• My Bloody Valentine - Sept 25 @ the Kool Haus

    26 Sep 2008, 23:27

    Thu 25 Sep – My Bloody Valentine @ KOOL HAUS

    NOTE: copypaste from my Facebook, hence why some ideas/concepts (i.e. earplugs, Holocaust, identifying Bilinda Butcher) that would be obvious for fans are explained to benefit my non-MBV-listening-to readers over there.





    You know a show is going to be good when they hand out earplugs at the door.

    Obviously, they weren't needed for the openers. The Flowers Of Hell, despite having a moniker that was likely stolen from an 8th grade art project, were a pretty rad post-rock ensemble, mixing up the usual Explosions in the Sky formula that so many repeat (i.e., quiet part-build up-cathartic tremolo picking-cool down) by throwing in a shit-load of instruments and actually getting into a tangible groove, which is something interesting in the all-too pretentious post-rock genre. Plus, Owen Pallett was a surprise guest, so they definitely have my stamp of approval.

    Then Gemma Hayes played, and no one really cared, to be honest. Dull, exceedingly generic faux-folk (faulk?) singer-songwriter spiel. During her set I did have my earplugs in, because: a) I thought My Bloody Valentine were about to take the stage, and b) I couldn't be arsed to work those things into my ear canals again.

    And then, oh lawd, My Bloody Valentine. Despite having the stage presence of potted cacti, this was, musically, one of the most engaging concerts I've ever been to. Not "engaging" in the sing-along, jump-around, high-five-the-singer sense, but in the wholly-and-utterly-engulfed-in-this-glorious-noise sense. Just to say I did I take out an earplug in the middle of "I Only Said" and good God they truly are the loudest band, ever (although it has been argued that early gigs by the Swans peaked at 140dB.) Seriously, this was a discomforting maelstrom that required earplugs. I do not envy the brave souls who felt they didn't need them. Nor do I envy the man in front of me who literally passed out during the third song; a true testament to the physical power of the band.

    Special mention must also be made of one Bilinda Butcher, the female guitarist of the band. Black hair, white dress, swirling lights, the sound of the earth opening up behind her, her blank stare, her utterly feminine, delicate hold of her guitar: this, my friends, is where you lose yourself in music.

    Of course, the main draw (or, depending on your point of view, the direct antithesis of a draw) was the infamous "Holocaust section", wherein the mid-song break of "You Made Me Realize" descends into what is something like sticking your face behind a Concord. In a hurricane. For 20 minutes. I can't quite emphasize how much you needed to be there for this. It was surreal. I've never been oppressed by noise quite like that. I've never felt noise. This was, in all honestly, a physical, ritualistic experience. To close your eyes and feel this tangible force envelope your body was truly something else. Combined with the spastic light show, it was very much like the final scene in Eraserhead (which is the perfect analogy for those familiar with the film.)

    The man beside me was clearly on some sort of hallucinogen and I will forever envy his experience during those 20 minutes.

    He seemed to confront both God and the devil. and saw the most beautiful/horrifying images his mind has ever produced. Seriously, the look of terror on his face was incredible, as was his elatedness when he raised his hands and accepted whatever deity wormed its way out of those Marshall stacks. His words before the Holocaust began will probably always stick with me, too:

    "This is it. Life isn't gonna be so sweet after this one."

    The show left me literally nauseous and in pain, but I felt as if left the venue walking on clouds.
  • Warped Tour '07

    12 Ago 2007, 5:19

    Oh, Warped Tour, simultaneously the most intense & most frustrating concert experience of my young life.

    So bear with me while I lay the literary smack-down on Van's Warped Tour (don't worry, our hero redeems himself in the end). First off, the line. Yes, we're off to a bad start. It was long & hot & sweaty & frustratingly slow, to the point where some poor chap nearly passed out from exhaustion & was hauled to the front of the line (with some twelve friends in tow... I think he was faking it). Anyways, once we're in a half-hour after the gates open (& we were there an hour early), everything seems cool. No less than eight stages set-up, tons of merch tents... & one food tent. One. Food. Tent. For an event hosting thousands upon thousands of young men and women (and a few conspicuously out-of-place older ones), we have maybe a dozen people serving food. And oh no, that's not even where the trouble begins.

