Thor Harris on Depression. I’ve had the distinct pleasure of watching this man perform live with Swans, Bill Calahan, and Shearwater. When a person can be so open (particularly a musician who’s reached a certain level of recognition granting an ability to reach more people) it’s a gift that really cannot be undervalued. This short doc is excellent. 

The Mental Health Channel has a series called The Inside Story that profiles people who “reveal their mental health diagnoses and their paths to overcome them.” So far the program has covered panic disorders, bipolar 1, and bipolar 2. In the most recent episode, which covers clinical depression, the show profiled Thor Harris, best known as the drummer of Swans. Below you can watch the short documentary where Harris talks about depression and how his art has helped him. It’s an incredible, inspiring video and really worth watching if you feel you or someone close to you might be suffering from depression.

… and on the lighter end of things, here’s a link to a hilarious and entirely accurate guide to being in a touring band, written by Thor a while back: 

 http://monofonuspress.com/news/thor-harris-on-how-to-tour-in-a-band-or-whatever

Really interesting read, both inspiring and sad…

Wolf Alice | Moaning Lisa Smile. This song is great. Nineties as hell, dawg.

pigeyes:

By kind permission from great swedish photographer Johan Döden Dahlroth, this is the front cover of our new album. 

REEEEEAAAALLLLLL STOKED.

pigeyes:

By kind permission from great swedish photographer Johan Döden Dahlroth, this is the front cover of our new album.

REEEEEAAAALLLLLL STOKED.

The music from Cult Of Luna’s audiobook, Eviga Riket/Eternal Kingdom, is now available as a separate lp. Pretty nice as one could only listen via the DVD that came w/ the book before. @justin_forrest You know about this one?

The music from Cult Of Luna’s audiobook, Eviga Riket/Eternal Kingdom, is now available as a separate lp. Pretty nice as one could only listen via the DVD that came w/ the book before. @justin_forrest You know about this one?

Jesu | Duchess / Veiled

I know JK Broadrick is one extremely prolific fellow, and I usually pay pretty close attention to his activity, but somehow this one slipped by me. Maybe it’s because it was originally released back in 2012 as a 7” single on Matador Recs as part of their singles club, and only available as part of the club subscription.
Available now at Bandcamp only, on Avalanche Recordings (cataloged as AREC 024), as a digital only EP, fleshed out with an alternative mix and an alternative version.

Click the pic for a link. Definitely worth four bucks!

BURNING LOVE | I DON’T LIKE YOU (BATTALION OF SAINTS)

You know, with all of this “Black Flag” / Flag / OFF! hullabaloo, I feel like a lot of folks have completely forgotten or just overlooked/didn’t know about one of California’s best 80’s hardcore bands, Battalion Of Saints. Call me weird, but I like them better than Black Flag OR Circle Jerks (ok, maybe not “Group Sex,” but anyway…) 

Burning Love didn’t forget. From their demo a few years back (which I have and totally forgot included this cover), Colohan and crew rip up one of my favorite BOS tunes.

PIG EYES | WARLORD.

New tune / video from one of my current favorites, Stockholm’s Pig Eyes.

Featuring members of great bands like In Solitude, Nitad, Kvoteringen, NINE, and Trapdoor Fucking Exit (remember them? No Idea put out a few of their albums back in the early 00’s…), yet sounding virtually nothing like those bands. This video is hilarious. The song is rad. I’m stoked. Are you stoked? Let’s get stoked. New record out in September!

Check their excellent first release here: 

http://pigeyes.bandcamp.com/album/total-destruction-of-the-present-moment

liartownusa:

On My Own: How I Gradually Came to Understand No One Gave a Shit About My Inner Journey by Chedd Garvus

liartownusa:

On My Own: How I Gradually Came to Understand No One Gave a Shit About My Inner Journey by Chedd Garvus

So, yeah, Arch Enemy is not typically my bag of, uh, metal cheese, but I’ll be goddamned if these two Swedish punk covers (Moderat Likvidation’s “Nitad” and Anti Cimex’s “When The Innocent Die,” respectively) don’t fucking rip.

Arch Enemy guitarist/head honcho Michael Amott: “When approached about doing the Decibel magazine flexi, I immediately knew I wanted to pay tribute to some of my earliest influences in the ’80s Swedish punk scene! ‘Nitad’ and ‘When The Innocent Die’ were recorded in ARCH ENEMY’s rehearsal space and the result is abrasive and extreme, punk as fuck!”

Order the issue of Decibel containing this Arch Enemy flexi disc here: http://store.decibelmagazine.com/collections/back-issues/products/august-2014-118