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Weedeater will be releasing the new album "Jason... The Dragon" worldwide on March 1st, 2011 via Southern Lord Recordings. The band has now posted the cover artwork for the album online, along the with the first t-shirt design, at this location.
The "Jason... The Dragon" track listing is as follows:
1. The Great Unfurling
4. Turkey Warlock
5. Jason....the Dragon
6. Palms and Opium
7. Long Gone
8. March of the Bipolar Bear
10. Whiskey Creek
Weedeater has revealed the support acts that will hit the road with the band next month in support of the new album "Jason… The Dragon," which is set for a March 1st release through Southern Lord. The band will be joined by Zoroaster and ASG on select dates of the tour with the schedule set to run as follows:
02/18 Wilmington, NC – Soapbox
02/19 Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
02/20 Durham, NC – Casbah
02/21 Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
02/22 Baltimore, MD – Sonar
02/23 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
02/24 New York, NY – Santos Party House
02/25 Pawtucket, RI – The Met
02/26 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place
02/27 Toronto, ON – Wreck Room
02/28 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
03/01 Chicago, IL – Abbey Pub
03/02 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock
03/03 Lawrence, KS – Jackpot
03/04 Denver, CO – 3 Kings Tavern
03/05 Salt Lake, City UT – Burt’s Tiki Lounge
03/06 Boise, ID – Shredder
03/07 Seattle, WA – Funhouse
03/08 Portland, OR – Rotture
03/11 San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside
03/12 San Diego, CA – Ruby Room
03/13 Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
03/15 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
03/18 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog (“SXSW“)
03/19 San Antonio, TX – Korova
03/20 New Orleans, LA – Siberia
03/22 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
03/23 Orlando, FL – Backbooth
03/24 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
03/25 Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
03/26 Savannah, GA – The Jinx
Weedeater has checked in with the following update about the band's upcoming activity:
"It's been a while since we've chimed in, we know. But regarding Weedeater, silence is sometimes a good thing, this being one of those times. First off, and as many of you might already know, we are very happy to announce that Jason...The Dragon is fully completed and in production now to be released March 15th via Southern Lord on CD, and sometime in April on vinyl. We would like to thank Steve Albini and everyone at Electrical Audio for once again doing a great job of capturing this band on tape, and a big thanks to John Golden and Golden studios for another superb mastering job. And of course a big thanks to Greg and everyone at Southern Lord for helping us make this happen. Who knows, one of those new songs might just pop up here soon on myspace so you can grab a quick listen. We will also have a few special pre-order options for you early birds; stay tuned for updates on that front.
"Lastly, we are heading out to tour in support of Jason... very soon, with the US jaunt (sponsored by the good folks at The Brooklyn Vegan) starting February 18th and a European tour (to be announced soon) following Roadburn. Touring support in the US will be provided by our old friends in ASG (1st leg) and Zoroaster (2nd leg). It's gonna be a great time! Dates are posted below and tickets will go on sale later this week. Hope to see you all out there, and thanks as always for your support! More updates coming soon."
The upcoming Weedeater tour dates are as follows:
02/18/11 Soapbox, Wilmington NC
02/19/11 Casbah @ Tremont, Charlotte NC
02/20/11 Casbah, Durham NC
02/21/11 Strange Matter, Richmond VA
02/22/11 Sonar, Baltimore MD
02/23/11 Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia PA
02/24/11 Santos Party House, New York NY
02/25/11 The Met, Pawtucket RI
02/26/11 Mohawk Place, Buffalo NY
02/27/11 Wreck Room, Toronto ON
02/28/11 Magic Stick, Detroit MI
03/01/11 Abbey Pub, Chicago IL
03/02/11 Triple Rock, Minneapolis MN
03/03/11 Jackpot, Lawrence KS
03/04/11 3 Kings Tavern, Denver CO
03/05/11 Burt's Tiki Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
03/06/11 Shredder, Boise ID
03/07/11 Funhouse, Seattle WA
03/08/11 Rotture, Portland OR
03/11/11 Thee Parkside, San Francisco CA
03/12/11 Ruby Room, San Diego CA
03/13/11 Echoplex, Los Angeles CA
03/15/11 Launchpad, Albuquerque NM
03/18/11 SXSW @ Dirty Dog, Austin TX
03/19/11 Korova, San Antonio TX
03/20/11 Siberia, New Orleans LA
03/22/11 Orpheum, Tampa FL
03/23/11 Backbooth, Orlando FL
03/24/11 The Earl, Atlanta GA
03/25/11 Ground Zero, Spartanburg SC
03/26/11 The Jinx, Savannah GA
North Carolina sludge crusaders Weedeater have completed work on their long-delayed fourth full-length release. The ten track album dubbed "Jason... The Dragon," has been scheduled for worldwide release on March 1st, 2011 via Southern Lord Recordings.
