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Band Profile: Leaf Hound

Leaf Hound was one of those bands that slipped through the cracks in the early 1970s but are now receiving the recognition they deserve. After only one album, they went on the do other things, most notably their singer, Peter French, who joined Atomic Rooster in 1971. But what an album it was! “Growers of the Mushroom” has all the elements of British blues and proto-metal: blistering riffs, raspy vocals, and a twinge of psychedelia. Though Leaf Hound was not as influential as similar bands from the time, like Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, one can imagine the impact they could’ve had if they continued.

One of their most outstanding accomplishments was the hit song “Freelance Fiend.” Wow! What an incredible track. Though Peter French is heralded for his signature ’70s-esc screeches, what really stands out to me is the dance between the two guitarists, Mick Halls and Derek Brooks. “Hipshaker” is another stand-out track.

In 2007, Leaf Hound spontaneously reunited to release one more album, this time with a completely new lineup. Peter French reinstated himself as lead singer, but the rest of the band included Tom Smith on guitar, Pete Herbert on bass, and Dominic French on drums. Including a collection of new tracks, remastered oldies, and songs from Atomic Rooster, the album was a success. However, “Growers of Mushroom” became somewhat of an artifact among record collectors, sometimes selling for over $4,000.

It’s no doubt their popularity has soared exponentially since their disbandment, going on to inspire artists like Tame Impala and Wolfmother. Leaf Hound is definetely worth taking a listen to!

Members: Peter French (vocals), Mick Halls (guitar), Derek Brooks (guitar), Stuart Brooks (bass), Keith George-Young (drums)

Discography: Growers of Mushroom (1971), Unleashed (2007)

Best Songs: Freelance Fiend, Drowned My Life in Fear, Stray, Hipshaker, Too Many Rock ‘N’ Roll Times

Happy Listening!

– DJ Butter

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Playlists

Friday Favorites (2/26)

Written by Miranda

Tides – Men I Trust

This song is very classic Men I Trust vibes, if you like the band you’ll love this new single. 

yesterday – frumhere

A new single from my one of my favorite lo-fi beat makers. 

Caution – KAYTRANADA 

A chill new song from KAYTRANADA; perfect for working out to. 

Gang Signs (ft. ScHoolboy Q) – Freddie Gibbs 

Another great single from Freddie Gibbs since his recent album, “Alfredo.” ScHoolboy Q brings more of a top-100 vibe to the song but Gibbs keeps it unique. 

Jealous (ft. Rico Nasty) – Mahalia 

Mahalia’s strong, sweet vocals perfectly complement with Rico Nasty’s harsher rapping. You can definitely see how Mahalia’s style has evolved recently through this song. 

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Weekly Charts

Afterhours Charts 2/23

ArtistRecordLabel
1ERIKA DE CASIER“No Butterflies, No Nothing” [Single]4AD
2BRIJEANFeelings [Advance Tracks]Ghostly International
3PRINCE INNOCENCE“Angelyne” [Single]Self-Released
4OVERMONOEverything U Need [EP]XL
5BICEPIslesNinja Tune
6MYDMoving Men Remixes [EP]Because/Ed Banger
7PROSPA“The Thrill” [Single]Rave Science
8PLANET 1999DevotionPIAS
9HIMERAMore Than Friends [EP]UNSEELIE
10JESSY LANZAAll The TimeHyperdub
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Weekly Charts

Daytime Charts 2/23

ArtistRecordLabel
1ARLO PARKSCollapsed In SunbeamsTransgressive/PIAS
2GOAT GIRLOn All FoursRough Trade/Beggars
3JORDANASomething To Say To YouGrand Jury
4STEVE LACYThe Lo-FisL-M
5BLACK COUNTRY NEW ROADFor The First TimeNinja Tune
6MISS GRITImpostor [EP]Self-Released
7SHYGIRLALIAS [EP]Because
8BLU AND EXILEMilesDirty Science
9BUTCHER BROWN#KingButchConcord Jazz
10CASHINOVABig DragonStophouse
11MAGDALENA BAYMini Mix Vol. 2 [EP]Luminelle
12NANCYThe Seven Foot Tall Post-Suicidal Feel Good BluesB3SCI
13NAVY BLUESong Of Sage: Post Panic! Freedom Sounds
14POM POKOCheaterBella Union/PIAS
15PRINCESS NOKIAEverything Is Beautiful/Everything SucksSelf-Released
16CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAHNew FragilityCYHSY/Secretly
17CAKES DA KILLA, PROPER VILLAINSMuvaland [EP]Classic Company
18DEZRON DOUGLAS AND BRANDEE YOUNGERForce MajeureInternational Anthem
19DON TOLIVERAfter PartyWMG Atlantic
20SHAMEDrunk Tank PinkDead Oceans
21KIWI JRCooler ReturnsSub Pop
22FREDDIE GIBBS AND MADLIBBandana BeatsKeep Cool/RCA
23SMINOShe Already DecidedSelf-Released
24PINK SIIFU AND FLY ANAKINFlySiifu’sLex
25MAMALARKYMamalarkyFire Talk
26KARI FAUXLowkey SuperstarChange Minds
27FAT TONYExoticaCarpark
28JOESEFDoes It Make You Feel Good [EP]AWAL
29VIAGRA BOYSWelfare JazzYear0001
30YVES TUMORHeaven To A Tortured MindWarp

TOP ADDS

ArtistRecordLabel
1SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE“There’s Nothing You Can’t Do” [Single]Saddle Creek
2ALICIA CLARAOutsider/UnusualHot Tramp
3CASSANDRA JENKINSAn Overview On Phenomenal NatureBa Da Bing
4KATY KIRBYCool Dry PlaceKeeled Scales
5PACKS“Hangman” [Single]Fire Talk
6DAD SPORTS“Nrvs Again” [Single]Grand Jury
7HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER“Sanctuary” [Single]Merge
8BALTHAZARSandPIAS
9PANSY“Anybody Help Me” [Single]Earth Libraries
10ALEX JULIABetter Part Of Me [EP]Self-Released
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Weekly Charts

Chainsaw Charts 2/23

ArtistRecordLabel
1CANNIBAL CORPSE“Inhumane Harvest” [Single]Metal Blade
2ASPHYXNecrocerosCentury Media
3THERIONLeviathanNuclear Blast
4WITHIN THE RUINSBlack HearteOne
5TERRORSink to The Hell [EP]Good Fight
6GATECREEPERAn Unexpected RealityClosed Casket Activities
7OF MICE AND MENTimeless [EP] [Advance Tracks]Sharptone
8WAGE WAR“Surrounded” [Single]Fearless
9UPON A BURNING BODY Built From War [EP]Seek & Strike 
10BOUNDARIES Your Receding WarmthUnbeaten 
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Weekly Charts

Underground Charts 2/23

ArtistRecordLabel
1PLANET GIZADon’t Throw Rocks At The Moon [EP]Self-Released
2GABRIELLE FINDLEYSugar1065633
3JSWISS“Once Again (ft. Mark Whitfield)” [Single]Awthentic
4MARCO XO“Nova” [Single]Loners Club
5XAVIER WULF“Kid Cudi (Remix)” [Single]The Hollow Squad
6DUCKWRTHSuperGoodRepublic
7SAMM HENSHAW“All Good” [Single]Columbia
8NAVY BLUEAda IrinFreedom Sounds
9TREY TUCKIt Won’t Last ForeverWerkoholics
10DANIELLE PONDER AND KARATE BOOGALOO“Look Around” b/w “Little Bit” [Single]Hopestreet
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New Album Review

Album Review: I’ve Seen All I Need to See

An album cover featuring macabre imagery

New harsh noise music is hard to come by, and it’s even harder to find noise that’s worth your time, but praise be, The Body have come through. The Providence, Rhode Island duo have been minor celebrities in noise and metal communities for a while, and they have moved through numerous styles in the nearly 20 years since their debut. Their 2016 album No One Deserves Happiness, is a favorite of mine for its absolutely bonkers incorporation of dance and art-pop elements into their barren hellscape of a sound, and genre enthusiasts assure me that some of their metal-oriented stuff is good as well, though I personally don’t care for it.

