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Dale also recently announced that he's begun a project called Broken Bat along with Ty Segall and Steven McDonald of OFF!/Redd Kross. They've got a BandCamp page set up with a clip of the song Take My Medicine.
Mind-fuckery abounds in this split 7" from Dale Crover and Qui. Dale Crover is a man who needs no introduction. In his 30+ years as drummer of the Melvins (and also occasionally, Nirvana), Crover has influenced us here at Joyful Noise more than any other single human being. And it's a perfect fit to his new song to be coupled with our friends Qui. Both tracks are incredible examples of the imaginative antics these folks are known for. The release is limited to 500 hand-numbered copies on red & yellow split color vinyl, as well as non-limited black vinyl. Release Date: August 28, 2015.
A new limited edition book about the Stoner Witch album has just been published by Karma Books, written by Bob Nickas & Ted O'Sullivan. Only 500 were printed so head over to the Karma website to order one soon. "A book-length conversation about the Melvins and the album Stoner Witch, side-by-side, track-by-track.126 pages, over 30 illustrations. An album that "sounds as inventive and scary, as heavy and evocative as it did twenty years ago. It has lasted the test of time ... and always will." UPDATE: Stoner Witch book release party happening tomorrow (June 29th) at KARMA (39 Great Jones Street) 1pm-230pm. Bob and Ted will be signing copies of the book and The MELVINS will be there as well hanging out and playing a short set!
Poster art by Jeff LaChance
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The CD/Digital version of The Bulls & The Bees + Electroretard reissue is now available from your preferred retail outlets. The vinyl of this release should be available a few months from now, as you've probably heard there are lots of delays at vinyl pressing plants with the increased demand in the format.
The band also announced some more U.S. tour dates for later this summer and the beginnings of a stint of European tour dates later this fall. Check out the new dates below or the full list of 2015 tour dates at the usual space. Their tour begins in just a few days in Tucson, AZ so make sure you get your tickets and Cracker Barrel gift cards ready!
Aug 26 2015 - Pappy and Harriets Pioneertown Palace - Pioneertown, CA
Aug 27 2015 - Casbah - San Diego, CA
Aug 28 2015 - The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA
Aug 29 2015 - The Sayers Club - Las Vegas, NV
Aug 30 2015 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 01 2015 - Neurolux - Boise, ID
Sep 03 2015 - The Bartlett - Spokane, WA
Sep 05 2015 - Venue - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Sep 06 2015 - Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot Festival
Sep 07 2015 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR
Sep 09 2015 - Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA
Sep 15/16 2015 - Tilburg, The Netherlands - Midi Theater - Incubate Festival
Sep 18 2015 - Angers, France - Le Chabada (Levitation France Festival)
Sep 19 2015 - Paris, France - Le Bataclan
Le Butcherettes were joined by King Buzzo on the track "We No Owe". Buzz contributed some background yowls and foreground guitar screeching. The Chaos As Usual tour fires up in days!! From Melvins / Le Butcherettes "Chaos As Usual" - tour 10" Check out a stream of the song on the Amphetamine Reptile Records Facebook page!
Poster art by Craig Horky
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AmRep announced that they'll be releasing Chaos as Usual, a Melvins and Le Butcherettes split 10"/CD in time for their summer tour. This release features Jeff Pinkus on bass and they just posted the track "Captain Comedown" from it for your streaming pleasure! Rumor has it the 10" may not be ready in time for the beginning of the tour, but the CD's will and the 10" will definitely be there in time for BASH 15 at Grumpy's in the All-American city of Minneapolis. AmRep is also working on another run of 50 of the Bride Screamed Murder art editions, and they also have an empty box to put all your Sugar Daddy splits in!
Trevor Dunn posted a few photos recently hinting at more Melvins Lite material being recorded!
Dale appeared on the Trap Set podcast recently to talk about drumming and life in general, great listen!
If you're in the market for a new Melvins shirt, look no further than Brian Walsby and Bifocal Media's new parody of Love's "Forever Changes" album art. It features Buzz, Dale, Jared, Coady, Trevor, and Pinkus!
