Thursday, January 31, 2013
Where do you live? Is it in/around/near/within smell of Atlanta, Georgia? If so, you should most absolutely do yourself the honor of getting out of your house/apartment/hovel/holding cell this approaching Saturday night (February 2nd), and point your private parts in the general direction of the Earl in East Atlanta (from there, your private parts should lead you the rest of the way). The show there at the Earl on Saturday night will be one of those "good ones" that folks make reference to upwards of 17 years from now.
You know who Young Widows are. They might have toned it down a bit in recent years, but I assure you, their live broadcasts will still chip your front tooth (or teeth, if you're all fancy and shit).
You know who Hawks are too. Or at least you should. They eat Jesus Lizard and shit Rapeman. They are easily one of the best bands currently in operation, and if you don't go and see them....well...you're no longer welcome in my life (I'm sorry, but I have standards).
You probably don't know who the Liverhearts are, unless you live around here ("here" being my lap). They play tense, wiry, smart music. They have a song called "Of Doctors and Daggers" which is pretty much, damn near perfect. I listen to it early and often.
You might know as much about Castle as I do, which is admittedly not too much. I know they will be the metallic thrashing explanation point to this show's lineup. I have faith that their inclusion with such prestigious colleagues is indication enough of their prowess (both musically and sexually).
Watch The Liverhearts:
Just fucking show up to the show. Quit being such a pansy.
Also, please buy me a drink...I'm always thirsty.
label: pinecone records
a few weeks back i'd recieved an email from a fella named mike suggesting that i post this album...and that a website called mkepunk had it up for download
and then i'd remembered that former pound wi/united sons of toil vocalist/guitarist russell hall had hand delievered me a copy (as well as a copy of this)
so...here it is for you to enjoy...all of you fugazi/unwound/hum/shellac/united sons of toil fans
DL: shut 'er down,clancy,she's pumpin' mud
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
you like fugazi,yeah?
and you like it when bands cover fugazi,yeah?
can you see where i'm going with this?
this was a little something that was part of the prf bbq
the band is made up of members of dianogah and econoline and haymarket riot and the poison arrows
don't be an ice cream eating motherfucker....DL
1 - facet squared/runaway return
2 - blueprint
3 - repeater
4 - burning
5 - smallpox champion
6 - merchandise/lockdown
7 - reclamation
DL: instrument @helium inc.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
label: hydra head records
with all of this talk about there being 2 black flags...in all honesty...this is the only the only thing i'd like to see taken on the road
"what does this have to do with black flag,bro?"
well...this is chuck dukowski with oxbow frontman eugene robinson on vocals and former oxbow member tom dobrov on drums and milo gonzalez on guitar (he also plays with chuck in the chuck dukowski sextet)
and what they do is play a song originally intended for black flag back in the MY WAR days ("i want to kill you") and a swa (which was a band that dukowski was also involved in while in black flag) cover ("monster")
you could totally convince someone that this is black flag
and honestly...eugene robinson makes a far more confrontational vocalist than henry rollins (think about it...how would the skinheads have handled themselves if he fronted the band back then?)
DL: black face
Monday, January 28, 2013
label: alternative tentacles
it would appear that "the dead kennedys" are going to be touring again with some guy named ron "skip" greer playing the part of jello biafra
if the band were smart...they'd just hire the actor french stewart...and let him mime along on stage
but...the band aren't smart...as all functions should've halted after february 21,1986
"so...are you gonna slag on black flag too?"
you know what...i'm not
but if you must know...i'm leaning towards the morris/dukowski/stevenson/egerton version of the band (aka "flag")
that's right...i said it...
but i digress...
the dead kennedys
PLASTIC SURGERY DISASTERS
DL: plastic surgery disasters
Sunday, January 27, 2013
let's look back and laugh....
1 - stand up
2 - filler
3 - it follows
4 - screaming at a wall
5 - steppin' stone
6 - out of step
7 - no reason
8 - 12xu
9 - little friend
10 - guilty of being white
11 - betray
12 - bottled violence
13 - think again
DL: minor threat @rollerworks
label: spirit cat tapes
i came across this as i was going through the clusterfuck that is the SGM mail
the band thinks that fans of bands like nomeansno and fugazi and botch might get some enjoyment out of this
but if you also dig some planes mistaken for stars and some young widows and some coliseum...well,that's ok too
Saturday, January 26, 2013
"remember when you said we should record an ep of big black covers? it's already been done. pretty cool band with one of the guys who used to be in north of america" -former united sons of toil/current tyrrany is tyrrany vocalist russell emerson hall
yeah...there was a time that i'd made the suggestion that the united sons of toil release a 7" of big black covers (if'n i remember correctly...the ones i'd suggested were "passing complexion" and "kerosene")
so...he pointed me in the direction of this business recently
i'm not really sure...but the title may or may not reference steve albini
and apparently they got the man's permission to release this
so maybe he's not so much of a dick afterall
and honestly...i don't even know why you'd made that suggestion
some people's kids,man
1 - ready men
2 - sleep!
3 - steelworker
4 - things to do today
DL: king dick
this was a little something the germans released
it's made up of 2 shows
1-22 has dez on vocals (7.4.81 - the electric banana - pittsburgh,pa)
22-29 has hank on vocals (7.15.84 - monterey,ca)
but you don't really care about all of that do you?
it's black flag live,bro
1 - damaged I
2 - american waste
3 - clocked in
4 - room 13
5 - rise above
6 - spray paint
7 - damaged II
8 - six pack
9 - jealous again
10 - life of pain
11 - police story
12 - no more
13 - you bet we've got something personal against you
14 - i've heard it before
15 - depression
16 - machine
17 - i've had it
18 - nervous breakdown
19 - no values
20 - fix me
21 - wasted
22 - louie louie
23 - can't decide
24 - my ghetto
25 - black coffee
26 - forever time
27 - nothing left inside
28 - wound up
29 - rat's eyes
DL: live pain
Thursday, January 24, 2013
When I put these compilations, I take great care in sequencing the tracks, aiming to create a cohesive listening experience that takes you on a sensibly navigated tour of the bands' works. Or at least, that's what I say.
Somehow, reviewing this one as I'm posting it, I'm not real sure what's going on with the running order...it's not what I would do now, so I'm not understanding why I did it then. Not that it really matters that much. The music is still tits from beginning to end, that part is fine. Great even. It's just that I see opportunities for better transitions between tracks to help the music flow more as a singular piece, and if I were a more diligent (caring, industrious, proud, or even conscious) man, I'd have gone back and re-ordered the thing. But that seems like cheating or something. Or more work than I care to indulge. If you care to, please feel free to re sequence, and let me know what you come up with.
Four Hour Fogger
Future Of The Left
Shit And Shine
Steel Pole Bath Tub
Beasts Of Bourbon
what we have here is another one of those iowa bands that like to play that sludgy stuff that you all know and love
actually...they're not from iowa...but have roots in iowa...you see...there was once a band called sludgeplow...they were from iowa city...they then did what all bands seemed to do back in the 90s and made the move to seattle...where they eventually broke up after releasing a few demos and eps...and then 2/3 of the band took off to san diego,ca (vocalist/bassist chad hartgrave and drummer scott driscoll) and became archons (where they were joined up with a guy that goes by the name of jeff doom on guitars)
so...with all of that being said...if you liked the sludgeplow that was posted...this will be right up your alley
you need more bands?
DL: ep II
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
i came across this whilst randomly poking around the internets (because we here at the SGM do the poking so you don't have to...just look at our fingers)
i really don't know all that much about the band
they're from iowa city,ia (and not the originally posted cedar rapids)
and that's all i got for you
musically...this will make your ears leak if'n your down with stuff like some early melvins...some eyehategod...the sludgier side of corrosion of conformity...
really...anything with the word "sludge" attached to it
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
From his earlier acid-fried proto industrial haze, Helios Creed seemed to allow the current (current in 1994, mind you) crop of industrial bands to influence his sound to a more straightforward metallic thud and clang. Meaning, while Al Jourgenson was no doubt learning how to mold his early 80's dance music into a more menacing attack with no small thanks to Helios Creed, Helios Creed then molded his throbbing (gristle?) blur of sound into a more Ministry type industrial band. Complete with repititious metal riffs and simple drum patterns. That's not to say that it isn't "good", it is. So long as you like the golden age of Wax Trax Records, or you hate the sun, or your parents.
Chris McKay, formerly of Spit (exactly...who?), and who played on most Helios Creed records from 1994-1999, is on bass. Paul Della Pelle, formerly of Ruin (um...who?), and who played on most Helios Creed records from 1991-2008, and who played more recently with Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School Of Medicine, is on drums. And Z Sylver, who has been a long time Helios Creed collaborator lends her hand to samples and synthesizer (how quaint).
Monday, January 21, 2013
label: three one g
i'd always thought the whole idea behind the making of a tribute album was to pay tribute to a band....not mock them
don't get me wrong...there are a few decent covers on this album (namely: the blood brothers...the locust...melt banana)
but there are also some sure-fire ways to clear a room (namely: asterisk*...get hustle...bastard noise)
so...if you're familiar with anything three one g has released...you know what this has got in store for you
as for the rest of you...you've been warned
1 - the blood brothers - under pressure
2 - get hustle - another one bites the dust
3 - asterisk* - ogre battle
4 - das oath - we are the champions
5 - gogogo airheart - death on two legs (dedicated to...)
6 - upsilon acrux - bicycle race
7 - sinking body - who needs you
8 - glass candy - the fairy feller's master stroke
9 - the locust - flash's theme
10 - weasel walter - bohemian rhapsody
11 - the spacewurm - vultan's theme (attack of the hawk men)
12 - fast forward - crazy little thing called love
13 - the convocation of... - get down,make love
14 - bastard noise - lily of the valley
15 - tourettes laurtec - killer queen
16 - melt banana - we will rock you
DL: dynamite with a laserbeam
this was a one-sided 7" that came along with a copy of a zine called FEAR AND LOATHING (issue #21 to be exact) that was released over in london,england
1 - the art of self defense
2 - nub
DL: live at brixton academy
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Label: Dim Mak
The Pickle Patch was a co-op house in Isla Vista (H.I.V.) that existed for a few years in the late Nineties (well, I imagine the house is still there, but it's doubtful the current residents are privy to the Pickle Patch legacy), that housed a handful of hardcore college folks (hardcore about "hardcore", not hardcore about college...to clarify), and anytime you get a couple of hardcore dudes under one roof, you have enough power strips, and aren't afraid to lose your security deposit, you're gonna get house shows. It's just how it goes. Sorry landlords.
I lived in Isla Vista ever so briefly one summer, just down the street (Sabado Tarde, represent!), and was good friends with one Pickle Patch resident and Atlanta ex-patriot, Mike Phyte (currently of Outer Loop Management), and had the privilege of meeting and playing Sunday morning soccer with the other housemates, Brett, there was an Andy, and Steve Aoki (currently the famous DJ, who I occasionally see on television doing....stuff) who's label released this effort. Top quality people.
The living room/kitchen venue hosted a surprising array of bands touring at the time, and I'm amazed that, not only did they get so many shows without being shut down, but that the recordings of each show came out so well. This doesn't sound like a boombox recording of a band completely blowing out the levels, all drums and the rest noise style. The recordings are amazingly clean and balanced.
If you had any interest in late 90's hardcore, post hardcore, or related bric-a-brac, then this one is for you, you can probably guess which bands aged better than others. Originally it came with a zine (didn't everything from 1999 originally come with a zine?).
St. James Infirmary
Atom and His Package
Behead The Prophet No Lord Shall Live
The Third Sex
Former Members Of Alfonsin
Planes Mistaken For Stars
I Wish I
Give Until Gone
The Most Secret Method
Thursday, January 17, 2013
label: warner bros.
it's been said by me before...and it bears repeating: all you need are the first 6 black sabbath albums (and even though i've slagged the NEVER SAY DIE! album in the past...the song "a hard road" gets me pumped every time i listen to it)
in my opinion...this is where black sabbath came to an end (no no...we've already had the dio discussion...and the same goes for all of the other guys as well)
on this album...the band continued to distance themselves from the dooooom they'd become known for (which they'd started to do on their VOL.4 album)...and started becoming even more experimental/progressive sounding...mixing all that was good about the previous two albums (the above mentioned VOL.4 and SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH)
and just so you know...for those of you that are going to go out and buy a copy of sabbath's new album when it gets released (titled "13")...there's no such thing as a "reformed black sabbath" without bill ward...as for new music from the band...all i should have to say is "psycho man"
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
label: land o' smiles
i'll bet you can't guess what this is....
1 - unearthly trance - in my head
2 - black sun - room 13
3 - h c minds - black coffee
4 - deathcrawl - life of pain
5 - raw radar war - spray paint
6 - fistula - she's black
7 - climax denial - nervous breakdown
8 - rape-x - family man
9 - ghast - machine
10 - persistence in mourning - what i see
11 - pollution - the crazy girl
12 - hellblock six - american waste
13 - sollubi - nothing left inside
14 - pusdrainer - police story
DL: this is good: a tribute to black flag
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Monday, January 14, 2013
this is dave grohl recording under a pseudonym...he did it because he didn't want his music influencing nirvana (he had joined a year prior to this being recorded...though there was a song titled "color pictures of a marigold" that was released on the HEART-SHAPED BOX single titled "marigold")
a remixed version of the song "just another story about skeeter thompson" was released on buzz osbourne's (singer/guitar player:(the)melvins) solo album as "skeeter"
he played all of the instruments himself
happy birthday,dave grohl
Sunday, January 13, 2013
label: relapse records
you look like the sort of character that like some melvins and some red fang and eyehategod and karp and harvey milk and guitars that sound like basses (this trio doesn't have one of those pesky bass players)
this will be right up your alley,sir and/or m'am
also of note...ex-the vss guitarist josh hughes does what he does with this band nowadays
DL: lower forms
the reason for me using the term "recorded" and not "released" is because it's never been officially released
"well...how did you get your hands on it?"
just never you mind...it fell offa the back of a truck
addendum: we were contacted by vocalist paul erickson...and that's why the DL is gone...apparently the album is getting an official release in the spring
Saturday, January 12, 2013
label: warner bros.
friendships have ended
bands have broken up
dishes have been smashed against the wall in dining rooms
and in one instance...urine was placed on someone else's pants
what caused all of the shenanigans?
who was the first "heavy metal" band?
some say it was black sabbath
some say it was led zeppelin
i say...go and listen to each band's first album...and then come back to talk to me
but i will say this...i can listen to the entirety of led zeppelin's discography...but when it comes to black sabbath's...all you really need are the first 6 albums
i'm just gonna say it...not really a fan
yeah...just walk away....
DL: black sabbath
label: prosthetic records
at one time these folks were considered one of alternative press' 100 bands to keep your eye on
and then they were gone (turns out that their guitar player had passed away)
these fine folks from charlotte,nc cranked out something that would've taken shape had unsane/kittens/helmet/the jesus lizard combined forces
one word to describe this band: annihilism (and i realize that's not a word...yet)
DL: bastard complex
first off...there's a song called "there's a dead hermaphrodite in the refrigerator in my backyard" on this album
secondly...if you like you some early season to risk...this is for you,friend
thirdly...the band's drummer has played with both beck and the flaming lips
fourthly...you're going to snag this up because we told you to
and honestly...you shouldn't have even needed reasons 2-4
DL: contortion horse
New year, new compilation (of old music), and the next installment in the ever expanding Shiny Grey Monotone Radio series.
This volume stays pretty heavy and aggro from the get-go, and doesn't let up until the very end (I have to give you the post-coital smoke, right?). I also think this volume is a good balance of heavyweights and smaller, lesser known bands. I can also give this one my endorsement as fantastic exercise music, it'll have you squat-thrusting you balls off, maxing completely out, and the envy of every gym rat fortunate enough to re-rack your dumb bells.
Feedback on the series is welcome, and requests may or may not be honored (although I will tell you I have already made up through Show 19, so any requests might take awhile to show up). Tell me how much you're lifting with this as your soundtrack.
The bands are:
The Jesus Lizard
Friday, January 11, 2013
i have a confession to make...i was at one time obsessed with kim gordon's legs...i don't know what it was about them...but there was something....
"but what about her panties?"
that's steve albini's territory
and that brings us to GOO (no...not literally,perv)...the first album in what i like to call their "more accessible trilogy" (GOO/DIRTY/EXPERIMENTAL JET SET,TRASH AND NO STAR)
who here watched the video for "dirty boots" back in the day and was all like "hey,man...i want that,man"?
who here has seen the video for the silversun pickups song "lazy eye" and was all like "waitaminute...i've this is kinda similar to..."?
so...most..if not all..of you should know who sonic youth are
and honestly...you should already own this
this is a trap
we all now know about your lack of GOO (again...not that way,perv)
label: man's ruin
i can see by the new bomb turks t-shirt you're wearing that you like the new bomb turks
and then you probably like zeke
and what about some hellacopters?
and you probably dig on some dwarves and cosmic psychos as well,yeah?
DL: day of the robots
as i was walking through various thrift stores and pawn shops the other day...i noticed that they all had at least one copy of this album
and that made me question humanity even more
then as i was checking the SGM catalog...i noticed that this hasn't been posted here yet
and that made me question SGM a little bit...and i don't like doing that...the last time i questioned SGM about anything...i woke up with a paper mache billy corgan's head on the pillow next to me
and for those of you that are interested...it's getting a re-release on vinyl in march: YOU'D PREFER AN ASTRONAUT
DL: you'd prefer an astronaut
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
label: phratry records
so...you like the united sons of toil...
and you like jawbox....
and you like slint...
and you like fugazi...
and this is the part of the show where you click on the DL
DL: black cirlces/new demons
label: load records
you've been coming here long enough to know what some tinsel teeth is all about
and that's nudity and bodily fluids
sadly...the band recently became a threesome...vocalist stephanie left
so...maybe the band won't be all about some nudity and bodily fluids anymore
either way...strip and douse your body with some bbq sauce
you will do what SGM tells you to do
DL: trash as trophy
Monday, January 7, 2013
label: corleone records
do you like bands consisting of only 2 members?
do you like it when one member plays the drums and the other plays the guitar?
would you like it if they played something akin to the band lightning bolt playing something that sounded like some mid-90's math rock from the midwest?
look what we have here
DL: fingers become bridges
once upon a time...i had discovered a genre of music called "screamo"
and as per usual...none of my friends really got it
and as per usual...i had to do a lot of ordering music from catalogs (you can only get the "i drank some bad milk" look from music store employees so much)
where am i going with this?
i'm not really sure
so if you like city of caterpillar...or pageninetynine...or circle takes the square...or practically anything released on either level plane or robotic empire during the late 90s/early 00s....
DL: syncopated synthetic laments for love
label: affection deficit
what we got here are some fellers that like them some jesus lizard...some melvins...some unsane...some young widows...some pissed jeans...
now you may think that i'm just throwing around all of the key words to capture your attention
if'n i wanted to capture your attention...i'd be walking up behind you with some duct tape and a copy of the iron maiden album SOMEWHERE IN TIME
"what's that supposed to mean?"
just never you mind what that's supposed to mean
DL: no hair,no care
Thursday, January 3, 2013
"Oh man, those dudes are nihilists"
- James Joyce (on Deerhunter)
I don't think Deerhunter get credit for being as fucked as they really are, or were...or are. Their grinding drone of noise pop/rock is alternately alien and hypnotically addictive. On this first album, the band relies heavily on bleeding volume to push their songs to the edge of audible recognition, and they succeed in harnessing noise as the sixth "member" of the group. The noise never overtakes the composition, but constantly threatens to.
In recent years, Deerhunter has been championed by the more...how do you say...irritating(?) taste makers of musical journalism, and that's a shame as I believe it turns off a potential audience who would otherwise enjoy the music. And I suppose that's the point of this post, unless you consider us irritating, which I wouldn't necessarily blame you for.
The record is available for purchase here.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
If the previous Cramps posting got you all hot and bothered for more sleazy rock music, then please direct yourselves to Thee Mighty Caesars. They play wild, unhinged, trashcan punk rock as well as anyone, and manage to add a literary tenderness not often associated with music this primal.
This record was their last collection of new material before the band split and Billy Childish went on to release about two albums a year for the next decade.
Simple, direct, effective, and a couple choice covers thrown in for good measure. What more could you ask for?