Sunday, January 6, 2019

MY FAVOURITE RELEASES OF 2018

I sure don't post much of anything anymore but the end-of-year best-of list is one you can count on like death and taxes! Now, normally I reserve this first space to ballyhoo about my own personal releases that came out during the year in question. Well, goddamn if I didn't release ONE THING in 2018! For absolute shame. Not for lack of trying, in some instances. Just, y'know, life and shit. The current state of some of my respective projects is as such - GREATHUNTER played many shows this year, both in and out of Ottawa and we're well on our way to having a new EP or possibly a full-length started this year. HAMN didn't do much but we are about 80% finished our 2nd EP which will definitely see a 2019 release. COASTAL PIGS played a bunch and, as per usual, we have many songs in waiting. Some have already been recorded and mixed and some are brand new. WORLD WAR 4....played a few shows. Always fun. PRAYER WHEELS has a stellar new EP in the works. Vocals to be done, that's it. And, of course, I did just put out a new TSTAT EP. On January 1st though, so I'll be talking about that again in about 12 months time. Suffice to say, 2019 should prove to be pretty productive. Onto some info about some real bands....

As per usual, these are in no particular order. Here we go...

1) PORTAL - ION "There really is no other band quite like PORTAL. A new release from them is a very special occasion indeed. As truly fucked-up as their music is, I can't help but think there's something wrong with fans of heavy music who aren't totally into them. I'M not crazy, YOU GUYS are all crazy!"

2) MARK RENNER - FEW TRACES "I came across this via an article about MARK HOLLIS of TALK TALK and his defection from music. In the sidebar, there was a related article about this fellow MARK RENNER who, very quietly and very independently, released his own music throughout the 80s. It went completely unnoticed and he divorced himself from music completely. Fast forward to this year when a compilation of his stuff was put out by RVNG INTL. This interesting tale compelled me to check out the man's music and it is just lovely. RED HOUSE PAINTERS meets THE DURUTTI COLUMN type stuff."

3) THOU - MAGUS / THE HOUSE PRIMORDIAL / INCONSOLABLE / RHEA SYLVIA "So Thou went and released one full-length and 3 EPs this year. Every single one is amazing and every single one sounds like a different band. These guys do not give a shit in the best way possible. But damn, that's a lot of music! Should I take a week off work to soak it all in?!"

4) DREAMSHELL - JOY DIVISION / YOU CAN CRY "I probably listened to these 2 songs more than anything else this year. These local-to-Ottawa guys have the shoegaze/dreampop thing sewn up tight. Beautiful guitar textures and incredible vocals."

5) DEAFHEAVEN - ORDINARY CORRUPT HUMAN LOVE "Nowhere near as thrashy as their last release. The blast beats and metal guitars are there but much more subdued. Makes for many more textures. I think the back-half of the song HONEYCOMB is the best thing they've ever done."

6) NOTHING - DANCE ON THE BLACKTOP "After being COMPLETELY blown away by TIRED OF TOMORROW, I had super high expectations for this. While it does not disappoint, it really doesn't hit me the way their aforementioned ToT does. That said, in and of itself, it is gorgeous."

7) NO JOY - NO JOY / SONIC BOOM "A very cool collaboration. Hard to tell who brought what to the table. It's basically NO JOY with a super-mellow, electronic slant. Very nice."

8) KEN mode - LOVED "An album I was looking forward to as much as, if not more than, the NOTHING album. In this case, my expectations were met and surpassed. This fucking thing RIPS!!!! Not a wasted moment. Also wins a bonus prize for best lyric of the year - 'Just because no one else is talking/doesn't mean you need to be'. So good."

9) NINE INCH NAILS - BAD WITCH "NIN's consistent output of quality stuff over the past few years has been a head-scratcher to say the least. Not that they're terrible or anything (although they certainly can be at times), just to step it up this late in the game is pretty unusual. This album though, damn! I couldn't stop listening to it. So good! Also, here's something I love. It's an album. It has 7 songs. Not an EP. That is awesome. Less is more. 12 songs? Who needs em!?!?"

10) SECT PIG - CROOKED BACKS "I don't remember who told me about this band. I mention that because there's very little chance you'd come across this by chance. I guess, in a very broad sense, it's black metal. It's also quite fucked. Very lo-fi, very noisy, very repetitive and very and strange. I could imagine most fans of metal hating this stuff. In an unrelated note, most metal bands are longwinded, boring garbage."

11) NOT OF - HYPOCRITIC OATH "Super-catchy noise rock. Nice balance between catchy/hooky and dissonant cacophony. Shades of SIX FINGER SATELLITE."

12) BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW - PANIC BLOOMS "Discovering this band a few years ago (via my buddy/bandmate MIKE) was like finding the perfect pair of shoes (ones that never stop changing colour). This album is basically just more of their specific brand of lo-fi, psychedelic awesomeness. Perfect, in other words."

13) THE FINAL AGE. - S/T "My buddy JEFF pointed me in the direction of these guys. I believe it's a side-project from the drummer of ANTHROPROPHH. A sweet collection of psych/motorik jams. Sounds somewhat improvisational but the tunes never outstay their welcome."

14) THE DIRTY NIL - MASTER VOLUME. "When I see pictures of these guys, I really feel like I should stick to my own boring, old music, k grandpa? But dammital, these whippersnappers can write a catchy tune. And the vocals? Ugh! The perfect melding of singing/screaming. Lil punks. I bet they do drugs and kiss girls and shit."

15) THE GREAT SABATINI - GOODBYE AUDIO "Been a fan of these guys for years now, been lucky enough to share the stage with them a couple of times. I've always enjoyed their stuff but, on this album, they've really raised the bar. So much of it just hits the nail right on the head. Super sludgey and heavy but damn catchy at the same time. Runner up for best lyric of the year - 'I'm a sensitive FUCKING artist!'. Indeed."

16) DEAD SEA APES & ADAM STONE - WARHEADS "Awesome collection of sounds here. One minute post-punk, the next a 10 minute psychedelic exploration. Bleak and humorous at the same time."

17) VOIVOD - THE WAKE "An incredible release, especially considering how late in the game it is for these guys. They've certainly had their ups and downs, musically speaking, so a quality album is not always guaranteed. No two ways about this one though - they swung for the fences and scored big time. This is super heavy on the DIMENSION HATROSS vibe with shades of other releases (NOTHINGFACE, ANGEL RAT) thrown in. I'm so glad this band still exists and I'm even more glad that they're still awesome."

18) HUMANITIES - UNNATURAL HISTORIES "A fantastic group of people making incredible music. Another band I've been fortunate enough to play many a show with. I had a feeling that they were gonna come out with an even better release than their first EP (which, don't get me wrong, is awesome) and they did just that. Still the same 90s post-hardcore slant but with an interesting blend of 80s post-punk/goth."

19) FAILURE - IN THE FUTURE YOUR BODY WILL BE THE FURTHEST THING FROM YOUR MIND "My initial reaction to this (and all post-reunion FAILURE for that matter) had been pretty 'whatever'. My theory here is that they, as songwriters, have matured whilst I, as a FAILURE fan, have not. I want more MAGNIFIED, is what I'm saying. Anyways, as they doled out the EPs that eventually made up this album, I kept listening. And kept listening. Some real good songs on here. As a whole, it really works for me. It ain't the classic stuff, but it is damn good."

20) UNIFORM - THE LONG WALK "More amazingly overdriven post-punk with an industrial edge to it from this duo. This would probably sound like R.E.M. if you canceled out all the distortion. I tried and failed to see them this past year."

21) DEATHSTICKS - DEATHSNACKS "I had the pleasure of sharing the stage with this local-to-Ottawa duo earlier this year. They became one of my new favourite bands about halfway through their set. This release is a 2-song single but the CD (which I ordered from them via bandcamp and they responded by personally dropping it into my mailbox) compiles many other tunes from past releases. Seriously weird noise-rock/hardcore. Kinda funky in places. Lots of old-school BUTTHOLE SURFERS vibes here and there. Very cool."

22) BUMMER - HOLY TERROR "An awesome blend of noise-rock and sludge-metal. Super catchy and anthemic. Great big stinky riffs."

23) PHLEG CAMP - BRAVE NEW WAVES SESSION "A nice lil blast from the past from an incredible band that never really got their due. This recording is from the early 90s. Portions of it have been released before but never the full recording. Now we have it and it is glorious. Thanks eh, CBC!!!"

24) PERHAPS - HEXAGON "I came across this thanks to FRIDAY MORNING CAR-TUNES (hosted by JOHN WESTHAVER on CKCU every Friday from 9:30am til 1pm). Very cool blend of psych and motorik."

25) EMMA RUTH RUNDLE - ON DARK HORSES "I've been seeing this pop up on more than a few best-of-2018 lists. It confuses me as to why. Not because of how this album sounds but by some of the unremarkable garbage it's surrounded by on said lists. I guess she's achieved a certain badge of coolness, which is good because her music is amazing and should be checked out by many people."

26) HELLFIRE DEATHCULT - BLACK DEATH TERRORISTIC ONSLAUGHT "I came across this just through hitting the old "Fans Also Like" button on Spotify over and over again. This band is like PORTAL with one foot stuck in reality. Most of the metal that gets championed lately is so boring. Way too clean and way too long-winded. This recording is, I'll admit, absolutely ridiculous. But awesome at the same time. I'll take this super-sloppy, overdriven shit over some 5 - 7 minute black metal opus. Stop pretending that shit is awesome."

27) DEVIL MASTER - MANIFESTATIONS "A very strange recording. Elements of old school thrash/death with a guitar style that verges on post-punk/goth. The vocals are drowned in reverb. To describe this as 'heavy' would be a bit of a stretch but it definitely has a lot of those elements. I kept coming back to this just because it had a sound that was so compelling."

28) CITY HUNTER - DEEP BLOOD "Hardcore/grindcore with a serious obsession with 80s slasher movies. The song titles and the packaging and the entire presentation would be right at home sitting in the horror section at VIDEOFLICKS."

29) APHEX TWIN - COLLAPSE EP "More reliably awesome tunes from MR. JAMES. No end in sight to his genius, it would seem!"

30) HENRY BLACKER - THE MAKING OF JUNIOR BONNER "I've been super into this band since I heard their 1st album a few years ago. This, their 3rd, is more of the same good stuff - super-sludgey riffs upon riffs, 70s SABBATH style. Cool vocals too, always with the same weird harmonizing effect on them."

31) GREBER - CEMETERY PRESTON "A fantastic duo, bass and drums, not to mention dual vocals. Super feral, aggressive as all hell. Seeing them live is the aural equivalent of being beaten to a pulp. They're also 2 of the sweetest guys you'll ever meet. It's awesome when you have friends who make incredible music."


HONOURABLE MENTIONS - CONVERGE, TEENAGE WRIST, MIND SPIDERS, WAKE, SLEEP, GROUPER

There were a few bands who had releases out this year where I thought it would be a no-brainer as far as enjoyment went. The AMEN DUNES album did absolutely nothing for me. I've enjoyed his stuff a lot in the past but with this one, I went from ignoring it to being annoyed by it. People were flipping out over the return of DAUGHTERS, another band whose past releases I am still super into. Nope. I don't hear it. And that UNCLE ACID album. Another solid band with solid releases, especially their last one (NIGHT CREEPER). This new one, it ain't bad but there's just nothing on there that sticks out. And finally, HIGH ON FIRE - is there really any point anymore? Their albums are interchangeable. I hate to say it but we all know it's true. Happy new year.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

HOPELESS TEENAGE CORPSEPAINT

A new release! I'd been hacking away at this sucker for months, stopping and starting. The idea of tackling the drums and the lyrics were 2 separate causes of some serious procrastination. Anyways, here it is. I used MELVINS "Egg Nog" as a bit of a roadmap. Not to mention a serious binge and purge of old school thrash metal and crossover. Some KILLING JOKE vibes in there too. I'm giving away all my secrets! Lastly, downloading the album from bandcamp will give you access to 4 additional ambient tracks which can be enjoyed on their own or played in tandem with each respective song (a la NEUROSIS, BORIS, FLAMING LIPS, IRON LUNG). Nobody will actually attempt that but it's a nice idea.

HOPELESS TEENAGE CORPSEPAINT


Friday, December 29, 2017

MY FAVOURITE RELEASES OF 2017

This TSTAT website thing that nobody is reading right now was fairly quiet for the vast majority of 2017. Not much to say, as per usual. Musically, however, it's been a pretty busy year (for me, at least). Two TSTAT releases as well as a few others in my various musical endevours. Here's what saw the light of day in 2017 that involved the person typing this out right now - me.

1) THE SUN THROUGH A TELESCOPE - BLACK HOLE SMILE "There is a specific demon residing in my subconsciousness that is made up of equal parts PINK FLOYD - THE WALL, VOIVOD - DIMENSION HATROSS and QUEENSRYCHE - OPERATION MINDCRIME. So this particular release was a concept-album exorcism of sorts. Insanely self-indulgent, to be sure. If you hate this, that's probably a normal reaction. I had a lot of fun putting it together and I am going to have even more fun never doing something like this again."

2) THE SUN THROUGH A TELESCOPE - IV BLACK DRONES "An EP that kind of goes back to the vibe of the ORANGE and GREEN / BLACK EPs. It's free. Enjoy."

3) COASTAL PIGS - BECOMES A SCENE, BECOMES THE NOTHING "JEFF KAINZ is the singer/guitarist of this band and is also the sole songwriter. I am constantly blown away by his incredible sense of melody and his ability to turn abstract noise into a catchy hook. This album represents about half the songs we recorded so definitely more to come."

4) GREATHUNTER - PREY "This project comprises songs written by ANDREW GROSVENOR (who also joins me in the grunge/sludge trio HAMN). We collaborated to expand a bunch of his primarily acoustic demos into the electronic/orchestrated songs you hear on this release."


That's it for tooting my own horn (someone's gotta do it). Now onto the good stuff....

1) THEY GRIEVE - I MADE MY SACRIFICE ACCORDINGLY EP "A fantastic first release from an Ottawa-based duo, both of whom were formerly part of the crushingly heavy ALASKAN (RIP). This band crushes as well but in a slightly different way. Some truly lovely interludes to offset the 100 tons of heaviness."

2) CODE ORANGE - FOREVER "I had to double-check that this album wasn't actually a pile of shit, based solely on the fact that the douchiest dum-dums in the world were championing it. Nope, still awesome. Just goes to show that a good idea can come from just about anywhere (ie: even from out of the pie-hole of a total wanker)."

3) BAD BREEDING - DIVIDE "UK hardcore done awesome. Political and pissed. I wouldn't normally go for such a thing but their sound is so visceral, it just commands my attention."

4) PISSED JEANS - WHY LOVE NOW "Another fantastic release from this band. Brutish yet catchy. Some seriously funny lyrics too, something I normally couldn't care less about."

5) UNIFORM - WAKE IN FRIGHT "This band is like a nightmare version of SUICIDE. Production-wise, it's a "this-is-meant-to-sound-dirt-cheap" approach, which works very much in their favour."

6) JAPANDROIDS - NEAR TO THE WILD HEART OF LIFE "You know that scene in Uncle Buck where he's at the party, looking for his missing niece? That's basically how I feel when I listen to music like this. That said, the songs are insanely catchy and super well-written. Why are they so obsessed with drinking? Tia? TIA! Has anyone seen my niece?!"

7) FULL OF HELL - TRUMPETING ECSTASY "An onslaught of riffs, riffs, riffs. This album goes by quick which is perfect. Music like this should not overstay its welcome. Only lets up very briefly around the end with some interesting sound collage and angelic vocals. I welcome this form of insanity."

8) ELDER - REFLECTIONS OF A FLOATING WORLD "I'd heard a few of their past releases and nothing really gelled with me. This album, however, is incredibly rewarding. Many different shades of stoner and psych rock."

9) NO JOY - CREEP EP "This band is one of my 2 favourite active Canadian bands (the other is KEN mode). Their take on shoegaze or dreampop or whatever is amazing, always a soaring chorus to look forward to. Also, a bit of a dip into the hardcore/metal pool on this release which is kind of fun and unexpected (but makes perfect sense)."

10) BORIS - DEAR "This is a heavy and doomy one from BORIS, which is always good. I also enjoy their deviations into J-Pop. They basically own any genre they try their collective hand at."

11) HUMANITIES / LOW SUN - HUMAN SUN EP "Two fantastic Toronto bands. An inaugural release from LOW SUN (formerly SHAHMAN, whose praises I have sang many times over the years) and a sophomore release from HUMANITIES. A lot of the best parts of the 90s alt-rock / post-punk era are represented here and then some."

12) LOW SUN - RESERVOIR OF IMPERTINENT BLISS "A few songs that can also be found on the release above plus a bunch more. Soothing and unsettling, all at once."

13)  FLYING FORTRESS - BITCHWIND "This release was many moons in the making and I'm so glad it finally saw the light of day this year. A super-original mix of heavy rock, thrash, hardcore and classic rock. I was lucky enough to get to sit in on the drumkit for one show with them. It damn near killed me."

14) WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM - THRICE WOVEN "A shining example of black metal done right in a sea of bands working off the same boring template. Many twists and turns on this release, well worth sitting through (makes it sound like a chore but hey, free time is a hard thing to come by, ya know?!?)."

15) CONVERGE - THE DUSK IN US "I probably listened to this album more than any that came out this year. It's a fuckin ripper, plain and simple. I haven't cared for anything they've put out since NO HEROES but this one is up there with their best stuff. Kudos to JACOB BANNON for adding several different aspects to his vocal approach this late in the bands' career while simultaneously not abandoning his familiar, please-help-me-I'm-on-fire vocalizations."

16) PHARMAKON - CONTACT "More nightmare music from MARGARET CHARDIET. A million times scarier than any of the aforementioned black metal bozos."

17) DARK PLAINS - 00001 "An Ottawa band made up of members of some truly legendary 90s bands (OKARA and SHOTMAKER, among others). I told the drummer, after witnessing their live show for the first time, 'I'm so glad you're still playing THIS kind of music!'"

18) BISON - YOU ARE NOT THE OCEAN YOU ARE THE PATIENT "Very excited to finally get another release from this band. A treasure chest of riffs. They have the unique ability to turn a seemingly stock-in-trade sounding guitar part into the freshest thing you ever heard. How?!?!"

19) CRYSTAL FAIRY - S/T "I generally have at least one MELVINS album on my list as they average between 1 to 3 releases a year. That said, their latest offerings haven't been blowing me away. This album (featuring BUZZO and DALE, along with TERI GENDER BENDER of LES BUTCHERETTES and OMAR RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ of THE MARS VOLTA) more than makes up for it. Amazing riffs and amazing vocals. Awesome rock."

20) POWER TRIP - NIGHTMARE LOGIC "This one seems to be topping everyone's lists this year but, what can I say? I guzzled the Kool Aid on this one. It was the flavour of nonstop riffage. What else could I do?"

21) JK FLESH - SUICIDE ESTATE ANTIBIOTIC ARMAGEDDON "JUSTIN BROADRICK as evil old-school hip-hop/electro DJ. That description alone should warrant a listen."

22) METZ - STRANGE PEACE "Another home run from these guys. I often find myself going 'Oh, why didn't I think of that?' throughout their albums. They make this noise rock thing look easy."

23) PRIMITIVE MAN - CAUSTIC "Absolutely crushing doom metal. As dark and noisy as doom metal can get, I'd say. Very dense and very unsettling."

24) KRALLICE - GO BE FORGOTTEN "A consistently great band with an awesome twist on black metal. They'll never be a favourite of mine but I feel like they can always be counted on for an awesome release."

25) MUTOID MAN - WAR MOANS "3rd time's a charm for this band. An awesome blend of thrash and classic metal stuff. Very speedy but very melodic as well. AGENT STEEL anyone?"

26) ELECTRIC WIZARD - WIZARD BLOODY WIZARD "Nothing new here, just more consistently twisted explorations of 70s style heavy rock. The less-is-more approach of only including 6 songs is a good one, I think. It allows each song to be a standout and the album isn't overly long because of it."

27) CHROME - TECHROMANCY "It's always cool to get some new music from HELIOS CREED but this album is about as close to the classic CHROME sound as you're gonna get. Three cheers to his backing band as they absolutely nailed the RED EXPOSURE / BLOOD ON THE MOON vibe."

28) PYRAMIDS OF SPACE - LIVE ON NEPTUNE "Came across this whilst cruising through the MORDANT MUSIC roster of late. It's minimalist and cold but fun and funky at the same time (the cool, dirty 70s version of funk)."

29) PATRICIA - SEVERAL SHADES OF THE SAME COLOR "Came across this whilst perusing the recent releases of a different record label (SPECTRAL SOUND this time). There's a serious APHEX vibe here but, more specifically, the AFX ANALOGUE BUBBLEBATH series. And that's just alright by me."

30) BLANK SUN - S/T "An Ottawa based electronic musician/producer who normally operates under the SBSST moniker. I almost get a vibe of the early PLASTIKMAN stuff from this. Hard to say whether it's dark or not, kind of right on the cusp. Very cool, nonetheless."

31) FRET - OVER DEPTH "After a decade-plus hiatus from producing any music, MICK HARRIS returns with some more of his patented nightmare dance-music. I've been a huge fan of SCORN for years so I couldn't be happier that he's back at it."

32) GODFLESH - POST SELF "More from JUSTIN BROADRICK. The last GODFLESH release was quite good but I think this one is even better. He really wears his love of all things KILLING JOKE on his sleeve on this."


HONOURABLE MENTIONS: DEAD RANCH, THE WAR ON DRUGS, CLOUD NOTHINGS, KING WOMAN, UNEARTHLY TRANCE, QUICKSAND, SLOWDIVE, NO MISTAKES IN SPACE, SABBATH ASSEMBLY, MONADS


That ULVER album....man, I really tried (almost listened to the whole thing) but it's just not doing it for me. Very well done but not my cup of tea. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE have proven themselves, once again, to be completely worthless (other than that first album and some tunes here and there). I felt the RUN THE JEWELS album was severely lacking in awesomeness. Not half as good as their last album. Lastly, may I just say that my prediction of MIKE PATTON being the thing that completely ruined DEAD CROSS couldn't have been more on the money. As talented of a vocalist as he is, he just does NOT understand how to approach that kind of music. Just stand back and let the riffs do the talking, dude! Even double-tracking is overkill! Happy new year.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

IV BLACK DRONES

I recently released an EP. It's called IV BLACK DRONES. I released it very quietly. I released BLACK HOLE SMILE very loudly and it barely made a ripple in the music world at large so what the hell. The TSTAT project is, by design, pretty self-indulgent but this EP in particular really pushes the boundaries of self-indulgence into new and exciting realms (if I do say so). Anyways, it's a mellow one, for the most part. I originally planned on having zero drums on it (and possibly zero guitar as well I can't remember) but that didn't exactly pan out. I've got another EP in the works that will hopefully see the light of day early next year. In the meantime, enjoy IV BLACK DRONES!


Monday, April 24, 2017

Sometimes Always

My good friend Pierce runs an Ottawa-focused music blog called SOMETIMES ALWAYS. He was kind enough to conduct an interview with yours truly. Check it out HERE! Thanks Pierce!



Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Meltdown, reviews, etc...

Just over a month since I released BLACK HOLE SMILE and the response has been pretty great. Getting the cassettes together took a lot longer than I had anticipated but they are finally ready and I'll be mailing them out this week. Big thanks to everyone who ordered one - your patience is very much appreciated.

MELTDOWN is a show on CKCU 93.1 FM (Carleton University campus radio here in Ottawa) that specializes in heavy music and is the longest running show of its kind in Canada. Dimitris and Marcus invited me on the show a couple of weeks ago and were very gracious hosts. We talked about all things TSTAT and played a few cuts from the new album. You can hear an archived version of the show right HERE!

A couple of BLACK HOLE SMILE reviews...

The first is care of WONDERBOX METAL. Very cool review. TEMPLE OF THE DOG and NINE INCH NAILS are both mentioned. This person really has my number. Check out the review HERE!

The second is care of THE HEADBANGING MOOSE. An excellent, song-by-song breakdown of the album. Very nicely done. Check it out right HERE!

I just became aware of an artist by the name of VIDNA OBMANA. Real name DIRK SERRIES, he went by the VO pseudonym throughout the 80s and 90s, putting out incredibly dense and dark noise collage-type stuff, mostly cassette-only releases. He's got a bandcamp page up that covers a lot of the releases he did back in the day. Check it out right HERE! Also, be sure and check out what he's currently releasing as DIRK SERRIES, especially if you want to be lulled into submission by the best ambient music this side of STARS OF THE LID. He even did a collaboration with JESU last year, seek it out! DS bandcamp page right HERE!

Lastly, CRAIG SMITH. Read his fascinating and tragic story HERE, then have a listen to a few of his albums HERE. Hippie trail, my ass....


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Black Hole Smile on the Internet!

A couple of warmup / preview posts in anticipation of Black Hole Smile's imminent release....

PURE GRAIN AUDIO was way cool in offering to premier a stream of the entire album on their site. They are purveyors of all things Canadian-rock so it's very cool to be included (awesome side-note: they premiered a track by CANCELLED (a side project of MARC BORGOUN'S [FUCK THE FACTS, GREBER] the very same day!). You can find the stream right HERE.

TERRA RELICTA also posted a little writeup with a link to the album on Soundcloud. You can find that particular article right HERE.

Some pre-orders for cassettes are trickling in which is very cool. Visit the bandcamp page if you're as enamoured with cassettes as I am. HERE.