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HearingTest – Rewind! #1!

Posted by Molli Fire on Saturday, 9June07

Welcome to the premier edition of HT-Rewind! Issue 001!

The Greatest Hits from the first week of June:

Drones Of The Dour – Sunn O))), Wolf Eyes, Wolves In The Throneroom, Merzbow, Weedeater Shows

Sunn O))) announced a string of West Coast US shows with the incredibly talented Wolves In The Throneroom bringing furious black metal along and Southern Lord label mates Weedeater. Sunn O))) also announced that they will play the Super Sonic Fest in UK alongside Mogwai and Miasma, as well as the Dour Festival with previous tour mates Wolf Eyes plus Merzbow and Wilco.

Sunn O))) To Release Oracle On Vinyl

Sunn O))) also announced that they will be releasing Oracle on vinyl. Brainwashed got a hold of the cd and has reviewed it with samplage.

Digitized – Bob Marley’s Exodus Gets A Futuristic Release

Exodus turns 30 this year, and to celebrate Island will be reissuing the entire album on USB stick, Micro SD, deluxe cd, cd, and vinyl. The first 3 come with video footage of Bob Marley and the Wailers performing live in London in 1977. The vinyl will be reissued as an exact replica of its first release.

Dope New 50/50 Video From Wiley!

Eski Boy makes a smokin video for “50/50” from his upcoming Playtime Is Over and HearingTest has the links to a crystal clear mov format. It positively sparkles, and comes rumbling out of the subwoofers! In addition to the vid, the sweet fellas over at Big Dada have sent us a link to where you can get your own Wiley player. It’s sweet too, I wish I could show you here, but WordPress does not allow embedding of players other than a few like yT. But trust me, go check it out, it has the video for “50/50” plus audio for “Gangsters” and “Bow E3”. It’s a clever likkle device –
www.bigdada.com/wileyplayer/

December ATP – Portishead, Aphex Twin, Earth, Julian Cope And More

Yep, all those folks are on the lineup. What isn’t obvious from the beginning of this report is that the second part features an album review by Julian Cope for one of the most amazing dark ambient metal bands – Sacrificial Totem. The album that Cope reviewed is Hurqalya which can be found on Katabatik. All fans of ambient noise, ambient metal, and atmospheric sonic storytelling should definitely check this out. Katabatik releases albums and hosts concerts with bands who create unique sonic experimentations. Their catalogue ranges from experimental electronica to IDM to ambient, metal, ragtime, and glitch-core. Definitely a fine resource of music.

NME Offers Free White Stripes Record In Magazine This Week

A limited edition red vinyl picture disc of “Rag And Bone” from the White Stripes’ upcoming Icky Thump was included in this week’s issue of NME. More info and pictures in the report.

Download – Matt Shadetek Releases His BBC Mix

MO FIRE! MO BASS!! Bo! This mix is the shizzle! If you haven’t already, go get this mix NOW! Killer tunes, mostly original stuff and remixes from the likes of Matt Shadetek, Drop The Lime, Plastician etc. Originally mixed for BBC’s Mary Anne Hobbs show, this is the first time its been available for download, and it’s FREE! If you like what you hear, show your love and buy some vinyl and keep it spinning!

Glen E Friedman Releases Fugazi Photos

Another fantastic picture book from the super talented Friedman. This report has links to where you can find other books by Friedman on Burning Flags Press.

Blue Scholars Video For “Back Home” From Bayani

The song rules, the video rules. Go check it out. It’s about bringing our troops home to their families where they belong.

Dragons Exist And So Do Ninjas

Ninja Tunes found a rare master tape from 1970 of psychedelic surf rock by the Dragons. Dennis Dragon is known for his work composing soundtracks for 1970’s skate films, surf films, ski films, and more. This is such an epic story of the Dragon Brothers and how they were just too far ahead of the music business in the 70’s. If you read nothing else, read this. Okay, maybe just this, Shadetek, and Wiley.

Whew! What a week! And this is just the highlights! ENJOY!

This week’s news is brought to you by the letter D

 

 


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Aphex Twin, Earth, Julian Cope Play ATP W/ Portishead

Posted by Molli Fire on Saturday, 2June07

Oh that’s it. If I don’t build, buy, or otherwise acquire a teleportation device soon I’ll go mad! It started with the Roadburn Festival, then the upcoming Dour Festival, and now this – the lineup for the All Tomorrow’s Parties curated by Portishead:

All Tomorrow’s Parties NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS Lineup

PORTISHEAD

APHEX TWIN »

JULIAN COPE

SPARKLEHORSE »

ONEIDA »

BLACK MOUNTAIN »

CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX

FUZZ AGAINST JUNK

SEASICK STEVE

TEAM BRICK

EARTH »

OK, you all know how I feel about Earth (drone metal pioneers, and DEMI-gods!), but Aphex Twin? He NEVER plays live shows! He is adamant about asking for so much money to play a live show that it ensures he never gets invited to play. I’ve heard that he is nothing but a jerk to work with, but that’s besides the point. This is a truly RARE opportunity to see an amazing pioneer of experimental glitch electronica!

The ATP/Nightmare Before Christmas experimental music event takes place December 7, 8 & 9 at Butlins Holiday Camp at Minehead in the UK. For those not familiar, (and those in the US) think of an oversized playground with a pub on the coast with an experimental music camp out. According to the news on the Portishead site, “Signing up to the mailing list instantly makes you eligible in a draw to win a pair of tickets for ATP”.

All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival website

Aphex Twin, Portishead, Julian Cope And Earth Play ATP December 2007

Julian Cope Reviews Avant-Garde Albums Every Month

Julian Cope has a fascinating collection of music in his Album of the Month series. This month he reviewed Les Rallizes Denudés album Flightless Bird. You can stream the album while reading the review, “Facel Vega from the Heart of Darkness”.
In April, Cope reviewed a truly unique album, Hurqalya by Sacrificial Totem. It is a very limited edition album released by Katabatik in Oakland, CA (only 99 copies were issued, each with hand assembled packaging).

Sacrificial Totem – Hurqalya:
Julian Cope Reviews Sacrificial Totem Ambient Black Metal Album

How Cope came across the album is a total mystery, but it seems he was quite moved by the sonic journey it involved him in. One of the more tame statements from his review:

For Sacrificial Totem’s cataclysmic raging across our speaker systems are enormous weather-sized sonic tempests that exhibit more life force than even the most ardent proto-metal or No Wave freerock, and their calamitous sound is a key to clearing away all the slack, all the kack and all the psychic plaque that the extraneous and unnecessary moves of the Modern world build up around our senses, divorcing us from the sheer ecstasy of the exterior by numbing us up with sweet sticky melodies and rhymes of unrealistic hope

I’ve been an on again off again fan of Cope’s since I was 19, but this review makes him my journalistic mentor. I love the way some can weave a review of black metal. If you don’t recognize his name right off the bat, you may have heard him uttering chants of doom on the Sunn O))) White Album….

Sacrificial Totem artist page on Katabatik.org

The second track on this mix is from the Hurqalya album:

click to play the mix. It is a KPFA radio dj set of all Katabatik artists, the full tracklist is on Katabatik’s Sounds page. You can download the mp3 from their site.

 

 


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Blue Scholars Make Real Hip Hop, Tour W.US

Posted by Molli Fire on Wednesday, 16May07

Blue Scholars are about to drop their second full length album, BAYANI, with Geologic on the mic and Sabzi kickin out the beats for some good ol’ fashioned Pacific Northwest hip hop. That’s the coastal Washington state area, for those not from around ‘ere. The duo are local favorites, who take the real, everyday situations of living in this day and age, and discuss them. No gangsta rap here, just economic oppression, and spiritual liberation. As the PNW free weekly paper, The Stranger puts it:

what you are most likely to experience as a human being in the world today, are the social and personal situations described on Bayani,

The Portland Mercury also offers a grandiose review of the album:

They are everything that Mos Def/the Roots/Common used to be—intelligent, progressive, skillful, and fun. MC Geologic boisterously raps about community, society’s ills, and the state of hiphop, all in a classic style somewhere between Aceyalone and Ras Kass. Producer extraordinaire Sabzi also reflects a classic style of traditional boom-bap, creating beats that would make Ali Shaheed Muhammad proud.

If that still isn’t enough to get you counting down the days until you can peel the plastic wrapper off your brand new copy, peep this review from Seattle Weekly AND go check out the absolutely free track, “Still Got Love”, from our fave blog friend, Analog Giant

You can pick up a copy of Bayani when it is available for retail from Blue Scholars’ online store, where you can also listen to and pick up their 2005 release, The Long March EP.

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TOUR DATES

BLUE SCHOLARS | COMMON MARKET | GABRIEL TEODROS w/ DJ WD4D

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5/16/2007
Berbati’s Pan
Portland, OR
21+

5/17/07 – TWO SHOWS!
Hells Kitchen
Tacoma, WA
6PM – All Ages
9PM – 21+

5/18/07
Raw Sushi
Spokane, WA
21+

5/19/07
The Loft
Missoula, MT
18+

5/20/07
Zebra Cocktail Lounge
Bozeman, MT
21+

5/21/07
Neurolux
Boise, ID 83702
21+

5/22/07
Urban Lounge
Salt Lake City, UT
21+

5/24/2007
Aggie Theater
Ft. Collins, CO

5/26/2007
The Shelter
Denver, CO

5/28/07
The Hidden House
Phoenix, AZ
21+

5/29/07
Hot Monkey Love
San Diego, CA
All-ages

5/30/07
Knitting Factory LA
Los Angeles, CA
All-ages

5/31/07
Pier 23
Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA
All-ages

6/2/07
Grove
Bend, OR
21+

6/3/07
Wow Hall
Eugene, OR
All-ages

LINKS

www.masslinemedia.com
www.bluescholars.com

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Evidence From Trail Of Destruction/TS002

Posted by Molli Fire on Sunday, 13May07

Well, it sure took awhile for me to finish editing and uploading the fotos and videos from the last 5lowershop shindig, but alas, here they are!

Doormouse, End.User, Kontroversy 396, Arson, Bonk, HRock, 666 Gangstaz, the_Stapler_, Planetsize, Rtype, Fishstix, Heartworm CELEBRATE THE RECORD RELEASE OF TEEN SUICIDE 002

this was the flyer for the event:

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I apologize that so much of the foto and video footage is so dark…it is after all an underground warehouse with minimal lighting except for cool trippy stuff that doesn’t translate well to film.

 

here are the fotos:

Sorry!  Fotos will be back tomorrow.

 

 

AND here are the videos:

 

this one is my favorite: it’s 5am at this point, listen to the crowd still cheering & yelling!

