Madness on Main tomorrow!!!!!

Yup folks, the day is finally here!  Tomorrow for the first time in months we will bring out the big 4X12 cabinets and let loose on stage.  No offense to our smaller combos or the wonderful record stores we had so much fun playing at but it’s been too long since we brought out the big guns and really cranked it up.  So we hope to see you guys out there tomorrow with hearing protection.

Oh and in  case you missed it, Nathan Smith at Houston Press was good enough to interview us about the new album and the upcoming show ( read it here: ) and Houston Press was kind enough to name us one of the 10 acts to see at the festival ( read it here: ).  Thanks to the HP and Nathan, you all are too kind.

See you all tomorrow night!


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Just over a week until the Madness happens!!

We’re only 8 days away from the Madness on Main festival and we couldn’t be more excited as  frankly this will be the first show we’ve played all year where we get to bring out the heavy cannons.  No offense to the fine combo amps we’ve used at the last few shows but there is simply nothing more awesome than cranking up a Marshall 4X12 to the point where it emits a wave of sound that would make the ears of Crom bleed.  We will bring the rock and all that we ask in return is you precious hearing!


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Awww Yiss! Come and celebrate with us today as Ampalanche rolls out in digital today!

From Kate Beaton's Hark a Vagrant - click image for full comic.

Aw Yiss! Today is the day Ampalanche finally goes on sale digitally.  Yes, that’s right, you can now download the album on CDBaby and Bandcamp and in a short while (it does take some time for this to propagate across the internet) on other services like Itunes, Amazon, Emusic, Spotify, or whatever on-line service you prefer.  Of course we want to remind you that you can still buy the LP from Vincebus Eruptum as it’s a damn beaut pressing of glorious analog sounds that’s well worth the cash.

Also, don’t forget to come and celebrate with us today at 3pm as we play a free show at Cactus Music (2110 Portsmouth St, Houston, TX 77098).   We will have copies of the LP for sale at the show and there will be  free St. Arnolds beer to boot!

Conan the Barbarian (advert)

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Ampalanche is coming … to Digital! To celebrate, we play Cactus Music next week!

Conan the Barbarian (advert)

Thulsa Doom: There was a time, boy, when I searched for Steel, when it meant more to me than gold or jewels.

Conan: The riddle… of Steel.

Thulsa Doom: Yes! You know what it is, don’t you boy? Shall I tell you? It’s the least I can do. Steel isn’t strong, boy, Linus is stronger! That is strength, boy! That is power! What is steel compared to 12 inches of pure unbridled Rock?!!!

Conan:  But the new album, has thus far been only available on LP from Vincebus Eruptum Records!

Thulsa Doom: That is where you are wrong, boy!  Ampalanche will be available on-line beginning Saturday 23 April 2016 on all your favorite digital services … ITunes, Emusic, Amazon, Spotify… even the band’s own Bandcamp.   And to celebrate the Linus Pauling Quartet will be performing that very day at Cactus Music at 3pm!  And oh yes, yes…refreshments will be provided by St. Arnold Brewing!

Contemplate this on the tree of woe. Crucify him!


Saturday 23 April 2016
Linus Pauling Quartet celebrates
the digital release of their latest LP, Ampalanche
Cactus Music
2110 Portsmouth St
3pm, all ages




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On Keith Emerson and the Armadillo-Tank

It’s another sad week in the realm of Rock and Roll deaths with the passing of the great irreplaceable George Martin earlier this week and now we come to find that one of our favorite prog kooks, Keith Emerson, has passed as well.  Emerson, like the equally batty Rick Wakeman, has always held a special place for fans like us in that he served up phenomenal musicianship wrapped in a glorious tortilla of Prog-Rock excess.  It’s the kind of stuff that is at once admirable and ridiculous with neither side quite ever getting the upper hand.

But Emerson holds a particular slot in the LP4 cannon for one particular album.   You may recall from our campaign manual, this particular creature.


