YDI - Black Dust

This record came out at a time when the blending of different genres and types of extreme music was generally frowned upon. Black Dust represents a mild blending of Heavy Metal and Hardcore punk...yet somehow, people still talk shit on this record to this day. See for yourself:

YDI - Black Dust
(classic Philly Hardcore)

Also, check out their much praised EP, A Place In The Sun

S.D.S. (not the activist kids)

S.D.S. (Societic Death Slaughter) is Japanese Crustcore. Like ambient Japanese Crustcore with songs reaching as long as 10 minutes. This blew my head off:

S.D.S. - Ameber

Real Reggae - Maze + THC Best

Real Reggae is Japanese Hardcore...a weird fusion of hardcore. This record spans over many varied subgenres of hardcore, like thrashcore, powerviolence, Oi Punk, traditional hardcore, and Bad-Brains style "Reggaecore" (albeit very rarely on this record). RR do exceptionally, and surprisingly, pretty well at capturing the energy of every single of them.

If only the cover art was better.

Real Reggae - Maze + THC Best

Beatles - Rubber Soul (personal vinyl rip)

I don't believe this record needs any sort of introduction...this is my personal vinyl rip of my original old ass copy of the album, all the pops, hisses, and crackles included...I've even left in the sound of the needle picking up and dropping on the record. OH THE NOVELTY.

Beatles - Rubber Soul

Make sure you also check out my vinyl rip of the Circle Jerks' Group Sex



Merry Christmas, from your friends at MINDGRINDER!


Iron Lung // Hatred Surge Split {POWERVIOLENCE}

This isn't really a split, but more of a collaboration between the two bands, "released" sometime earlier this year. I say "released", because realistically, the only place you can find this record...is on the internet. The Collab. was released on 100 test copies, of which you'd have to pay a pretty penny to obtain. Rumor is that the record will be released on an official pressing early 2009....but 'til then....

Iron Lung // Hatred Surge Collab.

okay okay. bigger question. since when the hell did buzzo have a gold tooth?


How in the hell is Helter Skelter a Beatles song?


Finals! (fuck!)

As you've probably noticed...we've fallen behind in terms of posts--but hey we've got our reasons. I for one, am still rebuilding my collection from when my drive failed, and Trey totally fried his laptop. Expect some updates once winter break starts (after this weekend).

Cannibal Corpse!

PS - Make sure you check out MINDGRINDER this week (schedule on right sidebar). This will be our last show of the semester, so we'll be playing our favorite tracks from the last few months. After that we'll be going on hiatus and be back late Jan/early Feb.



Suddenly, Krallice makes absolutely no fucking sense.


Harvey Milk - Life... The Best Game in Town (2008)

Some people like to say "expect the unexpected." Those people are cliche-mongers and you shouldn't listen to them anymore. With this album, it's safe to say "don't expect anything," because the less you expect from it, the more you get out of it.

Let me explain: Harvey Milk is a fucking incredible band. When you were down in Athens checking out R.E.M these guys were rocking fucking faces with their down-tuned, "slow n' weird" sideshow doom. Forget sludge, these guys are more like goo; you don't know exactly what it is but it's ugly, moves slow, and you don't want it in your house.

The reason you can't expect anything from them is because you'll always get confused halfway through the album. Maybe you heard The Pleaser and you want some southern cock rock. Well there's a few of those on here, sure (Barnburner). Or maybe you heard Joe Preston played bass for them this time around and you were expecting some Melvins-inspired noise or sludge. Yeah, there's that too (Death Goes to the Winner, Decades) but you're really missing the point here...

Namely you're missing the math rock sludge ala Keelhaul in "After All I've Done, This is How You Repay Me?" Or the just plain bizarre slow rock of "Motown."

