Six Slam Sick Day

Hi, everybody! Since I was home sick today from work I thought I would share some of the tunes that were keeping me company; besides my loving and attentive kitties, of course! All of them are loud and would have definitely gotten me spinning in the pit for a while – if I weren’t ready to keel over and die of course!


Minneapolis black(ish) metal unit Sunless are a great cloudy day accompaniment with a release I apparently slept on from earlier this year. I don’t know how I did it, either: they’re loud and angry as hell, but totally beautiful. It might be the antihistamines talking, but I love this band. You should catch them at the Hexagon in a few Saturdays with Cokegoat, Grogus, Zelosis, and Lost Dog if you can. I just might have to be there, myself.


Recommended by a stand up gentleman named Brian, Madison, Wisconsin’s DOSMALÉS made me bang my head so hard I started to feel less congested. The price of their debut EP is indicative of their sound; but don’t let the ‘SOLD OUT’ status of their physical cassette deter you. Buy the download and bang your fucking head. Do it to it!


This is Brian’s band; along with Paul, of course. My band, RYKYGNYZYR, played with them at Mickey’s Tavern and we enjoyed them thoroughly. They have CDs for sale if you run into them at live gig, but you can patronize stupid-cool stoner metal via their Bandcamp. Twichard also call Madison, Wisconsin home; and what a home it is. Get breakfast at the Tip-Tavern the morning after, by the way.


There’s a Wisconsin trend here, I can see that now. But the Day-Quil had me bouncing off the walls for a while, and this seemed like a good soundtrack. Scholars and gentlemen, these cats pull their sound in all kinds of directions while Anna rides the technicolor wave like Slim Pickens hootin’ and hollerin’ down to oblivion. Good shit, y’all.


I know it might be uncouth to laud one’s own work, but, again, I was sick today, so I took some liberties with politeness and listened to my band. We’re alright. These nine spaced-out synth tunes make me feel good, and I hope they make you feel good, too.


The album so nice I endorsed it twice – Thin Black Duke (Hydra Head, 2017) is OXBOW’s latest gift to the world and it is their superlative statement. All the feels you could feel if you feel feels can be felt herein; and if you’re lucky enough to snag a physical vinyl copy, it’s quite a lovely package. An Evil Heat still contains my favorite OXBOW number (“Shine (Glitter)”), but Thin Black Duke is most definitely that ‘Hello, we are OXBOW. Nice to meet you’ type of album. Check out my article on their process and their upcoming Twin Cities gig tomorrow morning!

Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson lives in Minneapolis with his wife, cats, and guitars.
Adam Johnson

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