25 December 2008

A.R. Rahman - Liquid Dance

A.R. Rahman is an amazing composer. Just listen to 'liquid dance' from the 'slumdog millionaire' soundtrack and you'll see why. I'll be seeing this movie this weekend and i'll let you know if it's worth the hype.

The Cryptic Yeast Live in Jamestown, NY

check out the higher quality version on youtube.

Merry Christmas!

I found this on I am fuel, you are friends

Erik Lindstrom's Top 10 albums of 2008

10. Origin - Antithesis

9. Death Angel - Killing Season

8. Mercenary - Architect of Lies

7. Moonsorrow - Tulimyrsky

6. Ihsahn - angL

5. My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges

4. The Cure - 4:13 Dream

3. The Bogarts - Redemption and Retribution
2. Testament - The Formation of Damnation

1. The Sword - Gods of Earth

05 December 2008

In Flames - House Of Blues - Houston TX 11.30.08

Please do yourself a favor. Visit youtube and watch this in high quality.

02 December 2008

Top 10 Albums of 2008

by Rob Fiasco of the Cryptic Yeast

10. Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs

9. Metallica - Death Magnetic

8. Ihsahn - AngL

7. Santogold - S/T

6. Vampire Weekend - S/T

5. Flight of the Conchords - S/T

4. Walter Meego - Voyager

3. Mates of State - Re-Arrange Us

2. Testament - The Formation of Damnation

1. Ra Ra Riot - The Rhumb Line

Top 10 Albums of 2008

- by contributing writer George J. Moore of The Cryptic Yeast

Putting together a top ten releases of the entire year is quite
the responsibility. I mean, you can turn to the pages of a
any rock magazine and you'll see the top sellers, the most popular
shit, or the most "groundbreaking" or whatever. It makes one
second guess themselves, taking a look at all the releases of the past
year, and there's quite a big chunk I've never heard of or got around
to listening to. Plus, if you only listen to
a few genres of music, how do you know that
the releases on your list are the BEST of that particular
genre that came out this year? So what gives me the right?
I guess i should just go by what i played the most and enjoyed.


10.Santogold - Santogold

9. Cold Cave - The Trees Grew Emotions And Died

8. Dan Friel - Ghost Town

7. The Death Set - Worldwide

6. Maths/Throats - Split cd

5. Tobacco - Fucked Up Friends

4. Made Out Of Babies - The Ruiner

3. Torche - Meanderthal

2. Nine Inch Nails - The Slip

1. Ra Ra Riot - The Rhumb Line

Honorable Mentions:
Genghis Tron - Board Up The House
Chae Hawk - The Nickel City Varsity EP,
Does It Offend You, Yeah - s/t
Portishead - 3
Melvins - Nude With Boots
Bloc Party - Intimacy

25 November 2008


*Aids Wolf*
*_Cities of Glass_*

Like many other completely annoying Canadian artists/bands, (Nickelback, Bryan Adams, Celine Dion) the latest from Canadian noise-rock band Aids Wolf entitled "Cities of Glass" is hardly even worth taking the time to write about. The only hope is that someone who is on the fence about the band will read this and decide not to listen to them - if you can even call them a band. Perhaps if this was their first release and they will still trying to figure out their "sound" one could at least be a tad more lenient. But unfortunately, they have released a string of albums since their formation in 2005. Apparently anyone who records a bunch of noise with no songwriting skills whatsoever can have a career working with Skin Graft Records, the label crazy enough to actually sign them. Even listening to the album with an open mind (perhaps there would be some hidden talent... somewhere?) is fruitless - there is not one song on this album worth listening to. It leaves you wishing for precious moments of your life back and yearning to listen to someone from Canada with some kind of substance. Even Snow would bring me endless moments of joy after this. A licky boom boom down makes more sense than anything from Aids Wolf. And that's quite depressing. If you happen to be one of the 21,968 friends on their Myspace, do yourselves a favor and delete them now.
(Skin Graft Records -- P.O. Box 1543, O'Fallon, MO 63366; http://www.skingraftrecords.com ; Aids Wolf -- http://www.aidswolf.net )

*The Mother Truckers*
*_Let's All Go To Bed_*

This Austin, Texas based band has brought a tinge of country, rock & blues in their latest recording "Let's All Go To Bed", creating a pleasantly surprising sound even to a country novice. The album starts out with the rockin' 'Dynamite' which finds dual vocalists Teal Collins & Josh Zeal trading off verses. Zeal exhibits impressive lead guitar work, with unexpected technicality from a country-esque band. Collins' voice is strong and compliments the music very well. To be honest, though, her voice is preferable in the lead position than Zeal; not that he isn't an adequate singer, but her voice fits the music much better. Another standout on the album has to be 'Never Miss My Baby'. The second half of the album slows things down a bit, focusing a bit more on country and folk and less on the rock side of things. It's not bad by any means but it just isn't as striking as the first half. One can definitely tell that these musicians have been honing their craft for quite some time and have developed a niche that works for them and their fans. The biggest
complaint has to be the "metal horn" logo with the cowboy hat - nowadays it appears as if everyone is using it. Check these guys out now before your friend who doesn't even really like music finds out about 'em.

