This Week In St. Louis 12/23/13 - 12/29/13

THURSDAY, DEC. 26

Radiator Greys (Josh Levi)
Die Reihe (Jack Callahan)
DJ Max Eisenberg
Brain Transplant
Jade Room / 3131 S Grand Blvd
9 pm / free / 21+

This is a free show featuring three St. Louis ex-pats who've hit greener pastures in recent years. Maybe it's because of family or the enduring stench of St. Louis that brings these guys back? Either way, Jade Room is a cozy space that confines you close enough to make eye contact with these weirdos. The noise is a bonus.

FRIDAY, DEC. 27


Kowabunga Kid (IL)
Soap Scum (IL)
Animal Teeth
Holy Doldrums
Anti-Prophet
Babe Maggots
(members of Willis)
@ The Livery / 3211 Cherokee St
9 pm / free / 21+

Kowabunga Kid does raw, energetic punk with really solid, catchy riffs. Soap Scum is their grimy counterpart and the two out-of-towners are joined by some of St. Louis' best "anti-punx." Animal Teeth is snotty rock 'n roll with ridiculous bass shredding and Babe Maggots is the latest beat-punk offering by the heads behind Willis.


Jack Buck (FINAL SHOW)
Fake Limbs
(IL)
Coward (Columbia)
Black Panties
@ Apop Records / 2831 Cherokee St
7:30 pm / free / all ages

Jack Buck sits somewhere between metal, hardcore and early '90s math rock via Shellac and the Jesus Lizard. They could be described as noisy, but the band plays far too tight to introduce any truly loose elements. Jack Buck is a band for fans of rehearsed, dynamic and carefully-crafted songs that never veer too far in any musical direction except "heavy." This is their final show.

SATURDAY, DEC. 28


Andy Ortmann
What We Won't See
Raglani
Phalange
(Joseph Hess Solo/First Show)
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St
8 pm / free / all ages

Andy Ortmann is a noise legend. From his show on renowned station WFMU to his work in Panicsville, Ortmann consistently brings a fresh take on a challenging genre. What We Won't See is noise rock with a fetish for drum machines and Raglani brings his careful modular mania with a little beauty to an otherwise harsh show.


Perfect Pussy (NY)
Times Beach (Tape Release Show)
The Funs
Self Help
(members of Doom Town, Shaved Women)
@ Melt / 2712 Cherokee St
9:30 pm / $6 / 21+

You might have heard of Perfect Pussy from the 6 or so articles Pitchfork has done about them in the past two months. Or maybe you were a fan of the singer's last band, Shoppers. Either way, Perfect Pussy is hot hot hot right now and if you don't jump on this chance to see them, you might be bummed you didn't. Or you might have to catch them at a bigger venue next time around. Times Beach will have their brand new tape on hand, and it's definitely worth the extra 5 bucks you'll need past the door fee.

Lemp Arts Center just announced their beSTLast show of 2013 featuring LzBnz, Cinema Verite, Brazil, and Stonechat. If the two shows above don't scratch your itch, you can always check this out as a more melodic, mellow alternative.

SUNDAY, DEC. 29


Weak Wick (MN)
Stone Chat
Brain Transplant
Hess/Horn Duo

@ Cafe Ventana / 3919 West Pine Blvd
8 pm / bring donations / all ages

This blog has an over-abundance of the words "punk" and "noise" in it. If there were ever a band that equally embodied those two words, it's Weak Wick. The band's snotty vocals over spaced out guitar tends to be a perfect match with loud, straight-ahead drums. There's something here for fans of both blanket genres, and there's something to be said for a band that somehow makes such weird sounds feel so accessible. Brain Transplant plays for the second time this week, so if you missed the first gig, be sure to catch this show. Same goes for Stone Chat.

This Week In St. Louis 12/16/13 - 12/22/13

MONDAY, DEC. 16


Serenghetto (MN)
Rats Rest (KC)
Nos Bos
Totally Gay Cop

@ Bonerville / South City
9 pm / $5 / all ages

Serenghetto does dirty punk rock a slight pop element. They have something in common with St. Louis' Doom Town in that they have a split with Carbondale's Autonomy. What does this mean? If you like any of the aforementioned bands, you'll probably like Serenghetto. Totally Gay Cop returns after nearly one year of no shows.

Foam has a much more high-brow affair going on with Itasca, Ivy Meadows, Frances with Wolves and Marble. Consider this a cleaner, more chilled-out alternative to Bonerville's muck-fest down the street. Or hit up both, because people who like ambient electronics can like hardcore too, right?

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18


Skarekrau Radio
Pet Rock: The Musical
Little Big Bangs
Animal Teeth

@ Livery Company / 3211 Cherokee Street
9 pm / $5 / 21+

This is billed as the Stag Night Holiday Shit Show, meaning cheap beer and weird jams. Skarekrau Radio hasn't played since their gig with Cave at Plush back in October, so this is a good chance to see them before they go back into hiding again. Pet Rock: The Musical just returned with its weirdo prog-rock after two years of hiatus. Little Big Bangs and Animal Teeth are Cherokee Street regulars, but this is a good chance to catch both bands if you haven't already.


Gas Rag (IL)
Lumpy and The Dumpers
Liquor Lord

@ Bonerville / South City
9 pm / $5 / all ages

Bonerville is busy this week. Gas Rag features members of Culo and Acid Reflux - expect super quick songs over dark guitar riffs and tons of feedback. Lumpy and The Dumpers are the local hardcore heroes, if not for the super catchy songs then definitely for the slime-porn music video.

FRIDAY, DEC. 20


Tatsuya Nakatani Gong Orchestra
@ Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center / 3301 Lemp Avenue
8 pm / $8 / all ages

NGO is based around making loosely composed free-improv music using multiple gongs. On this tour, Tatsuya Nakatani will enlist a small group of local percussionists from each city to perform a piece. Check out the video above to get a fairly close example of what you'll be seeing, but keep in mind that no two shows are the exact same.


Attic Ted (TX)
Black James
My Powers
(Larva Lu & Zak Marmalefsky)
@ Chromozone / South City
9 pm / $5 / all ages

Attic Ted comes from north Texas to share a special holiday performance of "Mary's Little Secret" an X-Mas opera about the REAL father of Christ. If that isn't enough, Black James will throw down spooky tunes while My Powers weirds you out. This is the Chromozone Christmas Freakout.

SATURDAY, DEC. 21


Gnarwhal (TN)
Heavy Horse
Red Squad

@ CBGB / 3163 South Grand Avenue
9 pm / donations / 21+

Gnarwhal densely packs a punk tinge into melodic, progressive rock through two instruments – no small feat for a band half the size of a common rock outfit. Guitarist Chappy Hull effectively etches songs that feel easy to grasp but contain hidden depth through polyrhythmic parts that combine fret-tapping with quick-picking. Drummer Tyler Coburn pounds away with striking power, cramming impossibly complex beats inside of gridlocked riffs.