Don't put them down as a "genre-hopper" band though, there's always a "Harvey Milk" quality to all the music they put out that sounds uniquely them. This shit's not even really that challenging to listen to, so I don't wanna hear any complaining. Anyway, give it a shot, I think it's the best thing they've done since Courtesy

Harvey Milk - Life... The Best Game in Town (2008)

taken down by request



DEATHAMMER 2008 Demo and Set at WMUC

In case you didn't listen in or attend their show at WMUC last week, and ALSO missed the chance to download the Third Rail archive for the week--here's the chance for you to redeem yourself. Included are Deathammer's 2008 Demo and their full set (plus interview) here at WMUC. Pure Baltimore Thrash:

[2008] Demo
Live @ WMUC



Napalm Death - Scum, Obliteration (Enslavement)

It's been a little while without a real update around here...we're both kind of swamped intermittently with school work and projects and I'm still attempting to rebuild my music library. We've also been busting our asses to get this Third Rail thing into gear (WHICH YOU SHOULD COME TO). Anyway--

These are Napalm Death's first two albums:
From Enslavement To Obliteration

Some of grindcore at it's earliest and finest...there's tons of worthless trivial details based around this band that I won't go into, but I will state these things:
-They DEFINED grindcore.
-They formed in the early 80s and were influenced by anarcho-punk and post-punk bands, most noted were Rudimentary Peni, Crass, SWANS, and Amebix.
-Bill Steer WAS in the band, but only for two years (keep in mind they had already existed for half a decade at that point), then promptly left to turn his full attention to CARCASS.

If you like this, you might want to check out Hasan's post on grindcore "supergroup" Venomous Concept, which features members from the Melvins, Brutal Truth, and Napalm Death over at Death By Hanger.

Did I mention the show tonight is FREE??
6PM-9PM (3 Hours before the Magrudergrind show in DC), FREE, two awesome bands--Black Skies from NC, DEATHAMMER from Baltimore, FREE, and so on.

Have trouble getting to the University of Maryland's Campus or not know how to?

Whether you're coming from the north or south, you'll want to be on 95. You want to take the 495 exit headed towards Silver Spring/Bethesda/US-1/College Park. After that, you'll take an exit on the left towards US-1/College Park/Weight Station/Carpool, and then take the exit (most likely on the right) towards US-1/College Park. From there merge onto 495 east, then take the Baltimore Avenue/US-1 exit. So, you're going to turn a slight right onto Route 1 and follow the road 'til you get to paint branch/campus drive, which you'll take a right on, and enter the campus.

From there, follow this map I've made:

Have problems? Call WMUC @ (301)314-8800 and ask for Fred or Scotty.

See you there



This Sunday:


High on Fire - Death is this Communion

Out of some strange occurance, great interest has risen around band in CP, and a few people have been lurking around our blog trying to d/l everything and anything we have to offer by the band...which would just, at this moment, be an EP and Blessed Black Wings. So I thought I'll upload my favorite (and their newest) record:

High on Fire - Death is this Communion

If you like High on Fire--check out Sleep, Asbestosdeath, Orange Goblin, Black Skies, EYEHATEGOD, and NOOTHGRUSH

Of great relevance is the reformation...or rather, the extremely temporary reuniting of stoner gods 'Sleep' for a couple gigs out in Europe midway through next year:

Sleep will reunite for two performances as part of the All Tomorrows Parties UK Weekend 1: The Fans Strike Back festival May 8th through the 10th. The band will perform their album Holy Mountain in its entirety as well as tracks from Dopesmoker.

Remember when Carcass announced a couple reunion gigs in the UK for a couple of festivals--then months later announced their schedule for a handful of shows in the US--which eventually ballooned into over a dozen performances? We can only hope we get the same random luck with Sleep.

Also--Hasan from Death By Hanger brought this interview with "Today Is The Day"'s guitarist to my attention earlier today...he goes a great deal into Relapse Records' "business practices"...it's a good read.



Math Rock Super-Post

So I got to thinkin', since we haven't posted sludge in awhile... I'd post some more things that have nothing to do with sludge. Here are some of my favorite math bands:

Tera Melos:
I think a lot of people overlook this band, though their split album with By The End of Tonight has been making the rounds on the interwebs. Don't be fooled by the electronic opening, these guys will rock your balls off if you have the patience. Lots of stop-start jazz wackiness and some really inventive song-titles (Melody 2 is pretty catchy but I'm partial to Melody 4). The ridiculous time-signatures are offset by the warm quality of the music (Think Meshuggah's optimistic younger sister, who doesn't like metal or Phillip Glass as much but they still hang out because they came from the same vagina) Probably one of the more impenetrable yet likable bands I've ever listened to.

Tera Melos - Tera Melos (2005)

And here's that split album I mentioned, it too is good. If you have a chance to check out By The End of Tonight, I definitely suggest you do. Their material on this split is quality, and Tribute to Tigers (not seen here) is absolutely flawless:

Tera Melos/By The End of Tonight - Complex Full of Phantoms

In regards to playing style, these guys have a lot in common with Tera Melos. However, they are nowhere near as warm and upbeat as Tera Melos. The production is noisy, and the shifts in dynamics are more erratic and messy. This is not a criticism, however, as these qualities are what make Ahleuchatistas such an entertaining band. The name says it all: Jazz + Mexican Revolution. Definitely not for when you have a headache.

Ahleuchatistas - The Same and the Other (2004 Re-issue)


Another one of those goddamn math rock bands that think dressing up in silly costumes makes people like you more. If Lightning Bolt/Mindflayer/Black Pus taught us anything it's that... it works. Planets is a two man group (Bass and Drums, what else?) that play their live shows dressed up in white alien jumpsuits, however they are oddly composed most of the time. No theatrics here, just awesome instrumental math rock. One thing that I must draw to your attention is just how fucking catchy this band is. The music doesn't just shift directions, it grooves and flows in and out, and these guys just make it sound so easy. They don't seem as concerned with throwing in tricky-ness as they do with trying to get your head to bob while maintaining originality. Really, and I don't say this often (except for with Krallice...), this is one the best albums to come out this year. Buy this shit for sure if you like it.

Planets - Planets (2008)

Man, where do I even start... Well, Colin Marston recently joined the band, so that's pretty sweet. Basically, this band combines everything good about all of the above bands. Instrumental (really, vocals just mess up music like this), jazzy but not over-the-top, calm and collected but still hard as a blind man in a fish market. Finally, and most importantly, Colin Marston is now in the band. This album speaks for itself, and you really must buy it. But you're not going to buy it are you, you ungrateful bastard? So here you go, enjoy it before Lars comes to your house to rapes you over 10 dollars.

Dysrhythmia - Barriers and Passages (2006)


Baaaaaaaah, fuck.

So the drive is dead. Formatted; lost data all officially gone. This gives me an opportunity to have a fully organized library, but things are looking skimpy right now, so I might call on you guys for help in finding some of my old stuff every now and then. Thanks again for the tips everyone--it is with god now.


Frank Zappa - Joes Garage

So when I was transferring my music to my new drive, before it decided to die on me, I managed to copy artists Z through Y--so looking through my new drive today, you can imagine how happy I was to find that I stored all of my Frank Zappa albums under Zappa. Inside I found an album I've pretty much forgotten about and neglected, mostly due to the awful job whoever originally torrented it did with titling the tracks and naming the files. So I've gone and retitled and organized the entire album, changed things from "1(2)whatevertrack" to "(Act 1.2) 02 Whatever Track" and have since given the album some love for the first time in a couple of years.

If you don't know Zappa's solo work this is an EXCELLENT place to start. It's a concept album based around "Joe", who starts a garage band with his friends, and it follows him through his hopeless journey of trying to hold onto his girlfriend, joining a religion (the church of appliantology), acquiring an "appliance fetish" (if you can call it that), then being thrown in jail for giving a certain robot a certain golden shower, climaxing with him being raped in jail by a bunch of detergent-line-snorting record execs. It is awesome.

Joes Garage, Acts 1 - 3
Joes Garage, Acts 4 - 9

By the way--thanks to all who threw me some advice concerning my hard drive...still working on getting it up and running


MOSS - Tape of Doom [re-up]

I'm pretty sure this is MOSS' first demo tape...think lo-fi blackened doom-drone; for fans of Earth. Great stuff: MOSS - Tape of Doom

[EDIT: My dumb ass forgot to include the actual link for the d/l. I was wondering why no one was checking this one out...]


Krallice - Krallice (2008)

Oh my fucking Jesus Christ, this band is awesome.
If you like Burzum's early shenanigans or Ulver's more straightforward (but not too straightforward...) black metal, or if you're just interested in what a black metal side project with Colin Marston (Behold... The Arctopus, Dysrhythmia) and Mick Barr (Crom-Tech, Orthrelm) sounds like, you need to check this out. Hell, the unreadable band logo should be enough to convince you that these guys don't fuck around.

High speed, mind-fuck tremolo riffing (you know that's why you like Black Metal in the first place) is the name of the game here, but there's definitely a few throwbacks to these two guys' tech-metal roots. The riffing changes so constantly that you feel like you're being thrown back and forth between two screaming beasts, all while some dude bellows at you from behind the mix. One of the best albums this year so far, hands down.

Krallice (2008)


This is where you come in...

So one of the very worst things that could happen, has happened...again. I recently procured a dependable 400 gig hard drive to replace my shoddy 200 gig and started attempting to move over files sometime Monday Night. Of course the computer ran across a corrupt mp3 file and stopped the copying process, so I just decided to forget about it and try again a couple days later. So I come back home to College Park, hook up my laptop and hard drive, and try to boot the drive...and it tells me that the drive needs to be formatted. Missing are the drives former name and even specs, like size, which it specifies as being 0 bytes. This has happened to me once before, but for the life of me I can't figure out what I did last time.

The irony of this situation is eating away at me. If you have any ideas (such as utilities or whatnot) of how to recover my drive, short of paying some asshole 200 dollars to recover my data, let me know.





Hotel Wrecking City Traders - Black Yolk

MG -- This might satisfy you a bit (I'll try to get Trey to post a couple bands...he's more adept at atmospheric sludge that I am). This is 'Hotel Wrecking City Traders', a two-piece instrumental sludge group from Australia. Kinda sorta similar to Pelican in an off-beat sort of way...these guys are cooler, though. I really like these guys...so don't just take the money out of their pockets:


Warhorse 1998 Demo

This has nothing to do with this post. I just wanted to point out that Mastodon looks like a really hairy pop punk band.

I've had this sitting around on my hard drive for a little bit now...I'm not sure whether or not:

1) I actually like the band.


2) if the band is still around and did anything beyond this demo.

The instrumentals are awesome--they're dead-on sludgy doom....but, the vocals are shades of Evanescence. They're just too operatic and "pretty" for my tastes in sludge. The production value of the demo is pretty lame too...things don't feel very cohesive--in terms of how the vocals and instrumentals work together, but that just might be an inherent quality of what they were trying to do.

However, don't let me dissuade you...I DID put forth the effort to upload this in the first place after all...

Warhorse - '98 Demo



Also...mindgrinder this week...

Trey's going to be gone for the week--so I'm going to break format...sort of. I will be playing all local and underground bands...so IF YOU SENT ME YOUR BANDS STUFF IN THE MAIL, chances are it will be played on the air.

TUESDAY. 10pm-12am, eastern.

A Few (hundred) Words.

The music community on blogger is a vibrant, beautiful, dynamic creature that rose from the ingenuity of a few souls with a fresh idea and eventually multiplied into hundreds of networks connecting millions of fans across the planet. These blogs offer a great medium of communication between fans, where they can share bands and even educate others on different and new subgenres of music. However, if you were to tell me that the blog community we have now is to last past next February, I wouldn’t believe you. Thousands of these sites exist on blogger; ranging from overt-pirate sites, who post disclaimers solely to cover their legal trail, or sites who offer one or two songs and a short bio of the band in question. Both of these sites are at risk of prosecution by the RIAA.

Take a look at the whole P2P scandal from the past few years that’s remarkably still on-going. P2P enables users to download individual files from other people, through a network that connects users directly. Not only can someone copy a file from someone else, but they can speed up that process by copying that single file from multiple users at a time. Back in 2000, mainstream artists, such as Metallica (of course), caught on and attempted multiple lawsuits on individuals for downloading single songs. This led to the death of one of the first popular P2P apps, Napster, which was quickly replaced by other apps, such as Kazaa, Morpheus, and Bearshare. What separates us from these P2P networks is the magnitude of music being “shared”. Rather than us putting up popular songs or A-Sides off of albums, we’re upping entire albums—discographies even. The RIAA were certainly capable of shutting down the larger torrent sites that offered a similar service—they even shut down the supremely productive sites like OiNK, which, through its ratio requirements, inherently motivated its members to upload hard to find and obscure music. They don’t care whether the music you’re uploading is out of print or impossible to buy, if they have a sliver of a case, they will act on it. They’ve even gone as far as suing a dead man’s relatives to collect on file-sharing violations.

If the RIAA is wiling to do something as ruthless as suing a grieving family because of the copyrighted files their deceased family member downloaded, they’re surely poised to shut our community down. When they do…I can only hope they hold the people who run the individual blogs are held accountable rather than Blogger--who have been incredibly hospitable in allowing us to do what we do. Chances are, though, that since the RIAA targeted the creators of the P2P apps, which weren’t specifically designed for the sharing of copyrighted material, they’ll surely attack the Blogger team first (who thankfully are backed by Google’s muscle.)

One thing I’ve had a hard time defining is whether or not the things we’re doing here are right or not. For one, we’re getting bands broken. Bands who would usually drown or fade away in obscurity are instead being raved about; for instance Parasytic, from Richmond, Virginia, and Grey, from Olympia, Washington. They owe A LOT to blogs, whether they’re aware of them or willing to admit it. Other bands have even encouraged the upping of their albums—some even doing it themselves, such as Jaked Off Shorts and Loaded Heads and Kowloon Walled City. These are bands that realize the potential of blogs and internet downloads and use it to their advantage…not to gain revenue—but solely for the purpose of GETTING HEARD.

Few labels have asked us to take down their albums, and only one or two bands have complained. I assume that the labels we’re in correspondence with are well aware of our blog and don’t have any problems with what we’re doing, they may even encourage us promoting their bands. Businesses have contacted us to try to use our site as an advertising base—saying we cater to the demographic they’re trying to capture. They see some sort of value in blogging, even if our form is an overtly illegal operation. The point is that people aren’t not trying to be associated with us. I don’t think they take into consideration MINDGRINDER’s aesthetic or quality of content, but rather, they just accept the inherent value of blogs in general.

We all know for sure that bands and “artists” like Metallica and Madonna don’t agree with what we do, but what about the Underground acts? Does posting music with a contrasting level of popularity save us any grief?

Take Lo-Res’ blog for an example. Lo-Res primarily uploads out-of-print records and obscure grindcore, powerviolence, metal, and hardcore bands, and usually supplies a pretty introspective bio of the band; reciting seeing the band in their prime or personal experiences with the members. You feel as if you actually gain something from reading his blog—he is, in a way, sitting you down and sharing his favorite albums with you in a very intimate fashion, and thus, I feel like there’s some sort of legitimacy in his blog.

However, there are a few blogs that completely contrast his method of running a site, such as lucid. Lucidmedia is the type of blog that posts music spanning across all different genres of music; and they’re primarily concerned with posting as much as possible. There was a time where I greatly admired the site, and even downloaded albums from genres that I KNEW I didn’t like, just because I trusted their contributors so much. But as the monster grew, lucid began hiring more contributors to strengthen the volume of weekly posts, and with that growth, went the quality of the posts. Biographies or descriptions of the artists ceased, replaced by album images and links to megaupload files or mediafire uploads. Blogs like Lucidmedia are not productive—and they’re the type of site that will lead the eventual shutdown of Blogger’s music community.

