Two new releases are available from Social Cancer Records this week.
Hailing from Jacksonville Alabama Street Shark play a compelling mix of catchy post-punk and driving garage rock. Their new EP Heart Age sways between frantic tension and dynamic mischief. Listen to it here and buy it here.
Street Shark rules and my tape is pretty good! Both release available NOW!
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Street Shark - swirly, driving, reverb’d-out Alabama punks on the always-excellent Social Cancer label.
Chaos Destroy - the catchiest bursts of feedback you’ll ever hear. They’ve only played two shows this year and you didn’t show up to either of them so it’s time to rectify that shit.
Et Al - jangly-ass meta rock from three mega cuties who, like, think about stuff. Album out on Friends Records now!
QUITTER - a five headed dog where all the heads are really just asses
SUNDAY AUGUST 10
9PM NO PUNK TIME
FREE FREE FREE FREE
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10 years ago one of my absolute favorite bands put out one of the best singles of the 21st century. Australians are officially better at punk rock than Americans.
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My first solo release, EMBRACE TECHNOLOGY, is now online and available for streaming and digital download. The cassettes have just shipped from the pressing plant so you should be able to pick one up from Social Cancer very soon!
Listen/purchase: Embrace Technology by Mark Plasma
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This weekend was Ratscape: three full days of mostly-local music in the sweaty studio/performance space where Barbelith practices. I played three sets (apparently more than anyone else) and had a blast. Barbelith’s set on Friday was hands-down one of the best we’ve ever played and the crowd seemed to really dig it. My solo set on Saturday was mostly exhausting but I got a great response from the folks who watched and for some reason there are more pictures of that set than almost any other Ratscape performance. Quitter played just an hour after my solo set and despite it being super fast and super sloppy (I broke my E string three songs in and just had to wing it) everyone had a really great time.
I love Baltimore. The music scene here is far-ranging, wildly experimental, and totally underrated. I’ve really found a home here and I’m so proud of everything that my friends are doing to make it even better. Major praise to my fellow Quitter Josh Schleupner and Dude Eternal Mike Franklin (who engineered, mixed, and mastered the Barbelith 7”) for putting together such a solid weekend of music. Additional ups to Andrew McClymont and Dylan Ubaldo of Llamadon for putting together and running the RAPscape fest-within-the-fest like the total bosses they are. Thanks to everyone who came out, partied hard, took pictures, sweated profusely, and gave big wet hugs. It was a tremendously tiring weekend but I think we all went home happier than we were before.
In the course of digging through/deleting old music projects from Bandcamp I found this track, recorded in my old bedroom at my parents’ house in Birmingham, AL around New Year’s of 2010 and released under the name “Mark E.P.” Definitely different from the last 4 years of my musical output but I still really like it.
Source: SoundCloud / Mark Plasma
Here’s a good one coming up soon!
Sweepstakes is a really, really good local pop band featuring Allyson Little from Real2Real, Yoan Yeti, and Twisted Sheets on guitar and vocals. Check out their great BmoreHush videos here.
Nick Hope plays synth in my punk band, Quitter, but his solo stuff is an entirely different beast. Nick has the true makings of a pop star—the rest of the world just hasn’t figured it out yet. Propulsive, catchy synth pop love songs featuring Nick’s tremendous, dub-influenced vocals.
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Rilke’s 4th Sonnet to Orpheus, translated from German by Edward Snow.
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