Archive for April, 2013
Tennessee’s Joseph Davenport is back with a new Millipede record, this first since 2011’s Realms (although he did have a new piece on my free comp You’re All The Fucking Best) and it’s a fucking winner. This dude belts out the noisiest harsh bliss I’ve ever heard, sounding like he’s tossed a hundred guitars into a raging bonfire, caked in scorched & burnt feedback, with gauzy melodies climbing out from a pit of red hot embers, some blown out mixture of shoegaze, psych, drone folk, & space rock, taking all of those sounds and leaving them out to crust up in the desert sun, the core still peaking through the shell, and in fact the “lead” guitar is more noticeable than ever in The Lower World, nuzzling up to your ear drums while the caustic distortion bores through your skull, this is a masochistic record of pain & pleasure, the beauty buried deep in grit and wholly worth excavating, one of Millipede’s best, and exciting as hell because this the second part of a trilogy (Realms being the first), so we know there’s more destructive brilliance on the horizon.
Doom duo Holly Hunt who put out last year’s most underrated devastatingly heavy LP are playing O’Brien’s tonight. Don’t miss it. #agb
New Menche record on eMEGO is astounding, new direction tackling the gamelan and making it burn, processed to droney perfection. #agb
Unbelievably amazing debut collaboration between these two drone gurus, the lushest heavy-hearted bliss I’ve heard all year, an ocean of sound growing larger every moment, lazer peepers floating in the glowing dusk like some extended post contact scene in The X-Files, wondering if what just happened really happened and relishing in the bewildering peace, subtle crackle from half memories, unmistakably gorgeous dreams of the Netherworld where emotions burrowed deep in your psyche are coaxed out by the bittersweet beauty, swirling & overwhelming, euphoric & cathartic, like being bathed in golden black rivers of transcendence, this is a perfect goddamn record that somehow tops both of the artists’ prior work, and painfully limited to 250 vinyl and 500 CDs, so do what you do best and add this masterpiece to your collection.
Jamming the new Implodes, getting psyched for the 5/5 show at Midway with High Aura’d, Owlfood, & Permafav. Too many excellent sounds. #agb
The wonderful folks over at Fifteen Questions offered to interview me. Very kind of them. I’m sitting alongside Lubomyr Melnyk and Merzbow as the three latest interviews, so I’m not totally sure what I’m doing there, but it’s awesome all the same.
They asked fantastic questions, ones that I’ve already put a lot of thought into long before this interview. What’s my criteria for quality? How important is the local music scene to my site? What are my obligations to my readers? How do I value of music? All sorts of cool stuff, and shit gets real over there. I’m kinda candid, maybe a bit too candid. Hope I didn’t get too dark & serious for yall. Anyway, have a read if you’re so inclined.