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The last time I snapped a picture of it, which was after the second day of Desertfest in London, the CD stack looked like this. Not too shabby for a weekend’s haul. There’s some good stuff in that pile, and had I returned home that Monday after the fest with that batch of goodies, I’d in no way be able to say I lost out. Here’s what it looked like after Roadburn.
I don’t know the count exactly — I’m not buying for quantity, I’m buying for quality — and anyway, it seems superfluous. It’s a fuckload, and that’s as close an estimate as I need. It’s as epic a haul as I’ve ever had, and there are some discs in there that I happened into, people gave me to review or something like that, but there’s much more that was picked up specifically because I saw a set I liked, or it was someone’s album I was waiting to buy, or something along those lines. Purchases on purpose, in other words. Nothing in that stack wound up there by mistake.
Trouble is, with a backlog of albums waiting to be reviewed, I don’t get to just sit and listen to records much these days, so in a way, this podcast is me trying to squeeze in some of that, as well as share with you just what the title says: the spoils of my recent adventure to London for Desertfest and to the Netherlands for Roadburn. It’s a mixture of the lineups for both fests, and comprised almost entirely of stuff I picked up along the way rounded out with some performers whose records I already owned and so didn’t need to buy (Orange Goblin, YOB, Black Cobra, etc.). A lot of people at Roadburn were only selling vinyl — looking at you, Internal Void — but between the merch area and bands’ tables, I wound up with more than enough material for this podcast.
Great as they were, though, the fests weren’t the whole experience. I also included a track from 35007‘s Especially for You, which I picked up in Eindhoven at the shop Bullit Records, and at various intervals you’ll hear clips from the BBC audio collection of Michael Palin’s Himalaya, which I bought at the Music and Video Exchange in London, along with Paladin, who are also included here. I know it’s supposed to be about the shows, but this weekend having been Record Store Day, I didn’t think anyone would begrudge me a couple inclusions from these stores. They’re part of the adventure too.
And at more than three and a half hours of music, this thing is pretty much an adventure in itself. Still, I think it turned out to be a really cool mix and if you were also at either Roadburn or Desertfest in London, I hope you find it gives some flavor of either or both. If nothing else, it’s a collection of killer heavy tunes, with new stuff you might not have heard yet from Conan, Ancestors, Roadsaw, Stone Axe, Farflung and Trippy Wicked. You kind of can’t go wrong in checking it out.
Stream audiObelisk Transmission 026 by clicking play on the player above. Download the file here, or by clicking the banner at the top of this post. The complete tracklist, as always, is after the jump.
0:07-19:20 Ancestors, “First Light” from In Dreams and Time (Tee Pee, 2012)
19:20-23:52 Black Cobra, “Avalanche” from Invernal (Southern Lord, 2011)
23:52-29:30 Conan, “Grim Tormentor” from Monnos (Burning World, 2012)
29:30-42:20 The Wounded Kings, “Gates of Oblivion” from In the Chapel of the Black Hand (I Hate, 2011)
42:20-43:56 Clip 1 from Michael Palin’s Himalaya
42:20-51:09 Farflung, “No Circuit” from Farflung & Black Rainbows split CD (Longfellow Deeds, 2012)
51:09-56:11 Alunah, “Song of the Sun” from Call of Avernus (Catacomb, 2010)
56:11-1:02:42 Shrine ’69, “The Ballad of Brewers Gold” from Shrine ’69 (Self-released, 2011)
1:02:42-1:05:49 Leaf Hound, “Freelance Fiend” from Growers of Mushroom (Walhalla, 1971; 2003 Reissue)
1:05:49-1:09:25 Gentlemans Pistols, “Comfortably Crazy” from At Her Majesty’s Pleasure (Rise Above, 2011)
1:09:25-1:13:47 Grifter, “The Voices” from The Simplicity of the Riff is Key (Catacomb, 2010)
1:13:47-1:21:38 Mars Red Sky, “Up the Stairs” from Mars Red Sky (Emergence, 2011)
1:21:38-1:22:44 Clip 2 from Michael Palin’s Himalaya
1:22:44-1:27:59 Bongripper, “Pt. 3” from Hate Ashbury (Self-released, 2008)
1:27:59-1:35:27 Roadsaw, “Burn Down the Night” from Desertfest EP (Mad Oak, 2012)
1:35:27-1:42:01 Orange Goblin, “The Fog” from A Eulogy for the Damned (Candlelight, 2012)
1:42:01-1:45:33 The Obsessed, “Blind Lightning” from The Church Within (Columbia, 1994)
1:45:33-1:49:20 Red Fang, “Human Herd” from Murder the Mountains (Relapse, 2011)
1:49:20-1:54:04 Hexvessel, “I am the Ritual” from Dawnbearer (Svart, 2012)
1:54:04-2:00:42 Saturnalia Temple, “Sitra Ahra Ruled Solitary Before… Creation” from Aion of Drakon (AJNA, 2011)
2:00:42-2:02:22 Clip 3 from Michael Palin’s Himalaya
2:00:42-2:07:09 35007, “The Elephant Song” from Especially for You (Lazy Eye, 1994)
2:07:09-2:13:45 Paladin, “Moonbeams” from Charge! (Esoteric, 1972; 2007 Reissue)
2:13:45-2:17:01 Wino & Conny Ochs, “Dust” from Heavy Kingdom (Exile on Mainstream, 2012)
2:17:01-2:22:25 Steak, “Fall of Lazarus” from Disastronaught (Self-released, 2012)
2:22:25-2:27:16 Year of the Goat, “Dark Lord” from Year of the Goat (Ván, 2011)
2:27:16-2:30:40 Deville, “Undead” from Hail the Black Sky (Buzzville, 2009)
2:30:40-2:36:13 Trippy Wicked and the Cosmic Children of the Knight, “I Want Another Drink” from Going Home (Superhot, 2012)
2:36:13-2:37:07 Clip 4 from Michael Palin’s Himalaya
2:37:07-2:41:23 Cultura Tres, “La Cura” from La Cura (Dead Plan, 2008)
2:41:23-2:44:58 Stone Axe, “Just a Little Bit” from Captured Live! Roadburn Festival 2011 (Ripple, 2012)
2:44:58-2:48:59 Dopethrone, “Blood Boiler” from Demonsmoke (Self-released, 2009)
2:48:59-2:55:54 Gnod, “Sonic Delights of the Earth Inferno” from Lord Fear’s Dream (Self-released, 2007)
2:55:54-3:08:48 Samsara Blues Experiment, “Double Freedom” from Samsara Blues Experiment (Electric Magic, 2008)
3:08:49-3:12:29 Clip 5 from Michael Palin’s Himalaya
3:09:40-3:33:04 YOB, “Catharsis” from Catharsis (Abstract Sounds, 2003)