 

Thanks to everyone who came out an supported this event! Thanks to all the performers – every single one ROCKED the house! This party was off the hook fun until at least 7am! thanks to Doormouse and End.User for traveling to SF to show us a good time! Thanks to local heroes Kontroversy 396, Arson, Bonk, Heartworm, and Fishstix! AND A HUGE BIG UPS AND CONGRATULATIONS TO RTYPE – for getting Teen Suicide 002 pressed to gorgeous vinyl, mastered by the one and only Tim Xavier! Also BIG UPS & THANKS to the Teen Suicide 002 superstars – HROCK, 666 GANGSTAZ, THE_STAPLER_, & PLANETSIZE r.i.p………

To everyone else- you missed out, your only redemption is to be at the next 5lowershop bru-ha.

 

Here is the info on the record release, Teen Suicide 002 :

 

previews of the tracks are available at http://www.myspace.com/teensuicide

Teen Suicide 02 – Welcome to Bayshore EP
Four tracks showcasing the best breakcore, hardcore and jungle artists
associated with San Francisco’s 5lowershop soundsystem.

666Gangstaz – Tricknology
A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, a hop, skip, and a jump away from Detroit,
Todd Cook (aka 666Gangstaz aka DJ Crackhouse aka the Slime Lord) grew up
equally influenced by Jeff Mills as Soundmurderer and SK-1. His track
“Tricknology” combines the frenetic chaos and vst trickery of breakcore and
IDM with the bass and tempo of dubstep and techno. Don’t worry, a DJ
friendly intro/outro will make it a snap to mix in.

H-Rock – This One is for Ramo (Julian’s Reprise)
Victor Evans is fast becoming a rising star in hardcore techno. His track on
the first Teen Suicide melted clubs from Rotterdam to San Francisco. This
track is even better. A dedication to the movie Beat Street and graffiti
writers worldwide, this track caused teenaged girls to hug and kiss each
other with excitement in Portland. I swear, I was there. H-Rock produces
speedcore and noise as Vankmen. The “H-Rock vs Vankmen EP” is scheduled to
be released as Teen Suicide 04, as well as a debut release on Fathme
Records, good friends of ours. Look out!

The Stapler – Coldf33t
The Staper (aka DJ FVK aka SoFat! Soundsystem aka DJ Heathrow) was first
exposed to ragga jungle and hardcore through squat parties in London’s
notorious Hackney Wick. After moving back to New York City,
the Stapler started SoFat! Soundsystem, playing the finest in dub, ragga
jungle and breakcore. Now a resident of San Francisco, the Stapler has been
producing original and distinctive ragga jungle. You don’t need a duthmaster
to enjoy this, you’ll be hooked with the first bass note.

Planetsize – Binary Brotha
This record is dedicated to the memory Planetsize. A close friend to
everyone involved with Teen Suicide Records and 5lowershop soundsystem, he
passed away shortly before this record came out. “Binary Brotha” is
definitely the most insane track on the record. Breakcore without limits and
designed to rock a soundsystem, the track is also a reminder of what we
lost.

 

 

 

 

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Sonic Boom SF Show Review

Posted by Molli Fire on Thursday, 26April07

I did it! I finally headed over to youtube and created a channel for HearingTest! Now i will be able to post videos here immediately!

On that note, let’s get to the Sonic Boom show review!

The digs – Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco, April 8th, 2007.

An absolutely lovely night in SF, already starting to hint at the warmth of summer, with the soothing moisture in the air that is ever-present from the nearby beaches. My mates and i filled our bellies at the late-night diner just up the hill from Hemlock Tavern, because you can’t get fries and root beer floats at the bars here.

There were 2 bands that played before Sonic Boom :
Stevenson Ranch Davidians

LSD and the Search for God

Even when I was at the show I couldn’t figure out which was which, so we’ll skip that part. They were both fun to listen to live, and both were at the mercy of the person doing sound who seemed to have no idea how one was supposed to run sound. When one singer asked through the mic for the monitors to be turned up, they got no response, and no action. So, they had to wonder if it sounded right. In front of the stage, where the audience was, it sounded great. To the side of the stage and on stage, it sounded weird. Luckily, the crowd thought it sounded great. Note to sound tech people – take your earplugs out once in awhile to gauge how it sounds, especially when changing the volume on different things! This person did not, and consequently kept turning up the volume on a microphone that was picking up the cymbals. To the audience, it was way too loud and shrill, yet they kept turning it up….

OK! On to the good stuff! Mr. Sonic Boom played an absolutely wonderful set! He had crazy old digital electronic instruments, like a Yamaha synthesizer, a Dr. BOSS Sampler (which he never used the sequencer of, he triggered each sample by hand as he needed it!), an Electribe (i think it was the sampler version, I don’t think he used the sequencer on this one either!) and some strange little box marked Casio that made drum rhythms akin to old organ percussion beats! You know, samba, foxtrot, rock…. For some reason, i expect this type of gear to make crazy techno or noise or dub or similar. SB made gorgeous ethereal music that was delicate even as it expanded to fill the room. The one man show consisted of songs that he has played in the bands he has been part of previously, mostly Spectrum music. You can hear little bits of the songs in the videos.

As much as I love Hemlock Tavern, and will keep going there because they host many of my favorite musicians, they really need to work on their ventilation. Every show I have ever seen there, I ended up out in the alley trying to cool off and get fresh air. Even with the big door open in the back of the room, it is impossible to stay in the throng of people pressing as close to the stage as possible because it just gets too sweaty hot. And it’s only April now. In July, it is much worse. Some people theorize that this is part of the rock and roll experience, but that’s dumb. I have never enjoyed a show less just because it was comfortable. Just read my review of ISIS at Bimbo’s 365 Club for proof. But don’t get me wrong, Hemlock is still one of the best venues to see music – the stage is only a little bit elevated from the floor, so you can get in real close (which is how i can read itty bitty type on plastic boxes of obscure electronic devices), the sound is usually good, the drinks are proper, and the staff is so dang nice.

Here are the videos, with the slideshow from last week repeated at the end of this post :

 

 

 

 

 

Sonic Boom is also the purveyor of a fantastic website, so make sure you check it out : http://www.sonic-boom.info/

 

 

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Pictures! Sonic Boom (Spacemen3, Spectrum) in SF

Posted by Molli Fire on Thursday, 19April07

So, this is actually just another tease…. I was lucky enough to see the wonderful performance by Sonic Boom in SF this month. Sonic Boom is the genius behind the aural experimentations known as E.A.R. and he is also the voice and half the music of Spectrum AND he is one of the Spacemen3. Busy Boy. Well, he is touring the US and has shows in the UK as i earlier posted about. The show at the Hemlock Tavern was fantastic! i will do my best to write a proper report about it this week. i will definitely have a series of 1-2 minute videos with sound to post up here very soon. i haven’t posted movies yet, so i might have to figure out how to do that within wordpress. Maybe it’s time to start a youtubular account….

Well, until i get the movies up, here is a little slideshow of the pix :

enjoy!!

 

 

 

 

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Architecture In Helsinki Sign To Polyvinyl + Tour

Posted by Molli Fire on Tuesday, 17April07

According to Polyvinyl Record’s website, Architecture in Helsinki has just signed on with them for all the band’s North American distro :

Aussie sextet Architecture in Helsinki has joined the Polyvinyl family! We are preparing to release their eagerly awaited third full-length album, Places Like This, on Aug. 7. In addition, the new single “Heart It Races”, as well as several different remixes and cover versions of the song, will be released on CD, 12″ and digital formats on June 5. The band will tour the US in June, and again later in 2007.

That “Heart It Races” is the song that i mentioned last week in a post about remixing, when a pitchf*#k music critic wrote a distasteful review of DJ/Rupture’s remix that features Mr. Lee G. The remix will be included on the cd being released on June 5th, and you can listen to it now on DJ/Rupture’s murdochspace –
http://www.myspace.com/deejayrupture

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TOUR DATES

05-10 Brisbane, Australia – The Zoo
05-11 Sydney, Australia – Factory Theatre
05-13 Melbourne, Australia – Price of Wales
05-19 Moscow, Russia – TBA
05-20 Minehead, England – Butlins Holiday Centre (All Tomorrow’s Parties)
05-24 Paris, France – La Fleche D’or
05-25 Dublin, Ireland – Tripod
05-26 Bristol, England – Dot to Dot Festival
05-27 Nottingham, England – Dot to Dot Festival
05-29 Brussels, Belgium – Botanique
05-30 Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Paradiso
05-31 Cologne, Germany- Gebäude 9
06-01 Neustrelitz, Germany – Immergut Festival
06-02 Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound
06-04 London, England – Kings College
06-07 Cambridge, MA – Middle East Downstairs
06-08 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
06-09 Philadelphia PA – Starlight Ballroom
06-10 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
06-11 Chicago, IL – Logan Square Auditorium
06-13 Seattle, WA – Neumos
06-14 Vancouver, British Columbia – Richard’s on Richards
06-15 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
06-16 San Francisco, CA – Bimbo’s 365 Club
06-18 Pomona, CA – Glasshouse
06-19 Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theatre

The band has a very cute website :
http://www.architectureinhelsinki.com/

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Ornette Coleman Wins Pulitzer + Europe Tour 2007

Posted by Molli Fire on Monday, 16April07

Alto-sax legend and free-jazz pioneer, Ornette Coleman received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize In Music for Sound Grammar.
Coleman is widely recognized as the pioneer of the free-jazz style with his major-label debut album in 1959, The Shape Of Jazz To Come on Atlantic Recordings. Nearly 50 years later, he recorded the album that would win the prestigous prize : his 2006 release, Sound Grammar. According to it’s review in All About Jazz in September 2006 :

Sound Grammar, a live set recorded in Germany in October 2005, features a quartet with his son Denardo on drums and two bassists—Gregory Cohen (picking); and Tony Falanga (bowing). The two-bass dynamic creates a texture that feels viscous and frictional at the same time, a perfect backdrop for the saxophonist’s piercingly resonant tone, which finds the “sound of expressed reality.”

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Sound Grammar is Coleman’s first release in 10 years and surpasses studio recordings made at the peak of his career, in 1996. It is the first jazz album to be awarded a Pulitzer, and Coleman is only the second jazz artist to be awarded. Wynton Marsalis received one in 1997 for an oratory piece called “Blood on the Fields”, about slavery.

This is Ornette’s year! The esteemed musician was also awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievment Award, and Sound Grammar was a nominee for Grammy’s “Best Jazz Instrumental Album” in 2007.

Coleman and his quartet will be touring Europe plus a few US stops this summer. Dates are listed at the end of this post.

The webpage for the Pulitzer Prize In Music has more info on the award as well as the names of nominees for the category.

Ornette Coleman website

Bio on All About Jazz

TOUR

US
June 17, 2007
Bonnaroo, Tennessee, USA

EUROPE
July 6, 2007
Kongsberg, Norway
July 9, 2007
Royal Festival Hall, London, UK
July 11, 2007
Perugia, Italy
July 13, 2007
Pescara, Italy
July 15, 2007
North Sea (Rotterdam), The Netherlands
July 18, 2007
Warsaw, Poland
July 20, 2007 Vitoria, Spain

US
September 23, 2007
Monterey, California, USA
September 26, 2007
Los Angeles, California, USA

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ISIS, JESU, ZOZOBRA Bring Harmonic Tremors To SF!

Posted by Molli Fire on Sunday, 15April07

concert review of ISIS, Jesu, and Zozobra at Bimbo’s 365 Club in San Francisco, CA on April 6th, 2007
by Molli Fire

San Francisco

San Francisco is rocked by earthquakes regularly – tremors that rattle the china, or knock a picture off the wall are often shrugged off and forgotten 20 minutes later. This might explain why residents were indifferent to a bump in seismic activity last Friday when ISIS, Jesu, and Zozobra installed a wall of guitar amps that made the ground tremble. Neighbors can blame these 3 bands for the Seismic Sludge Metal rumbling from amps turned up to 5.5 (Richter). Their booking agent was wise to secure Bimbo’s 365 Club for the epic event – one of the few venues large enough, comfortable enough, and loud enough to showcase three heavyweight bands. With Jesu and ISIS, their music history alone would crush the floorboards of a lesser club. Add Zozobra to the stage, and the show would have moved to the basement. Bimbo’s delivered a solid, high quality show in style.

Zozobra

I am super impressed by Zozobra. They could easily be headlining their own tour, but they were an ideal choice for initiating this occasion. They displayed a horde of talent and powerful command of superbly written songs. the night started with frontman and founder Caleb Scofield, appearing solo. He greeted the room with a lovely melody that he plucked from the strings of a red guitar. When he sang, it was dark, yet gentle, almost a serenade. A few moments into this ballad, the rest of the band came out and he switched the guitar for a bass. The other two guitarists flanked Scofield on stage. Both are lean, with just enough hair to cover their faces. The entire time they played, they were grinning and rocking their heads wildly. They looked very similar, almost like twins, which provided me with a stereoscopic view of iconic guitar thrashing. The three men commanded the front of the stage, headbanging powerfully and enthusiastically, occasionally synchronized by a unified strum across 17 tense strings. I felt hypnotized by the timeless guitar stances “the twins” mirrored as they sustained a restless sonic assault. Zozobra created layer after layer of harmonic tremors that rippled through the wooden dance floor, which caused the crowd to sway like skyscrapers on heaving foundations. The guitarist on Scofield’s left deftly worked a nice range of pedal effects – psychedelic tremeloes hung in the air long after the string had been silenced, a repeat/reverse combo twisted melodies into meandering snakes that doubled back over their own tracks. The guitars seamlessly complimented the rolling explosions and fierce pummelings of the drums. The ricochet of drumming resembled an avalanche with perfect rhythm, almost belying the human element at its source. Zozobra rocked so hard as an opening band, that i thought maybe they had just stolen the show!

Zozobra tuned their guitars between songs, then shredded hard enough to wrench the strings into new keys again. In fact, all three bands refined the listening experience by adjusting the tuning of their guitars many times during each set. Most did this without delay, taking turns with tuning or playing something simple as interlude music. Unfortunately, this did not hold true for the wait in between bands. It seemed to take way longer than necessary for Jesu and ISIS to appear on stage. Don’t get me wrong, i do understand the dynamics of breaking down and setting up, especially for the soundguy who has to reset all the levels on the mixer for every microphone pointed at every drum, amp, and singer. It still took a long time beyond that. (And why does every venue since the dawn of time play the most unrelated, inappropriate intermission music over the house speakers?)

Jesu

Jesu was next, led by Justin Broadrick (formerly of Napalm Death and Godflesh). Broadrick had worked out a great set for this tour : he used his laptop to integrate an occasional piano melody, or extra guitar effects, or – for one song – rapid fire kick drum action (a la Mayhem). Not at the expense of the live drummer, however, who was wicked!! He accented the machine gun rhythm with impeccably timed staccato hits on the cymbals and snare. From what i have previously read, he is Danny Walker of Intronaut, filling in for Jesu’s regular drummer, Ted Parsons. Walker plays drums in exactly my favorite style – the cymbals are used to accent and release the energy raised, rather than a constant trigger of sustained sound. I am pretty sure that he had the spring on the snare drum loose so that it did not create the typical noise, but was more like the tight marching drum once used in battle. This, sometimes combined with a rapid fire beat on the low tom at the beginning of each measure, created a feeling of heading into a tribal war. On top of everything, the guy had mad skills and his timing was flawless during the entire set. This more than compensated for the brief technical difficulties experienced by other sections of the band. Dave Cochrane, the stoic bass player, has done many collaborations with Broadrick and is covering for Jesu’s Diarmuid Dalton during this tour. Unfortunately, he encountered a series of problems with the bass amp when it began cutting out of the soundsystem. He fell off a song or two, but the interaction actually seemed to loosen him up a bit. He played more confidently and seemed to have more fun once everything was working properly. All three musicians displayed class and a good rapport, as well as technical skill. Despite this, however, i couldn’t help feel like Jesu was really just Broadrick, and the others were simply jamming along with him. Which was pretty much the case, but i didn’t want to actually feel it.

 

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Bimbo’s 365 Club

Bimbo’s 365 Club is huge inside – much bigger than Slim’s, Cafe Du Nord, or Bottom of the Hill – and on this night, it was packed with metal fans. Aahhh, but the nice thing about Bimbo’s is that it maintains a comfortable environment, even when a show, like this one, is sold out. According to the club’s website, “packed” is somewhere between 6-700 people! Many decades ago, someone planned its building and interior with the definition of “ample” as their blueprint. The stage had room enough for 3 bands’ drum kits, stacks of guitar amps/cabs, 3 synthesizers on stands, and still ample room to rock. The main room is vast, with tall ceilings and plenty of ventilation. It looked like everyone in the audience had a good view of the stage, and interaction with the bands felt close and intimate. The decor is luxe and elegant, in the style of a 1940’s dinner club, and the waitresses are a bit punk rock with their black fishnets and crowd maneuvering skills. Bimbo’s 365 Club is one of the most enjoyable places in SF to see a show, especially a loud metal show. The 6-700 people in attendance comprised a good mix of metal fans – i noticed veterans as well as new faces in the crowd. Some crews that i haven’t seen at a show in SF since the 3 Days of Darkness hosted Khanate, Thrones, and Graves At Sea, in 2004. Some of the younger faces in the crowd were likely due to Bimbo’s admittance of 18-21 year olds.

ISIS

Finally, after another long wait between bands, ISIS appeared. They immediately annihilated the intermission atmosphere, proving absolutely that it had been worth the 30 minute wait and the lifetime of anticipation spent by those who came to be initiated into live, loud sludge metal, exacted by masters of the craft. ISIS thrashed even harder than i have come to expect from sludge metal bands enjoying their 10th year of performing together. The 4 guitarists rejected the hypnotizing effect of synchronized movements that Zozobra had wielded, in favor of thrashing individually, each to a different aspect of the music. Sometimes bending completely over the guitar they gripped, then snapping backwards to stare at the ceiling, never relenting on the strings they were punishing. This added a striking visual dissonance that superbly matched the music’s innate discord. Sounds forged in minor keys and draped in distortion only to be fragmented by the battling pulses of the drums, the cymbals, and the synths that delayed and decayed at doomed intervals. This frenzy made it impossible to capture a clear photo of the whole band at once. You can see in my photos that some moved so quickly as to leave a trail of places they had been! B.C. Meyer (i believe) switched between atmospheric synthesizers and grinding guitar, headbanging and thrashing equally on both instruments. ISIS played a fair amount older material, from Celestial, Red Sea, and Mosquito Control, which made me VERY happy. I stopped listening to ISIS when they released Panopticon in 2004 because i prefer their earlier sound – uncompromisingly heavy atmospheric sludge metal. To my ears, Panopticon sounded too smoothed out, polished; in other words, too commercial, and devoid of the grit i felt was at the soul of earlier work. However, on stage in 2007, the occasional “weak” song merely provided enough contrast for the band to show off just how heavy their usual sound is. And heavy is something that ISIS owned at this show. They hit some songs so hard that it weighed down your own head, until you were facing your own soul, and then lifted it high with distorted upsweeps, until you gazed above the room, to where the melodies were scattering into the depths of space. At times, the pummeling beats could elevate your strong arm into the air, and cinch your hand into devil’s horns. An enthusiastic display of solidarity grew within the crowd, gaining strength with each attack on silence. I actually heard some fans singing along. Well, not really singing, more like growling. It was the first time i noticed anyone growling along to songs at a metal show. Whenever ISIS would delve into the quieter, more melodic parts, the crowd would cheer, or scream the band’s name, as if some just couldn’t handle the sudden release from crushing bar chords.

My Afterparty

The show inspired me greatly – this was the kind of show that justifies going out, and raises the excitement about what the future holds for music. The minute that i got home, i ripped the plastic off my new Celestial double vinyl to see what colours i got (the album has been repressed at least twice recently, each batch offering a different blend of marbled inks). Next, i lifted my shining black guitar from its furry grey coffin and played everything i had heard that night. That is my definition of a great show.

LINKS

ZOZOBRA
Zozobra music on murdochspace
interview with Caleb

JESU
Jesu website
Jesu in Wiki

ISIS
ISIS website
ISIS music on murdochspace

HYDRA HEAD RECORDS
Hydra Head news
website and store

VENUE
Bimbo’s 365 Club San Francisco, CA

 

 

 

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Up Next : ISIS Concert Review +More

Posted by Molli Fire on Wednesday, 11April07

in a blatant effort to captivate your subconcious attention….

i thoroughly enjoyed the ISIS/Jesu/Zozobra concert in sf this past friday. i have some decent photos and a review that i am almost finished editing. i will be posting all of it here within the next 24 hours.

i wish i could have it up already, but i’ve been swamped with projects lately. all of these posts lately have been work related for me, hence the mainstream acts getting so much attention. i will soon have more time to publish “under the radar” metal music. so stay tuned, i’m just kindling this blog fire at the moment.

more upcoming features for HT :

more original writing – reviews, background & history of music categories and bands
a google calendar keeping track of everything posted – album releases, tours, festivals, etc.
more dancehall related posts, more jungle and soundclash too
HT is going to get it’s own website!  i am going to move this blog over to my own url and server soon.  i hope to keep this address as well, not sure how that works yet.

thanks for reading, feel free to leave comments here about any of this.  any feedback i get now might find its way into the design of the new site…

iVi

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Pitchfork Writer Gets Remixed

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 6April07

today in dj/rupture’s blog, mudd up! he takes on Pitchfork’s slanderous reviews of music that don’t fit into their corporate white indie category. he basically turns the tables on one reviewer, using the pitchfork employee’s own writing style to describe their job as a reviewer.
if the reviewer would not like to be described as :

“Paul Thompson, a data-entry typist (who, for his sake, I hope is not the same Paul Thompson of NYC convicted for murder last Saturday), messes about when trumping-up press releases into Pitchfork news items.”

then why is he using this style to describe music for Pitchfork’s website? this reversal of roles comes about after paul thompson reviewed Rupture’s remix of a Architecture in Helsinki song. a remix is expected to be in the same style that the remixing artist is famous for, and this one is no exception. it is very different than any AIH song, but that’s the point. if this reviewer prefers the AIH song to they style that Rupture has twisted it into, than that’s fine. but maybe pitchfork should be more careful about who covers which stories.

the whole story from dj/Rupture can be read on his blog, mudd up!, the pitchfork review can be read at their Architecture in Helsinki Plot World Tour, New Single page and the song in question is streaming on Rupture’s murdochspace and is called, “Ital Hymn Mix ft. Mr. Lee G”.

 

 

 

 

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Tori Amos’ Doll Posse Is Pissed At Bush

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 6April07

Tori Amos stands up against President Bush with her new album, American Doll Posse. in a conversation with the singer that is reported by VH1 news, she states :

“If for one minute the generation who is about old enough and eligible to vote thinks this is about one person, then we’re all very foolish,” Amos said. “We need to wake up and realize that just because we think we’re in a democracy, there is a little bit of a seduction there. They’re not overtly burning books and they’re not doing this and that, but they’re doing exactly what they want to do, and we’re distracted. It’s funny — they’re not burning books, they’re just throwing more information at us, and drowning us in it. You have to be able to think for yourself and not get manipulated.”

pretty astute perspective and statement from an influential lady. the album sounds incredibly interesting – apparently she called upon different Greek goddesses to help her to develop the four archetypes that Amos uses to express the different aspects of the album : Artemis, the goddess of the hunt, Persephone, the emotional and idealistic side, Athena, the warrior woman, and Aphrodite the sensual side of the artist. in the photo, you can see the archetypes, from left to right they are : Santa, Clyde, Isabel, Tori, and Pip.

the american doll posse

Amos also stated, in reference to the political resistance expressed in the album, “The way to really combat the right wing is to not be subservient to them on any level, particularly when it comes to ideology,” she continued. “Therefore, you better offer up another ideology that can combat theirs…”

read more at VH1.com : Tori Amos and at Tori Amos.com

The album, American Doll Posse is due to be released on May 1. you can hear one track from it, “Big Wheel”, now on her site.
Track Listing :
Yo George
Big Wheel
Bouncing off Clouds
Teenage Hustling
Digital Ghost
You Can Bring Your Dog

Mr. Bad Man
Fat Slut
Girl Disappearing
Secret Spell
Devils and Gods
Body and Soul

Father’s Son
Programmable Soda
Code Red
Roosterspur Bridge
Beauty of Speed

Almost Rosey
Velvet Revolution
Dark Side of the Sun
Posse Bonus
Smokey Joe
Dragon

THE AMERICAN DOLL POSSE WORLD TOUR
there are active links for each of these on her website…..

May 28 ROME, ITALY TEATRO SISTINA
on sale now at ticketone.it
May 30 FLORENCE, ITALY TEATRO VERDI
on sale now at ticketone.it
May 31 MILAN, ITALY TEATRO SMERALDO
on sale now at ticketone.it
June 2 PARIS, FRANCE LE PALAIS DES CONGRESS
on sale now at fnac.com or ticketnet.fr
June 3 AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS HMH
on sale now at easyticket.nl
June 4 HAMBURG, GERMANY MUSIKHALLE
on sale now at karsten-jahnke.de
June 6 DUSSELDORF, GERMANY PHILIPSHALLE
on sale now at eventim.de
June 7 MUNICH, GERMANY PHILHARMONIE
on sale now at eventim.de
June 8 VIENNA, AUSTRIA STADTHALLE
on sale now at musicticket.at or novamusic.at
June 10 STUTTGART, GERMANY BEETHOVENSAAL
on sale now at sks-russ.de
June 11 NURNBERG, GERMANY SERENADENHOF
on sale now at eventim.de
June 13 COPENHAGEN, DENMARK FALCONER
on sale now at http://www.billetlugen.dk
June 14 OSLO, NORWAY NORWEGIAN WOOD FESTIVAL
on sale now at billettservice.no
June 15 FINLAND PROVINSSIROCK
Weekend passes on sale now at lippupalvelu.fi
Day passes on sale 4/16
June 17 BERLIN, GERMANY TEMPODROM
on sale now at eventim.de
June 19 WARSAW, POLAND SALA KONGRESOWA
on sale now at ticketpro.pl
June 21 PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC CONGRESS CENTRE
on sale now at ticketpro.cz
June 22 BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA INCHEBA HALL
on sale now at ticketportal.sk
June 24 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY ARENA
on sale now at ticketpro.hu
June 26 LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA HALA TIVOLI
on sale Mar 12 2007 at concerts.at
June 27 GRAZ, AUSTRIA Kasemattenbühne
on sale now at oeticket.com
June 29 ZURICH, SWITZERLAND KONGRESSHAUS
on sale now at ticketcorner.com
June 30 FRANKFURT, GERMANY ALTE OPER
on sale now at eventim.de
July 1 WERCHTER, BELGIUM WERCHTER FESTIVAL
on sale now at rockwerchter.be
July 3 LONDON, UK HAMMERSMITH APOLLO
on sale now at ents24.com
July 4 LONDON, UK HAMMERSMITH APOLLO
on sale now at ents24.com
July 5 MANCHESTER, UK APOLLO
on sale now at ticketmaster.co.uk
July 7 EIRE, IRELAND OXEGEN FESTIVAL
on sale now at oxegen.ie
July 8 KINROSS, SCOTLAND T IN THE PARK
on sale now
July 13 BUCHAREST, ROMANIA SALA POLIVALENTA
On sale 4/5/07 at phoenix.ro and bilet.ro
July 15 ISTANBUL, TURKEY MASSTIVAL
On sale 4/9/07 at masstival.com and biletix.com

 

 

 

 

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Stevie Nicks And Chris Isaak Tour US

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 6April07

Stevie Nicks, Chris Isaak Tour US

Stevie Nicks, best known for her role in Fleetwood Mac and their induction to the Hall of Fame, just released an new dvd at the end of March. you can read a description and review of the dvd, Crystal Visions – The Very Best of Stevie Nicks on starpulse.com. while the dvd focuses mostly on her solo work, it does include her history and a few songs from the Fleetwood Mac days.
now, the lovely lady prepares to head out on the road with crooner, Chris Issak, for a US tour from mid-May until mid-June. she will also make an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on April 23rd.
you can read a little bit more on starpulse.com where i found this info.

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The Stevie Nicks and Chris Isaak Tour:

Thu., May 17 Concord, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sat., May 19 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre
Sun., May 20 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre
Wed., May 23 San Diego, CA Coors Amphitheatre
Fri., May 25 San Jacinto, CA Soboba Casino
Sun., May 27 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion
Mon., May 28 Denver, CO Red Rocks
Wed., May 30 Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheatre
Fri., June 1 Dallas, TX Smirnoff Music Centre
Sat., June 2 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Mon., June 4 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park
Tue., June 5 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park
Fri., June 8 Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion
Sat., June 9 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Tue., June 12 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Wed., June 13 Wantagh, NY Jones Beach
Fri., June 15 Camden, NJ Tweeter Waterfront
Sat., June 16 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Spa & Resort
Sun., June 17 Boston, MA Tweeter Center

 

 

 

 

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SLAYER Speaks For The Tongueless

Posted by Molli Fire on Monday, 26March07

Celebrating their 26th year together, the band formerly known as Dragonslayer, has finally been getting some of the recognition they deserve. They have managed to sustain a career of uncompromising controversial thrash metal in a fickle music market. In 2006, Slayer fans and SPIN readers named them “Best Live Band” in SPIN’s Readers Poll, the same year they released Christ Illusion with the single “Eyes of the Insane”. In 2007, Slayer received the Grammy Award for “Best Metal Performance.” for that single. It was their second nomination for that category, the first was in 2002, but their music finally won the title in 2007.

Christ Illusion debuted at #5 on Billboard’s album chart, selling 62,000 copies in the first week. Apparently listeners made out the lyrics by its second week of distribution because it fell immediately to #44.

texas monthly

The entire album has an overtly hard-hitting anti-government and anti-religion perspective, partially inspired by a magazine feature on US soldiers in Iraq that was published in the March 2006 issue of Texas Monthly. The article was called “Casualty Of War” and “told the story about a highly-decorated U.S. soldier in Iraq who, a mere four days away from going home, had a mental breakdown that left him “seeing faces, soldiers’ faces.” He took his own life.” That description comes from the dogmatic blog entry about the music video for “Eyes of the Insane”.

The song describes this soldier’s last experiences :

Eyes of the insane

A soldier’s heart
Reflecting back at me
I keep seeing mutilated faces
Even in my dreams
Distorted images
Flashing rapidly
Psychotically abusing me
Devouring my brain

The eyes of the insane
On a demented campaign

Tortured spirits
Will not let me rest
These thoughts of mutilated faces
Completely possessed
Fragmented images
Flashing rapidly
Psychotically abusing me
Worming through my head

Shell shock battle fatigue
Overwhelming anxiety
Flashbacks panic attacks
Death raising it’s ugly face at me

More about the Grammy award winning “Eyes Of The Insane” including a listen, on Wikipedia.
Slayer visited troops in Iraq in 2007 –
blender.com

Lyrics from “Consfearacy”, also on the album, Christ Illusion

I need to redefine
All the things I hate today
Politics that fail
From a president derailed
I hate the shit economy
It might as well be sodomy
I know that in the end
I’m expected to pretend

But I can’t relate
To your verbal idiocy
No one’s in control
When the government’s the enemy

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Roll Deep Record Review And Shows

Posted by Molli Fire on Friday, 23March07

:: The Independent :: is already writing about Roll Deep’s new album, Rules & Regulations. the album is set for release on march 26th, but there are opportunities to listen to the entire album via streaming. The Independent called it “one of hip-hop’s most moralistic accounts of modern urban life, an articulate and thoughtful demolition of the armed outlaw myths infecting black youth culture” and propose that it may deserve to be Rap Album of the Year!

you can find The Independent review :: here ::
you can listen to the album on Roll Deep’s myspace :: here ::

Roll Deep’s myspace has tons of pictures, links to buy the album, and more info about live shows.

the release party for this album is TONIGHT at the Rhythm Factory in London. they also roll through Leeds on March 31st, perform April 20 in London with Love Music Hate Racism – an organization that RD has long been a supporter and participant of.

roll deep

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