Thursday, March 29, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
Genres: Indie, Rock, Experimental, Psychedelic, Noise Rock
Hollow Stars began as a side project for ex-Deerhunter guitarist, Chris Mee. Chris no longer appears to be part of the band, but they didn't let that get them down. Instead, they forged ahead and recently came out with this effort. This reminds me of Grails, but instead of being a post-rock band with eastern music influences, this is like an indie/noise rock band with eastern music influences. It is nice to see bands taking on music like this because it can be really hard to translate the scales and tendencies of eastern music and making it accessible to people here.
Apparently, this Atlanta group is up to big things, so look for more news coming in the near future?
Portland, OR-based Holy Tentacles attempts to concoct a homebrew of genres by mixing math rock with pop and progressive rock. You can definitely hear the trio's influence of of Maps and Atlases, as well as Minus the Bear, but that is not a bad thing, as they have created their own sound. Typically I would include a link to download this album for free, but because these guys e-mailed us directly, I feel a tad shady doing that. Instead, I am going to suggest that you head over to their Bandcamp to listen to the whole thing, and purchase it for $5 if you so choose.
They are currently touring in support of this self-released 7-song EP. Check out an acoustic performance of the song featured in the preview, "Backpack":
One thing I thought was particularly neat about this band: they just released their own beer! It's called Divine Ink, and it's a hand-crafted, hand-picked blackberry weizen. It would be awesome to visit Portland and try it!
Friday, March 23, 2012
1) from William Bonney on their tour
2) from either label SIGD/SftR
We are almost to 80 preorders, so if you still want one of the special preorder packages and the cool looking jacket, do it soon!
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
We have a new site for SIGD Records: http://www.sigdrecords.com
I wish I could take credit for the screen printing on the record idea, but this was something that got inspired from the Child Bite/Dope Body split put out by Forge Again Records. I really liked the premise and I had been pitching the idea to bands since I started SIGD Records.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Genres: Emo, Indie, Post-hardcore, Rock
Maybe I will lose some cred for this. I dunno. I can say that this is one of my favorite albums to sing along to. It's just plain catchy, and Kenny Bridges vocals are somewhat high and fun to belt out. The guitar riffs/harmonies aren't terribly hard to play, but the overall composition of each song is what brings me back time and time again. I haven't listened to this album in years and I recently popped it in, and it hasn't really gotten old for me. I could drown in the weight of it all.
I listened to the album after this, Red Tree, like once or twice, but it just didn't stick with me. I haven't listened to their latest album that came out in 2009 either. This album and Theory of Harmonial Value are enough for me. In my opinion, Theory was rough around the edges, but still had a few great songs on it, and this album that came after it, Are We Really Happy?, was their strongest and more fine-tuned material.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Last year Von Wolfe released a really impressive EP called Life's A Beach (Read the SIGD feature), that eventually made it onto our Best of 2011 list. They have a tour coming up and need help with a few dates. Lend them a hand and let them know we sent you.
30th-Savannah, Ga @Sweet Melissa's
31st-Melbourne @Crane Community
April 1st-New Smyrna Beach @civic center
2nd-Jacksonville @burro bar
6th-Panama,Fl @A&M Theatre
7th-Pensecola, Fl @Sluggo's Vegetarian Restaurant
8th-Lafayette LA-please help
9th-Houston, TX-please help
10th-Grand Prairie, TX @Alliance Skate Park
11th- Witchita Falls, TX-please help
12th-Oklahoma city @Bad Grannys Bazaar
13th-Conway, AR @Soundstage
14th-Birmingham, AL-Please help
15th-Tallahassee, FL @bomb Shelter
Friday, March 16, 2012
Kind of Like: Spraynard, Stable Boys, State Lines
Genres: Pop Punk, Indie, Punk
Buy: Asian Man Records
Preview: Alternative Press (Include interview!)
We haven't been able to post as much lately due to busy schedules. I have the next couple days off though. This should help get people excited again. After releasing a self-titled album last year that topped a lot of "Best Of" lists, here is another record that keeps that momentum going.
