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Renowned Japanese innovators Boris and Merzbow have teamed up with Relapse for their new collaborative 2xCD/4xLP "Gensho."
Named after the Japanese word for phenomenon, "Gensho" is a unique release featuring over one-hundred-and-fifty minutes of new music spread across two CDs and four LPs (available as two separate double LP sets or a deluxe 4xLP edition).
The Boris songs are percussion-less reinventions of classic tracks from the band's storied catalog, while Merzbow's tracks are entirely new compositions. The two sets are intended to be played at the same time at varying volumes so that the listener can experience their own "gensho/phenomenon" every time. The artists also commented, "of course you can enjoy both albums as a separate work."
The droning experimentation of "Gensho" is due out worldwide this coming March 18th via Relapse Records. More...
November 5th, 2011—Day two of Fun Fun Fun Fest exemplified Texas’ extreme weather conditions. Rare rains are great for picnics, but eventually raise havoc on the land. The hottest summer in the recorded history of the United States revealed an Auditorium Shores that resembled a Western ghost town rather than the green knolls of a public park.
Dust masks and bandanas veiled the features of the day’s attendees, giving the festival an appearance part Old West and part zombie-virus film. Those in attendance deserve credit for braving such abhorrent conditions. Weather conditions are beyond the control of Fun Fun Fun’s staff, although I can’t help but think something could have been done to curb the dust problem. No matter who was to blame for Friday’s short Misfit’s set, no controversies marred Saturday’s festivities.
A death metal bludgeoning assaulted my ears upon entering the venue. I asked myself, “Why would a comedy stage play host to a death/grind band?” I peeked around the corner to see this group was Captured By Robots. The one-man-several-robots group was part Mystery Science Theater 3K and part Gwar. Eyeballs and intestines protruded from front man JBOT, who carried on silly conversations with jean-jacket clad, double-necked guitar playing robot GTRBOT666. An ensemble of a disembodied, dreadlocked drummer, DRMBOT 0110 with a macabre brass section and “Monkey Shines” percussion kicked out a hilarious mix of punk, metal, grind, Dubstep and pop covers. Two of the more memorable songs include Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” and Buster Poindexter’s “Hot Hot Hot.” More...
FUN FUN FUN Fest has announced the final lineup and set times for its sixth annual music festival, set for November 4-6 at Austin, TX's Auditorium Shores. The festival organizers have also announced the "FFF Nites" aftershow lineup, which will see a host of late night shows available free to FFFF 6 ticket holders (each based on capacity and type of ticket). The Fun Fun Fun Festival will begin on Friday, November 4 at noon CDT with the fest's multiple stages running until 9:45 pm each evening through the weekend. Each of the festival's four stages will be billed with artists from various genres.
In addition to Orange Stage headliner Slayer (moved from the "Black Stage" to accommodate a bigger stage show), FFFFest has ramped up its "Black Stage" heavy music platform again this year as genre giants The Damned, Murder City Devils, Cannibal Corpse, EyeHateGod, Boris, Russian Circles and Glenn Danzig -- performing Misfits songs with original Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein under the moniker "Danzig Legacy" -- and many more will light up the festivals darkest stage over the course of the three day event.
Danzig Legacy will share the stage next to Slayer at Fun Fun Fest 2011 held at Auditorium Shores in Austin, Texas November 4-6.
Danzig Legacy shows the original members of Samhain and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein of Misfits joining Danzig on stage for Samhain and Misfits sets. Also, Glen will perform a set of solo material.
Earth Crisis, Eyehategod, Public Enemy, Boris, The Upright Citizen's Brigade, Bane and The Damned are among the acts to participate in the festival.
Japanese stoner metal act Boris has revealed a large list of dates for its upcoming tour of North America. You can check out the full list of dates, cities and venues below.
10/07 San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Brew
10/08 San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
10/10 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
10/11 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
10/12 Seattle, WA – Neumo’s
10/15 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
10/16 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
10/17 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
10/18 Madison, WI – Majestic Theater
10/19 Chicago, IL – Metro
10/20 Oberlin, OH – Dionysus Disco /Oberlin College
10/22 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
10/23 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
10/24 Montreal, QC – Cabaret du Mile End
10/25 Boston, MA – Royale Nightclub
10/27 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
10/28 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
10/29 Washington DC – Black Cat
10/30 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
11/01 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
11/02 Orlando, FL – Firestone Live
11/03 Tallahassee, FL – The Engine Room
11/07 Oklahoma City, OK – ACM-UCO
11/10 Tempe, AZ – The Clubhouse
11/11 San Diego, CA – The Casbah
11/12 Los Angeles, CA – EL Rey
According to the band, Southern Lord Recordings will not be releasing a new album by BORIS entitled "Heavy Rocks," contrary to previous reports. Southern Lord released BORIS' "Heavy Rock Hits, Volumes 1-3" as a 7" vinyl series/and digital download in 2009, which can be ordered here.
