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Friday, September 23, 2005

Spank my ass and call me Todd Zilla

So Grandaddy has a brand spanking new EP coming out this Tuesday 9/27. It’s called Excerpts from the Diary of Todd Zilla. Grandaddy are on V2 Records, which is distributed by BMG/ Sony, who has a marketing rep from Portland named “Todd Zilla”. Co-wink-a-dink-i-think-not.

Anyhoo, I love Grandaddy and think the EP sounds like a departure from their overly accessable last record, Sumday, and more of a return to their earlier sound. LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE EP HERE. And you can download 2 songs below.

Pull the Curtain (courtesy of Insound)

Florida (courtesy of Think Tank)

Sunday, September 18, 2005

20 Bucks says some shitty hardcore band will form in the next 2 months with the name "Emily Rose"

Over the weekend we got a chance to see The Exorcism of Emily Rose. I gotta say being a huge fan of The Exorcist I came into this movie with incredibly high expectations. For the most part I wasn’t disappointed. The mixture of eerie possession scenes mixed with courtroom drama was executed surprisingly well. The cast was great, especially Jennifer Carpenter who played the role of the college girl supposedly possessed by multiple demons. Even without the special effects make-up this girl is naturally creepy looking. The only thing that sucked was the little fucking teeny boppers in the theater. I think I even told one of the more obnoxious ones to “shut the fuck up”. Other than stupid 15-something shitheads making “funny” noises during suspenseful scenes, the movie was extremely chilling and intelligent.

Also, if Jennifer Carpenter doesn’t make it as an actress I think she has a promising future as a lead screamer for a death metal or hardcore band. The chick gots a set of lungs on her. If you wanna learn more about the true life Emily Rose then check out the websites below.

The Real Emily Rose

What Really Happened to Emily Rose?

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

New Logo....Horrible Color

It was time to change thee ol' logo to something more fitting. Since the wife and I are entering the realm of parenthood with a baby in the oven, I thought what better way to celebrate than with a Rosemary's Baby motif. If Hell existed I'd probably burn in it or something...

I'm sure the logo will change again in another 3 months or so...maybe sooner considering the green doesn't match. My gosh, what an eyesore. I also thought it would be fitting to put up Fantomas' "Rosemary's Baby" for your downloading pleasure. It's off their fantastic Director's Cut album...buy it here.

Fantomas- Rosemary's Baby mp3

Dagger's first logo...

Dagger's second logo...

Monday, September 12, 2005

Going to the beach and finding Seaweed

One day when I was 16 I ditched high school with my older 18 year-old girlfriend, Charlene. We drove to Venice beach, walked around, and just had a good time being young, careless, and in love. This was also the day that I discovered Seaweed. A few days earlier I read a small article in Thrasher about this “punk” band from Tacoma, WA. called Seaweed and I was intrigued. So while hanging out in Venice we stopped by Pennylane Records and I bought their newest record, Four, on cassette. I was blown away right from the beginning. It wasn’t like any other punk band that I heard before. Mind you, I was 16 and I didn’t know dick about good music. Seaweed introduced me to a world of punk bands that didn’t play by the numbers punk music. The beat wasn’t moving a hundred miles an hour and best of all they didn’t sound like anything on Fat Wreck Chords. Because of Seaweed I discovered bands like Avail, Samiam, Jawbreaker, and on and on.

They were primarily an early 90’s band who spend much of their time on Sub-Pop Records and were probably best known for covering Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way” on the Clerks soundtrack. In 1995 they made the leap of faith to a major label and signed with Hollywood Records releasing Spanaway. The album was okay, but it didn’t come close to the beautiful/ abrasive/ melancholy greatness of previous records. And like all the other good bands that got sucked up in the major label punk rush of the mid-90’s, Seaweed was dropped from the label and left to rot. But after a 3 year break, the band returned in 1998 with a new record and a new indie label, Merge Records. Actions & Indications found a much older and wiser Seaweed doing what they did best, playing catchy heartfelt unpunk rock. The band broke-up soon thereafter and the Seaweed saga was finally laid to rest.

Below is a track from each of their records (absent from this is their incredible album Four because I have yet to get it on CD…which is a damn shame.) You could probably find most of these records in the used bin at your local record shop. Bands like this just don’t come around anymore…

Stargirl mp3

Installing mp3

Shut Up! mp3

Free Drug Zone mp3

What Are We Taking? mp3

Merge Records
Sub Pop