Ananda Mida Announce Fall Dates Supporting Cathodnatius

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 11th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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This very weekend, Ananda Mida play the esteemed Stoned from the Underground fest in Erfurt, Germany, heralding the arrival earlier this year of their new album, Cathodnatius. Though the Italian outfit are somewhat amorphous of lineup, their commitment to progressive sounds remains unflinching, and they were out in the first half of 2019 as well, but the new batch of dates run from this month through October in Germany, Italy, Slovenia and Austria over a series of weekenders and long-weekenders followed by more of a straight-run tour. One way or the other, it’ll be enough to keep them busy as Cathodnatius continues to sink in, and though I’m not sure if they’ll have more shows filled in on some of the off days or not, it’s obviously worth keeping an eye out should you happen to be in that part of the world.

“Cool band playing shows,” is the bottom line, I guess. Pretty simple story, but as you can hear in the album stream at the bottom of this post, it’s a story worth telling.

If you’re going to Stoned from the Underground, enjoy.


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Ananda Mida – Fall Tour Dates

After the first tour in January of the presentation of the second album Cathodnatius, our Ananda Mida return with new dates in Italy and Germany (at the prestigious Stoned from the Underground festival) and for an European tour in September and October.

SAT 13.07 DE – Erfurt – @stonedfromtheunderground
SAT 20.07 IT – Bologna – Fondazione Villa Ghigi
SUN 21.07 IT – Aviano – Bar al Contrario
MON 22.07 SLO – Lubiana – @galahalametelkova
TUE 23.07 IT – Mirano – @miranosummerfestival
SAT 07.09 – IT – Treviso – In Veneto there is no law 5
SUN 08.09 – IT – Carmignano – Karmin Fest
FRI 27.09 – CH – Olten – @coqdor_olten
SUN 29.09 – AT – Salzburg – @rockhouse_bar_salzburg
MON 30.09 – DE – Wiesbaden – @kupawiesbaden
TUE 01.10 – DE – Rosenheim – @asta_rosenheim
THU 03.10 – DE – Berlin – Dunckerclub
SAT 05.10 – DE – Passau – @zauberbergpassau
SUN 06.10 – IT – @punkyreggaepub

Ananda Mida is stoner rock and psychedelia collective, leaded by Max Ear, former drummer of OJM and co-founder of Go Down Records, and Matteo Pablo Scolaro, underground guitarist and curator of Go Down Bands on Tour, with the help of Eeviac artworks.

Since 2015, they have been playing, with different line-ups, from three up to six members, both instrumental or with singers, a seventies sound mixed with desert and psychedelia grooves.

Ananda Mida are:
Davide Bressan: bass guitar
Max Ear: drums
Matteo Pablo Scolaro: electric guitar
Alessandro Tedesco: electric guitar

Ananda Mida, Cathodnatius (2019)

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Ananda Mida to Release Cathodnatius Jan. 12; Teaser Posted & Preorders Available

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 28th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Italian heavy rockers Ananda Mida will start out 2019 strong with the release of their second album, Cathodnatius, on Go Down Records and Vincebus Eruptum Recordings. The album is clearly intended to be a complement to the band’s 2016 debut, Anodnatius (review here), which not only shared a similar title but artwork on which the striking new cover builds, facing an arm the opposite way and turning from organic to inorganic components thereof. The approach to the tracks themselves seems to have shifted as we go from songs like “Aktavas” to “Blank Stare,” but I’ve yet to dig into the record to hear if there’s a corresponding shift in sound. The teaser at the bottom of this post seems to be culled from opener “The Pilot” though, and that’s pretty right on, either way.

Preorders are up now if that’s your thing, and the album features some collaboration with singer-songwriter Conny Ochs, known for his solo work as well as his duo with Wino of The Obsessed et al.

Info from the PR wire:

Ananda Mida Cathodnatius

Ananda Mida – Cathodnatius

Go Down Records / Vincebus Eruptum Records
out on 2019.01.12
LP, CD, digital

Pre-orders start 2018.11.24:

CATHODNATIUS is the second chapter of the psychedelic undertaking of Ananda Mida through our cosmos, trying to investigate the soul of the tricerebral beings of our planet, this time examining in particular all the negative forces and the relative subtle vibrations lying outside and inside everything.

Recorded at the Teatro delle Voci Studios in Treviso, it sees the collaboration of singer Conny Ochs, a valid explorer of the mythological cosmos created by the band. Cover by eeviac artworks.

“The pilot turns his head and checks on the controls,
lights turn through green and red, ignition, there he goes.”

