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This past week, I started what will be — unless in some kind of ultra-productive midlife crisis, I decide to become a lawyer — my last semester of classes. I’ve seen kids around the last two weeks, and it’s like that episode where Bart Simpson is trying to cram as much summer in as he can before he has to go back to school. There’s a kind of desperation in the second half of August, and I felt it too this year. I was trying to think of what I did this summer, and I realized that, more than anything else, I listened to music.
Every trip I took this summer — to Maryland, or Michigan, or even just out to Pennsylvania last weekend — music was a huge part of what took me there, and some of my best times the last couple months have just been listening to records or going to shows. It’s in that spirit that I picked the theme for this month’s audiObelisk Transmission: “How I Spent My Summer Vacation.”
Admittedly, it’s a simple idea. I took tracks from discs that I reviewed between mid-May and the end of August, and threw in a couple highlights from shows, and made a mix of it. If there was something you saw reviewed that you were interested in and maybe didn’t get the chance to check out, hopefully that’s in here, and obviously it’s not everything covered in that time (some stuff I didn’t have room for, and I still only use physical sources for the tracks I rip, so downloads are out), but I’m actually surprised it came out so good.
It’s a pretty diverse range of styles, but there’s a decent flow where one is needed, things get ridiculously heavy toward the end, and it gave me an excuse to highlight songs from bands I’ve really been digging lately — Mars Red Sky, Grifter, Admiral Browning, Elvis Deluxe and others. As always, I hope you dig it.
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PLEASE NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, all tracks are from 2011 releases.
0:00-4:09 New Keepers of the Water Towers, “Arise, the Serpent” from The Calydonian Hunt (MeteorCity)
4:09-11:50 The Winchester Club, “The End of History” from Negative Liberty (Exile on Mainstream)
11:50-16:40 At Devil Dirt, “Vida” from At Devil Dirt (Corvus Discos)
16:40-20:47 Admiral Browning, “One Lucky Canary” from Battle Stations (Self-released)
20:47-28:19 The Fërtility Cült, “Into the Sacred Grove” from Eschatology (Demiurge)
28:18-35:47 Truckfighters, “Desert Cruiser” from Gravity X (Fuzzorama, 2005)
35:47-40:27 The Book of Knots featuring Mike Patton, “Planemo” from Garden of Fainting Stars (Ipecac)
40:27-48:47 Domo, “Yamantaka” from Domo (Radix)
48:47-56:02 Ancestors, “Invisible White” from Invisible White (Tee Pee)
56:02-59:57 Orange Goblin, “Quincy the Pigboy” from The Big Black (The Music Cartel, 2000)
59:57-1:03:42 Totimoshi, “Rose” from Avenger (At a Loss)
1:03:42-1:09:09 Mars Red Sky, “Strong Reflection” from Mars Red Sky (Emergence)
1:09:09-1:12:17 Grifter, “Good Day for Bad News” from Grifter (Ripple)
1:12:17-1:16:07 Karma to Burn, “Never Say Die” (Black Sabbath cover) from V (Napalm)
1:16:07-1:21:15 Superchief, “Sweat” from Corporate Dynamite (Self-released)
1:21:15-1:26:24 Elvis Deluxe, “Fire (Loveboy)” from Favourite State of Mind (Harmony)
1:26:24-1:35:12 Monkey3, “Black Maiden” from Beyond the Black Sky (Stickman)
1:35:12-1:38:55 Clutch, “Cypress Grove” from Live in Flint, Michigan (River Road, 2004)
1:38:55-1:45:23 Pearls and Brass, “Pray for Sound” from The Indian Tower (Drag City, 2005)
1:45:23-1:48:26 The Sade, “Dream On” from Damned Love (Go Down)
1:48:26-1:52:43 Sky Picnic “Hide & Seek” from Farther in This Fairy Tale (Self-released, 2010)
1:52:43-1:59:32 Borracho, “Never Get it Right” from Splitting Sky (The Livingroom)
1:59:32-2:04:37 Arenna, “Fall of the Crosses” from Beats of Olarizu (Nasoni)
2:04:37-2:09:15 Sleestak, “The Prophecy of the Great Sleep” from The Fall of Altrusia (Self-released)
2:09-15-2:17:38 Threefold Law, “Earth” from Revenant (Self-released)
2:17:38-2:22:19 Akris, “Kentucky Russian” from Son of the Transcendental Maggot (Tsuguri)
2:22:19-2:28:22 The Re-Stoned, “Put the Sound Down or Get the Hell Out” from Analog (RAIG)
2:28:22-2:37:15 Orthodox, “Iatromantis” from Baal (Alone)
2:37:15-2:43:24 Ramesses, “Safety in Numbness” from Possessed by the Rise of Magik (Ritual)
2:43:24-2:54:07 Faces of Bayon, “Where the Golden Road Ends” from Heart of the Fire (Ragnarok)
2:54:07-3:02:31 Loss, “Conceptual Funeralism unto the Final Act (of Being)” from Despond (Profound Lore)
3:02:31-3:11:26 Atriarch, “Shadows” from Atriarch (Seventh Rule)
3:11:26-3:43:03 Blut, “Wolf Shall Dwell with Lamb (Edit)” from Grief and Incurable Pain (Self-released)