Saturday, December 31, 2011

ShowYouSuck: One Man Pizza Party 2 – Mo Slices, Mo Problems

Here's another one from the homie ShowYouSuck. "Mo Slices, Mo Problems" is the sequel to his last mixtape "OneManPizzaParty" so you can definitely expect more pizza, more soup songs, more girl problems and more raps about everything. The record release show for OMPP2 is on Friday, January 13, 2012 at Reggie's Rock Club on 2105 South State Street, Chicago, IL. The show is only $5 before midnight and starts at 10:30pm so don't be late! This has been a big year for Show so let's celebrate by downloading this:

Download Everything: One Man Pizza Party 2 – Mo Slices, Mo Problems

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Comic Legend Joe Kubert Comes to C2E2 2012

That's right folks, Jack Kirby and Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Famer Joe Kubert will be attending next year's Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo! It's refreshing to see that C2E2 is continuing to snag comic legends at a time when Wizard World (Chicago's previous Comic Con giant) has been branching further out into the Sci Fi and TV genres leaving alot of comic creators and companies, such as Marvel and DC, noticeably absent.

Joe Kubert is mostly known for his work with DC's Hawkman and Sgt. Rock and is also the creator of the Harvey & Eisner award winning graphic novel "Fax from Sarajevo." Two of his sons, Adam and Andy Kubert, are also successful comic book artists as well. Mr. Kubert will do a panel and conduct signings at the show and in addition, The Kubert School, which he founded in 1976, will also have a booth at the show.

This is especially great news for Idol Threat since we've just received our Press Credentials for C2E2! Tickets are now on sale for a special, low Early Bird Price but ticket prices will increase to standard pricing after December 31, 2011 at 11:59 PM CST.

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Message Board Poster Hall of Fame #6

"Beef between Common and Drake Would be like a pillow fight between a koala bear and a baby seal."
-Eric B Is Prez, OkayPlayer Board

I got 5 bucks on the Koala. Aaaaaaandddd from the same thread...

"drake should sing his response to common"

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Common Confirms "Sweet" Was Originally a Drake Diss [Updated]

Everyone had their suspicions when this song first leaked and now it seems that during an interview with Shade 45's Sway in the Morning, Common confirmed that originally it was aimed at Drake. Chicago is killin it right now, I wonder how far this Drake Hate will go? Here's what Com had to say:

"Hey, he opened his mouth and said some things. So if he wants it, that’s what he wants, all that subliminal, you can do that too. But you might want to say that now," he said. "I mean, the verse is about me, but when you hear some stuff on the chorus, it’s like you can’t help but think about dude, and that’s what he felt. So at the end of the day, he fit in that category. He already embraced it, so wear it."

(Read the rest at

*Update – Apparently Drake’s Producer Noah Shebib aka 40 has some things to say on Twitter about Common in response to all this “Sweet” business. His Twitter moniker is @OVO40 and he claims he isn’t dissing but it’s pretty obvious that he’s taking shots at Com:

“I remember being called a bitch in grade 9 cause I had your cd. Good thing I also had 456 by kool g rap on me. Now that's real ;)”
Dec 20 via Twitter for iPhone

“After "one day it'll all make sense" came out I spent months arguing weather or not @common was hip hop. Everyone was saying it was too rnb.”
Dec 20 via Twitter for iPhone

“I'm not dissing, just facts. I love common. I also love swv and John b.”
Dec 20 via Twitter for iPhone

C’mon son, are you serious? You callin Common too soft and RnB? The beats you make sound WAY more RnB than any of Common’s shit, and you talking about being hard and you’re using a wink emoticon? Unless you’re G’s wife you should NEVER use a wink emoticon and Kool G Rap’s name in the same sentence! I’m beginning to think that owning Common’s cd wasn’t the real reason you were called a bitch in 9th grade.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Idol Threat's Top 10 Albums of 2010

Yes you read the title right, this is my list for the Top Albums of 2010. I’ve been getting all my year-end lists ready and remembered that I never actually put out my Top Albums of last year. I posted a list of the Top 10 Idol Threat Posts of 2010 which featured my best posts of the year but I never released my Top "Non-Free" Album picks of the year. I made the list at the end of last year but unfortunately I didn’t actually finish writing the post and it got lost in the mix. I’ll be posting the lists for this year real soon but before I do I wanted to finally get this out of the way, so here in no particular order is Idol Threat's Top 10 Albums of 2010. Click the jump to see the honorable mentions and the rest of the list.

Top 10 Albums of 2010:
Ruste Juxx & Marco Polo - The Exxecution
Ghostface Killah – Apollo Kids
Author & Punisher - Drone Machines
High on Fire - Snakes for the Divine
Julie Christmas - The Bad Wife

Little Women - Throat
Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
Man’s Gin – Smiling Dogs
Shining - Blackjazz
Thou - Summit

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Idol Threat 2011 Holiday Gift Guide Pt. 2

The Idol Threat Holiday Gift Guide was so popular that we decided to do a sequel in case people needed more help with their gift ideas. Some of these are alternatives to gifts from the previous guide while others are new ideas, and with Christmas & Hanukkah just around the corner the clock is ticking for those trying to get gifts shipped on time. Some may already know that yesterday was “Free Shipping Day” for tons of online retailers and many are extending the free shipping throughout the weekend. As of today Amazon’s free shipping says it can still get your gifts in on time for XMas but there’s always the 2 day or overnight shipping option if you're worried. Either way you’ll have to act quick, so here to help is Part 2 of Idol Threat's 2011 Holiday Gift Guide (and once again click on the "jump" for the rest of the 15 gift ideas):

For the Classy Music Lover:
Artpentry Gentleman’s Boombox ($ Varies)
Lets start the list off right with the ultimate luxury gift for music lovers - remember when boomboxes were cool? Well since those that are old enough to remember have matured its only right that the boombox mature with them. Enter Artpentry’s Gentleman’s Boombox, vintage suitcases altered with powered speakers that can play songs from your iPod or nearly any other device you have. Every boombox is handcrafted so each one is classy, one of a kind and really, really fucking cool. Go to Artpentry to pick one up right now or bring in your own suitcase to get converted.

