Stone of the Swamp is a blog about the music and people of Orlando. A week ago some Islamic fuck attacked our city targeting a large group of unarmed Floridians. Orlando is a cool town and while we mourn our losses, the City Beautiful is not being cowed by terrorism. I am proud to report to the world that Friday afternoon got started in good style and fashion with Central Floridians getting back to the normal weekend ritual, which is mainly getting drunk and high out in this exquisite Florida weather. The Hideaway and Wally’s still opened at 7 am for Floridians too eager and exuberant to wait until noon to show their resilience to terror.
Orlando hasn’t changed, and won’t. This is a great town and always will be, the only difference being that we have reverted back to our culture of the 80’s when almost everyone had a deer rifle in the trunk or toolbox, sitting next to the fishing rod, cooler and warm beers.

This Myrrors album is the soundtrack for staring at the space between the wall and one’s self. Psychedelic/ krautrock from Arizona. Perfect for the afternoon session, 91%.

Lake Ivanhoe in the city beautiful, Orlando, Florida. This is still our city.

Palm Desert- Dawn of the Burning Sun (2009)

Palm Desert is a Polish band playing desert rock… Sort of. The instrumental are dope. The singer…Well, I’m sure he’s a really nice guy. This album starts off with a strong, catchy desert rock riff, then gets better from there. Until the vocals start. Holy fuck, how can a Pole sound so thoroughly cheesy singing in English? Homeboy sounds like he spends his days collecting aluminum cans on the beach leering at underage girls. I mean, he references a coyote in one song. Seriously? I bet he’s got a poster of one in his room. Again, Übermensch starts off with a mellow but strong desert rock riff, but is soured by subpar vocals that ease into the song, then take over it entirely reducing the instrumentals to short repetitive riff subordinated to the vocalist. This cheesy format is the band’s blueprint for all of its songs, which I’m not digging.
Cheese does grow in the desert, 71%.



Across Tundras/ Lark’s Tongue Split (2013)

Today we have a Desert Rock split by Across Tundras and Lark’s Tongue. As a rule I don’t care for desert rock. As Wiki describes, it is a sub-genre of stoner rock, though lacking the dirty sound and with a faster beat. However, I love splits and this one is offered for free so I couldn’t resist.
The first song is by Across Tundras, is over ten minutes and starts out low, mellow and almost drifting… Wrong placement in the album, they should have been second, but at least it isn’t the typical cheesy, generic desert rock track. After almost five minutes the vocals begin, which is the band’s biggest weak point. Listening to the vocals I feel as if I should be twenty years older and reminiscing about high school.
Lark’s Tongue is psychedelic/desert rock with some indie/math rock leanings, interesting and moody, mood music with too many tambourines and vocals that are a bit too passionate, but still very listenable.
A good example of a free release expanding my musical horizons and why I like splits, 83%.