Human Parts, the new band from former Against Me! bassist Andrew Seward, has released its first full length. Officially out Sept. 10, the self-titled LP is a great mix of punky, indie, quirky, honest and refreshing rock and roll. Andrew also seems to be a video-making machine so he’s already released three videos from the album in addition to several cool interviews discussing his new band and how the album came together. Continue reading
The second studio album by local musician D.P. spotlights everything he’s good at. With his own unique blend of hip-hop interlaced with piano, melodies, and even a little country twang, you can tell that Alachua has seeped deep into his blood. In an era where most hip-hop artists are relying on collaborations to promote their albums, D.P. does it all himself. He doesn’t need the likes of Luke Bryan or Brad Paisley on his record to get a certain sound or response. This guy does it all—and he does it well. Continue reading
Andrew WK, Sunshine State, Young Hookers, DJ Drew Love
This past Tuesday Andrew WK performed at the High Dive along with Sunshine State, Young Hookers and before and between the performers, DJ Drew Love dropped all the kids’ favorite mashups. Continue reading
I think its mandatory that every band must tell you that their new record is the best one. It’s like when you hit your bent knee with a mallet or that sinking feeling you get when the stagediver is about to land on you…it’s a reaction, you can’t help it. So it takes time and separation to figure out which records truly are the “good” ones. For me Less Than Jake’s Hello Rockview is their strongest work. Maybe it was the time I heard it, or seeing them play a bunch around then, but this was the LTJ record that both Dave and I circled when we started this show. I think the only thing faster than the frenetic pace of the music is Buddy’s bubbling enthusiasm when talking about it. Some stories are a bit of legend, some are new, but the record still rages…enjoy Hello Rockview. Continue reading
I want to believe that every town has one of these bands. They are the best band around, nobody outside of their tight circle knows about them, all it takes is somebody putting the music in front of your ears, and you will want to hear everything they ever wrote. When this album (finally) came out, It was hard explaining them to people that never saw them perform. How do you explain a ten year old inside joke via a music website? Here’s Mike Collins on Gainesville, Florida’s Hello Shitty People: One of the best bands around, from 2000. Continue reading
Earlier this year, Travis Fristoe and Aaron Cometbus released Radon – a book that offers a local take on the popular 33 1/3 book series about popular albums, with two extended essays on what else – Radon. The authors delve into their first experiences hearing the influential Gainesville band’s music and what it means to them today. It’s a fun read that pulls apart some of Radon’s lyrics and adds context to their active days of playing shows in Gainesville. I sat down with Travis a while back to chat about the book and about Radon. We talked about everything else as well, so this interview has been edited down a bit for length and staying-on-topicness. You can pick up a copy of Radon at No Idea Records or look for it in independent book stores.
Radon is playing at Boca Fiesta this Saturday. It’s a benefit to help cover costs associated with heart surgery for drummer Bill Clower’s daughter. Not to be missed! You can read more and donate here. Continue reading
Carved from the raw substance of central Mississippi, One Reason was a sound like no other. One Reason was a perfect example of “punk-minded” youngsters living in a vacuum, open to any and everything that lead them away from the norm. Their desire to escape the confines of a small town channelled into the hospitality they gave to traveling bands.
This record is proof of the viability of the DIY ethic. CREATE + Be Nice To Strangers = Lasting Legacy.
It helps when the songs are really, really good. Continue reading
JEFF HANNEMAN 1964-2013
Not sure why I’m writing you. Your death is a shock. I knew you were too sick to shred up to the high standards you set for Slayer. A rotten spider got a hold of your arm a couple years ago. That could happen to me, or anyone else that can hold a musical instrument. You didn’t perform the last time I saw Slayer. There was a fill-in to cover up for you while you healed. I was stoked to hear your band play, your songs sounded great. I was excited to see this novelty of “Slayer without Jeff .” Turns out the novelty became reality earlier today. Slayer without Jeff. Planet Earth without Jeff. Damn. Continue reading
The drawing for Boca Fiesta‘s third Band Roulette is tonight. Get in there! The show will be on May 25.
From Boca’s Facebook event page:
“Duh, we’ve done this before. You come to the bar, put your name in a hat, and we pull names out and put you in a band together. With your new band you write two original songs and pick one cover, and then we all play a show together. It’s fun and very low pressure, but we do pick a winner. Drawing is at Midnight, so come early to put your name in and stay to meet your new band mates.”
Tomorrow night, guitar legend and surf-rock pioneer Dick Dale returns to High Dive. Even at 75 years old he still puts on quite a show. And he’ll be in good company as Waylon Thornton and the Heavy Hands – one of Gainesville’s most consistently awesome groups – opens the show along with Young Hookers.