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Windhand guitarist Garrett Morris on the band’s new album and current tour

Posted in interview, metal, streaming audio / video, upcoming events on November 25th, 2013 by Nick – Be the first to comment

Windhand‘s latest full-length, Soma, is their first for Relapse Records. It’s a selection of massive tunes that both soar and plumb the depths, and some tracks are monumental works. The group’s currently on tour, opening for High on Fire, and they play the Granada in Lawrence on Friday, November 29. We were lucky enough to get guitarist Garrett Morris to answer a few questions for us via e-mail.
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Stream Slack Armada’s self-titled EP

Posted in electronic, reviews, streaming audio / video on November 21st, 2013 by Nick – Be the first to comment

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Sitting in my inbox this morning was this lovely gem of an EP from Chiacgo’s Slack Armada. This project from James Hrabak shows a lot of potential. It manages to cover a lot of cinematic-inspired territory in its four songs — it flows from quiet introspection to stunningly loud — but does so naturally and fluidly. That said, dial your volume down when “Looper” pops up, because that guitar will damn near blow your head off. If you like what you hear, it’s a name-your-price download on Bandcamp. Personally, I like the first two cuts, which stick more towards the Boards of Canada / Four Tet side of things, as opposed to the latter two, which veer toward Nine Inch Nails / My Bloddy Valentine. but there’s really something for all instrumental electronic tastes.

The Hex Dispensers’ Alex Cuervo on his electronic project, Espectrostatic

Posted in electronic, interview, soundtracks, streaming audio / video, upcoming album on November 19th, 2013 by Nick – 3 Comments

alex cuervoAlex Cuervo is best known as the frontman and guitarist for Austin’s fine purveyors of garage rock ‘n’ roll, the Hex Dispensers. However, his new project might throw you for a loop. Espectrostatic‘s self-titled LP, out today through Trouble in Mind, is 13 tracks of Carpenter-inspired electronic creepiness. I enjoyed the preview on Bloody Disgusting so much that I bought all three of Trouble in Mind’s newest releases to get the limited color version of Cuervo’s album.

Cuervo (legal name: Alex Sargent) spoke with us via e-mail about the difference between Espectrostatic and the Hex Dispensers, and why it’s not as much of a change as you might think.
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Peirse’s “After Dracula” ably argues the importance of post-Universal horror

Posted in books, movies, reviews, streaming audio / video, video on November 4th, 2013 by Nick – Be the first to comment

book cover - after draculaAlison Peirse‘s new book from I.B. Taurus, After Dracula: The 1930s Horror Film, certainly does what it sets out to. The author begins with “the idea that Dracula has been canonised to the detriment of other innovative and original 1930s films produced across Europe and America.”

It’s a logical approach: given that Dracula is, in essence, a stage play brought to the screen, it wins primarily due to financial success and — one could argue just as importantly — the fact that it was first. Followed closely by Frankenstein, one could even further and make the point that Universal Pictures’ role in defining the canon is primarily by virtue of getting out of the gate before anyone else.
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Halloween horror marathon: Creepshow

Posted in streaming audio / video, video on October 3rd, 2013 by Nick – Be the first to comment

poster - creepshowCreepshow would be far better if it were about half an hour shorter. There are five stories, plus the frame tale of the kid and his Tales From the Crypt knock-off, and it seems like they’re all too long to be effective shorts, and too short to be effective films. Trick ‘r Treat, Vault of Horror, et al — all of them are around an hour and a half, and any of the individual tales hits and splits.

Creepshow‘s a little too enthused with itself as a whole, and seems to delight in just dragging out every story until the bitter end. Especially the second tale, “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill,” which is a little too tongue-in-cheek. I’m all for hicks and things from outer space, but it’s so cornpone, the folks playing the Baldknobbers at Silver Dollar City would be offended.
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Giallo Disco’s label heads talk horror, their influences, and upcoming plans

Posted in electronic, interview, label, movies, streaming audio / video on September 25th, 2013 by Nick – 10 Comments

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The scads of reissue labels which have appeared over the last few years all seem to have their focus — Death Waltz has a John Carpenter / Fabio Frizzi thing going on, focusing on grimy, creepy things; One Way Static is tackling Wes Craven’s exploitation years; and Waxwork appears to have the ’80s splatter genre tied up. Giallo Disco might be the only label putting out music that fits that soundtrack niche, yet it differs in one notable aspect — these albums aren’t soundtracking anything other than a great dance party.

Situated out of Berlin and Vienna, and respectively ran by Anton Maiof and Gianni Vercetti Balopitas (aka Vercetti Technicolor), Giallo Disco rocks your socks with creepy, yet totally danceable tracks that hearken back to late ’70s and early ’80s analog synth soundtracks. There’s heaps of Moroder here, but everything is still unique. Maiof and Balopitas were both kind enough to answer questions via e-mail about the label and its future plans.
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Driving Mrs. Satan talks mellowing metal

Posted in covers, indie, interview, metal, streaming audio / video on September 12th, 2013 by Nick – 1 Comment

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Driving Mrs. Satan is a trio of London and Naples-based musicians who’ve recently released their debut LP, entitled Popscotch. As the title suggests, it’s lovely, poppy music. The lyrical content may surprise, however, as each and every song is a reinterpretation of a heavy metal track. From Iron Maiden’s “Can I Play With Madness?” to a truly novel take on Anthrax’s “Caught In A Mosh,” the songs — as the band’s Facebook says — are heavy metal made easier. Yet, for the songs being stripped of the speed and heaviness, there emerges the root melody and lyricism inherent in these songs oft-derided as meatheaded. The band spoke with us via e-mail about the new album and how Driving Mrs. Satan came together.
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Feral Trash, “Dead Eyes” 7-inch

Posted in garage rock, punk, reviews, streaming audio / video, vinyl on July 25th, 2013 by Nick – 2 Comments

coverGarage rock, at its heart, is supposed to be music made in garages. It’s simple music any group of friends can bash out with minimal skill. It’s a genre based on cover versions of songs that are themselves just a slight step past amateur status — Them’s “Gloria,” “Louie Louie” by the Kingsmen, “Hey Joe” (pick a version) — so I’m always pleased as punch when a garage act makes songs I can learn after the first run through of verse and chorus.

Such is the case with the debut 7-inch from Canada’s Feral Trash. Entitled Dead Eyes, it’s out now on Dirt Cult Records. Dead Eyes isn’t sonically adventurous — the press quote says they sound like the Hex Dispensers, and they certainly have that Austin act’s sound down pat — but they’re certainly fun, as easy to learn as the lyrics are. It’s not exactly rocket science: “Dead Eyes” has “dead eyes,” “Deserter” has “I don’t know who you are,” and “Dead Weight” rocks “ah-ah-aaaaaaaaah.”
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“Brooklyn Rocksteady” documentary now streaming

Posted in ska, streaming audio / video, video on July 24th, 2013 by Nick – Be the first to comment

Argh. Of course the link for this would’ve shown up just before work today. It’s going to be eating me up that all of you are watching this right fricking now while I’m in scads of meetings. But I shall cope, and persevere, and all of you ska fans out there should watch an enjoy the two-years-in-the-making documentary, Brooklyn Rocksteady: The Roots, The Scene & The Culture.

You can order DVDs and t-shirts, as well as get it as a name-your-price download.

Radkey, “Cat and Mouse EP” 12-inch

Posted in punk, reviews, rock 'n' roll, streaming audio / video, vinyl on July 17th, 2013 by Nick – 1 Comment

cover - radkey cat and mouseRadkey is probably the hottest band to come out of the Kansas City / Lawrence area in the past few years — and they’re actually from St. Joseph, Missouri, so go figure. They’re a trio of young brothers making rock ‘n’ roll — a story that has comparisons with everyone from proto-punks Death to Kansas City’s own rockers, the Architects, whose Phillips brothers started making noise at around the same age. Their Cat and Mouse EP just saw a digital release through Wreckroom Records, along with a limited pressing of 300 on 12-inch black vinyl.
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