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: 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: 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: 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: Dead Cross – S/T

Mike Patton has never fronted a band like this. The Faith No More frontman, known by most of the populace alive in the 80s and 90s for a rap-rock song about masturbation (the epic “Epic”), has been at the helm of some pretty aggressive groups. His time in Fantomas and his EP providing vocals for…

REVIEW: tētēma – “Geocidal”

Sabina Maselli’s spirited avant-film experimentation is the perfect introduction to tētēma, the Anthony Pateras/Mike Patton duo debuting tomorrow on Ipecac. Both, it should be noted, are mind-blowing. Filmed in digital, transferred to film and bounced back again into the digital domain – just like Beckett wrote/translated from French to English to French again, Pateras notes –…