Leopold – The Wreck of Hope – 27th November 2021

CD on Total Annihilation Records
I’m always checking out new music, mostly through Bandcamp pages. This album was mentioned on the You Don’t Know Mojack podcast, which is going through the SST catalogue. At the beginning of each episode, the hosts (Brant and Ryan) talk about other items of interest that they’ve been listening to. Brant leans more on the metal side of things whilst Ryan is more in the noise rock direction so my ears prick up when he mentions something he likes and so it was with Leopold. I had a quick listen on their Bandcamp page and liked it enough to contact them about buying the CD.

Usually, I’m fine with just a digital copy but I think I was feeling comfortable with my bank account balance at the time that I shot off an email to find out how much it would cost to get a copy sent to Thailand. It was ridiculously expensive, the shipping costing one and a half times more than the actual CD. But having made the enquiry I felt obligated to buy it and in the end, glad that I did.

Quebradita Num. 4
This pummelling intro has me hooked already. Jesus Lizard-like, before a change of pace into a chugging bassline and some screeching guitars that have a wonderfully sharp tone. And here’s the riff, which has a nice Drive Like Jehu melody and timbre. The vocals are reminding me of my good friends from When Chimps Attack. I think this could have been what attracted me to buy this CD. I still wish the Chimps had made 10 more albums, so this is a nice addition to my album collection. Some nice high neck guitar action breaks into the melodies and then there’s this funky Iron Maiden break. Er…perhaps funky isn’t the right word. It’s great!

Yes My Love
Oh, some skronking sax! Excellent. Great off-kilter rhythms that swell to a wicked bouncing chorus, if it could be called a chorus. Air punching, floor punching good stuff. Followed by a spacious guitar to let the bass and drums flow. Nice dynamics. Now chilling…is it going to stop? It feels like a wind-down. And that’s it.

Junior Perkins
Jesus – it’s the Ace of Spades warped into a noise rock blur with buried vocals trying to punch their way out of a sleeping bag. The guitar tone is sharp and piercing, just the way I like it. Doubled vocals make me want to sing along but all I can make out is ‘get me out of here.’ I think I would like these lyrics. And it’s over as quick as you like.

(Another Killer In) Texas
A nice switch of pace after the previous frenzy but the whole band soon gets busy again, pulling everything together into a ferocious pounding force. Sinister and foreboding the song lurches forward, stalking the listener down the darkened streets. Suddenly cornered and roaring, the killer pounces, your guts are twisting, head exploding. Here it comes again. You’re dead.

A galloping pace, this one jumps out of the gate and feels like it won’t let up. A break comes a couple of minutes in which allows some breathing space before the anticipated relaunch. A great drum rolling finale puts the final full stop in the sentence. The bag is broken.

The Wreck of Hope
Is this the opus rock-epic title track? This reverbing intro could go anywhere. Thankfully it dives into a gripping riff-heavy verse and staccato chorus and post bridge these soaring guitars are taking my mind off to faraway places. I’m back now.

Kentucky Nurse
A no-wave guitar freak-out leads this off before we get back to the brutality with an epic guitar sliding riff, flying off a cliff into some dark air. This is bringing me back to the best Chimps work.

Holy ripping intros of death, Batman! Some exceptional noise rocking noise rock, all too brief but nailing each idea to the wall and screaming ‘THIS IS IT’

When Cousins Marry
A creeping pace with some Yow like whispers, from Jack Brewer no less, before a lovely sax (?) riff gets added to the mix. No chords in sight so far….oh wait – here they are and we’re off, rolling down the freeway, overtaking the Tar Babies on the inside lane, skronking off the turnpike, heading nowhere in particular and without a care. Damn, that drummer is tight, holding the falling bumpers together. Train coming!

Brick Full of Tables
The rhythm section is freaking exceptional I realise by now, having paid too much attention to the guitar tone at first. Ah, this one has a buried chorus I would like to scream into the faces of all the idiots who’ve wronged me. I’ve no idea what they are saying but I’m absorbing the passion. More freak out guitar before coming together for the chorus again. Time is flying along and I want the songs to last forever. But now we’ve disintegrated together and I’m spent.

There’s lots of great noise rock out there and I can’t quite put my finger on what sets this apart from many of its contemporaries. But, apart it stands.

Favourite songs on this listen: Junior Perkins and Brick Full of Tables.

My random playlist is better than your random playlist – 12th June 2021

Well, this made for a pleasant afternoon, sometimes listening in the background as I swung in the hammock reading through more Infinite Jest, other times blasting out loudly to shaking fists and sing-a-longs “Our society – what a drag!”

Mother #2 Omoide Hatoba The Public Bath Singles Collection
Forever Government Issue Complete History Vol. 2
Altitude Lake Slift Ummon
Tarpit Dinosaur Jr. You’re Living All Over Me
Mind For Sea (Disc GO: GO Vol. 1) Various Artists Bibliotheque Exotique Volume 4: Musique du “Voo-Doo”
Traum von der goldenen Zukunft (Theme) Kosmischer Läufer       The Secret Cosmic Music of the East German Olympic Program 1972-83: Volume Three
Bright Lights The Pogues Pogue Mahone
Drop Dead Pussy Galore Historia De La Musica Rock
I Spread My Wings Towards You COH     Above Air
Society Subhumans
Another Victory Cypress Hill Skulls And Bones
Midnight Train (demo) The Monkees Missing Links Vol 3
Balladen Om Björnbär Och Nätmelon Kebnekaise Kebnekaise III
God Bows To Math The Bugs Know Best Project Fake: A Tribute to The Minutemen
Dusk Caroliner Rainbow Stewed Angel Skins I’m Armed With Quarts Of Blood
Of Schlagenheim black midi   Schlagenheim
Maailmantekijät Oksennus   Valkoinen jättiläinen
Blitzkrieg Bop (Original Mono, Single Version) Ramones Ramones 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
Obsession The Stills Beyond The River
Feeding Evil Sebadoh Freed Weed
Predecessors Expire Secretary So Diabolical
Piledriver Z-Rock Hawaii Z-Rock Hawaii
Crazy Ass Shit Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee Part 2
Rebel Truth-Dreams of a Boy Various Artists Charred Remains
Doom Jean Louis Morse
Set Of Crayons Motor Totemist Guild Archive Two
I Don’t Go Back All, The Prae Kraut Pandaemonium 
The Way She Smiled Max Ryan & Where Were You At Lunch     Before We Lose Each Other Again
His is the Acetate Scepter Gapeseed       Project 64
Mummy Wheat Mark Stanley & Farquhar Meadow Full Of Serpents
On a Roll Wipers Silver Sail
Mercy of Slumber Rudimentary Peni Archaic
Sensitive Plant Burnin’ Red Ivanhoe M144
Another Piece VERMINES Killed By Death #100
Nervous Duy Tuxedomoon Scream With A View 12”
These Hands The Damned Machine Gun Etiquette
Song #1 Fugazi 3 Songs EP
Game Over Antelope S/T
Show Me DENNY WARD L.A. In 1979
Leland Shatner’s Bassoon Aquatic Ape Privilege
Heavy [Remix] The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion 1999 – Xtra-Acme USA
Tijuana 3/28/96 Smart Went Crazy Con Art
Pet Dub (Live) Pell Mell The Bumper Crop
No More – Blood And Flowers V German Punk and Wave 1978-1984
Klonopina Jenny Fatale y Los Degolladores Bloodstains Across Puerto Rico
Six and Change (live) Pagans Pink Album Plus!
This Little Girl Hombres Coloured Sights & Sounds – Vol 4
Crack In The Concrete Fred Frith Gravity
(crazy) love beam automatic supper & rabb2 Usagi-Chang Superstar
ud uSSSy Ud
V’Shamru Jon Madof Rashanim
Time Unrest Lisa Carol Freemont
Opuscul PoiL     L’ire des papes
Three Heads Lindsay Cooper Rarities
مرصد سمرقند كاسيت التاجر التجريبي الأول
Bro. Bill Cactus LP
It’s Not Imagination Gentle Giant Civilian
Forget That Girl [Mix #4] The Monkees Miscellaneous Trax
No Home ZEAHORSE Torana Dreamin
World Looks Red (Live at The Kitchen 1982) Sonic Youth
Savage Sea The Pop Group Y (Rhino Reissue)
Once I Had A Woman Jimi Hendrix
Telethon Archbishop Kebab Beyond Ma Ken
Duchess Barzula Phleg Camp Repeat Until Change
CinChiller’s Over Listen CinChiller Music For Maniacs – Nugglets vol 1
Monday Night Native Orthodox
Chinese White The Incredible String Band The 5000 Spirits Or The Layers of The Onion
The Dungeon Next Life Electric Violence
Big Jesus Trash Can Lozenge Mishap
Les Bonnes Chansons Single Bullet Theory Artifacts/yclept Necroscopix Addenda
Ammunition Train Swell Maps International Rescue
Finger on the Pulse My Dad Is Dead The Engine of Commerce
Rock Around The Clock Cardiac Arrest Eric’s, Liverpool – 13 November 1979
Apples From Eden Creeps on Candy Wonders of Giardia
Last Man The Deviants Disposable
Junk NoMeansNo Small Parts Isolated And Destroyed
Follies Fat Day My Name Is I Hate You
Seethruskin Jawbreaker Unfun
Getting Over You (Spirit) Coffee House Blues Debris Vol. 21 (Various Wimps From The Sixties And Seventies!)
Dance The Night Away Cream Disraeli Gears
Mount Celestia Rolo Tomassi Eternal Youth

