Music Reviews

Dead Meadow

Dead Meadow

Tolotta

Nifty thing Fugazi’s Joe Lally has going with his Tolotta imprint, quietly and confidently cranking out psychedelic doom records right and left, most prominently with Spirit Caravan, most recently with Dead Meadow. Dead Meadow’s eponymous debut chugs rather metronomically at times, rather chaotically at others, the end result being on the jammier, more exploratory end of doom metal, forests n? wizards psychedelic veneer and all. Garaged, but definitely bubbling up from some cauldron that knows no time or place, Dead Meadow lands at that point where Blue Cheer, early Hawkwind, and perhaps Can?s heavier moments (mentally, not necessarily volume-wise) may or may not meet up – that is, if they haven’t done so already. Compounding this alien suspension, guitarist Jason Simon’s wispy, barely-there vocals lend a softer, more surreal feel to the album’s proceedings, certainly at odds with much of stoner metal’s typically rabble-rousing vocal exhortations, but certainly something that works to Dead Meadow’s advantage. “Beyond the Fields We Know” indeed.

Tolotta, PO Box 4412, Arlington, VA 22204


Recently on Ink 19...

New Music Now 011: Nora O’Connor

New Music Now 011: Nora O’Connor

Features

On today’s New Music Now, Judy Craddock talks to our musical guest, Nora O’Connor, about her solo album, My Heart, and the captivating new music she’s listening to right now. Tune in for great music, and more ’90s references than you can shake a scrunchie at.

Big Time Gambling Boss

Big Time Gambling Boss

Screen Reviews

Writer Kazuo Kasahara and director Kôsaku Yamashita transcend genre conventions to create the memorable film Big Time Gambling Boss. Phil Bailey reviews.

Frank Bello

Frank Bello

Features

Frank Bello’s new memoir Fathers, Brothers, and Sons: Surviving Anguish, Abandonment, and Anthrax takes us from a New York childhood, to Anthrax stadium tours, to fatherhood with the charming informality of a conversation with an old friend. Then I’m Gone, Bello’s first solo EP, provides accompaniment. Joe Frietze reviews.

An Interview with Starberry

An Interview with Starberry

Interviews

Rising musician Starberry blends rock and roll and post-punk for a refreshing punch that sticks around. Elijah McDaniel talks with the New Jersey artist about creativity, falsettos, and grinding the internet.

%d bloggers like this: