Welcome to another Found Fridays. I’m still bumming about that Ravens loss to the Steelers, I’m not worried though as it’ll be nice to see Ed Reed and co. take out their frustrations on RG III and a bunch of other losers this weekend. This week we dive into the weird with Spacin’, go dark with Of A Mesh, get dumb with Nihilistics, and more. Another shitty week is behind us yet again, here’s a few songs that might make the next week at least a little less shitty.
Nihilistics – No Friends
Classic cut off of their 1982 7″, Long Island’s Nihilistics provided another soundtrack of dumb hardcore which I’m not saying is a bad thing. “No Friends” is a blistering track that shows off the quality from this self-titled EP, and the idiotic lyrics “There’s a funeral dirge playing in my head, thoughts of my future, I wish I was dead.” Uh, yeah dude.
Ellen Fullman – Flowers
Ellen Fullman is a composer that plays long stringed instruments, and by long stringed I mean long (such as one that is some where around 70 feet or so). A lot of these pieces she claims were influenced by North Indian vocal music. It’s no stretch when listening to someone like Ulhas Kashalkar or Lakshmi Shankar you can really hear what Fullman is going after. “Flowers,” off the Through Glass Panes LP is a perfect example of why this beautiful yet challenging album is worth your time.
Raime – The Last Foundry
Raime’s Quater Turns Over A Living Line is easily one of the best records of the year. Released on arguably the most consistent label of the year (and of last year looking back at their discography), Blackest Ever Black, this new Raime LP finds the duo moving even more towards an extremely sparse almost industrial type sound. Sonically this LP has a organic feel than past releases, which lends itself to feel more alive in certain ways. There’s a lot of room on “The Last Foundry”, and unlike say the new Andy Stott, where it seems he’s pushing every empty space to be filled, Raime are masters at leaving those spaces open for the song itself to breathe. This is a haunting album for sure, and one that is more noted for what isn’t there than what is.
Of A Mesh – Guillotine
There’s only so much you can do with Goth, Death Rock, or whatever you wanna call it. One thing that Off A Mesh did that makes them worth your time is write good songs. The 1987 EP Broken is full of driving songs that never really let up as the bass lines here are a huge step above a lot of their embarrassing peers. Sure everything sounds familiar, but Of A Mesh never gets boring to me. Of all the imitators of Christian Death, Bauhaus, etc., Of A Mesh stood out, at least for a moment.
Spacin’ – Sunshine, No Shoes
Spacin’ is the side project from Birds of Maya bassist Jason Killeiger and is what you get if The Stooges turned down the sleaze and turned up the weird big time. To be completely honest the only Stooges LP I can even get through today without cringing too much is S/T. Yeah that’s right, fuck Fun House and Raw Power sounds like the genesis of BBQ sauce. Back to Spacin’ though. These jams through and through are quality on Deep Thuds. There’s a pop element that holds all these songs together that does remind you of the path Purling Hiss is treading but Spacin’ makes you work for the payoff way more. Oh yeah any album that gets a cease and desist from the shitty Rolling Stones deserves at least one look.