Thursday, November 12, 2015

The New Shit Radar: Nov 12, 2015 (Stove, Dornik, Palm, Migos, R. Ring and more)

Only 12% of 2015 left to go. Way too many year-end lists start to give up around this time, but finishing strong is the key. There's a lot out there that you might have missed, and that's when The New Shit Radar comes to the rescue. You never know until you try it.

Stove "Lowt Ide Fins"
THE FADER says: "[It] makes you feel feels even when you're not exactly sure why." Hell yeah, dude. Let's feel some feels. Stove Is Stupider is out in 8 days. Get hyped:

Surface To Air Missive "Everyone's Nobody"
The Bandcamp link labels this as a non-album track, which is crazy sounding to us because this jam rips and cuts. One video from an LP2 track did emerge back in August, and although they just finished up yet another U.S. tour with Of Montreal, no actual release date has been announced just yet.

New Dornik Video: "Strong"
A new video from one of the more probable inclusions in our top 20 LPs of 2015.

New Daniel Johnston Documentary, Hi, How Are You?, Now Has a Trailer
Check it out over here:

Palm "Doggy Doctor" Reviewed on Pitchfork
Congrats to Palm for gaining one of the fastest growing fanbases of any band we've seen throughout 2015. Their new single kicks serious ace. Here's the Pitchfork review:

Migos Announce Their "Hottest Air Jordans of Alltime" List
Some hot shit right here:

Trust Fund "Dreams"
New shit from the wild and bratty punks with the most adorable smiles ever:

Frankie Cosmos "Young"
In Goodfellas when Frankie Carbone is like "ey, che si dice? como se va?"

The Drummer from R. Ring Has a New Skate Video
If it's the same dude who we saw slowly headbanging behind the super minimal drumkit back in July, we fully support viewing this in its entirety:

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Type O Negative Interview (1991)

The video posted below was available without subtitles during the first few years of Youtube. This version of the video appears to have been removed. In its place, someone found a much cleaner VHS copy of the same interview and posted it with subtitles at some point in 2010.

Without subtitles, we were left somewhat baffled by what Peter Steele (a.k.a. Lurch from The Addams Family) and the interviewer could possibly be speaking about. It looked like a very disturbing conversation with random Dutch words framing the phrase "Jesus Hitler Adolf Christ." It turns out that the interviewer was basically quoting a Type O Negative song, and that Peter Steele was merely stating his strong opinions about unemployment benefits.

We're unsure who the true star of this video is, but the interviewer is definitely either a serial killer or a baby molester of some sort. He is one of the most fucked up and scariest looking people we've ever seen. If we ever end up doing a "best video clips of the '90s" feature, this will absolutely be included in the 1991 chapter.

2015 homestretch

The digital media is now a cesspool of thinkpieces and listicles, and if we had enough time, we would do our best to offer alternatives to these.

With that said, we've been throwing together personal year-end lists for ourselves every year since 1993 (still in 8th grade at the time), and we simply can't help but indulge. It's annoying because it's time-consuming as hell, but ultimately it's too much fun to ignore. And once everyone else's lists get posted, we get jealous and want ours to be up there also.

The rules we set for ourselves in 1993 have stayed intact for the most part. November 15th is first draft day, even though there's still another 12% of the year left to go. December 5th is 2nd draft, and December 25th is the final version. (This aligns so that Page 1 - tracks #100-91 - can be posted on December 26.)

From 1993 until 1999, this big list only manifested through cassette mixes. 1993's version was 22 songs filling a 90-minute tape. From 1997 until 2003, this grew to two UR-120 Maxells, packing between 60-70 songs (and the occasional movie snippit) onto four hours of cassette tape.

TMK first launched on Geocities in 2000, which provided us with a way to cheaply (for free) post our year-end nonsense.

Our radio series began on WXCI in 2002, and we were granted both the Music Director position and our own specialty show (called "Mixtape") in 2003. So December 2003 was a particularly pathetic month for us, since this was the only case when four year-end lists of tracks were compiled for separate purposes:
#1 Our radio station's official "top 103 of 2003" (comprised of selections from heavy radio rotation),
#2 the TMK version - apparently a top 200, and apparently not archived on the Wayback Machine (what a relief),
#3 our own personal top 100 "2003 mixtape" for radio (basically the same list as #2 but with most of the Top 40 choices removed and broadcast live over an 8-hour span on 12/22/03),
#4 the 60-70 track cassette version. Yeesh.
(Come to think of it, I also somewhere have a digitized copy of K-Rock's top 92.3 of 2003 which I've been planning on uploading at some point, with DJ announcements, commercials and all.)

We left WXCI in January 2015, so this might be the first year since 2003 when we're not planning on a radio list. Maybe it will happen, but probably not? Who knows.

Besides that, we kinda liked how we did it last year, so this year we'll probably try something similar: Hot Mix 2015, an albums list, our 10 favorite tracks from reissues, and our 10 favorite live sets of the year. We stopped doing a "vomit" (worst tracks) list a few years back. We also used to have a separate guilty pleasures list, but now we just incorporate them into the Hot Mix.

We'll be throwing all of this together over the next 6 weeks. Yes, we know it's really early for this.