Housecore Horror Festival is a joyous occasion. Last year I had a blast in Austin and this year in San Antonio was no different. I drove up on a sunny Friday afternoon and entered the Holiday Inn around 2:00PM. The vendors were starting to set up and I had a quick chat with Bill Mosley of such legendary horror masterpieces as Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Devil’s Rejects. What a nice guy! I guess that might not be what you would expect from a brutal killer like Otis. Continue reading “Housecore Horror Festival”
The 90s are back in full effect. Everywhere you turn, there is grunge fashion and retro stylings. Nirvana has been discovered by a whole new crowd; one that wasn’t even alive when the band was thriving. After checking out the Garbage show October 14th, 2015 at Stubbs in Austin, one can easily see that an entirely new crowd has fallen in love with the band. Fans of all ages seemed to enjoy the performance by these 90s alt darlings. Continue reading “Garbage – 10/14/15 – Stubb’s, Austin, TX”
I have been waiting for years to see Tacoma’s finest, The Sonics. They burst onto the Washington scene in the early 1960s and to me, they are the band that invented punk rock. The guitars blast at a high decibel and the drums slam like the set could collapse at any moment. The music is hectic rock n roll played with what would later be describer as a “punk rock energy.” Continue reading “The Sonics – 6/14/15 – Red7, Austin, TX”
I first heard Zola Jesus in 2012 when the iconic David Lynch remixed her song, “In Your Nature.” I was immediately drawn to Zola Jesus’ melodic, sad, and soulful vocal presence. When I was given the chance to review her show, I naturally jumped at the opportunity. It was a cold, rainy day so the show was moved from the Mohawk to Red7’s indoor stage. Angel Deradoorian was the tour opener which was a pleasant surprise. They are a two piece whose sounds falls somewhere between Warpaint and Portishead but with a forestry sound, if that makes sense.
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Friday morning started with a bang as I stumbled into the front patio of the Housecore Horror Film Festival where I was suddenly face to face with the men that haunted my childhood imagination, Gunnar Hansen and Bill Johnson; The Leatherfaces from Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1 and 2, respectively. I kind of just creepily starred at them to make sure I wasn’t dreaming before going to browse merchandise booths for cool scores. I picked up a shirt with the evil jack-o-lantern from Halloween 2 and a few buttons, including one for Abel Ferrera’s Driller Killer, the scuzzy New York slasher movie. I then killed some time looking at horror memorabilia from some really unique vendors. Before I knew it, the time had come for Brian Posehn to play the Midway stage. He joked about Star Wars, eating like an old lady’s dog, and curb stomping Guy Fieri. It was sinisterly hilarious. Next I found myself in the Grindhouse Tent for the debut of American Guinea Pig, the American version of Japan’s snuff-like Flowers of Flesh and Blood. This movie was excruciatingly brilliant in its unforgiving sheer brutality. Have you ever wanted to see people tortured in a frighteningly realistic manner? If so, go find this creepy, blood splattered extravaganza. I won’t give too much away but it’s definitely on the sick fuck level of A Serbian Film. Go see it in your town, you drooling, deviant dirtbag. Continue reading “Housecore Horror Film Festival”
Dirty Dog Bar in Austin, TX
“I Believe You Can Survive” has become a bit of an obsession lately. Lebanon Hanover is a minimal wave project comprised of power couple Larissa Iceglass from Germany and William Maybelline of England. This song is lyrically endearing while never giving up on the somber aesthetic that makes them what they are, the king and queen of post-punk revival. It’s hard to make music that idealizes the past while looking forward but Lebanon Hanover do just that. They are a DIY bulldozer of a band consisting of two, young free spirits. This song is from 2013’s Tomb For Two which you should purchase immediately.
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Destruction Unit – Void and Deep Trip (Jolly Dreams Records and Sacred Bones Records)
Destruction Unit started off as a side project for Reatards members Ryan Rousseau and the late Jay Reatard. With the addition of Jesco Aurelius ( ex Pigeon Religion/Avon Ladies) this band has become a whole new beast. Deep Trip and Void are great companion pieces for one looking to reach unexplored spaces of the mind or even the collective human psyche. I don’t know what would happen if members of Bauhaus, Spacemen 3, Hawkwind, and Black Flag got into a bloody street fight but it may sound like Destruction Unit. I have seen them play three times this year and each performance is perfectly chaotic, transcendental, and cathartic. Fuck Chvrches, fuck Vampire Weekend and fuck Daft Punk. Destruction Unit is the best band of 2013. Continue reading “David Bruce Saint Timbercrest picks his top 5 independently released albums of 2013”