Ep 83 LOUD!LOUD!LOUD! Best of 2015

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Regardless of how you spent the last 365 days, it was an amazing year for record collectors and aural addicts alike. Volume knobs across the world discovered their breaking points and speakers smoked more than your bizarrely inappropriate uncle.

Punk, garage, psychedelic, and just plain ole skin slamming rock’n’roll, 2015 held lesser years upside down and stole their lunch money. Vinyl gave us highly listenable, collectible, and inconvenient modes of blaring tunes.Digital gave us the ability to make mixes that never end. And cassettes even showed their despicable little face around the playground after the thrashing they took in the late 90’s. It was a great year to dance and celebrate sound and come out the other side alive.

Here’s to a great 2016. In the meantime, here are my selections for the best songs of 2015. Thanks for helping make this show what it is and remember to Rage Well.

Isaac Rother and the Phantoms – Somebody Put a Hex on Me
The Juke Joint Pimps – A Thing You Gotta Face
The Jackets – Wheels of Time
C.W. Stoneking – The Zombie
Marcel Bontempi – Dig A Hole
The Legendary Shack Shakers – Dig a Hole
King Automatic – Plan B (Adopt a Lapdancer)
Beach Slang – I Break Guitars
Thee Oh Sees – Lupine Ossuary
The Creeping Ivies – Witch House
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Cooking for Television
The Blue Beats – Toxic
Holly Golightly – What You See
King Khan and the BBQ Show – Killing the Wolfman
The Mountain Goats – Werewolf Gimmick
Becky Lee and Drunkfoot – I Wanna Kill Myself
Screaming Females – Hopeless
Courtney Barnett – Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go To the Party
The Mountain Goats – Heel Turn 2
William Elliot Whitmore – A Thousand Deaths

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The Man that Challenged the World: A review of the new King Automatic album

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The most difficult part of listening to King Automatic’s new album Lorraine Exotica (Voodoo Rhythm), is getting past the first track.

“King Outomatic from Auto Space”** is a full-on floor-stomper which sounds as though it’s been beamed from an ancient alien relay station and rebounded through a set of bakelight speakers. It’s an invasion of sound with no way to stop it. It commands you to hit repeat. After the third or fourth go-round, its nothing but explosive engines of sound waiting like reinforcements among the vinyl grooves.

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King Automatic has built a reputation on being the one-man band with a full sonic sound. Not only does he back himself up on organ, banjo, harmonica, etc, but he slides across genres with flawless ease creating danceable garage, fuzz-stained exotica, and Latin beats that sizzle with alien electricity. If it wasn’t for a live show surrounded by loop machines and live samples, you’d swear he had rows of arms like something from a dingy back-galaxy cantina.

Lorraine Exotica peels back like an alien egg sack revealing “La Vampira del Raval” and “Lorraine Exotica”, songs layered in Latin roots and bringing a range of sounds not often connected to garage punk and even more rarely to one man bands. “Plan B (Adopt a Lapdancer)” (one the best song titles of 2015) slams down some Chicago style blues with an unmatched ferocity. “Lee Marvin” pays tribute to the actor in a song as bad-ass as he was and “All Crossed Out In Red”, an ode to King Automatic’s Ukrainian roots, is just as hypnotic and mesmerizing as anything label-mates The Dead Brothers have released.*  This album makes no effort to play it cool for anyone. It expertly collects sounds from across the globe and brings it all together in a display of sheer talent and diversity.King Automatic knows how to rock in any language.

This album isn’t a test for your speakers – It’s the fucking exam.

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*I even had to double check to make sure it wasn’t a cover song.

This Island Surf 9: Songs for Tura Satana

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It’s March here in the Northeast corner of America and there is four feet of snow outside my window. But cabin fever is for the weak!
It’s the perfect time to crank your stereos, brew some coffee, and warm yourself on great tunes and B-movies!

This month goes out to the wild and brilliant Tura Satana.

Also, check out this painting by Shawn Dickinson

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its available here – Feel free to buy it for your favorite surf DJ!

