Wrong Division Playlist 8/28/2015

Wrong Division airs live every Thursday evening/Friday morning from 1AM to 3AM on 88.1 FM KDHX. Stream the show and check out past playlists at KDHX.ORG.

Swans “No Words/No Thoughts” from My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky
Ugh God “One Left to Jump (Kitty Suicide)” from Deep, Dark, Mysterious and Serioues
Glenn Branca “Symphony No. 5: 3rd Movement” from Symphony No. 5 (Describing Planes of an Expanding Hypersphere)
Jealousy Mountain Duo “The Home of Easy Credit” from Jealousy Mountain Duo No 2
Cheval de Frise “Connexion Monstrueuse Entre un Objet Et Son Image” from Cheval de Frise
This Heat “Paper Hats” from Deceit
Upsilon Acrux “Oaxaca” from Volucris Avis Dirae-Arum
Many Arms “Snakes in the Grass” from Palabras Malas
YUKON “Gough” from Mortar
Staer “Future Fuck” from Daughters
Kuan “l” from Colors
Chevreuil “Cannibal Lover” from Capoeira
Timeghost “Dissection Theater” from Cellular
Collections of Colonies of Bees “fun” from Customer
Ruins “Stonehenge” from ALONE
The Psychic Paramount “Rw” from II
Zevious “Avant Clave” from Zevious

This Week in St. Louis 8/25/15 - 8/30/15


Swear Beam (cassette release)
The Hecks (Chicago, IL)
DJ Lrvrl
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
10 p.m. / all ages

Swear Beam is the latest from members of the Funs, Rip Rap and Trauma Harness. Listening to this first demo definitely recalls all three bands, but Swear Beam brings a complex, layered approach to songs that would otherwise seem simple. There's more rumbling beneath the surface, but the sound never gets too heady for its own good.

Belly Belt (Los Angeles, CA)
Whisky Janetor
Tubby Tom
@ Livery Company / 3227 Cherokee St.
8:30 p.m. / donation$

Belly Belt brings rap that borders on inane, but the approach here is especially tight while actually exercising some sense of brevity. A stripped-down punk take on beat-driven rhymes, Belly Belt provides half-cocked commentary in taut three minute chunks. 


Health Problems (WA)
Trauma Harness
The Crisis
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Health Problems cranks angular bass over hefty beats, making for a busy, skronky style of punk that feels relentless. The frontman here never lets up, acting like some coke-addled werewolf pining for the full moon -- if anything, he helps to emphasize the band's weirder side. The Crisis is made up of members from Foam's working staff, but the band is definitely heavier that you might expect. 


Negative Scanner (Chicago, IL)
Torso (Oakland, CA)
The Bubbleheads
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
10 p.m. / $8 / all ages

Negative Scanner works within stringent punk beats to eke out gloomy chords under howls from the gut. The whole affair feels dark and especially heavy without the trappings of more masculine music. The Bubbleheads is the latest in south city punk, come see the band's second (or third?) show ever. 

Gillian Carter (FL)
Hmph! (Kansas City, MO)
Heavy Horse
@ Kismet / 3409 Iowa St.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Gillian Carter plays with tension like taffy, stretching songs to their limit before dropping the bottom out for heavy breakdowns and frantic grinding. Hmph! is more stilted affair, drawing closer to a melodic math rock sound while Staghorn brings a droning kind of noisy doom metal. All within Cherokee Street's newest record shop, Kismet. 

Dave Stone/Ghost Ice
Hylidae/JJ Hamon
Future Junk
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages

Another night of free-improvisation and experimental noise headed by Jeremy Kannapel aka Ghost Ice at the Tap Room. That means free show with a stellar lineup. 


Pat Sajak Assassins
Hands and Feet
Traveling Sound Machine
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / donation$ / all ages

An all local gig of post-rock and heady ambient work via south city's finest circuit breakers. Pat Sajak Assassins takes on a bent Nintendo sound, albeit with live drums, so don't expect chiptunes. This is for fans of complex rock with a thin veneer of vocal work soaked in effects. 

