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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

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Fuzzy Sun – The 50 best releases of 2020

The year is almost finished and it is time for my end of the year list, made by myself with extreme care. This list contains my favourite music of the year and is about 50 releases long. It was very difficult to make a selection but I really tried to add only the stuff I thought was exceptionally good and so ended with a really long list but I could not delete more bands, I just could not.

As you probably know this lists contains mostly Noiserock and Psychedelic rock and things that fit in between. Their is some very intense and heavy stuff but also some trippy chill hypnotic tunes although I believe this list is heavier then other years.

If there are bands on this you haven’t heard off I strongly suggest you check them out and that you buy the stuff you like to support the artists because they can use it in this sucky year.  Most of the links are bandcamp links so if you click it you can buy straight of the bandcamp page. 

I hope this list will make your end of 2020 a bit better, warmer, noisier and trippy.

Oh Sees

Ah Yes, Oh Sees or Thee Oh Sees or Osees or one of these names. One of my favourite bands on the planet. They have released three albums this year and all three of them are awesome and some tracks are more chill and kraut others are wild garage and psych.

Shifting

Extremly awesome Irish noiserock. Easily one of the better noiserock records of the year.

Population II

Quebec rockers Population II released their album on Castle Face Records (the label from John Dwyer from Thee Oh Sees) and it is a refreshing take on Kraut and psych and instantly one of my favourites of the year.

Reptoid

Jordan Sobolew is Reptoid. Reptoid is Jordan Sobolew. Reptoid is a one man noiserock deity. Reptoid is pure, raw, industrial tinged heaviness. ‘WORSHIP FALSE GOD’ is Godlike noise.

Metz

‘Atlas Vending’ is a bit different then their previous albums but they are as ferocius as ever and this album may even be more evolved. Metz is one of the leading noiserock bands in the universe and with this album they have proven it again.

Mong Tong

Mong Tong 夢東 are a trio from Taiwan with  the Brothers Hom Yu and Jiun Chi  who also play in ​Prairie WWWW​ (落差草原 WWWW) and Dope Purple. And now they released their new album ‘Mystery’ on Guruguru Brain. influenced by scifi/horror flicks and filled with samples and Taiwanese influences this album is extremely original and a fun listen from start to finish. They have released two albums this year, the latest one ‘Corps of light’ is more meditative and ambient. 

Blóm

Fast, wild, noisy and in your face punknoise. A very cool sonic rollercoaster. Listen to it and tell your friends and pets.

Locean

‘Top Ten Zen Meditations’ is all about amosphere, feelings, and intensity but it is most of all a very layered album wich makes you discover new dimensions with each listen. A brilliant album!

Napalm Death

I guess everyone knows who Napalm Death is. But this album, good lord, this album is goooood.

Moon Pussy

This is some groovy noiserock, riffs that wanne make you wanne wiggle. Buy it, you get a Cookbook with it too.

France

This is the most hypnotic album of the year. carefull if you press play, you can easily lose yourself for an hour or two.

Dirty Junk

Very dirty music, very very dirty.

Modern Technology

Riffs so heavy and slow it is difficult to do something else then lay on the ground and you let it destroy you.

Exhalants

Exhalants are intense and do not dissapoint. Very awesome riffs that keep on giving.

BENT ARCANA

The band is John Dwyer, Ryan Sawyer, Peter Kerlin, Kyp Malone, Brad Caulkins, Tom Dolas, Marcos Rodriguez, Laena “Geronimo” Myers-Ionita, Joce Soubiran and Andres Renteria. Together they make this jazzy and krauty stuff that is really nice for the ears.

Bruges

Bruges creates a very eerie atmosphere on their new records, one that easily grips you vy the balls and does not loosen.

Fuzz

Ty Segal and his buds made this really cool records that filled with heavy psych and garage with some winks to Black Sabbath.

Couch Slut

Fast paces, riff fueled noiserock of the highest order. Wild!

Pretty Lightning

Always been a fan of Pretty Lightning, their hypnotic tunes are very good in their louder strongs as in their softer tracks.

Black Pus

lack Pus is a one man band, and that one man is Brian Chippendale (you know, the drummer of Lightning Bolt). And he is back with a new album that is called ‘Def Vesper’ wich is a series of improvised songs, first thought/best thought, recorded over a few days from 2/18-2/28/20 on a Tascam 424 cassette 4 track.

