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All About Friends Forever Volume 4

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on May 13, 2013 by Magadh

ImageI have been traveling a fair amount of late which accounts for my rather shoddy production for this blog. I was lucky enough to be welcomed home last night by Rich Hall and Carrie Whitney. They had my copy of the most recent volume in their All About Friends Forever series. Whitney released the original compilation in 1997. She’s now teamed up with Hall to create a new chapter; releasing remastered versions of the original tunes along with jams from the next generation.

All About Friends Forever Vol 4. is a powerhouse, featuring remastered tunes from Botch and Nineironspitfire along with new material from Children of God and Helms AleeBotch starts things off with their cover of The B52’s “Rock Lobster”. Always a crowd pleaser back in the day, their interpretation owes much to the chaotic glory of bands like Angel Hair or Swing Kids and remains a standout today. 

Children of God are up next with “Silent War”. The track conjures the brutality of early Converge and Rorschach. More straight forward than most of the excellent We Set Fire to the Sky, “Silent War” pummels the listener. A very solid offering.

Helms Alee premiered their cover of fellow North westerners Heart’s “Magic Man” via Revolver here.  They present a fairly faithful rendering of the classic which showcases the band’s substantial talent. A fitting tribute to my wife’s musical heros.

Nineironspitfire shut up shop with their 5 second blast “Dead”. Fast, brutal and vicious; just like the unfortunately short life of the band.

Hall and Whitney’s most recent release is well worth your time. Check out the tunes and download the tracks via their bandcamp here. Vinyl versions of this and all of the other volumes can be found here (I have it on good authority only 1 copy of the test pressings from Volume 4 remain). 

To learn more about the history of the project check out Eric Weiss’ (of Rumpshaker Zine) interview with Whitney at the All About Friends Tumblr.

– Captain of Games

Burning Bridges: Narrows Occupy SxSW

Posted in Gigs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2012 by Magadh

Drink deep, it’s just a taste, and it might not come this way again,
I believe in moments, transparent moment, moments in grace when you’ve got to stake your faith

– Rites of Spring

South By Southwest has become a self-parody; any vestige of promotion for independent artists and labels has been rapidly replaced by a soul-crushing circle jerk of payola and corporate scheming. One need only see a stage (named the Jacked stage no less) in shape of a giant Doritos vending machine to think that, perhaps, the human experiment has run its course. 


 Yet, it was there I found myself in the company of dear friends Narrows  (who were themselves accompanied by tour manager/roadie/merch lord/fantastic human Rich Hall) as they hit Austin with tourmates and force of nature, All Pigs Must Die. With the exception of the Power of the Riff/Southern Lord/Brooklyn Vegan showcase, my primary motivation was to watch Narrows lay waste to all before them as they played 5 shows in 3 days (and to get tattooed by Steve Byrne). It’s funny how things work out.


Brooklyn Vegan/Chaos in Tejas have, for several years running, promoted a guerilla show at 2 a.m. on the Lamar Pedestrian Bridge. The shows on the bridge have been something of an Austin tradition, and I was perplexed but rather pleased to find myself surrounded by 400 kids as Regents started their 2 a.m. set powered by a gas generator and purloined city power. Regents feature ex-member of Sleepy Time Trio and Maximillian Colby, and I’d had the pleasure of seeing them at a BBQ earlier in the day. They dashed through their four-song set (the maximum allotted to each band) and we set about switching equipment so Narrows could keep things moving. Narrows were, in a word, amazing — because the setting itself was amazing. Anything I write won’t do it justice but I’ve included photos from Shawn Scallen which perfectly capture the night. It seems fitting that the man whose photos graced the pages of Heartattack and inserts of Ebullition albums would be there to do the job.

Austin’s finest showed up following Narrow’s set and the show, unfortunately, ended there. But that 20 minutes…ah, that was perfect. Drink deep ladies and gentlemen.


– Captain of Games