Friday, January 19, 2018

NETHERLANDS - Deathless


Netherlands presents new track "Deathless," from upcoming EP Hope Porn.

From Brooklyn, Netherlands is known for its barbaric psych-metal riddled with infectious hooks – like the hyperactive stepchild of the Melvins-Torche school of rock, the trio spews euphoric choruses and brain-rattling freakouts atop a violently grooving rhythm section.

But new track "Deathless," premiered today on Metal Injection, is a soaring doom anthem that absolutely mesmerizes. Metal Injection says it will "captivate you in an eerie, but sincere, way that I haven't really heard since Type O Negative." 

Also of note: the new episode of Shame Party – Netherlands frontman Timo Ellis' completely cracked talk show – featuring guest Andee Blacksugar of KMFDM. Past episodes feature members of TV On The Radio, Mutilation Rites, and more. 

Experience the premiere of "Deathless" and episode 8 of Shame Party, here:
http://www.metalinjection.net/av/song-premiere/netherlands-premiere-an-eerie-new-jam-deathless-and-release-new-episode-of-wacky-talk-showshame-party-featuring-kmfdm-guitarist

Hope Porn will be released February 9th on Records and Tapes Records. The EP was recorded by Ellis at Shame Party Studio in Brooklyn, NY, and mixed and mastered by Tom Tierney (A Place to Bury Strangers, Candiria) at Spaceman Sound in Brooklyn, NY.

Ellis' decades in the New York scene have featured collaborations with Yoko Ono, Cibo Matto, and many more. 

"Dio-inflected yowling over Drive Like Jehu overridden-in-the-red propulsion... Glammed out Highway Star vocals running wild and free over distorted bass chaos."
–Noisey

"Gritty, high energy punk/metal, anchored by a huge distorted synth bass tone; the effect is something like Future of the Left banging out one of Torche's more rambunctious tunes."
–BrooklynVegan

"Totally whacked out."
–PunkNews

Friday, January 5, 2018

NETHERLANDS - Hope Porn




Brooklyn band Netherlands reveals details of its upcoming, fourth release: new EP Hope Porn, out February 9th on Records and Tapes Records.

Stream new track "Negative Likes," from Hope Porn, here:
https://open.spotify.com/album/5RiHk7csYAILFfiecD2AyX

Led by prolific musician Timo Ellis, whose decades in the New York scene have featured collaborations with Yoko Ono, Cibo Matto, and many more, Netherlands is a singular force. New EP Hope Porn cements the style that has been in the works since the band's 2011 debut: euphoric choruses and brain-rattling psychedelic freakouts soar above a violently grooving rhythm section. 

Comically over-the-top, Netherlands sets its knobs to 11 and lets fly; the energy on Hope Porn is palpable and, as anyone who has witnessed its live shows with the likes of Mutoid Man, Retox, and Melt-Banana can attest, the band puts on an absolute onslaught of a performance. Pounding drums, overwhelming synth bass, and Ellis' guitar wizardry meld into a wall of crushing noise-rock-by-way-of-prog-metal. Yet Netherlands' real magic lies in the contrasts it sets up: falsetto vocals, odd time signatures, and haunting hooks transform the raw power into weirdly delicious and dynamic songs. The overall effect is not unlike that of Swans and Dio playing simultaneously, atop an actual mountain of MDMA.

Ellis' lyrics oscillate between acidic rants and earnest, world-weary observations – alternately hopeless and hopeful. "It's way past 11th hour and it's do or die," he sings in the EP's final moments. "So be a light unto yourself cuz there ain't no god above / Be a deserter in the war on life and be a medic in the war on love!"

Hope Porn was recorded by Ellis at Shame Party Studio in Brooklyn, NY, and mixed and mastered by Tom Tierney (A Place to Bury Strangers, Candiria) at Spaceman Sound in Brooklyn, NY.

"Dio-inflected yowling over Drive Like Jehu overridden-in-the-red propulsion... Glammed out Highway Star vocals running wild and free over distorted bass chaos."
–Noisey

"Gritty, high energy punk/metal, anchored by a huge distorted synth bass tone; the effect is something like Future of the Left banging out one of Torche's more rambunctious tunes."
–BrooklynVegan


"Totally whacked out."
–PunkNews

Tracklist:

1) Fakir Mintas
2) The Moon Boy Swing
3) Negative Likes
4) A New Hope
5) Deathless
6) Rewild!

