I don’t give a fuck yet, I DON’T GIVE A DAMN

There’s a feeling out there. It comes and goes, and often with woes, but it is most commonly instigated by a song. Normally, it’s a song that that unclogs your arteries and pumps your body full of so much adrenaline that you’ll be glad you wore jeans that day. This is one of those tunes. It’s called “Fauser”.


Bursting out of the Nashville scene with 12 arms swinging comes Diarrhea Planet; a six-piece beast with rock and roll in it’s blood and destruction in it’s itinerary. The bio on the band’s blog states that they aim to “put the backbone back into rock and roll.”

I fucking believe it. They released their first LP, Loose Jewels, on Infinity Cat last September, and will be playing a few dates at SXSW next week. Their live shows are rumored to be bone-breaking and heart-shaking experiences saturated in pure rock and roll goodness, so if you get the chance to see these guys in the bloody flesh, you would be a fool not to take it. Grab “Fauser” and another track of theirs below.

Diarrhea Planet – Fauser

Diarrhea Planet – Warm Ridin’

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Heavy Cream, motherfucker

I’ve been on such a huge garage/punk kick lately. For those of you who don’t read the local newspaper, The Monitor, a few more bands have been announced for Galax Z Bear‘s Galax Z Fair this March!

One such band that I would like to put the spotlight on is this incredible four-piece from Nashville called Heavy Cream. They’re signed to Jeff the Brotherhood’s Infinity Cat Recordings and have released a few 7″s, a split with RTX, and a full-length titled Danny.

There’s a lot of bands out there playing their hearts out right now, and this is definitely one of them. You’ve got Mimi slaying on guitar, Seth killing it on bass, Tiffany banging it out on drums, and Jessica kicking out the motherfucking jams on vocals. It’s like the Ramones fucked MC5 in the back alley of the venue they recorded their first record at. Posted a couple of my favorite tracks below.

Fucking wig out to this shit!

Heavy Cream – Summer Bummer

Heavy Cream – Deadbeat

Can’t wait to see these girls (and guy) tear my face off at Galax Z Fair. I don’t know if the event itself has announced them yet, so consider this a ‘leak’ of sorts.

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The Photon God’s 2010: LPs & EPs

It’s often that you don’t get the same experience from listening to a single song that you do when you listen to an entire album. There’s a story being told that you miss out on when you listen to one or two random songs. If I like an album, I listen to it over and over until I digest it as best as I can. Each of these albums was there for me through thick and thin, through any kind of weather, through road trips, through heartbreak, through life, death, what have you. However, I’m tired of putting things in a numbered order. It doesn’t matter. Each of these records is amazing. I thought “this is the best record I’ve ever heard” while listening to each one of these albums. Putting them in a numbered list seems fucking ridiculous now. In no particular order:

The Photon God’s Top 50 Albums of 2010

Beach HouseTeen Dream
Arcade FireThe Suburbs
Ariel Pink’s Haunted GraffitiBefore Today
Les Savy FavRoot For Ruin
Here We Go MagicPigeons
The Flaming LipsEmbryonic
DeerhunterHalcyon Digest
Magic KidsMemphis
Las RobertasLas Robertas
Dum Dum GirlsI Will Be
Someone Still Loves You Boris YeltsinLet It Sway
Janelle MonaeThe ArchAndroid
Owen PallettHeartland
Julian LynchMare
Surfer BloodAstro Coast
Lower DensTwin-Hand Movement
No AgeEverything In Between
The Soft PackThe Soft Pack
SpoonTransference
Twin ShadowForget
JonsiGo
MedicationsCompletely Removed
Dr. DogShame, Shame
HarlemHippies
EmeraldsDoes It Look Like I’m Here?
Best CoastCrazy For You
EelsEnd Times
We Are ScientistsBarbara
Vampire WeekendContra
WomenPublic Strain (Get back together, assholes)
The BooksThe Way Out
Beach FossilsBeach Fossils
WavvesKing of the Beach
WeekendSports
DevoSomething For Everybody
Kanye WestMy Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Xiu XiuDear God, I Hate Myself
Coma CinemaStoned Alone
The WalkmenLisbon
El GuinchoPop Negro
WoodsAt Echo Lake
The NationalHigh Violet
Frankie Rose & The OutsFrankie Rose & The Outs
Thee Oh SeesWarm Slime
Jeff The BrotherhoodHeavy Days
Lord HuronMighty
Foxes In FictionAlberto (Really recent, but really good)
GirlsBroken Dreams Club
Twin SisterColor Your Life
WarpaintThe Fool

This is my last list for LISTS WEEK. I am announcing here and now that I will be taking a break from the blog to regain whatever hours I’ve managed to shave off of my life from not sleeping. Call it a period of hibernation. I will be back sometime in January. Until then, if I don’t see you tonight or tomorrow, Happy Holidays!

Andres


The Photon God’s 2010: Songs

I listened to a lot of songs this year. I’m talking A LOT. A few stuck with me, a few didn’t. This list was hard to pin down. I’m pretty sure I’ve talked each and every one of my friends’ heads off about at least one of the songs on this list. I have a habit of going “HEY EVERYBODY, LISTEN TO THIS” when I hear something I really like. Sometimes my exclamations are met with indifference, sometimes they’re met with “Yeah, we know”s. Other times they’re met with “QUIT YELLING”s. Just the same, I love these songs. Feast your ears on

The Photon God’s Top 50 Songs of 2010

50. The BabiesMeet Me In The City
49. La SeraNever Come Around
48. Kanye WestMonster [feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver]
47. Ba BabesHoly Ghost
46. The Soft PackAnswer To Yourself
45. Panda BearYou Can Count On Me
44. Owen PallettLewis Takes Off His Shirt
43. Lower DensCompletely Golden
42. Cee Lo GreenFuck You
41. Magic KidsSuperball
40. GirlsHeartbreaker
39. Big SurrAlright
38. El GuinchoBombay
37. Les Savy FavLet’s Get Out Of Here
36. Janelle MonaeTightrope [Feat. Big Boi]
35. The BooksThe Story Of Hip-Hop
34. WomenEyesore
33. DevoFresh
32. Jeff the BrotherhoodU Got The Look
31. Xiu XiuChocolate Makes You Happy
30. Surfer BloodFast Jabroni
29. Active ChildI’m In Your Church at Night
28. WeekendComa Summer
27. Perfume GeniusMr Petersen
26. WavvesGreen Eyes
25. VulpesGhost Dance
24. WoodsSuffering Season
23. No AgeFever Dreaming
22. The Young MathsHospitals
21. MedicationsLong Day
20. Dr. DogShadow People
19. Arcade FireEmpty Room
18. The YoungBird in the Bush
17. Best CoastWhen I’m With You
16. DeerhunterDesire Lines
15. Twin ShadowI Can’t Wait
14. Las RobertasGhost Lover
13. Someone Still Loves You Boris YeltsinSink/Let it Sway
12. The Tallest Man On EarthLove Is All
11. Local NativesCamera Talk
10. Twin SisterMilk & Honey9. Reading RainbowWasting Time8. Dum Dum GirlsJail La La7. Beach FossilsYouth6. The VaccinesIf You Wanna5. Here We Go MagicCollector4. Beach House10 Mile Stereo3. The Morning BendersExcuses2. Ariel Pink’s Haunted GraffitiRound and Round1. Thee Oh SeesI Was Denied


Photon God Mixtape Volume IV: Twang-g-g

At long last, I am finally posting the new blog mixtape! Consider this an early Christmas gift. Some of these bands I have yet to post about, some of these bands have already met my homepage. All in all, I hope you have as much fun listening to it as I did putting it together.

I’ve been playing guitar since I was seven years old. I’ve been playing an electric guitar since I was 12 years old. I still play today. One of the most fascinating things about an electric guitar is the range of sounds it makes when it’s out of tune. Traditionally, a guitar is played in tune. Songs have been written for thousands of years and for a small fraction of that time, which is still relatively large if you think about it, songs were written on guitars that were tuned a certain way. So, naturally, tuning is important; it provides the basis for creating sounds and arranging patterns of said sounds in ways that appeal to someone who is listening to them. (I don’t know of very many musicians that purposely arrange sounds in unappealing ways.)
However, I can’t explain how much of a kick I get out of striking my guitar’s strings when it’s horrifically out of tune. I’m not talking about them being so loose that they don’t vibrate fast enough to make sound, but just tight enough to resonate in the filthiest way possible. It always makes a noise that sounds vaguely but not entirely unlike “Twang”. I love that sound. The only sound I love more is when I put my guitar through a delay pedal that I bought off of a friend during the summer. “Twang” becomes “Twang-g-g”. “Twang-g-g”: the most beautiful sound on earth.

Side A
1. Big Surr – Alright
2. Air Waves – Water (feat. Sharon Van Etten)
3. ba babes – Holy Ghost
4. My Teenage StrideMessage
5. La Femme – Sur La Planche
6. Jeff the BrotherhoodDiamond Way
7. Oberhofer – Away FRM U
8. Zombie Girlfriend – I Always Cry On Sundays
9. The Mantles – Don’t Lie

Side B
1. Weekend – Coma Summer
2. Thee Oh Sees – I Was Denied
3. Real Estate – Out of Tune
4. Guards – Swimming After Dark
5. The Stepkids – Legend In My Mind
6. FLIGHT – Real Estate
7. White Fence – Lillian (Won’t You Play Drums?)
8. Bobb Bruno – Look Out The Window So They Won’t See You Crying
9. Fair Ohs – Hey Lizzy

Download and enjoy. :)