034 – Chaucer – With New Zealand Eyes [EP]

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Chaucer is my collaboration with Australian and fellow instrumentalist Jochen Kalinna, known for sharing his musical prowess with us on an earlier T & G Release – Heli Puhakka’s – Someone Else’s Destiny EP.
On With New Zealand Eyes, an apparently unconnected title that came to me in a dream, I am for the first time free of all instrument obligations. Or more accurately, Jochen is responsible for all of the instruments found herein, minus vocals and lyrics – a responsibility he accomplishes with relative ease, from the heavy punk rocker leads of September 2014 to the bluesy and melancholy guitars of Pass Me By and 1000 Locusts.
The album starts out particularly heavy with the heavy punk rock of September 2014 a song that devolves into an amazing psychedelic tournament between Jochen and himself on guitar and drums, respectively. Things get more serious on Pass Me By, where Jochen continues to delight us with his guitar licks.
Il Tropo is a particularly beautiful and calming instrumental from the genius of Jochen that bridges the two sections of the album. On 1000 Locusts we return to the dark and brooding blues found on Pass Me By.
Finally, the album closes with a remix of the song The Phantom, The Phantom (New Zealand Remix), is a heavy psychedelic tune originally released by Elephant Colored Rocks on the album Elephant Colored Rocks 2 [EP] and on which I play bass & guitar and sing the vocals. On the remix Jochen took it through the churner and revamped it and I added a couple other surprises to make it a unique and remixed version of the original tune.
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T&G033 – The Secret Vanilla – Re-Release + Bonus Tracks

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About 15 years ago I acquired a Boss BR-900CD digital recording studio device. At the time, I had no idea what gold I had. I took it for granted that I could so easily create fairly polished songs and overdub with relative ease. For whatever reason, I did not hold on to the digital recording studio for long. But this, The Secret Vanilla, is a remnant of that early age of recording for me.

Not every track found on The Secret Vanilla was necessarily recorded on the Boss digital recording studio, although most are… but the songs are all from that era. That is, the beginning era of Tongue & Groove Records WA.

The songs that make up The Secret Vanilla were being created when I was at just the initial stages of forming my ideas, the name and the logo for Tongue & Groove Records WA. That’s why this release is so important. It stands as a testament to what I wanted to do musically with Tongue & Groove Records WA and what inspired me to make Tongue & Groove Records WA. Weird noodlings, psychedelic guitars, experiment-ism, folk songs, comedy rock everything that was The Secret Vanilla and has essentially morphed into Insomnia Cafe.

Strawberry Lime is a three part song that was my first trial with the Boss-900. With just a simple, one mic drum recording and a DI bass recording I was able to get that full Bass N’ Drum sound you hear on the song. The results being quite trippy and I think, successful.

Nylon & Chenille is the kind of stuff I wanted to make when I first got the Boss-900 and… Hopefully, if there is ever another Secret Vanilla release I can continue the kind of experimental noodling began on Nylon & Chenille.

Other pieces like Girl and Terrible Terry II were some of the more straightforward ‘songs’ not meant to be taken too seriously that really represent what The Secret Vanilla is.

Now, one thing has to be pointed out. The Secret Vanilla is… SECRET. So, keep it a secret. This is not music to be necessarily shared. This is a private and personal experience into the noodles of your brain. Or… not.

The Secret Vanilla + Bonus Tracks

1. Strawberry, Lime I
2. Nylon & Chenille
3. Terrible Terry II
4. Abdul Rahim Al-sharqawi
5. Song For Bruce
6. Strictly Noise
7. Strawberry, Lime II
8. Girl
9. Ava Lanche [Bonus Track]
10. Strawberry, Lime III
11. Emerald Flowers
12. Chinese Water Torture
13. Mustafa al-Hawsawi
14. My Name Is Nobody [Bonus Track]

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T&G032 – Winter Plague [EP]

BRAND NEW RELEASE on Tongue & Groove Records WA – Lo-fi black metal type stuff from WINTER PLAGUE –

 

“Tongue & Groove Records WA is happy to present the first release and EP Cd of Winter Plague. Winter Plague is a one man Lo-Fi metal band influenced by other lo-fi black metal artists and some bigger names like Forgotten Woods, Striborg and Carpathian Forest.