    Tossing our preconceived notions of financial transaction out the window (i.e., money is exchanged for food. Food good.) we are forced to buy tickets to exchange for food. (I.e. money is exchanged for tickets, tickets exchanged for food) Sound ridiculous? Yes, especially when a mere half dozen blokes are dispensing tickets. But I've figured it out. See, they're hoping you buy more tickets than you need, and as such, will go home with extra tickets, losing some of your hard-earned money to profit the company responsible. Financially exploiting young kids? HOW PUNK IS THAT?

    Speaking of the food, not only did it suck, it was insanely expensive. I mean, $5 for a burger isn't that bad, especially for a concert venue, but $3.50 7 tickets for just water or pop? When kids are passing out waiting in line because of lack of water, what bloody sense does it make to fucking gouge these people? Furthermore, they'd have to wait in [the 20+ minute] line for fucking tickets before they'd have the privilege of suckling the sweet Dasani teat.

    Alright, I guess we can move on to what really matters: the music. Oh wait... not yet. Because you don't know when your band is playing. That's right, there is no formal schedule. Oh, these things are indeed planned well in advance, but rather than share such precious information with us, we get a blank schedule. A blank mo-fuckin' schedule & a pencil. We have to wander the grounds, find our band's merch tent, & copy down the stage name & time of their set.

    Nothing to do in the 2 hour stretch between bands you want to see? Well, there actually [i[isnt't anything to do, really. I suggest waiting in line for food tickets.

    However, all things considered, it was a killer show. I know, I know, everything surrounding the music was utter balls, but the bands were killer. Sound was amazing & all the bands genuinely seemed excited to be playing such a venue. Even bands I didn't care for at all actually sounded good. Plus, it is a wonderfully unique place to catch a show (or shows, I guess?), & every band having their own merch tent is more or less a music nerd's wet dream (ahem).

    Highlights:

    Poison the Well - The first show of the day I went to, & it was fucking killer. The band was incredibly tight & played a great range of materials. Personal highlight here was definitely "Crystal Lake". While normally that song makes me want to destroy everything I can get my hands on, now I had the chance to actually kick some ass while it's blaring. It seems everyone felt the same way. Ow.

    Set-list to the best of my memory, mostly for personal reference (please feel free to contribute):


    - Zombies Are Good For Your Health
    - Artists Rendering Of Me
    - Nerdy
    - Prematurito El Baby
    - Letter Thing
    - Crystal Lake
    - Botchla

    Protest the Hero - It still amazes me how these guys write stunningly technical songs with either hard-hitting political commentary or the telling of a poetic, conceptual story of their own devising, and yet manage to be such jackasses in the flesh. Regardless, they fucking slayed, with arguably the most intense pit of the show, one I had to slowly slide my way out of after the first song because I was getting battered shitless.

    Set-list to the best of my memory, mostly for personal reference (please feel free to contribute):


    -Blindfolds Aside
    -[new song]
    - No Stars Over Bethlehem
    -[another new song
    - The Divine Suicide Of K.
    - Bury the Hatchet
    & one other which I forgot.




    Coheed & Cambria - Not one of my favourite bands, but they put on a pretty sweet set. Definitely worth seeing.

    & although I only caught the tail-end of their set, & although I'm by no means even a slight fan, Flogging Molly put on a very tight & incredibly entertaining set, to the point where I think I need to actual investigate more of their work.

    So, all in all, Warped Tour is worth it for sure, especially if there are a number of bands you wanna see. Yeah, I bitched a lot, & yeah, a lot can be done better, but as long as you're there for the music, by all means make sure you go.

