Classic Day – A Bitch To Contain

Live records are not usually featured as the results from most artists do not obtain major changes in the production or reproduction from the original records to the live settings. With Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal by Lou Reed, he is this phantasmic caricature of the spirit of live sound that transposes from only five total tracks.

With four of the five coming from his previous group The Velvet Underground, Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal is an immediately striking almost operatic stance from the mired backdrop of New York City. Reed who recruits Steve Hunter and Dick Wagner on the guitars here are cut directly from rock standouts. Prakash John on the bass and Pentti Glan on the percussion cover the rhythm sections. Finally, there is Ray Colcord on the keyboards which is less subdued and acts more as a rhythmic frontman alongside the ripping guitars to illustrate harmony.

Much of Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal has this orchestral emotional draw behind it, opening with “Intro / Sweet Jane.” The rattling cymbal rolls and sudden crashes are maestro’d along to Reed’s both angelic and still deprived anarchy that continues to become the main stage attraction. The solo work of both Hunter and Wagner are collective pieces of beauty that pull back the spotlight on Reed who does not even take the stage until nearly the fourth minute of the recording.

Favorites like “Heroin” and “White Light / White Heat” Are featured here and the almost “new” renditions create a deeper pull to the difference that occurs from the original recording. Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal is entirely based on being louder, more vibrant, and ultimately more gritted in the carnivorous side. Especially in “White Light / White Heat” which might be the best recording or release of the track coming from Reed, his vocal performance is conquering and animalistic. Fitting for a record based on Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal, but the guitar work is almost like an extension of Reed’s tendrils of noise that both distort and shake the ground he walks on.

With aviators pitch black and lit cigarettes in both hands, Reed here rips through “White Light / White Heat” without taking much time to rest. He is under the influence of sound and channels through the speakers as a visionary of performance. The way he shouts “White light goin’ messin’ up my brain, don’t you know it’s gonna make me insane. White heat goin’ down to my toes, Lord have mercy, white light had it, goodness knows.” Even 46 years after the initial release of Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal, the sentiment and sensational warmth from Reed and his band is like a lightning bolt to the ears.

It wakes the audience up, and while no new material is presented at this time; Reed is interesting to see on the stage once again. Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal is best suited as a pile of dynamite that when put under immense pressure, produces cold steel into the sensory-motor function. A perfect live record to exist as a revisioning of the real thing.

Listen To Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal Here!!! – Spotify/Amazon/iTunes

SUNDAY SAMPLER // (Playlist) “10/18/2020”

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“A playlist of tracks that were featured on MattsMusicMine.com from the week of October 12th – October 18th. From Reviews to Streams, never miss a track with these playlists that are uploaded every single Sunday till I drop dead.”

Featuring: Corpus Diavolis, En Love, Junglepussy, Zeit, Proganatica, Freddie Dredd, Wasted Youth, Panopticon, Comethzine, Black Noi$e, Earl Sweatshirt, WIFIGAWD, GAWD, ROLE MODEL, EYES, 21 Savage, Metro Boomin, Kaytranada, Tinashe, Dana Dentata, Death Valley Girls, MIKE, Fatherblaze

Track List: Revelations Before Dawn, Signs Of End Times, Bodies Carried Over Doves, Arugula, The Sitting Man, Weeping In Heaven, Darko, Fuck Authority, Born Deprived, Capricious Miles, Derek Jeter, Mo(u)rning, Delete, going out, Verge, Choke, My Dawg, The Worst In Me, DO U LIKE ME NOW?, The Universe, no no, Primate

STREAMING // (Album) SUMAC – “May You Be Held”

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Track List: A Prayer For Your Path, May You Be Held, The Iron Chair, Consumed, Laughter And Silence

STREAMING // (Track) Pink Siifu X Fly Anakin – “Richard Pryor”

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Produced By: Playa Haze

STREAMING // (Album) Open Mike Eagle – “Anime, Trauma, and Divorce”