Profligate Tonight / Other Junk

Tonight Tuesday, Dec. 10


Profligate (Noah from Form-A-Log)
Lack
Wax Fruit
The Pen Test

@ Apop Records / 2831 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages

Profligate is heady electronic music forced into sharp grids of abrasive, noisy sound. Altogether reckless and danceable, this is musical catnip for weirdos. Wax Fruit always brings the kind of detailed, meandering synth songs that provide greater depth if you look for it, but still ring out in a simple way.

Lumpy and The Dumpers released a new music video for their song "Sex Pit." This was shot recently at Chromozone and features a naked, slime-covered Martin Meyer. There's your warning.

Rob Ruzicka's Band Lotto went down last weekend. Show-goers were sort of prodded and asked to vote for their favorite band of the night. Daren's Jimmy Johns, a sort of all-star group featuring members of Trauma Harness and RUZ, won the "competition" hands-down. I think it was their liberal use of Gogurt, sub-sandwiches and a Weird Al cover that won them the votes.

Phut is a St. Louis based group from the late '90s that featured members from Dazzling Killmen, N. Nomurai and others. Their discography, released a couple years ago through Bandcamp, made the rounds today through social media. Here's another great experimental band that never got enough attention in its heyday:

Graham's Top Picks for November 2013

Graham Matthews bounces from show to show with a handy-cam, collecting the odds and ends of music in St. Louis. There is absolutely no genre-bend in his coverage, made evident by an ever growing Youtube channel, which features thousands of videos of independent artists. Once a month, Graham sends us a list of 5 picks from his personal channel.

Thollem McDonas, Kevin Harris, Ryan Wasoba at Schlafly Tap Room

Wasoba's mom was sad she couldn't make the show, so she told Ryan, "Hopefully, that nice gay couple will be there to record it." And, we were. Maybe a little more dissonant than his usual gig.

3 of 5 - Magic Dance (David Bowie cover) at Bunk Bed, Fairview Heights, IL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91P0gnd3kS0
Lindsay had a really bad week. She just wanted Andy to play that David Bowie song from Labyrinth. The next thing we knew, we were all under the spell of the magic dance. In the end, he is declared a hero.

Ancient Filth at The Ill Spot, Jamaica Plain, MA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gm5bn2_qSMQ
Welcome to Boston. The Ill Spot was not easy to find, but it was ill and a spot, for sure. Feels so cozy, just like... home.

Parisian at The Firebird
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLMuADYNLKc
Finally got him on tape! Parisian took us on a journey through time and space, and left me saying "hold up, you don't know me like that" to everyone for days. Bonus points for playing in-the-works collabs with Ra Cailum who made it out of the studio for this show!

Cinema Verite at Bunk Bed, Fairview Heights, IL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6y-R8OSGxbQ
This may be the only time I've seen a band attacked with feedback by their own sound guy. Hope that didn't hurt too bad, Jed. I probably shouldn't reward bad behavior by choosing this video... Bad, Sean, bad! Very bad, Sean!

This Week In St. Louis 11/25/13 - 12/1/13

MONDAY, NOV. 25


Perverted
Naan Violence
(TN)
Zak Marmalefsky
Ladder Shadows
(first show)
@ House Show / Click For Address
9 p.m. / donations / all ages

Brooding folker Zak Marmalefsky returns home from his tour with psychedelic sitar group Naan Violence. Check out an intimate show that blends experimental and acoustic jams with a debut performance by Ladder Shadows. This show is hosted at a house, so mind your manner and brings some scratch for the out-of-towners.

Negative Approach and The Casualties with Cardiac Arrest and more tear up Fubar Saint Louis. If you prefer old-school hardcore, at least one band on the bill is worth the price of admission. Click here for event details and tickets.

FRIDAY, NOV. 29


Failed Mutation (WI)
The Thumb Suckers (IL)
Pink Sock
Lumpy and the Dumpers

@ Café Ventana / 3919 West Pine Blvd
8:30 p.m. / $5 / all ages

The Thumb Suckers features St. Louis ex-pat Alec Plant, formerly of Masculine Journey. Expect fast hardcore under fierce vocals. The same can be said for Failed Mutation, who join Lumpy and the Dumpers in the weird-side of hardcore. This is a proper anti-consumerist Black Friday party if I've ever seen one.


Hard In The Garden The (cassette release)
Trauma Harness
Demon Lover
Wild Hex

@ Chromozone / Ask For Address
9 p.m. / free / all ages

All of those bands you see listed above aren't playing. Rather, the aforementioned groups will be forming jam bands for a special evening of space rock. Hard In The Garden The is the alter-ego of Kisser and features Jake Jones from Bug Chaser. This is a release party for said band.

SATURDAY, NOV. 30


The Lion's Daughter Record & Indian Blanket Record Release
Ashes and Iron
@ The Firebird / 2706 Olive Blvd. 
8:30 p.m. / $6-$8 / 18+
Metal and folk rarely share bills together, let alone wax. On "A Black Sea," they're set up to commingle flawlessly. Expect a spoken word set by local poet Matthew Questionmark to mix the bill up even further along with instrumental metal group Ashes and Iron.


Pat Sajak Assassins
Elbow Through Hammer
Payphones

@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages

Pat Sajak Assassins bring post-rock with odd-timing and subtle skronk. Guitars and keys mingle with mixed percussion featuring both acoustic and electronic drums. Payphones is the newest incarnation of Hatches, who used to bring their own brand of math rock.

This Week In St. Louis 11/18/13 - 11/24/13

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 20


Blotter (TX)
Pinkos (TX)
Punky and The Brewsters
Wild Hex
Life Like

@ Plush (upstairs) / 3224 Locust St.
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+

There's no hidden meaning behind the lyric "STUPID PEOPLE SAYING STUPID SHIT!" In fact, most of Blotter's vocals are spewed out, full of discontent. That's just the way classy crossover thrash should be. Expect harsh guitars and a torrent of bass and drums behind them. Lumpy and The Dumpers will probably snort Nickelodeon Gak while Life Like breaks beer bottles over nasty hardcore songs. Come for the punk, stay for the slime.

THURSDAY, NOV. 21


Thollem McDonas (IL)
Kisser
Claude Glass featuring
Dave Stone, Eric Hall, Ryan Wasoba, Kevin Harris, Thollem McDonas & Joseph Hess
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
8:30 p.m. / free / all ages

World-class pianist Thollem McDonas will be bringing a prototype synthesizer developed by Analog Outfitters to the Tap Room to use side by side with many area musicians. Some of our city's best experimental artists will join McDonas on stage throughout the evening in duos, trios and ensembles. To give you an idea, McDonas has performed with Nels Cline, Pauline Oliveros, Glenn Kotche, Mike Watt, William Parker, Jad Fair, Susie Ibarra, Damo Suzuki, C Spencer Yeh, Arrington De Dionyso, and Darin Gray just to name a few. Kisser will be performing in between sets, slinging their punk-meets-psych rock.

FRIDAY, NOV. 22


Dirty Work (KC)
Nuke Cult (KC)
Bathhouse Boys
RÜZ
Cal and The Calories

@ Ask a punk
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Nasty, unhinged rock stands next to hardcore on the shaky, busted foundation of Bonerville. Although there's five bands, expect them all to fly by quick - these are the type of bands that don't like to overstay their welcome. How polite.

