Thursday, September 30, 2010

Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross "The Social Network" Soundtrack/Score

So I had to post this up quick because is offering a promotional price of only $2.99 for this soundtrack for 48 hours starting 12:01am PT on 9/28! That's 19 tracks and over an hour of music for only 3 bucks! You can't go wrong! I'm still enjoying the soundtrack Atticus Ross did for "The Book of Eli" and I liked Trent Reznor's instrumental opus "Ghosts" so much that I bought the digital version AND the 4 LP record. This collaboration ranges between the two styles of both artists and everywhere between, sounding very indie rock one minute and club electronic the next, and sounding their best when sticking to the industrial sounds of NIN or the Post Rock classical ambience of Atticus.

If you're still not convinced to spend $2.99 the Nine Inch Nails website is offering a 5 track free sampler for download. If you miss out on the promotional price you can still buy the entire digital album on the NIN site for $5 in any format, even FLAC! You can also pre-order the CD, HD Audio Blu-ray disc, or the 2LP 180 gram record which all come with an immediate free download of the album. Take a listen to the sampler and if you like what you hear head on over to before time is up. If anything I hope this exposes more people to the beautiful music of Atticus Ross, his soundtrack for "The Book of Eli" movie is fast becoming one of my favorite modern scores. Check the links below:

Get the Free Sampler and Pre-order Here: NIN: The Social Network Soundtrack

Buy the Soundtrack for only $3 Here: (* I knew I had to be quick, the deal is over but you can still get it for $5 at the link above)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Actual Proof – The Free EP (FreEP)

Sooooooooo I’m a little late with posting the rest of the 9th Wonder-related stuff but there’s one good thing to come from it; you’ll now be getting a full release from these guys instead of the couple of songs I was originally going to post. Actual Proof is a dope trio hailing from North Carolina who are the latest to come from 9th Wonder’s Jamla/The Academy label. Awhile back I posted some free music from Rapsody who is another artist hailing from NC and the Jamla/The Academy label. Chances are if you liked her stuff then you’ll definitely dig Act Proof, their flows are similar and their production have that 9th-tinged sound to it that matches them perfectly. They currently have a Free EP out (although since it clocks in at 11 tracks I’d personally consider this a full album) which you’ll find the download link for below after the video. These guys are real cool peoples and real down to earth and mellow and their music reflects that as well. There’s not much more I can say about them that their bio can’t say better so I’ll leave ya’ll with that, the video for their song "Genius" and the FreEP:

"Being raised in the projects, streets, or trailer parks have historically laid the foundation for dope emceeism. We now have Actual Proof that epic beats, lyrical acuity, and unique style knows no geographical limits. This trio consists of three beatmakers and two emcees, raised in Raleigh, North Carolina and bred on classic soul, funk, jazz, and hip hop. Producers Amp and Sundown founded Actual Proof as a production team- a crew of beatmakers who did it for the love of the music. "We combine musical genres of hip hop, soul, R&B, and jazz into our own unique style," says Amp. His sound is an epic one- he masterfully mixes the simple drama of all the genres that the Actual Proof sound is influenced by. Enigma, Amp’s younger brother, was a student at N.C. Central University and all three would visit 9th Wonder's Hip Hop in Context course on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

During a conversation after class, 9th found out they were major Talib Kweli fans and invited them to a free Kweli show in Brooklyn. “If y’all can get there, y’all can roll,” 9th told them. Sundown described the experience as “surreal.” “We stood up in bassline studios, met Kweli, Buckshot, the staff at Duck Down, Marco Polo, Young Guru...” He says of 9th, “He was our hero. Right before we met him, me and Amp were like, let's stop making beats.” Which would have proved to be the last thing that they should've done. Actual Proof has rocked the stage with artists like Big Daddy Kane and Nice & Smooth, and they plan to keep rocking stages, record stores, and the internet with their distinct brand of hip hop style. "I'm hoping that with hard work, dedication, drive...and dope music, Actual Proof can make some noise," Enigma says."

