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Dec
30

SLTM 2.0 Episode 10

Music Reviews Spazz– Sweatin II : Departed Live Gorilla Competition – “Shrimp on the Barbie” – tank crimes – originally released in 2001- 35 tracks from 1995-1996 – tankcrimes.com – old school hardcore, fast, loud, with attitude and a sense of humor. Interspersed with clips from Kung Fu Theater. 35 songs of it, there that’s done. Wait, “Total meathead fuck” is a nice slow jazzy jam with kung fu sound clips. During the last song, the six minute plus “Elder mutant stomp” someone says “I can’t believe people are still listening to this”. Me either. Really it’s not bad, the songs are quick except a couple of jams and there are some kung fu quotes. I think the clip we are going to play sums up the band perfectly, plus it has a nice banjo solo in it, and when do you get to hear that? Thelma– S/T – Tiny Engines– February 2017 – facebook.com/thelmalala– “Ha Ha” – this reminds me of PJ Harvey. From “White Couches” “Where do we go when we die” which normally is a boring age old question but then Thelma says “Do we even want to know?” Which I think is an interesting rejoiner to the first part. I don’t think I do want to know where I’m going when I die, and I bet most people don’t really want to know either. Whether its due to the feeling of righteous religious belief, not wanting to spoil the ending or just basic fear. I am also hearing a little Kate Bush in the vocals. There are interesting arrangements, lots of sounds and pieces floating by, a nice river bed under the expressive, emotive vocals. “Ha Ha” has an interesting off kilter arrangement. Things are flying by in the hot wind of summer, bang, boom switch. Then the singer lets out with a screeched “Haaa!” and we realize the whole town is flying by in some sort of Burtian wind storm. We might not wind up back in town when we come down, but at least we got to see what our house looks like from up here. Plus when is the last time we were in the county seat? 10 years and my how things have changed. “Thelma” is just simply put a very beautiful song. It has just a touch of Sparklehorse melancholy here and there. The same kind of sadly beautiful depression I enjoy being enveloped in for a time and find...
Dec
23

Party Battleship – Full Interview

Here is the full interview with the band Party Battleship, thanks to John Morris for answering our questions with a sense of humor and making the interview fun. It’s always nice to talk to someone who can think on their feet and roll with the dumb questions. Check out the band here- Party Battleship. 1. Some people say your music is devil music, how do you …..wait that’s a question for another band, sorry. Here we go, is your music about Satan? Why does Satan get all the credit? What about Adramlech, Budsturga, Nergal, and Nihasa? Why must they be fated to illegible metal fonts, and naught much more? There’s even a demon, among the thousands out there, named Leonard, yet no one ever accused a rock band of backward-masking Leonard worshipping chants into their records. I suppose if I was to write about Satan, it would be in the Byronic hero/Miltonic context, of the freedom seeking outlaw who gets tossed out of his digs. I’m a loner, Dottie. A rebel. In short, no, not about Satan specifically— personal demons probably, interpersonal demons possibly, but no. And the band of demons definitely beat Johnny. 2. I’ve realized later in life that I’m really just a basic kind of idiot. What is something you’ve realized about yourselves lately? I’ve realized that I should stop worrying and accept the fact that I’m a Adam West Batman kinda guy, and that really I can accept no substitutes, with the possibility of Michael Keaton. And I’m ok with that. 3. In the Navy, Party Battleship is the designation for a cruiser that is carrying heavy armaments. True or something that I just made up? You can put your mind at ease. Our Battleship is only built for sailing the seven seas. Can’t you see we need a hand? Come on and join your fellow man.  4. Alf is to stand up comedy as Party Battleship is too…..? The gang-being-chased music on Scooby Doo. 5. Rowdy Roddy Piper, great wrestler or the greatest of All Time? DEFINITELY greatest of all time. He came here to chew bubblegum and kick ass—and he’s all out of bubblegum. May he rest in peace. 6. in the song “El Condor Pasa” after they say “I’d rather be a hammer than a nail” they say “Yes I would, If I only Could, I surely Would” , it makes me think that in life we are always the nail wishing...
Dec
21

SLTM 2.0 Episode 9

Music Reviews Mos Generator – ABYSSINIA- Listenable Records– facebook.com/mosgenerator – shop-listenable.net- “Catspaw” – coming on like a bluesy Monster Magnet but with Ozzy singing without the years of drug abuse and wear. Good solid rock. You know it’s not easy being the middle brother. You’re not the first kid out of the shoot, the one everyone looks at to carry on the family name and pride. Sure you both look alike and have some of the same mannerisms, but no matter how you act or try to distance yourself from that person there will always be echos of them resonating off of you. “red canyons” sounds like the theme song to one of those live action saturday morning shows in the 1970’s like Shazam or Land of the Lost. “There is no return from nowhere” sounds a little like “America” from Spinal Tap. As a matter of opinion bordering on fact the band gets more harmonized on the last couple of songs. The Third Eye Rapists– HETS MOT ALLT- “Estatic Molestation”- thethirdeyerapists.bandcamp.com- released april 6 2014- two new songs that came out in May 2017 – 2nd song in and I like this kind of production. It sounds faint almost back room false painted ceiling muffled fist punching kind of sound. You can hear it, but its not so crystal clear that you can feel. It’s more painful cause you imagine it. Demons driving to the grave yard to dig up bodies. Not for the parts but in hopes that they’ll be buried with something good to wager in the poker game with Satan later that night. My good friend Richard “Heart Punch” Bonchetti once told me “Hell isn’t a bad place to be, as long as you know how to gamble”. That’s the video I see in y minds eye for “Estatic Molestation”. Demons driving a ripped up herse 100 mph to the graveyard to get chit to gamble with Satan. Not for their release from the hellish existence they live, but because its a night out with friends and satan knows how to throw a party. The last song sounds like a fuzzy drunken hate message left with your answering service. You are convinced it was sent to the wrong number but you recently fucked something up and this call just might be for you after all. The Obsessed – SACRED- “its only money” – theobsessed.bandcamp.com – just re-released their 1990 self titled debut with unreleased bonus...
Dec
14

SLTM 2.0 Episode 8

Hey our files for this episode, the previous episodes and episode nine were corrupted. So we won’t have the reviews that go along with this one, we could type them out again, but come on I already do enough shit for this dumb podcast that no one listens to, why would I do more? right? So enjoy this episode or don’t we really don’t give a shit, we hardly notice our failures anymore. Please do check out the bands, leave a comment, or a review of your own below and please give a listen to our music featured guest this episode Party Battleship. Damnations Day Lasers Edge Group Ghost Bath Nuclear Blast Fucked Up tank crimes Extremity 20 buck spin SLTM (the Podcast) 2.0 Episode Eight [ 25:17 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...
Dec
6

SLTM 2.0 Episode 7

Music Reviews Dying Whale- LAST MOMENTS OF MISERY- dying-whale.bandcamp.com/releases – pay what you want digital download- “One final first kiss” – Ken Smith once told me that the easiest way to get into a girls pants was to play Barry Manilow at 78 rpm while making out. I’ve since realized that Ken was just fucking with me. It only took me 20 years to figure that out. What does this have to do with the music of Dying Whale? At first listen this album brought me back to those care free days of my teenage love life. How incredibly stupid and awkward I felt around women. Since I didn’t know any better I took the advice of an older friend (well, he was older by six months), because I argued he must know what he’s doing. I had not thought of those painful days in a long time and for some reason this music brought them all to the surface. Weird isnt it?the song “The Tear between life and love” had me nodding my head for a bit. Deathwish – UNLEASH HELL – Beer City Skateboards and Records – beercity.com- “Rock N Roll is a Hell of a drug” – first song out of the gate is great, Motorhead, Nashville Pussy, Supersuckers with some Nugent mixed by a scuzzy hand to perfection. I hope the rest of the album is this good. Second track, yep still kickin it. Keep it going, keep it going. While its a personal preference, I would rather have my metal/hard rock driving than the morose, plodding type. I do like some of the later, but to catch my attention the driving stuff always worked better. “Rock and Roll is a hell of a drug” answers the question why would a band continually tour and be out on the road when there is little to no financial gain. Because Rock and Roll is an addiction. On “God has no mercy” they take the allmighty to task and even question such a diety’s existence. Asking it how such a thing could exist and let all the shitty things in life continue to happen. The presence of Satan/Evil or not, where is your mercy? Or maybe its about those that scream and rant about gods great mercy but who really don’t give a shit about others. False prophet deal. I’m not sure but its how I heard it. Endorphins Lost– CHOOSE YOUR WAY – six weeks records...
Nov
29

SLTM 2.0 Episode 6 – We are back on Track

but not really. Music Reviews Vastum– Carnal Law- “Re-member”- (remastered by 20 Buck Spin of 2011 release)- 20buckspin.com – I know I’ve posed this question before, but is it hurting my listening experience when I am only able to understand one word in eight? On the clip we are going to play you can understand the vocals better. There are two distinct styles on this song and it really helps. Plus I like the swing and sway of the beat. Love the drum roll on “Devoid”. Again there is great vocal interplay between the two demons, which makes it more enjoyable for me. What does make this a bit above your average death metal release is the interplay of vocals, relative clarity of singing and the rhythm sections ability to swing it now and then. Bill & Phil -Song of Darkness- “Catastrophic” – the song “Corpus Crispy” is fucking hilarious, but not really. Frank Zappa without the sense of the weird and humor. On the song “Catastrophic” they try to out LULU Lou Reed & Metallica. I think that these guys think they are Zappa, kind of like when Billy Bragg and Wilco took Woody Guthries lyrics and wrote music to them. Maybe the Zappa trust did it with these guys and ask them to finish some of Franks songs so they could have some new material for the Hologram to sing. Yeah this veers from attempts at LULU and Zappa-esque tries at weird pop. Black Anvil – AS WAS – “Ultra” – relapse records– by the time I get to hell I would imagine that the staff will be pretty complacent. Not bored with the surroundings but with the process of orientation. “welcome to hell, where all your worst nightmares have come true. Now please bow down to our lord and master …..Satan, uhhh”. I can just hear some disaffected bored youth guide giving me the tour. Maybe because they have seen it and heard it all it’s become a bland process for them. They like the form but hate the process. Oh hell is still a significant obstruction, its just that talking about it all this time has soured their ability to enjoy, feel and process it. Jeremy Piven once told me that the best mayonnaise is not at the bottom of the jar but what is stuck to the lid. I don’t know what that means but I always liked that little guy. This release might...
Nov
7

SLTM 2.0 Episode 5

“I guess this is still a thing?” – review from Torque Blade Specialist Magazine Okkultokrati – RASPBERRY DAWN- “Future War” – The static noise at about 1:40 scared me. Ok, so they tend to repeat a phrase over and over under a scuzz guitar but its never annoying to me. Like the Crampian style horror frights of “Hard to Please” . I like when a band will take a basic rock and roll feeling and skew it, flavor it and distorted to their will. Always interesting. I would love to see them open up for Rabbits (rabbitusmaximus.com) , I think that would be a great match for a good show. “Suspension” is a strange druggy trip with your “Cool” uncle to Yosemity where you drop acid, almost drown in a creek bed while your Aunt takes off her clothes and wanders around talking about God’s Eye. So that might be a different track, but it’s there or maybe all the inference and chemicals at work were warping my brain. Vomit Remnants – Hyper Groove Brutality – “Extinction of Worthless Humanity” – facebook.com/officialvomitremnants– uniqueleader.com- I like the vocal style in this song as well as the drum fills towards the end of the song. Not something you normally hear. I like the fact that this isn’t your straight ahead pummeling speed metal. There are unusual or unlikely elements throughout. I also enjoy the vocal interplay between the two vocalists. They compliment each other perfectly. Interesting when the cartoon oompah band comes in at the end of “Inflicted Artificial” while eight songs at about four and a half minutes each might be pushing it, it might seem the same because of the intensity if they went with my recommended six songs. Varaha – 3 Song EP – varaha.bandcamp.com –“Ghost” – there are three songs on this EP. One is an instrumental wedged in between songs. Atmospherically crossing Coldplay with death metal, neat trick. Building a house in post modern times can be tricky. There are all kinds of building codes , structure settlements , blue print certifications, it’s endless. Oh, it can be done but it is a lot of work. In the end you usually end up with something you like but will always feel that the effort was a lot more then the final outcome. Uniform Choice– SCREAMING FOR CHANGE – Reissue on Southern Lord Records- southernlord.com -(1980’s Hardcore release, originally released in 1986)- “Screaming for Change” – I’m...
Oct
30

