Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Album: Mule - If I Don't Six

i've heard this band described as a hillbilly jesus lizard

and i've used the same description as well

now...this may be a little different for some of you it's neither sludgy or could really be considered primal

but what this album could very well do is drive you to drink (and yes...this would be the best album to drink and drive to)

you could very well listen to this and picture david yow as the blind singer/guitar player for the house band in the movie ROAD HOUSE (come on now...we've all seen it)

joe cocker doing his best bob seger fronting lynyrd skynyrd meets the jesus lizard behind chicken wire

and you know you want some of that action

quit kidding yourself

DL: if i don't six

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Album: Absum - "Purgatoire 2007 - 2009"

I had some thoughts about not posting this, but fuck it.

Picture the raw, buzzing, hypnotic quality of lo-fi black metal. Now, instead of playing it on the peaks of a frostbitten mountain, take it down far below sea-level, buried deep within a forgotten cavern. Let the sound echo through the void. It would sound something like this tape. Really raw and captivating blackened funeral doom that radiates an IMMENSE amount of power. HIGHLY, highly reccomended but certainly not for everyone. (not my rip.)

Download: "Absum - Purgatoire"

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Feature: Kingdom of Magic / Sod Hauler Split

When Adrian of Locust Tree Records sent this record over he described it as a "rifftastic masterpiece" and I really can't say that I disagree. This is a split from (Denver band) Kingdom of Magic and (Seattle band) Sod Hauler and since this is actually a pretty amazing split and also something that would be difficult to come across without a bit of friendly promotion, allow me to proudly uptalk this in the remainder of this post.

So yeah - here are two hard rocking bands that are really on their way to making their mark on the face of heavy music; Kingdom of Magic starts the split off with a raging couple of tracks with a noise rock touch and lots of mind bending, catchy riffs, then Sod Hauler turns the rock up even harder with some low end, doom-tinged heavy rock tracks. All in all the high levels of awesome riff-age and unexpected twists and turns in this split make it a really fun listen. Below I included a track listing and a download of "They Say She's Evil" by Sod Hauler. Listen, enjoy, and buy the 12" (go to the label's myspace page here... it's kind of worth purchasing for the album art alone in my mind) if you like what you hear.

Kingdom of Magic
1)Order of the Purple Rhinestone Eagle
2)Elephant Men

Sod Hauler
3)Men Of Oak
4)They Say She's Evil (DL: They Say She's Evil)
5)Horseless Head

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Album: Mugison - "Mugiboogie"

I've been thinking about blogging "Mugiboogie" by Mugison for a while now but have always kind of been at a loss for a good description. (Actually, I'm still at a loss for a good description, but fuck it.) I discovered Mugison while he was opening for Queens of the Stone age a couple years back and it was honestly a perfect fit (and not just because they're label mates). So what can you expect? Well... Mugison produces some really fun, experimental, catchy and rocking tunes that are all over the place in the best way possible and you'll hear everything you want and didn't expect to hear. Really, I could dissect every track and go on for paragraphs but you should probably just listen for yourself. This album is great and fun for many reasons. (One of the more obvious reasons being that Mugison himself is bearded and Icelandic).

1. Mugiboogie
2. The Pathetic Anthem
3. To The Bone
4. Jesus Is A Good Name To Moan
5. George Harrison
6. Deep Breathing
7. I'm Alright
8. The Animal
9. Two Thumb Sucking Son Of A Boyo
10. The Great Unrest
11. My Love I Love
12. Sweetest Melody

DL: "Mugiboogie"

Sunday, October 17, 2010

EP: Corrupted - Vasana + An Island Insane

This pair of EP's was released in 2007 in limited quantities, so here they both are in one conveniant place. These mark Corrupted's newest output to date, and I'm excited to see what eventually happens next. Anyways, if you're familiar with the band, you know what to expect: powerful, dark sludge metal, at times meditative ambience, coming together in a glorious celebration of sound that will leave you devastated by the end. Vasana is definitely the uglier of the bunch, with An Island Insane finishing with a nice droney(ugh) piece. These both prove that Corrupted are just as effective these days on the 7" format as they are with a monumental-sized full-length. With the cold weather setting in, now is the time to miserably curl up inside, and listen to these... Enjoy.

DL: "Vasana + An Island Insane"

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Single: Screaming Trees - "Something About Today"

Here's the Screaming Trees "Something About Today" single which includes 2 previously unreleased tracks (both of which also have the theme of days, imagine that). This was released in their major label/Uncle Anesthesia days and yadda yadda yadda... really, what else can be said that hasn't been said already?

(Man, blogging sure is easy when you only write a two sentence review.)

1. Something About Today
2. This Perfect Day
3. New Day Yesterday

DL: "Something About Today Single"

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Single: Sub Pop Edition #23 Mono Men - Skin And Bones/Comanche

oh look...another one of them sub pop singles

this one was released in 1992

so if you're like the rest of us...and like garage-y grunge (come on now..i mean...they are from seattle after all)...this be for you

DL: mono men sub pop single

Single: Sub Pop Edition #22 Rapeman - Inki's Butt Crack/Song Number One

this little slice o' steve albini 7" goodness was released back in 1989...and it was the band's final release

and seeing as how you folks around here seem to enjoy sub pop can add this to your list as well

DL: rapeman sub pop single

Live Recording: Mad Season - 4.22.95 - Crocodile Cafe - Seattle,WA

seeing as how mad season's ABOVE album is getting a re-release on vinyl...i figured i'd provide you all with some live mad season action

1 - wake up
2 - above
3 - long gone day
4 - i don't know anything
5 - lifeless dead
6 - river of deceit
7 - november hotel

DL: mad season@crocodile cafe

Monday, October 11, 2010

EP: Dark Castle - Flight Of Pegasus

one man
one woman


and a led zeppelin cover

ya dig?

DL: flight of pegasus

Live Recording: Mudhoney - On Tour Now

"throughout the spring and summer months...i predict flannel giving away to more tropical designs" -mark arm

this was a promo cd that was given out to radio folks back in 1993

it was recorded during a stop in seattle,wa on 2.10.93

1 - suck you dry
2 - make it now
3 - fashion forecast
4 - dead love
5 - no end in sight
6 - you git it
7 - stupid asshole (1)
8 - the money will roll right in (2)

1=angry samoans cover
2=fang cover

DL: mudhoney on tour now

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Single: Sub Pop Edition #21 Skin Yard - "Start At The Top / Watch"

For a blog that's named after a Skin Yard track and specializes in posting Sub Pop singles, some might say that it's kind of a failure on my part that I'm only posting this Skin Yard/Sub Pop single here now.

Always better late than never, this is the fantastic "Start at the Top / Watch" single that was released in the late 80's and easily contains of my 2 favorite Skin Yard tracks. The first track is rippingly catchy and heavy with the strange vibes and rocking psychedelia that embody what I love so much about this band. The second track, "Watch", is eerier than the first but I promise you, just as raging. To summarize: this single will take you on a trip. Let it.

1. Start at the Top
2. Watch

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

News: Bringing in the new year with NEUROSIS

Breaking my silence to quickly post some awesome news. It just got announced that NEUROSIS will be playing two shows in Seattle on Thursday Dec. 30, and Friday Dec. 31st. It doesn't really get much better than this. After missing them a few different times for bullshit reasons, I'm beyond stoked. Check it:

Thurs. Dec. 30th
@Neumos All Ages/Bar W/ID-Infinite Productions presents:
NEUROSIS, Wolves In The Throne Room and Black Breath.
$25.00 adv. @, Moe Bar, Zions Gate, Singles Going Steady and all Sonic Boom locations.
Tickets are on sale Sat. October 16th at 10:00 a.m.
Doors: 8:00 p.m. Show: 9:00 p.m. Curfew: 1:00 a.m.

New Years Eve Fri. Dec. 31st
@Neumos 21+ only-Infinite Productions presents:
NEUROSIS, Ludicra, YOB and Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth.
$25.00 adv. @, Moe Bar, Zions Gate, Singles Going Steady and all Sonic Boom locations.
Tickets are on sale Sat. October 16th at 10:00 a.m.
Doors: 8:00 p.m. Show: 9:00 p.m. Curfew: 1:30 a.m.

Single: Big Chief - "Strange Notes"

After a completely hectic few weeks things are finally calming down and I'm back in full force with a mashing one-sided Big Chief single, in which they conjure up a gritty, funk-tinged cover of the Germs song "Strange Notes". I really love this band and the brand of funk rock they dream up since it's hard to come by this stuff when it's well done. (Ahem, RHCP, maybe it's time to stop).

1. Strange Notes

Monday, October 4, 2010

News: Mad Season - "Above" Vinyl Reissue

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet since it's pretty straightforward, but I just thought I'd do a quick post to inform you all that the legendary "Above" album by Mad Season is being reissued on vinyl and is available to pre-order here. I'm pretty sure a good amount of people have been dreaming of this reissue for a while so here's your chance.