Digisaurus – Without Me

There is so much shit music out there these days (there always has been), probably more than I can even imagine, especially in popular music, but every once in a while there’s something that stands out to me. After all, just because a tune or a band has a pop sound (I prefer my music with a little edge) or can be appreciated by a wide audience, doesn’t mean it can’t be digable to me. It’s a fine line though and I will be the first to admit I am a music snob. I don’t want to like what everyone else likes, but sometimes I’m forced to. This tune “Without Me” by Digisaurus, a self proclaimed “future pop” band, is just such a case, it demands that I groove to what they’re all about. It’s just plain old good song writing, less is more musicianship and superior vocal prowess. With this being out of my realm and my own limited point of reference, the only band that I can think of that they sound like is the Thermals.  Anyway this tune is just catchy as fuck and deserves to be appreciated by a wide audience (but don’t tell anybody I told you that)…

OssO – Osso

OssOTheir promo page starts out, “Between Melvins Scorn and Napalm Death”. Pretty much could just leave it at that, if you know these bands, you know exactly what that means (but of course I gotta put in my penny and a half). This hit my plate, found it’s way seeping through my headphones at exactly the right time, the stars were aligned, as what I’ve been spinning in my free time is a split between the industrial realm and the halls of stoner/doom/sludge. If you like your electronic music mixed with live instrument sludge, or vice versa, this will be the rain that makes your plants grow and I don’t know what you call this, but it’s heavy as fuck.  Here’s the press release thingy, “It was a dark and stormy night and that was how Eraldo Bernocchi and the brave and fearsome messengers of MoRkObOt decided to meet the next day.  They met while eating, what else?  So it was inevitable that, in the throes of the extraordinary consequences of digestion, the four shady characters found themselves in a recording studio pouring their gastric juices on a guitar (which might sound like a bass), two bass guitars (which might sound like two guitars) a drum kit (which might sound like a pocket calculator) and a lot of newfangled electronic equipment (those might sound like a drum kit, or not) mixed together to form a mass of shapeless, slimy, creepy blob named OSSO. Sludge that drips electronic that expels dub that crash grind that melt jelly neurons. Sound penetrates flesh. Die laughing, laugh dying.”

You can get this thing at Sub Sound Records. Give the first tune a listen…
MONGOLFEAR

Angels Dust – Shivers

…absolutely breathtaking song and video, anything I could say would not approach how amazing it is (this is the second time I’ve featured it)…

ANGELS DUST "Shivers" from Brandy Flower on Vimeo.

Just in case the video is down, here it is again, ANGELS DUST – Shivers
Their EP, “Slow Tapes” will be released on June 22nd, available for download and cassette (and quite possible 10″ vinyl in August), check their website Angels Dust for more details about that and upcoming appearances.

Just a reminder, the Martyred Heretics CDr, featuring two songs by Angels Dust, plus a ton of other varied electronic compositions, is still available at my Bandcamp

Silly Soliloquies™

flagellation1For some reason this image popped into my head the other day and I thought I had posted here on MR, but couldn’t find it anywhere…damn I have posted a lot of shit on this blog over the years. Turned out I had it posted on my other blog that’s more of a spiritual, religious affair. This is hands down my favorite animated gif that I’ve ever run across. I find it very attractive, not in a pop a boner kind of way, just deeply intriguing and despite the violence, peaceful. Years ago when I was self destructive and killing myself with alcohol, I would burn and brand myself, but that seems so crude and pitiful. This is more existential and enlightened. A person could sit and stare at this thing for long periods of time as some sort of visual chant.  You’re a sadist watching a masochistic act.  I have absolutely no idea where I got this thing and am clueless about if it’s from a movie or whatever.  The maker of this animated gif was a master too, it’s so fluid, as in it flows seamlessly and lacks that jerk when it repeats, inherent to the nature of these animations…

So spinning on my virtual turntable these days, soon to be physically in my greedy little hands (depending on how soon the German Discogs guy gets it out and the German/American postal collaboration does what they get paid to do), is Karjalan Sissit’s Fucking Whore Society. Yes, still stuck in the Industrial music realm, but this really is something else. The epitome of brutal, I wish I understood Finnish…
Karjalan Sissit – Knulldate

Bruce and KareemTwo of my heroes growing up, one basketball (obviously) and the other martial arts. Kareem was unstoppable in his prime and I haven’t followed basketball over the years, but I feel like he should be one of the top five that have ever played the game (don’t ask what the other 4 are, except even people who know nothing about the game, would say Jordan. If you gave the ball to Kareem, he would devastate you with the “sky-hook”. I don’t much about him personally except that he was Muslim and, more importantly for my purposes, a close friend and student of Bruce Lee’s. And what’s there to say about Bruce Lee, his early death and what he accomplished in that short time make him legendary. My Mom took me to see Enter the Dragon at a very young age, in the theater and I was instantly a fan boy. So much so that I took Kung Fu for a while (not sure why I stopped). Anyway I just love this photo and had to share…

sweatshopHere I am slaving away at making an industrial mix to go on youtube, come to find out it matches all kinds of third party content and is banned in 154 countries including the USA. What’s the point right, so I deleted it. These things take forever. Slowly, through wandering the internet and purchasing records, I collect songs that are suitably epic to be on one of my mix tapes. Along with collecting samples and compiling everything to be sure it will fit on an 80 minute CDr. Of course labeling everything. Then using audacity to make one continuous mix, making a video out of it, and finally uploading to youtube. The whole process takes numerous hours, much longer than when I used to record songs of tapes and records to make mix tapes for friends back in the 80s. Anyway, as I said it didn’t work out, but here’s mixtape anyway as a single mp3 file…
Mustard Relics Industrial Mix 3
…or separate tracks
Mustard Relics Industrial Mix 3

I’m not a huge Talking Heads fan, mainly just the 70s stuff and thought I’d pass on a nice live set from 1979 that you can stream at Paste Magazine. My favorite TH tune from that set…
Talking Heads – Psycho Killer

This vid speaks for itself…