Monday, July 25, 2016

Cheap Appeal - 2016 - Demo

Cheap Appeal is four piece punk band from Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada. Demo is their debut recording. Members of Cheap Appeal have also played in  Lush Vegetation, Big Crux and Vacant State. Cheap Appeal play a brand of punk rock that takes a nod from hardcore and a nod from from more melodic, garage style punk rock, The singer has a classic gruff, aggressive shout while still managing to be at least slightly melodic. The band behind him play a distinctly melodic but still fast & aggressive brand of punk that is somehow as catchy and full of hooky riffs as it is angry and fuzzed out. If you're in need of some short, fast & angry melodic punk Cheap Appeal's demo will serve well.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Anxiety - 2016 - MLP Anxiety

Anxiety is a hardcore punk band from Glasgow, Scotland. MLP Anxiety is their new LP courtesy of La Vida Es Un Mus Discos. Anxiety play a relatively straightforward brand of hardcore punk, recorded in what sounds like a dank cave. Everything is then covered in layers of noise and distortions with some black metal flourishes to really drive home the dark, cold, chaotic atmosphere. If you're looking for some weirdo hardcore punk that never pulls any punches Anxiety's MLP Anxiety will serve well.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Bullnettle - 2016 - Bullnettle

Bullnettle is a three piece punkish garage rock band from Portland, Oregan. Bullnettle is their debut LP, released by Dirt Cult Records. Members have also played in This is my fist!, The Beauty Shop, A.C.P, Manipulation, The Mushuganas, Ambition Mission, The Blackouts, The Arrested and The Ian Nose Project. Bullnettle play an energetic brand of lofi garage rock that would have fit nicely on college rock playlists when that still meant something specific. Everything, including lead singer Annie Saunders' vocals are wrapped in fuzz but generally stays on the melodic side. Annie has a great urgent but still melodic shout that she puts to great effect while distortion envelopes the driving rhythm section. Highlights include Animal Farm, No Grit, The Ditch, Ghosts and Red Dog.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Arms Race - 2016 - New Wave Of British Hardcore LP

Arms Race is a five piece hardcore punk band from London, UK. New Wave Of British Hardcore is their new LP courtesy of La Vida Es Un Mus in Europe and Painkiller Records in the USA. Arms Race play a no holds barred, no shits given, everything turned up to 11 brand of hardcore punk. With the average song just over a minute and a half Arms Race are experts at cramming riffs & moments into these hardcore punk jams. If you're looking for a whirling dervish of a hardcore punk band to provide the soundtrack for the utter destruction of everything around you, Arms Race's New Wave Of British Hardcore LP will serve quite well.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

DayxNight - 2016 - Evoke

DayxNight is an electronic producer from Canada. Evoke is their debut LP. If Air was less focused on songcraft, more on on experimenting with textures and sounds to create chilled out, ambient heavy sparse electronic soul it would sound like this.


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Bleeding Gums - 2016 - II

Bleeding Gums is a four piece punk rock band from Chicago, Illinois. II is their debut LP. Expect straightforward hardcore punk rock. The songs are good while the distorted, blown out production hurts but shouldn't matter too much if you're into hardcore.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Black Vice - 2016 - Rituals Of The Anti-Cosmic Doctrine

Black Vice is a black metal band from Austin, Texas. Rituals Of The Anti-Cosmic Doctrine is their debut LP. Expect straightforward, no frills, lofi black metal.

Red River Family

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Birthday Noose - 2016 - Noosifer

Birthday Noose is a punk rock band from Akron, Ohio. Noosifer is their new LP. Expect a fuzzed out brand of punk that throws back to the psychedelic, reverb soaked 60's.


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sunday Sedition #2 - Emma Goldman - Anarchism & Other Essays

This week in the Sunday Sedition the focus is on Emma Goldman and her collection of writings, Anarchism & Other Essays. Initially published in 1910 by Mother Earth Publishing it consists of twelve essays on subjects as diverse as prisons, education and patriotism. While some of it has not aged as well as other parts it is essential for Anarchsim: What It Really Stands For.  Ebook here, online text here and audiobook here

Emma Goldman was born in what was the Russian Empire, now Lithunaia, in 1869 and emigrated to the US in 1885 where she ended up in New York eventually joining the emerging anarchist movement. She was a fiery speaker and writer, was jailed at various times, accused of inciting a riot and advocating for women's birth control. She was deported from the US in 1919 first to the Soviet Union where she became disillusioned with the USSR.

Gillian Carter - 2016 - Dreams Of Suffocation

Gillian Carter is a screamo band from Palm Bay, Florida, USA. Dreams Of Suffocation is their fourth LP. Expect screamo with an experimental bent, incorporating ambient sounds and unexpected instruments to create intense, compelling & slightly chaotic screamo.


Saturday, July 09, 2016

O.P.P. #1 Stop Podcasting Yourself

O.P.P is one of our new segments here at Project:Burnt, it stands for Other Peoples Podcasts. Each week will feature a review and recommendation of an excellent podcast. Most of them will be comedy but there will also be a focus on documentary storytelling and public radio.

The Show: This week the focus is on Stop Podcasting Yourself or SPY. SPY is a chat show from Vancouver, BC, Canada hosted by comedians Dave Shumka & Graham Clark on the Maximum Fun network. Each week they have a funny person, sometimes a local comic, sometimes a nationally known comic in town and sometimes an internationally known comedian in town for a series of shows or a festival. This is one of those shows where the hosts have such excellent charisma and know how to have engaging conversations with their friends. It feels like you are just sitting in the corner listening to these funny people talk about the most ridiculous things and then some overheards.

The Way In: The best way in would be to search for a standup comic that you are a fan of and start with one of those episodes. I would highly recomend starting withing any of the Paul F. Tompkins appearances, he is hilarious and has a great relationship with Dave & Graham. Once you get into it you will probably go back and listen to every single episode in order like I am currently. Until then, start with Charlie Demers, Ivan Decker, Erica Sigurdson in terms of locals, Dana Gould, Andy Kindler, Reggie Watts & Brent Butt for more well known comics.

Friday, July 08, 2016

Frankie & Jimmy - 2016 - Death Letter EP

Frankie & Jimmy is a two piece delta slide blues band from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Death Letter is their latest EP. Frankie & Jimmy play an energetic brand of delta blues. The guitar playing is fairly straight forward, foot stomping delta blues while the singer works on losing his mind while working out these classic songs. Jimmy covers his vocals in a layer of distortion that only serves to amplify the eccentric, punked up energy of Frankie on the acoustic slide guitar. Is this what happens when punks listen to and start playing the blues?

Death Letter serves to show two sides of Frankie & Jimmy. They blast through Death Letter and Sweet Home Chicago with a demented, foot stomping energy leaving on gasping for air. The EP closes out with a lackluster, full band cover of St, James Infirmary. It's not that the playing is bad, the band keeps up the standard they've set but the final song seems to lack to the energy and verve the first two songs did. If you're looking for a young, eccentric blues band to keep your eye on, Frankie & Jimmy will serve well. 

Baby Ghosts - No Ditching - 2016 - Split EP

Baby Ghosts is a four piece punk band from Salt Lake City. Return Of Bones (Part I and Part II) is their follow up to 2014's Maybe Ghosts LP.


No Ditching is a five piece punk rock band from Pity Me, Durham. Members have also played in Fashanu, Jazz in My Pants, Bear Park and Martha.


Thursday, July 07, 2016

SXXN - 2016 - Alive

SXXN is a Canadian producer of experimental electronic music. Alive is his new EP. Alexander Venesoen describes his work as an "experimental...darker...outlet for me. Truth isn’t a factual thing...For me it’s about communication. I really enjoyed making this, hope you get some enjoyment out of it too."

Nanette - 2016 - Disempower

Nanette is a three piece screamo band from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Disempower is their second EP, follow up to 2015's Living Fossils//Low Morale. Be prepared for some mathy, emo post-hardcore.


Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Blodad Tand - 2016 - Control Alt Delete

Blodad Tand is a three piece hardcore punk band from Sweden. Control Alt Delete is this groups debut EP, released by Dirt Cult Records, but far from their first endeavaour as members have also played in Regimen, Commitment Crew, Skitsystem, Martyrdöd, Blisterhead and Another Year. Blodad Tand play a stripped down but still hard hitting brand of hardcore punk. The guitars don't need huge amounts of distortion or noise to hammer the riffs home. The singer has found the sweet spot between sounding like a snot nose punk, spitting venom and a more emo, gut wrenching shout. There is nary an ounce of fat on this EP, each song bursts into existence, slams riffs into your ears and is gone almost as quickly, They blast through these 5 songs in just over 10 essential minutes. Here's where I would list my favourite songs but there's no need when every song on an album is great.

Malos Modales - 2016 - Cronicas Terrestres

Malos Modales is a four piece punk band from Monterey, Mexico. Cronicas Terrestres is their debut EP courtesy of Drunken Sailor Records. Members have played in División Minúscula and She’s A Tease. Expect three chord garage style punk pop.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Scolding - 2016 - Scolding

Scolding is a five piece hardcore punk band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Scolding is their debut EP. Scolding play a dark brand of hardcore punk with influences coming from both crust & d-beat.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Crime Department - Bad Sex & Physical Wi-fi

Crime Department is a two piece experimental punk band from New York City. They have released two EP's this year, Bad Sex & Physical Wi-fi. Crime Department are aiming at "putting the punk back into Daft Punk" and consist of Officer Salad and Deputy Bag. Both of these EP's where mixed and mastered by Will Killingsworth at Dead Air Studios.

Generally speaking Crime Department play a noisy brand of punk rock unafraid of electronic or sythesized sounds. In practice that means a base of driving punk rock that is is then caked and covered in distortion, samples and various electronic bloops and bleeps. There is very little information available other than the bandcamp page but apparently one of Crime Department people played in Adorno.

Crime Department blasts through 4 songs, three originals and one cover, in under 11 minutes leaving the listener a little confused as to what exactly just happened. Bad Sex leads off with the hard rocking, breathless punk rock jam that is Hospital Art, full of energy and covered in layers of distortion. Snooze closes out the first EP, a very funky bass line and acoustic guitar fight the samples and noises before the song erupts into a frenzy of synths, pounding drums and call & response vocals.

Physical Wi-fi leads off with the title track, a riff heavy jam with an noisy, synth background and just enough cowbell while closing things out with a cover of the Saint's classic (I'm) Stranded.

Crime Department does not seem concerned with adhering to genre standards, just pumping out excellent synth based punk rock jams.

The Caufield Cult - 2016 - Cult

The Caufield Cult is a four piece screamo band from Signapore. Cult is their latest LP. Expect screamo/post-hardcore/skramz/


Sunday, July 03, 2016

Sedition Sunday #1 - Peter Kropotkin - Memoirs Of A Revolutionist

Welcome to the Sunday Sedition. Each week there will be a piece of political news or a link to a political ebook/pdf. This week is Peter Kropotkin's autobiography Memoirs Of A Revolutionist.

Peter Kropotkin (1842 - 1921) was a Russian geographer, economist, activist, philologist, zoologist, evolutionary theorist, philosopher, writer and anarchist. He is perhaps most well known for his theory of Mutual Aid, that cooperation is more successful evolutionarily speaking than compeititon. He was born and raised in a well off family and could have become a noble person at the court. Instead he rebuked all that and became a scienttist, anarchist and revolutionary.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Class Zero - 2016 - Desinteressierte EP

Class Zero is an experimental post-punk project from Germany.  Desinteressierte is their debut EP. Expect home recorded garage esque darkwave. Thanks to iamtheleastmachiavelian for pointing this out.

Friday, July 01, 2016

Naileater - 2016 - Chains

Naileater is a five piece hardcore punk band from Innsbruck, Austria. Chains is their debut EP. Naileater play an aggressive, crusty brand of d-beat focused hardcore punk. There are no wasted moments or breaths on this EP, everything hits as hard and heavy as it can, creating an intense atmosphere of heavy, dark, crusty hardcore. To be clear, if you don't have a penchant for slammingly heavy and oppressively dark, crusty hardcore then there's not much here for you. This record is long on pounding riffs and oppressive atmospherics. Here's where I would normally list my favourite tracks but there's no need when an album is this consistent, each of these four songs is essential in their own right. Highly recommended. Many thanks to Dead Air At The Pulpit for pointing this out.

JFM -2016 - 'Bo

JFM is the stage name of canadian electronic sound manipulator Jesse Frank Matthews. 'Bo is his new EP. Expect "fractured, lo-fi mutations, from submerged House to tape dub and beyond"