Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Unfortunate But Expected - The Mars Volta Breaks Up

Cedric Bixler-Zavala full Twitter statement:

Thank u 2 all VOLTA fans u deserved more especially after the way u rooted for us on this album. I tried my hardest to keep it going but Bosnian Rainbows was what we all got instead. I can’t sit here and pretend any more. I no longer am a member of Mars Volta. I honestly thank all of you for buying our records and coming to our shows. You guys were a blast to play in front of. We could never had done it with out you. My dream was to get us to the point were Jon Theodore and Ikey Owens came back but sadly it’s over. Thank u a million times over for ever giving a fuck about our band. For the record I tried my hardest to get a full scale North American tour going for Noctourniquet but Omar did not want to. I guess a break from mars volta means starting another band and ignoring all the support the fans gave us. I tried my hardest guys. All I can do is move forward with my music and just be happy that mars volta ever happened at all. God Damn we had a blast. Thank u again. And no I’m not joking about any of this, I owe it 2 u guys to all fans to be serious about this. Thank u to all past members who helped Volta along as well. we blasted through like a comet and left our mark! If u ever see me in person and want to know why I’ll tell u my story. Please just be happy that it happened at all remember all the opposition we were met with for just starting a new band back in 2001.(sic)

S.H.S. Show Review - Old Wounds Record Release, #1

OLD WOUNDS played 2 record release shows...

 This is night 1...

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Stormshadow Reunion & Reissue Announced

 Stormshadow was a metal-influenced punk band from New Brunswick, NJ, active from around 1995 to 2000. I saw them play among the bands Fanshen, Kamikaze, Worthless, The Scarlet Letter and more at what were some of my very first hardcore/punk shows in NB. I had the privilege of being over there as a Rutgers student during a great time in the hub city's DIY punk history. Mixing raw and clean vocals, Matty King and Sue Werner stand out in my memory as creating a chaotic and cathartic live performance that was at times politically charged as well.

An old patch from my collection:

Stormshadow streaming music:

Stownshadow on Twitter

Matty King, Jamie, Paul, Pedro, & Zak are also currently playing as The Match & The Moth

-More after the jump-

Texas Is The Reason

Attention post-hardcore fans and vinyl collectors: As if you didn't know, Texas Is The Reason will be coming out with a deluxe reissue on February 7th.

Do You Know Who You Are?: The Complete Collection, a remastered anthology of the band's entire recorded output featuring two previously unreleased tracks, never-before-published photos, lyrics, and a comprehensive concert history.
PREORDER NOW: Available on CD/Digital/2LP.
LISTEN NOW: "When Rock 'N' Roll Was Just A Baby" exclusively at Rolling Stone

Texas Is The Reason played the Revelation Records 25th Anniversary Show on October 11 at Irving Plaza, and are playing some further reunion dates coming up as well. Check their official website for more details.

Here's my footage of the band performing "Back And To The Left" at the NY show:

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Primitive Man

 PRIMITIVE MAN - an excellent, new Blackened Sludge/Doom band fronted by Ethan of 'Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire.' Debut album, 'Scorn,' will be released on vinyl and digitally January 31 via Throatruiner/Mordgrimm Records. The vinyl will be limited to 500 copies. Pre-orders are up now on their Bandcamp page! Shipping will be in early Feb.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

In Praise Of Amazon Cloud Player

It's very rare that a big company gets something right in regards to digital content... As one who's very outspoken about that, I thought I'd bite my tongue for a second. Amazon has just announced their 'Auto-Rip' service, where your CD purchases are automatically added to your Amazon Cloud Player for downloading or playing through the browser or mobile app. **UPDATE** as of April 3 this now includes vinyl purchases! What's more, is that past purchases from the last 15 years are added in as well! It's refreshing that they did not feel the need to cripple the service with some sort of restrictive DRM, which would essentially render the entire thing useless.

I received this email from Amazon:
You may have noticed that songs from 45 CDs you have purchased from Amazon were added to your Cloud Player library. This means that high-quality MP3 versions of these songs are available for you to play or download from Cloud Player for FREE. You can find your songs in the "Purchased" playlist...

In addition, we're excited to announce AutoRip. Now when you buy any CD with the logo, all songs from the MP3 version of that album will instantly be delivered to your Amazon Cloud Player library for FREE. 

Check it out:

Music Business - Recommended Reading

For anyone interested in music industry news and commentary, I would highly suggest checking out the blog and email newsletter of Bob Lefsetz.

 Who is Bob Lefsetz?

"Bob Lefsetz is the author of "The Lefsetz Letter." Famous for being beholden to no one and speaking the truth, Lefsetz addresses the issues that are at the core of the music business: downloading, copy protection, pricing and the music itself.

His intense brilliance captivates readers from Steven Tyler to Rick Nielsen to Bryan Adams to Quincy Jones to EVERYBODY who’s in the music business.

Never boring, always entertaining, Bob’s insights are fueled by his stint as an entertainment business attorney, majordomo of Sanctuary Music’s American division and consultancies to major labels.

"The Lefsetz Letter" has been publishing for over 25 years. First as hard copy, most recently as an email newsletter and now, for the first time, in blog form." --
From the blog The Lefsetz Letter

S.H.S. Label Spotlight - Grindcore Karaoke

Grindcore Karaoke is an independent music label founded by J. Randall, vocalist of the band Agoraphobic Nosebleed in 2011. To date, they have over 300 albums on the website, all available for free downloads. For any new or seasoned grindcore fan, knowledge of this site is crucial, as many of the releases have risen in prominence within the scene. What began as a place strictly for one-man GC bands to call home, starting with the album 'Grindcore Lu'au,' by Wadge, has now grown to include other genres, such as sludge and noise rock, as well as hyped up acts including the 3-piece band 'Cloud Rat,' who will be releasing a new album 'Moksha' on Jan. 22 via Halo Of Flies. Grindcore Karaoke is also home to 'False Light,' a band which appeared on many 'best of 2012' lists recently. A few other recommended bands are Jarhead Fertilizer, Robocop, and Water Torture.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

New Young And In The Way

Blackened Crust/Hardcore group "Young And In The Way," from Charlotte, NC has released a new track from their upcoming split with Withdrawal. I saw YAITW perform for the first time at the A389 records showcase last January. They were excellent and had quite the stage presence as well. Whether you are just getting into them now, or have been a fan for a while, you have to be excited that they are not only planning to release this split, but another with Mortal Void and also a full length this year. Check out the tracks and a video of them performing below.