Thursday, December 31, 2009
In Junior High, I was obsessed with this album. It reflected my urge to roam, my new found taste for rebellion, and my raging hormones. A friend of mine named Mark who lived in some kind of half-way house for bad teens told me about this album. He told me it was really hard to find, and one of his favorite records. Later, when I found it on cassette, I thought I had struck gold. I loved it intensely. Sure, it is a Rock N Roll album, not much more, but its beautiful, evocative and always fills me with hope and reminds me of those days in Junior High.
I love this album even today, although I have to admit that much of it's appeal most likely lies in nostalgia, but I do think it is a strong album. None of the other records this band released since did a thing for me. Just this one.
Check it out if you haven't, one of my favorite records ever, and oh yeah, by the way, Warrior Soul's singer is Kory Clarke, who now sings for Trouble as well.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I was a huge Skeletal Earth fan back in the day. I traded tapes and letters with vocalist Travis Ogletree for years, so in 1991 when their first full length album came out entitled "Eulogy For A Dying Fetus," I was more than excited for it. It shares much with Napalm Death, but also injects some Pungent Stench style humor with catchy melodies and interesting hooks.
Skeletal Earth were the biggest and best of the TN/AL grind/death scene going on at the time that also included bands like Necrospasm, Cannibal Holiday, Mule Skinner, and one of my favorite unknown doom bands, Crematorial Death. The band split up in 1993 around the time I got a letter from Travis stating he had found God and was splitting the band up and selling all his metal.
"Eulogy For A Dying Fetus" proved to be just a stepping stone to much greater music later; my favorite being their 1993 cassette EP "Dreighphuck."
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tulip Sweet and her Trails Of Tears was an odd anomaly in Minneapolis. I accidentally saw this band at The Uptown in Minneapolis in the mate '90s sometime, and I was somewhat flabbergasted. The band came off like a quirky and slightly drunk cabaret performance, complete with singing saw and various odd instrumentation, and the front woman, Tulip Sweet, stole the show. She sang and strutted around the stage like she was a lunatic, a stripper, and your best friend. Her voice achieving a scream as easily as a croon.
I saw her and her band multiple times in Minneapolis in the years I lived there, and these are the only recordings I ever owned, or heard by her. To me, this band was an oasis of originality and life in a music scene I found stale and weak. Their performances made the band seem larger than life, and Tulip owned the stage every night in a way I have rarely seen.
As far as I know they remained a local band for the most part, and did not receive much recognition in our outside of Minneapolis, and as far as I can tell, they are long gone, with little information on the web about them all. This is by far one of my favorite little known gems.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Today is the official release date of Hollow Branches debut album, "Anchored In Sleep." It is being released through Strix Records free as a high quality download at either 192KB or 320KB mp3s or at 44.1 16bit .wav files for CD quality.
Hollow Branches is the product of my old friend Robert Hunter, formerly of Conversations About The Light. Helping him with this endeavor is Marius Sjoli and myself on bass guitar. Please also take notice of the DONATE button on the Strix Records site. Here is the official press release:
Thematically inspired by dreams, insomnia, nostalgia and morning, “Anchored in Sleep” finds Hollow Branches expanding their sound with elements of progressive and post rock, as well as glitch.
Many, many thanks go to Bernt Karsten Sannerud for giving the album so much attention in the mixing process.
If you like what you hear and want to donate, we have set up a donate button through Paypal. You can also help us out by letting us know what you think, or just sharing the album with others.
Monday, November 16, 2009
As promised a while back, here is another installment of the wonderful Paraxism. Perhaps the most under-rated and unrecognized metal band ever, or at least to me and my circle of friends. My collection of Paraxism material differs from the info found at Metal Archives HERE so I will just go by what my tape traded tapes say about these demos and limited releases, like this one, that were not properly released and distributed.
Friday, November 6, 2009
This is another old demo of mine. The band was formed by myself and Daniel Breyer in 1997. This was right before and somewhat concurrent with the formation of Agalloch as well. We released this one demo in 1997, limited to 200 copies if I remember correctly, and then got signed to Cold Spring Records out of England. It was my first record contract and we were all very excited.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I was recently introduced to this band by my good old pal, Joseph from Vendlus Records. I had never heard of it, but he proclaimed that it was right up my alley. Upon some research, I found that everyone from The Orb to Secret Chiefs 3 has claimed White Noise as an influence. Listening to the band's debut album "An Electric Storm" released in 1969 reveals a mix of tape manipulation, folk and psychedelic rock as well as ambient electronics.
My friend Ken Gorski sent me an Email the other day with this album attached. Ken is one of the masterminds behind the brilliant plunderphonic cut-up nightmare that is Jam Handy. Ken explained to me that in High School he started making cut up tapes with his best friend Robert Crouse. In 2004, Robert died and Ken spent a sleepless night compiling this album of early works with his friend Robert.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Gnome is the creation of Masanori a.k.a. "Wood." Masanori is a Japanese fellow who runs Cosmic Garden Productions aside from maintaining this one-man black metal wonder. Gnome's roots obviously lay with the Norwegian hordes of Darkthrone and Burzum, but Gnome offer some new spices to the recipe as well.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
V.B.G. stood for Victimized By Gypsies, and it was my first proper band. We were teenagers in Bozeman, Montana and played shows around the Bozeman area for a few years. We were a grindcore/death metal band that worshiped at the feet of Napalm Death, Obituary, Carcass and Pungent Stench.
We released two demos "Staff Infection" and "Auntie Christ" both in 1992. At the time, and in our area especially, death metal was totally unknown, local kids thought we had invented it. Adam Jelinksi and I shared song writing duties, and we each sang on the songs we had written, later, Joe Ulvi joined us on second guitar, and he then started writing as well.
The line up was:
Jason Walton - Bass/vocals
Adam Jelinski - Guitar/Vocals
Ladd Rutherford - Drums
Joe Ulvi - Guitar
Most of our songs had a bit of humor in them, and many didn't have lyrics at all, just rhythmic growls. Here we have both of our demos, and some live tracks. The photo here is all of us except Joe in an art class. Me, with an Entombed "Clandestine" shirt, Adam with a Ramones shirt, and Ladd with an Entombed "Crawl" shirt.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
This blog has been out of comission for a while. In July I was out of town for a bit, and when I came home my computer didnt work at all, wouldnt even turn on. After weeks of trying to fix it, I had to buy a new one. Well, all my music was saved on an internal hard drive that was IDE, and my new Comp is SATA. So, at any rate, I finally got it solved, and here I am again.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
It used to be, back in the day, that melodic metal was not associated with gore lyrics. It still holds true to a degree, but not as much as it did back in the early '90s. When "Incessant Desire For Paltable Flesh" was released in 1994, it threw that notion on it's ear.
Monday, July 6, 2009
No time for music today, too damn busy. So here's what's what. Download this cartoon from our friend Adam Long. Damn, this one is funny. Just do it.
Friday, July 3, 2009
More insensitive yet hilarious cartoonage from my favorite animator. This time, under his more recent banner of Tuna Town. This cartoon deals with a little boy and his grandpa and brings a smile to my face everytime.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
It should be no secret that Greece held a secret key to creating inspiring and unique metal. Bigger bands like Septic Flesh or Rotting Christ held the public's eye, but bands like Varathron also churned out album after album of signature Greek metal.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Faith No More was the most important band in history to me. When they broke up without me ever having a chance to see them live, I was broken-hearted. Now, over a decade later, they are reformed and touring, and better than ever.
Friday, June 26, 2009
John Oswald is best known for pioneering and coining the term "plunderphonics." Plunderphonics is the use of pre-exisiting sound works to make your own works or sound collages. Oswald has been practicing Plunderphonics since the '70s, but is also a recognized saxophonist and media artist.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Nuclear Death was fairly well known amongst tape traders, and zine readers in the underground in the early 90s, but aside from that, were sorely unrecognized, especially later in their careers. Lori Bravo was the driving force behind Nuclear Death, and her crazed grindcore/death metal stylings are like nothing I've heard since.
Friday, June 19, 2009
I recently found this in my box of old demos. I had completely forgotten about this cassette. In 1994 I was out of High School for about a year, and living in Bozeman, MT after having lived in Minneapolis, MN since graduating. I stopped by my old friend's apartment in downtown Bozeman, he lived above Miss Kitty's Adult Store, and he was recording this demo in his apartment.
Algaion were one of my favorite bands from Sweden, but also one of the most under-rated and unknown, being almost totally overshadowed by the sweethearts of the Swedish scene; In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, etc. Algaion offered a slightly different edge than the run of the mill Gothenburg sound, offering something a bit more bleak, a bit more dark, and I loved it.
One more short slab of fun from our friend Adam Long. This time "Star Bucks." Just look at the screen capture, that says it all. Once again, simply download and drag and drop into your favorite browser.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Here is the first of many animated clips I will be posting from my friend Adam Long. This guy is hilarious, and a genius. He is a hilarious genius.
The Real People was the electronic band headed by Zach Condon when he was at the tender age of 15. Zach, is best known as being the frontman of Beirut, and this early recording showcases the foundation of Beirut in a nice and casual, intimate format.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Kukl is amazing, even to this day. In 2009 Kukl is probably best known for being the first notable band that Bjork was in, not for being the incredible sonic experiment that they were recognized for in the '80s. Back in the day, this band toured with Crass and Flux Of Pink Indians, and played with Chumbawumba when they were cool. They are my favorite of the "anarcho-punk" movement, perhaps because I am such a sucker for Bjork's voice.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Human Remains only recorded a handful of releases; a few demos, a couple singles, and two EPs, the second of which is included here. "Using Sickness As A Hero" was like a one off bomb, surprising the listener with it's combination of technical death metal skills and it's grindcore attitude.
This EP was released in 1996 on Relapse Records, and aside from the collection that Relapse issued in 2002, is the only widely available release by this band, and at this point, the EP is very hard to find and long out of print.
Members went on to form Burnt By The Sun and The Skies Denied, and of course drummer Dave Witte is probably the best known member of the band being in Discordance Axis.
Nuclear Rabbit is perhaps the best known unknown band in California. They formed in 1989 and and were very active in the early 90's throughout the alternative and metal scenes in California. Bands such as The Deftones and and Papa Roach opened up for them in the early days of their careers. Nuclear Rabbit is one of those great bands that just never broke into the colective concious of the people farther than having a cult following.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Adam Long is hilarious. Everything about him is just, funny. He's one of those guys. I first got in contact with him because he was a fan of ELS and wrote to me, and I ended up falling in love with his animation at his now defunct Lunchfuck website. The animation was crude, insensitive, and bizarre.
Friday, June 12, 2009
In Slaughter Natives are without question my favorite industrial band. Some call them Martial Industrial, some call them Death Industrial... I'm not really sure what to call them, but their command of this style is amazing.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Ephel Duath are a weird hybrid beast from Italy. They are strange amalgamation of metal and jazz, and on their earlier releases black metal as well. If you like bands like Cynic, Atheist, Death or that whole death jazz scene from Florida in the early 90's, you very well may like this.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Wendess are a real quality atmospheric black metal band from Quebec, Canada. Nothing super original here, but really well done. I would say this demo promises that this band will grow to be even greater.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
The Poops are like nothing you've heard. I released this album on my Audio Savant label in 2005 as I have been a long time fan of The Poops and all of the projects done by my old friend Food Fortunata, perhaps better known as owner of Wheelchair Full Of Old Men Records and member of Sockeye and Fossil Fuel.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Do you miss Pan Thy Monium? Do you wish Dan Swano would get off his lazy ass and do some more experimenting instead of Unicorn? Well, he did, in 2001. Karaboudjan flew under most people's radars, but its like Pan Thy Monium junior, and its damn good.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Finland. What is it with Finland? So many amazing bands, so many in fact, that many are overlooked. Such is the case with Decoryah. In 1995 they released "Wisdom Floats," a truly awesome album that transcends what many believed at the time that metal could be. This, along with Amorphis' "Tales From The Thousand Lakes" truly transformed my vision of the perfect metal album.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
A farewell from an old friend. Slagry was the 1995 swansong of Czech beast Master's Hammer. Master's Hammer was perhaps the most odd and confounding black metal band in history. Their discography being entirely comprised of masterpieces; epic albums that haunt you and taunt you to comprehend them. These Czechs were true innovators, and one of a kind.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Here are some rough demos for one of my favorite albums of the last few years, Peeping Tom's self titled debut. Legend has it that on these demos Mike Patton recorded and played all instrumentation himself. It is interesting to hear the difference between these recordings and the finished album.
Monday, June 1, 2009
I consider this the debut album from Nothing. The first CD was a mere collection of rough 4 track demos re-released to appear like an album, and that collection was less than satisfactory. Anyway, in 1999 I wrangled my friend Nihk Loiacano into helping me with a TRUE debut album, and this is what we have here, "The Grey Subaudible" released via Eibon Records in 2000.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Pungent Stench really only got noterity for their sophomore album, "Been Caught Buttering" and it's filthy grinding mess of death metal, like an Autopsy cover band gone wrong. However, their first album "For God Your Soul, For Me Your Flesh" is an amazing and unique album as well.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
I don't want to say much about this band, or this release, so I'll just say this. The band is from Austria, they are criminally overlooked, and to this day when I hear the name "Disharmonic Orchestra" it brings a smile to my face.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
When I was doing my label, this was by far my best selling release, and one of my personal faves. Jam Handy are a mysterious duo of guys who make Negativland look pedestrian. Their brand of plunderphonics and cut up found/junk sound scape is the best I have ever heard.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Attention Agalloch and Sculptured fans. Don Anderson, guitarist for both bands, had a band in high schoool. They were thrashy, melodic and probably wore high top sneakers. Today I have their "Descent" demo, which was recorded at Soundtracks studios with Ronn Chick, as were all Sculptured albums, and most Agalloch albums.
Friday, May 22, 2009
In celebration of seeing one of my favorite bands tonight, Secret Chiefs 3, presented here is their live album recorded at Slim's in San Francisco on August 18th, 1998. It is a wonderful documentation of an amazing and eclectic band playing skillfully and passionately.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
In 1995 I was living in Minneapolis, MN and didn't know many people. I wandered into a record store on Nicollet Mall and heard a long haired kid ask for the new Mortiis album. I approached him and we started talking. This long hair was Cordell Klier. Now Cordell is fairly well known as a dark electronics/glitch/experimental artist, as well as performing spoken word, graphic design and running DoctSect Media for years.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I first heard Fossil Fuel when doing a tape trade with Ash from Estuary Of Calamity in the early 90's. He taped me some old Nihilist Demos and he threw on some Fossil Fuel at the end of side A. Well, it blew me away. I ignored the Nihilist and fell in love with Fossil Fuel. it became the soundtrack of my high school years. I listened to these demos over and over and over, my friends and I quoting them again and again, ad nausem.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
This has been one of my favorite bands over the last years, and this is perhaps by favorite record of theirs. A Hawk And A Hacksaw is primarily a duo from New Mexico comprised of Jeremy Barnes formerly of Neutral Milk Hotel and Heather Trost. The duo has been joined by various musicians live and in the studio to help round out their performances, but the core of the band is strictly percussion and violin.
Monday, May 18, 2009
I had this in my queue to post today, and when my good friend Aesop over at Cosmic Hearse blog posted Convulse's 1992 album "World Without God," I was shocked. He beat me to the Convulse punch. Anyway, this is a single they released soon after the aforementioned album in 1993.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Asphyx is one of the best death metal bands ever. Their debut album "The Rack" is an essential album for any death metal lover to own. It is hateful, brutal, yet seething with vengeance and torture. 'The Rack" is a tribute to death metal as an art form.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Yet another amazing Finnish band. Disgrace, along with Xysma, Pakeni and a few others, really championed the Finnish Grind Rock scene, but they all started with Carcass worship, well, all but Disgrace. Their first album, "Grey Misery" is super great and cool death metal. Don't believe me? Download and see...
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Today we have a guest blogger, Erez Lasman from Israel. He wanted me to share this soundtrack with you..so..I'll let him take over.
The wheels of creativity are oiled by the will of the people. The perception of one form of art and its transformation to another is one example. To be precise, a musician sees a film and writes a new song, capturing the visual essence into sounds. The true dreamers of the world set the fringes between-which mainstream culture can exist.
Listening to the soundtrack of Waking Life outside the body of the film brings forth a different experience to mind. For example, I am reminded by the works of Schoenberg. It is an atonal experience, like being locked in a room of mirrors with only a sheet of acid to share your solitude with. The music itself is mostly atonal classical music, but sometimes the music moves to a more salsa-influenced direction, bringing with it a different set of colors and images.
The thing I like most about this soundtrack is that it can truly function apart from the film, and instead of being caught with the stillness soundtrack music usually experiences outside the vehicle of the film, it shows a lesson in how different forms of art can help each other to birth new and different creations. In short, visual is sound is taste is touch is smell.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Naervaer is a little known dark folk, experimental strange band from Norway. Featuring members of In The Woods, Green Carnation, Antarctica and a host of others. This is their debut and only full length to date which was released in 2001.