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Joel's Notes: Mike Shank - Bukowski's Epitaph

Posted by Joel Weichbrodt on Feb 8, 2016 2:39:17 PM

At first, it seems like Mike Shank has everything working against him - a mostly non-technical, specifically slowed and enunciated style that needs a particularly ideal environment to thrive in, combined with an unenviable emotional phase, precariously balanced somewhere between heartbroken and not giving a fuck. As is the way, depending on scenario, this first solo outing could have gone any direction and had any result, from utter, indisputable, undeniable genius to a disaster of inimitable proportions and anywhere in between.
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Topics: Album Reviews, Rap, Hip Hop

Skeptik and Danny G - dubldragon. Interview

Posted by Joel Weichbrodt on Jan 29, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Once upon a time, Sammy Warm Hands went on tour. On this tour he brought a couple of unknown dudes from the Bay Area. Alongside Ogar Burl, the four traversed the western half of the United States, eventually passing somewhat close to my humble NW abode as they triumphantly brought the Take 92 van across the finish line.
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Topics: Hip Hop/Rap, Rap, Interview, DIY, Hip Hop

Joel's Notes: Ninjas With Syringes - Defeater EP

Posted by Joel Weichbrodt on Jan 19, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Portland has always had that special indescribable something when it comes to punk rock, even in the face of multiple near-deaths as far as venues and scenes are concerned. The rainy NW city has produced some of the most unique and interesting punk stuffs I've managed to come across, despite its status as maybe 4th or 5th on the list of genres of notoriety in that specific region. 
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Topics: Pop-Punk, Punk Rock, Record Labels, Portland

Take Out The Trash: Nate Allen Interview

Posted by Joel Weichbrodt on Jan 3, 2016 8:00:00 AM

I've been aware of Nate for a long time. Destroy Nate Allen used to be something of a fixture of house shows in the Portland area many years back, but moved out to the midwest a few years ago.

Out of the blue, Nate got ahold of me and sent me his new album with The Pac-Away Dots, Take Out The Trash, to which I was pleasantly and nostalgically surprised. There's an apparent innocence to it that seemed to have a bit extra lying underneath, so I investigated further. Here's what I found.

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Topics: Pop-Punk, Indie, Punk Rock, Interview, Acoustic

Joel's Notes: 2015 and whatnot

Posted by Joel Weichbrodt on Dec 31, 2015 4:48:16 AM

Here at the Sound Convictions Palacial Offices of Writing Eclectic and Reactionary Music Offerings Voicing Emphatic Solidarity HQ, or POWERMOVE$ as we like to call it, it's been a year. Here are a few of my personal highlights, because an actual recapping of the year in general in regards to music sounds awful.
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Topics: Music Deaths, Emo, Indie, Punk Rock, 2015, Hardcore, Rap, Rock n Roll, Hip Hop

Agnostic Front's Vinnie Stigma – 60 Years Young & as Hardcore as Ever

Posted by Chris Bade on Dec 29, 2015 9:15:22 AM

Who gets 5 cakes on their birthday?

It has to be someone very special, someone who has been involved in the New York hardcore and punk scene for almost 40 years. It has to be someone who has kept at what they love doing through the ups and downs; someone who plays guitar in a band that thrives to this day representing New York Hardcore worldwide.

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Topics: Hardcore, NYC

The Oral History of Sammy Warm Hands' Vacant Eyes

Posted by Joel Weichbrodt on Sep 25, 2015 5:22:11 AM

I've been quite vocal about my love of Sammy Warm Hands' Famous Last Words. As I saw it put once, I "practically wrote it a goddamn love letter". It was and is a huge step forward in every way, and while I wasn't expecting much to change with Famous' remix album, I was surprised, to put it mildly. "Ecstatic" might be a more appropriate word.

Right from the start, even though I'd been informed of the setup prior to receiving the album, I was, to utilize an overabundant term, blown away: all new production and a bunch of new lyrics. Already perfect songs somehow improved upon, or, at the very least, matched. I couldn't fucking believe what I was hearing. I spent the next hour and change sending Sam constant messages, so excited about these new takes that didn't detract from the originals. I couldn't get to sleep. I lost sleep over this album. I can't think of a time that's happened since I was half my age. Holy shit.

Since it is in my nature to break down the songs, I thought I'd jot down my quick take on each track. Then I thought I'd get Sam's take on my take. Once that happened, I thought it would be worth trying to get everyone's take who was involved, and everyone I could manage to get ahold of was somehow down.

So, here we are - Vacant Eyes, track by track, by those who made it happen and some jackass who's name is above in the "posted by" spot.

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Topics: 2015, Rap, SXSW, DIY, Hip Hop

The Wisdom of Ben Durazzo

Posted by Joel Weichbrodt on Sep 17, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Sometimes Facebook is worth the nonsense. Sometimes something like this shows up.

Via Ben Durazzo, producer and emcee, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, around 7:00 PM:

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Topics: 2015, DIY, Hip Hop

5 More Signs That You're Addicted to Vinyl Record Collecting

Posted by Dale Berkebile on Sep 8, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Photo by YoLaGringo


Ah, vinyl. 

The larger-than-life cover art. The linear notes, pops, crackles and clicks. The metaphysical ritual of flipping over the LP, then gently placing the needle. 

Then there's the sound… the unadulterated, raw, warm sound of the music. 

Yes, it's possible to feel nostalgic for a vinyl record, even as you're holding one in your hand. In fact, a constant yearning for your next score on Discogs, eBay, a thrift shop or at a record store is a sign that you're addicted to vinyl record collecting. 


Here are five more signs that you're addicted to vinyl:


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Topics: Vinyl Records, Vinyl Record Collecting, Vinyl Addiction

Digested Fat: Part 4 - Matt Danger on Dead To Me

Posted by Joel Weichbrodt on Sep 6, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Before reading, please refer to the introduction to this series for context.

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Topics: Music History, Pop-Punk, Punk Rock, 2015, Record Labels, Books, Portland, Digested Fat



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