The "Jason... The Dragon" track listing is as follows:
1. The Great Unfurling
4. Turkey Warlock
5. Jason....the Dragon
6. Palms and Opium
7. Long Gone
8. March of the Bipolar Bear
10. Whiskey Creek
American sludge metal act Weedeater has announced its participation for the forthcoming edition of the Roadburn Festival. Roadburn 2011 iss et to take place betwen Thursday, April 14 and Saturday, April 16 at the 013 venue and Midi Theatre in Tilburg, Holland. There will be an additional afterburner event on Sunday, April 17, 2011.
Roadburn 2011 Confirmed Line-Up:
Weedeater has announced several new headlining shows throughout the Midwest and Southeastern U.S. this September. Kicking things off in their home state, the band will devastate the crowd at Raleigh, North Carolina's Hopscotch Festival on September 11th, also with Public Enemy, Tortoise, Kylesa, U.S. Christmas, Harvey Milk and more. Weedeater will be dropping plenty of new material from the upcoming album on these shows, which will lead directly up to the recording of "Jason...the Dragon" with Steve Albini.
Weedaeter has been pushed to the band's limits over the past twelve months. While it's been a year of heavy and successful touring for the band, it was also a year of catastrophic physical injury. Leading off with Dixie Dave Collins' shotgun accident which spawned the brutal "Nine Toe Tour" earlier this year, and continuing shortly after that with drummer Keko tearing his meniscus after returning from said tour and requiring surgery. Both of those accidents prevented the group's two previously scheduled meetings with Albini. The group's latest installment of injury includes guitarist Shep breaking his pinkie finger while on tour in Europe this July alongside Black Cobra and Saviours. Luckily, Shep can still riff with his cast so the European tour and the recording session were spared. More...
Weedeater has issued the following update about the band's upcoming tour schedule and recording new material:
"Hey there, OK here's the latest. Keko's knee surgery was a success and he is back to a swift gallop; Dixie has hardly any buckshot left in his foot and with extensive rehabilitation has regained his signature stomp. Thanks again for all your warm wishes and support during both of those ordeals. The European tour starts tomorrow with our friends in Black Cobra and Saviours for a month of what is sure to be pure Euro-insanity. Hellfest with Kiss, Slayer, Godflesh, and Rwake? Plus all the other amazing bands? Holy Shit!
"After returning home there will be a few select performances in the US at Amelia Festival in VA on July 17th, as well as at Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh NC on September 11th with Public Enemy, Tortoise, Kylesa and Harvey Milk. Following those shows will be the studio sessions with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio that have now been rescheduled for September. There will also be some more shows surrounding the studio time that will be announced soon. Stay tuned for updates and thanks as always."
Weedeater has issued the following tour recap and announcement about postponing their recording sessions:
"Hey all, we have some good news and (as per usual) some bad news. First, the good news; it was an amazing tour! Thanks to all the people who came out and supported us and the other bands on all 3 legs of this trek (big hails to ASG, US Christmas, Black Cobra, Black Tusk, The Gates of Slumber, Struck by Lightning, & Sack Wild!) and thanks to all the great clubs and promoters who helped to make everything so awesome for all of us. Now for the bad news: Keko has just torn his meniscus to the point of immobility and needs immediate orthopedic surgery on his knee.
