o13–Time Wave Zero (Favorite new band, best record of 2013 so far)

o13–Time Wave Zero

Featuring Mark C from Live Skull, Stuart Argabright from Ike Yard, and Kent Heine from The Holy Ghost, o13 (formerly Outpost 13) has made the record of the year, actually of the past few years, with their new release Time Wave Zero.  It’s a sophisticated mix of new wave, no wave, krautrock, dub, electronic, and ambient music that sounds wholly original and inspired, invoking the present, past, and future (bridging the gaps from 1978 to 1985 to 2013 and beyond) in a totally unique way.

I’m tempted to say that only veteran experimental/underground musicians who never hit the big time and have been keeping the torch alive, making art and music in the background for the last few decades, could make a record that sounds as effortless and evocative as Time Wave Zero.   If pressed for comparisons I’d say this would fit in nicely with some Can, Philip Glass, Live Skull, Orb’s Orbus Terrarum, Suicide, Joy Division, Brian Eno, all in their prime!!!  It’s super-accomplished and stylized, the type of album that all fits together perfectly, evoking a number of moods and emotions that you just can’t get anywhere else.  It’s about time–an album this good and consistent hasn’t come out in many years, especially out of the indie/postpunk arena–maybe the last records this interesting were Battles’ Gloss Drop and Mirrored?

Spotify: o13 – Remote Purity Control

Desire Records: 013 (CD) (vinyl)

Newsflash: Desire Records is also re-releasing some Live Skull records on CD and vinyl, and they’re on Spotify too!  It’s about time, Live Skull is basically as good or usually better than Sonic Youth in their own inspired and unique way (only Sister and Daydream Nation are on par with the best Live Skull records) but many of their best records have never been released on CD until now (or soon, currently in preorder)!!!  A dedicated post on this monumental (I’m serious) news  soon!


Live Skull–Rare and Unreleased tracks

Live Skull–Broken Strings (unreleased live at Folk City NYC 1983)

I’ll be adding some Live Skull rare and unreleased tracks here…here’s the first, an unreleased track from 1983 at Folk City, live, I’ve entitled it “Broken Strings” based on some stage patter from Mark C (someone apparently broke three of the strings on his guitar while he was away from the stage!!! If you’re unfamiliar, Live Skull is only one of the best bands of the 80s, sort of the unknown twin to Sonic Youth and just as good, Bringing Home the Bait and Cloud One were just as good if not better at times (though less poppy so less “universally accessible”) than Sister and Daydream Nation. A little more harsh, etc.

Live Skull–Broken Strings (unreleased live at Folk City NYC 1983).mp3

Sesame Street Grindcore

There are some pretty sweet Sesame Street/Muppets death metal mashups floating around. Enjoy!

Drive Like Jehu–Hand Over Fist, Don Caballero–Slice Where You Live Like Pie, Germbox–Frankie Mayorga live videos!

Here are some more videos I posted on YouTube: 90s post-punk prog-rock goodness! Also see the Fucking Champs/C4AM95 video I posted above–Flawless Victory!

You should get Germbox’s Fraction of Exaggeration CD if you don’t have it–it’s amazing, sort of like Voivod’s Nothingface meets the Bastro and the Jesus Lizard and Drive Like Jehu.

Drive Like Jehu – Hand Over Fist – Al’s Bar

Don Caballero – Slice Where You Live Like Pie-Fireside Bowl

Germbox -Frankie Mayorga and unreleased intro

Drive Like Jehu – O’ Pencil Sharp video, 1992, and photos

The legendary Drive Like Jehu, playing O’ Pencil Sharp, Al’s Bar, 1992.

Rick and John of course were in Pitchfork, John was in Rocket from the Crypt and had a solo project Back off Cupids, and then they were both in the Hot Snakes.

Note the Romulan/mod wig Rick’s wearing (he takes it off partway through the video)–remember when all the tight-pants wearing scene kids had the mod hairdos, stopped listening to Unwound and playing hardcore-postpunk and only listened to the Rolling Stones?

John Reis’s new band, the Night Marchers.

Rick Froberg’s new band, the Obits.

I’ve been listening to a lot of Rocket from the Crypt lately. I used to think they were a bit goofy, preferring the hardcore Jehu/Pitchfork type stuff, but in retrospect, listening to their whole oeuvure, they’re quite awesome. Lots of great stuff on all the All Systems go compilations, and of course Circa Now is a classic. I actually really like Paint as a Fragrance too. Kind of like a mix between the Pixies, Weezer, and, some sort of 50s sock hop and rockabilly stuff. Of course, they should have released Hot Charity and State of the Art is on Fire on CD back in the day–I remember never buying them when they were just on vinyl–they would have connected with way more fans by releasing them on CD back then. Hopefully they’ll have a reunion someday!

I remember one live show back in like 1991 or something, at a club, probably the Roxy in LA–Rick Froberg jumped on stage to sing his parts in Maybelline or Stinker, and some bouncer grabbed him by his shirt collar and kept trying to drag him off the stage, but Speedo finally got him to realize Rick was allowed to be on stage. Another time around then I saw Drive Like Jehu at some big Cargo records showcase or something, and for some reason Rick was just singing that time–no guitar. And Speedo had on this big firing range/target practice hearing protection headset. AWESOME.  Thats how loud that stuff was.

Here are some old Drive Like Jehu photos:



Ululate – Super Awesome Chinese Black Metal

I lived in China for almost 5 years. I saw lots of bands: some decent, lots mediocre, and a few amazing. But of the amazing, one stood out from the rest….the mighty ULULATE. I was at the show below, and it rocked unbelievably hard. Crank up your computer speakers and fire up this video!

Swervedriver 2008 reunion; Adam Franklin


Just missed Adam Franklin/Toshack Highway on tour…doh!

Anyway, there’s going to be a Swerverdriver reunion tour in 2008; no way anyone should miss this one.

Here’s a great Swervedriver video, Rave Down live: remember when Tower Records existed? Check out the great noise freakout starting at 3:13!

And here’s a great Adam Franklin video;