Download the FREE EP here: Actual Proof – The Free EP (FreEP)

Actual Proof Myspace:

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Kinky Notti Video "Succumb"

So this past weekend wasn't quite the "post extravaganza" I was expecting it to be but hopefully I can make up for it this week. It's been awhile since we've heard from Kinky Notti on the "IT" blog but they're back with the latest video from their "Succumb" album. The new video is quite different from their family friendly video for "Ghetto Love." It's a concept video that makes a lot more sense if you're familiar with the song and all in all it's a pretty dope video. Here's what Kink Not had to say about it:

"When a person succumbs to something they fail to resist pressure, temptation, or other influential forces. In our new video, we intend to portray those little voices in the minds of the starring characters, egging them on through each scene as they succumb, or give into, different impulses & particular situations. The approach was to shoot a more cinematic story, which is why we consider the joint to be more of a short film than a video. There's plenty of play on fantasy vs. reality throughout... more Lynchian in approach, expressing striking images-in-motion. Let's not forget the futuristic, blaring sound of the track itself, which makes for a beautiful blend that's sooooo Kink Not."

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Meaty Ogre & Crushcon7 - Sword [Review] + Free Tracks

You know what I like? Split 7 inches. They're a small cheap fix for my vinyl collecting habit and possible gateways to artists you might not normally come across. You know what I don't like? The fact that split 7 inches are normal for almost every genre other than Hip Hop. You know what I didn't know that I liked but actually like a lot now that I know about it and I know I like it? Split instrumental Hip Hop LPs.

Luckily for me, I found exactly that when I looked in my inbox today. Fieldwerk Records
sent me their latest in a series of split instrumental albums that began with February's "Canciones Modernas" featuring PNS and Zavala. This time around the production duties are split between Chicago's own Meaty Ogre and Crushcon7 for the 2nd release in the series entitled "Sword." I remember meeting Meaty Ogre years ago when he gave me a CDR copy of his album "Leo VS Pisces." The album impressed me with it's stark and melancholy beats and I looked forward to his future releases. His collaboration with fellow Chicago native Qwel became one of my favorite pairings for the rapper and I'm impatiently awaiting Meaty Ogre's upcoming collaboration with Mestizo & Isaiah Toothtaker "Human Suit."

The beats on Meaty Ogre's part of this album are more soulful and mellow than the dark tracks I'm used to hearing from him, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. This sound suits him well and I'm sure it's only one of many other facets to his production style. The standout tracks are the Madlib/9th Wonder-esque "Cloudy Head" and the double-speed, shuffle-drummed "Holding Hands of Time" in which he really gets to display his skills for drum chopping.

I admit I knew nothing about Crushcon7 before this release (one of the many advantages of having a split release) and I have to say his half impressed me the most. That was probably due to it's more upbeat nature and the fact that I had no expectations coming in. There's more distorted electric guitars and ambient parts to his tracks too, two things I personally dig alot. His lush, psychedelic-laced, spaced-out beats also tends to stand alone better than the sparse beats of Meaty Ogre. I don't miss hearing vocals when I listen to his tracks on Sword, which can be a good or bad thing depending on what these two are striving for. Although if the right MC or vocalist were to record over these Crushcon7 beats some unique and interesting results may occur.

That's not to say that Meaty Ogre's half is lacking. Because of his beats being less experimental it's more likely to fit a myriad of MCs or vocalists and therefore may have more universal appeal. Meaty Ogre's side definitely leans more towards the traditional and Crushcon7's definitely has more left field leanings. Overall this is a solid release worth picking up and listening to. Sword also features cuts from my buddy DJ Pratt so that's another reason to cop this release. You'll find 2 free downloads for "Cloudy Head" and "Memento Mori" below as well as links to where you can pick up the album. Enjoy:

Download Meaty Ogre's Track: "Cloudy Head" from the album Sword

Download Crushcon7's Track: "Memento Mori" from the album Sword

Meaty Ogre & Crushcon7 - Sword LP is available at:

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Like Rats 2010 7-Inch Free Download

At the beginning of the year I posted local hardcore/metal band
Like Rats Demo which was one of my favorite albums of last year. Like Rats is the brainchild of Primitive Future blog runner Todd Nief who wanted to combine the sensibility of Celtic Frost's riffing with a hardcore aesthetic, and so he started this band as a side project to explore those ideas. The band also features Andy Nelson of Weekend Nachos on bass and from my understanding was supposed to be a one-off venture. Luckily for us they decided to become a full on band and now they have a new 7 inch available.

