Sunday, February 1, 2015

Olekranon—Salus cdr

Inam Records

Excellent frenetic drone from the Inam label. I'm super satisfied with this one. It's got this strange brightness to it that most drone doesn't really have. Maybe it's a little like Our Love Will Destroy the World and that is not bad at all. You will dig this. 

The packaging is great as well. I am a big fan of printing on transparent vellum. It creates this cloudy softness that is hard to recreate another way. They do a good job with that. The artwork itself is really good and the minimal type treatment is totally solid. Nice. 

Negru Voda/Knös—Face Without Face cd

Negru Voda/Knös
Face Without Face
Malignant Records

I'm not really feeling this one. Both acts are totally fine but for some reason I'm not super into this. Dark industrial noise that certainly haunts the corners but when it was over I was just sorta done. The whole thing has this 90's sound and look that is cool but I feel like I have seen it and heard it all before. The irony isn't lost on someone who listens to HNW all day, trust me, but I am just sort of unaffected by this particular release.

The layout isn't bad. It's got this Neville Brody feel here and there and I really like the type treatment on the back. The cover is a bit of a mess but I enjoy the artwork. I think for the right person this would rule. I'm just not that guy. 

Ryan Huber—Horus cdr

Ryan Huber
Inam Records

Everything on Inam records is good. Honest. I haven't found something that didn't stay in my player for days and days on that label. Getting a package from them means that I will get inspired and end up making my own work. Their curating is top notch and this release is no different. It's simple, clean and intimate. In fact, it's so intimate and personal that every cd package is hand done. Granted it's pretty simple but it is done by someone who clearly has some taste. I had to cut open the envelope to get to the cd but it was worth it. The music is this beautiful fuzzy drone that was just what I needed today. Thank you. 

RU/ST 3"cdr



RU/ST is HNW and for that you should find this. 3" cdrs are becoming the most dead of formats and it kinda bums me out. It's inevitable but they are so rad and back in the early 90's they were the catch-all SciFi way of carrying information in the future. Anyway, RU/ST rules. This track is 22 mins of blistering. 

WIth the packaging I'm a little torn. The packaging itself is nice. Hand made but still professional but I feel the assembly could have been a little tighter. The bag it comes in is way too big and that's always so clunky looking but in general this is nicely done.. I guess it's a thumbs up on the packaging. The cover has some sort of weird textured ink or paint that has been screened or stenciled on. It's kinda gross to touch and I love that. Textural elements aren't used enough in packaging. Sadly, I bet that will crumble off in a few years. Either way, if you are a collector of 3" cdrs, and you should be, this is one to find. 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Last of England—Noisecore Tape cs

Last of England
Noisecore Tape

FUCK. This is so rad. Super short and totally brutal. I think lovers of of Sissy Spacek will find something just perfect about this. They need to do more of these 10 minute explosions. Maybe I should try to get them to do a split with Synanon. I even dig the simple little J-card because its so poorly done. If that makes sense. The hyper low resolution on the type and the photocopy paper. It looks like they had to design and print them in the time it takes them to play a song. Somehow it fits. 

Fingers of the Embalmer—Dissection of Order cs

Fingers of the Embalmer
Dissection of Order
Worthless Recordings

Another one that fell into the cracks and I'm pretty bummed. This is much more on the doom side of noise sharing more of a Blue Sabbath Black Cheer sort of sound. Which to me is great. It lacks a little of the depth that BSBC have but it has a lot of the sensibilities. This is apparently based on Egyptian gods and has a lot to do with the afterlife and dying, so I'm pretty happy. 

The layout is cool. Simple and creepy without trying too hard. Nice work. 

Vomir/Crucifix Eye split cs

Vomir/Crucifix Eye
split cassette
Forever Escaping Boredom Records

HNW. Yes. Fuck yes. Not enough of this honestly and that's saying something because of how much HNW there is out there. This is mother's milk to me. Not the RHCP album, which I do not care for, but something that is nurturing and fulfilling. Both acts rule… The layout leaves something to be desired. There are strokes around all the type which needs to be used sparingly. In some places the leading wasn't adjusted for the addition of the white strokes so the type kinda runs into itself. There is just too much going on. The VHS on the front, with a skull then rainbow stuff on the inside with tapes and type and splatter… it just a bit of a mess. maybe that works for the HNW type stuff but I would like to see them take another stab at this. 

En Nihil/Filth—Black Earth cs

En Nihil/Filth
Black Earth
Out of Body Records

En Nihil and Filth are both super heavy, brutal dark industrial goodness but also totally different. I've been enjoying both of their work for awhile and this cassette is no exception. I think for me the stand out is the very beginning of the En Nihil track. It sounds like a monster is coming to get you. Seriously. It's legitimately scary music and I feel like a terrible father for letting my daughter hear this. 

The tape is by Out of Body Records so it has that look. I really appreciate the uniform look to all their cassettes. I think the overall design of all of their tapes could use some tweaking but at this point they are locked in so I don't even really feel like saying much else. It's not bad but it could be better… Although, that can be applied to every single thing ever made by anyone ever. 

Filth—The Witches' Pharmacopoeia cs

The Witches' Pharmacopoeia
Maniacal Hatred

Now we're talking. This is some grim shit and I dig it. Dark, haunting, marching noise that sounds like a panic attack. This type of dark electronic experimental noise isn't something I always gravitate towards but sometimes it's the perfect palate cleanser.

The designer needs to chill out on the textures over the type. It's not consistent between all the type and the whole thing just screams photoshop. Otherwise it would be a fine layout that is appropriate for the music.

Marcus Rubio—Land of Disenfranchisement cs

Marcus Rubio
Land of Disenfranchisement
Already Dead Tapes

This little slice of disparate noise-pop was not what I was expecting. It's pretty lovely and in very different ways. The first track sounds like Sigur Ros a little but less…foreign? Then a track that could have been the best thing Belle and Sebastian eve recorded hits next followed by something that could be off a Unicorns record. Is this guy from the Unicorns? I'll have to check. 

Ok, no it doesn't look like he was but this guy is pretty famous. I guess I should have known that but I didn't. I know more about guys who fill cassette cases with blood and dirt and slap a label over it more than I know about young award-winning composers. Anyway, this is pretty good. I can see why people dig this. I know my wife will love this. 

It looks nice. It's a solid layout with good typography. Not really my thing, but nor is the music, and I can't deny that either are anything but really, really good. Solid. 

Swamp Horse/Husere Grav split cs

Swamp Horse/Husere Grav
Existential Cloth Recordings

Swamp Horse is one of the side projects of Josh Lay and I guess when I say that I am not really sure what the main project would be. Glass Coffin is so good I sorta think everything else would be the side project… How about I just say it's one of the many projects of Josh Lay? Swamp Horse is strange. Lo-fi, rough, naive hardcore with these contrasting droning electronic tones and noises that elevates the whole project. It's totally weird and totally great. Husere Grav was introduced to me through one of Joe Beres' Small Doses 3" cds. It was great and I kept an eye peeled for that… Side note, Does Joe still do Small Doses? He was going to do a 3" for me a couple years ago and a book of artwork by me with an introduction by Stephen O'Malley… Hmm. I kinda dropped the ball on those. I suck. Anyhow, Husere Grav have two moments on this that really stand out. There is this oppressive wall of tone that starts this and moves until a small and precious guitar layer finds it's way out and leaves with one of those it's-okay-I'm-going-to-die feelings. 

The tape itself is laid out fine. Super simple and clean. I'm into it. Nothing much to say other than I do like these simple punk-rock layouts. It usually always works. 

German Army—Social Catalyst cs

German Army
Social Catalyst
Jozik Records

So I have been very lucky to get to hear many German Army songs in the last year and I think it's time I admit that German Army is our new Coil. Or at least they are certainly on their way. Every cassette has been amazing and I am loving the focused yet varied approach to this strange, melting electronic. This particular album actually sounds like a mix between Brian Eno and Throbbing Gristle and I love it. I hope some genius reissues all of this on vinyl someday soon.

The packaging is not really there but for some weird reason it kinda works for me. The name is upside down on the spine, the J-card is too short, the art is totally a placeholder but with the music this good I sorta like it. Normally I want tapes to look as good as the music and in this case the diminished layout really elevates the music. This might actually be brilliant. 

Hadals/HHL/Machismo/Sharp Tooth—4 way split cs

Hadals/HHL/Machismo/Sharp Tooth
4 way split
Tapes of a Neon God

Excellent 4 way split as per usual from TOANG. Hadals starts with something very subtle with quiet drones and moves into the sounds of an angry demon trying to tear a metal bed frame apart. HHL is brutal HNW just like you wanted. Like bees made of metal. Machismo is new to me but I am a sucker for that late 90's noise with vocals thing. I fucking love this. Sharp Tooth is great. Like listening to an Argento soundtrack through a wormhole. This is really good all around. Anderson has good taste in sounds and good taste in design so I'm never really disappointed in his work or his curating. 

Friday, January 30, 2015

New KTL cassette is out and podcast news...

Fuck it. I'm going to use this as a place to mention Dead Accents releases from time to time. There is a new cassette from KTL out. KTL, for those that don't know, is Stephen O'Malley from Sunn0))) and Peter Rehberg from PITA and this shit rules. Check here for a full description.

When the podcast starts I am not sure how it will exactly work out but I am hoping to take some suggestions. I have decided not to make it a video thing. Even though I discuss the layouts a lot I think I will just keep this blog to have photographs of all mentioned releases. I'm thinking of keeping each show between 15–30 mins max. I think it will be broken into segments. I will do a few reviews and play some segments, discuss layouts and packaging. I was planning on having some interviews here and there and hopefully a few performances from noise artists. I was also thinking of having Shane Mehling, decibel writer and my best friend, host a segment where I defend something. Not sure how that will go.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Q///Q—N SA BWA cs

Skrot Up

I mean this in the best possible way, but if the SNL faux-show Sprockets were a real show that got canceled in the early 90s and they then decided, twenty years later, to make a documentary about the show, this cassette by Q///Q would be the absolute perfect soundtrack to that documentary. Does that sense? It's really good. It has this sort of happy, somewhat naive european sound that I am really into. The look is perfect too. I like it. I kinda wish it were easier to figure who put it out but I think I figured it out by reading the 3pt type on the cassette. 

Church Dweller/Hadals/Void En Vogue/Winter Ritual—4 way split cs

Church Dweller/Hadals/Void En Vogue/Winter Ritual
4 way split
Tapes of a Neon God

The rule with Tapes of a Neon God release is this. Just buy it. It's always good. Anderson (Hadals, Pornography) seems to know a lot of very talented people that love to make some real chaos happen. This is one of those rare noise splits where every act sounds totally brutal and intense but also completely different and unique from each other. As much as I love four tracks of indecipherable HNW, this is a killer example of some disparate audio fuckery. 

As with most all the other tapes from TOANG, this looks great. Good type treatments and nice fucked up artwork. I'm a fan. 

Wreckmeister Harmonies—Volume one cd/dvd

Wreckmeister Harmonies
Volume one cd/dvd

The case is a little beat up as I listened to this a lot in my car.

I played with Wreckmeister Harmonies about a year ago and I was totally impressed. Huge sweeping guitar drones performed completely live through my half stacks. It was great. Musically this cd is a little different. Apparently he curated some sound performances in various museum lobbies around the globe and I believe this is audio from that. I'm not sure if what i am hearing is the audio of people listening to what he is doing combined with pre-recorded studio music or if he played the studio tracks in the museums or what… it's a little confusing but the music is great. The field recording parts really explore the depth of the rooms and paint a beautiful picture in your mind. The studio parts are this free form jazz/drone piece that ends in some of the most beautiful and powerful moments. It's well worth hearing. The Dvd is subtle. With no real menu to speak of you aren't sure what you are getting. It ends up being long shots of East coast and West coast locations backed with some interesting audio. 

It looks fine. Images from the recordings with some type that is acceptable. It doesn't quite convey what you will get inside but there isn't anything particularly wrong with it. 

B. A. Johnston—My Heart is a Blinking Nintendo cs

B. A. Johnston
My Heart is a Blinking Nintendo
Black Top Records

This is adorable with a capital A. The first song is great and I thought I was pretty hooked right away but as it goes on I started to loose interest. I think if this was 5 songs instead of 19 I would be asking for more but it just kinda drags itself down with how cute and ironic it is. It's just too on the nose. Songs about Dungeons and Dragons, a song about having a deep fryer next to your bed, another song with a deep fryer, old nintendo games… It's all a little too precious for me. I think if this had the brutal and tragic honesty of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone it would be one of my favorite albums because B.A. has the skills for song writing and his execution is great. I just want to hear something from him and not from what he thinks a roomful of his best friends will chuckle at. 

