Dead Meadow

Full Discography

LPs
  • Old Growth - ole-750 - 2008-02-05
  • Feathers - - 2005-02-22
  • Shivering King and Others - - 2003-06-03

Biography

Old Growth

Old Growth 
Feb 5, 2008


Steve Kille – bass
Stephen McCarty – drums
Jason Simon – guitar, vocals

We've longed for the day when LA-via-DC transplants DEAD MEADOW would drop a studio album that matched the power of one of the best shows on the planet. With Old Growth, the firm of Simon, Kille and McCarty have delivered a remarkably clear, powerful and confident recording that should elevate the trio into the pantheon of great guitar bands of our time.

Recorded at both a haunted rural Indiana farmhouse, and at LA's Sunset Sound (in the studio where many of the tracks for Led Zeppelin IV were laid down), Jason Simon continues his reign as a modern-day Jimi, while the rhythm section recalls the creativity and tension of Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker.

Darlings of both the stoner rock and modern psychedelia worlds (and featured in the new movie on heavy rock named after one of their tracks, "Such Hawks, Such Hounds"), DEAD MEADOW transcend both. Over the last ten years, they've reacted to the country's swelling conservatism with a particularly escapist, surreal, lovely, and deafening sound of their own, and an exponentially growing audience tuning in.

Feathers
February 22, 2005


Jason Simon – guitar, vocals
Steve Kille – bass, sitar
Stephen McCarty – drums
Cory Shane - guitar

'Feathers' is the fourth studio album by Washington DC’s Dead Meadow, its second for Matador Records, and its first as a quartet with new guitarist Cory Shane. Dead Meadow play an unusual blend of flawless Hendrix/Sabbath riffage, dreamy psych, heavy undulating rhythms, dirty blues-rock, and environmental jams, with eerie high-pitched vocals. Miles beyond “stoner rock” gimmickry, this is a beautifully natural sound, played by expert instinctive musicians


Dead Meadow met in the DC punk/indie scene, though their music draws from more faraway sources. The band formed in the fall of 1998 from the ashes of local bands The Impossible Five and Colour, when singer-guitarist Jason Simon, bassist Steve Kille, and drummer Mark Laughlin set out to fuse their love of early 70's hard rock and 60’s psychedelia with their love of writers J.R.R. Tolkien and H.P. Lovecraft.


Dead Meadow released their six-song debut in 2000 on Fugazi bassist Joe Lally's Tolotta Records, and a joint vinyl release on D.C. indie label Planaria Records. In 2001 the band released its second album, Howls From The Hills, on Tolotta. Where the first self-titled album was recorded in their practice space for a couple hundred dollars and plenty of learning curves, Howls From The Hills was born in a barn in Liberty, Indiana. Their sound fuller without losing its live essence, the band grew to encompass everything from ambient guitar drones to surging psych-funk sludge, blues-folk tunes to barbiturate space-rock, and some southern slow boogie thrown in for good measure.

Dead Meadow released their six-song debut in 2000 on Fugazi bassist Joe Lally's Tolotta Records, and a joint vinyl release on D.C. indie label Planaria Records. In 2001 the band released its second album, 'Howls From The Hills,' on Tolotta. Where the first self-titled album was recorded in their practice space for a couple hundred dollars and plenty of learning curves, 'Howls From The Hills' was born in a barn in Liberty, Indiana. Their sound fuller without being overcomplicated or losing any of its live organic essence, the band grew to encompass everything from ambient guitar drones to surging psych-funk sludge, sparse blues-folk ballads to distorted barbiturate space-rock, and a sprinkling of southern slow boogie thrown in for good measure.

In spring 2002, original drummer Mark Laughlin reluctantly quit the group, replaced by old friend and previous collaborator Stephen McCarty (whose grandfather's farmhouse is where the band recorded Howls From the Hills). Also in mid-2002 the band found an unlikely patron in Brian Jonestown Massacre's Anton Newcombe, who recorded, produced and printed Dead Meadow's live disc 'Got Live if You Want' it on his "Committee to Keep Music Evil" imprint of the legendary Bomp label. Soon after, they recorded a Peel Session at the Fugazi practice space - the first time the BBC recorded a Peel Session outside their own studios.

Shortly after signing with Matador in 2003, Dead Meadow self-produced 'Shivering King And Others' in the basement studio of the DC Pirate House over five months and during a busy schedule of touring. Along with the heavy rockers and bluesy numbers as on the previous two records, the band went deeper into the psychedelic realm, with chiming acoustic touches and lovely, disorienting ballads.

With the addition of 2nd guitarist Cory Shane and beautifully spacious production, 'Feathers' opens up the Dead Meadow sound still further, seeming at once more experimental and more accessible than anything they’ve recorded thus far. The record captures the famous intensity of their live show, but songs like "At Her Open Door" and "Stacy’s Song" reveal an obsessive beauty as jarring as sheer volume. Jason’s guitar virtuosity is at its peak, as influenced by the droning modal character of Eastern music as by classic rock riffs. Ever deeper, Dead Meadow remain one step ahead of expectations.

Select Discography

Dead Meadow (Tolotta) 2000
Howls From The Hills (Tolotta) 2001
Got Live If You Want It (Bomp/Comittee To Keep Music Evil) 2002
Shivering King and Others (Matador) 2003

   

Feathers
February 22, 2005


Jason Simon – guitar, vocals
Steve Kille – bass, sitar
Stephen McCarty – drums
Cory Shane - guitar

'Feathers' is the fourth studio album by Washington DC’s Dead Meadow, its second for Matador Records, and its first as a quartet with new guitarist Cory Shane. Dead Meadow play an unusual blend of flawless Hendrix/Sabbath riffage, dreamy psych, heavy undulating rhythms, dirty blues-rock, and environmental jams, with eerie high-pitched vocals. Miles beyond “stoner rock” gimmickry, this is a beautifully natural sound, played by expert instinctive musicians


Dead Meadow met in the DC punk/indie scene, though their music draws from more faraway sources. The band formed in the fall of 1998 from the ashes of local bands The Impossible Five and Colour, when singer-guitarist Jason Simon, bassist Steve Kille, and drummer Mark Laughlin set out to fuse their love of early 70's hard rock and 60’s psychedelia with their love of writers J.R.R. Tolkien and H.P. Lovecraft.


Dead Meadow released their six-song debut in 2000 on Fugazi bassist Joe Lally's Tolotta Records, and a joint vinyl release on D.C. indie label Planaria Records. In 2001 the band released its second album, Howls From The Hills, on Tolotta. Where the first self-titled album was recorded in their practice space for a couple hundred dollars and plenty of learning curves, Howls From The Hills was born in a barn in Liberty, Indiana. Their sound fuller without losing its live essence, the band grew to encompass everything from ambient guitar drones to surging psych-funk sludge, blues-folk tunes to barbiturate space-rock, and some southern slow boogie thrown in for good measure.

Dead Meadow released their six-song debut in 2000 on Fugazi bassist Joe Lally's Tolotta Records, and a joint vinyl release on D.C. indie label Planaria Records. In 2001 the band released its second album, 'Howls From The Hills,' on Tolotta. Where the first self-titled album was recorded in their practice space for a couple hundred dollars and plenty of learning curves, 'Howls From The Hills' was born in a barn in Liberty, Indiana. Their sound fuller without being overcomplicated or losing any of its live organic essence, the band grew to encompass everything from ambient guitar drones to surging psych-funk sludge, sparse blues-folk ballads to distorted barbiturate space-rock, and a sprinkling of southern slow boogie thrown in for good measure.

In spring 2002, original drummer Mark Laughlin reluctantly quit the group, replaced by old friend and previous collaborator Stephen McCarty (whose grandfather's farmhouse is where the band recorded Howls From the Hills). Also in mid-2002 the band found an unlikely patron in Brian Jonestown Massacre's Anton Newcombe, who recorded, produced and printed Dead Meadow's live disc 'Got Live if You Want' it on his "Committee to Keep Music Evil" imprint of the legendary Bomp label. Soon after, they recorded a Peel Session at the Fugazi practice space - the first time the BBC recorded a Peel Session outside their own studios.

Shortly after signing with Matador in 2003, Dead Meadow self-produced 'Shivering King And Others' in the basement studio of the DC Pirate House over five months and during a busy schedule of touring. Along with the heavy rockers and bluesy numbers as on the previous two records, the band went deeper into the psychedelic realm, with chiming acoustic touches and lovely, disorienting ballads.

With the addition of 2nd guitarist Cory Shane and beautifully spacious production, 'Feathers' opens up the Dead Meadow sound still further, seeming at once more experimental and more accessible than anything they’ve recorded thus far. The record captures the famous intensity of their live show, but songs like "At Her Open Door" and "Stacy’s Song" reveal an obsessive beauty as jarring as sheer volume. Jason’s guitar virtuosity is at its peak, as influenced by the droning modal character of Eastern music as by classic rock riffs. Ever deeper, Dead Meadow remain one step ahead of expectations.

Select Discography

Dead Meadow (Tolotta) 2000
Howls From The Hills (Tolotta) 2001
Got Live If You Want It (Bomp/Comittee To Keep Music Evil) 2002
Shivering King and Others (Matador) 2003

   

Shivering King and Others
June 3, 2003


'Shivering King And Others' is the third studio album by Washington DC power trio Dead Meadow, and its first for Matador Records. It clocks in past 62 minutes and is possibly the most interesting and diverse album we will release this year. 

The Spiel
Dead Meadow are three completely synched brains releasing a most unusual and original heavy rock potion. We haven't heard drums-bass-guitar get this focused, loud or important this side of 'Split'-era Groundhogs or Human Instinct's 'Stoned Guitar', and if you can't figure that one out, this is as high praise as you can get.
You can’t just call it "stoner" or "psychedelic" rock; it's a complete natural sound, played by expert autodidact musicians. We don't have a name for what they do; "organic heavy music" mysteriously hasn't won anyone over yet. But we can assure you that we will keep thinking about it. You should too, but in the meantime, please step into the zone - there is still ample room up front, but not for very long.

The History
Dead Meadow met while attending all-ages punk shows in and around the DC punk/indie scene, though the music draws more from the sound of such rock legends as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Black Sabbath. The band formed in the fall of 1998 from the ashes of local indie rock bands The Impossible Five and Colour, by singer-guitarist Jason Simon, bassist Steve Kille, and drummer Mark Laughlin. The three members set out to fuse their love of early 70's hard rock and 60’s psychedelia with their love of writers J.R.R. Tolkien and H.P. Lovecraft. With these fantasy visions of strange lands - as well as a heavy dose of punk energy - they created something even more esoteric than mere comparisons can conjure.

Dead Meadow released their six-song debut in 2000 on Fugazi bassist Joe Lally's Tolotta Records, and a joint vinyl release on D.C. indie label Planaria Records. In 2001 the band released its second album, 'Howls From The Hills', on Tolotta. Where the first self-titled album was recorded in their practice space for a couple hundred dollars and plenty of learning curves, 'Howls From The Hills' was born in a barn in Liberty, Indiana. Their sound fuller without being overcomplicated or losing any of its live organic essence, the band grew to encompass everything from ambient guitar drones to surging psych-funk sludge, sparse blues-folk ballads to distorted barbiturate space-rock, and a sprinkling of southern slow boogie thrown in for good measure.

In spring 2002 Dead Meadow had a bit of a shakeup; with the pressures of touring and his own personal issues, drummer Mark Laughlin reluctantly quit the group, replaced by old friend and previous collaborator Stephen McCarty. McCarty had in fact been a part of Dead Meadow since the beginning, adding extra instrumentation from time to time and even the use of his grandfather's farmhouse in Indiana where the band recorded 'Howls From the Hills'. Also in mid-2002 the band would also get an unlikely patron in Brian Jonestown Massacre's Anton Newcombe, who recorded, produced and printed Dead Meadow's recent live disc 'Got Live if You Want it' on his "Committee to Keep Music Evil" imprint of legendary garage/psyche label Bomp. Last year, they had the honor of being invited to record a John Peel Session for BBC Radio One, though this was recorded in the states at the Fugazi practice space - the first time the BBC recorded a Peel Session outside their own studios.

Shortly after signing with Matador last year, Dead Meadow went back to the drawing board for their third album, self-producing 'Shivering King And Others' in the basement studio of the DC Pirate House over five months and during a busy schedule of touring. With almost a double record's worth of material, there are the "heavy rockers" and "bluesy" numbers as on the previous two, but there is also an overall psychedelic feel not yet touched in either of the Tolotta records. On top of the three-piece "jams," the band has played with Moogs and sitars, drone boxes and all forms of vintage tape echo and spring reverb units, for a taste of vintage heavy pop swirling into the circular trip of great psyche.

Warning
Dead Meadow will be bringing their unique marriage of Sabbath riffs, dreamy layers of guitar fuzz, and Jason Simon's high-pitched melodic croon to the US and Europe throughout 2003, and are always looking to play sacred sites. We thank you.

Select Discography

Dead Meadow (Tolotta) 2000
Howls From The Hills (Tolotta) 2001
Got Live If You Want It (Bomp/Comittee To Keep Music Evil) 2002
Shivering King and Others (Matador) 2003

News From The Matablog

One More Schedule Change For Matador At 21; Harlem & Dead Meadow Playing Late Friday, Saturday Repsectively



Harlem (above, left)  are playing the Palms Ballroom Friday after Fucked Up vs. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists ; Dead Meadow (right) are playing the same room late Saturday after Esben and the Witch and Cold Cave. We're NO LONGER featuring a Saturday afternoon Harlem/Dead Meadow matinee.

It's a long story but we came to the conclusion a 1:30pm start time on Saturday was a bad bad bad deal for the participants and everyone who'd been rocking Friday night combined. Our apologies for any inconvenience.  Also, the event is now officially totally sold sold.
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REVISED SCHEDULE : Matador At 21 : The Lost Weekend In Las Vegas, The Palms



First off, if these changes have left anyone disappointed or inconvenienced, we're truly sorry.  I've been watching videos of the guys in the BP commercials all week trying to strike the right tone for this post, and wouldn't you know it, MY VIDEO CAMERA IS BROKEN.   Bullet dodged.

On the bright side, hey, DEAD MEADOW are playing.    The opening VIP gala is still happening at 4pm Friday in the Hardwood Suite with dj sets by Ted Leo and myself.  Same room becomes a VIP lounge Friday and Saturday nights, plus late night dj action on Friday (James McNew, Dean Bein) and Saturday (Dave Martin, Robby Morris).  Here's the live entertainment schedule of events.  Much like real life, everything is subject to change.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1st

THE PEARL
Pavement: 12:00am – 1:00am
Sonic Youth: 10:40pm – 11:30am
Fucked Up: 9:35pm – 10:15pm
Chavez: 8:30pm – 9:10pm
Guitar Wolf: 7:30pm – 8:10pm
Doors: 7:00pm

MC : Jeff Jensen

LATE NIGHT PARTY IN PALMS BALLROOM  (LIMITED CAPACITY)
Fucked Up Vs. Ted Leo and The Pharmacists: 1:30am – 2:30am
(One stage. Two bands.  At once. They're supposed to take turns, song by song...but who knows?)
Doors: 1:00am

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2nd

THE PEARL
Belle & Sebastian: 11:45pm – 1:00am
Spoon: 10:25pm – 11:15pm
Superchunk: 9:20pm – 10:00pm
Cat Power: 8:15pm – 8:55pm
Perfume Genius: 7:55pm – 8:15pm
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: 6:50pm – 7:30pm
Come: 5:45pm – 6:25pm
Girls: 4:40pm – 5:20pm
Doors 4:00pm

MC : Bob Nastanovich

MATINEE IN THE PALMS BALLROOM (LIMITED CAPACITY)
Dead Meadow: 2:30pm – 3:15pm
Harlem: 1:30pm – 2:05pm
Doors: 1:00pm

LATE NIGHT PARTY IN PALMS BALLROOM (LIMITED CAPACITY)
Cold Cave: 2:25am - 3:15am
Esben and The Witch: 1:30am – 2:00am
Doors: 1:00am

KARAOKE UNDERGROUND AT LITTLE BUDDHA:
STARTS AT 1:30am

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3rd

THE PEARL
Guided By Voices: 11:30pm – 1:00am
Yo La Tengo: 10:10pm – 11:05pm
Liz Phair: 9:50pm – 10:10pm
The New Pornographers: 8:40pm – 9:25pm
Ted Leo and The Pharmacists: 7:35pm – 8:15pm
Shearwater: 6:30pm – 7:10pm
Doors: 6:00pm

MC's : Tom Scharpling & Jon Wurster

MATINEE IN THE PALMS BALLROOM
The Clean: 4:30pm – 5:15pm
Times New Viking: 3:30pm – 4:05pm
Kurt Vile: 2:30pm – 3:05pm
Doors: 2:00pm

General questions :  21@matadorrecords.com

This event is sponsored by MySpace Music, Altamont, Incase, Sailor Jerry and Yowie.







What they're up to: Kathryn Calder, Mogwai, Dead Meadow, Matmos

Even though we'd been convinced that all that slaving away at the myriad marketing gimmicks, "promo opportunities" and general suffering we put bands through would leave us with some very exhausted talent, it turns out that these guys just can't stop doing thangs... read on to see what some of our beloved have been up to.

Though she's on tour with the New Pornographers, as we speak, Kathryn Calder just put the finishing touches on her new solo record.  On August 11 the world'll be treated to 'Are You My Mother?' which features an all-star band featuring Neko, Kurt and Todd from The New Pornographers and a handful of other Canadian musical luminaries. Check File Under: Music for more info.

Mogwai will be releasing the pretty stunning looking live LP entitled, 'Special Moves' to coincide with the release of their first live film 'Burning', which was filmed in Brooklyn during the band's tour in support of 'The Hawk Is Howling' in April of 2009. Check Mogwai's site for info on ordering the record and where you can catch screenings of 'Burning'.

Dead Meadow shot by 3mmet

Following the release of their live-film, Dead Meadow released their second live album 'Three Kings' and soundtrack to aforementioned film, on the Xemu label in April.

Matmos and So Percussion shot by maggiemoo1

Matmos' Drew Daniel and Martin Schmitt have teamed up with So Percussion on a collaboration entitled 'Treasure State' -- expect to have your mind twisted on July 8. Cantaloupe Records sez: "The record had a complex gestation period: at the invitation of Brett Allen, the members of Matmos and So Percussion went to the SnowGhost Studios in Whitefish, Montana-- the Treasure State which gives the album its title-- and collaboratively generated the bulk of the songs. San Francisco plunderphonicist Wobbly then chopped and edited the results on several tracks, and finally, with frequent interventions from Matmos' M. C. Schmidt, "fifth" So Percussion member and producer Lawson White overdubbed extra elements, processed, and mixed the results." There's a handful of live dates, to boot!

Dead Meadow European Dates



Photo by Shoegazer, taken from Flickr

Sat. May 1st, Camden Crawl, London (UK)
Sun. May 2nd, La Maroquinerie, Paris (France)
Mon. May 3rd, L’Epicerie Moderne, Lyon (France)
Wed. May 5th, Tetris, Trieste (Italy)
Thur. May 6th, Spazio 211, Torino (Italy)
Fri. May 7th, Init, Rome (Italy)
Sat. May 8th, Vinile 45, Brescia (Italy)
Sun. May 9th, Le Romandie, Lausanne (Swiss)
Tues. May 11th, Fluc, Vienna (Austria)
Thur. May 13th, Aktovy Zal, Moscow (Russia)
Fri. May 14th, SKIF festival @ sergey kuryokhin modern art center, St. Petersburg (Russia)
Sat. May 15th, Debaser Slussen, (club Frit’z Corner), Stockholm (Sweden)
Tues. May 18th, Loppen, Copenhagen (Denmark)
Wed. May 19th, SO36, Berlin (Germany)
Thur. May 20th, Astrastube, Hamburg (Germany)
Fri. May 21st, Perron 55, Venlo (NL)
Sat. May 22nd, Patronaat, Haarlem (NL)
Sun. May 23rd, Rotown, Rotterdam (NL)
Mon. May 24th, The Freebutt, Brighton (UK)
Tues. May 25th, Barfly, Cardiff (UK)
Wed. May 26th, Bush Hall, London (UK)
Thur. May 27th, Academy, Manchester (UK)
Fri. May 28th, Captains Rest, Glasgow (UK)
Sat. May 29th, Electric Circus, Edinburgh (UK)
Sun. May 30th, The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (UK)
Mon. May 31st, Hare & Hounds, Birmingham (UK)
Tues. June 1st, Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester (UK)

