October 04, 2015

Mutts: Ghoul Yer Delusion EP

Chicago organ rock trio Mutts will embark on a lengthy East Coast tour, sharing the bill with Two Cow Garage. They have released covers EP to get into Halloween mode. Ghoul Yer Delusion takes a bow to I Put A Spell On You (Screamin' Jay Hawkins), Werewolves of London (Warren Zevon) and Red Right Hand (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds). The latter is the best one, with singer Mike Maimone coming close to the haunting vocals of the original.

Rob Buckstaff: bass, drums
Mike Maimone: keyboards, vocals
Chris Pagnani: drums

The Ghoul Yer Delusion EP is a self-released album. Buy it from the band's website.

  1. I Put A Spell On You
  2. Werewolves of London
  3. Red Right Hand

October 03, 2015

Broeder Dieleman: "Uut de Bron" book + CD

photo: Pim van de Werken

Dutch singer broeder Dieleman will release Uut de Bron, a limited edition book + CD, on November 27th. The book contains all his writings and the CD is filled with brand new songs, soundscapes and field recordings made in his beloved Zeeuws Vlaanderen.

Uut de Bron is a joint release of his label Snowstar Records and literary agency/book publisher Wintertuin. Hand numbered edition (500 copies). Now available for preorder. All pre-orders will be signed by broeder Dieleman.

Watch a video for Lovenpolder, Boerengat, a track from the new album, documenting the demolition of a village near Terneuzen to make way for an expansion of the Dow Chemical plant.

Jumble Hole Clough: "A Sundial In The Rain" video

Avant-garde guitarist Colin Robinson of one-man project Jumble Hole Clough made a video for A Sundial In The Rain, using footage of slow moving jellyfishes. It's a track form his latest album A List Of Things That Never Happened.

» Jumble Hole Clough on Facebook

HCTF review of A List Of Things That Never Happened.

Bryan Beller: interview in Bass Musician Magazine

photo: Jon Luini

Bryan Beller (The Aristrocrats, Joe Satriani, Dethklok) talks shop in an interview with Bass Musician Magazine. He is quite pleased with his new 5-string:

I have a new bass in the arsenal. I’m still a true blue Mike Lull guy and they make my signature model, which is a souped-up, ash/maple, very bright 5-string jazz bass with active EQ and a few custom tweaks to make it a more aggressive “rock” sounding instrument than some others in the family. I also still use their passive 5-string P/J, which I think is a beautiful option for warm, dark, chocolate-y sounds. But I wanted something that was completely “un-Fender-y” for lack of a better phrase, with a tighter-focused midrange and a different feel, while still having some edge on top. So I have an Alex Webster Signature Spector for a few tunes going on now. I’ve always loved the way a Spector sits in a recording mix – I’m especially referring to Dan Briggs of Between The Buried And Me, and also Doug Wimbish on a variety of things. The traditional Spector sound is great and totally identifiable…but as always, I’m always looking for a little more edge than the typical stock instrument provides. Fortunately for me, Alex Webster – the bassist for Cannibal Corpse! – Already did the hard work of making a more aggressive-sounding Spector. People might think: Ok, really, the bassist from Cannibal Corpse developed a signature model that the bassist for The Aristocrats and Joe Satriani is using? But for those who don’t know, Alex is not just an amazing player, but he’s also a first-class bass geek, and he’s got books out on advanced technique and has done some really cool stuff. So when I found out that he led the charge on this instrument, I wasn’t surprised.

Bryan Beller is on tour with Joe Satriani right now. Next: a Fall tour with The Aristrocrats.

» bryanbeller.com

HCTF review of Tres Caballeros (The Aristrocrats).

October 02, 2015

Church of Betty: "Paella" video

Watch the new Church of Betty for Paella, a song from their latest album Swirled World. Filmed by Steve Zehentner it is an ode to the diversity of New York City. Cultures blending and creating something new, just like the Spanish dish after which the song was named.

Live dates:
  • 10/03 Brooklyn, NY @ The Living Room (w/ Stew & The Negro Problem)

» chrisrael.com

HCTF review of Swirled World.