CVLT Nation has another installment in our Sonic Cathedrals Mixtape Series for you, Vol. CXX by Pinkish Black! Both Daron and Jon made mixes for us to demonstrate how their tastes converge to create their unique and acclaimed sound. Step back a few decades and stream and download Sonic Cathedrals Vol. CXXX Pinkish Black below!
This is a collection of songs that have influenced me, musically and vocally. I wanted to give you mixes from both Jon and I so you could see how our tastes differ and how that plays into what we’re doing with our music. – DARON
This is basically just a mix I would have made for the van… – JON
Sonic Cathedrals Vol. CXXX Pinkish Black PART I – DARON
Sonic Cathedrals Vol. CXXX Pinkish Black PART II – JON
Photo via Impose Magazine
We recently reviewed Dreadlords‘ awesome demo tape, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, definitely go do so. It’s a stunning collection of apocalyptic delta blues infused with the menace and spirit of black metal, and it fucking rules. Here’s a new video of Dreadlords carrying on the age-old tradition of storytelling blues with a haunting murder ballad about slitting your parents’ throats, setting churches ablaze, desecrating graves and nailing Jesus’ ass to a tree. ‘Born Into The Arms’ was filmed at the Union Pool in Brooklyn as part of the CMJ 2013 Fest – in stark black and white, no less – and proves that when you’re this good, you can rock nothing more than a banjo, a two-piece drum and a microphone and create some truly unsettling shit.
Alright, besides the 70′s era Z-Boys, I would have to say the the Alva Posse days were pretty fun for me. I dropped out of the tenth grade and started silkscreening skate boards for Alva in 1985. All I can say is every day was an adventure and that time is a part of my life that I will never forget. A couple years later, I moved back to Venice and got real close with Jef Hartsel and John Thomas, who took me ramp skating on the daily. The Alva Posse had a major influence on skate culture in the 80′s and beyond…Check out this retrospective of the bad boys of skating!
Haunted Horses are a trio from Seattle, Washington who play impossibly eerie, dark post-punk. Watcher is abrasive, dissonant and unsettling; full of rumbling tribal drumming underneath ominous synth drones and piercing, trebly guitar picking. Where many death rock and post-punk bands adhere to what are essentially pop song structures and tropes – albeit dark versions of such – Haunted Horses definitely draw their influence from the opposite end of the spectrum.
These tracks are free-form and impressionistic, steering well clear of anything even closely resembling new wave in favour of hypnotic marches and schizophrenic song structures that veer wildly from robotic repetition to explosions of volume and dissonance and back again just as suddenly. Eschewing the bass-heavy melodicism of other post-punk acts, these tracks have a nerve-shredding obsession with higher frequencies and atonality played off against drums that can come off as both tribal and organic and robotic and completely off-kilter. The vocals, too, veer wildly, from a flat apathetic drawl to harsh hollers, but they always sound distant and mostly are all but consumed in the cacophony of the instruments, like a ghostly afterglow adding yet more menace to the proceedings.
GILA MONSTER JAMBOREE: This gig, January 5, 1985, 100 miles out into the Mojave Desert, was our first “L.A.” gig, first time we’d played on the west coast, part of an airplane tour from Seattle on south. That picture of us “in the back of a Chevy” on the Death Valley ’69 12-inch is also from this trip. The gig was organized by one Stuart Sweezy, now of Amok Press (check it out!), who had this penchant for strange locations — Minutemen and Meat Puppets on a barge on the S.F. Harbor, another desert gig with Einsterzende Neubauten… your ticket entitled you to a map to the gig site which was not handed out until the morning of the show (to prevent scans). Else you could buy a place on one of the buses hired to transport those transported souls with better things to do than cope with the road. The gig started early in the day with Psi-Com, which featured a barefoot Perry Farrell skanking in the sand and waxing poetic. Redd Kross followed, and by the time we went on it was about twilight. These songs were mostly brand new at the time, from the as-yet unreleased Bad Moon Rising LP. We’d waited a long time to make it west, and this was a pretty perfect introduction. Bob Bert was on the drums with us at the time. The cover photo, by someone named Alan Peak, all trails and blurr, sums up the occasion quite well. Band portrait by Naomi Petersen. This video was shot by the folks at Flipside Magazine. After us came the Meat Puppets, who played on into the night as the desert cold set in, under a big ring around the moon.
Attention all CVLT Nation readers: we are gearing up for our 2013 edition of our end-of-the-year lists, and like we did last year we want to include our readers in deciding who goes where on the most important list of all. So for our Top 6 Albums of 2013, we would like to ask you to submit your choices, spanning any genre, any country, for the 6 full-length albums that made 2013 a better place for you! We are accepting submissions to email@example.com from today until December 7th. We’ll go through all of the lists submitted and choose your top picks to publish on the site by the end of December. Thanks for another great year!
Right now I’m driving this car called life, and everything around is closing in on me. I feel like I need a release for these unwanted emotions. So I crank up the new DRUGS OF FAITH EP Architectural Failures that will be released on Nov. 26th via Malokul! Over the course of four songs, this band will have the ghost of our human condition knocking on your skull. CVLT Nation is ultra hyped to be streaming Architectural Failures in full below!
Check out the new video from CORRECTIONS HOUSE called “Bullets And Graves” from their album Last City Zero, out now on Neurot Recordings. In a time when music is coming out at a rapid rate and lacking depth, this band has flipped the script. I really hope people stop and listen to CORRECTIONS HOUSE, because they are making sonic art that will stand the test of time!