The best albums according to Ralph Schaarschmidt (TRIGGER CUT, Buzz Rodeo)

It is list season! I am not really a big Christmas person but I do love list season.I already made my end of the year list but this year I decided that one list is not enough. So you can expect two lists from Fuzzy Sun writers Brad and Ryne and now you will get a list from the great Ralph Schaarschmidt whom you know from his work in Buzz Rodeao and Trigger Cut. Be sure to check out the two new tracks from the upcoming album from Trigger Cut named ‘ROGO’. Ralph also made 5 part collection of the best noiserock and postpunk wich you can check out here. But now ofcourse you are here for the best of 2020 according to our friend Ralph. Dig in!

Moon Pussy – Moon Pussy

Hoaries – Rocker Shocker

The Domains – Enter

Adulkt Life – Book of Curses

Carnival Crash – It Is A Happy Man

Patois Counselors – The Optimal Seat

The Hammer Party – Smashed Hits

Twisted Ankle – Twisted Ankle

Lié – You Want It Real

Trainer – Athletic Statics

Ryoki Center – Strychnine

Sky Furrows – Sky Furrows

Live Skull – Dangerous Visions

USA Nails – Character Stop

Blacklisters – Fantastic Man

UK GOLD -Epigram No. 2

Exhalants – Atonement

Shifting – It Was Good

June of 44 – Revisionist: Adaptations & Future Histories In The Time Of Love And Survival

New Primals – Horse Girl Energy

Alpha Hopper – Alpha Hex Index

tunic to release ‘Exhaling’ in 2021

In March 2021 Winnipeg noiserockers tunic will release their new album ‘Exhaling’ and we are in luck because they already shared their first track (from the 23 track album). The track is called the same as the album and is a wild 1 minutes and fourty seconds long and it is loud and brutal the way we like tunic. This sounds very promising and 2021 does look a bit brighter already.

https://www.facebook.com/tunicband/

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard release new music/video ‘ If Not Now, Then When?’

In 2020 it is the output of both King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and Oh Sees that have made me happy. Both released a lot of psych this year and everything they do is just brilliant. King Gizzard has released “K.G” and six live albums and a demo album. And now they return with yet again new track called ‘ If Not Now, Then When?’

https://www.facebook.com/kinggizzardandthelizardwizard

The Caterwaul Society: Songs for Rainer Fronz

A benefit to help defray the costs of one Rainer Fronz of Learning Curve Records, who just had a heart stent surgery and has a family to support while he recuperates. A tribute and some support from his OTHER family, the bands, musicians and humans of the Caterwaul Society.

I am not going to manually tell you wich bands I like or are good and stuff because almost all bands have been featured on Fuzzy Sun because they rule.

Tune in and buy the DC or digital album. You can do some good and have some really awesome music at the same time.

https://www.caterwaul.org/

Cosmic jams by Satorinaut

Satorinaut is a band made from members of Korgoth and  Lemurian Folk Songs/Liquidacid. The band name comes from the concept Satori (wich I though was food on a stick originally but seems to be something else completely). Going to copy/paste the meaning here:

“Satori (悟り) is a Japanese Buddhist term for awakening, “comprehension; understanding”. It is derived from the Japanese verb satoru. In the Zen Buddhist tradition, satori refers to the experience of kenshō, “seeing into one’s true nature”.”

Satorinaut has released a pretty cool album in April so I was not expecting new music and yet they present us with three new ones. “The Road Ends in the Past” appeared on November 30 and “Action Brings Good Fortune”  was released in June and seems to be a bit heavier than the upcoming one. And “Exclusive All Inclusive” is the latest offering full of heavy psych.

https://www.facebook.com/satorinautband/

Four Songs by Hair Puller

Somewhere in Oregon (thats America I think) are three humans (on the cover of the album are three humans so I guess that is the band) that make loud music with guitars and stuff. There are four tracks (like the album name says) on the album and all four of them have awesome riffs (made by guitars). They yell very angry and loudly on the tracks wich gives this music and extra edge. This was my review thank you and goodby.

https://www.facebook.com/hairpullerband/

Mainliner returns!

the legendary band Mainliner with original line up of Kawabata Makoto (motorpsycho guitar), Koji Shimura (drums) and Kawabe Taigen (bass/vocals) retuns after their album ‘Revelation Space’ in 2013. TEven if they are on different continents still they succeeded in a new album and it is called ‘Dual Myths’ and will be released on Riot Season Records on January 29, 2021. Thei first excerpt is out from the track ‘Dual Myths’ and it is wild, very wild. Tune in now. If you want more Japanese heavy stuff then you can check out this list.

https://www.facebook.com/mainlinerjapan

Here Lies Man share new track ‘Come Inside’

The band (with members from Antibalas)  Have already released a couple of albums on Riding Easy Records and each time it is gorgeous stuff. Their mix of afrobeat and Black Sabbath riffs give me joy each time. One of their tracks has become one of my favourite tracks, ‘Floating On The Water’ and is on my Essential List.

Now the band shared their first track ‘I Told You (You Shall Die)’ awhile ago and now we get another track called ‘Come Inside’ from their upcoming album ‘Ritual Divination’ wich will be released January 22 on Riding Easy Records.

https://www.facebook.com/hereliesman/

http://hereliesman.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ridingeasyrecords/

herliesman

USA/Mexico returns with even more demented music

I really tought USA/MEXICO where at their peak of heaviness but after listening to their new single I can just feel my brain deteriorating. This tracks is called ‘Chorizo’ and sounds like you play their previous two albums ‘Matamoros’ and ‘Laredo’ at once but then backwards. The tracks is four minutes long but their two friends are both more than 13 minutes long and are not up for listening yet. it is taken from the upcoming album ‘Del Rio’ wich will be released January 29 on 12XU and Riot Season Records.

‘Del Rio’ is the third album from the Austin triumvirate of guitarist Craig Clouse (Shit and Shine), bassist Nate Cross (Marriage, Expensive Shit) and drummerKing Coffey (Butthole Surfers) and the band’s first release to feature vocals from Colby Brinkman (Taverner).

https://www.facebook.com/12XUrecs

https://www.facebook.com/riotseasonrecords

GNOD to release rare and unreleased tracks album ‘Easy To Build, Hard To Destroy’

I made this website because I love Psychedelic rock and Noiserock and now and then their are bands that use both genres in their music and Gnod is one of them. Their latest album ‘Chapel Perilous’ is bone crushing noiserock but they have released excellent psych too, like the one with White Hills is absolute gorgeous drone/psych. But they have a crapload of experimental and collaborations releases too. I think you get the picture. Now more important is the release of ‘Easy To Build, Hard To Destroy’ is on preorder today and we det a first unreleased track called ‘They Live’ wich is excellent hypnotic psych.

https://www.facebook.com/rocket.recordings.uk

Belgian noiserockers It It Anita share new track

Somewhere in 2019 the Belgian noisepunkers It It anita released their album ‘Laurent’ wich was a really great album, so I am very pleased to share the new single from the  upcoming album “Sauvé” due to be released on March 5, 2021.

The track is called ‘Cucaracha’ and is wild ride mixing intense punk and noiserock. It seems the band has gone a bit harder with this new track and this pleases me a lot.

It It Anita is on the Big Belgian Noiserock List too.

https://www.facebook.com/ItItAnita/

Album Stream: Territorial Gobbing & BlackCloudSummoner – Heavier Than A Desk In The Factory

Leeds noise terorrist Territorial Gobbing (who also makes noises for Thank) has an immense output of brain destroying noisestuff wich you can check out at his bandcamp if you like to get a sonic beating. But that is not what we are her for at the moment. We are here to listen to the full album stream ahead of release of Teritorrial Gobbing and BlackCloudSummer. BlackCoudSummer is a harsh noise artist from Nottingham. Together they made ‘Heavier Than A Desk In The Factory’ wich is clearly influenced by the mysterious Japanese band Les Rallizes Denudes. If you are in to Japanoise you can check ‘The Cosmic Side of Japan‘ too

Self-recorded and engineered at abcdefg, the three track album will be available on limited editioncassette and download from NIM in the U.S. (Nim-Brut), and Outsider Arts in the U.K. (Outsider Art)

The three tracks are really good, the first track captures the soul of the noise that Les Reallizes Denudes created so long ago and gives the three track album a tranquil start. ‘Peaches and Crayons’ is more eerie and ends with a retro horror noise feel. ‘Playing All My Black Dice Records At The Same Time’ is in your face scary noise.

‘Heavier Than A Desk In The Factory’ is split in three different parts, each of them conveying a different feeling. Tune in for the eerie atmosphere now.

https://territorialgobbing.neocities.org/

NOVEMBER DUMP

Here is another one of my dumps. A dump filled with awesome music ranging from hardcore to neopsych. Enjoy this november edition.

Oh Sees

“One-sided clear square lathe 7 inch with pin.
Limited to 100 hand-numbered copies.
Signed on the blank back label by John Dwyer (many come with a little doodle too!). Already sold out ofcourse. But you can still buy the digital single.
All proceeds will be donated to East Los Angeles Women’s Center.”