    Random Warped statistics:
    Scene kids in surgical masks/bandannas: too many
    Above kids whom I envied after seeing the dust: all of them
    Musicians I saw walking around but didn't recognize them until after they played: 2 (singers for Protest the Hero & Gallows)
    Cost of a hamburger: 10 tickets
    Value of hamburger: 2 tickets
    Thing I hated most: tickets
    Thing I hated second-most: the washroom facilities
    Thing that sounds completely lame but by 3pm was my favourite thing in the whole park: the outdoor tap running sweet, free water
    Dust inhaled: 3 pounds
  • survey-thang

    5 Jul 2007, 19:14

    First write down your top 10 artists, then answer the questions:

    1: Godspeed You! Black Emperor
    2: The Blood Brothers
    3: Sonic Youth
    4: Burzum
    5: Bright Eyes
    6: Joy Division
    7: City of Caterpillar
    8: Mod Flanders Conspiracy
    9: The Mars Volta
    10: HORSE the band

    Now answer these questions according to numbers-

    What is the first song you heard of 6?
    Love Will Tear Us Apart
    What else?
    Although, if you want interesting answer, the first song I heard when I actually decided to start listening to them was Digital

    What is your favorite album of 2?
    Toss-up between Burn Piano Island, Burn and Young Machetes

    What is your favorite lyric that 4 has sung?
    THIS IS HUH.... WOW!

    or

    Cries of the HAHA suffering sound

    How many times have you seen 5?
    None </3

    What is your favorite song of 7?
    Hmmm... And You're Wondering How a Top Floor Could Replace Heaven or Maybe They'll Gnaw Right Through.

    What is a good memory of you have involving the music of 10?
    Seeing them live. They were opening for DragonForce and everyone hated them. But dammit, I was there to see them and it was a great show.

    Is there a song of 3 that makes you sad?
    They're not too sad of a band, really.

    What is your favorite lyric that 2 has sung?
    Oh, but there are so many...

    "Scarecrow, did you hear about the priest they caught jacking off in the confession booth?
    His collar spinning like a top, he looked so pathetic crying to the cops."

    or

    "Sugar, I'd come over but your coffee tastes like the clap."


    What is your favorite song by 9?
    Day of the Baphomets
    Or Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt.

    How did you get into 3?
    Bought Daydream Nation on a whim.

    What was the first song you heard by 1?
    East Hastings

    What is your favorite song by 4?
    Probably My Journey to the Stars

    How many times have you seen 9 live?
    None </3

    What is a good memory you have involving 2?
    Introducing it to the young 'uns on my bus last year. It terrified them. Except Rick. If you read this, you're welcome.

    Is there a song of 8 that makes you sad?
    Nah. The band's hilarious.

    What is your favorite album of 5?
    Fevers & Mirrorsfor sure.

    What is your favorite lyric that 3 has sung?

    "Stick yr fingers in yr mouth, twist yr tongue and wrench it out from its ugly fucking cancer root"

    What is your favorite song of 1?
    Oh my.
    Hmmmm
    Moya
    or 09-15-00
    or Storm

    What is your favorite song of 10?
    A Rusty Glove

    How many times have you seen 8 live?
    None. They broke up </3

    What is a great memory you have considering 9?
    None, actually.

    What is the first song you heard by 8?
    My Dad Shaves His Beemus Every Kwanzaa

    What is your favorite cover by 2?
    I've only heard "Anthrax". Wasn't too fond of it.
  • recent purchases

    6 May 2007, 5:25

    Do Make Say Think - Goodbye Enemy Airship
    Do Make Say Think - Winter Hymn Country Hymn Secret Hymn
    The Locust - New Erections
    Ioscil - Submers
    Fontanelle - Style Drift
    Wolf Eyes - Human Animal
    A Silver Mt. Zion - Born Into Trouble As The Sparks Fly Upward
    Jaga Jazzist - What We Must
    I Shalt Become - Wanderings
    Deathspell Omega - Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice
    Bright Eyes - Noise Floor
    Radiohead - Pyramid Song (single)
    Scott Walker - The Drift
    panopticon eyelids - Mobile Asylum Band-aid (aka Guru Gurette)
    Don Garnelli - Discography
    Sleeping Pilot - Panic Sex

    Well, I haven't had the time to give most of these albums the time they really deserve, but some initial impressions:

    - Scott Walker is a genius. The Drift is just brilliant; terrifyingly dark and terribly weird, but absolutely enthralling.
    - Born Into Trouble As the Sparks Fly Upward is shaping up to be one of my favourite ASMZ albums.
    - My first full-length exposure to Jaga Jazzist. I quite like it.
    - I think there's a reason the tracks on Noise Floor were unreleased. A few great tracks, but overall, nothing spectacular.
    - According to this very website, more or less none of you know about Ioscil. Hell, neither did I until I saw their CD at a local-ish store. The promo copies of this and the Fontanelle album were marked for $1.99 and "FREE" respectively, so I had nothing to lose (and ended up getting them both free anyways). While I don't much care for Fontanelle, Ioscil have some very cool atmospheres going. All the songs on the album, according to the press release, are named after various submarines. Imagine if a submarine had rhythm, and this is what it would sound like; very ambient, very relaxed, slow-paced & subtle beats.
    - Really rad packaging with the Panopticon Eyelids disk (limited to 100 copies). Hand-sewn slipcase and spray-painted disk. Cool stuff. I got the Don Garnelli disk from the same label, also limited to 100. Pretty good if you're into the whole "lo-fi vegan edge noise grind" scene. But really, who isn't these days?
    - Deathspell Omega = brilliant.
    - Wanderings could end up being one of my favourite black metal albums ever. Intensely atmospheric production really makes the music amazing. It's also great to see a BM band doing something other than blasturbating/Satan-hailing. Yes yes, at times this is pure Burzum-worship, but that's not a band thing at all.

    In conclusion, I am now broke.
  • if my life was a movie, it wouldn't make sense, but the soundtrack would be pretty…

    4 Feb 2007, 4:29

    IF YOUR LIFE WAS A MOVIE, WHAT WOULD THE SOUNDTRACK BE?

    So, here's how it works:
    1. Open your library
    2. Put it on shuffle
    3. Press play
    4. For every question, type the song that's playing
    5. When you go to a new question, press the next button

    Opening Credits:
    Mod Flanders Conspiracy - chris...trailer tappage in rochester

    Falling in love:
    Ayreon - Chaos

    Sex Scene:
    The Offspring - The End of the Line

    Breaking Up:
    The Velvet Underground - I'm Not Too Sorry (Now That You're Gone) [Demo Version]

    ...I can't believe how well that worked.

    Life's OK:
    A Fine Boat, That Coffin! - Confessions 0.1

    Mental Breakdown:
    Nebraska Arm Your Children - Build Your Machines, Build Your Walls

    Driving:
    Drive Like Jehu - Human Interest

    Now we're at 2 that actually work...

    Final Battle:
    Einstürzende Neubauten - Leid und Elend

    Death Scene:
    Sonic Youth - Halloween

    Funeral Scene:
    The Doors - I Looked At You

    End Credits:
    Björk - Play Dead


    Yeah, I'm just bored.
    Sorry for wasting your time.
  • The week in review

    23 Dic 2006, 0:52

    1. Joy Division - Classic. I just listened to the first disk of the Heart and Soul boxset. But still, Closer > all.


    2. Explosions in the Sky - Did you guyses know that you can download the entire "Rescue" album for free on their site? Rad. Plus, they're coming to town in March.


    3.芸能山城組 - The Akira soundtrack is truly something else. I guess if I absolutely needed to describe it... let's try "post-industrial tribal/ambient"? And yes, I just threw in the "post-" for the hell of it.


    4.The Blood Brothers - So finally, several months late, I've gotten my greedy lil' mitts on Young Machetes. I'll admit, I was worried about it, but this album is extremely solid. Some of the best hooks they've ever written are here (see: "Laser Life", "Camouflage, Camouflage", "Spit Shine Your Black Clouds", "Rat Rider", etc.)

    5.The Black Heart Procession - I picked up The Spell on a whim (and it was only $10), and was kinda disappointed. I had heard great things about this band/album, but I found it pretty dull. Their sound is unique and cool enough for a few tracks, but it's severely lacking in variety.

