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J-Zone – “Backyard Breaks” – [Old Maid Entertainment]

Arcanum   3/2/2016   7-inch, Hip Hop

Recorded in a basement in Jamaica, Queens NYC. All instrumental break beats. Use this to funk up your mix. Pepper in some paradiddles, rudimentary rolls, and ride a groove into the next track. FCC’s on tracks A9, B4, b8, B9.

Track Times and Description:
A1. 0:21 Lead in
A2. 0:36 Bridge Break
A3. 0:17 Lead in
A4. 0:22 Down Tempo
A5. 0:32 Lead in/Bridge
A6. 0:11 Punch
A7. 0:47 Down Tempo
A8. 0:31 Heavy Ride Cymbal
A9. 0:58 FCC In or Out
B1. 0:11 Mellow Switch
B2. 0:16 Toy Monkey
B3. 0:18 1,2 Snake Charmer
B4. 0:17 Double Time FCC
B5. 0:40 Lead in Afrostyle
B6. 0:18 Eric B Mahogany type
B7. 0:23 roll in 4/4
b8. 0:23 FCC
B9. 1:22 ** FCC I Like it

Weed – “Thousand Pounds/ Turret” – [Lefse Records]

Kai Sync   2/24/2016   7-inch, A Library

 

Weed is a a shoegaze slop-slop band from Vancouver. This 7″, released 2013 with the A side track from their first album “Running Back” is more masculine shoegaze similar to Swervedriver. Thousand Points has all the hallmarks of shoegaze with vocals burrowed in the mix, plenty of guitar chords moving in unexpected directions and deliberately recorded feedback and noise from pedals The B-Side Turret is an odd one with no drummer but still slower drony shoegaze (actually an unheard cut from their first ever recording session.) Cool nostalgia single.

Man Is The Bastard Noise/ Gerritt [coll] – [Misanthropic Agenda]

billiejoe   2/17/2016   7-inch, A Library

Garrett is a sound and performance artist from Oakland. This split is put out on his label.
MITB is noisey noise. They are the LA project that has been around forever and has had many members and collaborators. Weise and Wood did this one.
I sure enjoyed both sides.
Sibe B ends in a locked groove.

Dysnea Boys – “Find Water/ Mind Stories” – [Self Release]

Arcanum   1/13/2016   7-inch, A Library

Dysnea Boys, of Berlin Germany, are an homage to 1980???s skate and punk culture. Lead singer Jason Honea from the San Francisco Bay Area was the former front man of California skate rock legends Social Unrest. Bass player C.C. Voltage (formerly of the Spitfires/Black Halos/Loyalties) and Chris Frey (formerly of Radio Berlin/Book of Lists/Sludge) are both former Vancouverites who met in Berlin to collaborate on a new project with Honea. Drummer Tom Fanore (formerly of southern Germany???s punk band Sorry My Sox), rounds out the line-up.The band plays classic 80s skate punk that will please fans of Social Unrest, Circle Jerks, Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Agent Orange, and Adolescents.

Hit the coping, carve the love-seat, over the death-box, Roll in, Wipe Out. Slap it on the deck! Find Water faster tempo, Mind Stories not as fast…dude

A1 1:15
B1 2:40~

Endorphins Lost/ Flux Capactor [coll] – [Rotten to The Core]

billiejoe   1/13/2016   7-inch, A Library

Split from two talented metal bands. Endorphins Lost is agro moshing metal from Seattle.
Flvx Capacitor is grimy grind with cookie monster from South Bend Indiana. They call themselves Midwest grindcore. One song is called 88 MPH, referencing our favorite DeLorean. When searching online spell Flvx with a V otherwise you’ll find a, um, different band.

Cadaver Em Transe – “Cadaver Em Transe” – [Iron Lung Records]

Morada   1/2/2016   7-inch, A Library

This band is based in Sao Paulo, Brazil and features members of Rakta and Speed Kills. They’re kinda goth, punk, post punk, and psych. Apparently the songs are all about how suffocating and oppressive everyday life is in the city of Sao Paulo. I don’t speak Portuguese but the music does a good job of conveying these feeling as well. Clear vinyl.

Swami Kriyananda – “Ananda Meditations” – [A&M Records]

billiejoe   12/9/2015   7-inch, A Library

I think this is the Romanian dude who was a follower of Paramahansa Yogananda, the famous Yogi who “brought yoga to the west” in the early 20th century. Check out the movie about him called Awake that came out last year. Ananda is a name and also means “extreme happiness, one of the highest states of being”. Solo sitar accompanies the Swami who paints us a happy place with his words for the purpose of meditation. The old scratchiness just ads charm. And it’s fun to hear some old school new age.
— Billie Joe Tolliver

Grin and Bear It – “Demo II” – [Allergic to Fun]

abacus   11/25/2015   7-inch, A Library

manic grind assaults from these arbiters of misfortune out of Cleveland. confrontational and degrading just the way you like it, Completely Disgusted goes all dirgey and shit. Wil Killingsworth recorded it so you know it’s good. fuck it no one cares anyways

Hideous Replica – “Hideous Replica” – [Self-release]

abacus   10/21/2015   7-inch, A Library


have you ever listened to everything around you so intently that the presence of sound itself became unbearable? whether in the chaotic milieu of an urban downtown or the isolated breaches of silence in faraway rural desolation the sounds around us have the capacity to overwhelm if you try to take it all in at once. be careful how intently you pay attention.

Gas Chamber – “Stained Hand” – [SPHC]

mouthbreather   9/16/2015   7-inch, A Library

Buffalo NY hardcore punk set combine Power Violence, Prog, Experimental, Soundscape vibes into this EP.

A1: Slow build of elements, sludgy guitar, bass, drums, transition to faced paced hardcore.

B1: Proggy intro to fast punk sludge.
B2: Surfy reverb prog morphing instrumental

Bobb and The Kidds – “Take Me Home Vienna” – [Mighty Mouth Music]

humana   9/11/2015   7-inch, A Library

Well blow me away if this guy’s voice doesn’t remind me of The Bee Gees! This reissue of a 1981 single and the flipside were part of an album called “Harvest of Dreams.” The voices of the “kidds” at the very start of Side 1 is endearing, but don’t expect peppiness from this little 7″. Brooding lovesongs are what they are. You can almost see the skies melting above Trimble’s head as he mourns plaintively.

Walter Mitty and His Makeshift Orchestra – “Cliche Definitions of Success” – [Lauren Records]

abacus   8/12/2015   7-inch, A Library

folk punk devotionals from these california suburbanites. homegrown instrumentation: gathering together the instruments their parents bought them when they were 12 years old that they never quite learned to play to sing songs about modern society’s highs and woes: online media apathy and self-medicating social alienation. garage band in the literal sense with friendly songs your kid neighbor plays on weekends. despite the swearing they’re really nice boys.

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

Morada   8/4/2015   7-inch, A Library

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.

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