Music Post # Whatever

La Dispute kill it on their new split with Touche Amore. :)

I haven’t posted anything concerning what I’ve been listening to since like June-ish.  So consider this a music post.

I was inspired to write this post by a band named RVIVR.  They’ve got this sound I just want to put in my pocket and carry around with me to show people.  I want to say, “Here. This is so fucking good.”  They are comprised of the remnants of Latterman and Shorebirds.  I never listened to either one very much, but I am going to make sure I do very soon. Anyway, here it is:

I’ve also been listening to Evan Weiss’s (formerly The Progress and Up Up Down Down) solo project Into It. Over It.  He just did a split with one of my favorite new bands Castevet.  52 Weeks, supposedly written in 52 weeks, is a wonderful collection that mixes tender love songs and rockin’ broken-heart anthems.  Here’s some stuff from the Castevet/Into It. Over It. 7″ split.

In anticipation of FunFunFun Fest, which will feature a reunited Cap’n Jazz, I’ve been familiarizing myself with the far reaches of the Cap’n Jazz tree.  I’ve decided Make Believe is probably my favorite descendant of the CJ tree outside of Promise Ring and Joan of Arc. Anyway, personally, I think this is Tim Kinsella at his best. :)

Been listening to a lot of Bill Evans, as well.  I finally got my own copy of Waltz for Debby. I was convinced stores were pricing it way too high for an unpopular album from the 70s.

Some notable releases, Tallest Man on Earth released a pretty good LP this summer.  A brutal note, Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza’s new album is fucking phenomenal.  Darby and I got our hands on the new Pack of Wolves album, and we’re going to go see them this month.  I’m so stoked.

It seems like I will only go to a show if it’s metal/brutal/legitasfuck.  I ended up going with my friend Allison to see the Toadies.  The bands that opened up were great, especially Girl In a Coma and Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, but Toadies completely sucked it up. I have decided that I will never see another 90s band live again–with the exception of Cap’n Jazz in Nov.  90s bands are currently in this transitional phase where they’ve convinced themselves that their music is still relevant and want to push their “new” music agenda at their concerts.  Eventually, they’ll find that people go to their shows to hear them perform the songs and tracks that made them amazing.  It’s not that their new music may be bad, but that’s not why people showed up to Dia de Los Toadies.  They wanted to hear stuff from Rubberneck and Hell Below, Stars Above.  Popular bands from the 90s, like groups from the 70s and 80s have found out, will have to choose their craft and artistic integrity for dollar figures.  I don’t know which one I would pick.

-dago

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La Dispute killing it at SXSW (Emo's Annex)

Instead of going on twitter and finding bands’ twitter accounts and letting y’all know that this is what I’ve been listening to, and that you should check it out, I’m going to do it here. :) If you guys need any direction on how to get any of this stuff, let me know. Yeah! Oh, and I’m not claiming that I “found” these bands or that they’re somehow new.  Some of these have been around for a while.

Since January, I’ve been listening to Snowing… a lot.  They’ve been described to me as derivative of indie bands of the late-90s and early 2000s.  I’m okay with that.  In fact, I’m very okay with that.

The next band is Grown Ups.  (I discovered both of these bands on http://www.ifyoumakeit.com. That place is pretty great.  Bands upload their EPs for free download.)  Now, Grown Ups does a wonderful job of mixing the energy of punk rock with some wonderfully catchy guitar lines and melodies.  It can seem a bit emotional to some, but the gang vocals and attack of the band give it an oomph that doesn’t make you feel like you’re being whined to .

Very recently, I’ve been listening to an English group named Itch.  They’re kinda wonky at times.  They change tempo and time signatures often, but again, like Grown Ups and Snowing, consistently provide anthemic lines to bring you back from a bit of musical exploration.  The changes are not as dramatic as say my favorite band Between the Buried and Me.  Actually, they’re not even on the same planet musically, but the frequency of Between the Buried and Me’s musical romps turns many away… ok enough about them.

Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) is a band that I regretted missing during SXSW.  It was a shame.  I reallyyyy wanted to see them, but who can pass up pizza and hardcore? C’mon.  Anyway, these guys are wonderful. They sort of float through the air with their beautifully woven guitar-play and skillfully written songs.  It’s a wonderful CD to write to.  I was tired of writing with Jim Hall doodling away.

