Wednesday, February 29, 2012

In addition to our pals in Summer People releasing their latest, Teamwork on vinyl down in Johnson City, NY this Friday, there's two great shows to check out:

The Great Sabatini (Montreal, Quebec)
Sunken Cheek + Pretengineer (Syracuse, NY)
Hiroshima Vacation (Ithaca, NY)

Friday, March 2nd
8PM $3-$5 sliding scale, all ages

The Space @ GreenStar, 700 W Buffalo St, Ithaca, NY


Peelander Z

Friday, March 2nd
8PM Doors 16+ $12 adv (more at the door)

The Haunt, 702 Willow Ave, Ithaca, NY

Monday, February 27, 2012

McNeil Music of Ithaca, Ithaca Underground's longest running supporter, is moving downtown to Green Street! Just down the block from the Library, in the old Ithaca Photo building next to DP Dough. The store opens this Thursday, March 1st with the grand opening with in-store performances happening on Saturday, March 3rd. More info below!

Official Press-Release:
McNeil Music will be opening its doors at a new location in Downtown Ithaca on March 1, 2012 at 110 W. Green Street. Eric Laine, proprietor and Ithaca resident, says that the decision to relocate to Downtown from the Triphammer Mall was to "go where the people are." A downtown resident himself, Laine says,"For me, Downtown is the center of life in Ithaca. Not only is it good for business, but it's good for Ithaca that we are coming back downtown." McNeil Music, founded in 1951 by the McNeil brothers, was located downtown on Tioga Street for many years before moving up the hill to Triphammer Mall. As a relatively new owner of the business--three years--Laine tells of his excitement to finally get the chance to put his influence on this sixty-year-old business, stating that "In many instances, decisions were made generations ago. Now it's my turn." The new location will allow the store to offer drum lessons for the first time with a large area devoted to a lesson room suite replete with a lounge area and two large lesson rooms.

With five local music stores in Ithaca, one may think that competition for customers would be difficult. On the contrary, Laine explains that each store focuses on their own particular niche and thrives because of the deep and rich tradition of local music in Ithaca. As for his particular niche, McNeil Music is the area's only drum shop, the only store in town that rents PA gear and the sole proprietor of upright pianos. They offer beginner to professional guitars, keyboards, instrument and electronics repairs, as well as lessons in guitar, bass and now drums. "Ours is a store for the working musician and the next generation of working musicians,” says Laine, "We are on the third, sometimes fourth generation of customers. We are so lucky to have a town that supports such a diverse and vibrant music scene and our goal is to support that scene."

Downtown Ithaca Alliance Executive Director, Gary Ferguson, welcomes the investment that this newest business is making in Downtown. Ferguson notes, “McNeil Music and Downtown are perfect matches for each other. This is precisely the type of regional specialty store that is so well suited to Downtown.”

A ribbon cutting with Mayor Svante Myrick will take place at the new McNeil Music store on March 1 at 3pm and a grand opening celebration is set for Saturday, March 3rd. Live performances will be part of the celebration with local high school rockers Starts on Friday at 1:00pm; Bob Keefe and the Surf Renegades, comprised of McNeil guitar teachers and friends, at 2:00pm, DJ Laika at 3:00pm, and The Sutras at 4:00pm.

Our good friends Summer People will be releasing their latest full length Teamwork on vinyl this Friday, March 2nd at Spool Mfg in Binghamton, NY.

The group released Teamwork on CD in 2011 to fan acclaim and hit the road with Hotchacha, Zlam Dunk and more to support. Thanks to a wildly successful Kickstarter, the band was able to raise the funds to release the LP on their own Low Light records.

Summer People have performed on several Ithaca Underground events, including last December's BIG DAY IN with Parts & Labor and Algernon Cadwallader, supporting Marnie Stern, Tera Melos, as well as headlining.

Don't miss their headlining set at Spool Mfg.138 Baldwin Street, Johnson City, NY 13790 with friends HotChaCha, Old Tapes, and Fish Out with Anthony Cerretani painting throughout the night.

$8 | 6PM Doors | 7PM music starts

More info:

There are two great, non-IU shows happening in Ithaca tonight which we highly recommend you check out.