Lineup:

Timo Ellis - guitar, vocals
Ava Farber - synth bass
Joel "Moon Boy" Willis - drums

Discography:

Hope Porn (2018, Records and Tapes Records)
Audubon (2016, Prosthetic Records)
Silicon Vapor (2013, self-released)
Fantasmatic (2011, self-released)

Photo by Mick Cantarella

Monday, December 18, 2017

Planet B + Dangerous Minds


"It’s an ominous, beautiful, creepy, and euphoric, and it was a massively depressing track to release as a single to begin with, but Planet B’s version is a lo-fi screamer that significantly ups the ante on the song’s bleakness, stripping it of its drug-high euphoria and leaving in its place a harrowing withdrawal."
-Dangerous Minds

Planet B has teamed up with Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner for the "Love Oakland" benefit compilation, covering Depeche Mode's "Never Let Me Down Again." Read a review of and listen to the cover, via Dangerous Minds, here.

The "Love Oakland" LP can be purchased here.

Love Oakland tracklist:
  1. Damaged Bug - Anchorite Showdown
  2. Planet B - Never Let Me Down Again
  3. Nopes - Shedding
  4. Naked Lights - Hyde
  5. Scraper - Lookin' for Pain
  6. HGS - Mopey Monster / Klown March
  7. Saba Lou - Love Letter Full of Promises
  8. New Faultlines - Mendocino
  9. Tony Molina - Fluff
  10. King Khan - The Mourning Song
  11. Silver Shadows - You Were Right (Part Time Punks Session)
  12. Jaime Paul Lamb - When I'm Gone

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

THE CHAIN: Best of 2017

Top 10 lists from The Chain and friends...



Justin Pearson (The Chain, Three One G, Retox, Dead Cross, Planet B, The Locust):
1) Panicker - s/t
2) Chelsea Wolfe (live at Belly Up in San Diego – specifically Fred Sablan's bass lines and tone)
3) Metz - Strange Peace
4) Organic gardening (City Farmers Nursery in San Diego)
5) The Festival of Dead Deer (live at Blonde in San Diego)
6) Micro-dosing (to rid of chronic migraines)
7) The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos)
8) Bastard Noise (live at Space in San Diego)
9) Uncle Grandpa: Odd-yssey (Cartoon Network)
10) Anal Trump - "If You Thought 6,000,000 Jews Was A Lot of People, You Should've Seen My Inauguration!" 5" EP 


Curran Reynolds (The Chain, Body Stuff):
1) TV Baby - Dignity Don't Dance
2) Code Orange - Forever
3) Martin Rev - Demolition 9
4) Jay-Z - 4:44
5) Analepsy - Atrocities from Beyond
6) Escape-ism - Introduction to Escape-ism
7) Succumb - s/t
8) Xiu Xiu - FORGET
9) Bhad Bhabie - "Hi Bich"
10) Quicksand - Interiors
Honorable mentions: Luis Fonsi, Collapsing Scenery, The Black Angels, Lecherous Gaze, Pyrrhon, Krallice, Uniform, Kelly Moran, and every band I worked with this year!


Brandon Gallagher (The Chain, Coarse):
1) Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
2) Death from Above 1979 - Outrage! is Now
3) All Pigs Must Die - Hostage Animal
4) SZA - Ctrl
5) Eisley - I'm Only Dreaming
6) At The Drive In - in-ter-al-li-a
7) Employed To Serve - The Warmth of A Dying Sun
8) Incendiary - Thousand Mile Stare
9) Glassjaw - material control
10) Orthodox - Sounds of Loss


Kelly Moran (composer, pianist):
1) Oneohtrix Point Never - Good Time (Official Motion Picture Soundtrack)
2) Krallice - Go Be Forgotten
3) Kara-Lis Coverdale - Grafts
4) Future - HNDRXX
5) Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - The Kid
6) Hauschka - What If?
7) SZA - CTRL
8) Bjork - Utopia
9) Jhene Aiko - Trip
10) 21 Savage, Offset & Metro Boomin - Without Warning




Geng (PTP):
In alphabetical order, and not including any releases from my own label:
1) Bell Witch - Mirror Reaper
2) GRID - s/t
3) Irreversible Entanglements - s/t
4) L'Rain - s/t
5) Lil Eto & V-Don Omerta: The Movie
6) Mach Hommy H.B.O. OR Dumpgawd: Hommy Edition
7) MIKE - May God Bless Your Hustle
8) Pharmakon - Contact
9) Phew - Light Sleeper
10) Roc Marciano - Rosebud's Revenge



