Friday, September 28, 2007

Who the fuck am I kidding?

Dude. I don't have time for this blog. Seriously. And on top of that, I don't really even like music. Come on, music? Please. I'm gonna leave this piece in the dust. Over the next couple of weeks I'm gonna probably start a new one of these guys. It won't just be about music. I can't just write about music. I like 6 bands. Seriously. Ok, I'll see you guys later.


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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Pet Genius

Yeah, it was definitely a bummer when Stephen Brodsky put an end to his first post-Cave In band, The Octave Museum. But it took a mere few weeks for him to resurface with another project. This one is called Pet Genius and it also features J.R. Conners who was also in Cave In.

This shit proves that Stephen Brodsky is some sort of super-human. Everything he touches turns to sonic gold. He could probably stand in front of a microphone and make armpit farts and it would come out sounding like the most beautiful music anyone has ever heard.

The first song on the site is called "Man of the Mountain" and I can't stop listening to it. It starts out with some West Coast-style stoner metal and then abruptly turns into a pretty acoustic folky pop song with trademark Brodsky vocal harmonies and weird spacey guitars. The lyrics are kinda stupid, but this dude smokes tons of dope so lay off. And besides, The Beatles wrote really stupid lyrics and everyone seems to like them just fine.

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Monday, July 30, 2007

It's about time.

CLOUDS are FINALLY going on a U.S. tour, with labelmates and Chicago locals Pelican, no less. I'd like to think this decision has something to do with Kenny and I telling Adam that he needed to do this for us when we talked to him in the Spring.

The final stop is in Chicago at the Beat Kitchen on August 24th.

Speaking of Clouds, expect the Clouds/Zozobra interview to finally be up sometime this week.

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Friday, July 27, 2007

Whoa I'm back.


I haven't written a substantial update in this thing for months! I've been super busy, and the 18+ staff underwent some changes. I guess what's happening is Kenny left so now this thing is solely mine. Hope you don't miss him too much

I'm going to keep 18+ updated regularly. Expect record reviews, show reviews, music news and commentary, and general shit-talking.

So, now for my first post back, five records that have come out in the past few months that need some reviewing. Enjoy!

Shellac, Excellent Italian Greyhound
Shellac’s first record in like a decade. Obviously it’s awesome. Actually, probably their best work since At Action Park if you can believe that. Worth buying, even though half of the record is just a drumbeat.

Pelican, City of Echos
This sounds more like old Pelican than new Pelican, but is way better than new Pelican but still not nearly as good as old Pelican. Make sense? The songs have cool parts but they're short and kind of disjointed. What this band really needs to do is fire their drummer and start taking downers again.

White Stripes, Icky Thump
There’s not much to say about this record that hasn’t been said already: “return to form,” “more accessible,” “Jack White’s shinning moment?” blah blah blah. If you really care about this band you’ve probably had this thing for six months so why are you even bothering to read this?

Interpol, Our Love to Admire
I hate admitting it, but I really like Interpol. The problem is that their first two albums were really half-and-half. Half of the songs were great, the other were totally snoozefests. This might be Interpol’s best record so far: all of the songs are great and they seem to ripping off Joy Division and Bauhaus and lot less. But saying “a lot less” isn’t really saying much at all. This shit sounds just like Joy Division and Bauhaus.

Bad Religion, New Maps of Hell
I don’t give a fuck about how many dweeby 15-year-old skateboard pizzafaces love Bad Religion. This band has been kicking out solid punk rock for longer than I’ve been alive. The lineup right now is unreal too: Brian Baker of Minor Threat and Dag Nasty? Awesome! Greg Hetson of the Circle Jerks? That’s what I’m talking about! Brooks Wackerman of the Suicidal Tendencies? Fuck yeah, bro!! Basically this sounds like everything else Bad Religion has ever done, so it’s awesome.

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Monday, June 11, 2007


.....We're just a couple of busy dudes.

So hold yer horses...within the next couple of weeks we'll be back with a full-blown update and then a ton more after that. We know you've missed us, so we're about to satisfy all your wants and needs very soon.

See ya in a couple of weeks, losers.

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Thursday, April 05, 2007

"The Lost Tracks of Danzig"

Holy shit! A new Danzig release!

On May 29th, "The Lost Tracks of Danzig" will drop like it's hot. This is a double-disc set of b-sides and rarities, spanning the band's entire career so far. Yeah, yeah, I know shit got a little weak after "Lucifuge" but this it still bound to have some kick-ass songs on it. Included are "Pain is Like an Animal" and "When Death Had No Name" which are actually two late Samhain songs which got turned into the first two Danzig songs. Glenn's taking us way back on this one!

If you're interested, here's the track list:

  1. Pain Is Like An Animal
  2. When Death Had No Name
  3. Angel of the Seventh Dawn
  4. You Should be Dying
  5. Cold, Cold Rain
  6. Buick McKane
  7. When Death Had No Name
  8. Satans Crucifiction
  9. The Mandrake's Cry
  10. White Devil Rise
  11. Come to Silver (Acoustic)
  12. Deep
  13. Warlok
  1. Lick the Blood Off My Hands
  2. Crawl Across Your Killing Floor
  3. I Know Your Lie
  4. Caught In My Eye
  5. Cat People
  6. Bound by Blood
  7. Who Claims the Soulless
  8. Malefical
  9. Soul Eater
  10. Dying Seraph
  11. Lady Lucifera
  12. Under Belly of the Beast
  13. Unspeakable Shango Mix
Yeah, that doesn't mean a goddamn thing to me either. Here is what I can tell you though: "Cat People" is a fucking David Bowie cover. Even more exciting is the fact that "Caught in My Eye" is goddamn GERMS cover! That is bound to be worth the price of admission alone. In case you didn't already know, Danzig fucking rules, so you should probably stop being such a pussy and buy this shit once it hits stores.

P.S.- Your fashion-mullet and ironic mustache look fucking ridiculous.

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

I'm finna tell you why...volume 3

You should be listening to: Boris
Two dudes and a little lady from Japan make up Boris and are killing it so hard right now. Whether it’s a hour-long drone/doom masterpiece of a three-minute long Motorhead-esque rocker, Boris can do no wrong. I swear to god, the Japs are the master race. Just listen to “Feedbacker.” 45 minutes of fuzzy Pink Foyd-inspired psych mixed with bombastic explosions of drums and squeeling guitar solos. Boris rules.

But instead you’re listening to: The Go! Team
Why: Because you think if you say you listen to this band, the pixie-haired cutie in your “Intro to Poetry” class will think you’re cool. In reality, she’ll find out you like The Go! Team and think you’re a total panty-waist.

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