Exhalants

Live at 529 in Atlanta, GA on 11/20/2019

https://www.facebook.com/exhalants

Christian Fitness

 includes a copy of ‘the harder it hits’ which is also on ‘love letters in the age of steam’

Tangled Up

Pennsylvania Post Punk/noiserock band Tangled Up released their self titled Ep in September. Tune in now.

Dead Mammals

‘Reskin’ is the new Ep by angry band Dead Mammels. Six tracks of angry punk and noise riffs and a dude that is very mad yelling all through te tracks. Out on Forbidden Place Records. Tune in now.

https://www.facebook.com/DeadMammals

Cosmic Monster

‘Stephen King vs. The Werewolf’ is the new and upcoming album by New jersey Rockers Cosmic Monster.

THE MOON IS FULL
THINGS ARE ABOUT TO GET HAIRY

https://www.facebook.com/cosmicmonstersounds

CONVULSIF

“Extinct” is the new album by the Swiss experimental metal band Convulsif. If you like free jazz, black metal and noiserock than this may be very well your stuff of dreams.

https://www.facebook.com/convulsifband/

The Left Outsides

The new album by The Left Outsides ‘Are You Sure I Was There?’ is released on Nov 13 on Cardinal Fuzz (UK) and Feeding Tube (USA).

https://www.facebook.com/theleftoutsides/

Brasher

Some good noisy punk from the UK, listen to their new album ‘Everything’.

https://m.facebook.com/brasherband/

Under

‘Training Resource #5’ is the new ep by uk dirty rocker Under

Stu Mackenzie of King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard Interview and Review Of New Album “K.G.”

This is a clickbait title in that I and no one from fuzzy sun got a interview with Stu Mackenzie of KGATLW, however, I was able to listen to his interview with a British radio station available on Apple Music. Had to sign up for the trial to get to it though.

I was able to glean some cool and important info that I will share here with you guys if you are unable to catch the interview.

After that I also have some notes for each track on K.G. from my first listen and maybe you can listen along and see if your thoughts align with what I am thinking.

Stu Mackenzie Interview Notes

  • Matt the interviewer first asks about how this Album was made. Stu lets us in on how it was made in isolation and the first time they had to record by themselves and put it together at a later time. STU: “I think it forced us to make a record we ordinarily wouldn’t make”.
  • Stu also confirms that the “Vol 2.” on the cover of the Album is in reference to this being “Vol 2.” or the second part of “Flying Microtonal Banana”. KGATLW’s first dip into microtonal music. STU: “Of the records we’ve made that one does – it felt um – like something really fresh and really new and we popped open this idea and there was so much more to explore”.
  • Stu describes microtonal music as having numerous “rabbit holes” to go down but with this record they chose one and really explored it.
  • STU: ” ‘Flying Microtonal Banana’ felt one dimensional on purpose it was like – that ones got a style and a feel and a sound and a vibe and we didn’t want to do that with this one. Wanted it to be like a rainbow.” Then Stu specifically mentions the song “Intrasport” on K.G.. STU:”(It)pushes it sonically and texturally into some kind of rainbow territory.”
  • INTERVIEWER: “16 records in 10 years do you think in 10 years time we’ll have another 16 records?” STU: “I hope so, I think we’ve had times where we’ve pushed the limit – 2017 with 5 that was not good for health or sleep or whatever. We’re still writing at the same pace as we have for the last while”.
  • Stu then discusses how he is excited for 2021 and hopes for live shows to return. He then lets us in on a little look into KGATLW’s future. STU: “The project we are working on – I think will be the second record coming out next year. It’s the most melodic and also….considered…and also maybe psychedelic record that we’ve ever made…”

I don’t know about you but I’m elated from hearing that news. That means we have two confirmed albums coming next year. And one of them is Psychedelic!!! Fuck to the YEAH.

https://music.apple.com/us/station/11-20-20-king-gizzard-the-lizard-wizard/ra.1540235332

K.G. Album Notes

I will first preface these track notes with KGATLW’s song “Flying Microtonal Banana” under the same name as the album it comes from. It makes so much sense in a way that this song is the closer of “FMB” (closest song to K.G.) and is the most eastern sounding whether that be Turkish, saharan, or middle eastern (I am not well versed enough to make that call).

Note the rhythm section –> drums and bass –> which drives a new feel in “K.G.”.

K.G.L.W.

This first track immediately evokes desert imagery. That of an eastern style unlike FMB which still roots itself in sounds that almost sound like they could fit in an Australian western with microtonal usage. I think this is a nice intro to acclimate the listener to this new soundscape. Acoustic guitar, claves, and the flute sounding synth aid in creating this sound.

