King Tuff’s ‘Black Moon Spell’ available now on CD/LP/DL
worldwide from Sub Pop
You can now watch King Tuff’s scorching performance of Black Moon Spell track “Eyes of the Muse” onCONAN (see December 17th performance).
King Tuff’s previously announced 2015 tour schedule kicks off January 7th in Santa Ana, CA at The Observatory and currently ends April 8th in Omaha, NE at Waiting Room. Along the way, he’ll play shows with Ex Hex (January 12th-24th) and Father John Misty (March 25th-April 8th). Please find an updated list of tour dates below.
In related news, you can also watch King Tuff’s performances of “I Love You, Ugly” and “Biggest Hearts” for NPR’s “Bandwidth,” which was filmed on his 2014 fall tour (see December 15th session).
Black Moon Spell, featuring the highlights “Eyes of the Muse,” “Headbanger,” and the title track, was produced & mixed by Bobby Harlow at Studio B in Los Angeles, CA, with the exception of “I Love You Ugly” and “Radiation,” which were produced by King Tuff. Black Moon Spell is available now through theSub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes and Amazon.
What people are saying about King Tuff & Black Moon Spell: “Thomas wins the 2014 glam-rock revival, plain and simple; Black Moon Spell is loaded with sterling examples of the genre from front-to-back.” [First Listen] - NPR Music
“Los Angeles-based singer-guitarist Kyle Thomas turns his love for Black Sabbath-style metal and T. Rex-style glam into exuberantly scuzzed-out-neo-Seventies guitar rock…But the real treat is his musical showmanship and the grimy guitars, especially on songs like the sweetly lascivious “Sick Mind.” He transforms his heroes’ black magic into debauched fun.” - Rolling Stone
“Crunchy riffs, sugary power-pop harmonies and a general beatific dudeness… Your fantasy coast-to-coast road trip will be poorer without this." - The Guardian
A scuzzy mix of garage rock and power pop, it's catnip for radio DJs in the spirit of The Who and Big Star. King Tuff is a he, not a band: Kyle Thomas has made three records as King Tuff, and the new one is called Black Moon Spell. "Eyes of the Muse" is an irresistible blast of guitar-driven pop with wild-man, Keith Moon-esque drum parts. ["Heavy Rotation" via "Morning Edition"] - NPR
“Thomas is a master craftsman with pedigree and Black Moon Spell is scuzzy, wired and bulging with Marc Bolan vocals, riffs Jimmy Page forgot to stick on a Zeppelin album and a bunch of outrageously catchy choruses. Big fun." - NME
“Kyle Thomas' King Tuff returns fiercer than ever with his take on psychedelia and classic rock, with generous doses of headbanging, humour and sentimentality. Black Moon Spell is an impressively diverse album, from the ballad "Staircase of Diamonds" and slick greaser tune "Eddie's Song" to the pared down acoustic "Ugly" and Ramones-y "Sick Mind.” [8/10, Review] - Exclaim!
“If the self-titled record was the test to see what exactly King Tuff was capable of, Black Moon Spell is the streamlining of those results, adjusting them to achieve maximum impact. If you found the replay value of King Tuff to be pretty high, this one’s going to raise the bar.” - Passion of the Weiss
"Heading straight back into the studio with a mission to freak the fuck out, what emerges is sheer, primordial garage rock ooze. Unrelenting from the off, Black Moon Spell is visceral rock 'n' roll, all blood, sweat, tears and outrageous riffs.” - Clash
"Black Moon Spell is defined by cataclysmic, thrashing crescendos and the kind of grubby riff that tends to be found in Jack White’s “DON’T OPEN: TOP SECRET” drawer.” “His most impressive bit of songwriting yet.” - DIY
“Kyle Thomas has made noise with a lot of different bands: Happy Birthday, Feathers, Witch. But he really hit his artistic stride when he renamed himself King Tuff and started knocking out snotty, scabby, attitudinally glammed-out garage rock. King Tuff’s new album Black Moon Spell... rips and snorts and kicks and struts.” STEREOGUM
Now, with Black Moon Spell, Thomas seizes that amphetamine groove and launches it into a glittering explosion. It’s an album whose fiber is built on the smoky cigarette haze of a dimly lit dive bar — best served with whiskey and a raucous crowd. Even through charges of distortion and screeching, fuzzed-out guitar, the hooks are catchy as hell, churning out infectiously sunny waves and sharply angled guitars. Thomas’ energy is palpable, and his magnetism smacks of the nervy core of late ’70s rock. -Consequence of Sound
"For his latest concoction, Sub Pop slack-rocker King Tuff has filled his broiling, metaphorical cauldron to the brim with incantatory snarls about “witches’ brew”, searing guitar solos and bucketloads of blood, ‘hot winter’ sweat and so on, with the outcome an intoxicating potion of big ol’ glam-rock proportions.” -Dots & Dashes
"King Tuff is the epitome of American Rock, he is larger than life with huge riffs and even crazier lyrics." -Louder Than War
“From the moment Black Moon Spell surges into life through shudderingly distorted, powerful guitar riffs and hauntingly aggressive vocals, it’s clear that Tuff means business.” - Crack Magazine
“Fourteen songs packed full of sex, classic rock references, parties, teenage rebellion, weirdness and downright stupidity… Black Moon Spell is one hell of a ride.” - London in Stereo
Tour Dates Jan. 07 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room Jan. 08 - Tucson, Az - The Flycatcher Jan. 09 - El Paso, TX - The Lowbrow Jan. 10 - Marfa, TX - Padres Jan. 12 - McAllen, TX - Cine El Rey * Jan. 13 - Houston, TX - Walters Downtown * Jan. 14 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks * Jan. 15 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder * Jan. 16 - Tampa, FL - Crowbar * Jan. 17 - Miami, FL - Churchill's * ^ Jan. 19 - Gainesville, FL - High Dive * Jan. 20 - Savannah, GA - Hang Fire Bar * Jan. 21 - Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theater * Jan. 22 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt * Jan. 23 - Birmingham, Al - The Bottletree * Jan. 24 - Memphis, TN - Hi Tone Cafe * Jan. 27 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge Jan. 30 - Las Vegas, NV - Bunkhouse Saloon Mar. 25 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works # Mar. 26 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse # Mar. 27 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel # Mar. 28 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club # Mar. 31 - Boston, MA - Paradise # Apr. 01 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer # Apr. 03 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre # Apr. 04 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue # Apr. 07 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater # Apr. 08 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room# * w/ Ex Hex ^ w/ Jacuzzi Boys # w/Father John Misty
King Tuff Performs "Eyes of the Muse" On Conan + 2015 Tour
We've having Inherent Vice themed art exhibitions at our DTLA, NYC, LDN spots. Book a room and we'll slip you a limited-run Jonny Greenwood Inherent Vice Original Score on vinyl.
Now that most of you have had your hearts and minds spun every which way by Paul Thomas Anderson's surf noir Inherent Vice — and if you haven't, you now have an assignment (thank us @acehotel for the pro-tip) — and you've been lulled, had panic attacks, and partied to Jonny Greenwood's scores for the past few Anderson films, it's time to bring it all back home. Our friendly hotels are filled with art to celebrate one of our Very Favorite Films (VFFs). This email is long, you can skip around if you want.
We've teamed with Warner Bros. to help release Mr. Greenwood's Inherent Vice Original Score at our spots in DTLA, NYC and LDN. With the score, we're putting on some art shows because A) we can, and B) you'll want something special to do when you're staying with us (besides nabbing free limited edition vinyl — more on that below). Three cities, three different shows. Have coffee? Good, we continue:
The Joshua Light Show: Created by Joshua White, trailblazer of liquid light shows and psychedelic art. For the London opening, Joshua Light Show is staging an original composition to Greenwood’s soundtrack.
Opens: January 19 Run Time: January 19–25 Location: The 100 Room at Ace Hotel London Shoreditch
All shows are free and open to the public. Everyone who books a room will receive a limited edition copy of Jonny Greenwood's Inherent Vice Soundtrack. (And lucky you — we have in-room phonographs ready and willing.) We'll see you there.
Inherent Vice + Jonny Greenwood Limited Vinyl + Art Show
THE BLACK KEYS’ CONCERT TO AIR ON THE HOWARD STERNSHOW DECEMBER 19
BAND NOMINATED FOR BEST ROCK ALBUM, BEST ROCK SONG AND BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE AT THE 2015 GRAMMY AWARDS
TURN BLUE DEBUTS AT #1 ON BILLBOARD 200
“The best, most consistently gripping album the Keys have ever made…Turn Blue is as apocalyptic, in its way, as that Clash epic [London Calling]: loaded with risk, distress and payoff.”—Rolling Stone
“Among the most prominent American rockers in the world, able to craft nuanced rock ‘n’ soul one minute and hard-sweating guitar funk the next.” –Los Angeles Times
“The Black Keys are that rare 21st century rock band that just keeps ascending.” –Chicago Tribune
The Howard Stern Showwill broadcast a special live concert by The Black Keys Friday, December 19onSiriusXM Radio. The concert, taped earlier this year in Houston, TX will air on SiriusXM Howard 100 or 101 at 11:15 PM EST/8:15 PM PST. The two hour concert is running directly after the “The Howard Stern Birthday Bash: Director’s Cut” special.
In addition, raffle tickets are now available for Dan Auerbach’s childhood guitar, signed by both Patrick Carneyand Auerbach. All proceeds benefit the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.
The band has been nominated at the 2015 Grammy Awards in three categories—Best Rock Album for Turn Blue, Best Rock Song for “Fever” and Best Rock Performance for “Fever.” The band has won 6 total Grammy Awards and now has 15 total nominations. This year’s nominations follow a very successful year for the duo, whose new album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and continues to receive widespread acclaim. Most recently, Turn Blue was named #3 Best Album of 2014 by Rolling Stone, which called it “the sound of America’s most innovative arena rockers in full command.”
In celebration of the release, the duo is currently in the midst of a North American tour including upcoming shows at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and Atlanta’s Philips Arena. See below for complete tour details and watch the recently released “The Black Keys On Touring” video here. Promoted exclusively by Live Nation, the tour features special guest St. Vincent. Additionally, the band recently taped an episode of “Austin City Limits” to celebrate the program’s 40th anniversary season—airing January 31. Moreover, on February 6 the band will help honor Bob Dylan as the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year. Other artists confirmed to perform at the 25th annual benefit gala dinner and concert include Beck, Willie Nelson and Neil Young, among many others.
Turn Blue is the highest chart debut yet for the band whose previous album, El Camino, debuted at #2 in 2011. Furthermore, it is the first #1 album for Nonesuch and the band’s highest charting album to date internationally, debuting at #1 in Canada and Australia, #2 in the U.K., New Zealand and Croatia, #3 in Ireland and Hungary, #4 in France and Switzerland and #5 in Austria, Denmark and Holland. Additionally, the album charted in the top ten in Germany, Belgium, Finland, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece. Turn Blue is certified Gold in the U.K. and Canada.
Produced by Danger Mouse, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, Turn Blue comprises 11 new tracks including the first single, “Fever,” which is the longest running #1 song this year at both Alternative radio and AAA radio. Additionally, the album has received critical praise, with NPR Music calling it “…expansive and irresistibly catchy,” and USA Today saying it is “…an engrossing collection that takes daring leaps while embracing the primal energy and minimalism of the duo’s early records.”
