I was listening to Planet Rock on their website, and they played a track by Fish from his 2008 album, 13th Star. Fish is an artist who I have not listened to, well, not since he split from the other members of Marillion in 1988. So, after hearing the track I went over to Spotify and listened to the whole album, and was suitably impressed. Definitely well worth checking out. http://open.spotify.com/album/2M15NVl6YyjpS7wUPjKsFX
- Circle Line
- Square Go
- Miles de Besos
- Zoë 25
- Arc of the Curve
- Dark Star
- Where in the World
- 13th Star
More information can be found here:
Marillion – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marillion
13th Star – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/13th_Star
Planet Rock – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planet_Rock_(radio_station)
Similar Artists (Last.fm) – http://www.last.fm/music/Fish/+similar
Discography (AllMusic.com) – http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:d9frxqq5ldte~T2
Reading through The Guardian’s New Band Of The Day, I picked up on the Canadian band, Little Girls, and their most recent album “Concepts”.
- Youth Tunes
- Imaginary Friends
- Salt Swimmers
- Last Call
The bands earlier EPs are on Spotify – http://open.spotify.com/user/toxicmusic79/playlist/2fUZZYWPzbiEwleleRTq3Z
The New Music – http://blog.thenewmusic.net/album-reviews-little-girls/
- Indie Rock
- Blank Dogs
- Silk Flowers
- TV Ghost
- Blessure Grave
- Pearl Harbour
- The Coathangers
- Crystal Stilts
- Future Islands
@MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/littlelittlegirls
@Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Girls_(band)
I have been listing to a bit of Jimmy Eat World this morning and so thought I would go back to the ‘mother lode’ of emotional hardcore (although, in the sentiment of Ian MacKaye, it’s difficult to think of hardcore that’s not emotional) Here is a short list of 80’s albums to track down and give a listen:
- Rites Of Spring – Rites Of Spring
- Embrace – Embrace
- Gray Matter – Food For Thought
- Beefeater – House Burning Down
- Fire Party – Fire Party
- Dag Nasty – Field Day
A few days ago I was looking up some Bring Me The Horizon on Spotify as my wife wanted to check out the most recent album after hearing their debut, Count Your Blessings, a while back. I then started looking beyond this and wondered what UK bands came up on Wikipedia’s Deathcore List. They have 5 bands listed and they all have some material on Spotify:
- Bring Me The Horizon – http://open.spotify.com/user/toxicmusic79/playlist/2vhOcN3iroa0hCPNUedhgJ
- Burning Skies – http://open.spotify.com/user/toxicmusic79/playlist/3zRhIGHJY3tdlNVLjLOs9U
- Eternal Lord – http://open.spotify.com/user/toxicmusic79/playlist/7pvp1etX5KQuIc6wh52Z6T
- Malefice – http://open.spotify.com/user/toxicmusic79/playlist/4BEuhjM7CzrkGEO04gwLpl
- Mendeed – http://open.spotify.com/user/toxicmusic79/playlist/1g00BBrUhHMgEnGwdiqdU1
Although, Mendeed are now no longer active.
I am just flicking through my copy of Rock Sound that just arrived from the UK. Their album of the month is:
- Bullet For My Valentine – Fever 
While looking through the reviews, I always like to locate the new albums that get a 9, they are:
- Cancer Bats – Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones
- Cathedral – The Guessing Game
- Coheed And Cambria – Year Of The Black Rainbow
- Moneed – The World I Want To Leave Behind
- Red Sparowes – The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein Lies The Answer
- Sick Of It All – Based On A True Story
- The Ocean – Heliocentric
- The Endless Blockade / Bastard Noise – The Red List
- The Great St. Louis – In Your Own Time
- The Swellers – Ups And Downsizing
Yesterday, I stumbled across the first album by Fang Island, and it’s definitely worth checking out.
- Dreams of Dreams
- Careful Crossers
- Life Coach
- The Illinois
- Davey Crockett
- Welcome Wagon
- Pitchfork - http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/14011-fang-island/
- Absolute Punk – http://www.absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=1573861
- Decoy Music – http://www.decoymusic.com/reviews/fang-island-fang-island
- Impose – http://www.imposemagazine.com/bytes/fang-island
- Indie Rock
- Progressive Rock
- Bear In Heaven
- Tera Melos
- Maps & Atlases
- By The End Of Tonight
- The Mercury Program
- Volta Do Mar
- Sharks Keep Moving
@Website – http://fangisland.com/
@MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/fangisland
@Twitter – http://twitter.com/fangisland
@Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fang_Island
Bands = Awesome!! (Well if you managed to get into see Alexisonfire before they had finished)
Venue Management/Door Security = FAIL!
Ok. Here’s the deal. We arrived outside the venue around 7.15 pm, and Alexisonfire came on at 8.10 pm (from what I understand). By the time we worked out which of the 3 queues we were supposed to be in and then queued for what seemed to be an ‘age’, an hour must have passed, as I got in around 8.20 pm. The hold up seemed to be that security were doing quite time consuming (slow) pat-downs on everyone entering the venue.
However, because of the policy of separate pat-downs and bag searches for males and females and the fact that there seemed to be one female security person, it took my wife a further 20 minutes to get into the hall. Bear in mind that Alexisonfire finished up their set at around 9.00 pm. To top it all no attempt was made speed up the women’s queue despite the lack of any men’s queue at one point.
I really felt for one young woman who had just arrived as the ‘house lights’ went on. She asked me who the band was who had just finished as she had been queuing outside, and was close to tears when I told her that the band she had just missed was Alexisonfire. Not surprisingly she had specifically come to see them.
As I said before, both bands were awesome, and they are blameless in the matter. But, the venue management, get your act together!!! Please!!!
Anyway, rant over. Well for the moment. Hey, I’m from the UK, what do you expect. But, I think it’s catching….
So for all the fans out there, here is a couple of videos by said bands.
- Alexisonfire: We Are The Ocean, Dance Gavin Dance, A Day to Remember, Emarosa, Underoath, The Ghost of a Thousand, Funeral For A Friend, Chiodos, Cancer Bats, Saosin.
- Billy Talent: Pezz (Billy Talent’s original name), Rise Against, Sum 41, Anti-Flag.