Monday, July 25, 2011

MusicfestNW 2011 Portland

Apparently Portland, Oregan has a music fest and I never knew about it. It boasts an insanely eclectic lineup that spans 5 days and several venues, similar to SXSW down in Texas. MusicfestNW is scheduled from September 7th-11th this year and has such varied acts as Explosions in the Sky, Pig Destroyer, Sebadoh, Thee Oh Sees, Neurosis, Ted Leo, OFF!, Grails, The Hood Internet, Akimbo, The Gaslamp Killer, Lifesavas, YOB, Eluvium, Rabbits, Band of Horses and a shit ton more!

I'm tempted to go so I can finally see Pig Destroyer and Rabbits, seeing Neurosis and Akimbo again would be fucking rad too. Besides several djs it seems very curious that the only Hip Hop act I see scheduled is Lifesavas. Oh well, if the Megabus doesn't stop in Oregon then this is a moot point for my broke ass anyways since there's no way in any hell I'll ever take the Greyhound again.

See the Lineup Here:

Buy Tix Here:

Message Board Poster Hall of Fame #5

"I know why bay area rap sucks so much nowadays

Drugs. People from the bay love drugs. They love using them

remember this is the same place where people thought it a good idea to step outside of their cars while theyre still moving"

-Kushington, Allhiphop Ill Community board

Wow, I almost completely forgot about this segment! This was posted in a thread about the recent V-Nasty controversy in reference to V-Nasty being a Bay area resident. A couple of posters were commenting that the Bay Area is looking like clowns for not checking V-Nasty and her crew. I can't co-sign any of this since I have some peeps in the Bay but I still think the quote was funny as hell.

And from the same thread in reference to V-Nasty's use of the "N-word"

"I dont care if the bitch got a stomach full of negro semen and 20 half breed babies, she dont need to use that...."

- bigrizz

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Haterazzi talks about V-Nasty Controversy

WOW. When I Google Haterazzi the first description I get is "pop culture assassins" and that my friends is a motherfuckin UNDERSTATEMENT if this video is any indication. Haterazzi is the "realest radio show on the internet" and the subject of this particular show is female rapper V-Nasty. V-Nasty has been a controversial subject of late for her liberal use of the "n-word" despite being white. She is part of the "White Girl Mob," a collective led by current Youtube sensation Kreayshawn.

V-Nasty and her supporters argue that her upbringing in the hood of Oakland and recent incarceration more than validates her "realness" and excuses her use of the word "nigga," also stating that the word no longer holds the same meaning or stigma it once did. Regardless of how you feel about the subject this video is the most articulate commentary about it to surface yet. This just goes to show that nothing is more "real" than knowledge, we need to celebrate intelligence for a change. All I know is if the Hip Hop community almost disowned EMINEM for using the word ONCE there's no way this girl should get a fucking pass.

*Update: Just found this video interview of Kreayshawn catchin heat for V-Nasty's antics. Awwwwwkkwwarrrrdd...

Friday, July 22, 2011

Miles Davis Quintet: Live In Europe 1967 - The Bootleg Series Vol.1

I know I rarely (or ever) post about Jazz on here but it's not for lack of love; John Coltrane's A Love Supreme for example is my favorite album of all time of any genre. The main reason for its absence is due to the fact that there just isn't that much (or any) free Jazz albums being released (and I'm talking the money-free kind, not the Cecil Taylor-free kind.) This is why I put the free Jazz song of the day widget in the lower right hand section of my blog.

Besides the odd new release here and there my main passion for Jazz existed for the rare and unreleased material from old legends such as Trane, Mingus, Gordon, Ornette etc. Whenever something was found from the archives or newly remastered to glorious new sound I rabidly ate them up faster than you can scat the opening line to My Favorite Things. Out of all the genres out there Jazz is probably the only one whose live releases I actually enjoy. Since no two Jazz performances are ever the same hearing the different variations done live are a refreshing revelation and theres often legendary and inspiring performances that get magically captured this way (see Paul Gonsalves' performance on the legendary "Ellington At Newport 1956" album.) But sadly its getting harder and harder to pull out unreleased material from thin air as most of the old gems have been mined to death, and so the material getting released of late has been few and far between.

Segue to this new live bootleg series being released from the Miles Davis Quintet. Miles Davis is easily the most popular Jazz musician of all time and you would think everything that's ever been touched by this man has seen the light of day. Fortunately for all of us there's still some pretty good bootleg live recordings out there to be found as evidenced by this upcoming boxset. This release documents the 1967 European tour of Miles Davis' Quintet (who were responsible for many amazing albums such as E.S.P., Miles Smiles, Sorcerer and Nefertiti.) This was his second Quintet and included Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Tony Williams, and Herbie Hancock.

This 3 CD/DVD set contains 5 concerts that were recorded by European state-owned radio and television outlets. The majority of the material here have never been released commercially and most of it is seeing its first full and/or authorized release. The other great thing about Jazz is that most of their albums contain exhaustive and informative liner notes and even the release notes for this set is too much to print here, check out the links below to get the full details of the release and to pre-order it now with free shipping!

Pre-Order Here:
Live In Europe 1967 - The Bootleg Series Vol.1

More Info Here:

The 30 Leagues of Extraordinary Rock Gentlemen

Here's an awesome pic that was brought to my attention by Disney storyboard artist Ian Wasseluk: It's a mash-up painting of the 30 Rock TV Stars as Alan Moore's comic creations The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen! If you're unfamiliar with the comics then trust me when I say they are EONS better than the horrid movie that was based on them. I don't really watch 30 Rock but I hear it's funny, this painting was created by Illinois' favorite comic artist Alex Ross. Happy Friday ya'll!

Handmade Birds: Label Sampler

Handmade Birds is a Texas based label run by Pyramids/Sailors with Wax Wings member R. Loren. The label's roster is a reflection of the diverse sounds and influences of Loren's music and releases music that ranges from the atmospheric black metal of Blut Aus Nord & Celestial, the harsh noise wall of The Rita, to the dark ambient drone of William Fowler Collins. Invisible Oranges recently featured an interview with the label head and also put up a nice label sampler for download, check the sampler below then head over to the site and buy some quality music. There's also details on how to win a nice vinyl box set from the label that can be found after the tracklist:

Download Here: Handmade Birds Label Sampler
1. Servile Sect -Tremendous Stillness
2. Der Blutharsch – Untitled
3. Evan Caminiti – Heavy Whisper
4. Celestiial – Haunting Cries Beneath the Lake
5. Gates – They Hide in the Shadows II
6. Key – Through the Silver Skin
7. Hostage Pageant – Resemble Human Form
. . .

Handmade Birds Website: SiteStore
. . .
Handmade Birds: Vinyl Giveaway: We are giving away a package of beautiful Handmade Birds vinyl: the Key 3×10″ box set, Celestial’s Desolate North LP, and Servile Sect’s hot ticket Trvth LP.

To enter, simply list in the comments below one artist that Handmade Birds should sign. You must include one (and only one) link to a page with streaming audio, e.g., Bandcamp, Soundcloud, or MySpace. Entries listing multiple artists or lacking links to streaming audio will be disqualified. Whoever submits the most promising artist to R. Loren’s ears will win the vinyl package. International entrants are welcome. The deadline for entry is midnight PST a week from today, Thursday, July 28, 2011.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Amazing Spider-Man Trailer

Man this is the week for comic movie trailers apparently, guess everyone is trying to take full advantage of the Comic Con coming up. Still don't think they should've rebooted the franchise so soon even if they couldn't get Toby or Raimi back on board. It looks like they updated the costume too, different texture, logo and new gloves that may possibly be a homage to the Ben Reilly clone suit. No matter what I'll go see it and it looks like the end of the world is going to have an awesome summer of comic movies to help it go out with a bang.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Batman The Dark Knight Rises Trailer

Here comes another teaser trailer but this time it's DC and this time it's official, no smartphone bootleg here! The final movie in Christopher Nolan's Batman The Dark Knight trilogy comes to us in Summer of next year but you can view the trailer right now. Still no full shot of Bane who appears to be the main villain (and he promised me a full body pic the last time we talked too!) Check it.

Ash Borer live in NY July 16, 2011

Ash Borer | NYC @ The Acheron | 16 Jul 2011 from (((unartig))) on Vimeo.

It's been awhile since I've seen any video of a show whose audio has made it worth watching, let alone one of an entire set. This video of Ash Borer's recent set from NY has great sound which is a rarity in this age of Youtube and smartphones. Ash Borer is a black metal band from Arcata, California and they are among the vanguard of new US black metal bands to rise of late. They are fucking killer but don't just take my word for it, check the 33 minute video above then head on over to their blog for more info on them.

Ash Borer Blog:

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Avengers Movie [Full] Trailer Leak

The Avengers
movie is one of the most anticipated comic book-related movies ever and so when the trailer started popping up in theaters it took no time at all for it to leak online. It took even LESS time to have it taken down by Paramount and company, luckily for all of you I found a literal bootleg of the trailer at Peep it before it gets taken down as well, then wait impatiently for May 2012. [This is a full trailer unlike the TEASER Trailer we featured before.]

-WARNING: Trailer technically has a Captain America spoiler, and it's shit quality-

Watch the trailer here:

Sunday, July 17, 2011

DJ Nu-Mark: Take Me With You [Free Mix] & Toy Set [Video/Live Routine]

If you're a fan of Hip Hop djs and the full extent of your experience is dudes pressing play on their laptops and screaming over tracks then you need to get some knowledge and edutain yourself. Deejaying and turntablism is an art and only true artists can demonstrate that but unfortunately the majority of so-called deejays out there took the art out of artform and just do paint by numbers plug and play, most don't know how to blend two records or even scratch or juggle worth shit. True djs need to be noticed and celebrated, they're a dying breed.

One such being is the mighty DJ Nu-Mark, formerly one half of the deejays for the acclaimed group Jurassic 5 (yeah that's right, they had TWO fucking djs) and known for his flawless mixes and innovative routines such as the famous MPC routine "Pushing Buttons" which he made with fellow legends DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist. If you've never seen the routine Google it. Why wouldn't you google it? I just told you to Google it! I can write for days but actions speak louder than words and the video above shows just how insanely creative this man is. Watch him rock an entire set where he integrates musical toys he's collected and modified with audio outs. This is too insane to describe - check the cymbal-banging monkey and sax man! Nu-Mark manages to breath new life into these toys and the art of deejaying itself. Seeing him live is an experience you'll never forget. Utter genius.

And just cuz I love you guys so much here's a free mix by Nu-Mark as well. This mix is a funky sampling of what he can do & was intended for listeners to take with them on their travels. Nu-Mark says that "The goal of this mix is to show the rhythmic similarities between Samba, Cumbia, Calypso, Rhumba, Afro-Beat and Balkan Beats in well blended mix." Enjoy.

Download :
Take Me With You [Right Click to Save]

DJ Nu-Mark Website:

Read Planetary #1 Online for Free / Planetary Digital Omnibus only $24.99

In the pantheon of comic writers there are few in the last 20 years that rise above the rest and even fewer of their works make it to classic status. Warren Ellis is one such writer who managed to achieve the former while disproving the latter. He could have left the industry as a legend just after completing Transmetropolitan alone (a series centered around a futuristic Hunter S. Thompson -esque character named "Spider Jerusalem") but he didn't stop there. The man who invigorated The Authority and Hellblazer decided to go one further and give us the modern day comic classic Planetary. The series is too sublime to summarize but you can always see for yourself since DC/Wildstorm has seen it fit to give us free access to the first issue online. The series also contains, in my humble opinion, some of the best artwork of John Cassady's career. You can read issue #1 and then read and own the entire digitized 27 issue run for a mere $24.99. If you're not up on digital comic readers you should research, they're cheap and they save trees and shit. So you should read those formats to help save to world. But mostly you should do it because they're cheap, which is a boon in this day of fucking $4 comic books (and you can take them with you on your smart phones too!) Seriously read this issue, buy the series, be blown away.

