Monday, November 30, 2009

The Laughing Windows - EP1

This is fucking awesome! A must-hear! Thanks to Wine Women and Song for introducing me.
"A joint release from Doug Shipton's Battered Ornaments and the associated Finders Keepers crew, the debut EP from The Laughing Windows follows their killer 7" with two 10"s worth of mysterious Krautrock dabbling and horror psyched vibes. The first thing to strike us about this group has to be Luke Insect's seriously uncanny vocal resemblance to Thom Yorke. Sure, there are a lot of people who try to sound like him, but this doesn't feel like a conscious decision and simply, but kinda definitively, makes the group sound like Radiohead doing a mean Amon Duul impersonation. The most impressive of the five tracks are both on the first disc, loaded with two extended jams skillfully moving from synth driven moods to arcane folksy wanderings with prog-rock arrangements. -boomkat"
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Label/Date: Battered Ornaments, 2009
Genre: psychedelic/experimental/avant-garde
From: London/Lewes/Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Similar/Related: Faust, Amon Düül II, Talk Talk, This Heat, Can, Grails, O'Rang, Radiohead, Popol Vuh, Morphine
Website : Myspace

Ga'an - Self-Titled Cassette

Can't find much info on this band and according to their broken myspace "Ga'an is De'ad". Thats a shame because this murky cassette hints at something great. Sounds like a spacey, gothic Magma, heavy on the synths and operatic female vocals.
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Label/Date: Unknown/self-released, 2009
Genre: prog, zeuhl, gothic, psychedelic
From: Chicago
Similar/Related: Magma/Christian Vander, One Shot, Tangerine Dream, Stereolab, Guapo, Zombi, Yoshida Tatsuya/Koenjihyakkei/Ruins, Bondage Fruit, Shub-Niggurath
Website : Myspace

Sula Bassana - The Night

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Label/Date: Sulatron records, 2009
Genre: space rock, psychedelic, krautrock
From: Hausruckwald, Austria
Similar/Related: Hawkwind, Hidria Spacefolk, Øresund Space Collective, Gong, Südstern 44, Blandbladen, Vibravoid, Neu!, Pink Floyd, Zombi, Procupine Tree, Colour Haze
Website : Myspace

Naam - Kingdom EP

If you dig this go buy their new self-titled full-length.
"Beyond the conceptual physical language structure created by mankind, the definition of the name lies in internal rhythm, the internal sound that a man experiences. Those who embrace Naam have the key to the door of mysteries and miracles, as Naam exists in the Divine plane and shines through to the Physical plane, bringing healing and self-renewal.

Disgusted by the lack of heavy, psychedelic rock and roll, We deliver our deafening sermon to bring a new dawn for all civilization. The vast seas cannot drown Us, the darkest caverns cannot conceal Us, We will conquer insurmountable foes. We are war, We are peace, We are time and space, We are infinite, We are Naam."
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Label/Date: Tee Pee Records, 2009
Genre: Psychedelic / Grunge / Rock
From: BROOKLYN, New York
Similar/Related: Earthless, Black Angels, US Christmas, Crystal Antlers, Acid Mothers Temple, El Paramo, Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound, Weird Owl
Website : Myspace

YOB - The Great Cessation

Considered to be one of the most respected American doom metal bands to arise within the last ten years, YOB have quite the impressive repertoire at their disposal gaining quite the reputation with their signature and distinct style of epic elongated crushing atmospheric sludge doom that have gained them the respect and recognition as one of America’s premiere doom metal bands.

With the addition of new bass player Aaron Reiseberg joining Scheidt and Foster to round up the reformed YOB line-up, 'The Great Cessation' is a time-stretching unearthly slab of monolithic doom metal art; an album in which Scheidt lays claim as the best, heaviest, and darkest YOB album to date. Produced by renowned knob pusher Sanford Parker (PELICAN, MINSK, NACHTMYSTIUM, THE GATES OF SLUMBER etc.) in the band’s hometown of Eugene, Oregon, “The Great Cessation” sees YOB in 2009 much more epic, heavier, darker, and undeniably louder than ever. Ultimately, 'The Great Cessation' will unveil itself as the doom metal monument of 2009." -Profound Lore

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Label/Date: Profound Lore, 2009
Genre: Doom, Sludge, Psychedelic
From: Eugene, Oregon
Similar/Related: Middian, Eibon, Electric Wizard, Buried at Sea, Sleep, Weedeater, Unearthly Trance, Ramesses, Graves at Sea, Corrupted, Neurosis, Suma, Minsk, Ufomammut
Website : Myspace

New Keepers of the Water Towers - The Chronicles

"Debut by the Swedish band creates a sonic collision between the heaviest of metal and the firmest of rock, wrapped up with the lyrical themes of dwelling beasts and filthy creatures. MASSIVE!" -amazon
Download: part1, part2
Label/Date: MeteorCity, 2009
Genre: Stoner Metal / Doom Metal
From: Log-islet, Sweden
Similar/Related: High on Fire, Mastodon, Baroness, Bison, Valkyrie, Clouds, Crowbar, Viking Skull, Kowloon Walled City, Kyuss
Website : Myspace

Dysrhythmia - Psychic Maps

"Not that Dysrhythmia were ever lacking for unorthodox modes and dense chords rife with dissonance, but they’ve reached a new plateau in inscrutability with Psychic Maps. They’ve all but shed the more jam-based approach of their early records, morphing into purveyors of tough, jagged, difficult music. Power chords are nowhere to be found – they’ve all been choked by Hufnagel’s dirty harmonies, then beaten to death by Marston’s clanking bass. Where riffs repeat in “Festival of Popular Delusions” and “Iron Cathedral,” they do so not to invite headbanging, but to ratchet up tension."
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Label/Date: Relapse Records, 2009
Genre: instrumental tech metal
From: Philadelphia
LIYL: Behold... the Arctopus, Canvas Solaris, Indricothere, Krallice, Don Caballero, Rothko, Intronaut, Scale The Summit, Gorguts
Website : Myspace

Brass Knuckle Surfer - Sin Palabras

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Label/Date: Goodtime Entertainment, 2009
Genre: progressive rock/metal, post-rock, space-metal, +saxomophone
Similar/Related: Indukti, OSI, Canvas Solaris, Monkey3, Darediablo, Liquid Tension Experiment, Dredg, Animals As Leaders, Devin Townsend, Sgt, Porcupine Tree, Pink Floyd, Tool, Aghora, Gordian Knot
Website : Myspace

Jardin De la Croy - Pomeroy

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Label/Date: Mastertoaster Recordings, 2009
Genre: progressive math rock
From: Madrid, Spain
Similar/Related: Lite, Toe, Tera Melos, Motion Turns It On, King Crimson, Rush, Yes, Muddy World, Mahavishnu Orch, Hematovore, Bronzed Chorus
Website : Myspace

Chriss Sutherland - Worried Love

Solo work from a member of Fire On Fire whose album The Orchard was one of my faves from last year. This isn't as good as The Orchard mostly because I don't care for Chriss' voice sometimes (He's definately the weakest voice in Fire On Fire). But this is still well worth checking out for the two upbeat Spanish flamenco-folk tracks and the gorgeous finale Hey Justice.
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Label/Date: Peapod Recordings 2009
Genre: Folk/Acoustic
From: South Portland, Maine
Similar/Related: Fire On Fire, Bonnie Prince billy, Neil Young, Iron & Wine, O'Death, Cerberus Shoal, Akron/Family
Website : Myspace

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Turing Machine - Zwei

This is one of the first records I posted on here more than 2 years ago. I'm reposting it today in memoriam of the incredible drummer who played on it. Jerry Fuchs died this past weekend after falling down an elevator shaft. I was lucky enough to see him play with Maserati a few weeks ago. He was fucking intense! Maserati will not be the same without him. His death is a great loss to the independent music world. So listen to this fantastic record in honor of Gerhardt Fuchs, a truly great drummer who will be missed by family, friends and admirers around the world.

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Label/Date: Frenchkiss Records, 2004
Genre: instrumental rock, krautrock
From: New York
Similar/Related: Maserati, !!!, Neu!, Lite, Lightning Bolt, Monkey3
Website : Myspace

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Bronzed Chorus - I'm The Spring

Been listening to this for weeks and had no idea they only had two members until writing this post. Makes sense though because they sound like El Ten Eleven. If El Ten Eleven didn't go all dancey and instead rocked the fuck out once in a while.
Download: megaupload
Label/Date: Hello Sir Records, 2009
Genre: instrumental rock duo
From: Greensboro, North Carolina
Similar/Related: El Ten Eleven, Mercury Program, Adebisi Shank, Auto!Automatic!!, Tristeza, From Monument to Masses, Te', Precious Fathers, You.May.Die.In.The.Desert
Website : Myspace