Category Archives: General Information

Points of interest, upcoming shows, website changes, and all other information pertaining to Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice.

Triplicate Form :: Rav X Kill Bill X Scuare Present ‘SKIN’

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The way that the internet has made our massive world figuratively ‘smaller’ has allowed for collaborative possibilities that, even a generation ago, could not have existed.  The story of the EXOCIETY collective perfectly illustrates this, as the ultra-talented Austin-based MC known as Scuare has shown us.  About a decade ago, he connected with non-Texans Rav and Kill Bill over the website Newgrounds, and a bond was formed that has lasted despite proximity and time.  With each member growing and the world changing drastically since their inception, it makes sense that SKIN would reflect this range of change, despite it’s semi-short runtime.  Each member provides production, along with fellow collaborator Gold Midas, on the project, which takes a deep dive into the realms of creativity and sonic exploration.  I could throw a bunch of adjectives around, but this one deserves a direct listen, as it is quite gripping.  Check it out on Bandcamp or your favorite streaming service, and spread it around for others to do the same.

-chief

Clutch Time :: BoomBaptist Releases 2nd Single In Run-Up To ‘Boom Shakalaka’ Release

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We’re only two tracks in, and I’m already championing BoomBaptist‘s upcoming release, Boom Shakalaka.  After the pleasant introduction provided by Razzle Dazzle, we get a completely different look from the follow-up single, Shattered Backboard.  After a high energy, sample-laden collage of an intro, Boom drops a clean beat-flip and repurposes the main intro sample while texturing drums, synth and other sprinkles of samples around it.  If Razzle Dazzle was a warning shot, then Shattered Backboard is a line in the sand, firmly stating that you’re either rocking with this upcoming gold, or you’re planning on missing out.  Check out the new single and hold tight, because in slightly less than a month, Boom Shakalaka touches down.

-chief

Calming Waters :: Moira Waters Releases ‘Living’ EP

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After her time spent fronting Water On Mars, it’s nice to see someone as talented as Moira Waters move forward and continue to create as a solo artist.  After a slight tweaking of her performance name, she’s presented us with Living EP, a short but powerful collection of deeply reflective and movingly honest songs.  Her voice stands loud and proud above her guitarwork, which provides a strong foundation.  If you’re looking for something that will resonate with you during these times of isolation, definitely give this EP a moment.  It’ll be well worth your time.

-chief

Rising Above :: J-Kline And D.D.I. Drop ‘Feet Above Water’ Video

The constant discovery that being a blogger provides me is truly a gift that keeps on giving.  Luckily, I’m blessed enough to know so many talented people that I’m never at a need or want for content, but every once in a blue moon, I like to step outside of the circle.  This go-round, I discovered J-Kline via the I Support ATX Hip-Hop, Do You? group, specifically his collaborative video with guest vocalist D.D.I. and producer Wave titled Feet Above Water.  Director Tommy Kastro caught the collective in a very straight-forward, candid manner as they drop science about keeping your eyes on the prize over Wave‘s bouncy and driving production.  The track is a solid piece of motivational and inspirational art about being aware of the both purposeful and accidental trappings that present themselves to an artist on the rise.  Definitely check it out, leave a like and a comment, and share it around for everyone to experience.

-chief

Everyday People :: Moodie Black Drop ‘No Mames’ Single In Anticipation Of ‘FUZZ’

With each passing album, Moodie Black has perfected the rollout for the independent, DIY artist.  KDEATH maintains a proper level of profile on social media, interacting with the masses while she and Sean toil away in the studio.  As the projects come together, seeds of anticipation are woven into the normal flow of conversation.  As it starts to hit the 30-45 day mark, starts dropping visuals that open further avenues of anticipation and discussion, as the succinct ideas are intriguing enough to raise wondrous thoughts of how they will fit into the bigger picture.  After dropping the stellar Jesus Bound lead single recently, Moodie Black has come with the two of the one-two punch with No Mames, a very personal and artistic statement from that scratches the surface of her day to day experience of trying to exist as a trans, gender-fluid woman in an uptight, judgemental society.  FUZZ drops this upcoming Friday, and after these tastes, I’m certainly ready to hear the full project.  Like, comment and share the video, and keep your eyes on Moodie Black for the bomb drop that FUZZ will be.

-chief

Relief Efforts :: Bandcamp Waives Payout Fees For Friday, March 20th

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As a recent featured artist of the month, I already deeply appreciate Bandcamp and all that it does for independent musicians.  In light of the recent COVID-19 Pandemic scares and the subsequent social distancing, many musicians (independent or otherwise) are feeling the sting of financial uncertainty.  In an effort to do what they can, Bandcamp has made the decision to waive all payout fees for money that artists earn on sells for the duration of Friday, March 20th.  Many of us are feeling the same strain, but if you can, I urge you to support your favorite artist(s) by purchasing an album or two.  In the case of Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice music, I urge you to get music whether you opt to purchase or not, as my music was always meant to have a therapeutic element to it.  For your convenience, I am providing album links below :

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Giving Back :: Rusty Dusty Performs New Album ‘Cleanse’ Live At FetSounds

FetSounds has very quickly established itself as a full-service recording, performing and documentation space in the few months it’s been in San Marcos.  Many bands have utilized the space for album release parties and special events, including local favorites Rusty Dusty.  In collaboration with Possum Trot Studios, the band decided to use the performance space to document the first official live performance of their recent release Cleanse.  With a handful of cameras, some dramatic lights and their deeply diverse and moving sounds, Rusty Dusty charged through their new project much to the delight of those in attendance.  If you’ve not had a chance to sit down and listen to Cleanse yet, this might be a great way to get familiar with the project.  Check out the video, leave a like and a comment, share it around, and find Cleanse on your favorite streaming site or store front to support!

-chief