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Dec
8

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 257

SLTM Episode 257 – What are you doing here? Watching you poop. Topic- Clips from an October Interview with Lost Empires Music On Episode 257: Lake Ruth – Cold Play with pleasing female vocals. There are worse things than writing cotton candy for your ears. A lot of things. Songs kind of roll by without much notice. A pleasing sunny afternoon, that as you get older you really soak in and look forward too, but as a kid or young person you can only take so much of. I find this nice pop music to be a little too much for me to take in, oh sure a few songs of it, but I’m a miserable bastard, so it’s tough. We could have chosen any song from the album to play, all pretty representative of their sound. As if the Archies were fronted by a woman after hotdog was hit by a car. You don’t need a band for this type of music, an acoustic guitar or backing tape would work as well. Crom Dobh: (Full Review Soon) album start off like a cut from a Soundgarden album, “Mind Riot” or “Searching with my good eye closed”. The guitar work in “Kings II” is phenominal, its just a good overall song. It’s driving rock with sonic guitar licks and barely legible vocals. Throat graveling vocals. Drums are low in the mix. Usually with metal that is heavier, the drums are loud but these sound almost thin. “the invulnerable” has a nice slow groove. Vocals prove to be a valuable tool on this song. Adds the right atmosphere. Kind of sullen creepiness. “Kings II” (And We Ride) would be a perfect song for a nordic horse saga, and WE RIDE!! guitar at the end of “Sedation” is so damn good. Aree and the Pure Heart – John Caferty and the Beaver Brown band are back in town for one night only. A bit too earnest for it’s own good. Sounds like the music that the Assasins would write and play behind Gigi in Dennis Leary’s unfunny, trite piece of crap TV show Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll. That show is not funny and I like Dennis Leary. This release is like Rod Stewart as a twenty year old writing songs too get into girls pants. All style no substance. I wish this was a joke release, the guy has a good voice but the songs are just trite bullshit....
Dec
1

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 256

SLTM Episode 256: I wish dad was still dead Also not appearing on the Show- Atriarch – An Unending Pathway -while away the hours painting that boat or just sitting out in your hammock, with Atriarch, you can find that peace of mind and solitude. Put your MP3 player in your ears or share with the neighborhood, no one will bother you after the doom and cluster fantasmo gram of black death permiates the air. If all you ever did was sit on your garage roof picking at your scabs and waiting for a crow to land on a nearby tree branch so you could huck a rock at him, then atmospheric doom rock maybe be the perfect aura for your sitting. Also in turn, if your washing the car and you enjoy heavy doom metal then why not give those punks who ride by on their bicycles something to think about. Music: Muncie Girls– You Will like this if you are a fan of Broadcaster, we here at the podcast are. Same king of poppy rock songs, but these have female lead vocals. “Gone with the wind” is a bouncy corker. I like the fact that the singers accent flavors the singing. This band would be better with an EP, the longer format doesn’t work to their strengths, the music kind be a bit samey sounding. If I were them, and had their clear talent, I would release an EP every six to ten months with four or five songs. At times they call to mind Superchunk. “My Loneliness is in remission” I wish that were true. Maestus– starts off with a 21 minute song. That takes some hutzpah. And it doesn’t come out kicking and screaming , bashing and burning. Oh no , it’s got haunting female vocals, and very light piano plus some strings. Odd choice, but let’s see where this album goes. If I went to the church of the never asking god, this would be one of their hymns. “Tears of Sky” is just some noodling about on a church organ for 3:28. I don’t get this release. “Algid Lungs” is a good half song. No need for the first three or four minutes. After Bonnie Tyler piano breakdown it’s a good song. The last four songs are part of a cycle that lasts thirty one minutes. John Thayer – dancey, upbeat, power pop music. Well polished, played and produced. First song sounds like...
Nov
24

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 255

Episode 255 -What Flavor is that? Uggh! Topic: Ask Brad (your questions about Brad and SLTM answered) MUSIC: Kindling – dual female/male vocals ala My bloody valentine. But, where as MBV was riding in a smoked filled car with no air conditioning, twelve people, their possessions and a bad transmission, kindling is more driving. Three songs in and so far they have the same driving sound. Driving rock with haunting vocals. Although, track three has female vocals mostly. I do like the break stop in “Blinding Wave” . So the songs sound similar, a bands sound is their sound. No way getting around that. I like the couple of songs with female lead vocals. Nice juxtaposition to the double lead. 12 songs might be a bit much for one sitting, but the songs are on average three and a half minutes. Brave The Waters: chiming, slow paced kind of spacey or at least spaced , instrumental songs. Not what I was expecting at all. But isn’t that the point of all of this? I think so. Songs sound very similar. Hard to pick one from another. I would like to drop in the alien jibberish from Fallout 4 into one or more of these songs. Just as something to break it up . Well played but a bit pedestrian and normal. Inward Oceans – I’m in this bar, mostly because I don’t want to be alone, but also because the house just feels so big and empty now. There’s a guy sitting at the piano playing, somber drifting pieces, but I can’t get myself soaked into them, there’s a table of people talking loudly and making noise. Fitzgerald’s is a nice bar, and the whiskey is warm and soothing. All I can think about is how I’ve fucked up my life. I’m a bit soused, desperate and broken hearted. Then all of the sudden this loud mouth starts yelling at the guy playing piano. “Play Louder” and “Play my anus bleeds for thee” and laughing, like its the funniest thing any drunk asshole has ever said. I’m just trying to drown myself out , but this dick keeps bringing me back to reality. So instead of standing up and telling the loud fucker to shut up or I’ll punch him, I instead head to my car and cry. I wish I was dead. Enablers: If I had your voice, I would talk sing everything. Hints of Rollins Band or...
Nov
17

SLTM (The Podcast) Episode 254

Episode 254 – “Maybe you need a knee brace Ellie, Heh Heh” Topic- Political Jokes with Hooting and Clapping MUSIC: Apophys: Heavy without being dense, like a concrete punch with a wet unsettled finish. Guy growls , band backs with riffs lifted out of an H.P. Lovecraft short story and we all go home with something to tell out significant others. Never lazy or plodding. Like a bullet train careening around the tracks, fast but never out of control with the conductor barking over the P.A. About the decaying world around us. Next stop, the wasteland. Courtney John – we don’t review just a single, so I got nothing on this one. Hellbastard– rock music with dirty turgy vocals. Vocals that sound like they’ve been run through the mud, left out in the sun, and then drowned in Old Milwaukee. NowI know why it sounds like that, band has been around since 1985. the song 8.4 “Paws” is a cool song, Like the addition of keyboard and the talking. It’s a cool change of pace. A different side to the band that helps the metal standout a bit more. Immortal Bird: speed metal. Fast and faster. Coming right at you. And even though you saw it coming at you from miles away, you still couldn’t avoid it’s brutal thrash of the sword as you fall over. As you slowly slip away the voices you hear remind you of your inability to change things and your left wondering why you didn’t just step aside at the last moment and let it happen around you instead of to you. Long speedy songs, reminds me of my favorite clip joint. Other Links: Broken Limbs Facebook Wild Pink Courtney John Project Patac Records SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 254 [ 30:06 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...
Nov
9

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 253

Episode 253 – Fudge Season Officially begins tomorrow night at Sundown Topic:Dig deeper with Cousin Barry MUSIC ON EPISODE 253: Boss Kong: 2 song single. Lo-fi rock music. Singer sounds like he is croaking into an empty mason jar. The second song “vietcong” seems to be from an Agent Orange cancer suffering Vietnam Vet. He’s relating his experience from that conflict. His voice is going but you get the weight of the situation. Basic Mentors tracks laid under a croaking life clinging world weary excapist . It’s only two songs, but you get a good feel I think of what they are and where they are coming from. Jukebox Romantics: Sounds like 1977 again, and late 1982. What a great run we had back then. Up in arms about the world in front of us, angry about having no rights, but willing to take matters into our own hands. Too bad it was only a guitar and some rageful emotional singing. This release reminds me of that time, if only I hadn’t been to young to know it was going on around me. Feels like I was there though. Just Fine, Just fine. Speedy, punky, tuneful, rock with a polish not seen since Weatherford and Haynes, the hip hop dance troupe from my youth. Broken Cross: ( full music review coming soon) Record New Highs: laid back and mellow as hell. Very relaxing. Good music for those days during a nice summer day with a good breeze. I can see my self out in the hammock I don’t have , in the yard, relaxing with a lemonade or refreshing beer listening to this release. Enjoying the moment. Or the times when you’re sitting on the front porch watching the neighbor kid working his ass off mowing his parents lawn. This music is likable, like the person at work you don’t know too well, but they seem friendly every time you see them and you hear good things about them. “Unity” is a nice jam. If I had a TV Show and I needed a good band who played some smooth pop/jazz in the background in a bar scene, this would be perfect. “Unity” and “Duva Duva” repeat in remixes but who cares. Other Links: Broken Cross Facebook Gentle Hits SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 253 [ 36:20 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...
Oct
13

Sweet John Bloom – Weird Prayer- Music Review

Sweet John Bloom Weird Prayer Tiny Engines I like guitar work. Right amount of feedback. Well played. If you were on a road trip with this album, you wouldn’t be making many stops. In fact, if you did have to pee, the other people in the car would be circling the parking lot while you went into the chevron station. Stagnancy is complacency? I always like when a band bursts thru the door with a barn burner. I like how he has his dad muttering in the background on some of the songs. Not harmonies, but subtle reminders from the past. A gentle push. Fast changing guitar rock reminds me of Jay Bennets old band, Titanic Love Affair. But with better vocals and more gas in the tank. Therefore, more push on the throttle. For some reason I see Paul Westerberg touring as Grandpaboy with J. Mascis on guitar and SJB opening for them and them becoming fast friends with that unlikely creation, hanging out and going for milkshakes after each show. Guided by Voices. A current reference if I ever thought of one. Short snappy rock songs with amazing guitar licks. Listen to “Night Thing” and tell me that your fat dad didn’t chicken bone your thigh. ( I might have been sleep deprived when I wrote that in my note book, but that’s what it says). I was up and dancing like an idiot in my supply closet. The only drawback, like anything good, is that fifteen of anything might be a bit much in one sitting. However, I would rather they get it out in one heave, rather than saving it for tomorrow during brunch with the Ladies Auxiliary Club. **Brad Bugos wrote this review and he knows absolutely nothing about music. He asked me how come they don’t make eight tracks anymore. I mean, are you kidding? What the hell? And he’s allowed to write opinions on music and stuff. Whatever. More dumb , nonsensical reviews coming soon. brad@fatrobotradio.com if you...
Oct
13

Saddest Landscape – Darkness Forgives – Music Review

Saddest Landscape Darkness Forgives Top Shelf Records Starts off with lead singer having a nervous breakdown over a bed of hard rock. I enjoy this type of music. Not only for the energy and the message, but also because the style of singing seems to go against what the band is playing. However, it matches up perfectly, most of the time. The music just doesn’t let up. Which is how this goes, when it kicks in, its in overdrive. No stopping. I’m cool with that. “Admitting you’re alive” is a good song, starts out like an English beat song. Vocals loudly over it, then it hits the breaks, slows down and gets fuzzy. Not just an average Hardcore, hard rock band. A band with some ideas, twists and turns. I tell ya, there are moments when the lead singer sounds like he’s this close to a nervous breakdown. Real good intensity in the songs, but also a little something else. Melody. Which is not an easy thing to pull off, next time your losing it on your neighbor for throwing his dog shit in your backyard, try being melodic. Won’t work. Not your run of the mill hardcore band or release. Good intensity but they don’t bludgeon you with it. They want you to feel along with them, they are not going to crack it into your skull, wouldn’t have the same impact. I like the guitar work in “All grace intact” , both the solo and the regular. This one is probably my favorite release from this run of episodes of SLTM, and a band that I will personally be keeping an eye on to see what they release next and if they happen to play in my area, a band that I would like to see live. **Brad Bugos wrote this review from his toilet. You see, he’s got problems with his plumbing. Yes, both personal and residential. He eats a lot of Kale for some reason. Personally, we here at the office (Office? Huh. It’s a garage with one window), are getting tired of his Kale Mondays, and weekend trips to the Kale farm. Enough already. We hope he chokes a little on some Kale and is unable to talk for five months. Got a Kale recipe? Contact brad@fatrobotradio.com...
Oct
13

Triathalon – Nothing Bothers Me- Music Review

Triathalon Nothing Bothers Me Broken Circles I dreamed I went to the dentist the other night, and while he was working away on my teeth he let me listen to some music. My choice. And for some reason this release from Triathalon was available , so I said “I’ll take that”. While the work was being done I just floated away, floated up into a beautiful cloudless Sunday afternoon. Smiling without a care in the world. It was the damndest thing. When I awoke from the dream, I immediately felt my jaw, which hurt, but more importantly that morning at work I listened to Triathalon again. This calls to mind early 90’s jangly pop music. A slower more laid back Connells. Also, and I couldn’t tell you why, but I got a Prince vibe now and again from this release. I really can’t put my finger on why, but it’s there. Very laid back and dreamy. Coming down from a dental high, like in my dream, but taking place in the car ride home, this would be the perfect music to listen to while you mellow out. It will help as you are pulled slowly, gently back to the ground and reality. Back in the day at Skateland, the last skate was a spotlight, girl choice skate. Now, you can imagine I hope, a skinny stupid looking poor kid like myself being nervous about any girl wanting to hold my hand and skate while listening to “Endless Love”. It just didn’t happen that often. Well, one time Gina R. asked me to skate and I nearly crapped my pants with fright. We skated hand in hand to Air Supply’s “All out of Love” . That awkward youthful moment is forever etched in my mind, as is the Air Supply song. When I hear it these days , and its not that often, I’m reminded of a beautiful girl asking a sad joke of a boy to skate and my sweaty palms. If any of these songs from this Triathalon release had been playing instead of Air Supply I would probably would have been just as nervous and sweaty , but my lasting memory would have been just a bit more sweet. And in the future when I would hear the song on my MP3 player I would feel just a little bit better about myself and the music that painted a sweet but awkward memory. What does any that...
Oct
11

See Through Dresses -End of Days- Music Review

See Through Dresses End of Days Tiny Engines When the first track came on, I thought maybe I was hearing a lost track from Veruca Salts first album. Wow dead on. Second song is a male vocal, driving space rock tune. I like the interplay of vox so far. “Everyman” says “wait til your father gets home” , I wonder if today’s mom’s still use that old chestnut? I never had to worry about that myself. Oh sure dad would yell at you when he got home, but he was just a figure head. We were more worried about mom’s instability than his hallow anger. All show. Six songs, they go by way too quick. That’s what you want in life. Leave them wanting. Don’t overstay your welcome. Speaking overstaying. I know I mention this above, but when I re-listened to this album, the female vocals kick in and it reminds me a lot of Veruca Salt. In the first song that the male singer….well sings, he reminds me of Frank Black. Lots of feelings about mom, dad , and family. Enjoyable pop music. “Drag Scene” sounds like a more in tune, less heavy Dinosaur Jr. Lots of different parts of the pop spectrum represented here. See Through Dresses **Brad Bugos wrote this review. He’s almost positive that Jimmy Carter shook his hand when he was a little boy. He’s not sure where it happened, but he’s positive it was him or at the very least his nice wife Rosaland. Anyway, Brad has dumb dreams, like being the head tree surgeon at a tree hospital, laughing at his own jokes, and unlimited rhubarb pie. He’s dumb. If you want you can contact him at brad@fatrobotradio.com but I wouldn’t....
Oct
7

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 252

this one took a minute to be born, mostly because I wasn’t sure I could tackle the comedy bit I had written for myself. But, ultimately I did it, mostly because no one listens anyway and if it turns out dumb, so what. So here it is, with probably the dumbest bit I’ve ever done, and that’s saying something. Enjoy. TITLE – Does Nostalgia cloud your judgement? It do mine. A-Team Rules! Topic– Brad’s Five Favorite things of Fall Music Runaway Brother: these poor bastards. They just don’t know yet , that all of those feelings about getting someone back and that perfect someone are all bullshit. Total utter bullshit. But we all believe that when we are young, don’t we? “hold me down” has a nice break down in the middle. Sounds like everyone in the band gets to pipe up. The ending sounds like a Jellyfish song. Also get a little Nerf Herder goofy smart guy vibes from these guys. Also a touch of Weezer flavoring. I like that they just never put on the cruise control with a song. I doubt these guys ever listened to Tripping Daisy but they take their sound and condense the space rock goofiness into a nice package. Stoneburner: “cage bird” is an endurance test. It’s like five songs in ten minutes. Not sure why that was necessary. To weed out the suckers I guess. Demonic growled vocals. This feels like two different bands to me. Like a local sludgey Sabbath riffing metal band was laying down the tracks for a new album, but didn’t have singer. So late at night the black metal, demonic growling local janitor who worked at the recording studio decided to lay down some vocals to the cagotchury. There are one minute acoustic bridge pieces . Why? They don’t really fit. Songs are too long. Really could be two or more songs in each song. I mean ten minutes? Really? Last song is seventeen minutes. Puddle Splasher: I like this guys voice. The band reminds me a bit of the Smiths and the way Morrissey handles the vocals in those pop tunes. But, this is a rock band more than the Smiths ever were. This is four songs. All driving power rock. Vocalist has a pleasing distinctive voice. Four songs go by too quick. All that you could ask for in a release. These guys could have written an EP about something I hate, like two...
Oct
5

Final Commercials from Episodes 248-252

I fell down a flight of stairs back in third grade. I was trying to impress Melissa Kincaid, hoping that my fake “Fall” would make her laugh. It was the only way I knew how to get someone to notice me. I had done it a few times before with mixed results. But, I was sure this time it would work out and I would at the least get a laugh, however I was hoping for a quick smooch on the cheek. No such luck, as I hit the third stair and prepared my tuck and roll, my pencil fell out of my pocket and not thinking, I reached to grab it and couldn’t get my arm down in time to break my fall. It was horrible. Oh, I got the laugh, and a busted lip and some blood on my shirt. It also taught me a lesson. Girls don’t enjoy some jackass doing physical comedy trying to impress them. Sadly that lesson didn’t sink in until I was thirty. Deforesters Deforesters Commercial 1 [ 1:07 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download Deforesters Commercial 3 Play Now | Play in Popup | Download Deforesters Commercial 2 [ 1:07 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...
Oct
3

More commercials from 248-252

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