Friday, December 28, 2012

Happy 90th Birthday Stan Lee

Happy 90th birthday to comic icon Stanley Martin Lieber aka Stan Lee! Looks like the co-creator of most of Marvel's characters is having a very metal bday! (Too bad his bday present had to be Amazing Spider-Man #700. Ugh.)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Wreck and Reference - No Youth [Free Download]

Wreck and Reference are a duo from California that plays guitar-less doom. They label themselves as "electronic doom" on their Facebook page and they make their music using drums, synthesizers and samples. From the looks of their pictures they seem to employ a guitarist for their live shows but they do have a guy performing with some sort of sampler strapped onto him as well. The whole package has a very lo-fi aesthetic with the vocals sounding very ethereal and shoegazey as opposed to the classic doom sound or screamed/guttural vocals. The lo-fi tag, lack of guitars and the fact that they're a duo can lead one to believe them to have a bare bones sound but they actually sound quite rich and lush despite it all.  Their debut earned them the demo of the year title in my year end list for 2011 and had I posted enough free albums this year to do a Top 10 Free Albums list their newest release No Youth would definitely have a spot in it.  Wreck and Reference have refined the heavy ambience of their experimental electronic doom sound and have created an album that is unlike any other doomgaze album in recent memory.

Download Here for free (or pay what you want): wreckandreference.bandcamp.com/

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Pacific Rim Trailer by Guillermo Del Toro


Legendary is KILLIN it with the monster movies! First Godzilla and now this? Guillermo Del Toro revealed footage for his movie at the 2012 Comic Con and now the rest of the public can enjoy his vision via the official trailer below.  Pacific Rim is essentially a Kaiju VS Transformers movie (they even call the monsters Kaiju) pitting 7 giant robots against 9 giant monsters!  With this, Godzilla and rumors of a live-action Voltron movie being optioned it's a good time to be a fan of robots and monsters! Pacific Rim will be released in 3-D and IMAX 3D on July 12, 2013

GODZILLA 2014 Movie Update from Producer Dan Lin


Legendary's Godzilla movie can't come soon enough but for now we're stuck with only minor details about the highly anticipated reboot.  Producer Dan Lin recently caught up with Collider.com and gave an update on the filming of the movie:

producer Dan Lin
"We’re planning to film in March.  We are in deep pre-production.  Gareth [Edwards] has really mapped out his vision for the movie, you saw the teaser, but Gareth—thanks to [Legendary CEO] Thomas Tull’s help—he took over a whole stage on the Warner Brothers lot and not only showed the teaser you saw, he had some models built of Godzilla, he had art decorated all over the soundstage, he had pre-vis of some of the big action sequences in the movie.

So we’re in deep pre-production and Gareth’s vision of the movie is really exciting, it’s a true reboot of Godzilla.  And you saw from the Comic-Con footage it is a grounded, realistic version of Godzilla.  What would happen if Godzilla came into our world today?"

Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey previously revealed that production will probably last until June, and Lin went on to add that filming will likely take place in Vancouver.  Stay tuned to Idol Threat for more updates, and click on the jump to read Badass Digest's recap of the much hyped Godzilla footage reveal at the 2012 Comic Con.

ABC green lights Marvel Comics S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Pilot with Joss Whedon


It looks like the success of Marvel's Avengers movie has earned director Joss Whedon a TV spin-off.  S.H.I.E.L.D. (or the Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistic Directorate as the acronym is now currently known) has been a mainstay in the Marvel Comics universe since it was introduced along with super-spy character Nick Fury in the 60s and has recently branched out to the Avengers and various related Marvel Movies.  Now it seems the spy team will be infiltrating your boob tubes in the near future as well.

The series is said to be 'autonomous' in it's storylines, although it is likely that there will be at least some connection to the S.H.I.E.L.D. seen in the various Avengers movie franchises. Today it was announced that actress Chloe Bennet of tv series Nashville will join ER's Ming-Na who will play Agent Melinda May, Clark Gregg (reprising his role as Agent Phil Coulson,) Killing Lincoln's Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, Elizabeth Henstridge as science whiz Agent Gemma Simmons and Ian De Caestecker as tech expert Agent Leo Fitz.

