Louisville music mayor Sean Bailey shares his picks for the best local albums of 2011 in this week’s LEO Weekly. Here are some extra, non-full-length selections of the maestro:
No Vacation 7”
Favorite Track: “No Vacation”
Spasmodic post-rock which manifests asymmetrical song structures, barreling percussion, and jangly chord progressions, all mixed with fervent vocals sure to set your ears ablaze.
Black God 7”
FT: “This Life”
From the ashes of Black Cross, our city’s new post-hardcore savior has been born. Six brutal tracks in less than 12 minutes, featuring THE VOICE of Louisville’s ‘90s hardcore scene, Rob Pennington, along with heavily decorated music vets lay an impenetrable foundation, and merciless riffage.
Loose Secrets EP
FT: “Year of the Snake”
Percolating with gritty garage-rock tones, and emitting dark psychedelic-infused notions, this captivating nugget is one in which the Stooges, Timothy Leary, and proto-punk dignitaries could all be proud of.
The Phantom Family Halo with Bonnie “Prince” Billy
The Mindeater 10”
FT: “Roki For Now”
A succinct EP of psychedelia-infused cabin-core which sees both the “Prince” and Phantom’s frontman, Dominic Cipolla, blending a sense of folk aesthetics with lo-fi auditory nuances. Together, they breathe a macabre etherealness of quavering vocal timbres and ghostly sparseness.
Straight A’s/Prideswallower Split 7”
FT: “Suicide Note”
Rowdy and omnipotent, this power-trio proficiently concocts sludgy, noisy, and fuzzily-distorted face-melters that would have had Sub Pop, AmRep, and C/Z Records in a bidding war had this 7” been released 25 years ago. Barefaced, unaffected grunginess, adequately equipped to keep the flannel flag flying high!
Rude Weirdo 7”
FT: “Hey Freaky, Hi Freaky (Bonus)”
Idiosyncratic songwriting and ever-abundant in their own bugged-out sense of buffoonery, this two track 7” (with bonus track) exemplifies everything we’ve come to know and love about the sum of Rude Weirdo’s parts. Unabashed and unrefined avant-punk, emblazoned with subtleties ranging from hip-hop to R&B, all which harmoniously distress the status quo.
Xerxes/Midnight Souls Split 7”
FT: “But I Don’t See You Anywhere”
Both songs on this limited edition 7” take their namesake from lyrics contained within The Band’s 1969 classic, “Whispering Pines,” easily their most exquisite ballad. Genre differences aside, Xerxes competently delivers their own wholehearted and expressive twist on the subject of unrequited love, which resonates with impassioned hardcore, and bloodcurdling vocals.