Sunday, July 16, 2017

Fugazi - Live - Washington DC - 08.26.99


Label: bootleg
Year: 1999

An abbreviated (due to meteorological constraints) hometown Fort Reno set, showcasing Fugazi as they continued their transition into what would be their final studio album, arguably away from the post hardcore groove of the first couple of albums, or the frenzied feedback workouts of the mid-period albums, and into a graceful maturation. Not to imply there was ever any immaturity to the band at any juncture of their creative arc.
I, as a fan, was admittedly losing some interest in Fugazi by this point, and seeing them less and less live when they would come through town. But, listening back, that was a real mistake on my part, as the later material strikes just as deep and carries the same intense weight as anything off the first 12", maybe I just wasn't in the right place to hear it then.

Best band of the 1990's? Probably, right?

DL

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Genki Genki Panic - Litanies Of Surf


Label: self released
Year: 2017

We will always pay tribute here to our friend Chris (last name withheld for legal reasons) and his Chattanooga based musical misadventures, as they are always weird and different and fun. He's yet to disappoint (musically that is...I'm sure his parents would tell you different).
This time around the surf/horror/shit show of Genki Genki Panic manage to sound simultaneously more polished and professional AND more ripping-ly noisy. The songs bounce around from campy surf to creepy crawl amateur haunted house (meaning the haunted house is run by amateurs, and therefore dangerously out of code, not that the music is amateurish), to spaced out Persian shorebreak, to a teasing glimpse into Chris' noise rock past pedigree. The underlying current (the undertow?) is still surf music, but the band continues a trajectory away from traditional Del-Tones sounds, passing by Man-Or-Astroman on the way, and onto some new amalgam of reverb-y strangeness. Like, who says you can't flirt with black metal, or noise rock, or chugging funk (potential new band name...hold up), and still stay true to your mission statement of: Stay creepy, be dank at all costs.

Essential.

DL

Sebadoh - Harmacy


Label: Sub Pop
Year: 1996

Posting this one in case you:
a) never gave Sebadoh a chance
b) stopped paying attention after their 'III' album
c) need reminding that 'Ocean' is a legit perfect song.

Ramshackle indie rock at its best. From introspective, delicate pieces to drunken punk blasters, it's all covered. Plus the band always gives you your money's worth...nineteen songs on this record.
You know all this.

DL

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Godflesh - Live Dublin 12-10-01


Label: bootleg
Year: 2001

Last Godflesh show before they reassembled and picked up crushing where they left off thirteen years prior.
They get down to business and unceremoniously grind out seven songs of relentless assault.
Requiem
Defeated
Deaf, Dumb, Blind
Voidhead
Spite
Crush My Soul
Christbait Rising

DL

Monday, July 3, 2017

Hyena - Demo


Label: Scavenger Of Death
Year: 2017

Show of hands; who here gets super stoked on the prospect of a new "ex-Bukkake Boys" band?
I'm raising my hand. They were a personal favorite of mine, as they knew how to maraud through a fucked up, noisy version of first wave hardcore with aplomb and zeal. Nasty style.
So now we get three quarters of the parent-unfriendly-named Bukakke Boys bolstered by the addition of Jesse Smith, easily one of the nicest and most talented guys to grace the Atlanta music world, and who is possibly most well known for his power pop songwriting in Gentlemen Jesse And His Men, but lest we forget was also a member noise rockers Some Soviet Station, emo violence band The Kossabone Red, post hardcore powerhouse Paper Lions, punk stompers GG King, Cops, Gaye Blades, and Carbonas, not to mention kinda-country/kinda-70's Rolling Stones band The Weight (that sentence would benefit from either better writing, or editing, or punctuation or something). Jesse has put in the time.
But expecting a tempered version of the Bukakke Boys was an incorrect assumption on my part, as it turns out. Quite the contrary actually. Hyena puts the pedal down from the start and never let up. They rifle through an album collection full of Poison Idea, Negative Approach, Infest, and Black Flag, and come out the other side with seven screeds splattered on the wall in phlegm and sweat.
Essential.

DL

Friday, June 30, 2017

The Theory Of Abstract Light - The Theory Of Abstract Light


Label: Tortuga
Year: 2002

One half of the formidable heavy drone duo 5ive, Ben Carr further pushes away from Earth to float across the galaxy on a wave of pulsating guitar manipulations. From acoustic, to electric, to something barely recognizable as guitar, he weaves in and out of your conscious mind on the ebb and flow of a wash of sound that hints at something terrible just on the edge of you vision.
The clumsy name aside, this record is something to let take over your environment, not something you listen to "for fun". Try it out while doing whatever creative endeavor it is that you do (would you like to see my collection of charcoal nudes some day?), and let its dark ambiance ride across your mind. See what you get.

DL

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Breather Resist / Harkonen - Breather Resist + Harkonen split 7"


Label: Happy Couples Never Last
Year: 2004

Four songs that bludgeon their way across your frontal lobe(s) in ten minutes. Breather Resist come across as a noisy roaring thunderstorm that alternately peels paint and smashes holes the wall of your house (or, if you live in a mobile home...well...better get outside to your storm shelter). Harkonen are less meteorological in their path of destruction, and more of an off kilter factory line accident that pulls your arms out of socket. Make sense?
Breather Resist was a Louisville collection of volume mongers that came and went from Young Widows, Black Cross/Black Widows, The National Acrobat, Automatic, Trophy Wives, Black God, and Bad Secrets. Harkonen hailed from Seattle (area) and were equally well stocked with combative musicians that did/do time in Roy, Helms Alee, and Constant Lovers.
If you got down with the heavy Hydra Head strain of noise rock, then this one will do you right. Or wrong, depending on your tolerances.

DL

Back From Vacation

Survived another year of beach vacation, avoided shark attack and any major family meltdowns.
Success!
Will be back to posting...stick around.

Love your body,
Gray

Friday, June 16, 2017

Cable - Northern Failures


Label: Hydra Head
Year: 2001

The album that Cable released prior to this one, 'Gutter Queen' is a minor classic in the destructo-rock pantheon (and let's not forget the album that preceded THAT one, 'Variable Speed Drive', a noisy punch in the Adam's Apple in it's own right). So, this follow up had some pretty big shoes to fill, and by getting Steve Austin to record the thing (and scream along here and there), well, that's a pretty good start. And then to double down on the "been drinking since 1:00pm on account of getting pink slipped today at work, but fuck it, that job blew anyway...want a shot?"staggering swagger, I like that approach too.
The riffs get a little more southern fried, but the animosity is still on overkill. This band for real knows how to drive home a point, and usually that point is some derivation of "fuck off", or 'life is hard'. Speaks to me.
Somehow this record seems even more warped than what they had been doing, and definitely separated them from the Botch's and Deadguy's of the world, although you can still hear some of their history as a hardcore band, but now with added thick 16 heft. Cable took a nose dive into a self loathing stew of damaged, cascading, sludgy bile. The resulting listen, though, comes across as  exhilarating, not oppressive. It has enough swing that the groove keeps you on the up and up. Even when you're up and up above rotting prospects and a diseased future. But you're up there...for now.

DL 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Danzig - The Power Of The Dark Side


Label: bootleg
Year: 1994

Look, Danzig rules super hard, and if you think otherwise, you're just being obstinate and you can go eat shit accordingly. House rules.
With that out of the way, here's a super random bootleg that for whatever reason collects a couple songs from three different shows; the first in 1993 somewhere in the "U.S." (assuming that means United States, but still researching), and somewhere pretty big based on the audience response, the second group of songs are from 1989 in Los Angeles, and rip to the exact specifications you would expect of that vintage, while the last songs are from Buffalo, NY in 1994 and are of the worst sound quality.
But, like I said, Danzig rules super hard, so it's fine. You can have 17 songs and 3 of them be different versions of 'Mother'. Not an issue when, as previously stated, Danzig rules super hard, so don't sweat it.
Nothing bites like I do.

DL
 
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