One of my favorite records of 2014 is the first Spider Bags album on the label Merge. Frozen Letter currently resides in my top 3 of the year, and I’m already excited to see them again when they come through Chicago for Tomorrow Never Knows in January. Here’s a video they just released for the song “Eyes Of Death.” Continue reading Spider Bags-Eyes Of Death (Video)
Spider Bags came to town last night touring behind their amazing new album, Frozen Letter. It didn’t take long for that LP to jump into my number one slot for best of the year so far, and their performance did not disappoint. This was my first time seeing the band live after discovering them a couple years ago via a tweet by Titus Andronicus front man Patrick Stickles. They released the new record via Merge, and the quality is a testament to both organizations commitment to excellence.
The night kicked off with a so-so performance from Life Parter that could most aptly be described as “loud.” They seemed to be having fun on stage, which made me enjoy it a little more, but all the songs kind of ran together aimlessly and most went on far longer than needed. The second band, Chicago’s own Flesh Panthers, was much more enjoyable. They were also loud, but married that verbosity with melody, harmonies, and a take no prisoners attitude. I’d never heard of them, and was fearing something more akin to Steel Panther, so I’m happy to say I look forward to more from Flesh Panthers.
I used to hate Twitter. Hate probably isn’t the right word, because that hardly scratches the surface of the venomous rants I would lay down against the social media forum. In the beginning I just thought it was dumb, but then CNN decided they needed to be in a public battle with Ashton Kutcher to see which worthless media whore could get to a million … Continue reading Spider Bags-Shake My Head