Sep 13, 2019

Film Photo Friday 15: beauty and virtue

In death, how roses are used mean different things. A wreath of roses represents beauty and virtue.

Shot on a Smena Symbol using Kodak UltraMax 400.

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Sep 9, 2019

PLEATHER Wasting Time with Riot 7inch

I have no idea about what is going on in the small town of Hattiesburg, Mississippi currently but whatever it is there that's getting people to start bands, I hope it continues.

First, there was Judy and the Jerks, whose spazzy take on pogo punk blasts in, blindsides everyone and is outta there just as quick, leaving all sorts of smashed up things behind as a souvenir.

While definitely sounding like they're not afraid to make a mess themselves, Pleather sound quite bubbly on the surface. As "Wasting Time" shows though is that there's something agitated and skittish bubbling up from outta the dirt.


Sparkling blares of guitar pop but of an atypical sort for sure. Like shards of glass inside a chewy bit of bubblegum, "Riot" resembles something like Nikki Corvette singing on the first Wire album.

Don't call it Vegan Leather at Feral Kid Records

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Sep 7, 2019

MUSK Animal Husbandry 7inch

Whenever Musk is spotted under the light of the moon after surfacing from the toxic swamp they dwell, all other lunar hollerers cower. This latest thing from them, which following two full lengths LPs, is the first time the band has done a 7inch single.

The albums jockey the same sort of night creatures that bands such as the Birthday Party and the Scientists did. A decayed abnormality of an experience. A lot of suspense and mystery going on to balance out the generous servings of sonic gore.

For these two doses of toxins, the band has gone full on gratuitous slasher flick. There's an Unsane perturbation all over "Animal Husbandry." The drums clobber savagely but still have a swing and the bass line that sounds like it's covered in drainage ditch soaked moss. Guitars whirl such beastly vibrations, the listener wonders if they're even guitars because they resemble 20 circular saws chewing through sheet metal all at once. A sermon of unglued howling steps out from the shadows, it's barking casts images even more grisly than first imagined.


On the flip "The Floor" works up a trash culture voodoo grunt that is an extention of what just might have caused permanent hearing loss from the A-side. Here though it comes with a huge glop of whatever may have been oozing from sores which appeared after spending a gruesome night at the Stooges Fun House.

Greet the excrete at Total Punk

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Sep 6, 2019

Film Photo Friday No. 14: The Sky's Done Fried

The summer swelter makes one wonder why the sky hasn't turned from cool blue to a flaming red.

Shot on a Lomo LC-A using a bit of somewhat exposed Fuji Superia 400 35mm film.

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Sep 4, 2019

Altes Original Detroit Lager


In my youth, I drank my share of Altes. It was cheap. It also comes in a generic standard stubby bottle which at a time, for some reason, was only five cents bottle deposit versus the usual 10 cent Michigan law. Bonus budget, right?

If you were to asked me today if I remembered what it tasted like back then, I wouldn't really be able to tell you. It was the quantity over quality era of my life. I can tell you though that when I first saw that it was coming back (in name at least) I kinda shuddered.

No, I could not tell you what I remember it tasting like but I can recall a story of puking after way too many of them one night.

That's not to say I wasn't curious about trying this new take on it. As described on the Altes website this beer is brewed "to emulate the original refreshing European style Altes lager that Detroiters loved" it, along with Stroh's, Goebel and, to a lesser extent, Pfeiffer were pretty dang ubiquitous across the state of Michigan for decades and decades. My first chance to give it a try was at a local watering hole downtown in my hometown at the start of this summer. Two-fifty a pint. Budget bonus flashback right then and there.

Light golden in color and a solid three finger head that had some retention and left a good amount of lace behind after fading, this beer looked like how most macro lagers are pictured in advertisements but never that way in real life. The aroma was that of buttered toast, lemon peel, white pepper and fresh cut lawn.

First sips had the flavors of light citrus, cornflakes, green apples and grains. As it breathes a slight bit notes of honey and a piney hops become more noticeable though the latter doesn't get too bossy in the flavor profile. It finishes clean and crisp.

A week or so after trying it, I spotted a twelver of cans on sale. It went home with me. Actually a few have come home with me over this past summer. It's become my after chores or when unexpected guests stop by porch beer. It seems an appropriate one for such things

The only thing that's been missing from it being the full vintage Michigan lager experience so far is not yet seeing an old ratty pickup pass by with at least two people riding in the back and its radio bumpin' the RIF where Big Daddy Arthur P is saying its "82 rock and roll over degrees in the Motor City, BABY!"
Drink the beer many a grandpa did here

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Sep 1, 2019

September 2019 Mixclouder of the Month: The Institute of Spectra-Sonic Sound

Our first two Mixclouders of the month dealt in a louder and rowdier side of music. This month, it's something a bit more cerebral.


Based out of Euguene, Oregon and airing weekly on KEPW 97.3 FM, David Warmbier's Institute of Spectra-Sonic Sound is a journey into experimental sounds guaranteed to vibrate, chill and, at times, disturb the musical lobes of your mind.

Aug 30, 2019

Film Photo Friday 13: Filth is my politics! Filth is my life!

Yeah, because if I see any pink flamingo, be it a real one, a plastic one or even one made of metal I'm gonna blurt out at least one line from the film.

Shot on a Holga 120N using Lomography Color Negative 400 120 film.

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Aug 28, 2019

Smashin' Podsistors 55: Summer's Omega


The last long weekend of the summer is upon us. Getting out and taking part of it may involve annoyances. Combat such things with a brand new episode of the Smashin' Transistors fake radio show.

What you'll hear:

Eagle - Pack Up
the Failures - Why?
Thin Lizzy - Sha La La
Golden Pelicans - Pink Motels
Science Man - Weaponizer
- words from your host-
Deadbeat Beat - The Box
Laika – Honey In Heat
Powerplant – True Love
Black Tambourines -  High Fives
Ron Berry – I'll Give You My Love
- words from your host-
Oh Sees - The Experimenter
Miles Grayson – Stuck In The Mud
Celebrity Handshake – Prehistoric Claw
Mononegatives - You Are In My Vision
Swell Maps – Secret Island
- words from your host-
Mr. Clit and the Pink Cigarettes - Hey Bombshell
Resource Network - Post Traumatic Stress Gun Fight
Judy and the Jerks – Dumpster time
Tyvek – We're Back
The Yips – 1000 Percent Fox
- words from your host-

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Aug 23, 2019

Film Photo Friday No. 12: Tavern Trinkets No. 1

The decor of watering holes is something that always catches my wandering eye when whatever other distraction finds a lull.

Shot on a Lomography LaSardina using Lomography Xpro 200 35mm film.

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Aug 17, 2019

MONONEGATIVES 5 Second Future EP

London, Ontario's Mononegatives are comprised of at least one member of high energy punk rock-n-rollers Isölation Party (who's fine album you should lend an ear to if you haven't yet.)

Outside of the high energy punk rock part though, that's where the comparisons between to two pretty much end. Things are much, much more agitated here.

On the EP's title track, it sounds as if the guitars are run through a meatgrinder, the vocals howl and growls as if they're making a feral call for help from the bottom of a brimstone burning pit and the tempo is unhinged and gives an impression that it is about to explode, throwing bits of piercing shrapnel all over the neighborhood.


It's followed by "Garbage Blood", which has a pop-tinge but with whiplash causing stop/starts which would rather scorch hearts with napalm than touch them with a chewy and sweet melody. The synths that accent both tracks make it all feel even more blackhearted.
 

The generally dystopian take on rock-n-roll here is aptly capped off with a Tubeway Army cover with the band taking "You Are In My Vision" and making it resemble something like a very sinister outtake from Wire's Pink Flag.

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