Watch: Bullet Treatment “Ex-Breathers”

Bullet Treatment "Ex-Breathers" music video

The first ever video for Bullet Treatment has just premiered — it is for the title track of their new EP, Ex-Breathers.

Bullet Treatment, which is based out of Orange County, is one of one punk rock’s most unique bands, featuring a revolving door membership with the only constant member being Basement Records owner Chuck Dietrich. This version of the band also includes members of Vultures United, Mariachi El Bronx, and Social Distortion. Watch the video for “Ex-Breathers” below.

Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit Coming to Asheville, North Carolina in October 2013

Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit 2013

The Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit will once again take place in Asheville, North Carolina in 2013. The three-day music festival will be held from October 25th through 27th in the heart of downtown Asheville, and in addition to contemporary electronic music and the creative use of technology – old and new – the festival features talks, seminars, and panels by artists and others, interactive experiences for audiences, art installations and exhibitions, and more.

The events all take place indoors, within easy walking distance of one another, in venues ranging from the ExploreAsheville.com Arena and the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, both housed under one roof at the U.S. Cellular Center, to the Orange Peel, the Diana Wortham Theatre, and Asheville Music Hall.

A number of artists have been confirmed, and include headliners such as Nine Inch Nails, Neutral Milk Hotel, Animal Collective, and many more. The lineup is below – click here to buy tickets.

Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit Lineup
Nine Inch Nails
Neutral Milk Hotel
Animal Collective
Pretty Lights
How to Destroy Angels
Gary Numan
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Zola Jesus and JG Thirlwell
The Bug
Jessie Ware
Robert Delong
Bosnian Rainbows
Half Japanese
Jacques Greene
Daniel Johnston
Silver Apples


Listen: Radiohead’s “Idioteque” and The Velvet Underground’s “Sunday Morning” Played on the World’s First Laser-Cut Wooden Records

Wooden record

Amanda Ghassael has produced the world’s first laser-cut record made of wood, made using a 3D printer and cut grooves up to ten times the width of standard vinyl. Ghassaei’s first output includes The Velvet Underground’s “Femme Fatale” and “Sunday Morning,” and Radiohead‘s “Idioteque,” which you can listen to below.

At Instructables, Ghassael goes into detail about the process behind the record: 

These records were cut on an Epilog 120 Watt Legend EXT to a theoretical precision of 1200dpi (the kerf of the cut and some tricks I used to avoid crashing the laser cutter dropped the actual precision down by ~1/6).  The audio on the records has a bit depth between 4-5 (typical mp3 audio is 16 bit) and a sampling rate up to about 4.5kHz (mp3 is 44.1kHz).

Ghassaei has made the vector files available to available to download for 3D printer owners. (via The Vinyl Factory, Fact)

Radiohead – “Idioteque”

Radiohead – Idioteque – Laser Cut Wood Record from Amanda Ghassaei on Vimeo.

The Velvet Underground – “Sunday Morning”

Velvet Underground – Sunday Morning – Laser Cut Wood Record from Amanda Ghassaei on Vimeo.

Austin’s Chaos In Tejas Festival 2013 Adds More Artists to Its Lineup

Chaos In Tejas 2013 lineup

Austin’s Chaos In Tejas Festival has added another round of artists to complete its 2013 lineup. Full lineup is below.

The festival is now on its ninth year, and will take place from Thursday, May 30th, to Sunday, June 2nd. Tickets are on sale now and be purchased here.

Chaos in Tejas 2013 Lineup
Abigail (Japan)
Akitsa (Canada)
Andy Stott (England)
Asile (Canada)
Back to Back
The Bats (New Zealand)
Benediction (England)
Bitter End
Blank Realm (Australia)
Body of Light
Bolt Thrower
Boy Friend
Cold World
Criminal Damage
Cruciamentum (England)
Cut Hands
The Damned (England)
Destruction Unit
Deep Time
Eternal Champion
The Field
Final Conflict (Ashes to Ashes line up)
Framtid (Japan)
Full of Hell
Henry and Hazel Slaughter (John Olson of Wolf Eyes)
Iceage (Denmark)
Infernoh (Sweden)
Inservibles (Mexico)
Iron Lung
Iskallt Regn
Jessica Pratt
Joyce Manor
Kill The Client
Kromosom (Australia)
Left for Dead
Lil Ugly Mane
Long Knife
Los Crudos
Lotus Fucker
Low Culture
Lower (Denmark)
Lust for Youth (Sweden)
Magic Circle
Mammoth Grinder
Manilla Road
Marching Church (Denmark)
the Marked Men
Meyhem Lauren
the Men
Milk Music
Mind Eraser
the Mind Spiders
Mitochondrion (Canada)
Nasa Space Universe
Neo Cons
Night Birds
the Novice (Japan/Texas)
No Statik
Palm (Japan)
Parquet Courts
Phantom Lakes
Pinkish Black
Power Trip
Puce Mary (Denmark)
The Rats (reunion…pre Dead Moon/Pierced Arrows)
Regression (Nate Young from Wolf Eyes)
Rival Mob
Roc Marciano
Rotten Sound (Finland)
Sad Boys
Same Sac
Satan’s Satyrs
Screaming Females
Sete Star Sept (Japan)
S.H.I.T. (Canada)
Shit and Shine
Silent Land Time Machine
Stab (England)
Step Forward
Strange Factory (Japan)
Soul Search
Sudor (Spain)
Terveet Kadet (Finland)
Total Control (Australia)
True Widow
UV Race (Australia)
Vaginors (Australia)
Violent End
Violent Future (Canada)
Vulgar Fashion
Waste Management
Wolf Eyes
World War 4

Bluth’s Original Frozen Banana Stand to Open for Business During World Tour Leading Up to “Arrested Development” Season Four Premiere

Bluth's Banana Stand

In anticipation of “Arrested Development’s” fourth season premiering on Sunday, May 26, 2013, Netflix is launching the Bluth’s Original Frozen Banana Stand Worldwide Tour. Kicking-off in London today, Wednesday, May 8th, Bluth’s Original Frozen Banana Stand will pop up in different locations around London on May 8th, 9th, 15th, and the 21st. The banana stand will then cross the pond to appear in different cities leading up to the show’s fourth season premiere.

The Bluth’s Original Frozen Banana Stand Worldwide Tour will include special surprise appearances by the Bluth family and friends. Fans can follow the @ArrestedDev Twitter account for information about the stand’s location that day and special activities in each city.

“Punk’s Dead,” the Sequel to “SLC Punk!” Officially Announced by Director James Merendino

"Punk's Dead," the sequel to "SLC Punk!" due out in 2014

As we’ve known for some time, the sequel to director James Merendino’s cult film SLC Punk!, which was released in 1999, is due out in 2014. The film will be entitled Punk’s Dead.

SLC Punk! followed the lives of two punks, Stevo (Matthew Lillard) and Heroin Bob (Michael A. Goorjian), who lived in conservative Salt Lake City in the 1980s. The film also starred Christopher McDonald, Devon Sawa, Annabeth Gish, and Jason Segel.

“I madeSLC Punk! when I was a kid, and accordingly, the story is naive, and, as just a coming of age story, not finished, says Merendino. “The characters are facing  big questions, 18 years later, as outsiders, punk rockers… What relevance do  they have in a world where all statements have already been made? “

The sequel will be shooting later this year and, like SLC Punk!, is being produced independently.

“Putting together independent movies is a never ending siege, but when it does come together, there is nothing more satisfying.” James Merendino adds. “In the years since I made SLC Punk!, it has found a rather large and supportive following who have been very kind to me.  So in making a sequel, I feel I owe it to those people to really do it right.”

Punk’s Dead will feature most of the original cast reprising their roles, plus a few new faces.

