If you somehow have missed the Guante + Rube + Dem Atlas collab effort SIFU Hotman earlier this year, now is your time to repent. You can stream the three song EP below, which features Rube’s frantic beats with some playful but powerful rhymes from Guante and Dem Atlas. Guante uses this release to step back a bit from his social commentary for a few rounds of spit-fire-shit-talk, and he is met round for round with the spirited stylings of Dem Atlas, who was new to me when I first heard this EP. The limited edition vinyl that the trio released features the three songs plus a flip-side that features instrumental beats and a vocal only version of “Limb for Limb.” Hearing Rube’s high octane beats without the vocals makes you appreciate how frantic and wild these songs are, and how impressive it is Guante and Dem Atlas were in crafting vocals that matched the beats intensity. Stream the EP below and buy the limited edition vinyl from Fifth Element.
Stream below the latest release from the local gloomy synth trio Claps. Their latest EP is called Lies/White Lies and the four song 12″ is out on Forward Records today. Listen below to the EP and pick it up from the band tonight at their release show featuring some great local (Miami Dolphins) and regional (Iowa’s awesome Wet Hair) bands supporting them.
Find out more about their release show at the Hex tonight with Wet Hair, Miami Dolphins and Hot Rash HERE.
For the latest installment of the Cocktails at the Castle series the American Swedish Institute is gathering their usual fun activities, with the musical soundtrack provided by locals Crimes and Strange Names. It is a Halloween themed party with lots of fun stuff planned. Listen to the latest musical outputs from the two bands performing tonight below and tickets can be purchased HERE or at the door for $15.
Joining great locals Is/Is and Heavy Deeds tonight will be Seattle fuzzy garage-pop group Night Beats. Dig the video above for “The Seven Poison Wonders” from their recently released Sonic Bloom and see them tonight for free at the Hexagon.
Since forming in Providence, RI’s thriving noise scene of the late 90s to their move to Portland a few years ago, The Body has been creating the kind of brutally heavy sounds with just two guys that most bands dream of recreating. Their new album Christ, Redeemers is out on their new label Thrill Jockey and is another dense piece of punishing sludge. Fans of heavy music do not miss this.
The Body plays the Hexagon Bar in Minneapolis tonight (10/23) with False, The Funeral And The Twighlight and Up The Mountain, Down The Mountain. The show is 21+ and free.
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.