Thanksgiving is almost upon us, so have a hearty helping of new reviews:
Religious Knives – “The Door”
Alternates between organ-accentuated, tom-heavy prog and abrasive, looped psychedelia. Pretty far out shit, definitely on the experimental side – produced by Thurston Moore, if that’s any indication. Lots of female vocals that sound just a bit off key. All pretty downbeat. If this all sounds good to you, play it.
Play: 1 (bass heavy, brooding prog), 4 (monotonous vocals, organs, plodding drums), 5 (abrasive… everything. dark), 6 (quickest number here tempo-wise, female + male vocals overlaid, looped abrasiveness)
RIYD: Goblins, The Doors, no wave
Thursday/Envy – “Split EP”
Interesting move for both bands – Thursday (of emo-core fame) has more experimental, ethereal passages with their tight, clean guitar work, and long-running Japanese hardcore group Envy gives us a brighter, more accessibly-structured sound. PLAY!!
Play: 3 (fast), 5 (accessible screaming), 7 (ballad-like, awesome)
Fox Japan – “Hell”
The instrumentals aren’t bad, basic garage rock stuff – but the vocals are painful. Amateurish, sad, and angry. I don’t know what else to say – I can’t think of anything that sounds like this because I have no idea how this got recorded.
The Tough Alliance – “A New Chance”
Made up of childhood friends Henning Furst and Eric Bergland from Gothenburg, Sweden. Their live shows have been given much media attention in Sweden due to their “unique” onstage performances that include bat-swinging. They got thrown off the stage once for doing so. Critics claim that TTA glorify violence in general and hooliganism in particular, something the duo denies.
Play: 7, 1, 3
RIYD: upbeat Panda Bear, Air France, High Places
with a side of charts:
Rank Artist Recording Label User
1 OF MONTREAL Skeletal Lamping Polyvinyl
2 BAND MARINO The Sea And The Beast Street Parade
3 FINAL FANTASY Spectrum 14th Century [EP] Blocks
4 TOBACCO Fucked Up Friends Anticon
5 PARTS AND LABOR Receivers Jagjaguwar
6 LOVE IS ALL A Hundred Things Keep Me Up At Night What’s Your Rupture?
7 VIVIAN GIRLS Vivian Girls In The Red
8 SAM CHAMPION Heavenly Bender North Street
9 WOMEN Women Jagjaguwar
10 KINGS OF LEON Only By The Night RCA
11 RAINE MAIDA The Hunter’s Lullaby King Noise
12 GANG GANG DANCE Saint Dymphna The Social Registry
13 AIDS WOLF Cities Of Glass Skin Graft
14 RA RA RIOT The Rhumb Line Barsuk
15 FRENCH MIAMI French Miami Self-Released
16 DESOLATION WILDERNESS White Strobing Light K
17 XX TEENS Welcome To Goon Island Mute
18 SUBMARINES Honeysuckle Weeks Nettwerk
19 GRAMPALL JOOKABOX Ropechain Asthmatic Kitty
20 HER SPACE HOLIDAY XOXO Panda, And The New Kid Revival Mush
21 STREETS Everything Is Borrowed Vice
22 JENNY LEWIS Acid Tongue Warner Bros.
23 ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS Another World [EP] Secretly Canadian
24 EAGLES OF DEATH METAL Heart On Downtown
25 SLEEPING IN THE AVIARY Expensive Vomit In A Cheap Hotel Science Of Sound
26 NOAH AND THE WHALE Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down Cherry Tree-Interscope
27 BAD HAND In This Line Wish You Happiness Daly City
28 JAY REATARD Matador Singles ’08 Matador
29 SLEEPING STATES There The Open Spaces
30 MINIATURE TIGERS Tell It To The Volcano Modern Art
And last but not least, a slice of Neutral Milk Hotel interview pie:
Sample: So who are some of the other bands that are included in [Elephant Six] besides Olivia Tremor Control?
Jeff: There aren’t really any specific bands. It’s weird because now that it’s something people recognize and ask for a definition, I don’t really have one.
Sample: Well, it’s not as fun when people know what it is. So everyone’s going to be able to find you in a farmhouse and hound you.
Julian: Scott wanted to set up a tent in Vic Chestnutt’s house.
Scott: Yeah, I never got around to it.
Jeff: I don’t want to leave the house. I just want to stay in. Well, maybe I’ll walk around the yard. I want to have a dog. A little dog.
Julian: …and a cat.
Sample: You don’t think you would get bored?
Julian: Who cares? Well, we’ll record stuff.
Jeff: The plan is to be near New York City.
Julian: One of us will always be making a record and everyone else can play on it. And one of us will always be going on tour and so anybody who wants to go can go.
Sample: What’s the worst show on your tour that you’ve played?
Jeff: There was this one member of the band, and he got killed…
Julian: I would vote for Portland or Jabberjaw [general consent].
Jeff: The Jabberjaw was pretty terrible because our amps are typically pretty quiet and we didn’t have a PA…
Julian: No one could hear us.
Jeff: And then we played with the Supreme Dicks in Portland and this guy jumped on the stage.
Scott: This wacked-out, new-nazi looking guy.
Julian: It was really terrible… really gross.
Scott: Just to have something to talk about, and it had nothing to do with the Supreme Dicks, but somebody that was there at the show thought they could involve themselves for no apparent reason and tried to shit in a glass.
Sample: Did he actually pull down his pants?
Julian: He showed his genitalia…
Jeff: And he was throwing fireworks and stuff.
Scott: But the Supreme Dicks show still rocked. They’re great.
Jeff: We did six or seven shows with them… it was really a lot of fun.
Sample: Are you an honorary member now?
Scott: I’ve been an honorary member since 1994.
Sample: Do you have a card?
Scott: No, but if I go to a show, I can get up and play. That’s what honorary membership means. I played slide & whistle.
Julian: I played space echo and blew bubbles into the crowd.
::final installment in two weeks!::