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Apr
29

Stornoway – You Don’t know Anything Mini Album Music Review

Stornoway – You Don’t know Anything Mini Album Music Review Stornoway You don’t know anything www.stornowayband.bandcamp.com The First song off this EP “When you touch down from outer space” reminds me of early Robyn Hitchcock. Nice. Love Robyn Hitchcock’s music, I found Globe of Frogs in college and never stopped loving everything else. This has a bit more of a beat to it, a bit more bouncy than I believe the above statement references. Catchy as hell, too. Not as quirky. With some nice harmonies. “Waiting on the Clock” – it’s about a boy and girl and love. Nothing new there, but there are the good harmonies, and some different sounds thrown in to keep it from floating away to cutes-ville. Guitar solo towards the end is a nice break up, a bit of distortion and weaving never hurt anyone. “On our shaky knees, we tried sushi” a bit of a hard rhyme, but still quirky in a evenrude sort of way. “The Sixth Wave” has some nice horn parts in it, poppy and enjoyable like the rest. Nice guitar walking, bit of Frampton guitar talk on “Tumbling Bay”. Really, if you like good pop music with good harmonies, some different bits and bobs thrown in and some clever hooky songwriting then this will be your cup of tea. This Review was written by Brad Bugos. He can be reached at brad@fatrobotradio.com . Please follow the link above and find out more about Stornoway. Then type in their name on the SLTM search box and hear a song on our show. Tanks a bunch, rabbit...
Apr
22

Episode 190 SLTM (the Podcast)

I’ve been moving house, so I’m a little bit grumpy and tired, so no funny business. This here is what you would call a Pard-Cost. It’s like the radio but worse, much worse. See this little nit-wit, my sister sheila’s boy Rogenald, thinks he’s some kind of fancy talker. Believe me, he ain’t. So without further embarrassment and pointing the finger at his stupid mother, here is SLPM (the Pard-cast). Yours Truly, Uncle Donny (Deceased) MUSIC ON EPISODE 190 OF SLTM (the Podcast): Hotelier Eight Bells WSPC U137 The Demonbeat Somos LP On Tiny Engines Somos Video on Altpress SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 190 [ 42:32 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...
Apr
16

Amenra – MASS V- Music Review

Amenra – MASS V- Music Review Amenra MASS V Neurot Recordings If you like doom and drone then Amenra is your ticket to throttle-ville. Quite a bit more melodic than some bands that skate this same surface. It’s nice to have a bit of this type of music on hand, as it suits a different mood than other metal and there is never one type of music for everyday in your life. Doom/Sludge Metal in Screamo-Vision. Which, like I said, is nice to have in your collection. Why not try a bit of Amenra? Scott Kelly guest vocals on the last track. Let me put it to you this way: I know people like to feel like they are part of a group, that there are others out there like them. And that is fine. However, there is so much different music and so many different ideas out there, that to limit yourself to one ideology or thought process seems stunting to me. I like pizza, but do think that even with dozens of types of pizza, that it’s the only food I am going to consider eating just because it suits me most of the time? No. It would be no good for me, and I would never grow. Well, I would grow outward, and slower. I am a scattered mess, bits and pieces of me are all over the place, my mind wanders in and out of streams, diving and resurfacing at different points. If I couldn’t attach myself to different musical thoughts, ideas, soundscapes and patterns (and different ideas), then I’m not sure I would be living in this space. I like Amenra, but they are not my favorite band, but they serve a punch hole filling purpose. Like all music in my life. There’s Buck Owen’s and The Buckeroos, Ringworm, and the Meat Puppets in the distorted dirt covered attic of my upper mind. In the downstairs apartment, Soundgarden, Robyn Hitchcock, Motorhead, and Chuck Berry are fighting over the remote. There are so many compartments and sections that there is no telling what parts of my brain are enjoying what at any exact moment. Amenra would make a nice tenant. They fit in a nice space, no not a niche, but a space and I’m glad I found them, cause there is a space for my mad, driven, dusty, chipped brain to enjoy this music. I don’t know where I would be without music, it’s always rolling through my head, activating...
Apr
15

Passafire – Vines- Music Review

Passafire – Vines- Music Review Passafire Vines passafiretheband.com This is the kind of music that WPGU 107.1 FM in Champaign loves to play a lot of, which is fine, but since their play list has become a bit repetitive and restrictive, this is the type of band that should be on their airwaves, but never seems to find itself there. Why? Narrow scope I would guess, which is a shame cause this would fit in just fine with their musical tastes, and I can see this band becoming a bit of a toast with the students at the University of Illinois. Then again, I’m not really the target age for that station (which I do enjoy despite their choker hold on the play list), and I might be way off base. First shot out, I don’t think I am. They call this reggae tinged, which is what I guess you would call 311 too, but I don’t feel like that’s an accurate flavoring. Oh, it’s an ingredient but I don’t feel like it’s the whole gumbo. Yeah, I think if you like 311 you are going to enjoy this band. The only problem I see with this band not becoming more known is that the internet is clogged with music and it’s sometimes just a game of crap’s if you win out or not. I can see this band at summer camp, which would be a perfect showcase for them, getting them in front of some similar type bands/artists and some very receptive fans. There is no way with this type of mellow, reggae-rock that Passafire plays that they shouldn’t be able to make a nice living. Groundbreaking? No, but it’s enjoyable music. So don’t put your whole head into it, just enjoy it and drift along. This music review was written by Brad Bugos, who can be reached via brad@fatrobotradio.com . Find a song from Passafire on SLTM (the Podcast) by typing their name in the search box or follow the link above to find out more. Thank...
Apr
15

Episode 189 of SLTM (the Podcast)

I’ve said this maybe 25 times before, but it bears repeating. Listen for the music. Expose yourself…to something new and different. There was a time when I was a kid that a flasher always wore a raincoat with nothing on underneath. I miss those days. Today’s flashers have no class. It’s all “Hey, look over here, it’s my nuts out of my pants” or you get an up the vag shot from some girl you met on plentyofeasysex.com. No, the flashers of yesteryear really knew how to show it with style. There was a certain grace to it, a certain…penace. It’s so sad when things move on, and move away from something that meant something to your childhood. In this case it did not move on for the better. MUSIC ON EPISODE 189 OF SLTM (THE PODCAST): Autmnblaze Casual Fistula Dr. Dog Great Apes East of the Wall SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 189 [ 45:35 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...
Apr
10

Commercials heard on SLTM (the Podcast) Episodes 187,188, & 189

Here are the four commercials we have produced, voiced and edited. We play these on the show not only to help promote these bands but also to give people a break from Brad’s annoying voice. Please feel free to pass these along and use them in any way that might be helpful to these bands. Thank You Dirt Wizard Earthling Demonlung Book Burners Dirt Wizard Commercial [ 0:38 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download Demon Lung Commercial [ 1:13 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download Book Burners Commercial [ 0:44 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download Earthling Commercial [ 0:57 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...
Apr
7

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 188

Look, I know no one listens to this podcast, for fuck sake I’ve been recording and releasing these things for almost eight years and I’ve yet to have anyone ever email me and tell me they listen. I’m not fishing here, just stating the facts. So why do I continue? Sheer stupidity I suppose. Mostly it’s a love of music. I knew starting out that this was a losing proposition, no one would listen and I would lose lots of money doing. So I can’t complain, but sometimes it’s hard not to wonder where the fuck I went wrong? I guess it all started in the second grade, when my teacher Mrs. Matty Greggs said that I was “too smart for my own good”. That was also the year that I lost my favorite pea brained sidekick, Mr. Lou. I can faintly remember a time when I was happy, but it’s a fading memory. So since then it’s been all down hill. Goodbye. MUSIC ON SLTM(THE PODCAST) EPISODE 188: Teenagers They Stay Dead Disguised as Birds This is your Life Skeletal Spectre Good Band Brad found through this stupid podcast: Lair of the Minotaur SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 188 [ 42:25 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...
Apr
2

Deadlands Evilution Music Review

Deadlands Evilution Music Review Deadlands Evilution Massacre Records Nothing wrong with this release at all. This is for all the old metal fans, who enjoy a bit of Priest or Maiden but like a little growl thrown in the mix too. Well played , nice guitar parts, double guitars in places and all well fit together. I would have no problem pointing people in this bands direction, especially like I said if you wanted some metal that had that late 70’s early 80’s tinge to it. Good stuff. I really wish I could sit here today and tell you that I was cool back in grade and high school and that I was listening to cool music. That however, would be a big bald face lie. I was never cool, and my music tastes didn’t change for the better until college. I really didn’t start getting into metal in any serious way until I met my good friend of 26 years Marc Nichols. Oh sure, I loved Sabbath and liked Maiden, but I had no idea outside of Metallica and Megadeth what was out there. So much good music was going un-listened to by my ears. What a fucking shame. Now, with my music zine and podcasts in the last 20 years, I’ve been able to hear a lot of different music, and lots of really good metal. It’s been a great boon to my ears, and not to sound too substantial, but to my being. I have found some really great metal through my zine and podcasts, that it’s really helped me fill out a part of my existence. That may sound bombastic, but I’ve always loved music. While metal has filled in some holes in my life, there really are too many that will never be filled in, but it’s nice that one area of my life has a good start. Deadlands, like I said reminds me of good old school metal. Singer can sound a bit like Joey Belladonna at times, which is nice. Nothing wrong at all with some good old Anthrax. Look, I know I have said this in other music reviews, and on SLTM (The Podcast), there are tons of bands out there. How do you wade through all that is available? I have no idea, there is a ton of it. All I can do with these reviews and the podcast is to point out a few that peak my interests, or that sound like something...

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