Dead Meadow, New US Dates, "3 Kings" Screening



Thur. March 25th, 3 Kings premiere party  at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery FREE
Fri. March 26th, Brookdale Lodge, Brookdale, CA
Sat. March 27th, Great American Concert Hall, San Francisco, CA 
Wed. March 21, Wow Hall, Eugene, OR
Thur. April 1st,  Doug Fir, Portland, OR
Fri. April 2nd, Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver, BC
Sat. April 3rd, Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
Mon. April 5th, Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT
Wed. April 7th, Larimer Lounge, Denver, CO
Thur. April 8th, Riot Room, Lawrence, KS
Fri. April 9th, Slowdown, Omaha, NE
Sat. April 10th, Nuttys North, Sioux Falls, SD
Mon. April 12th, Triple Rock, Minneapolis, MN
Tue. April 13th, Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
Wed. April 14th, Annex, Madison, WI
Thur. April 15th, Magic Stick, Detroit, MI
Fri. April 16th, Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH
Sat. April 17th, The Union, Athens, OH
Mon. April 19th, The Basement, Columbus, OH
Tues. April 20th, Walnut Street Schoolhouse, Ridgeway, PA
Wed. April 21st, Mohawk, Buffalo, NY
Thur. April 22nd, Lees Palace, Toronto, ON
Fri. April 23rd, Club Lampi, Montreal, QUE
Sat. April 24th Cafe Nine New Haven, CT 
Sun. April 25th, Bowery Ballroom, NYC, NY

Pre-blog News

News
02/26/08 — New April-May dates
4/15 Hoboken NJ Maxwell's
4/16 Washington DC Black Cat
4/17 Philadelphia PA Johnny Brenda's
4/18 Brooklyn NY Williamsburg Music Hall
4/19 Danbury CT Heirloom Arts Theatre
4/20 Boston MA Middle East Downstairs
4/21 Northampton MA Iron Horse
4/22 Winooski VT Higher Ground
4/23 Montreal QC Club Lambi
4/24 Toronto ON Lee's Palace
4/25 Buffalo NY Sound Lab
4/26 Rochester NY Bug Jar
4/28 Newport KY Southgate House
4/29 Bloomington IN Bluebird Nightclub
4/30 Cleveland OH Beachland Ballroom
5/1 Columbus OH The Basement
5/2 Detroit MI Magic Stick
5/3 Chicago IL The Abbey with Indian Velcro Lewis
5/5 Madison WI High Noon Saloon
5/7 Minneapolis MN 7th Street Entry
5/8 Fargo ND Aquarium
5/9 Sioux City SD Nutty's
5/10 Iowa City IA Picador
5/11 Omaha NE The Waiting Room
5/12 Lawrence KS Jackpot
5/13 Denver CO Larimer Lounge
5/15 Salt Lake City UT Kilby Court
5/16 Boise ID Neurolux
5/24 San Francisco CA Slim's


11/30/07--Dead Meadow - ‘'Old Growth' NYC Gig + Early CD Scheme Unveiled

The band formerly and, well, currently known as Dead Meadow may not have a fancy symbol. One that can be disturbingly transformed into a guitar and used with a simple silhouette effect to make people cringe nationwide. Well, we’d listen to arguments that an Orange Amp perfectly symbolizes Dead Meadow. Ahhh, such a robust, and psychedelic sound. What that has to do with the Super Bowl or Prince admittedly isn’t clear to even us. So with all due respect to the man from Minneapolis and football fans far and wide, we’ll get to the point. Think of this as a sort of touchdown + two point conversion, within a rock context of course.

Dead Meadow will be playing a special show at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City on Wed, Jan 16th, 2008 to celebrate the release of their new album ‘Old Growth’ (out 2/5/08). So excited to get it out, the band is willing to give anyone who attends the opportunity to pick it up a whole 3 weeks early. For $25 anyone looking to get their hands on Old Growth can purchase a ticket to Dead Meadow’s Jan 16th show + their new CD. One great price, 2 great Dead Meadow experiences. Sorry, those searching for vinyl you’ll have to wait for the proper street date — this offer applies to CDs only. Now you can purchase this package deal through Matador’s online storethe Bowery Ballroom or in person at Other Music (15 East 4th Street between Broadway and Lafayette, NYC). However, you’ll not receive the album at the time of purchase but instead, the night of the gig (1/16/08). You’ll just need to swing by the merch table at the Bowery, present your receipt to our sales person and they’ll hand over your Dead Meadow goods. Very important, no receipt, no CD, no exceptions.

Here’s a further selection from what we’re pretty confident will be one of 2008’s most exciting releases :

“What Needs Must Be” - from ‘Old Growth’ (mp3)



5/24/07--Dead Meadow Tour The UK
Dead Meadow have just confirmed an eleven date trip through the UK. See where on the tour page, those that can swing tickets are likely to get a sneak peek at the mammoth material from the band's upcoming "Old Growth." 

3/29/07--Dead Meadow Prepping For Bigger Than Life Things
And by the above, we mean we're about an update away from releasing details surrounding Dead Meadow's 5th studio album, the astonishingly powerful 'Old Growth'.

2/21/07
 —Some New March Tour Dates In The Southwest 
It's like the headline says. Click over to the tour page for the full details.

2/7/07 —New Tour Dates

(poster by Tim Clark) Dead Meadow have just confirmed a new bunch of tour dates for March, all with Spindrift as the opener. Click over to the tour page and see if they're coming to a town near you.

