Monday, November 28, 2011

Jet Set Sail by Jet Set Sail (2011)

Kind of Like: Snowing, Dikembe, CSTVT
Genres: Emo, Math Rock, Punk, Indie
Preview: Bandcamp

"Jet Set Sail is Mike Larkey, Anthony Pellechio, and Matthew Klein. They play noodly beardy guy rock that made a lot more sense 15 years ago. Too bad they were like, 6 years old back then. Oh well."

I always think I am done posting for the night, and then I remember the internet never sleeps.  So, when one of your favorite bands (Algernon Cadwallader) tells you to check a band out, you generally do so immediately.  These guys are also from Philly, and probably going to blow up pretty damn quick.  In addition to the "Kind of Like" section, they also claim to be in vein of Ted Nguyent, Braid, and American Football.  I am digging these guys immediately.

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Radio Show Contest: Win copy of Kidcrash's Naps on vinyl!


The WUMD site should be working tomorrow, so we will be having a radio show from 7 PM EST until 8, and we will be giving a record away.  This time it will be Kidcrash's latest EP, "Naps" on beautiful white vinyl.  We will also be playing a lot of music because our show was cancelled last week.  Look forward to grooves from Cloudkicker, Mahria, Adaje, Shark Bait, Los Campesinos!, Sigur Ros, Climb the Mind, Milanku, Tycho and many more!

Also a friendly reminder, we are on Tumblr.  But mainly because I have an insatiable need to see pictures of corgis.

(Classic) Gorillaz The Singles Collection (2001-2011)

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Kind of Like: Daft Punk, Gnarls Barkley, Radiohead
Genres: Hip-hop, Electronica, Rock, Indie
Preview: Myspace

This 10 year celebration isn't really for big fans of the Gorillaz.  They probably have all of these tracks on their computer as it is.  This definitely would be for someone that has been living under a rock and hasn't had a proper introduction to this band yet.  Also, if you do know a Gorillaz fan, then this would make a great X-mas present.  Especially the records; you can either get a double LP of it or a 7" box set (awesome concept).  Now how about that for a good gift idea?  Personally, I think I'd rather get the remastered 4LP of Doomsday as a gift though.

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Climb the Mind (2003-2010)

Kind of Like: Malegoat, Nine Days Wonder, Empire! Empire!, American Football, Te
Genres: Emo, Math Rock, Post-Hardcore, Indie
Preview: Myspace

I got a special treat for you guys looking for a fresh face that may have been overlooked in the states.  This took all morning to sort through, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have been.  This is an emo/indie/math rock band from Japan.  This package includes two of their older works from 2003 and 2004, and their newest release "Tenon" from last year, and a translation of the song names in case for some reason it doesn't translate in your music player.  Their early works tend to indicate they started off as a post-hardcore, mathy, borderline screamo band.  With "Tenon" they still have that mathy feel, but they definitely are going for a cleaner, American Football emo sound.   The only bad part of this band is that I have no idea what he is crooning about, but the music/themes more than make up for it.  This is a definite check-out if you are looking to broaden your international tastes.  That's all for today, Pianos, Touche, Seahaven tonight! It's gonna be a big nutbust!

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No Knife/Nine Days Wonder Split (2002)

Kind of Like: Mock Orange, The Casket Lottery, There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Genres: Indie, Post-hardcore, Math Rock, Emo
Preview: No Knife Myspace

I just found this split 12" on Discogs for a decent price, and I couldn't be more excited.  This is some of Nine Days Wonder best songs.  They are a band that Kenny turned me on to back in the day, and they are from Japan.  I am surprised I haven't put anything up here by them before.  No Knife was a fairly popular post-hardcore band from California, and they put this split out when they toured with Nine Days Wonder in Japan, I think.  Check out "The Next Realm".

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Dive by Tycho (2011)

Kind of Like: Robot Science, Boards of Canada, Postal Service
Genres: Electronica, Ambient
Preview: See above ^

Time for a change of pace.  This is the perfect music to come home to at one in the morning from work after a long day.  It's time to unwind.  I have been digging the screamo lately, but this is working out really good for me at the moment.  Hope you enjoy these soundscapes.  It may not be fore everyone, but at least give it a whirl on the music player above.

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Heavy Eyes by The Heavy Eyes

Kind of like: Sungrazer, Elder, Sahara Surfers
Genres: Stoner Rock, Blues Rock, Psychedelic

The Heavy Eyes, based in Memphis, TN, are a groovy-as-all-hell blues rock trio that seamlessly blend classic rock, blues, and psychedelic textures within a thick and choking cloud of stoney haze. Roll a fatty, and be thankful for outstanding rock and roll groups like The Heavy Eyes.

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And be sure to Support this band!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Covalescence by Milanku (2010)

Kind of Like: Russia Circles, Envy, Neurosis, Mogwai
Genres: Post-rock, Post-hardcore, Sludge
Preview: Bandcamp

"At the crossroads between post hardcore and post rock,Milanku completely charmed Montreal’s local scene with their enourmous guitar build up. Features members of Kraken,Autumn Picture and mastered by Ryan Morey (The Arcade fire)"

Kenny just sent me this video for this band and I dug it.  These guys are from Montreal, a city that I can really get down with.  A hockey haven, beautiful sights/architecture, great food, and friendly/cultured people (women).

Not only do you get to listen to their album Covalescence from last year, but if you go to their bandcamp you can download a new single by them just released a couple weeks ago.

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Radio Show Cancelled Tonight

Tonight on the show, we will be giving away a pair of tickets to go see Snowing's final show in Philadelphia that is completely sold out.  We also will be playing new music from Sigur Ros, Adaje, Shark Bait, Los Campesinos!, Cloudkicker, and many more!  Tune in an hour from now! (7 EST til 8)

Oops, looks like the WUMD site is down, can't do the show tonight.  Bummer.  :\

Stay tuned for ways to win the tickets.  The site is being worked on apparently right now and may be up in time for the show.  We'll see.

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Hopeless North by Lie Captive (2011)

Kind of Like: The Flatliners, A Wilhelm Scream, Polar Bear Club
Genres: Post-hardcore, Punk
Preview: Bandcamp

Imagine if the Flatliners had a baby with A Wilhelm Scream and the baby was forced to listen to Polar Bear Club at high volumes for most of it's progression from infant into adolescence.  Now that would be child abuse, and probably not even physically possible because they are all men.  Unless they did some Junior shit and got Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger involved.  Now that just sounds like a good movie right there.

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Let Yourself Be Huge by Cloudkicker (2011)

Kind of Like: Owen, Russian Circles, El Ten Eleven
Genres: Post-rock, Ambient, Math Rock, Metal, Progressive
Preview/Buy: Bandcamp

"Cloudkicker is one man progressive metal project from the artist B.M. Sharp, heavily influenced by math metal and post-metal. Sharp utilizes drum machines and custom tuned guitars in his recordings. progressive and instrumental influences are also obvious in his music."

I didn't think of a progressive metal album when "Welcome Back" started.  In fact, the first thing that came into mind was Owen.  For the most part this is an acoustic/clean album that has various elements of metal/progressive music incorporated into it.  The result is a pretty...pretty album, that feels perfect for the last throws of the fall.  It's quite cozy.

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Mahria (Cassette) by Mahria (2011)

Kind of Like: La Quiete, Kidcrash, Converge
Genres: Screamo, Post-hardcore, Thrash
Preview:  Bandcamp

Here is a fantastic madam-fronted screamo band from Edmonton.  This woman belts out like any dude can.  There are songs like "Ghost Limb" that remind me of Kidcrash/La Quiete and then there are hectic thrash songs that remind me of Converge like "Wagering Life".  Aside from the girl on vocal duties, the other bandmates exhibit some great talent and provide a variety of moods throughout this 7 song effort.   Sorry to any men that are offended by the term "dude".

Quick, how old is the tree in the album art?

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Forget Me by Forget Me (2011)

Kind of Like: Pianos Become the Teeth, We Were Skeletons, Xerxes
Genres: Screamo, Post-hardcore
Preview: Bandcamp

Now here are some up and comers from Ashville, North Carolina.  Not sure if the girl is in the band, but that would be pretty cool.  Don't see many chicks play in bands like this.  I definitely got to thinking of screamo bands like We Were Skeletons and Pianos when I started listening to this.  The vocals sound a bunch like Xerxes (along with aspects of the music at that).   This is their first release since their initial demo; so I would definitely see them begin to "tipping point".  Did anybody watch that episode of Sunny this past Thursday?  That episode was awesomely awful.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Adaje/Shark Bait Split EP/Cassette (2011)

Shark Bait
Kind of Like (Adage): Raein, Hot Cross, Gospel
Kind of Like (Shark Bait): CSTVT, Native, Calculator
Genres: Emo, Screamo, Math Rock, Post-hardcore, Post-rock
Preview: Bandcamp

I like when splits are two bands that don't sound exactly like eachother, but they complement eachother very well.  First off, I just realized Shark Bait has been trying to get their stuff posted on blogs like this for awhile.  I listened to Still Moving a little bit back, and I almost put it up here, but I thought the name of the album reflected how I felt about them to a tee.  I listen to these two new songs by them, and I am impressed.  The influence by Native is definitely there with the vocals early on, but where Wrestling Moves by Native became redundant, this Shark Bait band moves into post-rock feels mixed with catchy singing/90's and just keeps my attention, really.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoy Wrestling Moves quite a bit, but it is fairly one dimensional.  The only issue I have is some of the transitions are abrupt and I think could be cleaner/smoother like in "Something Old...".  The change in direction a minute in sound a little awkward, but what it turns into is catchy as hell.  But other than that, these guys should start getting a bit more attention.

Adaje, I haven't heard of before, but they have more of a metal plus post-rock plus screamo feel that I can really dig.  Some parts are borderline sludge/doom stuff.  I think they are from Tennesee and working on their third LP, hopefully after that they will branch out and I'll get a chance to see them.  Hell, a tour with these two bands would be tight.

Alright, I hope this posts makes up for the past couple "sell-out" posts!

Inni by Sigur Ros (2011)

Kind of Like: Explosions in the Sky, Radiohead, The Album Leaf
Genres: Ambient, Post-rock

Looks like I am selling out today with these posts.  But, this album has been getting great reviews, so I thought I would give it a try.  It sounds pretty good, but this is actually a film, and to get the full effect, I hear you have to see it as well as listen to it.  If I learned anything from watching "Hoppipola" is that they are able to make films that goes with their music that will tug at your emotions like no other.  Once again, I will rely on someone posting this in the comments if they choose to because I put it on here, it is going down pretty quick.

Hello Sadness by Los Campesinos! (2011)

Kind of Like: Hey Rosetta!, Johnny Foreigner, Tokyo Police Club
Genres: Indie, Rock
Preview: NPR

If you never heard of this band, you probably haven't watched a sports game in your life.  Or maybe you have, and you skipped the commercials every time when they play Budweiser commercials.  Honestly, "You! Me! Dancing!" was the only song I really listened by them.  I saw this on NPR, and chose to listen to it straight through, and you know what?  I am having a really hard time finding reasons not to enjoy this.  If I put a link up here for you to find a download of it, I guarantee this post will be taken down  in an hour.  Also, if this album was side of a barn, and your mouse was a rock, you would get the worst metaphor ever.  Look at the comments section below, perhaps a random person will provide some info on where to find this album.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Radio Show Today: Contest?

The internet is wonderful pletheora of unliscensed funnies/memes.

Make sure to tune in today to the SIGD radio show at WUMD from 7-8 PM EST.  We will be discussing very exciting news relating to the future of this website and bands associated with it.  I don't want to formally come out and announce it on here yet until a few more talks are done.  (No, it isn't about the zine, something much bigger than that).

As you can see we covered a lot of music this week so there will be plenty of new tunes to preview if you haven't already downloaded them along with a recap of Sunday of Fest (the best day).   You will hear from the likes of Restorations,Weatherbox, We Were Skeletons Peace Be Still, Dikembe, Pariso, Dope Body, Ngod and moooooooooooooooooore.

As far as a contest goes, I am going to go out on a limb and say there isn't going to be one this week.  Who knows though, we may change our mind and think of a release we wanna do a contest for and make you do something regretful for it.  If you are a band and want your record to be involved in a contest, contact me through the e-mail and we'll set something up.  I think I'm going to get a P.O. Box soon, among many other uplifts to this venture.

Gods by Down I Go (2011)

Kind of Like: The Crinn, The Rodeo Idiot Engine, The Armed
Genres: Experimental, Mathcore, Chaotic Hardcore, Noise Rock
Preview: Bandcamp
Buy: Shelsmusic

Out of all the new material I've been hearing lately, this definitely is the most interesting thing I've stumbled on. When I first listened it was one of those instances where I recognized the band being very talented, but I still wasn't sure how I felt about their sound because it's pretty out there.  Then I watched this Tim and Eric-esque video and I felt better about them, every time Poseidon looks at the camera trying to keep a straight face, I can't help laughing.  I also thought it was funny that on, Kenny's band, the Armed, was one of the top bands they were "super" similar to.  I can see the comparison for sure not only in the music (twangy southern-style mathcore with elements of noise rock) but in the sort of theatrics as well, perhaps.  Honestly, it just looks like these guys are having a bunch of fun being in this band (except for the sailors.  Come on guys, Poseidon is upstaging you), and I am always for that.  WE ARE BUILDING A WAAAALL!!

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Monday, November 14, 2011

XL by NGOD (2011)

Kind of Like: Rubik, rooftops, Six Gallery, Kite Party, Foals
Genres: Math Rock, Emo, Indie
Preview: Bandcamp

"‘Whereas most two-guitar four-piece bands seem to have a built-in attitude of riff-first, ask questions later, NGOD appear to approach each of their beautifying three-minute packets from all angles via all instruments. This comes across in their music, each track presenting a synthesis which in the hands of lesser musicians would come across poorly.’

NGOD are a four piece experimental rock/pop band from Bradford. Consisting of Samuel Augustine (Vocals & Guitar), Luke Fielding (Guitar), Lewis Dutton-Taylor (Bass) and Alex Dutton-Taylor (Drums)"

When I heard Six Gallery wasn't going to be making anymore music after Breakthoughs in Modern Art, I was pretty bummed because they were like if rooftops had a vocalist, and a great one at that.  Fortunately, this band is around because they do that as well and also have great direction in their music.  They are also from the UK; which gives them a Foals feel at time.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Strange Behavior EP by Restorations (2010)

Kind of Like: Dear Leap, Kite Party, True Widow, Prawn
Genres: Indie, Post-rock, Folk, Emo
Preview: Bandcamp
Buy: No Idea Distro

Fun fact: Lead singer/guitarist from Dikembe and the guitarist from Look Mexico are standing in the background there.  I was there as well, but alas, no pictures of me.

You can find Restorations newest self-titled LP from Tiny Engines pretty easily (here), but I don't think you would be doing yourself complete justice if you also didn't listen to this EP they did last year.  It's only 4 songs, but they are all great.  "The Reappearing Hobo" has a slow start, but in the end it turned out to be one of my favorite songs by them.  If you really enjoyed their self-titled that came out this year, go ahead and try this out as well.  Now I can feel it, crawling through my bones.

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Sooner Insignificant Better 7" by Pariso (2011)

Kind of Like: Kerouac, The Long Haul, Dillinger Escape Plan
Genres: Chaotic Hardcore, Sludge, Mathcore
Preview: Bandcamp
Buy: Throatruiner

I featured these guys on a split with Kerouac, back in April.  I recognized their name on Throatruiner's site, and saw they also had this 7 inch available that came out in January.  It is the opposite of Comity's album I just put up that was 52 minutes cut up into 4 songs; this album has 7 songs averaging at a minute and a half.  I am really digging these British guys so far, and it seems that the UK has a solid foundation of talented mathcore bands across the pond.  Cheers.

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The Journey is Over Now by Comity (2011)

Kind of Like: Ken Mode, Converge, Starkweather
Genres: Experimental, Mathcore, Chaotic Hardcore, Metal, Sludge
Preview: Bandcamp
Buy: Throatruiner

"The Journey Is Over Now", their first full-length in five years, shows a band more ruthless and musically ambitious than ever before. Four tracks delivering 52 minutes of an oppressive but finely worked chaos : a maze of winding riffs and unique melodies. Recorded and mixed between Laval and Paris by sound sorcerers Amaury Sauvé & Sylvain Biguet, mastered by Carl Saff, this fine-cut monolith of darkness shows a band in constant soul-searching and who has been able to push their art in ways they never would have dreamed possible. Exhausting in their ability to bring fluidity and atmosphere to their extremely dense compositions, "The Journey Is Over Now" reminds that COMITY is, more now than ever before, a band impossible to pigeon hole. This is extreme rock'n roll, and nothing else."

The hardest thing I have been listening to lately is screamo, which is certainly violent and chaotic, but not necessarily hard.  So finding this, was a breath of fresh air of sorts.

These guys are from France, and they rip it like they are from New York.  The quality is great, and it is just the kind of mathcore I love.  The layout of the album is unique; it is split into four parts ranging from 8 minutes to...22 minutes.  Something you are more likely to see out of a post-rock band, not a mathcore band that can easily cut down songs into specific parts.  That is probably the only problem with this album, and it isn't something I neccesarily have a problem with.  I just have a feeling this layout could only hurt the accessibility of this music instead of helping it.  I'm sure this band wasn't expecting to get radio plays, but there are small stations out there that play music like this that may be less willing to seeing that the shortest song is 8 minutes.  A lot of people don't like to be force-fed big hunks of music you know? I really don't mind it, the music  makes up for the odd layout.  These guys are really talented, and even though the song length may seem intimidating, start the album up and see if you stop it.

On a side note, this is another release by Throatruiner Records; a small time label from France that is run by one guy.  I am seeing more and more of their releases come my way, and I continue to like what I hear.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

64 by Peace Be Still (2011)

Kind of Like: Dikembe, Algernon Cadwallader, Snowing, Prawn
Genres: Emo, Math Rock, Post-hardcore, Screamo
Preview: Bandcamp

Holy fuck, I really thought I was done posting today.  But I saw these guys post in Circling the Drain's chatbox and after listening to it I felt like I had to post this.  They are pretty mysterious; no info and not much info on their bandcamp or myspace.  All that I know is that they are from Canada, where they recorded, they sound fuckin' awesome so far, and there are a ton of religious/shitty bands that have the same name as them.  I haven't been blown away instantly like this in awhile.

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Live Fast, Go To Bed Early Demo by Calvinball (2008)

Kind of Like: Latterman, Get Bent, Lawrence Arms
Genres: Punk, Pop Punk
Preview: Bandcamp

"Ever since Latterman released the magnificent No Matter Where We Go..! in 2005, an entire scene of Latterman-inspired bands has formed. Many of these bands (such as Shorebirds, Bridge and Tunnel and Iron Chic) include members of the defunct Latterman. Additionally, many of these bands reside in the New York area. This makes it all the more interesting that my personal favorite Latterman-esque band does not come from New York, or even from the United States. Of course, I am speaking of the United Kingdom’s own, Calvinball.

Calvinball’s eight-song EP, Live Fast, Go to Bed Early features everything you would expect it to feature based on the last paragraph. Each song provides you with an infectious and anthemic chorus, almost always sung with hoarse dual vocals. The give-and-take between Calvinball’s two singers is reminiscent of Oh! Calcutta! style Lawrence Arms, and is used to perfection. This technique grabs hold of the listener from the very first track, and continues throughout most of the album. "
-Neil Cawley,

So far, out of all the material I have listened to from this band, I have been digging their very first demo the most.  This is the band that caused me to see Weatherbox and get an interview with Look Mexico.  So, that was just a bonus to getting to see them all the way from the UK (even if it was just the lead singer with a back-up band from the states).  Basically, this is the UK's answer to Latterman, but they still hold their own.

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Paroxetina by Paroxetina (2011)

Kind of Like: Russian Circles, Enemies, Adebisi Shank
Genres: Math Rock, Sludge, Post-rock, Post-hardcore
Preview: Bandcamp

Looking for some international flavor?  These guys are from Chile and have a dissonant disjunct take on math rock that reminds me of Russian Circles meets Adebisi Shank.  Maybe throw some Pelican in there.  If you're looking for some tasty new instrumental tunes then you should take a listen to these guys.

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Fest 10 Hangover: Sunday

Behold the Big Cheese (cheeseburger with grilled cheese as buns) with a side of deep-fried green beans. 

After eating that monstrosity, I collapsed outside in the grass and laid there for awhile to digest.  It was incredible while I was eating it though.  That was when the day was halfway over though, let's go back to the beginning.

We walked to a nonprofit record shop, I picked up a cool critical mass cycling shirt and a Hot Water Music record for 10 bucks.  Then I wanted to walk over to 1982 to try and catch Calvinball.  I never heard them but I liked their name.  It was a good thing we did go because we caught some bands that I hadn't heard of before that I will be listening to for awhile now.

First up was Weatherbox (Click here to read/download) who had just been added to Fest a week before.  I bumped into the guys from Look Mexico there and they told me to stick around for them because they were great.  And they were very right.  They are currently in the process of recording their third LP, and after listening to their latest EP, I can't wait to sink my teeth into their previous work.

I didn't catch Pure Graft, because we went outside to interview Look Mexico.  Really nice guys.  Calvinball (Click here to read/download) was pretty catchy.  They were from the UK, so only the singer/guitarist was actually there and was supported by people from another band.  I talked to lead guy about Calvin and Hobbes for a little bit, and then we decided to make our way to the Atlantic to catch We Were Skeletons (Click here to read/download).  I had heard their music before, so I thought I was in for a hectic screamo set.  It was a bit more hectic than I anticipated.  Bodies were flying.  The first video is mine, that I just uploaded and you get to see someone fly out of your laptop.  The second is Lori's which has already been posted by WWS on their tumblr and facebook.

After them, we left to get food.  Pianos Become the Teeth played next, but I knew they were coming to Michigan later in November, so I didn't feel bad leaving.  That's when I ate the Big Cheese. Yummm/ugggghhh.  I laid in the grass for ten minutes then I remember popping my eyes open and saying "Flatliners" and hopping right up.  We skidaddled to the Florida Theatre to catch The Flatliners (Click here to read/download).  I hadn't seen them in a few years, so I was pretty excited.  We walked in during "Shithawks" and got to see most of their set.  Also, it was funny because they started the set off wearing Terrence & Phillip-esque masks from South Park (they're canadian).

After that, it was off to Loosey's.  We had passed by this bar a few times before, but hadn't gone in yet.  They had turned their dart area into a makeshift place for bands to play.  The sound was surprisingly good, and I loved the atmosphere.  It kind of reminded me of the 8 Ball in Ann Arbor, and it would turn out to be one of my favorite bar/venues I visited in Gainesville.  We got to watch the Lions demolish Tim Tebow and the Broncos (in Gainesville, no less).  Then, we got the pleasure of seeing Junior Battles (Click here to read/download, coming soon).  I had never listened to them before but Matt Stacks told me it was something I wouldn't want to miss.  I was pretty impressed, and I look forward to giving more of their tunes some attention.  I was more eager for the next band though, Dikembe (Click here to read/download).  They were from Florida, hadn't toured yet, released their first EP to great critical success, had members from Wavelets, and had just signed on to Tiny Engine Records.  They took Junior Battle's momentum and ran with it; it was one of my favorite sets of the weekend.  Low and behold, the guys from Look Mexico were also there for the fun.  I think they were stalking us.

After Dikembe, we got to do an interesting interview with them which will be in this winter's zine.  They told us to stick around for Restorations (Click here to read/download), to which we replied "We're planning on it!".  I was surprised they were headlining a show, but I guess it makes sense in retrospect.  I had only heard of them this year after their release of their self-titled LP.  However, they must have a bigger fanbase than I imagined because they certainly owned the headlining spot.  They put on an intense show, and had the most people there for any band.

I liked his bass set up for some reason.  I think it was an Emperor under a Mars under a Musicman.
There was one more show I wish I could've gone to that was held at the place where registration was at the Holiday Inn.  It featured Comadre playing a set as At the Drive-In (Probably the closest anyone will get to seeing ATDI ever again), Bomb the Music Industry! as The Weakerthans, The Flatliners as Rocket from the Crypt, and The Arteries as AC/DC.  Unfortunately, the only way to get into this show was to have a laminate (slipped under the door of your room at the Holiday Inn) and a wristband for the hoterl.  Moral of the story: if you go to Fest, make sure you book a room at the Holiday Inn.

So, that sums up our three part memoir of Fest 10.  It was an amazing time; the best festival you could go to for a great price.  Hope you enjoyed the coverage, and hope to see you there next year!

Follow the Rattle of the Afghan Guitar EP by Weatherbox (2011)

Kind of like: Mansions, Say Anything, Person L, Great Big Pile of Leaves
Genres: Math Rock, Indie, Progressive, Emo
Preview: Bandcamp
Buy Here: So many colors!

"Exploring themes of alienation, white privilege and the general insanity of our times, Follow The Rattle Of The Afghan Guitar is esoteric, challenging and thought-provoking, while still remaining hook-driven, innovative and exciting. The band hurls itself from a neutral space between pop and progressive, between vague and specific, ultimately leaving it up to the listeners to figure it out for themselves."

This was another amazing band we saw at Fest that we hadn't heard of until we walked into the venue.  It seemed to be a trend that every band we saw on accident left a great impression on us.  These guys are from San Diego, and I believe they open for Boris and Tera Melos tomorrow in San Diego.  Wish I lived in Cali.

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Winter Forever by Seahaven (2011)

Kind of Like: Brand New, Joyce Manor, You Blew It!
Genres: Emo, Post-hardcore, Indie, Punk
Preview/Buy: Bandcamp

"“a somber combination of indie / punk elements and overtones that inspire and uplift your average punk-listener”

This is a release I have been eagerly awaiting since first listening to their previous album Ghost, and then hearing the song "It's Over" for this new album.  I am a few songs into it, and can already tell a couple songs will be in heavy rotation.  I know a lot of other people have been wanting to get their hands on this album as well, but pump your brakes.  Give it a listen, but remember these guys probably deserve a donation for this album.  I mean, it's only 7 bucks for a digital copy, and 13 for an LP.  I help out with marketing bands as best as I can, but that is in hopes that I get at least a few people out of the many to show good bands appreciation and financial support.  Even if it is just 7 dollars, it goes a long way.  You don't have to just do it online either, they are on tour with Touche Amore and Pianos Become the Teeth.  You really want to miss that?  Honestly, I'm going mostly to catch Seahaven.

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Camp by Childish Gambino (2011)

Kind of Like: Frank Ocean, Tyler The Creator, Kid Cudi
Genres: Hip-hop
Preview: NPR

"In that sense, he’s expanding on arty hip-hop stars like Kanye and Kid Cudi (not to mention, eons ago, De La Soul). He’s widening the definition of what has become an increasingly inclusive genre. And that gives his music, even at its most routine, the thrill of liberation."
-Jim Farber, New York Daily News

It's been a good year for Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino).  He took his career as a writer and actor to propel his own musical career.  Basically, he is living the dream of doing whatever he wants.  This is his first commercial LP on a label, specifically Glasshouse Records where he is among bands like Phoenix and Mumford & Sons.  This seems fitting for the "rapper for all these white kids"; most of his inspiration seems between drawn the two worlds he is between.  He doesn't have street cred, he grew up in in an all-white suburb.  He challenges people to listen to him no matter what race they are, and I think that his experience as a comedy writer makes his rhymes sharper than most.  "You're my favorite rapper now, yeah I better be or you can fuckin kiss my ass, human centipede".

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Into Endings 7" by Reservoir (2011)

Kind of Like: Rival Schools, Small Brown Bike, Hot Water Music
Genres: Post-hardcore, Emo, Punk
Preview: Bandcamp

Three new tracks from the Pennsylvania outfit.  If you like bands like Small Brown Bike and No Knife, you'll really dig this band.  Also, if you dug the post on State Lines, they are like them except they are further down on the post-hardcore spectrum a little.  They have yet to put out a full-length, but hopefully we will be seeing that sometime next year because they seem to be at the jumping off point for that with this release.

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Radio Show Contest, Win a copy of Good Luck's "Without Hesitation"!

This week on the SIGD radio show, we will be giving away Good Luck's New LP "Without Hesitation"!  Listen in on Tuesday from 7-8 PM Eastern at WUMD, for a chance to call in and win!  We also will be highlighting music from Fest including Small Brown Bike, Kite Party, Dirty Tactics, A Wilhelm Scream and many more!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

[Classic] Orange Rhyming Dictionary by Jets To Brazil (1998)

Kind of like: Jawbreaker, The Promise Ring, Braids
Genres: Rock, Indie Rock, Emo, 90's Alternative

I recently rediscovered Jets To Brazil and forgot about how awesome these guys are. Great songwriting coupled with amazing lyrics and hooks that will get caught in your brain for days and days. Jets To Brazil formed after combined members of Jawbreaker, Texas Is The Reason and Handsome. Their debut LP, Orange Rhyming Dictionary, provides intelligent songs and unique ideas married through solid dynamics that bridge the gap between indie rock and emo; with a backdrop setting of late 90's New York. Standout tracks are the sad and despondent track "Sea Anemone" witch reads almost as a questioning of suicide, anthemic 6 minute crushing beauty "King Medicine", and the feel good final track "Sweet Avenue". If you have never heard this band before, get this and listen to it immediately, and if you already have this, listen to it again. Truly an amazing album.

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