Wednesday, October 28, 2009


OK, so I won't personally be there (which is unfortunate).
BUT you will be able to find my records there, as well as a couple bands on the label playing as well!

So, first off, Friday at registration in the Flea Market make sure to stop by the Generic Insight Radio table and Barrie will be happy to sell you some of my releases. Friday only!

Next, LEMURIA will be rocking the fucking house on Saturday at Common Grounds at 7PM. They will have the new 7" in tow... so get it!

Finally, the PRIZE COUNTRY dudes will be playing on Sunday at Rum Runners at 3:30. They will also have their new records with them so make sure to buy one. The boys had a rough week as their van broke down after Syracuse and it set them back a bit, so show up and give them some love!

Last but not least... let me know how the Fest is. I wish I could be there!

Friday, October 23, 2009


So this weekend is a big deal. Ten years in the 'biz', haha. Weird.
If you're in the area come celebrate.
I'll be giving out free show-only editions of the 10 year comp., selling coffee mugs, selling all back catalog stuff on the cheap. Plus NO IDOLS is playing it's long-delayed final show. We're also getting rid of all our extra crap (shirts, LPs, CDs, etc.) on the cheap as well.
There's also a stellar FREE after show too (for those over 21) at Half Penny Pub with MISTLETOE, PRIZE COUNTRY (two sets in one day!), and GIT SOME.
And on Sunday is the annula Halloween Bash with ANOTHER BREATH, ARCHITECT, TORCHBEARER, and MAYFLOWER. Come and get silly.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


So a ton of records showed up today. Re-printed (i.e. 'correct') coffee mugs within the next couple days. Comp. discs pretty soon after that. Bad news: the End Of a Year 7" will be a few more weeks. So instead of keeping people waiting, those who ordered that plus other stuff I'm going to send the download card with your order and send the physical copy when I get it. If you just ordered the EOAY 7"... well, sorry, you'll just have to wait a little longer. It's pretty much a one man operation around here and I work as fast as I can.
Expect most orders to start shipping out by this weekend and the rest next week.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

It's about time for some reviews!

It certainly has been awhile since you've seen some of these huh? Well, in case you haven't been keeping score it's been a little busy around here. I do what I can. But hey, thankfully a lot of the new stuff I've been jamming on has been pretty stellar. So let's get with it, shall we?

Well, someone certainly has set the bar higher. I guess if you’re going to go out do it in a way that’s going to make everyone else attempting to publish something in print basically give up. The last two issues of At Both Ends (combined as one gigantic 150+ page zine), a long-running zine based out of Vancouver, really went all out here. This thing looks great (and features the ever hairy Timm Trust of The Helm on the cover!) and features butt loads of content. The interviews are pretty good and drill Verse, Sick Of It All, Shook Ones, Wait In Vain, To Kill, Shai Hulud, Greg Bennick, Anchor, and Dave Larson, among others. To me, the strong suit for this zine has always been all the other content- an exhaustive tour diary of Bane in South America, a retrospective on Sparkmarker and Brand New Unit, a roundtable zine discussion, random tales from various punkers about their favorite places to travel, the process of vinyl mastering, Canadian geography, crypto zoology, science fiction, indie filmmaking, and the city of Tacoma. Pretty random, but completely entertaining. Weak spots are the reviews as they are mostly brief and kind of dated. Otherwise, Steve has laid down an excellent final issue. Oh, did I mention this comes with a double 7” featuring new stuff from Bane, Grade (yeah... Grade), Unrestrained, and Between Earth and Sky? Crazy! (At Both Ends,

BURNT BY THE SUN, “Heart Of Darkness”
Some people may have a problem with bands that remain the same. They want development, maturity, some ‘next level’ shit. I feel like Burnt By the Sun is a band that, despite the wide gap between this and their last record (5 years I believe) has changed very little. Aside from more gray hairs, possible status change from ‘renting’ to ‘owning’ a dwelling, kids, and possibly a larger waist size they essentially sound like the same band. This is hardly a knock against this band and their obvious talent as musicians. It’s more of a welcome continuation of a group that has consistently created some of the most abrasive, and at the same time, accessible heavy metal of our time. Somehow their wild riffs, weird breakdowns, and slightly off-time chugging flow seamlessly into well-oiled musical machines of mass destruction. It’s good stuff. My only gripe is that I think I am always wanting more out of Dave Witte. His drumming clearly fits the music- tons of double bass, solid rhythms, and so on... fitting somewhere between classic metalcore and death metal styles. But I know he can blast faster than just about anyone out there and for some reason I want to hear more of that. But that’s not necessarily this band and I am content with the final offering I am receiving with this very well-done record. If you gotta go out, go out the way you know best and give ‘em what they expect. This is definitely a kick-ass piece of work. (Relapse,

While this is only 5 songs this could probably count as a full length for this Central New York metal machine that have been slugging it out for the last couple years here. On their first real deal release their blend of swampy metal, drony hardcore, and hot-shit leads may get a bit carried away in the length of their songs, but typically redeems itself by letting the riffs get stuck in your head. Bellowing vocals present a good deal of variety with a commanding, yet soaring presence. They have the type of leads/solos that when they’re done playing them it’s as if they take a step back and look to where they were just standing in awe, as if to say to themselves’ that’s right, I just played that part standing in that spot’. So again, while I think some of these songs could be trimmed down in length a little bit at certain points it works to their advantage, like the closing song and it’s incredibly catchy chugging, followed a closing part that recalls Hum, strangely enough. Fans of early mastodon would be wise to take note of this group. (self-released,

KOWLOON WALLED CITY, “Gambling On the Richter Scale”
Here we go. There are a lot of bands lately going for a stoner metal vibe, or the Mastodon thing. But few doing it in a way that is interesting. Kowloon Walled City combine subtle elements of both, but end up with their own unique thing. I’m loving this CD. So friggin’ heavy, yet so well-written and brooding at the same time. KWC drop huge, dirty riffs with slight progressive riffs every now and again, but appear to aim more towards the ‘crush, kill, destroy’ style of slow bulldozer death. Vocally this guy sounds almost identical to Chris Spencer from Unsane in the way that his voice is gritty, a bit distorted, and yelling like someone’s dragging a rake across his voicebox. The first track, “Annandale” and the title track are easily my favorites, but everything on here is a winner. This is probably going to be a sleeper jam for most as I don’t think this group gets out of the West Coast much. Take this write-up as a cue to stop nappin’ and start checking this band out. Really good stuff here for anyone into pure heaviness. (The Perpetual Motion Machine, www.the

A rather weird mix-up of people from bands that don’t really sound too similar (New Mexican Disaster Squad and Municipal Waste) come together to lay down some music in the form of No Friends. There’s a generally good vibe here- tossing the catchy youth crew punk feel of some Gorilla Biscuits right alongside a heavy dose of older Avail style. The first half of this flies right by and keeps you at the edge of your seat, but the second half loses a bit of steam and doesn’t keep the attention as much. Overall it’s a solid release and everything about it looks pretty dope, down to the simple design of the layout. If anyone remembers that rather short-lived band Trial By Fire this sounds almost exactly like them. (No Idea,

PISSED JEANS, “King Of Jeans”
What the fuck. This band just pissed my jeans. Their last two records were high on the awesome scale, but this one really kicks it up a notch. For a band that plays so noisy and loose they sound more together than they ever have, if that makes any sense. The rocking punk songs are louder, feistier, and more rocking. The slow and sludgy tracks are more gruesome and mean. I’m having trouble deciding which I like the best, but I think I’m leaning on the crushing stomp of “Pleasure Race” and the deplorable ‘everyday mundane boredom as epic life failure’ of “Spent”. When you can make a climactic closing lyric out of “the weeks fly by and my only prize/ Is watching my waist increase in size” you’re either well past the point of caring about what, vocally, gets committed to tape permanently, or you have a nasty sense of humor seeing as the song could have easily been penned with some Satan-worship Black Sabbath love given the slow and evil thunderous mass of the music. Instead, we get a picture of one lonely mans day walking around in sweatpants with a semi-erection eating doughnuts. I don’t know, you tell me which is actually a scarier picture? And yet, sweat-oozing, balls-to-the-wall riffs get more than half the room on this record in catchy ragers like “Human Upskirt”, “False Jessei II”, and “She Is Science Fiction”. Easily one of my favorite records of the year. I dig the insert live picture of some random girl fan choking out the singer. (Sub Pop,

POLAR BEAR CLUB, “Chasing the Hamburgler”
I know that’s not really the title, but I thought it was more humorous that way. And given the very humble and lighthearted approach to which this band has taken their recent surge of popularity I think they would also happily consider this as an official alternate title to their new full length. So here’s what I think about the actual record, and not some lame joke about it that I just thought up. I’m not that into it. I know that’s blasphemy to the kids at large right now, but I’ve given it a few listens and it’s just not coming through. I’ve heard them play some of these songs live on a handful of occasions and they sound great, but on here it’s just not translating. Maybe I’m just a sucker for the chunky riffs and bouncy rhythms of their earlier material, which I thought was really great. Here they opt for, I guess you could say, more ‘mature’ songwriting maybe? Either way, it seems it’s the writing of a band that’s thinking about their next move, planning it out, making everything flow nicely together, and come up with a decent rock record. Perhaps the older material was a bit more off the cuff and somewhat spontaneous? I’m not sure. Whatever the case it’s a well-written record, just one that’s not doing a whole lot for me. But I’ll tell you this though- if this thing had come out in the Summer “Living Saints” would be my jam for the whole season. I’ll just have to keep jamming that one ‘til next year so I can make it my jam for summer 2010. (Bridge 9,

