05.06.2013

TOP 30 5/7

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The Top 30 is a weekly section of the WOBC blog where we highlight the 30 most-played new albums each week. Check out what our DJs are spinning!

1 MILK MUSIC Cruise Your Illusion
2 OS MUTANTES Fool Metal Jack
3 DEAD C / RANGDA Dead C Vs. Rangda
4 DEVENDRA BANHART Mala
5 THE KNIFE Shaking The Habitual
6 SOURCE FAMILY The Source Family
7 JEPH JERMAN Rundle
8 IGGY AND THE STOOGES Ready To Die
9 THEE OH SEES Floating Coffin
10 WIRE Change Becomes Us
11 FELA KUTI The Best Of The Black President 2
12 MY BLOODY VALENTINE MBV
13 REPLACEMENTS Songs For Slim
14 BARDO POND Rise Above It All
15 DAVID BOWIE The Next Day
16 KURT VILE Wakin On A Pretty Daze
17 ICEAGE You’re Nothing
18 THE MEN New Moon
19 AARON DILLOWAY Corpse On Horseback
20 JANDEK Richmond Sunday
21 FIRE ORCHESTRA Exit
22 JOHN ZORN The Mysteries
23 AUTRE NE VEUT Anxiety Software
24 SUN CITY GIRLS Eye Mohini
25 FLAMING LIPS The Terror
26 DEERHUNTER Monomania
27 GHOSTFACE KILLAH Tweleve Reasons To Die
28 RICHARD THOMPSON Electric
29 AUTECHRE Exai
30 JAMES BLAKE Overgrown

05.03.2013

TOP 30 4/30

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The Top 30 is a weekly section of the WOBC blog where we highlight the 30 most-played new albums each week. Check out what our DJs are spinning!

1 BARDO POND Rise Above It All
2 YO LA TENGO Fade
3 NEIL YOUNG AND CRAZY HORSE Psychedelic Pill
4 JAMES BLAKE Overgrown
5 LANA DEL REY Paradise
6 REPLACEMENTS Songs For Slim
7 WIRE Change Becomes Us
8 BRIAN ENO Lux
9 MEAT PUPPETS Rat Farm
10 JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE The 20/20 Experience
11 SODOM Epitome Of Torture
12 SONIC YOUTH Smart Bar Chicago 1985
13 ANDREW BIRD Hands Of Glory
14 NEW ORDER Lost Sirens
15 M83 Oblivion
16 BLEACHED Ride Your Heart
17 SUFJAN STEVENS Silver And Gold
18 SIX FEET UNDER Unborn
19 TORTURE KILLER Phobia
20 BLUE HAWAII Untogether
21 BABIES Our House On The Hill
22 JAMES FERRARO Cold
23 DAVID BOWIE The Next Day
24 THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS Nanobots
25 TOKIMONSTA Half Shadows
26 AARON DILLOWAY Corpse On Horseback
27 MILK MUSIC Cruise Your Illusion
28 AUTRE NE VEUT Anxiety Software
29 NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS Push The Sky Away
30 PARQUET COURTS Light Up Gold

04.29.2013

TOP 30 4/23

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The Top 30 is a weekly section of the WOBC blog where we highlight the 30 most-played new albums each week. Check out what our DJs are spinning!

1 KURT VILE Wakin On A Pretty Daze
2 GUIDED BY VOICES The Bears For Lunch
3 JAMES BLAKE Overgrown
4 WOLF EYES No Answer : Lower Floors
5 WIRE Change Becomes Us
6 JANDEK Richmond Sunday
7 MILK MUSIC Cruise Your Illusion
8 REPLACEMENTS Songs For Slim
9 THE KNIFE Shaking The Habitual
10 MY BLOODY VALENTINE MBV
11 SUN CITY GIRLS Singles Vol. 3
12 SONIC YOUTH Smart Bar Chicago 1985
13 BARDO POND Rise Above It All
14 NEW ORDER Lost Sirens
15 OF MONTREAL Daughter Of Cloud
16 AARON DILLOWAY Corpse On Horseback
17 TIMES NEW VIKING Over And Over [EP]
18 BRIAN ENO Lux
19 GHOSTFACE KILLAH Adrian Younge Presents: 12 Reasons To Die
20 FIRE ORCHESTRA Exit
21 PERE UBU Lady From Shanghai
22 DUCKTAILS The Flower Lane
23 GRIZZLY BEAR Shields
24 NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS Push The Sky Away
25 RICHARD THOMPSON Electric
26 AUTECHRE Exai
27 THEE OH SEES Floating Coffin
28 DEERHUNTER Monomania
29 DAVID BOWIE The Next Day
30 FUSHITSUSHA Mabushii Itazura Na Inori

04.27.2013

Guitarist Erik Lindmark (Deeds of Flesh, Unique Leader Records): The WOBC Interview

Erik Lindmark is the remaining founding member of the brutal death metal band Deeds of Flesh, and is a co-founder of Unique Leader Records, both based out of Los Osos, CA. I spoke with Erik to discuss both the record label and Deeds of Flesh’s upcoming eighth full-length, Portals to Canaan.

