Usurp Synapse

And friends! Three split seven inches. Plus one compilation seven inch.

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I’m sure that all of the songs in this post can be downloaded elsewhere… but, first off, fact: I tend to transfer the music that I want to listen to, and this is what I want right now on my portable music device. So there. Second off, I’m not sure if I need a whole Usurp Synapse discography CD at the moment – because (third off) I like having the context for the songs, and I like having whatever bands were on the other sides of the splits; and also, Usurp Synapse is very crazy and brain-melting. Fourth off? This is everything I own by this band.

So, here are the splits (both sides!) with Jeromes Dream (on Clean Plate/Level Plane), the split with Hassan I Sabbah (on Electric Human Project), the split with Index for Potential Suicide (on Witching Hour), and the Antipodes compilation (on Level Plane) (which features, Jeromes Dream, Hassan I Sabbah, Neil Perry, Usurp Synapse, and The Assistant).

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All these came out in 2000. All, to be honest, rule. Things I like about Usurp Synapse: they blend Rorschach’s Protestant-era vocals (vicious) with crazy time signatures, blast beats, all along a solid general backdrop of chaos and noisiness. I can’t deny that I’m drawn to hardcore that is almost blindingly chaotic. Of course, that’s a simplification of this music. And once you listen to it over and over it loses its sense of chaos, and becomes, frankly, predictable. But don’t let that detract from your enjoyment of these records; they’ll always be unusual and crazy. Also, transferring these records has reminded me that I really like Jeromes Dream… unfortunately this is all I have by them.

Oops, I just realized that I misspelled the track name, Maybe You Should Kill Yourself. I don’t want to re-upload this right now, because my ‘net is acting slow. So please fix it yourself. this should be fixed.

Download: Usurp Synapse and Friends!

The Great Age of Enlightenment?

This was going be another “Comps!” post. But then after transferring the other comp (the Placebo comp) I discovered that I already had it on my computer, because I’d downloaded it elsewhere. I was going to be like, check it out two comps with reversal of man! But, as it is, here’s one comp with Reversal of Man. All bands in total:

  • Noisome Faugh
  • Reversal of Man
  • Synguya
  • Racetraitor
  • Dropdead
  • President’s Choice
  • Passafist

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Noisome Faugh sounds a lot like Enewetak. I’d classify this compilation as thrash/power violence. ROM is rocking my socks lately. The song on this, Theory of La Masastra (totally misspelled on the discography download), is also found on the “discography” download (CD?) that’s out there… it’s not really a discography, since it doesn’t include This is Medicine and Revolution Summer. You know, as we all know they got their name from the Frail song Love, but until I really gave that discog a few good listens, I wasn’t seeing too much resemblance between the two music-wise. And now that I have seen it, I think it rules, because both Frail and Reversal of Man are righteous bands.

Racetraitor – this is the first song I’ve heard by them. I’ve read interviews with them, but just hadn’t came across any songs. Their song on this is way different than I was expecting. I was obviously jumping to the easy assumption that they had some kind of hardline-ish superchugga deal going on. But instead they are muddy and gross (in a good way!) and pounding, and sound sort of like freaking Usurp Synapse! Who knew?

Download (insert included – nice booklet)

Nate Cuellar’s High School Reggae Mixtape

One thing I liked to do a lot when I was in high school was surf all the time. I would try to do it mornings before school. Then at lunchtime I’d check the surf to get an idea of how I should spend my afternoon. And then after my after-lunch classes (wood shop and art) were over I would most likely haul my shapely ass on down to the beach. Okay, let’s just cut to the chase here: when my ears weren’t tuned to the types of sick and brutal mechanized assaults you’ll find elsewhere on this blog, they were tuned to pretty much the opposite – pink floyd and reggae/dub. All the pink floyd albums were totally accessible, so I was on ’em. But aside from Bob M. I didn’t really know where to start when it came to successfully listening to reggae/dub. One of my surfer/math class friends, Nate, lived just south of Cito in Summerland, and he had dreadlocks and sweated reggae. I heard he made good mixtape, so I calmly requested one from him.

Here’s the tape he made me. I’ve had it since 1995. And it had to be digitized. I want it on my earphones, and I want my friends to have it, too. This didn’t really open up a new world to me or anything – I pretty much just stuck to only listening to this tape. Over and over, and on many surf jaunts and whatnot. I brought it to Hawaii, on a trip with my family, and we listened to it as we drove through the coastal road on Kauai, and we all agreed that it was a perfect soundtrack to the trip. I brought it to Costa Rica, with MJM and his dad, and it laid the jams for the entire trip (I remember his dad at one point saying, “Jesus, is this like the ultimate stoner mix or something?”).

About the recordings: the tape was starting to die, so the first few seconds of the first song are cut off (I had to cut the tape and then tape it). The first two songs are also mono for some reason. The last song was cut off. But it’s famous, so I just got it from the original recording. I don’t know the names of many of the songs/artists. Sometimes I made up the song titles (based off lyrics), and sometimes I didn’t bother because there weren’t any lyrics. The mix has a nice range of upbeatish reggae stuff, and muddy, warbling vinyl dub recordings.

Give it a listen! 26 songs.

Download Nate Cuellar’s High School Reggae Mixtape

Note: his last name might have only one “l” – I don’t remember!