1/22/07 —Dead Meadow speaks: Report from the recording studio
Story and pictures from Steve of Dead Meadow

At the time of writing this paragraph we are in Sunset Sound recording our fifth studio album, third for Matador Records. Sunset Sound is definitely haunted by lots of history. Appearantly the ghost of Jim Morrison walks the secret storage rooms and echo chambers in the fifty-year old studio on the Sunset strip. A vibe and energy to this place that is totally unique and hopefully and energy that can color our new music. Even more than the vibes we have received in this sound temple was that of the energy and evp noises captured indiana.jpgduring our tracking a month earlier in Indiana. In trying to reach out to our more atmospheric side we returned to our drummers families farm/estate in rural Indiana. The natural setting and a chance to "get away from it all" that first brought us there to record "Howls from the Hills" took us back again for this creative endeavor. Instead of tracking in the barn the fall weather forced to move the operation into the nearby original inn/farmhouse that was the basis of the property. For years abandoned (his grandparents who own the land have always lived in a newer house they built on the other side of thefarm) the house was recently rebuilt to be used as a guest house project by our drummers uncle.

A totally empty, beautifully restored and warm farm house was definitely agreat place to spend the next few weeks tracking the basic instruments. His uncle added some beautiful features that added to the sound and ambience. A huge greatroom with fourteen foot tall ceilings were perfect for the drum sounds. Old cuboards and closets were great isolation rooms. Even an architectual old well was built into the new kitchen floor. Instead of covering the well up with the new construction instead they covered it up with thick glass in a light at the bottom, a perfect reminder of the building past in the now modern updated kitchen, only if you did not watch "The Ring".

The location was perfect but the only problem was the constant haunting issues along the way. At first we did not think of it but as it became consistant there is hidden Evp sounds on some of the guitar sounds and buzzing bits. Even a violin noise from no where and walking when no one was upstairs. Luckily we were recording so we plan to throw some of the sounds on the final piece. I guess it will be something for the heads to trip out to. To add icing on the cake of the story we found out that the last renters of the home that were there before renovations or even Howls were recorded broke their lease do to apparitions. These guys were park rangers and one of them even pulled his gun on hand prints walking towards him in the carpet as he laid in bed… I hope the energy will come across and maybe the good vibes of our music helped this home. I always felt a good vibe even with the weird noises. I like to think as if something was there it was just trying to have it voice on the record.. like "I can play something too."


the "haunted" vaults above Sunset with tons of old reels (Zippedoodah, Disney stuff and maybe a lost Doors reel????)


Studio shot.


my favorite… basketball in the Sunset courtyard.. onthe left is Studio 1, the right Studio 3 and the photois taken from Studio 2..

— Steve Kille


11/30/06 —Dead Meadow Keep On Trucking
Rolling into December, Dead Meadow has a whole lotta dates lined up through the western half of the US. Rumor has it they're previewing new material at these gigs, and further rumor has it that said new material is pretty awesome. Click over to the tour page and see if they're coming to a town near you.

09/25/06 —New Tour with Wolfmother
Dead Meadow is heading out on the road with Wolfmother in November. See if they're coming to your city here.

08/16/06 —Discography updated
Dead Meadow's discography page has been updated. If anything is missing, let us know, because we're trying to be completists. Check it out here.

06/01/06 —Let's hope this doesn't steal their soul 
Dead Meadow recently played some tremendous gigs in the UK, including this one at Bush Hall in London (photos courtesy of underexposed.org.uk):

04/27/06 —Forthcoming UK dates 
May 2006
18 LONDON SONIC CATHEDRAL at THE LEGION
19 ALL TOMORROWS PARTIES, Camber Sands, Rye, UK
21 MANCHESTER ACADEMY W/DINOSAUR JR
22 BIRMINGHAM ACADEMY W/DINSOAUR JR
23 BRISTOL ACADEMY W/DINOSUAR JR
26 CARDIFF CLWB IFOR BACH -
27 LONDON BUSH HALL
28 NOTTINGHAM DOT TO DOT at THE SOCIAL

03/10/06 — Dead Meadow + Dinosaur Jr. = Aww Yeeaahh 
After a wildly successful series of shows on the West Coast, Dead Meadow hit the road again this March in support of Dinosaur Jr.

3/29 - Dallas, TX - Gypsy Ballroom
3/30 - Austin, TX - Stubb's
3/31 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
4/1 - New Orleans, LA - House Of the Blues
4/2 - Tallahassee, FL - The Moon
4/3 - Jacksonville, FL - Free Bird Cafe
4/4 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues SC
4/5 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club
4/6 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
4/7 - Asheville, NC - the Orange Peel
4/8 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
4/9 - Nashville, TN - City Hall
4/10 - Memphis, TN - Young Ave Deli
4/11 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue

11/12/05 — 
Wish we were there

There are two kinds of people in this world. Those that understand that Dead Meadow are one of the universe's most amazing bands. And those that want tosee Roy Horn receive proper medical care.

NOVEMBER (All dates with Black Mountain)
11 NL, UTRECHT - EKKO
12 NL, DEN BOSCH - WILLEM II
13 DE, HAMBURG - MOLOTOW
14 DE, BERLIN - KNAACK
15 DE, DRESDEN - STAR CLUB
16 DE, MUNICH - FEIERWERK
17 A, VIENNA - FLEX
18 IT, BERGAMO - CLUB ZERO
19 IT, BOLOGNA - IL COVO
20 CH, BASEL - KASERN
22 FR, EVREUX - MJC
23 UK, LONDON - SCALA
24 UK, NOTTINGHAM - RESCUE ROOMS
25 UK, GLASGOW - ABC2
26 UK, MANCHESTER - ROADHOUSE
28 FR, PARIS - LA BOULE NOIR
29 BE, HASSELT - M.O.D.
30 NL, AMSTERDAM - PARADISO

DECEMBER
8 NY, NEW YORK - BOWERY BALLROOM

10/11/05 — Tour with Black Mountain
Dead Meadow shortly commence upon on an exhaustive UK/European tour with Black Mountain:

NOVEMBER 
11 NL UTRECHT - EKKO
12 NL DEN BOSCH - WILLEM 2
13 DE HAMBURG - MOLOTOW
14 DE BERLIN - KNAACK
15 DE DRESDEN - STAR CLUB
16 DE MUNICH - FEIERWERK
17 A VIENNA - FLEX
18 IT BERGAMO - CLUB ZERO
19 IT BOLOGNA - IL COVO
20 CH BASEL - KASERN
22 FR EVREUX - MJC
23 UK LONDON - SCALA
24 UK NOTTINGHAM - RESCUE ROOMS
25 UK GLASGOW - ABC2
26 UK MANCHESTER - ROADHOUSE
28 FR PARIS - LA BOULE NOIR
29 BE HASSELT - MUZIEK O DROOM
30 DE AMSTERDAM - PARADISO

06/08/05 — Video for "At Her Open Door"
An appropriately engulfing video for "At Her Open Door", one of the standout tracks from 'Feathers', is available here. Dead Meadow will be on the road throughout the June supporting Sleater-Kinney:

6/15 - Minneapolis at First Ave
6/16 - Chicago at Riviera Theater
6/17 - Cleveland at Beachland Ballroom
6/18 - Toronto at the Phoenix
6/19 - Montreal at Club Soda
6/21 - Burlington at Higher Ground
6/22 - Boston Avalon
6/23 - NYC Roseland
6/24 - Philadelphia at Trocadero
6/25 - DC at 9:30
6/29 - Winston-Salem at Ziggy's
7/1 - Atlanta at Variety

plus more dates on their own, available on the tour page.

02/10/05 — Tours with Trail Of Dead and Jennifer Gentle
European dates with Trail Of Dead in March, and US dates with Jennifer Gentle in March/April, have been announced on the tours page. Keep an eye peeled because we'll be confirming more over the next few weeks.

01/26/05 — Album out in less than a month
We're scrambling like Michael Vick to let you, the educated public know that Dead Meadow's forthcoming "Feathers' CD/LP , is an enthralling, expansive work that adds new colors to the sonic pallette of America's heaviest guitar band. Prior to their SXSW appearance, Dead Meadow will be touring Europe with And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, with a full North American schedule planned for April.

01/06/05 — New bio, new photos, upcoming tour
A new bio and new photos have been posted. Stay tuned for info on the nationwide tour which will begin shortly after release of 'Feathers' on February 22. 

12/15/04 — First MP3 from new album
now available for your listening pleasure, an MP3 of "At Her Open Door," from Dead Meadow's forthcoming 'Feathers' CD/LP, in stores Feb 22 (and Mar 7 in Europe). Users of the hook-up-tastic My Space.com can become close personal friends of Dead Meadow by visiting this link.

11/16/04 — On tour with the Warlocks
Currently on tour throughout the USA with the Warlocks, Dead Meadow have completed work on their new Matador CD/LP, 'Feathers,' scheduled for release next February. The first DM opus to feature the additional guitar work of newest member Corey Shane, 'Feathers' is a brave, expansive take on the band's signature psychedelia. There's little happening in guitar rock that compares favorably at the moment, and not that we're rooting for the rest of the music world to slip up or anything, but we're sure you'll be impressed.

09/03/04 — In studio, various dates
Dead Meadow are headlining Baltimore's Ottobar on Saturday, September 18, with Oneida in support. Prior to that, Dead Meadow will be in New York's LoHo Studios (of GBV's 'Isolation Drills' fame) working on their next Matador album alongside engineer Tom Gloady and producer Bob Ebeling.

In addition, they are undertaking fall tour dates with the Warlocks and others. Check the tours page for details.

03/03/04 — Last-minute tour dates announced
Those jolly Dead Meadow guys just dropped some new dates on us -- at the very last minute. If you live in LA, why not go check out the band tonight?

3/3 - Los Angeles, CA - Silverlake Lounge
3/4 - Phoenix, AZ - Modified Arts
3/5 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
3/6 - Albuquerque, NM - the Moonlight
3/7 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
3/9 - Columbia, MO - Eastside Tavern
3/10 - Louisville, KY - Uncle Pleasant’s
3/11 - Lexington, KY - High On Rose
3/12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Modern Formations

3/28 - Camber Sands, Rye, UK - All Tomorrow's Parties
3/29 - London, UK - The Garage

12/12/03 — Video footage: live at the London Metro
Shot by the estimable 'Karlito', QuickTime footage of Dead Meadow live at the Metro in London, from their show there this past May 29.

