Friday, December 31, 2010

I Am Lovedrug

At the risk of repeating myself (as I have already pleaded for your participation in an earlier post), I have chosen this final day of 2010 to again ask that all of you reading this please check out IAMLOVEDRUG.COM. To briefly sum it up, indie band Lovedrug are, with the help of Pledgemusic, trying to raise funds for the production of their new album. This site is very similar to Kickstarter, in that you post a creative project and set a fundraising goal, and if you do not meet your goal then the project fails and you do not receive any of the pledged funds. With only 18 days to go, the guys have raised 298 pledges but are only 40% of the way to their goal which means the time is NOW to lend your support. In exchange for your monetary pledge, which starts as low as $15, you will receive a digital copy of the new album before it is released, instant download of two bonus tracks, and access to all the pledge updates. Pledge more and you not only get all that, but other mega-cool rewards like postcards from the road, to request the band record and send you a cover song of your choice with a dedication to you, an original Michael Shepard painting inspired by a Lovedrug song, and a wide variety of other options based on various donation amounts. For $5,000 you can even secure the 5 Year Vinyl Release Rights if you've ever had the urge to start your own label.

Check the band out on their exclusive Youtube channel HERE and pledge your allegiance and MONEY on IAMLOVEDRUG.com

You are the fans.
You are now the label.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Dream Sequence

In doing some end of the year re-organization I came across these gorgeous shots of Anaheim-based electro/synth rock band Dream Sequence at Chain Reaction back in 2007. The band recently played Chain Reaction again, this time opening for Jeffree Starr earlier this month.
photo credit: Ashlei Brittany



Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Spend New Years Day with Black Veil Brides

1/1/11 is the date and The Whisky in West Hollywood is the place....the place, that is, for filming of the first ever Black Veil Brides live DVD. Live is definitely how you want to get to know this band who made an excellent showing at Epicenter 2010 in Fontana this year. Powerful, dynamic, and lots of fun would be the best ways to describe the BVB live experience. Frontman Andy Six and the rest of the Brides can look forward to what will no doubt be their best year ever, with a UK tour the first half of February, followed up by the Alternative Press Tour of the US in March, following up on their inclusion in AP's Most Anticipated Albums of 2011. Please come out in support.

Tickets for the 1/1/11 show are available via ticketweb.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Amazon.com $5 sale - Is it wrong to love a website?

While I remain a huge proponent of buying physical copies of Cd's, I cannot help but express my love and admiration for the Amazon.com music departments $5 sale going on now. Sometimes we need the convenience of downloadable music, and sometimes we just need to take advantage of great sales to expand our personal libraries. Well, this is one of those times. While there is a wide variety of music on sale, the most attention grabbing aspect is the fact that three of the records on our 10 BEST/FAVORITES OF 2010 (Bad Books, The Limousines, Local Natives) are included on the sale as well as a wide array of the almost but not quite on the list entries like Two Door Cinema Club's Tourist History. So shop, shop, shop, and be sure to come back and post what you bought and loved in the comments.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Favorite/Best Albums of 2010

We here at Blind Carrot Magazine are extremely torn between calling this list our Favorite Albums of 2010 or the Best Albums of 2010. Like many art forms, it is tough to really call any one album "better" than another. This years list is culled from a very wide variety of bands from the well known to the obscure. What they all have in common is that their releases of 2010 made a particular impression on us, enough so that when we sat down to create this list they seemed to be the obvious choices. While a few of these discs will likely be found on other publications end of year lists (The National, Local Natives, The Gaslight Anthem), we can pretty much guarantee we are one of only two publications that are choosing to honor some of the others (The Limousines, Middle Class Rut, Ryan Star). We also honor one greatest hits compilation this year, Something Corporate's Played In Space. While its generally considered forbidden to place greatest hits compilations on " Best of" lists at the end of the year we came to the firm conclusion that WE DON'T CARE. This was an amazing album, and for many people an introduction to Something Corporate since they had been on an extended hiatus.

So here is our Favorites/Best of 2010 and we ask only one thing.......please buy at least one album off this list. Music cannot survive if people do not buy it.


FAVORITE/BEST ALBUMS OF 2010
The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
Middle Class Rut - No Name No Color
Bad Books - Bad Books
Jimmy Eat World - Invented
Ryan Star - 11:59 
The National - High Violet
The Limousines - Get Sharp
New Politics - New Politics
Something Corporate - Played In Space
Local Native - Gorilla Manor     
   
photo credit: SOCO by Preston McClusky

Friday, December 24, 2010

Epic Video From National Product

This video is really old yet totally epic, and was re-sent to me today by one of their good friends, so I thought I would share. Enjoy!  (be sure to keep an eye on Rob in the background). If you happen to be unfamiliar with this band, they put out an excellent CD in 2007 called Luna which is still available in both disc and MP3 form on Amazon. This disc contains what is quite possibly one of the most romantic rock songs ever recorded, Love Me, along with a plethora of other great tracks that make it well worth buying the whole record (not to mention the fact that I used plethora in a sentence which makes it even more worth buying).



Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Spin Backstage Pass with Matt & Kim

I need 4 minutes and 40 seconds of your time. Follow THIS LINK to the SPIN site and watch the Backstage Pass with Matt & Kim video. For every view between 12/21/10 and 1/20/11 ZYNC from American Express will donate $1 to some really cool charities (Green Chimneys, Sasha Bruce Youthwork & NAHECY) that work with homeless youth issues. You don't have to provide any information, or sign up for anything. Just click and watch. That simple. At last check it had only reached 4198 views, so I entreat you to go check it out and tell all your friends to check it out too. It doesn't matter if you do or don't like Matt & Kim (though it's great if you do like them). Either way, you are supporting a great cause in the easiest way possible. Thanks for your support.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Bad Books to Play Troubadour January 15th

This just in....BAD BOOKS AT THE TROUBADOUR JANUARY 15th. This is one of only two shows announced and the only one in So Cal. If you are as yet unfamiliar with Bad Books, to make a long story short Kevin Devine and Andy Hull (Manchester Orchestra) each wrote half the record and perform with the support of the rest of the members of Manchester Orchestra. Together they produced one of the most outstanding records of 2010, so this is a show you must catch because you may not get another opportunity any time soon.


The record is currently available in MP3 form on Amazon for only $5.00 so if you haven't picked it up yet follow this link to check it out and buy it.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Rocky Loves Emily: Free Christmas Download

I cannot stand traditional Christmas music, which means I am incredibly happy when bands I like release Christmas music that can replace all the oppressively traditional drivel we have to deal with this time of year. Thanks to Mike Cubillos of Earshot Media for hooking me, and YOU, up with "Paper and Pen" from Rocky Loves Emily this holiday season.

ROCKY LOVES EMILY
OFFER FREE CHRISTMAS DOWNLOAD (‘PAPER AND PEN”)
TO THEIR FACEBOOK FANS

ALSO BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THEIR ‘HOT BAND ALERT’ FEATURE ON J-14 MAGAZINE

Rocky Loves Emily are offering fans of their Facebook page a brand new Christmas song called “Paper and Pen.” Head over to http://www.facebook.com/pages/ROCKY-LOVES-EMILY/154057410891 and “LIKE” their page for the FREE download!




Also be sure to check out Rocky Loves Emily’s “Hot Band Alert” feature in J-14 Magazine at:

and view their “Clueless” music video here:


Happy Holidays!!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Eve 6 "Bad News" Demo

Hey there all you Eve 6 fans, roughly six minutes ago Eve 6 posted a demo of a new song "Bad News" as an early Christmas gift for everyone who has been chomping at the bit for new material. Keep in mind this is just a demo and not a finished version so it will sound even more impressive when they are done with it...but it's already pretty amazing, and I for one, cannot wait to see what else they have up their sleeve. So follow the LINK to their Myspace blog which then gives you the link to download the song.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Dance Gavin Dance News

For Immediate Release


Dance Gavin Dance’s
DOWNTOWN BATTLE MOUNTAIN TOUR 2011
Featuring The Return of Jonny Craig & Jon Mess

Openers To Include  Iwrestledabearonce, In Fear and Faith, Close To Home, Just Like Vinyl (Featuring Thomas Erak of The Fall of Troy)
And Special DJ Set By Big Chocolate

Tour Launches March 10 in Los Angeles

European Dates Kick Off May 18

Band Confirmed for All of Warped Tour 2011

Long-Awaited ‘Downtown Battle Mountain II’
To Be Released March 8th on Rise Records



Sacramento, CA’s Dance Gavin Dance have laid out details for their upcoming Downtown Battle Mountain Tour 2011, which kicks off March 10th at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. The tour marks the official return of original front men Jon Mess and Jonny Craig (Emarosa, Isles & Glaciers).

DGD Drummer Matt Mingus tells fans, “We are all really excited to be back with the original line up! The new album is already mostly written and so far we are all very pleased with the way things are turning out! We can’t wait for you to hear the finished product!”

Dance Gavin Dance is currently holed up in the studio, recording the long awaited follow up to 2009’s Happiness. The new album, titled Downtown Battle Mountain Pt. II  (the sequel to the 2007 best seller, Downtown Battle Mountain) will be released March 8th on Rise Records, to coincide with the tour.

Dance Gavin Dance is also confirmed to perform on the entire Vans Warped tour in 2011.

Downtown Battle Mountain Tour 2011:

3/10 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey
3/11 San Diego, CA @ Soma
3/12 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
3/14 Lubbock, TX @ Cactus Courtyard
3/15 McAllen, TX @ Never Say Never Fest
3/16 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
3/17 Austin, TX @ Red 7 SXSW Artery Party
3/18 Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/19 Dallas, TX @ South By So What
3/20 Tulsa, OK @ ACM at UCO
3/22 Louisville, KY @ Headliners
3/23 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
3/24 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head
3/25 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
3/26 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
3/27 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
3/28 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
3/30 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
3/31 Detroit, MI @ St Andrews Hall
4/1 Chicago, IL @ The Metro
4/2 Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4
4/3 Omaha, NE @ Sokol
4/4 Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
4/5 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
4/7 Reno, NV @ TBA
4/8 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
4/9 Oakland, CA @ Metro Operahouse

Downtown Battle Mountain European Tour:

5/18 Berlin, Germany @ Magnet
5/19 Hamburg, Germany @ Logo
5/20 Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Sugar Factory
5/21 Cologne, Germany @ Luxor
5/22 Brussels, Belgium @ A/B Club
5/24 Paris, France @ Batofar
5/25 London, England @ Underworld
5/26 London, England @ Underworld

Vans Warped Tour 2011- June 24-August 14



Thursday, December 16, 2010

All Time Low/Yellowcard/Hey Monday On Sale Friday

Tomorrow morning at 10AM tickets go on sale for the Club Nokia show April 10th. There have already been several pre-sales working on this show so if you are interested in tickets you better jump on this quick because this is likely to sell out. LINK TO TICKETS

photo: Hey Monday at Bamboozle Left Coast 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Artery Foundation Across The Nation Tour 2011


The Artery Foundation Across The Nation  Tour 2011
Featuring Of Mice & Men
Isetmyfriendsonfire, Sleeping With Sirens
Woe, Is Me and The Amity Affliction
Kicks Off March 10!!




Of Mice & Men (Rise Records) are set to headline The Artery Foundation Across The Nation 2011 Tour, which kicks off March 10th in Anaheim, CA. Offering support are isetmyfriendsonfire (Epitaph), Sleeping With Sirens (Rise Records), Woe, is Me (Velocity/Rise) and The Amity Affliction. Included in the spring trek will be two shows in Austin, TX during the annual SXSW music festival, as well as an appearance at the Never Say Never Festival on March 16 in Mission TX.

The Artery Foundation Across The Nation 2011 featuring Of Mice & Men Isetmyfriendsonfire Sleeping With Sirens Woe, Is Me and The Amity Affliction:

3/10 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
3/11 San Diego, CA @ Soma
3/12 Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theatre
3/13 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
3/15 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
3/16 Mission, TX @ Las Palmas Race Park
3/17 Austin, TX @ Red 7 SXSW Artery Party
3/18 Austin, TX @ SXSW Artery Showcase
3/19 Dallas, TX @ Dr Pepper Arena
3/21 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
3/22 Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music Hall
3/23 Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
3/25 Pompano Beach, FL @ Rocketown
3/26 Orlando, FL @ The Social
3/27 St. Pertersburg, FL @ State Theatre
3/29 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
3/30 Richmond, VA @ The Canal Club
3/31 Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
4/1 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
4/2 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
4/3 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
4/5 Buffalo, NY @ Xtreme Wheels
4/6 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
4/7 Pontiac, MI @ The Eagle Theater
4/8 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
4/9 Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
4/10 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social
4/12 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
4/13 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
4/15 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
4/16 Hollywood, CA @ Key Club




