Throwing this up real quick.
Here is a preview of the Lifesavas show at Nectar Lounge last friday.
It’s been about four years since I’ve seen Wolves in the Throne Room and in that time they’ve gone all over the world playing shows, gained new members and removed old ones, recorded two more albums, and generally developed their sound into a a really tight, focused, dark, brutal, face shattering experience.
Fog machines, candelabras, guitars that look like weapons, vocals that sound like demons, drums that feel like war. That’s what it is. It’s full of powerful riffs and seriously wicked vocals. And people were into it. Like crazy. The place was packed for their set and people wanted more than the thirty minutes of power to which they were treated but that’s all they received. No introduction and no farewell from the band. Just closing feedback and nothing more.
I sorta felt bad for Pelican having to follow them. But not bad enough that I would stay and watch because I’ve already seen and taped them twice and I wasn’t really looking forward to a three-peat of that experience. I could hear their set from the green room and it sounded like the same stuff I heard the last times I’d seen them so there isn’t really any regret there.
And I also learned a great trick from WITTR’s drummer for returning a damaged rental car without issue in the south: leave the radio on a Christian station.
Video coming at some point
I know it’s sort of late (at least in Internet Time) but to celebrate the re-opening of the iconic Crocodile Cafe I give you Wolf Eyes live at The Croc in 2003.
I did not film this. Actually, this was before I even owned (or had access to) any equipment for recording shows. My friend Craig Mueller filmed this using a Canon XL-1 with a shotgun mic mounted on it. It looks great and sounds great. I guess it might look and sound awful if you’re not into noise music but maybe I kinda don’t care and you should man up and grow a pair.
SD MP4 (276 MB): we2003-03-23.mp4
Soon I’ll be uploading video performances from Partman Parthorse and El Ten Eleven along with an audio recording of Sleepy Eyes of Death at The Sunset Tavern from Saturday evening. I might post video of that show but it depends on what the band thinks of the footage. Maybe I’ll post a few choice songs if any real gems come out of it.
I’ve been busy updating my older content in order to make it more accessible to the mass public. That includes rendering streaming FLV versions of past live videos which takes a ridiculous amount of time given my limited resources. Bearing that in mind, stick with me as I trudge along.
The sets that I have updated so far are:
Explosions in the Sky 2007-05-06 Neumo’s
65daysofstatic 2007-08-06 El Corazon
This is a Process… 2008-03-19 The Comet Tavern
This Will Destroy You – 2006-08-04/05 – Camp Nowhere, The Paradox
Upcoming (old) content includes: The Fall of Troy, Tera Melos, Caspian, You.May.Die.In.The.Desert, The Books, and The Tyde.
Keeping in the spirit of updating older content, I’ve created some DVD covers for some past shows. Here is a cover for the El Ten Eleven show at The Sunset Tavern last summer:
And here is a cover for the two shows I filmed of This Will Destroy you way back in the summer of 2006:
The torrents for the This Will Destroy You DVDs are long since dead but the updated posts I linked earlier have DVD quality MP4 files that are available for download. If nothing else, you can print off the DVD cover and burn those MP4s to a data disc. Or, if you’re feeling productive you could transcode the MP4 to DVD. Basically what I’m saying is: I don’t publish DVDs anymore.
A new word.
1. When you’re listening to a song and looking at an animated gif. Oh wow look they sort of line up for this measure. Or in the car and the wipers are just in time for every eighth measure. You could call that an octacyclic relationship.