BLACKS. Two guys. And I think a drum machine. They rock out. No, make that they spazz out. One guy is Steve. He’s okay. Kind of tall. Another guy- Keith, too. He’s probably okay. He plays bass. No, pronounced “base”. They write songs. They sound like songs. They also travel in a van. One of them probably lives down by the river. Wait- maybe they both do. They’re loud. Kind of obnoxious. They wouldn’t be here without Steve’s nationwide discount on hotel beds. Or Big Black. Wait. It wasn’t Big Black. They don’t really sound like them. Maybe a little. In the 10k range. See, Steve’s voice is only audible to cats. And toddlers. They still have hearing up to 20k probably. Steve’s down to 150 Hz. I think they put out a couple of things. An album. Some ep. They said they’re going away. Fine. But they’ll be back. I don’t know Keith. He sounds cool. — Ernest

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]

Black Stave Live at Soapbox

After their 37th “Last Show Ever”, Wilmington, North Carolina’s Blacks just could not resist the possibility to play just one more show with the incredible Trophy Wives of Louisville, Kentucky, who were scheduled to blow through town on their summer tour through the South and up the East Coast.

After the withdrawal of bassist Keith, who moved on to sunnier pastures, our hero Steve V needed a band. Well, he really just needed a bass player, but he got himself a band. Making the long haul down to back the man was Evan and Chris of Maple Stave!

This joining of musical souls has been named Black Stave. Check out the videos below of the evening’s new musical partnership.

Blacks Live at PRFBBQNYC2011

Blacks perform live at the Secret Project Robot in NYC as part of the first NYC BBQ, the PRFBBQNYC2011. Unfortunately the first half of the set was only for the ears of those in attendance, but we have the last three songs here for your enjoyment. Recordings and Live Sound by the impeccable Ryan Denmark Steele, Justin Foley, Evan Rowe, and Boombats.

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MP3 Downloads

  1. Blacks – Horses – PRFBBQNYC2011
  2. Blacks – Millions – PRFBBQNYC2011
  3. Blacks – Anthem – PRFBBQNYC2011

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PRF Singles Club Quarter 1

PRF Singles Club Quarter One

Lake of Fake PRF Quarter 1 is a six song EP released on 45rpm vinyl. The EP is part of an eight record subscriber only series with 48 bands contributing music. Vinyl Rips were provided by forum member Motorbike Guy.


  • Released 28 February 2011
  • Mastering: Chris Goosman – Baseline Audio
  • Cover Art: Untitled (Flowers) – Jim Newberry
  • Back: Untitled (Staircase) Christian Carlsen, Blackmarket Design
  • Obi Design: Hench, notimeforlove
  • Printing: Imprint, notimeforlove