Wrong Division Playlist 4/29/2016

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.

Mala Leche “Pantallas” from Demo
Slimy Member “A.D.S.” from EP
Dracla “Dogs” from Dracla
Animal Lover “Plasme” from Guilt - EP
Oozing Wound “All Things Must Pass Out” from split
Running “Wanna Weekend” from Vaguely Ethnic
Solid Attitude “Smoking Sheets” from BB Gun Picnic
When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth “Closet Athelete” from Peaced
Lightning Bolt “Planet of The Wolves” from I Love Guitar Wolf Very Much
The VSS “The Flesh Inside” from 25:37
The VSS “Indian-Sick” from 25:37
Glass Teeth “001.942” from Notice of Termination
What We Won't See “Would You Blues” from blood covered winter
Dazzling Killmen “Torture” from Dig Out The Switch
Coughs “Elimidate” from Fright Makes Right
Laffing Gas “Rodeo” from Laffing Gas
High Castle “Man of Mystery” from High Castle
The Bug “Bad Seeds” from What's Buggin' You?
Health Problems “Leaders” from Winners
Multicult “Hermano” from Spaces Tangled
Roomrunner “Shed” from Roomrunner - EP
Bugs and Rats “I'd Really Like To See You In the Cold” from Bugs and Rats
Skimask “Shark Week” from Cute Mutant
Brainiac “Nothing Ever Changes” from Hissing Prigs in Static Couture
Pink and Brown “Black Pearl” from Shame Fantasy II
PRE “Haircut Tacos” from Hope Freaks
Deerhoof “Desaparacere” from Bibidi Babidi Boo
Laddio Bolocko “Goat Lips” from Life and Times of Laddio Bolocko
Sun City Girls “Blue Mamba” from Torch of the Mystics
Tortoise “Prepare Your Coffin” from Beacons of Ancestorship

This Week in St. Louis 4/25/16 - 5/1/16


New Music Circle presents:
Vernacular String Trio
Chris Smentowski

@ Central Library / 1301 Olive St.
7 p.m. / free / all ages

The final night in New Music Circle's 2015/2016 season provides improvised film scores by a varied lineup of experimental artists based in St. Louis. From 18andCounting's electronic approach to the acoustic assault of Vernacular String Trio, this show offers a range of harsh and ambient work alike, headed off by one of the city's longest active self-proclaimed noise artists, Chris Smentowski of Brain Transplant. The cost of admission is a far cry from the $10/$20 ticket price that shows like this would typical garner (and be justified in doing so). 


Death Index (FL)
Trauma Harness
Sunday Candy
The Bubbleheads
@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
9 pm. / $7 / all ages

Slurred speech creeps up from underneath fuzz-laden chords and a punchy underbelly of solid straight-ahead beats. The songs here generate a nihilist vibe that feels, at times, at odds with Death Index's precise punk. Trauma Harness shares a deceptive level of complexity with the Florida band, pushing out a layered post-punk of the highest order. 


Naan Violence (Atlanta, GA)
Mother Meat
Mister Ben
Fragile Farm
Zak M
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Blvd.
8:30 p.m. / 21+

At the risk of sounding like "hippie shit" (a term coined by some leather jacket somewhere), Naan Violence takes an unhinged approach to what could otherwise be called "World" music. His performances are mostly open-ended, teetering between improvisation and stricter songs. The palate here is dense and the local lineup backs up the Atlanta-native with noise, folk and progressive rock. 

Lard Boys (Minneapolis, MN)
Lumpy and the Dumpers
Mike Herr
@ The Night Owl / 3177 S. Grand Blvd.
10 p.m. / $5-$7 /all ages

A solo percussion piece by Mike Herr opens up the goddamned punk show with Lard Boys and Lumpy and the Dumpers on each side of the same slimy coin. The Night Owl is brave for taking this one on -- or maybe the new spot is testing the waters for future shows. Note that this starts late, so the next event is an option, too:

Bruxism reprises its monthly concert series with the release of the Rhizomatic Vol. 4 cassette tape alongside a killer lineup at Schlafly Tap Room


Western Medication (Nashville, TN)
Bridled Spells

@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Western Medication takes the edge off of noisy indie-rock while maintaining a softer style that cuts just deep enough. Bridled Spells and Persh alike are both from the recent crop of fresh St. Louis bands that merge a pop-sensible approach with darker riffs. A solid if approachable show for the broader set that hides a seedy underbelly. 

The final show inside Octarrarium at the Regional Arts Commission features performances from Rich O'Donnell and Chad Eivins


Slimy Member (TX)
Nos Bos
@ Bonerville
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages

Slimy Member lives up to its namesake by taking a more spacey approach to its vocals, leaving the impression of its half-tempo hardcore feeding back in an echo chamber. Dracla and Nos Bos are appropriately grimy, with the former bringing a chiseled form of early metal.

For a slightly lighter alternative, Mad Doctors plays Foam with a solid local lineup.

Wrong Division Playlist 4/22/2016

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.

The Conformists “Swim Home” from None Hundred
Trauma Harness “Thunder in Paradise” from TRIED MY HARDEST
LA URSS “El Silencio” from Maravillas del mundo
Q “HQW” from Recqrd
Lard Boys “Basement Toys” from Demo
Nice Guys “HD Snobs” from Nice Guys / Lil Tits Summer Split 2015
Death Index “Fast Money Kill” from Death Index
Waveless “Dark Day” from Spirit Island
Rip Rap “Scout” from Demo
The Funs “Don't Let Go” from My Survival
Melkbelly “Bathroom at the Beach” from Bathroom at the Beach - Single
Phantom Head “Love Thy Oppressor” from Let the Miracles Begin
Blank Spell “Specter” from Demo
Eula “Aplomb” from Wool Sucking
The Star Death “Song to Save You” from Feministica
Palberta “Susan” from Special Worship
Arvid Noe “Supermoon” from Islington
Lair “Feedback Breeder” from Lair
Shoppers “I.” from Silver Year
Black Pus “Hear No Evil” from All My Relations (Bonus Track Version)
Skimask “Slap Me Silly” from Cute Mutant
Point Line Plane “B.U.G.S.” from Smoke Signals
Gay Beast “Beach” from Second Wave
Black Eyes “Speaking in Tongues” from Black Eyes
The Ex “Total Preparation” from Scrabbling at the Lock
Fischessen “Kittner” from Köder
Nick Millevoi “Life in Ice” from Black Figure of a Bird - EP
Blind Idiot God “Tired Blood” from Blind Idiot God

This Week In St. Louis 4/18/16 - 4/24/16


Journalism (Brooklyn, NY)
Lumpy and the Dumpers
Blank Generation
@ 3719 S. Jefferson
8 p.m.

Something or someone called "MALL*LIFE" presents this blender packed with STL hip-hop and hardcore in support of Brooklyn's Journalism. The band's riffs are polished and shine with an indie sheen, offering succinct songs that teeter between straight up pop and slightly more roughnecked fare. The Domino Effect wraps up the stacked bill with a late-late night after party at the same spot. 

4:20 never dies: Shitstorm plays CBGB with Bubbleheads, Dracla and more. 


La Urss (Spain)
Trauma Harness
CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Ave.
9 p.m. / 21+

The Spanish Trauma Harness plays with the original Trauma Harness... err the American La Urss opens for the real deal. Just hit the bandcamp above, plug your ears and take the post-punk vibes in through your pores. 

KDHX Welcomes:
Hamid Drake
Adam Rudolph
Joshua Abrams
Ernest Dawkins
@ Joe's Cafe / 6010 Kingsbury Ave.
8 p.m. / $15-$20 / all ages

Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph offer a luminous percussive duo that combines frenetic free-jazz with a more primal African approach, making for a drum mesh that emits an impassioned yet elegant vibe. One player takes to the set with a hand drum style while the other plays hand drums with a set approach. The two have worked with many ensembles in the past, but this is the artists' first tour as a duet in more than 40 years of playing together. Joshua Abrams (of Natural Information Society) and saxophonist Ernest Dawkins have joined the show -- a major addition for an event that was already highly anticipated in a year that's already been full of legendary avant-garde and free-improv performances.  


Nice Guys (Boston, MA)
Dead Mockingbirds
Moon Glampers
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

Nice Guys manages to make a menacing garage rock that piles pop-sensible riffs atop clambering noise set to mid-tempo by a rhythm section that stays in-the-pocket. Parts project like vomit with little in the way of breathing room, which makes the band feel especially unrelenting inside a genre that typically leans on the spacey, lackadaisical aesthetic. 

Indiana's Stella heads off a solid lineup with Sunday Candy, the Jockstraps and more over at Kismet. 


The Conformists
Demon Lover
Shut In
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Ave.
9 p.m. / free / 21+

After six or so months in hibernation, the Conformists have completed another full-length record with Steve Albini (yet to be released) and will return on this night with noisy pop freakouts in Demon Lover and grunge scumlords Shut In. Yet another all local jammer that makes you appreciate the weirdo rock scene simmering underneath the more hyped bands in town. 

Speaking of all local jammers, Fragile Farm, Cunningham/Kingston Duo and the Brothers Clapp play over at Kismet.


St. Louis Earth Day feat.:
The Funs
The Vanilla Beans
+many more
@ The Muny Grounds in Forest Park
10 a.m. / free / all ages

The Funs play an Earth Day event that is sure to be packed with 40-something dads from the county that respond with "I remember when music used to be GOOD." If anything, this is well worth the bike ride over to Forest Park to see bands who typically do their work in south city on a big stage at a very public event. 

Wrong Division Playlist 4/15/16

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.

Tortoise “Eros” from Standards
Ou Où “Kanya” from Geocities - EP
GUERILLA TOSS “pink elephant” from Gay Disco - EP
Gay Beast “Beach” from Second Wave
Neptune “Purple Sleep” from Gong Lake
Xaddax “The High Hat” from Counterclockwork
Cheer-Accident “This Is the New That” from No Ifs, Ands or Dogs
Koenjihyakkei “Grembo Zavia” from Viva Koenji!!
The Ex “Hidegen Fujnak a Szelek” from 30 (30 Years of The Ex)
Exusamwa “Valley of Diamonds” from Excusez-Moi!
Ahleuchatistas “Power With” from Arrebato
Battles “The Yabba” from La Di Da Di
Brise-Glace “1” from when in Vanitas...
Many Arms “Snakes in the Grass” from Palabras Malas
BIG BEAR “Song 20” from Under the Beach
New England Patriots “Perversion (Take 1)” from (New England) Patriots Vol. 1
Unwound “Bionic” from Kid Is Gone
Multicult “Jaws” from 7"
Bloarzeyd “newnewnewnewnewsong” from The Shape of Noise to Come Vol.01
Satanized “Hope Is The Lack of Information” from Aids Wolf/Satanized Split
Mako Sica “w” from The Shape of Noise to Come Vol.01

This Weekend In St. Louis 4/15/16 - 4/17/16

It's Record Store Day weekend! Celebrate by checking out some free performances from Little Big Bangs, 18andCounting and more over the next couple of days. Click on the following links for full schedules of entertainment: Vintage Vinyl, Euclid Records, Music Record Shop and Kismet.


Communion (Chicago, IL)
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages

Communion clambers down the dusty road of mid-tempo punk with an inescapable jangle, bringing a sense of urgency to short songs that burn out fast. This isn't such a bad approach -- think of it this way: the band respects your time and your short attention span. Potion is the solo effort of Brit Lockhart, who is known for Potion(s) and, most recently, Ish. 


Bloody Knives (Austin, TX)
Tone Rodent
@ CBGB / 3163 S. Grand Ave.
9 p.m. / donation$ / 21+

The yearly Bloody Knives/Tone Rodent show has become a south city tradition. Austin's Bloody Knifes brings psych rock that skins itself alive in real time by sharp riffs and frenetic beats. Tone Rodent now sports a much different roster, and that change in personnel offers a new perspective on the long running shoegazey rock band that worships at the church of My Bloody Valentine. Dracla is the latest addition to this tradition, but we'll save the surprise -- be sure to show up on time. 

New Music Circle presents:
Tyshawn Sorey's Alloy Trio
@ KDHX / 3524 Washington Ave.
8 p.m. / $10-$20 / all ages

At age 35, percussionist and composer Tyshawn Sorey is still a fresh face in the North American free-jazz scene, yet his accolades describe an artist with decades of accomplishments. He has worked with names such as Anthony Braxton (on Trillium E to be specific) and John Zorn among many other stellar performers, but his most striking output might come from his four full-length albums as band leader. The video above gives a solid example of what the 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award-winner will bring to the Stage at KDHX on Saturday.

