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Rise Above Records just released this music video for Uncle Acid’s recent single, “Runaway Girls” and, as usual, it it rocks with lots of fantastic 60’s & 70’s biker movie clips from the great drive-in directors of days past. Video directed by Marc Morris.

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UNCLE ACID AND THE DEADBEATS
North American Tour Dates:

9/24: Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
9/25: Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
9/26: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
9/27: Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
9/28: Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
9/30: Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
10/1: Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
10/3: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
10/4: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
10/6: Seattle, WA @ Neumos
10/7: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw
10/8: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
10/10: San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
10/11: Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theater
10/12: Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theater

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Richmond, Virginia’s WINDHAND shine at Roadburn Festival 2014, in this bootleg audio of the doom gods’ full set. Regular readers will know that I had my ticket and was very excited about going, but just couldn’t raise the funds for airfare, so I had to sell my ticket to a friend. Yet, hearing this makes me feel just a little bit closer to what must have been a very special and unforgettable evening. Thanks to Hard & Heavy Old for the upload!

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My phone interview with Nial McGaughey, founder and CEO of Hovercraft Amplifiers in Portland, Oregon. Nial tells us the history of his unique and much sought after amplifiers, how they’re made, and what they do when put to the test. Speaking of which, the first annual Hoverfest takes place August 23rd, 2014 in N. Portland — an event that Nial also addresses in this conversation with Doomed & Stoned.

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Electric Wizard now streaming “SadioWitch” from their new album, ‘Time To Die’ (out 9/28 on Spinefarm Records). The music video for this particular song is due out in a matter of weeks. Not everyone is digging the new stuff, but I’m happy with any new Wizard material!  As with the previous single, it rewards repeated listens. 

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ADRIFT is the Band to Watch!

Hailing from Madrid, Spain, this is the band you want to keep an eye on (ok, there are many, but this one, especially!). ADRIFT describe their art as “experimental metal” and I must admit that labels become a bit meaningless when trying to describe them. They fall within the range of High on Fire and Mastodon, defying precise classification. That’s ok, because with a sound as clear and as focused as this, filmed and recorded beautifully by Producciones Ferrara at Manor Tower in Northern Spain, all you need to do is give ear and eye and enjoy. The Goate is well pleased.
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It’s beyond words, mate. I’m in love with the new single by UK occult doomers MOSS. Right now, you can pre-order the October 31st 10” for Carmilla (Marcilla)/Spectral Visions (2014). There are like 500 total vinyl copies and I imagine given the band’s stature, they’ll go fast. Just sucks that the shipping is almost as much as the cost of the LP for this Oregon goat, so I may miss out this go around, but if you get it, send me a pic! I’d love a look-see.

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Pick Of The Week: LIMESTONE WHALE

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There seems to be an unusually large amount of bands showing up with that retro 70’s-inspired psychedelic rock sound. I’m not necessarily saying that’s a bad thing, but it makes it more difficult to discover the bands that aren’t only good, but have that something special about them.  Keeping that in mind, I absorbed all the music I could until I came across German newcomers Limestone Whale.  This year, the classic doom and stoner rock three-piece came out with their debut, a self-titled EP that taps the best of the 70’s, while playing to amaze with a flavor all of their own—evident in the way these four tracks flow consistently, one into the other. 

The first song, “The Wizard” is probably my favorite from the EP, with an old-school psychedelic rock theme that is coated in blues. Clement Hoffer has a powerful voice that demands attention. At almost six and a half minutes, this song captures the heart and soul of Limestone Whale –catchy riffs with plenty of groove, driven by a strong emotional undercurrent.

The next two songs, “Magic Water” and “White Flat,” get progressively darker. Guitarist Ryan Kiss serves up one fat doom riff after another, with the support of Hoffer, who also plays bass, and Marco Simmich on drums. The record ends with “Acid Entrance,” which is obviously heavier on the psychedelic side—an instrumental track with some “wowing” pedal effects—making it the perfect to seal the deal on this EP.  I like the way one fan review puts it: “It’s like Sabbath took peyote and got lost in the desert with Kyuss” (Harry Harrison).

I found myself listening to Limestone Whale’s debut several times in a row. At just under 25 minutes, the EP makes for a nice one-sit listen…but for me it is only a tease. Sometimes Limestone Whale sound a bit like a jam band, which could be good or bad depending on personal tastes, but regardless this is a high quality release from a brand new band that I’m very excited about and have great anticipation for their future. I highly recommend it to fans of bright, melodic rock bands like Kadavar.

-Melissa-

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YourDailyFiX: THE BLACK MIRRORS

In a distant fury, the divine.
Clarifying our actions through fire, she showed us the way.
In the blaze, a mirror…
I saw myself wearing the mask I inflict on others

Hailing from Belgium, the stoner-blues foursome will remind you at times of Blues Pills, Crobot, and Deap Vally. The Black Mirrors debut EP was a great way to start my Monday and I hope you dig, as well. If you’re in Belgium this Wednesday (8/20) you can catch them at Cafee Cabron.