(Funzalo Records -- P.O. Box 35880 Tucson, AZ 85740; http://www.funzalorecords.com/ ; The Mother Truckers -- http://www.themothertruckers.com/ )

13 November 2008

It's about that time....

for people to start considering their favorite albums o' the year. I will hopefully provide you with a few people's different lists and hopefully you'll check out some of the bands and find one you like. There's a chance these lists could change, so technically they are tentative. But the chance of an album blowing my mind in the next month and a half is slim. Ok. Here's the first one. Enjoy!!

10. Santogold "Santogold"

9. Roisin Murphy "Overpowered"

8. Walter Meego "Voyager"

7. Duffy "Rockferry"

6. MGMT "Oracular Spectacular"

5. Dragonette "Galore" [US Release]

4. Land of Talk "Some Are Lakes"

3. Chromeo "Fancy Footwork" [Deluxe Edition]

2. Obi Best "Capades"

1. Ra Ra Riot "The Rhumb Line"

Of Montreal - 11/12/08 @ Warehouse Live - Houston, TX

So, I was totally stoked for the Of Montreal show last night. It was supposed to be a good time – set lists from the tour had promised a fair amount of their older material mixed in with stuff from their new album (which, incidentally, has been panned by pretty much all the other fans I know. (read: myself and Rob.) )

Such was not the case for the Houston show. It was mostly material from their new album, plus maybe three good songs in there (Id Engager, So Begins Our Alabee, The Outback Steakhouse song, etc.) But that wasn't the only problem with the show. There were so many, I feel a list is necessary:

1. DANCERS IN PIG MASKS: Seriously? Like, why does this band that makes (usually) good, quirky indie pop music feel the need to turn their stage show into a Ziggy Stardust on crack freakshow extravaganza? I don't need 5 or 6 other people on an already crowded stage – more on that later – to make Of Montreal interesting. Nor do I enjoy going to shows that have a splash zone. Please don't throw bacon at me. Also, how are they affording this? They had more dancers than Beyonce. Maybe. I have no factual information to back that claim up.

2. SOUND MIXING FOR DUMMIES: Ugh. Warehouse Live is, as the name suggests, and old warehouse with big concrete walls and very high ceilings, so it's understandable that there would be some reverberation, but it's been a venue for a couple of years, and you'd think they would have figured out how to appropriately mix the bands to sound, oh, I dunno, somewhat good at least by now. At yet, they have not. Shame!

3. 3 BASSES? SURELY YOU JEST!: Rob leaned over at one point and remarked that there were three bassists playing at one time. I couldn't tell because I am a midget, but he was right. I still can't figure out the point of that. Or why they needed 2 drum kits on stage, and why every band member switched instruments several times to play something that someone else was already playing. It felt a little like they were boasting – "Hey, look how multi-talented each of us is!"




7. THE CROWD: Between the high school hipsters, thieving Asians, and overly psyched lesbians, I could barely keep my composure. Where did all the cool people go that just want to listen to music and not booty dance in a shirt with an enormous tiger on the back. Yeah, I'm talking about you, guy to my right.

So overall, I lost some respect for Of Montreal last night. (Which is less than Rob lost. We'll miss you, camera.) Tone it down, and maybe I'll go see them again. MAYBE. I hold a long grudge.

06 November 2008

05 November 2008

Bye Bye Erica!!!

While many of you were tuned into election coverage, I was watching the latest episode of Paris Hilton's My New BFF.

Who got TTFN'd?

This girl.

Kiki. And I was glad to see her go. Her smug attitude is not what Paris needs in a BFF.

Who's tuning in for the new 50 Cent reality show tomorrow? I know I am!!!

03 November 2008

Fuck You, Trent Reznor.

Today I received this email from the one and only front-man from the "MUSICAL" group, 'Nine Inch Nails'

Next Tuesday we will elect the next President of the United States. The result will have great consequences for the nation.

This election offers a choice is between two men with dramatically different visions of the future. We have strong feelings about this choice. But we feel even more strongly that all Americans, regardless of political preference, have a stake in the outcome and should vote in this critical election.

This is likely to be a close election. Your vote matters. Please use it and make a difference.

Trent Reznor

Ok. First off. You're a musician. Make some decent music. No one cares about your political views. At least not me. If I cared what you thought, you'd be a politician, and I probably still wouldn't, but at least you'd have the right to tell me to vote.

Where do you get off telling me this? Is John McCain telling me to pick up "Death Magnetic"? No. He's not.

Did Obama suggest I go see "High School Musical 3"? Or ask me if I was upset that Onch got voted off of Paris's show? He sure didn't.

This goes for all musicians. I really lose respect for you when you shove your views down my throat. This goes for Christian bands too. If I care about the word of the lord, I'll go to church, not to the latest UnderOath album.

Boo Trent Reznor. I'm disappointed in you. I was disappointed when you felt the need to talk about George Bush in "Year Zero". One, it dates your music. Two, it's just plain stupid. Now you've wasted my time. What I thought was maybe a new song or hell, even a new remix, was just a ploy for you to spew your dogmatic drivel.

02 November 2008

more new music

Well, fleet foxes didn't work out for me at all....it's not my style, so I moved on. I know the frou frou will be good because Imogen's voice is just amazing. My Sunday evening has been spent looking for more new music. I am out of touch with my hot topic bands I guess. I didn't know "Bayside" had a new album. How dare I not stay up on them. I actually do like them. So I'll definitely be giving them a listen. I'll also be checking out the following:

These Arms Are Snakes - Tail Swallower & Dove
O'Death - Head Home
Squarepusher - Just A Souvenir
Oh No, Oh My - Dmitrij Dmitrij EP

The Cure 4:13 dream - song by song review...by me!

Yep. So as I listen to the new album from "The Cure" I'm going to express my feelings through blog. Here I go.

1. Underneath the Stars - Never, and I mean NEVER start an album out with a slow song. I just don't see the point. Normally I would have skipped this by now. 6 1/2 minutes of complete boredom. Radiohead fans will love this.

2. Only One - I think i've heard this single before like 6 months ago when they were talking about the album. Yep, definitely have. At least Robert sounds like old Robert here. Best song so far. And that's not difficult considering the first one, that's for sure. I wish I had more to say, or I wish I was such a cure fanatic that I could make endless comparisons to older tracks but I can't.

3. Reasons Why - Hmm, more like reasons why i'm still unimpressed. I don't really know what i'm expecting though. I guess i'm expecting something that is going to garner more than this 1 play. Something I'm going to obsess over for at least a week. Mid-tempo track. Uninspiring guitar track.

4. Freakshow - maybe I need the lyric sheets with this album to have any idea what he's talking about. Robert sounds good. I will say that. I really miss the synth. What happened? This is more upbeat.

5. Sirensong - ok. I'm officially bored. The remaining 7 or 8 songs are gonna have to wait. I can't do this.

First 5 songs, 8 thumbs down out of 10.

This is why ticketmaster is ridiculous.....

Tickets (Of Montreal)
Total Convenience Charge(s)

US $8.10 x 2

Additional Taxes US $1.54
Order Processing Charge(s) US $5.57
TicketFast Delivery What's this? What is TicketFast®?We'll e-mail you a link to your ticket(s). To pick them up, simply log in, print them out and present them at the venue.

US $2.50


$65.81??? Are you kidding? That's like bringing another person? You're gonna charge an extra $25? And that's not even for a hard copy of the tickets. They're not doing any work at all. Fuck you ticketmaster, we'll be going to the box office.

Greedy bastards.


Ok. So I totally passed on the 3 bands I was supposed to check out. Rudyard's in Houston wasn't all it was cracked up to be. I now understand why people think it smells in there. Because, it does.

Anyway, i'll update on the halloween festivities later. I've got some albums i'm gonna check out in this week. So i'll let you know if you're worth listening to. Some maybe be old or what not, but i've never heard em, so they're new to me. They are as follows:

Sam Sparro - S/T
Frou Frou - Details
Film School - Hideout
Fleet Foxes - S/T

I feel like there was one more...but can't think of it right now.

How the hell is it november?

30 October 2008

Brand New Cryptic Yeast EP!

Happy Halloween!!!


What a great idea!!!

I absolutely love the sound of vinyl. Check this guys youtube channel out.

some good reads

I added a couple blogs that I myself find interesting. Do yourself a favor and check 'em out!!!

Big Halloween Plans? I'll be seeing a few bands this weekend and I'll fill you in.

Stay tuned.

It's almost time to start thinking about your favorite albums of 2008!


26 October 2008

listen to good music.

21 October 2008

“…life ain’t so bad at all, if you live it off the wall”. – Michael Jackson

     It’s 1983 and while most kids my age were outside playing with G.I. Joe and Matchbox cars, I was listening to Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall. It was an excellent era in which to be discovering music, especially at such a young age. In an attempt to keep my older sister out of trouble, my parents subscribed (yes, you had to subscribe at first) to MTV. While that didn’t seem to do anything for her at all, it changed my life. The television became my muse as I searched for anything musical that piqued my interest. Michael Jackson was a given. How could you not like him? If anything, the dancing alone was worth watching. I had the jacket and the signature white glove, and I wore ‘em well. While his actions later in life may seem questionable, I implore anyone who has not seriously listened to Off the Wall to do so immediately.

