Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Genres: Punk, Pop Punk, Indie
Kind of Like: Grails, Sun O))), Electric Wizard
Genres: Drone, Doom, Stoner Rock, Sludge, Post-rock
You may remember Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I, from last year. That was one of my favorite albums of last year. I was wondering if the "I" at the end implied there would be more to come, and looky here. This leaked a while ago; I saw Music As Heroin featured this. But, this is my first go at listening to it. I am only a minute into the first song and can tell this is going to be another stripped-down, laid-back, introverted adventure (introverted adventure? LOL). As a listener, you really get to bask in the tones of the instruments. Compared to their earlier works of drone metal, Angels I and II is more like being in a desert. A dark, heavy, experimental desert. Perhaps one of Dali's deserts?
Monday, February 27, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Genres: Hardcore, Punk
I've been digging on this EP real hard over the past week. My only regret is I hadn't found out about this band 5 years ago when they started. Punch really stand out along all the hardcore/punk bands being done these days. No gimmicks or image-before-music here. Just straight up pissed-off hardcore that really hits you in the gut. There's a great balance of thrash and powerviolence being done here as well. The blast-beats never get in the way or become like a early 2000's grindcore band. I think the fact that they have a female vocalist (who's indeed a babe) also adds another unique sonic element to their sound. I like to think she's got Jacob Bannon's voice in a sense, but higher. This EP goes by with great speed and stamina. It doesn't feel short or too long. It's AWESOME!
Kind of Like: Old Gray, Braid, The Promise Ring, Dowsing
Genres: Emo, Math Rock, Indie
Spotify: Not Officially
These guys are bursting on the scene from Philly's seedy underbelly of emo. When my friend told me that these guys were a bunch of 18 year olds attending Temple, it made me appreciate it that much more. These kids are young, but as I told my friend, they have extremely mature sense of direction when writing music. Moreso than a lot of bands much older than them. I would like to say that this demo is dripping with potential, but that would seem like it is subpar. It's good in it's own right, but the fact these guys are just starting makes me excited to hear what they will do after this demo. So, double whammy; it's pretty damn good and it's got potential.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
|Love this picture, hate tequila. (click to enlarge)|
Since we messed up last week do to microphone issues, we are going to try to feature the bands that didn't get a fair listen so that we can at least record the show and then throw it up here later. If you know the bands personally, let them know, I think they will like the attention, no? Until the show, you can check out that MF Doom live thing. I got the time messed up, it started at 3 PM EST, his set isn't on until 5 PM. They just had a bunch of technical difficulties, but I think it's under control now (we aren't the only ones!). Jneiro Janel is about to start spinning, and then you'll have a chance to see MF Doom DJ after him.
SHIT: I meant to put 7, not 8. The one thing I fuck up is one of the more important parts, hahaha. Join my label, I'm sloppy!
Heads up to you MF Doom, fans. The one and only (besides his various fake impersonators) will be DJing alongside Dr Who Dat? at the Boiler Room (UK?). If you aren't able to go to the actual event, you can watch a live video stream of his set at this link. It starts at 8 PM GMT, which translates to 3 PM EST for people around here. I think. I would take this opportunity to try and catch him live, because at least if he doesn't show up, at least you didn't pay for it...or did you?
Also, if you don't like MF Doom (or you do and have a good sense of humor) and want to listen to Aziz Ansari poke fun at him and Dr. Dre, here is a link to brighten your day.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Download Free: Bandcamp
I hope that this valentine's day EP release hasn't arrived too late for anybody this year. I say, there is always time to settle that empty feeling in your life with the humble chords of a solo artist that screams and that sings about love and lonely hearts, sex and all the arts from that house next door that's always buzzing with those endearing old notes accompanied by the passionately honest delivery of each truth-bearing line. Despite the endless empties and haze of marijuana that would spill over into your lawn, you all admit to loving your Drunk Neighbours for exactly what they bring to your life. Lyrics will be posted soon.
The song I put up for the preview portion starts off slowly, but if you hang on and listen to the whole thing, it's worth it! Their Bandcamp has a lot of stuff on sale as well as some free downloads.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Palo Verde is a highly improvisational all-female, metal/sludge/noise duo from Portland, OR. The band initially formed as experimental double-drum duo called Stick-It-In, but evolved into the current improvisational guitar/drums incarnation. Since 2006, they have performed extensively in the Northwest and throughout the U.S., sharing the stage with bands such as Jucifer, Thrones, Black Elk, Japanther, and Kusikia. Drummer Lauren K also plays guitar in the blistering LKN. We rarely ever get to witness women participate in metal music, and it always makes me happy to see talented women musicians make a name for themselves. Here's a review from Bitch Magazine:
"If you like dark, pared-down, and unapologetic un-catchy music check out Palo Verde, a two-piece powerhouse of a band. Lauren K's smashing drums and Terrica Kleinknecht distorted guitar are like a metal show that could fit in your living room. Don't expect some pop song that will be stuck in your head. Their songs grow slowly and organically, turning into a swirling growl of psychedelic guitar and mesmerizing drumming. Streaming their songs online just barely do justice to their sound, and if you get the chance to see them live you'll be treated to some of the most intense drumming of your life. (Don't forget to bring your anti-face melting serum)." -- Bitch Magazine
"Town Portal play instrumental rock that crosses borders of genres. Tapping on experience from earlier endeavors in genres like death metal, shoegaze and math rock, the three members bring components of it all into a melting pot, creating a unique niche of original melodies and harmonies, fixated on a skeleton of complex and playful rhythm structures. Under the dogma of forsaking vocals and other superfluous effects, the band throw themselves into a search of new meaningful ways to compose tones over time, with a heavy and dry precision.
After a European tour in 2010 and a minor row of Danish shows, they released their debut EP entitled Vacuum Horror in late 2011. The EP was followed up by another European tour in the beginning of 2012. In Denmark the EP was praised in several large- and small scale magazines, and the opening track Rosini is currently in rotation on national Danish radio, DR P6. A surprising outcome for an instrumental band, with its roots heavily planted in the DIY scenes ethics and methods. At the moment they’re preparing the recording of their debut album set to be released later this year."
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Remember: You can always call in and request music or even just shoot the shit with us. Especially if you are in one of the bands we feature. (313-593-5515, we are live tonight 7-8:30 EST)
update: sorry we had technical difficulties. We will play the bands that werent heard next week.
I featured Benn Jordan's last album under his alias, The Flashbulb back earlier last year. That album, Love as a Cold, Dark Hallway, was heavily jazz influenced; more so than most of his other albums. Most of his work still has a minimal jazz influence whether it be chords or what not, and this new album is no exception. However, this album reminds me more of the ambiance of Cloudkicker's latest album, Let Yourself Be Huge. There is very limited jazz and even very limited breakcore involved in this album which ends up being quite a deviation from what you usually hear from Benn Jordan. That's probably the best part about this guy's music though is that he is always experimenting with himself and his equipment.
I actually found out this new album dropped last night, and it really helped me get through my studies. It is simply massive as well. He just came out with Love about a year ago, and then he drops this hour long 25 track album. Granted, it isn't his most technical and impressive music I have heard, but I highly recommend all of Benn's work, he is a really great musician/composer.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Kind of like: Ativin, Carrigan
Genres: Post-Rock, Instrumental
Isosceles Mountain are a local duo augmenting post-rock and like-genres with solid instrumentation and melody. I enjoy these guys because they really do remind me of the "Kind of like" bands. Instrumentation and composition aside, they have their own sound, and it rocks. With only three songs on their palette, I'm hoping to hear more in 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
Kind of Like: Def Leppard
Genres: Emo, Math Rock, Indie, Post-hardcore
Spotify: Not this release, but yes this artist
Buy: Square of Oppostition
I just got my 7" in the mail a couple of days ago for Snowing's self-proclaimed final release. It is two outtakes from their recording session for their last LP I Could Do Whatever I Wanted If I Wanted. You've heard "Pump Fake" before, but it's a real treat that they rerecorded this jam. The other previously unheard song "Scherbatsky", is another catchy gem that's a wonder why it didn't make it on the LP (easy way to win me over? Use a Bukowski reference in the first line). If you really dig Snowing, this is a nice final piece to a collection. I found a link for "Scherbatsky" but not the new version of "Pump Fake"
Update: Visit the new blog Boss Koala for a link to the 7 inch including the new version of "Pump Fake" as well as "Scherbatsky".
After having stopped five of these stalkers and spitting in a dollar-bill per minute per person, they stopped giving a flying fuck about those fuckers."
I'm not entirely sure how he manages to sing all of that so fast and not mess up.