Radio Muerte: DesertFest 2016 Special

This weekend sees DesertFest return to London for a fifth year. DesertFest has consistently brought the best in Doom, Sludge, Stoner and Desert rock to a selection of venus in Camden each year. This will be my fifth London DesertFest and my sixth in total (having visited the new DesertFest Belgium in Antwerp last year as well). Here are my recommendations on who to see this year.

Mantar

Abrasive German post-rock outfit from Hamburg. Described on their Bandcamp page as ‘Unlrelenting, violent and primal rage from Germany’s most ferocious duo! Melting the most sinister elements of styles like Black Metal, Doom and Punk!’. For fans of EyeHateGod and Corrections House.

More info: Bandcamp, Facebook, Blogger, YouTube and Twitter.

Truckfighters

Swedish desert rock stalwarts and DesertFest regulars Truckfighters certainly know how to bang out some awesome, fuzzy, beefy grooves. Proper Desert rock.

More info: Facebook, Twitter, Bandcamp and Truckfighters.com.

You can also watch the Truckfighters documentary movie here.

Wo-Fat

Psychedelic doom blues from Dallas, Texas. Hard, heavy, riffy desert rock from ten-year veterans of the genre.

More info: Facebook, Bandcamp, Twitter and WoFat.net.

Corrosion of Conformity

North Carolina’s finest, back in classic lineup form with Pepper Keenan on lead vocal duties and Mike Dean, Woody Weatherman and Reed Mullin dishing out some meaty, hard rock ‘n’ roll.

More info: Facebook, Twitter and the Corrosion website.

Elder

Three piece heavy psych-rock storytellers from Boston, Massachusets. They’ll be demolishing Koko on Sunday.

More info: Facebook and Bandcamp.

Godflesh/JK Flesh

The insatiably prolific Justin Broadrick appears this year in two guises, in arguably his best known band ‘Godflesh’ headlining The Electric Ballroom on Sunday and also with lesser known project ‘JK Flesh’ headlining in the impenetrably small upstairs room at The Black Heart on Friday.

More info: Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, Soundcloud and Tumblr.

Ten Foot Wizard

Good old-fashioned stoner blues-rock from Manchester here in the UK but you could be forgiven for thinking that they could be from Alabama or Georgia. Heavy, groovy and southern-fried. Catch tem playing the Devonshire Arms, even if you haven’t got a DF wristband, on Saturday.

More info: Bandcamp, Facebook and Twitter.

Slomatics

Crushingly heavy, listening to Slomatics is like having a sonic enema. They’ll be coming all the way from Belfast to brutalise The Undeworld on Sunday evening.

More info: Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter and Slomatics.co.uk.

Monomyth

Described as space-rock, krautrock or stoner depending on who you ask, this instrumental psych band from the Netherlands are set to wig out the Electric Ballroom when they open the stage on Saturday.

More info: Facebook and the Monomyth website.

Monolord

Monolithic, sludgy, mega-doom three-piece from Gothenburg in Sweden. Opening the Koko stage on Sunday.

More info: Monolord, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Soundcloud, YouTube and Monolord.com.

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Radio Muerte: Prince Covers Special

Predictably, there have been floods of tributes following the death of Prince. Numerous artists performed cover versions at the recent Coachella festival and there have also been a ton of TV performances. Here are a few of my favourites.

D’Angelo featuring Princess – Sometimes it Snows in April

D’Angelo’s stunning voice does perfect justice to this understated Parade closing track.

Bruce Springsteen – Purple Rain

The Boss pulls an unexpected, emotional performance of the Prince standard out of the bag.

Chris Stapleton – Nothing Compares 2 U

The Grammy-winning country music star bangs out a great version of the song made famous by Sinead O’Connor crying at his recent appearance at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, California.

Corey Taylor – Purple Rain/Little Red Corvette

Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Taylor performing in his hometown of Minneapolis on the night that Prince died in the First Avenue club, a venue that appears in the Purple Rain movie. Opening the gig with an acoustice cover of Purple Rain and later adding a rendition of Little Red Corvette. Not a dry eye in the house that night.

LCD Soundsystem – Controversy

Electro-pop geeks whip out ‘Controversy’ during their set at this year’s Coachella festival.

In other Prince-related news (of which there has been quite a lot recently, Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman and other members of Prince’s band The Revolution have announced that they are getting back together to perform some shows. Read the full announcement on Pitchfork.com.

Scroobius Pip

Back with a new(ish) track very reminiscent of his No Nimbus Grimes mashup that he released a while back is this where Pip drops some rhymes over the Habits Remix or Tove Lo’s ‘Stay High’.

More Scroobius Pip shenanigans can be found on his website at scroobiuspip.co.uk.

Also check out Pip’s Distraction Pieces podcasts.

Here is his ‘No Nimbus’ rework of Grimes’ Oblivion.

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Merrick’s Tusk

The second single from the forthcoming EP ‘Regroup and Reform’ from the Nottingham/Derby-based emo math-rock outfit, released in conjunction with ButtonPusher DIY.

More info: Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud and the Merrick’s Tusk website.

Best Coast

Stunning, sun-infused west-coast guitar-pop from this Los Angeles 5-piece. Channeling the surf guitar melodies of the Beach Boys and Jan & Dean and the heartfelt pop vocals of the Mamas and the Papas. Great selection of videos on their website too.

More info: Twitter, Bandcamp, Facebook and the Best Coast website.

DJ Shadow & Run the Jewels

Shadow teams up with El-P and Killer Mike on more new material. Pitchfork have the full story.

More info on DJ Shadow: Twitter, Soundcloud, Facebook and Shadow’s website.

More info on Run the Jewels: YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and the Run the Jewels website.

Signals

A brilliant young, British, female-fronted band who describe themselves as math-pop. Think of a more angsty Florence and the Machine, a British Bjork or a more electronic The Sundays and you’re about there.

More info: Facebook, Twitter and Bandcamp.

Girlpool

Female acoustic singer/songwriter duo in the classic American style. 10,000 Maniacs, Courtney Barnett and Cowboy Junkies fans will love this.

More info: Twitter, Facebook and the Girlpool website.

Marriages

Noisy, female fronted nu-gaze/post-rock/noise three-piece from Los Angeles, California.

More info: Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Bandcamp and the Marriages website.

Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas

Two of the best post-rock artists around join forces in this doomy alt.rock masterpiece.

More info on Cult of Luna: Squarespace, Facebook and MySpace.

More info on Julie Christmas: Bandcamp and Facebook.

Kristin Kontrol

Synth-pop perfection from ex-Dum Dum Girl Kristin Kontrol. On Sub Pop records.

More info: Sub Pop Records, Twitter, Facebook and the Kristin Kontrol website.

Minor Victories

Ex-members of Mogwai and Slowdive form a new band and make video featuring city-destroying cats with laser eyes.

More info: Facebook, Twitter and the Minor Victories website.

Prince Rogers Nelson 1958-2016

Waking up this morning to a world without Prince is pretty crappy. Only two celebrity deaths have really affected me so far over the course of my life; Queen’s Freddie Mercury and MCA from the Beastie Boys. Lemmy and Bowie were both big shocks, but not personally devastating. Yesterday’s news that Prince Rogers Nelson had been found dead at Paisley Park at the age of 57 was a real kick in the guts for me. I don’t normally bother doing tributes to dead rock stars, but Prince has had a huge, lifelong influence on the music I have listened to over the years. There is a very limited selection of Prince videos on YouTube, but here is my tribute to Prince.

Kiss

Purple Rain

Chaka Khan – I Feel for You

Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U

Gett Off

Let’s Go Crazy

Cream

Hard Lovin’ Woman

Red Bull TV have produced a new TV Documentary series on Juliette Lewis, her band and musical career.

Ever since I saw the Katherine Bigelow movie ‘Strange Days’, I thought that Juliette Lewis was almost better at music than she was at movies. There’s a great scene where she performs the Skunk Anansie song ‘I Can Hardly Wait’ to the audience in a dystopian nightclub. Strange Days has always been one of my favourite movies and I think this documentary could be really interesting.

There’s a full report and an interview with Juliette over on the Rolling Stone website.

You can catch Juliette and The Licks on the Encore stage on Saturday 11th June at the Download festival.

Radio Muerte: Friday 15th April

The Julie Ruin

Original Riot Grrrl Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre) is back with a second album from her band The Julie Ruin and sharing this new track ‘I Decide’.

More info: Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Instagram and The Julie Ruin website.

Kathleen’s earlier bands ‘Le Tigre’ and ‘Bikini Kill’ are also well worth checking out.

Night Owls

Leeds-based two-piece alt.rock/grunge outfit.

More info: Soundcloud, Facebook and Twitter.

DJ Shadow

The legendary San Francisco Bay DJ, producer, turntablist and all round sonic artist returns with new material from forthcoming album ‘The Mountain Will Fall’.

More info: Twitter, Soundcloud, Facebook and Shadow’s website.

Sssssss!

Absurdly named, girl-fronted stoner rock outfit from Los Angeles. As if The B52s met Moon Duo, crazy, groovy and slightly surfy.

More info: Bandcamp, Blogger and Facebook.

Rob Zombie

Second track shared from the forthcoming album ‘The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser’.

More info: Twitter, Facebook and RobZombie.com.

The Mystery Lights

The sixties-sounding NYC psych-blues outfit have a new, gritty track out that can currently only be heard on the Rolling Stone website.

More info: Twitter, Facebook, Bandcamp, Soundcloud and the Daptone Records website.

Gone is Gone

Only a teaser, but the riff on this is epic. Gone is Gone is a new project featuring Mastodon singer/bassist Troy Sanders, QOTSA guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, At the Drive-In drummer Tony Hajjar, and multi-instrumentalist Mike Zarin. I’ll post some more as I find it.

Radio Muerte: Friday 8th April

Back after the easter holidays with some new tunes and grooves including a couple of bands I saw recently in Brighton (Melt Dune, Rats on Rafts) at the awesome¬†Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar and the new single from Nottingham nu-gaze bohemoths Dystopian Future Movies.

Rob Zombie

King of the horror metal freakout crew. You know who Rob Zombie is. From the absurdly titled forthcoming album ‘The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser’.

More info: Twitter, Facebook and RobZombie.com.

Big Zero

More info: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Tumblr.

Psychic Ills Featuring Hope Sandoval

Eerie acoustic Americana featuring the beautiful voice of Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval.

More info: Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

White Miles

More info: Bandcamp, Facebook and Soundcloud.

Dystopian Future Movies

The awesome post-rock, Nottingham noise 3-piece release a new single. For fans of My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth and great music in general. Currently on tour with FVNERALS.

More info: Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Soundcloud.

More info on FVNERALS: Bandcamp, Facebook and on the FVNERALS website.

Polanski

Grungy stoner rock 4-piece from Helsinki. Currently touting their new Medicine EP.

More info: Bandcamp, Soundcloud and Facebook.

Rats on Rafts

Dutch indie psych-punks from Rotterdam blending 60s psychedelia, indie-pop and new wave sensibilities. Remeniscent of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.

More info: Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter and on the Rats on Rafts website.

Melt Dunes

Dark retro psychedelia from Southampton.

More info: Facebook, Blogger, Bandcamp and Twitter.

Wax Machine

Wobbly psychedelic alt.rock four-piece from Brighton.

More info: Bandcamp, Facebook, and Soundcloud.

Goat

Fuzzy, tripped out stoner psychedelia from Sweden.

More info: Blogger, Bandcamp, Facebook and on the Sub Pop website.

Merrick’s Tusk

New single from melodic, math-rock mainstays of the NOttingham DIY scene, Merrick’s Tusk describe themselves as ‘reminiscent of the early emo scene’. For fans of early Jimmy Eat World and The Appleseed Cast.

More info: Bandcamp, Twitter, Facebook and Merrick’s Tusk website.

Warsnake

Warsnake is a Doom Metal, Stoner Rock, Hardcore band from Toronto Canada. New projects for 2016 include: full length album, music video, video game soundtrack and music featured on the hit series Motorcycle Wars.

Dystopian Future Movies

The new single from Nottingham nu-gaze post-rock outfit Dystopian Future Movies is out now following a tour-de-force headline single launch gig at the Chameleon Arts Cafe in Nottingham’s city centre last night.

Currently on tour with FVNERALS, DFM took the headline slot in their home town to a packed venue. The new single is available on CD in some very beautiful packaging from the shows on the rest of the tour or you can get the digital download of NYD/Nova from Bandcamp.

You can catch the rest of the FVNERALS/DFM tour at the following venues:

2 April 2016: MANCHESTER Star And Garter
3 April 2016: NEWCASTLE Northumberland Arms
4 April 2016: EDINBURGH Opium
5 April 2016: GLASGOW 13th Note