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For the Serious Gamer:
Onlive Gaming System ($10-$160)
Online cloud storage is finally starting to take off with more companies (like Amazon with their Kindle Fire) even offering them for their devices. OnLive takes that a step further and gives you the ability to play video games so big they were previously only available on Video game systems or desktop computers. This lets serious gamers play brand new games such as Batman: Arkham City and L.A. Noire on your smartphone or tablet by streaming from their cloud. You can rent or buy these games and keep them stored on their site and they even sell their own controller so you can have the full gaming experience all on your tiny mobile device.

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For the Comfort Camper:
Selk'bag 4G Lite ($100)
Do you like camping but hate the restrictive confines of a sleeping bag? It’s understandable, not everyone likes feeling like a mummy or a caterpillar while they sleep. Now you can have your freedom without sacrificing warmth with this ingenious, body conforming sleeping bag. Walk, jump, roll around and sleep practically anywhere outdoors and you’ll still manage to stay warm as long as it isn’t colder than 45 degrees (or 35 degrees if you get the $160 “classic” version.) Or you can just walk around and pretend you’re an astronaut or the gingerbread man.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

MOTÖRHEAD Rings by The Great Frog

QUICK! Someone get me this ring! Or maybe The Great Frog should send me a free one for promoting their product!

Buy Here (Hint Hint):
The Great Frog, London

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Jean Grae - Cookies or Comas [Mixtape]

Whats this? A female MC who doesn't wear Gucci AND has actual talent? All snark aside Jean Grae is not only my favorite female MC, but she's also better than most rappers out right now. Period. If you need proof just take a listen to her new, free mixtape "Cookies or Comas" which is a precursor to her upcoming album "Cake or Death." The album was set for a fall release but seems to have been pushed back, with Grae stating she doesn't want to announce a new release date until the LP is perfect. Looks like we'll need to survive on snacks before we get any cake.

Luckily this mixtape is more than just a snack with 11 tracks featuring her fellow Blacksmith labelmate [and label head] Talib Kweli, The Lox's Styles P, Royce Da 5’9″ from Slaughterhouse, and Pharoahe Monch. One of the tracks was previously released on Talib Kweli's last album "Gutter Rainbows." Mixtape or not this is one of the better releases of the year and comes highly recommended.

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Cookies or Comas at

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Idol Threat 2011 Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are stressful enough with bad weather, bad relatives and bad gifts so Idol Threat has decided to relieve you of some of that stress with our first Holiday Gift Ideas post. Whether its for your parents, significant other or co-worker gift-giving is no simple task. Trying to figure out what they would like out of all the things they didn't already get themselves on top of making it affordable is damn near impossible but hopefully these out-of-the-box suggestions will help. There's something for almost everyone here from cat lovers to insomniacs so scroll down to be inspired and check the jump for the rest of Idol Threat's 15 Holiday Gift Ideas!:

Obol, the Never-Soggy Cereal Bowl ($20)
You ever make yourself a bowl of cereal and then get interrupted by a phone call or way-too-interesting infomercial only to return to a bowl of soggy un-edible mush? If that sounds like you or someone you know then the Obol Original Crispy Bowl is the gift for you! This ingenious little bowl and its swoop and scoop spiral design keeps the milk and cereal separate until its ready to get in your belly! If cereal doesn't get your breakfast rocks off then maybe this Egg-and-Muffin 2-Slice Toaster is more your speed.

ReAuthored Tablet Book Case ($59)
The number one gift idea for the past couple of years has got to be the iPad. Everyone and their mother has been clamoring for a tablet so chances are everyone who wants one already has it. In fact its so popular that even getting a case or accessory is hit or miss since they probably already rabidly stocked up on everything the second they got their tablet. Enter ReAuthored and their unique and classy cases. Their cases are made out of recycled books proving once and for all that the rise of the eReaders doesn't necessarily mean the end of books. These cases look great and also gives you a discreet way to walk around with your expensive new toy instead of carrying it around in a case that screams "steal me please!" ReAuthored makes cases for iPads, Kindles and practically every other tablet and rumor has it a certain smart and sexy someone is in the process of re-designing their logo!