Sonny Kay (Year Future, The VSS, Angelhair, GSL):
1) Tau Cross S/T - First album from a couple years back. Slept on this when it came out, not sleeping any more.
2) The Bug vs Earth "Concrete Desert" LP
3) Flowdan feat. Wiley "Original Ragamuffin" 12" - Flowdan's my favorite rapper, period, especially on Bug tracks. This isn't one, but still far above average.
4) Silent "A Century of Abuse" LP and live in Tijuana, March 2017 - Renewed my faith in shadowy post-punk. Ripping band and a great frontman.
5) Io/Echo TBA Sargent House album 
6) Tera Melos "Trash Generator" LP and live in Las Vegas, October 2017 
7) Psychic TV - Live at Psycho Fest Las Vegas. Haven't been moved by GPO for a long time, but this performance was incredible.
8) The Festival of Dead Deer Reunion show, Los Angeles, April 2017 - Who reforms 20 years later and are better than they were to begin with? These guys, apparently.
9) Thievery Corporation "The Temple of I & I" - Until Hash reforms Gogogo Airheart, I'll make do with this.
10) Echo & The Bunnymen "It's All Live Now" LP - 1985 bootleg officially released 32 years later. The last truly great thing they did.





Aaron Heard (Jesus Piece):
1) Tyler The Creator - Flower Boy 
2) A$AP Mob - Cozy Tapes Vol. 2
3) The Impalers - Cellar Dweller
4) King Krule - The Ooz
5) Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
6) Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
7) Full Of Hell - Trumpeting Ecstasy 
8) Drake - More Life
9) Migos - Culture
10) Death of Lovers - The Acrobat 




Justina Villanueva (photographer):
1) Gnaw - Cutting Pieces
2) Downtown Boys - Cost of Living
3) Depeche Mode - Spirit
4) Drab Majesty - The Demonstration
5) Bestial Mouths - (Still) Heartless
6) Winter Severity Index - Katabasis
7) Björk - Utopia
8) Wax Idols - American Tragic (tape release)
9) Lorde - Melodrama
10) Jay-Z - 4:44




Matt McAuley (TV Baby):
1) Escape-ism - Introduction to Escape-ism
2) Alan Vega - IT
3) TV Baby - Dignity Don't Dance
4) Brian Hill and the Noh Stars -  s/t
5) Slam Section - demo
6) Telepathic Alliances (Daniel Carter, Patrick Holmes, Matthew Pullman, Hilliard Greene, Federico Ughi)
7) Endless Boogie - Vibe Killer
8) Krallice- Loüm
9) Tinariwen - Elwan
10) Princess Nokia - 1992 Deluxe






Andee Blacksugar (KMFDM, Black Sugar Transmission):
1) Living Colour - Shade
2) Marty Friedman - Wall of Sound
3) Dead Cross - s/t
4) Panic Scenery - Exalted Voidstate
5) Sharon Needles - BattleAxe
6) V/A - Rave or Die Vol 8
7) KMFDM - Hell Yeah
8) Ben Frost - The Centre Cannot Hold
9) Loi Loi - Viva La Vulva
10) KXM - Scatterbrain




Jessica Pimentel (Orange Is the New Black, Alekhine's Gun, Brujeria):
1) Prayers - Baptism Of Theives
2) V▲LH▲LL - Stendhal
3) seven)suns - For The Hearts Still Beating 
4) Juanes - Mis Planes Son Amarte
5) Igorrr - Savage Sinusoid
6) Nytt Land - Fimbulvinter
7) Sorne - House Of Stone: Death V
8) Depeche Mode - Spirit
9) Fever Ray - Plunge
10) Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
11) 3TEETH - Shutdown.exe




Doug Moore (Pyrrhon, Weeping Sores, Seputus):
1) Krallice - Loüm / Go Be Forgotten / Prelapsarian
2) Cleric - Retrocausal
3) Succumb - s/t
4) Verge - The Process Of Self-Becoming
5) Hell - Hell
6) Morbid Angel - Kingdoms Disdained
7) Artificial Brain - Infrared Horizon
8) Couch Slut - Contempt
9) Ingurgitating Oblivion - Visions Wallow In Symphonies Of Light
10) Dodecahedron - Kwintessens


Ava Farber (Netherlands):
1) Brian Charette - Kürrent
2) Tyler, the Creator - Scum Fuck Flower Boy
3) GWAR - The Blood of Gods
4) Jay Z - 4:44
5) Dälek - Endangered Philosophies
6) Spotlights - Seismic
7) Kendrick Lamar - Damn
8) The Necks - Unfold
9) Fever Ray - Plunge
10) Melvins - A Walk with Love and Death