Read Online for Free Here:
Planetary #1

Download the Entire Series Here: Planetary Digital Omnibus

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Scion Metal Zine Vol. 3

Apparently I missed the first two volumes of this metal "zine" that car company Scion has published cuz volume 3 is now out. I'm still not sure how I feel about this and many more qualified people have already weighed in on the subject but you can't deny the fact that these are legit bands and its fuckin free. Besides no matter how many free shows or what metal/punk aesthetics this company apes theres no way in hell I'm ever buying a Scion so no fuck given.

They seemed to have had some semblance of success when they were using Hip Hop to endear their company to the youth and for some reason they seem to think they'll succeed with underground metal as well. Who cares as long as we get to see bands like Nails, Neurosis or Thou for free? (just bring the next metal fest to Chicago willya?) This volume of the zine has interviews and articles about death metal legends Morbid Angel & Obituary, doom demi-god Wino and his current acoustic co-hort Scott Kelly of the aforementioned Neurosis, the previous Idol Threat post feature The Body and more. It's free so fuck it, what's the worst that can happen?...

Read & Download Here: Scion Metal Zine Vol. 3

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Body with Assembly Of Light Choir In Concert at Le Poisson Rouge 6/25/11

The Body w/Assembly of Light Women's Choir | NYC @ (Le) Poisson Rouge | 25 Jun 2011.

(Thanks to the boys over at the Our City is Burning blog for the heads up.) The Body created one of the best sludge metal albums of last year with "All the Waters of the Earth Shall Turn to Blood." That album started with a haunting choir buildup in the first track "A Body" which flowed nicely into the smoldering second track "A Curse." At a recent concert performance at Le Poisson Rouge in New York (seen in the video above) the doom duo performed an extended rendition of those two tracks with the Assembly Of Light Choir. Audio comes to us courtesy of NPR (who is KILLING it with their metal coverage lately.) The vocals aren't as torturous as they are on the album but that may just be a result of the live recording, you can find the download link after the NPR summary below (From

"Led by Chrissy Wolpert, the Assembly of Light Choir walked through a mostly seated audience, cloaked in robes, singing a cappella at Le Poisson Rouge. The 24 members of the choir come from various musical backgrounds and operate under an empowering philosophy: "I am a singer. I am a good singer. I am confident. My voice is powerful and unique. And I am tasteful." It's an ethic rooted in punk rock, which is surely what attracted the sludgy doom-metal duo The Body to work with the group on one of my favorite albums of 2010, All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood. Conceived as a collaborative performance on a whirlwind 10-date tour, the Providence, R.I.-based groups convened in New York City as part of the Blackened Music Series on June 25."

Download Here: The Body With Assembly Of Light Choir

Portishead US Tour Dates 2011

No word yet on any supporting acts (although Company Flow as an opening act for the tour would have been nice) but this is great news nonetheless! After their All Tomorrow's Party shows at the end of July legendary electronic/trip hop act Portishead will tour the US in October. This will be Portishead's first US tour in 3 years and their first time back to Chicago in over a decade! Come fight me at the Aragon on October 12th (or approach me with disdain and melancholy as this is a Portishead show.)

Tickets can be found here:

October 1 & 2 IBYM, Asbury Park, NJ
October 4 Hammerstein Ballroom NY
October 5 Hammerstein Ballroom, NY
October 7 Jacques Cartier Pier, Montreal
October 9 Sound Academy, Toronto
October 10 Sound Academy, Toronto
October 12 Aragon, Chicago
October 15 Mexico, Corona Festival
October 18 Shrine LA
October 21 Greek, Berkeley, SF
October 23 WaMu, Seattle
October 24 PNE Forum, Vancouver
October 27 1st Bank Center, Denver

True Dat

Monday, July 11, 2011

Spike Lee to direct "Oldboy" Remake

Hmm, this is interesting news. Mandate Pictures have issued a press release confirming that Spike Lee will indeed helm the American remake of the Chan-Wook Park Korean cult classic "Oldboy" (which is itself based on the Manga of the same name.) American remakes of Asian cinema is usually a mixed bag (at least Departed was good) but I'm hoping they don't fuck this one up. As long as they keep it more serious they should do ok, good luck trying to top that hammer scene though:

"Los Angeles (July 11, 2011) – Mandate Pictures announced today that Spike Lee (Inside Man) will direct OLDBOY, a remake of the highly-acclaimed South Korean film. Mark Protosevich has adapted the screenplay and will co-produce. Roy Lee and Doug Davison (The Departed, The Grudge) will produce. The film is a Vertigo Entertainment/40 Acres & A Mule Production. Mandate President Nathan Kahane will executive produce.