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Portland Progressive Sludge Metal Trio MURSA Release Debut LP

You may recognize the name MURSA from our mammoth 70-band compilation, ‘Doomed & Stoned in Portland’ (still available). This weekend, the eclectic progressive metal trio birthed their first full-length album, titled ‘MRSA’ (2014)—which has nothing to do with “Mrs. A” and everything to do with “methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus,” an infection that looks innocent at first, but gets progressively (and grotesquely) worse. Using this as a metaphor brings about some exciting songwriting, particularly in tracks such as “Eve of the Goat/Day of the Goat” (my personal fav, for obvious and completely biased reasons). Give it a spin and if you dig it, support the band & local music!

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D&S Interviews: BLACKWITCH PUDDING!

imageThis is BillyGoat with Doomed & Stoned and I am with Space Wizard of Blackwitch Pudding, hailing from Portland, Oregon.  Welcome! 

Yeah, what’s up?

I decided tonight that I’m going to pretend to be a music journalist, and I guess there are these 5 “W’s” I’m supposed to ask: Who, What, Where, When, and Why.  Let’s start with the first one: Who are you? 

I’m a time travelling wizard from outer space, man!

Well, I’ll be God damned. Is that for real? 

Yeah, it’s real. The real deal.  I used time travel today!

And what about the other members of Blackwitch Pudding, who are they? 

All sorts of wizards.

Damn. 

We’ve also got Lizard Wizard and Wizard Wizard!

I hear this rumor that you guys are 600 years old.  What is that all about?  

You nailed it, we’ve been around for a loooong time. We lurched out of our mother’s nasty pit, if you will…..ya know, back the ages of the dark days, my man. We just want to rule the world.

That’s awesome!  Maybe I’ll get to have just a wee bit of the glory when you guys become Rulers of the World.  You are often described as “cheeky,” as you inject a lot of humor into your act and art.  That leads me to my second question: what makes you laugh? 

Oh man, that’s a wild one. Well, it’s the hilarity of it all. It’s funny in general.  This stoner rock metal music industry is just a funny one and there’s a lot of people that take it REALLY seriously and we just stride through with a smile on our faces and we don’t try to lock on to any one type of emotion, it’s just a wild time and a wild ride.

Right on.  So the music industry is kind of funny, in an ironic sort of way? 

What makes me laugh is these situations where someone comes up to us and they say “Wow these guys take their craft so seriously” and yeah we do, but we never meant it to be a joke, but it is a joke. But it’s a serious joke. As far as people that make me laugh in day to day living, well the other wizards obviously.  We’ll crack up over anything, especially when you’re totally baked outta your mind (laughs). There’s a lot of shit that’s funny!

Recently, you guys debuted two tracks from the new EP, ‘Covered in Pudding, Vol. 1’ (2014), the follow-up to your debut, ‘Taste The Pudding’ (2013).  I listened to “Toke’n Man” from the new record and thought it was incredible.  

Right on man, I’m glad you like it.

Ok, so it’s ‘Volume One.” When can we expect ‘Volume Two’?  Is there anything in the works? 

Oh yeah. It’s not just in the works, but it’s about ready to record.

Great news!  Ok, time for a fourth question in my music journalist experiment: Where are you most looking forward to performing in the months ahead? I assume that you guys are supercharged and ready to get the heck out of Dodge?

Absolutely.  We’re really looking forward to playing the upcoming release show, that’s gonna be awesome. We’re gonna be out to fuck everyone’s brains! Beyond that, we’re looking forward to January, that’s our time to tour and that is in the works right now. We’re gonna be conjuring up our cosmic cousins from the west coast and beyond.

Can you reveal anything about these cosmic cousins yet or is it too early for that? 

This year in January, we hit the road for four weeks and we met a lot of really cool people and it was too good of a time to not do it again. As wizards do, we’re gonna wander. And we’re gonna smoke all the fucking herb the world has to give us.

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Hell yeah! Alright, you’ve answered a “Who,” a “What,” a “Where,” and a “When.” 

You want a “Why,” don’t you? 

Everyone wants to know why!  So I’m gonna leave that open-ended. 

Well, the “why” is complicated in excellence. In reality, why not?  People pretty much beg for it. People want something new. They see the guy in T-shirt and jeans and he says “I’m up here, I’m gonna play some killer fucking music.” And it’s been done, it’s been happening a million times. And we’re saying thanks to all those dudes, for writing a song about a bad-ass wizard. See, everyone’s written a song about a bad-ass wizard. So the why is, why write a song about a bad-ass wizard? How about songs BY bad-ass wizards?!

Alright, I’m going to make it short and sweet tonight, because I know the life of a freelance wizard is very busy  Thanks for taking the time to share with the Doomed & Stoned readers!  

I love it man. You rule, buddy!

Thank you—and thanks for being a part of the compilation we recently released, ‘Doomed & Stoned in Portland’ (2014). 

Oh yeah dude, awesome comp.  Everyone is digging it!

Oh good!  Well, I hope to see you at a show in the Rose City sometime soon! 

See ya dude.  Shred the universe!!!

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