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Freak Scene #9

August 21, 2007

This week we take a look at music on the road. Woods and Religious Knives took what seemed to be a relaxed week-long summer tour along the East Coast and were kind enough to document their listening habits while driving from town to town. Woods, which contain three-fourths of indie rockers Meneguar, play lo-fi forest ballads with Jeremy Earl rocking a sweet falsetto over the bands reserved sweeps. Christian Deroeck adds many nice 12-string guitar touches to the equation. Their debut CD is out now on Shrimper and goes down real easy. Woods sound like drinking in the dark outside. Its good, its what you should be listening to at the end of summer.

Religious Knives continue on their own road of hypnotizing basic rock drones to higher levels, the rock band emphasized more than ever with the rhythmic drive of Nate Nelson and Todd Cavallo taking it home. Mike Bernstein is now front-man guitar jammer and I suppose Maya Miller is now Christine McVie. All together they took their collective mugs on the pavement and brought the righteous sounds to the people the old fashioned way. These pics and picks are a but a glimpse of these bands’ collective talents and interests. For those seeking more, the two bands made a split tour cassette on their Heavy Tapes/Fuck It Tapes labels and is a damn nice souvenir even if you weren’t there. It’s worth it just for RK’s amazing cover of “96 Tears”. We hope you enjoy this look at life on the road and as always music recommendations are at the heart of it all, most importantly before I let them take over, I recommend Woods and Religious Knives both highly.


The Woods Van:

MV & EE with the Golden Road- Gettin Gone

Magik Markers- Boss

Pink Reason- Cleaning the Mirror

International Harvester- Sov gott Rose-Marie

Graham Nash- Songs For Beginners

Skygreen Leopards- Disciples of California

Neil Young- Tonight's The Night

Mighty Baby- Jug of Love

The Dead C- Trapdoor Fucking Exit

Silver Jews- Natural Bridge

Nirvana- Nevermind

Simon Joyner- Beautiful Losers: Singles and Compilation Tracks 1994-1999

Jandek- Rocks Crumble

Grateful Dead- Europe 72

Skip Spence- Oar

NNCK- Letters from the Serth

Mad Dog Bonner- The Big Cup

Italo Deruggiero- part due

Kebnekajse- Resa Mot Okänt Mål

Fleetwood Mac- Tusk


The Religious Knives Van:

Eddie Hazel "Game, Dames and Guitar Thangs"

Grateful Dead "Rockin the Rhein"

Circle Jerks "Group Sex"

Royal Trux "Cats and Dogs"

Kraftwerk "Red Cone"

Modern Lovers LP

Fleetwood Mac "rumours"

Relatively Clean Rivers LP

Neil Young acoustic boot 72

Neil Young 2/27/71 boot

Manuel Gottsching "inventions..."

Vox Dei "La Biblia"

Steely Dan "Pretzel Logic"

Funkadelic "Free Your Mind"

Fleetwood Mac "Tusk"

The Doors “s/t”

Maya's mix "birdie's baddest beats" (Isleys, Gap Band, Kool and the Gang, Nas, etc.)

Opus Alfa 1972

Fleetwood Mac "Fleetwood Mac"

Ty. Rex "Unicorn"

The Undisputed Truth "Cosmic Truth"

Bob Dylan "Blonde on Blonde"

Smog "Knock, Knock"

Rolling Stones "Forty Licks"

Bulbous Creation LP

Buckingham Nicks LP

Traffic Sound "virgin"

The Other Half LP

Excepter "Streams"

Bob Dylan "Rolling Thunder Revue"

Prince "Greatest Hits"

John Fahey- various tracks

Velvet Underground "White Light/White Heat"

Endless Boogie "Cakeshop 5.6.06"

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Posted: August 21, 2007
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