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Transmission 1.30.2012 Sunday Nights

Posted in Everything Went Black Media, The Trip, Tombs with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2012 by everythingwentblack

1.29.2012 23:50
I hung with Dave for a while last night; I don’t get many opportunities to see him, so when he’s in town, I make time for him. It was Sunday night, so nothing was going on for me, just a shower, some chow and preparation for the upcoming week.

It’s always great seeing Dave; I haven’t seen him the Argonauts played this house show in New Brunswick during last year’s fall. I remember following the GPS directions and pulling up in front of the house and realizing that it was down the street from where Chris Pierce used to live. Anodyne recorded the “Red was her Favorite Color” and “Berkowitz” 7-in’s there. Memories; time flies on broken wings sometimes. .This time there was some added charm because he played e the new Argonauts demo and a few songs off of the new, recently recorded and mastered Municipal Waste. We sat in his car and kicked the hard jams. The Argonauts stuff was recorded in a practice space by Phil and crushed! John writes such memorable, catchy riffs; they’re brutal, intense, get inside your head, fuck you up and bounce. I’ve been a fan of his since the Times Up days. Listening to the demo made me feel nostalgic for the late-90’s, playing shows together, Stalag 13, the Black Army Jacket days, the early Burnt by the Sun shows and getting to know those guys. I find myself becoming more and more sentimental as the years go by. I remember those days and it feels like another lifetime ago; the years move quickly, like moving targets, one moment they’re in front of you and then become memories.

Next up was a few tracks from the new Municipal Waste record. A Steve Moore, Italian zombie-movie flavored intro counted off the thrash mayhem that everyone expects from a Municipal waste record. What differentiates these guys from the other bands from this ilk, and the same can be said about Toxic Holocaust, is that the songs are memorable and well-executed. It doesn’t just feel like a study in late-80’s thrash, it’s a listening experience. I don’t want to be a hater, but a lot of the newer thrash bands don’t hit that stride that The Waste and Toxic hit. Maybe it’s because The Waste have been around since before playing retro metal was cool. Anyway, all the components are there, ripping guitar solos, Suicidal-esque riffage and probably Tony’s best vocal performance to date.

Man, I always want to feel this way; I always want to do this: sitting in a car with one of my best friends, listening to new jams and getting stoked.

It’s still early, I’m not tired at all. The month is almost over. I hate time of year; January is always such a slow desolate month. I’m looking forward to getting out on the road again, pushing it hard and not looking back. 2011 was a hard year and I want to put it behind me.

Transmission 12.27.2012 Tombs Live on WFMU 2.12.2009

Posted in The Trip, Tombs with tags , , on December 27, 2011 by everythingwentblack

I found this session on my hard drive while I was looking for some of the early Tombs demo’s I recorded from back in late 2007. Unfortunately, I think those sessions are lost forever.

Anyway, this is a lot cooler. WFMU is an institution here in the NY/NJ area. For years they have been playing awesome jams and doing these live sessions so nonetheless, it was a real honor to play a set at their studio. We had just finished up the tour with Dysrhythmia, and “Winter Hours” was about to be released, we were gearing up for Spring tours with Pelican, Wolves in the Throne Room, Isis and morale was high. This recording is a solid document of what we were all about during this period.

Check it out while I’ll keep looking for those old demos.
http://www.mediafire.com/?c46z8lyfxaprl

Transmission 12.11.2011 Year End Top 20

Posted in The Trip, Tombs with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2011 by everythingwentblack

The year is drawing to a close, there are only a few weeks left and everyone is deeply into their holiday trip, buying presents for loved ones, making travel arrangements and just dealing with the madness of the Holiday Season. I always find myself going inward around this time of the year, submerging myself in meditations on the past year and making plans for the next year. This time last year, we were on tour, heading down to Dallas where we would be working with John Congleton on the recording for “Path of Totality;” it was a personal triumph for us, though we feel fortunate for all of the recognition the press has decided to bestow on us, the most meaningful thing was that we made a record that we were proud of, a piece of work where we pushed ourselves.

2011 was a challenging year for me personally. There were a lot of ups and downs, difficult times hardships but through it all, I tried to stay positive and work hard. Below are some of the high points of the year for me, not just records that moved me, but books, shows and accomplishments that helped me keep it all on track.

Happy Holidays!!

1. Ulcerate – The Destroyers of All
The future of Death Metal; I’m a fan of this band’s entire catalog. I look forward to seeing them at MDF 2012.
2. Necros Christos – Doom of the Occult
Robert from Mutant Supremacy turned me on to these guys. One of the blackest, most brutal death metal bands I’ve heard in several years.
3. Blut Aus Nord – Desanctification
One of the creepiest bands in a scene of creepy bands; imagine a black glacier of depression and you will be about halfway down the darkened hallway that leads to where these guys dwell.
4. KEN Mode –Venerable
KILL EVERYONE NOW MODE pretty much sums it all up. They guys are consistently one of the hardest hitting bands that I’ve ever seen and really nice dudes to boot. Oh yeah, they’re also Canadian.
5. Craft – Void
I thought they broke up, but brother Mike Scondotto told me that they had a new record out. Their other records “ Fuck the Universe”, “Total Soul Rape” and “Terror Propaganda” are stellar; the one continues the black metal with a rocking, almost Entombed-style groove. I’m actually listening to it as I write this. Aside from being brutal and satanic as fuck, they’re catchy and write great songs.
6. Morne – Asylum
I remember hearing their demo down at the Relapse office a couple of years ago and being blown away by it. I also heard it on WFMU while driving the van across New Jersey. It’s epic in the European hardcore vein; like Tragedy but a hair slower. This is one of my constant plays.
7. Chris Conelly – Artificial Madness
We scored a box of new releases from the relapse office and this was one of the discs in the box. Andrew actually told me that it was good, it reminded him a Versoma, the band that I did with Jamie Getz. Unlike Versoma, this record is great. It falls in somewhere between Joy Division and Public Image Limited; driving repetitive drums and depressing, understated vocals.
8. Exhumed – All Guts, No Glory
Exhumed rule. All of their records kick my ass. We played with them at Ieper Fest in Belgium on the last European Tour. Totally ripping death grind.
9. Circle of Ouroborus – Eleven Fingers
Circle of Ourobourus is one of the more unique bands that people call Black Metal. I put the in the same category as Urfaust in being two of the most European sounding bands in my record collection. Dark, Ian Curtis influenced vocals and spare subtle guitar and bass over simple rhythms paint a landscape of greys and somber pale skies. This is winter music.
10. Wolves in the Throne Room – Celestial Lineage
I wonder if tis will be their last record? The tour this past summer was their last tour.
11. Walking Dead – Season 2
I was looking forward to this ever since Season 1 ended. I can’t express how stoked I am that AMC is handling this series with a laissez-faire attitude and letting it be as extreme as it needs to be. I did the direction and applaud the fact that it’s not just a TV re-telling of the comic book.
12. Danzig Legacy Tour
Love him or hate him, Glenn Danzig is an icon. He has contributed so much to punk, metal, hardcore and rock music. It was a real event when he rolled through town with the Legacy tour. I was most excited about the Samhain set, my favorite of all of his bands. The Misfits set was also intense. Doyle was like a superhero, larger than life and stalking across the stage. It gave me chills.
13. Swans live at Music Hall of Williamsburg – 9.28.2011
I missed the first group of dates that the Swans did because I was on tour. The show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg was amazing. Michael Gira has been one of my idols for the past two decades of my life, so seeing him back in action was an honor.
14. Immolation – Providence EP
Immolation keeps cranking out great records I caught these guys this fall at Blender in NYC with brother Mike Scondotto. As always they delivered a solid set of NYDM.
15. Black Anvil, Inhuman, Tombs, The Year is One – ABC NO RIO, NYC 12.3.2011
This was one last chance to play at ABC NO RIO BEFORE the wrecking ball demolishes the building. It was meaningful to play it with a group of good friends and great bands.
16. Interviewing Henry Rollins for Brooklyn Vegan
Rollins continues to be one of my main philosophical influences so it comes as no surprise that getting a chance to speak to him on a professional level was a high point of the year for me. I hope that we can do it again at some point.
17. “Night Eternal” – Part 3 of The Strain Trilogy by Guillermo Del Toro
The conclusion of Del Toro’s awesome vampire trilogy did not disappoint. I’m sad that there won’t be a new book for next year!!
18. New York Comicon 2011
It was just straight-up fun. I took the day off from work and was onsite from pretty much the onset. It was overload, but totally killer.
19. Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath” by Tony Iommi
How badass is it to be able to title your biography “Iron Man.”
20. “The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor” by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga
I scored this at Comicon. I’m a massive Walking Dead fan so all of this tie-in stuff is must-have for me. “The Governor” is one of the best villains, up there with Darth Vader. I highly recommend this for anyone who loves the comic and the TV series.

