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Oct
13

Sweet John Bloom – Weird Prayer- Music Review

Sweet John Bloom Weird Prayer Tiny Engines I like guitar work. Right amount of feedback. Well played. If you were on a road trip with this album, you wouldn’t be making many stops. In fact, if you did have to pee, the other people in the car would be circling the parking lot while you went into the chevron station. Stagnancy is complacency? I always like when a band bursts thru the door with a barn burner. I like how he has his dad muttering in the background on some of the songs. Not harmonies, but subtle reminders from the past. A gentle push. Fast changing guitar rock reminds me of Jay Bennets old band, Titanic Love Affair. But with better vocals and more gas in the tank. Therefore, more push on the throttle. For some reason I see Paul Westerberg touring as Grandpaboy with J. Mascis on guitar and SJB opening for them and them becoming fast friends with that unlikely creation, hanging out and going for milkshakes after each show. Guided by Voices. A current reference if I ever thought of one. Short snappy rock songs with amazing guitar licks. Listen to “Night Thing” and tell me that your fat dad didn’t chicken bone your thigh. ( I might have been sleep deprived when I wrote that in my note book, but that’s what it says). I was up and dancing like an idiot in my supply closet. The only drawback, like anything good, is that fifteen of anything might be a bit much in one sitting. However, I would rather they get it out in one heave, rather than saving it for tomorrow during brunch with the Ladies Auxiliary Club. **Brad Bugos wrote this review and he knows absolutely nothing about music. He asked me how come they don’t make eight tracks anymore. I mean, are you kidding? What the hell? And he’s allowed to write opinions on music and stuff. Whatever. More dumb , nonsensical reviews coming soon. brad@fatrobotradio.com if you...
Oct
13

Saddest Landscape – Darkness Forgives – Music Review

Saddest Landscape Darkness Forgives Top Shelf Records Starts off with lead singer having a nervous breakdown over a bed of hard rock. I enjoy this type of music. Not only for the energy and the message, but also because the style of singing seems to go against what the band is playing. However, it matches up perfectly, most of the time. The music just doesn’t let up. Which is how this goes, when it kicks in, its in overdrive. No stopping. I’m cool with that. “Admitting you’re alive” is a good song, starts out like an English beat song. Vocals loudly over it, then it hits the breaks, slows down and gets fuzzy. Not just an average Hardcore, hard rock band. A band with some ideas, twists and turns. I tell ya, there are moments when the lead singer sounds like he’s this close to a nervous breakdown. Real good intensity in the songs, but also a little something else. Melody. Which is not an easy thing to pull off, next time your losing it on your neighbor for throwing his dog shit in your backyard, try being melodic. Won’t work. Not your run of the mill hardcore band or release. Good intensity but they don’t bludgeon you with it. They want you to feel along with them, they are not going to crack it into your skull, wouldn’t have the same impact. I like the guitar work in “All grace intact” , both the solo and the regular. This one is probably my favorite release from this run of episodes of SLTM, and a band that I will personally be keeping an eye on to see what they release next and if they happen to play in my area, a band that I would like to see live. **Brad Bugos wrote this review from his toilet. You see, he’s got problems with his plumbing. Yes, both personal and residential. He eats a lot of Kale for some reason. Personally, we here at the office (Office? Huh. It’s a garage with one window), are getting tired of his Kale Mondays, and weekend trips to the Kale farm. Enough already. We hope he chokes a little on some Kale and is unable to talk for five months. Got a Kale recipe? Contact brad@fatrobotradio.com...
Oct
13

Triathalon – Nothing Bothers Me- Music Review

Triathalon Nothing Bothers Me Broken Circles I dreamed I went to the dentist the other night, and while he was working away on my teeth he let me listen to some music. My choice. And for some reason this release from Triathalon was available , so I said “I’ll take that”. While the work was being done I just floated away, floated up into a beautiful cloudless Sunday afternoon. Smiling without a care in the world. It was the damndest thing. When I awoke from the dream, I immediately felt my jaw, which hurt, but more importantly that morning at work I listened to Triathalon again. This calls to mind early 90’s jangly pop music. A slower more laid back Connells. Also, and I couldn’t tell you why, but I got a Prince vibe now and again from this release. I really can’t put my finger on why, but it’s there. Very laid back and dreamy. Coming down from a dental high, like in my dream, but taking place in the car ride home, this would be the perfect music to listen to while you mellow out. It will help as you are pulled slowly, gently back to the ground and reality. Back in the day at Skateland, the last skate was a spotlight, girl choice skate. Now, you can imagine I hope, a skinny stupid looking poor kid like myself being nervous about any girl wanting to hold my hand and skate while listening to “Endless Love”. It just didn’t happen that often. Well, one time Gina R. asked me to skate and I nearly crapped my pants with fright. We skated hand in hand to Air Supply’s “All out of Love” . That awkward youthful moment is forever etched in my mind, as is the Air Supply song. When I hear it these days , and its not that often, I’m reminded of a beautiful girl asking a sad joke of a boy to skate and my sweaty palms. If any of these songs from this Triathalon release had been playing instead of Air Supply I would probably would have been just as nervous and sweaty , but my lasting memory would have been just a bit more sweet. And in the future when I would hear the song on my MP3 player I would feel just a little bit better about myself and the music that painted a sweet but awkward memory. What does any that...
Oct
11

See Through Dresses -End of Days- Music Review

See Through Dresses End of Days Tiny Engines When the first track came on, I thought maybe I was hearing a lost track from Veruca Salts first album. Wow dead on. Second song is a male vocal, driving space rock tune. I like the interplay of vox so far. “Everyman” says “wait til your father gets home” , I wonder if today’s mom’s still use that old chestnut? I never had to worry about that myself. Oh sure dad would yell at you when he got home, but he was just a figure head. We were more worried about mom’s instability than his hallow anger. All show. Six songs, they go by way too quick. That’s what you want in life. Leave them wanting. Don’t overstay your welcome. Speaking overstaying. I know I mention this above, but when I re-listened to this album, the female vocals kick in and it reminds me a lot of Veruca Salt. In the first song that the male singer….well sings, he reminds me of Frank Black. Lots of feelings about mom, dad , and family. Enjoyable pop music. “Drag Scene” sounds like a more in tune, less heavy Dinosaur Jr. Lots of different parts of the pop spectrum represented here. See Through Dresses **Brad Bugos wrote this review. He’s almost positive that Jimmy Carter shook his hand when he was a little boy. He’s not sure where it happened, but he’s positive it was him or at the very least his nice wife Rosaland. Anyway, Brad has dumb dreams, like being the head tree surgeon at a tree hospital, laughing at his own jokes, and unlimited rhubarb pie. He’s dumb. If you want you can contact him at brad@fatrobotradio.com but I wouldn’t....
Oct
7

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 252

this one took a minute to be born, mostly because I wasn’t sure I could tackle the comedy bit I had written for myself. But, ultimately I did it, mostly because no one listens anyway and if it turns out dumb, so what. So here it is, with probably the dumbest bit I’ve ever done, and that’s saying something. Enjoy. TITLE – Does Nostalgia cloud your judgement? It do mine. A-Team Rules! Topic– Brad’s Five Favorite things of Fall Music Runaway Brother: these poor bastards. They just don’t know yet , that all of those feelings about getting someone back and that perfect someone are all bullshit. Total utter bullshit. But we all believe that when we are young, don’t we? “hold me down” has a nice break down in the middle. Sounds like everyone in the band gets to pipe up. The ending sounds like a Jellyfish song. Also get a little Nerf Herder goofy smart guy vibes from these guys. Also a touch of Weezer flavoring. I like that they just never put on the cruise control with a song. I doubt these guys ever listened to Tripping Daisy but they take their sound and condense the space rock goofiness into a nice package. Stoneburner: “cage bird” is an endurance test. It’s like five songs in ten minutes. Not sure why that was necessary. To weed out the suckers I guess. Demonic growled vocals. This feels like two different bands to me. Like a local sludgey Sabbath riffing metal band was laying down the tracks for a new album, but didn’t have singer. So late at night the black metal, demonic growling local janitor who worked at the recording studio decided to lay down some vocals to the cagotchury. There are one minute acoustic bridge pieces . Why? They don’t really fit. Songs are too long. Really could be two or more songs in each song. I mean ten minutes? Really? Last song is seventeen minutes. Puddle Splasher: I like this guys voice. The band reminds me a bit of the Smiths and the way Morrissey handles the vocals in those pop tunes. But, this is a rock band more than the Smiths ever were. This is four songs. All driving power rock. Vocalist has a pleasing distinctive voice. Four songs go by too quick. All that you could ask for in a release. These guys could have written an EP about something I hate, like two...
Oct
5

Final Commercials from Episodes 248-252

I fell down a flight of stairs back in third grade. I was trying to impress Melissa Kincaid, hoping that my fake “Fall” would make her laugh. It was the only way I knew how to get someone to notice me. I had done it a few times before with mixed results. But, I was sure this time it would work out and I would at the least get a laugh, however I was hoping for a quick smooch on the cheek. No such luck, as I hit the third stair and prepared my tuck and roll, my pencil fell out of my pocket and not thinking, I reached to grab it and couldn’t get my arm down in time to break my fall. It was horrible. Oh, I got the laugh, and a busted lip and some blood on my shirt. It also taught me a lesson. Girls don’t enjoy some jackass doing physical comedy trying to impress them. Sadly that lesson didn’t sink in until I was thirty. Deforesters Deforesters Commercial 1 [ 1:07 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download Deforesters Commercial 3 Play Now | Play in Popup | Download Deforesters Commercial 2 [ 1:07 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...
Oct
3

More commercials from 248-252

Hey there. How’s it? Me Too. So here’s those commercials I told you about. What? Yeah, did them all by myself, thanks for being condescending. Oh you weren’t? Sorry, I a bit touchy these days, I just got off perscription pills. What was I taking? Icy Hot. Three tubes a week. Oh, don’t laugh. It was very serious. Thanks for asking and try to stop by sometime, I found this new thing, it’s called pulling your pudd. Bye Now. Ernie Why+the+Wires Ernie Commercial [ 0:55 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download Why The Wires Commercial 1 [ 0:39 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download Why The Wires Commercial 2 [ 0:39 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...

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