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Top Lists of 2011

Thursday, December 15th, 2011
Blow The Scene 2011 Top Lists It is that time of year again, as we say goodbye to 2011 and usher in the new year. Before we slip away into our holiday modes with family and friends, we look back on another year in music. 2011 saw the good, the bad, and the ugly. Today we are just going to focus on the good! We invited a few of our musical peers to contribute year-end lists. Unlike a lot of online music outlets, we chose to invite not only musicians, but also the people who work behind the scenes to make the music community ...

Review Rundown II

Friday, October 7th, 2011
Aeges - Roaches EPArtist: ÆGES Album: Roaches 7" EP Label: Hawthorne Street Records Home Base: Los Angeles Genre: Post Hardcore FFO: No Knife, Helmet, Pelican, Tusk, Undertow, Shift Available: Now Founded by Mark Holcomb (Undertow, Shift) and Larry Herweg (Pelican, Tusk), ÆGES rounded off their line-up with additions of Kemble Walters (The Rise, The Blank Faces) and bassist Tony Baumeister, before putting together this 7" EP we have before us. The music is dense and melodic, and immediately brings to mind echos of early No Knife and Helmet. With only two songs, you barely have time to wet your lips, ...

Review Rundown I

Friday, September 23rd, 2011
Today we launch new weekly column Review Rundown, where we get down to brass tacks on a half-dozen recent/forthcoming releases each week, pulled from all genres with no restrictions. The idea for this column came as I have been talking to several of my friends who also head online mags, and the fact that reviews are consistently the least popular, least-viewed aspects of online mags. It makes sense really. Why sit through a 30-minute review when you could just listen to album through various sources all over the Web? Occasionally an album is so breathtakingly awesome that it requires an archeological record, but for the most part, music fans just want to be pointed in the right direction and ...

They Might Be Giants Show Gallery and Review Byham Theater

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
They Might Be Giants - Band Live at The Byham Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA on Sept 14, 2011Very few bands have the opportunity to release 15 studio albums in their career. However, the Brooklyn-based, They Might Be Giants are still plugging away after nearly 30 years of releases. The Johns’ [as called by some of their diehard fans] have managed to go from a duo who’d record music on answering machines, to Grammy Award Winners with a Platinum record. They played to a packed Byham ...

Shonen Knife – Osaka Ramones Review

Friday, July 15th, 2011
Shonen Knofe  - Osaka Ramones Osaka Ramones Shonen Knife Good Charamel Records Available July 19, 2011 Genres: Punk rock, Indie pop/rock RIYL: The Ramones, Buzzcocks, The Go-Go’s 7.1 The year is 2011. The idea of pop-punk is pretty nauseating to most writers and serious publications. However, a few bands such as Shonen Knife show the world how to incorporate punk rock sensibilities and pop structures. There’s good reason as to why American bands such as Sonic Youth and Nirvana have reached out to play with these fiery ladies. The band has been influenced by everyone from The Beach Boys to Black Sabbath, but in ...

Fall On Your Sword – Another Earth (OST) Review

Monday, July 11th, 2011
Fall On Your Sword Another Earth (OST) Fall on Your Sword Milan Records Avail: July 19, 2011 Genres: Electronic, Downtempo, Ambient RIYL: Zombi, Hans Zimmer, Brian Eno, Darren Aronofsky film scores 7.4 After the dissolve of LCD Soundsystem, fans of the band have been anxious to see the direction that James Murphy & Co are taking after the project ended. A former and founding member of the band as well as Oceans Eleven composer Phil Mossman teamed up with another composer friend, Will Bates to form Fall on Your Sword. Another Earth LP by Fall On Your SwordThe film for which ...

Puerto Rico Flowers – 7 Review

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
Puerto Rico Flowers - 7 7 Puerto Rico Flowers Fan Death Records Avail June 14, 2011 Genre: dark pop Review by Jane Chardiet Fans of Puerto Rico Flowers have patiently waited nearly a year and a half since the release of their first EP, 4, for a full length. On June 14, 2011, the wait is finally over. Dropping on Baltimore based Fan Death Records, 7 delivers seven new tracks at last. Puerto Rico Flowers is the mastermind of John Sharkey III, of Clockcleaner fame, but it seems like he doesn’t like people to bring that up too much when they talk about Puerto Rico Flowers. I suppose this makes sense, because the ...

Bohren & der Club of Gore – Beileid Review

Friday, May 20th, 2011
Beileid album cover by Bohren & Der Club of Gore Beileid Bohren and Der Club of Gore Ipecac Recordings 2011 Genres: Midnight Doom Jazz, Classical RIYL: David Lynch, More Dogs, Morphine 6.9 Bohren is German for “drilling,” and their whole modus operandi is digging deep within music to find brooding moods and melancholy. Doom and jazz may sound like polar opposites to most ears, but their excellent releases Dolores and Black Earth have put them on the map amongst many music circles, ranging from metalheads, stoner rockers, and even modern composers. Beileid is their first release in three years, and it’s a mixed bag of new directions and ...