Transmission 8.30.2011 Blues Jam

Posted in The Trip, Tombs with tags , , , , , on August 31, 2011 by everythingwentblack

“When the night lasts forever and time stands still” Playlist

http://soundcloud.com/mike-hill/sets/night-time

Transmission 7.14.2011

Posted in The Trip, Tombs on July 15, 2011 by everythingwentblack

Download the long-lost project SECRET MACHINES that Thos Niles and I did a few years back. It was never really finished, so this is it in all of it’s incomplete glory. Thos was the original drummer in my old band Anodyne; he also plays in Blacktail (also featuring original Anodyne bassist Mike Davis) and Windmills by the Ocean.

Honestly, I can’t remember when we tracked this. It was somewhere around 2005, Autumn maybe. It was cold and rainy when I went up to do it. We tracked it at Small Church Studio with Kevin Micah. The building that the studio resided in has since been demolished.
I ended up mixing it a couple of years later at my apartment and Scott Hull mastered it. I had the idea in my head that I’d release it on Black Box Recordings but I never got around to it.

Anyway, I think it sounds pretty good.

http://soundcloud.com/mike-hill/sets/secret-machines-solypsism/

Transmission 7.2.2011

Posted in The Trip, Tombs with tags , , , , , on July 2, 2011 by everythingwentblack

Part 1 of the current Tour Journal can be read at Revolver’s Metalkult Blog http://www.revolvermag.com/tombs-tour-part1

It’ll be broken up into parts. At some point, I’ll re-post the whole thing here.

I brought the van to the shop for repairs; listened to some Rock ‘n’ Roll radio on the way. and decided that the guitar riff in Aerosmith’s “Love in an Elevator” is pretty brutal despite the flaccidity of the actual song. Leave it to Joe Perry and Brad Whitford. The irony is that the song is about laying some floozy in an elevator yet the vocals and lyrics are so completely bereft of testosterone. After that, the Kings of Leon track “Use Somebody” was up. This song has been rammed down my throat for a solid two years, starting that one night in Helsinki when I spent a sleepless two hours in a hotel room waiting for the van call and was mesmerized by the European MTV. The extreme close-ups on the singer were really uncomfortable. I’ve heard this song being played at various gyms, Starbucks, chain restaurants and record stores more or less continuously.

I have to admit, I’ve grown to almost like that song.

Tomorrow, I have Mike Repasch-Nieves from Junius coming over to do a podcast; it should result in some good conversation. Later in the week, Mike Scondotto (The Last Stand, Inhuman) will be in for a follow up to the First Episode.

It’s been really slow since I got back from tour. It’s always the same: it’s miles and hours, playing shows every night, seeing people then it all stops suddenly. I feel this incredible stillness and restlessness because life is really out there for me, not here in this room.

Transmission 6.6.2011 PODCAST 005 – Malcolm Tent TRASH AMERICAN STYLE

Posted in Podcast, The Trip, Tombs with tags , , , , , , on June 6, 2011 by everythingwentblack

Once upon a time, before the internet, before downloading, there was a golden age when people bought all their music at record stores. Often times these record stores became meeting places where people would congregate, get turned on to new ideas, expand their minds. They became the nexus point for kids that may not have fit it, where weirdos, the malcontents. Trash American Style was one such store that existing first in Brookfield and later in Danbury, CT. Officially, the store existed from November 29, 1986 to September 27, 2006. Malcolm and Kathy, the owners, are two of the most radical people that I’ve ever known. I can’t even begin to calculate how many hours and gallons of coffee I logged in hanging out there, getting turned on to new music, talking to the cast of characters that worked there, discovering new bands. It opened me up to things that I would have never been exposed to if I played it safe. I want to emphasize that the closing of Trash wasn’t brought on by financial hardship, but instead by greed and deceit. Ultimately, it the underhanded, cowardly methods of Minuteman Press, Trash’s neighbor coupled with the landlord’s refusal to renew the lease that did them in. A great documentary called “I Need That Record” summarizes the entire saga. Despite this, the story continues. Malcolm and Kathy, faced with the obstacle of their store closing, decided to take it on the road and travel with the store, taking it to the people. This is one of the primary lessons I learned from the Trash American Style crew; the refusal to give up, to choose your path and stick with it despite everything else. That’s why Malcolm will always be the Man. I caught up with Malcolm in the parking lot of the Heirloom Arts Theater in Danbury. The occasion was an Adrenalin Overdose show; the parking lot was filled with old punks and younger kids. Malcolm rolled up with his distro and we talked. Check out Podcast at:
http://everythingwentblack.podbean.com/
Also, check out the excerpts from “I Need That Record” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61Zw46UDv3s http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbjwhRXzBPk