Saturday, May 18, 2013
label: wax trax
kmfdm remixes my life with the thrill kill kult
my life with the thrill kill kult remixes kmfdm
and that's all i have to say about that
DL: kmfdm/my life with the thrill kill kult split
happy birthday,death of ian curtis
fun fact: this was found in a free box at a garage sale
am i the only one that can hear echoes of black sabbath's "war pigs" in the "new dawn fades" guitar tone?
1 - digital
2 - disorder
3 - shadowplay
4 - new dawn fades
5 - transmission
6 - atmosphere
7 - dead souls
8 - she's lost control
9 - love will tear us apart
10 - these days
11 - twenty four hours
12 - heart and soul
13 - incubation
14 - isolation
DL: the best of joy division
Friday, May 17, 2013
label: latest flame
please come in.
you've been asked here to answer a few questions.
are you comfortable?
oh...so you're one of those "get to the point" kinda folks,eh?
we've been told that you're a fan of bands like:
queens of the stone age
should i stop there?
i should also tell you that the band has some ex members of some of the above mentioned bands...vocalist/guitarist billy bisig was a member of lords...bassist tony ash was a member of coliseum...and drummer geoff paton was a member of young widows
well...i can tell by the squirming that you're doing in your chair that you'd like to leave
so...take a copy of this
and we'll have to place the burlap sack over your head again
thank you for stopping by
DL: old scratch
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Label: Self Released
Setting the Way-Back Machine circa 1993 or so, and landing it on one of the sketchier city blocks of Trade Street in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, ground zero for the local underground music scene (shout out to the New Start posse!), you would have found a couple musicians who were loosing the moors tethering them to a strictly hardcore aesthetic, and experimenting with melody, dynamics, and mood. They made the initial forays into the nascent "post hardcore" landscape, and formed a band called Shatterhed, who put out two phenomenal 7"s of big, rocking, riffy songs that you never heard (unless you're in the Contacts section of my telephone).
Setting the Way-Back Machine circa 1995 or so, and landing it on that same pock-mocked strip of downtown Winston-Salem (which is easy to miss, mind you), and you will witness another group of musicians giving their own spin on hardcore and later post-post-hardcore with a band called Codeseven who put out a few albums that you might have actually heard as they garnered a good deal of praise and platitudes from the general public (oddly enough, I did not hear these albums until this year...I was, how do you say, "out of the loop").
Now, set the Way-Back Machine for the heady summer of 2012 (if you can remember that far back), and, surprisingly, park that thing on the renovated and family friendly Trade Street (my, how times have changed), and you will find a new band forming that takes their cues from the music that informed both Shatterhed (Jawbox, Iceburn [that's right...Iceburn], Seaweed, Fugazi, Quicksand, Nomeansno), and the latter era of Codeseven (Cave In [middle period], Texas Is The Reason, Hum, some shoegaze, some space rock, some Radiohead even), lots of reference points firmly rooted in the 1990s. And when you add all that up, you get a wholly satisfying jolt of big hooks, burly riffs, towering melodies, and shimmering dynamics.
Imagine a new band like Aeges (also firmly rooted in mid-90s post hardcore), and combine that with an older band like Shiner, and there you are. It has the touchstones of the music you've loved for years, and adds a new sheen and a kick in the ass. I've been listening to this album a few times a week since I got a copy, and I promise you, it gets stronger and stronger as you revisit it. I can't recommend it any higher.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Label: Pass Judgement
Holy fuck. There's this Midwestern battering ram of deep seeded hate and contempt that called Shaved Women, who undoubtedly have sagging shelves full of early 80's American hardcore (Die Kruezen, Black Flag, Corrosion Of Conformity...you know), and late 80's/early 90s noise rock (Cows, Drunks With Guns, Slug...you know) records.
The result is a blood scrawl of nihilistic intent sprayed across a cinder block wall in the blood of a folded arm audience member sacrificed in the name of vein bulging intensity. Sorry about the mess.
If you like bands like Meat Mist, Twin Stumps, Slices, or Buildings...this one is for you.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Do you need the refresher course on Gray's Top Ten North Carolina Bands again? Already. Don't you guys ever listen? Ugh. Fine.
1. Archers Of Loaf
2. Corrosion Of Conformity
5. The Raymond Brake
6. Naked Angels
7. Bitch Magnet
9. Double Negative
Honorable Mention: Blownapart Bastards, James Taylor, Subculture, Antiseen, Hellbender, Superchunk, Rights Reserved, Griver, Shatterhed, 700 Club, Well Nigh Forgotten, Confessor, Catharsis, Seven Foot Spleen, Avett Brothers, Small, Flat Duo Jets, Bloodmobile, The dbs, Stillborn Christians, No Labels, Weedeater, Sewer Puppet, Whiskeytown, Geezer Lake, Picasso Trigger, Breadwinner....and....it's late.
Point being, fucking check out number 4 up there.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Lots of good, nay, great, shows in Atlanta recently or on the horizon. Tons. Hell, tomorrow night you got Thrones with Long Grey Mare (Hawks personnel), Whores just played, there's another Torche show coming up, Iceage, Mudhoney, Coliseum, The Men...and on and on.
But (insert "big butt" joke here), if you can only make it to one show in awhile, may I recommend the above mentioned Metz / Odoinis Odonis / Hawks / Liverhearts joint? Not a band bad in the lineup, including not one, but TWO of the best Atlanta bands in the game! The new Metz record has been in constant rotation, it's incredible.
It's a Monday night which kinda, sorta, definitely sucks, but I figure you can make the school night sacrifice every so often, and this one is worth it. Don't be like me and find a way to puss out at the last minute...fucking go. Make some new memories.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Fuck yes. L-O-U-D and fooked. Apparently this is a one man (nut) jobber, which makes it even more impressive. It employs the use of a drum machine, which will get the inevitable Big Black comparison, but I would say there's more Ministry than Big Black (but it's probably more Pissed Jeans than either). There's a highly warped "cover" of Helmet's "In The Meantime" which is barely recognizable, as it's been overdriven into complete submission and the riffs seem to have been..."altered"...which is way more fun than just playing it, as Helmet already made their version readily available. All-in-all, a good, noisy, death ride that will most certainly not help you sleep anytime soon.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
It's been a couple months since the last Shiny Grey Monotone Radio show, huh? Anyone keeping score?
Well, with spring in the air, pollen filling my head, and shitty ass baseball ruling Sportscenter, here's the next installment of bummer music to turn your frown upside down, and then upside down again. It's guaranteed to clear out any backyard corn hole tournament in under 27 minutes (which is, incidentally, about the time Mule is swinging their collective dicks through a swamp-blues-boogie woogie). Fun Fact: close observers to the series will also note this volume marks my first "mistake", in that I repeated a band, which I was trying not to do...see if you can determine who that is.
Oil Rape Seed
Men Of Unitus