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Mar
21

Three commercials from episodes 237-241

I wrote these commercials for my podcast. I also voiced them and co-produced them with Phil Chevron, the producer of my podcast. I’m a lonely shut in with no real friends, and I smell. So please enjoy these things, and feel free to use them on your podcast, okay ….friend? Pillory Kings Destroy Ancient Wisdom Pillory Commercial from episode 241 [ 1:03 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download Kings Destroy Commercial for episode 240 [ 1:20 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download Ancient Wisdom Commercial from episode 239 [ 1:08 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...
Mar
14

POOTIE- Man Pig – Music Essay

Calling this a music review would be missing the point. I’m neither trying to convey a positive or negative view of this music. You should not base your further study of this music on the fact that I reacted to it in a way that might jibe with your beliefs. What I am trying to do is ignite your interest or at the very least spark some conversation. Here’s what I think this music makes me feel, reminds me of and conveys to me. Now you take it and run with it. I am not criticizing the work, on the contrary I found it interesting enough to talk about. Pootie Man Pig pootie.bandcamp.com This is a name your price digital download. So do yourself a favor or don’t, click the bandcamp link above, give it a listen and give Pootie a few bucks for his hard work. Reminds me of Tony/All, early Descendents, Guided by Voices. Some of these songs are long, I think Pootie would be better served by shorter songs, i.e. early GBV. Like the kinetic energy behind “C.B.”, while it’s the shortest song its got some good energy. Like the beat. This kid has a lot of good ideas. I can hear a lo-fi Tripping Daisy or some hints of Sebadoh. There are two or three songs in each song. At least. I still say he benefits from shorter songs, break up some of these songs, a seven minute ride through the woods on a snowmobile with no seat might be a bit much to ask of some people. Great ideas. Good execution. Needs a producer or editor. Some of the songs tend to be overlong, with lots of change in each song, you can of lose track of what song you are listening to and where you started. Bandcamp was made for artists like this, to release a song or two at a time. When you don’t have to sit on the songs too make an album, this kind of site really makes use of your creative energy. Sitting on these songs for three years and releasing them all at once doesn’t serve Pootie. The conventional album is no longer the accepted frame work, what’s an album anymore? Some artists have stopped releasing music in a bunch, for good or ill, but it seems like this would be a better option for Pootie. “Two more Years” perfect example of too much. Song is over six...
Mar
9

SLTM (the podcast) Episode 241

I really crapped out on this one, I had a bit that I wasn’t sure of and instead of polishing it in time for this episode I laid down like a wuss. So instead I read from some crappy book that someone gave me as a joke. How sad, doing a stupid, lazy, unfunny radio bit on a ten year old podcast. This was supposed to be about freedom, about doing your own thing. Instead, I buckled under my own low self esteem and went the easy way. Pathetic. You should not listen to this podcast anymore. MUSIC ON EPISODE 241: Pootie Abstracter Those Mocking Birds Society Sucker Other Links mentioned: Abstracter Bandcamp Society Sucker on Facebook Society Sucker Merch Punchlines Armors SLTM Episode 241 [ 36:36 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...
Mar
1

Johnny Indovina – trials of the writer – music review

Johnny Indovina Trials of the Writer johnnyindovina.com Likable pop music. Kind of a breathy, low register vocal on the first two tracks. This guy has an agreeable voice, soothing almost. Third song is a nice Neil Young knockoff, pulls it off well. I’m not sure he needs to use the same vocal on all the songs. Let’s see if he does. Per the first three songs, the songs are too long. All over four and a half minutes. Nick Cave like vocal timbre/tempo. Vocals also remind me a bit of Kevin Tihista. Lyrics are a bit cliched. Almost a talk sing vocal quality. Kind of reminds me of when David Bowie would do that in a song. Sorry, but the songs are way too long. Not all of them need to be 4 ½ minutes plus. Some editing in length or a short one would be a nice change of pace. Some nice guitar work on the songs. Lyrics can be a bit trite at times. “Wrote a letter, wonder how it ends?” too false sincere. Never trusts those false romantics, it’s all about the pootang. Starting with track 8, last four songs. While the last song picks up a bit, adding some steel guitar and a steppier beat, the last four songs are pretty much the same tempo, timbre, and speed. The vocalist never gets much over a Mike Scott/Liam Neeson whisper sing. It would have been nice to have some variation or to jumble the track order. The singer does have a warm inviting voice. Songs are a bit long, over five minutes each. It doesn’t detract from the songs. It’s just that it’s a bit much over 11 songs, to much to digest in one sitting. My advice, such as it is, would be to either trim the songs, or release an EP with 5 songs. AC/DC, Van Halen, Aerosmith (when they were good) understood back in the day that a good album was 35 minutes or below. Better to leave your audience wanting more. Maybe this is the problem today in music. You Feel like this is maybe your only chance to be heard, why not wow the audience with everything you got. You may never be able to record again. Put it all out there. “I love the Way” is a nice Neil Young rocker. Still I would like to hear the vocals differ at times. *This review was written by an idiot. Just...
Feb
27

