Tag Archives: Harvey Milk

Introducing: #1

In this series of posts, I’ll be making a list per month of my favourite new discoveries with bands/artists – both new and old.

HARVEY MILK

Earlier in the year, I went to I’ll Be Your Mirror in London where Slayer, Mogwai and The Afghan Whigs headlined while having a wide array of bands playing on two or three stages through the weekend. Harvey Milk were one of the bands that I had heard of but never managed to get into before, but I went to see them regardless and whether it was the beer on an empty stomach or just seeing them live, I clicked.

The riffs are beefy, lathered in a sludgy syrup while the vocals and lyrics sound like the thoughts of a man whose mind is split in two and battling with two different personalities – which makes sense when you hear a cover of the Looney Tunes theme at the end of “Life…The Best Game In Town”.

Listen to: Motown, I Know This Is No Place For You, Death Goes To The Winner.

FALL OF EFRAFA

Another band whose name I knew, but this time I had never given them a listen… Fall Of Efrafa are one of those bands that I’d been severely missing out on, and I was kicking myself when listening to Tharn, a 15-minute track (which is average for FOE) of post-rock influenced bliss.

The band gets slapped with the neocrust tag due to their mixture of soft melodies and then sometimes crushing riffs and tearing vocals. Samples are pretty common too, and shorter tracks tend to be more fast-paced and D-beat influenced. If you like your post-rock with an array of influences from hardcore punk to sludge, then this band is a must for you.

Listen to: Tharn, Pity The Weak, Republic of Heaven.

I SELF DEVINE

I Self Devine is Chaka Mkali, a socially concious hip-hop artist from Minnesota who I only heard of through the Dead End Hip Hop channel on Youtube (the exact video here). Although such political MCs can be a bit overbearing at times, I thought I Self Devine’s latest release “The Sound of Low Class Amerika” was great even on the first listen – especially the beats, which are so catchy and throws back to the classic hip-hop sound.

Although I haven’t checked any other of his releases yet, I look forward to hearing more from this guy in the future. If you like Thurz’s “L.A. Riots”, then I don’t see why you wouldn’t like “The Sound of Low Class Amerika”.

Listen to: The Origin of Urban Crisis, To Be Needed, Self Awareness.

AB-SOUL

Oh man, what to say… Ab-Soul is a member of Black Hippy, and although I’m not really a fan of the other members of the group, Ab-Soul gripped my attention with two fists when I listened to his solo 2012 release “Control System”. His odd and playful delivery is entertaining, especially when he does rising pitch.

His rhymes aren’t just about girls and drugs but socially concious too. He’s also brutally honest with his lyrics, for example: “I used to wanna rap like Jay-Z / Now I feel I could run laps around Jay-Z / Nas ain’t seen nothing this nasty / B.I.G. and Pac got it coming when I pass too”. Wow.

Listen to: Terrorist Threats, Double Standards, Pineal Glands.

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My “I’LL BE YOUR MIRROR 2012” (London) experience.

What can I say about a Friday and Saturday at I’ll Be Your Mirror? I saw Slayer play Reign In Blood in its entirety, saw Sleep play (never thought I would), met Steve Brooks of Torche/Floor and had a great time sightseeing. Continue reading

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I’m going to I’ll Be Your Mirror in London.

Yes, that’s right, I am going to the ATP event held at the Alexandra Palace, that is co-curated by All Tomorrow’s Parties and the post-rock titans Mogwai. I’m really excited and it’s going to be great! I’m only going for the Friday and Saturday, and then hopefully sightseeing on the Sunday, but this is all about the music. So I’m drawing up my plans and timetable, and this is what I have planned.

For the FRIDAY…

4.30 – 5.15: A STORM OF LIGHT
5.45 – 6.15: YOB  (leaving early to catch…)
6.30 – 7.30: MELVINS
*
8.15 – 9.15: SLEEP
9.45 – 11.00: SLAYER

*Wolves In The Throne Room might be a possibility for 15 minutes after Melvins finish, depending on how difficult it is getting from one room to the other. Unfortunately, I might have to miss them.

As for the Saturday, I have a lot less clashes due to less bands that I want to see, which means I might actually be looking at the stalls, the cinema and taking part in whatever might be there. So for SATURDAY…

1.45 – 2.30: FLOOR
3.00 – 3.45: HARVEY MILK
5.00: MIXTAPE SWAP
6.45 – 7.30: MUDHONEY
8.15 – 9.15: BALAM ACAB
9.30 – 11.00: MOGWAI

Seeing as I have a lot more gaps, it’ll be cool to check out the merch stands and other stalls I’ve heard about. Also, if anyone is going to IBYM and planning to take part in the “Mixtape Swap”, give me a shout, would be cool to meet people with similar music interests and swap tapes (or CDs).

So yeah, I’m damn excited. It’s a dream to be able to see Slayer play their iconic Reign In Blood in its entirety, one of my favourite albums of all time and one of many CDs I’m surprised I haven’t broken from overplay. And it’ll be the second time I’ll be seeing Melvins, which is crazy for me. It’s just going to be a great event, and the variety in music is astounding – I actually wish I was going for the Sunday so I could catch El-P.

If you’re a music nut who’s also going, don’t be afraid to hit me up for a meet, or recommend me a band to see that I haven’t put down already. I’ll be putting up a review of the event sometime next week, so keep an eye out or subscribe with the button on the right of the page – it’s going to be emotional!

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