Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Foxtails / Algae Bloom SPLIT PREMIERE

It's the first day of spring, and with the changing of the seasons comes this split from two incredible bands. Connecticut's Foxtails and Norwich's Algae Bloom come through with 6 new tracks of material out today. This is a split release between Nothing Feels Good (US), Adorno Records (UK), and Damn Fine Tapes (EU).

Foxtails bring 2 tracks to the table, featuring their unique brand of technical screamo, with clean, dissonant instrumentation and maniacal, haunting vocals. Just listen to the throat-shrieking climax of "Cucaracho" to hear everything incredible about this band. Algae Bloom bring this split home with the final 4 tracks. They come through with a warm, fret-frenzied style of midwestern emo that teeters between melancholic and melodic. Vocally, they top it off with some hoarse screaming, giving these would-be calm songs a shot of incredible desperation. The highlight on their side would probably have to be those syncopated breaks on "Understanding In Negative", though this whole split is nothing short of awesome.

You can listen to it at the link below or you can pick up the cassette via Nothing Feels Good or Damn Fine Tapes!

1. foxtails - To Kitty, Love Bunny
2. foxtails - Cucaracho
3. algae bloom - How Are You?
4. algae bloom - Life In Brio
5. algae bloom - If I Was To Talk Meaningfully With My Friends
6. algae bloom - Understanding In Negative


Algae Bloom

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Kite Flying Society

"Please let me keep this memory. Just this one."

Year 6 of this lonely and despaired tradition. Another screamo soundtrack to wallow in. Valentrine's Day 2018, a day of romance and lovers. Not that you'd know anything about that. Thus you are left to scourge every sorrowful moment, every lonely Sunday morning, every pain in your half-burnt heart, and every reminder of when things were better. Might as well listen to some decent tunes while you do it. This year we've got the fantastic Kite Flying Society to do so, and I'll leave links to all previous years in the comments if you want to deepen the wound.

Kite Flying Society were a five-piece screamo band from Orlando, Florida that were around from at least 2000 to 2002 (any more info would be appreciated). They played an impassioned style of screamo akin to bands such as Saetia or You And I. In their chaos and dissonance, there are definite signs of melody here, albeit brief ones. Vocally, they are absolutely scorching, but also made heavy use of spoken word bits, which harken back to Moss Icon in the fragmented delivery atop arpeggiated guitars. Their discography, like many of their contemporaries, is fairly scattered. They released 2 EP's in their lifetime, and recorded a handful of other tracks that were never released. That is, until their full discography was compiled in 2006 by Init Records. Their discography is below, which includes all their EP material, some unreleased/demo tracks, as well as some live stuff. Doesn't get much better than this on days like today. All apologies and smiles, yours truly, ugly Valentine. Enjoy.

1. Art of Conversation
2. Past Life Regression
3. Nothing
4. Art Of Conversation
5. Breathe
6. Blinded
7. Past Life Regression
8. On Stars Our Dreams Are Born
9. A Twisted Path
10. 10,000 Hands
11. This Picture Was My Heart
12. Untitled
13. We Dance At Night
14. Summer Solstice
15. A Twisted Path
16. Rocky IV
17. Hospital Bed
18. Winter Solstice
19. Stuck Like Chuck
20. Concrete Trees
21. End Of Time
22. Metal Mayhem
23. We Dance At Night (Live)
24. Breathe (Live)
25. Nothing (Live)
26. A Twisted Path (Live)
27. Art Of Conversation (Demo)
28. Winter Solstice (Demo)

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Basic White

Basic White are a four-piece band from London, Ontario who play that old time rock n roll. Their debut EP, Long Time Comin', came out in November 2016. This thing is five tracks of killer hooks and riffs, complimented by some slick leads and blues-tinged rhythms. Fans of other great Canadian rock bands such as The Trews or Sam Roberts will definitely see the appeal here. They've got a fantastic kick-back and let loose energy to them, which really translates well in a live setting. Check out their latest video for the song "Glory Years" below. If it suits ya fancy, I definitely recommend picking up the full EP, which is available below and well worth the listen. Enjoy!

1. Glory Years
2. Something In Between
3. Willing & Able
4. Waiting For Change
5. Way Up

Thursday, 8 February 2018


Foxtails are a three-piece emo/screamo band from Connecticut that have been around since at least 2015. They play a very technical style of emo that borders on math rock, with some dizzying fretboard work on bright guitars, and some very athletic drumming. They've got some very impressive dynamic shifts, going from melodic, quiet passages with softly sung vocals to screamed, bombastic moments. Utilizing off-kilter rhythms, odd song structures and time signatures, as well as never shying away from dissonance to create unease in the calmer moments, Foxtails have showed that they are not only incredible musicians, but have crafted a sound that is truly their own. Their last album, III came out last year on Emo Cat Records, and is unfortunately something I've slept on until now. Highly, highly, recommended. Enjoy.