Wrong Division Playlist 8/21/2015 (Summer Pledge Drive)

Wrong Division airs live every Thursday evening/Friday morning from 1AM to 3AM on 88.1 FM KDHX. Stream the show and check out past playlists at KDHX.ORG.

Man At Arms “A Waste of Time and Space” from A Waste of Time and Space
Die Monite Batss “Catholic Guilt” from Girls of War
New England Patriots “Ribbit Ribbit” from New England Patriots
Ho-Ag “Pinhead” from The Word From Pluto
PRE “Haircut Tacos” from Hope Freaks
Eula “Orderly” from Wool Sucking
Gay Beast “Beach” from Second Wave
Yona Kit “Frankenbitch” from Yona Kit
Lightning Bolt “13 Monsters” from Ride the Skies
Female Demand “Shred Tactics” from Female Demand
Ultra Bidé “Sonic Crash” from DNA vs DNA-c
Brainiac “Ride” from Smack Bunny Baby
Black Eyes “False Positive” from Cough
Neptune “Purple Sleep” from Gong Lake
Double Dagger “Luxury Condos for the Poor” from Sophisticated Urban Living
Fischessen “Kittner” from Köder
Ninja Academy “Neckface” from bra'ka dOm
Britches “Out of The Cave, Up To The Stronghold” from The Shape of Noise to Come, Vol. 1
The Adversary Workers “Young Goodman Brown” from Glenndonia EP
The Fordists “Song 5” from Watch You
Man At Arms “Who Died and Made You the Voice of Reason?” from Abner Trio & Man At Arms
Forget The Times “Dead Slint” from Soul Music
Aids Wolf “Gnarly Tooth” from Cities of Glass
Shoppers “Iv.” from Silver Year
Mount Shasta “Walkathon” from Put The Creep On

This Week in St. Louis 8/17/15 - 8/23/15


Nots (Memphis, TN)
Trampoline Team (New Orleans, LA)
Blind Dog (Kansas City, MO)
Soda Boys
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8:30 p.m. / $7 / all ages

"All-girl" bands tend to be shoehorned in some way or other, but thankfully Nots is a band beyond the hype, with heady post-punk songs that rip with tons of skronk. Cool riffs warp around a generally simple sound, keeping things catchy enough to hook the most jaded of punks or rockers or whatever (PSA: Lighten up, and quit mean-muggin' the cool bands you jerks!) 


The Brain (Toronto)
Dem Scientist
@ Bonerville
9 p.m. / donation$ / all ages

The Brain is the first of two Canadian bands to play STL this week (I'm sure there are more, but this show and Tunic on Sunday are the only ones we care about). This is punk slop with disjointed riffs and the kind of snarky sunglasses-at-night sound that will get you an interview at Noisey. Regardless, St. Louis' biggest brains, Dem Scientist, will open the show with its ten parts Devo rock. Maybe they'll play this song? 

Little Big Bangs
Trancers (Detroit, MI)
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

No, this isn't our own Trancers, the local ambient duo who just dropped a new tape last month. The Trancers on this show is from Detroit, but no less killer -- just a different flavor. Along with its new drummer, Little Big Bangs brings a sound damn near indistinguishable from years' past. The band somehow marries the straightest parts of Sonic Youth with the heaviest, down-trodden riffs of Fugazi (think Red Medicine era-esque). This isn't grunge worship, it's a sarcastic theft of the genre's best parts. 


Nervous Ticks (Richmond, VA)
Human Bodies (MA)
Maximum Effort
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Ave.
9 p.m / $7 / all ages

Five bands cram inside CBGB. Fill your lungs with cigarette butts and die to the wiry noise rock of Richmond's Nervous Ticks. Big ups to drummers who stand up while playing, but I think that might cause back problems later in life...


Skarekrau Radio
Strong Force
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages

Skarekrau has been mostly quiet, popping up once a month for the occasional Tap Room show. Word on the street is that the band has been working on a new record, saving its pennies to release a brand new slab of wax in the distant future. If anything, this is your shot to see newish singer Grace Smith (otherwise known as JANET) front the band. Okendo is the bizarre solo project from J.J. Hamon, known for Demonlover, Magic City and many others. One of the most underrated guitarists in the city does modular synth and homemade instruments -- you might want to pay attention. 


Cruelster (Cleveland, OH)
Bitchinreality (Chicago, IL)
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
10 p.m. / $7 / all ages

Cruelster makes no bones -- the band is a hollowed out body of loose skin, grinding harsh chords over sharp drums. Ruz brings its double-jointed punk yet again, putting its own songs through the wood-chipper. Remember, this show is at Foam, a very nice and respectable place with hardwood floors. 


The Whiskey War Festival feat.:
James Leg (Nashville, TN)
Dirty Streets (Memphis, TN)
+many more
@ VFW Post 2866 / 66 VFW Ln.
11 a.m. / all ages

Despite its home in St. Charles and the name "Whiskey War," this fest isn't some podunk show filled with run-of-the-mill renegade country bands. Sure, there are a few groups of that ilk here, but acts such as Shitstorm, Blank Generation and Heavy Horse round out the roster. Also, more shows in VFW halls please. 


Tunic (Winnipeg, Canada)
Cadenaxo (Mexico City, Mexico)
Skin Tags
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Winnipeg's Tunic brings a kind of fucked grunge with ultra scratchy guitar (think Albini's tone in Big Black or Shellac). The songs barely buckle under the weight of heavy bass and drums, with throaty screams providing a punk rock entry point. The whole affair is pretty approachable, but has enough depth for you nerds out there. Also, Cadenaxo brings hardcore from Mexico, which means that this show spans the whole mass of North America. Wouldn't it be embarrassing for St. Louis if Foam was empty this night? 

Wrong Division Playlist 8/7/2015

Wrong Division airs live every Thursday evening/Friday morning from 1AM to 3AM on 88.1 FM KDHX. Stream the show and check out past playlists at KDHX.ORG.

Timeghost “Cellular Automata” from Cellular
On Fillmore “Master Moon” from Extended Vacation
The Denison / Kimball Trio “walk away” from Plays the Music of "Walls In the City"
Gorge Trio “Roof Halves and Dewdrop Gems” from Open Mouth, O Wisp
Blind Thorns “An Explanation of the Birds” from Blind Thorns
Chevreuil “Breakdance” from Capoeira
Passe Montagne “Bomarzo” from Long Play
Ruins “Stonehenge” from ALONE
XHOHX “politics” from Ahleuchatistas/XHOHX Split
Cheer-Accident “This Is the New That” from No Ifs, Ands or Dogs
Many Arms “Greater Mass” from Suspended Definition
Boris “Hama” from Amplifier Worship
Noxagt “Coefficient Acender” from Noxagt
Yowie “Shriners Sure Do Cuss a Lot” from Damning With Faint Praise
The Conformists “Times Beach” from None Hundred
Hella “Netgear” from Tripper
Brainiac “1nd1an Pok3r, Pt. 3” from Hissing Prigs in Static Couture
Brainiac “Pu55yfoot1n'” from Hissing Prigs in Static Couture
New England Patriots “Ribbit Ribbit” from (New England) Patriots Vol. 1
Gnarwhal “Gerald” from Split 7" w/ The Prophet Nathan
Gnarwhal “Found it” from Split 7" w/ The Prophet Nathan
Multicult “Jaws” from 7"

This Week in St. Louis 8/3/15 - 8/9/15


Swells (Denver, CO)
Gas Up Yr Hearse (Bloomington, IN)
Mothlight (Chicago, IL)
@ Bolozone
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Post-hardcore from three cities converges at Bolozone for a Monday night meltdown. Swells from Denver plays its own brand of dark and dingy, punk-tinged screamo. Expect lots of yelling.

