Sunday, November 29, 2009

Album: Eagle Twin - "The Unkindness of Crows"

A couple days ago I got ahold of Eagle Twin's debut album called "The Unkindness of Crows" and have been listening to it nonstop ever since. This is a two piece, and I'm really impressed with how massively crushing and heavy this is. This is definitely recommended if you like Sleep, The Melvins or Earth as you can hear a bit of all these bands within this album. Oh, and if you like Iceburn this is Gentry Densley's new band - so there's another reason to check it out.

The band name, track titles and album title let you know what you're in for... Eagle Twin is a band that obviously just has a thing for birds! I guess that's someting that would seem lame and gimmicky if they weren't so damn legit. Enjoy.

Southern Lord, 2009

1. In the Beginning Was The Scream
2. Murder Of...
3. 10,000 Birds of Black Hot Fire
4. Storytelling of Ravens
5. Crow Hymn
6. Carry On, King of Carrion
7. "And it came to pass that birds rain down as black snakes"

Saturday, November 28, 2009

News: Shrinebuilder Vinyl Releases

Hey everyone - just wanted to make a quick post to inform you about the recent releases of Shrinebuilder's first album on vinyl. There was a small running of splattered, etched double LPs yesterday on, but it seems they're out of stock already. If you didn't get a chance to get one, there are still some available here:

and here:

These are all different pressings, I haven't been able to find information on how many of each color have been pressed or even how many different pressings there are. All I know is that these are selling out super fast so get one while you still have a chance!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Single: Sub Pop Edition #8 Om - "Gebel Barkal / (Version)"

As you may know, Sub Pop re-started the singles club this year, and since i've been getting a 7" in the mail each month I'm now going to begin uploading them for your listening enjoyment.
(I'm going to stop uploading the classic Sub Pop singles for a while in favor of these since they're way harder to come by since they're obviously a few decades newer.)
Here's the first single that was sent out - i believe this was also the first thing Om released with their new lineup. It's called "Gebel Barkal" and, while diverting from the old lineup's sound a bit, still has a deliciously psychedelic, tribal feeling to it.

1. Gebel Barkal

2. (Version)

Monday, November 23, 2009

News: ATP New York Lineup

Hot damn, the lineup for ATP NY is looking awesome. Mudhoney performing "Superfuzz Bigmuff", Sleep performing "Holy Mountain" and Iggy & The Stooges performing "Raw Power". I'm loving this already..

The Definition of Appropriate...

Here's really cool live version of the song "Ritual Room" by Skin Yard from August 1990. If you haven't heard this yet then maybe now whenever you read this blog's title you'll think it the way I do ... ("rit-chu-wallll room!")

Thanks to Daniel House for bringing this video to my attention. The live version of this track is really awesome. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

EP: Goatsnake - "Trampled Under Hoof"

After taking a four year hiatus, Goatsnake put out "Trampled Under Hoof" in 2004. This is a great EP ... how can you not like Goatsnake's brand of muddy, slow, bluesy, heavy rock n roll? I feel like I can safely say that a) Goatsnake has never put out anything that isn't fantastic (obviously this is no exception), and b) Goatsnake is the best of all Greg Anderson's projects.

Also, there's a really well done cover of "Burial At Sea" by Saint Vitus on here that's definitely a must-listen track - especially for a dreary Sunday like today. Hell, you might as well make it an even drearier one by listening to this EP.

...So how about that Goatsnake reunion coming up?

2004, Southern Lord

1. Portraits of Pain
2. Black Cat Bone
3. Juniors Jam
4. Burial At Sea (Saint Vitus Cover)
5. Hot Rod (Black Oak Arkansas Cover)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Album: Killdozer - "For Ladies Only"

I've been listening to "For Ladies Only" by Killdozer a lot lately. This is a band that never takes themselves seriously, and this has to be the least serious of all their albums. Why, you ask? It's all covers. Elvis, Deep Purple, Steve Miller Band.... it goes on, and they're all done fantastically. There's something about Micheal Gerald's vocals that's silly, deeply sarcastic, and will really make you want to listen. Also, this will make you see these "classics" in a new light; in fact, it will make you realize how cheesy these songs really are while you enjoy how great the covers are. Their version of "Burnin' Love" is brilliant and they even make songs like "American Pie" sound good - at least if you're a fan of Killdozer you'll think so.

On a side note.. wasn't Touch and Go an awesome label?

1994, Touch and Go

1. Hush

2. Good Lovin' Gone Bad

3. Burnin' Love

4. You've Never Been This Far Before

5. One Tin Soldier - The Legend of Billy Jack

6. Take The Money and Run

7. American Pie

8. Funk #49


Monday, November 16, 2009

EP: Sons of Kyuss - S/T

There must be something in the water around here.. or its just feeling like a Kyuss / QOTSA kind of week. Here's another one for you and i'm going back even farther in time.

