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Covering Your Tracks – 46

In a previous CYT, I mentioned traveling to my grandparents house. We’d go every weekend, leaving for the 2 hour drive on Friday, just as the sun was setting. As a small kid I pretty much had what seemed like a huge backseat to myself. It probably seemed huge because it was huge. Have you seen 70s model cars?

As it turned full dark, I’d stretch out on the back seat and listen to tires running over ground, my parents mumbled conversations and the radio, usually WLS out of Chicago. I’m pretty sure you could pick up WLS on the moon. It was AM radio in the 70s, so I got to hear a lot of Top 40 shit like “Afternoon Delight,” “Blinded by the Light,” and the like. I also got to hear the first single I ever begged my parents to buy, Jackson Browne’s “Runnin’ On Empty” from the album of the same name. I loved that song. I still do.

I really love this cover of it by Bob Schneider (it’s from a live performance in Austin, TX. A studio version will be on a forthcoming Jackson Browne tribute album);

Speaking of Bob Schneider, go check out his stuff. The guy is a genius. Hip-hop, rock, blues; the guy genre-hops like a rabbit in a sunny meadow– with grace, agility and a natural instinct.

here’s the magic original version;

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one and done, 4

Out of Your Mouth Out of Your Mouth is a project of prolific Canadian band-creator and music maker, Jason Darr (we’ll have another Darr project in the O&D posts soon). The band released their debut, and only, album Draghdad in 2004. The album had minor success with a cover of Madonna’s “Music.” Creative differences, and members leaving left OOYM no more. Thankfully, they left Draghdad to remember them by.

It’s no surprise Draghdad didn’t have commercial success (aside from the one song already popularized by Madonna), it isn’t a commercial rock album. It isn’t all that radio friendly, it just isn’t. Laying somewhere between batshit mania and electro-industrial-alternative-to-the-alternative hard rock, Draghdad is a giant goddamn ball of fun. Radio would only ruin that, IMO. Even if radio was afraid of it, you shouldn’t be. You should grab it, put it on your preferred listening device, and crank the shit out of it.

Start with these;

[ Bla Bla Bla | 03:11 | 4.4mb | mp3 ]
[ Beautiful When You’re Mad | 0:34 | 4.9mb | mp3 ]

 OUT OF YOUR MOUTH – DRAGHDAD
draghdad01. Kaboom
02. Bla Bla Bla
03. Beautiful When You’re Mad
04. Thanks For Nothing
05. Music
06. Crime Pays
07. I’m Ugly
08. Bug
09. Wank
10. Last Day Alive
11. Stray
12. The Dream
13. Hidden Track

You can grab Draghdad from amazon, stream a bit of it from Grooveshark, & possibly find it in the usual (wink, wink) places.
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one and done, 3

atom-ondOne and Done is a collection of posts exploring the bands from my music library that have, for whatever reason, released only one album. This time we are going to take a look at 2004’s The Crash of ’47, the lone release of the band Atomship.

Back in 2005 or 2006 last.fm introduced me to Atomship and Crash.. via the “similar bands” function. I was hooked immediately. At the time P2P sharing was all the rage, and I thought I’d try to get in on some of that. No luck. Dead seeds, fakes, virus infested zip files, all thwarted my efforts to procure this fucking awesome album. Finally I broke down and bought it.

What set this record apart is that it was different than the cookie-cutter nu-metal flooding the zone at the time. The Crash of ’47 is emotionally charged, the music is heavy, and feels urgent, sometimes almost desperate, and its filled with super/para-normal references (it is after all, named after the famous Roswell crash).

I don’t know why Acroma or keddaH split after the one release, but I have a theory about Atomship. I think once they were done, and listening to the final product, the band members were all like, “well, we’re boned. there’s no way we’ll ever top that.” Could be, because it is nearly flawless. In reality? the band could never get, or stay, on the same page. Some members quit the biz, and others went on to other projects, including Papercut Massacre.

Though Atomship didn’t go on to create more music, they at least left us with The Crash of ’47, and for that I, for one, am damn grateful.

Here’s some sample listening (the 1st is my favorite track, and the 2nd is the promoted single from the album):

[ Mothra | 05:26 | 8.7mb | mp3 ]
[ Pencil Fight | 03:36 | 6mb | mp3 ]



 Atomship – The Crash of ’47:
atomship - the crash of '47 1. Day of Daze
2. Mothra
3. Dragonfly
4. Pencil Fight
5. Withered
6. Agent Orange
7. Time for People
8. Aliens
9. Whitifield
10. Friends
11. Plastic People

/ grab it from amazon or iTunes /

Covering Your Tracks – 44


I’m an 80’s teen, and back then liking the movie The Breakfast Club was the law. Luckily, I didn’t need jack-booted Hollywood thugs busting down my door forcing me to like the movie. I love The Breakfast Club, it’ll always be at least in my top 3. I also loved the soundtrack, which of course is best known for Simple Minds’ “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” which plays over the beginning and end of the movie.

