Saturday, November 24, 2012

Scott Kelly - The Sun is Dreaming in the Soul [Video]

Scott Kelly is not only one of the major driving forces in the legendary metal band Neurosis, he is also a successful solo artist in his own right.  His brand of dark folk can strike a chord with even the most reserved listener and his newest outing The Forgiven Ghost In Me is his best album yet.  Vice's music channel Noisey has been making some strides in releasing great music of late and they continue that trend with the video premier of Scott Kelly's track "The Sun is Dreaming in the Soul." Enjoy.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Author & Punisher - FREE Discography [Black Friday]

A few years ago I came across this amazing solo artis named Author & Punisher.  After discovering him I immediately bought his entire discography but forgot to post any reviews about it (his last album "Drone Machines" is in my top albums of 2011 list that I also forgot to post.) Tristan Shone (the man behind Author & Punisheruses his mechanical engineering background to create unique machine instruments that either make their own sounds or are used to trigger computer or synth samples.  His creations alone were impressive enough to warrant attention, but it was his blend of industrial, drone and doom metal that made his music truly unparalleled. Today as a special for Black Friday Tristan is offering his entire discography for free download on his bandcamp!  I CANNOT stress enough how essential his entire discography is and everyone should really take advantage of his generous offer (and maybe donate at least a few dollars or buy some merch.)  

Each album is unique but my favorite is Drone Machines, and his newest album Ursus Americanus is now available as vinyl and a CD through Seventh Rule Records.  As amazing as his songs are you really have to see him perform them to truly appreciate the genius and ingenuity of this project, so I've posted a few videos after the jump that you can check out as well. Again the music (and videos) gets the HIGHEST recommendation that we can give.  Just put $0 when you "buy" each download (or put in a few bucks if you're so inclined.)

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Government Alpha - The Oranda Nippon Conspiracy

I just realized that I have been SEVERLY lacking in freebies this past year so I will attempt to make up for it with a slew of fast and sloppy posts (mmmmm, fast and sloppy...)

Here we have yet ANOTHER free banger brought to you by the prolific bandcamp label Grindcore Karoake! This time instead of sludge or grind we get a noise album from veteran Government Alpha! GA is one of the vanguard of the 2nd wave of Japanoise and one of my favorite noise artists.  This free release is far from his harshest but this is still not for the faint of heart, newcomers to harsh noise (or noise in general) proceed with caution.  Despite this The Oranda Nippon Conspiracy is a great starting point for diving into the discography of Government Alpha or harsh noise in general. Play this LOUD!

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Action Bronson & The Alchemist - Rare Chandeliers

ACTION BRONSON!  THE ALCHEMIST!! THAT COVER!!!  Queens, New York's favorite chef turned rapper that doesn't (does) sound like Ghostface has returned with yet another collaboration mixtape for the year! While the last endeavor Blue Chips paired him with producer Party Supplies, his latest pairs him with legendary West Coast producer The Alchemist.  You can expect more 90's NY style flows with lyrics about lavish lifestyles, smoking and gourmet ingredients with guest spots from Schoolboy Q, Roc Marciano, Duck Down's own Sean Price and more. Action brings a new school twist to the Hip Hop art of storytelling and he remains one of the most consistent (and prolific) MCs to come out in the last couple of years with FIVE albums/mixtapes and an EP already under his belt.  We highly recommend every one of his releases and "Rare Chandeliers" is no exception, AND it's free! Download it below and be on the lookout for Blue Chips Part 2 and some upcoming collaboration albums with Harry Fraud and Tommy Mas sometime in 2013.

Download Rare Chandeliers for free here.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Geof Darrow & Andrew Vachss Signing at Chicago Comics 11/17/12

Geof Motherfuckin Darrow!!! Geof Darrow is the creator/artist behind the classic comics Hard Boiled, The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot and more recently Shaolin Cowboy. He is also well known as being one of the creative artists behind much of The Matrix movies designs and has collaborated with comic book legends Frank Miller and Moebius.

He normally only comes into town for the comic conventions, but this coming Saturday we will be luckily enough to be graced with his presence for an exclusive signing event! Geof Darrow will be at Chicago Comics from 4-6pm on 11/17 promoting his newest pulp novel based on his latest creation Shaolin Cowboy. Here's what Chicago Comics has to say about the event:

"Join Geof Darrow (Hard Boiled, Big Guy and Rusty) and world reknowned author Andrew Vachss will be putting on thier cowboy hats for an evening to hang out and talk with fans, sign books, and exchange in general shenanigans for your amusment Saturday, December 17th, from 4 to 6PM!

Join us at Chicago Comics to celebrate the release of the all new Shaolin Cowboy Adventures pulp from Dark Horse Comics! Giddy-yup, partner!"

Saturday, November 17, 2012
4:00pm until 6:00pm
Chicago Comics
3244 N. Clark St.
Chicago, Illinois 60657

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Rectal Hygienics - Even The Flies Won't Touch You

I saw these guys play the other day and they just blew me away! Rectal Hygienics was formed by various members of the underground Chicago scene and they play a sludgy blend of disgusting noise punk that’s heavy on the filth and light on the frills. This is no-nonsense noise rock with emphasis on the noise. They don’t play riffs so much as bludgeon feedback into the lifeless husk of what would be guitar sound, and the power electronics-style vocals are delivered in a kind of confessional manner that humanizes yet belies its vile and offensive subject matter. “Even the Flies Won’t Touch You” is a violent dirge that slowly drags cacophony and dirt with it to an early grave.

From the label: “True spirited negativity that's all too real. Honest approach to pure shameless noise rock. Repetitive, pathological riffing underlying belligerent utters of self-loathing guilt. Heavy drugged out sludge. Featuring ex and current boys of Socially Retarded, Sea of Shit, Hate Basement, Machismo, Abuse Patterns, CSTVT and SHARPTOOTH.

Download FREE Here: Even The Flies Won't Touch You | GRINDCORE KARAOKE


Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Cattle Decapitation Drops off Six Feet Under Tour after Chris Barnes punches Singer

(picture via Metal Injection)
Travis Ryan, vocalist for death metal group Cattle Decapitation, has just announced on his personal Facebook page that his band is dropping off as support for the Six Feet Under "Autumn Apocalypse" tour. Apparently there was a disagreement and according to Travis, Chris Barnes (Six Feet Under vocalist & former founding member of legendary death metal band Cannibal Corpse) decided to sucker punch him. Luckily this wasn't during a Cannibal Corpse tour because instead of posting on Facebook, friends of Travis would be posting pics of him in the hospital. Because he'd be in traction. Because one punch from Corpsegrinder would put him there. Because: have you SEEN Corpsegrinder?! Here's the post from Travis:

"Chris Barnes is a fucking hack. I've personally passed on at least 5 six feet tours over the last 8 or so years because he pulls so much nonsense on the support bands because his ego is astronomical. We're leaving the Chris Barnes Show tour today. Go to the Chris Barnes show and buy some of their merch. They need it desperately...

...He couldn't handle the fact that we were destroying him nightly on merch and talked shit about us on stage last night. I went to confront him about that and he sucker punched me as I was talking. He immediately RAN out the door and fled to his bus like he does every night when the two fans that are left for their show are trying to get him to sign something."

You can read the full madness at Metal Injection here:

Monday, November 05, 2012

Vice/Noisey: One Man Metal Documentary

Awhile back Vice's music channel Noisey announced a 3-part documentary that they would be releasing which focused on 3 different one-man black metal bands.  The third installment has just been released this month so we can finally share the whole thing with you.  I have only watched the first part but it has already piqued my interest.  It's a rare and entertaining view into the secret lives of these solo artists, one of which has never shown his face before this film.  Check the press release below then click on the jump to watch all 3 videos! (I wonder if Xasthur has always been bald and wore a wig or if he shaved his head before the interview?)

"Here's the first installment of One Man Metal, our latest documentary that takes a square look at a shadowy fringe of Black Metal that has never been documented... until now.

We interviewed three enigmatic solo artists—Leviathan, Striborg, and Xasthur—who produce black metal on the margins of society. These are men who don’t just play the music, but embody what it reflects: isolation, misanthropy, and anger.

The documentary includes the first on-camera interview with Scott Connor, AKA Xasthur, who crafts his bleak sounds from a crumbling apartment in the hinterlands of Los Angeles. We also explored the remote environs of rural Tasmania with Sin Nanna of Striborg, and finally traveled to San Francisco to speak with Jef Whitehead, AKA Leviathan."

Click the jump to watch all 3 videos.


Thanks to for the heads up!