Category: Reviews

We do not support SOPA / PIPA

SOPA and PIPA (the Protect IP Act) both pose a significant problem for the free Internet. These bills are largely being backed by major media players that are poised to have greater control over the distribution of media should these bills be passed. Imagine your website being non-indexable because you are on a search engine black list. This is a serious game changer folks, and we need to voice our discontent. If this bill passes, the free Internet will be changed forever.

You can contact your local Senator via http://americancensorship.org/modal/call-form.html

 

The Bible Spelled Backwards Does Not Change the Fact that You Cannot Kill David Arquette and Other Things I Learned in the Black Math Experiment

The Bible Spelled Backwards Does Not Change the Fact that You Cannot Kill David Arquette and Other Things I Learned in the Black Math Experiment is a new book out from a local hero band you probably never heard of called The Black Math Experiment. This is actually one of the greatest reasons to read the book which follows a band that sought rock stardom only to find that the real payback for the band, was simply the journey. Jef with one F, the author of a book lived a decade of his life recording music, playing shows, and masterminding world domination and this is how the story begins. Queue Youtube videos.

The Bible Spelled Backwards Does Not Change the Fact that You Cannot Kill David Arquette and Other Things I Learned in the Black Math Experiment is available on Amazon.com for $11.99. I just finished reading the book and it was entertaining from start to finish. Mentions of local things to look out for in the book are Buxton, Young Mammals(The Dimes), Proletariat, River Oaks Theatre, Rock Horror Picture Show, Goth Clubs, Fitzgeralds, as well as great moments in Houston’s underground music scene you wish you lived through. Do yourself a favor and buy a copy of the book or give it to a friend. On our copy, the author signed it with this good bit of advice, “Have as much fun as possible, then make people pay to read about it.” More information on The Black Math Experiment may be found at www.myspace.com/theblackmathexperiment.

 

The Dead Revolt: The Substance of Things Not Seen

Recently I was given a CD for review…. The Dead Revolt. They just released their  EP The Substance Of Things Not Seen. I told them I would review it. I first wanna mention that I do all of this for no pay. I work a normal job like everyone else, I make enough to get by and to go to school. I don’t have hours everyday to dedicate to doing this, though I really wish I did. I do sometimes get really backed up with things to do, like most people, so you gotta be patient. Blowing people off is not something I tend to do. But seriously, BE PATIENT! That is the important part, letting me know that you don’t wanna waste a cd if it is not reviewed is not really the way to go. Don’t always expect that because you send an album in that it WILL be reviewed. Thats just not how it works. There are so many bands here in Houston and in Texas, places like Indiehouston, Space City Rocks, Houston Press and Free Press get many many submissions in and I’m sure much like I do they try to be fair, professional and prompt but again not always possible.  So without further ado…..

Lets begin by the over all sound of The Dead Revolt. Obvious Mars Volta Influence, a tinge of Pink Floyd. But overall rough. Personally it is not very tight and needs a bit more work. “A” for effort and for amazing guitar licks but the overall the sound just needs more time to develop. It still doesn’t weave together the way it could, which is a problem amongst many new bands. Thats not to say I dislike the entire album. It does have its good points for example Vulpecula/ Lunar Mare. Thats really what I believe the entire aim of the album should be. This is a sound that can define The Dead Revolt. It perfectly mates the vocals (which in some songs over bearing) with the guitar which is truly the high point of the song as it tears from one extreme of sitting on your couch smoking a joint to the other of running for your life. Look Guys, you have a great beginning, give it time stay diligent and don’t be deterred by people like myself that may not be the biggest fans.

The Dead Revolt – Vulpecula/ Lunar Mare

 

Bonobo, Yppah @ GroundHall 11/19/10 (video)

groundhall from Gary Clawston on Vimeo.

The night started off with me listening to my good friends, Yppah, outside the front door to Groundhall. Why? Because I didn’t have cash and the credit card machine was down, so I couldn’t get in. Boo. From what I heard, Yppah sounded great although, sadly I can’t comment much further than that, for the aforementioned reasons.

Eventually I was able to get in, thanks to the kindness and generosity of my devilishly handsome friend Metal Adam (thanks again – I owe you one!). Bonobo, with their deep basal tones, playful keys and nonstop horns, combined with Andreya’s raspy voice make this 7 piece the type of band you can’t help but bob your head, no matter what mood you’re in. Drum & sax solo with distortion on the sax! It’s not nearly as lame as it sounds. In short, Houston loves Bonobo and I think the feeling’s mutual.

-Iris

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Feather Face: It Comes Electric EP release

Out of nowhere these guys came out with an album that is honestly undeniably one of the best albums of the year. Am I exaggerating?  NO! Feather Face is Steve Wells, Kenny Hopkins, Jake Harris and Travis Peck and together these guys from a storage room somewhere in Houston have recorded, produced and released an album that captures that sound that so many are looking to achieve. This is there second  EP but already has set the bar high for what we can expect from theses guys.

It Comes Electric strikingly begins with a soft build. Sneaky and winding right into a burst of chaos just enough to keep you on your toes.  By far though, the song that caught my attention the most was Youthful Offender.  A layering of keys a snarky guitar riff , vocals just a step below perfect giving it a rough edge taunting you to listen as they break into a spastic foot stomping hook. Its hard to just comment on a single song as I like everyone on this album but I will leave you with one more, Foxing. It is the kind of song you would listen to on those songs that are listened to on rainy Houston days as you know your plans to go to zoo or beach are ruined and you are stuck indoors. A bit Radiohead like but still stands on its own two feet delivering a uniqueness that Feather Face has seemed to instilled in this entire album. The only issue I had with this album is it was a bit choppy on the transitions. Some songs hit a bit harder than you expected as I went from one track to the next but well done.

These guys are scheduled to release the album this Saturday at Fitz. I for one am excited to see these guys for the first time. I hope their live performance can live up to the expectations their new album has left me with. Good job guys. I look forward to what you guys have to come.

Feather Face – Youthful Offender (The Men We Will Be)

Feather Face – Foxing

 

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