Sweat Lodge-Tokens For Hell


a4270529675_16Sweat Lodge, the 4 piece band from Austin TX, have released a new album on Brutal Panda Records called “Tokens For Hell”. This short album packs a heavy metal psych punch. It starts out with the 5min track ‘Life Goes On’ which is a kinda throwback/ Black Sabbathy tribute. Rocks out tho. The vocals are great, emotional, and there is a nice psych rhythm. The guitar wails and strikes at you. I could listen to this over and over, actually that’s what I’ve been doing since “Tokens for Hell” came out. Next is the more relaxed ‘Lost the Sun’. This track has cool noise in the background. Vocals are slower, then pick up speed and this is hard rockin by the end too. ‘Precious and Grace ( ZZ Top Cover)’ is a quick crunchy ripper. Nod your head, “everything’s all right”. Fantastic cover, one you’ll like. ‘Tokens for Hell’ wraps up with the EP title track. This starts off with a groovy beat that I love. The vocals get things moving further. Great finisher to this short but powerful album.

Get it on gold cassette while you can at bandcamp. Your car rides, or stereo or whatever,  will thank you while you rock out this spring.




Gnod, from the UK, have released a new album called “JUST SAY NO TO THE PSYCHO RIGHT-WING CAPITALIST FASCIST INDUSTRIAL DEATH MACHINE” which is quite the heavy political title. But so it is, that is their stance. This album has 5 songs and clocks in at 40 min. The first track, the teaser/single, is ‘Bodies for Money’. Starts off pretty punk rock. I had to turn it up really loud, a suggestion not recommendation, to hear the vocals. If that aspect doesn’t matter to you, catching random words here and there, then keep it at a respectable volume. Hah, but i always play mu$ic loud. Anyways, there’s a lot of noisy noodling toward the end of the track which is fine by me. Maybe a good intro to Gnod for people not in the know, it’s not incredibly long or abstract. ‘People’ starts with nice droning and newsreader type vocals. “time is running out for people”, “we always get what we deserve”. Not exactly uplifting but it makes a point about the bizarre climate of our world today. I like the drum beat in the background. ‘Paper Error’ is basically crunchy noise-rock, think Flipper Shellac or Cows, music and vocals alike, and one of my favorites on “JUST SAY NO TO THE PSYCHO RIGHT-WING CAPITALIST FASCIST INDUSTRIAL DEATH MACHINE”. ‘Real Man’ starts out like a classic rock song, then transitions into a little ditty describing real men, & goes back to the instruments. ‘Stick in the Wheel’ wraps up the album. “Don’t want to be a cog in the machine.” Telling us to just break away already from the norm, for god’s sake. Really what this album is about. I like the background wavey wall of whispery noise. It’s really cool so listen for it. Mostly an industrial type track, vocals balance it out nicely. “JUST SAY NO TO THE PSYCHO RIGHT-WING CAPITALIST FASCIST INDUSTRIAL DEATH MACHINE” is way more noisy than I expected, and less droney or even psychedelic. But that’s ok, I still think it’s great on the ears.

Casual Nun-Psychometric Testing By…


17498799_1300461383377666_4624492430614074781_nCasual Nun from London have released an album on Box Records called “Psychometric Testing By…” I got into them with their  album “Super Fancy Skeleton” which was released last year but they have been around for awhile. It starts off with ‘Tusk’. Be ready for it: the speed, drumming madness, distorted vocals, and wailing guitar. This ripper is 1 min 33 sec. The rest of the tracks are much longer and takes awhile to sink your teeth into. Next is ‘Everyman’s Folly’ sorta doom metal but noisy as hell and with haunting and echoing vocals. This is noisy, and heavy, psychedelic rock. ‘Truth Machines’ has a repetitive intro, then the guitar creates an atmosphere, it pauses, and there are some whispery vocals. This song reminds me of Loop or Gnod, not too intense of a track. ‘Xiphiod Revolution’ talks about the part on our sternum, the xiphoid, which translates to “swordlike”, good way to describe the music too.  I like this track the best. It’s vocals are punky/spoken word and the beat will get your head bobbing. Walls of crunchy noise that revolve around. ‘Stripes’ ends the album and is fun to listen to. Kind of stretches your ears out, then whips em back into shape. Vocals more for noise element than any decipherable purpose.

A bit on the title, according to the Casual Nun Bandcamp: “Psychometrics are used to gauge and influence in a world where information digestion has moved increasingly towards social messaging. The ability of organisations and entities to use psychometric data to build a psychological profile of a person is an alarming manipulation of our personalities, aptitudes and desires.”  “Psychometric Testing By…” is a fun sonic adventure, that leaves you with something intellectual, and possibly frightening, to ponder.

Shit and Shine-Total Shit!


Shit and Shine have released a new album called “Total Shit!” There are 9 tracks and it clocks in at 39 min. This fast paced, noisy album is sure to please fans of punk,  hard hitting electronix, psychedelic rock, and utter noise bullshit. The album, which you can order at bandcamp, has a unique album cover, which consists of a silver poop emoji over a yellow background, attractive! They’ve been around for over 10 years, and I’ve been a fan since i discovered them with the total psychotic rhythmic track ‘Ladybird’. Go check it out. Based in Texas, on their discogs.com page, it says they have a “Changing lineup ( Craig Clouse is the main dude), frequently with numerous drummers. Style is hard, varied, and post-everything.” Pretty accurate.


Anyway, on to “Total Shit!” Starts out with ‘Hot Shovel’ which is electronically scrambled and joyful. Nice even paced drumming and indecipherable vocals (except for “fuck this”)-a key feature in most tracks by the way. Next one of the longer tracks on the album- ‘Chklt Shk’. Starts off like a jaunty ride, electronic beeps and tight rhythm. Slowly comes in noise I like to call a low frequency wave. ‘Excess, Laziness, Egotism’ seems to fit with the album theme reflecting on the strange and bizarre culture we have in 2017, based around technology and instant gratification. It’s reminiscent of Skinny Puppy, not as hard/ industrial tho. “Anything can change about your life” is one lyric. ‘Long Island City’ brings the good feelings back with a kind of disco/techno beat. ‘Dodge Pot’ is another longer track.”I think every child needs a place to escape to.” Sorta like a slo mo 80’s nightmare.’I Hate This Fucking Machine’ is my favorite track and is complex, more noise rock, also, quite early industrial sounding. The album winds down with 3 shorter tracks. ‘Have to Believe’ a quick noise blurp, ‘Fuck That’, some nice drums and electronic confusion, and ‘Stop Saying Awesome’, which is another ~awesome~ track on the album. Go ahead an listen, you’ll enjoy the scrambled eggs it makes of yr head.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre- Don’t Get Lost

auk040lp_packshot-1024x1024The Brian Jonestown Massacre have released a new album called “Don’t Get Lost”. It is 14 tracks long and clocks in at 1hr, 12min. Anton Newcombe is an incredibly talented and prolific musician. There are dozens of full length albums, EPs, singles, etc. If you are unfamiliar with The Brian Jonestown Massacre you should check out Spotify, which has most if not all of their releases. In a documentary about the band, called Dig!, made in the early 90’s, they are described as being “so retro, and so the future”, a very accurate description that holds true to this day.

Give yourself time to delve into “Don’t Get Lost”. The tracks are hypnotic, and soothing. This is a very special record, with a warm sound you can nod yr head too. It’s also groovey, drone-y and, as is their signature style, psychedelic (one track, (sorta techno, sorta jazz) is even called ‘Acid 2 Me Is No Worse Than War’, so there ya go). “Don’t Get Lost”  goes well with a morning cup of coffee, gives you time to gather your thoughts and open up your mind to higher frequencies. However, there is a subtle underlying theme in these tracks. One of independence & resistance, like please just do your own thing and ignore the masses, and keep your heart dedicated to freedom. ‘Charmed I’m Sure’ is a nice whimsical instrumental track. ‘Groove Is In The Heart’ picks up speed and Tess Parks collaborates on vocals. ‘One Slow Breath’ is intense and wakes you up, piano makes a show here, and transitions the listener to the latter half of the album. I really like ‘Throbbing Gristle’, (haha, here i mean the track!), but it totally rocks. Lots of good noise, more vocals by Tess Parks, and it has some industrial features/ robot sounds. ‘Dropping Bombs on the Sun’ is wonderful and dreamy. One track, ‘Geldenes Herz Menz’, or Gold Hearted Men, is instrumental and jazzy. “Don’t Get Lost” wraps with ‘Nothing New to Trash Like You’, one of my favorites on the album, and ‘Ich Bin Klang’ which has sound loops.

According to the website, “”Don’t Get Lost” was fully recorded & produced at Anton’s new Cobra Studio in Berlin.” You can buy the 2 LP album and other releases at Cargo Records. Follow Anton Newcombe on twitter too, he is a real interesting guy. Goes on a few tour dates in the USA in March. I have seen The Brian Jonestown Massacre live, at a show in DC awhile ago, and it was incredible. So much tension & energy and yet such loose limbed performances. Whoever happens to be in the band at the moment, cause it has varied quite a bit over time, these guys are pros and don’t f around.

Pissed Jeans-Why Love Now


Pissed Jeans have released an album called “Why Love Now”. This album, on Sub Pop records, is 12 tracks long and clocks in at 37min. Pissed Jeans, as uttered or more like ejaculated, on ‘Waiting on My Warning’ certainly kick “life’s big behind.” It’s a bluesy spoken word type intro to the record with minimal instrumentation. But get ready- this picks up speed. For a 4 piece the amount of sludgey, noisey rock and the walls of noise that assault the ears is impressive.The drumming is awesome songs are tightly structured-barely giving you time to breathe in between tracks. Vocals vary in style-drawn out words and consonants and hidden melodies abound, but they are generally snotty. A great amount of punk energy and integrity come across. I get a southern rock vibe from this album (Pissed Jeans are from Allentown PA). Maybe it’s like the dirty swamp murk aura of the songs.Makes me want whisky and a smoke. ‘I’m a Man’ is pretty badass, don’t want to reveal why tho, so check it out asap. My favorite track is ‘It’s Your Knees’. Reminds me of the 90’s rock era and so does ‘Activa’. ‘Worldwide Marine Asset Financial Analyst’ is quite the ripper. “Why Love Now” wraps with ‘Not Even Married’ a song about relationship woes, prob also a favorite of mine. Their singles are ‘Ignorecam’ and ‘The Bar is Low’.

The record cover is a super cute pic of the band with a pink border. Ordering the album gets you, according to their bandcamp,”an exclusive bonus mix that includes an assortment of home recordings from all members of the band, interview clips, found sounds and more.” Go pick it up mofo; bang yr head and rock n roll.


Bardo Pond-Under the Pines


Bardo Pond have released a new full length album on Fire Records called “Under the Pines”. It has 6 tracks and clocks in at 40min. This album, while remaining essentially Bardo Pond, that is-psychedelic drone-rock, is also quite unique and melodic. A fine listen.

It starts off with ‘Crossover’, their single per se, and this song is very pleasant, with lyrics you can almost sing along to, very structured. Dueling guitars and smashing percussion. ‘Out of Reach’ is meandering and relaxing, with lots of noise, and it picks up speed towards the end which tricks the mind as the vocals remain spacey and slow. ‘My Eyes Out’ wraps up side A with this relatively short track.’Moment to Moment’ has a kind of western twang and takes it time. The flute floats along magically.’Under the Pines’ is absolutely beautiful. It’s my favorite on “Under the Pines”. Very emotive and has a rough edge. ‘Effigy’ wraps up side B and here the flute makes another appearance, this track is instrumental and peaceful in a way that makes me glad a band like Bardo Pond is around in this tumultuous world.

Isobel Sollenberger’s voice on “Under the Pines” is strong throughout, clear, and in harmony with the fantastic and complex instrumental accompaniment. The unity achieved on this record is what makes it so unique, Bardo Pond continue to push boundaries.My advice- please lean back, turn the volume up, open your third eye, and set aside some time to enjoy this groovin’ musical ride. You can order on Bardo Pond bandcamp. The cover art is in shades of blue and has a neat drawing by Clint Takeda. The back has a sepia toned image of a hills in a desert. It was recorded in the Lemur house studio.

Photo Credit to Dan Cohoon at Bardo Pond Photography.