Beautiful Garnitures
by Dan
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Dead Meat - "The King" (stream is having problems, please download)

Dead Meat have slouched out of the mire, covered in old gravy and sort of look out beyond the horizon, eyes unfocused. They have "released" a couple of demos, Demo #1 and Demo #2, and they show a lot of promise. They play dark-haired dark-priest 90s rock with the same thunder drums and buzzing guitars every song. I get lulled in the smell of it, the colour, I stand swaying and drugged until "I'm glad I never made no damn decision", and I fall into it, the mire, the gravy, the girth. [MySpace]

Still Flyin' - "The Hottchord is Struck"

Despite the feeling that I'm at a mandatory activity at a tropical resort, doing line-dancing or pass-the-orange or something, when this song starts, I have a soft spot in my heart for Still Flyin'. Why? Their pink pants tucked into socks, their dumb flipped-up brim hats, their longboards. It's a nice place to visit. And besides, the last minute of this track is pure, it's honey, it's nice. [Buy]

Alemayehu Eshete - "Tchero Adari Negn"

Say the code word. Say the code word and get in. Once you're in, enjoy yourself. Have a drink, make it clear light brown. Put ice on everything, bring down all the swelling in the room. Relax, really relax and don't just use that word. Smile at someone, smile at the people you like. Look up at the ceiling and laugh. Feel good. Feel good when you say the code word. Say the word and feel good. [Buy]

Posted by Dan at April 2, 2009 12:54 PM

Took at listen to Dead Meat and completely agree with you. It has an unparalleled thickness to it. Good show!

Posted by MediaRuckus at April 2, 2009 2:45 PM

I disagree. In fact, I hate Dead Meat. Why is it that bands nowadays try to emulate a certain sound? Not that I'm being a dick or anything, but I'm from Miami and I've seen these types of bands playing at certain venues and I would bet money that if they removed the name of the band on this site, people couldn't tell you "Oh yeah, that's Dead Meat alright."

Posted by Jimmy at May 13, 2009 5:38 PM

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