Archive for May, 2010

ISIS Announces Farewell Tour, Impending Breakup

According to a post on the band’s official blog, ISIS is throwing in the towel. Their reasoning is actually quite commendable:

Simply put, ISIS has done everything we wanted to do, said everything we wanted to say. In the interest of preserving the love we have of this band, for each other, for the music made and for all the people who have continually supported us, it is time to bring it to a close. We’ve seen too many bands push past the point of a dignified death and we all promised one another early on in the life of the band that we would do our best to ensure ISIS would never fall victim to that syndrome. We’ve had a much longer run than we ever expected we would and accomplished a great deal more than we ever imagined possible. We never set any specific goals when the band was founded other than to make the music we wanted to hear and to play (and to stay true to that ideal), so everything else that has come along the long and winding path has been an absolute gift.

Though this is a bummer, I have to give them kudos for ending it on their terms and attempting to maintain their artistic integrity. Here’s a list of all the dates on their upcoming (and final!) tour.

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Jesu’s New Sister: Pale Sketcher

It seems Jesu’s days of infusing electronic elements into its otherwise guitar-laden sound are over. Justin Broadrick has decided to distance these two sounds in order to explore each one more¬†extensively. Jesu will remain guitar-based, but the electronica side of Jesu has splintered off to form a new project called Pale Sketcher. Pale Sketcher will be Broadrick’s new outlet for his “Jesu electronica”.

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R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio

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After a hectic night of rumors and false news reports, it was announced this morning that Ronnie James Dio had passed away.

Dio’s wife and manager, Wendy, issued this statement on Dio’s official website:

“Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45am 16th May. Many, many friends and family were able to say their private good-byes before he peacefully passed away. Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all. We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us. Please give us a few days of privacy to deal with this terrible loss. Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever.

– Wendy Dio”

Slayer: “Beauty Through Order”

I don’t think I need to say anything about this new Slayer video directed by Ben Hibon, but I will anyway: It’s fucking amazing!

A collaboration between More Soon and Ben Hibon. Produced by Blink.

Watch it and decide for yourself.

Rumble: New works By Pose and KC Ortiz (UPDATE: Event coverage)

Though this show is better known as Rumble, Pose’s new series of works, it actually bears two names, the second of which is Forced Rebellion. The second title refers to a series of new works by photographer KC Ortiz. Through they seem to be advertising them as two separate shows, they have the same opening and running dates. Both artists are also represented by Known Gallery, so I guess they’re just milking every drop they can out of this one.

No matter what the behind-the-scenes madness of this show may or may not entail, I would highly recommend going to this event. If you’re not already familiar with Pose and his amazing works, you can watch him paint here. One better, you can watch him paint and talk about this upcoming show here. I’m not going to get into talking about their works too much, however–we can do that after the show, which I will no doubt be covering. Continue reading

This Weekend in L.A. (mostly)

There’s kind of a lot going on this weekend in and around L.A.

If you feel like you need to see some live music tonight, you have your pick of Mastodon at the Fox Theater in Pomona or Mono at the El Rey. If you’d rather see a movie and save a few bucks, then head over to the New Beverly Cinema: they’re showing a double feature of Small Change and Mississippi Mermaid followed by a midnight screening of Somebody’s Knocking at the Door. The midnight screening is a separate bill, so you’ll have to buy two tickets if you’re planning on watching all three movies (but the midnight show is only $5, so it’s not too bad). Continue reading

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