This is seriously pretty and I’m geeking out over the split as a whole so much. It’s great hearing Stevie actually sing for once, and if you listen to the whole thing, it will definitely trip you out.
The Honeycombs | “Eyes”
As requested by: codeaires
One of my favorite ’60s bands and IMO one of the most underrated British Invasion bands ever. This song was actually banned from the radio at the time as it alluded to the homosexuality of the song’s narrator, and homosexuality was illegal in the UK at the time. A lot of their songs had hidden/double meanings, and I think that’s kind of why they couldn’t catch on as well as some other bands that just sang about love or partying or whatever.
Uzala | “Seven Veils”
Oh god, this song is so amazing. Chad and Darcy have done it again. For those not in the know, Uzala are a doom outfit from Boise, ID. Founders Chad Remains and Darcy Nutt are a cute married couple who are also fabulous tattoo artists - they own and operate Chalice Tattoo Studio, which Stevie Floyd now works at sometimes as well. Anyway, check out those incredible melismatic vocals! I told Darcy her voice was beautiful and she was very flattered.
I’ll be seeing them live next month in Athens, GA with Mike Scheidt. Really excited :)
Like Uzala on Facebook HERE.
My work hours have changed for the better, and I have more time to update this blog now. Who out there wants me to keep on keepin’ on with my reviews and music spamming?
Oya, vocalist of London-based psychedelic doom outfit Vodun. Found out about them today and had to share, because it’s cool to see more black women coming into the metal scene, especially in sludge/stoner/doom.
Check out their tunes here: http://vodun.bandcamp.com/album/oya
the 20th anniversary edition of In Utero is out today. there are better albums that have been written, but there will never be another album by any band that will ever mean more to me than Nirvana’s last studio effort.
i was 13 years old in 8th grade listening to Guns N’ Roses and Bell Biv Devoe when Nevermind came out and it may be cliched as fucking hell but it definitely changed everything after that. it’s weird to actually notice a cultural shift but being from a boring nowhere place like Augusta, GA listening to Nirvana (and later Sonic Youth) was a FUCKING HUGE way to separate myself from most of the redneck, jock, asshole kids i went to school with. they weren’t just a band. not to me. not to lots of kids like me.
flash forward 2 years and now i was a 15 year old zitfaced Nirvana worshipping 10th grader, just like the millions of other zitfaced Nirvana worshipping teenagers all over suburban America whose musical maturation was linked to a white trash kid from Aberdeen, Washington who knew how the fuck to combine punk rock noise with power pop hooks. gone were my Guns N’ Roses and Motley Crue tapes, having been replaced with The Melvins, Mudhoney, The Wipers, Black Flag, and Jesus Lizard. and all that 15 year old kid wanted to hear was the next Nirvana record.
it’s very difficult all these many years later to explain how inspiring it was to to listen to In Utero those first few times when i brought the CD home from Sam Goody. here was the biggest fucking band in the world following up the most influential album of the decade with a fucking noisey punk record. it was both a fuck you album and an invitation. nothing would ever sound better to my ears. nothing would ever excite me as much musically. nothing ever got cranked louder in my bedroom. nothing could have better soundtracked my own cliched teenage alienation.
as far as the 20th anniversary edition goes….well Teenage Angst really has paid off well, cuz here i am, a man in my 30s buying an album I ALREADY OWN out of some misplaced since of teenage nostalgia…but then again, i at least already know i like the damn thing. the remastered tracks and b-sides are great and all, but i will admit that the 2013 Steve Alibini remix is pretty fucking killer. he makes the record sound completely new again. everything is louder and noisier and more alive.
20 years later and In Utero is still my favorite fucking album of all time and it fucking always will be. thanks, Kurt. you may have been a selfish dick, but you sure knew how the hell to write some killer music.
In Utero is a wonderful album, no doubt. Kurt had a knack for writing these songs that were melodically gorgeous but lyrically abrasive, and that combination shines through so much on this album.
Can’t believe it’s already 20 years old. Crazy.
High on Fire, Kvelertak 2013 Tour Dates
November 10 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade*
November 11 Asheville, NC Orange Peel*
November 15 New York, NY Webster Hall*
November 17 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre*
November 23 Sauget, IL Pop’s*
November 27 Austin, TX Mohawk Outside^
November 29 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre%
December 2 Winnipeg, MB West End Cultural Centre%
December 4 Edmonton, MB Starlite Room%
December 5 Calgary, AB Republik%
December 7 Vancouver, BC Venue Vancouver%
December 8 Seattle, WA El Corazon%
December 9 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre%
December 12 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre%
* w/ Doomriders
^ w/ Pack of Wolves
% w/ Windhand
This blog is still on hiatus, but I do want to note to followers that I will be attending this show. A HOF/Kvelertak lineup is too killer to skip out on, plus it’s the first night of the tour!
**ANNOUNCEMENT TO ALL REGULAR READERS. PLEASE READ THIS**
It is with a heavy but also somewhat ambivalent heart on this fine Friday afternoon that I have to be the bearer of bad news, some news which you’ve probably seen coming for a while: I am discontinuting this blog. As of today, Codeaires: Life in the Drab Lane is on an indefinite hiatus.
Over the course of four years, I’ve amassed close to 1,000 followers, published several popular articles, stirred up a little controversy, but above all else, gained the respect of the musicians that I’ve tried to cover respectfully here, albeit with a sometimes warped sense of humor. It has been a fun ride, but like most rides, there is eventually an ending.
For all the fun that running this blog was, in hindsight I was driving a vehicle that pretty much went nowhere. While in college, I always held out the hope that somebody from a major publication would notice my writing and offer me to write for them, either as a featured columnist or hell, even for recurring guest articles. This obviously never happened, because in the real world, there are thousands of decent writers swimming around in an abysmal job market, looking for a “break” that doesn’t really come for them. I’m at a place in my life where if I’m not making money, I absolutely can’t survive. All of us are there, and I’m sure you understand.
With my dreams of moving to Atlanta and becoming a professional writer pretty much shot down over the course of this past year, I can no longer afford to put the passion and hard work into this blog that I once did. Currently I’m working at a job that is outdoors in the heat, usually with ten-hour shifts, and while the money is excellent, it leaves me little time to attend shows or keep up with the music world like I used to. I have very little time to update this blog, and if I can’t run it correctly, I don’t want to run it at all.
THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT I AM ABANDONING FUCK YEAH MASTODON OR FUCK YEAH KYLESA. I will still be logging into this account from time to time to update both of these fan sites, as I still have a strong level of passion for running them. However, all the CodeAires-specific blog features I’ve run, including WOSMAW, are over for now. If you’re disappointed in me, I could really give less of a fuck. This is a time in my life where I absolutely have to take care of me, and if sacrifices have to be made, so be it. The bands I write about here get more than enough coverage on other blogs and fan sites that do a way better job than I ever did, anyway. I’m not going to be missed, and if you do miss me, I hope that you can eventually quit doing so.
Who really knows when I’ll resurrect this blog, but it won’t be any time in the near future. I’m going to try my damndest to make a few shows, like Uzala/Mike Scheidt in Athens, GA on October 29th and High on Fire/Kvelertak at the Masquerade in November. Whether I make these shows or not, I don’t want to feel obligated to tell the whole world about it anymore. That part of my life is done for, and frankly it needs to be.
Those of you still interested in keeping up with my life and thoughts can follow me on my personal blog HERE.
Thanks for all of your support, guys.
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