I’ll admit I didn’t even know gritty Greek heavies Dala Sun had a new record coming until I looked them up on the YouzTubes and found they not only did, but that they had it up for free download from their website. Fancy that. Their new album, Gegenschein, follows their much-dug 2010 self-titled outing and is available sans charge in 320 kbps mp3 right here. Pretty good service for a Saturday, if you ask me.
About that: Last night was a frustrating end to a frustrating week. True, I capped a post-happy hour at the office by watching baseball and having a few more beers — more or less the ideal — but I’d missed lunch, was drunker than I wanted to be and wound up paying with a headache that, fortunately, did not last till the morning. I say that’s fortunate, even if it did cost me pouring out most of my last Palm. Always hate to see a good beer go down like that.
Anyhoo, today’s considerably less dire and Dala Sun‘s aptly-titled leadoff track, “Sludge Machine” fits perfectly with just the undercurrent of chill in the air this late Saturday afternoon. They’re part of the nebulous Greek collective of bands that goes by Spinalonga Records — their last album came in a package from Spinalonga, anyway — who are worth checking out at their website, what with the supporting good music in an up and coming scene and all. Spinalonga also put out the Miss Fortune was a Henhouse Manager compilation, which was reviewed last year. Lots of really interesting things happening in Greece, in more than just global economic terms.
So enjoy that cut, grab that record and support Dala Sun if and however you can. Stick around too next week, as Monday I’ll be giving away three copies of the new High on Fire record, De Vermis Mysteriis (review here). Throughout the week, we’ll also have a track premiere from Viaje a 800‘s long-awaited (by me, anyway) new album, and a full front-to-back stream of the new Hong Faux record, which is killer straightforward Swedish rock — right up my alley and hopefully yours too. I’ve got the new Saint Vitus record slated for a review on Monday, and it’ll be followed by Ararat and The Mound Builders as the week progresses, hopefully among others, and New Zealand doomers The House of Capricorn have sent back their answers to my Six Dumb Questions, so that’ll be posted as well, along with Mario Lalli‘s second column, which is awesome.
The Patient Mrs. is also in Portland, Oregon, this weekend (very much wish I was as well, but the money and the timing didn’t work out) and she might be headed to check out Mars Red Sky tonight. As she put it, she’d go, “Unless I get drunk early.” Love that woman. If she makes it, I might see if I can coax her into filing some special correspondence on it afterwards. We’ll see. Either way, lots of killer stuff to come as we wind down March.
That said, part of the reason this week was so frustrating was that there was so much going on. I mean, seriously, just look at this page. The two Truckfighters reviews, the Ufomammut premiere, the Wino Wednesday clip, the Lo-Pan video, the Tasha-Yar jam — not to mention that massive Ancestors review — all the way up to premiering the Snail video with that interview yesterday. Put it all together with the full-time job and the part-time job and it makes for a pretty intense week. I know I do it to myself, and I have no regrets, so whatever. But I don’t wonder why I’m tired as hell all the time either.
Oh wait, yeah I do. What a fool.
In any case, while I rest up, I wish you a wonderful and safe rest of the weekend. I’ll see you on the forum and back here Monday for more riff-led shenanigans.
Tags: Dala Sun, Greece