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


Horns forever. Hail hail.