Radon has released their first new song in more than five years. Good news: it’s awesome! Check out the video for “Demon Lover” below, in all its scintillating b-movie horror greatness. Continue reading
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
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
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
This Sunday, the amazing and beautifully brutal Floor will bomb your guts out and make your ears ring for days at The Atlantic for only $10. The reunited/long-running Florida doominators (who will be releasing their first new album in more than 10 years in the near future) are playing with Thrones (ex-Melvins, Earth, Sunn0)), High On Fire), Rose Cross and Radiation.
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18th birthday I was a freshman at the University of Florida. That morning I walked from Simpson Hall to some intro class at Turlington Hall. My walkman was blaring a 90 minute cassette that included The Crew. With poetic timing, the tape died, as cassettes with years of use will do. I spent the remainder of that walk to class pondering youth and adulthood. This interview was conducted 18 years and 6 weeks after that cassette died. Continue reading