Odyssey Booking presents: 
Laura Stevenson & The Cans, Gypsy Gets Shotgun, The Yips, TFFNI, Modern Hut
Monday, February 27th
The Space @ GreenStar, 700 W Buffalo St, Ithaca, NY 14850
7:30 Doors w/ vegan potluck - $5 All Ages
More info:

Then up on campus, it's Living Room from NYC (who helped our boys in Beach Parade out on tour back in the day).

Risley presents: 
Living Room, Phorke, Kites in Space, A is for Arson
Monday, February 27th
Tammany Hall at Risley Hall (Cornell University), Ithaca, NY 14853
More info:

Thursday, February 23, 2012

That’s right! Ithaca, Syracuse, and Binghamton are combining forces for this righteous (wrongteous?) mini-tour.   Bubba from BRIAN!, Kevin from Dance-A-Tron, and Greg from Blunt Guts have been working to strengthen the ties between the CNY cities for some time now and what better way to take the next step than to do a big ol’ weekend together?

For the uninitiated, BRIAN! takes an their unconventional instrumentation of bassoon, guitar/bass, electronics, voice, drum kit, and metallic percussion, fuses with influences of prog, Rock-in-Opposition, math-rock, classical, and noise to spin dark, complex compositions.

Blut Guts from Syracuse take the fast and furious approach fusing white-hot grind, hardcore, and powerviolence into 50-60 second seconds of pure scathing intensity.

Dance-A-Tron are no stranger to Ithaca, having performed in our fair city with the likes of Fuck The Facts, Kylesa, Intronaut, the inaugural May BIG DAY IN, and more. Thunderous power-trio of hardcore from Binghamton.

Check below for dates, times, locations, and additional acts.

XERXES in Ithaca 2/24!

In case you haven’t heard, in partnership with our pals at Odyssey Booking we've added Kentucky hardcore quintet XERXES to the BRIAN!/Blunt Guts/Dance-A-Tron weekend kick off gig. Be sure and check them out. Bring some friends to pack the room as we’re finishing up footage for the IU Documentary short at this show!

Feb 24th: XERXES (No Sleep Records)
+ BRIAN!, Dance-A-Tron, Blunt Guts - weekend tour kickoff
@ The Space, 700 W Buffalo St - 8PM $5

Monday, February 13, 2012

Meet The Band: Blunt Guts

Band Name: Blunt Guts

Location: Syracuse

Formed: Fall 2010

Members: Greg, Bill, Tyler, Armando

- Hug Machine demo cassette, limited to 100, recorded at More Sound in Syracuse, released June 2011.
- Split with Fukk Bar Culture (Indonesia) TBA release date, on CDR and possibly 7”, recorded by our buddy Trevor.  Our side is up for streaming/download.
- Track on “Prime Eggsampler Vol. 1” released by online label Prime Eggsample Records.
            *Download the Prime Eggsampler for free here:
            Part 1:
            Part 2:

Blunt Guts and a wide variety of punk, noise, sludge, grindcore releases on Prime Eggsample Records’ Bandcamp. Check it out here:

Both of our releases are on our bandcamp for free download:

Future releases:
- Track on comp released by DIY NOISE, set to be released early-mid Spring 2012.

Since all of our shows are in Syracuse, we can’t wait to leave for a mini-tour with BRIAN! and Dance-a-tron.  The Syracuse scene is small but intact, we’d probably love for your band to come out and play a show at Badlands.

Purpose of the band:
To deceive you as a bunch of stoners yet mindfuck you with the seemingly contradictory hyper-speed riffage and non-weed-relative subject matter.

Catch Blunt Guts on the road with BRIAN! and Dance-A-Tron at the following locations
- Feb 24:  The Space at GreenStar, 700 W Buffalo St, Ithaca, NY  with Xerxes (No Sleep Records : Louisville, KY)
- Feb 25:  Beagle Pub, 85 CFJ Blvd., Johnson City, NY 13790 with Revoked
- Feb 26:  Badlands, 1007 East Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY with Globsters and Dirty Humans