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Guess Who’s Back?

Posted in Uncategorized on January 29, 2009 by sae

hello…hello?
testing, testing

Hello there ttg fans.  I know, it’s been a long time.  Life has been crazy.  I graduated college, left my life long home of the Bay Area and moved to Seattle.  It’s 2009 and it’s time to reaffirm life.  I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this site and about my need to write about music.  It’s time to make it happen more than ever before.  I’m going to start off with a song of the week column and see where it takes me.  I also noticed that the format of my site has for some reason reverted back to some very unappealing color schemes so I’ll have to work that out soon.  Anywho, I just wanted to check in.  Now I’m off to start writing.  Like Zach de la Rocha said

“it has to start somewhere
it has to start sometime
what better place than here
what better time than now
all hell can’t stop us now”

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introducing X-O-FUCKIN SKELETONS and their new album Bored by Heaven

Posted in Uncategorized on April 25, 2008 by sae

Alright, so anyone who’s talked to me much in the last month knows I’ve been binging deep into listening to American Nightmare/Give Up The Ghost. Naturally, this has led me in other directions – The Hope Conspiracy, Some Girls and XO FUCKIN SKELETONS!

Now, XO Skeletons just released a new album, Bored by Heaven, which is fucking amazing! and features guest spots by Cage who I appreciate and Benn Grim who I’ve never heard of before. Since I picked it up about two weeks ago I haven’t stopped listening to it along with their 7” release Asthmasgasm (which I picked up from Deathwish here, and i’m extremely happy with – the pink/white splatter looks fucking sick – by far the coolest 7″ i own now and it’s only $3). The album is 9 songs long clocking in at 21:27, a testament to my description of the muzik to my friends as American Nightmare meets Mindless Self Indulgence. The best I can really describe the muzik is some sort of electro hardcore hybrid with pop sensibilities and fun lyrics in a Wes Eisold fashion. If I went out dancing at a club this is the type of shit I’d want to hear…but that’s why I don’t go to the club.

[and before i get started. you can get the album from XO’s myspace here for $7.99 and support the band or download here for free – your choice]

The album starts off hard with no bullshit on the lead in track Town Crier. There’s five seconds of electro noises to set the stage and then the guitars quickly come in along with Wes’s vocals and a crazy sense of dancability. Immediately the album is undeniably fun. Stand out lyrics from the song are “I know you’re married, yea I know your pain//your finger’s been strangled by a cheap promise ring”, “at your wedding reception I started drinking//to say all the things that I had been thinking” and my personal favorite “Jesus and Mary, held a séance for me//but I wasn’t dead, I was just in Philly.” The music of the chorus also feels like a video game punching you in the face.

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checkin in and rambling

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 12, 2008 by sae

so wow it’s been sometime. no no no, this little project hasn’t been forgotten, i’ve just been caught up in so many other things in life lately. there’s also already a million people out there doing what i’m trying to do and doing it better, so i don’t really feel bad about dropping off the face of this project for a while…plus, this is just a testing ground – it’s still on the real thing.

now for the real babbling though, this entry isn’t going to be very coherent, but i’m just gonna take some time to ramble about what i’ve been listening to lately and other musical nonsense. unless you’re extremely bored, you should probably skip this.

i saw the Subhumans the other night. i won’t lie, i’ve never really listened to them before. i know who they are, but i never listened to them. walking to show was pretty funny. i was wearing my Tool hoodie and some dipshit punk kid yells at me “TOOL’S NOT PUNK.” no fucking shit genius, they should give you a fucking award for being able to point that one out. and beyond that, punk shows aren’t about proving you are punker than everyone else, they are about finally having our fucking night out and hopefully avoiding the cops. if you really wanna prove who’s punk though, grab a length of rope and let’s go hang out in logan park asshole. show was good though, Subhuman’s rocked it. there was this opening band La Pueble that was some spanish punk band. you could tell who all that watsonville kids were during their set. i liked it a lot.

the Ashes Divide cd came out last tuesday. i’m enjoying it. it’s not quite what i was hoping for, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad or anything. i’ll digest it slowly though. doesn’t help that this comes out in the middle of me delving deep into a lot of hardcore.

i also picked up the Isis single for Holy Tears. the Melvins/Lustmord remix of Not in Rivers, But in Drops is so fucking amazing. i’m dying for more newer Isis remixes like this, and just, remixes of music like this by mixers like this. the live version of Holy Tears with Justin Chancellor (Tool) is fucking great too. QUESTION:: DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THE 12″ OF THIS IS OUT OR WHEN IT’S COMING OUT?!?!

Thrice’s Alchemy Index Volumes III & IV (Air & Earth) comes out tuesday. i’m excited, but not dying over it. i liked some songs of vols. I &II a lot, but i wasn’t in love with it all. however, i do think it’s a really interesting project so i wanna hear what this shit sounds like.

was listening to a lot of Death By Stereo for a while there. i fucking love those guys and i can’t wait for the next album and a touring schedule that takes them out of so cal. i know, i know, they came to SF with The Cult but fuck paying $40 to see DBS open for some band i don’t even really know (apparently The Cult is something cool though, i dunno).

also, been listening to a crazy fucking amount of American Nightmare/Give Up The Ghost. i got a hold of their cover of Black Flag’s Depression and just couldn’t stop listening to it which led me to doing something i haven’t done in a long time – i went out and bought their cd with no idea anything about the songs on it, or what the band sounded like other than that one cover song. so yeah, picked up Year One and it’s absolutely mind blowing. the music is amazing and intense. Wes’ lyrics are so beautiful and he is the most frantic singer ever. i love it. i’m hoping to get a hold of their other cds when i can (and if you are some i love American Nightmare but Give Up The Ghost sucks and i’m so hardcore kid – don’t fucking leave me comments that everything after Year One sucks – grow up and see beyond your scene). with this i’m dying to get a hold of the S/T EP or Year One on vinyl. fuck yeah that would be tight.

all of this naturally led to me checking out XO Skeletons, who actually just put out a new cd that i love. the best i can describe it is it’s MSI meets Give Up The Ghost. all this hardcore craziness mixed with electronics and a lot of fucking fun. go check it out. you’ve got 8 bucks, support the band and by the new EP directly from the band, then dance around naked in your room with a beer or glass of wine and have a good fucking 20 minutes. go go go! (oh, and you can download their 7″ for free from their blog – just beware, when you open that shit, click get info on tracks 2 and 4 and change the volume to normal. for some reason when i downloaded them they were on full blast)

so yeah, i guess that’s about it.
i love vinyl
i’m really interested is wes eisold’s creative output
oh, and i think the world is ending
enjoy

ethereal

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on February 20, 2008 by sae

Bradley Nowell, much respect
you too Badfish

more to come soon…

sick report

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on January 28, 2008 by sae

sorry i havent posted much lately kids…ive kind of been dying since saturday night and have barely been able to move, sleep or eat…i’m starting to feel better though…look for a review of The Circle Jerks show to come soon…it’s already half written

[absence as of late]

Posted in Uncategorized on January 8, 2008 by sae

so for the lack of any updates lately.  the holiday season had me running around a lot along with i just moved and we still currently don’t have internet at the new place…that should be fixed soon though and i’ll be back to updating more regularly.   hope you’re all excited about reading my thoughts on Eric Victorino’s Coma Therapy

Be the Revolutionary

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on December 21, 2007 by ethertrace

It is a rare and valuable thing when you discover something that changed the course of music history.

I grew up in the grunge and nu-metal atmosphere of the California Bay Area. That meant that if you wanted to be counter-culture without really being outside mainstream culture (i.e. if you wanted to be ornery without being punk), then you listened to what we called “alternative” music. As such, it was different, but nothing especially revolutionary. Therefore, this entry should be taken with a grain of salt, as I’m not claiming any sort of expertise on the subject, but I’m going to give you a little introduction to a man called Davey Graham.

Ever wanted to know who originated the DADGBD tuning? That was this guy. See, he was pretty into Middle Eastern music in addition to the inspiration he already drew from British folk and American Jazz, and wanted to figure out some way to blend it all together. Changing the tuning, altering the instrument itself, was his way of doing it. At the time, rising at the same time as the Beatles and a predecessor of the revolution that Jimi Hendrix would bring, when everybody who was great at guitar was largely reproducing the traditional arrangements in different ways, his creation was revolutionary. That in itself, would have been enough to land him a notable spot in guitar history.

What was truly impressive, however, was not merely the innovation that he brought to tunings, but the way he fundamentally altered the way people thought about what you could accomplish with a guitar. Famous for his improvisation as well as his reinterpretation of traditional and contemporary songs, he often played two or more distinct musical parts at a time. An envious skill to say the least. Any fingerstyle acoustic guitarist, which I have become in no small part because of him, will easily recognize his skill and contributions in the form of his song “Angi,” which everyone has covered to death, not least of which was Bert Jansch, as well as various other arrangements. Hell, even Jimmy Paige talks about Graham as a substantial inspiration, so Davey’s influence is not limited to the British folk rock scene.

However, despite his substantial and undeniable ability to play jazz and folk with the best of them, he truly shone in the areas which were completely new ground. As mentioned earlier, I have never seen anyone seamlessly connect such supposedly disparate areas of music as Irish traditional folk and Middle Eastern, but that can easily be seen in his arrangement of “She Moved Through the Fair” . I’ll let that speak for itself.

In a song that I’ve discovered recently called “The Fakir,” Graham starts off with a very sitar-influenced melody, which begins with backing by hand drums and hand cymbals, easily placeable to even the casual listen as being traditionally Middle Eastern music. That soon transfers into a more jazzy backing beat, while Graham maintains the sitar-like treble riff. Then he gets absolutely insane and maintains the sitar riff while playing a full jazz bass solo. I never thought I’d hear the day, you know?

I could go on about all the different songs which showcase his unique skill, but suffice it to say that his playing itself changed the way people thought about the guitar and music. It is truly a rare ability to be able to draw out the common themes that connect all of us through our music, and Davey bears it with .

If you want to find out more, you can check out this piece written by John Renbourn, another fantastic contemporary English acoustic guitarist, part of the band Pentangle alongside Bert Jansch. Otherwise, it’s difficult to find much information on him, but I highly recommend seeking out his music, if for no other reason than to hear something that changed so much about music.