2009 September | The Audio Perv - Part 3
Archive for September, 2009
28 Sep

We always love to hook up our readers with some free shwag (and free merch too, haha). Today, thanks to the lovely people at ROCKWORLDEAST, we are able to offer our female readers a FREE t-shirt. It says “Pretty But Bitchy” if you can’t read it (Scroll all the way down to see the shirt!) We have the shirt in sizes S to XL. You should check out more of www.rockworldeast.com. Check it out, they have everything from AFI to ZZ Top! Oh yeah, if you want to win, just email us your name and t-shirt size and we’ll email you back if you win! (Note: Only open to contest entrants in the US)

While you’re at it, follow ROCKWORLDEAST on Twitter @ROCKWORLDEAST and us at The Audio Perv on Twitter @theaudioperv. Oh yeah, guys, don’t worry. We’ll have shirts for you soon too!


28 Sep

Kyp Malone’s much anticipated solo project Rain Machine was September 22 on Anti-records. The provocative album art, created by Malone himself, is an appropriate indicator of the unique and defiantly personal music within. Rain Machine features ten unflinchingly original and emotional songs mixing elements of modern jazz, blue-grass and blistering guitar driven rock into a refreshing new sound. As singer and guitarist for celebrated band TV on the Radio, Malone proved himself both a captivating and delightfully unpredictable musical force. On Rain Machine, he shows himself a singer and a lyricist of startling talents. Malone recently described Rain Machine as “a nearly full spectrum of frequencies audible to the human ear, a reflection of a variety of emotions and situations real and imagined – some rhythm some rhyme.” In most instances such a statement could be dismissed as nothing more than playful hyperbole. This is not one of those times. Rain Machine is the sound of an extraordinary artist emerging into his own.

We want you to experience Rain Machine live in concert and on CD. We’re giving away two tickets to see Rain Machine at any of the dates below along with a copy of the album. All you have to do is email us your name and we’ll email you back if you win!

(Note: By entering the contest, you agree to share your email address with Anti- Records for their email list where they’ll inform you of the latest on Rain Machine and other quality bands and artists). For more on Rain Machine, go to www.myspace.com/rainmachinemusic.

Download the song “Give Blood” here (right click, save as) or stream it below:

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Oct 9 Bottle Tree Birmingham, Alabama
Oct 10 One Eyed Jacks New Orleans, Louisiana
Oct 12 40 Watt Club Athens, Georgia
Oct 13 The Earl Atlanta, Georgia
Oct 15 High Noon Saloon Madison, Wisconsin
Oct 16 7th Street Entry Minneapolis, Minnesota
Oct 17 Double Door Chicago, Illinois
Oct 18 The Magic Stick Detroit, Michigan
Oct 19 Lee’s Place Toronto, Ontario
Oct 20 Il Motore Montreal, Quebec
Oct 22 Middle East Upstairs Cambridge, Massachusetts
Oct 23 Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Oct 25 Black Cat Washington DC, Washington DC

28 Sep

Nick Diamonds’ polymorphous pop band, Islands, is back with their third studio album, Vapours. The 2006 debut, Return to the Sea, found eccentric and mellifluous pop tunes performed with a cast of characters from Montreal’s thriving music scene (including members of Arcade Fire and Wolf Parade), helmed by Nick Diamonds and Jamie Thompson. Thompson departed amicably from the group shortly after the album was released, and 2007′s Arm’s Way found the band turning in a new direction towards lushly orchestrated, guitar-driven prog-rock. Thompson has returned to the band for Vapours, a record that flits back and forth between moody synthesizers and drum-machine-heavy beats, while remaining firmly rooted in the classic pop sensibilities and multitude of melodic hooks that Islands is known for.

Not only are we giving away a copy of Vapours, we’re also giving away a pair of tickets to see Islands live in concert to any of the dates below! All you have to do is email us your name AND which show you want to go to and we’ll email you back if you win!

(Note: By entering the contest, you agree to share your email address with Anti- Records for their email list where they’ll inform you of the latest on Islands and other quality bands and artists) For more on Islands, go to www.myspace.com/islands.