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Supaboy Portable SNES Console ($80)
The Super Nintendo Gaming system is considered by many to be the greatest gaming console of all time. From F-Zero, Mega Man X, Chrono Trigger to Super Street Fighter II: Turbo gamers all over the world could not get enough of the 16 bit system when it came out in the early 90s. Now you can play these games wherever you like with Hyperkin's new portable SNES system "Supaboy." You can even connect it to a tv and play your SNES or Famicom games on there! If you don't want to lug around all your bulky game cartridges then maybe you'd rather get the
a320 Pocket Retro Game Emulator, the tiny system that lets you play SNES, NES, Genesis, Gameboy games and almost any other emulator you throw at it.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

FALSE winter tour with THOU

Gilead Media's FALSE is one of the best black metal bands in the US right today and now's your chance to see them live and find out why. They are doing a winter tour with THOU that kicks off tonight at The Orphanage in Chicago. For alI of you hoping that means this would be the FOURTH Thou show in Chicago this year I'm sorry to say that it looks like they're only on 11 dates with False and tonight is not one of them. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't go anyways. Check the dates:

FALSE Winter tour (11 dates with THOU)
2/1/11 - CHICAGO - IL - THE ORPHANAGE - 643 West 31st St.
12/2/11 - BLOOMINGTON - IN - THEE LOVE CANAL - 1305 W 11 St.
12/3/11 - NASHVILLE - TN - LITTLE HAMILTON - 1318 Little Hamilton Ave
12/5/11 - WITH THOU - TALLAHASSEE - FL - THE FARSIDE - 803 Railroad Ave 32310
12/6/11 - WITH THOU - ST. AUGUSTINE - FL - NOBBY'S BAR - 10 Anastasia Blvd.
12/8/11 - WITH THOU - COCOA BEACH - FL - SURFER'S PUB - 350 N. Orlando Ave
12/9/11 - WITH THOU - ORLANDO - FL - WILL'S PUB - 1040 N. Mills Ave
12/10/11 - WITH THOU - MIAMI - FL - CHURCHILL'S PATIO - 5501 NE 2nd Ave
12/11/11 - WITH THOU - FT. MYERS - FL - COOL HAND LUC'S - 2040 Collier Ave
12/12/11 - WITH THOU - TAMPA - FL - UNIT 19 - 5805 North 50th Street
12/13/11 - WITH THOU - GAINESVILLE - FL - WAYWARD COUNCIL - 807 West University
12/14/11 - WITH THOU - PENSECOLA - FL - 309 HOUSE - 309 West 6th Street
12/15/11 - WITH THOU - NEW ORLEANS - LA - MUDLARK THEATER - 1200 Port St
12/17/11 - HOUSTON - TX - VINYL JUNKIE RECORDS - 4202 Canal Street
12/20/11 - DALLAS - TX - QUEEN CITY HALL - 115 North Carroll Ave
12/23/11 - ST. LOUIS - MO - MANDINA'S

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Disaster Proof "Dome Home"

With all the natural disasters happening of late its hard not to worry about ones house or home, especially for someone who's as paranoid as myself. So you can understand how a disaster proof house can seem extremely appealing to people. Enter "Dome of a Home," a house designed specifically to withstand hurricanes but can also weather almost any other natural disaster (it's even mold, mildew, and termite-proof!) Makes me wish I could afford to have one built for myself. Sure its not much to look at, but guess who'll have the last laugh when the apocalypse comes? (Unless theres Zombies, and if thats what you're more worried about you might want this house.) Click on the jump to read some of the things this dome has withstood:

Monday, November 28, 2011

Cyber Monday Music Deals

Cyber Monday has been known by consumers as the Internet equivalent of Black Friday and is quite popular to those looking for deals who wish to avoid the crazy lines, potential screwdriver stabbings and sleep deprivation that comes with Black Friday shopping. What isn't well known is the fact that many artists and record labels often take advantage of this day as well, offering huge discounts and deals on their catalogs. In celebration of the laziness and convenience that is Internet shopping Idol Threat has compiled a short list of music-related deals for you, so make sure you jump on one or all of them before the days end!

Former Chicago based label Seventh Rule Recordings is offering what is arguably the best deal this Cyber Monday. Seventh Rule has put SIXTEEN of their releases up on their bandcamp for FREE download! That's right, 16 of some of the best hardcore/metal albums out now all for FREE! You can download albums from Atriarch, Batillus, Wetnurse, Chicago favorites Indian, Millions, Sweet Cobra and more! This deal has been going on all weekend but it will only be extended until the end of the day so you'll have to hurry:

Wu-Tang Clan fans can now download 3 of their latest releases for the low, low price of $7 each! You can choose from their popular Beatles mash-up album Enter the Magical Mystery Chambers, their new Jimi Hendrix mixtape Black Gold or their Enter the Dubstep album.

Relapse Records, one of the best labels in extreme metal, is commemorating their 21st anniversary by offering a huge sale to celebrate! While not necessarily Cyber Monday related this is still an amazing deal that will end in a couple of days at the end of the month. All Relapse cds (excluding 2011 releases) are now HALF OFF and each day they offer a different cd that you can add to an existing order for a mere 21 CENTS! Today's special cd is Cephalic Carnage's "Xenosapien."

Decibel Magazine is without a doubt the best metal publication still in print, but you can see for yourself by subscribing to them now for $29.95 for a full year or save 10 bucks by subscribing to two years for $49.95! Thats 24 brootal issues for a mere 2 bucks a pop! As a bonus Cyber Monday deal you get an extra FREE issue for subscribing!

Legendary Hip Hop duo Black Star is offering their single “You Already Knew” for FREE DOWNLOAD! It was produced by Oh No and is off their upcoming Aretha Franklin inspired mixtape, Black Star Aretha. Talib Kweli and Mos Def/Yasiin Bey also released their Madlib-produced single "Fix Up" for free in celebration of "Black Star Friday." Download "You Already Knew" here / Download "Fix Up" here

Fake Four Inc is an experimental Hip Hop label with a diverse roster of artists that include Astronautalis, Sole, Myka 9 and Onry Ozzborn of Grayskul. Today is the last day of their fall sale where you buy one of five 3-pack CDs for only $10! Each of the "Fake Four Fall Survival Kits" is compiled by various themes but my personal favorite is the "Producer" pack which includes a Blue Sky Black Death album and K-The-I's amazing album Synesthesia.

