Monday, May 31, 2010

Radio: The Chocolate Bicycle Experience

Hey kids, your dysfunctional aunt and uncle have something special for you. I now present to you the first of what will hopefully be many Chocolate Bicycle Experiences.

...Are you confused as to what the hell I'm talking about? This is a new radio show on KAOS Radio Austin that is put together by ipecac (who already has a few shows on there that you should probably check out) with half the songs chosen by yours truly. I mean, you already trust our incoherent album reviews, why not let us take you on a little "trip" as well?

So hop aboard the Chocolate Bicycle... Just don't tell your mom and dad.

The Cars - Let The Good Times Roll
Judas Priest - A Touch Of Evil
Blood Duster - Northcote
Crowbar - To Build A Mountain
Battle Of Mice - At The Base Of The Giant's Throat
Supertramp - Goodbye Stranger
Black Sabbath - Lady Evil
High On Fire - Turk
Spite - Calipornia
Grand Magus - Iron Will
Dark Noerd - Smokin' Husks
Bathory - The Golden Walls Of Heaven
7 Angels 7 Plagues - Away With Words
Rainbow - Starstruck
Iron Maiden - Killers
Pentagram - Sign Of The Wolf
Queens Of The Stone Age - Infinity
YOB - Ether
Cannibal Corpse - Hammer Smashed Face
Slayer - Altar Of Sacrifice
S.O.D. - Milk (Live)
Vio-lence - Calling In The Coroner
Eyehategod - Serving Time In The Middle Of Nowhere
Reverend Bizarre - Doom Over The World
Mondo Generator - Cocaine Rodeo
Venomous Concept - Rhetoric
Melt Banana - Blank Page Of The Blind
John Cooper Clarke - Evidently Chickentown

Listen here.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Album: Sea of Thousand - The Church of Total Collapse

with this...i'm gonna give you some of that down there action (no noooo...bad monkey..."down there action" as in "i name dropped this band in the post just under this one")

are any of you familiar with a band that was called employer,employee? (if not...get familiar)

well...after that band split up...some members went and slowed the gears down and formed this band

if there were in fact a church of total collapse...this is what it would sound like

am i being too vague?

DL: the church of collapse

EP: Cardinale - 31:13

well...seeing as how i brought this up (down no...not that...perv)...i figured that i might as well post it

one song

31 minutes and 13 seconds long

the band shares members with the other austin,tx band sea of thousand...and are just as crushing

really...if you need a reason to snag this up...take a look at the review just under this one...but add the bands pelican/neurosis/isis to the mix

that's all you need

DL: 31:13

EP: Cephalic Carnage - Halls Of Amenti

the band is usually known for playing like a blender set on puree

but on this album...they slow waaaay down and slab on the doom

this is one song

19 minutes long

from the opening riff (which sounds exactly like the one that opens the jucifer song "she tides the deep") can tell you're about to enter into something epic (and i don't even like using that term...but it's fitting)

so if you're a fan of the above mentioned jucifer song/album (IF THINE ENEMY HUNGER)...the melvins jam "boris" (or any early melvins for that matter)...the cardinale album 31:13...sleep (duh)...and you didn't think "in-a-gadda-da-vida" was heavy enough...

this be for you

DL: halls of amenti

Friday, May 28, 2010

Live Recording: Earthless - "Sonic Prayer Jam"

This was a really limited edition recording that Earthless sold at shows a while back that later got reissued on a (once again, really limited edition) 10". This is essentially a live jam based on the track "Sonic Prayer" that clocks in at around 15 minutes. If you are familiar with the crushingly hypnotizing riff that makes up "Sonic Prayer" then that is reason enough to listen to this right now. (If not, well, goddamn - the riff that makes up "Sonic Prayer" is crushingly hypnotizing so you should listen to this right now.) Like most Earthless material this has almost a trance enducing effect and is cosmically dizzying. All in all this is just a really cool jam and is definitely worth a listen. Or a bunch of listens.