Japan's rock experimentalists Boris have announced a new DVD to drop this January. Set for release via Southern Lord on January 18, 2011, the "Live In Japan" DVD was filmed in Tokyo at the final show of the band's 2008 Smile world tour. The DVD features a full set of eleven Boris originals captured at Daikanyama Unit, as well as three bonus videos from a set at the Shibuya Club Quattro. The track listing is as follows:
1. Flower Sun Rain
3. Laser Beam
6. Floor Shaker
8. My Neighbor Satan
9. Ka Re Ha Te Ta Sa Ki - No One's Grieve
10. You Were Holding An Umbrella
11. " "
Bonus Tracks From Shibuya Club Quattro:
12. Tokyo Wonder Land
13. A Bao A Qu
Scion and Adult Swim have come together to release a new free compilation titled "Metal Swim." The compilation features rare and unreleased tracks from Isis, Torche, Skeletonwitch, Death Angel, Red Fang and many others. The "Metal Swim" compilation is availbe for streaming and free download at this location.
Here is the "Metal Swim" tracklisting:
1. Death Angel -Truce
2. Skeletonwitch – Bringers of Death
3. Torche – Arrowhead
4. Ludicra – Path of Ash
5. Kylesa – Forsaken
6. Black Tusk – Fatal Kiss
7. Red Fang – Hank Is Dead
8. Black Cobra – Frozen Night
9. Saviours – Dixie Dieway
10. Witch Mountain – Veil of the Forgotten
11. Isis – Pliable Foe
12. Jesu – Dethroned
13. Pelican – Inch Above Sand
14. Zoroaster – Witch Hammer
15. Withered – Extinguished With the Misery
16. Boris – Luna
Helms Alee is on tour now, sharing the stage with Boris, Red Sparowes, Young Widows, Akimbo, Narrows and others between now and mid September.
The band is working on a new album (produced by Matt Bayles again) that they hope to finish by the end of the year, ready for realease in early 2011.
Here are the latest Helms Alee tour dates:
8/23 Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s w/ Boris, Red Sparowes
8/24 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre w/ Boris, Red Sparowes
8/26 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall w/ Boris, Red Sparowes
8/27 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater w/ Boris, Red Sparowes
8/28 Pomona, CA @ The Glass House w/ Boris, Red Sparowes
8/31 Albuquerque, NM @ Burt’s Tiki Lounge
9/03 Louisville, KY @ Z bar w/ Young Widows
9/04 Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st Pub w/ Young Widows
9/05 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie w/ Young Widows
9/06 Brooklyn, NY @ Cake Shop w/ Young Widows
9/07 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop w/ Young Widows
9/08 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen w/ Young Widows
9/09 Miluwaukee, WI @ The Borg Ward
9/11 Bismarck, ND @ Project Noise
9/16 Seattle, WA @ Neumo's w/ Akimbo, Narrows, The Dark
As part of the previously announced North American Boris tour this Summer, the band has confirmed an appearance as part of the ongoing Blackened Music Series, playing a one-off show alongside Torche at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York.
Taking place on Friday, August 6th, this is the only planned concert featuring both Boris and Torche, celebrating their upcoming split release together (Hydrahead/Daymare). Also on the bill will be Russian Circles, who are joining Boris on the first half of the upcoming tour.
The upcoming Boris tour dates are as follows: More...
Boris has announced a collaboration with Ian Astbury of The Cult and The Doors. The four song mini-release, simply entitled "BXI," was tracked and mixed in Tokyo in late April. "BXI" will see CD, LP, and digital release this September via Southern Lord. The release features three new original tracks, as well as a cover of The Cult's song "Rain." Art and design for the release was commissioned to Stephen O'Malley (Ideologic.org, SUNNO))), etc.).
