Compilation of all the late 70s material recorded by one of the best punk bands ever, California's The Urinals, who eventually morphed into 1000 Flowers. Classics abound from the ubiquitous "Ack Ack Ack Ack" to "Male Masturbation," "Salmonella," "I'm White and Middle Class" and "Last Days of Man on Earth." Check it out!
Negative Capability ... Check It Out! (1997)
The Lost Sounds - Lost Sounds (2004) 3/31/2008
The Lost Sounds - Lost Sounds
***whoa there, I am some kind of idiot. I posted this a day ago and completely mixed up the album titles... this here is the self-titled album: "Lost Sounds," it is not "Black Wave." If you downloaded it yesterday, you downloaded "Black Wave," an awesome album that I will repost soon. OK
A fantastic band from Memphis, Tennessee. They combined eerie new-wave, garage-rock, and black metal. Imagine a garage rock band with lots of creepy synthesizer lines and occasional black metal screaming and blast beats. S/T is a great Lost Sounds album, but it has almost none of the black metal vibe you hear on their other stuff.
The songs "There's Nothing," "I Get Nervous," and "I Sit and Watch" are all particularly awesome. Seriously catchy choruses all over the place. The Lost Sounds also features Jay Reatard on 50% of the vocals.
The Lost Sounds - Memphis Is Dead
The Lost Sounds - mislabeled song
VPRO radio interview... alicja is a cutie... jay's a dick
Indisputably unfuckwithable bootleg of the VU's performance at the Boston Tea Party on March 15th, 1969. The recording was taken directly from Lou's amp, such that each song becomes a storming instrumental guitar piece with drums, bass and vocals all muddy in the background. Classic. Amazing renditions of songs like "I'm Set Free" which I personally don't really like in the studio versions. Also featuring a 35-minute version of Heroin/Sister Ray and a 14-minute Run Run Run.
101 i can't stand it (5:49)
102 candy says (4:25)
103 i'm waiting for my man (7:04)
104 ferryboat bill (4:36)
105 i'm set free (4:51)
106 what goes on (7:39)
107 white light white heat (7:35)
108 beginning to see the light (5:28)
109 jesus (3:28)
201 heroin/sister ray (34:25)
202 move right in (4:15)
203 run run run (14:20)
204 foggy notion (7:09)
Material Daniel Menche contributed to various other compilations or released as singles between 1994 and 1999. Menche is one of the most interesting noise artists working these days, and this album is particularly interesting seeing as each track was designed to stand for itself rather than to be part of an album. His blog is awesome too. Support American noise.
The Business - The Best of the Business
Here's a band that went from sounding like The Jam to a big, burly Oi! band, and then back again... sorta. Strange phenomenon. "Product" and "Streets Where You Live" are great British punk songs. "Suburban Rebels" is a great Oi! song. A lot of these songs could pass for Clash b-sides, should be downloaded on that merit alone.
The Business - Do They Owe Us a Living? (Crass)
crawled out my momma's pussy, I'm on welfare, 26 years old, still on welfare
im dope like fucking heroin
Return To The 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version (1995)
Slagmaur (2006) Svin 3/26/2008
From their myspace: As the second wave of black metal rolled back, the scene has been filled with various types of metal that relates back to black metal, some good and some bad. Slagmaur was conceived in the late winter of 2006, mainly because the band's leader and composer, General Gribbsphiiser, wanted to make the kind of music he fell in love with when he grew up. Namely True Norweigian Black Metal.
The General spendt almost a year in search for that cold and hostile atmosphere, and to find that he had to forget all about technical guitar-riffs and blast-beats, and instead create his own style.
...you are now beeing introduced to a musical style and atmosphere that will revive the feelings you got to know back in the days when this genre was discovered, when it was at its coldest and most intense... Prepare yourself for a journey in time, which will take your mind and your body back to the time when the Second Wave Of Black Metal came crushing onto our shores..
Slagmaur makes ambient black metal in the vein of Burzum's albums before he got put in prison for killing Euronymous. They recently got plugged at the Norwegian Grammys by drummer Hellhammer (of Second Wave black metal band Mayhem) who wore one of their t-shirts on stage. Pretty great shit. Svin is one of three demos they released; their first album which came out last year is also great, though I don't know if any song they ever write will surpass "Heng Them Høyt."
Named from the Japanese words for vomiting (gero), diarrhea (geri) and the sound of doing both of those things simultaneously (gegege), the Gerogerigegege has been described by its creators as the "Japanese ultra shit band." The most idealized, the peak end point of the vomit-shit-noise aesthetic; Plato's vomit-shit-noise band, if you will. They've amassed a sizable discography across the spectrum of experimental music, sometimes abrasive and sometimes not, sometimes adhering to more conventional rock song structures and sometimes ignoring them completely. The only real constants are shit, vomit, and the band's trademark senzuri (male masturbation). There used to be a video on youtube of a performance in which one member of the band played drums while another screamed into the microphone with a vacuum cleaner attachment hooked onto his dick, but unfortunately it appears that this has been removed.
1993's Endless Humiliation is one of the more controlled pieces in the Gerogerigegege catalog, a disturbing ambient work built around field recordings of a drunk, homeless, probably demented man talking to himself (in Japanese) for an hour, augmented by piano and other effects. Sounds like a typical high-concept noise-art failure, but surprisingly it actually works pretty well and I think I prefer it to their more punk albums. You don't have to listen to dudes jack off on record, at least. A psychedelic journey to the center of the human spirit.
Endless Humiliation (1993)
"Indisputably unfuckwithable" is not an expression that I throw around casually. Indisputable unfuckwithability is a quality that transcends genres and generations, places and platitudes. This shit is our global heritage. It belongs to us collectively as human beings. When aliens come to earth and say, "show us," these albums will be among the things to be shown.
This list is not exhaustive. There are, of course, more than three indisputably unfuckwithable Wu albums.
Genius/GZA - Liquid Swords (1995)
Wu-Tang Clan - Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers (1993)
Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (1995)
This Grazhdanskaya Oborona album was the first appearance of the song "Everything is Going According to Plan," destined to be one of Letov's most famous creations, an absolute classic of global punk rock. On its face a satire of the Leninist-Marxists' asinine faith in historical inevitability, in the slow but irreversible march of the "wheel of history" (to use Stalin's favorite metaphor) towards global communism, the song taps into all those feelings of futility and overwhelming pessimism of disaffected youth all over the world, the inescapable nihilism imbibed just from interaction with the whole goddamned planet, the nihilism which is crushing but also liberating. Just Grandfather Lenin alone was a good leader, and all others were such shit, and all other enemies are such fools, demon-possessed snow was falling over our own motherland, I bought the magazine Korea, it's good there too, there they have Comrade Kim Il-Sung, there it's just the same as with us, I'm sure that with them it's nearly over and everything is going according to plan, everything is going according to plan, and during communism everything will be fucking awesome, we'll be there soon, it's necessary only to wait a little longer, there everything will be free, there everything will be an upper, there we probably won't even need to die, I woke up in the middle of the night and understood that everything is going according to plan.
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These are all good. Uzbekistani Bizzare & Souk is pretty abrasive, Silknoose has more hip-hop elements and Hamas Cinema Gaza Strip is a more "typical" Muslimgauze sound, the sort of thing he became known for among normals (pitchfork reviewed it, it got a 7-something I think). UB&S might be my favorite Muslimgauze album although it's certainly not one of the most accessible.
Uzbekistani Bizzare & Souk (1996/2002)
UB&S was released as a DAT tape cassette in 1996 and then reissued on CD in 2002 with four bonus tracks that had been omitted from the Izlamaphobia 1996 vinyl set. Those bonuses were later included on Izlamaphobia's CD reissue, so I have not included them here.
Hamas Cinema Gaza Strip (2002)
CDs were made in the States but the cover art inserts were printed in the Netherlands because Sony refused to produce any "political propaganda" for distribution.
Just good grooves on this one. Sounds kinda like Zuriff Moussa.
Anti-Heros - That's Right / Don't Tread On Me
The one great American Oi band. Working class punk rock about getting drunk and fighting people. The lyrics and vocals are the highlight of this band. There are many great songs on here... "Disco Riot," "The Young Loner," "You Can't Kill The Blues With a Gun," and "Hate Edge." Yes, they did spell heroes wrong.. fuck you
Throwing bottles at cars, smash in their windows,
Will I remember this tomorrow? Who fucking knows
Pig Destroyer - Painter of Dead Girls
Compilation of old Pig Destroyer EPs. Featuring covers of Helmet, The Dwarves, and The Stooges. Listen-able death/grind, recorded between 1999–2003. 16 Tracks in 20 minutes.