     So thus began my musical quest. I would say that I liked more music at the time than I disliked. When you’re a young child, you are not as skeptical about music. It didn’t matter if the band wasn’t cool, or if they had sold out. If I could bop my head to it, I liked it. Aside from Michael Jackson, I was a huge fan of Styx. What five-year-old is rocking out to Styx? Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto. Domo indeed.

     As I entered my early teen years I delved into various musical genres. Now, this was in a day when you actually had to search out music. No mp3 downloads, no Myspace pages, no stealing music from your friend’s iTunes collection. You had to work to find a new band, and when you found something that you just absolutely loved, you treasured it. I discovered The Doors, Faith No More, Metallica, Jefferson Airplane, The Hair Soundtrack, etc. I can’t tell you how many times I ordered 12 cassettes for the price of 1 from Columbia House and BMG, and how many fake names I used. By this time it was the early 1990’s and the music scene was flooding itself with genres. Grunge was on its way to my ears and I had no idea. I was just an innocent eighth grader at a Catholic school getting yelled at for wearing a Ministry shirt (I couldn’t pass it off as religious music?).

     Entering a large high school from a junior high graduating class of ten was difficult. But the plethora of new people and their musical tastes made it actually somewhat enjoyable to go to class - this is where my love for metal really started to expand beyond the bands I had seen and heard on TV and radio. I wanted my music heavier, faster, darker, and damn it, I was going to find it. I recall a trip to a store that sold used just about anything you can think of. Some poor sap unfortunately sold off his metal cassette collection, maybe because he was interested in this new ‘compact disc’ technology, or perhaps he had given up on the sweet sounds of Carcass, Bathory, Celtic Frost & Deicide. I would gladly shake this person’s hand if I were to meet him today. Had he not sold off his collection (and I assume it was a he), I would be a totally different person than I am today.

     As I got older the music I had spent the last few years infatuated with had started to grow stale. I sought out every sub-genre of metal I could find, and my interest in each was shorter than the one before it. It all started to sound the same. Every new band was just a combination of sounds from three other bands and only sounded half as good. With Napster and Audiogalaxy, music was at my fingertips and I began to listen to styles that I would never have bought. Suddenly I found it more interesting to find that one gem that no one had ever heard of, rather than a great band that everyone knew. The music snob in me had started to form.

     While I’ve left many gaps in my musical experiences for the sake of not boring you to death, and because I am not trying to write my first book, I just can’t narrow my musical tastes down to one style. I pretty much just love music. Sure, I hate country and most pop and rap, but that’s not really music now, is it? Ok, I’m kidding - I can rock out to Kurtis Blow or the latest song to make it on The Hills soundtrack just like the rest of ‘em. I can tell you that if it’s good, I’ll listen to it. But nowadays, it has to be extremely good to garner even more than one listen from me anymore. With the amount of music at my fingertips, why would I bother with anything less? If you can’t hold my attention for one album, I can easily find another one that can.

     On that note, I will leave you with a few bands that have been worthy of my musical attention span for more than fifteen minutes. Do with these bands what you will, but please, at least check them out. If you find at least one song you like from any of these bands, I’ve done what I’ve set out to do. Enjoy!!!

Ra Ra Riot
Walter Meego
Fucked Up
Land of Talk

At The Gates - Warehouse Live - Houston, TX

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Presidents of The United States of America - House of Blues - Houston, TX

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Ra Ra Riot @ Rudyards - Houston, TX

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30 September 2008

This week

this week i am going to see some good bands. i'm going to see yip-yip on thursday @ some place called the mink in houston.

on saturday, i'm going to see ra ra riot and walter meego @ rudyard's. i've never been to either place.

i'm hoping to meet some people into some decent music. i have been here 9 months and haven't really met anyone that doesn't listen to whatever is force fed to them. it's aggravating.

hopefully heading down into a city of 4 million+ people, i will find my musical brethren.

we shall see. i hope to update with reviews and pics from both shows.

sadly, all 3 bands have come through my hometown of 35,000 people in new york. and so far, it seems people there are more open to new music than in texas. i really hope to be proven wrong.

31 May 2008


Not that i needed another blog, but what the hell, everyone else is doing it so why shouldn't i? i plan to use this more for music related items; i.e. shows i've been to, music i'm listening to, music i'm working on, etc. it's also going to document my new life in texas and wherever my life takes me from here.

so sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. i know i will.