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This Island Surf 9 – Songs for Tura Satana
(incidental music) Les Baxter – Sophisticated Savage
Crushers – Faster Pussycat
The Dustaphonics – Tura Faster Pussycat
The Reverb Syndicate – Return of the Angry Gentlemen
Steve Reverb & the Sound Tones – Mr. Mysterioso’s Secret Siren
Man or Astro Man? – Reverb 1,000
The Valkyrians – Astro Zombie
Elvis Presley – Girls! Girls! Girls!
The Revelaires – Third Man Theme
Don Ralke – Head Hunter
The Alohas – The Headhunter
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – Freckles
Billy Mure – Hawaiian War Chant
Johnny Aloha – Drink to Hawaii
The Vi Kings – Desert Boots
Danny Amis & Lost Acapulco – Terremoto
Me’s – Oui Oui Oui
Satan’s Pilgrims – Boss BSA
Clouseaux – Shrunken Heads
Mysterymen – The Age of Envy
The Surf Zombies – Tattoo Pin Up Girl
Mercury Four – Commie Rat Stomp

10 Best Albums of 2014

It was a rough year for music. Even with two distinct Record Store Days and some great contenders, ultimately it was a year of weak attempts and sub-par reissues.

That said, the releases that rocked my world shook it right to its volcanic heart. I tried listing these albums in order of bombastic magnitude, but, at the end of the day, selected the order based on the number of times I played them.

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10. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra – Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything
Sonically explosive and as chaotic as their name, F.O.G.F.W.P.L.O is one massive track of layered guitar screams and harmonic voices. Sure, the length of the songs rival various Grateful Dead tracks, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra are discordant evangelists of the true musical stream of conscious. (Constellation Records)

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9. Ex Hex – Rips
Mary Timony, Betsy Wright, and Laura Harris, produced a punk-fueled super-album of killer tracks destined to become the go-to for any jukebox worth its salt. This is a true ripper for those who grew up loving the 90’s punk scene. (Merge Records)

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8. Hail Mary Mallon – Bestiary
Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz, infect your speakers and eardrums with hook laden hip-hop; creative, dynamic, and more potent than the typhoid fever the group takes its name from. (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

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7. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – Give the People What They Want
This is soul music. Jones and the Dap-Kings not only nail the 60’s sound of Detriot, but manage to write full-framed songs that go miles without tiring or running out of fuel. Consider this the time machine you always hoped for.  This isn’t revivalist, this is necromancy.

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6. Movie Star Junkies – Evil Moods
I didn’t pick up MSJ’s until much later in the year, but, once again, the Italian garagepunk-vaudevillian-bluestrash chaos is both melodic and blistering. The best way to describe MSJ is like this – It is the sonic equivalent to shooting a go-pro video of yourself stumbling around a strange European city black-out drunk  and, then, the next day, watching the footage to see where you left your pants.  (Voodoo Rhythm Records)

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5. The Rhythm Shakers – VooDoo
This perfect blend of 1950’s rockabilly and blues is as pure as black coffee, fast cars, and switchblade knives. (Wild Records)

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4. Speedball Jr. – Tiki P.I.
Speedball Jr. and Steve Mackay (The Stooges) team up for this instrumental scorcher. Sure, in all transparency I should say it’s the theme song for the comic I write, but, oh man, is it solid gold. (Green Cookie Records / Dawn Patrol Records)

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3. The Shivas – You Know What to Do
The Shivas are the reigning rulers of reverb rock. Surf beats, shrill screams, and driving chords wail, shimmy, and moan, throughout this album in the same way the Pixies tore up the 80’s. This platter spins ferociously around on the waves of  jangled notes and floating harmonies proving again Portland Oregon’s prowess as a music city. (K Records)

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2. Benjamin Booker – s/t
Influenced by The Gun Club, T Rex, and Blind Willie Johnson, there isn’t much more to say other than this album lived up to the hype. (ATO Records)

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1. The Oh-Sees – Drop
There is no filler in this fuzzfest which borrows heavily from Sgt. Pepper-style Beatles chords and takes the next logical step of being both earnest and serious. Thee Oh-Sees are bigger than Ringo. (Castle Face Records)

Review: The Future Primitives – Into the Primitive

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Three. That’s a magic number.

