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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Butthole Surfers - 1983 Bootleg

Not many bands are as debaucherous as the Butthole Surfers. I can go on a two hour rant as to why this band is so amazing down to their batshit crazy haircuts but I will only talk about the music. Beneath the wild and crazy antics of the band and the hilarious stories they have to tell is a rollercoaster ride of zany sounds that changes up nearly every release.

This is the earliest example I've heard of the Butthole Surfers. There may be recorded material earlier but the production on this is very good for what it is and while you can definitely tell its the Butthole Surfers, the sound isn't exactly what you would expect it to be in their 1983 release. First off the songs seem to have more thought out structures where stuff right after it is everywhere. Songs like Radical West and Matchstick don't sound like your average Butthole song where as something like Something and I Hate My Job is. I feel this version of Something is better then the one on the EP. The saxophone and slide guitar blend together really well making one of the most hypnotic yet upbeat drones I've heard.

If you've heard the early Butthole Stuff then you are doing yourself a disservice not checking this out. This band is one of the craziest bands to happen and while their live act and outside antics seem to proceed them underneath the mess is a really unique and complex band.

I'm Tired, I'm Frustrated, I'm Full of Shit and I Hate My Fucking Job!!!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Tommy Wright III - On The Run

I've recently been shown Tommy Wright III and his incredible style and I must say this is an instant favorite. I've always been into 90's Southern rap especially the whole Horrorcore/murder rap style that was prominent in that area. The beats on On The Run are mystical, eerie and hard. If you are a fan of production like early Three 6 Mafia this is definitely for you. Songs like Manslaughter and Last Alternative put you in a haze especially with the extremely catchy hooks. Other songs like Gangsta Forever, Getting Crunk and Die Nigga Die are "spooky" with dissonant sounding piano and orchestral lines.

The lyrics and flows on here are spot fucking on as well. TWIII's style is very fast and almost sung, a style that is known in the south especially Memphis. All the guests on the album add something to the songs, my favorites being La Chat and Project Pimp who are great in their own right. The unique thing about this album is its not totally focused on just Tommy rather 10 Wanted Men and various others from the southern Memphis scene. The lyrics focus on street life, murder, death, and various other things. As I said previously the hooks on here are on point and extremely catchy. The Bone Thugs diss is one of the best diss tracks I've heard as well. As much as I love Bone Thugs, I can't back up anything they say.

Everything by Tommy Wright III is extremely rare as it seems to be made in small quantities and re-issued only once or twice mostly on cassette as well. Getting a copy is hard and costly as they usually fetch very high prices but something like this is totally worth it. Apparently he is working on a new album. I'm only a tiny bit hesitant as TWIII has 4 near perfect releases but the question is if the beats will reminisce something similar to older styles or if he will incorporate newer and more modern sounds?

Regardless, On The Run is a classic in Southern Rap. Glad I heard these songs.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Shikabane - 7"

Japan tends to churn out some of my favorite bands. G.I.S.M., Tokyo Yankees, Gauze, S.O.B., Kuro, etc. Shikabane is one of them, being relatively underground. They were around in the 90's and 00's releasing a few records and splits. They went to play a unique blend of crust, black metal, grindcore and hardcore punk. However they did not start out like this as their first 7" is a great showcase of japanese hardcore. Crazy fast and relentless. Listening to their entire discography shows a real progression and their album Why Do You Live? Is one of my favorites. 

Check it out here. Look out for their other albums as this band is really unique.

Brainbombs - Obey

Brainbombs is a swedish noise rock band and they have been making a racket for quite a while. Think Whitehouse meets Flipper. Extremely violent and sadistic lyrics. Repetitive riffs that would fit in a rock and roll song more then a noise rock song. And the riffs are repetitive as in there is usually one riff per song and it works so well with the atmosphere and mood of the album. Their previous albums are more "noisy" per say but I think the seemingly "clean" sound of this album goes so well and when the songs drone on for 4, 5 even 7 minutes you begin to hear things that you know aren't there.

Check it out.

They are releasing a double LP this year as well you can pre-order it here.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Dark Angel - Darkness Descends

If I had to choose my favorite thrash metal band it would hands down be Dark Angel and their best album is hands down Darkness Descends. ]People like to say Slayer's Reign in Blood is a better album from 1986, however I feel its too short. Others will say Kreator's Pleasure to Kill is faster and more agressive. However the one thing that ruins that album is the awful solos and sloppiness.

Darkness Descends is a perfect example of thrash. It's fast, methodical and unrelenting. The songs are well constructed, the lyrics intelligent for this specific genre. The instrumentation on this album is top notch with Gene Hoglan showing his incredible talent on the skins. Rob Yahn shows incredible talent on the bass which is very prominent on this album (even though he left shortly after). Both guitarists have an extremely heavy tone and play intricate riffing. And of course Don Doty who has a wonderful yell. Always preferred him over Ron Rinehart.

This city is guilty, The crime is life, The sentence is death,Darkness descends!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sabbat or Morbid Angel?

Legendary black metal band Sabbat is going to playing three US dates in October. NYC on the 11th, Chicago on the 12th and LA on the 13th. The last time they played the US was 8 years ago! This is a very special event and I am contemplating going to Chicago to see this possibly once in a live time show.

However, 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of Covenant by Morbid Angel. Perhaps their most popular album by far, it is a personal favorite of mine. They will be playing the whole album followed by other songs. This will be in November.

The rest of this year looks like its going to be full of really awesome shows. I wish I had more money/time to see all these great acts. What are you looking forward to this year?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Om - God is Good

Formed from the ashes of Sleep, Om features Al Cisneros and Chris Hakius. They are a wonderful stoner/doom band that has a lot of influence from Middle Eastern music as well as Byzantine and Tibetan chants. Great music to relax to. This album was recorded by Steve Albini with new drummer Emil Amos.