Friday, January 31, 2014

CR + The Journal, 2006

In 2006, my friend Alanna Gabin and skateboard legend Mark Gonzalez invited me to contribute to issue #17 of The Journal, for which Mark was the guest editor. I gave them some words and photos from my first big US tour. Here's an excerpt. 








CR + Rockpile, 2001

The first interview I ever conducted. Rockpile Magazine, Spring 2001. I met the band in front of CBGB and escorted them to The Hat on Ludlow Street where we all got bombed on those famous frozen margaritas as the tape recorder rolled. During the interview my ex-girlfriend walked in, on a date with her new man. The guitarist of this band later joined Nine Inch Nails.







































The second interview I ever conducted. Spring 2001. We did this one by phone. It was one of the first calls made on my very first cell phone (a Motorola StarTAC). I was moving to a new apartment in Brooklyn that day and I made the call while taking a break amidst boxes in the lobby of the new building.

CR + Vice, 2002

Vice Magazine, 2002. Vice invited me to review whatever records I wanted so I took it as an opportunity to give tens to all my favorite bands of the day. After a conventional review or two, I switched to writing poems but the tens remained constant.


Thursday, January 30, 2014

TIGER FLOWERS + Melotov Records



Melotov Records announces the signing of New York City's Tiger Flowers. Melotov will release Tiger Flowers' debut full-length, Dead Hymns, on April 8th.

"Hometown heroes" of the New York scene, in the words of MetalSucks, Tiger Flowers are renowned for their cathartic sound and unfiltered realness. Their live shows are the stuff of local legend and their brand of metallic hardcore unites unhinged aggression, bottomless melancholia, and swaggering rock n' roll. BrooklynVegan has likened the band to "elders who pushed the genre into new directions, like Deadguy, Converge, and Rorschach". Exclaim! Magazine described their 2011 self-titled EP as "uncompromising, brutish, and noise-filled".

Founded in Los Angeles in 2008 by Melanie Voltz, Melotov Records has released music by The Banner, Ghostlimb, Bone Dance, Calculator, and more. Melotov's releases are distributed exclusively by Deathwish Distribution, the distro arm of Converge frontman Jake Bannon's revered label, Deathwish Inc.

Tiger Flowers' debut full-length, Dead Hymns, was produced by Elliot Geller (Malignancy, Dim Mak) and mastered by Shane Frisby (Turmoil, Revocation). One song off Dead Hymns, "Crusin' til the Wheels Fall Off", was premiered by Lambgoat in 2013.

Tiger Flowers will hit the road around Melotov's April 8th release of Dead Hymns, Stay tuned for tourdates.

Of the new partnership with Melotov, Tiger Flowers frontman Jesse James Madre, whom MetalSucks has named, simply, "the best frontman in the Brooklyn metal scene", states:

"Transmitting from the sewers of NYC, this is Tiger Flowers and we are extremely excited to be working with Melanie and Melotov Records. We've been a fan of her bands, past and present, and are really looking forward to having our record out there for more people to hear. Working with Melanie has been super hands-on from the start and it shows she really cares about her bands and wants to see them do well. With this new deal with Deathwish we are confident we have a great team behind us that will allow us to push this record as hard as we can and get it into as many ears as possible. Look for us on tour in April bringing our brand of music to as many new people as possible."

Melotov's Melanie Voltz's states:

"When I first came across Tiger Flowers, it was on the recommendation of a trusted colleague who had sent me their split video with Meek Is Murder, for the song 'The Weight'. I was hooked on the first watch. I have a soft spot for 90s screamo and initially that's what I had heard, with all the start/stop rhythms and general chaos. But then the levee breaks and the heaviness just submerges you in a murky abyss reminiscent of old Dillinger Escape Plan and Every Time I Die. I was addicted. I hit them up immediately afterward, they sent me the tracks for the LP, and the rest is history. I'm lucky these talented dudes wanted to work with an independent label like mine. I'm so stoked on this project."

HIGH WATER + High Times

Bay Area rockers High Water have teamed up with champions of alternative culture High Times Magazine to premiere "Feral", a track of the band's upcoming, self-titled debut LP.

Leading proponents of personal freedom and mind expansion for forty years now, High Times offers this high praise for High Water: "Cali rockers High Water bring the crunch and power of 90s-era alt-rock roaring back with their forthcoming self-titled debut... Fronted by Neal Sharma of hardcore noisemongers Ghostlimb, the band specializes in hard, feedbacky pop, coming across as a sweeter, wry-voiced, less tangled-up Dinosaur Jr."

A recent review on BrooklynVegan concurs: "[High Water] sound like no time has passed since Husker Du, The Replacements, and Dinosaur Jr were influential on the alternative-leaning mainstream."

High Water's self-titled debut album was produced by Jack Shirley, producer of Deafheaven's Sunbather. The LP is out February 4th on Vitriol Records, the label founded by Justin Smith who also plays in Ghostlimb with High Water's Sharma. Smith, known as the twisted mind behind Graf Orlock in addition to his roles with Vitriol Records and Ghostlimb, was named "one of the most interesting people in Los Angeles" by the LA Weekly in its "People 2013" issue.

High Water celebrates the release of its debut with two record release shows this weekend:

Jan 31 - Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman w/ Loma Prieta, Dangers
Feb 2 - Santa Cruz, CA @ 418 Project w/ Loma Prieta, Dangers

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

HIGH WATER + Magnet

Magnet Magazine presents the exclusive premiere of "Scale", a track off High Water's self-titled debut LP.

Produced by Jack Shirley, producer of Deafheaven's Sunbather, High Water's debut LP is out February 4th on Vitriol Records, the LA label owned by Justin Smith of Graf Orlock, Ghostlimb, and Dangers. Smith was named "one of the most interesting people in Los Angeles" by the LA Weekly in its "People 2013" issue.

From San Mateo, California, High Water is fronted by Neal Sharma, Smith's bandmate in Ghostlimb. BrooklynVegan's review of High Water's debut states: "[High Water] sound like no time has passed since Husker Du, The Replacements, and Dinosaur Jr were influential on the alternative-leaning mainstream."

High Water plays upcoming record release shows with Loma Prieta and Dangers:

Jan 31 - Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman w/ Loma Prieta, Dangers
Feb 2 - Santa Cruz, CA @ 418 Project w/ Loma Prieta, Dangers

Friday, January 10, 2014

HIGH WATER, Loma Prieta, Dangers

To honor the February 4th release of their self-titled debut album on Vitriol Records, Bay Area rockers High Water announce a pair of record release shows with Loma Prieta and Dangers.

Jan 31 - Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman w/ Loma Prieta, Dangers
Feb 2 - Santa Cruz, CA @ 418 Project w/ Loma Prieta, Dangers

High Water is fronted by Neal Sharma, also a member of Vitriol label mates Ghostlimb. A far cry from Ghostlimb's hardcore punk, High Water's earnest songs possess "all the swampy jangle and raspy melodies you'd expect from a could-be '90s alt-radio hit", according to a recent BrooklynVegan review. "[High Water] sound like no time has passed since Husker Du, The Replacements, and Dinosaur Jr were influential on the alternative-leaning mainstream", reports BV. Read the review and stream High Water's "Garage Window", here.

High Water's self-titled debut was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jack Shirley, the producer behind Deafheaven's 2013 year-end list champ Sunbather

Vitriol Records' February 4th release of High Water kicks off what promises to be another bang-up year for the trendsetter label. Vitriol boss Justin Smith, a member of the bands Graf Orlock, Ghostlimb, and Dangers, was named "one of the most interesting people in Los Angeles" by the LA Weekly in its "People 2013" issue.


Thursday, January 9, 2014

BODY STUFF videos

The entire Body Stuff EP is now on YouTube in one video playlist. Watch here.



Wednesday, January 8, 2014