If Primus & The Chocolate Factory wasn’t crazy enough for you through two speakers, you can now experience it in 5.1 SURROUND SOUND. This new edition out today includes a 5.1 DVD with candy coated visualizers for each song, and the full album on CD.
After an eccentric year of Primus & the Chocolate Factory shows, we are excited to announce Primus’s upcoming run of 2016 shows with legendary rockers TOOL. A limited run of eight dates, these shows are not to be missed. The band will also be playing a New Year’s Eve show at Fox Theater in Oakland where the album Pork Soda will be played in its entirety for the first time ever. Tickets can be purchased HERE.
Last but now least, in honor of its release we’ve revealed the music video for “Candyman”, in which a Claymation Les Claypool serenades candy cave creatures. Courtesy of Bass Guitar Magazine you can watch + share it HERE.
“The recording is about my early perception of the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory film,” says Claypool. “The notion wasn’t so much to go in and redo the soundtrack note for note as much as it was to utilize the classic elements of the music yet try to reflect some of the darker undertones of the Roald Dahl books, because when you read those books, there is an eerie and somewhat menacing aspect implied.” – Les Claypool
12/31 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre
1/9 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena#
1/13 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center#
1/16 – Tulsa, OK – Bok Center#
1/17 – Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre#
1/19 – Southaven, MS – Lander Center#
1/23 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena#
1/25 – Duluth, GA – Infinite Energy Arena#
1/26 – Charlotte, NC – Bojangles Coliseum#
# = with TOOL
We’re thrilled to release two more videos from Joseph‘s ATO Records Session, including a BRAND NEW song “Honest” from the band’s upcoming full-length album, produced by Mike Mogis (Conor Oberst, First Aid Kit, Jenny Lewis) and due out Spring 2016. Watch all three sessions below, and learn more about the band at www.atorecords.com/joseph.
“Eyes to the Sky”
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard‘s new album Paper Mâché Dream Balloon is now available! Head to the ATO Store to pick up the record on orange vinyl, CD, digital download, or a just added lime-green cassette:
“Always up for a challenge, band leader (and flutist) Stu Mackenzie and his merry band of musical pranksters have opted to make this new album an all-acoustic affair, giving a more pastoral feel to the proceedings. From the opening track, “Sense,” and its clarinet-driven groove, to the album’s gently-psychedelic instrumental closer, “Paper Mâché,” there are gems galore to appreciate. Sounding like a cross between Jethro Tull and the Flaming Lips on the set of the mid-70s kids show The Wombles, KG&TLW are authentic miners of retro gold, while never resorting to camp. It’s the kind of record that gives nostalgia a good name.” – KCRW
Reliably peculiar Aussies King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have released a new video for the second single off their upcoming album Paper Mâché Dream Balloon, out Friday, featuring the band at their weirdest in a strange, Monty Python-esque castle. Watch the clip via The Line of Best Fit and download “Trapdoor” instantly (along with the title track) when you order the album:
“Sonic debauchery, as intoxicating as it is lawless” – Stereogum
Sun Club‘s debut album, The Dongo Durango, is out today on ATO Records! This record finds the band joyously deconstructing the traditional pop song—then rebuilding it with off-kilter time signatures, gleefully unhinged vocals, and sunny hooks that sink deep into your already fevered brain. Get your copy of The Dongo Durango in the band’s store, iTunes, or at your local record store. Stream the record below from Spotify.
DIY Magazine applauds the record, saying, “Forceful and blustering, scorching and euphoric, Sun Club’s debut album is a tropical storm committed to disk. The band’s uniquely engaging energy has already seen them captivate and command crowds around America and beyond, and now at last the Baltimore five-piece have condensed their whirlwind capabilities into a debut album – and it’s primed to leave listeners reeling.”
The members of Sun Club (Shane McCord, Adam Shane, Mikey Powers, Devin McCord, Kory Johnson) became a band as childhood friends over ten years ago and have toured endlessly ever since, moving from basement gigs to bars to opening up shows for the likes of Alvvays, FIDLAR, and Fat White Family.
For this record they channeled influences of fellow Baltimore greats from Future Islands to Dan Deacon, as well as drawing from their own musical libraries that include DEVO, The Beach Boys, and The White Stripes. Now looking to the future, Sun Club plan to spend the better part their time on the road to support the new album. After all, relentless touring, crisscrossing the country in a van named Booty, winning the hearts of new fans with every date, is what got the Baltimore band here in the first place.
“Our beloved van Booty caught fire the day we announced [The Dongo Durango],” says Kory. “We have now got a new van which we will be naming Booty 2.0. It’s symbolic of a new era to us; a new chapter for us as The Dongo Durango becomes public to the world.”
10/31 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC#$
11/2 – 9:30 Club – Washington DC#$
11/3 – The Sinclair – Boston, MA#$
11/4 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY#$
11/5 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY#$
11/6 – Baltimore, MD – The Crown (Hometown Release Show)
11/7 – Philadephia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
# = The Districts
$ = Lady Lamb
Alabama Shakes visited The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform “Joe”, a staple of their live set that has previously only been released on certain editions of Sound & Color. Watch the performance below, and download the live version of “Joe” at iTunes.
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Head to NPR’s All Songs Considered to listen to a new track, “Bone”, from King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard‘s upcoming album Paper Mâché Dream Balloon!
LISTEN HERE (Jump to 13:55)
Preorder the album, out November 13, and instantly download both the title track and “Trapdoor”. Head to the ATO Store to pick up the record on orange vinyl, CD, digital download, or a just added lime-green cassette!
“Paper Mâché Dream Balloon”
In stores now is the new 35-track live album from the Drive-By Truckers. You can get the CD now, and the vinyl versions will be coming in November.
Recorded last fall over a sold out 3 night run at The Fillmore in San Francisco, “It’s Great To Be Alive!” is a career-spanning greatest hits which showcases the live side of the band, in what Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley believe to be their best incarnation yet. As Patterson explains: “We have always considered ourselves first and foremost a songwriter’s band and always said that “song is king” should be the basis of all artistic decisions. That said, we also built our reputation as a ‘Live’ band and as proud as I’ve always been of our records, we’ve also always been aware that there’s an element of our stage show that the records just cannot quite capture or parlay. Our previous live album had always been something we were proud of, but it captured the band in a much earlier incarnation with different songs and musical priorities. It was well past the time to make a new one. Also, 2014 turned out to be a sort of new peak in the life of this band.”
Apple premiered their new iPad with a commercial featuring Alabama Shakes‘ “Sound & Color”, the title track off of their latest album. The commercial reminds us a lot of the band’s music video for the track, directed by James Frost! Watch both videos below, and grab “Sound & Color” for yourself:
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Congratulations to Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, who has been named Billboard’s Women in Music “Powerhouse” Artist!
Howard will accept her award, along with the already announced Woman of the Year Lady Gaga, on Dec. 11 at Billboard’s annual Women in Music ceremony. The honors come in conjunction with Billboard’s Women in Music list that names the year’s 50 most powerful female music industry executives.
The event will be broadcast for the first time via Lifetime on Dec. 18.
“Brittany Howard is the true definition of a powerhouse, from her unique and crushing vocals, to her meteoric rise in the last four years,” said Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, which consists of Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter. “She led Alabama Shakes to a massive year that included their Coachella debut and is quite deserving of Billboard’s recognition.”