Blue Horizon is pleased to announce that The Black Angels will be heading out on a headlining tour this spring in support of their latest release, Phosphene Dream. The tour will kick off at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans, LA, on March 31st and conclude with a home state stop in Dallas, TX, at The Loft on May 21st. In between these dates, they will also be performing at their third annual Austin Psych Fest, which will take place April 29-May 1st. It is no secret that the band loves to tour, and their stunning live shows illustrate their dedication. NPR attended a performance at Seattle's Triple Door late last year and proclaimed, "The group tore the roof off and let its razor blade leads and wailing organ-synth rain down. Leader Alex Maas barked with a ferociousness that sunk into the skin." The Black Angels will also spend the month of February touring throughout Europe, further proving they have no plans to slow down anytime soon.

Phosphene Dream marks a huge leap forward for The Black Angels. It was produced and mixed by Dave Sardy (Oasis, Wolfmother) in Los Angeles, a far stretch from the cozy Austin studios that delivered their first two records. This new one presents a fresh take on the neo-Psychedelic movement they've been at the forefront of for years.

The Black Angels spent the past Fall on the road with Black Mountain in support of this new release, which Rolling Stone praised, claiming: "there are smartly layered riffs and echo-slathered melodies, and the Angels brighten up on tracks like 'Telephone,' a 119-second nugget that would have fit in on an early Kinks album." Filter agreed, calling Phosphene Dream"face-melting," while the BBC declared, "rock album of the year, if anyone's counting."

Black Angels US Tour Dates:

3/31- New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks *
4/01 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade*
4/02 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle *
4/03 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
4/05 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church *
4/06 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre *
4/08 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
4/09 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
4/10 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street *
4/11 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club *
4/12 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa *
4/14 - Toronto, ONT - Lee's Palace *
4/15 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop *
4/16 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick *
4/17 - Newport, KY - Southgate House *
4/18 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
4/20 - Madison, WI - The High Noon Saloon*
4/21 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom *
4/22 - St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House *
4/23 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck*
4/9-5/03 - Austin, TX - Austin Psych Fest
5/05 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre #
5/06 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge #
5/07 - Boise, ID - Neurolux #
5/09 - Vancouver, BC - Venue #
5/10 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market #
5/11 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom#
5/13 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's #
5/14 - Pomona, CA - The Fox Theater (Supporting The Kills)
5/15 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre #
5/16 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern #
5/18 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room #
5/20 - Oklahoma City, OK - ACM Performance Lab#
5/21 - Dallas, TX - The Loft #

*with Suuns
#with Sleepy Sun

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Talking With Anton on Dead TV

I spoke with Anton Newcombe (BJM) on DEAD TV.
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The Church @ The El Rey Feb 2nd

the church Prepare for "Future Past Perfect" Tour Kickoff,
Perform Three Classic Albums in Their Entirety Every Night

Release Free mp3 Downloads From Untitled #23, Priest=Aura and Starfish, Reissue Back Catalog of Albums on Second Motion Records

"[the church] scrambles the real and the surreal with ease, rattling its stately guitarchitecture with howling north-wind echo and the troubled undertow of Kilbey's enigmatic lyrics." -David Fricke, Rolling Stone

"Among the longest-lived, prolific bands of the last three decades" - Pitchfork

"the church still serve up shows with fervor... [and] have the loose-limbed ferocity that has propelled them since their debut." - Village Voice

From Untitled #23, "Deadman's Hand" mp3
From Priest=Aura, "Mistress" mp3

From Starfish,"North, South, East, West" mp3


playing all three albums Wednesday, Feb 2nd at the El Rey

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Noise Pop 2011

Noise Pop started in 1993. I lived in San Francisco back in those days. Maybe I attended some of those shows in the mid-1990s. Sometimes you go to a gig and you don't know about the festival surrounding it. I came back to SF at the end of 2000, around the time Kid A came out. I became aware of the festival early in 2001, when I decided to interview the band Call and Response. In those days, it seemed like Noise Pop was a festival featuring shows by John Vanderslice, Creeper Lagoon, and Mark Eitzel, plus a lot of local talent. Over the years I discovered it was more.

Noise Pop SF 2001
could best be remembered by performances by The White Stripes, Blonde Redhead, Bright Eyes, and maybe forgotten bands like Beulah, Pedro The Lion, Girls Against Boys, and Oranger.

I did an interview with:
Call and Response (2001)

And later with:
Stratford 4 (2002)
Blonde Redhead (2004)

Noise Pop SF 2002 was the ten year anniversary. It marked the return of The Fastbacks. It was also the year of Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse, Big Star, Daniel Johnston, The New Pornographers, and Guided By Voices. I was unaware of many of these indie bands who would go on to bigger successes. Internet buzz was a thing of the future. I do remember the "hot" must-see band of this festival was The Faint. I was at this show and was unimpressed. I did catch an early version of the Detroit band Adult. who I interviewed later. I saw The Faint many times later, I became a fan years later. Also this festival featured the final show of The Moldy Peaches.

I did an interview with:
Gorky's Zygotic Mynci (2002)
Azure Ray (2002)

Adult. (2003)

Noise Pop SF 2003 I would describe as "very mellow." At least the shows that I went to were that way. Although it started off with a pre-party with Har Mar Superstar. It was the first time I saw him, and would lead to many interviews later. I saw Stephen Malkmus, Cat Power, The Dirtbombs, The Von Bondies, The Pleased, Smog, Calexico, and more. It was probably memorable for being one of the first shows by Joanna Newsom. I ended up doing the very first interview with her, a few months afterwards, a year before her album came out.

I did an interview with:
Joanna Newsom (2003)
The Von Bondies (2003)

And later with:
The Pleased (2004)
Har Mar Superstar (2004)
The Dirtbombs (2004)

Noise Pop SF 2004 I barely remember. There were a load of hot bands but I can hardly remember any of these shows. I look at the list and see Dillinger Escape Plan, Low, Jolie Holland, Trachtenburg Family, British Sea Power, Ted Leo, Dead Meadow, Super Furry Animals, The Stills, Rilo Kiley, Court and Spark, The Wrens, The Tyde, Devendra Banhart, and Joanna Newsom. On paper that looks like a cool festival, but some reason I was not feeling it. I did a few interviews during this festival.

I did an interview with:
Low (2004)
British Sea Power (2004)

I also interviewed:
Devendra Banhart (2002)
The Stills (2004)
The Unicorns (2004)

Noise Pop SF 2005 I had parted ways with Free Williamsburg. I had moved to LA in November 2004 and wouldn't come back to NYC for five years. I was more organized in 2005 and more into the shows. One of the hot tickets was with Hot Hot Heat and Louis XIV. Other bands featured were Ted Leo, Mates of State, Smoosh, The Polyphonic Spree, Tussle, Joanna Newsom (she was peaking out in 2005), Bettie Serveert, Two Gallants, Giant Drag, Rogue Wave, Keren Ann, A Girl Called Eddy, and The Walkmen. I went to the wrong venue and discovered Inara George. This was the first year I was working with Keith Martin of SF Burning. It was like another Free Williamsburg hipster site, but located in San Francisco.

I did an interview with:
A Girl Called Eddy (2005)
Louis XIV (2005)

Also interviews with:
Smoosh (2005)
Giant Drag (2006)
The Walkmen (2002)
The Polyphonic Spree (2003)
Keren Ann (2008)

Noise Pop SF 2006 was a very diverse event. It opened with a show with Flaming Lips. Unfortunately I wasn't in town for it. There were also some great acts like Isis, The Dirtbombs, The Black Lips, Britt Daniel, Rogue Wave, Octopus Project, Nous Non Plus, Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid, The National, Silversun Pickups, Cold War Kids, We Are Scientists, The Grates, Xiu Xiu, Feist, Vetiver, and the first tour by Wolfmother. I did an interview with Isis but the tape didn't work properly. My only documented memory is the interview I did with We Are Scientists. I sure can pick them. I ended up seeing We Are Scientists many times during 2006.

I did an interview with:
We Are Scientists (2006)
Also to be noted:
The Flaming Lips (2000)
The Black Lips (2007)
Xiu Xiu (2005)
Vetiver (2008)

Noise Pop SF 2007 I almost didn't go to. I was broke and I had parted ways with SF Burning. They wrote to me that I was fired. I wrote back to them: "SF Burning without me is like Kiss without the makeup." I put a curse on them. Months later the main writer of SF Burning, Tuula Ala, was in a severe bike accident and broke some bones. SF Burning has done about five interviews in the past four years. Good luck with the regime change and the influx of the new San Francisco centric point of view. My friend Brooke really wanted to go this year because it was the first Roky Erickson show in many years. I had barely any money, but we drove up anyways. Besides Roky Erickson and The Explosives, there was Willy Mason, Sebadoh, No Age, French Kicks, The Donnas, Jolie Holland, St. Vincent, Autolux, The Dandy Warhols, Dead Meadow, Brightblack Morning Light, Clinic, Midlake, Cake, and The Dwarves. I did no interviews at Noise Pop this year, due to bad planning. But Brooke did take some photos, and I met Johnny of Crystal Antlers. I remember that this was the first year with a lot of great day parties.

