HELEN MONEY: Track From Remastered Vinyl Edition Of Arriving Angels Currently Streaming At Cvlt Nation

Newly launched vinyl imprint, Corpse Flower Records, recently unveiled the stunning limited edition vinyl pressing of HELEN MONEY‘s critically-adored third full-length, Arriving Angels.

 

Initially released on Profound Lore Records last year, Arriving Angels was recorded by iconoclastic sound sage Steve Albini at Electrical Audio Studio, mastered by Collin Jordan at Boiler Room and embraces any number of sounds and references – organic, ambient doom à la SunnO))), prismatic noise/post-rock evoking Sonic Youth and Rachel’s, new-music minimalism spanning Górecki to Branca, sinister orchestral trills that would make Bernard Herrman pause – all the while becoming none of them, creating a new whole out of HELEN MONEY (that is, Alison Chesley)’s distinct point of view.

 

While HELEN MONEY has traditionally consisted of Chesley performing primarily solo, on Arriving Angels she’s joined on various tracks by Neurosis drummer/percussionist Jason Roeder who provides the album’s revelation, taking HELEN MONEY‘s sound, already ominous and penetrating, into unheard dimensions of power. Corpse Flower Records’ edition of the otherworldly Arriving Angels is remastered for vinyl only furthering the record’s overwhelming beauty.

 

In honor of its release, Cvlt Nation is currently streaming “Radio Recorders,” featuring Roeder behind the drum kit. Said Cvlt Nation of the release overall, “Arriving Angels is a curious record and houses some truly dissonant moments within the occasional melodies that can be found. It’s quite a minimal album at times and sounds and echoes filter through passages of extreme quiet or intense loudness with nary a warning as to what may, or may not happen next.”

 

Check it out “Radio Recorders,” in all its sprawling glory at

 

Alison Chesley is a cellist who has become known for her adventurous sound, bold compositions, and compelling stage performance. Called, “A classical-cellist-turned-avant-metal virtuoso,” by the Boston Phoenix, Chesley channels her sensibilities and experience as a rock musician through a classical instrument, altering both genres without apology. She has played on over 150 albums with artists such as Disturbed, Bob Mould, Mono, Anthrax, Broken Social Scene, Russian Circles, and Archer Prewitt among others.

 

Corpse Flower Records is a brand new label from the Detroit, Michigan area. Specializing in releasing limited edition vinyl editions of albums that are either out-of-print or have never been released in vinyl form.

 

Arriving Angels features gorgeous artwork and design by Stephan Byram and will be available in a limited pressing of 300 copies on orange wax. Order your copy today at THIS LOCATION.

 

“Alison Chesley [aka Helen Money] brings her classical training on cello into realms occupied by heavy metal extremists and guitar deities. Nobody rocks a cello like Alison Chesley.” – Chicago Tribune

“[Helen Money’s] raw, minimalist stylings make her the lo-fi Xasthur to Apocalyptica’s Dimmu Borgir bombast.” – Decibel Magazine

“[Helen Money] conjures up truly majestic music from her bow. Lovers of modern minimalists, of folk music, and of doom metal should all find something to thrill here.” – Los Angeles City Beat

 

Helen Money not so much plays the cello as she makes it her bitch, forcing out noises from her poor instrument in ways that would make classical aficionados cringe. Interestingly (and fortunately), she chooses to make ambient doom music with her skill set and with the enlistment of Neurosis drummer Jason Roeder, Arriving Angels dark atmosphere is palpable, painted literally by the brush of the artist.” – Sputnik Music

 

Helen Money’s bare aesthetic is one which serves the composition incredibly well.  That thing just below the surface on this record remains unnamed for me.  Safe to say that the open-ended questions which Chesley’s cello poses in those equal parts sinister and stunning notes go unanswered in the best of ways.” – Steel For Brains

 

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Russian Circles US Headline Tour dates announced with KEN mode, Helms Alee and INTER ARMA supporting/Altar Bar Pgh 2/23

RUSSIAN CIRCLES TOUR 2014
02/04 Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s Oasis #
02/05 St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird #
02/07 Austin, TX @ Red 7 #
02/08 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada #
02/09 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Upstairs #
02/10 New Orleans, LA @ The Parish @ House of Blues #
02/11 Tallahassee, FL @ Rehab #
02/12 Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub #
02/13 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum #
02/14 Birmingham, AL @ WorkPlay Theatre #
02/15 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl #
02/17 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle #
02/18 Washington DC @ The Rock and Roll Hotel #
02/19 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts #
02/20 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom #
02/21 Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East Downstairs #
02/22 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus #
02/23 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar #
02/24 Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop #
02/25 Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig #
02/27 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club #
02/28 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room #
03/01 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre #
03/02 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge #
03/03 Boise, ID @ Neurolux #
03/04 Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s *
03/05 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom *
03/07 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *
03/09 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah *
03/10 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre *
03/12 Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom *
03/13 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad *
03/14 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory *
03/15 Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar *
03/16 Chicago, IL @ Metro *

# w/ KEN Mode, Inter Arma
* w/ Helms Alee, KEN Mode

Coheed and Cambria and Between The Buried and Me fans sell out Stage AE, Pittsburgh

Russian Circles, Between the Buried and Me, and Coheed and Cambria certainly made their rounds at Pittsburgh’s Stage AE on Thursday, Feb. 8th

A mutual friend on Facebook shared an interesting article in relation to the sold out show at Stage AE, last Thursday.  I kept an open mind about reading the article, but there were a few things (mostly choices with language) presented themselves as red flags.  The author chose a colorful array of words to describe the “emotionally sterile” performance of Between the Buried and Me.

Maybe he couldn’t see the performance? The author describes the set as “Wanky.” In no way was this show, “contemptible” or “worthless,” which is the true definition of the British slang term “wanky.”  The quintet from North Carolina displayed nothing less than an energetic and passionate performance.  From bass player Dan Briggs running back and forth from stage left to right, to vocalist/keyboardist Tommy Giles standing on feedback amps, mirroring a symphony leader. Alternating from chilling vocals to playing keyboard, I think requires a little bit of effort and talent, no? All the photos included in the article were taken from way up on the balcony, as opposed to where Pittsburgh Music Magazine was located right in front of the gate. “Songs made no structural sense.” – Seeing as several members are classically trained, I’m not really sure where there’s validity in any of this? I almost don’t even know how to respond to that.  Is he referring to signature changes?

“Not many prog-metal frontmen would hit the stage with a ukulele, but Claudio Sanchez couldn’t care less about the rules.” – This serves as a totally contradictory statement to previous attack against BTBAM. Is this not exceeding the boundaries in creativity? I’m confused.  Oh and by the way, Coheed and Cambria are definitely not categorized as “prog-metal,” more melodic rock as you described earlier. 

“Jumping through genres (I swear there was jazz fusion and country in there, too)” …uhh dude, I think that’s kind of the point? This is what music is all about… especially “progressive” metal.  The title of the genre espouses the experimental nature of the agenda, overtly.  None of these accusations really have any fortification in any way.  BTBAM put on an incredible performance, just as they do always.  I’m not sure if the author had never heard them before, or was just trying to challenge the show in general, or really simply left unimpressed? I’m interested.

The author has since revised his review with a mild apology toward BTBAM’s fans, who jumped on this immediately.  Stating that he “Has probably seen King Crimson before many of you were born. And it wasn’t like it was my first rodeo.” Well, I definitely have my share of King Crimson floating around on my I-pod, and I certainly can’t compare the two.  Regardless of their talent, King Crimson is even weirder and more chaotic than Between the Buried and Me! Regardless of the intent behind the negative review of the performance, whether taste, personal preference, or unrealistic standards, verbally bashing an incredibly structured set and delivery is like standing in quicksand when it comes to a reaction from their loyal fan-base. Seven albums later, Between the Buried and Me are revered as one of the greatest to experience live, and constantly receiving loads of recognition from many productive musicians on the scene today.  I think I’m going to have to go ahead and politely disagree with the statement “an interminable hour of heavy music with a deadening effect.” Between the Buried and me arguably transcend the sound of progressive metal.  Everyone that I know personality, even down to friends in Periphery and other successful progressive bands to the scene list their 2012 The Parallax II: Future Sequence (released on October 9th), as the best album of the year.

These guys slayed, along, with Russian Circles and Coheed and Cambria to create an unforgettable experience for myself, and others who were lucky enough to be present to this sold out event. 


All photos property and copyright 2013 AWeldingphoto and Pittsburgh Music Magazine

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PMM COO Alan with BTBAM bassist  and former Pittsburgher Dan Briggs
PMM COO Alan with BTBAM bassist and former Pittsburgher Dan Briggs

Coheed and Cambria’s Josh Previews Tour with Pittsburgh Music Mag

I don’t know about you, but the tour I am most psyched for right now comes into my town (Pittsburgh) on Feb. 7 at Stage AE and contains no less than Russian Circles, Between The Buried and Me, and headliners Coheed and Cambria. I have been fascinated with Coheed’s sound since their first record which my good friend and tattoo artist Ben Merrell turned me onto when it first came out. Here it is almost eleven years later and they have survived in a very tumultuous business with their integrity and vision intact. A feat not many can claim. Pittsburgh Music Magazine got a chance to talk with drummer Josh Eppard as the band prepared for the tour. Listen in on getting ready to appear on Conan (Monday Jan. 21), the thread between The Afterman Ascension and Descension and how it relates to Josh, the songwriting process, what to look forward to on the tour, “yelling at Travis”!, the importance of rehearsals, being back in the band and not taking things for granted, choosing Between the buried and Me and Russian Circles to tour with, and how Pittsburgh is their third favorite city: Josh of Coheed and Cambria

CoheedBTBAMTour

Feb 04 2013 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Feb 05 2013 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Feb 07 2013 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Feb 08 2013 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
Feb 09 2013 – Chicago, IL – Congress Theatre
Feb 10 2013 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Feb 12 2013 – Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
Feb 14 2013 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
Feb 15 2013 – Salt Lake City, UT – SaltAir
Feb 17 2013 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Feb 18 2013 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
Feb 19 2013 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
Feb 21 2013 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theater
Feb 22 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
Feb 25 2013 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Feb 26 2013 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
Feb 27 2013 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre
Mar 01 2013 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s
Mar 02 2013 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
Mar 03 2013 – Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom
Mar 05 2013 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
Mar 06 2013 – Saint Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
Mar 07 2013 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues
Mar 08 2013 – Miami Beach, FL – The Fillmore
Mar 10 2013 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
Mar 11 2013 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Mar 14 2013 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
Mar 16 2013 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall

Coheed and Cambria’s “The Hard Sell”

I don’t know about you guys, but we are seriously pumped here at PMM for the Coheed and Cambria, Between the Buried and Me, and Russian Circles show at Stage AE in Pittsburgh Feb. 7th. To celebrate our excitement we offer to you Coheed and Cambria’s newest lyric video for “The Hard Sell” from The Afterman: Descension out February 5.:

Coheed and Cambria Tour Dates w/Between the Buried and Me, Russian Circles

Feb 04 2013 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Feb 05 2013 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Feb 07 2013 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Feb 08 2013 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
Feb 09 2013 – Chicago, IL – Congress Theatre
Feb 10 2013 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Feb 12 2013 – Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
Feb 14 2013 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
Feb 15 2013 – Salt Lake City, UT – SaltAir
Feb 17 2013 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Feb 18 2013 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
Feb 19 2013 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
Feb 21 2013 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theater
Feb 22 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
Feb 25 2013 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Feb 26 2013 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
Feb 27 2013 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre
Mar 01 2013 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s
Mar 02 2013 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
Mar 03 2013 – Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom
Mar 05 2013 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
Mar 06 2013 – Saint Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
Mar 07 2013 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues
Mar 08 2013 – Miami Beach, FL – The Fillmore
Mar 10 2013 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
Mar 11 2013 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Mar 14 2013 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
Mar 16 2013 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall

PGH Music Mag’s Holiday Gift Guide 2012

We hear it all the time, “I just have no idea what to get them…”. Everybody and their mother has an opinion on what to get and every publication has products that they are pushing this year. Pittsburgh Music Magazine is no exception, but we would like to take a somewhat different approach. We will try to pigeonhole some of your loved ones into categories and maybe you will find something that is unique and just happens to fit that special someone on your list:

The Classic Rocker:
Being into music ourselves, we always appreciate music oriented gifts. If you have a collector on your list, a real cool place to head to is PopMarket. 28c24a3b0804a3dbfbfc3eea11567279 Popmarket is “the ultimate shopping club for music fans offering its members limited-time private sales on the world’s coolest music”. Membership is free. Wolfgang’s Vault always has some very unique stuff on the memorabilia end (although it can be quite pricey). 2006-05-01-Hemispheres-02 They typically carry a lot of items from the classic rock genre. Pete Townsend and Peter Criss and Jimmy Page came out with very interesting books recently that will keep any music lover glued to the pagespage book.

