I listened to a bunch of stuff this afternoon while online and kept track of it. Most of it was streaming audio (primarily on bandcamp), but the PSYCHIC BLOOD release was a free CDR I picked up at their recent show. My idea was partly influenced by Shawn Abnoxious' posts on his blog ...THWART! where he lists what tracks come up on shuffle while he mows his lawn (which you should totally check out...). Anyhow, like COOLIO once said let's "come and ride on a fantastic voyage, slide, slide, slippity-slide, with switches on the block in a '65..."
THE PLASTIC INEVITABLES - Loon
album was entirely "fan-funded". It was engineered, produced, mixed,
and mastered by Chad Wahlbrink. The band did co-produce it, though.**
"desdemona" (An upbeat, "well-crafted pop song." Apologies for the cliche, guys...)
"a lulling" (Nice little ballad.)
"the pace yrself" (This is a really good song... one of the best I've heard from a local band in awhile.)
"a rectangle song" (Good song, I enjoyed the rest of the tracks on here...)
"albatross" (This is actually the album opener.)
PSYCHIC BLOOD - Nightmare Beaches (2013 Tour EP CDR)
"burning wave" (Boring intro.)
brain" (This is what I classify as "reverb revival rock." It's good
music buried under a wall of too much reverb. Nowhere near as annoying
as Fleet Foxes, but it's still enough to bug me. I've seen them live
and they were great, but this was kinda disappointing. The other tracks
are better, but I wasn't in the mood to listen to the whole EP today.)
KING KRULE - 6 Feet Beneath the Moon
"easy easy" (Didn't really grab my attention, but I wasn't in the mood for it.)
LA SERA - Sees the Light
"how far we've come now" (Great pop song!)
"i can't keep you in my mind" (AWESOME! Very catchy...)
"please be my third eye" (Good track!)
MEGADETH - United Abominations
"never walk alone...a call to arms" (One of Megadeth's "softer" songs. I think it's about God? Great guitar work, duh...)
SOFT OPENING - Soft Opening
(Slow-but-driving psychedelic rock. Tasteful reverb on the vocals,
some yelling towards the end. Goes back-and-forth between
tension-building and swirling guitars.)
"5" (A longer and somewhat droney psychedelic track with enough interesting stuff going on to maintain my attention.)
"6" (Same as above, but my short attention span got the best of me toward the last :30 or so.)
VARIOUS - Magic Bullet Records Free Digital Sampler Volume One
**Note: This was not played in order.**
- "bled dry" (This is a more "chug-chug" hardcore track, which really
threw me off, considering who it's from!!! It's okay, but I didn't really get into it.)
INTEGRITY - "lucifer before the day doth go" (Awesome - I love the solos!!!!!!)
HIGHNESS - "crepuscular rays" - (This is really good...)
MUTOID MAN (memb. of CONVERGE) - "gnarcissist" (BEST TRACK ON HERE BY FAR!!!!!! HEAVY ROCK AND ROLL!!!!!!!!!)
IRON REAGAN - "cycle of violence" (Good - reminds me of early-90's "old school" or "youth crew" hardcore.)
CORN ON MACABRE - "you're okay, i'm undead" (I liked this a lot!)
- "power frost" (Sounds like a Bridge 9 band attempting to play black
metal - it's too polished and doesn't come off well to me...)
ROT IN HELL - "parthenogenesis (clip)" (Tight, but boring intro!)
WORMWOOD - "hollow black eyes" (One of the best tracks!!!)
HEADLESS DOGS - "whites"
THE INFAMOUS GEHENNA - "crush opposition" (I'm not into metalcore anymore. This was well-done, but I just wasn't into it.)
LIFE w/DWID - "snake kills whole family" (I dig Dwid's vocals and the
overall vibe. It's good, but didn't blow me away.)
I AM HERESY - "seven wolves and the daughters of the apocalypse"
CHRISTIE FRONT DRIVE - "turn" (I miss this sorta stuff. Emo-pop from a band you might remember.)
IDES OF GEMINI - "darkness at noon" (BORING)
AND BRENT - "07/18/11" (Charles Manson and MBR owner Brent Eyestone
having a conversation. It's hilarious and not in a creepy way.)