The Acid Kat Fall Freak Out is also happening over at The Livery, featuring more than ten bands for free including Beauty Pageant, Animal Teeth, Corrigan Brothers and more.

If the 5+ band party/fests aren't your thing and you want to see something different, Barely Free Partial Prisoners is playing at Colorado Bob's. Yes, COLORADO BOB'S. And the opening band is called "Smooth Talkin' Perverts".

This Week In St. Louis 11/14/13 - 11/17/13

THURSDAY, NOV. 14


Lazy (KC)
Shut In
Bad Dates

@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages

Bad Dates and Lazy both dish out the kind of straight ahead punk rock that's made specifically for dancing and/or moshing. Both bands call on very early punk rock while slinging super catchy riffs for days.


Apop Records Presents:
Little Howlin' Wolf
N Colyar P
(IL)
N.N.N. Cook
@ Foam / 3359. S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Little Howlin' Wolf churns out quality blues, and does so with a penchant for comedy and free-improvisation. By experimenting with abstract sounds to augment a beloved genre, the man blows apart expectations of what blues should be. Chicago's N Colyar P eschews the blues and travels a little further "out there" than Little Howlin' Wolf, bringing a feedback-driven jam to the lineup.


SCUZZ HITS DJ spin with
Chizmo.TV and Mr. Ben (of Freezerburn Zine)
@ Barbarella / 3131 Grand Blvd
10:30 p.m. / free / 21+

For those of you who didn't make it to Scuzzfest, this DJ spin will be the next best thing. While Mr. Ben spins choice selections on the turntables, Chizmo will project the films of Scuzz Report #3. Actually, if you haven't picked up a copy of their latest DVD/zine combo yet, this night is a great time to do so. There's also rumor of additional artists showing up to sell off original prints.

FRIDAY, NOV. 15


Brother Gruesome (OK)
Brian Cagle (OK)
Little Big Bangs
@ CBGB / 3163 South Grand Avenue
9 p.m. / donations / 21+

Brother Gruesome plays darkened folk rock amplified by ear-busting amps and huge-sounding drums. The two piece tears through a heavy set of songs laden with equals parts feedback and catchy choruses. Little Big Bangs are apparently still recovering from Halloween, where they played a killer Smashing Pumpkins cover set. Annoy them by making bad Billy Corgan jokes, please.


New Music Circle Presents:
Olivia Block with Luis Recoder and Sandra Gibson

@ Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis / 3750 Washington Blvd
8 p.m. / $10-20 / all ages

New Music Circle brought Olivia Block to St. Louis in May 2012, where she performed a quadrophonic (that's right, four speakers) piece. This time Block returns with two experimental filmmakers in tow. Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder are a film duo who use projectors to supply light, and manipulate shown images with glass, lens and fog. The two operate, in unison, separate devices to produce a vision that warps and evolves in real-time. Block will generate a live sound art collage from electronics and field recordings in response to Gibson and Recoder's abstract visuals - "sensory overload" hardly describes the experience.

SATURDAY, NOV. 16


HEARDing Cats Collective presents:
Morton Subotnick
@ Kranzberg Arts Center
8 p.m. / $15-$25 / all ages
When it comes to minimalist electronic music, Morton Subotnick was one of the first. His work, Silver Apples of the Moon, was recently entered into the National Registry of Recorded works at the Library of Congress, an honor held only by 300 recordings throughout history. He tours in celebration of his 80th birthday. 

Graham's Top Picks for October/September 2013 (videos)

Graham Matthews bounces from show to show with a handy-cam, collecting the odds and ends of music in St. Louis. There is absolutely no genre-bend in his coverage, made evident by an ever growing Youtube channel, which features thousands of videos of independent artists. Once a month, Graham sends us a list of 5 picks from his personal channel.

October:

Lumpy & The Dumpers as The Blobby Boys @ Star Clipper

When the main blob recommended to stop filming, I almost turned off the camera, but then we wouldn't have this wonderful event captured for eternity.

The Corrigan Brothers as The Violent Femmes - Blister in the Sun @ The Heavy Anchor
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2d4lnUKaTA
Did you know The Corrigan Brothers could sing and play drums? I didn't!

Sigur Ros - Glosoli @ The Fox
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4EDpvPqofc
Filming at the Fox sucks. They make it very clear that it's prohibited, so most of my footage from there is audio-only. When Sigur Ros started into one of my favorite songs, I decided to risk getting kicked out to get a good shot. Totally worth it.

Trauma Harness - Archipelago & Binding Light @ Blank Space
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYGAFkgNvEY
Binding Light might be the perfect soundtrack to every film on VHS. Can someone prove this?

Stonechat @ Cafe Ventana
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rsNNZ5UXhQ
Stonechat's first gig as a three-piece, and Sean's already getting half-naked and bloody... wonder what the next gig will be like.

September:

Teenage Tasteless @ Apop Records

This guy puts on one trippy rave with sounds straight out of Earthbound and trance-inducing beats. Not to mention growling like Rasputin. Why is this the only Teenage Tasteless video on Youtube????! I'm pretty sure 90% of the views are me watching it over and over.

Twin Shadow - Five Seconds @ LouFest
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTkj2WJqddc
OK, Twin Shadow just came right out and played my jam to start the set. He didn't even say "hi" or anything, just instant musical gratification. Everything after is bonus.

Wandering Madman - Street Spirit outside LouFest
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnGnR2F3bWY
This mysterious madman was playing all the hits of the world in front of the LouFest entrance. It was below the plateau and 20 degrees cooler there. He was super nice to everyone passing by and more entertaining than nearly every band at LouFest, not to mention free music. DIY & stuff. He really has some "STREET SPIRIT."

Skarekrau Radio @ Plush
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7foFCevYFNY
Who let Skarekrau Radio out of the dungeon and into the bright lights at Plush? I don't know if this band has ever sounded so crisp. Learn all their lyrics with this video... maybe.

Ryan Wasoba & Foxing as Neutral Milk Hotel @ The Firebird
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTa4qvl9cJ8
"I love you, Ryan Wasoba!" a fan shouts right before he sings that one NMH song about Jesus or something. Classic. Ryan Wasoba may indeed be the savior, with him and his Foxing disciples bringing Neutral Milk Hotel to all those who didn't get tickets to the already-sold-out show next February.

Review: Self-Titled by Yuppies

Yuppies | Self-Titled
Released September 2013
Dull Tools Records

Another shining knife sticking out of the chest of midwest music, Yuppies from Omaha, Nebraska handles a unique, engaging and eccentric barrage of sounds on their new self-titled LP. Mixing eclectic sound structures with catchy garage stomps, the LP starts off with echoing drone thumping before accelerating straight into a collision course of angular punk, as heard with “Across the Prairie/A Ride".

The monotone vocal delivery will lure you into a false sense of flatness before throwing you off a ravine with energetic howls. The cover of the album features a single drawing of a car, and many of the songs bring to mind just that: Easy nights riding down roads in the dark, or driving straight into a junkyard car compressor. The juxtaposition throws up the same kind of unique punk Pere Ubu and The Homosexuals covered, although the band never feels pigeonholed. Yuppies is able to shift back and forth into gear between experimental and punk swinging (enough car puns? ok ok). The album was released on Dull Tools and can be digitally download or physically purchased on their bandcamp.

Review by Josh Jenkins

This Week In St. Louis 11/4/13 - 11/10/13

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 6


Two Knights (TX)
You (NM)
Laika
@ Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center / 3301 Lemp Avenue
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Two Knights comes from Denton, Texas, the southern hub of emo and post-hardcore cross-over music. Two Knights is a duo of two best friends who probably spend 3/4 of their band practices playing Magic: The Gathering cards and the other 1/4 making super melodic songs with deep hooks. Laika is your local equivalent, honing well-crafted songs with plenty of nooks and crannies.


Screaming Females (NJ)
Stonechat
Dad Jr.
@ The Firebird / 2706 Olive Boulevard
7:30 p.m. / $10 / all ages

Screaming Females harkens back to '90s rock (hell, the band even did a collaboration with Garbage this past year), but does so in a way that doesn't feel like a pedantic throwback. The trio busts out powerful and soulful rock with definite origins in punk music.

THURSDAY, NOV. 7


Oozing Wound (IL)
Trauma Harness
Violations
@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee Street
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Oozing Wound has been making the rounds with its latest album on Thrill Jockey Records. I've seen hype from Pitchfork, the NY Times, Spin and more. Come hear what all the hip-ass music writers are blabbing about. Actually, if you're a fan of crossover (metal and hardcore), then you'll easily find something to like with Oozing Wound. The opening bands are pretty stellar, too.

For something just as heavy and nasty, albeit with less mainstream buzz, check out Anodes and Dissention with Our Lady from Springfield over at the Livery.

SATURDAY, NOV. 8


Statistical Directions in Axiom Invalidation
featuring:
Kevin Harris
Kingston Family Singers
@ BANK projects / 3420 Iowa Avenue
7 p.m. / free / all ages

Kevin Harris and Kingston Family Singers combine to provide an audio-video performance using quadrophonic sound and video projections using images manipulated in real time. The space provides for roughly 35 people and the performance begins at 8 p.m. sharp, so get there early to secure a spot.

SUNDAY, NOV. 9


Ant'lrd (IL)
Isidro (LA)
Eric Hall
@ Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center / 3301 Lemp Avenue
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

All three artists take an experimental approach to electronic music, making use of drones and ambient sounds to push subtle pieces right along. Prepare for a varied night of synthesized sound.

Trauma Harness and Violations both released new songs through Bandcamp this past week. Trauma Harness is the resident post-punk god while Violations dishes out harsh hardcore.


Wandering Eye #3

by Chad Eivins (Chizmo.TV)

So this will be an ongoing monthly series focusing on musical performances I’ve documented in St. Louis and the stories floating around them.

Burlin Mud’s primitive aesthetic acts as a stepping-stone to crossover into another realm. The three-piece from the Cahokia Mounds area features musicians who have also performed in Skarekrau Radio, The Conformists, Beauty Pageant and more. One of the members, Frau, lives in Vienna, Austria so catching their live shows has become somewhat of a rare event. They recently played a show with Bitchin Bajas, Raglani, and Trancers at Apop Records. Afterward, I interviewed band members Wiggpaw and Frau about their new album and thoughts on their performance.*

*Editors note: Frau is from Austria and was answering with a German keyboard using a speech-to-text application. Some keys were missing so his answers may be misconstrued. I’m not 100% sure. They are unaltered.

Chad Eivins: Can you talk about the recent Burlin Mud release on CumSun? Where/how was it recorded?

Wiggpaw: For the well manured answer to as where and how would come from Frau, but I love the newest release Slodj recorded among trees, water, and cow pastures; a men's getaway, complete with BB gun targets and gut hanging one would expect. We were just excited to be away into a small fishing cabin in the woods by a river. Plenty of drinking and frolicking. But it was Frau who brought out the old tape recorder, monaural, with a recording head taken out and sat it on the common table and I had a tape of boiling water. We threw that in maybe within the first hour of coming back from the store for supplies. He hit the recorder and whatever came to our heads at that instant would be imprinted forever over boiling water. It went from there, from blowing into shells, walking in circles around trees, moaning, and some batteries and keyboards. It grew as our getaway did, an adventure, and when you hear the tape it sounds like an adventure over boiling water.

It's real lo-fi and you can hear the tape bending as it goes thru the head each time we add another layer. It has such depth. Funny, we also had a bunch of other equipment with better recording equipment - took over half the space in the cabin, but this little thing we did on the side was the best thing we did. And ya know, we did it this last summer. We had time for it to fester. I had a rough copy of all the recordings and played it in my van right after we got back. I would find myself going back to this particular recording again and again, for over a year. When Frau, Tron and I gathered again, we decided, without much fanfare, that this was the one.

Frau: Happy vicodin power. Carinthia sky wince, but William said part has charred with refill of the wall because I, in which Mr. Etchings clicked, just escaped with you to smack in the eye. Vintage white band backed rock holding enjoys NSA. We probably are for the holidays. It sometimes helps that way back in July, as Sullivan helps you send naked, otherwise as stated.

CE: Is there a different approach to the tapes and live performances? Do they overlap? I had heard you went out into the wilderness to practice for this show at Apop?

W: We play at Tron's place when we are recording, but the approach is exactly the same as when we play on front of people anywhere. When we play, I think we channel simultaneously our ancestral selves to a time long before circuitry and our ancestral future where circuitry is a lost technology. It's as if we become multidimensional in the sense that we are really not in our present when we play. I feel like we are trying to communicate with a lost technology that is still flying up there in space in the form of say, a satellite, yet we had reverted back to hunter and gatherers like those who had lived in the last ice age.

It's as if humanity left this Earth and, inadvertently thousands of years before, left a few to grovel in small tribes learning to survive in the wasteland, and yet we find the leftover technologies as gods who we wish to connect with. A sad display of what we, as a species, are capable of. Wilderness is always an inspiration because it represents the healing of the Earth and its resilience against the sprawl of the human infection, or it's just pretty and we like pretty things. The show at Apop we rehearsed once at Tron's, completely off senses. We played a much more concentrated version at Apop. It came back to us at ease.

F: Over cheating cancelled impressed else Düsseldorf over line cheating. Advertise what the initials Abraxas were quiet just beautiful with Bismarckian back.

CE: Percussion or some form of rhythm seems to be a constant sound of Burlin Mud. Can you talk about your choice of percussion instruments?

W: When Frau came to Tron and me to start a new project, he envisioned a duo of brass instrumentation with minimal drums. I was to be the drummer while Tron and Frau played trombone and trumpet through an array of exotic effects. Our first recording represents that. Then we kinda ventured into other realms of instrumentation like cassette tape players and home-made tube horns, but we never lost sight of percussion. Percussion is the oldest form of musical expression after voice. It's natural as well. Mammals, insects, fish, squids and birds all use percussion in their communication whether it be for breeding or warnings. You hear it all around you.

We try to bring that into our shows, so we use all available forms which can hit that primal nerve. Be it wood or bells or roto-toms, to expel those beats so one can feel them as if they came from the Earth itself. I feel when we play, these sounds represent the planet and its immensity and power it has over all of us. We all feel the beats, we all make beats.

F: His feeling when I ask why take exportorientiert lens for England chills. Dreschenau instrument value problems in the hunting license of the white vinyl as marked. Out for Nike with tables saucer o.k.

CE: This particular performance went into several different musical territories. I heard everything from placate drones to strange horns, neo-exotica, repetitive vocals and what sounded like tormented child screams on tape. Can you talk more about the performance and themes or experiences you're creating for the audience?

W: This show, as I said before, was a sample of what we had done a few days before at Tron's house. I think it had been over a year since we had played together so I don't think any of us had any expectations or ideas of what we would come up with. It sort of just happened. Like I said, we kinda go into a trance of sorts and we are very good at adapting to each other as we go along. It took years of playing mindlessly together to achieve this. I'd say we just picked up from where we left off from a year before, which happens to be when we made the "Slodj" tape. Making this show happen might mean we found our prime as a trio. Improvisational music is hard. Not many people realize that to be good at it, you have to practice and play out a lot. To truly be comfortable doing it where you no longer think about what you are doing - I think this is what Burlin Mud has been trying to achieve all along: To embrace the technologies we have and become that technology, and worship it like gods, as animals.

As far as themes for this show at Apop, we didn't actually talk about one. It sorta came out kinda terrifying. It was, in my opinion, our darkest set yet. The screams from Frau's tape, which I think was a sample of Skarekrau Radio’s old legendary singer Kricket Greens, to sounds of wood and chains as a beat to my repetitive vocals was truly going into the woods - dark woods of human conscience.

The "Dragnet, Dragnet... America" vocals were inspired from the now imprisoned lead singer of an old mid-western band Bourbon and Clorox. I had an old duped tape of the band because I knew the guitar and bass player later on. Back when Bourbon and Clorox was a band, the lead singer who sang the same lyrics or at least from what I can make out from the recording, later went on to beat his parents to death. He was even on, ironically, America's Most Wanted. He was caught from being on that TV show.

It just came out at our rehearsal and at the show, channeling I don't think so, just exploring in the dark I guess. I never told Tron and Frau about this - just said I made it up. If you look carefully from the video, I try to stand up during this part, but could not for some reason. Forces holding me down? I don't know. Maybe it's because I don't believe in what a man who beat his parents to death thinks, and repeating his words might conjure some sort of dark magic, or maybe I haunted myself and wanted to stay close to the Earth. I love my parents. I'd never think of doing something like that of course, even if they were shitty to me.

F: With performance screening time, we would fucking be able to work most prominent string, apparently relevant dates Cash medley.

CE: Glasses seemed to be needed for the Apop show. Can you talk about that?

W: That was completely unintended. None of us came into that show thinking we should all wear sunglasses. It just sort of happened, and it's ironic too, because it was such a dark show. In the video you can see, me at least, looking under or over my glasses. I was, at most times, blind in that dark basement of Apop, but as a 43 year old who needs to buy those reading glasses now, I've learned to look over or under glasses when I need to see things away from what's on front of me. Ha ha.

F: Share of Norman chose my bathroom door. Icahn America's Siri was in sight that collects Schütischen, Wawern, Meiringen, and Werner. I am up answer part automatically. So just go online royally.

CE: There seems to be a lot of instruments or tools used live. How much pre-thought and/or improvisation goes into a performance?

W: It's funny, It seems we don't really talk too much before we play. Frau may talk about some new instrument he made, but beyond Frau's eternal vision for this band made many years ago, we don't have any pre-thoughts that I'm aware of before we start playing. We might individually have some thoughts internally (I know I do), but that's something I guess we don't need to talk about. I think we just “know” and we ride on that.

But it's a great band to try out new instrumentation, be it some new gizmo that we acquired or something we crafted ourselves. We all have something we crafted ourselves. I think over the years we’ve gotten to know how we make sounds together efficiently enough to be able to freely bring in anything and make it work. Yet also we don't use many conventional instruments, and if we do, we don't use them the way it was intended or we might mask it under layers of effects. For me, the more stuff we have, the more options we have to SUCK. For shows, we tend to bring what we know we will use, so not to clutter the area physically but also not to overcompensate.

Being in an improvisational, ambient band, it's easy to come into it with a million ideas, but once you're up there, it's just too much and you might end up sounding like shit. Having too many buttons to press or dials to screw around will just make one ineffective and you lose your potential. I like simplicity now. I used to bring too much stuff in, end up not even using all of it and get confused where one cord goes to what dial - this spells disaster. When you see us live, it might look like a lot, but in reality we know beforehand what we plan on using and when we plan on utilizing it. Of course it's all vague and not talked about, we just somehow know.

F: Where are devices and when did pity? Why pick Passau's Bauhaus?

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Halloweenies 2013

We're skipping the usual show update this week, but for good reason. The two of us (Joe and Mabel) work for Riverfront Times, an alt-weekly newspaper here in St. Louis. We've somehow managed to infiltrate the music blog over there with our picks for Halloween parties tonight, and I've put together a piece on this weekend's Noisefest X.

The Best Halloween Shows in St. Louis Tonight

Connect the Weird to Your Ears: Noisefest Celebrates Its Tenth Year

Check back in the next few days though, because we've got a new edition of Wandering Eye written by Chad Eivins, Graham Matthews' Top 5 Videos from September and more album reviews by Josh Jenkins. For now, get out to a show. I know covers are all the rage tonight, but if you're looking for original bands playing original tunes, check out The Tennis Lesson and more at CBGB:

Review: KALVIN & KLINE by Designer

Designer | KALVIN & KLINE
Released May 2013
BUFU Records

Hailing from Boston, Designer breeds mutant eggs full of skronk punk-funk and atonal noise. The band's tape, KALVIN & KLINE, instantly kicks off with the bouncing funk lines of “Weekend Museum," and recalls the funkier elements of post-punkers like Delta 5, A Certain Ratio, Pop Group, Pigbag and ESG, but the band overlays its own glazing chainsaw distortion haze into the mix with growling, twisted vocals covering the edges.

“Tommy Gun” loops in repetitive stomps, keeping the pace up until the tape closes with the compressed prog-punk assault of “Try It Out” and the noise-funk twisting steps of “Lollipop." If you’ve been craving that missing link of post-punk and noise rock in your musical life and are sweating for direction, this tape might be worth peeking into. You can get it both via physical copy and digital download straight from their bandcamp.

Review by Josh Jenkins

This Week In St. Louis 10/21/13 - 10/27/13

THURSDAY, OCT. 24


Cooper-Moore
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave
7:30 until 8:30 / free / all ages

Cooper-Moore is a world-class multi-instrumentalist. He is often a collaborator with the biggest names in modern free-jazz, and Foam will be hosting a one night only solo performance, free to all. Cooper-Moore also works with homemade instruments, and is an educator across the board for contemporary avant-garde music.


Stonechat (tour kick-off show)
Animal City (IL)
Crucial
Galgal (members of Lions Eat Grass and Laika)
Café Ventana / 3919 West Pine Blvd
8 p.m. / donations / all ages

Wiry riff indie-rock melds with catchy sing-songs. Animal City brings clever jams by way of Chicago, and will join Stonechat on a short U.S. tour following the show. Crucial plays hyper-complex mathy post-rock that builds in soundtrack-esque fashion.

FRIDAY, OCT. 25


New Music Circle Presents:
William Parker with In Order to Survive
Mad Art Gallery / 2727 S. 12th Street
7 p.m. / $10-20 / all ages

William Parker is a free-jazz icon. His group, In Order to Survive, features percussionist Hamid Drake, Rob Browne, Lewis Barnes and Cooper-Moore. There aren't many words I can use to relate the sheer importance of this group in the free jazz and avant garde world. If you're new to the scene or at all interested, this show is definitely a great entry point and won't disappoint. If you're well-acquainted, then you're likely going and hopefully this is a good reminder.


Ice Hockey (IA)
Anodes
Animal Teeth

@ Livery Company / 3211 Cherokee
9 p.m. / donations / 21+

Ice Hockey approaches post-hardcore with a decidedly gloom spin. The songs feel dark without bringing on harsh "tough guy" sounds that are so prevalent in the genre. The band is self-proclaimed emo, but the songs here bring on typical genre trappings with restraint, making for a pretty distinct band inside a genre that is literally flooded with facsimiles.

SATURDAY, OCT. 26


SCUZZFEST 2013
Brain Transplant
DJ Dog Dick
Beauty Pageant
The Night Grinder
Dave Stone
Birches
Wamhoda
...the return of Jizzgurgler
@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee Street
9 p.m. / $10 (gets you the new zine/DVD combo) / 21+

In addition to the long list of local noise acts and gurus, videos and projections will be shown throughout the show. Video artists include Bryan Dematteis, Rick Wilson, Chad Hickman, Leanna Rose Kaiser, Jeremy Melsha, Kevin Harris, Mike Szymanski, Chizzy Chizmo and Brain Transplant. The ten dollar cover is steep, but it nets you admission to the gig, the Scuzz Report zine and the awesome DVD included therein. Expect a night packed with St. Louis experimental sight and sound.

South Saint Louis, you're so fuckin' lucky. In addition to Scuzzfest, you have a multi-stage, four venue festival on Saturday:

Tune into 88.1 KDHX FM in or around St. Louis or at KDHX.org this Thursday evening/Friday morning at 1 A.M. for the Wrong Division radio show. This week, we have special guest Alex Cunningham (KSLU, Billiken Club) to talk about the upcoming Ex-Cult and Little Big Bangs show happening this Saturday at the Billiken Club. We'll also give away tickets to William Parker's In Order To Survive Quintet happening at the Mad Art Gallery on Friday night.

This Week In St. Louis 10/16/13 - 10/20/13

THURSDAY, OCT. 17


Staer (NORWAY)
Child Abuse (NY)
The Conformists
Yowie

@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St
8 PM / free / all ages

Nasty Euro noise rock mingles with harsh, dissonant prog. This show would cost $12-15 anywhere else, but the Tap Room covers all expenses, offering an absolutely stacked bill for free. Staer brings a fresh take on super-heavy, effects-loaded rock with wiry riffs and impeccable drumming. Child Abuse provides an equally unhinged set, and if that weren't enough to exhaust you, Yowie and The Conformists open the show. Highly recommended all around.

If that show sounds too shrill, look into seeing Pat Sajak Assassins, Zagk Gibbons and more over at the Heavy Anchor.

FRIDAY, OCT. 18


Barely Free Partial Prisoners
Whsky Gngr
The Hobosexuals

@ The Livery / 3211 Cherokee St
10 PM / free / 21+

Experimental hip-hop clashes against south city broke folkers for a weekend quickie. The show is free, so it's a good opportunity to pick up the latest releases from Barely Free and The Hobosexuals.

SATURDAY, OCT. 19


Rectal Hygeinics (IL)
Shaved Women
Nos Bos

@ CBGB / 3163 South Grand Ave
9 PM / donations / 21+

Rectal brings dark punk and applies a harsh guitar mess. The Chicago foursome provides a fierce, succinct set of songs. Shaved Women and Nos Bos chime in to reinforce that yes, St. Louis is a nihilistic place.


Rip Rap (MO)
Little Big Bangs
with a DJ set by DJ Googlemeister

@ Chromozone / Ask a freak
8 PM / donations / all ages

Rip Rap is a fun, minimalist rock band with a very adolescent vocal sound. Nothing's too overblown or over-the-top, but Rip Rap manages to carve out quick songs that are catchy and, most importantly, to the point. Little Big Bangs provides that gigantic wall of grunge rock sound you might be craving after a chill set.

Zak Marmalefsky, Willis and The Tory Z Starbuck Project play a free show over at The Schlafly Tap Room.

Before heading out to either show, get a full sampling of local artists by way of Tower Groove Records and their Fall Informal. Apop Records will be hosting the free, all ages show, so buy yourself a record. Featuring: Bug Chaser, Troubadour Dali, Kisser, Dave Stone, Hearskra-z, This City of Takers, Frances With Wolves and possibly more.

Nicoffeine at Lemp Arts Center Tonight!

Sorry for slacking this week on the recommendations, y'all. We're out of town this weekend seeing the inimitable Darin Gray perform in Radiolab Live along with some other totally awesome shows. We caught Germany's Nicoffeine last night in Milwaukee and could not recommend them more. It's some of the highest-energy noise rock and they only make it to town every couple of years, so don't miss out!


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12


Nicoffeine
Good Luck at the Hog Slaughter
The Conformists
@ Lemp Arts Center / 3301 Lemp Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages
Here's a preview Joe wrote for RFT: Nicoffeine filters German industrial into palpable grooves with booming bass riffs. Sparse yells lend a human voice to an otherwise oppressive wall of static and cymbals. The drumming goes beyond mindless bashing with jazzy emphasis; its pitter-patter comes with careful nuance. Guitarist Soheyl Nassary bounces from stage to showgoer, forcing down the fourth wall in favor of gripping attention. The trio really just parties on stage, reveling in a massive wash of feedback and off-mic screams. Nicoffeine never comes off contrived, and its songs carry heft and several layers. Tasty, salty layers of nasty noise.

Jail Solidarity at CBGB Tonight

TUESDAY, OCT. 8
Jail Solidarity (Washington, D.C.)
Animal Teeth
Nos Bos

@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand
9:30 PM / donations / 21+

Jail Solidarity brings jangly post-punk at half the speed. The band brings a slow, shrill dirge through noisy guitar-driven songs. Nos Bos funnels sludge through desperate hardcore. If anything, they're definitely the slimiest punk around right now.

