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Let Us Now Praise Noise: November 18, 2017

This week: John Carpenter, All Pigs Must Die, Cable, Low Estate, Amenra, True Ghouls/Sea Ghouls

John Carpenter, Anthology; Movie Themes 1974-1998: Available now (Sacred Bones Records)

There’s almost nothing more synonymous with John Carpenter’s film than the music he composed to accompany them. Is there any score more famous, recognizable, and chilling then his theme for 1978’s Halloween? It evokes a response even if you haven’t seen the film. What about the creeptastic music for The FogAnthology is a career-spanning 13 tracks, and while that doesn’t cover every film, every film covered is gold. I don’t have a record store nearby and had to order my copy; Amazon has the CD for $11.99 and the vinyl for $17.99. Carpenter is currently touring North America (fingers crossed I get to see him).

All Pigs Must Die, Hostage Animal: Available now (Southern Lord Records)

All Pigs Must Die satisfies my taste in the more extreme end of hardcore/metal, where I tend to get weary fast, but Hostage Animal has a staying power that I’d equate with newer Napalm Death. As intelligent as it is brutal, Hostage Animal is fierce, well-produced, dynamic and doesn’t overstay its welcome.

Cable, It Cost Me Everything 1994-1995: Available now (Atomic Action)

The Rockville CT four-piece Cable exploded out of the gates in 1994 and would go on to be an important name in East Coast metalcore. It Cost Me Everything brings together the early, rare, and out-of-print recordings from the band’s infancy and it’s nothing to sleep on. The abrasive emo/noise/hardcore sound will appeal to fans of groups like Unsane.

Low Estate, The Covert Cult Of Death: Available now (The Flenser)

I covered Low Estate’s single, “The Rope,” two columns back and now the whole album is available for purchase (highest of recommendations) and you can preview it over at Metal Sucks where they’re streaming the entire album. Low Estate mix black metal and ’90s hardcore in an intoxicating cocktail of metal bliss.

Amenra, “Children Of The Eye” music video, directed by Wim Reygaert, from Mass VI: Available now

Produced by Billy Anderson, who previously worked with Neurosis, Cathedral, and Sleep, among others, Belgium’s Amenra unleash their newest album Mass VI, an emotional slab of blackened doom that has moments of real beauty. Accompanying the album is a gorgeous, scary, ritualistic video for the single “Children Of The Eye,” directed by Wim Reygaert. It starts slow and quiet, but builds dramatically.

True Ghouls/Sea Ghouls, Some Ghouls split EP: Available now (Blank City Records)

Both True Ghouls and Sea Ghouls hail from Los Angeles and teamed up for this very cool split EP for a Halloween release. It’s available on vinyl and digital with great cover art that’s a send up of the Rolling Stones’ Some Girls LP. You can stream True Ghouls’ “Muscles and Bugs” at New Noise and Sea Ghouls’ “Warren” at Ghetto Blaster. True Ghouls give us a John Carpenter-esque trip hop while Sea Ghouls give us more rootsy rock, providing a nice balance of sounds and influences that work well together.

 

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Let Us Now Praise Noise: October 13, 2017

What’s on my playlist this week, including Iron Monkey, A Tribute to Johnny Cash, Upheaval, SURVIVE, The Creepshow, and Steve Greene.

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Pump Up The Jam: September 22, 2017

This week on Pump Up The Jam: Shannon Lay, Cold Cave, Duds, Death Bells, New Candys, and OSHH.
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Pump Up The Jam: August 25, 2017

KABIRIA

This week on Pump Up The Jam: Elletrodomestico, Sisters, Kabiria, Moon Eyed, Absolutely Not, Big Hush, and Gary Numan.
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Pump Up The Jam: August 4, 2017

No, it’s not a sequel to ‘The Void,’ it’s the new video from Frankie Rose.

This week on Pump Up The Jam: IO Echo, Zola Jesus, Annie Hart, Frankie Rose, Talullah Ruff, Dead Heavens, Beliefs, and Greys.
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Pump Up The Jam: June 9, 2017

This week! The Cybertronic Spree meets Steven Kostanski, Death From Above, American Lips, Peacers, Zola Jesus, Ohmme, The Luxembourg Signal, Trouble, Uniform, and Electric Six.
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Pump Up The Jam: April 21, 2017

On this edition of Pump Up The Jam: Iggy Pop, INVSN, Night Things, Dead Heavens, Deathlist, Ultrviolence, and Animal Youth.

Deathlist’s Jenny Logan

It’s been a minute, hasn’t it? There has been a veritable explosion of cool new music in my inbox lately and I’m so happy to be back here to share it all with you.
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Pump Up The Jam: March 17, 2017

This edition of Pump Up The Jam features Synthwave (The ‘80s Revival), Blood and Glass, The Cairo Gang, Bogart, Rubella Ballet, and Casper Skulls.

Blood and Glass

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Pump Up The Jam: March 3, 2017

This edition of Pump Up The Jam features KYO, CFM, Nightmare Fortress, Aish, and four new reissues from Dark Entries.

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Charles F. Moothart has good hair.

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Pump Up The Jam: January 20, 2017

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Happy New Year!

This edition of Pump Up The Jam features an unprecedented amount of great new music, including TWRP, Pharmakon, Nova Materia, Slowdive, and much more.
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