Monday, January 10, 2011

1 Day in 1 Hour by Joseph Weisnewski

My dad is a damn good musician. He was in rowdy bands touring europe before I was born, he's been a music teacher my whole life, he got me my first guitar, he pointed me in all the right directions when I was learning how to play it, when he heard me listening to Rancid and NOFX he suggested I try Dead Kennedys and Oingo Boingo, and he made sure music was all around me and my sisters for our entire upbringing. He drove me to practices as a 14 year old, he helped record my first demos in a teenage band with Nat.

One of his more recent personal projects is called "One Day in One Hour / 1d1h", which is a captivating auditory exploration of an every-man's trial through the grind of office work. It is not background music, it is meant to be listened to. From the CD Baby link:

"Many contemporary listeners, especially those who have grown up with minimal exposure to western classical music, have had little contact with the concept of program music. The term ‘program’ is believed to have first been used by Liszt to describe music attempting to communicate extra-musical ideas such as a poem or a story. There are many examples of program music that pre-date Liszt however. From text painting in madrigals, to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, to Beethoven’s 6th and the works of Berlioz, many composers have engaged in this kind of musical story telling.
This work was begun in a spirit of fun and adventure. It is the composer’s hope that you the listener can experience it in the same light-hearted manner."

I have heard it in various stages of completion and seen it performed live with accompanying dancers and imagery. The piece is compelling, complex, catchy, and interesting. It definitely isn't the racket Akimbo is known for, but nonetheless I highly recommend it to everyone here.

Samples and MP3s available, full album is $9.99

CD Baby

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Paris, 2005

We played Paris back in October 2005 while on tour with The Assailant. It was a last minute show in the cellar of this tiny bar, only about 30 people showed up, but when we started playing the place blew up like a fucking powder keg. This was when Patrick Cunningham was still playing with us, the tour happened right after we finished recording Forging Steel and Laying Stone but before it was released.

I stumbled across these photos with Maria the other night so I'm posting them now.

This show was without a doubt the craziest we've ever played, and is easily my favorite of the thousands of shows in our history.

Saturday, January 1, 2011


Hello dudes and babes.

Here we are destroying Tokyo like God-damn-zilla.

The Japan tour was fan-fucking-tastic. We owe many thanks to Phillip at Red Cobalt Industries for the Jersey Shores release and the potent 4 day tour through Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya. We played with some great bands: Eternal Elysium, Vomit Monster, Coffins, Terror Squad, Birushanah, AKBK, and tons more. Also super great to see our bros from Green Milk From the Planet Orange: T, K, and Ace!

I'm also happy to announce we sold all the fart shirts.

 The year ending show with BuzzOven was also sweet. Thanks for raging.

Our friends in The Ruby Doe released a new album this year, which is a stripped down rock album very reminiscent of their first record. It's called "Getting Ahead in the Music Business". Follow the links on their myspace to buy it.

When the fuck is Dog Shredder gonna release an album?

Going into 2011 we are going to keep on playing around the northwest and keep working on new jams. We are a number of songs deep into a new album and the intent is to record it this year. Our pace has slowed considerably but we are still stoked on making brutal jams and raging with you fuckers.