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SLTM 2.0 Episode 16- Like a bad rash that never goes away

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MUSIC REVIEWS

Emperor X – Over sleepers International- “Warmth Perimeter” – tiny engines– emperorx.bandcamp.com – tinyengines.net – my first impression of this band is that they have listened to way too much Barenaked Ladies music. Yeah, they sound like that aforementioned Canadian rock band, catchy ditties with easy to enjoy vocals. Clap along feel good melodies. Unlike BNL, whose music I dislike quite a bit, I feel like if I pay attention to this band I would get smarter and more curious about the world around me. Did I hear someone mention re-districting? See. “Warmth Perimeter” is a nice change of pace, a new age dancey number that reminds me why we all like music. You maybe a band who plays AC/DC like rock, but what’s wrong with some Prince sneaking into your music? We are all influenced by many things, why not mention them all, no matter how disparate? “Low orbit in common” is about Kevin from Home Alone, how his parents became serial child leave behinders and how it affected his relationships the rest of his life. It was not a one time thing his parents did, or even a two time thing. I hear some Talking Heads in there. By the way, Kevin’s parents did admit years later that at some point they weren’t simply forgetting about him, and that they just needed some time away from him. “Sometimes you really bug me and we just needed a break, your father and I”. “Five Hour Energy” reminds me of why I love Sparklehorse so much, actually its reason #52. The beautiful simplicity and mesmerizing tanginess of the track calls to mind one of my favorite tracks on the GOLDDAY EP.

Enslaved– Roadburn Live- Roadburn records– celebrated 25 years together in 2016- was a vinyl RSD exclusive 2017 – enslaved.no- roadburn.com – This band comes off , at least on the first song, like a heavier Smiths or more accurately a Soundgarden loving band with Throat scratching vocals interplayed with Cornellian like crooning. This live recording sounds really good. I would go see this band live. At one point I heard the old chestnutt “the archs on you” why can’t it be on you as well or how about all of us? How come I’m the only idiot who keeps falling for the “joke”?I do believe if I’m very much mistaken that this was released on vinyl for RSD black friday 2017 (actually it was the RSD in April 2017). this does what its supposed to do, a good clean live recording that makes me want to see the band live.

Eerie Gaits– Bridge Music- “Turns” – tinyengines.net – eeriegaits.bandcamp.com – “Turns” is a nice song, I like whatever effect they have on their piano, an echo with a little distance. Its a nice touch. Its what I would imagine in my mind what the Hooters would sound like without the vocals or songs about him above. Plaintive. Probably one of the few bands that I would say that vocals would probably mess up the feeling and delivery. I liked the song “Twins” so much that I wrote some lyrics for it. It’s about waiting in line for concert tickets, something that you had to do back in my day. Its about a particular night in Peoria, IL waiting to get Aerosmith/Ted Nugent tickets. Someday I hope the band will let me get up on stage with them to sing it. A well placed, well played banjo is nice to hear. It seems to me that some people, and they are wrong, think the banjo should be played like you’re eating the bunch a lunch at Shakey’s Pizza. Do I really need to relive those spotty memories from my childhood? No if I listen to this fine release. Mix some well played banjo in with a little lap steel and you’ve got high lonesome my friend. Sparklehorsian in their approach (goddamn I miss Mark)and almost hymnal in a couple of songs.

Crypt Rot– Embryonic Devils- “Pit of Morbidity” – “Ohio Based death cult” – they have a video for the song clip we are playing- southernlord.com – facebook.com/CryptRotOH – right off the bat I like this, its laid out with an idea to a story line. Is that an old school rotary phone I hear ringing in the background on “Scaphist Waste”? “Pit of Morbidity” has some cool vocal effects. Like that track a lot. “Segue 5” sounds likes a guy noisily eating a sandwich at the booth next to you in Hardees. I’m not sure I understand the Segue parts, but then I’m easily confused, slow and a bit dumb. Some of the segue parts sound like someone moving stuff around in their garage. Yeah, “Pit of Morbidity” is my favorite track, like the female vocals along with the screeching demon voice. Nice mixture. Screeching gets pushed into the background. The demonic vocals at the beginning are cool, and then another segue after “pit” , but listening again to the segue it sounds like someone gorging themselves on flesh. They do mention the “Taste of Flesh” in the next song, “Internal Organ Feast”, nice. There is an acoustic breakdown at the end of the song that I find interesting. One that would seem to be out of place for your everyday thrash/black metal band but that seems neither weird or off putting in Crypt Rots hands.

Discipline – Captives of the Wine Dark Sea- “life imitates art”-been together since 1987- american prog rock band- strungoutrecords.com– facebook.com/DisciplineBand – I think I have found Billy Joel’s kid, his long forgotten son. Billy Junior didn’t grow up listening to pops music, he was a forgotten side child born to his backstage loving mama. The love of piano shines through in both their music, proving that some traits and hangups come trickling down that old family tree no matter what contact you have with your family line. Billy Junior grew up listening to Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, and Ghost. I am going to have to give this another listen so many notes I want to write down. David Gilmour like guitar on the last song. How do I know this is Billy Joel’s sons band? “The Body Yearns” is a nice up tempo rock/pop song that travels the by ways of this great country to end up right where you wanted to be. “Life Imitates Art” could be a demo track or b side to a Ghost single. Weird how much they sound like that band on this track. That’s cool, if you are going to sound like Bowie (which they also do on this track) or Ghost its better than sounding like Geraldo or Art Buchwald. “Love Songs” reminds me of a forgotten track off VENUS AND MARS or TUG OF WAR. It seems to me that it could fit in there on the second half of one of those albums. Okay, after another listen I have to stand by my assertion that this is Billy Joel’s long lost son, who was into prog rock and David Bowie, who has channeled his fathers love (cause he didn’t get any from dad) into making piano based up tempo rock songs. Good for him.

Roland Topor- NO ORDINAIRY FAIRY- written by Topor and read by Laurence R Harvey- part of the panic movement – actor in many movies in the seventies and early eighties- facebook.com/cadabrarecords – two stories with a British/English flair. First one is a twist on the three wishes fairy tale. The agent in the story is blinded because he asked the fairy to make it so he never saw his parents again. I believe a moral would be that you don’t need to make all these wishes and prayers to another being, you can fix these things yourself. The second story is about an obsessed Queen Fucker. Both stories are well read in a pleasing English accent with voices and background music that is never distracting.

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