This doesn’t quite fit in with anything we ha
ve release yet on Tongue & Groove Records WA. But that is good. And, it’s not expected you will like this release. But, that also, is good. Winter Plague is not so much expected to be like as it is experienced.
Lo-fi black metal is the barest of all metals. Raw, never properly recorded. Guttoral. Just the purest of black and evil. This is nearer to how satan would sound. Not with orchestral like singing and double bass drums but raw and uncut.
The first EP and release from Winter Plague clocks in at just 10 minutes. 10 minutes of evil and hate. And truthfully, I have always believed that releasing your hatred and anger, emotions that are truly natural… Truly human and truly animal… is the sanest thing you can do. Bottling them up will only create more hatred and ultimately more pain. Anger is as much a part of you as Happiness, Hate as much as love. It’s whether you choose to acknowledge this part of you, or just bottle it up. Let it out and you are free of it. Hold it in and it boils, you suffer and it becomes more and more a part of you.
I think in the brief but piercing 10 minutes that Winter Plague provides you can hear this. It is both an acknowledgement and shedding of all that is evil and hateful. You can very much do this in the purely raw and uncut way found here.
The first track Hermit starts with a tremolo bass line and speaks to the Hermit in us all with it’s violent vocals. The longest song on the EP it’s sound can be psychedelic at times. Icy Past, Icy Future is a fast number meant to explore all that is winter and it does so by piercing right through you. This Is What It’s Like is the slow and brooding number on the record. Very psychedelic, very horrific, very brooding. The album closes with W.A.T.E.R. and epitaph of sorts that weirdly enough fits in nicely with the album.
All instruments are performed by Winter Plague. All lyrics and music copyright Winter Plague, all rights reserved. T&G032 – Winter Plague is a product of Tongue & Groove Records WA.”

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T&G REVIEW: HILRANT – TA-BOO!

Check out the T&G review for Hilrant’s (Paul Tilley‘s) newest RELEASE – TA-BOO!!!
 
“I hope It’s sunny on the day that I die! Day that I die, day that I die”. 



“You’re just a loser, a substance abuser… you could’ve been cool man, now you’re not even human”

Contact Hilrant for your own CD copy of TA-BOO! – RELEASE BY SMARMY LARMY PRODUCTIONS

Hilrant – TA-BOO!

1) Good Morning Mister Magpie
2) Bagman Brood
3) What Kind Of Friend?
4) A Beautiful Spot
5) I Saw The Devil
6) Jared
7) Silence Speaks
8) Uncle Donald
9) Love Will Find A Way
10) Oh Mister Wasp
11) Nobody’s Home
12) Looking For You
13) Baby Please!
14) Freaks And Whores
15) Suicide Tenderly
16) Jesus
17) The Great Director

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T&G031 – Gazawat

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NEWEST RELEASE ON TONGUE & GROOVE RECORDS WA – Gazawat from Poland!!!!! NOIZE FRM POLAND. CHCK IT OTTTT
 

030 – Jared/Hilrant – Babble On

 

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Tongue & Groove Records WA is very excited to present our 30th official release and the 3rd collaboration by Jared/Hilrant – Babble On.

Babble On is a 20 song epic, that plays as the MAGNUM OPUS of Jared/Hilrant!

 

Read about it Here: http://tonguegrooverecordswa.blogspot.com/2017/05/030-jaredhilrant-babble-on.html

 

Insert 1 - Paul Tilley

Insert 2 - Jared Estes

Insert 3 - Babble On W-Lettering

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The Tongue & Groove Radio Show, Vol. 9 March 22nd, 2017 – “Anything & Everything”

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The Tongue & Groove Radio Show is brought to you by Tongue & Groove Records WA – tonguegrooverecordswa.blogspot.com

March 22nd, 2017 PLAYLIST
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Tribe 8 – Romeo & Julio
Bunalim – Basak Saclim
Lard – Can God Fill Teeth?
Total Control – Carpet Rash
Yngwie Malmsteen – Far Beyond The Sun
Evan Johns & The H-Bombs – You’re A Cutie
U.K. Subs – Warhead
Lazy Dynamite – Just Once
Thrall – Get Up And Go To Wor
Link Wray – Rumble
Frank Zappa – Joe’s Garage
Cafe Tacuba – Rarotonga
Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush – Tales Of The Unexpected
Chill E.B. – Censorship Of The Arts
God Bullies – How Many Times

Tongue & Groove Radio Show Vol. 8 – “Real… Real… Oldies”

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On Volume 8 of the Tongue & Groove Radio Show & Podcast I play some “Real… Real… Oldies” including bluegrass artist Hugh Moore, folk storyteller Pete Seeger and the original crooner Al Bowlly.

February 27th, 2017 PLAYLIST
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Hugh Moore – Hello City Limits
Pete Seeger – Beans, Bacon & Gravy
Curley Weaver – No No Blues
Ben Pollack & Orchestra – Two Tickets To Georgia
Al Bowlly & Orchestra – If I Had A Million Dollars
Coon Creek Girls – Banjo Pickin’ Girls
Blind Willie McTell – Dying Crapshooter Blues
Angela Hewitt – Debussy – Pour Le Piano I. Prelude
Bill Frisell – Floratone
Charalambides – There Is No End
Blind Willie Johnson – You’re Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond
Pete Seeger – He Lies In The American Land

