Monday, December 6, 2010

Das Racist "Sit Down Man"

One of the best hip hop albums I've heard lately, it features an unusual kind of nonsense lyrics (at least it seems so, many of the times). Produce by a great variety of artists (including Diplo here), it has been considered a great achievement by Das Racist, innovating rapping.
These guys are really original, they even did a videogame, which is similar to their videoclip of the song "Who's that? Brooown" [also included on this album]. Click here to play the videogame.
A good example of these "dada" lyrics (like I've seem some people name them) are the ones featured on "hahahaha jk". Even old Das Racist songs like "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell" point at this sort of style.

The playlist is the following:
01. wkcr stretch and bobbito show w quincy jones (intro)
02. all tan everything (ft. jay-z) [prod. sabzi]
03. puerto rican cousins [prod. gordon voidwell and alex kestner] ^
04. hahahaha jk? [prod. boi-1da]
05. town business (ft. kassa overall) [prod. kassa overall]
06. commercial [prod. teengirl fantasy] *
07. people are strange [prod. devo springsteen] **
08. luv it mayne (ft. fat tony & bo p) [prod. tom cruz]
09. amazing (ft. lakutis) [prod. keepaway]
10. fashion party (with chairlift) [prod. chairlift] *
11. rapping 2 u (ft. lakutis) [prod. sha-leik]
12. rooftop (ft. despot) [prod. dame grease]
13. irresponsible (ft. lakutis) [prod. like magic + das racist]*
14. return to innocence [prod. dash speaks]
15. julia (the very best remix) [prod. das racist]
16. roc marciano joint (ft. roc marciano) [prod. mike finito]
17. you can sell anything [prod. diplo]
18. sit down, man (ft. el-p) [prod. scoop deville]
19. sit down, people (by dapwell and quincy jones)

executive produced by le’Roy benros for noizy cricket!! & himanshu suri for greedhead entertainment

mixed and recorded by daniel lynas at wonderful studios except where otherwise noted.

I highly recommend this one. Acquire it. Also, check out their official website.
Below is one of my fav songs, "hahahaha jk":

Saturday, October 30, 2010

[gig reviews] FAUST live at Teatro Maria Matos, 6th October 2010

FAUST, sometimes referred as the godfather of the krautrock, played in Lisbon on 6th October of 2010. I filmed the entire concert and you can see it live at our new youtube channel, a colab with Vai Uma Gasosa.
Here are some photos [Serotonin Sounds isn't the author of these, it's taken from the blog arte-factos10]:

Black Devil "Disco Club"

This is a great new discovery I made today. Produced in 1978, this french album is a different view of the whole disco culture. The author's name is Bernard Fevre. I find this one way more interesting than most of the other works released in this genre, since the vocals, analogic sounds and the beats add a characteristic effect to this.
Here's the track list:
A1 "H" Friend 5:43
A2 Timing, Forget The Timing 4:34
A3 One To Choose 4:57

B1 We Never Fly Away Again 4:53
B2 Follow Me (Instrumental) 5:15
B3 No Regrets 5:00

06 - no regrets by

Here it is some info taken from the blog [Holy Warbles] where I found this excellent musical work. I found out that some of this info was also extracted from wikipedia:
'Originally released in 1978, Black Devil's 'Disco Club' is an extremely rare disco masterpiece, an epic journey into the deepest electronic disco. The record is credited to Junior Claristidge and Joachim Sherylee, pseudonyms of two french library writers Bernard Fevre and Jacky Giordano, respectively. It was made manually in a recording studio in the suburbs of Paris using synths and occasional tape loops and a drummer. No midi or computers'
i really envy any youngsters who get to hear this for the first time. do not hesitate to follow the link for more Bernie Fevre supersounds. the Musax material is particularly potent & provided there's interest, i just got a new black devil dub joint i could post in the future"

Here's a remake made around 2007:

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

New Youtube Serotonin Sounds / Vai Uma Gasosa Channel

Yesterday, Serotonin Sounds in collaboration with Vai Uma Gasosa launched a new youtube channel. We'll try to upload videos of various concerts weekly. This new youtube channel is now the official Youtube Channel that I'll use, but you can still check some other videos on my older Youtube JoaoPQ Channel.
The first videos we uploaded are some various songs, almost the whole concert, that Faust gave here in Lisbon at Teatro Maria Matos.
Check one of the highlights of this gig, below, featured on Serotonin Sounds / Vai Uma Gasosa Channel (it even includes a random cowboy that was part of the crowd and started dancing around!):

