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Wet Hair - Glass Fountain (Not Not Fun, 2009)

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Mesmerized slowly filters in with what seems to be a tremolo strained guitar, possibly a synth or just a super delayed and effected voice, but before you know it the musical sleight of hand fades and the familiar organ lines and garage beaten drums take over. Wet Hair picks up right where they left off on their second LP on NNF this year. The vocals, which sound like they are being yelled at you in monotone through a megaphone begin to pierce the funeral psych haze (that's just what I think of when I hear organs) and you can piece together lyrics about being young, being brave as a result of that and something about a familiar place. While the lyrics that you can make out seem to have a sort of nostalgic quality, it's also an uneasy feeling of plunging forward.

They plow forward with their Suicide-esque blending of synth and drum machine, but their songs rarely if ever remain as bleak or minimal as a Suicide number. Something about the deathly droning organs and somber vo…

Thor's Rubber Hammer

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Thor's Rubber Hammer is a Washington, D.C. based record label featuring a wide array of avant-garde acts, with most releases in the cassette and CDr formats. After just listening to the latest batch of tapes and discs, it is clear that they aren't sticking to a single type of sound or band, but have culled some experimental acts working with the cornerstones of such genres as drone, folk and jazz as starting points, but going well beyond the generic boundaries of any genre. They definitely have a lot to offer for everyone, and everything about the recording, presentation and commitment to experimental music is top-notch professionalism. I highly urge you to go check it out at:

THOR'S RUBBER HAMMER


Robe - Remains Of A Burning World c76

Robe was first brought to my attention by a reader of the blog who passed along a digital media link file of one of their CDrs. Since that time, they have been a favorite of the so-called "death drone" genre. I know most bands would …

Eternal Tapestry - The Invisible Landscape (Not Not Fun, 2009)

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Eternal Tapestry has been on the forefront of this century's space inspired psychedelic rockers, releasing a slew of tapes, LPs, solo and side projects, as well as putting on blistering live shows. Much of the appeal of this comes from the fact they just straight out shred. In a genre that features less traditional line-ups and more of a focus on the space between notes rather than just flooding your face with a barrage of notes, Eternal Tapestry seem like a straight out rock band. Not to say there is an endless void of guitar hero moments in the neo-psychedelic sphere, but very few bands can combine virtuosity with space and the moments that connect these two zones as well as Eternal Tapestry does. With The Invisble Landscape, they return to the most traditional of rock line-ups (the power trio) and add some studio warmth to the mix to blast you with their unique blend of combined styles.

Blast they do. To call them kraut-punk is apt. Though they play far too many notes an…