“It’s a great honor to put this special project into the hands of such a gifted writer and iconic director,” said Kahane.

OLDBOY tells the story of a man who is kidnapped and imprisoned on his daughter’s birthday. For fifteen years, he is held captive, and, upon his release, must begin his journey to find the reason for his imprisonment. He soon finds out that his kidnapper has plans for him more tortuous than his solitary confinement. The original film, released in 2003, directed by Chan-wook Park won the Grand Prize Jury Award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

Spike Lee and Mark Protosevich are represented by CAA. Dan Freedman, SVP of business affairs, negotiated the deals for Mandate."


Saturday, July 09, 2011

Grassa Dato - La Caida [Free Download]

I just realized that it's been awhile since I've posted some free noise, luckily Bandcamp is an excellent source for good free noise or music of any genre. You would think that I'm sponsored by Bandcamp or something the way I ride their nuts all the time but no such luck, I just truly believe that the website is an absolute must have for any artists trying to promote and/or sell their music. Just search for any buzzword or click on any tag and browse to your hearts content and you're on your way to discovering tons of great new music.

This short but excellent bit of noise comes to us from Grassa Dato who hails all the way from Madrid, Spain. The almost 14 minute track starts off subtle and doesn't just bludgeon you from the get go, it has some nice delays & buildup and has plenty of replay value as well. I really like the album art and the design of his site too, his overall aesthetic is refreshing compared to the normal noise artwork being used. If you're hungry for more you can stream or buy his other releases and download a free 30 minute tape on his bandcamp as well. For noise lovers only.

Download and stream here:

Show You Suck "All Chill Everything" Video

ShowYouSuck "All Chill Everything" from Ruby Hornet on Vimeo.

This video recently got some shine by the Mishka blog so not wanting to be outdone Idol Threat decided to jump on the bandwagon and post it as well. The video is for the song "All Chill Everything" by ShowYouSuck and is from his latest free EP One Man Pizza Party . I would have preferred a video for "Car Keys" or "Acid Trip" as they are my favorite tracks off the EP but then I guess we wouldn't have gotten the blunt smoking girl or the cute pitbull. I dare you to watch this video and not have the hook stuck in your head all day. Video and EP brought to you by Ruby Hornet.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

DJ Nevermind speedcore Promo Mix 2011

Jay Randall's Grindcore Karaoke Bandcamp label continues to be a wellspring of great music. This time he offers up some speedcore mixed by DJ Nevermind. For the uninformed speedcore is an extreme version of techno where the speeds reach levels of around 300bpm which is fucking insane. It makes sense for Jay to be into this music considering the drum machine blast beats on his Agoraphobic Nosebleed stuff reaches insane speeds as well. I'm not usually a fan of speedcore or most techno but I'm actually kind of digging this promo mix, I like the second "track" entitled The Brutality Continues. Enjoy this free mix and check out the rest of the Grindcore Karaoke roster.

Download Here:

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Common Feat. NaS "Ghetto Dreams" [Free Download]

The updates have been slow because I've been in the process of moving and have been without internet but hey who complains about a free lunch anyways? I'll do a couple of quick single song posts to whet your appetite starting with this solid song by Common featuring the one and only NaS. The song, produced by Chicago legend No I.D., is called "Ghetto Dreams" and is off of Common's upcoming album
"The Dreamer, The Believer" on Warner Bros. Records. The song was leaked by NaS himself after he expressed his impatience of it's release on Twitter. This new album will be Common's 9th full length and his first album after leaving Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label.

Download the track here: Common - Ghetto Dreams feat NAS