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Exclusive Premiere: Sassparilla “All The Way In”

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When it comes to bringing the sound of Americana to life, it’s hard to top Portland, Oregon-based outfit Sassparilla. Whether you call them folk-punk or psychobilly or just rockabilly with a seriously Portland twist, Sassparilla makes modern music drenched in a vintage feel. Whatever you dub their sound, the band — Kevin Blackwell (vocals, lead guitar, national resonator guitar), father-son combo Ross Macdonald (harmonica) and Colin Macdonald (bass), Naima (vocals, accordion, washboard), Justin Burkhart (drums), and Ben Stewart (bass) –makes undeniably fun bluesy-folk rock with a punk-sensibility. Their rollicking music evokes bands like Old Crow Medicine Show, The Black Keys, The Pogues, and Mumford and Sons, and like their forebears and contemporaries, Sassparilla lends itself to dancing, whether fueled by moonshine or just a burning desire to move to the punk-tinged bluesy folk.

Their new 9-track collection of rockabilly roots-pop, “Magpie,” was released yesterday on Portland-based independent record label Fluff & Gravy Records. Accompanying the new album, the band has created a video for their song “All The Way In.” Watch it now:

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Glenn Danzig drops by Portlandia tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Glenn Danzig rocks harder than granite. In his 60 years, he’s mastered punk with The Misfits, slayed metal with the eponymous Danzig, and generally melted faces with the force of his voice. And thanks to Fred and Carrie, he’s now stopping by tonight’s brand new Portlandia so we can finally get to see what “Evil Elvis” is like when he hits the beach. To celebrate his appearance, we put together our favorite metal moments from pop culture, from the sublime to the absurd.

10. Cannibal Corpse meets Ace Ventura

Back in the ’90s,  Cannibal Corpse was just a small time band from Upstate New York, plying their death metal wares wherever they could find a crowd, when a call from Jim Carry transformed their lives. Turns out the actor was a fan, and wanted them for a cameo in his new movie, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The band had a European tour coming up, and were wary of being made fun of, so they turned it down. Thankfully, the rubber-faced In Living Color vet wouldn’t take no for an answer, proving that you don’t need to have a lot of fans, just the right ones.


9. AC/DC in Private Parts

Howard Stern’s autobiographical film, based on his book of the same name, followed his rise in the world of radio and pop culture. For a man surrounded by naked ladies and adoring fans, it’s hard to track the exact moment he made it. But rocking out with AC/DC in the middle of Central Park, as throngs of fans clamor to get a piece of you, seems like it comes pretty close. You can actually see Stern go from hit host to radio god in this clip, as “You Shook Me All Night Long” blasts in the background.


8. Judas Priest meets The Simpsons

When you want to blast a bunch of peace-loving hippies out on their asses, you’re going to need some death metal. At least, that’s what the folks at The Simpsons thought when they set up this cameo from the metal gods. Unfortunately, thanks to a hearty online backlash, the writers of the classic series were soon informed that Judas Priest, while many things, are not in fact “death metal.” This led to the most Simpson-esque apology ever. Rock on, Bartman. Rock on.


7. Anthrax on Married…With Children

What do you get when Married…with Children spoofs My Dinner With Andre, substituting the erudite playwrights for a band so metal they piss rust? Well, for starters, a lot of headbanging, property destruction and blown eardrums. And much like everything else in life, Al seems to have missed the fun.


6. Motorhead rocks out on The Young Ones

The Young Ones didn’t just premiere on BBC2 in 1982 — it kicked the doors down to a new way of doing comedy. A full-on assault on the staid state of sitcoms, the show brought a punk rock vibe to the tired format, and in the process helped jumpstart a comedy revolution. For instance, where an old sitcom would just cut from one scene to the next, The Young Ones choose to have Lemmy and his crew deliver a raw version of “Ace of Spades.” The general attitude seemed to be, you don’t like this? Well, then F— you!


5. Red and Kitty Meet Kiss on That ’70s Show

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Long before they were banished to playing arena football games, Kiss was the hottest ticket in rock. The gang from That ’70s Show got to live out every ’70s teen’s dream when they were set loose backstage at a Kiss concert, taking full advantage of groupies, ganja and hard rock.


4. Ronnie James Dio in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (NSFW, people!)

What does a young boy do when he was born to rock, and the world won’t let him? What tight compadre does he pray to for guidance and some sweet licks? If you’re a young Jables, half of “the world’s most awesome band,” you bow your head to Ronnie James Dio, aka the guy who freaking taught the world how to do the “Metal Horns.” Never before has a rock god been so literal than in this clip that turns it up to eleven.


3. Ozzy Osbourne in Trick or Treat

It’s hard to tell if Ozzy was trying his hardest here, or just didn’t give a flying f–k. What is clear is that, either way, it doesn’t really matter. Ozzy’s approach to acting seems to lean more heavily on Jack Daniels than sense memory, and yet seeing the slurry English rocker play a sex-obsessed televangelist is so ridiculous, he gets a free pass. Taking part in the cult horror Trick or Treat, Ozzy proves that he makes things better just by showing up. Because that’s exactly what he did here. Showed up. And it rocks.


2. Glenn Danzig on Portlandia

Danzig seems to be coming out of a self imposed exile these days. He just signed with a record company, and his appearance on Portlandia is reminding everyone how kick ass he truly is. Who else but “The Other Man in Black” could help Portland’s resident goths figure out what to wear to the beach? Carrie Brownstein called Danzig “amazing,” and he called Fred “a genius,” so this was a rare love fest for the progenitor of horror punk.


1. Alice Cooper in Wayne’s World

It’s surprising, sure, but for a scene that contains no music whatsoever, it’s probably the most famous metal moment in the history of film. When Alice Cooper informed Wayne and Garth that Milwaukee is actually pronounced “Milly-way-kay” back in 1992, he created one of the most famous scenes in comedy history. What’s more metal than that? Much like Wayne and Garth, we truly are not worthy.

Exclusive Premiere: Wintersleep “Nothing Is Anything (Without You)”

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In your life and your line of work, you may not need to know much about Nova Scotia’s exports. But know this: Wintersleep is one of the province’s finest products. The band has been cranking out four album’s worth of exemplary indie rock since forming in 2001 and has even reached that peculiar pinnacle of rock success, an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman. “Hello Hum” is Wintersleep’s fifth album, and the follow-up to 2010’s Canadian chart-maker “New Inheritors.” This time around, the band decided to enlist the help of Grammy-winning producer and mixer Dave Fridmann (best known as the man behind the Flaming Lips‘ albums). The results are a mix of fuzzed out songs set to staccato rhythms, soaring stadium block rockers, and stately anthems that frontman Paul Murphy tops with simple, memorable melodies.

The single, “Nothing Is Anything (Without You)” is filled with looping riffs layered atop buzzing beats that slowly builds up before hitting a brooding crescendo that sucks you in. The video, directed by Chris Mills, shows a slightly sillier side of the indie rock band. “This is a bit of a whacky video for us,” Wintersleep’s singer Paul Murphy said. “Chris Mills sent a few different threads of ideas for this ranging from pretty literal vids that presented something more based on the lyrics to some pretty absurdly silly ones. In the end we decided to just have fun with it and went with a bit more of a quirky treatment. All really big fans of animated vids and Chris’s animations particularly.. And i say Silly but this also has something sort of pure and playful raw and innocent about it feel wise. I think that is what connects it to the track.”

Watch Wintersleep “Nothing Is Anything (Without You)”:

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Tour Dates:

October 29 Great Scott Boston, MA
October 30 Knitting Factory Brooklyn, NY
November 1 DC9 Washington, DC
November 3 The Pyramid Scheme Grand Rapids, MI
November 4 Empty Bottle Chicago, IL
November 5 7th Street Entry Minneapolis, MN
November 15 Columbia City Theater Seattle, WA
November 16 Doug Fir Lounge Portland, OR
November 18 The New Parish Oakland, CA
November 20 The Echo Los Angeles, CA

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Exclusive premiere: The Lost Brothers “Blue Moon In September”

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The Lost Brothers, sail away under a blue moon to New York this week where they are playing their Ireland-by-way-of-Nashville brand of “cosmic swamp” folk ditties. The Liverpool based duo, Oisin Leech and Mark McCausland, met Raconteur Brendan Benson last year and what was initially an invite to “record a song or two” with him in Nashville, suddenly turned into the making of a whole record.

“There was a great spirit of friendship and creativity in the studio,” the Lost Brothers said. “Ideas would be flying high about how to record the next song and we would grab at them like crazed pirates racing towards some finish line.”

The video for this high seas lullaby was created by artist Gavin Wood in Liverpool, using hand crafted props and puppetry.

 

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The Lost Brothers’ album, “The Passing of The Night,” is out on Benson’s Readymade label now. They are currently on tour with Glen Hansard and still have a CMJ date, Oct 20th, at the Irish Arts Centre in NYC.

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