That creature may have not so subtly reminded you of another famous armored creature.  Namely this one.



Yup, it was a shameless nod to the great ‘dillo himself, Tarkus!   If you’re not familiar with this album, it’s a totally bat-shit record about Tarkus the armadillo-tank who was created by painter and graphic designer William Neal.  As noted in Wikipedia, Neal explains the origin thusly (emphasis mine),

“[T]he armadillo was simply a doodle created from a fusion of ideas while working on the Rare Bird album As Your Mind Flies By. I had produced a gun belt made up of pianokeys [sic], which somehow led to WW1 armoury, nobody liked the idea, but the little armadillo remained on the layout pad. Later on we were asked to submit ideas to E.L.P for their 2nd album. David Herbet and I put tank tracks on the little fellow…yet it was still basically a doodle. However, Keith Emerson spotted it and loved the idea, so we developed him further…After hearing the substance of “Tarkus” on the “acetate” I developed the ideas along with Keith and Greg, and painted all the other creatures too.. “

Here in the inner cover that tells you just how nutty this record truly is.


Glorious, isn’t it?  And the Tarkus suite on Side A is just as eccentric and blithesome as the artwork suggests. I mean sure, it’s supposed to be some allegory about the futility of war but, come on, the whole concept is just so goofy and out there that it’s hard for anyone (and I suspect we can include ELP themselves here) to take all too seriously.  If anything the whole thing comes off as the musical equivalent of a lovingly assembled D&D campaign or perhaps a pulpy fantasy from a very drunk Robert E. Howard or Michael Moorcock.  In short, this odd little album – left by Clinton’s older brother in a crate only to be unearthed by a young Clinton Heider years later and forever shape the course of the LP4 – is just a lot of fun and worth your 20 minutes.

So rest in Peace, Keith Emerson, and thank you for ruining our lives with this wonderful album.

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We play South By Due East this evening

Hey folks, just a friendly reminder that we’ll be playing at South By Due East tonight.  It’s this oddball little festival that Guy Schwarz and Marlo Blue came up back in 2003 after a night of drinking with John Nova Lomax which is likely the best excuse to start a festival you could ever have.  The idea was to just grab a bunch of local acts, have them perform some short sets (10-20 minutes), video tape them, and then pick the best performances to broadcast.  Mind you this started before the days of YouTube, Vimeo, and all that stuff.  Over the years their broadcasts have improved on the AV front and the result is a nice little collection of artists from a wide spectrum of genres from Houston.  It’s an admirable little project and we’re super grateful to Guy and Marlo for extending us an invitation to perform this year.  We’re scheduled to play around 9:30 pm (assuming things run on time) so if you’re in the area, drop by the Last Concert Cafe and have a few beers with us and catch us play a few songs from the new album.


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Upcoming Shows also the last copies of Assault from The Vault are out the door.

Howdy, friends.  We just wanted to make a few announcements.

First off, we shipped the last three copies of “Assault on the Vault of the Ancient Bonglords” to CD Baby and my guess is that those are already backordered.   But if you missed out on buying one of the last copies of AVABL, fear not! You can download the module as a PDF right here! So click, the link, download the module, and start rolling those dice!


Next, we’re kicking off the year with a free show each month and we hope to see you there.  You can check the details on the Live Shows page or on our Facebook.  Here are the dates and locations:

VynylEdgePoster(final)27 February 2016
LP4 Ampalanche Record Release Show (Free, 7pm)
at Vinal Edge Records
239 W 19th St, Houston, Texas 77008
(Refreshments provided by No Label Brewing Co.)

12 March 2016
LP4 Live at South By Due East (Approx. 9:30 pm, Free)
at Last Concert Cafe
1403 Nance St, Houston, Texas 77002

23 April 2016
Ampalanche Digital Release Show (1pm, Free)
at Cactus Music
2110 Portsmouth St, Houston, Texas 77098



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Ampalanche LP is available now!