You can pay whatever you want for a download of the release, or you can order the physical 7-inch vinyl which comes with a free download. You can also choose to just download it for free so no bitchin or moanin, just pick this up however way you want to and enjoy the crusty goodness (and a video of them performing the first track off their self-titled 7 inch):

Download or Buy here:

Monday, September 20, 2010

Adult Swim X Scion A/V "Metal Swim" Free Compilation

Damn, Adult Swim AND Scion continue to surprise me with their music-themed promotions and their newest collaboration is no exception. This FREE metal comp not only features bands which are pretty damn underground for a popular cable network and car company to work with, but the songs themselves are even rare and unreleased tracks from said bands. Shit where else are you gonna find songs from Ludicra, Death Angel, Red Fang, Zoroaster, Withered, Kylesa and more all for free? Say what you want about corporate America co-opting the underground, at least they're exposing great music to the masses which is way more than the radio does.

It's not like this comp is gonna make people run out and buy a Scion just because the company knows who Jesu, Isis and Boris is. And if this comp makes more people watch Adult Swim then more power to them, it's a great channel (although Robot Chicken really annoys the shit out of me lately.) And as far as I'm concerned, if Scion keeps offering free concerts from Talib Kweli, Redman, Yob, Neurosis etc that's fine with me too. Those free shows are great for people as broke as me, which are most of the people who attend (and you wonder how they think we'll be able to afford their cars?) Either way enjoy, this is a quality comp:

(*I just realized that Withered's track "Extinguished With The Misery" is actually a new track off their upcoming album "Dualitas." That fact definitely makes this a MUST download.)

Download Here: METAL Swim

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Chicago Thrash Ensemble - 7 Song EP [Free Download] + Vinyl

Chicago Thrash Ensemble. You can pretty much get everything you need to know about this band just from their name. CTE is a no-frills punk/thrash band with screaming hardcore vocals. They’re not your typical thrash revivalist band, they don’t wear jean jackets or white high tops and they don’t have guitar solos (and when I saw them live one member was even wearing a Propaghandi t-shirt.) Their 7 song EP is fast as fuck, full of riffs and is over before you know it.

The speed is probably due to the fact that this band features former members of local grindcore outfit Hewhocorrupts. The EP is all killer and no filler and is available for free download, but the real deal here is the vinyl release. It’s a one-sided 12″ with a screenprint on the b-side, is limited to 300 copies, and only costs $7 shipped. It even comes with a sheet of homemade baseball cards of the band members. Try to beat that deal. You can't. So don't listen to me, don't even try. Because you'll fail. Unless you manage to pick up a copy at one of their live shows. Then I think you may beat that deal. Maybe... I guess you'll get a chance to find out if you make it to the Venomous Concept/Nails show at the Double Door this coming Monday. Rad.

Download the highly recommended EP Here:
Chicago Thrash Ensemble 7 Song EP

Chicago Thrash Ensemble Myspace:

Buy the Vinyl at:

Venomous Concept, Nails,
Chicago Thrash Ensemble & Hate show
Monday, September 20, 2010 at 9:00pm

Double Door
1572 N Milwaukee Ave

Chicago, IL
$10 advance
$12 door

Friday, September 17, 2010

Cloudkicker - Beacons [Free Download]

So I just found this album from a band called "Cloudkicker" (not to be mistaken for the clothing line) which is actually a one man band. Ben Sharp plays all the instruments and programs all the drums and is from Columbus, Ohio. He plays heavy prog in the vein of later Mastodon with some Post Rock and a teensy bit of Mathcore thrown in for good measure. This guy is pretty much all over the place and it's actually a good thing, despite being instrumental and proggy his music doesn't sound too pretentious or overdone. He has a couple of EPs and a new album on his bandcamp for download (you can pay whatever or enter "zero" dollars for free downloads.) You can also purchase a physical CD of his new album "Beacons" for $10 which is shipping sometime next week. Also, be on the lookout for the oh-so-rare weekend posts from me because I'm feelin a bit post-happy right now. Enjoy, and goodnight:

Download Here:


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Godspeed You! Black Emperor Announce North American Tour!

A couple months back I mentioned that Godspeed You! Black Emperor was
reuniting and doing a short UK Tour and that I couldn't wait for them to announce a US tour. The time has finally come and dates have been announced with 2 of them in Chicago at the Metro! The band hasn't been in the US for over 7 years since their break up and 2003 tour so suffice to say I am ecstatically geeked for this. If you live ANYWHERE that's 4 hours or less away from any of these venues I HIGHLY suggest you make the trip. Thanks to inthebellyofawhale for the late night booty call heads up on this news:

Tour dates:

12/3 Minehead, UK - ATP Nightmare Before Christmas
12/4 Minehead, UK - ATP Nightmare Before Christmas
12/5 Minehead, UK - ATP Nightmare Before Christmas
12/7 Manchester, UK - Academy
12/8 Glasgow, Scotland - Barrowlands
12/12 Bristol, UK - Ansom Rooms
12/13 London, UK - Troxy
1/14 Paris, France - Charlie Parker @ Parc de la Villette
1/15 Brussels, Belgium - Cirque Royale De Bruxelles
2/16 Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
2/17 Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market
2/18 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
2/20 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
2/21 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
2/23 Los Angeles, CA - Music Box at the Henry Fonda
3/16 Brooklyn, NY - Masonic Temple
3/17 New York, NY - Church of St. Paul the Apostle
3/19 Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
3/20 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
3/22 Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
3/24 Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
3/26 Chicago, IL - Metro
3/27 Chicago, IL - Metro
3/29 Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre

Godspeed You! Black Emperor Website:

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Bruce Lamont's (Yakuza) Top 5 Restaurants In Chicago

Bruce Lamont is the lead singer/sax player for Chicago metal band Yakuza and a member of the band Bloodiest. These are his top five places to eat in Chicago as seen on the Deciblog:

5. Irazu Costa Rican food. Good and cheap. Plantains, oatmeal shakes and veggie taco boats!

4. Kuma's Yes, the burgers rule, the staff rules, but the two-and-half hour wait does not. Regardless when you get a spot at the bar or a table I still love to watch yuppies squirm when Goatwhore gets blasted over the speakers while eating.

3. Big Star So the owners of this somewhat swanky joint go into the heart of Pilsen and gather up a family to do their homemade tortillas while the meats they use are marinated like no other. Guacamole could be the best in town. They have a late night to-go window as well.

2. Vito and Nick's (honorable mention "Coalfire").Chicago pizza: a highly debated subject both with local residents and with folks from other parts of the world. Here is the deal once and for all; the Southside of the city has the best pizza hands down. Cracker thin crust, not a ton of cheese, sauce is not super sweet and has plenty of black pepper and oregano andYES it’s cut in mother fucking squares. Vito and Nicks is a great example of Chi-Pizza done right. Coalfire is a New England Brick oven-style (not Chi-style) and is one of the best offerings on the Northside. Eat it up.

1. Sultan's Market Falafel, shawarma, hummus and a killer salad bar. This is my go to place 4-5 days a week.

** Yakuza's Of Seismic Consequence is out now on Profound Lore Records. Click here to order.

Yakuza's Myspace:

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

These Monsters News + FREE Downloads

So the blokes from These Monsters are at it again, they've ALREADY finished writing their new album and will begin recording soon! These Monsters have also finally released their 2005 EP (which is apparently now titled "...are ruining our children's lives") in Japan. This EP was my introduction to the band waaaaaay back when a friend of a friend found them on Myspace and is my favorite release from the band. The saxophone on the EP has a jazzier more classical feel than on their latest release, the tracks were more ethereal and they were all instrumental. Even today the tracks still sound as haunting and epic as they did years ago. It's being distributed in Japan through Zankyo Records and is expanded with various live tracks. You can download some free tracks from that release as well as a couple of tracks from their latest release "Call Me Dragon" on their website. Chzeck the lzinks below:

Download FREE tracks & Listen to the EP Here: Free These Monsters Tracks

Order the Japan Version of the CD here: 2005 EP (Expanded)

Buy Call Me Dragon on iTunes: These Monsters - Call Me Dragon

These Monsters Myspace:

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Qwel & Maker - "Owl" Stream & Free Mix

Last I heard of Qwel was when he opened for Mos Def and "DOOM" at their Chicago show in February.
His solid set was one of the few highlights of that disastrous night and I remember wondering when we would be blessed with a new release from this prolific rapper. Little did I know that he and local producer “Maker” was already working on another collaboration album.

