Monday, June 11, 2007


"Ground Stump"
from Head Home (Ernest Jennings)
Bluegrass is close enough to punk that it’s no surprise a few acts have just jammed the two together—most notably the Bad Livers, who toured opening for the Butthole Surfers at the dawn of the ’90s, playing banjo-fiddle-upright bass covers of “Raw Power” and “Master Of Puppets” as well as originals and hillbilly chestnuts done at crystal-meth tempos. Brooklyn-based sextet O’Death don’t exactly do that; but they have a similar feel, and with some sonic weirdness reminiscent of Tom Waits albums like Mule Variations and Bone Machine added to the mix. [Read the rest, including an interview with two of the bandmembers, here.]

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