Thursday, April 30, 2009

black ships consume

so there's a new current 93 album coming out on May 18th. Andrew WK and Sasha Grey guest, with vocal appearances by both.

what do andrew wk, sasha grey, and david tibet TALK about?
this whole thing blows my mind.

i'm going to write to drag city and see if they can shed any light on this crazy situation.(baby dee is also on the album, and drag city is her label.)


this was fun. april 25th, 2009

integrity - vocal test/hollow
amesoeurs - gas in veins
world inferno friendship society - leni riefenstahl at the end of time
insect warfare - necessary death


obscura - orbital elements
nachtmystium - the antichrist messiah
johnny hobo and the freight trains - church hymn for the condemned
kite flying society - on stars our dreams are born
made out of babies - the major


outlaw order - safety off
peste noire - la mesniee mordrissoire
blind blake - blind arthur's breakdown
blind guardian - mirror mirror


bound by entrails - across the dead night sky
drowningman - code breaking hearts
botch - to our friends in the great white north
hellchild - the scent of summer rain
internal affairs - nightbreed


high on fire - hung, drawn and quartered
khanate - clean my heart
electro quarterstaff - somethings awry in the hetfield of dreams


iced earth - when the night falls

Sunday, April 19, 2009

left 4 dead's survival pack comes out tuesday. get stoked.


Thursday, April 16, 2009


i love shorebirds more than most folks, i imagine, but i am so stoked to hear matt camino sing positive songs again.

you should get your hands on this seven-inch.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

bob dylan wrote propaganda songs

best "hey, let's have sex 'cause we're horny teenagers" song ever.

well, except for maybe this one:

Sunday, April 12, 2009

dear ron mcclane, i wouldn't bother with these questions if i didn't sense some spiritual connection

heaven and hell - bible black
the hope conspiracy - violent and grey
hour of the wolf - spit it right back
infernal war - crush the tribe of jesus christ


agoraphobic nosebleed - hung from the rising sun
shai hulud - love is the fall of every man
blood for blood - anywhere but here
bridge and tunnel - grace for these wayward hearts
the melvins - the bit(live)


brutal truth - powder burn
cannibal corpse - a cauldron of hate
melt banana - if it is the deep sea, i can see you there
life long tragedy - this year's disease
psyched to die - onward armageddon


poison the well - 12/23/93
melechesh - leper jerusalem
graf orlock - deluxe mental hospital tour
millions - life is satisfactory


mose giganticus - mr. roboto
shorebirds - gonna get ugly
until your heart stops - digging holes
skeletonwitch - limb from limb
propaghandi - the bangers embrace


rvivr - plenty of time
o'death - nimrod's son(pixies cover)
ghostlimb - scimitar
spanish bombs - broken
harm's way - warriors will reign


graves at sea - red monarch
church of misery - badlands(charles starkweather & caril fugate)


sabertooth zombie - lady death is into hotrods and meth addicts
the rural alberta advantage - don't haunt this place

radio show musings.

on the sort of subject of black sabbath, the new album by heaven and hell(the dio-years black sabbath reunited business) leaked. i've only really listened to the lead single("bible black") and my initial impression was not great, and then the riff kicked in, and i was reminded why black sabbath is not strictly a band, but more an engine of destruction. fuck, man. the band just destroys, regardless of whatever nonsense babbling their lead singer is layering over it. this is not meant to write off dio. dio is fantastic, and sounds menacing as all get out detailing the tragic story of a man trapped by a book that should never be read(at least, until you concentrate on the words). anyway. i'm hopeful for the rest of the album, but at least we got one great single.

relapse is fuckin' holding it down this year so far. buried inside, agoraphobic nosebleed, obscura, and brutal truth all put out stellar fucking albums that every metal head should go out and buy right goddamn now, especially the AN.

you should probably listen to psyched to die. their debut seven-inch is out now on firestarter/grave mistake records, and it's fucking awesome. it's mikey erg, jay hunchback, brian g.(from for science), and chris frump(from fast times) and they play thrashy caustic punk rock that is tons of fun.

playlist soon. tonight's show has been a lot of fun so far.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

man, nofx fucking sucks.

Monday, April 6, 2009

not a shocking list, really.

"Think of 15 albums that had such a profound effect on you that they changed your life or the way you looked at it. They sucked you in and took you over for days, weeks, months, years. These are the albums that you can use to identify time, places, people, emotions. These are the albums that -- no matter how they were received by the critics -- shaped YOUR world. When you finish, tag 15 others if that makes you happy. Make sure you copy and paste this part so they know the drill."

ooh, a facebook meme. it's music related, and may give ya'll an idea where i'm coming from/a chance to bash my taste. i can only do 14. sorry.

jethro tull - aqualung
this is the first album i can really remember loving, and it's mostly because of the last song "wind up". i mean, one cannot deny the thundering power of the title track, or 'hymn 43', or 'locomotive breath'. but it is the quiet rejection of societal expectations of 'wind up' that always stuck with me the most. church was never part of my life growing up personally, but being a quiet studious nerd, i ran with a lot of christian kids and this album helped me articulate and eventually understand why organized religion always seemed terrifying to me. is it a stretch to say that it was this sort of dissatisfaction with the accepted norm that led me to punk rock, and the musicianship on this album led me to metal? maybe. but i think it's not without truth, either.