1. The Pilot
2. Blank Stare
3. Pupo Cupo
4. Out Of The Blue
5. Doom And The Medicine Man [part I – IV]:
I- Towers And Holes
II- Opening Hours
III- Rude Awakening
IV- The Medicine Man Is Looking For A Cure

Ananda Mida, Cathodnatius album teaser

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Friday Full-Length: OJM, Heavy

Posted in Bootleg Theater on February 19th, 2016 by JJ Koczan

OJM, Heavy (2002)

We continue this afternoon with a next installment in the kind of informal series that’s been going on for the last few weeks in these Friday Full-Length posts with another underrated, pre-social media European heavy rocker. Originally released in 2002 through Beard of Stars, the aptly-titled Heavy (also discussed here) is the debut album from Treviso, Italy’s OJM, a band who, at least to someone outside of Europe like me, seem criminally underlooked when it comes to their country’s scene. Today, Italy is booming, with bands like Ufomammut and Black Rainbows and Isaak leading a charge of hundreds of outfits — seriously, if I’ve got email, it’s a one in three shot the band is Italian — but go back to the early aughts and that was much less so the case. OJM formed in 1997, and so were right on the cusp of a wave of post-Kyuss stoner. Granted, by the time Heavy came out, Queens of the Stone Age would have two records under its belt, but in songs like opener “The Sleeper,” the doom-rolling “You Come” and ultra-fuzzed “As I Know,” OJM laid out a stoner rock blueprint that stands toe to toe with what scenes in Germany, Sweden or the Netherlands were producing at the time in both the quality of its songcraft and its affinity for pushing the boundaries of what came before it.

I honestly don’t know how OJM are thought of in Italy. The band celebrated their 18th anniversary last year with a compilation of previously unreleased tracks, and Heavy itself was reissued on vinyl by Go Down Records in 2014, but their last proper full-length was 2010’s Volcano (review here) and I think it’s safe to say that in the last six years the scope of heavy rock’s reach — everywhere — has shifted massively, with a new generation of bands and a new generation of fans discovering the power of riffs and fuzz put to the right use. OJM have played shows steadily these last years, but an album like Heavy, with its noise rocking “Strange Dreams,” its centerpiece Stooges cover “T.V. Eye” and the weirdo experiments of “Mix Up!” — not to mention the spacious desert psychedelia of eight-minute closer “Theorem” — seems to be lost in the shuffle of what’s come since. Maybe it’s hard to get excited about a record that’s 14 years old like one that’s out next month. I accept that. But there’s also a matter of giving respect where it’s due, and the way I see it, OJM are overdue for theirs.

When they released that anniversary comp last year, they said they were taking a “long break.” What that means for their future remains uncertain, but if they’re calling it quits or just not taking the stage for however long, it seems like all the more of an opportunity to appreciate what they’ve done before. Heavy, as one of the best heavy rock records to come from Italy in its era, feels like a great place to start.

As always, I hope you enjoy.

I had Monday off from work, and even without driving to the office that one day, it seems like this week was eternal. The good news is we got two more bands announced for the first-ever The Obelisk All-Dayer and the response was positive. I’m very excited about this thing. It’s been kind of a rough year since I went back to work full-time, and I’ve been trying very hard to find time to listen, write about and otherwise experience music as much as I can, and I feel like something like this takes that effort to a new place. I hope you can make it, and stay tuned, because the rest of the lineup is sick as well.

Next week… Uh… Well, a lot of videos, for one thing. Everybody and their cousin decided this week was when they wanted to put out their video, and call me crazy but I’d rather not post like five per day, so there are videos slated through next Thursday already for BretusQueen CrescentHypnos and Forming the Void. So long as nobody else makes a video, should be fine. Yeah right.

As for premieres, look out Monday for a full stream of the Banquet album, Tuesday for an exclusive track from Blizaro, and next Friday for a track premiere from Dream Death. In between, I’ll be reviewing the new Mars Red Sky album and maybe Church of Misery if I can make it happen before I leave to go to the Borderland Fuzz Fiesta on Friday morning. We’ll see how much I can get done, but you know that whatever I can, I will.

R.I.P. Harper Lee. Literature > death.

I’ve got a good friend in from out of town this weekend, so looking forward to a classic chillout and copious consumption of smoked meat and cheese products. It’ll be a time. Whatever you’re up to, please have a great and safe weekend, and please check out the forum and radio stream.

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OJM Release 18 Anniversary Compilation

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 28th, 2015 by JJ Koczan


It’s been a little over five years since Treviso, Italy, foursome OJM released their last album, Volcano (review here), so when the PR wire refers to the band’s new 18th anniversary compilation, titled either 18 or 18th Anniversary, depending on where you look — either gets the point across — and notes that it will precede a “long break,” I can’t help but wonder if that means we won’t see a fifth outing from the long-running and perennially underappreciated outfit. After all, it’s been a half-decade. What’s a “long break” on top of that? I guess we’ll find out.

