Sunday, November 30, 2008

Sunday afternoon mega post!

Here are some really great records...

Beestings - Where It Goes
My boy Kelly put this out, so I expected it to be sweet, but what the fuck. This record has been out for almost a year and a week hasn't gone by that I haven't listened to it at least 2 or 3 times. Check this out if you like Minus The Bear, Sharks Keep Moving or any of that kind of stuff.

Try it
Buy it


Good Luck - Into Lake Griffy
I checked this record out because I heard they were coming through Albuquerque and fell in love with it on its first rotation. You can't deny that Matty Pop Chart's voice is cute as shit, and man, I had no idea he could shred so hard. There is a lot of really intricate guitar work on this album. I'm glad he put down the acoustic and started a punk band. Such a good album.

Try it
Buy it


Algernon Cadawallader - Some Kind Of Cadawallader
Lastly, my boy Benostasy turned me on to this band last night. I found this LP and what the fuck... Where did this band come from? This album is total Cap'n Jazz worship. It's soooo good. It's finding exciting new stuff like this that makes me remember how fun talking about bands with friends is.

Try it
Buy it

Hope you enjoy these records!
- Joaquín

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Says The Day

This is my very first high quality Myspace rip. How exciting. Anyways, this is a teaser track off of the new Two Tongues album. It's two of the dudes from Saves The Day and two of the dudes from Say Anything. If you like either of those bands you'll probably be into this. It's like a heavier sounding Saves The Day. I really love Chris Conley's voice as of late. He has a really great falsetto.

Two Tongues - Crawl

- Joaquín

Friday, November 28, 2008


Tomorrow, we start recording the first He Whose Ox is Gored EP. Three, maybe four songs will be tracked, splits out soon. Also, the new MXR Classic Distortion is rad. Essentially it's just a Distortion III with a newer black casing, but it sounds like fucking butter on tube amps. $29.99 at Guitar Center right now, pick one up.


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

i make music by myself.

yeah, this is spam. deal with it. i make music by myself in my apartment. i play all the instruments and do all the recording myself. people seem to like it, and i want more people to like it, i guess that's why i'm posting about it here. fans of mountain goats, owen, city on film, the rentals, and mouth of the architect take note. follow this link and be my myspace friend or i'll murder your family:

*** yeti hands ***

- love, detroit

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Until Your Heart Stops

If you live in Albuquerque, you absolutely need to go see this band on December 30th at Telos. Anyways, here's their first EP with a bonus track tacked on the end of it. It's fucking awesome and one of the better hardcore releases to come out this year. I can't wait for future material from this band.

Until Your Heart Stops - EP
Until Your Heart Stops on Myspace

Also, I'm not just saying they rule because their guitar player is my e-boyfriend, either.

- Joaquín.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Power pop mega post!

After seeing a wonderful little power pop relic over on our friend Todd's blog, Primitive Future, I dug up a couple of my favorite releases of the power pop persuasion. A classic, a more recent classic and something new. Anyways, if you're feeling particularly young, loud and/or snotty today, give these pieces of ear candy a spin or two.

The classic:

You're probably familiar with Blondie's cover of "Hangin' On The Telephone." The Nerves' version is so much more, I don't know, adolescent? Jack Lee seems so much more desperate in their version. It's not often that someone releases a record this influential and just disappears like Lee has. Oh well, he left this work of wonder behind and I'm not complaining.

The Nerves - Self-Titled

The new classic:

In a true punk rock fashion, these boys put out a couple of well received singles. Released an amazing record and FUCKING DIED. They flipped their van in 2003 and lost 3 members. Romantic, right? Sticking with the adolescent theme, this record will definitely make you want to throw a leather jacket on, sniff some glue and tell your principal to fuck off.

The Exploding Hearts - Guitar Romantic

The new:

Coincidentally, Busy Signals is an Exploding Hearts b-side although the band swears up and down that they didn't take the name from the song. Their newest long player is on the same label as the Hearts' Guitar Romantic, too. Not to make comparisons, or anything. The Busy Signals sound more like Fastbacks than anything the Hearts ever touched. A more power poppy Fastbacks, and fuckin' a, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

The Busy Signals - Self-Titled

- Joaquín

Canada Songs

This album is amazing if you are into tweak/noise grind. If you like See You Next Tuesday, Psyopus or Robinson you'll love these guys. They may be super hectic and almost frantic at times but they also groove it out with these weird riffs that are extremely catchy. Check this album out even if that doesn't sound appealing to you, in my opinion acquired tastes always taste the best.

Daughters - Canada Songs

- KyleTGR

Nothing Feels Good

Man! Now that I've been hanging out in my room, I can plug into my external hard drive which means this week has been a nineties emo extravaganza. Anyways, chances are you probably have or have already heard this album, but fuck it. If you haven't heard it, you'll most likely love it if you like Kinsella sounding stuff. I hope this record makes you feel as good as I do right now. Word.

