The new album, Die Knowing, is amazing, breakdowns are intact and the gang-vocals are top notch. What's nice too is Scott Wade appears on a track (Full Swing). Really tight song, good to hear them share vocals again since the Insomnia track on Bullet Treatment Designated Vol.2. I'm loving Wasted Arrows, but Should Know Better is currently my jam. Nice video too, they know how to party.
Hey, how's it going? Still breathing here, hehehe. Anyway, yes, it has been a long while since the last post. Been busy with a few things, if not a whole lot of stuff...yeah, a whole lot of stuff. But who isn't? I'm not complaining, I like keeping busy. But I do miss podcasting that's for sure. And that's why I'm preparing some new episodes. Yes new ones! When will it come out? Hopefully, soon. Time management...well, need to work on that.
So what's up? Well, recently, I went to Japan this past spring break (woo hoo!). It was excellent. Went and got to hang out with a bunch of my best buds and just cruised. Drank everyday, ate some tasty meals, and cruised. That's all I really cared about doing. Can't do it that much these days. Oh and a bunch of record shopping, not a whole lot, but I got some done :-D Tower Records is still up and running. It was pretty amazing. Picked up an EP by a band called, Angry Frog Rebirth. I have no idea what that name means, but I love it. Picked up a bunch of other titles too that I'll share some other time.
Also stopped by Okinawa for a day and some change. Really chill there.
It seems like a fast paced kind of life in the city. Very active. I don't think I can ride the train every day. It felt as if everything was still moving after getting off the train lol. Definitely experienced some new things there. Ask me about sometime if you want to know more :-D
This is a club me and my friend went to. We caught the last train out at about 12:30 am and we decided it'd be better just to stay out till the station reopened at 5:00 am instead of taking a cab home. Thank god for vodka redbulls, but I didn't go to sleep until 10:30 because of them. Good times. Later during the night at the club, my friend points out this dude in the crowd and asks me if that's Macklemore. I couldn't tell you for the life of me if it was or wasn't, nor could I name any of his songs. Every person I've told this story to know's who he is. I need to listen to the radio more. But anyway, turns out it was him. My friend confirmed it because it turns out he was performing in Tokyo later that week. I saw Macklemore at the club. yup.
I eat sushi. I love sushi. And because of sushi, I love raw fish too. Especially raw tuna and salmon. I love it. But it has to be prepared in a certain way, I won't eat it straight from the ocean, that's just gross. But this picture is not of raw fish. It's raw horse. I think raw chicken was on the menu too, but my friends won't cross some lines. But for this, I soaked the meat in soy sauce and closed my eyes and tried not to think about the taste. Then I ate a second piece straight. Raw meat tastes like raw meat, I think, regardless of species. It didn't taste like raw fish, that's for sure. This meal made the trip complete.
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I picked up a copy of this lp at Disk Union in Shinjuku. I had no idea what to expect and actually picked up it up only because it was fairly cheap. Really happy with it :-D.
Oh! Yes! Agh!, by Challenger! is finally here! Well, not in its entirety, just yet! But you can stream, listen and download three lovely (oh so lovely!) tracks HERE or HERE. Pre-order the album HERE. Really lovely, oh so lovely, indie punk and pop rock. Oh and they also have music videos for a few tracks too. Check out the one for, Hot Knees. You'll love it :-D Get int it now.
Night Gaunts are a ska band from New Zealand and they'll be playing their first U.S. show this June. Been listening to these guys for a little bit now. Really high energy and groovy tracks from this five-piece. I think if you're in the Chicago/surrounding areas, you probably should go to this show. And Mustard Plug is playing!
Oh and this is them playing live at a radio station. This is the good stuff. They released an EP last year titled, Love Life & the Devil. Their full-length, Full Body Tourettes [Pt.II] is a great one too. Check it out on their Bandcamp HERE.
So Xibalba will be playing this Friday and Saturday. Both shows have excellent local talent playing, but the Saturday show is all ages. This should be a fun one. And I think the band should do a house show while they're down here too. Or play right on the beach. xXbeachmoshXx
If two people start wrestling during this song, the finish move should be a pedigree. I've never seen one done live. But play safe :-D
This song is probably what Reel Big Fish should have had on their, Fame, Fortune, and Fornication, album. It's another 80's classic track and I'll go as far as to say it's the best cover song the band has done, so far that is. They do a mid-tempo mellow rendition of the original When In Rome's, The Promise. The feel of the song is along the same beat as, I'm Cool (the, Why Do They Rock So Hard?, version), which also happens to be my favorite track from Reel Big Fish. The horn section mimics the main melody and the bass plays a lively line that gives this song a heartbeat. And Aaron Berret sings with a bit of charm, but with some mild swagger. With an opening track like, Everyone Else is an Asshole, I'm sure a little fury is still lingering after thirteen songs. And to fully appreciate this track, I had to listen to the original. The part in the video where the hands on the keyboard move up to a higher range while the music is still playing the same notes bugs me. Just a little bit. I'm guessing them hands were just following the camera, right? Ugh.
This will be happening next month. OPPOSITION RISING on tour. Looks like it will be all East Coast dates. Nothing here on sometime-rainy-mostly-sunny West Coast :-D. Wish I could make it to one of these though. Dope stuff. Never heard any of their music? Well, this Boston based band has their album, Aftermathematics, up for free download on their BANDCAMP. Pick up the vinly though, it's pretty sweet looking.
I made it to the last half of the second night of No Suck Fest 2012. My first one. I was hoping to catch Mistermeaner's set, but turns out, parking is damn hard to find. But I guess if only you don't know where to look. I've never been to Anna's before. So I didn't know where to look. I must have circled the block about ten times before deciding to park in one of the residential streets on front of someone's house. I don't like parking on front of people's houses. I know I don't like it. I live in Kalihi (not the valley) and the farther uphill you travel, parking becomes scarce. And not everyone has a garage. Anyway, I find parking and about 9:40. I cruise until heading in at about 9:52.
Witch Baby (check out their Facebook HERE) begin their set shortly afterwards. Some sweet 90's alternative with a nice pop-rock flare and a bit of attitude in the vocals on a couple select tunes. Nice jams which I could easily get into. I'd like to see them play again sometime.
Pimpbot played next. Always a good time when those guys play. They kept it groovy and energetic throughout their set. They played a new song too (two?). It seemed all too quick though. I wish they played Meet You at the Bar. But they did play Roll with the Punches. I absolutely love that song. And I also need to hear CK live again soon. Pimpbot ended their set with Ragga Muffin.
The night got even better when The Quintessentials played next. It was the first time I've ever seen them play considering how long I've been listening to The Catalogs and Crawling Chaos. They played songs from their newest album, Realm of the Great Old Ones, including The Devils Henchmen. Good album too. Quite a bit of songs from Viva Los Muertos (The Catalogs). I need to hear Specimen 32 live. I think they have a show coming up this week too.
I didn't stay long after that. I stuck around for Toys that Kill's first song and dug out. I was planning on coming out for the third day at...I think it was at Manifest this time. Never been there either. I wanted to check out Night Birds too and pick up the new TTK LP. But couldn't make it to that one either. Oh well. I was just bummed I missed Mistermeaner. Good time though. Enjoyed the $6 tallboy PBR. Here's to next year!
This video came out not too long ago. It's for the song, Frame to Frame, by Challenger. The song comes from their new EP, Pastor Aleman. It's a pretty kick ass video. I did get some chills though, I think it was the face in the cacti singing. I think of Twilight Zone/Absurdist literature type stuff. The video did have some odd visuals and some cool still frame shots. The song rules too. Have a look-see. Yes, please do! Then check them out HERE.