Review: Mr. Bungle – “The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo”

Talk about being locked and loaded with enough context and rotting fruit to fill a stadium. The core members of once- (and future-?) postmodern superheroes Mr. Bungle – that’s Mike Patton, Trey Spruance and Trevor Dunn – have reunited 21 years after the group’s last LP to reproduce via Patton’s Ipecac Recordings their interesting but…

Review: King Buzzo – “Gift of Sacrifice”

Ipecac Recordings advanced two singles off King Buzzo’s much-anticipated second solo LP, Gift of Sacrifice: “I’m Glad I Could Help Out” and “Science in Modern America”. They’re good, they’re good. But why the label didn’t sneak a peak, though, at “Housing, Luxury, Energy”, arguably the record’s best track, is beyond me. The six-minute-long song, the introduction to the collection…

Review: Mr. Bungle – “Fuck The U.S.A.”

Mr. Bungle, which reincarnated Friday in the form of an online cover of the Exploited‘s anthemic (and rather timely) “Fuck the USA”, has always been utterly chameleonic. Throughout three brilliant studio LPs and four much-sought-after, cassette-only demos, the San Francisco Bay Area pranksters darted headstrong from one idiom to the next, christening themselves in metal’s blood, flirting…

Review: tetema – “Necroscape”

Melbourne-based electro-acoustic musician Anthony Pateras has a way with words. Take, for example, the colorful context he sets in advance/press materials for “Haunted on the Uptake” from Necroscape, the sophomore LP of the group Pateras fronts alongside carnival barker extraordinaire Mike Patton. “Sounds like the Melvins’ tour van broke down in the Balkans, and instead of going…

Review: Human Impact – S/T

Imagine an orgy scored by rusty industrial equipment blasting New York City noise-rock, something like Unsane, Cop Shoot Cop, or Swans in their wicked primes. It would be a gritty, menacing spectacle — sweaty, filthy, angry sex — and set in some cold-water flat on the Lower East Side or along the Gowanus in a…

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: Chuck Mosley – “Joe Haze Session #2” (Record Store Day Exclusive)

There’s something wonderfully strange and welcoming about the new Chuck Mosley record. I, like many, got introduced, pun intended, to Mosley through early, Introduce Yourself-era Faith No More and specifically the band’s 80s-ubiquitous single “We Care A Lot.” That track and much of what Mosley did before Patton became the FNM frontman was colorful and…

Review: J Hacha De Zola – “Icaro Nouveau”

J Hacha De Zola, a New Jersey-based carnival barker and blender of genres, oft has proven himself adept at conjuring musical spirits. He does it splendidly on his juicy, new LP — Icaro Nouveau, out March 8 – transcending the lazy Tom Waits comparisons to lead a merry band of pranksters through a smorgasbord of…

Review: Kaada – “Closing Statements”

The new record from the Norwegian composer Kaada is a beautiful thing, immense in scope yet startlingly intimate. But, while it plays on a theme – Death; the record, after all, is called Closing Statements – its songs, taken as a cycle, sometimes feel too content to color within the lines. The LP, out today…

Review: Dead Cross – S/T EP

Surprise, surprise, indeed. The hardcore-punk super-group Dead Cross dropped an unannounced, four-song EP on the public last week via Ipecac and, for all its distractions, it’s a pretty cool little addendum to last year’s full-length debut of the same name. The record, essentially a 7-inch single with two remixes tagged on, shows how the band…