Friday, October 15, 2010

[mixtapes / compilations] Actual Pain presents: Another hit mixtape by Party Trash

Another mixtape, this one filled with witch house.
The track list is the following:

Angelic Process - Million Year Summer

Gucci Mane - Pills (Party Trash Remix)

Raw Moans - Fuck That Day

8:*) - Doom

Aids 3d - Because Of U

Earth Science - Devil's Tower

The Mad Lads - You Blew It

Dem Hunger - A Brain Inna River (Excerpt)

Party Trash - юнак

The Crystals - He Hit Me

The Buttons - Birds In My Tree

Clearing - June 30th

Nate Dogg - These Days (DJ Screw mix)

Justin Bieber - One Time (NiKE7UP iMøv¡ec3||ph0n3ÅpøçaL¥p$e¡nƒ¡N¡†y420Mix)

Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights (Clearing Mix)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Die Antwoord's new video for "Evil Boy"

I haven't got much time lately to update the blog: that doesn't mean I won't update it anymore or that I've stopped my musical journey.
This time I bring you south-african's most contemporary curious hip hop group, Die Antwoord. This time I bring you their most recent videoclip, for their song "Evil Boy". Pure genius. Oh, and did you know they did a live performance with Richard D. James? True story.
Their videoclip got banned both from Vimeo and Youtube, sorry. Check their song "Evil Boy" below:

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

[upcoming bands] Halloween

Halloween is one of the best portuguese hip hop acts. I don't know since when he's been rapping about portuguese criminal reality, street life, ghettos, street violence, drug addiction, prostitution, etc.
Check out these songs (click the one you want to hear, it'll direct you to youtube):
-No Love;
-O meu Par;
-Dia de um dread de 16 anos;
-Bang bang;

Sugestion: Use a free translator to understand some of this music, if you don't speak portuguese.

Next, I'll put here a video of Halloween:

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Nurse with Wound "Rock 'n' Roll Station"

This record seems to fuse spoken word with hip hop, but of course with this awkward NWW touch attached to it. Think of Saul Williams making musique concrète while improvising lyrics and shouting them. This would be far more strange than that thought of yours (if you could imagine it, at least). I can imagine why Steven Stapleton made a record like this: because of his hip hop fascination (particularly Snoop Dogg, I presume).
The track list is the following:
Rock 'n Roll Station 6:38

Written-By - Jacques Berrocal* , Vince Taylor
The Self Sufficient Sexual Shoe 5:53
Two Golden Microphones 17:03
A Silhouette And A Thumbtack (Dance In Hyperspace) 9:56
R+B Through Collis Brone 5:52
Finsbury Park, May 8th, 1:35 pm (I'll See You In Another World) 13:01

I highly recommend this album.

Below, I included a live video of Jean-Hervé Péron from FAUST performing along with Steven Stapleton. The song featured here is "Rock 'n Roll Station" (a bizarre spoken-word song, kind of reminds me an experimental hip-hop side):

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Caribou "Swim"

While diving deep into this sea of sounds, I realize how Daniel Snaith, Caribou's mastermind, has this peculiar gift of turning every sound into something catchy and audible. Like if most found sounds were turned into a beat taken away from a pop song.
Let's say this album has been reviewed by most music critics, magazines and other "trustful" sources above 80% in average. It's a must.
It is his first new album of material since 2008 Polaris Music Prize-winning Andorra.

The track list is the following:
  1. "Odessa" – 5:15
  2. "Sun" – 5:44
  3. "Kaili" – 4:41
  4. "Found Out" – 3:18
  5. "Bowls" – 6:20
  6. "Leave House" – 5:11
  7. "Hannibal" – 6:14
  8. "Lalibela" – 2:25
  9. "Jamelia" – 3:58
My favourite tracks are: Odessa, Bowls and Jamelia.

Below is Odessa's videoclip:

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

[interview] Pictureplane

Fortunately, I could interview Pictureplane. Fusing house with psychedelic themes, transcending cliché acid house, this artist could easily make a tune that would be a hit in many discos, if people nowadays cared more about music when they go to a disco. He also makes magic with a Microkorg [how I envy him, I wish I could be that good with my synth].

Serotonin Sounds
: What do you think of Witch House? I asked you this one because I see you use lots of "occult" related images, like the triangles and ourobouros, etc.
Pictureplane: dont think a lot of people know this, but i invented the term "witch house" ! the first time it was used was on my blog. my friend shams and i were joking around about a new style of occultish house music that we were making. and we called it witch house. it actually is supposed to be house music, not the slow stuff that is being called witch house. i dont know how it took off on the internet like it did, but it is really interesting.

SS: What are your influences?
PP:contemporary art, fashion, the future, mysticism, the occult, aliens, the "other", the hidden, mysteries, touch, sex, magic. oh , and other music.

SS: You seem to have a wide musical taste. You like Siouxsie and the Banshees and at the same time make your own music: with this I mean, why do you feel related with these more dark trends and at simultaneously make your music, which seems to be happier?
PP:there has always been a darker element to my music. a lot of my old lyrics were really violent and stuff. i always liked that juxtaposition. i love pop music. and my music is meant to be positive and optimistic. so that is why it sounds happy i think. music and art can look or sound a certain way but still carry different meanings. of course. i like to hide things within my songs. but at the same time, i have always been influenced by "dark" music.

SS:Are you the author of your artwork?
PP:of course. i went to school for painting actually. visual art is a huge part of my life.

SS:When playing live, you use a Microkorg, right? When producing, you still use the Microkorg? And do you use any other synths too while producing?
PP:i love my mikrokorg! i have had it for 6 years. it is covered in dirt and some keyes are missing. i am trying to get a new synth, but i am pretty poor and i am also a wizard with the korg. it is the only thing i use really.

SS:Would you like your music to be played at discos?
PP:more pictureplane at discos!

SS:Are you planning to sell some of your t-shirts online? [I want one, hehe]

SS:Do you like Throbbing Gristle? If so, how have they affected your music?
PP:i am an extremely huge fan of throbbing gristle. more so for their concepts and theories about culture, the world, freedom and magik. i honestly never really "listen" to them, but i am constantly reading about them and studying them. i collect writings by genesis p. orridge, who is probably one of my biggest life inspirations. genesis forever.

SS:Choose one band / musical group you're enjoying lately and tell us why.
PP:future islands. i have loved this band for a while, but they have a new album and just performed at where i live in denver, rhinoceropolis. and they blew me away. they are one of the best live bands and their music is so emotional and beautiful. they are truly a special and rare band. not enough people know about them.

Thank you once again, Pictureplane.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Sickboy "Time to Play"

"Sickboy has more than upped the ante with this hairsplitting slab of digitized breakestral chaos, never suggesting melodies or functional rhythms it draws from but juggling without remorse on the dividing line between acceptability and grimy flavoured cynism."

This album is probably one of my favourite Sickboy works. It just blends eccentric beats, awkward cartoon themes with some gabber influences.

The track list is:
1. Saturn's Return 4:31
2. Darkwing Droog 3:45
3.Don't Stop Now 5:43
4. Take Me On 5:26
5. Time To Play 5:57
6.Bogan Melmac 3:38
7. Doofemilius 3:36
8. Alundra 3:51
9. Spartan Gabba 5:15
10. Lotsa Pretty 4:05

The tracks I like the most are "Don't Stop Now", "Take Me On" and "Doofemilius".
The track "Don't Stop Now" is probably one of the most intense tracks, perfect for ravin'.

Check out Sickboy "going mad" live:

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

[gig reviews] PAUS live at Fnac do Chiado in Lisbon, 21st June 2010

The gig started with an unforeseen situation: the band didn't have their EP there [the gig's aim was to present it], because Fnac had some problems and couldn't make it on time.
With that fact put aside, the gig went well. Joaquim and Hélio sure know how to play drums and are most of the time well synchronized. I also like the concept of the "siamese drums".
Makoto Yagyu played bass most of the time and on one or two occasions, he played synth. João "Shela" fills the air with his sort of "new age-ish" synths. The 4 band members make music that isn't very easily labeled.
However, most of the crowd enjoyed the gig and the band set the volume higher, to "provoke" Fnac, since they didn't behave very well.
Unfortunately, I didn't film because I left the camera's batteries at home [shame on me].
Here it is the band's myspace.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

[interview] †‡†

I had a chance to interview †‡†, one of my favourite witch house artists. Lately I've been investigating a bit this emerging genre, possibly one of the best newborn musical paradigm.
Read the interview right below:

Serotonin Sounds: What are your influences?
†‡†:New Wave, Dance, Acid House, Goth Rock, Hip-Hop, Noise, Black Metal.

SS: How did you come up with your name?
†‡†:It doesn't really mean anything specific, it means something for me, could mean something different for everyone.