the who - tommy
this, along with "aqualung", are both albums i inherited a love for from my father. his love for music was something that pervades even my earliest memories. i remember riding in his classic chevy(i forget the year, i was never any good with cars)and listening to the radio and he knew all the words, and i thought that was about the coolest thing ever. he really loved this album, and while it has taken a back seat to other who albums in my preferred listening line-up, it still looms large in my listening history. i have memories of taking this record out of my dad's collection and playing it clumsy, placing the needle on the groove(god, my dad must have been so patient to let a dumb kid ruin his records), and reading along with the lyrics, marveling at the spiked fists on the inside cover. so i suppose this is one of the first albums that allowed me to view music as an artifact, as something in and of it's own right, not just something to fill up empty space.

they might be giants - flood
i have no idea how i found they might be giants, but i do know this is the first cd i ever bought. it was probably on one of my periodic audiogalaxy/napster binges, and their weird, dark take on pop seemed perfect for a kid yearning to be different but not too different. one of my favorite parts of the fantasy novels i devoured as a young kid was always the all-knowing wizard, and music like this, filled with references to greek mythology, and german cities i've still never been to, allowed me to both expand what i expected from music and my knowledge of the world at large and maybe get one step closer to that shrewd warlock from those cliched books.

the dillinger escape plan - calculating infinity
i will admit i had a brief nu-metal phase. however, it was brought on mostly by MTV and napster, and so i never really listened to anything but singles for those three dark months. eventually, i found my way to this, and fuck. jesus fucking christ. how are you supposed to go back to fucking drop-d chug-chug-chug 'i hate my life' bullshit after a fucking neutron bomb like this? i spent too much of my time learning the words to '43% burnt' when DEP was looking for a vocalist, and recording abysmal attempts. man. the follies of youth. anyway. this fucking album kills, and introduced me to other bands like deadguy, botch, creation is crucifixion, and was pretty instrumental in getting me to go to local shows, and listen to loud music and suchlike.

bane - it all comes down to this
this is the album that got me into hardcore, and it is still as powerful as it was the first time i heard it in 2002. between the fierce metal background screams, to the beautiful acoustic guitar interludes, this seriously challenged what i expected from music. top it all off with aaron's tremendously intelligent lyrics, and this album still wows me when i put on it to this day. "a place in the sun" is one of the best songs ever, and the part where aaron sings "or how badly i miss my mother" and builds to "or how much i've come to LOVE! MY! FATHER!" and then the back-up vocals kick in, and goddamn. the idea that heavy music could deal with more than anger was eye-opening.

the suicide file - twilight
of course, there's nothing wrong with anger. boston hardcore defined most of my high school/college years, and this album was a huge part of that. i can remember listening to the suicide file's demo tape over and over and once this album came out, it was entrenched in my listening habits immediately. writing hardcore songs that were as catchy as they were furious, the suicide file eloquently captured my disgust with most of my 'peers' and with the way the world seemed to work. the last time i saw this band i was screaming so loudly i almost threw up three-fourths of the way through their set.

godspeed you black emperor! - fa#oo
sometimes punk songs won't take you where you need to go. post-rock is a mostly bullshit tag for a mostly full of shit genre, but this album is fucking flawless, and is one of the reasons why i have the attention span to sit and listen to black metal, and noise. the opening track('dead flag blues') is maybe one of my favorite pieces of music ever, mostly for how the entire piece sucks you into this morass of despair, a post-apocalyptic landscape of broken cars and scorched bones, and then at the end there is this charming uplifting melody, and you can hope again, and that's what i love about it. no matter how shitty things get, there is light at the end.

the mountain goats - tallahassee
unless, of course, you're the alpha couple, john darnielle's personification of every shitty thing about love, and hate, and the focus of 'tallahassee'. 'tallahassee' was the first mountain goats album i ever heard. i had heard it compared to 'who's afraid of virginia woolf?' by edward albee(a play i was directing at the time), and as i was having issues entering into the proper state of mind, trying to understand what kept george and martha together, this album seemed like a possible entry-way to that mindset. while albee's characters are not the alpha couple, the emotional underpinnings are very similar. this was one of the early studio mountain goats albums, and you can tell. some of the songs feel weirdly over-produced, and clunky. however, the mountain goats quickly became and consistently remain one of my favorite groups ever, and the things i love about them(the way john illuminates complex social situations with simple, repetitive lyrics being the primary reason) are in full display here.

modern life is war - my love, my way
modern life is war was one of the best bands of my generation, and their debut album is filled with anger and hunger and fury and was the soundtrack to the last five years of my life. i have words from this album etched into my skin. i've seen this band more than any other, and have gone to the greatest efforts to see them(booking them at my school, convincing people to drive from beloit to chicago to see them, driving from chicago to marshalltown with someone i barely knew to see their final show) this album is almost entirely flawless("war" is a song i'm not a huge fan, but it would provide a hint to their evolution into hardcore's masters of tension) and songs like "first and ellen" and "a tale of two cities," songs that understand how absolutely fucked things can get, and still, still in the face of all that darkness provide a glimpse of hope, a light at the end of the tunnel are few and far between, and should be treasured. this band could be your life.