Roky Erickson (2007)

Related interview:
The Dandy Warhols (2003)

Noise Pop SF 2008 was one of those gap years with a few surprises. I remember going to some of the art shows and the parties at the Diesel Store were great. It was here where I first saw The Morning Benders. Some of the stand out acts were Entrance, The Walkmen, Fleet Foxes, The Dodos, Stellastarr*, The Magnetic Fields, The Mountain Goats, Holy Fuck, A Place To Bury Strangers, White Denim, Helio Sequence, Cursive, Darker My Love, The Gutter Twins, British Sea Power, The Virgins, and She & Him. Again I did no interviews during the festival this year but many of the acts were repeats.

Related interviews:
Stellastarr* (2002)
A Place To Bury Strangers (2009)

Noise Pop SF 2009 was yet another year with no interviews and plenty of parties. Many stand out gigs include Antony and The Johnsons, William Basinski, Sleepy Sun, Kings and Queens, Martha Wainwright, The Fresh and The Onlys, Kool Keith, Maus Haus, St. Vincent, The Morning Benders, Bob Mould, Deerhunter, Girls, No Age, Les Savy Fav, and The Drums. When I see these names I recognize a bunch of now hip indie bands. I remember running up a hill to go see Antony and the Johnsons at Masonic Temple. Afterwards I met a friend at Mezzanine where I caught a little of Deerhunter. We ended up getting a drink with Mark Eitzel. Eitzel was his crazy brilliant self. I ended up catching Mountain Goats, Martha Wainwright, but my favorite show was probably St. Vincent, who I have seen a few times now.

Noise Pop SF 2010 was slightly different. I was working with the band Magic Wands. They had been living in Oakland for a few months. On the first night I ran into Har Mar Superstar. Then I went back over to Oakland to see Plastic Ono Band and Deerhoof at the Fox Oakland, my first Noise Pop gig outside SF. The next night I saw Ghost of the Saber Tooth Tiger at the Independent. The next night I was supposed to see Citay and Scout Nibblet, but I ended up watching Magic Wands practice in Downtown SF. The next night Magic Wands played with Atlas Sound at the Great American Music Hall. A great show. The next night I saw Soundtrack of our Lives and Nico Vega. This was the first year I went with photographer Angel Ceballos, and I interviewed both bands. There were plenty of good bands playing last year: Harlem, Best Coast, Young Prisms, Free Energy, Weekend, The Mummlers, The Growlers, Four Tet, Mark Kozelek, Magnetic Fields, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and The Watson Twins, but I was too busy to check out many of the bands. But I had a fun time.

The Soundtrack of our Lives
Nico Vega
The Watson Twins

--Alexander Laurence
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American Hardcore (2nd edition)


Former Members of Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Adolescents, Kyuss
and more to participate in Los Angeles
New York, NY --- The launch of the Second Edition of American Hardcore by Steven Blush staged critically acclaimed, standing room only events in libraries across New England, and varied settings in the Midwest, Southeast and New York City. Blush has now set his sights on the West Coast, with two special events planned in Los Angeles.

On Saturday January 29th, there will be a roundtable discussion held at Vacation Vinyl (3815 West Sunset Blvd. 4pm)
, titled “The Process of Weeding Out: American Hardcore and The Rise of Stoner Rock.” Special guests include Brant Bjork (Kyuss), Check Dukowski (Black Flag), Mario Lalli (Fatso Jetson), Pete Stahl (Scream, Goatwhore), and Greg Anderson (Southern Lord Records). The author, Vacation Vinyl and artist James O’Mara have teamed to create a special limited edition silk-screened poster that the participants will be available to sign on-site.