I sort of consider MINDGRINDER as being a midpoint between the two, and we try to serve the same purpose that we originally intended in getting our radio show; that is, exposing our audience to new bands and forms of music. Although we were originally designed around a Lucid Type layout, as that was the blog I was most familiar with at the time, we’ve made an effort to grow beyond that layout and become a stronger blog (although some vestiges of this former layout remain). We post, albeit not that often, tours dates for some of the bands we upload, links to bands myspaces, and even links to record labels that we prefer. This doesn’t make what we’re doing right, but I think it helps our integrity a bit. It’s unfortunate, though, that this will come to end someday. Eventually we’ll graduate or leave college and lose our show, and eventually the RIAA will crack down on and shut down all of your favorite pages, and we’ll be unable to continue things we love doing. I fear of what we’ll do afterwards, not only for obtaining music, but finding new music.

Don’t take what we have on blogger for granted, we’re really really lucky to have this community. If you illegally download music excessively--at the very least support the artists you like in one way or another, through going to a show, or buying a 7”…just put forth a (couple) few dollars to give our existence a little more meaning.


Electric Wizard

Some kid says we don't play these guys enough on the air...This is their newest album:

Electric Wizard - Witchcult Today

Grey - Stand Before Doom [Demo]

My god. This band presents a heaviness that cannot be outweighed -- all woman power-trio doom band from good ol' Olympia, War-shing-ton. These chicks have built up a large following from this demo ALONE:
Grey - Stand Before Doom [Demo]

I believe they have recently released their first record (mixed by Billy Anderson and produced by Jack Endino!)...pretty limited amounts on the vinyl front. Pick it up before it sells out:
Black LP
Grey/Clear Blend LP
Splatter LP

Ogre - Seven Hells

I don't know much about these guys...(little help?). But they're pretty killer...they do a pretty awesome PENTAGRAM cover:

Ogre - Seven Hells
Part 1
Part 2
(stonery doom-metal -- they're good, please check them out)

Sleep - Jerusalem

This record was originally intended to be one giant track...but their label was unhappy with it and made them split it into "parts". Check it out:
Part 1
Part 2


This is probably the groups most well-known opus, this is some vital doom:
Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
Part 1
Part 2


Earth 2

(above L-R) Dylan Carlson from Earth, Kurt Danielson from TAD, Bret Michaels from Poison

Slow Heavy Minimalist Doom Metal--for fans of drone...new fans at least. You should know these guys by now:
Earth 2 Part 1
Earth 2 Part 2


More music from everyone's favorite spanish-speaking japanese doom band:

Solitude Aeturnus - Beyond the Crimson Horizon

...Texan Doom? This band is for fans of Candlemass...also, if you've kept up on the news, the original Vocalist for the band is FRONTING Candlemass now. Cool, huh?:
Solitude Aeturnus - Beyond the Crimson Horizon

EARTHRIDE - Taming of Demons

Some more great, but a little more modern, Maryland doom. I've been trying to get them to play at WMUC, but I fell out of contact with Sherman...

Earthride - Taming of Demons

PENTAGRAM - Relentless

A lot of people seem to love this band, so I figured we'd post some more from them. This is a later album, much later than the comp we upped before. Maryland/DC/Virginia doom at it's best: Pentagram - Relentless

Ol' Scratch - In Nex Illic Est Vita

Virginian-based doom sprinkled with drug addled lyrics. These dudes played on the last 'Third Rail Radio' we hosted.

Ol' Scratch - In Nex Illic Esta Vita


WMUC's best and brightest.

I have seriously never met this guy.


Mclusky Do Dallas

Lightsaber Cock Sucking Blues. Nuff Said.
(Really catchy noise rock)

Mclusky - Mclusky Do Dallas

Black Flag 1982 Demo

Played parts of this on 'Pat Robertson's Crust and Powerviolence Hour' back in the day (like three months ago). This demo features Chuck Biscuits (and is probably the only BF recording with him on it) on drums, Dez on second guitar, and Rollins on vox. The recordings took place during a brief period in 1982 when it was illegal for the band to record or release any material (for reasons I can't remember...fill me in here), which makes this demo that much more special. This recording is raw:

Black Flag - 1982 Demo

Minutemen - Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat

This is my favorite release by the Minutemen, and features a one 'Kim Gordon' who does a couple cameos throughout the record. This includes a slightly earlier version of 'Little Man With A Gun In His Hand'.

