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  • My 8tracks profile

    19 nov. 2011, 15h06m

    Visit my mixes on 8tracks! www.8tracks.com/dandyjams

    I'd like to know your profile name too if you have one!

    -dandyjams
  • Missing Bad Religion

    29 mars 2011, 17h56m

    I can't stress how awesome it was to see Bad Religion for their 30th anniversary tour last year. I have seen them at Warped Tour, but seeing them inside at HOB was very powerful. While I'm now listening to Bad Religion's Skyscraper, I feel the urge to watch them again and experience the awesomeness that is BR.
  • Show @ Culture Room

    9 mars 2009, 14h32m

    Fri 6 Mar – Propagandhi, Paint It Black, Protagonist

    They were amazing-- only thing I would have to complain about is that Todd didn't appear is if he wanted to sing that night-- I love his voice and would have liked to hear it too. My favorite song is Fuck the Border so it would have been nice if Todd sang it. I would have also liked to hear Life at Disconnect.

    Anyway though, Chris Hannah is/was wonderful.

    I love the songs I've heard from Supporting Caste already, going to get the CD today........
  • husband&wife review -Dark Dark Woods

    17 fév. 2009, 15h08m

  • My Kappa Roots review -The Silent Ballet

    9 fév. 2009, 14h21m

  • Inertia Blooms Review

    26 jan. 2009, 16h20m

  • The Crodocile Society of Aphasia review (TSB)

    13 déc. 2008, 17h20m

    Score: 6.5/10
    Once a country that was deemed by critics as not able to develop a successful music scene of any kind because of its size, Taiwan’s indie rock scene is in full bloom. More Taiwanese kids are rocking the mod haircuts, skinny jeans, and button-down shirts, and it’s all thanks to bands like Aphasia, who are inspiring avant-garde, progressive music in Asia. Reborn from the 90’s band Nipples, core couple Yi-Jyun Wu (guitar) and KK (bass) are interested in creating a provocative sound inspired by aggressive social attitude. Adding second guitarist Su to the band, the two-guitar setup allows for a palatable combination of feedback and distortions, along with raw, angular sounds. Rounding out the band is drummer Yonker, who, according to Aphasia, has provided youth and freshness. Aphasia is influenced heavily by Sonic Youth, and Yonker is able to provide the Steve Shelley style that the threesome was looking for.

    Their debut album, released on White Wabbit records (the brainchild of member KK and a must-visit record shop in Taipei), is a musical reflection of the everyday life of the band members’ hometown of Taipei. Their goal on the album was to recreate the city in music form. I happened to look up pictures of Taipei markets and scenery for fun while listening to the album, and it gave me a really nice sensory experience.

    One of the great parts about The Crocodile Society of Aphasia is that it blends genres together well. Post-rock and post-metal are infused in the songs along with an atmospheric feel. The skilled layering of quiet, soothing rock on top of tour-de-force riff sections keeps the listener interested. In having conversations about the album with my fiancé, I found it very hard to put words to the description of the work as a whole. That is just what Aphasia was going for. The band consciously desired for the album to be a pleasurable synthesis of magic and reality, the music speaking for itself. Despite wanting the music to be spokesperson of their idea of Taipei, the song titles are chock full of imagery that gives Westerners a small glimpse into the world of the Taiwanese (titles like “Behind the River”, and “Rainy Season”, to name a few). Rainy, wet imagery finds its way into the names of many of the songs. Taipei lies in a bowl-shaped valley with two main rivers. It is wet most of the year in the Republic of China capital, with hot, rainy summers and cool, damp winters. The listener feels the dampness throughout the songs, exemplifying the climate by way of the delicate feel that the guitar and drums provide during most of the duration of the tracks. The chaotic, metallic guitar parts are reminiscent of the other elements of Taipei, the major industrial area that contrasts with the soggy, somber landscape and weather. Most of Taiwan’s textile factories have their homes in Taipei, and shipbuilding is done in the port of Keelung east of the city.

    With all of these ideas meshed into an album, a potential listener might think that the album is too tedious. It is not so; The Crocodile Society of Aphasia is a very easy listen, one that seems to go by faster than desired. Learning more about the band and their music also provided me with an interesting look into the East meets West feel that is going on in Taiwan today. Take a look at Taipei’s night markets; one might get an underdeveloped country vibe. However, take a look at some photos of the freeway system, architectural feats, and subculture scene - they provide a very different story. For the curious indie rock fan that seeks to learn a little bit more about an island that deserves a closer look, give a listen to Aphasia.

