Ale Gasso has been a frequent contributor of prose to Lead Us Down over the past couple of years, but she is first and foremost a poet. Her latest book, Long Night Out, is available now at Amazon.
You should go buy it. Like the title suggests, her poems capture the essence of those long Gainesville nights spent downtown in smoky bars, listening to music and hanging with friends, or relaxing on a front porch in the damp night air.
I like to think reading these poems are kind of like going out in Gainesville without leaving the house. And added bonus – no hangover.
Below is “Phantom Beers,” the first poem in the collection and one of my favorites. Continue reading
Editor’s note – Guess what?! We’re putting this month’s Top Shelf installment up early because No Idea is announcing some cool news about the VERY ALBUM MATT AND DAVE ARE TALKING ABOUT. They just got 100 brand new copies of The Swarm’s Parasitic Skies and they’re just sitting there waiting to find their forever home. Head over to the No Idea page to order it now before they’re all gone.
When I was kid my mom would always harp on me to be careful crossing the road, always ending with “remember, look both ways.” It’s pretty solid advice and applicable to most situations. Thankfully the guys in The Swarm did not grow up with my mom…their reckless/relentless approach to creating music allowed no room for safety. It was head-down fast, shotgun wild and sledgehammer powerful. Continue reading
Tonight at the Atlantic in Gainesville, local “Devil Rock” ’n’ rollers Ex-Boogeymen and husband-and-wife “Grime Punk” duo Waylon Thornton and the Heavy Hands celebrate the release of their much anticipated split, Only Darkness Holds the Power. Ex-Boogeymen front man, Reverend Liaison, was kind enough to not only answer a few questions about the album, but to keep his pants on as well. Continue reading
The Bad Comedy EP, Parting Ways, is out now. You can download it for free from our Bandcamp page.
Bad Comedy is Jake Crown (Coffee Project, Savage Brewtality, Rehasher) on vocals, drums
and guitar; Mike Collins (Whiskey & Co.,
Billy Reese Peters, The Takers, Radon?) on bass; and me (Matt Walker) on guitar.
The four-song EP was recorded in August 2012, by Ryan Williams and Matt Finch at Black Bear Studios in Gainesville. Artwork by Keeth Boyle. Continue reading
You know when you look at something from the outside and you think, I’m going to crush this, and it doesn’t really go that way? There is an odd sense of…what happened? That’s kind of what happened when we sat down with Todd from Toys That Kill. When Dave and I first started the Top Shelf, The
was one of the records that we each had on our list. It has everything you want in a great record…there was build up with the end of FYP and the beginning of a new era, killer songs, great live shows around the record. When we got in to the studio to start rolling, I just felt flat…not sure what happened. Todd was up for it and had some really funny stuff…I love the story of the drummer singing in the bar and the bartender having to track down the band to come get him. But some of the great questions that I had prepared just didn’t zing it like
I thought it would. Oh well…just means we can do it again. So my advice is just listen to Todd and the music, as your humble tour guide(s) kinda lost it on this one. Luckily the music speaks for itself…you know out here’s a little bit stranger… Continue reading
Today, we’re glad to bring you the track “86 86ing” from the upcoming EP by Bad Comedy. The band features Jake Crown (Coffee Project, Savage Brewtality, Rehasher) on vocals, drums and guitar; Mike
Collins (Whiskey & Co., Billy Reese Peters, The Takers, Radon?) on bass; and me (Matt Walker…self promotion alert) on guitar. The four-song EP, Parting Ways, will be available next Friday, Feb. 1 for free on Bandcamp, iTunes and some other places that exist in the digital world. It was recorded in August 2012, by Ryan Williams and Matt Finch at Black Bear Studios in Gainesville. Rad artwork by Keeth Boyle. Check back next Friday for links to the
full download. Enjoy! Continue reading
Hot Water Music
Live in Chicago
No Idea Records
I got to see the Pixies not once but twice back in 2004 when they reunited. They sounded just like they did on their albums, note for note. They didn’t move an inch in either direction on stage and there was no in-between-songs banter. I’m
really glad I got to see them, they’re an amazing band, but the more time that passes, the easier it is to admit that their live show was kind of a disappointment. They hadn’t played these songs together in over a decade and they already looked like they were going through the motions. There was no fire, no passion. The exact opposite is the case on Hot Water Music’s Live in Chicago. It sounds raw, rough, impassioned and is pretty much
what I think going to a live show is all about. Continue reading
It seems like ex-Jawbreaker frontman, Blake Schwarzenbach, has reached his poetic peak in his most recent project, the Forgetters’ latest self-titled album (released November 2012). After a two-year hiatus, Forgetters have finally gotten back together with the release of this 11-song collection that delves into some pretty heavy imagery with both amazing lyrics and a jazz-like meandering of the accompanying guitars. Continue reading
The Measure [SA] were one of the most prolific bands of the late 2000s. Bass players and drummers rotated around, but Fid
and Lauren maintained as principle songwriters, guitar players and vocalists. Their chemistry is in full swing on this record. It was great to sit with Lauren and revisit this little capsule of time. This 12″ EP is Don Giovanni
Records #26. We listened to one of the First Pressing Gold copies, only 500 of those made, but our listeners deserve the best. Dan Vapid happened to be in the studio and guest-interviewed for a hot minute. It’s a Happy New Year gift from The Top Shelf to you. Continue reading