Thursday, December 11, 2008

Someone Like You....

I'm sure most of you know John Doe from his well known band X and Flesheaters, as well as his modest acting career(besides Roadhouse that is). But still, I've been wondering how many of you have heard The Knitters. The Knitters are 3/4's of X(minus Billy Zoom) and they play what has been called "Cow Punk" though I like to think of it as their take on Roger Miller's style. That's not a bad thing to emulate anyways. These folks debuted with the great "Poor Little Critter on the Road" in 1985 which contained some original songs, a few covers, and some reworked X songs. This album is fucking classic. The songwriting is wonderful and the musicianship is as great as any X fan would expect. Some would argue that they were far better suited to work in this style though as a passionate lover of X's first 4 albums, I'm kind of on the fence on that one.. The Knitters took a while off but in 2005 put out their 2nd album entitled "The Modern Sounds of the Knitters". Unfortunately for us all, I don't have this one yet nor have I heard it. if someone sends it my way, I'll put it up here on the double.Anyway, take the one you can get......It's a beauty.

Poor Little Critter on the Road

This gal here is my partner in crime and Darrylynn's mom, Dianna Lee. Today is her 30th birthday. It's unbelievable to me to sit here and think to myself that we've known each other for almost 15 years but 15 years it has been. Dianna graduated with her degree in Psychology this past summer after 5 long grueling years. We've been to hell and back through those last 5 years but we're still standing. Dianna, besides being an awesome mom also dedicates her love and energy working with 6 other children at work. She also organizes for the Student Peace Alliance of Rutland County(S.P.A.R.C.) and her and I "Counter Recruit" at local high schools and hand out literature to "targets" of the military and tell them the other side of the story that they don't get from those bastards. She's tireless and everyone that knows her knows that she would bend over backwards for a complete stranger. Fuck, most of the arguing that we do is me getting on her case for doing too much when I think she's being taken advantage of. You know, she's been dragged through the shit more than a lot of people will ever know and she still puts a smile on her face for everybody. People should be more like Dianna, really.

Dianna loves the Knitters and the Knitters love her. So all of you out there, wish her a happy birthday when you get a second.............Troy

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Before he made his presence known in Napalm Death, Fall of Because, and Godflesh, Justin Broadrick had a fruitful obsession with his Brian Eno and Throbbing Gristle records. Man, it's been a dreary couple of days up here in Vermont. Final is my soundtrack to a good session of gazing out the window and watching the rain splatter the road. Every year, I just know when it's time to dig out the album One and let it take over.

One part 1

One part 2

Final, for years, was something that just seeped through the cracks of all the Godflesh albums and the plethora of other J.K. Broadrick side projects that have been born throughout the years. Thanks to Neurot Recordings and most notably Steve Von Till, Final has bloomed into a more regular sort of twin to Jesu. I haven't heard any Final albums besides One and Solaris, so if anyone wants to trade, I have a ton of stuff uploaded and I'd be glad to help you out too.

Solaris part 1

Solaris part 2

There are so many "Ambient" albums out there and I know a lot of you probably cringe at that term anyway but I must tell you, Solaris is really good, One is the perfect album everyone dreams of making........................Troy

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Here we go again....

Welcome back and my apologies for the delay.This was originally supposed to be part of the Skaven post but I had not heard back from these guys with the go ahead to put this stuff up. I never did hear anything but since I already uploaded it, here it is.
Stormcrow are an active Oakland Stenchcore/Crust band. They have a style that is similar but a little bit more straight forward than Skaven. They rock just the same, it's just that their singer lacks the eccentricities that Zeb was known for. I learned of these guys on the Life is Abuse page awhile back. After seeing that Nate from Destroy, Brain Oil, Squalor, Silenced, among others, was involved,I was definitely intrigued. I haven't heard a band that he was in that I didn't like.
So, without further delay.....have some of their records:

Enslaved in Darkness

split with Sanctum

split with Skaven

and here are a series of videos from "Kill that Cat" via Youtube. They are of Stormcrow playing at Gilman St.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

Live at The Haz Mat in 2005