Archive for July, 2008

Calling all Isis Fans! – Part Trois

Posted in news with tags , on July 24, 2008 by sae

So check this, straight from Isis’s myspace blog

“We’ve been working hard on the new record. All five of us sweating away in a small windowless room in downtown Los Angeles. We’re making good progress and will have more (and more exciting) news about that to report soon!”

Who else is stoked?

And word is the Not in Rivers, But in Drops single will be out September 9th.

CMJ Interview with Scott Lucas from Local H

Posted in interview with tags , , , on July 23, 2008 by sae

I came across this recent interview with Scott Lucas from Local H via the band’s myspace.  They discuss recording the new album and concept albums in general.  Good short read, check it out.  And if you haven’t already, go pick up a copy of Local H’s new album “12 Angry Months” because it is amazing.

In other news, I discovered the most astoundingly beautiful music ever thanks to my favorite online vinyl supplier Robotic Empire.  More on that later.

Rockstar Mayhem Tour & Violence at Shows

Posted in reflections with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2008 by sae

I sit here trying to type out words to catalog my experiences on Saturday at the Rockstar Mayhem Tour in Mountain View (not San Francisco), CA. I’m thinking about the lines I could use to start it off. I could make a few pointless comments about it being summer, fucking hot, and festival show season. Then I could get into the different bands sets and give you the highlights. There’s a problem though – writing these words is like pulling teeth, and without Cliff Burton around, dental work is just too painful.

In the midst of considering my metaphorical dental surgery, I did come across a thought or two invoked by Saturday’s experiences that I think are worth exploring. Before that though, a few short highlights of the show: Walls of Jericho amassed some huge circle pits, Machine Head played Hallowed be thy Name originally by Iron Maiden, Sid Wilson (#0) from Slipknot broke both his heels at the Seattle show so he’s playing in a wheelchair, and Slipknot played Prosthetics off of their self-titled album (my personal highlight of the show).

Now with the highlights out of the way, let’s move on to some real thinking which means we need to rewind back to the Machine Head set. My friends and I headed over to one of the second stages for their set a few minutes before it started so we could be there for the whole thing. Shortly after, the band came out on stage and things got going. Music was playing, the crowd was moving, and since this happened to be one of my friend’s first metal show ever, I wanted to make sure she got the full experience. I told her to follow me and not to worry; she’d be safe. We wormed our way through the crowd, pushing closer and closer to the center. Our destination was the edge of the circle pit; that way she could get a good view of all the chaos.

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Calling all Isis Fans! – Part Deux

Posted in new release, news with tags , , , , , , on July 14, 2008 by sae

So Isis has done some restocking of their webstore.  I’m not sure what this means for their stock of t-shirts and what not, but what I do know is that they now carry some of the honey colored copies of the Live IV vinyl.  They also have copies of the Holy Tears single on vinyl.  It  comes in blue or clear.  It says that it’s an import and whenever I’ve looked in the past months since the single was released, I’ve only seen it available in vinyl format on European websites.

I highly encourage picking up the Holy Tears cd, whether you choose the vinyl format, or the cd.  The Melvins/Lustmord remix of Not in Rivers, But in Drops is the definition of how heavy music like this should be remixed, and the live version of Holy Tears with Justin Chancellor (from Tool) is absolutely beautiful.

So go go go.

Calling all Isis Fans!

Posted in newly released, news with tags , , , , , , , on July 6, 2008 by sae

So Live IV has been officially released on vinyl in in 12×2 format.  The record is being put out by Robotic Empire records which the same super cool family run record company that put out the Shades of the Swarm 12×12 box set, as well as a ton of other cool music so check ’em out.

If you don’t know, the track listing goes

“Gentle Time” @ WMBR in Boston, MA
“Glisten” @ The Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA
“CFT” @ CBGB’s in New York, NY
“Celestial” @ CBGB’s in New York, NY
“Improv I (Endless Nameless)” @ The Rotunda in Philadelphia, PA
“False Light” @ The Middle East in Cambridge, MA
“Weight” w/Justin Chancellor (Tool) & Troy Ziegler @ The Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA

This is a limited run of 1030 (103 Black, 403 Chocolate and 524 Honey) so get one while you still can.  As of right now the black copies have already sold out.  There’s 190 of the chocolate and 406 of the honey left so hurry up and head over to the Robotic Empire Store and grab yours.

Also available is the new Isis toy produced by UniPro and UNKL.  It’s available at the Isis webstore so head on over.  I got mine a short while back (speedy shipping).  I like it a lot.  It has the mosquitio logo on each side of the rotating head and the packaging is pretty cool.

(photo courtesy of Aaron Turner’s blog Feral Pig)