Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Video: "Phasmophøbia" by NØMADS

It's impossible for me to not share this with you. NØMADS are on a crusade to release every song on their upcoming album via video ahead of its release. It's hard to not be excited.

Here's their latest which is about fearing ghosts. Their upcoming record is chock full of tracks about all sorts of phobias.

It should do us well really....right?

LP Review: "Deranged Pagan Sons" by Cardinals Folly

Deranged Pagan Sons
It's not like me to tell you how the sausage is made, right? Ok, seriously, that's pretty false.

As of this writing, the total solar eclipse is about to happen in St. Louis, MO.

Everything is wrapped around the fact that we are about to see something we have never personally seen in our lifetimes....well those of us who aren't too old.

So, please forgive me for being single minded today. Even the album cover is similar to the eclipse. Total blackness, a circle in the middle, and possible Satanic Possession.

Totally eclipse music right? What the eclipse represents is our willingness to experience something, that in many cases, has never been experienced.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Stream: "Communion" by The Dig

Right now we are living in an age of unrest. It's unfortunate.

Floating House Recordings has recently released Philia Artists Rise Against Islamophobia via Bandcamp on both digital and vinyl formats.

All proceeds from this compilation record will go to Unity Productions Foundation, a non-profit that's committed to battling islamophobia.

Check out The Dig's single below and help out a great cause.

Video: "New Beginning" by Radio Moscow

Radio Moscow is about to drop their latest album, New Beginnings, on Century Media Records.

Check out the first single from that album, which isn't precisely the title track, but kind of is, but it's not, New Beginning.

If this is what the upcoming record has in store for us, it would be hard not to be over the moon with it. New Beginnings drops on September 29th.

Preorder it HERE on Mint Green Vinyl with a CD included.

Monday, August 21, 2017

LP Review: "The Room of Shadows" by Pagan Altar

The Room of Shadows
Everybody loves a story.

Longtime readers may recall my attempts to cast myself as a failed musician, but that's akin to Philip J. Fry being a college dropout....very little effort on my part.

Among the band, which played all originals, had very different ideas about how long it should take to write a song. Free Bird was often cited as the gold standard of how long it could take to make a song.

It took Lynyrd Skynyrd a period of years to finish that tune. So, when my complaining that we'd been working on a song for a couple weeks happened...Freebird would be bandied about.

What is the appropriate time to incubate a song? Or an entire album for that matter? Is it of any consequence to the music if the the entire world has changed in the interim?

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Vinyl Review: "II" by Breag Naofa

II
We are in the summer of Breag Naofa even though we are in the first days of school.

It's still a sweatbox and people were asking me today, how was your summer? Long, busy, and it's time to wish for winter.

On a day when your friend and humble narrator was transported to the snowy land of Arendelle by Idina Menzell, a crushing black metal record landed upon his doorstep...along with another that we'll talk about soon enough.

Breag Naofa...they're slightly unusual and heavy boy. They're as heavy as Mitch Hedberg thought Monster Magnet was.

They can cleanse the palette in a way that gets all of the showtunes out of my head. Though Rent is a spectacular piece of art. Sorry...must think metal...

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Video: "Shine A Light" by Shabazz Palaces

It's pretty normal for me to give you a bit of a write up on the music and video...but this time Shabazz Palaces gives us a dollop of surreality for our collective viewing and listening pleasure.

Just when I thought I'd unraveled the riddle, another pickle came out. It's a riddle wrapped inside of an enigma.

Tell me what you think this is all about in the comments.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Video: "Enemy" by Ivy Crown

It's been a couple months since we've heard from Ivy Crown, but they're back and getting weird with their the video for Enemy.

They're continuing to be bad ass this time crunching cars and then wearing ultra violet paint. It's refreshing to see, at least somewhat of, a concept video in 2017 instead of the ubiquitous lyric videos.

Ivy Crown's first two singles only make me wonder one thing...where in the world is the album?

Become their BFFs on Facebook.

EP Review: "Sign with Blood" by TERRA INCΩGNITA

Sign with Blood
There's nothing better in this world than that feeling of nostalgia.

Of course that's hyperbole, but as this is the internet, and ACTUALLY!!! is totally thing, just go with me and let's move on.

There's a belief that our personalities are cemented around the age of fourteen or fifteen, who knows if that's actually true, but when I was around that age, Iron Maiden was in free fall.

No Prayer For The Dying led into Fear of the Dark which led to Bruce Dickinson following Adrian Smith exiting the band.

The Mercyful Fate reunion came and went....(Let's face fact it degenerated into King's solo band minus Andy LaRoque plus Hank Shermann. My melodic metal heroes were all falling by the wayside. (Of course King Diamond was still going, but that era of his work...it's not looked back on fondly by me...)

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Video: "Here We Go Again" by Six Feet Deeper

Let's introduce a group of Swedes from the town of Stockholm. I think we all know what happens in Stockholm.

After the first two minutes, this video's going to hold you captive, and before the fourth minute you're going to be empathetic to their plight.

All serious jokes aside, this band is from Sweden and they're not metal. Addendum, they do not appear to kill wolves.

Check out their single below and ask them about rail travel on Facebook.

Interview: Brandon Kellum of American Standards

American Standards
One of the kinds of music that leaves me wanting is Hardcore.

It's not something I blame on the bands, but squarely on myself.

When it comes to music that's off the beaten path, like Punk Rock and all of it's many offshoots, it requires a spirit guide to help you hear it and know what it is.

I've never had that spirit guide, so I use my time and my webspace to learn more about it from the practitioners themselves.

Brandon Kellum of American Standards stopped by the Glacially Musical Railway Loan Office, Platform 9-3/4's to answer non-standard questions...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Interview: Severin Allgood of Namazu

Here's our latest get to know you feature on Severin Allgood of Namazu.

Namazu's a new band made up of veteran fellows from the metal scene of Memphis, TN. It's not often that we get into music from Tennessee really.

What struck me about their press release is that they hate my banjo. If I owned a banjo and was totally metal, I think that might possibly cause me to write a dis track.

In the meantime, it's all good.

GM: What made you want to become a musician?

LP Review: "Excerpts From A Future Past" by Hällas

Excerpts From a Future Past
He many have been spoken of before on these very pages, but his name shall never be forgotten and his legacy will be forever affirmed.

There was once a man whose eyes we've never seen. A man who stood behind curtains on stage as to confuse the spotlight operator.

This giant, also placed his leather coat on the mic stand while stalking the areas of the stage no man of woman born should ever trod.

His name you ask?

He was Mitch Hedberg. Where is he now? He has gone to join his ancestors on the other side or the veil. He was thrown off of the horse. What did he do?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Video: "Echolocation" by Gone Is Gone

Let's get something quite crystal clear...as a music listener, neither Mastodon nor Queens Of The Stone Age do anything for me. However, similarly to Dinosaur Jr. doing nothing for me, both Lou Barlow and J Mascis have released spectacular solo records.

With that in mind, here's a video from Gone Is Gone, featuring members of both Mastodon and Queens of the Stone Age. The video is creepy which harkens back to a time of circus side shows.

Perhaps it's the current affairs news lens I'm seeing this in, but there seems to be a bit about exploitation and empathy here too...

If you dig this, pick up the record HERE and ask them all about the show on Facebook.

Concert Review: Marty Friedman At Fubar

Marty Friedman
As it so happens, this blogger, his friends, and his crew all tend to attend shows at Fubar on Locust St. in St. Louis on a pretty regular basis.

For the past nearly 4 years, Fubar has been some what of a second home to me and mine, though we are not recognized at the bar.

Precious, they should recognizes us's.

After all these shows, The Fubar has become rather comfortable. In fact, there are at least three more shows to attend this year....but that aside...

One thing that's rare at Fubar, is a line.

Upon depositing the Death Metal Prius at a meter, we walked towards the door...and there was something a bit different. There was this line...and it was drawn of people.

In fact, the last time I'd seen anything of this sort at this Midtown St. Louis Club was for MC Chris, and that wasn't even reviewed. This may sound like there's never any quality shows at this little venue, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Normally, it's disheartening to see how few St. Louisans can turn out for a great show.