I’m thinking of doing a weekly, maybe monthly, playlist on Spotify and sharing it here with my ‘insights’ into the tunes. could be a stimulating curation or at least an entertaining time waster! anyway that’s for another time. today I want to mention how psyched I am about a few things.
The Bardo Pond side project Vapour Theories , comprised of guitarists John Gibbons and Michael Gibbons (they are brothers), has a new release coming out called “Celestial Scuzz”. It’s on Fire Records, going to be a nice gold vinyl dropping late February next year, which actually isn’t that far now that it’s Dec. 1 today. There is a track you can preview on the bandcamp site -‘Breaking Down (The Portals Of Hell)’-and it’s a spacey 7 min track, leaving you fuzzy around the edges and able to breathe little deeper. Definitely looking forward to hearing the full album.
Here are a few fun mixes to dive into. I love a good mix to take my mind off the pressure of choosing the next track or record to play. In this case, someone else has done it for you! and with good music you’re probably going to like. Ok, 1. Richie Records 2. Spliff Mountain Mix 8 3. Brian Turner Show 4. Shit & Shine’s monthly NTS radio show. Enjoy.
There was a lot to pay attention to in 2020. Keeping away from people and not going to shows made the music scene weird. but if you had a computer and half a brain there was still a shit ton of ways to get into new music. here are some of my favorites of 2020. i’ve added links to bandcamp
Luminous Bodies released a new record last week called “Nah Nah Nah Yeh Yeh Yeh”. It was released on Box Records, For some background (taken from Rich Wilson/Spotify) Luminous Bodies is a trio of rad musicians formed in London. OK so power group of dudes creating monster RIFFS. and with hard hitting psychedelic sounds. Terminal Cheesecake, Part Chimp, and Apes Fight Back are other bands they are involved with. Anyway their new record starts off strong with a 7min track called ‘Sykes’. ‘Hey! You!’ comes next and has a pretty strong am rep vibe in a good way. I like that this kind of music is still being made, evolving into something that is accessible and wild as well. digging the vibe of this and as it progresses it’s enjoyable/exciting listening. minus ‘i’m not leaving’ which had vocal effects that scared me hahah. ‘Fuck the Beatles’ is my favorite so listen to that one first for a good feel of the rest of the record. and ‘Gut Reaction’ concludes the record and it is a 10min track worth the time it takes,pretty good track to get into! I would go see Luminous Bodies live for sure. Thanks for reading!
Angels in America have released a full length record called Uptown Funk. I’ve been listening to it for a few weeks now and it’s super entertaining. This music warps your brain in a good way. There’s trashy strung out vocals and heavy rhythmic noise. There’s some melody but I wouldn’t really hum along. The track list doesn’t matter cause each one is a gem. This fiercely independent duo has achieved a psych-noise-_vaguely_narcotic- punk sound that’s unlike anything I’ve heard. It’s impressive and worth your time. Bass heavy too, sounds great on the record player. Get the mp3s to feel real weird and awesome in public. Song to try first- Cool Nude Luke
West Kensington Ministry is an old church in Philadelphia that is a beautiful place to see a show. On May 4th Sunburned Hand of the Man, Bardo Pond, and Imarhan performed. The place has awesome lighting and no matter where you sat there was a good view. Not to mention behind the stage is a massive organ and pipes.
Sunburned Hand of the Man is a collective group of musicians from MA and they started off the night. They played space rock type jams. There were really cool distorted vocals which I thought really upped the intensity of the songs. Along with guitar and bass, there were 2 drummers and a synthesizer, also a violin. Very cool group and I enjoyed how at some points the music got pretty noisy but you could still hear the different instrumental elements.
Bardo Pond played next. They started off the night with a song from “Peri” called ‘Karwan’. Listening to it live was intense.. It’s pretty heavy and awesome the way it flows. It was wonderful to watch Isobel on stage groovin, but she really shone during the rest of the set. That’s because of her beautiful vocals. Bardo Pond played material from some of their more recent releases, including ‘Kali Yuga Blues’ off “Peace on Venus” and ‘Cried My Eyes Out’ off “Under the Pines”. One of the highlights of the set was Moment to Moment, which tonight had different lyrics interspersed throughout and was extended in length quite a bit. I felt like it was an intimate experience being in the church and watching Bardo Pond perform, they have such good chemistry and cohesion.
Imarhan from Algeria rounded out the night. They are a large musical group and performed their unique set of deserty blues rock. The rhythm section was sensational. It really added an upbeat sound to the songs. The guitar had a nice warm tone. I liked how confident they were as musicians, it was really inspiring and a positive experience listening to a young group of people carry on an old music tradition.
Familia de Lobos release a self titled album on Riot Season Records this winter. It has 7 tracks and clocks in at 40 min. Familia de Lobos as described on their bandcamp page:
“Familia De Lobos (translates to Family Of Wolves) are a psychedelic rock band formed in 2016 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.” From the moment you put on the album you can feel the shamanistic vibe, this is a tribal album with soothing psychedelic notes that speak to the soul. I felt the music in my heart. The album is chock full of traditional aboriginal instruments as well as standard percussion, synth, guitar, and vocals. The vocals are in Spanish, and even if you don’t speak Spanish, i mean I don’t besides what i remember from high school, it translates well on the ears, music being the universal language. There is a sense of noir in the tracks, of old westerns and nights at the bar or under the sky. It’s a subtle dark vibe, a hint that there are secrets in the world. But you are soon pulled back into the light with the next chorus and it’s soulful melody. My favorite track is “El Viento y La Luz”. If you are a fan of psychedelic music and are looking for something different check out Familia de Lobos!
Drunk in Hell from the UK, have released a full length self titled album on Burning World Records. Drunk in Hell has 8 tracks and clocks in at 38min. This is the most non boring music I have heard in awhile, so listen up. It starts off with “I’m an Arsehole”, there’s some strained feedback noise and then it jumps right into crunchy wall of noise, heavy drums, almost sludge. The vocals are pretty simple and audible on the album which always pleases me. It’s sardonic and in your face, “I’m a fucking arsehole, do you like what you see?” “Sick Sick Sex” is up next and is my favorite track, there’s great rhythm and motion. “Bitch Boy” has a great breakdown you just want to bang your head to. “I’m Not Laughing” is a quick dizzying ripper. “Born Sick” has a doom and gloom feel. “Chick Flick” has a ton of noise but it’s not too abrasive. “Gag” takes it’s time. “Walking Abortion” ends the album and is quite long. There’s a full minute of noodling noise before the ‘song’ kicks in.
The guys in Drunk in Hell don’t play around-they create an awesome, unique sound. It’s a pretty heavy and fast paced album that flows together well. You won’t be disappointed if you’re a fan of noise trash punk sludge. Even if you’re not a seasoned noise rock fan try it out. Check out their facebook. Find other releases bandcamp. Get Drunk in Hell self titled at bandcamp.
On 10/24/17 Spark Contemporary Art Gallery in Syracuse NY was overtaken by some heavy and awesome music. At the gallery there were two medium sized rooms the crowd moved back and forth between.
Body Without Organs, a local band, started off the night. Body Without Organs is a 4 piece instrument based metal band on the more doom side, but with the unique feature of having horns and a bassoon! They were very loud but there were quieter moments during the buildup of the tracks. Songs were long but entertaining and quite a few people were banging their heads. They created some cool walls of noise.
Street Sects were up next, they are from Austin, TX, and this was more of a performance art piece with many surprising layers of sound. It was a total assault on the senses. The room was filled with fog and as the music started their were strobe like lights that went on, and stayed on, the whole time. The music was harsh electronics, with rhythmic features and a frontman doing screamo type vocals. Can’t really find a similar reference but trust me it was loud, noisy, eccentric, and an incredible experience. A chainsaw was also involved.
Dälek rounded out the night with their great set. They released Endangered Philosophies on Ipecac Records this year, and I’ve really been diggin it. Dälek have such a genre blending sound. Mainly underground hip hop but with a hint of industrial grit, noise, and occasionally dark ambience. It was badass watching them perform with so much energy, you can tell these guys love what they are doing, very strong and confident. They went from one song to another with the turntable scratching and the beats going and the words flowing. My favorite song they did was Shattered from Asphalt for Eden. Syracuse sure got some Spiritual Healing from Dälek.