Troniks/PACrec have been one of the best noise lables/distro for quite some time now and are currently selling five cds for only $20! While again not Cyber Monday related this is still a great deal that saves you more than 50% off their normal prices! Actually this is an ongoing deal for the site but thats no excuse not to take advantage of it today! Get into the spirit of the consumer holiday!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Status & Future of Gilead Media Records

Oshkosh, WI based Gilead Media Records has had an amazing track record for releases putting out CDs and LPs from some of the best of the extreme metal underground including Krallice, Thou, False and Northless. Their prices are beyond fair and their strong DIY ethic has led to some quality releases, it was obvious that sacrifices were made and no expense was spared and that great care was taken for every single release they put out.

Unfortunately the good karma from their business practices has yet to return to them as they have recently been the victim of some shadiness from their former distributor, which sucks since the label-head Adam is such a nice guy. Read the news from their blog below and click the jump for the full post, and to help curb the loss from this blow Gilead Media is selling their old stock and distro for huge discounted prices. Go to their site now and help out by picking up some sick merch and music:

"2011 has been a year of immense growth for the label. I made the decision in 2010 that I would focus solely on metal releases, and that was a choice I’ve become very happy with. I’ve released a large quantity of records this year, especially for being a one-guy operation with some-time help from friends. I handle almost every aspect of a release, organizing the mixing and mastering of the audio, rendering and laying-out art files for packaging and inserts, screen printing all patches and posters that come with releases, and making all buttons. It’s a huge task for just one release, let alone the batch I’ve done this year. As of November 19, 2011, that total is seven new releases and six represses - all of which were vinyl.

It’s been a crazy year, and it’s been rough. While doing all of this I’ve also been managing a screen-printing shop, Offbeat Press, and working on producing a film I co-wrote and co-directed, Dead Weight. 2011 has been a year of very little rest, a lot of coffee, and a lot of stress. On the opposite side of things, this has been the most productive and fulfilling year of my life.

On the label side of things, I owe that success to all the people that have ordered records and to all the folks that run websites, blogs, magazines etc. that have covered or promoted my releases. I’ve met tons of incredible people and built some great relationships over the course of the year. The level of support I’ve had is overwhelming. It started to feel like the label was unstoppable.

That’s what made things so hard when I found out I won’t be seeing much, if any, of the $5,500 I was owed by my old retail distributor, the Independent Label Collective. It was like running full speed into a brick wall.

Earlier in 2011 there was a situation of inner turmoil at ILC, which involved people I considered friends, many of whom I’d known for quite some time and to whom I had grown close. Having helped found the company from the ashes of the Lumberjack Mordam Music Group, I took everything very personally and was thoroughly irritated with the situation. People say business isn’t personal, whatever, that’s ridiculous. Everything is personal. For me it is. I’m not a business guy, so when I build a relationship with people on a business level, it means a lot to me personally and I take it very seriously.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Bloody Panda - Summon: Invocation [Remixes]

Bloody Panda is a New York based experimental doom metal band with members that dress in executioner hoods and a scary female vocalist that came all the way to NY from Japan with the sole purpose of forming "the biggest band in the world." They formed in 2003 but I didn't come across them until their 2006 split with like-minded band Kayo Dot. That split combined with their demo produced substantial hype for their debut full length "Pheromone" which in turn gained much praise upon its release. The group followed the success of their first full length with "Summon" their second full length which was released in 2009. Summon: Invocation contains remixes of their last album made by some amazing artists including Jarboe, G. Stuart Dahlquist and Edgy 59 from Burning Witch, Mick Barr of Krallice, Toby Driver of Kayo Dot, Nadja, Portal, vocalist Jessika Kenney, Matmos, Chicago's own producer extraordinaire Sanford Parker and more. The remix album is free but donations are appreciated (and encouraged) so enjoy and give what you can:

Download Here:
Bloody Panda - Summon: Invocation

Friday, November 18, 2011

Thou - Baton Rouge [Slowed to 33 RPM]

How do you make the already massively heavy sludge of Idol Threat favorite THOU even more brutal? Slow down the vinyl which was recorded at 44 RPM to 33 RPM and record it. FUCK ME SIDEWAYS if this played out trick doesn't get me EVERY TIME! The end result reminded me a bit of the early classic material from another personal favorite so I've altered the album artwork accordingly. Those that get the reference will know how this slowed down version of
"Baton Rouge, You Have Much To Answer For" sounds. Not sure who uploaded this but you have Robotic Empire to thank for the link. Enjoy.

Download Here:
Baton Rouge [Special Slow Frequency Version/33RPM]

Friday, November 11, 2011

Black Sabbath 11.11.11 UPDATE/REUNION

Today, 11/11/11 at 11:11 a.m. PST at the Whisky a Go-Go in Los Angeles, Henry Rollins of Black Flag hosted a press conference with Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward . The Whiskey is where Black Sabbath started 41 years ago, opening for Alice Cooper. This was first time the foursome have appeared in public together since Black Sabbath’s 2006 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As expected the press conference was held to announce that the original 4 members of Black Sabbath including Ozzy have reunited. They also announced plans for their first new studio album in 33 years and a worldwide tour to follow their headlining gig at Download Festival on June 10, 2012.

This isn't the first time we've been blessed with a Sabbath reunion, the band got back together with Ozzy to headline Ozzfest in 1997, but Black Sabbath hasn’t toured since 2005 or put out a new record with Osbourne since 1978’s “Never Say Die!" This is huge news and you can expect us to post the tour dates the minute they are revealed. SABBATH!

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Big Ghost Chronicles Reviews Drake's "Take Care"

Now I wasn't going to post this since it was all over the net already (?uestlove even posted a link to it on Twitter) but this is just too funny to pass up and plus I've always thought Drake was highly over-rated. I first ran across this blog when I found his "10 Softest N*ggas in the Game" post months ago and thought it was one of the funniest lists I've read in awhile. I originally thought this was a blog actually ran by Ghostface Killah (a mistake Wiz Khalifa made as well) but it turns out it's just an imposter, and a funny one at that. The link to the full track-by-track review is found below but I'll leave you with highlights from the review from Mr. Cocaine Biceps himself:

"...yalls might know him as The Kitten Whisperer aka The Harvester of Pauses aka The Taio Cruz of Hip Hop aka Young Garnier Fructis the pre-cum baby aka Jennifer Aniston's favorite emcee....n the muthafucka most likely to have a gateway to Narnia in his closet ...Drake.

...Im pretty sure that son gets up in the morning n plays his harp for his cats n then slides down the muthafuckin banister in his satin man nightie n has a full glass of breast milk before he goes to the studio n hammers out some pooned out shit like this b.

...this sounds like the soundtrack to some Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants type shit son. I forget who the broad he got singin the hook on this muthafucka is...but i think its Renee Zellweger or some shit. I feel like Im inside a Barnes & Noble or a Starbucks b... This joint is more light in the ass than the fushigi gravity balls you see in those infomercials at 3 in the mornin son."

Read the Full Review Here:

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Heavy D dies at age 44

Pop Rap icon Heavy D was pronounced dead Tuesday at the emergency room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after collapsing outside his Beverly Hills home. The self-proclaimed "overweight lover" made many hits in the 90s and his group Heavy D & the Boys included "Trouble" T. Roy whose death was the subject of one of Hip Hop's greatest tribute songs. Besides his many hits such as "Nuttin' But Love" and "Now That We Found Love" Heavy D was also known for creating the theme song to the comedy tv show In Living Color. RIP.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Black Sabbath 11.11.11?

So the Black Sabbath Facebook page just posted the above pic about half an hour ago. No explanation followed this cryptic picture so we can only speculate on the meaning of it. Is it too much to expect a reunion with Ozzy, Tony and the rest of the gang? I hope to Dio it isn't. We'll keep you posted on any news.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Gwar Guitarist Cory Smoot (Flattus Maximus) Found Dead

Cory Smoot, Flattus Maximus/Lead Guitarist for Gwar since 2002, has been found dead this morning as the band was preparing to continue their tour in Canada. Our condolensces goes to the band and Cory's friends & family, here's the press release from the band themselves:

"It is with a sense of profound loss and tragedy that the members of GWAR must announce the passing of their long time guitarist and beloved friend Cory Smoot, also known to thousands of metal fans worldwide as Flattus Maximus. Cory was found deceased this morning as the band prepared for a border crossing. There is no word as to the cause of death and the members of GWAR are completely shocked and devastated that this has occurred. At this point there is no word on arrangements and the disposition of the remainder of GWAR’s current North American tour, nor are there any details regarding long term plans. At this point we are just dealing with the loss of our dear friend and brother, one of the most talented guitar players in metal today. We ask that our fans and the media be respectful of our request for privacy for those that have suffered this terrible loss. A full statement will be coming in the next day or so, in the meantime please give your thoughts and your prayers to Cory, his family, and all the people that love him."

-Dave Brockie-

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Analyst - Book III Instrumentals [Free]

Local producer The Analyst (SoundTravels) has just released the instrumentals to his collaboration album with B.A.Sick. The Analyst has been making beats for over a decade and was just recently brought into the SRNC family which is also home to up and coming Chicago rappers Scheme & Astonish. You can hear traces of the Alchemist, DJ Muggs and Chicago legends Molemen in the Analyst's beats but his production style is all his own and he is fast making a name for himself in a scene full of forgetful producers. Check the free beat tape below and Idol Threat will share the full album complete with B.A.Sick spittin once we get our hands on it. Enjoy:

Anthrax's Scott Ian Says Take Away Illegal Downloaders' Internet Privileges

Scott Ian of legendary thrash band Anthrax has just recently given an interview to the blog. In the interview Scott touched upon many things including the return of Joey Belladonna and writing a tribute song for Ronnie Dio and Dimebag Darrell, but the topic that will most likely garner the most attention is his opinion of what the consquences for illegal downloading should be. Check the excerpt of the interview below:

"...It's the way it works these days. People can get the records for free, whether they're an actual fan or just a casual person who just wants to check something out. It's not a case of going out and checking out music. Now you can steal it, because the Internet makes that possible for people. People have this sense of entitlement now where they think music is free, and that's the way it is, whether or not they even realize they're stealing it.

Before the Internet, the only way to steal music was to walk into a music store and physically walk out with something, and you were stealing, and you knew it. You knew, unless you're a fucking maniac, that there was a consequence. If you got caught, you were going to get in trouble.

On the Internet, there is no consequence for stealing. Nobody gets in trouble for stealing music, nobody gets in trouble for stealing movies. Illegal downloading has no consequence. So until there is a consequence, it's going to happen more and more and more, and people are going to see less and less original and good content from the record industry and movie industry...

[In response to what he believes the consquences of illegal downloading should be]
You lose your Internet. That's it, no more Internet for you. Seriously! Like you drive drunk, you lose the privilege of driving. You download illegally, you lose the privilege of having the Internet. The punishment fits the crime. Why these service providers don't stop the torrent sites and put a consequence on this, I have no idea. Everybody complains about the trillions of dollars being lost, but nobody does anything about it. Believe me, if I could do something about it, I would."

So what do you guys think? He definitely gives a lot of good points but I doubt that he'll get any positive responses from the majority of downloaders, I definitely see no hope of him convincing anyone under the age of 25. Comment, discuss, and check the link below for the full interview. Anthrax's 10th studio album "Worship Music" is out now on Megaforce Records:

Full Scott Ian Interview:
Scott Ian Country Grind Interview

Envy - As Serenity Calls Your Name [Japan Disaster Relief]

With all the disasters that keep happening all around the world its tough to keep track of them all, and with the economy the way it is it's even tougher to help out with donations. Luckily the mighty Envy has provided a brand new track for us to buy and all the proceeds goes to Japan disaster relief. Every little bit helps and at 7 minutes long the Envy track is a bargain of a buy to begin with so please do not hesitate to purchase and to help out further if you can. Here's the press release for the track from Temporary Residence Limited:

"Japan's legendary post-whatever powerhouse ENVY have recorded a brand new song specifically to benefit relief efforts for the devastating earthquake that struck Japan earlier this year. It will take years - likely decades even, - to rebuild the affected areas. This single will be available exclusively on iTunes so that we can minimize overhead costs to insure that 100% of the proceeds from each sale will go towards relief efforts. For only $0.99 you get a badass new 7-minute Envy burner, and Japan receives your support when and where they most need it. You can purchase the single here:"

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Envy - As Serenity Calls Your Name

Friday, October 28, 2011

El-P "Rush Over BKLN" [For Mr. Dibbs]

El-P has just released a new track entitled "Rush Over BKLN" which is a blend of his track "Drones Over Bklyn" and Rush's classic "Tom Sawyer". All proceeds of this track goes to
Mr. Dibbs who has been suffering from the liver disease Cirrhosis and has been overwhelmed with more than $485,000 in hospital bills. Mr. Dibbs is one of the most respected and innovative turntablist/dj style producers in Hip Hop & a founder of the legendary Scribble Jam festival. We at Idol Threat is hoping for a speedy recovery so please buy the track & donate what you can. Check the links below and click on the jump to find out more info about the track.

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Rush Over BKLN

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Immortal Technique - The Martyr [Free]

Besides being a beast of a battle rapper, Immortal Technique is also an intelligent and outspoken activist, and that passion for music & politics has made him one of the most electrifying performers in Hip Hop today. His releases are few and far between and therefore highly anticipated so when this mixtape was announced we here at Idol Threat definitely got real hype for it. "The Martyr" is a collection of previously unreleased & never before heard music and hopefully it can tide us over until his long awaited album The Middle Passage finally comes out. Immortal Technique was also recently the subject of "The (R)evolution Of Immortal Technique", a documentary by director Cary Stuart, and has just announced an upcoming US tour. Download below and peep the tour dates & tracklist after the jump:

Download Here: Immortal Technique - The Martyr

Thou tours with Black Tusk & MonstrO, plays 2 Chicago Shows on 11/13/11

The best Sludge band out right now have just graced us with not one but TWO more Chicago shows this year! After a couple of years of not touring through Chicago this is a welcome change - in addition to the previously announced 9pm Show at Ultra Lounge on 11/13 with Black Tusk & MonstrO, Thou has just added a 4pm headlining matinee show at DIY venue Albion House with locals Hate & Bongripper. That's a double dose of Thou for under $20, or its a chance to see Thou for those such as myself who bought Premonition 13 show tix for the same night months ago. If you're free this day and don't go to either shows you're probably a douchebag, check the rest of Thou's tour dates with MonstrO after the jump (and special thanks to OurCityIsBurning for the heads up):

11/13 4pm $5 All Ages

1719 W. Albion

Monday, October 24, 2011

Duck Sauce "Big Bad Wolf" Video

There's been alot of huffin and puffin about this video since it came out (see what I did there?) and I can see why. This is the hilarious video for the song "Big Bad Wolf" by new electronic duo Duck Sauce. Duck Sauce is made up of house music legend Armand Van Helden and world champion turntablist/dance producer A-Trak. But enough from me, I'll let the video do the talking. Via

Friday, October 21, 2011

Zombi - Slow Oscillations [Remix EP]

Metal's favorite synth prog band have just released a free EP via Zombi is a duo of mult-instrumentalists who produce music akin to cheesy 70s/80s horror films, so they would make the perfect soundtrack for Halloween this year. This EP consists of 5 remixes of the track Slow Oscillations which is off of their newest album "Escape Velocity." Check out the press release for their latest album:

"Escape Velocity sees ZOMBI return to their roots, using synth, and drums to create stirring melodies and moving cadences. Whereas earlier efforts found the band entrenched in Italian horror scores, Escape Velocity finds Zombi continuing their exploration of famed Italian record producer Giorgio Moroder and legendary Kraut Rock icons Neu and Harmonia. The sweeping synth sequences and pulsing rhythms are sometimes dancey, sometimes reflective, but always hypnotic under the watchful eye of this distinguished duo. Escape Velocity?s five ethereal tracks are simply put, celestial music for other worlds"

