Tuesday, November 19, 2013

weeknight hijinks: FUZZ/ ccr headcleaner/wymyns prysyn at the EARL

 iwishuwould: man so on a whim i found this shit out: fuckin FUZZ

as soon as i saw it was ty segall i was like sweet, ima check this shit the fuck out. and i think the show was happening at the Earl like THAT night. so i phoned up area.personality, and we got it together and went.

man that shit was AWESOME. im so stoked that we made it out on a goddamned weeknight! It was perfect, we were able to catch all three bands and find seats. The key to enjoying concerts when you are old and crippled.

[area.personality]: Just to be clear, I am the old one.

[iwishuwould]: But i was fucking crippled that night. even still i was boppin around in my fucking seat as much as i could without dying.  There were so many lawng haiyuhed men at this show, i was in a daze. Not just the guys in the bands either, YUM.

[area.personality]: Agreed. Love me some goddam lawng haiyed boys. "I get older, they stay the same age." Now I finally know what that quote from Matthew McConighey's character in Dazed and Confused means.

[iwishuwould]: The first band was wymyns prysyn, which is a local band that I have wanted to see for a while, only because they have a great name. I didn't feel too taken with them because it was too screamy for me, but thats not to say it would be too screamy for someone else.

The second band was ccr headcleaner, another great name for a band!! They started out promising enough but, again, I wasnt totally taken with them, They were def more soft n dreamy than wymyns prysyn, but it wasnt for me either. I think they are from Athens. I had watched a video of theirs before we went to the show, and it was promising, but not quite what i'm looking for.

Finally came FUZZ. That shit was dead on the fuckin money. Exactly what i was hoping to hear: groove, shred, fuzz, facemelt, drum roll. done and done. Plus they were the best looking- classic lawng haiyuh all in they faces!! They are totally raw around the edges, this was not like a technically tight performance or anything, in fact I found myself laughing at bits of the bass and drum solos when it kinda spilled all over the place, but it was FUN AS FUCK. my goddamn back has been broken for a few days since i went and overdid it this weekend rock climbing AND huckin it all far on the AT so i was planning to remain seated for the duration of this show, but i had no choice but to #riseup and get the fuck up and dance to this shit.

heres a great picture of them from the interweb that someone else took, but looks similar to what we witnessed up at the earl: 

i mentioned to area.personality during the show how much i loved that there was one blonde, one brunette, and one redhead in fuzz, and she goes, just like josie and the pussycats! and here goes what we witnessed up at the earl with a picture of the J&tPC for reference:

[area.personality]: After seeing them play and seeing all these pictures of them, I have to wonder if they file in like that because of Josie and the Pussycats, or if it's just a coincidence. Hmmm.

I found this iteration of Ty Segall more straightforward, hard rocking than his solo work, and everybody looks at me all wonky eyed when I say that, so maybe I'm wrong. But since usually the other person is wrong, I'm gonna stand by it. It was very raw, yet tight at the same time. I love it when a power trio can wear the big boy pants. A shredding guitarist plus a drummer and bassist who stare down at the floor in shame does not a power trio make, but these three are equal parts awesome. I love when the guitar and bass double up on their lines, and they used this technique generously. This is where a lot of the power comes from, that whole 'everything that rises must converge' thing. They utilized some non traditional time signatures in their tunes, which is something that generally commands my respect in rock, and more so if it's carried out to perfection, which this totally was.  The guitarist totally shredded, which is somewhere on my top three of basic satisfaction, but the bass and drum work was equally impressive. The fourth or fifth tune they played had alternating bass and drum fills at the end of almost every phrase, and they were just plain badass. To top it all off, Ty has not just a good voice, but a voice I like. This is just good stuff all the way around. Then I heard the studio version of one of their jams on the radio on Wednesday, and it reminded me to finish this blog. The studio version was not as raw, but was equally enjoyable because of the inherent pop that radio adds to everything.  Also, you have to remember that the sound system at the EARL is waiting to devour you, so almost anything you hear there is more epic that it would be in the studio. It's so killer to have a club nearby that makes real life better than the recording on a consistent basis.

iwishuwould: the show was rocking as fuck, but since the show ive been playing the album the living fuck out too. after hearing about twenty thousand times i started to finally think damn, ty segall is a great drummer- he does all the shit i like in my scooby doo music with the rolling drum rolls and shit. and i feel like i may, may,  actually dig this guitarist more than ty. this shit just shreds all over the place. i also dig the synced up bass and guitar- it is truly to a great effect, nice n heavy.  In some article i read they said something along the lines of "every scene needs its own jack white" which was a good analogy, but  i had thought "j mascis" cause of all those collabs, then also from facemelting guitar to drums just like in witch. although the actually drumming reminds me more of parchman farm ( in particular this song ) also the bass is kinda reminding me of sleep. maybe thats just me.  but im totally feeling the guitarist and am planning a pending internet stalk for him. 

their merch table featured this totally bitchin fuzzy fuzz album with gold foil and i totally wanted to buy it but i ended up not because of ca$h but its fine, i dont need it anyway*sniff*

well i cant wait for more from them, but ima shut up about em for now, but watch this at least before you go :-)

crush du jour: spooky tooth's mike harrison !

jam du jour: evil woman, by spooky toof

cruisin fer some spooky toof (among other things) at wuxtry the other day and i found this tucked among the stacks:

congratulations, mike harrison! you have earned the distinction of crush du jour!!

scope this sexy ass motherfucker:

i DIG that fuckin belt buckle!


nice haircuts, yall....

that fucking SNARL is killing me!!

ahem, so anyway, heres the other stuff i got at the record store:

i heard this one, in its entirety, on stonehenge the other night, its pretty epic

this one was pretty fucking good-and i must say, i wish men still looked like this 

and ive yet to listen to this one, but i heard a track on reeling in the years and was like boom! ill give it a try

The best of the lot thus far has been that spooky toof, they just so damn jammin! (to be revisited in a more intense, excrutiating way, at a later date, thanks mike harrison!)

Saturday, November 16, 2013

internal radio: OZZY mama i'm comin home

now this is a weird one: starting sunday morning i had ozzy's "mama i'm comin home" playing on internal radio. WTH i havent heard that song like since the early 90's. or even thought about it! i mean, of course i love ozzy, and am obsessed with him to a certain extent, but it was still random. i had to be to work early on sunday so i think it something to do with waking up like in the midst of REM sleep or something. its a great song by the way, and now that i have it on repeat in my head for the last two days I feel like learning it for karaoke, sweet!

isnt it great? dont you want to sing along??

man i actually have a serious obsession with ozzy.  basically, what had happened was, i was all into the "rap" and the "electronic beats" for many many years, then one day i woke up and i was in love this band dungen, and i came to realize that i had just turned my back on rock since my teens. so i got all frantic trying to figure out where was more of this bitchin rock music i was feelin so much. so i took to the internets and read reviews of dungen albums etc until i could find a trend in references. i was troubled because people kept likening them to early black sabbath. i was like WTF, isnt that for greasy, spotty, metal head types, living in the 80's still?

like so (god bless)

so i went against everything i thought i knew and took a chance on sabbath. oops, im a dumbass, because sabbath rocked my fucking face off. and ozzy was fucking fine back in the day. 

lets take a trip back down early sabbath lane to youngozzyland, shall we?

young ozzy was basically my perfect boyfriend. i mean i guess they were all technically "busted" as far as looks go, but then im kinda into that. that and a metric ton of hair. (and well crafted, facemelting jamz)