Långfinger Premiere “Feather Beader” from Live LP out May 24

Posted in audiObelisk on May 14th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

LANGFINGER (Photo by Edko Fuzz)

On May 24, Swedish heavy rockers Långfinger will release the limited LP Live in an edition of 200 copies only. It arrives through Beduin and Sound Pollution less than a full month after Långfinger‘s new split 7″ with JIRM (formerly Jeremy Irons and the Ratgang Malibus), and presents a show that took place on Xmas 2017 in the band’s hometown of Gothenburg. In short, it sounds like a holiday. In total, Långfinger rip through eight songs and every bit sound like they knew they were going to end up releasing the gig. Rising to the occasion and all that.

Mixed and mastered by guitarist/backing vocalist Kalle Lilja and with Lukas Väremo sitting in on keys for “Fantasy Ridge” and “Atlas” — from their first album, 2010’s Skygrounds, and their third album, 2016’s Crossyears (review here), respectively — along with bassist/vocalist Victor Crusner and drummer Jesper Pihl, Live lives up to any live album cliché one might be tempted to apply. Whether it’s “capturing a moment in time” or presenting the band’s studio material in raw and raucous fashion, whatever. It’s all true. It’s all there. It all works. By the time they’re through “Fox Confessor” and “Caesar’s Blues” from Crossyears and into the winding riffery of “Feather Beader,” the sense of witnessing a kickass classic heavy rock show is palpable, and it seems like no coincidence at all that in talking about the record below, Lilja would shout out Deep Purple‘s Made in Japan or Thin Lizzy‘s Live & Dangerous.

langfinger liveAnyone who encountered Skygrounds, 2012’s Slow RiversCrossyears or any of the handful of shorter outings they’ve had along the way can tell you Långfinger work to a pretty high standard. Live demonstrates plainly that the same applies to their stage work, and for someone like me, who’s never been fortunate enough to see them live, hearing the no-nonsense strut of “Crossyears” and the arrival of the telltale guitar and key line of “Atlas” is a boon that only emphasizes the pivotal forward-looking nature of their approach, as rooted in the classics as it is. Somewhat curiously, Slow Rivers isn’t represented at all on Live, but I guess there are only so many spots in the set, and with the fact that Långfinger were playing a special gig in their hometown, maybe the blend of old(est) and new(est) was something they decided to go with to make the night stand out all the more. Can’t argue with the reception the older songs are given, though one might say the same of the newer ones as well.

Either way, Skygrounds opener “Herbs in My Garden” and closer “Ragnar” make a righteous final pairing for Live, the latter of them taking the three-piece into a flowing final jam that carries smoothly to the end of the set. By then, Långfinger have handed the Musikens Hus its ass, and that’s all there is to it. There is less embellishment than in some of the ultra-classic live records from the earlier masters of the form — maybe that’s where Unleashed in the East comes in — but I considered Långfinger to be underrated before, and that’s only become all the more the case with Live. Even with the recent JIRM split and this offering, they’re due for a new studio album sometime soon, and whether or not it happens this year, you’d be wise to keep an eye out. And as for the 200 copies of Live that have been pressed to orange-colored vinyl? I wouldn’t expect them to last long either.

Good band. Good show. Good record. What the hell more would you ask?

Check out the premiere of “Feather Beader” below and hear what I mean:

Kalle Lilja on Live:

We all grew up listening to live albums. Whether it was Made in Japan, Unleashed in the East, Yessongs or Lizzy’s Live & Dangerous. It remains so powerful hearing a band (100% live or not…) cranking it up and delivering a grand snapshot of a moment in time. It’s embedded in our DNA as a group by now, to always portray everything of what we are on stage, and Live is a grand envoy for that directive.

Out May 24 on Beduin & Sound Pollution Distribution.

Limited to 200 copies on orange 180g vinyl…

Jesper Pihl – Drums
Victor Crusner – Vocals/Bass
Kalle Lilja – Guitar
Lukas Väremo – Keyboards (Track 5 & 6)

Recorded live at Musikens Hus, Göteborg, Dec 25, 2017.
Engineered by Sven Jansson
Mixed & mastered at Welfare Sounds by Kalle Lilja
Produced by Långfinger

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Ancient Warlocks Live LP out June 25; New Lineup and Shows Announced

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 16th, 2016 by JJ Koczan

Change has been afoot in Ancient Warlocks since before they put out their second LP, II (review here), earlier this year through STB Records, but it seems as though they were waiting for the right time to announce their new lineup with Chris Mathews Jr. (aka Chris Joonior, of the Live at Jooniors series of videos and live recordings) on vocals and lead guitar and Stu Laswell on bass alongside guitarist Darren Chase and drummer Steve Jones. With the impending June 25 release of their Live! 12″ — which was also included as a bonus with the first run of II — that time would seem to be right. Works for me.

They’ve got live dates over the next couple months with Mos Generator and Mars Red Sky, so as they say goodbye to the old lineup with Live!, they’re continuing forward keeping good company as they’ve done all along.

From the PR wire:

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ANCIENT WARLOCKS ANNOUNCE NEW LINE UP, THEIR “LIVE” LP RELEASE AND SHOW DATES WITH MOS GENERATOR & MARS RED SKY

Ancient Warlocks have just announced their first round of shows in over one year, and now featuring a new line up. Celebrating their return to the stage, the Ancient Warlocks “LIVE!” LP will be released by STB Records on June 25th at High Noon (Eastern Standard Time – USA).

The band will kick things off with a few shows alongside Mos Generator and Mars Red Sky, play more shows through the summer, then record their 3rd studio LP once again with Steve Jones at Big Sound Productions (Seattle) in Sept/Oct., followed by more show dates during November & December.

The new lineup includes the veteran creative core of Darren Chase (Rhythm Guitar) and Steve Jones (Drums) along with the addition of Chris Mathews Jr. (Vocals & Lead Guitar) and Stu Laswell (Bass). Chris is known by many via the “Live at Jooniors” video series (Joonior Studios), where he has produced live music videos from bands such as Holy Grove, Sleep Capsule, X Suns, Mos Generator, Ancient Warlocks, and many more. Stu hails from the relentless touring band Antique Scream. These two bring plenty of their own experience to the table, and in addition to the existing core help to form quite a solid line up.

Ancient Warlocks NW Tour Dates (more cities to come);
July 29th, 2016 – Port Angeles, Washington @ Cherry Bomb (w/ Mos Generator)
July 30th, 2016 – Seattle, Washington @ The Funhouse (w/ Mos Generator)
August 5th, 2016 – Bremerton, Washington @ The Manette Saloon (w/ Mos Generator)
August 6th, 2016 – Tacoma/Fife, Washington @ Louie G’s (w/ Mos Generator)
September 2nd, 2016 – Portland, Oregon @ The Panic Room (w/ Mars Red Sky)
September 3rd, 2016 – Seattle, Washington @ The Funhouse (w/ Mars Red Sky)

Ancient Warlocks came to life in 2010; drawing from the members’ shared love for all things loud, heavy, and fuzzy driven by a solid groove. They’ve shared stages with the likes of Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Fu Manchu, Pentagram, Mos Generator, Corrosion of Conformity, Brant Bjork, Mars Red Sky, Radio Moscow, Zeke, etc., and the sophomore LP; Ancient Warlocks “II” out now, immediately being followed by the “LIVE!” LP will only continue to fuel this band towards more of the same as well as adding festivals into their touring plans for 2017!

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Ancient Warlocks, “Into the Night”

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Good Times: Black Sabbath Live at California Jam 1974

Posted in Bootleg Theater on February 12th, 2009 by JJ Koczan

Nothing like bands performing in front of a giant rainbow when Rainbow hadn’t even formed yet. Behold Black Sabbath, “Children of the Grave” from the famous California Jam ’74 show. If anyone’s seeing this, you’ve probably already seen it, but damn it, it’s worth watching again. Nothing like the original doom to brighten your day.

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