Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Another year, another reunion show from a band that was a blip on the blip of someones radar those many years ago. Here we go again.
This show was part and parcel to a larger effort to document the 1990's Atlanta punk/hardcore scene, but the machinations of such an endeavor are daunting and continue to humble me. The musical portion of the show roars on though, and it's next month in Atlanta.
You should go.
Quadiliacha - grinding pop punk, if that's possible, but it is.
Levelhead - much less grinding melodic hardcore
Tres Kids - back to grinding, total fastcore
Regicide - truth be told, the best hardcore band you never heard
For reals, if you can, you should come. I'll be there accepting drinks all night, but on stage around 9:30 or so (and booted off stage quickly thereafter).
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
this is your one stop shop for all of your experimental punk noise needs
perhaps you've heard of the band skullflower (and if you haven't...this is where you should start your journey)
they once had a bass player named stefan jaworzyn
he started his own record label
the record label that this compilation was released on
and everything is wrapped up in a nice big red bow
"is there anything more we should know about?"
damn nosy kids
all of the bands included on this compilation had released a 7" on the label
and all of those 7" make up this compilation
another big red bow
"but...is there anything else?"
each band has included an extra song not found on the original 7"
and now you have a new way to annoy your neighbors
so...if you like any of the bands here...you know what to do
1 - i live in the bottomless pit
2 - bo diddley's shitpump
3 - a guide to canine foreskin retraction*
4 - wrong eye
5 - scope
6 - meaning what exactly*
7 - she is dead and all fall down
8 - god has three faces and wood has no name
9 - the blue gates of death (before and beyond them)*
nurse with wound:
10 - human human human
11 - psychedelic underground (in memory of luud noma)
12 - scapegoat*
drunks with guns:
13 - drunks theme
14 - punched in the head
15 - cowboy (instrumental)
16 - fuck off and die you worthless little faggot*
*=the extra song
DL: the portable altamont
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
label: negative fun records
you already know what some dripping slits are all about
as for she rides...i can't not think of danzig when reading the band's name
but they don't have anything to do with danzig (or the misfits...or samhain)
i can totally see why these bands were paired up for a split
you can just smell the sweaty denim while listening to this
some definite early iron maiden and thin lizzy business going on here
you can totally see folks that look like cliff burton (metallica's first bass player) playing this in the background whilst drinking pabst blue ribbon and discussing the finer points of facial hair
DL: crucial fix
Sunday, August 11, 2013
label: abacus recordings
are you a fan of violent political strife?
what about botch?
what about engine kid?
what about fight amp?
what about young widows?
what about things put in alphabetical order?
you don't have to like things in alphabetical order to dig this
but it helps
you all know grAy by seeing him around the office,yeah?
he's the guy that's always standing by the water cooler dressed as if he'd just walked out of a snapcase show circa 1995
you see...grAy was apparently quite the fellow amongst the scene in atlanta,ga back in the day (and if you're lucky...or slow enough...maybe he'll spin some tales of times past for you)
he pointed me in the direction of this article...but told me to avoid listening to the demo as i didn't really need to go that far into the experience (but he'd used a i-hate-you-get-away-from-hey-where-are-you-going tone whilst doing so)
but of course....with me being the curious cat that i am...did the exact opposite
and if you click on the link and read the article (which you should)...you'll notice the band has that early/mid 90's hardcore look about them...which i'd pointed out to grAy...asking him if they played something akin to something that would've been found on the victory records label during that time period....
to which he answered by throwing a table at me
but then he was all like "well....deadguy were on victory...so maybe we did"
you see...we only speak of victory records around these parts in hushed tones
but enough with the words
if you like some early/mid 90's hardcore (even if it wasn't on victory records)...a slight powerviolence edge...some black flag (of course)...
DL: you're such a disappointment
today is mr. witte's birthday
and what better reason to re-post an interview he did for the CGB blog back in 2010
and what better reason to re-post the compilation i'd put together to accompany the interview
i know that there's some of you out there that aren't really familiar with dave witte and his work
that's why you should download the compilation
and as we all know...compilations are the best mixtapes you didn't put together (and in this case...i did it for you...you're welcome)
so read and listen,kiddies
perhaps you'll learn a little something
now get outta here
ya bother me
as posted in COLOSTOMY GRAB-BAG (2010):
the james murphy of percussion
the one legged blast beat
i was first turned onto mr. witte via the human remains' album USING SICKNESS AS A HERO...and i was stunned by the drumming...and i pictured this huge behemoth of a man sitting behind the kit
but when i first laid eyes on him...i thought that he wouldn't look out of place on an academic team of some sort
the grocery list of the bands he's played with reads like a who's who of the extreme underground: human remains/anodyne/east west blast test/black army jacket/melt banana/atomsmasher/discordance axis/burnt by the sun/municipal waste/exit-13...
i somehow got mr. witte to answer a few questions
CGB: you're currently out on the road...how's that going for you?
DW: It's going well, we're only on day 3 now, but it's a short run of 7 shows, so I guess we're almost half done. We meet with the Cro-Mags tomorrow for 3 shows together, so that's very exciting.
This year is all short runs, so its nice to have some time at home.
CGB: first off...i have a few questions from a friend of mine that he'd like me to ask you:
1: which project pays the most residuals? (he believes it to be the discordance axis/plutocracy split) A: I'm a fan of Inalienable Dreamless myself. I love that record. We went out all guns blazing on that record.
2: what is your favorite dish at the 821 cafe? A: I'm more of a Black Sheep fan actually. The Barn and Bay breakfast sandwich is the best I think. 3 scrambled eggs, virginia ham, crab, swiss cheese & scallions on pressed toast. Amazing.
CGB: and seeing as how we're on the subject of food...i took a look at the many pictures you've taken of various foods on your facebook...and i'm thinking that you should publish a coffee table book...are you,yourself,a whiz in the kitchen?
DW: I love to cook, I consider myself a novice in the culinary world though. There are thousands of ideas and ingredients to work with.
I've had many ideas about my food photos, who knows what will actually happen.
CGB: i have to share a story with you: i was once kicked off of a children's drumkit that was set up in a music store for playing the human remains song "weeding out the thorns"...how does that make you feel?
DW: that's hilarious! I'm sure you really bummed some people out. Ha.
CGB: if you could have control over time and space and were able to play with any 3 bands...who would they be?
DW: I've always wanted to drum for Dalek, I love those guys and their music is incredible, so unique.
I've already drummed for my other two dreams (Melt-Banana & Young Widows), so I'm happy.
CGB: you've probably been asked this question a multitude of times...out of all the bands you've been involved in...which was your favorite?
DW: They all have a special place for me. I'll safely say Human Remains and Discordance Axis, as they were the first two that I really started learning and traveled with. I'll also safely say that they both will never play again.
CGB:you're least favorite?
DW : None, I was always learning something in different stages of my playing, so they all had something to do with where I am today.
CGB: going back to human remains...the last track on the USING SICKNESS AS A HERO album is called "beyond human perception"...and i just want you to know that i get it,man...whose idea was that?
DW: ahh, I forget, it was a goof, yeah let's record a dog whistle and lable it Beyond Human Perception. We were quite the jokers. In fact the sole purpose of HR was to keep ourselves entertained more or less.
CGB: i've only managed to see you live once...at the fireside bowl in chicago back in '04 when you were playing with burnt by the sun (yakuza and american heritage were also on the bill)...i was right up front and i wasn't able to take my eyes off of you...but there was one thing that i'd noticed...you make it look so effortless...but i had also noticed that you looked kind of bored...were you in fact trying to remember if you had shut everything off before you left the house?
DW: thanks and probably, there have been a few times where I've left the oven on when leaving the house. Haha. Actually I pride myself on my posture and being relaxed/not stiff when playing, these things lend themselves to a good performance.
CGB: and speaking of burnt by the sun...on the song "human steamroller" from the SOUNDTRACK TO THE PERSONAL REVOLUTION....the drum build up that kicks in at 1:45 never fails to make me want to break stuff...and i thank you for that
DW: thanks, that was actually one of my suggestions/contribution to that song, it seemed to fit in there nice and lent itself to the intensity of the part following. We wanted to use something kind of unconventional or from the norm.
CGB: you were part of the 88 boadrum jam (the brooklyn edition) back in '08...how did you get involved in that business?
DW: I can safely say its the best thing I've ever done with my drumming, it was such an incredible, positive experience. I wanted to do it again in 09, but I was gone on tour.
I was lucky enough to be invited to participate, as its invite only. Eye happened to be a Discordance Axis fan too, so that helped. I hope to be invited this year.
CGB: do you go into a gig wanting to treat your kit like it owes you money?
DW: No, I respect the kit initially, that's my baby. The riffs bring out the monster. Johns (BBTS) riffs make me wanna beat my drums, I can't explain it. I've hit the hardest and with more dynamic in that band than any other band I've been. Him and I have this relationship that goes beyond and a lot of it comes out in the music. That's my boy, blame it on him. Good thing my Trick Drums can take the beating, best drums ever.
CGB: do you own one of them there new fangled IPOD things?...and if so...what can currently be found on it?
DW: I love my ipod, all 160 gigs, its a life saver on tour and I get to rediscover my love for music on long trips. I had a really wide range of tastes on it, pretty much every genre possible. Lately I've been jamming, Portal, Man is the Bastard (getting pumped for the Bastard Noise tour approaching), Leviathan, Them Crooked Vultures, Abombanation (nyc), Socrates, Minus The Bear and Lights East to name a few.
CGB: are there any current kick ass bands you'd like to name drop?
DW: MW played with Ratking the last two nights and I enjoyed them quite a bit, really heavy stuff with brains. People from Gorilla Biscuits, Employer-Employee and Die 116/Kiss It Goodbye are involved.
There also a new band from Richmond, VA that I love called Lights East. Members of ATP are involved and to me its kind of a mix of Skynyrd, Floyd and Cream meets Chicago indie rock. Great stuff!!
CGB: how does the saying "anyone can have a seizure behind a drumkit...but once you've mastered jazz music...you've got it" make you feel?
DW: its more like once you master the timing of a straight up rock beat. The foundation is the most important thing, and to quote Chad Smith "if you can't do that, you aint got nothing" haha. He actually said that a drum festival. The biggest issue I have with todays heavy music scene, everyone wants to be the fastest, and that's cool and all, I've definitely wanted to be the fastest guy in the world at point, but you gotta walk before you can run.
CGB: maybe it's because i'm listening to them as i write this...but would you have ever played with the band at the drive-in if asked?
DW: yeah, they are a great band first off and secondly I love touring and playing live, so the range of what I would play is vast. I'm addicted to playing live, there's nothing that replace that connection between crowd and audience.
CGB: learning to play...were you self-taught?...did you sit in your room with a pair of headphones on and play along to led zeppelin's "moby dick"?
DW: Yes, I am self taught and Phil Rudd and AC/DC were my teachers. I played along to their records constantly. I also looked up to Brandon Thomas of Ripping Corpse quite a bit.
CGB: if there were one thing you could say to lars ulrich...what would it be?
DW: Thanks for being my idol at one point in my life. Lars, was also very important in my learning years. I worshiped Metallica and his drumming for a few years when growing up.
CGB: you've probably been asked this a million and one times...but if you could choose one band to reunite...would it be human remains or discordance axis?
DW: Neither. They both have their reasons to not be reunited, its not in the cards.
CGB: well...i do believe i've taken up enough of your time...if you have any advice for the kids...this be the place to place it
DW: Follow your heart, be happy and do what you love. Open your mind to the world of influences that are easily available to you and don't limit yourself. Eat well and if you drum, find other musicians that are more talented than you and jam with them. You'll push yourself harder and learn more quicker.
As always, thanks for the support.
Come say hi on tour. I can be kept up with at www.davewitte.com
the dave witte experience:
1: human remains - weeding out the thorns
2: east west blast test - the last drop
3: exit-13 - hopped up!
4 - candiria - molecular dialect
5 - black army jacket - meow meow meow
6 - discordance axis - gimmw gimme gimme (black flag cover)
7 - anodyne - furnace
8 - municipal waste - set to destruct
9 - birds of prey - turning big rocks into little rocks
10 - atomsmasher - pokemon gangbang
11 - burnt by the sun - human steamroller
DL: the dave witte experience
Friday, August 9, 2013
label: relapse records
"ipecac...what are you doing?...i just don't know about this stuff you've been posting lately...have you been drinking?...do you need a hug?"
first off...the last person that gave me a hug ended up moving in with me and kept wanting to shower together under the guise of "saving money on the water bill"....
the water was included in the rent
as for the drinking...well...it's just gravy...and you can never get enough gravy...so...if you get between me and my gravy....let's just say that the last person that tried to get between me and my gravy ended up moving in with me and kept wanting to share the bed with me under the guise of "saving money on the bed bill"....
the bed was included in the rent
perhaps i've said too much
some of you may know who pig destroyer are
some of you may not know who pig destroyer are
for those of you that don't...this isn't exactly the place to start finding out who they are...as this isn't them in their natural habitat...you'll be wanting to start with the album PROWLER IN THE YARD
don't get me wrong...this is pretty awesome as well...
this is a bonus disc that came along with the deluxe edition of the band's BOOK BURNER album
it's an ep of covers
and if you've ever heard any of pig destoyer's other covers...then you know you're in for a treat
those of you that haven't...track down their helmet cover ("in the meantime") and their dwarves cover ("fuck you up and get high") and their stooges cover ("down on the street") and their unsane cover ("understand")
you shan't be disappointed
1 - depression (black flag)
2 - wolfs blood (misfits)
3 - lights out (angry samoans)
4 - can't tell no one (negative approach)
5 - deny everything (circle jerks)
6 - betray (minor threat)
7 - who are you? (void)
DL: blind,dead and bleeding ep
Thursday, August 8, 2013
label: state of mind recordings
i mentioned these fellers down yonder in that there employer,employee post
so here's their album
it's their only album
as mentioned in the above mentioned post...this is one of the post-employer,employee bands
what they did here was slow the gears down a bit
and if you dig the cardinale post...you're already going to like this
also...if you like some of the melvins sludgier moments and some sleep and some kyuss and some postman syndrome...you know...that kind of stuff...
DL: the church of total collapse
label: graham williams
yeah...i know that both relapse and robotic empire have re-released this
but do you really want to have to take the time to go to their respective websites and have to go through the whole rigamarole of having to fill out all of the needed information in order to get it in the mail...or would you rather just click on the gool ol' DL down there?
you can just download this along with their SIC [SIC] album from the robotic empire obscurities blog?
if you did that...then you'd have to waste all of that energy having to google the words "robotic empire obscurities"....
oh...you already have that bookmarked
actually...i just wanted to post this because i'd been listening to it a lot today...and getting strange looks by folks that happen to pass by the open window...
"excuse me...but what is an employer,employee?"
i'm glad you asked that
employer,employee were a band out of austin,tx...they released a full length and this 7"...and that's all they had in them
musically...if you dig stuff like rorschach or some early dillinger escape plan or some teen cthulhu (it's ok to pretend that you've heard of them)....
this is roughly 10 minutes in length...it contains 3 songs...and honestly...if you don't already have whatever room you happen to be in while listening to this torn apart by the end of the first track...just shut everything off...pack a bag...and leave...you're not wanted there
there are a few post-employer,employee bands that you should check out...namely cardinale and sea of thousand
DL: mother spain & the wayfaring myth 7''
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Label: Riot Season
Riot Season continues a long running hot streak of essential noise rock records, lovely curated by someone (some people) with impeccable taste. They're one of the rare breed that you can purchase from in good faith simply based on the label's name alone.
Well, now they've gone and repressed the much ballyhooed Japanese band Mainliner's 1995 album Mellow Out, a record bursting at the seams with feedback rich, freaked out, propulsive groove thud. It's three songs, two of which drone on for over 15 minutes a piece, of super heavy psychedelic ass whippings. Crucial.
Members of the band are/were in Acid Mothers Temple, The Seventh Seal, and about a million other bands you, nor I, have probably ever heard of.
The band is back together, under the banner Kawabata Makoto's Mainliner, and touring Europe soon.
Buy this and destroy not only your own hearing, but that of everyone within a square hectare.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
this was a little something the band did for a public access called CRITICAL MASS
1 - serpentarium
2 - no
3 - dig the hole
DL: dazzling killmen @critical mass
what you get here is THE PROCESS OF WEEDING OUT ep performed live in it's entirety +1
the +1 being the song "obliteration"...which can be found on the SLIP IT IN album
"hey,greg...we have a show tonight,yeah?"
1 - the process of weeding out
2 - obliteration
3 - screw the law
4 - southern rise
5 - your last affront
DL: the process of weeding out +1 live
label: southern lord records
it's a band named after a kyuss song
the album is called friggin' COCAINE RODEO
do you really need more?
this was a side project of then queens of the stone age bassist nick oliveri (which in turn became his full time gig after getting booted out of the band back in 2004)
the back-up band on this consisted of members of karma to burn (drummer rob oswald)...masters of reality (vocalist/guitarist chris goss)...kyuss (drummer brant bjork)...and queens of the stone age (vocalist/guitarist josh homme)
what say you about that?
did any of that make any sense to you?
DL: cocaine rodeo
once upon a time there was a band called kyuss
and then they split up
and then the band's guitarist joined the band screaming trees as a touring guitarist
and then the words "gamma ray" came to him in a dream...which more than likely involved him fighting the incredible hulk over a bowl of chili
and then he was all like "i'm totally going to start a band and call it bowl of chili"
and then a few minutes later he was all like "no...gamma ray...that's the ticket"
and then there was a german band that liked to wear leather and scream...and they were all like "no,bro...WE'RE gamma ray...change the name or else!"
yeah...i probably should have mentioned that he was using the bathroom at the time
and then just to get the germans out of his bathroom...he was all like "fine...queens of the stone age"
and then the germans left...but not before they had all used the bathroom
and then after washing his hands...he got on the phone with former kyuss bandmate...drummer alfredo hernandez
and then he was all like "hey,man...band?"
and thus was born the queens of the stone age
1 - regular john
2 - born to hula
3 - give the mule what he wants
4 - mexicola
5 - you would know
6 - you can't quit me baby
7 - tension head
8 - how to handle a rope
9 - if only
10 - avon
11 - eccentric man
12 - walking on the sidewalks
DL: queens of the stone age @pyramid cabaret
Monday, August 5, 2013
you know the story of rorschach...
rorschach led to deadguy led to kiss it goodbye...
blah blah blah
you probably already have this
and if you don't....maybe you don't deserve to
"why so negative?"
that's what happens when you listen to too much rorschach
"yeah...maybe you should..."
there's no such thing as "too much rorschach"
DL: rorschach demo
if'n you like the band future of the left...you already like mclusky
"how dare you make such an assumption!"
sometimes it's just better to assume things
i mean...if it weren't for me assuming that you liked things found in alleys...you never would've met your real dad
1 - lightsabre cocksucking blues
2 - the world loves us and is our bitch
3 - collagen rock
4 - what we've learned
5 - join the mevolution
6 - alan is a cowboy killer
7 - to hell with good intentions
8 - chases
DL: mclusky @club lek
Thursday, August 1, 2013
i'm re-posting this because of the mention they'd gotten in the write-up for the gay witch abortion album MAVERICK
i mean...i couldn't have someone just wandering around talking to themselves...saying "what is a v9r9d?"...people would think they're crazy...and you know what happens to the crazies...
they always seem to somehow show up on SGM's doorstep...and then we have to take them in...and honestly...we just don't have the room in the basement anymore
v9r9d were a band from minnesota
sound-wise...they'd probably get tagged with a "for fans of godheadsilo" sticker at a record (because one guy plays a bass...the other plays the drums)...but they're not as pummeling as godheadsilo...if anything...you could say they sound like a less busy hella and a less caustic lightning bolt
so...there you go...everything should have been cleared up
if not...there's this place called "the bus station"...and you'll be able to find all kinds of friendly folks around there...mostly in the bathroom
tell them SGM sent you
DL: nose,beard,cobra and omar
label: learning curve records
this is getting re-posted for 2 reasons:
1: the cover of the morkobot album down yonder reminded of this album's cover
2: the link is dead
3: it's gay witch abortion
and for those of you that have no idea what a gay with abortion is...well...take all the good parts of bands like the melvins...godheadsilo...lightning bolt...and native minneapolis-ians v9r9d...and viola...you've gotcherself an ol' fashioned gay witch abortion
also...you should listen to the band because they're fucking named gay witch abortion
label: supernatural cat
right off the bat...you're going to think of the band lightning bolt (i did)
and that's not a bad thing
they sound like a more cohesive version of lightning bolt
but don't let me using "cohesive" and "lightning bolt" in the same sentence scare you away
there's more to it than that
this is what you would hear in the next room if the black sabbath album SABOTAGE and the pink floyd album MEDDLE and the primus album PORK SODA were having a threesome
and you totally know you'd listen to that...you'd mute the tv and just sit there and listen....
it's ok...we're not here to judge...as we'd like to get some of that action on film
moving right along....
if you like anything that's been mentioned here...this is for you
if you don't like anything that's been mentioned here...you'll probably have already heard the door lock behind you...and it's just better if you don't turn around