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!


Favorite new bands: Survival Knife, Lone

Survival Knife: Justin Trosper and Brandt Sandeno from Unwound etc in the amazing new band Survival Knife!!!  Kind of like Unwound meets Black Flag, Drive Like Jehu, and Voivod!!!

Their whole first show, soundboard, can be found here:


Lone–Once in Awhile:

Awesome producer from the UK bringing it back like vintage 808 State meets Metro Area…

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

Drive Like Jehu covered by…The Deftones????

I am a huge Drive Like Jehu fan…surprisingly, the Deftones (I always think of them as some nu-metal band I wouldn’t like) have come out with what I think is a pretty good cover of the Drive Like Jehu song Caress!!! I mean, I wish Rick Froberg and John Reis would rock out like this still! Part of the key is, they never, ever had another band with a drummer as colossally good as Mark Trombino…

Whither the American Dream, Rethinking Globalization, etc: “Study Finds White-Collar Unemployment Spreading”

NY Times: Study Finds White-Collar Unemployment Spreading

Check out the comments, some very, very interesting ruminations on outsourcing, the financial industry in NY, possible effects of the collapse of the US auto industry, mounting student loan debt and the high cost of education only to have jobs outsourced, US competitiveness, socialized health care in other countries, etc…

Looks like people are ready to riot/for a revolution.  Who are the “they” that got us in this situation: skimming investment bankers, hedge funders, mortgage-backed security pushers, outsourcers, various politicians,etc?  Read the comments, peope are mad.  And if you look at it all, it doesn’t really make much sense.  This whole mortgage industry and financial industry collapse is like, way bigger than 9-11…and did Americans do this to themselves???

BTW obviously, the millions of dollars in bonuses for the top employees, hundreds of thousands of dollars  in bonuses for mid level employees, and tens of thousands of dolalrs in individual bonuses for Wall Street employees each year has always been obscene.  Yes, Manhattan and Greenwich, obscene.

On top of this all, is how obscene the amount of money we have spent fighting in Iraq, money that could be used to help our economy…money and manpower that could have helped the people in N.O. after Katrina…

Here’s a Trickledown comment:

With globalization there should be equalization regulations…like if country A has cheap labor but has bad humanitarian practices, their products should be taxed x% at the US border.  If country B has bad environmental practices, their products should be taxed y% at the US border.  Of course, the US would be paying z% tax at other countries’ borders due to our huge output of greenhouse emissions and our huge power consumption rates.  However, such taxes would also be imposed on countries like China and developing countries which might rely on dirty fuel.  So there would be incentives for countries to treat their workers and the environment well.

The Best Hip Hop Samples Ever

Kate Bush–Blow Away (for Bill)

Check out the pianos at the beginning and end of the song, ’nuff said.  An amazing song all around.

Culture Club–Victims. Check out the intro pianos, the drums and epic vocals and piano at 2:17, the amazing part with the piano and the strings starting at 3:48, and then the part at 4:19…

I think Just Blaze should make a beat out of this and get Jay-Z on it.

Oh, there’s a version with no Boy George vocals, an instrumental (not sure if it’s exactly the same), by Culture Club–Romance Revisited. Well, they put too much oboe or something over the intro piano in the Romance Revisited version, and they took out the awesome drums and stuff and the crazy female vocals. Stick with the original version with the drums and vocals and everything.

Al Stewart – The Year of the Cat

Check out the amazing piano at the beginning of this song, just ready to be sampled for some hip hop song. Great epic song all around, nice guitar AND sax solos. The vocals sound almost like some Manchester music in the 90s like Oasis or Blur, or some new wave band, but better, more classic classic rock, more John Lennon mixed with Donovan or Cat Stevens or something.

Ides of March — Vehicle

Check out the crazy horns at the beginning. This would sound something like Jay-Z’s “Roc Boyz” is done properly. Great guitar solo too.

Also see: Francis Lai-L’aventure soundtrack

And the opening track on George Hirota’s Sahasurara album

Also see the bongos at the beginning of the T-rex song Rip Off

John McLaughlin–the chorus,piano part etc, in Desire and the Comforter

Via DJ Letters and Science

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