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Sep
8

SLTM (The Podcast) Episode 251

Episode 251: Well, I guess it’s time I went and fucked a cow Topic– We examine the lyrics to the one hit “if you leave” by OMD and determine if they are as dumb as we think Music on Episode 251: Sweet John Bloom : Full Review Soon Wizard Rifle: “Buzzsaw Babes” is a nice pulse quickening jam especially after a six minute plus acid washed opener. Lots of fuzzy goodness in the second and third cuts . Three songs in and this is hitting all the right buttons for me. There are only five songs, which is a plus as well. No band ever hurt there cause leaving you wanting more. “Psychodrama” shows the band in another light, such diverse styles in one band. The song calls to mind an early Rush song, with a down turned bass and a Geddy Lee whose pants weren’t so tight. The last song “Beastwhores” starts out like a Morphine song, skronky sax, and I do believe I hear clarinet, then slows down to a Fagan ritual dirgey fire chant. The last song at one point hits upon a bleached out Blue Cheer vibe. Who is this band? See Through Dresses:Full review soon Northbound: I have to see if this holds true for all the songs but they don’t need harmonies for every song. Singer has a good voice and doesn’t need the help as much s they use it. “Everyone but me” is a song about being alone after a break up after something went wrong. Buck up fellar, it’s not the last time your going to be in that position. I get the feeling that if this band stays around long enough they will disown this LP. They need to let the songs breath . Not every space needs to be filled. The singer has a nice distinctive voice, but this is power pop music about relationship bullshit and I’ve heard it many times before. Not offensive but not really worth my time. Other Links: Sweet John Bloom LP Order Page Tiny Engines Rarity SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 251 [ 30:41 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...
Sep
1

SLTM (The Podcast) Episode 250

SLTM Episode 250 Guys just don’t make naked phone calls like they used to In this episode we come up with new lyrics to put on the side of soda cans MUSIC ON EPISODE 250: Dread Lords: it’s as if Tom Waits and Vic Chestnutt had a younger brother and all he listened to growing up was Misfits, Samhain and Danzig. Not at all what I was expecting and that’s always great. “Born into Arms” metal ideas sung through the Cramps catalog. Always enjoy being thrown a curveball. “Jesus never hung out with us, so we nailed his ass to a tree” . Singing of church burnings and mary fucking. Wow. Holy shit. Makes me think of GG Allin and where he might have evolved if he hadn’t overdosed. Maybe GG moves over into Lo-fi Sebadoh-ish rythyms with songs about Satan, darkness and death or more so. Why I keep getting a Tom Waits vibe, I’m not sure but it’s there. I feel it. “Lives in me” tell me he’s not channeling GG? Also hear a little Nick Cave too. Discourse: calls to mind Ringworm, whose music I love and enjoy immensely. Also the last song sounds like a cross between Ringworm and Snapcase. Another band I really like. In video games you have certain accepted buttons or controls in the game, every game designer knows that through tried game research. RT is to shoot and the left stick is to move around. It’s what works best and makes the most sense. You want to take some of the other buttons and try to maximize their use or do something different? Cool, but don’t mess with what already works and what feels right. So it is with music. Discourse take a formula that works, just like those buttons. Don’t think that this is a rot exercise, because they tweak it and add some quality, crisp playing and energy to the proven formula. Cardboard Swords: “Flannel” kind of grinds things to a halt. Why would you want to put an earnest love gone wrong acoustic number at the beginning. I don’t understand. Then the singer goes into a spoken word piece. It’s different, but I would have waited until the end of the record . The song does kick in with a full band at the end, but it’s too late. I’m not sure how to say this, and this may just be a taste thing, but the singers voice...
Aug
24

