You don’t have to be Greil Marcus to recognize that Ty Segall is a Black Sabbath fan. While he hasn’t been afraid to show his influences (and talk about his love for the band), his latest project Fuzz is his most Immoni/Ozzy indebted work yet. The eight song thunderbolt of a record screams 1969, from the album cover to righteous guitar riffs, and is one of the most instantly gratifying records I have heard in a while. It takes great artists to play music so obviously influenced by a band/genre and still come out the other end with something that sounds fresh and at least moderately unique, but the three longhairs in Fuzz do that in spades.
Stepping out from behind the guitar and sitting down behind a drum kit, Segall takes a more democratic approach to his new three piece band with Charles Moothart and Roland Cosio, sharing writing duties with Moothart. Segall sings on most of the tracks, but it is Moothart’s sumptuous guitar work that is the highlight of the record. It isn’t a big change to hear Segall’s primal wail behind fuzz-laden guitar, but Moothart’s guitar work hits like a ton of bricks. Where Segall is a master of making something simple sound raucous, Moothart is more in the business of taking stoned-out riffs and building a massive wall of sound. After a ominous intro with “Earthen Gate,” the guitars chug forward with reckless abandon throughout most of the record and seem tailor made for blasting out a car window on a steamy summer night. At points the band venture into the garage-punk area the Segall does so well, but mostly this is a metal/classic-rock LP that bows at the alter of bands who used their namesake as a way to shake loose the foundations of rock and roll 40 years ago. Segall and Cosio hold down the back end (there are even drum and bass solos!), while Moothart is let loose to play the hell out of his guitar, both with his proto-metal riffs and his wailing solos. It is a record that is best taken as a sum of its parts, from the textured, multi-dimensional “Hazemaze” to the earth-shattering “Preacher,” but album standout is the earworm melody of “What’s in My Head.” The track ventures away from the brute force pyschedlica that consumes most of Fuzz to create the warmest melody of the record, and is a song that stands toe to toe with the best material Segall has created.
Fuzz is a side-project, but their well worn feel comes from the fact that this isn’t the first time at the rodeo for these three. Ty’s vocals are built to scream over the monster riffs that Moothart unwinds on this record. Moothart isn’t new to this game either, as his guitar work was an instrumental part of Segall’s outstanding (and gigantic sounding) Slaughterhouse LP. Side project or not, this is a record that both pays tribute to the greats in the past and moves this music forward. While his prodigious talent and mind-numbing volume of material are the things that get Ty Segall the most attention, Fuzz brings me back to the thought that his greatest talent is getting himself and other amazing in the same room and just letting the tape roll. Whether it is White Fence or Mikal Cronin or Fuzz, Segall seems to create gold out of whatever he touches, and brings out the best in the musicians around him. This iteration just happens to love Black Sabbath.
Catch Fuzz at the Turf Club Sunday night with CCR Headcleaner and Gay Witch Abortion, and don’t forget your earplugs.
Locally we have had the pleasure of taking in the raucous, punk-garage rock of Fuck Knights for the last few years, but now the band are taking their fuzzy riffs across the pond. Tonight at the Turf Club the band are not only celebrating their impending tour of Europe, but the release of their new “4-Way Freakout! (Vol. 2)” split 7″. If you’ve missed the band, check out the track “Hey Hey” below. See them tonight with Narco State, Mary Allen & the Percolators and Mystery Train before they invade the EU next week.
It isn’t surprising with the established players who makes up the band that the new Chambermaids record is as lush and full sounding as it is, but it shouldn’t undercut what a sonically mesmerizing record Whatever Happened Tomorrow turned out to be. Mixing woozy pysch-pop with shoegazing undercurrents, it is a record that is both pretty and commanding. From the gentle waves of the instrumental track “I Always Knew” to the echo-laden, jangly fuzz-pop of “Scraped Away,” it is a record that is heavy as a ton of bricks, but light as a feather. This is a record that will hit you your first listen and offer nuances and surprises each time you give it a spin. They don’t play often anymore, so that makes tonight’s release show even more of a big deal. Celebrate this great record at the Turf Club this evening as Chambermaids are joined by Is/Is and Erros Magicos, along with DJ Soft Abuse for what should be a great show. Stream and buy the record below, otherwise pick up a limited edition 12″ from the group tonight at the Turf Club.
It is hard not get get swept up in the wistful coastal winds of the latest self-titled LP from Peach Kelli Pop. It doesn’t matter where you are (or where they are from), the music is the kind of vintage, sunny-but-sad garage pop that makes you think of campfires on the beach, even if that isn’t something you have ever done. I grabbed their latest release on a whim during a Burger Records sale, and it has been one of the most pleasant surprises this year for me. See the band tonight with a great lineup of locals at the Hexagon. Music starts sometime after 9 pm and it is free as always.
Diva 93 is the lo-fi, experminetal ambient/pop project of Jess from Dust Buns. She released a tape in August called Disappear, which you can stream below. It is a great fall record, all tape hiss and wobbly instruments, spooky keyboard lines and rattling percussion. Kind of like the Knife if they stripped everything down to the bone. Diva 93 are going on a tour this fall, with the kickoff show tonight at the Hexagon Bar in South Minneapolis with The Velveteens, Larry Wish & His Guys and Hastas. Check out some local music and grab a Diva 93 tape and send her on the road with a little cash in her pocket.
Within a genre (ambient/noise) that itself can be seen as “out there,” Blues Control are a group unafraid to venture even further into the pysched-out woods to reach their musical nirvana. On their outstanding 2012 release Valley Tangents, the group incorporates textural patterns to bring to life their jazz/fusion/classic rock/ambient concoction. The duo of Russ Waterhouse (guitar, electronics) and Lea Cho (keyboards) have been releasing albums for over five years, and have been part of some of the best labels around (Not Not Fun, Woodsist, Holy Mountain, Slitbreeze, RVNG Intl) before hooking up with Drag City for their latest. They wander into the abyss, but it never feels aimless or without reason. If you’ve missed this great band until now, check out the track “Iron Pigs” from Valley Tangents below, buy up all their great records that aren’t out of print and see them tonight when they roll through town for a show at The Belmore/New Skyway Lounge.
Listen to the noisy dissonance of Seattle band Darto in preview of their show tonight at the Seward Cafe. “Oikos” is from their brand new LP in difference, a six song 12″ that weaves ominous melodies through overcast, kraut leaning post-rock. Crawling out from a haze of feedback, the track hopes on a sparse bassline before breaking into the clear with a jangly guitar and tambourine groove. Stream and purchase in difference from the bandcamp link below and see the band tonight with American Cream and Animal Lover for what should be a great, noisy show at the Seward Cafe.
Los Angeles based garage rocker Hanni El Khatib, will be playing the Triple Rock Social Club tonight, Sunday, September 29. He’s on tour to support his sophomore album, Head In the Dirt, which was released this year and produced by Dan Auerbach. Check out the single “Family” below.
Hanni El Khatib
with Bass Drum of Death
Triple Rock Social Club
September 29, 2013 8:30 PM
Door Open: 7:30 PM Buy tickets here
While nothing in life if guaranteed, if the last few years of Totally Gross National Parties (the annual bash for local label Totally Gross National Product) are any indication, this Saturday at Icehouse will be a blast. The label continues its no-holds-barred style of welcoming a diverse group of musical genres into its proverbial family, and the show Saturday should highlight the labels musical dexterity. Set times are below and even further down the page are some tunes from the aritsts/groups/bands/collectives/cults that will be throwing down tomorrow at Icehouse. Tickets are a steal at $10 ($12 at the door)—buy one HERE.
3:00- NASA Space Recordings Listening Party
4:00- DJ Channy
4:30- Tender Meat
5:30- Allan Kingdom
7:20- Moonstone Continuum (record release)
8:45- Pony Bwoy
9:25- Marijuana Deathsquads
10:00- Jonathan Ackerman + Plain Ole Bill
+ more DJ action until close