Friday, April 24, 2009
Playlist 5-1-09: Vertical Slum
Andy T.'s List
1. High Rise, "Ikon" (Live LP)
this at Twisted Village because the sticker on it just said "HEAVY."
Overblown, piercing, howling feedback and total amplifier
worship/abuse. If you think wah pedals are only for dudes (or ladies)
with soul patches, think again. These Japanese speed freaks exploded
the Blue Cheer template by pushing all sorts of needles into the
purple. And it's still rock & roll, just not for lightweights.
2. George Brigman, "Pull Your Pants Down" (Jungle Rot LP)
dirtbag rock from the crumbling Baltimore ruins, 1970s, way before you
watched The Wire. Inspired by the Groundhogs, Stooges, and DMT, the LP
has a murky yet soulful stoner blues atmosphere. Brigman has become a
cult hero since its private press release and is still making music
today. A true lifer.
3. The Ridiculous Trio, "Down On The Street" b/w "No Fun" (7")
Stooges covers as performed by trombone, tuba, and drums. Raging.
4. Witchfinder General, "Soviet Invasion"
after the Vincent Price flick, devout scholars of the Iommi scriptures,
and blokes you might find wearing large pagan necklaces down at the
local meatpie and lager house. Often canonized alongside St. Vitus and
Pentagram, they have become legendary to fans of the doomish hand. Here
they tackle the subject matter of The Russkies, in a metallic context
with a reflective acoustic intro. Get pissed.
5. Funkadelic, "Maggot Brain"
I think this speaks for itself. Good way for a DJ to clear a room?
Sure. Of poseurs.
Martin P.'s List
1. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, "Are You Gonna Look After My Boys?"
underappreciated pop genius of our time, simultaneously stealing the
respective thrones of Hall & Oates and Robert Pollard.
Infuriatingly prolific, with a hit:miss ratio most bands would murder
for, he's a nearly bottomless well of hit after profoundly medicated
2. Unrest, "So So Sick"
(by way of Arlington, VA) legend Mark Robinson is the silent hero
lurking among us. Unrest and Teenbeat Records were a crucial indie-rock
touchstone throughout the '90s and helped write the language we all speak.
3. The Monks, "Monk Chant"
There's no band in the universe as cool as the Monks.
4. The Soft Machine, "Hope For Happiness"
psych started becoming prog, The Soft Machine helped push it along.
Drums, bass and organ, each of them lead instruments in a badass mess.
Not to be confused with the aimless and wanky jazz/rock nightmare this
band turned into after all the founding members eventually filtered
out, the first two albums are among the most crucial recordings of the
5. Sic Alps, "A Story Over There"
top of the goddamn heap in this new "wave" of scrappy low fidelity
psych indie punk garage rare OOP L@@... oops, I forgot I wasn't listing
their scarce singles on ebay. Anyway, these guys understand more than
most that pop and noise need not be strangers, and do it without the
heavy-handed brutality that plagues so many of their peers.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe, "Up Above My Head"
gospel singer who incidentally shredded like a demon on guitar. One of
the best ways to wind down a Saturday night and start reminding folks
about Sunday morning. Brunch.
Andy T. and Martin P. spin punk and psych oddities for "Vertical Slum" at River Gods on Thursday, April 30.