Minutemen - Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat

Sonic Youth - EVOL

Sonic Youth - EVOL

Sebadoh - III

It's a hit with all those super cool college radio kids:

Sebadoh - III


Kowloon Walled City

The best artists are the ones that offer their album for free on the internet...Kowloon Walled City is no exception to this. These guys hail from San Francisco and have produced some of the sludgiest down-tuned heavy noise I've heard from the area in a long while. They've thrown up their first EP, Turk Street on their site for free download (you can also purchase their CD for $8 and their 10" for $10):

Turk Street EP




The Abominable Iron Sloth

Think newer Hardcore mixed with Sludge squeezed into sort of a sped up funeral crawl. The Abominable Iron Sloth is the brain child of Justin Godfrey, as the band manifested after he was joined by the members of Will Haven, who split shortly after their first European Tour. Godfrey recruited the members of El Cerdo, changed the name of the band to 'The Indomitable Iron Sloth' and are planning to release new material soon.

This is another one of those promos I got at my last job...some love em...others hate em...



OM Discography

Trey's in pretty bad shape--so I'm hijacking his post. Here's a fap-tastic wiki bio of the band:

Om is a duo formed in 2003 by the rhythm section of the disbanded stoner doom metal band Sleep. The band's first three albums feature Al Cisneros on vocals and bass and Chris Hakius on drums. Their music is similar in structure to Tibetan chanting and is rich in rhythm and melody. Their music and lyrics lift off at the beginning and slowly mutate giving a feeling of evolution inside each song.

In December of 2007 the band performed in Jerusalem, their performance lasting over 5 and a half hours in duration. A portion of that show was released on 12" vinyl by Southern Lord "OM - Live at Jerusalem".

On January 31, 2008 Hakius left the band and was replaced by drummer Emil Amos. OM has since recorded a single featuring the song Gebel Barkal accompanied by the band's b-side dub mix, "Version". This is the first OM release to feature Amos. The 7" 45 was released August 15, 2008 on Sub Pop.

Variations on a Theme

Conference of the Birds

Pilgrimage (coming soon)

Update 10/15/08: Sadly, GBTIM's now defunct and you can't go there for awesome shit anymore. We'll put up the last OM record as soon as we can. Thanks for the patience.


Frank Zappa - Absolutely Free (1967)

Yeah yeah Hot Rats is awesome, shut the hell up about it already. Before he decided he was better than everyone else (well actually he didn't but he was) and went solo, Zappa cut some really great records with The Mothers of Invention. Freak Out!'s a good place to start, but Absolutely Free is by far my personal choice for best early Zappa album.

"Invocation and Ritual Dance of the Young Pumpkin" alone should be enough convincing for all the jazzy-rock fans out there. And of course, all you Patton worshipers could get a wake-up call from the original genre-hopper as he and the band move from that little number to a old-school Elvis-style rock number on "Big Leg Emma" and then from THAT onto the pre-zepp blues rock of "Why Dont'cha Do Me Right." Don't forget other non-sensical silly numbers like "Call Any Vegetable" and "America Drinks" (I've got your fucking Disco Volante right here you art-school hipster assholes). Seriously guys, I could talk about Zappa all day before I even get to the non-Mothers' stuff.

Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention - Absolutely Free

As an added bonus because I love all of you (momentarily), I'm putting up Weasels Ripped My Flesh which is another of my favorites that includes live recordings of the Mothers showcasing all of their range (Avant-garde classical to Doo-wop)

Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention - Weasels Ripped My Flesh


Vacation Grinder

On our show next Tuesday...we're playing nothing but Metal: Speed-Death-Thrash-Black-Gore for two solid hours (10pm-12am). As always, we'll be streaming the show live from the blog when we go on.

Slayer - Show No Mercy/Haunting the Chapel


PS: Check us on myspace if you haven't already

Unpersons - Unpersons III (2003)

Well, at least one person wants this so why not?

This is the only other Unperson's record I've been able to get my hands on. At least it's actually got album artwork...

Unpersons III


Saturday Night Movie




The Jesus Lizard - Liar and Head/Pure

This is a request from a friend

The Jesus Lizard. If you don't know who they are, fucking hell...