SLTM (the Podcast) 2.0 Episode 4

here’s some more bullshit you never asked for, so enjoy or whatever. Music Reviews Madder Mortem – Red in Tooth and Claw- “Fallow Season” -years ago starburst thought that they would branch out into the chewing gum field. However, their entry was flavorful for a few seconds (30 if you were lucky) and it had the consistency of a wet sweetart. This is like that but in reverse. (Ed. Note- sorry about that folks, I’ll be taking over the rest of this review). What Chrissy Hynde might have sounded like fronting a new metal band. Martyrdod – List- Facebook.com/martyrdod – “LIST” – well this is exactly as you think it would be, thrash metal. Hundreds of miles an hour w/ growled high throaty vocals. There are some nice riff packages through out that you should keep an ear open to hear. I find the riffs way more interesting than just blazing through one song after another. The clip allows you to hear a sonic palavar between speed thrash and multi metal. It has such a good guitar solo, a cool way to direct all that speed metal rage. Its that guitar work on this album that keeps it from being a mundane exercise. “Halos of Fallen Angels” has the best guitar work ,maintains a brutal pace. Risk Relay– As We Descend- “Sea of Light” – “Lonely the Converted mind” is a decent instrumental flavored with some farfisa organ. I know this is going to come off as Old Manish of me, but whatever happened to the instrumental? Used to be nice to hear a band lay down something, a little different route to the same strip joint if you please,but today’s instrumental’s just bore me to death. This from “My weight disappearing” “ a drone needs a ghost of another kind”,is this a song about a nameless faceless acceptance of a middle class boring life or a song about bees? I do like the funky breakdown during “Healer Revealing”. All the songs have the same tempo,beat and feel to them. I realize that a band is a band, but I would like to see stretch a bit. White Willow– Future Hopes- FUTURE HOPES- I’m having a hard time getting a handle on this one. Steely Dan mixed with the Cars? With pleasing whispered female vocals. “A scarred view” is over 18 minutes. 18 plus really. How in the world do you have that much to say in one song?...
Oct
23

SLTM (the Podcast) 2.0 Episode 3

Music Reviews Wulkanaz– “Ribbon of Shadow” – PARALYS- Facebook.com/wulkanaz– I would listen to this again. There is a light almost hollow touch on the production. Listening to the first track, it makes me think I should just turn off the rest of the album because it won’t be more open or pure for me hearing a band’s first track. That would be wrong though, because this speed metal with drums going fast (“No I said faster”) is played perfectly by this band. The second song locks it in, some bands would have went thrash full on heavy, with riffs so muddled it was would be like oatmeal. That this has a nice light production really helps the songs breath and feel almost juanty and fun. No need to worry though. The rest of the album is in the same vein. At the Wayside– the Breakdown and the Fall- “How We Live” –facebook.com/atthewayside – sounds like one of those bands that would have been on the Victory Records label back in the 1990’s. If you didn’t listen to their releases they had either the hard brutal metal releases or the kind of flowing riff rock metal stuff. You could find good in both camps, but I tended to veer more to the brutal metal cause that’s my tastes. Lots of Joe Satriani like riffs. This is not something that I would listen to in my spare time. It’s a bit too poppy, polished metal for me, good harmony and backing vocals though. Has some of the break down, distorted vocal pieces with shouted chorus in the songs. Pretty standard operating procedure for this type of music. Metalcore? Possibly, if I knew exactly what that was. Lyrically I’m nowhere near this kind of mental torment. At my age it’s not “thinking about that night” anymore, it’s “I wonder what the hell is still wrong with me”. I can afford no luxury towards anyone not feeling something towards me. This is very well played, but it’s clean like a freshly minted gomer pyle commerative plate that has never seen a scrap of food. There are no rough edges. They remind me of Jimmy Eat World, but it’s just to damn pretty for me to care about. Heavy riffs with clean cut very same sounding bubblegum nonsense. Makes me wish I was younger and didn’t hate myself so much. No it doesn’t. Walk the Plank– Cemetery Vacation– “Dying on the Vine”- that song...
Oct
15

SLTM (the Podcast) 2.0 Episode Two

MUSIC REVIEWS Astridir Lifsins-facebook.com/arstidirlifsins- ALDAFOOR OK MUNKA DROTTINN- VAN RECORDS– black metal is the last theatrical bastion in music. There’s chanting, then some demonic growls. Guy talk sings in another language. (not english I mean). Which sounds so much better than if it was in English, gives it more weight and makes it more creepy when you are not sure what is being said. I do like the chorus of demented clanking monks who handle some of the vocals. Nice touch. Steelhook Protheses – CALM MORBIDITY- “”- Malignant Records – something is always buzzing. Maybe it’s the bees in my head and not the music. First two songs feature the sounds of a heavy industrial manufacturing plant. It’s running 24/7 in the barren country side. Way away from civilization. Third song? Wait here comes the plant manager over the PA. Do you remember that scene in Strange Brew where they feed the inmates tainted beer and they play hockey against each other? This song has that vibe, not only the music played but the expected violence during the game. Only difference is that the plant manager is trying to pass along the new rules of the game from management while everyone just beats the hell out of the other person. WOE – HOPE ATTRITION – vendettarecords.bigcartel.com – “no blood has honor” – I think what I like about WOE and always have, is the driving beat. The chuck wagon has broken loose from the train and it’s hurtling down the path toward a cliff. But, man is it rocking and swinging. Even the fourth song “Din of the mourning”has some swing in the drums. It starts out as standard thrash metal and then here comes the chuck wagon again, busting loose and heading for a clump of trees. Goddamn Cookie, when is he going to learn to tie down that wagon? The rest of the disc is standard thrash metal with the occassional above average guitar solos. The Black Scorpio Underground- Necrochasm- theblackscorpiounderground.bandcamp.com – Husk Records and Prison Tatt Records – “Hall of 1000 degredations” – I always have a hard time getting into this industrialized metallic aliens eating themselves aural kaliedoscope pattern riffage. It escapes me why I should tolerate a mind throddling repetitive beat down all in the name of repetitive regeneration. Is this what the future will sound like? When you leave the underground for the surface Metro 2033 style, you will get this constant hum...
Oct
2

SLTM (the Podcast) 2.0 Episode 1

It’s a new podcast, well not that new. We still play a little music, do comedy and report music news, so basically it’s the same show but compacted. We hope you like it, if not who cares? I mean really, who the fuck are we trying to impress this late in the game? This Will Destroy you– “Quiet” -Young Mountain (10th Anniversary Edition) –This Will Destroy You Tumblr – Hate to use the first track on an album, but its a really good one. Instrumental. Interesting, lonely, desperate on a cold night. The car has stopped, won’t turn over , man gets out of car starts walking looking for help. The car grows colder, inside is his lover dead, cold, alone and frozen. Man dies lost in the woods, he is never found. First two songs are good, kind of forelorn, so far this is a pretty good instrumental album, best one I’ve heard in a while. Maybe I like this better because it seems to have a through line. Whereas other instrumental albums tend to be wandering messy projects. Most instrumental albums I get bored with after a few tracks. Not this, and oh, it is hard to sustain Melancholy Nathaniel Shannon and the Vanishing Twin– Trespasses- Full Length Debut- Aqualamb– “lost hills” – starts off like a lost track from a forgotten Morphine album. What’s with the wiper blade scratching at the end of song #1? 15 songs might be pushing it for this release. Sounds like Tom Waits on a batch of acid. It could have been more distorted with a Seven or Resident Evil vibe. “Debutantes”, why are people perceptions of serial killers minds always a cacaphonious dark nightmare when some serial killers clearly prefer the singularity of the singer songwriter path? It all seems a little trite to me. The subject of this is gonna try to be god, but guess what? He’s killing again. Nice dance beat to “Objection Projection”. Five songs in and I feel like I’ve heard this prepacked idea of the lonely, tormented distorted loner. Ruin – Song #1 “Baby Doll” , Song #2 “you” – (1984’s HE HO and 1986’s FIAT LUX) reissues on SoutherLord Records – I wanted to play “Baby Doll” not only cause I like it but because the faux cry/screams made me laugh out loud. First song, first impression Fear meets SPBT. This has to be a reissue (it is), sounds like early 80’s So...
Aug
21

Summer Shenanigans Episode 5 – The final Episode

We here at SLTM (the Podcast) regret to inform you fans of Steve Jiff, the Jiffster, that his new Podcast, The Summer Shenanigans, has been canceled. We understand that you may be upset and confused by this decision but we assure you that we took everything into consideration before reaching our final decision. We hope the best for Steve Jiff, The Jiffster, in the future and congratulate him on six wonderful episodes. This is the last episode to air on our podcast channel, episode six will remain in the can for the foreseeable future. Thank you for your continued support of our family of podcasts. SLTM (the Podcast) will return in a few weeks with a new format and more exciting things than can be contained on one podcast. Enjoy. THE FINAL EPISODE OF THE SUMMER SHENANIGANS: Topic: Mentorized versions of Air Supply Songs Music: Invoking the Abstract Langfinger Summer Shenanigans Episode 5 [ 17:12 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...

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