029 – Byl zamechen… – It Just Gets Worse

Byl zamechen…. – It Just Gets Worse

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Happy 2017! T&G RETURNS. Enter Byl zamechen… – A rough phonetic translation of the Russian name of our first “metal” band on Tongue & Groove Records WA. Byl zamechen… hail from Kharkiv, Ukraine AND Tongue & Groove Records Wa is extremely happy to be bringing their unique brand of spastic psychedelic doom hippie metal – as I call it – to the U.S.
Russia and the Ukraine continue to be hotbed of everything weird and rockin’ as is evidence two other T&G musical acts 1) Dao De Noize of Ukraine and 2) TillyRiddle of Russia. Still, Byl zamechen… is nothing like them.
Byl zamechen… is a force to be reckoned with, by far the heaviest release yet on Tongue & Groove Records WA… from the searing bass, which is really the focal point of the album, to the EW – Dopethrone singing-style singing; Byl zamechen… is heavy and uncompromising but….. maybe not as heavy as you think???
Iron Butterfly and Black Sabbath (1960’s BZ influences) are loved and listened to by all, are they not? Byl zamechen… show due respect for their psychedelic rock forefathers from the 1960’s. This is the modern era though and the 5 tracks (only 5?!) on It Just Gets Worse also show the influence of 90’s/and modern stoner rock acts Electric Wizard, Sleep and Acid Mother’s Temple.
The 5 tracks on It Just Gets Worse – the shortest of which clocks in at 9 minutes – take us on a wild ride through the SILENT KOSMOS of Byl zamechen(‘s)… universe. Within minutes we jump from the doomy stoner bass of ORBITS to the hippie chants of ENCRYPTED. Byl zamechen… jump through musical genres with ease, all the while retaining a natural flow to their sound that blends their seemingly infinite psychedelic musical epics into a cohesive unit.
In fact, I am amazed at how well the spastic nature of their sound works. This couldn’t be done with out the musical virtuoso of their 3 main members; Khleb on VOX, Amorth on Drums and IV on Bass. IV’s Bass is, without a doubt, the defining force of these 5 epic metal/hippie chants and like other bands led by Bass players adds to the unique compositional quality of this very musically talented group. Additional voices are provided by Elina and Vanya Ivan, Sax by Mykola Lebed and we do hear some keys throughout that must be played by KLHEB? I suppose.

 

T&G REVIEW: Hilrant – He Followed Me Home Mummy, Can I Keep Him?

Hilrant – He Followed Me Home Mummy, Can I Keep Him?

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“IF you haven’t gotten the chance yet, do yourself a favor and check out the newest release by Paul Tilley, I.E. – “Hilrant” – He Followed Me Home Mummy, Can I Keep Him? You might have heard a few of the songs sprinkled around the internet… But the CD is a little harder to come by. Still, if enough of us badger Paul he might be forced into ripping some more CD’s for us! Tongue & Groove Records WA is a little late to the boat, but as a member of T&G, we feel Hilrant’s album still deserves a feature.

As always when riding through Hilrant’s universe, nothing is taken too seriously – be ready for Paul’s uniquely cynical but forward lyrical style. He Followed Me Home Mummy… is not like any other Hilrant release, though; The guitars spring forward abruptly on the album opener ‘God Is The Devil’ and this time around, we find, we are in for a uniquely loud and punk influenced Hilrant experience.

The cynicism of the second track – “Politics”, fits the year 2016 well, with our worldwide political upheaval. The sound is droney and lo-fi and Paul’s sneering vox come right out of the 80’s hardcore playbook and even though this hardcore/punk vibe appears to be new territory for Paul, he pulls it off with the ease of a natural; Really though, all of Paul’s music, lyrically and musically is informed by 70’s and 80’s punk. “Politics stink, society stinks” – Paul screams! Things don’t slow down with “Selfie”… which is what helps make the album so convincing – it feels like Paul’s been playing hardcore for years.

The album continues with the crawling but catchy “Here In The Silence” and the abruptly funky “Crash and Burn”, which you should know from the first Jared/Hilrant collab album – Though, it does feel a little out of place here, it functions just fine and puts Paul’s ever-present, sneering and highly unique vox on display. “Cambridge Rocks” was co-wrote with Anthony Akhurst and showcases a more contained and 90’s influenced heavy Hilrant rock.

Things get real experimental and funky on the title track (He Followed Me Home Mummy, Can I Keep Him?), an instrumental track, wherein Paul showcases his sharp but lumbering guitar. Paul is particularly inventive on his instrumental tracks and the title track is no exception. By the time we reach the track “I Can’t Give You Anything But…”, it’s hard to really know what’s going on. That is, of course, the power of Hilrant – genre-hopping is like breathing for Paul and though things on the album have generally continued in the heavy Hilrant rock realm, “I Can’t Give You Anything But…” really has to be heard to be believed – The fiery guitars springing from every direction, the plain but overly cocky lyrics and vocals, the funky backbeat. Completely unpredictable. The album closes with the respectable “Valentine’s Monster”, a cheeky and grinding song that would be satisfying on a Halloween night.

Tongue & Groove Records WA is currently looking at the possibility of reissuing some Hilrant Cd’s, of which He Followed Me Home Mummy, Can I Keep Him? would surely be included with it’s solid 80’s hardcore-esque first half, it’s unpredictably weird middle and of course, it’s cute ending.”

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View the original on the Tongue & Groove Records WA website HERE

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