Toupee (Chicago, IL)
Little Big Bangs
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Toupee plays gristly psychedelic rock that delves into guttural croons and noisy depths. The hard hitters seamlessly bridge post-punk with drone tones -- a coarse-edged combo that's bound to shake onlookers to the core.


Sin Orden (Chicago, IL)
Nos Bos
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages

Sin Orden snaps back and forth between heavy d-beat and sweeping chords chugged in half time. The whole affair feels dark but never murky with the kind of clarity that's often passed on for being too clean. For a band that has nearly 20 years under its belt, the straight-laced songs come from an embedded style, foregoing an otherwise perfectionist sound. 


Urochromes (MA)
Lumpy and the Dumpers
@ Bolozone
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Before 2012 the word "grime" couldn't be used to describe punk, but we're in a post-Lumpy world where all manner of slimey hardcore, Urochromes included, have infested show spaces with a slow leak, leaving plenty of nasty black mold behind. Not that the band is all that influenced by the Dumpers, but Urochromes are definitely in the oozy punk rock canon of 2015. Oh hey look, Bolozone is doing shows again.

Tare (New Orleans, LA)
Party Favors
Not Quite Nothing
@ Kismet / 3409 Iowa
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

A low-vibe night of emo via southern crybabies Tare. Kidding -- the band does take a soft, melodic approach though, climbing over its own bright riffs with subtle singing. Kismet is both an art space and record store, with the latter half getting in a ton of new stock. Don't cry for Cherokee street record shops when one does shows right under your nose. 

Pleasure Leftists (Cleveland, OH)
Trauma Harness
Swear Beam
@ Melt / 2712 Cherokee St.
8 p.m. / $7 / all ages

Pleasure Leftists brings retroactive post-punk that casts a thick shade of gray over everything, painting its songs up in gloomy riffs. A constant croon permeates the wall of reverb and strings, driving along simple songs locked into solid, danceable beats. Swear Beam and Veil are both south city newborns covered in bloody riffs while Trauma Harness brings its own bizarro punk via clipped amps and fried speaker cones. 


Weeed (WA)
Numb Bats (AZ)
Rip Rap
Sole Loan
Boreal Hills
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Okay, going the easy route here and just calling Weeed a "stoner rock" band. Because look at that name, and -- if any proof is really required -- the video up above. By beating certain riffs into the ground, the band places its collective bets on droning repetition. A headbanger's ball for shoegaze nerds. 


Animal City (Chicago, IL)
Perennial Reel (NJ)
Early Worm
John Beabout+Sam Nauman
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Animal City is a group from some alternative reality where band nerds in high school got hip to the fact that music might actually get them laid. So they start a band (called Animal City) and after losing their collective virginity on one fateful night, they decide to keep playing music after all. Because the power of music is the power of love and so on.

Thug Entrancer (Denver, CO)
Trust Image
@ The Luminary / 2701 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $8/$10 / all ages

Thug Entrancer works like a live seminar on synthesizers, bringing the power behind modular, analog and digital together to craft a warm, wobbling wreck of dance music. Like the name suggests, this style is especially gripping, bringing your brain into a feedback loop of its own.


Gnarwhal (Nashville, TN)
Hardbody (Tour Kick-Off)
Strong Force
Path of Might
@ Karl's Basement
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Gnarwhal sits somewhere between heavy punk and tight melodic math rock, but never adheres to either. The sound feels sticky with hook after hook and the maddening beats reel each riff into succinct songs. While I'm not a fan of "FFO" or "RIYL," anyone who digs Hella, Battles, Don Caballero or even noisier punk bands like Roomrunner or Metz can find much to love. A heavy local line up kicks things off.