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Ufux – “You Look Dark / Trash Walk” – [Jeth-Row]

UFUX list their genre as dustcore. Bandcamp lists them as Chicago punk. I’d call it a melange of punk, metal, and grunge. Each track has a good beat with competently played instruments. The vocals are harsh but not screechy. Trash Walk is downright dancy.
No FCCs detected.

  • Reviewed by Morada on August 4, 2015 at 11:16 am
  • Filed as 7-inch,A Library
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  • Odin, Raven – “Illicon Valley” – [Audiocrats Productions]

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    All I know about Raven Odin is that he’s smart. He’s an amazing writer and his quick-paced speaking makes you sit up and take notice of what he’s saying. His name seems to be based on the myths of Odin, the god who used ravens to tell him all the news of the kingdom. That is exactly what Raven Odin does here in this CD based on Silicon Valley (aptly changed to Illicon), where I assume he hails from. I particularly enjoyed hearing him drop local names such as the Voodoo Lounge in his track “In the Zay.” Modern-day poetry–well worth listening to.

  • Reviewed by humana on August 3, 2015 at 10:58 pm
  • Filed as CD,Hip Hop
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  • Dads – “Brown On Brown” – [Wharf Cat Records]

    Floored in Florida, echoplex whirpool, voices smeared
    on the walls of your eardrums. Guitars. bitter and bracing,
    thin, high pitched strings piercing the clouds of production
    here. So, yeah great stuff. Songs stretched out, sometimes
    brought back from the dead. Stacks of guitars, noisier
    than most “noise pop.” I get the feeling Carson Cox and
    David Vassalotti just don’t like to end songs. Although they
    did manage to squeeze 5-ish songs into these two sides.
    “Disco Dad” gets a reprise at the end of Side A, it has a
    riff that would have made a good alternative to the Jaws
    theme. On the flip side “I’m Still Mad” lasts for a few brown
    bag huffs and cheap cigarette puffs, before their epic
    “Ride the Moon into the Sun” which is sort of dirty psych
    rock. Or is it is sort of a Terry Riley goes punk number
    with space kraut flavor? The best thing about this release
    is its willful messiness. And that includes the confused
    booklet, with imagined battles versus a corporate shoe
    company who want to call the album “Young Man Dancing
    Pumps.” The automatic writing hits on the lousy nature of
    rock camps and includes crumbs of Doritos. I see know
    these two are part of a band called “Merchandise” (on 4AD
    even, hmmmm I’ll check out samples). Maybe these Dads
    are no more, and maybe they’ve grown up and lost their
    madness and method of taking themselves simultaneouslynot seriously and (faux?) solipsistically super-seriously,
    as befits a young man’s pumped-up diary! They did this
    in 2011 when we were all a lot younger, stupider and
    happier. In an ideal world the band would have ended
    when they cranked up their home-made laser light show
    to these mighty messy jams.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on August 3, 2015 at 6:58 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Sonne Hagal – “Helfahrt” – [Eis Und Licht]

    2002 black forest pagan folk, well from the darkened
    forests of Berlin. I think the band’s name refers to
    Sun and a symbol that looks like an ancient asterisk,
    and may refer to hail. That would fit their desire to
    walk in a mix of darkness/light. Even to the point
    of not making clear the band members. Oh well. Most
    songs are anchored in acoustic instruments, guitar
    strummed at the center, some violin, add in a gentle
    electric bass. Lyrics touch upon the natural world,
    the time for harvest, the return of the sun, and at
    one point “let the runes confuse your mind” (during
    “Midwinternight”). There’s a nod to William Blake,
    the band pipes along to two of Blake’s greatest hits.
    At times they work in some electronics, like on
    the warbly, haunting “The Runes Are Still Alive.”
    Another track, “Futhark” refers to a form of runes,
    and catalogs several as a drum machine celebrates.
    I guess that is what gets these kind of “dark folk”
    bands into the sacred temples of metal fans, by being
    pre-Christian, they are inherently anti-Christian?
    This band is very polished and melodic though,
    “Raidho” (another runic phrase for the ride or the
    journey) starts like a lost relic from the days of
    Slowdive.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on August 3, 2015 at 6:57 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Wuv – “Scary Ordinary” – [Great Plains Records]

    Quirky, indie, garage rock from East Bay band WUV. This is their first LP, released January 2015 on Great Plains Records. Recorded at the Waboratory in Albany, CA. I couldn’t find any details on who is in the band but the album label says, “With Leeza, Natalie, Johnny, Sarah, Ezra, Megan, Paul, Eugene.” Lyrics enclosed scratched on an x-ray from an Oakland veterinary hospital.
    No FCCs.

  • Reviewed by Morada on August 3, 2015 at 11:44 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Is/Is – “Is/Is” – [Manimal]

    This all-female Portland trio (Sarah Rose: guitar/vocals, Sarah Nienaber: bass/vocals, Ronnie Lee: drums) categorizes themselves as ghost rock/goblin pop. Solid guitar, bass, drums, and vocals come through a constant hum of reverb and static, as though you’re listening to instrumental psych and the band is practicing down the hall. No need to play two tracks at once with this one. The vinyl is a little warped on the edges but who can tell? No FCCs detected.

  • Reviewed by Morada on August 3, 2015 at 11:43 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Russell St Bombings – “Russell St Bombings” – [Smartguy Records]

    Australian duo Zephyr Pavey and Al Montfort (also members of Total Control, UV Race, East Link, and Dick Diver) named themselves after the 1986 attack on police headquarters in Melbourne. Record consists of some well put-together songs with incongruent randomness added (i.e. someone trying to tune a dulcimer, maybe?), so, basically a lot of you are going to love it. Cuing is going to be a bitch, in fact, Bandcamp lists two tracks, Side A and Side Z.

    No FCCs detected.

  • Reviewed by Morada on August 3, 2015 at 11:40 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Cabbages, Captain, & King – “Cabbages, Captain, & King” – [Edgetone Records]

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    This is jazz in the finest, innovative sense of the word. Jon Arkin on drums, Karl Evangelista on guitar, and, last but not least, Eli Wallace on piano. They work together extremely well in this debut album, although they’ve been together since 2013. Wallace composed the music, and the trio arranged it. It’s accessible and a blast to listen to.

  • Reviewed by humana on August 2, 2015 at 11:39 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Godspunk Volume Fifteen [coll] – [Pumf Records]

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    This is a compilation by nine bands, among them UNIT, Nil By Nose, Howl in the Typewriter, Dumb Robot Pilot. Each band shares in the cost of the compilation. The sounds do have a punk vibe, but they mostly struck me as the clown on the cover does–with a carnival creep that startles. Listen for yourself–there’s plenty of material on here.

  • Reviewed by humana on August 2, 2015 at 11:15 pm
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  • Winterfylleth – “Ghost of Heritage, The” – [Night Birds]

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    As far as Lord Gravestench is concerned Manchester’s Winterfylleth (it’s the Old English word for October) is the greatest Pagan Black Metal band out of the U.K. (just behind White Medal) and a contender for greatest in the world. Their open love of their European heritage has earned them some controversy among the spineless, but they have every right to be proud of their English backgrounds and if you have a problem with that you probably shouldn’t be listening to Black Metal. This is their first album, released 2008; the low-budget cassette edition we possess comes to us (from an edition of 300 only!) via Ukraine’s Night Birds label. Here punkish aggression balances sprawling, subtly beautiful epic BM sounds. There is the odd acoustic interlude (t.s 2, 7) muffled poetic verse (t.s 3, 4) and warrior chant (most tracks). T.s 2+7 are instrumentals. Mastering is by Colin Marston of Krallice, and the guitars have a foggy shimmer to them, soundtrack to dream visions of battles for homeland fought again in the mists of yesterday. The major musical debt is to Enslaved; the liner notes also thank Drudkh and Primordial among others. Some lyrics come from traditional or literary sources. T.s 2-3 concern 991 AD’s Battle of Maldon and t.8 is a very cool nod to the ghost stories of M.R. James. Soaring hymns of creamy old England. Cuppa tea, guv’nor?

