Thursday, January 31, 2008

Pet Genius Review

My review of Pet Genius is in this week's North Coast Journal. Check it out. Comment if so inspired.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Electric Wizard @ BBC Studios

With any luck we'll see Electric Wizard stateside sometime this year touring in support of Witchcult Today. Anyone see them last time they came over here and toured with Warhorse? I'm certain that I lost a great deal of my hearing that night, even with earplugs. Anyhow, I recently discovered these BBC radio tracks and decided to make them available for your listening and collecting pleasure. I'm not sure how many songs they played in this session, but these are the only ones I have been able to find. If you know anything else about these recordings, let me know. The songs are "Dopethrone" and "We Live"- enjoy!

Click here!

Edit! As of March 1, 2008 this link has been deactivated. I'll be reposting the BBC sessions within the next couple of weeks. I found a better quality version with an extra song. Check back!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Middian Benefit

This Saturday February 2nd there is a benefit show for Eugene doomsters Middian at the Alibi in Arcata. The show features thirtythreeandathird and Fire Demons (ex-Hitch), two Humboldt County metal bands that I am yet to check out but am excited to see this weekend. For those of you who haven't heard about Middian's current situation, I provided some background information below taken from an email sent to me by Ian at Humboldt Free Radio Presents.

When international cult doom metal act YOB broke up, singer, guitarist, and visionary Mike S created Middian from YOB's ashes. Before the name was chosen, a careful online search was done, proving that no other active unit had the same name. The band worked hard, released the highly acclaimed album Age Eternal on Metal Blade Records, and toured the US.

In the Fall of 2007, Middian, their label, their booking agent, and a peripherally related online merchandise company were sent cease and desist orders from a seemingly defunct nu-metal band from Milwaukee, WI called Midian of Milwaukee LLC. At first, this seemed like a ludicrous joke. However, the Midian with one "D" were serious about defending their name, even though they hadn't released any proper albums or played outside of Wisconsin in this century, and hadn't updated their website in several years - making the validity of their trademark highly questionable. At first Middian sought an agreement to co-exist peacefully. But Midian of Milwaukie LLC didn't want to co-exist (to the extent they even existed). With increased legal threats came the sad reality that it's very expensive to fight these kinds of lawsuits, even when the law and the facts are on your side. So Middian from Eugene agreed to give up their name, stop selling all merchandise that bore the mark, and begin again under a new name.

Unfortunately, Midian of Milwaukee were not satisfied with a peaceful agreement. Neither were they satisfied when Middian's label Metal Blade dropped them in an effort to avoid legal hassle and expense. No, Midian of Milwaukee were after money--and a large settlement at that (we're talking tens of thousands...). There's a big problem though. Middian don't have that kind of money. They are three humble artists from Eugene, OR that write twenty-minute long doom metal epics that will never be played on the radio. Mike S has three children that he's supporting. Neither do the other members of the band have anything but cheap rent and low-paying jobs in a small town.

Given the choice of giving up to these unreasonable demands, or fighting on their own, Middian, their lawyer, and Nanotear Booking have decided to go to court and win this battle. It's a clear case of greed that must be squashed. But it will not come cheaply. That's why your donations are so desperately needed. Any support you can offer will go towards Middian's legal fund via this paypal account found at

I find it quite disconcerting that there is such backstabbing greed in underground music and have fought the temptation to email Midian of Milwaukee and blast them for their ignorance. However, those anger management classes have convinced me that I should bank some karma points and simply contribute to Middian's cause.

Doors are at 10:30. Bands start at 11:15. $4 cover.

FYI, Middian are currently scheduled to play the Alibi on March 30th. Here's some footage from a show last year in San Francisco:

Monday, January 28, 2008


No matter where I have lived, I have always been surrounded by a large and varied group of close friends and casual acquaintances with whom I could have in depth conversations about music. Now that I find myself in graduate school deep in the heart of Humboldt County, the opportunity for such conversations has become somewhat limited and more sporadic. I started writing music reviews for The North Coast Journal in an effort to fill the void, but I have realized that it just isn't enough. Life behind the Redwoods can be a bit lonesome sometimes, and I find myself reaching for the Internet for a quick fix of worldly connectedness.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the impetus behind this blog.

I don't want to be on the receiving end of communication all of the time. With this blog I hope to create and become part of a dialog focused on music, from Humboldt and beyond. I envision myself treating this as an addendum to the reviews that I am already writing. I'll be sharing information, insights, opinions, and recommendations, and I certainly hope you'll feel compelled to share back with me.