Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Copyrights - Learn the Hard Way

Awesome orgcore for fans of For Science, Dear Landlord, Chinese Telephones, Shorebirds, etc.


Monday, January 25, 2010

Zona Mexicana

I also got this in an email recently. They even included a nice little artist info tidbit so I don't have to make them seem like a bad band by trying to describe their sound.

we're a three piece
math-rock/punk/screamy band from Purchase, NY. Formed in October
2008, toured a lot in the north east, have played shows with tera
melos, algernon cadwallader, pattern is movement, so many dynamos.
we're also part of the cake life collective:

It's some pretty cool stuff. Very interesting time signatures. Kind of like what Kidcrash would be if they were more frantic instead of just noodly.

Zona Mexicana EP

Apollo Rocket

Got this in an email a few weeks ago, but I only got around to seeing this a few days ago because I often totally forget I even made an email account for this.

Anyway, this is some pretty awesome pop-punk out of Jersey. All of it by one guy who I imagine is a pretty cool dude. Both of his albums are available for download from his myspace as well as a few inches below.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Funeral Diner - The Underdark

Quite possibly the greatest screamo record I've ever heard.

ctrl-v from sputnikmusic.com because I'm lazy

This CD is fluid, beautiful, and engaging the whole way through. It's murky and depressing, but also powerful and brisk. A triumph for modern emo only eclipsed by the epic heights of Circle Takes the Square and the progressive styling of Hot Cross. My only fault to this album is that it's almost too much. It's homogeneous and intense to listen to. I've been on a binge recently, so I figured I'd write my review when I high on it, instead of when I'm depressed and watching the fog come in while driving around in Half Moon Bay.

Full review


Flying Lotus - 1983

Monday, December 28, 2009

Vivian Girls - Everything Goes Wrong

New album from the all-girl trio hailing from Brooklyn, NY. It's more of the same post-punk/power-pop tunes from their first album, but still rather solid. If this doesn't sound very interesting to you, give it a listen anyway. All the hipster chicks on their fixies will suddenly want your company.


Lifetime - Jersey's Best Dancers

Classic album from that whole pop-punk/hardcore revolution in the 90's.

Friday, December 25, 2009

The Replacements - Let it Be

Pitchfork loves this album, and surprise! It's actually really, really fucking good.

Download The Replacements - Let it Be

The Ergs! - Dorkrockcorkrod

If you somehow haven't heard this album, get it now. This album is more of a straight forward pop-punk album, as opposed to Upstairs/Downstairs.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Ergs! - Upstairs/Downstairs

It took me a while, but a few months ago I finally "got" The Ergs!. I had initially heard the hype about them around a year ago, but I had only listened to "Hindsight is 20/20, My Friend" which really didn't do it for me at the time. Then a while back, I got this album from another blog and seriously haven't listened to much else since.

Upstairs/Downstairs is usually shadowed by their first full-length, "dorkrockcorkrod" (which I'll post shortly), even though both albums are pretty different musically, imo. As a straight-up, pop-punk album, "dorkrockcorkrod" is definitely better, but "Upstairs/Downstairs" shows a slightly more mature version of The Ergs! nerdy, almost Replacements-esque brand of pop-punk. Standout tracks include "See Him Again", "Books About Miles Davis", and "Fluorescent Stars", the first of which is among my top 5 songs by The Ergs!.

Download The Ergs! - Upstairs/Downstairs

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Dangers - Messy, Isn't It?

Fire Team Charlie - Fire Team Charlie

Awesome screamo/post-hardcore somewhat similar to The Kidcrash. Make sure to check out their contribution to the split they did with End of A Year as well.