Everything Went Black and Fister both perform at the Demo to celebrate the release of a split 7" wherein each band covers the other. 


Animal Mother (Cincinnati, OH)
Mother Bear
@ Blank Space / 2847 Cherokee St.
9 p.m. / $5

Animal Mother manages to actually apply shades of punk to its busy jazz songs without watering down a dense and nuanced approach. The band injects a sense of forward momentum that almost forces the pieces along, but thankfully that rushed excitement is harnessed in a way propels the music well beyond canned jazz with rock beats and into a headspace that blends a raw aesthetic with careful listening. 

Constant Cocoon celebrates 1 year as an active booking entity in St. Louis music over at the Firebird with a solid all local lineup. 

Wrong Division Playlist 4/8/16

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.

Tyondai Braxton “Scout1” from HIVE1
New England Patriots “Dry Milk” from Dry Milk
Trauma Harness “Spear Hell” from TRIED MY HARDEST
Violence Creeps “Scare Me” from Demo 2
Skarekrau Radio “Song 3” from Side 2
High Castle “We Can't Dance With Jesus” from High Castle
Spray Paint “I Need a Bag” from Rodeo Songs
Man or Astroman? “Song Of The Two Mile Linear Particle Accelerator” from A Spectrum of Infinite Scale
Lava “101” from Lava
Bear Claw “Stubborn Agenda” from Slow Speed:Deep Owls
Running “Employment Vows” from Vaguely Ethnic
Angel Hair “New Rocket, Crash Course” from Angel Hair
Holy Sheet “"Track 5"” from "Track 5"
The Conformists “Laser Canary” from Promotional Sampler
Smother Party “Horse Lift” from Casa Limon
The Ex + Tom Cora “Total Preparation” from Scrabbling At The Lock
Jealousy Mountain Duo “Lone Pixel In The Bitmap” from Jealousy Mountain Duo No 2
Passe Montagne “98% Cuir” from Oh My Satan
Chevreuil “Cannibal Lover” from Capoeira
Black Eyes “Eternal life” from Cough
Tarngo “Epoche Egal” from Horman
Ruins “Refusal Fossil” from Refusal Fossil (Special Edition)

This Week In St. Louis 4/4/16 - 4/10/16


Daisy Chains (MN)
Dem Scientist
Double God
@ Bonerville
9 p.m / $5 / all ages

With members from Minneapolis' Miami Dolphins, one might expect Daisy Chains to be more spaz than swing, but this trio plays with its soft side showing. Double God brings the brains behind Fragile Farm, Laika and Mangina together for a weird mutant mass of post-punk and noise rock. This is Dem Scientists' alleged last show before the band's actual last show, which means that this is a safe bet just in case Dem calls it quits before a proper farewell. 

ALSO: Staghorn heads off a heavy lineup over at Foam


Fred Lonberg-Holm (Chicago, IL)
Frode Gjerstad (Norway)
Ghost Ice/Trull/Stone Trio
@ Jackson Pianos / 4354 Olive St.
8 p.m. / $10-$15 / all ages

If you have an even passing interest in free-improv this show is a good introduction, especially with Fred Lonberg-Holm at the helm with longtime collaborator Frode Gjerstad. Lonberg-Holm has worked with a long list of more punk and rock-based bands, such as US Maple, God Is My Co-Pilot and Wilco among many others. The opening act is especially standout, with electronics by Ghost Ice, guitar by Chris Trull (of Yowie) and Dave Stone on saxophone. 

ALSO: Weatherbox from San Diego headlines an indie-heavy bill with Enemies, Yonsei and Sunday at Foam


Chad Eivins
Maxwell UK

@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / all ages

This show is a full audio-video package with every artist bringing a strong visual element via projections. Chad Eivins offers more than his typical set-up, which already warps any venue into his sordid, personal portal. Maxwell UK is yet another Kingston Family Singers production yet promises to be different from the "duo's" day-to-day goings on. 185668232 comes by way of Philadelphia's noise scene, which has heavy hitters such as Drums Like Machine Guns among many others. The only contemporary I can really compare this work to is Providence's Time Ghost, but this takes a less calculated, more unhinged approach. 

