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Bone Zone #4 — I Must Review.

In Uncategorized on July 16, 2012 at 7:21 pm

 

Satan’s Satyrs – “Wild Beyond Belief” LP

I said I would write a review eventually. So I got this thingy. I think I know what a satyr is — lemme’ double check. “4. Any of various butterflies of the family Satyridae, having brown wings marked with eyelike spots.” Hmmm. That doesn’t sound right. Oh, here: “1. often Satyr Greek Mythology A woodland creature depicted as having the pointed ears, legs, and short horns of a goat and a fondness for unrestrained revelry.” I believe “wild” is the interpretation here. Much better. Let’s review. A friend described this to me — “like Midnight but more doomy.” Probably could just end this here but out of boredom, I will continue. And because this rules.

I saw these guys recently, but that’s a different conversation. Let’s stick to the topic, people. Cool insert and poster matching the cover theme. This indeed has a a constant theme running through it. If you can’t figure it out by the cover I cannot help you. The poster leads me to believe this is a one man show — “Starring Claythanas”. Live their drummer hammered. This surprised me, in that apparently Claythanas also hammers (he plays the “subs” live [bass]). Due to rigorous research (I texted one person) I discovered “Clayton” also plays the drums in Terraset. Getting it now.  It seems like there was a larger sub-set of punk and extreme music the would operate like this a bit back, but I am only seeing things through my hazy lenses. I like when people take the time to do it alone, as it’s a difficult thing. It’s often a very rewarding experience to the person making it run and listener alike though — to hear something that is of singular vision. THIS is that.

THIS is pretty violent, blurry, bottom heavy, riff heavy vengeance rock with leads going all over the place. The tempos proceed rather quickly, adding a hint of something like Poison Idea to the mixture. Harshly delivered, echoed out vocals that fall in the proper place — right. And how could you go wrong with a song titled “Strange Robes”? You can’t. But the sounds of basement Candlemass are revved up like the engines on the cover, taking the listener on a ride through the thick burnout stripes of the mind. It’s the constance and the singular vision that will get you there alive, if you prayed to the south. “Alien I’ve always been / Recoil from helping hand / Dusk weighs heavy on my brow / From the start I have been damned.” Amen, brothers and sisters of the motorized hoof.

 

Trash King Productions

– whereabouts unknown.

Bone Zone #3.

In Uncategorized on July 16, 2012 at 12:30 am

Singles Ready.

The rapid sharing of information over the electronic web has created an interesting thing to me – the personal single. What the record companies and labels push on the modern public is often quite different from the music tracks I see pushed in blogs, Facey pages, etc. Though not directly linked to the group themselves, these bits of information do serve the same purpose as singles always have, but their origins now differ wildly.

“The basic parameters of the music single were established in the late 19th century, when the gramophone record began to supersede phonograph cylinders in commercial music. Gramophone discs were manufactured with a range of playback speeds (from 16 rpm to 78 rpm) and in several sizes (including 12″/30 cm). By around 1910, however, the 10-inch (25 cm) 78 rpm shellac disc had become the most commonly used format.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single%5B7.15.12%5D) These though seem to only be singles in terms of length, and it seems to me that the length here was dictated by technology. Let’s fast forward the tape and get a little modern.

A little inter-netting provided this information: “In 1948 the Columbia company had perfected the 12″ Long Playing Vinyl disc. Spinning at 33 rpm the new format could play up to 25 minutes per side. This new record medium also had a much lower level of surface noise than did its older shellac cousin. However, Columbia’s big rival, RCA Victor then produced the seven inch 45 rpm vinyl disc. These could hold as much sound as the 12″ 78 rpm discs they were to replace, but were much smaller and attractive.” (http://www.45-rpm.org.uk/history.html [07.15.12) If one dismisses the 8-track, cassette tape and compact disk as inferior reproduction systems (as I do),  this talk quickly moves the discussion to present day. In my humble opinion, there is no better format to “enjoy” pre-recorded music than the vinyl record. And the vinyl record is still the preferred format to many a fan, audiophile, and punk rocker alike.

The first number one single on the Billboard Chart was Harry Bellefonte, in 1945. Since then, history shows that recorded music can be a very interesting snapshot of the United States, United Kingdom, and an influence on the globe. By the end of the 1960’s and more properly the ‘70’s, album oriented rock (A.O.R.) emerged as the critical focus. But tunes like “Cherokee People” and towards the end of the ‘70’s disco, kept the singles spinning.

The 1980’s and the newly formed Music Television Network was a hotbed for “one hit wonders”. Get the hit, sell the hit, dismiss the maker and move on. Contrary to the vapid nature of this culture though, sprang new growth in the 7” single. And tape trading. And these could be very much personal. Labor of love pressings, bands doing it themselves, and even lager independent labels trying to cash on the latest trends kept the singles flowing. Tape trading is very relevant to the discussion here though, as these tapes were often personal tracks being “promoted” by the compiler. But what these formats were gaining towards the purely personal was nothing compared to the immediacy of the internet.

As music is such a large, virtually all-consuming part of my life, I often find it to be an easier barometer of the moods and actions of the people listening to it than their words. And the access to different genre examples of high quality sounds creates many an eclectic music fan. A person listening to Stalin at midnight and Fresh Blueberry Pancakes the next evening (and posting it) gives away much about their disposition and mood at that time. And that can be very very personal. A DJ of sorts is born through these posts, and they can be far more effective than simple words can express. What am I listening to right now? Cleveland Indians talk radio, but that’s how it goes. I find it calming.

 

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August 18th – David Bay Leaf / Batt Lion 7″ release at Cedar’s in Youngstown, Ohio. You will see: David Bay Leaf, Batt Lion, Fishwives (new 7″ in the works), Filmstrip, TF Hugedudes, and MC’d by DJ Manni Goik. Special guests TBA.

Pound Town City Limits – 3rd On Fourth. Magical Episode #3.

In Uncategorized on July 4, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Pound Town City Limits – 3rd On Fourth. 57:16. Track Listing.

Scrapbooker.

In Uncategorized on July 3, 2012 at 11:27 pm

Ultrasphinx.

Ultrasphinx.

Ultrasphinx.

Batt Lion: The Professor and Kenny.

Batt Lion: El Tharp.

Lights.

Batt Lion: Kenny in Deep Patrick Ewing Sweat.

Batt Lion: Color.

Batt Lion: Analog.

Light Stuff.

David Bay Leaf: Scott.

David Bay Leaf: Robert Glen Ledyard.

David Bay Leaf.

David Bay Leaf.

David Bay Leaf: Scott. Gabe.

David Bay Leaf: Scott. Gabe.

David Bay Leaf: Scott. Gabe.

Batt Lion: Dumb Kenny.

Katie Joy.

The End.