iTunes Roulette; Boris- Pink (2005)

Sorry about the lack of a post yesterday for Relationship Advice Wednesday, I got bogged down at work and didn’t have time to complete it, so it has been delayed a week. My apologies, I know everyone looks forward to my tirades on Wednesdays.
Onwards to iTunes Roulette, this week the ball lands on Boris and their album Pink. This album is on my iTunes because I got it from my friend M, and I’ve never really listened to them much for whatever reason, however, they came up on Roulette and here we are. Boris is almost unknown to me so I am relying on Wiki for information on this one.
An experimental rock/sludge/doom/drone/psychedelic that arose out of the Tokyo punk/underground scene of the early 90’s, which doesn’t do them justice, and neither do the mediocre bios on YouTube and LastFM and Bandcamp…
The best way to explain is to liken their sound to a hot-knife session during trim season, in the valley; Really good if you are in the mood for it and have nothing pressing to do with your time. If in a rush, this band with their meandering songs and a style floating across genres can be maddening, which is why I haven’t gotten into them before. In true iTunes Roulette spirit though I am starting to dig this band and rate this album at 82%

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Russian Circles- Empros (2011)

Epic and instrumental three-piece post-rock from Chicago, the city that seems to have an abundance of quality “post” bands. Nothing new or real different today, just another part of Russian Circles’ discography from 2011.
This is one of those great bands that you “hear about” but always stays pretty low on the radar, I’ve seen random blogs talking about them but no one seems to be really “into” them and that lead me to their Wiki article which has turned out to be an excellent introduction to many other bands in it’s own right.
Empros is their latest release and it is heavier than their earlier works, which I’m not sure if I favor or not, but it does get a rating of 85%, enjoy.

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Mono/ Pelican split (2005)

Today’s selection is the Mono/Pelican split from 2005, epic post-rock from Tokyo and Chicago, a classic split if I have ever encountered one. The first song, Ran Amber is classic Pelican and an excellent introduction to the band if one had never heard them before. The second song makes this a collectible in my opinion, the James Plotkin remix of Angel Tears, which is awesome.
The third sound is by Mono, Yearning, which is almost sixteen minutes long and my first introduction to the Tokyo based post-rock quartet. While the song starts off slow, very slow, it picks up and is quite good with a layered, building sound and many different effects and instruments adding to the texture of the song. I am defiantly going to check out their other albums at some point.
Looking on eBay I almost bought the vinyl version of this album, even though I don’t own a record player. This is as exciting a discovery as I could expect out of a split and am quite glad I found it; 90%

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Mono’s Wiki article

Pelican – City of Echoes (Live in Los Angeles 2006)

Brooding and building post rock from Chicago, perfect Friday afternoon session music. Instrumental without focus being wasted on lyrics, the music takes the listener on a journey. Pelican is like the Skatalites in the sense that no one really dislikes them. It is nice, unabrasive music that can be left on for a hour without anyone noticing or minding.
The first song on City of Echoes starts out strong and heavy, in contrast to the next two songs, which might explain why I overlooked this album for so long, but it is quite good; 87%

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Sunn O))) – The Grimmrobe Demos (1999)

Here again we have Sunn O))), yes I’ve been on a drone/doom kick for a while now, however Sunn O))) is the most appealing and consistent of the genre, and one of my favorites. A two-piece, yes, originally created basically to worship Earth (the band). Yes, kinda lame, but they did evolve out of that mentality to create their own music and going on to found Southern Lord Records. Even so, this is a demo that stands on it’s own merit with almost an hour of gigantic, heavy riffs broken into three songs.
The demo was broken into three songs, four on the original vinyl, with a massive (hand made) scratch through track four… Which is original and fitting for a drone/doom demo, no doubt, and the re-release included the fourth track, as does this YouTube post.
This is another album that should be listened to in it’s entirety, skipping to track 3 really isn’t an option. 85%

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Relationship Advice and Black Metal Wednesday; People With Too Much Time and Rhinocervs RH-14 (2012)

A big problem has arisen, huge really, of people worrying about things that don’t affect them, and global communications has vastly compounded this problem. Like last year when all those goat herders in Afghanistan got butt-hurt because some jerk-off in Gainesville was burning the Koran; I am guessing most of those rioters lacked and still lack indoor plumbing… If someone is sharing a bathroom with their livestock then they don’t need to be worried about what someone half a world away is doing with their time… That mentality ensures that those people will be shitting with their goats FOREVER.
The inverse observation of this is that I have never worried that people half a world away are crapping with their goats, and I’m still OK… It’s like my dad telling me the other day that everyone should have to have a reason to own a firearm… Right after he got done shooting his revolver… In his backyard shooting range… Just before he told me that I could leave if I didn’t agree with him…
Life is short and there are plenty of things that need to be done, there is no need to go around looking for problems. In fact, those that concern themselves with with things that don’t affect them are likely the last people who should be giving out advice because they aren’t keeping themselves busy.
If someone is spending their time worrying about what other people are doing and ignoring obvious problems around them, then that person (obviously) doesn’t have anything logical to state. It’s like those moron goat herders worrying about that Jebus Nut in Gainesville; don’t worry about homeboy and go find some clay to make some pipes so that you’re not crapping with your goats tomorrow morning.
Some people need to be told everything.

For the black metal section of today’s post we have Rhinocervs and one of last years best demos; RH-14. Raw black metal from Southern California with untitled tracks and unnamed artists so that the focus is on the music. No agenda, no message, just lo-fi black metal.

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Bongripper- Heroin

This album is the musical version of watching a lava lamp. One of Bongripper’s less commented on albums from 2007, well there are a few comments from people who obviously are not fans of drone (the term “unlistenable shit” has been used), but it really is a great album full of artful distortion, reverb and feedback. Whoever said that obviously ranks Slipknot and AC/DC right up there along with Mozart and Beethoven.
I rate this at 92%, while drone it is still highly listenable and excellent session music. Sorry I haven’t been able to find a download link, and the Internet Gestapo will yank it down if I post one myself, so streaming will have to do (and 5 dollars isn’t bad for a digital download).

streaming on Bandcamp

Wesley Willis

Wesley Willis was a paranoid schizophrenic from Chicago playing what could be described as punk… sort of. His songs are bizarre three cord rants about random aspects of his everyday life.
Seriously, this guy is awesome. I first heard him while out in the Redwoods, everyone hates him at first, I know I did, however, the bizarre rants in three chord punk style songs, are very appealing. Catchy at least.
He died in 2003 of something fatal, his greatness lives on through his music; 90%

Wiki article

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