Maybe it’s the way that “Sobriety Up and Left” hits me that first made me fall in love with Alcoholic Faith Mission, but now it’s so much more than that. I can say with absolute honesty that Alcoholic Faith Mission may be the most powerful and intense live performance I’ve ever witnessed from a non-traditional rock band. I don’t expect it to be topped anytime soon.
Needless to say, when I saw that Alcoholic Faith Mission had put out a free digital download collection of their top material in anticipation of their upcoming North American tour — and a Canadian record deal with my friends and huge Toronto music supporter Todd Arkell’s label — I was thrilled. Continue reading
Much of what I could say here, you’ve probably heard me say before, so I’ll keep it short and sweet. Next week, on Thursday Febuary 2nd, The $5 Rap Show puts on their first show of 2012 celebrating the release of not one but two brand new music videos. The first is “Heatwave” (above) which features my good friends the Backburner crew: Timbuktu, Chokeules, Wordburglar, Jesse Dangerously, Thesis, and Jay Bizzy. The video was shot for the lead single off the compilation album of the same name, released in late 2011. It’s a freaking awesome album and something you need to hear — do it on their bandcamp.
The second video is one even more near and dear to me — Wordburglar’s brand new music video for “Rhyme O’Clock.” I love this one not just because a large portion of it was shot at Rancho Relaxo — home of The $5 Rap Show — but also because over the years of SJ playing shows for me under the TWM name, and him and More or Les launching The $5 Rap Show at the venue I book, we’ve become pretty tight. It’s been ages since Wordburglar has released a new album to the masses, and this video is the precursor. However, to see this one you are going to have to actually drag your ass out to the show: http://www.facebook.com/events/115866101867243/. It will be debuting for the first time anywhere that night, Thurs Feb 2nd, at The $5 Rap Show.
It has been a banner year for Cursed Arrows, not only did they release their Death Rattle Blues EP on cassette, and The Madness Of Crowds — the follow-up to 2009’s critically acclaimed LP Telepathic High Five — but now their brand new Skin Behind The Shroud EP is available digitally for free (it’s on cassette too for merely five dollars).
The six song EP finds Cursed Arrows mining some familiar (but still very potent) ground: their buzzsaw guitar-and-drum attacks still fuse together perfectly with bittersweet hooks and harmonies. That’s not to say they’re treading water though — they find time to bust out the drum machine on “One In The Blue” and some spoken word on “Close To The Exit”.
The 23 minute EP is a perfect encapsulation of their sound for newcomers and long-time fans alike, so check out the album stream below. If you’re digging what you hear, make sure to hit their Bandcamp page to purchase the cassette, download the MP3s or check out their other fantastic releases.
P.S. Eliot (Birmingham, AL/Chattanooga, TN) made a name for themselves quite quickly on the blog/internet buzz scene — their fuzzed out Bike Wreck!!! demo lead them to a surprisingly-cleaned-up-yet-still-catchy debut with Introverted Romance in Our Troubled Minds. Despite the clearer sound and higher production values, the band have maintained melodic consistency over all of their releases.
While many people mourned the loss of P.S. Elliot’s lo-fi sound, these songs are all as fun and energetic as ever. The new record Sadie drives that point home, proving Introverted wasn’t a fluke by any means. This one is for anyone who likes their indie with a pop edge and their angst with a spoon full of sugar. Personal highlights include the one-two punch of “Pink Sheets” / “Untitled”.
The new album (featuring artwork by the talented Kate Wadkins) is available to download over at If You Make It, and it’s totally free so what have you got to lose? If you like what you hear, don’t forget to donate!
Cloud Nothings‘ self-titled second album is slated for a seemingly distant January 25th release, but we’ve got the first track “Understand At All” streaming today via. Soundcloud. The band’s production values have been inching towards a cleaner sound for a while (culminating with this years Leave You Forever EP), but the song itself is still classic Cloud Nothings.
I hear a bit of pop-punk influence in this particular track, which will come as no surprise to anyone following Dylan Baldi’s songwriting thus far. Dylan has played around with different styles of pop before, but he always keeps it fuzzed out and catchy. The record will be released by Carpark (home to artists like Beach House, Dan Deacon, Toro Y Moi, Light Pollution and more) so you can bet the buzz will grow around this release.
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It’s hard to get a clear shot of Hot Kid while they’re on stage, because they rarely stop moving. They’re non-stop, balls-out energy from the start of their set to the end — or until the encore, as was the case the night they released their new ten-inch record at Rancho Relaxo. The album itself is great — Gorman reviewed it — but their live show really brings it all to life. Check out a pic from each band after the jump, and click the above photo for the full Flickr set. Continue reading