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Sep
29

Native Lights- S/T – Music Review

Native Lights S/T Passive Recordings Akin to the wonderful band Restorations, but with less joy and a bit more echo on the vocals. Driving, okay. A bit Cultish (The English band THE CULT) at times. Kind of like the Cult’s quieter moments. Chiming guitar seems to be very popular this year. Keyboards add a nice touch. Keyboards are one of those Cumin type ingredients, too much spoils the broth but a pinch or two gives it a whole new dimension and flavor. Breathy open. Doubled vocals must be all the rage this year too. Hearing a lot of them. I probably wouldn’t buy this release, but if it’s on the radio I would like to hear it played. If it came up on shuffle I’d listen to it and enjoy it. Not distinct enough thru four songs to justify buying it on vinyl. I can make out about every third word. Lost in a dream? That’s how I feel when I listen to this, floating away from everything that matters. Trying but being frustrated because I can’t make it back, I can see it, but it’s just getting further and further away. “Abuse Arcade” is different, has a different feel to it. Tribal drum beats, a bit dancey. It’s a track like this that takes the groups strength’s and magnify’s them. Give this track several listens if you can. If they can step on the dance floor for a track, it only enhances the other songs. It’s like being a first baseman by trade, but being able to play the corner outfield spots ten to fifteen games a year. Sure the outfield is not your strength position, but you do a nice job out there and it gives you more value. *This review was written on the back of a Bob’s Crab Burger bag. It was smeared with, well it looked like mayonnaise and mustard, and some of the scribbles became hard to make out. In the future we will make Brad Bugos write better reviews, and try to get him to eat better. We will also try to get him to start carrying a notebook for ideas and review notes. This review made no sense to us. Hear a song from Native Lights on SLTM (The Podcast) episode 229. Leave a comment or email brad@fatrobotradio.com . Thank you...
Sep
29

Black Wolf Goat- Drone Maintenance – Music Review

Black Wolf Goat Drone maintenance Small Stone Recordings Concept album. This band is not kidding. First track is a mechanic reporting back to home base about his work detail, repairing a drone. This is chatter in between instrumental Joe Satriani like tracks. Third track “Sun Fall” is over 6 minutes long. When I hear this track it makes me think of the game Borderlands. It gives me the feeling of being in the game, talking to a guy out in the wastelands who is a mechanic who repairs these drones, and when you first visit him you learn that he’ll fix & modify anything. When you walk into his shop, he’s sitting in his chair in the garage playing a guitar, this is the music that you would hear. Maybe I play too many video games. I see desert, and deserted lonely outposts. Very mad max like. Hypnotic, and lulling. Why do the tracks end with about 50 seconds left? Odd. Like at 55 seconds left it switches to next track, why? A lot of plucking going on. This would make a good quest in Borderlands, drone maintenance and this is the music on your radio. Here I go again with the video game analogies. This is one of those albums that I feel everyone should hear a piece of, two tracks with the “call” track in between. You don’t need to hear the whole album if you don’t feel the need, but at least listen to a track or two. It’s not like drone maintenance concept albums abound. Albums like this don’t really pop up on the radar very often, and it’s things like this, the idea of capturing the lost transmissions of a drone maintenance worker and the driftless floating desert of the mind within the repetitious nature of life and our survival that make me glad and very happy to hear everything that is sent my way. How many times do I get someone trying this hard to put an idea to paper, then to music and craft it so that even if I miss the point entirely, it still speaks to me in a different way than other music does? Not many. *This review was written by Brad Bugos, who doesn’t really understand music very well or how fans work. He tries very hard not to make every review about sandwichs or ham, but mostly he fails. Thank you for reading this review, and please...
Sep
25

Commercials from Episode 230

Zip, bang, bippy. Commercials. Who gives a shit. These bands are good, so give them a try. The Sex Rays Culted The Sex Rays Commercial 2 [ 1:16 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download Culted Commercial 1 [ 1:02 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...
Sep
24

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 230

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 230: He strangled everyone in his neighborhood MUSIC ON THIS EPISODE: Great Sabatini The Swan King Voice of Reason The Inspector Cluzo OTHER LINKS: Voice Of Reason Home Magic Bullet Records Big/Brave Southern Lord Records Solar Flare Records SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 230 [ 30:31 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...
Sep
21