Download the song “No You Don’t” here (right click, save as) or stream it below:


Oct 6 2009 9:30 Club Washington DC, Washington DC
Oct 7 2009 Trocadero Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Oct 9 2009 Roseland Ballroom New York, New York
Oct 10 2009 House of Blues Cambridge, Massachusetts
Oct 12 2009 Newport Music Hall Columbus, Ohio
Oct 13 2009 Clutch Cargo’s Pontiac, Michigan
Oct 15 2009 Subterranean Chicago, Illinois
Oct 18 2009 Badlander Missoula, Montana
Oct 19 2009 Chop Suey Seattle, Washington
Oct 20 2009 Rickshaw Theatre Vancouver, British Columbia
Oct 21 2009 Hawthorne Theatre Portland, Oregon
Oct 22 2009 UC Davis (Oddfellows Lodge) Davis, California
Oct 23 2009 UC Berkley (Lower Sproul Plaza) Berkley, California
Oct 23 2009 Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, California
Oct 24 2009 Troubadour Los Angeles, California
Oct 25 2009 Rhythm Room Pheonix, Arizona
Oct 27 2009 Mohawk Austin, Texas
Oct 28 2009 Rubber Gloves Denton, Texas
Oct 29 2009 Hi Tone Cafe Memphis, Tennessee
Oct 30 2009 Bottletree Cafe Birmingham, Alabama
Oct 31 2009 Lenny’s Bar Atlanta, Georgia
Nov 1 2009 Duke Coffee House Durham, North Carolina
Nov 2 2009 G-Spot Baltimore, Maryland
Nov 3 2009 First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nov 4 2009 Middle East Cambridge, Massachusetts
Nov 5 2009 Bowery Ballroom New York, New York
Nov 6 2009 Théâtre Plaza Montreal, Quebec
Nov 7 2009 Mod Club Toronto, Ontario

28 Sep

To celebrate the release of Breaking Benjamin’s latest brand new album, Dear Agony, Shallow Bay (the official website of the band) will be hosting a special, radio program at Midnight Eastern time on 9/29. Fans will be able to hear the new album in its entirety and vocalist Ben Burnley will be on hand to discuss his band’s work. Registration on the Shallow Bay forum is required to join in on the listening party.

Those who pre-order Dear Agony from Best Buy will receive a free DVD featuring all of Breaking Benjamin’s official music videos, plus free shipping when the album arrives in stores on Tuesday the 29th. Visit Shallow Bay or Best Buy to order today. Their first single from the album, “I Will Not Bow,” is available now on iTunes.

28 Sep

Here are some much delayed photos from The Decemberists show at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair NJ on 9/21. Photos taken by Kevin Kenny. Enjoy:

28 Sep

Relentless energy filmed the punk rock band Gallows on Warped Tour for a 3 part film they’ve put together called ‘Lives Of The Artists’. The video features live performances, interviews with the band and behind the scenes footage from one of the year’s most talked about rising stars. Check out the trailer below and prepare for the full length version to be released this October. In the meantime, head over to the bands MySpace for the latest Gallows news and non-stop tour schedule.

Gallows Tour Dates:

USA and Canada:

2 Oct 2009 Epic w/ AFI Minneapolis, MN

3 Oct 2009 Reggie’s Rock Club (Headline) Chicago, IL

4 Oct 2009 Newport Music Hall w/ AFI Columbus, OH

5 Oct 2009 Bogart’s w/ AFI Cincinnati, OH

7 Oct 2009 Town Ballroom w/ AFI Buffalo, NY

8 Oct 2009 Northern Lights w/ AFI Clifton Park, NY

9 Oct 2009 The Crazy Donkey (Headline) Farmingdale, NY

10 Oct 2009 Starland Ballroom w/ AFI Sayreville, NJ

11 Oct 2009 Club Zoo w/ AFI Pittsburgh, PA

13 Oct 2009 Webster Theater w/ AFI Hartford, CT

14 Oct 2009 Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel w/ AFI Providence, RI

16 Oct 2009 Water Street Music Hall w/ AFI Rochester, NY

17 Oct 2009 Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom w/ AFI Hampton Beach, NH

19 Oct 2009 The National w/AFI Richmond, VA

21 Oct 2009 Sound Academy w/ Flogging Molly Toronto, ON

23 Oct 2009 The Outpost/Lakehead University w/ Flogging Molly Thunder Bay, ON

24 Oct 2009 Burton Cummings Theatre w/ Flogging Molly Winnipeg, MB

25 Oct 2009 Odeon Events Centre w/ Flogging Molly Saskatoon, SK

26 Oct 2009 Edmonton Events Centre w/ Flogging Molly Edmonton, AB, Canada

27 Oct 2009 Macewan Hall (Univ. of Calgary) w/ Flogging Molly CALGARY, AB

29 Oct 2009 Commodore Ballroom w/ Flogging Molly Vancouver, BC

30 Oct 2009 Commodore Ballroom w/ Flogging Molly Vancouver, BC

3 Nov 2009 Cain’s Ballroom (w/ AFI) Tulsa, Oklahoma

4 Nov 2009 The Pageant (w/ AFI) St. Louis, Missouri

6 Nov 2009 Uptown Theatre (w/ AFI) Kansas City, Missouri

7 Nov 2009 Riviera Theatre (w/ AFI) Chicago, Illinois

8 Nov 2009 Grog Shop (Headline) Cleveland, Ohio

9 Nov 2009 Fillmore (w/ AFI) Detroit, Michigan

10 Nov 2009 The Sound Academy (w/ AFI) Toronto, Ontario, CA

12 Nov 2009 Electric Factory (w/ AFI) Philadelphia, Pennysylvania

13 Nov 2009 Roseland Ballroom (w/ AFI) New York, New York

14 Nov 2009 DC9 (Headline) Washington, DC

15 Nov 2009 House Of Blues (w/ AFI) Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

16 Nov 2009 Tabernacle (w/ AFI) Atlanta, Georgia

18 Nov 2009 Pompano Beach Amphitheatre (w/ AFI) Pompano Beach, Florida

19 Nov 2009 House Of Blues (w/ AFI) Lake Buena Vista, Florida

21 Nov 2009 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (w/ AFI) Houston, Texas

22 Nov 2009 Stubbs (w/ AFI) Austin, Texas


26 Nov 2009 Roadmender Northampton, UK

27 Nov 2009 Kasbah Coventry, UK

28 Nov 2009 Academy 2 Liverpool, UK

29 Nov 2009 Moshulu Aberdeen, UK

30 Nov 2009 Fat Sams Dundee, UK

1 Dec 2009 The Canteen Barrow-in-Furness, UK

2 Dec 2009 Empire Middlesbrough, UK

3 Dec 2009 Duchess York, UK

4 Dec 2009 Sugarmill Stoke, UK

5 Dec 2009 Rockhouse Derby, UK

6 Dec 2009 The Foundry Sheffield, UK

7 Dec 2009 TJ’s Newport, UK

8 Dec 2009 Lemon Grove Exeter, UK

9 Dec 2009 Pavilions Falmouth, UK

10 Dec 2009 Old Fire Station Bournemouth, UK

11 Dec 2009 The Crypt Hastings, UK

12 Dec 2009 The Peel – SOLD OUT Kingston, UK

13 Dec 2009 Arts Centre Colchester, UK

14 Dec 2009 The Junction Cambridge, UK

15 Dec 2009 The Furnace Swindon, UK

17 Dec 2009 Watford Colosseum Charity Show Watford


20 Feb 2010 Soundwave Festival Brisbane

21 Feb 2010 Soundwave Festival Sydney

26 Feb 2010 Soundwave Festival Melbourne

27 Feb 2010 Soundwave Festival Adelaide

1 Mar 2010 Soundwave Festival Perth

28 Sep

“Hope…a new beginning.
Time…time to start living, like just before we died.
There’s no going back to the place we started from.”
“All Secrets Known”

In late summer of 2008, at the suggestion of longtime friend/Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Alice In Chains met with producer Nick Raskulinecz to talk about the possibility of collaborating on a new album.

“I went to the studio where they’d been working on demos,” recalls the producer, whose credits include Foo Fighters, Rush, Deftones. “We stayed outside and just talked for a couple of hours. After the ice was broken, they brought me inside to hear some music. The first track started playing and I was immediately hooked—the riff was so killer, so catchy and so heavy, and when the vocals kicked in, I looked at Jerry (Cantrell, Alice In Chains’ guitarist/vocalist) and said, ‘I don’t need to hear anything else—I’m in.’ I was just blown away.”

By early fall, the band and producer had hunkered down at Grohl’s Studio 606 in Northridge, CA, and were hard at work on Alice In Chains’ first new studio release in more than 10 years.

Production eventually moved to the famed Henson Studios in Hollywood, and by spring of 2009 the band emerged with 11 electrifying songs about faith and perseverance. They titled the album Black Gives Way To Blue after the song of the same name, a heart-stirring tribute to Layne Staley, their brother and vocalist who passed away in 2002.

“I’m really proud of that song,” says Cantrell, who sings on the track (and shares lead vocal duties throughout the record). “It’s about facing up to the bad stuff and continuing to walk forward and live a life.”

The song features a special guest appearance by Elton John on piano.

“We were thinking about adding piano to the track and a friend suggested we call Elton,” recalls Cantrell. “I remember laughing and saying, ‘Yeah, I’ll get right on that.’ But I decided it was worth trying and wrote him an email explaining what that song means to us—that it’s a real, raw openhearted song for Layne. We sent him the track and got a call shortly after saying he thought it was beautiful and that he wanted to play on it. He was finishing his ‘Red Piano’ run in Vegas, so we flew there and hung out for a few hours. Walking into a studio and seeing the sheet music for that song on Elton’s piano made it meaningful on so many different levels. The whole experience was pretty magical.”

The album’s genesis can be traced back to January of 2005, when drummer Sean Kinney called Cantrell and bassist Mike Inez about getting together for a benefit show to raise money for tsunami relief. It was the first time in nine years that the three had performed together and following the loss of Staley, was the first in a series of little steps toward hope and healing.

“After that we started talking about how we could maybe do another show,” recalls Kinney. “Everyone was comfortable with the idea, so we decided to take another step.”

Enter William DuVall, a gifted singer and guitarist from Atlanta who had previously worked with Comes with the Fall and as part of Jerry Cantrell’s touring band for his solo work. As live audiences discovered, DuVall brings a sound and stage presence all his own, and when DuVall and Cantrell blend their voices—as Cantrell and Staley did so often—singing together over the rhythms of Kinney and Inez, there could be little doubt that the spirit of Alice In Chains was once again alive and well.

“To his credit, Will never tried to do a karaoke version of the past,” says Kinney. “It’s not easy to find your place in a pre-existing dynamic, but he did. He puts his all into it and it fits.”

“I’ve joined a group that has a strong identity and a strong legacy,” says DuVall. “Nobody wants to, in any way, disrespect or sully that legacy. You want to add to it.”

And it was while on the road that the quartet opened itself up to the idea of writing new material.

“On tour we jammed pretty much every day,” recalls Cantrell. “Cool riffs would come up and we’d record them backstage and in dressing rooms. By the time we got home from the tour, we had a disc full of ideas. Eventually we wound up with a body of work and started thinking about taking yet another step.”

“There was no master plan,” adds Inez. “Everything felt right, so we kept moving forward. The whole process was very organic.”

“If we had gone through all of it and felt that it didn’t live up musically to the legacy of the work we’d done before, then we would’ve shelved it,” says Cantrell. “We would’ve known for ourselves that this is the end, and that would’ve been cool. But that didn’t happen. You ask yourself questions like, is this record something positive to add to the catalog? Is it worthy? And the answer is yes, it is. But you don’t know that until you go through the process. We all busted our asses and have been rewarded with a record that exceeds our own expectations.

