Nov 30, 2009

Der Blutharsch - S/T

Austrian martial industrial project of Albin Julius: founder of The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud, featured on Death In June, Boyd Rice, and Nadja among others.

Nov 29, 2009

Gorgoroth - Pentagram

Gorgoroth - Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt

First and most recent albums from this highly controversial black metal band.

Nov 27, 2009

Kraftwerk - Kraftwerk
SPK - Auto Da Fe

Collection of early releases by this essential Australian industrial band.

Nov 24, 2009

The 150 Murderous Passions (Or Those Belonging To The Fourth Class, Composing The 28 Days Of February Spent In Hearing The Narrations Of Madame Desgranges, Interspersed Amongst Which Are The Scandalous Doings At The Château During That Month)

One time collaboration between William Bennett (Whitehouse) and Stephen Stapleton (Nurse With Wound) released in 1981. Pretty disturbing stuff, cover art and all.
Current 93 & Sickness of Snakes - Nightmare Culture

Four song split with Current 93 doing the first song and Sickness of Snakes (one time collaboration between Coil and Boyd Rice) doing the other three.
Nehëmah - Requiem Tenebrae

Stephen O'Malley approved French black metal.
Wrath of the Weak - Persse

Latest EP from this one man bedroom black metal project. Huge wall of ugly sound piercing your delicate ears, it's great.

Nov 23, 2009

Best of...

The Plot To Blow Up The Eiffel Tower - Love In The Fascist Brothel (February 15, 2005)

“The record is supposed to fuck everybody up. Liberal, Conservative and punk, whatever. Punk has no danger anymore; it’s fashion conscious followers of inept politico whistle blowers are so buried they’re practically dead.” - Sir Chuck Rowell

Remember Los Angeles before it crumbled into irrelevancy, before massive band inbreeding rendered the place culturally stagnant, before Mika Miko and Abe Vigoda decided they would open every show ever over the course of three years? The Plot should refresh your memory; a now defunct furious four piece (RIP Willy Graves) hailing from San Diego. The quartet was known for their infectious blend of jazz influenced punk, churning bass lines, fascist imagery, controversial in your face we don't give a fuck attitude, and lewd homosexual acts that would take place at just about every show ever resulting in them getting banned from just about anywhere.
Current 93 - Swastikas for Noddy

Best of...

Fatal Flying Guilloteens - Quantum Fucking (October 16, 2007)

If I heard this record without knowing anything about it I would assume it was recorded around 2003 by a band out of San Diego or Los Angeles and released on GSL. In actuality FFG are Houston natives cranking out the sexiest, sassiest tunes since The Plot To Blow Up The Eiffel Tower. Now that may not appeal to you because it's not cool to dance or have fun in general, but sit in your room alone and try not to bounce off the walls with overwhelming hip gyrating energy two minutes into this record. You're either dead or have got an FDR case of polio. Anyway, great great great record, a real hidden gem among all the other bullshit that was released toward the end of the decade. Jesus Lizard meets the VSS meets bluesy masochists.

Nov 22, 2009

Best of...

Botch - We Are The Romans (January 1, 2000)

If you don't already own this record you either just woke up from a coma, returned from exile on a small island off the coast of Africa, or have bad taste in music. We Are the Romans is the essential metallic hardcore template followed by every band since its release. Actually, this is such a great album that I can only think of maybe three or four other records that have been released in the genre that are as good or better. Everything else has been riff stealing, MTV 2 featured, mall friendly bullshit.

Nov 19, 2009

Baroness - A Grey Sigh In A Flower Husk

Baroness tracks only, I don't care about Unpersons. Two GREAT tracks, Teiresias is probably in my top 3 favorite Baroness songs ever.

Nov 18, 2009

Wolves In The Throne Room - Black Cascade

Nov 16, 2009

Cold Cave - Death Comes Close

Nov 10, 2009

Best of...

Flying Lotus - L.A. EP 1X3 (July 14, 2008)

Flying Lotus - Los Angeles (June 10, 2008)

"The main thing is being in L.A., around all types of creative folks who push me to do what I’m not doing. I’ll play something and they’ll tell me to play my weird shit instead. They’re tired of hearing the regular stuff, so they’re supportive of what I’m doing and challenging me to take it further. My environment is a direct influence. I wanted to tell the story of Los Angeles with music. It’s both a love letter and hate mail. Living in L.A. is a series of contradictions, and I wanted to get the good and the bad feelings in there. The point of the album is to take people on a ride and make it cinematic. I wanted this album to have a scope as big as the city." - Steven Ellison.

Technically these are two releases but they complement each other so well that I've always considered them part of the same tracklist. I'm a little biased here and prefer the EP. It feels a bit more cohesive, but that doesn't mean the album isn't impeccable. Filled with fuzzy, glitchy beats sometimes backed by soulful vocals. Gotta be some of the funkiest, sexiest music cranked out this decade.

Nov 9, 2009

Best of...

Insect Warfare - World Extermination (May 12, 2007)

"Well, I was feeling my most alienated, depressed, and angry during the sessions that produced that LP. That discontent echoes throughout the record and that’s why it sounds the way it does. Every other record was written with idea of "hey, lets make 10 more songs for a split". With World Extermination I was trying to channel the same power I got from such records as From Enslavement, Teen Ass Revolt, Ulterior, Anticapitol, and Kings of Punk. I am very happy with how the record came out." - Beau Beasley.

If you aren't familiar with Insect Warfare, you're quite a bit late since they broke up last year. However, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the best grindcore album released this decade. Take a group of Texan elitist antisocial pricks waging war on false grind, add the production values of something that was recorded in two days in someone's living room, add layers of noise that even Merzbow would be jealous of, and add a hint of 80s nostalgia for the classics like Terrorizer and Repulsion. The result is the perfect soundtrack to go curb stomp girls who pierce their septums and wear Orchid shirts.

Nov 8, 2009

Best of...

The end of the year is upon us so from now until January 1, 2010 I will occasionally post some of my favorite records of the past decade.

The Angels of Light - How I Loved You (March 27, 2001)


Nov 6, 2009

John Cale - Helen of Troy (November 14, 1975)

Nov 4, 2009

Slicing up eyeballs I want you to know

The Pixies - Complete 'B' Sides

The Pixies are kicking off the American leg of their Doolittle tour in a couple of hours. They will be playing Doolittle along with some of the b-sides recorded around the same time. Seems like they're for sure playing Dancing The Manta Ray, Weird At My School, Bailey's Walk, Manta Ray, Into The White, and the UK Surf version of Wave of Mutilation. If you aren't familiar with them now is your chance. The UK Surf version is exceptionally good, even better than the original.

Got me a movie I want you to know

The Pixies - Doolittle

In honor of The Pixies Doolittle reunion tour, of which I will be attending tomorrow, here is one of the best records ever made. You probably already have it, but if you're ignorant or have been in a coma since 1989 you're in for a great listening experience.

Nov 3, 2009

Dave Holland Quartet - Conference of the Birds (1973)

Nov 1, 2009

Etienne Jaumet - Night Music

Because good minimal electronic doesn't necessarily have to be German.