Alex Maas

Frontman Alex Maas of The Black Angels released his first solo album called ‘Luca’ and it is a gorgeous psychedelic folk album.

Blacklisters

‘Fantiastic Man’ is a fantastic album. I said it.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

‘K.G.’ is a really good psych album and I am really glad we got at least on king Gzzard this year. 

Gary, Indiana

This newish trio has only three songs out yet but it sounds so promising it has to be on this list. 

Bruxa Maria

Noiserock so loud that is almost grindcore.

Casual Nun

Not so casual rock, filled with psych and noiserock. Cooler than you or your friends.

Cower

The humans in this new band called Cower are also known from the other bands they play in, Gareth Thomas plays in USA Nails/Silent Front, Wayne Adams in Petbrick/Death Pedals/Big Lad and Thomas Lacey in Yards/The Ghost Of A Thousand. Together they mix new wave, gothic and noiserock.

Kooba Tercu

Tribal and ominous. Kooba Tercu can mold sounds into something very psychedelic and intense.

The Psychotic Monks

The French band has proven yet again how strong their songwriting is on their new album ‘Private Meaning First’.

Luminous Bodies

Luminous Bodies (Terminal Cheesecake, Part Chimp, We Wild Blood, MGF, Melting Hand and Gum Takes Tooth)  released “Nah Nah Nah Yeh Yeh Yeh” on Box Records and is deranged rock for deranged people.

Frankie and the Witch Fingers

Frankie and the Witch Fingers make fast paced garage and psychedelic rock and are getting better eacht time they release something. 

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

Thunderous riffs, stoner and noise on this great new record by PigsX7.

USA NAILS

The notoriously hard to google London band USA NAILS returns with their noisy postpunk wich offers eleven tracks of furious and noisy punk.

Michael

Michael is made up mostly of Bad Guys, Notorious Hi-Fi Killers, Hag, Lucozade, Black Shape and Princess Headbutt members. give it a spin, you will be addicted instantly.

Fake Indians

Fake Indians are a band from Antwerp, Belgium with and insane level of rocknroll, heavy fuzz and punk atmosphere. “The Pest” is one of those albums that is impossible to pin down, to much energy, to much of a fuck you.

All Them Witches

All Them Witchers is one of these bands that are always good for me, the music from All Them Witches always swings between psychedelic rock, blues rock and stoner and it is always good in my opinion. I always love their softer tracks too, on most albums you get a track like that and this time we get ‘Everest’ and ‘Children of Coyote Woman’

Eye Flys

Long ango I listenened mostly to metal but for years now I have been listening mostly to psych and noiserock and here and there some metal albums but I have to say this Eyes Flys band with members of Full of Hell, Backslider and Triac and stuff brings it all back for me. This is just no nonsense riffing heaviness. 

DEAD

“Raving Drooling” is an album made of riffs, riffs that we need, that you need, riffs that i am pretty sure could save us against the virus, they are so heavy and dense they could level a building with the first chord of the first track. 

S.H.I.T.

S.H.I.T. makes really really dirty hardcore punk, the kind that sounds vomity and agressive

SEX SWING

Type II” is out on Rocket Recordings! The album by Sex Swing (members an contributers from Mugstar, Bonnacons of a Doom, Part Chimp, Dethscalator, Earth, Dead Neanderthalls and Idles and who the hell knows who else) is released and is a ominous feast. The music Sex Swing makes is something in the psych/noise/postpunk spectrum but it is pretty bleak, their is an unnerving atmopshere throughout the whole album

Raspberry Bulbs

Well this is quite something, this NY band is called Raspberry Bulbs and makes the most dirty punk and noiserock I have heard in a while. Their music is raw, catchy and really really dirty. Their new album “Before The Age of Mirrors” is freshly released and contains 13 tracks of singalong heaviness, you can just feel the fuck you punk attitude dripping of this record.

Wasted Shirt

It is not so surprising that this new album “Fungus II” by Wasted Shirt (Ty Segall and Brian Chippendale) is extremely enjoyable. These are two are masterperformers and original rockers that have released a crapload of awesome music in the past. Put these two together and you get some kind of fast paced noise and garagerock. This LP is superfast and superfun to listen to.

Crowd of Chairs 

Very intense Belgian noiserock!

HEADS.

Heads. released their new album ‘Push’. This German trio has upped their game it seems after their previous album ‘Collider’. This album is a perfect dose of noiserock and postpunk. The chaos and agressive guitars combine perfect with the vocals. This album is really strong, the sound quality is superb and the tracks alternate between brutal and eerie postpunk.

Lovely Wife

Ominous drone and saxy sound + evil vocals. Yes Please.

Mummise Guns

Mummise Gunes is made of members of Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs PigsTerminal CheesecakeLuminous BodiesCasual NunGHOLDBlack Shape, and Michael. I expected a lot and I got a lot.

Human Worth Vol I and II

The first release from Human Worth kinda blew my mind.  The label put together and incredible list of artists that each gave a track, a new one or an unreleased one or an older one. The compilation is to raise money for the Trussell Trust, to help support the food banks and people who need their support at this time of crisis.

Now only shortly after the release of the first volume (and the new album by Modern Technoly, wich is immense) we got the second volume. Now all proceeds for the second record are going to Harmless (To provide support, information, training and consultancy to people who self harm, their friends, families and professionals). 

Cronies

New York Cronies make noiserock infused with heavy psychedelia. They have not only released a new EP, they have fited us two!

Modulator II

very fuzzed out French heavy psych.

Skiska Skooper 

Fuzzed out Belgian heaviness!

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Moon Pussy release their new album

I remember I was completely blown a way when I head Moon Pussy for the first time. This band has a very very cool sound that does not bore, it does not matter how many times you listen to it. I still listen regularly to their 2019 release ‘Band Meating’.

Hurray, Joy, Feast, Party! Their new album is out and it is amazing from start to finish. Their sound is even better! the tracks have this rocknroll sound wich makes it so catchy and easy to listen to while their riffs are so good and noisy. This is fast paced noiserock, but now and then the tracks slow down and they let you enjoy the heavy riffs.

A super entertaining album that is really noisy and heavy but still easy to listen too. Moon Pussy really scores with their self titled! Buy it! It is out on The Ghost is Clear!

Favourite track: “Criff and Moths” and “Fail Better” and “Tour” and well you get the picture I guess.

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Boris too reissue ‘Amplifier Worship’

In 1998 Boris released ‘Amplifier Worship’ and now the doom/trash/experimentalsts will rerelease the album and it will be out Novbember 13 through Third Man records. Pre-order Amplifier Worship here: https://orcd.co/amplifierworship. Boris is on The Cosmic Side of Japan too.

Tune in for the first track ‘Huge’.

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Boris release a four part called ‘目をそらした瞬間 -the thing which solomon overlooked’

Japan doom lords Boris have released their latest album ‘No’ only a while ago and the album brings me real joy and shortly after they have digitally released their Six-Volume Archive Series wich are full or rare releases, live recordings and demos and stuff. Now on another bandcamp day theyr are back with a new series called ‘目をそらした瞬間 -the thing which solomon overlooked’ wich is four parts long.

Listen to some essential Boris and enjoy. Boris is on The Cosmic Side of Japan too.

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Tropical Fuck Storm share Talking Heads cover

Honestly I still don’t understand why Tropical Fuck Storm is not more popular and more known by now. This band has made the most gorgeous records, the most perfect mix of psychedelic rock and heaviness, and their mellow songs are just gorgeous. Now they return yet againw ith a new 7″ that is out on Joyfull Noise Recordings and Flightless Records. The track ‘Legal Ghost’ is up for a listen and is yet again a true beauty. On the one side is the ‘Legal Ghost’ track and on the other side the Talking Heads cover ‘Heaven’. Order it now!

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The Ghost Is Clear Records 2020 Sampler

This great label just released their 2020 sampler and asks to SHARE & Donate for this collection! (donations will go to a TBA KC based organization in place to help those directly affected as of late).

The list of awesome bands on this samples is really frikkin long. This album should keep you occupied for a while, tune in now and buy it.

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Tropical Fuck Storm share track ‘Legal Ghost’ from new 7″

Honestly I still don’t understand why Tropical Fuck Storm is not more popular and more known by now. This band has made the most gorgeous records, the most perfect mix of psychedelic rock and heaviness, and their mellow songs are just gorgeous. Now they return yet againw ith a new 7″ that is out on Joyfull Noise Recordings and Flightless Records. The track ‘Legal Ghost’ is up for a listen and is yet again a true beauty. On the other side is the Talking Heads cover ‘Heaven’. Order it now!

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Shit and Shine release ‘Goat Yelling Like A Man’ on Riot Season Records

Dear people of Planet Earth, I have listened to a lot of Shit and Shine over the last years and I have to admit that I love them, I absolutely adore Shit and Shine. Their has been acid and electronic music and stuff like that and I that stuff is really good but what I love most about them is their extremely heavy sludge/noiserock. Their previous album ‘Doing Drugs, Selling Drugs’ on Riot Season Records was a such an album and it instantly ended on my number two of the year 2019.

Now, Today, ‘Goat Yelling Like A Man’ is out and it is darker and more evil and maybe even more slow then their previous  ‘DOING DRUGS, SELLING DRUGS’ . This music sounds like the evil twin brother of doommetal. Shit and Shine does it yet again.

YES

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Boris release their Six-Volume Archive Series

Japan doom lords Boris have released their latest album ‘No’ only a while ago and the album brings me real joy. Now they have digitally released their Six-Volume Archive Series wich are full or rare releases, live recordings and demos and stuff. Listen to some essential Boris and enjoy. Boris is on The Cosmic Side of Japan too.

Boris『Archive Volume Five “Pink Days”』

Recorded live in New York during Boris’s 2006 US tour. Selections from “dronevil” “mabuta no ura” and “Akuma no Uta” combined with songs from “PINK”

Boris『Archive Volume Four “Evil Stack Live”』

Full set live recording that was broadcast on Japanese government-owned radio. The setlist is compiled from songs representative of their “Uppercase BORIS” distinction, including tracks from “Heavy Rocks” (2002) and “Akuma no Uta” (2003).

Boris『Archive Volume Three “2 Long Songs”』

Originally released in 2005 from the US label “aRCHIVE”, limited to 600 copies which sold out immediately. A precious live recording from their early days, of Boris’s 1996 debut single song release, “Absolutego”, and “flood”, released in 2000, performed live together as “1 song, 1 production”.

Boris『Archive Volume Three “2 Long Songs”』

Originally released in 2005 from the US label “aRCHIVE”, limited to 600 copies which sold out immediately. A precious live recording from their early days, of Boris’s 1996 debut single song release, “Absolutego”, and “flood”, released in 2000, performed live together as “1 song, 1 production”.

Boris『Archive Volume One “Live 96-98″』

Originally released in 2005 from the US label “aRCHIVE”, limited to 600 copies which sold out immediately. Compiled from live recordings during Boris’s “Power Violence” period 1996 – 1998, including songs from the 1998 studio album “Amplifier Worship” and Archive Volume Zero “Early Demo”.

Boris『Archive Volume Zero “Early Demo”』

9 songs selected and compiled from 3 independently produced demo tapes, from the early period of Boris’s formation.
The final 10th track, “Soul Search You Sleep”, was recorded in 1996 during Boris’s first tour of the US west coast, and has been brought out of a long slumber to complete Volume Zero.

Now that you have listening to the 6 volume archive you can listen to their latest album ‘No’ once more.

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Boris release new video for track ‘Zerkalo’ from ‘No’

‘LφVE & EVφL’ was the previous album by The Japanese experimental rockers Boris, that album was filled with doom and epic guitar work. Now they are back with their new album ‘No’. This album is quite different then their latest work. This Boris is the agressive version, the hardcore and trash version, filled with epic solo work and gorgeous riffs, perfect vocals for the music. Yet they stay true to their sound, like at the end of ‘Loveless’ the typical doom sound comes back. This is a band with years of experience and an absolute talent to make heavy music.

‘No’ is an intense and fun listen, with a nostalgic vibe to it. It is awesome from start to finish. Boris is on The Cosmic Side of Japan too.

Now they released the new video ‘Zerkalo’ from that new album and it is the perfect time to revisit the whole album again.

Tune in now.