TORCHBEARER, “The Worst Is Yet To Come” 7”
Torchbearer are from around New Brunswick and like many bands that have emerged out of that scene they continue to do something interesting. So many influential bands have come out of that little town, all of them have done their own unique spin on hardcore and punk, and it’s col to see that Torchbearer are doing their own cool thing. While in many ways their sound lends itself heavily to a variety of mid-to-late 90’s styles colliding into a frenzied blur, but it’s welcome and just a little scary at the same time. They fuck around with noisy guitar freakouts a la Die 116, and lurch with droning sonic mass like Kiss It Goodbye, and finally round things out by setting a solid foundation with a touch of mid-90s moshy hardcore. Kind of a weird mix huh? Yeah, I think so too. But I’m into it, and I think it works well for them. I have to say I’m a little partial to their previous EP, though mostly because the recording on this 3-song record sounds a little thin for what they’re doing, and that last record sounded heavy and meaty. But the last song here has a killer riff going for it, so it’s a close one. Definitely a band to check out on record because I don’t think they make it out too far from home for shows. (Soul Rebel Records,

On their initial CDEP Brooklyn’s Tournament definitely seemed to pining for the lost years of KARP and the Jesus Lizard. It’s not like that bothered me at all as I love both of those bands and you could tell that Tournament liked them a lot too. So on this new full length I feel like they cast off that influence somewhat in favor of a lot more weird songs. There is a good deal of spazzy guitar effects, sort of like the corpse of Frodus getting dragged through the mud and then thrown into a ditch so passerbyers could break out a poking stick and, ya know, poke around. The band seems to piloting a ship to the sun, reveling in their space madness, and enjoying the deathride with a lot of cheap beer and equally as affordable hallucinogens. It’s pretty good overall. I just gotta ask this- what’s up with a) the mangina on the cover?, and b) why are the lyrics printed on the inside of the sleeve? Is it weird just to be weird or a misprint of some kind? (Forcefield,

UNHOLY, “New Life Behind Closed Eyes”
A record like this needs to come out the gate totally tearing your face off. In 2009 being a metalcore band (in this case leaning farther on the metal side for sure) is a tough business and if you don’t have the stones to keep on top of the game you will most certainly fall into the never-ending pit seemingly overflowing with complete bullshit bands with terrible played out music. Thankfully Unholy have a long history of talented musicians within their ranks that have been at this for years and understand the pressure they are under to do something worthwhile in a genre that typically fails miserably. The first song on this immediately yanks your scrotum right out with a spastic riff that breaks into a nice and fast double bass part, followed by some end-of-the-world type leads and unrelenting metal. A good Meshuggah riff carries another song for a good percentage of the time, while some warped guitar riffs flow in and out, again inspiring bible-burning end times fuck-you-all paranoia. Lyrically the themes of humans as a cancer, macabre visions of the world coming to an end, and so on round this sucker out with some seriously disturbing artwork within (don’t be fooled by the somewhat fantasy-styled cover art, which is quite awesome in it’s own right). Unholy definitely bring about a style that may have some roots in late 90’s/early 2000s metalcore, but without a doubt can wipe their ass with most bands that consider themselves metal today. (Prosthetic,

Thursday, October 15, 2009


Thought I'd sneak this in there real quick- Prize Country made a video! And you can see it here:

They're in the middle of their long-ass tour so go see them!

Also, all the vinyl shipped yesterday. I ought to have it back here early next week and I'll start shipping orders right after that. Psyched? I am...

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Just got back from Seattle where I saw THE HELM play with motherfucking Undertow and Unbroken. Holy shit that was awesome. But now time for some bizzzz-nesss...
Throughout the Fall a number of our bands/best friends will be hitting the road and playing shows. First and foremost will be the massive Prize Country tour in support of their new full length, "With Love". The CDs just came in and those orders have been sent. Still waiting on the LP, though it ought to be within the band's hands around the halfway point of their tour.
Here's the dates. You have no excuse to NOT see them because they are playing about every inch of this nation.


Oct 08 - Chico, CA - Cafe Coda w/The Makai!

Oct 09 - Reno, NV - Tonic Lounge w/Swamp Donkey

Oct 10 - SLC, UT - Burt’s Tiki w/Microtia and Accidente

Oct 11 - Denver, CO - Three Kings w/Git Some and Accidente
*GIT SOME join us for a while. YAY!!!
Oct 12 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room w/Git Some and Shots Fired

Oct 13 - Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville News w/Git Some

Oct 14 - Omaha, NE - O’Leavers Pub w/Git Some

Oct 15 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium w/Sleeping In Gethsemane

Oct 16 - Chicago, IL - Ronny’s w/Git Some and Imperial Battleship

Oct 17 - TBA - Help out if you can

Oct 18 - Lansing, MI - Mac’s w/Git Some

Oct 19 - Pittsburgh, PA - Smiling Moose w/Git Some and Flypig

Oct 20 - Philadelphia, PA - TBA - Help out if you can

Oct 21 - NYC, NY - TBA - Help out if you can

Oct 22 - Providence, RI - AS220 w/Git Some and She Rides

Oct 23 - New Bedford, MA - The New Wave Cafe w/Git Some and Nature/Nurture


Oct 24 - Syracuse, NY - 1/2 Penny Pub w/Git Some and Misstletoe(TWO IN ONE DAY)

Oct 25 - Brooklyn, NY - The Charleston w/Git Some

Oct 26 - Washington DC - Red And Black Cafe w/Git Some

Oct 27 - R
ichmond, VA - The Triple w/Git Some
Oct 28 - Charlotte, NC - w/Git Some

Oct 29 - TBA - Help out if you can

Oct 30 - Jacksonville, FL - Doozer’s w/Git Some

Oct 31 - FEST 8 Drunk day off…

Nov 01 - FEST 8 We play Rum Rebellion

Nov 02 - Athens, GA - Caledonia Lounge w/Git Some

Nov 03 - Birmingham, AL - Magic City Studios w/Git Some and Gainer

Nov 04 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn w/Git Some and Dropsonic

Nov 05 - Vicksburg, MS - The Doom Room w/Git Some and Buzzardstein

Nov 06 - Dallas, TX - The Doublewide w/Git Some

Nov 07 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory w/Git Some, City Of Ships, and Traindodge(This might as well be a fucking festival. Everything you could want in independent music right here!!!)

Nov 08 - Albuquerque, NM - TBA - Help out if you can

Nov 09 - Phoenix, AZ - TBA - Help out if you can

Nov 10 - Tucson, AZ - The Living Room w/Loom
*LOOM joins us for dates and make out sessions(watch out John) Nov 11 - San Diego, CA - TBA - Help out if you can
Nov 12 - San Diego, CA - Radio Room w/Loom and Rats Eyes

Nov 13 - Hollywood, CA - Labcabin w/Loom and District Of Evolution

Nov 14 - Ventura, CA - Billy O’s w/Loom and Snake Mountain.

Nov 15 - Fresno, CA - Chinatown Youth Center w/Loom, Rats Eyes, and Moth Voices

Nov 16 - Santa Cruz, CA - Blue Lagoon w/Loom

Nov 17 - Oakland, CA - The Stork Club w/Loom

Nov 18 - Sacramento, CA - The Blue Lamp w/Loom

Nov 19 - Arcata, CA - Aloha House w/Loom

Nov 20 - Portland, OR - Satyricon w/Akimbo, Loom, and Rat’s Eyes***This is a RECORD RELEASE/GET HOME FROM TOUR SHOW…this means that EVERY motherfucker we know in PDX better be there***

Oct. 17th- Utica, NY @ 1621 Taylor Ave. w/ Atom Age
Oct. 24th- Syracuse, NY @ Westcott CC for HEX RECORDS 10th ANNIVERSARY SHOW
Nov. 19th- Syracuse, NY @ Westcott CC w/ Prayers For Atheists, Counterpursuit
Nov. 20th- Albany, NY @ the Chapel w/ Mistletoe, Prayers For Atheists (Kill All Everybody Pt. III)
Nov. 21st- Bethleham, PA @ TBA w/ Mistletoe, Prayers For Atheists (Kill All Everybody Pt. III)

THE MINOR TIMES (yeah... the Minor Times)
Oct. 30th- Lansdale, PA free Halloween show

Oct. 21st- St. Catherines, ON @ 73
Oct.30- Nov. 1st @ The Fest 8 in Gainesville, FL
Nov. 12th- Fredonia, NY @ BJs

And then there's this show:

That's right. We're 10 years old and we're throwing a show for it!
Here's the info (in case you can't read the flyer):
Saturday, October 24th
Westcott Community Center (826 Euclid Ave., Syracuse)
5PM. $8

ED GEIN (first time playing WCC in over 3 years)
NO IDOLS (final show)

There will also be a FREE after show (21+ though) happening around 10PM at the Half Penny Pub downtown (1005 E. Fayette St.) featuring:
GIT SOME (ex- Planes Mistaken For Stars)
PRIZE COUNTRY (two sets in one day)
MISTLETOE (current rock o' douche)

And one last bit of news before closing this out, it looks like THE HELM and OAK AND BONE will be doing a short East Coast tour (only about a week) right after Christmas/ early New Years. If this sounds interesting to you, and you've got the stones to book a hell of a show for them drop 'em a line and let 'em know. The exploratory committee is currently fielding research to determine how this little tour will play out....