Earlier this morning, I was getting a year-end favorite music list together for Tapes Of A Neon God, and thought I’d elaborate a little further here on what I’ve really loved listening to in 2013. Hope you enjoy the music! Here’s to more in the new year!
Disappears – Era (Kranky)
The Howling Wind – Vortex (self-released)
Lee Ranaldo & The Dust – Last Night On Earth (Matador)
Portal – Vexovoid (Profound Lore)
Skinny Puppy – Weapon (Metropolis)
Teeth Of The Sea – Master (Rocket Recordings)
I’m one song away from finishing up a new full-length solo recording that I’ve been working on all year. It’s the final piece of a trilogy of recordings that began a couple of years ago. It’s been lots of work, but it’s turning out to be the best of the three. More on that later. And here.
I ask myself . . . if there hadn’t been so much distractingly great music coming out this year, would I have been able to focus more on my own? I’m not complaining! I’m so happy that there are so many fantastic bands putting out such solid music. I wanted to share a few.
If you don’t have Spotify and can’t get some of the links to work, definitely check out a free account. It’s been a great way for me to discover new music and track down bands so that I can pick up their releases. Highly-recommended. Let’s dive in…
VHOL –s/t: Such gloriously vicious, wickedly ugly music, fronted by Yob’s Mike Scheidt! Heavy, dissonant and just about everything I want out of this kind of music.
Next up, Dawn Of Midi’s Dysnomia. Lovely, repetitive, meditative, stark, dark, addictive. I can’t think of better ways to describe this incredible recording.
Pinkish Black’s Razed To The Ground is a gritty, distorto synth nightmare, thickly-bristled with inspired ideas and evil melodies. Fast becoming a favorite listen for me.
Montgomery, AL’s own Hail To The Titans have released a super-sharp slab of vinyl called Fig., and its two lengthy tracks are moody and contemplative, with bombastic layers of guitar and a slamming rhythm section. So great!
And, finally, Era, the latest by Disappears, has become one of my favorite recordings. This collection of songs has such rich atmosphere and space. It’s music that puts me in a reflective mood and makes me feel great . . . like all of the best music does! The title track on here has got to be one of the best songs of all time.
I could go on forever with links, but I’ll stop there. I hope you hear something that turns you on!
Right before my set with Baghouse a couple of weekends ago, I accidentally plugged my guitar into the LOW input on my amp. What this meant was that, for the rest of the evening, I would be cursed with trying to sort out what was causing my sound to appear (to my ears) anemic–AND to play and adapt the best I could to the improvisation. In short, a brain fart. Classic. Undeniably stupid. Confounding, even . . . at the time. On one hand, I feel as if I NEVER do that sort of thing. On the other . . . I always seem to.
Luckily, everything else worked that night. I recently listened back to a recording of the evening and, despite feeling that my levels on loops fluctuated as I attempted to adjust in the chaos of the moment, it’s pretty excellent, nicely tense and has lots of fantastic playing & dynamics. Things were solid. Whew. Give it a go here, if you wanna get an earful of the proceedings at The World Famous in Athens, GA that evening.
It’s happening again this Saturday night at Head On The Door in Montgomery, AL. We’re going to do a couple of sets, making music, conjuring textures, tones and irregularities, seeing where the sound takes us. This is a call to all the weirdos and wanderers looking and listening for something freakishly pure. Music pulled from the air, shaped and reshaped, then shoved into your earholes. It feels like magic. Automatic writing. Baghouse. Come hear something being tapped into.
Wear a gasmask in case of brain farts.