The Metal Maniac:
We would be remiss in pointing out that a permanent gift is always a great choice, and while we don’t reccommend any names on the skin, ink in the skin has a special meaning for many of us metalheads. If you are in the Pittsburgh tri-state area we have to point you to the best Human Production. tumblr_lwkymgK7SS1qzm60ro1_500 The award winning artists Ben, Mark, and Jesse do nothing but custom tattoo work to ensure that your loved one has something truly unique blended with a safe and super clean environment. For the metal historian, a great read is Precious Metal: Decibel Presents the Stories Behind 25 Metal Masterpieces. music_string6Precious Metal gathers pieces from Decibel’s most popular feature, the monthly “Hall of Fame” which documents the making of landmark metal albums via candid, hilarious, and fascinating interviews with every participating band member. Of course if you have a budding metalaller at home, a great intro to learning about where the genre came from is Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal by Ian CristieIan_Christe_-_Sound_of_the_Beast. Some other cool spots to hit up some bundles that include a t-shirt, cd, and sometimes poster, or DVDs would be from some of the coolest labels like metal-blade-records-logo_09Metal Blade or 250px-VictoryRecordsVictory Records which have great stores and awesome deals. One of the coolest tours to look forward to will be Between the Buried and Me with Coheed and Cambria and Russian Circlesbetween-the-buried-and-me-coheed-and-cambria-tour-2013. They will be hitting Pittsburgh February 7 at Stage AE and a pair of tickets to see them would provide memeories for a lifetime.

The Pittsburgh Fanatic:
It’s easy to pick up a Steeler shirt almost anywhere, but how abou something more uniquely Pittsburgh? Check out 3 Rivers Clothing that has quite a few great pieces including sweatshirts, tees, and our very own Pittsburgh Music Magazine teebads. They also run Brand 216 ClothingLine_GJfor those family members in Cleveland you don’t talk about while in SouthSide. LiveNow Streetwear has come out with their Pixburgh Realers Crewneck Image 1that is super cool (check out their new video here). And while we are on the clothing kick, we love Brandon’s stuff over at Pittsburgh based company Dead Bury Dead. The feel of a lived in tee with great designs, Dead Bury Dead deadburyhas a great story and awesome products.

The Style Conscious:
The hottest trend today seems to be the monthly sample box from various companies. One of the coolest and also most economical to come out is BirchBox for Men, Women, and now Home. birchbox-man-home-600x358-3You can get 3, 6, or 12 month subscriptions and they will receive a box filled with samples of all sorts of goodies according to the types of products that most interest them. To really indulge someone check out Pittsburgh based Fluhme. TiffanyFluhme-aFluhme is a premiere cosmetics company dedicated to skin care.

The Impossible:
We all have that person on our list who is just impossible. Gift certificates seem to always please these unpleasable creatures, but to where? We would highly reccommend the Amazon gift certificate, Etsy Gift cards, and EBay has gift certificates. These sites seem to have something to please even those who have everything. For those a bit more adventurous try Design Tuscano The-Contortionist-Skeleton-Side-Tablefor the home, Uncommon Goods has some very unique and unusual stuffuncommon-goods, and last but not least you can always get them a gift to just mess with their fickleness such as the jellyfish_moodlamp (1)LED Jellyfish Mood Lamp!

The Activist:

For some people a gift for them is just not appropriate, they would much rather you consider their activism for others. If you are not exactly sure, and not comfortable enough to ask, here are some suggestions:
The Human Rights Campaign, HumanRightsCampaignseeks to improve the lives of LGBT Americans by advocating for equal rights and benefits in the workplace, ensuring families are treated equally under the law and increasing public support among all Americans. They have some awesome giftwear as well as memberships that will show someones support for equality for all people. For the animal lover The ASPCA 5882378does so much for all animals that a contribution really does make a difference. They also have giftwear and collectibles besides membership. For those concerned with the environment, check out Conservation International 1195729_300who partners with governments on local, regional, and national levels around the world to deal with high priority areas of concern. From Brazil to China, from the U.S. to Liberia, they engage nations in a common goal — to preserve natural resources for the benefit of all life on Earth.

The Dog or Cat Lover:

For the dog lover in your life there is a membership box that they can receive holding goodies and toys according to the size of their fur babies. Bark Box bboxis a welcome addition to the monthly box competition for your furry friends or your friends with dog kids. For those with cats in the mix Bestfriendboxbox has something for both dogs and cats.

We hope that you got at least one or two ideas from our list, or at least some entertainment. Good luck with your holiday shopping and when you are not burning through your credit and debit cards Pittsburgh Music Magazine will be here to keep you up on the latest and greatest in music.