Tin Ear Tuesday – Tape Wyrm v. SXSW Edition Tin Ear Tuesday – Tape Wyrm v. SXSW Edition

Alright first of all thank Metalsucks for taking the name “South By South DEATH” for their showcase as that was the original title for this article. Goddamn it. This is why we cant have nice things. Well hello Tin Ear Tuesday subscribers, this is Kaptain Carbon from Tape Wyrm here to pick the lock on Charles’ office and respond to all of his emails under false pretense. Ohh look he left his Amazon account open. Hopefully he enjoys the work of Mannheim Steamroller and ironic furniture.

While almost the entire Pinpoint office is away at SXSW, I am here making forts out of copier boxes. Now, no one can say no to my fire extinguisher races. It is going to be a long week and we might as well begin with lamenting the metal showcases I am missing. Perhaps my longing for each of these bands will inspire someone else to attend a show in my honor. I put my trust into our brave Pinpoint Texan-nauts that they will descend into a world of darkness, metal, and tangy barbeque. Godspeed gentlemen and ladies. Godspeed.

Tape Wyrm VS SXSW from kaptaincarbon on 8tracks.

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Pallbearer
March 17th
Brooklyn Vegan Showcase @ Lovejoys (3:50PM)

Jesus God these guys came out of nowhere. The first quarter of 2012 has been marked by the thunderous sounds of grief ridden doom. Arkansas based Pallbearer has been receiving a torrent of critical praise for their recent release Sorrow and Extinction. Positioning themselves in the art of epic funeral doom, Pallbearer delivers emotional dirges accompanied by clean vocals and powerful structure. I put Pallbearer in front suggest a healthy hangover cure. That is right. Soothe your liquor ills and sunstroke with a think aloe scented sound of doom. Pallbearer also cures brush burn. Talcum Powder and Pallbearer.

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Alcest
March 17th
Brooklyn Vegan Showcase @ Lovejoys (6:10PM)

Alcest speaks to a specific crowd. For people who enjoy black metal as well as delicate shoegaze, this band is everything they need. The band’s entire career has been built out of crafting beauty built inside of hate. Recently the band released the well praised Les Voyages De L’Âme which continues black metal’s softer side which sounds like emotional journal entries. All joking aside, Alcest is a phenomenal band whose albums strike a silk chord with a specific listeners. This Brooklyn Vegan showcase is Alcest’s only SXSW appearance before their massive US tour of soft damnation.

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Nachtmystium
March 14th
South By South Death @ Barbarella Patio (10:15PM)

I wish I could discuss recent albums regarding Midwestern black metal alchemists Nachtmystium but I cannot. In 2010, Blake Judd released the second part of the Black Meddle series which continued the Judd’s psychedelic experimentation upon the structure of black metal. Nachtmystium is currently working on Silencing Machine which is supposedly continuing the maniacal traditions of previous records. Charles or Ben can text me their thoughts when they see the show. This is not up for debate. This is important. Come on guys.

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Rwake
March 14th
Tone Deaf Touring Showcase @ Dirty Dog Bar (9:30PM)

One of the most underrated bands of 2011 was Rwake. One of the most underrated centers for metal is Arkansas. along with Pallbearer, Deadbird and Seahg, Rwake has been making a name for Arkansas which is redefining an area full of mountains, rifles, Walmarts, and Christians. Rwake’s Rest crystallized post metal and atmospheric sludge into a mind bending journey of excitement and loathing. With 10+ minute songs under such revealing titles as “The Culling” and ” It Was Beautiful Now Its Sour” one can expect a riveting show full of wonder and despondency. This is digestive music.

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All Pigs Must Die
March 16th
Brooklyn Vegan/Power of the Riff/ Trasher @ Scoot Inn (11:00PM)

In 100 years, Southern Lord will be remembered not only for their peddling in drone and experimental doom but also their archeological dig of hardcore/d-beat/crust bands. Okay to be honest, I doubt we will still be listening to metal in 100 years as the immanent collapse of civilization is very real with the reign of deformed marauders also a close possibility. During the turn of the last decade a handful of bands (Trap Them, Noothgrush, Black Breathe) came to the public wrapped in understated yet artful album covers. Massachussets based All Pigs Must Die is impeccable and their 2011 release God Is War was devastating. I cannot see any other way to spend SXSW then with multiple flying elbows to the face. when society is but a shell of its former glory and the price of gasoline is measured in blood, All Pigs Must Die will be our mutant warlord leader.

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Shining (Norway)
March 15th
FIM / Metal Hammer  @ Dirty Dog Bar (!0:00PM)

Ohhh god….Ohh no. Listening to Shining is a lot like watching an army of encroaching insects as they breech you last hiding place. I understand the “avant garde” tag for metal usually applies to the pioneers of new styles. Celtic Frost, Neurosis and Enslaved were all considered a head of the curve at one time. “Avant Garde” for me usually applies to styles and sounds which will never be apart of accepted culture. Similar to Portal and Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Shining evokes a sense of inexplicable angular dread with what feels like an eternity spent inside a jazz coffin. It is amazing.

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3 Inches of Blood
March 15th
The Metal Alliance Tour @ Scoot Inn (12:30AM)

Now that we have arrived at the witching Hour, what better way to spend the twilight than with throwback heavy metal? 3 inches of Blood is exactly what their name sounds like — a slightly tongue in cheek boozer celebrating the ridiculous nature of 80’s style power metal. Expect the desert floor to be ripped asunder and the ogre armies of the undead to pour out and wage ware on the battlemages. That is right. Even a hip indie convention can have its share of magic. Someone is coming home without a head….or a magic cudgel….or both. Goddamn it, Charles bring me an enchanted weapon.

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Andrew WK
March 15th
@Beauty Bar Backyard (1:00AM)

fuck Yeah. Fuck Yeah. I love Andrew WK. Ever since his 2001 debut I Get Wet. I fucking love all of it. I love the serious silliness packaged in positive power pop. I love his follow-ups, his instrumental new age record and his collection of J-pop releases. Everything Andrew WK does is a party. An early morning concert is fitting because you should already be revved up from the protein shake you just drank. Let’s get bananas and try to swallow our second wind. You cannot sleep while crowd surfing so do not even try.

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Tape Wyrm VS SXSW from kaptaincarbon on 8tracks.



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