Saturday, June 26, 2010

Some of the best indie rock I've heard recently

The band is called Women and they're from Canada.  Their influences, which don't prevent them from sounding fairly unique, are said to include the Velvet Underground, Swell Maps, This Heat, and the Zombies.  I hear some early Pink Floyd, Beach Boys, and shoegaze in it, too.  Their self-titled album has some total summer jams on it.  They have a new album, Public Strain, coming out on September 28th.

They've worked with the labels Jagjaguwar, Flemish Eye, and Contradrede.

PETS! PERSONIFIED (Drunken Abrasive Noise-Pop from Cincinnati, Ohio


They just have demos up so far, but holy cow is this stuff good... Download their Spinning Kittens demo in mp3 or FLAC format for FREE!!!  Jacob Levin (CAVES, kasparov) and Casey Backus are behind this project.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

I’m doing a spoken word thing on July 7th @ the Mockbee Building

It’s at a hardcore punk show. So far, the bands Lords (Louisville, KY) and I Fail (Cincy) are on the bill.  Kaleb’s looking to put another one on it.  As for the Mockbee Building, it’s at 2260 Central Parkway in Cincinnati (near the neighborhood of Brighton).  For more information about the venue, go here.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Changes Coming to Cincinnati D.I.Y.

Harry's leaving this month for grad school in Texas, so he decided to hand off the poster-making and message board for Cincinnati DIY.  Instead of having one person run both of them, he's giving the responsibilities to two different people.  I'm going to be running the board (I'm a co-administrator right now) and Brian Uhl is going to in charge of the posters.

By the way, I made a few changes to the forums.  They weren't all that major; just tweaking it to be more streamlined, really.  I have plans for it that include buying a domain name (which will make it a lot easier for people to remember the website address... haha), making a portal for it as an entryway, which will have the latest news and a scrolling calendar, etc.

Also, there's going to be a going-away party for Harry at Bikehaus later this month.  Please come, as we've all benefited greatly from the hard work that he's done.

While we do have artists for the flyers booked through the rest of the year, we want to make it absolutely clear that ANYONE (literally, ANYONE) can design one.  The only requirement is that you make it legible.

Brody's Militia/Black Market Fetus 7" EP and The Lions Rampant CD Reviewed in Maximum Rock'n Roll

Maximum Rock'n Roll #325 June 2010

BLACK MARKET FETUS / BRODY'S MILITIA - "Unhindered by Scum" split EP

Right away I noticed the cover as a parody of NAPALM DEATH's Scum art. Oddly enough the artwork seems to depict a concert for the dead masses and the band names of of some crappy heavy and classic rock bands all over. Odd...even a HAWKWIND t-shirt on some sort of dead dude. Right, the music-well, looking at the track listing, there is another hint of a semi-tribute to early grindcore. Each band plays a couple originals but in addition, BLACK MARKET FETUS does a cover of NAPALM DEATH'S "Human Garbage" and BRODY'S MILITIA does covers of SORE THROAT's "The Crossover is Over" and "The Return of the Son of the Crossover is Over." Both bands rip through some great new grindcore tracks. Good stuff. (MH)
(Give Praise)

THE LIONS RAMPANT - "It's Fun to Do Bad Things" CD

You probably only need one image to picture what the music sounds like on this CD. Fortunately, it is on the back cover. Three shirtless guys standing on the roof of one of those '70's-style custom vans while fireworks go off in the background. If that doesn't do it for you, I'll spell it out. The music is Southern-tinged hard rock. One song has "cocaine" in the title and another has "gin" in its title. Yawn. (CK)
(Deep Elm)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Severe, Brody's Miltia / Black Market Fetus, Killed in Action, In Defence, No Man's Slave Skateboard Decks?!??

The artwork for the split Brody's Militia & Black Market Fetus 7" EP that came out on Give Praise Records is now featured on skateboard decks From Board Pusher for $44.99.  You can also get ones of In Defence, No Man's Slave, Killed in Action, and Severe.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Opening Show At The New Record Store Downtown This Friday (5/7)

This is from Brandon of Paralyzer.  He posted about it on the Cincinnati DIY board.

There is a new record store opening up on Main St. by the folks who run Iris Book Cafe. I don't know the name yet, but I know they will be doing an opening show this Friday, May 7th. I apologize for not knowing all of the info about it, but I wanted to get the word out asap. Troy from the Bikehaus is setting this up. I apologize if a post has already been made. Below is what I know.

Matt Shelton
+1 (I forgot who)

Next to Iris Book Cafe which is at 1331 Main St.

guessing around 8 or 9 pm.

Come out and support the new store! Please post more info about this show if you have any!


Sunday, May 2, 2010

Brody's Militia in Terrorizer (UK) Magazine!!!!!!!

If this image came out too small, click on this for the full-sized image.

And be sure to check out Brody's Militia on the web at:

Paralyzer Live Video On The Crucial Times (Bearcast Radio)

Paralyzer - Live for Bearcast Radio from Simón on Vimeo.

