Captain Three Leg/Cop Bar – split 3'' cd-r
Fuuuuuck yea. Captain Three Leg gets the split going with six tracks of grind infused with sludgy break downs and shouted, almost hardcore style vocals. There's a primitive, brutish vibe going on and I'm liking it. Cop Bar rounds out the split with six more tracks of abrasive, shredding grind. A tough call, but I think Cop Bar wins it by a hair. As if that wasn't all enough for you, the last track is all previous 12 tracks mixed together. Ridiculous. Now go get a copy.
Fains – s/t c30
A collection of 12 electronic compositions of bass, synth, and programmed percussion, I'm digging the laid back vibes Fains is serving up. It's easy for this style of music to get repetitive real fast, but elements of chiptune & glitch are laced through out the album and it manage to make each song stand apart from the others. Definitely worth checking out if you like laid-back, playful electronic stuff.
Scissor Tail Editions
Feberdröm – Att Födas I Dy För Att Gå Under I Lågor c40
Listening to Att Födas... causes me to have waves of vertigo. I don't know if you'd consider that to be a good thing or not, but I'm not too keen with it. Here's the thing, Feberdröm is a talented harsh drone unit that manages to blend strange psychedelic industrial drones and looped, militaristic percussion into a wall of sound, but I'm not a fan of harsh drone. It's good stuff, just not really my scene. If you're into power electronics and harsh drone, you'll prolly be going ape shit over this.
Monde Céleste – Hazelscents cd-r
So, I can't really get into the whole blackgaze thing. You're playing post-black metal mixed with shoe gaze? No, that sounds fucking terrible. Being billed as such, I wasn't expecting much from Hazelscents, however I've found it to be fairly listenable. Monde Céleste isn't really a blackgaze band, but instead mixes elements of shoe gaze with noisy, distorted post-rock . It seems like that would be just as bad, but somehow it manages to come out quite nicely. This is an unusual album, suited for those into heterogeneous post-rock music.
Smell the Stench
Scab Smoker – s/t c90
I'm fucking loving this right here. A slab of grimy, lo-fi sludge, Scab Smoker will crush you. If you're a fan of the southern style sludge with rock and blues undertones, this isn't for you. These dudes are all about that heavy doom sound. Although you only get six songs, it feels more like a full length album than a demo or ep. Highly recommended.
Suburban Howl – Lady Hate c52
Sporting two side-long tracks of improvised psych, Lady Hate is Suburban Howl at their finest. Acoustic instrumental drones mingle with eastern sounding folk to create massive, churning funeral dirges. There's something a little dark and mysterious to the music here; it establishes quite a foreboding atmosphere. Oh yea, so recommended.
Full of Nothing
Warmouth – Bass cd-r
A collection of 21 short, bittersweet banjo melodies, I'm liking Bass more and more with each listen. Most of the tracks have a bit of a melancholy feel to them, but tracks like "corner store" and "papa bear's banjo diddy" are all sorts of upbeat, twangly, banjo pluckin' goodness. Rad little demo here, worth snagging if you're into bluegrass or folksy-pop stuff.