"Consequently, we regret to say that we must once again postpone the recording session at EA and the surrounding live performances in April and May. We are very sorry for the inconvenience caused to all involved and will notify you ASAP regarding rescheduling. Thanks for your patience and understanding and please wish Keko a speedy recovery. Keko goes in for surgery next week and we'll know more then, but as it stands the June - July European tour is still 100% on. More news soon but that's all for now."
Weedeater has issued the following update about canceling their previously scheduled show tonight in Houston and instead playing in Little Rock:
"Hey all, the March 18th show in Houston is canceled; we're playing Little Rock AR @ Downtown Music instead. Our buds in ASG will be joining us along with Struck by Lightning. See you there! P.S. the first week has been great so far, thanks to all you guys and the amazing support bands for making this such a killer tour!"
You can also catch Weedeater on the "Nine Toes" tour on the following dates: More...
WEEDEATER has announced a series of headlining US tour dates after their "Nine Toe" tour. Their complete tour schedule is as follows:
WEEDEATER 2010 "Nine Toe" Tour:
3/16/2010 Bottletree - Birmingham, AL
3/17/2010 Hi Tone - Memphis, TN
3/18/2010 The Channel @ Meridian - Houston, TX
3/19/2010 Skillman Street Bar - Dallas, TX
3/20/2010 Encore - Austin, TX @ Tone Deaf SXSW Showcase
3/23/2010 Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
3/24/2010 Chasers - Scottsdale, AZ
03/25/10 Nicholby's - Ventura CA w/ Black Tusk, Gates of Slumber, Struck By Lightning
3/26/2010 Ultra Violet - Los Angeles, CA
3/27/2010 Elbo Room - San Francisco, CA
3/28/2010 Rotture - Portland, OR
3/29/2010 Funhouse - Seattle, WA
3/31/2010 Club Vegas - Salt Lake City, UT
4/01/2010 Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO
4/02/2010 The Record Bar - Kansas City, MO
4/03/2010 Triple Rock - Minneapolis, MN
4/04/2010 Reggie's - Chicago, IL
4/05/2010 Mac's - Lansing, MI
4/06/2010 The Southgate House - Newport, KY
4/07/2010 The Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH
4/08/2010 Wreck Room - Toronto, ON
4/09/2010 Bug Jar - Rochester, NY
4/10/2010 Webster Hall (Studio) - New York, NY
4/11/2010 Khyber - Philadelphia, PA
4/12/2010 DC9 - Washington, DC
4/13/2010 Krug's - Frederick, MD
4/14/2010 The Triple - Richmond, VA
WEEDEATER headlining dates:
4/23/2010 The Milestone - Charlotte NC
4/24/2010 The Muse - Nashville TN
5/03/2010 High Noon - Madison WI
5/04/2010 The Picador - Iowa City IA
5/05/2010 Carabar - Columbus, OH
5/06/2010 123 Pleasant - Morgantown, WV
5/07/2010 V Club - Huntington, WV
5/08/2010 The Hideaway - Johnson City, TN
STRUCK BY LIGHTING will be teaming up with The Gates Of Slumber, Weedeater and Black Tusk for a U.S. tour this spring. Here are the latest Struck By Lightning tour dates:
3/13 Columbus, OH @ Scion Fest
Struck By Lightning tour w/ Weedeater, and Black Tusk
3/19 Dallas, TX @ Skillman Street Bar w/ Black Cobra
3/20 Austin, TX @ Encore (Tone Deaf SXSW showcase)
3/21 San Antonio, TX @ Zombies w/ Black Cobra
3/23 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
3/24 Scottsdale, AZ @ Chasers
3/26 Los Angeles, CA @ Ultra Violet
3/27 San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room
3/28 Portland, OR @ Rotture
3/29 Seattle, WA @ The Funhouse
3/31 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas
4/1 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
4/2 Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
4/3 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
4/4 Chicago, IL @ Reggies
4/5 Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar
4/6 Newport, KY @ Southgate House
4/7 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
4/8 Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
4/9 Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
4/10 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
4/11 Philadelphia, PA @ Khyber
4/12 Washington, DC @ DC9 (no Gates Of Slumber)
4/13 Frederick, MD @ Krug's Place (no Gates Of Slumber)
4/14 Richmond, VA @ The Triple (no Gates Of Slumber)
Savannah, GA's Black Tusk will join North Carolina's Weedeater for a four week U.S. tour this spring. This tour kicks-off on March 19th in Dallas, TX and also includes Gates of Slumber and Struck By Lightnning. The tour also includes a stop at the 2010 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX on March 20th. Black Tusk's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
2/23 Atlanta, GA Lenny's Bar
2/24 Knoxville, TN The Cider House (w/ SKELETONWITCH, IRON AGE, HOWL)
2/25 Chattanooga, TN JJ Bohemia's
2/26 Birmingham, AL The Nick (w/ SKELETONWITCH, IRON AGE, HOWL)
2/27 Memphis, TN Hi Tone (w/ SKELETONWITCH, IRON AGE, HOWL)
2/28 Athens, GA Kingpins Bowl & Brew
3/13 Columbus, OH Skully's (as part of Scion Rock Fest 2010)
3/18 New Orleans, LA Hi Ho Lounge
**All dates from 3/19 thru 4/14 w/ Weedeater, Struck By Lightning**
3/19 Dallas, TX Skillman Street Bar (w/ BLACK COBRA)
3/20 Austin, TX Encore (as part of Tone Deaf SXSW showcase w/ RWAKE, ASG, more)
3/21 San Antonio, TX Zombies (w/ BLACK COBRA)
3/23 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
3/24 Scottsdale, AZ Chasers
3/26 Los Angeles, CA Ultra Violet
3/27 San Francisco, CA Elbo Room
3/28 Portland, OR Rotture
3/29 Seattle, WA The Funhouse
3/31 Salt Lake City, UT Club Vegas
4/1 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
4/2 Kansas City, MO Record Bar
4/3 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Social Club
4/4 Chicago, IL Reggies
4/5 Lansing, MI Mac's Bar
4/6 Newport, KY Southgate House
4/7 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
4/8 Toronto, ON Wreck Room
4/9 Rochester, NY Bug Jar
4/10 New York, NY Webster Hall
4/11 Philadelphia, PA Khyber
4/12 Washington, DC DC9
4/13 Frederick, MD Krug's Place
4/14 Richmond, VA The Triple
Weedeater has issued the following update about upcoming tour plans after their vocalist has recovered from shooting off his own toe:
"Hey there, here's a quick update...Dixie is still resting his foot and only drinking half as much bourbon as usual so that he is healed in time for Weedater's hobbled yet glorious return to the live arena. Below are the tour dates; we'll have ticket links for you soon so keep checking back for updates. We will be playing new material from our upcoming release 'Jason...The Dragon', to be recorded with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in late April. Much thanks to master Steve for letting a bunch of crazy, dirty, toeless, gun-toting hillbillies back into his pristine studio so we can scuff-up the floor and bang a bunch of his pots & pans together so as to call it 'music.'
"That took some class (more than we have anyway) and in all seriousness we are truly appreciative for Steve and everyone else at EA being so cool about rescheduling this session. The support bands on this US tour are all incredible and include: Black Cobra, ASG, Black Tusk, The Gates of Slumber, US Christmas, and Struck by Lightning. During the Tone Deaf SXSW showcase in Austin, the mighty Rwake will also make a rare appearance joining the party for one absolutely insane night of music. We'll have more updates shortly on the summer tour / fests in Europe as well as the tentative release date for 'Jason...,' so you'll be hearing back from us soon enough. See you out there, don't step on Dixie's foot, and of course, thanks to all of you for your continued support!"
The currently announced dates for the Weedeater "Nine Toe" tour are as follows: More...
Weedeater has issued the following update about canceling their tour dates and recording plans due to vocalist Dave "Dixie" Collins shooting his toe:
"As most of you know, here in the Weedeater camp we pride ourselves on a long tradition of shooting our band in the proverbial foot right before we're supposed to do something important. Whether it's a big tour, a recording session, or whatever else we're supposed to do, invariably we will find some way to try and thwart our grandiose plans. Well, it's no different for this recording session, except that this time we really did shoot ourselves in the foot. In fact we regret to inform all of you that this weekend, Dixie Dave shot his big toe off whilst cleaning his favorite shotgun. Yup, that's right. When reached for comment, Mr. Collins gave a quote that speaks for itself...'It wasn't my intention to shoot off my big toe. This really fucking sucks and the pain is unbearable.'
"Mr. Collin's doctors have advised that he is to be bedridden for the next few weeks during his recovery. This will obviously affect the recording session (and the few surrounding shows in Jan/Feb), which will now have to be postponed until after the March / April "nine-toe" tour. Said tour is still 100% on, however, so check back soon for updates on venues and exact dates. It looks like the support bands will be awesome and the band is really stoked to play this new material after touring for so many years on the same basic set. Yeah...we knew that too, sorry but we're about to make good on it. And of course after all, we gotta keep workin', like workin' men do. Shooting your big toe off isn't free, for fuck's sake! So to re-cap...Keko sacrificed his pinkie for Down/Melvins, Shep broke his hand for Today is the Day, and now Dixie has generously offered up his big toe for Steve Albini to nibble on. Unless overtly fond of Limburger cheese and rotten flesh, Master Steve is advised to decline."
North Carolina sludge metal band WEEDEATER has announced a string of Midwestern and Southeastern US tour dates for late January into early February. Two of the dates will feature the band's stripped-down, acoustic, two-piece bass and banjo persona, known as BARSTUL, supporting Nick Oliveri (Queens of the Stone Age). The confirmed dates are listed below, and as always with this band, more dates are to be announced shortly.
WEEDEATER will enter Steve Albini's Electric Audio studio in Chicago this month to being tracking their next full-length record for Southern Lord Records, due out later this year. More...
Weedeater has issued the following statement about preparing to record a new album:
"Hey yous, happy new year and all that shit! Weedeater's gonna go record with sensei Steve Albini again in Chicago this month and we're fucking elated. We're also going to play a few shows on the way there and back to showcase / road-test the new stuff. Come join us and hear some highly anticipated candidate songs for the next release, including 'The Claw of the Sloth,' and 'The Darkening...ening...ening.' OK we've said too much already, just be there goddammit. Oh yeah and for the Chicago and Newport shows we'll be supporting Nick Oliveri (QOTSA, Kyuss, Mondo G) and performing as Barstul, which is our stripped-down acoustic bass and banjo band. Here are the shows and few ticket links. See you there!"
Weedeater have the following upcoming tour dates:
01/23/10 The Triple, Richmond VA w/U.S. Christmas,
01/24/10 The Milestone, Charlotte NC w/2012 Wolves, The Asound
01/25/10 The Muse, Nashville TN
02/01/10 Double Door, Chicago IL w/Nick Oliveri - performing as Barstul (acoustic)
02/02/10 Carabar, Columbus OH FREE SHOW!!!
02/03/10 Southgate House, Newport KY w/Nick Oliveri - performing as Barstul (acoustic)
02/04/10 V Club, Huntington WV
02/05/10 The Hideaway, Johnson Ciy TN
02/06/10 Static Age, Asheville NC
Weedeater has issued the following recap of their recent tour dates:
"Hey all yous,
"It took a couple weeks to recover but Weedeater actually made it back in one piece. 70 days is a long time to tour, and we didn't have one day off for the last 39 days of that. Plus Keko was playing with a severed tendon in his pinkie. He is a fucking madman. Despite those obstacles and many others that shouldn't be mentioned, we had an amazing time. Everyone in the Down and Melvins camps were great to us and it felt like we were leaving family at the last show together. Amazing musicians, amazing people, all of you, we THANK YOU for an outstanding tour!! That was some legendary shit for sure. We'd also like to thank all of the fine folks at the shows who supported us via merch, lodging, and through any other means necessary. You are all saints and we couldn't have made it without you, so again, THANKS for everything!!
"In other news, during January Weedeater will once again be entering Steve Albini's wonderland that is Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago IL. We'll probably do a few shows on the way out and back, so stay tuned for those when they confirm. In March we'll be doing another US headlining tour; we'll have dates and such soon. We'll also be coming over to Europe next summer and hopefully the new album, 'Jason The Dragon', will be released by then, though we don't have a solid date for that yet. Lastly, we've just released the 1st ever Weedeater hood. It's simple, elegant, and it's got a fucking zipper."
One of the most comprehensive southern metal documentaries ever made is coming in 2010. Appropriately dubbed "Slow Southern Steel," the 80+ minute film is executive produced by Karim Khan (I'm Better Than Everyone Records) and directed by Rwake vocalist CT and David Lipke with the additional and integral assistance of George Hancock, Alix Petrovich and Beer Wolf guitarist Christian Sweeney (who will be releasing a paperback version of the production) among many others.
"Slow Southern Steel" peers into the world of true southern metal/doom through live footage and personal interviews; CT's devout commitment/knowledge/love of the topic at hand bringing the movie to life in a way few first-time directors can. Said CT about the laborious undertaking: "I knew there were things I could get out of these bands that other film makers could not." Added Khan, "There's just something very appealing to me about taking unyielding heavy songs and adding a strong southern element to them."
At press time, the film was still being shot and thus far, featured bands will include (in alphabetical order): A Hanging, ASG, Baron Grod, Beaten Back To Pure, Beer Wolf, Black Skies, Black Tusk, Blackblood Division, Blood Of The Sun, Collapsar, Colossus, Cough, Dark Castle, Deadbird, Dead-I-On, Dixie Witch, Doomsayer, Eyehategod, Flesh Parade, Haarp, Hawg Jaw, HOD, Hope And Suicide, Hostile Apostle, House Of Lightning, In The Lurch, Jucifer, Ketea, Khann, Kylesa, Mala Suerte, Music Hates You, Parasytic, Queen Beast, Royal Thunder, Rwake, Seahag, SeaWitch, Sourvein, Speedealer, Spickle, Suplecs, Subrig Destroyer, The Devil And The Sea, The Dumps, The Roller, The Unbeheld, Vessel Of The Divine, Weedeater, Withered and Zoroaster.
"Slow Southern Steel" will make its debut at the renowned Little Rock Film Festival in May of 2010 (www.littlerockfilmfestival.org) where many of the bands featured will be in attendance. Additional festival previews will follow.
The DVD edition is slated to be released in 2011 via fast-growing, vinyl-only (and now DVD) Chicago imprint, I'm Better Than Everyone Records.
You can check out a two-minute "Slow Southern Steel" trailer below.
Weedeater has issued the following update about changing the venue of the scheduled tour date on September 17th:
"CHANGE OF CITY / VENUE TOMORROW. We are now playing the Town Ballroom in Buffalo NY with The Melvins on Thursday Sept 17th. See you there."
Weedeater's ucpoming tour dates are as follow: More...
North Carolina's sludge metal band WEEDEATER has been confirmed as support for a full-on North American DOWN tour. The lineup changes throughout the routing; The Canadian dates feature secondary support from VOIVOD, while the bulk of the American dates feature THE MELVINS. Other opening support for the tour will be DANAVA for the first half and EVIL ARMY for the latter half of the dates.
If you'll remember, Evil Army and Weedeater also supported Down on their North American dates earlier this year.
WEEDEATER will play several shows in North Carolina and Tennessee on the way to the opening and after the closing of the tour, and will headline sporadically in chunks throughout the main tour.
WEEDEATER's latest album, "God Luck And Good Speed," was released in 2007 on Southern Lord Recordings; a deluxe double LP version just released in 2009.
Here are the latest WEEDEATER tour dates: More...