April 30, 2008
I guess all those drummer jokes go out the window for now.
Oh, what the hell....
How can a band tell that the stage is level?
When the drummer drools out of both sides of his mouth.
(found on PaperThinWalls and Digg)
April 29, 2008
THE MOST SERENE REPUBLIC - POPULATION (ARTS & CRAFTS): Suprisingly good. I didnt care for the 1st MSR album. It felt like teenagers pretending to be Broken Social Scene. Oh wait, that exactly what it was. This one is much, for lack of a better word, calmer. Sounds like a two piece instead of 19 people.
FIRE ENGINES - HUNGRY BEAT (CARPARK): I should like this, but i have heard everything that followed it so it sounds dated to me. Not their fault, i am just young. Sorry Scottish people.
MUM - GO GO SMEAR THE POISON IVY (FATCAT): They just havent done it for me since Please Smile My Nose Bleed (one of my favs). Interesting but wont get more than 1 listen a year.
YELLE - POP-UP (CAROLINE): This would be HORRIBLE if it was in english. But is is in French and it is fantastic. I cant explain. Its just a fact. I highly recommend it.
SUPERGRASS - DIAMOND HOO HA (EMI): No. They've lost 'it'. They only had 'it' for a short time, but its gone. Plus Gaz (thats his name right?) looks like a Fraggle. Good or bad depending on your disposition.
LOS CAMPESINOS! - HOLD ON NOW YOUNGSTER.. (ARTS & CRAFTS): Infectious. Usually hype bands melt in my mouth like so many candieeees, but i have listened to this about 3 times in the last couple days. Always great when you can feel a bands energy through a recording.
VA / NIGERIA 70 (STRUT): Nigerian 'funk' thats more reggae influenced than anything. Ok, but i would recommend the Nigeria Special 2 CD that came out recently. That one is a party starter. http://www.amazon.com/Nigeria-Special-Highlife-Afro-Sounds-Nigerian/dp/B000WM8IAU/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1209528800&sr=8-1
DIZZEE RASCAL - MATHS + ENGLISH (DEF JUX): Stupid XL. Why they put his last album out in the US as a digital download only i will never understand. Lets ask my 8-month old daughter Beatrice what she thinks of that decision:
Thats all i got.
This isn't Nancy or her band but who cares. It's so wrong it's righteous.
What - Yeah-Yeah Girl night (girl group records from all decades / from all over the plantet, 60's rock / psyche /garage, Tropicalia with a touch of who knows what thrown in. I DJ alone all night, ladies are offered drink specials and chocolate if they are lucky. Boys are more than welcome. I can promise you great girl watching and the coolest ladies in town will be out in full force.
Where - Ipanema - 917 W. Grace St, RVA
When - May 24th (Memorial Day Weekend!!!) 11pm -2am
Grand Theft Auto IV hit the shelves this morning and the excitement in the gaming world is at an all time high. But, there is an underlying reason to be excited about this games release. In line with the previous installments of GTA games, the soundtrack is provided in the form of 'radio stations' that you can 'tune' to. Well, Rockstar games has given old-school hardcore heads like me another reason to grab this game. New York Hardcore legend, and Murphy's Law front man, Jimmy Gestapo has HIS OWN STATION!!
Yep, none other than Jimmy Spliff is the DJ/Host of the L.C.H.C (Liberty City Hardcore) station. This makes total sense since the Liberty City that the game takes place in is actually a virtual N.Y.C. And if we know anything about the GTA series, it will be old N.Y.C., not the new 'Disneyland' version.
The small bits of info regarding the track listing for this station only add to the excitement. Here are some of the tracks confirmed in the game:
Raw Deal/Killing Time - "Telltale"
Underdog - "Underdog"
Maximum Penalty - "All Your Boyz"
Murphy's Law - "A Day In The Life"
Bad Brains - "Right Brigade"
I just hope that there are button combos for classic hardcore dance moves like:
'picking up change', 'starting the lawn mower', and 'the pizza guy'.
Some of which are demonstrated in this Sick Of It All video:
Other hot stations in the game include:
Dj Premier's The Classics 104.1 spinning old school hip-hop
Iggy Pop's classic rock station
As well as a Funk and Afro-beat station
Also, the ever creepy Juliette Lewis has her own station.
Living a virtual life of crime never sounded soooo good!
