Quarterly Review: Total Fucking Destruction, Hippie Death Cult, The Cosmic Dead, Greenthumb, Elepharmers, Nothing is Real, Warish, Mourn the Light & Oxblood Forge, Those Furious Flames, Mantra Machine

Posted in Reviews on October 3rd, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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I’d like to find the jerk who decided that the week I fly to Norway was a good time for the Quarterly Review. That, obviously, was a tactical error on my part. Nonetheless, we press on with day four, which I post from Oslo on CET. Whatever time zone you may find yourself in this Thursday, I hope you have managed to find something so far in this onslaught of whatnot to sink your chompers into. That’s ultimately, why we’re here. Also because there are so many folders with albums in them on my desktop that I can’t stand it anymore. Happens about every three months.

But anyhoozle, we press on with Day Four of the Fall 2019 Quarterly Review, dutiful and diligent and a couple other words that start with ‘d.’ Mixed bag stylistically this time — trying to throw myself off a bit — so should be fun. Let’s dive in.

Quarterly Review #31-40:

Total Fucking Destruction, #USA4TFD

Total Fucking Destruction USA4TFD

Who the hell am I to be writing about a band like Total Fucking Destruction? I don’t know. Who the hell am I to be writing about anything. Fuck you. As the Rich Hoak (Brutal Truth)-led Philly natives grind their way through 23 tracks in a 27-minute barrage of deceptively thoughtful sonic extremity, they efficiently chronicle the confusion, tumult and disaffection of our age both in their maddening energy and in the poetry — yeah, I said it — of their lyrics. To it, from “Is Your Love a Rainbow”: “Are you growing? Is everything okay? Are you growing in the garden of I don’t know?” Lines like this are hardly decipherable without a lyric sheet, of course, but still, they’re there for those ready to look beyond the surface assault of the material, though, frankly, that assault alone would be enough to carry the band — Hoak on drums/vocals, Dan O’Hare on guitar/vocals and Ryan Moll on bass/vocals — along their willfully destructive course. For their fourth LP in 20 years — most of that time given to splits and shorter releases, as one might expect — Total Fucking Destruction make their case for an end of the world that, frankly, can’t get here fast enough.

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Hippie Death Cult, 111

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Issued first by the band digitally and on CD and then by Cursed Tongue Records on vinyl, 111 is the impressively toned debut full-length from Portland, Oregon’s Hippie Death Cult, who cull together heavy rock and post-grunge riffing with flourish of organ and a densely-weighted groove that serves as an overarching and uniting factor throughout. With the bluesy, classic feeling vocals of Ben Jackson cutting through the wall of fuzz from Eddie Brnabic‘s guitar and Laura Phillips‘ bass set to roll by Ryan Moore‘s drumming, there’s never any doubt as to where Hippie Death Cult are coming from throughout the seven-track/42-minute offering, but longer, side-ending pieces “Unborn” (8:24) and “Black Snake” (9:06) touch respectively on psychedelia and heavy blues in a way that emphasizes the subtle turns that have been happening all along, not just in shifts like the acoustic “Mrtyu,” but in the pastoral bridge and ensuing sweep of “Pigs” as well. “Sanctimonious” and “Breeder’s Curse” provide even ground at the outset, and from there, Hippie Death Cult only grow richer in sound along their way.

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The Cosmic Dead, Scottish Space Race

The Cosmic Dead Scottish Space Race

Heavyweight Glaswegian space jammers The Cosmic Dead present four massive slabs of lysergic intensity with their eighth long-player, Scottish Space Race (on Riot Season Records), working quickly to pull the listener into their gravity well and holding them there for the 2LP’s 75-minute duration. As hypnotic as it is challenging, the initial churn that emerges in the aptly-named 20-minute opener “Portal” clenches the stomach brutally, and it’s not until after about 12 minutes that the band finally lets it loose. “Ursa Major,” somewhat thankfully, is more serene, but still carries a sense of movement and build in its second half, while the 12-minute title-track is noisier and has the surprising inclusion of vocals from the generally instrumental outfit. They cap with the 24-minute kosmiche throb of “The Grizzard,” and there are vocals there too, but they’re too obscured to be really discernible in any meaningful way, and of course the end of the record itself is a huge wash of fuckall noise. Eight records deep, The Cosmic Dead know what they’re doing in this regard, and they do it among the best of anyone out there.

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Greenthumb, There are More Things

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With just three tracks across a 20-minute span, There are More Things (on Acid Cosmonaut) feels like not much more than a sampler of things to come from Italian post-sludgers Greenthumb, who take their name from a Bongzilla track they also covered on their 2018 debut EP, West. The three-songer feels like a decided step forward from that offering, and though they maintain their screamier side well enough, they might be on the verge of needing a new name, as the rawness conveyed by the current moniker hardly does justice to the echoing atmospherics the band in their current incarnation bring. Launching with the two seven-minute cuts “The Field” and “Ogigia’s Tree,” they unfurl a breadth of roll so as to ensnare the listener, and though “The Black Court” is shorter at 5:37 and a bit more straight-ahead in its structure, it still holds to the ambient sensibility of its surroundings well, the band obviously doing likewise in transposing a natural feel into their sound born of landscape real or imagined.

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Elepharmers, Lords of Galaxia

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Riffy Sardinians Elepharmers set themselves to roll with “Ancient Astronauts” and do not stop from there on Lords of Galaxia, their third LP and debut through Electric Valley Records. There are some details of arrangement between the guitars of El Chino (also bass, vocals and harmonica) and Andrea “Fox” Cadeddu and the drums of Maurizio Mura, but as Marduk heralds his age on second cut “Ziqqurat,” the central uniting factor is g-r-o-o-v-e, and Elepharmers have it down through “The Flood” and into side B’s classic stoner rocking “Foundation” and the driving “The Mule,” which shifts into laser-effects ahead of the fade that brings in closer “Stars Like Dust” for the last 10 minutes of the 47-minute offering. And yes, there’s some psychedelia there, but Elepharmers stay pretty clearheaded on the whole in such a way as to highlight the sci-fi theme that seems to draw the songs together as much as the riffage. More focus on narrative can only help bring that out more, but I’m not sure I’d want that at the expense of the basic songwriting, which isn’t at all broken and thus requires no fixing.

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Electric Valley Records website

 

Nothing is Real, Only the Wicked are Pure

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How do you recognize true misanthropy when you come across it? It doesn’t wear a special kind of facepaint, though it can. It doesn’t announce itself as such. It is a frame. Something genuinely antisocial and perhaps even hateful is a worldview. It’s not raise-a-claw-in-the-woods. It’s he-was-a-quiet-loner. And so, coming across the debut album from Los Angeles experimentalist doom outfit, one gets that lurking, creeping feeling of danger even though the music itself isn’t overly abrasive. But across the 2CD debut album, a sprawl of darkened, viciously un-produced fare that seems to be built around programmed drums at the behest of Craig Osbourne — who may or may not be the only person in the band and isn’t willing to say otherwise — plays out over the course of more than two hours like a manifesto found after the fact. Imagine chapters called “Hope is Weakness,” “Fingered by the Hand of God,” and “Uplift the Worthy (Destroy the Weak).” The last of those appears on both discs — as do several of the songs in different incarnations — as the track marries acoustic and eventual harder-edged guitar around murderous themes, sounding something like Godflesh might have if they’d pursued a darker path. Scary.

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Warish, Down in Flames

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The fact that Warish are blasting hard punk through heavy blowout tones isn’t what everyone wants to talk about when it comes to the band. They want to talk about the fact that it’s Riley Hawk — of royal stock, as regards pro skateboarding — fronting the band. Well, that’s probably good for a built-in social media following — name recognition never hurts, and I don’t see a need to pretend otherwise — but it doesn’t do shit for the album itself. What matters about the album is that bit about the blasting blowout. With Down in Flames (on RidingEasy), the Oceanside three-piece follow-up their earlier-2019 debut EP with 11 tracks that touch on horror punk with “Bones” and imagine grunge-unhinged with “Fight” and “You’ll Abide,” but are essentially a display of tonal fuckall presented not to add to a brand, but to add the soundtrack to somebody’s blackout. It’s a good time and the drunkest, gnarliest, most-possibly-shirtless dude in the room is having it. Also he probably smells. And he just hugged you. Down in Flames gets high with that dude. That matters more than who anyone’s dad is.

