Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Flower Travellin' Band - Satori

For the love of whatever you hold dear, do not deny it. Let it take over you. Let it become you. Live it. Embrace it.


Goatsnake - Flower Of Disease

With all of my talk about things related to Scott 'Wino' Weinrich, I find it hard to believe that we have yet to discuss Goatsnake. Strangely enough, Goatsnake is made up of members of some rather often overlooked, yet incredibly talented bands, creating one uber-talented band that reigns supreme over many.

Goatsnake rose from the ashes of The Obsessed, as the band's rhythm section began jamming with the likes of legendary metal mastermind Greg Anderson (of Thorr's Hammer, Burning Witch, and SunnO))) fame). The trio finished their lineup with the addition of Pete Stahl (who had previously played alongside a young Dave Grohl in the D.C. hardcore band Scream). The band was able to record some tracks and tour a bit before becoming overwhelmed by Anderson's other projects and fading into obscurity. Eventually, in 2000, Goatsnake (with a new rhythm section) headed back into the studio to record what would become their greatest effort, 2000's Flower Of Disease.

This album (the band's second, released on Anderson's Southern Lord label) would perfectly encapsulate the band's sound, one that was both classic and yet contemporary...a sound that, in my opinion, is second to none. See for yourself via the link below. Be sure to check out the standout track, 'El Coyote', a track so chocked full of boogie rock that you might just not know what to do with yourself. Enjoy!


Holy Neglected July, Batman!

Okay, okay, so I realize it's been nearly a month since I've posted anything on here. I should point out that I've been out and about having some summertime fun and therefore unable to upload some raging tunes for y'all.

Ultimately, that's no excuse. Therefore, I've broken out some big guns to post for what remains of July to make up for lost time. Hopefully you will share my enthusiasm for these tracks and we can all happily enjoy what remains of our sticky summer weeks.....

So by now we are well aware of my tendencies toward all things "grunge" related. We know of my weird obsession with Nirvana, the Melvins, and other related bands. We also might know that recently I finished my Soundgarden vinyl collection (all LPs and 12" EPs) and that I recently picked up a fresh, mint copy of C/Z records' 1985 compilation, Deep Six. For those not familiar with this compilation, it is considered the very first evidence of what would be later considered "grunge" music. This compilation contains tracks from six different bands (Green River, Malfunkshun, the Melvins, Skin Yard, Soundgarden, and the U-Men), that would collectively encapsulate what would later become known as the 'Seattle sound'. This comp has some excellent cuts on it, including Malfunkshun's highly underrated track, 'With Yo' Heart(Not Yo' Hands' and some excellent early material by Soundgarden.

If you think you are too "punk" or so musically advanced that you are beyond this compilation, I strongly suggest that you pull your head from out of your ass and try again. If there is one thing that the mid 1980's Seattle music scene did, it allowed for various musical genres that seemed unrelatable to co-exist. A wondrous cornucopia of sounds and influences that, ultimately (for better or for worse), would captivate the pop-culture world.

Without further ado, I give you C/Z Records' Deep Six compilation: