Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Fugazi Live @ Chicago's Congress Theatre - June 23rd 2001

I was at this show. Shellac opened. The sound on this recording pretty much sucks but I had to post it for posterity's sake.

Another new TV on the Radio Track

Just sent to me via Mr. Brown. Awesome! Full article here.

NIN full set Reading Festival

I found this via Gigwise. I'm excited for the new record but not entirely positive I like some of the newer versions of older songs (Sanctified in particular) that I've been seeing in live sets that have popped up on the youtubes. I'm not saying their bad - I just happen to have an insanely protective relationship with Pretty Hate Machine and can't help but want to only hear the songs - or at least a song like Sanctified which is probably my favorite on the record - exactly as I know them. I fully understand that's my hang-up, not Reznor's problem. We'll see. I'm still really behind this band. I've loved them since Pretty Hate Machine came out and showed me the first glimpses of a poppier industrial sound (compared to Ministry's The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste PHM is poppier) and with the exception of not really ever caring too much for The Downward Spiral and The Fragile (both of which I've come back around to a bit in recent years) I think Reznor has had an amazing career thus far.

And I also think that career is far from over.

If you follow the link to Gigwise above they have some fantastic pictures up of the concert.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Rituals - Our Blood

I like this quite a bit. Brooklyn Vegan has the whole record by Rituals streaming if you go here. Or just go to the band's label One Big Silence's soundcloud.

Some of the colors and editing techniques used here, juxtaposed with very simple imagery create a nice antithesis to all the overblown hype that I unfortunately haven't been able to avoid swimming around the more mainstream aspects of the music industry. Rituals seems to exist deliciously on the fringe of that industry - the fringe of even the underground of that industry. That's the thing - by now even the underground has been assimilated and is a copy of a copy of a copy. That's why it takes sites like Heavenisanincubator and Brooklyn Vegan to help see what else is out there. I'm not saying all major industry stuff is bad - I did just post a doc about Passion Pit before this - but a lot of it is and sometimes even the good stuff therein surrender to spectacle making just for the sake of spectacle making.

image via the band's soundcloud

Passion Pit's Documentary

I still know very little about Passion Pit, but after initially dismissing them they won me over with their very upbeat and endearing song Take a Walk I've been meaning to learn more. Obviously since that was several months ago it's not been a top priority but here's hoping when I finally find time to watch this new doc they released it will help alleviate my cluelessness.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Reading Rainbow - Must Be Dreaming

I know nothing about this band, but am definitely interested in finding out more.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Bad Robot Mystery Teaser

I'm reminded of the first time I saw the teaser for Cloverfield, Super 8 and that weird Neil Blomkamp thing from a few years ago (and now that Elysium is out, just WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?!?).

Color me intrigued. Very, very intrigued.

New Polica

New Polica and it is nothing like what I would have expected. Well, maybe that's not entirely true. That dark, shadowy vibe that is often a result of lead singer Channy Leaneagh's haunting vocals and those starry-eyed keyboards is still there, but there's an almost frenetic energy I wasn't expecting that gives the track a very subtle 80's element. And the bass guitar - as a bass player first and foremost these days I'm always a sucker for great bass playing and this song has it tenfold.

Again, thanks to Brooklyn Vegan for posting this.

In Solitude

The thing that initially caught my eye when I read about In Solitude on Brooklyn Vegan for the first time this afternoon (here) is the word Solitude - whenever I see it in a musical context I always think immediately of one of my favorite Black Sabbath songs, track seven on the band's classic third album Master of Reality. Anyway, I followed the link, hit play on the above widget and my ears perked up. "Sounds a bit like Ghost" I thought. Then I read the article and saw that the Vegan mentions that, "The band, which may or may not contain members of Ghost BC..."


Follow the link back to read more, but it looks like Metal Blade is releasing a long-player from In Solitude on 10/01 and there are tour dates.

Cat Party

Wow. This morning at about 5:30 I was driving the 405 in the waning mists of darkness slowly unraveled their grasp on Los Angeles and Kid Sister on KXLU played a song by Cat Party. As soon as I arrived at work I looked them up and have pretty much fallen in love with them. There is an old school indie element, but it's been slightly anthropomorphized by a fuzzy, haunting wash, like walking through a familiar alley under the influence of some unfamiliar hallucinogen. Beautiful. Beautiful and a little unnerving.

