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Feb
23

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 264

SLTM Episode 264: I finally figured out what Karma Chameleon is about. Pants Topic: Here’s How Records give you more of what you want Also Not Appearing on this episode: Treedeon– Lowest Level Reincarnation–Treedeon.com or Treedeon Facebook first song is a normal heavy metal song, good but not a stand out. Second song this sounds like a totally different band like if Joan Jett had fronted Black Sabbath. On the third song we are back to the band in the first song, but both singers contribute. Plus the line “You’re boyfriend sucks dick in hell” with “Hell” repeated in a high scream is great. If I were to chose a song to play on this podcast it would be the tuanting heavy lick of “Wendigo”. “Lowest Level Reincarnation” is like that car packed full of acid heads going down the interstate. They get passed by as they plod along. Oh sure they are enjoying the “Trip” but it’s taking them forever to get to the Wisconsin Dells. Personally, I prefer songs like “Terrorcide” they have more zittsy weirdness and sprunk to them. Music: Apologies, I have none: In my estimation what keeps this from being an emotional front by some boyfriend, who is holding you hostage emotionally, is the talent, follow through and ideas of this band. Which just pisses me off, people with this kind of talent. Especially when they are younger than me. Hell I couldn’t even make a fist until I was fourteen. Also the emotional energy spent is way beyong my capacity anymore. Those kinds of feelings and the weight to carry them around and experience them are all way beyong my capacity as a human being. Sure when I was in my twenties, but now? Not a chance. Feeling anything close to this now would be unbearable and make it near impossible for me to even get out of bed. I’m glad all these receptors in my brain have burnt out so I can’t feel anymore. Bardus: all of the songs up to “Haze” are jump in the car, hit the gas and let’s get to the party rockers. “Haze” has a “Super Unknown” riff along with a lets mellow out and have a smoke feel. It’s funny how music can call up certain memories. Sometimes without any clear connection. This album called up the memory of the RC Car I got when I was like ten years old. I asked for it for...
Feb
15

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 263

SLTM Episode 263 – “I don’t care who you are, you don’t hug another man’s ass” Topic: Five ways to end a workplace friendship Music: Also Not appearing on the show: Satan– atom by atom – damn these guys rip it up, sounding like a Nugent riffed metal band with coherent clear vocals. I was surprised by what this is rather than what I thought it was going to be. Seriously, its like a late 70’s BOC like band took their riffs and melded them with mid 80’s metal band with lyrics about evolution being at its peak and end and Satan. It’s a really good mix and it really works. Maybe I’m putting some of my own baggage into this but that’s what happens with these things. But what I’m getting out of this is that we as humans have evolved as far as we can, so this is what you get. So anyone righteous or who follows a godly path cannot expect the rest of us to better ourselves morally because this is where we are at as a society/civilization. So to them, even if we don’t worship evil we might as well, we are on the wrong side of their history. So far into this run of shows this is my favorite release. Phenomenal guitar work. Music: Gypsy Chief Goliath – “Gloomy Tombs”, really? That seems like a strange song title, maybe something you would see in a RL Stine book. The song is a slow dirgy mover with wah wah vocals and decent riffs, but “Gloomy Tombs”? “Odyssey” starts out with a Diver Down era Van Halen riff then screams with a heavy back beat and some weight to this machine. Not sure about the lyric “Killing yourself to live”, although the song has some nice parts to it but it really doesn’t need to be over eight minutes. Everything before he says “Somethin” (yes he does say that)is useless. That song is a lot like “Layla” in that the first part is okay, but most of the flavor is in the last bite. Kind of like a convenience store hotdog that has been on the warmer all night, it’s that last bite where all the flavors and feelings of the night have settled and you can taste it and savor all that it had to offer. Sad thing is, you can’t eat the last bite without the rest of the hotdog, well you can...
Feb
8