Fire Team Charlie

Monday, December 7, 2009

Battalion of Saints - The Second Coming

Possibly one of the most underrated hardcore albums to come out of the 80's. This was released in 1984 and includes a cover of "Ace of Spades" (Motorhead). Someone's been real busy and uploaded almost every track off Death R Us, a compilation, on youtube, so check it out if you're still unsure. One of my personal favorites followed by the title track of the LP:

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Ten Grand - The Comprehensive List of Everyone Who Has Ever Done Anything Wrong to Us

This is quite possibly one of the coolest screamo concept albums I've ever heard. There's this computerized voice in the background, reading off people's names, including "The Get Up Kids" and "The Asshole That Stole Scott Lawrenceson's PlayStation." The real reason to listen to this album, however, is undoubtedly Matt Davis' vocals. Sadly, he died at the age of 24 of a heart attack.

Cool little note about Ten Grand's name: Ten Grand was originally named The Vida Blue, however another band of the same name, featuring some guy from Phish, offered the band $10,000 if they changed their name.


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Krallice - Dimensional Bleedthrough

Highly anticipated new album from one of the few black metal bands I can stand listening to nowadays. It's more of the same stuff, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Dimensional Bleedthrough

Monday, November 23, 2009

Kind of Like Spitting

ctrl-c from the wiki:

Kind of Like Spitting was an American indie rock band. They formed in 1996 in Portland, Oregon. The band was led by prolific singer-songwriter Ben Barnett, who has drawn comparisons to Elliott Smith, Mark Eitzel, Billy Bragg, and Robert Polard.

I first listened to Kind of Like Spitting around two years ago, but back then I was still too into Ceremony, Trash Talk, and Trapped Under Ice to really "get it". Then, a few months ago, I found "You Secretly Want Me Dead" and listened to it on loop for the bulk of that week. The most accurate way I can describe his sound is to imagine what Elliott Smith would have sounded like, had all of his songs been written about heroin, but instead written about heartbreak.

Kind of Like Spitting (a.k.a The Blue EP)
You Secretly Want Me Dead
Nothing Makes Sense Without it
Old Moon in the Arms of the New
One Hundred Dollar Room
Bridges Worth Burning
Learn: The Songs of Phil Ochs
In the Red
The Thrill of the Hunt

Birds of A Feather
InSound Tour Support Series No. 14

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Paul Baribeau - 09 Demo Tape

6 somewhat new tracks from Paul Baribeau and they're awesome as always. These tracks, especially Eight Letters, rival everything that was on his self-titled.

I also included a link for some more awesome Paul B stuff. It's basically him with a full band. I think the material is almost split between new stuff, and songs that appeared on his other albums.

Paul B demo
Yikes Baribeau!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

La Dispute - Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair

If you like Hot Cross' "Risk/Revival" then listen to this. You won't be disappointed.


Earth - Earth2 Special Low-Frequency Version

Classic Drone album. One thing to be aware of before listening to this: it's heavy as fffffffuck. Like, skull-crushingly heavy.


Sunday, August 23, 2009

Hightide Hotel

First post in a loooong time. Aside from playing StarCraft, I've got nothing better to do right now, so I thought I may as well post this awesome new band I just found out about.

Hightide Hotel is from Philly, and they play music similar to that of Algernon Cadwallader, except slightly more mathy. They've got a full-length in the works as well, which I'm super fucking excited for.

Below is everything they've done: an EP, their split with By Surprise, and their acoustic EP.

By Surprise/Hightide Hotel Split
Secret Somethings

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Teenage Lust - Fuck

Solid, somewhat new, band from Belgium. Kicks ass live. They just released a 7", support if you can and want to. http://www.myspace.com/teenagexlust

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Middle Class - Out of Vogue

Anyone who's read Steven Blush's "American Hardcore" knows that this was regarded as the first hardcore record for people from the westcoast. He says that it was either this or Pay To Cum, depending on which coast you'd ask. I believe that sort of makes this a must-have for anyone who is into that shit.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Dag Nasty - Can I Say

First LP from '85.

Unbroken - It's Getting Tougher To Say The Right Things

Compilation of all the singles and EP's. Too bitter over missing them today in Chicago. Life sucks.
Get Life. Love. Regret. if you haven't already.