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Apr
27

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 270

SLTM 270: Hello, this is some guy. And this is some other guy, and you’re listening to this podcast. (pause) this is a dumb bit. Topic: A unheard clip from Dig Deeper with Cousin Barry, The Dog Poop Story Also Not Appearing on the Show: Ten East – SKYLINE PRESSURE- Small Stone – I’m not sure you want to start out your release with a thirteen minute plus instrumental. At least through the first three songs it is a trip down the same paved slightly, very slightly, bumpy wonk rock road. Free form jazz rock that you might anticipate seeing in some kind of Spinal Tap remake ripoff. You know what I’ve figured out what this music would work in, get this idea. I’m working on a video game about this lonely teenage kid who inherits this old rundown skate/theme park. He has to rebuild the park to its former glory all the while making deals with roaming bands of other skaters, fighting off bugs and wild animals, and figuring out who hes going to team up with a bunch of waster hesher skaters who squat at the park, concerned towns people who want to clean up the park for financial gain or cult leader (Singer Songwriter) Tim Caulfield and his followers. This would work as perfect music during the game. Music: Triathalon– Listening to this four song EP makes me feel sexy. I mean really sexy. I am not being facetious, sarcastic, or bombastic. The last time I felt this way was when I first heard Prince and then up to Sign O’ the Times. Sadly, and no matter how much I enjoyed the feeling, words and vibes, Prince and I were never talking the same lingo. He had so much sexuality and swagger, I have never had any of that. But with this release, I feel like the people in Triathalon get me. Sometimes I like to feel sexy, I like to look out and feel the waves coming over me. The top of that wave, pushing me ever higher even though I know that I don’t belong there. I am thankful for Prince and his music, such a glorious cache of it too, but Triathalon understand that feeling of being sexy when you just too damn afraid to be sexy with anyone else. Carcass– I don’t think that Carcass needs my help describing and talking about their music. So let me tell you what happened to...
Apr
20

Dig Deeper with Cousin Barry Episode 3

Dig Deeper with Cousin Barry Episode 3 In this episode, Cousin Barry and I talk about significant moments in our lives involving music. Barry tells a couple of great stories about his chance to see Guns N Roses and John Lennon’s death. While I disparage the wonderful name of Robert Palmer. Tune in, it’s a lot of fun. By the way the song in the opening is from a wonderful band that Barry suggested I check out called Peter, Bjorn and John. Here they are on youtube. Dig Deeper with Cousin Barry Episode 3 [ 13:41 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...
Apr
19

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 269

SLTM (the podcast) Episode 269 : Turns out Chubby Checker is a real asshole Topic: Clip from Episode One of Dig Deeper with Cousin Barry, a PhD in rock and roll defense Also Not Appearing on this show: The Night Watch – Boundaries – thenightwatch.bandcamp.com – thirty six minute track two years in the making- One song, thirty six minutes long, with viola or violin as the main instrument. Its almost like its the lead vocal. While it is technically one thirty six minute track, it’s more like several songs tied together like Prince’s Lovesext album. No, you know what this is like? Those Futurama movies. They were filmed as hour and a half, two hour movies, then cut up into episodes for Comedy Central to air. Point being, you could cut this up into several different tracks or leave it as a whole, works both ways. Music: Hypoluxo– I cant handle when people like me. It freaks me out and because of the low self esteem I harbour, I wonder what they are getting at. This release reminds me of the English new wave movement of the 80’s . Its as if the Psychedlic Furs had married Morrissey’s Sister. Then they played their own wedding with Nick Lowe on vocaling and Mc-ing. For reasons I am not smart enough to understand,I get a COME ON PILGRIM vibe from this release. As in “Jessie” all those failed relationships or at least that one that imploded, we wish we could have helped those people. Unfortunately it was doomed, and those people couldn’t be loved or helped. Valborg– at least for the first few songs, this is more atmospheric, creepy and disturbing than I expected. I figured they would break into the speed metal at some point, but so far it’s slow, creepy and spooky. Its the organ and guitar that set the mood. The vocals help but here its the musical partenership that creates the boundaries of worshipful solitude. “Sulfur Vitriolic Angel” has a great chorus of the damned background going “ohhh”; good song. Like the guitar solo too. The many voices that preach to you, a varied attack of voices to pass along and imbed the message is way more effective method than having that one dude shouting his beliefs and commands straight into your ear via those speakers at the drive in. The ones you used to clip onto your car, those are used to clip onto your...
Apr
13

Dig Deeper with Cousin Barry Episode 2

Welcome to a new chat podcast. In it I pick the brain of a wise, well read, funny thoughtful friend of mine, my cousin Barry. In this episode we examine the label “one hit wonder” and ask if its fair that bands and artists are tarred with that moniker. In this episode we look in depth at Rockwell’s 1984 album SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME. Rockwell Biography on Allmusic.com Dig Deeper with Cousin Barry Episode 2 [ 17:08 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...
Apr
12

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 268

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 268– A Rod is A Nod for a Broad TOPIC: Go Fish Tournament Highlights Also Not Appearing on The Show– Cognitive- DEFORMITY- Facebook.com/Cognitivenj or uniqueleader.com – Why do the growled voiced from the bowels of hell always get coupled with the high screamo voice? It would be interesting to hear someone sounding like Morrissey or Barry Manilow coupled with the growl. This release is three songs. The opening track has clips from an old movie and at one point I was in the can listening to the first track and it sounded like someone was outside talking. Very creepy. There is a cool vocal trick at the end of “Birthing the Deformity”. Music: The Right Now– I’m not sure I agree with the effects put on the vocals, they give off a vibrating wax paper vibe. The lead singer has a nice pleasing voice, no need for the tricks. “if it was you” makes me think it’s 1987 and I’ve slipped through a seam in time. Good boogie. I might say 1985 instead. Some of the songs have a nice latin dance flavor with a really good horn section. Good dance tunes. I mentioned this to the band in my interview questions, but if I was pitching a prequel movie about Axel Foley from Beverly Hills Cop , I would use some of the music from STARLIGHT. “Love you Better” would be a great song to play out at the ballgame between innings or during the kiss cam. I would like more horns but then I really enjoy the sounds. This isn’t my type of music, but it is rather pleasing. I understand the catchy rhym play in “Starlight” but it’s not their best song. “That’s Enough” opens up like a Sly&the Family Stone live cut. Turns into a Shirley Bassey Bond Theme , Aretha rocker and ends with the whole family chimming in and jamming. “that’s enough” and “too late” are my favorite tracks, so much funky soul. Oh and “Up all night” would be perfect over the end credits in my Beverly Hills Cop prequel. Damn I need to write that and see if Eddies son is available. Alaric– (full review coming soon)- We have played and enjoyed Alaric in the past, use the search box on our site to find past episodes with their music. Matter of fact, I put them into my bandsintown app in case they played close. Let’s see...
Apr
5

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 267

SLTM Episode 267: “I’ve been slain by Sir Jokes a lot” Topic: Steve Jiff’s Historically Inaccurate Interviews: Aaron Burr Music: Maradeen– “Living for the weekend” is a poppy charmer in the vein of Oregon’s Parson Red Heads and should be the first choice for the first single. Yeah, “Living for the Weekend” is a strong song for the band, good country beat, wonderful sweet harmonies. I would have lead off the album with this track. You can forgive it’s vacation commercial pretend importance. “lost in a dream” is just missing something, it’s a bit pedestrian in need of a dead hitchhiker or a plum fairy flying through the scene to give it a boost. Singer sounds a bit like a tired Kevin Thista. “like a river” what the kids of the fellas in Alabama would sound like if they started their own band. Did he just say “Where did my jesus go”? In dealin with the devil? Its not the song I would have put first, but thats been mentioned above. Reminds me texturally of TPOH but only if Moe Berg didn’t have any of the teen angst. Rhin– Rhin has got the boogie woogie. There’s a moistboyz and SPBT vibe to Rhin that I like. You can always get behind a band who moves and while most of their songs are over four minutes it never seems like your tail riding one of those people who are afriad to get behind the wheel. I was supposed to interview this band back last year or 2014, but I didn’t make it because I get deathly insecure when I am about to meet new people and I think that I’m going to ask a stupid question or they are going to hate me, even though I’ve interviewed hundreds of bands and never had a problem. “Basement” is only 3:01, it’s quick like a band playing Hopscotch with G.R. Kelly , famous tap dancer and lay person. Seven Songs, lots of punch, some fuzz, ragged vocals. Just the band you want riding in your back seat while your speeding to some unknown destination, probably a party Dustin told you about out in the stacks, hoping you make it before the gas tank runs dry. They’ll keep pushing it while you worry about what your dad will say when you call him and tell him you are stranded out at Roach Road. Strange Relations– I wanted to call the vocals in “Ceremonies”...
Mar
21

A.M. Nice EP Music Review

A.M. Nice EP Phratry Records I like the song “Dust and Ash”, got some nice ringing guitar too it. Really jumped off the computer for me when I was listening to this while writing some garbage for this podcast. Yeah “Dust and Ash” just really has such a nice vibe too it, plucking away hitting those right spots in between, I like this song. “Passion for Fashion” gives me a good feeling when I hear it, but I wonder if I’m not reading the lyrics/word sounds right. I have a video idea for the song “Dust and Ash”, one that I think, well at least in my feeble mind, would convey what the song means. Open on a high rise office complex, thirty or forty stories high. Interior of the first floor with someone walking up to the elevator, but the elevator is already moving as we can see by the numbers slowly increasing. We faintly hear some rock music. Cut to interior shot of office complex on the twenty seventh floor. The music coming from the elevator is getting louder as the numbers get closer to floor twenty seven. People from the twenty seventh floor start to gather around the elevator, wondering what is going on inside. The door dings, the elevator opens and there is A.M. Nice rocking out inside the elevator playing their hearts out. The song gets close to the end, the door shuts with the music still playing. Close in perspective to the elevator doors and the numbers hitting floor 40, doors open as music fades, out walks a normal looking lady in a dress, smiling at the world. Fade out. Oh and we can either cut to the band rocking it in the elevator in between people gathering in the lobby on floor twenty seven or the person at the end of the video. I can story board all this for you in need be. Look I would like to say that this idea of mine for the video to “Dust and Ash” is available to the band free of charge. Hell I’ll even drive to OHIO, scout some locations and shoot the damn thing for them. That’s how much I think this make sense to me. But then again, I am just some small town dummy with a stupid podcast. **Brad Bugos wrote this, well review would be too kind, this thing. He’s been a little out it since he heard that...
Mar
9

SLTM (The Podcast) Episode 266

SLTM Episode 266– I think it all started when Harry Carey said “Hey look at me, I’m Glenallen Hill, I’m a big stupid baby and such” Topic– Clips from Dig Deeper with Cousin Barry -One Hit Wonders, are they correctly pigeon holed? Also not appearing on the show: Swamp Witch – The slithering Bog- transylvaniantapes.bandcamp.com – Here is a little quiz to help you better understand Swamp Witch and their music. Number one- Quick, If I said Swamp Witch what kind of music would you say it was? Yep, exactly right. Okay next question, What would you say if you opened your car door on a hot summer day and saw a banana peel stuck to your dash? Right. Next describe Harvey Pekars brain. Good. Next, Starsky was to Hutch as Mudcap Johnson was to……? Interesting. Soup, good enough for a meal or a horrible nickname for someone with the last name of Campbell? Really, okay, I guess we all have our different opinions. Finally, If I ate a whole ham in one sitting I would look like neighborhood fatass or Lucky Lepinsky heavyweight wrestling champion from 1939? Good. Now tally up your score, send it to the address below and wait six weeks for confirmation that everything is going to be okay. Music: Noise– The name struck me as either an English Punk Rock band or and English Punk Rock band. Have a bit of Irish flair to their sound. “Progress” has some touches of Elvis Costello to it. A good guitar riff intro and enough punk call to action to satisfy Lance at the Deli Counter. If only the punks of 77 had this type of full sound and production, which is what I believe the Ramones were going for when the hired Phil Spector to produce End of the Century. 12 songs might seem like a lot since most bands top out at 8 songs,but most of these songs are around 2 to 2 ½ minutes and all but one are a full frontal assualt & guitar revving punk rockers. The production is smooth, the songs are catchy, and you’ll never notice a spot on the album where you can look around and wonder why the cops stopped driving down this dirt road trying to catch the kids drinking beer. Excel– Thrash with a sense of Humor. First song sounds exactly like early ALL. Also reminds me of early to mid 80’s thrash. Which is always...
Mar
2

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 265

SLTM 265: I forgot how god damn dumb birds are Topic: Livesays (A radio Drama) Episode 4 Also Not Appearing on this episode: Water Tank– Destination Unknown–Solar Flare Records– Start out Soundgarden with Badmotorfinger as their first album and move them away from the smoggy NW and the Black Sabbath riffs and move them to the Midwest as AC/DC and the Knack loving selofights and you got Watertank. Well played easy to enjoy rock music. Nothing wrong with it. “DCVR” could have been played on 90’s rock radio sandwiched in between Stone Temple Pilots and Silverchair. This is a band that you probably wouldnt go see headline a tour, not that there is anything wrong with them, but a band who if you saw them open up for a band you like would enjoy their music. A band that you would stick around to hear their set but once the headliner played and finished you would forget to buy their album in the lobby. Also sounds like the next evolution of The Chemical People had they stayed together and continued to make music. Music: AssChapel: Speed Metal. 31 Tracks. I’m not really sure what the message is, but I get the feeling that like some people who listen to rap music, the important part with some sped metal is the energy and intensity. What I would like to see as a change of pace is a sped metal or thrash band come out with sped,intensity, energy and throat shredding vocals but with songs about unicorns and kitties. I wonder if people would notice? I suppose its more about how it makes you feel than the message. This is a career spanning retrospective which are mostly the same songs over and over again. It can be a bit much when you sit down with the intention of listening to the whole thing, but smaller bites are encouraged. Kind of like eating sixteen donuts in a sitting, sure they are good, but your going to get sick and swear off donuts for six months. I do like the brutalitus and guitar fingering on “Fire and Destruction”. Good song. “Lucid Fire” has a nice quick riff. “Mutilated Black Carcass”, hey this guy says he wants to watch you die. That’s not very nice. Dig that crazy Galaga sounding guitar work on “Burn their eyes”. Wow. Cool. Personal Space: you make think of this song as a love song, about someone who wishes...
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...

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