Loud, sloppy, garage-inspired crap and plainly inevitable

Here comes a piece of music history.
The THROWN UPS was a band that didn't write songs and never actually praticed. They strictly based their first recordings on jams and eventually released 3 45s between 1986 and 1988 (their first 7", "Felch" was released on Amphetamine Reptile, making them the first group to be signed on that label).

Their sole LP, "Melancholy Girlhole" saw the light of day in 1990, as a triple 7" box in the US, on Amphetamine Reptile, and as a regular LP on the German label Glitterhouse.

For those who don't know anything about the band, just note Mark Arm and Steve Turner were parts of it just before founding MUDHONEY.
At that time, nobody had ever talked about Grunge.

Here come : Sloppy Pud Love, Stock Boy & Our Ladies R Bitches.


Of the filth, the decay and the decline of our times

Let's put it straight, PISSED JEANS is a badass of a band.
I discovered the band thanks to the folks from Ongakubaka (they ranked "King of Jeans" in their 2009 Best Albums chart). And yeah, "King of Jeans" IS one of 2009 best albums.

So I first downloaded PISSED JEANS' 3 studio albums. I bought "Hope for Men'" and "King of Jeans" right away.
Immediately recognizable Seattle patented sound and attitude : fucked-up vocals, dissonant guitars, pounding dreams.

For those of you who are nostalgic of the Grunge scene (and especially of the THROWN-UPS), then you gotta rush on those 2 records (their debut is a bit too awkward at times).

Please try 'Secret Admirer' and 'Fantasy World', both from "Hope for Men".

Then click 'Dream Smotherer' and 'Spent'. Those are monsters.

Oh, and by the way, these are Sub Pop releases.


Super group. Super heavy. Super debut!

I first heard about this potential "Doom supergroup" in the beginning of 2009 and have been waiting for their debut since then.

Now this is reality, and the vinyl version, mastered at 45rpm, makes it even more incredibly fantastic.

Absolutely one of the most accomplished records of 2009, and one to become a timeless classic imho.

Those massive, monolithic riffs Wino manages to pull off of his instrument are just so fucking hypnotic and grand there's no word to describe the heaviness of it all.
Meditative, spiritual and crushingly powerful at times.

I won't waste time on enumerating superlatives.
And considering the line-up of SHRINEBUILDER, I would lack superlatives anyway.

Just note this heavy baby is the european version and has a beautiful etching on side 3 (as the US version does) and is A/B blue/black and C/D orange/black (sorta marbled/splattered-ish... beautiful!).

I give you Solar Benediction and Blind For All To See.