The Promise Ring - Nothing Feels Good

- Joaquín

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Gotta let you know girllllllllll

To keep up with the feel good joints posts, I present you "Let's groove" by the almighty Earth wind and fire. At their best, EWF were untouchable. These dudes were basically the slipknot of the 70's/80's in the sense that they had 13 members with 5-6 of them doing percussion, the key difference being that they exploded out of pyramids & were suspended upside down while wearing sweet ass space suits or crucial african garments instead of having severed cow heads on stage. Also, I've NEVER seen a band more excited and happy to play their own music, you could tell they were fucking feelin' what they wrote, & speaking of writing, this song is pretty much perfect, The pacing & instrumentation are pure gold, and this video is super ridiculous. Their singer is balding hard, but that doesn't stop him from his sexual seduction and bedroom eyes faces. The only way another guy could pull that off is if Kevin Spacey sang for Earth wind and fire (which would fucking rule). If you listen to these guys for over ten minutes and aren't in a good mood afterwards, then I don't know what the deal is with you. So, enjoy:

-Brian Gaiser

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Listen to these albums this week

Here's a few good albums I've been listening to lately. Click the album title to download.

Mind Eraser - Conscious Unconscious
One of the heaviest albums of the year.

The Doobie Brothers - Toulouse Street
Has some awesome hits on it your dad probably loves. If you hung out with your dad a lot, you probably love them too.

Hum - Downward Is Heavenward
Heavy and melodic down-tempo rock. My ideal band.

Talking Heads - More Songs About Buildings and Food
This album is insane. I don't understand how they came up with their ideas. The original "weird" punk band.

- Google Nick

Monday, November 10, 2008

The perfect 7-inch?

Try it.
Buy it somewhere.

A couple of weeks ago I found myself at Burt's Tiki Lounge in good ole downtown Albuquerque for a show (the band who headlined that night's name is escaping me at the moment). It was at this show that I received a couple of flyers for a few upcoming punk shows from a few bearded, and sick might I add, dudes.

Being the nosey person I am, I overheard another flyer recipient ask what one of the bands sounded like, to which the bearded individual responded something along the lines of, "Oh, they sound like a mix of *insert other band name here* and Oroku." The flyer recipient then asked the bearded individual what Oroku sounded like, to which the bearded individual replied something along the lines of, "They sound like Tragedy, but better."

This is when your boy, T-$, chimed in with his $0.02. Never having been quite the crust connoisseur myself, but having heard both Oroku's and Tragedy's recorded output, I had to kindly disagree. Of course the bearded individual felt differently and begun asking his friends if they agreed with him, which most of did (one of them actually saying that Tragedy was better depending upon your choice of clothing).

After hearing many of their arguments, most of which were just insane, I asked, in reference to their "Can We Call This Life" EP, "Well, has Oroku put out the perfect 7-inch?"

I do realize that declaring said EP "perfect" is quite the bold statement, but really, it is. I can't ever not listen to it just once, mainly because it is short, but also because it's so rad.

"What does it sound like," you ask? Essentially, it is a record by whom I consider to be one of the best hardcore punk bands to ever have existed (yeah, I said it.), so you know what to expect: somewhat melodic, somewhat Japanese-influenced, somewhat dark, crusty hardcore punk. If you haven't heard it, download it and rock the F out. If you have heard it, agree with me and sing your praises, or tell me that Tragedy is overrated and that His Hero Is Gone was better. Either way, I'm air drummin'.

- Tyrone

The Ocean and the Sun

     The past few releases of The Sound of Animals Fighting has been a disappointment for me. I think this time around the band has really redeemed themselves for their final release, The Ocean and the Sun, released on Epitaph records. This album is perhaps their most experimental and most powerful one yet and just as good, if not better, than their first EP: Tiger and the Duke. Favorite tracks are Cellophane, The Heraldic Beak Of The Manufacturer's Medallion, Uzbekistan and Another Leather Lung. This is definitely one of my favorite releases this year. Members of Rx Bandits and Circa Survive. If you have heard this band before and disliked it or got tired of them like I did, give this a listen.

The good: they got rid of Craig Owens and lost a lot of members.
The bad: worthless intermissions.
Rating: 8/10

Try it.
Buy it.

- C. Coco

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Clap your hands and hold your shorty.

They just don't make songs like this anymore. If you know of any songs that make you feel this good, please feel free to post them.

- Joaquín

Even if there was a God it would fucking hate this planet

Okay so I have a few things to go over, bear with me. First is the new album "Horoskopus" by Seattle's Book of black earth. I have been following them since their formation from former members of the awesome & absurd black metal meets power violence Teen cthulhu & while I have always considered myself a fan, Horoskopus blows everything else out of the water & has had me hooked for the last month. This album is basically a melting pot of Death, crust, doom, punk & still a little black metal from their original sound. All of these influences are mixed perfectly & cohesively to create a monster of an album, & the fucking tones are amazing. This album is so unprocessed & distorted unlike most other metal band's clinical, air tight but lifeless recordings. These dudes have awesome lyrics too that analyze the origin of all religions back to the worship of the sun. I found this sweet interview here that has pretty in depth explanations of their lyrics & band, it's a decent read so check it out if you have 5.

Try it.

Buy it.

Second, is back up & running. I used to play this when I was 13-14 all the time so if you have some time to waste & want to enjoy a sweet game with some good laughs & a few awesome bands mentioned, play right here.

