Fun Fun Fun announces the creation of a new site, MP34U.fm. The site streams music found by Fun Fun Fun music bloggers. These MP3 bloggers find brilliant new music they love and write a brief description about why they have posted the song. You can have a “Pandora experience,” except it’s new exciting music recently found on the Internet. The genres include Ska, Reggae, Jam, Dub, Electronic, Metal, Hip Hop, and more. All the music at this site is legal and free for download.
Loving Thunder – Photographing the Wild (play)
Before heavy metal was called “metal” and got all speeded up, it sounded heavy – like great shards of metal colliding and melting together in the sky. Loving Thunder‘s music is like that. This sonically massive title track from their “Photographing the Wild” album is a stunner. Very Seattle in the guitar department. There’s still something in the water there which makes electric guitars sound more beastly and immense. The drums and riffs are more Zep than Nirvana, and the vocal is delivered in a beautifully creepy octave harmony like monks gone to the dark side. A quote on their myspace says simply, “The future, as envisioned by teenage stoners, in the 70’s.” Pretty f00kin accurate.
“Photographing the Wild” (mp3)
from “Photographing the Wild”
(Hot Dog City Record Co.)
Brian Posehn – “More Metal Than You” (play)
Brian Posehn is the metal community’s proud comical ambassador for the modern day. He’s a hilarious dude that could actually be found at shows such as Thrash of the Titans nearly a decade ago and countless other bay area metal gigs. He’s funny because he’s true – just like this song title.
“More Metal Than You” (mp3)
from “Fart and Wiener Jokes”
Saviours – “We Roam” mp3
What do you expect from a band called Saviours whose record cover involves demons, naked devil chicks and general quasi-biblical mayhem? If you guessed stoner-metal meets speed-metal meets black-metal a’la Sabbath meets Exodus but completely contemporary and exquisitely executed, you win! This kicks buckets of ass. Saviours hail (Satan) from my hometown of Oakland, CA, which has (not so) quietly become the epicenter of a new metal renaissance. Go forth and bang thy head.
“We Roam” (mp3)
from “Accelerated Living”
Obituary – “Payback” mp3
Obituary is one of the first groups to truly innovate death metal with their, sometimes fast, and sometimes sludgy compositions in tandem w/John Tardy’s vocal style. Nearly two decades since their classic releases, “Slowly We Rot and Cause of Death,” a new Obituary record is out on Candlelight Records, and they’re STILL about as fuckin’ heavy as it gets. Download “Payback” NOW!
from “Darkest Day”
Obituary – “Payback” mp3
Obituary is one of the first groups to truly innovate Death Metal with their sometimes fast and sometimes sludgy compositions in combination w/John Tardy’s vocal style. Nearly two decades since their classic releases, “Slowly We Rot and Cause of Death,” a new Obituary record is out on Candlelight Records. And they’re STILL about as fuckin’ heavy as it gets. Download Payback NOW.
from “Darkest Day”
Grady -“Boots Or Hearts”
“Like boots or hearts, when they start, they really fall apart,” sings Grady. Excellent lyric. Add grit-swallowing, gut-churning, soul-vomiting guitar work, and some damned to sh!t wicked sexadelic southern rawk vocals, and, well, I’m diggin’ it. I think you will too. Tha’s wha’m here fer! Enjoy with Jack and Coke or similar. As eclectic Texas music vet Gordie ‘Grady’ Johnson Gordie Johnson puts it, “This record really is the byproduct of the musical environment we live in. Cowboys, metalheads, rednecks and punk rockers all congregate around us. Someone actually described us as ‘shredneck’ which of course brought gales of laughter.” Makes sense when you hear it. This track is killer. That’s all.
“Boots Or Hearts” (mp3)
from “Good As Dead”
With a vocal yowl favorably reminiscent of Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs and Robert Plant, and music in a neighborhood stalked by the likes of T-Rex, Hot Snakes, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and even Turbonegro, The Cassettes love their hard rock and love it well. Soaring guitar work, solid rawk drumming, and an ornery, sincere ferocity all add up to a brilliant sonic outburst. Cool lyrics, GR8 sound.
Oh my. Do we find songs that sound like the Dead Kennedys and King Crimson having Tourettes attacks at GWAR’s house every fine morning? No we do not, Dorothy. This mp3 delivers what one would want from a band called Bad Acid Trip. “Symbiotic Slavery” is dangerous and subversive and should not be played under any circumstances. Return to your cubicle and listen to Michael Bolton. Nothing to see here. My arms turn to eels as the fax machine spits hot lava, singing Wagner. Perhaps I will go to Burning Man this year after all.
Bad Acid Trip
“Symbiotic Slavery” (download mp3)
from “Symbiotic Slavery”
(Serjical Strike Records)
“Symbiotic Slavery“ (play)
Nik Phillips – “So Alone”
Aussie singer-songwriter Nik Phillips wields a large palette, with which he paints fearlessly. Recklessly even, and I mean that in a good way. The starkly titled “So Alone” rips through a dark empty room, illuminating the spidery corners with a wondrous spectrum. There is light, but can anyone see it? Summer of love fluffy barefoot music this is not! Mind bending power-pop prog-rock this is. Psychedelic music with teeth.
“So Alone” (mp3)
from “Nik Phillips”