Loud Rock Charts: 12/11

It’s that time of the year again. The time where we can all just stop giving two fucks about life and be as lazy as we want and drink eggnog till we die from heart congestion.

In all seriousness, this is the last week of charts, and what a year it has been. We’ve seen some phenomenal records and some disappointments, but overall, 2012 has been grandiose for us headbangers. I can only hope 2013 will reach the same sensationalism, but with bands like Cynic, Cult of Luna, The Ocean, and Scale the Summit already prepping their new studio albums, I doubt we have much to worry about.

1 HATEBREED “Put It To The Torch” [Single] Razor And Tie
2 DEPARTURES Teenage Haze No Sleep

 

 

 

 

1 DEFTONES Koi No Yokan Warner Brothers
2 ALL THAT REMAINS A War You Cannot Win Razor and Tie
3 GAMMA RAY Skeletons And Majesties Eagle Rock
4 DAVEY SUICIDE Put Our Trust In Suicide [EP] Standby
5 BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME The Parallax II: Future Sequence Metal Blade
6 CRADLE OF FILTH The Manticore And Other Horrors Nuclear Blast
7 AUGUST BURNS RED Sleddin’ Hill: A Holiday Album Solid State
8 ABIOTIC Symbiosis Metal Blade
9 MY DYING BRIDE A Map Of All Our Failures Peaceville
10 DOWNFALL OF GAIA Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes Metal Blade

A Preview Of What 2013 Has In Store For Us Metalheads

2012 has brought upon us mere mortals some fantastic records. Big name bands, like Gojira, Enslaved, and Neurosis, have all presented amazing, high quality full length features that are sure to be regarding by some as instant classics, perhaps even winning an album of the year award or two. Even more obscure bands, such as Cloudkicker and Ne Obliviscaris, have been releasing phenomenal records. However, the 2012 year is almost to a close, and now is as good a time as any to start looking forward to 2013 and what potential masterpieces we can begin eagerly anticipating for.

 Cult of Luna Ready to Melt Our Faces

Cult of Luna, a post metal band hailing from Sweden, is set to drop Vertikal, their first record in 5 years. If their last two releases were indicative of anything, it’s that CoL are in the process of becoming one of the finest post metal outfits of our generation. Whether or not Vertikal will live up to the standard that’s become synonymous with the band, time can only tell.

 

BTBAM/Coheed/Russian Circles Tour

2013 will have just started, and already the biggest tour of the year (arguably) starts in February. Announced officially on November 5th, this tour features some of the best live acts in our generation, with Russian Circles opening and BTBAM co-headlining beside Coheed and Cambria. Prepare your anuses people. This won’t just be the most anticipated concert of the year, it’ll also be the geekiest.

 

Scale the Summit Will Give Us Another Summit to Scale

Letchford and company have been making a name for themselves as one of the best instrumental outfits currently around. Their last album, The Collective, was a great example of premium virtuoso guitar work.  According to the band, “We just started work on our next album. The material we have written so far is definitely pushing us into new territory.” In fact, the band very recently posted a new album teaser over on their YouTube home page. According to the  video, the record is called The Migration, and will drop sometime  in  Spring 2013.

An Amalgamation Of Promising New Material

Some more artists that have been hinting about dropping new releases  in 2013, but with much less details surrounding the albums, are Chimp Spanner, The Ocean, and Cynic. The Ocean have mentioned that they’re considering creating a full fledged instrumental album, which would be new for them, whereas Cynic and Chimp Spanner have been updating their respective Facebook pages with lots of teases about their new album in the works.

DISAPPOINTED

While I’m sure 2013 will be a good year for music, it’s just not going to be able to live up to the sheer amount of greatness that 2012 exuded. We’re all being spoiled this year, and I’ve sure as hell made certain not to waste this opportunity of awesome metalness this year. Have you?

Rock Charts!

Its December once again! Time for caroling, gingerbread houses, domesticated trees, and indie rock. The year is finishing off strong with great new releases from Bat For Lashes, Titus Andronicus, the Babies, and more. Be sure to keep it locked here on the Great 88 to hear the sweet sweet sounds of brand new rock ‘n’ roll.

