When it comes down to music there is a comforting thought that follows me around, taken from the movie the Departed. The dialogue where ol’ Jackie Boy talks openly about his relationship with money. In it he says directly that he “hasn’t needed the money since he took Archie’s milk money in the third grade.” That’s more or less how I feel about music these days, everything at this point is a huge bonus in my book. Punk, speed, metal, garage and thrash all bide for time in my pocket or automobile at any given time. Watching new artists melt old with new is something I’ve grown quite fond of or just watching them kick rocks in the direction of their idols. The mighty Wedge fuck with the latter, laying birth to a baby bred from the cocaine nostril drip of Black Sabbath and the rolled up sleeve of Grand Funk! Today my hat tips to the rolling thunder of Wedge! IYLYWL – Avon, Crypt Trip, Black Rainbows, Horizont. – Apache Slomo
Have you ever wondered what Kyuss would have sounded like if they reached for the stars instead of around the corner for a hit of acid and a sixer. Doesn’t hurt when you have the smooth caterwaul of Craig Peura delivering blows like a stoned out banshee! I still find myself looking for variations of that desert sound and this one is fully formed and ready for blast off! – Apache Slomo
This week, two new songs have been released by Julian Casablancas with his secondary band, The Voidz, and if it wasn’t apparent before with their first album, Tyranny, it’s time to come to terms with the fact that The Strokes are dead, and along with it, their sound. It is possible he is attempting to blaze a new trail once more. He almost single-handedly started a movement in the early 2000’s with The Strokes, it’s quite possible he’s attempting to do it once again in a complete opposite direction.The Voidz aren’t a tangent, they’re an about-face.It’s like desperately wanting some honey because you know how good it tastes and instead getting lemon juice; different flavors and sensations, yet both are good in their own right.One thing I know for sure is that I’m on board.All hail, in Julian I trust.
I really wanted to come out of the gates swinging with the first post for 2018 but it looks like we’ll be swinging in a more mellow fashion. First off I’ve been seeing this album art pop up on my feed from Burger Records for months now and it catches my eye every time. There’s just something about a naughty nun smoking cigs on a beach that just peaks my interest. So I was pleasantly surprised when I hit play and what popped off was a warm and sexy night time, honey shaker of an album. Smooth synths and flexible drums settle in quickly making this the perfect album to arrive home from a long day of work, pour a drink and kick the feet up to. IYLYWL – Toro Y Moi, Kyle Craft, Belle & Sebastian,Dirty Fences. – Apache Slomo
If your hitting the shoppes this holiday season do it to Street Sects Rat Jacket. Perfect for creeping up and down the isle and wondering if those people just waved at you to snag their spot. So many flavors just boiling over the top on this one, pretty much a spot the influence knuckle grinder. If you’re robbing banks or snorting crank, this be your beast! IYLYWL- Pop. 1280, Useless Eaters, Slug Guts, Radar Eyes. – Apache Slomo
Roll your windows down and feel the earth move! Or just roll one up and hit cruise control, either way I think this ones best enjoyed in motion. With the rhythm section of Monster Magnet its safe to say these guys are far beyond Wyndorf’s shadow. This is after all their 7th album with no signs of slowing down. The production here is spot on, everything snaps with crisp energy and rumbles where it should. Now I know the kids today could give a fuck about KISS but one thing I’ve noticed over the years is that bands that worship them know how to fucking play guitar! See video below for proof. IYLYWL –Gorilla Pulp, Kal-El, Wo Fat, Telekinetic Yeti. – Apache Slomo