Sunday, September 27, 2009

sharing the wealth

Here are two Mediafire accounts I found a while back that I actually thought had been taken offline, but are now back up. Both have a bunch of really awesome screamo and emo rarities. This is where I found that Circle of Friends split. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Sinkhole discography

So I recently came across an archived goldmine of awesome pop punk. Boston's Sinkhole, active from 1992 to 1997, have everything they ever did on, and I'm passing the goodness on to you. Live up the end of summer with some nice, vaguely Jawbreaker-esque pop punk.

Groping for Trout (1993)

Space Freak (1995)

Core Sample (1996)

Retrospectacles (2000)

Monday, August 3, 2009

Teeth of Mammals/Narwhal/Petethepiratesquid/Kias Fansuri - Circle of Friends: 4 Way Split

Teeth of Mammals/Narwhal/Petethepiratesquid/Kias Fansuri - Circle of Friends: 4 Way Split

This is a pretty global split. Teeth of Mammals are from Pennsylvania, Narwhal are from England, Petethepiratesquid are from Germany, and Kias Fansuri are from Malaysia. It's a nice tight release, and is a fine sample of what these bands are all about. A nice mix of the chaotic and melodic, overall, and recommended listening if just for the first track alone.

Monday, July 6, 2009

R. Crumb and His Cheap Suit Serenaders - Singing in the Bathtub

R. Crumb and His Cheap Suit Serenaders - Singing in the Bathtub (1978)

Sadly, this is the only other record by R. Crumb and His Cheap Suit Serenaders. It's chock-full of the weird 20's-esque bluegrass of their previous record. After R. Crumb moved to France, it became more difficult for the band to be together, although they theoretically do play together still, mostly without R. Crumb. Again, another delightful summertime record with a closer that makes me think about post-apocalyptic America for some reason.

R. Crumb and His Cheap Suit Serenaders - Chasin' Rainbows

R. Crumb and His Cheap Suit Serenaders - Chasin' Rainbows (1976)

A crazy and very danceable bluegrass record by famed comix artist R. Crumb and a bunch of his friends. The combination of wonky, surreal lyrics (there's even a theremin!) with typical Crumb touches on the lyrics (particularly on "Fine Artiste Blues") makes this record one of my favorites to play for a feel-good summertime. Ukuleles are the fucking best. While the title track is the best, the whole record is a must listen.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Dälek - Gutter Tactics

Dälek - Gutter Tactics (2009)

Their latest record is more along the lines of the last one, but with still more darkness. I need to listen to this album once or twice more before I can really pass judgement on it.

Dälek - Abandoned Language

Dälek - Abandoned Language (2007)

This record draws more on the shoegaze influence, in my opinion, and is more relaxing as a result. Better for working and relaxing, but still with quite a bit of bite.

"It's purely hip-hop, in the purest sense. If you listen to what hip-hop has historically been, it was all about digging in different crates and finding different sounds, and finding different influences to create. If Afrika Bambaataa wasn't influenced by Kraftwerk, we wouldn't have 'Planet Rock.' So, in that sense, what we do is strictly hip-hop.

If there is a difference. It's that the palette of sounds we work with is more varied than what has been called hip- hop in the last 10 years. Somehow, as hip-hop grew, it's been put into this box. I think it's funny when people are like, 'That's not hip-hop. It's this and this and this.' You can try to rationalize it as whatever you want to rationalize it as." - MC Dälek, around the time this album came out

Dälek - Absence

Dälek - Absence (2004)

This record is quite a bit noisier and darker than their previous record, which is really saying something. MC Dälek's vocals are sometimes just barely above the din of Oktopus/Still's production. Perfect for driving around decaying city scapes.

Dälek - From Filthy Tongue of Gods and Griots

Dälek - From Filthy Tongue of Gods and Griots (2002)

Experimental hip hop from Newark, NJ. Noisy, heavy, yet atmospheric. There's almost an industrial/shoegaze base on which they operate. This record really showcases the mix of styles that they develop later on in different directions.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Boyd Rice & Friends - Music, Martinis, and Misanthropy

Boyd Rice & Friends - Music, Martinis, and Misanthropy (1990)

Neofolk/experimental. Lyrics mostly about hating people, juxtaposed with tape manipulation (including reversing some interviews about the Columbine shootings) and dreamy guitars. Boyd Rice is also an archivist, prankster, asshole, and former tiki bar operator.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Rosetta - Galilean Satellites

Rosetta - Galilean Satellites (2005)

Post-metal/sludge/hardcore from Philadelphia, PA. This link is of both discs from the album played at the same time, as is intended. Very spacey, both in lyrics, form, and sound. Crushingly heavy on one disc, ambient on the other.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Cap'n Jazz - Analphabetapolothology

Cap'n Jazz - Analphabetapolothology (1998)

Emo/indie from Chicago. Mathy rhythms with lyrics about whatever. High energy and fun without lacking substance. This is everything they ever recorded, and was released after the band broke up. Everyone in this band kept on making music in other projects, especially the Kinsella brothers. I will probably post some other music by them at some point.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Big Black - Songs About Fucking

Big Black - Songs About Fucking (1988)

Noise rock from Evanston/Chicago, Illinois. Steve Albini is a hero to the audiophile masses. I'm a big fan of the Kraftwerk cover.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Halifax Pier - The Halifax Pier

Halifax Pier - The Halifax Pier (2000)

Folky post-rock from various parts of the USA. Take that as you will.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Black Elk - s/t

Black Elk - self-titled (2006)

Sludge/hardcore from Portland, OR. Very noisy, very intense. Good music to get drunk to, I assure you.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Men in Search of the Perfect Weapon - s/t

Men in Search of the Perfect Weapon - self-titled (2005)

Sludge metal from Leipzig, Germany. Somewhat lo-fi production. Lots of heaviness interspersed with acoustic/mellow bits. Sadly, they are broken up now.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Amenra - Mass III

Amenra - Mass III (2008)

Post-metal/hardcore/sludge from Kortrijk, Belgium. Vocals are a very unique sounding shriek, and the tracks run together into a cohesive whole.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Spenking - s/t

Spencer Kingman - Spenking (200?)

Folk by a lone guy, whose name is Spencer Kingman. Pretty sure he's from somewhere in America? Sort of nasally, whiny yet endearing vocals over an acoustic guitar.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Tarpit - There Is Nothing After Extinction

Tarpit - There Is Nothing After Extinction (2008)

Super-heavy sludge metal from Aberdeen, MD. Very low production quality, with lyrics and song-titles mostly about dinosaurs, including the dread Andrewsarchus.

Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine - Rampton

Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine - Rampton (2002)

drone metal from England.

Orchid - Chaos is Me

Orchid - Chaos is Me (1998)
Chaos is Me

Screamo from Amherst, MA. This album is, as one very tall falafel addict said to me before I edited this post, "an aural clusterfuck."

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Indian Summer - Science

Indian Summer - Science (1994)
Indian Summer - Science

Emo/screamo from Oakland, CA. This record was really influential in the creation of the loud/soft dynamic of certain types of later screamo, particularly (in my opinion) City of Caterpillar and Envy. Vocals are whispered one minute and screamed the next. Behind all this, a Bessie Smith record crackles.

Isthmus - Landbridge

Isthmus - Landbridge (2008)
Isthmus - Landbridge

Proggy-sludge metal from Baltimore, MD. Inspired by the likes of King Crimson, Magma, Neurosis and Isis. Very technically oriented, with black metal-esque shrieks and lyrics about the phenomena of space.