Nick Oliveri to Release Solo Album, Death Acoustic, in October

Nick Oliveri, the musician best known for his former role as the bassist in QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE and KYUSS, is set to release his first solo album under his own name. The album titled, Death Acoustic, was recorded over the last 12 months in his home studio, and is scheduled for an October 6th release through Impedance and MVD Audio. The also frontman of MONDO GENERATOR and part-time member of THE DWARVES, Oliveri has songwriting and musicianship through intimate, solo acoustic shows. Death Acoustic captures that side of the rocker.

Here is the full album track listing:
1. “Start a Fight
2. “Like the Sky
3. “Dairy Queen
4. “Gonna Leave You
5. “Love Has Passed Me By
6. “U Blow
7. “Hybrid Moments
8. “Unless I Can Kill
9. “Follow Me
10. “Outlaw Scumfuc

IT’S CASUAL: Amoeba Music’s “Homegrown Artist of the Month” + Live Shows

Los Angeles’ IT’S CASUAL is Amobea Music‘s “Homegrown Artist of the Month” for August. The heavy noisemakers, who will also be featured in the LA Weekly this month, recently released the album, The New Los Angeles.

IT’S CASUAL have been confirmed for the FU MANCHU national fall tour kicking off October 25th and going through November 11th.

Before then, IT’S CASUAL will be making their regular local rounds of gigging including this Friday at The Viper Room in Hollywood with Nick Oliveri‘s MONDO GENERATOR, San Fransico’s all-girl TURBONEGRO cover band, TURBONEGRA, 16 and DISASTROID. Peep the flyer here: http://twitpic.com/c5wfz

Check out the band’s video for “The New Los Angeles“…

Get more info on IT’S CASUAL here:
http://www.itscasual.net/
http://www.myspace.com/itscasual

Drummer Chris Summers Resigns from TURBONEGRO

TURBONEGO have announced the resignation of longtime drummer, Chris Summers. Here’s an official statement from the band:

“It is with our deepest regrets to inform you that after his 6 month hiatus due to a damaged foot, personal priorities and a focus on other projects, we have been forced to ask drummer Chris Summers to resign from TURBONEGO.

“Those of you who have seen the band during the last 60 shows have already been introduced to our new drummer, Tomas Dahl.

Tomas – a drummer from the age of 6 – is also known as Caddy, a veritable one-man songwriting and recording machine of international reknown (‘the son of Paul Stanley and Brian Wilson‘, according to a review of one of his two full-length albums) with two radio hits to his name and to quote Nick Oliveri (who scoped him out with intense interest nightly during our tour with MONDO GENERATOR) ‘one of the best rock’n’roll drummers I have ever seen’.

“The powerhouse that is Tomas has been part of the TURBO family ever since he at the tender age of 18 played drums on THE VIKINGS‘ original recording of ‘Good Head‘ (Knut and Tom actually wrote the song about him; ‘sweeping floors at the mill all day’, Tomas had recently dropped out of school to work as a janitor and driver at a local grain storage), contributing with backing vocals and vocal production on both Scandinavian Leather, Party Animals (during which an astonished producer Steve McDonald re-christened him ‘The Magic Truckdriver’) and Retox. For a sample of Tomas go to myspace.com/caddymusic.

“We wish Chris all the best in the future, and look forward to shifting gears into a new Deathpunk Era with Tomas behind the wheel!”

TURBONEGRO: Rocking Hard On

Norway’s least classiest band, TURBONEGRO, are now three albums strong since their much ballyhooed reunion in 2003. Their latest, Retox, certainly isn’t a return to their filthy deathpunk past, but it’s timeless much like their feel-good-but-feel-naughty rock ‘n roll they’ve perfected of late. Having recently taken their raunchy rock ‘n roll rollercoaster on the road, we pulled bassist, Happy Tom, aside for a quickie and a lightening round of questions to uncover the mystery of the German Shepherd, the homo shtick, and the magic of Retox.

