Wednesday, July 27, 2011

John Cota & Ten Thousand Leagues

So I have been sitting on this shit for like a month. I don't know for sure but I think I was given these tracks like right when they were finished. Both of these bands from California are somewhat fledgling but are made up of veterans of the game. The John Cota dudes are from the bay/Oakland I think. I know that one of the Cotas was in Versions, who I got to see/play with in Delaware a while back. Ten Thousand Leagues are from greater Los Angeles right? Those dudes were in rather popular bands such as Moldar, Calculator and ColorChromatic. Their bassist, Hannah, was in Lautrec but she is leaving the band I think. I know she isn't going to be on their upcoming tour, being replaced by my boy Andrew of MOLDSURI fame.

So yeah, tour. Both of these bands are going on tour real soon, but not together. I think its kind of really silly but at the end of the day I don't really care because I still get to see both bands and kick it hard. Ten Thousand Leagues are doing the entire country, while John Cota are doing this little mini guy:
july 29th – fresno, ca
july 30th – simi valley, ca
july 31st – los angeles, ca
august 1st – san francisco, ca
august 2nd – eugene, or
august 3rd – seattle, wa
august 4th – olympia, wa
august 5th – portland, or
august 6th – eureka, ca
august 7th – oakland, ca

Go see both of these bands if you can, because they are two of the best in the genre. Rip it like they are getting paid to do it. I havn't seen either of these bands, and I don't really know anyone in JC except for facebook but im super stoked to kick it because they are all pretty really cool. If you live around Olympia come kick it with us on August 4th and 6th.

Now, about this split. First of all, one of the better releases to come out lately. I have been kinda slackin off with Chug because I've been busy, but also because nothing has really got me stoked enough to post it in a while. I've gotten some good shit, and if anyone has gotten ahold of me and given me something and I said I'll post it I will, but I'm not that motivated right now. No offense, just keeping it real. I've been waiting to post this shit for a long time, so last night when Max gave me the green light I got pretty stoked and kind of regretted half assing a post the other night just to keep up with the Jones'. The only lame thing is that I was hoping to get that exclusive first post shit, but I failed. Google the bands and you get a mediafire link. Idiot. But then I saw it on another blog posted like a week ago. Broken heart.

The split starts off with John Cota. If you have never heard them before, its harder screamo that sounds like some of the stuff going on in Europe. Its dark, but not sludgey or grindy or anything. Nice skrimz dynamics all around. They get really heavy alot but its always interesting. They get down with the chugs, which I can always respect. Dynamically they sound like a heavier, less technical Daitro or Aussitot Mort or something. Maybe Who Calls So loud, musically, is kind of similar at some points. I don't know, it's just nice to hear a screamo band that isn't doing the fast euro twinkly techy stuff. I really like the recording quality as well. I hope that the band recorded it themselves. I also put their demo ep thing down at the bottom as well. I got the split because I was asking around for more John Cota shit and I was gonna post this band a long ass time ago.

The second half of the split is all Ten Thousand Leagues. Super fucking hard. Super fucking heavy. Their side starts with some sound clip and I don't know what it is from. Ten Thousand draw more on old school hardcore and punk dynamics, so their stuff is less screamo and more hardcore in nature, although they do have some skrumz elements floating around. Again, recording quality on this side of the split is pretty really dope. One of the better heavy bands that are playing right now. Heavier for us emo pussies, but not metalcore or anything you know? It's like moshing but without the basketball shorts. It's okay to mosh in your American Apparel if you want to. You can even two-step.

I like this split because it isn't flashy. Both bands produce solid tracks and sound good separately, as a cohesive side and as a while album. Although I must admit that I kind of prefer the John Cota side, both bands fucking kill it so hard on this split. Kill em dead. "You marks are feelin to hate it". So please, please, please, a thousand times please, download the fuck out of this and tell your entire crew how good this is. Then go and get a fucking copy from RADICAL FRIENDS, or, even better, go see these bands on their tours and get the split then. Below is the split, the John Cota demo thing, and a video that is unrelated. Oh yeah, Ten Thousand Leagues put their demo on a split 12 inch with Archetypes. The Archetypes tracks are recycled from their album "Steps". You can buy that somewhere on the internet, I don't really know where aside from Olhar De Vidro. I would imagine Ten Thousand would have them on tour. Anyways, that's below as well.



John Cota / Ten Thousand Leagues Split

John Cota 2009 Demo/EP

Ten Thousand Leagues / Archetypes

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

This Will Destroy You pt. 2

Turns out we already did a post about This Will Destroy You, which you can view here. It was so long ago I forgot it was done. I also didnt post it, so I redownloaded all their other shit from other blogs when I coulda just got it all from here. Funny. Since our last post they have put out some more shit, which is below. Buy it because you like it. Word.


Tunnel Blanket

Communal Blood

Moving On The Edges Of Things

Love Your Abuser Remixed Lymbyc System Remix Album


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Pussy Babies

I have been sick all weekend. I feel like I am dying. The coldest of head colds. Last week Matsuri and Father;Lonesome played in my living room. There were six of us here, so we sat on the couch and played Magic while Matsuri and Father played. I'm going to throw up some F;L in the next few days, I've just been Jabba The Hut in my weakened state. Heres Matsuri's entire set:

Anyways, this post is about Pussy Babies, which is made up of Cheese and I. You may know Cheese from his late label Unity Through Harmony, his bands An Archer's History or Our Parents Forgot Us, or from being the мища roadie and manager on all of our musical endeavors excluding our most recent tour. I wasn't going to ever post these but Cheese is going back to jail and I miss him already. FREE PIMP CHEESE.

We started this project last summer but never really did anything aside from fuck around every once in a while. Recently Cheese rode his bike up to Olympia from Santa Cruz with his friend and he lived with me for like two months. During the Stanley Cup we got drunk and wrote these two songs. Each one took a day. We wanted to write more but we never had the time. I also wanted to record them decently but he left to go back to Pennsylvania before anything could go down.

This shit isn't that good, but its cool. Pretty simple and kinda sloppy. Pretty jankity recordings but its not horrible. Sounds decent for a bedroom with a single microphone. We recorded them so we could remember them later, but I wanted to put these up en memorium. I hope that whenever we meet up again we can do more. The three tracks are below. Word.


Pussy Babies Demo

Friday, July 15, 2011

New Creases


New Creases is a seriously rad pop-punk band from Columbus, Ohio. If you are into bands like Jawbreaker, Lifetime, The Replacements, Hot Water Music, or any of that kind of gruff, gravelly No Idea sounding stuff then this is definitely for you. Energetic, nostalgic, yet still completely original. And their cover of "The Boat Dreams From The Hill" is money in the fucking bank! I will be seeing this band at Best Friend's Day in late August and I am excited as fuck about it. I have been playing this shit none stop and cannot recommend it enough for these wonderful summer months.

They have more releases but I can't seem to find them anywhere on the internet. You can buy their demo and some of their 7"s from a few distros if you just google that stuff. Get into it!



Sunday, July 10, 2011


Desaparecidos was a short lived punkish band featuring Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes fame. Now, say what you want about Conor being either annoying as fuck or a musical genius, I don't really give a shit either way, but the dude can write songs. I used to get down with Bright Eyes to an extent, but Desaparecidos blow Bright Eyes out of the water. If you don't agree I don't care and I certainly do not want to hear about it.

I heard that Desparecidos was Saddle Creek's super group, but I have never heard of any of the other people in the band and I have also never heard of any of their other bands. Wouldnt Bright Eyes be the super group because Tim Kasher toured with them or something? It doesn't matter. I first heard this band in high school and was into it but wasnt super duper into it for whatever reason. They always held a certain mystique because the band was short lived and their sound was so much different than Bright Eyes.

As you can imagine, the vocals and lyrics are a huge part of this project. Conor is still all sad and stuff, but alot of these songs have alot of social and political satire and commentary. Alot of Cursive-esque references to marriage and stuff, talks about money and stuff too. Musically its super 90's alterna-punk like At The Drive-In and stuff like that. Chordy rhthyems, hardcore and punk dynamics to an extent, keyboards, punk/pop punk drums with Conor Oberest singing in a bathtub full of ice.

The band got back together last year for some festival or something in Omaha. I havn't looked for videos of it but I can imagine it was pretty cool. I also read somewhere, but I didn't check the date of the article, that they may have another full length recorded and ready to go but they are just sitting on it because they feel like it.

Below is all of their songs. They were featured on like two additional compilations or something but the songs are all recycled. We have for your listening pleasure their fully "Read Music / Speak Spanish", their single of "The Happiest Place on Earth" which had two unreleased jams on the B- side, and a Saddle Creek compilation with two Desaparecidos songs, one of which was exclusive. All their junk is on Saddle Creek, listen to it and let the angst flow through your veins. Video is from that reunion show last year.



The Happiest Place On Earth

Saddle Creek 50 part 1 & 2

Read Music / Speak Spanish

We Were Skeletons Again

So uh, We Were Skeletons (who are on tour with the Caution Children right meow) are on two new releases. The first is a 4 way split with Florence & Libby, Kids and Paxton which is a ten year anniversary thing for Square of Opposition. The second is a Topshelf Records 2011 Label Sampler that has like over 60 bands on it. Its such a fucking big compilation, but thats fine now that we live in the future and you can just download everything.

Now about that split. I only listened to it one time through, right now, so don't really take too much stock in what i have to say about it. I haven't ever listened to Florence & Libby, but I'm not really digging it too much. I don't really like the vocals that much. I have also never listened to this band Kids, but I like their songs on this release. Short punk songs are always pretty cool. Nothing too new or mind blowing, but its pretty cool. Both the We Were Skeletons Songs are pretty dope. They sound alot different from their previous material, but thats always an interesting thing. Its not on the same scale, but its like when Kidcrash and Raein switched their sound up and some people were like "this is sick" and other people were like "merp merp I only like the old stuff". Its cool though because I was totally the second person for a minute. But these Skeletons songs aren't drastically different. Still punk music, but they are straying away from the screamo sound of their full length and the split they did with us and going more in a post punk direction. Its funny because every other band on this release has like 5 songs but WWS has two. All their songs have Moleman in the title. He's a cool kid. The last band on this is Paxton, and I think I have listened to them before. Its pretty cool, more post punk stuff. Again, not really my cup of tea but its a nice listen. You should get that pre order by the way and support all these bands.

So the second thing on here is that Top Shelf super sampler. There are 68 bands on here, but only 23 are actually on the label. I guess that means that the label has worked with them, because they are "family". That means the remaining 45 bands on this thing are their friends. There are some big names on this release, but from what I can tell nothing "new". I'm not going to list all the bands and stuff but you can check out the list here. Now, one thing about this release that you should know, besides the fact that it is really dope, is that you can get it for free from Topshelf. You just go to their website or any of their social networking sites and "like" the release. I think. You either like the release or the label. I know if you tweet and twit you can get it for free too. This is a pretty cool way to get an album because, you know, its free, but I think its kind of funny that you have to tweet and like something to get it. If they want me to take this down so they get more tweets and likes I will gladly take this down. Go buy stuff from Topshelf because they are pretty cool dudes and put out some cool stuff. The album is so fucking big I put it into three files. MASTER OF THE INTERNET SOLVES ALL PROBLEMS.

Below are the two albums in three files. Pre order the one, and then go like the other. Support all the labels the best you can. Its summer and everyone is touring and shit and I know it can be a pain in the ass to get money together to pay for shows and buy records when you have a tight budget, but its going to a good cause. Even if you can't give anyone money you should still go to some shows this summer because it kind of sucks playing to an empty room. I haven't posted any videos in a while it feels, so here is a completely unrelated video that I have been bumping to death.



We Were Skeletons / Florence & Libby / Kids / Paxton 4 Way Split

Topshelf Records 2011 Label Sampler Part 1, 2, and 3

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Arse Moreira Actual Discography

So Arse Moreira is going to release an actual discography sometime soon. Its going to be on tape and ten inch. The tape is being put out by utarid tapes / od athletics / Désordre Ordonné, and the ten inch is being put out by Dame un Abrazo. Look up the labels if you are unfamiliar with them. I have only heard of Utarid Tapes, who fuc rule by the way. Real fast: if you haven't checked out what Utarid is putting out you need to stop reading this shit and go to their website. So many bands you like have worked with them.

If you checked out the post I did on A.M a while back (here) and snagged all that shit you pretty much have everything on this discography. I got the files like two days ago and I think I only heard like four tracks which I hadn't already listened to. I think these "new" tracks are demos and an acoustic song.

As per Charley's request, I'm not putting it up for download but instead linking yall to a soundcloud where everything is located. Once the release is out I'll chug it, but I have a feeling that someone will rip it off of Soundcloud and post it on a blog before then. If that happens, I'm just going to throw up the good quality tracks that I have. Thats the general rule of thumb for anything that I get from bands and they don't want it to get leaked. If its already on blogs I'll throw it up, and if its a jankity rip I'll put up the good files so at least people have better quality tunes.

Listen to these songs. Hella tracks. Keep an eye out for these discography joints to drop, because they are going to be super dope. This is one of my favorite bands right here, so if you have never heard of this band you should check it out. Word.



Sunday, July 3, 2011

Cloud Mouth

Cloud Mouth is a punky post hardcore band from Chicago. I got all these tracks from Damian the other day but I thought I got some of their older shit a while ago. These dudes live in Chicago at Strangelight. Real tight spot, I'm pretty sure there are some dope shows (Dope Show) coming up this summer. I would imagine that this is the new go to spot for touring bands rolling through Chicago because Summer Camp closed down or whatever.

It kind of sucks because I really can't think of a good way to describe this band. Like there is no easy way. I can't just call them a punk band because there is alot of other shit going on in these songs. It's kind of alot to take in. I mean I have only seen them once live, but I didn't remember them sounding like their recordings, you know? Maybe I'm wrong but live they seemed way more raw and rough, whereas these recordings are pretty crisp and reverby. Super dark atmosphere though. There is kind of a dark undercurrent to all of these tracks, and sometimes shit gets real trippy. Like I said, there is alot going on on these tracks.

Give these dudes a listen if you haven't heard them already. My favorite release of theirs is the split with Cougar Den. That band ruled too. If I'm not mistaken Cloud Mouth is about to go on tour with The Reptilian and hit up some midwest places. Should be a really really dope time and you should go check it out if they roll through your spot. Go to their websites and check that shit out. Below is all of their stuff I guess. It was all the stuff that I saw on their bandcamp, which I believe is "Too High To Die". I respect that. All day everyday.



That Ghost Is Always With Me

Flex Yr. Head (Cloud Mouth / Cougar Den Split)


2008 EP