Dec 022021

Kayo Dot

(Here are Gonzo’s album recommendations from among those released during November 2021.)

And just like that, November came and went.

While most of us are probably still unpacking the bullshit that 2020 brought, it’s hard to believe that we’re only a month away from 2022. Follow me for more proof that we’re living in a simulation.

Though November was a flash in the pan in the big scheme of things, the music that was released during those 30 days have sent my year-end list plans into a tailspin. Too much good stuff, not enough time to listen to it all.

That said, the stuff I did get around to spending time with was damn good. Four albums in particular have made the cut this month. Continue reading »

Oct 052013

Metal is mood music.  A few recent cases in point:


“City Kids” puts you in the mood to pound six shots of whisky in rapid succession, rip your shirt off, start busting up the furniture, run out into the street and expose yourself to passing cars, pick fights in the nearest bar, black out, and wake up wondering how all that vomit got on your pants and whether that’s your blood in your mouth or someone else’s. Death punk ‘n’ roll.


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Nov 142011

(NCS writer BadWolf brings us a bit of intriguing news . . .)

This is incredible news.

maudlin of the Well [yes, it’s like that on purpose] are one of metal’s best-kept secrets. During a too-brief career, they created two of the best avant-garde/progressive metal albums of all time: My Fruit Psychobells and Bath/Leaving Your Body Map. Led by Toby Driver (who transformed the band into evil jazz/metallic ambient band Kayo Dot), motW were blending jazz and metal nearly a decade before Shining and Ihsahn made it cool again.

In 2009 they reformed and released their third album, Part the Second, independently via free download.

Enough history, let’s talk music and news. maudlin of the Well made music of incredible quality that was likewise next to impossible to listen to. In that way I would call them the only true contemporary of Blut Aus Nord. While all of mauldin’s (and Kayo Dot’s) albums are worth listening to, 2001’s Bath/Leaving Your Body Map is their opus. I can only describe it as two hours of pure mania, at times mellow and at times invigorating. They have a unique talent for unnerving listeners and making gorgeous sounds at the same time –especially on Bath/Leaving Your Body Map. Sadly it’s been out of print for a very, VERY long time.

Fortunately for us, Driver and Co are reissuing this masterpiece on vinyl. Unfortunately, it’s limited to 300 copies. In any event, this is a great opportunity to re-discover the bad acid amazing that was(is?) maudlin of the Well. (details about the re-issue are after the jump, along with motW music . . .) Continue reading »