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Friday, June 30, 2017

High Preist

Haven't heard this yet but all reviews point to a doom-ier Alice in Chains.......Fabio submits and also points to the AIC comparison. I'll be checking later.

Fall of an Empire

From South Carolina come Fall of an Empire with" Croweater2
The Last Wishes of Kings" you might guess, this has some heavy stoner overtones, and you'd be 1000% right. This is a good one, thanks to Fabio for this.!KEpQXZhS!tzbzHo4mHJwgfImTKaQtyA


A good straight up hard rocking album, "Ninja", from Pristine.......a brief review:
Starting in North Norwegian idyll Tromsö and ending up all over the world - This is how you could describe the development of PRISTINE in the last months. Once, the debut »Detoxing« and its precursor »No Regret«were only available in Norway. »Reboot«,PUBLISHED at the beginning of 2016, was then published internationally and received lots of positive critics. This release was responsible for a tour with BLUES PILLS, which included all areas from Göteburg until Lisbon, for several club and festival gigs as well as for another tour leg with THE BREW UK

Vocalist and band leader Heidi Solheim can be named as one of the “hardest-workingWOMEN” in rock business. At the end of 2016 she returned to her home village, sat down in front of the piano, took a deep breath and pushed the “reset” button in her head. Then she started to write songs for »Ninja«. The songs were recorded in only one day (again: 1!) in January. This seems to be a novelty, when having modern productionTECHNIC today and the LED ZEPPELIN debut being already half a century old. Three days of over dubs followed and the result is a record full of energy and passion. Heidi describes the album with words like “free” and “unfearful” and these attributes also well describe the performance of Heidi and her band. ‘The Rebel Song‘, ‘Sophia‘ and the title track are very heavy rock songs with a lot of drive, ‘Jekyll & Hyde‘ is an overlong psychedelic song. ‘The Perfect Crime‘ is based on blues and gospel. The rhythm section of the band is incredibly creative and tight and guitarist Espen Elverum Jakobsen is used to rock n roll roots since he was a child back then. The sound of the organist perfectly sums up the instrument section. Heidi Solheims voice dominates them and keeps all together. She’s the captain who writes all lyrics and songs and shares them with musicians who can implement them the best – at the studio as well as on tour. 

»Ninja« will mark a new chapter of PRISTINE, the fourth album will be kind of a new „debut“. Heidi will definitely keep her close affinity to nature, stamped from her home country. In a musical way, there’s no way back: The world is ready for PRISTINE

01. You Are the One
02. Sophia
03. The Perfect Crime
04. The Rebel Song
05. The Parade
06. Ghost Chase
07. Ninja
08. Jekyll & Hyde
09. Forget
10. Ocean
11. California (Live From Troms”)
12. No Regret (Live From Troms”)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Cable Ties

Wonderful album from Melbourne's Cable Ties........some strong retro 70's punk noises here, with a great female singer (hints of Sleater-Kinney?), strong songs, excellent playin'.......a real surprise, album of the week!

CABLE TIES-01 The Producer/02 Cut Me Down/03 Can't Hold My Hand/04 Fishbowl/05 Same For Me/06 Say What You Mean/07 Paradise/08 Wasted Time

Electric Mountain

Sludgy power trio heavy rock from Mexico......another "name your price" Bandcamp link.....I always
appreciate those, so take advantage and if you like it, be certain and support the bands.

Electric Mountain - Tracks: 8 Time: 00:31:01
    01. Free Woman           -  04:32
    02. Space Rocket         -  03:46
    03. Dune                 -  03:58
    04. Going Under          -  05:54
    05. Into The Maelstrom   -  01:28
    06. Green Mountain Side  -  04:03
    07. Down On The Road     -  04:16
    08. Heavy Stone          -  03:04 

The Popguns

Really did like this album of jangly alt-pop from The Popguns, "Sugar Kisses". From Brighton, they feature some strong radio-ready pop songs with Tom Petty-like guitar and some wonderful chick vocalization......quite a find.

SUGAR KISSES-01 Sugar Kisses/02 We Don't Go Round There Anymore/03 So Long/04 A Beaten Up Guitar/05 Out on the Highline/06 A Dream of Her Own/07 The Outsider/08 Gene Machine/09 Fire Away/10 Finished With the Past


Fabio sends us this hard rocking slab from Dallas' Mothership, "High Strangeness". This is the trio's third album, I think that we've featured the early ones as well......some hard rocking shit, no question

Mothership - High Strangeness (2017)
01 High Strangeness
02 Ride The Sun
03 Midnight Express
04 Crown Of Lies
05 Helter Skelter
06 Eternal Trip
07 Wise Man
08 Speed Dealer

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Here's a cool demo disc from New York's ptsd, entitled "If You See Something Say Something".......four tracks, some good three-piece post new-wave/power pop........recommend this, if simply as a curiosity.

IF YOU SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING- 1. Line of Fire 2. Short Circuit 3. TCB 4. Exposed


From Catania Italy comes this fab piece of noisy shoegaze/post punk.........good album, attaching a review to this one.

Three years in the making, Sicilian-based band Clustersun have upped the ante on their sophomore albumSurfacing to Breathe. Formed in 2013, the band includes Marco Chisari (vocals/bass), Mario Lo Faro (guitars), Piergiorgio Campione (synthesizers/keyboards/backing vocals), and Andrea Conti (drums). While they are known primarily as shoegazers, their sound has evolved to include elements of post punk, noise pop, and mind-bending psych.

The sound here is more up front aggressive and hard charging, and it suits them well. In fact, I almost imagine I hear elements of Killing Joke (witness the pounding ‘Antagonize Me’) and other blistering post punkers. Opening track ‘Raw Nerve’ embodies this musical shift, yet incorporates huge, echoing sonics from their ‘gazey hearts. Darker textures abound, and it’s a welcome addition to the mix. Marco Chisari states, “We are so much happy and proud of how ‘Surfacing to Breathe’ came out, mainly because we’ve managed to capture how the band sounds live.” Indeed, there is a vibrant immediacy to the production quality, sounding like it was recorded inside of a huge space.

The third track ‘Lonely Moon’ returns to their signature sound, with an infectious melody and some nice vocal work from Chisari. ‘The Whirling Dervish’ is intense and eerie, with some high-pitched sounds that really get your attention. It’s dramatic and you won’t forget its ominous pulse anytime soon. ‘Don’t Let the Weight of Your Soul Drag You Down’ is a minor key masterpiece, nicely draped with the cool embrace of dream pop. It ventures a bit into the psych gaze space, and nicely sums up the appeal of this band in one short instrumental break.

‘Surfacing to Breathe’ is a prime slice of space rock, reminding me in parts of Storm in Heaven Verve. Enjoy the ride as the song shoots you into orbit! And ooh, I really dig “Emotional Painkiller”, a shift to post punk with a creepy ambience that really shines here. Best song on the record for this listener, out of a bunch of great songs. I am vaguely reminded of Joy Division, maybe because of the driving bass and drums. The final tune ‘Event Horizon’ is another epic tune with many interesting melodic twists and turns and a percussion line that thrums like a heartbeat.

In summary, this second release is well worth your time and effort to pick up and savor. Highly recommended!

SURFACING TO BREATHE-01 Raw Nerve/02 Antagonize Me/03 Lonely Moon/04 The Whirling Dervish/05 Don't Let the Weight of Your Soul Drag You Down/06 Surfacing to Breathe/07 Emotional Painkiller/08 Event Horizon

Reduction Plan

From Connecticut USA come the very dark, cold, shoegaze/post punk of Reduction Plan.......this is a good one I will listen to again today, kind of a rarity!

SOMEWHERE-01 Without an End/02 In the Night/03 Dreams in Blue/04 Julia/05 (somewhere)/06 Autumn/07 On Your Own/08 Untitled 2/09 (calm)/10 Restless

Major Leagues

Australlian girl/garage group stuff, really cool........reminiscent of perhaps Nikki & the Corvettes.......quite a good and innocent rock album.

GOOD LOVE-01 Swimming Out/02 Mess up/03 Jaimee and Anna/04 Good Love/05 Curls/06 It Was Always You/07 Special Angel/08 Nono Jojo/09 Holiday/10 Don't Wanna/11 Dream Away/12 How Will the Heart Know

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Gluts

Here is another really good one, from Italy,  "Estasi" from The Gluts....."THE" (IMO) modern sounds of rock: noisy, distorted, semi-psych........quite a good effort.

ESTASI-01 Colline Bianchi/02 Controller/03 That's Me/04 Squirrel/05 I Realize That I'm Not So Dumb/06 Usiku Mweva/07 Come to Fire/08 Ponytail/09 Ash/10 Richard/11 Home

Secret Colours

This is a dandy, "Dream Dream" from Secret Colours.....swirling dreamy psychedelic shoegaze, really caught my ear the first time.  Really, really a good one.

01. Another World (03:38)
02. Dream Dream (03:39)
03. Pins and Needles (02:59)
04. Hold Me Up (02:30)
05. Places I’m Going (03:34)
06. Interlude (01:42)
07. Feed the Machine (03:44)
08. Changes in Nature (03:38)
09. Boom Boom (03:13)
10. Save Me (02:48)
11. Habitual Ritual (02:50)
12. Carry On (03:07)

Blue Phantom

From 1971, way cool is the story of the album (From the back cover)

This legendary 1971 album was recorded by unknown musicians in Milan, for use as incidental music in films, television and radio. Almost each and every track is a short, heavy acid rock symphony ... Disturbing, dissonant, and even downright menacing.  An astounding blend of creepy grooves and distorted guitar, it was released in tiny numbers in Italy, France and the UK, and is highly sought-after by collectors today. This welcome reissue comes complete with the only other track released under the Blue Phantom name.

