Saturday, December 22, 2012

Bob's top 10 for 2012

Recently i picked up a local music rag with all the writers listing their fave Top 10 albums for 2012. 'Burn after reading' comes to mind. 
I didn't like any of it one bit.
Therefore i've come up with my own Top 10. Bob's Top of the Pops.
Lap these up chums. Do someone a favour and put one of these in their xmas stocking.
You could make a friend for life (or an enemy forever.....).

Actually, now that i look at this list.... i was listening to all this shit last year!

oh well, the song remains the same.....

and in no particular order.

1. Pelican - What we all come to need (heavy intrumental rock)
2. Godflesh - Messiah (Godflesh in a better mood than usual)
3. Chrome - Blood on the moon  (All Chrome is good Chrome....well, up until 'Third from the sun' anyway)
4. Wicked lady - The axeman cometh  (A lost 60's classic! Pure genius)
5. Sunn O))) and Boris - Altar ((( needs lots of brackets... and earplugs))) 
6. Saint Vitus - Born too late (Metal meets punk and goes to bed within smelly sheets) 
7. Warning - Warning (Great weird german industrial disco... or something) 
8. Hawkwind - Warrior on the edge of time (Lemmy plays bass on this album. Nuff said) 
9. Mig 21 - Hot to trotsky (Awesome Christchurch industrial pop madness) 
10. Jesu - S/T (first album) (slow, sludgy and makes you cry) 

 None of these are downloads. That would just be silly.
Go and buy them. 
Preferably on vinyl.
And buy a new stylus while you're at it.

Into the void - Live at the dux de lux

I remember sometime in 1989 or thereabouts, my flatmate Dianna came home from seeing these guys and said to me: "my god rob, you HAVE to see Into The Void!" 
She was emphatic. 
It was basically an order. 
So weeks later i obeyed...... like a trained seal.
The pub was dark, the red light glowed, the smoke machine bellowed and Into The Void screeched and growled through a sinister set of art rock noise to the arm folded, seemingly unimpressed masses. They were awesome! I was gobsmacked.
I also recall a time a year or two after that event when i dragged my friend Steve to see them. he was involved in the scene in Dunedin and hated Christchurch bands. Into the void changed his mind. He just stood there with his mouth open (though i have a feeling medication contributed to his feelings of elation).
ITV are survivors too. Still playing occasionally, even though half the band live in Melbourne and the other half in Christchurch.
This live recording is made all the more poignant by the fact that the dux (currently reinventing itself elsewhere) is no longer in its original location,  thanks to the enormous earthquake that flattened half the city. It sux not having the dux.... you couldn't beat the location.
I don't know who recorded this but the quality is really good. There are also two songs (trk 4 & 8) whose titles remain unknown thus far. If someone knows what they are (James.... i know you're out there....) please enlighten us. 
Christchurch rock veterans...ITV.....

 (Since posting this, James has sorted out the tracks for me so she's been reloaded with all titles intact.....  thanks Jimmo!).

Mp3 @ 320 kbps

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Rob and Stefan's manic guitar sessions

I used to jam with a guy called Stefan back in '92 -'93. Our general routine was thus: Stefan would come over to my house with his guitar and two half gallon jars. Then we would walk to Harringtons brewery and get the jars filled with beer. Upon returning to the house we would plug into my Fender amp, drink beer and make some noise. Most of these sessions i would record a few tunes that seemed at the time to have some merrit. These tapes have been at the bottom of my cassette box for 20 years or so and i've only now ripped them to digital media (ditching about half of it due to either poor quality recording, or if it was simply rubbish i wouldn't let my dog listen to).
We weren't really planning a band or anything but considered playing in cafes (or somewhere other than pubs) for a laugh but that never eventuated. Sad, because i would have loved to torment the villagers with this crazy shit. Not all of this stuff is sonically challenging though. There are a few mellow and spacious moments where the villagers are lulled into a false sense of security.
Stefan's guitar sound is more 'bass' sounding due to to fact that he ripped the frets out of it and half the time he's playing it like a bass too. Fingers, not picks. There's no overdubs or anything on these tracks. Just the two of us playing guitars and drinking. 
Recorded at 329 Cambridge tce, Christchurch, NZ. for those of you with an eye for posterity.

Download the whole shebang. 50 mins of sheer terror!:

Or you can listen to and / or buy the real thing here:

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Pretty wack on vinyl

Now available! 'Pretty wack' on vinyl. Ltd edition blue vinyl pressing.

Email  if you want a copy. Cost is $15.00 (Aus). Postage incurs additional cost and will depend on where you live!

You can also listen to the whole album and / or buy a copy here:

And see the Discogs site for more info......

wrap your ears round this baby....

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Black Panthers / Deep inside.... what?

Ah yes well.... its not my fault i was in a band with a bunch of perverts!

Made by us in fact. Alan Cameron filmed it and edited it. And with a limited array of tools at hand. RIP ALC5. Respect.

Black Panthers / You ain't around

Black Panthers Live at Christchurch Television School. 1997 again.....

Black Panthers / hey hey

Black Panthers Live in Christchurch. 1997 by my reckoning.....

Curse of the Panther

In 1997, The Black Panthers were formed. Consisting of Matt Alien, myself (as Bob cadillac), Leon Zchivago and Ayatolla Blitzkreig, we were what rock n roll nightmares are made of. Far too many leadbreaks, excessive screaming, wearing our girlfriends clothes, never playing sober.....breaking just got worse really. Loads of fun though!

We released two vinyls for Kato records, the first was a 7" single and the second a full length LP.

We also made a few videos which i'll post one or two of shortly on this blog.

This recording i'm posting here is was our first and two songs were selected from this for the 7" single. We'd only been together a few months before this was recorded on my Teac reel to reel by David Rayner at cambridge tce. Look for the vinyls on discogs if your interested.

Here's the link for download:

Mp3 @ 320 kbs.