Listen Here – BandCamp

Featuring: Video Dave, Kari Faux, Lil A$e

Produced By: Caleb Stone, Black Milk, Frank Leone, Loden, Gold Panda, Nedarb

Executive Produced By Michael Eagle + Jacknife Lee

Brass On #3, #7 + #10 + Bass On #11 By: Jordan Katz

Strings On #2 By: Davide Rossi

Mixed By: Jacknife Lee

Mastered By: Daddy Kev

Presented By: Autoreverse Music

Track List: Death Parade, Headass, Sweatpants Spiderman, Bucciarati. Asa’s Bop, The Edge Of New Clothes, Everything Ends Last Year, The Black Mirror Episode, WTF Is Self Care, I’m A Joestar, Airplane Boneyard, Fifteen Twenty Feet Ocean Nah

STREAMING // (Album) Chuck Strangers – “Too Afraid To Dance EP”

Listen Here – Chuck Stranger’s Store

Featuring: KA, Caleb Giles, Navy Blue

Produced By: Graymatter, Shepard Sounds, Nvision Sound

Track List: Frozen Dinners, Luke Crib, Regular Season, Family Dollar, Operations, Surrender, St. Peter, Fantasy’s Fade

STREAMING // (Track) The Body – “A Lament”

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STREAMING // (Track) Com Truise – “False Ascendancy”

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STREAMING // (Video) Angel Olsen – “Time Bandits”

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STREAMING // (Video) Trash Talk – “Something Wicked”

Listen/Watch Here – Youtube

Written + Directed By: Derek Schklar

Produced By: Nathan Scherrer, Scott Lancer, + Derek Schklar

Music By: Trash Talk + Kenny Beats

Cinematography By: Norm Li, csc

Edited By: Nick Pezzillo A Freenjoy / Somesuch / The Invisible Hand Production

Executive Produced By: Nathan Scherrer, Tim Nash, + Derek Schklar

STREAMING // (Album) Knxwledge. – “VGM’sPRT5_”

Listen Here – BandCamp

Track List: nogamer_, infamous[SMKNCIGGS], midi, beenkikdin[TPE], nuthinthemail, fader_, theregoesmybby, tower

STREAMING // (Video) The Garden – “A Struggle”

Listen/Watch Here – Youtube

Directed + Edited By: @taylorbonin

Claymation: @woogieproductions

AD: @tommybiglow

AC: @artofthestory

Colorist: @asafoxcolorist

Production Assistance: Lev Merka + Stephanie Hulewicz

Conceptualized By: Fletcher + Wyatt Shears

Recorded + Mixed By: Samur Khouja at Seahorse Studios

Mastering By: Jim Kissling Mastering

STREAMING // (Album) VHS Party – “Lust Jams 2”

Listen Here – BandCamp

Track List: LUST, LOVE, MIRAGE, TELEPATHY, BE YOURS, BENEDEK – SHOW ME

STREAMING // (Album) Buscrates – “Blasting Off”

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Featuring: Anda, DJ Epik, Sally Green, Tony Ozier, JP Patterson, Kate Moe Dee, BrotherMartino

Track List: Believe, Five Days, Lost And Found, Evergreen, Take A Ride, Eight-Nine, Sure Shot, How Ya Gonna Do It, Cruise Control, Turn It Out

Misc. Day – Foreign Policy

In 2020, the idea of 100 people climbing over each other to grab at a microphone, sweating, and aggressively struggling under scorching stage lights might seem impossibly foreign. But with Hot and Flustered by Cold Meat, they thrive in the chaos where the unexpected and raw power is as essential to creation as the atom.

Opening with “Piscies Crises,” the guitar work from K-Hole is immediately a thrashing pushing and pulling where nothing but emotion and gut instinct matters. The lyrics from Ashley Ack that form over a continuous tide of noise describes, “When my head’s in a mess, when I’m tanked at the bank. When I lose all my cues at the gallery.” They continue on with a break to become the hook that describes, “Pisces crises brings me to my knees… I can’t talk, I can’t shout. I can’t read, I can’t write. I can’t sleep, I can’t wake, I don’t remember.” The vocals here are infectious and create a real desire to open Hot and Flustered on the dissecting table even after hearing just the first two minutes.

Through the 23 minute record, the 10 tracks that pour over like burning wax are duly thanks to the consistency of the instrumentation and pairing of vocals. Almost as if the lyrics were spoken word over rampaging army parades, Cold Meat is loud and makes a point to be heard.

As shown on “Cinematic Fashion,” the undercut of punchy drums on the track is a base block for the foundation of guitars, bass, and vocals to ride along. Describing over rugged rolls on the floor tom with 1,000-pound drum sticks, “A wasted Westwood wardrobe approaches me and asks me, ‘Would you like to look like me? Would you like to look like me? Would you like to look like me? Would you like to look like me?’”

Then the vocals from Ack twist to become shouted at levels almost unconceivable illustrating, “Like cinematic fashion, like cinematic fashion…” as the bass riff here from Dim Tim becomes a staple of the track. The bass and percussion here are on another level of chemistry just like how the vocals and guitars work to feed off each other like parasitic lovers. Grotty Lotty covers the percussion and is a beast behind the skins, playing fairly simple rhythms to punk styles, but giving them an explosion of resonation to burst through as unique.

Cold Meat overall sculpts a formation of transfers through equal power. Whether the eyes fixation on Dim Tim to Ack or the sudden punches of Grotty Lotty and K-Hole. Every second spent with Hot and Bothered is fantastic in both building walls of sound and then breaking them down in the same breath./

Listen To Hot And Bothered Here!!! – BandCamp/Spotify/Amazon/iTunes

STREAMING // (Track) Fatherblaze – “PRIMATE”

Listen Here – Soundcloud

Art By: @dhimaximus

STREAMING // (Video) MIKE – “No, No!”

Listen/Watch Here – Youtube

Produced By: DJ Blackpower

Production+ Edit: Devlin Claro-Resetar

Executive Producer: Naavin Karim/Bux

Production Support: Abraham El Makawy + Daniel Luis Ennab

Director Of Photography: Godfred Sedano

STREAMING // Death Valley Girls – “Amoeba Virtual In-Store Performance”

Listen/Watch Here – Youtube

Filmed + Visuals By: ShitshowDave

Filmed + Edited By: RailroadBill

Recorded + Engineered By: Scott Cornish

Recorded Live: Non Plus Ultra

Saxophone By: @gravymon

Singing By: Kelsey R + @thelittleghost

Drums By: Rikki Styxx

Guitar By: Larry Schemel

Bass By: Pickle Organ

Singing By: Bonnie Bloomgarden

Track List: The Universe, It All Washes Away, Hey Dena

STREAMING // (Video) Kaytranda – “The Worst In Me”

Listen/Watch Here – Youtube

Directed By: Arnaud Deroudilhe

Production Company: North of Now

Creative Producer: Daniel Yaro

Line Producer: Matisse Gaillard

Production Manager: Mike Minahan

1st Assistant Director: Constantin Preda

Director of Photography: Xiaolong Liu

Gaffer: Jeffrey Tate

Grip  Jon Brooker

Editor: Arnaud Deroudilhe

Colorist: Joseph Bicknell

Stylist: Rita Zebdi Production

Designer: Tyler Evans Art

Director: Greg Yaro

Music Video Commissioner: Kevin Kloecker

Kaytranada’s Manager: William Robillard-Cole

Kaytranada’s Creative Director: Liam MacRae

Type Design: Studio Jimbo

Post-Producer: Anuar Baz

VFX: Roma Nekhoda

RCA EVP Marketing: Shani Fuller-Tillman

RCA Video Commissioner: Win Smith

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