I had heard nothing about "Owl" prior to hearing the album snippets the other day so it really took me by surprise when I finally heard it. The Chicago-based duo has made a couple of albums together before this new release but this may be their strongest and most cohesive effort thus far. The stark, melancholy, funky & verbose tracks they've been known for are fully present here and this 3rd collaboration helps prove that these two have an undeniable chemistry that should be explored more often. And I'm not sure if it's Maker or another dj behind the decks but this album also has some of the best scratches I've heard in awhile.

There's tons of highlights on this album (the how-to-rap song "Cookie Cutter" could give eLZhi's "The Art of Patterns" Video a run for it's money) but you're lucky cuz you'll be able to listen to most of them thanks to the snippet mix they've put up for free download on their bandcamp. Listen to the album on G4's site and download their mix at the link below and remember to cop Qwel & Maker's album "Owl" on September 14, 2010.

Download the Snippet Mix Here: Qwel & Maker Bandcamp

Listen to the Snippets of the full album here: Owl Stream at

Listen to Black Milk's "Album of the Year"

Damn, first
Harvey Milk, then Thou, and now Black Milk? I always knew NPR was the shit but they've been killing it lately! You can now stream Black Milk's upcoming album "Album of the Year" in it's entirety on NPR's website, no snippets here! Here's an excerpt of what they had to say about the album and you can still get some free Black Milk tracks here (thanks to Vish for the heads up.)

"At first glance, the title of Black Milk's Album of the Year is a bit off-putting. Is this another self-aggrandizing hip-hop star claiming rap supremacy? The answer is no, as Black Milk (a.k.a. Curtis Cross) explains on the intro to "365." The new album is a reflection of the 365 days between the release of his last album (Tronic) and the day he handed in his new one. Cross' lyrics describe a year filled with success, temptation, loss, doubt and recovery; themes and emotions dispensed with both vulnerability and assurance. With syncopated internal rhyme schemes and some of the rapper's best wordplay to date, he doesn't sound cocky — just confident."

Stream "Album of the Year" here:
Black Milk - Album of the Year

Friday, September 03, 2010

Trap Them starts new website: ""

So Trap Them have started a new website to document the recording process of their new album. Their last release, the Filth Rations EP, was a good way to tide us over but all it did was make me hungry more. Trap Them will return to Kurt Ballou's studio Godcity to record the follow up to their highly acclaimed album "Seizures in Barren Praise." Their crusty combination of Swedish death metal & grind will no doubt lead to another solid banger of an album and hopefully it will make up for them canceling their Maryland Death Fest appearance. Here's what they had to say on the first post of their new site:

"In less than a week, Trap Them will head back to Godcity in Salem, Massachussettes with Kurt Ballou, once again, behind the boards. At this point, we consider it a yearly ritual.

In the next few weeks, there will be a fat bastard's handful of Trap Them news regarding our Prosthetic Records debut LP and upcoming tours.
And other stuff.....mostly illegal.

This site is an attempt to thoroughly document not only the recording process of the band, but the entire album cycle.
Updates will be posted as much as possible, starting September 8th, when we step foot back in that little brick building.

Until then.......get your torches lit."

Trap Them Website:

Trap Them Myspace:

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Riot Fest Chicago 2010: October 6 - 10

This fest probably has enough press already but fuck it, I likes me my fests (as long as it's not Lollapalooza and 80% of every Pitchfork Fest.) Practically an entire week of metal, punk and hardcore bands all playing at different venues in the great city of Chicago. October is gonna be a motherfucker for shows, there's the Slayer/Anthrax/Megadeth show, the Swans Show, the Envy show on October 8th, a free Thrones show at the Bottle, Ehnahre... and now all these fucking shows for Riot Fest too. No rest for the wicked I suppose. If you're in Chicago (or able to make the road trip) you'll be able to see Bad Religion, Corrosion of Conformity, Anti-Flag, Propagandhi, Cro-Mags, Negative Approach, Agnostic Front and more playing at the Metro, Double Door, Subterranean, The Congress, Cobra Lounge or the House of Blues. There's even some secret shows set up for the three & five-day ticket holders only. Yowza. Fight me at the High on Fire/Kylesa/Torche show at the Metro on 10/10. Full lineup after the jump: