What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 11/10/17

For those who missed our last installment, We post biweekly updates covering what the staff at Heavy Blog have been spinning. Given the amount of time we spend on the site telling you about music that does not fall neatly into the confines of conventional “metal,” it should come as no surprise that many of us on staff have pretty eclectic tastes that range far outside of metal and heavy things. We can’t post about all of them at length here, but we can at least let you know what we’re actually listening to. For those that would like to participate as well (and please do) can drop a 3X3 in the comments, which can be made with tapmusic.net through your last.fm account, or create it manually with topsters.net. Also, consider these posts open threads to talk about pretty much anything music-related. We love hearing all of your thoughts on this stuff and love being able to nerd out along with all of you.

72 – Space Jews Aside, We Got The Money Shot

This week we recorded a bit early due to real life stuff. As such, we have a lot of asides in our discussions. We still talk about some news. Like the new Ulver song, Mastodon’s Brent Hinds claiming Judas Priest aren’t metal, new Carach Angren, and Iapetus. The underrated release Eden highlights is Atsuko Chiba’s Jinn. We then have an extended discussion on “the cult of the new”, and finally an extended discussion on Logan, the send-off to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine.
Bonus points if you figure out why I keep saying “we got the money shot”.

Heavy Blog’s Editors’ Picks: November 2016

Contrary to what many other sites and publications would have you believe, 2016 is, in fact, still not over yet. So while the first major wave of year-end lists has hit us this week, we’re here to tell you that there are still a bunch of recently-released albums that you seriously need to consider before settling on your own favorites for the year. It’s certainly true that by the time November rolls around the pace of high-profile and superb albums tends to drop off, especially compared to the September/October rush. There was some truly great music that came out this past month though, and the fact that all of it and any music released next month will be automatically disqualified by default from most end-of-year lists is both annoying and completely shitty for those bands. You’ll hear us talking about the problems and merits of end-of-year listmaking plenty in the coming days and weeks, but for now let’s just give a moment to some bands who will inevitably be shafted and discounted by far too many.

Atsuko Chiba – The Memory Empire

Earlier this year, Montréal’s Atsuko Chiba released three-track EP Figure & Ground, a perfectly enchanting follow-up to their 2013 endeavor in Jinn, which we sang the praises for when we discovered them a little over a year ago. To say we were anything but delighted with Figure & Ground as…

PHOTOS: Atsuko Chiba, Au Revoir—April 7th, 2016 @ Door No. 3, Chicago, IL

Post-rock’s evolution from shoegaze has certainly been a fulfilling musical passage, spawning some Heavy Blog favorites including Explosions in the Sky, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Outrun the Sunlight, In Each Hand a Cutlass, Maiak, and literally countless others. We’re blessed to constantly be discovering new artists, especially in the post-rock…

Heavy Blog’s Editors’ Picks: March 2016

With so much great music out there and so much music that our staff reviews (and plenty that we don’t), it can be difficult to keep up with it all and determine which releases are the most worth your time. Harnessing the wide-ranging and diverse tastes of our editorial staff, our monthly Editors’ Picks column is our gift to you to guide you towards the music that’s impacting us the most. You can read our picks from previous months right here.

Ah, March! The end of winter is nigh, spring is nearly upon us, and the heavy hitters are preparing to unleash more music than we possibly know what to do with. Even though all of us here at Heavy Blog are practically salivating at everything that April has in store for us, this past month wasn’t exactly shabby. We’ve got a lineup of some incredible albums for you to check out if you haven’t already, and for the first time, we’re also including a shortlist of other albums from the past month (metal or otherwise) that get our collective seal of approval. Also for the first time, you’ll notice that we’ve installed a nifty little Spotify widget in our site sidebar featuring a playlist of said top picks from this past month. As always, feel free to share your own top picks in the comments, and without further ado, let’s dig in into this month’s offerings!

Post Rock Post – Atsuko Chiba’s Figure and Ground

We’ve spoken about Atsuko Chiba in the past. First, we told you to listen to them. Then, we premiered a track off of their EP “Figure and Ground”. Now, that EP is finally out and I’m here to urge you, once again, to check these guys out. Why? The reasons are many but one seems to shine brighter or perhaps first, whenever I put my hands to the keyboard in order to write about them. The simple fact is that Atusko Chiba are broadening the array of possibilities for post rock. While I won’t be as arrogant as to claim that they are singular, for that would imply a complete knowledge of the scene, I will say that they’re one of the most unique, moving and pleasing bands currently in operation. Their formula is simple and yet, elusive: first they take elements common in post rock, like an emphasis on open, “bright”, riffs. Second, they splice these with a dominant groove section, giving the bass a prominent position. Lastly, they infuse these basic building blocks with influences from Pink Floyd, hardcore, punk, and more.

Atsuko Chiba Bring Us Good ‘Tidings’ With New Track

Atsuko Chiba. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, you’ve been doing things wrong; it’s been a few months since we told you to listen to them and, if you haven’t already, you really ought to. No, no. Right now. OK, welcome back! If the taste of the latest release is still on your tongue and you yearn for more of that magical blend between post rock, funk, pop-punk and all sorts of goodness, rejoice! The band released a new track last night and announced a new EP, to be released next month! Let’s get to the track first.