Lazer Guitar #8 by Curtis Tinsley

Part 8 of Lazer Guitar, by Curtis Tinsley. Click the thumbnail to view this week's comic. Check back every Monday around noon to continue Tinsley's saga of ethereal jams, the ghosts of rock gods and all around brain-fuckery.
Curtis tinsley lives in Saint Louis and only works on weekends. He spends the rest of his time drawing Cahokia Truth and producing art for bands (Yowie, Spelling Bee, Canyons and many others). Tinsley is a regular contributor to ELEVEN magazine and maintains a slick site for his work at CurtisTinsley.com.

Wrong Division Spring Equinox 2013 Compilation


Thanks to all of the artists and bands who contributed to this compilation. We'll be airing most of these tracks on KDHX 88.1 FM in St. Louis on April 5 at 1 A.M. Central. This digital pile is available for free download from now until whenever.

Recommended Shows This Week 3/18/13 - 3/24/13

TUESDAY, MAR. 19


Total Trash (Minneapolis, MN)
The Can't Tells (Brooklyn, NY)
Shaved Women
@ CBGB / 3163 Grand Blvd
9 PM / $5 / 21+

Total Trash carries the trend of solid and inventive hardcore from the twin cities (see: the Brain Tumors show later this week). The Can't Tells swerve around indie rock with rumbling amps and solid drums. Shaved Women bring sounds and screams of debauchery, all the while delivering focused mid-tempo hardcore.


Loma Prieta (San Francisco, CA)
Goodtimes Boys (U.K.)
Sine Nomine
Mids

@ Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center / 3301 Lemp Ave
7:30 PM / $7 / all ages

Loma Prieta delivers on heavy handed post-hardcore with a refined and polished perspective. Goodtime Boys come from across the ocean, following Loma Prieta with distinctly melodic songs and desperate vocals. Sine Nomine prove that metalcore shouldn't be a term met with disgust and newcomers Mids fires off with energetic, brainy songs.

Tuesday, March 19th is insane for St. Louis. I don't have enough energy to write up every good gig happening that night, but here are some others:

Eric Hall, Caveofswords & others at Blank Space

Spires That In The Sunset Rise (IL), Tanline & others at Chromozone

Spending Habits, Sunnyvale & others at Cicero's

Army of Infants (OH), Sleepy and The Bedtimes & others at Mushmaus


WEDNESDAY, MAR. 20


Lantern (Philadelphia, PA)
Sheer Agony (Montreal, CANADA)
Animal Teeth
Big Blue

@ Apop Records / 2831 Cherokee St.
9 PM / $5 / all ages

Lantern is one of those infectious rock bands you hate to love. I won't gush over them, but if you're into that down & dirty garage sound, this is a solid line up. Animal Teeth continues their barely pubescent march through South City while Big Blue keeps things tethered with concrete jams.

THURSDAY, MAR. 21


Brain Tumors (Minneapolis, MN)
Killer Blow (Omaha, NE)
Coaxed (Omaha, NE)
Overdoser
Who Fucking Cares?
Nos Bos

@ Bonerville / Ask A Punk / Visit Facebook
9 PM / $5 / all ages
Brain Tumors is utterly oppressive hardcore with wild and complex drums. Expect cold and strict jams with abrasive guitars. Killer Blow and Coaxed come from Omaha with raw songs of the garage rock ilk. Come on time to hear a hat trick of St. Louis hardcore via Nos Bos, Who Fucking Cares? and Overdoser.

SATURDAY, MAR. 23


BUNNYGRUNT'S 20TH BIRTHDAY BASH & SPLIT 7" RELEASE!
Bunnygrunt
Trauma Harness
Chill Dawgs
Poison Control Center
(Ames, IA)
@ Plush / 3224 Locust St.
8 PM / $7 / all ages, but a $3 surcharge

Bunnygrunt turns 20. How many bands insist on making a ruckus that long? Our local twee troupe deserves your hearts and ears. Be sure to pick up the new split 7" on this night featuring both Bunnygrunt and Trauma Harness. Check out this solid long night of feel-good noise.


Control (Madison, WI)
Crucial
Stonechat
Zagk Gibbons

@ Mushmaus / 2700 Cherokee St.
9 PM / $5 / all ages

Melodic math rock hails from the north to split hairs and ears in St. Louis. Control breeds careful progression with twinkly riffs, making for warm and involved music. Zagk Gibbons is a one man wonder, working with loops and powerful percussion to create involved pieces which build in real-time. Crucial and Stonechat both provide interweaving pieces of complex tunes for your head holes.

Lazer Guitar #7 by Curtis Tinsley

Part 7 of Lazer Guitar, by Curtis Tinsley. Click the thumbnail to view this week's comic. Check back every Monday around noon to continue Tinsley's saga of ethereal jams, the ghosts of rock gods and all around brain-fuckery.
Curtis tinsley lives in Saint Louis and only works on weekends. He spends the rest of his time drawing Cahokia Truth and producing art for bands (Yowie, Spelling Bee, Canyons and many others). Tinsley is a regular contributor to ELEVEN magazine and maintains a slick site for his work at CurtisTinsley.com.

Recommended Shows This Weekend 3/15 - 3/17/13

FRIDAY, MAR. 15


Behold...the Arctopus (Brooklyn, NY)
Yowie
Sine Nomine

@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
9 PM / $5 / 21+

Behold comes from Brooklyn, bringing with it members of The Flying Luttenbachers and Gorguts. The link of technical prog-rock with shrill metal delivers songs that are as sharp as they are violent. Yowie brings brain-bending a la guitars and heavy pitter patter. Sine Nomine links the two bands with distinct and visceral post-hardcore.

SATURDAY, MAR. 16


Gas Rag (Chicago, IL)
FaultFinder (Kansas City, MO)
Pink Sock
Animal Teeth

@ Bonerville / ask a punk
9 PM / $5 / all ages

Gas Rag features members of Culo and Acid Reflux, so expect puking, violence and feedback. If you're squeamish keep your distance. Faultfinder features St. Louis ex-pat Don Beasley, who has more punk in his big toenail than you. Recent new comers Animal Teeth join Pink Sock to open.


Talk Normal (Brooklyn, NY)
Spelling Bee
Britches

@ The Demo / 4144 Manchester Blvd.
8 PM / $10 / 18+

Here's your annual primer on noise rock. I say annual because St. Louis rarely hosts more than 1 or 2 noise rock bands at once. Speaking of that genre, isn't it a little pretentious? Claiming the word noise and tagging it to your own insufferable sound is a bit arrogant. We should know, we're in one of these bands listed above. We won't tell you which.

SUNDAY, MAR. 17


Tom Blacklung & The Smokestacks (Brooklyn, NY)
Massive Ego (Chicago, IL)
Vamos (Chicago, IL)
Pillow Talk
Spending Habits

@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
8 PM / $5 / 21+

All this is recommended if you're into Fugazi, Unwound or early '90s Gravity Records stuff. If none of those things mean a damn thing to you, just know that these bands take punk and push it forward with angular riffs and attention to detail. Expect well-rehearsed sounds amidst the punk aesthetic which happily welcomes gritty, rough edges.

There's too much to recommend this weekend. If none of the above are your thing, you might be privy to the following: (links may require Facebook)

Caspian, Native and Foxing over at The Firebird on Friday, March 15
Goodtime Boys, Loma Prieta, Mids and Sine Nomine over at The Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center on Tuesday, March 19

The Wrong Division Spring Solstice Sampler hits next week. Check back. Free downloads, feedback, you know.

Wrong Division on KDHX 88.1 FM Playlist 3/8/13



When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth “Conjurin'” from Peaced (Monofonus Press 2011)
Lechuguillas “Eat the Earth” from Insurrection of an Erection (Eat Meat Records 2011)
Lightning Bolt “2morro Morro Land” from Hypermagic Mountain (Load 2005)
Yowie “Eternally Collapsing Object” from Damning With Faint Praise - EP (Skin Graft Records 2012
Neptune “Blue Glass” from Gong Lake (Radium 2008)
GUERILLA TOSS “Breeding Snakes For Variety” from JEFFREY JOHNSON (FEEDING TUBE RECORDS2010)
Xaddax “Dropping Knives Down the Well” from Counterclockwork (Skin Graft Records 2012)
Broken Prayer “Father Figure” from Broken Prayer (Sorry State Records 2013)
Cacaw “"Track 2"” from Cacaw (Permanent 2010)
BIG BEAR “Song 15” from Under the Beach (Joyful Noise Recordings 2010)
Ahleuchatistas “A Trap Has Been Set” from Heads Full of Poison (Cuneiform Records 2012)
Fischessen “Mako Sica” from Köder (Blunoise)
Passe Montagne “JUPITER” from Oh My Satan (Sick Room 2010)
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan “A Star Over Pureland” from YT//ST (Psychic Handshake 2011)
Nicoffeine “Handjobs & Runaways” from Lighthealer Stalking Flashplayer (Bluenoise)
Good Luck at the Hog Slaughter “The Ballad of Ned Stark” from Ghost Stories (self-released)

Lazer Guitar #6 by Curtis Tinsley


Part 6 of Lazer Guitar, by Curtis Tinsley. Click the thumbnail to view this week's comic. Check back every Monday around noon to continue Tinsley's saga of ethereal jams, the ghosts of rock gods and all around brain-fuckery.
Curtis tinsley lives in Saint Louis and only works on weekends. He spends the rest of his time drawing Cahokia Truth and producing art for bands (Yowie, Spelling Bee, Canyons and many others). Tinsley is a regular contributor to ELEVEN magazine and maintains a slick site for his work at CurtisTinsley.com.


In case the thumbnail doesn't work for you, CLICK HERE to access this week's chapter. Blogger can be wonky.  



Recommended Shows This Week 3/4/13 - 3/10/13

TUESDAY, MAR. 5


White Mystery (Chicago, IL)
Skarekrau Radio
Bruiser Queen
Brainstems
Dad Jr.
Animal Teeth

@ mushmaus / 2700 Cherokee Street
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Trashy jams from the Windy City arrive to induce feverish sound. Some of St. Louis' finest in hard and messy rock support White Mystery. The show is stacked so show up early or miss many shreds of harsh guitar.

THURSDAY, MAR. 7


Jack Topht (Buffalo, NY)
Double Vision
Barely Free Partial Prisoners
Melanympha
Wamhoda

@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee Street
8 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Jack Topht fires off at everyone with whimsy and a drunken slur. Watch Jack do his awesome raps and ask him about his genuine, real basketball clothes. Barely Free isn't quite rap, noise or dance music. Watch a trashy pile on of genres at Blank Space, a dark and dank place for dirty sound.

FRIDAY, MAR. 8


Chest Pain (Austin, TX)
Serial Hawk (Seattle, WA)
Nos Bos
Black Panties

@ Black Space / 2847 Cherokee Street
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Expect sharp, dark hardcore with stinging guitars and pounding drums. Chest Pain sounds like its namesake, and Serial Hawk provides proper sludge. Nos Bos is punk with bloody knuckles and harsh vocals. Bring ear plugs, or BE A REAL MANNNNN.

SATURDAY, MAR. 9


Blues Control (Chicago, IL)
Raglani
Eric Hall

@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee Street
8 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Blues Control wrangles crisp guitar riffs over sharply crafted tracks that are built and manipulated in real time. Raglani emerges from his shell to boast blissful modular jams and Eric Hall pushes rolling mounds of vibrant sound.


Flux Bikes (Chicago, IL)
Black James
What We Won't See
Dave Stone

@ Chromozone / Illinois Avenue in South City
9 p.m. / donation$ / all ages

Flux Bikes melts jazz with psychdelics to produce a rhythmic and primal sound. This singular group lives by the bike, touring and performing with the object as a symbol of its own creative mass. Dave Stone wails on powerful sax while Black James brings creepy dance with enigmatic noise behind every beat.

SUNDAY, MAR. 10


Meat Mist (Kansas City, MO)
Trauma Harness (Tour Kick-Off Show)
Braining
Britches
Pink Sock

@ mushmaus / 2700 Cherokee Street
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Meat Mist occupies the space between noise rock and hardcore with some sort of bloody sludge. Pink Sock is thrashy and bathes in feedback. Come see Trauma Harness off before they venture into the great unknown, never to return again.

Thanks for checking out our blog. If you have any submissions, suggestions or you'd like to send a comment of any kind, feel free to e-mail us at wrongdivision@kdhx.org

We are putting together a seasonal mixtape that will be posted on March 20th. Be on the lookout.

Lazer Guitar #5 by Curtis Tinsley


Part 5 of Lazer Guitar, by Curtis Tinsley. Click the thumbnail to view this week's comic. Check back every Monday around noon to continue Tinsley's saga of ethereal jams, the ghosts of rock gods and all around brain-fuckery.
Curtis tinsley lives in Saint Louis and only works on weekends. He spends the rest of his time drawing Cahokia Truth and producing art for bands (Yowie, Spelling Bee, Canyons and many others). Tinsley is a regular contributor to ELEVEN magazine and maintains a slick site for his work at CurtisTinsley.com.

Wrong Division on KDHX 88.1 FM Playlist 3/1/13



Battles “B + T” from EP-C - EP (Monitor Records 2004)


Talk Normal “SUNSHINE” from Sunshine (Joyful Noise 2012)

Black Eyes “Someone Has His Fingers Broken” from Black Eyes (Dischord 2003)

Little Big Bangs “Head Down” from Easter Egg Demo (self-released 2012


BIG BEAR “Song 17” from Under the Beach (Joyful Noise Recordings 2010)

Antioch Arrow “Angels Lawn” from In Love With Jets (Gravity)

Xaddax “Hit Cancel” from Counterclockwork (Skin Graft Records 2012)

This Is My Condition “WALK AWAY” from Cut Loose (self released)

Nicoffeine “Handjobs & Runaways” from Lighthealer Stalking Flashplayer (Bluenoise)

MLU “VOM DOG” from MLU (Rotted Tooth)

Nicoffeine “Holy Hell of a Himmel” from Lighthealer Stalking Flashplayer (Bluenoise)

Meat Mist “Obviously, You Suck” from SMUT (self-released)

Zevious “Avant Clave” from Zevious (self released 2008)

Can “Doko E.” from ANTHOLOGY (WM Germany 2007)

Ruins “AHFTSIVESPHA” from ALONE (Skin Graft Records 2007)

Melt-Banana “Loop Nebula” from initial t (Initial Records)

Gnarwhal “Cats Evasion” from Duane (self-released)

Unwound “Caterpillar” from Unwound EP (Kill Rock Stars)

Sweep the Leg Johnny “Please Send Me Roses Before I am Dead” from Sweep The Leg Johnny/Rumah Sakit Live 9/9/00 (Sick Room)