Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Dowsing - Amateur Catography



Dowsing has a music video now! They were in our top ten! Now it's super easy for you to check them out! It's an ok music video. I just had too much coffee.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Our City is Burning's Top Ten of 2011

Obligatory white boy list-making bullshit.  My opinions, let me vomit them forth, so you may be covered in my "intelligence" or "taste".  Fuck it.  This is in no order.  Don't consider these reviews, you'll be let down.

New Lows - Harvest of the Carcass
This album makes a lizard brain kind of sense, especially when watching the news, or ignoring beggars on the street.  Turn up the volume on my iPod, drown the world out, pretend my anger changes something.  Mosh while the city burns.  Build your home on the ashes of youth crew.

Lonesummer - There are Few Tomorrows For Feeding Our Worries
If there was an order to this, this would probably be number one.  Lonesummer figured out that Leviathan and Saetia are pretty much the same thing, and wrote a bedroom masterpiece.  Throw in GYBE!'s obsession with the end times, make it tremendously personal, and you've got the all time greatest staring-out-the-train-window album.

Good Luck - Without Hesitation
Jesus Christ, when did Ginger Alford become the world's premier lyricist?  Between this and her other band Traveling, her lyrics are fantastic.  Simple, passionate, and eloquent.  Honest and direct.  Seriously, listen to "The Story, Rewritten", and tell me I'm wrong.  This album makes me happy, and gives me hope.  I'm not sure I can write a stronger recommendation. 

Wugazi - Wugazi
Mash-up culture wah wah wah recontextualization is the form of art we have left blah blah blah.  Aside from one thematic mis-step("Slow Like That"), this release combines two fucking iconoclasts and proves that weed and straightedge are closer bedfellows than you'd think.  When the bass line from "Waiting Room" shows up in "Nowhere to Wait", the room explodes.

Cold Cave - Cherish the Light Years
OVER COMPRESSED?  FUCK IT, DANCE UNTIL THE LIGHTS GO OUT.  RUE BRITTANIA, RUE AMERICA.  IF IT'S TOO LOUD, YOU'RE NOT CLOSE ENOUGH TO THE SPEAKERS.

Ash Borer - Ash Borer
Black metal boom, hipsters with corpse paint, it's all a fucking joke, right, right?  Ash Borer did epic without forcing redwoods or orcs or french poets down our throats.  It's the sound of the ghost of black metal, scrabbling at the lid of the coffin you nailed down during the vocal recording.  California's probably going to get fucking cold soon anyway. 

Giles Corey - Giles Corey
Balance.  This is an album about balance, trading between lines like "My love's out to get me, and you know it's going to succeed" and jaunty piano parts, strange ghostly doo-wop-isms and songs titled "No One Will Ever Want Me".  You can always handle more weight, as long as it's balanced.  You find hope in the strangest places.

Austin Lucas - A New Home in the Old World
Old punks play neo-country, everyone argues about legitimacy, Austin Lucas writes great songs and sings them beautifully, and I sit and smile.  On his previous albums, he struggled with over-production, but this one blessedly keeps the focus on Austin's gorgeous voice.  "The Grain" might be my favorite song of the year. 

Des Ark - Don't Rock the Boat, Sink the Fucker
Aimée Argote winds her songs around her guitar lines, and they rage and rush through broken lovers, the meat-grinder of the patriarchy, and the other weird failures and excitements of modern existence. These are songs that never quite go where you expect, and we're better off for it.  If I was writing a snobby bullshit pull quote, I'd talk about a punked-out Joni Mitchell, backed by a drummer with heavier hands than most grindcore drummers.  But really, fuck comparisons.  Des Ark is a strange and wondrous beast, unlike anything I've heard in a long time. 

Dowsing - All I Could Find Was You
I saw Dowsing open for a friend of mine, and was charmed by their enthusiasm, and their willingness to continue after breaking their bass drum.  I bought this release at Bucket 'O Blood, and it did not leave my record player for months.  They straddle the sweet spot between summer and fall, when possibilities are still wide open, but you're wistful for those lost summer road trips. 