Highlights and Quotes From Ian MacKaye’s Library of Congress Lecture

Ian MacKaye, photo by Getty Images

Yesterday, May 7, 2013, Ian MacKaye spoke at the Library of Congress on personal digital archiving and the need to educate creators and users in ways to steward our digital cultural heritage. The 90-minute talk was billed as a lecture regarding ”personal digital archiving and the need to educate creators and users in ways to steward our digital cultural heritage,” but MacKaye spoke on a range of subjects. SPIN has done an excellent job collecting 13 highlight quotes, including his family’s history of archiving recorded material:

“I think it may be a blood theme here. My grandmother, Dorothy MacKaye, under the name Dorothy Disney, wrote a column for the Ladies’ Home Journal called ‘Can This Marriage Be Saved?’ It was essentially a column where she would interview a man and a woman who were having difficulty in their marriage and then a counselor who would weigh in on their problems. At some point, when cassette tapes came into use, she used to use those to record the conversations. I don’t think used them to listen to — she relied mostly on her shorthand — but she kept the tapes. And I keep coming across boxes of tapes of these people in 1969 and 1970 talking about all the hassles they’re having; how their husbands are balling someone. At some point my grandma made a very strange decision, that she wasn’t just going to tape these interviews with these people, she was just going to tape everything. So I have all these tapes of my grandmother. In one instance it’s of her in the back of a taxi cab, lost, in Los Angeles, screaming at the taxi driver. At one point the driver says: ‘You sound like my father!’ and my grandmother screams back: ‘Well, your father must be very disappointed in you!’ There’s a series of tapes called “Dorothy Works The Phones.” She would tape her phone calls. And I have tapes of my grandmother calling me, when I was 12, driving me crazy! And then our mother also started running tapes. She’d just start running tapes in the house. Like of her playing cards or whatever. There was just something about the documentation of these moments that were really nice, really interesting things. I’m working on digitizing all of these tapes as well.”

To read 13 quotes from the event, visit SPIN.

As I Lay Dying Front Man Tim Lambesis Arrested for Hiring Hit Man to Kill His Wife

Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying

Tim Lambesis, front man of Christian metalcore band As I Lay Dying, was arrested Tuesday in San Diego, accused of trying to hire someone to kill his wife.

Lambesis asked an undercover detective on Tuesday afternoon to murder his estranged wife, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. Authorities said Lambesis was arrested at an Oceanside business without incident.

A search of court records has determined that Lambesis’ wife, Meggan, filed for divorce in North County last September.

Lambesis has been charged with solicitation of another to commit murder. He has been booked into the Vista Detention Facility. (via NBC San Diego)

UPDATE: Lambesis will be arraigned tomorrow, May 9th. He faces charges of solicitation of another to commit murder and conspiracy to commit a crime. The arraignment will take place at North Division Court in Vista, California, at 1:30 p.m. local time. (via Under the Gun Review)

UPDATE: The members of As I Lay Dying have released the following statement:

To our fans,

As we post this, the legal process is taking its course and we have no more information than you do. There are many unanswered questions, and the situation will become clearer in the coming days and weeks. We’ll keep you informed as best we can.

Our thoughts right now are with Tim, his family, and with everyone else affected by this terrible situation – and with our fans, whom we love and draw strength from.

Thank you for understanding, and as always, for your support of As I Lay Dying.

- Jordan, Nick, Phil, and Josh

Seven Observations of the “Rihanna 777″ Tour Documentary

words by Christina Drill

Rihanna 777

I spent 40 minutes of my life last night watching the Rihanna 777 tour documentary. Why did I do that? I already knew that the seven-day, seven-city promotional tour that ran back in November 2012 to promote Rihanna‘s seventh album Unapologetic had been a big airborne fail, complete with rioting journalists, glitchy shows, and an unaccessible and consistently stoned pop star. I knew that the documentary, which aired live on Fox last night and was produced by Roc Nation and Def Jam, wouldn’t be giving anyone the inside scoop on what really went down on the 777 plane that carried aboard 250 journos, fans, and crew members, but would rather gloss over it and make it seem like the tour ran a little smoothly.

But I’m harsh on myself sometimes, so I figured I deserved to watch the whole thing — and boy, am I annoyed that I did. Even though I was an idiot this weekend, I still didn’t deserve that. Nobody does.