ALSO: Way Out Weirdo Wednesday, the monthly series by the Paradoxal Pterodactyl podcast goes down over at the Way Out Club


NOiSETTE feat.:
Alex Cunningham
Marble//Wall Duo
Dave Stone Ensemble
Beauty Pageant
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / free / all ages

Mr. Ben's NOiSE series has been one of few pillars holding up St. Louis' seedy underbelly in the last five years. While the show has taken a more seasonal approach over its once monthly schedule, the lineup is no less severe, offering a wide-range of improvisers and acts across the noise and free-jazz scenes in St. Louis. Arrive on time for a four hour concentration of subversive sound. 

New Music Circle presents:
Tyondai Braxton (NY)
@ The Luminary / 2701 Cherokee St.
8 p.m. / $15/$17 / all ages

Tyondai Braxton needs little introduction -- whether you're familiar with his compositions, electronic work or his time fronting math-rock supergroup Battles, his reach extends far beyond the expansive borders of experimental music. Despite his dense approach, Braxton's output is almost universally accessible, incorporating elements of avant-garde and world music in his brand of noise that is as distinct as it is needlessly varied. One of St. Louis' strongest solo electronic artists, Hylidae, fittingly opens the show. 


Hallowed Bells (PA)
Rip Rap
@ Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
9 p.m. / $7 / all ages

DTCV might be best known for its ex-Guided by Voices personnel, but its songs breathe smooth shoegazey sounds into classic rock songs bathed in nostalgia. The call backs are here, but in a world where everything is a guilty pleasure -- who cares? 

Lo Fi Cherokee offers Shitstorm, Tok and several other bands for free all day on Cherokee Street

Milk Vetch, Sole Loan and collaborative supergroup Thumpy Sticky plays CBGB


New England Patriots (Boston, MA)
Blight Future
Skin Tags
@ Kismet / 3409 Iowa Ave.
9 p.m. / $5 / all ages

The Patriots (from New England) come from the same Allston DIY scene that barfed out Guerilla Toss, Speedy Ortiz and several other bands of similar ilk. The difference is that the Pats aren't nearly as marketable as the aforementioned names and their stark, noisy punk songs can be dense slow burners or shortened blasts of weirdo hardcore. Singer Colby Nathan bathes himself in the salt of the audience and slithers on the floor begging to kiss their boots. Blight Future brings frantic post-whatever (punk, hardcore, rock) with an activist slant -- if you don't have something to say, pass the mic. 

ALSO: Violence Creeps and Trauma Harness play the late show over at Foam

Wrong Division Playlist 4/1/16

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.

Black Flag “Nervous Breakdown” from Nervous Breakdown - EP
PRE “Dweller” from Third Album
Little Big Bangs “Bang” from Star Power
Big Black “The Model” from Big Black 7"
Flipper “Sex Bomb” from Sex Bomb Baby!
Melt Banana “Loop Nebula” from Initial T
Trauma Harness “Last Action Hero” from Trauma Harness/Bunnygrunt split
Man or Astroman? “Defcon 5” from Astro Analog Series Volume 1
Lumpy and The Dumpers “Gnats in the Pisser” from Gnats in the Pisser
Mayor Daley “Fifteen Silver Arrows” from Sand Bath
Fugazi “Furniture” from Furniture - EP
Gibbous “No Elevators” from no elevators
Yowie “Eternally Collapsing Object” from Damning With Faint Praise
Catholic Guilt “Pink Out” from Beyond Pleasuredome
Catholic Guilt “Kill the Punkx” from Beyond Pleasuredome
Lindsey and Jack Topht “We're the Best” from Lindsey & Jack Topht
This Heat “Sleep” from Deceit
Deerhoof “Ishi-Sister” from The Return of the Wood M'Lady
Skimask “Favorite Flavor” from Cute Mutant
Egg Chef “Opinions Are Meaningless in the Void” from Opinions are Meaningless in the Void
Goblin “Suspiria” from Suspiria
Sax Ruins “Vrresto” from Blimmguass
Hella “Headless” from Tripper
Marriage “Norman” from For Brötzmann
The Conformists “Pro Gear, Pro Attitude” from None Hundred
Microwaves “R.V.I.S.” from Beholder E.P.
Swans “Screen Shot” from To Be Kind
Xbxrx “"Side X"” from Split with An Albatross