Lastly, I've been doing a DIY label called Circadian rhythm as a way of putting out Cd's, cassettes & LP's for my friend's bands that I really enjoy. I've been putting together a benefit compilation for animal rights, & it is going to be packaged with a sweet Vegan/Vegetarian cookbook & health guide & will feature allot of exclusive songs from some great bands around the world. So my girlfriend & i am compiling recipes, so I was hoping anyone who reads this & has a recipe for any vegan/vegetarian dishes/snacks etc would email me at you'll be fully credited in the booklet beside your recipe. It would mean the world to me so thanks a ton to anyone who sends me stuff! Also, if you think there are any sweet bands/musicians/visual artists I should hit up for this let me know. You can check out my stuff at the myspace page is still pretty new & being updated but you can check out the releases that are out or will be soon. Thanks!

Also be sure to pick up the new trap them album, I'll post about that later.

-Brian Gaiser

Friday, November 7, 2008

A Few Things.

So, it's been a while. Well, last week for Halloween, Will, Patrick, and I raged on down to see Torche, Coliseum, and clouds at El Corazon. The openers were cool but Torche absolutely destroyed. I got mad drunk and raged by relentlessly donkey-kicking the crowd through the entire set. I even convinced them to play Tales of Lolita. Holding on to the stage and headbanging, I tore all of the calluses off both hands, and left a bloody mess. Post show, I hung out a bit while Patrick aggressively weirded out all of Torche by inviting them to my house. They took off to party, but called at 2am looking for a place to stay and forcing me to clean my rather shit-holed apartment. Then they backed out. Not to be topped, I challenged them to a rage-off, and again denied. From the mouths of Torche themselves when I personally challenged their party abilities and cred, "Spread it." Next time, you heavy gay bastards, next time.

Then there was the election which brought the all-important...

Presidential Drinking Game:

Drink beer when: Goofy McCain clips are shown, Sarah Palin exemplifies her complete idiocy and ineptitude with Alaskan colloquialisms, polls close anywhere, race is mentioned at all, and/or when a new pundit is introduced.

Take shots when: Couric misspeaks, Hank Williams Jr. performs for McCain, anybody mentions a Democratic Filibuster-Proof Super Majority, and finally, when Obama wins.

So that was about a weeks worth of party packed into three hours. It was so surreal when the campaigns finally ended. I almost didn't believe we could do it. Early on, I speculated that we were going to have another four years of republicans because the democrats were so busy arguing about trying to sneak a black dude or a woman into office, that they would forget about the ignorant mass of Americans seemingly everywhere between the coasts. In the end, we did it and there was a fucking riot in the streets in Seattle. At one point, I opened my window and I could hear people screaming and raging in the streets from downtown. Someone later showed me a a picture of a city worker ghost riding a bus.

All of the tension over the election was starting play on everyones' mind here. I even had a dream about Obama riding a miniature horse like a jockey down at the track to boost the Asian stock market last night. Glad that shit's over. Now I see why some people smoke weed every single day, thinking this much is a chore. Fuckit.

In the meantime, Jem and I have been trying to find a new roommate since my longtime semi-rage partner Kelsey has moved out. In a moment of poor judgment, I posted a very vague ad with my phone number on craigslist about a very cheap room for rent on Capitol Hill. Since Tuesday at 8AM, I have fielded over 50 emails, at least 20 calls, and a gaggle of weirdos stopping by. We're now thinking of filming a documentary about screening these people to see who wants to live in our walk-in closet.

Now, I'm going to drink until I forget all of this.


Monday, November 3, 2008

Sickest radio show evar...

The dude who runs one of our sister blogs, The Horrible And The Miserable, has his very own radio show that premiers tonight at midnight. It's gonna be all hardcore/punk/indie stuff, so if you're online tonight at midnight, go over to the KAMP website and have a listen. Their request line is (520) 621-5806. You can even reach their request line via IM, their SN is KAMPrequest for AIM and iChat. Anyways, I'll be listening and you should to. Party.

P.S. Evan, and I talked about how awesome the dudes in the Ramones, Teenage Bottle Rocket, etc. look in all their press photos. We ended up attributing that coolness to their leather jackets. Well, Evan recently bought one and may I say, he looks like a bad ass.

- Joaquín

Sunday, November 2, 2008

RIP Frank Navetta

"We're very sorry to announce that founding member of the Descendents, and close friend Frank Navetta passed away on October 31, 2008 after becoming ill over the course of a few days. This is obviously a huge loss for the Descendents family. His contribution to the band, and to music in general can not be overstated. Frank will be truly missed. We will share information about memorial services when we find out." -

This is fucking heartbreaking. What might have once been a fun pass time to Frank Navetta ended up shaping my adolescence, not to mention the way I play and write music. I hope everyone who reads this blog will celebrate his work with me.

Descendents - Bonus Fat

Descendents - Milo Goes To College

- Joaquín

Saturday, November 1, 2008

hey, if you haven't already, vote.

this is seriously the absolute most important election of our generation.


richard lewis knows it.

love, detroit