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on August 2, 2015 at 6:09 am
  • Filed as A Library,Cassette
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  • Tobias, Todd – “Moorea” – [Hidden Shoal Recordings]

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    This music is perfect for enveloping you as you destress. Written, performed, and recorded by Tobias, the instrumental tracks ease you through whatever you may be doing quite painlessly. The masterful guitars accompanied by drums, keys, and samples lure you in and takes you for a mighty pleasant ride, with lots of beauty to be had every track along the way.

  • Reviewed by humana on August 1, 2015 at 9:02 pm
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  • Go Like This – “Vatos Locos Eastsiders Honky Tonk Grind No. 666″ – [Self-release]

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    dankcore finest from Stinkweed fresh out of prison. san jose eastside hick metal hip hop crossover. beer belly thrash with a sense of humor, cuz fuck if i care anyways

  • Reviewed by abacus on July 29, 2015 at 9:49 pm
  • Filed as A Library,Cassette
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  • Ak’chamel – “Let No One Want What I Have” – [Hanged Man]

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    ancient tribal mysticism from faceless texan vagabonds. murky pagan rituals of minimalist rhythms and distant lo-fi harmonies, more creepy than calming. spiritual ruins

  • Reviewed by abacus on July 29, 2015 at 9:44 pm
  • Filed as A Library,Cassette
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  • Davachi, Sarah – “Barons Court” – [Students of Decay]

    The artist is from Mills College. Strings and electroacoustic instrumentation. Cello, flute, harmonium, oboe, and viola. Tones, baby, tones…
    The multiple instruments back each other up nicely, like a warm sweater on a breezy fall day.

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on July 29, 2015 at 4:09 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Padna – “Alku Toinen” – [Self Release?]

    Electronic synthy with melody as well as some ambient feel. Sounds like skipping on track three but isn’t. Wind chimes on track two. Vox and spoken work on seven feels out of place.
    The internet says that: “Padna is Nat Hawks, a 38 year old middle school English teacher living in Brooklyn. He records at home in his spare time, putting out sounds since 2001. His goal is to make sad music with all manner of tool.” Mission accomplished.

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on July 29, 2015 at 4:08 pm
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  • Our Love Will Destroy The World – “Carnivorous Rainbows” – [Ba Da Bing]

    This is Campbell Kneale previously Birchville Cat Motel from New Zealand.
    Screechy and high pitched loopy and wafting. Track two has drum beat in the background. The b side is more chaotic to me because it has more going on.
    Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on July 29, 2015 at 4:06 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Dreyblatt, Arnold – “Second Selection” – [Black Truffle]

    Twangy toney guitar and strings. Droney and ambient, particularly on disc 2. The beats seem industrial. The artist is a New Yorker based in Berlin. He is a composer and visual artist. This is a commissioned piece from the 80s in Linz and then was developed and finished in Eindhoven. We have most of his work in A and a collection CD in Jazz.
    Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on July 29, 2015 at 4:05 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Quttinirpaaq – “Dead September” – [Rural Isolation Project]

    Austin noise punks. Distorted vocals, drum machine, fast paced. RaH!
    Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on July 29, 2015 at 4:04 pm
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  • Sediment Club, The – “Psychosymplastic” – [Wharf Cat Records]

    Airey droney thrasher-film guitar twangy and bluesy. Screaming garage vocals. Angry east coast punkers trio.
    FCCs 2 and 13
    Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on July 29, 2015 at 4:04 pm
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  • Botanist – “Hammer of Botany” – [Favonian]

    Local Black Metal darlings. Cookie monster vocals as well as some bird of prey.
    Fast and glam in some parts. You’ll hear some hammer dulcimer and harmonium.
    Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on July 29, 2015 at 4:02 pm
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