Weekend Nachos Worthless Review

Monday, May 9th, 2011
Weekend Nachos - Worthless LP Worthless Weekend Nachos Relapse Records for CD Deep Six Records for Vinyl Avail May 17, 2011 FFO: Coke Bust, Capitalist Casualties, Agoraphobic Nosebleed Weekend Nachos is four hardcore dudes from Chicago with a propensity for aggressive, yet progressive, tastes in extreme music and lyrical formulation. And before you start the internal dialogue, “Weekend Nachos? That’s a funny name. What the hell does that mean?” It means nothing. Just a humorous name that was suggested by a friend of the band as they were establishing themselves in 2004. Weekend NachosWith an ear for ridiculously heavy guitar signatures that ...

Horseback – The Gorgon Tongue Review

Monday, April 18th, 2011
The Gorgon Tounge: Impale Golden Horn + Forbidden Planet The Gorgon Tongue - Impale Golden Horn + Forbidden Planet Horseback Relapse Records Available May 10, 2011 Genres: Drone, Ambient (Impale Golden Horn) / Power Ambient, Black Metal (Forbidden Planet) RIYL: Aix Em Klemm, SunnO))), Earth 7.7 / 7.1 It’s difficult to discern whether a band is going for a money-grab with a re-release, or if they are trying to help new fans explore their older records. Horseback received considerable critical acclaim with their previous LP, Invisible Mountain. However, each Horseback record has managed to be its own beast, with different genres, and in some cases, a different lineup. ...

Andrea Caccese – Icarus Falling / Set The World On Fire EP Review

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
Andrea Caccese Icarus Falling Set The World On Fire Icarus Falling / Set the world on fire EP Andrea Caccese Sit Still Records Released March 11, 2011 Review by Heather McAdams

Method acting encourages an actor to completely and emotionally identify with his character, so I’d imagine that method recording allows a musician to better identify with his surroundings. Swedish singer/songwriter Andrea Caccese used his 2010 international travels as inspiration for his four-track EP as well as to instill the recording with the distinct flavor of uprooted wandering. From various recording sessions in apartments, hotel rooms, trains and airports, the teaser debut EP Icarus Falling / Set the world on fire is an experimental work of ...


Mamiffer – Mare Decendrii Review

Friday, March 11th, 2011
Mamiffer - Mare Decendrii Mare Decendrii Mamiffer SIGE Records March 15, 2011 Genres: Jazz-influenced Doom, Power Ambient RIYL: Earth, SunnO))), Brian Eno, Kayo Dot by Adam Rauf, Senior Staff Writer 8.8 Music is becoming a globally-connected phenomenon. Not only are you finding artists these days that are collaborating online to help in the germination process for songwriting, but you’re also finding various schools of music colliding to form giant murals of beauty. Mamiffer, which combines the talents of “post-metal” icon and visual artist Aaron Turner (Isis, House of Low Culture, Old Man Gloom) and performance artist Faith Coloccia (Everlovely Lightningheart) is the perfect recipe for ...

Trap Them Darker Handcraft Review

Thursday, March 10th, 2011
Darker Handcraft by Trap Them Darker Handcraft Trap Them Prosthetic Records Avail March 15, 2011 FFO: Tragedy, Rotten Sound, Converge, Trash Talk, From Ashes Rise, Rise and Fall Trap Them hold a special place in our hearts at Blow The Scene, as anyone who follows this site knows. And for good reason; Trap Them have been at the forefront of the current resurgence in d-beat-rooted, death n’ roll sounds many bands are beginning to emulate. With the early release of the vinyl edition of Darker Handcraft nearly sold out, the band continues an incredible web presence with exclusive tracks dropping on major webzines all ...

Red Fang Murder The Mountains Review

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
Murder The Mountains by Red Fang Murder The Mountains Red Fang Relapse Records Available April 12, 2011 FFO: Kylesa, Baroness, Black Tusk Take Black Sabbath, Kylesa, and Mastodon, toss them in a blender and set to crush. You may come out with a sound vaguely reminiscent of Portland's Red Fang and their forthcoming release, Murder The Mountains, set to hit streets April 12 via Relapse Records. This underground super-group of sorts is comprised of Bryan Giles (Last of the Juanitas, Party Time), Aaron Beam (Dark Forces, Lachrymator), David Sullivan (Party Time, facedowninshit, Shiny Beast) and John Sherman (Party Time, Bad Wizard, Trumans Water, All Night). The aforementioned guilty parties join forces ...

Anti You Two-Bit Schemes and Cold War Dreams

Friday, February 4th, 2011
Two-Bit Schemes and Cold War Dreams Album Cover Two-Bit Schemes and Cold War Dreams Anti You Six Weeks Records Available February 15, 2011 FFO: Direct Control, Government Warning Pig City Life EPFans of hardcore punk will be treated to a triple threat release by Six Weeks Records February 15th with Anti You's 2010 LP, Two-Bit Schemes and Cold War Dreams offered in CD and Digital formats for the first time with the rare Pig City Life E.P. and follow-up EP, Johnny Baghdad included in this 28-song collection. Hailing from ...

The Ex – Catch My Shoe Review

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
The Ex Catch My Shoe Album Cover The Ex Catch My Shoe Ex Records Released Jan. 25, 2011 Contributed By Aaron Kendeall Dutch rockers The Ex are back for an amazing 25th album with their most recent release, Catch My Shoe. The self-professed, experimental punk rockers that have been making music since 1979, again bring their signature jazz-influenced noise to the table with a debut from new vocalist Arnold De Boer (formerly of one man band Zea). Catch My Shoe was recorded with the legendary Steve Albini in Chicago and also marks the band's first release on their own label imprint Ex Records. ...

Review: Lohio Family Tree E.P.

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011
Family Tree EP Cover Art by Lohio Family Tree EP Lohio 2011 Genres: Indie pop, Indie Folk, Alt-Country RIYL: Broken Social Scene, The New Pornographers, The National 8.2 Lohio is beginning to become a popular mainstay here in Pittsburgh, and in general, the East Coast. These folks have been in the game for some time now, most likely remembered for their older sound, which felt a bit more like wistful alt-country with an edge. The pop sensibilities have really blossomed over the past year or so, and the influence of bands that they have opened for, such as The Books, Ra Ra Riot, and Tokyo Police Club is especially evident with this latest release. Opener “Leave the City, Leave ...

Owen Hart Release Earth Control On Vitriol Records

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011
Earth Control Album Cover Art by Owen Hart on Vitriol Records Earth Control Owen Hart Vitriol Records Release Date: January 18, 2011 FFO: Converge, Regurgitate, Napalm Death, Phobia We were first introduced to Owen Hart as we received Scott Hull's This Comp Kills Fascist vol 2 from Relapse last June, and we called it then; Owen Hart is here to shred your face off. With yesterday's release of Earth Control on Vitriol Records, the rest of extreme metal world has caught up. So much so, we don't even need to do a formal write-up of this gem. BrooklynVegan, Popmatters, MetalSucks, JunkyardGod, Lukephysioc, MetalInjection, pretty much sum it up. For fans ...

Noisear Subvert the Dominant Paradigm Review and Stream of Global Warning

Friday, January 7th, 2011
Noisear Subvert the Dominant Paradigm Cover Art Noisear Subvert the Dominant Paradigm Relapse Records Available February 1, 2011 FFO: Phobia, Capitalist Casualties, Botch, Napalm Death New Mexico's favorite grinding sons, Noisear are dropping their highly anticipated Relapse Records debut, Subvert the Dominant Paradigm, which features 30 new blistering tracks available February 1, 2011. Subvert the Dominant Paradigm is a solid grind offering through and through. The band has not jumped on the overly-produced bandwagon many of their grind contemporaries are riding that often leaves many extreme-metal aficionados with something to be desired. Like fine China collectors who want their plates to come with tiny imperfections that prove it was hand-crafted, grind fans often want a natural, human-sounding album, ...

Lionheart Built on Struggle Review

Thursday, January 6th, 2011
Built on Struggle Album Cover Lionheart Built On Struggle Mediaskare Records Available January 18, 2011 FFO: Hatebreed, Turmoil, All Out War Bay Area's hardcore heroes Lionheart are poised to drop their sophomore full-length, Built on Struggle, January 18 on Mediaskare Records. Built on Struggle features an all-star gathering of special appearances by likes of Bruce LaPage (original vocalist of 100 Demons), Dave Nassie (Suicidal Tendencies/Bleeding Through), Brandan Schieppati (Bleeding Through), Lord Ezec (Skarhead, Icepick) and Karl Buechner (Earth Crisis) as Built on Struggle will surely be a contender for the top hardcore release of 2011. Lionheart hit the ground running in 2007 as the band released their debut album The Will To Survive. The album ...

The Disco Biscuits – Tower Theater – Philadelphia – 12.30.2010

Friday, December 31st, 2010
The Disco Biscuits Complete 12.30.2010 Set List Set 1: Hot Air Balloon > Gangster > The Safety Dance > Hot Air Balloon, Mr. Don Set 2: Save The Robots, Air Song, Basis For A Day > Pygmy Twylyte > Basis For A Day Encore: Spacebirdmatingcall On December 26th, a statement was made by The Disco Biscuits entitled, "12/26/2010 | New Year's Run Update Part 2." New Year's Update: "We want to first thank everyone for their over the top support this week during a difficult time for the band. The first two nights at Terminal 5 have been so much fun musically, and none of it would have been possible without our ...