Its the middle of the summer and their has been another peak in corona cases, there have been floods and heat waves, species are going extinct, the rich are getting richer, forest fires and the climate is still changing and stuff like that but fear not! I have a list of the best music of this July that can take away all your troubles. Tune in and blow all your misery away.
PRO TIP: press play on more then one bandcamp for your own mix of hellish noise
Have you always wanted to listen to The Melvins but then acoustic? well this is you chance! well, not not yet, the new album that is about two and a half hours long is not out yet, it will be out October 15 an the vinyl in the beginning of next year. Luckily there is one track out we can check out and it is ‘Night Goat’.
Now they are back with a new album that is called ‘Dark Passangers’ wich is produced and engineered by Toshi Kasai and will be released on Learning Curve Records in December. The first track ‘The Impossible Task’ was released a while ago and gives us big riffs and strong vocals.
But now it is time for the premiere of the track ‘Dark Passangers’. The epic riff with screeching guitars mixed throughout it makes the moody vocals evens tronger on this track.
Tune in and check out ‘Dark Passengers’ from the upcoming album with the same name.
I’ve got so much to handle and got so much to say
I’ve got so much to do but just want to fade away
All I can do sometimes is look back in shame
These pathetic hustles, these insignificant days
Twenty years and counting, memory fades
Still screaming outside the airlock, still punching in a daze
The weight of this misery, the choices I made.
This life is catching up with me, the darkness invades
They always take me for a ride
The ones that dwell on the inside
These hard times try to define me,
Like a picture with no frame
As Joe said: “Relentless uplift”
For most of my days
Like an episode of Black Mirror, this darkness has a name
Following a threadbare string
As I navigate the maze
Like a bounced check for the soul, for suffering and pain
It whispers its poison, it’s always the same.
“Perhaps everyone would be better off, if I just went away.”
Two words, simply stated, the words are: “Not today”
Let us take a closer look at this very interesting band. Conan Neutron & The Secret Friends was formed by, who would have thought, Conan Neutron. He formed this band in 2015 with Dale Crover ( Melvins drummer and his solo project) and Tony Ash.
Conan Neutron himself is not really a person that sits still, he has a weekly podcast on Radio Nope called Protonic Reversal that invites guests from the world of noiserock, punk rock, post-punk and experimental genres.
Next to the radio show Conan played such bands like Replicator, Victory and Associates, Mount Vicious, Household Gods (with David Pajo of Slint and Vern Rumsey of Unwound) and ofcourse he plays in Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends wich I will share music from.
Now The band Conan Neutron & Friends has been making music since 2015 and have released some albums together and recently the Protons and Electrons Compilation. A gatefold double vinyl compilation of all of the Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends singles, and Electrons: A compilation of the various artists that were on the other side of the 7″s.
To start of you can listen to the latest single (not from the new record) called ‘We Were Wolves’ (it is on the Quarantimes Vol 1 NIVA Benefit on Learning Curve Records too,), this is quite a lot of music to work through so in the meantime you can read some questions I asked Mister Conan.
Question 1: Are Dale and Tony really your friends or do you like add them to the band because they are good with musics? and which one is your bestbest friend.
First of all: how dare you?!
Secondly: we are actually friends as far as I know.
Thirdly: why, what have you heard?
I know both through music, and both are amazing world class players. One of them is (justifiably) very well known for it.
But yeah… music, that’s really how I know most of my friends. Whether they play with me or not.
It’s my lifeblood and my culture. i’m in a weird place where it’s way more than a hobby, but less than a career, but the people i’ve met along the way and formed these lasting and deep connections with are the best thing about it.
Which one is my best friend?
I love Dale dearly, but Tony is my ride or die.
In music and probably in life.
Question 2: All these people you have met, interviewed, wich conversation or anecdote stayed with you the most?
For Protonic Reversal, speaking with Jerry Casale of DEVO was a pretty big deal. They pioneered so much stuff and were such a defining part of my ethos. It’s really crazy, so just talking to him at all was a big freaking deal to me.
They forged a path for a lot of us weirdoes. The fact that he enjoyed it so much he invited himself back from a second part kind of blows my mind. I treasure that.
Tad getting incredibly real about his depression and being in a place where he considered taking his own life blew me away.
Same with Dave Pajo, being very up front about his suicide attempt.
Both of those fellas have done so much, but they didn’t have to be that open and honest and I think it’s valuable that they did. The world is dark as hell, you know?
I really admired Steve Albini talking about the legacy of choosing the band name Rapeman. I found his forthright explanations to be very refreshing. “I have not been held to account” will always stick with me.
Kind of a masterclass in accountability. He can’t take it back. Even with the rationale explained he made it very clear that people should be mad about it. That struck me as important.
On the rare times that i’ve had people on that don’t play anymore, hearing about the moment where they just knew they were done always hits me pretty hard.
Question 3: You need choose one product to live on + water, you get nothing else, what do you choose?
Is this space? An Island?
Some new game show?
I guess a really varied Trail Mix?
i’m thinking about vitamin deficiencies and scurvy and stuff.
If that answer doesn’t work, or is considered cheating, then I guess i’ll go with potatoes.
I heard some dude lived off of potatoes for a really long time or something.
Question 4: If you were in a fight to the death against Dale and Tony, who would win.
So violent! I suppose it would depend on if there were weapons involved?
Maybe Dale will be so pissed at my answer in question 1, he’d come at us with big Crover energy?
Plus he’s a powerful drummer. Sure, let’s say Dale. With the drumstick, in the conservatory.
Question 5: What are your favourite books? if you think books suck, what is your favourite movie.
I love books!
The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Man In the High Castle by Philp K. Dick
1984 by George Orwell
Post Office by Charles Bukowski
Cash by Johnny Cash
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Surely You’re joking, Mr. Feynman by Richard Feynman
I am Legend, by Richard Matheson
The Shining, by Stephen King
I guess that’s 11.
My favorite movie is Paddy Chayefsky’s Network
Question 6: Can you say 5 of your favourite bands.
Of course! Will omit Melvins (because, Duh!)
The Birthday Party, fugazi, Wipers, Unwound, DEVO
Question 7: Best live show ever?
Three way tie: 3rd to last Unwound show at Justice League in San Francisco (3/2002), fugazi/the Ex/Shellac at the Congress Theater in Chicago (6/2001)… 2nd night, Tom Waits, paramount theater in Oakland, California. (02/1996)
I took away something very special from all three of those.
Weird that the most recent one is 18 years ago I guess, but there you go.
King Buzzo (Buzz Osbourne from the Melvins) shared his first track from his upcoming second solo LP “Gift of Sacrifice” a while ago, the acoustic track was called ‘Science in Modern Amercia. This album is recorded with Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantomas) who will also tour with King Buzzo. Now there is a second track called ‘I’m Glad I Could Help Out’. This album will be released May 15 through Ipecac. Pre-order here.
King Buzzo (Buzz Osbourne from the Melvins) shared his first track from his upcoming second solo LP “Gift of Sacrifice”. This album is recorded with Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantomas) who will also tour with King Buzzo. The first track “Science in modern America” is out now. The acoustic track is haunting and promises a good album. This album will be released May 15 through Ipecac. Pre-order here.
Hot Fish? HOT DAMN!
New for 2019, we got ourselves here wunna dem new fangled Cee-Dee vursions of Melvins/Flipper’s album, Hot Fish.
4 tracks on this EP-length album, 2 are the Melvins covering Flipper songs & the other 2 are Melvins playing with Flipper & 1 of them is previously unreleased track.
The cover art by HAZE XXL. Catalog # is AMREP 127. Here’s the tracks…
I have been on holiday for a while and it is incredible just how many great releases and new music is out in such a short period. So tune in for the latest goodies in noiserock and psychedelic rock.
Let us start with new music from Girl Band, it has been four years since the release of ‘Holding Hands With Jamie’ wich was an absolute masterpiece of weirdness and heaviness in their own original way. Now they will release a new record called ‘The Talkies’ and will be released September 27 on Rough Trade (wich is three days from my birthday so i know what i will get already).
They released a video for their new track ‘Shoulderblades’ wich is exactly everything i could hope for. Girl Band is back and ready to destroy.
Okay, I am beyond excited for the new Girl Band music and i thought things could not get any better. And then, BAM, A Melvins/Flipper release. Steve DePace, Ted Falconi, King Buzzo, Dale, and Trevor Dunn team up for a four song 10 ” with the same name as the released single ‘HOT FISH’. Tune in for another great surprise of this week! This 10″ will be released June 9th.
And it does not stop after the new Girl Band and a Melvins/Flipper 10″. Nope the garagemaster Ty Segall drops a new track called ‘Taste’ from his upcoming album ‘First Taste’ wich will be out August 2 on Drag City. I would love to say; Have a taste of the new track ‘Taste’ from his upcoming album ‘First Taste’, but everyone has said this already. So check out the track and accompanied video now!
Multiple personality one man punk band Christian Fitness released his (their) new album ‘you are the ambulance’.
Filled to the brim with energy this is one hell of an album. Fun from start to finish. Best enjoyed with a fresh brew.
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
These Australian dudes have been making a name for themselves the past years and they deserve it, everything they make ends in good psychedelic rock. Tune in for their latest album ‘And Now for the Whatchamacallit’ thats released May 31.
You can now stream the live album ‘Battery Park, NYC: July 4, 2008’ for the first time. Originally this was a gift if you purchased their latest album ‘The Eternal’. Now you can stream their live show, and you should.
Mark Deutrem (Bellringer, ex-Melvins, Clown Alley) released three tracks from his upcoming album “The Blue Bird”. The new album by producer/songwriter/composer will be released January 4th, 2019 through Season Of Mist.
Prepare yourself for a very varied album with lots of different genres creeping in. Check out the first three tracks “The Happines Machine”, “Maximum Hemingway” and “Nothing Out There”. Out on Season of Mist.
The Melvins and Al Cisneros of Sleep announces a 10″ called Sabbath. This collaboration from hell released their first cover from Black Sabbath. The cover they chose is ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’. Check out the slowed down heavy version of “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath”!
It is here, the new album by (the) Melvins.With tracks like ‘Stop Moving to Florida’, wich is a mix of the Butthole surfers song ‘moving to Florida’ and James Gang track ‘stop’ and a cover of the Beatles, ‘Pinkus Abortion Technician’ is again a varied album with a lot of different genres. Honestly, i don’t know if this album is going to work for me, maybe it needs to grow on me a little bit more. Judge for yourself and listen to their latest.