Showing posts from October, 2018

Guerilla Toss — 10.27.18

Evil Sword Olivia Neutron-John Guerilla Toss Johnny Brenda's 10.27.18 The wildly eccentric Guerilla Toss took full advantage of the Halloween season for Saturday night's gig at Johnny Brenda's, letting the naturally dark and playful setting that the holiday typically provides enhance the band's artful and cartoonish nuances. Attendees dressed up for the occasion, inspiring a costume contest (Mother Nature won and then promptly fellated the trophy). Punk disco was the scene, the evening's collection of costumed and plainclothes fans caught in the groove and dazzled by the vivid lights and the abstract visuals that gleamed overhead. Think of The Exploding Plastic Inevitable had it been set to post-punk/mutant disco.  Guerilla Toss is currently touring to promote Twisted Crystal , their latest LP which is currently available at DFA Records . I reviewed the album for No Ripcord . Once again, bad iPhone pics of the event to look through. Somebody

Gritty Death Mask...

Ben Parrish of Kill Rock Stars made the following statement: Gritty should join Taiwan Housing Project ✌️ — benjamin parrish (@mrbenparrish) October 19, 2018 I followed up: If you haven't picked up Veblen Death Mask by Taiwan Housing Project , I recommend you remedy that as quickly as possible. I reviewed the album in 2017. You can find that review here . Sincerely, Letters From A Tapehead

No Ripcord (Quick Takes: August/September 2018): Thou & KEN mode

For a No Ripcord's monthly installment of blurb-sized reviews, or "QUICK TAKES" as the feature is titled, I submitted KEN mode 's Loved and Thou 's Magus . Both albums contain some of the most exciting, violent, and emotionally turbulent music I've heard this year. Please enjoy the reviews and I'd recommend reading about the other albums covered in this feature as well. Please feel free to comment or send all angry missives to . Hit the link: No Ripcord —  QUICK TAKES (AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018). Thou Magus Sacred Bones Released: 8.31.18 ___________________________ KEN mode Loved Season of Mist Released: 8.31.18 Sincerely, Letters From A Tapehead

Phawker: Public Image Ltd. — 10.16

Public Image Ltd. Union Transfer 10.16.18 Acting on an unexpected offer to attend Public Image Ltd. 's Philly stop on their current The Public Image is Rotten tour, I wound up with a writing assignment for Phawker. The show review is linked below along with some shitty iPhone photos I managed to take. The professional shot was taken by  Josh Pelta-Heller . One observation that I didn't include in the show review: Following PiL's performance of "Black Swan," John Lydon shot two of the most confident and spectacular snot rockets from his nostrils that I've ever seen. I was simultaneously impressed and disgusted. It was kind of amazing. Phawker: Public Image Ltd. at Union Transfer, 10.16 Sincerely, Letters From A Tapehead

New Selections — Big Bliss, Farao, Rattle, FUKU, Wimps, DEW

A new month begins!  Big Bliss: "Constants" (via Tell All Your Friends PR / Exit Stencil Recordings / Bandcamp) At Middle Distance by Big Bliss Via Tell All Your Friends PR: Brooklyn-based, post-punk trio  Big Bliss  announce their new album,  At Middle Distance , and share lead single, "Surface" and second single "Constants."  Billboard  exclusively premiered the lead single with praise, stating,  "The music of post-punk trio Big Bliss is almost like a dream on wax with its trance like bass and guitar riffs and driving drum beats."  All Things Go premiered "Constants" - check out the piece  here .  At Middle Distance  is due out October 19th on Exit Stencil Recordings.  At Middle Distance  marks a new, unprecedented milestone for the band. Recorded and mixed at  Tony Maimone ’s ( Pere Ubu ) Studio G and Thump Recordings in Brooklyn, producer  Jeff Berner  ( Psychic TV ) evokes the tonal clarity and emotive noise that const