Wrong Division Playlist: Oct. 26, 2017

Wrong Division airs live every Thursday night from 11pm to 1am on 88.1 FM KDHX. Stream the show at KDHX.ORG and check out past playlists on Spinitron.

Upsilon Acrux “Night of the Goblin” from Volucris Avis Dirae-Arum
Palm “Trying” from Shadow Expert
Horse Lords “Bending to the Lash” from Interventions
Lightning Bolt “13 Monsters” from Ride the Skies
Melkbelly “R.O.R.O.B” from Nothing Valley
Guerilla Toss “The String Game” from GT Ultra
Gay Beast “Eeexxxpppaaannndddiiinnnggg” from Second Wave
Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa “7000000000...” from Are Euphoria
Normal Love “Breathe Through Your Skin” from Survival Tricks
Dog “Living Stone of the Cave of the Vapor King” from Trash Temple
Nail Polish “Selected Comments” from Authentic Living
Pallas “Cast a Lion Cured a Crow” from Pallas
Don Gero “Water Pillar I” from Wizarding
New England Patriots “Like a Rope” from New England Patriots Vol. 1
Sea Moss “Midnight Telephone Call” from Bread Bored
Cave “Hunt Like Devil” from Hunt Like Devil
Anwar Sadat “Ersatz Living” from Ersatz Living
USCO “Oo” from Tuskflower
Animal Lover “Guilt” from Guilt
Weakwick “Drag Along” from Whistle Along
Buck Gooter “Stainless Steel Mirrors” from Stainless Steel Mirrors
Palberta “Why Didn't I?” from Bye Bye Berta
Bill Orcutt & Jacob Felix Heule “Columbus Unbound” from Colonial Donuts
Imelda Marcos “Painting Of Skeletal Goats...” from Dalawa
Many Arms “Snakes in the Grass” from Palabras Malas

This Week In St. Louis: Oct. 23 - 29, 2017


@ Floodplain | 8pm
-Panicsville (Chicago, IL)
-Brain Transplant

If it hasn't already, legendary Chicago noise outfit Panicsville should be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and while that alone is reason enough to go, the video above (which clocks in at under one minute) should be the last push any fan of noise or electronic music in St. Louis needs. 

@ The Firebird | 7:30pm | $15
-Speedy Ortiz (MA)
-Tera Melos (CA)
-Lobby Boxer

By pulling off quick, wiry riffing inside what would otherwise be a strong showing of pop-sensible rock, Speedy Ortiz molds subtle and proggy songs that connect melodic leads to fierce and technical percussion. Tera Melos is very much that band's inverse, letting pop tendencies bleed into dense math rock songs, 

THU. OCT. 26

@ The Nest | 8pm | all ages
-C.H.E.W. (Chicago, IL)
-Brief Candles (Milwaukee, WI)

By putting up its suffocating wall of hardcore, C.H.E.W. rarely relents with an aggressive aural directive. The band's gnar does lock in long enough to take an angular shape, casting a distinct shadow in contemporary midwestern punk. St. Louis' own Gnat works with a similarly heavy and cast-iron sound, leaning into searing guitar lines and throaty vocals. 

SAT. OCT. 28

@ Schlafly Tap Room | 9pm | free | all ages
-Imelda Marcos (Chicago, IL)
-Moonrace (album release)
-Syna So Pro
-Fragile Farm

The duo in Imelda Marcos commits to a live endurance test of percussive guitar and polyrhythmic drumming, using repetition with nuance to invoke a meditative vibe. The band is technical without coming off tech-y or inane, which is a feat for a sound that feels so densely layered. Syna So Pro and Fragile Farm are both solo, vocally-driven acts who employ use of loops to create winding pieces of odd pop. 

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Wrong Division Playlist: Oct. 19, 2017

Wrong Division airs live every Thursday night from 11pm to 1am on 88.1 FM KDHX. Stream the show at KDHX.ORG and check out past playlists on Spinitron.

Palm “Trying” from Shadow Expert
The Conformists “Swim Home” from None Hundred
Dead Rider “Mothers Meat” from The Raw Dents
Speedy Ortiz “Raising the Skate” from Foil Deer
Tera Melos “Warpless Run” from Trash Generator
Brief Candles “Olympic Sleeper” from Newhouse
C.H.E.W. “Neuroleptics” from C.H.E.W.
Negative Scanner “Ivy League Asshole” from Negative Scanner
Mock Identity “Buyer's Remorse” from 4 Songs
Serenghetto “Asheville 42” from Hold Me, I'm Garbage
Gel “Medication & You” from Demo 2
gSp “I'm Supposed to Be Alone” from gSp
Casual Hex “Sacred Plush” from Fleshed Out
Nail Polish “Selected Comments” from Authentic Living
Natural Man and The Flamin' Hot Band “Be Stiff!” from Mutants 4 Nuclear Waste
Hidden Ritual “Dusty Dagger” from Deep Secret Vol. 3
Zen Mother “Strange Mother” from I Was Made to Be Like Her
Rakta “Memória do Futuro” from Memória do Futuro
Pallas “Render (Location 13)” from Pallas 12"
Baus “Got3” from Idol Minds
Bugs and Rats “Boys Are Dumb” from Bugs and Rats
Black Pus “Marauder” from All My Relations
Xaddax “The High Hat” from Counterclockwork
Gnarwhal “Marathon Ripper” from Crucial
Nicoffeine “Holy Hell of a Himmel” from Lighthealer Stalking Flashplayer
Made in Mexico “Infrared Eye” from Made In Mexico/Athletic Automaton Split
Noxagt “Soft Sugar” from Noxagt
US Maple “Me, Digital” from Acre Thrills
Bad News from Houston “Red Dirt Meet” from In the Valley of the Cloud Builder
Yowie “Ineffable Dolphin Communion” from Synchromysticism

This Week In St. Louis: Oct. 16 - 20, 2017

TUE. OCT. 17

@ B-Side | 9pm | $5
-Patsy (New Orleans, LA)
-Mala Leche
-Fried E/M
-Pineapple RNR

Patsy paints its songs with all colors of the punk spectrum, shredding early rock riffs with a stabbing fervor befitting a hardcore band. All three locals share a member in Lumpy (of Lumpy and the Dumpers of course) and bring three distinct shades of scuzz. 

THU. OCT. 19

@ Foam | 8pm | $7 | all ages
-Kitten Forever (Minneapolis, MN)
-Rose Hotel (Atlanta, GA)
-Planet What (Tulsa, OK)
-Jane Nothing
-Trauma Harness

With an understated approach to post-punk, Minneapolis' Kitten Forever divides its highs and lows between warbling bass, tom-heavy drum beats and playful vocal melodies that cruise over the top. A collab between Jane Wave and the Funs' Kelly Nothing, aptly called Jane Nothing, opens the show alongside Trauma Harness.  

SAT. OCT. 21

@ Off Broadway | 8pm | $13-$17 | all ages
-Palm (Philadelphia, PA)
-Girlpool (Los Angeles, CA)
-Lala Lala (Chicago, IL)

Palm's wiry math rock leans on melodic riffs and constantly shifting time signatures with an unflinching sense of flow and cohesion. There's little in the way of distortion as the Philly outfit tends to use polyrhythms and syncopation to build intensity. The odd vocal effect here mingles with the guitars which in turn keep an ambiguous key from the start of the set to the end. 

@ Schlafly Tap Room | 9pm | free | all ages
-Dead Rider (Chicago, IL)
-The Conformists

David Yow of Jesus Lizard recently named Dead Rider (Drag City Records) as the best band in America, and that's no coincidence considering the group's pedigree. Led by Todd Rittmann of U.S. Maple and backed up by current and former members of Cheer-Accident, Dead Rider makes seedy, synth-laden noise that passes for odd, darkly leaning funk. The result is one of the most genuinely strange and fresh sounding set of songs. 

These are just some highlights. Check the sidebar for more!

Wrong Division Playlist: Oct. 12, 2017

Wrong Division airs live every Thursday night from 11pm to 1am on 88.1 FM KDHX. Stream the show at KDHX.ORG and check out past playlists on Spinitron.

Blue Smiley “Rain” from Ok
Blue Smiley “Dark” from Return
Curt Oren “I Love My Dog” from Curt Oren
Leadrs “In Time” from Drift
Patsy “Insidious Kind” from Demo
Mala Leche “Pantallas” from Demo
Kitten Forever “Luxury” from 7 Hearts
Trauma Harness “E Burst” from Tried My Hardest
Marbled Eye “Former” from EP
Ovlov “Where's My Dini?” from Am
Eula “Dirty Hands” from Maurice Narcisse
Melkbelly “R.O.R.O.B” from Nothing Valley
Behavior “Topanga Keepsake” from Bitter Bitter
Phantom Head “Psychic Dictators” from Psychic Dictators
A Deer A Horse “Backswimmer” from Backswimmer
Toupee “Glitter Roach” from Leg Toucher
Clikatat Ikatowi “The Trials and Tribulations of Diana Smith” from River of Souls
The VSS “The Flesh Inside” from 25:37
Telomere Repair “Go Ahead Feel” from Telomere Repair
Colossamite “The Hot House” from Economy of Motion
Colossamite “Mr. Somebody Does Something” from Economy of Motion
New England Patriots “My Dealer” from (New England) Patriots Vol. 1
Lightning Bolt “The Faire Folk” from Ride the Skies
Multicult “Centroid” from Position Release
PRE “Haircut Tacos” from Hope Freaks
USCO “Beuhkse” from Treffpunkt
Don Gero “Wind Cutter II” from Wizarding
Imelda Marcos “Painting Of Skeletal Goats...” from Dalawa
Goat “FP” from Rhythm & Sound
Lair "Test" from Test

This Week In St. Louis: Oct. 9 - 15, 2017

TUE. OCT. 10

@ RKDE | 9:30pm | $7
-Fotocrime (Louisville, KY)
-Trauma Harness

Fotocrime makes estranged, four-on-the-floor chunks of gloomy post-punk. The vocals here float over top, leaving just enough space for sparse melodies to take the lead. St. Louis' own Trauma Harness and Sundowning round out the show with wiry riffs pushed through a thin veneer of punk. 

THU. OCT. 12

@ 2720 Cherokee | 9pm | $7
-Sweet Knives (Memphis, TN)

True to the hype, Sweet Knives makes a mass of gnar that grows with each blast of feedback. The songs here do cover familiar ground (being rock and roll and all) but the twists and turns the guitars take along the way set the sound apart. 

FRI. OCT. 13

@ Flop House | 9pm | $5 | all ages
-Deux Plex (tape release)
-Ghost Ice
-Trash Cat
-Crim Dolla Cray

Featuring Milena Kanak (of Willis), the duo of Deux Plex approaches its wavey set of songs with sharp, repetitive beats and a lush interweaving of synth and vocals. From sparse and airy sections to walls of warbling hum, Deux Plex's general vibe is as expansive as it is pointed and deliberate. Following up albums from Blank Thomas and John Beabout, local label Grownup Music releases this new tape and continues its mission to share some of St. Louis' most subversive acts. 

SUN. OCT. 15

@ Pizza Head | 1pm | free | all ages
-Tube Socks

Another Pizza Head matinee offers newish South City bands in Tube Socks and Nibiru (featuring Mark Plant and Ben Osborne of Times Beach). Mom shows the sleazy side of rock and roll with lyrics like "do you wanna bam-bam?" over tight riffing and tom-heavy drumming. 

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Wrong Division Playlist: Oct. 5, 2017

Wrong Division airs live every Thursday night from 11pm to 1am on 88.1 FM KDHX. Stream the show at KDHX.ORG and check out past playlists on Spinitron.

Deerhoof “Con Sordino” from Mountain Moves
Lawn “Prefect” from Big Sprout
Concentrator “Stand-up Routine” from No Known Code
An Atomic Whirl “CKC” from WEN
Brendan Wells' Plant Music “Music for Plants No. 1” from s/t
Solid Waste “Tropical Contact High” from Visions
Trauma Harness “Ghost of a Flea” from Ghost Of A Flea
Sundowning “To Leave” from Sundowning
Zen Mother “Mantra” from I Was Made to Be Like Her
Sea Moss “Midnight Telephone Call” from Bread Bored
Minority Whip “Colors Bleed” from Demo 2
Pallas “Render (Location 13)” from Pallas
Thy Mighty Contract “Conjugal Freelance” from Thy Mighty Contract
Lithics “Shees” from Borrowed Floors
Baus “Cheat Sheets” from Idol Minds
Die Monitr Batss “White Shock” from Girls of War
Melkbelly “Middle Of” from Nothing Valley
Nü Sensae “Whispering Rule” from Sundowning
Shoppers “I.” from Silver Year
Animal Lover “Waterparks of America” from Stay Alive
Don Gero “Rock I” from Wizarding
Horse Lords “Encounter I / Transfinite Flow” from Interventions
USCO “Oo” from Tuskflower
Timeghost “Dissection Theater” from Cellular
Staer “Daughters I” from Daughters
Lair “Test” from Test
Gnarwhal “My Crucial” from Crucial

This Week In St. Louis: October 2 - 8, 2017


@ Kismet | 8pm | $5-$7
-Period Bomb (FL)
-Tubby Tom
-Beauty Pageant+Janet

With scattershot percussion over a bedrock of gnar and droning basslines, Period Bomb generates no-wave that flows freely. Inorganic material is given life as the band pours its sordid riffs into a cracked and withered mold of punk rock. 


@ Dugan Haus | 9pm | $5 | all ages
-Medusssa (San Antonio, TX)
-Salty (Kansas City, MO)
-The Tube Socks
-Big Whoop

San Antonio's Medusssa leaves new tire marks on the long, beaten of road of hardcore by jumping from tempo to tempo in a sharp and seamless way. Salty offers up a weird and wiry style of synth punk obviously informed by Devo and all its many descendants. 


@ Grease 3 | 8pm | $7
-An Atomic Whirl (Japan)
-Ra Child
-Jessie Vendegna

An Atomic Whirl shapes its dense noise into palpable rock songs, and while melody isn't at the forefront, leading riffs aren't just an afterthought. The duo's focus on texture and relating energy through a complex and stabbing structure leaves a deep and distinct impression. 


@ Flowers and Weeds | 8pm | all ages
-Brendan Wells' Plant Music (Minneapolis, MN)
-Solid Waste
-Jane Wave

Brendan Wells (of Uranium Club) crafts quiet and disparate songs through the use of synths, samples and a spinning plant, all at south city's go-to spot for green thumbs. What's not to like?

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