pinebocks “lena”

Posted by gregor on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

lena

according to their twitter bio, pinebocks, are chicago’s worst band, and the best band in the world. no matter how you look/listen to pinebocks, they make some damn fine music. well, they’ve, managed to at least make 2 great songs. i may even be able to do that, so its not really saying all that much, but i trust their talent more than mine. they just release a two song something via their bandcamp page, and i cant recommend it enough. you can pay 500 bucks for the two songs, perks includeded!, or if youre a cheap ass you can download it for free. they’re playing at one of my old favorite haunts, beat kitchen on 6.17. if youre in the area, do check them out.

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dearest best buy: go fuck yourself

Posted by gregor on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

keep-calm-and-fuck-best-buy

i apologize, in advance, for this kind of post, but i feel like i must tell my story about me and best buy. this may seem trivial but its the principle.

for christmas mac, my son, was bought a flat screen tv. nothing fancy, mind you, but it was better than the old 15 year old tube he was using, and he likes playing video games, etc. i can already see this is going to seem like a first world problem, but still, i hate getting ripped off nor do i want to see anyone else get ripped off from these fuckers. so, we bought him a 28″ tv for roughly 150 bucks. at checkout the young lady behind the counter asked if i wanted to purchase the warranty. now, usually i dont purchase such items cause they are typically a rip off. i asked what did it cover, she states its an extended 2 year warranty and also covers accidental damage. having kids, i figured the 30 bucks or whatever it was for the accidental damage aspect was a decent deal, as i dont have money to replace things, typically. i said yes, felt good about my purchase, and went about my way.

fastforward to a few months ago, mac was loving his tv, but somehow a cable got wrapped around the base and got pulled off the table. of course, the screen broke. i was pretty pissed at mac cause all along i had told mac that he had to be careful with his belongings cause we couldnt afford to replace anything he had that wasnt essential to his well being. in the back of mind i knew i had the accidental coverage, but i was going to make him sweat it out for a while. well that “a while” was about 3 months.

not knowing what the return/repair process entailed, i called my local best buy – store 495 in baton rouge. i spoke to a guy and told him my story, he looked up my acct and was told “yeah just bring it in, no problem,” was told it may take a week or so to get repaired but i was fine with that, obviously.

this past saturday, may 24, i made my way to said best buy with the tv in my arms. took a few minutes but a nice guy came to help me out. told him what happened, and everything was seemingly proceeding as planned. it all started to take a turn, when his face looked confusingly at the screen and then he walked to the back. im no dummy, and was starting to put two and two together, this was not going to end well. so he comes on out and tells me that my “warranty” is only an extended manufacturer warranty, and not an accidental damage warranty. this is where my rage begins to build. i tell him that i was told not once, but twice, by best buy employees that what i bought was also an “accidental damage” warranty too. i understand there is some personal responsibility here, but again, i was told twice, and i didnt even think to question it. so, i asked him to print out the warranty i purchased, so i could read it myself, or he could show me. after waiting a few minutes he brings back a printed out copy of all their warranties and just hands it to me. rage, increasing. again, i tell him my story, and he just stares at me blankly, and this is when some other geek squad member decides to add his two cents with “nope, what you have doesnt cover that.” so, i ask the guy exactly what does what i bought cover, and guess what the first thing out of his mouth was? he says accidental coverage! within a second, the second geek squad guy and some girl chimes in saying that was a slip of the tongue “nope, nope, nope,….” rage in full force. im trying to speak to them logically but their response at least a few times is “we are not responsible for what another employee told you, since we were not there” – im paraphrasing that a little bit, but the sentiment is the same.

i will admit, this is not my proudest moment, but i took the tv, looked to my left, no one was there, and chucked the tv about 25 feet. i believe i said something about all of them are a bunch of “fucking crooks and liars.” while i feel a bit guilty how it went down, i still stand by that statement. im very easy going, and it takes a lot to get me worked up, but their indifference to my situation especially since it was caused by not one, but two best buy employees, was quite troublesome. i understand companies are in the business to make money, but a hey “we apologize for the mix-up, maybe we can work something out” would have gone a long way. that didnt happen, obviously, and thus my outrage.

you suck, your employees suck, you deserve to rot in corporate hell!

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circulatory system “stars and molecules”

Posted by gregor on Monday, May 26th, 2014

circ

pretty excited about this release, circulatory system’s mosiacs within mosiacs which is due out on 6.24 on cloud recordings. been a huge fan of all three of their previous releases, but even moreso of will cullen hart’s previous band, olivia tremor control. keep in mind thats not taking anything away from what he’s done with circulatory system, but olivia’s black foilage and music from the unrealized film script, dusk at cubist castle are both epic records. if you’ve never heard either, check out “i have floated” down there, and i recommend listening with headphones. anyway, circulatory system is also going to be on tour with neutral milk hotel this summer so make sure you check out the cloud recordings website.


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the tattered saints “last train”

Posted by gregor on Monday, May 26th, 2014

tattered

“last train” off their debut ep last train. find them on facebook / twitter / youtube

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wolf colony “beauty”

Posted by gregor on Monday, May 26th, 2014

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you can listen to more wolf colony stuff via soundcloud or check out his site or follow on twitter.


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the valery trails “hollywoodland”

Posted by gregor on Monday, May 26th, 2014

trails

“hollywoodland” off buffalo speedway which was released in april.
the valery trais site

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strand of oaks “shut in”

Posted by gregor on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

shut

“i lose my faith in people, why even take the time? youve got your problems, i’ve got mine.” for the last 4/5 years, i honestly dont even know how many years its been, but timothy showalter has been one of my favorite artists for a good amount of time now. the first time i heard “end in flames” off his strand of oaks debut leave ruin i knew this guy and his music would play a huge part in my life. every record, leave ruin, pope killdragon and dark shores, i believe ended up in my top 5/10 of the year. timothy’s new record heal is due on dead oceans on 6.24. i was hoping to have the record in my mitts, by now, but sadly tis not the case. even after 9 years of music “blogging” i still cant get on some labels distribution lists. oh well, not too bitter. i kid, i kid, kind of. no doubt this will be one of my favorite records of the year.

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ranger “the ends of the earth”

Posted by gregor on Thursday, May 15th, 2014

ranger
photo: andrew mckellar a_m_

ranger is the musical output for stephanie kincheloe. i really dig her and this song, that is all.

find ranger on facebook

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braid “bang”

Posted by gregor on Thursday, May 15th, 2014

braid

oh well, well, well.. new braid record you dont say? man i loved these guys so much back in my 20′s. lets hope the love remains intact. their new record no coast is due out on 7.8 on topshelf records.

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sturgill simpson “turtles all the way down” – video

Posted by gregor on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

so, gonna be completely honest, i just started listening to sturgill simpsons’ metamodern sounds in country music, today, but its already one of my favorites of the year. about half way through it, there was a point where i pictured myself in my family’s old dodge van listening to merle haggard. when a record can transport you to another place and time, that truly is an unbelievable feeling. there are records that are growers, then there are those records, like this one, that hit you immediately. its absolutely a country record, but dont let that scare you at all. although, im guessing if you frequent this site, thats not going to be a problem. still this is some fan-fucking-tastic stuff. i know ill be talking more about this throughout the year. so get prepared… my buddy eric over at bucket full of nails has a nice review of the record.

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