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  • Funny shit

    Posted on July 30th, 2009 TempleBallz 358 comments

  • Met-uly concert series recap: Clutch and Baroness

    Posted on July 29th, 2009 CourvoisierOfSorrow 8,691 comments

    Since nobody has come out in favor of seeing Zeke this weekend (and I don’t like them quite enough to go solo) this was probably the last show of the concert series.

    Baroness opened with some killer heavy rock. They do a shouted harmony thing that sounds sort of like Crosby stills and Nash high on sweet cheap wine and cold coffee.

    Clutch were killer. They played two or three songs from every album, ending the main set with Texan Book of the Dead. They did NOT play Regulator, but I will embed some video of them playing it anyway, because I don’t have time to track down a clip of a song that they did play.

    The fact that it was good enough to stay through the encore in 140 degree weather is probably all that needs to be said. Another great band in a great month of heavy rock.

  • Thar she blows tea

    Posted on July 27th, 2009 MudBug 30,692 comments
    Cetaceous Herbology

    Cetaceous Herbology

    Saw this as I rode the bus home today.  It made me wonder.  Does the whale blow tea?  Does the whale rely on an intermediary to provide the fire to light the tea?  Or does the whale possess mastery of fire?  That said, should I quit my job to re-interpret Moby Dick in a world where the whale posesses fire and is capable of retaliation against Ahab, but is restrained through long term meditation with the crew of whalers that seek the whales demise? Would cetaceous understanding overcome a primal desire for survival, and is that a higher level of understanding than our human/primitive conciousness, or is it a weakness that scedes mamallian control of the planet to the apes?

    (or, prehaps I’m trying to bury the picture of that guy who kinda looks like me a long long time ago?)

  • Natures Calming Effect

    Posted on July 27th, 2009 MudBug 12,524 comments
    Advanced listening devices expose the secrets of the forest.

    Advanced listening devices expose the secrets of the forest.

  • Grand Funk (Click the link!!)

    Posted on July 27th, 2009 CourvoisierOfSorrow 25,764 comments

    They disabled embedding, but it is worth clicking on the link to watch Grand Funk Railroad play ‘Into the Sun’ in 1970.

    Clicky:

    The audio is killer (for youtube) throughout, though the first half of the video is mostly stills with effects. It really comes together in the second half. Well worth the nine minutes.

  • For those of you not on Facebook, this is what you miss out on

    Posted on July 24th, 2009 CourvoisierOfSorrow 566 comments

  • Not camp-style, just badazz

    Posted on July 23rd, 2009 Rudy 18,107 comments

  • met-uly recap: Minsk, Wolves in the Throne Room, Danava and Graveyard

    Posted on July 16th, 2009 CourvoisierOfSorrow 13,593 comments

    I failed to attend last nights Cannibal Corpse and Behemoth show. I have no excuse for this, and have betrayed metal.

    I did however, make it to the other two shows I wanted to see last night. The first was Minsk and Wolves in the Throne Room at Berbatis.

    Minsk were OK, but not particularly overwhelming. The remind me of Isis or Pelican or one of several other ‘Neurosis Lite’ bands. Worth getting to a show early if they are opening, but I am not sure if I would make the trip out to see them if there were not a more interesting band also on the bill. Maybe it was just an off night for them.

    Wolves in the Throne Room were astounding. They have an incredible live energy that is really hard to describe, and might be lost on people who have only listened to their recordings, where the black metal vocals seem to sit out in front of the music as opposed to taking its rightful place as another instrument in the onslaught of heaviness.

    Since the show was all ages, it ended at 11:59 on the dot, so I ran over to East End where Danava were finishing up their set. I anticipated needing to take a leak in the next half hour, so I got in line and managed to make it through before Graveyard had finished setting up. (The bathroom lines at the East End are truly offensive) I was able to find a decent vantage point by East End standards when Graveyard started, and they put on a really killer show. It was the first show of their US tour and they seemed quite fired up, possibly because of how much cheaper beer is here relative to Sweden. They played every song from their first and only album and a few new ones, wrapping up at around 2:00.

    To sum it all up, if you have never heard Graveyard, check them out. They are not particularly original, just good enough that you don’t care. And go see Wolves in the Throne Room even if you don’t think you like them. The live show they put on will convert you.

    And work sucks whether or not you do something fun the night before, so you might as well go for it.

  • Kindred spirits across the oceans

    Posted on July 13th, 2009 MudBug 29,177 comments

  • Met-uly Concert Series: Skeletonwitch recap

    Posted on July 13th, 2009 CourvoisierOfSorrow 5,311 comments

    Saviours and Skeletonwitch were both awesome at Satyricon. The frontman for Skeletonwitch has the vocal skills and sense of showmanship that many of the modern bearded metal bands lack, and the guitar wizardry was brutal. They seemed a little confused by the lack of beer slugging allowed on stage, so the set was a tad short and lacking in any sort of metal jam breakdowns.

    They stuck pretty close to the album but played two new songs, which fit right in, one of which was about using weed as a gateway to Satan, the other of which was about using Satan as an anger management coach.

    It was killer night of metal, and I look forward to seeing these guys play in three or four years when they have a whole catalog of songs to choose songs from, and feel established enough to pull off some Celtic Frost covers.