruar Falls for the track "Phantom Vibrations" which isn't on any of their records (yet)... This gets across their ridiculously massive live sound pretty damned well so earplugs are recommended for the timid... "Deja Vu" because they're playing Bruar Falls again tonite at 9:40 p.m. Great line-up for today's show -- a Cake Shop / Inflated Records showcase -- see the poster below for full details:
Posted by OESB at 1:32 PM
Friday, October 22, 2010
Avoid certain Emo fads, like cutting yourself (very dangerous). Remember that cutting doesn't make you anymore emo, it just makes you stupid and hateful to yourself, and honestly, if your really true to the Lord, you'd know that He doesn't want you to do that.
Remember the stereotypes that are not true and explain to people who think differently: Emos cut themselves (this is not true), Emos cry a lot (not true), Emos have no friends (again, not true).
Emos are often dissed, just as Christians often face persecution. Don't let it get to you!
Don't confuse this with goth. Goth and Emo are two different things.
If you feel God doesn't want you to be Emo, don't be. God has great rewards in store for the faithful! But remember that God rewards not your 'being Emo'. He rewards the motives in your heart that pleases Him, and the deeds that are done because of these motives.
Stay away from 666, triangles, and stars.
Posted by OESB at 2:53 AM
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Sign up HERE via Google Groups to join the OESB mailing list - it's anonymous and low-key - just an efficient way to get the occasional email update about new ongoings in the OESB universe. Any special offers like the upcoming free DVD will be announced to the list first. Just click "Join this group" on the right-hand side of the screen. You don't need a Gmail account to join the group but you will need to verify any non-Gmail accounts with Google in order to join. Your email address will not be shared with any other companies and isn't even viewable to other group members. It's best to stay stealth and move in for the sneak attack.
Posted by OESB at 2:22 PM
Above are the two tracks making up the Pigeons recent "Hearts" 7" on OESB plus a track from the "Si Faustine" album titled "Wrong Man".
Pigeons have 3 different shows for CMJ this week:
1) Today - Wednesday, October 20th at the Chocolate Bobka showcase at Piano's - they're scheduled to play around 5 p.m. - other acts include Laurel Halo, Young Prisms, La Big Vic, Family Portrait, Woodsman, and Dent May. Full details HERE.
2) Friday, October 22nd - Unofficial Rose Quartz/Microphone Memory Emotion showcase at Shea Stadium - playing with Fluffy Lumbers, Andrew Cedermark, Ecstatic Sunshine, Family Portrait, and more - full details HERE.
Posted by OESB at 11:51 AM
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
BIG TROUBLES & GREATEST HITS PLAYING LIVE AT
FRIENDSHIP BRACELET/ROSE QUARTZ CMJ SHOWCASE
++++BRUAR FALLS - WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN++++
Greatest Hits will be premiering some new material with a 6-member live band (that's a SEXTET) that includes Ian D. of Big Troubles on bass and Ryan H. of Luke Perry on guitars/keys... Spectacle guaranteed & great line-up for this show from top to bottom so come on out...
and speaking of spectacles --- here's the new Alice Cohen animated video for the Greatest Hits track "Ambulence":
Posted by OESB at 11:52 AM
Friday, October 15, 2010
GREATEST HITS "(YOU'RE JUST AN) UPTOWN GIRL"
NEW VIDEO/FREE MP3 + GUEST MIXTAPES/CMJ SHOWS
Above is a brand spanking new video for the Greatest Hits song "Uptown Girl" aka "You're Just An Uptown Girl" and it's not going to be on any commercially available release. It's web-only so everyone Tweet this to High Heaven and let's make this the #1 song playing on Friendster (apologies to the Mael brothers). Directed by L.A.'s Natalie Rodgers in 3-D Partyvision. Download this via Soundcloud right right below. Get down on it.
Greatest Hits have a couple CMJ engagements next week - a live band performance on Tuesday, Oct 19th at Bruar Falls with Big Troubles and Gary War (Rose Quartz/Friendship Bracelet Showcase) and then on Friday, Oct 22nd they'll be the house DJ's for the Altered Zones showcase at Death By Audio featuring John Maus and Excepter. Mark your calendars - BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE!!
There's a couple new guest mixtapes out in blog-land that were curated by Greatest Hits. Click the host-links for full tracklist info.
First there was a guest mix by Raw Thrills/Greatest Hits throatslinger Zak Mering over at Rose Quartz that featured previously unreleased jammers by Outer Limits Recordings and a new James Ferraro project called Warp dropped into the stew. Download that one HERE.
And over at Delicious Scopitone is a two-hour long mega-Teutonic Oktoberfest blaster that can be downloaded HERE. And here's GH's brimming with national pride description for the mix:
"We were teenagers, we were dangerous, and we were German. Growing up against the stark backdrop of East Berlin, the youth culture was buzzing with provocative and experimental visual arts and music. Fueled by exposure to krautrock, new wave, flexi-pop, and post-punk along with federal subsidies from countless organizations, we strive to help reinvent a country in dire need of addressing its historical shortcomings. Armed with an affinity for free art and events, and a renewed sense of national pride, we are proud to share our music, and the music that continues to inspire us for the American Youth."
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Posted by OESB at 2:11 AM
Sunday, October 10, 2010
OESB's only avant-metal band from Boise, Idaho is currently on a U.S. tour. Formerly known as PussyGutt and recently re-christened as Wolvserpent - the duo of Blake Green and Brittany McConnell will be playing tonite in Far Rockaway, Queens. Above is their set from last Tuesday night at Acheron in Brooklyn. Courtesy Torsten of Unartig - lots of excellent live footage at his website. Wolvserpent's new album on 20-Buck Spin is streaming HERE & for the uninitiated there's some reviews below of the first two PussyGutt lp's on OESB (there's still a handful of copies of each over at the OESB store).
WOLVSERPENT TOUR DATES:
Oct 10 Far Rockaway NY @ Red Light District w/Ehnahre
Oct 11 Baltimore MD @ Golden West w/ OAK, w/Ehnahre
Oct 12 Chapel Hill NC @ Nightlight w/Ehnahre
Oct 13 Charlotte NC @ The Milestone w/Ehnahre
Oct 14 Atlanta GA @ Eyedrum w/Ehnahre
Oct 15 Nashville TN @ Little Hamilton w/Loss, Mourner & Ehnahre
Oct 16 Memphis TN @ Poplar Lounge w/Ehnahre & Dead-I-On
Oct 17 Little Rock AR @ Downtown music w/Pallbearer & Ehnahre
Oct 19 New Orleans LA @ Mudlark Theatre
Oct 20 Austin TX @ Red 7 w/Javalina
Oct 21 Las Cruces NM @ The Trainyard w/Yazata
Oct 22 Phoenix @ American Legion Hall w/GOG
Oct 24 Las Vegas NV @ Brass Lounge w/Dead Neon
Oct 25 Salt Lake City UT @Burt’s Tiki w/Subrosa
Oct 29-31 @ VAC Boise ID
Nov 4 Seattle WA @ The Comet w/(a) Story of Rats
Nov 5 Portland @ Plan B
Nov 6 Eugene OR @ The Gup w/Rye Wolves & Vivimancer
AQUARIUS REVIEW of "Sea Of Sand" double-lp:
A mysterious duo from Idaho, here expanded to a trio, offer up 4 sidelong tracks of damaged and mysterious outsider doomdrone on the always reliable Olde English Spelling Bee label. We weren't too sure what to expect, and we missed their performance here a few months back unfortunately, but just have a gander at the list of instruments: bass, violin, crystal goblet, tractor, forest samples, clay pots, tubular bells, organ, synth, gong, drums, bowed cymbals, guitar, sound manipulations, electronics, LEAD guitar, amplifiers and feedback. Those last few are your first clue that this isn't just any old drone record. Although the first few minutes had us fooled. A gorgeous expanse of shimmering low end, glistening harmonics, and a soft distant doomic plod, little bits of static and hiss, a slow slithering blackness, which eventually builds to a stumbling groovy doom jam, with big boomy practice space drums, some seriously downtuned riffage and thick swirls of Hawkwind-ed FX, that lopes and lurches until it fades out into a long slowly unwinding smear of softly buzzing bass.
The second side is a sprawling heavy industrial soundscape of collaged sounds, wind, that tractor mentioned above, all looped and layered, clanging percussion, everything constantly shifting and changing shape, a dark meandering journey through a black forest of sound, a bit like Nurse With Wound meets Wolf Eyes, a chunk of surreal dark ambience, haunting and ominous and while not heavy per se, still distinctly doomy...
The second lp begins with creepy gypsy violins (one of the band members is a classically trained violinist) over a back drop of creaks and moans, a sort of haunted house mood music, beneath abstract riff fragments and random bits of effects building into a slowcore crawl, a mellow doom, each note ringing out and drifting off before the next one hits. Doomy, funereal, soft focus, with those strings a constant presence, super dark and emotional, adding a weirdly cinematic element to Pussygutt's sound.
The final side is another doomy crawl, distant drums, massive slow motion slabs of downtuned guitar, very simple and hypnotic, dark and creepy, not so much heavy as moody and intense, finishing off with a harrowing Hitchcockian string outro which gives way to the sounds of the forest, birds and wildlife, all coming to life beneath the full moon...
LIMITED TO 550 COPIES. Each one hand-assembled copies. Packaged in heavy-duty gatefold sleeves with four spraymounted panels that were custom offset-printed on silver stock with two coats of black ink for extra darkness, so much black ink in fact that, it almost makes your eyes water. Maybe a few huffs inside the sleeve will better prepare you for the mind altering weirdness inside...
200 LB UNDERGROUND REVIEW of "Sea Of Sand" double-lp:
Despite my undying love for the Virgin Prunes and the sporadic donning of black eyeliner before I head down to the local Key Foods, I'm not that 'dark' of a guy. Although I'm obviously down with the drone, Sunn and all their followers never made sense to me. It just seemed they took a great sound and dumbed it down for metalers and other mouth breathing types by adding alotta horseshit to it. Whenever I see a black record cover with silver ink, I usually fall asleep by the time I have a chance to laugh at the band name and/or record title. Hey...whatever floats your rod in the water and puts asses in the seats, I guess.
When and if I do throw some sounds on in this bunker these days, it's usually something I'm familiar with and/or something that doesn't require too much listener/sound participation. Alittle A.F. when the tub needs a hard scrub, some Dusty when some wine is being sipped and spilled, etc. New vibrations don't get too much spin time 'round here, but once in awhile someone will slip me something they think I'd like and I throw it on and by god, they're right to think I'd dig it. Such is the case with this double LP entitled 'Sea of Sand', a collaborative effort between Boise, Idahos' Pussygutt and Seattles' Story of Rats. I was firstly taken with how beautiful the package was. A jet black gatefold with paste-on artwork that must of been glued on by the most OCD person in the universe; totally immaculate. The sounds that take up both these slabs are certainly heavier than a two ton turd, but it's an effortless vibration that seems to just naturally permeate from the sound. The first record in the set sounds like it was one continuous jam spread out between the sides. For most of it, the amps humm and purr as if they themselves (not the humans in the room) are actually waiting for the riffs and drums to kick in. When they do show themselves, they're perfectly brief and direct and burrow back into the clouds of roar to await their next outing. Since I didn't look at the clock once while both of these sides heaved mighty grey smoke from their surfaces, I'm supposing this record must be good.
An actual violin played like it actually should be played opens Side C while field recordings of dry leaves crunch off in the distance. Somewhere down the line (Once again, I lost track of time) strings ring open and randomly hang/float, making me think more of the Dead C. than former members of False Liberty in bathrobes. Side D is heavy, slow and minimal but in a pretty engaging way. It might be that my ears are tuned differently, but when I hear this slow sludgy thing done right, I envision the songs that closed out both Infest 7"s going on forever like I wished them to all those years ago. Somewhere in all the strumming and clanging, in comes the ringing of bells and the quacking of ducks in the far distance and the record is over.
It's been awhile since I've actually got lost in a record; let alone a double set. These people have actually put together a record that's an experience; something you can't just make the bed and sweep the floor to. Put it on, sit down and take it in, chief. P.S.—Do not handle this cover after the eating of greasy foods. You'll just ruin it.
AQUARIUS REVIEW of "Gathering Strengths" lp:
The return of Pussygutt, a male/female duo from Idaho, who traffic in slow brooding black ambience and ultra doom, and whose last two records have been huge favorites around here, which makes sense as we really can't get enough of sidelong tracks, and sprawling expansive stretches of slow rumbling drones, and minimal slabs of blackened doomic crawl, and gathering Strengths does NOTHING to disappoint, offering up a single two part track, spread out over two sides, beginning with what sounds like oboes or some sort of woodwind (it's in fact a clarinet), long layered tones, emitting endless overtones, laid atop a barely there bit of low end rumble, strange melodies emerging from the constantly shifting layers, eventually joined by mysterious strings, chiming bells, super cinematic and soundtracky, and yet another instance of 'why don't these guys score movies', the music sublime and emotional, not what you'd expect necessarily, slowly building in intensity, until finally, the hammer falls, and a black cloud of rumbling doom descends, hardly overwhelming, but instead wrapping around those keening strings, creating a haunting otherworldly bit of black doom chamber music.
The flipside starts off a bit folkier, shimmering drones drift over simple hand drums, the melodies simple and melancholy, a muted firelit psychfolk, smoldering and dreamlike, eventually building to something much more epic and intense, never exploding into a frenzy of doom, or exploding at all, instead, just hovering, and ratcheting up the tension, again, totally cinematic and dramatic, like some timeless ritual being performed by cloaked figures gathered before a fire, while in the background cities crumble and the sky turns to ash.
Intense, and intensely beautiful. LIMITED TO 550. Each one hand numbered, and housed in super striking, silkscreened heavy sleeves.
Posted by OESB at 2:30 PM