Saturday, January 31, 2015
Well you had to see this comin'.
How could I talk about Diablo Guapo, and not put 'er here for your consuming pleasure.
It was either this or a "Weird Al" Yankovich album. Seriously...who doesn't love Weird Al?
(Homestead - 1989)
*Anyway, also, not that anyone but me pays attention to this shit but me, this is my biggest, by volume month doing staticfraction so far. Past months I hovered around 25-30 posts a month, averaging a post a day.
Weak sauce! This post will put us at a cool 50 posts. (Quantity over quality?... Probably). But that means I'm working hard for you mo-fos! (It's all downhill from here). And I may as well crank out the posts now cuz, you know, I'll probably get burned out down the road and stop doing this. That seems to be the nature of blogging, right?.. But for now there's no stopping in sight....I may not hit 50 every month, but let's keep cranking!!
DL: DIABLO GUAPO
There really needs to be more Bastro up in these bloggity parts. I put one album up here. But I can do better. Here's a 7" single from their "Diablo Guapo" album, with an exclusive B-side. Oooooh. B-sides!...for all you nerds out there. (Myself included).
The formalities: Bastro features members that were in/around/drank, and were part of Squirrel Bait, Bitch Magnet, Gastr Del Sol, Seam, Red Krayola, Tortoise, etc, etc. Bastro was the earliest, rawest and rockin-est stuff from all those bands. They actually borrowed alot from Albini/Rapeman/Big Black to influence their sound and style. Why not right? Get it nerds!
(Homestead Records - 1989)
DL: SHOOT ME A DEER 7"
Actually I have a few requests I need to get to.... but up first...
So this month was a big 'ol month for our big man Tad. With all the singles I posted here and here. Oh, and here. I was getting around to this eventually, the first Tad album. The Tad wristwatch album. Big arms. Big sound. Little watch. There's probably a story behind it. But I never asked.
Anyway, Seattle way back in 1988-89 (pre-grunge era) Sub Pop had balls!...so they released more balls!... God's Balls...And this was some of the heaviest shit out there. Shit that wasn't metal anyway. I heard stories that Tad would stage dive every once in a while. That does not sound fun. I'd rather watch the big man stay on stage and blast our faces off. Behemoth!...muthafucka!!
(Sub Pop - 1989)
DL: GODS BALLS
Friday, January 30, 2015
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
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
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
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?
The Blind Shake
(Amrep - 2014)
DL: DOPE GUNS VOL. 13
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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"
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
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
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
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)
Sunday, January 25, 2015
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)
Have always been a fan of these fellers, but haven't listened to this in a while. Still holds up. Dirgy, dirty, greasy and grimey noise rock...just the way you like it (or not) ... from Australia's King Snake Roost. This is there 2nd full length album. The bass in this is ridiculous good. And the album art is spot on. Features members that were in Lubricated Goat, Bushpig, Bloodless and Grong Grong. So there.
(Aberrant/Amrep - 1989)
DL: THINGS THAT PLAY
Friday, January 23, 2015
Kudgel were a criminally underrated/unknown and short-lived noise rock band from Boston, MA who broke up in 1994. With only a handful of EPs, this is a compilation of basically everything. Amrep style 'chimp-rock' with unmistakeably and recognizable strained vocals, and spastic, overblown numbingly loud guitars.
Get your primate action swingin!
(Super 8 Records - 2000)
DL: CHIMP IS DEAD
Thursday, January 22, 2015
OK so most of you probably know by now, I'm a huge Steel Pole fan. Although I'm still relatively slacking on getting all of their shit up here on the blog. But I aim to fix that...starting from the beginning. This is SPBTs very first EP, We Own Drrrills from 1987, and a word of warning...it sounds very different from what they eventually evolve into. If you're new to them, I would start with Tulip or Butterfly Love first. But for die hard fans with a completest nature to have 'everything', then this needs to be added to the collection.
