Friday, December 19, 2014

UDAV - Creepy New Career


Label: self released
Year: 2014

Quick, how many noise rock bands can you name from Croatia?
Lucky for you, the band has submitted this, their new record, for you to get acquainted with in an effort to bolster musical tourism to the former Balkan States. And if I'm correct, this band is from the Istrian peninsula between the Bay of Kvarner and the Gulf of Trieste (thanks Wikipedia!) which appears to be a beautiful part of the world. I'm ready to go! We could arrange a reverse-tour whereupon the band stays in place, and the fans come to them! Genius!
Musically, UDAV occupies that space right around Big'N, Mount Shasta, White Drugs, and Qui. They even flirt around with some late period SST weirdness for good measure! It bounces and bobs around before slicing across your jaw with a series of haymakers. They can be deceptively burly in the spaces between riffs, when the song dynamics start and stop to accentuate the punch.
I think that you will like this one. It's got the elements you want, and gives them a new charge. Plus, now you can say, "oh yeah, I was into the first wave of Croatian Noise Rock back when it was still underground". Which is the point, isn't it?

DL

Brigitte Roussel - Amber Hole


Label: Double Hallucinative
Year: 2014

This was submitted to us by the artist herself, and while I slept on it for a bit too long, I finally have given it a few listens, and am glad I did so.
Not my usual forte this one, the music operates within genres that I find hard to describe or articulate. There's more of an overall "feel" than a particular adjective I could use. The whole album creates one massively spooky vibe...that I like.
I never watched Twin Peaks, and really don't care for David Lynch in general, but...I'm going out on a limb here and saying that this sounds like someone took the theme music of that show and distorted it's chamber pop base into a distant electrical storm that slowly spreads itself across the far horizon. It's a solo album, but there is plenty of instrumentation to fill out the nooks and crannies of each slow burning freak out. Vocals are of the detached, ethereal sort, and they come and go like smoke filtering through the room.
Early morning or late night listens are encouraged. The shoegaze/industrial/noise/baroque/drones here can be hypnotically beautiful or just as easily, disturbingly harsh. It's adventurous music which rewards those who are up for the ride.

DL

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Gray's Top 20 of 2014



By "popular" demand (aka Slanderbob asking for it to include in his next podcast) her lies the bodies of the stuff I most listened to that was released in 2014. Not including all the stuff I temporarily forgot. Not including all the reissues or new versions of old shit. Not including the fact that what I MOSTLY listened to this year was a combination of the same bands I've been listening to since 1985 and a smattering of Pusha T.

But here, in alphabetical order, are the records that I can recall making the year better.

1. American Heritage - Prolapse
2. Arabrot - I Modi
3. The Austerity Program - Beyond Calculation
4. The Blind Shake - Breakfast Of Failures
5. Corrosion Of Conformity - IX
6. Dasher - Go Rambo
7. Eyehategod - Eyehategod
8. Godflesh - A World Only Lit By Fire
9. Hammerhead - Global Depression
10. Hawks - Hawks
11. Music Blues - Things Haven't Gone Well
12. Old Man Gloom - The Ape Of God
13. PowertakeOFF - Unhinged
14. Roomrunner - Separate
15. Run The Jewels - 2
16. The Skull Defekts - Dances In Dreams Of The Known Unknown
17. Sleaford Mods - Divide and Exit
18. Superheater - Something Sticky
19. Survival Knife - Loose Power
20. Young Widows - Easy Pain

What did I miss? Will Slander dare to post his?!

*Edit: I forgot to include The Shrine - Bless Off. Oops.






Monday, December 15, 2014

GOLDEN SHOWER RADIO HOUR #007


Golden Shower Radio Hour
120 Minute Special (NSFW) 
Episode #007 Holiday Edition
Download or Listen


Update :This show will be airing on KAOS RADIO AUSTIN Xmas Eve.

It's nearing the end of the year and things may be slow around here for the next couple of weeks, so I have put together a special two hour holiday special. If this won't get you in the holiday spirit, it will at least put you in some kind of mood (hopefully something cheerful).

This is a pretty filthy episode full of naughty language that you can't say at most jobs, around kids, or on network television so again (N.S.F.W.). No e-mails saying your boss or kids heard it.

HEY LOOK!! IT'S A CONTEST!!!

So now that the disclaimer is out of the way. I want to make this show fun. So I am gonna run a contest..

WE HAVE A WINNER!!!

Congratulations to Leif Hunneman




Program Listing for 12/15/2014

01 Gut - We Wish You A Merry Christmas

02 Killdozer - Oh Little Town of Deathlehem

03 Cop Shoot Cop - Last Legs

04 Jon Spencer - Big Yule Log Boogie

05 Cows - 39 Lashes

06 Feederz - Jesus Entering from the Rear

07 Eric Idle - Fuck Christmas

08 Fear - Fuck Christmas

09 Melt Banana - White Christmas

10 Pocket FishRmen - Santa Clause is Coming

11 Lewis Black - X-Rated Christmas Carol

12 El Duce - Up On The Rooftop

13 Tad - Stumblin Man

14 The Residents - Santa Dog ('72)

15 The Fall - No Xmas for John Quays

16 Clarence Carter - Back Door Santa

17 Anti-Heroes - All Hail Santa

18 Butthole Surfers - Good King Wenceslas

19 Jon Spencer - My Christmas Wish

20 The Frogs - Here Comes Santa's Pussy

21 Brown Whornet - Santan's Slay Bells

22 James Chance - Christmas with Satan

23 Smegma - Happy Holiday

24 Beck - The Little Drum Machine Boy

25 Sonic Youth - Santa Doesn't Cop Out on Dope

26 Tiny Tim - Santa Claus Has Got The AIDS

27 Joe Pesci - If It Doesn't Snow On Christmas

28 Venom - Black Xmas

29 Butthole Surfers - Flame Grape (Slanderbob DOTDA Re-Edit)

30 Evolution Control Committee - The Christmas Wrong

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Sloth - Trick Or Treat Time With Octi


Label: self released
Year: 2004

Sloth run that super wide gamut from blown-the-fuck-out super sludge to power electronics styled noise, and "everything in between" (which has yet to be identified by any record store clerk anywhere)
Like if Suppression and Rusted Shut got together to jam on a Godflesh joint, and then had the guys from Spazz write some lyrics for it.
Their discography is impenetrable, such that I would be suspect if even the parents of Sloth(s) have every release. There's well over a hundred and counting, including some higher profile splits from the Golden Second Wave Of Powerviolence (circa 1996) with Floor, Noothgrush, Boulder, Cattlepress, Gob, Hangnail, Corrupted, Fistula, Rwake, and on and on and on. So, why I chose this particular one to post? Maybe because this one has the song 'Dwid's Bride Invited My Future Wife To A Sleep-Over' (spoiler alert...she said no).

These 12 songs actually work together well as one 14 minute piece since they all employ the same basic rhythm and instrumentation (part of which I guess is a cymbal but sounds more like someone is releasing gas [and not as in farting, but actually opening and closing a pressurized valve]).

DL

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Blood Sun Circle - Bloodiest/Sunniest


Label: Hex
Year: 2014

3/4 of the band Engineer doing music that eschews the metallic suffocation of that band's attack, and instead broadens their scope by zooming out and letting things breath in a deep breath of what we used to call "Neur-Isis". Meaning, those big, expansive slow builds that rely more on echo and reverb than they do on fuzz and distortion. Still abrasive, but it takes a longer view on things. There are elements of post punk goth in there, some Neurosis big riffs, some Young Widows-ish picking, and a general pall of darkness over the whole thing.
Sometimes I'm not in the mood for this kind of thing, but today I was. Plus, that's an undeniably great album title, right?

DL

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Space Witch - S/T


Year : 2014
Label : Orchestrated Dystopia

 I get very picky about stoner rock, doom metal, etc.. Don't get me wrong, I love it when it's done right and the band that is doing it brings something new to the table. Let's face it, it's not that hard to imitate Black Sabbath. Every genre gets over saturated sooner or later.  So with that said.. SPACE WITCH kicks it up a couple of notches. UFOMAMUT (whom I really like) has done similar sounding stuff, but not with this kind of ferocity. Hawkwind Meets Sleep Meets EYEHATEGOD maybe? .. This being instrumental is a nice touch, just good heavy space doom.

Tragic Mulatto - Italians Fall Down And Look up your dress

Year: 1989
Label : Alternative Tentacles

To say Tragic Mulatto were a spectacle to see live, is an understatement. I was lucky enough to see them once, and I was both mesmerized and oddly turned on in the most creeped out kind of way.

The original release of this was a collection of two LP's "Hot Man Pussy" & "Locos por el Sexo".For some reason,  two of the tracks from "Locos..." record were omitted from this collection, I have re-added them at the end). There are some live photo's included in the rar. Be WARNED.. (NSFW),  they are included to show you what TM was all about live.. a complete "FREAKSHOW".. and I loved it.

Anybody have a clue where I could find a good video of one their shows? You tube has much of nothing, and I can only imagine that if the show I saw, was uploaded to Youtube.. it would be pulled down almost as fast as it was uploaded.

DL

Boredoms - Soul Discharge


Year : 1989
Label : Shimmy Disc

Not much needs to be said about this record. It's a noise rock classic and should be in every noise rock collection. Hoping for a vinyl re-issue one day.



Good Throb - Fuck Off


Year : 2014
Label : Bandcamp

By the end of this song record, you will have become tens times more punk rock than anyone else you know.  This London outfit is both, noisey and angry with great Gang of Four-esque bass-lines throughout. One of my favorite discoveries of 2014.

 
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