Sunday, July 26, 2009

i harvest green in the city

i have seen rock plaza central twice this summer now, and both times have been sublime. rpc got some blog-notice a couple of years ago with their lurching, gospel-esque version of "sexyback" which was charmingly creepy, but their original stuff is fucking great. sounding like a weird combination of the weakerthans, the band, and a gospel choir, rpc spin tails of failure, robot horses who think they are real horses(this is actually the subject of an entire album), sex with the lights off, and wrap it all up in stirring harmonies, and lyrical quickness(no surprise, their lead singer is also an author who is currently working on a microfiction project via their twitter.) recorded they are lovely, but live they really shine, utilizing four-part harmonies, violin, mandolin, trombone, trumpet, guitar and an earnest sense of wit to bedazzle and charm.

"gutterdance" is one of my favorite songs going right now, it's on their myspace, and well worth your time, especially if you're struggling with city living, as i seem to be these days. they've just released a new album as well on paper bag records entitled "at the moment of our most needing..." it's lovely as expected, and i believe still available in limited vinyl.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

metal metal metal

metal haven is having a sale right now, 35% off their vinyl. this make imports and re-issues so much more affordable, and as a result, i spent too much money.

things picked up:
kylesa - static tensions
church of misery - houses of the unholy
pharaoh - be gone(previously written about in this VERY BLOG.)
hellchild - s/t 10-inch

stoked on all of these. bummed that i'm not sure when i get to listen to them.

now, off for hot dogs and to listen to the elton john/billy joel concert at wrigley field.

Monday, July 20, 2009

sstuffff for lisstenighn

hop along(formally hop along, queen ansleis) played my friend's house tonight, and they were charming. hop along used to just be frances quinlan and her acoustic guitar, singing songs that were somewhere between regina spektor and joanna newsom. now she rocks with a full band, and is more ginger alford than joanna newsom, and it's good stuff. anothe quinlan plays drums, and his movements were so precise and metered tonight. it made for fascinating watching, and at times he was more interesting than the rest of the band.
they're touring with p.s. eliot who are a mostly girl band with a heavy discount/jawbreaker influence, with guitar solos that sound just like something from 1970's am rock.(at least, that's what i remember thinking then.) they are also worth checking out.

this tour is headed west, so if you live west of the mississippi, keep your eyes peeled. they may hit your town(dates are at their myspaces.)

cave in has posted a steam of their new ep. you can find it here. it pretty much continues the direction "perfect pitch black" started, a weird amalgamation of "jupiter" and their first two cds. caleb scofield's vocals remain fantastic. i feel like nate newton and him must compare notes a lot.

edit: holy shit "the red trail" rips faces clean from the bone. holy shit holy shit.

Sunday, July 19, 2009


bane has posted a new song online. it sounds quite a bit like "give blood"-era bane, almost to the point of ripping themselves off? i am glad to hear more positive hardcore, since there is so much anger and rage(don't take this as shit-talking, i just like balances.) in hardcore right now.

i'll be honest, i'm stoked listening to this, despite the similarity to their earlier work.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

this, essentially. mergh.

i've been listening to a lot of really great stuff lately, and i keep meaning to post about it.


Saturday, July 11, 2009

record score

things bought today:

gods and queens - s/t($5! new!)
get rad - bastards united
get rad/call me lightning - split
burmese -
Treaties Of Greed And Filth(i remember liking this band's full-length, aversionline hates this record apparently? my verdict soon!)
millions 7-in(maybe self-titled?)
monster x - to the positive youth
yage/engrave - split
grade - self-titled
the suicide file - things fall apart($15, not horribly priced. not a steal, but i've wanted this record foreeevvver. i remember e-mailing indecision about it after the "last" suicide file show, and then not being able to scrape up $5. bummer.)

things you should be listening to that i discovered today:
so apparently office split in half and now is two bands: office, and old fake. old fake kind of sounds like office? they're good. check 'em out. they gig around chicago fairly often, i guess.(thanks, guy from forge again!)
also, has the father phoenix ep streaming in full at this link. the fellow who runs forge again described them as a heavier deep purple. this description is not far off. i dig it quite a bit.

Thursday, July 9, 2009


so you're bored with lightning bolt.

check out rice corpse.

they are a noise-rock/improv group from china(the glass-player is aussie. oh, yeah, there's a guy in the band who plays a amplified broken piece of glass.) and they are great. harsh growls flash over tinkly piano backed by endlessly driven drumming, and everything seems both terrifying and also tongue in cheek(one does worry about the safety of that man's tongue, to be honest).

seriously some of the coolest stuff i've heard in awhile.

Friday, July 3, 2009

here's to independence.