Tobacco Album


Tobacco is back and beastlier than ever with Maniac Meat, a record designed to bully his previous works into a corner, gut them, and leave ’em for dead. If the details seem scarce, it’s because that’s how Tobacco likes to keep them. Hailing from somewhere north of Pittsburgh, he has successfully made a name for himself even as, whenever possible, he’s avoided acknowledging that name’s legal counterpart. As both the frontman of Black Moth Super Rainbow and the sole creative engine behind Tobacco, he’s earned the eager ears and prying eyes of doggedly loyal fans and smitten critics alike – a kindness he’s repaid by granting few interviews, obscuring his face in photos, and seeming wholly uninterested in the subject of his own identity. Such things just get in the way of the music after all, so if it’s easier, you might think of Tobacco as music – a one-man genre made of equal parts analog crunch, earthy psychedelia, fuzzed-up hip-hop, and outside pop.

Until last year with the release of the Dave Fridmann-produced collaborative affair, Eating Us, Black Moth Super Rainbow was roughly treated as a solo project with Tobacco creating three albums and several EPs worth of sludgy pagan pop for his cohorts to realize live. Though over time, Tobacco came to crave a more pure musical identity, one steeped in guttural sounds that hit harder and flashed brighter. This fixation reared its ugly head as 2008’s beat-oriented Fucked Up Friends, Tobacco’s official debut. Now, two years later, with Black Moth Super Rainbow effectively relegated to “side project” status, Tobacco has returned with Maniac Meat, an album saturated with Tobacco’s swampy analog aesthetic. This is not an album about looking back – neither to the black psychedelic pop of BMSR, nor to the warped rap thump of Fucked Up Friends.

Rather, this album emerged as antithesis. Tobacco crafted Maniac Meat as he put the finishing touches on Eating Us, treating the solo release as a depository for his more primal urges. The only live instrumentation to cross over was the thrashing bass and clanging drums. But even as the Tobacco material grew darker, deeper and nastier in tone, it also became something with real swag. Not a hip-hop record, per se – just something that parties like one.

Is it any wonder then, that Maniac Meat – which plays like a dingy refraction of the pink-hued era that Tobacco came up in, the late ’80s/early ’90s – would attract the attention of Beck Hansen? He’s the record’s lone guest, alternately sparring and coasting with Tobacco’s well-known arsenal of vintage synthesizers, noise boxes and voice modulators.

Tobacco’s Maniac Meat, an album of odd beauty, organic as rot, enduring as death, is out May 25, 2010 on Anticon. Tobacco will tour leading up to the album’s release, including a stop in Austin for SXSW.

Download a hi res jpeg of Tobacco by The Seven Fields of Aphelion here:

Maniac Meat Tracklisting:
01. Constellation Dirtbike Head
02. Fresh Hex (Featuring Beck)
03. Mexican Icecream
04. Lick The Witch
05. Sweatmother
06. Motorlicker
07. Unholy Demon Rhythms
08. Heavy Makeup
09. Grape Aerosmith (Featuring Beck)
10. New Juices From The Hot Tub Freaks
11. Six Royal Vipers
12. Overheater
13. Creepy Phone Calls
14. TV All Greasy
15. Stretch Your Face
16. Nuclear Waste Aerobics

Tobacco Spring Tour:
Fri. Mar. 12 – Toledo, OH @ Mickey Finn’s Pub
Sat. Mar. 13 — Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Tavern
Sun. Mar. 14 – Nashville, TN @ Exit In w/ DJ Kidsmeal, Blastoids
Wed. Mar. 17 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s Annex (IODA’s Opening Day Bash) – SXSW
Fri. Mar. 19 – Austin, TX @ Barbarella (Anticon Showcase) – SXSW
Sat. Mar. 20 – Austin, TX @ Vice (Noise Problem Party) – SXSW
Sat. Mar. 20 – Austin, TX @ (The Imposition Party) – SXSW
Wed. Mar. 24 — San Diego, CA @ Casbah w/ The Hood Internet, Nice Nice
Thu. Mar. 25 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo w/ The Hood Internet
Fri. Mar. 26– Costa Mesa, CA @ Detroit Bar w/ The Hood Internet
Sat. Mar. 27 — San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill w/ The Hood Internet
Sun. Mar. 28 — Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall w/ The Hood Internet
Mon. Mar. 29 — Portland, OR @ Holocene w/ The Hood Internet, Small Black
Tue. Mar. 30 — Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey w/ The Hood Internet
Fri. Apr. 2 — Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club w/ High Places, The Hood Internet
Sat. Apr. 3 — Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle w/ The Hood Internet
Sat. Apr. 24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory

“when the stuff is this jaw-droppingly great, more is definitely better.” – Kevin O’Donnell, Rolling Stone

“Whether drum, synth or samples flute, his source materials sound like they were pulled out of wet earth. . . Tobacco prefers to keep things ethereal and sweet, layered but uncomplicated, and heavily affected. . . Ambient passages and turntable affects are kept minimal, while everything else about Fucked Up Friends is gigantic. . . easily one of 2008′s best driving records.” – Chris Martins,The Onion’s A.V. Club

“swelling waves of dreamy keyboards and organs give way to unexpectedly gritty synth blomps, gripping beats, and the occasional tripped-out vocal tangent.” – Connie Hwong, XLR8R

Tobacco Online:

For more information, contact:
Jessica Linker | Pitch Perfect PR –, 773-472-1813


Beck worked last year with singer Jamie Lidell on his new forthcoming album The Compass. He produced, recorded and co-wrote songs, as well as performed on several others. Sessions began early last year and continued in the summer. The album will be out in May but you can hear the first song “The Compass,” which was recorded by Beck at Oceanway Studios (where Sea Change and Mutations were done) and features him on acoustic guitar and percussion.

Charlotte Gainsbourg “IRM” Released in the US

The Charlotte Gainsbourg album “IRM” has been released in the US. Beck produced and wrote the record over the last 2 years. Look for it in stores today, or buy it online here: iTunes, Amazon (CD, Special Edition, Vinyl), Emusic, Insound, Other Music.

Here are links to some of the press: Wall Street Journal, LA Times, NY Times

Also, check out Charlotte’s site:

Brian LeBarton interviews James Gadson

Photo by Yvonne Armstrong

A note from Brian:

Here is a special interview and music listening session I conducted with the legendary drummer James Gadson courtesy of Marfa Public Radio. We take a chronological trip down his amazing career and discuss the stories behind each track. James has drummed on “Dancing Machine” (Jackson 5), “Use Me” (Bill Withers),”I Want You” (Marvin Gaye), “I Will Survive” (Gloria Gaynor), Smokey Robinson, Sinatra, Ray Charles, the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, the list goes on. At last count he has played on over 300 Gold records. James was generous enough to let me into his home, the very room he used to rehearse with Bill Withers in, his anecdotes were inspiring and his attitude towards the future was bright as ever. Please enjoy.

For more information visit:

Sea Change Videos Now Up On Videotheque Page

“Lost Cause”
Sea Change "Lost Cause"

“Lonesome Tears”
Sea Change "Lonesome Tears"

“Little One”
Sea Change "Little One"

“Guess I’m Doin’ Fine”
Sea Change "Guess I'm Doin' Fine"

“Golden Age”
Sea Change "Golden Age"

Jay Reatard: In Memory

Jay’s Cover of “Gamma Ray”

Alternative content

Extremely sad to hear of Jay’s passing. Only got to play with him once, but had the honor of doing a split single together. Thanks for the songs Jay — you will be missed.

Sea Change

Sea Change has been added to the Collected Works page.

Exclusive Limited Edition Melanie Pullen Soldier T-Shirt

We have a new show going on in our Colorspace page now. Check out the store to pick up an exclusive, limited edition Melanie Pullen T-Shirt, available here only as long as the show.


Towards the end of the night, while recording the third record club last summer, our friend Autumn De Wilde (who had just shot Wilco’s new album cover, Beck’s Sea Change, as well as White Stripes, etc.) dropped by and took some photos of Feist, Jamie, drummer James Gadson and the Wilcos, plus Jeff’s son Spencer who sat in.

Click here to look at photos.


The Charlotte Gainsbourg album “IRM” written and produced by Beck is out today in Europe. Those living in Europe can find it on iTunes, CD or the quadruple 10″ vinyl deluxe package.

Click here to see the new video of the first single “Heaven Can Wait.”

Click here to read the press at and The Canadian Press.

Yes the album got released yesterday in France, Belgium, Netherlands, today in Quebec, Friday in Germany.

On iTunes:

The LP version is #1 on iTunes France

The album is #21 on iTunes Canada (LP version)

#10 overall top general

#1 top album!!