SS: How do you produce your music? [If so], what synths do you use?
†‡†:I do most of the work on a computer using a lot of software and use some other things like mics and effect pedals occasionally.

SS: What do you think of this new term "witch house" and the whole scene?
†‡†:I like the term, when I started listening to SALEM people were calling it "gothic chillwave" so this is much better. I don't think the current scene is what Pictureplane had in mind when he came up with the term "witch house" though, things have changed a lot since the movement started.
I like most of the bands that became associated with witch house when it started but I'm not a fan of most new acts. Some are still good though, like XIX. Most people think this is just a trend that will die before the year ends but I really doubt that's going to happen, 2010 is just the beginning.
Finally, growing up as a fan of 2nd wave Black Metal and Goth music I really love the aesthetic and occult imagery (which I think is what, along with being on Disaro, made me be associated with the movement in the first place).
I think witch house has a lot to offer.

SS: What are your favourite artists on Disaro?
†‡†:White Ring, Passions, oOoOO and Modern Witch. not sure if TEARIST is/was on Disaro but I love them too.

SS: If you could choose a label, what would it be?
†‡†:Oh man I don't know. Have never really thought about it.

SS: Do you do any live shows? If so, when and where are your upcoming shows?
†‡†:Yes, I can't say much about it right now but you'll know in a couple of months through myspace.

SS: Are you into industrial music? This whole occultism surround the genre seems to drawback from the "second-wave of industrial" like some C93, NWW and other artists.
†‡†:I love industrial music, definitely a strong influence in my music.

SS: Are you going to release an EP and/or album soon [or at least pretend to]?
†‡†:I have a CDR coming out on Disaro later this summer.

Monday, June 14, 2010

[mixtapes / compilations] Witch House artists' mixtapes

Here are various mixtapes from witch house and/or witch house related artists:

Pictureplane new mixtape on Fader, entitled Creep 5; click on the image or on the words to hear/download Denver 2009 sampler, another mixtape by this artist.

Mater Suspiria Vision new mixtape; click here or on the image.

Zombie Rave mixtape by O ℑ⊇≥◊≤⊆ℜ O

Friday, June 11, 2010

[upcoming gigs] Out Jazz

If you enjoy jazz and open spaces, grab your bag, put some drinks into it and go to the gardens and other spots where these events will be held. One of the most relaxing musical events occuring in Lisbon, enjoy burning time this weekend and other days of your summer with Out Jazz.
Information in portuguese:
"O Out Jazz chega à sua quarta edição mostrando que veio para ficar. Durante cinco meses o jazz vai ocupar cinco jardins de Lisboa, num ambiente de plena harmonia entre a natureza e as notas musicais. Todos os domingos, de Maio a Setembro, das 17h ao anoitecer, grupos de jazz e um dj vão animar os transeuntes."

Visit the official website right here.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

[mixtape] Serotonin Sounds - Unhappy Summer

If you're too pale to be exposed to the sun, if you're unhappy in June and July due to work, if you wish you could have more free time, if you want a better income, if you don't like the sand, if you enjoy dead seagulls, if you are more time in front of a computer on summer vacations than other seasons, then this is the ideal mixtape for you. Features artists ranging from many musical genres; from industrial to lo-fi.

1.Spell - Seasons in the Sun
2.Sparklehorse - Don't take my Sunshine away
3.Low - Sunshine
4.Grouper - Disengaged
5.The Residents - Honey Bear
6.Perry Blake - Leave it all behind
7.Cass McCombs - What isn't nature
8.Sebadoh - Think (let tomorrow be)
9.Current 93 - Since Yesterday
10.Yoko Ono - Mrs. Lennon

Download it here.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

[film reviews] ODDSAC

ODDSAC is supposed, according to Danny Perez, the director, to not make sense, to be chaotic and make you abstract of your surroundings, involved with positive and/or negative thoughts. The soundtrack was made by Animall Collective, just for this film.
I got the chance to see this film last week at Faculdade das Belas Artes. Before the film began, Danny Perez spoke about how the film hasn't got a story and conditionally, not care about it's logic. Short after, the film started.
Well, I haven't gone to the cinema since some months ago and as I remember, I haven't seen so much people leave the room as in this peculiar case.
The film was intense, had lots of psychedelic effects and surelly hypnotised you very easily.
If you saw the videoclip of Animal Collective's "Summertime Clothes"( which was also directed by Danny), there was lots of paint and dripping effect that perfectly attach to the song; it's a reinvention of the word "psychedelic", characterised by Animal Collective.
The "story" first began in some grass fields, by night. Like you'd expect from a Danny Perez film, some of the image featured people "making the effects": with this, I mean that there were people making balls of fire (it weren't digital effects). Then you see a girl in a house. Later, one of the walls starts bursting paint, from a hole. The poor girl, tries to stop it from dripping all the black paint, but it's effortless. Afterwards, she gets drowned in paint.
I won't talk more about the "story", you have to see it, because the words can't described this art piece.

You can see below the trailer:

Monday, June 7, 2010

[gig reviews] No Age live at Galeria Zé dos Bois, 27th May 2010

In 2008 I couldn't attend No Age's gig at the same place, Galeria Zé dos Bois. This time I proudly bought a ticket to this band's show. I can assure you they're really good live.
The setlist was cool, ranging from tunes of Weirdo Rippers, Nouns and their most recent EP.
I even got the chance to crowdsurf! Also, Randy gave to me and to my friends his guitar and we started playing it like crazy, while he was jamming with the pedals simultaneously: awesome.
Here are some videos so that you can see how good it was:

Eraser, live

Me and my friends playing with Randal's guitar, live

Everybody's Down, live

[gig reviews] Zeni Geva live at Galeria Zé dos Bois, 3rd May 2010

Zeni Geva played on 3rd May of 2010 at Galeria Zé dos Bois, in Lisbon, Portugal. It sure was a fine gig. KK Null talked japanese sometimes and kind of entertained the crowd. Tabata even jumped and played guitar in his own peculiar way. Yoshida was always well, he never failed, his drum skills are precise and stealthy.
The setlist was awesome; they played mostly songs from their most recent album. "Implosion" was a highlight. There was also some jamming along the songs, I believe; and it was always captivating.
Here are some videos of the gig:

Thursday, June 3, 2010

[upcoming gigs] 1º Festival Rock in Benfica

This Saturday [5th June 2010] will be held at Benfica, in Lisbon, a festival of experimental rock music. A band of some friends of mine will play there, Mamute. You can find more info about this here.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

[gig reviews] Upcoming videos

Unfortunately, due to the lack of time, many things haven't been posted around this blog. These were some of the gigs I attended the last 2 months.
I'll try posting up some videos of the following gigs:
-The Sticks live at The Lounge, Lisbon;
-Sonic Youth live at Coliseu, Lisbon;
-Zeni Geva live at Galeria Zé dos Bois, Lisbon;

Thursday, May 13, 2010

William Basinski "The Garden of Brokenness"

You have to listen to this album in certain conditions to give it the value it deserves. This isn't William Basinski's expected music, too: because it shows a struggle of peculiar noise that the reader can hear in the background and the same time a melancholic piano filling the environment with its own notes. It's kind of strange. It gives you desolation.
I got into William Basinski some months ago because of this blog, called Zepelim. They mentioned sometimes one or two Basinski musical pieces and I was curious and downloaded right away some of his music. "The Garden of Brokenness" must of been the first link I've clicked and it's funny since this isn't a typical tune made by this artist. Afterwards, I got hearing some "Disintegration Loops"... They sure have a beautiful story behind their birth. To a common person it may seem that Basinski's work is monochordic, repetitive and boring: to the reader who likes to care about what his trully hearing, this music is filled with details, refracted sounds, that enable a cloud of thoughts around one's head.

The tracklist is:
The Garden of Brokenness (49minutes;47seconds)

Get it here via MegaUpload.

I couldn't find any excerpt of this piece, but I'll put one of a great record: "Vivian & Ondine":

Mixtape by Jesus Avec Pas Des Pantalons

Witch house is an emerging genre. In fact, it was created around 2009. According to my perspective, this genre is like a new hype thing, that manages to make sense of all these new visual: collages, triangles, "neosurrealism"...
It's like the hypnagogic pop term that David Keenan invented sort of gone into a manic depression or bipolar disorder state. Actually, there are other synonyms of witch house that can be seen as arguments to justify my previous sentence: "occult house" and "gothic chillwave".
However, the music itself is original in its own means: slow, dark, electronic, filled with little details, sometimes lo-fi, sometimes awkward...

This blog, Jesus Avec Pas Des Pantalons did a great job and compiled this mixtape just for all new contemporary music fans (or whatever you want to call to these exquisite sounds).
The playlist is the following:
1. SALEM – Whenusleep (2:25)
2. oOoOO – EGYPTYNLVR (2:40)
3. White Ring – IxC999 (5:07)
4. RAW MOANS – rose bath (demo) (2:53)
5. SLEEP ∞ OVER – Your world is night (4:21)
6. Modern Witch – Not The Only One (4:37)
7. CREEP – HOT SHIT RMX (2:54)
8. yusuf b – shakespearsgone (1:22)
9. Diamond Black Hearted Boy – New World Order (3:36)
10. Mater Suspiria Vision – Exorcism of the hippies (3:42)
11. White Ring – Faded (3:37)
12. Modern Witch – Chalice (2:29)
13. oOoOO – PCKRFCRMX (2:02)
14. dir†ypride – sOme†hiNgiN†heway(cObain) (4:45)
15. ///▲▲▲\\\ – tetanus wine (3:44)
16. Balam Acab – Big Boy (4:27)

My favourite song around here is, for sure, dir†ypride – sOme†hiNgiN†heway(cObain): what a great cover this is.

Below is SALEM's "Piggyhog":

Sunday, May 9, 2010

[upcoming bands] Battle Bossanova

Hailing directly from Denmark, this newborn garage band entitled Battle Bossanova seem cliché: guitars wabbling through the air, oooo' chants along the vocals and catchy rhythms. They aren't this standard. If they were, I didn't select them too.
They've released one cassette, like this image points. Still haven't heard it... I just got the opportunity to hear their songs on their myspace and they're worth it.
If you live in Denmardk be aware:
May 27 2010 9:00P
Drone Bar Kbh N, DK
Jun 17 2010 9:00P
Loppen - Ganglians (us) support Battle Bossanova Christiania, Hovedstade, DK

Directly copy-pasted from myspace, here are their current upcoming gigs- they promise.

Here it is their myspace.

[gig announcements] Os Passos em Volta at Groovie Records

This next Saturday, this is 15th of March 2010, the portuguese band Os Passos em Volta are performing for free at Groovie Records (located in Escadinhas do Duque, near Rua da Oliveira and Largo do Carmo).
Courtesy of Serotonin Sounds (including the flyer).

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Cromagnon "Cave Rock"

This review (which I admit that depicts the whole album brilliantly) was taken from Dusted Reviews:
Originally released in 1969 (as Orgasm), Cromagnon’s first and only full-length is intriguing and utterly confounding, a jumble of rackety percussion, chants, shouts, moans, giggles, whispers, drones, found sounds, bizarre rituals, ethno-freak-outs and one actual song, “Caledonia,” a sort of metal bagpipe reel. Its two main songwriters, Austin Grasmere and Brian Eliot, were, by all accounts, bumping hard against the limits of writing bubblegum pop for money. They heard somehow about the eccentric ESP-Disk label and dropped in to its studios for one day to record this odd, possibly brilliant, but only marginally listenable CD. The album went on through the ’70s, ’80s and early ’90s to become a kind of lost Atlantis type of recording, heard about more often than heard, an entry on Stephen Stapleton’s famous list. It was released on CD for the first time in 1993, again in 2000, once more in 2005 and this time, possibly prodded by Ghost’s cover of “Caledonia” two years ago, in 2009. It is always released by the original label, ESP-Disk, and the critical reaction always seems to be the same: How could anything this weird, this prefigurative of industrial out-rock and experimental psyche have possibly been produced in 1969?
Certainly, you can listen a long time without hearing much overt reference to the 1960s. There’s a jangly, campfire-ish guitar at the foundation of “Crow of the Black Tree,” though it’s mostly obscured by wild group shrieks and moans, women and men together, though not exactly in unison. Scrubbed and well-behaved 1960s radio-jingle harmonies kick off “Fantasy,” but it doesn’t take long for the cut to dissolve into maniacal cackles and an altered voice careening through Doppler-altered non-linear observations (“I’m bleeding.” “Having died there…”). The tone is both stone-aged and futuristic, sirens cut through with stray radio broadcasts, tribal celebrations framed by electronic squiggles and blasts. “Caledonia,” by a huge margin the most accessible cut on the disc, thunders with drums, whines with bagpipes. Other bands of the era – Pentangle, Fairport Convention, etc. – were working with updated takes on Celtic folk, of course, but none of them were adding this kind of harsh, over-amplified vocals.
In fact, most of the bands that Cromagnon recalls – Faust, Throbbing Gristle, Nurse with Wound, etc. – didn’t exist in 1969. The band’s total disregard for melody, structure, narrative or time signature is shockingly modern not just for 1969, but even now. “Ritual Feast of the Libido” tests the listener with an extended barrage of really unpleasant, unmusical sounds – a whip-beat, and a man howling in either pain or pleasure. “Organic Sundown,” where members of the “Tribe” credited on the album trade whispers, yelps, hisses and intonations of the word “Sleep,” rides a ramshackle percussive rhythm that could be NNCK or Sun City Girls.
It is not easy to listen to Cave Rock all the way through, and even if you find it interesting, you may not be able to muster any real affection for these difficult tracks. There’s a palpable fog of self-indulgence hanging over the whole enterprise, a sense of weirdness for weirdness’ sake and lack of discipline or structure. Still, there’s no question that Cromagnon achieved something remarkable in its strange concoction of noise, spoken word, folk, electronics and field recordings. It’s worth remembering that the top four songs of 1969 were the Beatles’ “Get Back,” the Rolling Stones’ “Honky Tonk Woman,” Zager and Evans’ “In the Year 2525,” and the Archies’ “Sugar Sugar.” Nobody was doing anything remotely like this, and certainly not in Connecticut.
By Jennifer Kelly