WOBC: Hey Erik. Can you give us a little background about Unique Leader?

Erik Lindmark: Yeah, it started back in ’99, with Jacoby [Kingston, former Deeds of Flesh bassist and vocalist] and myself. We used to work for a CD manufacturing plant and there were some investors that wanted to start a label. They knew that we had a name that could start the label, so they gave us an offer and a hefty advance to run the label and to release… at the time it was “Path of The Weakening” – and they wanted us to bring in other bands and basically work the label, which we did. And it kind of all fell apart, where Jacoby and I ended up buying them out. From then, we built the roster that we have now. And a few years ago, I actually ended up buying out Jacoby. He just ended up doing something different with his life; we’re still friends and everything but it was his time to part ways with the whole music scene. So yeah – we specialized in technical, brutal, extreme death metal, and we’ve stuck with that niche ever since the beginning. We’re here today and we have about 90 releases and thing are going good!

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WOBC: You guys have a new album coming out this June. It’s been 5 years since Of What’s To Come – what’s changed for you guys since then?

EL: Yeah, it’s been about four and a half years or so. I wouldn’t say much has changed since that album. I would say our change came with Of What’s To Come, where we really took a different approach in working with the concept and concentrating a bit more on the second guitar. Every album before Of What’s To Come, we wrote with the mindset that we were a three-piece, because in the past, we have been a three-piece. We’ve had lots of live guitarists, but we usually tour as a three-piece, and we never wanted to do anything on our albums that we couldn’t recreate live. It just sounds hollow to me when you have lead work going on with the bass backing it up; it just doesn’t fly for us. So what we decided to do [on Of What’s To Come] was take the approach that we would always be a four-piece from now on, and worked a bit more on adding that second guitar and really bringing it to the forefront of our writing.

The vocals were a bit different too; since Of What’s To Come, we’ve approached them where it’s a bit more in-your-face. When we wrote the vocals before, we’d kind of play the riff and just kind of see how the vocals would fit while playing guitar at the same time, whereas recently we made up patterns and made them flow better rather than just changing as the guitar changes. There are a lot more syllables, and counts, and measures. I’d say those are the biggest changes from our previous albums until Of What’s To Come and this album. This one definitely takes off where Of What’s To Come left off. And of course, we have a couple new members – Craig Peters and Ivan Mungula from Arkaik. There were no hard feelings with the old guys – it was just their time to move on from music, which is fine. With Erlend [Caspersen, bassist of Spawn of Possession], it was a little different. We kind of wanted to be closer together if we needed to practice, or if we wanted to get together for band shots, or do one-off shows or whatever. But with Erlend being in Scandinavia, and us being here in the United States, it was kind of difficult to do. Now we’re all in California and it’s a bit easier, so that was the reason for that decision. Craig and Ivan are good guys and hard workers, and they shred.

WOBC: You had tendonitis last year – did that affect your writing process at all?

EL: Yeah, unfortunately I’m still battling that, which is why we haven’t done any shows. We’re still deciding what to do. I was trying to just let it heal, and now that the album is done, I’ve just been staying away from playing guitar and using my arm in any strenuous way. That’s the reason for the live hiatus. But as far as writing and recording went, it didn’t affect me because I was still able to play. I just couldn’t play for an extended amount of time. At about a minute and a half to two minutes in, if I’m playing a song straight through, it just starts to burn and burn to the point where I can’t get any pressure on the frets, and it just gives out. But when you’re recording, you record in sections, so if I’m doing 30-second sections or whatever, I’m able to do that.

Playing live, and playing songs all the way through, is unfortunately impossible right now. If the arm heals, we’ll probably go back to using another frontman vocalist like we were going to do originally. It was going to be Corey from Flesh Consumed, who was a huge help in the concept and the writing of the album. At the time, I didn’t have the problem, so he was going to take Jacoby’s spot as the vocalist and I’d be able to focus more on guitar and maybe background vocals. If the arm doesn’t heal, I’ll probably do vocals, and we’ll get a second guitar player. It’s still up in the air, but that’s why we haven’t been going out on the road or playing any shows. At least right now, we can still put out albums and write.

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WOBC: Can you go over some of the gear you use?

EL: Over the years, it’s varied. I’ve used rack gear – Mesa, ENGL – as far as cabs I just use Marshalls. There’s some direct stuff I use. For the last album we ended up using a mix of the Dual Rectifier and the ENGL Special Edition, and it worked really well. It was an idea that Zach [Ohren] of Castle Ultimate Studios had. I’d say my favorite head that I’ve used is probably the ENGL Special Edition, just because of how cutting and razor-sharp the notes are rather than being a more open woofy sound like a Rectifier has. We blended the two – best of both worlds.

WOBC: Any favorite guitars?

EL: Well, I’m endorsed by Jackson. I like the Soloist, and I like the R1T. Another thing I forgot to mention that we did on this album that we haven’t done before was the incorporation of seven-strings. We have that low end going on, which we haven’t used before.

WOBC: Anything else you’d like to add?

EL: I hope people like the new album; we put a lot of effort into it. Stay patient with us as far as getting out on the road. That’s the biggest thing we really want to do again. Thanks for the support.

