Friday, March 25, 2011

Harvest returns!

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

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

- 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!

- One of the heaviest, darkest, and most innovative metal-influenced hardcore bands. You know who they are.

- Chicago, Illinois on Panic Records. Delivers 90’s style metallic hardcore ala Unbroken, Strife, and The Hope Conspiracy.

- 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.

- Minneapolis straight edge. Think mid 90’s Victory with a modern twist, ala Hatebreed “Satisfaction”, if they fought for the straight edge.

Doors @ 6:00 p.m.
Music @ 6:30 p.m.

Support Your Scene

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


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. 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.