the masters of no-fi garbage scuzz from Hudiksvall, Sweden. not for the faint of heart or the PC crowd in the slightest. this is their 4th studio album, now out of print on Load Records. featuring members of Swedish crust legends Totalitär.
from the Load site:
"Nobody knows what a Brainbomb is, but with the sounds of this record strapped close to your skull you will not need your fancy pants college thesaurus to figure out exactly what the meaning is. This record is maximum, in-the-red and dealing with more issues than a year of after school specials. Sounds like a fried out speaker blowing a mix of Detroit fueled orgy fun and evil bad-assery. Driving around in your car, being tired, picking up hitchhikers and killing them with hammers and screwdrivers - just some of the raunchy matter touched on in the 36 minute squirt of brain-burned bile. This shit is better than "Burning Hell", their middle finger classic of 1992. A Brainbomb is the hit to your head and the sound your head makes when it hits tarmac. I understand if you don't want to listen to a record that rocks dangerously. I also know where you live and when you get off work...
You've heard of the Hellacopters, Turbonegro, Gluecifer, and Union Carbide Productions. The North Countries know how to churn out the rock...hard. BRAINBOMBS decimate all these bands with their brutal thug rock. This isn't heavy metal, there is no boogie rock on this, and they are not punk rock. Brainbombs go for your jugular. Review this record, play these songs on your radio station. Isn't rock music an outlaw sound? Its not funny, its like hitting yourself with a hammer. Bands like Drunks with Guns and Whitehouse aren't funny either."
already posted everywhere, hardly needs an introduction, this album fucking RIPS. not the 80's speed metal band but DEATH, a detroit-based proto-punk band comprised of three black brothers who would've probably forever hid in the shadows of forgotten music till Drag City issued this collection. recorded in 1974, this is some seriously heavy, fueled rock music with deep political lyrics and blasting fast tempo changes. the blueprint for Bad Brains? maybe. either way, probably the most essential reissue in a while.
brutalitarians: i've got something for you guys next, promise.
while up in seattle this past weekend, my homie christopher brown pointed out a song playing in between bands at the show we were at and asked "dude have you heard these guys?". nope, hadn't (turns out I actually was at a show they played once and just missed them somehow, woops). so he goes on to describe this band Future Islands from Baltimore while i tried to pay closer attention to the song through the crowd noise. i loved his description, particularly of their singer Sam Herring, painting the portrait of a totally unassuming older dude with a combover who crooned it like nobody's business. he then asked our friend jake who was running the sound to put on the last track of their record "Wave Like Home", this amazing ballad called "Little Dreamer" and we both just stood there listening intently to this dude's totally amazing voice bounce around as the mellow synths and minimal pattering drum machine laid it on thick and sweet in the background. it was really pretty incredible to hear the song, and since then i've tracked down the record and have been jamming this total heartbreaker multiple times daily ever since.
their record is something pretty amazing too: spectacular belted-out vocals throughout and killer synth hooks make it an excellent pop record, something kind of rare to come across these days. i strongly suggest if you're feeling it, pick up the record and support some good independent music. look for this track on makeout mixxx vol. 2, for sure.
three 7"s of short, fast blistering hardcore, all released on Youth Attack! oddly enough they all have a heavy Charles Bronson influence to my ears, go figure. pissed, hateful blasts that leave as fast as they came, marking their territory with a sweaty stench. all these are long out of print, so do the nasty and download them here or on any number of other blogs. the soundtrack to splashing beer all around your parents' basement and straight not giving a fuck.
i'm very excited to share with you, faithful bloggers, my first "in-house production" for this blog. now that summer's coming to an end and the chilly breeze of fall is setting in, its the time of year when we seek out that "special someone", the person to keep us warm during the frosty, lonely winter months. and of course someone to MAKE OUT WITH, and thats exactly where this mixtape comes in to play! hand-picked by yours truly (aka DJ MICHAEL PAUL HILARIO), here's some old favorites, some undiscovered gems and some straight-up classics to get you and whoever that special person might be deep in that ZONE. you know which one i'm talkin' about. throw this on your ipod, set up the fireplace while its uploading, mix up a few potent cocktails, hook the ipod up to your stereo at a reasonable volume and let the MAGIC happen...
yours truly, DJ MICHAEL PAUL HILARIO
click on each side to download.
SIDE A: 1. MC TRACHIOTOMY - VALENTINE (VOCAL VERSION) 2. LOU RAWLS - YOU'LL NEVER FIND ANOTHER LOVE LIKE MINE (MIDI VERSION) 3. BOBBY BROWN - RONI (EXTENDED MIX) 4.TLC - RED LIGHT SPECIAL 5. THE DELFONICS - DIDN'T I BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME? 6. EARTH, WIND & FIRE - REASONS (LIVE) 7. THE MAD LADS - DON'T HAVE TO SHOP AROUND 8. ASH RA - MIDNIGHT ON MARS 9. GRAND NUTZ DA LADIEZ MAN - MY FIRST LOVE 10. (RELAXING OCEAN SOUNDS, FOR THAT LOVIN' MOOD)
SIDE B: *should be fixed now* 1. LL COOL J - I NEED LOVE 2. CAMEO - CANDY 3. EDDIE HOLMAN - HEY THERE LONELY GIRL 4. EGYPTIAN LOVER - I CRY (NIGHT AFTER NIGHT) 5. SEAL - KISSED BY A ROSE 6. KATE BUSH - RUNNIN' UP THAT HILL 7. KRAFTWERK - COMPUTERLIEBE 8. MAJESTIC - BEFORE I CAME 9. ELTON JOHN - CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT? 10. FANCY D - OOH YEAH (BEACH HOUSE EDIT)
so i just scored this Dr. Alban record at a local bookstore here in Olympia, and minus "sing Hallelujah" (see previous post) it has pretty much every hit on it, along with a few other undiscovered gems of awesome euro-dance-hall-pop from the Nigerian dentist from sweden. one of these totally crucial cheese-jams is this one, "SWEET REGGAE MUSIC", all sunny and jumpy island beats with the best off-kilter sax sample i've heard in ages. Alban manages to throw in random and at times subversive lyrics like "Bob Marley died of cancer disease" and "As a dentist, we fill all the holes" is his afro-european island voice almost completely unnoticed amongst his usual party feel-good mainstays, which earns him extra points for just being...well...weird. if you have a penchant for wonky 90's dancehall and don't mind it cut with a strong serving of Ace of Base euro flavor, then this jam's for you!
absolutely my favorite black metal discovery of the year is this very well-done demo from dutch dismalists IRRWISCH. pummeling and dark as fuck but with a surprising amount of melodic parts that aren't in the slightest way cheesy or riff-y. the first track is totally CRUSHING. as far as i know this demo from 2008 is the only release so far, but if there's more coming it'll totally be worth the wait.
awesome and thorough blog BIGFATSATANIST just posted a huge wealth of early Jim O'Rourke recordings from the late 80's/early 90's, most of them issued on cassette, to commemorate the release of his new album THE VISITOR (on drag city). these are pretty far off from his more pop-oriented works on albums like EUREKA and INSIGNIFICANCE, landing more in the realm of electro-acoustic drone, free-improv guitar and ambient composition. fans of jim's electronic works will dig these early recordings' dark, brooding and pleasantly lo-fi sound.