Sunday, February 22, 2015
This is Canyons' second five-song cassette e.p. No Man Is An Island is a document of the band at a specific time with a specific line-up which unfortunately no longer exists. After this was recorded both Maegen and Garrett would end up leaving the band. However, this is finally seeing the light of day on #diy4lyfe records. And the band has continued on with a new line-up. These five songs are really gorgeous representations of what the band is capable of. Nick's drumming is amazing. Maegen's voice is beautiful. Jeremy's guitar tones are spacey. The songs are long-winded. But they vary. They have highs points and low points. The spacing and the sequencing is well done. I hope someday this band gets their act together enough to put out a full length, and tour on it because when they're good they're really good. It would be sad if this was the last thing they ever put out.
Friday, February 20, 2015
Forced Order put out a demo tape, then the Eternal War 7"on Mass Movement Records, before releasing Retribution, a new four-song 7"on Revelation Records. They did all this in less than a year. It's crazy how fast this band made moves, but it's no surprise how quickly they took off. This is dark, heavy, metallic hardcore. Two of the songs on this thing are instrumental! The drums are pounding, the guitars are wailing, and the vocals are haunting. I think in some ways the two songs that are instrumental are more powerful than the songs with lyrics. "Gnosis," my favorite song on the 7" shows the depth this band has, and says more without lyrics than most hardcore bands do in their entire discographies. With plans to release their full length on Rev in 2015, this is a must own. Buy HERE.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Email Calvin for a copy of the cd. You want the physical release. Trust me. It ties the whole thing together in a way that listening to it on the internet can't. calvinjmusic(at)gmail(dot)com.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
I spend a lot of time joking about how I hate Eric Aliberti, but the truth is I don't. And as much as I want to hate his band, this 7" surprised the shit out of me. Enough Said's been around for years at this point, and their past demos never really did anything for me, but the lyrics on this record are super on point. The title track Heritage Day exclaims
I don't - want it
This record hits hard, and it's over before you know it starts. These Five songs in seven and a half minutes will punch you in the face and knock you out before you realize why you're on the floor with a lump on your skull. It's fucking scary good. I don't even like hardcore, and I like this. This is my favorite batch of songs that Madison has ever played on with the exception of Creatures' Vesuvius. It's good. It's really good. And you can buy it HERE. They're probably the only band that'll ever rep Placentia, and that's okay with me. 400 on back. 100 on white. Do it.
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Pelican Vision, the main songwriting project of Jacob Brown, put out a four song cassette tape back in the summer, and they are something that could only come out of a bedroom. Calling on influences like Pedro the Lion and Rocky Votolato, this is Jake's' strongest release to date. I'm really impressed with this tape because Jake plays both drums and guitar on this recording while using his brother Jordan for bass. "Needing," the strongest track of the four, sounds like the beach, summer boredom, shitty minimum wage jobs and road trips. These songs are about being stuck, but seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. Here's to getting out of the suburbs. You can grab a copy of the cassette here from Avocado Records.
Friday, February 13, 2015
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Sub Pop USA: The Subterranean Pop Music Anthology, 1980-1988 is a 400 page book compiling all of the early sub pop zines as well as all of bruce pavitt's sub pop columns that he wrote for rocket magazine between April '83 and July '88. The zines were super cool, and it was rad to see how he did the layout for the cassette releases, but i really liked reading the columns more. He gets meaner in the columns, more confident and more critical of the bands he's reviewing. It makes it way more entertaining. And if you take the time to check out some of the bands you hadn't heard before, you can learn a whole bunch. After listening to some of them, I was super impressed with Pylon from Georgia, as well as all the half japanese stuff I listened to. I also ended up getting lost in a Jandek wikipedia article for way too long and tried downloading that documentary Jandeck on Corwood, but didn't have any luck. But this is super re-readable, and has so much information packed into it that you can't help but learn something new. Bazillion Points published this collection after putting out the Touch & Go fanzine. I hope they can put out the No Idea fanzines next!