Go Down Records eases that news somewhat with the release of 18, which, yes, has 18 tracks. Those come culled from OJM‘s varied history, some previously unreleased, some singles and rare tracks and so on. You know the deal. Noteworthy off the bat are “I Got Time” and “Jam of Wine” which feature Brant Bjork and “War Abysses,” which boasts an appearance from Italian godfather of weird Paul Chain.

OJM play two anniversary shows this week, presumably before they scuffle off into whatever ether might await them, and those dates and the track info for 18 follow here, as sent along the PR wire:

ojm 18

OJM celebrate 18 years with 2 special gigs, before to take a long break. The band releases “18”, an album with unreleased and classic tracks.

1. Damn 03:08
2. Way Of Pain 07:27
3. You Come 06:23
4. As I Know 03:14
5. Theorem 08:27
6. War Abysses (featuring Paul Chain) 05:00
7. I’ve Got No Time To Waste 05:00
8. To Be A Woman 03:20
9. Desert 06:42
10. I Got Time (featuring Brant Bjork) 02:53
11. Sixties 03:12
12. Stoned Love 04:10
13. Lonelyness 04:51
14. I’ll Be Long (radio version) 04:14
15. Venus 02:38
16. Ocean Hearts 07:13
17. 2012 03:55
18. Jam Of Wine (unreleased with Brant Bjork) 09:25

Tuesday, December 29th 2015 @ Benicio Live Gigs (Giavera del Montello – IT)
?Wednesday, December 30th 2015 @ Sidro Club (Savignano sul Rubicone – IT)

OJM were formed in Treviso, Italy in 1997. Since the very beginning both the Italian music press and rock ’n’ roll scene in general seemed to show a certain interest toward the band due to their personal style displaying rough guitars with a psychedelic touch and hints of Blue Cheer, Black Sabbath, MC5 and Grand Funk.

Fifth OJM album, Volcano, released in September 2010 on Go Down Records produced by Dave Catching (Eagles of death Metal, Queens of the Stone Age).

OJM, 18 (2015)

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Ivy Garden of the Desert Post New Video for “Please”

Posted in Bootleg Theater on September 8th, 2015 by JJ Koczan

ivy garden of the desert (Photo by Vic Balica)

Italian three-piece Ivy Garden of the Desert — who’ve gotten way harder to classify as time has gone on than their “we play stoner rock” moniker implies — are getting ready to release their fourth EP later this month. Out Sept. 21, Limen follows a trilogy of shorter releases set up as a running theme but that nonetheless grew increasingly complex from one to the next. The newly-posted video for “Please” from Limen shows the three-piece continuing to progress. I’m not sure if it’s part of the same narrative thread as the trilogy or if they’re onto something else entirely in theme — they call it a “bridge,” so take that as you will — but they’ve clearly worked hard to find a progressive niche for themselves in heavy rock, and more and more they seem to be succeeding.

To wit, “Please” takes a near-industrial rhythmic foundation and sets it against a brooding prog-heavy riff, building and getting louder as it moves forward, but never quite giving up its atmospheric beginning, bolstered through an early stretch of piano and quiet vocals. If it takes a listen or two to fully sink in, that’s pretty clearly the idea, so cheers to Ivy Garden of the Desert for their continuing refusal to be pinned down to one side or the other.

If you’re sensitive to strobe, you might want to watch out for the second part of the video, after it switches from the living room to the blue flashing darkness, but even if you wind up just listening, it’s worth the time to do that. Either way, enjoy:

Ivy Garden of the Desert, “Please” official video

Electric Valley Records is pleased to announce a new release!!!


“Limen” is the bridge EP that takes place between the Ivy-Trilogy concept (released by Nasoni Records) and the band’s first full-lenght (2017/2018?).
Release date: September 21th, 2015

Video credits: full production by Paolo Martini & I.G.O.T.D.

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Ivy Garden of the Desert Make a Monster in New Video for “Life?”

Posted in Bootleg Theater on September 5th, 2013 by JJ Koczan

That headline isn’t a question, by they way. Italian heavy rock trio Ivy Garden of the Desert are definitely making a monster in the video, and then they seem to be headbanging with that monster in their underwear? Not really sure how it gets to that point, but it does, and even given that, my favorite part of the entire clip is when it says at the very beginning that it’s based on a true story. It’s true, Frankenstein was a story.

Still, the three-piece from Treviso get down with heavy grooves no less disturbing in the new song “Life?” which comes from their forthcoming Limen EP, their first offering following earlier 2013’s I Ate of the Plant and it was Good, which concluded a series of three extended play releases that also resulted in 2012’s Blood is Love (review here) and the preceding 2011 outing, Docile (review here). Some of the riffing speaks to a kind of dark metal feel like a slightly more psychedelic Cultura Tres, brooding with an underlying aggression that you’re never quite sure when or if it’s going to take off.

And yes, the story of the scientist named “I Doesn’t Care” does end (spoiler alert) with a hilarious headbang session, so kudos to Ivy Garden — guitarist/vocalist Diego Bizzaro, bassist Paolo Martini and drummer Alexander Puntel — for not taking themselves too seriously even when making a video that’s pretty grim up to that point, playing out like a silent horror movie tinted green. They’ve never shied away when it’s been time to get weird, and “Life?” is no exception.


Ivy Garden of the Desert, “Life?” official video

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Buried Treasure and OJM’s Heavy Revelations

Posted in Buried Treasure on May 5th, 2011 by JJ Koczan

I didn’t exactly have the money laying around, but I did exactly have a few drinks in me, and being in such a state over this past weekend, I decided to partake in one of my favorite rituals: the drunken internet record buy. My longstanding wish list over at the All That is Heavy webstore was the target, and I just picked up a couple discs before crashing out for the night: Kaleidoscope by Siena Root, Antarctic Abyss by The Deep Blue and Italian rockers OJM‘s first album, Heavy.

The Siena Root was the last piece to complete their CD discography, and I reviewed that The Deep Blue album nearly two years ago and still couldn’t get it out of my head, so I figured a purchase of the full non-promo copy was long overdue, but it was the OJM I was really interested to hear. Their 2010 album Volcano (review here) had been in my head again since reading Vincebus Eruptum for most of last week, and while I’m not saying I’m embarking on a journey through their entire catalog, I’m not not saying it either. We’ll see how it plays out.

In the meantime, what I found with Heavy — released in 2002 on Beard of Stars Records — is a stoner rock album every bit of the quality of earliest Dozer (if arriving several years later), paying tribute to the deserts of lore with fuzzy riffs, occasional doomed excursions and that kind of unabashed fuzz that mostly European acts can get away with proffering today. Even cooler is that the record was produced by Italian guru Paul Chain (of earliest/best Death SS and his several solo incarnations, including Paul Chain Violet Theatre and P.C. Translate), giving it direct lineage to the classic underground.

Alright, maybe that’s not cooler than the sound of the album itself, which thrills with the straightforward come-find-me undiscovered gem “As I Know,” the swaggering “Strange Dreams” and the seething blues-based “You Come” while also leaving room for a Stooges cover of “TV Eye.” The songs are mostly short, but eight-minute closer “Theorem” has some acoustics and added complexity to its instrumental structure that’s a definite insight into the progressive path OJM has gone down since. I won’t lie and say I’m not tempted to fill in the blanks with 2003’s The Light Album and their Michael David (MC5)-produced 2006 outing, Under the Thunder, but if anything, take that as a statement of how much ass Heavy and Volcano kick in the first place.

If you thought you’d already partaken in all that stoner rock of the late ’90s/early ’00s had to offer and you haven’t yet checked out OJM, you’ll be glad you did. I think as the years go on, there’s something about the heavy rock made in the five or six years post-Kyuss that’s going to stand it out among what came before or since, but either way, Heavy is a cool record, good songs, killer grooves, and you can’t go wrong with that. Rest assured, I’ve bought way worse while under the influence.

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OJM’s Volcano Keeps Us all Grounded

Posted in Reviews on November 2nd, 2010 by JJ Koczan

Of the various Italian stoner rock bands I’ve come across who follow a more traditional approach to the genre — acts like El-Thule, Black Rainbow and Void GeneratorTreviso’s OJM might be the most characteristically individual. By that I mean that within a genre of classic and desert rock influence, they still manage to come out sounding distinct in their musical personality. Volcano (Go Down Records) is OJM’s fourth studio full-length since forming in 1997, and as it unites the band with the accomplished production of Rancho de la Luna’s Dave Catching (Queens of the Stone Age, earthlings?, The Giraffes, etc.), it hones a refined and polished approach to the genre of stone that, rather than aping the likes of Kyuss or Fu Manchu, modernizes and refreshes the approach.

They called the album Volcano in honor of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull that wrought so much havoc on Northern Europe this past Spring, cancelling thousands of flights all around the world, including that which would have brought Catching to work with OJM in the flesh. Volcano was recorded at Red House Studio in Senigallia, and the four-piece wound up collaborating with Catching via Skype, presumably passing files back and forth via some fascinating and futuristic transfer protocol. A credit to both parties, then, that the album sounds as good as it does. Led by its founders, drummer Max Ear and vocalist David Martin, OJM’s brand of rock knocks heads with classic garage thickened and updated, offering catchy Monster Magnet-style hard rockness on “I’ll be Long” and “Cocksucker” with guitarist/backing vocalist Andrew Pozzy (who used to play bass) turning down the fuzz as compared to a song like “Rainbow” to bring out a different feel.

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