Don't expect anything huge. It's just a little zero-effort extension to this blog where i'm posting some links, podcasts, videos i find worthwhile, random brain farts, what films i've been watching and some rather nerdy stuff largely unrelated to the main blog. Just click on Dump in the menu.
As i'm trying to get a bit more invested in the fediverse anyway (as well as coax other people in that direction, away from corporate social media), i've simply made it another Pleroma/Mastodon (etc…) handle you can easily follow on the fediverse.
Be aware though that the stuff on there may occasionally be of a rather personal nature or might touch on subjects such as (leftist) politics and atheism (as am currently still grappling with my own deconversion from religion over the past few years). Just in case that kind of stuff is problematic to you, be warned.
Also, as quite a few people are quitting facebook and twitter in favor of open and decentral alternatives right now, i wanna encourage you to do the same and join the decentral fediverse. I'm not feeling confindent enough in maintaining my own pleroma instance to open it up for registration just yet - it will stay my own single-user instance at least for the time being. However, there are tons ofpublicinstances out there open for registration. For my fellow music nerds, i recommend taking a look at linernotes.club.
Their 2019 debut album New Freak was great fun already, but on the belgian group's newest EP all the moving parts click into each other way more tightly and effective, while their quite slick yet powerful garage punk sound has gained a bit more of a subtle post punk vibe. At various points i'm reminded of groups like (early) Teenanger, Video, Flat Worms, Sauna Youth, Ex-Cult as well as french acts Nightwatchers & Telecult.
Man, it's been at least half a decade since i last heard of this New Orleans group. However unexpected the release of their new 7" might come, their blend of garage- & post punk, hard- & postcore certainly sounds as fresh and energetic as ever on this one, fitting in nicely with more recent groups in the vein of Launcher, Liquid Assets or Fried E/M.
With their second longplayer, Portland punks Daydream set off eleven new blasts of carefully controlled chaos, imaginative and unpredictable as ever and with quite a bit of fine-tuning to their very own anything-goes brand of slightly garage-flavored postcore, which might draw comparisons to groups such as Kaleidoscope, Bad Breeding… even a very slight hint of Drive Like Jehu, maybe?
Montreal group New Vogue never sounded better than on their most recent EP, whipping out infectious hooks at a dangerous pace, merging them into shiny little nuggets of garage- and synth punk with echos of Useless Eaters as well as many loosely Warttman-affiliated bands like Satanic Togas, R.M.F.C. or Set-Top Box. Nice!
I've heard there are those among you who weren't entirely satisfied with the year 2020. Well, the good news is we're all gonna have just as much fun this winter. Also, some folks even managed to record some music to be released in the coming weeks. Here's a first batch of things to look forward to.
Probably my last good deed in this super awesome year of joy and progress. You guys hang in there. Some time in early january i'll start another attempt at keeping this blog updated with at least some regularity. In the meantime, my bones need some sleep and my head a some kind of therapy. See you then!
I've included bandcamp links this time (just click on a song title). If you can afford it right now, please consider making these artists slightly less broke, okay?
Impotent Fetus, the marvellous new-ish cassette sublabel of the equally fantastic Stucco empire, has already brought quite a bit of joy to the world recently with that Septic Yanks tape. In the meantime, they've already released two new puddles of noise to bathe in, made by two groups of unknown whereabouts, easily upholding the high quality standards. Fugitive Bubble create a delightful and inventive mess of fuzzed out hard-, noise- and weirdcore, at times reminding me of Das Drip, Warm Bodies, Vexx, the early output of NAG or Kaleidoscope. C-Krit, on the other hand, sound a lot like a disfigured crossbreed between Soupcans, No Trend and Lumpy & The Dumpers. Also, their fucked up rendition of the Screaming Sneakers evergreen Violent Days is pure gold.
In the two years that have passed since Podium of Valencia, Spain gave us an excellent first impression with their debut EP, what has been a solo recording project back then has grown into a complete band line-up, restlessly bulldozing ahead with their own flavor of straight & stupid garage punk, roughly in the same orbit as Archaeas, Ex-Cult, Flat Worms and Sauna Youth, while adding to their formula some subtle overtones of noise, stoner punk, hard- & postcore.