I came, I saw, I bought the whole digital discography! Another gem in a long string of semi-random finds from either YouTube recommendations, Bandcamp feeds, or the actual ‘you gotta hear this!’ posts in the Waveriders FaceBook group I belong to. (In this case, the latter.)
Puta Volcano from Athens, Greece is a heavy blues band with one foot in the Stoner Rock genre, just great heavy rock that grabs you by the hair and bangs your head while you trip.
I am absolutely loving this new wave of heavy female fronted bands. I can’t stop listening to the likes of High Priestess, Holy Grove, Witchcryer, Year of the Cobra, and countless others that have all seemingly suddenly come into their own. And yes I am 100% tossing Puta Volcano into this list, all hail the queens!
Find Puta Volcano on the web:
The latest book by award winning producer, mixer, and recording engineer Eric Sarafin (aka Mixerman) is hot off the presses and already stirring up controversy in the indie recording world. His hold-no-punches style is frankly a refreshing change in a sea of know-it-all experts that offer endless tail-chasing advice on how to record, mix, and write music at home.
What his new book “Musician’s Survival Guide to a Killer Record” does best is tell you how to get out of your own way and learn to enjoy the process of making music again. In other words, you don’t need to know everything there is to know about recording and mixing, just use what you have and make the music that stokes your own fire.
Along the way, he lays out all the basic info you need to buy and use recording gear, audio software, and even how to record and mix unusual instruments. There is recording advice, production advice, mixing advice, but above all, the means to get back to focusing on the fun part, making music. Recommended for struggling indie musicians.
Buy it here on amazon
Mixerman on the net
The funky former drummer for legendary stoner rock band Kyuss has been steadily making 70s influenced groove rock for years, and his latest effort, Mankind Woman, may be his best. Thick and rich like the chocolate referenced in the killer opener “Chocolatize”, this album sways and swaggers with the best of them.
Mankind Woman was largely written by Bjork and longtime friend & fellow desert rocker Bubba Dupree, and includes guest appearances by Nick Oliveri and Sean Wheeler. If this came out in June instead of September it could have been a contender for album of the summer. It will make you move.
Standout tracks: “Chocolatize”, “Pisces”, “1968”. This is the soundtrack of the funky revolution.
Find the album here on Heavy Psych Sounds’ Bandcamp
Brant Bjork on the web: