Man oh man, so many good albums have been released in 2013. Just a couple more opportunities to post Under The Needle before the end of the year favorites list will be created. That is one of my favorite holiday activities
Just to remind people: Under The Needle was created as an outlet for us to share albums we have presently 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.
Rabbits — S.O.S. (Singles, Other Shit)
Like most things, I was late to the game with Rabbits. I didn’t know about these guys until they put out Bites Rites last year on Good To Die Records. On 12/3/2013 their upcoming collection, S.O.S. (Singles, Other Shit), was released. This is a special release that showcases material that was either b-sides, demos, alternate versions and more that were created anywhere between 2006-2013.
The first side has six original songs while the second side has a collection of covers. The press release indicates that the covers are of their favorite ‘80s punk and hardcore songs, mistreated as their own, no doubt to piss you off. Listen to the cover of “Rebel Girl” by Bikini Kill below. It features the vocals of the dynamic front woman of the late/great Fist Fite.
There are many reasons that I love S.O.S. Yeah, of course I love it for the obvious: Mind melting rock music and the adrenaline that Rabbits always drags out of the glands with both hands. There is something more here though. They are a band that enjoys to hide in the dark corners and play the small clubs. That is part of what makes them special. This release serves as a bit of a history lesson for the uninitiated and I hope that it wakes some people the fuck up.
No vinyl release announced for this one but there is a limited cassette edition (100 available) and you can get that over here –> Rabbits – S.O.S. (Singles, Other Shit)
The THANGS — Wedodo
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I am a fan of beats and electronic music but rarely do they find themselves among my favorite releases of the year. The THANGS pumped out 15 tracks spanning 36 minutes. I love how Data Garden explains who/what The THANGS are on their website:
Investigations commissioned by Data Garden Company, LLC have attempted to gather photographic evidence of The THANGS. While research teams describe having direct contact with these phenomena, The THANGS appear on film as nothing more than unexplained colors and extrasolar events. With no conclusive visual documentation of these occurrences, it is still generally accepted among the scientific community that The THANGS do, indeed, exist.
Current theories related to the existence of The THANGS suggest that they are hand-crafted manifestations of creative energy. These are described as being generated from fragments of experience transmitted by pen, paper, audio samples, memories and the rhythms of life.
It seems that The THANGS can not be defined by the names of those whose hands produce them. They are therefore best understood through direct sensory experience as oscillations of pressure transmitted through air and patterns of ink committed to paper.
No vinyl copies of this bad boy so you are only able to pick it up digitally. However, Data Garden does this cool plantable album deal that comes with a digital download. I picked up the plantable version of Wedodo but haven’t planted it yet. There are three versions left (as of today) at their bandcamp –> The THANGS – Wedodo
Red Fang — Whales And Leeches
Portland’s Red Fang has changed more of my friends’ minds regarding heavy music than any other band out there. It is alway more fun to go to shows with friends. You get to share a special experience and relive it later in life with your loved ones. Thanks to these dudes, and their killer live show, I have a plethora of people that want to catch a load of heavy vibes right on their face. Whales And Leeches showcases the desire to continue to evolve. A lot of bands out there become one dimensional and predictable but Red Fang always keep me on my toes. I still feel that I am peeling layers off with each listen. These are my favorite kinds of albums though, they get better with age.
There are all kinds of vinyl packages you can purchase at the Relapse store –> Red Fang – Whales And Leeches
Death Grips — Government Plates
Death Grips have been in the news for all of the wrong reasons since their departure from Epic. I know they don’t care but a lot of fans do care. Out of three opportunities I have had to see them each has been very different. One time they cancelled (ahead of time at least). The next time Zach Hill and MC Ride both showed up (OUT OF CONTROL GOOD). The last time MC Ride showed up with a DJ (He held his own but I am a Zach Hill fanatic). Dropping an album out of nowhere is consistent on how this crew roles. Ultimately, it doesn’t bother me any more how they role. I love when they give us good music and Government Plates is beat heavy goodness.
You can download this album for free from their website (listed above) or just do it from their soundcloud.