(Self released - 1987)
DL: WE OWN DRRRILLS
Instrumental chaotic nuttiness from U SCO, a 3 piece from Portlandia, OR. These guys have all the start/stop, off kilter time changes, and...well...chaotic nuttiness, that would make the biggest Don Caballero fan shit his/her favorite math formula pajamas. Punk noise that's mathy-er than a roomful of mathematicians at a number theory and calculator convention. Luckily you don't need an abacus to figure out how many times to click to acquire this. Go on, add it up.
(New Atlantis - 2014)
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Bewitched was a project formed by former Sonic Youth drummer Bob Bert who was also in Pussy Galore and the Chrome Cranks. You can read more here. The album actually features a drum machine, and has an experimental and industrial noise sounding thing going on, not unlike Distorted Pony, Big Black, and/or Cop Shoot Cop. Despite the cover art that you would have skimmed right past in the $1 bin at a jazz record store, this is pretty obscure and an 11 on the cool shit-o-meter. You'll get this if you know what's good for you.
(No. 6/Rough Trade Records - 1990)
DL BRAIN ERASER
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
So I admit, the first time I listened to this 2nd album by Mansura, Louisiana's White Spot I was like, yeah its ok. Maybe cuz I was preoccupied with my animal cadaver stuffing hobby on the weekend. The formaldehyde really gets to you.
Anyway, with a fuzzy head and rubber gloves, I threw it on again. And when the 4th song, 'Counting Steps' came on, I was like, damn this is totally a Steel Pole Bath Tub sounding song. Now the rest of the album doesn't sound like the Steel Pole fellers per se, although the songs vary from experimental and trudging like Steel Pole, to hardcore/noise pounding, similar to KEN mode or Dillinger Escape Plan with almost metal vocals at times. Crrrush!
DL: FATHER SONGS
Continuing with more 90s rock!! Pachinko from Madison, Wi, put out a slew of 7"s on a bunch of random labels before moving on over to AltTent (ha) to do this 3 song, ear-pummeling shredder. Dirgy, distorto-noise punks, kicking your ass sideways, round and round and upside-down! Bend over and take yours!
(Alternative Tentacles - 1996)
DL: EL DIABLO 7"
Monday, January 19, 2015
So all I should really have to say about these guys, is that they did a split 7" with Big'n and that ought to be enough to perk those odd shaped ears of yours. But I will tell you that this mathy/post-punk/noise band from Indianapolis, IN was active in the early to mid 90's and put out 2 full lengths and 2 singles. That too could be enough. But I will also tell you that if you dig, Big'n (duh), Shellac, Killdozer, and Mule, then that should most certainly be enough for you to want to schnnnaaag this up. Essential!
Do it pointy ears!!
(Grass Records - 1995)
DL: EL TORO
Degreaser is a dirge rock, pig fuck band outta Brooklyn and they dirty and sloppy it up like the bad taste in your mouth the next morning after a night of drinking gasoline, chewing on rusted steel wires and gargling battery acid. Yeah that's how it is at my house. C'mon by.
(Negative Guest List - 2011)
DL: BOTTOM FEEDER
Sunday, January 18, 2015
The Lady Skins (Swansea, UK) lay waste to your ugly asses with nasty and vicious noise rock in the vein of Cherubs, Young Widows and Blacklisters. You dig those, you dig this.... Dig? Check out their earlier EP on the bandcamp page too. Go on. Whadda ya got to lose? Punk.
(Self released - 2014)
DL: LADY SKINS EP
More rock from Oakland, CA. This one is actually recorded by one of the dudes from Replicator, you know, those dudes from a recent post.
Anywho, Ovipositor plays a mix of avant-garde, and experimental noodling, to straight on, angular indie noise. Like a mix of Hot Snakes, Silkworm, and any number of bands on Skin Graft. Who-yaah!
(New, Improved Recording - 2011)
DL: TIPPING POINT
Friday, January 16, 2015
Swear Jar (Cincinnati) play bombastic, hardcore rock, garnished with unexpected transitions. A trio that exude intensity and play with the subtlety of a blunt object to the skull. The band’s rhythm section plays a prominent role in their sound: heavy, jangly, ropy bass lines are set to a unique hybrid of George Hurley and Todd Trainer drumming styles driving counter-intuitive song structures. This foundation underlines chaotic guitar-work which dynamically veers on and off the rails, sparking dissonance and ingenuity. For fans of Amphetamine Reptile’s noisiest and most abrasive work, NoMeansNo, Shellac, Minutemen and Crucifucks.
(Phratry Records - 2011)
SWEAR JAR BANDCAMP
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Replicator was a killer noise rock band from Oakland, CA from the early 2000s to 2008 before they hung up their spurs for different projects. They have a slew of releases which I think you all will like and are all worth mentioning. Sonically, they are a hefty mix of Tar, Distorted Pony, Glazed Baby, and Shellac. See I told you you would like. Here are 4 albums / EPs that you should snag up for your noise rock archive right now. Some of these are free from their Bandcamp. It's a game, go ahead, figure out which ones. Spin the chamber!
(Radio Is Down - 2000-2008)
DL: WHANGBAR PROVINCE
DL: MACHINES WILL ALWAYS LET YOU DOWN
DL: YOU ARE UNDER SURVEILANCE
DL: "" EP
2 piece hardcore/noise rock from Xnoybis from France. They have a pretty in-your-face aggressive blast which reminds me of Ladder Devils, Fight Amp or Kowloon Walled City. They also have a split with Pord so check that out as well. Godflesh has a record called Xnoybis, which these guys sound nothing like Godflesh, but thought I'd mention it anyway.
(Prototype Records - 2010)
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
2 killer heavies (6 songs) with jumbo sound (ha, see what I did there?) in the vein of Don Caballero, Table, Six Horse and Slughog. Jumbo comes from the steel town of Pittsburgh, PA. Their first EP was 'Peppering the Absurdity' on Team Skinny records in 1996. Then they released the 4 song, 'Smother Party' on Peas Kors the next year in '97. Yes, you need these. I wouldn't steer you wrong.
(Team Skinny - 1996 / Peas Kor - 1997)
DL: 2 JUMBO JUMBO EPS
Here's a quick little split record for ya from Snappy Little Numbers Quality Audio Recordings.
Say that 10 times fast!
Glass Hits (Denver, CO) do 2 songs. Accordion Crimes (also Denver, CO) does 1 song.
3 rock blasts! Enjoy! Because I said so!
(Snappy Little Numbers - 2014)
DL: GLASS HITS ACCORDION CRIMES
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
So I have music in the queue for posting usually. Either a draft saved or just a note in my small little noggin, (Self, you should post that cool record you just heard. People would dig it). Yes a weird twisted little order of things that sometimes goes that way, and sometimes not.
This is one of those cases where I had been planning to post this, but somehow a 1000 other albums said,
"Hey, look at me!", and distracted me.
Anyway I'm here to rectify. A suggestion from a fine visitor in the comments section reminded me from this link, to get THIS, balls out, no-nonsense, punch to the gut, noise rawk record on the blog pronto!! So I did. Enjoy.
Side note: This is one of (if not the last) Amrep record with this kind of cover art. Before Haze started doing the linocut covers. A little knowledge for your next trivia game at home with the family.
(Amphetamine Reptile - 2010)
DL: GOLD MAGIC
Basement (Libourne, France) has been kicking out the noise-rock jams since the mid-90s. If you like Jesus Lizard, Unsane, Distorted Pony, Cop Shoot Cop and Fugazi in a big concoction to consume, then you should slurp this down. This is their latest, 4-song 12" EP, which rocks! But don't stop there. As always, please sample their bandcamp cocktail menu for other great noise rock beverages to get your head fuzzy in the right way. Cheers!
