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Kayo Dot

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Latest Kayo Dot News

Below is our complete Kayo Dot news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Headline News

Hydra Head Records Closing Its Doors

Aaron Turner of Hydra Head Records has issued the following announcement about deciding to call it a day:

"Hydra Head Records has never been a smooth-running operation. We've spent the majority of our existence excitedly scrambling from one thing to the next, taking on more than we could ever possibly hope to achieve, and never quite finding solid footing in the midst of our self-induced whirlwind of chaos. Though not every second of doing this label has been enjoyable, it has been a very rewarding and meaningful project for me, and I hope for many of the other lives to which it has been directly connected. The fact that it has lasted close to two decades at this point is astonishing, and much has changed during that time - the lives of those directly involved with running the label, the bands and artists we've worked with, and the nature of the music industry itself. Though many of these changes have been positive, or at least illuminating, the impact of our history and current industry circumstances are culminating into a slow and somewhat painful death for the label. It certainly isn't an entirely unforeseen event, but we didn't think it would come quite so abruptly, or (perhaps naively) ever.

"The decision to pull the plug has not been an easy one, and in some ways is a not a choice at all. The simple fact of the matter is we've been running on empty for a while now and cannot afford to keep our doors open for much longer. Years of imbalance between creative ideals and financial realities, personal problems amongst the label operators, an unwillingness to compromise our aesthetic standards, a tendency towards releasing challenging (i.e. unmarketable) artists, and the steady decline of the music industry in general, are amongst the chief reasons for our inability to continue. It is a harsh but undeniable reality, and one which we are attempting to confront with as much integrity and grace as is afforded by the circumstances. More...

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Kayo Dot Announces European Headlining Tour

American progressive post-metal act Kayo Dot has revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of Europe and the United Kingdom. Support on the trek will come from Tartar Lamb II and Jeremiah Cymerman. You can view the full list of confirmed dates, cities and venues below:

01/26 Prague, CZE – K4
01/27 Warsaw, POL – Powikszenie
01/28 Wroclaw, POL – Firlej
01/29 Krakow, POL – Klub Re
01/30 Kosice, SLO – Tabacka
01/31 Zilina, SLO – Stanica
02/01 Maribor, SLV – TBA
02/02 Vienna, AUT – Rhiz
02/03 Ljubljana, SLO – Channel0
02/04 Belgrade, SER – Akademija
02/05 Zagreb, CRO – Kset
02/06 Linz, AUT – Stadtwerkstatt
02/07 Berlin, GER – TBA
02/08 Dresden, GER – Beatpol
02/09 Leipzig, GER – Cone Island
02/10 Jena, GER – Kassablanca
02/11 Hamburg, GER – TBA
02/12 Brussels, BEL – Magasin 4
02/13 Brighton, UK – TBA
02/14 Bristol, UK – TBA
02/15 London, UK – Vortex
02/16 Birmingham, UK – Hare And Hounds
02/17 Manchester, UK – Islington, Mill
02/18 TBA, UK – TBA
02/19 TBA. NET – TBA
02/20 Berlin, GER – Levee

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Kayo Dot Announces New EP, Finalizes Tour Dates

Obscure Progressive metal act Kayo Dot has revealed the final dates for its North American tour. The band are currently on the tour, which began on November 6th in Boston, in support of its latest release "Coyote."

In addition, There will be a limited release of Kayo Dot’s new Ep, titled "Stained Glass," out November 26th as part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday, with a worldwide release on January 11th, 2011 through Hydra Head Records.

Kayo Dot Tour Dates
November 6 – Boston, MA @ The Middle East Upstairs
November 7 – Purchase, NY @ SUNY Purchase Student
November 8 – Montreal, QC @ Les Katacombes
November 9 – Ottawa, ON @ Cake Dekcuf
November 10 – Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee’s
November 11 – Middletown, CT @ Eclectic House (Wesleyan University)
November 12 – Baltimore, MD @ Orion Studios
November 13 Bethlehem, PA @ Secret Art Space
November 14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Littlefield

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Hydra Head Records Offers Free MP3 Sampler

Hydra Head Records are now offering a free MP3 sampler download from their online store. The sampler, titled "Phoning It In", features an eclectic range of music and is available for a limited time only.