WILL DESTROY YOU - "a three legged workhorse (live)" (One of the best
instrumental bands today. They've been featured on the soundtracks of
movies and their music has been used by a number of Christian ministries
in violation of copyright. They're considered "post-rock", but I think
that term does them a disservice. There's a lot more to their sound
than crescendos and "pretty parts" that follow some sort of formula and
fit into an easily-labelled "sound". It's just really good intrumental
music that makes sense in a movie soundtrack, but anyone could enjoy.)
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
SHOWS ARE 21+ AND YOU WILL NEED TO SHOW I.D.
NO MOSHING! RESPECT THE SPACE! CAPS LOCK!!!
AUGUST 13TH @ CHAMELEON - DROMEZ, DIAPHGRAMATIC, RYAN MATTOX, DISCRETION, MBD
DROMEZ (Austin,TX piercing Harsh Noise)
DIAPHRAGMATIC (Dayton junk abuse)
RYAN MATTOX (Dayton blackened noise)
DISCRETION (Cincy dense HNW)
MBD (Cincy brutal HN)
AUGUST 15TH - FRANKIE TEARDROP//BRITCHES//GAZER @ Chameleon
Come get loud, weird, and noisy on a Thursday at Chameleon!
FRANKIE TEARDROP (Athens, OH)
BRITCHES (St. Louis, MO)
9PM // $5
SATURDAY AUGUST 24TH - SOFT ROCK NITE W/THE FLESH PETS, THE SOCIALS, THE MUDLARKS, AND MR. PILGRIM
+21...YOU WILL NEED TO SHOW ID. $3 admission with ALL of the door money going to the band. Drink specials: $2 pbrs, $3 Yuengling drafts, and $10 domestic buckets
Live music featuring:
The Flesh Pets
The Mr. Pilgrim https://www.facebook.com/
AUGUST 30TH @ THE CHAMELEON - DESPERATE HELL DIY GOTH PARTY!!!!!!!
Cincylvania DIY goth party!!!
Friday, 30 August
@ Chameleon 4114 Hamilton Ave.
9pm / no cover / only threatre ov pain mummyfucker
deviant PUNK from HELL
hosted by DJ INHUMAN and other cretins...
don't you dare act like you never heard of Halloween
so dress deathrock and put the "FUN" back in FUNeral
Friday, August 9, 2013
GNAT! were good as usual, playing their snotty and perverted "degradation punk" with bratty vocals that reminded me of X-RAY SPEX. They had some equipment problems, but I mean, it's punk, so who cares? Their debut CD, Gnasty, is out now on Realicide Youth Records. You can buy and listen to it here.
CRUSHED VELVET fucking slayed. One of the best performances AND crowd receptions for a local hardcore band in Cincinnati in ages. They started with what sounded like the b-side of BLACK FLAG's My War, which had people a bit confused at first. Someone even leaned over to me and "Is this what all their stuff is like???". I wasn't real into that part of their set (or even that part of My War) and it probably went over some people's heads, but I think it accomplished its purpose. After that, they ripped into some crazy hardcore punk that turned the room into a giant mosh pit, with people going nuts. You really can't ask for more out of a demo release show, especially here. They're pretty low on copies, but you can listen to and download it on their bandcramp.
STOIC VIOLENCE from Long Beach, California, had the misfortune of following CRUSHED VELVET up, but were just as killer. Very, very fast hardcore punk. And despite the weather, they were all decked-out in jackets made of leather.
ABDUCTION were the final band and they played tough, moshy hardcore with an X-Files theme. They drew a lot of people from the straightedge hardcore crowd here and just fucking destroyed. Easily the best local band playing this stuff in a long time. They played a Nirvana cover. I highly recommend checking them out.
The show ended and cleared out early. Some spangers, acid casualties, and a few people who came from Junker's Tavern (which closes early) wandered in. Jen queued up some ELECTRIC WIZARD on the jukebox and asked me to put on some music with the rest of the credits. Some comical awkwardness between me and a few drunk people afterward occurred and I caught a ride home just before closing time.
[ EDIT: The Chameleon is still having punk shows. Don't know what happened to cause the confusion, but all shows there are back on. Also, Abduction did a Nirvana cover, not Stoic Violence. Lastly, I am an idiot. ]
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
If you've seen the recent abomination that the Chamber of Commerce paid for and approved, then you absolutely need to watch this. It's made by local comedian Mammyspanx (aka Kristen Lundberg) and it made me genuinely lol. Thanks go out to Tim Willig for hipping me to it.