As I’ve mentioned before, there was a time when being a part of the Portland music scene meant being an unfortunate stepchild of what was going on in Seattle 150 miles to the north. These dates, Portland is more than capable of defining things on their own terms, as they have been for many years and one band that have taken their own path to the nth level are The Haters, who are commemorating their 35th year together as a band with a DVD release simply called Live!. Founded by GX Jupitter-Larsen, this DVD features footage that was mailed to a small handful of people by him but never meant for proper release. Now it’s getting its proper light of day, or perhaps the darkness of the evening if the music is any indication, for the sunlight may be a bit too much. The footage goes as far back as the 1980’s and goes through the mid-90’s, with some parts taken from their 20th anniversary show in 1999. It’s raw and in your face and heart, and now everyone will get a chance to enjoy it on a regular basis. For bonus material, it does include their 35th anniversary show done earlier this year. It only goes for $12, which you may pre-order by heading to the Helicopter-LA store.
Smegma are one of Portland’s best known unknown bands, known for their incredible and warped sense of creativity. They’ve been doing this for over 40 years and now they’re going to release an album of mostly new music called Mutant Stomps. These songs were taken from sessions recorded between 2012-2013, while one selection is taken from their archives recorded in 1975. The album will be out on November 23rd and will be pressed on vinyl as well, in a limited edition of 100 copies. The record can be pre-ordered by clicking here.
A unique record has been released by Bay Area artist Black Thread. This one is a 5 inch lathe cut with two tracks and two loops, meant to be played and meant to be enjoyed your own way. Here is a look at the record.
Only 20 copies have been made of this, so take advantage of it before it’s too late. Have a listen to the two full tracks above via Bandcamp.
If you want to find music that’s oddball for the holiday season, I have the perfect suggestion for you. It’s called Helter Skelter: A Noise Tribute To Charles Manson, a cassette only project featuring such artists as Overdose The Katatonic, Botched Facelift, Rape-X, Jason “Evil” Covelli, Forbidden COlors, Demonologists, Gnawed, and more over two sides of a cassette with 22 songs total. You may order your copy by clicking here.
GX Jupitter Larsen has released a new record, this time an orange vinyl 10″ EP called Pump-Powered Permawave on the Oxen label. Shipped last week and making it to buyers last and this week, it’s a new set of noise for those who enjoy istening to it. For this record, only 200 copies have been made and it features four tracks, two of which are locked grooves, which means it’s a bit of vinyl play for those who enjoy playing your records with trickery. The record is $9ppd each within the U.S., and you may order it directly from Oxen.
The title of this new album by Forward is appropriate, telling the story of what you will hear on Infinite Momentum, Infinite Tension. It’s 40 minutes of solid noise, one 20 minute track called “Momentum” and another 20 minute dose called “Tension”, and they may sound endless if you allow it to (or choose to listen to it that way). It goes on and on and on, there isn’t a true beginning or end, it’s nothing but middle noise. If you wish, you can also purchase the album on cassette. Not bad for a project that was created from nothing but analog synthesizers and a broken mixer.
A collection of punk, hardcore, and grindcore bands from the midwest assembled during a very cold season last year and came up with a set of songs they agreed to release as a 7″ single. It’s simply called the Bitter Cold Compilation. The record can be ordered from Diseased Audio while the digital files are through Bandcamp above. If you want your songs fast, loud, raunchy, quick and to the point, you’ll love these songs.
Looking for another blast of harsh noise wall? You may want to hear a new EP by Milwaukie, Oregon’s SBTDOH. This one is called NUMB #002, a two song EP with “one” and “two” and packed with extremely loud noise and distortion. The cassette pressing is packaged in a plastic baggy. Only 10 copies are being made. For more information on/about SABTDOH, head to his blog.
A festival of noise can and will be achieved in this new 3-track EP by To The Lovers, Farewell. It’s a new release on Red Venice Records called Slice Up Not Across, and this one is just nothing but feedback twisted in different ways.
Here’s something that’s interesting, peculiar, if not a bit on the “WTF?” side of things. Thickly Painted Walls could be the creation of a band or one man, but it sounds like someone picked up a guitar, didn’t bother to tune it and just made songs from his head. There’s something quite good in it, even when he goes off into an experimental tangent. It’s a four-song EP called Pen 15, maybe next time he’ll do a 15-song EP, each one being four seconds each. Check out other Thickly Painted Walls projects on the official Bandcamp page.