Saturday, December 13, 2014

Here's a list of year end albums list of best. okay?

Some albums that made my top 10 albums of 2014 in 2014 albums of the year list. I like all these records and you should buy them and if you don't agree with me that's fine. you can listen to almost all of them right here on this page. LOOK HOW GOOD THE FORMATTING IS! BEAUTIFUL!!!!
TEN
NINE
Ultima II Massage - Tobbacco

EIGHT
SEVEN
United Nations - The Next Four Years

SIX
FIVE
FOUR
THREE
Circa Survive - Descensus

TWO
ONE

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BankSlave

First track from Stephen Lee Clark and Jose Om's BankSlave project.


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV

Today is the 9th anniversary of probably my favorite record ever, Coheed & Cambria's Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV Volume 1: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness. I thought I'd write a little thing to commemorate the occasion.

Despite being a big fan of the early 2000's post hardcore, especially Thursday, Coheed and Cambria wasn't really a part of my musical landscape. I sort of remember seeing part of the video for A Favor House Atlantic and thinking I should probably check out that band with the weird name.  So, after a few times of browsing the record store and stopping to look at the album with the impossibly long title and the big red IV on the cover I decided to bring it home with me.  I was immediately hooked
from the opening strings of Keeping the Blade.

The music on this album was unlike anything I'd heard before, it was heavy, complex, angry, and catchy as hell or as a friend described it "pop music from another dimension." Plus, The Willing Wells were in an entirely different league than any music I was listening to at the time. I had been a fan of 70's prog, but the way Coheed seemed to incorporate those styles into their songs just blew me away and then they'd follow an extremely proggy passage with a chorus that was so catchy it wouldn't leave my head. Good Apollo became a constant companion of mine. I was going to grad school in a town an hour away and student teaching at a school almost 90 minutes away. I spent a lot of time in the car. A lot, and Good Apollo was there for it all.

I graduated in May and was hired for my first real job in June, Good Apollo was the soundtrack. I married my awesome wife in June, Good Apollo was there. She surprised me by having the DJ play
Wake Up at the wedding. We danced and I hoped nobody would notice how dark the lyrics actually are.

At some point during the year I acquired the other Coheed albums available at the time and played the hell out of them too. I also started to noticed that the albums seemed to be telling some crazy story which only added to my appreciation of the band.

That's three major life events, and a fourth would be on the way. In late August my first daughter was born prematurely and had to be transferred to a NICU at an out of town hospital. I probably listened to Good Apollo as I drove from the hospital where my daughter was born hours earlier to the one that would try to keep her alive. When my wife was cleared to leave she joined me and we spent a week at The Ronald McDonald House. I'm pretty sure Good Apollo stayed in the car the whole time. Thankfully our daughter made a quick recovery and we were able to return home.


In October we bought our first house. The transition from college student to adult with a family happened incredibly fast and Good Apollo was the soundtrack. That album always pulls me back to the emotions of those days, new family, new house, new job, it was an insanely awesome and stressful year.

A few years later when money was a bit more plentiful and our daughter was a little older my wife surprised me with tickets to see Coheed and Cambria with Heaven and Hell for my 29th birthday. This really began my wife's love affair for the band and both of us became hooked on seeing the band live. Now we both have Coheed tattoos and we'll be hitting our 15th Coheed show this Tuesday. I'll listen to all the band's albums fairly regularly, but Good Apollo is still my favorite and will always hold a special place in my heart.

So, on it's ninth birthday let's all raise a glass to Coheed and Cambria's Good Apollo Volume 1, put the album on and turn it the hell up.

Watching his tale with the words he unfolds
Conscience and cold, we’d never know
They scream as he laughs off the dust from his eyes
These words will now learn of the dreams in his mind

Could this be that hard for me?
To configure a new love in vain
To my new entity or banish it home to the grave
No one is safe...

With the quickness strike out for the less of us doubt
Mercy of the man who put the pen in our mouth
Word write us well signed, "Forgiveness for sale"
I’m through being full, of all the might you want killed
The fiction will see the real
The answer will question still
In your body to blood as your parents once wept
You will follow their lead one by one, every step

Friday, August 1, 2014

Pile Records Bandcamp

Free releases from Dead Children's Brigade, Halaka, god|screaming|breathing, Karate Chop Mother Fuckers and more to come available now at http://pilerecords.bandcamp.com

Monday, July 28, 2014

Phase Velocity Halaka/Simon Waldram Split Cassette

Limited edition split cassette from the brand spankin' new Phase Velocity label. For their first release they've chosen split cassette from American experimental cult of nobody band, Halaka, and British singer/song writer Simon Waldram. Swalaka is limited to just 30 copies, and I think there are only 18 left. Each side is around 40 minutes. Halaka's side, titled Terminal Inside, plays as sort of a single piece, while Waldram's side is broken into traditional song segments. You can buy the tape here: http://phasevelocity.bandcamp.com.

Once these are gone there probably won't be anymore. Cassette is currently the only format this music is available in. No digital downloads have surfaced, but some excerpts have been posted over at soundcloud by Phase Velocity.

Check out
 Halaka: Terminal Inside (Excerpt) this is the band at their most straight forward, there's something about this that makes the listener want to punch their surroundings because the ladder doesn't reach to the top.


Simon Waldram: Revolt! an experimental sorta of punk ditty that turns a bit progressive towards the middle. The fuzzy production might cross into shoegaze territory, but without the whole wall of sound.

These tapes were made  by hand and feature liner notes from Halaka's man of mystery, Kingo Sleemer.

I'll post a full review when my copy arrives. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Time Hitler and the Assholes from Space

listen to this and fall out of your body.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Black Monolith



I see Kingo is posting weird music, so I will post metal. I need to find some more weird stuff though, but for now: BLACK MONOLITH - Passenger. This album is another slab of black metal crust from the bay area, where the weather seems to be nice, but the music is full of doom. See Monuments Collapse for another example. This album is pay what you want (including zero) for the rest of this weekend. get it folks, then sit back with a pudding cup and shoot spitballs at your ceiling.

YAITW



You can get this awesome slab of sludgey blackened metal for 30% using code DWDEAL530. do it.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Modersohn-Becker

http://www.last.fm/music/Modersohn-Becker

"Modersohn-Becker is a duck."

It says so.

I walked out of the room, and then I walked back into the room.  MOR was playing when I left, and still playing when I walked back in.  It didn't take me long to get my kids' pajamas.  I don't know why I'm still getting my seven year old's pajamas out of the drawer for her.  Shut up.

There's something to be said for this stuff, though.  It has a sort of found-sound soundscape field-recording quality, but music at the same time.

My name is Ffarnle Blascot and I disapprove of this message.

Asangata

Asangata.

The first track here - http://asangata.bandcamp.com/album/reabsorption - on the album reabsorption, The Lost Kingdom - reminds me of something.  It's unimportant what it is.

Someone is playing a guitar, and possibly a bass, through an entire broken equipment.  The hackles.  I could chain the ears of my head beneath the desk of my self, burn.  That droning, bent note, scraping across the masonry blocks.  Turn your head to the left.  Whatever you do, don't cough.  Hugh Dunworthy, limping past the basement window.

There are acoustic instruments there.  I recognize the constructs.  There is a piece that is not a piece of desk and you can attach broken metal strings to it.  Nothing will happen.

Asangata is on last.fm here: http://www.last.fm/music/Asangata
I don't know what anyone can do at Last.fm.  I used to know.  It helps me to dream when I am sleeping but dreaming that I am not sleeping.  

Hit that thing again.