    -Jessica Reuter
  • Millimetrik- Northwest Passage's New Era (TSB review)

    30 oct. 2008, 15h32m

    Score: 8/10
    I have just been on a musical journey. I’ve listened to some pretty fun and engaging music as a critic for The Silent Ballet, but from the moment I put on the Millimetrik record I was satisfied. What is so different about the Northwest Passage’s New Era album in comparison to all of the others? Refined skill. Enormous energy. Variety. Bass and beats that will blow your mind.

    I don’t want to confuse; it’s not exclusively a trip-hop album. Millimetrik provides layers of different genres of instrumental work in his songs - some include beautiful classical-style piano and/or strings mixed with hip-hop beats, brassy samples and complex drum work with a little bit of record scratching, and lovely ambient and electronic soundscapes. From beginning to end, Northwest Passage’s New Era is constantly providing different musical themes to keep the listener engaged. For instance, while listening to “En Mémoire de Terror Et Erebus” the listener can’t help but feel full of energy provided by the deep, hip-hop influenced bass accompanied by simple piano. Nas could be rapping over the track, pissed off and spitting commentary on what he thinks needs to be changed in Western society. Coincidentally, this is something that the man behind Millimetrik, Pascal Asselin, is concerned about as well - the album title and part of the concept of the album is focused around climate change and environmental hazards, especially in northern Canada. In contrast to this poignant type of track, the album also includes tracks like “Suicide Bi-Polaire” which is highly electronic in nature. An eerie extra-terrestrial sample is included to illustrate quite an interesting take on Bipolar Suicide.

    The part of the album I was most taken aback on was “The Owls Are Watching Us”. At first listen, I was scrambling through all of my open web browser pages to close a song that was seemingly playing over this one. To my surprise (and later, delight), there was nothing else playing on my computer. The song has two very different parts, one being the first introduced layer of drum beat and atmospheric noise. The second layer that comes along is a string bit that musically illustrates being watched by owls perfectly.

    My biggest qualm with most albums I listen to is that they start off strong but taper off toward the end. This never happens in Northwest Passage’s New Era. The last track, “Pascaline Knight” is chock full of energy and brilliant pieces of piano, drum beats, and bubbly atmospheric sounds. The last 30 seconds of the track consists of in-your-face drum work that can’t be ignored. When the song is over, you feel satisfied, complete. The adventure provided by Millimetrik ends without regret. This “lo-fi” album feels anything but low impact or low quality. I would recommend the album to anyone that enjoys good music, because it’s really hard not to enjoy. The only people I’d suggest that stray away are the post-rock sticklers I meet every now and then whose philosophy is “if it don’t have a guitar, it ain’t good”. Sorry, lads and lassies, but you’re dead wrong. Millimetrik has hit the nail on the head with this album. Enjoy the ride.

    -Jessica ReuterReview on TSB site
  • Oppressed By The Line -Soft Focus

    16 oct. 2008, 13h27m

    Hey laddies and lassies,
    you can view my newest review of Oppressed By The Line's album "Soft Focus" at this link here:

    http://thesilentballet.com/dnn/Home/tabid/36/ctl/Details/mid/384/ItemID/1835/Default.aspx

    or if for some reason that doesn't work (sometimes I can't even get copy and paste right) just go to the front page of www.thesilentballet.com

    -Ms. Jessica
  • Amazing.

    21 août 2008, 17h27m

    Sat 16 Aug – classic albums live, Dark Side of the Moon

    Classic Albums Live: Dark Side of the Moon consisted of an Orlando-area band playing the full Pink Floyd album "Dark Side of the Moon" just like you'd hear it on a CD. It sounded just like the CD, in fact, with the lead singer/guitarist doing all of the voice sound effects along with the vocals. The little woman who sang "Great Gig in the Sky" didn't quite match up to the real thing- I think there needs to be a bigger woman doing it- but she did sound very good. She has an amazing voice. After playing my favorite Pink Floyd album, came back and played "Mother", "Young Lust", and some other tunes. The final song was "Comfortably Numb". I enjoyed it thoroughly, as the sitting area of Hard Rock Live is one of my favorite venues, and the rum and cokes topped it all off. Great jobbbbb.