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"A pretentious and self-indulgent take on the heavy metal genre"
Awesome drone/ambient/doom/black metal solo project from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Very kind guy, Leigh Newton, sent this to us with tons of great links to more great metal. This double EP cassette can be bought from the link above (highly suggest purchasing), both tapes included. FFO SunnO))), Thou, Boris, Om, and Earth.
''The brutality and ugliness of metal. The minimal beauty of ambient electronic music. It occurred to me that these two seemingly disparate styles compliment each other so well. This is the kind of music I wanted to be making. Something along the lines of JESU. But I wanted the heavy element to be slower, uglier, and more hypnotic . I wanted the ambience lifted right off of a BRIAN ENO album. Or STARS OF THE LID. Fuck it. But I went with the BUDDHA MACHINE. It sounded perfect.''
If you dig metal, check out Dwyer Records (owned and operated by Ottawa doom/sludge group Alaskan).
Washington, DC hardcore/punk influenced by Pissed Jeans, with their own twist. They have an awesome lineup of ex members from Dawn Treader, The Summer We Went West, Hobis, Mop Attack, Bezout's Identity, and 3 members of one of my current favorites Monument. Look out for a 7" this summer.
So after almost 30 years in music J Mascis, singer of seminal 90s indie band Dinosaur Jr., finally got around to releasing a solo album. He's done a couple of acoustic things over the years, but this is his first solo studio album. If you haven't heard the old stuff check out his "Live At CBGB" album and "Martin and Me" as well, but scoop this one up first.
Several Shades Of Why showcases Mascis's guitar skills, and his Neil Young-ish sounding singing voice in a much more spare setting than any Dino Jr. album ever has. Plus "It Is Done" features backing vocal help from Band Of Horses front man, Ben Bridwell. This is a departure from anything you'd expect from his other releases, but it's still his style of "Ear Bleeding Country" minus the ear bleeding.
This is a 7" that came out last Record Store Day. It's The Gaslight Anthem covering the fucking Rolling Stones... if you're still reading and not clicking download so fast you're getting carpel tunnel, we're not friends.
A few months back we posted the debut EP from Cara Beth Satalino that was posted on If You Make It, and if you haven't picked it up yet I highly recommend it. These are two great videos made by Soundies out of Athens, Georiga and is their version of the ever popular "take away shows." They are head and shoulders above most of the subpar ones floating around this internet. These are for Satalino's songs "Shimmering Thing" and "Good Ones" Growing up in northern Alabama, these videos and the environment in them make me miss those Alabama summer days so bad.
If there is one word I hate the most used to describe a genre it's "orgcore." Actually, no. The one I hate the most is how a lot of kids these days use "skramz" instead of screamo, but orgcore is a close second, but with that said, I'm sure everyone calls this band an "orgcore" band. Mockingbird Wish Me Luck is from the beautiful Ontario, Canada (there is also an indie band from Europe with the same name), and in my opinion, are one of the most underrated punk rock bands out there today.
They don't have much material out at the moment, but what they do is stellar. Their first release to my knowledge was the "Goodbye Debris." I found it on one of my late night internet new music hunts and hen I first heard it, I was blown away. It's loud, its melodic, the vocals are gruff and it sounds so hopeful while sounding crushingly heart breaking at the same time. The style doesn't stray too far from a newer, heavier Jawbreaker.
At the end of 2010, they released the "Branches" 7 inch, and it too is great, but very different from the previous EP. Branches features slowed down music, vocals that are even more gruff and a little twang not far from The State Lottery or Lucero songs from "That Much Further West."
While both EPs sound so different, they both are stellar introductions to what is sure to be a long career. I had to miss them at The Fest and bummed about it, but I'm sure they will make the trek down from Canada again sometime soon, eh?
If you listen to music and don't know who The Avett Brothers are (especially after their Grammy performance) then you must live under a rock, and that is the very reason I'm not going into great detail about their sound.
The Avett Brothers are a "non-traditional" bluegrass band from Concorde, North Carolina. They have a long discography in which you should obtain it's entirety, but this EP stands alone as something special. Like most of the world, I was introduced to the Brothers Avett with the release of their breakthrough LP "Emotionalism." This EP was the next recorded martial after their coming out to mainstream music. It's quiet, intimate and when turned loud it sounds as if they are playing a private show for you in whatever room you are in.
If you don't have anything by The Avett Brothers, let this be the first, because you won't regret it.
So I've been following the career of John Moreland & The Black Gold Band from afar the last few years. They haven't made it over to Birmingham yet, but I'm hoping they do soon. I was doing my daily look over of Punknews.org when I noticed that they had posted a link to download "Things I Can't Control" as well as a link to buy the limited edition CD from Paper + Plastick. I always tell folks that John Moreland sounds like if The Boss was from Oklahoma and not Jersey. There's a lot of the same feelings of the desperation and longing to get out of the stagnant places we've grown up. It's just over a country/rock background instead of the blend of rock and soul that The Boss made so popular. Most of the songs are high energy rockers built around big riffs and a solid rhythm section with a ballad every now and then for good measure.
Moreland's Bandcamp page also includes downloads to all of his other recorded output with The Black Gold Band on a pay-what-you-want basis. It's some damn good rock and roll music for those that are interested.
So if you're like me, your first introduction to Cory Branan was through the Lucero song "Tears Don't Matter Much". Ben Nichols tells the truth when he says that Branan's "got an evil streak and a way with words that'll bring you to your knees". Branan might be writing some of the best lyrics out there right now. They range from mean, to nostalgic, to party ripping anthems, to the sweetest things you've ever heard. This is a live acoustic session recorded in Boston in 2008. He plays a few old songs, and several new ones from his still yet to be released follow up to "12 Songs". Hopefully we'll see some new material from him in 2011. Until then radio sessions and bootlegs will have to do.
This split is a refreshing chapter in the ever expanding book of noodle. Both GM and TGF apply the visceral, passionate, and strung out aggression that drew me to punk-rock from the very beginning while maintaining an air of maturity (without arrogance) that is almost lost in both punk and indie music. Glocca Morra, moving to Philadelphia on a whim from Miami, FL, have busted their asses to prove themselves as a permanent fixture. The Greek Favourites formed in the Pocono's (PA), growing up with neighbors like The Holy Mess (and slightly further neighbors The Menzingers, Captain We're Sinking, etc). A real gem of eastern Pa. Can't wait to see what's in store for these dudes. - Tony Godino of Dead Industry Booking
I played with both these bands when I came through Louisville, KY on The State Lottery tour. Amidst a 7 band show, both bands definitely stuck with me. Check out this awesome split from two up and coming Philly bands. Also look for a physical release in the near future.