Classic (and Current) Cincinnati Punk Rock Radio Show

There's a) new classic (and current) Cincinnati punk rock radio show out called That Was Then, This is Now, Cincy. They bill themselves as "part of the local lunch block on wvqc. tapping into that nasty addiction we all have to remembering our youth with the excuse of relating it to our present."  It's run by Bree Blisters (email, twitter, ), who's been a part of the local punk scene for almost 15 years.

It's on Wednesdays at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm on  Radio Free Queen City (WVQC 95.7 FM), which is connected to Media Bridges (and, from what I understand, much better-run than WAIF...).  Check it out!!!

New Record Store Downtown (All Used Stuff!!!!!!!)

There's a new record store downtown, next to Iris Book Cafe, on Main Street.  It's owned by the same guy as Iris Book Cafe, who was the original owner of Kaldi's.  There's insanely cool records, mostly $5 and under (I got the soundtrack to Spaceballs for $4!!!!!!!!), cassettes, comics, DVD's, Videos (I think???), and some 8-tracks.  They're gonna be rotating their stock, too.

It's between 13th and 14th Streets.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Pusdrainer Gets Good Press From Decibel Magazine!!!

For those of you not aware, Decibel magazine is the most successful metal / hc / etc magazine out right now.  The have a short section that covers noise, p.e., etc and Justin was in it this month!!!

The Wages of Din

by Scott Seward

Pus Drainer: There is something to be said for truth in advertising. When you get a package in the mail from a guy who calls himself Pus Drainer, you know not to expect limpid pools of shoegaze gauze. Nah, you get ready to have your ears fucked. And Justin Lakes, a.k.a. Pus Drainer, doesn't disappoint. Whether on a split release with Gnawed or by himself, Lakes bring the electro mayhem, but also manages to invigorate acidically in ways that most shoegaze or metalgaze crumpet sniffers couldn't conceive of. I repeat, psychedelic music does NOT always mean having high tea with ladybugs and march hares! Or being set adrift on memory bliss.  Life isn't always easy, and music isn't always "comforting."

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Robbie Gasiorowski's Mother Asked Me To Post This

Bless you for having this page in recognition of Robbie.  I'm happy to see his personality shine through in the picture you've chosen - it makes me smile.  I occasionally visit here to connect with Robbie; to seek out something that brings him back for a moment.  Knowing him as I do- I believe Robbie would think your gesture was “sweet!”

Robbie had such a large personality and a special way of being fully present in the moment. He made you feel like there was nothing more important than talking with you and enjoying your company.

His friends could count on him at a moment's notice-at all hours.  He made time spent with him an interesting & fun adventure.  Or a stimulating debate. He loved to joke around and thoroughly explore various philosophies.  Robbie had a quick wit and so much energy- he was always moving! I remember he enjoyed playing chess with his friends over coffee or playing his guitar to the wee hours in the morning.  He often slept in class because of this, too!

Ted and I miss everything about “my little buttercup”.  Haha- yes, I’ve always called him that.  And the thing about Robbie is that he embraced it.  He never shied away from being just himself.  He gladly gave me hugs in front of his friends and expressed his love. Robbie was such a joy!  He loved to slide across the floor in his socks and he kept a ball cap over his alarm clock because the digital light was so bright.  He often hit the snooze 5 or 6 times before dragging himself out of bed!  Whenever he came through the door from work he would announce “hello family!” or “hello momma!".  He enjoyed jumping on the trampoline and sometimes just lying there looking up at the clouds.  Ted would always remind him that whenever Robbie looked up at the clouds he should think of him and remember their times on the trampoline together.  The little memories add up to a life we enjoyed and will always treasure.

Ted and I have been blessed- because of the kind of  friend he was - "The Lost Boys" (Ted's name for Robbie's friends- definitely a story in that) and girls have shown us their immense capacity for compassionate caring since Robbie's passing- their parents would be proud of them (as we are)-our extended family.

Ted and I would like to share something that we hope might be helpful/aid in understanding suicide. Often an assumption is made that suicide is about a "choice to die".  The decision to die is not about "choice" – rather it’s about escaping pain.  Addressing suicide as a "choice" minimizes the extreme suffering of the individual that precedes a suicide.  Contrary to "choice", most people who die from suicide don't want to die; they experience an intense need to escape the pain & despair they feel.  We're certain that it was not anyone’s intent to make light of the complexity of Robbie's suicide and the events leading up to it; so please understand that we have not taken offense.  Hopefully, the sharing of this knowledge will provide an eye-opening basis for understanding, compassion, and sensitivity for all individuals affected by suicide.

It would be great if some of you "lost boys" and girls would take the time to post something about Robbie.  Again, Timothy, I express my gratitude for your thoughtful gesture.

Love,  Margie (Robbie's mom) xxoo

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Scion Rock Fest Coming to COLUMBUS This Year!!!!!!!!!

YOB and Pelican are said to be playing.  It will take place on Saturday, March 13 of this year.