Hollow Sunshine – Bring Gold- Music Review

Hollow Sunshine Bring Gold Iron Pier First two songs have a very slow molassess pace to them. Way too much MBV vibe early on. “Lost Chamber” adds a little fuzz to the mix. Still, this band seems to be nothing more than a My Bloody Valentine clone. “Morning Green” adds some Dinosaur Jr. fuzzed out guitar to their overall MBV vibe. This is just not my thing. Very slow, methodical and a bit boring. I’m just not feeling it. I get that you love MBV, but what are you going to add to that to make me want to listen to your album and not break out Loveless by MBV? I am going to give this a few more listens before I add anymore to this review, so far I’ve listened all the way through the album four times, but sometimes it takes a clear set of ear balls and an empty head to really hear something for what it is or at least what the artist or band is trying to achieve. Stay tuned to the end of this paragraph for more on Hollow Sunshine. I’ve decided to listen to this again, a song at a time, starting with the last song “Companion”. The last song is a bit melancholy, it breathes a bit. Is it your friend that ‘s gone missing or your friends companion? Builds to an end, a very breathy open loveless end. “On a balance” , like the fuzz guitar hits. Strum, strum, fuzz, feedback. Has a nice middle part, makes me miss my past in a weird Harold Collins missing his favorite bike chain sort of manner. I like this song, could give it a few more run throughs. “Morning Green” . As I have mentioned before, this song has a nice Dinosaur Jr., J.Mascis guitar vibe, which I like. Female vocals too. Seeing this band live, playing this song, I envision the audience high, swaying back and forth, saddened but also happy to share that deepening, overwhelming saddeness with others. Soundtrack to a mass death by walking out. The last half of this is the best part. “Firmament” . A bit of a dance beat buried back in there. Almost like the band is playing a backing track to another totally different song than the one the singer is vocalizing. “Last Chamber”. The first half is too similar, slow and a bit plodding. In my opinion, which means fuck all, they should...
Sep
17

Commercials on Episode 229

Commercials that appeared in Episode 229 of SLTM (the Podcast). Share, give, love, last longer, It’s stupid commercials for cool music courtesy of my stupid shitty little brain. Megaon Leviathon Ivadell Megaton Leviathon Commercial 2 [ 1:45 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download Ivadell Commercial 4 [ 0:46 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...
Sep
16

SLTM (The Podcast) Episode 229

SLTM 229 : SEEK HUNT Discussed: HSAS and how it ruined Sammy Hagar Music on Episode 229: Native Lights Chox-Mak Featuring DJ YRS Jerzey Black Wolf Goat The Weekend Riot Other Links, Bub: Throwed Song on Youtube Sleep Records Native Sound Limited Run Impose Magazine SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 229 [ 35:45 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...
Sep
11

Commercials from Episode 228

There are actually three commercials in this set, two for Bobby’s Oar (same commercial, just a bit different) and one for Happy Diving. Please use these commercials to help promote the bands/artists. Feel free to use them on your podcast or radio show, we hope that they will help get some new ears on these releases. Bobby’s Oar Happy Diving Bobby's Oar Commercial 2 [ 0:55 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download Bobby's Oar Commercial 3 [ 0:51 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download Happy Diving Commercial 2 [ 1:03 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...
Sep
9

Wo-Fat – The Conjuring- Music Review

WO-FAT The Conjuring Small Stone Wo-Fat Facebook Some people might say this is stoner rock, not true , this is stone mountain rock where all the good stones come from, way up on high. An iceberg moves faster than this stone. Is it all just empty calories, this journey? Or would a quicker get to the finish line ruin the reality of the point, which is a long slow journey out into the desert of your mind. See now I’m doing it, letting the coolness flow, letting my vertebrae swim in the waves of peratonal opaqeness. What the fuck is happening to me? Listening to this reminds me of a certain time in my life, back in high school, hanging out “smoking” on country roads listening to music. Back then we tooled around the country, some times stopping in a good spot to “smoke” and drink a bit, then we would pop some tunes into the cassette deck, mostly Ozzy and Nugent. Sometimes we would park in the long gravel driveway of that Satanic Church. (at least we thought it was at the time, what with the stories we heard and it’s red door, clearly something evil was going on in there). We would sit there in the truck debating the existence of our untapped mental voice, eating pork rinds and getting parched. Ted kicking you in the ass with Intensity in Ten Cities or Double Live Gonzos. If we had been listening to Wo-Fat’s the conjuring, it would have been more like a warm blanket covering you in it’s salty sickness, our minds floating ever farther away from themselves. I’ll tell you this, if this is in the deck with us sitting outside that church, I’m no longer concerned with Ozzy’s black magic, or if the caretaker is going to sneak up on us with a pitchfork, my mind is free and easy, drifting away and loving the groove it’s on. Wait, umm, am I talking out loud right now? Is anybody else hearing this? Alright, now I know that everyone is staring at me. Should I say something? Hey this is pretty trippy, I forget what I was thinking about. Are there any more pork rinds? Man, I gotta piss. Oh hey, I love this song “Beggar’s Bargain”. Totally. I got it. I should probably say something to the other guys about getting home. I’m having such an easy relaxing time, I don’t want to forget to...
Sep
8

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 228

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 228- Guy in Park offered to give me a skim job, what the hell is that? MUSIC ON EPISODE 228: Bleach Everything Bio-Cancer Hollow Sunshine Wo-Fat OTHER LINKS: Hollow Sunshine Facebook Magic Bullet Records Topshelf Records Native Sound Limited Run Small Stone Records Candlelight Records SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 228 [ 36:26 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...

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