Monday, May 30, 2011

Altercation Between Sonar Security and Concert Goers at Maryland Deathfest 2011



Maryland Deathfest was one of my highlights of last year, unfortunately I was unable to afford it this year although it may have been safer that I sit this one out. While insomniacly scanning Twitter out of boredom I stumbled upon the following few "Tweets" found below by Kim Kelly aka "Grim Kim" well known metal writer and pr pro. Allegedly the security at Sonar (the venue that hosts the festival who recently lost their liquor license and almost closed their doors) pepper sprayed and bloodied up some innocent concert goers at the fest late last night.

The only other mention I could find was about a bloody fight that happened outside of the venue which may have sparked the incident with the Sonar Security. It's amazing how Twitter has become the immediate source for breaking news. This is definitely the type of news that needs the uncensored voice that social media provides. Although it may not be an official "source" Kim Kelly is a huge presence in the metal scene and an amazing and professional writer so I'm prone to take her word on these incidents. I'll update this post whenever anything new comes up.


*update:
Here is a post from the official MDF board made by Ryan one of the festival organizers, you can read the full post and more after the jump. Plus check the comment section for some 1st had accounts, including one from someone who says he actually worked at the fest and experienced some abuse himself:

"Well, from what I've gathered from some people connected to Sonar, this sounds like a couple of bad seeds working security that just lost their composure, and instead of just pinning down a trouble maker and carrying him away from a place where people are congregating and trying to leave peacefully, they used mace without really needing to. As someone else said, it's unfair to consider all of these guys "thugs", especially the countless guys that we've worked with there for 5 or 6 years now, as we know they wouldn't use excessive force for the sake of being a tough guy.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Neck Face and Isaiah Seret - Born Under a Bad Sign [Trailer]



Neck Face is a famous street/graffiti artist and skateboarder (he is currently the Art Director for Baker Skateboards) who is based in California. His child-like and macabre work seems to be heavily influenced by outsider art and heavy metal; in fact he cites King Diamond and Freddy Krueger as some of his influences. He often works with watercolor and his shows have also featured large, sharp metal and paper mache masks (which he sometimes wears) and various life-sized sculptures. He is infamous for his creative and often humorous vandalism of billboards & storefront signs and also for managing to keep his identity a secret, much like his fellow street artist Banksy.

Neck Face and filmmaker Isaiah Seret recently created a film for MOCA, The Museum of Contemporary Art, in Los Angeles. You would expect the film to be some sort of documentary about Neck Face's art but instead it seems to be a grindhouse-esque martial arts movie starring Neck Face. Isaiah describes it on his site as a horror/action/supervillain flick. The premiere of the trailer and a sneak peak at the full film was presented by the Levi’s Film Workshop (a temporary venue in Los Angeles that offers film-making equipment and resources for free) at the MOCA and the whole film was shot inside the MOCA itself. The full film is expected to be out by the end of the summer, for now enjoy the trailer below. [Big thanks to Hoodrich of Code of Conduct for the heads up.]



Saturday, May 28, 2011

Death Grips - Exmilitary [Free Mixtape]


SHIT this is dope! I know the term “refreshing” may be thrown around too often here on the Idol Threat blog but I'd be hard pressed to think of a recent Hip Hop release that sounds as unique as Death Grips' Exmilitary does. The group consists of producer FLATLANDER who also works on their videos and some vocals, MC RIDE who is the main lyricist, and Zach Hill of Sacramento math rock band Hella who provides the drums and beatmaking. All 3 members however contributes to every aspect of the project. Electronic and Avant Garde Hip Hop that neither sounds pretentious or corny is hard to come by but luckily these guys manages to pull it off with a resulting blend that is frenetic, passionate and surprisingly organic. If you're tired of rappers sounding bored or "cooler than thou" and passing off their indifference and ill-conceived confidence as "swag" then the ferocity of Death Grips will be a breath of fresh air, grunted and gruff though it may be.

If I was being simplistic I would say that this is what Anti-Pop Consortium mixed with the high energy Hip Hop from the South would sound like. If I was being hyperbolic [which I almost NEVER am] then I would say that this is the sound that I never knew I was always looking for. If I were making comparisons I'd say that this is reminiscent of Saul William & Trent Reznor's Niggy Tardust project, Wu-Tangs foray into dubstep, or the dark soundscapes of Dälek but even those examples fall somewhat short of describing their sound.

Hip Hop Cali collective OFWGKTA may be the current media darlings but if Wolf Gang is the sound of the 'odd future' then Death Grips is the post-apocalyptic after party. This isn't your typical Hip Hop album so give it some time to sink in, it has a Charles Manson intro and a fucking Black Flag sample for pete's sake! This will be stuck in my rotation this for quite some time, expect big things from this group. Quick tip: if you visit the MP3 section of their site you can download 3 more songs that aren't on the mixtape but are HIGHLY recommended. You can find all the links after the video below [I damn near shat myself when I heard the beat breakdown at the end of Guillotine.]



Download Here: Death Grips - Exmilitary

Death Grips Website: http://thirdworlds.net/

Friday, May 27, 2011

Gil Scott-Heron Dies at 62



Now this is upsetting, we lose a legend barely a couple of years after his release from jail. His album "I'm New Here" was a favorite of mine last year. Gil Scott-Heron taught us that the revolution will not be televised and we will not forget. He died this afternoon in New York. He was 62. RIP brother.

Read the news at NPR: Gil Scott-Heron, Poet And Musician, Has Died


Buy his new album here:
Gil Scott-Heron: I'm New Here


Remember him.




Friday, May 20, 2011

Neon Marshmallow Fest 2011 Chicago



Experimental music lovers will be treated to yet another incredible festival next month when the second annual Neon Marshmallow Fest comes to the Empty Bottle in Chicago from June 10-12. Sadly this means that it conflicts with the
Utech Records Music Festival in Milwaukee but if you must go to that (which is understandable) you can still catch the Sunday and Friday shows of the Neon Marshmallow Fest. Those that goes to both will be treated to a double dose of James Plotkin who is scheduled to play the fest on Friday.

I am personally most excited to see harsh noise wall legend The Rita on Sunday and most disappointed that I will miss Sword Heaven on Saturday. According to Sword Heaven’s Myspace one of their members will be moving out of the country soon so this could very well be their last show. Saturday will be a tough choice for concert goers. Here’s more about the fest and you can see the full 3 day line up after the jump:

Neon Marshmallow is an international experimental festival that was created and curated by Daniel Smith & Matthew Kimmel in 2010.

The event focuses on a wide variety of electronic and electro-acoustic music, ranging from noise and free jazz to EAI and music concrete. The inaugural event was held the Viaduct Theater in Chicago from August 19-22. Comprised of five shows in four days, the 2010 edition hosted 105 performances. Some of the most cutting edge sound artists and experimental musicians from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the U.S. were united under one roof.”

Buy Complete Passes here:
http://www.ticketweb.com/

Buy Individual Tickets here: Neon Marshmallow Fest 2011

More Info Here:
http://www.neonmarshmallowfest.com/

Rubberoom Reunion at Abbey Pub 5/22



I know this is late notice but I’ve been rather busy lately and without a laptop so that’s why updates have been scarce. I’m going to go ahead and put this out there, I think that Rubberoom’s album Architechnology is not just a classic Chicago Hip Hop record, but a classic Hip Hop album period. I feel that it should be mentioned in the same breath as other underground classics of its time such as Cannibal Ox’s Cold Vein.

Rubberoom consisted mainly of producers The Isle of Weight & Mr. Echoes (who are now The Opus) and rappers Meta-Mo & Lumba with Stizo being their live DJ (the album itself featured a whopping 13 different turntablists!) Alone each member was formidable but together they forged something unique, it was as if Meta & Lumba’s abstract braggadocio was born to fit over the Gothic and stark production of The Opus. The beats were raw & sparse but always contained a dark and heavy vibe that made it sound way fuller than mere drums & samples. Their drums were main the focus, sounding much more industrial and forceful than most other drums of its day, but it was The Isle of Weight & Mr. Echoes subtle mastery of atmosphere that set their production apart from the pack. Meta-Mo & Lumba twisted wordplay in and around the tracks with a way of phrasing that made their words hit with blunt force trauma. Architechnology still sounds futuristic to this day despite being released over a decade ago in 2000.

With an album of this caliber it seemed that Rubberoom was destined for greatness. Sadly the folding of their label 3-2-1 dissolved their record deal and the group itself with its members splitting amicably to pursue solo endeavors.

Fast forward to now and the groups long awaited reunion. The original foursome will perform at the Abbey Pub this Sunday the 22nd in Chicago, with openers Robust, MC ADaD, DJ Pratt and the group’s own DJ Stizo. It also looks like The Opus will perform as well, and we’ll be treated to some new Rubberoom material which I hope is a sign that another full-length is in the works. If you’re in or near Chicago this Sunday I HIGHLY recommend you see this show, as of right now their only other performance is at the
Soundset Hip-Hop festival in Minnesota on May 29. Tickets are a steal at only $10 and you save a couple of bucks buying them in advance

Cop Tickets Here: Rubberoom Reunion at The Abbey Pub

Download their new track "It's On" for FREE: http://rubberoom.bandcamp.com/

Friday, May 06, 2011

Canibus Slaughterhouse Diss Track "Lyrical Law VS Joey Cupcakes"




It looks like beef is what's for dinner. Rumors of Canibus' dislike of Slaughterhouse members Royce da 5'9" and Joe Budden has been bubblin for quite some time, there was even someone claiming to be Canibus who posted a Twitter rant going at Royce awhile back. The "Poet Laureates" camp claimed it was an imposter, but with the release of this diss track one is left to wonder. I'm not sure where all this animosity sprang from or what Canibus' motives behind this are, but he is releasing a full LP with Keith Murray as "The Undergods" in a couple of weeks so this may be a strategically placed publicity stunt.

Slaughterhouse is a Hip Hop supergroup which includes Crooked I, Joell Ortiz, Royce da 5'9" and Joe Budden. They have been the top dogs in the lyricist department for quite some time which did not go unnoticed as evidenced by their recent signing to Shady Records (a fact which
Idol Threat got a premature jump on.) Canibus also has his own supergroup the HRSMN, which includes fellow ill lyricists Ras Kass, Killah Priest & Kurupt. Could this be the start of a Slaughterhouse VS HRSMN beef? The HRSMN did collaborate with Slaughterhouse on a track once so Canibus' beef may be more directed at Joey & Royce rather than SH as a whole, but a peaceful war between the two camps would be extremely exciting for Hip Hop.

This may be retaliation to a Joe Budden Twitter post claiming that “I promise y’all that if I got high, I would smoke Canibus.” Either way response to the track so far has been low key, with Royce providing a funny jab on Twitter expressing his feelings of the track:

"Dear Canibus.. ZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzZzz"

Incredible Taiwan Artist Shara Lin [Video]





Another banger of a recommendation from DJSP. This video is ridiculous, words will fail me so you'll have to see for yourself. Maybe I'll make Fridays video days, give ya'll something at the end of the week to laugh or be amazed at. Whaddaythink?

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Free Comic Book Day Saturday May 7th







It's that time of year again folks! Every 1st Saturday of May comic book stores across the world give out tons of free comics from participating comic book companies. This is the perfect chance to introduce someone to the world of comics, get a young child excited about reading, or to pick up some titles you may be unfamiliar with. Different stores will be doing different things ranging from exclusive comics to comic book signings by writers and artists so I encourage you to visit as many stores as possible. If you don't know where to find your nearest store you can use the handy dandy comic book store locator link below. This weekend is also the premier of the Marvel Comics movie THOR so be sure to catch that in the theaters while you're out and about.

Find a store here:
Comic Book Store Locator

Free Comic Book Day Website:
http://www.freecomicbookday.com/