SINGLE REVIEW: We know we’re late to this party but there is something cozy about sleigh bells when they are used as a percussion instrument in songs. The brother duo of Neil and Sumul Shah’s band Wilflife Control from PA does this very well to kick-off this whimsical single. Drenched in reverb and guitar delays the vocals lay in real nice on this very magical song. The sound huge on this recording for two dudes. Recommended if you like trippy psychedelic songs, Joy Formidable mixed with Wavves/No Age we highly suggest to give these bros a spin.
Catch them at SXSW:
Wed 3/13 Waller Creek Boathouse 6:30pm
Fri 3/15 Shakespheres 2:40 pm
Fri 3/15 Maggie Mae’s midnight
Sat 3/16 House of Creatives 3pm
CXCW 2013: Bands, solo singer songwriters and performance artists. It’s not too late to think of an idea and perform a tune to participate in the online music festival for us poor grubs who are NOT going to SXSW this year. Three years running there is a much cooler home that you can say is yours and drink and eat whatever you want for Couch by Couch West. Kids as young as 9-10 even have bands that are performing live and getting internet famous. People are blowing up couches and playing on trains. This is a fun happening and here’s just a few of many.
Here is Uncle Leon doing a song called “beer train” on a new york city subway for CXCW 2013. There is one lady on here that does not take her nose out of a book, actually like most folks numb to something fun and different. Typical new yorkers disappoint me. This festival is not for her but perhaps you think you might be able to change the world one song at time.
Next up is a local to us from New Brunswick, New Jersey resident and one man band Keith Kenny doing a really great song called “Filling Holes”. We never heard of him before and thank goodness for CXCW to fill us in on great music happening in our own damn backyard.
The Foresters are the youngest band ages 13-10 with a tune called “Way Up high”.
Every hour from morning until night the crew at CXCW are posting photos and videos. So no matter when you check-in they have plenty for you to check-out.
SINGLE REVIEW: This is a band who knows pych. They have jammed with the masters in order to pursue their new single “Evil Things” off of their coming record Indigo Meadow is a head banger. No doubt you should prepare yourself for the drop on April 2nd. Take your vitamins and get ready to take a long dark and dang trip. The keyboards are so Doorsey when they creep in.
Great mellow song which reminds me a lot of Pink Floyd by Amandla which consists of the drummer from Ween Claude Coleman Jr. His music is as much a 70′s tribute as he remixes modern bluesy soul retwisting these themes into his own magic. If you mashed Prince and Lenny Kravitz you’d get his music. This song is off his 2nd album Full Catastrophe. New music coming soon and interesting video projects coming soon.
ALBUM REVIEW: Gaythiest – Holy thrashing power ballad metal I might wonder if this band was created by bear loving lawyers or a small fleet of Navy destroyers. If distorted bass, fast beats, your vocals a little below Geddy Lee’s range almost gang style but definitely singing is your thing. Stealth Beats might just album you’ll need in fast moving vehicle to keep up with the mother fucker racing you in their 18 wheeler semi who is doing trucker crank. Now you might not partake in that nasty shit but you would challenge their notion of metal. Brought to you by the fine folks at good to die records. In summary if you need a pump of adrenalin mixed with the need to race down the highway in your muscle car then the Gaytheist’s Stealth Beats might be the thing that will allow you to own your next Mosh Pit encounter.
Now if you attend one of their shows (see tour listing below) this coming March on the left coast please keep the following in mind. Human collective behaviors at concerts vary considerably with social context. For example, lane formation in pedestrian traﬃc, jamming during escape panic, and sports waves (I don’t think these are particularly Mexican see ref PDF link) at sporting events are emergent phenomena that have been observed in speciﬁc social settings. A bunch of students at Cornell University have studied large crowds and attendees of people under the extreme conditions typically found at heavy metal concerts. Often resulting in injuries [or maybe Death -Ed], the collective mood is inﬂuenced by the combination of loud, fast music (hitting the over 130 dB mark involume, or as fast as 350 beats per minute, synchronized with bright, ﬂashing lights, and frequent intoxication [Cheap beer may also be involved - Ed].
This variety and magnitude of stimuli are atypical of more moderate settings, and contribute to the collective behaviors that were studied for Mosh Pits. The study goes with something about qualitatively that the phenomenon resembles the kinetics of gaseous particles, even though moshers are self-propelled agents that experience dissipative collisions.