The Chiang Rai Alternative Hour #70 – Dead End – 27th December 2020

Shut Down! Dead! Run out of town!  Sheltering over the border, we bring this one last episode before fleeing the despots.  One day we’ll be back!  Look out for DJ Donut Trump – he’ll bring you the future of rock ‘n’ roll.

This week there’s all sorts of music – weird, noisy, experimental, fucked up strangeness, straight-up punk and pop all delivered with no compromise.  Join our other 3 listeners to check out the end!

Incidentals taken from the Church of the Sub Genius Hour of Slack.

Listen right here or Mixcloud, Stitcher, Apple, Amazon…..all those cool places I guess.


Gratitude Journal

I am so happy and grateful for all the students I have met since I started teaching. I have learned something from all of them.

The Chiang Rai Alternative Hour #69 – Against All Odds – 18th December 2020

There’s a lack of equipment where we are hiding in the cave networks on the edge of Burma. But we made a new show – against the odds! The director is not pleased.

This week there’s music from Chavez, Kurt, bEnt, Warhammer 48k, The Freeze, Tera Melos, Jeff Fox, Bee Vamp, Dreamies, Space Negros, Electric Deads, Secret Snack, Private Dicks, Spycker, Larval and Suspiria.

Incidentals taken from the Church of the Sub Genius Hour of Slack.
Listen right here or Mixcloud, Stitcher, Apple, Amazon…..all those cool places I guess.


Gratitude Journal

I am so happy and grateful for all the books asked comics that I have waiting to be read. I can choose from fluff to depth depending on my mood.

Your house is falling down (The Chiang Rai Alternative Hour #67 – Frightened and Scared) – 4th December 2020

This one is not a morning scribble but at night and I want to get some thoughts out before I try to meditate which I didn’t do for a few weeks and I can feel my head whirling, whirling.

Step out, step out! Nothing lasts forever. Step out, step out – demolition – look at it fall down.

Distraction. Music is a distraction and I love it. I love my room – my room from youth and now I return – here in my room. No window, ceiling or floor!

Music, music, music. People in and out. Relationships, people – why do I find it so difficult?

