I didn’t see the whole set but I did see 5-6 songs. I was hoping to see “My Oh My” and apparently he played it right after I left. Biggest regret of the weekend. I wish I could have heard Niehaus at the Gorge. MY OH MY~!
I'm glad it was your most drunk day 'cause I certainly wouldn't want you remembering and me not! All I remember is meeting you and your wife and then telling everybody all Sasquatch what a looker you were. I sure all the hipsters loved hearing it. [/quote]
Haha, you were hanging out with a bunch of hipsters? Weren’t you hanging out with Pea? Is Pea a hipster? Haha, you must have been drunk to think I was a looker because this is what I look like!
Well, I Dr. Garbanzoured this is as good of a subject as any. I Dr. Garbanzoured if anybody wants to get this thread started again we could start with an album on our best of 2013 list.
Tera Melos - X’ed Out
I have not listened to Tera Melos’ entire discography but I think it is safe to say that X’ed Out is the most cohesive, easy to digest work they have produced. If you are completely unfamiliar with this Sacramento based experimental rock outfit, it is comprised of 3 people: Nathan Latona (bass), John Clardy (drums) & Nick Reinhart (guitar/vocal). The first couple of listens to X’ed Out had me spaced out in the mad instrumentals they pummel you with. Later on, I was looking at the album art and realized the lyrics were included. I read along with the lyrics on the next listen and was surprised how much I enjoyed NIck’s lyrics as well. My Tera Melos love was increased 10x. The technical expertise is now accompanied by stories that I can follow.
The track list is: Weird Circles New Chlorine Bite
Snake Lake Sunburn *Here is John tracking drums for this track
Melody Nine No Phase Tropic Lame *Live video of this track
Slimed Until Lufthansa Surf Nazis X’ed Out And Tired
There are airy, happy-go-lucky pop infused songs with catchy hooks (“Tropic Lame”, “Sunburn”). There are some tracks that give you a breather in a pretty and intriguing manner (“No Phase”, “Melody Nine”) and there are some heavy hitters (“Slimed”). There is a little bit of everything but it is safe to say this is some next level shit and I believe Tera Melos is ahead of their time.
X’ed Out brought me on a journey through a world that is sun-soaked and full of psychedelic adventures. Instead of surfing on waves of water they are made of chocolate milk. Instead of having 5 fingers you have 4. Nathan (bass) states that it is like this:
"It's like visiting a friend who lives on the 14th floor of a building with no elevator, yet he has a grand piano in his apartment," explains bassist Nathan Latona. "How did he get it there? Was it carried up 14 flights of stairs, assembled on site or what? This record is the piano in the apartment with no elevator. We wanted to do all of the tricky stuff in a way that doesn't seem noticeable."
I did fuck up regarding the beer. I don’t know why I just assumed I would find you in that place. I guess I thought if I found any of the boarders I already knew you would be there too. Oh well, we better not wait until next May to have a beer.
Pea, that was very funny. That was my most drunk day and I was just hoping I wasn’t making a fool of myself. My wife said she made a fool of herself. She was trying to relate to people there talking about the internet and said she uses it for shopping online... haha. I met Weenie there. I can’t remember who we were waiting to see that day (Death Grips, Cody Chesnutt?). Last time I saw you was at WA brewers fest. Are you going this year?
Gaytheist - Hold Me...But Not So Tight Grenades - Heaven Is Empty QOTSA - ...Like Clockwork Daft Punk - Random Access Memories The Appleseed Cast - Illumination Ritual Madlib Medicine Show #9 Savages - Silence Yourself
On Friday night I went to a show at The Shakedown (Bellingham). The lineup was Caparza, Sloths and Grenades. I made it to all three sets. Caparza was a bit boring for me. They definitely were loud and heavy but it just didn’t resonate with me. They are from Bellingham though and had the largest crowd of the night. Sloths were up next. They are not even 21 years old yet and are from Portland. I really enjoyed their set. The bassist was all over the place. On top of speakers, in the crowd, on the drums....he was a blast to watch. I think they are going to develop into quite the rock group. The headliners were Grenades. The place was pretty empty by the time they were on (maybe 25 people in the bar). I really loved their set though. Their album, Heaven Is Empty, has been on heavy rotation for me and most of the tracks they played on Friday were from that release. Their lead singer/guitarist puked on stage about half way through the set but he didn’t miss a beat. He was very fucked up but sounded excellent. I picked up a bad ass beer coozie. It has a picture of Arnold (probably from Commando) holding a grenade in his hand and the word GRENADES running down the side. I lost two of my favorite beer coozies at Sasquatch so I was stoked to start the rebuild process
I will let you know what I think once I've recovered from the show. It's a ways off yet, so I still have time to familiarize myself with the bands I don't know very well (Rabbits and Deadkill).
Sounds good. Deadkill so far have just put out 7” and they are a heavy brand of punk rock. Rabbits are on some other bizarro drugged out level of heavy. They also have their own record label (EOLIAN Empire) that puts out all kinds of crazy shit.