Quick Hits & Clips: Rise Against, War Child "Heroes," Black Lips, Javelina, Breathe Carolina

posted February 4, 2009

  • Rise Against has recently released a behind-the-scenes look into the making of the video for their hit single, "Audience of One." The three-minute clip tells the story of how a miniature play world controlled by a young boy was turned into a video for the song. Included in the piece are interviews from the band along with director Brett Simon (The Killers, Unwritten Law). Appeal To Reason featuring "Audience of One" is available in stores now.
  • Astralwerks is releasing "Heroes" on February 24th, a unique album of cover versions by artists such as The Kooks, Lily Allen, Duffy, Hot Chip, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio and more conceived to benefit War Child, an award-winning humanitarian organization that provides relief to children in some of the worst war-ravaged parts of the globe.
  • The Black Lips recent expedition to India was marked by a series of fairly seismic culture shocks. Everything from bottle-throwing fans at a gig in Pune, to livid show promoters in Chennai, all in response to a bunch of full-frontal punk rock provocateurs from Atlanta. For those that still haven't heard the story, the band was booked to play on India's equivalent of American Idol, The "Campus Rock Idol" Tour, a big-ticket televised series with large corporate sponsors. Last Saturday, in Chennai, the band entertained the crowd with what stateside fans would consider a typically raucous Black Lips show, replete with intra-band lip locking, and Cole de-pantsing, mooning the crowd, and attempting to play his six-string with, well, his privates. Barely okay in America, definitely NOT okay in India, the band was subsequently chased out of the country and the sponsors pulled the plug, effectively canceling the rest of the tour and the television season. The events have caused an international wave of news coverage, rounded out by everything from defensive "It's only rock n roll" stories to meatier pieces that tease out the more nuanced concepts at play here, namely artistic freedom versus cultural respect. Over the coming weeks, VBS will be running a series entitled "The Black Lips in India," which faithfully documents the band's turbulent experience before and after the Chennai gig, their escape to King Khan's pad in Berlin, and beyond. The (100% NSFW!) trailer for the series is now available on VBS.tv.
  • Philadelphia's Javelina (pronounced "ha-va-'lE-na") are preparing their sophomore release for Translation Loss Records and will hit Chicago this March to spend a week with Sanford Parker at Volume Studios (Pelican, Rwake, Nachtmystium, Minsk) and will be mastered by Mick Mullin at Super 8 Studios (Intronaut, Mastodon, Fight Amp). The band will be recording nine original tunes for their Translation Loss follow up to 2008's self-titled release along with a Buzzv*en cover that will be featured on a upcoming tribute record. Some song titles include "You're Going to Hate This," "Towers of Silence," "The Black Blizzard" and "Stepchild." Expect a late summer - early fall release on both CD/vinyl formats.
  • Breathe Carolina has released its debut video for the song "Diamonds" which is taken from the duo's debut album, "It's Classy, Not Classic." Be sure to check them out on this year's Take Action Tour also featuring Cute Is What We Aim For, Meg & Dia, Every Avenue and Anarbor. "It's Classy, Not Classic" is in stores now and available through Rise Records.