Playing country rock with sprinkles of punk, Spider Bags is the band that rose from the ashes of DC Snipers, whom I posted about a few weeks back. I dig everything about Spider Bags. The instrumentation is awesome, and the lyrics are pretty down-trodden. Don’t let your “I like everything but country”-mindset stop you from checking Spider Bags out.
This is the new shit. Black Hippy needs the hype of an Odd Future because they have the talent of a Wu-Tang. It is only a matter of time until this collective of Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q has a breakthrough song, tumbling onto internet fame and a record deal. This may not be it, but it certainly resonates with people containing an extensive knowledge of music history; the beat draws a sample from The Zombies “Time of the Season”.
Cheap Girls plays crunchy indie-punk along the lines of Yuck or Forming (who will be getting an audio post in the near future). Unlike Yuck, Cheap Girls has more lyrical structure, and they wield it like the saddest sword ever. “All My Clean Friends” is a manifesto to the post-graduate who still smokes cigarettes, still drinks, still ends the day by blacking out to get over his ex-girlfriend. But he doesn’t want to change. It’s bittersweet.
You can grab Cheap Girls’ first album for free here.
This is too big to happen. Freddie Gibbs is probably the biggest underground rapper right now. Madlib is one of the best producers in hip hop. This shit is too much; you better believe Imma pick up this 12”.
A$AP Rocky has definitely been getting a LOAD of hype lately. Between a $3 million record deal and a Pitchfork “Best New Music” nod, it’s hard to lose sight of what exactly he brings to the table. It’s blurry eyed rap with stellar production. On the mixtape, the production is what really drives it. Clams Casino produces this particular track and kills it. I’m a huge fan of his hazy, chanting beats and this is a great example of how large his productions can sound. If you’re into the underground rap scene, then you know this might be the sign of more breakthroughs into popular rap, bearing in mind if this project is a commercial success.
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past 24 hours…
Jeff Mangum has announced his 2012 tour dates, with the kickoff in New Haven CT!
01.18.12 - New Haven, CT - Shubert Theater 01.20.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Gilman Opera House at Brooklyn Academy of Music 01.25.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Irvine Auditorium at University of Pennsylvania 01.27.12 - Washington, DC - Lincoln Theatre 01.30.12 - Chapel Hill, NC - Memorial Hall at University of North Carolina 02.01.12 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse 02.04.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Pantages Theatre 02.06.12 - Chicago, IL - Athenaeum Theater 02.07.12 - Chicago, IL - Athenaeum Theater 02.08.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater 02.10.12 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club 02.11.12 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club 03.07.12 - Dublin, IRE - Vicar Street 03.09.12 - Minehead, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties Curated By Jeff Mangum 03.13.12 - London, UK - Union Chapel 03.14.12 - London, UK - Union Chapel
Damn my allegiance to pop-punk in high school. If I didn’t have in my head in the sand for four years, I would have been able to experience this amazing North Jersey punk band in all of their glory. Their 2006 debut Missile Sunset is a great, dirty piece of work. Drawing influence from proto-punk and combining it with their own take on the “New Jersey sound” they create punk music that is undeniably organic, but it’s also aggressively catchy and absolutely danceable. Unfortunately DC Snipers are broken up now, but you can hear Dan McGee tear it up in his North Carolina based Spider Bags.
Holy lord has this band grown. Last year’s self-titled was full of poppy punk songs and only a handful of slow songs; this song crawls and scratches at your ears. Think Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana melded together in a dark back alley. The raw, emotional buildup heard in the vocals is titillating. I cannot wait to hear more from of this; it is one of the most welcomely accepted maturations of a band I have experienced, since Trophy Scars went bluesy.
New EMA! My love for EMA is unabashed, so I was excited to hear the b-side of her “Marked” single that’s just been released. It keeps that layered noise-folk vibe that she completely owns and features a verse from Oakland, CA rapper Mz’Gorjis in a surprising twist. The single for “Marked” will be released on November 21.
Metallica and Lou Reed collaborated; it’s called Lulu. I’m sure you know this by now. The record was finally released and let me tell you it is bad. It’s the worst piece of shit I have heard in some time, but I’m not here to complain about how put together the sound is or how boring it is; I’m hear to call out the reviews.
Allmusic, Pitchfork, and Tiny Mix Tapes all reviewed the album. What would you expect from a cynical site like Pitchfork for a project like this? Most certainly a 0. What would you expect from a site like Tiny Mix Tapes, who prides itself on finding the most left-field of music enjoyable? Artistically a 0. Allmusic is pretty fair about everything and gives it all a shot, so I didn’t expect a 0, but I wanted a 1. I just don’t understand how you can even give the tiniest of merit to what seems like such a cash grab; it’s a Warner Brothers’ release, god dammit.
This is my call to arm: don’t buy, chart or listen to this record. I don’t even think it has an audience, except for the reviewers.
Just a quick update for those who wanted to listen to this year’s WQAQ Fright Night. As you know there has been a massive amount of snow. As a result it has been moved to Sunday at 8pm. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Band of Skulls is an amazing band with an awesome raw heavy rock sound. Similar to the white stripes and the black keys. They are currently on tour over seas with the black keys. Check out their album Baby Darling Doll Face Honey, it is one of my favorite albums of all time. This song is a new song from hopefully a new album soon!!
I’m so excited that Trash Talk killed it with their newest EP Awake. With five songs clocking in around eight and a half minutes, Trash Talk takes the sound they solidified on last year’s Eyes and Nines and improves it; making it aggressive, violent, and uniquely catchy. “Burn Alive” cements why Trash Talk is doing the whole 80’s revivalist hardcore thing better than pretty much anyone else (although Ceremony kills it too): the track is a suicidal anthem that makes you want to burn down a police station and then piss on the ashes that lie in your wake. Get ready to get violent.
Sonic Youth is pretty much the perfect band. They struggled early on finding their niche, but once EVOL hit something really stuck. The band continued their success in the late 80’s to pump out solid album at an alarming rate in the 90’s. 1992’s Dirty found the band adding a lot of pop elements, while still retaining their noise rock roots. ”Wish Fulfillment” is a song nesting in between the calm and chaotic side of the band in the early 90’s. It embodies what the early alternative scene in the 90’s meant and connects nicely with the showing of The Year That Punk Broke WQAQ will do Tuesday, October 25th at 7p.m. for its own and QFS’s members.
His show “Sad Clown Happy Hour” was awarded WQAQ’s FIRST(!) show of the week award this semester! Michael is a stand up comic and QU student who brings his comic friends from around the area into the studio with him and the riff on culture/news/entertainment etc. In between they play some pretty sweet tunes too! So make sure to check out this seriously funny show TONIGHT! (Monday) at 6pm!!
Billy Joel - Everybody Loves You Now - Cold Spring Harbor(1971)
Being a Long Island boy, I’m biased heavily toward Billy Joel. No matter what music you normally like, if you’re a Long Islander, you likely have at least one Billy Joel song and know all the words to one of his songs for an in-traffic sing-a-long. But it’s not just Long Island, though. Show me one person that doesn’t like the sound of Billy Joel, and I’ll show you a half-million that love his music, or at least that won’t turn it off it comes on. Billy Joel’s first album was appropriately named after the Long Island town of Cold Spring Harbor. His trademark combination of jazz, ragtime, classical and rock music is present all through the album, but most of all in the LI name-dropping track “Everybody Loves You Now.” You can’t help but move to his music and sing along if you know the tune. In his early years, and still today, Billy Joel has songwriting capabilities to rival Paul McCartney in his prime.
In terms of the current Kinsella-esque emo revival that’s been happening over the last few years, Glocca Morra is a band that doesn’t come up in conversation nearly as much as they should. Their first release was an effort in the vein Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate). It was a solid debut, but then the band decided to play faster and harder and everything changed.
They released a fantastic split 7” with The Greek Favourites and two weeks ago they put out a 6 song cassette entitled “Ghoul Intentions” and it rips. Instead of dwelling on the whole “twinkly” (forgive me for the term) trip, the band plays a combination of noisey garage punk with a nice touch of emo. The lyrics are bitter, confrontational, and self-deprecating, but not in an indulgent manner. I think (hope) that they’ll be referenced as an influence when a new wave of emo emerges years from now. Until then, they are hopefully putting out a new LP soon, so keep an eye out for that!
Rites Of Spring is a band that can’t be measured by the extent of their discography, one LP and one EP, but by the influence they had. Pinned with creating the emo/hardcore bridge, the band was comprised of members that would go on to create Fugazi with, then producer for the band and member of Minor Threat, Ian MacKaye. They were recently featured in an AV Club article about artists who had short, but highly influential careers. Without Rites Of Spring, I think punk, hardcore and emo music would have developed an interloping relationship much differently.
Styx, particularly the Paradise Theater album, is what got me into rock music. f you just look around the internet, Styx tends to take a lot of crap from people for one reason or the other, were the ones who essentially created the sound of the 80s. Their catchy melodic hooks, soaring guitar riffs, beautiful keyboard work, and of course powerful harmonies are what set them apart from so many bands.
She Cares is the seventh track off of Styx’s fourth consecutive triple platinum album, “Paradise Theater.” The song was written by guitarist Tommy Shaw as a filler in their sweeping concept album. You won’t find any other reviews about this song, nor will you ever hear Styx play it live in concert, but She Cares is one the band’s best, and my favorite. Simple lyrics, balanced out by the guitars and keyboard. The twin solos of guitar and saxophone. And the harmonies. Perhaps people mock Styx so much simply because they can’t be matched.
We’re experiencing some issues with the actual wqaq.com at the moment. It seems our servers decided they’re not getting proper health benefits and went on strike. While our crack negotiating team deals with this problem, enjoy the WQAQ Tumblr, which www.wqaq.com will temporarily redirect to! We’ll be back on track shortly (unless they start demanding an increase in wages) Sorry for the inconvenience!
I just found out this morning that instrumental prog (sorta?)/metal outfit Russian Circles has a new album coming out October 25th titled Empros. I saw this band open up for Boris a year or two back and they were just loud and amazing. The best part about seeing this band was their bassist, Brian Cook (former member of These Arms Are Snakes). His tones gave their songs a personality that made every track distinguishable from the other. I’m very excited to see this album release and this track adds on to their sound from their previous album Geneva.