Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Crud Bucket Films Anthology

Many years ago, my good friend Food Fortunata sent me a VHS of some live Sockeye, live Fossil Fuel, a Boy In Love; movie, and some other nonsense. He also sent me these wonderful black and white short films starring himself, Matt Lindsay, and some other goofs. I loved them. I play them for everyone I can find. I was thrilled when last year, a DVD of these films arrived in my mailbox, and almost as thrilled when I recently found them on youtube.

The thing I love about these films is that they are very well done, and perfectly exhibit the strange unique quirkiness of the Ohio "tardcore" scene that these guys embody. Critics get hung up on the base and juvenile humor, so they miss out completely on how brilliantly clever these jokes and themes are as well as how they so deftly dodge boring comic pitfalls. These guys have always been my heroes. Enjoy.

Sweet Corn

Young Toughs

Crud Boy

Cast Short

Ras Algethi - Oneiricon - The White Hypnotic

The year was 1995. I was moving from Missoula, MT to Minneapolis, MN via a Greyhound bus, with little on me but my bass, a few items of clothing, and a CD Walkman. The ride was around 48 hours or so, if not more, and the landscape of Eastern Montana and North Dakota is nothing but barren, brown wasteland dotted occasionally with a gas station or small run down town.

A week or so earlier I had purchased the newly released Ras Algethi debut album through the Fullmoon Records catalogue. I bought it on a whim, never even being slightly familiar with the band at the time. Perhaps if I had known that it had affiliations with Monumentum, I would have been more prepared.

It was about 1am and I was in a ghost town populated by perhaps 100 people at the most called Oxbow, Montana, right at the edge of the MT/ND border and I put this album in my CD player. This is the closest thing I have ever had to a religious experience while listening to someone else's music. It changed me, it moved me, and every dead town, every slab of road kill, and every solitary mysterious light in the distance fit in with what I was hearing at each moment. I listened to that CD non stop until I hit Minneapolis, about 8 times in all.

Once getting settled in Mpls, I contacted Ras Algethi main-man, Mauro Berchi, and we have been friends ever since. Shortly after this album was released, Ras Algethi morphed into Canaan, and Mauro started the eclectic and awesome label, Eibon Records.

This album is one of my favorite albums ever, and one of the best and most convincing moments in doom metal. Period.

More info HERE and download this album HERE

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

MC Hawking - E = MC Hawking

MC Hawking is one bad mofo. He rules the streets and those bitches from MIT better recognize. The Hawkman has been rhyming and running the streets for years now, and the creationists better watch their backs.

"E = MC Hawking" is a compilation of some of the better tracks from this master MC, even including a Led Zeppelin medley.

Info on MC Hawking HERE and download this album HERE