DISTORTIONS-01 Diodo/02 Metamorphosis/03 Microchaos/04 Compression/05 Equilibrium/06 Dipnoi/07 Distillation/08 Violence/09 Equivalence/10 Psycho-Nebulous/11 Uncle Jim (Bonus Track)

The Prime Ministers

Detroit power-pop from The Prime Ministers, sent by Fabio (just minutes ago)......I remember hearing this
before and it's way cool if yr a power's a bit of a review.......

The Prime Ministers were a staple of the Detroit club scene during the late '90s. This disc was mostly recorded in the absence of former guitarist Rock McClain. The band re-grouped as a trio and their music retained a solid hard rock presence. The discSTARTS off with the laid-back vocals of Todd Wicks on "Ron Wood," backed by the band's garage rock instrumentation. The extended introduction on the band's classic "The Saturn 7 Rock Hour (C'mon Commander)" adds a flare of showmanship to the already solid anthem. The band always had a stylish presence on-stage and in their music, and this disc adequately translates the energy and vision of the band, despite the absence of McClain. The tempo slows down on "Million O'Clock," with Wicks' vocals settling down and the guitar-bass-drum combination slowing down to a delicate pace. That song gives way to the jangly and charismatic "Breaking up the Band," possibly the best song to showcase Wicks' calm and soothing vocal style. Bassist Neil Friendship and drummer Joel Wicks provide ample rhythm throughout. The Last Days of the Prime Ministers was recorded at Michigan's Premier Sound Studio. The disc highlights the brief history of the band's power pop sound.

01 Ron Wood.mp3
02 The Saturn 7 Rock Hour (C'mon Commander).mp3
03 Make Me Your Mission.mp3
04 Million O'Clock.mp3
05 Breaking Up The Band.mp3
06 Let's Press On.mp3
07 Down The List.mp3

Sand Fallow

Good Sabbath-like metal from Sand Fallow on their album "Dunes Ahead"......I was not familiar with them but this rocks like thunder!

DUNES AHEAD-01 Null Komma 67/02 Offshore/03 Dunes Ahead/04 Unsinkable/05 Alm/066  Ollie Half Spirit/07 Schakern Im Da/08 Hutt/09 Schubrakete!yFIBHJaJ!o0LFMqmz1TPSCSgqkUn9_g

Fusion Farm

Early 70's hard-psych rarity, right up my psych tunes with sneery-garage vocals. Good album.
RUSH JOB-01 Loona Doona/02 Mrs Speed/03 Thursday 6th January/04 Mean Moody Mable/05 Fat Judy/06 Winter Sun/07 Brick Shapes in the Sky/08 Hollis Brown/09 Gypsy Mountain Woman

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Smokestack Lightning

Fabio submits a new album of USA stoner rock from Smokestack Lightning, "Inside Job"......kind of retro-, kind of bluesy, quite good for hard rock/stoner fans.

Smokestack Lightning - Inside Job (2017)
01. Smokestack Lightning.mp3
02. Divide & Conquer.mp3
03. Dying Breed.mp3
04. Emperor.mp3
05. Poseidon.mp3
06. Nectar Collector.mp3

Mega Sons of Garage Fuzz Part 19-

I think the "original" Garage Fuzz torrent had about 20 parts, as will this we have letters U &
V, and again, I have trimmed any overlap from the original series.....thanks again to James for creating these brilliant torrents, please keep them alive

PART 19-01 UGLY DUCKLINGS-Nothin/02 UNBELIEVEABLE UGLIES-Get Straight/03 UNDERDOGS-Dont Pretend/04 UNDERDOGS-Get Down ON Your Knees/05 UNDERPRIVLEGED-Come On/06 UNIQUES-My Babe/07 UNIQUES-Run And Hide/08 UNKNOWN-Would I Still Be Her Man/09 UNRELATED SEGMENTS- Cry Cry Cry/10 UPRISERS-Let Me Take You Down/11 VAGRANTS-A Sunny Summer Rain/12 VAGRANTS-And When Its Over/13 VAGRANTS-Beside the Sea/14 VANCE CHARLES & THE SONICS-My Soul/15 VENTURI 5-The Way You Feel/16 VERSATILES-Cyclothymia/17 VERSATILES-Somethin Like A Man/18 VINE STREET BOYS-Come On Over/19 VOIDS-I'm In a Fix


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Ono Scream

Ono Scream come from Belgium and specialize in dark, cold shoegaze....Bart Williams plays all instruments but occasional bass, I like the results a good bit, kind of Jesus and Mary chain meets Joy Division? I like it all the same, look forward to more of this.