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FIVE SONGS TO LISTEN TO, CURATED BY TOMMY KRUISE

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Tommy Kruise is an OG Canadian beat maker. Hailing from outside of Montreal, he's a master of the chopped and screwed and channels Southern rap like it's nobody's bussiness. He's going on tour with RL Grime and Branchez and will be in St. Louis November 15th at the Old Rock House. I figured now would be a great time to ask him if he could tell us 5 songs he's been banging recently and boy did he deliver. All but the last one have music videos too! Check out his new EP FÊTE FOREIGN (free DL) and his 5 songs below. 

 

1. VINCE STAPLES – BLUE SUEDE

"STAPLES HAS BEEN DELIVIRING A LOT OF DIFFERENT STUFF OVER THE YEARS. LAST EP HE DROPPED WAS MORE BOOM BAP, RELAX TYPE SHIT BUT THIS HERE IS A TRUE BANGER. BEAT IS RIDICULOUS, MAKES ME WANNA BUY A NEW CAR AND CRASH IT THE SAME DAY.GO PEEP HELL CAN WAIT ITS DEFINITELY SOMETHING"
 
 
2.  YUNG GLEESH – SINCE WHEN 

" NOW IF YOU KNOW ME YOU ALREADY KNOW IM A HUGE GLEESH FAN. FOR THOSE WHO DONT KNOW HIM HE IS THE MICHAEL JACKSON TYPE DANCER FEATURED IN THE NEW ASAP ROCKY MULTIPLY VIDEO. SINCE WHEN IS THE STREET BANGER OF THE FALL. CLEANSIDE FINEST 3 FEATURES NOTHING BUT BANGERS. IF YOU SKIP A SONG THEN MAYBE THIS ARTICLE HERE IS NOT FOR YOU. "
 
 
3. BOLDY JAMES – CRUNCHIN'

" DETROIT PURE FLAME. BOLDY JAMES SPITS ONLY REAL SHIT. THIS AINT NO FAST FOOD RAP TYPE RAP OVER HERE. IF YOU LIKE THIS TRACK I SUGGEST YOU VISIT HIS OLD MIXTAPES, NOTHING BUT FIRE. "
 
 
4. MBE – HAVE A PARTY

" NOTHING IS MORE AWESOME THAN A GROUP OF KIDS DANCING WITH FRIENDS AND HAVING THE TIME OF THEIR LIFE. CHICAGO BOP SCENE IS EXTRAORDINAIRE AND THIS IS ONE OF THE STREET BANGERS. SEE HOW MANY TIMES I SAID BANGERS IN THIS ARTICLE, I'M NOT HERE TO TALK ABOUT SLEEPERS. "
 
 
5. GUCCI MANE – SO HOODY

" THIS SONG DOESN'T FEATURE A VIDEO BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW THAT GUCCI IS GONE. ITS EASY TO KNOW IF SOMEONE IS COOL OR NOT DEPENDING OF HIS STANCE IF HE LIKES GUCCI MANE OR NOT. IF YOU DONT FUCK WITH GUCCI MANES CATALOG THAN WE CANT REALLY BE FRIENDS. THE ONLY REASON ALL THIS MUSIC AND ALL OF YOUR FAVOURITE ARTISTS EXISTS IS GUCCI. SO HOODY IS PRODUCED BY ZAYTOVEN AND IF YOU KNOW LA FLARE THAN YOU KNOW ZAY + GUCCI = BANGERRRRRR "
 

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Big ups to Tommy Kruise for his time and recs. Don't miss him in November. 

- Nathan 

FIVE SONGS TO LISTEN TO, CURATED BY DAMIAN MASTER OF A PREGNANT LIGHT

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Damian Master is the mastermind behind the incredible hybrid post-punk/black metal outfit A Pregnant Light, as well as the leading man behind the equally fantastic Colloquial Sound Recordings. I was very fortunate to be able to obtain a list of five songs to listen to from him, covering everything from Bathory to Evian Christ. Check them out below!

 

1. Future – "Sh!t" 

 
This song more than anything in the past couple months gets me going.  Future's delivery is absolutely furious.  I can hear the anger and rage.  One thing I've always loved about hip hop is that when they beef with someone, they call them out.  They name names.  They're shooters.  They'll take you out.  The real ones will, and that's the only type of thing I'm interested in.  Seems like in the metal/punk world the worse thing you can get is snide subtweet.  If any one wants to say something nasty to me, direct it at me, and expect a response. I'm not a coward.   Lots of people pretend like the things they say online or in social media aren't important, or- they choose to believe when they are important.  You word is your word, no matter where it is.  Talk shit, get hit.  That's the rule.
 
