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Zach Hill has been drumming for half his life (he’s 30, and he started drumming 15 years ago in 1995).  In that time, he’s recorded with more than ten different groups (Holy Smokes, Nervous Cop, El Grupo Nuevo de Omar Rodriguez Lopez, Team Sleep, Goon Moon, Marnie Stern, Crime in Choir, The Ladies, CHLL PLL, Flossin…the list goes on and on).  Most notably, though, he’s one of the two remaining members in the experimental rock group Hella, which is currently working on its fifth album. In 2010, Hill recorded an EP, Spiritual Bankruptcy, as part of the math-rock duo bygones.  More recently, he appeared as Marnie Stern’s drummer (and producer) on her new self-titled album, released October 5.  Somewhere in between, he managed to record his second solo album, Face Tat. Unsurprisingly, the list of guests on this album is extensive:

  • Devendra Banhart
  • Guillermo Scott Herren (Prefuse 73)
  • Greg Saunier (Deerhoof)
  • Dean Spunt and Randy Randall (No Age)
  • Carson McWhirter (Hella)
  • Nick Reinhart (Tera Melos, bygones)
  • Robby Moncrieff (Raleigh Moncrieff)

However, Hill himself remains the star of the show.  It’s unlikely you’ll hear any of these tracks on the radio anytime soon, because while Hill’s punishing drumming style is many things, “radio-friendly” is not one of them.  The man fractured his hand drumming with Wavves, for goodness sake.  The thirteen tracks on this album incorporate many of Hill’s favorite genres, including punk, noise rock, psychedelia, and electronic sampling.  “The Sacto Smile” (featuring the No Age members) is one of the fiercest songs on the album and evokes easy comparisons to the guest members’ band, as well as Lightning Bolt. For those wondering what a math-rock drummer’s singing sounds like, you may leave the album still wondering.  Hill doesn’t sing so much as he emits, Cox Cable, spitting out surreal lyrics over broken beats with heavy distortion.  His own voice is just another noise, added to sounds as diverse as smashed computers and street recordings. Face Tat released October 19 on the Sargent House label, and makes a great companion to recent releases by Deerhunter (Halcyon Digest) and Swans (My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky).  It’s not an easy listen, but that’s not really what you wanted, is it?

Using memory cards to replace your CD’s

Using Memory Cards To Replace Your CD’s

The Benefits of Using Memory Cards
Memory cards are a great way to save the maximum amount of information for your music project. They work great with synthesizers and keyboards too. This process also saves you time because you can save data directly from your musical instrument. In addition, this information will also transfer smoothly to your laptop or computer. Another great attribute of memory cards is that they require less power than CDs.The whole story can be found Read more…

It’s like a DVR but it is for your car stereo

When looking for car stereos, it’s important to shop around, looking at various options and capabilities. While there isn’t a DVR available for car stereos yet, there are several systems that mirror DVR capabilities. Some of the newer car models are built with stereo systems that provide Pause and Play features. This is certainly like a DVR for your car.

There are also systems that allow you to tag the songs you like. If you’ Read more…

It knows what you want to listen too before you do

Technology has come a long way, especially when it comes to music and media. There is a site focused on using new technology to listen to music. This new technology can sort your music to your liking and even suggest music that you may be interested in. In fact, it knows what you want to listen too before you do. Imagine going online and getting a personalized playlist without having to do anything. All of your favorite artists and songs in one place Read more…

Whatever happened to the ghetto blaster?

It died. And it needed to die. Because just like with its older brother, the transistor radio, technology improved, tastes changed, and the blaster found itself replaced by smaller, smarter, sleeker siblings.

There was a time when the ghetto blaster reigned supreme. King of personal electronics, crowned with imposing woofers and outsized volume knobs, the mighty blaster rode proudly on the shoulders of trendy kids everywhere. They were huge, they were flashy.

And they were loud. Obnoxiously loud. And that, in the end, is what killed them. Because for everyone who wanted to Read more…

The future of music, headphones not included

Personal audio devices have taken the musical and audio world by storm. From the early days of transistor radios, the field has evolved to small devices that can digitally record your music or audio books. The devices have become so sophisticated that a 1″ x 1/4″ x 3″ device can store virtually every piece of classical music ever written or hundreds of thousands of popular songs.

The transistor radio came equipped with a single ear piece of limited dynamic range. The modern devices come with custom Read more…

Remember when it was cool to have a CD player?

When the family piled into the car for a road trip to their favorite vacation spot, remember when you grabbed the slick and shiny CD player and very hip headphones along with it? Not only did you have to remember the CD player, but you had to remember the batteries, the correct sizes and probably a couple extra just in case. Don’t forget about the cool CDs. Your arms are full by this point, carrying the CD player itself, the headphones, batteries, and finally the music itself in random disarray in plastic cubby Read more…

Best stations for finding something new

You may be thinking you don’t need to read this article. After all, you already have your own favorite stations, whether they’re on, Pandora, Grooveshark, Slacker, etc., and I’m sure you could listen to them on “Repeat” until your ears go numb. But variety is, after all, the spice of life. When listening to music in a place with wireless internet service, I tend to prefer because you can create stations based not only on artists, but on tags. Here are some of the best stations for finding new favorites.ArtistsSuperdrag: Relive the ’90s with this catchy station. Superdrag is often considered a one-hit wonder for their Buzz Bin classic “Sucked Out,” but this station offers up both recognizable ’90s names (The Rentals, Superchunk) with lesser-known treasures (that dog., Velvet Crush).Cascada: Put this station on at your next dance party. After the requisite “Everytime We Touch,” you’ll get a blend of sugary techno-dance hits that’ll make it all but impossible to sit down. Other artists include Baracuda (a German dance duo), Manian (a German DJ), and Groove Coverage (another German dance-pop duo). Cascada is also German, if you were wondering. Read more…

New albums from alt-rock legends

As the summer wraps up, a number of long-running groups are releasing albums to help with those back-to-school doldrums. Here are a few of our favorites.

The first single from the band’s 15th album premiered on KROQ 106.7 on August 26, and if “The Devil In Stitches” is any indication, this album will see a return to the poppy melodic punk which made the band legendary in the 1980′s and 90′s. Brett Gurewitz says these songs were some of the toughest he’s ever written, but also his favorite. The 16-track album is coming out after the band’s 30th anniversary, but as you blare it out your car windows on the freeway, you’ll feel that they can go for 30 more. Who knows? Maybe they can.

Jimmy Eat World has been around for half the time that Bad Religion has, forming in 1993. However, their sound has come a long way from the basic punk sound which they featured on their first EP and early albums. Read more…

Little Steven’s Underground Garage explores the history of rock

Music fans love finding connections and similarities between songs (almost as much as music lawyers love finding them). Steven Van Zandt, guitarist for Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, believes that these connections, especially between rock songs, represent how the genre is continuous from the 1950s to today. That’s why, on his radio show, Van Zandt (or Little Steven, as he’s known) doesn’t divide songs by either genre or era. You’ll hear the Rolling Stones next to modern post-punk group The Rosettes.Little Steven produces both a weekly radio show, which you can hear online at, and a channel on Sirius XM Radio. The satellite channel features a variety of different hosts:

  • Andrew Loog Oldham: original manager and producer for the Rolling Stones
  • Handsome Dick Manitoba: lead singer for New York Punk band The Dictators
  • The Mighty Manfred: lead singer for the Woggles
  • Kim Fowley: legendary producer, manager, and songwriter
  • Kid Leo: famous radio DJ from Cleveland who now co-hosts with Bill Kelly
  • Genya Ravan: singer of the girl rock group Goldie & The Gingerbreads

In addition, Little Steven himself hosts regular shows in between these other programs.Steven himself has been integral to the evolution of rock during his time as part of the E Street Bandsome believe that he may be the one actually playing the guitar line on the recorded version of “Born to Run”. He also produced a number of other groups, including the LA group Lone Justice and the first album of punk rockers Demolition 23 (featuring members of Hanoi Rocks). Van Zandt also had a star turn in television, playing Silvio Dante on the popular television show The Sopranos.