1. Sonic Prayer Jam Part I
2. Sonic Prayer Jam Part II

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

EP: H.O.F - "Gay Witch Abortion Sessions"

Thomas Hazelmyer's project H.O.F did a collaborative EP with fellow Minneapolis band Gay Witch Abortion last year and here are the unholy results. Track titles like "Drinking With Yow" and "Choking on Vomit" let you know what you're getting into with this EP which is some filthy-as-sin noise. This sounds something like the Jesus Lizard mashed up with Pissed Jeans and then being roughed up and buried in a pile of dirt and garbage. Okay, that was kind of a wierd description but what I'm trying to say is that this is messy as hell and uglier than your aunt Prudence in the morning. Seriously... I can't stop with the wierd descriptions today. Listen to this EP and try to type out something coherent and you'll understand. Anyways, only 100 copies of these were released and sold at $70 a piece. So here you are. You can paypal me the money later. (Was that in bad taste?)

1. Tunnel Rat
2. Choking on Vomit
3. Sociopathic Drum
4. Unicorn Killer
5. Drinking With Yow
6. Tweaker
7. Dear Leader

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Megapost: 50 Killer Riffs for 50,000 Hits

As of today there have been 50,000 hits in this site and so I thought I would celebrate by putting a list of 50 awesome riffs together. What a monumental occasion! (Okay, not really but I thought this would be fun.) This will, of course, include an upload and don't expect one of those shitty, thoughtless lists straight from Rolling Stone magazine that just grabs overused choices from radio classic rock bands as these are just riffs I legitimately enjoy and groove out to on a regular basis. Even though some are obvious choices like "Into the Void", "Smoke on the Water" or "Sunshine of Your Love", I chose them for a reason and most of these are just riffs from my music collection that get me pumped up for different reasons.

Since these are some of my personal favorites, let me briefly explain what I look for in a good riff - the three most important factors for me are groove, hook and weight. I will take catchiness, steady rolling groove and simplicity over wanky, overdone riffs anyday and I think the best riffs are usually the simplest. Also, I seriously considered putting the entirety of "Dopesmoker" on this list but decided it was way too long. But anyways, take of this what you will - I ordered the songs alphabetically to make it easier to go through.

Hopefully you will enjoy this compilation and here's to another 50,000!

1. The Destroyer - The Atomic Bitchwax
2. Grounds For Divorce - Big Business
3. One Nine - Black Cobra
4. N.I.B - Black Sabbath
5. Into The Void - Black Sabbath
6. Preacher - Blue Cheer
7. Guts - Budgie
8. Black Stone Wielder - Candlemass
9. Sunshine of Your Love - Cream
10. Suffering Brings Wisdom - Crowbar
11. Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
12. High Roller - Dozer
13. Flames Go Higher - Eagles of Death Metal
14. Sonic Prayer - Earthless
15. Dirty Witch - Egypt
16. Prairie Witch - Electric Horsemen
17. Behemoth - Electric Wizard
18. Satori Part 1 - Flower Travellin Band
19. Satori Part 5 - Flower Travellin Band
20. The Falcon Has Landed - Fu Manchu
21. The Judge - The Gates of Slumber
22. Flower of Disease - Goatsnake
23. Wheel of Time - Grand Magus
24. In the Meantime - Helmet
25. Fury Whip - High on Fire

26. Generation Void - Iron Man
27. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix
28. One Shot At Glory - Judas Priest
29. Thee Ol' Boozeroony - Kyuss
30. Demon Cleaner - Kyuss
31. Keep Goin' - Lucifer's Friend
32. Honey Bucket - The Melvins
33. Queen - The Melvins
34. The Doorway - Neurosis
35. Wicked Love - Night Horse
36. Brother Blue Steel - The Obsessed
37. Epicurean Mass - Orodruin
38. 20 Buck Spin - Pentagram
39. Here Come The Bastards - Primus
40. Skin on Skin - Queens of the Stone Age
41. Burial At Sea - Saint Vitus
42. Hell Hound - Sir Lord Baltimore
43. Dragonaut - Sleep
44. Hourglass - Solitude Aeturnus
45. Slaves & Bulldozers - Soundgarden
46. Bullhorn - Tad
47. Psalm 9 - Trouble
48. Destroyer - Winters
49. Changing - Witch
50. Molotov Cocktail - 500 Ft Of Pipe

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Live Recording: Black Sabbath - 4.6.74 - California Jam - Ontario,Ca


remember me?

yes...i've been away awhile...but i've brought you back all kinds of things

have some black sabbath

this band is responsible for probably 99% of the bands found on this blog

wanna fight about it?

and really...i don't think i actually need to tell you who black sabbath are



1 - tomorrow's dream
2 - sweet leaf
3 - killing yourself to live
4 - war pigs
5 - snowblind
6 - sabra cadabra
7 - supernaut pt.1
8 - supernaut pt.2
9 - supernaut pt.3
10 - iron man
11 - sabra cadabra (reprise)
12 - paranoid
13 - children of the grave

DL: black sabbath@california jam 4.6.74

Friday, May 21, 2010

Tour Dates: Boris: North American Tour

Oh god yeah - a North American Boris tour was just announced for the end of this summer. Fortunately this tour will include some Canadian dates (including Edmonton and Calgary!) as well as a bunch of US ones. I'm glad they will be playing some shows before the epic Sunn 0)))/Boris ATP performance in September since Boris is a band that I would definitely not miss out on seeing live.

7/24 San Diego, CA — The Casbah

7/25 Tucson, AZ — Plush

7/27 Dallas, TX — The Loft @ Palladium Ballroom ^

7/28 Austin, TX — The Mohawk ^

7/30 Baton Rouge, LA — Spanish Moon ^

7/31 Tallahassee, FL — The Engine Room ^

8/1 Atlanta, GA — The Masquerade ^

8/2 Carrboro, NC — Cat’s Cradle ^

8/3 Washington DC — 930 Club ^

8/4 Philadelphia, PA — Starlight Ballroom ^

8/7 Cambridge, MA — The Middle East &

8/8 Montreal, QC — Le Tulipe ^

8/9 Toronto, ON — Lee’s Palace ^

8/10 Detroit, MI — Magic Stick ^

8/11 Newport, KY — Southgate House ^

8/13 Chicago, IL — Metro ^

8/14 St. Louis, MO — Firebird ^

8/15 Lawrence, KS — Granada Theatre ^

8/16 Denver, CO — Marquis Theater *

8/17 Salt Lake City, UT — TBA *

8/19 Calgary, AB — Republik *

8/20 Edmonton, AB — The Starlite *

8/22 Vancouver, BC — Rickshaw Theater *

8/23 Seattle, WA — Neumo’s *

8/24 Portland, OR — Hawthorne Theatre *

8/26 San Francisco, CA — Great American Music Hall *
8/27 Los Angeles, CA — El Rey *

8/28 Pomona, CA — The Glass House *
9/5 Monticello, NY — Kutsher’s Country Club

^ with Russian Circles
& with Russian Circles and Cave In
* with Red Sparowes

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Album: Bad Wizard - "#1 Tonite!"

I'm being forced to use my old home computer at the moment since my laptop is unavailable, and while looking through piles of music that I haven't touched in years (purely out of forgetfulness, not becuase it's bad) I found "#1 Tonite!" by Bad Wizard and couldn't resist posting it here. This is just some really ripping, MC5-esque, hard rock and roll that is really a lot of fun and is something I am a huge sucker for. I have a feeling this is what bands like The Darkness are attempting to do but failing, and even slightly more legit examples like Priestess can't hold a candle to how ripping and enjoyably rocking this is. While I'm at it Wolfmother can fuck right off as well - stupid lyrics like "woman, yeah woman, you've got to be a woman" are nowhere to be seen here and can I just say thank god.

1. So Bad
2. #1 Tonight!
3. Turn it Up (Turn Me On)
4. Six to Midnight Man
5. Mean Nite Tonight
6. Teachin' Blues
7. A Helpin' Hand
8. Can't Talk to You
9. Wizard of Shackles

DL: "#1 Tonite!" ***

***Also, my apologies if the quality on this is messed up. I have a feeling it might be on the first track. Let me know if it is and I'll do a re-up when I get my laptop back. That is all.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Album: Halo of Flies - "Music For Insect Minds"

"Music For Insect Minds" is basically a collection of hard to find Halo of Flies tracks taken from things like singles and compilations. Funnily enough I've heard Halo of Flies be classified as "garbage rock" which is actually a really fitting description even though it sounds slightly ridiculous - this is probably because of how dirty and frantically catchy this sounds. All in all this is simply a really fun, enjoyable group of songs and will have you tapping your toes and cleaning dirt from your ears after you hear how messy this is. Garbage ROCK.

1. Tired and Cold
2. Wasted Time
3. Death of a Fly
4. Ain't No Hell
5. Spit it Out
6. Ballad of Extreme Hate
7. No Time
8. You Get Nothing
9. Headburn
10. Easy or Hard
11. Father Paranoia
12. Drunk (In Detroit)
13. Garbage Rock
14. D.D.T. Beat 69
15. One Barrel Spent
16 I'm Clean
17 Richies Dog
18 How Does It Feel To Feel
19 M.D. 20/20
20 Pipebomb
21 Sinner Sings
22 D.D.T. Fin 13
23 Can't Touch Her
24 Rubber Room
25 Thoughts In A Booth
26 Human Fly
27 I'm A Bug
28 Jagged Time Lapse
29 Clowns

Saturday, May 15, 2010

EP: Electric Horsemen - "Electric Horsemen"

I came across this Electric Horsemen EP thanks to another blog that I contribute to (colostomy grab-bag) and have been listening to it a ton since I've discovered it. This is some extremely well done, Crowbar-esque sludge and this EP has an amazing heavy backbone. This also manages to be really consistent despite the fact that it has a wide variation of stuff from bone crushingly evil tracks to head-banging sludge. Listen and enjoy.

1. Abstainer
2. Brush Town
3. Beardsniffer
4. Bloodtaker
5. Farms For Food
6. Iron Sharpens Iron

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Covers: Soundgarden

I'm going keep in the habit of posting cover collections by posting this one of covers done by Soundgarden. There are a lot of cool songs on this one including a ripping cover of "Into The Void" and a lot of Beatles covers. I guess I don't really need to say any more than that - enjoy!

1. Big Bottom (Spinal Tap)
2. Come Together (The Beatles)
3. Communication Breakdown (Led Zeppelin)
4. Cop Killer (Body Count)
5. Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey (Peel)
6. Girl U Want (Devo)
7. Helter Skelter (The Beatles)
8. Hey Baby (Land of the New Rising Sun)
9. I Want You (She's So Heavy) (The Beatles)
10. Into The Void (Black Sabbath)
11. Search And Destroy (The Stooges)
12. Stray Cat Blues (Rolling Stones)
13. Swallow My Pride (Green River)
14. Wild Horses (Rolling Stones)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Album: Warhorse - "As Heaven Turns to Ash"

Here's some really crushing doom metal from the massively heavy Warhorse. Their 2001 release, "As Heaven Turns to Ash", is some of the heaviest doom I've heard in a while which is combined with some chilled out, hypnotic parts. Needless to say it's a really satisfying combination and this band is serious business in terms of being heavy.

1. Dusk
2. Doom's Bride
3. Black Acid Prophecy
4. Amber Vial
5. Every Flower Dies No Matter What the Thorns (Wither)
6. Lysergic Communion
7. Dawn
8. Scrape
9. ...And the Angels Begin to Weep

Monday, May 10, 2010

Album: The Walkabouts - "Scavenger"

Here's The Walkabouts' 1991 release titled "Scavenger". To me, this album conjures up images of walking through the prairies on a clear night or driving down a dusty highway since it's really folky and eerie at times. You really can't get any better than early Walkabouts for this kind of Neil Young-esque, free to roam feeling and this is why it makes some damn fine travelling music. I say this becuase I woke up at 4:30 this morning to catch a flight and am now sitting in the Vancouver airport in a deliriously tired, slightly angry state, so the only thing I can think of to make this slightly pleasant is some catchy folk rock. I'm not exactly road tripping down a desert highway or anything but this album is still a nice fit. Anyways - that's more than enough of my tired ramblings. Here you have it.

1. Dead Man Rise
2. Stir The Ashes
3. The Night Watch
4. Hangman
5. Where the Deep Water Goes
6. Blown Away
7. Nothing is a Stranger
8. Let's Burn Down the Corn Field
9. River Blood
10. Train to Mercy

DL: "Scavenger"

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Singles: Asbestosdeath - "Dejection/Unclean"

I now present to you the four song discography that is Asbestosdeath, a pre-Sleep project featuring Chris Haikus, Al Cisneros and Matt Pike. Oh and Tom Choi (now of Noothgrush). They released two 7"s, "Dejection" and "Unclean", in their short lived time as a group and this is the entirety of them. This is misery soaked,painstaking and certainly a whole lot messier than Sleep.

1. Nail
2. Scourge
3. Anguish
4. The Suffering

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Album: Lubricated Goat - "Plays the Devil's Music"

Australian noise mongers Lubricated Goat are unquestionably one of my favorite Amphetamine Reptile related bands and are also certainly one of the most sinister acts to come out of the label ...which is saying something. Their 1987 release "Plays the Devil's Music" is wonderfully weird and frantically catchy yet offers up more than just a touch of evil and angst. The album art probably sums up this album better than I ever could - just imagine the Devil playing some catchy grooves and you're halfway there in terms of what this album is like. God damn Aussies know how to do it up right. Soak up the evil.

1. Jason the Unpopular
2. Beyond the Grave
3. Guttersnipe
4. Nerve Quake
5. Anal Injury
6. Hornraiser
7. Frotting With Ennio
8. Kill
9. Can't Believe We're Really Making Love
10. Outro

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Album: Pierced Arrows - "Descending Shadows"

This is Pierced Arrows' latest released titled "Descending Shadows". It's hard to believe this album was released in 2010 becuase it kind of just sounds like a compilation of some really tight, bass heavy, dark versions of Dead Moon songs; actually, there are a few songs off this album that sound like they should come straight off an old Dead Moon album, but why shouldn't they? This is, after all, a project of Fred and Toody and it's just really cool that they're still releasing rock music of this calibur even in their -okay- slightly old age. My theory is that they're both comparable to a fine wine and are just getting better with age.... or they're just superhumans that just keep rocking harder with age... Whatever the case, this album is really, really well done and contains some of the coolest lyrics and most groovin' basslines I've heard in a while. Give it a listen if you like Pierced Arrows, Dead Moon, or just well done, catchy rock music.

1. This is the Day
2. Buried Alive
3. On Our Way
4. Aint Life Strange
5. Paranoia
6. Tripped Out
7. On the Move
8. This Time Around
9. Let it Rain
10. Zip My Lip
11. Down To Earth

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Single: Bushpig - "Bushpig"

Bushpig was a short lived Amphetamine Reptile project featuring members of King Snake Roost and The Thrown Ups that conjured up some really dirty, frantic, primal noise rock. All that was released by Bushpig was this single and a self titled EP (which features members of Mudhoney) and both are painfully hard to find - definitely hidden gems considering how awesome this project was. Like I alluded to before, this project is exactly what you would expect from an AmRep release and is really messy and abrasive. Obviously I mean those both as good things.

A Side:
1. Felching The Cat
2. Grunt

B Side:
3. Rorting About
4. Like A Bushpig

DL: "Bushpig Single"

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Album: Five Horse Johnson - "Blues For Henry"

If you enjoy heavy blues-rock and have never listened to Five Horse Johnson I can safely say that you are seriously missing out. Their debut album, "Blues For Henry", is the cream of the FHJ crop and could possibly be the most fun you'll ever have while listening to the blues (except for that I can't really call this a pure blues album since it has way too much of a heavy rocking edge for that.) This is easily one of my favorite albums to listen to while sitting out in the sun with a cold drink as it's really easy to listen to, with a really steady rolling groove and fun, tongue in cheek lyrics like: "Saturday night and the devil whiskey's preaching hard, church on Sunday I'm spewing up sermons in the yard". Rock and roll.

1. Let Me In
2. Addie
3. Sermons in the Yard
4. Candystore
5. Honeycomb
6. Wishing Well
7. Roscoe Gauldin
8. Odella