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helmet room news update – 01.03.2011

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Still Light’s Lything, now available on iTunes, emusic, and everywhere else:

(click to check it out in itunes).

You can also grab a track for free courtesy of Eryc Eyl and Denver Post Reverb . Thanks to Eryc for the mentions.

And wait!, There’s more! Check out these upcoming live events from the helmet room recordings family:

Still Light plays an All Ages show on Jan 9 at the Textures ambient showcase w/ Bright Birds:

Day Dissolved Dream (Dennis Swanson solo set) plays a Free show January 21 at 6pm (All Ages) at The Walnut Room Pizzeria

You can also check out the latest from DDD on iTunes while you’re at it (click the image):

Legendary Pink Dots – Seconds Late For The Brighton Line

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Unlike most acts of their vintage, The Legendary Pink Dots look forward. After more than 25 years, they continue to make compelling new music that is demanded by fans and maintains the high level of quality that set their careers in motion. Led by singer/songwriter Edward Ka-Spel and keyboardist/songwriter Phil “Silverman” Knight, the band continues to create their singular brand of modern psychedelia. Edward Ka-Spel’s lyrics breathe with a sagacity and cleverness only found in rock’s greatest writers. Their new album “Seconds Late For The Brighton Line” finds the band in familiar territory; pulsing Krautrock, dark and sinister pop and epic post-industrial soundscapes. The album invites the listener to put on head phones, close their eyes and embark on a technicolor journey. Stand out tracks include the epic electronic groove of “Russian Roulette”, the pretty naivete of “Someday” and the chilling goth-pop of “Endless Time.” The recent departure of long-time band members Niels Van Hoorn & Martijn De Kleer has left The Legendary Pink Dots to operate as a quartet. The new crew will embark on an extensive North American tour this Fall that celebrates the band’s 30th Anniversary.

Legendary Pink Dots (official site)
Seconds Late for the Brighton Line
Label Site: ROIR (say ROAR!)

Release Date: Oct 5, 2010
DOUBLE LP UPC #: 0-5343-68317-1-7
CD UPC #: 0-5343-68317-2-4

Album Credits

All keyboards, synths and devices, both ancient and modern,were used and misused, processed and tweaked, by Edward Ka-Spel and the Silverman at Studio’s Lent and Limburgia.

From lyrics strewn across every room surface,written on printing paper, backs of envelopes and train tickets, Edward added his voice. On “Someday”, Silverman also sang.

Stringed things were played by Erik Drost, who for these sessions used acoustic, electric, bass and hawaiian guitars.

As always, Raymond Steeg’s mixing and production provided the sound answers that each track needed.


Pitchfork says: “…they traffic in horror and gothic darkness, but they do it with elegance, more slowly crescendoing George Romero dread than Wes Craven splatterfest.”

Arthur Magazine says: “It’s ominous, sinister pop… crushed velvet, light rain, spooky carnivals…”

SPIN Magazine says: “Fancy a break from the norm? These U.K. psychedelic rockers mix LSD whimsy & industrial gloom.

Time Out New York says: “…they’ve earned the legendary by now”

LA Weekly says: “The ‘Pink Dots are the latest, greatest thing – always will be – ‘cause one can never pinpoint exactly what they’re on about but can suffer measureless revelation upon hearing it.”

Seattle Weekly Says: “Softly psychedelic like a dreamer with blurry vision, and manically poppy as in the old days of the Flaming Lips.”

Popmatters Says: Pop Matters says: “New listeners beware; the intellectual stimulator of Dots records is addictive.”



Fri Oct 15 – Biltmore, Vancouver, BC
Sat Oct 16 – El Corazon, Seattle, WA
Mon Oct 18 – Club Sound, Salt Lake City, UT
Tue Oct 19 – Gothic Theater, Englewood, CO
Thur Oct 21 – Triple Rock, Minneapolis, MN
Fri Oct 22 – Double Door, Chicago, IL
Sat Oct 23 – Rumba Café, Columbus, OH
Sun Oct 24 – Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH
Mon Oct 25 – Magic Stick, Detroit, MI
Tue Oct 26 – The Mod Club, Toronto, ON
Thur Oct 28 – Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge, MA
Fri Oct 29 – Le Poisson Rouge, New York, NY
Sat Oct 30 – DC9, Washington, DC
Mon Nov 1 – M Room, Philadelphia, PA
Tue Nov 2 – Thunderbird Café, Pittsburgh, PA
Wed Nov 3 – Local 506, Chapel Hill, NC
Thur Nov 4 – The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
Fri Nov 5 – The Plaza Theatre, Orlando, FL
Sat Nov 6 – Orpheum, Tampa, FL
Tue Nov 9 – House of Blues Dallas, Dallas, TX
Wed Nov 10 – Elyslum, Austin, TX
Sun Nov 14 – The Rhythm Room, Scottsdale, AZ
Mon Nov 15 – The Casbah, San Diego, CA
Tue Nov 16 – Echoplex, Echo Park, CA
Wed Nov 17 – Sainte Rocke, Hermosa Beach, CA
Thur Nov 18 – The Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa, CA
Fri Nov 19 – Café Du Nord, San Francisco, CA
Sat Nov 20 – Café Du Nord, San Francisco, CA
Mon Nov 22 – Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR

<a href="">Russian Roulette by Legendary Pink Dots</a>

To arrange interviews, or receive a copy of the new CD for review consideration or airplay, please hit me back!

Randall Frazier
helmet room recordings

The Blood Of Heroes and Sunset Curse on Monsieur Délire

Friday, June 25th, 2010

The Blood of Heroes (Ohm Resistance) and The Sunset Curse have both been reviewed by music critic François Couture, in his Monsieur Delire blog.

The Blood Of Heroes finds itself on

Friday, June 25th, 2010

The Blood of Heroes (Ohm Resistance) finds itself on; kind words from TJ Norris.

“Not for the weary.”
- TJ Norris,

Sunset Curse, Birch Book and The Blood Of Heroes, all at Aiding And Abetting

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

The Sunset Curse reviewed at Aiding And Abetting (click to read the full review).

Also, short reviews of Birch Book and The Blood Of Heroes

The Blood Of Heroes review at Baby Sue

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

The Blood of Heroes (Ohm Resistance) has been reviewed at

“Harsh rhythm-driven tracks collide with metallic sounds and vocals drenched in effects. Slightly spooky at times…and ultimately somewhat surreal…”
- Baby Sue

The Blood Of Heroes reviewed at Brainwashed

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

The Blood of Heroes (Ohm Resistance) has been reviewed at

“While I do hear parallels in the sound to the likes of early Techno Animal, Ice, and Scorn, never does it sound like anything but a product of the modern era.”
- Creaig Dunton,

Free track from The Sunset Curse at Denver Post

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

The Sunset Curse have been written up in the Denver Post Reverb by Eryc Eyl. Click to read the original review and grab a free song from the debut record “Artificial Heart.”

“Though the album’s blend of electronica, indie rock, hard rock and the kitchen sink makes for a puzzling first impression, subsequent listens reveal a coherent artistic statement that is the musical equivalent of a nighttime stroll through nearly any 21st century city’s streets. You’ll get what we mean when you steal the album’s title track.”
- Eryc Eyl, Denver Post

The Blood Of Heroes reviewed at Limewire

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

“It’s heady stuff that’ll please the musical intelligentsia but avoids falling into the noise trap, remaining accessible enough to pass as artsy cocktail music.”

- Dave Wedge, Limewire Music Blog

The Blood Of Heroes has been reviewed by Dave Wedge in his Limewire music blog. Click to read the original review.