Muscle and Marrow interview and album stream.

Enjoy Muscle’s and Marrow’s interview with Cat Jones on Noisey. Topics include Love, Courtney Love, and femininity. Noisey has also posted a stream of the bands new album.


Muscle and Marrow’s “Love” has started to ship. You can find it in the following places:

Direct from The Flenser:

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Muscle and Marrow – Love

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Muscle and Marrow’s “Love” starts shipping next week.

Pre-order direct from The Flenser:

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Kayo Dot – Magnetism

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Stream a track from Kayo Dot’s upcoming full-length “Plastic House on Base of Sky” now on Tiny Mix Tapes.

Listen to “Magnetism”:

Plastic House on Base of Sky will be out on June 24th on vinyl and CD formats. Pre-order now in The Flenser store.

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New pre-orders: Wreck and Reference, Kayo Dot, All Your Sisters, Have a Nice Life


Pre-orders for the new albums by Wreck and Reference, Kayo Dot, and All Your Sisters go live today at 10am PT.

Also going for sale will be a new pressing of Have a Nice Life’s Deathconsciousness.

This is a new pressing of Have a Nice Life’s Deathconsciousness. The engineer that cut the first Flenser edition of Deathconsciousness felt that he could improve the quality of the pressing. The result is a louder and clearer edition of the most important record we have ever been a part of. Pressed at RTI. All print work is identical to the previous edition.

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Due out July 22nd from The Flenser / Listen to new song “The Clearing” here

California’s multi-instrumentalist masterminds Ignat Frege and Felix Skinner, better known as Wreck and Reference, have announced their third-full length album: Indifferent Rivers Romance End. Due out July 22nd through longtime partner The Flenser, the album is a winding composition of ballads interrogating the endurance of purpose, love, and change, against the backdrop of disillusionment draining into nihilism. The first single “The Clearing” is streaming today as a preview to the album and it can be heard on Soundcloud or Youtube.

Indifferent Rivers Romance End was recorded by the band and mixed/mastered with Samur Khouja (Joanna Newsom, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony) in Los Angeles, CA earlier this year. The album contains 10 new tracks, clocking in at 44 minutes in length. This new album sees Wreck and Reference employ the pristine clarity of IDM and the rhythmic flood of trap, as an experiment in pop, metal, and noise with the increased use of digital synthesizers over previous works, creating a greater sense of fluidity and movement.


Wreck and Reference formed in 2011 and recorded their first EP, Black Cassette, in a garage, drawing upon the blown out intensity of black metal and the angularity of noise rock, with themes of determinism and Cormac McCarthy-esque isolation. Instead of guitars, the instrumentation on Black Cassette was constructed of samples played through distorted amplifiers. In 2012, their debut full length Y̶o̶u̶t̶h̶ represented a dramatic expansion of their sonic palette. In deeper, darker tones, Y̶o̶u̶t̶h̶ was a reflection on the opposing forces of dismissal and longing for both the past and the future, questioning the value of the life lived and life that is still to come. These sounds and themes were pushed further in Wreck and Reference’s second full length Want in 2014. Described by Pitchfork as having “radical vision” and “boundless experimentation,” Want expanded into a darker and more brooding territory, plumbing the depths of isolation, sadness, and hopelessness, as if written from inside a room with only a dimming window into a perfectly callous world. In contrast to Wreck and Reference’s past work, Indifferent Rivers Romance End is an album that allows the possibility of change, even the necessity of it, when the self comes to face the inevitability of continued life amidst the construction and destruction of relationships. The cover depicts a statue of Heraclitus, the tearful Ancient Greek herald of change, tied to a brick and drowned in a river of liquor and dirt.

1. Powders
2. Flight But Not Metaphor
3. Ascend
4. The Clearing
5. Liver
6. Modern Asylum
7. Manifestos
8. Bullwhips
9. Languish
10. Unwant


More songs from Indifferent Rivers Romance End will surface soon and the album is up for pre-order at on Friday May 6th at 10am PT along with new albums by Kayo Dot, All Your Sisters, and a Have a Nice Life repress.

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Muscle and Marrow support tour with Marissa Nadler


Muscle and Marrow North American Tour with Marissa Nadler and Wrekmeister Harmonies.

