Friday, November 22, 2013

Weekend Nachos - Still (2013)

Genre: Hardcore / Punk
Website: Bandcamp
For Fans Of: Magrudergrind, Mind Eraser, Full of Hell
Track List:
- Sickened No More
- No Idols & No Heroes
- S.C.A.B.
- Satan Sucker
- Late Night Walks
- Watch You Suffer
- Wolves
- You're Not Punk
- Ignore
- Yes Way
- Broken Mirror
- Still

Too busy and (mostly) lazy for descriptions anymore.  But, this shit is really catchy.  Fuck with S.C.A.B. really hard right now.  Oh, and I found out they suspended my mediafire account, so I'm pretty sure more than half of this blog has music that isn't accessible, so that's pretty annoying.  Until mediafire lets me log out of my suspended account, ill be using 4shared.  Sorry for the inconvenience, hope its nbd.

Download Now

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Title Fight - Spring Songs EP (2013)

Genre: Pop Punk
Website: Tumblr
For Fans Of: Balance & Composure, Daylight, Tigers Jaw
Track List:
- Blush
- Be a Toy
- Receiving Line
- Hypnotize

Hey guys, long time no see.  Who knows if anyone actually browses by here anymore! To be honest, I haven't even given this a listen yet, but in my desperate attempt at reliving my nostalgic moments of blogs past, I have decided to revive this joint! Maybe along the lines my fellow bloggers will rejoin me in our time of triumphant return, but if not I'll at least try and post some shit a couple times a week.

Download Now

Saturday, August 3, 2013

This Routine is Hell - Howl (2013)

Genre: Hardcore
Website: Facebook
For Fans Of: Ceremony, Paint it Black, Last Lights
Track List:
- Gather Your Stones
- Nostalgia
- Howl
- Shiver
- Wrongdoer
-  Caner
-  I Wake To See The World Go Wild
- Gloom
- Don't Let Them
- Uncommon Ground
- Asleep

This Routine is Hell is a hardcore band from the Netherlands. This is their 2nd LP, their first coming out in 2010, but this album is my first encounter with them. The album was produced by Kurt Ballou and it really shows with the layered and dynamic production, really highlighting the bands thick and sludgy sound and interesting overlaying guitar work.

The album starts out with a bang with the call-to-arms intro "Gather Your Stones", setting the tone of what is to come. The rest of the album runs through for 20 minutes without ever letting up, save for the untitled track that acts as a short catch of breath. Throughout the album I get a strong Paint it Black (on steroids) feeling, especially from the vocalist, who sounds nearly identical to Dan Yemin at times especially on "I Want to See The World Go Wild". The closing track "Asleep" is definitely my favorite though, really showcasing the bands ability to create a neck breaking groove complimented by some extremely self-deprecating lyrics and a really memorable lead guitar riff.

This album doesn't really bring anything new to hardcore, but it's a flawlessly executed display of raw energy and passion. In a year when I'm not nearly excited about hardcore as I was in the past, this stands out as my favorite hardcore record of the year.

Bandcamp Download

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Painted Wolves - Unholy EP (2012)

Genre: Hardcore
Website: Facebook
For Fans Of: Music
Track List:
Poisoned Words
Self-Appointed Prophets
-  In The Circle of Lies
-  In Urine

If I had to pick one word to describe this band it would be pummeling. My neck is sore from headbanging in my bedroom and I love it. Dudes are from Sweden and will be touring Europe with Dangers and Comadre, so be on the lookout Europeans.

Download Off Bandcamp
Big Cartel

Monday, January 7, 2013

Genre: Punk
Website: Facebook
For Fans Of:  Early Modest Mouse, My Sexual Dad
Track List:
-  The End (fin)
-  Nevada Test Site
-  Singlemothernature
-  Too Fly
-  Plastic Bag Factory
-  Guerrilla Gorilla
-  Bubba's Rubbage Yard
-  Ugrno
-  A Boy & His Dog
-  Astronaut
-  Corner of The World
-  You Can't Hid From The Lord
-  Stranger
-  Cotton
Football Song/2:07 Nick <3 font="font" nbsp="nbsp">

I really like sloppy, dirty music. I also really like bands that sound like early-era Modest Mouse. Stinky Smelly checks both of those boxes, so naturally I really like this band. This record rips hard, and "Plastic Bag Factory" has to be one of the cooler songs I've heard in a while.

Download Now

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Caspian - Waking Season (2012)

Genre: Post Rock, Instrumental
Website: Caspian
For Fans Of: This Will Destroy You, Gifts of Enloa, If These Trees Could Talk
Track List:
-Waking Season
-Gone in Bloom and Bough
-Halls of the Summer
-High Lonesome
-Hickory 54
-Long the Desert Mile
-Collider in Blue
-Fire Made Flesh
Like I'm sure a lot of you used to, thanks to Sigur Ros and Explosions in the Sky, I used to listen to A LOT of instrumental post-rock. It was something new to the grand scheme of music at that time, and there were a lot of good bands doing it at said time. Now, like most great genres that blow up, it's over run with watered down, half assed music of the like. This record came out last year and I overlooked for those very reason.

I read all the hype and thought it was just people that were still caught up in all that. Not there this is anything with still listening to that style of music, I just honestly pictured myself "over it." Yesterday, I played videogames and sat in my room for the better half of six hours and finally jammed this record out of boredom and I'm beyond mad at myself for sleeping on it for so long.

This record is ten tracks of some of the most powerful music I've heard in a long time. The swells, the build ups and crashes, the break downs and all the quiet parts in between are some of the most moving, emotionally crushing and downright beautiful songs I've heard in recent memory. The track "Gone in Bloom and Bough" is one of the most moving songs I've heard this year. I can see myself listening to this on long drives home, long bike rides and reflective moments in my life. If you are a fan of this kind of music, these guys are currently the cream of the crop. I know I slept on it, and if you have I recommend you not.

Download Now

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

No Tongue - / / / (2012)

Genre: Post-Hardcore
Website: Bandcamp
For Fans Of:  Calculator, Cloud Mouth
Track List:
mr. dr.
the russian man

This band has some dude/dudes from Calculator and they are rad as hell. Kind of sounds like Cloud Mouth and Calculator mixed together.
Download Now

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Pile - Dripping (2012)

For Fans Of: Pavement, 90's alt rock, Control era Pedro the Lion
Track List:
-Baby Boy
-So Hard
-The Browns
-Grunt Like a Pig
-Prom Song
-Bump A Grape
-Sun Poisnoning
-Steve's Mouth
-The Jones

I guess I should start this with the smallest of introductions. My name is Kyle. I live in Birmingham, Alabama and I used to write for Heavy Boots Music. As that blog has gone the way of the buffalo, I approached Goose about writing reviews for this blog to which he obliged. I'm glad to be writing about music for people again and stoked everyone at Circling The Drain was cool with it, but enough about me.

Talk about records that came out of no where to reign supreme on my Best Of list this year. Holy shit. Boston's Pile play a hybrid of well written and angst(not the high school kind) ridden indie rock spliced with the best indie of the 90's a la Pavement and a grungier Modest Mouse at times. At times, Rick Maguire's vocals even flirt with a David Bazan quality.

This record is flawless from the solid and hard hitting opening track "Baby Boy" all the way to the incredibly poppy yet intelligently written closer "The Jones." My two stand out tracks are "Bump A Grape" and "Prom Song." Out of the two, it's hard to pick a favorite. "Bump A Grape's" main chorus line has an old folk/gospel feel to it while "Prom Song" houses one of the best riffs on the entire record, even if it slow and simple.

If you haven't compiled a Best of 2012 list yet (or even if you have) I highly suggest you at least check out this bands newest offering. Tied with Hop Along as my record of the year, you will not be disappointed. Also, just give them the $4 they ask for to download it if you can spare it. They deserve it.

Buy it on Bandcamp

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Rational Animals - Cross Eyed Delights b/w Way After Midnight 7" (2012)

Genre: Punk
Website: Facebook
For Fans Of:  Aloke, Shipping News, Wiccans
Track List:
-   Cross Eyed Delights
-   Way After Midnight

If you like your punk rock to sound like it has been drinking whiskey and rolling around in mud, then you will probably like Rational Animals. They are on the awesome label, Katorga Works, who have a ton of great indie and hardcore bands, and offer a decent amount of their discography for free download. Check out their shit and support.