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Boris release ‘No’

‘LφVE & EVφL’ was the previous album by The Japanese experimental rockers Boris, that album was filled with doom and epic guitar work. Now they are back with their new album ‘No’. This album is quite different then their latest work. This Boris is the agressive version, the hardcore and trash version, filled with epic solo work and gorgeous riffs, perfect vocals for the music. Yet they stay true to their sound, like at the end of ‘Loveless’ the typical doom sound comes back. This is a band with years of experience and an absolute talent to make heavy music.

‘No’ is an intense and fun listen, with a nostalgic vibe to it. It is awesome from start to finish. Boris is on The Cosmic Side of Japan too.

Tune in now.

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Shit and Shine is back with new extreme heaviness on Riot Season Records

Dear people of Planet Earth, I have listened to a lot of Shit and Shine over the last years and I have to admit that I love them, I absolutely adore Shit and Shine. Their has been acid and elekctronic music and stuff like that and I that stuff is really good but what I love most about them is their extremely heavy sludge/noiserock. Their previous album ‘Doing Drugs, Selling Drugs’ on Riot Season Records was a such an album and it instantly ended on my number two of the year 2019.

Now, Today, with some many new music and full albums coming out we get the first track of their upcoming album ‘Goat Yelling Like A Man’. The track is called ‘Welcome’ and what can I say? It feels like me bed has come alive and tries to suffocate me gently. It is so destructive and so beautiful.

Gorgeous

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Japanese heaviness Boris are back with new music

‘LφVE & EVφL’ was the previous album by The Japanese experimental rockers Boris, that album was filled with doom and epic guitar work. Now they are back with the first track of their upcoming album ‘No’. This album will be released July 3d. The first track is called ‘Loveless’ and it really is an amazing track, it starts of as thrash metal track with hardcore influences and again the typical guitar work. More at the end of the song the signature sound of Boris comes out, sweeping doom with epic screeching guiter. This track is really good and promising for the whole record. Boris is on The Cosmic Side of Japan too.

Tune in now.

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Favourite tracks of May

Here we are slowly creeping towards the end of hopefully the one and only deadly wave of the virus, while life is crawling towards some sort of new normality their were also a lot of absolutely great releases in May. So I am going to list my favourits here for your pleasure.

Most of these track you can find on The Psychedelic List or The Heavy List.

 

 

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Tropical Fuck Storm drop cover sung by Amy Taylor

This is just incredible fun, Tropical Fuck Storm dropped a new track recently called “Supurbiopia” wich is great and you can listen to hear but now they have released a cover of the Australian punk band The Saints. The track “This Perfect Day” is sung by sung by Amy Taylor from Amyl & The Sniffers with drums by Sean Powell from Surfbort. The band is calling them sNIFFsURFsTORM wich makes everything just so frikkin much fun. Tune in and have a good time. These two tracks are on 7″ that you can get on Joyfullnoise.

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Favourite tracks of March

Ah March, beautiful March, the month in quarantine, the month of sickness, the beginning of the end of the word. You people were all so stressed out and buying toiletpaper that almost nobody came looking to my magnificent website. So I made a quick overview of the death month. This list is extremely cool, the bands that released music this month where again incredible so take your time and listen. really awesome stuff, I put some releases a bit bigger because they are so cool.

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GIRLSVILLE RECORDS SAMPLER

It’s only five bucks for this Girlsville compilation that is filled with goodies, both released and unreleased tracks from a lot of different artists like Hood Rats, The Prissteens, Coachwips and my favourite band from Grilville: Towanda. Support the Portland label and artist and throw your money at them.

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Tropical Fuck Storm share new track “Suburbiopia”

Their previous album “Braindrops” still gets a lot of plays in my home and the Australian band always brings refreshing and original tunes. And now it seems we get new music by the band. The track is called “Suburbiopia” and features Amy Taylor of Amyl and The Sniffers, Dan Kelly and Sean Powell of Surfbort. This track comes from the B-side of yhe upcoming 7″ ‘This Perfect Day’  wich will be released April 3.

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Favorite tracks of February

I had the shits and the flu this month, I lost a couple of kilograms and directly after gained a couple extra, I worked, saw some live bands, bought the Grauzone EP with that gorgeous “EISBAER” track and listened to a crapload of good new music. It has been a ridiculously good month for music. You guys were probably to lazy to follow everything on here so here is a summary of February because I love you guys so much.