#GrungyBandsWC: the final will be Acid Brains (Italy) vs. Carne Para Perra (Chile)

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Acid Brains and Carne Para Perra give the final of our Grungy Bands World Cup to Italy and Chile.

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The Italian band won with The Lost Poets (Sweden) with a majestic and surprising performance. This semifianl was epic and dramatic: Acid Brains took the lead but on the afternoon The Lost Poets ganed ground and could even overtake them. The two bands were 50%-50% for three times but the Italians had some more and the final result was 77-70: new record of votes per team in ev’ry competition and new record of total votes for match (in ev’ry competion as well). The Lost Poets will have the 3rd match play-off with the Austrian I’m a Sloth and will win the “fair play prize” for sure ’cause they voted for ev’ry single match, even after their bitter loss and let a message on their FB match to wish to their competitor Acid Brains a Merry Christmas and good luck in the final.

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The second semifinal was more easy but the two bands and their fans gave all they had: both Carne Para Perra and I’m a Sloth established their personal record of votes (55 and 35) and had shown their enthusiasm.

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Now the competition will have the Christmas break and on the 27th from 11 AM (CET), UTC +1 there will be the 3rd place play-off .

But we got a surprise: the grand final will last more than 24 hours. The match between Acid Brains and Carne Para Perra will start on the 28th at 11 AM and will end on the 30th at 23,59 (usual timezone).

Now I wish you a Merry Christmas and I give an idea for the gifts: buy records or merch of these super four bands. Support Acid Brains, Carne Para Perra, The Lost Poets and I’m a Sloth, they all deserve your love!

 

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#GrungyBandsWC Are you ready for the semifinals?

Acid Brains, The Lost Poets, I’m a Sloth, Carne Para Perra: these are the fantastic 4 who gain the semifinals of our Grungy Bands World Cup.

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The first match will be Acid Brains VS. The Lost Poets a.k.a Italy VS. Sweden. The Italian stallions won with the Irishes (Otherkin didn’t defend the title won in the Female Fronted Bands World Cup by Vulpynes) with 83%; the result of the first quarter was 5-25, if they want to go to the final they have to find at least 10 votes more. The Swedishes are strong as their Viking’s roots, The Lost Poets scored 11-34 (76%) in the match against Spain that wasn’t so open as we could imagine after Round of 16. Less than 24 hours to see who could go to the final between Italy and Sweden, a challenge that reminds something to the soccer fans.

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The other semifinal will start on Thursday and involves I’m a Sloth from Austria and Carne Para Perra from Chile. The Austrian got a great comeback versus the famous Australian challengers: they won 19-25 (57%) and now they need 20 votes more to gain the final. Yay, because los chilenos scored again 43 votes 72% against the famous American opponents. Carne Para Perra is the only non-European band in the semifinals. This competition seems very different from the Female one that got 4 English-spoken Nations on the final 4 (here we have Scandinavians who sing in English, Mediterraneans in English and Italian, Mittle-Europeans who sings in English and German and Southamericans in Spanish). Even the results are very different: in the Female Cup the were no Round of 16 and the quarters were poor (record 20 votes for Hands Off Gretel), but in semifinals we got a 67-50 and in the final Vulpynes won 72-39 versus Skating Polly, could the Grungy Bands World Cup’s protagonists do better?

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#GrungyBandsWorldCup Who are in the quarter finals?

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Round of 16 was not so fighted, every band who won did it in a very easy way, this because they all were lucky to have found challengers with a cold fanbase. Yay, ’cause our previous Female Fronted Bands World Cup, has teached us that to win these titles you need to have a great tribe of hot and lovely fans. During Round of 16 we have seen that some bands know how to involve people who love them and them music, as we know that more than one of round 2 matches will be unsafe for the hearts. So who are the greatest 8 bands? Otherkin (Ireland), Acid Brains (Italy), Las Sexpeares (Spain), The Lost Poets (Sweden), I’m a Sloth (Austria), Violent Soho (Australia), Carne Para Perra (Chile) and Dead Sara (USA).

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The first match will start tomorrow, 15th Dec. from 8 PM (UTC +1) the opponents are Otherkin, the worst of the bests in tRound of 16 with 73% and 11 votes versus 4 with the indonesian Cocox Iwax Endox, and Acid Brains the Italian stallions who scored the exactly double points than the Irishes.

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Then Las Sexpeares from Spain (85% on first match) who has a good fanbase versus The Lost Poets from Sweden (86%) who has a majestic fanbase who helped him to score 9 points more than the Spanishes next rivals. So Spain got a call-to-action because this could be a sparkly match.

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The third match is interesting too: I’m a Slot – Violent Soho. The Austrians won 36-8 versus the Canadians Metz (a Sub Pop Record’s band doesn’t need to be involved in these stupid games). The Australians are too huge that the fan groups did the job and could score easly 26 votes, but the need some more if they want to gain the semifinal.

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Last quarter is Carne Para Perra – Dead Sara. Los “cabrones” de Chile got the record in terms of result: 43-3, the Americans scored only 17 points but got the best percentage: 94% of choices against Nape. If the DEADicated will not wake the semifinal could easly go to Chile.

 

 

Federal Aviation Administration honours Nirvana

In the Seattle’s Boing Field of the King County International Airport there are 3 between waypoints and procedures named in honour of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana. The “discovery” was made by Nirvana’s bassist Krist Novoselic himself while he was driving his own plane in yesterday’s very foggy morning. During his departure (some hours later he has gone mad to having lost a jacket in a club and played with The Doors, or sort of them), the controller gave him ‘Nirvana 1’. “I was so elated” he wrote on his Facebook. So Cobain’s ex bandmate looked on the maps finding that Federal Aviation Administration named two waypoints  as CBAIN and  KURRT and they are into the aRea NAVigation (RNAV) NRVANA, the rules say that these names must have 5 letters, so Nirvana misses the I and Kurt has 2 R. Novoselic ended: “Always good to think on Kurt Cobain”. Yes Krist, you know you’re right.

 

 

 

#GrungyBandsWorldCup, from tomorrow on PC Facebook page

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16 bands, 16 Countries for another amazing tournament on Paper Cuts Facebook page. It is the Grungy Bands World Cup that will follow the Female Fronted Bands World Cup won by Vulpynes from Ireland.

There will be 16 matches (round of 16, quarter-finals, semifinals, 3rd place play-off and final) so it will be longer than the female one. This is more male oriented but there are a few bands with grrrls in too. Each challenge will be 24 hours long during which you will be able to vote for your favourite one.

I decided to use the adjective “grungy” because “grunge” is difficult to be defined. If we are pretty sure that Nirvana was grunge (but NME wrote they were thrash, during the Bleach-era), we couldn’t find a band who completely fits in this genre in these times; Grunge Is Dead, no? And the sound sometimes is a little bit different and too clean. We can read often about “new grunge”, “post-grunge”, “sort of grunge”, “grunge and such”. So “grungy”. Yay, ’cause these bands are not from the primitive era of grunge and no-one comes from Seattle.

The “Cup” will start tomorrow at 8 PM CET (UTC +1) with the first match. This is what the draw has choosen:

Otherkin (Ireland) – Cocox Iwax Endox (Indonesia)

Mad Seed (Argentina) – Acid Brains (Italy)

Las Sexpeares (Spain) – Ganesa (Russia)

The Lost Poets (Sweden) – White Car Nation (France)

I’m A Sloth (Austria) – Metz (Canada)

Violent Soho (Australia) – Black Income (Denmark)

Nape (Germany) – Carne Para Perra (Chile)

Cable35 (UK + Malta) – Dead Sara (USA)

As on the previous game we hope you could discover some great bands, some of them are well-known but others are in the wonderful world of the underground. Are you ready for it?

Smells Like Irish Breeze here’s I Am A Car Crash

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After we have known the Vulpynes, it’s time to know another band from the fresh Ireland, they are  I Am A Car Crash. I want to paraphrase the Kathleen Hanna maybe more famous quote: “Kurt smells like Teen Spirit” and I say: there is some smell of Irish breeze in these days. As Teen Spirit is a deodorant, Irish Breeze is a company of quality skin and baby care. Ok, serious, the message is that Irish independent music movement is pretty interesting.

I Am A Car Crash is a sort of no-genre band with many great influences, they play loud, yay! They define theirselves as “dark poetic cloudy loneliness” or “new age, no core, no wave, post 9/11 drama”. After the strictly punky (“punk” in a good meaning) White People Problems (2013) and some line-up changes IACC have an upcoming album planned for Spring 2018. You can’t wait? Okay, Paper Cuts got a gift for you: a preview with the new track “Them Not Us”: good sounds with Sprechgesang techniques and echoes. It’s hard to define it better than their own definition: “new age, no core, no wave, post 9/11 drama”. Listen and let me know!

I AM A CAR CRASH are:

JD a.k.a. EMILIO vocals and guitar

TOMEK a.k.a. EMILIO bass

J a.k.a. EMILIO vocals and drums

SHANE a.k.a EMILIO synth and guitar

Cobain and Grohl unreleased unplugged online!

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Today, for the 26th anniversary, was posted on YouTube an unreleased bootleg with 3 of the 5 songs Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl played on 1st December 1991 in Edinburgh at Southern Bar. The two Nirvanas showed up there for a benefit event to raise money for the local Sick Kids Hospital. In that occasion they’re booked as Teen Spirit and it is said they played the Shonen Knife’s cover Twist BarbieDumbPolly, The Vaselines cover Jesus (Don’t) Wants Me For A Sunbeam and an unknown song. In those months Nevermind was changing the world and in those days they were on tour in the U.K. supported by Shonen Knife and Captain America (the band of The Vaseline’s Eugene Kelly). The show had been organized by the Scottish band The Joyriders, Cobain and Grohl were billed as “Very special guests”. To see the performance you had to donate 1 ₤ at the door.

Would you like to listen Dumb, Polly and a part of Jesus? Okay!