For the trio The Future Primitives, and their third release Into the Primitive, three isn’t just magic, but the deepest darkest voodoo power. The Future Primitives blast into the past with a concoction of fuzzed out frenetic guitars riffs, thumping bass notes, and skins slammed so hard you can hear the screaming tribal sounds of the old gods that made early rock ‘n’ roll naysayers tremble in fear for their virgin daughters and suburban grayness. Over it all, though, comes the howls and caterwaul of vocals that set the night alive with screeched promises of love, broken vows, and heart ache. This is the sound of emotion. This is the sound of energy. This is the sound that answers back when dark wishes are murmured.

Stand out tracks include “For She” with its surf infused notes and crazy beatnik leads. It’s the perfect track for that barista bar brawl or clubbing hipsters like baby seals. “Evil” which creeps up in small chunks of hatchet guitar and slowly builds to the velocity of a psychotic rage, slowing down long enough to decide what speed it wants to be played at and, never reaching a decision, end with the final axe swing. “Every Night” begins with a touch of romance but immediately turns the face you dread seeing outside when you close your window on a dark night. Let’s not overlook “In and Out” with it’s the candy-coated powdery-pink teen-dream moon/June romance rhythms.

If the past was bubblegum pop love songs sweet enough to rot your teeth, the Future Primitives are the dentist’s drill making us pay for our high-fructose indulgences.

Episode 41 – Muddy Roots Festival

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The Muddy Roots Festival  looks to be one hell of a weekend.
Every band listed here owns a prominent spot on my musical bucket list: Rev. Beat-Man, The Monsters, Movie Star Junkies, Delaney Davidson, etc.
Its the show to end all shows.
Unfortunately, because of work obligations, I can’t fly half-way across the country for a weekend of greatness. And it kills me. So I did the next best thing and built this month’s show around some of the bands and tracks I’d want to see.

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If you can’t go, but want to support this great and noble venture to bring amazing music to the ears of the philistines, check out the Muddy Roots Record Club. You won’t be sorry .

Episode 40 – The Muddy Roots Festival

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On My Way (Muddy Roots Bound) – Brownbird Rudy Relic
Cracker Barrel – Left Lane Cruiser
The Curse – Movie Star Junkies
This World Is Evil – Those Poor Bastards
A Killer’s Dream – Rachel Brooke
Everybody Dies – the goddamn gallows
Lover Please! – Jack Oblivian
Song About Songs – Sean Wheeler & Zander Schloss
Old White House – Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy
Out of Print – Larry And His Flask
The Drowsy Surgeon – Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons
Life Aint Been Roses – Los Bastardos Magnificos
Dead Dog On A Highway – The Dad Horse Experience
COLD AND BLIND – Possessed by Paul James
Back in Hell – Delaney Davidson
No Help Coming – Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs
VOODOO RHYTHM MUDDY ROOTS – The Monsters

Fan Service #1 – The Blues

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Over at the Bibliodiscoteque Facebook page, I started asking the hard questions: “What is your favorite literary death scene” and “What is your favorite Blues song?” The later was met with keen interest and several friends and fans commented. This podcast is the result.

In an effort to make lightning strike twice, I decided that I’d give it a go next week and focus on Bob Dylan. So get your thinking caps on and send a line regarding your favorie Dylan song or Dylan inspired musician.

If you aren’t a Facebook kinda person, feel free to drop a line at thenovelsound @ gmail.com

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Fan Service #1 – the Blues
Blues Power – The Juke Joint Pimps
Grinnin’ In Your Face – Son House
Mad Man Blues – John Lee Hooker for Danny Rollingstone
Smokestack Lightnin’ -Howlin’ Wolf for Steve Smith and Pat Srock
Worried Life Blues – Chuck Berry for Steve Smith
One Way Out – Sonny Boy Williamson for Estlin
Hard Time Killin’ Floor Blues -Skip James for Brooke Hensley
Blues For My Cookie – Lightnin’ Hopkins
Race That You Don’t Run – Sleepy John
Born Under A Bad Sign (with Stevie Ray Vaughan) -Albert King for Michael Rockwell
Stewball – Thee Headcoats
Your Trial and My Funeral for Erin from Down to the Crossroads at 9sense podcast
Housebound Blues – C.w. Stoneking
My Beating Heart – Heart Attack Alley
Granny’s Gold Teeth – Low Volts
I Can’t Quit You Baby – Led Zeppelin for George Natalizia

