Friday, January 30, 2015

TRUMANS WATER - SPASM SMASH XXXOXOX OX AND ASS (1993)




















Trumans Water (San Diego, CA) is/was one of those bands that has put out like 20 albums, yet always seems to fly under the radar and get lost within those gagillian other 90s indie rock bands. But they are not just another average indie rock band. No sir. This is their 2nd album, and this shit gets experimental, and noisy, and awesome as shit my friend. Like a chaotic noise rock concoction, taking parts and pieces from Sonic Youth, Fugazi, Unwound, and Space Streakings. Or who knows, maybe they're bigger than I realize. Either or, take the manic ride for yourself without protective gear and get ass spasm smashed. Xoxo.
(Homestead Records - 1993)

DL: SPASM SMASH

DŸSE - DAS NATION (2014)




















So apparently these guys are pretty big. Not 'Weird Al' Yankovich big. But big in the loud, aggressive indie noise rock spectrum big. I'm just hearing 'em for the first time, and I'm diggin' it.
This is the new album from duo, 2-piece, what-have-you, from Germany's Dyse. They have quite a few records out actually, which I've been checking out. If you're unfamiliar, this is a great record to start with. Vocals go back and forth between English and German, and the music is tight, full and solid, like a Helmet record. Because of the 2 member thing I could compare Gay Witch Abortion or Lightning Bolt, but the record is diverse, getting math noodly at times, but mostly, they lay it down and blast through your skull and chest. Like a mix of KEN mode, Whores, or Black Tusk maybe.
And its on Cargo... What's that?... Cargo?.. Didn't realize they were still around. Well I'm getting old, and still think of Rocket From the Crypt on Cargo. So there ya go. I need to get out more.
(Cargo Records - 2014)

DL: DAS NATION

Thursday, January 29, 2015

LUSTRE KING - SHOOT THE MESSENGER (1999)




















Experimental and mostly instrumental meld of straight-up spine-tingling body-shaking rock and ambient moods, loops, and encircling blips beeps and screams. Math rock infused science, combining beautiful noise and all-out aggressive indie rock from Chicago's now defunct Lustre King.
These guys were around in the 90s and put out a few releases before moving on to other things. Mainly Mike Lust has a recording studio (Phantom Manor) and records lots of bands I'm sure you've heard. He also plays in Tight Phantoms as well. This record is pure genius.
(Southern Records - 1999)

DL: SHOOT THE MESSENGER

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

DOPE, GUNS 'N FUCKING IN THE STREETS VOL 13 (2014)




















Finally got around to ripping this bad boy.
Ahhhhh the Dope Guns series from Amrep Industries. One of the greatest inventions to the world since the wheel and telephone (and maybe the whiskey and Coke). You know what its all about. This is the newest installment, lucky numba 13, a limited edition 3x7" monster beast. Complete with 10 bands giving you 10 knuckle sammiches! ...Where's Dr. Sphincter?

Big Business
The Blind Shake
Useless Children
feedtime
hepa/Titus
Whores
Die Nerven
Seawhores
CTMF
No Anchor
(Amrep - 2014)

DL: DOPE GUNS VOL. 13

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

BRAIN HANDLE - SMILING 7" (2008)




















Out of print 7" from Brain Handle. 2 short noise punk blasts for ya...Imagine a mixtape of Pissed Jeans playing Articles Of Faith covers blasting out of the car windows on the best road trip you've ever been on. Breathe in the methane, nitrous oxide and iron magnetite mixture.
(Iron Lung - 2008)

DL: SMILING 7"
BANDCAMP

COLOSSAMITE / WHITE TORNADO SPLIT 7" (1998)




















2 bad ass noise rock kicks to the solar plexus on one slab 'o wax. White Tornado was from Italy. Colossamite was from Minneapolis, MN and had a bunch of stuff on Skin Graft records. If you dig U.S Maple, Dazzling Killmen, Big'n, Arab in Radar, then chances are you'll be into this. Whoo-waaah!
(Free Land Records - 1998)

DL: COLOSSAMITE WHITE TORNADO SPLIT

Monday, January 26, 2015

GAZER - FAKE BULBS EP / PHONE COMMERCIAL EP (2013/2014)














2 EPs with 4 songs each from Gazer out of Cincinnati, OH. So count 'em. That's 8 songs.
Good heavy hard ass-kickin shit. Part post-punk, part hardcore, part noise rock. Thick, furious bass, distorted and strangulated vocals, and hyper-ripping drums with whiplash transitions.
Apparently there is a christian rock band called Gazer as well, so don't make that mistake.
(Phratry Records - 2014)

DL: PHONE COMMERCIAL
DL: FAKE BULBS

MUSHMIND - ADULT INTERESTS (2014)




















4 piece from Tampa, Florida, Mushmind deliver their debut LP of weird and almost dark, brand of noise punk to your earwax canals. The vocals are low and growly. And the music is just snotty (in a good way. Not like my nose last weekend with the cold I caught). I can hear Black Flag in there, only without the Greg Ginn guitar plucking...and add a strange mix of Pissed Jeans, Shaved Women, Die Kreuzen and something on Skin Graft. Yeah, that should do the trick.
(Self-released - 2014)

DL: ADULT INTERESTS

PYLONE / MAGNETO SPLIT (2014)




















Split 10" record from Pylone and Magneto, 2 bands out of France. 4 songs. 2 songs each.
Mid-tempo, angular post-rock/ minimal noise rock type stuff. Magneto leans almost to the dark wave side, while Pylone gets in there with some New Brutalism/Shellac kinda stuff. You come here, you know the drill.
(Bruisson/Some Produkt/Gabu - 2014)

BANDCAMP

Sunday, January 25, 2015

STEEL POLE BATH TUB - UNLISTENABLE (2002)


















Had to do it.... Still riding that Steel Pole Bath Tub train.
This was their last record. They signed a contract. Recorded. And submitted it to their label. The label refused to release it calling it "Unlistenable". So it was released on CD on 0 to 1 Recodings in 2002, before Permanent Records realized how good it was, and gave it a proper vinyl release in 2010. That's the story & I'm sticking to it.
(0 to 1/Permanent - 2002/2010)

DL: UNLISTENABLE