• fest. pt 1.

    Nov 1 2010, 16h57

    I got to work this morning, and was told. dude. you don’t look alright. you don’t even sound alright.

    Correct. I look, smell, feel, sound like ass. All of the senses.

    Lets take a quick jaunt at the weekend in retrospect shall we?

    Friday morning. Get to the rental car at ATL airport at 11:30. drive fast, because, i was meeting up with guiltyview to provide for him a ticket in exchange for some sweet design work (of which, i have something for you sir. or a request…) got stuck behind a cop north of valdosta (around sparks, ga…) but, because of awful road construction… which is a rather common occurance around there, instead of being stuck doing 70 behind this cop, i got the edge by blocking him behind a slow ass RV and passed him doing 0 miles over the speed limit. cha ching. got from atlanta to gainesville in 4 hours 2 minutes. average speed? 84 miles per hours.

    went to the liquor store, grabbed a bottle of kentucky gentlemen, makers mark, and four high life tallboys… and krispy kreme doughnuts.

    drove back into town, caught wow! owls… got a shirt for thisburrito. small. black. and delicious. and then i bounced out to go see defeater right next door… and. that failed. i got outside, and the line was out the ass… shame. BUT. i did meet up with this guy i met the other night at the algernon show (well, going along with their little tourshindig)… ruben, super awesome guy. but poor guy was tuckered out something shitty… and his friend maria from boston and new jersey was hanging with him and, we just kinda stood in line and though, there’s no way we’re going to make it in here before defeater plays. nope. none of that. so. i said… well. i have a car, and some beer and whiskey, you, mr. ruben, could put your head down int he back of my car and take a nap and charge your phone.

    so we walk to my car, i set him up with a pillow and blanket and phone charger. maria and i shoot shit in the front of the car quietly for an hour while ruben naps… we both decide we’re going to go hit up other shows… and so i wake ruben up quietly, and give him a key so that he can lock the car door behind him…

    and go and see Bars of Gold.

    holy shit. i can ONLY imagine what a bear vs shark show would have been like. it blows my mind to think of what the insanity of that would have been. marc paffi definitely, definitely, definitely looks like a contender for a ‘modern’ supergroup post.

    from there, i just hung out. smoked copious amounts of cigarettes… headed over to spin cycle, ate some dinner, played some foozballz (won!) and then ran over to CVS, started to burn some CD’s of my band to pass out to people… because, i figured, i’m here, i need to DIY this shit up. i can miss kylesa and torche… which i did. got a text from ruben about a warehouse show behind… well a warehouse… and it was going to be at 1/1:30 ish.

    so, i show up early, like 12:30, because, i had NOTHING better to be doing… and lo. i was the first there. everyone was so fucking punctual the entire fest thus far (seriously, no one ran over at all ever), i figured this would be. but no, not sanctioned = DIY SHIT BRO.

    eventually cars start showing up, 2… and then four… and then i stop them, because they all look like they’re going in circles thinking, WTF where is this place… i’m like, OUTSIDE, HERE. LETS HAVE A DRINK?

    I passed out the bottle of whiskey on the cold night… this poor girl was freezing her ass off, and was going to be for a while, so i gave her my coat (people obviously don’t realize that it can get nippy at 2am?). I was pretty impervious to the cold with my heat shield of whiskey. and i gave it to everyone else as well.

    I figured it’s probably the coolest way to make friends to share my whiskey with everyone… and so. i did. and met some awesome people who i won’t ever remember (because alcohol + names = ???… heck sober + names = ???). i’m really just terribad with names. but. heck, it was Big Kids, My Heart To Joy, Algernon, O Pioneers, Grown Ups, and Former Thieves. fun little show. passed out some cd’s. i think i irritated someone from MHTJ by offering him whiskey constantly (faces + names + a little inebriated = ???)

    best part about that one? watching joe from algernon play an entire song. tapped. noodley shit. while being crowdsurfed. it was, impossible. i can’t comprehend the level of difficulty. 10 year old chinese gymnasts could not do that.

    overall, i just chilled with a lot of people. was supposed to find ruben, but, couldn’t find him. and he had my key (DEVELOPING STORYLINE).

    later today? day 2. i have a shit ton of work to do in the meantime
  • story time. circa 2004:

    Set 25 2010, 3h00

    anyway: the story goes as such. i'm a sap. i've always been a sap. i'm also naive as hell at times when it comes to women and am overly nice. that said: i met this girl at a show in chicago. she's living in detroit. we had mutual friends, but only talked on the internet. we started dating. blah blah blah. 3 months later, she's like, i'm feeling awful, depressed, having a bad night. i thought. well. i'm going to take a 7 hour train ride and surprise her at work. so i took a train to detroit... and it was about noon, and she was at work... and i of course, it was supposed to be cool out (like 50's), so i took a decent jacket... and 120 bucks... i walked 11 miles from the train station to her work. with a winter jacket. and a heavy backpack. in detroit no less. i showed up at her work at about 430... when she gets off at 5, and she was pissed that i surprised her. unhappy that i was there... i was like, well. do you want to do something tonight? so we went to a goth club. she dropped me back off at my hotel room. she's like, i'll talk to you tomorrow. i call her at noon, about this time i realize i lost my wallet. yeah, i can't take a train without an ID. and i have nothing. i also have no money. i'm also starving. she doesn't pick up. i sit in a cafe till about 4... i decide, fuck this, i know she lives with her mom and stepdad's, and i know where she lives...

    and lucky for me, i have an amazing memory for directions and images. so i start walking, and walking, and walking. 14 miles to westland. and i knock on the door. her parents come to the door, and i talk to them, i tell them I met her on the internet, and that we didn't know each other and it was kinda a lie on how we all met and some of my history, and past, and that was mostly at her behest... and they're like, well. this is weird. she was hanging out with her ex-boyfriend all day long, and we aren't very happy with you either right now either. i don't know why she would have told you that. her parents really didn't like me in particular (epic christians... now, this makes the fact that she's done porn epically funny.)... and i'm like, i'm starving, i haven't eaten all day. they feed me a bit of food. and they were like, we won't let you sleep here. we're going to call amanda, and she'll take you to the military recruitment station (i was scheduled to be deployed into the navy at one point and time) to get an ID so i can get on a train to go home, and you can sleep... they're all like, you can't stay here, we would rather you not be in our home ever again. they get amanda on the phone, she starts screaming, telling me i'm not allowed to be there, what am i doing, i'm going to ruin her life, blah blah blah. she gets to the house, waits outside, and i'm walking to the car door, open it up. close it. sit in there rather dejected. tired. pretty much mentally and physically drained. and she opens up. screams at me the entire way. an about halfway to the recruitment station she stops the car. still screaming, and starts calling the cops saying that there's a stranger in her car and i'm trying to hurt her. i get out, and think. oh god, this is going to look awesome. so, i call her mom... and her stepdad comes and picks me up. and says, you can't sleep in our house. but you can sleep in our garage, we have a couch there. next morning, i get an id from the recruitment office, and go to the train station with my return ticket. go home. never speak to her again. last i heard from my friends was that she ditched doing softcore porn for her website (sugarmandy.com?) for more hardcore works, got back together with her ex-boyfriend... my wallet came back to me in the mail about 6 weeks later. some nice soul tossed it in the mailbox. thank you, wonderful soul.

    also: i did not end up joining the navy.
  • top 100 albums. Thanks Arilitt.

    Jul 23 2010, 15h54

    No order...



    1Bear Vs Shark - Right Now, You're in the Best of Hands
    2ATDI - Vaya
    3ATDI - Relationship of Command
    4Archers of Loaf - Vee Vee
    5Ampere - All Our Tomorrows End Today
    6Belle and Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister
    7Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
    8Autechtre - Untitled
    9Botch - We Are the Romans
    10Braid - Frame and Canvas (if we're not talking live albums, lucky to be alive slaaaays)
    11Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It In People
    12Bright Eyes - Fevers and Mirrors
    13Cave In - Beyond Hypothermia
    14Christie Front Drive - Stereo
    15Christie Front Drive - Anthology
    16City of Caterpillar
    17Coheed and Cambria - Second Stage Turbine Blade
    18Cursive - Domestica
    19Cursive - The Ugly Organ
    20Daft Punk - Discovery
    21Darkest Hour - Hidden Hands of A Sadist Nation
    22At The Gates - Slaughter of the Soul
    23David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
    24Death Cab for Cutie - The Photo Album
    25Deftones - White Pony
    26Depeche Mode - Violator
    27Drive Like Jehu - Drive Like Jehu
    28Ennio Morricone - The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
    29Envy - All The Footprints You've ever left and the fear expecting ahead
    30Faraquet - The View From This Tower
    31Frodus - And We Washed our Weapons in the sea
    32From Autumn to Ashes - Too Bad You're Beautiful
    33Fugazi - Repeater
    34Fugazi - End Songs
    35Fugazi - 13 Songs
    36Funeral Diner - Difference of Potential
    37Glassjaw - Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Silence
    38Godspeed! You Black Emperor - Lift Yr Skinny Fists
    39Godspeed! - Yanqui UXO
    40Godspeed! - Slow Riot for new Zero Kanada
    41Hoover - Lurid Traversal of Route 7
    42Horse the Band - R. Borlax
    43Hum - You'd Prefer an Astrounaut
    44I Hate Mysef - 10 Songs
    45Indian Summer - Discography
    46Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
    47Jimmy Eat World - Clarity
    48Jawbreaker - Bivouac
    49Jawbreaker - Dear You
    50Joy Division - Closer
    51Julia - Julia
    52June of 44 - Engine Takes to the Water
    53Kerosene 454 - Came By To Kill Me
    54Kolya - Kolya
    55La Quiete - La Fine non E La Fine
    56Low - Things We Lost In the Fire
    57Lifetime - jersey's best dancers
    58Maximillian Colby - Discography
    59mewithoutyou - A to B: Life
    60Mineral - Power of Failing
    61Jejune - This Afternoon's Malady
    62Mogwai - Young Team
    63Moss Icon - Lyburnum Wits End Libations Fly
    64My Blood Valentine - Loveless
    65My Lai - Driving Bell
    66My Morning Jacket - Z
    67Native Nod - Today Puberty Tomorrow the World
    68Neil Perry - LIneage Situation
    69Neil Young - Harvest
    70Neurosis - Soverign
    71Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over the Sea
    72Nickle Creek - Why Should the Fire Die
    73Bela Fleck and the Flecktones - Flight of the Cosmic Hippo
    74Nirvana - In Utero
    75No Knife - City in the Fire Automatons
    76Rush - Hemispheres
    77Orchid - Dance Tonight
    78Pedro the Lion - Its Hard to Find a Friend
    79Pixies - Doolittle
    80Protest The Hero - Kezia
    81Q and not U - o Kill No Beep Beep
    82Radiohead - Amnesiac
    83Refused - The Shape of Punk to Come
    84Rilo Kiley - Execution of All Things
    85Rilo Kiley - More Adventurous
    86Roadside Monument - 8 Hours Away from Being A Man
    87Russian Circles - Enter
    88Sailboats - Demo
    89Loma Prieta- Dark Mountain
    90Shotmaker - Discography
    91Slayer - Reign in Blood
    92Sleater-Kinny- The Woods
    93Slint - Tweeze
    94Suis La Lune - Quite Pull the Strings
    95Sunny Day Real Estate- LP2
    96The Promise Ring - 30 Degrees Everywhere
    97Texas is the Reason - Do You Know Who You Are
    98The Black Keys - Rubber Factor
    99The Appleseed Cast - The End of the Ring Wars
    100The Clash - London Calling
    101The Felix Culpa - Commitment
    102Ghostface Killa -
    103Wu Tang Clan - 36 Chambers
    104Third Eye Blind - Third Eye Blind
    105The Postal Service - Give Up
  • insult your top artists

    Mai 28 2008, 22h07

    this normally is 10 artist. but i'm bumping it up because of my. well. proclivity for mediocrity...

    1) Brand New: oh, you progressed so well into overproduction land! you also think you're too cool for school.

    2) Explosions in the Sky: Think they can play their post-rock card for another few years. They haven't done anything innovative in years.