Jose Palafox (Swing Kids, Struggle, Bread and Circuits, Yaphet Kotto):
1) Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (Dir. John Scheinfeld)
2) I Called Him Morgan (Dir. Casper Collin)
3) Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 (Dir. John Ridley)
4) Heroin(e) (Dir. Elaine McMillion Sheldon)
5) Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing et al., Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet: Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene 
6) Peter Cryle and Elizabeth Stephens, Normality: A Critical Genealogy
7) Gaye Theresa Johnson and Alex Lubin, eds., Futures of Black Radicalism
8) John Merriman, Ballad of the Anarchist Bandits: The Crime Spree That Gripped Belle Epoque Paris 
9) John Merriman, Ballad of the Anarchist Bandits: The Crime Spree That Gripped Belle Epoque Paris
10) Kimberly Mair, Guerrilla Aesthetics: Art, Memory, and the West German Urban Guerrilla





Kyle Rasmussen (Vitriol):
1) Death Like Mass - Jak zabija diabel
2) Sinister - Syncretism
3) Suffering Hour - In Passing Ascension
4) Immolation - Atonement
5) Ascended Dead - Abhorrent Manifestation
6) The Ominous Circle - Appalling Ascension
7) Daemusinem - Thy Ungodly Defiance
8) Morbid Angel - Kingdoms Disdained
9) Bell Witch - Mirror Reaper
10) Biesy - Noc lekkich obyczajow
Honorable mention: Cenotaph - Perverse Dehumanized Dysfunctions




Tommy Cantwell (Axis, Gouge Away):
1) Power Trip - Nightmare Logic 
2) Paramore - After Laughter 
3) Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
4) Full of Hell - Trumpeting Ecstasy
5) Lorde - Melodrama
6) Land of Talk - Life After Youth 
7) Code Orange - Forever
8) Open City - s/t
9) SZA - Ctrl
10) Converge - The Dusk In Us
Honorable mentions: The National - Sleep Well Beast, Hound - Born Under 76, Unsane - Sterilized



Matthew Taylor (Monotrope, Bellini):
1) Anjou - Epithymía 
2) Big Brave - Ardor 
3) Charlotte Gainsbourg - Rest
4) Juana Molina – Halo
5) Institute - Subordination
6) Loincloth - Psalm of the Morbid Whore
7) The Poison Arrows - No Known Note 
8) Pontiak - Dialectic of Ignorance 
9) SAVAK - Cut-Ups 
10) Yowie - Synchromysticism
11) The New Year - Snow



Adam Gnade (author): 
1) Goin' linear here. "Top Ten Things that Happened When I was Back Home in San Diego During My Second 2017 Tour." I live on a farm in the rural Midwest these days and San Diego feels like it's a million light years away. So, that aside, choice #1 is standing at the shoreline of the beach neighborhood I grew up in for the first time in years with the huge, stormy Pacific Ocean booming out in front of me; feeling the heaviness and immensity of life and history and the coming future. Some Thomas Wolfe shit. Ah.
2) Day later I did a book reading at SD Zine Fest with a full room and nice people who asked thoughtful questions during the Q&A. Got interviewed by the SDSU newspaper afterward.
3) Same day as above: tabled with Justin and Becky, who were running the Three One G table. We were sat next to the legendary Alice Bag, who absolutely rules and has great hair. Drank the SHIT out of some Guayaki Yerba Mate. For this year's event, I was an "invited guest" or something so there was endless free cans of it all weekend. Yes and yes. This is how you win my heart. I didn't sleep for three days.
4) The next day I went on 91X radio to promote that night's show at Space Bar and felt very welcomed by the good Tim Pyles.
5) Couple hours later I played with Silent and Planet B and they killed. Silent's record, A Century of Abuse, is essential. When you get mad at certain shitmouthed dictators, throw that one on. Lookin' forward to that new Planet B, especially the Kool Keith collaboration. Hope the Depeche Mode cover makes it on there.
6) Was on the Cult and Culture podcast the day after the show which was really fun. We talked about Fahrenheit San Diego, the history of the so-called "Locust House," weird local music, my vicious hatred for spoken word, the Che Cafe... went deep on all fronts.
7) Verbatim Books right after the podcast recording session. Excellent shop, wonderful humans. Signed some books. Picked up some Proost, Gertrude Stein, Pasternak's Poems of Dr. Zhivaho, and a James Baldwin novel.
8) After stopping at Verbatim: Walking around in the sun in North Park. Felt like a proper homecoming. It was like Spiderman Homecoming only with me instead of Spiderman and burritos instead of Aunt May.
9) After that, went down to Barrio Logan and made a new record with my great friend Demetrius Francisco Antuña on the same block as a warehouse my family rented in the late 1970s. Easy takes. End-of-world drones. Bastard Noise vibes. New emperor blues. Whiskey flowing. Record announcement forthcoming.
10) San Diego Mexican food post-recording session in the after-afterhours. Yes. Etc. Yes. Sleepy drive back to Golden Hill. Then goodnight, San Diego, I love you always.