    6.Eyes and Arms of Smoke - Very cool noise-folk/drone-ish band. Hard to describe, but it's worth your time to go download their A Religion of Broken Bones album. Just keep an open mind.

    7.Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Nothing needs to be said.

    8.Vincent Price's Orphan Powered Death Machine - Pretty good band, actually. Yes, I'll admit, their name was a prime factor in my decision to steal their music, but they make some good tunes if you're into the whole spazzy-hardcore thang a la Daughters (only not as good).


    9.Fly Pan Am - Yay for cheap CD's; I got Fly Pan Am for only $7. Overall a great album/band, and the electronica/ambient elements work quite nicely. My only complaint is that damn part in "Dans ses cheveux soixantes circuits" where they repeat that one "riff" for what feels like hours.

    10.Bravo Fucking Bravo - Now this is how I like my screamo. Violent and fast, but at the same time, memorable. Unlike, say, Vincent Price's Orphan Powered Death Machine, you're actually going to remember parts of the albums an hour later.
  • Nationalities-thing. Yes, I'm bored.

    18 Ago 2006, 2:10

    Burzum - Norwegian
    Sonic Youth - American
    Bright Eyes - American
    The Blood Brothers - American
    Death Cab for Cutie - American
    HORSE the band - American
    Behemoth - Polish
    Emperor - Norwegian
    At the Drive-In - American
    Strapping Young Lad - Canadian
    City of Caterpillar - American
    The Mars Volta - American
    Nirvana - American
    Joy Division - British
    Pg.99 - American
    Circle of Dead Children - American
    Pain of Salvation - Swedish
    Nile - American
    Devin Townsend - Canadian
    Vendetta Red - American
    The Offspring - American
    Daughters - American
    Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Canadian
    Iron Maiden - British
    Circle Takes the Square - American
    Leviathan - American
    Jude the Obscure - Canadian
    Dream Theater - American
    Dead Kennedys - American
    Isis - American
    Malice Mizer - Japanese
    The Velvet Underground - American
    Pixies -American
    Alexisonfire - Canadian
    Melvins - American
    Children of Bodom - Finnish
    Agalloch - American
    Ayreon - Dutch
    植松伸夫 - Japanese
    Darkthrone - Norwegian
    Blind Guardian - German
    Augury - Canadian
    Fear Before The March Of Flames - American
    Hot Cross -American
    Jag Panzer - American
    Usurp Synapse -American
    Radiohead - British
    Björk - Icelandic
    Between the Buried and Me -American
    Woods of Ypres - Canadian

    In conclusion:
    American = 29
    Canadian = 5
    Norwegian = 3
    British = 3
    Japanese = 2
    Polish = 1
    Icelandic = 1
    German = 1
    Dutch = 1
    Swedish = 1
    Finnish = 1

    As these results show, I really do need to get out more, and not waste time doing pointless surveys.
  • Shuffle-thing

    9 Jun 2006, 1:45

    How does the world see me?
    ARTIST: The Zombies
    SONG: I Want Her She Wants Me
    COMMENT: I'd say that's a pretty good way to be seen by the world.

    Will I have a happy life?
    ARTIST: Usurp Synapse
    SONG: Wrist, Meet Razor
    COMMENT: ...ouch

    What do my friends really think of me?
    ARTIST: Emperor
    SONG: In Longing Spirit
    COMMENT: So... that means you guys love me, right?

    How can I make myself happy?
    ARTIST: Bright Eyes
    SONG: Something Vague
    COMMENT: Thanks for the help, Conor.

    What should I do with my life?
    ARTIST: Age of Silence
    SONG: The Concept of Haste
    COMMENT: Hurry up with my life?

    Why should life be full of so much pain?
    ARTIST: Impulse Manslaughter
    SONG: Vomitheads
    COMMENT: Yeah, people suck.

    Will I ever have children?
    ARTIST: Blind Guardian
    SONG: Valhalla
    COMMENT: Viking children FTW

    What is some good advice for me?
    ARTIST: Nobuo Uematsu
    SONG: Cosmo Canyon
    COMMENT: Does that mean I need to go play some FFVII?

    What is happiness?
    ARTIST: Boilermaker
    SONG: Pathos Delay
    COMMENT: Yes... delaying pathos makes me estatic.

    What is my favorite fetish?
    ARTIST: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    SONG: Maps
    COMMENT: Nothing gets me in the mood like a good map. "Oh man, check out the scale on that hottie"

    How will I be remembered?
    ARTIST: The Blood Brothers
    SONG: Love Rhymes With Hideous Car Wreck
    COMMENT: ...huh.

    What will be a big challenge in life for me?
    ARTIST: The Zombies
    SONG: Friends of Mine
    COMMENT: Deep, man. Deep.

    Am I a good boyfriend?
    ARTIST: Virgin Black
    SONG: Walk Without Limbs
    COMMENT: Chicks dig that, right?

    Do I have a Secret Admirer?
    ARTIST: Nocturnal
    SONG: Deep Within Enchanted Lands
    COMMENT: Is that like some elf chick or something?

    How will I die?
    ARTIST: Cursive
    SONG: The Martyr
    COMMENT: Great.

    Is someone trying to kill me?
    ARTIST: Eva Rose
    SONG: I'll Let You Eat My Balls But You Have To Give Me 30 Grand For Each One.
    COMMENT: So someone's going to eat my balls to death. Fantastic.

    What am I afraid of?
    ARTIST: Aesop Rock
    SONG: Big Bang
    COMMENT: Well, yeah. If that thing killed all the dinosaurs, then of course it's something to be afraid of.

    What will I be doing in a few years?
    ARTIST: Ammattammen Bas
    SONG: The Gate Ov Nini
    COMMENT: Moving on...

    What should I do instead of this quiz?
    ARTIST: The Postal Service
    SONG: District Sleeps Alone Tonight
    COMMENT: Yeah, sleep sounds good..

    What is a bad habit that I should try to stop?
    ARTIST: Jaga Jazzist
    SONG: Lithuania
    COMMENT: Yeah, I gotta lay off those European countries...

    What's for dinner tonight?
    ARTIST: The Ultimate Warriors
    SONG: Kids Need Clues
    COMMENT: Nothing better than stupid kids for dinner.
  • Today's Purchases

    6 May 2006, 20:46

    In The Woods... - HEart of the Ages
    Thursday - A City By The Light Divided
    Bright Eyes - A Collection Of Songs: Recorded 1995-1997
    Therion - Lemuria/Sirius B
    King Diamond - Abigail
    Merzbow - Puroland
    Björk - Debut
    Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden

    In summary, today rocked. Plus, I got a totally sweet Burzum t-shirt.
  • Top ten thing

    25 Mar 2006, 21:37

    Nirvana
    First song heard: Smells Like Teen Spirit (what did you expect?)
    Song that got me into them: Come As You Are
    Favourite song: Big Long Now

    The Offspring
    First song heard: Pretty Fly (seriously... what did you expect?)
    Song that got me into them: Have You Ever
    Favourite song: Get It Right

    Burzum
    First song heard: War
    Song that got me into them: War
    Favourite song: My Journey to the Stars

    Emperor
    First song heard: I Am The Black Wizards
    Song that got me into them: Ye Entrancemperium
    Favourite song: Ye Entrancemperium

    Alexisonfire
    First song heard: Pulmonary Archery
    Song that got me into them: Pulmonary Archery
    Favourite song: Jubella

    Strapping Young Lad
    First song heard: Love?
    Song that got me into them: Relentless
    Favourite song: Underneath the Waves

    The Blood Brothers
    First song heard: Peacock Skeleton With Crooked Feathers
    Song that got me into them: see above
    Favourite song: Rats and Rats and Rats for Candy

    At the Drive-In
    First song heard: One Armed Scissor
    Song that got me into them: see above
    Favourite song: Starslight

    The Mars Volta
    First song heard: Televators
    Song that got me into them: Inertiatic ESP
    Favourite song: Take The Veil Cerpin Taxt

    Sonic Youth
    First song heard: Teen Age Riot
    Song that got me into them: Silver Rocket
    Favourite song: Protect Me You