the riyl revolution

James Miska
November 11, 2008, 2:23 pm
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So I originally found out about the Boing! House through my humanities class last year. Since then I’ve been going to quite a few shows there (mostly folk punk), and the boing! café, a weekly low cost vegan café that generally has good food and takes place every friday. A separate story begins in the second grade, when I first picked up some drum sticks. Now I’m not the greatest drummer, in fact, for the amount of time that I’ve been ‘playing,’ I should probably be a lot better than I am. However, I’ve always loved playing and listening to music. These seemingly unrelated stories clashed last week at a show at Boing (James Miska, Chaz Prymek, Joshua Faulkner, Trouble on the Prairie, and The A-Star Team). This post will focus on James, rather than the four other talented (mostly) musicians. At that show, I realized that I wanted to play guitar. Without being overly sappy, i basically had a sort of epiphany at the show, and realized that guitar was really something of a missing piece in my life. Long story short, James is an inspiration, a friend to many, and a wonderful musician. Here’s a track, and you can download more older stuff here and here, and non-downloadable newer stuff is here.

Anthem Of Positivity (For The Traveling, Adventure-Seeking and Otherwise Nomadically-Minded, Kids) – James Miska

Seriously, Who Gives A Fuck? You’re Wasting Your Life Thinking About It. – James Miska



Herbie Herbie Herbie
August 13, 2008, 10:01 pm
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Some called it ‘selling out.’ Personally I don’t give a shit. Do you like pretending it’s the ’70s? Do you find yourself wearing bell bottoms and listening to funk? Well, even if you don’t, Herbie Hancock is for you. This is definitely not in the same boat as his jazzy Blue Note classics, but more of a turning point into his later funkyelectrojazzpop (it’s a new term) that still sounds fresh today.

Herbie Hancock & The Headhunters:



you can listen to the whole album here!

Fuck, Yes!!!!
May 21, 2008, 10:42 pm
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Like train hopping? How about anarchist houses and diy communities? Punk kids who haven’t taken showers? Inspiring concerts? Hitchhiking? Dumpstering? Vegan food and long nights? Hate hierarchy and love fucking shit up?

This is for you:

Fuck, Yes!!!! is for you. Fuck, Yes!!!! is Gary from Seattle, who helped inspire Boing!, a local anarchist collective, and makes great music at the same time. Have a listen, you won’t regret it. Riyl all of those thing i talked about earlier.

Fighting For Our Lives
Fifty Six And A Half Inches Of Freedom (Live)


rainy day noir rock
May 15, 2008, 12:16 am
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It’s raining here in SLC right now, so i thought this was rather appropriate.

This is psychobilly’s depressed sibling on downers, this is trip hop influenced rock noir, this is Lovage minus the creepy guy with the low voice, and this is Oren Bloedow without the high spirit. Meet Elysian Fields. ***check their site, it’s real cute.

as per request, RIYL low-key black-and-white visuals. german expressionist cinematography. night. crime. oneiric, strange, ambivalent, cynical, and cruel femmes fatales. spies. asymmetrical compositions. strangers. flashbacks. chiaroscuro photography. fatalistic moods backgrounded by provocative banter. people with questionable virtues. flattering soft light with jazz playing. emotionally tortuous yet alluring relationships. Basically if you consistently find yourself watching Hitchcock films, reading graphic novels and listening to jazz, you’ll probably be into this.

Lady In The Lake
Rope of Weeds
Jack In The Box

no really, what were you expecting?

– j a k e
e – j a k
k e – j a
a k e – j
j a k e –

love it
May 11, 2008, 10:47 pm
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the soundtrack to me studying for the AP art history test.
shiiit, i should really get back to that…

riyl ok go, hot hot heat, ted leo, etc.

The WombatsKill The Director
The WombatsLet’s Dance to Joy Division

– j a k e .

De Novo Dahl
May 5, 2008, 12:10 am
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I was yelled at today for telling my fellow bike mechanics at Wasatch that my sister will be getting $4 more per hour at her job at another bike shop this summer. fuck. and when i told them that she’s never worked in a shop before! We all hate your people skills dory…

Anyways, here’s a music. De Novo Dahl’s second album is on a much bigger label. they are also interestingly one of the only non-metal bands on roadrunner records. i’m really not quite sure why they’re there, but whatever (it’s insane really, they’re right next to slipknot and megadeth!) this is their second full length, and they’re playing a bunch of shows next month. I think they’d either be really fun live, or it’d sound like mud and everyone would go home crying.

Be Your ManDe Novo Dahl


Just another anarchist terrorist group…
April 16, 2008, 3:36 am
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Actually, Andrew Jackson Jihad isn’t a terrorist group. They probably get that joke a lot too, so sorry about that…

Anyways, they’re this rad as fuck DIY Folk Punk band that’s just as sick and twisted as they are amazing. Recommended if ya like Ghost Mice, John Crocker, Defiance OH, yadda yadda yadda. Got to check them out:


– Jake