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New WHALES photos

New photographs of the band WHALES, including a somewhat terrifying composite image…

Stripwax: Deep Under The Influence

This article was originally posted on Jeff’s Stripwax weekly blog at Third Coast Digest. Reprinted with permission.

Buildings is a NOISE making trio from Minneapolis who’ve recently released an elpee on Denver’s Cash Cow Production label.

Although they are guilty of lifting entire song structures from The Jesus Lizard, the band’s intensity is undeniable.

A full review of their record “Melt, Cry, Sleep” is available on the Stripwax blog at Milwaukee’s Third Coast Digest.

New Album and Midwest Shows from Phantom Works

With two self-released singles and a live EP under their belt, Phantom Works have already been shaking it up with their frenetic take on this thing we call rock and roll. Cooked up in 2008 by three housemates and longtime friends in their Chicago home studio, a number of different influences help shape their sound. Midwest post-punk (The Jesus Lizard, Tar) at the roots, a healthy dash of So-Cal freak out (RFTC, Hot Snakes) along with their own experimental herbs and spices all serve to create a potent, magical, high-energy witches’ brew.

When all these elements come to a boil, things really start to pop and sizzle. Matt Seifert and Kris Poulin revel in their duality, as their guitar lines and vocals collide and intertwine with one another, while Drummer Jim Duffy pounds things out at the nucleus, creating a focal point to the swarming musical mélange. The nine wigged out songs on this record will simultaneously enthrall, excite, and enchant you, because this record has an allure and magnetism that simply will not be contained.

You can buy the Phantom Works Vinyl LP from Sick Room Records for $14, or a $10 digital download of the album from Phantom Work’s Bandcamp.

Don’t miss the band’s upcoming show in the Midwest. They will be doing a free in-store at saki, which is at 3716 W. Fullerton in Chicago on Friday, January 6th. On the 7th, they move up to Milwaukee for a Saturday night show at the Circle A Cafe, followed by a Sunday night farewell at Quenchers in Chicago on the 8th.

Top Eleven Videos for 2011

Behold, my first top ten list! (which is actually a Top Eleven List…)

As you know, we at Caffeinated Recordings record a lot of bands and live shows. The Caffeinated Recordings Youtube Channel currently has over 1,300 videos of live music for your enjoyment, dating back to September of 2009 when I recorded my first live show.

Here are the most popular videos for 2011, based on views in 2011. There are some obvious videos that I noticed that were shared amongst friends, some that got embedded in blogs and venues websites, and some that surprised even me! I hope you enjoy.

  1. The Cell Phones – HomoErotic – Live at Caffeinated Recordings – [Whole Set]

  2. Faiz Zeppelin – Heartbreaker – Live at Schubas – [Whole Set]

  3. Minutes – I was 19, You were 20 – PRF BBQ Auktoberfest 2010 – [Whole Set]

  4. Bear Claw – Back Breaker – Refuse This Gift Record Release Show – [Whole Set]

  5. Stuff My Stocking by Vansassa

  6. Audio Content – Stay – PRF Auktoberfyst 2011 – [Whole Set]

  7. The Conformists – Black People – PRF BBQ Auktoberfest 2010 – [Whole Set]

  8. Blacks – Dad’s Gun – Live at The Observatory – [Whole Set]

  9. big’n – Chinese Jet Pilot – PRF BBQ Auktoberfest 2010 – [Whole Set]

  10. Trophy Wives – Let Us Roll – PRF Cauldron 2011 – [Whole Set]

  11. Itinerant Locals – Stay Up Late [Talking Heads Cover] – Live at Circle A Cafe – [Whole Set]

Mayor For Life 7″ Record Release

Mayor For Life performs live at Quenchers Saloon in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, November 12th, 2011 to celebrate the record release of their Sinking Feeling​/​Snowmobiling 7″. Supporting Mayor For Life for the night were Marmora and Cmn ineed yr hlp.

The release is a 7″ Multicolored (Mostly Dark Green) Vinyl record that comes with screen printed artwork by Erin Page of Kill Hatsumomo Prints. The two songs were engineered, mixed, and mastered by Matt Engstrom in early 2011 at the Mayor For Life rehearsal space and Caffeinated Recordings.

You can purchase the Sinking Feeling​/​Snowmobiling 7″ in Vinyl and Digital Download at:

Higher Quality Videos Can be found on the Caffeinated Recordings Vimeo.