Where to start? February began, as I wrote last time, with my interview with punk rock legend, and my musical hero, Mike Watt. You can
read the whole thing here on Thumped if you’ve got a spare half-hour. I finally, properly met the man himself at the Il Sogno Del Marinaio gig at Whelan’s earlier this month, which was a great night only marred by the last support band and their truly horrible fans (all I’ll say on that note is: kids, don’t do drugs).
Quite a few reviews by yours truly since my last update. On Thumped you can find my takes on new ones from local lads
:Hounds:, Oxbow singer Eugene S Robinson’s collaboration with Philippe Petit, French grinders Blockheads, the ethereal Jodis, Aussie scumdogs Krömosom, the mighty Cloud Rat and Cork’s prog metal titans Rest, who play a launch gig for their record this Saturday night at Whelan’s. You should come with me, it’ll be sweet.
Grant Hart — you know, the dude from Hüsker Dü — played a great full-band set upstairs at Whelan’s on Friday night (and he’s playing Cork tonight, so be there!). Here’s my interview with the man himself for Thumped. I think I’m getting the hang of this.
Converge played a stormer here in Dublin last night. You should’ve been there. Ahead of the gig
I interviewed guitarist Kurt Ballou for Thumped; it was my first interview in quite a while (even if it was done by e-mail) so I’m glad it turned out OK.
Two more reviews from me are up now on Thumped:
from Mayo quartet On Pain of Death, and the new Converge record Year Naught Doom . I’m also hoping to have an interview with Converge ready to go before their Dublin gig next month. All We Love We Leave Behind
Elsewhere, my second contribution to Burning Ambulance is
my review of the first record from Nazoranai, a ‘free music’ trio comprising Stephen O’Malley of Sunn O))), Oren Ambarchi and improvised rock legend Keiji Haino.
Check out my recent pieces on
Old Man Gloom’s , NO by Finnish death-doom duo Hooded Menace, and my Effigies of Evil live review of Voivod at The Village on 6 October.
My latest reviews for Thumped include my takes on
by Dutch avant black metal outfit Nihill (one of the last from Hydra Head), Horseback’s Verdonkermaan (out on Relapse), Half Blood by Danish crusties Nuclear Death Terror, Chaos Reigns from local boys The Bridges of Madison County, and Poison Idea’s The Divil Wears Prada EP on Southern Lord. The Fatal Erection Years
Also up is my first piece for the music/culture zine Burning Ambulance: a
review of , the new record from Swedish death metal OGs Grave. Endless Procession of Souls
The new 7″ from Cian Nugent,
Grass Above My Head b/w My War Blues, gets my seal of approval on Thumped, where I also reviewed the Dicks reissues on Alternative Tentacles. Not much in common between them (except for the Black Flag references).
review of the most recent ESTEL album is up now on Thumped, as is my take on , the new one from brutal death metal kings Dying Fetus. Reign Supreme
My latest on Thumped is a
review of , the third proper full-length from Chicago ‘power ambient’ ensemble Chord. Do check ’em out if you’re into drone type stuff. Gmaj7
The National Health, the don’t-call-it-a-comeback album from Maxïmo Park, and it’s up now on Thumped.
The latest from me on Thumped is
my review of the new Melvins record, , not to mention Freak Puke my take on Ides of Gemini’s debut LP . Enjoy your reading. Constantinople
My review of
Harmonicraft, the new album from Miami sludge-pop quartet Torche, is up now on Thumped — as is my recent take on Night of the Living by Limerick’s We Come In Pieces.
Just like the ungainly bird they’re named after, Pelican might not look like much, but they’ll bite the arse off you. My review of their new EP Ataraxia/Taraxis is
up now on Thumped.
a review up on Thumped of the new Dead Neanderthals album. Thanks to Pete for accepting my pitch! Here’s to more writing in 2012.
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