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MONDO GENERATOR – Dead Planet

MONDO GENERATOR may have been a fun little side project in the past but vocalist/bassist Nick Oliveri (ex-QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, KYUSS) has decided to kick it up a few notches and make the band his full-time focus and it shows for damn sure. Dead Planet is the kind of fiery punk album that will kick you in the teeth and leave you smiling. Armed with the kind of charisma that is seldom possessed and the types of hooks that won’t leave your brain, MONDO GENERATOR have come up with a solid collection of songs. The material is quite diverse without losing any continuity. There are heavy numbers (i.e. “Basket Case”), classic punk sounding songs (i.e. “I Never Sleep” and “All Systems Go”), and more rock-flavored ones (“All the Way Down”). On the other hand, there are songs such as twisted BLACK FLAG-like “Like a Bomb,” the slithering “Sonicslowmotiontrails,” the mellow acoustic escape of “Take Me Away,” and the ice cool “Paper Thin” that really add multi-dimensions to Dead Planet and help to making it a special record. The band even threw in two cover songs from the RAMONES and JOHNNY CASH which blend in perfectly. MONDO GENERATOR have certainly been a prolific beast as evidenced by the 17 total tracks here, neither of which is a throwaway. If Dead Planet is an indication of what MONDO GENERATOR sounds as a full-time band, then the competition better watch their backs. (Suburban Noise Records)

MONDO GENERATOR Forced to Drop Off Ozzfest 2007

MONDO GENERATOR has been forced to drop off this year’s Ozzfest due to matters beyond the band’s control. A statement from band frontman Nick Oliveri reads as follows:

“It’s very disappointing but MONDO GENERATOR has been forced to cancel the remaining dates we have booked with Ozzfest and CIRCUS DIABLO. We tried everything in our power to make things work so that we could remain on tour, but unfortunately due to matters out of my control, it is impossible for us to continue touring at this time,” says Oliveri. “We’re very sorry to all the fans that will not be able to see us on these remaining dates and promise that we will be back soon. We would like to thank Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, as well as the entire Ozzfest crew for giving us the chance to play Ozzfest 2007. We’d also like to thank the fans that came out to show their support at the shows.”

MONDO GENERATOR’s new album Dead Planet was recently released through Suburban Noize Records.

TURBONEGRO: “What Is Rock” North American Tour

TURBONEGRO will be returning to North America for a fall tour in support of their new album Retox, which drops in North America on August 14th through Cooking Vinyl. Support will come from Nick Oliveri‘s MONDO GENERATOR.

9/19 – Chicago, IL Metro
9/20 – Detroit, MI Smalls
9/21 – Cleveland, OH The Grog Shop
9/22 – Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theater
9/24 – Boston, MA Paradise
9/25 – New York, NY Nokia Theatre
9/26 – Washington, DC The Black Cat
9/28 – Winston Salem, NC Ziggy’s
9/29 – Atlanta, GA Centre Stage
9/30 – New Orleans One Eyed Jacks
10/1 – Dallas, TX Granada Theatre
10/2 – Austin, TX Emos
10/4 – Phoenix, AZ Brickhouse Theatre
10/5 – San Diego, CA House Of Blues
10/6 – Los Angeles, CA LA Weekly Festival
10/7 – Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda Theatre
10/8 – San Francisco, CA Slims
10/10 – Seattle, WA Showbox
10/11 – Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
10/12 – Portland, OR Roseland Ballroom

Additionally, TURBONEGRO‘s full back catalog will be reissued on September 25th. This includes their classics Apocalypse Dudes, Ass Cobra, and Never is Forever.

MONDO GENERATOR Video For “Lie Detector” Posted Online; Band on Ozzfest

MONDO GENERATOR have uploaded the video for “Lie Detector,” from their recently released new album Dead Planet, online at the following location: www.one.revver.com/watch/327137

MONDO GENERATOR recently returned from their European tour where front man Nick Oliveri checked in from the road with the following update:

“Eastern Baltic rock! There were tons of hot girls, but unfortunately none of them were at our gigs. Estonia was cool, but Bulgaria was the best as me and Ian got to sing ‘Sex and Violence‘ with THE EXPLOITED; I’ll never forget it,” says Oliveri recapping MONDO GENERATOR‘s recent European tour. “Warsaw is always a good time, but I haven’t played there since I played with QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE 7 years ago. We had crazy drives through Serbia and Croatia going into Romania, where we got lost thinking we were taking an exit, but it was really an entrance. We had a great time playing for all the European fans and hope to get back there soon.”

MONDO GENERATOR’s new album Dead Planet landed in stores this week through Suburban Noize Records. The band is currently on the road all summer long on the second stage at Ozzfest 2007 and playing off dates with CIRCUS DIABLO. Dead Planet is already getting a strong reaction from radio where MONDO GENERATOR was the #3 most added on FMQB’s Loud Rock charts.

