Thursday, December 30, 2010

Idol Threat's Top 5 Shows/Festivals of 2010


It's finally here! I'm going to kick off my string of "year end list" posts with Idol Threat's Top 5 Shows of 2010. I don't think I attended more shows in one year than I did this past year and yet it was still just a small fraction of the amount of shows that actually occurred in 2010. So keep that in mind if you disagree with any of the shows I picked (and if you have no opinion of the list whatsoever it may be a sign that you need to attend more shows in the future.)

There was alot of amazing shows that I considered for the list; Anthrax's last tour with Slayer & Megadeth, the Floor reunion show, my first time seeing Envy and seeing Unsane perform "Scattered, Smothered & Covered" were definite highlights of my year, but the following 5 shows each had something special that gave them the edge over all the others. So without further ado here is Idol Threat's Top 5 Shows/Festivals of 2010. Oh yeah, Rock the Bells didn't come to Chicago so they're automatically out of the running. Click the jump to see the list:


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Happy 88th Birthday to Stan Lee!!!


The creator of many beloved Marvel Comics Characters turns 88 today! Excelsior!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Smif n Wessun & Cookin Soul present “Stockin Stuffers” (Hood Xmas) Mixtape



Merry Christmas everybody! Tek & Steele aka Duck Down's own Smif N Wessun teamed up with Cookin Soul to give you this free mixtape for the holidays. This dropped yesterday but I was too lazy to post it up. Now I just gotta muster up enough energy to shovel my car out of the 8 inches (it was more like 2 feet) of snow it's buried in. Damn.

"BET YALL DID NOT SEE THIS ONE COMING! HO HO HOES! OUR SPECIAL XMAS GIFT IS HERE! THE PNC BOYS, SMIF N WESSUN BRING YOU THE RAPS, OVER COOKIN SOUL BEATS SAMPLIN XMAS CAROLS = HOOD CLASSIC! MERRY XMAS TO EVERYBODY!!!"

Download Here: “Stockin Stuffers” (Hood Xmas) Mixtape


Buy Smif N Wessun Music Here: http://www.duckdown.com/


Cookin Soul Site: http://www.cookinsoul.com/

Monday, December 20, 2010

EARTH - Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 1 to be Released Next Year



I was waiting for more details or some samples to surface before I shared this post but nothing new has come up so I figured it would be fitting to put this up after my last post. Earth has just announced that they will release a new album next year, one of 2 new albums from the legendary drone band to be released in 2011. The album is called "Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 1" and the artwork (above) is absolutely amazing. This will be their first studio album since 2008's
The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull. The album has a release date of February 7, 2011. Check the Press release:

"Earth is pleased to announce the arrival of a new album. Coming February 2011 from Southern Lord Records, we welcome
Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light: I. Produced and recorded at Avast Studios in Seattle,Washington by Stuart Hallerman (notable engineer behind Earth 2), this new album features the following line-up.

Adrienne Davies – trap kit and percussives
Dylan Carlson – electric guitar and devices
Lori Goldston – cello and devices
Karl Blau – electric bass guitar"

Earth Website: http://www.thronesanddominions.com/

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Mona De Bo - Nekavejies, Sis Ir Speles Ar Tevi and S/T Album [Free Downloads]



Mona De Bo is from Latvia of all places and was formed in 2005. They started off as a duo consisting of guitarist Edgars Rubenis and drummer Edgars Eihmanis and played garage/indie rock for their self-titled 2008 debut. They have since expanded their line-up and changed their style dramatically for their follow up album 'Nekavējies, Šīs Ir Spēles Ar Tevi' ('Don't Hesitate, You're Already Part of It') which was released on March 12 of this year. The new line-up now includes an organ, French horn, trombone and a double bass. The extra instrumentation also comes with a style change and they definitely have made a change for the better.

Their new style has them being compared to Drone legends "Earth," though for the most part they resemble the Hex-era Earth more so than the Special Frequency Version (minus the Americana influence.) I'm really digging the blend of the horns with the droning guitars, it gives the tracks an orchestral, classical feel that helps separate them from all the other Earth & Sunn O))) clones. They manage to forge their own voice that is lush, subtle, dynamic and beautiful. This album and their garage rock debut are both available for free download on their site. I HIGHLY recommend this album.