It's really nice to see Asian Man Records staying relevant with bands like this, BTMI!, Spraynard, and Andrew Jackson Jihad. Mike Park has been running this great label since way back in 1989, and has served as stepping stone for influential bands like Alkaline Trio, The Lawrence Arms, Skankin' Pickle, and the Blue Meanies. I feel very fortunate to be able to meet this talented, compassionate guy years ago when he did a living room tour across the United States. When we got him to play at one of our houses, we nearly jizzed our checkerboard shorts. I emphasize compassionate because not only does he put our good music, but he stands for good values with his non-profit organization Plea For Peace.
Speaking of Andrew Jackson, you can catch them with Joyce Manor. Tour Dates here.
Sorry, went off on a tangent, I'll get to the point.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
Saturday, March 10, 2012
|I hope people think this is a concert flyer and their heart stops. Click to Enlarge|
The skull is of Sahelanthropus tchadensis, an extinct hominid species dating back about 7 million years. Whether it is really part of the hominina tree is unclear; there are conflicting views that it is either part of the human tree or the chimp tree. It very well could be the earliest human ancestor. The next time somebody tells you that humans did not evolve from apes, tell them they are absolutely right and that they should read up on early hominid species on wikipedia because it is really interesting. Derp derp, we didn't evolve from no monkeys! Of course we didn't, but we did have a common ancestor though that we diverged from. That's my opinion anyways.
The bottom one is a fossil Canis lupus, or a wolf, which is where puppies came from. :]
I made that during a break from studying for my endocrine/neuro exam. See you all soon, we have big news brewing.
|"I wanted to change the way people perceive music, or maybe just destroy it in general."- Justin Pearson, bassist/singer|
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Genres: Rock, Progressive
After the disbandment of Damiera, little was known about the continuation of the member's musical endeavors. Upon finding these guys the other day, I got super stoked to know they feature ex-members. Hidden Hospitals is sort-of continuing where Damiera left off after "Quiet Mouth Loud Hands," which in all honestly was kind of a huge bummer. That album lacked they real intense sonic quality I got from D on their self-titled ep and debut full length "MU(s)ic." But, all bands can't keep doing the same thing over and over. Hidden Hospitals tone down the time signature changes and constant syncopation that Damiera did so well. The musicianship here is just as tight but seldom wanders in various directions. I get a feeling the actual song-composition getting better and better. "Swan Dive" utilizes those Thursday-esque heavy-parts and feels super nostalgic. My favorite is defintely "Ones to Ones." With hooks like that chorus you can't deny it's going to stick. This ep really hits hard with only 5 songs. I look forward to the progression of this band and hope these guys stick with it.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Genres: Metal, Mathcore, Experimental, Instrumental, Post-rock
Another oldy that resurfaced in my collection. If you want to be blown away by three musicians and are into really technical music. This shit is hard to digest, but if you are into that kind of thing, then you will really love exploring this album. "Canada" has one of the best flowing transitions into one of the most metal solos ever. This album is short, but extremely mind-bending. Last news from this bands was that they were getting a new drummer and going to release new, even more extreme material from scratch. That was back in 2009, so I am wondering if they ever will come out with something else.
We have a radio show tonight! Remember?
UPDATE: Someone posted a youtube link in the comments below of a live set from last month of BtA playing all new material. Click Here.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Friday, March 2, 2012
Kind of Like: The Refused, At the Drive-In, Every Time I Die
Genres: Punk, Post-hardcore, Screamo
Preview: PUREVOLUME, YES
This band also had an EP and a demo before this that I haven't heard yet. Honestly, I haven't even listened to this album in years. The other day I decided to try and find it because I had a feeling it would be well-received here. These guys weren't around very long, so this album went under the radar and was criminally underrated. This album is an intense powerhouse that never slows its pace (except the outro in "Costume in the Corner").
Randomness: The beginning of "Trouble Sleeping" sounds somewhat similar to the beginning of Small Brown Bike's "On Repeat". It is eerie, and I think listening to the Small Brown Bike song was what reminded me to look back into The Letters Organize.