Since this doc doesn’t even deserve a proper review, I’m just going to list seven observations I made while watching that maybe you made too.

1. The Beginning Is the Only Fun Part. The documentary begins with excited fans and journalists ripping open cool 777 swag (socks with Rihanna’s face on them, and necklaces with real diamond pendants). Rihanna explains that these are all real diamond necklaces, guys. “You can never say you never had a diamond in ya life.” Then she mingles with the journalists, and says things like, “You’re from Brazil? Yesss. I love Brazil.”

2. None of This Was Rihanna’s Idea. “I can’t believe this is happening!” Rihanna says from inside of a limo. Yeah, she can. And she’s like, “Ugh. Responsibility.”

3. We All Know Riri’s Lying When She Says, “I Shouldn’t Be Going Out Tonight, But it’s Paris, So…” Because it was confirmed that Rihanna stayed out til late in Paris, and then decided to go lingerie shopping, which delayed the plane on the tarmac for three hours.

4. Rihanna Doesn’t Want to Be Here, Guys. Just watch any lackadaisical performance from her first five cities. Her stomach looks incred, though.

5. The Only Song That Sounded Good Was “Stay.” Footage from Rihanna’s London performance of “Stay” appears in the doc, and she sounds good, finally! Rihanna later reveals that she really likes that song, so maybe this means Rihanna only puts effort into activities she really likes (the song “Stay,” smoking da weed).

6. Most People Just Want to Have Sex With Rihanna, and That’s the Extent of Their Feelings Toward Her. “I love her. I adore her. I want her, now!” -One fan that was interviewed. Kind of how I feel, kind of how most people feel, I think.

7. Even When the Tour Was Just a Concept, This Wasn’t Even a Good Idea. Rihanna was probably so stoned that when her PR people were like, “We have a great idea: you’re going to fly Delta with all this press and these fans and you’re gonna comply and love it and make this the best press junket since Madonna’s Truth or Dare!” she just said, “Aight, cool,” without thinking about how awful it would be to have to fly commercial and not be allowed to get high 24/7. Maangggg.

Christina Drill is a freelance writer/editor living in Brooklyn, NY.

Governors Ball 2013 Is Approaching

Governors Ball 2013

The weather is warming up, music festival season is ramping up, and we couldn’t be more excited. Last year we brought you coverage of The Governors Ball, one of the handful of New York City music festival trying to stake the claim as the premiere East Coast fests, and from the looks of things, The Governors Ball is truly in the lead.

Expanding from two days to three, The Governors Ball has a list of performers this year that appeals to all tastes. Kicking off on Friday June 7th on Randall’s Island, the festival opens with a grouping of up and coming artists including Dillion Francis, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, and St. Lucia. Saturday the 8th houses the brilliantly eccentric works of artists such as Edwin Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Bloc Party, Beirut, Crystal Castles, Twin Shadow, Alt-J, Portugal the Man, and my personal favorite, Dinosaur Jr. Closing out the festival on the 9th is a slam-bang day of acts ranging from all styles of music. Nas, Pretty Lights, Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, The xx, Feist, Kendrick Lamar, Erykah Badu, Thievery Corporation and others will jam through the day, building up to three headliners; Guns ‘n Roses, Kings of Leon, and Kayne West. -Matthew Schuchman

Click here for the complete lineup.

Governors Ball 2013

Austin City Limits 2013 Lineup Announced

Austin City Limits Music Festival 2013

Austin City Limits Music Festival has revealed its 2013 lineup. The festival will take place over two weekends (October 4-6 and 11-13) at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas.

The lineup includes The Cure, Depeche Mode, Atoms For Peace, Kings of Leon, Muse, Wilco, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, D’Angelo, Passion Pit, Franz Ferdinand, Tame Impala, Local Natives, Portugal. the Man, Neko Case, Grimes, Jimmy Eat World, Dawes, The Joy Formidable, Purity Ring, Divine Fits, Toro Y Moi, The Shouting Matches, Haim, Smith Westerns, Savages, FIDLAR, Parquet Courts, Autre Ne Veut, Phosphorescent, Wild Belle, and Hundred Waters.