The track listing is as follows:
1. Oxbow + Philippe Thiphaine - "Coalking" From Songs for the French (5:46)
2. Daughters - "The First Supper" From "s/t" (3:18)
3. Bohren & Der Club Of Gore - "Unkerich" From Dolores (5:31)
4. Knut - "Calamity" From Wonder (1:43)
5. The Austerity Program - "Song 27" From Backsliders and Apostates Will Burn (4:04)
6. Pyramids With Nadja - "Another War" From Pyramids With Nadja (15:27)
7. Helms Alee - "Lionize" From Lionize/Truly 7" (2:45)
8. Hayaino Daisuki - "Ghosts of Purgatory" From The Invincible Gate Mind of the Infernal Fire Hell, or Did You Mean Hawaii Daisuki? (2:43)
9. Harvey Milk - "I Know This Is No Place For You" From A Small Turn of Human Kindness (5:07)
10. La Gritona - "Tony Alamo" From Demasiado Tonto Para Los Ninos Listos. Demasiado Listo Para Los Ninos Tontos (4:38)
11. Stephen Brodsky - "Here In Spirit" From Here's to the future (5:54)
12. Jodis - "Continents" From Secret House (7:27)
13. Nihill - "Mundus Subterreanus" From Krach (5:16)
14. Cave In - "Retina Sees Rewind" From Planets of Old (2:30)
15. Kayo Dot - "II. Whisper Ineffable" From Coyote (11:13)
16. ÿþKeelhaul - "THC for One" From Keelhaul s Triumphant Return to Obscurity (3:34)
17. Clouds - "New Bombs" From B Chuggas May Be Logging (2:08)
18. Xasthur - "UNTITLED 4/05" From 2005 Demo (7:02)
19. GridLink - "Amber Gray" From Amber Gray (1:06)
20. Greymachine - "Wasted" From Disconnected (8:43)
21. Bergraven - "Hunger" From Till Makabert Vasen (7:08)
22. Torche - "UFO" From Songs For Singles (2:01)

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Kayo Dot Begins Recording New EP "Stained Glass"

East Coast avant-garde metal band Kayo Dot has entered the studio to begin recording their new EP, entitled "Stained Glass." The EP will consist of one, long composition of the same title, featuring the lineup of Coyote plus vibraphonist Russell Greenberg (Hi-Red Center, Yarn/Wire, Hunter/Gatherer). Kayo Dot will once again be recording with Jim Fogarty at Zing Studios in Westfield, MA, the man and studio behind Kayo Dot's "Choirs of the Eye," Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue, Toby Driver's In The L..L..Library Loft, and maudlin of the Well's Bath, Leaving Your Body Map, and Part The Second. Additional recording will take place in various locations around the globe on portable 4-track cassette and antique 1/4" one-track reel-to-reel. "Stained Glass" will be released by Hydra Head later in 2010.

Kayo Dot's new album, "Coyote," will be released on April 20th via Hydra Head Records. More...

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New Kayo Dot Song For Free Download

Kayo Dot has broken the mold for their new album, "Coyote," in which they nearly leave out the guitar. "Coyote" is due April 6 on Hydra Head.

The Village Voice describes the band's latest effort:
"Coyote is a 40-minute narrative composition that swirls with cooing violins, whining trumpets, jangling xylophones, and haunting blasts of cosmic debris--easily their most cohesive, heavy-hitting and best album yet. Influenced by early '80s goth and Herbie Hancock's more psychedelic excursions, Coyote is a mini-suite that's at once punishing, sad and gloriously free."

You can download "Whisper Ineffable" and read The Village Voice's interview with frontman Toby Driver here.

Here's the tracklist for "Coyote":

I. Calonyction Girl
II. Whisper Ineffable
III. Abyss Hinge 1: Sleeping Birds Sighing In Roscolux
IV. Abyss Hinge 2: The Shrinking Armature
V. Cartogram Out Of Phase

And here are the latest Kayo Dot live dates:

2/21 @ The Stone
Toby Driver (Kayo Dot) and Charlie Looker (Extra Life) Improvised Electric Guitar Duos

3/12 @ Issue Project Room
Tartar Lamb II (featuring all members of Kayo Dot)

3/19 @ McCarren Hall
Tartar Lamb II (featuring all members of Kayo Dot)

4/10 @ Blot Spot, Binghamton NY
Kayo Dot plays "Coyote"

4/11 @ Union Pool, Brooklyn
Kayo Dot plays "Coyote"

4/12 @ Whitson Greeting Hall, SUNY Puchase
Kayo Dot plays "Coyote"

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Pelican Has Song Featured On Fox BMX Video

Pelican's song "A Delicate Sense Of Balance" from City of Echoes has been featured in a FOX BMX video in Andalucia. You can watch the video here in Episode 3.

