Black God “Everyone’s a Friend”

This glorious piece of melodic punk popped up on the InterZone comms this afternoon and I thought I should share it. drew comparisons between The Wipers and Fugazi and I was sold, plus the band’s DNA, members of Young Widows, Black Cross and Coliseum.

And the album is on No Idea. ‘Nuff said.

Future of the Left “A Guide to Men”

“To Hell With Good Intentions” on seminal sound document, Mclusky Do Dallas was one of those rare songs that no one asked to be written but as soon as I heard it, I couldn’t imagine a world without it. Or rather it’s absence from my iTunes library.

Wait…it was on compact disc, purchased from Double Entendre along with Casket Lottery’s Moving Mountains and Small Brown Bike’s Dead Reckoning, fall 2001?

Hard to forget the rawness of the soundtrack to post 9/11. Never saw Mclusky live though. Damn.

Falco’s carnival barker delivery weaves in and out of the two-note bassline, juxtaposed by the droning serpentine guitar until it explodes in a noisey chorus, “And we’re all going straight to hell!”

Falco went and created a new band called Future of the Left.

They’ve been operating for a few years but their latest is a testament to guitar based music.

It’s guitar boner-iffic.

I’m anxiously awaiting postal delivery of the new LP, How to Stop Your Brain in an Accident.

I speculate some top 10 albums of 2013 action if this song is any indication of a deeper dive.

“Civilized people don’t fuck bears // civilized people don’t play fair”

Cave In – White Silence

In the summer of 2009, the band Cave In, one of my personal favorite released a four song EP called Planets of Old on vinyl from Hydra Head Records. Only a few years after a self-imposed hiatus, Cave In was back with four songs of monumental riffage. I picked up the single “Retina Sees Rewind” as a digital download from iTunes then mistakenly, albeit promptly forgot about the EP. I’d recently been listening to their watershed album Jupiter as of late and using the googles found out about their forthcoming full-length, White Silence. I received a ping from the Neurosis FB status update that Sovereign had been rereleased on colored vinyl and went to the link provided where I immediately purchased that indelible sonic document. Navigating around the store I found a link to the Cave In pre-order for White Silence and was blown away by the song presented there. Of course I was a huge fan of “Retina Sees Rewind.” The song is a four on the floor (John Conner) noodle fest (Brodsky, Scofield, Macgrath)  of a barn burner. However, much to the satisfaction of my ear-gut, the latest song, “Sings My Love” encapsulates the entirety of the Cave In ouvre: crushing beats, dissonant chords, raging marine sergeant vocals (a la Caleb) and a haunting chorus by Mr. Brodsky. Below is a link to the song, please enjoy at full volume…

Incidentally this blog is named after a line in the song “Big Riff” on the Cave In album, Jupiter.

Here’s a pic of the cover art.