Download Now
Buy Now

Thursday, December 6, 2012

II - Ноздри / Nostrils (2012)

Genre: Punk
Website: Bandcamp
For Fans Of: Summer Vacation, Dinosaur Jr.
Track List:
- Устал
- В Пыль
- Враги/Друзья
- Плохой Рассвет
- Давно
- Как Раб
- Сам
- Удивляйся Чудесам!
- Беречь Карму
- Не Видеть Снов

This stuff is awesome. I have no idea what they are saying, because I don't speak Ukrainian(?), but that doesn't stop me from loving this. Nostrils is really able to achieve that thrashy/fun sound, and layers it with a ton of guitar fuzz/nonsense that kind of reminds me of Dinosaur Jr. It really is able to achieve a pretty experimental feel through that, but is still able to hold on to the upbeat energy that makes this album great. The whole album was recorded by a singular dude too, so that is pretty impressive. Props to that dude.

Download Now

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Chalk Talk - Bad Influences (2012)

Genre:  Emo
Website: Facebook
For Fans Of: Sirs, Ape Up!
Track List:
-  Outro
-  You're In
-  Orchard Torture
-  Bad Influences
-  Babe Paralysis
-  Memo_Sploof

Chalk Talk isn't a band I would normally listen to during the winter, because their sound oozes summer time fun and bike rides, but fuck it this is awesome. If you aren't familiar with Chalk Talk. they play some jangly punk with a emphasis on humor and fun. Listen to it, download it, buy it.


Download Now
Buy Now

Monday, November 12, 2012

Old Gray - Everything I Let Go & The Things I Refuse EP (2012)

Genre: Screamo
Website: Facebook
For Fans Of: Merchant Ships, William Bonney, The Exploration
Track List:
-  359 Pine
-  Resonance
-  Winter '11
-  Six Years

Alright, I'm sure most of you know who this band is by now. All of their stuff has been put on the blog in the past, so what can I say that hasn't already been said (much more eloquently by Mimmers)? 4 songs, spoken word intro, awesome stuff. Get on the pre-order, it's only 5$ and it comes in different colors.

Download Now

Pre-Order Now

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Loud? - Connections (2012)

Genre: Emo
Website: Facebook
For Fans Of: The Promise Ring, Texas is The Reason, Driveway
Track List:
-  Gus Caldwell
Knock Knock. Whos there? Vodka!
Jon He Does it
-  Matches Malone

Guys, I realize the blog sucks ass now, I'm sorry. Why am I so lazy? Why am I so drunk? Why? WHY?

But I digress. Loud? is always a band that will motivate me to log on and post. They are always just able to hit that spot for me. I can't really explain it, other they are fucking awesome and you need to check out their discography (which is all on the blog). Do it now.

(Also in the progress of making the blog spam free. Anyone know how to add a chatbox that requires identification?)

Download Now

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Smith Street Band - Sunshine & Technology (2012)

Genre: Punk
Website: Facebook
For Fans Of: Frank Turner, Fake Problems
Track List:
-  Sunshine & Technology
-  I Can't Feel My Face
-  I Want Friends
-  Why I Can't Draw
-  Stay Young
-  What's Changed
-  Tom Busby
-  Young Drunk
-  When I Said Us I Meant Them
-  Don't Mention The War

One of the bands I was most stoked to see at Fest 11 was The Smith Street Band. I was able to catch them at the Holiday Inn Pool Party and it was an incredible way to start out the best weekend ever. I was perplexed when I didn't know half of the songs they played though. Low and behold, they actually have a new record (that came out in August) out that I had been completely oblivious to. I ran into the band Sunday night before I headed back home and was able to pick up "Sunshine & Technology". I probably listened to the CD front and back at least 8 times on the ride home and I must say it is amazing. They managed to pump out 10 more songs that are all insanely catchy and fun. Check it out now.

Download Now

Buy Stuff

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Hard Girls - Isn't It Worse

Genre: Punk
Website: Facebook
For Fans Of: Bomb The Music Industry!, Shinobu, Summer Vacation
Track List:
-  Focus on the Tedium
-  Hot for Halo
-  My Buddy Valentine
-  Second Glimmer
-  Fed by the Eater
-  Swamp with Potential
-  Mary Anne
-  San Fransisco
-  Major Payne

I've been waiting for this album to drop for free download to the public for a while now. I put forth some money for their donation after hearing the song "Major Payne" because I knew this album was going to be hot stuff after hearing that song. I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED!!! Hard Girls really builds on their sound and tops their previous album "Hello" (which is also available for free on the website below). If you like having fun and being cool, download and listen to this, then go and buy it.

Download Now