Download Here: Slow Oscillations - Remix

Thursday, October 20, 2011

ShowYouSuck "Clam Chowder Soup" Video

Here is the latest video from Idol Threat fav ShowYouSuck. The video is directed by Andrew Zeiter, also shot by Tony Shane and is for the song "Clam Chowder Soup" which is off of ShowYouSuck's One Man Pizza Party EP. Enjoy bitches.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Deathwish Presents: New Lows "Live on WERS" [Free Download]

Work is dragging and I feel like breaking stuff so I thought I'd share this free album from the New Lows. New Lows' music is the perfect backdrop for matters of mayhem, work-related or otherwise, but you would expect nothing less from a band on legendary hardcore/metal label Deathwish Records. Here's a free download of one of their live shows courtesy of the Deathwish live series plus an excerpt on what they had to say about it:

"The Deathwish Live Series is a series of FREE live recordings of Deathwish affiliated artists. These recordings are from a variety of sources: Radio shows, official and non-official live recordings, bootlegs, and more...

This is an early recording of Boston's New Lows from the "Radio Beat" radio show on WERS. This recording showcases New Lows' no frills hardcore approach in a raw embryonic state. After this session, the band went through a number of lineup changes while creating their infamous "Harvest of the Carcass" album. Now reinvigorated and refocused, New Lows continue to wreak havoc on the hardcore community everywhere."

Download Here: New Lows "Live on WERS"

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Method Man Says GZA & RZA Wrote Most of Ol' Dirty Bastard's "Return To The 36 Chambers"

Here's an interesting revelation, Method Man revealed in a recent interview with that most of the rhymes on the late Ol' Dirty Bastard's debut was written by GZA & RZA. That just goes to show you never know when it comes to ghostwriting (or ghostborrowing for that matter.) Meth also reveals a few other tidbits, here's an excerpt from the HipHopDX article:

“The majority of the verses on that album are old RZA rhymes and GZA rhymes,” he said. “’Approach the school, 9:30, you’re late,’ that’s RZA’s shit. I heard that shit when I was 14 years old. That whole, ‘Easy on my balls, they’re fragile as eggs,’ niggas said that in a rap battle in fucking 1989.

“Dirty took all their shit and made it his own and GZA ain’t say shit,” he continued. “Most of [Dirty’s verses] was GZA’s shit. I remember GZA and ODB got in an argument one night and GZA was like, ‘Nigga most of that shit you say on your fucking album is mines anyway!”

Read the full article with more links here:

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Immolation - Providence [Free EP]

Damn I hate to say it but Scion is on a fucking ROLL with their Free EP releases! They blew me away last time with the free Wormrot EP and they have scored yet another win with these five brutal tracks of technical NYDM. Immolation is a legendary Death Metal band and have been together for almost a quarter of a century. This latest offering is entitled Providence and continues where they left off with last year's full-length "Majesty and Decay." Although this EP is barely under 20 minutes its more than enough to satisfy fans of Immolation or Death Metal in general and if you're lucky you'll be able to score a free physical cd copy [once again courtesy of Scion] of this EP at one of their remaining tour dates. Check the dates below after the download link. Enjoy.

Download Here: Immolation - Providence EP

10/19 Denver, CO, Larimer Lounge
10/20 Salt Lake City, UT, The Complex
10/21 Las Vegas, NV, Cheyenne Saloon
10/22 Anaheim, CA, Chain Reaction
10/23 Tempe, AZ, The Clubhouse
10/25 San Antonio, TX, Backstage Live
10/26 Houston, TX, Scout Bar

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Eminem & the Shady 2.0 Camp Explain Their 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher

Last night the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards aired which included their popular "Cypher" video series. With a little help from DJ Premier and the classic "Tried by 12" beat; Yelawolf, Slaughterhouse and EMINEM put out one of the best (if not THE best) entries into the BET cypher series to date. All other cyphers in this year's BET Hip Hop Awards didn't even come close to this one, in fact the only verse I've liked so far other than the Shady camp's is Busta Rhymes. I truly hope that Shady Records' signing of Slaughterhouse & Yelawolf brings lyricism back to the forefront of Hip Hop. I'm talking TRUE lyricism, not what's been passing for "lyrics" lately by the so-called "greatest rappers" of today. Stop sounding like you're falling asleep or you're not trying, FUCK swag. This is how it's done boys and girls. "Hi Rihanna!"

[*update - the video was taken down by VIACOM so instead I posted this "behind the scenes" video, click the link below to watch the original cypher video and tune in to BET this Friday 8pm Central Time to see the encore of the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards]

BET Hip Hop Awards 2011 - Shady 2.0 Cypher

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Rob Swift on the Rise of Software Use with DJs

Rob Swift of the legendary dj crew X-Ecutioners recently made a post on his website that has become somewhat viral on Facebook (at least among deejays) and for good reason. The post not only makes a good point on the over reliance of software among deejays, but it also makes a good commentary on humanity's dependence on technology as well. I just acquired Serato myself last month and I understand that djs as well as most other artists has to adapt to the changing times but I thought it was pretty wack that DMC now allows the use of midi controllers in their competitions. Serato I can understand, but midi? Here's an excerpt from his excellent rant:

"...We, the human race, have become too dependent on machines. Our life stops if our home Internet service is disrupted. I bet YOU, the person reading my words right now, only memorized 2 to 3 of the phone number stored in your cell phone. I remember a time, not too long ago, when life was lived outdoors amongst family and friends and not on your Facebook page. I remember a time, not too long ago, when you’d memorize the majority of the phone numbers in your address book. I remember a time, not too long ago, when YOU, as a DJ, relied on your sense of rhythm, timing and coordination to figure out a way of altering sounds or words off a turntable.

Young DJs, please do not rely on software or midi controllers to help you achieve “perfection” because in doing so, you’re actually using the machine as a crutch. Thus, in your pursuit of the “perfect” set, you’re failing to exercising your brains, becoming a slave to your midi controller or lap top. Please guys, let’s keep the button pressing to a minimum and focus our attention on the God given ability we all have to use our hands and minds to create the unthinkable. Perfection is unattainable. Even machines encounter glitches. GREATNESS is what you should strive for."

You can read the full post here:

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Felonious Munk Presents: Stop It B! OBAMA PAY YOUR &*%$#% BILLS

Now THIS is how you rant! Check out the link for more of his videos.
"Ya'll ain't pay the fucking light bill on Earth!"

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Monday, October 03, 2011

Wormrot - Noise EP [Free Scion Download]

Here's yet another free release from grindcore band Wormrot, this time it's brought to you by recent metal groupie corporation Scion. These guys have yet to dissapoint and I doubt that they have made even close to the amount of money they deserve despite their non-stop touring schedule, yet they still give out their music free of charge to their fans. A band this dedicated to their music deserves to be supported so buy their vinyl or shirts and go to the shows when you can. Here's an excerpt from the Scion hypebeast:

"...Scion A/V Presents: Wormrot - Noise. Contrary to its title, this EP does more than just raise a racket. These five hyperspeed bursts come arranged in complex tangles of riffs, gurgles and blastbeats. It's the sonic equivalent of a modernist sculpture made entirely out of shrapnel. But make no mistake, Wormrot are also a wholly destructive unit in the grand grind tradition."

Download Here:
Wormrot - Noise

Wormrot Facebook Page:
Wormrot on Facebook

Yelawolf Speaks on White Rappers Using the N-Word

Word to V-Nasty

Thursday, September 29, 2011

New Photos from Marvel's Avengers Movie

Superman’s new costume may look like crap (no I won’t link it) but thankfully Captain America's costume from The Avengers’ movie doesn’t. You can’t go wrong with Joss at the helm. I just hope they keep Thor’s helmet on more this time, and if Cap is running around with his mask off half the time I’m gonna be pissed. More pics after the jump.

Marvel's "The Avengers" is scheduled for a May 4, 2012 release.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

TRAILER: The Incredible Hulk #1 (2011)

THE INCREDIBLE HULK #1 Trailer from Ron Richards on Vimeo.

So I stopped picking up the Hulk-related titles pretty much around when they split the book into "Hulk" and "The Incredible Hulks." Nothing against the writing, author Greg Pak has been responsible for some of the best Hulk stories ever written, but the various artists change was too inconsistent for me and that's one of the biggest reasons I stop picking up a comic. I like a title to have one artist the whole way through, even if it's an artist I barely like I'll still pick it up if I like the writing (*see the last Annihilators series.)

Apparently they make trailers for comics now and The Incredible Hulk title is dropping the "s" and starting over again at #1 with writer Jason Aaron and artist Marc Silvestri so I may just be picking up this title again. I haven't been a huge fan of Silvestri since his Image days (of which I was only a moderate fan to begin with) but Jason Aaron, writer of the incredible series Scalped, has written one of the best Wolverine arcs in recent memory so he may do wonders for Hulk. I guess the Hulk and Dr. Banner have been separated again, lets see how this works out.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Melt Banana 2011 North American Tour

Legendary Japanese noise punks Melt-Banana will once again tour the US & Canada starting in October and ending right before Thanksgiving. I missed their last tour in 2009 so I've already bought tix to their Chicago show at Sub-T (and I'm seriously considering going to at least 1 of the 2 Wisconsin shows they have booked before it.) Their last release a was a live album which also came out in 2009 so we're fortunate that they took they time to book a North American tour even without a release to promote. You don't want to miss out on this one. Tour dates after the jump:

Monday, September 19, 2011

Ray J Talks about his fight with Fabolous

Hahaha "talk" may be an understatement for the title, "rant" may have been more accurate! This interview is HILARIOUS! The R&B singer/Kardashian-fucker apparently had an altercation with NY rapper Fabolous at the Mayweather-Ortiz fight in Vegas over some words on Twitter (Twitter always seems to be fucking shit up for everyone!) Ray J called Los Angeles' Power 101.5 to clarify his side of the story. Fabolous may be a dope rapper but I had a crush on Ray J's sis Brandy when I was young so I'ma have to take his side on this one. He's soooo mad! ""All I'm saying is if you got Fab's number, tell that n*gga to send you a picture of his face right now!"

*update: Fabolous called Rap Radar for an Interview/response with DJ Clue. He basically says that Ray J didn't hit him and they didn't even fight, Fab says there was words and mussed up clothes but that was it. "This shit is more a war on drugs than it is war between Ray J and me. This nigga is high and coked up or on pills....he can do concerts in n*gga living room all he want..." Fab ends by saying he's gonna continue clownin on Twitter so follow him there if you want more:

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

10 Deathwish CDS for only $10!

Deathwish Inc., the label run by Jacob Bannon of Converge is having a HUGE sale that goes from today till Friday only! You can now get 10 CDS (of their choosing) from the Deathwish/Malfunction/Perfect Victim catalog for only $10!!!! You can't beat a deal like that! Also people who order this package will be offered special discounts on apparel as well! Jump on this quick and get your mosh on!

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