Joss is set to co-write the pilot alongside his brother Jed Whedon and Jed's wife Maurissa Tancharoen.  Joss Whedon has had success with the tv shows in the past, having created the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly and Dollhouse, so I expect this upcoming ABC pilot to get picked up fairly easily and to be a huge hit.  This month he signed a three-year exclusive deal with Marvel Studios for film and television. ABC is also developing another Marvel property based on The Hulk

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Love Sex Machine - S/T [Free Download]


Love Sex Machine may sound like a (semi) innocent band but don't let the kooky name fool you.  The first track for example is called "Anal on Deceased Virgin" and it doesn't take long for it to convince you that these guys are serious.  Though it may seem like its a song for a goregrind or Death Metal band they actually are far from it (at least in terms of the heavy metal spectrum of music.) This French band plays hateful, heavy, punishing sludge in the vein of Eyehategod and Chicago's Indian.  In fact this is some of the best extreme doom I've heard in a while, AND it's free.  Sludge has been popular for a while and so in a world filled with dime a dozen down-tuned riffage Love Sex Machine stand out in the crowd by getting it 'right.'  They aren't exactly reinventing the wheel or even experimenting with the genre but who gives a fuck when you sound this good?

Download Here: http://lovesexmachine.bandcamp.com/

Friday, December 14, 2012

MTV’s Liquid Television to return in 2013 with Food One's D.I.S.C.O. DESTROYER

Last year there were rumors brewing that MTV would be bringing back Liquid Television, the popular animation showcase series from the 90s that was home to Æon Flux and Beavis & ButtheadMTVX, MTV’s new cross media group, announced the return in October 2011 and launched a digital hub at LiquidTelevision.com that will extend on-air to MTV’s channels, online at MTV.com, as well as on Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook

There hasn't been much more details revealed until lately when famed street/comic book artist Jim Mahfood (aka Food One) announced his new series that will be featured on Liquid Television next year.  D.I.S.C.O. Destroyer is a collaborative effort between Jim Mahfood, Scott Mosier, and Joe Casey. All the art is based off of Mahfood’s designs and art direction. Titmouse Animation Studios is handling the actual animation. Stay tuned to Idol Threat for updates.

The ZIGGIES. 70's Bowie-influenced street gang

Jim Mahfood: www.jimmahfood.com
Twitter: @liquid_tv
Facebook: LiquidTV
Tumblr: liquidtelevision.tumblr.com

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Idol Threat Top 20 Albums of 2011

Here once again is a late (but slightly less late than the last one) year-end list. I've had the list locked well before the end of 2011 but never got around to writing it up, and as I was prepping my 2012 list I figured I should probably post 2011's list first before moving on with this years list. As you know we tend to concentrate on the "lesser known" albums here on Idol Threat, but we do still enjoy the 'mainstream' releases as well. For those that care please check out Tom Waits - Bad As Me, Common- The Believer/The Dreamer, Björk – Biophilia and Bad Meets Evil- Hell the Sequel. Now on to the real list (click on the jump to expand):

Necro DeathMort - Music of Bleak Origin


When I first heard of Necro DeathMort I was skeptical at first. Who would have thought that combining doom metal with electronic and Hip Hop beats would blend so well? (besides Justin Broadrick that is.) Their debut album 'This Beat Is Necrotronic' showed promise but seemed a bit disjointed and jarring, their latest however fulfills said promise and creates a seamless blend of the dissimilar genres.

Skullflower- Fucked on a Pile of Corpses


This deserves to be in the top 10 for the name alone!  The legendary UK band Skullflower has had releases that have touched upon all extremes of drone, noise and psychedelia and they release one of their harshest yet with this latest album.  The name may be blunt but it does more than add shock value, it paints a picture of the experience to come - exquisite, primal pleasure surrounded by decay and death.

True Widow- As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center To The Circumference Of The Earth


Male and female vocals drenched in psychedelic reverb. Stoner rock riffs embedded in drone.  Like My Bloody Valentine but bloodier, The Black Angels but blacker, and lower than LowTrue Widow manage to take their various reference points and create something heavier than the rest and much different than the sum of its parts.


Ravi Shankar Passes Away at 92


Ravi Shankar passed away earlier today. Named "the godfather of world music" by George Harrison and a national treasure by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Ravi Shankar was a sitar virtuoso and a legendary composer. Idol Threat favorite John Coltrane was greatly influenced by Ravi but unfortunately never managed to collaborate with him on record before his own death.  His son Ravi Coltrane was named after Shankar.

Ravi was the father of singer Norah Jones and musician Shubhendra "Shubho" Shankar who himself passed away in 1992. A statement on the musician's website said he died in San Diego, near his Southern California home. On December 6, 2012 Shankar was admitted to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, San Diego after complaining of breathing difficulties.  The musician's foundation issued a statement saying that he had suffered upper respiratory and heart problems and had undergone heart-valve replacement surgery last week.  RIP Ravi.



Tuesday, December 11, 2012

ALL C2E2 2013 Tickets go on Sale TODAY at Noon


More nerd news today as VIP & single day tickets to the 2013 Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo go on sale TODAY at 12pm CST! 3-Day passes are already on sale and are going quick! All attendees six-years-old and up need a ticket to enter C2E2 which is being held on April 26, 27 and 28 2013. Children 12 and under are admitted for free on Kids Day - Sunday, April 28, 2013. Children 12 or under must show proof of age to be admitted. 

Details for guests are scarce so far but for now comic artist Ethan Van Scriver, director Kevin Smith and Chandler Riggs of AMC series The Walking Dead are confirmed. The tickets will be rolled out in waves to prevent their site from crashing so check back frequently if they aren't up when you first look. You get a discounted price when pre-ordering but there is also an even bigger discount offered when you purchase 10 or more tickets!

Buy Tix Here: www.c2e2.com

[Superman] Man of Steel Trailers & Poster


Warner Bros. Pictures has just revealed the 2nd trailer for the upcoming Superman movie, Man of Steel. The movie will be helmed by Watchmen & 300 director Zack Snyder and is being produced by Christopher Nolan of the famed Dark Knight Batman trilogy. The Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane and Laurence Fishburne as her editor-in-chief Perry White. Starring as Clark Kent's adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent, are Diane Lane and Kevin Costner.  It also stars Michael Shannon and Antje Traue as the main villains General Zod & Faora (2 Kryptonians that were also the villains in the 1980 Superman II movie) and will also have Russell Crowe playing Superman's original father Jor-El.  The movie is set to be released June 14, 2013.  You can watch both of the trailers after the jump below.

Friday, December 07, 2012

ShowYouSuck - One Man Pizza Party III: Rest in Pizza


Idol Threat fav ShowYouSuck is back with the third installment to his One Man Pizza Party mixtape series.  This time he's recruited fellow Idol Threat favs GregandFake for the album cover and it may be his best cover yet!  I haven't had a chance to listen to the mixtape but Show has described it in an interview with MTVHive as:

"...a lot of the same topics and same themes [as the first 2 mixtapes] but it sounds a lot bigger...It’s a lot darker, edgier and louder."

ShowYouSuck has recently returned from a tour with Shady Record's Yelawolf (off of the strength of his Chicago opening set no less) and with this latest release it seems that his success shows no signs of slowing.  With his everyman appeal and DIY ethics you can expect more big things to come from this Chicago rapper. OMPP3 has a whopping 26 tracks and features production from his longtime collaborater Mike Jaxx.  It also has guest verses from Brooklyn's Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire (on the surefire hit "Carne Asada") Grade A Plus, his hypeman Auggie The 9th and fellow Treated Crew member Hollywood Holt.

Download One Man Pizza Party III: Rest in Pizza here.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Failing Lights, Winters in Osaka, Eolomea, Che Arthur & MT Coast at Burlington Bar 12/10/12


Failing Lights (Mike Connelly of Wolf Eyes), midwest noise supergroup Winters in Osaka, Che Arthur, Eolomea (Andre Foisy of Locrian and David Reed of Evenomist) and Mt Coast will be playing on Monday, December 10th at the Burlington Chicago.  Winters in Osaka's unique blend of "creep ambient" has been evolving with every show making each live experience unique so it's always a good idea to catch as many of their shows as you can.  I haven't heard any of Mike Connelly's solo stuff but I like his work with Wolf Eyes, plus they were one of the loudest shows I've ever heard when I saw them at the Bottle years ago.  Che Arthur is the head of Past/Futures Records and has been with many bands but I find his solo experimental guitar work to be his most interesting.  This will be Eolomea's first show. Eolomea are currently working on an LP to be released in 2013 on Black Horizons.

Monday, December 10th

The Burlington Bar
3425 W Fullerton, Chicago
8pm $7 21+

Event Link

Lineup (click on names for samples):
FAILING LIGHTS (Mike Connelly of Wolf Eyes/Gods of Tundra)
EOLOMEA (Andre/Locrian and David Reed/Envenomist)
WINTERS IN OSAKA
CHE ARTHUR
MT COAST