The band recently announced they'll be playing two nights at the Incubate Fest in Tilburg (The Netherlands) - "1 band, 2 nights: During Incubate 2015, The Melvins will perform two unique shows under the denominator 'Two nights with The Melvins' on Tuesday September 15 and Wednesday September 16 in Midi Tilburg."
Rolling Stone recently shared avid baseball fan Buzz's preview of Los Angeles Dodgers: "Money doesn't buy championships; there's too many millionaire cancers on the team right now." - Buzz
Buzz & Tom Hazelmeyer of Amphetamine Reptile Records were recently interviewed by Death or Glory
Poster art by HAZE XXL
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The Melvins will be returning to the road with the continuation of their Hold It In tour, kicking off June 6 in Tucson, AZ. The tour announcement comes as Ipecac Recordings confirms the June 2nd reissue of the Melvins' 2012 release The Bulls & The Bees and their 2001 release Electroretard all in one package. That June 2nd date will be the CD release, the vinyl will also be coming out through Ipecac on a 2015 date yet to be determined. Buzz, Dale and Jeff Pinkus will be the touring line-up for this run of dates with labelmates Le Butcherettes opening. Le Butcherettes had joined the Melvins on the first leg of the Hold It In tour last year. Void Manes will also be appearing at some dates, those are still to be confirmed. Tickets for all shows, with the exception of the Amnesia Rockfest, which is already on-sale, are available this Friday, March 13 at 10 a.m. local time, check out the dates below! The band was also recently featured on Last Call w/ Carson Daly performing Bride of Crankenstein and The Water Glass, read more to check out the video clips at the end of this article!
(photo credit: Mat Hayward)
AmRep will be releasing the final two installments of the Clown 7" series that they've been doing with tribute songs from Everybody Loves Sausages along with b-sides from those sessions. These will be tributes to The Jam and Throbbing Gristle. The Throbbing Gristle tribute will also include a 7" flexi disc with a third track on it! They were both pressed in a splatter and tri-color vinyl, the tri-color being the more rare variant and is being held for live events exclusively. The first batch should go up for sale on shoxop.com on Monday 3/16 at 2PM Central time. UPDATE: There was a bit of a snafu on AmRep's shopping site so these will be posted again for sale on Tuesday 3/17 at 6PM Central. More will be available during the upcoming tour this summer, so if you miss the online sale you'll have more opportunities later on.
June 6 Tucson, AZ Club Congress
June 7 El Paso, TX Lowbrow Palace
June 9 San Antonio, TX Korova
June 10 Austin, TX The Mohawk
June 11 Dallas, TX Trees
June 12 Norman, OK Opolis
June 14 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck
June 15 St. Louis, MO The Firebird
June 16 Grand Rapids, MI The Pyramid Scheme
June 17 Detroit, MI Shelter
June 18 Columbus, OH A&R Music Bar
June 18 to 21 Montebello, QC Amnesia Rockfest
June 22 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall
June 23 London, ON Call The Office
June 25 Cleveland, OH The Grog Shop
June 26 Syracuse, NY The Westcott Theater
June 27 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
June 28 Hamden, CT The Ballroom at the Outer Space
June 29 New York, NY Santos Party House
June 30 New York, NY Santos Party House
July 1 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
July 2 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
July 3 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
July 5 Nashville, TN Exit In
July 6 Louisville, KY Mercury Ballroom
July 7 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue Theatre
July 8 Chicago, IL Double Door
July 9 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
July 10 Rock Island, IL RIBCO
July 11 Minneapolis, MN Grumpy’s
July 12 Fargo, ND The Aquarium
July 13 Sioux Falls, SD The District
July 14 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
July 16 Ft. Collins, CO Aggie Theatre
July 17 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
July 18 Taos, NM Taos Mesa Brewing
July 19 Albuquerque, NM The Launchpad
July 21 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
There's news on the Altamont front as well! Valley King Records as you know released Altamont's first two full length's on picture discs last year have put up for pre-order a vinyl picture disc of their third album The Monkees' Uncle. It's been remastered by Dale and Toshi, with new artwork by Alan Forbes and this was never on vinyl before so definitely worth getting your hands on! In more Altamont news they've also just set up a web shop at merchaye-revolve.com/altamont with some new t-shirt designs along with a limited edition bundle which includes all of the recent vinyl releases.
