Entries tagged with: Made Out of Babies

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Sannhet at Saint Vitus last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Brooklyn post-metal trio Sannhet's new album Revisionist is out today (3/3) on The Flenser, and they've announced a release show for it happening March 27 at Saint Vitus (where they just opened for This Will Destroy You) with Kayo Dot. Tickets are on sale now. After that, they'll tour with Liturgy. Updated dates are listed below.

In related news, Sannhet drummer Christopher Todd is also in a new band with members of Orchid, Made Out of Babies and others called Low Estate. They recently put out the Blood Horizon EP with six tracks of genre-crossing heavy music, and you can stream that below. You can also download it (name your price) on bandcamp.

Speaking of Kayo Dot, frontman Toby Driver has an upcoming Stone residency that will include full Kayo Dot album sets, plus sets from his bands Maudlin of the Well, Tarter Lamb, and more.

List of Sannhet dates, their album stream, and the Low Estate EP stream, below...

Continue reading "Sannhet schedule LP release show w/ Kayo Dot; drummer in Low Estate with mems of Orchid & Made Out of Babies (listen)"

photos by Lukas Hodge, review by Brad Sanders

Touche Amore / United Nations @ 285 Kent - 10/9/13
Touche Amore, United Nations, The Saddest Landscape
Touche Amore, United Nations, The Saddest Landscape

Geoff Rickly took a break during United Nations' ripping set at 285 Kent last night (10/9) to dedicate a song to Touché Amoré, the band they were opening for. He said it's amazing and inspiring that in 2013 a hardcore band plays with as much heart as they do, and he's right. Watching the sea of people fight their way to the front of the oversold scrum just to scream a single lyric within earshot of TA frontman Jeremy Bolm was a life-affirming experience in itself, to say nothing of how life-affirming it was for everyone in the crowd to be seeing this band in the flesh.

Touché Amoré doesn't traffic in trends. Despite being lumped in with a "New Wave of Emo" that's reared its head this year on the blogosphere, the Los Angeles five-piece is purely itself, not just some bullet-point on a list. Their brand of hardcore is simultaneously shimmering and abrasive, and Bolm's self-obsessed, wounded lyrics and vocals help set them apart from the bands they're ostensibly sharing a movement with. They are emo in the sense that they emote, but they have a lot more in common with Converge or Moss Icon than, say, The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die. (Not throwing shade; TWIABP is a very good band as well.)

Their gorgeous cacophony comes off live exactly how you'd expect. At 285 Kent, they played basically every fan favorite, which is to say, they played basically every song they've ever written. The energy level in the crowd barely wavered from set opener "Just Exist" from this year's Is Survived By to closer "Honest Sleep" and unplanned encore song "Face Ghost." Bolm's vocals were mixed high - the only way to mix a Touché Amoré show - but he was matched in volume and intensity by a chorus of fans on nearly every line. Of course, the vocals wouldn't be nearly as effective if they weren't anchored by the incredible guitar tones of Clayton Stevens and Nick Steinhardt, sturdy bass lines from Tyler Kirby and some surprisingly off-kilter drum work by the tireless Elliot Babin. Despite Bolm being the center of attention, it's impossible to forget that you're watching a band up there.

Still, lyrics won the day, and I imagine most people in attendance will remember the show for how loudly the crowd was able to sing along. It was a little strange to see the words that Bolm wrote proudly, selfishly for and about himself being screamed by hundreds of people who felt they were written for them. It's amazing that 285 Kent wasn't sucked into a vortex of self, but somehow, amid all the shouted, narcissistic neuroses, a sense of community was forged. That's the gift Touché Amoré gives: laying bare their insecurities so we can indulge our egos. Hardcore is weird, but man, hardcore is awesome.

The show, which we at BrooklynVegan presented, was a headlining stop for Touché in the midst of their tour with AFI which hits NYC tonight (10/10) for a sold-out show at Webster Hall. Like we said above, last night's show was opened by Geoff Rickly's band United Nations, in addition to Topshelf-signed screamo band The Saddest Landscape. Pictures of all three bands are int his post.

Speaking of Geoff Rickly, he just teamed up with a few members of Made Out of Babies to form the new band, Strangelight (also featuring members of Goes Cube and Red Sparowes), who released their debut EP, 9 Days, this week via Sacrament Music. You can stream the EP in full (via Noisey) along with more pictures from the 285 Kent show, below.

Continue reading "Touche Amore played a wild show at 285 Kent with United Nations and The Saddest Landscape (pics & review)"

Bad Powers

If you can't tell from the above photo then yes, Bad Powers contains Brendan, Coop and Matt from Made Out of Babies... but that isn't Julie Christmas. Bad Powers is a wholly new direction for the trio, having added vocalist Megan Tweed to the mix. The results share some aesthetic choices with the band's former identities (now kaput), yet also with an artier side beyond simply pummel and bludgeon.

Bad Powers is prepping their debut LP for The End Records, due on the label on September 18. Preorder yours here. BrooklynVegan is proud to premiere the LP track "Electricity Should Be Free," which you  can listen to along with the previously-released "New Bruise."

Look for Bad Powers to team with the incredible Sannhet and The Year is One at Saint Vitus on September 21. Tickets are still available.

All streams are below.

Continue reading "Bad Powers (ex-Made out of Babies) ready new LP, playing NYC record release show (stream two tracks)"

by BBG

The body at Saint Vitus (more by BBG)
The Body

NYC's favorite non-local local band The Body, will team with Braveyoung for another string of dates that will include NYC at Saint Vitus on February 9th. Ticketing info is forthcoming. The band will play material from last year's collaborative LP Nothing Passes (stream it).

Julie Christmas will play a rare show at Saint Vitus on February 4th, backed by John Lamacchia (Candiria) , Fran Mark (From Autumn to Ashes), Andrew Schneider (Pigs), Tom Tierney (Tidal Arms) and Melvin Leiderman (Thalia Zedek). The show will center around her solo debut The Bad Wife, and will also feature an appearance from Stephen Brodsky (Cave In) and tickets are on sale. In related news, word on the street says that Made Out of Babies is no more.

Saint Vitus will also host Hate Eternal with Fallujah and more TBA on March 9th as part of a string of dates. Tickets are on sale and full tour schedule is below.

Double Negative will return to NYC to play Saint Vitus on February 2nd. Tickets are on sale, and support comes from Murder, Tournament, and Acid Problem.

As revealed on Metalsucks, Clinging To The Trees of a Forest Fire have announced a round of tour dates that include March 26th at Lit Lounge. Full set of dates are below.

If you missed my admittedly rather obnoxious tweet, set times have been announced for the A389 Anniversary show.

Stream the Nails/Skin Like Iron split, which premiered on Decibel, in full below.

All tour dates, that stream, a list of upcoming NYC shows, and a trailer for a forthcoming Boston Hardcore documentary is below.

Continue reading "Evillive (Nails/Skin Like Iron, The Body/Braveyoung, Julie Christmas, A389 & more)"

by BBG

DOWNLOAD: Julie Christmas - "Headless Hawks" (MP3)

Julie Christmas @ Union Pool w/ Made out of Babies (more by Paul Birman)
Julie Christmas

Attention law enforcement, Julie Christmas will not fold under questioning. The solo artist and Made Out of Babies vocalist was gracious enough to withstand my interrogation about her new LP, The Bad Wife, at the recent Kylesa surprise show. But when it came to details about a live debut of said material, all I got was a very tentative "soon". We'll wait with baited breath for that to happen, but until then, The Bad Wife is lying in wait and due for release on November 9th via Rising Pulse Records. Made Out of Babies is currently working on a new, um, baby for release in the spring of 2011 (live dates will follow).

Made Out of Babies fans can take solace in the fact that while The Bad Wife is definitely a solo effort, the LP features appearances from the whole gang, and includes that fist-raising, patented crunch we got frorm MOob's The Ruiner. In addition to those moments of melodic pummel, Julie Christmas churns out somber and quieter tunes about loss accompanied by accordian, strings, and piano, all while retaining her patented songwriting style. Order a copy of the new LP at the Rising Pulse site. Download "Headless Hawks" above and stream that song and two others ("July 31st and "Bow" with accompanying video) below...

Continue reading "Julie Christmas solo album coming out --- MP3 & streams"

by BBG

DOWNLOAD: Altar of Plagues - "Atlantic Lights" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Black Breath - "Children Of The Horn" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Celeste - Morte Nee(s) (Zipped LP)
DOWNLOAD: Get Rad - "Life Without A Plan" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Get Rad - "Honest Man/Wild Man" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Inter Arma - "Epicenter" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ufomammut - Eve Snippets (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Nachtmystium - "No Funeral" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Yakuza - "Stones And Bones" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sayyadina - "Razor Discipline" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Culted - "Spirituosa" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Year of No Light - "Hierophant" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Castevet - "Grey Matter" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Deathwish MMX Spring Sampler (Zipped MP3 files)



Surprise! After a few CDs made their way into record stores accidentally (I am told) Twilight, the Blake Judd/Wrest project that now features N. Imperial (Kreig), Aaron Turner (Isis), Stavros Giannopoulos (The Atlas Moth) and Sanford Parker (Minsk) is out NOW on CD via Southern Lord! The record was engineered by Sanford Parker, who also contributed synths, and features eight tracks with Robert Lowe (Lichens) contributing vocals to three of them. No official word on a release date for the LP, but get out and order a copy... I think I may enjoy it more than the new Nachtmystium. Speaking of the new Nachtmystium, Stereogum recently premiered the keyboard heavy "No Funeral" from the forthcoming Addicts: Black Meddle Pt. II. Dig on that above.

Call me obsessed, but the new Black Breath, Heavy Breathing, is on serious rotation lately- much like their previous EP Razors To Oblivion was last year. The new LP has Kurt Ballou's dirty little fingers all over it, bringing their rich early Swedish death metal meets hardcore sound to life, as exhibited in "Children of The Horn" available above. Get Heavy Breathing now via Southern Lord. Black Breath will open the BV/1000 Knives/AEG Live Converge extravaganza at Santos Party House on 5/6 along with Touche Amore and Lewd Acts. Make sure and get their early (their live show is worth it), and get your tickets in advance (it WILL sell out). Seriously brutal and fun stuff... you gotta love a band that screams "reject Christ, spit on the cross" at the top of their lungs. Or am I alone on that one?

Though it only lasts two tracks (but conversely- 35 minutes), the new EP from Altar of Plagues, Tides, is every bit as powerful as White Tomb, one of my favorite LPs of last year. AoP's new Tides EP is currently up for pre-order via Burning World Records (cop it), but until that package arrives, make sure and dig on "Atlantic Lights" from the EP (50% of the record!) , which makes it's world premiere here!

An LP from last year that was just too good to be free was Celeste's Misanthrope(s). With a potent mix of black metal, furious hardcore, and even melody, it was a seriously underrated record that deserved much more attention than it got. Even though Misanthrope(s) is barely in the rear view, the band has released their new LP, Morte Nee(s) for FREE download (get it above). Make sure and order a copy of the LP for yourself via Denovali as well though, it's one to keep for posterity.

Richmond's Inter Arma totally floored me at The Charleston with their furious mix of black metal, southern stoner style and Neurosis-style imperial riffage. Besides being a jawdropping live band, Inter Arma has also put together a pretty memorable record as well in the form of Sundown, out soon on Forcefield Records. Featuring members of another great Richmond band, Bastard Sapling, check out the band when they hit the road in July, but until then, check out Sundown!

A darkness has settled over the land... details on Watain's new album have been revealed! Entitled Lawless Darkness, the effort was recorded at Necromorbus Studio (Deathspell Omega, Funeral Mist, Ondskapt, Nominon, Unanimated et al) in Alvik, Sweden, and is due on June 7 with the below cover art and the tracklisting as listed down below. The release follows their picture disc EP Reaping Death which quickly disappeared, though the CD single is currently available.

That Watain cover, plus news on Blood Revolt (Primordial + Revenge), Loss, Man Is The Bastard, Hail of Bullets, Woe, a new Inquisition LP, and more as Short Wave Warfare continues....

Continue reading "Short Wave Warfare (04/20/10)"

words by BBG, photos by Paul Birman

Unsane are KILLING it dead. -[MetalSucks]

Made Out Of Babies rrrarrrr!!! Julie rockin' amazing Blade Runner makeup - [terryhope]


Unsane played their first show in two years to a packed packed packed Union Pool with Made Out of Babies, United Nations and Dark Vibe on 2/12 (a BV/Osiris production). Besides a few bumps and bruises, blown eardrums, a chunk of eyebrow missing (sorry Julie Christmas), and the fact that some folks couldn't get in, the show was a huge success.

If you have never seen Unsane, these NYC noise rock legends are an absolute MUST SEE. Chris's jangly guitars cut through the mix like a razor blade while Vinny's big drums and Dave's distorted bass punch up the low end. To me, this band should be mentioned in the same breath as pioneers like The Jesus Lizard, Shellac, Helmet, and others... their live show is just pummeling! Essential.

Made Out of Babies were destructive as usual - with their instruments and to themselves. Part way through one of the bands' songs, Julie Christmas cut her eyebrow (presambly in her flailing around) and was GUSHING blood (the squeamish shouldn't look at the pics below). The band are currently working on new material and opened with one massive new jam devised in the past week.

My main beef with United Nations is that although I enjoy the individual projects of it's members in varying degrees (Converge, Thursday, HopeCon, Acid Tiger), I wish United Nations were a full-time endeavor. Incredible live show! UN is a must see, just wish it happened more often!

Bear in Heaven side project Dark Vibe opened the show. More pictures, setlists and videos below...

Continue reading "Unsane, Made Out of Babies, United Nations & Dark Vibe @ Union Pool - pics, setlist & videos "

Advanced sales sold out, but there are still a handful of tickets left at the door for tonight's (2/12) Unsane / Made Out of Babies / United Nations / Dark Vibe show at Union Pool. Doors open at 7:45, so get there early!

by BBG


It's with an extreme amount of delight that Osiris and BrooklynVegan are proud to present the return of Unsane with Made Out of Babies at Union Pool on 2/12! The show marks Unsane's first NYC show in two years, and Made Out of Babies first since playing CMJ 2008. In addition to that must see pairing, we are happy to report United Nations and Dark Vibe will also be on board to round out the evening. Can't wait!

You can also catch United Nations (who just played with Dillinger, Glassjaw and Thursday at Starland Ballroom) next Friday (1/15) at Cake Shop with The Hope Conspiracy, Blacklisted, Mother of Mercy, and Black Anvil. Advance tickets are gone, but a few are left at the door. It's one of three shows that BV is a part of in January. The other two are 1/22 at Union Pool (with Tombs/Rosetta/City of Ships/Battlefields) and 1/23 at Cake Shop (a matinee with Magrudergrind/Defeatist/Black Kites/Psychic Limb/Ramps).

A few videos are below...

Continue reading "Unsane & Made Out of Babies playing a show (BV presents)"

by Black Bubblegum

A Storm Of Light
A Storm Of Light

It's been less than 18 months since their first one, and A Storm of Light (mems. Neurosis, ex-Tombs) are already venturing toward album two with Forgive Us Our Trespasses, out Tuesday (9/22) via Neurot Recordings. The album features contributions from Jarboe, Lydia Lunch and many others. The band is currently streaming "Midnight" at their MySpace but hasn't let any other tracks slip out... until now! BrooklynVegan is proud to present the US premiere of the video for "Tempest", available exclusively below!

So far A Storm of Light has only one US date on their calendar, a FREE album release show at Ace of Clubs on 10/12 joined by Biclops and Naked Heroes! After that, Josh & the boys hop on a plane to tear a hole in the space-time continuum at the Damnation Festival before embarking on a European tour with the mighty Minsk.

In related news, Graham's critically acclaimed project Battle of Mice has, not surprisingly, called it quits. The band, which included Julie Christmas of Made Out of Babies as well as members of Dub Trio released the statement is below:

Continue reading "A Storm of Light's new video off their new album (out this week) ++ Battle of Mice call it quits"

by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Batillus - "The Division" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Thou - "The Song of Illuminate Darkness" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Salome - "With Hell For A Mouth" (MP3)


Batillus have scheduled one final NYC show before the quartet hit the road to play a string of dates with the mighty Salome and locals Hull as part of the "Beard Destroyer Tour". That show takes place this weekend, 9/5 at Lucky 13 Saloon in Park Slope. The band was originally scheduled to play The Charleston with Overmars & Battlefields TONIGHT (9/3), but that show has since been cancelled (pics from Europa are here).

If you manage to catch the band in the coming weeks, make sure and hit up the merch tables for a copy of their limited-to-75 tour-only EP which includes "The Division" available for download above! The Tour EP was mastered by Josh Bonati and produced by Brendan Tobin of Made Out of Babies fame.

Salome who recently premiered a new track at MetalSucks as part of their split Our Enemy Civilization EP with Thou. Download that Thou as well as the Salome track above. Release details on that split EP are forthcoming.

Batillus, Salome, and Hull will also cross paths with the incred-amazing Planet Caravan Festival, which will feature (among countless other notables) Pentagram, Orange Goblin, Clutch, Tombs, The Gates Of Slumber, Kylesa, and YOB. Who wants to go? I have a pair of passes for the weekend as well as a custom screened poster (below) and t-shirt to give away! Details are at the bottom of this post.

Speaking of Brandon Tobin, I recently ran into Mr. Made Out of Babies who told me he is working on new MOOB material! So far the band has written two new songs and have the skeletons for an additional five. Described to him as "happy doomy", the tracks are still in infancy bu he promises that the new LP will signify a change in direction, similar to The Ruiner. In addition, word is that Julie Christmas's solo LP is inching closer toward completion, as all for Babies recently recorded the final track together. Bassist Cooper also plays with the Austin band Ratking.

Tobin moonlights in Red Sparowes (though not a permenant member), and they recently put their entire catalog on Bandcamp.com for free download! (Although it seems that the site is missing both a limited tour EP and their split with Grails)

Dates and more below...

Continue reading "Overmars show cancelled, Batillus playing Lucky 13, Salome & Hull tour dates, win Planet Caravan tix, new MOOB & more"

by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Slough Feg - "Tiger Tiger" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Prizehog - "Husky" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Wildildlife - "Shining Son" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Funeral Mist - "Jesus Saves" (EDIT) (MP3)

Slough Feg

Slough Feg have announced their new album, Ape Uprising, due June 3nd on Cruz Del Sur! Recorded by Justin Phelps and Justin Weis (again), and later mastered at Traxwork studio. Check out the Larry Luna cover art above. Iron Kodex will do the vinyl honors for Ape Uprising in "the end of April" in a limited edition run of 666 copies. Slough Feg will join the mighty Absu, Wildildlife, and many others as part of the WFMU/Acquarius Records show at Spiro's on March 20th during SXSW. Prizehog is also along for the ride... check out "Husky" downloadable above, and pick up their CD-R at Aquarius Records!

Karma To Burn are BACK and have scheduled a short tour of the east coast, though no NYC date is scheduled.... you'll have to travel up to Danbury to check 'em out on Apr 22 at Cousin Larry's. Full tour dates are below.

The music portion of SXSW kicks off in Austin today (3/18). if you're there, stop by our party and check our our guide for even more heavy show options, or just to grab all the free music.

Church of Misery have completed recording of their new album, Houses of the Unholy, and are streaming a new song, "El Padrino", at their myspace. Look for the new record on Rise Above Records, which is on pre-order here.

Zoroaster, The Gates of Slumber, and Serpentcult are tripleteaming the US, having added US dates including a night at The Studio @ Webster Hall on August 9th. Ticket info is forthcoming. Zoroaster recently dropped Voices of Omens on their own Terminal Doom Records, while Serpentcult recently dropped The Weight of Light on Rise Above.

Funeral Mist's Maranatha is out NOW. Check out an edit of "Jesus Saves" available for download above.

Cattle Decapitation were already on their way to NYC to play with Mayhem, Marduk, Cephalic Carnage, Withered, AND the just-added Lair of The Minotaur at Irving Plaza on May 21st (tickets here). But NOW the band has added another NYC show, part of yeat another round of dates for the band, but this time as headliners! Ticket info is forthcoming for Cattle Decapitation, Rose Funeral & Woe of Tyrants at The Studio @ Webster Hall on May 1. Full tour dates are below. In related news, make sure and check out the mighty Withered (who absolutely killed it at Scion) when they headline Union Pool on April 16th!

Bison BC & Children will team up for a show at Death By Audio on April 18th, linking up with Violent Bullshit (ex-Panthers), Circle of Buzzards (with Bob D'Amico and Jason Lowenstein of Sebadoh and Fiery Furnaces) and Naam. Children's new record is due on Kemado on April 14th, no word on the title yet. Bison BC are riding high off of their killer record from last year, Quiet Earth, and Death By Audio will be the bands first appearance since they played Europa with Harvey Milk. Full Bison BC tour dates are below.

The Devil & The Sea

One record that I gave alot of spins in 2008, but didnt make my year end faves was The Devil & The Sea's Heart vs Spine (pick that up here). The band is gearing up to tour the Northeast and have added a date at The Charleston on Mar 31st with another band that has been ringing my ears lately, Music Hates You. Full tour dates are below.

Justin K Broadrick dropped a MEGA-update on all of his projects, including Jesu, GreyMachine (with Aaron Turner), White Static Demon, Solaris BC and his many many remix projects. On the Jesu front, look for TWO live LPs, Opiate Sun EP in July, Infinity in June, Heart Ache reissue with a bonus Unreleased EP from 2003, and a reissue of the ENVY/jesu with an "Unconfirmed Bonus Mix". Check out the full update here.

Grief have called it quits... again. Sob. Their appearance at Maryland Deathfest has been cancelled as well. In honor of the fallen, Kill That Cat posted a video from a show before they kicked the bucket for the first time. Check that out below.

That video, and news on Atheist, Craft, Obscura, Municipal Waste, and soooo much more as The Week In Metal continues!...

Continue reading "This Week In METAL (03/18/09)"

by Black Bubblebgum

sunn o))) @ Knitting Factory (more by Damien Neva)

Ya hear that rumble? Thats the sound of great records perched in the distance waiting to descend on 2009 (more on that later). While this year will bring about great music and another set of "next big things", let's take the time to be thankful for 2008 and all of it's memorable records and shows. Here are my favorite records of 2008:

Continue reading "the year in Metal (Best of 2008, what's coming in 2009)"

Photos by Chris La Putt, Words By Black Bubblegum

Made Out Of Babies

Made Out Of Babies have a new show on the calendar... at Europa on Nov. 20th with Shiragirl, Swear On Your Life, Le Sans Coulottes (without pants for you non-frenchies), Hype Of The States and featuring burlesque by Burning Angel's Jessi Lee (Link NSFW). And what do all of the MUSICAL performers at this show have to do with one another? Well, they all are NYCers with female frontwomen! So come out and celebrate/be-scared-shitless-by Venus. Tickets are on sale.

Made Out Of Babies are also slated to play Decibel Magazine's 50th Issue Party at Johnny Brenda's in Philly on Nov. 23rd with A Life Once Lost and Tombs (who were recently added to the Don Cab show at Europa on Dec 8th - Don Cab show tix here).

In related Julie Christmas news, the new EP by Spylacopa, the studio project also featuring John LaMacchia (Candiria), Jeff Caxide (Isis), Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan), is currently up for pre-order at their MySpace. The band also released a behind the scenes video... whck that out below.

Made Out of Babies recently played the Brooklyn Vegan Day Party at Knitting Factory during CMJ. Zach was there taking pictures, and so was Chris. More of Chris's pics below...

Continue reading "Made Out of Babies - more KF pics, two upcoming shows "

words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Zach Dilgard

Made Out of Babies @ Knitting Factory

Directly following the shredtastic (and fantastic) set by perky finger-tapper Marnie Stern (pics forthcoming), Made Out of Babies hit the Main Stage at Saturday's Brooklyn Vegan Day Party (10/25). Like a demon possessed, Julie Christmas hurled herself back and forth on stage while entangled in the microphone cord. Her lilting singing voice, more prevalent (today anyway) demonic anguish-ridden screams, and even a few gutteral grunts were showcased in full at the Knitting Factory, and it was both mesmerizing and frightening.

It takes a hell of a band to match that fury and spectacle on stage, but Brendan, Cooper, and Matthew obliged effortlessly with a post-rock-y sense of dynamics and blistering riffs that roared on standouts like "Cooker" and "Invisible Ink" from The Ruiner (out now) and "Mr Prison Shanks" (live video from the show below, dig on the grunts) from their last LP Coward. Dudes know how to throw a party.

During the final seconds of their set, I ran backstage to make sure Rival Schools had everything they needed. While back there, I witnessed Julie post-show, slumped to the floor underneath a stairwell with knees to chest in the fetal position. All I could think to myself was, "she just laid it all out there".

Made Out of Babies played the main stage at the same time Trap Them played the Old Office. Reminder: Trap Them is playing Union Pool in Brooklyn tonight (10/28).

Julie Christmas is also part of the band Spylacopa with John LaMacchia (Candiria), Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan), and Jeff Caxide (Isis). They drop their debut EP this month.

Video and more pictures below...

Continue reading "Made Out of Babies @ Knitting Factory (BV CMJ)- pics, video"

by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD:Made Out Of Babies - "Cooker" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD:Trap Them - "They Followed the Scent of Jihad All The Way to Thieves Paradise" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD:Akimbo - "Great White Bull" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD:Rival Schools - "Take One For The Team" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD:Vreid - "Raped by Light" (MP3)

Knitting Factory

Bring your earplugs. Although Saturday's show begins promptly at 12:15 PM with music of all types, the heavy'll blow the doors off the Knitting Factory at 3:15PM! May we present to you what I have dubbed "The Darkness in Daylight", OR, the heavy music lineup at our FREE CMJ show tomorrow (October 25th)....

Continue reading "the 'heavy' guide to the BV party @ Knitting Factory Saturday "

Walter Schreifels of Rival Schools @ UCB (more by Tim Griffin)
Rival Schools

Made Out Of Babies
Made Out of Babies

Marnie Starn @ Silent Barn (more by Lori Baily)
MArnie STern

@ Knitting Factory in NYC, main stage, Saturday, October 25, 2008, FREE

all day: DJs Finger on the Pulse
12:00 Starfucker
12:45 The Carps
1:30 Little Boots
2:15 Shout Out Out Out
3:00 Marnie Stern
4:00 Made Out of Babies
5:00 Rival Schools
This show is actually two floors all day and then continues in the tap bar until 10pm. Full lineup coming any second.

This free show is the Rival Schools' first public NYC reunion show. Their first non-public NYC reunion show was this past Monday night at the invite-only Syndicate party. Their next 2 public NYC-area reunion shows are at Maxwell's and Mercury Lounge in November. They're both sold out.

Check out Made Out of Babies live videos below...

Continue reading "BV free day party @ Knitting Factory - main stage lineup "

by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Wetnurse - Not Your Choice (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Made Out Of Babies - cooker (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Akimbo - Great White Bull (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Night Horse - The Dark can't Hide You (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Krallice - Wretched Wisdon (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Trash Talk - Dig (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Black Anvil - Ten Talons Deep (MP3)

Trash Talk

It's here. I hope you got your sleep this past weekend.... you're gonna need it with all the riffage going around. May we present... the day to day guide to heavy at CMJ 2008, below....

Continue reading "the 2008 guide to Heavy Music shows & panels @ CMJ"

by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: United Nations - The Spinning Heart of The Yo-Yo Lobby (MP3)

Hey wait! I know that hairless chest (photo by James Petrozzello)

A band of unknowns announced their new self-titled LP to be released on Eyeball Records on September 9th, as well as another EP and a seven inch. Ok, they aren't exactly unknowns... it's just that the true line-up of United Nations ISN'T known. Lets start with the facts.... Yesterday, Geoff Rickly of Thursday sat down with Alternative Press to discuss his new side project, United Nations, a "secret supergroup of mid=90's screamo revivalists"

, here's a snippet:
So who are the members involved with this project, and what do they do in the band? Besides you and vocals, obviously

Well, I actually mostly played guitar and did some of the singing. The rest of the band are in contracts, so they're anonymous.

How did this idea first come up?

I was... This is really weird... I've known a kid named Daryl who plays in Glassjaw for a long time, and we used to go to shows, all the same hardcore shows, and we would get excited about a lot of the same bands. We both really loved what was going on on the West Coast in the early '90s, like Gravity Records stuff, really spazzy stuff. We also really loved the Ebullition style, mid-'90s, what they call the emo power-violence stuff.

Read the whole thing here.

So we have some kind-of-but-not-really confirmation that Daryl Palumbo is on board. That in and of itself is not a mindscrambler, but add in the fact that Converge has confirmed that drummer Ben Koller (also of Acid Tiger and ex-Cave In fame) is on board, as well as that message boards / the world's most accurate online encyclopedia are claiming Cooper of Made Out of Babies has joined on, UN takes on a whole new realm of possibilities.

United Nations is streaming their entire self-titled album at their myspace and you can download "The Spinning Heart of The Yo-Yo Lobby" from that record above.

In related Thursday news, Japanese badasses Envy will share a split with the band for Temporary Residence Limited, due on vinyl (with accompanying CD) September 15th. Spanning seven tracks, the record will have four new joints from Thursday and three new ones from Envy. The split was recorded this spring and Thursday enlisted Anthony Molina of Mercury Rev to remix one track, "Appeared And Was Gone", the lead in to Envy's first song. Pick it up at TRL when it drops....

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DOWNLOAD: Kylesa - Bottom Line (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Kylesa - Where The Horizen Unfolds (MP3)

Laura Kylesa

Savannah, Georgia's Kylesa has announced a tour of the East Coast that will see the band teaming up with Pinback on a few, including both previously announced NYC dates. Tickets are still available for both (Bowery on 9/28 here, MHOW on 9/27 here). As reported, the band is currently working on their follow-up to Time Will Fuse It's Worth which will (again) be produced by guitarist Philip Cope. Tour dates are down below.

Last time Kylesa was here, they killed the Knitting Factory with The Ocean, Lair Of The Minotaur & Withered. Lair Of The Minotaur are headed back to NYC with M.O.D. - tickets are still available. Withered are headed back to NYC with Watain.

Kylesa shares a drummer with Capsule. Capsule's buddies Torche recently played Webster Hall with Boris.

In related awesome heavy music with female frontwomen news, Made Out Of Babies are hitting Europe, but not before playing a few US dates including a show in Brooklyn at Southpaw with Pigs & Pistola and another in Ohio with the mighty Keelhaul. Brooklyn tickets are on sale.

Dates and flyers below...

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DOWNLOAD: Made Out Of Babies - "The Cooker" (MP3)


Made Out Of Babies dropped the Seldon Hunt-blessed album The Ruiner yesterday on The End (available here, or bundled with a t-shirt). They celebrated with an intially technically challenged, but ultimately rawkus, set at Union Pool.

Anyway, if you weren't one of the lucky few in attendance, have no fear, MOoB will do it again TONIGHT (June 25, 2008) with Burning Brides at Shangri-La in Greenpoint.

UPDATE from Made Out of Babies:

We were supposed to play a show with the Burning Brides tonight in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, that we were REALLY looking forward to.

We had to pull out of the show because, though we all have a sense of humor and are always ready to play, we know it's a dangerous thing to deal with people who are even MORE confused than we are. Seriously everbody, things got rediculous. Re-Dic-u-lOus.

Anyway, PLEASE forgive us and go support the Burning Brides.



Ted Leo plays his first of two shows at Madison Square Garden tonight (June 24, 2008). Pearl Jam goes on after him. Ted Leo recently played Maxwell's.

If you don't know who Made Out of Babies is yet, check out the May 16th 'Week in Metal'. Check them out at Union Pool tonight.

Jóhann Jóhannsson's July 8th show at the World Financial Center was cancelled, but all the other free electro shows that Ben Neil curated are still happening. That includes the Ulrich Schnauss show happening tonight.

also free tonight: Brooklyn Philharmonic in Central Park.

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DOWNLOAD: Made Out Of Babies - "Cooker" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Meshuggah - "Bleed" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Krallice - "Wretched Wisdom" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Coffins - "Under The Stench" (MP3)

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Word of the day:
pan-tuh-groo-eh-lee-uhn; adj
1. huge, gigantic, enormous.
EX: Despite her relatively lilliputian stature, Julie Christmas's pantagruelian voice sails above an otherwise intimidating blast of Jesus Lizard-meets-Isis thunder on "Cooker" (above).
"Cooker" comes from Made Out Of Babies's aforementioned new record The Ruiner which comes out on June 24th, the same day as their record release party at Union Pool with Dianogah and The Austerity Program (who are also playing the After The Jump Fest).

Japanese sickos Coffins have released their latest Buried Death on 20 Buck Spin and even though it wasn't SUPPOSED to be available until June 24th, it's available now at the label website and at their upcoming shows. Check out the track "Under The Stench" above.

Set times and details have arrived for the 2008 Maryland Death Fest (May 23-25). Check 'em out below. Tickets are still available.

Iron Maiden kick off their North American tour next week. Single tickets are still available for the show at MSG, and you should have no problems getting lawn seats for PNC.


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NadjaKickin off "Skin Turns To Glass" somethin' propa-like (due April 1 on The End), Nadja (who we were just talking about) will take it to the streets (and highways) for a US tour followed by a short swing through Europe with a stop at the astonishingly great Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Holland.

The US leg of the tour includes a March 7th CD-release party at Europa in Brooklyn (with Bloody Panda & Tombs), and at least a couple of appearances at SXSW including the The End Records showcase where they will be flanked by Alex Skolnick Trio (of Testament,, and who is also coming to BB Kings), Jarboe (look for J2), Tub Ring, Made Out Of Babies, and Giant.

Speaking of North Carolina's Giant, the boys are currently working on their 'The End Records' debut and follow up to last year's split 12" with Tides.... Look for that later this year. All Nadja & Giant tour dates below...

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DOWNLOAD: Made out of Babies - Proud to Drown (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Made out of Babies - Fed (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Made Out of Babies - Mr. Prison Shanks (MP3)

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Ucoming free shows overlooking the East River

7.28.07 Jennifer O'Connor, Lindsay Anderson, The Rats
8.11.07 Vampire Weekend, Jonathan Kane's February, Meg Baird
9.8.07 Made Out of Babies, Dälek, Clockcleaner, Despot, These Are Powers
The September show is curated by Paper Thin Walls (which was recently purchased by Getty Images). Who are you looking forward to on these bills? More tour dates below...

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