    3) Weezer: Oh god. Rivers Cuomo. You suck. You are the most pathetic trash I've seen since Three Days Grace. I haven't listened to your new album, but if it's as good as Beverly Hills. I aughta go over and kill you myself.

    4) Cursive: your new shit sucks. greta was key to keeping you all on the edge. quit making movies tim fucking kasher, because, well. you were better at making cd's.

    5) Death Cab for Cutie: Ugh. Seriously. You're getting to be as whiny sounding as Bright Eyes. That's not a good thing.

    6) The Promise Ring: You broke up. I saw your last show. It was really good. Very Emergency will never be worth fact i lent out my vinyl copy of wood/water for very and never got wood/water back. Ever.

    7) Jawbox - You thought that going to atlantic was going to make your careers better? Sure savory was a good song, but no one remembers it's time on mtv.

    8) Bear Vs. Shark - Your music is so difficult to play along to. You also broke up before I ever saw you. I will force you to reunite like I tend to do. At knife point.

    9) The Felix Culpa - When the band stopped screaming and being so gently aggressive. It just went downhill. The balance was great, but the new production just blew, when they lost their aggressiveness, it was over.

    10) The Smiths - Morrissey is so god damn gay. Jon Marr plays for fucking modest mouse. WHY IS THIS SO BAD!

    11) The Faint - I swear, my biggest complaint is bands put out two good albums, and then that's it. The faint is another.

    12) The Get Up Kids - Created such god damn poppy music your ashamed of liking. Like the starting line, only not as stupid.

    13) Cap'n Jazz - Boring. Boring music. Really, it's so influential it's like, melodramatic. It doesn't do anything other than say. Whoa. That's fuckin strange. It isn't even like good. It just is.

    14) Moss Icon - Lyrically made as much sense as a doped up Cedric Bixler. Guatamala? WTF?

    14) Northstar - Horrible production. The quality of the first album was terrible, the song quality of the second album was terrible. Like Mineral, only not nearly as good. Probably the worst usage of a 5150 ever.

    16) Q and Not U - Everything got boring very quickly after no kill no beep beep, nothing made you want to jump out of your seat. Except for air conditions.

    17) Orchid - SPEED IT UP FASTER I CANT HEAR YOU OR MAKE OUT ANYTHING YOUR PLAYING.

    18) At the Drive-In - THESAURUS-CORE!

    19) Jawbreaker - this is a punk band not a: lets suck our friends dicks band. i want to hear anger, show me more dag nasty and less neil diamond.

    20) Elliot - you did a lousy job of picking a name. Whenever i mention you, everyone always says: you mean elliot smith? and i say, no. like fuckin louisville man.

    21) Radiohead - absolutely overrated. absolutely absolutely the most overrated band on the earth next to the beatles. good but not god.

    21) Mogwai - you're not angry enough. i don't like knowing you're not going to snarl at me when you play music. you have no edge. like a dull knife.

    23) Saetia - sure there's a line between lo-fi and shit. this is like, straddling that line.

    24) Mineral - You're gutwrenching, yes. But you also are so hard on the ears. SO EMO.

    25) Funeral Diner - You don't build as good as my band does.

    26) Belle and Sebastian - You are the name of Zach Galifianakis' Balls.

    26) Indian Summer - No one understand you. Seriously, for some people this was the first record they listened to. This probably ruined their lives.

    28) ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - why is your name so long. you also think your pretty much the bees knees because you got a 10 from pitchfork. not cool.

    29) Atmosphere - you're a little to bro-y... i don't think i can ever relate to you personally.

    30) Braid - Bob Nanna. You're fuckin weird.

    31) Elliott Smith - You spawned legions of idiots with your death. Not as many as kurt cobain, but enough to drive me nuts with their finger-picking soft-vocals idiocity.

    32) Say Anything - You appeal to twelve year old girls for sex.

    33) The Ghost - I think I had proxy sex with you brian moss. and because of that, i'm scared of what diseases i have.

    34) Pedro the Lion - You broke up with yourself. Fucked up. You shoulda stayed together to hate on the christians more.

    35) The Jazz June - i don't actually listen to you. I listen to one song and then forget your on.

    36) Iron And Wine - You also created more idiots trying to play simply without being good. Imitation and Flattery are both stupid

    36) Sufjan Stevens - way overplayed. way. way. way. enough to make even me sick of listening to sufjan.

    38) The Fall of Troy - Thought they were all so cool with their fast tapping sections. But. Really, it's now so passe that they keep doing it.

    38) HORSE the band - It's like THE ohio state university, who the fuck cares if you capitalize the first word of your name. It's like shitty punctuation marks in your name.

    40) Zao - I could make fun of you for the aformentioned, but, really, the worst thing that can be said about you was that parade of chaos and your s/t weren't that great, and you're so god damn underappreciated in the metal scene for basically building the underlying death metal in the states.

    41) Hoover - Fred Erskine. I hate you. I wish I had a rig that sounds like yours. You make me so god damn jealous every time i listen to you.

    42) The Number Twelve Looks Like You - Whenever I bring up you to metal fans, no one cares because you're absolutely ridiculous. Pretty much like me, I can care less for you. But, it's what happens.

    43) Fear Before The March Of Flames - that's funny that these two are right next to each other, i listened to them every day at work and stopped listening to them because it got boring after listening to the same 'crunch' sound day in day out.

    44) Nation of Ulysses - You weren't as good as Jawbox. You also never gathered that nervous energy that native nod did that made them like, way better.

    45) Shotmaker - I can't remember a single track you've done. It's not that... No it is that none are memorable. They're good. But nothing special.

    45) Evergreen - Jason Boesel. You may have played for evergreen. but you ruined your life by playing with Conor Oberst.

    47) Pavement - You were pretty legendary 10 years ago. But that's because everyone was sick of listening to nirvana and proclaimed you gods. your music doesn't stand up to time. at all.

    48) Circle Takes the Square - You don't put out material with any consistancy (see ever). I also want to play with you.

    49) Underoath - Their first lineup was the best. When they were actually a metal band. And didn't have a keyboard. And don't suck donkey dick like they did on all those shitty labels.