1. Random Names Always Work
2. Purge
3. Vacant Lottery
4. ccc
5. The Ten Commandments Of Ryan F.
6. Every Window In An Alcatraz Has A View Of San Francisco
7. I Can't Fucking Write Books Because I Only Write Songs Now
8. Well, Well, Well, How The Turntables...

1. Timeline
2. I'm A Sociopath
3. Pellon Upon Ossa
4. Do You Believe I'm Real, Boy Wonder?
5. De Mal En Peor
6. Welcome To Hawaii

1. Rare Beasts - Grendolyn
2. Rare Beasts - Let Me Tell You About The Time I Punched That Bandicoot (Live)
3. Foxtails - The Punishment Light
4. Foxtails - I Experienced Ego Death On An NDE Thread

1. Princess Carolyn
2. The Chicken From Outer Space
3. c.c.c.r.e.m.i.x.
4. Punishment Light
5. zyxwvutsrqponmlkjihgfedcba
6. The Revenge Of The Chicken From Outer Space
7. I Experienced Ego Death On And NDE THread
8. Every Window In An Alcatraz Has A View Of San Francisco (II)

Note: Cassette can be found here

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Terry Green

Terry Green are a four-piece screamo/post-hardcore band from Mississauga (Toronto), Ontario that formed in 2014. After an EP and split under their belt, they put out an incredible LP last year that I cannot recommend enough for fans of screamo goodness. They play a very progressive blend of the genre that displays their technical ability in addition to raw catharsis. This includes lengthy instrumental passages with influence culled from every great faction of screamo. If you like a little melody in your chaos, or are a fan of bands like Daitro, Kidcrash or The Reptilian, this is highly recommended. Enjoy.

1. Hi Hater
2. Bye Hater
3. Rich A$ Fuck
4. Yard Sard
5. Yale Sale // Another Sard

1. Terry Green - What The...
2. Terry Green -  Instant Relief
3. Huge Cosmic - Danny Bombs The Universe
4. Huge Cosmic - Garmonbonzai

Note: You can pick pick up the cassette here

1. I
2. II
3. III
4. IV
5. V
6. VI

Note: Pick up the 12" here

Saturday, 3 February 2018


What a hell of a way to kick the year off. awakebutstillinbed are a four-piece emo/indie/punk band from San Jose, California. Their debut album, the TWIABP-esque titled what people call low self-esteem is really just seeing yourself the way that other people see you came out on January 3rd of this year. I'm not even sure where to begin with this. This is an undoubtedly fantastic album, with top notch songwriting and great instrumentation. They play a punk'd-up version of midwest emo, with the bright guitars and sweet melodies of Rainer Maria being a definite influence, and in their most punched-up moments they recall Cap'n Jazz and even teeter on I Hate Myself. But where this band really excels is in the personality they exude in every song. For one, the vocals are very charismatic, conveying personal reflections in every dynamic range imaginable. For such depressing subject matter, they sure do make some fun as hell music. They've got their own voice, and aren't afraid to scream, shout, or whisper to get what they have to say across. If this is the bar set for emo this year, then we are in for the greatest year the genre's seen in a long time. Enjoy.

1. opener
2. life
3. safe
4. stumble
5. fathers
6. interlude
7. saved
8. floor
9. closer

Wednesday, 31 January 2018


Slint are a four-piece post-rock/math rock/indie rock band from Louisville, Kentucky who were originally around from 1986 to 1990. Since then, they've reformed briefly in 1992, 1994, 2005, 2007, 2013 and 2014. Their discography is very small, consisting of two full-lengths and an EP, only one of which was actually put in their initial tenure together. Despite this, Slint are one of the most important and influential bands in rock. This is chiefly due to their seminal sophomore album, Spiderland. It is often cited as one of, if not the first, post-rock albums ever.

Slint emerged out of another band called Squirrel Bait, who had more in common with Hüsker Dü than anything Slint released. Their first album, Tweez, was recorded in 1987 with Steve Albini, and released in 1989. This album featured the noisy, angular, and droning qualities that they would become best remembered for, though in a less profound capacity to its successor. By no means is it a bad album, though, and bridges the gap between the noisy, post-punk sound of their origins and the barren plain of sonic distress that would follow. This was the album actually released while they were still a band, and just like them, was relatively unknown until after they had broken up.

Spiderland was recorded in 1990 and posthumously released in 1991 by Touch And Go Records. The approach to recording this was simple, with songs being captured nearly-live. This lends itself to the sparse, minimalist sound that has become its trademark. This album features these angular, trebly, winding guitar parts that form the foundations of the songs, while the rest of the band slowly builds up behind them, resulting in distorted, catastrophic climaxes in unusual time signatures. They're somehow both melodic and dissonant, creating an atmosphere as bleak as the now-iconic photo on the cover. Vocally, they alter between quiet, spoken word passages, often exploring a narrative in great detail, and loud shouts during the climatic bits. The drawn-out, dynamic song structures, and use of rock instrumentation in a very un-traditional rock sound is why this album is often acknowledged as the first "post-rock" album. It also sets the trend of the genre sounding like apocalypse music. The influence can certainly be heard in the genre's titans, such as Tortoise or Mogwai, and even extends to other sects of rock, with Unwound being a good example. Spiderland continues to be heralded as a milestone in rock, and for good reason. This is absolutely essential, and highly, highly recommended both for historical purposes and for sheer enjoyment.

Members of Slint have also been active in some other notable projects. Many of them also played in another band called King Kong, at different times. Guitarist David Pajo was also a member of Tortoise, and played on their classic albums Millions Now Living Will Never Die and TNT. He has also been a touring member of Interpol, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Stereolab, in addition to being active in a ton of other projects. Drummer Britt Walford was a member of The Breeders, and played on their debut record Pod (under the pseudonym "Shannon Doughton"). Enjoy.

1. Ron
2. Nan Ding
3. Carol
4. Kent
5. Charlotte
6. Darlene
7. Warren
8. Pat
9. Rhoda

1. Breadcrumb Trail
2. Nosferatu Man
3. Don, Aman
4. Washer
5. For Dinner...
6. Good Morning, Captain

1. Glenn
2. Rhoda

1. Breadcrumb Trail
2. Nosferatu Man
3. Don, Aman
4. Washer
5. For Dinner...
6. Good Morning, Captain
7. Nosferatu Man (Basement Practice)
8. Washer (Basement Practice)
9. Good Morning, Captain (Demo)
10. Pam (Rough Mix, Spiderland Outtake)
11. Glenn (Spiderland Outtake)
12. Todd's Song (Post-Spiderland Song in Progress)
13. Brian's Song (Post-Spiderland Demo)
14. Cortez the Killer (Live Chicago 1989)
15. Washer (4-Track Vocal Demo)
16. Nosferatu Man (4-Track Vocal Demo)
17. Pam (4-Track Vocal Demo)
18. Good Morning, Captain (Evanston Riff Tape)
19. Nosferatu Man (Evanston Riff Tape)
20. Pam (Evanston Riff Tape)

Friday, 29 December 2017

The Dillinger Escape Plan

Ok, so I've got one more post to make before the year's out. Today (December 29, 2017) marks the final day of this band's existence, since they've decided to burn out instead of fade away. Their final show is tonight, and their last album was released last year. This band has had an insane career throughout their 20 year existence, marked by numerous line-up changes, explosive live shows, and consistently hard-hitting, forward-thinking albums. Without a doubt they are one of the greatest, most progressive and influential bands in hardcore and metal, and this is the perfect time to look back at the amazing work that solidified their legacy. Without further ado, The Dillinger Escape Plan. 1997-2017.

1. Proceed With Caution
2. I Love Secret Agents
3. Monticello
4. Cleopatra's Sling
5. Caffine
6. Three For Flinching (Revenge Of The Porno Clowns)
7. Sugar Coated Sour (Live)
8. Abe The Cop (Live)
9. The Running Board (Live)

Note: Last 3 tracks are bonus tracks on the 2000 reissue

1. The Mullet Burden
2. Sandbox Magician
3. Abe The Cop

1. Nora - The Power Of
2. The Dillinger Escape Plan - 4th Grade Dropout
3. Nora - Murder One

1. The Dillinger Escape Plan - Jim Fear
2. Drowningman - My First Restraining Order

1. Sugar Coated Sour
2. 43% Burnt
3. Jim Fear
4. #..
5. Destro's Secret
6. The Running Board
7. Clip The Apex... Accept Instruction
8. Calculating Infinity
9. 4th Grade Dropout
10. Weekend Sex Change
11. Variations On A Cocktail Dress