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RidingEasy Records website

 

Mourn the Light & Oxblood Forge, Split

It’s a double-dose of New England doom as Connecticut’s Mourn the Light and Boston’s Oxblood Forge pair up for a split release. The former bring more material than the latter, particularly when one counts the digital-only bonus cover of Candlemass‘ “Bewitched,” but with both groups, it’s a case of what-you-see-is-what-you-get. Both groups share a clear affinity for classic metal — and yes, that absolutely extends to the piano-led drama of Mourn the Light‘s mournful “Carry the Flame” — but Oxblood Forge‘s take thereupon is rougher edged, harder in its tone and meaner in the output. Their “Screams From Silence” feels like something from a dubbed-and-mailed tape circa ’92. Mourn the Light’s “Drags Me Down” is cleaner-sounding, but no less weighted. I don’t think either band is out to change the world, or even to change doom, but they’re doing what they’re doing well and without even an ounce of pretense — well, maybe a little bit in that piano track; but it’s very metal pretense — and clearly from the heart. That might be the most classic-metal aspect of all.


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Those Furious Flames, HeartH

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Swiss heavy rockers Those Furious Flames push the boundaries of psychedelia, but ultimately remain coherent in their approach. Likewise, they very, very obviously are into some classic heavy rock and roll, but their take on it is nothing if not modern. And more, they thrive in these contradictions and don’t at all sound like their songs are in conflict with themselves. I guess that’s the kind of thing one can pull off after 15 years together on a fifth full-length, which HeartH (on Vincebus Eruptum) is for them. Perhaps it’s the fact that they let the energy of pieces like “VooDoo” and the boogie-laced “HPPD” carry them rather than try to carry it, but either way, it’s clearly about the songs first, and it works. With added flash of organ amid the full-sounding riffs, Those Furious Flames round out with the spacey “Visions” and earn every bit of the drift therein with a still-resonant vocal harmony. You might not get it all the first time, but listening twice won’t be at all painful.

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Mantra Machine, Heliosphere

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This is what it’s all about. Four longer-form instrumentalist heavy psych jams that are warm in tone and want nothing so much as to go out wandering and see what they can find. Through “Hydrogen,” “Atmos,” “Delta-V” and “Heliosphere,” Amsterdam-based three-piece Mantra Machine want nothing for gig-style vitality, but their purpose isn’t so much to electrify as to find that perfect moment of chill and let it go, see where it ends up, and they get there to be sure. Warm guitar and bass tones call to mind something that might’ve come out of the Netherlands at the start of this decade, when bands like Sungrazer and The Machine were unfolding such fluidity as seemed to herald a new generation of heavy psychedelia across Europe. That generation took a different shape — several different shapes, in the end — but Mantra Machine‘s Heliosphere makes it easy to remember what was so exciting about that in the first place. Total immersion. Total sense of welcoming. Totally human presence without speaking a word. So much vibe. So much right on.

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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.

Dates:

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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.

TOUR:
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

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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: https://www.godownrecords.com/product-page/ananda-mida-cathodnatius-LPx

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.”

TRACKLIST:
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

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Ananda Mida, Cathodnatius album teaser

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Linus Pauling Quartet & Colt .38 to Release Psychedelic Battles Vol. 3 this Weekend

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 7th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

I have zero problem admitting that I don’t know what’s going on with the following update from Texan bizzaro-rockers Linus Pauling Quartet. It is a mystery. From the headline and the last couple paragraphs, I’ve gleaned that guitarist/vocalist Clinton Heider seems to be on his way out of the band and plans are nebulous as to whether or not they’ll continue or reform under another name or who knows what. In the meantime, their perhaps-last outing will be released this weekend in the form of Psychedelic Battles Vol. 3, a new split with Colt .38. The update though is 1,000 words and tells its story well enough, so if you can figure it out, good luck to you. There’s info in there somewhere.

Have at you:

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Could this be the final LP4 release? Linus Pauling Quartet / Colt .38: Psychedelic Battles Volume Three – Available 10 July 2017

Linus Pauling Quartet/ Colt .38
Psychedelic Battles Volume Three
Available 10 July 2017 (Split LP)
10 October 2017 (LP4 Side – Digital)
Vincebus Eruptum Records, ITALY

PSYCHEDELIC BATTLES: MISSION REPORT
URGENT

From: Viperfish Command Vessel – S. Finley, Linus Pauling Quartet Central Command
To: Vincebus Eruptum Deep Sea Exploration HQ – Davide Pansolin for his eyes only
RE: Psychedelic Battles Volume Three – final report
Ref. No. 869492 03 July 2017

Davide,
I am well aware that it has been quite a while since our last communique and I apologize for our long silence. As Ti Ying informed you, our recent mission to seek out the sacred Eightfold Tube of Sa?s?ra met with great difficulty thanks in no small part to her misunderstanding of our motives. Yet, thanks to her timely delivery of our message to you, disaster was averted and we thank you for your decisive actions to, once again, save the universe.