Two excellent albums by a band that fucked it all up by signing up with Capitol

Liar plus Head/Pure all in one convenient .rar!

Unpersons - Unpersons II

I uploaded this for a last.fm user already, so I figured I'd post the link here for all the MINDGRINDER faithful.

Unpersons is a sludgy, noisy type band from Savannah, Georgia. You might even be able to call 'em powerviolence but without the blast beats as they mix extremely chaotic and fast spurts of music with slower, more methodical distorted chugging. If I'm not mistaken, the drummer from this is also in Kylesa (them Georgians is incestuous). Fans of the up-and-coming Baroness (another fucking Savannah band) may also recognize these guys from the split they did called A Grey Sigh in a Flower Husk (Unpersons' contribution is actually not that good if you were wondering).

Anyways, here's their very-hard-to-find first LP

Unpersons - Unpersons II

Thrones - Punk in my Vitamins Demo

Earliest Thrones work you can possible get...our homie over at The Worried Well already posted this...I'm pretty sure those chumps over at lucid have done the same. I went and cleaned up the filenames a little bit...and it wouldn't hurt to have another Punk in my Vitamins tape added to our online collection.

Thrones - Demo Tape

(Make sure you check out Joe's Radio show on KMBT radio!)

FLIPPER - Live at Dante's 12.02.06

Flipper's a band that's hated by some and cherished by many. Punk scenesters of the time hated their dissonance while others found some sort of novelty or value in what they were doing. Later on, teenagers across the country flipped through their local record stores, picking up anything they could find by the group, at the promotion of K. Cobain. By the mid-nineties, long after the death of Vocalist/Bassist Will Shatter, the band had splintered off and gone their separate ways. Bruce Loose, second vocalist, was caught in a serious car accident towards the end of the decade, and still uses a cane to get around...their Drummer Steve DePace moped around for awhile looking for someone to publish a FLIPPER book, and Falconi slipped into obscurity.

Around 2005 or so, the group got together, with temporary replacement bassist Bruno DeSmartass, to play a couple of dates at CBGB. Shortly after, the band picked up former-NIRVANA bassist Krist Novoselic, and started to play dates up and down the west coast, more notably in the SF and Portland areas (There were also a few dates played with the Melvins...). The band WAS planning to go ahead and do a national tour, but Novoselic backed out due to "obligations at home" (?), so the tour is currently in limbo.

The show I'm uploading is from 12/02/06 (the date of my 18th birthday, in case you really care), out in Portland, Oregon recorded at Dante's by the infamous Mike Ziegler.

Enjoy it (beware dial-uppers, this is in lossless. In other words, these files are not compressed and they're really fucking big):
Flipper - Live @ Dante's
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

(tell me if I got any of my facts wrong)
EDIT: Oh yeah--PLEASE don't re-encode these to mp3. We're try to keeping the internets pure.


Radio Shit -- WMUC -- WMBC

Soooo, more boring blah blah radio announcements. Our show, MINDGRINDER, is airing tomorrow from 10pm to 12am (eastern time) at wmucradio.com, streaming real-time on that interwebbernetsthingermajigger. Expect more noise rock.

Also, important to note, beware those who frequent the blog daily (I know there are some of you! Like two of you or something.): I'm going to shittily embed a windows media player stream of our show a little before we go live on the air and take it down once the shows over. This will be in place 'til I put effort into figuring out how to embed a quicktime stream. I know this will be annoying to most of you...because I know when I'm stealing other people's music, I'm probably listening to other shit I've stolen really really loud. But SHIT--deal with it for 2 hours every week, indulge us.

Other news: Our buddy Apoctosis over from Death By Hanger got a radio show (titled Into the Void) at UMBC's station, and he's been kind enough to rip the internet streams by his own ingenuity. Look at how much he's done for you! You owe him, BIG. And paying him in garglejobs isn't cutting it anymore. (On the Air Live Thursdays from 2-4pm (eastern time))

Into the Void is handi-capable radio. We will have to have a crossover episode sometime, like in X-Men.


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