April 28, 2008
'Talk Talk" is probably one of my favorite garage rock songs of all time so I was pretty excited to find this footage. Enjoy!
Title - Clusterfuck EP
Hometown - UK
Label - Squirrel
The Hit - To put it bluntly, I would put one of these 4 songs on a mix for a friend.
RIYL - Backs that feed, Loop, The Telescopes, people who wear Lou Reed like sunglasses on cloudy days, leather jackets on warm days, chains owned by Jesus and Mary, The Primitives, melodies buried alive in static.
Yay or Nay - Nay
Same old noise
April 27, 2008
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April 22, 2008
Title - Maybe Lately / Hanky Panky Nohow
Hometown - Montreal
Label - Rought Trade / Scret City Records
RIYL - Wall of sound pet sounds
Yay or Nay - Nay - but their full length Five Roses instead
holding hands with
Title – The Moving Frontier
Hometown – UK
Label – Domino (UK)
Street Date- Out Now
I Heart – Moonminer, Hums Around Us (vocal tracks – though much of the record is instrumental)
RIYL – Stereolab, early Broadcast, Nico, 60’s psych soundtracks, electronic Exotica, Old Pram, Joe Meek at the circus
Good Lord, have Pram really been around for more than 15 years? It seems hard to believe no less that all these years later they have maintained their trademark space age silent movie score skills with the occasional splattering of slightly out of tune poetry sung by Rosie Cuckston. Her mournful melodies would fit perfectly on Chelsea Girl but the music remains difficult to pin down. They jump from different continents and centuries which sculpt a dizzying display of influences and textures.
There may be good reason why Pram has never surpassed cult status but as member of this secret society it is difficult for me to comprehend the distaste so many have towards this cinematic lounge-scape. You say boring…get me off this carousel but I say let’s go round again.
April 21, 2008
To the left - this is a crown that has decayed and fallen off a grave stone.
There are 42 cemeteries in NOLA and this is a shot of the Lafayette Cemetery in the Garden District.
This graveyard is said to be an inspiration to many of Ann Rice's books.
The movie "Interview with a Vampire" as well as "Double Jeopardy" was filmed here.
Artist - minipop
Title - a new hope
Hometown - San Francisco
Label - Take Root Records
Street Date - Out now
RIYL - Gazing at shoes / Candy
Website / MySpace
2 lovely ladies and 2 fine gentlemen combine to create sticky sweet dream-pop. This record is a great combination of jangle and wash, never leaning too far in either direction. The music calls to mind bands like Lush, Ride, The Darling Buds and The Primitives without being a carbon copy of anyone. The vocals are breathy and beautiful, reminiscent of Harriet Wheeler of the Sundays. If you long for the 3 years that British music sounded like this, then you will be very happy with 'a new hope'. This is not, however, a throwback record. This is a refreshing new voice with a modern approach.
minipop will be on tour in May, so check the schedule and, if you are near Hoboken, I will see you there.
(a music video? now that's a throwback.)
April 20, 2008
April 19, 2008
Independent record stores all over the globe are uniting together to make today a true celebration of the special unique shopping experience they offer. These stores live and breathe music, a passion they bring their customer base every single day.
National Record Store Day is a gentle reminder that not only are they still out there, but many are better than ever.
I never thought I would see this age come but with the rise of digital music, especially among those under the age of 20, many people have either forgotten actual physical record stores exist or for those a little younger, that they exist at all. I can't imagine the death of these stores no less the loss of physical product who offer consumers music as a full package. Something tangible and collectible that comes with the artist's full vision including art and often liner notes featuring things like lyrics. I know some people believe the songs are just what defines an artist but any true music fan knows the artist's bigger picture includes cover art, insert, and or booklet. MP3s are invisible and while they may offer an easy quick purchase, they lack quality in sound and the heart and soul of an artist. Plus if your computer crashes or your iPod dies just think of the disaster losing all those songs would be. For those of us with the real thing we always have a back up and a better sounding / looking one at that. Digital music serves its purpose but it isn't the top shelf quality music is meant to be nor do I believe it allows some listeners to take this art form seriously. Music files are expendable, disposable and now often free to those who file share. This in turn creates the concept that music doesn't deserve to be paid for which in turn fuels the idea that musicians don't deserve to be treated with the respect of being comepensated for their recorded creations. For those of you downloading new releases for free you are thieves stealing music and the bigger crime is these artists you love are suffering the consequences. I will never understand why some people don't think artists should be paid for the work and that if a band wants to make money from their art then they should do so by touring and selling merch. Well guess what, their music is also part of the merch. Duh.
Click on the link above for more information on National Record Store Day and see what store near you is participating as well as all the cool limited CDs and records these indie stores are selling and giving away. Many retailers are also having bands play live, DJs spin, offering huge sales, and all sorts of other great surprises. On top of al that record labels and music distributors banded together to offer their support and have donated one of a kind samplers to pass on to the folks who support National Record Store by shopping in these local ma & pa's.
For those of you in Richmond here is what is going on at Plan 9:
"Celebrate Record Store Day this weekend at Plan 9! We'll be having a STOREWIDE 20% OFF SALE! Everything in the store will be 20% off Saturday April 19th and Sunday April 20th! We have some great giveaways from your favorite labels: Subpop, Matador, Vice, Nonesuch, Brushfire and more! And we have a bunch of exclusive releases from Vampire Weekend, Josh Ritter, REM, Black Keys, Death Cab For Cutie in VERY limited quantities that they have released just for Record Store Day!"
Check out all our events we're planning too!
11:30 a.m. Concice Records showcase 3:00 p.m. Loose Gravel 4:30 p.m. Meditate Motherf*ckers6:00 p.m. Saving Abel 7:30 p.m. Horsehead
I will be at Plan 9 for a good portion of the day helping them out in whatever capacity I can. Hope to see you there and happy record shopping!
April 18, 2008
The release date is said to be June 10th to coincide with the release of the 'Control' DVD, which was already mentioned HERE.
Upon it's release it will destroy the U2 'scribble' iPod in
the 'Great Hipster Media Player Wars of Ought-Eight'. (if that existed)
This seems so far to be legitimate news and not a one-off art project like the Joy Division sneakers were. TWICE!!
Personally, I say wait for the 66.6Gb version of the Celtic Frost iPod,
coming this Halloween. (in my imagination)
April 17, 2008
The band that time forgot or at least so I thought until the world saw a DVD documentary called Tad: Busted Circuits and Ringing Ears released earlier this year.
The time it will take you to view this Dwarves picture is pretty much how long their actual live show was. I would say blink and you could miss them but they probably hit you with something, fell onto you from the stage, asked you for drugs or a drink, or were naked and played too close to your face to be comfortable... so there was really no missing them. Their motto was "Fuck you up and get high" but I think the missing part to that quote was "or get a penis in your eye."
Up next we have Mr. Childish. To be honest I barely remember him being on Sub Pop because Billy seemingly put out a record a month on some record label or another.
This picture cracks me up. I took this not very good photo when I saw Soundgarden play on my birthday in 1988 at Maxwells in Hoboken, NJ. If you ever wondered if grunge bands really did have long hair and look, well....grungey...the answer would be yes. This picture pretty much screams grunge.
April 16, 2008
See, thats the kind of shit that happens when you enter the lair of the Minotaur. Lesson learned.
But i like this here The Sword. I slept about 3 hours last night (baby+money+sickness = fuckfuckfuckfuck). This arrived in the mail for me today and i have to say these metal riffs really eased my mind. I am not sure why metal can ease my mind, but it really does sometime. Plus look, the track names are great: "How Heavy This Axe", "The Sundering" (not original but makes me think of sundering, which is great) and of course "The Frost-Giants Daughter". The Frost Giants were some of the earliest creatures to roam the earth according to the Poetic Edda, the Norse creation myth. They were mean fuckers and its about time someone wrote a great song about them. Wait there have to be about 900 black metal bands that have done that. Lightnings Girl, please cite 5 examples for me in the comments section.
So to summarize, i know squat about metal, the only metal i ever get is given to me for free, but i loved this album. In fact i am going to play it again as the person in the cube next to me is playing Melissa Ethridge and that makes me Hulk-angry.
VBS.TV has an incredible 16 part video on legendary skater John Cardiel.
He was hit by his own tour van and paralyzed.
He vowed to walk again, and through his own will and determination he defied the doctors predictions and recovered from his injury.
His story is inspirational to all people, not just skaters. John Cardiel is the kind of person that has a wild focus. He is going so fast that there is no time to stop and worry. His accomplishments are just waves in the wake of his personality.
Epicly Later'd - John Cardiel
All 16 parts are to the right of the page.
VBS.TV and VICE magazine did release these 16 parts on a limited edition DVD which I am lucky enough to own a copy of. It is free and available at select skateshops, or by sending a S.A.S.E. to Epicly Later'd, but I would guess that they are all gone by now.
For those unfamiliar with the history of the skate scene, here is the set-up:
Sometime in the 90's skateboarding had lost its way. This was the era of big pants and small wheels. Things were slow, flat and very technical. Along comes Cardiel, speeding, blasting and boosting. He wasn't bringing back some old-school vibe, and he wasn't setting the stage for the future either. He was just being himself. He had speed, balls and style. He went against everything that was trendy and popular at the time. Not because he was deliberately defiant of the times, but because he is absolutely timeless. And he is universally loved and respected for it.
John won Thrasher Magazines 'Skater of the Year' award in 1992.
This is the montage they compiled for that awards ceremony.
ALL HAIL CARDIEL!
April 15, 2008
"Echo and The Bunnymen singer, Ian McCulloch is due to publish his memoirs next year. Publisher’s Transworld have recently bought the rights to McCulloch’s memoirs from Mayer Benham and hopes to publish them in summer 2009. "
This first picture is a close up of the legendary voodoo practitioner Marie Laveau's tomb. People looking to have her spirit grant them a wish mark three Xs on the grave and then knock on the cement. Guides of the cemetery and the family of Laveau wish this practice would end as it is speeding up the decay of the marker which is already in a state serious disrepair.
Headless statues are a common sight.
April 14, 2008
In preparation for this post I decided to Google search for the cover image because I am too lazy to scan it myself when I stumbled across the Crispy Ambulance official website and realized they have many of their songs available for download as 30 second sample clips. So if you like this single head over to "http://www.crispyambulance.com/recordings" and sample some more tunes for free. No description is coming from me today regarding this single other than saying it is moody English dark wave from the early 80's ...I told you I was lazy. Dave G.
P.S. Here's a video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KGp0g1hJig
April 13, 2008
Title - We Brave Bee Stings and All
Hometown - SF CA, Fall Church VA
Label - Kill Rock Stars
Street Date - Out Now
RIYL - old Cat Power, Liz Phair, Juliana Hatfield (Blake Babies), Rebecca Gates, Lois, Mary Lou Lord, Kaia, Death Vessel
Favorite Songs - They are all good which makes it nearly impossible to pick a favorite.
Richter Magnitude Scale - Major
Put down your new Chan Marshall record and walk away from it. That's right, just walk away and don't look back. Meet Thao who has created your new favorite record and a much better record than the new lack luster heavy on the production Cat Power. I hate to pit artist against artist but Thao Nguyen has the charisma and charm that Chan has lost somewhere along the way.
And shame on cokemachineglow for going the cute girl route in their review. It started with a fair point of reference in explaining how looks play a more important roll than ever for women in music but the last two lines made me squirm a little.
"If Nguyen’s next album improves on Bee Stings as much as that album improved on Like the Linen, I doubt I’ll have much cause for complaint at all. Or much of a reason to mention her looks."
In a perfect world I don't think we should ever be discussing attractiveness when it comes to music makers. Real artists deserve better than that and Thao deserves more respect than that. We don't talk about men who make music in the indie world that way so why should we head down that path for the ladies?
And lastly for you RVA locals - check out what I learned from Wikipedia:
"Thao Nguyen and Willis Thompson met Adam Thompson (no relation) during a show at the Harrison Street Coffee Shop in Richmond, Virginia. At the time, Adam Thompson was performing as a solo jazz-influenced act under the moniker The OK Bird. "
AND we have a local tour date on June 8th at Toad's Place with Rilo Kiley.
Kim from Jawbox, Jodie from Hazel, and Laura from Superchunk -along with the ladies of the Blake Babies (to name a few) helped to remind me that you didn't have to be a comic book character of a girl to play music. I love all the bands I listed in the first paragraph but I never related to them as a girl who just wanted to play music and not worry so much about an image or politics.
Star is my favorite song by the Blake Babies and here is a live version.
I had never seen this video until today. Dang! What up Even Dando?
PS: Posting during the Stanley Cup Playoffs won't be easy this week but I will try my best to keep on top of things. Then again if Washington or NJ get pushed out early I may have all the time in the world. I bet you didn't know I love hockey as much as I heart metal, twee, glitch, indie guitar pop and shoegaze.
April 12, 2008
FYI, critics labelled Dinger's styles as 'motorik'. However, Dinger never liked that label. “That sounds more like a machine, and it was very much a human beat,” he said. “It is essentially about life, how you have to keep moving, get on and stay in motion.”
Click on each picture to enlarge them. And if you are wondering why on earth I held onto this crap for all these, I ask myself that same question all the time.
April 10, 2008
"Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl
on the throne of the beast,
and his kingdom became full of darkness;
and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain.
They blasphemed the God of heaven
because of their pains and their sores,
and did not repent of their deeds."
The best way to get a sense of this man's nightmarish creations is to listen to his music. (links are at the end of this post)
The second best way is to read this quote from an interview Moires gave in January of this year.
"I get bored easy. So I try not to make my own music boring. Also I've been doing this for quite some time so I know a thing or two about composition and how to build some tension. I also listen to all kinds of music. Lately to a lot of avant garde/20th century composers; Schnittke/Sjostakovich/Luciano Berio/Bussotti/Varese/Boulez. That shit really give me goose bumps or/and scares me to death. And yes I try to make it as oppressive/intense as possible, that's how I like it to sound. I like things to sound as if there is no more room for any more sounds and yet the sounds keep piling up. Plus I put no limitation on myself in anyway. Metal people always tend to look at metal only and say..oh this band is so radical they got this instrument this kind of structure/rhythm or what ever. In the grand scheme of things it doesn't mean shit. There is so much more music, scarier music than metal. I mean some stuff of Coil for example is so much more 'evil' than all black metal combined. Not to mention a thousand times deeper."
Metal as a genre, be it doom, black, drone, experimental, noise... has morphed into some of the most interesting and creative sounds being recorded today. Black metal is colliding and collapsing into other styles of music ranging from folk to classical to shoegaze to baroque to garage to avante composers to the depths of the earth's core to deepest and darkest pockets of outer space. There isn't much new music I find myself truly fascinated and surprised by, so as crazy as it sounds black metal and all it's Medusa like heads take my listening experience to new places. Hearing something that makes me feel uncomfortable and threatened interests me and keeps me captivated. I know these records aren't exactly yoga class friendly or baby making music but I find this attack on my senses is thrilling; something I can't say that about the new REM record or The Breeders. There is something genuinely cathartic about listening to a record that taps into your greatest insecurities, fears, and nightmares.
The ironic thing is I am not a fan of horror movies, gory films, or slasher flicks yet you give me a record that sounds like zombie cannibals vomiting the rotting corpses of Nazi war criminals and you have my attention.
Title: Camouflage Heart (reissue)
Label: Wheesht Records (get it??)
Release Date: originally released in 1984 on Midnight Music
RIYL: early Swans, This Mortal Coil, The Birthday Party, Cocteau Twins, 70's and early 80's industrial
Atmospheric, moody, heavy, noisy, ultra distorted guitars and bass, with a prettiness underlying it all. How was this not on 4AD Records? This reissue of Cindytalk's first record is highly recommended! It features the vocal talents of Gordon Sharp, who also sang on the first This Mortal Coil record. If you are familiar with his singing from This Mortal Coil, prepare to be taken aback. Gordon Sharp has a subtle strain kind of yelling throughout Camouflage Heart but he does it so well it almost sounds like singing!
It's Luxury is definitely the most "catchy" song but the rest of the record is great, just a little slower. This record is not for everyone but if you like 4AD records type stuff you will probably love this!
And just for kicks here's a music video for Kangaroo by This Mortal Coil featuring Gordon Sharp
There are several version of this video for Theoretical Girl. Go figure. Maybe three is a charm. I however am only posting two.
April 9, 2008
Click on the picture to make it larger. See the glorious detail of his Death Row necklace and Thug Life tattoo. So lifelike it's scary.
I finally managed to score her 7" single "The Hypocrite" and while this A side is the more obvious hit (there is something vaguely Berlin about this track) I am more partial to the less new wave, more gentile B side "Never Good Enough". For those of you disinterested in tracking down the wax this single is available on eMusic and iTunes.
April 8, 2008
I really liked how the floor looked like an aerial view of the world and how the word blues hovered over it all.
This is in fact a side view of a random shelf towards the front of store which had a bunch of records piled up on it in no particular order.