01 March 2015


***SUBMISSIONS NEEDED FOR PRO-PRINTED TAPE COMP*** dihd tapes accepting submission for pro-printed tape comp. Bands within these genres: NOISE ROCK, LO-FI OUTROCK, GUNK, LO-FI ART DAMAGED ROCK, SH*TCORE, NO-FI, GARBAGE ROCK etc. Noise projects & in-rock punk need not apply. THE GARBAGEY-ER the BETTER. Send wav file to tpenn000@hotmail.com for consideration. We'll work out an analog transaction later. If you can't send a WAV file and want to submit a tape or CD-r first, email me. Please share this. I'd like to get garbage from around the globe.

New Human Adults / dihd ad (pls repost)

This is the new Human Adult Band / dihd tapes ad. Anyone making a zine or blog that can print or post this, pls get in touch. tpenn000@Hotmail.com

30 December 2014

T Penn Reviews - Medication 'Home Truths'

Medication 'Home Truths' cassette 2014-ish
So from what I can gather, M. Hyde, is Medication. Sometimes his friends play with him as a band, other times he records tapes like this, alone, on his 4 track cassette machine. I was told by one of his Dead C loving band members, 'Home Truths' was made as a Medication tour tape. Dude's a pretty versatile song writer. I think some of it's like Leonard Cohen with a twist of Baltimore's At The Altar of the Cosmic Unicorn. A bit disjointed and rambling like Syd's solo records. Some of this is really powerful stuff. Some of the other tracks have a Sentridoh 'losercore' single vibe. Is this guy really insane? jk jk.

Couldn't find this tape on discogs.com,
but you can buy an Album by Medication from Scared Bones Records: Sacred Bones Records

to submit hard copy recordings contact: Tpenn000[@]hotmail[.]com

29 December 2014

T Penn Reviews - Skullflower: 'Obsidian Shaking Codex'

I'm going to start reviewing odd releases. New stuff that gets sent to me and old stuff that is important to me. If you wanna send hard copies of tapes, records, cds get in touch: Tpenn000[at]hotmail[dot]com

Skullflower: 'Obsidian Shaking Codex' CDR (RRR Records) 1993
drone rock ...noise rock....i prefer calling it noisy/distorted psych rock. all the elements of psych rock are here, repetition, some disciplined players, wild guitars, long jams. but instead of being something beautiful like In Gowan Ring or levitating like Les Razilles Denudes it's noisy as all hell. Fits in well @ the Captain Ron RRR camp. Wanna start a noisy psych rock band and have a lot of fun? listen closely!

Buy this album here: Discogs.com
More Skullflower available from RRR Records: RRR Records

Listen here (I swear that tree is moving):

02 September 2014

Crystal Tapes, The John Merricks

Anything that comes packaged in a burlap sack is great, be it potatoes or a bright red cassette. This one happens to contain the latter in the form of Crystal Tapes by The John Merricks. I’m not sure if this is simply an Elephant Man reference or his actual name, but the music certainly has a deceptively light hearted exterior concealing a bizarre and sometimes disconcerting underside.

If you enjoy psychedelia this is definitely something you should give a listen, although it’s probably more akin to Can, Neu!, and other krautrock bands than to straight ahead Psych rock. The tracks on this are composed mostly of pounding percussion, repetitious simple melodies, and clanging guitars that build to cacophonous peaks of bliss. There are fantastic moments where the music seems to take a breath; stopping the propulsive drums and letting the synths and guitars float briefly, before cutting though the haze with a few simple notes and continuing their ascent into cosmic chaos.

Behind the whimsical, often zany circus like nature of these songs is always the disconcerting and somewhat maniacal sounds of discordant guitars and warbling keyboards. The combination of playfulness with a darker uneasy edge is what I think makes compelling psychedelia, and this album thoroughly accomplishes that. I hope to hear more from this group soon. Check them out, pick up a cassette in red or blue.

07 July 2014

Spaces Filled with Ashes, Mental Crutch

Although I had not planned on reviewing two releases from the same label/band in a row, this one is so great and in such short supply that it only seemed appropriate. Mental Crutch’s Spaces Filled with Ashes is a rather anomalous release in Nog Records’ ever increasing library of noise and 8bit music. With it’s emphasis on dreamy synth harmonies and catchy guitar riffs, it stands in complete contrast. 

The songs are mellow, introspective, often morose and sometimes haunting. Repetitious whimsical synths echo and build with subtle changes, eventually blooming into moments of breathy vocals and wistful guitar. Acoustic guitars are juxtaposed nicely by the synths and drum machines, creating an atmosphere that is both welcoming and eerie. It is very much like navigating that strange foggy space between dreams and nightmares. The slow pace of the songs call much deserved attention to the beauty of each individual note and the deceivingly simple layers of tones. The entire album is awash in spirituous reverb and psychedelic drones that will swirl your head into a hazy ruminative state.

This is another one of my favorite releases by Nog Records and you should make every effort to get a physical copy while tapes are still available.

30 May 2014

Fucking Punctuation, Unconventional Seagulls

Nog Records is a particularly awesome DIY noise label out of Allentown PA with a staggering amount of releases; Unconventional Seagulls is personally one of my favorites. Released January 2014 on CDr, this is a rather unique collaboration between Pory Nog of Seagulls Fucking Seagulls and Dan Wasko of Unconventional Punctuation. Each track the two switch off between using a bass and contact mic, and operating a pedalboard. The result is just under an hour of unapologetically harsh noise with absurd and irreverent titles.

While exceedingly abrasive when taken at face value, this album actually contains some lovely flourishes of a-melodic frequencies and a meticulous patchwork of tones. Thick walls of noise open up as a varying assemblage of textures subtly intensify and recede at a meditative pace. From long sweeps of hurricane like flange distortion to jittery clicks and squeaks resembling a cluster of moist insects milling about some kind of electronic cesspool. Emerging from all this comes the occasional swell of deceptively harmonious tones that only stay briefly enough to make you question if you actually heard them. Anyone who has ever done noisy stuff with the Boss pitch shifter will also immediately recognize the haunting alien cries it makes as it tires to make sense of the atonal mess you feed into it.

Each time I listen to this album I find something that I had not noticed previously, and it’s abrupt ending leaves me eagerly awaiting more. Get a hand painted pink copy of this from Nog Records. When I first received this I was (and still am) unsure if I could safely put it into my laptop without pink shrapnel chewing away the optical drive, but all of Nog’s releases are also available as free downloads. Check them out, if you like what you hear spend a couple bucks to get a physical copy.