Torche/Harvey Milk/Pollution live
Harvey Milk — The Singles 2x12” (Relapse) and Unreleased 2xLP (Hydra Head)
Language of Light/Cortez split 12” (AntiClock)
Pissed Jeans — King of Jeans CD (Sub Pop)
Axemen — Scary! Pt. III 2xLP (side 1) (Siltbreeze)
Neil Merryweather — Space Rangers LP (Mercury)
Moritz Von Oswald Trio — Vertical Ascent 2xLP (Honest Jon’s)
Rusted Shut — Dead LP (Load)
Circus Lupus — Solid Brass MP3s
Matt Krefting — I Couldn’t Love You More CD (Ecstatic Peace)
“The Yes Men Fix the World”
“Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” in Baltimore, Detroit and Buffalo
“Step Brothers” DVD
“True Blood” s2e6
Earles is due for a Torche/Harvey Milk show review, but here’s mine:
Torche makes a pretty convincing case for pop metal, one that doesn’t shortchange the heaviness for melody, or vice versa, and without any of the cheese. At their brightest, they remind me of Chavez, Rival Schools, and the Foo Fighters, but they have plenty of very burly moments to pull them through. Strange that they’re not more popular, but I have my theories. Loud as fuck, way better as a trio than when I saw them last summer.
Harvey Milk were pretty brutal, and do enough outside of slow heavy sludge to keep things moving. They busted out a pretty sick cover of “Jean Genie” with Spence doing all the huge Tony Newman fills. Two jr. ad men stood right next to me and talked loudly through the entire set, which was a total bummer — one of them tried to pigeonhole the members of the audience, then remarked in his limited frame of reference that they reminded him of the Drive-By Truckers. I’m with Rollins; these people should be beaten.
Pollution was pretty weird but I think they could be a good band given some time. Two of these dudes come to my DJ night a lot and I have been meaning to check them out. Weird, angry, messy metal/thrash with weird dynamics (drums and music are usually one beat apart which makes for disorientation). Interested to see them in a smaller room than Music Hall of Williamsburg.
More reviews are in the pipe, and I gotta get ‘em set up for publication. Things are kinda slow in the summertime. Right now I need to concentrate on scaling down the record collection so that we can move to a new apartment in October. Stoop sale this weekend, come and get records, clothes, band t-shirts, DVDs, comic books and household items.