Cover art by Kabuto

Cover art by Kabuto

Yessiree!  While the digital version won’t appear online until April 15th, our new album is now available on vinyl!  Just hop on down to the link below and you too can own one of these lovely records.  Thanks to the good folks over at VE for their support on this, to our good friends who contributed their time and effort into helping us with this album, and to all you lovely folks for whom we make this music.

LP available now through Vincebus Eruptum

PS. Oh yes, videos.  Fear not, we expect to have one out for “Brisket” in April (just in time for the digital release date) and a third, more involved and epic one, for the title track in late summer.

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Ampalanche arrives next Friday. This week we give you the story behind the album.


Yes, next Friday, our newest album will be released by our good friends over at Vincebus Eruptum.  But do you know the story behind the album? If not, then we encourage you to visit the Ampalanche discography page on our website.  There you will learn of the Tube LordsEightfold Tube of Saṃsāra, the dreaded Shēngyīn de Shān, and how Lemmy played a key part in this saga.


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December News – Ampalanche release update, Novembeerfest wrap up, and Doomsgiving IV this Saturday

Strap yourselves in, folks.  We’ve got a lot of catching-up to do what with Ampalanche, Novembeerfest, and this Saturday’s Doomsgiving IV

Ampalanche Release News

Well lovely news,  the test pressings are done and Davide over at Vincebus Eruptum says they sound aces.  There are some videos that Davide posted on his Facebook showing the pressing plant making the test pressings that are really cool.  Here is a screen shot…



Neat huh?  Anyhow, the release got pushed back to January of 2016 and there are three editions coming out per VE:

  • EXTRA-LIMITED EDITION – 100 hand-numbered (001/100) copies on coloured (color #1) vinyl plus exclusive poster
  • LIMITED EDITION – 200 hand-numbered (101/300) copies on coloured (color #2) vinyl
  • STANDARD EDITION – 200 copies on black vinyl (first press)…eventually I’ll start a second press of 500 more copies on black vinyl later

So, 500 copies now, another 500 later.  These LPs will all come with free download codes for the album via our Bandcamp. ( If you want to skip the vinyl and just get digital, you’ll have to wait three months after the LP’s release. ) We may include a special bonus track in for the downloads as an “album only” download but we have to look into some stuff first and see if it is feasible.  So yeah, we are on track for a release to kick off 2016.


Novembeerfest wrap-up

Well, another Novembeerfest has come and gone.  As always it was fun as hell with great food, folks, organizers, a hella lotta beer that left Larry a bit sloshed during our set.  We were down a man, what with Charlie being out on paternity leave, but given we’ve been away from performing live for so long it was just wonderful to play for folks again.  As usual our thanks go out to the CCSD folks for having us.  Y’all are the best!

Here is a video of our drunky-drunk cover of Deep Purple’s Space Truckin’ recorded by the good folks at Union of Human.  Sure it’s a little sloppy but, trust me, if you were the last band performing and surrounded by over 250 gallons of home-brewed goodness all day, you’d be just as toasted as we were!  😉

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and last but not least.
This Saturday join us for
The 4th Annual Doomsgiving at Rudz!

Yes we had the honor of being asked by The Domstress herself to perform with Project Armageddon, The Dirty Seeds, and Serpent Sun for the 4th Annual Doomsgiving which is something Project Armageddon has been doing for a few years now.  The Doomstress promises great music and also adds that “This event will once again feature the customary Doomsgiving Table set and will also feature a displaying artist bringing music, art & photography together for a unique interactive experience that Doomsgiving has become known for. ”

It should be pretty fun and even though for obviously logistical reasons we’ll be leaving the light show at home this time, this will be our first show in months with the full band as Charlie(!!!) will be joining us again this Saturday.  So come on out and welcome Charlie back to the stage as we bring the LP4 machine back on-line in full loud-as-f@%# glory!





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