08.24.18

CSTB’s Entertaiment Division Presents A New Album From Borzoi, Coming September 21

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(“Big Pink” – video directed by Taylor Browne)

BorzoiA Prayer For War (12XU 109-1)
out September 21

I’ve grown weary of calling Borzoi one of the nation’s best live bands, not because it isn’t 100% true, but because I’ve long ago stopped making excuses for how their prior recordings failed to capture the full range of their muscularity, their absurdity or nearly boundless level of invention. Thankfully, though, others actually liked those recordings.

Of the Austin trio’s 2017 ‘Surrender The Farm’ EP, The Wire’s Byron Coley called the 7”, “very thudly” (“slams straight along like a cement truck full of corndogs”), while Yellow Green Red’s Matt Korvette hailed the band’s “mangy form of post-punky garage-rock, equipped with a nimble heaviness and plenty of dirt under the nails,” (“there’s no confusing their rough-and-tumble punk with noise or no-wave, and yet I feel like subtle hints of Sightings, Liars and Harvey Milk creep through. Borzoi run through a variety of tempos and moods on these four tracks, from inebriated and confused to spastic and scared.”)

(l-r : Zachary Wood, Rhys Woodruff, Taylor Browne. photo : Jordan Willis)

On the way-too-long-in-the making, ‘A Prayer For War’ (expertly recorded by Ian Rundell, notable for recent works from Xetas, Spray Paint and Exhalants), I’m happy to confirm Borzoi are exponentially less mangy though improved production values have done nothing to quash the band’s idiosyncrasies. While fellow travelers plunder the early ’90’s Amp Rep catalog and perform spirited mimicry of The Year ____ Broke, Borzoi’s Rhys Woodruff (drums/vocals), Zachary Wood (guitar/vocals) and Taylor Browne (bass) are operating on another level altogether, and if completing a conceptual K.O. like this album hasn’t entirely cured them of self-saboteur moves (ie. blatantly lying about where they’re from — though under the circumstances, can you blame them?), they’ve set an awfully high bar for what any remaining deep thinkers might attempt, lyrically or musically (though truth be told, their fixation with life during wartime is no easier to figure out than whatever Wood comes up with on the guitar). ‘A Prayer For War’ takes Borzoi’s truculent worldview and glues it to accompaniment that’s as dazzling as it is confounding. You’ll be tempted to call the trio of Wood, Woodruff and Browne a well-oiled machine, but unless you’re comparing them to an Koenigsegg Agera RS, you’re selling them very short.

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upcoming shows :

August 30 – Beerland, Austin (with The Dead Space)
September 14 – Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin
September 25 – Barracuda, Austin (w/ Deaf Wish, Sean Morales)?
October 4 – Paper Tiger, San Antonio, (w/ Metz)?
October 5 – Hotel Vegas, Austin (rec release show, w/ Tshushimamire, Loafer)
October 7 – Backyard on Bell, Denton TX
October 8 – The Backspace, Fayetteville AR
October 9 – The Middle East, Kansas City MO
October 10 – Brother’s Lounge, Ohmaha NE
October 11 – Moon Palace Books, Minneapolis MN
October 12 – Mickey’s Tavern, Madison WI
October 13 – The Archer Ballroom, Chicago IL
October 14 – Donovan’s Pub, Detroit MI
October 15 – Gooski’s, Pittsburgh PA
October 19 – The Glove, Brooklyn NY
October 21 – EMP Collective, Baltimore MD
October 23 – Static Age, Asheville NC

08.13.18

Two New Titles Coming September 7 From Cumbucket Media’s Neglected Entertainment Division

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UNHOLY TWO‘The Pleasure To End All Pleasures’ LP (12XU 100-1)

More than 4 years have elapsed since Unholy Two’s ‘Talk About Hardcore’ rendered what was left of the nation’s alleged “noise-rock” milieu as obsolete as the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Though naive, feeble competitors struggled to keep up during that period, Unholy Two instead retreated to their Columbus, OH compound where the exhaustive attempts to top a universally-acknowledged masterpiece began. ??

Nearly 51 months (and hundreds of dollars) later, the duo of Chris Lutzko and Kellie Morgan-Lutzko) —– have re-emerged with the 3rd Unholy Two album, ‘The Pleasure To End All Pleasures’. Putting the O NO in “monolithic”, the Lutzkos have made zero concession to past or present notions of rock, underground or otherwise. With scattered allusions to some of history’s most malignant figures (Peter Kürten in the album title, Chris Benoit in “Master Of The Crossface”, the Rev. Jim Jones in “Let The Night Roar”, Godsmack in “Woodstock ’99”), the two guitar onslaught sounds closer to two hundred. The end result is nothing short of musical obliteration and the most fully realized documentation of this band’s nightmare vision.

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(photo : Michael O’Shaughnessy)

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ROCKET 808
– “Digital Billboards” b/w “Mystery Train” 7″ (12XU 110-7)

Since the mid 1990’s guitarist/vocalist John Schooley has been performing CPR on a succession of raw musics — as of this moment in time, he’s the only person who can claim to have been a member of the Crypt, Goner, Sympathy For The Record Industry and 12XU rosters, which either qualifies him for a plaque or combat pay. While this label presided over projects as idiosyncratic as Schooley’s acoustic collaboration with Walter Daniels (2014’s ‘Dead Mall Blues’) or the electric Meet Your Death (2016), neither are sufficient preperation for John’s other one-man project, Rocket 808.

(photo by Angela Betancourt)

An ingenious mix of 1970’s analog drum machines with raw guitar, this is less of a style clash and more akin to a minimalist tour de force. Like Suicide adding Link Wray as a third band member, Rocket 808’s debut single is an incadescent, noirish hint of what’s in store for a full-length album in early 2019.

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