Monday, 27 July 2009

Arsenal - Manipulator (1988) & Factory Smog Is A Sign Of Progress (1990) (By Request)

Arsenal was Santiago Durango's brief follow-up project after Big Black. As far as I'm aware the band never performed live and it's quite possible that it wasn't really a full band at all. I think it was basically just Santagio playing all instruments and was strictly a studio project, although I may be wrong on this. It doesn't quite pack the same punch that Big Black did but you can definitely hear his contribution to the band in these records.

*[EDIT] So I was wrong about Durango recording these albums alone. He did have a bassplayer on both recordings. Thanks to someone leaving a comment I've been reading up on Malachai Ritscher who played bass on Manipulator. His life seemed very interesting but also very tragic. He was an extreme political activist that committed suicide as a sort of anti-war protest just like the monk protester from that famous Vietnam war photograph. This whole self-immolation thing just makes no sense to me. I can't seem to stop thinking about it since reading about this guy. I have a difficult enough time just trying to understand suicide in general but I just can't seem to understand how this could possibly benefit your cause. Really how does it change anything? Am I missing something here? Even if he managed to torch George Bush himself would it really change the outcome of this war? And if you feel like you had to do this couldn't you find a less painful way to do it than to set yourself on fire? Anyways this is old news that goes back a few years and if anyone is interested Pitchfork wrote an article on the guy here. I just can't help but notice the irony of his death considering he was in a band called Arsenal with the guy whose previous band's most well known song was titled Kerosene. I think most readers of this blog will probably already know what that song's about.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Pygmy Shrews - Big Time (2009)

Pygmy Shrews are a trio from Brooklyn with members of Drunkdriver and Zs. This is their self-released cassette but they have a album coming out soon on Wantage USA. Just sloppy chaotic noise rock for fans of early Cows and Pussy Galore.

Sad Breakfast - Sad Breakfast (2009)

This band just posted their website on our message board and asked us to give them a plug for their new album. I'm more than happy to post it and not just for the sake of being polite but also because it's pretty damn good. I only listened to about half the album on my way in to work this morning but I like what I've heard so far. They're similar to Pelican or Tides in their heavier moments but also have a lighter side to some songs more along the lines of Tristeza or Unwed Sailor. So here's their website which has a link to their album. Good luck on the tour guys...

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Lamps - Lamps (2007) (By Request)

So this one's a request from months back but I just picked it up recently and I think it was worth the wait. LA's Lamps have got to be the heaviest band on In The Red Records' roster. Their label is more known for bluesy garage bands and Lamps have a hint of that but it's mostly just thudding noise rock in the vein of Feedtime or Crust.

Wreck - El Mundo de Los Ninos (1993) (By Request)

I know it's been a little quiet here at the blog lately, so I figured I post a couple of old requests. So this is Wreck's final album that they put out for CZ Records. Although I think it's probably their weakest release, they're still a great band that people should be more familiar with. I listened to it for the first time today in a really long time and it's not bad. Not great, but not bad. I think the production of it doesn't really do the songs justice. For first timers to the band I'd probably start with House Of Boris which I've already posted then give this one a try. I also have their first EP and LP on vinyl that I may get around to ripping at some point and will post it if anyone is interested.