The art on the cover is pretty cute and it it goes well with the music. Unfortunately the type is just not being used well at all. It could stand a redesign. 

Timm Mason/Cathartech—Sleep Study cs

Timm Mason/Cathartech
Sleep Study
Masters Chemical Society

This is pretty interesting. From what I can tell from reading the insert that comes with this you are supposed to play this while you sleep. I'm terrified of almost anything that is supposed to alter my sleep but listening to these tracks from Timm Mason and Cathartech I can see how this might make for a very amazing non-waking experience. Lucid dreams? Possibly. I do love those although I have only had a few in my whole life. The look and sounds of this cassette seem very clinical and I think for what this is supposed to be this is a pretty big success. I would try to find this if you can. 


I'm seriously considering turning Dead Formats into a podcast. I feel like I would be able to get more reviews done, actually play some of the sounds for others to hear and talk more in depth about the packaging and layouts. I feel like maybe I would have to keep this blog up just to show the physical packages that I am talking about but I think a monthly or bi-monthly 30min podcast might serve our scene a little better. Let me know what you think. Go ahead and email me and we can discuss some ideas. If I do this I would love to have some interviews, sound samples, and probably a handful of co-hosts.

JML & Tanner Garza—Desired Constellation cs

JML & Tanner Garza
Desired Constellation
Urgent Telepathy Recordings

This is just lovely. Beautiful lo-fi drones paired with sweet little bursts of feedback, loops and texture. It's smaller than bedroom drone, this is like closet drone or crawlspace drone. It's really wonderful. You should get this so we can talk about it. 

It looks okay. Not totally my thing but it is fine. There is some warped type that on it's own looks pretty good but I feel when paired with the manic collage art work, that on it's own also looks good, it's just not a good marriage. Not horrible but I will say that the music's such high quality was a surprise as I was not too hopeful at my first glance.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Noisepoetnobody—Oso cs

Chittenden Jones Industries

Excellent. Really excellent work. Noisepoetnobody has created a tense and immediate piece of work here about a town in Washington state that was completely buried in a massive mudslide. Abstract beats and drones create a texture that immerses the listener in way that is both pleasurable and anxiety-inducing. It's a little fucked up but I dig this. The way it looks doesn't hurt either. Really nice design where he has broken out of the usual boundaries or the 3 panel j-card. Crucial. 

German Army—Socotra Scripture cs

German Army
Socotra Scripture
Horror Fiction Tapes

German Army is my favorite band today. This tape has that wonderful warm blanket of audio patina that just melts the end of my day. This is what drugs should sound like. 

I love this design. First of all they bent the rules on what goes where on a tape j-card. That's important. Secondly, the j-card is actually pages from a 1962 novel called The Wizard of Linn by Vogt. I have never read this but I'm a little curious. The texture of the paper sounds like the music. This is an important design element. Bravo the the designer and the label. I'm impressed. Maybe I can con them into releasing a blsphm tape. 

German Army—Pennantia cs

German Army
905 Tapes

Another excellent piece from German Army. I guess you call it electronic experimental if you were trying to explain it to a parent of someone you went to high school with 15 years ago. You could also just say that it rules. Excellent samples and loops with a beautiful, ancient wooden sound. The layout is simple and well designed and I'm very pleased with it. You will be too. 

Meghann Wright—s/t cs

Meghann Wright
Black Top Records

Hmmm. Not totally sure why this was sent to me. It's not horrible or anything but it seems like it is far from my musical world. Meghann Wright is a singer/songwriter that sounds a little like Amy Winehouse singing for Frente. Do you remember Frente from the 90s? They did that New Order cover that everyone loved and an entire other record that no one remembers. Anyhow, that's pretty much what we have here. Soulful, adult contemporary rock that brings to mind Adele more than anything. The tape has a super 90s look as well. It's really not something I enjoy expect for the fact that I keep imagining that I am watching Lost in Translation and the band in the bar, Soulsalito, says, "Thank you, thank you. We're Soulsalito. Uh, we have cassettes for sale." 

Battalion of Cloudships/Faint Glow—split cassette

Battalion of Cloudships/Faint Glow
split cassette
Assorted Psychedelia

So this is almost two years old at this point and I need to apologize again to everyone that I am so behind. Not only do I need to apologize to the producers of so many fine cassettes and music but to the audience that isn't getting the word that these things rule. That said, this thing rules. Faint Glow has been reviewed on here before but this is probably my favorite thing of theirs so far. Super simple and brittle. Like the music frayed wires would like to listen to. It's awesome. Battalion of Cloudships, besides having an awesome name, have really done something special here. It's sad and deeply hurting. I really love when I find something that acts as a mirror to how I feel most of the time. I'm going to were out this cassette. Someone needs to put this out on a one sided 7" or something. 

The tape looks great. Simple O card that has been deftly assembled to have some real depth and texture. Really nice. The type treatment is very minimal but done well. They even used a ligature. Nice. 

At Jennie Richie—The Communists Garden Expanded EP plus cs

At Jennie Richie
The Communists Garden Expanded EP plus
Readymade Tapes

I will never own everything At Jennie Richie has put out and that's a bit of a bummer. Luckily though sometimes things get released again and I get to hear a bit more. This is one of those cases. This is a excellent example of the collaborative nature of At Jennie Richie. Whether they are working with irr. app. (ext.) or a child there is always something sort of brand new happening. This is a beautifully strange collection of disparate tracks that will slightly pull you brain apart. Consider yourself lucky. 

I dig the look of this thing. The type and image on the front are pretty low-quality and resolution but it somehow works really well. I think because part of this was a digital only release at one point it makes the hyper-digital nature of the artwork really the perfect choice. Find this. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Wolf Eyes—Mangled LSD Lines Flexi

Wolf Eyes
Mangled LSD Lines "Live in Chicago 2014" Flexi

This bright orange flexi disk contains about 5 mins or so of live Wolf Eyes from this year. Nauseous-inducing churning punctuated with some piercing excellence at the end. It's what you may expect from Wolf Eyes but I fucking love it. It's super weird as far as packaging goes which is usual for Wolf Eyes' releases. This one contained randomly cut pieces of a weekly. Possibly the Stranger. Limited to 100 copies. It's good. 

Ice Orgy—2 cs

Ice Orgy
Univos Workshop

borrowed photo. awesome work...

I was a big fan of the first Ice Orgy cassette. The music and packaging were all there. Beautifully done work that took my breathe away and gave me something to work towards with my own label, Dead Accents. This release, or sequel if you will, continues with that awe I felt two years ago. The drones are intense and unnerving while still holding onto this subtle beauty. The letterpresses packaging looks amazing and is really well printed. The attention to detail is superb and I can't recommend this enough to everyone who makes and enjoys cassettes as much as I do. This is the label/person I would most want to release a BLSPHM release because of how nice and tasteful this is. Bravo. 

Submissions—II cs

SBMSSNS (Submissions)
Skrot Up

This is pretty rad. If you dig the idea of a heavier Nadja that lives closer to the world of Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste-era Ministry and maybe a touch of Deustch Nepal then you will dig this. I sure did. I know a friend that would actually shit his pants for this. It's things like this that get me excited about doing this blog. Discovering something new and weird that I never knew existed. These guys are on the map for me now. 

The layout is okay. The type is clean and strong—they even knew to letterspace their capital letters. I sorta wish they did some art of some kind on the inside but it's pretty strong. I like the image of Jack Kerouac being attacked by a snake on the cover or whatever that is...

Auburn Lull—Hiber cs

Auburn Lull
Geographic North

An excellent if not unusual drone/space-rock cassette from Michigan. I haven't heard any of this band's other work but this is just the right amount Music for Airports for me. That era of Brain Eno's work should be cast in bronze and shot to all ends of the universe. Auburn Lull could be right up there with him. It may be a little too on-the-nose for some but I can' get enough. This also has a slightly dirtier sound that I think really sets them apart. This is great…

The layout is very interesting. The typography is very interesting but it's also a little hard to follow if you aren't sure what the land is called to begin with. Maybe if they had messed with the weights of the type a little it could have helped someone like me that didn't know what I was receiving but it's still one of the better type treatments I have seen on a cassette here. I really like the artwork wrapping around all the places of the j card you would normally never see artwork. Well done. 

Humongous—Who Among Us cs

Who Among Us
Blacktop Records

So I'm not really familiar with Open Hand but apparently this is the solo project of the frontman, Justin Isham. When I first put this in I got a real strong Future Islands vibe from it and that's pretty cool for me. As the tracks go by it moves towards straight hip hop before it moves back to synth pop but with a heavy vocoder vocal presense a lá Kavinsky. It's a pretty killer album all in all. I imagine a kid moving from Indiana to New York City may bring this as one of his only cassettes and he would be totally fine with that…

The layout isn't much to comment on. There is issues with the typographical hierarchy and there just didn't seem to be too much thought put into the looks at all to be honest. I think the picture on the cover is the same reference that Jake Bannon used for Jane Doe. I think Converge just owns that image now so it's weird to see it used somewhere else. Unless I'm mistaken*… The music on this record is varied, complicated and interesting and the look of this just doesn't convey that at all.

*It's not the same but it's darn close...

Monday, October 6, 2014

How would you like your remains disposed of?

So the other day I received a complaint. It was the first of it's kind but it was a valid complaint that I am taking very seriously. I have received many cds, tapes and vinyl over the years and although some of it will be buried with me, some of it I cannot hold onto. There is only so much space in my life and I am the opposite of a hoarder. A purger if you will. Now I am left with a few options: I can sell it to a record store, I could list it on Discogs, I could throw it away or I could give it away. Let me take just a second to get slightly off track here. DO NOT GIVE YOUR WORK AWAY. Serious. There are, of course, exceptions. Your very close friends who would value your work in a way that only a very close friend would. Yes, of course give stuff to them but you should always be getting something for your work.You need to attach value to your art and you need to receive that value. That doesn't mean money. It actually rarely does but you need to make sure that your work is being valued by the person who is consuming it. Are you going to get a show or be able to tour if you give something away? Are you going to get a review if you give something away? Are you trading? Buying goodwill? Whatever it is you need to be sure that the person on the other end understands or appreciates in some way what you have done. The reason I ask for physical copies is two fold. 1- I want to make sure you cared enough about the work to actually make an object that can be judged for all of it's artistic impact and 2-because it keeps down the amount of reviews I am asked to do of someone's bandcamp thing they did last night. Not that there might not be merit in something presented that way but a needle like that is in a mighty big haystack. People do not value artwork that is free to them. Unless you were raised in a possession-free society deep in the amazon you do not value the art given to you. You might like it, you might appreciate the gesture but the artwork itself needs to be part of a trade somehow. Maybe it's money (which really translates into your time), it may be art of your own or maybe some work of some sort. You need to give something of yourself to be able to receive the artwork and properly appreciate it. This is a little sticky with music as music is an invisible artwork that you consume through your ears. Music has no form and therefore cannot be owned. The packaging and format on the other hand are a separate art forms that can be transferred and, like other types of art, you can become the caretaker of. That's an important point, you can never really own a painting or a sculpture or a 12". They last forever, you do not and therefore you are just the current caretaker of it. Now that I have written this you are probably thinking, "Duh." I know but I think some people have this strange idea that their releases are both worthless and priceless at the same time. I would like them to think about them as art that has value as much as I do. Okay... Done ranting. So here's the poop. If you have sent me something to review, know that you have given it to me. If you want me to do something special with it I will respect your wishes. Those things are keep it,  give it to a stranger, throw it away, sell it for a million dollars on discogs or see if a friend wants it. I will be happy to comply with any of these wishes. That goes for past reviews. You can search my discogs store and see if I am selling something you gave me and we can talk. I don't get paid to write reviews unlike someone who works for a music magazine but on the other hand I don't feel like I deserve to get paid. I do this to spread the word and enjoy the privilege of hearing all of your work. If you remain silent I will proceed as I see fit.

Friday, September 26, 2014

IRM:Closure cd

Malignant Records

Holy crap. This sounds exactly, not sort of like, but exactly like a Dalek making creepy industrial. I would pay this guy to start screaming "EXTERMINATE!" That being said it's still pretty easy to take this seriously as the music is awesome. Really dark and dramatic, from the school of Genesis P-Orridge. I dig it. That layout makes the music seem like it is part of some very evil play made by some lovely dadaists. I think this is pretty well done overall even if it is sung by the Doctor's greatest enemy. 

Idylls—Prayer for Terrene cs

Prayer for Terrene
Tapes of a Neon God

Just like the last tape that TOANG released for Idylls, this one is absolutely amazing. I can't say enough how much I enjoy this one. This is about three floors above heavy, fast and brutal. There are even some songs that move from the world of Converge/Trap Them to a more Birthday Party vibe which is very much my jam. The recording is enviable and the music is just unrelenting. Really fucking good. Buy this tape as soon as you are able. 

It looks pretty good. Very simple and the cover is pretty hard to make out but overall it is well done. I appreciate how TOANG will add tiny lyric sheets to releases that call for them…

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Yautja—Songs of Descent cs

Songs of Descent
Tapes of a Neon God

Yautja is one of those bands that people think I must know well and have played with a thousand times because my current band, Great Falls, sorta shares a sound with them. I do not know them personally and I have yet to play with or see them but I really wish I did or had on all counts. The music is excellent heavy, noise core. There are moments that feel like a heavier Knut or Botch but then songs with an almost Crowbar meets Melvins vibe before dropping into something blazing fast. Others that feel like one of my favorite bands of all time, Spaceboy. It's pretty damn good. 

The layout for the tape is okay. The text kinda disappears into the photo collage on the cover. I honestly would have switched the cover and inside cover. It's great that it includes an insert thought with all the lyrics. 

Trepaneringsritualen & Sutekh Hexen—One Hundred Year Storm cs

Trepaneringsritualen & Sutekh Hexen
One Hundred Year Storm
Cloister Recordings/Pesanta Urfolk

Two things. One I have no clue on how that project is pronounced. I have a few of his albums and I basically treat that band name like a character in a fantasy novel. I know it when I see it but I could never say it out loud. Second, I actually had a hard time believing this was recorded live. This is such a wonderful bleak and tragic recording that I was sure this was a long studio endeavor that spanned months. Not a semi-improvised spontaneous recording by Mateo Garcia from last year's Stella Natura Festival. It's a fantastic recording and I would scramble to get a copy of this one. Really crucial. 

It's packed in a black Brad pack that is very, very well designed and illustrated. Definitely a highpoint in cassette design. This is going in the book...

Old Iron—cordyceps cs

Old Iron
self released

So Old Iron is touring the west coast right now and you should go. The band is made up of two of Seattle's most talented and tasteful tattoo artists and one damn fine drummer. The music is somewhere between Torche and Neurosis but with a more rock-sensible sound. The guitarist Jesse Roberts is also the bass player for Seattle's Sandrider and you can hear it a bit. Anyway, these guys rule. The tape sounds great and you should really go see them on tour. The only real issue I have with this whole tape is that the typography is pretty slap-dash. Someone just sort of filled the spaces with text instead of composing the sections of their layout. Also the text on the spine is upside down. I don't enjoy when that happens but it happens often enough I think it may be a conscious choice and not a mistake. Oh well...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Nipple Stools—Turkish Circuits cd

Nipple Stools
Turkish Circuits
self released/bicelphalic music

plastic. metal on metal. gravel. depth. harvesters. an orchestra. tapes. melt. 

This is quite good. It looks okay. Not as good as it sounds. I highly recommend finding this though. 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Apologies and Explanations

So here is the deal. I have been having a very hard time keeping up on the blog this summer. Between all of the design work, being a dad, teaching letterpress, health issues, writing an album, putting together Dead Accents releases, illustrating shirts and wedding invitations... Well, you get the idea. The blog has started to really fall by the wayside and I hate that. So here is what I am going to do: I am going to accept submissions between now and August 4th—which is my birthday—and then I am going to stop accepting until I am done with everything that has been sent to me. I figure if you took the time to send it to me, I can take the time to write about it. Just not right now. It may take me a whole year but I will do it. I am sure a few new ones will sneak their way in there but I am going to make this giant pile disappear. Thanks for checking in. New releases will start appearing very shortly.

Here is my address:

1436 NW 60th st #1
Seattle, WA 98107