Earlier this year, the duo returned to “Saturday Night Live”for their third musical guest appearance, performing “Fever” and “Bullet in the Brain.” The band also performed “Fever” and “It’s Up to You Now” on “Late Show with David Letterman” in addition to performing a longer set from a stage on a closed West 53rd Street, for the “Live on Letterman” online series. The duo concluded their whirlwind release-week schedule with an interview and performance at “The Colbert Report.” Most recently, the duo performed their new single “Gotta Get Away” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”as well as a cover of Edwyn Collins’ “A Girl Like You” as a web exclusive.
Turn Blue was recorded at Sunset Sound in L.A. during the summer of 2013 with additional recording at the Key Club in Benton Harbor, MI and Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound in Nashville in early 2014. Of the new album, the band says Turn Blue could refer to:
C: Numbness from extreme cold D: A Cleveland late night TV host from the 1960s named Ghoulardi
E: All of the above
Carney adds, “We are always trying to push ourselves when we make a record—not repeat our previous work but not abandon it either. On this record, we let the songs breathe and explored moods, textures and sounds. We’re excited for the world to hear Turn Blue.”
This is the eighth full-length album from the duo and the fifth on Nonesuch, in collaboration with its parent company Warner Bros. Records. Turn Blue follows 2011’s critically and commercially acclaimed El Camino, which is now certified RIAA Platinum. Internationally, El Camino is Gold in Belgium, Spain, Italy and Holland; Platinum in Ireland, France and the U.K.; double Platinum in Australia and New Zealand; and triple Platinum in Canada. The record also resulted in three awards at the 55th annual Grammy Awards—Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Album. The band now has a total of six Grammy Awards including three in 2010 for their breakout, RIAA Platinum album, Brothers.
THE BLACK KEYS TOUR
December 15 Sunrise, FL BB&T Center†
December 16 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena†
December 17 Orlando, FL Amway Center†
December 19 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center†
December 20 Tulsa, OK BOK Center†
December 21 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center† February 6 Los Angeles, CA MusiCares June 4-7 Hunter Mountain, NY Mountain Jam
The Acid has unveiled their haunting video for new single “Ghost.” A visually arresting accompaniment of tumbling sand dunes, Californian sunrises and captivating plot twists culminating in an ending that will undoubtedly leave the viewer wanting more. Watch + share the video here. Listen + share the Oliver Schories remix of “Ghost” here.
Directed by renowned duo Elliot Lee Hazel and Petecia Le Fawnhawk, the pair’s career within music stretches across many years and has seen them work respectively with the likes of Beck, Interpol and Band of Skulls to name but a few.
Commenting on their vision behind the “Ghost” video, co-director Le Fawnhawk said; “Originally the inspiration came from a story I heard about Ray Charles being a huge Corvette fan. My imagination took me into wonder of being born blind and the magic of discovering the world around you, people and experiences all through the sense of touch. I shared my idea with Eliot who immediately had an emotional connection, as his father was blind. We dove deeper into the idea and then presented the rough concept to The Acid boys.”
Shot in the picturesque Californian desert just outside the town of Baker, the pair drew further inspiration from Salvador Dali’s surrealist art to evoke a haunting yet serene atmosphere for the video.
“Ghost” is the third single to be taken from the bands debut album Liminal, released earlier this year via Mute / Infectious Music to widespread critical acclaim including the likes of NPR, Thump, and NME.
The Acid came together as a partnership between Brit Adam Freeland, L.A. producer Steve Nalepa and Ry X, an Australian songwriter. First appearing in 2013 with their debut self-titled EP, the group quickly followed up with the release of Liminal, a sonically drenched body of work with clear nods to artists such as Portishead, Aphex Twin and Thom Yorke, that crosses over a range of genres, which include everything from techno and R&B to deep house and beyond.
“Ghost” EP Tracklisting “Ghost” “Ghost” (Maya Jane Coles Remix) “Ghost” (Oliver Schories Remix) “Ghost” (William Arcane Remix)
Minneapolis hip-hop collective Doomtree has revealed the video for "Gray Duck" off their upcoming full-length All Hands, due January 27, 2015 on their own Doomtree Records. The Andrew Melby-directed video features the group's members donning rubber duck masks and evading a Segway-bound security guard. The video premiered via The Fader, who noted that the video is "a fun, stylized clip for the hard-hitting cut." The "Gray Duck" video is available to stream or embed HERE, and All Hands is available for pre-order HERE.
The group, which consists of Cecil Otter, Dessa, Lazerbeak, Mike Mictlan, P.O.S, Paper Tiger andSims, has also announced a string of tour dates for early 2015, beginning on February 4 at Mojo's inColumbia, MO, routing up and down both coasts, and concluding on March 17 at Launchpad inAlbuquerque, NM. The full list of tour dates is below, with more to be announced soon. Tickets for these dates are now on sale.
Doomtree started as a mess of friends, fooling around after school, trying to make music without reading the manual. The group had varied tastes -- rap, punk, indie rock, pop -- so the music they made together often bore the toolmarks of several styles. When they had enough songs, they booked some shows. They made friends with the dudes at Kinkos to print up flyers. They burned some CDs to sell. The shows got bigger. Of necessity, Doomtree's seven members figured out how to run a small business. Lazerbeak's garage became the merchandise warehouse; P.O.S' mom's basement became the webstore. A decade and fifty releases later, it's all properly official-Doomtree is now a real, live label with international distribution-but not too much has changed. Doomtree still partners with people who aren't jerks. If they can't find something they need, they make it themselves. Although each member has a career as a solo artist, every so often the whole crew convenes to make a collaborative record as a group.
The most recent Doomtree record was called No Kings. A lot of people liked it. Happily, some of those people were writers at places like Vice, NPR, Rolling Stone, etc. According to the Village Voice, Doomtree is "one of the most talented and dedicated rap groups working today." VH1 says the crew has "the aggressive energy of a punk act with just the right amount of hip-hop swagger." In support of No Kings, Doomtree made laps around the US and hit Europe a couple times too. They played at festivals like Lollapalooza, SXSW, and Belgium's Dour Festival. The newest Doomtree record is called All Hands, due January 27th 2015. The title nods to the nautical rally cry, "All hands on deck," and the album stands as the most collaborative and cohesive project the crew has yet produced. The production from Cecil Otter, Lazerbeak, Paper Tiger, and P.O.S twists through 13 booming tracks, building the raw and epic soundscapes that the group has become well known for, while adding more of-the-moment musical elements and techniques for a genre-spanning effect. This is the sound of old friends fine-tuning their craft, both together and individually, for over a decade, and it shows. Lyrically, All Hands sounds hungry as all hell. The three-year gap between Doomtree albums has given each of the five emcees substantial time to grow as solo artists, and the group's return finds everyone tour-tested with plenty to prove. Sims, P.O.S, Mike Mictlan, Dessa, and Cecil Otter drive home razor-sharp cadences, hard-hitting punchlines, and monstrous choruses, passing the spotlight back and forth until the house lights come up.
To write All Hands, crew members sequestered themselves in a cabin with no cell reception to distract from the task at hand and no neighbors to be bothered by the music playing through the night. The process informed the product: the record creates and operates within its own sphere-a particular mix of menace, humor, beauty, and adrenaline. Though the Minneapolis sound is present on All Hands, the record is as much a product of seven friends, relying only on each other, working in international waters. Both the catchiest and densest album in the group's catalog, All Hands adeptly walks a tightrope of immediately memorable hooks and in-depth lyricism that rewards repeated listens. The result is equally worthy of up-to-11 trunk-rattling drives as it is late-night headphone sessions.
