Record Review: Crystal Castles-III

Crystal Castles-III (Fiction)
By Nathan G. O'Brien on Scene Point Blank

Aptly-titled, III is the third album by Ethan Kath and Alice Glass, the Canadian experimental electro-noise duo collectively known as Crystal Castles. They are everything you wish you could be: shadowy, ingenious, skinny, and punk as motherfucking fuck. With percussion that thumps like a persistent authoritarian finger-tapping your congested chest and searing, agitated synths that spike into the backs of your eyeballs with the ease of a hot knife through warm butter, it’s the best dream you’ve ever had and your worst imaginable nightmare colliding face-first deep in recesses of your brain matter; erupting into a tepid, saccharine goo that flows through your body in a hurried uneasiness. I’ve never done heroin, but I’m guessing this is what the first taste is like. III is mood-altering, strangely danceable, and most of all, frightening yet beautiful vandalism. ...Read full review after the jump.


even more in the mail

Our man in Grand Prairie, TX, Jeff Crouch just keeps on coming through. The mail, that is. Relentless mailings of late...

Thanks Jeff!

We will adding to it and putting it back out there. If any of you are down to mix it up with us via postal, hit up the email so we can exchange addresses.


more new mail

This one came around again. Will be added to, and sent out again shortly. Want in? Email us!


New Mailings

New in the mail, some pieces made in '09 by Phoenix, AZ artist Andre Pace...

Thanks Andre!  Expect something in return soon.

Mail Artist, Zinesters, and other like minded folks should holler at the email address.  We can exchange mailing info and get this party started!


Record Review: Vinnie Paz-God of the Serengeti

Vinnie Paz-God of the Serengeti (Enemy Soil)
By Nathan G. O'Brien on Scene Point Blank

Paz enlisted a number of beat-makers for Serengeti—Havoc, DJ Lethal and C-Lance among them. Things get heated early with a DJ Premier-laced banger, “The Oracle.” Preemo’s hard-knocking boom-bap, turntablism, and sample-based hook provide the platform on which Boxcutter Pazzy spits his signature hard-rhymed lyricism: “My hands are made of stone, cut from that Madusa shit/Big gold chains, we was on that dookie shit/Still roll with the kids I stole the Gucci with/I punch you dead in the face, so fuck the music shit.”

Similarly, Marco Polo’s beat for the Blaq Poet feature, “Crime Library” unabashedly annexes the familiarity of the East Coast’s hardcore rap history, with chest-thumping drums, looped eeriness, record scratching, and a hook comprised of the oft-used Onyx “Throw Ya Gunz” sample—“One gun, two gun, three gun, four/Yours, mine, it’s all about crime!”  ...Read entire full-length review on SPB.



Scene Report: Bruce & Brandon Lee's Graves

The strangest thing happened as we were looking at these. And you're not going to believe me, because it sounds ridiculous, but it's 100% true. It was raining because, you know, it's like, Seattle and stuff.  Two crows came flying up from behind us, both very low, and kind of going slow. One passed just to the left of my brother, who was standing in front of Bruce's grave, and the other just to my right, while I was standing at Brandon's. They crowed at us very loudly before meeting up in front of us, just beyond the graves, and flying off together. We looked at each other and were both like, Whoa, did that just happen?  And in the background, we couldn't tell where it was coming from, but this song was playing.  Just kidding about that last part.  Everything else is true though.

Lakeview Cemetery, Seattle, WA, 10/30/12



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We'll List That: Seattle Spots

You may have noticed, we went to Seattle a couple weeks back.  Hung out with RO'B, The Darkhorse, and new friend Vince, among others.  Hit a bunch of spots in the short amount of time we were there.  We'll list that.  Seattle spots, listfully yours...

Broadcast, Capital Hill
Tullys, Market St.
Vita, Capital Hill
RO'B's Kitchen, Capital Hill
Lucy's, Linda's, Capital Hill
The Unicorn, Capital Hill
The Cha Cha Lounge, Capital Hill
The Redwood, Capital Hill
The Montana, Capital Hill
McMenamins Six Arms, Capital Hill
Fish & Chips, Jack's Fish Spot, Pike Place Market
Lucy Linda Burger, Lucy's Linda
Fish Sandwich, McMenamins Six Arms
Corn Dog, Howell St. Grocery, Capital Hill
Deluxe Burger & Fries, Dick's Hamburgers, Capital Hill
Pesto Cheese, Pepperoni Sausage, Hot Mama Pizza, Capital Hill
Seattle Public Library, Downtown
Seattle Public Library, Capital Hill
Pike Place Public Market
Everyday Music, Capital Hill
Lakeview Cemetery
Spin Cycle, Capital Hill
Freeway Park
Cal Anderson Park


HDD Radio #11: All Hip-Hop (and some reggae) Mix

Welcome back! This is the eleventh episode of HotDogDayz Radio, and the second edition of our all hip-hop mix. This time we tossed in a little reggae to warm things up. It’s an hour of ‘70s reggae, ‘90s goofball hip-hop, and some brand new raps. No talkers—all rockers. Thanks for listening! Enjoy… Tracklist:
Dillinger - Fountain on the Mountain
Junior Byles - I’ve Got a Feeling
Derrick Harriet - Train to Herbsville/Crash Dub medley
KMD - Suspended Animation
Redman - How to Roll a Blunt
Pizza Boys - Simp Phonie (feat Andrew Broder & Mrs. Mucho Iglesias)
Quasimoto - Discipline 99 Pt. O (feat Mr. Herb)
Guilty Simpson & Apollo Brown - Dear Jane
Showbiz & AG - I Luv Her When I’m High
Meek Mill - Believe It (feat Rick Ross)
Kendrick Lamar - m.A.A.d city (feat MC Eiht)
Strong Arm Steady & Statick Selektah - L.A. Blues
Sean Price - STFU pt. 2
Vinne Paz - Cheesesteaks
Lil Fame & Termanology - Fizzyology
Freddie Gibbs - Go For It (feat Young Jeezy)
Gucci Mane - Servin’
Action Bronson & Alchemist - Rare Chandeliers
Dillinger - Natty Kung Fu

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HDD Radio #10: Old Stuff - '80s and '90s

And we're back! After another lengthy hiatus, HotDogDayz Radio returns to the air waves. (I feel like we're saying that every episode now.) In this edition our fearless DJ spins a bunch of old CDs of records that came out between the early '80s and mid '90s--punk, post-punk, new wave, alt, etc. Some of it you've probably heard, and some maybe not. Heavy on the Sugar and even heavier on the Soul Asylum. (Don't be frightened. Did you know they used to be a punk band?!) Thanks for listening! Enjoy... Tracklist:
Billy Bragg - Train, Train
The Smiths - Death At One’s Elbow
R.E.M. - Get Up
The Cure - Love Song
Happy Mondays - Hallelujah
E.M.F. - Unbelievable
Sugar - Good Idea
Sugar - Tilted
Sugar - Explode and Makeup
Sugar - All Roads Have Led to Nowhere (live)
Soul Asylum - Draggin’ Me Down
Soul Asylum - Do You Know?
Soul Asylum - Whoa!
Soul Asylum - New Feelings
Soul Asylum - No Man’s Land
Soul Asylum - Crashing Down
Public Image Ltd. - Bags
Sonic Youth - Inhuman
Bauhaus - In the Night
Joy Division - Atrocity Exhibition

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Record Review: Skyzoo-A Dream Deferred

Skyzoo-A Dream Deferred (Duck Down)
By Nathan G. O'Brien on Scene Point Blank

Much like its predecessor The Salvation or, say, Torae’s For The Record, this album is more along the lines of this-is-my-story (see Kanye West’s College Dropout) and less I-am-who-I-pretend-to-be (see anything Kanye West post-Late Registration.) It wouldn’t be a stretch to draw comparisons to, for lack of a better term, the emo rap days of the early ‘00s when Atmosphere, Blueprint and Sage Francis were the face of indie hip-hop. That is to say, Skyzoo’s approach to songwriting is more about providing personal insights and allegorical mind-benders than it is about providing escapism or furthering the negative stereotypes often associated with rap lyrics.  ...read full-length review right about now.


We'll List That: PiL Set List

We'll List That: Public Image Ltd. Set List
A week and half ago--Monday, October 22nd, to be exact--we went to see PiL at the newish Minneapolis venue Mill City Nights.  The show was really awesome but we kind of forgot to/were to busy to do a Scene Report about it, but we were able to jot down all the songs they played.  They skipped anything from That What Is Not altogether but hit something of everything else, including John Lydon's solo record.  We'll list that.  Listfully yours...

This is Not a Love Song (single, '83, This Is What You Want...This Is What You Get, '84)
Deeper Water (This is PiL, '12)
Albatross (Metal Box, '79)
One Drop (This is PiL, '12)
Flowers of Romance (Flowers of Romance, '81)
Disappointed (9, '89)
Warrior (9, '89)
U.S.L.S.-1 (9, '89)
Reggie Song (This is Pil, '12)
Death Disco (Metal Box, '79)
Bags/Chant (Album, '86, Metal Box, '79)
Religion (First Issue, '78)
Out of the Woods (This is PiL, '12)
Rise (Album, '86)
Open Up (Lydon solo album-Psycho's Path, '97)

Photo by David McCrindle via Twin Cities Daily Planet


Scene Report: Hiking in Crystal Cove State Park

Tuesday, the man who loves to wear American flag shirts, D and I did a twelve miler on the perimeter trail of Moro Canyon in Orange County. We started in Crystal Cove State Park, entered Laguna Coast Wilderness Park for a jaunt, and ended back in CCSP. We saw a coyote, a road runner, and an indie-level professional wrestler, who was wearing a biker-style skull cap. You know the ones where you tie it in the back--kind of like a bandanna made just for wearing on your head?  Yes, those ones. We knew he was a indie-level because we didn't recognize him and we are huge marks.  We knew he was a professional wrestler because he was, well, he was wearing a skull cap. Duh. While we were taking a break at the halfway point to refuel on mini Baby Ruths and water, some woman ran by and said, "Nice blue shoes!" She was wearing the red version of the exact same ones. Someone might have gotten got if this same scenario happened up in LA. Anywhosers, we kilt it in a couple hours, and then ate at Chronic Tacos.  D had the chicken nachos and I had the carnitas Fatty Tacos.  Both of us thought it was good but not awesome. Chronic Tacos that is; not the hike.  The hike was definitely awesome. The end.

Crystal Cove State Park, Orange County, CA, 10/30/12