This is an EP by Sons of Kyuss, which I suppose is a pre-Kyuss band seeing as its the same lineup with the only difference being a slight name change. Kyuss albums like "Blues For The Red Sun" and "....And The Circus Leaves Town" have become legendary in the heavy rock world and don't really need any further uptalk; however, i was just talking to a friend about how great and overlooked Sons of Kyuss is. It's unfortunate that it's put on the backburner a lot of the time becuase this is some of the most rockin', dirty stuff the band ever put out and dear god - the riffs are awesome. This EP was released in 1990.

1. Deadly Kiss

2. Window of Souls

3. King

4. Isolation Desolation

5. Love Has Passed Me By

6. Black Widow

7. Happy Birthday

Album: Kyuss/Queens of the Stone Age Split

released 1997

in the spirit of posting them crooked vultures and queens of the stone age...

the old goes into the new...the last kyuss and the first qotsa (technically second...their first release was a 2 song 7" the year before...both songs can also be found on this)

i'm hoping that by you (hopefully) being a queens of the stone age'll know who kyuss is/was

well...for those of you that don't...kyuss are considered one the first "stoner rock" bands (even before the band sleep)...and a then 14 year old josh homme played guitar for the band (then called the sons of kyuss)

but enough with the words

am i the only one that while listening to the them crooked vultures album feels the need to also listen to the queens of the stone age album SONGS FOR THE DEAF?

DL kyuss/queens of the stone age split

Sunday, November 15, 2009

B-Sides: Queens of the Stone Age

I recently posted a collection of Mark Lanegan rarities and some info on Them Crooked Vultures, and now its only appropriate to post some Queens of the Stone Age rarities. I just got ahold of these and since its hard to get enough of QOTSA you'll definitly want to hear this. So many hidden gems such as "You're So Vague", "Never Say Never", "Infinity".... Oh and I'm also sitting on a huge collection of Soundgarden rarities that i'll post soon. Enjoy.

1. Like A Drug 2. Never Say Never 3. Born To Hula (Old Version) 4. Back To Dungaree High 5. You're So Vague 6. Precious and Grace (ZZ Top) 7. Spiders and Vinegaroons 8. Gonna Leave You (Spanish Version) 9. 18 AD 10. If Only Everything 11. Ode To Clarissa 12. Infinity 13. Bloody Hammer

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

News: Them Crooked Vultures - Album Out Nov. 17th, Listen To It Now

Josh Homme, Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones.

Definitly an odd combination of people to form a band (well, maybe just becuase of John Paul Jones' presence) but also sounds like a dream lineup to me. Between this and Shrinebuilder it seems as if 2009 is a good year for supergroups. This is a really long time anticipated project, and although their debut album isn't out until the 17th (the vinyl is out December 23rd), it's already leaked and you can listen to it on their website at:

1. No One Loves Me & Neither Do I
2. Mind Eraser, No Chaser
3. New Fang
4. Dead End Friends
5. Elephants
6. Scumbag Blues
7. Bandoliers
8. Reptiles
9. Interlude With Ludes
10. Warsaw or The First Breath You Take After You Give Up
11. Caligulove
12. Gunman
13. Spinning In Daffodils

This is everything you would expect from the lineup - just amazingly well done rock and roll. Enjoy.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Album: Smoke - "Smoke Follows Beauty" 2002

Here's Smoke's first and only full length titled "Smoke Follows Beauty". This is easily my favorite style of music at the moment - dirty, heavy blues; in fact, you may have to take a shower after listening to how grimy this album is. Or you won't want to wash it off you. I don't know ....... just listen! My favorite tracks from this include "Here It Comes" and "Devil Down".

1. Intro
2. Here It Comes
3. Splitfire
4. Devil Down
5. Hallucination
6. The Mark of Brahm
7. Black Bat
8. Mina's Song
9. Caveman
10. Redux

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Ritual Room MySpace

So I'd like to bring the fact that Ritual Room now has a MySpace page to your attention.

Add me as a friend... leave me some love.... shamelessly promote yourself... do what you gotta do.

Hope you're having a good weekend.


Friday, November 6, 2009

B-Sides: Mark Lanegan - Rare Material

I'm sure if you read this blog at all you enjoy the music of Mark Lanegan. Whether you enjoy Queens of the Stone Age, Screaming Trees, his solo stuff, Soulsavers... nobody can deny that he can sing the hell out of a song. He does so many projects that it's hard to keep track of all his work, so here's a decently sized collection of rare tracks of his. It has everything from a Queens of the Stone Age cover of "Precious and Grace" by ZZ Top to a song from a children's album called "Sneakers". One of my favorite tracks from this collection is a live cover he did of "Tomorrow Night" by Sam Closlow. Needless to say its an eclectic compilation of tracks and has plently of desolate, bluesy Mark Lanegan style.

1. Josephine (Here Comes That Wierd Chill Outtake)
2. Blood (Crackers & Honey) (Here Comes That Wierd Chill Outtake)
3. All Night Long (Sunday Nights: the Songs of Junior Kimbrough compilation)
4. Vampire Waltz (w/ Burning Brides)
5. Cafe
6. Cripple Creek
7. Hanging Tree (Desert Sessions)
8. Feel Like Going Home (w/ the Walkabouts)
9. Following the Rain
10. Into My Arms (Nick Cave cover)
11. Why Does My Head Hurt So? (w/ Isobel Campbell)
12. Johnny Smoke (Swamp Thing)
13. High Noon Amsterdam (w/ Masters of Reality)
14. Taste You (w/ Melissa Auf der Maur)
15. Taste You (French Version) (w/ Melissa Auf der Maur)
16. Max and Wells (w/ Mike Watt)
17. Four Corners (w/ Mondo Generator)
18. Need One (w/ Martina Topley)
19. Autopilot (w/ Quotsa)
20. No 9 (w/ the Twilight Singers)
21. Nothin' in the World Can Stop Me Worryin Bout that Girl
22. One More Valley (w/ Steve Fisk)
23. Precious and Grace (ZZ Top Cover) (w/ Queens of the Stone Age)
24. Rock Dove (w/ Earthlings)
25. She's Not For You (Willie Nelson Tribute)
26. Sneakers (from Dog Train)
27. Johnny Smoke (Swamp Thing) (w/ Steve Fisk) **sorry about the repeat**
28. This Vacuum (w/ Steve Fisk)
29. The Party's Over (w/ The Baldwin Brothers)
30. A Love Supreme - Please Stay (w/ the Twilight Singers)
31. Tomorrow Night (Sam Closlow cover)
32. Untitled Lullaby (w/ Queens of the Stone Age)
33. Wheels
34. Next of Kin (All His Children) (w/ Gary Heffern)

Part One:

Part Two:

(Okay, so I tried to label the origins of the tracks the best I could. Hopefully I ordered it all correctly, it may have gotten a bit jumbled. Let me know if it is and i'll change it around. The source on this is from a user on Soulseek... I will gladly give tribute to whoever put this group of songs together if I can find out who it is.)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Album: Tar - "Jackson" 1991

Tar has to be one of the best bands to come out of AmRep. Okay - its hard not to say that about almost every band that came out of the label. This album is Tar's best work in my opinion - it's called "Jackson" and crams a lot of grit and angst into 10 songs.

01. Short Trades
02. Cross Offer
03. Walking The King
04. On A Transfer
05. Trauma
06. Dark Mark
07. Goethe
08. Tellerman
09. Land Luck
10. Viaduct Removal

Feature: Last Rizla and The Company Corvette

Not that this website is that big of a deal, but bands do send me their material now and again. (really, thanks for sending me your music, i love to recieve it.) I go through it and select the best ones.. and i mean, come on - would I ever steer you wrong? If you're into hearing some underground talent then keep on reading.
Here's a couple bands from this month that really caught my attention:
First up is Last Rizla, from Greece. Upon first listen I was really digging the Killdozer-esque (at times) vocals and variations of smooth and noisy guitar riffs. They're really eclectic but kind of sound like Kyuss would if they were signed to AmRep. Or something. This demo is sort of like listening to 10 different bands at once, yet it all comes together.
The next one is called The Company Corvette from Philadelphia. Their style is just heavy, psychedelic rock n roll. They're really reminiscent of Fu Manchu in some ways - I think it's the clean sounding vocals and heavy, groovy riffs. I'm really enjoying this - very smooth and catchy. Upload this album if you're into some really well-done heavy rock.
They just released an album and you can listen to it here:
Or check out their myspace page here:


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

News: Nirvana Live at the Reading Festival CD/DVD Released Nov 3rd + Vinyl Reissues

In case you've forgotten, the long awaited release of the Nirvana "Live at the Reading Festival" CD/DVD is finally here! It was released yesterday.

I know this is exciting news for a lot of people, but being the record collector I am I'm definitly more stoked on the upcoming vinyl reissues (Nevermind, In Utero and MTV Unplugged. Bleach has already been reissued through Sub Pop on white vinyl).

Here's a video of "School" from the performance that was recently made available to fans.:

source: amazon, exclaim