December 11, 2006

Black Pus

Filed under: Artist Profile,Music — rkodrzy @ 9:11 pm

It seems that Brian Chippendale has too much energy for this world. Since 1999, his two bands, Lightning Bolt and Mindflayer, have released a total of eight albums. But this is not enough for the spastic drum master. In between drawing comic books and album art, he has found time for a solo project, Black Pus, which has released three albums since its creation in 2005 on Chippendale’s own label, DiareahRama.

Black Pus is a jazz outfit in every sense of the word. It consists of frantic, ever changing, scattershot drum beats with heavy doses of tourtured saxophones dunked in steaming vats of noise. Ugly music, yes, but its utterly chaotic nature creates a quite enjoyable dark atmosphere. Let the endless streams of snare blasts and horn squelches flow over your ears, not worrying to pick out single notes, but rather viewing it as constantly shifting chunks of sounds. Best when played at ridiculously high volumes.

Judging from his musical catelogue, Chippendale appears content to break music down and rebuild it as he sees fit. Rarely fitting into existing categories or genres, he is a true innovator and is setting many new standards for noise and jazz music in the new century.

The first two albums (curiously titled II and I, respectively), are available for download at fauxfetus.net.

December 10, 2006

Local Atlanta, Pt. 1: Small Framed Boy

Filed under: Artist Profile,News — RadioFly @ 11:52 am

Small Framed BoyOpening acts have it tough. They’re in a position where it’s very difficult to draw the audience’s attention at all, let alone have enough of an impact to inspire concert attendees to remember them. People want to see the headliner…that’s just how it is. Best case scenario, you might hear, “man, the opening act was good, but man The Flaming Lips!!!! SPACE BUBBLE!” or even, “man, Coldplay was so disappointing, even that stupid opener was better,” but you’ll almost never hear “man Belle & Sebastian was great, but that opener really blew my mind!”

Unless you see a show that Small Framed Boy opens.

A couple weeks ago, I went to the Drunken Unicorn to see one of my favorite bands, the Dirty Projectors, play. They turned in an absolutely wild performance, easily one of the best I’ve seen all year. That evening, however, belonged to the group of women who make up the opening band—Small Framed Boy.

The first song they played sounded like the long lost cousin of no wave and psych, with a driving !!!rhythm section of Amanda Boyd and Erin Santini sharing the spotlight with guitarist and vocalist Jennie Castillo’s perfect combination of experimentation, melody, and eerie vocals. As SFB went further into their mesmerizing set, more and more words seemed to accurately described the band. They remained wholly melodic, even downright funky, all throughout but they somehow also managed to be a middle-eastern-sounding noise freak-out group with the giant monster above jumping around in front of the stage. Oh yeah… they rap too. All of those genres and adjectives and buzzwords add up to one word–“indescribable.”

Though you won’t get the full effect of their live show, I urge you to CLICK RIGHT HERE and head on over to their myspace. Then, your next step is to get on a plane to Atlanta so you can see one of their shows. In fact, they’re playing today if you hurry…

December 8, 2006

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paradise UFO – Univers Zen Ou de Zero a Zero

Filed under: Hype,Music — rkodrzy @ 2:00 am

[2002, Fractal]

This is one beast of an album. One cannot expect an easy listening experience when popping this thing into the CD player. What one can expect is a otherworldly journey through huge, sprawling soundscapes thick with both distortion and ambience. Tracks rotate on endlessly repetitive riffs and melodies, drawing the listener in and leaving their mind floating somewhere in oblivion.

The great variety on the album can be demonstrated with the opening two tracks, “Electric Love Machine” and “Ange Mecanique de Saturne.” The former roars out of the gates with a raucous, noise-laden guitar jam that threatens to destroy speakers and doesn’t let up for its entire ten minute running time. The latter is an extremely laid-back, relaxing, acoustic dream which plays like a lullaby from another planet.

Univers Zen is basically an grand symphony from space. Each track is mind-bogglingly immense in scope and the atmosphere that is created here is very dramatic.

Highly recommended for any fans of psychedelic music. It’s amazing that the band was able to release seven full length albums in 2002 (yes, seven) and still come up with incredible works such as this.

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