Update 5: The Cosmic Side Of Japan

Now and then I give you an update n the evergrowing list ‘The Cosmic Side of Japan’ wich is filled with heavy psych, japanoise and noiserock from, guess it or not, Japan. This is Update number 5. Tune in and if you have not checked out the immense full list, then do it HERE.

Musica Transonic

The Black Editions release remixed and remastered by Asahito Nanjo
Vinyl Mastering by JJ Golden, Golden Mastering. Musica Transonic (Asahito Nanjo, Makoto Kawabata, Yoshida Tatsuya) released this in 1995 on P.S.F. Records.

Mienkakunaru

Mike Vest (wich playes in a lot of bands like Blown Out, Melting Hand, 11Paranoias,..), Junzo Suzuki (20 Guilders, Astral Travelling Unity, a lot of solo work and a lot of collabs) and Dave Sneddon are Mienkakunare and you can buy their new album on bandcamp and check out the 17 minute first song.

Fuji

Fuji are Mik Quantius, Bart De Paepe, Louise Frères, Warre Fungus and Junzo Suzuki. in November 2018, they did their first time touring around Belgium/Nederland with Junzo and legendary Mil Quantius of Embryo. this recording is the Document of their Complete Show at Barley in Brussels.

Angel’in Heavy Syrup

This is gorgeous psychedelic rock from this Osaka band that started in 1990. They made four albums and a best of and afterwards fallen into indefinite hiatus status it seems.

Quitters

This is the first full length from the Copenhagen sludge punkers Quitters. They have released three EP’s in the past and now they have shared their new LP called ‘Man’ wich has been released on Virkelighedsfjern. An album filled with really good riffs that can bring joy to everyone that likes their music heavy. Tune in now and play loud.

https://www.facebook.com/Virkelighedsfjern

https://www.facebook.com/quitters666/

Skiska Skooper shares new clip for ‘Heroin Shifter’

“Surreality Check” is the latest album by the Belgian trio Skiska Skooper. The album ended on my end of the year list and has some absolute killer songs. They made a couple of vids too wich are shared below. Now we can check out the new vid for ‘Heroin Shifter’ wich is the campfire vibe track of the album. Tune in and enjoy.

You can find Skiska Skooper and more on “The Big Belgian Noiserock List”.

https://www.facebook.com/skiskaskooper/

TRVSS release new EP ‘The Boiling Frog’

Experimental noiserockers TRVSS released their awesome album new distances somewhere in July this year on Cruel Nature records and now they are back with a new three track EP called ‘The Boiling Frog’. These are three bursts of agressive noisepunk/hardcore. It is shirt, fast and in your face and an absolute blast to listen too.

https://www.facebook.com/trvssnoise/

https://cruelnaturerecordings.bandcamp.com/music

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

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!

Locean release ‘Top Ten Zen Meditations’ on Artificial Head Records

Really happy to say here that the Manchester band Locean is back with a new album. The band released the absolutly gorgeous album ‘Chav Anglais’ last year end it ended on my favourite list of 2019.

Now after hearing the full album I am even more excited, This new album called ‘Top Ten Zen Meditations’ is a brilliant piece of experimental postpunk/noise whatever music.

The vocals, wich are really cool, belong to Lauren Bolger who does the vocals on two tracks of the Holy Scum EP’s too.  The band has two drummers, Danny Watson and Ben Nield. Jefferson Templeon does Guitar, Mixing & Mastering. Then two bassist David McLean and Ash Reid. Keys are Marion Mucciante and the Vibe by Neil Francis.

I was patiently waiting on this album because it is the last one I really wanted to hear this year before the release of my EOTY list, wich will be out on 14th of December an wich Locean is a part of.

The album starts with the smooth track ‘Coca Cola’ wich brings you in this hypnotic vibe. The second one is ‘Clicking Fingers’ and is 8 minutes of refreshing experimental minimal eerie nowave that slowly builds to a noisefest. ‘Sppruce Bingsteen’ was the single they shared a while ago and builds further on the vibe of ‘Clicking Fingers’ but with an even more eerie vibe. ‘Twenty Zen’ makes you ascend to heaven. The the ten minute track ‘Officer’ is a gorgeous psych, really lovin the guitar and basslines here. ‘Forever Zen’ may be my favourite at the moment with the psychedelic atmosphere and screeching guiters that hit me right in the feels. More psychedelic guitarwork on ‘Looking for Melody’ and tha albums ends with the thirteen minute track ‘All Around Me’ that is meditive and magnificent.

I love experimental music and with this album Locean have proven them masters in mixing all different kinds of experimental genres in one hypnotic, wild ride. ‘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!

https://www.facebook.com/noskyn/

https://www.facebook.com/ArtificialHead

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/

JARS to release “III / ДЖРС III” on Forbidden Place Records/ Pogorecords

JARS is an Russian three piece noisepunk/rock band. Their music is wild and frenzy, filled with anger. Their new album “III / ДЖРС III” features a new drummer and bassist and with this brand new line-up they have a more catchy punk sound but still dirty enough for the noiserockfan. The first track is called ‘Sick’ and you can listen to it here. Out on Forbidden Place Records and Pogorecords.

https://www.facebook.com/jarsmsk/

https://www.facebook.com/PogoRecords/

https://www.facebook.com/forbiddenplacerecords/

Gary, Indiana release third track ‘Nike of Samothrace’

Gary, Indiana is a band that has only three tracks out yet but makes very original music, the duo from Manchester throws all kinda genres in their music and create their own sound and it fits all really good. And I am really glad to see that the third track is again a very good one. Very awesome bass lines and again cool vocals of Valentine. This is a very promising band and I really need more than these three track. Listen!

https://www.facebook.com/garyindianaband

The Psychotic Monks release ‘Private Meaning First’

The Psychotic Monks released their new album ‘Private Meaning First’ and it is a gorgeous piece of work. The band has perfected their sound over the years and it feels like they have gotten where they wanted too. They blend noiserock and post punk throughout their album but it is the atmosphere that is the strongest, a dark and eerie atmosphere that feels epic.

This whole album feels cinematic, it feels like they have thought out every note and every sound carefully and have so created an album that directly kicks you in the feels.

The complete album is a triumph, from the heavy fuzzed out and noisy riffs to the dark atmospheric tracks.

‘Private Meaning First’ needs to be in your collection. Out on Fatcat Records.

https://www.facebook.com/ThePsychoticMonks/

Mr. Phylzzz share new track “KARL AND HIS NEW BIG SUIT”

The Cincinnati duo Mr. Phylzzz makes cult rock with a splash of noiserock. I am still enjoying their previous album ‘Penitent Curtis’ and some of their later released tracks and now I can add this awesome new track called “KARL AND HIS NEW BIG SUIT” too.

Tune in for some big fat riffs.

https://www.facebook.com/mrphylzzz/

https://www.facebook.com/amphetaminereptile/

https://www.shoxop.com/products/mr-phylzzz-penitent-curtis-cd?_pos=1&_sid=276d487f9&_ss=r

Twisted Ankle release self titles album

The UK band Twisted Ankle deals in experimental punk that can sound jolly and fun but also in your face crushing punk. This album is an excellent album, it is fun but still tough enough to boast about it to your friends.

listen, yeah, listen to it and then  buyt it, there are tracks on for every membe rof the family, you can’t miss.

https://www.facebook.com/TwistedAnkle/

https://www.facebook.com/breakfastlabel/

Spectres released ‘It’s never Going To Happen And This Is Why’

Bristol noisemakers Spectres are back with full force. Their new album ‘It’s Never Going To Happen And This Is Why’ is released on October 30 and is a furious piece of music. This new album balances perfectly between relentless noise rock, intense postpunk and hypnotic experimental vibes.

I am pretty sure you will need this one in your collection. Tune in and fry your brain.

Favourite track: On Nepotism

https://www.facebook.com/wearespectres

‘Open Then Spit’ by Dirty Junk

Dirty junk is a Minnesota Duo that makes this agressive noiserock and I am instantly a fan of their music, it makes me think of Shimmer and L’ocean. The vocals are wild and ferocious and the music is extremely heavy, quite incredible they succeed at making such heavy music with only two people. The second track ‘Hatchu’ is just incredible, these immense riffs and the vocals make me itch to break something. I did not know this band before and I am so happy to find this, I know they will make me feel so much better. Five tracks of brutal energy and immense rifs.

Their album ‘Open then Spit’ was released July 13 and can be bought here.

https://www.facebook.com/DirtyJunkBand/

Them Teeth release ‘Tired.’ on Triple Eye Records

Them Teeth makes big matcho sludge riffs and in your face noiserock. And they do it really good on their new record ‘Tired.’ wich is out on Triple Eye Records. These three dudes just throw heavy riffs in your face for ten tracks and it is awesome. Tune in now.

https://www.facebook.com/themteeth

https://www.facebook.com/tripleeyeindustries

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.

https://www.facebook.com/MoonPu55y

https://www.facebook.com/TGICRECS

The Tunnel released ‘Condemned​/​Collapse’

San Francisco trio The Tunnel released their latest album ‘Shapeshifter’ on Forbidden Place Records and I really liked it so I am happy to share with you their two new tracks called ‘Condemned’ and ‘Collapsed’ out on King of Sticks Recording Collaborative (https://www.kingofsticks.com/). And it is Recorded by Jordan Sobolew (you know, Reptiod, the one I have been ranting about).

Tune in now.

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