“But hey,” you ask. “Where do all those promos come from?”
They come from PR groups, my friends. Many, many PR groups. Inboxes get stuffed to the gills with pleas for some kind of coverage, whether its a review, interview, profile, track premiere…and as the release date for an album gets closer and the reminders come in, it can get even more overwhelming. But with so much music out there, having a good PR person in your corner can make the difference between selling your album to six of your friends and family, and getting exposure (any exposure) to an audience that can pick up and carry your work forward. I’d say PR groups are a necessary evil, except my experience as both a writer and a musician has found, for the most part, these dogged flag wavers to be anything but evil.
And so I thought for this edition of Nine Circles ov… I’d highlight the music that’s come to my attention via Jadd and the folks from Red Lead Media & PR. Focusing on punk and hard rock in a variety of styles (not to mention being the in-house PR division for Magnetic Eye Records) there’s a healthy variety of music below so keep cool and dig in. Who knows, maybe something will take your fancy…. Continue reading →
Spaceslug. The very name implies the music contained therein. Swirling cosmic waves of fuzz that move along slowly, inexorably to some distant unknown horizon. Releasing their third full length and fourth overall album in a little over two years, Eye of the Tide sees the Polish band moving in a heavier melange of doom and post-rock aggression that keeps the foundation of psychedelic stoner rock from losing the thread. Continue reading →
We’re about to hit the mid-point of the year, and as ever the amount of quality releases seems to increase with each passing breath. I’ve spent some portion of attention to 183 metal releases so far, and in a year where I find my personal tastes drifting more and more away from metal there’s always something that manages to pull me back in. So far there doesn’t seem to be a particular genre or style pressing its nose against the Trend Window™ (unless you count the amount of sax going on I guess…) and I’ve been surprised at the sheer variety of music pulling at my nerve endings these past six months.
So similar to last year, consider this edition of Nine Circles ov… a snapshot. It’s a measure of a point in time, personal to me and indicative as to where my head’s at halfway through the shitstorm that is 2018. And since that’s probably all the justification I’m going to give, so let’s do this. Continue reading →
Mr. Plow is a band that’s been around since 1997, a time when Fu Manchu and Kyuss were lighting up ears and minds with their heavy stoner rock. And in this long stretch of time the band has released three full lengths and are readying their fourth, Maintain Radio Silence, set for independent release on January 26. The band has always been more about the good times than negativity and this new album is more of the same in that department with rocking riffs aplenty along with some crazy catchy melodies and the title track is heavier than a 55 gallon drum of lead. The guys were nice enough to share their top music picks from 2017 with us so head inside to see what they dug this year.
I don’t think I could sum up my thoughts on the Middle East Upstairs venue any better than Gared O’Donnell of Planes Mistaken For Stars. While taking a moment to address the crowd in between songs early in the June 22nd performance, he referenced the small space (capacity 192, I believe) with a bit of nostalgia. And it makes sense, Planes have covered a lot of ground dating back to the late 90’s. But The Upstairs for me has been the setting for some of the most memorable shows I can recall. The minimalist nature of its size and layout just makes the shows there that much more personal. So basically I agree, lots of good times in that room. And June 22nd, 2017 was another one. Continue reading →