 

 

Here’s our CMJ Top 30 for the week of December 4th…

1 BAT FOR LASHES The Haunted Man EMI
2 TY SEGALL Twins Drag City
3 TITUS ANDRONICUS Local Business XL
4 SLAM DUNK Welcome To Miami File Under: Music
5 SUFJAN STEVENS Silver And Gold Asthmatic Kitty
6 TAME IMPALA Lonerism Modular
7 BABIES Our House On The Hill Woodsist
8 OF MONTREAL Daughter Of Cloud Polyvinyl
9 GUIDED BY VOICES The Bears For Lunch GBV Inc.
10 SPYRALS The Spyrals Mock
11 ALT-J An Awesome Wave Canvasback
12 PRINCE RAMA Top Ten Hits Of The End Of The World Paw Tracks
13 TAMARYN Tender New Signs Mexican Summer
14 GARY CLARK JR. Blak And Blu Warner Brothers
15 BARBARAS 2006-2008 Goner
16 SAN CISCO Awkward Fat Possum
17 SCOTT AND CHARLENE’S WEDDING Para Vista Social Club Critical Heights
18 EX-CULT Ex-Cult Goner
19 CLINIC Free Reign Domino
20 SIC ALPS Sic Alps Drag City
21 SUN AIRWAY Soft Fall Dead Oceans
22 EL PERRO DEL MAR The Pale Fire Control Group
23 SKY FERREIRA Ghost Capitol
24 SONIC YOUTH Smart Bar Chicago 1985 Goofin’
25 PEACE The World Is Too Much With Us Suicide Squeeze
26 HARLAN Night Loop Still Beat
27 BLACKBIRD BLACKBIRD Boracay Planet Om
28 SHANNON AND THE CLAMS “Gremlins Crawl” [Single] Volar
29 DIAMOND RINGS Free Dimensional Astralwerks
30 TORO Y MOI So Many Details [7-inch] Carpark

Talkabout 12/05/12

John is excited to have Nina Simon on the show this week! Nina is the Executive Director of The Museum of Art & History @ McPherson Center in Santa Cruz, California.

Santa Cruz Golden State Warriors

On November 2, 2012, the city of Santa Cruz made basketball history.  The Santa Cruz Warriors, the official D-League affiliate of the Golden State Warriors, made eight selections during the 2012 NBA D-League Draft, marking the first D-League draft in Santa Cruz history.

The first-ever selection by the Santa Cruz Warriors was awarded to 6’4’’ guard Travis Leslie from Georgia.  In the 2011 NBA Draft, Leslie was picked 47th in the second round by the Los Angeles Clippers.  During the 2011 season, Leslie played 10 games for the clippers and four preseason games this year.  The Georgia native averaged 14.4 points 7.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists shooting 49.2% from the field in his last year at the University of Georgia.  With his prior NBA experience and outstanding athletic qualities, Leslie will be a great asset to the Santa Cruz Golden State Warriors and will benefit from time in the D-League.

In addition to the likings of Leslie, the Santa Cruz Warriors chose T.J. Robinson, a 6’8’’ forward from Long Beach State, as the first pick of the third round and the second oveall draft pick.  Robinson averaged 12 points and 10.2 rebounds in 34 games his senior year.

In the following rounds, the Santa Cruz Warriors picked Faisal Aden from Washington State, Durrell Summers from Michigan State, Steve Tchiengang from Vanderbilt, and Darren Moore from UC Irvine.  In addition to the draft picks, two players from local open tryouts were chosen for the D-League team.  Japeth Aguilar, a 6’10” center from Western Kentucky who has played professionally in the Philippines, participated in open tryouts in Oakland. Arron Mollet, a 6’3” guard from Notre Dame de Namur who played basketball at Gavilan College and Del Mar High in San Jose, participated in open tryouts at Aptos High School.

The 2012-13 season will begin on Sunday, December 2nd at Reno, NV.  The Santa cruz Warriors will hold their first home game on Sunday, December 23rd against Bakersfield.

For more information on the Santa Cruz Warriors, visit http://www.nba.com/dleague/santacruz/

 

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Universal Grapevine 12/04/12

Bruce has Joe Jordan on NASA, Setidustitute, and the Hubble Telescope; and Bob Taren on local politics and election results. Listen Here!