Muscle and Marrow will be performing their own set and also as part of Marissa Nadler’s backing band.

7/5/16 – Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR Tickets
7/6/16 – Neurolux, Boise, ID Tickets
7/8/16 – Kilby Court, Salt Lake City, UT Tickets
7/9/16 – Lost Lake Lounge, Denver, CO Tickets
7/10/16 – Reverb Lounge, Omaha, NE Tickets
7/11/16 – 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN Tickets
7/12/16 – Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL Tickets
7/13/16 – El Club, Detroit, MI Tickets
7/14/16 – The Drake Hotel, Toronto, ON, CA Tickets
7/15/16 – La Sala Rossa, Montreal, QC, CA Tickets7/16/16 – Half Moon, Hudson, NY No Advance Tickets
7/19/16 – Great Scott, Boston, MA Tickets
7/20/16 – Aurora, Providence, RI Tickets
7/21/16 – Bowery Ballroom, New York City, NY Tickets
7/22/16 – Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA Tickets
7/24/16 – DC9, Washington DC Tickets
7/25/16 – Cat’s Cradle Backstage, Carrboro, NC Tickets
7/26/16 – The Earl, Atlanta, GA Tickets
7/27/16 – Gasa Gasa, New Orleans, LA Tickets
7/29/16 – The Sidewinder, Austin, TX Tickets
7/30/16 – Rubber Gloves, Denton, TX Tickets
8/1/16 – Valley Bar, Phoenix, AZ Tickets
8/2/16 – Casbah, San Diego, CA
8/3/16 – The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
8/4/16 – The Chapel, San Francisco, CA
8/5/16 – Henry Miller Library, Big Sur, CA
8/7/16 – Cobalt, Vancouver, BC, CA
8/8/16 – Barboza, Seattle, WA
*photo by Nikki Hedrick

Marissa Nadler US only admat

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The Flenser Singles Spotify

Please follow our new singles playlist.

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A band with a name such as All Your Sisters, whose two sole members are men, is not surprisingly a little hard to nail down. Ambiguity extends to the bands genre as well. “I think All Your Sisters is a lot of things: post punk, industrial, noise, ambient,” says frontman Jordan Morrison. The duo, who hail from the deceivingly sunny city of San Francisco, have one foot planted firmly in darkwave and post-punk, leaving the other free to wade through a variety of unconventional influences. Their forthcoming album, Uncomfortable Skin is steeped in nostalgia, but entirely contemporary and album’s first single “Open Wide,” seamlessly shifts between genres, yielding a sound that is both brooding and catchy.

LISTEN to the bands new track Open Wide here on

After the dissolution of his previous band, Morrison (guitar, synth, vocals) formed All Your Sisters as a solo project, then moved from Reno to San Francisco where he eventually brought like-minded musician Mario Armando Ruiz (bass, synth) into the fold. The duo connected immediately, bonding over their tumultuous upbringings and dark personal tragedies. Their first album, Modern Failures was released by Belaten in 2014 and then on vinyl by Weyrd Son Records. It was followed by a successful European tour in 2015. All Your Sisters performs with a palpable sense of urgency. “I get physically and mentally ill if I’m unable to play music for stretches. It’s perhaps the only way I know how to express myself,” says Morrison.

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Morrison draws on his personal experiences for lyrical inspiration, especially his time spent working as an EMT. “I was 19, living in Las Vegas and driving an ambulance,” he says. “I became a full blown paramedic by the time I was 23. I eventually moved to Reno and worked for a few more years. The job started to wear on me. I saw the worst things you can imagine. People in their worst, most vulnerable states. There was definitely no sign of a god anywhere. I can’t un-see a lot of what I saw. These images might be in my head forever. So the feelings from it kind of sneak their way into the lyrics.”

Design work by Kevin Gan Yuen.

Uncomfortable Skin arrives courtesy of The Flenser on July 8th, 2016. More announcements and premieres coming soon.


01 – Nothing Is Sacred
02 – Open Wide
03 – Black God
04 – Heater
05 – Loss
06 – Remains
07 – Filled With Waste
08 – Shame
09 – No Hope
10 – Reconcile

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Kayo Dot’s “Plastic House on Base of Sky.”