Just a little.

Follow the widget back to their bandcamp and the album (which is fantastic start to finish) is a paltry $8. Now that's good eatin'!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

FDP: Federal Bureau of Physics

image courtesy of digitalspy.com
Although Vertigo's new title was released as Collider for the first run of the first issue, legal reasons now dictate its title has been changed - for the better I believe - to FDP: Federal Bureau of Physics. Read about it here on Joup!

A Message from Hannibal Chau

I enjoyed this quite a bit, as I did the film.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Moderat II - Milk

MODERAT - milk from joppippoj on Vimeo.

So far this is my favorite track off the new Moderat record. I tracks like this, where I literally discorporate and fade into the trance of the music. Entire new record is amazing, but like I said, I keep coming back to this one for the moment.

Also, this is a fan-made video and I really like the visuals. They very much accentuate the tone of the music.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Cold Showers - BC

One of those awesome moments where I flipped on the radio in the car and went all the way to the left of the dial, to KXLU and the Part Time Punks show was on. This song specifically. I'd never heard this or anything about/by Cold Showers before. Immediately fell in love with this track. Some Sisters of Mercy/Cure undertones, a little Pixies maybe... old and new at the same time, or in other words I guess, timeless.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Thought Forms - Only Hollow

Evolution of a post:

3 days ago I pulled out Portishead's album Third. Easily my favorite by the band and an all around masterpiece in my opinion. During the listening experience I vaguely remembered reading about Geoff Barrow having another band.

2 days ago I remembered that I remembered Geoff Barrow having another band and vowed to look it up.

1 day ago I watched the new episode of Breaking Bad and thought about nothing else before or after due to its awesomeness stretching both backwards and forwards in time.

Today: I picked up the pieces after that first episode, contemplated waiting five more days until the next one and remembered Geoff Barrow. When I began tracking it down I was side-tracked on his label Invada's website by this awesome track.

Note to self: I still need to find out about this other band Geoff Barrow is in!!!

Tunde Adebimpe's New Band

Lots of new music surfacing again. Not too long ago TV On the Radio's new track Mercy surfaced. Now we get a track from TVOTR's Tunde Adebimpe's band Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band. I really dig this a lot. The band's debut EP will be out 10/01 on ZNA Records (which I cannot currently find a website for) and as with all other TVOTR-related music I will be buying it.

Al Cisneros - Ark Procession

This is so not what I was expecting but I really dig it. Al Cisneros is an often over-looked giant in the underground metal scene, hailing from such insanely awesome and influential bands as Sleep, Om and Shrinebuilder (I really want another Shrinebuilder rekkid guys!).

This is from Mr. Cisneros' first solo EP, available on 8/20 from the always wonderful Drag City (the label which, incidentally, just released Andy Kaufman's Andy and his Grandmother, which Chester Whelks wrote a fantastic review of on Joup here).


Okay, this is both weird and awesome. Back in the middle 90's Mr. Brown found this record by an artist named MIRV titled Cosmodrome. MIRV (it's an acronym on the album cover - no idea what it stands for) was apparently a buddy of Les Claypool's who also played a few things on the record. Anyway, it's a concept record about a future where the ultimate tier as a musician was to play a place called the Cosmodrome. To do this though you had to be selected, and then you had to, um, have your face shaved off.

Awesome, eh?

Anyway, I have a dubbed cassette copy somewhere that I haven't seen in years. I never found a copy of the record in a physical record shop (believe me I looked) and now the things been off my radar so long that I'm not sure how I never tried to find it online. I just searched on ebay and amazon while typing this and found a wopping one copy on each, so it's apparently still fairly hard to come by.

The record is amazing. Very Zappa-esque, and it runs the gamut from blues to Primus-like weirdness to a crescendo - where the protagonist does indeed get selected and then have his face shaved off ("Don't be afraid, body alterations aren't that painful") that can only be described as frightening and machine-like.

So I just flipped over to youtube looking for something else, MIRV not having been on my mind in years, and here's a video from back in the day for one of the songs.

The internet truly is the human collective unconscious transmuted into tangible information.


image courtesy of artist direct

New NIN track Copy of A.

I've been purposely avoiding watching/hearing any of the live clips that surfaced of new songs within the weeks since Lolapalooza. However, I just cannot pass up a studio track. Very much looking forward to this new record.

Via Brooklyn Vegan - follow the link there and they'll tell you how to download this track for free!!!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

The Day The Clown Cried

I don't know a heck of a lot about Jerry Lewis' lost final film, The Day The Clown Cried. Mr. Brown printed me out a fairly large article about it something like eight or nine years ago, and after reading it we named a C-Building Kids track about it. It's Lewis' final, unreleased film and it has him as a German clown named Helmut Doork who is imprisoned in a concentration camp and attempts to lighten the other prisoners hearts with his, um, clowning.

What little I do know about this film also includes the fact that it's kind of a big deal that this footage has surfaced. Further proof that in today's world, if there is footage out there it will eventually find the light - C'mon Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me deleted scenes:

image courtesy of braddstudios.com

A Mix for Shadows

I made this mix sometime ago while working on an earlier incarnation of the novel I'm writing. The novel is dark - but not too dark. And it's mysterious. And there's a smidge of teen angst (just a smidge - I ain't no billy corrigan). Like that time you walked through the house/forest/cemetery that everyone in town said was haunted. That prickly, anxious feeling that inspires more than it condemns. I made this mix to help keep the tone while writing. The book has morphed somewhat. It's gotten a hell of a lot better and coherent. But the tone still works. And besides, this is a pretty good mix.

I always forget about 8tracks. But it's a really cool site and a good way to discover new music.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Steely Dan - Deacon Blues

One of my favorite songs ever. I once walked around Vegas, high out of my mind on mushrooms with SD's Aja repeating over and over and over again on my ipod. This song... it's time travel.

And I'm pretty damn sure this particular youtube post is a direct-from-vinyl rip.

Brandon Cronenberg's Antiviral

You know how David Cronenberg's films make you feel really uncomfortable with the concept of your body? The weird mesh of tech and flesh, blood and steel, wire and bone that he manipulates can sometimes be downright horrifying, sometimes freakishly hot and sometimes just WTF. Well, his son Brandon may have outdone him in his first film, Antiviral. I'm embellishing, but not by much. Currently tied with Shane Carruth's Upstream Color as my movie of the year. Antiviral is streaming on Netflix - go check it out (check out the snowcat and the radio while you're at it. Big surprise comin' to you...). But be prepared. It is a bit of a rough watch. Very much worth it though.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Rival

New BRMC video!!!

Friday, August 9, 2013

The Ocean full live set @ NY's St. Vitus!!!

Now this is the way I wish to see The Ocean! I totally agree with metalsucks' Vince Neilstein (whose article on the same you should link to from the above and read) that the twenty-five minutes on Summer Slaughter was just. Not. Enough.

This footage, which I'm just now sitting down to watch this now but I'm assuming it's Pelagial live in its entirety, the way it was meant to be played. Only a few seconds in and I can already tell that the sound is better here than it was both at HOB last month and at the Glass House when I saw them in 2010. Little clubs are always the best.

And apparently that's what this was - a surprise show at NY's Saint Vitus where they were billed under the name Pelagial (not a surprise to anyone familiar with them).

1 Minute Teaser from New Jesu Song

September 24th on Avalanche Records. New Justin Broadrick in any form is always an event!

Courtesy of Metalsucks.

UGLI Studios Presents Vol. #2

image courtesy of thisisugli.com
Totally awesome and completely independent comic imprint UGLI Studios recently released UGLI Studios Presents Vol. #2. I interview UGLI founder and artist extraordinaire Jason Lenox in this week's Thee Comic Column on Joup right here!

Midlake - Antiphon

Midlake's singer left last year and now we get this - great job carrying on gentlemen! More info here on the mighty Brooklyn Vegan!

The Melvins Cover The Butthole Surfers

The Melvins cover Butthole Surfers

The Melvins w/ Surfers' Jeff Pinkus covering one of my favorite Butthole Surfers songs? Is this the best thing ever? Maybe...

Read more about it here on The AV Club.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

CBGB's Trailer

Okay, Alan Rickman and Bradley Whitford in the same movie? And Stana Katic? And all this great music? And Alan Rickman?

The last shot of this trailer completely blew me away.

Revocation - Invidious

The new, self-titled record by Revocation, who I talk about considerably more here and here, finally released this past Tuesday. This is my favorite song on the record so far, but they're all good. If you dig metal - especially old school thrash a la mega conservative's Rust in Peace or Testament's Low then hurry over to Revocation's bandcamp and buy this. I doubt you will be disappointed.

New Nothing Track Dig

Via Brooklyn Vegan. Nothing came on my radar a couple months back with the Downward Years to Come EP which you can download for a paltry $5 on their bandcamp (do so - it's an amazing EP with shades of both The Raveonettes and M83. Plus you'll be supporting a great band). Really looking forward to their forthcoming full length, on Relapse no less. More info on BRVGN here.

Monday, August 5, 2013

New PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey released this song as support for the last remaining British resident held in Guantanamo Bay. Waay more information here on Stereogum.

I had to repost - Love Harvey and this is likely to set me on a binge with her music. First up, uh huh her, most likely followed by my favorite and the one I always go back to the most, Stories From the City Stories from the Sea.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Fixx - Reach the Beach

The Fixx had long been on my radar as one of those bands who had some radio songs I've loved for as long as I can remember. I'm talking back to about the time One Thing Leads to Another and Saved By Zero were current, chart-topping singles circa 1983. I know, I was born in '76 so I would have been seven at the time. I used to sleep with a little transistor radio and those two Fixx songs along with The Clash's Rock the Casbah, John Cougar Heartattack's Jack and Dianne and all things Huey Lewis stick out in my memory (not a JCM fan, but that song holds an intrinsic nostalgic value because of that). Anyway, a couple years ago I found the album those Fixx songs are on - Reach the Beach - on vinyl at a thrift store. I bought it and it has grown in favor ever since. I've come to love the entire record, the title track above is one of my absolute favs though. There's something very John Carpenter about it.

And I've gotta say, I'm a Ti West fan as is and after waiting something like three years for his masterful House of the Devil I was not disappointed. And the thing that really just added an extra layer of pleasure in watching it the first time was the unexpected use of One Thing Leads to Another. Awesome as always Mr. West!!!


image courtesy of comicsbeat.com
Greg Rucka, Michael Lark and Santi Arcas have a new book published by Image Comics. Read my two cents on it in  Thee Comic Column #47 on Joup.

Machete Kills New Trailer

If it's half as insane as the first one, I'm going to be very happy. Rodriquez has a knack for making old school action flicks choked full of Grind House logic. He would have ruled the 80's.

TV on the Radio - TLZ

Loved this song the first time I heard it, day the album was released as I opened my old store early, had another manager sell it to me and then sat in the office counting out drawers and giving it a once over. Loved it even more when it was used in the closing sequence/credits of Breaking Bad Season 2, episode 10.

7 days going on 6.

Countdown bitch.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Live (re-cast) Lollapalooza streaming right now

Obviously not really live streaming, but still. Not sure how long this will be re-playing or who will be playing when you hit play, but it could be interesting at the very least.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Mormons Bandcamp

Just turned on to this band via a new friend. Fucking awesome! Obvious Jesus Lizard/Scratch Acid fans. I flew over to their bandcamp (where you can buy their new Forge Ahead E.P.) and immediately fell in love with The Mormons. If you're in LA their playing the Five Star Bar in DTLA on Friday, August 16th with The Sundowners, Infer Stellar and Arbuckle.

The Conspiracy Trailer

The first I heard of this movie was just a few moments ago on Bloody Disgusting. Go here and you will find considerably more information. But not only does this look great in an almost Eyes Wide Shut-meets-Blair Witch Project fashion, but it directly spins off of a conversation I JUST HAD LIKE AN HOUR AGO.

Weird. Just saying.