bomb the music industry! - goodbye cool world
this is the album that made me think maybe ska wasn't strictly shit like the blue meanies and the aquabats, that perhaps adding horns to punk didn't just take the bite out of it. bitter, sarcastic, and genre-hopping(though there are plenty o' horns and ska guitar parts), "goodbye cool world" eased the transition from college kid to productive member of society by reassuring me that everyone else was going through the same self-doubt bullshit, and giving me a catchy soundtrack to dance along to. ain't no shame in bein' poor.

lucero - that much further west...
i went through the whole "i listen to everything but country and rap" and this album changed the country part, at least. i mean, like most things, it was the punky background that hooked me, but i stayed for the bitter yet hopeful lyrics and the rousing sing-a-longs and the glimpses into worlds i'd never seen before(bars, motel room trysts, real regret, distance, forgiveness). i will also credit this band for getting me into jawbreaker, which i cannot thank them enough for.

against me! - reinventing axl rose
whatever this becomes
whatever words I say
we are the fortunate ones...
and when the days are done
i won't forget
i don't agree with where this band has gone, but this album made me believe in myself, in other people, and in the idea of reconstruction. i probably wouldn't be playing guitar or trying to write music right now if it wasn't for this album. it also taught me that all our heroes are only human.

paul and ginger - darkness at the edge of town
i love bruce springsteen, but there was a time when i didn't. this charming folk-punk duo and their energetic takes on classic bruce songs introduced me to the idea of re-examining music i'd written off, placing it within it's proper context(NOT CLASSIC ROCK RADIO. ugh.), and finding value in places i hadn't expected it to be. it's also very tied to certain places and people, and just hearing their version of 'thunder road' takes me to a winter's day where everything was closed except a card store and the only cure for the cold was spicy soup from asia. that kind of memorytie is hard to find, and valuable to me, and so this album is important. it's also just so charming because these songs have been stripped down to their words and two acoustic guitars, and while the e street band fucking rules, bruce pens songs that fight through on the backs of their convinctions, of their words, and all of that is on full display here.

converge - petitioning the empty sky
jane doe is my favorite album by this band, but this is the one i heard first, and still, the weirdness and sadness of it is affecting and brings me back to my first adventures in punk and metal. the opening track, "the saddest day" is seven minutes of unmatched fury, but not too far from the rage and complexity i'd heard in previous bands. it was songs like "albatross" and "buried but breathing" with their openness and emotive qualities that stuck with me. jacob bannon's lyrics were also more metaphorical than the majority of what i was listening, paving the way for more intellectual lyricists, like the afore-mentioned mountain goats. i don't mean to harp on the idea of intelligent heavy music, but i do feel blessed that i started(or found rather quickly) such shining examples of what heavy music could mean(dep, converge, bane, etc) instead of getting mired in the self-loathing/sub-moronic abyss of most pop-metal.

i'm going to reserve the 15th slot for bands that have affected my outlook/musical appreciation level, but i can't pick one album by.

examples: the weakerthans, the hold steady, tullycraft, the lucksmiths, jawbreaker

mmm. in other news, i really cannot stop listening to the thorns of life bootleg. aside from the "first time", it's really fucking good.

call 'em april babies, 'cause they fools

deathspell omega - chaining the katechon


kill the client - consumption is intoxication
the lawrence arms - 100 resolutions
black kites - laundry room
the gaslight anthem - i'da called you woody, joe


agoraphobic nosebleed - white on white crime
die my will - golden calf
deadguy - die with your mask on
the saddest landscape - the weight of the world, and every dress you ever wore


neuropathia - high on nicotine
paint it black - check yr math
tea man with tea gum - music for kids without any
watchmaker - irrational hate soaked fury


a wilhelm scream - william blake overdrive
cancer bats - smiling politely
the year of our lord - porcelain
this is hell - cement shoes


pig destroyer - girl in the slayer jacket
apartment 213 - endless killing
palehorse - bleed the sheep
aura noir - unleash the demon
razor of occam - heat of battle


revocation - suffer these wounds
converge - grim heart/black rose
the hold steady - killer parties(live)

Saturday, April 4, 2009


today was the ktoo record sale, and i spent $31.

i picked up:
the mothers of invention - freak out!
an asian bootleg of paranoid by black sabbath
the boredoms - soul discharge
john fahey - the transfiguration of blind joe death
and a bunch of other fantastic stuff.

as i listen to the crackly quiet bootleg of paranoid, i'm struck by how fucking primal and intuitive this band is. i got in an argument last night with someone about how understanding something intuitively doesn't indicate intelligence, and i feel like black sabbath is a good example of this. i am not trying to call the members dumb, mind you, but songs like "war pigs" or "iron man" display a kind of sly empathy, no brains required. the lyrics are curtains on a stained glassed view of the dark things crawling around everyone's brain. no overthinking, no pretense, just the distillation of bad energy through four unfortunate brains.

the boredoms album is quite choice as well.