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A brutal video for a brutal song for brutal people. [This Is The Part That Will Hurt; This Is What Rock Looks Like]

November 17th, 2011 by

Inspired by a mention by Mr. Drew McKinney and submitted for your approval, the video "Scrape" from longtime NYC noise-rockers Unsane.

This a brutal song for a brutal video. It's a near-perfect pairing of bald-faced sound and disparate visuals.

Feel it:


(Video via YouTube user Burglar.)

The horror of the unblinking yawner.

November 5th, 2011 by

Cats make the biggest face when they yawn.

It's awesome.

Except when sometimes it goes wrong.

Cricket's yawn.

From the Tumblr account of Yuko Ota, one of the two behind the mighty webcomic Johnny Wander:

Cricket yawning. Photoshop doodle.

When the kitten yawns, she looks positively fiendish. I am not kidding, the face she makes straddles the line between disturbingly cute and disturbingly otherworldly. Do cats usually not close their eyes when they yawn? I think Rook closes his eyes when he yawns. Maybe Cricket is some sorta changeling.

Cats' yawns take up their whole head, their whole face.

The Deftones knew that. Hence what was on the cover for their 1995 single "Bored."

Deftones' cover for their single Bored

Here's the video for that song.

And the next time a cat yawns near you... watch.

Fuck you, I'm a wizard. [Fuck You Friday]

September 2nd, 2011 by

It's a Fuck You Friday.Friday.

Friday, Friday, Friday.

It's a Fuck You Friday. Always. No exceptions -- ever.

It's important. Always.

Now, this:


Wizards have powers. It's key to know that. And y'know what?

Fuck you.

(The Final Battle by 5-Second Films. Wizard song from Sifl And Olly by Liam Lynch and Matt Crocco via YouTube user vinylsaurus.)

Buzz likes the Giants.

August 19th, 2011 by


He does. Look:

Found inexplicably on the intro page of Hydrahead's website. Looks to be screencapped from Game Two of the 2010 World Series in SF between the Texas Rangers and the San Francisco Giants.

Go Buzz go. And let's go Giants.

It's a Wednesday Of The Talking Horse. [This Is What Rock Looks Like]

January 12th, 2011 by

Melvins, yes. Taste the surrealism.

Oh, this song. The final set of riffs on this track are overwhelming, like being tossed head-over-heels by a wave of blood at night.


(Via the video's director, Behn Fannin.)

This Is What Rock Looks Like: Headbangers mean it.

September 9th, 2010 by
These gentlemen are expressing themselves. Awesome.

"Fans of the band Motörhead shake their heads during their performance at the 35th Paleo music festival in Nyon, Switzerland. July 20, 2010. Photo by Denis Balibouse for Reuters."

Headbanging is a natural response.

Headbanging is celebratory.

Headbanging is awesome.

(This one's for Trevor. Photo via thisisnthappiness via blog.zeit.de/fotoblog via Reuters.)

It's a "Let's Sing About Volcanoes In The State Of Washington" Wednesday.

September 1st, 2010 by

Volcanoes? In Washington state?

Yeah, man; don't you remember Mount St. Helens?

Mount St. Helens goes up.

Mount St. Helens' eruption column around 8:35 AM on May 18, 1980. Photo via wikipedia.org.

Y'know what? Let's sing about it.

Start you off with the sunny/chunky sounds of The Presidents Of The United States Of America with their helpfully explanatory song "Volcano."

(Video via YouTube user presidentsrock, the official YouTube channel of The Presidents Of The United States Of America.)

Next, the crushing mathcore power of Tacoma's-own Botch. In the past I've verbally explained their music as what it would sound like if The Dillinger Escape Plan and Phillip Glass were having a drunken giggling slap-fight 'round a campfire in an Olympic Peninsula trailer park under the stars.



From the back of a shirt by the band Botch celebrating the re-release of their album American Nervoso.

Further, I once described their couplet of songs "Afghamistam / Micaragua" thusly:

There is a moment in the song where after a lull, the track breaks open like a herd of Clydesdales bursting from a snow-swept barn in slow motion. "RIIIDE!" bellows singer David Verellen as the song thunders downslope.


Can't recommend their work highly enough. It is monstrously inertia-laden, gleefully-abstruse, complex metal music for adults (and/or anyone). Yes.

So, here are Botch delivering their devastatingly-propulsive vulcanphobic song "Hutton's Great Heat Engine" live at Chain Reaction in Anaheim on 2000/03/25.

(Thanks to YouTube user axewound.)

Let's be safe out there, Washington residents. The Earth can be unpredictable, yet that tension (tectonic 'n otherwise) inspired some excellent music.

(This one's for Jon and Tanky and Elbow and even Kyle. Inspired by a conversation with Maria Rose. Let's all be safe out there.)

This Is What Rock Looks Like: Fists Up, Surfers Down.

July 27th, 2010 by

Here at The Never Company, we love The Dillinger Escape Plan. They are an inspiration. An example of why:

The Dillinger Escape Plan, rocking.

Yes. Yes! Rock!

Our own JennyJeen said 'pon viewing this image, "I just gasped. No joke."

Yes. Awesome.

(Photo via Wikipedia's Mathcore page.)

Trust in your dreams on this Fuck You Friday.

June 18th, 2010 by

It's a Fuck You Friday.Hey, how are you?

Y'know what today is?

It's a Fuck You Friday.

Today for this Fuck You Friday, the fuck you will be levied at those who would look down on others who follow their hearts.

To those who would punish other people who dream their own dream -- fuck you. Fuck off and die.

To those who dare to dream -- best of luck. Keep on keeping on.

The best ever death metal band out of Denton will in time both outpace and outlive you.

"Responses to this shirt vary between 'WTF?!' and 'Hail Satan!'"

Now, in one of my favorite live performances of all time, this is The Mountain Goats playing "The Best Ever Death Metal Band In Denton" at The North Star Bar in Philadelphia on 2007/09/22.

Hold dear to your dreams. Don't listen to naysayers. And never stop dreaming.

Good luck.

(Photo of that awesome shirt via fuckyeahthemountaingoats.tumblr.com via sparklenight.tumblr.com. This one's for Scott Armstrong.)