Thrice – Major/Minor Album Review

Orange County band Thrice have certainly come a long way from playing emotive post-hardcore (or screamo) and touring with bands like American Nightmare, Converge, and Bane, to creating interesting and dense straight-ahead rock albums. It’s not like this is big news, though; Thrice have been moving further along from their second major label album Vheissu since their Alchemy Index series. Like with their last album, Beggars, Thrice take a much more succinct approach with their latest record, Major/Minor. Take, for example, “Blinded” — a song slightly over four minutes. When compared to recordings in the band’s past, whether it’s from The Illusion Of Safety or any of the Alchemy Index EPs, it’s far different and has very little in common

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Starfucker – Bury Us Alive Music Video

Starfucker works with Joshua Cox on this beauty, taking kaleidoscopic imagery generally manifested through digital means and turning it on an analog head. In what must have been a high-budget, laboriously-planned effort, this video for “Bury Us Alive” sees the appearance of clever special effects and earthy costumes. The team that put this together was large and in charge; it certainly shows in the final product. Directed by: Joshua Cox Director of Photography: Bryce Fortner Costumes: Jayme Hansen Hair and Makeup: Jayme Hansen Art Department: Brian Danielson VFX Lead: Thiago Costa Additional VFX: Fred Ruff Editor: Jeff Dawson

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Mastodon – “Spectrelight” Music Video

Godammit! Yet another kick-ass video from the ever-so-artistically-minded Mastodon. The original cover, which features the 3-dimensional wood-sculptured artwork of Portland-based artist AJ Fosik, is chopped up, mirrored many times over, and shot into outerspace. Expect our interview with AJ Fosik soon! As for the track itself, Scott Kelly of Neurosis offers vocals once again. Says Kelly: “Mastodon approaches their sound honestly and from a mind at unity. I am honored to continue to be a part of their creative process, and to once again have the chance to join them on this expression that is undoubtedly their most adventurous work to date.” Oh, right, and if you’re curious… some cosmic and far-out lyrics, below. “SPECTRELIGHT” LYRICS We trip the light

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Nerves Junior – “Kale” Music Video

I’m into this mopey video full of nonchalant creepers. In this video for “Kale” (which populates the YouTube “Suggestions” sidebar with many a tutorial on the many ways to properly prepare kale), Nerves Junior are the perfect combination of somewhat present and really lethargic. As attractive women climb all over the band members, coyly distracting them from playing their instruments, the men return their advances with apathy, just as fascinated with continuing to play music as they are with paying attention to the women kissing their faces. It’s this kind of lack of concern that unfortunately works in many a dating game, and oh yeah, it works for Nerves Junior in their brand of music, too. A win-win, really, for

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Mattress – Eldorado EP Album Review

Not for the faint of heart, Rex Marshall’s newest release as Mattress is audibly visceral and uniquely his own, a mix of ghastly vocals and screeching synthesizers. And while it’s certainly not the most polished album, Eldorado EP offers plenty in the way of unabashed realism and guitar free rock and roll. With each track backed mostly by simple keyboard loops that anybody with a twenty dollar Casio could record, Marshall cares not for the complex and the lofty; rather, he relies upon the tone and volume of the sounds to craft his portraits. The album’s opening track, “Reason To Live” is hardly anything more than an archaic drum kick and snare beat played though what sounds like a Windows

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MusicfestNW 2011 : Explosions In The Sky, The Antlers, Typhoon, Eluvium Live Show Review

September 16th, 2011 – Pioneer Square Courthouse, Portland, OR MusicfestNW is a festival unlike most festivals, because most of it takes place indoors. Within the past few years, the good curators have added a stage in downtown Portland, or as it would be referred to by many people over and over, the backyard of Portland (and due to the mid-90s heat that day, one person called it the frying pan of Portland): the Pioneer Courthouse Square. For a fenced off area in the middle of the hustle and bustle of downtown, the sound was surprisingly fantastic and the setting rather serene and well… concert-like. eluvium First up was Matthew Cooper, aka Eluvium. The Portland ambient/minimalist instrumental artist was the first

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