Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Destroy Build Destroy

Dear kids of today,
I am sorry that your cartoons are not as good as they were when I was your age, but at least you have a ridiculous game show that kicks Double Dare in the teeth. It's even hosted by Andrew W.K.

via weloveyouso.com

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Mount Eerie black metal album "Wind's Poem"

So Mount Eerie's new album Wind's Poem is being touted as black metal, which, judging by the black metal influence evident on the previous release Black Wooden Ceiling Opening, will probably be awesome. Phil Elverum's music is generally haunting and personal, but coupled with the intensity of black metal (the upcoming tour will include two drummers, gongs, and walls of amps) this is going to be the perfect soundtrack for sitting alone in the dark.
Besides CD and digital releases there will be a clear vinyl 2xLP in a gatefold jacket with bronze foil stamping and a pull out lyric poster.
Unfortunately, there is no news on whether Elverum will don corpse paint.

P.W. Elverum & Sun, ltd.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Marnie Stern

Dear World,
If you have not yet listened to Marnie Stern, you need to get on that auditory train to terrific. Layers upon layers of quick guitar fingers congealed into an electric stormcloud of mania with an undercoat of frenetic drumming courtesy of Zach Hill (Hella, a buttload of other bands). Marnie scores one for gender equality in the department of guitar shredding, probably one of the departments most in need of ratio adjustment. It never feels like affirmative action, there is no "... for a girl" appended to the exclamations of wonder at her prickly guitar lines. Her music is like being caught in a casino where all the slot machine sounds are syncopated and in key, and some gangster is upstairs with his snare-drum machine gun destroying everything.

Her albums In Advance of the Broken Arm and This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It and She Is It and It Is It and That Is That are blissful art-rock overload and available on vinyl from Kill Rock Stars (whose mailorder department is awesome).

Marnie Stern's Myspace

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Big Business

Big Business at the Troubadour last night. The songs from the new album Mind the Drift wreck just as hard live as they do when I am shouting along to them alone in the car.

photo via panorady


Official Website

Here is a video for Hydra Head's direct mailorder featuring Mind the Drift vinyl. You should buy it.