09/18/03 — Fourth and Final Unreleased MP3 released
Check the music page for the fourth in Dead Meadow's Unreleased MP3 Series. This is the last one in this series.

08/10/03 — Third Unreleased MP3 released
Check the music page for the third in Dead Meadow's Unreleased MP3 Series. The fourth MP3 will be posted on September 10th.

08/06/03 — On the road agin!
The DC power trio are about to engage in their heaviest spell of activity with the previously announced Western US tour dates this month, followed by October clubs dates in Europe -- with a UK tour supporting Super Furry Animals right after that. Dead Meadow's "Let's Jump In" can be heard alongside unreleased tracks by Wire, Burning Brides, The Icarus Line and Weezer on the upcoming Buddyhead compilation, 'Gimmie Skelter'. Seetours.

07/10/03 — 
Second Unreleased MP3 released
Check the music page for the second in Dead Meadow's Unreleased MP3 Series.

06/26/03 — 'Shivering King.." just out, new tour about to begin...
Following a live broadcast on WNYU and a brief spate of London gigs ---resulting in gadzooks-style coverage from Kerrang, NME, Bang and other magazines we're trying to stay out of fights with, Dead Meadow are refocusing their attentions on the homeland with a US tour kicking next week at NY's Mercury Lounge playing with Bardo Pond (dates below). 'Shivering King and Others' is available now on CD and double LP and ranks as the most hypnotic listening experience of 2003. 

06/10/03 
— 
Special MP3 series: Starting on June 10, and continuing on the 10th of every month, we will be uploading an unreleased Dead Meadow MP3. See Dead Meadow's music page for details.

05/20/03 — Following some well received shows supporting Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Dead Meadow are heading to London for gigs on May 27 (The Underworld) and May 29 (The Metro) as the buzz builds for the 2XLP/1XCD release of 'Shivering King and Others'. An MP3 of "Good Moanin'" is available now from our action-packed audio/video section.

04/14/03 
— 
Austin SXSW 
After a particularly sick sojurn to Austin, TX, minds were expanded, blown and then expanded again during Dead Meadow's SXSW gigs. The only power trio are preparing for a European promo trip in advance of the June release for 'Shivering King and Others". Dead Meadow will be playing London's Metro on Saturday, May 12, with more events to be announced shortly.

03/05/03 — a correction:
Just to make sure, the new album is called 'Shivering King and Others'. The person who got the title wrong last time has donated all of his shares in Matador Records, Inc. to Covenant House and Father Bruce Ritter (who was very funny in "Three's Company" all those years ago). This joke would've made the "We're Sorry" campaign had it be thought of in time. Always good for pt. II, however.

Also, we would like to stress that Dead Meadow are a Washington DC band. Not Virginia, Washington DC. In the rich cultural history of Wes Unseld, White Boy, Troublefunk, No Trend, Black Market Baby, the Urban Verbs and Egoslavia. WASHINGTON DC!!!

 

 

02/03/03— The album is done
I'm shuddering with anticipation just typing these words. Or maybe it's the food poisoning. Either way, the new Dead Meadow album, their fourth and first for Matador, is due June 8 and it's called 'Shivering King and Others'. Said album will redefine "heavy" in ways Heavy D or William "Refrigerator" Perry never envisioned (though they were each pretty visionary in their respective fields). The Only Power Trio on Earth (with all due respect to Belle & Sebastian --- who are divisible by three if they add or subtract members), Dead Meadow's new record fulfils the promise made by the DC band's explosive live shows and then some.

  

Check the tour dates section for details on their February shows, and if you're in NYC, check them out 2/20 at the Mercury Lounge with J Mascis & The Fog.


09/05/02— Redundant Signing Notice:Dead Meadow - on board
Matador Records is pleased to announce the signing of the Washington DC trio Dead Meadow to a worldwide deal. The band, made up of Jason Simon (guitar/vocals), Steven Kille (bass), and Stephen McCarty (drums), create heavy distorted psychedelia and electric sludge blues with expansive instrumental passages. They're pretty devastating by any standards we can think of. Dead Meadow have released two albums for Joe Lally's Tolotta label and have toured throughout this year with Guided by Voices, Super Furry Animals, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Warlocks; they've recorded a John Peel Session as well. Dead Meadow just completed their most recent block of US touring and will tour Europe late this autumn before recording their new album, due in early 2003.
    

08/21/02— Dead Meadow Signs to Matador
Washington DC's Dead Meadow have officially joined the ranks of Matador Records. The group, made up of Jason Simon (Guitar/Vocals) Steven Kille (Bass) and Stephen McCarty (Drums) create heavy distorted psychedelia and electric sludge blues that doesn't shy away from expansive instrumental sections. With two albums for the Tolotta label (a label run by Joe Lally of Fugazi), the band has been touring nonstop this year with such groups as Guided by Voices, Super Furry Animals, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Warlocks. They've completed a John Peel Session as well.

On their signing, Kille proclaimed, "It's a great fit -- like Dead Meadow, Matador Records are a fan of great albums and not catchy singles, they allow us the creative freedom to develop our sound and grow as artists. Look at the diversity and quality of their roster and you know these guys truly love music." The band's current plans include continuing their North American tour through the end of summer and then entering the studio to start recording a new album, due early next year. For more info, check outtheir website.

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