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SPB premiere: "Eerie Freezing Winds" by Obscurae

SPB premiere: "Eerie Freezing Winds" by Obscurae

Obscurae - To Walk The Path Of Sorrows

“Eerie Freezing Winds” marks Obscurae’s return from the cold and is the second single to be released from their forthcoming album, To Walk the Path of Sorrows. While, technically, many of these songs have been available before, the band have reworked and rerecorded them in order to be in line with the current vison of band founder C. Davis (Hour of Thirteen, Subklinik among many, many others) and since those initial releases are no longer in print, 2020 makes for the perfect time to delve deep into Obscurae’s nightmares.

“Eerie Freezing Winds” is a furious work that takes in atmospheric black metal, cold synthesised passages and howling shrieks in order to create an aura of hopelessness and the track is a great precursor to a record that features more of the same –- swirling winds, heightened tension and deadly fire. Davis’s impetus for bringing these songs together is to create an album “…dedicated to the majesty of the Night. No religions, no superstitions. Just magick for the eternal Dark.” Davis wants to be able to share Obscurae's music more widely, to make it more accessible than it was previously and to allow others a glimpse into the dark night as he sees it.

To Walk the Path of Sorrows will be released through American Decline Records (an imprint of American Dreams Records) on November 27 and can be pre-ordered from bandcamp now.

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Records Video Premiere - "Diagnosis Negative" by Downside Salesman

Video Premiere - "Diagnosis Negative" by Downside Salesman

Based in Chicago, Downside Salesman consists of Alissa Wolff on drums, Joey Schuringa (of Pretty Pleased) on bass and backing vocals and Bobby Lane (of The Big Leagues) on guitar and vocals. Listening to this band’s music, I’m reminded of the sort of hard-hitting punk that drew me in back in the early 2000s. While there’s an in-your-face quality for sure, it was the overall emotional impact as well as the nice melodies and harmonies that really struck me.

The band’s upcoming Wastehaven EP contains three tracks, the video for the first of which, “Diagnosis Negative,” is premiering below. Marked by a combination of sometimes claustrophobic visuals and intense sound, this video comes across as a quintessential COVID-era music video. At various points, the band is seen playing in what seem to be basements, garages, and the cramped confines of an attic, a space which doesn’t even appear to allow the players to stand upright.  The copious amounts of PBR may also be reflective of 2020.  I can't argue.

Shows The Beths video, The Beths live(stream)

Posted Oct. 22, 2020, 7:38 p.m.

The Beths video, The Beths live(stream)

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The Beths, who released Jump Rope Gazers in July (Carpark Records) shared a new video from the record earlier this week.

Watch "Mars, The God Of War” below. The band is also planning an online Amoeba Records in-store on Oct. 27 and a Bandcamp livestream scheduled for Nov. 14, which comes in between overseas dates in New Zealand.

Videos Monomer TV: Episode 8

Posted Oct. 22, 2020, 7:10 p.m.

Monomer TV: Episode 8

photo by Loren Green

Most creative people are involved in more than one medium. That's been highlighted more than ever as people deal with the challenges of a pandemic and quarantines. It's also a segway into the story of Monomer TV.

A new record store named Monomer Audio Emporium opened Nyack, NY in 2019, but due to the pandemic it's since closed. While that set back the store founders, it also indirectly led to a new venture called Monomer TV which is described brilliantly by Cvlt Nation as a "video zine" that collects (and pays) submitters for their work -- which ranges from music videos to reviews and all other kinds of hard-to-classify entertainment.

The medium just released Episode 8 this week.

Records Jawbreaker On Cello reissue

Posted Oct. 22, 2020, 6:51 p.m.

Jawbreaker On Cello reissue

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New Granada will kick off 2021 with a new pressing of Fordon Withers' Jawbreaker On Cello record, a 10-track album that delivers exactly as promised by the title.

For a taste, hit the bump and watch a video of "Boxcar," covered by Withers, who has also played with Betwixt, Office Of Future Plans, BELLS>, and currently with The J. Robbins Band.

The new LPs will be available in mid-January on sea foam green.

Speaking of the project, Withers says:

“Not only did Jawbreaker's music influence thousands of bands, but they lifted the spirits of entire scenes and communities en masse. Their songs formed focal points for countless kids' formative experiences, enabling friendships and connections that would last forever. Jawbreaker's music saved at least one troubled teenage life in my own close circle and directly influenced nearly every musician I know. I am honored to be able to pay tribute to their legacy with this album.

Labels Deep Elm celebrates 25 years

Posted Oct. 21, 2020, 9:13 p.m.

Deep Elm celebrates 25 years

On Oct. 16, 2020, Deep Elm Records officially celebrated 25 years as a label.

The band issued a statement, which can be read in its entirety below, plus a three volume sampler with 75 bands in total, showcasing the label's history. The chronologically themed collection, titled Deep Elm Records 25 Years: Vol. 1-3, includes songs by The Appleseed Cast, Latterman, Goonies Never Say Die, Moonlit Sailor, Kid You Not and a whole lot more.

Records The brand new Blunt Razors

Posted Oct. 21, 2020, 8:36 p.m.

The brand new Blunt Razors

Blunt Razors, a new project featuring Gared O'Donnell and Neil Keener (Planes Mistaken For Stars) has announced a debut 6-song EP. The debut is called Early Aught and it releases digitally on Nov. 20 through Deathwish Inc.

The project grew in quarantine this year, ans O'Donnell and Keener wrote in isolation. The songs took a new sonic direction, hence the new title of Blunt Razors, including a Kate Bush cover. We embedded the tune “Amber Waves” after the bump.

Physical copies will come at a later, currently unannounced, date.

Shows The Bronx + Mariachi El Bronx megashow

Posted Oct. 21, 2020, 8:07 p.m.

The Bronx + Mariachi El Bronx megashow

photo by Loren Green

Taking place next weekend, both The Bronx and Mariachi El Bronx will perform together for the first time in a Halloween-weekend streaming event. Pre-recorded but available for viewing Oct. 30-Nov. 1, the event is one hour in length and features both bands playing reimagined tracks.

In May, Mariachi El Bronx released a double LP, Música Muerta Vol. 1 & 2. The Bronx, meanwhile, has finished work on their next studio album, VI, which will release next year.

Tickets for the stream are available here.

Videos Star studded FNM cover by The Kings of Quarantine

Posted Oct. 20, 2020, 9:53 p.m.

Star studded FNM cover by The Kings of Quarantine

photo by Loren Green

Slaves on Dope, namely , have unveiled a new cover project called The Kings of Quarantine, where the artists are joined by a plethora or their musical peers to play and share cover songs. In this edition, the lineup features members of Anthrax, Mastodon, Run DMC, Refused, and more as they take on "We Care A Lot, originally released by Faith No More (watch for a Billy Gould cameo too).

In addition to the covers, the series is raising awareness of the Roadie Relief fund. Watch the video below.

Bands Dark Mark vs. Skeleton Joe project

Posted Oct. 20, 2020, 9:06 p.m.

Dark Mark vs. Skeleton Joe project

photo by Scott Wilkinson

A new project called Dark Mark vs. Skeleton Joe (DMvsSJ) has come to light, featuring Joe Cardamone (The Icarus Line) and Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees). The name is a reference to alter egos that each artist has embraced over the years, and they will continue to do so with the new effort.

While a 12" vinyl single is already slated for release on March 12, 2021 (Rare Bird/KittenRobot Records), a teaser is out now (and posted after the bump).

DMvsSJ is described as dark, featuring tonal rhythms and minor chords. The single will be the first release, but a full-length is also planned for 2021. “There is an entire full-length Dark Mark vs. Skeleton Joe record in the can that we're finalizing now,” Cardomone offers in a press release. “Some little touches here and there still, but all in all we got a record on the way."

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