Glanko – Telekommand EP (digital download)

GlankoGiuseppe, who is the driving force behind the incarnation that is Glanko, contacted MR to see what I thought of his music. Kinda cool because I’m starting to get more electronic music which coincides with my own efforts to educate myself in that huge scene. Upon first listen I wrote to him that I “Love your music/compositions…sadly beautiful…powerful.” There a classical feel to the music, compositions rather than songs, but I could relate. He described the sound as “electronic experimental music.” The labels on his Bandcamp page describe it as “classical music electronic ambient avantgarde experimental electronic idm experimental down-tempo psychedelic.”  In the broadest sense, industrial, but to be specific, industrial music has come a long ways in the almost 40 years it has been around.  Glanko (cool name by that way, not sure if it means something in Italian) is very easy to listen to, a kick back and sort of drink it in type of thing, well thought out, rhythmic and atmospheric. It’s not angry, the way I like my industrial music, but it’s eerie, it would make a great soundtrack to a futuristic action movie during the suspenseful parts. All in all a great listen. On top of the Bandcamp page, there is also a Facebook.  Give it a spin…

In my search for additional info, I found this comp that Glanko is on…both tunes on here are represented above…

Had to post one tune on my own dime, so you can mull it over a bit…
Telekommand A

Thora-Zine’s Buzzo Flexo 8″ flexi

dach-phonoHave a dog just like this one, but it would kill my cheap ass turntable to have him spinnin’ around on it.  My head has been spinnin as well lately, got hit up for lots of reviews in the last week, some pretty good shit too, just don’t know where I’m going to get the time.  I know this place can seem rather amateurish at times, especially since I like to share my own personal little anecdotes, that don’t necessarily have anything to do with the task at hand…MUSIC.  Even just on the reviews though, it does take time to put together and then on posts like this one, the Super-Sabado-Gigante variety, I’m puttin bit’s and pieces together, off and on, for a month.   So long story short expect reviews of some pretty killer stuff in the upcoming weeks, but in the meantime…

My Uncle sent me this joke, and as I’ve worked for the State of California and the City of Lemon Grove (and even these days my check comes from the State of Kansas and the Feds both), I know this to be true…

A guy goes to the Post Office to apply for a job.
The interviewer asks him, “Are you allergic to anything?”
He replies, “Yes, caffeine. I can’t drink coffee.”
“OK, have you ever been in the military service?”
“Yes,” he says, “I was in Iraq for one tour.”
The interviewer says, “That will give you 5 extra points toward employment.”
Then he asks, “Are you disabled in any way?”
The guy says, “Yes. A bomb exploded near me and I lost both my testicles.”
The interviewer grimaces and then says, “Okay. You’ve got enough points for me to hire you right now. Our normal hours are from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. You can start tomorrow at 10:00 am, and plan on starting at 10:00 am every day.”
The guy is puzzled and asks, “If the work hours are from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, why don’t you want me here until 10:00 am?”
“This is a government job,” the interviewer says . . . . . . .
“For the first two hours, we just stand around drinking coffee and scratching our balls. No point in you coming in for that…..”

Browsing the web, as I do frequently, ran across this killer, but unfortunately dead blog called The Goddess of Doom. As the name implies, a stoner/doom music site with a neat theme…found all the older Saint Vitus stuff (which can get kind of expensive if you want physical copies) and other bands for your listening pleasure.

My Swedish buddy Bjorn’s band Pilleemandjoonks, I’ve posted them a few times around here, have a Soundcloud for some of their most recent stuff…

Rob of OYM and early Infest sent me this…

8_thora-zine_6_coverPicked up this magazine/flexi a while back (have another issue that I’ll have to post sometime too) and have been meaning to post for some time now.  The magazine is killer with all kinds of articles/interviews/etc., the usual fanzine type stuff, but this is just fancier.  4 or 5 of the issues came with flexi’s and I’m always down with that.  Nothing heart stopping here, just four good bands doing what they do, down around the year 1995.  Except for the Mojo tune I doubt this stuff is exclusive to the flexi.  Really just felt like posting some Melvins and this was at hand, so here it is.

