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November New Angle Night ’12

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to another edition of New Angle Night. That’s right folks, November New Angle Night ’12 is this Thursday, November 15th, over at the New Angle Lounge. This month’s theme will be 80’s pop so dress to impress and join Dissociative Identity Productions and New Angle Lounge before the Thanksgiving season.

As usual, Miller High Life’s are $1 all night with mixed drinks/shots half off from 9-11 pm (so come early to get the most for your money!) Furthermore, I will be sure to bring
out a deck of cards so if anyone’s trying to play a round or two of Texas Hold ’em or Blackjack, I’m more than down.

Anyways, be sure to stop by and say hey to Tim and the New Angle Lounge before the Turkey season. Speaking of which, there will be a delightful key sesh this upcoming weekend so more details will be available soon. See you all soon and I look forward to more weird/grand times at the New Angle Lounge.

November New Angle Night ’12

– Cliff

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October New Angle Night ’12

Let me go ahead and start by thanking everyone who came out to September New Angle Night ’12: it got a lot wilder than I was anticipating. With that said, I figure you know what’s coming next. Thus, marking over a year and a half of the series, Dissociative Identity Productions and New Angle Lounge are proud to present October New Angle Night ’12.

As usual, mixed drinks and shots are half off during happy hour, from 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Furthermore, Miller High Life’s are $1 all night (or until New Angle Lounge runs out). Marking one week before Halloween, I’m down for trying out my costume so yeah, suggest all of ya’ll do the same. The theme for this month will be 90’s alternative so you can certainly expect some Modest Mouse, Pixies, Built to Spill, Green Day, Blink 182, and maybe some Nirvana/Pearl Jam in case you are inclined.

Anyways, thank you so much again for all of your support and continued interest. I wasn’t sure if the New Angle Night series would survive the summer but so far, it appears to be running better than ever. So enjoy your classes, get ready for Halloween, and see ya real soon.

October New Angle Night ’12

– Cliff

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Maybeshewill – I Was Here For A Moment, Then I Was Gone


Today, Leicestershire, UK’s own Maybeshewill released their forth coming album, “I Was Here For A Moment, Then I Was Gone” off of Function Records. To start things off right, then, the quartet is currently on a headlining tour in Europe, which will be followed by shows with …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead in October.

In case you are unfamiliar, Maybeshewill is James Collins (drums), Matt Daly (keyboards) John Helps (guitar), Robin Southby (guitar) and Jamie Ward (bass). Over the past five years, between endless touring and three full-length albums, Maybeshewill has had the fortune to build up a loyal and enthusiastic following across the world. Furthermore, with a steadfast DIY ethic, the band have self-recorded all their material to date, making them one of the prime inspirations to any up and comer within the indie field.

The band released their debut four-track EP entitled “Japanese Spy Transcript” on their own label, Robot Needs Home Records in early 2006, an EP which was later picked up by Japan’s XTAL Recordings (Caspian, Yndi Halda) and released in an extended form in August of the same year. Eventually Nottingham’s Field Records would release the band’s self-recorded debut album Not For Want Of Trying in May 2008, receiving high praise from the likes of Huw Stephen (BBC Radio 1),  RockSound (8/10), Kerrang (4/5) and Drowned In Sound (8/10), amongst many others.

A year later, in June 2009, Sing The Word Hope In Four-Part Harmony (a personal favorite) was released, once again through Field Records. After touring worldwide, the band finally joined up with Function Records in 2011, releasing I Was Here For A Moment, Then I Was Gone in the UK, Europe and Japan in June. The album was once again self-recorded with Jamie at the board, though this time the band worked in more traditional recording studios. If this resume doesn’t get ya excited, I’m not really sure what will. What ever your inclination may be, take it form me: this is an album you do not want to miss. So far, every album by Maybeshewill has gotten progressively better. “I Was Here For A Moment, Then I Was Gone” is no different. Enjoy.