Alright, new stuff from some established dudes.  I really liked the new Circa Survive album.  I was really disappointed by On Letting Go when that mofo hit da streets.  But this one seems like they’re back to their old tricks.  Anthony Green sounds too legit on this album.  And the band are on point.  I had the privilege of seeing them with Coheed a couple of weeks back.  They killed it. Coheed‘s new album is fantastic as well.  It’s much better than I believed it would be.  Lots of proggy exploration, saga-themed choruses and schmetal to make yo’ momma scream.  Sidenote: Was anyone else disappointed by the new Ted Leo? I expected more.

Two midwestern bands Native and La Dispute, that seem attached at the hip, are both fucking amazing.  Native’s new album is 2L2Q.  But, the detriment of being a small band is that BN.com won’t even carry your album.  The only place to really get their stuff in Texas is to order through an indie store or get it online.  Wrestling Moves has got to be one of my favorite albums of the past 6 months.  When I try to describe Native I just say they’re Minus the Bear with balls.  Ballsy the Bear.

I am pretty sure La Dispute are dropping something this summer?  At least I hope they are.  Their 7″ wasn’t enough. (That’s what she said).  I need something more substantial (again).  Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair has become one of my favorite albums of all time.  They mix the emotion and power of mewithoutYou with the heavy attack of an early-Poison the Well.  They’re amazing.  I missed them when they were here with Alexisonfire last week.  Mea culpa.  Anyway, these guys do everything right.  They have great material, and it doesn’t seem like they’re performing to accomplish some sort of rock ‘n’ roll mission of grandeur, posturing and excess.  They’re there for the people that are there to see them perform their great music.  They create a wonderful atmosphere.  Muchos props, La Dispute.

Anyway, grad school has killed my ability to get into new music, but I need to get my hands on the new Murder By Death for sure.  Also, I can’t wait for the new Against Me! EP to get here.  I’ve also been cranking some good old Promise Ring lately.  TOO GOOD! :D  I’m really anticipating the new Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza album as well.

Finally, Tom Fun Orchestra is really interesting.  In my head, they sound like what Tom Waits should sound like–good.  They really are a sort of orchestra.  I can’t even count the number of random instruments you can catch in one track.  They’re great.

Anyway, this is my failed attempt at being a music critic.  I really suck at it, but this is all stuff I recommend you all check out.  You actually might like it.

For those of you with last.fm accounts, let’s be friends: http://www.last.fm/user/tehdago

-dago

Southby

This has nothing to do with this post. I love parfaits. Actually, SXSW is like my life's musical parfait. The crunchy, the smooth and nutritious. Yeah? That works.

No funny business today.  Every March, swarm of bands, companies and filmmakers descends upon Austin looking to make a name for themselves, connect with their markets or flat-out rawk face!  I am personally excited about the music events.  Every year there’s someone that takes me by surprise.  A few years ago it was The Hush Sound and Dead to Fall.  I hope the same happens this year.  Anyway, here’s a few peepz I’m excited to see.

Wednesday is going to be a pretty brutal day.  The Funeral Pyre are a death metal band hardened by the beautiful weather of Southern California.  They’ll be playing at the Mohawk at 9:40.  If you wanna get brutal wif me, you can at Emo’s which will play host to one of the greatest hardcore bands our generation has seen, Dillinger Escape Plan.  I can’t fucking wait.  Then it’s to the Amsterdam Cafe with me to catch Kiss Kiss and The Forecast, both of which are drastically different from the Funeral Pyre and Dillinger Escape Plan.

I’ll be working the SXSW Trade Show on Thursday, so I’ll be missing the Texas Metal Showcase during the day.  Iwrestledabearonce will be there. Thursday night seems like slim pickin’s to me except for Pattern is Movement at the Mohawk at midnight and The Fall of Troy at Opal’s on 6th at 1am.  I can’t make both, but I’m sure I’ll be at the FoT show. I think The Fall of Troy are everything that’s right with music.  Their use of complex rhythms, melodies, chord progression and flare make them so fun to listen to and watch. Unfortunately, the band has decided to break up after this tour.

