Sunday, February 1, 2009

Unwound - New Plastic Ideas

Out of all of the Unwound records, this one is the most off-kilter/mathy, kind of like The Paper Chase, which I'm sure is why it's my favorite.

Pretty chill indie rock definitely inspired by Gang of Four, Fugazi, Sonic Youth, and The Pixies - which is basically the greatest influences you can have short of working some Swans in there.


Sunday, January 25, 2009

Breather Resist - Full of Tongues

Sadly, Breather Resist's last output before turning into Young Widows.

They took their name from Hoover, and they sound like Hoover but fucking louder and meaner...which I guess you could say sounds like Deadguy. This wonderful recording involves some really intense sex sounds, which was awkward playing it the first time through and having my mom hear it.

There are two other "bonus tracks" tacked onto the end of this, which I think are Young Widows songs with Steve doing vocals. I don't recall.

Good record. Good band.


Saturday, January 24, 2009

Akimbo - Elephantine

Akimbo was one of the first "non-hardcore" bands I really got into when I was 18 and realizing there really were good things besides Victory's, Trustkill's and Hydra Head's back catalog and sometimes a good guitar hook is a necessary thing.

When I saw them for the first time, I invited them to crash at my house and made an ass out of myself for 1) asking if they knew the dudes in Himsa and 2) making a girl's pants joke because their drummer was definitely sporting them.

Anecdotes aside, they were strangely a screamo band before Elephantine came out although their previous full length Harshing Your Mellow isn't really standard screamo fare in the vein of You & I, to my ears at least. So, imagine a screamo band evolving into stoner rock in the last annoying way possible and that gives a pretty rough approximation.

They prescribe to the kind of kitschy epic-themed lyrics, but in a tongue-in-cheek-we're-actually-better-than-this sort of way; in a lot of ways the lyrics seem kind of like a side note which make them more pallatable since they're goofy.

I'll stop the dissertation and get to the point:

Selfish - Cry For Love, Cry For Death

I am hoping to complete a little trifecta here with two of my favorite blogs Fugitive Equilibrium and Lo-Res Viscera.

Selfish is probably my favorite Japanese d-beat band...even though they're Finnish. I mean, it's racist to exclude them solely because they're from the wrong country, right?

I will admit that I like Cause Pain more, but this record is still fucking awesome. The vocals have always reminded me of Damage from Philly, which is a good thing because Philly makes some of the best hardcore the whole world over.

Anyway, I've loved these guys for many years and I'm glad to be able to share this little gem.


Monday, January 12, 2009

Triac - Dead House Dreaming

Now featuring a member of Pig Destroyer, Triac is part of the whole Maryland/D.C./Virginia grind/noise/punk thing, which is the best "scene" on the east coast - no offense to Florida, I guess.

Triac is pretty no nonsense grind. I remember the lyrics being better than I expected and the music plays hard. Expect some oddities - this isn't Napalm Death, after all.

Their new 7 inch "The Blue Room" also includes a CD, so if you like this, you got it for free - so don't be a piece of shit and buy something.


Sunday, January 11, 2009

Get Fucked - Get Fucked

Probably the harshest and noisiest screamo record ever. The guitars sound like Ragnarok in standard tuning and the vocals are completely indecipherable. Some "melody." I guess it's a challenging record, but I've always enjoyed it immensely.


Friday, January 9, 2009

The Paper Chase - God Bless Your Black Heart

The Paper Chase is probably the greatest indie band I almost never heard of. I have only ever met one other person who had even heard of them and they didn't own any of their records. So I consider myself pretty grateful I stumbled across them.

I imagine, at least theoretically, that they sound like the soundtrack to David Lynch making a horror film. Off-kilter, mathy, weird, sparse (yet full of sound and instrumentation) indie rock. The lyrical content all deals with some surreal horror but somehow trivializes and pokes fun at it at the same time. I feel like most good art, it's hard to describe and is best if experienced.

In summation: imagine a really dark, weird version of Minus the Bear. That's not quite right, but a close enough approximation.

They're supposed to heave a new record out this year about natural disasters. Since I don't suck at the Animal Collective teet and Cursed broke up, I'm sure it will be the best record of 2009.


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Pretty Little Flower - Complete Grindcore Annihilation

Gulf Coast Grindcore. I'm sure this has members of Insect Warfare, et. al. This is A LOT thrashier and sounds almost entirely like it could have come out in 1992, except maybe it's too well-informed. You know what I mean?

Anyway, not my favorite grind but still pretty fucking legit.

Again, this CD is comp and split tracks.


Monday, January 5, 2009

Endeavor - Don't Die With Your Eyes Closed

In a very special edition of YRFKT, I post Endeavor's Don't Die With Your Eyes Closed, hosted on my own web server because mediafire doesn't allow anything over 100mb and for some reason this file is larger. So, it will be a little slower possibly and it's a big file but I doubt you have it - so download it.

Endeavor is probably the best thing to ever come out of New Jersey. Not kidding. This is their comp tracks, etc.

Again, I guess, I show my love for 90s "noisecore," which everyone will agree is insipid but is useful for differentiating from 90s hardcore, right? Members went on to form Burnt by the Sun and maybe some other stuff. Anyway, if you don't know who Endeavor is you should do yourself the favor and get educated and if you already do, listen to them and remember that Trustkill used to put out albums before Myspace and Photoshop ruined them.


Neil Perry - Lineage Situation

I imagine this has been posted in roughly one million other places, but oh fucking well.

Neil Perry is awesome. Like myriad other screamo bands, ex members blah blah.


I don't listen to this often enough and every time I put it on, I think about how much I enjoy it. If you don't already have this, you have to hear it. Really. Like, you might skip over this, but if you don't have it you need to download it. I am being serious. Do it.


Thursday, January 1, 2009

Landmine Marathon - Demo & EP

Probably my favorite local AZ band, Landmine Marathon used to be a lot more like Pig Destroyer than Bolt Thrower. But alas, things change.

Technical punk-oriented grind with searing math-rock-like leads. I guess. I don't know, but you haven't heard these recordings before and they're some of my favorite grind songs of all time. Here you get their demo that they put out before they "signed" to Level Plane and an EP from their earlier days before I started fanatically attending their shows.

Members of Financial Panther, Unruh, Suicide Nation...and some of those other bands that were together when I was in elementary school listening to Rage Against the Machine and Primus.


Backstabbers, Inc. - Kamikaze Missions

When this came out in 2004, a lot of people said it was the record of the year. I felt like I was unsure then, but I am pretty sure now that this blows away everything else from that year away.

Back then, I order the LP from the band's site and got shipped their CD instead, and when I let them know of the error, I got a copy of the then-sold-out limited-to-100 record shipped out the next day. Legit dudes.

If you don't have this, I'd classify it has grind being played by hardcore kids. And by hardcore kids, I mean ones more aligned with Hydra Head than Revelation.

On more than one occasion, I've thought of getting the Machete Hand tattoo and I'm sure I'll end up with it.

I'm sick and not making a lot of sense stringing this shit together, so here it is in all of its glory.