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Mud Pie Sun – Wooden Circle

Summer is winding down and the bleakness of the 9 to 5 has becoming abundantly clear. With this epoch of coldness and long nights approaching, all that seems to remain of those blissful days in the sun appears to be memories. Yet there may be other ways to proactively engage in those grand nothings of weeks ago. Beginning with a 45 second hymn to the hybrid that is the natural world and lofi distortions, Mud Pie Sun’s “Wooden Circle” is an album which speaks to this role with unfaltering commitment.

Released two months ago, in early August, 2012, “Wooden Circle” spans 45 mins with everything you could ever want from a psychedelic lofi, garage rock band. Yet more importantly, they are able to give the flow of the album, as a whole, a more inclusive feel with such tinges of genres as folk and classic rock. For a music reviewer, then, it can prove to be challenging. All too often, writers such as myself want to clump whatever act we are covering into more well-known acts. Yet, for Mud Pie Sun, this task proves to be far more difficult. Sure, as you are listening to “Wooden Circle“, a couple of bands come to mind such as White Fence or Jesus and Mary Chain. There is still, however, a classical feel to the album which makes them come across as a group all to their own.

This compliment, in my opinion, stems on the story of the album, as well as the group, itself. Dating back to 1989, Mud Pie Sun is made up of Steven and Tom, who released a multitude of smaller releases and EP’s until settling on writing a full length. Thus, recording of “Wooden Circle” began in 2004, with segments of guitar dating as far back as even 1993. However, a hiatus due to distance and careers forced the duo to stall on their progress. Leaving a half finished product yearning to be discovered once more, it would take a long 5 years before the album would transcend into its final form. So what does this all mean for the listener? Well, for one, it is incredible for me to listen to as it seems to be an album which reflects nearly two decades of work and influence. As a college student, this essentially means my whole life, which gives particular emphasis to the maturity of this album as it expresses emotions and experiences which I am only beginning to understand or have yet to even encounter. In addition, however, the album itself appears to clearly grow, from the beginning to the end. With each track, a new sort of dynamism emerges, giving the sensation that I can only describe from listening to an entire Guided by Voices album straight.

If it hasn’t become clear yet, let me just go ahead and explain it: I loved this album however I struggle to convey the kind of journey Mud Pie Circle’s “Wooden Circle” takes you on. The best way I could dream to suggest listening to this album would probably be on the beginning of a long road trip because the rhythm guitar alone will make you feel as though you are trucking down I-95. Regardless of if it’s on the road or in your bedroom, I would highly suggest grabbing a copy of “Wooden Circle” for yourself and even get ready to see the duo play live in the near future. After all, with a live set in the making, who knows: maybe Dissociative Identity Productions will get lucky and get the Mud Pie Sun to perform a live instudio at WKDU Philadelphia, 91.7 fm. I won’t press my luck despite to say, with the end of summer, at least I have Mud Pie Sun’s “Wooden Circle” to cope me over.

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Bright Beast – S/T EP

I was supposed to go out to Los Angeles in about a week and a half. I won’t because reality came calling: between job interviews and final exams, life has become revoltingly predictable, including those fleeting moments of lechery and denial. Yet, as Hume would write, we are not any particular person or character but rather the outward expression of the constant flow of emotions running seamlessly through us. Perhaps a little too abstract but it is a point which, in my honest opinion, Bright Beast understands.

A Los Angeles experimental group with clear shoegaze, electronica and, dare I say, early Goth influences, Bright Beats sounds like the incarnation of Bauhaus meets The Ponys, of Weekend meets She Wants Revenge. You get the idea. However, what is more interesting to me is the lack of background fuss they incorporate. There is no roaring soundwalls or loops of lofi fuzz. The notes are simple and strong, resounding in the empty void with a haunting familiarity. Sure, I’m confident they use their share of pedals and synthesizers however they approach these instruments in a minimalist maner, allowing the song writing to speak for itself. And it speaks, perhaps more than one would like to hear.

Anyways, with only 500 copies of the vinyl, it’d be well worth a listen and a bit of your attention. Sure, you could always get the download but come on: there’s just something beautiful about staring into the massive vinyl in your hands. Personal favorite, you ask? Camera, without a doubt, however once more, what truly appeals is how the album flows as a whole. So decide for yourself and learn the meaning of one’s own character: It’s always calm before the storm.

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