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The Sky Drops - "Making Mountains" cover

A few more details on the 2011 Spring tour for The Sky Drops. Get more details and linkage at the band’s tour page on their website.

Also, Custom Made Music now has all arrangements for purchase of the limited edition 12″ vinyl up on their website along with the label’s review of the release.

The following are shows that The Sky Drops will be playing in addition to the other dates listed in the Falling For The Sky Drops article a little below this one.

Wednesday 4 May 2011 – Cause Spirits and Soundbar
The Sky Drops with Magic Castles, Mojo Pinup, Chatham Rise
3001 Lyndale S
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Thursday 5 May 2011 – Scary Lady Sarah Presents @ SHIMMER at Late Bar
The Sky Drops
3534 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

Friday 6 May 2011 – The Comet
The Sky Drops with Fists of Love
4579 Hamilton Avenue, Northside
Cincinnati, OH 45223
513.541.8900

“We have a tentative for Houston on April 28th

We are still looking for:
Baton Rouge or New Orleans on April 27th
Des Moines or Omaha on May 3rd
Pittsburgh or Cleveland or Morgantown on May 7th”

Keep checking in with The Sky Drops’ website and the Custom Made Music site for further details and the most up to the minute tour details.

The Sky Drops
Custom Made Music

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Bloody Knives 2011 Touring Info

This just in!

Updated tour dates for Austin’s Bloody Knives. Includes some great bands whom they will be sharing the stage with.

Be sure to get out to see Bloody Knives if at all possible!

March 30th-TBA
April 1st-TBA
April 2nd-Auburn, Alabama at The Independent
April 3rd-Baton Rouge, LA at HTGT Thrift

w/Love Culture
April 28th Houston*****
April 29th Austin
April 30th Dallas or San Antonio

w/Sunshine Factory
June 1st San Antonio
June 2nd Houston
June 3rd Dallas at Good Records
June 3rd Dallas (Night Show)
June 4th Austin Tx Killredrocketrecords Summer Pool Party!!!! at the Metropolis Apartments.

w/Boys Beware
July 13 TBD (Norman OK)
July 14 TBD (Springfield MO)
July 15 TBD (Lawrence, KS)
July 16 Wichita KS at ICT Fest

Bloody Knives
KillRedRockets Records

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The Sky Drops

Wilmington, Delaware is home to a charming dreamy couple of Shoegazers who call themselves
The Sky Drops. The Sky Drops are Rob Montejo and Monika Bullette. You may remember Rob from the area’s former Shoegaze band who had made a name for themselves worldwide, Smashing Orange. Smashing Orange are no more and Rob has teamed up with Monika to carry on his own blend of dreamy laced Shoegaze with a side of grungy rock for a bit of a kick. Monika has previously sang and played drums for the bands Nero and Licorice Roots. Between the two, you’ll find that they make all of the noise that’s needed. Monika plays drums and sings while Rob does his thing on guitar and vocals.

The following is a video of their song “Hang On” from the band’s debut EP, Clouds Of People.

The Sky Drops put out their first release in 2006 with an EP called Clouds Of People on Fridabear Records. The EP was strong enough to garner them worldwide attention and praise. Eventually, The Sky Drops put out a full length album in August of 2009 called Bourgeois Beat again earning them respect amongst the Dream and Shoegaze set around the world.

Set for a March 29, 2011 release is a new EP called Making Mountains which will be released on Custom Made Music. This will be released as a beautiful 12″ LP with a gorgeous silk screened cover. The album is limited to 100 copies, each being hand numbered. It will only be available either at their live shows or through Custom Made Music. If you order from the label, they will be $10 US or $20 internationally which includes all shipping fees. They are bound to go fast so don’t sit on these! Pre-order today for a March 29th mailing. You can send your payment using Paypal to custommademusic@gmail.com to ensure you reserve yourself a copy.

The track listing is as follows:
(Not necessarily in this order.)

Cut That Corner
Explain It To Me
Out The Window
Keeper
Together-ing

The Sky Drops - "Making Mountains" 12" vinyl cover

Also, if you are in any of these areas, you can catch The Sky Drops live at these following locations. They always put on a pleasant set so do try to make it out if you can.

The Sky Drops Spring Tour 2011:

Plaza del Sol
w/ Digging Up V & Middles
Saturday 26 March 2011
Norfolk, Virginia

Bruar Falls
w/ Golden Animals, The Sunshine Factory, Help, & Recess
Thursday 14 April 2011
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York

Deep Heaven Now 3 Festival
Saturday 16 April 2011
Somerville, Massachusetts

Austin Psych Fest
Saturday 30 April 2011
Austin, Texas

The Metro Gallery
Friday, 17 June 2011
w/ Thrushes, Sleepy Vikings & Young Jaguars
Baltimore, Maryland

*If anyone can help with bookings for the following shows listed below, please contact the band via The Sky Drops’ email address info@theskydrops.com as soon as possible.

Booking now – (subject to change):
Wednesday April 27 – New Orleans
Thursday April 28 – Houston
Tuesday May 3 – Des Moines
Wednesday May 4 – Minneapolis
Thursday May 5 – Chicago
Friday May 6 – Cleveland
Saturday May 7 – Pittsburgh

Here is just a taste of what to expect from the upcoming Making Mountains EP, courtesy of The Sky Drops and their new label, Custom Made Music. Be sure to reserve your copy now, set to ship on March 29, 2011. They are sure to go fast and are limited to 100 hand numbered copies with silk screened covers!

Free download from The Sky Drops of “Explain It To Me” from the new Making Mountains EP:
The Sky Drops – “Explain It To Me”

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The Sky Drops on MySpace
The Sky Drops on Facebook
The Sky Drops on Last.FM
The Sky Drops on Twitter
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Bloody Knives

A few years ago, back in Austin, Texas, two men under the guise of The Joy Bus were creating their own brand of electronic post-rock music of sorts. Then something happened and that Joy Bus turned the corner and became Bloody Knives. As unfortunate of an accident that may sound like, that idea couldn’t be further from the truth.

Preston Maddox and Jake McCown describe Bloody Knives as being Industrial Shoegaze or Psychedelic Punk. Take your pick since, when it comes down to it, it depends on which track you are listening to at the time. Each description fits and melds together to form a cohesive mix of musical concepts. One minute you may find yourself drifting off into a serene Ambient sleep only to be yanked out of your blissful dream state the next to jump up and cut a rug with a much harder edgier sound with Bloody Knives.

Starting off as a two man outfit with Preston Maddox on bass, voice, keyboards, samples and programming duties and Jake McCown handling drums, noise, programming and art, the band later brought Jim Moon into the fold as the band’s sound manipulator.

Bloody Knives: An Introduction

In October of 2009, Bloody Knives released their debut self-titled EP. The band then followed the EP up in July of 2010 with a full release called Burn It All Down which was produced by Josh Pursur and Bloody Knives and mastered by Kramer. No fooling around here! This is serious stuff. January of 2011 then brought us a split single between Bloody Knives and Me You Us Them.

Wanting more hands on action, Bloody Knives also run their own record label called KillRedRocket Records. Unlike most record labels, KillRedRocket Records is much more about celebrating and sharing good music than making a profit, though they would be more than happy to sell you plenty of music, t-shirts and posters to keep your music loving heart’s content via the website’s online store. As a means of promotion, there is also a whole bucket full of great music that you can download for free in compilation form which includes other great bands from around the world such as Stellarium, Between The Cities Are Stars, The Rosen Association and PinkShinyUltraBlast. Plan to have your ears loaded with all kinds of new sounds to warm your noise loving hearts.

Bloody Knives – “There Was”

Spring and summer are coming around the corner and so are Bloody Knives if you are in the Texas and Gulf states area. Check the calendar to see Bloody Knives in your neck of the woods.

Bloody Knives tour promo

Spring & Summer tour dates for 2011:

Mar 19 – Limelight – San Antonio, Texas – 7:00 PM
Mar 25 – Beerland – Austin, Texas – 7:00 PM
Apr 2 – The Independent – Auburn, Alabama – 9:00 PM
Apr 3 – HTGT Thrift Store with Pig Lizzard – Baton Rouge, LA – 7:00 PM
Apr 8 – Scoot Inn – AUSTIN, Texas – 10:00 PM
May 7 – Hole in the Wall Austin, Texas – 9:00 PM
Jul 16 – ICT Fest – Wichita, KS – 7:00 PM

*Keep checking with the band for additional live dates.

Depending on the particular show, for this tour, Bloody Knives will be sharing the stage with the following bands: The Sunshine Factory, Boys Beware, Black Racers, Pig Lizzard and Love Culture.

Regardless of whether or not you can make it to any of their live shows, do be sure to download their music for free, or even buy a real CD, from the band’s Bandcamp pages or the KillRedRocket Records website.

Bloody Knives on Bandcamp
Bloody Knives on MySpace
Bloody Knives on Last.FM
Bloody Knives on Facebook
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R.I.P. to London's The Luminaire

On Monday the 7th of March, 2011, the much loved London night spot, The Luminaire, closed it’s doors for the final time. After a full 6 year run, a very bittersweet moment for the club, the locals and the bands who made a bit of a home at the much loved venue.

On this night, the bands who helped to bid a fine farewell to The Luminaire where Spc Eco, Ringo Deathstarr and Piano Magic; all part of a Club AC30 event helping to kick off the release of Ringo Deathstarr’s new album, Colour Trip, but most importantly, to bid a proper farewell to a venue that has played host to many other fine shows. I’m sure many a tear were spilled in those last beers.

