Under The Needle February 2015

Just to remind people:  Under The Needle was created as an outlet for us to share albums we have recently been listening to.  These albums are created by bands that deserve your support and money.  I mean, think about how big music is in your life.  We don’t have a style of music that we cover and not everyone will like what we post about.  If one person that didn’t know about one of these albums enjoys it and in turn supports that band…it is all worth it.  There are links to purchase the music in this post but we also urge you to go support your local record stores if possible!

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Lord Dying — Poisoned Altars
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Good heavy rock is not of short supply in Portland.  Lord Dying may be the current kings of the mountain though.  Their second release on Relapse has everything that we have come to love about these guys.  In addition to the massive riffs and face melting guitar solos they even have fellow PDX rock royalty Aaron Beam (Red Fang) on one track.  If you get a chance to see them live don’t mess up.  At their Seattle record release show they had Nick Parks (Gaytheist) filling in on drums.  All due respect to their recording drummer but Mr. Parks is one of my current favorite drummers PERIOD.  They absolutely killed it together.  I have heard he will be on all dates of their current tour.  Pick up a copy over here –> Lord Dying – Poisoned Altars

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Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth — S/T
Neurot Recordings

I’m never ashamed of being late to the game when it comes to knowing certain bands/musicians.  Over the years I have heard and read about the legendary Tad.  Somehow I have never listened to any of the music this man has been a part of creating.  That is until the most recent self titled album from his band Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth.  It is a journey album.  It mostly consists of tracks that are over 7 1/2 minutes long.  The album has been in my car for about 3 weeks and every time the last song ends and the first song starts again I just let it play.  Seriously on repeat.  This album crushes all that come in it’s path and it feels damn good to be crushed.  Purchase a copy over here –>  Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth – S/T

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Kevin Gates — Luca Brasi 2
Self Released

If I had more time with Luca Brasi 2 before the end of last year I am sure it would have ended up on my favorites of the year list.  Kevin Gates is not always in the news for positive things (google him).  As a matter of fact, I have serious concerns about how big of a piece of shit he may be.  That being said, you can’t take away how good of a rapper he is.  He blows my mind on the majority of the 18 tracks on this album.  Seriously genius stuff.  If you are a fan of rap you have to do yourself a favor and check this man out.  Head over here to download the album –> Kevin Gates – Luca Brasi 2

You can download the mixtape over here –>  Kevin Gates – Luca Brasi 2

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PowerTakeOff — This Is Late
PowerTakeOff on Facebook
Learning Curve Records

This record has been growing on me with each listen.  I purchased it when Good To Die Records picked up some distribution in a trade with Learning Curve Records.  I figured I would just roll the dice and pick up all I could.  This Is Late was a mystery to me.  They create a heavy brand of rock that incorporates slide guitar and voodoo tribal rhythms at times.  It all fits together nicely.  One of my favorite things about them is their lyrics.  One of my favorites is “Some may find the firing squad problematic.  But to me it’s a fucking symphony.  Even if I’m on the wrong side of it” (From “Firing Squad”).  The whole album is great and it is worth taking it for a test drive.  Once you are a believer you can purchase a copy on vinyl over here –> PowerTakeOff – This Is Late

Powers – “Prom Song”

Oh my, this video is wonderful.  Seattle’s Powers hit me in all the right spots.

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Check out their album Doris Rising over HERE.


Somehow I missed the boat on Seattle’s Murmurs dropping an album in 2014. These guys caught our attention with the ripping track “Woof” from last year’s Seattle Noise Vol. 1. Now we have the pleasure of hearing a full length LP titled Bound.  The album will see a physical release on Dead Broke Records and you can order a copy over here –> Murmurs – Bound

This Friday the 13th enjoy yourself to the max by attending their LP release show at Black Lodge.  I can guarantee it will be a good time.  If you don’t trust me take the album for a test drive and you will see.


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