This new album, however, is something altogether more primal and terrifying. Going back to power electronic basics is kind of the noise artist equivalent of an indie rock band putting out a folk album, or of Taylor Swift releasing an indie project, and accordingly, these albums usually get listened to by a handful of fans before moving on to the next major release. I’ve Seen All I Need to See breaks this mold, taking a cold, unpleasant sound palate and deepening it into a genuinely moving experience. There aren’t bombastic highs, like on some of their albums, and there aren’t really dredging lows either, instead, the album asks you to just sit with for an hour or so and take it in. Slowly, the rough grimy exterior slips into something melancholic and wistful. Distorted synth tones feel almost melodic and the distance scream becomes a gentle descant. For a genre with an all too limited range, this album is awfully subtle, and you could attach a host of different emotions to it. Anger, loneliness, even something more uplifting, the choice is yours.

This album won’t be for everyone, noise music is an acquired taste at the best of times, usually because of its abrasion, but in this case more because of the slow burn, instrumental feel. However, if you like noise, ambient, drone, or even more lowkey metal artists like Sun O))) I’d recommend this release, there’s a reward for your patience down in there somewhere.

ALBUM: “I’ve Seen All I Needed to See” by The Body

RELEASE YEAR: 2021

LABEL: Trill Jockey

RATING: 7/10

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Miscellaneous

Do You Like Watching and Learning about True Crime?

What’s going on Butcher Crew, it’s your Master Butcher, The Saw, and today we are going to talk about True Crime. This has always been a subject that fascinated me because I have always been curious as to why people do the things that they do. I also like to understand the sociology and the psychology of a person. I like to try and analyze the individual and see if I can come up with my only theories as to why people are the way they are or how an event could happen. 

Below, is a list of shows that I enjoy watching that are based on true crime: 

  • Mindhunters – Netflix 
    • This TV show is based on actual FBI agents and their cases! This show follows around two FBI agents who helped create the term “serial killer” and also develop the behavioral science/psychology department at the Bureau. 
  • Night Stalker – Netflix 
    • This documentary goes through the investigation of the Night Stalker. There are interviews with the detectives that were on the case, family of the victims, and surviving victims.  
  • American Murder: The Family Next Door – Netflix
    • This case was wild!! A mother and her two daughters go missing and the father is acting rather calm… I wonder why… 
  • Evil Genius – Netflix 
    • Follow the investigation to see who was behind the man who was told to rob a bank with a bomb attached to him. The people in this case are wild. 
  • The Ripper – Netflix 
    • Follow the investigation in England, when the Ripper was out on the streets. 
  • Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile – Netflix 
    • This film follows around Ted Bundy (played by Zac Efron) and his gruesome murders. This film also shows the point of view of Bundy’s girlfriend, who did not know what her man was up to. 
  • Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes – Netflix 
    • This film has audio recordings of interviews with Ted Bundy and his killings. These are fascinating to listen to because you get a glimpse of the personality behind the killer and his reasonings to kill. 
  • Hotel Cecil – Netflix 
    • Follow along with the investigation of Elisa Lam and dive through all the conspiracy theories and went along with this strange disappearance. 
  • Honorable Mention: Bailey Sarian’s YouTube channel
    • Bailey is a YouTuber who does her makeup while she talks about a true crime story. She does a great job at laying out all the information and giving you a good picture of what happened. She is very passionate about what she speaks about and she does a wide variety of true crime stories. 

Stay Metal, 

THE SAW 

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Classic Album Review

The Making of Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours”

Days Before “Rumours”

Prior to the making of “Rumours”the band was in a great period of growth. Just two years before the release of “Rumours” in 1977, Fleetwood Mac released their self-titled tenth studio album, commonly referred to as “The White Album” by Fleetwood Mac fans. This was their first album featuring Stevie Nicks as vocalist and Lindsey Buckingham as guitarist, a duo that would later become monumental to rock and roll. Just over a year after its release on July 11, 1975, “Fleetwood Mac” reached number one on US charts and later peaked at number 23 on UK charts. This was the first number one record for the band and a major accomplishment. Fleetwood Mac was finally thrust into the spotlight after nearly 10 years as a band and several changes in members. 

Inner-band Turmoil 

            From 1975 until the late ‘80s, Fleetwood Mac maintained its most commonly known lineup, consisting of vocalist Stevie Nicks, guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, vocalist Christine McVie, bassist John McVie and drummer Mick Fleetwood. With new success and more than one inner-band relationship, the five members of Fleetwood Mac were swarming with the drama of love, fame and money. The majority of the recording of “Rumours” took place in 1976 California. This was shortly after the romantic split of the long-time relationship between Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. Following their split, the two maintained a professional relationship courtesy of Fleetwood Mac, creating some drama-filled song writing material. To add to the band’s stress, Christine McVie was in the middle of divorcing her husband, bassist John McVie. These failing relationships put great pressure on Fleetwood Mac and created some of the most beautiful music of all time.

The Release

            Upon its release on February 4, 1977, “Rumours” reached number one on US and UK charts. The songs “Dreams”, “Go You Own Way”, “Don’t Stop” and “You Make Loving Fun” were released as singles, all of which placed in the top 10 on US charts. The album was wildly successful and continued to gain popularity throughout the course of the band’s international promotional tour. “Rumours” was critically acclaimed for its brilliant lyrics and stunning harmonies, provided by the interchanging dominance of three talented vocalists. The album was named Album of the Year at the 1978 Grammy awards and maintains its position as the eleventh highest-selling record of all time, with over 40 million copies sold. As of “Rolling Stones”’ 2020 ranking of the 500 greatest albums of all time, Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” falls at number seven. It was clear from the success of “Rumours” that Fleetwood Mac had become a major name in rock music in the 1970s. Their success would continue with a run of three highly praised albums following “Rumours”: “Tusk”, “Tango in the Night” and “Behind the Mask”. They continue to be regarded as one of the most influential bands of all time. 

-Hannah

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Classic Album Review

Album Review: Mink Mussel Manticore

ALBUM: “Mink Mussel Manticore” by Mink Mussel Creek

RELEASE YEAR: 2007/2014

LABEL: Spinning Top Records

RATING: 8/10

BEST TRACKS: “They Dated Steadily,” “Meeting Waterboy” and “PROMISING QUINTET RISE TO POWER (MACHO PEACHU)”

FCC: Clean

When I first heard the song “They Dated Steadily” on my Spotify Discover Weekly playlist, I would’ve never thought Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker was behind it. With its heavy metal riffs and psychedelic feel, I immediately fell in love with the 13-minute-long song and the album it came from, “Mink Mussel Manticore.”

Parker and Allbrook originally formed Mink Mussel Creek in 2007. “Mink Mussel Manticore” came into being the same year, but wasn’t officially recorded and subsequently released until 2014 when the two musicians reunited. By this time, both Pond and Tame Impala had reached international success, so the gem that is Mink Mussel Creek was left widely forgotten. “Mink Mussel Manticore,” their only album, delves more into the heavier side of garage rock and psychedelia. Imagine “Thickfreakness” by the Black Keys on steroids sprinkled with some Hendrix-esc guitar, and then you’d get something like “Mink Mussel Manticore.” It’s hard to believe the album is only seven songs long. Each track feels like an epic, filled with layers of wild riffs and beat switches.

It’s easy to see how both Pond and Tame Impala stemmed from Mink Mussel Creek, but as Parker and Allbrook went their separate ways, they both softened their tone. What I love about “Mink Mussel Manticore” is its unapologetic heaviness. It’s the kind of album you have to play on full blast. Tracks like “Cat Love Power” and “HANDS OFF THE MANNEQUIN CHARLIE” switch pace often, keeping you on your toes and wanting more. Though songs like “PROMISING QUINTET RISE TO POWER (MACHO PEACHU)” and “Meeting Waterboy” stray more into the funk/blues arena, the rest of the album is a sludgy, fuzzy psychedelic journey.

Give it a listen!

– DJ Butter