Friday is going to be jam packed. Gotta hit the Beauty Bar. Murder By Death is doing an acoustic set, and folky outfit the Low Anthem will be playing later at the HearYa.com showcase.  Also, later in the day, brutalists Mychildren Mybride and Goatwhore will be playing at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival Does Austin at Emo’s.  At night I have some choices to make.  It’s between seeing Murder By Death again or channeling my inner-hipster by catching An Horse and Local Natives at the Galaxy Room at the Backyard.  Later on I have my MUST SEE of the night, and that’s Native.  They are amazing.  Wrestling Moves has become one of my favorite albums of the year thus far.  Afterward, I have to decide between Sum 41… whom I still love, and dancey pants Foxy Shazam, and then somehow make my way to Attack! Attack!.  I really wanna catch Attack! Attack and Evergreen Terrace’s showcase because that’s where the metal God squad is going to be, and that’s always cause for a good time. There will definitely be a lot of running around on Friday night.  I might just decide to sit around one place. Who knows? I have lofty goals.

Saturday I get to catch my favorite band at the moment and that’s La Dispute at Emo’s at the Alternative Press Day Party.  Ruiner, Circa Survive and Sum41 will be there as well. I will wrap up my night for sure at the Galaxy Room to catch Joan of Arc and Japandroids, after trying to catch some of the Fat Wreck Chords Showcase at Emo’s Annex.

So, hit me with any recommendations.  I’m open to pretty much anything.  Those of you who know how to contact me through phone should, and those that don’t know me but want to through me a recc should do so through TWITTER. http://www.twitter.com/tehdago

Anyway, thanks, for reading, y’all.  This has been a useless post. :D

-dago

Solo

If you replace the scenic meadow landscape on this photo with mewithoutYou on stage at Emo's Outside, you'll get the picture I'm trying to paint.

Ever go to a concert and notice that guy that’s just there by himself?  Every show I’ve been to has that guy.  What a LOSER! Oh my god!  I mean, he couldn’t even wrangle together a couple of friends to go to this show?  Has he no life?  I bet he plays hours of video games a day, and “reads” a lot.  At least, he could have brought his girlfriend. With a mug like that I’m sure he doesn’t even have a girlfriend. What an asshole.

Well, I was that asshole last night.  I liked it.  I haven’t been to a concert by myself in a while, not since mewithoutYou and The Dear Hunter in June.  THAT show was my first solo flight.  I didn’t really feel that weird about it because it was mewithoutYou, and their Christian post-hXc followers can be pretty nice.  I expect most Christians to be convivial unless I bring up gay marriage or how Jesus probably rode a Velociraptor around.  That show was really nice, despite the hands being held high and the smell of cologne.  However, I kind of told myself I would never do it again.  I was alone.  I was out in the open.  I could have been pamphleteer-ed or EVEN WORSE converted.  You always need a wingman or best case scenario, a squadron.

In high school and college, I usually went to concerts at least rolling three deep, maybe even with a lady to score us the “approachable” points with da ladeez.  I never really thought about it, but the shows we went to kind of required that we keep together closely and watch each others’ backs.  I sometimes imagine what would have happened if that guy from The Mars Volta concert with the word “FUCK” tattooed across his chest wanted to start a fight with me, instead of the other shirtless bro.  I would have been publicly humiliated by this guy who, obviously, had a hormone problem.  What if that cat fight I broke up at the Between the Buried and Me show got out of hand and the two chicks decided to break me off?  I would have had my head on a swivel, but I’m pretty sure I would have gotten jacked the fuck up.  The only thing worse than fighting one out of control chick is fighting two.

With all of this running through my mind before the La Dispute show last night at Emo’s, I decided to go for it. I love them so much, it didn’t matter where they played.  I would have to see them.

I braved the chances of me bumping into the wrong person and getting gang tackled by a squad of hipsters.  Alas, it did not happen.  Actually, I convinced myself that if things got rough I would just start kicking people in the skinny jeans.  I mean, it’s low, but effective, and I’m not really a person with many principles/morals/regrets.

But, the experience taught me one thing.  I’ve always been kind of alone.  I was an only child growing up.  I did shit alone all the time.  I’ve been doing my own laundry since I was 8.  [I know, legit, right?]  I mean, shit, I’ve become so fucking needy of other people in the past few years.  I’m realizing every day how stupid it’s become.  I need contact, but not as much as I think I do.  I’m finally becoming aware of how little I need people in my day-to-day life.  I really like my friends, but I’m becoming more independent, as I once was, as I always should have been.  I believe it’s made me weak.  I’m too conscious of the outside. I’m too focused on what people have thought about me and the way that people will see me if I treat people a certain way.  Anyway.

My New Year Resolution is to do as such:

  • Become more independent emotionally
  • Get all of the needy, narcissistic and manipulative people out of my life

Oddly enough, those two are directly related.  My personality for some reason focuses on helping people that are in trouble.  I want to fix things, inanimate or animate, but I can’t do that anymore. Time to go back to lone wolf mode.  Because the more time you spend with yourself, the more you realize that you’re pretty fucking crummy, too.  The only person left to fix is you.

It’s tool time,

dago

PS: THEY WERE FUCKING AWESOME

PPS:  I love you, Houston Texans (9 – 7).  Good season. Let’s build on that.

My Albums of the Decade

A lot of people are compiling their lists of favorite albums, bands, movies, television shows or whatever of the decade.  I decided it would be fun to try to get a list together for my favorite albums of the decade.  I was initially optimistic about the list, but I quickly realized how lame the past decade has been.  Anyway, these are my personal albums of the decade.  I’m sure most of you will either hate the bands or albums.   A lot of these are sort of sentimental picks.  Many these albums got me through some tough times.  Others were my introduction into whole new genres.  Some are bands that grew on me and have left a huge impression.  I encourage you all to make your own lists.  I would love to read them. :D

The List

  1. Between the Buried and MeColors (2007) link
  2. At the Drive-InRelationship of Command (2000) link
  3. The Mars VoltaDe-Loused in the Comatorium (2003) link
  4. Coheed and CambriaIn Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: III (2003) link
  5. Circle Takes the SquareAs the Roots Undo (2004) link
  6. MuseAbsolution (2003) link
  7. Jimmy Eat WorldBleed American (2001) link
  8. La DisputeSomewhere At The Bottom Of The River Between Vega And Altair (2008) link
  9. ThursdayFull Collapse (2001) link
  10. The Mountain GoatsAll Hail West Texas (2002) link
  11. The Number Twelve Looks Like YouMongrel (2007) link
  12. The Fall of TroyManipulator (2007) link
  13. Café Tacvba – Cuatro Caminos (2003) link
  14. The Postal ServiceGive Up (2003) link
  15. Three 6 MafiaThe Most Known Unknowns (2005) link
  16. Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf (2002) link
  17. Ted Leo & the Pharmacists Hearts of Oak (2003) link
  18. The Blood BrothersYoung Machetes (2006) link
  19. Rodrigo y GabrielaRodrigo y Gabriela (2006) link
  20. mewithoutYou[A–>B] Life (2002) link
  21. Tenacious D Tenacious D (2001) link
  22. ParamoreRiot (2007) link
  23. Taking Back SundayTell All Your Friends (2002) link
  24. The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel TowerDissertation, Honey (2003) link
  25. System of a DownToxicity (2001) link

Honorable Mention

  • Alkaline TrioFrom Here to Infirmary (2001) link
  • Strike AnywhereChange is a Sound (2001) link
  • Blink-182Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (2001) link
  • NOFXWar on Errorism (2004) link
  • Job For a CowboyDoom EP (2005) link
  • At All CostIt’s Time to Decide (2006) link
  • The Smashing PumpkinsMachina and the Machines of God (2000) link
  • Bloc PartySilent Alarm (2005) link
  • Cursive Mama, I’m Swollen (2009) link
  • See You Next TuesdayParasite (2007) link
  • Protest the HeroKezia (2005) link
  • The DarknessPermission to Land (2003) link

Thank you, Between the Buried and Me.