Oct 7, 2019

USA/Mexico Matamoros LP


Sometimes I entertain the idea of taking psychedelic mushrooms for the first time in decades. Then I start to wonder “but what if I take the trip and don’t end up returning.” As my thoughts keep pondering the subject I then ask myself "And what if it's a really bad trip on top of that."

In my youth, I often wondered this while listening to the Butthole Surfers. USA/Mexico's begetter of nepenthean beats is Butthole Surfers drummer King Coffey. Along with Shit and Shine’s Craig Clouse on guitar and vocals and When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth's Nate Cross on bass, the noise/drone/destructo-psych pedigree is of momentous scale. Joined by Spray Paint's George Dishner on 2nd guitar for the album's opener/title track, the brain fry may seem immediate with squalls of guitar feedback being the first thing to rise from the wax, but it's the rumble akin to listening to an old skyscraper crumbling to the ground after detonation played at a really slow speed where the hallucinatory trepidity really sink in.


It's followed by a reflective and nostalgic moment of sorts with "Shoofly." The "of sorts" is that the song originally appeared on Cherubs debut album Icing which was released on King Coffey's label, Trance Syndicate, in 1992. Joined by Cherubs member Kevin Whitley, this almost three-decade later take of the song somehow almost manages to outsick the original, and making it just as creepy and menacing.

 

While any given track on the album would make my grandfather come into the room, asked me if I am listening "to the soundtrack for World War III" and tell me turn it down, it's the 17 minutes of blown out rumblings and snail pace thudding of the album's closer "Anxious Whitey" that, if he were still alive, that would make him storm in, rip the needle off the record and whip it out the nearest closest window (just like he did the first time I played Throbbing Gristle's "We Hate You (Little Girls)" single on his fancy assed high-end Marantz at full blast decades ago.)
Crumble the walls at 12XU

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Oct 4, 2019

Film Photo Friday 18: White Light/Wong Heat No. 1

Port Huron weirdo rockers White and Wong bringing a blissful disturbance to the Citadel Stage on the last day of August, 2019.

Shot on a Holga 120N using Arista EDU 400 film.

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Oct 1, 2019

October 2019 Mixclouder of the Month: Raw Journey Paris

Each week deserves a playlist. That's a manta of our Mixclouder of the Month, Raw Journey Paris. And, it's exactly what they do to treat the ears with every Sunday


Each week the show administers the latest in the realm of weird, loud, distorted, destroyed and trippy factions of not only modern rock-n-roll but other beyond sounds from around the world in quick to digest half-hour doses.

Not only that, they capture some nice shots of the Paris live music scene too.

Sep 27, 2019

Film Photo Friday 17: Cenotaphs of the Big Three No. 2


Put the top down. The fins are always up!

Shot on a Zorki 2C from 1956 using Ukranian made Astrum 400 film.

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Sep 23, 2019

Smashin' Transistors 56: And Autumn's Closing In


Summer ended this weekend. That means it is time for a bunch of boomers to quote a lyric from "Night Moves." Talking smack about Bob Seger really seems to bum them out.


What you'll hear:

the Cars – Since You're Gone
Honey Radar – Magnesium Blow Out
Opossums – Love Machine
Redd Kross – What's A Boy To Do
Fat Tulips – Where's Clare Grogan Now?
-words from your host-
Musk – Animal Husbandry
USA/Mexico – Shoofly
the Au Pairs – Domestic Departure
Disco Junk – Outta Melbourne
Pscience – Atomic Clock
-words from your host-
Vivian Girls – Sick
Psychedelic Horseshit – Portals
Thigh Master – Mould Lines
Dana – El Sicko
the Bruthers – I Just Had To Laugh
-words from your host-
the Control Freaks – Hate List
Celebrity Handshake – Religion On The Outside
Depression Breakfast – Type
Strapping Fieldhands – In The Pineys
Daniel Johnston – True Love Will Find You In The End
-words from your host-


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Sep 20, 2019

Film Photo Friday 16: Picnic Invites Never Sent

This weekend marks the last one of summer for the year. I live within walking distance of one of the Great Lakes. I only ever made it to the beach maybe two times this year. The lack of visits wasn't by choice. Life just commanded things that way.

Shot on a Lomography Diana Mini using Ilford HP5 film.

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Sep 19, 2019

ALUMINUM KNOT EYE Neutered and Declawed 7inch

While recently thumbing through a clutch of old music magazines, I noticed that before punk rock became standard in the vernacular, rock crits seemed big on tagging things loud and weird metal with some sort of precursing adjective to go with it.

Hawkwind was "cosmic metal." Alice Cooper "shock metal." And so on. One I noticed over several different publications was the use of Dada-Metal being applied to bands such as Chrome, MX-80 and Red Transistor. Often absurd, usually abrasive and archaically futuristic, it worked as good descriptor for them.

It also kind of works when it's pinned on Wisconsin's Aluminun Knot Eye. AKE's sound has always been a tricky one describe. Take elements from all the bands mentioned in the previous paragraph and drag them out to a garage with a lot of oil stains on the floor. Then throw all those elements on that floor and start stomping on them while playing some bent all outta shape psych-blues scowl and thinking about Devo. Yeah, that sorta coming closer to describing their sound than maybe Dada-Metal does.

Both sides of this feline theme slab have a ferocious pounce. "Neutered and Declawed" is like an even more aberrant Laughing Hyenas getting jollies from topsy-turviness and the flip takes the old Dutch glam ranter "Pantherman" and straps it into the driver seat of an out of control concrete truck.
Don't go to the vet. Go to a Dirty Hippie Barn

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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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