In related band news, the "Champions Of Sound 2008" 2x7inch vinyl is available in the Hydra Head Webshop. In addition to Pelican's unreleased track, "Winds With Limbs," there are also tracks from Kayo Dot, Zozobra and Stove Bredsky.

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Kayo Dot Working On New Album

Kayo Dot has issued the following update about working on a new album:

"We are in the process of finishing up the writing and rehearsing of a new album for Hydra Head Industries, to be recorded this summer with Randall Dunn! This album will feature Toby Driver on bass guitar, Mia Matsumiya on violin and guitar (gasp!), Terran Olson on keyboards, Dan means on sax, David Bodie on percussion, and special guest Tim Byrnes on trumpet (whom you may know from Tartar Lamb, The Friendly Bears, Hazel-Rah, or Candiria). We'll be touring out to Seattle and back for the recording in June and July, premiering this new music (and also playing old material).

"We have also just completed the recording/mixing of the brand new, maudlin of the Well fan-funded reunion record (to be released for FREE online within the next couple weeks)! "We" meaning almost all the old members of MOTW (Toby Driver, Terran Olson, Sam Gutterman, Greg Massi, Josh Seipp-Williams, Jason Byron) along with Kayo Dot members Mia Matsumiya and David Bodie! So it's like a combo record of the two bands, cool!!!! Look here for the release info very soon."

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Champions Of Sound 2008 U.S. Tour Announced

Hydra Head Records has announced their second ever Champions of Sound US Tour. Originally conceived in 2003 and also featuring label staples and instrumental metal masters, Pelican, this year's trek sees avant-metal pioneers Kayo Dot, supporting their latest "Blue Lambency Downward," and Cave-In frontman Stephen Brodsky support his psychedelic rock masterpiece that is "The Black Ribbon Award." Joining the bill in major cities such as New York, Philadelphia, and Boston, are Zozobra, whose latest, "Bird of Prey," was recently released this summer.

Here are the latest Champions of Sound 2008 tour dates featuring Pelican, Kayo Dot and Steve Brodsky: More...

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Candiria Working On Rare Tracks and Remix

Candiria will be releasing a rare tracks record this year. There's currently no official release date or title yet, but the band is in the process of putting together a collection of obscure tracks, live improvisations, and more. As previously reported, the band is also in the process of putting together a Candiria remix/re-inventions record including contributions from Dalek, Kayo Dot, Dub Trio, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Dysrhythmia, Indecisions, Spylacopa and more.

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Kayo Dot Posts New Album Online For Streaming

You can stream KAYO DOT’s upcoming new album ‘Blue Lambency Downward’ can now be streamed online here. The album is set to be released on May 6th through Hydra Head Records.

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Kayo Dot Announces European Tour Dates

Kayo Dot will tour Europe in late-May and early-June. Here are the tour dates:

05/25 TBA, France w/ Gregor Samsa
05/26 Main d’Oeuvres Paris, France w/ Gregor Samsa
05/27 TBA, Switzerlandw/ Gregor Samsa
05/28 Treibhaus Luzerne, Switzerland w/ Gregor Samsa
05/29 Belvedere Namur, Belgium w/ Gregor Samsa
05/30 Dqliq Luxembourg w/ Gregor Samsa
05/31 Gleis 22 Munster, Germany w/ Gregor Samsa
06/01 TBA with Gregor Samsa TBA, Benelux w/ Gregor Samsa
06/02 Cassiopeia Berlin, Germany
06/03 Lades Kaelder Copenhagen, Denmark
06/04 Az Conni Dresden, Germany
06/05 Chateau Rouge Prague, CZ
06/06 Feierwerk Munich, Germany
06/07 Elfer Frankfurt, Germany
06/08 Worm Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Candiria Recruits Isis, DEP For Remix Album

Candiria has announced a handful of artists that will participate in their upcoming remix album, which will "include remixes by members of Candiria and other artists." The following have been revealed thus far:

Dalek
Isis
Dillinger Escape Plan
Pole
Kevin Hufnagel (Dysrhythmia)
Kayo Dot
Tim Byrnes (Friendly Bears)
Navicon Torture Technologies

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Hydra Head Records SXSW Showcase Details

Hydra Head Records will hold their SXSW showcase Friday, March 14th at Red 7 in Austin, Texas. The show starts at 7pm and the line-up is as follows:

Helms Alee
Everlovely Lightningheart
Stove Bredsky
Clouds
Dalek
Kayo Dot
Harvey Milk
Torche

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Kayo Dot Seeking Drummer and Keyboardist

KAYO DOT have posted the following update on their Myspace page:

“We’re looking for drummer and part-time keyboardist (for local shows) to play material from our upcoming record on Hydra Head! We probably won’t be performing any material from the first two albums."