1. Hollywood Squares (feat. Mike Patton)
2. Pig Latin
3. When Good Dogs Do Bad Things
4. Come To Daddy (Aphex Twin cover)

1. Jim Fear
2. Destro's Secret
3. Sandbox Magician
4. The Mullet Burden

1. Panasonic Youth
2. Sunshine The Werewolf
3. Highway Robbery
4. Van Damsel
5. Phone Home
6. We Are The Storm
7. Crutch Field Tongs
8. Setting Fire To Sleeping Giants
9. Baby's First Coffin
10. Unretrofied
11. The Perfect Design

1. Unretrofied
2. Wish (Nine Inch Nails cover)
3. Angel (Massive Attack cover)
4. Jesus Christ Pose (Soundgarden cover)
5. Like I Love You (Justin Timberlake cover)
6. The Perfect Design

1. Fix Your Face
2. Lurch
3. Black Bubblegum
4. Sick On Sunday
5. When Acting As A Particle
6. Nong Eye Gong
7. When Acting As A Wave
8. 82588
9. Milk Lizard
10. Party Smasher
11. Dead As History
12. Horse Hunter
13. Mouth Of Ghosts

1. Goodbye, Mona Lisa
2. Good Neighbor
3. Gold Teeth On A Bum
4. Crystal Morning
5. Endless Endings
6. Widower
7. Room Full Of Eyes
8. Chinese Whisperers
9. I Wouldn't If You Didn't
10. Parasitic Twins

1. Prancer
2. When I Lost My Bet
3. One Of Us Is The Killer
4. Hero Of The Soviet Union
5. Nothing's Funny
6. Understanding Decay
7. Paranoia Shields
8. CH 375 268 277 ARS
9. Magic That I Held You Prisoner
10. Crossburner
11. The Threat Posed By Nuclear Weapons

1. Limerent Death
2. Symptom Of Terminal Illness
3. Wanting Not So Much To As To
4. Fugue
5. Low Feels Blvd
6. Surrogate
7. Honeysuckle
8. Manufacturing Discontent
9. Apologies Not Included
10. Nothing To Forget
11. Disassociation

Damaged I & II (Black Flag covers) (2002)
My Michelle (Guns N Roses cover) (2004)
Rebel Yell (Billy Idol cover) (2004)

Friday, 22 December 2017

Best Of 2017

As is now tradition, here's my list of the 50 "best" albums of 2017 to close out the year. As always, don't take this as an objectively ranked list, these are just my personal favourites. Feel free to share some of your favourites with me, I'd love to know what you guys have been listening to for the past 12 months. Thanks for a great year and your persistence in never letting this blog die. I hope you have a good end of year, and I'll see you in 2018.

Honourable Mentions:

Frail Hands - S/T
No Omega - Culture
People Like You - Verse
Cloakroom - Time Well
Massa Nera - Los Pensamientos De Una Cara Palida


The Magnetic Fields - 50 Song Memoir


Rainer Maria - S/T


Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian Towers


Shizune - Cheat Death, Live Dead!


Sect - No Cure For Death


Ty Segall - Ty Segall


All Pigs Must Die - Hostage Animal


Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea Lice 


Cigarettes After Sex - Cigarettes After Sex


The World is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die - Always Foreign


Queens Of The Stone Age - Villians


METZ - Strange Peace


Chelsea Wolfe - Hiss Spun


The xx - I See You


Tigers Jaw - Spin


Incendiary - Thousand Mile Stare


Björk - Utopia


Japandroids - Near To The Wild Heart of Life


Career Suicide - Machine Response


Laura Marling - Semper Femina


Full of Hell - Trumpeting Ecstasy


Waxahatchee - Out In The Storm


The War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding




Jay-Z - 4:44


Remo Drive - Greatest Hits


Priests - Nothing Feels Natural


Drake - More Life


Perfume Genius - No Shape


Alvvays - Antisocialites


Power Trip - Nightmare Logic


Sorority Noise - You're Not As _____ As You Think


Julien Baker - Turn Out The Lights


Sun Kil Moon - Common as Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood


the Mountain Goats - Goths


The Menzingers - After The Party


Fleet Foxes - Crack-Up


Tyler, The Creator - Flower Boy


Code Orange - Forever


Single Mothers - Our Pleasure


Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory


Brockhampton - Saturation


Brockhampton - Saturation III


Brockhampton - Saturation II


The National - Sleep Well Beast


Brand New - Science Fiction


Converge - The Dusk In Us


Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.


Father John Misty - Pure Comedy


Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked At Me