Faith No More, after an 18-year recorded absence, is back today with a new CD, Sol Invictus, and the band sounds as finely tuned and ferocious as ever, even if the act of reuniting for a formal recording after a few years on the touring circuit brings with it some thornier issues. The record, clocking in at 39 minutes, is tightly wound and resilient, seemingly the work of younger men. When vocalist/carnival-barker Mike Patton croons “lee–ee–ader of men” over multiple iterations of himself on “Superhero,” an album-opener after the mood-setting title track, you get a sense of how carefully and methodically this thing was recorded. Or, second example, when the band echoes its “Easy” cover roots on the loungish “Sunny Side Up.” Or, third example, when a nearly unrecognizable Patton deadpans and deliciously cusses on the Record Store Day special “Motherfucker.” Or, fourth example, one of the record’s best tracks, the angular and throttling “Matador,” where Patton roars about the killing floor – whew, chills. Anyway, come to think of it, this whole thing is pretty damn …
Want a quick hit summary on an interesting record? Zu’s Cortar Todo, out now on Mr. Mike Patton’s Ipecac Records, is a mind-bending mélange of metal, grindcore, math-rock and no-wave. Boom: there’s the two cents. Wait: no. Take two! Cortar Todo, out now on Ipecac, feels inconsistent in spots but it also is blessed with a kind of morbid inconsistency. No, that sounds ridiculous. How about, “It welcomes the ability to manipulate space?” Yeah, yeah, thanks Asimov. It is a great record. Well. It is weird around the edges. Sometimes. You should hear it either way. Probably. I think. The record is perplexing, for good reason. It pairs knockout tracks (the metal-for-the-masses thrash of “Rudra Dances Over Burning Rome”) with meandering sound experiments that seem to be ill-placed or ill-sequenced (“Serpens Cauda”). In one breath, it’s truly mesmerizing art-metal (“Orbital Equilibria”). In the next, it falls down the same traps as other bands of its ilk, which think the answer to stagnancy is more takes on electronica (Sorry guest Joey Karam, I’m not buying most …
Sabina Maselli’s spirited avant-film experimentation is the perfect introduction to tētēma, the Anthony Pateras/Mike Patton duo debuting tomorrow on Ipecac. Both, it should be noted, are mind-blowing. Filmed in digital, transferred to film and bounced back again into the digital domain – just like Beckett wrote/translated from French to English to French again, Pateras notes – Maselli’s video for the single “Tenz” is a distorted tableau of the human body and the landscape it inhabits. We see rhythmically edited, rapid-fire images of opened and closed lime-green eyes, hands and feets in stark lighting, everything captured in the midst of a black hole, a colored pattern or the blurred light of a projector. Alcoholics Anonymous participants worship an alternately blank-screened or flickering TV, desolate trees pass us by, and people lay incapacitated on stage floors while Patton croons, “Even when immobile/ We are in motion.” Nervy, to say the least. And the music matches, a wondrous cacophony of ambient pastiche that seems to sit somewhere among aggressive, apocalyptic trip-hop, Patton’s pop-constructions with Peeping Tom, John Zorn-ish jazz …
Author Greg Prato speaks with Popdose regarding his new book about Faith No More and Mr. Bungle.
In which Chris Holmes reviews Greg Prato’s The Faith No More & Mr. Bungle Companion. The verdict? You should care a lot.
The only thing I experienced last night that was more intense than Tomahawk was the near-Biblical thunderstorm I drove through on the way home.
“It’s like hearing any of your five favorite primo-voiced pop princesses aiming for, and succeeding at, creating high art.”
Tomahawk is back with their fourth full-length, “Oddfellows.” Come check out our review!
You can’t say these eight bands didn’t have their chance to do it one last time before the world came to an end.
One song in this room just filled the expanse with methane. Can you guess which one? – Dw. Dunphy, on seeing the second batch of songs for AM Gold: 1977.
Dave Steed takes the long journey through the odd career of the legendary Melvins.
Popdose prepares to stay deee-mented.
They’ve recently worked with Mike Patton and Matisyahu but Dub Trio is back with a new record of their own.
Let’s go outside. No, let’s go waaaaay outside! Erik Sanko – The Perfect Flaw from Past Imperfect, Present Tense (2001) Eyesinweasel – There She Goes Again from Wrinkled Thoughts (2000) Gastr del Sol – Rebecca Sylvester from Upgrade & Afterlife (1996) Godspeed You Black Emperor – Moya from Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada (1999) Man or Astro-man? – 9 Volt from Experiment Zero (1996) Melvins – Youth of America from Electroretard (2001) Of Montreal – Forecast Fascist Future from The Sunlandic Twins (2005) Palace Brothers – You Will Miss Me When I Burn from Days in the Wake (1994) Papa M – Over Jordan from Whatever, Mortal (2001) Rachel’s – Lloyd’s Register from The Sea and the Bells (1996) Sunny Day Real Estate – In Circles from Diary (1994) The For Carnation – Moonbeams from The For Carnation (2000) Tomahawk – Mayday from Mit Gas (2003) Tortoise – Glass Museum from Millions Now Living Will Never Die (1996) Trans Am – American Kooter from Trans Am (1996) Velocity Girl – I Can’t Stop Smiling …
This week’s mixtape is Chris Hansen approved! Truly! Would Chris Hansen steer you wrong? By the way, why don’t you head into the kitchen for some sweet tea and brownies? Emerson, Lake & Powell – Vacant Possession from Emerson, Lake & Powell (1987) Ennio Morricone – L’estasi Dell’oro from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly [Expanded] (1966) Firewater – 7th Avenue Static from Psychopharmacology (2001) Joe Walsh – Rockets from There Goes the Neighborhood (1981) Jon Brion – Voices from Meaningless (2001) Mr. Bungle – Vanity Fair from California (1999) Pinetop Seven – Drying Out from Rigging the Toplights (1988) Sentenced – No One There from The Cold White Light (2002) Spock’s Beard – Ghosts of Autumn from Feel Euphoria (2003) Talk Talk – Ascension Day from Laughing Stock (1991) Television – No Glamour for Willi from Television (1992) The Kinks – Underneath the Neon Sign from Soap Opera (1975) The Rutles – Eine Kleine Middle Klasse Musik from Archaeology (1996) Utopia – You Make Me Crazy from Adventures in Utopia (1980)
Who are these men, and why do they care so much? David Medsker finds out in the latest edition of White Label Wednesday.