    50) Bright Eyes - Conor Oberst. You are a dirty dirty person. I hope you rot in hell and will never see the sun. You've pretty much have done more for the downfall of humanity than like, pop punk ever has. You've made the most talentless losers and pricks into pseduo-gods with their 'art making machine'. Quit doing so many drugs and realize how pathetic your life really is. Sheesh.
  • 50 albums this year.

    Dez 24 2007, 4h17

    Okay, so here's the deal.

    20 albums of this year.
    20 albums from other years that i didn't dig until this year.
    10 albums that suck.

    first...
    THE TOP 20 ALBUMS OF THIS YEAR.
    20. Radiohead - In Rainbows
    Cliche maybe, but at 20? You're probably saying, Dan, you're a prick, you just hate on radiohead. Not true. I think Amnesiac was a phenomenal album (which, to most people who tell me, uh, didn't you think that OK Computer was better? I just laugh). Solid, aggressively radiohead. Which obviously means it's distant, cold, not inviting, but composed with such odd brilliance it's hard not to put this on lists.

    19. Dethklok - Dethalbum
    This fake album by a fake band is still probably one of my favourite metal releases of the year (well, depends on what you call 'metal'), catchy riffs, overwhelmingly awesome lyrics... sometimes i wonder why it takes one man to make a metal band this cool?

    18. Wu-Tang Clan - 8 Diagrams
    With or without some members, the Wu still knows how to drop it. Where other's say it's overrated, I say they're overly contextualizing it. Whereas if this was 93 and 36 Chambers dropped, it would be a number 1 in many a list, if this released in 93 instead of 36 chambers? i'm pretty sure it'd be high up there too.

    17. Low - Drums and Guns
    Low has been a phenomenal band for years, well before Steve Albini touched Destroyer, this album is a return to form of Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker's bleakness. Yeah. Bleakness, you heard me, Low's austere, spartan music combines just enough melody and purity to behave like it should. As much as I dislike Dave Fridmann when he produces other things, he's extrodinarly talented at producting Low. A shade below [albums artist=Low]Things we lost in the Fire[/album] but still has the goods.

    16. Shellac - Excellent Italian Greyhound
    Okay, two direct references of Albini in two entries. Awesome. Ha, so i don't tend to suck on Albini for being a musician all the time, but, for probably his best work on shellac since... well. a long time coming. Reminiscent of big black, terribly fun, and probably albini's lyrics are at the top of his game. The production on this is also top notch. Probably the best Shellac production since 1000 Hurts[/album]... Oh, and the art and packaging is so awesome.

    15.
    Caribou - Andorra
    Swirly psych-tinged pop with serious IDM issues in a live band confrontation. The album outdoes Up in Flames by a few hop skips and kaboodles... I really have to think Earlmo for telling me about this... The dreamy mix of instrumentation gives rise to a certain eclecticism that doesn't hurt my brain like Animal Collective, but it maintains the ability that merely being atmospheric doesn't mean you're devoid of the feelings of life.

    14. Pelican - [Album Artist=Pelican]City of Echos[/albums]
    I wish I could be like them. To call them bombastic or epic and the new school visionaries of experimental metal is just a bunch of tomfoolery. When the album came out, everyone was like, WTF, the drumming sucks! In reality, the answer was no. It doesn't. I was just listening to a bunch of meatheads try to wonder why they didn't have a million fantastic fills. The kilter of the album is a sure growth from Australasia into a role filled by their masters Neurosis.

    13. Akron/Family - Love Is Simple
    Akron/Family was a reminant of my computer purchase (if you didn't know, i won a computer in a poker game), after listening to their s/t album, I delved into Love is Simple. Well. Everyone knows me because of my intense love for things that are loud and distorted. (i'm sure this list is clearly saying otherwise) This constant battle between folk and psych-pop, grooving sections, melody, it's a real bruiser for eclecticism without seeming too disjointed. Well put together, well produced, and fantastic replay value. I can listen to this album every day and not feel disappointed by it.

    12. The Fall of Troy - [artist album=The fall of troy]Manipulator
    Sickning. The Fall of Troy has some magical way to turn the most technically challenging riffs into amazingly groovable tunes. (i glare evilly at Dream Theater). There's something to be said about the concept of the album, where it's very good, it seems to be focused on it's own stereotype of genre bending, it makes it lose a few spots here because of it. It wants to be so badly everything it's supposed to be, which includes passages that have absolutely no place being there (i.e. the weird blues power-pop portions), but in some absolute manner, your ear passes over it in anticipation for the next string... it's like a roller coaster in the truest sense.

    11. Kanye West - Graduation
    Is it necessary to list stuff here? I'm sure it's rehashed everywhere, including here.

    10. Justice - Cross
    God. This album is light years better than LCD Soundsystem's Sound of Silver. Incredibly moving, just put your ass to the floor dancy sort of music. I'm really not sure why I just compared the two, maybe they try to attract the same set... I mean, Vitalic's release last year (or was that two years ago?), was this good. Okay, i'm speaking out of my ass, the important thing though is that this album hits all notes of glitch, trance, ass shaking near-rock perfect for the hipster set, like Basement Jaxx was four years ago... god damn those french.

    9. Pinback - Autumn of the Seraph
    After reforming from 3 years of hiatus after summer in abbadon (amazing in it's ownright for it's downtempo but somewhat mathy and overall glittering sound)... Who shows up to make it better? No Knife and Rocket from the Crypt... produced by Mark Trombino of San Diego, the Whale's Vagina's finest Drive Like Jehu... this album is tugged filled with emotional twistings of the restrained kind, like royalty. refined, fine tuned, but still dramatically built to last the ages.

    8. Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass
    Aesop Rock? Yes kids, you should know that this man finally hit it perfect. He gets it denser. He gets it tighter. He delivers with precision and a precision. Blockhead really channeled the classic feeling of GZA and RZA. Yeah. Aesop is accessible, and i mean, please, Bring Back Pluto? Banging. But as far as Def Jux records?

