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Friday, December 19, 2008

Snowman - The Horse, The Rat & The Swan

Genre: Hypnotic, Garage, Psychedelic, Punk Rock
Year: 2008
Label: Dot Dash
Who: Joe McKee, Andy Citawarman, Olga Hermanniusson and Ross DiBlasio.
Where: Perth
Like: A tribal insane asylum
Rating: 7/10

Compare to: Black Tapes, The Drones, Hatifnats, Wilderness, Crystal Antlers

If you're into those outrageous, crazy-eyed rockabillies whom appear rather shoegazish but then side-swipe you with hypnotizing tribal-esque rhythms and belligerent vocals than hold the phone because Snowman has come just in time to slap that holiday cheer right off your face. But in a good way! That is if you enjoy making your greasy hair stand on end and then making it all right again. On their November release of The Horse, The Rat & The Swan, Snowman has accomplished all of this and then some. Their aesthetic is hard to put your finger on. I'd suggest listening to them before you investigate them...which is always best anyways. They embody a specific style of alternative rock fused with dark psychedelic punk rock that is a very worthwhile listen if you ask me.

Choice Tracks: Our Mother (She Remember), She is Turning Into You, Diamond Wounds

1 Our Mother (She Remembers)
2 We Are The Plague
3 The Gods of the Upper House
4 The Blood of The Swan
5 Daniel was a Time Bomb
6 A Rebirth
7 She is Turning Into You
8 The House (parts 1&2)
9 Diamond Wounds

Try It.
More about this band.

Flood by Todd Chandler (Dark Dark Dark)


with Dark Dark Dark
& Fall Harbor

"Flood is an experimental narrative journey. It begins on the water, on a fleet of hand crafted boats, pieced together from scrap and found materials . On water time twists and bends in mysterious ways. Some people aboard the rafts cannot remember a time before the water. Others are lost in their memories from a previous life on the land. Some remember the boats starting out as a summer project among friends. Others remember fleeing their homes. Still others remember that the way of living they used to know was no longer working, and that something had to give. As the flotilla creeps down the river the past, present, and future stories of the boats and their inhabitants becomes clearer and more elusive.

A mash-up of genres, Flood blends narrative, documentary, musical, and improvised experimental film. The film will be shot amidst the installation artist Swoon’s Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea project, in which seven homespun boats will be built and crewed by an eclectic group of artists and performers. The boats will float down the Hudson River conducting performances as they stop in towns along the way.

The primary cast of Flood is comprised of the bands Dark Dark Dark and Fall Harbor. The musician/actors will be performing in the film in addition to composing the score. There will be two final versions of the film: one which will be a stand-alone feature length film screened theatrically and at festivals, and another which will tour galleries, performance and community spaces in Spring 2010 with the musician/actors featured in the film providing a live musical score during screenings."

I just watched the trailer for Flood, which was brought to my attention by Chandler, and I must say I was blown away. Although I'm not much for thick rimmed glasses (shout out to Tallahassee), I will admit the film is gorgeous and seems like it will be an incredibly moving narrative like a mix between Mark Twain, river rats, Noah's ark, and two very talented--and not to mention aesthetically pleasing--bands. The presentation is awe-inspiring and the cinematography is seemingly outstanding. Definitely a strong collection of talented people. Check out the website and watch the teasers and buy the bands albums!


FLOOD TEASER from flood movie on Vimeo.


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