Muslimgauze - Abu-Dis (2000) 3/20/2008
This is a collection of remixes Muslimgauze did of material by other experimental and/or electronica artists (the Luke Vibert ones are especially funny). Like a lot of posthumous MG releases, it was discovered in the back closet of wherever he mailed it to. Some of the shit on here is among his best ("This Gun Is Still Bleeding Loaded"), other tracks are worth hearing just because of weird musical juxtapositions and flairs found nowhere else in his sprawling discography ("Each Tear of Fatima" has cheese-soul female vocals, singing in English!). Like with any Muslimgauze album, you need to have a certain character to enjoy it, but it is rewarding.
Killah Priest - Heavy Mental (1998) 3/19/2008
we followed goats, our nose and hella smoke, fire-breathin dragons, i rubbed the gold lantern to see the future through the crystal ball, the triple walls of fisher wants to miss the fall offence, see the coffin often i fell at the doorstop coughin, i heard the pipe organ, saw some men of a white origin, i saw Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, and George Bush barefoot suckin from the titties of a wolf upon the brazen altar six men offer they only daughter splashin holy water i ran for the camcorders now i'm plagued with curses i roam the earth's surface snatchin purses allergic to Catholic churches what's the purpose religious worship is worthless i visit ancient sanctuaries where saints were married but now they buried cuz of Satan's fury i faced the jury held in court like Christ nailed to a cross i front my knowledge like Christ in front of Pontius Pilate days of violent, standing in a haunted palace. The government wants my wallet.
(i'm the insect to your pie, the hair to your lie, do good to your mind, the question to your why, the wing to your fly, bone to your high, the dirt dog, i be the god, the tear to your cry)
House of Low Culture - Gettin' Sentimental
Aaron Turner is in Isis and runs Hydrahead Records. House of Low Culture is his one-man side project. This album is a 4-song collection of experimental ditties. The songs are very chill, sometimes foreboding, sometimes melodic. Pot smokers & people who are falling asleep will enjoy this. This was a vinyl-only release: 2x7", and only 1,200 copies pressed(out of stock), so that makes it cooler.
House of Low Culture
The Goslings (2008) Occasion 3/18/2008
Latest album by this husband-and-wife noiserock duo is really great, and man, how fucking stupid was I not to listen to them until now. Sludgy, droney noise with really unsettling wailing-sorta vocals. Awesome, awesome stuff.
Kids Soundtrack (1995) 3/18/2008
"Given his endless roster of side projects in addition to his main gig, Sebadoh, it would seem Lou Barlow just can't get enough of himself. But as the king of lo-fi, it's Lou's job to be a compulsive releaser of material. In committing so much to tape, Barlow gives us an intimate view of a songwriter in all his moods and various states of polish. Barlow appears on 9 of 13 cuts on the soundtrack of the much-discussed film Kids, mainly as part of a duo with John Davis called Folk Implosion. While there's a spare Sebadoh oldie ("Spoiled") and an angry punk exorcism from the four-man Deluxx Folk Implosion ("Daddy Never Understood"), mostly we hear Barlow in mellow dance mode with the groove-based Implosion. Over trancelike mechanical beats and synth effects that verge on ambient at times, Barlow delivers vocals in as plain and funky a style as a nerdy white boy can. It's a shame that songs like "Natural One" and "Wet Stuff" barely appear in the film; they create a perfect backdrop for Kids' confused adolescents. -Roni Sarig" (amazon.com)
Procol Harum (1969) A Salty Dog 3/16/2008
Bunch of great songs on here. Love "Crucifiction Lane."
A Salty Dog (1969)
Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO (2004) Does The Cosmic Shepherd Dream Of Electric Tapirs? 3/10/2008
Kleeb's post reminded me that AMT is currently touring the States. They play Baltimore the 22nd and Philadelphia on the 24th.