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 249

Episode 249 : Short Cunt? Well, I’ve got the perfect dick for ya. Topic: Livesays Episode 2 Music on Episode 249: Nervecell – standard metal. And I mean that as a yard stick measurement and not to quantify the ability of this band. If I say speedy metal, fast drums, growled vocals, it’s a qualifier not a judgement. That long growl at the opening of “All eyes on them”, how the hell do people do that? To growl sing is tough enough but to hold it for any period of time seems impossible to me. I hate to use the title track from a release for the song on the show, it makes it look like I don’t care, and that I just picked the most obvious song. But the title song has got the goods and shows the band in its best light. Good guitar opening. Double switched off vocals. Speedy but not out of control. I wish the rest of the album was like it. Listen from “Psychogenocide” on, best parts of the LP. Last part of the album is the best. An instrumental. A bit more flow. Triathalon – (Review Coming Later) Ides of Gemini -rock/metal bedding with dreamy female vocals. By dreamy I don’t mean starry eyed left of center dew drop bullshit. Just floating, doubled. Hard to distinguish between the songs, they all sound the same. Bedrock of guitar & drums (mixed low)not intruding upon etheral female vocals. With some flourishes of harmony or doubling of vocals. That’s all there is to say, really. Not bad, but kind of repetitive. I like what they are trying for, and I appreciate that it’s not something you hear much of, but an EP of five songs would have been a good starter. Like I said, not bad or awful in any way, just a bit repetitive from song to song. Saddest Landscape – (review coming soon) Other Links: Broken Circle Records Unique Leader Records Ides of Gemini Facebook Proteens Faye SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 249 [ 34:58 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...
Aug
10

SLTM (The Podcast) Episode 248

SLTM (The Podcast) Episode 248 “I don’t like the smell of my own balls” Todays Topic: Tired of hearing the same songs from the same bands on the radio? We list a few good bands whose songs need to be refreshed. Music From: Ivadell– First song starts out heavy, but wait around cause that’s not what your getting. What did you order? The fish? The halibut steaks? Okay. Well this is a variation on that then. Sure it’s not the steaks , but its still good and very filling. Try the chocolate mouse, it’s to die for or something. “Unknown Divide” puts a upbeat kicky pop song around the powerful idea of seperation. Is it easier to swallow that way? I doubt it. Nice chiming guitars at the end. The divide is too far, we can never bridge this gap. In life, love, politics, whatever it is there is no hope. Sorxe – as if, at least for the first few songs, Faith No More released KING FOR A DAY, with Jim Martin still on guitar and Mike Patton forgetting the more subtle parts of his repitoire that made Angel Dust such a classic album. I can’t really concentrate, there’s a lady from down the block who’s washing her car wearing only her night shirt. Wow is she getting soapy. You can’t clean a car that way. Wait, what was I talking about? Faith No More’s great album ANGEL DUST? No wait, Sorxe. “Make it so” This song makes me think of what would have happened if PIL had turned towards metal. Almost sounds like a different band. “Make it so” is like 3 different songs. How does that work? How do you decide to make a 9 minute song instead of three 3 minutes songs? What’s best? Don’t know. Toadies: what we would find almost mundane, but unfairly so, in early adulthood we embrace in our twilight years. The Toadies have been around since the 90’s. They had a big hit, and while they may never reach those peaks again, who cares. Are they happy making music ? Do they enjoy what they do? That’s would should matter. They are the kind of band that while you may not buy every single album, you find comfort in knowing they are still making music. And that you can pick up and leave, then rejoin when you want. A bit selfish, sure , but isn’t that how we want life...
Jul
3

Adult Mom – Momentary Lapse of Happily – Music Review

Adult Mom Momentary Lapse of Happily Tiny Engines “I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed the snow” getting older always means enjoying things less and less, life seems to be more annoying than magical. What was once an occasion to play and build in the snow, has become a tiresome chore and a pain in the ass. Second song clinches it for me, but at the beginning I was feeling some Liz Phair vibes. That’s good I like liz’s music. The singer has a pleasing voice, and while it can be sing songy at times, that is never a problem or minus. It just seems that not all of us have a voice touched by Jebus. I would guess her to be in her early 30’s or late 20’s because you only speak of such things when you are still young enough to be swallowed up by regret and feel like you an do something about it. While Liz Phair was trying to identify with the parts of herself that felt like they had to be with someone otherwise she was unidentifiable. Adult mom seems to have just started the process of being alone and questioning herself and relationships with others. What that means and the feelings you have at say 28 and how they are different from first being in love and loss. She’s thinking a lot about this other person it must have been a significant relationship. Liz Phair jumped on the scene having thoughts of chasing men, and how that defined her, what she was in relation to men and what it meant to be a free open woman. Adult mom sings from the perspective of a love burnt out older woman wondering if just thinking about that person means anything and will anyone ever think about her? **incomprehensible shit, that’s what his college English professor said about everything he put to paper or computer. Nothings changed. So take this essay/review with a handful of air. Check out Adult mom on your own, and then you can say you found some quality music without the help of some know it all dick. Thanks brad@fatrobotradio.com...
Jul
1

Why+the+Wires- Flame Failures – Music Review

Why+the+wires Flame Failure jetsam-flotsam.com Like the sax. Reminds me at times of early replacements. The energy and fuck it all attitude. Only I don’t mean they don’t give a shit about the music. I mean the fuck it all attitude where your playing and it doesn’t matter where it’s going or how it’s going to end up, you’re just happy to be there creating. That’s enjoyable to listen too. Controlled brilliant cacaphonic beauty. I like the slow build at the beginning of “The arm will lead the way”. I like their energy, really I could play any song from this release. I like the way the band uses horns in their songs. “Paperbark Boston” has an engine go, turbo boost opening to it that I like. Would be a good band to see live, can feel the energy off this record. The horns would really open it up live. I will admit to tapping my toe to the beat. Reminds me a bit , a bit of Morphine. Also with a little bit of Tom Waits for flavor. I know I’ve said this before about why+the+wires, but I get good vibes from this release, and this band. I know why, at least why I dig it, its got swing and a beat. No really. It’s got a swinging swagger to it, driven by the punchy back beat. Plus this band is smart, they break into your room late at night, set up their instruments, then kick on the lights. Start rocking and swinging for a few minutes, get their gear and jump out the window into the lonely, cold, dark night. “What the hell was that? You ask. “ I don’t know but it kicked some rocking ass” you say to yourself wondering if what just happened was a beautiful dream where you’re in a small club, seeing a good band for the first time. You can almost smell the sweat when your dad comes running down the hall wondering what the clatter was. Just as he bursts in the door, you fake sleep with a knowing smile on your face. Real or not, you wish your alarm clock had that setting so you can wake up with a burst of energy and swang everyday. *This review was written by someone who thinks he’s clever, someone with limited musical ability, therefore his opinion’s are not only dumb, but a total waste of time. I mean, come on, he can’t...
Jun
30

No Mercy – Widespread Bloodshed- Music Review

No Mercy Widespread Bloodshed (love runs red) Suicidal Records suicidaltendencies.com Ah someone loves SOD ( I found out that this is Mike from Suicidal Tendencies early band). Sweet. Sounds like they got a sense of humor too. Yes, nice combo. I’m enjoying this first song, takes me back. “We’re Evil” , they warned you didn’t they? I want to play the first track so bad, and maybe I will. I need to hear the rest of the release first. That first song is so much fucking fun. Speed metal, drums are beating a thousand miles a minute. People just don’t play this type of metal anymore, or at least I never hear it among the hundreds of releases I hear every year for this podcast. Even though this is a reissue, it sounds fresh, well if not fresh at least an old sound that doesn’t get played anymore. I chose the song (we played “Master of No Mercy” on episode 246) to play for three reasons: I like when a band works their name into a song title. It’s not done enough. The singer says “Alright” at the beginning, which is something I miss in songs. Finally, it’s a good song and I enjoy this release. I don’t know the history of this band, but I will. Reminds me a bit of early Prong, whom I love to this day. During my second round of listenings here is what I thought: the album opens with an old land line phone ringing. Ringing right out of the 1980’s. “Evils so good, Evil’s so mean” great lyrics from the first song. You know, back in the day, this kind of metal , a little speedy, a little thrashy, was all over the place. This release probably got lost in the shuffle. That’s why these reissues are important, not only as a document to a time period in our musical history, but also to remind us that good bands sometimes fall through the cracks. I miss people saying “All right” at the beginning of a song ( I know I mention this up at the beginning of this review, but it really did strike me as something that I missed and it must have been important for me to mention it twice). It would be cool or at least very interesting to see these bands get back together today and play these albums. It’s not only the style of the music and...
Jun
28

Godhunter – City of Dust – Music review

Godhunter City of DustGodhunter Bandcamp Coming on like “Vote with a Bullet” era Corrosion of Conformity. Metal bands seem to be the only ones touching on the subjects of social and world ills. Most other forms of music seem to be rather localized. The fall out from our government and their treatment of people like cattle? Metal. I’m going to have to get into the lyrics for the full review, which is coming soon. Some interesting subject matter here. Vocals work, throat shredding type but they are legible and clear, easy to understand. “Shooting down the Sun” sounds like a missing Monster Magnet track. “palace of thorn” has a nice cosmic, space rock vibe. Nice guitar work that bleeds into the next song. Not just a straight ahead metal band, a band with a conscience and some different directions to take their ideas. We, well, I, chose “Palace of thorn” to play but really the last three songs would be fine examples of this bands music. First song is six minutes plus. Doesn’t feel like it, moves along at a good pace. This album is like if COC started with IN THE ARMS OF GOD and then went slower and a little denser but still heavy and catchy for their next release. I wonder where the snippet of speech comes from that is used in some songs? This is really easy to listen to, hard not to like. “prepare for impact, prepare for war” “SNAKE OIL DEALER”, someone’s selling the old snake oil to the public. I wonder if the kids of today would still get that reference? Or is it one of those sayings that transcends generations? I don’t hear it anymore. Interesting nature sounds at the end of songs. “SHOOTING DOWN THE SUN”, who is this band now? Totally different direction, kind of a Chris Cornell solo song. “PALACE OF THORN”, could almost be a Melvins song. It’s got the grooves, a little more smudgey goodness and I could hear King Buzzo belting away. From “CITY OF DUST”, “Home is where the heart is, hell is where the home is”. I can relate to that, but probably not in the way they intended. *Cake, the food substance, is smarter than the idiot who wrote this review. However, that shouldn’t stop you from checking out a good heavy band like Godhunter. Maybe something stupid that was written here peaked your interest, and made you think about finding their...
Jun
27

Animal – Instincts – Music Review

Animal Instincts Animal on Facebook starts off with a woman in distress and her call to 911. someone is trying to break into her home. Abduction? Judging a book by its cover can yield positive results. I did it with this release, Metal. Knew it when I saw the band name, cover and title. That’s okay this time cause it’s good metal. It’s good to know what you are getting, you want a hamburger? Here’s your hamburger. Song one ends with a woman crying and heavy breathing, right into song two at break neck pace. “Sick” is the psycho who abducted this woman, fighting the voices in his head. I don’t think the sane part is winning. An interesting concept album. A killers audio diary set to metal music. “Dark Room”, the evil has taken over. The killing is done. “Worthless”, there’s remorse. A feeling, a desperate feeling of wanting to be stopped. Second/Third/Fourth listens: That phone call is chilling, real or not. Then the first song kicks in and it’s the lunatic who grabbed this woman. It’s like he’s singing to her while she’s in the trunk, tied up. Really he’s not singing to her, it’s his split sitting there in the passenger seat. He’s trying to justify or satisfy that other part in him, and he’s losing. We all die at the end of our weakness. Is he trying to justify the abduction and killing? Heavy breaths, dragging chains fill the air while the woman cries in between the second and third tracks. This guy is trapped, just as much as the woman he’s holding captive. He couldn’t change the outcome of this, even if there was a shread of hope in him to change it. He can’t. He’s tied to this. The singing is the screams of the troubled, confused killer. In anguish, and tormented but unable to change the course of the events. Then a inkling of remorse, a touch of empty regret and nothing has changed. *Brad Bugos wrote this review, he’s really kind of dumb, so if this album is not about what he wrote then you’ll have to excuse him. His education consisted of watching hookers have sex and an old wino teaching him math on Tuesdays. Still all in all, he’s turned out okay. In a manner of speaking. This album by Animal has been on of Brad’s favorites so far this year, and is another reason why he’ll continue to...
Jun
23

Commercials for Episodes 242 to 247 part 2

Hey assface, how’s it hanging? Yeah, that’s what I thought you would say, but your mom didn’t seem to mind when I donkey kicked her baby basket last night. I don’t know, don’t care. Probably because he was away on business. And so began my final, at least I hoped, conversation with Terry from across the street. If there was a god, and I had doubted there was because why else would someone like Terry even be alive, then he’d make sure Terry didn’t make it to his 29th birthday. Dick. Great Albatross Wild Moth Society Sucker The Great Albatross Commercial 1 [ 1:06 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download Wild Moth Commercial #4 [ 0:35 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download Society Sucker Commercial #5 [ 1:12 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...
Jun
21

Commercials from Episodes 242 to 247 part one

Commercials. Why do we do them? beats the shit out of me, but wouldn’t SLTM (the Podcast) be much more boring than it already is without them? Oh shut the fuck up, you don’t even listen to the podcast. Eat shit. Broken field runner Gust King Giant Thanks for listening to us, almost, that one time. We appreciate your lack of trying. Brokenfield Runner Commercial #4 [ 1:09 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download Gust Commercial #4 [ 1:06 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download King Giant Commercial #71 [ 1:31 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...
Jun
15

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 247

SLTM (The Podcast) Episode 247: Man, do I wish I was smarter. Not knowledge wise, but comprehension ways. Topic: Steve Jiff’s Historically Inaccurate Interviews – Alexander Hamilton MUSIC ON THIS EPISODE: It looks Sad -2 song 7 inch. We have played this band on a previous episode, please search the site to hear more. Powerful, driving, power pop . Soaring almost. The lead singer pulls off a tough feat, being that he’s singing loudly and I don’t think that’s a studio trick. I don’t think that would be easy to do. I mean I can sing loudly but only in an operatic voice. It would be hard for me to get that much volume with my regular voice. It works here. B side is a bit laid back. Nice contrasting songs. Makes a listener want to hear more. The music is driving so much so that it almost swallows up the vocals. Bloodtruth – speed metal with growled vocals. Although this time I can understand what the singer is saying. Which for bands like bloodtruth is not usually the case. Some religious salutee’s; the dominae and saluchees type. Not sure how that all ties into the overall message. By the song titles I don’t get the feeling they are fans of organized religion. Well played metal, not a note out of place. Expertly played. Most of the songs are under five minutes , so if you are wondering if you could get into this or not, give it a shot. With songs at this clip it doesn’t over stay its welcome. I think with the latin dominees’ and amen’s that they are mocking religion . Talking at the end of “Obedience” sounds like a watery spirit talking from the grave. Nice creepy touch. Kississippi – pleasant pop music. With female lead vocals. Reminds me a bit of Florence and the machine, to call to mind a popular well liked band of the time. Of course, I’m hearing more of this kind of sing songy vocal style especially from women. How do these trends start? Second song has an interesting vocal trick, the echo is a bit watery. Have not heard that before. I notice that the singer chews on some of the words at the end of the sentence. It is warmly pleasant and easy to listen to. I like the harmonies on “Googly Eyes” . Like a love that has gone bad, the only ties that will ever...

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