This Week In St. Louis 9/30/13 - 10/6/13

Earlier this week, we forgot to tell you about Tom Blacklung & the Smokestacks. They came from Brooklyn, New York and hit St. Louis on October 1st after playing the Cropped Out Festival in Louisville. Chances are, you missed the gig, so we encourage you check out their latest tape HERE, it kills. To quote the lyrics, "I'm an American girl, fuck everybody else. When I make my million, I'm gunna spend it all on myself."

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 2


Wax Fruit
Dot Matrix
(DJ set by Michaella Babbit of Wax Fruit)
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave
9 PM / free / all ages

You might know Wax Fruit from the duo's work as The Fagettes. Formerly based out of Columbia, Missouri, Dom and Michaella were key members of the music scene, booking and housing bands often. The two have recently relocated to St. Louis, so consider this a musical housewarming party, or show. Dot Matrix will kick off the gig with smooth DJ set, while Wax Fruit plays their inaugural set as St. Louis natives.

FRIDAY, OCT. 4


Thollem McDonas performs TRIUMPH OF THE WILD
@ Webster University Winifred Moore Auditorium / 470 E. Lockwood
7:30 PM / free / all ages

Thollem, the insane pianist who can't seem to get enough of St. Louis, returns once again to perform alongside projected films of Martha Colburn. Expect an intense multimedia experience brought to you by the fastest, weirdest set of fingers around.


New Music Circle presents:
Marty Ehrlich and his Rites Quartet
Kranzberg Arts Center / 501 N. Grand
7:30 PM / $10-20 / all ages

Former St. Louis resident Marty Ehrlich is a legendary free-jazz saxophonist and will bring his absolutely powerful Rites Quartet to the Kranzberg Arts Center. There's a $10 to $20 sliding scale admission fee. Essentially, if you're a student or a local musician, you get to pay $10, but if you're able to sling the $20, do it! New Music Circle needs and deserves your support. Ehrlich's Rites Quartet includes James Zollar (Trumpet), Michael Formanek (Bass), Michael Sarin (Drums).

I put together a preview of New Music Circle's 55th season over at the RFT Music blog. You can check it out in this week's print edition of the paper, too.


Wretched Worst (KY)
Gutterpriest
Wild Hex

@ Apop Records / 2831 Cherokee St
9 PM / $7 / all ages

Wretched Worst comes from Kentucky to impose their brand of nihilist sludge through experimental metal. Dark, angry and all together ugly sounding, expect guttural screams around guitars tuned just low enough to vibrate up your bowels. Literally. New band Wild Hex opens and the industrial and hateful sounds of Gutterpriest close. A classic Apop show.

SATURDAY, OCT. 5

Remember wandering into Cranky Yellow in mid-2011 to catch that weird trio covering Frank Zappa at 1 in the morning? Maybe not, but you too can experience Pet Rock: The Musical as they make their return after a very long hiatus. Animal Teeth and Beauty Pageant will open, proving that punk and noise belong together. At The Livery (3211 Cherokee Street).

Check out two street fests this weekend: Black James and Caveofswords play The GREAT TOTEM FESTIVAL on Cherokee Street. There's no word on exact time slots, but expect that sort of kitschy hula hoop and body paint nonsense (as it's a 2720 event). Anyway, the outside stage happens on Cherokee Street between Texas and Iowa. There's also Grove Fest 2013, but we're unsure of which bands are playing. If you like walking around a street totally crammed with bodies and paying for overpriced food, this is YOUR weekend.

SUNDAY, OCT. 6

Sunday is a little dry show wise, but check out the RUMMAGE SALE happening over at Chromozone. If you don't know where that spot is at, head down Cherokee and turn onto Illinois. There should be tons of people out and around the house anytime after 10 AM.

Mixtape Club XXXII meets up around noon in Tower Grove Park (enter into the park from Grand, make the first right. They will be past the playground, under a small pavilion). Bring one mixtape to trade and one 1993 theme tape to donate to the Metro Prom. Or not. Come hang either way.

The 88.1 KDHX Fall Membership Drive starts this week and goes until next Sunday. That means it's time to show your appreciation by throwing down 30 or 40 bucks either through the website or through the phone (314-664-3688). Remember though, if you want to show your love for the Wrong Division radio show specifically, wait to call or donate until this or next week on Thursday night / Friday morning at 1 AM.

Wandering Eye #2

by Chad Eivins (Chizmo.TV)

So this will be an ongoing monthly series focusing on musical performances I’ve documented in St. Louis and the stories floating around them.

This installment is about a Britches performance from this past spring. April 15th was the date actually. Final filing for taxes and the Boston bombing were the topics of the day. By nighttime, the waxing moon phase was 27.49% full, leveling the lunacy slightly while I tried figuring out how to document another enactment of Mister Ben’s NOiSE series - something he had been doing for the past two years in the St. Louis area with an emphasis on harsh/weird/experimental/psych, noise music. This all happened on Cherokee street at the now defunct art space warehouse, Mushmaus.

From previous discussions with Ben I knew the rules for documenting the performances were simply that there were no rules. Music could be played however, wherever, and at really any length. I approached it with the idea that no performance would be captured the same way this evening. After band instruments, speakers, PA, audio and video recording equipment had all been carried awkwardly up two flights of stairs and spread out everywhere, the show started to take a natural form. Random corners were picked to play in and Britches began setting up for their set, which included building a sheet wall around them.

Discussing it with Mister Ben, he stated, “I booked them to play a set as Britches, or perhaps as Birches, who knew; I had zero idea as to WHAT they might play. The band was completely enclosed. On all sides. Noises were made in abundant, big rumbling waves, but anyone wanting to come close found only a white sheet.”

I had previously documented Britches this way before, however this time led to a last minute decision to dig through my arsenal of video tools and concoct a projection on them using a dual trace oscilloscope and mixer. The electronic beams moving along the graticule display were manipulated manually to the sounds Britches were making.

Mister Ben described the bands sounds as “Noises built up and up and up and dissipated like it never happened, blank as a sheet in real life and in our dumb perplexed brains. And that was the beauty of it. Even when you can't see them, or see where the hell they're going with things, you're hooked. How can you react? What emotion will you be loyal to? Oh, and you'd better figure it out before the set ends, lest you stand slack-jawed and dumb.”

There was no discussion with the band about what they would do or even if they wanted anything done with their set. Ironically or magically my projector stopped working about five seconds before their set ended. It was a thing of pure improvisation and mystery that I was fortunate to be connected to.