(Day Off/Some Produkt - 2014)
Monday, January 12, 2015
Hey hey, first release (here anyway) of 2015. And its a good 'un. Coma In Algiers (Austin, TX) makes some gnarly, kozmic, mutant, combustible, scuzztastic noise punk. Lots of chaotic guitars whipping around your head, with fuzzed out bass, pounding drums and distorto vocal action rattling your shaky bones. They have the right mix that would have out them on a Trance Syndicate album. Maybe its the Texas in them. Go big!
(A Wicked Company - 2015)
DL: HAPPY FOREVER
Jaws was a heavy, sludgy and rumbling noise punk band from Milwaukee, WI, not unlike Eyehategod or Buzzoven. This 2-song 7" is out of print, but snag the digital files here. Big amps, lots of booze and drugs and stomach rumbles. ya dig?
(Red Swan - 2001)
Southend on Sea, England based indie-noise punks, Fashoda Crisis, album from 2014, has a pretty long album title. Takes me back to my punk days as a youth when all the SNFU albums titles had 7 words. This beats those by a few. But not quite as much as Chumbawumba which has 865 characters. So there you go...the one to beat.
So having just heard of these guys, I'm pleasantly surprised to find they have quite a few releases to check out (and with shorter album titles). And they're all worth your time. Musically they have a Minutemen, Future of the Left, Mclusky thing going on, with almost Pixies style vocals spazzing out.
So don't be entirely average. Go on...click away!
NOT ENTIRELY AVERAGE BANDCAMP LINK
Sunday, January 11, 2015
So here's another one of those bands and albums that I heard a while back and meant to post, but somehow my slack-ass dropped the ball. Must have been when I was training for that hot dog eating contest. Ah well, doesn't mean this thing expired or anything. You can still enjoy it now the same as if you did 6 months ago.
So that being said, Berline0.33 are from France and make a solid noise ruckus. 'The Abyss' is their 4th release and 2nd full length mambo-jambo which hits that sonic sweet spot. Guitars buzzsawing back and forth, and bass and drums swaying and rolling in a way that would make a Shellac cover band sweat with envy. Get this shit now. I'm gonna grab a hot dog.
(Rejuvenation - 2014)
DL: THE ABYSS WILL GAZE BACK
Friday, January 9, 2015
This was submitted by the band, and if my sketchy memory serves, I'm pretty sure I had it in the queue ready to post at some point. But somewhere along the way I spaced out, and forgot to do so. So here's to fixing shit.
So Missiles of October (Bruxelles, Belgium) lay it down and blow you away from the git go! Loud, angry, dirty, sludgy with some hardcore overtones! Gruff vocals, and chunky, Helmet-like riffs bash you over and over, as each new track continues an assault as soon as the previous track ends.
And when track 10 "Dead Body" starts a-chug-a-chugging, tell me you can't help comparing Judas Priest "You Got Another Thing Comin". Yeah!!. Get your armor and hotties with artillery, its time for battle!!
(At War With False Noise/Dingleberry/Pogo - 2014)
DL: DON'T PANIC
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Dog Faced Hermans were Anarcho punks from the UK who played angular and unorthodox instrumentation. They were around from 1986-1995, releasing a bunch of albums and a handful of singles before moving on to other projects like Rhythm Activism and The Ex.
This 2-song single definitely has that late 80's/early 90s punk sound, but with some added jangly-noise, similar to Birthday Party, Wipers or X (not the LA punk band with John Doe and Exene) the Australian X.
Must have stuff.
(Konkurrel - 1990)
DL: DOG FACED RED TICKER
Tad. Salt Lick. Well of course. Yes please. I'll take another heaping, unhealthy helping. Doctors may tell you to reduce or cut back, but I say go for it. You only live once right?
Warning: will not lower your cholesterol or blood pressure.
DL: SALT LICK
Good 'n heavy, start and stop wrock from a band called Hazerai from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Like a mix of Shorty, Drive Like Jehu, and Fugazi. The DL link consists of 2 EPs, both of which you can check out on their bandcamp page.
They have another EP called The Castle EP. And considering these guys are pretty obscure, makes it pretty damn hard to find. But I'll continue the search and let you know what I come up with.
(Cape and Chalice - 2007/2010)
DL: HAZERAI 2 EPS
BANDCAMP: PALACE EP
BANDCAMP: 911852618 EP
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
I know there's more Tad singles than the last 2 posts. Maybe someday I'll get around to the rest.
Don't forget the Damaged split with Pussy Galore already posted too.
Okedoke, here's singles collection numba 2 from Tad:
- Salem / Welt / Leper (Sub Pop - 1992)
- Obscene Hand / Kevorkians Holiday (Amrep - 1997)
- Oppenheimers Pretty Nightmare / Accident On the Way to Church (Up - 1999)
- Pale Corkscrew / Leafy Incline (Futurist - 1993)
DL: TAD SINGLES 02
Been meaning to get some collections of singles on the blog, and here's a band that needs no lengthy or snarky description. Tad and 4 early singles, most of which on Sub Pop.
- Daisy / Ritual Device (Sub Pop - 1988)
- Live: Assmaster / Wood Goblins (Bootleg - 1989)
- Jack Pepsi CD single: Jack Pepsi / Eddie Hook / Pig Iron / Plague Years (Sub Pop - 1990)
- Loser / Cooking With Gas (Sub Pop - 1990)
DL: TAD SINGLES 01
From Paris, France, comes Enob (Bone backwards?) and their newest effort "Demer Dezvous' released right towards the end of 2014. Wasn't familiar with their stuff before but I like it. They blend spacey/shoegazery guitars like Young Widows, with industrial tinged textures like a Distorted Pony, with chaotic feedbacking and caterwauling spasms like a Arab on Radar or Ed Hall mix. Electrocutes the nervous system...in a good way.
DL: ENOB BANDCAMP
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Not sure how I made it this far without posting this precious gem of a jewel of a treasure. 2 killer 90s noyse rock bands, Karp (Olympia, Wa) and Rye Coalition (Jersey City, New Joisy), coming together for a split, and also to split your skull open. Originally a 12" released in 1995 with less songs, this CD version has more. More is better right? I mean why the hell wouldn't you want more? Jeez, that's just a bunch of crazy talk. Don't be crazy. Get this now!
(Troubleman Unlimited - 1997)
DL: KARP AND RYE ARE GREAT
Australian noiserawk from Deaf Wish. This is their 3rd album and was actually a CDr released back in 2007 originally. Theeeen they re-released a small run of 250 with artwork in 2011 on Radio Records...aaaaand nooooow re-re-released on Homeless records in 2014. Whew. Got that?
Also, they recently put out a 7" by some label called Sub Pop. Some small label that will probably fizzle out in a few months.
This shit will smack you around til you're bloody and leave you in the desert for the buzzards to munch.
(Radio Records/Homeless - 2007/2014)
DL: DEAF WISH
Monday, January 5, 2015
Split 7" from noise rock hitters Tunic and Conduct, both from Winnipeg, Canada. Apparently there are 500 copies of these bad-boys floating around, but I haven't been able to find a physical copy. Maybe you have to live in Canada to own one.
Anywho, this is Tunic's first recording, a killer noise rock blast-o-rama. And the Conduct song comes from their 'Fear and Desire' album, due out early 2015 on Public Tone. Oh, and its recorded by Mr. Steve Albini too, so you know the noisy/post-rock action you're getting into. Capturing the spirit of 90's Touch and Go and Dischord sounds, this makes me excited for the new album and more. Krack-ka-pow!
(Public Tone - 2014)
LISTEN ON SOUNDCLOUD
Had this in the hopper before the Holidays and never got around to posting it. Better late than never right? Actually checked to make sure they didn't have something newer by the time I got to this.
Noisy, sludge punk band from West Michigan (Grand Haven, Muskegon).
Ex-members of Rough Rope/The Nain Rouge and Idol and the Whip.
This is their 6-song demo. Check 'er out.
(Self-released - 2014)
DL: THEM TEETH