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January 8, 1806
“Proceed to the top of the mountain next to the which is much the highest part and that part faceing the Sea, from this point I beheld the grandest and most pleasing prospects which my eyes ever surveyed, in frount a boundless Ocean… we arrived on a butifull Sand Shore, found only the Skelleton of this monster on the sand.” Clark
The above quotation is taken from the collected journals of Lewis and Clark as they encountered the skeleton of a beached whale on the ocean shore. Given the fact that they traipsed around the Pacific Northwest and named a bunch of stuff after themselves, I could think of no better source for a podcast title saluting the scene in that region, which itself feels like it’s currently leaving its mark on the international heavy underground.
In our recent interview, YOB guitarist/vocalist Mike Scheidt discussed this as “a time when the music is really vital,” and that phrase in particular has stuck with me. It’s true. Seattle and elsewhere in Washington has been a musical hotbed for 20 years or more, but Oregon — with the seeming nexus in and around Portland — is just beginning to command respect when it comes to heavy rock and doom. The music is fresh, and that while that’s invariably something that won’t last forever (at least it never has in the history of geographically-centered scenes), if we can take a slice of it at this moment, there’s something really special happening.
Accordingly, you’ll find as you listen that a lot of the songs here are new. Of the 31 tracks included in this podcast, 25 are from albums released in the last half-decade. As I always say with this kind of thing, it’s not a complete document, and I’m limited to the CDs I can get my hands on at any given time, but I hope as you make your way through the almost four hours, you get a sense of the vitality Scheidt was talking about. Even among the bands who’ve been around for a longer time — Earth and the Melvins, for example — I tried to make sure I was as recent as possible.
I was also trying to give a sense of the sonic diversity the region has on offer, from the straightforward classic rock of Stone Axe to the cinematic ambience of Grails, the simplistic riffing of Witchasaurus Hex to Megaton Leviathan‘s massive dronegaze. There might be some abrupt changes from one song to the next as a result, but just imagine all this stuff happening in roughly the same place. It’s amazing.
Download audiObelisk Transmission 018 by clicking here, the banner at the top of this post, or the big link on the sidebar. If you’re more the streamy type, have at it via the player above. Full tracklist with timestamps and release years is after the jump, appropriately enough, we start with new YOB…
0:00:04-0:15:58 YOB, “Before We Dreamed of Two” (feat. Scott Kelly) from Atma (Profound Lore, 2011)
0:15:58-0:20:03 Melvins, “Revolve” from Stoner Witch/Endless Residency Box Set (Amphetamine Reptile, 2011)
0:20:03-0:24:17 Camarosmith, “714” from Camarosmith (Dead Teenager, 2003)
0:24:17-0:31:39 Lamprey, “Lavalanche” from Ancient Secrets (Captain Couch, 2010)
0:31:39-0:40:13 Sod Hauler, “Sod Hauler” from Sod Hauler (Inimical, 2003)
0:40:13-0:43:52 Mico de Noche, “Dirty Unicorn” from Cherries (Australian Cattle God, 2007)
0:43:52-0:54:11 Grey, “Sacrifice at Glastonbury Tor” from Sisters of the Wyrd (Kreation, 2008)
0:54:11-1:00:49 Snail, “Blood” from Blood (MeteorCity, 2009)
1:00:49-1:07:18 Red Fang, “Throw Up” from Murder the Mountains (Relapse, 2011)
1:07:18-1:23:38 Lesbian, “Powerwhorses” from Power Hor (Holy Mountain, 2007)
1:23:38-1:35:32 Burning Witch, “Stillborn” from Crippled Lucifer/Riff.Canyon.Dreams (Southern Lord, 1998/2008)
1:35:32-1:39:07 Mos Generator, “NandV” from Songs for Future Gods (Small Stone, 2007)
1:39:07-1:43:07 VALIS, “Kill the Ones You Love” from Vast Active Living Intelligence System (Abstract Sounds, 2002)
1:43:07-1:46:59 Ape Machine, “Black Night” (Deep Purple cover) from War to Head (Self-released, 2011)
1:46:59-1:58:09 Witchasaurus Hex, “The Great Wolf Lodge” from Our First Demo (Self-released, 2011)
1:58:09-2:07:20 Diesto, “The Longest Day” from High as the Sun (Seventh Rule, 2010)
2:07-20-2:14:24 Witch Mountain, “Plastic Cage” from South of Salem (Witchtastic, 2011)
2:14:24-2:17:19 Thrones, “Young Savage” from Day Late, Dollar Short (Southern Lord, 2005)
2:17:19-2:23:10 Devil Riding Shotgun, “My Breath” from Devil Riding Shotgun (Self-released, 2010)
2:23:10-2:27:24 Nether Regions, “Blood Ritual” from Into the Breach (Self-released, 2011)
2:27:24-2:34:17 SubArachnoid Space, “Bird Signs” from Eight Bells (Crucial Blast, 2009)
2:34:18-2:37:47 Stone Axe, “On with the Show” from Stone Axe II (Music Abuse, 2010)
2:37:47-2:49:53 Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, “La Mano Poderosa” from Press Demo 2009 (Self-released, 2009)
2:49:53-2:56:07 Norska, “Nobody One Knows” from Norska (Self-released, 2011)
2:56:07-3:03:27 Earth, “Descent to the Zenith” from Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I (Southern Lord, 2011)
3:03:27-3:10:02 Aldebaran, “The Obscene” from Rue/Aldebaran Split CD (Shifty, 2004)
3:10:02-3:17:51 Grails, “Almost Grew My Hair” from Deep Politics (Temporary Residence, 2011)
3:17:51-3:24:18 Megaton Leviathan, “Water Wealth Hell on Earth” from Water Wealth Hell on Earth (Feretro, 2010)
3:24:20-3:28:42 Master Musicians of Bukkake, “The Heresy of Origen” from Totem Two (Important, 2010)
3:28:42-3:41:34 Wolves in the Throne Room, “Queen of the Borrowed Light” from Diadem of 12 Stars (Vendlus, 2006)
3:41:34-3:51:14 Agalloch, “Ghosts of the Midwinter Fires” from Marrow of the Spirit (Profound Lore, 2010)
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