An overcast Friday afternoon provides an appropriate backdrop for the clouds inside my head still lurking around from last night. Central Florida might be one of the lowest paid cities to live in, but the weather is warm and the Fridays are fun. Here at the Hideaway, one of old Orlando’s two classic bars that open at 7 am, a Friday office lunch is in boisterous full swing on the patio. This is the time of year that everyone loves being a Floridian, the weather is glorious, cool and sunny, the weekend is cause for celebrations and a journey to the great outdoors.
The other day I came across Dr Space’s post about Mammatus’ new album, so it seemed a good time to post about their older two albums, The Coast Explodes and the self titled Mammatus, by this Santa Cruz band. Their sound is somewhat hard to detail, encompassing traditional psychedelic and stoner sounds along with eastern ones as well creating an appealing blend. Aptly taking their name from the heaviest cloud on earth (Last FM) Is appropriate as they have inherited Bongzilla’s title as the stoniest band.
More psychedelic and not metal at all, the vocals are low and subdued, bleeding through allowing the instrumentals and effects to come through clearly. Both albums are great, highly recommended, and easy to leave on repeat for the afternoon session, enjoy.
Mammatus The Coast Explodes
The weather and water is getting warm enough to skin it, so dings and surfboard repair come to mind along with spring flowers, here is a video on surfboard repair which I found quite helpful when endeavoring upon my first (and only, thus far) surfboard repair.
A good friend had given me an old Rusty to give to my daughter, after I got home and examined it a bit I saw that underneath the caked wax there were a few small cracks in the glass, and the tail was a bit chewed up from being rested upright on a concrete floor. After consulting YouTube I discovered it was advisable to strip the old wax. I took the board into the back yard and lacking any other solvent I used the very last drops of the lawn mower fuel and a scraper to get the wax and dirt off of it.
After that I took a roto-zip and edged off the crumbly part of the tail, then basically just followed what dude said, took my time and spreading it out over a few days using sanding sponges instead of an orbital sander and the basic surfboard repair kit that one can get at any surf shop.
I let the resin dry/ cure for several days thinking that would probably be the best bet if this was to stand any chance of success, which I was in doubt. However, my pessimism turned out to be unfounded, it’s been a couple months and the board is still not taking on water, so it seems to be working.
Here is something to listen to on the way to tell beach, some groovy surf rock by Triptides, enjoy.
Recently I did a post about DJ Johnny Peel and found that he was way too big a personality to cover in just one post, so I decided to embark upon a series of posts based on the artists he recorded over his lengthy career. He recorded so many notable artists that the Wiki page alphabetized the list of them. Someone said that he was basically “the man” in rock music for about a decade. So, using that Wiki list as a roadmap, this is the second post of the Peel session series.
At the top of the list are the 90 day men recorded by Peel back in February of 2001, towards the later part of his career. 90 day men is a math rock band with post-hardcore leanings, admittedly, I hadn’t heard of them before but this live recording of them is pretty good. Their sound is exactly what one would expect from the genre tags though far from being generic. Guitar riffs playing off the drums, appealing and rhythmic, there isn’t much not to love about this live album even with the muddy recording, 90%.
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90 Day Men Wiki
List of Peel Sessions
Here, is one of the few digital albums I’ll pay money for dispite my views against doing so. Mainly because some music is just too good to pass up. I’ve been a huge fan of this space rock jam band comprised of Danish Swedish and American musicians, which was likely already pretty clear judging by the number of post I’ve written about them. So, Monday I promised a live Øresund Space Collective post, and here it is, Cafe Cairo 10/20/2012, and so far this is my favorite live album of the bunch they released back in July of last year. The sound quality is good and the band is playing spaced out jams, there’s not much else to say, Dr. Space is the man, 95%, enjoy.
I arrived an hour and a half after the show was supposed to start, and low and behold, just a fucking drum set on stage! What is with Florida shows and starting late? Will’s is pretty crowded tonight and the Virginia band that’s playing is busy slurping down the band beer, God, Miller beer sucks, poor guys. The crowd tonight doesn’t smell too bad and is the group one would expect for a post rock show; beards, glasses and lizardly looking women. I swear some of these bimbos put on their make-up with paintball guns.
Evidently… Evidently, I drank a lot of beer and my thoughts are somewhat muddled this morning, so I’ll wade into a cup of coffee and the rest of the review.
As I was saying, evidently Inter Arma didn’t agree with my assessment that the crowd didn’t stink too much because they lit a couple dozen sticks of incense stuck in a block of styrofoam before going on stage, which I guess was a discreet way of expressing their opinion of the venue. Anyway, they play a really good show. The vocalist is probably the strongest I’ve heard in person, when the microphone was plugged in, that is. Whoever was in charge of the sound system must have been drinking or had Down’s syndrome because besides for losing the vocals the sound clearly wasn’t right. One guitar was coming through too loud and the bass was way too low, but it was still a good set.
The next band was ok, but the sound was even more screwed so I retained my place at the bar sipping a “Belgium farm ale”, which was less than stellar. It occurred to me half way through that there was a reason I’d never heard of that beer before, so I reverted back to literally pissing my money away on Hopsecutioner.
Finally Russian Circles came on. And the sound was fucked. Besides for that it seemed that the band really wasn’t feeling it that night, so I left a little disappointed but with a new found respect for Inter Arma. All and all a pretty good show.
Sitting here in the ambience of a crappy show and overweight Central Floridians I have to note the cosmic flow of Øresund Space Collective’s latest release. This is their 16th release and it leans more towards the psychedelic side of the spectrum than space, which isn’t absent by any means, just more subdued in this release. A studio album recorded in the Black Tornado studios in Copenhagen in April of 2012 that is good, very good, but this is a Space jam band. This is more a collector’s item, kind of the way most band’s live albums are collected mainly by the hardcore fans and are the lesser known works. It’s good, just not the sound that ØSC is known for.
Anyway, this latest release is still a superb blending of artists… unlike this show which hasn’t even started yet other than the bearded dorks drooling over fat chicks. This must be a Rockabilly show because it looks like a suicide bomber hit a make-up factory.
Drunken tirade aside, Organic Earthly Floatation is stellar, 86%, however this album is almost a tease, hinting at their soaring and epic live space jams that go on for hours, so, Friday’s post will cover one of ØSC’s live releases.
Cup of coffee, a kif bowl and this album makes for a pleasant way to ease into the morning. I don’t normally dig electronica but this EP has a special appeal that, along with the unusually foggy weather creates the ambience of a psychedelic dream. An “experimental solo producer and live 4- piece based in Brighton, UK” with a dreamscape/ psychedelic soundtrack that is excellent for driving through the great outdoors, 87%.