25 episodes of Dragged to Hell down! This episode features shoegaze, Baltimore post rock bands, hip hop, witch house, guitar shredding, industrial madness, and rock and roll. I decided to start writing a sentence or two on why I included each artist, along with the usual links to their sites. I am going to attempt one or two episodes a month in 2015. I am also planning on writing about every show that I will go to (which should be around one a week this year).
Whirr – Lean: This track is from their 2014 split release with Nothing.
dead mellotron – totaled: I love dead mellotron. Not only are they local to me, but they do the shoegaze genre justice. They are back after a brief absence, and I cant wait to see them live again.
technicolor teeth – Tomb: This release is a collection of unrelated songs, from a few years. But I would like to measure this release to actual “albums”, and I think it ranks high.
Youth In Bloom – Dismantled: More shoegaze fun. I dont know much about them other than they represent Pennsylvania, and have an excellent EP.
Alvvays – The Agency Group: I am late to this party. Poppy sing along but at the same time a bit dreamy.
MANNEQUIN PUSSY – Someone Like You: I love these punkgazers (?). They have excellent hooks in their tunes, and excellent sustain on their fuzz pedals.
Big Hush – Honey: I do not know much about this DC band. I do dig the EP that this is from though.
One Watt Sun – Rudimentary Origami: One Watt Sun’s album is killer. So good. Stop reading this and go buy it!
Steve Gunn – Drifter: Steven Gunn is an amazing guitarist, and this album is a fun journey though a few rock subgenres.
BLVCK CEILING – ROCK BITER: I am a huge BLVCK CEILING fan. This track is off of his ode to the Never Ending Story album, called Bastian, from a couple years ago. Somehow I had skipped getting this one and recently rectified that.
Eyedress – My Hologram (Nothing Special): Eyedress is a producer from the Philippines. He makes dark electronic ditties like this one. His mixtape is out on the internet for free (called Hearing Colours) and is worth seeking out.
the Water – Personality Hall: The Baltimore post rock duo the Water just released a new LP. I really dig it.
Front Line Assembly – Pulse Charge: I never got into them back in the day, but like the stuff I have heard.
Panda Bear – Butcher Baker Candlestick Maker: Panda Bear of Animal Collective recently released his newest album, Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper. The album is probably going to be in my favorites of the year list at the end of the year. Chopped vocals, vocal delays, electronics, guitars; this album runs the gamut of musical ideas and manages to stay fresh throughout.
Photo of One Watt Sun by me
My plan was to blog about every show that I go to in 2015. So far I am off to a bad start – last night was my third show and not a single blog post was written. Well, today I rectify that. I am going to write shorter catch-up posts and then will start doing them the next day after I go to a show.
My first show of the year did not happen until almost the end of January. I decided to kick off my show going year with a few solo artists over at the Crown in Baltimore. I had a friend in tow and we braved the cold to go see some music (both the cold outside and the frigid temperatures inside the Crown; we kept our hats and coats on all night) and eat some great food.
First up was local guitar player, Terrors. I do not know anything about him. All I know is he played a nice set of tunes on a guitar that looked better suited for heavy metal and not post-rock delay fests. He closed his set by rubbing a mandolin on top of his guitar for a little noise.
Next up was Nathan Bowles. I had already seen this banjo hero perform (several times) at Hopscotch in 2013. He played a nice set of virtuosic banjo plucking that I think my grandfather would have enjoyed. He finished off his set with Elisa joining him on her guitar for a tune.
The night was capped off with an excellent performance by Elisa Ambrogio, of Magic Markers fame, who was touring for her excellent record,The Immoralist. Nathan joined her on drums, and she played her guitar through her pedals and sang her songs. The set ended with her by herself. It was excellent, and my first time to see her solo. It was comparable to a Magic Markers set, slightly different vibe, but still similar. I also was able to hang with Elisa again, after meeting her and hanging with her and her band at Hopscotch 2013, and even picked up a copy of her album on vinyl, and got it signed. It was an excellent night and a great way to kick off 2015.
(all photos by me and from my instagram)
Dragged to Hell Volume 21 is a special, dance party ready mix. I have selected tunes from the last few months (not all songs are that new, some are just that new to me) that fall in the hip hop, dance, electronic, industrial, and whatever I felt fit the mix.
Silk Rhodes – Barely New
Sage The Gemini – Gas Pedal (Meth Dad Remix)
Lttle Phnx – Koromiko
Chris Travis – Let Down
Death Grips – Black Quarterback
Mykki Blanco – Moshin In The Front feat. Cities Aviv
ABDU ALI & BLAQSTARR – I, EXIST (BLAQSTARR REMIX)
Yung Lean – Sandman
Matic808 – Bound 2 (Yeezus)
clipping – mouth (ft. black mushroom, chinaka hodge)
Frontline Assembly – Echogenetic (Youth Code)
YTCracker – Convalescence
☠JAYYEAH☠ – The Swing 1767
Dean Garcia– Fifteen
Nerftoss – Bottomless
How to Dress Well – A Power
Dragged to Hell 17 features 22 rock and roll tracks from some amazing female voices that are currently kicking ass. The tracks run the gamut from indie folk to noise-punk. 1 hour and 10 minutes long. Image was taken by me of the only Afghan girl that I saw in 9 months.
SoftSpot – The Cleansing Hour
Which Magic – High Already
the Courtneys – Insufficient Funds
Body/Head – Everything Left
SLUTEVER – No Offense
NUDITY – BADD TEEETH
Jail Solidarity – Cries and Hues
Manic Sheep – You Lie, You Choke the Rules We Trust
Pleasure Leftists – Passage on a Ghost Ship
Shannon And The Clams – Into A Dream
Potty Mouth – Damage
White Murder – Safety in Numbers
Speedy Ortiz – Tiger Tank
the Stargazer Lilies – Sad Colored Tears
SISU – Light Eyes
Veronica Falls – If You Still Want Me
Joanna Gruesome – Satan
Young Trynas – Be Gone
GOAT – Run To Your Mama
Hunters – Brat Mouth
Magik Markers – Mirrorless
Perfect Pussy – III
Dragged to Hell 12 is a collection of some of the latest dark electronic music, witch house, drone, etc that I have been digging lately. No story for this one, no “concept”, just dope music. From the Lightning Bolt member side project of Black Pus to the mellow witchy vibes of Moon Mirror, this mix runs the gamut of dark electronic music.
1. Force Publique – Today (Smashing Pumpkins cover)
2. twos – For You
3. Fifty Grand – Occulus
4. Crown Hutch – Breaker One No ( Party Trash and Nattimari NYC mix)
5. Moon Mirror – Terran 2075
6. bambara – Train Daze
7. Spell Hound – Perception
8. Bad News – Bath Salts
9. power windoze – Hey Love
10. Kiernan Paradise – Crystal Mind
11. babiwolf – E X I T
12. FRXXMASONS – MY GREED (BLVCK CEILING RMX)
13. Beroshima – Hexaline
14. CRIM3S – stay ugly
15. Black Pus – OFF WITH HIS HEAD
Picture/cover by killsaly