Aztalan Turf's Ramblings

Cwn Annwn performing Lord of All Vipers from their first album, The Method of Murder, last night at Station 4 in St. Paul.

2012 Awsomeness

2012 is shaping up to be a big year for me, both music-wise and personally. Here are a few things I’m most looking forward to.

30th Birthday Bash with I:Scintilla at Ground Zero on March 30

Chicago’s I:Scintilla are one of my all time favorite bands, but unfortunately, they’ve only been up to Minneapolis once, in 2008 when they toured with The Cruxshadows and Ayria. It’s not due to lack of effort on their part. There are very few promoters in the Twin Cities right now for the type of music they play and the few bills that Kilted Farmer (the group I help) has done where they’d have been a fit haven’t worked out for various reasons beyond anyone’s control. Like scheduling.

After traveling to Milwaukee and Madison to see I:Scintilla play, I decided to take matters into my own hands and build a show around the band to get them back up to Minneapolis. And as the host, I want to draw as big of a crowd as possible, so I decided to do the show in conjunction with my 30th birthday. I’m pretty sure I will turn 30 only once and it’s a great opportunity to expose new people to the band’s music.

Words cannot describe how excited I am for this show. And I’m super excited about the rest of the bill, as well. Cwn Annwn, who I interviewed for episode 23 are starting off the night, and Thought Thieves, a band I’ve seen several times in the past year, will also be playing. Full details are posted at Here’s the flyer:

I:Scintilla flyer

Album Releases

I honestly haven’t been keeping real close tabs on who’s releasing new albums in 2012, but I do know of two very big ones (for me) in the pipeline: Garbage and I:Scintilla. Garbage are back together and their new album is in the can, set to be released on May 15. They’ll also be touring. This time around, I plan on going to as many dates as my budget and my work schedule allow, because you never know if this will be their last. More about that later.

I:Scintilla are working on scores to 3 films and also plan on releasing new material in 2012. Even though their most recent album was released just over a year ago, new music is a long time coming, as they had already been hard at work on a new EP last spring.

Finally, Violet Winter, another great Chicago band, is set to release a new full length on Glitchmode Recordings, a newish label founded by Cyanotic’s Sean Payne. I have thoroughly enjoyed Violet Winter’s debut and I am very much looking forward to more. It certainly doesn’t hurt that Sean Payne is involved, either.

Garbage in LA April 9 & 10

Garbage have started announcing tour dates and their first two “regular” sets in 7 years will be on April 9 and April 10 in LA at the cozy El Rey Theater. I have two tickets to the April 9 date and one of my best friends from college, who’s also a live music junkie and big Garbage fan, will be my partner in crime. I had to buy a point and shoot camera just for this trip, as the El Rey doesn’t allow SLRs, at least according to the camera policy on their website.

I’m not sure if I’m more excited to see Garbage or to finally meet in person some of the big time Garbage fans I’ve known for the past 7 or so years. We’re going to be hanging out both days of the shows and even though I don’t have a ticket for the April 10 date, I’ll be joining the rest of the “Garbage Board” group on the 10th as well. And as much as I hate the idea of buying a ticket from a scalper, if there’s a real ticket available on-site on the 10th, I may buy one, since I’ll be there anyway (though I refuse to buy a ticket online from StubHub).

Dragon*CON, August 31 - September 3

I had such a great time at Dragon*CON last year, that I booked my trip for this year as soon as I could. I saw tons of great bands, hung out with some really great people I’d gotten to know via the Internet and met some new friends. I’m really looking forward to going back. This year, a few more of my Terminator friends are planning on attending and we are somewhat organized on doing a meet up at the con. 2012 is shaping up to be pretty awsome!

Ep. 44 Riders in the Dirt

While everyone was busy watching the Super Bowl, I was busy podcasting. Ep. 44 “Riders in the DIrt” is now available!

Lots of new music from Left Spine Down, Cyanotic, Miss FD, Mindless Faith, The Dreaming and Psy’Aviah. Also music from Sneaker Pimps, Dressed in Decay and Skinny Puppy. I also break some rules when I play Cwn Annwn. And find out where the show’s name comes from in this episode’s Featured Track segment - All the Good in This Life by Garbage. Enjoy!