Portals to Canaan comes out June 25 on Unique Leader. Preorder packages are available here. The 9th annual Bloodletting North America tour, featuring Unique Leader artists Gorod, Inanimate Existence, and Kamikabe, will be stopping in Lakewood on May 13. Full dates available here.

04.20.2013

Vinyl Pot Pourri

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from Sivan Silver-Swartz, co-vinyl director:

James Siegfried is better known as James Chance or James White–one of the seminal figures of late-70s/early-80s New York No Wave, along with people like Lydia Lunch and Arto Lindsay. In the early days, he had two groups and personas going on–James Chance & the Contortions and James White & the Blacks. Both were bizarre amalgams of free jazz and R&B, the former a little more funkier, the latter a bit more disco. And so, we found ourselves with a great vault find, the 1982 album from the White & Black side of things called “Sax Maniac.” ”James White & the Blacks,” “Sax Maniac,” songs with titles like “Sax Machine” and “Irresistible Impulse”–too good to be true, right? It features, rather than a bunch of No Wave people, some actual R&B session musicians and singers of the time. Compared to his earlier work, it’s a bit less wild, a bit less disorienting, a bit less rough. But don’t worry, it’s still revolutionary and transgressive and all of that good stuff.

from Ryan Jennings, workgroup member:

I found the first four Robbie Basho records in the vault yesterday at vinyl workgroup. It’s sweet to imagine WOBC being sent the records upon release, but who knows how all four stayed intact since they’re pretty rare and expensive on e-bay. Robbie Basho was a cool dude on John Fahey’s Takoma Records, and he and Fahey went to college together (wow, just like us!) And the record’s mostly 12-string solo guitar American Primitivism and, like, folk music I guess, but he studied with Ali Akbar Khan, the #1 sarod master of the world, and changed his name in honor of the Japanese poet Matsuo Basho. He sings on a lot too, but my favorite Basho record, “Falconer’s Arm I,” which is in the vault right now, is a masterpiece and completely instrumental. A very detailed and coherent record, each song represents a unique and beautiful story. “Babs” is a favorite track but I seriously recommend everyone to check out this haunting album on par with any Fahey and more accessible than a long winded raga!
Basho died in a freak chiropractic accident in the 80s.

from Olivia Simuoli, workgroup member:

This semester, I found in the vaults German progressive and space rock group Nektar’s concept album, “Remember the Future.”  Recorded in 1973, the album features one song divided into two parts and tells the tale of the evolution of man through the eyes of a bird.  The story begins with life originating in the sea and touches on other major milestones, such as man’s discovery of fire and invention of the wheel.  The climax of the album occurs when mankind starts to wonder whether he is alone in the world or if there is some “Supreme Being” out there as well.  Despite what may seem to be clichéd and at times bizarre subject matter, the album on the whole is pretty unique and interesting and has a good space rock feel with some nice funk undertones.

04.19.2013

Hip-Hop Workgroup Recommends…

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Here are some selections from Hip-Hop workgroup:

>>Billy Woods — Duck Hunt

>>Yung Lean Doer  – Greygoose

>>Big K.R.I.T. — Talkin’ Bout Nothin’

>>Tyler the Creator — Jamba (Feat. Hodgy beats)

>>Eddie B ft. Apathy (Prod. By Harry Fraud) — Courage Pt. 2

>>Kali Uchis — Lean On You

>>Angel Haze — No Church In The Wild

04.15.2013

TOP 30 4/9

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The Top 30 is a weekly section of the WOBC blog where we highlight the 30 most-played new albums each week. Check out what our DJs are spinning!

1 WIRE Change Becomes Us
2 CAETANO VELOSO Abraçaço
3 THE MEN New Moon Sacred Bones
4 JAMES BLAKE Overgrown
5 OF MONTREAL Daughter Of Cloud
6 PARQUET COURTS Light Up Gold
7 MARNIE STERN The Chronicles Of Marnia
8 GILBERTO GIL Concerto de Cordas & Máquinas de Ritmo
9 ANDREW BIRD Hands Of Glory
10 DEERHUNTER Monomania
11 THE MEN New Moon Sacred Bones
12 VARIOUS ARTISTS Think And Change
13 MAC DEMARCO 2
14 SONIC YOUTH Smart Bar Chicago 1985
15 GUIDED BY VOICES The Bears For Lunch
16 TIMES NEW VIKING Over And Over [EP]
17 YO LA TENGO Fade
18 GHOSTFACE KILLAH 12 Reasons to Die
19 TAYLOR SWIFT Red
20 LUST FOR YOUTH Growing Seeds
21 DJ RASHAD Rollin EP
22 DEVENDRA BANHART Mala
23 BEE MASK When We Were Eating Unripe Pears
24 NATURAL SNOW BUILDINGS The Snowbringer Cult
25 SUFJAN STEVENS Silver And Gold
26 DAVID BOWIE The Next Day
27 MY BLOODY VALENTINE MBV
28 SHLOHMO Laid Out Friends Of Friends
29 FUSHITSUSHA Mabushii Itazura Na Inori
30 MILK MUSIC Cruise Your Illusion