Sunday, July 14, 2013

Melvins - live Peel 1991.xx.xx

live Peel Session 1991.xx.xx
trt: 24m

unknown gen cassette > AGPtek USB cassette capture > PC via Audacity > mp3

Here we have an uncirculated (as far as I'm aware) Melvins live in-studio Peel (or BBC radio) session circa 1991. This show is on the B-Side of a bootleg cassette I acquired a long time ago. (the a-side & the beginning of the b-side has the Chicago 9-13-1991 sbd show which is already well circulated).

I can only speculate that this live session was recorded around the time of the Tanx 7'' vinyl (aka Tanks).

(none of these live songs are on the Tanx/Tanks vinyl release)

This is a straight-forward cassette to PC rip with no azimuth adjustment or tape hiss reduction.  The general sound of the audio was only slightly chipmunky (just barely noticeable), so I used Audacity to adjust the WAV file tempo by -5% to have it sounding as normal as possible.  Then the file was exported as a 320k mp3, then split w/ an mp3 splitter.

Track listing:

1. Creepy Smell
2. Grinding Process
3. Zodiac
4. Heater Moves & Eyes
5. At a Crawl
6. Oven
7. Leech
8. Raise a Paw
9. Green Honey
10. Ligature (cut-off)


Monday, June 18, 2012

Thud - Life & Death (1992)

Thud were from Washington, DC who formed in 1990...

they've been described as a riffy / doomy / thrashy / metal band with stoner influences & death is a wonderful album, furious, aggressive, personal, shouted, angry, full of powerful guitar riffs ...

Be prepared for a violent assault of great rock and heavy metal, seasoned with a bit of the coldwave atmosphere from those years.

thud - life & death

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

the bunny foot charm band - stalking the boogieman

Part of the Olympia, WA, indie rock noise sound, Bunny Foot Charm got together in the mid-’90s and signed to Punk in My Vitamins, the label of local heroes Unwound.

Taking cues from such loud, effusive bands as Pavement, Unwound, and even underground Nirvana, John Devoy (guitar, vocals), Kelly Hogan (bass), and Gabe Rutledge (drums) made some noise with its EP in 1996 and 1998.

The group expanded its fuzzy guitar and screaming lyrics on Stalking the Boogieman in 1999.

RIYL: Unwound, Steel Pole Bath Tub, Karp, etc

stalking the bunnyman

Saturday, April 9, 2011

organ - apoplexy in six parts extreme avant-garde metal band from Oslo, Norway containing members of the black metal band (V.E.G.A.). The bands only release to date is Apoplexy In Six Parts, a double cd released in 2004. the second disc features nothing but experimental electronic music.... will appeal to fans of Ved Buenes Ende and other post black metal acts.

dark-core black-metal elements over sweet galloping guitars and head nodding riffs. Simply WOW. get it, especially if you dig Alcest, Thränenkind and the likes. Just press play, close your eyes and be prepared to cross over ...

organ - apoplexy in six parts (2cd)

vog - s/t

been described as the halfway point between acid bath & sleep.....

This record is incredibly intense and if it doesn’t put Virginia’s bastard sons Vog on the map then the music world may very well be deaf. Vog hover somewhere in between punk, sludge, stoner rock, noise, psychedelic rock, grind, death and black metal, taking little bits and pieces from each genre and stitching them together into ugly, purely evil jams that can be likened to Acid Bath most directly.

... the vocal performance on this record is all over the map & unrelenting, ranging between intense screams that absolutely rage atop the music with some death growls adding more vitriol and even a bit of clean crooning that sounds great and incredibly ominous especially in the context of the albums' sprawling epics (which) switch tempos up between eerie, suffocating sludge and more punishing metal with clean vocals adding a ton of dementia to the slower parts.

... the rest of the band is on top of their game as well. The riffs just keep coming and they are always changing in speed and style which keeps things busy enough to suit the aptly pummeling rhythm section as the drummer has plenty of chances to go completely nuts on the kit.

... (this record is) all over the place never giving you a chance to compose yourself or figure out what they are going to throw your way next. They bring much faster speeds and in your face vocal assaults which are near grind in their intensity but still draw a certain amount of influence from sludge and punk...

a few of the songs get noisier and freaked out as they keep going .... the pace slows to that of pure, plundering sludge with crazy effects seeping through the layers of sound like patterns coming through the floor on a good trip. In fact this whole record is like being on drugs without actually taking anything ...

The band is incredibly tight w/ an insane vocal performance ...

the album closer finds them bringing a straight-up southern groove to the forefront with some fast metallic punk coming in later for more intensity.

This is damn fine stuff overall and there’s not one track that even drags on this record. If you dig Sludge, Acid Bath , etc., but are looking for something a bit more insane and off the deep end, then definitely check out Vog, they'll be worth your time. .... they take that whole sound and step it up a notch and add so many of their own nuances to it....

vawg - celf tyetold

vancouver - the moment

Debut record from Switzerland's Vancouver featuring members of Unfold, Impure Wilhelmina and Iscariote. This ephemeral musical project plays angry sludgecore beyond all realms of heaviness in the vein of Keelhaul, Knut and Cult of Luna

a good whole album start-to-finish listening experience.....

riyl: cult of luna, neurosis, knut, keelhaul, isis, etc

moment - the vancouver

total shutdown

... splattery jazz-core without macho attitude. Horns and a broken Casio poking up everywhere out of a bass/guit/drums whirlwind. Screaming, oh yes, there is screaming. There is room to throw a rock and sometimes a boulder through the mix. Not a wall of noise- it gets sparse. Songs, definite songs, but played so ferociously that you may think its improv. Awesome moves from all members. Usually things are broken. Band members and audience members alike hit the deck. All in all, terrible fun.

indeed spastic, maniacal, what some would refer to as "rainbow violence cocaine jazz" inspired by Judy Blume and the ill's of modern culture....

Total Shutdown are playing a type of music heard nowhere else. The only band they come close to are the earliest incarnations of the Flying Luttenbachers, back when Weasel Walter first appeared touring with a five- or six-piece unit and playing the dive-bomber jazz metal that freaked everybody out. Total Shutdown are even more insane than those early Luttenbacher formations were ....

somebody described them as Anal Cunt with saxophones ...

this album crackles and hisses with overloaded intent and crazed heavy-noise-punk-metal-jazz. Total Shutdown are well-known in their home town for excessive... well, everything.

totally shut down

another review here:

Monday, April 4, 2011

disfigured austrian noise-rock

Bug are no small insect, easily crushed and destroyed. Quite the contrary, Bug are a destroyer-beast. A psychotic, destructive, manic killer-hunk of noise-rock. Think of the best names in the noise-rock-alphabet, from A like Arab On Radar to Z like Zeni Geva, Bug is one big-assed entry in that lexicon.

... heavy percussions, distorted guitars, vocals that growl, howl and scream like any beast from the horror-dictionary, and some electronics to boot.

Sludgy noise rock based on a metal layer. The thing that sets this apart from the classic references like Isis or Keelhaul is that Bug is far less polished. Their songs contain the same dark atmosphere as aforementioned bands, but are way more brutal because the harsh and hammering part exists without introducing too much fancy parts.... Bug sound more menacing and disturbing….

...... intense heavy/noise/rock/core somewhere between Zeni Geva, Today is the Day, Unsane

Bug find a lot of heavy words and heavy notes against this game people play on spaceship earth..... they drench it with disgust and distorted guitars, without ever getting boring or fiddling their own knobs too much...

If you were born somewhere in the early to mid Seventies, then you experienced the best noise-rock-years during the most important part of your musical-puberty – then you are going to like this a lot. If not, "klotho" might set your record straight.

riyl: today is the day, unsane, zeni geva, etc.

bug - klotho

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

joseph andreoli - wackadoo!

math rock / experimental / indie

released in a limited quantity of 50 is Joseph Andreoli's (of giraffes? giraffes!) new album "Wackadoo!".

The album was written/recorded/mixed in October 2009 during (inter)national album making month....

he plays/sings everything except for a few loops that he "borrowed"........ he also did the artwork

wackadoodledoo !

Sunday, April 25, 2010

mir - abandon ship

(from crucial blast):

Haven't heard any new music from Alex Buess (16-17 / Ice / God / Sprawl) in years, so just finding out that he had this new disc from a new project called Mir made my week. Fans of Buess's previous industrial/jazz/improv projects won't be disappointed, and if anything, Mir is one of the more extreme bands that I've heard Buess play in, no small thing if you're familiar with the scorching free-jazz-core of the mighty 16-17.

The music is a kind of super-heavy industrial dirge that appears to take cues from the later Ramleh work, the realms of modern avant-sludge, the crushing dystopian black dub of Godflesh/Painkiller, and just a smattering of noisy punk.

Think Praxis, Painkiller, Lietterspich, even early Swans, but really psychedelic and industrial, a sort of heavy, dark improvised industrial dub, quite different from Buess's other projects, definitely, but with that brutal experimental power that I've come to expect from anything that he's involved in.

abandon mir

fat little bastard - an illustrated history

Fat Little Bastard is a dynamic, eclectic jazz/funk guitar trio who met while studying at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston in the late 90’s. Their sound crosses diverse musical boundaries with a unique rock sensibility. With influences ranging from Hendrix to Raymond Scott to Thelonious Monk, the band's original music is laced with wit and infused with turn-on-a-dime improvisations.

Originally joining forces in a full rock band, the group frequently snuck away to play sessions as a trio. Countless hours were spent jamming, turning grooves over, exploring texture, melody and time signature. What came about was something they thought special and unique. Eventually they began writing with the group in mind.

Various representative influences were brought to the table and a sound was born, a bastard if you will. There is a definite rock foundation, but you’ll also come across signs of jazz, klezmer, country, and the avant.

The CD, “An Illustrated History”, was recorded in late 2002 and has proven to appeal to audiences across many musical genres. Live performances from the Lizard Lounge and Harper’s Ferry in Boston to CBGB’s in New York to the Waiting room in Burlington, VT have racked up many enthusiastic listeners.

historical illustration

Sunday, April 4, 2010

protect yourself from jazzy violence

violence jazz - protection

noise / free improvisation / experimental

From the bone-chilling sci-fi intro to the mega-bomb drop second track – and then on. And on. – this record is unrepentant.

The Boston-based group deal a hand of fuck-you filled with the free sounds of Ayler and Roland Kirk ...

... the experimental noise and deathmetal violence of the likes of Lightning Bolt, the Melvins, and early Butthole Surfers.

Violence Jazz leave a trail of fans, spent souls, and broken hearts.