New CD/LP out June 24 on The Flenser!

Kayo Dot has never made the same record twice. From chamber music to progressive black metal, from goth to jazz and avant-garde classical, Kayo Dot is undeniably experimental and utterly unclassifiable. Since its inception in 2003, the band has released seven full-length albums, including their debut Choirs of the Eye (2003), the conceptual double-album Hubardo (2013) and most recently Coffins on Io (2014, The Flenser). Kayo Dot have toured the globe numerous times over and have played the stages of Roadburn, SXSW, and many other international music festivals. In 2015, frontman Toby Driver organized and played a 12-concert retrospective at The Stone in NYC. Now, Kayo Dot is gearing up for the release of a new LP: Plastic House on Base of Sky, due out June 24th, 2016 from The Flenser.

On Plastic House on Base of Sky, Kayo Dot fully embraces Coffins on Io’s electronic allusions, incorporating a variety of synthesizers (many of them vintage analog) to create another work of ambition and magnitude that fuses the explosive musical imagination of a band like Magma with the forward-thinking experimentalism of Conrad Schnitzler or Morton Subotnick. This 40 minute-long, 5-song LP goes beyond the future-noir theme of Coffins on Io and is an innovative and biomechanical work of art. Think seemingly impossible architecture, dead satellites, trashed space stations, wasted old lady heroin addicts hanging out by cheap motel pools, broken people, and a hopeless dead and polluted world transitioning into artifice and mechanism and reacting by being self-destructive, either to the point of utter obliteration or a glorious transhuman condition.

Toby Driver, the primary composer and bandleader of Kayo Dot, has been fiercely productive over the years, and while that usually refers to how many songs or albums an artist has made, with Driver the productivity is in the realm of ideas as much as music itself. In the course of a single Kayo Dot song, the amount of risks and liberties taken with form and convention usually outnumbers what other artists cover in a full album. For as much ground as they cover, it’s always in the service of a carefully curated mood and this is apparent on Plastic House on Base of Sky’s exploration of our mechanical post-human future-present.

The core of Kayo Dot might be that mood– one that lies at the crossroads of darkness and mystery. In film, music that accompanies mystery is often nocturnal, playing on a primal relation in our brains between the unknown and the night. It’s this intersection that is the essence of Kayo Dot. Driver, who recorded Plastic House on Base of Sky in various locations from August 2014 to December 2015, again collaborates with lyricist Jason Byron. Byron, a lifelong student of the occult, gives the listener a feast of words to unpack that are as elusively satisfying as the labyrinths of sound they travel through. Whether by way of menacing guitars, ethereal woodwinds, or aggressive electronics, there’s always a sense that a new passage could open, that around the next corner could be anything.

Song premieres, pre-orders and more info on Plastic House on Base of Sky coming soon from Kayo Dot and The Flenser.

Cover art by Fuco Ueda. Design by Kevin Gan Yuen

Plastic House on Base of Sky Track Listing:

1. Amalia’s Theme
2. All The Pain in All the Wide World
3. Magnetism
4. Rings of Earth
5. Brittle Urchin

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King Woman Announce dates with Wax Idols and Pentagram


King Woman is setting out on a US tour with Wax Idols including dates that support the legendary doom band PENTAGRAM!

17-May – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven *
18-May – Portland, OR – Dante’s *
19-May – Boise, ID – Neurolux *
20-May – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room *
21-May – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater *
23-May – Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater *
24-May – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo *
25-May – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick *
26-May – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory *
27-May – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge *
28-May – San Jose, CA – The Ritz *
31-May – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
1-Jun – Chicago, IL – Subterranean
2-Jun – Detroit, MI – El Club
3-Jun – Pittsburgh, PA – The Smiling Moose
5-Jun – Allston, MA – Great Scott
7-Jun – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
8-Jun – Washington DC – Songbyrd DC
9-Jun – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
10-Jun – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
11-Jun – Atlanta, GA – The EARL
12-Jun – New Orleans, LA – Siberia
14-Jun – Dallas, TX – Red Blood Club
15-Jun – Austin, TX – Mohawk
17-Jun – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
18-Jun – Fullerton, CA – The Slidebar

*with Pentagram

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