"Does The Cosmic Shepherd Dream Of Electric Tapirs?" is a pretty mellow album by Acid Mothers standards; it starts off with a bunch of spacey psych-folk tracks and ends with 18 minutes of ambient drone. Only on the second-to-last track, "Dark Star Blues," do they get down to what we really expect of them: a guitar apocalypse, for lack of a better expression. Listen to it.
Does The Cosmic Shepherd Dream Of Electric Tapirs? (2004)
Akron/Family - Love Is Simple (2007) 3/08/2008
On June 4, 1976, the Sex Pistols played their first show in Manchester. The energy was intense, and the crowd of roughly 42 was so inspired that they went on to form bands like the Buzzcocks, Joy Divison, The Fall, The Smiths, and others.
Last night at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, the crowd of 100 sat in the theatre-esque setting watching Brooklyn-based Akron/Family, the free-jazz, freak-folk, experimental project. After two songs, it was clear that Akron/Family was not vibing the seating. After some coaxing, they had the crowd standing, singing, clapping, and eventually crowded up front dancing and playing percussion along to the entire set. The energy was so high, and I felt the sort of inspiration that could only come from such an intimate setting with such a fantastic band.
The albums don't do the live show justice. How could you capture the ambient percussive jams fueled by crowd chanting? How can you capture the energy? The environment? The pure randomness of the situation?
I've uploaded their latest album Love Is Simple just to give an idea of what their live show involves. Of course, most of this is changed up live, but you still will get the idea
Spring Break 3/06/2008
Spring Break in NYC. No new posts from me this week. Maybe Tpot is still in the game? Who knows... he's a mysterious man
Posting semi-daily has taken its toll on my music library, so if you'd like to contribute here, leave a comment with your contact information and we'll get in touch. Thanks!
Black Lips - Let it Bloom (2005) 3/05/2008
Black Lips - Let it Bloom
I was going to post some Ride but it was released by an RIAA label so that's out. Instead here's Black Lips, a garage-punk group that sounds like they were recorded in a tin can. They're pretty cool. They've got a proto-punk/hippie vibe that is very nice. Check out "Not a Problem" and "Boomerang"
I'm going to see them over Spring break. Wikipedia says "The Black Lips have a reputation for crazy live shows that have included vomiting, urinating, nudity, band members kissing, fireworks, and a chicken," so I'm excited for that.
Veni Vidi Vici
Not A Problem
Muslimgauze - Lo-Fi India Abuse (1999) 3/04/2008
"Okay, imagine a B science fiction movie circa 1950 from the Middle East. That is an apt description of this music. Sometimes the idea of something is better than the execution of something. This is not going to be everyone's piece of cake but it is still eatable."
"This is one of the most varied Muslimgauze releases around, and I've heard a lot of them. Heavy hand drumming, big dub basslines, crackling dropouts and disorienting delayed dropouts make for a mesmerizing listening odyssey. Many Muslimgauze releases are sort of 'thematic', in the sense that they stick to one basic style, tempo, or groove structure, but not Lo-Fi; it's got a great variety of tempos and textures, but definitely stays on the beat side - Arabic/electro futurepast! Terrific production and mastering. This one's a must! To all those who think 'you've heard one Muslimgauze, you've heard them all' - forget it. Check this out!"
"Possibly the baddest track on the disc, Dust of Saqqara drags a glowing meteorite out from under Zoser's step pyramid, cracks it open, and slowly gets the glowing green ooze all over the place. Android Cleaver resurrects Eldridge as a loping automaton blazing like Westworld. Dogon tabla calls the Great Fish God out of the deep with sweet, aquafied keyboard trills, and Nommos' Afterburn sends him back to the Sirius system with rocket fuel burning hot, white, and deafeningly loud."
One of the first posthumous MG releases. Quotes above are from customer reviews on amazon. This is one of my favorite albums.
Lo-Fi India Abuse (1999)
Kommunizm - Steel Suleyman (1988) 3/02/2008
Polling stations in Kaliningrad, in the westernmost of Russia's 11 time zones, ended at 2pm EST today, finishing the presidential election and the second presidential transition since the fall of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991. The election was preceded by a year of political drama that saw the crushing of a number of opposition protests and the jailing of their leaders, the legalization and re-criminalization of anti-Kremlin parties, and the last-minute disqualification of legitimately independent candidate Mikhail Kasyanov (a Western-style liberal) on technicalities. Russian citizens were given the choice between Putin's chosen successor Dmitri Medvedev and three fakers actually loyal to the Kremlin, of which two are regarded as comic figures and/or repulsive human beings (Gennady Zyuganov for the Communist Party of the Russian Federation and Vladimir Zhirinovsky for the Liberal-Democratic Party of Russia, despite its name actually an ultra-nationalist pseudo-fascist organization) and one total nobody whose campaign was built on a non-issue (Andrei Bogdanov for Democratic Russia, fighting to bring Russia into the EU, as if the EU would accept them). Medvedev, with all the propaganda machinery of the Russian government at his disposal, obviously sweeped the vote with about 70%.
In some ways it's an ambiguous victory, as expected as it was. While political rights have been pretty blatantly cut down during the Putin years, his policies have also been oriented on building a strong class of small-business owners in Russia, something unthinkable during the Yeltsin years when Russian society had a distinctly Sicilian feel. In the long run the demographic shifts under Putin could arguably foster a more stable and effective democracy, assuming that the authoritarian machinery Putin has built disappears and lets democracy take over once its job is done -- something that seems unlikely given Russian history, but has happened in other places. Regardless, though space for optimism remains, it's hardly a time to be celebrating.
Russia's loss is your gain, since I'm uploading another Soviet protest psych-punk album to mark the occasion.
I posted a Yegor Letov album two weeks ago on the day he was buried, and today I'm posting one from another Grazhdanskaya Oborona side-project, Kommunizm (Коммунизм, "Communism"). Kommunizm was Letov, long-time collaborator Konstantin Ryabinov and producer Oleg Sudakov, and existed solely in the studio. It was an outlet for Letov and Ryabinov to satisfy the experimental urges they couldn't in a live setting, and also to make use of a vast library of Soviet pop culture recordings to make collage-art. The result was an avant-garde psychedelic project incorporating outsider folk, ambient, weird spoken interludes in funny voices, and even old Soviet show tunes. Liner notes list Franz Kafka, Trotsky, and the Ramones as members of the band.
This album, Sulejman Stalskij (Сулейман Стальский, "Steel Suleyman" -- the name of a Dagestani poet but also an obvious pun on Stalin) is their second, a concept album built around the dictator. It's probably the most conceptually coherent album of the project.
Sorry I posted all that, but goddamnit, I care.
Modest Mouse - Interstate 8 EP (1996) 3/02/2008
Modest Mouse - Interstate 8
Interstate 8 is an out-of-print EP by Modest Mouse. The first few songs you may recognize from their other CDs. They're all good, but the highlight of this EP is "Edit the Sad Parts," an awesome 7-minute song that was never re-released. I would put it in my Top-5 Modest Mouse songs, and I say that as someone who has obsessed over every album this band has put out.
Tracks 6-11 are from the excellent Live in Sunburst Montana demo, which was recorded in a garage, but sounds really cool.
If you're a fan of the band, this is required listening. There are so many forgotten jems on this EP it's absurd.
1. Interstate 8
2. All Night Diner
5. Edit the Sad Parts
6. Beach Side Property (demo)
7. Buttons to Push the Buttons (demo)
8. Novocain Stain (demo)
9. Broke (demo)
10. Whenever I Breathe Out, You Breathe In (demo)
11. Edit the Sad Parts (demo)
Baby Elephant (2007) Turn My Teeth Up! 3/01/2008
#1 album of 2007. "Turn My Teeth Up!" details loosely the quest of Newkirk and Prince Paul to learn the meaning of the Funk from guru/mystic Bernie Worrell, the "Jimi Hendrix of keyboards," formerly of Parliament-Funkadelic and the Talking Heads. The album stalls a little bit on tracks like "Cool Runnings" and "If You Don't Wanna Dance," but the transcendent psych-hop groove on songs like "Even Stranger," "How Does The Brain Wave" and "Baby Elephants-n-Thangs" is totally unfuckwithable. Featuring appearances from figures like George Clinton, David Byrne and Nona Hendryx.
"Oh, I get it now, Master Bernie, it's inside!"
"That's right, sucker. Funk transcends all styles."
Turn My Teeth Up! (2007)