Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Childish Gambino - R O Y A L T Y

Ex-30 Rock writer and current co-star of NBC's Community Donald Glover turns 29 today.  To celebrate we're posting a download to ROYALTY - the latest mixtape released under his MC moniker Childish Gambino (a name he acquired using the infamous Wu-Tang name-generator.)  When Glover first started off as a rapper/producer his mixtapes showed promise but lacked focus, and the insecurity he now uses confidently as his sounding board seemed more like a crutch for his lack of experience.  Luckily by the time his first official album Camp came out Donald resolved his balance of self-deprication and ego in time to make a great album.  He went from being 'the guy from Community who sometimes raps' to someone who could actually have a viable music career outside of acting.  At the very least he is a far more interesting alternative to any actor-turned-rapper out now.

ROYALTY differs from his previous outings in that it features a plethora of guest stars including Schoolboy Q, Ghostface Killah, Bun B, the RZA, Danny Brown, Ab-Soul, Nipsey Hussle, Alley Boy, Kilo Kish, some forced rapping from Beck and motherfuckin Tina Fey.  Yup you read that last name right, unfortunately her cameo comes off a bit flat despite her best efforts.  It's a solid mixtape that is only slightly hindered by a few awkward & average guest verses and some overreaching song concepts.  Thankfully Glover's better lines outweigh the cornier ones and some of the other features actually turned out to be pretty good.  These tracks aren't merely just throwaways, this turned out to be a strong and enjoyable mixtape overall.  Happy birthday Childish G.

Download Here: childishgambino.com

Monday, September 24, 2012

HIGH ON FIRE Announces North American Tour

High on Fire FINALLY announces a tour in support of their latest album De Vermis Mysteriis. The Oakland Stoner Metal band will kick off the tour in Austin, TX on November 22nd and will end on December 22nd in San Francisco, CA. Goatwhore and Lo Pan will be coming along for the ride along with special guests Primate (featuring Mastodon's Bill Kelliher and Kevin Sharp of Brutal Truth) joining them from November 23 to December 1st.  Heavy metal legends Corrosion of Conformity will also be supporting the tour during the December 18-21 dates.

To top it all off on December 20 at the Mayan in Los Angeles, California HIGH ON FIRE will headline a special "Power of the Riff" show that will also feature Corrosion of Conformity and Sunn O))).  For more details on the Power of the Riff show visit this location and you can check the jump for the full tour schedule.  All I gotta say is Californians are some lucky bastards, come fight me at the Double Door for their Chicago date on December 7th:

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Noisebazooka - Woolgathering Urban Antipodeans

At this point I should really just start telling people to visit Grindcore Karaoke's Bandcamp weekly instead of merely posting a few of the amazing releases they put out.  I really can't imagine that Jay Randall is making any money putting these free releases out (especially considering he usually pays to keep the free download option going monthly) so the least we could do is show our appreciation by downloading everything they put up!  This time we're highlighting European grind-duo NOISEBAZOOKA who consists of vocalist Salmi & guitarist/drumcomputerist (© Idol ThreatAlmir. I'll let their Facebook bio speak for themselves and just say that this 99 track, 1 hour long album is a MUST download:

"NOISEBAZOOKA is a 2 piece grindcore-band from Vienna / Austria / Europe and was formed in late November 2005 out of the ashes of MONOLITH (1997-2005) to produce and perform extreme, fast, chaotic and aggressive grindcore-music in the vein of early NAPALM DEATH or BRUTAL TRUTH combined with the new sound and weirdness of AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED, DISCORDANCE AXIS or YACØPSÆ... NOISEBAZOOKA stands for a shredding and blistering guitar, non-pitchshifted vocals and screams, and insane fast drumcomputer-blasts. NOISEBAZOOKA constructs harsh, cold and ultra "destructured" atmospheres that turn your brain into pieces. NOISEBAZOOKA's live performances remind someone of hyperactive and insane breakdowns. NOISEBAZOOKA sets definitely free the essential energy of grindcore."

Download Here: Woolgathering Urban Antipodeans | GRINDCORE KARAOKE

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Jeremy Fish Mini-Exhibit & Signing at Rotofugi 9/22/12

Artist Jeremy Fish will be having a small exhibit and autograph signing at Chicago's premier Gallery & toy store Rotofugi this Saturday 9/22/12.  The show will run from September 22nd through November 11th but the artist himself will be on hand this Saturday to celebrate.  Jeremy Fish is a San Francisco based Illustrator originally from New York.  He has worked with Nike Skateboarding and is famous for his collaborations with rapper Aesop Rock.

The opening reception for this mini-exhibit will be 6-9PM and Jeremy will be signing for fans from 6-8pm. They'll also have free snacks from Sweet Myrtille too while they last!

2780 N Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614

Jeremy Fish Website: http://sillypinkbunnies.com/

Rotofugi Website: http://www.rotofugi.com/home/

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Hydra Head Records Closes Shop

Another one bites the dust.  The home for Gridlink, Harvey Milk, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Old Man Gloom, Jesu and more becomes another label casualty of the dying music industry.  Hydra Head Records was founded in 1993 by Aaron Turner (Isis, House of Low Culture, Twilight) and was based in Boston, Massachusetts and later relocated to Los Angeles, California.  The label also housed two imprints; Hydra Head Noise Industries & Tortuga Records, and for almost 2 decades they released tons of high quality albums from giants of the heavy and experimental music scenes. Below is an excerpt from their press release - you can read the full text at the link at the bottom of the post where there is also a link to buy stuff to help them get through their debts and final release responsibilities:

"The decision to pull the plug has not been an easy one, and in some ways is a not a choice at all. The simple fact of the matter is we've been running on empty for a while now and cannot afford to keep our doors open for much longer. Years of imbalance between creative ideals and financial realities, personal problems amongst the label operators, an unwillingness to compromise our aesthetic standards, a tendency towards releasing challenging (i.e. unmarketable) artists, and the steady decline of the music industry in general, are amongst the chief reasons for our inability to continue. It is a harsh but undeniable reality, and one which we are attempting to confront with as much integrity and grace as is afforded by the circumstances."

Read the full Press Release Here: hydraheadlines.blogspot.com

Buy Here: bluecollardistro.com/hydrahead/

Friday, September 07, 2012

Death Grips - The Money Store [REVIEW]

Here's our first ever guest review written by Doug who runs the Pirate Programming Blog (see our blogroll links on the side):  "Preparing to go to the gym. Throw on the earbuds and press play on Death Grips new album, The Money Store. Immediately I am almost being commanded to punch out the barking dog outside. Clothesline the toddler running through the apartment hallway. Kick my landlady in the va-jay-jay. It may sound like something straight out of the David Berkowitz (aka the Zodiac Killer) playbook, but maybe in his schizo brain he saw into the future and heard this album. I mean this thing is sick!

In the mid 90's I was part of a Hip Hop group that was young and hungry. We basically jumped at any opportunity to perform regardless of how unfitting the venue seemed. Many of the shows we performed at were with DIY bands of punk/hardcore background. Let's say you took a kid from that scene that was exposed to Hip Hop and hardcore. Let's say he died in some tragic Rock & Roll overdose but was brought back to life like the cyborg Cain from Robocop 2. If you then fed that resulting robot the history of Drum & Bass and forced it to make beats, you may get something that sounds like this album. It is a splatterpunk onslaught of the senses. It is futuristic, it is unsettling and it is getting better with every listen. There are times when it sounds like pieces of Dieselboy's Soldier Story, DJ Scud, M.I.A or Techno Animal. But, honestly any comparison is a disservice because it really doesn’t resemble much out there. Laser didgeridoo sounds rub shoulders with flanged bass lines. Drum patterns skitter insect like. It just sounds so badass! I mean as soon as the synth line from Blackjack starts, it's instant grimey face for me.

So what's up with the vocals? Honestly I have listened to it about 4 times now, and I still really have no clue what MC Ride is saying (yelling). Ride sounds like RZA with roid rage. He is so pissed he is almost indecipherable. But I tried to picture the music without him and I think he really benefits the tracks. He may be saying the most profound shit for all I know but for me it's not about that. Ride adds viscera, blood and testosterone to the tracks just with his tone and rhythm. He is part of the music. That being said, Raid is really spittin' as well. Check out the lyrics on Death Grips Soundcloud page (at the bottom of this post) if you were like me and bought the MP3 album and not the CD. For the most part, MC Ride takes what many deem as negative about rap and injects those stereotypes with adrenalin. His lyrics are nightmarish and gruesome. He reminds me of the character on the first Black Sheep album. On that song, Dres mocked gangsta culture by taking his violent stories to a hyperbolic level. If you take that character and put him in a post apocalyptic future, you get MC Ride. But I still feel that it is parody. This may be the level of intensity necessary for our media saturated culture.

I will say my only qualm, and I don't even know if its a qualm, is that I had to crank the bass in my car because on the whole the album is very compressed and lacking real low end. But I really am not bitching. The lo-fi sound quality is definitely part of Death Grips' sound and that brings me to my final point. For all the people that will blast this album and say it isn't Hip Hop or that its too noisy; AT LEAST THEY HAVE A SOUND! I find that most Hip Hop acts nowadays are so homogeneous. Most mainstream "rap" is at the pinnacle of its formulaic trajectory (I said most not all, we can talk about that some other time). Even the Hip Hop purists are beginning to all sound the same (you must sound like Pete Rock, Jay Dilla, Diamond D - insert golden age producer name here.) Where is the originality in that? That is boring as fuck! I picked up De La Soul's 3 Feet High & Rising from the library when I was 10 and it changed my life. Not because it sounded like something I had heard before, but BECAUSE I HAD NEVER HEARD ANYTHING LIKE IT. From that point on I was consumed by Hip Hop. Istill abide by that philosophy, I still crave finding new and different things and I still honor innovation. So does Death Grips. The Money Store is truly unique and it barely resembles what is considered 'Hip Hop.' It is something totally else. Completely essential listening." - HRRRSHW

Listen Here: soundcloud.com/deathgrips/

Buy Here: thirdworlds.net

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Neurosis release visual trailer for Honor Found In Decay

Anticipation builds as Neurosis reveal the visual trailer for their upcoming album Honor Found in Decay.  Here's what the band had to say about the video:

"Created by video architect Kenneth Thomas, also responsible for producing the mini-documentary for NEUROSIS’ 2007-released Given To The Rising, the intense look into the new opus features intimate details of the album’s layout hand-crafted by the band’s visual specialist by Josh Graham, personal commentary from guitarists/vocalists Scott Kelly and Steve Von Till on the creation of Honor Found In Decay, as well as the first brief moments of audio to be publicly unleashed.

States Steve Von Till in the early moments of the preview, "A legacy can only be assured if we continually burn down the past and plant seeds in the ashes to grow new, greater things," and is followed by founding member Scott Kelly, who boldly affirms, "If you don't make a record that you think eclipses your previous record, then... you've failed."

NEUROSIS confirmed performances:

11/30-12/02/2012 - ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas - Camber Sands Holiday Camp, England
12/02/2012 - HMV Forum - London, England w/ Godflesh