Saturday, April 26, 2008

The Psychic Paramount - Gamelan Into the Mink Supernatural (2005)

This amazing album was going to be Extreme Music Day Part Quatre but I listened to so Much Locust and Black Pus that my brain failed to function properly and I forgot. Anyway, this 3 piece from NYC does a great job at sonically raping your eardrums with crazy riffs and haphazard drumming. The bass really keeps this bands sound together and really drives the whole operation, allowing the other two to go off on wild tangents. If anything, you should check this out because the album title is so cool. Go check out some gamelan music on youtube, its baffling. Enjoy.

  1. "Megatherion " - 2:46
  2. "Para5 " - 7:20
  3. "Echoh Air" - 6:03
  4. "X Visitations" - 9:28
  5. "Gamelan" - 10:06
Gamelan Into the Mink Supernatural

Friday, April 25, 2008

Bassnectar - Underground Communication (2007)

Bassnectar is the brainchild of Lorin Ashton. He is a wizard with electronics and collaborates with many artists to enhance the music. This is basically the most mind blowing and complex electronica ever and I can only imagine how insane a live show would be. Look at thiiiis.

1. Intro 0:44
2. Underground Communication 3:58
3. Bomb The Blocks 5:23
4. Amorphous Form 3:14
5. Ridiculous Wobble 4:43
6. Select Frequency 4:52
7. Kick It Complex 4:13
8. Verbing the Noun 5:34
9. Yo 3:40
10. Stomp 4:30
11. Kick It Complex Feat. Persia 4:47
12. Carried Away 3:44
13. Impossible and Overwhelming 5:26
14. Mr. Projectile 8:06
15. FSOSF 5:04
16. Cheb i Sabbah 5:53
17. Kyrian bee bok 5:30

Underground Communication

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Black Pus - Back Pus II (2005)

Extreme Music Day Part Tres: Black Pus...pretty disgusting name for a solo project but what more can you expect from nearly deaf and nearly insane Brian Chipendale: drummer of Lightning Bolt. This is just him making all this noise. He uses a bunch of effects pedals for his voice drums and i believe he plays the saxophone as well. Despite all the ridiculous noise, i still find a lot of this pretty catchy. Definitely check it out. Can this day get any more extreme?

1.Kick Out the Pus
2.The Devilhellipers
3.The Flying Gluton Brothers / Chirpathonic
4.New Atlantis A
5.New Atlantis B / Ultra-Fuss Fus
6.Cut Off the Face Plant
7.Magic Bullet(in)
8.In the Garden of BrackishPus

Black Pus II

The Locust - Plague Soundscapes (2003)

Extreme Music Day Part Deux: The Locust. They are ridiculous in every way. The song titles, the vocals, the lyrics (if one could understand them), the arrangements and especially the drumming. I'm convinced that the drummer is a robot or something. Go watch a youtube video or something. Gabe Serbian starts and stops on a dime and seems to flail wildly but plays in a very precise manner. The chances of any of you enjoying this are slim but try and see through the crazy screaming and try and get something more from these mathy 40 second long songs. Stay tuned.

  1. "Recyclable Body Fluids in Human Form" – 0:41
  2. "Identity Exchange Program Rectum Return Policy" – 0:59
  3. "Solar Panel Asses" – 0:26
  4. "Live From the Russian Compound" – 0:59
  5. "Earwax Halo Manufactured For the Champion in All of Us" – 0:52
  6. "Wet Dream War Machine" – 1:24
  7. "Listen, the Mighty Ear is Here" – 1:07
  8. "Who Wants a Dose of the Clap?" – 0:52
  9. "Teenage Mustache" – 0:55
  10. "How to Become a Virgin" – 0:44
  11. "Anything Jesus Does I Can Do Better" – 1:29
  12. "Late For a Double Date With a Pile of Atoms in the Water Closet" – 0:46
  13. "File Under 'Softcore Seizures'" – 0:54
  14. "Practiced Hatred" – 0:34
  15. "Psst! Is That a Halfie in Your Pants?" – 1:06
  16. "The Half-Eaten Sausage Would Like to See You in His Office" – 0:47
  17. "Pulling the Christmas Pig By the Wrong Pair of Ears" – 0:42
  18. "Can We Please Get Another Nail in the Coffin of Culture Theft?" – 1:17
  19. "Your Mantel Disguised as a Psychic Sasquatch" – 0:40
  20. "Twenty-Three Lubed Up Schizophrenics With Delusions of Grandeur" – 0:52
  21. "Captain Gaydar, it's Time to Wind Your Clock Again" – 1:03
  22. "Priest With the Sexually Transmitted Disease, Get Out of My Bed" – 0:33
  23. "Pickup Truck Full of Forty Minutes" – 1:21

Plague Soundscapes

Lightning Bolt - Hypermagic Mountain (2005)

I've declared April 23 "Extreme Music Day". Mostly because I'm bored but I also feel that its a good idea. Anyway, I hope you all remember Lightning Bolt because theres more. This is their 4th album and it'll kick your ass. There are only a few songs where the intensity lulls but other than that you may get a headache (I mean that in the best way possible). I still cant get over how its just a bassist and a drummer rocking out this hard. This truly is noise rock at its finest.

  1. "2 Morro Morro Land" – 3:43
  2. "Captain Caveman" – 3:19
  3. "Birdy" – 3:06
  4. "Riffwraith" – 3:03
  5. "Megaghost" – 6:01
  6. "Magic Mountain" – 4:55
  7. "Dead Cowboy" – 7:58
  8. "Bizarro Zarro Land" – 4:47
  9. "Mohawkwindmill" – 9:38
  10. "Bizarro Bike" – 5:18
  11. "Infinity Farm" – 2:46
  12. "No Rest for the Obsessed" – 2:10
Hypermagic Mountain

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Brazilian Girls - Brazilian Girls (2005)

Brazilian Girls (no one in the band is actually Brazilian and only the singer is a girl but who really cares?) is an amazing band from New York City. They incorporate a very electronic feel into everything they do but seem to adopt different styles for each song ranging from latin to reggae to jazz and more. The singer, Sabina Sciubba, will make you fall in love with her because of her beautiful voice and witty lyrics (not to mention shes very beautiful). She also speaks 5 different languages and switches between songs and sometimes uses multiple languages in one song. One song, Me Gustas Cuando Callas, is actually a Pablo Neruda poem that they kind of cover and make it their own with amazing results. Definitely give this album a shot.

  1. "Homme" – 5:21
  2. "Don't Stop" – 3:51
  3. "Lazy Lover" – 4:00
  4. "La Sirènes de la Fête" – 4:46
  5. "Corner Store" – 4:13
  6. "Long" – 4:47
  7. "Pussy" – 4:08
  8. "Die Gedanken sind Frei (Thoughts are Free)" – 4:28
  9. "All We Have" – 3:46
  10. "Dance Till the Morning Sun" – 4:38
  11. "Me Gustas Cuando Callas" – 5:42
  12. "Ships in the Night" – 3:29

Brazilian Girls

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Ataxia - Automatic Writing (2004)

One would think Frusciante would be too busy with the Chili Peppers to do all these side projects but sometimes we all forget how inhumanly productive he can be. This is a project featuring him, the bassist of Fugazi and Josh Klinghoffer on drums. This and another album were written and recorded in 2 weeks and feature a continuous bassline that drives the song while the guitar and drums control the changes. Frusciante sings on all the tracks besides "Another" which is sung by Klinghoffer and "Montreal" which is sung by Joe Lally, the bassist. It's an amazingly fluid album with a lot of improvisation and creates an interesting platform for Frusciante to rock out on even though, overall, its a pretty mellow album, just with a heavy feel.

  1. "Dust" – 8:56
  2. "Another" – 6:22
  3. "The Sides" – 6:45
  4. "Addition" – 10:15
  5. "Montreal" – 12:24
Automatic Writing

Thursday, April 10, 2008

De Facto - ¡Megaton Shotblast! (2001)

Mmmmmm...another De Facto album for you all. This album, released 4 months before Légende du Scorpion à Quatre Queues, has more of a latin feel to it with songs like Fingertrap that sound like an old Atari game injected with salsa and Rodche Defects with its blaring trumpet solos and congas beating away. This album also has a longer, live version of the song Cordova with much more jamming and no spoken word. Definitely a great album to bring us into springtime. Enjoy!

  1. "Manual Dexterity" – 2:21
  2. "Cordova" (Live)– 10:17
  3. "El Professor Contra De Facto" – 4:59
  4. "Fingertrap" – 3:13
  5. "Descarga De Facto" (Live)– 8:18
  6. "Mitchel Edwards Klik Enters A Dreamlike State... And It's Fucking Scandalous" – 4:27
  7. "Thick Vinyl Plate" (Live)– 6:49
  8. "Coaxial" – 7:15
  9. "Simian Cobblestone" – 4:23
  10. "Rodche Defects" – 3:57
¡Megaton Shotblast!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The Bad Plus - Suspicious Activity? (2005)

My friend Annis (you can go to his blog on the right, Vital Transformation) showed me this band the other day and all i had to say was, "WOW". It's just a pianist, a bassist and a drummer but their sound is so complete and just really flows together. They play some really interesting combinations of progressive rock and jazz although the jazzy feel is definitely prominent in this album. They also have a bunch of videos on youtube that are really intense so check those out too.
  1. "Prehensile Dream" – 8:12
  2. "Anthem for the Earnest" – 6:38
  3. "Let Our Garden Grow" – 6:57
  4. "The Empire Strikes Backwards" – 5:38
  5. "Knows the Difference" – 6:58
  6. "Lost of Love" – 8:38
  7. "Rhinoceros Is My Profession" – 5:44
  8. "O.G. (Original Gentleman)" – 6:37
  9. "(Theme From) Chariots of Fire – 4:57
  10. "Forces" – 7:43
Part 1
Part 2

Boris - Akuma no Uta (2003)

This Japanese band draws from a vast amount of influences to produce a very unique and sonically rich assortment of tunes. This album features just about every genre they dabble in ranging from drone to post rock. There is also a very sludgy, punk feel to this record. I really enjoy the ambiance in some of the longer tracks and i believe i read somewhere that the whole album was recorded in one take which is pretty damn intense. So if youre looking to rock out definitely give this album a shot.

1. "Introduction"
2. "Ibitsu"
3. "Furi"
4. "Naki Kyoku"
5. "Ano Onna no Onryou"
6. "Akuma no Uta"

Akuma no Uta