Friday Full-Length: Dead Meadow, Howls from the Hills

Dead Meadow, Howls from the Hills (2001)

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but it’s really, really, unbelievably hot out. I know out in the CA desert it’s like 115 degrees or some shit and here in New Jersey it’s only 95, but still, that’s about 30 degrees too much. My brains have melted and dripped down the back of my throat, post-nasal style. So long brains.

In an effort to recover what’s left of my liquified conscious, I’ve hunkered down with the A/C on and some Dead Meadow, whose 2001 outing, Howls from the Hills, stands among the most humid albums I own. It’s a classic of the form, and while the skies around here aren’t lacking for haze, sometimes you have to fight fire with fire. Also with freon.

If you’re in the States, I hope you enjoyed the holiday yesterday. The Patient Mrs. and I did the family-BBQ thing and got some quality time in before the impending move to Massachusetts at the end of this month. Gearing up for that. Will probably need a day or two when it hits, but we’ll see how it goes. Can’t really be like, “Hey baby, I know we need to buy a bed and a refrigerator, but these obscure European heavy psych reissues aren’t gonna review themselves,” and expect anything other than a punch and that you’re-an-ass-and-you-know-it face I get sometimes. Any service interruption will come with due notification.

Not to plug it too hard, but Slevin added a mod yesterday to the forum that you can tag users now. If you want to address someone directly, just put their name in and it will send a message that they can link through to the post itself. It’s basic Thee Facebooks-type stuff, but I’m hoping people at least make good use of it to get some conversations going. Or at least just letting Arzgarth know when he’s being made fun of.

Speaking of Thee Facebooks, I put out the question earlier today of maybe starting up doing podcasts again. It’s going to be a while feeling out the adjustment of living and working in a new place — it’ll be the same place, so that might help a bit — but if I think I’ll be able to pull it off and not have it totally suck, I’ll do my best to put it together with the idea of keeping it simple and fun.

But that’s a little while off. Next week, reviews of Across Tundras and the new Egypt/Wo Fat split vinyl. If I can bring myself to leave the house tomorrow evening, I want to check out Naam at the Webster Hall Studio as they kick off a six-week US tour. Should I wind up there, I’ll review Monday. Either way, good times to come, so stay tuned.

Until then, a great and safe weekend to you.

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