Here is an excerpt from their bio:

"Mona De Bo is a Latvian band playing a blend of slowcore, drone, and free-noise rock. The band was started as a guitar and drums in Rīga, Latvia in 2005. The band released its self-titled debut LP in 2008. It comprised 10 songs in Latvian delivered in a garage/experimental manner. The band's second album 'Nekavējies, Šīs ir Spēles Ar Tevi' (Don't Hesitate, You're Already Part of It') was written and recorded during the summer 2009. It exhibits a strong departure from their early garage rock sound as the music has become much slower in tempos and thicker in tones. The band decided not to restrict themselves to their usual guitar/vocals/drums set-up and to try a different instrumentation instead: the densely orchestrated sound was achieved by the addition of an organ, another guitar, trombone, french horn, and double bass. Stylistically 'Nekavējies.' pays homage to the drone-doom of Earth and Sunn O))) and blends it with occasional free-jazz drumming and noise assaults evoking Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine."

Download the New Album here: Nekavejies, Sis Ir Speles Ar Tevi

Download their Self-Titled Debut: Mona De Bo

Website: http://monadebo.com/

Monday, December 13, 2010

RIP Chuck Schuldiner 1967-2001


On this day 9 years ago the great Chuck Schuldiner, singer/guitarist for legendary death metal band Death & Control Denied, died from a tumor. Many believed that he would have survived if he was able to raise the funds needed for surgery early on. His health insurance would not cover the surgery since it was a pre-existing condition, a tragic turn of events and a scathing commentary on American health care. Chuck is often called the Father or Godfather of Death Metal and took the genre to new frontiers with his band Death, which is still one of my favorite bands. His death is a reminder of how many band members and participants of the arts are lacking health insurance, celebrate this man's legacy by playing a Death record today and listen to his mother Jane & get health insurance if you can. RIP Chuck.


Friday, December 10, 2010

The Artifacts Reunite, Talk Reunion Tour


That's right you heard correctly, The Artifacts have decided to reunite after a couple of performances including one at the closing of the FAT BEATS Store in L.A. For those that are unfamiliar The Artifacts is a Hip Hop duo from New Jersey that burst into the scene in the mid 90s with the grafitti writers anthem Wrong Side of Da Tracks. El Da Sensei and Tame One's innate chemistry and hard-as-fuck production by Buckwild of the legendary Diggin in the Crates crew and T-Ray from the Soul Assassins collective made their debut album "Between a Rock and a Hard Place" an instant classic. Hopefully full details for the tour will surface soon but for now check the interview from fairfieldweekly.com:

"The Artifacts were a thing of the past — a part of underground hip-hop history. Known for their two albums, 1994’s Between a Rock and a Hard Place and 1997’s That’s Them (and their biggest hit, “Wrong Side of Da Tracks”), the Newark-based duo split up in 1998. El Da Sensei and Tame One continued their careers as solo artists.

The breakup wasn’t bitter; they just decided to record separately. A little over two years ago, however, at the Rock Steady Crew’s 31st anniversary party, they found themselves together on stage again, and they really liked it. They performed together again at the Rock Steady Crew’s 33rd anniversary show and at the closing week of the legendary hip-hop record store Fat Beats in L.A. Something became apparent to both of them — it was time to bring The Artifacts back.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Coffins Singles Collection "Ancient Torture" Due February 14, 2011


It’s no secret that Japanese Death/Doom band “Coffins” is one of my favorite acts so this news is particularly exciting for me. Coffins has been extremely prolific when it comes to comps, splits, etc., so much so that they were able to compile this 2XCD set of singles spanning 2005-2009. The collection is entitled “Ancient Torture” and will be released just in time for Valentines Day next year so ladies and fellas you now know what to get your loved ones. This 8-panel digipak release is being put out by Deepsend Records who will also be putting out a t shirt and a combo package of the 2 (which is what I’ll be getting myself for Valentines Day.) Coffins always has some brutal and beautiful album artwork so having the cover (drawn/designed by Mark and Mike Riddick) put on a t shirt is a definite plus, jump on these pre-orders fast because if their previous releases are any indication this 2XCD set will sell out quick.

Pre-Order Here: http://www.deepsend.com/

Coffins Website: http://www.coffins.jp/

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Scott Ian of Anthrax to write DC Comic's "Etrigan the Demon"



Scott Ian, legendary guitarist for thrash band Anthrax and avid comic book fan, has just announced that he will soon be writing a series for DC Comics based on their character "Etrigan the Demon." Scott Ian (
who played an AMAZING set on their tour with Slayer) apparently has already written for the comic company, he teamed up with famed artist Sam Keith last year to write "LOBO: HIGHWAY TO HELL." For the non-nerd acquainted Etrigan is a rhyming demon from hell and alter ego of Demonologist Jason Blood. No news on the plot of the series or the release date but we'll keep you posted.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Red Sparowes: Live @Hydrozagadka 9/27



The Red Sparowes have just posted a full live set from their late September show in Warsaw, Poland. It's lacking a bit of low end but it's a great recording otherwise. It's amazingly clear and high quality for what I'm assuming is an amateur/fan recording. For those that didn't see my previous post about their new album the Red Sparowes are an influential instrumental Post Rock group that includes former members of Halifax Pier, Angel Hair, Pleasure Forever and now defunct Post Metal legends Isis. Their frequent use of pedal steel guitar adds to the Americana influence that makes them so unique. Red Sparowes' music is epic and often more of an experience than mere songs and that experience is even more powerful live. This recording is a great overview of their catalog so download it now and buy one of their albums if you like what you hear.

Get it Free: Red Sparowes - Live at Hydrozagadka 9/27/10

Stream & Download the FLAC version or individual songs here: www.archive.org

Buy Albums Here: http://redsparowes.bandcamp.com/

Saturday, December 04, 2010

El-P Remixes Justin Beiber & Gives Out Free Unreleased Track From Megamixxx3



No April Fools has not come early, El-P really did remix Justin Beiber's song "Baby." He mashed it up with Paul McCartney and Wings' classic Live and Let Die. Apparently he did this at the urge of XLR8R magazine. It's actually pretty good except for the Justin Beiber "Baby" hooks that was left in. This came out about half a year ago but I figured I'd give it out now since he just put out a new track yesterday. “Lab Rat Bravely Escapes On Hovercraft Only To Crash Outside Of Gates” was originally intended to appear on his new instrumental album Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3 [purchase here] but wasn't released since the file was corrupted. Luckily El-P managed to fix it and has decided to give it out for free. This instrumental track is raw as fuck so cop the new Megamixxx3 album if you like what you hear here. 'Hear hear.'

Feel the Beiber: Right Click to Save Baby (El-P Death Mix)

Get it Free: Lab Rat Bravely Escapes On Hovercraft Only To Crash Outside Of Gates

And did you hear about the Co Flow Reunion?: Opening for Portishead

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Former SAINT VITUS Drummer ARMANDO ACOSTA Dead At 58


From Blabbermouth.net:

"The management for doom metal legends SAINT VITUS has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET that the band's former drummer, Armando Acosta, passed away Thanksgiving Day (November 25) at the age of 58.

Armando was one of the original SAINT VITUS members, having joined the group in 1979 when they were known as TYRANT. He was replaced in 2009 by the band's current drummer, Henry Vasquez.

When asked by The Obelisk in a January 2010 interview what caused the split between Acosta and SAINT VITUS, the band's guitarist, Dave Chandler, stated, "He's got some major health problems, and it's just restricting his playing. We had set up to do a really, really big show in France with 100,000 people, 80,000 — the Hellfest. We did Roadburn and like three German shows, and we were like, 'Man, you gotta get help, dude,' because we can't have something going on like this for the France thing, because that could open up a lot of doors for other things.' We played between HEAVEN & HELL and MÖTLEY CRÜE, so we couldn't have stuff screwing up. Hopefully he'll attend to it. We all hope that he does."

An official statement from Dave Chandler and SAINT VITUS regarding Acosta's passing is expected later today."


RIP

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Know Nothing - Live Bootleg 9/24/10




I saw this posted on a blog and it blew my mind! "Know Nothing" play blackened grindcore/powerviolence, with some sludge thrown in for good measure. I've posted this bootleg of one of their live shows; the recording isn't that great but it's DEFINITELY worth downloading since it's the only way to hear their stuff until they put out an official release. Their performance impressed me so much when I saw this video that it reminded me of the first time I saw "The Communion" (whom I mentioned in the previous post.) If their releases live up to the material in these videos and the bootleg then they are going to be one motherfucker of a band! Big ups to the Shadowkick blog for this:

Get it FREE: Know Nothing - Live Bootleg 9/24/10

Know Nothing Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/kn0wnothing

How to Tour in a Band or Whatever



Saw this on The Communion's Facebook page and thought I'd share it. Pretty much everything in this list is solid gold for people thinking about touring. This list was written by Thor Harris who is the percussionist for Shearwater and has played alot with "The Angels of Light" Michael Gira's 'other' band. Enjoy, and click the jump for the rest of the list (and a link to The Communion's Myspace. Seriously, check them out.)

1-Don’t Complain. Bitching, moaning, whining is tour cancer. If something is wrong fix it or shut the fuck up you fucking dick. goddamn.

2-If you fart, claim it.

3-Don’t Lose shit. Everybody loses shit. Don’t fucking do it. Asshole.

4-Don’t fuck anyone in the band. There are tons of people to fuck who are not in this band. Dumbass.

5-If you feel like shit all the time, drink less beer at the gig. You will play better & feel better. What are you… a child? Some have the endurance for self abuse. Most don’t.

6-Remember the soundman’s name. He will do a better job.

7- Eat oranges. Cures constipation & prevents colds.