Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Chuck Ragan has kept this train a runnin. Since Hot Water Music went on their hiatus Chuck has not stopped with the momentum that fueled them. Get this album. If you like Rumbleseat, and you like the fury of early Hot Water Music then you need this album...get it here
Friday, September 4, 2009
It has been too long since i have posted anything so i am going to put one that i feel deserves recognition that i have not seen in a lot of places. This is the newest Isis album that has come out. It is Wavering Radiant. I like this album. I think that Aaron Turner and his camp have done a good job with this. I like some of the changes that the album makes in their sound. Isis seems to be a genre defining band and not just a band that follows someone Else's definition of what they are suppose to be. they change with each album and that is the beauty of them. i feel that wikipedia does them justice in their write up of them. i hope you enjoy this album and if you want anything from their back catalog let me know.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I like this band i got into them a couple years ago. Angel Eyes is a band from the Chicagoland area consisting of Bob, Brendan, Nader, Ryan and Todd. They formed in 2003, and have played some shows and recorded some records. Brendan has a project under the name Ravenholm is Dead, Todd has a project under the name There is Nothing Buried That will Not Be Raised, and Ryan and Todd run a music review blog called I'm the Most Important Fucking Person in the World.
Check out the music and the blogs.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Two post in a day! I'm trying to get better at this. This is good music here! check it out Austin Lucas is on tour with Tim Barry and josh small both from Richmond! here is his latest cd you will not be disappointed.
Somebody loves you
the common cold
I read a blog awhile ago and this is sort of in response to it. The article was about Tim Barry, and how this author was not digging his new solo stuff. In this blog, he mentioned things like, how Tim needs to stop acting so depressed and cheer up. He also mentions that all of Tim's songs are about his dog and his poor bad life. I understand that this is an opinion but i feel that there are some things that are misunderstood about Mr. Barry. Tim is a humble honest man, he has lived in Richmond for years and he has seen her change. I feel that he writes from his heart about the city of Richmond. In fact the first 20 seconds of Trash Inspirations on Riviana Junction are from a church bell that is heard around where Tim lives in Oregon Hill. He has seen the rise of the capitalist society taking over the city. VCU has taken over everything in downtown Richmond. If you don't know these things then i feel that you would not be able to true appreciate and comprehend both Avail and Tim Barry's solo stuff. The majority of their/his songs are about Richmond and the impact that they have had on them/him. Tim also rides the rails this also plays an intricate part in his music. Upon listening to either Tim's solo stuff or Avail you will hear references to Scotts Addition, The James, Scuffletown, Lombardy St., Oregon Hill, VCU, he makes reference to the town being painted black and gold (this happens to be VCU's school colors), Laurel St., Manchester, the Southside, and the Nickel Bridge. These are all things that you will find in around ol'Dixieland. Huh, there is another one. ok so i guess this is a response from this guys post and i am done ranting about it. I guess the simple fact is that you can hate all you want and that is your opinion fair enough. But as for me i will keep supporting him and his music that he creates. I believe in the scene where Tim is from, he is representing Richmond and that is my local scene. My hats off to him and any band that comes out of here. I have posted some of Avails first albums so check them out. I have also put a link to Tim's solo stuff.
click here for the link to this other blog
tim barry's solo stuff
click here for the link to this other blog
tim barry's solo stuff
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Check these guys out! They are call The Waking Eyes. Think the Weakerthans, think The Flaming lips, think good music. I dig it! and you should too. They are from Winnipeg. Maybe we could get them to come down richmond va's way (wink wink) I would really like to see them. Download their first single. Also, check out their covers on YouTube. And buy their album Holding On To Whatever It Is. Support your local scene.
The Flaming Lips
This post is from an email i received from Jonny Leucine asking me to post his band on here. See i can respect that, someone who is working for their band promoting for them. To Jonny and the rest of his band i have much respect for you and the scene you support. Keep making good music. Plus check out their cover art. Check them out!
Download Step One: Proceed
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Two posts in one weekend. I have found some music that i feel is worth sharing finally. Here is the link to Ben Nichols & Cory Branan live in Empire Theater. An interesting fact about the cover of this album is the picture is acutally in an alley way that is in front of another venue called alley katz. Alley Katz is another venue in the Richmond, VA area that caters to our music scene. But on with the music. the first download is the Ben Nichols & Cory Branan live in richmond and the second download is the Ep that he has released based on the book by Cormac McCarthy, called Blood Meridian. For a really good review of the album visit here.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
This band saved my life...no really i love this band to death. I mean read these lyrics,
Turn the radio off. It's just commercials made by stars.
Turn down the auto-tune and reveal those wounds
and scars. It's all middle fingers and sex, and who's
ego can hold the most. We just hop in a broken van and
we head out to the coast.
Wide-eyed and wondering how we ever got here.
Now I'm praying for a revolution on the air.
Am I wasting all my time? Or am I proving them all wrong? Am
I wasting all my energy on these old songs? These people aren't
even real. They need choreigraphers just to breathe. These people
aren't even real, they were raised by wolves, they think of us as sheep.
Wide-eyed, it's about time I got the hell out of here.
But still I'm praying for a revolution on the air.
Don't you care? There are people choking out here...it's got to stop.
We all need fresh air. We all need fresh air. Don't you care? There
are people being force fed bullshit out here. Out here we all need
fresh air. We all need fresh air.
I think that this speaks right to the heart of the problem that i have found in today's music. DIY baby DIY! A few years ago when i was making podcast, i had an idea (that i still may do) to create a family tree for different bands. One of the family trees would have been from a favorite hardcore band in the 90's (and i'm sorry to say this to all my straightedge friends but) Coalesce. Now, out of this band has come many notable bands, Reggie and the full effect, and The Esoteric, with many other notable related bands from the Kansas city scene. I truly love that scene in the mid to late nineties. Recently, while i moved across the country (only to return a few short months later) i had to stop in Lawrence, Kansas just to pay my respects to the musical gods that have come out of that general area.
The Casket Lottery is of the same bloodline as all the above mentioned bands and features members/former members of Coalesce. I personally enjoy Stacy's bass playing. On the song dead dear on the Moving Mountains album, Coalsece vocalist Sean Ingram makes a guest appearence. Check it out and support their great music by buying their albums from Sean's blue collar distro.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
I have not heard much about these guys in a long long time. I remember drawing the skull on all of my books for years. I was obsessed with them. They are from Richmond Va. When they were looking for a drummer in 1999 my good friend Zach Nelson ( i will post a link for him and his music in the near future) tried out to be their drummer. Having settled with another drummer they went out and toured and then came back and called it quits. These albums have gotten me through a lot of hard times. They are well worth the listen. As, for their sound I would call them real melodic hardcore, or maybe even emotive hardcore. Call it what you will, it is very good sound and that is hard to find nowadays in a band. As for their shows they put on a magnificent show. I remember seeing them at a house show in Richmond as well as at a venue that was called Twisters. They were a very energetic band that keep you going. There was never a dull moment, then again most house shows are like that. Ok well check them out...
Chris has done it again. I love it there is not one bad song on this album. I really have not found a bad album/ track that has come out of any of the boys that are related to Hot Water Music. I have a feeling that this link will be asked to be taken down before long so get it while it is hot. Have fun kids it is a solid album.