    7. El-P - I'll Sleep When You're Dead
    Def Jux puts on 2 top 10 albums in my book. I love El-P's production. If Daft Punk catered to the hip-hop crowd, they'd sound like El-P's beats. He's built with anger, more aggression than Aesop. He took more chances than Aesop, and in my opinion, that separated I'll sleep when You're Dead from None Shall Pass. More critical of the world, as opposed to the parody riot that is Aes, his relevance and his punches are dripping with Public Enemy, well. His beats are kinda PE reminiscent too... Anyway. Just marginally better than None Shall Pass.

    6. Neurosis - Given to the Rising
    Child, meet your master. Neurosis has been doing the experimental metal for oh, lets say 15 years now. Opposed to their last few albums, Given to the Rising surges from the first note. The apoloclypse is likely to be soundtracked by Neurosis. It really, honestly, beat the shit out of Isis, Pelican, Jesu. It wasn't anything more than a lesson of dominance, the meatheads mortal enemy. This is the intellegent metal rock album of the year. Period. It's their best album yet. Period. Did they silence all their imitators? Totally. They set the bar expanding the genre of metal even further.

    5. The Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
    I haven't listened to this album in months. And whereas it's not as good as Funeral, it still rings home perfectly well as probably one of the best albums of the year. Win Butler is absolutely turning into an immortal figure of the indie rock scene ala Steven Patrick Morrissey, Thurston Moore, Bob Pollard and the arcade fire will eventually be placed next to The Beach Boys and Radiohead. The album isn't as giving as Funeral, and the lyrics have taken a little turn downwards, but the songwriting is stronger than ever. Precise swells and recessions, it's logically connected to Funeral, and is a clear growth in a good direction (to see what they've done since first putting out no cars go on their EP).

    4. 65daysofstatic - The Destruction of Small Ideas
    This album is good. Really good. Whereas Explosions in the Sky didn't stray, 65dos brought a certain freshness to the post-rock ideals. In off years by Godspeed! You Black Emperor and Mogwai, the album shines as bright as Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennae to the Heavenes or Young Team. The sheer cool intensity of the album, epic without feeling verbose. Bountiful without restraint, bombast, after bombast, after bombast. This pony roars with glitchiness that separates them, a respect for the historical that separates them from the evergrowing field of post-rock artists.

    3. Battles - Mirrored
    Again, a special thanks to FishRock (who now is a californian) for introducing to these kids back when they were ep-ing... all i needed to hear was ian williams of Don Caballero was playing guitar. It was it. Mirrors, their first full length is an epic proportions album. Accessible but mathy, truly creative and envelope pushing. Bringing electronics into an era where everythings ruled by electronics without sounding truly 'electronic'. This album bites its teeth in, it's got great replay value, and god, the guitars and drumming are so good. And the vocals. I can't speak enough about how good they are, how out of the box they are, to where some bands were last year, this band made an album available to the club junkies and math nerds. Girl Talk with a real face.


    2. of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
    I totally forgot this album came out in '07. I listened to it with my friend Kim for maybe a month or two solid. Cathartic, draining, simultaniously manic and moping. "The Past Is a Grotesque Animal" is one of the most standout tracks i've ever heard. It's built in halfs, the second half, completely erases the first half (i had to re-listen to it today)... The complete bonker synth-dirge-pop, combined with Kevin Barnes's voice and the layers upon layers of careful dispose put into this builds this into the number two record.

    1. Hot Cross - Risk Revival
    I love this album. I love hot cross. I didn't necessarly said it had to be the best album. Okay, maybe I did, but this album does so many things right that modern rockers are doing wrong. It's guitar centric, it's a step further to the left from Saetia and You and I, some of the best lyrics, some of the best, most desparate vocals, the types that give me chills. I think that people need to respect this, this album serves as a template for making music that's challenging, engaging (how many times have i said this?). In the common era that we live in, this is what's needed to beat us all out of the mold. Too bad the revolution that feels like Husker Du reigning again, ended this year.
  • 50 (PLUS 40) bands, god the euros are inbred!

    Dez 17 2007, 22h15

    My 1,2,3,4 artists have been removed for their lack of interestingness.

    So, i skipped to number four...

    1. Jawbox
    2. Nation of Ulysses (who i'm listening to now)
    3. Drive Like Jehu (who as i'm posting this, am listening to)
    4. Shellac(back to Chicago)
    5. June of 44 (I think i can see where i'm heading now)
    6. Don Caballero
    7. Faraquet(So underrated. Cut Self Not was a supreme track)
    8.Burning Airlines(back to Jawbox, ish, without bill barbot)
    9. Channels (at this point i realized i was cheating, and wasn't picking the first band on the list of similar artists)
    10. Medications (so far everything is basically DC post-hardcore with mathy influences, i've got 3 of the 4 j. robbins bands, both faraquet bands, the major players in math rock, sans slint)
    11. French Toast (what type of name is that for a band?! ex-NOU, go figure)
    12. Fugazi (this is where it hurts)
    13. The Evens (maybe not, Amy Farina? any relation to Geoff Farina?)
    14. The Warmers (so good, Amy Farina part two!)
    15. Lungfish (thanks to some, i'm now turned on to again)
    16. Milemarker (Need to re-acquire)
    17. These Arms Are Snakes (HIGHLY UNDERRATED, completely different direction again we go!)
    18. Kill Sadie (Mmmmmm...)
    19. Forstella Ford (Oh no. it's shifting again! I haven't heard them since i was in high school)
    20. Shotmaker
    21. Portraits of Past (I see the cycle i'll get stuck in)
    22. Louise Cyphre (first band i've never listened to)
    23. Danse Macabre
    24. I Spoke
    25. Tristan Tzara
    26. June Paik (it's a must listen if you haven't)
    27. Enoch Ardon
    28. Cease Upon the Capitol (apparently i have to uh, get this)
    29. Funeral Diner (Also Delish, maybe 'epic')
    30. pg. 99 (only 8 piece hardcore band ever)
    31. City of Caterpillar (which up by lungfish was a similar artist)
    32. Saetia (go figure)
    33. Hot Cross (i almost premptively put it there)
    34. Circle Takes the Square
    35. The Kodan Armada
    36. Kite Flying Society (Rushmore!)
    37. She Died Real Pretty (after this moment, i had a huge urge to listen to Indian Summer)
    38. Gallows Holier Than the Cross (bitchin name, new hampshire hardcore?!)
    39. Welcome the Plague Year (I swear I miss out sometimes)
    40. Neil Perry (One of the most powerful bands everrrrrrr)
    41. Joshua Fit for Battle
    42. Orchid
    43. Ampere
    44. Sinaloa
    45. Wolves
    46. Transistor Transistor (see, here's where i think it'll get interesting and start hopping around from the emo of my heyday)
    47. La quiete
    48. Raein (i'll probably go to like 100, out of pure curiousity)
    49. Sed Non Satiata
    50. Mihai Edrisch


    51. Aussitot mort
    52. Loma Prieta (SAILBOATS!)
    53. Her Breath on Glass
    54. The Saddest Landscape (wow, we're getting deep here... put sailboats on because it was the thing to do... behind trees is so sick. SO SICK. i kid you not...)
    55. Wow, Owls!
    56. Bright Calm Blue (We're getting back to america!)
    57. Song of Zarathustra
    58. The Death of Anna Karina
    59. Belle Epoque (very, very, very good, envy-like!)
    60. I Would Set Myself On Fire For You (god. god god...)
    61. Yaphet Kotto (at this point and time i'm going to attempt to return to dc post-hardcore)
    62. Indian Summer (really, the bands just started overlapping hardcore)
    63. Moss Icon (that's weird that moss icon is indian summers #1 Similar Artist)
    64. Still Life (overrated, only sorta good)
    65. 1000 Travels of Jawaharlal (never heard...)
    66. Nitro Mega Prayer (oh the japanese, that's where it went!)
    67. Dipleg (i got so close, so so so close, but the japanese took control)
    68. Nervous Light of Sunday (in the nervous light, in the nervous light of sunday!)
    69. I, Robot
    70. Santo Caserio (i'm beginning to think this is impossible)
    71. Mesa Verde (at this point i'd like to take the time to say, i hate, hate, hate the term 'emo violence and skram')
    72. I Create (I think i need to check them and mesa verde out)
    73. Histories
    74. The Fall of Boss Koala
    75. With Horses In Her Eyes (we're getting close, i feel it...)
    76. I Wrote Haikus About Cannibalism in your yearbook.
    77. The Spirit of Versailles (south dakota?!)
    78. The Khayembii Communique
    79. In Loving Memory
    80. Alison Ranger
    81. I Have Dreams
    82. Hassan I Sabbah
    83. To Dream of Autumn
    84. She Notes The Chariot
    85. Vincent Price's Orphan Powered Death Machine
    86. Jerome's Dream (this band)
    87. Usurp Synapse (and this band are amazing..)
    88. A Days Refrain
    89. Beneath Low Flying Planes
    90. Cowboys Became Folk Heroes
    91. (AND I CAN'T TAKE ANYMORE)
  • the most important news this year.

    Jul 6 2007, 8h57

    One
    Christie Front Drive reunites for a one off in denver in early september.
    oh yes.

    It's amazing.

    I mean. Small Brown Bike is doing one of those in chicago in the same week.

    the question is.
    who's next? Evergreen?, Mineral, Commander Venus?

    yeah.
    either way.
    everyone should take note.

    it's not like the Texas Is the Reason show where no one could go because it sold out nearly instantaiously.
    The Promise Ring was better because i mean, i bought tickets the day of. and everyone enjoyed. especially having jim adkins from Jimmy Eat World come out and do back up vocals on Is This Thing On?... beautiful.

    hopefully this will be amazing.
    finish a summer of amazingness.
  • A SKULL IN A HEART (Official The Bloody Review Bio)

    Mai 10 2007, 1h08

    So, I suppose you could basically say that an Alkaline Trio hoodie was the basis of starting what would be a three year long (and still on-going) relationship of rock. If it wasnt for the hoodie, maybe our band wouldnt even be together today. Ok, so thats a stretch. But regardless, I (Brian, guitar) met Nick Mayoral (drums, hoodie-wearer) the first day of Music Theory 101 at the College of DuPage in the fall of 2004. We talked and immediately bonded in our mutual pursuit and, yes, fear, of a career in music, and in our desire to play our respective instruments. Initially our intention was to get together just so we could thrash and jam by ourselves. And so we did get together, and often, and I thrashed and he beat his drums. We were unruly, sloppy, and had little ambition other than to just get together, rock out, and let our creative space be the conversation.


    But eventually we got to the point where the music started to simmer and feel overplayed with just the two of us, and Nick started calling other rockers who had shared the stage with his old high school band By Any Means. We jammed with a few guys who were great musicians and guitarists, and learned a lot about having similar interests and musical influences necessary to meld together in even more than just a jamming sense. But, it wasnt until we met Jim Bizios (guitar) that it finally clicked. Jim was a really quick assimilation and probably the most seamless addition to the band. He was so seamless in fact, it seems as though he has always been with us since the beginning. And by this point, he has. Between me and Jim we were able to create great harmonies, and with Mayoral we all tapped into each others parts to write songs with catchy form, breakdowns, and sing-a-long choruses.


    What was pretty good pop music, became our first project together, named Setback of the Century by winter of 2004. Shortly afterward, Chris T., a long time friend of mine joined on bass and we lined up our first show ever in a friend of a friends basement somewhere in Woodridge. Right after playing, we felt something amazing that we had never realized before. Playing live was something that we knew felt good, but never had it felt so amazing or right.


    Brandon V. was a solo artist and vocalist we had met at that first show and we later invited him to join the group as our singer. We really hadnt found another vocalist at that time and Brandon had pledged his allegiance by hauling our cabs, PA, and other heavy gear after that initial show from the basement to our van by himself. After releasing one demo, playing a string of shows up until spring with bands such as Open Heart Surgery, best defense, The Fold, Plunket, Forever In A Day, Wake of Poseidon, and other local acts that we cant really remember, we broke up. All in all, Setback had a pretty good run, but thats not really what this bio is all about.


