Monday, November 23, 2009

Discordance Axis - The Inalienable Dreamless

if you've never listened to this album you are fucking up.

Jon Gutwillig - The Disco Biscuits Guitarist

""The “patient” starts to explain how the Biscuits have escalated from a normal jam band to super jam band status since Jon Gutwillig, bassist Marc Brownstein, keyboardist Aron Magner, and original drummer Sam Altman (current drummer Allen Aucoin was inducted into the band in ‘05 after a drum-off in Atlantic City) met at the University of Pennsylvania over a decade ago. When I admit that I was unaware of the existence of super jam bands, Gutwillig throws some cultural knowledge on the table.""
The above quote taken from link below.
the interview

Sunday, November 22, 2009


In the last 3 days I've seen Cave In, Baroness, Earthless, Narrows, Tim Hecker, Aidan Baker, US Christmas and Trap Them. 3 pretty solid shows. I'm very happy I saw Narrows because I thought the album was decent but they absolutely killed it live. The highlights were definitely Cave In and without a doubt, Earthless, who I thought played one of the best sets I've seen this year.

And I'm seeing Phish on Wednesday (1st timer), and the week after Do Make Say Think is playing the church sanctuary on Monday; Pelican/Black Cobra/Disappearer on Tuesday, and Russian Circles/Young Widows on Friday. Pumped.

Anyway, here is the new Mercury Program album which I didn't even know was coming out and it's really really good.

Rock on.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Emeralds - Live @ The Beachland Tavern


Oxeneers or The Lion Sleeps When Its Antelope Go Home

The Shit Sisters
Angela's Secret
Big News
Your Pearly Whites
Gadget Arms
Greetings from the Great North Woods
La Stanza Bianca
Darlings of New Midnight


their first album and probably their best.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Shrinebuilder last night...

So awesome. The show was in a room that's about 1/3 the size of the church at club sonar in baltimore. Good tunes from every band and a decent crowd except for the cocksucker standing near me up front that ended up getting punched in the glasses.

Earthride came on first and after their set I immediately wanted to go buy a harley and pound booze. The lead singer was like a B movie version of Phil Anselmo who raised his drink as an invitation to pound... and then went right for the sippy straw. Awesome dude. I've never seen them before but would go out of my way to see them again anytime they come around.

I have been listening to US Christmas' Eat The Low Dogs for a while but never had the chance to see them until last night. The live version of this band sounds much different than the recorded version and each has it's good and bad. The vocals don't transfer over that well but the songs sound a lot heavier. I'm happy I get another chance to see them on thursday with Baroness at the church.

Shrinebuilder was amazing. I mean, with these four dudes together on a stage it would be hard to go wrong but they exceeded any ridiculous expectations I had going in. They somehow made these songs sound even better than they do on the record, which is easily one of the best of the year. The heavy parts were heavier, the groove parts could have gone on forever, the vocals were spot on, and dale's drumming is, well... ridiculous. Getting home at 4am sucks but it was worth it to see these dudes rock out.

You can check out Shrinebuilder in NYC at Le Poisson Rogue on Sunday night with Rwake and Liturgy or in Austin, TX on Monday. Hopefully more dates are announced. And hopefully those dates are for a Shrinebuilder, Om, Neurosis, Melvins tour.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Them Crooked Vultures

Josh Homme
John Paul Jones
Dave Grohl

dig it.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Belong - October Language

When I checked my mail today this and Axe To Fall were waiting for me. I'm listening to this one right now and it sounds AMAZING. Very happy that Geographic North put this out on vinyl. Listen if you like Fennesz, Tim Hecker, etc...

Jerry Fuchs RIP

I was sitting in horrendous traffic after the Eagles game on sunday night when I got an email from Todd with the same subject as this post and I was shocked. Jerry Fuchs, drummer extraordinaire, was dead at age 34. Brooklyn Vegan has some additional info about it as well as some great videos of him doing what he loved.

Gerhardt Fuchs grew up playing the drums in Georgia and went on to perform with bands that toured across the country, but it was in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that he forged his reputation as a dynamic, driving drummer widely esteemed by his peers.

And it was in that same neighborhood, in the shadow of the Williamsburg Bridge, that Mr. Fuchs, known as Jerry, fell to his death on Sunday morning [11/8] in the elevator shaft of an industrial building on Berry Street. - NY Times

I didn't know Jerry but I was lucky enough to see him play about 2 months ago when Maserati came through Philly. In the brief conversation I had with him following the show it was incredibly easy to tell what a kind and genuine person he was. RIP.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Earth Energy Jam

Earth Energy Jam>Run Like Hell

October 5, 2002. I am standing in the middle of the woods in the middle of the night in Spotsylvania, VA. This is the same weekend the DC sniper is taking out unsuspecting people as close as a few miles away. The disco biscuits have set up a stage and are playing some of their best stuff ever heard before or since. This song starts up (the DL above) and a few minutes in my buddy leans to me and says, "This is the Earth Energy Jam." Mind you, Earth Energy Jam is not the name of any song, it is just the "feeling" he is "vibing" at this moment. And never more in my life have I had the desire to say STFU You Dirty Filthy Hippie. Now as I listen to it, he may have been right on the money. Story Time over, I have to rake leaves that earth dropped on my backyard so thick I could swim in them.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Nothington - Roads, Bridges & Ruins

01. A Mistake ( 2:44)
02. If You Say So ( 3:19)
03. Another Day ( 3:10)
04. Not Looking Down ( 3:21)
05. Stop Screaming ( 3:37)
06. The Ocean ( 2:57)
07. This Conversation Ends ( 3:14)
08. Meant To Lose ( 3:24)
09. Best For Me ( 3:21)
10. Sleep Tight ( 4:07)


somebody suggested that i check this out and i'm very happy i did. listen if you like hot water music/the draft. definitely one of the best records i've heard this year.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Scissorfight - Mantrapping for Sport and Profit

Acid for Blood
New Hampshire's All Right If You Like Fighting
Rats U.S.A.
Deliver The Yankee Coffin
The Most Dangerous Animal Is Me
Hazard to Navigation
Blizzards, Buzzards, and Bastards
Death In The Wilderness
Candy Clark
Go Cave!
Cram It Clown


I can't believe I haven't posted this before. Tunes you will be singing to yourself while you do drugs with bears before trying to fight them.


Roy - Tacomatose

T Town Concrete
The Bolivian Army Lays Siege to Seattle
We Didn't Evolve
Tell It True
Lightweights Exclusively


i figured i would post this anyway. so good.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Nick Drake - Pink Moon

Pink Moon
Place to Be
Which Will
Things Behind the Sun
Free Ride
Harvest Breed
From the Morning


incredible album that i recently grabbed on vinyl. just a guitar and nick's haunting vocals. he rarely performed live and after recording these songs in 2 nights he went to his label, island records, and dropped off the master tapes to the receptionist and left without speaking to anyone. he died from an overdose of antidepressants at age 26. this was his last album.

Roy - Big CIty Sin And Small Town Redemption

Something That's Real
Don't Overdub My Heart
Gold Rush
Wipe That Brow
Better Head North
Has Darryl Worley Forgotten
Prescription Drugs
Rebel Hymn
The Power, Not The Perception
They Cut The Cord
Never Getting Married
Anytime Now
Bored With Summer


i don't know if many people have heard this and based on the few reviews floating around out there most probably wouldn't listen to it. just an awesome album front to back. i guess if i had to label this it would be something like alt. country? but it's way better than any description i could offer. give it a listen. has dudes from botch but sounds absolutely nothing like that. if you like it and want to hear their ep let me know and i will post that as well.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Phish covers Exile on Main Street

I'm not a Rolling Stones fan. In fact, I really only like a few of their songs, one of which is Loving Cup from this album. But the reason I like Loving Cup is that Phish has been covering it for many years to the point that when I was much younger I thought it was a Phish original. I also like their song moonlight mile from the album Sticky Fingers. If you are looking for soundboard recordings of last nights Phish three set show, leave your email in the comments and I'll see if I can dig up an active link.

Or grab either one of those full albums here.