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photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG

Trash Talk @ Scoot Inn, Austin, TX
BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff Day Party

The BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff day show took over two stages at Scoot Inn on 3/16, and one day of the multi-day Converse/Thrasher Deathmatch at the venue. With a ticket price tag of free and a stacked lineup that included High On Fire, Trash Talk, Off!, Ceremony, Deafheaven, Black Cobra, Full of Hell, Dead In The Dirt, Code Orange Kids, Heartless, and Balaclava, its understandable that there was a line around the block for most of the amazing day.

We already posted one set of photos from the show at BV Austin, including shots of Heartless, Ceremony, Balaclava, Full of Hell, and Code Orange Kids. Here are some pictures & video of High on Fire, and Off!, and more of Balaclava, Trash Talk, and Ceremony. Photos of Dead In The Dirt, Deafheaven, Black Cobra, and others are on the way. More below...

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photos by Greg Cristman, additional photos by BBG

BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher Official SXSW Showcase

Directly after the mayhem that was our Deathmatch event at Scoot Inn on 3/16 (first set of pictures HERE; more on the way) BrooklynVegan & Power of The Riff/Thrasher took over the Austin venue for an official SXSW showcase. The night portion was headlined by Black Breath (an exclusive SXSW appearance) and featured appearances from Ringworm, All Pigs Must Die, Narrows (who also played the bridge show), KEN Mode, Enabler and Young and In The Way. The overall brutal vibe of the day continued into the night with ripping performances from top to bottom, circle-pitting, and hardcore scream-a-longs.

Young and In The Way's "American Blackened Crust" opened the showcase a bit past 8PM, drawing from black metal in both tendency to blast as well as in symbolism, ferocity and costuming (see the inverted cross of bones). Young and In The Way may be a relatively young band, but they are wise beyond their years in creating dark atmosphere to accompany their taut and razor sharp odes to negativity.

Following YAITW was Enabler, a Milwaukee band that contains members of Harlots and Fall Out Boy (no shit). They draw from the melodic d-beat of bands like Tragedy in their take on crusty hardcore. The band are preparing a new LP All Hail the Void for release in May, so look out for that and make sure to catch them on the road soon.

KEN Mode played only two shows in Austin this year, and thankfully our showcase was one of those. The band's noise-rock meets hardcore aesthetic has always been great, but now with a more stable bass player (Andrew LaCour) it seems that the band has hit its stride on the live stage. LaCour's animated stage antics work well for the band too, adding to the wide-eyed maniacal glances that guitarist/vocalist Jesse Matthewson throws to the audience over his microphone.

On paper, Narrows is a fantastic sounding band; members of Botch, Unbroken, and more collide to form a hardcore supergroup. Thankfully, the reality is as indelible as the concept.... in fact better. Since I saw them kill it at Cake Shop close to two years ago, Narrows have gelled into an entity all its own, a thought cemented with their latest and highly-reccomended release on Deathwish, Painted (out now). As a live band they are similarly amazing; is there anything as pleasing to a hardcore kid as screaming into a microphone along with Dave Verellen?

All Pigs Must Die is similar in concept to Narrows, a "supergroup" comprised of the jaw-dropping sticksman Ben Koller (Converge), the raspy throat of the energetic Kevin Baker (The Hope Conspiracy), guitarist Adam Wentworth (The Red Chord, Bloodhorse) and bassist Matt Woods (American Nightmare, Bloodhorse). While any band with Ben Koller is worth a look just for his jaw-dropping skills behind the kit, APMD rise above that with songwriting and a live show that is similarly impressive in its intensity. Scoot Inn was no exception; these guys rule.

Ringworm has been around almost as long as their fellow Clevo-core natives Integrity (21 vs 24 years!), and its clear that their live show has been honed over time to a fine point. The band's thrash-y hardcore crossover incited circle pits and mosh mayhem during their set, reminding us why the band are veterans of their scene. Amazing live band, and now with Aaron of Keelhaul back in their ranks, they've never sounded better.

Batting clean-up was Black Breath, the Seattle band that fused groovy Swedish death metal with hardcore vocals and aesthetic. They opened their set with personal favorite "Black Sin", and the band's live show is as potent as their LPs. If you've never seen Black Breath then please do so right away.... word is they may be on the road in the near future. One of my major highlights of the weekend.

I'd like to thank all of the bands that killed it at Scoot Inn on 3/16, the staff at Scoot Inn for being so helpful/accomodating, my partners for this show in Power of The Riff and Thrasher, and most importantly everyone who showed up to support the show and the bands and to have a good time.

More pictures from the Friday night show at Scoot Inn is below.

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by BBG

Black Breath at Santos (more by BBG)
Black Breath

Just to be clear, in addition to many day parties (some at Hotel Vegas), BrooklynVegan is presenting THREE official SXSW showcases in Austin this year. Two are still unannounced (Tuesday and Wednesday night). Here is info on the third...

After the sun goes down on the BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff day party at Converse/Thrasher Deathmatch (literally and figuratively), BV, POTR, Thrasher and Southern Lord will begin preparations for our OFFICIAL SXSW showcase that Friday night at the same venue! Starting at 7PM, look for appearances from:

Scoot Inn on Friday night (3/16)
Black Breath (their only SXSW appearance!)
Ringworm
All Pigs Must Die
Narrows
KEN Mode
Young and In The Way
Enabler
That's right, the ONLY time you can catch Black Breath during SXSW is at Scoot Inn on Friday night (3/16)! So get to Scoot Inn early and stay all day and into the night for the party! Set times are forthcoming.

Black Breath are currently gearing up to release their new LP Sentenced To Life via Southern Lord on 3/27. Stream a new track, "Mother Abyss" alongside a bunch of video from some of the other bands at the official showcase, and the flyer, below...

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by BBG

High on Fire at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
High on Fire

March 16th, March 16th, March 16th! If you're going to be in Austin, save the date on your calendar folks! On Friday March 16th, 2012 at Scoot Inn (1308 e4th St), BrooklynVegan, The Power of The Riff, and Southern Lord will combine forces for a MARATHON of events that kickoff at noon and end waaaaay after the sun goes down.

The FREE daytime portion, in conjunction with the four-day Thrasher/Converse "Death Match" event at the venue, is an all-ages shindig that will kick off at noon and feature a skateramp with skaters and bands all day long. Shortly after doors open, expect to see eleven bands across two stages including sets from the following:

March 16, 2012 @ Scoot Inn, Austin, TX (noon-6pm)
* High on Fire
* Off!
* Trash Talk
* Black Cobra
* Ceremony
* Deafheaven
* Full of Hell
* Heartless
* Balaclava
* Dead in The Dirt
* DNF (members of Trash Talk, Touche Amore)
That's right... High on Fire AND Off! AND Trash Talk (playing their FOURTH year of SXSW shows with us) AND Black Cobra AND Ceremony all in the same space, not to mention the awesome undercard of bands like Deafheaven (playing their second year of SXSW shows with BV), new favorites Full of Hell, Balaclava, Heartless and Dead in The Dirt. It is going to be insane, so bring a hard hat.

As the day show comes to a close, we'll get ready for our night show at the same venue... amounting to a total of FOURTEEN HOURS of destruction! Not to mention the food trucks, a full bar, and so much more to keep you fed and hydrated (or buzzed, depending on your poison) during the onslaught. Stay tuned to BrooklynVegan for details regarding the official night showcase (it has been announced), and for more about the day show (or our OTHER day show on Saturday at Lovejoys), including set times. In the meantime, head below for video of some of the bands playing our MEGA-show at Scoot Inn on March 16th!

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Eric Swensen (left) at the Independent foundry in 1983
Eric Swensen

The man who ended his life in front of the Mission Police Station on Monday was a skateboarding icon and co-founder of San Francisco-based Thrasher magazine.

Skaters worldwide are mourning the loss of Eric Swenson, 64, of Potrero Hill, whose local manufacturing and publishing ventures helped launch a massive and lasting subculture.

Swenson shot himself around 8:30 a.m. without going inside the police station or talking to any officers. Loved ones believe the longtime San Franciscan's struggle with a debilitating motorcycle injury led to the suicide.

A "very private person," Swenson may have chosen the police station to end his life in order to spare his loved ones from finding him, said Gwynn Vitello, Thrasher's publisher and wife of Swenson's business partner, the late Fausto Vitello. - [SF Examiner]

If you grew up like me, then you probably took in your share of Thrasher magazines and skated on Independent Trucks as well. Swensen co-founded both, as well as both Juxtapoz and Slap magazines as part of his High Speed Productions Inc. magazine company. Swenson left behind a wife and daughter in the wake of his suicide. - BBG

R.I.P. Eric

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Wicked Awesomes - Ghost Beach (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Impediments - You Want a Square (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Buzzers - Disco Kidz (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Horrors - Sea Within a Sea (MP3)

Wicked Awesomes
Wicked Awesomes

Earlier in the week I highlighted a few bands including Mitch Easter who is at Maxwell's tonight (8/20) and Beach Fossils who are one of many bands playing the Underwater Peoples showcase at Market Hotel on Saturday (8/22).

Here are a few more show suggestions to take you through the weekend. You've got two chances to catch Edmonton, Alberta demented psych-punks Wicked Awesomes who play Cake Shop tonight (8/20) and Silent Barn on Friday (8/21). Like their Psychic Handshake labelmates Red Mass, these Canadians seem to revel in the dark musical arts of reverb, tape effects, sonic sludge and generally out-there'd-ness. (Maybe not that dissimilar to Blank Dogs if you want a NYC equivilant.) You can download "Ghost Beach" at the top of this post, though you might also want to take in "Time Shit and Crystal Snot" from their Myspace.

The Cake Shop show tonight also features the folky/country-ish indie rock of Portland, OR's Dead Trees and the Handglops who recently moved to Brooklyn from Ohio. Friday night's show at Silent Barn, Wicked Awesomes play with Minneapolis' ultra-nasally punks The Sleaze (I like that name), and NJ's Indian Casino & Jail Hippies Family Band.

the Impediments
The Impediments

Staying on the scuzzier side of things, we've got two Bay Area bands in town as well this weekend -- Impediments and Buzzer -- both of whom mine the mid-70s glam-punk scene for inspiration. And both share members. They play Don Pedro's on Saturday (8/22), Death by Audio on Sunday (8/23) and Alligator Lounge II in Greenpoint on Monday (8/24). The Impediments, still in their teens, are pretty straight-up from the Dolls/Dead Boys school of snotty rave-ups, nothing really new added to mix, but the youthful energy brings a sense of the new to it all, and it's a sound that never really goes out of style as long as there's good songs and attitude to carry it. You can download "You Want a Square" at the top of this post. The band were interviewed earlier this year by Thrasher Magazine:

Thrasher: There seems to be a recent resurgence of bands emulating the '70s punk vibe, with a lot of songs that touch on various themes of teenage life. Is it weird being one of the few of these bands with actual teenagers in the lineup? Do you guys get turned down from 21+ clubs because of your age?

Ray Seraphin: Can't really care about it. We are so far removed from bands like The Briefs and The Riffs that I don't even think it's worth discussing. We write what comes out of us; we're not aiming for something. We're not the Stitches. We're not cool 20-somethings with spiked hair, neon colored sunglasses, and trendy heroin addictions. We're not automatons thinking that everything Johnny Thunders shot up his dick is totally rad. We're a bunch of dorky kids who like dorky records. We haven't got turned down by a venue for our age as of yet, but we often get kicked out of bars after we're done playing while they keep our draw. Fun!

Ray is also in Buzzer with whom the Impediments are on tour. The band only have two 7" singles out so far (you can download their debut, "Disco Kidz" at the top of the post), but I think I give them the slight edge between the two groups. There's a darker vibe, maybe a bit of a Damned thing going on, and both A-sides are ace. Worth checking out.

Buzzer
Buzzer

A couple more items: If you got tickets to see one of Nine Inch Nails' shows over the next week, show up early to catch The Horrors who have made one of the better albums of 2009. Like a lot of people I didn't pay that much attention to them previously but damn if Primary Colours isn't kind of amazing and totally deserving of its Mercury Prize nomination. Mind you, I'm prone to like things that owe to '80s post punk and goth, as well as '90s shoegaze, but they transcend the influences I think. Like My Bloody Valentine's Loveless, some of the sounds on the record make you wonder if you're stereo is melting. In a good way. You can download "Sea Within a Sea" at the top of this post and check out their trippy video for new single "Mirror's Image" further down. I haven't seen them play anytime recently so I have no idea if they can pull it off live, but I plan on seeing them when they hit town again next month -- Bowery Ballroom on 9/17 with Crocodiles.

Ferris BuellerFor those of you still mourning the loss of '80s teen movie kingpin John Hughes, come to Cake Shop Saturday Night (8/22) for an "All-Star 34 Band Salute to John Hughes" ending with what is being promised as "DANCE PARTY OF THE YEAR AFTERWARDS!!!! UPSTAIRS AND DOWN!!!" on Cake Shop's Twitter. As someone who obsessively tracked down all the songs from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, this sounds like fun. No word on what bands are participating, but knowing Cake Shop we should get some of the usual NYC suspects I'd think. They've still got slots to fill, actually, so if you have a band and you've always wanted to cover The Flowerpot Men's "Beat City" or Oingo Boingo's "Wild Sex in the Working Class" or The Apartments' "The Shyest Time" drop a line to the Cake Shop folks (capeshokbooking@gmail.com). And ladies, if you can't decide which dress to wear, my advice is to stitch them together into one much worse looking creation. And then choose the wrong guy.

Videos, flyers, and tour dates are after the jump...

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