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New Jersey, US

Bob's last content update – April 14, 2014, 9:02 p.m.

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Helms Alee

Sleepwalking Sailors, 2014

8.0 / 10

Sleepwalking Sailors is just too good, promptly inserting itself at the top of my list for album of the year (for now, and yes, I keep a running list all year ...

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Self Defense Family

You Are Beneath Her, 2013

8.5 / 10

Surely there has been a band (not just a group of musicians) that is as forward thinking about what the concept of being a “band” is as Self Defense Family (the band ...

Set and Setting - Equanimity  album cover

Set and Setting

Equanimity , 2013

6.5 / 10

I really enjoy how pretty “Through The Unhindered Break Of Day” is, and the idea that something so simple and borderline repetitive could somehow draw me in to Equanimity, the debut ...

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Temporary Enlightenment , 2013

7.7 / 10

Immediately strikingly to the heart with the opening notes of “Cast Out” as if awakening people from sleep with this as an early morning clarion call, Fragment. effectively kicks off Temporary Enlightenment (the fourth ...

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Crooked Necks

Interviews Crooked Necks

Posted Feb. 18, 2012, 8 a.m.

Coming to me via the excellent Handmade Birds label, Crooked Necks dropped into my world via an LP, Alright Is Exactly What It Isn’t, and a Joy Division covers ...

Life in the Dark

Interviews Life in the Dark

Posted Jan. 16, 2012, 1:15 a.m.

Zen Zsigo is the driving force behind a great many creative projects from labels (Sunyata Recordings, Strange Rules) to music (Maths, Life In The Dark, Livimorket), and Life in the ...


Interviews Greys

Posted Dec. 25, 2011, 1:29 a.m.

After being inexorably sucked into the first release from the ambient-esque Greys (imagine an ambient act with vocals), In Fades and knowing that an album was forthcoming, I wanted to ...

Giles Corey

Interviews Giles Corey

Posted Nov. 2, 2011, 7:01 a.m.

Giles Corey is the long in gestation solo project of one Dan Barrett (half of the duo Have A Nice Life and part owner and purveyor of Enemies List Recordings ...

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MP3s Have A Nice Life Post Free Digital EP

Posted March 6, 2010, 2:13 a.m.

Have a Nice Life have posted a new digital EP called Time of Land, which can be downloaded at the link.  Here are the details on the release: Time of ...

Breaking News Swans Are Not Dead

Posted Jan. 10, 2010, 9:43 a.m.

Micheal Gira recently announced that he will be resurrecting his seminal outfit Swans with not only the possibility of multiple tours but also a new album. To view details click ...

A demo of a new song intended for the new album is now up on the Swans official Myspace site.
Gira made the following statement:
The song “Jim” recently added to the playlist is an acoustic demo (solo at home) 

recording by michael gira. this, and many other new songs recorded in the same way comprise many of the new (rough versions) of songs under consideration, 
to be fleshed out on the coming new swans album. a cd of these acoustic versions, as well as a live (2 shows) dvd of m.gira will be for sale  very soon as a hand made (by gira) package called I Am Not Insane (CD/DVD). this package – in a limited edition of 1000 - will be sold in order to  raise money for the swans recordings/offset the huge costs involved...  check back here or at  for ordering details and more information...coming soon...coming soon...   
principal players on the swans album are (and there will be many special guests):
Michael Gira / gtr / voice / mendicant friar act  (original swans)
Norman Westberg – Guitar  (original swans)
Christophj Hahn – Guitar  (mid period swans and most angels)
Phil Puleo – Drums, percussion, dulcimer etc etc  (final swans tour and most angels)
Chris Pravdica – Bass and gadgets  (flux information sciences / services/ gunga din)
Thor Harris, Drums, percussion, vibes, dulcimer, curios,  etc etc... (angels, now also with shearwater)

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Labels Southern Lord Signs OM

Posted Jan. 21, 2007, 2:40 a.m.

Southern Lord Records has announced the signing of OM. Here is the official word: It is with extreme honor that Southern Lord is officially able to announce the signing of ...

Bands Young Widows Album Info And MP3

Posted May 29, 2006, 8:13 a.m.

The three members of Young Widows emerged from the dissolution of Breather Resist with a new vision steeped in dark, brooding grooves and moody post-punk. From the reverb-drenched inspiration of ...

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It's been a long time

Posted March 16, 2008, 2:56 a.m. by Bob

Last night my band played with Souvenir's Young America, City of Ships, and Monolith at Siren Records in Doylestown, PA; it was a fun time all the bands played real ...

In Remembrance of Kid Kilowatt

Posted Jan. 29, 2008, 11:04 a.m. by Bob

So, back when Cave In's Until Your Heart Stops dropped on the hardcore masses several years back, I had the chance of catching the band at Middlesex County Community College. ...

Oh you make me smile

Posted Jan. 8, 2008, 11:45 a.m. by Bob

I broke out my CD for the Gehenna- The War of the Sons of Light and the Sons of Darkness and saw something that always made me smile. Allow me ...

Be Afraid Vol.1

Posted July 19, 2007, 8:36 a.m. by Bob

Part 1: Mission Statement, Introduction, and first terribly nostalgic musing A number of years ago, a few friends of mine, myself, and people who would quickly become my friends used ...

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Bird of Ill Omen, Neurosis, Isis, Sunn0))), Cursed, Barrit, Bane, Infest, Coliseum, Breather Resist, Young Widows, Jesu, 108, Black Cross, By the Grace of God, Endpoint, Coalesce, and many more

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