Part Two; Bardo Pond presents Sublimation (2006)

This is part two of the Bardo Pond post from Saturday, as this is the new incantation of them organized more or less like a collective, for this album is a collection of member’s side-projects. I’m liking this more than their earlier line-ups, collectives seem to allow the individual artists to explore sounds that normally would have been ignored.
The entire album comes across this way with a sleepy, experimental feel that I’m digging. The last song by Takeda, is like this, apart from the rest of the album as it is more experimental drone with muted psychedelic influences, twenty minutes of well crafted, distorted drone and buzzing guitars with faint vocals dipping in and out. The entire album is good but this is my favorite track, though there isn’t anything negative to say about the others, which are more psychedelic. The album is good session music and a solid 83%.

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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

Wreck And Reference- Black Cassette (2011)

Experimental noise/doom from California with psychedelic lo fi influences, I stumbled across this on Bandcamp the other day.
This album has a rich texture and lacks the over-produced, overly clean, sterile sound that record labels generate now. Available for free via Bandcamp, this album has a quality and relaxed sound to it that one normally only hears at practice sessions. Not too experimental and not too doom this is a great release that doesn’t sit squarely in any genre. Good music for traveling and zoning out with headphones in a room full of strangers, not session music or to be listened to in rush hour traffic; it has jangly edges like hardcore and math rock and the last three seconds of the last song imply someone is a fan of screamo. But like I said, good aspects are incorperated into a very listenable album that rates an 86%.

streaming and free download on Bandcamp

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Battles- Atlas (2007)

Battles is a math rock/ experimental band that I stumbled across reading a Wikipedia article and Atlas is a killer single they released back in ’07.
One of the aspects of math rock that I love is that the vocals are treated as just another instrument and frequently set lower against the drums and guitars, combined with Battles’ use of loop pedals and asymmetrical drums (the very definition of Math Rock) make a unique sound that goes together very well. 88%

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The Day of the Downloads

Today, is The Day of the Downloads!!!!! I documented the albums that I recently downloaded, where I found them and attached a stupid name to it (thus a new section of posts is born).

The first download is Aaron and the Burr’s, instrumental beach rock played fast. Very good, and available for free download on Bandcamp. Highly recommended.
Aaron and the Burrs post on SpaceRockMountain.

Here we have Burning Motherfuckers, a two piece out of Oslo Norway which I saw on weedtemple . Different, decent and definitely a new approach to the two piece format. Something like jangly, punk/ post-punk influenced desert rock. Pretty good.

Next is Damnation’s Rebel Souls, Polish death metal from 1996 full of blast beats and classic 1990’s death metal riffs from eastern Europe. Defiantly for the death metal fans. An obscure album that luckily for us, was posted by the people at GhostsofSaturn. Downloading music has been demonized, however here is music that would likely have never been heard by any of us had someone not uploaded it. This is such an obscure pressing that it and many others like it, would essentially be lost to history were it not in public cloud storage.
GhostsofSaturn

Also, from GhostsofSaturn we have Monlithe III. This is less than grand, more doom metal. Like a single 52 minute track… wow. Too much.
Monolithe III

I’ve listened to the Aaron and the Burrs album at least a dozen times, that’s easily my favorite album of the week, and one of the best releases I’ve heard from this year. And Burning Motherfuckers I would label as the most creative and still listenable album I’ve heard this year.
Those are some of the blogs I look at and all three of them mentioned are consistent about posting quality music.

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Secret Birds- In Hex (2012)

Found this over at weedtemple and I’ve been bugging out listening to it at 5:00 in the morning (can’t sleep). It has a deep, rich texture that is absolutely perfect for an early morning session. It is appealing, lo-fi, psychedelic and uses synthesizers.
I am shocked to find myself saying this, but the synthesizers are used masterfully and add a lot to the sound. If you don’t believe me that it is good, check it out streaming down below.

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Acid Mothers Temple- Have You Seen the Other Side of the Sky?

Acid Mothers Temple is a Japanese psychedelic rock band that has generated an enormous amount of music. Originally formed to create “extreme trip music” these guys explore territory ranging com psychedelic to drone to slightly doom influenced, different in an appealing Japanese sense of the word, this would be one for the collection, however, downloads are hard to find for this band, so this is a YouTube-only post.

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor- Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven (2000)

OK, someone in Oklahoma mistook this band for terrorists (Wiki), which proves many different points about French-Canadians and people from the mid-west… First off, only someone from Oklahoma would mistake a Canadian for a terrorist. The whole state believes Lord of the Rings is a true story.
Anyway, the band is good. Very good, definatly worth listening to, and the songs and album have an certain artistic flair. I’m not real into this style of music but I can appreciate the depth and art it eludes. It is like the second video I posted; the cinematography and spoken word draw the viewer in drawing closer attention to the music and it’s message.
I still can’t decide if I like the music but the videos are great. I haven’t been this impressed with a music video since the original Tear the Club Up Thugs video (with black and white footage of everyday Memphis pieced together into a video, that made an ok song into a great video).
I defiantly dig the videos, but the music, well, it’s made by French-Canadians, so…

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Fly Pan Am- s/t (1999)

Fly Pan Am is a French Canadian post-rock/experimental band from the mid 90’s, heavily influenced by the Montreal avant-garde scene (Wiki). It’s good music but, well they’re French-Canadian, there is some weird aspect to all things French-Canadian that provokes mockery and discourages seriousness. Both these YouTube videos prove my point because the music is pretty good, and overall the visuals provide a good flow and background to the music, but then there’s something weird and fruity that is the trademark of French-Canadian culture.
Like the first one with the guy saying he can dance in the middle of a bowling alley while the girl refuses to look at him… What is that? What twit starts a music video like that?
Whatevesies. The music is OK, at least worth checking out.

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Earth- Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I (2011)

OK, this is the lesser of the two album series, it is OK, but that’s about it. Granted, it isn’t metal, I’m not sure what genre this would be, maybe post-metal?
Anyway I’m a bit hung over and that might be contributing to my harsh analysis, but I am not too fond of this album. It doesn’t seem to grab me or speak to me. It is a post metal version of elevator music; entirely forgettable. The second part that came out this year is better, but both are exploring territory that would be better left untouched by this band… not my favorite and honestly I suspect methadone was involved in the making of this release… yeah I need to go back to bed.
Happy Birthday Derek, may the sewing machine gods smile upon you today.

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