Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Who Programmed This?!? S01E11 November 29 11 20111

Check out the latest episode of my radio show Who Programmed This?!? I played one eyed god prophecy, render useless, i spoke, peace be still, oh, deer, violence for hurley, the kodan armada

Monday, November 28, 2011

Make Do And Mend

Make Do And Mend are a post-hardcore/the wave band. The music could easily be called melodic hardcore but they have been lumped in with the other Wave bands like Touché Amoré, with whom they did a split, La Dispute and Pianos Become The Teeth.

This ep is completely different though. 6 songs, all acoustic, reworking of songs from End Measured Mile, a couple of new ones, and most exciting for me, a Touché Amoré cover. For some reason Make Do And Mend never really clicked with me. I liked it and there`s nothing wrong with it but nothing before this ever really grabbed my attention. The Touché Amoré cover is really good and the songs actually grab me when they`re in a more stripped down, acoustic form.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Whoopass Girls - Acoustic

The Whoopass Girls are/where a great pop punk fronted by Ethan. He of Screaming and Dreaming, The Loneliest Cowgirls, Henry Bemis is a Superhero and The Sky Looks Pissed. The songs are great and Ethan has a passion and a skill that is sadly lacking in the pop punk genre today. He is a songwriter through and through and regardless of the genre he chooses to play in his talent shines through. This is an all acoustic rerecording of the Whoopass Girl songs "in commemoration of reaching 297 fans (Forrests' rugby jersey number)". Excellent stuff. Goes even farther in proving that the songs of the Whoopass Girls where really really awesome

Wavets - Athaletics

Wavelets are a kinda twinkly emo band from Gainesville Florida. The focus is on a more punk pop version of midwest emo. Lots of guitar lines going everywhere and really sad but still powerful vocals. There are a couple of rerecorded songs from Friends Followed By Action and they benefit from a warmer sound. Quite good as always. Wavelets need to get more known!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


listen to Who Programmed This?!? live on the radio in 20 minutes! I will be playing Render Useless, I Spoke, Menaseh`s Diary, Van Johnson, After School Knife Fight and a whole lot of Nick Stutsman and Park Jefferson 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Acres - Silos

Acres are from New Jersey. I think. Anyway this ep is great. It's very midwest style screamo so if you don't like sloppy melodies and some noodling alongside your heartfelt screams and displays of emotion then this isn't for you. But if you want four songs that won't let up until you're riding the emotional roller coaster of song with them. Really really great ep.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

black everest

Black Everest are a screamo band from Germany. Their demo has 5 songs in 12 minutes. Nothing groundbreaking, but good screamo doesn't need to break new ground, it just needs to thrash around and tear at its vocal chords.

This demo is too good to be this short. I need more songs but there aren't any yet. This band needs to be more well known.

They've pressed their demo on a 7". To order it email blackeverest(at)web.de . "Postage for all around the world is 3,50€ and for Germany 1,50€. The record itself is offered for 2€."

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Touché Amoré - Home Away From Here

 Touché Amoré are one of my favourite bands out there right now. 

note the pg 99 shirt....
 They've moved into a more hardcore style, away from the screamo inflected hardcore that really hooked me but their new album was still really really good. I think the style change is a result of signing to Deathwish or it may just be artistic development.

This is the first video from it and I think the first music video they've made. It's called Home Away From Here and really illustrates what Jeremy Boln has been talking and writing about, how they're pretty much always on tour. Yet they rarely come to Canada...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

live on the radio!

listen to me live on trent radio in a half hour. I’ll be playing One Eyed God Prophecy, Karenza, Render Useless, I Spoke, Nai Harvest, Old Gray & Loma Prieta.

Listen here http://www.trentradio.ca/stream.htm

Monday, November 14, 2011


Karenza was a 90's screamo band from Etibocoke Ontario Canada. Their sound is really raw and aggressive, almost black metal in the lo fi, dirty production. If One Eyed God Prophecy played black metal screamo  instead of sludgy metal screamo. The songs are clearly written as a emocore punk songs, the tones of the guitar and the production fuze everything into a overwhelming noisy mass. Very very good. Much thanks to this blog for all his work

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Who Programmed This?!? Week 8

The latest episode of my podcast Who Programmed This?!? featuring brand new music from Sirs, Park Jefferson, Lizards Have Personalities & Run, Walk! as well as Canadian bands American Geography, Animal Faces and One Eyed God Prophecy

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Thoughts Paint the sky - Goldener schnitt

Thoughts Paint The Sky have a new album coming out the 25th called Nicht Mal Mehr Wir Selbst. This is the latest track they’ve released and it’s pretty great


Ukrainian, Russian & French Screamo, lofi Emocore & more

The latest mix of what I've been listening. this covers November 2nd to 5th. It starts off pretty screamo heavy and then goes in an odd direction right at the end. 

Things start with a band called Oh, You Skeleton!  Their last fm page says they are from Germany but there's an argument about where they're actually from. There's not a lot of info aside from the fact at least one member posted on cross your heart with a knife back in the day. Just a little lo fi but they're still quite good.

Things get way less chaotic and of a much higher fidelity with Oh, Deer!  They are a Ukrainian band from Zhytomyr. They play a classic form of screamo, going from thin angry guitar lines to crushing heaviness on a dime. The dude sounds like his voice is destroying itself in the process of escaping with his words.

 Violence For Hurley are next up and they are lower fi and way more violent. They are from Murmansk russia and their  brand of screamo is much more chaotic and explsoive, the rage is less controlled. Unfortunately  they broke up last summer.

We stay in the  screamo vein but get much more sophisticated with Mihai Edrisch. These songs from their two LP's L'Un Sans L'autre & Un Jour Sans Lendemain. I like the  second LP better, I find the first a bit abrasive. The songs that work on the first disc really work because there's a very real sense of dissonance. But when that doesn't work, and it doesn't always, it just drives me away.

All these songs are quite good. They manage to make intricate, distinct guitar lines harness the chaotic energy and smash you over the head with it. Also, the drummer was in Daitro till they decided to break up.

 Things stay emotional but get way more punk with a lo fi emocore punk band called The Whoopass Girls. The main songwriter/shouter is the same dude that's done henry bemis is a superhero, the loneliest cowgirls, screaming & dreaming and the sky looks pissed.

This is most punk band to date. I love every single thing about this band. Very skateable but still screaming your guts out. There are tracks here from all 3 EP's he put out under this name and they're all awesome. Get ready to destroy what's around you

We lose the emo completely but get incredibly catchy with Ancestors, from Toronto. These songs are short, to the point and each make a unique musical statement. I can't deal with how catchy these songs are in combination with how punked up they are. If this doesn't make you jump around the room you must be dead.

We head out to Vancouver for some slow burning math rock from American Geography. I'll be playing them on my radio show this Tuesday. A lot of their stuff is stoo slow and mathy with too much post rock in it but these songs kick some serious but. The math heads should like this  and they need to be better known.

Things finish off today with a single track from the gangsta rap supergroup Tha Dogg Pound. If you don't like gangsta rap you won't like this. Too bad for you.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

American Geography

 I found this on gonna get sued which is a very awesome blog run by the one of the dudes from Book Of Caverns. They are a rather obscure mathy, post rocky screamo band from Vancouver. They have one of the members of Wrought: Ironsmile who played a lo fi emocore. 

The post rock on this album is mixed with some math rock so I can actually get through the songs. A lot of them are slow burning and never necessarily boil over but they still manage to kick ass.

Also very unknown, more people need to know this. More for the math people than screamo people probably

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Merchant Ships & Family

here is another mix of what I've been listening to, this time from october 24 to november 2nd. It's all Merchant Ships and people connected to the band. Slurred Terms might be a strech for inclusion here but the dude was in William Bonney which had dudes from merchant ships in. Things start off very screamy and get much much emoier by the time we're through.

We get things started with a pair of tracks by Merchant Ships, one an untitled demo from an untitled album and one from an ep called I Want To Forget Everything Bad That Ever Happened Ever

 Then things get a lot calmer for a moment with  Midwest Pen Pals with tracks from their only ep Inside jokes. I think this was a transition band between Merchant Ships and Park Jefferson

My Head In Clouds play a rather standard, emotional hardcore based screamo on their Demo! I'm not sure if there were people from Merchant Ships on this, but people in this band are now in Park Jefferson.

We get back to the originals in this mix, Merchant Ships for a bunch of songs from  Bummer Times Demo, Extra Songs, For Cameron & Shipsography.tr

Things get much more emo and occasionally acoustic with Park Jefferson which is where Nick Stutsman is currently writing songs. He's one of my favourite five new lyricists right now. There are tracks from their Acoustic EP, Childhood, Demo, Better Boy.

Things get louder again with  a great screamo band who may or may not be dead, William Bonney. These tracks are from their Fall Demo. More from then later.

Things get really emo and almost completely acoustic with a bunch of songs from Nick Stutsman. Dude is really prolific and has done splits with some really cool people. These are songs from a split with Slurred Terms, more of them in just a bit, a split with Cameron Boucher, singer of Old Gray who are awesome, from an split with Scott Switzer called Whatever, Forever.

We return to Park Jefferson for some emo with some solid bands behind them. Some tracks from their split with Bicycle Sunday and a track from their new album Weekdays.

Things get acoustic with a one man acoustic project called Slurred Terms. Dude was/is in William Bonney depending if they broke up or on hiatus. These are songs from EP's called Home Is Home & Total Strangers

 We end things on a wild and screamy not with the latest from one of my modern favourite bands (maybe RIP) William Bonney. They just keep getting better, these songs are the best they've done but they did lost a littel bit of their personalities. These tracks are from a split with Droughts