In case you didn’t get to see this crazy fuckin’ thing (it’s been taken down in a lot of place) here it is. It’s not difficult to see the problems folks had with this spot, but it might help to see the previous installments (not sure if they’re out there still; I’ve failed to find any; little help?).
I reviewed an LP Pregnantput out on Life’s Blood a few years back, and it was of quality, and many hearts were broken and minds molded. Now, in the Year of Our Lord of LP Liberty 2013 we have another album-length statement coming on Mush Records. That is the well from which the below-track sluices:
“Strangers” is far superior to anything preceding it, to the point where I wonder if this is even the same band. Not a trace of what I remember … This is where Here Comes the Indian and solo Zach Hill (the stuff he sings on) converge and become almost violently likeable. I remember Zac Nelson hitching his wagon to close-by stars as well. If I stumbled upon MP3s like this every day life would be a whooooole lot sweeter.
The Grasshopper Lies Heavy / God Townes – “In Love” [Texas Is Funny]
Don’t look now but I think some post-metal motherfuckers are finally willing to invest in more than a passing interest in noise/experimental persuasion.
The Grasshopper Lies Steady do, anyway, while God Townes (I’m guessing that’s a Van Zandt reference) remain more ‘in the pocket’ and suffer for it on “Big Branch,” sounding almost slow-motion, the vocals perpetually encased in amber despite a decent chorus and the traditional J Mascis infatuation.
Back to Grasshoppah: “Sucker” is the logical point where Melvins meets Merzbow. I’m not saying they hang out all day; they get acquainted and go their separate ways. “Sucker” isn’t constantly swamped by high-pitched squeals and static drift, but it’s engulfed enough to stand out among a horde of heavy bands that dare not move beyond using synths. I flashed back to Race Car Riot (remember that three-way split with Planes Mistaken For Stars and Appleseed Cast?) for a second there, as they had a similar penchant for instrumentals that don’tfeellike instrumentals. Then comes the squall of noise I mentioned before, and we’re done.
Then comes “Dead Songs for Dead Bands,” which is even better. This might be where Pelican should have gone afterAustralasia (in fact I was just talking to a buddy about where that band went wrong), all sprawling and swooping before huddling in a pool of noise. By the way, I mention two songs despite the fact that only one is on the 7-inch itself because this is one-a them half-vinyl, half-digital releases. Hey, go for it!
Looks like you can pick up blue, yellow or red copies, though I’m guessing at least one of the colors is unavailable at this point.
Toy Killers – “The Unlistenable Years” CD – ugEXPLODE Records
Cédric Stevens – “The Syncopated Elevators Legacy” 2XLP [Discrepant Records]
Maximum Effort – s/t LP [Problem Solved! Industries]
Woodpecker Wooliams – “Patryoska” tape [Full of Nothing]
Andy Ortmann / Ben Vida – split LP [Nihilist Records]
Tristeza - "Paisajes" LP - Sanity Muffin
Sujo + Sun Hammer – “Fistula” CD [Inam Records]
Raw Thug – “Black Walmart” tape [Loin Seepage Tapes]
Album of The Week No. 118
Nurse With Wound - "Silver Bromide" LP [self-released]
BANDS! LABELS! Gumshoe has moved, again:
2714 Bretshire Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78414
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1. "Riceboy Sleeps" (Again and again.) 2. Second Family Band (VT livin'.) 3. AFCGT (Don't forget.) 4. Duster (Best-evs.) 5. Puke Eaters (Chuck it) 6. The Dicks (Punk pricks.) 7. Dave Scher (Slide master.) 8. Eleh (In threes.) 9. Zzzz (Sax-rock.) 10. Circle Of Ouroborus (Expensive habit.)
Prince Rama Of Ayodhya – “Architecture of Utopia” LP [Animal Image Search]
Kellar – “Fulminant” 2XCD-R [Foolproof Projects]
Jeff Keen – “Noise Art” LP (pink) – Trunk Records
Ensemble Economique – “The Vastness Is Bearable Only Through Love” LP [Shelter Press]
Crows, The / Mama Tick / Casus Belli – “Research & Development Series” – Amphetamine Reptile Records
Dolphin Tears – “Reflections on Waterfront Property” CD-R – Beer On the Rug Records
Designated Mourner, The – “Clarinet Quartets” [Fedora Corpse]
Enewetak – “Easy Rider Sessions, Volume III” 7-inch [King of the Monsters]