• boring survey because bored

    Jul 27 2013, 5h36

    1. What's your favorite song by 14?
    Fucked Up: "Son the Father"; it's pretty stereotypical of me to say, but it was the first song I heard of theirs and it was kind of love at first listen.

    2. How did you get into 20?
    Menomena: someone who I am not friends with anymore recommended them to me and played their album Mines for me, and I really liked it so I listened more

    3. Who is your favorite member in 8?
    Flying Lotus: it's kind of just one guy....

    4. Whats your favorite lyric bit by 29?
    Gaza: basically every lyric on "Hospital Fat Bags"

    5. Have you ever seen 22 live?
    The Appleseed Cast: no! I had to miss their Costa Mesa show and couldn't make their LA shows either :'(

    6. What's your favorite album from 10?
    Punch: Push Pull

    7. Do you own any merchandise from 3?
    Converge: Yes! my shirt of theirs is one of my favorites, and I also have a couple of records on vinyl

    8. What is a good memory you have of 7?
    Daft Punk: whenever I hear "One More Time" I get really nostalgic of hearing that song on the radio as a kid and seeing the music video.

    9. Is there a member of the same age as you in 2?
    Boris: nope

    10. When did you first get into 1?
    Death Grips: when Exmilitary came out in 2011, but I thought it was a bit overrated tbh. I didn't really get OBSESSED with them until the beginning of 2012 really.

    11. Who likes 4 along with you?
    Radiohead: apparently millions and millions of people.

    12. Which song did you first hear from 15?
    Mono: "Ashes in the Snow," as it was the first one from their first album I heard

    13. What song made you fall in love with 5?
    Envy: "Go Mad and Mark" brought my infatuation with this band into love mode. I still consider it their best song.

    14. Which song do you not like by 18?
    The Dillinger Escape Plan: I can't really say definitively, there might be a couple on Ire Works I don't care for, but they're an incredibly consistent band.

    15. Why do you like 14's songs?
    Fucked Up: because they bring an ambition to punk that not a lot of bands have the balls to do.

    16. Where did you first hear 6?
    Loma Prieta: I heard some hype about their album I.V. so I downloaded and gave it a listen and I pretty much fell in love from there.

    17. How long was 19 a singer before you liked them?
    Weekend Nachos: yeah I didn't even know who they were till around 2011 and they've been kicking way longer before that

    18. Does 13 have a song that gives you a bad memory?
    Boards of Canada: not really, but some of their material can be fairly sad. But a lot of it can be very nostalgic as well.

    19. When did you get into 17?
    Nails: in 2010 when their album Unsilent Death came out

    20. How long have you been into 11?
    The Flaming Lips: I've been aware of them in some fashion since around 2006 but I didn't give them a listen until 2009, and furthermore I really didn't give their entire discography (or most of it) the time of day until this year.

    21. If 9 had a concert 300 miles away, would you drive there to see them?
    Fuck the Facts: probably not, maybe if I hadn't already seen them

    22. How many CDs do you own of 12?
    Rotten Sound: none but I have all but 2 of their records on my computer

    23. Does 21 have a song that makes you cry?
    Kendrick Lamar: I might get a little teary eyed during "HiiiPoWeR" or some of the sadder GKMC tracks.

    24. Does 27 have a song that makes you happy?
    don't have a 27
    El-P: He has songs that get me pumped, but I'm not sure if it fills me with happiness
    Gaza: lol they're one of the most negative bands out there

    25. Does 23 have a song that makes you smile?
    Dinosaur Jr: I grin like a motherfucker when "Watch the Corners" or "Plans" come on.

    26. What's the last song you've listened to from 28?
    El-P: In terms of his solo stuff, "Tougher Colder Killer"
    Gaza: not sure

    27. Is there a song by 32 that you've listened to more than 30 times?
    My Bloody Valentine: Nope

    28. What is a song from 50 that you've only listened to once?
    Titus Andronicus: "Tried to Quit Smoking"

    29. Is there a song you are sick of hearing by 24?
    Clams Casino: No, as long as A$AP Rocky isn't rapping over it I'll listen to anything the guy does over and over again

    30. What song got you into 40?
    Sufjan Stevens: It wasn't a single song as much as it just was the entire Illinois album.

    31. What is your favorite single by 25?
    Nine Inch Nails: probably "The Day the World Went Away" as far as commercial singles go

    32. If 49 hated you, what would you do?
    Opeth: probably nothing, lol I already got enough bones to pick about Mikael Akerfeldt as it is

    33. What would you say if 42 or one of the members from 42 asked you out?
    Animal Collective: y'all make interesting music but quite literally NONE of you are my type, so no thanks.

    34. Would you care if 41 had a boyfriend/girlfriend?
    Deafheaven: nah

    35. Who has the best voice in 46?
    Weezer: ....Rivers Cuomo.....he also has the worst voice in the band

    36. Do you think 26 is/are good looking?
    Pig Destroyer: dey sexay

    37. How many times have you listened to your favorite song by 36?
    Russian Circles: I've heard "Carpe" 12 times according to last, but I know I've heard it way more times than that

    38. How many CDs do you own of 30?
    And So I Watch You From Afar: don't own any CDs or LPs of theirs

    39. Is there a song from 38 that makes you mad?
    don't have a 38
    Magrudergrind: mad in the right way, I guess
    Ceremony: every fucking song on Zoo makes me livid for humanity

    40. Which member from 31 do you want to see go solo? If 31 is only one artist, what would you do if they joined a group?
    Neurosis: Scott Kelly and Steven Von Til have already gone solo

    41. What does your favorite song from 48 remind you of?
    Swans: "The Seer" just reminds me of how much I need to see this band live

    42. Did you hate 43 at first?
    Mastodon: no, in fact they were one of the earliest metal bands I seriously got into, and one of my very earliest metal shows. Too bad the music they put out nowadays is garbage.

    43. Does your best friend also listen to 33?
    don't have a 33, and no she doesn't listen to either of my 34s

    44. Do you think your parents would like 37?
    Magrudergrind: me and my Mom had a convo about grindcore today while I was playing Rotten Sound and she seriously said she wants to get into it, so maybe she'd like it

    45. Does 47 have a song that makes you want to dance?
    La Dispute: hardcore dance, maybe :P nah, not really

    46. Have you ever seen 34 in person?
    mewithoutYou: Yes
    Torche: yes, 4 times as a matter of fact

    47. Do you like 44's name?
    KEN mode: yeah, it's actually pretty badass once you know what KEN stands for

    48. Is there someone in 45 that you want to go out with?
    Iceage: not really

    49. Do you know anyone that hates 39?
    Jay Reatard: I know maybe 3 people that know him and they all emphatically love him, so no

    50. Have you ever danced to a song from 35?
    mewithoutYou: no
    Torche: no
  • The Dillinger Escape Plan @ Chain Reaction in Anaheim, CA

    Mai 24 2013, 20h46

    Mon 20 May – The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Faceless, Royal Thunder

    I’ve been a fan of The Dillinger Escape Plan for many years, and when I heard their next show in my neck of the woods was going to be at a tiny venue in Orange County called Chain Reaction I knew I had to be there. Dillinger shows had a reputation for insanity and, as expected, the band delivered on that insanity and so much more.

    The first band was an Atlanta three-piece named Royal Thunder. I admit I’ve heard of these guys but have unfortunately been ignorant of listening to any of their stuff, but I was pretty pleased by their live show. Their shtick is basically recreating the stoner/doom metal vibes of the 60s and 70s, and I frankly am not a huge fan of a lot of these kinds of throwback groups. But Royal Thunder actually created some pretty mesmerizing music, with some fantastic guitar work, memorable riffs, and an infectious atmosphere.

    Next up was The Faceless. Now I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this group; their 2008 breakthrough album Planetary Duality is an onslaught of complex technical death metal that really earned them a place on top in the world of modern death metal. I was a casual fan of this album, but I was just very turned off by their follow up release, 2012’s Autotheism. The clean vocals did nothing for me and often detracted from the music, and the music itself just didn’t hit me nearly as hard. So I was skeptical about watching this band’s live act, but I have to say I was very impressed. The musicianship was very clear and concise, as it is on record, and frontman Geoffrey Ficco showed a lot of prowess and personality as a death metal vocalist. At most points the clean vocals by lead guitarist Michael Keene either didn’t annoy me or they just weren’t high enough in the mix for them to be an issue. Overall I was very impressed with what The Faceless had to offer in their live set.

    Now it was time for the headliner, but before The Dillinger Escape Plan came out the lights were turned off and there was a bit of intro music to get the crowd in a mood. The intro music in question was a long piece of electronic music that almost sounded like one of the dark ambient pieces from Nine Inch Nails’ Ghost series (given the band’s relationship with Trent Reznor, this may very well have been the case). I would think this kind of thing at a metal show to be fairly self-indulgent in most cases, but for the 10 minutes that this intro lasted it really built an extremely strong tension that permeated the room. A tension that you just knew would explode once the band hit the stage. And so it did.

    The band kicked off their set with “Prancer,” the fierce opener of their newest album One of Us Is the Killer, and just about instantly the place turned into an all out war, with The Dillinger Escape Plan as its fearless leader. The band employed another concert cliche that I don’t typically enjoy by installing a light system that went in strobe-form much of the night. But given the band’s typically jagged and schizophrenic and jumpy sound this was rather well executed and added to the all-out insanity of the evening.

    If you know the band you know they love their stage antics, and they displayed those in full force on Monday night. Frontman Greg Puciato was hanging off of ceiling monitors and pillars, his bandmates were jumping off of their amplifier stacks, and so much more. That level of activity was mirrored by the crowd, and since luckily there was no barrier by the stage or security to get in the way of the crowd, there was stage diving aplenty. Nearly a third of the patrons were on stage by the last few songs!

    Greg Puciato is known for having a wide range as a vocalist, and he employed all of his strengths in his performance from screaming to yelling and his very Mike Patton and Trent Reznor inspired singing voice. The band even brought in some great variety in their song choices, obviously playing much of the spastic, faster material the band is known for but also bringing out some melodic pieces like “Gold Teeth on a Bum” and “Milk Lizard,” and playing a couple slower tunes like “The Mullet Burden.”

    The sheer power and brunt force of this band’s live show is something I cannot recommend more, especially if you get to see them in a fairly small venue. My only complaint concerning their set was that I wished they opted to play a bit more material from their latest album One of Us Is the Killer (since, spoiler alert, I really fucking loved that album). The songs they did play from that LP, “Prancer” and “When I Lost My Bet,” were pulled off with great intensity and I can only hope they’ll play more of that material on their upcoming headlining slot on this year’s Summer Slaughter Tour. But even with that minor complaint in mind, this experience was one of the best times I’ve had at a show in 2013, and it can be for you if they come through your area. I guarantee it.