Living in Hell by Heart Attack Alley

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Heart Attack Alley
Voodoo Rhythm Records

 

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Dr. Karl Steven, harmonica player extraordinaire, is a machine. With each note he hypnotizes and through the slight airy hiss of inhalation, and the shove of wind over the reed he becomes less a musician and more a narcotic numbing the soul against the heartbreak in Caoimhe Macfehin’s vocals. These are the sounds of every seedy bar and haunted house in the world. Each phrase delivers with a haunting quality you’d expect from some ancient tome you discovered amidst dusty records and ancient jukeboxes. When over-laid with Kristal G’s blues-trash rhythm guitar each track concusses and  echoes  in the darkness. No dust can settle on these sounds.

I’d list some standout tracks from the album, but honestly the entire piece is spectacular. The lyrics deal in the common tropes of break-ups and lost love, but each time Macfehin punctuates with a ‘fuck’ you can feel the true impact of the words. There are too many singers who spit the word or simply say it for shock, but Macfehin delivers it differently each time and shows just how much expression can be contained in one little word. And if she can do that to a cuss, imagine how she hits all the others.

9 out of 10 people with taste recommend this album; the other one has stepped out for a smoke and’ll be back in a minute.

a link to Heart Attack Alley on Bandcamp

 

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The Beat ‘Man’ has released some seriously great music over the years both as performer and producer, so it makes perfect sense that the next logical step is food service. If anyone can get me a bottle of this I would love to put it to the test.

Here is an article about Cayanne/Capsicum from my favorite food writer Lenora Dannelke. This woman is one of the world’s best cooks and has a tolerance for heat that would make Satan ask for more bread. She once had an entire meal which centered around spice…every dish from start to finish. Basically, your boasting and posturing mean nothing.

Episode 31 – Eric Powell’s The Goon

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Here we are, folks! Episode 31: A Celebration of Halloween – which is October 31.

This isn’t really integral to the horror/humor book The Goon by Eric Powell, just a neat bit of synchronicity.

The Goon is a blend of dark violent humor, EC horror, and two-fisted justice with a twist of burlesque and the supernatural. Essentially, it is all things to all audiences provided you enjoy a good belly laugh and beautiful art. If you don’t, well, there ain’t no helping you. This month I chose a resounding amount of rockabilly and psychobilly to sum up the musical feel of The Goon and his world. I could have just recorded a ton of Tom Waits and Slayer, but then I would be sued into the stone-age.

 

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I linked to the Kickstarter the other day and, after a few days of internet mumbling…really, though, when isn’t it mumbling,…Powell and Dark Horse put up a great tactile offer for you to slap slackjaws about the face with. I was holding out for the Louisville Slugger with rusty nails in it or the Official Zombie Smashing Monkey Wretch, but a funny book’ll do.

Also, don’t forget that November is the ALL REQUEST EPISODE…drop me a line at deadrize@ hotmail. com. Be part of internet history.

Enjoy the show, have a great Halloween, and look out for poisoned candy, vampires, and old houses that constantly have lightning storms around them.

Rage Well,

 Episode 31 – Eric Powell’s The Goon

I’ve Got a Knife – Masked Intruder
Here Could Kill You – The Meteors
Trouble Always Comes My Way – Daddy Long Legs
A Bloody Life  – Rev. Tom Frost
Deviant – Dick Dynamite and the Doppelgnagers
Drinkin’ Gasoline – The Baboons 
Got Me a Monster – Big Vinny & The Cattle Thieves    

Cannibal Family – The Wolfgangs
Satans Rejects  – Demented Are Go
A Devil’s Heart – JackRabbit Slim
Redneck Zombies – The Bad Detectives
Scratching On My Screen – Ric Cartey
Saturday Night of the Living Dead – Calabrese
Ugly Stick – Ronnie Self
Shoot Me Down – Rattlin’ Bone (feat. the Vampirettes)
Streetwise  – Guana Batz
Bucket O’ Blood – Hellbillys
Psycho – Nick Curran and the Lowlifes
Gonna Shoot You Down – The Woodies
Back Stabbin’ Baby – Shock Therapy
.44 Love Bites – Big John Bates

(Incidental Music) Diggin’ My Grave – The Monsters