Brad Shumacher is The Night Grinder. A Sound Engineer, Bassist, Drum and Synth Programmer from St. Louis, MO, he has also just recently made the journey to the West of the Midwest, Denver, CO. I am going to attempt to live review Side A of his album, Immediate Content, with the following tools/substances:

(note: I reviewed the whole Album, Sides A & B, but of course, when I saved it as a draft, somehow half was lost. I will now pour scalding tea over the Laptop)

1. Cane Sugar Root Beer/ice water
2. Dope Sony Surround Sound Home Listening Device
3. iPhone5/Arielle’s MacBookPro
4. pisser, couches, open space and snacks within 25 feet
5. my ears/The Night Grinder’s Immediate Content
oh, and it’s morning, but I don’t have a job, so I’m gonna get hella medicated…
Immediate Intro Reactions/\Street Justice II:
My roommates have to think I’m crazy. I’m perched over a laptop with a huge speaker blaring a rave right into my right ear. The Bass is so grimey, just my style, in the vein of Mudstep, really driving and distorted, a perfect mix for the ridiculous noise, which right at the end of the 1st track, Street Justice II, transmutates into a temporary beautiful synth sequence.
Mystery Glitch Dance Party, or as The Night Grinder calls it, Quartz Aorta, is a smearing of drums and bass to melt your feet into off-rhythm dancing.
Street Justice IV eases into it’s Gameboy Music destiny, before becoming just much more experimental than all that, with Jazz Noises and Crunchy Drums that don’t come in the Factory Settings.
Heavy Lotion takes me through moods with feedback wood sounds I don’t really wanna discuss on my public blog. But that’s what I came here to do, so basically, I’m having sexy thoughts about electronics right now. Like, all the patches and sample pads and keys and drum pads I’ve ever seen are flying through my mind and I’m falling for Kraut all over again. I feel like I’m in my old apartment in my Parent’s 4-family, listening to Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream and Can, except they got the bassist I always wanted them to have. And hired a Japanese Woman to just drive a kick drum the whole time.
Past Mind RIP wipes ya clean. Smooth and nerveless in its pursuit of your attention, it comes quick like a forest rain on a camping trip. Yes, you can trip to parts of The Night Grinder’s sonic assault. But even Past Mind starts to warn you that you may not be as done with it as you were thinking you were when you weren’t thinking. The rhythm presented in a composition with very few traditional rhythm sounds is so on point. This is a soundtrack for the late night lawbreakers, skateboarders and graffiti writers. My roommates wouldn’t dare complain about this. They know what it’s like to try to just put the past to rest.
Side A ends in Winter ‘13/’14, a winter I experienced close to, but not at all with, the physical body of The Night Grinder. I don’t feel an immediate connect with the content, until the Bluesy Mids of the bass start to shine through. The ruffling of the background noise is familiar to those of us who made it through Last Winter in the Midwest. Subtle explosions of noise begin to take over with borderline trapped-cat, turned glass shatters, now a distorted cracked sample. But it’s all very precise this time around, falling off a cliff of almost too chaotic noise to a bass line, and a wind gust to fade Side A of the LP out.

Check Out The Night Grinder in Denver, CO or on Bandcamp for updates. Immediate Content will be out in the digital world on August 20, 2014 and on 12” Vinyl about two months thereafter.

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Intro - Atmosphere’s Southsiders

1. Family Might - Nothing Matters, Smile

2. Stonechat - Pardon the Inner Eruption

3. Enta - ‘78 

4. Foxing - Gold Cobra

5. Mid-Nineties - Loss of Control

6. Laika - Keith

7. Alta - Merry New Year

8. Chase Ambler - Summer Bummer

9. Smallhouse - What’s in Kansas?

10. Boreal Hills - Dads

11. Sleep State - A Receipt for Your Integrity

12. Gran Mal - The Good Book is Bad Policy

13. Little Big Bangs - Head Down

14. Living Alone - Open the Pyramid

15. Brother Gruesome - Tumor Town

Chase Ambler

Chase Ambler is a pop punk band from Denver, Colorado.
Has their music for free. Go put it on. Turn the record or pandora down, and put on the music of summer. I’m typing this on my phone in between sets at the show they just opened at Mutiny Cafe for Living Alone and Rational Anthem, not for my personal gain, but more as an urgent message that you need to hear this. The guitar/bass brother combo shreds pedestrian chords to oblivion as drums pound hard and fast, all in sloppy youth unison for wonderful gasps of fresh air. This pop punk has a little math, but more so Space. Songs are blasts of high pitched screaming to moving bass lines and guitar tone that needs less effects than volume.
Summer Bummer is a favorite track if you’re in a hurry, the recording a high pass mix available on tape and the aforementioned bandcamp. This band will visit the Midwest and beyond as time goes on, and I’m happy to have seen the early days.

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Temporary Summer Break

Hey All, Rooster is moving to Denver! But don’t worry your Local Hearts because I will continue to broadcast Burning the Cassette from the great state of Colorado! In addition to our continual coverage of all the talent in St. Louis, i will be adding coverage of the goings on in Colorado as well. I would like to thanks KSLU, particularly Kyler for getting back to me and teaching me the board so I could focus on producing the best show possible. Continue to submit music to me for whatever your hearts desire and take care of your damned self!

Window Shopper, May 28 2014

Window Shopper, May 28 2014

You can catch me in my new kicks actin half Jewstupid wit one of my two tattooists… #iRap #kicks

You can catch me in my new kicks actin half Jewstupid wit one of my two tattooists… #iRap #kicks

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1. Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson - Delicate Cycle
2. Shabazz Palaces - Blastit
3. DJ Deep Breathely and Jared - ReJared ReLoop
4. Aloe Blacc & Wu-Tang - I Need A Dollar
5. Mastermind Einstein - PWOAU
6. Black Bruce Wayne - Freedom
7. Person X - Ghost Riders in The Sky
8. Black Bruce Wayne (Jeff Hill) - Freedom
9. Theresa Payne - Bye Fear
10. Qwel - Where I Go There I Go
11. Chase Ambler - No One Cares
12. Stonechat - Song Of Endless Summer
13. Sunyatta McDermott and Loose Screwz - To Love a Militant
14. Grimes - Oblivion
15. 3 of 5 - 3 2 1 Bowser
16. Wino Willy - Heart of the City

Lamar Harris from St. Louis, MO. So much talent on display at the #rftmusicahowcase

Y’all know me, still the same OG

Y’all know me, still the same OG

see post below for deets

Roosterfront Times Music Awards Presented by Burning the Cassette

These Awards were put together using a supersecret formula of direct experience and musical creativity divided by other people’s trusted tastes, plus a fraction of actual talent insofar as applicable to industry-generated genres, all attempting to draw from the same guidelines of the RFT Music Awards Enjoy!

Rooster’s 2014 Music Awards Winners:

Americana: The Union Electric

Blues: the St. Louis Blues Hockey Team (a bunch of white dudes)

Country: Jack Grelle and the Johnson Family

Cover Bands: Don’t Count

DJ: Hal Greens plays the shit i wanna hear

Hip-Hop Producer: Abnormal

Electronic Dance: Octopus Jones

Electronic Eclectic: Parisian

Emo/Post-Hardcore: not the same thing

Emo: Foxing

Post-Hardcore: Laika

Experimental: Pokey LaFarge

Folk: Dubb Nubb

Garage Rock: Boreal Hills

Hard Cock Rock: Dad Jr.

Hardcore Sausage Fest: Life Like

Hip-Hop Group: Barely Free (total bias in full-effect)

Hip-Hop Solo: Mastermind Einstein tied with Murphy Lee

Indie Pop: The Vanilla Beans

Indie Rock: Humdrum

Jazz: Loose Screwz Samples

Metal: I honestly wouldn’t know

New Band: Wild Hex

Noise: Ou Ou are the only ones i can usually take for more than 5 min

Pop: Nelly

Psych: Rip Rap

Punk: Hobosexuals


Rock: Little Big Bangs

Singer/Songwriter: Foxing

Soul/Funk: Funky Butt Brass Band

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  1. Grizzly Bear/ Dead Prez - Two Weeks of Hip-Hop
  2. CloudDead - Dead Dogs Two (Boards of Canada Remix)
  3. Why? - (Gemini)Birthday Song
  4. Blues Brothers Band - Big Bird
  5. Michael Castro - St. Louis Blues Revisited
  6. Sean Arnold - Cinderblock Blues
  7. Bad Folk - Bury Me at the Crossroads
  8. The Taxpayers - Militaristic Kitchen
  9. Rooster - Tip If You Hip
  10. Gary, DJ Deep Breathely and Seymour Justice - The Source
  11. SNS - Weirdo
  12. Stonechat - Time Machine
  13. Ou Ou - KSLU SESSION