This past weekend, Ian Astbury made an unannounced appearance with Boris at the band's performance at Sydney, Australia's Vivid LIVE appearance. The set showcased some of the material from the "BXI" EP as well as a cover of "The End" by The Doors.
The "BXI" track listing is as follows:
1. Teeth and Claws
2. We are the Witches
4. Magickal Child More...
Japan's Boris has just locked down a new North American escapade. After many previous tours to the continent, Boris will return to North America this on a tour that will last from the end of July through the month of August. Kicking off in California, the opening leg of the tour will see the band accompanied by Russian Circles as main support for the first few weeks, and by Red Sparrowes for the second leg, which also winds down in the Golden State at the end of August. The currently announced dates are as follows:
7/24/2010 The Casbah - San Diego, CA
7/25/2010 Plush - Tucson, AZ
7/27/2010 The Loft @ Palladium Ballroom - Dallas, TX w/ Russian Circles
7/28/2010 The Mohawk - Austin, TX w/ Russian Circles
7/30/2010 Spanish Moon - Baton Rouge, LA w/ Russian Circles
7/31/2010 The Engine Room - Tallahassee, FL w/ Russian Circles More...
Torche's "King Beef" music video has been posted online and can be seen below. The song is off their new split CD with Boris, which will be out soon.
Boris has posted a video teaser trailer online for the upcoming "Japanese Heavy Rock Hits Vol.3" 7" single. The video clip can be viewed below.
The second of three new Boris 7?s is available now. Volume Two, “H.M.A. - Heavy Metal Addict”, features two newly recorded tracks. On Side A is the title track “H.M.A.” and side B continues with “Black Original.” The cover features the controversial photo (ala Cold Lake era Celtic Frost) of Atsuo.
Here's a teaser for this new 7":
Boris has posted a teaser for their new "Japanese Heavy Rock Hits Vol.1," which contains "8" and "Hey Everyone." The 7" is from a series of singles the band is putting out on vinyl and digitally.
This fall marks yet another first for Boris as they release "Japanese Heavy Rock Hits," a series of 7?s showcasing their wide-reaching, genre-smashing sound. The band has been locked in the studio over last few months and, in association with Southern Lord, they are ready to bring to you their latest offerings. Over the course of the next three months, three brand new exclusive vinyl 7?s will be released.
Japanese Heavy Rock Hits Vol. 1
Side A: “8?
Side B :” Hey Everyone/???????”
Japanese Heavy Rock Hits Vol. 2
Side A: “H.M.A. - Heavy Metal Addict”
Side B: “Black Original/????”
Japanese Heavy Rock Hits Vol. 3
Side A: “16:47:52… / 16?47?52..”
Side B:” ..and Hear Nothing/?????”
The 7?s will be available individually or you can pre-order the series as a set and receive a exclusive bonus 7? (only available if you buy the set). Full details and ordering info will be up on the Southern Lord site very shortly.
Also Boris will play their only US date for 2009 tomorrow:
All Tomorrows Party NY 2009
Kutshers Country Club, Monticello (NY)
Boris to perform “feedbacker”
Curated by Flaming Lips
w/ The Flaming Lips, Boredoms, No Age, Caribou, Deerhoof with Martha Colburn
Crystal Castles, Super Furry Animals, Low Lows, Oneida
Conspiracy Records is putting together an extremely limited edition unoficial release from Boris. The material was recorded on May 9, 2008 in Prague, at Palace Akroplis. This show was part of their European tour they did with Growing as support act last summer and with Michio Kurihara on second guitar. The live recording documents Boris' "Smile" tour playlist.
The "Smile, Live In Prague" double LP on clear vinyl is expected to ship March 3 and includes a large size poster. This release is limited to 425 copies.
Atlanta hard rockers, MASTODON, have revealed a brand new song, "Divinations," from their new studio album, "CRACK THE SKYE." The single can be heard here and will be available digitally from iTunes and all other participating digital retailers.
MASTODON has also been confirmed as headliners of the Scion Rock Fest in their hometown of Atlanta, GA on Saturday, Feb 28th, at the Masquerade. Other artists confirmed to appear include Neurosis, High On Fire, Boris, Torche and many others. The event will run from Noon to midnight.
The Scion Rock Fest will take place on Saturday, February 28th at the Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia. The show will go from noon until midnight and attendees must be at least 18 years old. The line-up is as follows:
High on Fire
Wolves in the Throne Room
A Storm of Light