PREMIERE: Kiven - "In The Fire" (Youngblood Hawke Official Remix)
I’m thankful and honored to be able to premiere the Youngblood Hawke remix of Kiven’s “In The Fire”, the second single from Kiven’s self-titled album.
The original version of the “In The Fire” is undeniably catchy, but Youngblood Hawke has managed to take a great song and make it even better, by turning it into a stomping, anthemic summer jam that has the potential to be timeless.
As for the album itself, I’m not about to try to put it into a box or assign it to a genre — because that would be a disservice to both the band and listener — but what I can do, is tell you that it’s heavy when it needs to be, delicate and atmospheric when it should be, very catchy without being mundane, and extremely diverse without feeling disjointed in the slightest. It’s just good, really good, and (if you needed further convincing), it was produced by former At The Drive-In drummer/arranger Tony Hajjar, and its first single “I Can Take It" spent nine weeks on the KROQ charts.
7/21 @ The Troubadour supporting Twin Atlantic - West Hollywood, CA
7/22 @ The Slidebar - Fullerton, CA
7/25 @ KCRW’s LA Zoo Roaring Nights - Los Angeles, CA
8/17 @ The Echo, Echo Park Rising - Los Angeles, CA
8/27 @ KROQ Locals Only Presents: Kiven & Night Riots at Hemingway’s - Los Angeles, CA
Huge thanks to the guys in Kiven and folks at Big Picture Media for the opportunity to be a part of this. I’m hoping it will be the beginning of a lot more exclusive premieres, interviews and content at Hermitology. Stay tuned.
I’m gonna be listening this new Hades EP for a while, and if you’re into dark, atmospheric, occasionally heavy indie rock with female vocals I’d suggest you check it out as well. It’s an awfully diverse and strong debut EP.
Favorite tracks: “Untitled Number Four” & “Thomas Cooper”
David Bazan has new music for you. It’s outstanding. (Of course.) He also has a new way of releasing his music.
Two new David Bazan songs will be released every month for the next five months. You get the download of the first release now and upcoming releases on the first of each month. Vinyl will be shipped a few weeks later.
I’ve been a fan of Braid for many years. Through chance and circumstance, Damon (their drummer) ended up being my drum tech for a bit of the mid-2000s, and Thrice’s tour manager thereafter. To be frank, I never felt good about him serving Thrice in either regard, because:
a) he is a far better drummer than I could ever imagine being.
b) I knew how great his band was, and knew that he needed to be making music, not babysitting a band.
c) he’s one of the best human beings I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.
Thankfully, he and and the Braid boys have reunited and made a phenomenal new record that I hope you’ll check out. You can do so at the link above.
The emo band’s first full-length album in 16 years is a measured and often gorgeous set of songs, each well-positioned to remind fans why they fell in love with Braid in the first place.
My new favorite podcast, in which artists deconstruct their songs, layer by layer, and share details about their creation/inspiration. It’s been absolutely fascinating, informative and inspiring to listen to.
Each episode is outstanding and enlightening in its own way (especially the most recent one with Converge), but I listened to the Sea Wolf episode yesterday and really enjoyed it.
Get hooked on this. It’s well worth your time.
(Especially since episodes are roughly 15 minutes long.)
In this episode, Alex Brown Church of Sea Wolf breaks down Kasper, a song from the album Old World Romance. He talks about his songwriting process, collaborating with his bandmates, and the evolution that comes with learning the difference between making something that’s good, and making something that’s perfect.
This is one of my favorite things that exists on this planet. As a dork who made far too many prank calls as a kid (and got suspended from junior high school for them), this is about as good as it gets.
Highlights: We talked about one man biting off another man’s ear during a baseball game, listened to Sam Miller rant about draft-compensation and Stephen Drew, played songs by Smartboys, read some very strong non-Canadian emails, and paid tribute to former MLB reliever Eddie Guardado and his face.
Listened to the new Illustrations record on the evening commute today, and it’s an absolute monster. It really picks up around track 3. Recommended if you like heaviness, sick tones and brutality. Not recommended when you’re sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic and are easily annoyed by feeling stagnant.
This one is lean and mean (aside from the rambling about hustle that I shoved into the show agenda at the last minute). In this episode … sweet tunes from FLOOR, solid emails from DORKS, and tepid baseball takes from two even BIGGER DORKS (who host the show).
I’m really digging this three-song preview of the forthcoming Dark Circles LP. Recommended if you like heavy, dark, d-beat noise/hardcore with a tiny shred of melody. Looking forward to hearing the rest of the record.