In the end, Cantrell explains, Black Gives Way To Blue is an album that reflects survival for Alice In Chains. “And,” he says, “I think survival is something to celebrate.”

For more on Alice in Chains, go to www.aliceinchains.com.

Tour Dates
Mon 09/28/09 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore

Wed 09/30/09 Los Angeles, CA The Avalon / Bardot Hollywood

Thu 10/22/09 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center

Fri 10/23/09 Grand Prairie, TX Nokia Theatre At Grand Prairie

Appearing at “KTBZ Buzzfest”
Sat 10/24/09 The Woodlands, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Thu 11/12/09 Glasgow, United Kingdom Barrowland

Fri 11/13/09 Birmingham, United Kingdom O2 Academy Birmingham

Sat 11/14/09 Manchester, United Kingdom Manchester Academy

Mon 11/16/09 London, United Kingdom HMV Forum

Tue 11/17/09 London, United Kingdom HMV Forum

Thu 11/19/09 Tilburg, Netherlands 013

Fri 11/20/09 Antwerp, Belgium Trix

Sat 11/21/09 Wels, Austria Alter Schlachthof

Mon 11/23/09 Dortmund, Germany FZW

Tue 11/24/09 Prague, Czech Republic Lucerna Music Bar

Wed 11/25/09 Warsaw, Poland Stodola Club

Fri 11/27/09 Budapest, Hungary Petofi Csarnok

Sun 11/29/09 Vienna, Austria Gasometer

Mon 11/30/09 Munich, Germany Theatre Fabrik

Wed 12/02/09 Milan, Italy Alcatraz

Thu 12/03/09 Fribourg, Switzerland Fri-Son

Fri 12/04/09 Paris, France Le Bataclan

Sun 12/06/09 Nottingham, United Kingdom Rock City

Mon 12/07/09 London, United Kingdom O2 Academy Brixton

28 Sep

This weekend you probably went to one of the two sold out Phoenix and Passion Pit shows at Rumsey Playfield (Central Park) in NYC. If you didn’t, it’s alright. Lots of people took some pics and videos. Thanks to cschwa17 for the pics and pressie3 and JOEDONUT for the videos. You can check out a review and the setlist at Trust Me On This.

Day One videos courtesy of pressie3

Day Two videos courtesy of JOEDONUT

27 Sep

White Lies played Webster Hall on Friday night and were incredible. The best part about seeing a band like White Lies now is that since they’re so “new”, they’ll play pretty much every song they have. This is especially pleasing if you’re a White Lies fan as their debut album To Lose My Life… is nearly flawless, not one bad track. For about 45 minutes, there was no place better to be as frontman Harry McVeigh and the boys rocked Webster Hall with a twelve song set that included fan favorites “Death” and “Unfinished Business” as well as the well known “To Lose My Life”, “Taxidermy” (only previously available on the vinyl edition of To Lose My Life…) and a cover of the Portishead track “The Rip.” There were whispers in the crowd of the band’s sound being too similar of 80′s new wave pop rock but White Lies’s music is much more evolved and honest than most music from that period. The Violens opened the show but our reviewer only caught seconds of their performance. Check out the setlist, some pics and photos from the show below:

1. Farewell to the Fairground
2. Taxidermy
3. To Lose My Life
4. From The Stars
5. Fifty On Our Foreheads
6. A Place To Hide
7. E.S.T.
8. Nothing To Give
9. Unfinished Business
10. Price Of Love
11. The Rip (Portishead cover)
12. Death

(Click pics to enlarge)

“To Lose My Life”

“Unfinished Business”


“Fifty On Our Foreheads”

“The Rip” (Portishead cover)


27 Sep

U2 were on Saturday Night Live last night (9/26) and performed “Breathe” and “Moment of Surrender” off of their album No Line On The Horizon (Buy on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD) and closed with “Ultraviolet (Light My Way)” off of their classic album Achtung Baby (Buy on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD). Check out the videos below: