May 07, 2011

Judgement Day

Last week, when I saw Pinback perform, I had failed to do any research on the opening band, Judgement Day, so I kept low expectations. But very soon after the Oakland based trio took the stage, my mind was blown. Playing their own brand of metal on violin and cello, the Patzner brothers, accompanied by drummer Jon Bush, rocked the crowd with their lively set. When I think of metal played on strings, I think of Apocalyptica, a group of Scandinavian cellists that got famous by covering Metallica songs and now collaborate with prominent metal singers. But now, thanks to the famous singers and Apocalyptica's growing popularity, the cellos have taken a supporting role. Judgement Day is exactly the opposite. The trio creates a larger than life sound, while keeping the strings in front, and manages to sound like a full band. All of their albums are available on their Bandcamp and they recently recorded a session at Daytrotter that is free to download here. Check them out! You won't regret it!

Judgement Day-"Peacocks/Pink Monsters"

Judgement Day-"Genosha"

May 05, 2011


Hailing from Portugal, post-rock group SAUR has put its name among the titans of the genre, Explosions in the Sky with their debut, self-titled EP. Thankfully, they set themselves apart with more electronic manipulation of their sound, while keeping the grandiose, building feel of instrumental post-rock. If you are a fan of Explosions in the Sky or Mogwai, you will be a fan of SAUR. And look at that album cover. How could you not love that? The full EP is available for free download here!

SAUR-"Alien Dinosaur Explosion"

SAUR-"Black Is White, Left Is Right"

Robotic Pirate Monkey - Peaches

Robotic Pirate Monkey, an up-and-coming electronic group from Colorado, make exciting, heavy remixes of very unexpected songs. A recent favorite of mine is off their brand new EP, Sidetracked. It is a remix of "Peaches" by The Presidents of The United States of America. I love the original song and I think the remix does it heavy electronic justice!

Robotic Pirate Monkey-"Peaches"

May 04, 2011

Grieves - Bloody Poetry

Seattle rapper Grieves has dropped a new single off his upcoming album Together/Apart along with a music video. It is at least as good as the other single that has been released. We're excited for the full album to drop! Check it out!

Grieves-"Bloody Poetry"

May 03, 2011

May 02, 2011

Radio Playlist #5: The Security Dilemma

Another show full of great music last night, especially in light of the tremendous events that unfolded directly before I went on-air. Enjoy!

The Security Dilemma-Show #5

May 01, 2011

Reviewed - Atmosphere

House Of Blues, Boston, MA

We at Write To The Beat are huge fans of Atmosphere, the premier independent rap group comprised of Slug (MC) and Ant (Producer). Last week we were not only able to catch their show at the House of Blues, but also privileged to sit down with Slug beforehand and ask him a few questions regarding the current tour, his views on music, his creative process, and the drive behind the group's newest album (The Family Sign, available on iTunes and Amazon). 

As for the show, it simply could not have been better. The night started with a range of openers, but the only one of real note was Grieves. The baby-faced white boy captivated the crowd and put on an impressively lively performance. Backed by producer Budo who accompanied him on trumpet, keyboards, and guitar at various times during the set, Grieves played new (material off his upcoming album Together/Apart), and old (tracks off his 2009 album Irreversible). To all in attendance, Grieves seemed to play the part of the prince, in line to inherit Slug's throne.

So when the King himself began his long-anticipated set, the crowd absolutely erupted. Slug's ability to master the audience while carefully balancing material both fun-loving and deathly serious was incredible. Backed by Ant on the turntables and both a keyboardist and guitarist, Slug ran through a broad selection of material from all the group's albums. Ranging from Lucy Ford: The Atmosphere EP's ("Guns and Cigarettes") through God Loves Ugly ("GodLovesUgly", "Modern Man's Hustle" and "Shrapnel"), Seven's Travels ("Trying To Find A Balance"), and all the way up to their newest material, the group brought their A-game. Commanding the sold out crowd with experience and quite visible passion, Slug demonstrated all the reasons he's undoubtedly one of the best rappers in the game and an absolute must-see live performer.

Slug Interview

Atmosphere-"Modern Man's Hustle"

Atmosphere-"Guns and Cigarettes"