Unfortunately, we write to you in dark times. It seems we have encountered a rogue faction, one that calls itself “Colt .38” who follows the words and deeds of a mysterious leader who simply goes by the moniker “Claudio C.” Their ruthlessness and cunning is like none we have ever encountered and while their motives are shrouded in mystery, the object of their obsession is quite clear – the work of one Doctor Daniel Franklin. His most recent creation – a hand made PIG 100 based on the fabled Mick Ronson Marshall PIG used in the Spiders from Mars era but scaled down to 100 watts (dual KT 88 tubes in the power section) – was like nothing anyone had seen or heard in recent memory. Dr. Franklin’s scholarship of the old ones and skills in the laboratory are without equal so it came as no surprize to us when we intercepted a message expressing Colt .38’s interest in placing his skills at the service of their nefarious goals.

We therefore, made our way to Dr. Franklin’s laboratory deep inside the West Rota submarine volcano as hastily as our submarine would take us. Unfortunately, we arrived to a ransacked laboratory and no sign of Dr. Franklin. It is at this stage where we found a set of portal controls, clearly of Dr. Franklin’s design, that had been beaten badly with some implement to hinder ours or anyone else’s ability to follow. This posed little resistance against the savvy skills of our own engineer, Larry Liska, and repairs were made in less than a day.

After the repairs, we entered the portal and soon found ourselves in a dimension much like our own but quite different. Dr. Carol Sandin Cooley surmised it to be in parallel to our own but simply resonating at a different frequency where color and sound are both vibrant and disorienting. It is in this dimension where we finally encountered Colt .38. Upon a ridge with a wary Dr. Franklin at his side, Claudio C. cast various incantations shouting, “Persona! Chrismagic! Happy! Amplesso in DO m!” that conjured up such beasts as we have never dreamt. In response, Charlie Naked used his powers to call upon the powerful “Jólakötturinn” to our side while Clinton Heider drew upon the resolute force of “Trees” to aid us. There, in that dimension, we engaged for many months in Psychedelic Battle with Colt .38 of which we have provided you with this audio log.

I cannot say whether or not our mission was successful for, while we were able to rescue Dr. Franklin, Colt .38 was able to escape with many volumes of his notes and, worse yet, it appears as if this mission may perhaps be the last for our First Lieutenant Clinton Heider. Upon looking at the carnage in the killing fields – the many guitars and tubes senselessly butchered over these many months – he turned to us is a low and weary voice,”You’re seeing now a veteran of a thousand psychic wars! My energy is spent at last, and my armor is destroyed. I have used up all my weapons, and I’m helpless and bereaved. Wounds are all I’m made of! Did I hear you say that this is victory? Don’t let these shakes go on! It’s time we had a break from it!” And with those words, he removed his dog tags, discarded them upon the ground before us, and walked away towards the “Hearts of Animals.” Asked if he would return he, paused with his back to us and simply shrugged his shoulders before continuing on his path.

With his departure from the Linus Pauling Quartet, this could very well be the last transmission sent under that name. The rest of us, of course, will soldier onward to other adventures albeit under a different name as without Clinton’s contributions, it would be a disservice to our decades of work together to continue on under that title. We hope that you can understand our wished in this matter. Naturally, we will soon send you word on our latest expeditions but, for now, we ask that you simply review the audio log.