Also playing are Lionel Ritchie, Kaskade, Silversun Pickups, Grouplove, The Black Angels, Okkervil River, Shuggie Otis, Wild Nothing, Pinback, Foxygen, Reignwolf, Deap Vally, Bright Light Social Hour, Lissie, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, White Denim, The True Believers, Mona, Roadkill Ghost Choir, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, Typhoon, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Dan Croll, Shovels & Rope, Electric Guest, Valerie June, The Band of Heathens, Red Baraat, Jacuzzi Boys, and Widowspeak.

Three-day and VIP passes are on sale now through the festival’s website. (via CoS)

Singer Lauryn Hill Sentenced to Three Months in Prison for Tax Evasion

Lauryn Hill

According to the Associated Press, Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to three months in prison for failing to pay $970,000 owed in federal taxes. Following her prison stint, she’ll serve an additional three months of home confinement.

Hill was unable to evade prison despite her best efforts. According to her lawyer, Nathan Hochman, ”Ms. Hill has not only now fully paid prior to sentencing her taxes, which are part of her criminal restitution, but she has additionally fully paid her federal and state personal taxes for the entire period under examination through 2009.” (via RS)

Watch: The Full “McBain” Movie on “The Simpsons”

The "McBain" movie from "The Simpsons"

Most fans of “The Simpsons” are fully aware of the character Rainier Wolfcastle (a parody of Arnold Schwarzenegger), whose most famous character is McBain (a parody of Bruce Willis’s JohnMcClane from the Die Hard films). However, many fans may not realize that during season two of “The Simpsons,” brief clips of McBain movies shown during various episodes can be stitched together to actually create a short film with a story line.

Below is a video of the entire McBain film. The first clip is from McBain’s first appearance, in “The Way We Was” (season two, episode 12), and the film is wrapped up in “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” (season two, episode 15).

Click here for 100 Funny Signs from Around Springfield on “The Simpsons.”

Black Flag Spring/Summer 2013 Tour Dates

Black Flag in 2013

Ever since announcing their reunion several months ago, the Greg Ginn/Ron Reyes version of Black Flag just keeps adding new dates to their itinerary. Every time new dates are announced, they say that “more dates will be added.” I’ve been holding off posting dates until a complete tour schedule would finally be released, but since that’s apparently not going to happen, here’s what we have so far. The tour is nearly upon us, so it should be pretty close to complete.

You can check the tour dates below, or click here for the top 10 Black Flag songs.

Black Flag on Tour
5/14 Luxembourg @ Rockhal Club
5/15 Milan, Italy @ Alcatraz
5/16 Zurich, Switzerland @ Dynamo
5/17 Rome, Italy @ The Orion
5/18 Hünxe, Germany @ RUHRPOTT RODEO
5/20 Wien, Austria @ Arena Wien
5/23 Austin, TX @ Infest
5/24 Dallas, TX @ Trees
5/25 San Antonio, TX @ The Korova
6/06 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
6/07 Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
6/08 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
6/09 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
6/10 Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
6/11 Erie, PA @ The Crooked I
6/12 Albany, NY @ Bogies NY
6/13 Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
6/14 Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw @ The Polish National Home
6/15 Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw @ The Polish National Home
6/17 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
6/18 Roanoke, VA @ Growlers
6/19 Lexington, KY @ Buster’s
6/20 Newport, KY @ Southgate House
6/21 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
6/22 Fayetteville, AR @ Rogue
7/10 El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
7/11 Tempe, AZ @ Club Red/Red Owl
7/12 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
7/13 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
7/14 Los Angeles, CA @ Vex Arts
7/15 San Diego, CA @ SomaSanDiego
7/16 Santa Cruz,CA @ The Catalyst
7/17 Redway, CA @ Mateel Community Center
7/18 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
7/19 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
7/20 Vancouver, Canada @ Chinese Cultural Centre
7/23 Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro Operahouse
7/24 Ventura, CA @ The Majestic Ventura Theater