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Black Lips – “Before You Judge Me”

When it comes to corporate entities underwriting indie rock in 2010, it seems like it’s mostly KIN with a side of Kia. The former’s various initiatives included a heavily branded open bar show for the Black Keys, the latter has roped in their “Black” monikered kin the Black Lips, with this new tossed-off jammy “Before… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 15, 2010 - 11:30 am

The 14 Best Band Beefs Of 2009

Maybe it was these tough economic times — the sinking music industry, everyone downloading shit for free, rising unemployment. Or perhaps
folks just are getting stir crazy from lack of fresh air, sitting in front of their laptops/4-tracks while their bodies slowly give way. Whatever the case, bands were super bitchy this year. Some fight… More »

By: brandon / December 18, 2009 - 6:58 pm

Wu-Tang Meets The Indie Rock

We’ve seen indie rockers reach out to hip-hop’s most recognizable collective (or at least the most recognizable hip-hop collective to indie rockers). But lately, it’s been Wu-Tang Clan making the moves. This week Judgment Night 2009 is in full force, with genres meshing again and RZA, GZA, and company at the heart of it. More »

By: brandon / October 5, 2009 - 1:04 pm

New Black Lips Video – “Let It Grow”

Black Lips have broken up their recent bloglines dominance in helping Wavves turn indie rock into high school with this new video from their ’09 LP 200 Million Thousand. “Let It Grow” hits its bloodshot-eyed stride early and does little to shift course over three minutes of ramshackle gutter punk, but its Matt Dilmore-directed video… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 1, 2009 - 2:26 pm

Wavves, Black Lips In Brooklyn Bar Fight

There were no survivors. Probably. The Daily Swarm reports on the aftermath. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 27, 2009 - 7:30 pm

Fuck Yeah Fest 2009 In Photos

In its sixth year, Fuck Yeah Fest had the explicit intention of benefitting California’s state parks, and implicit intention of scaring away media outlets afraid of things with “Fuck” in the title. (Well OK: this year did bring the family friendly name change to FYF Fest, which is pronounced Fuck Yeah Fest Fest I think.)… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 8, 2009 - 12:36 pm

Capitol Hill Block Party 2009 In Photos

This past weekend, Seattle roped off a couple of blocks on Pike Street to host the Capitol Hill Block Party, inviting everyone from Sonic Youth to Micachu to the Jesus Lizard to help fill out a strong roster of artists. And Speaking of Yow’s iconic band: 13 years ago the Jesus Lizard played the city… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 27, 2009 - 4:23 pm

HEALTH/Black Lips @ Williamsburg Waterfront, Brooklyn 7/26/09

There were some great sets at the Pool Parties free show at East River State Park yesterday, but blistering HEALTH and raucous Black Lips sets aside, the weather’s what dominated the day. As in, everybody toasting life in the sun to the Latin funk of Austin’s Grupo Fantsma early, and a few hours later a… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 27, 2009 - 11:19 am

New Almighty Defenders – “Bow Down And Die” (Stereogum Premiere)

After collaborating with GZA on “The Drop I Hold,” the Black Lips have found a more seamless super grouping via the Almighty Defenders, their new project with fellow garage howlers King Khan and Mark Sultan. We’re told the idea for the band emerged after the Lips fled India and ended up crashing at Khan’s place… More »

By: brandon / July 7, 2009 - 10:10 am

New Black Lips (Feat. GZA) – “The Drop I Hold”

When Jessica spoke with Black Lips last year about their then-unreleased 200 Million Thousand, she reported the flower-punks were trying to get “a member or two of Wu-Tang Clan on a track,” the band adding: “Maybe not for the album, but for a remix or something or an EP later on down the road. We’ll… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 29, 2009 - 4:43 pm

New Black Lips Video – “I’ll Be With You”

This video for resident 200 Million Thousand prom theme “I’ll Be With You” is more successful than Black Lips’ recent stint as GZA’s backing band. Instead of sticking with the retro animation feel they gave “Short Fuse,” the heart-tugger’s given a retro home movie treatment, the guys hanging out at home with their Charles Manso… More »

By: brandon / March 25, 2009 - 1:33 pm

SXSW 2009: GZA Joins The Black Lips

The Black Lips’ songs, especially on 200 Million Thousand, possess a nice fuzzy texture and the Atlantans appropriate great garage-isms, but I’ve always been less than enthused by the band because from carefully marketing their “escape” from India to embodying every clichéd Vice signifier on earth to the “we are loose cannons” live antics, they… More »

By: brandon / March 23, 2009 - 10:00 am

New Black Lips Video – “Short Fuse”

When we evaluated the Black Lips’ 200 Million Thousand, the general idea was catchy, interestingly textured songs, boringly predictable shtick. In the Chris Taylor-animated, drummer Joe Bradley-directed video for “Short Fuse” we get zero shtick, because the Atlanta band’s not around to pour their PBR on our heads or remind us they once went to… More »

By: brandon / February 23, 2009 - 12:29 pm

Love Bites: Stereogum’s Anti-Valentine’s Day Mix

Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays you might not pay too much attention to if you’re in the midst of a really good relationship — because every day is like Valentine’s Day! — but can gain importance in direct ratio to how shitty your love life is when February 14th rolls around. With that… More »

By: brandon / February 13, 2009 - 2:03 pm

Premature Evaluation: Black Lips – 200 Million Thousand

Black Lips are savvy motherfuckers, ostensibly building a successful career by playing ’60s and punk-inspired, lo-fi garage rock (or, what they call “flower punk”) that isn’t better or worse than the inoffensive garage rock (not called “flower punk”) made by a zillion other bands. They mix in some lite elements of Southern soul and ra… More »

By: brandon / February 11, 2009 - 12:52 pm

New Black Lips – “Short Fuse”

My guess is that Vice didn’t want to release this next single from Black Lips’ 200 Million Thousand until they could be sure the GA crew weren’t still on the lam in India. Well worry not publicists, the band is safely engaging in IM sessions from King Khan’s house in Berlin, and that dude i… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 27, 2009 - 5:05 pm

Black Lips Escape Police, Indecent Exposure Charge, India

In “The Black Lips vs. India: 1-0,” the Atlanta garage rockers explain that after “being held by police for indecent exposure during our most rawkus set in Chennai at
the Campus Rock Idol showcase,” they slipped out an emergency exit then the country rather than deal with the reported “tuberculosis, violence and live maggots” at… More »

By: brandon / January 26, 2009 - 1:21 pm

New Black Lips – “Starting Over”

A few weeks ago, Black Lips submitted a Progress Report on their forthcoming 200 Million Thousand. Having a real practice space for the first time (New Street Gallery in Decatur) allowed the band to practice a lot more than usual, drummer Joe Bradley told us. He also promised the LP was more melodic than GoodMore »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 24, 2008 - 11:58 am

The 20 Albums We’re Most Excited To Hear In 2009

There a few more days of pretending to look busy at work ahead, but as far as our iTunes are concerned 2009 can’t get here soon enough. We’re done with the lists. It’s time for the new. We pored over the album-release sheets, took myriad Progress Reports, and narrowed the field to a list of… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 18, 2008 - 5:06 pm

Progress Report: Black Lips

NAME: Black Lips
PROGRESS REPORT: Mastering their fifth studio LP, 200 Million Thousand, recorded at their new studio in Decatur, Georgia.

Black Lips have been on the grind, going to their office eight hours a day and finishing their new record under inspirational messages (“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” “You… More »

By: Jessica / December 8, 2008 - 1:59 pm