The Body, “To Carry the Seeds of Death Within Me” from I Shall Die Here (2014)
I Shall Die Here was a tough sell at the onset of spring, but now it’s shaking the dust from the rafters. No need to overstate Bobby Krlic’s contributions to the record; this is unmistakably the desolate, scorched work of the Body. Ten-ton chords literally squeezing blood from a stone. This is as gloriously fucked as it gets. Nab your copy here from RVNG Intl.
Obnox shoves his "layers of rhythm" through the filter of 60s/70s funk and psychedelia on his latest 12”, not unlike that great Chains & Black Exhaust compilation crammed into 4 tracks and a handful of noisy interludes. A-side closer “Sit Yo Ass Down” (above) gets my pick, but it’s a tough choice between that and his cover of Ernie and Ernie’s “Thanks For Yesterday.” It’s short but all the fat’s trimmed off, leaving you with another just about perfect release from Obnox this year.
urbankill has set you up with a great Obnox primer for those living under rocks. Stream the entirety of The Juke That Sat by the Door over here, where you also have the option to buy it on limited-to-50 clear vinyl.
Being a current grad student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, there’s maybe a tiny bit of regional bias active in my admiration for this recently unearthed 1983 Hollywood Autopsy LP on Little Big Chief Records. But even for those who are lucky enough to not reside in the Midwest (I kid), it really cooks. The second track, “(Hideous Plastic) Flowers,” draws a line in the sand, and if you’re able to hang with the vocals, there’s riches in store across the album’s 11 tracks. The A-side features the more poppy (it’s a stretch) numbers, bouncy tracks like “Turn the Pages” littered with poking and prodding guitars that add a welcome sense of disregard. Closing A-side track “Standing Naked in the Carnival” loses its cool at the end, bleeding in perfectly to B-side corker “Mr. Farmer” (above), a brooding shuffle recorded live that’s got the feedback to prove it. Topped off with the sneering “I wanna be just like you!,” it’s the best track on the album. The rest of the album goes off the deep end, dabbling in caveman free jazz (“Liquid Lunch”) and ominous cyclical reverbed-to-hell jams (“Frankie”). There’s a lot of similar lo-fi stuff clogging the pipelines today, but nothing that simmers like Hollywood Autopsy did back in 1982/3. They played what they wanted, how they wanted it and that sense of reckless abandon on here is infectious. High art for the rockers of tomorrow to emulate.
Though it looks like Little Big Chief’s out of these, you can still grab it from a variety of places: Forced Exposure, Goner, 1-2-3-4 Go! and Fusetron all have it in stock. Get the scoop straight from the band (with mp3 downloads of all tracks on the LP) over here.
More reviews this week
Life has been cray, but some more Still Single reviews will be up and running this week.
New-ish London band Snob comes from the same scene that spewed forth Good Throb and Frau, and might even feature a member or two of Good Throb. Some similarities exist between Snob and the aforementioned bands: lyrical themes on their self-titled 7” are likewise aggressive toward various aggressors, cat-callers (“Harrassed,” above) and tough-guy internet personas (“Shoveling Idiots”) alike. Where Snob stand out is in the big distorted riffs and crashing drums, and when paired with the repeated, vitriolic lyics, the band sounds not unlike Rudimentary Peni - as noted by the press release, but it’s a resemblance that can’t be ignored. Almost mosh-worthy parts are built up throughout the course of a song (see: “Send in the Mayor”) only to have Snob pull the plug on it immediately. It’s not all socio-political backlash across these six tracks: “Piss” sends you underneath the city, trapped in a swaying subway car with a bladder bursting at the seams with malt liquor. No sweet relief by song’s end, just a guilty admittance. Burly and bulletproof debut 7” and another shot in the arm of the patriarchy, as blatant and obnoxiously forthright as it needs to be. It ain’t easy to tell it like it is, but Snob’s got your number, pal.
US residents, Feral Ward has got what you need. It’s a little bit expensive but it’s imported and self-released and who knows how many were pressed - act fast.
Native Tongue, “Carving the Future From Soap” from Native Tongue 12” (1981)
Matt Krefting, “Mania” from Lymph Est (2014)
Gotta give it up to this short piece by the-out-door for hipping me to Matt Krefting’s latest LP on Kye Records. Lymph Est massages field recordings into a beautiful, tempered waltz firmly grounded on this plane. Loops are formed and whisked away before having a chance to morph into something alien; sounds register memories thought to be lost and the feeling vanishes as quickly as it stirred awake. Creating something vivid from the parts of a dying machine. Stunning record. Buy from Little Big Chief or Forced Exposure and let Lymph Est settle in.
A new YOB track from their forthcoming Clearing the Path to Ascend, out next month on Neurot Recordings. The bottom drops out midway through “Unmask the Sceptre” and Mike Scheidt’s roar announces the painstaking crawl through a narrow crumbling tunnel to the surface. YOB’s been running the doom metal game for a while now, but this new record might be their slowest (and best) one yet. Grab your copy from Relapse.
1. Raindrops ["Three Times Dope" 7” EP, Southpaw]
2. Way Down in the Hole ["Corrupt Free Enterprise" 2xLP, 12XU]
3. How To Rob (The Punk Years) ["Louder Space" LP, 12XU]
4. Without a Soul ["Purple Rain" 7”, Negative Guest List]
5. Daughter ["I’m Bleeding Now" LP, 12XU]
6. Thanks For Yesterday ["The Juke…" 12”, Chunklet]
7. Mecca Son Shine ["Louder Space" LP, 12XU]
8. Smoke Woody Haze (Original) ["Smoke Woody Haze" 12”, 12XU]
9. Blaxxx- Cut Em Down [Soundcloud]
10. Home ["Masonic Reducer" 7”, 12XU]
11. Boogalou Reed [Forthcoming LP]
12. Feeling Real Black Today ["Louder Space" LP, 12XU]
13. Reflection ["Corrupt Free Enterprise" 2xLP, 12XU]
14. Rock N Roll Babylon ["A Ragin’ In The Sun" 7” EP, Anyway]
15. Esme Barrera ["Rojo" LP, Permanent Records]
16. Deep in the Dusk ["Canabible Ohio" 2x7”, Black Gladiator/Slovenly]
17. Being Cleveland ["Corrupt Free Enterprise" 2xLP, 12XU]
18. Used Kids (Part I) ["Used Kids" 7”, 12XU]
19. He’s Forever ["Canabible Ohio" 2x7”, Black Gladiator/Slovenly]
20. Fear of a Black Brotha’s Johnson (Stilo) ["Corrupt Free Enterprise" 2xLP, 12XU]
21. Marcy Mays ["Rojo" LP, Permanent Records]
22. Evil (Live on WFMU) [Free Music Archive]
A comp for those who might be overwhelmed by the onslaught, with no idea where to start. The title is meant to be a little ironic, yes.