Doomtree tour dates:
2/4 - Mojo's - Columbia, MO 2/6 - Trees - Dallas, TX 2/8 - Fitzgerald's Downstairs - Houston, TX 2/9 - One Eyed Jacks - New Orleans, LA 2/11 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA 2/12 - Motorco Music Hall - Durham, NC 2/13 - Boot & Saddle - Philadelphia, PA 2/14 - U Street Music Hall - Washington, DC 2/16 - The Sinclair - Cambridge, MA 2/17 - Highline Ballroom - New York, NY 2/19 - Blind Pig - Ann Arbor, MI 2/20 - Abbey Pub - Chicago, IL 2/21 - Majestic Theatre - Madison, WI 3/4 - The Waiting Room - Omaha, NE 3/5 - Aggie Theatre - Ft. Collins, CO 3/6 - Gothic Theatre - Englewood, CO 3/7 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT 3/9 - Neumo's - Seattle, WA 3/10 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR 3/12 - Slim's - San Francisco, CA 3/13 - The Roxy Theatre - Los Angeles, CA 3/14 - The Glass House - Pomona, CA 3/16 - Club Red - Mesa, AZ 3/17 - Launchpad - Albuquerque, MN
Kathleen Hanna Stars In Myrna The Monster, A Short Film Premiering at Sundance
”the inclusive titular invitation-- plus featherlight sing-song notes and masculine shouts by her bandmates-- puts the song square in 2013.” – Pitchfork
“Hanna is one of America’s greatest living rock performers.” – The New Yorker
“In The Julie Ruin, Hanna is still the woman so many have admired, even idolized; but she's also fully herself, quirky and vulnerable, less a role model than a three-dimensional best friend.” – NPR
“Kathleen Hanna has one of America's toughest punk voices – somewhere between a Johnny Rotten sneer and a Valley-girl shrug.” – Rolling Stone
“ …in performance the band's approach was pure joy, like the B-52s remixing Hannah Arendt.“ – The Los Angeles Times In 1997 legendary Riot Grrrl pioneer Kathleen Hanna released a solo album under the name‚ “Julie Ruin” with the intention of forming a band to perform the songs live. In 2010 she built her dream team who quickly learned the songs and then recorded their own debut album titled Run Fast. Fans rejoiced as the band dominated stages around the world from NYC to Australia in support of Run Fast. Following Kathleen’s collaboration on Mykki Blanco presents Gay Dog Food this fall, they can celebrate once again with the news that The Julie Ruin is back in the studio working on new material. The band has released the song “Blueberry Island”, a track featured on the forthcoming digital release of the soundtrack for the IFC bio pic about Kathleen calledThe Punk Singer. It will also be made available as a limited edition 7” single featuring the “Right Home” (YACHT Remix) b-side via the Federal Prism Pop Up Store. A celebrated, outspoken figure at the forefront of feminist punk, Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre generously donated her zines collection to the Fales Library Riot Grrrl Collection and the Museum Of Modern Art. An issue of Kathleen’s Bikini Kill zines is currently on view in the exhibition Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye, in the 3rd floor Philip Johnson Architecture and Design galleries at MoMA. The exhibition is on view from November 15, 2014 - November 1 of 2015. Kathleen also stars in a short film titled Myrna The Monster, playing the voice of Myrna, a heartbroken alien dreamer from the moon transitions into young adult life in Los Angeles just like any other 20-something. Written and directed by Ian Samuels and made with love by MTV(Other) the film will premiere at Sundance. Watch the trailer for Myrna The Monster HERE. The Julie Ruin is Kathleen Hanna on vocals (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre), Kathi Wilcox on bass (Bikini Kill, Frumpies, Casual Dots), Kenny Mellman on keys (Kiki and Herb),Carmine Covelli on drums (Bridget Everett and the Tender Moments) & Sara Landeauon guitar (The Slips, The Chickletts). Head over to The Julie Ruin web store for records, tote bags and a new limited edition t-shirt made in collaboration with Seth Bogart from Wacky Wacko.
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