Monday, October 27, 2008

Supercontinent - Vaalbara

"Skull crushing sludge metal for fans of early ISIS and Cult Of Luna. It's mostly instrumental and all around incredible." Thanks to RibsOut for the link.

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Label/Date: Saw Her Ghost Records, 2008
Genre: post-metal, sludge, doom
From: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Similar/Related: Cult of Luna, early ISIS, Mouth of the Architect, Bossk, Neurosis, Omega Massif, North, Kongh, Manatees, Empires
Website : Myspace

"In geology, a supercontinent is a landmass comprising more than one continental core, or craton. Most commonly, paleogeographers employ the term supercontinent to refer to a single landmass consisting of all the modern continents. Vaalbara is the Earth's theorized first supercontinent." -wikipedia

Weird Owl - Nuclear Psychology

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Label/Date: Self released, 2007
Genre: psychedelic rock
From: Brooklyn, New York
Similar/Related: The Black Angels, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Assembled Head In Sunburst Sound, Kinski, 13th Floor Elevators, Hawkwind, Sabbath
Website : Myspace

"The age of Nuclear Psychology is upon us!
With the release of its latest EP, Weird Owl has revealed a deeper and heavier peek into its ever-burgeoning mindsets and soundscapes. Recorded by Gerard Garone (Radio 4) and Harley Zinger (live sound, Interpol) at Seaside Lounge Studios in Brooklyn, the songs on Nuclear Psychology find the band carefully removing some of the more frivolous layers of flesh and matter from the body of its previous recordings in order to form a more precise sonic representation of the pure ghosts haunting Weird Owl. Already gaining accolades such as 'imminent cosmic impact' and being compared to Crazy Horse and Built to Spill 'on your favorite drugs', Nuclear Psychology is a heavy portent of things to come from the Brooklyn psych band." -CD baby

Bongripper & Winters In Osaka - Meat Ditch

A 20 minute collaboration mixing the psychedelic, heavy-as-fuck doom of Bongripper and the experimental drone of Winters In Osaka.
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Label/Date: Self-released, 2008
Genre: doom/drone/sludge/ambient
From: Chicago
Similar/Related: Electric Wizard, Sleep, Nadja, Boris, Atavist, Buried At Sea, Mouth of The Architect, Disembowelment, Suma
Bongripper : Myspace
Winters In Osaka : Myspace

The Black Heart Procession - 3

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Label/Date: Touch and Go Records, 2000
Genre: dark indie, post-rock
From: San Diego, California
LIYL: Steve Von Till, Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Pygmy Lush, Human Bell, Three Mile Pilot, Iron & Wine, Gutter Twins, The Doors
Website : Myspace

"Black Heart Procession is from San Diego, but sounds like a band comprised of the lonesome abandoned children of some lost Faulkner novel who have continued living in their decrepit, dilapidated family mansion for years since the tragic deaths of their aristocratic parents. The band's core members -- Pall Jenkins and Tobias Nathaniel of Three Mile Pilot fame -- enlist numerous friends and acquaintances from the San Diego scene to play various instruments, so the band's roster can sometimes swell to as many as eight performers. On five full-length albums, The Black Heart Procession has used saws, stripped-down unconventional percussion, Wurlitzer piano, subtle Moog, and other nontraditional instrumentation to create the kind of carnivalesque dirges we've come to expect from Tom Waits over the years. But the voices here are younger, and their owners' wounds are fresher, and somehow you're inclined to think that their tendency is to revel in the pain rather than kill it with whiskey. While slowly evolving in style from album to album, BHP has remained creepy and unsettling, tragic and exhausted, cold and very sad. Yet they've always been a rumbled elegance, a touch of the debonair, and a flair for small bits of dark melodrama, which might be the wild card that keeps you coming back for more."
Jesse Ashlock

Eden Express - Que Amors Que

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Label/Date: Holy Mountain, 2008
Genre: psych-folk
From: Memphis, Tennessee
Similar/Related: Brightback Morning Light, Pocahaunted, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Cloudland Canyon, Espers, Lau Nau, Islaja, Six Organs Of Admittance
Website : Myspace