For those of us too many miles away and to help document the evening, a couple live videos have been posted for our viewing pleasure. This one is of the brand new Spc Eco song, “Gone”. Quit appropriate for a night spot that is now nothing but a bright spot in Shoegaze history.

Spc Eco – “Gone” (live at the Luminaire)

In case you’ve just crawled out from that rock that some Shoegazer has kicked to the side of the road, this is one of Dean Garcia’s projects. Yes, the same Dean Garcia most commonly known for the band Curve. Somewhat of a family meeting of sorts with his daughter Rose Berlin Garcia delivering those gorgeous whispery vocals. Also, filling in for Joey Levenson on guitar, who is firmly planted in Asia, Dean’s son Harry Kite Garcia.

Because one just isn’t enough, here’s another live Spc Eco video from that same show.

Spc Eco – “All My Love” (live at the Luminaire)

Adios, to The Luminaire.

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The 4th annual Austin Psych Fest has announced the additions to its lineup today.

The following bands have been added:

Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez
A Place To Bury Strangers
Cold Sun
Beach Fossils
Dirty Beaches
No Joy
Blue Angel Lounge
Radio Moscow
ZaZa
Jason Simon
Weird Owl
Daughters Of The Sun
ST37
Wall Of Death
Ghost Box Orchestra
Hellfire Social

It is also important to be aware that the festival has moved its location yet again! It will be held in The Seaholm Powerplant in Austin, Texas between Friday April 29th through Sunday May 1st. Day tickets available now for $40(USD)/per day via the festival’s website. See the Austin Psych Fest website for more ticket information and other details.

Keep checking the Air Atlantic Underground for updates as they come in.

Austin Psych Fest

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ZaZa

Word has it that ZaZa, one of Air Atlantic Underground Radio’s Best of 2010 winners, has been added to the 4th annual Austin Psych Fest on Friday April 29th, 2011!

You can get their new single “Distance Creator” from the band’s website.
ZaZa – “Distance Creator”

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+ Addendum: Official full additions to the lineup will be announced on March 8th.

Last year's Austin Psych Fest Poster

The line-up has been announced for the 2011 4th annual Austin Psych Fest with more bands eventually be added closer to the event. For all of you Psych heads out there, this promises to be the event of the year! Regular listeners of Air Atlantic Underground Radio will find plenty of the bands often heard on the station appearing live for the 4th annual installment of this homage to Psychedelia. The headliner will be none other than the legendary Roky Erickson. An Austin native himself, Roky was the leading tripped out wildman of one of the original ’60s/’70s Psychedelic sensations, the 13th Floor Elevators. Roky, as one of the Godfathers of Psychedelia, will be tripping the light fantastic with the new children of this genre sweeping all the hipster haunts by storm.

Due to the festival’s growing size and popularity, this year’s Austin Psych Fest will be held at the Mexitas Event Center in Austin, Texas between Friday April 29th – Sunday May 1st. Details regarding tickets, where to stay, how to get there and anything else you may want to know can be found on the festival’s website.

Here’s a list of the line-up to date:

Roky Erickson (Austin TX)
Spectrum (Rugby, UK)
The Black Angels (Austin, TX)
Black Moth Super Rainbow (Chicago, IL)
Atlas Sound (Atlanta, GA)
Dead Meadow (Los Angeles, CA)
Prefuse 73 (Atlanta, GA)
Crystal Stilts (Brooklyn, NY)
Sleepy Sun (San Francisco, CA)
Indian Jewelry (Houston TX)
The Black Ryder (Sydney, Australia)
Crocodiles (San Diego, CA)
The Fresh and Onlys (San Francisco, CA)
The Growlers (Costa Mesa, CA)
Tobacco (Chicago, IL)
White Hills (New York, NY)
Pontiak (Holtzclaw, Virginia)
Black Hollies (New Jersey, NJ)
Beaches (Melbourne, AU)
Young Prisms (San Francisco, CA)
The Night Beats (Seattle, WA)
Lumerians (San Francisco, CA)
The Soft Moon (San Francisco, CA)
Woodsman (Denver, CO)
Quest For Fire (Toronto, ON)
Lower Heaven (Silverlake, CA)
The Meek (Los Angeles, CA)
The Cult of Dom Keller (Nottingham, UK)
The Quarter After (San Francisco, CA)
Cloudland Canyon (Memphis, TN)
The Vacant Lots (Burlington, VT)
The Diamond Center (Richmond, VA)
The Sky Drops (Wilmington, DE)
Tjutjuna (Denver, CO)
Holy Wave (Austin, TX)

Austin Psych Fest website
Austin Psych Fest Facebook Page
Austin Psych Fest MySpace profile

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+ Addendum: Official full additions to the lineup will be announced on March 8th.

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