Recorded by producer Nick Raskulinecz at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606, Dead Planet is thunderous, raw rock ‘n’ roll at its best. The album has already generated significant critical acclaim upon European release.

MONDO GENERATOR was originally formed by ex-QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE and KYUSS bassist Nick Oliveri in 1997. The band has previously released two critically acclaimed albums, their classic debut album Cocaine Rodeo in 2000 and 2003’s A Drug Problem That Never Existed. Initially intended as a side-project, the band has now become Oliveri’s full time venture.

MONDO GENERATOR is not a side-project anymore,” Oliveri says bluntly. “I used to do MONDO every now and then on spare time and now it’s my first choice. All other bands I play in have become my side-project, so in other words my mistress has now become my wife.”

MONDO GENERATOR Tour Dates:

7/17 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Ampitheatre*
7/18 San Francisco, CA Cafe Du Nord**
7/19 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Ampitheatre*
7/20 Los Angeles, CA Viper Room**
7/21 Devore, CA Hyundai Pavilion*
7/22 San Diego, CA Brick by Brick**
7/24 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion*
7/26 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion*
7/27 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge**
7/28 Denver, CO Coors Ampitheatre*
7/29 Salina, KS The Blue Goat**
7/30 Kansas City, MO Verizon Wireless Ampitheater*
8/01 Houston, TX Meridian**
8/02 Dallas, TX Smirnoff Music Center*
8/04 San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre*
8/06 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Ampitheater*
8/07 Cleveland, OH Peabodys**
8/08 Columbus, OH Germain Ampitheatre*
8/10 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre*
8/11 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection**
8/12 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre*
8/13 Reedsburg, WI Badger Music Theatre**
8/14 Indianapolis, IA Verizon Wireless Music Theatre*
8/16 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center*
8/18 Hartford, CT New England Dodge Music Theatre*
8/20 Boston, MA Tweeter Center*
8/22 Philadelphia, PA Tweeter Center*
8/24 Pittsburgh, PA Post Gazette Pavilion*
8/25 Warren, MI The Ritz**
8/26 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre*
8/28 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre*
8/30 Palm Beach, FL Sound Advice Amphitheatre*

* Ozzfest 2007
** w/ CIRCUS DIABLO

LAMB OF GOD, HATEBREED, LORDI, Others Confirmed for This Summer’s “Free” Ozzfest

LAMB OF GOD, HATEBREED, and LORDI are among the first acts announced to join Ozzy Osbourne on this summer’s “free” Ozzfest.  LAMB OF GOD and Finland’s LORDI will take on the mainstage while HATEBREED will be the second stage’s lone headlining act.  Second stage support acts will include MONDO GENERATOR, ANKLA, CIRCUS DIABLO, NILE and THE SHOWDOWN.

The tour was originally scheduled to start July 7th but has been pushed back to July 12th to accommodate the extension of Ozzy‘s European tour.  Here is the complete Ozzfest itinerary:
Jul. 12 – White River Amphitheatre, Seattle, WA
Jul. 14 – Gorge, George, WA
Jul. 17 – Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Sacramento, CA
Jul. 19 – Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
Jul. 21 – Hyundai Pavilion, Devore, CA
Jul. 24 – Cricket Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ
Jul. 26 – Journal Pavilion, Albuquerque, NM
Jul. 28 – Coors Amphitheatre, Denver, CO
Jul. 30 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Kansas City, MO
Aug. 02 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, San Antonio, TX
Aug. 04 – Smirnoff Music Center, Dallas, TX
Aug. 06 – UMB Bank Pavilion, St. Louis, MO
Aug. 08 – Germain Amphitheatre, Columbus, OH
Aug. 10 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, IL
Aug. 12 – Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI
Aug. 14 – Verizon Wireless Music Theatre, Indianapolis, IN
Aug. 16 – PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
Aug. 18 – New England Dodge Music Theatre, Hartford, CT
Aug. 20 – Tweeter Center, Boston, MA
Aug. 22 – Tweeter Center, Philadelphia, PA
Aug. 24 – Post Gazette Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA
Aug. 26 – DTE Energy Music Theatre, Detroit, MI
Aug. 28 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC
Aug. 30 – Sound Advice Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL