5.28.2009

All Black And Hairy

Well seems like two years ago today I started this blog so I suppose I should celebrate with a post.... Yea its true I haven't posted anything all year I don't know I've just gotten lazy when it comes to these sort of thing. Since I'll be having a lot of free time this summer maybe I'll do more than one post every 6 months. It seems there's several blogs of which I used to follow back in the day that are no longer active.. Chocoreve, O Canadarm, In The Crowd, Lost In Tyme, etc. Hopefully I'll be able to maintain this blog for a long time to come..

First off The Gravedigger V, a 80s garage revival band from San Diego, CA. They do some of my favorite covers of 60s classics such as Hate (The Stoics), Searching (The Omens), Stop It Baby (The Heard), Night of the Phantom (Larry & The Blue Notes) and some others.

The Gravedigger 5 - All Black And Hairy/The Mirror Cracked


If a band ever deserved to be on a label named In the Red, it would be Black Time. They smack listeners upside the head with almost ridiculous amounts of distortion and cave-dwelling reverb -- so much so that it can take a while to get to the snotty, witty garage-punk hiding with the din. It would be easy to accuse a band with such a noisy yet stark sound of repeating itself on each album, but that's not the case: Blackout was more or less straight-up garage-blues-punk, albeit put through a sonic shredder; Midnight World ratcheted the noise up even further and added some art damage; and Double Negative is artfully crude, lightening up on the skronk just enough to let other sounds (and even melodies!) peek through. This might be Black Time's most clearly recorded album, but it's still incredibly harsh, with onslaughts like "Problems" and the fittingly deranged "Institution" proving the band's devotion to distortion. They continue to crank out pissed-off songs in the shape of Detroit garage-punk from the '60s to the 2000s -- there's more than a touch of Stooges howl in "The Days Are Too Long and the Nights Are Too Short," while "Little Death" and "Hostile Cosmos" recall newer acts like the Clone Defects just as Blackout and Midnight World did, but with more focus and energy. As good as they are at reanimating the sounds of their influences, Black Time and Double Negative are at their most exciting when they dive into stranger realms, wielding noise and feedback like Jack the Ripper's knife. With its rave-ups and eerie coda, "When the Clock Strikes Twelve" is as gleefully sinister and anarchistic as anything Screaming Lord Sutch recorded, and carries on that veddy British tradition of spooky garage rock. The brief instrumentals "Lunar Rhythm" and "Lunar Eclipse" nod to bouncy '60s sci-fi kitsch, but the album gets truly eclectic with the rockabilly-tinged ballad "Repulsion" and "Skeleton Factory," which, with its choppy beat and buzzy synths, does sound like something that could rip the flesh off of bones. However, the oddest, and possibly best, song is "I'm Gonna Haunt You When I'm Gone," a lone bright, sweet spot of ghostly indie pop among the rest of the album's pitch-black noise. This is easily some of the band's most varied and most listenable music, but as relatively polished and wide-ranging as Double Negative can be, Black Time never forget to be loud -- their amps always go up to 12 (or is that midnight?). - AMG

Black Time - Double Negative

Kick ass band from New Jersey, one of the best albums I've heard of 2009.
It would make more sense if a majority of the members of Screaming Females were women, but this isn't the case. But the misnomer is quickly abandoned when commanding guitarist, vocalist and sole female of the group, Marissa Paternoster, engages the listener with the wild introductory track, "Bell,” which is the finest track on the record due to dirty, driving grungy guitar parts and Paternoster’s vocals that range from an imposing Joan Jett-esque style to the shriek of a red-tailed hawk. "Skull" demonstrates a bluesy rock vibe with a serious edge and vocals that are comparable to the trademark howls of Grace Slick. Power Move is not an album to be underestimated. It is just as raw as it is original; as beautiful as it is pissed off. - Zachary Ahern-Synthesis

Screaming Females - Power Move

This is for all you straight edge hardcore punk hipster shit indie fuck electro drum and bass fuck tards. One of Mark McCoys many projects.
Virgin Mega Whore - VMW

For all those lucky to see The Mummies on the east coast.. I envy you....


The Mummies/Supercharger/The Wolfmen 7"

10 comments:

bad bad whiskey said...

I'll think of you while I'm at Southpaw in a total frenzy!!!!

Oh, robot said...

Ho-LEEEEE-shit! Welcome back from the grave my man!!

Noddy66 said...

Great Stuff! Thank you!

Thee LP said...

I'm glad to see you back anyway... Great stuff!

Short Wave Rockin said...

Thanks for the stuff man.

I didn't get tickets either- total bummer.

welcome back

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Oh, robot said...

There you are, disappearin' again... don't be a bad dad to your rock n' roll blog kids!

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