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Mark McGuire – “Brain Storm (For Erin)”

Genre: Ambient, Drone
Year: 2010
Location: Cleveland, OH
Label: Editions Mego

MP3: || “Brain Storm (for Erin)” ||

To be completely honest, it’s a little freaky and overwhelming regarding the amount of great music has been born from the members of Emeralds. From Emeralds’ music itself, to Steve Hauschildt upcoming album on Kranky, to John Elliott’s Outer Space LP, and now Mark McGuire’s Living With Yourself LP, it’s like a never-ending wave. Check out the guitar-heavy and echo-y track, “Brian Storm (For Erin),” from Emeralds’ guitarist Mark McGuire’s new solo LP. It’s available right now from the Editions Mego Catalogue, so go ahead and order the heck out of it!

Emeralds Tour, What Happened 2xLP

It’s usually impossible to find out about any big Emeralds news, like shows and vinyl releases, until they have already happened.  Well not today, cause the Cleveland drone giants have some BIG things coming in the next few months.  First, they are going to be going on a North American tour (WITH CARIBOU!!!) in late September to early Octover, along with a handful of European dates in late October.  Check out the list of dates below, and get your ass out there.  Secondly, Emeralds are going to be re-releasing their 2009 masterpiece What Happened on vinyl from Edition Mego, the label that put out Does It Look Like I’m Here? It’s up for preorder right now on the Editions Mega Purchase page, and you better get on it!

P.S. While you at it, you might as well pick up Emeralds’ guitarist Mark McGuire’s solo album, Living With Yourself, from Edition Mego.

9-16 Oslo, Norway – Ultima Festival
9-19 Boston, MA – Paradise &
9-22 New York, NY – Webster Hall &
9-23 Washington, DC – Black Cat &
9-25 Urbana-Champaign, IL – Pygmalion Music Festival &
9-26 Chicago, IL – Metro &
9-27 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue &
9-28 Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Center &
9-29 Saskatoon, SK – Amigos &
9-30 Edmonton, AB – Starlite &
10-1 Calgary, AB – Republik &
10-3 Vancouver, BV – Vogue &
10-4 Seattle, WA – Showbox &
10-5 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom &
10-6 San Francisco, CA – Regency &
10-8 Los Angeles, CA – Music Box &
10-9 Tempe, AZ – The Clubhouse &
10-11 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge &
10-12 Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre &
10-15 Lisbon, Portugal – TBC
10-16 Hasselt, Belgium – Kunstencentrum Belgie
10-17 London, England – TBC
10-19 Prague, Czech Republic – TBC
10-20 Rome, Italy – TBC
10-21 Milan, Italy – TBC
10-22 Graz, Austria – Elevate Festival
10-23 Krakow, Poland – Unsound Festival
10-30 Asheville, NC – Moog Festival
10-31 Chapel Hill, NC – Cat’s Cradle &

Outer Space

Outer Space is yet another musical project born from the members of Cleveland droners Emeralds, with John Elliott manning the synth-helm.  Check out the enticing amusement park video above for huge soaring track, “Memory Bomb.”  You order the LP, limited to 650 on clear/black swirl vinyl, right HERE.

And here’s the minimalist album art:

Bear In Heaven/Emeralds/Twin Sister (Live @ Grog Shop, Cleveland OH 8/2/10)

Soft-poppers Twin Sister, Cleveland drone kings Emeralds, and heavy psych-pop trio Bear In Heaven took the stage at the Grog Shop for a surprisingly filled Monday night show.  Twin Sister went on around ten, and definitely showed some bright talent, but their biggest obstacle was captivating the crowd…they never did. They go for this elegant pop sound which sounds beautiful, but it left many people thinking they were pretty boring. Emeralds went up next and destroyed the stage for 35+ minutes straight, starting off with “Genetic” and transitioning to other Does It Look Like I’m Here? tracks within the gorgeous mess.    Bear In Heaven walked on stage last and slammed into Beast Rest Forth Mouth opener “Beast In Peace,” followed by “Ultimate Satisfaction.”  They best part of their set was no doubt the mega-foggy epic “Dust Cloud,” where they proved that three men can be a tornado of noise under frontman Jon Philpot’s haunting voice.  It was pretty nice to see them all smiling, with Philpot addressing the crowd about how fucking jawdropping Emeralds was, and after a long wait between songs saying, “Sorry, we’ve having fun!”  That just about summed up the night, people were dancing and drinking to their oil-thick psychedelia, and it was all about having fun.  Bear In Heaven are going to heading over to Europe for a ton of dates (check their MySpace), and Twin Sister will be touring the US with Memoryhouse.  Hit the jump for some pretty cool photos!

P.S. I saw Emeralds a few weeks ago and captured a pretty good video of the first ten minutes of their set. Watch it here!

Bear In Heaven MySpace
Twin Sister Website

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2010 Half-Year List!

Man the year’s flying by! Here’s a bunch of my favorite albums, EPs, and 7″s so far this year, in alphabetical order. What’s some of your favs? Comment with them!


Albatross – Bugs, Berfday, Gum
Allo Darlin’ – Allo Darlin’
Beach House – Teen Dream
Beach Fossils – Beach Fossils
Caddywhompus – Remainder
Citay – Dream Get Together
Emeralds – Does It Look Like I’m Here?
Fang Island – Fang Island
Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma
Free Energy – Stuck On Nothing
Harlem – Hippies
Light Pollution – Apparitions
Local Natives – Gorilla Manor
Mount Carmel – Mount Carmel
Surfer Blood – Astrocoast
Suckers – Wild Smile
The Tallest Man on Earth – The Wild Hunt
Tame Impala – Innerspeaker
Trouble Books – Gathered Tones
Vampire Weekend – Contra
Wild Nothing – Gemini
Young Mammals – Carrots


Former Thieves – The Great and Alleged Great
Ghost Mall – Goons
Glitter Bones – Returning The Magic
Hooray For Earth – Momo
James Blake – CMYK
Keepaway – Baby Style
Megachurch – Megachurch
Tanlines – Settings


A Lull – “Weapons For War” b/w “Spread It All Around”
Cloud Nothings – “Didn’t You” b/w “Even If It Worked Out”
Family Trees – “Dream Talkin”
Gauntlet Hair – “I Was Thinking…” b/w “Our Scenery”
Japandroids – “Younger Us” b/w “Sex and Dying in High Society”
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – “Say No To Love” b/w “Lost Saint”

Emeralds – Does It Look Like I’m Here?

Genre: Ambient, Experimental, Drone
Year: 2009
Location: Cleveland, OH
Label: Editions Mego

MP3: || “Candy Shoppe” ||

MP3: || “Now You See Me” ||

Emeralds are easily one of the best groups to come out of Cleveland, OH in recent memory. After two amazing releases last year, What Happened and Emeralds, and a ton of CDRs, the Cleveland droners return with their newest album, Does It Look Like I’m Here?. The first thing I noticed was that the album sports 12 tracks with only one running over the ten-minute mark, a different direction from past LPs. Emeralds manages to take each track to completely blow your mind, fading in between minimalism, maximalism, and big jaw-dropping moments, with the biggest range they’ve hit to date. Does It Look Like I’m Here? will be released on May 24th from Editions Mego on CD and 2LP. Also, Emeralds supposedly have a bunch of 7″s being released through various distros, so keep an eye out for those.



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