“Don’t You (Forget About Me)” is a great song, and I’d probably love it no matter who covered it (except Hank Jr). The following is no exception; a cover from the band Life of Agony’s 1995 release Ugly. Its a slow-burn with a goth/industrial feel to it. A bit heavier than the original, but captures the feeling of the song nicely.

[ Don’t You (Forget About Me) | 6:08 | 5.7mb | mp3 ]

And here’s the original;

it was also a crime to NOT do this at the end of the movie

it was also a crime to NOT do this at the end of the movie

one and done, 2

ond-keddahOne thing that’s always fascinated me about some records is the fact that a few individuals, each bringing something uniquely their own, get together to create something magical. Such is the case with the band keddaH’s 2004 release al’keme. Unfortunately, there isn’t a whole lot of info on the band on the internets save for a myspace tribute page, and a very brief page at Encyclopaedia Metallum.

But these guys got together in the Arizona desert (probably), threw in bits and pieces of themselves, and created what, to me, is a brilliant album. I know that’s how almost all music is made, by groups of individuals. But al’keme is something special. The music is dense. There’s a lot to hear. I’ve listened to al’keme probably a hundred times, and still hear new things; a guitar riff I missed before, a drum fill, a vocal intonation, etc.. This music is not made, it is crafted. By very talented craftsmen.

Now, my love of this album is admittedly a result of life events when I first heard it. I was going through some tough times, and my mood was generally not good. That Encyclopaedia Metallum page lists the band’s lyrical theme(s) as “life” (that’s not too broad at all). No, this album is righteous anger is musical form. Social commentary, weariness of being fed meaningless, cliched advice, and “leave-me-the-fuck-alone” are the main points being made, I think. That’s why it caught my ear, anyway. Because I was angry, it moved me, helped me deal with what was happening in my life at the time. Even now it gives me chills, not because I’m angry any longer, but because it is finely crafted music. I’m glad they made al’keme, I just wish it wasn’t the only one.

Shove these in your ears, increase volume, and possibly praise some invisible hand that may have pushed these guys to make this music.
[ Symbiotic | 04:39 | 4.34mb | mp3 ]

[ So Called | 05:08 | 4.78mb | mp3 ]

 KeddaH – Al’Keme:
keddah - al'keme 01. The Hallmark
02. You Lied (Live, Peach Cover)
03. Inevitable
04. Escape
05. Symbiotic
06. Telekenisis
07. So Called
08. Today
09. The River
10. Nothing
11. DisEmpower

[these are all the songs I have, whether or not it is the whole album, I don’t know. It has all the GooglePlay Music version tracks, sans the less-than-a-minute fillers, plus the Peach cover..]
[get it]

Mustasch Metal

mustasch band Mustasch is a Swedish band formed in 1998. After forming, they recorded and released a smattering of songs through various record labels. In 2001 they hooked up with a bigger label and released their first official EP, “True Sound of the New West.” Since then they’ve been fairly prolific in creating new music, releasing 7 albums, 2 EPs and a live album. As to the name Mustasch, its a stoner metal/rock band, what else would you call it?

They chose the name Mustasch because many of their musical heroes had moustaches; such as Freddie Mercury from Queen and Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath. – Wikipedia

Oh.

All of the albums contain a couple of duds. Every album also has at least one, and on a couple of albums two, absolutely brilliant songs that highlight the band’s range, and show they are more than simply a “Stoner Metal” band. The rest of the music on the albums is solid stoner rock/metal. The stuff you listen to when you’re staring at your hand, reading a book or whatever you people do when you’re high. I read a book. Well, I hold a book and drift off to… somewhere.

Of the brilliant tracks, ‘6:36’ from the album RatSafari is my favorite.

Not to be a (languagist? language nazi? pedantic asshole?), but the earlier albums suffered just a bit from heavy accents. I mean, I’m glad they chose to go with English vocals, but broken English and heavy accents can kinda take some people out of the song(s). With their latest release, Thank You for the Demon, while the accents are noticeable, they aren’t distracting, and the flow of lyrics is more cohesive.

Thank You for the Demon brings us a Mustasch that has matured– musically, lyrically and vocally. It is still “Stoner Metal,” but its a strain that makes you slightly hyper, contemplative, and ready to get shit done with a goddamn kick-ass soundtrack. What a good buzz should feel like.

Mustasch, Thank You for the Music. Rock the fuck on.

Here’s the title track from Thank You for the Demon:

  THANK YOU FOR THE DEMON
mustasch_tyftd_cov01. Feared And Hated
02. Thank You For The Demon
03. From Euphoria To Dystopia
04. The Mauler
05. Borderline
06. All My Life
07. Lowlife Highlights
08. I Hate To Dance
09. Don’t Want To Be Who I Am