"While just about everything Holy Mountain puts out is awesome they also tend to focus on the heavier side of the underground musical landscape. With this debut by Eden Express they're showing their softer side, while managing to keep the awesomeness on full throttle! There would be no other time for this record to get released then smack dab in the midst of summer as this is some sun-soaked-tripped-out-bake-at-the-beach-psych-pop that we can't get enough of. Featuring one member of Cloudland Canyon, this is a group who understand how to evoke colorful and vivid sensations. Mixing Eastern tinged psychedelia with delicious hints of washed out samba with such an effortless and breezy delivery. This is a timeless sounding record that could just as easily be some lost early '70s South American psychedelic gem (which the cover design suggests) as much as a much more drugged out Antena or Brightblack Morning Light jamming on the beach with some Finnish folks like Lau Nau and Islaja at their side. Such delicious delay and reverb, just the right touches of flute and otherworldliness, and it's about time psych gets out of the forest and onto the sand. A record made to soak in sun and melt with." - Aquarius Records

Esbjörn Svensson Trio - Leucocyte

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Label/Date: ACT, 2008
Genre: jazz/experimental/ambient
From: Sweden
Similar/Related: Thelonious Monk, Triosk, The Necks, Charles Mingus, Bill Evans, Neil Cowley Trio, Bohren Und Der Club Of Gore, Exploding Star Orchestra, Steve Reich, Contemporary Noise Quintet
Website : Myspace

"Considering that this is the last we will ever hear from the wonderful e.s.t (pianist Esbjorn Svensson having tragically died in a diving accident earlier this year, at the age of 44) it's impossible not to feel sadness while listening to Leucocyte. Yet it's not for just the passing of one of the world's most talented jazz musicians. It's also for the fact that a band, so psychically linked and at ease with each other should, at this fascinating stage of their development, be robbed of the chance to grow and change as they undoubtedly would have done.

Composed of childood friends Svensson and drummer Magnus Ostrom, along with bassist Dan Berglund, e.s.t's last album, Live In Hamburg, seemed to be drawing a line under the ECM-friendly-with a-touch-of-rock-trio period of their career. Equally at home on the festival as well as jazz circuits, you could feel it was time for a change.

Leucocyte reminds you that, despite carrying the pianist's name, the trio were a band of equal thirds. It's Berglund's earthy tones that drive much of the first half of the album. Following the delicate introductory meditation, Decade, Premonition sounds hungry for just such a change. The feedback and distortion are comparable to Australia's Necks, but under it all Svensson's voice echoes the changes, and his keys can never resist the Jarrett-esque flourishes that trip lightly over the atmospherics. Not once does the soloing take the place of progression and thematic exploration. And the attack always veers towards that rock aesthetic that rears its head most ironically on the number entitled Jazz.

But it's the album's second half suite, Leucocyte, that indicates where the trio were headed next. Mixing in far more electronics; erasing melody, leaving just the warp and weft of instrumental texture, and even (on part two's Ad Interim) resorting to total silence: it shows us a band that were now fearless and confident enough to really experiment.

Leucocyte is far from a perfect album, and that's why it's so heartbreakingly good. It's unsure in parts, and occasionally too wilfully rough. But it's a pointer to a future that's been cruelly denied us. We can only dream of what might have happened next. But thank goodness we have this to remember Svensson by. It's a testament to an artist whose life was always a work in progress."
-Chris Jones, BBC

Go-Neko! - Una Especie De Mutante

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Label/Date: Laptra, 2008
Genre: post-rock, space-rock, psych
From: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Similar/Related: Tristeza, Kinski, Tuna Laguna, El Ten Eleven, Hidria Spacefolk, Porcupine Tree, Holy Fuck, Samuel Jackson 5, Maserati
Website : Myspace

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Soul and senses aligned create the greatest music
(japanese translation courtesy of Chairmaker)

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Label/Date: Zankyo Records, 2008
Genre: post-rock, instrumental-rock
From: Japan
LIYL: Lite, Mudy On The Sakuban, Muddy World, Caspian, Toe, Mono, Ostinato, Maserati, Hematovore
Website : Myspace

Pocahaunted - Chains

"The Olsen Twins of Drone". more info
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Label/Date: Teardrops Records, 2008
Genre: psych-drone, tribal drone
From: Eagle Rock, California
LIYL: Grouper, Religious Knives, Robedoor, Mouthus, Double Leopards, Lichens, Sunn O))), Ginnungagap, Aethnor, Skullflower, Faust, Growing
Website : Myspace

Fucked Up - The Chemistry of Common Life

"Fucked Up's new album, The Chemistry Of Common Life, synthesizes all these diverse impulses into an expansive epic about the mysteries of birth, death, and the origins of life (and re-living). Merging elements of hardcore songwriting with up to 70 tracks of guitars, organs, winds and vocals, (including 18 guitars on the first single, the fatalistic "No Epiphany"), the music remains iconoclastic and startling, with Pink Eyes' vocals front and center. Guest musicians, of course, abound, notably gorgeous female voices such as Brooklyn's Vivian Girls and Toronto's Katie Stelmanis. The band remains contemptuous of churches and religion (opening track "Son The Father," with its refrain "It's hard enough being born in the first place: who would want to be born again?") while promoting an almost Buddhist mysticism ("Royal Swan"). But in the end the view is idiosyncratically scientific: amid soaring guitar chords, the title track pays homage to the random chemical processes that created life on this planet. Though Fucked Up remain punks at heart - if quixotically diverse ones - they have created a great, weird, heavy record that stubbornly sticks in your brain and your heart." - Matador Records.
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Label/Date: Matador Records, 2008
Genre: hardcore punk
From: Toronto, Ontario
Similar/Related: Refused, Minor Threat, Black Flag, Negative Approach, The Bronx, Haymaker, Fugazi, Brainworms, Wire
Wiki : blog

Akimbo - Jersey Shores

"AKIMBO (the good guys) will be releasing our first ever concept record on NEUROT RECORDINGS. The album is called "Jersey Shores", the concept is "nature will fuck you up", and the theme is "sharks, in particular, will totally fuck you up." The subject matter we have harvested and immersed in to forge this piece of music is actually much more robust and historical than I am letting on here, but in the interest of comedy I have decided to remain base and neanderthal. Ha. The record is six songs, about 45 minutes long, and is an intergalactic portcullis that will unlock the secrets of time travel for the benefit of man. It was recorded in the same session as Navigating the Bronze (two albums in one session? oh yes we did) by master Chris Owens in dirty dirty dirty Louisville, KY."
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Label/Date: Neurot Recordings, 2008
Genre: stoner-metal, sludge, noise-rock, experimental
From: Seattle, Washington
Similar/Related: Boris, Baroness, Melvins, Clouds, Gospel, Russian Circles, Pelican, Jesus Lizard, Black Cobra, Balboa, Suma
Website : Myspace

Hotel Wrecking City Traders - Black Yolk

one guitar, one drumset, whole lot of rock
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Label/Date: Bro Fidelity, CLF Records, 2008
Genre: instrumental stoner rock.
From: Melbourne, Australia
Similar/Related: 5ive, Karma to Burn, Big Business, Kinski, Kyuss, Los Natas, Lightning Bolt
Website : Myspace

The Calm Blue Sea - The Calm Blue Sea

Pretty generic, quiet/loud post-rock here. But done so well. If you're like me and still love some good post-rock it's one of the best this year. mostly guitar-driven with some piano thrown in.
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Label/Date: self-released, 2008
Genre: post-rock
From: Austin, Texas
Similar/Related: This Will Destroy You, Laura, Explosions In The Sky, Mono, Mogwai, Saxon Shore, Cloud Archive
Website : Myspace

Adebisi Shank - This Is The Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank

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Label/Date: The Richter Collective, 2008
Genre: upbeat instumental/math-rock, with noisy bleeps, bloops and squeaks like video game music (ie. Minibosses).
From: Wexford, Ireland
Similar/Related: Lite, Auto!Automatic!!, Minibosses, The Advantage, Té, Hella, Battles, Don Caballero, Oxes
Website : Myspace

Bohren & der Club of Gore - Dolores

"With DOLORES Bohren’s habit of making music which often makes the listener feel like he or she is stuck in some dark room in which the oxygen is slowly and mercilessly being extracted has changed.When listening to DOLORES, listeners are sure to get feeling that - after all these years - the shutters are being raised, the windows thrown open, fresh air and sunlight are flooding into the room. Quite by chance, the most natural thing in the world, cool, crisp and brazen." -Ipecac
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Label/Date: Ipecac, 2008
Genre: ambient jazz, avante-garde, minimalist
From: Germany
Similar/Related: Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation, Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble
Website : Myspace(fansite)

Murder City Devils - In Name And Blood

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Label/Date: Sub Pop, 2000
Genre: rock/punk/indie/hardcore, with electric organ
From: Seattle, Washington
Similar/Related: Drive Like Jehu, Rocket from the Crypt, Fugazi, Hot Snakes, Fucked Up, At the Drive-In, Big Business, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Dead Low Tide
Website : Myspace : Wiki