Gaythiest Tour Most-Pit Dates:
FRI MAR 8 – Portland, OR @ Branx (w/ Lord Dying, Atriarch, Nether Regions)
SAT MAR 9 – Boise, ID @ The Shredder (w/ Wolfang, The Unhallowed)
SUN MAR 10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge (w/ Worst Friends, Yaktooth, Rile & Baby Gurl)
MON MAR 11 – Denver, CO @ 3 Kings (w/ Glass Hits & Joy Subtraction)
TUES MAR 12 – Albuquerque, NM @ Peace & Justice Center (w/ Gusher, Ether Island)
WEDS MAR 13 – Tucson, AZ @ District Tavern
THURS MAR 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake Lounge (w/ Totimoshi, Stripper Pussy, Dolphins-N-Shit)
FRI MAR 15 – San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock (w/ Tartufi, Tigon)
We’re personally not into sports that much but get why people do and we don’t think David Yow has dialed up the Friday night radio show yet called Live from The Barrage but I’m sure he will soon. Would be funny as hell if he got to talk acting chops and get in a eloquent discussion about the finer points of acting methods with the fake Christopher Walken who frequents the show as well. This past week “Princetron”, New Jersey music personality Jon Solomon from Comedy Minus One and WPRB rang in discussing a Silkworm release coming out on his label; so you know adult alts are slowly paying attention to the show. Even Howard Stern apparently is ripping off bits as they just featured the band My Dick. Anyway, they curse and swear, freely discuss with no advertisers or FCC to be concerned about what regular NewYawkers or cabbies are thinking about or reading in the papers that week. It’s free for all that somehow is surrounded with great tunes that they barely announce when they do feel like playing music so they can take pee breaks and grab a cold one. This is a 2 1/2 hour show and are up to episode #33 which is a very big milestone for a podcast in such a short amount of time since April this past year. They are totally tuned into the New York music scene and pretty safe to say any hipster that dares to step foot in or call the show which takes places in John Houlihan’s garage in Queens better be prepared to piss themselves or leave crying. This is not a place for weak anonymous commentators alla brooklyn vegan. It’s authentic radio and I hope siriusxm radio comes knocking — I really do. Forget the old radio waves your mother-father listened to as there would be more bleeps than if R2D2 were getting raped in the back of the Jawa van for the show to be enjoyable by anybody.
SINGLE REVIEW: I’m not sure this Glasgow band’s sound qualifies as post-punk or at least the american version of this concept but if you dig The Nationals barritone type singing or Bloc Party then this will fit comfortably in the alternative new wave genre. You art school Morrissey fans may be inspired with lots of sweeping shoe-gaze guitar fluttering amongst the more angular sounds of riffing then try this free single by IT GIRL and a couple other tracks on their bandcamp page. I would say a band like The Men are more post-punk and messy sounding. More left fluttering in the wind with them. However, IT might be the fact they use of less reverb as part of the playing — either way the ITGirl band might just be the sound you were dreaming of when you’re trying to get down with that goth looking chick next to you in your painting class. Unless she only listens to industrial music in which case you better use your charm or knowledge of an obscure performance artist. Good luck!
I like days when we get a bunch of great songs that somehow magically all gel together. That or the RS fans are getting smarter of what they send us. Anyway, here’s are two videos by bands we dig: Speedy Ortiz and Sex Jams filtered for your auditory and listening sonic loving pleasure.
First up is a 90′s guitarist wet dream in the very capable hands of the indie band Speedy Ortiz with their video debut of “tiger tank” via Wreckroom. This is from a coming record of their’s I would assume. Real solid playing and straightforward rock video.
“I got a boy who likes to fuck to CAN” Probably one of the greatest lines ever. Here’s a live version of them doing a song formally known as “Taylor Swift” at Shea Stadium in Brooklyn or at least I thought they had to change the name of the song. Anyway. Good stuff.
Speedy Ortiz Livage:
Jan 27 T.T. the Bear’s Place Cambridge, MA
Feb 23 Cameo Gallery Brooklyn, NY
Next up is our new favorite Austrian band Sex Jams that is every bit punk-noir as EVOL era Sonic Youth. Their full album titled Trouble, Honey comes out March 1st on Siluh Records. This one ditty “Shark Vs Apple” is every bit psychedelic as it is a pagan punk sing along. A big beer can and concert party scene ensues in this one; with guitars as clangy as Polvo or something off of Day Dream Nation era SY. I think pretty close to what The Pony’s were going for when they were around. Yeah, we know you will love this.
This is a great a sex jam by Sex Jams:
If you love these songs you’ll love these bands or vice/versa: Touch Me I’m Sick MP3 by Sonic Youth MP3 from 1989. (Mudhoney Cover) Reverberation(Doubt) by The 13th Floor Elevators from The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators Poser Psychotic MP3 by The Ponys from Turn the Lights Out
We’re long time fans of the Quarterstick Records band from Michigan known as MULE. We got to see them a bunch and even played a show with them on their first tour at The Court Tavern in New Brunswick NJ when all they had was a casette. Those were the days. Now it would be cool I guess to just release a cassette that no one would be able to listen too. Here’s a couple tunes from their first EP with illustrations by Steve Canaday. Nobody plays like these guys did.
SINGLE REVIEW: So we never heard of the band Cave Paintings before way back in 2012 but thought we should share their latest single called “Leaf” from their album Votive Life. Its etherial and almost a little Haircut 100 sounding in a Coldplay kind of way. Maybe because they’re British we tend to like the simplicity and the delivery of this tune with choruses drenched in echo-plex. It’s sure damn pretty and would not shut it off if we heard it on the radio in the US. The video is well produced too and filmed by Alex Brown. These Brighton lads built a sled and dragged their singer all over their hometown. We’ve all had that feeling of floating while we’re awake and experiencing vertigo. This video does this nicely to help paint the picture for this tune. Enjoy!
We really dig the remix of this tune as well. Perfect for those fancy drink places that we never frequent where dresses are slipperly and the metrosexuals overgroom.