Aug 25, 2014

Update and Things

So, things have been hectic around here and that's always unfortunate. Between the things I do IRL and the things I do for the record collecting/blog/twitter/facebook/myspace/instagram selfies, I haven't really had time to update absolutely everything always (as most of you are probably aware). I don't really have new records to actually update with, considering I haven't had the time to be able to go out and scour the Internet for new stuff. 

I hate to go off and sound like I'm shilling something, but, I'm looking to unload a bunch of records in my collection. That means pretty much everything that is on here. I'll give you all a list of the records I have in another post, but for now, I'll just say everything I have is up for grabs. 

I actually hate to do this, but with all the moving and then not having enough room (or bookshelves or space for them), I have to unload some shit. If you're interested, send me a message or something or whatever you kids do with information like this. 

 

Jul 7, 2014

Cop Trap

I'd like to think I am able to "get things done" when it comes to records and tapes. What I mean by "getting things done" is that, I find mostly 99% of the shit I'm looking for (with the exception of a few choice cuts), and they are all at relatively decent prices. I've been looking at my collection as a whole (considering the last few months of my life have been in and out of boxes), and I've realized that over the course of a year I've picked up almost 300(!) records. Sure, not all of them are amazing gems of hardcore/powerviolence/metal/grind/whatever, but to amass a collection that quickly is pretty good. Or insane. Whatever. Perhaps only having 400 or so records isn't a big deal, but to me it is. And looking at some of the items I have here, well, fuck; I couldn't have dreamed half of these up even if I had the imagination and means to do so. 

Where does this all lead? I wrote a post a little while back on the 7" version of Left for Dead's Murder Contest 001 and I said I wouldn't spend like $50 bucks on a tape. I now own the tape and I didn't spend that much to get it. It was the only thing from MDF (aside from a t-shirt that's now in the wash) I picked up. Sure, there were loads of things to buy but you know, I need that dinero to pick up things that I actually am craving in my collection instead of the "novelty" purchase at a metal festival.

I'm not going to blather on and on about Left for Dead because I already do that enough. Point is, they were really amazing live. And this tape/record is pretty good too.

Preview for next time: it will be a noise record.

Here it is: LEFT FOR DEAD - MURDER CONTEST 001

Single sided white cassette /200



 

Jul 3, 2014

Non-Objective Portrait of Karma

Ever since I started SW those many moons ago (it's been one year what am I talking about), there's been one record that's eluded me. Everyone has that one album that, no matter how hard they try, they can't seem to find it. And if the album should pop up, it's usually in a price range that's absolutely ridiculous just because you want it. Now, I'm not saying this album is super-rare (it's pretty rare), but it's just an album I've been after for some time. It's an album that's a mini Holy Grail type things; while I'm sure there will be more of these in my life, this one is a checkmark in the book of "hey you can probably find whatever you're looking for eventually."

So Circle Takes the Square were around when I was just starting high school and that's where I heard them first. I think they had two EPs in the early part of the 2000s and then this record dropped in '03-'04 and at that time I didn't have the exposure to screamo (or skramz whatever) as other people did, so it was a new sound to me. I didn't hear about Orchid or Pg. 99 or Saetia, so all I had to go on was this weird screaming/mathcore type band and I loved them. I'm not a huge fan of screamo so I can't give a long dissertation about why it's an awesome genre; there's only a few bands that I like in the genre, but this album here, As the Roots Undo, is absolutely stellar and should be listened to. A lot. 

Circle Takes the Square are one of those bands that are quite difficult to write some type of review thing about. There's a lot of noises going on; these awkward time-signature changes, dual vocals, awkward stepping drumbeats. It's an amazing sound and for me, unexposed to this at 14, it was totally different from everything else. Everything I like about metal and hardcore and punk and music comes alive through this album. "Crowquill", "In the Nervous Light", and one of the best tracks to an end an album with, "A Crater to Cough In", is just part of this sort of life-changing experience that is As the Roots Undo. Their songs, while manic and intense, quickly change into soft lulls and then it's back again to something completely crazy and weirdly catchy. Sure, having an interest in screamo will certainly help to enjoy the album, but this one is special. It transcends some weird sub-genre to make something unique, and really fucking awesome.

Here it is: CIRCLE TAKES THE SQUARE - AS THE ROOTS UNDO

Green marble vinyl #'d 60/330








 

May 22, 2014

The Calm Before the Storm

So I just finally moved in to my new place, and I haven't even begun the arduous task of unpacking. I shudder to think of how long that will take, and the fact that I need some sort of bookshelf/turntable mount hybrid thing to store everything that I own. I've literally had 0 time to actually post any records, mostly due to the insurmountable ocean of boxes that are lined up in my living room, but hopefully I'll have time after this weekend to go ahead and fix everything + set everything up. Fingers crossed.

So MDF is today. I'm not in Baltimore. I do have the whole pass ticket thing, so I could be at the show tonight if I wanted to, but I have a proper excuse. I'm a New York Rangers fan. And if any of youse guys are hockey fans, you'd know they're up 2 games to 0 against Le Club du Hockey, or the Montréal Canadiens. Yes, I know this game isn't all important, but to go up 3-0 against La Sainte-Flanelle would be huge. Most likely, none of youse are hockey fans, so I'm posting something that doesn't really matter. Either way, I'll be in Maryland tomorrow; I'm still trying to plan my schedule, and it's really difficult because there are so many good acts this year. 

Okay, so let's talk the universal language. I'm a pretty big fan of post-punk type stuff. I love Gang of Four and New Order and other shit like that, so when I was perusing the Iron Lung Records bandcamp, I stumbled across Total Control. They have this interesting sound that is definitely reminiscent of Buzzcocks type stuff and later Sex Pistols with bits and pieces of Gang of Four. I don't really know how to explain it; if you like early 80s UK punk you'll probably like this. Here's two tracks from their upcoming LP, and be sure to check out their other stuff -- it's pretty awesome.



My man Gavin over at Tight to the Nail posted this really awesome demo/EP thing from this London hardcore act Who Cares? and Christ, they're nasty and filthy and it's some damn good hardcore. Really, though; if you have a band named called Who Cares? you better be angry and pissed off. This thing is gold right here.



Sticking with the UK and back to Iron Lung Records, we move to The Lowest Form with their LP, Negative Ecstasy. #realtalk, I'm a huge fan of bands like Condition and the ilk, so fuzzy, weird d-beat/hardcore is right up my alley. This album is definitely worth a physical pickup. Check it out, see for yourself.



So MDF is upon us, and I'll be leaving in the early morning to drive down to Maryland to see some killer bands and buy records and shirts and whatever else I can get my hands on. I'll try to post a record a day like I did last year. Hopefully there are some goodies.