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This Week In St. Louis: 9/23/13 - 9/29/13

TUESDAY, SEPT. 24


Darto (WA)
Tone Rodent
@ The Billiken Club / 20 N. Grand Blvd.
8 p.m. / $5 for non students / all ages

Darto blends a shoegaze punk experience with built-up post-rock meanderings. If that means nothing to you, just know that this is loud, powerful and wild sounding rock music. Tone Rodent is the resident St. Louis god of shoegaze. Bring earplugs.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 25


Tree Blood (MN)
Mancontrol (TN)
Eric Hall
The Funs
Chris Smentowski, Dave Stone and Joseph Hess

@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
8 p.m. / $6 / 21+

This is south city variety hour with Eric Hall, The Funs and a trio of noise artists from the area. Tree Blood comes from Minneapolis with fierce punk songs and an overuse of guitar pedals. Mancontrol, from Memphis, crafts songs using looping pedals and photo-optic cells. You can't go wrong with this clashing of well-crafted punk and noise.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 26


Mac Blackout Bands (IL)
Shaved Women
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Mac Blackout brings harsh jangle in the realm of garage rock. The band effectively sneaks in uncommon sounds outside its aforementioned genre and comes out sounding distinct and heavy. Shaved Women are local hardcore heroes.


Mezzanine Swimmers (NY)
Dusty Fingers
Catholic Guilt
Still and Moving Lines
(Tony Renner, Jerry Green & Mezzanine Swimmers)
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / donations / all ages

Mezzanine Swimmers puts sharp beats through the grinder, bringing out an unhinged, noisy sound that moves to a rhythm. Dusty Fingers blends dark ambiance with a world of slime and sewers while Catholic Guilt sounds like the aural interpretation of your darkest fantasy. Something like that. These groups are definitely off the deep end.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 28

September 28th is one of the busiest nights of recent memory, and St. Louis is totally jammed with shows that night. Here's a short (but not complete) list of cool stuff happening that night, including details on the Wrong Division 5 Year Anniversary Show.

- The Jefferson International Rock and Roll Show (or The Benefit Show for Jeff Hursey) with Trauma Harness, Shut In and more. Starts at 2 PM over at the Fairview Elks Lodge in Fairview Heights, Illinois.

- Another day-time show happening over at Chromozone. Total Trash (MN), Outside World (IL) and Burrowss will play from 4 to 8 p.m.

- Catholic Spray is coming from FRANCE to play with Beauty Pageant and 32pc. Vintage Party Set at The Livery. This show is a freebie.

- A huge six band show is happening over at the Skatium. Punk rock and roller skates! Featuring Doom Town, The Funs, Maximum Effort and many more.

- Lord Snow and My Dad come from Chicago to play a late-show (read: after party to all the other shows) happening over at Foam. This shindig starts at 11 PM, and features local openers Laika and Red Squad.

and finally...

WRONG DIVISION 5TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW
Saturday, September 28th
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
free / all ages / 8 p.m.

AHLEUCHATISTAS (NC)

YOWIE (MO)

GNARWHAL (TN)

GOOD LUCK AT THE HOG SLAUGHTER (MO)

CHIZMO.TV will do live visual projections throughout the night using cameras and video feedback.

Graham's Top Picks for August 2013 (videos)

Graham Matthews bounces from show to show with a handy-cam, collecting the odds and ends of music in St. Louis. There is absolutely no genre-bend in his coverage, made evident by an ever growing Youtube channel, which features thousands of videos of independent artists. Once a month, Graham sends us a list of 5 picks from his personal channel.

options R - Liaison at The Livery
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbmfx_0kzXY
Seeing options R perform live is like seeing a mythical creature like Bigfoot or The Loch Ness Monster. Here he blesses us with new song, Liaison, from his new record you can download here: http://dinglerecords.bandcamp.com/album/luxurious-gauze

Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship - Stephen and Graham! at Star Clipper
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0GMMaqqwQk
Superfun's first ever live performance of hit single, Stephen and Graham!

Bumping Uglies - Uglier Than You at Lemmons
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yglBlTEh8Nk
Flashy lights, mugging for the camera and local musicians getting their space invaded by The Bumping Uglies.

Animal Teeth - Don't Talk To Me at The Livery
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIKyTjXKLo4
A relatable performance. I also like to hide under blankets whenever someone tries to talk to me.

Stonechat/Lions Eat Grass - Split set at Bunk Bed, Fairview Heights, IL
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNuAWOqcxCA
Split sets are awesome. This needs to happen more, all the time. Filmed by Steve!

Steve's Top Picks for August 2013

Stephen Houldsworth attends more shows in Saint Louis than most, and he covers a huge range of sound. Be it hardcore or noise, pop or rock, Stephen comes equipped with his point-and-shoot. The guerilla style of photography that results is a dry and honest take on the underground, independent scene in St. Louis. Once a month, Mr. Houldsworth shoots us an e-mail with his recent favorite photos.

Rainbows & Unicorns: The magical guitar of Pat Cook.

Somebody Scream: Adam Lesh and Chuck Scones of Holy Doldrums show us how to scream at The Livery. (8/30/13)

The Kids Rock Out: Some of the usual suspects rock out to 3 of 5 at Foam. (8/7/13)

Turnt Up: David Burnett of Beauty Pageant keeps playing as the keyboards get turned over at The Livery. (8/10/13)

Ugly Masking: The Bumping Uglies were scary at Lemmons. Not to mention the fish. (8/3/13)

Recommended Shows This Weekend 9/13/13 - 9/15/13

FRIDAY, SEPT. 13


Farms (MN)
Merlin Monroe (MN)
Vacation Dad (MN)
Adult Fur
Wamhoda

@ Chromozone / Ask a freak
9 p.m. / donations / all ages

If you don't know where Chromozone is at - go down Cherokee, turn on the illest, noisiest street and look for the house with people scampering in and out. All three Minneapolis acts share members, so expect a round robin of turbulent noise all night.

Mail The Horse (NY) & Falsetto Boy do a subversive folk night over at Lemmons on Gravois. The polar-opposite to Chromozone's noisy, synth heavy show. Pick a vibe, stick with it.

Lantern, Black Panties and more stink up the Heavy Anchor with unwashed hair and week old sleeveless t-shirts. Or bloody leather jackets. Something like that. Great line-up for garage rock fans.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 14


Sur (TX)
The Night Grinder
Beauty Pageant
Animal Teeth

@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee Street
9 PM / $5 / 21+

Sur brings the kind of feedback-laden rock that fits right at home in Blank Space's musty basement. The music's as dim as the lights down there. Three bands chock full of St. Louis cretins will open the night with a mix of rock, noise and some aborted fetus from the two.

Not that we encourage day drinking, but if you're into that sorta thing you can catch good bands all day Saturday and Sunday right outside Blank Space (2847 Cherokee Street). Bring your drunk ass inside for the show with Sur on Saturday night. They're from Texas.

For avid pasta fans, there's a 30th Anniversary Bash going down for Mangia Italiano. Pat Sajak Assassins are playing, among many others.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 15


Thou (LA)
Cloud Rats
False
Fister

@ Fubar / 3108 Locust Street
8 PM / $10 / ???

Thou do a dark, ugly sort of sludge that feels like taking a shovel to the gut. Without too much posturing or bravado about the whole thing, Thou really kills their own little metal sub-genre and there's little else to compare them to. If sludge isn't quite your thing, the local line-up provides other blends of metal.

Wrong Division 2013: Two Compilations for Free Download


In March and, most recently, June of this year we asked a few local artists and bands from abroad to contribute songs for two digital compilations. Both of these albums are free to stream or download in any format you desire. Thanks for all your support.