Melvins-Sweet Willy Rollbar

Fu Manchu-Wurkin

Bracket-Imaginary Friend

Mojo Nixon-Thora-Zine Theme Song

Sinn & Ros – Svaiy Muy Maek

Even though the “blog” is a dying form of communication, I still visit a few of the ones (that aren’t dead) you can find ion the right there. Was at Glorify The Turd and I’m stuck on this guy named Kit Ream. Some people get it but I don’t, and I feel like I’ve failed a test or something. Listened to that yesterday and then again today, but… So, in my never ending quest to educate myself in music,with it’s many forms (or as one of the guys at work said when he heard me listening to this, “beat”), went in a completely different direction and ended up at this one (by way of my buddy’s band Dengue Fever). Another time another place, (another language) yet you get a vibe, a sort of longing….objective transcendent emotion.  A stark contrast to the Cambodian genocide of Pol Pot a few years later. Anyway, I’m babbling as usual…

In case you wanted to download it for further study…hahaha
Sinn & Ros – Svaiy Muy Maek

Sacrilege (NY) – Thoughts Are But Dreams Till Their Effects Are Tried – 1985 Demos LP

sacrilegeAnother badass record from the Wardance Records camp (thanx Freddy!), this time in association with another badass label, Radio Raheem Records. One of three Sacrilege’s from the mid 80’s, this being the most obscure one, outta New York.  As Freddy put it, “this recording has been a pet project of mine for the longest time.”  WR & RRR have done the world a service by giving these two demos to us and putting them in their rightful place, on vinyl.  Only 600 pressed, and word is they’re almost sold out.  The packaging is nice, relevant art, live band photo (so you can see who you’re dealing with), two inserts, one with lyrics and the other with flyers and band member reflections.  With this kind of complete packaging it sets the stage for some serious aural stimulation.  The first couple of seconds are a little warbled telling you it’s straight from cassette, but for the next 46 you get your mind blown.  The first side, the Don Fury Demo, is like Discharge only dirtier, with a first generation New York hardcore punk twist.  This is no “Dis” band though, no more than any other band playing this style way back in 85.  What makes it so crazy is the scene these guys were playing in, was not this band.  Hardcore, straightedge, skinhead and then…what the fuck.  They would have fit in a lot better in the LA of SF scenes, but this is decidedly a New York band, and as such they make the perfect anomaly.  Now if side one was dirty, side two is fucking filthy.  Almost two totally different bands and shit, these guys were only around for a little over a year.  According to the band these tunes were never played live (and they really only played live about 10 times).  Side two, the Bolt Studio Demo, is just plain evil, sinister.  In a conversation we had, Freddy said, “blackened metal HC thing 27 years before everyone else”.  Venom, Sodom, Hellhammer, inspired, with a definite hardcore edge, you know what I’m talking about.  It seems like playing a little bit longer together the band is bit more on the same page, everybody is doing their part and I love how the band continues rocking while the guitar player goes off on these eerie, soulful tangents/solos. I really like side one, but side two, is this decades old secret, a dinosaur rising out of a tar pit.  And what’s crazy about this whole thing is you have members of Agnostic Front and Reagan Youth, who are visiting another planet.  Overall this is a must get and if it sells out, I’ll see if I can get permission to post it in it’s entirety.  Thanx to Freddy for getting me this copy, and to Wardance Records and Radio Raheem Records for putting this thing in it’s rightful place.  The band has a Facebook, not sure if it’s the band that manages it. You can read a Victor Venom (guitar) interview over at Freddy’s Quixotic Dreams. The record is available from both labels, Wardance Records and Radio Raheem Records.

The Instigation – S/T 7″

the InstigationBeen a while since I explored some hardcore-ish tunes, been wandering almost aimlessly in other genres. Toshi of The Instigation, rightly obliged by sending me some of their virtual music. Here’s the blurb he sent…

Trash rockin’ hardcore punk band from Far East Asia,tokyo/shanghai,The Instigation.
Its 4-piece from different countries as Japan,UK,China and Canada.
Their first 7inch with 5songs is just out and their sound is combining
early 80s US hardcore punk with trashy garage punk.trashy loud guitar is rumbling and british vocal is blasting on the tight rhysm section
and it would blow your mind away.
If you are a fan of Dean Dirg,Henry Fiat;s Open
Sore,Regulations,Napoleon Dynamite etc,you can get the taste.
handnumbering 200 limited,(self-release BTB001)

First thought, definitely wouldn’t mind getting a copy of this bad boy…seriously raging. I’m no expert on international hardcore, but this reminds me of a blend of Japanese and British hardcore. Maybe it’s more akin to an early Black Flag thing (they do a BF cover).  But this isn’t some kind of lame attempt at a retro rehash of someone else’s past glories, this is fucking alive and kicking.  Driving like hardcore should be, imperative, saying “hurry up and listen to THIS”.  Everybody knows how to play their instruments, the singer rocks, no sloppy noodling, tight.  As it says in their deal, only 200 of these made so get it while you can.  For now go to their Bandcamp and give it a listen…