Acid Mothers Temple and Space Paranoid, “Black Magic Satori” LP

cover - acid mothers temple black magic satoriAcid Mothers Temple and Space Paranoid is the latest, umpteenth version of the Japanese psychedelic rock collective, and on this go-’round, Black Magic Satori, it’s less psych and more doom. I mean, seriously: DOOOOOOOOOOOOM!

No, but really: there’s some super down-tempo Black Sabbath love on this LP — “Black Sabbth” the song, specifically, right down to the ringing bell. On the title track, “Black Magic Satori,” Acid Mothers Temple and Space Paranoid takes the sound out of the grave and into outer space, courtesy of Higashi Hiroshi‘s madman synths.
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Josh Berwanger, “Strange Stains” LP

11183_JKTHandclaps. Sing-alongs. Jangly guitars. It’s been weird to hear Josh Berwanger‘s songs on develop live over the last year or so, and then hear them in their final, polished form on Strange Stains. Some of the songs here are so much different that it almost takes a moment to get what you’re listening to.

“Mary,” for instance, has this chunky guitar riff live that, on album, becomes strummed acoustic guitar. It goes from power-pop to something almost folksy in its recorded form — all stomps and hanclaps. While that power-pop live version is killer, the folksy rendention just shows the strength of Berwanger’s songs — the presentation can change entirely, and I’ll still love ’em.
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Radkey’s bassist, Isaiah, on their new manga-inspired video for “Romance Dawn”

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St. Joseph, Missouri’s international kings of rock ‘n’ roll, Radkey, premiered the video for “Romance Dawn” via New Music Express on Monday. We were impressed by the vibrant video, and reached out to the band with some questions. Bassist Isaiah Radke was kind enough to respond via Facebook (because that’s how things get done in the modern world).
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Podcast #102, “In Advance Of”

comingupThere are times where I wish I’d just use all of the outtakes to the show, just so you can see how utterly amused I am by myself. It gets a little silly down here in the basement sometimes — there are things I say and do that leave me utterly in stitches. Additionally, I feel Like I should let you know what i listen to as I type up these previews as the podcast encodes. Currently: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Damn the Torpedoes. I’ve not had a copy on vinyl in the decade I’ve been in possession of a decent turntable, and it’s astonishing how much better it sounds than any of the innumerable singles when they’re on the radio.

All ranting aside, we’ve some great music from Slovenly Recordings, amongst others, to say nothing of an interview with Rick Miller of Southern Culture on the Skids about the upcoming three-way split double LP they have with Los Straightjackets and the Fleshtones. It comes out October 1 on Yep Roc, and is entitled Mondo Zombie Boogaloo. You can find tour dates and order the record at Yep Roc’s site.

Podcast #102, “In Advance Of”
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Wau y Los Arrrghs!!!, “Todo Roto” LP

cover - wau y los arrrghs todo rotoMy day job requires a healthy amount of time in front of computer, so I spend a good portion of my time in the office listening to music. New albums, day after day after day. It’s a great way to start to draw conclusions. Firstly, the new album from Wau y Los Arrrghs!!!, Todo Roto will likely sell far fewer copies than the newest release from King Khan and the Shrines, Idle No More.

And, I mean … it’s fucking great and all that Khan’s back, and the story behind why it’s been a six-year wait for a new album is absolutely fascinating. However, after the entirety of the Shrines’ output, Idle No More just seems like a letdown. It’s a better album than most, but for a recording from King Khan and the Shrines, it’s fucking dullsville.
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Bekah Wagner on Roo and the Howl’s first big tour and upcoming LP

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Musician Bekah Wagner is probably soon to be better known as the eponymous “Roo” of Colorado act Roo and the Howl. Per the band’s press kit: “The word ‘roo’ derives itself from the Old English word for ‘quiet.'” It’s an apt description, as the band’s music has a softly haunting aspect to it. Yet, “howl” is equally as applicable. On their most recent cut, “Love Lost,” you can hear a quiet power behind the sweetly-sung melodies.

Roo and the Howl is currently on their first big tour, and they play the Record Bar in Kansas City this Thursday, August 29, opening for Akkiles and La Guerre. Wagner was kind enough to answer some questions via e-mail about the band’s tour, as well as their upcoming LP.
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Podcast #99, “Pop Scares”

cover - Waxwork-Re-AnimatorThree weeks, and here we are with another podcast. I think this might be the start of something good. Here’s to hoping, right?

Anyhow, a goodly amount of new / newly-acquired tunes, along with an interview from Kevin Dredge of New Orleans-based soundtrack reissue label, Waxwork Records. We talked with Dredge about the ins and outs of reissues, as well as the label’s upcoming releases. Their first release, a reissue of the Re-Animator soundtrack, is out tomorrow.

They also just announced last week that they’ll be reissuing the Krzysztof Komeda score for Rosemary’s Baby. You can find out the details on that (as well as order things) at the Waxwork Records website.

And if you’re really hyped on the Waxwork Day of the Dead reissue, they’re having a release for it in Hollywood, in late September. According to Dredge, “There will be a screening of the film, and George Romero and John Harrison will be there to do a Q&A after the film.” No date’s set, but keep your eyes peeled.

Podcast #99, “Pop Scares”
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Windian Records head Travis Jackson on the art of reissues

WINDIAN-LOGOWindian Records, based out of Washington D.C., is a fascinating label. Not only do they put out a seemingly bottomless trove of obscure (yet assuredly worth hearing) reissues, but they’ve been on the cutting edge of garage rock ‘n’ roll lately, releasing singles and LPs from everyone from Heavy Times to the Shirks.

Label head Travis Jackson was fantastic enough to take time out from following a crawling infant and working to answer some questions via e-mail about the label’s releases.
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Podcast #98, “Border Wars”

The Architects - 2013It’s been a while, blah blah blah. The podcast returns with some excellent music and a compelling interview with Brandon Phillips of Kansas City punk rock ‘n’ rollers the Architects. Phillips and his three brothers (two literally, one “in rock”) release the first installment of their five-episode concept album / graphic novel Border Wars this Saturday, July 13, with a show at the Riot Room in Kansas City. The journey to release the first episode has been a long and interesting one. It was great that Brandon was able to take time to speak with us about the inception, creation, and execution of the album, because the story’s fucking fascinating.

In addition to the interview, we’ve a track from Border Wars: Episode One … along with about 16 other great tracks to kick your week off properly.

Podcast #98, “Border Wars”
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New music on the way from proto-punks Death

Death band members and brothers, David Hackney, Bobby Hackney Sr and Dannis Hackney from A Band Called Death. Courtesy of Drafthouse Films

Death band members and brothers, David Hackney, Bobby Hackney Sr and Dannis Hackney from A Band Called Death. Courtesy of Drafthouse Films.


This week has been occupied with putting together an amazing interview I was fortunate enough to conduct with the Hackney brothers from Death, along with the directors of the film about them, A Band Called Death. The initial interviews came to nearly 4000 words, meaning some stuff had to get cut.

However, the Hackneys had some information regarding their upcoming releases that seems rather pertinent to you, my vinyl-loving friends. Lots of new, amazing stuff will be released by Death this year. In addition to pre-Death Hackney brothers band, the RockFire Funk Explosion, seeing release on Third Man Records, Death will be releasing the first new recordings from the band since their reunion.
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