Album Review: Polvo ‘Siberia’

Polvo_Siberia_LP_11183Of all the recently reunited 90s Alt Rock outfits, the lesser spotted Polvo stake a more valid claim than most to a second stab at existence, having not really been paid their dues the first time around. Unlike most reunions, Polvo’s wasn’t necessarily fuelled by a groundswell of born again devotees voting with their feet for reappraisal, and it might just be this lack of expectation that has them sounding like no time at all has passed between their demise in 1998 and their reformation a decade later. Despite some deceptively pedestrian Indie distortion slinging, the woozy cephalopodic tremolo and angle grinding of Ash Bowie and Dave Brylawski’s intermingling riffs fray at the ends with non sequiturs that distort the space and time signatures of Brian Quast’s beats and Steve Popson’s humming undercurrent.

Having Your Cake and Hating It: Nirvana ‘In Utero’ 20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Unit Shifter

nirvanaA shotgun hole is so absolute. The vacuum a suicide leaves behind so engulfing, it’s the epitome of ambivalence in its dichotomy of grief and resentment. A disavowal. A denial. The crepuscular introduction of ‘Heart Shaped Box’ heralded summer’s decay on August 30th 1993, through the pregnant fluff-bubble of a cassette tape piped down wires that ran through the cobwebs, pipes, atrophying plaster and laths of the cellar ceiling, up into the kitchen speakers after school as the clouds bruised with the impending deluge. ‘In Utero’ would accompany me on a walkman through the rigor mortis of autumn, to the decidedly funerary flavour of ‘Unplugged in New York’, the snowy satellite TV-taped VHS of which us siblings watched on the bright, crisp, February 1994 morning we interned my mother in the furnace after cancer had turned her black.

Pixies to Release 4-Song EP


YES!

There was time when I was vehemently against The Pixies – one of my favorite bands – getting back together. I know that sounds counter intuitive, but think about it. If there’s one thing I like more than The Pixies it’s Frank Black aka Black Francis and when the band first began doing “reunion” shows circa 2003 I desperately feared it would interfere with the seemingly endless supply of original material Black was in the midst of releasing. I also feared the old axiom of fabled wisdom, “You can’t go home again”.

Ministry – From Beer to Eternity

image courtesy of the band’s press

Okay, first I have to ask you to excuse both the lackluster album name and album cover. The title is clearly meant to be another in the series of cynical puns Ministry has used for so long. I’ve been a fan of the band since the moment I first heard The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste  back in the early 90’s – it’s one of my favorite albums ever – and even I’ll admit that while Uncle Al and crew nail it on some of their albums’ adornments (but never better than on the aforementioned) they also fall flat on some. This is a shame when you take into account that musically almost every Ministry record to date is otherwise brilliant.

7.20.13: Summer Slaughter, HOB on Sunset

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Okay, first off, yes the name for this package tour is Summer Slaughter and yes it seems ridiculous to even repeat that out loud, let alone us it as a headline. However, I did not name it. Nor would I have been likely to go to it, despite my rabid love of headliners Dillinger Escape Plan, if not for the fact that The Ocean (Collective) were playing. Hailing from Germany, The Ocean does not make it to the States very often to play and whenever they do I go, buy a shirt, talk a bit and try and lend both financial and moral support. Now, nearly forty-eight hours on the other side of the, ahem, Slaughter I can tell you, stupid name or not, had I not attended I would have been missing out.

Joup Interviews: Paul Colilli: Canadian Doctorate, Musician and a Simply Saucer

This intrawebs fascinates me everyday because of the people I come across and what they have done with their lives. Take one Paul Colilli for example whom I had the privilege to interview for Joup. Colilli, recognized in the 70s Canadian Pop Culture with his time with Simply Saucer, boasts a Doctorate Degree in Medieval Italian literature. Now some 40 years after he’s recording music under his self-title. How in the hell did I come across someone like this? I think it’s worth a look-see.


“Hello Chester,

I’m Paul Colilli, a founding member of Simply Saucer…”



Paul, you have my attention.

Just Announced: New Ministry Album 9/6/13

image courtesy of the band’s press agency

I’m a long time Ministry fan. The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste would definitely appear in my top ten albums of all time and overall there’s not a bad record to be found in their  career – a career now into its fourth decade (!). Whether it’s the weird, electro-dance of the Arista records, the heavy, tribal Connelly-era stuff or everything since it’s all part of the larger, iconic Ministry sound and it’s all very, very good. Even 1999’s Dark Side of the Spoon – which I consider a slight mis-step – trumps most of the other ‘heavy music’ released during those grim years of the late 90’s/early 00’s. Now, a little over a year since the release of the group’s previous album Relapse and roughly six months since long-time guitarist Mike Scaccia died of a heart attack on stage, Ministry is set to release their 13th studio album, magnificently titled From Beer to Eternity.

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