Keep on rockin’ in the free world.
CDR S.F.
Viperfish Command Vessel

PSYCHEDELIC BATTLES: TECHNICAL DETAILS (SIDE A)
Italy’s Vincebus Eruptum Records Presents:
The third volume of the Psychedelic Battles series…

Linus Pauling Quartet/ Colt .38
Psychedelic Battles Volume Three
Release date (ltd. ed. 300 LP): 10th of July 2017
Release Date (side A – Digital): 10 October 2017
Limited edition vinyl (VELP018): 300 copies on coloured vinyl
Track-list:
A1 -Linus Pauling Quartet- Jólaköttur
A2 -Linus Pauling Quartet – Trees
B1 -Colt .38- Persona
B2 -Colt .38 – Chrismagic
B3 -Colt .38- Happy
B4 -Colt .38- Amplesso in DO m

Side A Notes
Linus Pauling Quartet – Jólaköttur/Trees

Carol Sandin Cooley: electronics, light theremin, vocals, Weapon of Annihilation
Stephen Finley: bass, Taurus pedals, Hammond B3, Bow of the High Forest
Clinton Heider: vocals, guitars, Life Drinker
Larry Liska: batterie, gong, Doomhammer
Ramon Medina: electric and acoustic guitars, backing vocals, Morne’s Great Hammer
Charlie Naked: guitars, backing vocals, Wand of Misplaced Objects
Flip Osman- PolyMoog, backing vocals, Axe of Hurling

Recorded at Digital Warehaus Productions Houston, TX
Stephen Finley – Recording and Mixing engineer
Andrew King – Asst engineer

Mastered by Mark Kidney at The Stone Sound

www.digitalwarehausproductions.com
All music side A
(c) 2015 The Linus Pauling Quartet, BMI
Music & Lyrics by the Linus Pauling Quartet
Dedicato alla memoria di Enrico Ramunni.

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Linus Pauling Quartet, “Jólaköttur”

Colt .38, “Persona” official video

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Sendelica Announce New Album Lilacs out of the Deadlands & European Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 13th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

UK space groovers Sendelica have given word of the arrival of a new full-length, Lilacs out of the Deadlands, set for issue just in time for them to embark on their upcoming UK and European tour, the Italian segment of which is presented by Vincebus Eruptum Recordings. That label wing of the respected print ‘zine and certified cultural association has stood behind several of Sendelica‘s outings, including 2016’s I’ll Walk with the Stars for You, which you can hear below. I’m not sure if they’ll do a CD or vinyl release for Lilacs out of the Deadlands, but it seems more likely than not a physical pressing will surface eventually, one way or another.

As you can see below, not much word about the album for the time being other than it exists and has a cover. That says “digital first, everything else after,” pretty clearly to me, though of course my assumptions have been wrong before.

Tour dates follow as well, as posted by the band:

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New Album And European Tour April 15th
Look Forward To Seeing You All…

SENDELICA live:
Sat 15th April Cellar Bar, Cardigan (With Here & Now)
Sun 16th April Glastonbury King Arthur Avalon Ballroom Weekend
Weds 19th April Crash Of Moons Club, Cantebury (Bramleys Cocktail Bar)
Thurs 20th April Windmill Inn, Ashford
Friday 21st April Re-Strung Harp, Folkestone
Sat 22nd April Prince Albert, Brighton
Thur 27th April Semifinal Helsinki, Finland
Friday 28th April Baari, Turku, Finland
Sat 29th April Vastvirta, Tampere Finland
Fri 5th May Cairo, Wurzburg, Germany
Sat 6th May Zychedelic, Nuremberg, Germany (With Julies Haircut)
Monday 8th Brescia, Italy
Weds 10th May Pescara, Italy
Thur 11th May Bari, Italy
Fri 12th May Lecce, Italy
Sat 13th May Matera, Italy
Sun 14th May Benevento, Italy
Tues 16th May Roma, Italy
Weds 17th May La Casa Del Popolo , Settignano (Firenze), Italy
Thur 18th May Circolo Mesa, Montecchio (Vicenza), Italy
Fri 19th May Roosters, Udine, Italy
Sat 20th May Dazibao Tortona (Alessandria), Italy – VE Label Night (+ Da Captain Trips)
Sun 21st May Beer Room Pontinvrea (Savonna), Italy VE Label Night (+ Dhvani)
Thurs 25th May Ue17 Frestival, Karlsruhe, Germany

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Sendelica, I’ll Walk the Stars for You (2016)

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Pater Nembrot Premiere “Architeuthis” Video; Nusun Vinyl out Now

Posted in Bootleg Theater on January 24th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

After issuing their third album through Go Down Records earlier last year on CD/DL, Italian cosmic grungers Pater Nembrot oversaw in December a vinyl release through Vincebus Eruptum Recordings for Nusun (review here). It was their first record in five years since 2011’s Sequoia Seeds (review here), and a welcome, warm-toned arrival to be sure. The track “Architeuthis,” at a whopping 10 minutes and boasting a guest appearance from Christian Peters of Samsara Blues Experiment on synth, was the longest cut on Nusun and a definite highlight, capturing the vibe of the whole album and giving the four-piece of guitarist/vocalist Philip Leonardi, guitarist Ramona March, bassist Jack Pasghin and drummer Clarence Casoni room to flesh out their sound.

They, of course, took fluid advantage of the opportunity. You don’t get the full 10-minute sprawl in the video version of “Architeuthis,” but as you’ll see and hear below, that’s still plenty enough time for the song’s resonant hook to embed itself in your brain. Like the track itself, the clip — directed by Pietro Bondi — blends the real and the unreal, and trips out performance footage and a narrative from Leonardi as music, visuals and storyline all meet. It’s molten, it’s immersive, it’s psychedelic, but the underlying structure proves effective as well — hence that part about the hook — and it’s in setting the two sides forth together that Pater Nembrot make their impact, here as well as on Nusun in its entirety.

The LP is pressed in limited numbers and available through Vincebus Eruptum now, and Pater Nembrot are looking to book Spring/Summer festival dates — they note they’re available — so look for more to come throughout 2017, but if you haven’t yet been introduced to Nusun, this is a good way to go and I’m glad to be able to host the premiere.

Check out Pater Nembrot‘s “Architeuthis” below, followed by more info on its making, and please enjoy:

Pater Nembrot, “Architeuthis” official video

Architeuthis is a song written by PATER NEMBROT featured in NUSUN, the 3rd official album of the band, released in cd/mp3 by Go Down Records on February 2016 and recently reissued on vinyl on December 2016 by Vincebus Eruptum Records. Architeuthis is the most representative track of the album “NUSUN” and it’s been chosen to be the soundtrack of the videoclip filmed and directed by Pietro Bondi, a young Italian videomaker and photographer, on a story by Philip Leonardi.

THE STORY
As long as the song is about Nimrod, the architect of the Babel Tower, the video tells a weird story that unravel itself around one of the most popular communication form of our time: photography. A 70’s head has some bad sleeping and after his tired awakening, he picks his cam-era up and drives fast to his dark chamber, where something wicked this way comes.

THE OCCASION
This video has been published to celebrate and promote the release of the Vinyl version of NUSUN, strongly suported by Vincebus Eruptum Records: “Pater Nembrot are a great band and great friends of mine since 2009… I always work with friends for my label – says Davidew, owner at VER – and to publish Nusun is a way to enforce our friendship”. The LP printed in 300 limited copies (200 purple, 100 transparent blue) features all the electric songs of the album digital version plus a download code that allows the full download of the whole tracklist and it’s available online on the official VER shop here: http://vincebuseruptum.bigcartel.com/product/pater-nembrot-nusun-in-cludes-association-fee-donation

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Project Grimm Announce The Crass Menagerie out Feb. 15

Posted in Whathaveyou on January 18th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

In 2015, ultra-respected Italian print ‘zine Vincebus Eruptum did a story in its 19th issue (review here) highlighting the prodigious and sometimes bizarre Houston noise rock scene. Around the same time, the label wing of the same publication hooked up with the Linus Pauling Quartet to release the early-2016 full-length, Ampalanche (review here), basically putting their money where their mouth is. Or at very least continuing to in a manner beyond the already considerable factor of running a print outlet in the 2010s.

Seems fair to look at Vincebus Eruptum Recordings picking up Houston’s Project Grimm (ex-The Mike Gunn) to issue their first album in well over a decade, The Crass Menagerie, as an extension of the same impulse. The record is set to arrive on Feb. 15, and feature eight tracks split up over two sides of a vinyl limited to just 300 copies, 100 red, 200 black, that, when you buy it direct from the label, come with a copy of Vincebus Eruptum No. 21.

Preorders are up now. Vincebus Eruptum Recordings posted the following info on the subject:

project grimm the crass menagerie

PROJECT GRIMM “The Crass Menagerie”

Issue date: 15th of February 2017

Limited edition vinyl (VELP016): 300 copies (100 copies on red vinyl + 200 copies on black vinyl)

Track-list:
A1 – E. Pluribus Merman
A2 – Solvent
A3 – Cloud No Larger Than A Man’s Hand
A4 – New Two
B1 – Deliveryman’s Threat
B2 – Cartographer
B3 – Grifters
B4 – A German Beach

The first album by the Houston cult band after 15 years!!! From the ashes of THE MIKE GUNN to that heavy-psych unique sound! The trio is composed by John Cramer (ex Mike Gunn) on guitar and vocals, Drew Calhoun on bass and Ricky Costello on drums.