Automation

Claps add to the eastern feel. The songs instrumentation and guitar tones make me think about Mdou Moctar and other saharan rock groups. Cool twist in that his voice has a synth effect on it that ties into the theme –> Automation. Desert yet sci-fi. Gizzardesque.

Minimum Brain Size

An effect on the voice that makes Joey sound similar to how he sounds on Polygondwanaland songs such as “Inner Cell” and “Horology”. Jam sections are great. Love the voice.

Straws In The Wind

A wild Amby appears with that sweet and sultry voice. The acoustic guitar that matches Ambrose with the melody is really beautiful. The guitar in this track and other songs throughout K.G. were recorded on Stu’s iPhone. Ambrose impacted FMB with “Billabong Valley” adding more texture to the album with his voice and he does it again here!

Some Of US

Up and down tonally. I lack the musical vocabulary to describe the rising and falling feeling. All the instruments help build and crash again and again creating a great song. Not my favorite on the album but I love hearing all the different ideas.

Ontology

WOO! The groove on the track is insane and the synth immediately transports me on a galloping journey across the saharan desert. I think the word I want is galloping maybe chugging is better? Possible favorite track on first listen through the album.

Intrasport

Out of the desert and straight into the club. A big surprise for everyone and definitely is a newer style for Gizz that I can only connect to “Cyboogie” maybe. Joey’s solo project “Bullant” is definitely rubbing off on this track. Plus peep cookie dancing shirtless in the music vid. My heart goes out to you cookie.

Oddlife

Continuing with my desert imagery the synths on this one are sprinkled throughout and definitely transport me to a night in the desert. Great ja and instrumental sections. Ambrose comes in when the song starts chugging right around the 3:10 mark.

Honey

This song was previewed months before the album and I see why as it is the easiest transition from past Gizz to the new album. In a separate interview then the one above I believe Stu said that “Honey’s” guitar riff was created years before deriving from a jam section on “Sleep Drifter” on FMB. The ending build is great. The video is also beautiful.

The Hungry Wold Of Fate

DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM! Heaviest song on the album. That guitar sound is meaty. The delay pedal also makes its most significant (and only?) appearance on K.G.. Like all Gizz the song’s tempo and dynamics change around. Another favorite.

Can’t wait for 2021. This will suffice for now 🙂

https://kinggizzardandthelizardwizard.com

Kawabata Makoto – A short guide

Since I started with Fuzzy Sun I slowly tumbled into this neverending hole that is Japanese psych and noise. I made list with a huge load of Japanese bands called ‘The Cosmic Side of Japan’ and I tried to make some sort of guide through the releases of Acid Mothers Temple and its offshoots (wich was really difficult). Kawabata Makoto (speedguru) plays a big role in this whole scene, he is a founding member of Acid Mothers Temple and played in a lot of bands. And since 1978 Kawabata has been releasing albums under different names. You can expect everything on the psychedelic spectrum. In this post I want to highlight a couple of albums, not all of them because it is just too much to grasp.

Kawabata Makoto: That Awaking : Good​-​bye Me

This is one of the latest studio releases, out since May 2020. Two tracks over half an hour and they are quite exceptionnal. In these Kawabato gives us epic guitarwork over a psychedelic ambient atmosphere.

Nishinihon 西日本: If You Smell What Art Rock is Cookin! アートロックの新鋭

Nishinihon is Tsuyama Atsushi (vocals, electric bass, acoustic guitar),
Ichiraku Yoshimitsu (drums, percussion) and Kawabata Makoto (electric guitar) and this my be my favourite band in this whole post. Nishinihon is wilder and very powerful. Recorded in 1999.

Kawabata Makoto: Mizu Naranu Ao Ni Sae 水ならぬ青にさへ

The original CDR (limited 100) released from Acid Mothers Temple on Jan 1998. This release is filled with guitarnoise but still has an out of this world calming vibe to it.

Kawabata Makoto & The Mothers of Invasion: Hot Rattlesnakes

Mothers of Invasion is Kawabata on guitars, Tsuyama Atsushi on bass and
Ichiraku Yoshimitsu on drums. This spacey stuff was recorded it in London during the Acid Mothers Temple UK tour 2001.

Kawabata Makoto: Your Voice From The Moon

This release is also quite interesting because it let us hear Kawabata on  Electric Comp Synthesizer model-101 and it makes me even more sure he is not from earth.

NANI∞GURU: VOVIVIZM episode 1​.​5 (Remastered)

The original cassette tape was released by Swap Meat Records for NANI∞GURU’s European tour 2019. NANI∞GURU guitarist Kawabata Makoto and drummer Satoshima Nani from Acid Mothers Temple. This release is uptempo filled with guitar solos and is more easy to listen to.

PIkacyu-Makoto 光宙★魔呼斗: Live & Rare

This is PIKA from Osaka primitive wild girls duo Afrirampo and Makoto Kawabata. This release has two live versions and two special tracks.

PIkacyu-Makoto 光宙★魔呼斗: OM Sweet Home : We Are Shining Stars From Darklside

I like this duo very much, they have made some really great released together and this one is a really good one. Originally released in 2011.

Zoffy: Not “Very Very Famous Songs” vol​.​1

Formed by Tsuyama Atsushi (Psyche Bugyo, Omoide Hatoba, ex.Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.) and Kawabata Makoto in 1998. Zoffy is well known as playing innovative comical covers of famous songs, but they also play improvised fake trad. & folk music too.

Kawabata Makoto: Yuga Hiku

Yuga Hiku was recorded in 1993 is highly hypnotic filled with weird sounds all made by Kawabata.

AFRIMAKOTO あふりマコト: AFRIMAKOTO

Afrimakoto is Oni and Pika from Afrirampo and Kawabato. This is the latest studio recording session on 14th September 2020. Everything is completely improvised and is a real fun listen!

https://acidmother.exblog.jp/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB4ceM1ygPEMWu3_-2-d83w?view_as=subscriber

https://www.facebook.com/makoto.kawabata.148

http://acidmothers.com/

KGATLW San Fran 16′ & The OFFICIAL Gizz Archives

Do yourself a favor right now and go spend 5$ on Vimeo for King Gizz’s “San Francisco ’16” live show. Considering the times and your location in the world…live shows are probably a distant pipe dream. However, on top of their GIANT discography, they manage to supply even more (for a lack of better words) content when it comes to live audio and video that is much needed in 2020. Grateful Dead levels of documentation.

Below I will cover some of my favorite moments from the new “film” and also start the OFFICIAL “King Gizz Lesser Known YouTube Live Show…archive?”

KGATLW live shows bring energy and community within the audience without fail every time. The spontaneity of the music combined with a dynamic crowd makes every live show WORTH A WATCH.

SAMPLE:

Live In San Francisco ’16 Notes

  • At 10:50 The Big Fig wiggles are orgasmic
  • Two girls scream “dickhead” (in a friendly manner) numerous times throughout the show I believe. I also believe it is directed at the guitarist Joey
  • 3 flute appearances? Head On/Pill ranks #1 flute solo 1:13:50
  • Leading up to “Cellophane” Stu says, “Give it back to that really tall man” when speaking about the camera. What proceeds is an amateur fan recording from in the pit on Stu’s camera…AWESOME
  • About that Spontaneity –>

When you think you have a good idea, but give it a bit more thought. (SF16 Live clip) from r/KGATLW

“King Gizz Lesser Known YouTube Live Show…archive?”

In the same vain as this new release and the Asheville 19′ Concert video here are lesser known videos off of YouTube that are filled with energy no matter sound quality. Check out “Chunky Shrapnel” or the KGATLW YouTube page for more officially released video (as well as KEXP).

King Gizz collaboration with garage rock legend King Khan. A party.

Full Georgia Concert. Great Energy & Medium Audio.

Great Energy & Great Audio

Cookiedawg69

IMPORTANT: At 4 minutes Joey tears it up with my favorite solo variation of “The River”

Things to note: You can see there recording process (The guy with the ski mask is filming clips that were used in their tour film “Chunky Shrapnel”, Stu delivers a beer to sounds guy, The camera man of this video grabs the now ex-drummer Eric’s foot at 2 minutes and 20 seconds. MUCH MORE!!!

Popular Video but in 360 and VR can be used. Also great sound and video quality.

At 14 minutes 30 seconds the dutch people begin to row. “Craaaaaazy Dutch People.”

Brings a tear to any Gizz fans eye. This song closes a performance at the biggest venue Gizz has ever played and at 6 minutes and 40 seconds the crowd gives an ovation that must have aw’ed the band. Love it.

“Secret Show” in Korea that was announced the day of for those close enough. Explanation for tiny venue and relaxed no shirts policy.

And finally a interview done as a school project with a solo acoustic performance of “Vegemite” at the end.

I strongly believe this will be one of the most influential rock bands of our era so forgive the spam and go find more of these videos if you are missing human contact.

VIMEO LINK

https://kinggizzard.bandcamp.com