Review: Mike Patton and Jean-Claude Vannier – “Corpse Flower”

I first heard vocal shape-shifter Mike Patton collaborate with John Erik Kaada, the Norwegian composer, back in 2004. It was, even in the light of a performer known for not being able to sit still creatively, a departure, and, yes yes, especially for someone who cut his teeth on the alt-rock of Faith No More…

Review: Warish – “Down In Flames”

The year is 1988 and the place is some dive bar outside Seattle. Or maybe it’s not – but it could be. The guitar-driven trio Warish – whose Down In Flames LP, its full-length debut, is being released Friday via Riding Easy – elicits the punky thrills of grunge at its headiest, calling to mind…

Review: Kal Marks – “Let The Shit House Burn Down”

Now, I’m not always prone to deflect a kind remark when something better comes along, but, listen listen, follow my logic here. At the end of the month, Exploding In Sound Records will release the new, five-song pseudo-EP by Massachusetts art-noise trio Kal Marks. And, by all accounts, it’s a fine record, even at times…

Review: Trvss – “Absence”

Holy shit, man. How a rock band sounds so vicious, yet so calculated and razor-sharp precise on a record, never mind a debut LP, is beyond me. In short: the Pittsburgh band trvss (pronunciation, Webster?) has exceeded even lofty expectations with Absence, a 10-track corker it released on cassette and digital formats this summer, offering…

Review: Dw. Dunphy (as No-Fi Dead Horse) – “Limb From Limb”

There always was a kind of glowing charm to Dw. Dunphy’s lo-fi days. Take “Jupiter In Retrograde,” originally released, without much fanfare, back in 1997, practically another lifetime ago. The song is driven by a fairly innocuous, canned electronic backbeat, but Dunphy fleshes it out, gives a real sense of sweat and toil and heartbeat,…

Profile: Damon Che (2019)

At the time, everybody in Pittsburgh knew Damon Che. But few really knew him. Che, who now lives an uneventful life in the Amish countryside 15 miles southwest of Punxatawney, Pa., was the octopus-armed drummer for Pittsburgh-bred experimental rock pioneers Don Caballero, a singular percussive force in indie-rock circles. But even Che himself talks about…

Review: Warm Red – “Big Tiger” b/w “S.A.M.”

Warm Red has that special something about it. The Atlanta quartet, which is making its recording debut today on Chunklet with the “Big Tiger”/”S.A.M.” single, is a descendant of the mighty noise-rock mantle, that’s for sure. It’s got the skittery guitar and throbbing bass/drums down. But there’s something about the band’s delivery that’s deserving of…

Review: The Lampshades – “Forget Me Not” b/w “Sadly True”

As posthumous releases go, the new 7-inch from Pittsburgh-by-way-of-Altoona’s The Lampshades, out today, is the exception to the rule in this fatalistic sub-genre: an afterthought of sorts that is actually a pretty worthy addition to the band’s considerable canon. The trio always has injected its best work with the spirit of Brian Wilson and the…

Review: Meeting With Hans – “Genius Loci”

Multi-instrumentalist Tomas Svoboda is clearly out to toy with listeners’ expectations of recording fidelity. The Czech musician’s third LP as Meeting With Hans – titled Genius Loci, available now on Bandcamp as a digital-only recording – is deceptively lo-fi, offering tracks that cut between occasionally gray recordings of Mogwai-tinged, post-rock anthems and unusually crisp, even…