Dale played drums on an album with Conan Neutron entitled The Enemy Of Everyone, check out their BandCamp page for all the info on the release! It was recorded that Melvins HQ "Sound of Sirens" and Toshi Kasai produced/engineered the album.
Dale was also recently interviewed by OCWeekly in which he speaks about what a finely oiled machine the Melvins are. - "There are various different projects we're working on, including something we started 15 years ago that we never finished. But I want to make sure that it happens before I start talking about it." - Dale
What Dale was referring to in that interview quote was the hopeful completion of the Mike & the Melvins project that they had put on hold so many years ago. Mike, of course is Mike Kunka of godheadSilo, Enemymine, Dead Low Tide, Smoke & Smoke fame. Fans have been pining for this to be released for a long time, and with this post from the Melvins facebook page it looks like they're pretty confident it's going to finally come to fruition!
Coady posted a photo of an upcoming Hew Time 7" release on his Instagram feed, they look amazing and no doubt will sound pretty great too!
The A.V. Club posted a fun/nostalgic article: In 1993, Melvins knocked Primus back into the cheesy seas
Buzz is a known dog lover and he was recently featured on Dogster.com! "If you sit on the couch at our house, then you immediately have a dog sitting next to you. I love that, and as a result I’ve become used to being perpetually covered in dog hair. The drummer in Napalm Death pointed this out to me like it was a bad thing. I’ve tried to ignore that comment." - Buzz
Things are going well with the Kickstarter campaign for the Melvins documentary being worked on by the fine folks at melvinsmovie.com but they need a little more help as their campaign deadline approaches, check out the video above and allow yourself to be convinced to chip in! While we're on the subject of lending them a hand, they're also looking for video footage from the 80's of the band to include in the documentary, so if you have any please contact them through their website!
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Great news, you now have the opportunity to help the highly anticipated documentary The Colossus Of Destiny - A Melvins Tale come to fruition! They're offering tons of great rewards for supporting their Kickstarter, and I can tell you that the folks behind this thing are huge Melvins fans, are incredibly dedicated to this project, and that it's going to be a proper testament to the amazing career that Buzz and Dale along with their collaborators have put together. Check out the details below or at melvinsmovie.com, and please visit their Kickstarter to back the project!
"How comes no one has ever made a film about The Melvins?"
Well, no one has ever tried or thought it even possible.....until now that is. The Colossus Of Destiny - A Melvins Tale is a film about a band who have defied all the rules, for over 32 years and counting, and still managed to succeed and do it their own way. The journey of band members King Buzzo and Dale Crover leads us from the backwards-waters of the Chehalis River in Washington State, down through the Golden Gate of Northern California, and finally settling into the Los Angeles River Basin of Southern California. With the rest of the world thrown in along the way. You will witness first hand the beliefs and attitudes, values and obscenities, slows and fasts, triumphs and toils, loves and hates, wits and giggles of a hugely talented and influential band. And you will also come away with a lesson in how to survive in the wicked world of the music biz without taking yourself too damn seriously.
Hear what the countless number of peers, collaborators, understudies, admirers, even haters, have to say about their encounters with The Melvins over the past 3 decades and more in our exclusive interviews. And get to feast your eyes on a huge collection of never before seen Live Footage, Photos, Art, Animation and Extracurricular Activities of The Melvins.
About The Funding
The filmmakers are asking you for help with the funding process to finish this project they both individually started and self-funded over the last 5 years or so, and collectively worked on together the past 13 months. 95% of the filming process has been done over this time. But the major financial tasks at hand are now upon them with costs for - Editing....and the momentous Caffeine Consumption that goes with it - Animation - Picture Quality Mixing - Sound Mixing....in Dobly of course - Music and Video and Image Licensing/Bribery - And a few more really interesting interviews that need to happen.
