Monday, March 22, 2010

BIRDS OF MAYA 'Ready To Howl'

Here's a new announcement for a new release that you can soon purchase. If you live in the USA and you simply cannot wait and you have to get it into your hands as soon as possible, you may paypal $21 to TestosterTunes at Gmail dot Com . It'll ship in about 3 weeks. Otherwise, be patient and pick it up from store or a favorite mail-order music retailer. Even better, get one from the band themselves at an upcoming live appearance..

Ready To Howl

Here it is. It's the most ambitious TestosterTunes release to date: a 3-song, double-LP by the three men of Philadelphia's BIRDS OF MAYA. It's called Ready To Howl and it's the soundtrack to an upcoming feature length film of the same name. Formed in 2002, Birds of Maya is the finest meat n potatoes neanderthal rock group operating today, and they're undoubtedly the outfit most committed to creating throbbing, thoroughly relentless, blues-based hard rock. Astute listeners will note nods to the fried power-rock of Split-era Groundhogs or the relentless garage mayhem of High Rise recorded under claustrophobic sub-Funhouse decadence. Anyone with ears will hear fried-Hendrixisms all over this thing.

Ready To Howl, the film, deals with one dude's struggles in- and outside of polite society. According to the producer, "the order of events is something like... getting off of work, partying, a parking lot bottle fight with a marine, driving drunk, the purchase of a deadly snake for purposes of revenge, hitchhiking, off road driving, car accident, the folly of vindictiveness, and finally a physical and metaphorical ascent to the highest point of the mountain." The soundtrack follows the same line, with album sides tracking Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

This is only BIRDS OF MAYA's second vinyl offering, and it's looooong overdue. Expect new music on Richie Records // TestosterTunes in 2010 and stay tuned for some out of town gigs through the midwest and in the mid-atlantic region.

Ready To Howl tracklist
1. Ready To Howl
2. Porch Dude
3. Heavy on Sunday

BIRDS OF MAYA spring gigs

Saturday April 3 @ DNA TEST FEST in Baltimore
Saturday April 10 @ Human BBQ at Pi Lambda Pi in Philadelphia

Friday May 7 @ Horrible Fest in Cleveland
Saturday May 8 in Detroit
Sunday May 9 in Chicago
Monday May 10 TBA
Tuesday May 11 in Columbus
Wednesday May 12 in Pittsburgh
Saturday May 15 in Philadelphia

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Baltimore Event

Hey there's a big gig coming up in Baltimore MD on Saturday April 3 and it's called the DNA TEST FEST. Go down to check out such faves as Psychedelic Horseshit, the Lamps, Home Blitz, Birds of Maya and about 50 more. There's probably going to be beer for sale and they're giving away a cassette with exclusive tracks by all the bands on the bill. And if you can't make it? The Lamps have a couple east coast gigs. Use the internet to find out more about that.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Hour back... GET IT?

Yo don't forget to print out directions before you leave

Yeah I will. I think Theresa is going to get a road atlas also, as you advised.

And you have to stick to your finess program. Be sure to find time for your pushups each morning.

Ok I'll make sure each place we crash has ample floor space.

Promise me you'll call every night so I know you're ok?

I promise.

If I don't answer, leave a message and I'll call you back in an hour.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Get It Away

Here's a fine youtube vid. It's SSD performing "Get It Away" from their 1983 12" of the same name. Listen close to that swirling guitar sound that would define a number of records reissued on the Taang! imprint.

Friday, March 05, 2010

BIRDS OF MAYA photo and news

Here's a photo of BIRDS OF MAYA performing a tune called "Heavy on Sunday". Keep your stupid eyes peeled for their long overdue second release, a 2xLP titled Ready To Howl (RR//TT25). Peep them at the DNA TEST FEST on April 3rd in Baltimore and at some select cities in the Midwest in the spring.

Monday, March 01, 2010


Tuesday, March 16 – Pittsburgh

Helter Shelter

Wednesday, March 17 – Memphis

Buccaneer Lounge

Friday, March 19 – Austin

WFMU Showcase @ Encore

Saturday, March 20 – Austin

Parts Unknown/Load/Siltbreeze Showcase

@ Club 1880

Sunday, March 21 – New Orleans

Saturn Bar

Monday, March 22 – Huntsville, AL

Voodoo Lounge

Tuesday, March 23 – Atlanta


Wednesday, March 24 –


Little Hamilton

Thursday, March 25 – Charlotte, NC


Saturday, April 3 – Baltimore

DNA Fest III @ Sonar

Saturday, April 10 – Philadelphia

Human BBQ @ Pi Lambda Pi