Two worlds have collided, and what glorious and odd worlds they are. After Primus and The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger completed a successful summer tour, Les Claypool and Sean Lennon decided to combine their abstract talents into a project called The Claypool Lennon Delirium. Their efforts thus far have spawned the upcoming full-length release Monolith of Phobos.
To be released on June 3rd via ATO, the album takes listeners on a stimulating psychedelic journey through the cosmos.
“Sean is a musical mutant after my own heart,” said Claypool. “He definitely reflects his genetics–not just the sensibilities of his dad but also the abstract perspective and unique approach of his mother. It makes for a glorious freak stew.”
Over the course of six weeks or so, the two wrote and recorded a total of ten songs with both of them sharing various vocal and instrumental responsibilities, going beyond their core instruments of bass and guitar.
Claypool explained, “Usually I play the drums and percussion on my records but Sean has such a different feel than I do, it just made more sense for him to man the kit on most of the tunes on this project. I took the helm at my old vintage API console and let him bang away. His drumming is like a cross between Ringo and Nick Mason. But I think folks will be most surprised by what a monster guitar player he is, especially when you prod him a bit.”
In astronomical terms, the Monolith of Phobos is a large rock on Mars’s Phobos moon. As the phrase implies, this album is an old-school approach to a psychedelic space rock record. The Claypool Lennon Delirium will begin their Summer tour on album release day and the touring band includes Les Claypool (bass, vocals), Sean Lennon (guitar, vocals), Mark “Money Mark” Ramos Nishita of the Beastie Boys (keyboards), and Paul Baldi of the Fungi Band (drums). All upcoming tour dates including Bonnaroo and other summer festivals are below.
6/4 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham
6/5 – Tampa, FL – The Ritz
6/7 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
6/9 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre
6/10 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
6/11 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
6/12 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
6/14 – Kansas City, MO – Crossroads
6/15 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
6/17 – Garrettsville, OH – Nelson Ledges Quarry Park
6/18 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre
721 – Seattle, WA –Showbox SODO
7/22 – Jacksonville, OR – Britt Pavilion
7/23 – Portland, OR – Roseland Ballroom
7/25 – Jackson Hole, WY – Pink Garter Theatre
7/26 – Missoula, MT – Wilma Theatre
7/27 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
7/29 – Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre
7/30 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
7/31 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
8/2 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
8/3 – San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park
8/4 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont Theatre
8/5 – 8/7 – Buena Vista, CO – Vertex Festival
8/9 – Iowa City, IA – Englert Theatre
8/11 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
8/12 – Columbus, OH – Express Live! Indoor Pavilion
8/13 – Scranton, PA – Peach Fest
8/25 – Buffalo, NY – Canalside Concert Series
8/26 – Boston, MA – HOB Boston
8/27 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall
8/28 – Portland, ME – State Theatre
8/30 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
8/31 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
9/1 – Washington DC – 9:30 Club
On May 27, 2016, My Morning Jacket will re-issue 2003’s It Still Moves remixed and remastered as a special deluxe package with new artwork and exclusive photos. It will include frontman Jim James’ ten original demos plus three unheard tracks from the original sessions on 4 x LP 180 gram vinyl and 2 CD in expanded soft-pak. For James, It Still Moves was the only My Morning Jacket album he could look back on and wish that some things were different about it. So, with the help of the band’s longtime friend Kevin Ratterman behind the mixing desk, James revisited and tweaked all the old material & remastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering, this new version still has that shimmering grandeur that lent it such a singular identity, but there is an increased strength and clarity to it now.
“Everybody can relate to something they’ve done in their life where you didn’t know it at the time, but you were rushed through finishing it,” James said. He cites the band’s aggressive touring schedule as a reason behind them leaving the album somehow unfinished. When ATO approached him about the idea of reissuing It Still Moves as a part of the label’s fifteenth anniversary, he took the opportunity to dig back in and re-sculpt the album.
In addition to pillars of My Morning Jacket’s catalog such as “One Big Holiday” and “Golden”, the re-issue is also accompanied by James’ original acoustic demoes of It Still Moves. This is still the way James writes, getting down the core snapshot of an idea before bringing it to the band and reworking it with their titanic sound. “I feel lucky to have had so many songs that feel like there are chances to go in other directions,” James said. This is the stuff that is just James in his bedroom, working the idea out. “It definitely feels more lonely,” he says. “Maybe more haunting.”
It would’ve been hard to tell back when My Morning Jacket released It Still Moves, but the then-young band’s third album would serve as a conclusion to one part of their story. It Still Moves both expanded their early style outward as far is it could go, while also grounding it.
After It Still Moves, My Morning Jacket reconfigured themselves, with James and the unstoppable rhythm section of bassist Tom Blankenship and drummer Patrick Hallahan now joined by keyboardist Bo Koster and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Carl Broemel. They had perfected a version of themselves here, and the only way forward was to dream it up again in some new form.
Everything would shift for My Morning Jacket after It Still Moves. As the conclusion to their initial trilogy of albums, it remains one of their most pivotal releases.
- One Big Boliday
- I Will Sing You Songs
- Easy Morning Rebel
- Run Thru
- Rollin Back
- Just One Thing
- Steam Engine
- One In The Same
- En La Ceremony
- Grab A Body
- That’s Too Bad
- Mahgeetah (Demo)
- Dancefloors (Demo)
- Golden (Demo)
- Masterplan (Demo)
- I Will Sing You Songs (Demo)
- Easy Morning Rebel (Demo)
- Run Thru (Demo)
- Rollin Back (Demo)
- Steam Engine (Demo)
- One In The Same (Demo)
The band will be creating videos for each chapter of the infinitely looping album, as Dangerous Minds reported. The Gamma Knife video even caught the attention of legendary filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, who The FADER notes praised its “strength, imagination, and sense of rhythm”. Watch both videos below, and catch the band on tour now.
“Nonagon infinity opens the door,” sings Stu Mackenzie, frontman of Australian psych-rockers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. It turns out, though, that once the door’s open, it never closes. That’s because the Melbourne septet has ingeniously crafted what may be the world’s first infinitely looping LP. Each of the nine, complex, blistering tracks on ‘Nonagon Infinity’ seamlessly flows into the next, with the final song linking straight back into the top of the opener like a sonic mobius strip. It’s exactly the kind of ambitious vision that prompted Rolling Stone to dub the band “one of the most compelling collectives of art-rock experimentalists in recent years.” But far from a simple conceptual experiment, the album is both an exhilarating shot of adrenaline and a remarkable feat of craftsmanship, the result of painstaking planning and an eye for detail years in the making.
The roots of ‘Nonagon Infinity’ stretch back to 2014, when King Gizzard recorded their critically acclaimed album “I’m In Your Mind Fuzz,” which was hailed by Pitchfork as “dense, intricately crafted, and most importantly, powerful.”
“We actually wanted to do this with ‘Mind Fuzz,’ but it just didn’t work,” explains Mackenzie. “We ended up writing songs that needed to be on that record but didn’t connect to the others, so we had to abandon the idea, but the seeds were sown.”
To an outsider, it may have seemed like the band had completely given up on the concept, as the ever-prolific group quickly followed ‘Mind Fuzz’ with two more records in 2015, ‘Quarters’—described by The Guardian as “the neon intersection of DIY psych and 1960s beach pop”—and the stripped-down ‘Paper Mache Dream Balloon,’ which earned praise from NPR to Stereogum. The truth, though, was that King Gizzard was honing in on the ‘Nonagon Infinity’ material the whole time, test-driving various tracks in their explosive live shows to prep for the monumental task of stitching them all together into one searing, multi-movement epic.
“We really wanted to focus on things that felt good live,” says Mackenzie. “We’d grab a little riff here or a little groove there, and we’d jam on them and form songs out of them, which was the opposite of ‘Paper Mache,’ where we were making songs in an acoustic, classic-songwriting kind of way. I wanted to have an album where all these riffs and grooves just kept coming in and out the whole time, so a song wasn’t just a song, it was part of a loop, part of this whole experience where it feels like it doesn’t end and doesn’t need to end.”
Recorded at Daptone Studios in Brooklyn, the final result is an intricate and immersive listening experience. Lyrical refrains and musical motifs establish themselves and then submerge beneath the chaos, only to resurface unexpectedly later like familiar companions on a labyrinthine journey. Motorhead-grade riffs give way to King Crimson and Yes-levels of prog complexity, as songs churn through unusual time signatures and shifting rhythms with blunt force, laying waste to everything in their path.
“I wanted it to feel like a horror or sci-fi movie,” explains Mackenzie of the album’s dark overtones. “The lyrics came as a stream of consciousness, all of these elements just falling out of my head as it was happening.”
“Big Fig Wasp” references a particularly macabre insect that must kill itself in order to perpetuate the species, while “Gamma Knife,” with its 11/8-time drum solo, is named for a surgical tool that burns cuts into the skin, and “People-Vultures” plays like a sinister film soundtrack. Album opener “Robot Stop” pulls more directly from the band’s recent experiences, inspired in part by their relentless work ethic and tour schedule, which has included festival performances at Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, Montreux Jazz & Roskilde as well as countless sold out dates in rooms across the USA, UK, Europe and Australia.
“That song’s about feeling overworked, like a bit of a robot that’s just going to crash and die or something,” he says with a laugh. “But you get yourself up and do it again and you robot on and you’re alright. It was one of the early ones we wrote for the record, and I think when that song came together, everybody started to feel like were going to actually be able to pull off this never-ending album idea.”
To say they pulled it off would be an understatement. The record is a force to be reckoned with on par with the road trains Mackenzie references in the album’s final track.
“In the Australian desert, in the outback, there are what’s called road trains, which are these massive trucks pulling heaps of carriages that can end up being 50 meters long,” he explains. “They drive on the road really, really fast, and they’re deadly, with these bars in the front to kill kangaroos and anything else in their path.”
‘Nonagon Infinity’ has opened the door for King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, and they’re barreling ahead with more momentum than ever before now. Much like those road trains, with a band this good, the safest place to be is onboard.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are:
Stu Mackenzie – Guitar, lead vocals
Joe Walker – Guitar, vocals
Eric Moore – Drums
Ambrose Kenny-Smith – Harmonica, vocals
Lucas Skinner – Bass
Cook Craig – Guitar
Michael Cavanagh – Drums
Alabama Shakes Win GRAMMYs for Best Alternative Music Album, Best Rock Song, Best Rock Performance + Best Engineered Album!
Congratulations to Alabama Shakes on their GRAMMY wins!
Shawn Everett, Bob Ludwig, and the Alabama Shakes brought home the GRAMMY for Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical) for Sound & Color.
The band also took home trophies for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance for “Don’t Wanna Fight” and Best Alternative Music Album. Sound & Color was also nominated for Album of the Year and Producer of the Year.
Get Sound & Color at iTunes: http://smarturl.it/shakes-scitunes
Tune in to CBS Monday night at 8PM EST for the live broadcast of the 58th GRAMMY awards! Alabama Shakes, whose album Sound & Color is nominated for six awards including Album of the Year, will perform at the ceremony. Other artists scheduled to perform include Adele, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, and many more. ATO artist Brandi Carlile is also up for a GRAMMY this year – her album The Firewatcher’s Daughter is nominated for Best Americana Album.
Watch a remix of all the Album of the Year nominees, featuring “Don’t Wanna Fight”:
Join us at Blackheart (86 Rainey St, Austin TX) on March 17 for an official SXSW showcase with our friends at Harvest Records! ATO artists Margaret Glaspy, Rayland Baxter, Joseph, and Sun Club will be performing.
8PM – The Greeting Committee
9PM – Margaret Glaspy
10PM – Rayland Baxter
11PM – Joseph
12AM – Sun Club
1AM – Harriet
Allen Stone’s album Radius is now available in a deluxe edition with seven brand new tracks!
Bouncy, bright and a truly deluxe release with 21 total tracks, soul artist Allen Stone‘s Radius (Deluxe Edition) is out now. Made in close collaboration with Swedish soul singer/songwriter/phenom Magnus Tingsek and producers Benny Cassette (Kanye West) and Malay (Frank Ocean), Radius (Deluxe Edition) captures the warm energy of that creative connection and transports the listener to a higher and more exalted plane.
3/26 – 3/28 – Byron Bay, AUS – Byron Bay Bluesfest
3/30 – Marrickville, NSW – The Factory Theatre
3/31 – Melbourne, VIC – The Corner Hotel
4/11 – London, UK – Scala
4/12 – Paris, FRA – La Maroquinerie
4/13 – Bourges, FRA – Bourges Festival
4/15 – Barcelona, ESP – La2
4/16 – Madrid, ESP – Taboo
4/18 – Zurich, CHE – Papiersaal
4/19 – Milano, ITA – BIKO Club
4/20 – Munich, DEU – Strom
4/21 – Berlin, DEU – Bi Nuu
4/23 – Stockholm, SWE – Debaser Medis
4/24 – Oslo, NOR – John Dee
4/25 – Copenhagen, DNK – Pumpehuset
4/27 – Hamburg, DEU – Mojo Club
4/28 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
4/29 – Nijmegen, NLD – Doornroosje
4/30 – Groningen, NLD – Oosterpoort
5/11 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
5/12 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
5/14 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
5/15 – Cleveland, OH – The Grog Shop
5/17 – Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley
5/18 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
5/19 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
5/20 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater
5/21 – Virginia Beach, VA – Chic’s Beach Festival
5/27 – 5/29 – George, WA – Sasquatch! Festival
6/4 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap
6/4 – 6/5 – Houston, TX – Free Press Summer Festival
6/9 – 6/12 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
8/5 – Mammoth Lakes, CA – Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza
“Complex, deceptively heavy riffs with vocals that really stand out and grab you by the throat.” – Noisey
3/12 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theater ^
3/15-3/20 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/22 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club ^
4/12 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada +
4/13 – Austin, TX @ Lambert’s +
4/15 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar +
4/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo +
4/17 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s +
4/19 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios +
4/20 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern +
4/21 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux +
4/22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court +
4/23 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive +
4/25 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room +
4/26 – St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway +
4/27 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar +
5/22 – Northampton, MA @ Signature Sounds
6/13 – Charlotte, NC @ Visulite&
6/14 – Raleigh, NC @ Haw River Ballroom&
6/15 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry&
6/19 – Washington DC @ 9:30 Club&
6/21 – Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace&
6/22 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall&
6/24 – Pawling, NY@ Daryl’s House&
^ With Lake Street Dive
+ With Mount Moriah
& With Lucius
“Sonic debauchery, as intoxicating as it is lawless.” – Stereogum
Weds 3/16 – New Shapes Party @ Barracuda at 12:00 pm
Thurs 3/17 – ATO Official Showcase @ Blackheart (86 Rainey St) at 12:00AM
Fri 3/18 – The Yard @ 902 E Cesar Chavez at 7:30PM
Sat 3/19 – Do512’s The Big One @ Barracuda (611 E. 7th St.) at 12:30PM
Sat 3/19 – Floodfest @ Cedar Street Courtyard (208 W 4th St) at 3:00 PM
Apr-20 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo
Apr-21 – Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
Apr-22 – Columbus OH – Rhumba Cafe
Apr-23 – Detroit, MI – UFO Factory
Apr-25 – Chicago, IL – Schubas
Apr-26 – Madison, WI – The Frequency
Apr-27 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry
Apr-28 – Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club
Apr-29 – Indianapolis, IN – Joyful Noise
May 1 – Cincinnati, OH – MOTR
On April 15th, ATO will release Patty Griffin’s monumental 2002 album 1000 Kisses on vinyl for the first time. Newly remastered, it includes a 16 page 7.5” lyric booklet and digital download.
Griffin’s official 3rd album, Silver Bells, was held hostage in a typical post 90’s major label vice of mergers, layoffs, and uncertainty about what to do with an actual artist. With the album on the shelf indefinitely (it eventually saw the light in 2013), Griffin was free to follow her instincts creatively. Around the same time, her guitarist Doug Lancio was building an informal home studio in his Nashville basement and suggested she come by to do some recording for fun. Griffin says: “I had all these songs that got passed over for other records because they weren’t obvious pop songs… so I said to Doug, ‘Why don’t we co-produce my next record?’”. 1000 Kisses was recorded over 5 days. It was the first of 4 albums for ATO and went on to be nominated for a Grammy award.