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 262

Episode 262: I’m a Comedy Porcupine Topic: How to Seal The Deal Also not Appearing on the show: Unsacred- Falselight -Forcefield Records- forcefieldrecords.org or unsacred.bandcamp.com-“idle” The Second song, starts out with a nice heavy groove but then dissolves into speed metal. With scream distorted vocals. “Erode” is another good song, got a nice swing to it at the beginning and end. Some harmonized demon throat vocalizing . So far the songs all under three minutes. That’s always a plus, like a good comedy being under 90 minutes, you can never go wrong leaving them wanting more. I do like the down tune riff on “Void II”, although this band never stays in one place or one riff for too long. 7 songs is just right. Finally in the sixth song I can make out a line of the lyrics. In “Sun” I hear “ Look what you’ve done”. I wish I knew what that meant or why the singer is pointing it out in such a clear voice. Although I get the feeling that with this type of shred, speed metal the word score is secondary or even thirdary to the weight and push of the vocal sound. If you like really fast speed metal with some good riffs that get tossed off quickly with shreded vocals, then this is for you. Music on Episode 262: Puddle Splasher– “Decent Thoughts” is a killer, such a great tune. There is an emotional heft to the first song. Some bands just have that charateristic, where it just seems to pour out effortlessly from their skin. We’ll see if that holds true for the album. Well the second song holds onto it nicely. I don’t think you can fake a feeling like that, of course we are only two songs into it. On “No Leaves” the emotional weight is there , but the sounds are bouncy and upbeat. It still carries that weight because of the secret rendevous between an excited nervous lover and the one who will never show up. On “Healing Problems” we find out that this poor son of a bitch is living in a broken home and that things are so bad even his imaginary friends don’t want anything to do with him. The singer has such an expressive voice it really helps sell these songs. Orange Goblin– a good solid rock band that’s been around for a while that continues to put out rock music you would...
Feb
2

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 261

SLTM 261: I Said Hey Topic: More than a Woman by the Bee Gees Also Not Appearing on the Show: Warhorse – As Heaven Turns To Ash + I am Dying Reissue – Southern Lord Recordings– southernlord.com – I like that the vocals are down in the mix. Sounding almost off shore and a bit watery at times. Plus the vocals work. They are deep, goulish and heavy but not distorted & unintelligble like so many heavy bands. Reminds me at times of a bluesier slower, boozier COC. “Amber Vial” & “Every Flower Dies” are going to require a second listen. There is a lot there to digest and they maybe be the best tracks on the album. I want to convey their spirite correctly. Almost a cosmic blues but instead of a space cowboy floating around in full macho parade spreading his seed like some kind of Johnny Apple-Armstrong, he’s a long space hauler alone, miles from civilization. He’s dirty, hunger and a bit lonely but wise to the world’s fuck ups and how he came to exploit them. Music: Special Duties – english beat 1977 punk with rot gut spewed vocals. Can’t fault a band for sounding like a band they love. (I’ve since found out that this reissue of music that was released in 1977, so there you have it). Are you supposed to hate a band that loves the clash and sounds similar to them just cause they like their sound? They stretch out in a Clashian fashion on “No place for reason”. While it doesn’t make me want to go and listen to my Clash records it does add a nice change of pace from their more simple three chord structures. Your normal Pistols, DOA, Ramones riffs. “Up the U’s” sounds like a theme song to a british football sitcom about a family of modern hooligans, reminds me of the Monkees theme song. I did get a bit bored with these pep songs for the local football team. I’m sure they were good at the time in England, but they don’t mean much to me. I mean, it’s cool that the team made it to Wembley but who cares across the pond? Can be a bit repetitive at times, but then again this is punk. “London Town” calls to mind the spirit of the Pogues. Maybe its a drunk grouchy teeth spitting Shane MacGowan the singer is calling to mind or maybe it’s that...
Dec
29

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 260

SLTM Episode 260– I Wrote a song to my penis, it’s called you are the wind above my balls Topic – “Stuck On You” by Huey Lewis and The News is really about an obsessive stalker Geometers: (full review soon) – I like this. Good Release. Could have played “title fight” as well, really good song too. Demon Lung: I Like Demon Lung. I like their last LP. A few times when listening to the beginning of this album I swore I heard people talking down the hall from me. But no. I’m going to have to go back and listen to their last album. I don’t remember Demon Lung being so deliberate and Ghostian in their approach. “You worship death, I worship life” from DENY THE SAVIOR. Was not ready for this one, I didn’t realize how much they had changed. Sound more like Ghost BC then I remember. Not a bad choice, just different and then again I could be remembering it wrong. I do hear a ton of music every year. I don’t like it as much as their last one, just a touch slow for me. Faye: “We act pretty, but deep down we’re ugly as hell”. I do like the tuning on the bass guitar. Loose and rumbling. Song structures are a bit too straight forward but pay no mind to that, they are just a vehicle for the words. Singing is good. This could be a band that is just starting out, learning the chord structures of the punk and new wave bands of the 70’s and 80’s. They would fit in with those new wave bands well. This is what I imagine a punky Go Go’s would have sounded like starting out had they never had aspirations to write pop songs. Could be Liz Phair fronting a new wave pop band. There’s a song about seeing friends bands and bands being the only ones that see your band is interesting. Knola: “Earth Noise” is an interesting track, fades up to feedback then out. A strange choice in the middle of the album. This is just an observation, and if its right or wrong only the band could explain it. I like the sway of “Cottage Grove”, good vocal hook too. “I swear I’ve never loved you more than right now” is always a lie. Don’t believe anyone who says that to you. I like the singers vocal style, he goes up on...
Dec
21

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 259

SLTM 259: Here’s Something I’ve always wanted to do….punch a yak! Also not appearing on the Show: IIVII – Colony – this takes a very long time at the beginning to get anywhere, and then it’s not really that excited about making the trip any faster. For an eleven minute song, it doesn’t start to get louder or anything really until about nine minutes in. I don’t get. I think I might be too damn dumb for this one. It sounds like a soundtrack to a 1980’s movie thats about the future and the future is bleak man. Bleak. I wonder if this is for some movie, its very atmospheric using lots of keyboards. Outer space, dark, unforgiving and uncharted. These are the voyages of the people who did not come back, but damn did they have a rocking band, and man did they funnel that lonely dark into some dizzying songs. Resonantiivii.com Music: Burnt Books– Singer starts off in the first song sounding like Maynard from Tool. Then shifts into an anguished cry/scream on the next song. I would put this band on the Touch and Go Records label if they were around back in the 1980’s. Harcore-ish Jesus Lizard . “I can’t escape my brain, I can’t stop thinking” , wow a kindred spirit. I was having a discussion on this topic just a few nights ago coming home from the Dean Ween Group show in St. Louis. Tiny Tim and Ms. Vicki had a baby and he’s quivering all over “La Rosa”. Where the hell did that come from? Sings on that song like he’s a injured, angry person on the verge of killing himself after yelling out the window to a betrayer who is leaving. Henrietta– (full review soon) Heartfelt and Genuine. How does one band manage that where so many others fail? Maybe they are genuinely being genuine. There was a great pop band from Chicago in the 1980’s, early 1990’s by the name of the Slugs. Their lead singer Dag must have had children, I don’t know, but the singer from Henrietta could be his son. They sound very similar. There is a underlying melancholy to this music, a melancholy that in my younger years would have caused me to question if I really wanted to be here and why I had fuckered everything up. Now I don’t care. The Lovely Days– If the Hoodoo Gurus had grown up in the 1990’s listening...
Dec
15

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 258

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 258 : The Best things in life for you, are me. Topic: The Lady in the Phillip Bailey/Phil Collins song “Easy Lover” was a total Tramp Music on Episode 258: In Defence: Full Music Review Coming Soon. Sounds like early Anthrax, early 80’s hardcore, metal. Love the high note bellow in the song “Dungeon Master” . Speed metal with a sense of humor. If you told me this was unearthed from the 1980’s, I would believe it except the clear crisp production makes it hard to believe it was from that era. “Grill or Be Grilled” is funny, enjoyed that a lot. A band with a sense of humor , where have they all gone? At least we have In Defence. Body Origami – Three songs. Slow building pop music. Just don’t hear this kind of stuff much anymore. At least I don’t and I hear a ton of music every year because of this show. Nice to hear something different. Dreamy, almost soothing. Last song is five plus minutes. Let’s see if they can sustain this mood for that long. Hey they did it. I gonna have to give this quick EP another run through. Daniel G. Harman – Nick Cave and the Flaming Lips had a baby who grew up listening to Sun Kil Moon, Wilco and Red House Painters while cultivating a beautiful man voice. Okay his voice is not that beautiful, more quavering, coward in the bushes singing to his lovely than Dirk Stackhouse in They Draw Quick, Don’t They? At one point while listening to this, I got a strong “I’m so Worried” by Monty Python vibe. The quavering voice can get a bit Lane Mundy if you know what I mean, it’s nice and different but a little variety would better serve his music. I like the backing vocals on “Zocalo” . Haunting. I don’t notice the vocal inflection on the harder songs. Middle of the road, acoustic pop music. He Whose Ox is gored– so far it’s heavy music with some shake to it. The Cult as a heavier band but without Ian Astbury immitating Jim Morrison while peacocking around the stage like Elvis’ illegitimate kid. The Singer yell sings , which is markedly different from growling or screeching. Faith No More without the goofy charm , sense of absurd humor or Mike Patton. More straight ahead with some flourishes and longer songs. “Alpha” starts off as a...
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...

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