Broken Field Runner – Clear a Heaven so this Earth can breath- Music Review

Broken Field Runner Clear a heaven so this earth can breath Black Numbers facebook.com/brokenfieldrunner Emotional without sounding overwrought. That’s not easy to do. Comes off like a bridge between Jimmy Eat World’s “bleed American” and “Futures” albums. Back in the days when Jimmy Eat World was relevant. By the way, why the hell are they re-releasing Bleed American and Futures on Vinyl? Besides money. “Each Evening” is a nice emotional note and further proof that this band can play a nice emotional song without over laying it. “Clear a Heaven” seems to be about the financial collapse in the late 2000’s, the advantage taken by some people. Those who don’t seem to have a problem taking advantage of those weaker than them. Or maybe it’s just about being good. I always read too much into stuff. “I’m in a bad way”, careful there fellas you’re running out of the field of play to the warning track before the fence. Tracking closely into power pop friendly deep center field. Any closer to the fence and it’s time to put a UK after your name. By the way, “Peace of Feelings” is your single. It’s got all of the strengths of the band in it, well sang lead vocals, good harmonies, and a bit of foreboding and longing. Plus a floor to the edge of the cliff ending. Here is the song that defines BFR, you don’t like this? Then you’re not going to like this LP. I took a different approach to the third time I listened to this release. I listened to the last four songs. Yeah, “Peace of Feelings” is definitely the single here. When something like this is so easy to digest I worry that people will decide it’s fate before every realizing that not everything is roughage or Naked Lunch. That there are those shiny objects in life that are okay to posses and enjoy. “Clear a Heaven” calls to mind an acoustic, quieter moment with the Old 97’s. *This review was written through dictation, with Brad yelling through the toilet door to his assistant. Some of the words may not make sense, but then again neither does Brad. We hope you like reading words. Thank you and goodnight. brad@fatrobotradio.com...
Feb
25

Falloch – This Island, Our Funeral – Music Review

Falloch This island, our funeral Candlelight Records Facebook.com/falloch Heavy rock music with metal underpinnings. More queen than Morbid Angel, but with a solid metal frame work to hold the thing together. I think if you like GHOST, you’ll enjoy this release. While they may not be in the same family, it’s almost like a cousin who spent three weeks in the summer every year. The songs are long. Five to seven or eight minutes but they are interesting with different sounds and ideas. Enough of them to keep you listening the whole time. Some mild stone tones , but I wouldn’t call this stoner rock. People who like sand ( I can’t make out this word) rock will likely enjoy this too. Case in point last song is over in 11 minutes. There is space, not space rock. I mean there is room to breathe in these songs. Space to think. It works. This band is good at creating those spaces, using them for separation, not to gear up for another gut punch, but to let it soak in. This release is a bit long. The songs are longer, but don’t let that scare you off. I would be hesitant to call this space rock or sludge rock. Especially when there are few cosmic or muddy vibes floating around. However, there is a loose, ambling gait to this pot soaked wind caked stranger. Just don’t tell him he’s the cosmic cowboy. This album plays out like a soundtrack to a post apocalyptic Cowboy movie. The songs,atmospheres and feelings that accompany his travels in a barren, nuclear waste land. He feelings of revenge and repentance, but also of survival and instinct. That even if he does get revenge, he will continue to keep moving because he has no other choice. His revenge is not an end to a means but another diversion from the truth. That truth being, just survive. *This review was written by Brad Bugos. He’s not sure where he first heard the term, “Honey Ham” but he likes it. Check out this band on the podcast and if you like the review, or it at least peaked your interest, then click the link to their Facebook page and find out more about them. Thanks...
Feb
23

SLTM (the podcast) Episode 240

This episode features the timeless tunes of a local legend, a former diary farmer turned yak hurdler who made it big playing the keytar. I am, of course speaking of Mel Higgins, Mr. Longfingers himself. Now, some of you might be saying “Brad, why would you have on a has ben who’s been out of the spotlight for these last fifteen years? Why? Why you ask? because I ran out of things to say and I just happened to bump into Mel at the meat market. So I figured, what the hell, I need to kill about ten minutes on this stupid podcast. So enjoy, and if you don’t like keytar, then please drop dead. MUSIC ON SLTM (THE PODCAST) EPISODE 240: Roger Harvey Fulgora Johnny Indovina Where my bones rest easy MORE LINKS FOR THINGS MENTIONED ON EPISODE 240: Johnny Indovina on Facebook Housecore Records Everyone Dies in Utah Everyone Dies in Utah Facebook Fucko Bandcamp Sltm episode 240 [ 38:05 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...
Feb
18

SLTM (The Podcast) Episode 239

And yet the seasons continue to change. Really, we ask, what’s the difference when everything just blurs into nothingness? Can death really be all that different then this boring life? Can death be as complicated and yet dull at the same time? Who knows. Hey it’s another SLTM (The Podcast) MUSIC ON EPISODE 239: We Were Sharks Falloch Banquets Gust OTHER LINKS: Gust Merchandise Panic State Records Southern Lord Rise Records We Were Giants SLTM (The podcast) Episode 239 [ 31:49 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...
Feb
10

SLTM (The Podcast) Episode 238

Episode 238 “I’ve got the balls to make the whole world sing” Topic: we discuss the origin and use of the phrase “Built like a brick shithouse” MUSIC ON EPISODE 238 Broken Field Runner Omnilhity State Song Fallujah Other Links: Unique Leader Phratry Records Great Collapse/Threats Split EP “Everything melts Eventually” Split SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 238 [ 35:51 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...
Feb
9

Wild Moth- Inhibitor- Music Review

Wild Moth Inhibitor ironpier They sound like a 1980’s english rock band, but with better production. Joy division or a bit harder less poppy Jam. This release calls to mind those power pop/rock bands from the 90’s I enjouyed. Like Fig Dish, Triple Fast Action, Urge Overkill or Frete Blanket. Quick. Not that the songs are short but it was over before I knew the last song had played. I waited for a minute, then realized it was over. If you handed this to me and told me that you found this record in a bunch of LP’s from rock bands of the 1990’s , I would say “Yeah I believe that. I see the simlilarities”. I dig that driving rock beat. Not to say it sounds dated, because it doesn’t. It takes me back to the mid 1990’s when I started my zine. I would hear new music and get excited about it. Not like now, being the bitter old fuck that I am. I like a band to err on the side of driving rock. Dual vocals are well done, sometimes bands mix them weird. This is well done, one of the vocals is a bit back in the mix, giving it some depth and range. Even when they slow down the vehicle to scan the scenery from their car window, this band is driving. Finding interesting things at all speeds, things to share, report or pretend to be. *This review was written by Brad Bugos. He’s a delusional weirdo who thinks everyone loves him and that they can’t wait to be his friend.What a dip. Thanks for reading this review, check out Wild Moth on Episode 237 of SLTM (The...
Feb
2

SLTM (The Podcast) Episode 237

The Great Thing about me is…. SLTM (The Podcast) Episode 237 As we ramble on into our tenth year of podcasting, mostly with an audience of one, we look back at what got us here. Mostly Brad’s unwilling stupidity to quit recording a podcast that no one cares about or has listened to. It’s a sickness really, one that will probably go on into his golden years, when podcasting will enter into it’s second or third rebirth. Sad we know. Still, you can say you ignored it back when. Enjoy MUSIC ON EPISODE 237: Blodhemn Kindling Die Choking Wild Moth Other Links of things discussed: Courage Dear Heart Our Theory “You found out” on Substream Magazine “Shallowed be thy Name” Stream Blodhemn main site No Idea Records Store SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 237 [ 28:48 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...
Dec
17

Last two commercials

Here are the last two commercials, these are from Episode 236. The David J Edgar Hoovers Native Lights Native Lights commercial [ 0:57 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download The David J Edgar Hoovers Commercial [ 0:53 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...

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