Friday, July 10, 2009

Okay, so I've decided to start a music blog. Look out for music/show reviews, downloads, and even some show listings. For this first post I'm just gonna throw up some stuff I've been listening to a bunch lately.

First up is a split from Andrew Jackson Jihad and Ghost Mice, released on Plan-it-X back in 2007. Both bands are great folk-punk duos. AJJ, who have got the first half of the split, hail from Phoenix, Arizona. They mainly consist of two dudes, Sean Bonnette and Ben Gallaty, on guitar and upright bass, with others filling in occasionally. Their songs are pretty dark, with lyrical content that includes stuff about a vengeful Jesus, crystal meth, child abuse, and other unpleasant stuff. But, you know, they've got some happy songs too.

On the second half of the split is Ghost Mice, from Bloomington, Indiana. Their songs are a little more gentle, but still have alot of the typical anarchist/environmentalist stuff folk-punk bands seem to sing about. I was told the guitarist, Chris Johnston also plays in Defiance, Ohio, but I can't find a confirmation of this anywhere (admittedly, I didn't look too hard). One cool thing about these guys is they almost always play acoustic sets, having used a mic only once at some fest. Aside from Chris Johnston, who plays the guitar, the band also includes Hannah Jones on violin.

Overall a pretty rad split, you can go to Plan-it-X's website, to buy it, or download it for free here:

Another artist I've been listening to alot recently is blues-man Muddy Waters. Muddy is a bona-fide American badass, and if you don't agree with me, you can GTFO.

Last, one of my favorite hip hop artists, R.A. the Rugged Man. R.A. has been around for like, forever, and even did a track with Biggie way back in the day. He's vile and crude,
 but also pretty observant. His first full-length, Die, Rugged Man, Die!, was released back in 2004.

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