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Hawkwind’s Nik Turner

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While I’m not the biggest Hawkwind fan in the world, their albums Doremi Fasol Latido and Space Ritual are pretty massive records.  This years SxSW music festival brought Nik Turner in town to pay and he performed Space Ritual.  I wasn’t able to make the show but I did see him at the meet and greet the next day at End of An Ear Records.  He was a quite a nice and funny guy.  I had him sign The Book and snapped a few pictures.

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March 17, 2013 at 12:03 pm

On Meeting Tard, the Grumpy Cat

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Yes, SxSW (South by Southwest for those who don’t know) is upon Austin right now and the website Mashable brought in Tard for a public meet and greet for select hours March 8-10.

My love for cats runs deep and I’ve had them in my life since childhood.  When I saw that there was a chance to see and get a picture taken with this cat, I was all about it.  For many who know me, I abhor most things that are super popular, but this cat is the exception to the rule.

I picked up my friend around 9:30AM and we headed downtown to get in line.  When we got there, it seemed like about 100 people were ahead of us.  Ultimately we stood in line for 2 hours to get 10 seconds with the cat.  No petting.  She was asleep as I think that’s what she does most (more so than most cats methinks).  The line behind us was around the block, maybe farther.

If you’re not familiar with Tard, go to the website and take a look.  She’s apparently a runt and I think she’s mentally challenged.  They woke her up right after my picture was snapped and I think she looks like Jabba The Hut.

It was quite fun, though.  Met some fun people in line and we all agreed on the ridiculousness of standing in line for hours to to get a picture with a cat that no one will remember in a few years.  Hell, if a line for a restaurant is more than 30 minutes long, I get annoyed.  Kitties > food, right?

Here’s Tard and me in a meme that I created.  See other memes with this cat if you don’t get it.

She met me, she hated it.

And here’s my Shitty Kitty, who really is a grumpy cat.  I’ve had him for over 15 years now and he’ll be 16 this summer.  For as annoying and non-affectionate as he is, I love the little bastard.

Shitty Kitty

Shitty Kitty

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March 11, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Holy Grail, Pallbearer, Hull, OFF!, Mutilation Rites – SxSW 2012

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Every year at SxSW I get exposed to some bands that I may have missed otherwise. This year I got to see Holy Grail, Hull and OFF!. I missed Pallbearer but have been listening to them since.

Check it:

Holy Grail – good retro US metal from San Fran. they kicked ass live

Pallbearer – tasteful doom, really loving this band

Hull – the vocals could be better, but i like their riffs

OFF! – featuring keith morris on vocals (black flag, circle jerks)

Mutilation Rites – i dislike most black metal beyond some classic bathory and such, but i enjoyed these guys live

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March 22, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Rick Colaluca of Watchtower SxSW

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w/Rick Colaluca of Watchtower fame. Not many things could make me happier right now.

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March 17, 2012 at 1:19 am

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Serpent Throne

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White Summer*Black Winter

I like a lot of instrumental bands but I’ve always found it difficult to find quality instrumental rock bands that didn’t write their stuff to sound like they were writing around having a singer.  Philadelphia’s Serpent Throne satisfies my instrumental craving perfectly.

I met the two guitarists, Demian Fenton and Don Argott, at the premier for the movie Last Days Here during the SxSW 2011 Film and Music Festival.  You can read my review of their movie here.  They are the guys behind the production/direction of the movie and in talking with Demian after the flick, he mentioned that he was in a band and I had forgotten about it until a few days after seeing the movie as I was wrapped up in a lot of SxSW activities.

Since then I have been spinning their stuff practically non-stop.  Metal has a lot of sub-genres and these guys would typically be classified in the stoner rock and doom categories.  To call them Black Sabbath worship is too easy.  Pretty much all metal bands worship Sabbath whether they know it or not.  Serpent Throne take it to a bit of a different level in my opinion.  They use lots great dual guitar harmonies that are reminiscent of Thin Lizzy in places.  I hear hints of Trouble (S/T LP era) in there as well, intended or not.  There are some cool hints of 70s Scorpions as well as Uriah Heep and Wishbone Ash.  Maybe some Cactus too.  It’s a nice blend of great rock and metal without sounding like they are just ripping off all of the classic bands.

I think it’s pretty tough for an instrumental band of this genre to continue to write stuff and keep it interesting and Serpent Throne has done that

The Battle of Old Crow

with all 3 of their albums: Ride Satan Ride (2007), The Battle of Old Crow (2009) and White Summer*Black Winter (2010).  I highly recommend picking up all of their stuff.  Battle of Old Crow and White Summer*Black Winter are available for download from Amazon and iTunes.  I had to buy the CD for Ride Satan Ride and convert it to MP3 myself as it’s not available for legal download.

Hopefully I’ll catch these guys live sometime, even if it means heading to Philly for it.  Would be cool to have them hit Austin for a show sometime.  I think they’d do well here, especially if they were in on a SxSW gig.  So, nice work, guys!  Hope all good things come out of Last Days Here as well.

Concert Review – Naam 3/18/11 SxSW

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I first caught Naam last year when they were on the bill with Voi Vod at SxSW 2010 and instantly became a fan.  Their breed of space rock, stoner rock, metal, psyche rock or whatever other monikers you want to give it really set well with me.

A month or 2 ago they stated that there would be no showing at SxSW 2011 because of management issues or something but ultimately they got it done and ended up doing a few shows around town.  I was able to catch the one at Headhunters on Friday.  They were on the back patio which is tiny and I was one of the last folks in the door…and that put my fat ass right in front of the band.  A little too close from a band’s perspective in my opinion but having everyone in their faces didn’t seem to matter at all.  They pushed through their set with intensity and the crowd really liked them a lot.  They were loud, heavy, solid.

Naam does it right.  They are tight and I really like the way they do their vocals by enhancing them with a lot of chorus, delay and reverb.  It fits with their music perfectly.  I’m especially impressed with John Bundy’s bass playing.  That guy works his Fender Precision bass like a $9 hooker.

Can’t wait to see them again!

You can buy their stuff on iTunes or via All That is Heavy.

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March 23, 2011 at 7:48 am

Concert Review – Danava 3/17/11 SxSW

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It’s not very often that I hear/see a band that makes my jaw hit the floor and makes me want to run around and tell every person that I know to check them out.  That’s what Portland’s Danava did for me this year at the SxSW music festival.  I had never heard of this band until a few days before the festival when viewing the showcase at Valhalla that also featured Christian Mistress and Zoroaster, 2 other bands that I like a lot.  I didn’t get a chance to listen to them before the show so I went into this cold.

Dang!  These guys kicked into a 70s style jam fest that hit me right in the nuts.  When i say “jam” I don’t mean like some hippie jam band improv type of thing, this music was well-thought out riff-oriented hard rock.  I heard elements of a lot of my favorite bands like Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep, Wishbone Ash, Hawkwind, Allman Brothers, White Witch, Thin Lizzy and even more modern 70s worship style ala Witchcraft.

One of their defining attributes is their riffing style.  Lots of movement all over the fretboard with the 2 guitarists playing some great melodies.  Add in the bassist playing the same riffs behind them and it’s pretty badass to watch and hear.  He’s really a damn fine bassist in general.  It’s great to see a band that obviously rehearses a lot.  They’ve been on the road quite a bit over the last few years as well and that has a tendency to tighten a band up as well.  Mix in the clean vocals (very early Ozzy-era Sabbath/Bobby Liebling) and you’ve got a great mix.

After their set I was looking for some merch to buy but they didn’t have it handy.  Fortunately their music is on iTunes and I downloaded their entire catalog a few hours after seeing them (3AM!).  I was happy to catch them again a few nights later for free for a quick set.  Just great.  Period.

Highly recommended!

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March 22, 2011 at 7:29 am