Monday, December 13, 2010

Middle Class Rut Make the Cut

The third entry to be revealed on the 10 Favorite Albums of 2010 is No Name No Color by Middle Class Rut. While distribution wasn't great, making it hard to find in stores, this was a gem of 2010 that cannot be ignored.
To read the review published back in October just click HERE

Sunday, December 12, 2010

I Am Medic and Christopher Lee

I Am Medic features familiar names to the LA alternative scene, Enik Lin (The Burning Tree Project) and Sean Stopnik (Rock Kills Kid) working   a pop/electronica/dance hybrid on The Tale of Abigale Withers. While this was not at all what I was expecting when I heard this was Enik’s new project, and was initially put off by it (not being a huge fan of dance music), I have to admit this record really grows on you. While it is likely to find success much easier and quicker in the European and Japanese markets who have a less negative viewpoint of dance music, this is definitely a project worth checking out. Unlike a lot of dance music today, these songs have a well-crafted underlying structure that makes you feel like they could be stripped down from all the bells and whistles that turn them into dance music and turned into acoustic rock songs and still be functional and successful. It is those characteristics that make this record interesting to listen to, besides being eminently danceable.  LA is getting a shot to check these guys out live this week as they play a set on the 18th at ELXR Night Club in Hollywood as a special FREE Holiday party for the 21+ crowd (details here). The Tale of Abigale Withers is available now on iTunes.

The ancillary appeal of this project is the incredible artwork. While I admit being a total geek about great album art (Blackpool Lights - This Town’s Disaster for example) I know I’m not the only one. It is a grossly underappreciated art form in this age of downloading where nobody gets to see the full size vinyl covers anymore. The artist responsible is Christopher Lee whose website is called The Beast is Back. In addition to the artwork for the album which can be seen on the I Am Medic site, Christopher Lee designed a mascot of sorts for the band which can be seen here. Christopher also has a shop connected to his site where you can purchase extremely reasonably priced prints of his work, some as low as $10. Be sure to check out my favorites, the Zombicorn and the Sniffing Wardoodle.



Upcoming gig:  12/18 at ELXR Night Club, 5750 Hollywood Bl., Hollywood

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Lionize Tour 2011

Reggae Rockers LIONIZE
Winners of High Times’ ‘Doobie Award’ for Best Reggae/Soul Record of 2010
To Release New Album February 2011
On Hardline Entertainment

Destruction Manual Produced by J. Robbins (Jawbox)
& Featuring Guest Appearances By David Hinds & Selwyn Brown Of Steel Pulse
& Tim Sult of Clutch

Band To Tour With Authority Zero and Flatfoot 56 In January

 With Streetlight Manifesto in February


Maryland-based reggae/rock band LIONIZE, winners of the 2010 High Times Magazine ‘Doobie Award’ for Best Reggae/Soul Record for ‘SPACE POPE AND THE GLASS MACHINE (for which they beat out such nominees as Matisyahu, Easystar Allstars and Tarrus Riley) are gearing up for the release of their new album DESTRUCTION MANUAL in early Feb. 2011 on Hardline Entertainment.

Gaining fans across the world, LIONIZE takes pride in their original sound, DIY work ethic and fiery live shows. DESTRUCTION MANUAL, (produced by J. Robbins of Jawbox) finds the band continuing its exploration of the stoner-rock, funk and reggae landscapes.

This twelve-song LP calls to mind classic reggae and rock albums with a decidedly modern spin. The band's foundation on drums and bass are LaMel Randolgh and Henry Upton who hint at a rock-and-roll version of Sly and Robbie joined with the classic scorching Hammond organ and key sounds from Chris Brooks and the commanding guitar and vocal work of Nathan Bergman.

Reggae heavyweights David Hinds and Selwyn Brown of Steel Pulse lend their vocal talents on the track ‘Killers and Crooks’ as well as stalwart guitar work from Tim Sult of Clutch who also lends his talents throughout this record. Lionize continues to tour over 200 dates a year, having been tapped to open up for bands such as Clutch, Galactic, Steel Pulse and Bad Brains. LIONIZE also pulled double duty backing and supporting Lee "Scratch" Perry, garnering a slew of positive reviews.

Between recording in Kingston, Jamaica with Sidney Mills (Steel Pulse), collaborating on and off stage with artists such as Ozomatli and Chali 2na, and supporting heavy metal favorites Kylesa and cKy, the band begins 2011 on quite an auspicious note.

Despite its lack of mainstream press, the band's loyal following expands daily. With DESTRUCTION MANUAL set to be released in early 2011, and tours supporting Authority Zero
and Streetlight Manifesto on the horizon, LIONIZE continues to turn ears as a novel addition to the sonic terrain of rock and roll with its train of heavy riffs, wailing organ, and pulsating reggae.

LIONIZE w/ AUTHORITY ZERO/FLATFOOT 56
·                     1/4  Black Sheep Colorado Springs, CO
·                     1/5 Marquis Theatre Denver, CO
·                     1/7 The Beat Kitchen Chicago, IL
·                     1/8 Peabody’s Cleveland, OH
·                     1/12 Masquerade Atlanta, GA
·                     1/14 Sports Page Satellite Beach, FL
·                     1/15 Culture Room Fort Lauderdale, FL
·                     1/16 The Backbooth Orlando, FL
·                     1/19 The Gig Beaumont, TX
·                     1/20 Tree’s Dallas, TX
·                     1/21 House of Rock Corpus Christi, TX
·                     1/22 Scout Bar Houston, TX
·                     1/23 Emo’s Austin, TX
·                     1/25 Launchpad Albuquerque, NM
·                     1/27 The Rock Tucson, AZ
·                      
·                     LIONIZE w/ STREETLIGHT MANIFESTO
·                     2/10 Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
·                     2/11 Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
·                     2/12 Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
·                     2/13 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s Down Under
·                     2/14 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
·                     2/15 Palatine, IL @ Durty Nellie’s
·                     2/16 Sauget, IL @ Pop’s Nightclub
·                     2/17 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
·                     2/18 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
·                     2/19 Winnipeg, MB @ WECC
·                     2/21 Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room
·                     2/22 Calgary, AB @ Republik
·                     2/25 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
·                     2/26 Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Cafe
·                     2/27 Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Almost Lost Art of Album Covers: Chris Bourke

These days it seems more and more musicians are investing less and less thought into their album artwork. After all, so much of music has become digital downloads, and often people only ever see the artwork of the album in a tiny square on their iTunes. This is a tragic loss for the music community, but one that is not being given up without a fight by a handful of musicians who have taken the time and interest to utilize the talents of terrific artists around the world. One such artist, Chris Bourke, has done beautiful work for Frank Turner, who in turn took the time and effort to help promote the artwork rather than allowing it to go by unnoticed. On the Chris Bourke website you can purchase gorgeous limited edition prints including ones of Frank Turner's Poetry of the Deed album cover. It's time to start investing in art with meaning and heart and relevance to the music community, not just buying random prints at IKEA to hang on your walls. Chris Bourke would be a great place to start.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Lovedrug: Love is the Drug

Lovedrug is a tremendous indie band that has been around forever (since 2001 to be exact). They were with The Militia Group for awhile but are currently navigating the tremulous waters of the music industry on their own. That is where you come in. They currently have a project up with Pledge Music which is functionally similar to Kickstarter (another company that's done great work with indie bands). It's very simple. You go to IAMLOVEDRUG.COM and read about their project and make a monetary pledge. You get varying levels of rewards from the band, based on how much you pledge. Meanwhile the band gets the funding they need to complete the project. It's a win - win.

photo credit: Preston McClusky

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

More Biffy Clyro News!!! Sonisphere

Mention Biffy Clyro to ten Americans, and it's quite likely you will get a lot of blank stares. They are not huge here, yet, and that's ok cause it means we still get one more shot to see them in small club venues as they swing through America starting in February. But lest you doubt my adamance that they are headed for huge, it has just been announced that they will be headlining the Saturday show of Sonisphere Knebworth in July 2011.To give you the idea of the magnitude of this announcement, estimates of attendance for this festival next year are running at 60,000 people. They will be one of the two headliners (the other being Slipknot). The two headliners in 2009 were Linkin Park and Metallica and 2010 saw Rammstein and Iron Maiden headline the show. In other words....THIS IS HUGE! America is bound to catch up soon and realize this is an amazing band, with gorgeous songwriting and a mesmerizing live show, but in the mean time, hats off to the Brits who've already gotten that memo.

By the by, to our Aussie friends, if you are headed to any of the Muse shows this week be sure to get there early to see Biffy Clyro open.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Music Saves Lives & Everclear and Friends Team Up

Music Connection and Live Zebra are hosting an event at The Key Club on December 14th to benefit Music Saves Lives. The show features Everclear, After Midnight Project, Culprit, Starving for Gravity, Leftover Cuties, and Amy Heffernan. If you read this before midnight tonight you can even enter to win an amazing contest too.
Just click here

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Hey Australia! Andrew McMahon announces acoustic shows!

Hey Australia, rock god extraordinaire Andrew McMahon is coming to you in February for a handful of acoustic shows. Tickets go on sale December 10th at 9AM (psst...that's this Friday). The shows are February 10. 12, 13, 15 at Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide respectively. While I would love to hop a plane and come join you all for these shows I will sadly be unable to do so, but would love to hear all about it and see any photos you all may take so be sure to hit me up with all the details.
photo credit:Preston McClusky

Saturday, December 4, 2010

SideOneDummy Holiday Sale

Now through December 17th SideOneDummy is having its annual holiday sale. The entire catalog of CD's is on sale for $5.50 and LP's for $8.50, not to mention that your purchase also gets you entered in a really cool contest to win test pressings. This sale includes, among several other great discs, the opportunity to pick up American Slang by The Gaslight Anthem (chosen as one of our TOP 10 of the year) for just $5.50.  Just click HERE to link directly to the store. The sale also includes the self-titled release from The Black Pacific, the new band from Jim Lindberg, former frontman of Pennywise, who played a raucous set earlier this year at Epicenter 2010. Anything and everything on this terrific sale would be a great stocking stuffer for the music lovers on your shopping list, but order quick both to get the sale prices and be sure they ship in time.

photo credit: The Black Pacific at Epicenter 2010
by Deena McClusky




Friday, December 3, 2010

Biffy Clyro: Best News I've Had All Week

Just wanted to share the best news I've had all week, and encourage you all (well those of you in North America anyway) to move heaven and earth to make it to one of these shows. You will not be disappointed.
 Tickets go on sale tomorrow. The LA show will be 3/1/11 at The Troubadour. Click here for full tour and ticket information on their Myspace page.
If you happen to be reading this from the "land down under" they begin their swing through Australia on Dec 9th and the link above will also give information about those shows.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Social Distortion vs. + 44

One side effect to listening to vast amounts of music each year, both on the radio and on disc, is that you start to hear certain similarities between songs. Sometimes these similarities are completely random coincidences. Other times a little poking will reveal a reason behind the similarity (like when The Academy Is released Santi and it sounded like a long lost Marvelous 3 record - sharing Butch Walker as the common thread). Well at the risk of engendering the wrath of Mike Ness (who no doubt could kick my ass should he choose to do so), I have found another, at this point unexplained, similarity between the recently released to radio "Machine Gun Blues" by Social Distortion and the +44 song "When Your Heart Stops Beating". It's just the guitar piece at the beginning of both songs that seems so similar, but every time "Machine Gun Blues" comes on the radio I think of +44. I have linked to both Myspace pages which have each respective song posted. Follow the links, play them back to back, and decide for yourself.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Daylights: Video Love Letter

You may or may not have seen this video that has been circulating since yesterday. The story goes that this guy recruited his roommates who happen to be a band (The Daylights) to create this song and video as a love letter to his long distance girlfriend. I'm not sure I really care whether it's true or not (although I have reached out to the band for comment and am awaiting a reply), but in either case it's a cool video and good song. So props to The Daylights either way. The song is available on iTunes.
<a href="http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-us&amp;from=sp&amp;fg=shareEmbed&amp;vid=8914f19d-9276-4024-bfdb-a1d2440f451f" target="_new" title="Man creates viral video love letter for girlfriend">Video: Man creates viral video love letter for girlfriend</a>

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Kids Rock Free

Hey guys, we're back from our holiday time off and busily working on lots of new stuff for you. We've got a feature coming up in January on the Kids Rock Free program, based at the Fender Museum in Corona, CA. Through this program, area kids can sign up to get free or low-cost music lessons in this state of the art facility. How would you like to get cheap guitar lessons, and learn from Fender on a Fender (provided to introductory students for use in class)? How cool is that? They recently let me wander the facility and shoot photos for the upcoming magazine piece (details will follow). There are tons of ways to help this wonderful charity...just click the title above to connect to the website with all the details, or feel free to email us at blindcarrotmagazine@gmail.com if you want details on visiting the museum or helping the charity and we will hook you up with all the info.  Here's a couple shots that didn't make the cut for the article, but are way cool anyway.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Escape the Fate: Record Review

It’s really hard to face reviewing the follow up to an album you really liked. Such was the case when preparing to review the new self-titled Escape the Fate album. I love, love, love John Feldmann. I think he makes every band he works with better and Escape the Fate were no exception, as he filtered them through a punk pop aesthetic on This War Is Ours. With Don Gilmore taking the reins of this new release, it’s like comparing apples and oranges. They are both exceptionally entertaining albums, but in very different ways.

For several years prior to joining Escape the Fate, Craig Mabbitt, had been a burgeoning rockstar, hiding behind the post-hardcore/screamo nature of Blessthefall. On joining Escape the Fate and recording This War Is Ours,  John Feldmann had the good sense to throw him out front and really turn him loose to sing, convince him he truly was a rockstar, and make his raw, emotive vocals the focal point of the album.  On the new album Don Gilmore took a decidedly different tact making the band produce as more of a cohesive unit, and take them into a darker and harder place which is more evocative of their live shows. Where Feldmann’s record made love to Craig, Gilmore’s view of Escape the Fate leans a bit more toward turning them into arena rock headliners. It’s easy to  picture these tunes as old school arena rock made new. You could actually picture this band as having been on tour with Motley Crue back in the day and tearing it up right along side them (one big difference being that Craig Mabbitt is about a million times more appealing than Vince Neil on his best day). I certainly am not the only one to think this since Mick Mars approached the band about working on a song, which unfortunately did not end up on the record. This will probably earn me alot of flak from various fan factions, but as far as more current band comparisons, I would kill to see these guys go on tour with AFI. There is something very kindred spirit between these two bands with their inherent musicality and enormously appealing and very theatrical frontmen. The intro "Choose Your Fate" on this record is very reminiscent of AFI, as are several other tracks.

The small subset of fans who are complaining about the “corporate sell-out issues” with this album, their first for Interscope, need to remember something….music is a business. A band needs to take whatever steps it deems necessary to grow their career and expand the reach of their music so as many people as possible with hear it and buy it. If they do not do so they will cease to exist. As for working with Don Gilmore, this had to be a dream come true for Craig who sites Chester Bennington of Linkin Park as a huge part of the reason he went into music.

So to make a long story short, much like the new My Chemical Romance record, this is a damn fun album. Stop analyzing genre, or lyrical style, or whatever, to criticize the band or the album when you probably haven’t even listened to it. Buy the album, listen to it all the way through, and just enjoy the hell out of it.

For fans of Bullet For My Valentine, Linkin Park, AFI

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

My Chemical Romance - Danger Days Review

My Chemical Romance brought a lovely launch party to Los Angeles yesterday by appearing in the morning on KROQ and in the evening at HOB LA to promote the long awaited Danger Days: The True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys.

I wanted to hate this record, I really did. When I first heard the premise and backstory, as well as that they had scrapped a bunch of material and started over, I was fully prepared for this record to be awful. The very idea that they would go for another concept album after having just done Black Parade seemed like an unbelievably bad idea. There was only one problem with all of my doom and gloom. This is an amazing record.

I have heard Gerard describe the idea as a whole existential story which even he said isn’t really necessary to enjoy the record, and he was right. But if you are interested in the mythology surrounding this album there is a wiki that helps explain the characters, a full on website for Better Living Industries, Inc. , a Dead Pegasus Oil site (http://deadpegasus.com/) and a somewhat amazing box set offered on their website although I’ve heard nothing but complaints about late and incomplete shipments so the ball may be getting dropped on this one, although it is certainly more a reflection of ineptitude at the label than a reflection on the band. They needed four years just to concoct this elaborate story and make it all work together.

To all the people who are complaining that Danger Days doesn’t sound like the MCR of old, my only response is too damn bad. They’ve done dark and mopey, and now they are bringing themselves to life as action characters from a graphic novel, which, given Gerard’s background, should really not come as a surprise to anyone. It’s loud and bright and bouncy, swinging from rock to pop to dance and back again. There is so much high energy to this record it exhausts you just listening to it.

The best way to describe this album is that is sounds like the boys of MCR had a ton of fun making it, and will have even more fun playing it out on tour. This record screams happy. The last four years have brought a lot of changes to their personal lives, and apparently those were really good changes.


Check out this trailer:

Monday, November 22, 2010

My Chemical Romance - Danger Days - AMAZING DEAL

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