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Jul
31

Across Tundras – Electric Relics- Album Review

Across Tundras – Electric Relics- Album Review http://sltmonkees.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=837&action=edit# Across Tundras – Electric Relics- Bandcamp Page – Music review by Brad Bugos – brad@fatrobotradio.com You can get this 8 track release on the bands bandcamp site for a Name Your Price, so get yourself a copy of this album and follow along on the review as you listen to it. Give the band a few bucks too, don’t be a cheap skate. Mixing elements of dreamy head space rock like Hawkwind and Farflung, and then at times sounding like Neil Young and Crazy Horse all the while keeping the beat moving and enjoyable. Meaning, that this band doesn’t get as dreamy or “out there” as some stoner rock bands, they flow but they don’t loose track of the song. While the style of this band maybe in the same stratosphere, song to song, it’s not a repetitive exercise for this band, it doesn’t lift off and float out into space. While I do like that in some bands, this band comes across tighter in it’s “jams”. Take the final song on the album, “Unfortunate Son”. It’s over eight minutes long, but never does it feel like an exercise of the mind, a trip through the ever expanding mind space. It drifts, floats and mind bends a bit, but it never gets dull, repetitive or lost. With that said, I will have to admit to a certain ignorance in the songs that seem to be nothing but filler in between the longer passages. For some reason they just don’t fit for me, and I do enjoy a band that works in the short instrumental into their album, it’s just that these songs don’t really do anything but mark my place in the music. I’m sure it’s part of the concept but I’m way to stupid to get it and I apologize to the band. Stoner Rock does not really work as a description for this band, it’s got a bit of that in it, but it’s so much more. I think it’s because when you think they are going to drift off into space, they don’t really take that direction. It’s tighter than those Stoner or Jam bands that populate the earth. It’s a bit slower and removed from those types of bands too, it’s like a long caravan ride through the desert and not a long car ride into America with fifteen tabs of peyote. Why you should give this a listen: Look, you’ve got a lot...
Jul
14

Man the Change – Defeated EP – Music Review

Man the Change – Defeated EP – Music Review Man The Change – Defeated EP- 12 Inch Vinyl- Hooked on Records- Music review by Brad Bugos- brad@fatrobotradio.com I’ve been a fan/follower of Man the Change for a few years. When the pre-order from Hooked On Records came out, I was excited that the band was able to release some music on Vinyl, I had been a contributor to their failed Kickstarter campaign. While it took more than six months after the proposed release date to get the vinyl, it was worth it for me. Originally slated for November 2012 release, this EP didn’t come out for another six months. I understand now from the inserts and zines inside the release for this EP what Hooked On Records went through but at the time I was worried I would never hear this EP. So a huzzah to Hooked On Records for sticking with it and getting this EP out to the people. Let’s step past all that and get to the music. It’s solid speed punk with lots of harmony and some deadly hooks. You can tell from one listen, and I’ve given it more than 50, that these lads know where to put the points of interest in a song. My two favorite songs on the EP are the second song “Journey Man” and the last song “Defeated”. “Journey Man” has a nice break in the action, a slow down bit of contemplation. “What if I’m always on the edge, waiting for the waves to knock me to the ground?” It’s an interesting question and what I like about it besides the vocals and the middle break is the fact that the band never answers that question, how can you? “Defeated” is a wonderful song, and all the songs are fun to listen to don’t get me wrong. It starts out slow, speeds up, and has a nice swing and groove to it. It sounds like a rally cry of the loser, but I don’t think that’s what is really going on here. It sounds more like the rally cry of the knowing, of hey we’re young, and people think we’re nothing let’s own that and enjoy who we are instead of it bringing us down. I like the end guitar too, I only wish the band had let it travel a bit. For me, Defeated, is a wonderful release, not only because I like this band already, but it plays to their strengths and reveals some extra...
Jul
8

Baby Pooped a Big one! Again. Time for a new diet!

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 169. Here’s the deal: You listen to Episode 169, you hear some new music you’ve probably never heard, you enjoy yourself for about 15 minutes out of the 31 minutes of the show, you pass along the show to your buddy Mike down at the Laundromat and we all go home happy. Sound good? Good. See ya next week, and tell Mike not to over bleach his undergarments, they turn a weird color when sweat hits them, believe me I’ve learned that lesson. Music on SLTM (the Podcast) 169: Tango In the Attic War Brides Rabbits Kill Lincoln Ampline SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 169 [ 31:39 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...

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