On Thursday, February 3rd, there will be a second roundtable discussion at Book Soup on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood (8818 W. Sunset, 7pm)
. The subject matter will focus on the cultural influence of the Southern California hardcore punk and is titled “Kids of The Black Hole: How L.A. Hardcore Changed the World.” The participants include Keith Morris (Circle Jerks, Off!), Tony Cadena (Adolescents), Lisa Fancher (Frontier Records), and noted punk photographer Edward Colver. Author Steven Blush shared, “having this group of esteemed figureheads from the history of hardcore and punk is flattering. I could not be more thrilled to have all of these major contributors to the scene share their insights with myself and those in attendance.” The L.A. WEEKLY’s Falling James wrote, “Rather than indulging in an ‘I-was-punker-than-you’ nostalgia fest, Blush and his wrecking crew will examine the surprising diverse ways hardcore punk has infiltrated modern mainstream culture and continues to influence DIY efforts in a variety of media and art forms.”

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Coachella BOUND

These bands will be performing at COACHELLA on April 15th-17th:

!!! (Chk Chk Chk)

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart


Francis and The Lights

Freelance Whales

The Kills

The Love Language

Fistful of Mercy

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The Answering Machine


The Answering Machine have been exclusively streaming a track off their new album through their Bandcamp site. The album will be available to buy directly from the band themselves through Bandcamp on February 21st. Above is the tracklisting of the new album.

Hear the tracks now:

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Gliss @ Troubadour tonight

Gliss @ the Troubadour tonight January 16th
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The Black Ryder @ Echo

The Black Ryder @ Echo TONIGHT!
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Broadcast - Winter Now

RIP Trish Keenan
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Francis and the Lights @ Skybar

Francis and The Lights @ Skybar tonight
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Wire: Smash (Live at Rough Trade East London) 2011

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2011 was a hell of a game changing year

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Little Dragon @ Natural History Museum

Little Dragon @ Natural History Museum tonight, Jan 7th, 2011, 8pm
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The Black Ryder @ The Echo

The Black Ryder are playing their first show in LA in a long time. They have recently toured with the Cult. They are from Australia and have been hanging out in LA of late. We are lucky to be giving away a free pair of tickets to see The Black Ryder at The Echo on January 14th. Start the new year off right!

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WIRE - Red Barked Tree

Wire New Album Red Barked Tree Streaming on NPR; North American Tour Dates Announced

LISTEN: Red Barked Tree (full album stream)
(via NPR)
"Two Minutes" (mp3)
(via Pitchfork)

On January 11, 2011 Wire will release Red Barked Tree, the follow up to 2008's critically acclaimed, Object 47. The full album is streaming now on NPR.

At a time when back catalogue outsells fresh creativity and newcomers achieve fame by adding a lick of paint to their parents' record collections, it's unusual to find a band who, despite plying their trade for decades, are willing and able to make new work that's as vital and relevant as their own illustrious past recordings. Wire are such a band, and with Red Barked Tree they just might have succeeded in making a statement that will sound as strong in 30 years as their celebrated historical oeuvre does today.

Red Barked Tree rekindles a lyricism sometimes absent from Wire's previous work and reconnects with the live energy of performance, harnessed and channeled from extensive touring over the past few years.

Red Barked Tree was conceived, written and recorded mostly during 2010 by the pared-down line-up of Colin Newman, Graham Lewis and Robert Grey -- with no guests. Ranging from the hymnal "Adapt" to the barking sledgehammer art-punk of "Two Minutes," the album encompasses the full palette of style and nuance that has always endeared Wire to pastel-tinged pop aficionados and bleeding-edge avant-rockers alike.

Whatever Wire make is Wire music: this is the band's enigmatic guiding axiom. While Wire remain agnostic about the nature and identity of their aesthetic essence, it's always been instantly recognizable, manifesting itself throughout their heterogeneous work. Perhaps this enigma will be revealed when we find the "Red Barked Trees"....

Wire will be touring this spring in support Red Barked Tree.

April 01: Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
April 02: Montreal, QC @ Le Cabaret du Mile End
April 03: Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
April 05: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
April 06: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
April 07: Washington DC @ Black Cat
April 08: Austin, TX @ Mohawk
April 09: Chicago, IL @ Metro
April 12: Portland, OR @ Dante's

Out January 11, 2011 On Pink Flag

Red Barked Tree

Tracklisting :

Please Take
Now Was
Two Minutes
Bad Worn Thing
A Flat Tent
Down To This
Red Barked Trees

Wire on Twitter

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