Yep.  This is what you get.  Posting will resume in 2012.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Brooks Strause - My Foreign Right Hand


Brooks Strause has a new album out.  You can listen to it here! OR, because I'm fancy, you can click on the player below!  It's winter now, and this is a pretty perfect album for that.  Brooks plays a sort of dark folk not entirely unlike his Iowan cohert, William Elliott Whitmore.  Winter time.  Don't hibernate. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Argonauts - Live in NYC


Holy shit holy shit holy shit holy shit holy shit. For those not in the know, this is essentially Burnt by the Sun fronted by Dimitri, the original vocalist for the Dillinger Escape Plan. I'll wait, you can go change your pants. There's no shame, I had to too. Jesus fuck christ, though, this video is all kinds of "Let's Party like it's 2001". Dimitri sounds furious, the band sounds great, I'm stoked. You're stoked! It's awesome.

Youth Lagoon - LIVE at the Empty Bottle

So I got dragged to the Youth Lagoon show at the Empty Bottle last Friday and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the show.  The opening band was unremarkable, and we left before the headliner(I'm fucking old), so here are some disjointed thoughts about Youth Lagoon:

I was exhausted, and pretty annoyed with the crowd, but Youth Lagoon was maybe the most soothing set I've seen in a long time.  Upbeat but relaxed, their synth/guitar combo provided the perfect soundtrack to gently and sleepily swaying in place in an overly-crowded venue.  I closed my eyes and nodded my head and felt all the stress seep away.  I could talk about how it reminded me of a sunny How to Dress Well, or whatever, but really, I just want to talk about sleepily leaning on this girl I know, and feeling perfectly at peace with everything. 

It was a good show.  You should try to see them.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Carissa's Wierd - Meredith and Iris

It has been raining in Chicago for about a week at this point, and while most of my life seems be moving in a really positive direction, there's something about these expansive grey skies and constant dampness that is weighing me down. I went for a brief bike ride this morning, and ended up in the Reckless on Milwaukee, and discovered that Carissa's Wierd had released a new seven inch record. These two songs("Meredith and Iris" and "Tucson") are the first new recordings from this band in seven years. Obviously I bought it, and rushed home to lie on my floor and listen. It's the perfect soundtrack today, all hushed vocals with ringing harmonies.  You can listen to "Meredith and Iris" here, and below is a video from their semi-recent reunion show in Seattle.  They have two additional shows announced, one in Seattle and one in NYC. 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fishboy Vinyl

First, there's a new-ish Fishboy song about dating a girl with a dinosaur for a father. This world is meant for you and me, my friend.

Second, Fishboy's opus is finally out on vinyl! This happened back in the spring, but we were too busy being sad and mopey.

Now it is fall, and maybe we will post more.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Holy Fever to release 7-in on Lifeline Records!

Hey, remember when we got all excited over news of this new Holy Fever band?

Here's some more news!

"LifeLine Records would like to welcome Holy Fever to the LifeLine roster! Holy Fever recently recorded a 3 song 7" we will be releasing this summer. A brand new band with the members hailing from Los Angeles and Boston. The band has 2 songs streaming right now for you to check out on the Holy Fever Myspace page.For those of you attending Sound & Fury, stop by The Suicide File merch table, we will have a pre-version of this release available out of 150."

Yeah! This is pretty exciting, though I cannot get this second song to work. Fuckin' Myspace is the worst.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

SUMMER OF PUNK

In honor of this being the best night in fucking forever:





Talk all the shit you want, but seriously, I cannot stop grinning right now.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th, dudes and lady-dudes!



some folks just set off an amazing amount of illegal fireworks at the end of my blocks. it was awesome.

Monday, June 27, 2011

This Was My Weekend



Good Luck - How To Live Here/Pajammin'!(live at Plan It X Fest 2011)

Yeah. If you haven't seen Good Luck yet, you should get on that. Best set of the whole festival by far.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Allo Darlin' Live In Chicago!

Allo Darlin' played Chicago for the first time tonight, and it was really truly lovely. They were infectious, and joyous, and played this Darren Hayman cover:

Allo Darlin' - 'The Wu-Tang Clan' from Johnny Daytona on Vimeo.


This video is NOT from the Chicago show, just to be clear. It's just the best quality I could find of the cover.

I haven't seen a group of people so obviously happy to be playing music in a while, and there's something to be said about cool summer nights and indie pop and bike rides. Thanks, friends. Thank you for the set, and please, tell your bass player he is too fucking adorable.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Giles Corey - Giles Corey(GUEST POST)

Our good friend Patrick Loy snagged a review copy of the latest Giles Corey record from Enemies List, and since he doesn't have a music blog, and we do, we graciously accepted his offer to post his review here.  Just kidding, we're super stoked to have other people contribute to our drooling corner of the internet.  Hopefully he'll post more here.  We're going to speak to him about the pejorative use of the word emo, but otherwise, we think this is a pretty spot on review.  

Dan Barrett is one ambitious fellow, more than anything he seems to want to put the concept back into “concept album.” Have a Nice Life’s double album opus Deathconsciousness seemed to come out nowhere and surprised everyone who heard it (myself included). It included a THICK booklet, which was supposedly written by professor of religious anthropology and history, on a fictional religious sect centered on the person of Antiochus. Next up was Nahvalr, an “open-source black metal which connected and collaborated with fans in an interesting fashion. People were encouraged to contribute via email; some material was handed off in person, donated anonymously, or solicited online.

With Giles Corey, Barrett returns somewhat to the template of Deathconsciousness, though in a more stripped back form. It comes with a lovely 150-page book with some most gorgeous photographs I have ever seen. Barret should be commended for sharing these photographs with the world. Yes, there is even a link included where even more photos can be found.

The music is as varied and cohesive as Deathconsciousness, though this time around it is acoustic based. “Haunting Presence” begins with some lovely repetitious Philip Glass-like piano before the wind sounds, tape clicks, rattling, sampled dialogue, drifting out with some minimalist piano and drum machine. The only drawback would be the clearly audible “there’s a devil on my…” part, which threatens to be a bit too much.

“Blackest Bile”, “Grave filled With Books”, “Spectral Bride”, and “Sleeping Heart” resemble Folk music the most, though Indie Folk would be a better description. “Empty Churches” is one of the best tracks, it beings with a sampled voice speaking about secret Nazi transmission when droning organ and Barrett’s ghostly voice joins in, haunting synths dominate the rest of the track. “I’m Going To Do It” is a mostly moody instrumental piece that serves as a kind of intermission. “No One Is Going to Want Me” is the most ambitious and probably the best song on the record. It begins with moody syncopated rhythms that will immediately remind one of
a soundtrack to an 80’s thriller. During the last two minutes, the song bursts into a soaring rock anthem that happens to be incredibly satisfying. “Buried above Ground” opens with the rhythm of "No One Is Going to Want Me" but on guitar this time. Strings and a horn section end the album with a rousing conclusion and some semblance of closure.

That closure is important as you will find none of in the accompanying booklet. The narrative of the book starts quite compelling, examining the life and work of the fictional author Robert Voor. It is only when Barrett inserts himself into the larger narrative, does it become overwrought and downright solipsistic. I understand this project was carried though as Barrett overcame a suicidal attempt, so there is going to be a fair amount of “emo-ness” involved. It just seems like the two narratives cancel each other out in the end.

Reading Barrett’s lyrics, they come off as overly emotive, one cannot help to think if the words were more ambiguous and mysterious they would carry more weight (not a Giles Corey pun). Except for a few instances, this really is not a problem when listening to the album. One thing Barrett has taken away from Black Metal (and Metal in general largely) is that the voice serves as another instrument. Barrett realizes the limited range of his voice and wisely chooses to use it as a ghostly
wash over the music.

Giles Corey is certainly not a giant leap forward nor is it a reconsolidation of strengths, it simply a worthy follow up to what came before.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Dave Hause & Mikey Erg - One Great City



More Mikey Erg covering Weakerthans, please. It's neat to hear this song in a lower register.

I stole this from Punknews.org. Youtube Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Rock Opera Tuesday!

Rock Opera Tuesday! This is not a regular feature, unless we become truely blessed and the rock opera becomes the dominant paradigm for rock and roll. Hit the jump for overly long nonsense and music videos!

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Credentials - Goocher

It's summer, man, and summer means sloppy melodic punk rock. Like the Credentials! Hey! They've got a new album out! You can buy it from them!

You can stream this album right HERE on punknews.org. You probably should.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

New Peste Noire! Rejoice!

Black Metal's number one chucklehead Famine has announced a new Peste Noire cd! You can hear a sample here.

Once again, despite being (probably) a total idiot("I am available at anytime of the day for a fistfight or any type of sword or crossbow duel."), he's crafted a catchy piece of "hooligan black metal" with gnarled guitar leads, desperate vocals, and lots of (assumed) stuff about French nationalism. I love the little shanty break in the middle, and I am excited about the new album.

If anyone associated with Peste Noire reads this, I do not wish to engage in a sword fight or a crossbow duel. Just sayin'.

Some Thoughts on The Rapture

The end of the world is a real, tangible thing to me. The greenhouse effect, the new Depression, the constant rise of corporation-controlled government, and the list of terrifying things just keeps growing. We're very close to the edge, and I can imagine the end of this planet coming before my life is out. This gives me a certain amount of sympathy for the folks who believe the Rapture is very fucking nigh. There's this article from the New York Times which is a pretty heart-wrenching insight into the family dynamics of these people, and I just can't really shake it. I disagree with the exclusive nature of their faith, and their timing, but I cannot fault them for holding on to something so tightly, I really cannot. I just wish they weren't letting it divide their loyalties.

I've had "Casimir Pulaski Day" stuck in my head all day as a result. The line about "and he takes and he takes and he takes," always struck me as an incredibly insightful line about the nature and demands of faith. It seems appropriate in these times. This is a live version from a performance on KEXP and it is gorgeous. The trumpet is brighter than the studio version, and I think that makes all the difference.


Sufjan Stevens - Casimir Pulaski Day(Live on KEXP)

Monday, May 16, 2011

rememberance.



Horns forever. Hail hail.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Lucksmiths - T-Shirt Weather


Hey, did you folks know it's spring?!

The Mountain Goats - All Eternals Deck


The Mountain Goats used to be John Darnielle. For a while, they were John Darnielle and Rachel Ware. Then they were John Darnielle and Peter Hughes.

Now, they're a band. Jon Wurster joined a couple albums ago, but for the first time they sound like a cohesive unit, and as a result, this is the strongest Mountain Goats release in years. It's fucking wonderful, really. Peter's bass playing is a major highlight, and Jon Wurster sounds forceful behind the kit, instead of the weird timidness found on "Heretic Pride" and "The Life of the World to Come". Weird studio experiments yield tangible beautiful fruit, instead of knob-twiddling(see: the strings on "Age of Kings", the gorgeous barbershop backing vocals on "High Hawk Season"). The Mountain Goats truly are one of the great indie bands now, and they've made a really exciting record.

It's an album about learning experiences, which is a nice bit of meta-commentary, deliberate or not. Judy Garland, Charles Bronson, Swan the Warrior, the Mousterian Neanderthals, these are people who have made mistakes, sometimes deadly and dreadful ones(Yeah, there's a song about each of these people). These are also people who will transcend at some point, become more than the sum of their scars, their failures, and while they may never escape them, something has been gained. The most poignant example of this sort of transcendence comes in "Never Quite Free," a song where the protagonist expresses their happiness at someone else's escape, and subsequent happiness. The overriding joy comes with a profound sense of loss as it is made clear that the speaking character will never find that ind of freedom. The lovely steel guitar only adds to the heart-wrenching nature of the song, and it's one of the strongest moments on the album.

Three minutes is a short time to explain a situation and a character, but on this album, The Mountain Goats have managed to not only do that, but create a sense of motion and a sense of agency for their fictional beings.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Holy Fever - All Thats Best of Dark and Bright

Holy fucking shit, I am so stoked about this song, this band. It's 3/4ths of the Suicide File, and maybe the bass player from Malbec. I've never listened to Malbec, so that's less exciting for me, but the motherfucking Suicide File is one of my favorite bands ever, so... yeah. Stoked.

"All Thats Best of Dark and Bright" start with the familiar roar of Dave Weinberg, which swiftly tempers into a more punk-ish sneer, with Neeraj's guitars sounding more Hum-ish than I've ever heard. Embrace is not the worst reference point. Neither is Fucked Up. Despite those opening moments, this is not the Suicide File mark II, but a new band, and I'm really really fucking excited to see where it goes. The gang vocals and the contrasting female vocals at the end totally seal the deal. I'm just so geeked.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Harvest returns!

Stolen from Facebook:
Saturday, July 16, 2011

FAI Art Co-op: Studio 3
2601 2nd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55408
...[Alcohol + Drug Free Environment]


HARVEST
- Twin Cities Hardcore favorites are back after a brief hiatus of only 12 years. They are ready to set off the next chapter in their legacy with this hometown show!

DISEMBODIED
- One of the heaviest, darkest, and most innovative metal-influenced hardcore bands. You know who they are.
http://www.facebook.com/Disembodied666

IRON RAIN
- Chicago, Illinois on Panic Records. Delivers 90’s style metallic hardcore ala Unbroken, Strife, and The Hope Conspiracy.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Iron-Rain/104093999681

FORMER THIEVES
- From Cedar Falls, Iowa, these guys have a unique sound that has been described as “Botch meets Modern Life Is War.” They have a new record releasing in April on No Sleep Records.
http://www.facebook.com/FormerThieves

RELENTLESS
- Minneapolis straight edge. Think mid 90’s Victory with a modern twist, ala Hatebreed “Satisfaction”, if they fought for the straight edge.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Relentless/380594396068


Doors @ 6:00 p.m.
Music @ 6:30 p.m.
ALL AGES
$13


Support Your Scene
http://www.twincitieshardcore.com/




* Advance tickets will be available FRIDAY, APRIL 1 @ 11:00 a.m. CST. Limit two tickets per transaction. For more information, visit: http://www.twincitieshardcore.com/


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Harvest has returned.

In July, Harvest will be playing their first show since 1999. But this is not a reunion show. The band has reformed and is writing new material due to be released at the July show in Minneapolis, MN. Vocalist Dave Walker, guitarist Dan Zimmerman and drummer Adam Patterson have been joined by guitarist Mike Duffy (Endeavor) and bassist Jon Mcaab (The Good Fight). As a group, Harvest was constantly evolving. The next phase has just begun.


I am losing my shit here.  Harvest was one of those early Trustkill bands that I always wanted to see, but never got a chance to.  "Epicure" was a staple of high-school car mixes.  

For those unsure why this is an awesome thing, I present a video.


Rumor has it that the space only holds 150 people, so I imagine tickets will go faster than three day passes for Pitchfork. Get your F5 fingers ready.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sharp Darts for 03/22/11

Still stalling on writing about the subtle sinister nature of the new Mountain Goats record.  It's really good, is the short version.

Stereogum posted a new track from the Wrens, and a collaboration between Robyn and Teddybears.  The Wrens sounds like a missing track from "The Meadowlands," but no more or less.  The Robyn/Teddybears business is fun as all get out, even if "shake your bone-maker" is pure pop-nonsense.

Ben Weasel started some shit at SXSW.  Seems like he went on a misogynistic rant, got ice thrown in his face, and then punched two ladies.  Punknews.org has the video, and a bit more detail.  Mr. Weasel, you're a douche.   

Record Store Day is coming soon.  Check out a list with prices here, and here's a nice pic of the Piebald boxed set Rise Record is releasing.  We'll be waiting outside Reckless early to grab a copy of that and lord it over our roommate. 


Megaton Leviathan is coming to Chicago in April!  Get stoked!  Doom that's warmer than the flank of a giant sloth!  Tickets are $7 and you can get them here!  They've got a new tape coming out soon!  Check it out here!  We're excited about this.

Harry and the Potters announced their summer tour.  We'll be there with our lightning bolt temporary tattoos on.

Converge announced their summer tour and a split 7-in with Drop Dead.  OCIB will be coming out of mosh retirement for the Chicago show with Trap Them.

Our City is Burning is the most excited for this week. Liturgy, John Waters, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Godspeed! You Black Emperor, and Agalloch.  We might explode.

The Credentials! New Songs! New LP in April!

The Credentials are one of our favorite punk bands going currently.  I'm trying to come up with a way to explain why they're such an important band.  Maybe it's because I've been struggling with my role in this world, and they're a band struggling with the same thing.  They're releasing an LP in April, and they've posted two tracks up at their bandcamp.   "What Are Little Boys Made Of?" hits especially hard, as gender politics, including those in punk rock, remain terribly fucked up, and we say this, as white boys with blogs and opinions, knowing that we're part of the fucking problem.   It's harder to examine yourself and find real flaws, and The Credentials seem to have a gift for pointing out the kind of flaws you don't write down in your Livejournal, and for that, I think they are worth celebrating. 

Monday, March 14, 2011

The Mountain Goats - Power in a Union

Power In A Union from JD on Vimeo.

Wisconsin solidarity.   Thanks for the heads-up on this, Lindsey. 

Sharp Darts for 3/14/11

Feeling vaguely exhausted after assembling, labeling, and stickering a bunch of 7-ins for Record Store Day, so here's some things that I've read/listened to recently and believe you should too. 

Pitchfork's got a pretty decent run-down of all the Odd Future albums here.  I'm still struggling to form a cohesive opinion on more of Odd Future's output.  Yeah, a lot of the time their subject is abhorrent and unsettling.  Is this something that should be rewarded, the ability to provoke so effectively?  Like I said, still struggling. 

There is a poem in the 2010 music issue of the Oxford American called “The Denunciation of Ricky Skaggs From On High,” by Steve Scafidi.  I really love the poem quite a bit.  You can read some of it here, and also read an interesting discussion about the poem functioning as criticism. 

Here's a new song from Gridlink!  It shreds, obviously.  It seems like almost a year ago when I saw them play all of "Orphans" at MDF, probably because it was.  Can't believe we've been waiting this long.

I recently saw local Chicago band Sun Splitter open for The Body this Saturday.  They were impressive, holding my attention even though I was entirely unfamiliar with their output.  Essentially, they sound like what I always wanted Nile to sound like, all war chants, and middle-eastern inspired doom riffs. They don't sound anything like Nile.  You can check out some of their stuff here, along with some new tracks from The Swan King. 

This is fucking happening, and it happens to be the same night as the Godspeed You Black Emperor! show I'm attending.   Dawnbringer wrote the best pure heavy metal album I've heard in a long time, and I'm really gutted to miss this. 

Speaking of Record Store Day, Thrill Jockey is putting out a split between Liturgy and Oval for RSD.  This will mark the first Liturgy release on Thrill Jockey, and given the two tracks(apparently "Returner" has been removed from Sound Cloud) that have been floating around the internet, I couldn't be more stoked. If you're in the Chicago area, you can catch Liturgy at the Empty Bottle next week opening for White Hills. 

Quick notes:  Saw Thou at the Albion House with Black September(who killed it.  What a great band.), and Hate(also good times) and I swear to god, Thou had the best sound I've EVER fucking heard at a house show.  It's like they designed their songs to work best in an environment where plaster keeps falling on your head and there's broken glass all over the floor of the mosh pit.  They only played five songs, but man, what a great five song set. 

Also recently saw Paul Baribeau, and he was fantastic as ever.  The songs from his last full-length are just wonderful in a live environment.  I do think I'm going to start bringing shears to folk-punk shows, though.  Cut the dreadlocks, kids. 

Hopefully soon I'll post my thoughts on some of the music we've been digesting here at the Our City is Burning headquarters.  Though, looking at the hectic weeks ahead(I'm seeing Black Breath, Liturgy, Andrew Jackson Jihad, GYBE!, and Agalloch all before April.), we'll see. 

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Frank Ocean - Nostalgia/Ultra

Check this out here.   I've got a headache post meeting with my friend about starting a band, and this fits my mood perfectly.  Relaxed r&b with definite indie leanings(the Bon Iver meets Drake vibe of "There Will Be Tears" is a definite album highlight)isn't what you'd expect from a member of ofwgkta, but it works, and provides a nice contrast to some of the folks in that collective.  Regardless, shit's free, you should probably just go listen to it.  I love the cover a whole bunch.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Liturgy - Returner

Liturgy is putting out a new album this year on Thrill Jockey.  I'm weirded out by that, but one of their new songs from that album has shown up on the internet.  Take a listen here.  The orthodox among us will not be pleased, especially with the start-stop math rock opening, and then the almost joyous choral sounds that dominate the latter half of the song.  I think it's an obvious expansion from their last album, but still ambitious enough to be exciting.  I'm looking forward to hearing the rest of the album, and catching them at the Empty Bottle in March.

Thanks are due to Patrick for sending this our way.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Saves the Day - Shoulder to the Wheel


Some days you wake up and just need to feel eighteen again. I'm hitting a milestone birthday at the end of the month, and it's been a weird feeling. This song helps.

You gotta remember where you come from.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Savage Skulls & Douster feat Robyn - Bad Gal


More music videos about Robyn and pro-wrestling. Yup.

Credit goes to Erin for sending this our way.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Born Ruffians - The Ballad of Moose Bruce


I really love this video. The music is a little too Vampire Weekend-y for my tastes, but it's not bad.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Rest In Peace, Charlie Louvin


The Louvin Brothers were one of the most influential country acts in history, and today, we lost the remaining brother. Truly a sad day. Thank you for the great music, sir.

Sunday, January 16, 2011