2. Secret Creation – "My Candle Fears It Won't Be Burned" 

 
This song is everything I look for in a furious black metal song.  True black metal is Bathory, Celtic Frost, Nifelheim, Venom, Amebix (truly primitive!!) Dissection, Necrovore, Bathory, pre-De Mysteriis Mayhem (DEATHCRUSH!!!), Bathory, etc.  Atmosphere has it's place, but overall, pure black metal must have riffs.  It can't all be atmosphere.  When I look at 90% of black metal bands today, they're all these washing atmospheres and nothing to stand up tall about.  This is heavy metal, not some forrest-dwelling nerd realm.  Ok, maybe it is the latter, but not in my world.  Not on my watch.  
 
3. Bathory – "The Wind of Mayhem" 

Ok, all this talk of Bathory makes me want to listen to Bathory.  I know Mayhem took their name from the Venom song, but I often wonder if this track wasn't also an inspiration, if not an affirmation.  This was released in '85, and Mayhem had formed the previous year but didn't release the "Pure Fucking Armageddon" until '86.  People forget that riffs are what truly makes something stand out.  I don't forget.  This track is everything that people try to pull off, but can't.  There are riffs and atmosphere.  It's perfect.  
 
4. Eisley – "Ambulance" 

 
Last winter I was incapacitated due to a 13-hour spinal reconstructive surgery.  Having been raised in the midwest of America, I have always equated freedom with the ability to get in your vehicle and drive.  Against doctor's orders and amidst the worst winter on record in 30 years, I got slowly into my pickup truck and drove.  It was my only exercise in freedom.  I could't walk without a walker, I couldn't bend and it took me two minutes to get in and out of my truck.  I listened to a lot of Eisley while driving.  Like, on repeat.  The Valley is a perfect record. I have their latest one, but I need to spend more time with it.  Eisley calmed my soul in a way that is hard to describe.  These songs aren't saccharine and feel-good.  They're songs of hope and despair simultaneously.  Gorgeous voices. 
 
5. Evian Christ – "Propeller"

I work at a record store, and saw the LP.  I was totally going to buy it, but I didn't want to spend $17 on four songs, so I decided to pick it up on iTunes, since I figured rather than spinning the vinyl, it would be something I would listen to in my truck anyway.  I haven't spent much time with it, but I really like what I've heard of it.  I have like, wayyyy too many records.  I love punk rock 7"s and I love the 12" format as well, and since I buy so many records, I've been picking up a lot of dance/electronic stuff digitally.  Always buying, never illegally downloading.  Having the wax is cool, but ultimately this is headphone music while I ride my bike or zone out while driving.  Plus, $4.00 on iTunes or Boomkat allows me to buy more music than if I was just physical only. Buy music, scumbags.  (by the way, I get records at cost at my record store, so I'm not really "supporting" my record store by buying it, in fact it's probably a small loss since we are getting paid for the time ordering stock and putting it out, plus – leave it to sell to someone! Plus, I buy so many records, dude. So many.)
 
 
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Many many thanks to Damian for his time and recommendations. Tune in to Thought Forge Sundae to hear music from A Pregnant Light and more Colloquial Sound artists. 
 
-Arvind

FIVE SONGS TO LISTEN TO, CURATED BY CULT LEADER

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Gaza was once a band. Now, they're a better band, and are called Cult Leader. Gaza was one of the first heavy concerts I ever attended back when I was in my early teens, and I've always loved their music. It's safe to say they rank among the best bands that Salt Lake City has ever produced. I was fortunate enough to get drummer Casey Hansen to send us a list of five songs to listen to, so read on:

 

1. The Electrician – Scott Walker The hardest thing to do in music is to marry true dissonance, discord, weirdness, and darkness with beauty and do it in a way that doesn't sound mashed together and underdeveloped. This song finds a way to flawlessly bridge musical chasms like nothing I've heard before.

 

2. Night Terrors – Cursed There's a reason everyone rips this band off and nobody wants to admit it.

 

3. Reckless Burning – Jesse Sykes and Sweet Hereafter Just an amazing song. There's nothing I can say about this song to add or detract from it.

 

4. They Sent You – Mare This band put out one EP ever, and it's amazing. Because of that, the potency of their catalog is perhaps stronger than anyone's. I've still never really heard a band to fairly compare this to. Pure genius.

 

5. Concubine – Converge Mind-bending, game-changing, and life-changing. For me anyway, that's pretty much all there is to say.

Huge thanks to Casey and Cult Leader for their time. Look out for their debut EP "Nothing For Us Here", coming in April via Deathwish, Inc. Tune in to Thought Forge Sundae, Mondays at 10 pm CST to hear bands featured on FIVE SONGS TO LISTEN TO.

 

-Arvind

FIVE SONGS TO LISTEN TO, CURATED BY FALLS OF RAUROS

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Hello KWURians,

For our first FIVE SONGS TO LISTEN TO of the spring semester, we reached out to Portland, ME's Falls of Rauros, who've been one of my favorite American black metal bands for several years now. They gave us an aweomse five songs, so check them out below!

 

Arab Strap – "Fucking Little Bastards" These guys are, to me, unrivaled in their outward projection of self-loathing and a sort of arrogance laced with beauty and dark humor. This song in particular is deafening.

Six Organs of Admittance – "S/Word and Leviathan" Incredibly tense without letting up. Twelve minutes of immense droning "folk." Even better in sequence with the rest of this album.

Silver Jews – "Death of An Heir of Sorrows" David Berman is a long-time master of wry alt-country songcraft. This one is very, very sad.

Julianna Barwick – "One Half" Beautiful. Multi-layered vocal parts woven with strings, synthesizer and guitar. A really gorgeous result.

Magnolia Electric Co. – "Take One Thing Along" I'd imagine this song could bring a stillness or silence to any crowd that heard it. Jason passed away about a year ago and is missed wildly.

 

Huge thanks to Falls of Rauros for their time. Be sure to check out their upcoming split with black metal stalwarts Panopticon (here), and download their incredible 2011 full-length, "The Light That Dwells in Rotten Wood", available via their bandcamp. Tune in to THOUGHT FORGE SUNDAE, Mondays at 10 pm CST to hear bands that are featured in FIVE SONGS TO LISTEN TO.

-Arvind

Sweet Leaf.

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

 

 

Black Sabbath are, for the most part, un-fuck-with-able. There's a timeless aura to every Sabbath track, and an air of almost too-cool effortlessness by which every song passes through your eardrums. Case in point, "Sweet Leaf". It's been a favorite song of mine for years upon years now, and it fits the bill for "classic Sabbath" in every way possible – a tremendously groovy blues crunch, a paean to that most holiest of herbs, a quick midsection freakout and a return to minor pentatonic glory, all topped off with Ozzy's signature vocals. Here's the thing though – it's all ups and no downs. I'm not just speaking to Iommi's riff. I'm talking about the general tone: weed as an indispensable element to the Sabbath image. Even the non-metalheads out there can conjure the image of the basement stoner, pleasantly and unobtrusively enlightened, using his dad's "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" LP as a joint-rolling surface. It's all ups, man. 

Enter Primitive Man. Primitive Man give us the downs to Sabbath's ups. Their take on "Sweet Leaf" reflects an experience similar to my own with marijuana. It's unrelenting, misanthropic, and oppressive. The classic bluesy stomp is drawn out, off-kilter, and full of warped menace. The vocals, instead of the Ozzfather's trademark wail, are indecipherable, orchestrated chaos contained within walls that shift and sway in accordance with a deranged beat. Primitive Man feel too big for the room, each element straining against the boundaries between metal and noise. Instead of fuzzed-out stoner metal, we get viscous sludge. Instead of a danceable middle section, we get a raw blastbeat and a glimpse at clarity, only for everything to slide back down into a pitch-black void. When some semblance of that glorious riff emerges from the gloom, it's a relief from the murk, but not from the song itself. It still sits there in the back of my head, replaying itself over and over, a reflection of twisted paranoia and schizophrenic terror. This is not a happy song anymore, and there are two sides to every coin.

 

Primitive Man's cover of "Sweet Leaf" is availble only on cassette via Tartarus Records (unfortunately, they are currently sold out). You can listen via bandcamp.

Thanks for reading,

-Arvind