Thursday, May 21, 2020

Love 666 - Love 666

Label: self released
Year: 1994

Before they were the black sheep of the Amphetamine Reptile roster, Love 666 were simply black sheep. Black sheep who draped their weirdo thud rock in a scree of feedback din. Black sheep who hate Capitalism and living under the thumb of the corporate patriarchy.

What's your tolerance? What's your threshold for pain?


Tuesday, May 12, 2020

V/A - A Compatibility Of Dissonance

Label: Lakeside
Year: 1997

I could have sworn this had been posted years ago, but I looked, and it hasn't and it was recently brought back to my attention (the compilation, not the posting status), so now it's getting posted. Ok?
Ostensibly this was a local Atlanta (area) compilation, but they stretched the rules a bit, which I don't think anyone minded.

The Bands:
Bughummer - A product of the fertile Savannah College Of Art and Design, Bughummer (sometimes listed as Bug Hummer) played a very knotty version of poppy post-hardcore punk (please note: not "pop punk"). They took a lot of cues from Fugazi and revved them up, which was not an uncommon approach at the time. Those dynamics worked especially well deployed in a tightly packed basement show.
members of Engine Down, Denali, Sparta, Cusses, Miwa Gemini

Galanas:Cerdd - from the ashes of Atlanta legends Freemasonry, three quarters of that band held it together to continue on as an instrumental powerhouse. Cyclical, mathy songs that sneak in a melodious undercurrent to keep you nodding along, but keep a bite in their back pocket. If you like Don Cabellero, June of 44, or Arcwelder, then you'll like this.
members of Fiddelhead, Freemasonry, Haricot Vert, Copa Vance, Victory Hands, John Brown, Chocolate Kiss, Loud Humans, Clemente, Third Season, Forever War, and counting

BOB - At anytime, at any record store within 100 nautical miles of Atlanta, you will find BOB 7"s or a compilation with the band on it. They were prolific. They were also pretty strange and wide ranging in their sound. They were not afraid to alienate with damaged electronics and art squalls, as much as they could settle into a straight rocking. Maybe like Truman's Water or something?
members of Black Love, Heinous Beinfang, Casio Nova, War Amps (the band with Tom Beeman from's that for deep?), The Go-Figures

Barrel - Also an instrumental affair, and like Galanas:Cerdd up there, they played a start/stop, mathy brand of it. You can hear influences like Bitch Magnet, Rodan, Crain...those types of bands.
members of Rebar, San Agustin, Galanas:Cerdd (circular reference!), Gold Sparkle Band, Haunted House, The Projects, Copa Vance, Lay Down Mains

Soli Deo Gloria - Soli Deo Gloria have a slightly queasier, off-kilter approach to a mostly instrumental (there are vocals...just not a lot) version of math rock, but with more heft.
members of Mistaken For Them, Tenth Muted Capper

Hell Mach Four - Possibly the most "polished" of the bands here, they played a layered indie rock that pushed ahead aggressively when they wanted, and pulled back to a dreamier state when needed. I guess they call that "dynamics"? They were a great, underrated band.
members of First 5 Thru, Ansurbana, Clemente, Expats

Estrada - Most important to people outside of this town as "Christian from Whores' old band", but Estrada made a lot of righteous noise in their own rite for a couple years. Nasty noise rock that took aim at whomever or whatever they were displeased with at the time. Super good.
members of Skin Jobs, Whores, Scars, Tualatin, Toenail, Ocelot, Black Mollies

Spackle - They play a ramshackle garage punk stomp that has a real "time capsule" feel to it. As in, if you were alive and going to local rock shows during the mid-90's you heard lots of bands that had a similar sound. It's also worth noting, there a lot of bands called Spackle, these ladies started in Virginia and migrated to Athens, GA.
members idea.


Sunday, April 5, 2020

zeni geva - skullfuck live

released: 1987
label: nux organization

i'm not really going to go into who zeni geva are because you've been coming around here long enough to know.

this is a compilation of songs taken from 2 shows.

and if'n you just happened upon this blog and you don't know who zeni geva are....
this isn't the place to start.
go and look for the albums DESIRE FOR AGONY or FREEDOM BONDAGE.
and before you ask: no. they're nothing like melt banana.

1 - war pig*
2 - dead car,sun crash*
3 - slum king*
4 - godkill**
5 - dead car,sun crash**

*= antiknock - tokyo,japan
**= shinjuku loft - tokyo,japan


nirvana - feels like the first time

released: 2012
label: let them eat vinyl

R.I.P. kurt cobain

mtv LIVE & LOUD 1993:
1 -radio friendly unit shifter
2 - drain you
3 - breed
4 - serve the servants
5 - rape me
6 - heart-shaped box
7 - pennyroyal tea
8 - scentless apprentice
9 - lithium
10 - endless nameless

triple j broadcast (melbourne,australia):
11 - about a girl
12 - come as you are
13 - breed
14 - polly
15 - lounge act
16 - love buzz (shocking blue cover)
17 - lithium

18 - smells like teen spirit
19 - territorial pissings

20 - rape me
21 - heart-shaped box


alice in chains - 12.20.92 - seattle center arena - seattle,wa

R.I.P. layne staley

1 - junkhead
2 - put you down
3 - it's ain't like that
4 - love,hate,love
5 - god smack
6 - sickman
7 - bleed the freak
8 - dirt
9 - (sweet home alabama*) man in the box
10 - dam that river
11 - we die young
12 - them bones
13 - (twist of cain**) hate to feel
14 - angry chair
15 - rooster

*=lynyrd skynyrd tease
**=danzig tease


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Pervert Week - New Babysitter

Label: Scratched Up
Year: 2015

Hope you are all holding up well during Global Pandemic 2020.
I thought it appropriate to post some scathing noise rock from our friends in Canada today as a tribute to those around the world holed up under the effects of COVID-19. I'm not sure exactly why that counts as a tribute...but...strange times.
Whatever the reasons, I think you will find comfort in the burly attack that Pervert Week unleash. Might even be enough nastiness to sanitize your space for the 38 minutes or so you will be listening. I'm not doctor though, so please take my suggestions for what they are worth (currently, about $6.00 USD).

Wash your hands. Stay home. Stay safe. Hail Mothra.


Saturday, March 28, 2020

coalesce - there is nothing new under the sun

released: 2007
label: hydra head records

remember that one time coalesce released an album of led zeppelin covers?
that was a good time,right?
yeah it was.
well they went ahead and re-released it with some added covers from other bands.
is it still a good time?
i don't know.
i can't tell you how to enjoy things.
i mean...who am i to do that?
i'm not your stepdad shoving that bottle of colt 45 in your face and being all like "drink up! it's good!" as he falls off of the front porch.
i'm not that guy.
i don't even have a porch.

but i digress....

led zeppelin covers.
some other covers.
nuff said.

1 - immigrant song
2 - heartbreaker
3 - black dog
4 - out in the tiles
5 - whole lotta love
6 - that's the way
7 - thank you
8 - i'm giving up on this one (the get up kids cover)
9 - vehicle (boy sets fire cover)
10 - in the wilderness (boy sets fire cover)
11 - bob junior
12 - supernaut (black sabbath cover)
13 - cutting away (undertow cover)
14 - that's the way (redux)
15 - thank you (redux)


she luv it - she luv it

released: 2020
label: bedouin records

[x] hardcore
[x] sludge
[x] japan
[x] early neurosis
[x] zeni geva
[x] that's all you really need to know


small - chin music

released: 1994
label: alias

hi. i just moved in next door. you have a few minutes to talk? no? i'll try to be quick then....

you know how certain areas have certain scenes and all or most of the bands that come from that scene have a certain sound? well this band was from chapel hill in north carolina. heard of it? i can tell by the look on your face that you haven't. i know. you have to go. i'll be quick. maybe you've heard of bands with names like archers of loaf and superchunk and polvo and the raymond brake or seam...yeah. i'm aware that seam are more looked at as being from chicago but they got their start in chapel hill. yeah. i saw you giving me that look. "this guy doesn't know what he's talking about". it's ok. i get that alot. yeah. ok. you have to go. i get it. sheeeeeeeeeesh. well just know that this band is also from chapel hill and they had a one time drummer from superchunk as a member. so now you know. and before i go....the wife wanted me to ask you if'n maybe you'd like to come over for dinner sometime. i hope you like chicken skins because she can peel it off with the best of 'em. good lord,those fingers.


Sunday, March 22, 2020

curl up and die - unfortunately we're not robots

released: 2002
label: revelation records

you remember metalcore,yeah?
the bands always had some kooky wacky song titles....

"i wanna be a sex symbol on my own terms"
"the proud parents convention held in the e.r."
"you'd be cuter if i shot you in the face"
"boston tea bag party"
"god ain't got no use for no 180lbs bag of sugar"
"where the hell is rick thorne these days?"

good times.
there's a curl up and die song title included in that list.
which one?
you're just going to have to find out for yourself.

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