Lots of cool gigs coming up… Lots to look forward to!
15th Aug: Jabberwocky (Chelsea Wolfe, Thee Oh Sees, Deafheaven etc)
16th Aug: Jabberwocky (Jesu, Earth, Electric Wizard, Kurt Vile etc)
9th Sep: Secret Chiefs 3 (Ishraqiyun / FORMS sets) @ Corsica Studios
10th Sep: Secret Chiefs 3 (UR / Xaphan sets) @ Corsica Studios
11th Sep: Secret Chiefs 3 (+ guests) @ Corsica Studios
20th Sep: King Buzzo @ London Oslo
23rd Sep: White Hills @ Corsica Studios
23rd Oct: Lee Ranaldo @ Cafe Oto
I’ve not got tickets for King Buzzo or White Hills yet… Still kind of on the fence about King Buzzo, and I’d need to get time off work to go, so I dunno if I’ll bother. I’ve seen White Hills 5 times now, and while they have been amazing every time they’ve not released anything new since the last tour so I don’t wanna get sick of them… Kinda feel like I should go to both, but I dunno. It gets expensive when you keep adding up train fares and gig tickets… Pumped for the ones I do have tickets for though! Gonna have to check out more of the bands that are playing Jabberwocky, as it is getting incredibly close…
That’s bloody beautiful… I’ll probably gonna end up with black vinyl or something, but if I can get this ‘Grimace Purple/Royal Blue mix’ I will be very happy. Looks like it’s sold out already though, and I’m guessing there’s not gonna be any copies of this one making their way over to the UK… The album isn’t even gonna be out next month when I see them, so no luck on the merch table either I guess. Damn.
I want the pretty one dammit!
oh Zach Hill, you so robotic and inhuman. Oh Nick Reinhart, you so ridiculously insane at guitar.
Huh… Robotic is the exact opposite thing I’d use to describe Zach’s drumming. It’s like a whirlwind of overenthusiastic energy and expression… Not calculated - more like some kind of humanistic release.
Nick is ridiculously insane at guitar though…
Primus - DMV
Been listening to a bunch of Primus again recently. I hadn’t really listened to them for ~3 years. I always feel a bit conflicted about these guys… When they’re good they’re fucking amazing, and this track is a fine example of that, but sometimes they really annoy me (Pork Soda and Is It Luck? come to mind). Of the four Primus albums I have there is not one I love the whole way through.
Also, I think their album artwork is almost universally horrendous (the cover for this album is one of my least favourite album covers of all time in fact).
This is a great track though. That tapping bass riff is sooo nice.
I miss you, Mr. Bungle.
Mr. Bungle were (and still are) the only good band to sound like Mr Bungle.
I’m so fucking sick of seeing people debating religion and the existence of god… It’s almost inescapable on the internet.
I’ve never personally witnessed anything that either proves or disproves anything and I don’t really care either way. Nobody really knows what happens when you die - and really, does it matter? You’ll find out eventually. If there is a god (or gods) and heaven / hell / purgatory / reincarnation / whatever you actually have no idea what their specific criteria for your eligibility for any of them are. Would a god really send you to hell for not believing in them? In my experience it seems like an innate belief or lack of belief which you can’t really help…
I’d just be okay floating around in purgatory.
The thing that really bothers me is people trying to convert other people to whatever beliefs they hold. When people hold an opinion as vehemently as they do they will almost always come out of any debate still convinced they’re right and so the whole thing was a pointless exercise.
I find the best approach is one of total disinterest. I am finding this with more and more things in life - not just religion, but any firm belief or opinion (and actually not just beliefs and opinions). 99% of the time I’m not going to change anyone’s mind on any strongly held belief or opinion. I think people care too much about the things that they really don’t like or rather spend so much time and energy trying to change them that they have little left for anything else. What the hell does it matter what anyone else believes? It seems like a form of insecurity in a way - like people need more people to agree with them to be happy, which is kind of fucked up… And really it’s like fighting fire with fire, because the louder anyone shouts the louder those that oppose it shout back - and everyone thinks they’re right! Why not just chill, be comfortable in yourself and shut up…?
The Gutter Twins - Idle Hands
J Mascis + The Fog - More Light
This song sounds like a plane taking off. That is a good thing.
The records J did as J Mascis + The Fog are pretty great, and totally underappreciated… It’s weird how on last.fm Dinosaur Jr have nearly 700,000 listeners, while J Mascis + the Fog don’t even have 20,000 - especially considering a lot of the latter Dino Jr stuff was pretty much all J anyway… Huh. I don’t get why so few people would people listen to Dinosaur, but not The Fog when they’re so similar (this song is not actually at all representative of The Fog albums in general, but is just really fucking good). In fact, one of my favourite things J has ever done was a b-side on a Fog single… So yeah.
Fingerless oven gloves.
They should be a thing.
Picking up hot stuff is dangerous, and traditional oven gloves only serve to impede your manual dexterity - which is likely to lead to more accidents. Fingerless oven gloves would let your fingers move much more freely and allow you to carry hot things in a much more secure and safe way, which would subsequently decrease the likelihood of burns.
Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz - Domos
I’ve been building up a bit of a Book Of Angels collection recently. This came this morning. I’m liking it a lot so far. The gimbri has a particularly nice sound, and it’s not something you often hear on a lot of records.
Nine Inch Nails - Discipline