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Two years without Hydrahead

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Two years without Hydrahead

Posted Oct. 28, 2014, 2:59 a.m.

Founded in 1993 by Aaron Turner (of Isis and Mammifer, among more), Hydrahead made a very big impact on the underground music scene of the ‘90s and ‘00s. Their releases ranged from experimental and noise to sludge and stoner and were some of the most interesting and invigorating albums we had experienced in a long time. The quality of their record releases coincided with the later revival of vinyl in music, bringing people of the digital generation back to the analog domain. Selecting between the different Hydrahead releases was a quite difficult task, and if I was going to write about every record the label ever released I would never be finished. So below you will find 14 releases from ...

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Posted Oct. 28, 2014, 2:47 a.m.
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escape the confines of your fate / don't be a prisoner in someone else's scheme / leave behind and bury what is dead / relief wrapped ...

Dropkick Murphys

Interviews Dropkick Murphys

Posted Oct. 28, 2014, 2:43 a.m.

The Dropkick Murphys have been a mainstay in the punk rock community for nearly twenty years. The band has developed a fiercely devoted following through ...

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Franz Nicolay

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Franz Nicolay

Posted Sept. 11, 2014, 11:37 p.m.

Franz Nicolay SPB: What instrument is the hardest to tunefully amplify in a larger venue? Nicolay: It doesn't come up very often, but the musical - or "singing" - saw is next to impossible to successfully mic. The sound is soft and high-pitched and has no obvious point of creation, so you just have to point a mic at it and turn it up as loud as you can without feeding back. The problem is especially acute since for the performer, to accurately set and hold the pitch you need to hear it pretty well, so you need monitors turned up ...

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Murder By Death

Interviews Murder By Death

Posted Oct. 13, 2014, 4:08 p.m.

It's a little while after soundcheck and I've lined up shots of Jameson along the corner of the ...

Coffinworm

Interviews Coffinworm

Posted Oct. 13, 2014, 4:04 p.m.

Back in 2009, When All Became None, the debut album from Coffinworm was dropped like a bomb in the midst ...

Electric Six

Interviews Electric Six

Posted Oct. 13, 2014, 4:02 p.m.

"I think back in the day there was pressure from management and record companies asking why my hair wasn't ...

Worthwhile Way

Interviews Worthwhile Way

Posted Sept. 29, 2014, 5:21 p.m.

That joy in finding a new band just never goes away. The mediums have changed from the old tape deck ...

Riot Fest Toronto 2014

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Posted Sept. 29, 2014, 5:15 p.m.

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Cold Cave

Interviews Cold Cave

Posted Sept. 7, 2014, 3:41 p.m.

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