Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Protomen LIVE

Tonight the Protomen are streaming a show they're playing in TN on a local radio station. It starts at 9 pm CST, and you can stream it here.

It should also be noted they are playing the Beat Kitchen on April 1st. Get stoked, Chicago.

Thursday, February 25, 2010


I'm sorry I haven't been posting as much, I got hit by a car door recently, and I've pretty much just been lying in bed since then. I'm ok, just really sore.

Regular posting to resume soon, hopefully.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Yesssssss!(Second Cap'n Jazz reunion show added in Chicago!)

Tickets bought to the Sunday show. Pavement? No fuck given. Here's the reunion show I've been waiting for.

Hammers of Misfortune - Freebird

This fucking rules. Now I have to go buy the first Lynyrd Skynyrd album and listen to it at maximum volume. The organs over the coda are fucking tremendous. Fucking goddamn, this is some beautiful shit.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


"Actually, when the records get the first re-release, the first is released in June, we're going to do a reunion show in Seattle. That'll be the first time [after the split, Ed.] everybody gets on stage and does it all together [Jenn will later confess that there could possibly a proper tour, following that single show, Ed.]." - from an interview with Mat Brooke, of the Grand Archives, Band of Horses, and CARISSA'S WIERD.

Yeah, the band he's talking about reuniting is in fact, Carissa's Wierd. Hardly Art is re-issuing their cds, and then REUNION SHOWS. Holy shit holy shit holy shit. Words cannot describe how excited I am about this news.

In other news, S, Jenn Ghetto of Carissa's Wierd has a new album with her S nom-de-plume. I have no idea where you buy it, unfortunately. I know it leaked on the internet, and the couple of tracks I've heard are gorgeous, and deeply wounded. It is entitled "I'm Not As Good at it As You."

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Lifetime re-issues!

No Idea Records
has been working on re-issuing the two classic Lifetime albums "Hello Bastards" and "Jersey's Best Dancers" on vinyl for a fair bit, and they're finally here! Well, "Hello Bastards" is, and "Jersey's Best Dancers" should follow shortly. I'm stoked to finally own a copy of "Jersey's Best Dancers" to match my Jade Tree pressing of "Hello Bastards". These are cheap as hell too, only $9. Get stoked!

Here's a Lifetime song from "Hello Bastards", and then Fall Out Boy covering a Lifetime song. The FOB track was a EXLCUSIVE DOWNLOAD from somewhere or another. It's not outstanding, but it's worlds better than the FOB cover of "Start Today".

Lifetime - Irony is for Suckers

Fall Out Boy - Turnpike Gates(cover)

Monday, February 15, 2010

SoulEye - PPPPPP

VVVVVV is a fairly brilliant little computer game. I would recommend trying the demo, and then I think you should probably buy it. It's a charming little platformer, elegant and beautiful in a lo-fi sort of way. It's also set in space, which is the best.

This is all sort of tangential to what we're really here to talk about though. The game has an amazing soundtrack. It's created by a fellow by the name of Magnus Palsson, who goes by SoulEye. Somehow Magnus has managed to encapsulate the charm of old computer game soundtracks without rehashing cliches, creating something both nostalgic and forward-thinking. The soundtrack combines perfectly with the retro images of the game, but is wonderfully listenable on it's own. I actually left the demo version of VVVVVV open just for that purpose. It's got the same kind of epic, sort of pulsing quality as the soundtracks for the early Konami games. Some of the best "chiptune" style music I've heard in a bit. You can buy the soundtrack at Magnus Palsson's site.

SoulEye - Pushing Onwards

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Ahahahahahahaha. Valentine's day!


This is the limited edition Valentine's Day t-shirt Bridge 9 and Ruiner are putting out. It is tremendous.

Also, apparently drawn by the same artist(Linas Garsys) as the original AN angel. Absolutely tremendous. It's unfortunate I'm not a huge Ruiner fan, or I'd definitely pick this up. I like their first 7-in quite a bit, but everything after that just left me cold. Ah well, still a wonderful shirt.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Coheed and Cambria - The Broken

Coheed and Cambria have a new album coming out this April, entitled "Year of the Black Rainbow". I believe it's a prequel to all their other crazy nonsense. There's a new track available here. It's not as delightfully Rush meets 90's X-men crazy as their last album was, but it's solid enough. There's some neat tremolo picking in the first half, which I think is a new trick for them. You can pre-order a ridiculous deluxe edition WHICH COMES WITH A HARDCOVER BOOK, or the normal cd at their web-store.

The Swan King - Good Deeds EP


I've got no cover for this EP(I mean, really I'm too lazy to take a picture of my cover.) so a live picture of the guitarist will have to do. I don't know who took the photo, I stole it from their myspace. If you would like to be credited, let me know.

The Swan King
are a new band from Chicago, and have a pummeling, straight-ahead approach to the Georgia sound of bands like Mastodon or Baroness. I've seen them twice(once opening for Nachtmytium and once opening for Wetnurse and Harpoon.) and both times, despite being their first and second shows, were excellent. Their EP impresses similarly. The Swan King bludgeons instead of aping the prog trappings of other bands, and benefits from this stripped down approach. Their real strength is in their thick, beefy riffs and sound. There are a few misteps, like the weird time change in "Court Behind the Coffin", but all in all, this is a solid first glimpse of a band. I'm excited to hear what comes next from them.

It may be worth mentioned that Sanford Parker recorded this EP.

The Swan King - Good Deeds EP

I was handed a free copy of this EP at their second show, so I'm assuming it's alright if I distribute it online. If not, let me know and I'll take it down.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Laura Stevenson and the Cans - Tour Demo '09

Laura Stevenson is a girl with a stunning, breathtaking voice. The Cans are her backing band, maybe up of various NYC musicians, mostly culled from Bomb the Music Industry!. Some of her songs start like skeletons, frames built with voice and guitar, and end up being sprawling messy affairs, exploding into noise and fuzz and sheer exhilarating beauty. Otherwise remain quiet, cold things, frozen echoes of life. Her lyrics lean towards evocative surrealism, flirting with meaning like fuzzily-remembered dreams, making sense on an instinctual level. She released an album(entitled "A Record") on Quote Unquote Records, and it's finally getting a physical release from those fine folk at Asian Man.

This release is a tour-only live/demo thing I picked up when I saw Laura open for Bomb the Music Industry this summer. I spent their set gawking, entranced by their music, and later, awkwardly asked for a high five from Laura. All of the mp3s are unlabeled because I'm not sure of titles. There was no tracklisting with the release. The quality of the recording varies, but the quality of the music is outstanding throughout.

Laura Stevenson and the Cans - Tour Demo '09

EDIT: I should note that Laura Stevenson and the Cans are playing a building right next to my high school on my birthday. It's where we used to have middle school music department dances.

Holy crap, the cover for the new Darkthrone album looks amazing

Pre-order here. I'm really excited about this one. Here's a preview track:

Darkthrone - Eyes Burst At Dawn

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Hypothermia - Skogens Hjärta


Hypothermia has their latest output up on their website for a pay-as-you-will fee. Download it here. It's one big long track, weighing in at a hefty 157 megs. It's good. This release is depressive black metal without vocals, and a helping of Alcest style post-rock. It's unfortunate Kim Carlsson doesn't sing on this, he's got some of the greatest black metal vocals ever, but it's still a very strong release. Also at their webpage, you can view works of art made of ink and blood.

Thanks are due to HSS for the heads-up on this.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Bomb the Music Industry! - ADULTS!!!: SMART!!! SHITHAMMERED!!! AND EXCITED BY NOTHING!!!!!!!

More exclamation points than a fucking PTA flyer and still this EP is better than most of the shit you like. Somewhere between those ska bands you loved in high school and Harvey Danger and the shit your friends say when they're drunk and just spent their last dollar on a fucking two dollar PBR. "The First Time I Met Sanawon" has the best sing-a-long part I've heard so far this year.

Download it here.

Monday, February 8, 2010


Sketch re-blogged from the Deci-Blog.

I think this is pretty hilarious. Short post today because I got called back to work, and things are nuts. For other actual music things, Regret has a new EP posted on their myspace. It's their first release in over three years and it's great, especially if you're a fan of the early 00's Boston Hardcore sound(Suicide File, Hope Conspiracy, etc).

Friday, February 5, 2010

MDF 2010

So I went to MDF last year, had a great time, got heckled by internet alt-porn stars, saw lots of metal, and laughed at the dude who wore a chicken suit. Apparently they're making a movie out of it, and it'll screen at MDF 2010. This is not the only film screening there, as Fuck the Facts should be screening a film based on their album "Disgorge, Mexico."

This year's line-up is pretty badass. I'm especially excited to see finally see Eyehategod, Coffins, and Portal, and looking forward to seeing Trap Them and Converge again. I'm not very familiar with most of the big headliners. I've never heard Sodom or DRI, and have heard very little of the rest of them. I'm toying with the idea of attempting to feature/review an album from every band that's playing. I'd pick the one with the best reviews on Metal Archives, and then go with that.

Man. Pretty excited about this festival.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Long-standing Chicago music store Metal Haven is closing. absolutely terrible news. I am going to drown my sorrows in the two house shows happening this weekend. If you watch the Super Bowl instead of Drunkdriver, you're wrong. I'm also probably taking this week off from posting. Sorry.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Our Love Will Destroy the World live on a Bus

Campbell Kneale is just about my favorite drone/noise musician in the today. His work as Birchville Cat Motel/Black Boned Angel/Our Love Will Destroy the World is nothing less than staggering. He consistently re-invents himself, and releases quality work at a staggering rate. Black Boned Angel's last release "Verdun" was a masterpiece that only barely missed being on my list last year. Monolithic in all the best ways.

I've had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Kneale live twice in Boston, and both times were jaw-droppingly amazing. I would have killed babies to see this show, performed in a converted bus and organized by San Fransisco's Aquarius Records(If you're not subscribed to their mailing list, you should be. One of the best ways to keep tabs on interesting music.). This is another sublime performance.

Monday, February 1, 2010

alcest/have a nice life tour

Taken from the enemies list recordings web-site:

"What’s more, as some of you probably know, HAVE A NICE LIFE is making the move towards live performance. That’s a huge step for us, an on-going process I’ll be detailing here. Our first show will be at The Stone in Brooklyn on February 28th. We have a short tour planned with an amazing band, Alcest, in April. We are practicing as much as possible and our reaching our goal of being very, very loud."

Holy fucking shit. This is perhaps the most exciting tour announced for this year, outstripped the mayhem/ludicra/tombs/krallice tour by a small margin, and the liturgy/white mice tour by a smaller margin. Holy fucking shit. The rumors I've heard is that this is an east coast only tour, and I hope that this is a false rumor. Regardless, both bands are awesome(and releasing new material this year), so hopefully I'll be able to catch this somehow, even if it's east-coast only.