Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Super Furryism #6

For those that don't know, this blog borrows its' name from the title of the debut long player record by wily Welsh cosmic psych poppers Super Furry Animals. As far as I'm concerned, that's certainly reason enough to start talking about them at random times, and for no real reason other than just because I darned well feel like it.

So, seeing as tonight is Halloween, I figured there was no better time to share the amazingness that is "Chupacabras." It's about a bat that may or may not be mythical only. That sucks blood. As interpreted by the enthusiastic, cosmic mischieviousness of the Super Furry Animals. You'll be singing along to the giddy refrain in no time!

You're welcome.

LP Lust: Holy Crap I Forgot Edition

Pretty much all of my friends will confirm that my memory is...well, verging on terrible sometimes. A recent example of this is how I went record shopping one day, bought a small stack of LPs I was super excited to have found, and then promptly forgot all about said records until months later. True story.

The records in question are, I believe you'll agree, pretty great. And now that I've rediscovered them, I'm not likely to soon forget them again. Here's what I bought, months back...

* Various Artists - Redneck Mothers

* Lenny Bruce - What I Was Arrested For: The Performances That Got Lenny Bruce Busted

* Pernell Charity - The Virginian

* Strawbs - Grave New World

* Andre Kostelanetz and His Orchestra - Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals

* Pentangle - Cruel Sister 

Happy Halloween, Y'all!

Y'all. It is my favorite holiday in my favorite month in my favorite season. I love today! Sure, those of us on the East Coast have had a rough few days, but sitting here in my (fox) costume, things are starting to feel alright. 

I'm hoping y'all will be having wonderful Halloweens, and hopefully this here little candy bag full of spooky sonic haunts from old favorites to creepy covers will get your night off good and ghoulishly proper. So masks on, ghosts out, and let's get to some happy haunting.


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Bands on Film #37: Ringo Deathstarr @ Red Palace, 10/25/12

Ringo Deathstarr

[photos copyright Megan Petty]

Thursday, October 25, 2012

October 25: Ringo Deathstarr Day

It is always a happy day indeed when the trio of Austin noisemakers Ringo Deathstarr comes to town. This time, y'all, I'm so dang excited for their local appearance that I'm going ahead and decreeing today to be Ringo Deathstarr Day.

The band is on the road promoting latest LP Mauve, a record which is obviously all sorts of unquestionably wonderful and which, obviously, you should be procuring immediately, if not sooner. I'll gush about it in due time.  Don't you worry, friends.

But as far as tonight's show goes, between the three of them, there will be a bonanza of pummeling, pulsating noise, slinky chanteuse vocals, and snarling drumming ferocity. And it will be beautiful. If you've got free time this evening, be at the Red Palace for this one. And if you've already got plans, break 'em. 


Friday, October 19, 2012

Meet Maus Haus

So it's not quite automatic that I'll fall in love with every single band that comes out of San Francisco. But the odds are pretty high. Latest example of my San Francisco treating is Maus Haus, a band that both pays homage to the musical reputation of their homeland while putting their own eccentric spin on things.

To quoth them, they're a little like "a confection of Kraftwerk, the Beach Boys and Sonic Youth, ground up and re-formed into a filet of raw cool." Pretty spot on, truth be told. To me, they've got a little bit of Hooray For Earth's Baltic cool slink (with a little West Coast warmth, of course), along with some of that pretty harmonizing and tunefulness that somehow seems inherent in a lot of California bands.  They throw in some jerky, staccato movements and some dizzying wackiness to make sure things stay interesting. And yes, there is the occasional foray into psych, but it's not what you'd expect coming straight outta San Fran.

The band will be joining Fuzzy faves Generationals over at the Red Palace tomorrow evening, a show that I happen to be super stoked about and at which I do hope you local types will join me for. Should be a daggum doozy, and you really should be there.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Crossing The Pond: The Cherry Wave

I know, I say this far too often, but Glasgow is one of my favorite places on this great globe of ours. So it makes me feel especially pleased when I get to gush over Glaswegians, a delight which multiplies exponentially when the Glaswegians in question just so happen to put forth some deliriously delicious, beautifully brutal, nouveaugaze. 

The Glaswegians in question, friends, would be The Cherry Wave. To quoth them directly, consider them as "Gazing at shoes to make music to gaze at shoes to," a reference which, if you get, means you'll probably enjoy the music here. Crackles of distortion and robust riffs mingle with muddy, haunted vocals. At times, the bands reminds me of Weekend, and y'all know how much I love me some Weekend. There's a beautiful darkness to The Cherry Wave, and it reminds me a lot of a Scottish winter sky, brittle cold and velvet dark and calling for a stiff drink (or five). May I strongly suggest you venture over to the Cherry Wave Bandcamp page to get your FREE download of their self-titled EP? Trust me, you'll be ever so glad you did. 


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Video Vixens: Cloud Nothings

I'm really surprised at myself for not talking about Cloud Nothings more, y'all. Shame on me. I'd like to spend a little time talking about them right about now, and about this crazy ridiculous video they did for new jam "Fall In."

I have to say, I would love this clip no matter what, what with all the crazy, slightly sinister Busby Berkeley tribute action going on, 50s-esque black and whiteness, and serious dancer synchronization. But throw in the goodness of Cloud Nothings (cheeky, choppy riffs, perfectly scratchy vocals, and impeccable rhythm) and that's all she wrote. Both parts are winners here, and you need to stop what you're doing right now to check this out. And hey, local types. Cloud Nothings joins Silversun Pickups over at the 9:30 Club on the 12th. Bonus!

Super Furryism #5

For those that don't know, this blog borrows its' name from the title of the debut long player record by wily Welsh cosmic psych poppers Super Furry Animals. As far as I'm concerned, that's certainly reason enough to start talking about them at random times, and for no real reason other than just because I darned well feel like it.

Radiator, friends, if you don't already own it, is a stellar record. It's full of unfathomably good Super Furry spacecakeries, sonic pot brownies just ready to launch you into lord only knows what universe. Of all the amazing kooks on that record, I always find myself coming back to "Hermann Loves Pauline." It's out there with a capital Out There, and mixes glam, kraut, and pop into one big, glowing, frothy mess. In other words, it's amazing. After all, where else, I ask you, will you hear a song referencing 24 hour garages, Marie Curie, and ritalin? Nowhere, that's where.

Getting To Know You: Cricket Cemetery

Record Stores. Record labels. We all love them, obviously, but just how much do you actually know about your favorite merchants of vinyl and signers of your new favorite bands? In Getting To Know You, we'll all get good and cozy with some of the coolest folks around, both in greater DC and beyond. Trust me, these are definite persons of interest, y'all.

DC labels, my friends, are not to be scoffed at. There's some pretty good people doing some pretty good things about town, and Mister Ian MW Thompson of Cricket Cemetery just so happens to be one of them. Cricket Cemetery houses some of the baddest of all badass music around, and just keeps getting bigger and badder. Ian's approach is awesome, he just works with bands he loves. Unfuckwithable. Read on and get to know the man and the label a little better. 

Fuzzy Logic: How long has Cricket Cemetery been a label?
Ian Thompson: Since December 28 2010.  

FL: How many bands are on your active record this very minute, and why did you sign them?
IT: Active Roster:  LTW, The Tender Thrill, The Bam Bams, More Humans, Murder, HOST, Janel and Anthony, Rote Hexe, Washerwoman, PLIANT, The Sterling Sisters, TAL, Iron Galaxy, Gamla Pengar, Bring The Drones, Hedge Fund, Dealbreaker, Passing Phases, STATE VIOLENCE. I signed them because I personally enjoy listening to their music.

FL: Why did you decide to get involved in the creation of a label?
IT: I started Cricket Cemetery to release the first LTW 7". I wanted to put it out myself. 

FL: Does Cricket Cemetery solely sign bands you've already got your eye on, or are demos accepted?
IT: Nah, not at all. Demos are accepted. 

FL: How far do you envision the label expanding?
IT: I envision always running CC out of my home and funding it by working hard. How big or wide that grows and spreads, only time will tell.

FL: What's the best part of being part of a label in general?
IT: The best part is knowing that this is exactly what  I'm supposed to be doing with my life. Serving my music community, locally, across the country, and even in Sweden!  Helping a band put a record out is a wonderful feeling.

FL: More specifically, what do you most love about Cricket Cemetery?
IT: What do I love? That it's mine. It's mine to share with the world. When I fuck up, I'm the first and only person to take the heat. But when I get something right or make someone happy I get to enjoy that. I love the feeling of accomplishment, especially while getting to serve and help others.

FL: Why should folks buy records by the artists on the Cricket Cemetery roster? 
IT: Because these bands are the truth. Nowhere else will you find this much variety and talent. Fact. This is music made by honest hard working people. This is Cricket Cemetery.