Go To Hell Duke Vol. 1 Album Art Friday, Sep 25 2009 

Go To Hell, you silly institute of higher learning!

Go To Hell, you silly institute of higher learning!

Rhetoric

He loves Chapel-Hill, he hates Duke, and he’s about to drop one of the best mixtapes you’ve heard all year. Rhetoric is a new cat in the rap game, but I’ve been lucky to hear a few of his demos and I want you to hear it here first; he’s one of the big things in rap to look out for next year. Also, how can you deny the badassitude of that album art?

Comeback Forthcoming? – Neutral Milk Hotel Albums Re-Issued On Vinyl Friday, Sep 25 2009 

For my money, the greatest band of all time.

For my money, the greatest band of all time.

It’s no hidden secret that I’m a huge fan of Neutral Milk Hotel. Well, today as I was Googling them (as I do at least once every 45 minutes) I came across an article on Paste Magazine’s website concerning an upcoming vinyl re-issue of Neutral Milk Hotel’s two LP’s On Avery Island and the stunningly beautiful In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. Now, these two albums are not rare. Aeroplane has been steadily maintaining sales since 1998. So, why the re-issue? Well, if you’d allow me to get my hopes up, I’ll let you know what I think.

You see, this blog post is just one of many that is being posted on the subject. Pitchfork, AbsolutePunk, the aforemention Paste Magazine, and many other higher level music websites are also covering the story. It seems like a lot of hubbub for something that does not seem to be that big of a deal. Neutral Milk Hotel really doesn’t need the publicity at this point, right?

Wrong. Ladies and gentlemen, this could be it. Jeff Mangum, the leading force behind Neutral Milk Hotel, may finally be returning for a tour or an album. What better way to refresh the public’s memory of the band than by re-issuing both their albums? This is a premature assumption, yes, but I’m easily excitable and I run a music blog. It’s my job to speculate.

Here’s to hope.

NeverShoutNever! To Piss All Over Freddie Mercury’s Grave Saturday, Sep 19 2009 

See? He agrees with me.

See? He agrees with me.

According this screen shot of a MySpace bulletin (which ranks slightly above the roadside ramblings of homeless alcoholics on the scale of reliability), Christofer Drew, better known as NeverShoutNever!, will be recording a cover of Queen’s classic hit “Bohemian Rhapsody” for the Punk Goes Classic Rock Compilation due out sometime in the future (read: hopefully never). One record label executive, who wises to remain anonymous, says that recording of the cover is going very well and if Drew keeps up his hard work, the entirety of music could be destroyed by the end of the year.

Yes, I’m being a little overdramatic, but you should know how this goes by now. I don’t particularly dislike NeverShoutNever! but having a universally despised scene hippy who’s known for writing acoustic songs cheesy enough to constipate “Hey There, Delilah” record a cover of the original epic rock song is a move that is, at best, perplexing. Also, I may be beating a dead horse here, but in what way is NeverShoutNever punk? You can cry all day about punk being “subjective” or “more of an aesthetic than a sound” but if you’re going to throw NeverShoutNever! into the genre, then we might as well consider John Mayer the next Johnny Rotten.

How about Punk Goes Away?