Bizarre, to say the least. There are some tracks, like Ritual Feast of The Libido that I consider inaudible still. It's so inovative it's hard to think they produced this back in 1969.

The track list is the following:
2.Ritual Feast Of The Libido
3.Organic Sundown
5.Crow Of The Black Tree
7.Toth, Scribe I
8.First World Of Bronze

Get the album here or click the album's cover.

Below is my favourite track, "Caledonia":

Monday, April 19, 2010

[upcoming bands] Diamond Black Hearted Boy

Psychedelic, awkward, unusual and original. Bohemian? Diamond Black Hearted Boy is that artist emerging from a recent genre, witch house, that finds a way to be different from the other artists. He fuses this "witch house" or gothic chillout or whatever it is with experimental hip hop.

Below is my favourite Diamond Black Hearted Boy tune: "King of Rap (Hand of God)"

Watch him perform live:

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Don't Panic - a new portuguese ads compilation?

Don't Panic
has arrived since last month [March] here in Portugal. I find it really awesome. It keeps people up to date about gigs and other similar events. They update the pack once a week. It also comes with a rad poster. I currently have 3!
Check out the portuguese website for Don't Panic.

The Sticks "The Sticks"

Released this year on Upset the Rhythm, this is a raw semi-garage rock compilation. Pretty good, although after hearing it too many times seems to start fading away. It's that kind of record you must hear only once in a while [and you recognize it then how good it is].
This info about the band is on Upset the Rhythm's official website:

THE STICKS are a stripped down garage party band from Brighton. They bash drums, sway on the bass and claw at guitar - often swapping over instruments between songs live - and yelp with melodic abandon and delight. The Sticks were recently dubbed as 'semi-amateur', this may be true. With cheap, unreliable equipment they manage to tease out a cacophony of crashing drums and raucous guitar melodies.

The key elements of the trio's sound are undoubtedly drawn from the rudimentary ideas found in the more inept efforts of mid-sixties teen bands such as The Chimney Sweeps and The Keggs, as well as their modern day equivalents The Black Lips, The Coachwhips or The Hospitals, say.

So, let's talk about the album. It excells in garage tunes, instrumental parts and has over 20 tracks.
The track list is the following:
01 - On The Run
02 - Don't Sit On The Porch
03 - Radio Song
04 - On The Sea
05 - Bored!
06 - Pongs
07 - One & The Same
08 - Interim
09 - Earshot
10 - Nothing Song
11 - I'm Wrong
12 - Messing Around
13 - Slam Party
14 - Honkey Time
15 - Got Me
16 - Regal Like
17 - Live In A Town
18 - Night Of Pleasure
19 - Morning-King
20 - Giant Strides

Read more about the band on their myspace or you can start by this interview on the Fader.

Random psytrance tune I found

I found this and find it kind of funny: seems like a common psytrance tune mixed with industrial influences and then with some hardcore techno beats. Kitsch electronic music to your ears.

Psychedelic Trance .mp3
Found at bee mp3 search engine

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Throbbing Gristle "Gristleism"

I want it.
What is it? A small plastic sample box containing 13 samples of TG's sound, that you can play and detune. Absolutely useless, that's the reason why you'll need it!
More information on

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Nurse With Wound "Paranoia in Hi-Fi"

This is basically a Nurse With Wound track that compiles many of the fan's fav tunes (like a small part of Salt Marie Celeste, near the ending). It is difficult to hear, you have to give it some efforts and probably skip some parts. It includes many genres, like: easy listening, krautrock, spoken word (that to me, sounds like it has some hip hop beats, like if Stapleton is paying a tribute to Snoop Dogg's music, haha), experimental, drone, noise and many more...
Try listening a part around 19 minutes: it's jazzy, like an evil jazz you'd expect from Steven Stapleton's mind. It's strange.
Then again, it even has a small dose of Salt Marie Celeste (which we've reviewed before around Serotonin Sounds).
Here it is for free, Paranoia in Hi-Fi.

Below is the song "The Bottom Feeder" which can be found in Paranoia in Hi-Fi too:

[gig reviews] Youthless live at Musicbox 31th March 2010

Last night I attended [for FREE] a rad gig: Youthless played at Musicbox, in Lisboa, along with friends like some members from PAUS. Also, spiderman decided to get along and play drums. Nice, isn't it?
Fortunately, there were there some kids that kept a good vibe all along their performance. Otherwise, the crowd would drop dead, they seemed like a bunch of old people bored and hanging at a random concert. Youthless kept a good setlist, covered a TV On The Radio Song (Playhouses, to be more specific), tried to crowdsurf, made good efforts to entertain the crowd and gave a rad show.
You can check some videos and photos on MyPortugal's (myspace page for Portugal, in case you didn't comprehend) page.
Here are some links to the photos: photo 1, photo 2, photo 3, photo 4, photo 5, photo 6, photo 7, photo 8.

[upcoming bands] Hocus Tocus

Somewhere in the blogosphere, they said Hocus Tocus sounded similar to Kylie Minogue's Loco-Motion... Forget it. Since when lo-fi indie that's somewhat similar to fellows Wavves, Lovvers and Times New Viking is similar to Kylie? The world still has to go through much stuff for that to succeed.
Hocus Tocus are a great emerging band. They are that kind of lo-fi band you seem to have heard before, but still inovative. I advise you to go to their myspace here.

Check this out:

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

[gig reviews] Black Bombaim and Mamute at Galeria Zé dos Bois, March 2010

Black Bombaim are a portuguese band that are part of the Barcelos' underground scene. Their psychedelic, stoner apprentices. Tight riffs, fast drums, blazing theremins, absent vocals, all these things make the listener beg for more of their songs. They sure get you high without the need of any drugs: the music is the drug here.
At Z.D.B. they performed what seemed almost like for straight an hour or so. I filmed almost all the gig. It's available on youtube: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5.

Below is the fifth part of Black Bombaim's concert I filmed:

Mamute consist of a portuguese duo that love and create heavy rock. They entitle it "cliché". It may sound like it is such thing, but not the kind of deal that'll get you bored for sure. You could rock on to their music for days.
Here are some parts I filmed of their gig: part 1, part 2 and part 3.
Below is a part I filmed of Mamute's performance:

Thursday, March 25, 2010

[upcoming bands] Numbers Game

Numbers game is a kind of new DIY aesthetics musical project of Doc Matthews. When I hear his songs, I think of a different Ariel Pink. Like a more audible Ariel Pink with extended tracks, you know. I still don't get why Numbers Game isn't already one of those hype bands. Take this as a fine example: Wavves are an overrated band, so why isn't this overrated too?
I only hope Doc Matthews keeps producing songs like these. Check out his website. He's got free MP3 there too [and flacs].

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

[gig reviews] Owen Pallett at Teatro Maria Matos, 11th March 2010

A great musician, that currently got the media attention due to his latest release (entitled "Heartland"), Owen Pallett is Final Fantasy. He had to change the well-known musical project's name to his own name since it had copyright issues (the game Final Fantasy didn't allow him to keep going with that name).
I got the chance (for only 5 euros!!) to see him perform at Teatro Municipal Maria Matos (located in Lisbon, Portugal).
He had a great setlist ranging from Heartland themes to old ones (like "This lamb sells condos").
I filmed almost the entire concert by the way. I still haven't had enough time to post all the videos, but here are some: part 1, part 2, part 4, part 5, part 9.
Here are some photos of the gig I found on another portuguese music blog.

[upcoming bands] Black Microwave

Although its myspace exists since 2 years ago, it's relatively recent. Black Microwave consist of a one-man musical project that struggles through many musical seas: experimental electronics, 8bit, [a slow] breakcore, etc. The person behind this project is also playing on the band Kimoameba.
The author has released 3 cd's until now. You can check them out on the myspace.
Here it is the myspace.
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