NEW MXLX EP - Palazzo Di Sole, release coinciding with the new Fairhorns EP, a counterbalance of sorts… two longform sprawling slow-burn noise/ambient glorydays hymns. Limited to 100 Glassmaster CDs And why not?
Thus concludes the first actions of 2014 for Kinda Rad! Industries. Check back in the spring for MORE AKTION: Palazzo Di Sole by MXLX
Bitchin’ good grooves from his nibs, aka MXLX. Suck it ‘ard n see.
Great stuff this - new track by White Suns called "Priest in the Laboratory". It’s going to be on their new album ‘Totem’, which comes out on March 18th.
On this new album, White Suns’ signature onslaught is tempered by deadened stares and slow-burn instrumentals. Renowned recording engineer Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Swans, Foetus) provided documentation of the performance in his labyrinthine BC Studio compound. Totem is rock music realizing its obsolescence; the work of a band compelled to mutate.
Was at the Carnist / Hello Bastards / Isolation Tank / Thrash It Out gig on Saturday and as is so often the case the best band on the bill were the one tagged “Power Violence”. The recording above doesn’t really do them justice but they’ll an excellent two-piece and they kind of nailed it.
Great gig in fact, near as damn it a sell out. Gotta be honest tho, all this Brouhaha about the whole crowd killing shit, I feel a lot safer at gigs where S/E kids come premeditatedly piling into the audience than I do at gigs where a load of pissed crust punks do so unpredictably.
Sharing this is the single biggest reason I finally worked out how to make MP3s from my cassette tapes. Here’s twelve songs in nine minutes that will make your ears bleed. Enjoy!
01 Bad Day Fishing 02 Put A Bandaid On It 03 Drink Tab Drop Out 04 Midwest Beatdown 05 Another Great Idea 06 Delete Your Myspace 07 Black Out, Call In 08 Momentos 09 Ruin Everything 10 I Shot Brock 11 Fire Alarm 12 Time For You To Leave
Tell ya what, the Bristol hardcore scene is fair brisling atm. We more or less sold out the Louis last night for Wolf x Down and Benchpress. Quite an achievement for a Monday night. And yeah, not everyone was there to kill each other. For a change. Despite there being cameras in the house recording it for a laugh. Although there were still a decent enough amount of tears and scuffles that could quite easily have broken down into full on fisticuffs (but thankfully didn’t).
All round a fucking top night anyway. BENCHPRESS in particular impressed (though to be fair no less so than Wolf Down, just that I’ve seen Wolf Down before so I know how tight they are).
Oh yeah, it’s time I posted a list of some of my albums of last year. Wouldn’t do this normally as these things are fucking ridiculous (for obvious reasons) but I had to do my top 50 (ish) albums for Louder Than War (on account of it being good SEO) so thought I may as well bung them on here.
My main personal incentive for doing this def aint SEO related, it’s to try to make every other website / blog who does similar to think about their policy of only really selecting white guitar band / electronic artists in their lists of top albums of the year. Coz that fucking sucks. Anyone who can’t think of one great reggae album of the last year doesn’t deserve to call themselves a music fan imo. Same with metal, African music, folk etc. etc. etc. (Yeah, I know that’s a bit harsh and will probably alienate EVERYONE reading this coz you probably none of you have listened to a reggae album since that lame Nirvana covers album a couple of years ago, but fuckit). That accusation rings double true to those of you who ever listened to Peel.
As I have my natural proclivities regarding music giving the below a meaningful order isn’t something that I’d be able to do, so lets just leave them clumped into their general categories … segregated as it were, the irony of which aint escaping me! Knock down those barriers yo! Or just stay confined in your sorry little niches.
Of course if you’re desperate to listify the below I recommend you cross reference with the 3 sections of the Louder Than War #aoty list:
1. Gorgon Sound vs Dubkasm - The Versions E.P. 2. Alborosie - Sound The System 3. Black Roots - On The Ground In Dub 4. Cornell Campbell - New Scroll
5. Full Of Hell - Rudiments of Mutilation 6. Malevolence - Reign Of Suffering 7. Watain - The wild Hunt 8. Altar Of Plagues – Teethed Glory And Injury
9. Tamikrest - Chatma 10. Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba - Jama Ko 11. Mulatu Astatke Sketches Of Ethiopia Jazz Village 12. The Full English - The Full English 13. Southern Tenant Folk Union - Hello Cold Goodbye Sun
14. Jon Hopkins - Immunity 15. Prurient - Through The Window 16. The Haxan Cloak - Excavation 17. Young Echo - Nexus 18. Oneohtrix Point Never - R Plus Seven 19. Dan Friel - total folklore 20. Hacker Farm - The Outer Church
21. Kanye West - Yeezus 22. Death Grips - Government Plates 23. clipping - midcity 24. MIA - Matangi 25. Buggsy - The Great Escape Season 2
Noise / Rock
26. Melt Banana - Fetch 27. The Pirate Ship Quintet - Rope for No-Hopers 28. Thought Forms - Ghost Mountain 29. Pissed Jeans - Honeys 30. Black Pus - All My Relations 31. Foot Village - Make Memories 32. The Body - Christs, Redeemers 33. Gnod - Chaudelande 34. Pharmakon - Abandon
35. Touche Amore - Is Survived By 36. RVIVR - The Beauty Between 37. Rival Mob - Mob Justice 38. Paramore - Paramore 39. Wolf x Down - Stray From The Path 40. Self Defense Family - Try Me 41. Nails - Abandon All Life 42. Weekend Nachos - Still 43. Power Trip - Manifest Decimation
44. Joanna Gruesome - Weird Sister 45. Talulah Gosh - Was It Just A Dream? 46. Oliver Wilde - A Brief Introduction to Unnatural Lightyears 47. Joanna Gruesome - Weird Sister
48. Blind Lemon Jefferson - The Rough Guide To Blues Legends: Blind Lemon Jefferson
49. Melt Yourself Down - Melt Yourself Down 50. The Ex And Brass Unbound - Enormous Door
There were many near misses, a few of the more notable are below:
War Wolf - Riding With Demons
Grouper - The Man Who Died In His Boat
DJ Rashad - Double Cup
Satelliti - Transister
Dean Blunt - The Redeemer
Annette Berlin - The Playground 2013
A$AP Rocky - Long.Live.A$AP
Wolf Down - Stray From The Path
Cult Of Luna – Vertikal
Incendiary - Cost of Living
Terror - Live By the Code
An thoughts gratefully received, esp if those thoughts include stuff I missed / haven’t heard yet.
Oh wow, Clean Girls from Brooklyn are joyfully clattertastic! And you can pick up 2013s Last House EP by them for free from their Bandcamp. Just pop your pointer over the words “here be wondrous noise” below and click to be taken to the land of free music and stuff.
My first blog of the year tagged “Bristol Music” features those sly dogs Downard, a rowdy two-piece who hit the ground running and don’t stop.
Here’s what they say about this “incredibly rough cut” of their track Victory Home Zone:
Here is a very rough and overcompressed demo of our violent tear-jerker VICTORY HOME ZONE. It was recorded on a tiny camcorder microphone. We will be recording this song (and others) ‘properly’ later this year.
Def about time we got some proper recorded music from them, they’ve been around well over a year now and as far as I’m aware have yet to get any proper music laid down.
Deffo worth checking out the new EP by Bristol hardcore band Bats About Bats - Foxy Orange Web Cap.
They have a launch show for it at the Gryphon on Saturday. Bummed it clashes with Melt Yourself Down at the Exchange - missed their show earlier in the year and several people have told me it was their favourite gig of the year so I guess I shouldn’t really miss em this time.
So, here we are then. Friday 29 November 2013. Venue’s last day on Earth. Hours from being swept away as part of what you so dreamily term “the development of the what’s on module.” Sometime in December, we learn, venue.co.uk will re-emerge, like butterfly become grub,…
If ever a track of music doesn’t even come close to preparing yourself to an artists live performance it’s this one, played pretty quietly through shitty computer speakers.
Pharmakon live last night in Bristol’s Old Coroners court was one of the most amazing things I’ve seen all year. The only valid reaction to it was to stand, gawp and sway from side to side and from back to front with a mind devoid of thought and instead full of beats, screams and driven noise.
Shockingly intense and electrifyingly uncompromising, it was one of the most all-consuming and extreme 30 mins of my life.
Margaret Chardiet is Pharmakon. She was born and raised in New York City and has been making power electronics / death industrial music as Pharmakon for five years now. And she does it well. Very, very well.
If I had a time machine the first thing I’d do would be to sent Pharmakon back to New York’s CBGB in 1977 so she could hang out with Teenage Jesus and the Jerks and share so much mutual love that they’d collaborate and music would never be the same again because its soul would have been destroyed.
Fearsome and mind-bendingly gnarly it’s the apex of what one person can do with some beats and a microphone.
The fact that I haven’t even deemed it necessary to mention the earth shattering GNOD performance speaks for itself.
Massive props to Sofi Nowell of You’re Not Human for bringing Pharmakon to Bristol AND for showcasing her in such an amazing space. Sofi’s consistently putting on some of the best shows on Bristol by some distance - follow You’re Not Human on Facebook and go to all the shows YNH put on for the rest of time to come.
Pharmakon put an album out earlier in the year called Abandon. Which is pretty much their way of saying “…all hope when you put this album on your record player and turn the volume of to maximum”.
These kids have been causing a bit of a storm at the present. And for good reason. They play fast. And distorted. You can feel them hitting things as they’re playing. Random things. Like each other. Or like you. Yeah, you, with the power of their fucking shitstorming music.
God I bet the pit’s a wonderful but exhausting place to be at one of their shows. God I want to be at one of their shows. Real, real soon. Maybe even in the pit. If I suitably forget about those 8 (or is it 9?) spinal fractures I’ve already had.
The band’s led by Meredith Graves and her bandmates “moonlight in grindcore, powerviolence, noise, and indie rock bands”. You can tell, it’s like early Wavves pushed to as many extremes as you can push it too. Way out.
God I hope they never go limp on us like so many bands of this ilk do. They won’t will they? Nah.
Like all right thinking people I was devastated to hear that Divorce have called it a day. Possibly the band I’ve included on here more than any other it’s not a good thing. Sure, new bands will no doubt arise from their ashes but for now lets just be a bit sad.
But not too sad as they decided to chuck their latest offering up on their bandcamp to downlaoded for whatever amount you chose. I chose to give them quite a bit and recomend you do too. Adios Divorce, as gammy wee bands go you were the gammiest.