Never mind, I think I’m okay. I’m fine I don’t need to find excuses. Inside my head is okay – when I’m feeling okay – I don’t need anything or anyone – except my one true friend. I love Amy very deeply I’m a little scared if anything happens between us but I know I’ll be okay. Everything is always okay. The world spins. And all those cliches. But anyway – it’s not something I think about really – not something likely to happen as far as I know. Out, out, out, you fleeting thoughts – settle down and breathe deep.

Gratitude Journal

I am so happy and grateful to each of my students for the different ways they make me think. It’s a nice challenge to everything.

Imagine a world where children are not sexually harassed by their teachers…

Now listen…..

This week there’s music from The Nubs, The Sawtooth Grin, Jesus Lizard, Theatre of Hate, Spermicide, Gelbart, Abali, Esmectatons, Radio Myanmar, Big Black, Secret Chiefs 3, Miss Madeline, George Danquah, Karate and OMFO.

Incidentals taken from the Church of the Sub Genius Hour of Slack.
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https://www.facebook.com/The-Chiang-Rai-Alternative-Hour-107307097314670/ (the Facebook page got hijacked!)

The Chiang Rai Alternative Hour #55 – 12th September 2020

From now I’m going to tell you that these selections are highly curated, carefully selected and specifically ordered for your listening edification by world-renowned DJtenzenmen.

I tell you this because these kinds of things sell!

The truth is that the music is randomly selected by iTunes – but as the iTunes library is already carefully selected with only the best top quality material from 50 years of research then satisfaction is surely guaranteed!

This week there’s music from Shield Your Eyes, Cecil Buffalo and the Prophets, DJ PicaPicaPica, Invisible Ghost Luigi, Mutants, Butthole Surfers, PFM, Sun City Girls, Gelbart, Ne Zhdali, The Freeze, Massacre, Cypress Hill, Deep Turtle and Orthrelm.

Intro and background music by Utotem.

Brain dump (by mouth)

Attempting morning pages exercise using dictation with phone (Samsung)

Your post goes against community standards
Who was the man in the castle?
Ride around MFU placing stickers – advertising podcast – my stickers are tiny – maybe some people will see, will notice
Utopia this morning – met Pim, Fern’s friend
Woke up late – decided to turn off alarm in the middle of the night – My plan schedule now out of whack
Soon I will read Hendrix – Maybe sort out some more music – Do yoga – Meditating – some more reading – Maybe record some more podcasts in the evening
Try to relax
Teaching English online – I don’t look forward to it but enjoy it when it happens
2 o’clock already
Big rain – big sun big rain
Next week not many hours – How to make use of the time – Always things to do

Gratitude Journal

I am so happy and grateful for my cracking neck these days. Hopefully, it is cracking more because it is becoming more flexible with doing more stretching and yoga. It feels sore but better than before.

The Chiang Rai Alternative Hour #50 – 7th August 2020

Music from The All Seeing Hand, Rolling Stones, Bongwater, Blurt, Shield Your Eyes, Cat Power, Josiane Rey, Rhino 39, The Fall, Cause for Effect, XTC, Moody Blues, Racebannon, Heavy Vegetable, Sir Millard Mulch, Big Block 454, Steve Harley and the Cockney Rebel, Ruins, Scrid and Christmas.

Gratitude Journal

I am so happy and grateful to have been teaching all morning. I think the students are enjoying my lessons and I am really happy with them.

The Chiang Rai Alternative Hour #39 – 23rd May 2020

Music from Pregnant Neck, The Fugs, 35mm Dreams, Tsushimamire, Skurge, Mudhoney, George Duke, Electric Light Orchestra, Lightning Bolt, Unknown, Thinking Fellers Union Local 282, Dennis Brown, Wild Youth, Vibrato Fetish, Spanish Dogs, beNt, Cockney Rejects and The Temptations.

Gratitude Journal

I am so happy and grateful for my shower in the morning, to cool and refresh, and prepare for the day.