    Me, Nick, and Jim stayed together but took a break from really being a live band for a while in the summer of 05 while Nick concentrated on other things. But throughout that time, me and Jim hung out, and wrote what would later become the majority of the new demo for our band the Bloody Review. The music was harder, more post-hardcore and aggressive, but really showed how each member was developing musically. We had started jamming with another drummer throughout that break named Dave T. Dave is still tight with us and actually recorded all the drum tracks on our album. He eventually left for school in Arizona and joined another band out there (check out off the mark!), and since then Mayoral has returned.


    Though much of our music was already written, we were still down a bassist and a vocalist. Jim had spoken of his cousin, Nick Lamberis from Nicks previous band Wake of Poseidon, which had broken up not too long ago, and all it took was an invitation to get him on board. All of our roots were our common ground, deeply delved in local and some larger-than-local punk acts. Though we are still growing and being influenced by new artists every day, it felt like we finally started to let our personal influences blend to create a sound that we could really call home.


    But we were still without a vocalist. I remember posting millions of ads online and at several music depots (guitar stores, CD shops, etc.) and just about being ready to give up after lots of, well, less than successful auditions. We didnt want to be too picky as to hold out for someone with a great voice, yet we also didnt want to suck. But most importantly, we wanted someone who could share our vision, our always try harder attitude, and be an integral part in our own little brotherhood and visceral live performances. Nathan Markussan was just that.


    After one audition with Nate we got that same feeling we were already so used to. We had experienced it when I met Mayoral, and then Jim, and then Nick Lamberis. Nate was just the right blend of original vocal sound, determination, and sharing what we were all passionate about. Quickly we set to the challenge of setting the most meaningful lyrics possible to the already existing powerful instrumentation. Our songs are few for now, but we are arming ourselves with new and fresh sounds everyday. Dabbling in our past and present influences, we have added new piano parts to our style of existing booming gang vocals sing-a-longs that we all used to write in Setback.


    Nate has contributed so much already, lending a lyrical hand to write about anything and everything, from the light inside ourselves never dimming or breaking our will to achieve great things in times of hopelessness (the song Living in thoughts of death), to searching deep within each other to bring out the best in ourselves (the apparition). And even to how it feels to be in a band together and play our hearts out on stage for others, yet not writing pop just for the sake of writing it (the Price of Clean slate).


    Some of our biggest influences still include bands like Thrice, Thursday, Coheed and Cambria, and of course, of course, the Alkaline Trio. Anything that challenges us to think in a new way is what we all share a passion for. Right now I would describe our music as wanting to evoke emotions that lead to a sense of urgency and a pursuit of truth. Lamberis wants to salvage the once great sound of post-punk and hardcore that is fading into pop hardcore and the like. Nick Mayoral wants to write material that challenges us instrumentally and intellectually. Nate wants to write heartfelt lyrics and sing about what is pertinent to each of our lives. But one thing we all agree on, and maybe Jim says it best: Guys, I just want us to rock.


    But beyond our music, we strive to take what we value most with us: discovering a heartfelt work ethic to help set us aside from so many other bands, sincerity, not primadonna-ism, playing as often as we can for free in basements and anywhere, reaching out to people with similarities in lifestyle, talking to each and every person that takes an honest interest in what we do, and how we are fueled by love from friends and family. Over the course of the last few years, our project has had the addition of several members but never has it felt so right as it does now. Now we are a well-oiled machine with a concise purpose. To write great music that connects what we and others are all thinking and feeling together.


    But foremost for us, what we discovered inside ourselves, is that this project, this band means something more than ever to us. Yes, it is a way for us to strengthen our friendship, and to create great memories together. But beyond that it is our way to release the tension of the real world, to go inside our own little world, our happy place, and sing our hearts out. So we invite those of you who feel something is missing from the shitty jobs, and day to day life of school or work or anything. We have felt it too, and discovering this sincere sense of playing for an underground family is what completes us. So, please, if you havent ever been to a show before, give us the honor of being your first. Come into our little world we create, and forget the pressures of our outside lives. Dance, and bleed, and scream, and laugh, and most of all, sing along right beside us.

    Written by Brian R. Buchna (which is not Dan Pozzie, aka, evesummernight) for anyone who has ever taken an interest in our band and the crappy music we create... No matter how big we become, or more likely, how small we stay, this will be something that I will cherish forever.
    Contributed to and revised by Nick Mayoral
  • A SKULL IN A HEART (Official The Bloody Review Bio)

    Abr 5 2007, 1h24

    So, I suppose you could basically say that an Alkaline Trio hoodie was the basis of starting what would be a three year long (and still on-going) relationship of rock. If it wasnt for the hoodie, maybe our band wouldnt even be together today. Ok, so thats a stretch. But regardless, I (Brian, guitar) met Nick Mayoral (drums, hoodie-wearer) the first day of Music Theory 101 at the College of DuPage in the fall of 2004. We talked and immediately bonded in our mutual pursuit and, yes, fear, of a career in music, and in our desire to play our respective instruments. Initially our intention was to get together just so we could thrash and jam by ourselves. And so we did get together, and often, and I thrashed and he beat his drums. We were unruly, sloppy, and had little ambition other than to just get together, rock out, and let our creative space be the conversation.


    But eventually we got to the point where the music started to simmer and feel overplayed with just the two of us, and Nick started calling other rockers who had shared the stage with his old high school band By Any Means. We jammed with a few guys who were great musicians and guitarists, and learned a lot about having similar interests and musical influences necessary to meld together in even more than just a jamming sense. But, it wasnt until we met Jim Bizios (guitar) that it finally clicked. Jim was a really quick assimilation and probably the most seamless addition to the band. He was so seamless in fact, it seems as though he has always been with us since the beginning. And by this point, he has. Between me and Jim we were able to create great harmonies, and with Mayoral we all tapped into each others parts to write songs with catchy form, breakdowns, and sing-a-long choruses.


    What was pretty good pop music, became our first project together, named Setback of the Century by winter of 2004. Shortly afterward, Chris T., a long time friend of mine joined on bass and we lined up our first show ever in a friend of a friends basement somewhere in Woodridge. Right after playing, we felt something amazing that we had never realized before. Playing live was something that we knew felt good, but never had it felt so amazing or right.


    Brandon V. was a solo artist and vocalist we had met at that first show and we later invited him to join the group as our singer. We really hadnt found another vocalist at that time and Brandon had pledged his allegiance by hauling our cabs, PA, and other heavy gear after that initial show from the basement to our van by himself. After releasing one demo, playing a string of shows up until spring with bands such as Open Heart Surgery, best defense, The Fold, Plunket, Forever In A Day, Wake of Poseidon, and other local acts that we cant really remember, we broke up. All in all, Setback had a pretty good run, but thats not really what this bio is all about.


    Me, Nick, and Jim stayed together but took a break from really being a live band for a while in the summer of 05 while Nick concentrated on other things. But throughout that time, me and Jim hung out, and wrote what would later become the majority of the new demo for our band the Bloody Review. The music was harder, more post-hardcore and aggressive, but really showed how each member was developing musically. We had started jamming with another drummer throughout that break named Dave T. Dave is still tight with us and actually recorded all the drum tracks on our album. He eventually left for school in Arizona and joined another band out there (check out off the mark!), and since then Mayoral has returned.


    Though much of our music was already written, we were still down a bassist and a vocalist. Jim had spoken of his cousin, Nick Lamberis from Nicks previous band Wake of Poseidon, which had broken up not too long ago, and all it took was an invitation to get him on board. All of our roots were our common ground, deeply delved in local and some larger-than-local punk acts. Though we are still growing and being influenced by new artists every day, it felt like we finally started to let our personal influences blend to create a sound that we could really call home.


    But we were still without a vocalist. I remember posting millions of ads online and at several music depots (guitar stores, CD shops, etc.) and just about being ready to give up after lots of, well, less than successful auditions. We didnt want to be too picky as to hold out for someone with a great voice, yet we also didnt want to suck. But most importantly, we wanted someone who could share our vision, our always try harder attitude, and be an integral part in our own little brotherhood and visceral live performances. Nathan Markussan was just that.


    After one audition with Nate we got that same feeling we were already so used to. We had experienced it when I met Mayoral, and then Jim, and then Nick Lamberis. Nate was just the right blend of original vocal sound, determination, and sharing what we were all passionate about. Quickly we set to the challenge of setting the most meaningful lyrics possible to the already existing powerful instrumentation. Our songs are few for now, but we are arming ourselves with new and fresh sounds everyday. Dabbling in our past and present influences, we have added new piano parts to our style of existing booming gang vocals sing-a-longs that we all used to write in Setback.


    Nate has contributed so much already, lending a lyrical hand to write about anything and everything, from the light inside ourselves never dimming or breaking our will to achieve great things in times of hopelessness (the song Living in thoughts of death), to searching deep within each other to bring out the best in ourselves (the apparition). And even to how it feels to be in a band together and play our hearts out on stage for others, yet not writing pop just for the sake of writing it (the Price of Clean slate).


    Some of our biggest influences still include bands like Thrice, Thursday, Coheed and Cambria, and of course, of course, the Alkaline Trio. Anything that challenges us to think in a new way is what we all share a passion for. Right now I would describe our music as wanting to evoke emotions that lead to a sense of urgency and a pursuit of truth. Lamberis wants to salvage the once great sound of post-punk and hardcore that is fading into pop hardcore and the like. Nick Mayoral wants to write material that challenges us instrumentally and intellectually. Nate wants to write heartfelt lyrics and sing about what is pertinent to each of our lives. But one thing we all agree on, and maybe Jim says it best: Guys, I just want us to rock.


    But beyond our music, we strive to take what we value most with us: discovering a heartfelt work ethic to help set us aside from so many other bands, sincerity, not primadonna-ism, playing as often as we can for free in basements and anywhere, reaching out to people with similarities in lifestyle, talking to each and every person that takes an honest interest in what we do, and how we are fueled by love from friends and family. Over the course of the last few years, our project has had the addition of several members but never has it felt so right as it does now. Now we are a well-oiled machine with a concise purpose. To write great music that connects what we and others are all thinking and feeling together.


    But foremost for us, what we discovered inside ourselves, is that this project, this band means something more than ever to us. Yes, it is a way for us to strengthen our friendship, and to create great memories together. But beyond that it is our way to release the tension of the real world, to go inside our own little world, our happy place, and sing our hearts out. So we invite those of you who feel something is missing from the shitty jobs, and day to day life of school or work or anything. We have felt it too, and discovering this sincere sense of playing for an underground family is what completes us. So, please, if you havent ever been to a show before, give us the honor of being your first. Come into our little world we create, and forget the pressures of our outside lives. Dance, and bleed, and scream, and laugh, and most of all, sing along right beside us.

    Written by Brian R. Buchna (which is not Dan Pozzie, aka, evesummernight) for anyone who has ever taken an interest in our band and the crappy music we create... No matter how big we become, or more likely, how small we stay, this will be something that I will cherish forever.
    Contributed to and revised by Nick Mayoral
  • you know it's a bad day when...

    Fev 13 2007, 4h12

    you listen to Elliot Smith more than just casually.

    it's the same idea as people who listen to Journey only at certain times.

    i'm tired. i'm tired.

    it's actually quite fascinating on how your mind cannot stop. as fierce as you try to make your mind quit. and change subjects. your trying fails.

    i feel very return of the jedi right now.

    i can strike.
    i have the lightsaber next to me.
    the ability to strike the emperor.

    just i know if i do. i've falling into a horrible trap. but god, all logical sense is to dive headfirst and take out the emperor.

    shit.

    The Ghost is possibly my favorite band of the last two years.
    brian moss (also of hana lei fame) is just such a badassmotherfucker. i have a unique connection to him.

    but his lyrics in the ghost are simply amazing...
    "Collecting the samples and counting the years
    Quietly plotting our fictional lives" - Exorcism in the Key of A Minor

    not to mention. the music is pretty good. you get solid east bay sound with chicagocore.

    if you haven't checked it out. i really honestly suggest you do. think The Jazz June cross Link 80 and Jawbreaker... maybe if you put them on Thick Records... irony since Hanalei is on thick. but then again, what chicago punk band wasn't?

    now. in other news, i'm saying that i'm in that mood to commit a crim, i just am breathing out emnity between the world and i. disconnection.
    that's what it boils down to.