The final goal is to bring you the best looking and sounding film that is possible to go along with the already amazing story that is in position. The figure of $75,000 is what we feel is the minimum amount we need to achieve that goal. All of the funds made available to us will be spent solely on the production costs of the film making process.
* Please note that this funding process is of the filmmakers doing and nothing to do with the band.
The Rewards on offer are exclusive to this Kickstarter project.
They include: specially donated artwork by our good friends Haze XXL, Brian Walsby, Arik Roper, Skinner and the fabulous Mackie Osbourne. Live recordings donated by Vinny Palese. Production help by Revolve Merchandise. And extra special one of a kind products and experiences with the help of the band members themselves.
It is hoped that there is something for everyone in all different price brackets. And the filmmakers are hugely grateful in any help that you can provide to make this project be completed.
Poster Art by Skinner
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Buzz & Dale played an in-store date on Jan. 4th at Permanent Records in Los Angeles, so many people showed up that they actually decided to play two sets to accommodate the overflowing crowd! At the show they released the brand spanking new limited Art edition of Bride Screamed Murder which was limited to 100 copies and sold out quickly between the show and online sales through the AmRep shop, though rumor has it there is another edition of 50 in the works for later this year. These are amazing pieces of art, check out the details on it along with some clips from the show below.
From AmRep: There's an unbelievable amount of printing methods on this one set. Starting off with the cover that has a hand-printed HAZE XXL linocut print on paper with torn edges & methodically glued to the front with rubber stamped text. Next up on the gatefold are a pair of silk screened crow prints also designed by Haze. Now we get to the back of the sleeve with a letterpressed print by Mackie Osborne that's shows the edition number plus a rubber stamped Amphetamine Reptile logo.
But there's more, how does two hand-printed HAZE XXL relief cuts on the b-side to each record sound? That's right, you get 2 x 12"- one-sided records (A & B-sides of "The Bride Screamed Murder"), each hand-printed relief cuts on the blank b-sides of each Coke bottle green clear vinyl. Of course this is still a record set so all the songs from the original Melvins record are on there as well.
We haven't done the math, but we're guessing at this price we'll be likely making below minimum wage per hour when you add up all the carving, printing, stamping, glueing and packing!
While on the topic of AmRep releases, the final piece of the Sugar Daddy split series puzzle will be up for sale on their site within the next couple weeks. This split is with Karp and includes Bacon Industry and Rowdy. It's been a long ride, the series has been trickling out since 2012! Keep an eye on the AmRep Facebook page for all on-sale announcements.
Update 2/13: The band is doing a Friday the 13th sale for the next 13 days. A number of their shirts are on sale for only $13! Check out their store at merchaye-revolve.com/the-melvins
Joyful Noise announced that an unreleased track from Buzz will be a part of their monthly 2015 Flexi Disc Series along with Lee Ranaldo and a host of other bands. You might remember that a Melvins track was a part of their 2013 flexi series.
Speaking of Joyful Noise, they released a highly limited Lathe-Cut Flexi of a Brothers Collateral track with Buzz on vocals last spring. The song is now available to stream: J.R. Richard. Jarred Warren's vocals also appear on an interpretation of the UFO song "Love To Love". The album artwork alone makes it worth the purchase.
- This album was recorded and produced by the nimble fingers and sharp tongue of the brilliant and handsome Toshi Kasai. The dudes in Brothers Collateral were also able to keep King Buzzo of (the) Melvins off tour for long enough to record vocals for their song "J.R. Richard". The next time you see him give him $5 for a real life "King Buzzo Sentence"!
MTVIggy has a great interview with Buzz where he discusses his top 5 film scores, it's a great list!
Gearphoria featured Buzz in their most recent magazine where he details his road gear setup.
You can now stream the Melvins/Hard-Ons split 7" through the We Empty Rooms bandcamp site. Rumor has it this 7" will be released sometime later this year for those of you that might have missed out on a chance to order it!