"Drummers: Ideally, you should be very versatile/be able to play a variety of styles. A jazz background is strongly, strongly recommended. (This new album has a more jazzy feel and no metal this time!)"

"Keyboard players: we’re looking for analog synth players that also play a woodwind instrument! You must own and be able to play both these instruments, please! We actually already have a keyboardist in mind but he lives out of state. We’re looking for someone who might want to fill in for him for local/east coast shows once in a while, etc."

"You must live in the NYC area!"

"If this sounds like you and you’d like to play with us, please get in contact asap!”

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Kayo Dot Reveals More Album Details

Kayo Dot have announced the titles, tracks, and personnel info for their upcoming album to be released in the coming new year on Hydra Head Records. The album is called "Blue Lambency Downward" and it will include seven songs. a bonus outtake track was recorded and will be reserved for a bonus track later. The album tracklisting is as follows:

1. Blue Lambency Downward
2. Clelia Walking
3. Right Hand is the One I Want
4. The Sow Submits
5. The Awkward Windwheel
6. The Useless Ladder
7. Symmetrical Arizona

The album personnel is as follows:

Toby Driver - acoustic, electric, 12-string, baritone, and bass guitars, soprano clarinet, voice, piano, organ, gamelan instruments, analog synth, laptop mellotron
Mia Matsumiya - violin, voice

with guest musicians:

Charlie Zeleny (Behold... the Arctopus) - drumset
Skerik - tenor and baritone sax, vibraphone
Hans Teuber - soprano and bass clarinets, alto sax, flute
Dave Abramson (Diminished Men) - gamelan instruments & additional percussion
B.R.A.D. (ASVA, Master Musicians of Bukkake)- additional vocals
Randall Dunn - sound effects and synth design

The album was produced by Randall Dunn (Sunn0))), Boris, Earth, ASVA) and its release date and coinciding tour dates are set for mid-March 2008. The band will be posting audio samples sometime within the next few weeks.

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Kayo Dot Completes New Album

Kayo Dot has finished up their new album, titled "Blue Lambency Downward." Here's the final track listing:

1. Blue Lambency Downward
2. Clelia Walking
3. Right Hand is the One I Want
4. The Sow Submits
5. The Awkward Windwheel
6. The Useless Ladder
7. Symmetrical Arizona

Hydra Head Records will release the effort in March 2008. Additional information on the release can be found here.

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Ehnahre Sign With Sound Devastation Records

EHNAHRE, the new band featuring several former members of KAYO DOT, has inked a deal with Sound Devastation Records for the release of its debut album, "The Man Closing Up". The CD, which is conceptually based around the texts by Donald Justice, is tentatively due in the spring.

EHNAHRE lineup:

Ryan McGuire - Bass, Voice
John Carchia - Guitar, Voice
D.J. Murray - Guitar, Voice
Andrew Hock - Guitar, Voice
Tom Malone - Drums

Other contributors:

Forbes Graham - Trumpet
Greg Kelly - Trumpet
Greg Massi - Guitar
Noell Dorsey - Voice
Mark J Inman - Violin

For more information, including demo samples, visit the band's MySpace page.

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Kayo Dot recruits Behold...The Arctopus Drummer

Kayo Dot recently recruited drummer Charlie Zeleny of Behold...The Arctopus noteriety to handle the drums for them on their upcoming full-length. The new effort will hit stores next year through Hydra Head Records.

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Kayo Dot Signs To Hydra Head Records

Boston, MA experimental metal ensemble Kayo Dot recently inked a deal with Hydra Head Records for the release of their next album. The group plans to enter the studio in early summer and the album should be out in late 2007 or early 2008.

Additionally, guitarist Greg Massi has parted ways amicably with the group to focus on his own music in a band called baliset, which you can check out here.

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