THAT VINYL WILL BE SHIPPED TOGETHER WITH A FREE COPY OF VINCEBUS ERUPTUM MAGAZINE N.21

The cost contains the fee to subscribe and/or the donation to the Associazione Culturale VINCEBUS ERUPTUM

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Project Grimm, Huge Beings (2003)

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The Linus Pauling Quartet Premiere “Brisket” Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on November 22nd, 2016 by JJ Koczan

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You might be able to search the earth and find a batch of heavy rock weirdos with as much charm as the Linus Pauling Quartet — because, hey, it’s a big planet — but I can safely guarantee you’re not going to have an easy time of it, and unless you’re ultra-stubborn and committed to the quest, it’s probably just going to be easier to hand the title over to the Houston five-piece and call it even. They made their label debut through Vincebus Eruptum Recordings early this year with Ampalanche (review here) and ran a gamut from flute-laden riffs to drones running more than three quarters of an hour, proving once again that while they’re definitely the kind of band who might line their press shot with empty bottles of Shiner Bock, they’re also just about limitless in their creativity.

And when it comes to the charm referenced above, that’s definitely a major factor as well. To wit, their new video that premieres today for “Brisket” tells the all-too-true (allegedly) story of LP4 guitarist/vocalist Charlie Naked who, hungover, missed a barbecue and went on a pilgrimage for the titular smoked meat. If you’re not simultaneously laughing and hungry by the time his journey takes him into the woods to meet the Meat Wizard — yup — gain his power and fulfill his beefy destiny while the band plays out a psychedelic break with tips on rubs and how long to smoke brisket, well, I simply have nothing for you. You’ll also note that Naked‘s beard length changes at several points throughout the clip. This is completely unexplained and unaddressed by the band. Once again: Charm.

They tell their own story below better than I could ever hope to, so I won’t delay any further except to say that if you haven’t yet checked out Ampalanche, I’ve added the full stream from Bandcamp to the bottom of this post — which I don’t usually do for something like a video premiere since obviously if there’s any single piece of media I want you to pay attention to, it’s the one being premiered — because that’s how worth your time I think it is.

Info and audio follow the video. Enjoy:

The Linus Pauling Quartet, “Brisket” official video

Do you smell that, friends? The scent of smoke rising from the mesquite fired hecatombs across the state of Texas as it rises to the pleasure of the Gods and Goddesses of Barbecue. This ritual sacrifice of cattle that is carefully overseen by the Meat Wizards across the state as they imbibe in an elixir of barley and hops is a sacred rite among Texians.

We here at the LP4 are no strangers to this ritual yet sometimes when we (OK, Charlie) are drinking and carrying on like Sir John Falstaff at Glitter Karaoke, we may find ourselves oversleeping. This indeed is the nightmare Charlie found himself in one Saturday morning when he awoke to find that he was running late to a Blood Brothers BBQ. Having missed the Brisket, he set about writing the words that grace this track from the LP4s latest release, Ampalanche on Italy’s Vincebus Eruptum Records.

The video you are about to see is inspired by these events with a wink and a nod to Joe Massot.

“Brisket” is the first video of the latest album, Ampalanche, by the Linus Pauling Quartet

For more on Blood Brothers BBQ visit facebook.com/BloodBrosBBQ

Credits:

Pequod Films Presents – The Linus Pauling Quartet’s “Brisket”

Starring Charlie Naked and his amazing randomized beard length and introducing Clinton Heider as The Meat Wizard.

Director/Editor/Storyboard/Camera: Ramon Medina, with assistance and suggestions from Charlie Naked, Clinton Heider, Stephen Finley, and Larry Liska.

The Linus Pauling Quartet:
Stephen Finley: Bass
Clinton Heider: Rhythm and Lead Guitars, Backing Vocals
Larry Liska: Drums
Ramon Medina: Rhythm and Lead Guitars, Backing Vocals
Charlie Naked: Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar

The Linus Pauling Quartet, Ampalanche (2016)

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Linus Pauling Quartet on Bandcamp

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