Lion's Care Recordings

The Turntable Of Despair.

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2012 at 2:32 pm

The Turntable Of Despair (November Record Reviews).

Here you are — I’ve decided to create a separate category for record reviews. And this is the first installment.

BLOODLOSS “Lost My Head For A Drink” LP

I get so mad deep inside when the glut of music invasion and apathy allow me to miss stuff I really need in my life. This Sydney/Seattle chunk of lost scuzz is just that sort of thing. If you’re not familiar with this band, it was comprised of members of LUBRICATED GOAT, MONKEYWRENCH and Mark Arm of MUDHONEY. And that’s what it sounds like, too. This was laying around unmixed for 10 years — from the liner notes: “This particular LP was made in a triangle shaped studio under the fray filter of sickness, mental illness and general hopelessness. Our ‘manager’ had given the band the heave-ho…We always liked it and like a million other things, always intended to finish off. After sitting on it for a decade, we did and here it is.” And IT is a great record. Unlike many “retro” garage acts of late, this band took their swampy sounds and shot up with gnarly helpings of BEEFHEART, experimentation, and delivered it with a full bag of amazing singers. Comparisons to THE LAUGHING HYENAS with some SWELL MAPS angle and a bit of hard rock… two tracks could even be lost tracks from MOTORCYCLE BOY “Popsicle”, with fuzzy vocals and sax, even. Limited to 1000, and apparently not the hottest seller, as I just picked up a new one 2 years after its release. It appears that this band will never find justice. 12 songs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoyIpfPMgCY (DIRTY KNOBBY RECORDS).

CACAW s/t LP

Textural, harmonic syncopation and brutal drumming from Chicago — this sounds like an AmRep or Touch and Go release from the rough edges of those catalogues, a sound similar to that of something like TOTAL SHUTDOWN. Total fucking lurching riffs, held onto and stretched into nuclear weapons. And the vocals — really heavy, but not really scream(y) female vox by 2 diff. ladies, latticed by a dude voice, they wail into hypnotizing chants and punctuation of the relentless beats. Heavy rock songs created from dense layers of shriek and drone, wonderfully recorded, and limited to 500 copies for cool cats. Not to mention the mind blowing, silk screened cover. Put on the headphones and shoot it strait into your brain. Not recommended for lazy Sundays — highly recommended for space mosh pits. Also available on cassette. (Permanent Records).

COFFIN BREAK “Rupture” LP

A touch of melodicism (“Kill the President”) and a bucket of dark heaviness (“Kill the President”) dominates this — a great punk rock record. It really pumped my nads to find this recently. It hasn’t been reissued or anything; I just wanted to mention it. There were a bunch of bands from the grunge period who didn’t fit that mold, but benefitted from the genius of Jack Endino (he plays some guitar on this, too). This early C/Z band, though not of the grunge style per se, has that dark sound, and a place in my heart. When I was in high school I would love mentioning this band to new Nirvana fans; who would look at me like I was a total dick. Why do people always look at me like I’m a total dick? This was their second LP. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1CDCci2o8Q (C/Z Records)

FUTUR SKULLZ s/t LP

Hammering metal / punk featuring ex – Fucking Champs, Face Down in Shit, Gargantula, Weakling, Total Fucking Shit System, Gorehounds, the Makes Nice, Feces for Warpaint, Damones, Hot Lunch, Uwharria, Comets on Fire, Drunk Horse, etc. This is so heavy, with the riffs of METALLICA meeting the boiling punk rock of POISON IDEA. The barking vocals fit in roperly, and the whole thing just does it right. For fans of the heavy and for those with a passing jones for it, this is the record. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8–aQTpgXo (Kemodo).

KOOLAID “Global Tyranny” LP

A mystery band, this recording apparently showed up on Agitated’s doorstep where it was promptly released. Total psyche explosions featuring searing wah-wah, holy roller rant loops, and repetition, repetition, repetition; all these tracks are over 10 minutes.  While taking a car trip recently, I had to shut this off — it almost pulled my brain and vehicle from the road in a trance of sound. Really like this — like a lo-fi, heavier version of NEU!. Kinda. (Agitated).

To submit a review, please send .zip files or physical copies to one of these two address:

lionscarerecordings@gmail.com, or

LION’S CARE RECORDINGS

2650 Taylor St.

Youngstown, Ohio 44502

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